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Thailand’s Girly Berry to dress conservatively for Songkran

Posted by jtsmyth8 on April 1, 2008

Thailand’s Culture Ministry said on Tuesday it has enlisted a popular girl band to front its annual campaign for women to dress modestly during the upcoming traditional New Year holiday. The four women in the band Girly Berry typically wear miniskirts and midriff-bearing tops but issued a statement saying they are committed to covering up during the traditional Thai New Year – known as Songkran – next week.

One of Girly Berry’s singers, Mananya Limsatien, urged young women ‘not to wear tank tops, strapless tops or very short pants’ during the April 13-15 holiday.

‘Don’t dress in anything too revealing or too sexy because it can be dangerous,’ she said in a statement Monday.

Songkran is celebrated by raucous water fights in the streets, which have led to complaints of sexual harassment of women.

Authorities typically urge women not to wear skimpy outfits and white tops that become more revealing when doused with water. (story)

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Singapore ranked at the bottom of corruption survey, that’s good.

Posted by jtsmyth8 on March 12, 2008

The Political and Economic Risk Consultancy (Perc) expects corruption to emerge as a hot-button issue in Asia this year as slowing growth, rising food prices and political campaigns feed a groundswell against graft.

But Singapore is unlikely to be tainted as expatriates surveyed by the Hong Kong-based group once again rank it the least corrupt economy in the region.

The annual survey also rated Hong Kong and Japan highly among 13 Asian economies.

The Philippines was deemed the most corrupt for the second consecutive year.

Thailand, China, Indonesia, India and Vietnam fared poorly too.

The 1,400 expatriates surveyed in January and February this year were asked to grade the extent that corruption detracts from the attractiveness of the business environment they work in.

Singapore scored with its ‘no-nonsense approach to corruption’, the report said. (story)

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Where’d you get that pork?

Posted by jtsmyth8 on February 7, 2008

The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) is considering applications from slaughterhouses in both countries to sell frozen pork here, part of a government plan to diversify the country’s food supply.

Recent outbreaks such as bird flu, along with the wide-reaching fallout of climate change, have prompted AVA to look further afield for food supplies, said spokesman Goh Shih Yong.

‘We believe in taking no chances. Food safety is of paramount importance,’ he said.

In 2006, for example, the export of frozen raw chicken from Thailand and China was suspended because of a bird flu outbreak.

Similar scares have prompted AVA to look to meat producers in South America. (story)

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Refer to the Thai PM by grabbing your nose

Posted by jtsmyth8 on January 30, 2008

Sign-language interpreters in Thailand have run afoul of some governing party supporters by holding their noses to refer to the new prime minister.Samak Sundaravej, chosen Monday as the first elected prime minister since a Sept. 2006 coup, has been nicknamed “Mr. Rose Apple Nose” because many claim his nose resembles the fruit. (story)

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Thailand joins smoking ban

Posted by jtsmyth8 on January 11, 2008

Thailand will extend its ban on smoking to air-conditioned bars and offices and outdoor markets next month, joining major developed countries in a war on tobacco, a leading Thai anti-smoking agency said on Friday.

Smokers faced a 2,000 baht ($60) fine and owners who fail to enforce the law could be fined 20,000 baht ($600) after the ban takes effect on Feb. 17, said the Thailand Health Promotion Institute, which helped push for the law.

The Health Ministry ban, already in place for air-conditioned restaurants, could face opposition from some bar owners, group president Hatai Chitanondh said in a statement.

“They may be thinking the Health Ministry is ruining their business, kicking away their customers, but our research papers show a smoking ban will bring more customers to them,” Hatai said. (story)

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