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King of Hearts

Today is a day of joy when the country sets asides political bickering to join hearts as one to celebrate the 87th birthday of His Majesty the King.

His Majesty the King’s birthday is an opportunity for the country to review His Majesty’s hard work for the country. Except for the last decade due to his frail health, he has initiated and overseen thousands of development projects to improve the quality of life of the rural poor and to restore the degraded environment.

For more than six decades he spent most of each year visiting villagers in every nook and cranny to listen to their problems, to ask them what they need before helping them to be self-reliant.

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Institute of Justice partnering with prosecutors to counter trafficking

The Thailand Institute of Justice has joined the fight against human trafficking and announced last week that it will work closely with the Office of the Attorney General to find solutions and take more vigorous actions on cases of human trafficking.
The Thailand Institute of Justice has joined the fight against human trafficking and announced last week that it will work closely with the Office of the Attorney General to find solutions and take more vigorous actions on cases of human trafficking. 
 
Adisak Panupong, Director of the Institute, said at a seminar on anti-human trafficking capacity building for public prosecutors on November 18 that if a full range of actions were taken, the problem of human trafficking could be resolved within three years.

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Minister reassures investors on Foreign Business Act

Thailand’s Minister of Commerce reassured foreign investors last week that proposed amendments to the Foreign Business Act would ease restrictions and obstructions to doing business and would not change shareholding rules to reduce foreign control of companies.
Thailand’s Minister of Commerce reassured foreign investors last week that proposed amendments to the Foreign Business Act would ease restrictions and obstructions to doing business and would not change shareholding rules to reduce foreign control of companies. 
 
The proposed changes to the Foreign Business Act (FBA) had prompted several foreign chambers of commerce, embassies and foreign businesses to express concern.

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Tourists are not deterred by martial law, Thailand tops medical tourism

Thailand is now the global leader in medical tourism, drawing 1.8 million visitors for treatment and care in 2013, according to a report by Bloomberg Markets magazine, while more than 70 percent of tourists visiting Thailand told a survey that the imposition of martial law did not deter them in any way from deciding to holiday in the Kingdom.
Thailand is now the global leader in medical tourism, drawing 1.8 million visitors for treatment and care in 2013, according to a report by Bloomberg Markets magazine, while more than 70 percent of tourists visiting Thailand told a survey that the imposition of martial law did not deter them in any way from deciding to holiday in the Kingdom. 
 
Of the 1,044 tourists surveyed by Bangkok University, 86 percent said that Thailand was a safe place to visit, 11.5 percent were unsure and only 2.4 percent said it was not.

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Massachusetts IT giant wants Thailand as training hub

EMC Corporation of Massachusetts, described as the world’s largest information management firm, is promoting Thailand as its center for training data-science professionals in the Asia-Pacific region, with plans to recruit 25 academic partners and turn out 500 professionals in the next two years.
EMC Corporation of Massachusetts, described as the world’s largest information management firm, is promoting Thailand as its center for training data-science professionals in the Asia-Pacific region, with plans to recruit 25 academic partners and turn out 500 professionals in the next two years.  
 
This would be the first time EMC has introduced its curriculum and training course in Thailand to train university students to meet the rising demand for skills in big data.

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Chiang Mai bird sanctuary wins gold medal

Thailand’s excellence in preserving the environment and culture was honored last week when the Protective Wing Bird Sanctuary in Chiang Mai was awarded the gold medal for green architecture in the Asia-Pacific region by the Holcim Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Swiss building materials manufacturer that promotes green and sustainable development.
Thailand’s excellence in preserving the environment and culture was honored last week when the Protective Wing Bird Sanctuary in Chiang Mai was awarded the gold medal for green architecture in the Asia-Pacific region by the Holcim Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Swiss building materials manufacturer that promotes green and sustainable development. 
 
There were more than 1,000 entries from the region for the Holcim Awards for Green Architecture. A second Thai team won an Acknowledgement Prize for its plan to restore old canals in the Kingdom.

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Oregon University partners with Mahidol University on health

Trading on strengths across the Pacific, Oregon Health and Science University signed agreements with Mahidol University and Bangkok Dusit Medical Services last week to partner on research, trials and scientific collaboration and exchange aimed at raising the quality of health care available in the Kingdom.
Trading on strengths across the Pacific, Oregon Health and Science University signed agreements with Mahidol University and Bangkok Dusit Medical Services last week to partner on research, trials and scientific collaboration and exchange aimed at raising the quality of health care available in the Kingdom. 
 
“It's an international exchange to improve the health of populations and help us learn, too,” said Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) Provost Dr. Jeanette Mladenovic.
 
Mladenovic and OHSU President Dr.

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Government seeks peace through development in South

Defense Minister Prawit Wongsuwan vowed last week to do all he could to bring peace to Thailand’s Deep South within one year, as the government approved a budget of US$240 million for a wide range of development projects to help reduce poverty in the troubled region.
Defense Minister Prawit Wongsuwan vowed last week to do all he could to bring peace to Thailand’s Deep South within one year, as the government approved a budget of US$240 million for a wide range of development projects to help reduce poverty in the troubled region. 
 
Prawit, who is also a deputy prime minister in charge of security matters, will oversee the funds.  An ad-hoc administrative center will be established to supervise their distribution, and the center will answer to the minister.

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Mekong anti-drug force launched; Pirate Bay founder arrested

Thailand struck several blows against transnational crime last week, joining a four-nation anti-drug trafficking initiative in the Mekong River region and arresting one of the co-founders of Pirate Bay, a website involved in intellectual property theft on a global scale.
Thailand struck several blows against transnational crime last week, joining a four-nation anti-drug trafficking initiative in the Mekong River region and arresting one of the co-founders of Pirate Bay, a website involved in intellectual property theft on a global scale.
 
Tougher action against drug smuggling is already a priority for Thailand’s governments.  Last week, Thailand joined with Laos, Myanmar and China in an initiative to increase anti-narcotics enforcement in the Mekong River region, which runs through all four countries.

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Deputy PM vows to remove trade barriers

Deputy Prime Minister Pridiyathorn Devakula told an international conference last week that Thailand will remove tariff and non-tariff barriers that discourage foreign companies from making the Kingdom their trading headquarters, adding that he believed Thailand’s economic future will hinge on expanding trade within Southeast Asia.
Deputy Prime Minister Pridiyathorn Devakula told an international conference last week that Thailand will remove tariff and non-tariff barriers that discourage foreign companies from making the Kingdom their trading headquarters, adding that he believed Thailand’s economic future will hinge on expanding trade within Southeast Asia. 
 
“We have a lot of tax barriers and we also have a lot of non-tax barriers in the form of visa requirements, work-permit regulations, and the 90-days issue, which we will definitely eliminate in order to attract foreign headquart

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