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A man from Britain died in a motorbike accident late-night on May 21, 2024, in Pattaya. Witnesses report that he had a dispute with another driver while in a heavy downpour before meeting his untimely demise.

 

Motorcycle Accident in Pattaya Claims Life of a British Man

Full Story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1327893-motorcycle-accident-in-pattaya-claims-life-of-a-british-man/

 

Photo courtesy of The Pattaya News

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58 injured Singapore Airlines passengers still in Bangkok hospitals

 

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58 of the passengers injured when Singapore Airlines Flight SQ321 encountered severe turbulence en route from London to Singapore yesterday are still being treated in hospital, including 20 who are in intensive care units (ICU), according to a statement from Bangkok’s Samitivej Srinagarind Hospital.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1327912-58-injured-singapore-airlines-passengers-still-in-bangkok-hospitals/

 

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Fears for a Thai woman gone missing in Switzerland with a US man with sinister past

by Carla Boonkong & Pranee O' Connor

 

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Concern for a Thai Woman missing in Switzerland with an American boyfriend with a sinister past. Nantiwa ‘Noon’ Saejiw vanished after moving to Switzerland. She announced she was getting married and going to live in the United States. Family anxious due to US man’s criminal history and an absence of contact from her since April 27th.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1327913-fears-for-a-thai-woman-gone-missing-in-switzerland-with-a-us-man-with-sinister-past/

 

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Thai Judicial Process Under Scrutiny at Seoul Conference Attended By Pita

 

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During the Asian Leadership Conference (ALC) in Seoul, questions about Thailand’s judicial system took centre stage. Pita Limjaroenrat, former leader of the Move Forward Party in Thailand, was confronted by current and former global leaders who sought clarity on the state of political justice in his country.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1327914-thai-judicial-process-under-scrutiny-at-seoul-conference attended-by-pita/

 

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Uproar over Stark Scandal Suspect’s VIP Hospital Transfer

 

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Police General Hospital. File photo courtesy: Wikipedia

 

The Department of Corrections (DoC) faced intense criticism yesterday for transferring Vonnarat Tangkaravakoon, a key suspect in the Stark Corporation scandal, to the Police General Hospital (PGH). Victims of the financial debacle accuse officials of granting him special treatment.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1327915-uproar-over-stark-scandal-suspect’s-vip-hospital-transfer/

 

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Songkhla Eyes Legal Casino to Boost Border Tourism

 

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Tourism operators in Thailand's Songkhla province are urging the government to consider an integrated entertainment complex featuring a legal casino. They believe it could revitalise the local tourism industry, particularly in border areas heavily reliant on Malaysian visitors.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1327916-songkhla-eyes-legal-casino-to-boost-border-tourism/

 

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MRT Train Rainwater Leak Prompts Urgent Investigation

 

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Bangkok Expressway and Metro Public Company (BEM) has launched an urgent investigation after rainwater leaked into an MRT Blue Line train during a downpour. The incident occurred around 6:35 PM yesterday, as the train was travelling between Taopoon and Tha Phra stations.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1327918-mrt-train-rainwater-leak-prompts-urgent-investigation/

 

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Lampang Woman Kills Husband Over Affairs With 5 Women

 

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In a tragic turn of events, a woman in northern Lampang province reached her breaking point and killed her husband who had affairs with five other women. The incident occurred around midnight, leaving the community in shock.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1327920-lampang-woman-kills-husband-over-affairs-with-5-women/

 

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Bangkok's New Drainage System Halves Flood Clearance Time

 

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Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt announced that the newly implemented drainage system on Udomsuk Road has significantly improved rainwater clearance efficiency. The announcement comes after heavy rainfall swept through the city, prompting an on-site assessment by the governor.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1327937-bangkoks-new-drainage-system-halves-flood-clearance-time/

 

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Thailand Strengthens Ties with Italy, Eyes Schengen Visa Waiver

 

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Thailand and Italy have committed to enhancing bilateral cooperation across various sectors. Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin announced this after a fruitful meeting with Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni during his official visit to Italy. The discussions aimed to bolster economic, cultural, and technological ties between the two nations.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1327940-thailand-strengthens-ties-with-italy-eyes-schengen-visa-waiver/

 

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Yingluck’s hope for a democratic revival with new charter

by Mitch Connor

 

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Former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra sparked fresh hope for Thailand’s democratic future, declaring that the country will soon see a return to full democracy under the Pheu Thai Party-led government with a new people’s charter.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1327943-yingluck’s-hope-for-a-democratic-revival-with-new-charter/

 

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Bugged out: Chiang Mai traveller’s rose petal bath hit by insect invasion
by Puntid Tantivangphaisal

 

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A traveller’s recent trip to Chiang Mai took an unexpected turn when a planned relaxing bath turned into an encounter with a swarm of insects.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1327946-bugged-out-chiang-mai-traveller’s-rose-petal-bath-hit-by-insect-invasion/

 

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Bangkok Land to transform Mueang Thong Thani into smart city
by Alex Morgan

 

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Bangkok Land, a Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET)-listed company, is poised to transform Mueang Thong Thani into a smart city district. This ambitious plan includes the establishment of a new seafood and fruit centre aimed at providing affordable goods to attract tourists to Nonthaburi.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1327948-bangkok-land-to-transform-mueang-thong-thani-into-smart-city/

 

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PTT worker assaulted by drunk foreigner claiming to be immigration
by Ryan Turner

 

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A shocking incident unfolded at a PTT gas station in Udon Thani Province as 25 year old gas station worker was allegedly assaulted by a drunk foreigner, who claimed to be an immigration worker.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1327925-foreigner-poses-as-immigration-officer-assaults-pump-attendant/?do=findComment&comment=18934848

 

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Video evidence: Thai monk gropes sleeping passenger’s breasts

 

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Another Thai monk disgraced his Buddhist faith by sexually assaulting a woman while travelling from Bangkok to Chon Buri on a bus, by groping her breasts when she fell asleep.

 

Full Story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1327965-video-evidence-thai-monk-gropes-sleeping-passenger’s-breasts/

 

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Government Praises Anti-Drug Initiatives and Policy Updates

 

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Kanika Aunjit, the government's Deputy Spokesperson, has praised local authorities on their combined efforts to tackle major drug operations aimed at promoting public safety.

 

Full Story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1327966-government-praises-anti-drug-initiatives-and-policy-updates/

 

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'E-cigarettes' may be classified as a drug

 

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The Ministry of Education in Thailand is looking to change its rules to categorize e-cigarettes as drugs, according to the ministry's permanent secretary, Suthep Kaengsanthia. The aim of the move is to prevent the rising use of e-cigarettes among students. Schools across the nation have been ordered to act against vaping on their properties.

 

Full Story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1327968-e-cigarettes-may-be-classified-as-a-drug/

 

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Court Greenlights Complaint Requesting Prime Minister's Dismissal Over Cabinet Selection

 

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On Thursday, the Constitutional Court approved a complaint that seeks to oust Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin. The complaint is about his appointment of a former lawyer, who has a criminal history, to his cabinet. The Prime Minister has not yet been asked to step down from his role and will continue his duties until a verdict is delivered.

 

Full Story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1327970-court-greenlights-complaint-requesting-prime-ministers-dismissal-over-cabinet-selection/

 

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Thai groom-to-be attempts organ sale & suicide over lack of dowry

 

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Police in the northeastern province of Sakon Nakhon successfully intervened in a suicide attempt by a Thai man who was unable to pay his 200,000 baht dowry, even after attempting to sell his organs

 

Full Story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1327971-thai-groom-to-be-attempts-organ-sale-suicide-over-lack-of-dowry/

 

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Record sea temperatures devastate coral reefs and marine life

 

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Record sea surface temperatures in Thailand’s eastern gulf coast are causing severe damage to the region’s aquatic life, raising concerns among scientists and local communities. Coral reefs that were once vibrant and colourful, situated about 5 metres underwater, have turned white due to coral bleaching.

 

Full Story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1327975-record-sea-temperatures-devastate-coral-reefs-and-marine-life/

 

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Pichit exit rocks premiership boat amid legal storm

 

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Pichit Chuenban, the Minister attached to the Prime Minister’s Office, has resigned after a legal complaint from senators that threatens the premiership of Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin.

 

Full Story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1327811-scandal-rocks-pm-srettha-ethics-violation-accusation/?do=findComment&comment=18935391

 

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Tourists behaving badly: Locals protest for better respect

 

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Thailand is not the only country in the world with badly behaved tourists. As Ibiza and Mallorca say no to tourists coming to party, it’s becoming increasingly clear that expectations on travellers in the world’s most popular destinations are changing.

 

Full Story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1327978-tourists-behaving-badly-locals-protest-for-better-respect/

 

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Dead Body Found Under Electrical Panel on Bangkok's Sidewalk

 

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A Thai street cleaner found an unidentified man's body under an electricity control panel on a sidewalk along Romklao Road in Bangkok. This discovery occurred due to a foul smell that the cleaner, Panadda Ngokngam, noticed while she was working.

 

Full Story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1327980-dead-body-found-under-electrical-panel-on-bangkoks-sidewalk/

 

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