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  • OPINION

    Plastic bag ban fails to send the right message

    News, Sirinya Wattanasukchai, Published on 10/01/2020

    » Thais always have a great sense of humour. Just take a look at the campaign to ban the use of single-use plastic bags at convenience stores and supermarkets which kicked off on Jan 1. On the first day, a number of shoppers heartily turned up at stores with unconventional containers such as buckets and pushcarts to load their purchases. Some of these images were shared on social media and garnered a number of smiles.

  • OPINION

    Rich get richer, poor get the picture

    News, Wichit Chantanusornsiri, Published on 09/01/2020

    » This year the new land and building tax law takes effect with the new tax regime hardly affecting ordinary people who do not own second homes. It rather effects super rich people who have owned land in amounts so vast that they would have to spend a good part of their life if they wanted to walk around every plot of their land.

  • OPINION

    Set kids a good example

    News, Editorial, Published on 09/01/2020

    » Most, if not all, children are looking forward to a big day this Saturday when the country celebrates National Children's Day.

  • OPINION

    Respect labour rights to avert sanction

    News, Published on 08/01/2020

    » Apart from the baht getting stronger, Thai exports will suffer another big blow when the United States cuts Thailand's duty-free trade privileges due to the poor protection of workers' rights.

  • OPINION

    Long time coming

    News, Postbag, Published on 07/01/2020

    » I agree with Khun Veera Prateepchaikul in "Is it really time to seize the power?" (Opinion, Jan 6) that given the forces arrayed against it, it is unlikely the FFP will be taking over any time soon, if ever.

  • OPINION

    Big dry needs real cure

    News, Editorial, Published on 07/01/2020

    » The Prayut Chan-o-cha government will launch a number of water schemes with a hefty price tag as part of a raft of measures to alleviate drought.

  • OPINION

    Prayut's pride will spell doom for the regime

    News, Atiya Achakulwisut, Published on 07/01/2020

    » A no confidence motion? The second and third reading of the crucial 2020 Budget Bill? Bring them on. Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha wasn't kidding when he confidently declared: "Don't be bored with me yet, as I will be around for quite a while."

  • OPINION

    Protecting migrants, refugees in our age of conflict

    News, Vitit Muntarbhorn, Published on 07/01/2020

    » There are about 270 million international migrants today who cross borders in search of new vistas. Many such as "expatriates" do well. However, many, particularly those who are pushed out of their homes, are caught in a trap of dislocation, dispossession and coercion, often due to armed conflicts, discrimination and violence. The number of forced migrants now stands at about 70 million people globally -- some 30 million who cross borders as "refugees" and some 40 million forced to move in their country of origin as "internally displaced persons".

  • OPINION

    Vietnam's dual foreign policy strategy

    News, Kavi Chongkittavorn, Published on 07/01/2020

    » Finally, Vietnam has fulfilled its long-held dream of becoming a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council (2020-2021) at the same time as the country chairs 10-member Asean. These dual strategies have high diplomatic value in propelling Vietnam to become a leading member in the future Indo-Pacific scheme of things.

  • OPINION

    Ignorance isn't bliss

    News, Postbag, Published on 06/01/2020

    » Re: "New water storage project to tackle drought'', (BP, Jan 4).

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