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  • OPINION

    Slaying the beast of human-elephant conflict

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 23/07/2015

    » A Thai proverb says, "You can't hide a dead elephant with a lotus leaf". This means a guilty conscience needs no accuser. It is absolutely true. The consequences of last week's brutal killing of a family of three wild elephants at a meditation centre in Hua Hin district, Prachuap Khiri Khan, prove the rule of karma does exist. The tragic deaths made headlines and raised public concerns. Officials later found the three pachyderms were electrocuted. An employee of the meditation centre was finally arrested for erecting the electrified fence that killed the elephants. He was charged with hunting protected animals and faces up to four years imprisonment and a 40,000 baht fine under the Wildlife Conservation Act if found guilty.

  • TRAVEL

    Remnants of the Laos connection

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 19/03/2015

    » Ever since the fall of the Ayutthaya Kingdom in 1767, and the subsequent formation of Bangkok as the capital in 1782, people have moved in droves from the old to the new metropolis.

  • TRAVEL

    Works in progress?

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 09/10/2014

    » It was about 130 years ago that Thai Buddhists of Mon descent started making use of the sala kan parian, or "preaching pavilion", at Wat Tha Kham in the Bangkok district of Bang Khunthian. Since the pavilion was situated right next to the canal it was the first structure in the temple compound people would encounter after disembarking from their boats. 

  • OPINION

    A matter of land and rights

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 08/08/2014

    » Last month, I received a letter from a representative of more than 700 residents of five villages in Non Dindaeng district, Buri Ram province, complaining about being evicted from their homes without compensation. According to the letter, the villagers have been living on degraded forestland of Dong Yai Forest for more than four decades and have an official document permitting them to stay on it. They say a number of state officials have been trying to evict them, destroying their crops, cutting their rubber trees and threatening to destroy their rice plants and demolish their houses. The group later petitioned for royal assistance and is awaiting a response.

  • OPINION

    Age is more than a number

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 02/05/2014

    » Many say that age is just a number. Yet, such numbers can hurt you if your physical and psychological health has become poor and does not allow you to live as happily as before. My deteriorating memory, my excuses about being “a senior” and my referring to the young generation as “people these days” are among the signs of ageing. These “ageing indicators” and my increasingly grey hair make me admit I am already old and must by now prepare myself to ensure my well-being after retirement.

  • TRAVEL

    Fun fair in Suphan Buri

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 17/04/2014

    » From April 25-26, the “Miracle of Colours: Suphan Buri Fair” will take place at the Garden of the Heavenly Dragon Museum (Mangkorn Sawan Park) near the city pillar shrine in Muang district, Suphan Buri, 4-10.30pm.

  • TRAVEL

    Neglected treasures

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 16/01/2014

    » Wondrous objects, precious relics from the past, can sometimes lie unnoticed or unappreciated right under our very noses. People often travel far and wide to visit sites of cultural interest while overlooking treasures located in their own backyards. Many residents of older parts of Bangkok, for instance, are unaware that right in the midst of their own communities are beautiful examples of religious art from the Rattanakosin and earlier Ayutthaya period as well as splendid European architecture dating back to the late 19th century.

  • LIFE

    Diving into the past

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 24/10/2013

    » Wearing a skin suit, fins, a scuba tank and other diving equipment, 26-year-old Pornnatcha Sankhaprasit is ready to dive down 22m into the sea to survey the Rang Khwian shipwreck site 10km off the shore of Satthahip district, Chon Buri.

  • TRAVEL

    Siam tulips in Suphan Buri

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 01/08/2013

    » Throughout this month, the Agricultural Occupation Promotion and Development Centre in U Thong district, Suphan Buri province, is celebrating National Mother's Day, Aug 12, at its Siam tulip plantation.

  • OPINION

    Time to impose controls on hazardous e-waste

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 28/06/2013

    » A few days ago, I read that the Thai Social Enterprise Office had to extend its deadline for accepting donations of old mobile phones from the general public due to the poor response to its appeal. The donated phones were to be given initially to a sample group of 100 needy disabled people under the One Stop Service for the Disabled Project organised in association with the 1479 Call Centre.

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