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Thailand’s second-largest telecom operator DTAC Has High Hopes for 3G

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Tore Johnsen is chief executive of Total Access Communication PLC, Thailand’s second-largest telecom operator by subscribers, known as DTAC. Prior to joining DTAC in September 2008, Mr. Johnsen served as chief executive of Telenor Pakistan Pvt Ltd. and DiGi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd in Malaysia. DTAC is 38%-owned by Norwegian telecom operator Telenor ASA.

via DTAC Has High Hopes for 3G in Thailand – WSJ.com.

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“When a company wonders where it will locate its headquarters, telecommunications are a major factor. It’s like questioning the power supply! Today, broadband access is relatively limited. 3G, bringing more competition, would lower costs and better services. The kingdom wants the latest technology with a new airport, Skytrain. But if this continues, it will be the last country to have 3G. “

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Abuse against women still prevalent in Thailand

Like many other Asian countries, Thailand is a patriarchal society in which women are generally tied to the role of family caretaker which usually means raising children and taking care of the elderly, as well as other household chores like cooking and cleaning.

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In December 1999, the United Nations designated Nov 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, to commemorate the murder of the Mirabal sisters, the three Dominican political activists who opposed the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo in 1960.

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Thai cabinet approves 350 billion baht Aid for COVID-hit Businesses

Thailand unveiled new measures to help small and medium COVID-hit businesses in the tourism industry hit by a liquidity crunch.

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The Thai cabinet has approved assistance worth 350 billion baht($11 Billion) to help businesses affected by COVID-19 with soft loans and asset warehousing.

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Thai Mango growers complain of low prices and fewer exports

Because of the global COVID-19 pandemic, their mangoes are not being exported, due to fewer buyers, and their prices have plunged to between 10 and 20 baht per kilogram, depending on size.

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Mango orchard owners in Thailand’s northern province of Phitsanuloke are seeking help from the provincial administration to promote the sale of their sweet fruit, particularly Barracuda Mango variety.

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