We at PPT are not at all sure that the recent events associated with the cases of Darunee Charnchoensilpakul and Chiranuch Premchaiporn are cause for the optimism on lese majeste suggested in Simon Roughneen’s article at the South China Morning Post. After all, Chiranuch’s trial continues on crazy a
We and many other Internet freedom advocates have been closely watching the prosecution of Chiranuch Premchaiporn, the director of a popular alternative Thai news portal. Chiranuch, also known by her online handle Jiew, is being charged for defamatio...
It is no surprise to read in the Bangkok Post that a “media barometer” for 2010 shows “Thailand’s freedom of expression remains curbed by laws such as the Internal Security Act and lese majeste law. This does not include widespread self-censorship and a climate of fear within society.”
Feb 28th is our National Science day ! This day, in the year 1928, C.V. Raman announced to the world his famous discovery, a discovery which would earn him a Nobel prize. Rashtriya Vigyan Evam Prodoyogiki Sanchar Parishad (RVPSP) (National Council for Science & Technology Communication) of the Ministry of Science and Technology celebrates National Science day (NSD) to popularise the benefits of scientific knowledge and pratical appropriation. sircvraman.jpgVarious activities are organized on the day like debates, quiz competitions, exhibitions, lectures, etc., in which college students, school students and teachers too participate. Every year a different theme is selected and all the forth programmes and activities are based around that theme. The day is celebrated to honour Nobel laureate Sir C.V. Raman for his invention of the ‘Raman effect’ on 28th February 1928. Whole nation takes the honour of thanking all the scientists for their remarkable contributions and dedication on this occasion. The day attracts many young minds and motivates to take up science as their career. The celebrations of this day include showcasing the country’s competence in the field of science. Science has played very important role in transforming society. The events on this day reminds the importance of science; thus inspire people of all ages to work in the field of science, engineering and technology. Sir C. V. Raman was honoured with the first prestigious Nobel Award in Physics for the country in 1930. Hence the National Science Day holds great significance for Indian Science and scientific community. National Science Day brings an opportunity to focus on issues related to science centre stage. The activities organized on the occasion bring public face to face with the issues of great concern. People interact with the science fraternity for mutual benefit. National Science Day is observed to spread the message of importance of science and its application among the people and to accelerate the pace of development. Science has contributed a lot towards welfare of humanity.