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    The perils of plastic

    Life, Karnjana Karnjanatawe, Published on 23/09/2019

    » Last week, I visited Wat Chak Daeng in the Phra Pradaeng district of Samut Prakan to make merit. Instead of donating cash, food or monk robes, I donated paper boxes, UHT (ultra-high temperature) boxes and a big bag fully loaded with single-use plastic bags that I had collected for two months.

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    Shocking use of pesticides continues

    Life, Karnjana Karnjanatawe, Published on 22/07/2019

    » The Ministry of Health Labour and Welfare of Japan recently found pesticide residue in exported durian and other processed products. It issued a warning letter that if Thailand's durian is not safe for the consumer, all durian from the country will be quarantined.

  • OPINION

    New rules for a traditional medicine

    Life, Karnjana Karnjanatawe, Published on 20/05/2019

    » As Thailand is the first country in Southeast Asia to amend the narcotics laws and allow cannabis, still a narcotic drug, to be used for research and medical purposes, another issue is raised if we will lead other countries in the region to legalise cannabis.

  • OPINION

    A plea for peace

    Life, Karnjana Karnjanatawe, Published on 04/03/2019

    » The travel advisory has been issued for years to warn visitors to avoid travelling to the Deep South where periodic violence occurs in Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat and sometimes Hat Yai in Songkhla province.

  • OPINION

    Empty promises, shallow projects

    Life, Karnjana Karnjanatawe, Published on 17/12/2018

    » Since tourism is the rising economic star of the country, it is no surprise to see the Community Development Department of the Interior Ministry jump on the tourism bandwagon. It officially launched the Otop Nawatwithi project nationwide in June to promote tourism in 3,273 Otop communities or villages that have products certified as One Tambon One Product (Otop) by the department.

  • OPINION

    Off the rails

    Life, Karnjana Karnjanatawe, Published on 01/10/2018

    » During a recent vacation, my friend and I decided to take the night train to Lamphun. I hadn't had a long train ride for perhaps two decades. She got on the train at Hua Lamphong while I waited at the Don Muang station, located just opposite the International Terminal of Don Mueang Airport.

  • OPINION

    An accident waiting to happen

    Life, Karnjana Karnjanatawe, Published on 16/07/2018

    » It is sad to know that tourist safety would be treated as a national issue only when there is a fatal accident.

  • OPINION

    The ground floor in plastics pollution

    Life, Karnjana Karnjanatawe, Published on 23/04/2018

    » People worldwide celebrate Earth Day every year on April 22. This year's campaign focuses on ending plastic pollution.

  • OPINION

    The sound of life

    Life, Karnjana Karnjanatawe, Published on 22/01/2018

    » You may experience it once in your lifetime when you travel either by bus, train or aeroplane. While you're seated in your cramped seat and trying to rest, a baby passenger starts to cry. Minutes pass like hours and the baby doesn't stop crying.

  • OPINION

    Choco-toxins

    Life, Karnjana Karnjanatawe, Published on 23/10/2017

    » Who doesn't love chocolate? It is a favourite snack for everyone, from kids to the elderly and even healthy eaters who opt for dark chocolate. I often buy chocolates as souvenirs for relatives and friends. So it was a shock to me when I learned from the Foundation for Consumers that most of the imported chocolates, even from Europe, contain heavy metals.

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