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  • OPINION

    Climate change urgency grows

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 01/07/2019

    » Climate change is global in nature but it is having an especially severe impact on Asia. Chennai, one of India's largest cities, has run out of water as the summer heat intensifies. With monsoon rains below average, four lakes in the city of 4.7 million have dried up. Residents don't have enough water to drink, bathe or wash clothes, malls have closed their washrooms and restaurants are not open for customers.

  • BUSINESS

    More Covid fallout looms

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 03/08/2020

    » Should I start to worry? Vietnam, hailed as a success story for its ability to stay almost coronavirus-free as the rest of the world struggles with the insidious disease, is back on high alert after more than three months of being Covid-free.

  • BUSINESS

    The other C-word: Climate

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 08/06/2020

    » As the world has been gripped by the prolonged Covid-19 pandemic, the dramatic slowdown in economic activity has resulted in cleaner air to breathe in traffic-congested Bangkok and other big cities worldwide.

  • BUSINESS

    Safety tops the tourism agenda

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 25/05/2020

    » For the past two months or so, many of the world's popular tourist destinations have been shuttered to visitors, leaving beaches, restaurants, shops, bars and streets almost empty.

  • BUSINESS

    Travel turmoil

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 18/05/2020

    » Famous for its resilience in the face of several crises in the past, the travel and tourism industry is now facing the toughest test it has ever encountered in the Covid-19 outbreak.

  • OPINION

    Sad lessons from Korat

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 17/02/2020

    » When I heard about a 40-something gunman firing at least 40 shots in central Bangkok on Friday (no one was hurt and he was arrested), my first thought was that it had some link to the recent atrocity in Nakhon Ratchasima. The Valentine's Day incident came just days after a soldier killed 29 victims in the country's worst-ever mass shooting.

  • OPINION

    Ride-hailing needs practical rules

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 07/10/2019

    » I do not own a car. In fact, I don't even drive, so I rely totally on public transport -- buses, taxis, motorcycle taxis (if needed) and mass-transit trains -- to commute around Bangkok. I rarely use ride-hailing apps, although many of my friends find the service more convenient than regular taxis and they like the promotions.

  • BUSINESS

    Hope for global action on migrants

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 17/12/2018

    » It was very welcome news that a landmark accord on migration was endorsed last week at the United Nations migration conference in Marrakech, Morocco. The Global Compact on Migration (GCM) is a pledge by 164 countries to reduce discrimination with the aim of making mass migration safer, more orderly and humane.

  • BUSINESS

    Deadly prescription

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 05/09/2016

    » No one can accuse Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte of not delivering on his election promises. Since he was sworn in two months ago after campaigning on a pledge to rid his country of the scourge of drugs, more than 2,000 people allegedly linked to the drug trade have been killed.

  • BUSINESS

    Tough choices

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 23/05/2016

    » Asean will continue to work together as an economic community while the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), in which all 10 members are taking part, should be pushed forward along with other regional trade agreements, says a senior Asean diplomat.

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