(File photo by Krit Promsaka na Sakolnakorn)The government is upbeat about the country's export prospects after shipments rose at the fastest rate in more than five years in January. The Commerce Ministry's export growth target of 8% is well above the 6.8% forecast by the National Economic and Social Development Board. Exports rose to all major markets, especially South Asia, where shipments surged 26.1% year-on-year last month. Also seeing strong growth were exports to Japan (up 26.3%), the US (11.3%), the EU (8.9%), Asean (14.3%) and CLMV (18.4%). The EIC predicts Thai export growth of 5% this year.

February 21, 2018 22:07 UTC

The public is focused on the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC), its delays and lack of transparency in Gen Prayut's million-dollar watch collection. Gen Prawit: 'Too busy' to cooperateThe NACC has been forced to delay announcing the result of its probe into the matter by several months as it waits on Gen Prawit to fully cooperate. "The issue will be clearer [next month]," Pol Gen Watcharapol said. The deputy premier was well within his rights to seek the postponements, even if they dragged out the inquiry, the NACC chairman said. Based on the the body's inquisitorial system of deliberating cases, Gen Prawit must provide a full and thorough account, he said.

February 21, 2018 22:07 UTC

As the digital age has facilitated information- and data-sharing, people now expect more from their leaders when it comes to transparency and ethical standards. Three high-profile cases have emerged recently that best illustrate how many of our leaders retain their consciences from the analogue era. Establishing good ethical standards for political office-holders, business leaders and members of the public is the key to tackling graft. Therefore, it should let these platforms expose the facts and reveal information that can help establish a more ethical awareness in Thai society. Digital society demands greater transparency and higher ethical standards from politicians and government officials.

February 21, 2018 21:45 UTC

(Bangkok Post file photo)Inescapably, those of us who live in Bangkok are resigned to the fact that pollution is part of our way of life. But the threat of air pollution in recent weeks seems too much to bear. Human activities are the major sources of outdoor air pollution including fossil fuel combustion from vehicles, power generation, industry and agricultural clearance and waste burning. No state agencies mentioned air pollution sources. Worse, some authorities said air pollution is "a temporary problem" and that it does not happen every day.

February 21, 2018 21:33 UTC

photo courtesy of Artist + Run GalleryTawan Wattuya's exhibition "Out Of The Frying Pan Into The Fire" juxtaposes the artist's oil-on-canvas paintings from 2005 with those he created in the past year. Browsing newspapers and social media to find inspiration, Tawan humorously captures the zeitgeist and prominent newsmakers of then and now. Politicians, musicians, singers, sportsmen and emerging internet idols all figure on Tawan's cultural wall of fame. Unsurprisingly, in Tawan's playful look at Thailand's sociopolitical landscape via the media lens, little has changed in just over a decade. The artist, who rose to fame thanks to his witty, comical aquarelle paintings, returns to oil painting for this exhibition, which opens at Artist + Run Gallery, Soi Taweewattana (Narathiwat 22) on Sunday.

February 21, 2018 19:18 UTC





With Thailand's international comedy scene growing bigger and faster than ever, acclaimed US comedian Doug Stanhope will be heading the event as part of his Asian tour. He's been lauded by Ricky Gervais as "the most important stand-up working today", and Chris Rock said he's "the most dangerous comedian in the world". Fuelled by his anger and outrage at Western civilisation's slide into apathy and stupidity, he's the one stand-up comedian still honest and daring enough to talk about topics deemed untouchable. I stopped making stuff up and I stopped doing jokes that I didn't really believe in, and started working on stuff that I meant." And if you're interested, get our tickets as soon as possible, because VIP seats are already sold out.

February 21, 2018 19:18 UTC

The non-performing loan (NPL) ratio stood at 2.04 per cent of total outstanding pico-finance loans at the end of last year, the agency said. Pornchai Thiraveja, deputy director-general at FPO and finance spokesman, said that total accumulative pico-finance loans have been provided to 8,561 accounts, at Bt25,577.85 per account. Of the total accumulative pico-finance loans, 62.18 per cent – or Bt136.16 million provided to 4,348 accounts – has been collateralised, while 37.82 per cent - or Bt82.81 million approved for 4,213 accounts, has been non-collateralised. Pico-finance loans with maturity due in less than three months accounted for Bt4.93 million, or 6.69 per cent, of the total outstanding pico-finance loans. Some 159 pico-finance operators are now are offering services in 49 provinces, while 114 operators have extended pico-finance loans in 45 provinces.

February 21, 2018 18:00 UTC

The Supreme Court also upheld the Appeals Court’s verdict that suspended the imprisonment of six defendants who were minors when the offences were committed the offences. The Criminal Court in December 2010 sentenced the six to jail terms of three and four months each. The convicted defendants were taken to prison by Corrections Department officials after the Supreme Court verdict yesterday. The top court yesterday also ordered arrest warrants to be issued for five defendants who failed to show up yesterday. The reading of the verdict was postponed three times last year as some of the defendants failed to appear.

February 21, 2018 18:00 UTC

There are a lot of fields to explore and that’s why we were here,” said Gruzdev, who led a trade mission to Thailand. We hope that with this business mission we will let Thai businesses learn more about Russian investment and opportunity. Thai partners may benefit from the participation of Kaspersky Internet Security and Group-IB in the business mission, the minister said. Trade and economic ties are an important part of relations between Russia and Thailand, the minister said. “This only affirms the vision of Thailand of its maturity and well understanding of the global issue of cybersecurity.”

February 21, 2018 18:00 UTC

President Trump’s shifting of the conversation from the school shooting tragedy has angered many of his countrymen – especially the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Florida, where the killings took place. Emma Gonzalez, a senior at the school, called President Trump’s words “disgraceful”. Many of the students are demanding that Congress and the president take action to confront gun violence. The task is regarded as not impossible, given the fact that thea Republican Party has full control of the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives. So far, however, American politicians are showing they have more love for guns than for their own children!

February 21, 2018 18:00 UTC

BRISK BUSINESSTrade between Thailand and Cambodia in 2017 jumped 9.9 per cent from the prior year to US$6.16 billion. The neighbours aim for an annual trade value of US$15 billion in 2020. Nhay Sochann, chief finance officer of Cambodian trading firm Hong Seng Loan Trading Co Ltd, said she joined in the event as she was looking for Thai products to import into Cambodia, especially food and beverages, given the popularity of Thai products in Cambodia. “Cambodia people have confidence in Thai products as they believe they are of high quality. "I have done business in Cambodia for over 10 years, exporting consumer products from Thailand and importing agricultural products from Cambodia,” Doungjai said.

February 21, 2018 18:00 UTC

He criticises JC Wilcox’s reference to Churchill’s anti-Islam stance as a “slur on the great man”, but it is no such thing. Moving on to other qualities of the great man which would attract vilification from today’s left-ist “snowflakes”, Churchill was a master of insult and invective. Here is an exchange between Churchill and Nancy Astor, Britain’s first female MP:Astor: If I were your wife I would put poison in your coffee. And here’s another for the “feminazis” – an exchange with Labour MP Bessie Braddock:Braddock: Winston, you’re drunk. Churchill: Bessie, you’re ugly.

February 21, 2018 18:00 UTC

Thongpakai Suksrirat shows her bloodied, slashed arms in a Facebook photo after she reported being attacked and robbed by her taxi driver early on Wednesday morning in Bangkok's Bang Kapi area. Thongpakai Suksrirat arrived at Lat Phrao police station with blood flowing down her arms and filed a complaint at about 3.45am. The young woman told police that she had been attacked and robbed by a taxi driver. But instead, he opened the door to the back passenger seat where she was sitting, Ms Thongpakai told police. Later on Wednesday, Ms Thongpakai posted a message on her Facebook account warning women against travelling alone.

February 21, 2018 09:11 UTC

Thongpakai Suksrirat shows her bloodied, slashed arms in a Facebook photo after she reported being attacked and robbed by her taxi driver early on Wednesday morning in Bangkok's Bang Kapi area. Thongpakai Suksrirat arrived at Lat Phrao police station with blood flowing down her arms and filed a complaint about 3.45am. The young woman told police that she had been attacked and robbed by the driver of a taxi. She told the driver to stop at a bank near Nida intersection as she wanted to transfer money to a friend. He stopped, got out of the cab and suddenly opened the door to the back passenger seat where she was sitting, Ms Thongpakai told police.

February 21, 2018 08:37 UTC

Yongyut Sopharak, 42, was arrested at 7.30pm on Tuesday by a joint force of a Navy Mekong Patrol unit in Nong Khai and police from Phon Pisai police station. Captain Niyom Pheungto, commander of the Mekong Patrol Unit in Nong Khai, said he received tip-offs that there would be a smuggling attempt at the graveyard of Ban Wern village in Tambon Jumpol of Phon Pisai district. The team spotted a boat crossing the river from Laos before Yongyut arrived on a motorcycle and left immediately. Niyom said the team chased Yongyut, whose motorcycle crashed against a kilometer marker before he was arrested and the drugs were found. Yongyut said he was paid Bt5,000 to ride to the spot to take the drugs to send to an unnamed recipient in Udon Thani.

February 21, 2018 08:31 UTC