Thai protesters march in Bangkok, police set up barriers

By Panu Wongcha-um and Aukkarapon Niyomyat BANGKOK, May 22 : Anti-government protesters began marching in Bangkok on Tuesday from a university in the Thai capital to Government House to demand that the military government hold a general election by November. Government House and surrounding streets have been declared a no-go zone by police for the […]

Thai Q1 GDP grows at best pace in 5 yrs, govt raises 2018 forecast

By Orathai Sriring and Kitiphong Thaichareon BANGKOK, May 21 : Thailand produced its fastest economic growth in five years in the first quarter, boosted by strong exports and tourism plus a slight firming in long-weak private consumption. With the robust January-March performance, the national planning agency raised its 2018 growth forecast to 4.2-4.7 percent from […]

Venerating the past, traditional costume fever grips Thailand

By Amy Sawitta Lefevre and Panu Wongcha-um BANGKOK, Apr 8 : Business is booming for Siri Seatea’s traditional dress shop in Bangkok. “Out of the 30 years I’ve been running this shop, this is the peak for us,” 53-year-old Siri told Reuters as she stitched a Thai sarong for a client. History fever is gripping […]

Thai politics: No country for young men?

By Panu Wongcha-um and Chayut Setboonsarng BANGKOK, Mar 25 : A 39-year-old motor parts billionaire and extreme sports enthusiast seeking to shake up Thai politics has been compared to France’s Emmanuel Macron and Canada’s Justin Trudeau for his youth. But Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit sees little prospect of emulating their electoral success even if the junta, which […]

Thai graft agency investigates suspected theft of funds for the poor

By Panarat Thepgumpanat BANGKOK, Mar 20 : A Thai anti-corruption agency is investigating the suspected misappropriation of up to 85 percent of money from a state fund for the poor in a new scandal to hit the military government, which has promised to clean up graft. The Office of Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) said […]