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In a move to safeguard tourists’ wallets, Bangkok unveils an arsenal of measures to tackle the notorious tuk tuk and taxi overcharging crisis.

 

Tuk tuks and taxis: Bangkok’s solution to overcharging crisis

Photo courtesy of The Nation

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1321195-tuk-tuks-and-taxis-bangkok’s-solution-to-overcharging-crisis/

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Thailand’s hotels produce the most greenhouse gas in Asia

 

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According to KResearch’s latest findings, Thai hotels are the leading culprits in greenhouse gas emissions, emitting a whopping 0.064 tonnes of carbon per guest each night, significantly higher than the regional and global averages of 0.057 and 0.019 tonnes respectively.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1321179-thailand’s-hotels-produce-the-most-greenhouse-gas-in-asia/

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Transport minister slashes prices with 38 more domestic flights
by Puntid Tantivangphaisal

 

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Amid escalating complaints over skyrocketing airfare prices, Transport Minister Suriya Juangroongruangkit announced an additional 38 domestic flights and an estimated 13,000 seats for the upcoming Songkran holiday season in April.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1321213-transport-minister-slashes-prices-with-38-more-domestic-flights/

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Deputy Prime Minister Anutin Highlights Progress of Drinking Tap Water Policy
By Kittisak Phalaharn

 

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On February 28, 2024, Deputy Prime Minister Anutin Charnviraku and relevant agencies participated in the awards and honors ceremony for the 45th anniversary of the Provincial Waterworks Authority (PWA) at Provincial Waterworks Authority Headquarters, Bangkok.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1321218-deputy-prime-minister-anutin-highlights-progress-of-drinking-tap-water-policy/

 

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Economic danger signals as PM pushes expansionary goals

Fears of a credit rating downgrade this year
by Joseph O' Connor

 

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As economic growth projections for 2024 are cut, there are positive signs with rising consumer confidence and exports in January. Despite this, Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin (centre) is still doggedly pursuing his expansionary economic agenda. However, the growing threat from rising levels of debt within the financial system is on the radar of economic analysts. This may lead to a credit downgrade for Thailand in 2024.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1321220-economic-danger-signals-as-pm-pushes-expansionary-goals/

 

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Boxing camp owner arrested for assaulting young female boxers

by Nattapong Westwood

 

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Police have arrested a 54 year old boxing camp owner for allegedly using a firearm to intimidate and sexually assault two 12 year old female boxers at his facility.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1321226-boxing-camp-owner-arrested-for-assaulting-young-female-boxers/

 

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Phachi chemical warehouse fire triggers emergency evacuation
by Nattapong Westwood

 

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A chemical warehouse fire in Phachi, Ayutthaya, has prompted a swift evacuation as toxic fumes spread. On February 29, at around 10.30pm, a blaze broke out in a warehouse illegally storing chemicals, necessitating an urgent response from fire services due to ongoing explosions and noxious odours.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1321227-phachi-chemical-warehouse-fire-triggers-emergency-evacuation/

 

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Pattaya City Wins Asia Festival City and Night Festival Awards
By Aim Tanakorn

 

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Pattaya — Pattaya City continued its reign as a leading tourism destination, securing two prestigious awards, the 2024 Asia Festival City and the Night Festival Awards, at the 2024 Pinnacle Awards and Asia Festival City Conference.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1321233-pattaya-city-wins-asia-festival-city-and-night-festival-awards/

 

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Bank of Thailand to accept virtual banking licences applications
by Alex Morgan

 

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This month, the Bank of Thailand is set to welcome applications for virtual banking licences, a move that has piqued the interest of numerous business operators. The finance ministry is currently in possession of a draft outlining the regulations for virtual banking, which is due to be made public in the Royal Gazette.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1321234-bank-of-thailand-to-accept-virtual-banking-licences-applications/

 

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Thailand PM unveils plan to become global cargo distribution hub
by Mitch Connor

 

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Thailand Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin envisions the country as a regional aviation centre and one of the world’s top five cargo distribution hubs.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1321237-thailand-pm-unveils-plan-to-become-global-cargo-distribution-hub/

 

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Chem-mess: Essex man and Thai girlfriend nabbed for flat folly
by Puntid Tantivangphaisal

 

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An Essex man and his Thai girlfriend have been arrested for running a nefarious chemsex operation from her West London flat.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1321245-chem-mess-essex-man-and-thai-girlfriend-nabbed-for-flat-folly/

 

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Don Mueang Airport combats congestion with designated drop lanes
by Mitch Connor

 

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An initiative to combat heavy traffic congestion at Don Mueang International Airport‘s Terminal 2 will see the enforcement of designated passenger drop lanes for taxi drivers starting today, March 1.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1321247-don-mueang-airport-combats-congestion-with-designated-drop-lanes/

 

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That tricky thing called no-confidence debate

 

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One “tradition” that Move Forward will find hard to challenge concerns the parliamentary censure of the government. Although opposition MPs are not required to do it every time it is permissible, they do it every time it is possible nonetheless

 

Full Story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1321274-that-tricky-thing-called-no-confidence-debate/

 

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Thailand drafts landmark law opening surrogacy services to foreign couples

 

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The Public Health Ministry is currently drafting an amendment, to the law on the protection of children born through the application of assisted reproductive technology, to allow foreign couples access to surrogacy services in Thailand, said Arkhom Praditsuwan, deputy director-general of the Health Service Support Department.

 

Full Story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1321275-thailand-drafts-landmark-law-opening-surrogacy-services-to-foreign-couples/

 

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