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    Getting the green light on electric cars

    Spectrum, Paritta Wangkiat, Published on 30/10/2016

    » As of Sept 30, Thailand had 52 electric sedans on the road. There are roughly 1.3 million electric cars on the roads worldwide, but with fears batteries will flatten in traffic or flooding will lead to lasting damage, Thai drivers have been slow on the uptake.

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    Region's businesses lag on rights issues

    News, Paritta Wangkiat, Published on 24/06/2019

    » Even though economic development was one the key agenda items at the 34th Asean Summit held in Bangkok last week, human rights protection in the context of business operations seemed to not get sufficient attention from Asean leaders.

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    Abandoned houses a bad sign in Dawei

    News, Paritta Wangkiat, Published on 06/05/2019

    » During my trip last week to the Bawah relocation area where nearly 500 houses have been newly built to accommodate over 1,000 people affected by the development of the Dawei Special Economic Zone (DSEZ) in Myanmar, it caught me by surprise that most of the houses are unoccupied.

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    #MeToo movement not quite there yet

    News, Paritta Wangkiat, Published on 20/08/2018

    » For several months, the world has witnessed the rise of the #MeToo Movement, with a number of women coming forward to speak up about their trauma as victims of sexual assault and harassment. In many parts of the world, including India and China, the movement has gone beyond sexual harassment to the call for ending sexism. In particular, women's groups in China lashed out at the state-run media which denied sexual misconduct while in reality it is well known that sexism is still an issue, with some employers specifying "men only" or "men preferred" in job ads.

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    Growing pains for Myanmar amidst reform

    News, Paritta Wangkiat, Published on 17/05/2018

    » When San Dar Aye, a young ethnic Mon woman living in Ye town in the south of Myanmar, showed me a vast mudflat where her fellow villagers had replanted a mangrove forest, she told me the saplings would be "the future" of their communities.

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    Checking up on universal coverage

    Spectrum, Paritta Wangkiat, Published on 18/02/2018

    » Installing the right medical facilities to take care of a sick family member at home could cost nearly the entire fortune for a household of six people. In the centre of Bangkok's commercial Lumpini area, the shabby-looking house of the Jan-urai family stands amid the Bon Kai community, a slum adjacent to the high-end Polo Club where the wealthy Bangkok elite gather for sporting events.

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    Sino rail deal nothing to be proud about

    News, Paritta Wangkiat, Published on 30/06/2017

    » When Chinese engineers lay the foundation work for the Thai-Chinese railway project later this year, I can imagine a flurry of applause, and some celebrations. Our leaders may feel pride in the project that is aimed at boosting the country's economy.

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    Ericulture reeling them in

    Spectrum, Paritta Wangkiat, Published on 19/02/2017

    » 'They are not fully tamed," says entomologist Tipvadee Attathom, picking up an eri silkworm from the floor. "So they can be naughty sometimes." She puts it back in a tray filled with piles of castor leaves.

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    The heat is on

    Spectrum, Paritta Wangkiat, Published on 27/11/2016

    » The natural landscape of Southeast Asia has suffered a slew of losses in recent years. As El Nino disrupts world weather patterns, and the region recovers from its worst droughts in decades, Thailand has lost 6.1 million tonnes of agricultural products. That's 15.5 billion baht in gains gone between January 2015 and April 2016.

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    Through a screen darkly

    Spectrum, Paritta Wangkiat, Published on 13/11/2016

    » In recent years, if you are Thai, you may have encountered an argument about which social class you belong to or how you define others -- probably as a nationalist, liberal, conservative, pro-military, royalist, red or yellow.

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