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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

    Bold bid to seamlessly turn Bangkok into a 'smart city'

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 07/10/2018

    » 'Seamless travelling" is becoming a new buzz word in Thailand. The term has been around for a while but got a new lease on life on Friday during Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha's meet-and-greet trip in Bangkok.

  • OPINION

    No quick fix to our higher education ills

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 31/08/2018

    » I don't know whether I should laugh or cry about the product of our government's hard and diligent work in its efforts to reform Thailand's higher education.

  • BUSINESS

    Facing disruption on the digital Silk Road

    Business, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 27/07/2018

    » While manufacturing has helped China skyrocket from a backward socialist country to a global economic powerhouse, the country is still faced with the challenges of disruptive digital technology.

  • THAILAND

    No more monkeying around

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 02/06/2018

    » Bang Khunthian district is the only one out of 50 districts in Bangkok which lies on the coast. Thus, people often visit the district to enjoy fresh seafood products — especially crabs in the restaurants dotted along the Bang Khunthian-Chai Talay road which runs from Rama II Road towards the seafront.

  • 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.

  • OPINION

    Let's develop a culture of reading

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 23/01/2017

    » How much time do you spend reading in a single day? According to a Ministry of Culture survey, the average Thai spends 66 minutes per day reading. I am quite surprised and found the amount quite high. Yet the survey also includes digital content on the internet and social media, not only books.

  • OPINION

    Book smart

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 11/04/2016

    » Consumer spending has dampened. Popular annual trade and sales events -- such as the Bangkok International Motor Show, which ended last week -- have uncharacteristically experienced lukewarm responses. Yet organisers of the National Book Fair, just ended, have reason to celebrate, as bookworms swarmed the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre over the past two weeks. It seems that despite the economic downturn and limitless entertainment options, people still buy books.

  • THAILAND

    Waste out of sight, but not out of mind

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 18/02/2016

    » Unless something is done, Thailand is going to be buried with garbage. The numbers are more than clear. According to the Pollution Control Department's 2014 report, Thais generate 27 million tonnes a year, but only 7.2 million tonnes are disposed of properly, leaving 19 million tonnes of leftover trash every year.

  • LIFE

    A momentous step into the digital

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 07/09/2015

    » The first public digital library in Thailand was launched last week, with 7,000 titles from five major local publishers awaiting readers.

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