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  • OPINION

    The dangers of daily life in the capital

    News, Umesh Pandey, Published on 15/07/2016

    » The front-page picture in our paper yesterday showing how much damage a 20-minute fire, that started randomly at On Nut BTS station, could cause took many of us by surprise and I for one am not buying the statement that the construction quality of the station's elevator was "standard".

  • 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

    Consumers still lack confidence

    News, Umesh Pandey, Published on 03/09/2017

    » For those readers who have not read the business stories over the past week, let me recap some of the interesting issues that were written about by our intrepid business writers. Stories such as the Revenue Department coming out to openly state that their tax collection for the first 10 months of the fiscal year (October 2016 to July 2017) was 4% below the target came as a shock to many. The reason given for the shortfall was the lower collection of value added tax (VAT) that you and I pay for consuming.

  • OPINION

    Small firms' debts point to problems

    News, Umesh Pandey, Published on 23/07/2017

    » Over the past week data coming out of the government and the private sector are showing signs that could be worrisome in the medium to longer term for the country. Rising household debt, increasing non-performing loans among small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and strengthening of the baht are all compounding the problems.

  • OPINION

    Bangkok on the road to nowhere

    News, Umesh Pandey, Published on 26/02/2017

    » The past week saw lots of interesting stories, but the one that caught my attention was about the traffic jams. Best of all was the reaction by our government on the reasons for the rise in congestion on the streets in Bangkok.

  • OPINION

    Shutting down BRT a poor decision

    News, Umesh Pandey, Published on 09/02/2017

    » For the nearly 24,000 commuters of Bangkok who rely on the Bangkok Rapid Transit (BRT) system to go to work and back, the news is bad. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), citing a big financial loss, has decided to terminate the BRT service as early as April.

  • OPINION

    Seeing red as road signals go manual

    News, Umesh Pandey, Published on 08/09/2016

    » I do not know if it is just my pure bad luck or if it is the entire city that has been in gridlock over the past few weeks.

  • OPINION

    No solution in sight to our traffic woes

    News, Umesh Pandey, Published on 25/08/2016

    » I don't know how many of you had a chance to read a report this week that said the busiest road in Bangkok was Vibhavadi Rangsit Road.The gateway to the North and the Northeast, Vibhavadi Rangsit sees an average of 158,711 vehicles per day.

  • OPINION

    Yes-men lay 'Prem model' trap for PM

    News, Umesh Pandey, Published on 01/09/2016

    » Over the past week we have been reading a lot about how the so-called "Prem model" is a possible option for coup leader and Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha as he contemplates his future after the next election.

  • OPINION

    After the vote, economic limbo beckons

    News, Umesh Pandey, Published on 04/08/2016

    » As the nation holds its breath for the outcome of the constitutional referendum on Sunday, some of the government's think tanks are already preparing for the possibility of a dramatic slowdown in economic activity after the vote.

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