News & opinion on Greater China and the even Greater Beyond: by Biff Cappuccino.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Little india: The aromatic smell of spices and freshly cooked breads told me I was heading in the right direction, towards the Indian district of Pahurat, better known as Bangkok's Little India. A short walk from Chinatown, it is home to a thriving Indian community made up largely of Hindus and Sikh who have been living there for generations, actually since Pahurat Road was constructed in 1898 and named after Somdet Chaofah Pahurat Maneemai, the son of King Rama V. Biff- comes with a number of good photos
KL denies 'preposterous' report: The Malaysian government yesterday denied the Bangkok Post's report that a group of Thai women are training in Malaysia to replace male insurgents caught by security forces in southern Thailand. The report on Thursday quoted an unnamed Thai military intelligence source as saying that about 50 women are training at a camp in Malaysia's Kelantan state.
The report said the women are mostly ringleaders, wives of separatist sympathisers and hardline students, and that they were sent to the camp for a one-month course on offensive strategies, intelligence gathering and bomb-making.
Reporter shot dead in exercise: The two-day exercise, which ended yesterday, was open to the public to show the capability of soldiers in search-and-rescue operations and their shooting skills. The tragedy occurred when soldiers aimed their M-16 rifles at the spectators and after they pulled the trigger, Sgt Thanarat collapsed to the ground.
Why Plagiarists Do It - Ambition Often Exceeds Talent: I know of very few examples in which an exceptional writer got caught plagiarizing. Sometimes writers accept jobs or assignments beyond their talents. When the deadline whistle blows, they find themselves facing this cost-benefit quandary: Shall I tell the truth and bail, damaging my career for sure, or shall I steal copy and only risk damaging my career? ...Trudy Lieberman reported in the July/August 1995 Columbia Journalism Review that many journalists caught plagiarizing paid little or no price for their transgressions. Lieberman describes a "circle-the-wagons" mentality in the news business when plagiarism breaks out.

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