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William Barnes

Lottery the loser as prophetic monk wins again

An underground lottery was forced to halve its payouts this week after a controversial monk was said to have again predicted several winning numbers.

Wednesday, 18 February, 1998, 12:00am

Suicides up since asset bubble burst

The number of suicides has jumped sharply since the economic boom burst six months ago, say government psychiatrists.

Many Thais have seen their fortunes evaporate and debts soar and cannot deal with the shame and worry, the psychiatrists said.

13 Jan 1998 - 12:00am

Escapees tell of pipeline's slave labour

Two Burmese villagers have been smuggled into Thailand to tell the world how forced labour on a controversial US-backed gas pipeline destroyed their lives.

Their evidence is part of a unique legal bid to prevent Western companies from denying responsibility for the actions of foreign partners.

21 Aug 1997 - 12:00am

Anti-graft body asks for help

The head of the anti-corruption squad has called for the creation of a powerful new office to fight political graft.

Prasit Damrongchai, secretary-general of the Counter Corruption Commission, said investigations were frequently thwarted when they involved politicians.

5 Mar 1997 - 12:00am

Chavalit launches blitz on economy

Prime Minister General Chavalit Yongchaiyudh has hit the New Year running hard - barely a day goes by without the new premier making some bold promise or stern vow.

This has surprised his critics who warned before last November's election that putting General Chavalit in the premiership could be courting disaster.

22 Jan 1997 - 12:00am

Frisky fishermen cast caution to the wind

Thai fishermen are a major cause of the crossborder spread of HIV, of which they appear remarkably ignorant, a study has reported.

The country's aggressive fishing industry has been forced to look beyond the overfished Gulf of Thailand, which means that notoriously frisky Thai sailors have been coming into increasing contact with Cambodian and Vietnamese girls.

1 Jul 1996 - 12:00am