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  • NEWS

    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.

  • NEWS

    Thai innovators get helping hand

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 08/10/2017

    » Minister of Science and Technology Atchaka Sriboonrueng said she believes innovation is not an ideology that should remain exclusive to academic researchers or scientists.

  • BUSINESS

    Women on the rise ... slowly

    Asia focus, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 10/04/2017

    » Society never seems to run out of words of praise for women. "God created women to tame men," declared the French philosopher Voltaire. "Women hold up half the sky," said Mao Zedong.

  • BUSINESS

    The case for more female leaders

    Asia focus, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 10/04/2017

    » During a school swimming class, an East German girl with pale blonde hair stood at the edge of the high diving board, staring down at the pool below for 45 minutes. Just before the class bell rang, she finally jumped. Angela Merkel was determined to overcome her fears, no matter how long it took.

  • OPINION

    Bangkok is a mish-mash of laws, zones

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 05/09/2016

    » The Bangkok skyline can be a mess. You walk along a small alley, but after only a few steps a vista comes into view of high-rises, shabby shop houses, temples and slum dwellings.

  • OPINION

     Ajarn Puey was the real khon dee deal

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 10/03/2016

    » His life and work was portrayed in a musical and TV documentary series. Leading magazines featured him on their front pages. Stamps bearing his image were released as a tribute to his centennial commemorations. A number of agencies where he used to work organised events in his memory.

  • OPINION

    Death becomes us all

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 20/01/2016

    » The year began with grim news in the entertainment industry. For fans of Western pop culture, the unexpected death of David Bowie shocked the entire world. Just a few days later, fans of the Harry Potter movies were stunned by the death of British actor Alan Rickman, who played the role of the series' most complex character, Severus Snape, a role that fortified Rickman's acting repertoire.

  • LIFESTYLE

    An alpine education

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 04/11/2014

    » What does Switzerland bring to mind? Timepieces, for a start. Unpolluted nature, the Alps, a robust banking system, chocolate. And let's not forget boarding schools.

  • OPINION

    Taekwondo is not for the weak

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 23/07/2014

    » Long before the invasion of Korean soap operas, K-Pop and Samsung devices, Korean culture’s presence was felt in Thailand in the form of taekwondo.

  • LIFESTYLE

    The voice of the pitch

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 16/06/2014

    » Football fans, especially enthusiasts of the English Premier League, must have seen and heard Kittikorn U-dompol. The 47-year-old TV commentator has provided the voice of many live matches since 1990. He also once had a column in the popular Siam Keela newspaper.

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