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12 Apr 2013 : The traditional Songkran New Year that will begin tomorrow is not only an occasion for water splashing fun to beat the April heat. It is also time to think of family, and return to one's hometown and celebrate one's roots.
12 Apr 2013 : I join Martin R in lauding the late Baroness Thatcher (PostBag, April 11), but do not idolise her to the extent of condemning those who are still bitter against her. One tribute said it all _ that few could say that their existence on this earth had made a difference. Baroness Thatcher could say that.
12 Apr 2013 : Songkran will provide Thais with a brief respite from the horrendous summer heat and the divisive parliamentary debate on proposed constitutional amendments. But when the lawmakers return after the holiday, tempers could rise to boiling point.
12 Apr 2013 : The word "public" in Thai has long been mixed up, or even used interchangeably, with the word "state". This weak and obfuscated notion of the "public" is illustrated quite evidently in the recent frenzy surrounding public television, a relatively new media sector in Thailand.
12 Apr 2013 : The case of the kindergarten teacher charged with recklessness for allegedly leaving a three-year-old child in a sweltering school van, causing the little girl to slip into a coma, has once again put the teaching profession in the hot seat.
12 Apr 2013 : 'Twas the day before Songkran and all through the nation,
Office workers were counting down the minutes till their vacation.
They procrastinated on Facebook instead of filling out a spreadsheet,
Posting lame weather statuses like "Good golly, what's with this heat?"
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11 Apr 2013 : When analysing politics we should connect the dots as far as the dots (or our intellect) go, rather than stop at whichever dot satisfies our moral righteousness and ignore the rest. And we should be mindful of imaginary dots
11 Apr 2013 : The dispute between the Ministry of Public Health and the Rural Doctors Society over the government's new pay scheme, officially known as the pay-for-performance (P4P) system, has quickly developed into a confrontation between several groups on both sides of the divide.
11 Apr 2013 : ''Innovations needed to feed the world'', (BP, April 9) by Gordon Conway demands a response. In 2000, when he was still head of the Rockefeller Foundation, Prof Conway complained that ''the crude polarisation in the debate on genetically modified crops is preventing proper discussion''. Is that the reason why he omits to mention in his article that he is a determined promoter of GMO technology? Recently he proudly announced that a research grant of US$10 million (about 290 million baht) was donated by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to develop genetically modified crops capable of taking nitrogen from the air, with the promise that they will need less fertiliser.