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  • THAILAND

    Villages interpret late King's philosophy

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 13/10/2018

    » Love for King Bhumibol Adulyadej, or Rama IX, is still running deep among Thais two years after the highly revered monarch passed away at the age of 88 on Oct 13, 2016.

  • THAILAND

    From Pattani seas to Bangkok plates

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 02/09/2019

    » Pattani, one of three restive southernmost provinces, invokes images of violence instigated by insurgency.

  • THAILAND

    Is Bangkok savvy enough to become a 'smart city'?

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 24/03/2018

    » The "smart city" has become a new buzzword for development policy in the Thailand 4.0 initiative, which would see big cities in the country like Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Khon Kaen and the Eastern Economic Corridor, transformed into technology hubs. The government has established the National Smart City Committee and invited various agencies and experts to join. Sarinee Achavanuntakul was one of the experts invited to sit on the committee, but she turned down the military-led invitation. A Harvard graduate economist, Ms Sarinee had worked in banking and investment before opening Sal Forest Co. Ltd, a research firm on corporate sustainability. She has also launched and operates the respected online investigative news Thai Publica website. Her latest research project is about the current capacity of cities in Thailand to handle increasing levels of tourism. Ms Sarinee spoke to City Talk about how unsustainable Bangkok is and how big data and modern technology can help.

  • THAILAND

    Thepha protesters to fight on after 'biased' eco study

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 30/01/2018

    » Coal-fired power plant protesters from Songkhla are planning to renew their efforts in Bangkok in the lead-up to the government's final decision on the matter.

  • THAILAND

    The rocky road to development

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 02/09/2015

    » One Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha's many ideas is the "New Bangkok Landmark", in the form of a 14km-long bicycle way that would, if launched, be built along the Chao Phraya. This caused some panic attacks among local architects. After the idea was thrown around earlier in the year, prominent Thai architects voiced their disagreement and suggested that at least the design -- an expressway-like structure built into the water along the river bank -- be revised, if not abandoned altogether. The cost of the project is said to be around 14 billion baht.

  • THAILAND

    Commercial fishing is destroying marine ecology

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 17/04/2015

    » Commercial fishing with destructive gear has long ravaged marine ecology and caused the rapid depletion of marine resources. Without public attention focusing on this grave problem, a solution will not be found.

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