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    Systemic ills of the tablets

    News, Published on 09/10/2013

    » In many ways, the problems with the One Tablet Per Student (OTPS) programme mirror the problems with the education system as a whole. Both OTPS and the school system supposedly exist to benefit our children.

  • OPINION

    The time to end poverty is right now

    News, Published on 09/10/2013

    » At this moment, more than a billion people live on less than US$1.25 (39 baht) a day. That is a stain on our moral conscience. We must help lift people out of poverty without delay, without prejudice, no matter the circumstance, no matter the locale.

  • OPINION

    In the wrong gear

    News, Published on 09/10/2013

    » Re: ''Fee hike looms for old vehicles'' (BP, Oct 8). Deputy chief of the Bangkok Metropolitan Police Adul Narongsak needs to have his head examined for wanting seven to 10-year-old vehicles off the roads. The average Thai keeps a car for 10 to 15 years or more. Upcountry, the average age of vehicles is even higher. Older cars, if properly maintained, are as good, and in many cases, better than the bits of plastic shells and pieces of Lego masquerading as new cars these days.

  • OPINION

    Why we need a parliamentary budget office

    News, Published on 09/10/2013

    » One thing which the shutdown of the US government demonstrates vividly to the world is how a legislative body in a fully democratic country can have a big say over how tax money is used by the executive body.

  • OPINION

    The ability to change is crucial for any nation's growth

    News, Prasarn Trairatvorakul, Published on 09/10/2013

    » What happens in emerging markets matter. Together, they account for more than half of the world's GDP. The group of countries known as Bric _ Brazil, Russia, India and China _ has powered global economic growth since the early 2000s [now known as Brics with the inclusion of South Africa in 2010]. By mid-2009, these economies were growing 7 percentage points faster than the G7 economies and contributed around two-thirds of world output growth.

  • OPINION

    Politicians ignore plight of the poor

    News, Sanitsuda Ekachai, Published on 09/10/2013

    » Every October, we get to revisit two significant events in contemporary Thai politics _ the Oct 14 students' uprising in 1973 and the Oct 6 massacre three years later.

  • OPINION

    My cross to bear

    Life, Onsiri Pravattiyagul, Published on 09/10/2013

    » Last weekend, one of my best friends and his fashion brand-founding wife gave me a belated birthday present. It was an oversized, cross-shaped, glow-in-the-dark necklace decked out in hand-sculpted daisies and pearls, an item from his wife's latest collection. Even though it's cross-shaped, the necklace didn't strike me as having religious overtones as it has been stylishly manipulated into an amazingly well-crafted accessory. I love it so much that I wore it two nights in a row when I was out about town over the weekend.

  • OPINION

    The shape, and size, of things to come

    Life, James Hein, Published on 09/10/2013

    » When someone uses the word smartphone, most people these days probably automatically think of Apple or Samsung. This makes sense because between them they account for over half the world's devices in this category. Apple started the trend and in recent times Samsung has taken over and been leading ever since. Beyond the United States, Australia and Europe, the fastest growing markets are China, India and Brazil, all of which have their own increasingly popular brands. In China, for example, Samsung is the current leader, but numbers two and three are Lenovo and Yulong Coolpad _ I've never heard of the latter either although they released 48 models last year. Apple isn't even fourth with ZTE, Huawei and Xiaomi coming next on the list.

  • OPINION

    Old cars aren't the problem on city streets

    Veera Prateepchaikul, Published on 09/10/2013

    » There is an old southern Chinese saying which goes along these lines: "When one’s stomach is full, he or she has nothing to do and, therefore, starts looking for trouble."

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