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Thailand Passes Landmark Same-Sex Marriage Law

 

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18 June marks a historic day for Thailand as the country's Senate overwhelmingly approves a same-sex marriage bill, making it the first nation in Southeast Asia to recognise same-sex unions. The bill passed with an overwhelming majority vote of 130 to 4, with 18 abstentions.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1330089-thailand-passes-landmark-same-sex-marriage-law/

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First hearing scheduled for Move Forward party dissolution case

 

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Pita Limjaroenrat. File photo courtesy: Thai Rath

 

The processing of the contentious lawsuit against the Move Forward Party for allegedly undermining the nation's rule has been pushed back until early next month by the Constitutional Court.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1330090-first-hearing-scheduled-for-move-forward-party-dissolution-case/

 

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Taxi Driver Nabbed in Sting After Hit-and-Run on Mercedes-Benz

 

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A taxi driver involved in a hit-and-run incident was apprehended after police set up a sting operation with the victim posing as a passenger. Initially denying the allegations, CCTV footage played a crucial role in securing his conviction.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1330092-taxi-driver-nabbed-in-sting-after-hit-and-run-on-mercedes-benz/

 

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Village Chief Defends Burning Practices Amid Air Pollution Crisis

 

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In Ban Mae Lan Kham, northern Thailand, villagers are gearing up for their annual land-clearing fires as the haze season begins, traditionally contributing to some of the world’s worst air pollution. 

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1330094-village-chief-defends-burning-practices-amid-air-pollution-crisis/

 

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Soda Bottle Explosion at Nearby Store leaves worker injured

 

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A soda bottle explosion at a local shop has injured a worker, sparking medical professionals to issue safety warnings. The incident took place yesterday when the employee was placing soda bottles into an icebox.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1330101-soda-bottle-explosion-at-nearby-store-leaves-worker-injured/

 

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Indian Tourist's holiday horror: Robbed, Assaulted in Pattaya

 

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An Indian tourist was brutally assaulted and robbed in Pattaya early yesterday. Gobi Manimaran, 34, was ambushed by a gang in front of the White Rose Hotel during the early hours.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1330103-indian-tourists-holiday-horror-robbed-assaulted-in-pattaya/

 

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Thai Monk Shocks Community with Violent Killing at Temple

 

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In a shocking event, a Thai monk named Suntree has confessed to murdering Suppapong, a man seeking food at Khao Peep Temple in Chumphon Province.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1330104-thai-monk-shocks-community-with-violent-killing-at-temple/

 

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Temple’s Electricity Bill Mystery: Abbot Confounded by Asterisks

 

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The abbot of Wat Pa Amphawan Khunanusorn in Buriram found himself perplexed when the temple’s latest electricity bill lacked both the FT charge and the total amount due, displaying only asterisks instead.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1330110-temple’s-electricity-bill-mystery-abbot-confounded-by-asterisks/

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Couple found dead in car in Bangkok's Suan Luang district

 

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In a tragic incident, a couple was discovered dead inside their parked car on Phatthanakan Soi 12, near Isan Tawandang Restaurant in the Suan Luang District of Bangkok. The vehicle’s engine had been running until the fuel was exhausted, and early indications suggest the pair may have succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning. 

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1330111-couple-found-dead-in-car-in-bangkoks-suan-luang-district/

 

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TMD Issues Thunderstorm Warning for 36 Provinces

 

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The Meteorological Department of Thailand (TMD) has issued a stark warning for 36 provinces to brace for rain and thunderstorms. Bangkok and its surrounding areas are particularly noted, with rain expected in 40% of their regions, while the southern coast may see thunderstorms in up to 60% of its locales.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1330119-tmd-issues-thunderstorm-warning-for-36-provinces/

 

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Thailand's Tourism Faces 'Zero-Dollar' Tour Crisis

 

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Thailand is grappling with a surge in so-called “zero-dollar” tours that are wreaking havoc on the tourism sector. These tours, notorious for their rock-bottom prices or free offers, primarily target tourists from China, Russia, and India, leaving local Thai operators struggling to compete.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1330120-thailands-tourism-faces-zero-dollar-tour-crisis/

 

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Thailand’s cybersecurity spend critical as cybercrime costs surge

 

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Thailand’s current expenditure on cybersecurity stands starkly low at just 0.2% of corporate revenue, despite the looming surge in cybercrime-related costs projected to reach US$10.5 trillion globally by 2025, according to cybersecurity firm Fortinet.

 

Full Story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1330143-thailand’s-cybersecurity-spend-critical-as-cybercrime-costs-surge/

 

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Court orders evidence in PM Srettha’s ethics case

 

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The Constitutional Court has thrown the government into turmoil by demanding all parties in Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin’s ethics case submit evidence within 15 days.

 

Full Story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1330080-hearing-on-petition-against-pm-srettha-slated-for-july-10-by-charter-court/?do=findComment&comment=19002769

 

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Residents protest over false advertising and dilapidated clubhouse

 

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Residents of a housing estate are up in arms over false advertising that promised top-notch amenities, only to be shocked by the dilapidated state of the clubhouse. The celebrity Tuck Boriboon allegedly could not tolerate the situation and joined the protest.

 

Full Story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1330145-residents-protest-over-false-advertising-and-dilapidated-clubhouse/

 

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Court Finds Adultery Law Unconstitutional

 

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The Constitutional Court has unanimously declared that the law permitting spouses to claim damages for adultery is against the Constitution. The decision involves Section 1523, paragraph two, of the Civil and Commercial Code. This provision lets a husband seek compensation from a man engaging with his wife, whereas a wife can sue a woman openly having an affair with her husband.

 

Full Story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1330146-court-finds-adultery-law-unconstitutional/

 

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Intoxicated Man Provokes Elderly Man, Suffers Machete Wound to the Head

 

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A Thai man was severely injured after being attacked on the evening of June 18th, 2024, near Pattaya, allegedly for teasing an older man about his age. The assault took place near Wat Huai Yai, in the Banglamung district of Chonburi province. The local police and rescue teams were alerted to the incident at 9.36 PM and quickly arrived on the scene.

 

Full Story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1330152-intoxicated-man-provokes-elderly-man-suffers-machete-wound-to-the-head/

 

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Chiang Mai's Tourism to Attract Rock Climbing Enthusiasts

 

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Tourism operators in Chiang Mai, Thailand, are working to attract the world's 44.5 million rock climbing enthusiasts to the province's impressive mountain landscapes. They are also calling on the government to help encourage this sport throughout Thailand to boost tourism.

 

Full Story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1330155-chiang-mais-tourism-to-attract-rock-climbing-enthusiasts/

 

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Student hurt in high-speed songthaew mishap in Samut Prakan

 

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A female student was injured after falling from a blue songthaew taxi that was reportedly speeding. The driver argues that the student jumped off the vehicle herself, while a witness said the driver didn't immediately help the injured girl.

 

Full Story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1330156-student-hurt-in-high-speed-songthaew-mishap-in-samut-prakan/

 

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