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  • BUSINESS

    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.

  • BUSINESS

    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."

  • OPINION

    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.

  • OPINION

    Regime plays familiar game to retain grip

    News, Umesh Pandey, Published on 29/04/2018

    » The once invincible Pheu Thai Party is facing one of the toughest times in its history as the military-led government looks to use the very tactic that it deployed over the past decade to make sure that it returns to the helm after the elections.

  • OPINION

    Prayut, junta need to take careful steps

    News, Umesh Pandey, Published on 22/04/2018

    » The public relations campaign of coup leader Prayut Chan-o-cha seems to be running at full speed and last week the country saw a glimpse of moves being undertaken by people around him to boost the popularity of the military leader.

  • BUSINESS

    Riches beyond resources

    Asia focus, Umesh Pandey, Published on 15/01/2018

    » 'Come, come, grab a seat. We've each been taking turns talking about what we've seen in Thailand over the past week, the lessons we've learned and how we can apply them in life or business."

  • OPINION

    Regime is destroying rule of law

    News, Umesh Pandey, Published on 08/10/2017

    » Bending the law and going back on words seems to have become the norm ever since the coup that ousted the elected government in 2014. Over the past week the supporters of the coup must have had a field day as their idol managed to have an audience with the head of state of a country that until recently was considered to be the beacon of democracy.

  • OPINION

    Great escape could lead to backlash

    News, Umesh Pandey, Published on 27/08/2017

    » Friday was supposed to be Judgement Day but became Great Escape Day when former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra reportedly managed to sneak out of the country ahead of the verdict by the Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Political Position Holders.

  • OPINION

    Airline saga stirs social media power

    News, Umesh Pandey, Published on 16/04/2017

    » The world is talking about how a paying passenger of Asian origin was mistreated on his flight from Chicago because an airline needed to clear up space for four of its crew members.

  • OPINION

    Keeping cool beats angry outbursts

    News, Umesh Pandey, Published on 30/10/2015

    » I don't know how many of us had the chance to watch the meeting of the powerful so-called "five rivers" on Wednesday.

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