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Yangon holds first poll since 1949

YANGON — Residents of Myanmar’s largest city went to the polls on Saturday for the first municipal elections in 65 years, with voters hoping for change as Yangon booms, despite knowing little about the candidates or their policies.

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CDC defends changing law on PM rule

Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) chairman Bowornsak Uwanno defended the CDC’s decision that the prime minister will no longer be required to be an MP under a charter change proposal. 

Koh Tao trial to start July 8

The two Myanmar men accused of murdering two British tourists on Koh Tao will spend another seven months in jail before their trial begins.

EC power trimmed, NACC's intact

The Election Commission (EC) will only supervise and call new elections while the National Anti-Corruption Commission will enjoy largely the same powers it does today under the new constitution, drafters concluded on Friday.

Dam discharge floods into Yala, Pattani

Riverside communities reeling under monsoon floods in the far South faced further hardship as authorities warned they were releasing water from the brimming Bang Lang dam in Yala.

Exploring Phang Nga

Virgin tropical rainforest allows nature lovers a range of eco-travel activities that complement the cultural attractions the southern coastal province of Phang Nga has to offer.

Post-tsunami aid was not always on target in Asia

The houses are not yet 10 years old but already walls and roofs are collapsing on a housing estate in Sirikandurawatte in Sri Lanka.

CDC wants provision for non-elected prime minister

The prime minister should not necessarily be an elected MP and senators should be authorised to screen ministerial nominees, the Constitution Drafting Committee resolved on Thursday.

Two witnesses to be questioned in Yingluck rice case

The joint panel of public prosecutors and graft-busters has agreed two more people still need to be questioned about the purported government-to-government (G2G) rice sales before a decision can be made on the indictment of former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra over the loss-ridden rice-pledging scheme.

Museum of fake goods in Bangkok

See the most unusual and most fascinating display of fake products in Bangkok, and learn how to spot an imitation yourself. 

US: Election delay 'unwise and unjustified'

WASHINGTON – A four-month delay in holding a general election is “unwise and unjustified”, the US State Department said after being briefed officially on the new schedule by the government.

New MP election method approved

The Constitution Drafting Committee on Wednesday accepted the mixed-member proportional (MMP) System for electing members of parliament, which involves a combination of constituency and party-list representatives.

Koh Chang beach vendors face new year's crackdown

Koh Chang officials plan to launch a new year’s crackdown on beachfront transportation operators and motorcycle-rental agents in order to reclaim public property, ensure tourists aren’t cheated and to preserve the environment.

Leasing a condominium

Many expats who have come to Thailand find that leasing a condominium unit is a popular choice. There is a variety of reasons why expats choose to lease rather than buy a condominium unit.

CDC rejects proposal to directly elect PM

Constitutional drafters formally rejected on Tuesday a National Reform Council proposal to require direct election of the prime minister and cabinet members.

AIr force preps B3.5bn purchase of new fighter jets

Italian aerospace company Alenia Aermacchi again has offered its M-346 Master advanced jet trainer aircraft to Thailand as the air force looks at aircraft from as many as six countries to replace its ageing fleet of Czech-made L-39 Albatros jets.

Democrats seek lese majeste against Suda

The Democrat party has asked the defence vice-minister to file lese majeste charge against a red-shirt activist for wearing black in the “auspicious month” of December.

ACT seeks special new graft court

The chairman of the Anti-Corruption Organisation of Thailand (ACT) has called for a special court to be set up to handle corruption cases.

Thailand, China to set up central bank clearinghouses

Thailand and China agreed on Monday to establish clearinghouses at their central banks to foster commercial ties between the two countries.

Military-grade weapons found in Bangkok suburb

A large cache of military-grade weapons were found in Bangkok Monday amid police suspicions that the hand grenades, bullets and other munitions were linked to political violence before the coup.