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Thailand has made a substantial jump in the global competitiveness rankings, surpassing Malaysia to secure the second position within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The 2024 report by the IMD World Competitiveness Centre indicates that Thailand has moved up five positions to rank 25th globally, denoting a significant improvement in its economic performance.

 

Thailand Outranks Malaysia in ASEAN Standings

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1330179-thailand-outranks-malaysia-in-asean-standings/

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Pattaya deputy mayor slams contractors with record fines

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In response to mounting frustration over delays at the North Pattaya intersection, Deputy Mayor Manot Nongyai has taken decisive action, confirming hefty penalties for the responsible contractor. The construction setbacks have caused major disruptions to residents and the local tourism scene, prompting swift measures from city officials.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1330167-pattaya-deputy-mayor-slams-contractors-with-record-fines/

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Thailand Calls for Inclusive Ukraine Peace Talks

 

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Thailand has called for more inclusive peace talks on the Ukraine war, following a recent global summit held to address the ongoing conflict between Ukraine and Russia. The summit, attended by over 80 countries and international organisations, was significant, although key players like Russia were notably absent.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1330201-thailand-calls-for-inclusive-ukraine-peace-talks/

 

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Digital Wallet Project to Spur Economic Growth, PM Assures

 

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Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin today reconfirmed the much-anticipated, although delayed, digital wallet project will undoubtedly foster economic growth by boosting domestic consumption, manufacturing, job creation, and state revenue.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1330204-digital-wallet-project-to-spur-economic-growth-pm-assures/

 

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Massive Blaze Erupts at Electronics Firm in Rayong

 

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A tremendous fire broke out at an electronics parts company in Rayong’s Pluak Daeng district early this afternoon. The incident occurred at Sun In Electronics (Thailand) around 1 pm and swiftly escalated, sending vast plumes of thick, black smoke high into the sky, visible from miles away.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1330205-massive-blaze-erupts-at-electronics-firm-in-rayong/

 

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DP World Bids on Thailand’s Major Land Bridge Project

 

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Dubai-based logistics behemoth DP World has shown keen interest in Thailand’s colossal 1-trillion-baht Land Bridge project, per the Ministry of Transport's announcement.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1330214-dp-world-bids-on-thailand’s-major-land-bridge-project/

 

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Wild Deer Causes Multiple Accidents on Chaiyapruek Road

 

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Last night, a wild deer unexpectedly appeared on Chaiyapruek Road, leading to a series of unfortunate accidents. Police from Chaiyapruek Police Station swiftly reached the scene after reports surfaced about a deer being hit by several cars.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1330216-wild-deer-causes-multiple-accidents-on-chaiyapruek-road/

 

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Heavy Rain Warning: Relentless Downpour Forecast for East

 

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Today, the Meteorological Department has issued an urgent heavy rain warning for the eastern provinces of Rayong, Chanthaburi, and Trat. Residents and travellers have been advised to brace for possible flooding as relentless downpours are anticipated.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1330217-heavy-rain-warning-relentless-downpour-forecast-for-east/

 

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Chemical Barrels Unearthed at Sri Thep Waste Plant in Raids

 

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Phetchabun police uncovered an alarming situation at an industrial waste treatment plant in Sri Thep district, where barrels filled with chemicals were found buried underground without proper treatment. This discovery may clarify why locals have recently reported a persistent and strong chemical odour.

 

Full story:  https://aseannow.com/topic/1330218-chemical-barrels-unearthed-at-sri-thep-waste-plant-in-raids/

 

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Tourists’ Phuket beach fun turns into life-or-death drama
by Puntid Tantivangphaisal 

 

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Eight foreign tourists narrowly escaped drowning in Phuket’s treacherous seas yesterday after ignoring warning signs on the beaches.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1330227-tourists’-phuket-beach-fun-turns-into-life-or-death-drama/

 

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Thai Taxi Driver Found Dead Outside Ex-Wife’s Bangkok Apartment

 

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A 60-year-old Thai taxi driver was found dead in his car parked outside his ex-wife’s apartment in the Bang Bon district of Bangkok on Tuesday night.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1330229-thai-taxi-driver-found-dead-outside-ex-wife’s-bangkok-apartment/

 

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Bangkok monk faces backlash for flaunting lavish lifestyle
by Ryan Turner

 

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A prominent Facebook page shared a post featuring a well-known Bangkok monk flaunting a luxurious lifestyle, using two high-end mobile phones and purchasing a diamond bracelet worth 185,000 baht.

 

Full story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1330241-bangkok-monk-faces-backlash-for-flaunting-lavish-lifestyle/

 

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Bangkok Police Arrest Colombian Suspect Following International Manhunt

 

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Thai immigration officers have captured a wanted Colombian criminal in the busy city of Bangkok. This arrest was made possible because of a thorough joint operation with Malaysian authorities who were looking into a big theft case.

 

Full Story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1330259-bangkok-police-arrest-colombian-suspect-following-international-manhunt/

 

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Tourists Warned About Dangerous Slope in Na Jomtien Municipality Due to Beach Erosion

 

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The local government of Na Jomtien has put up warning signs for tourists about a perilous incline at the Na Jomtien Beach, brought about by erosion. The signs advise people frequenting the beach to stay clear of the area for the time being.

 

Full Story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1330261-tourists-warned-about-dangerous-slope-in-na-jomtien-municipality-due-to-beach-erosion/

 

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Tolls on Don Mueang Expressway to Increase by 5-10 Baht from December 22

 

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The toll rates on the Don Muang Tollway will be going up by 5-10 baht starting December 22nd, said CEO Sombath Phanichewa. This increase is part of their agreement with the Highways Department, which allows for an adjustment in tolls every five years. The agreement is valid until September 12, 2034.

 

Full Story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1330271-tolls-on-don-mueang-expressway-to-increase-by-5-10-baht-from-december-22/

 

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Mint Producing Special Banknotes to Celebrate King's Sixth Cycle Birthday Anniversary

 

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The Bank of Thailand will release ten million special 100-baht banknotes to celebrate the King's 72nd birthday on July 28. These notes will be available from July 23. The banknotes' design is different from others in circulation in Thailand since they have a portrait layout instead of the usual landscape one. This unique design was revealed by the Bank of Thailand's Governor, Sethaput Suthiwartnarueput. They have been printed using advanced technology on a polymer material, which is durable and hard to forge.

 

Full Story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1330273-mint-producing-special-banknotes-to-celebrate-kings-sixth-cycle-birthday-anniversary/

 

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Man alleges hospital director having an affair with his wife

 

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A man claims his wife, a nurse, has been having an affair with the director of her hospital, and admitted to engaging in rough sex with her new lover.

 

Full Story: https://aseannow.com/topic/1330274-man-alleges-hospital-director-having-an-affair-with-his-wife/

 

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