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  • Thailand, New Elections Expected In July

    Thailand, New Elections Expected In July

    Thailand, New Elections Expected In July Thailand is likely to have a new election in July, said Election Commissioner Somchai Srisuthiyakorn Wednesday. The Election Commission will hold talks with the caretaker government about the new election by the end of this month so that it will be held in the next 90 days or by ...
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  • Thai Consumers Cautious, Recession Looms

    Thai Consumers Cautious, Recession Looms

    Thai Consumers Cautious, Recession Looms AAPL, NOK The  economy of Thailand known for its dynamism is ailing, headed towards recession and held hostage by crippling turmoil in an 8-yr power struggle being fought in Bangkok's commercial heart and in its courts. This crisis centers on the political dominance of the billionaire Shinawatra family, and the ...
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  • Thai's Ignore Political Unrest, Indulge In Songkran Joy

    Thai’s Ignore Political Unrest, Indulge In Songkran Joy

    Thai's Ignore Political Unrest, Indulge In Songkran Joy Sunday, people across Thailand began their 3-day merrymaking for the water-splashing Songkran Festival, or the Thai New Year, under little shadow of the prolonged political tension. Thousands of people in all age groups and from numerous countries crowed into Silom Road in downtown Bangkok, one of the major ...
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  • Dynamic Asia-Pacific Region Needs Reforms

    Dynamic Asia-Pacific Region Needs Reforms

    Dynamic Asia-Pacific Region Needs Reforms The Asia-Pacific region is the most dynamic in the world, but more reforms are need to keep the momentum, said an IMF official Friday. "We believe the Asia-Pacific region will continue to remain as the most dynamic in the world although the growth rate in Y 2014 will not be ...
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  • Bangkok Unrest Feared To Resume After Songkran Festival

    Bangkok Unrest Feared To Resume After Songkran Festival

    Bangkok Unrest Feared To Resume After Songkran Festival A new round of street protests by pro and anti-government supporters is feared to resume after the Thai Songkran Festival (New Year) and the issuance of a verdict by the Constitutional Court on an administrative case filed against besieged acting Premier Yingluck Shinawatra expected later this month. ...
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  • Thailand: "Lame Duck' Yingluck Can't Be Replaced With Non-elected PM

    Thailand: “Lame Duck’ Yingluck Can’t Be Replaced With Non-elected PM

    Thailand: "Lame Duck' Yingluck Can't Be Replaced With Non-elected PM As the street protests in Bangkok continue to simmer, the Big Q question now among Thai opinion-makers is whether caretaker PM Yingluck Shinawatra will continue to stay or be deposed either by the Constitutional Court or the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC). Ekachai Chaiyanuvat, vice dean ...
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  • Terrorist Attack in Thailand

    Terrorist Attack in Thailand

    Terrorist Attack in Thailand 1 dead 28 wounded in bomb attacks in Thailand. 4 bombs including a car bomb exploded in Thailand Sunday killing at least one person and wounding 28 others. Car bombs are rare in the south, which has seen near-daily shootings and bomb attacks in a decade-long rebellion by Islamic extremists against ...
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  • Pro-government "Red Shirts" Converge In Bangkok To Support Yingluck

    Pro-government “Red Shirts” Converge In Bangkok To Support Yingluck

    Pro-government "Red Shirts" Converge In Bangkok To Support Yingluck Thousands of supporters of Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra traveled by bus, pickup truck and train Saturday to join a 3-day rally on the outskirts of Bangkok aimed at countering months of often violent anti-government protests. In their largest show of force in months, the pro-government ...
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  • Thai Clears Rice Stockpiles, Price War Coming

    Thai Clears Rice Stockpiles, Price War Coming

    Thai Clears Rice Stockpiles, Price War Coming Asian rice costs will keep falling from near a 6-yr low as Thailand clears out record stockpiles, threatening a price war with Vietnam and India. The thai government plans to sell about 1-M metric tons a month, compared with average monthly exports of 558,000 tons last year. The ...
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  • Thai Constitutional Court Accepts Petition Against Caretaker PM

    Thai Constitutional Court Accepts Petition Against Caretaker PM

    Thai Constitutional Court Accepts Petition Against Caretaker PM The Thai Constitutional Court Wednesday accepted for consideration a petition filed by a group of Senators against caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. The petition submitted by 28 senators argued that Yingluck's order to transfer Thawil Pliensri from the post of Secretary General of the National Security Council (NSC) ...
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  • Thailand's Caretaker PM's Legal Woes Grow

    Thailand’s Caretaker PM’s Legal Woes Grow

    Thailand's Caretaker PM's Legal Woes Grow A Thai court accepted a new case Wednesday against Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, compounding her many serious legal problems as she resists pressure to step down over 5 months of often violent street protest. Twenty-four people have already died in the crisis, including an anti-government protester Tuesday after weeks ...
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  • ASEAN: Central Banks To Cooperate In Implementing Monetary Policy

    ASEAN: Central Banks To Cooperate In Implementing Monetary Policy

    ASEAN: Central Banks To Cooperate In Implementing Monetary Policy Vice-Governors of ASEAN member states' central banks have met in Nay Pyi Taw to discuss co-operation in implementing monetary policy and ASEAN banking services in line with ASEAN monetary affairs framework, state media reported Wednesday. Chaired by Myanmar, the 22nd ASEAN Conference of Vice Governors of ...
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  • Thai Caretaker PM Yingluck Defended Herself In Person Monday

    Thai Caretaker PM Yingluck Defended Herself In Person Monday

    Thai Caretaker PM Yingluck Defended Herself In Person Monday Thai caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra Monday defended herself in person against charges of negligence of duty in the Rice-pledging scheme.  Ms, Yingluck made an oral defense at the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) against allegations that she, as Chairperson of the National Rice Policy Committee, failed ...
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  • Violent Attack On Thailand's Anti-graft Office

    Violent Attack On Thailand’s Anti-graft Office

    Violent Attack On Thailand's Anti-graft Office Grenades were thrown at the offices of Thailand's anti-corruption agency, which has summoned the Prime Minister to answer charges of dereliction of duty next week, as protesters trying to oust her prepare for a big weekend rally. Nobody was injured in the overnight attack, the 2nd on the agency's ...
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  • Thailand Remains World’s Best Country

    Thailand Remains World’s Best Country

    Thailand Remains World's Best Country  As regular readers would know, I am a big fan of my adopted homeland, Thailand.  And while all that has been in the news lately is a focus on the politics of Thailand, here some real news, Thailand is still the world's hottest tourist destination, and for good reason.  For ...
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  • ASEAN Culture Mini Festival Opened In Brunei

    ASEAN Culture Mini Festival Opened In Brunei

    ASEAN Culture Mini Festival Opened In Brunei The 2-day ASEAN Mini Festival, themed "Festival of ASEAN Cultural Expressions," aimed to showcase the regional identity of ASEAN to the world, opened at the Airport Mall, Brunei Wednesday. In the opening remarks, minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hazair, said "ASEAN countries ...
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  • Thailand Crisis or Opportunity with Kitichai Taechangamlert‏

    Thailand Crisis or Opportunity with Kitichai Taechangamlert‏

    Thailand Crisis or Opportunity with Kitichai Taechangamlert‏ Thailand has a very strong and well regulated stock market. The SET has not been concerned by the political crisis and has continued to rally. but there must be some real concerns about the final outcome and how that will impact the market in the mid term. Some ...
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  • Thia PM Facing Impeachment, Red Shirts Rally

    Thia PM Facing Impeachment, Red Shirts Rally

    Thia PM Facing Impeachment, Red Shirts Rally Supporters of Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra say they will take to the streets as moves to impeach her gather momentum, raising the specter of confrontation with protesters who helped skuttle a February election she had been expected to win. The Constitutional Court annulled the election Friday and ...
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  • Thai Court Declares 2 February Snap Election Void

    Thai Court Declares 2 February Snap Election Void

    Thai Court Declares 2 February Snap Election Void Thailand’s Constitutional Court has nullified a 2 February snap general election in a ruling. This will further delay the formation of a new government after months of street protests aimed at bringing down Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. The court said the vote did not take place on ...
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  • Best time to visit Thailand? Anytime

    Best time to visit Thailand? Anytime

    Best time to visit Thailand? Anytime It is a fact, I manage to spend most of my time in the best Country in the World, Thailand. For a holiday, or a new lifestyle, Thailand is the place to be. I know most of the news on Thailand in focused on the Political issues, having been ...
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  • Hong Kong Lowers Travel Alert For Bangkok

    Hong Kong Lowers Travel Alert For Bangkok

    Hong Kong Lowers Travel Alert For Bangkok The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) government Wednesday lowered the Outbound Travel Alert (OTA) for Bangkok to "amber" the same level as for other parts of Thailand. The move followed a Thai government decision Tuesday to end the "State of Emergency" for the city and surrounding provinces ...
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  • Thai Political Uncertainty Causing Long Term Damage To Economy -  IHS Global Insight

    Thai Political Uncertainty Causing Long Term Damage To Economy – IHS Global Insight

    Even as the rival parties staking claim to the power center in Thai government trade pot shots at each other  and encourage their supports to disrupt the normal functioning of the Thai government in order to gain a upper hand in the political arena, the country’s economy continues to suffer. This has been caused by ...
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  • The 3rd Arrest Warrant Has Been Issues For Thai Protest Leader

    The 3rd Arrest Warrant Has Been Issues For Thai Protest Leader

    The 3rd Arrest Warrant Has Been Issues For Thai Protest Leader Wednesday, the Thai Criminal Court approved another, the 3rd, arrest warrant against Suthep Thaugsuban the leader of the anti-government street rally, on charges of murder and attempted murder in a protest crackdown in Y 2010, the local press reported. This is the 3rd arrest ...
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  • Thailand Re-runs Disputed Elections In 5 Provinces

    Thailand Re-runs Disputed Elections In 5 Provinces

    Thailand Re-runs Disputed Elections In 5 Provinces Thailand is holding elections Sunday in 5 provinces where voting was disrupted in last month's poll by anti-government protesters trying to unseat Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Election re-runs planned for April in other provinces have been suspended pending a court decision on procedures. Voting was disrupted in 18% ...
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  • Thai Protest Leader Signals End To Bangkok Shutdown

    Thai Protest Leader Signals End To Bangkok Shutdown

    Thai Protest Leader Signals End To Bangkok Shutdown Thai anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban Friday night announced the operation to paralyze the capital Bangkok, which has lasted from 13 January, will be ended on 3 March. Protesters will withdraw from all rally sites in the city except the one at the Lumpini Park, Suthep said ...
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  • Thai Anti-Graft Commission To Conclude Yingluck Case In Few Months

    Thai Anti-Graft Commission To Conclude Yingluck Case In Few Months

      Thai Anti-Graft Commission To Conclude Yingluck Case In Few Months Thailand's National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) said Thursday that the case in which caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is charged with dereliction of duty would be wrapped up in months. Ms. Yingluck has been given 15 days to prepare her clarification on the charges, NACC ...
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  • Thai Deputy PM Proposes UN To Join Solving Crisis

    Thai Deputy PM Proposes UN To Join Solving Crisis

    Thai Deputy PM Proposes UN To Join Solving Crisis Thai caretaker Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul Wednesday proposed inviting the United Nations to help Thailand resolve the current political conflict. "If we could bring the UN in to initiate talks, a solution to the conflict in Thailand might be reached," Surapong was ...
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  • Partial Payment For Thai Rice Farmers Approved

    Partial Payment For Thai Rice Farmers Approved

    Partial Payment For Thai Rice Farmers Approved Thailand's Election Commission Tuesday approved an earlier request by the caretaker government to use 712-M Baht (US$21.9-M) from the Central Fund to pay farmers owed under the Rice-pledging scheme. The approved payment will go to 3,971 farmers in provinces of Chachoengsao, Phetchabun, Prachin Buri, Uthai Thani and Ayutthaya, ...
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  • Thai PM Yingluck Condemns Bangkok Violence

    Thai PM Yingluck Condemns Bangkok Violence

    Thai PM Yingluck Condemns Bangkok Violence Thai caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra Sunday condemned the 2 attacks in Bangkok's rally sites which killed 2, including a 4-yr-old child and injuring 22 others. Ms. Yingluck posted a message on her Facebook Wall that she was sad that children were killed and she would like to extend ...
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  • Lame-Duck Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra Denies Corruption Charges

    Lame-Duck Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra Denies Corruption Charges

    Lame-Duck Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra Denies Corruption Charges Thai caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has denied charges the National Anti- Corruption Commission (NACC) has pressed against her for alleged negligence of duty in the Rice-pledging scheme. "I wish to assure you that as I have served my duty with righteousness and contrary to the charges ...
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  • Thailand, Death Squad Could Complicate Political Crisis

    Thailand, Death Squad Could Complicate Political Crisis

    Thailand, Death Squad Could Complicate Political Crisis The emergence of a mysterious death squad that has killed both anti-government protesters and law enforcement personnel has baffled authorities and complicated the already worsened political crisis in the Thai capital Bangkok. Both the caretaker government headed by lame-duck Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and protesters' leader and former ...
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  • Thailand Protests: Starving Farmers Head to Bangkok

    Thailand Protests: Starving Farmers Head to Bangkok

    Thailand Protests: Starving Farmers Head to Bangkok 1000 new farmers are heading to Bangkok to intensify efforts to get paid for rice that the Government took from them in a failed Rice-Pledging scheme that has impoverished farmers across the country. It's believed at least a dozen farmers have committed suicide, with many more bankrupt, because ...
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  • Thai Rice Farmers Rally, Protesters Target Businesses Linked To Yingluck

    Thai Rice Farmers Rally, Protesters Target Businesses Linked To Yingluck

    Thai Rice Farmers Rally, Protesters Target Businesses Linked To Yingluck Protesters have campaigned for months to oust Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatr, now they have turned their attention on businesses linked to her wealthy family Thursday, rallying outside the offices of a property developer whose shares fell 5%. Ms. Yingluck's government appears increasingly "hemmed in" ...
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  • Thailand Protests: Opposition to Government Grows

    Thailand Protests: Opposition to Government Grows

    Thailand Protests: Opposition to Government Grows Thai opposition demonstrators besieged the seat of government today in defiance of authorities who have vowed to reclaim the zone this week so Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra can return to work at her headquarters. The government is attempting to seize back key official buildings after more than three months ...
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  • Thailand's Q-4 GDP Slowed to 0.6% Q-Q

    Thailand’s Q-4 GDP Slowed to 0.6% Q-Q

    Thailand's Q-4 GDP Slowed to 0.6% Q-QThailand's economy grew 0.6% in the last 3 months of Y 2013 from the prior Quarter and by the same percentage from a year earlier as exports were weak and a political crisis hurt tourism and domestic demand.The state planning agency that compiles the data revised its forecasts for ...
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  • Thai FM Scolds Election Commissioner For 'Talking Too Much'

    Thai FM Scolds Election Commissioner For ‘Talking Too Much’

    Thai FM Scolds Election Commissioner For 'Talking Too Much' Thai acting foreign minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul on Saturday scolded an election commissioner for "talking too much" only to confuse foreigners about the country's plagued elections. In a press conference, Surapong criticized Election Commissioner Somchai Srisuthiyakorn for "talking too much" about the 2 February election and its ...
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  • Thailand: Post-election Crisis Will Prolong Political Uncertainty

    Thailand: Post-election Crisis Will Prolong Political Uncertainty

    Thailand: Post-election Crisis Will Prolong Political Uncertainty The post-election crisis in Thailand will likely lead to a political uncertainty that could last for some time, everyone is guessing when a new government could come. Under normal circumstances, a Prime Minister can be named and a government formed within weeks after a nationwide parliamentary election. But ...
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  • Thailand: Police Move Onto Protest Site In Bangkok

    Thailand: Police Move Onto Protest Site In Bangkok

    Thailand: Police Move Onto Protest Site In Bangkok Thai police moved onto a protest site in Bangkok  Friday where demonstrators have been camped out for more than 3 months in their campaign to topple the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. There was no violence as at least 1,000 police cleared protesters from a site ...
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  • Thailand's Highest Court Rules Anti-government Protests Legal

    Thailand’s Highest Court Rules Anti-government Protests Legal

    Thailand's Highest Court Rules Anti-government Protests Legal Thailand's highest court has ruled anti-government protests that have paralysed Bangkok's city center for months are legal. The Constitutional Court ruled against a petition put forward by the Thai government, which had argued that protesters' attempts to gather, block roads and obstruct voting are violations of the law. ...
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  • Thai Economist, End Political Crisis Save Economy, Investment

    Thai Economist, End Political Crisis Save Economy, Investment

    Thai Economist, End Political Crisis Save Economy, Investment It is necessary for Thailand to handle its political crisis to save the economy from downside risks and to regain foreign investors' confidence, said Charl Kengchon, Managing Director of Thai Kasikorn Research Center. During an exclusive interview in Thai capital Bangkok, the Thai expert said the ongoing ...
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  • Thai Election Body Tries To Rerun Disrupted Vote In April

    Thai Election Body Tries To Rerun Disrupted Vote In April

    Thai Election Body Tries To Rerun Disrupted Vote In April Thailand's Election Commission (EC) says it will try to hold elections in April in constituencies where voting this month was disrupted by anti-government protesters. Election Commissioner Somchai Srisutthiyakorn says the new polls will take place on 27  April. Somchai had earlier said it might prove ...
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  • Thailand's Rice Farmers Protest, Government's Funding Problems Grow

    Thailand’s Rice Farmers Protest, Government’s Funding Problems Grow

    Thailand's Rice Farmers Protest, Government's Funding Problems Grow More than 1,000 farmers protested outside the Thai government's temporary HQs Monday over the state's failure to pay for rice bought under a subsidy scheme that the caretaker administration admits it is struggling to fund. The rice program was a signature policy of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, ...
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  • Thai Central Bank Sees Lower Growth In 2014

    Thai Central Bank Sees Lower Growth In 2014

    Thai Central Bank Sees Lower Growth In 2014 Thailand’s economic policy will be disrupted, with direct and indirect impact on the economy and state investments, if the political stalemate prolongs until the middle of this year, according to the central bank governor. Prasarn Trairatvorakul projected this year’s GDP growth at less than 3%, or similar ...
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  • Thailand To Hold New Voting For Blocked Polling Stations

    Thailand To Hold New Voting For Blocked Polling Stations

    Thailand To Hold New Voting For Blocked Polling Stations Thai national poll, majority say caretaker prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra should resign Thai Election Commission (EC) Friday decided to hold a new round of voting for 26 January advance voting and for 10,284 polling stations that were blocked by protesters in 2 February general election. EC commissioner ...
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  • Thaiand's Caretaker Gov't To Arrest 19 Protest Leaders

    Thaiand’s Caretaker Gov’t To Arrest 19 Protest Leaders

    Thaiand's Caretaker Gov't To Arrest 19 Protest Leaders Twelve taskforces will be set up to arrest the 19 leaders of Thai anti-government protesters, who are under arrest warrants issued by the Thailand Criminal Court, a minister said last week. Chalerm Yoobamrung, labor minister of Thailand caretaker government Thursday said there will be no violence against ...
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  • Thai Consumer Confidence Index In January Lowest in 2+ Yrs

    Thai Consumer Confidence Index In January Lowest in 2+ Yrs

    Thai Consumer Confidence Index In January Lowest in 2+ Yrs Thailand's Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) in January fell to the lowest level in 26 months due to the ongoing political unrest in the country. The latest figures by the University of Thai Chamber of Commerce on Thursday showed that CCI in January 2014 slipped from ...
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  • Cambodia's Trade With Thailand Hits $4.5-B In 2013

    Cambodia’s Trade With Thailand Hits $4.5-B In 2013

    Cambodia's Trade With Thailand Hits $4.5-B In 2013 Trade between Cambodia and neighboring Thailand reached US$ 4.5B in Y2013, +12% from US$4-B a year earlier, Cambodian Minister of Commerce Sun Chanthol said Thursday. Of that amount, Cambodia's export to Thailand was equivalent to US$ 351-M, + 41% Y-Y, while Thailand's export to Cambodia totaled US$ ...
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  • Unofficial Voter Turnout In Thai Election At 45.8%

    Unofficial Voter Turnout In Thai Election At 45.8%

    Unofficial Voter Turnout In Thai Election At 45.8% Unofficial reports show that around 45.8% of the total of 44.6-M eligible Thai voters cast ballots in Sunday's general election, secretary-general of the Election Commission (EC) said Monday. The figures did not include voters in nine provinces where voting was canceled, Puchong Nutrawong was quoted by Bangkok ...
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  • Thai Protesters Ignore Election, Vow To Oust Ms. Yingluck

    Thai Protesters Ignore Election, Vow To Oust Ms. Yingluck

    Thai Protesters Ignore Election, Vow To Oust Ms. Yingluck Thailand's anti-government protesters will to move froward Monday with efforts to oust Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, a day after a disrupted election that is unlikely to settle the country's long-running political conflict. The demonstrators blocked balloting in a 200%  of the country's constituencies and say Yingluck ...
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  • Thai General Election Finishes, No Results Yet

    Thai General Election Finishes, No Results Yet

    Thai General Election Finishes, No Results Yet Thailand's general election was overall peaceful Sunday, with no injuries reported throughout the Kingdom, though polling results will not be announced anytime soon. Sunday's voting lasted from 8 a till 3 p local time with a total of 93,952 polling stations set up in 375 constituencies nationwide for ...
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  • Thai Hotels Association See 10% Growth In 2014

    Thai Hotels Association See 10% Growth In 2014

    Thai Hotels Association See 10% Growth In 2014 The president of the Thai Hotels Association (THA) said he believed Thai tourism will grow at 10% in a worst-case scenario. Surapong Techaruvichit, THA president, spoke at the “ASEAN Tourism Forum 2014″ held on 19-23 January, at Sarawak State Legislative Assembly in Malaysia’s Sarawak state. The forum’s ...
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  • Thailand Sees 1st Trade Deficit In 4 Yrs

    Thailand Sees 1st Trade Deficit In 4 Yrs

    Thailand Sees 1st Trade Deficit In 4 Yrs Thailand posted a trade deficit of US$22.19-B in Y 2013, with exports declining by over 0.3%from the previous year, statistics released Friday by the Bank of Thailand (BOT) showed. This is the 1st such deficit the country has witnessed in the past 4 yrs, according to the ...
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  • 10,000 Police To Be Deployed In Bangkok To Monitor Elections

    10,000 Police To Be Deployed In Bangkok To Monitor Elections

    10,000 Police To Be Deployed In Bangkok To Monitor Elections Thailand's government will deploy 10,000 police in the capital for Sunday's election, which protesters have promised to disrupt as part of their drawn-out attempt to topple Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. The government decided on Tuesday to press ahead with the 2 February election, which the ...
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  • Political Crisis In Thailand, North Vs South

    Political Crisis In Thailand, North Vs South

    Political Crisis In Thailand, North Vs South Thailand’s protests are the latest round in a struggle between the northern "Red Shirts" and the Royalist establishment that controls much of the capital and the southern provinces, the "Yellow Shirts,". Former Deputy PM Suthep launched his crusade 3 months ago, at the time of the government’s ill ...
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  • Thai Army Chief Vows To Tighten Security

    Thai Army Chief Vows To Tighten Security

    Thai Army Chief Vows To Tighten Security Thai Army Chief Prayuth Chan-ocha Monday vowed to closely work with the government-run Center for Managing Peace and Order (CMPO) to further strengthen security following the death of a core protest leader Sunday. Army spokesman Winthai Suwari said Monday morning that the army expressed concerns over the clash ...
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  • Protesters Disrupt Early Voting In Disputed Thailand Election

    Protesters Disrupt Early Voting In Disputed Thailand Election

    Protesters Disrupt Early Voting In Disputed Thailand Election Thai anti-government protesters surrounded 50% of the polling stations in Bangkok Sunday, election officials said, chaining doors shut and forcing the cancellation of advance voting in many centers for a disputed election next week. Embattled Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra called the February 2 election in the hope ...
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  • Unpaid Thai Rice Farmers Joining Protest

    Unpaid Thai Rice Farmers Joining Protest

    Unpaid Thai Rice Farmers Joining Protest In Thailand, the State Council has approved plans for the caretaker government to raise US$ 4-B through loans and bond issues to pay rice farmers. The farmers are owed money for their rice crop purchased through the controversial rice-pledging scheme. But since the anti-government protests started 3 months ago, ...
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  • Thai Court Rules 2 February Election Can Be Deferred

    Thai Court Rules 2 February Election Can Be Deferred

    Thai Court Rules 2 February Election Can Be Deferred The EC met Saturday and decided to go ahead with the planned advance voting after the Constitutional Court Friday ruled the 2 February election could be deferred. The Constitutional Court Friday reached an unanimous decision in favor of the polling agency which had requested the rescheduling ...
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  • Thai Army Monitors Situation Under Emergency Decree

    Thai Army Monitors Situation Under Emergency Decree

    Thai Army Monitors Situation Under Emergency Decree Thai Army Chief Prayuth Chan-ocha said Wednesday that the army would closely monitor the situation after the caretaker government invoked a 60-day emergency decree in the capital and surrounding provinces. An emergency decree, effective Wednesday is imposed in Nonthaburi province, Patumthani province, part of Samut Prakarn province and ...
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  • Thailand Caretaker PM Yingluck's Other Problem

    Thailand Caretaker PM Yingluck’s Other Problem

    Thailand Caretaker PM Yingluck's Other Problem Thailand's capital is now under a "state of emergency" after the government moved to tighten security as protesters trying to oust Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra threatened to disrupt an election she has called for early next month. The crisis in Thailand has hurt tourism and business confidence, and as a ...
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  • Bangkok Shutdown Enters 2nd Wk, Violence, Bloodshed Feared

    Bangkok Shutdown Enters 2nd Wk, Violence, Bloodshed Feared

    Bangkok Shutdown Enters 2nd Wk, Violence, Bloodshed Feared Thailand's anti-government Bangkok shutdown enters its 2nd wk and could intensify provoking more violence and bloodshed in the days ahead Observers in Bangkok say that the street protests, which started last week Monday, will likely continue up to 2 February, the date for the new parliamentary elextions ...
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  • Thai Government Weighs 'State Of Emergency'

    Thai Government Weighs ‘State Of Emergency’

    Thai Government Weighs 'State Of Emergency' Thai authorities are considering a State of Emergency after a weekend of violence in Bangkok where protesters have been trying for more than 2 months to topple the government, the security chief said Monday. Though the size of the demonstrations has declined, protesters have shut down some Key government ...
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  • $GS, $WFC, Thai Default Risk Rises, Funds Withdraw $4-B

    $GS, $WFC, Thai Default Risk Rises, Funds Withdraw $4-B

    $GS, $WFC, Thai Default Risk Rises, Funds Withdraw $4-B The risk of Thailand defaulting on its debt rose to the highest since August on Monday, as anti-government protests prompt money managers to sell the nation’s assets. The cost of protecting the nation’s debt soared after investors including Wells Fargo Inc. (NYSE:WFC) pulled more than $4-B ...
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  • Bangkok: 28 Injured In Explosion, Political Turmoil Continues

    Bangkok: 28 Injured In Explosion, Political Turmoil Continues

    Bangkok: 28  Injured In Explosion, Political Turmoil Continues Political deadlock in Thailand's capital city grows more difficult daily after 2 months of anti-government protests that look to have no end in sight. At least 28 people were injured by an explosion at an anti-government rally in the city Friday, underscoring risiing tensions. After dissolving parliament ...
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  • Political Turmoil To Dampen Thailand’s Growth

    Political Turmoil To Dampen Thailand’s Growth

    Political Turmoil To Dampen Thailand’s Growth The overall cost of the ongoing political crisis in Bangkok remains hard to determine , nevertheless several agencies warn against the negative impact on the country’s growth for this year. Thailand’s GDP will likely grow less than 3% if the nationwide political protests continue much longer, caretaker Deputy Prime ...
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  • Thai Police To Nab Anti-government Protest Leader

    Thai Police To Nab Anti-government Protest Leader

    Thai Police To Nab Anti-government Protest Leader About 40 guards believed to be armed with handguns are known to protect Suthep around the clock Thai police are set to arrest Suthep Thaugsuban, leader of anti-government protesters as " Bangkok shutdown" entered into a fourth day on Thursday. Deputy premier Surapong Tovichakchaikul announced that the police ...
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  • Thai Political Instability Worries Lao Exporters

    Thai Political Instability Worries Lao Exporters

    Thai Political Instability Worries Lao Exporters Lao PDR's export market may be under threat by continued political turmoil in Thailand, an economist warned, according to a report in state-run daily Vientiane Times Thursday. "Thailand is not only our major trading partner but our transit road to export our products to the international market. We cannot ...
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  • Thai Protesters Target Bangkok Revenue Offices

    Thai Protesters Target Bangkok Revenue Offices

    Thai Protesters Target Bangkok Revenue Offices Protesters in Thailand trying to paralyze ministries to force the government to resign said they would target revenue offices Thursday. A state anti-corruption panel is due to give a ruling Thursday on irregularities in a rice buying scheme, that the government introduced to support farmers, that could give ammunition to ...
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  • Thai Protesters Start Bangkok Shutdown

    Thai Protesters Start Bangkok Shutdown

    Thai Protesters Start Bangkok Shutdown Thousands of anti-government protesters began a blockade at major intersections in Bangkok Monday as they sought to paralyze Thailand's capital, stepping up pressure on Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to resign. Police and soldiers kept watch as the city of some 12-M people ground to a halt, but there were no ...
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  • Violence Returns To Thailand, 7 Injured In Protest

    Violence Returns To Thailand, 7 Injured In Protest

    Violence Returns To Thailand, 7 Injured In Protest Seven people were wounded, 1 seriously, after gunmen opened fire on anti-government protesters in Bangkok early Saturday, heightening fears of more violence when protesters try to "shutdown" the capital next week in their long-running bid to overthrow Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. "Two shootouts occurred in the early ...
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  • Thailand's 2 February Snap Election Doomed To Fail

    Thailand’s 2 February Snap Election Doomed To Fail

    Thailand's 2 February Snap Election Doomed To Fail The Election Commission of Thailand urged the Yingluck government to scrap the 2 February election The Election Commission (EC) of Thailand urged the government to scrap the 2 February  election as it is doomed to fail, the EC said here Friday. The poll will not produce enough ...
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  • Thai Caretaker PM Says Military Will Not Stage A Coup

    Thai Caretaker PM Says Military Will Not Stage A Coup

    Thai Caretaker PM Says Military Will Not Stage A Coup Thai caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawtra said Tuesday that the military would not stage a coup to end the current political unrest in the nation. Commanders of all Armed Forces have learned lessons from the past and they will consider long-term repercussions of a coup, ...
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  • Thai Protesters Warm-up To Shut Down Bangkok

    Thai Protesters Warm-up To Shut Down Bangkok

    Thai Protesters Warm-up To Shut Down Bangkok Thailand's anti-government protesters Sunday morning opened a warm-up rally to mobilize more people to join a mass campaign planned for 13 January to paralyze Bangkok, the nation's capital. Led by Suthep Thaugsuban, Secretary-General of the People's Democratic Reform Committee, protesters started at about 10 a, a march of ...
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  • Thailand's Baht Fell For The 11th Day Running

    Thailand’s Baht Fell For The 11th Day Running

    Thailand's Baht Fell For The 11th Day Running The Thai baht fell for an 11th day running, the longest losing streak on record, on concern capital outflows will quicken because of  ongoing political unrest in the country. The currency touched the weakest mark since March 2010, adding to the worst annual loss in 13 yrs, ...
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  • Thailand's Military Chief Does Not Rule Out Coup

    Thailand’s Military Chief Does Not Rule Out Coup

    Thailand's Military Chief Does Not Rule Out Coup Thailand’s top Army General refused to rule out the possibility of a coup even after stressing that the military cannot  take sides in the deadly dispute between protesters and Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s government. The Army is at “a difficult crossroad,” Army Chief Prayuth Chan-ocha said at ...
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  • Thailand's PM Yingluck Shinawatra Calls For Political Reform Council

    Thailand’s PM Yingluck Shinawatra Calls For Political Reform Council

    Thailand's  PM Yingluck Shinawatra Calls For Political Reform Council Thailand’s caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, facing unrelenting street protests against her rule,proposed the formation of a council to study ways to reform the country’s political system. Under the proposal, a committee of 11 members including a commander from one branch of the military would recruit 2,000 ...
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  • Thai Opposition Will Boycott Snap Election

    Thai Opposition Will Boycott Snap Election

    Thai Opposition Will Boycott Snap Election Thailand’s  Democrat Party, the main opposition,  will boycott a snap election called for 2 February, its leader said Saturday, a move that may deepen the nation’s political crisis after months of street protests. “Thailand has been a political failure for eight or nine years, which made people lose faith ...
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  • Thai Protesters Want To Oust Yingluck, And Put Off Snap Election

    Thai Protesters Want To Oust Yingluck, And Put Off Snap Election

    Thai Protesters Want To Oust Yingluck, And Put Off Snap Election Anti-government protesters resumed marches in Bangkok Friday, trying to energize supporters in the centre of the Thai capital before a planned mass rally at the weekend to put pressure on Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to step down. Ms. Yingluck called a snap election last ...
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  • Thai Protesters Say They Will Hound PM Yingluck From Office

    Thai Protesters Say They Will Hound PM Yingluck From Office

    Thai Protesters Say They Will Hound PM Yingluck From Office Anti-government demonstrators in Thailand said they will step up their protests in an attempt to force Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra from office and push through electoral reforms before a general election is held. The number of protesters camped on the street in the capital has dwindled ...
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  • Thai Opposition Leaders Discuss Coming "Snap Election" On 2 February

    Thai Opposition Leaders Discuss Coming “Snap Election” On 2 February

    Thai Opposition Leaders Discuss Coming "Snap Election" On 2 February Thailand's main opposition party opened a meeting Monday to decide whether or not to take part in a" snap election" called by the Thai government to defuse street protests, but one senior member said reforms demanded by the protesters should be implemented first. Thai's Prime Minister ...
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  • Yingluck says, Thai Protests Will Not Lead to Military Coup

    Yingluck says, Thai Protests Will Not Lead to Military Coup

    Yingluck says, Thai Protests Will Not Lead to Military Coup Thailand's Prime Minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, said widespread protests that forced her to call a snap election earlier this week will not lead to a military coup like the one that ousted her brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, in Y 2006. “I don’t think the military would do ...
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  • Thai Baht Rises To 2 Wk High After Yingluck Dissolves House

    Thai Baht Rises To 2 Wk High After Yingluck Dissolves House

    Thai Baht Rises To 2 Wk High After Yingluck Dissolves House Thailand's Baht rose to a 2-wk high after Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra dissolved parliament to defuse anti-government protests that are now in their 2nd month in Bangkok. Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban repeated a call for Ms. Yingluck and her ministers to resign within 3 ...
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  • Thai House Dissolved, Antigoverment Protests Persist

    Thai House Dissolved, Antigoverment Protests Persist

    Thai House Dissolved, Antigoverment Protests Persist Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Monday announced the dissolution of the House of Representatives to defuse the country's prolonged political tension. Ms. Yingluck said the incumbent government will remain functional as a caretaker until a new general election is held. The Thai King approved the House dissolution and ...
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  • Thaksin's Homecoming Hopes Derailed, Thai Crisis Back On

    Thaksin’s Homecoming Hopes Derailed, Thai Crisis Back On

    Thaksin's Homecoming Hopes Derailed, Thai Crisis Back On Thailand's political future is cloudier than ever, but one thing is for certain - self-exiled former premier Thaksin Shinawatra won't be coming home soon. The chances of another round of political conflict seemed slim a few months ago as the government of Thaksin's sister, Prime Minister Yingluck ...
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  • Thailand's King Urges Citizens To Perform Duties For Nation'sl Benefit

    Thailand’s King Urges Citizens To Perform Duties For Nation’sl Benefit

    Thailand's King Urges Citizens To Perform Duties For Nation'sl Benefit Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej Thursday morning urged all Thais to perform their duties for the country's interests, stability and unity. In an address delivered on his 86th birthday, the beloved King said Thailand has been peaceful and blissful because people are united and love the ...
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  • Calm In Bangkok, Thai Police Step Aside, Baht Steady

    Calm In Bangkok, Thai Police Step Aside, Baht Steady

    Calm In Bangkok, Thai Police Step Aside, Baht Steady The Thai government ordered police to stand down and allow protesters into state buildings Tuesday, removing a flash point for clashes and effectively bringing an end to days of violence in Bangkok in which 5 people have died. Thai protesters are demanding the resignation of Prime ...
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  • Arrest Warrant Issued For Thai Protest Leader On Rebellion Charges

    Arrest Warrant Issued For Thai Protest Leader On Rebellion Charges

    Arrest Warrant Issued For Thai Protest Leader On Rebellion Charges The Thai Criminal Court Monday issued an arrest warrant for protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban on rebellion charges. Suthep has allegedly orchestrated thousands of anti-government protesters who have invaded and occupied varied government premises, using force and weapons as well as making threats against government personnel ...
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  • Protests Continue In Bangkok, Thai Military Deployed

    Protests Continue In Bangkok, Thai Military Deployed

    Protests Continue In Bangkok, Thai Military Deployed Troops are deployed in the Thai capital of Bangkok to support riot police shielding official buildings from anti-government protesters. Activists threaten to enter Key government buildings, including the HQ of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Two people were killed and dozens wounded Saturday as pro and anti-government groups clashed. ...
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  • Thailand Speeding Up Rice Sales To Exporters

    Thailand Speeding Up Rice Sales To Exporters

    Thailand Speeding Up Rice Sales To Exporters The Thai Commerce Ministry is speeding up rice sales to exporters and the private sector to earn and return at least Bt 12.3-B to the national coffers. Surasak Riangkrul, Foreign Trade Department director general, said the Rice Release Subcommittee has approved the sales of 615,000 tonnes of rice ...
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  • UN Chief Concerned Over Political Unrest In Thailand

    UN Chief Concerned Over Political Unrest In Thailand

    UN Chief Concerned Over Political Unrest In Thailand UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Wednesday expressed his concern about the rising political tensions in Thailand, calling on all concerned to resolve their differences through genuine dialogue and peaceful means. A statement issued here by Ban's spokesperson said that the Secretary-General is concerned about reports of the Thailand ...
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  • Wage-Induced Inflation To Dim Asia's Economic Outlook

    Wage-Induced Inflation To Dim Asia’s Economic Outlook

    Wage-Induced Inflation To Dim Asia's Economic Outlook When Monetary Authority of Singapore projected early this week that the city-state's full- year inflation will range from 2.5 to 3%, analysts unanimously forecast that inflation next year would edge higher mainly due to higher pass-on wage costs, a problem also likely to overshadow economic outlook of most ...
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  • Thai Government Protesters Intent On Ousting Lady PM Yingluck

    Thai Government Protesters Intent On Ousting Lady PM Yingluck

    Thai Government Protesters Intent On Ousting Lady PM Yingluck Anti-government demonstrators plan to march towards the HQ of Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's ruling party Friday, forging ahead with a campaign to overthrow her after rejecting her call for dialogue. PM Yingluck breezed through a parliamentary no-confidence vote Thursday but that failed to pacify protesters ...
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  • Thai PM Yingluck Survives Vote Of No Confidence

    Thai PM Yingluck Survives Vote Of No Confidence

    Thai PM Yingluck Survives Vote Of No Confidence Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra survived Thursday's no-confidence vote in parliament, as a massive anti-government protest raged outside. Following 2 days of censure debate during which Yingluck responded to criticism and accusations by the opposition Democrat Party, the House of Representatives voted 297:134 in support of the ...
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  • Thailand Expects 28-M Foreign Tourists In 2014

    Thailand Expects 28-M Foreign Tourists In 2014

    Thailand Expects 28-M Foreign Tourists In 2014 The Tourism Council of Thailand said Thursday that the country was expected to receive 28-M  foreign tourists in Y 2014, an increase of 8% from the expected 26.6-M this year. It forecasts that the revenue in the tourist sector will rise 12% next year to 2.02-T Baht from ...
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  • Unrest In Thailand Curbs Recession Recovery

    Unrest In Thailand Curbs Recession Recovery

    Unrest In Thailand Curbs Recession Recovery Political unrest in Thailand under the current government has increased economic risks, threatening to dampen a rebound from recession as protests slow local consumption and investment, and weaken the local currency. GDP will rise an average 3.6% this year, according to the median estimate in a survey of 26 ...
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  • USD/THB: Thai Baht Report

    USD/THB: Thai Baht Report

    USD/THB: Thai Baht Report HEFFX report on the Thai Baht. HEFFX is the leading Asian Currency FX Platform, lowest spreads, fastest execution. USD/THB  closed down  -0.120 at  31.000.  Volume was 26% above average (neutral) and Bollinger Bands were 47% narrower than normal. Open     High      Low     Close     Volume___ 31.120   31.160   30.990   31.000         715 Technical Outlook Short ...
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  • Bank of Thailand Cuts 2013 Growth Forecast

    Bank of Thailand Cuts 2013 Growth Forecast

    The Bank of Thailand said Friday that it expects the Thailand economy to expand by just 3.7% this year. In July, it forecast a 4.2% growth rate. Early in the year, it projected a 5.1% growth rate. In the minutes of Thailand's  Monetary Policy Committee (MPC)'s last meeting, the Y 2014 forecast was revised downward ...
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  • ASEAN Economy Solid

    ASEAN Economy Solid

     Economies of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) remained strong as nominal GDP grew by 5.7% at US$2.31-T in Y 2012, a statement released by the ASEAN Secretariat said Monday. The continuing growth in the region was reflected in the improved GDP per capita at US$ 3,751 in Y 2012 from US$ 3,591 in ...
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  • Thailand: High Speed Rail Deal

    Thailand: High Speed Rail Deal

    Thailand, Bidding For High-speed Trains Set For Q-3 Next Year Another reason Shayne Heffernan is keeping the Thai Baht a strong buy is the phenomenal growth in Thai infrastructure that will become a reality over the next 10 years. International bidding for Thailand 's procurement of high-speed trains to carry passengers and cargoes will likely ...
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  • Thailand Maintains Policy Rate At 2.50%

    Thailand Maintains Policy Rate At 2.50%

    The Bank of Thailand's Monetary Policy Committee voted unanimously Wednesday to maintain the policy rate at 2.50% per annum. The committee noted that the Thai economy is stabilizing and should gradually recover, according to Paiboon Kittisrikangwan, secretary of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC). "Current accommodative monetary policy remains appropriate in supporting economic recovery in the ...
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