The Magical Moneyman Of Thailand

One princess, two pigs' heads, and nine monks graced the groundbreaking ceremony for Texas Instruments Inc.'s newest semiconductor plant, in Chachoengsao, 25 miles east of Bangkok, Thailand. A court Brahmin, resplendent in white tunic and trousers--with a mobile phone tucked into his waistband--directed Princess Galayani Vadhana's blessing of the cornerstone, accompanied by chanting monks and a blue-and-white-suited school band.

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