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The six-day Songkran festival holiday in Thailand ended in tragedy as road accidents claimed the lives of 243 people and left 1,837 others injured. As announced by Education Minister Permpoon Chidchob on Wednesday, some 1,811 traffic accidents were recorded from April 11 to 16, coinciding with the period when many individuals travel back to their home provinces to join in the Songkran celebrations. Motorcycles were implicated in 84.9% of these traffic accidents.

 

Songkran festival ends with 243 deaths in traffic accidents

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1325172-songkran-festival-ends-with-243-deaths-in-traffic-accidents/

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Overnight Pattaya Ice Factory Explosion Leads to Chemical Hazard, at Least 60 People Injured
By Adam Judd

 

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Nongprue, Near Pattaya-In the late hours of April 17th, 2024, the quiet of Chonburi Province was shattered by an explosion at the Banglamung Ice Factory.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1325211-overnight-ice-factory-explosion-leads-to-chemical-hazard-at-least-60-people-injured/

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‘Doi Suthep forest fires now under control’ – Chiang Mai Governor
 

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Forest fires on Doi Suthep (April 17, 2024)


Forest fires broke out at two main spots on Doi Suthep, a famous tourist destination in Chiang Mai.The blaze can clearly be seen from a distance.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1325210-‘doi-suthep-forest-fires-now-under-control’-–-chiang-mai-governor/

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Move Forward party given until May 3rd to submit charter court defence

 

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The Constitutional Court has agreed to give the Move Forward party another 15 days to present evidence in its defence against an application, by the Election Commission, seeking the dissolution of the party and banishment of its executive committee members from politics for 10 years, on charges of attempting to overthrow the country’s Constitutional Monarchy.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1325213-move-forward-party-given-until-may-3rd-to-submit-charter-court-defence/

 

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Prayut’s Protege Tipped To Be Named Deputy Defence Minister
By Thai Newsroom Reporters

 

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Former prime minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and his protege Nattapon Nakpanich. Photo: Amarin TV

 

NATTAPON NAKPANICH who is largely expected to be named a deputy defence minister in an imminent cabinet reshuffle has been more or less known as a protege of former coup leader-turned-prime minister/now privy councillor Prayut Chan-o-cha, according to a prominent NIDA director.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1325215-prayut’s-protege-tipped-to-be-named-deputy-defence-minister/

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Tourist Depressed At Condition Of Lopburi Zoo
by TNR Staff

 

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Lopburi zoo animals. Photos from Kritsada Chaisongkram’s Facebook page and shared by Thai Rath

 

A THAI tourist who visited Lopburi zoo wrote about the pitiful condition of the animals in the current excruciating heat having noticed that there was no water in some cages but the zoo management headed off the criticism by saying the animals are being regularly given water with there being taps in the cages and monkeys know how to use it, Thai Rath newspaper said today (Apr. 17).

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1325218-tourist-depressed-at-condition-of-lopburi-zoo/

 

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Chemical explosion at Banglamung ice factory affects over 60 people
by Top Top

 

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A chemical explosion disrupted the peaceful night in Nongprue, near Pattaya, at the Banglamung Ice Factory last night, April 17. The explosion, taking place around 11.36pm, unleashed a cloud of chemicals into the sky, prompting swift action from local authorities. By 4am today, the situation was under control, with no deaths or severe injuries reported.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1325211-overnight-ice-factory-explosion-leads-to-chemical-hazard-at-least-60-people-injured/?do=findComment&comment=18850863

 

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Vendors’ dispute escalates to violence at Pattaya’s Bali Hai Pier
by Top 

 

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A violent altercation erupted among vendors at the Bali Hai Pier in Pattaya yesterday morning, April 17, leaving four people wounded, one in grave condition. The dispute, which escalated to include the use of a knife, took place in the parking area of the pier in South Pattaya around 9.30am.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1325222-vendors’-dispute-escalates-to-violence-at-pattaya’s-bali-hai-pier/

 

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Security volunteer shot dead at father’s grave in Yala
by Mitch Connor

 

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A fatal shooting incident took a grim turn in Yala when a security volunteer was brutally assassinated while he was reading the Quran at his father’s grave.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1325226-security-volunteer-shot-dead-at-father’s-grave-in-yala/

 

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Songkran celebration turns violent in Phitsanulok with gang attack
by Nattapong Westwood 

 

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A gang of youths caused a stir on the streets of Phitsanulok as the first day of Songkran turned violent and resulted in several serious injuries. The incident, which occurred on April 13, began when a group of young men climbed onto a vehicle and sexually assaulted a woman.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1325229-songkran-celebration-turns-violent-in-phitsanulok-with-gang-attack/

 

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Thailand faces severe weather with strong winds and 42C heatwave
by Nattapong Westwood

 

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A severe weather warning has been issued by the Thai Meteorological Department (TMD) for 39 provinces today, forecasting thunderstorms, strong winds, and potential hail, especially in the northern and northeastern regions. The country is also experiencing extreme heat, with temperatures soaring to a peak of 42 degrees Celsius.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1325230-thailand-faces-severe-weather-with-strong-winds-and-42c-heatwave/

 

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Ammonia Leak At Ice Factory Sends Scores To Hospital
by TNR Staff

 

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The ice factory where the ammonia leaked last night. Photo: Amarin TV

 

OVER a hundred people were hospitalised in Chonburi last night (Apr. 17) after ammonia leaked at an ice factory with people living within a kilometre radius of the plant told to evacuate, Amarin TV said this morning.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1325211-overnight-ice-factory-explosion-leads-to-chemical-hazard-at-least-60-people-injured/?do=findComment&comment=18851264

 

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Thailand’s revenue department ups tax amid economic slowdown
by Alex Morgan 

 

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The Revenue Department faces a challenging year in meeting its tax collection targets, owing to a slowdown in economic activities. Despite this, five sectors have been identified as promising.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1325232-thailand’s-revenue-department-ups-tax-amid-economic-slowdown/

 

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Bangkok chef discovers newborn remains in suitcase
by Nattapong Westwood 

 

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A shocking discovery was made early yesterday morning when a chef found the remains of a newborn in his luggage, leading police to launch an investigation into the tragic incident. The 41 year old chef, Chusak, was unaware that his 30 year old wife, Panadda, was pregnant.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1325237-bangkok-chef-discovers-newborn-remains-in-suitcase/

 

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Phuket’s reservoirs promise adequate water supply until rains
by Mitch Connor

 

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Phuket‘s three primary reservoirs are sufficiently water-filled to ensure the island’s inhabitants have enough water until the annual rains due next month, confirmed Krirksak Leenanon, the Chief of Phuket Irrigation Office.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1325240-phuket’s-reservoirs-promise-adequate-water-supply-until-rains/

 

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Thai woman crashes pickup into traffic cop in Lop Buri
by Petch Petpailin

 

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A 26 year old Thai woman crashed her pickup into a traffic police officer on Highway No. 21 in the central province of Lop Buri on April 16, causing serious injuries to the officer.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1325243-thai-woman-crashes-pickup-into-traffic-cop-in-lop-buri/

 

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