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Germany gets a taste of Thailand

Happiness index falls sharply

Complaint against Thaksin’s daughter filed

 

Germany gets a taste of Thailand

The Commerce Minister, Mr. Krirkkrai Jirapaet, attended the opening of the In Store Promotion event at Metro Cash & Carry store in Düsseldorf, Germany to promote Thai food products. He said the event will allow Thai food products to reach more foreign consumers.
The Department of Promotion introduced more than 20 types of Thai food items to be sold at the 16 branches of Metro Cash & Carry in Germany. In the future, more Thai food products are expected to be sold in 586 branches in 28 countries worldwide. In addition, the department has cooperated with another major department store in Germany, and it has over 600 branches around the world.
At the In Store Promotion, Thai fruits and vegetables are being sold, and Thai cooking demonstrations are also being organized. The event attracted many shoppers and will be continue until November. NNB

 

Happiness index falls sharply

Thailand’s gross domestic happiness index (GDHI) in September this year rose to 5.94 points from the 5.02 points registered in July on a scale of 10 points, according to a recent survey conducted by the Assumption University ABAC Poll.
But last month’s GDHI declined from the 6.30 points scored a year ago when the military toppled the elected government of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra in a bloodless coup, according to ABAC Poll director Noppadol Kannikar.
Inquiries were made of 4,885 people in 21 provinces nationwide.
According to Mr. Noppadol, the latest survey indicated that happiness among Thais declined in almost every sector when compared to September 2006.
For example, social justice retreated to 5.47 from 5.80 points and the situation is expected to worsen if interim Prime Minister Gen. Surayud Chulanont cannot prove that he had acquired his land in a northeastern province legally.
He said the poll also showed that only 4.7 per cent of Thais were free of problems while the rest continued to live in varied states of unhappiness.
The image of the present government was among few positive factors in the survey. The people’s happiness towards the government rose to 4.88 points in September from 3.74 points in July after Gen. Surayud reaffirmed that the election would certainly be held late this year. TNA


Complaint against Thaksin’s daughter filed

The Assets Examination Committee or AEC has agreed to file a complaint against Thaksin Shinawatra’s daughter Pinthongta after she failed to testify before a probe panel last week.
Mr. Sak Korsangreung, AEC spokesman, revealed the AEC had ruled on the decision to file a complaint against Pinthongta Shinawatra and related parties at Bangkok’s Bang Sue Police Station.
Meanwhile, the AEC has ordered another round of freezing of the Shinawatra family’s assets worth 87 million baht. Such an amount was found to have been transferred from an account of Somporn and Associates Company which was frozen in July this year.
Miss Pinthongta Shinawatra last week declined to testify against her parents who are charged with the high-profile alleged tax evasion case related to last year’s Shin Corp share deal. TNA