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EDITORIAL Growth figures don't add up
23 May 2013 : When the National Economic and Social Development Board announced its latest economic growth figures for the first quarter of this year which showed a weaker-than-expected growth rate, many questions were asked as to whether the figures were accurate.
PostbagPerils of populism
23 May 2013 : Dom Dunn says in his May 18 letter, ''Abhisit loses crop plot'', that ''Khun Abhisit's view seems to be that populist policies do not guarantee votes and that might explain his reluctance to offer vote-winning policies, but if populist policies don't work I wonder how he explains Pheu Thai's success''.
23 May 2013 : It seems like the line drawn in the sand is fading with each day. Policymakers had previously insisted that the 500-billion-baht allocation to the rice pledging scheme was enough to ensure financial self-sufficiency for the programme.
23 May 2013 : Despite its potential flaws, the 2nd Asia-Pacific Water Summit is at least tackling head-on the flooding threat faced by cities like Bangkok. But even 350 billion baht worth of fixes won't change the fact that Bangkok will some day experience a repeat of 2011's disaster, and the city needs to be prepared.
23 May 2013 : Bargaining for peace in the restive far South requires a fair amount of bending to pump momentum into the negotiations.
23 May 2013 : One evening last month, I went to a cinema on Sukhumvit Road to watch a Thai ghost movie. While waiting for the movie, I decided to have a quick dinner. Stepping into a fast-food restaurant and queuing up in front of a woman cashier, I was taken by surprise to see a young couple awkwardly using sign language with her. At first, I thought the couple was mute, but I was wrong.
22 May 2013 : The order to review all warrants to arrest suspected insurgents is welcome news.
22 May 2013 : Google unintentionally sparked a diplomatic row earlier this month following its decision to change the name on its "Palestinian territories" homepage to "Palestine".
22 May 2013 : Re: ''26,000 reds recall bloodshed'' (BP, May 20).
22 May 2013 : School size matters, but it should not be the only thing that counts.
22 May 2013 : Would you save someone's life for 10 baht a day?
22 May 2013 : What do you do to the man who helped you win a landslide election through pioneering the 30-baht universal healthcare scheme?