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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
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
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
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
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
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
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