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Thai firms to construct five high-end hotels for Buddhist circuit

by Archis Mohan, Business Standard, June 18, 2016

India-Thailand to negotiate a new bilateral investment treaty
New Delhi, India
-- India and Thailand today agreed to negotiate a new Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) and increase cooperation in areas of defence and maritime security.

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The sad state of Thai Buddhism

The Nation, June 9, 2016

Even abbots must obey the secular law of the land, and certainly the faithful must report wrongdoing
Bangkok, Thailand
-- It would be going too far to say that predominantly Buddhist Thailand is suffering a crisis of faith, but the litany of "sins" being committed against the spirit of the Lord Buddha's teachings continues to grow, with several alarming instances recently making headlines and involving legal prosecution.

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Buddhist temple linked to tiger trafficking denies its leader was involved

Associated Press, June 9, 2016

KANCHANABURI, Thailand -- A Buddhist temple denied that its abbot was involved in illegal trafficking of tigers at a news conference Thursday that was its first detailed response since Thailand's wildlife authority removed scores of big cats from the popular tourist attraction and found dead cubs in jars and freezers.

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40 dead tiger cubs found in freezer of Thailand Tiger Temple amid fears of suspected trafficking

The Star, June 1, 2016

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Thai wildlife authorities found 40 tiger cub carcasses in a freezer in Thailand's infamous Tiger Temple on Wednesday as they removed live animals in response to international pressure over suspected trafficking and abuse.

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Dhammakaya followers send warning signal

by PONGPAT WONGYALA, AEKARACH SATTABURUTH, KING-OUA LAOHONG, The Bangkok Post, 30 May 2016

Bangkok, Thailand -- Thousands of Wat Dhammakaya followers in and outside the country have become increasingly frustrated with the way the abbot is being treated and the monastery is beginning to worry it might not be able to keep them in line, their spokesperson said.

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