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Democracy at the Crossroads

In the past decade, we have been witnessing dramatic political developments in Thailand. It started with the coming to power of Thaksin Shinawatra through elections. At a glance, it seemed that the Thai democracy began to institutionalize itself and there was a high hope among the Thai public that stability of the democratic government was possible. This can be explained by the fact that Thaksin was able to project himself that he was a new type of political leadership which matched well with globalization and the age of information technology. As a highly successful telecommunication business leader who became one of the richest men in the country in a very short period of time, he was the most suitable leader to lead the country to prosperity as he often pointed out. In addition, the success in elections of the Thai Rak Thai party convinced the Thais that the party system was becoming stable and institutionalized.

 

 

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From goby fish to tilapia fish

It is well-known to everyone that the royal families of Thailand and Japan have a special relationship. Many people know that the tilapia fish in Thailand was an outcome of this relationship. However, few people know that before the tilapia there was also the goby fish.

It is well-known to everyone that the royal families of Thailand and Japan have a special relationship. Many people know that the tilapia fish in Thailand was an outcome of this relationship. However, few people know that before the tilapia there was also the goby fish. 

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Everyone gets to learn

Giving young people a better chance in life than their circumstances might otherwise allow, Phra Dabos School, initiated by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, offers non-formal occupational training for underprivileged people denied formal schooling.

Giving young people a better chance in life than their circumstances might otherwise allow, Phra Dabos School, initiated by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, offers non-formal occupational training for underprivileged people denied formal schooling.

 

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Thailand mourns the late, great monarch, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej

His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who was revered as the "father of the nation" among Thailand's 67 million people, passed away 13 October, 2016. The late Monarch was beloved among all his subjects - homes and businesses throughout the kingdom displayed His Majesty's portrait in an honorable, prominent position, illustrating the people's love for their king, who reigned for 70 years (1946 - 2016).

His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who was revered as the "father of the nation" among Thailand's 67 million people, passed away 13 October, 2016. 

The late Monarch was beloved among all his subjects - homes and businesses throughout the kingdom displayed His Majesty's portrait in an honorable, prominent position, illustrating the people's love for their king, who reigned for 70 years (1946 - 2016). 

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The Royal Rainmaking

Since its inception in 1969, the Royal Rainmaking project continues to alleviate drought problem in Thailand's rural area enabling farmers to harvest without disruption. The Royal Rainmaking Project was made possible through His Majesty’s persistent efforts, talent, skill and most importantly, a sincere and genuine regard for his people and country.

Water scarcity is one of the most pressing issues facing our world today. The United Nations estimates that more than 40 percent of the global population live in conditions where there is shortage of water. In most of the agrarian countries where agriculture represents a significant source of GDP, the need for water consumption in the sector has inflated to more than 80 percent of the overall demand. 

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A Tale of Fish and Monarch

Many countries which have a special relationship with Thailand have reacted with sorrow to the passing of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, but none more than Japan where Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, much respected by Thais, undertook three days of mourning.

Many countries which have a special relationship with Thailand have reacted with sorrow to the passing of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, but none more than Japan where Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, much respected by Thais, undertook three days of mourning.

This unprecedented gesture indicated the strength of the friendship of the two dynastic houses King Bhumibol and Emperor Akihito in particular who enjoyed ever closer bonds over the decades as ties between the two countries grew more cordial and Japan encouraged investment and trade relations.

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Licensing Facilitation Act

Given on the 16th Day of January B.E. 2558
LICENSING FACILITATION ACT,
B.E. 2558 (2015)
 
BHUMIBOL ADULYADEJ, REX.
Given on the 16th Day of January B.E.

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ASEAN economy will outperform most others, experts say

With the launch of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), the region’s economy will outperform most others in the world over the next decade and Southeast Asia could become the second-largest exporting economy in the world, according to leading bankers who spoke at a seminar in Bangkok last week.
With the launch of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), the region’s economy will outperform most others in the world over the next decade and Southeast Asia could become the second-largest exporting economy in the world, according to leading bankers who spoke at a seminar in Bangkok last week.
 
Usara Wilaipich, senior economist at Standard Chartered Bank in Thailand, said the region’s expanding middle class and large labor force was already attracting significant investment from around the world.

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Government’s anti-corruption campaign working, watchdogs say

The government’s anti-corruption campaign is showing positive results at the federal level, a network of anti-corruption groups said last week, although the situation remains troublesome at the provincial level. Meanwhile, the Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission sent a second list of allegedly corrupt officials containing 152 names to the Prime Minister.
The government’s anti-corruption campaign is showing positive results at the federal level, a network of anti-corruption groups said last week, although the situation remains troublesome at the provincial level. Meanwhile, the Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission sent a second list of allegedly corrupt officials containing 152 names to the Prime Minister.
 
Pramon Sutheewong, chairman of the Anti-Corruption Organization of Thailand, a network of anti-graft groups, commended moves made by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s administration to fight corruption.

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Prime Minister affirms to stick by the roadmap to restore democracy

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha threw cold water on those calling for him to extend his time in office by another two years to achieve reforms, saying he would stick by the roadmap to restore democracy next year.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha threw cold water on those calling for him to extend his time in office by another two years to achieve reforms, saying he would stick by the roadmap to restore democracy next year.
 
The Prime Minister instructed all ministries to complete their important work by next April to pave the way for national elections later that year.

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