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    Democracy puts limits on protests

    News, Umesh Pandey, Published on 24/09/2017

    » Just over a decade ago, friends knew they had to go to either Sanam Luang or Siam Square to find me after work. I was not there selling goods on the pavements, but instead I was being the typical democratic-minded youth looking for fairness from the government that I had not voted for.

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    Decisive and diversified

    Asia focus, Umesh Pandey, Published on 24/04/2017

    » Many critics wrote off Kumar Mangalam Birla when he took the helm of one of India's leading businesses as a 28-year-old rookie. But the reviews in recent years have been mostly positive for the man who has helped build a conglomerate that is among the world leaders in the fields in which it operates.

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    Pocky power

    Asia focus, Umesh Pandey, Published on 22/06/2015

    » Take a stroll through Osaka and if you're a visitor from Southeast Asia, you'll probably want to have your picture taken with the billboard featuring the image of a sprinter. It's an instantly recognisable logo to the millions of people who have grown up enjoying the snacks of the Japanese confectionery maker Ezaki Glico.

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    Air of disruption

    Asia focus, Umesh Pandey, Published on 02/11/2015

    » 'For entrepreneurs, choosing your co-founders is like a professional marriage," says Nathan Blecharczyk. "You're going to go through tough times and you need to remember that ideas can change but business partners can't."

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    Cambodia calling

    Asia focus, Umesh Pandey, Published on 14/09/2015

    » As Thai companies start to see their sales tapering off amid slow domestic consumption, some are reaping the benefits of earlier decisions to enter markets where the risks at times have spooked other investors aware of their chequered history.

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    Lifelong learner

    Asia focus, Umesh Pandey, Published on 11/01/2016

    » Thailand may have lost a lot of stature and credibility on the world stage in recent years, but one of the world's most eminent economists believes it is still a country with some impressive social achievements that even developed economies could emulate.

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    Malaysia's vote a model for SE Asia

    News, Umesh Pandey, Published on 11/05/2018

    » Southeast Asia has been a hotbed of issues that are not democratic in nature, but Wednesday's outpouring of Malaysia voters, showing their frustration by voting out a government accused of massive corruption, has shown a path for other nations to follow.

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    Mahathir starts off with a bang

    News, Umesh Pandey, Published on 13/05/2018

    » Mahathir bin Mohamad, the 92-year old and seventh Prime Minister of Malaysia has gotten down to work on the very first day of assuming office with orders to ban overseas travel of the former protege turned nemesis Najib Razak, setting up an investigation team to look into the corruption allegations against the Najib government and was also looking for an early pardon to the jailed protege turned nemesis turned protege -- Anwar Ibrahim.

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    Regime had time, but they blew it

    News, Umesh Pandey, Published on 01/04/2018

    » Former prime minister siblings Thaksin and Yingluck Shinawatra seem to have hit a nerve once again with their visit to Japan this week, where the former premier said he expects the Pheu Thai Party to sweep the polls -- if and when they are held.

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