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THAI staff demand S44 graft probe

A group of THAI Airways International employees have called on Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to exercise his power under Section 44 to probe the national carrier’s procurement contracts to see if any were tainted by graft. About 200 members of the so-called THAI Employees Fighting ...

Deputy PM takes strong stance against corruption

Building public awareness of corruption, taking note of complaints about unethical conduct, and bringing offenders to justice are some of the ways the government intends to clamp down on corruption. Deputy Prime Minister and Head of the Party and Government Inspection Authority and the Anti-Corruption ...

BMTA considers scrapping NVG bus contract

The Bangkok Mass Transit Authority is considering scrapping its bus purchase deal with Bestlin Group in the wake of a customs tax evasion scandal. The authority is seeking advice from the Office of the Attorney-General over possibly scrapping the contract based on concerns over the ...

Farming cooperatives to accept pledges of 2 million tonnes of paddy from farmers

Seventy-three farming cooperatives in 13 provinces are expected to be able to accept pledges of two million tonnes of paddy from farmers worth about 23 billion baht, said agriculture inspector-general Prinya Pergsombat on November 7. Prinya made the above remark after having met representatives of ...

Malaysia to buy power from Laos via Thai power grid

Laos, Thailand and Malaysia concluded a deal on September 21 which will see Malaysia buy 100 MW of electricity from Laos via Thailand’s power grid. Top energy officials of the three countries signed the Memorandum of Understanding on the sidelines of the 34th ASEAN Ministers on Energy ...

Vietnam, Russia intensify cooperation in anti-corruption

The Government Inspectorate of Vietnam and Russia ’s Presidential Directorate for Countering Corruption have exchanged experience in the fight against corruption. During their talks in Moscow on June 27, Vietnamese Deputy Inspector General Dang Cong Huan and head of the PDCC Oleg Plokhoi briefed each other ...

Thai PM urged to await verdict before paying constructor of Klong Dan project

A civic group on 3 December petitioned Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to exercise his special power and cancel the Cabinet’s resolution approving the payment of Bt9.6 billion in compensation to the constructor of the corruption-plagued Klong Dan wastewater-treatment project. Keep reading ...

Yangon government faces transparency call on flyovers

Outspoken independent MP Daw Nyo Nyo Thin has called on the regional government to publicly reveal the true cost of controversial flyover bridge projects before the end of its term. She submitted the proposal at a special meeting of the Yangon Region Hluttaw on 30 November. ...

Myanmar government drives up budget deficit with additional spending

President U Thein Sein’s outgoing government has submitted a supplementary budget request to parliament of K2.464 trillion (US$1.92 billion) with the defence ministry in line to receive the largest allocation, while health and education spending remain close to the bottom of the list. If approved by ...

Thai Deputy PM insists on using administrative order in rice cases

Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam has reiterated the government is not bullying ex-PM Yingluck Shinawatra when it demands compensation from her for damages from the rice-pledging programme using using the 1996 administrative tort law instead of the Civil Code. Damages can be claimed in one of the ...

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