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    He who dares wins as Grisada leaves his mark

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 11/07/2019

    » Prior to his appointment as Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister over a year ago, Grisada Boonrach, a former interior permanent secretary, had already been known as a man who always left his mark on offices of state that he served.

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    Bangkok's secret weapon in war against floods

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 21/10/2017

    » When the torrential rains of Oct 13 caused heavy flooding in Bangkok, several parts of the city were swamped, including Chulalongkorn University Centenary Park in Sam Yan. However, as the park slowly filled with water, Kotchakorn Voraakhom, the landscape architect who designed the project, remained unconcerned. She even expressed her satisfaction in a Facebook post that the park had finally delivered on one of its purposes -- the detention of flood water.

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    Going bananas over Chinese investment

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 20/04/2016

    » Kluai hom -- or the Cavendish banana -- found itself in the spotlight recently on social media and in local news. The issue involves Chinese investors renting land in Chiang Rai to grow kluai hom. Local villagers complained about water because the farm sucked up a large volume of it, leaving so little for local farmers. Fears about the use of chemical fertilisers also arose. Another problem is that the practice might be against the law, which reserves the occupation of farmer for Thais. The public is alarmed because Chinese-backed kluai hom farming in Laos has already proved a disaster. Toxic pesticides are dumped into the river, while environmental management is below par.

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    Creating an urban oasis

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 15/10/2014

    » Andrew Grant is right — Bangkok, he said, seems to lack a strong public idea about landscape. The renowned landscape architect's work have trailblazed and inspired environmental sustainability, incorporating the fundamentals of ecological planting, biodiversity and water use. Grant was recently in town as a guest lecturer at Chulalongkorn University's Faculty of Architecture.

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    7-Eleven, eggs and me — it's complicated

    Life, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 31/10/2014

    » What is the first dish that you learned to cook for yourself? Mine was a boiled egg — kai tome yang matoom (medium soft-boiled egg) — back when I was in elementary school. I cooked it myself because my family found I was too picky with food. They decided to let me boil my own egg after I complained that others' boiled eggs' had textures and yolks that were too soft or too hard. I was taught to add salt to the boiling water and time it for four minutes, no more or less. I became quite good at it. My boiled eggs are soft enough to be cut with a small thread of string. 

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    Landlords kick up fuss over new regulations

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 23/04/2018

    » The owners of condominiums and houses renting their assets to tenants say the authorities did not properly inform them when making new leasing regulations that will take effect on May 1.

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    Court urges public input as mining licence axed

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 19/03/2018

    » A recent verdict by the Udon Thani Administrative Court to revoke a limestone mining concession in a forest reserve in Nong Bua Lam Phu province has set a new precedent in terms of mandating public participation in projects of community significance, said Surachai Trong-ngam, who represented villagers in the long-running dispute.

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    Civic group seeks China green help to stymie dam

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 06/03/2018

    » Local civic groups will seek help from Friends of Nature (FON), a renowned conservation group in China, for its campaign against dam projects on the Mekong River.

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    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.

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    The fear of becoming a banana state

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 15/08/2016

    » 'The company changed the pattern of the rains, accelerated the cycle of harvests and moved the river from where it had always been." This vivid line is from the book <i>One Hundred Years of Solitude</i>, a magnum opus written by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a Nobel Prize-winning writer.

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