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PARIS: Pedro Rodriguez starred as Chelsea withstood a spirited Slavia Prague fightback in a wild 4-3 victory to qualify for the Europa League semi-finals on Thursday, while Arsenal knocked out Napoli after an assured display in Italy.

The Election Commission (EC) may not be able to endorse the results of last month's general election by May 9 as it is still awaiting a court ruling on its method for calculating party-list seats, political pundits say.

Eight leading firms are competing for concessions to run duty-free shops and develop commercial spaces at Suvarnabhumi airport, Airports of Thailand (AoT) president Nitinai Sirismatthakarn says.

The Election Commission (EC) on Thursday resolved to call a rerun of the March 24 election at one polling station in the southern province of Chumphon and a recount of marked ballots in all voting stations in a constituency in Nakhon Pathom.

Areas covered by coronation ceremonies will be divided into six zones for closer security surveillance, it was revealed as the command centre for the integration of safety and traffic management was launched on Thursday.

The bidding for a contract to build three extensions of the Red Line electric rail system, plus two missing links, at a total cost of 63 billion baht will take place in two months and the work should begin later this year, according to the Transport Ministry.

The Commerce Ministry looks set to work more closely with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) to stimulate domestic consumption and draw more foreign tourists to offset lower export prospects.

The private sector has slammed the government for giving Airports of Thailand Plc (AoT) latitude in handling the controversial duty-free shop bidding, demanding accountability for a process that would damage the country.

All depositors earning interest income are required to provide consent to banks to submit their interest income data to the Revenue Department to avoid losing a 15% withholding tax exemption if they earn income of less than 20,000 baht a year.

The Revenue Department plans to reinstate a tax break for tourism spending in second-tier provinces to prevent the economy from losing momentum amid growing risks from both the global economic slowdown and local political uncertainty.

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