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Buddhist group goes after Buddha-Ultraman artist, as abbot calls on society to forgive and forget

By Supachai Phetchthewee,
Supachai Sinprasert,
Prasit Tangprasert
The Nation

 

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The group “Chao Phut Phalang Phaendin” (Buddhists who are the power of the land) on Wednesday (September 11) filed a police complaint against a fourth-year university student for depicting Buddha as an Ultraman superhero in four paintings that were on display at a Nakhon Ratchasima shopping mall early this month.

 

Full Story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1122964-buddhist-group-goes-after-buddha-ultraman-artist-as-abbot-calls-on-society-to-forgive-and-forget/

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'Ultraman Buddha' art in Thailand prompts police complaint

By Panu Wongcha-um and Panarat Thepgumpanat

 

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Paintings of Japanese superhero "Ultraman" with Thai-style Buddha's head are seen in Bangkok, Thailand September 11, 2019. REUTERS/Pakorn Porncheewangkul

 

BANGKOK (Reuters) - A group of Buddhist hardliners in Thailand filed a police complaint against a young female artist on Wednesday over paintings that depict images of the Buddha as the 1960s Japanese superhero character Ultraman.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1122964-buddhist-group-goes-after-buddha-ultraman-artist-as-abbot-calls-on-society-to-forgive-and-forget/?do=findComment&comment=14560588

 

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Thammanat claims he ‘just slept’ in Aussie lock-up

By The Nation

 

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At a parliamentary questioning session on Wednesday (September 11), Deputy Agriculture Minister Thammanat Prompao insisted that his 1993 jail sentence in Australia had been settled and that he would like to continue working as a Cabinet member.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1122982-thammanat-claims-he-‘just-slept’-in-aussie-lock-up/

 

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Concerns rise over microplastics in stomachs of mackerel

By Khanitta Sitong
The Nation

 

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The discovery of microplastics in the stomachs of mackerel caught in Trang Sea have raised concerns, but the 3rd Marine National Park Operation Centre urged Thais on Wednesday to refrain from panicking and shunning mackerel.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1122983-concerns-rise-over-microplastics-in-stomachs-of-mackerel/

 

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Harm reduction with safer alternatives new approach to public health

By Jintana Panyaarvudh
Special to The Nation
Seoul


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While policymakers in Thailand are concerned about the dangers of e-cigarettes and have vowed to retain the ban on smoking devices, other countries in Asia are joining forces in their fight against tobacco.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1122984-harm-reduction-with-safer-alternatives-new-approach-to-public-health/

 

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Bangkok Bank offers help to people affected by tropical storms, floods

By The Nation

 

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Bangkok Bank is helping customers hit by “Podul” and “Kajiki” tropical storms in the North, Northeast, Central and South of Thailand by issuing measures to ease repayment conditions, enhance short-term liquidity and providing additional credit support to customers directly or indirectly affected by floods. Bank officials have also visited flood victims to provide them with advice.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1122986-bangkok-bank-offers-help-to-people-affected-by-tropical-storms-floods/

 

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PM declines to talk about departure of one small party from the governing coalition

 

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Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha this morning (Wednesday) covered one of his ears with his hand as he pretended not to hear a reporter’s question about the announcement yesterday that the Prachatham Thai party is to pull out of the government’s coalition.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1122987-pm-declines-to-talk-about-departure-of-one-small-party-from-the-governing-coalition/

 

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12 former UDD leaders imprisoned for 4 years by Supreme Court for disrupting the 2009 ASEAN Summit in Pattaya

 

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The Supreme Court today upheld the four-year prison terms imposed on 12 former core members of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) for their role in leading red-shirt protesters in breaking up the ASEAN Summit at the Royal Cliff Beach Resort in Pattaya on April 11th, 2009.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1122988-12-former-udd-leaders-imprisoned-for-4-years-by-supreme-court-for-disrupting-the-2009-asean-summit-in-pattaya/

 

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Serving police officer arrested with 198,000 meth pills in his luggage on a bus in Chiang Rai province

 

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A police investigative inspector in the central Thai province of Uthai Thani has been arrested by police in Mae Sai district of the northern province of Chiang Rai after almost 200,000 methamphetamine tablets were found in his luggage on a Bangkok-bound bus.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1122989-serving-police-officer-arrested-with-198000-meth-pills-in-his-luggage-on-a-bus-in-chiang-rai-province/

 

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Govt arranges volunteer activity to clean Chao Phraya river banks

 

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BANGKOK (NNT) - The government is organizing a volunteer activity to clean the banks of the Chao Phraya river in preparation for the Royal Barge Procession.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1122990-govt-arranges-volunteer-activity-to-clean-chao-phraya-river-banks/

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People invited to observe shrimp parade

 

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UBON RATCHATHANI (NNT) - During this rainy time of the year, the northeastern province of Ubon Ratchathani features a procession that’s like no other: the shrimp parade at Kaeng Lamduan. It is a phenomenon that tourists are willing to wait for.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1122991-ubon-ratchathani-people-invited-to-observe-shrimp-parade/

 

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More train carriages added in Yala to transport longkong

 

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YALA (NNT) - Many people arrived at a railway station in Yala province today to transport boxes of longkong to their friends and relatives in various provinces. Railway officers helped the people by sorting the boxes according to their destination and loading them into cargo carriages.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1122992-more-train-carriages-added-in-yala-to-transport-longkong/

 

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Cambodia feared lagging behind predators in cybersex trafficking crackdown

By Matt Blomberg

 

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PHNOM PENH (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - U.S. and Australian crime fighters are preparing Cambodia for a spike in online child sex abuse cases but local officials fear that predators are a step ahead of police due to narrow laws.

 

Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1122993-cambodia-feared-lagging-behind-predators-in-cybersex-trafficking-crackdown/

 

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