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  • BUSINESS

    Smartphone supremacy

    Asia focus, Narendra Kaushik, Published on 22/04/2019

    » Up until three years ago, Gaurav Singh Chauhan used to sell 15 or 20 Micromax mobile phones in a day. Now he considers himself lucky if he can sell one unit a month of the Indian-made handsets.

  • THAILAND

    Govt boasts of an end to poverty through e-cards

    Wichit Chantanusornsiri, Published on 12/02/2018

    » Measures introduced by the government will lift more than 5 million registered poor people above the poverty line, according to a senior Finance Ministry official.

  • THAILAND

    Land of promise, last resort

    Spectrum, Published on 29/10/2017

    » 'Poor people like us / How much could we really expect?" These lyrics are from a homemade music video on the "Thai migrant labor in Israel" Facebook page, set against clips of Thai farmers picking bushels of pomegranates and loading them onto massive pickup trucks.

  • OPINION

    Vulgarity on display

    News, Postbag, Published on 09/12/2017

    » While watching some poor old half-naked, badly deformed saleng struggle to push his empty ramshackle cart along the road this morning, I thought of the vulgar ostentatious display of wealth by our clearly insecure deputy prime minister this week.

  • LIFE

    Bangkok to hear Bartók's Viola Concerto

    Life, Harry Rolnick, Published on 13/03/2018

    » So many jokes have been written about the viola that it really should be pitied. Without a look of its own (the viola resembles an overweight violin), without its own sound quality (it shares three-quarter of the violin notes, three-quarter of the cello notes), stuck behind the violins in the orchestra, the poor viola is hardly singular. In fact, when Hector Berlioz wrote solo viola into the Harold In Italy symphony, Paganini refused to play it. And the conductor Sir Thomas Beecham, noting how the viola shared the looks and music of other stringed instruments, called the instrument "the hermaphrodite of the orchestra".

  • THAILAND

    Abhisit OK working with military

    News, Dave Kendall, Published on 17/03/2019

    » Democrat leader Abhisit Vejjajiva says he wants "a mandate from the ballot box straight away" to become Thailand's next prime minister, that he would join a no-confidence motion against a future Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha if there were "good reasons" and categorically rules out supporting any future coups -- although he's open to working with pro-military Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) "if the government is not corrupt and will not carry on with non-democratic processes".

  • BUSINESS

    Indian states sweeten offers to cure rural doctor shortage

    Asia focus, Narendra Kaushik, Published on 25/03/2019

    » Dr Kapil Annaldewar walked away from his government job last October, 18 months before the end of his mandatory five-year term.

  • LIFE

    Feeling the XX Factor

    Life, Apipar Norapoompipat, Published on 01/02/2018

    » When concert organiser VIJI Corp announced that British indie band The xx would be performing at Thunderdome Muang Thong Thani, I was concerned. The hall boasts a notoriously horrid sound system, potentially able to completely wreck the band's minimalistic and hypnotic sound.

  • OPINION

    Welfare cards offer hope to family-run shops

    News, Wichit Chantanusornsiri, Published on 02/11/2017

    » Whether or not it is the intention of the government, social welfare cards for the poor can help revitalise a sagging traditional retail segment -- "mom-and-pop" shops.

  • LIFE

    A matter of life and death

    Life, Dave Kendall, Published on 22/03/2019

    » A river that sustains approximately one-tenth of the world's population is dying. Victor Mallet's River Of Life, River Of Death: The Ganges And India's Future explores why -- and simultaneously melds political and economic analysis with a compelling travelogue and a journey through the mythology of one of the world's great religions.

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