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    Forget coal and embrace Energy 3.0

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 20/02/2017

    » The protesters are clad in green T-shirts. They raise banners which read "No Coal", "Save the Environment". The place is Government House. The scene feels like deja vu. I have to pinch myself as it seems like I am back in the late 90s, a time when environmental protests were frequent across the country.

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    To squat or not?

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 09/05/2016

    » Like religion and politics, toilet etiquette is a touchy subject. The latest proof is the debate on the future of traditional squat toilets in Thailand after a new law on the manufacturing standard of toilet seats came into effect on April 23. The law has provoked discussion and even fear that the state will ban the use of squat toilets, archaic but cheap household facilities that are still used in rural areas, as well as many houses and buildings.

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    Going bananas over Chinese investment

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 20/04/2016

    » Kluai hom -- or the Cavendish banana -- found itself in the spotlight recently on social media and in local news. The issue involves Chinese investors renting land in Chiang Rai to grow kluai hom. Local villagers complained about water because the farm sucked up a large volume of it, leaving so little for local farmers. Fears about the use of chemical fertilisers also arose. Another problem is that the practice might be against the law, which reserves the occupation of farmer for Thais. The public is alarmed because Chinese-backed kluai hom farming in Laos has already proved a disaster. Toxic pesticides are dumped into the river, while environmental management is below par.

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    Watching history unfold

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 06/04/2015

    » When Vitthya Vejjajiva said he was going to write a biography of Phan Wannamethee — diplomat, Red Cross chief, former Free Thai Movement member and ex-permanent secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) — he received encouragement from everyone except his subject.

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    Birdwatching in town

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 25/12/2014

    » Whether you are an art enthusiast, a collector of rare antique books or simply a bird lover, the exhibition of limited edition posters of bird illustrations from the book Birds of America, on the fourth floor of Central Embassy, is worth checking out.

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    Got soy milk?

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 23/09/2014

    » Two years ago, Kantat Aopchai, left his job as a teacher to sell nam tao hoo, or soy milk, from a food cart in front of Wat Rai Khing in Nakhon Prathom province. The 27-year-old inherited the recipe of delicious and fresh soy milk from his mum.

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    City plots to beautify its many unsightly manholes

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 22/09/2019

    » Bangkok's streets are known for their potholes, uneven pavements and, especially recently, unsightly manholes that are posing an increasing safety risk for pedestrians.

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    Train workers better to stop crane calamities

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 29/06/2019

    » Crane accidents are increasingly becoming a public hazard. However, while stricter law enforcement is a must, job training is no less important in order to improve safety on construction sites.

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    The meat of the matter

    Business, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 19/06/2019

    » In order to become the beef hub of the world and secure the premium market, Australia, one of the world's leading beef exporters, has set an ambitious goal to become the global leader in carbon-neutral red meat.

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    Has cannabis clouded our judgement?

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 23/11/2018

    » Today is a long-awaited day for marijuana supporters. No, I am not talking about potheads who dream of growing cannabis in their backyards. Supporters here are local traditional and alternative medicine practitioners and researchers who want to develop it for medical use.

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