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Trial Run Begins, Bringing Beijing-Bangkok Train Trip Closer to Reality

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Thailand is planning to trial a rail service between its capital Bangkok and Laos' Vientiane on July 13 and 14, a move that brings train travel between Bangkok and Beijing closer to becoming a reality. This development was announced by the State Railway of Thailand (SRT). Ekarat Sriarayanphong, an official from SRT, said the new link will enhance transportation between Thailand, Laos, and China.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1329696-trial-run-begins-bringing-beijing-bangkok-train-trip-closer-to-reality/

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Thailand Welcomes UN Resolution for Gaza Ceasefire

 

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Palestinians inspect the damage following an Israeli airstrike on the El-Remal aera in Gaza City on October 9, 2023. File photo courtesy: Wikimedia

 

Thailand has expressed its approval of the latest United Nations Security Council resolution, adopted on Monday, that calls for an immediate and full ceasefire in Gaza.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1329723-thailand-welcomes-un-resolution-for-gaza-ceasefire/

 

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Investigation Ordered into Survey Revealing Majority Opposition to Amnesty Bill

 

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Deputy House Speaker Padipat Suntiphada. File photo courtesy: MGR online

 

An online opinion poll, conducted by parliament, has revealed that over 60% of respondents oppose a proposed amnesty bill.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1329724-investigation-ordered-into-survey-revealing-majority-opposition-to-amnesty-bill/

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Bank of Thailand Intensifies Crackdown on Fraudulent Accounts

 

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The Bank of Thailand has ramped up efforts to combat mule bank accounts, central to numerous financial fraud operations, by enforcing stricter measures to freeze suspicious activities.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1329725-bank-of-thailand-intensifies-crackdown-on-fraudulent-accounts/

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Thai Hotels Face 111 Million Baht Loss After FTI Group Insolvency
By Kittisak Phalaharn

 

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National - On June 12th, 2024, Mr. Thienprasit Chaiyapatranun, president of the Thai Hotels Association (THA), addressed the impact of the insolvency of FTI GROUP, a major German tourism operator, on Thailand’s hotel industry.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1329726-thai-hotels-face-111-million-baht-loss-after-fti-group-insolvency/

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Thammanat Shrugs Off Strained Ties Between Pheu Thai And Palang Pracharat

By Thai Newsroom Reporters

 

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Palang Pracharath Secretary-General Thammanat Prompao, centre in above image. Photo: Thai Rath

 

PALANG PRACHARATH SECRETARY-GENERAL Thammanat Prompao today (June 13) downplayed criticism that the relationship between the core coalition partner Pheu Thai and his own party has been strained lately.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1329728-thammanat-shrugs-off-strained-ties-between-pheu-thai-and-palang-pracharat/

 

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Driving Against Traffic and Falling from Elevated U-Turn Bridge in Sattahip
By Aim Tanakorn

 

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PHOTO: Khaosod

Sattahip — A Cambodian motorcyclist died early on June 13th after driving against traffic and falling from an elevated U-turn bridge on Sukhumvit Road in Sattahip district, Chonburi province.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1329730-motorcyclist-dies-after-driving-against-traffic-and-falling-from-elevated-u-turn-bridge/

 

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Masked Youths Vandalize Cannabis Shop in Sattahip
By Aim Tanakorn

 

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Sattahip — A cannabis shop in Sattahip district, Chonburi province, was vandalized twice by masked youths, with the second incident involving possible gunfire, according to the shop owner.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1329731-masked-youths-vandalize-cannabis-shop-in-sattahip/

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Monk Leads Project to Build Elephant Shelter in Chiang Mai

 

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Renowned monk Phra Kru Odd is spearheading a vital initiative to construct a shelter for the elephants of the Saen family in Chiang Mai. This project, aimed at protecting the elephants from harsh weather, is expected to cost 1 million baht and take one year to complete.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1329739-monk-leads-project-to-build-elephant-shelter-in-chiang-mai/

 

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Firefighter Snaps Under Pressure, Attacks Drinking Buddies: 1 Dead, 3 Hurt

 

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Picture courtesy: Thai Rath

 

In a tragic incident in Samut Prakan, Thailand, a young firefighter, overwhelmed by job stress, fatally stabbed one of his drinking companions and seriously injured three others after what began as a social gathering. 

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1329741-firefighter-snaps-under-pressure-attacks-drinking-buddies-1-dead-3-hurt/

 

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Pit bull heroes defuse tense road rage incident (video)
by Puntid Tantivangphaisal

 

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A tense road rage incident took an unexpected turn when two pit bull-like dogs intervened, saving the day. A viral video circulating on social media captures the dramatic encounter, which took place yesterday, between two truck drivers on a busy road in Thailand.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1329745-pit-bull-heroes-defuse-tense-road-rage-incident-video/

 

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Thai govt warns of monsoon mayhem, brace for floods, heavy rain
by Ryan Turner

 

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The Thai government issued a warning for heavy rain and potential flash floods from June 15 to June 19, due to monsoons and increased weather activity. The Andaman Sea and Gulf of Thailand are expected to experience high waves, urging fishermen to avoid navigating stormy areas.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1329746-thai-govt-warns-of-monsoon-mayhem-brace-for-floods-heavy-rain/

 

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Koh Samui’s tourism renaissance: An island reawakens

by Bill Barnett

 

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Koh Samui, Thailand’s renowned resort island, is experiencing a remarkable revival in tourism. The island has witnessed a 69% year-on-year increase in visitor numbers during the first four months of 2024, driven by an influx of domestic tourists, the opening of new international markets, and improved air connectivity.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1329748-koh-samui’s-tourism-renaissance-an-island-reawakens/

 

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Man dies after pickup veers off Samut Songkhram road
by Puntid Tantivangphaisal
 

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A 34 year old man tragically lost his life after his pickup truck veered off the road and crashed into a barricade, ejecting him through the rear window. The accident happened at around 2.30am today, June 14, on Samut Songkhram-Bang Phae Road, heading towards Mae Klong.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1329749-man-dies-after-pickup-veers-off-samut-songkhram-road/

 

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Baht’s the password? Thai gran’s costly slip leads to 105k bank loss

by Petch Petpailin

 

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A 65 year old Thai woman lost 105,000 baht from her bank account after writing her ATM password on the back of the card and subsequently losing it on March 13, resulting in the loss of 105,000 baht in her bank account.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1329753-baht’s-the-password-thai-gran’s-costly-slip-leads-to-105k-bank-loss/

 

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Thai court to review 2001 Thai-Cambodian MoU’s constitutionality
by Puntid Tantivangphaisal

 

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Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) Deputy Leader Paiboon Nititawan has taken his concerns about the 2001 Thai-Cambodian memorandum of understanding (MoU) on joint development in the Gulf of Thailand to the Constitutional Court, questioning its alignment with the Thai constitution.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1329763-thai-court-to-review-2001-thai-cambodian-mou’s-constitutionality/

 

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Pool Villa Drug Raid in Udon Thani Nabs 31

 

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In a major anti-drug operation, Udon Thani police raided a pool villa, arresting 31 individuals attending a drug-fuelled party. The raid followed a tip-off received by the Damrongdhama Center, leading authorities to uncover a novel type of illicit substance concealed within 13 packs of collagen. Additionally, officers found two ecstasy pills and 2.48 grammes of ketamine at the scene.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1329765-pool-villa-drug-raid-in-udon-thani-nabs-31/

 

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Bangkok rail fares capped at 20 baht by March 2026
by Puntid Tantivangphaisal

 

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The government is set to implement a 20-baht fare cap across all of Greater Bangok’s rail network by March 2026, Transport Minister Suriya Jungrungreangkit announced yesterday.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1329766-bangkok-rail-fares-capped-at-20-baht-by-march-2026/

 

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