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    City public space drive just a token effort

    News, Sirinya Wattanasukchai, Published on 18/10/2018

    » Last week, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) boasted it made three million baht in three months from the fines it imposed on motorcyclists who drove on pavements.

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    Is the government digging its own grave?

    Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 05/07/2013

    » There seems to be no stopping the government in its desperate attempt to push through its most ambitious project, the two trillion baht infrastructure development plan, despite warnings of a huge "trap" that may threaten the government's very survival.

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    Is jailing efficient?

    News, Postbag, Published on 15/10/2018

    » Re: "Death penalty taints the record", (Editorial, Oct 14). The debate on whether the death penalty for certain crimes continues unabated with both sides putting forward their reasons for keeping it or not. The editorial, obviously on the side of abolishing it, states "...life imprisonment, without a commuting term, is a more acceptable and efficient punishment choice for people committing heinous crimes". What it failed to state is to whom is it more acceptable and how is it more efficient.

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    Competing to be the noisiest

    News, Postbag, Published on 14/10/2018

    » Re: "Keeping the noise down", (Opinion, Oct 12).

  • News & article

    Bells of tolerance

    News, Postbag, Published on 09/10/2018

    » Re: "'Big Joke' targets foreign lady who griped about bell ringing", (BP, Oct 6).

  • News & article

    Myanmar's shirked duty

    News, Editorial, Published on 08/10/2018

    » Last Thursday, police arrested two men in Ayutthaya for possession of drugs. They were driving a pickup with 700 one-kilogramme bags of crystal methamphetamine, a so-called recreational drug without medical or social value.

  • News & article

    ฿1,000 fine not enough

    News, Postbag, Published on 07/09/2018

    » What? Only a 1000-baht fine for people using the hard shoulder on elevated roads and expressways preventing emergency vehicles like ambulances from reaching their destinations and risking horrific accidents like the one that happened this week?

  • News & article

    Two hats not good

    News, Alan Dawson, Published on 07/10/2018

    » When Bangkok got too noisy because of all the criticism about cabinet ministers taking advantage by openly playing politics unfairly, the general prime minister escaped to the North on another scrupulously non-political trip to give away money and be photographed with every local personality and housewife within 20 kilometres.

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    Noisy riders are relevant

    News, Postbag, Published on 07/10/2018

    » Re: "Summary execution", (PostBag, Oct 6). Unfortunately, my letter was cruelly edited to the point that it made little sense. In my original, I included photographs in support, and said that although a (very weak) argument could be made for motorcycles riding on the footpath against the flow of traffic, none can be made for those that ride on the footpath with the flow of traffic.

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    By the numbers: Giving voice to vulnerable Lao youth

    News, Published on 29/09/2018

    » It's a hot afternoon in Savannakhet, Laos. While summer is about to give way to the rainy season, it's doing its best to remind the residents of this small city that it won't go out gently. Outside the Savannakhet Primary Protection Centre, six young local researchers, all of whom are no older than 25, are joined by a few police officers as they sign out of the building. As they respectfully wai the officers, they all breathe a sigh of relief. It's been an intense week and a half, but they have accomplished a lot.

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