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Bangkok wants to become ‘Silicon Valley of food tech’ through anti-hunger project

  • Dr. Pun-Arj Chairatana, executive director of Thailand’s National Innovation Agency, said the agency aims to make the country the “kitchen of the world” through its SPACE-F project.
  • “Not only that Thailand has sufficient raw material to serve growing demands, the country also has a top-notch logistics service,” Chairatana said in a press release on Thursday. “These attributes make the Thai food industry exceptional and position Thailand as the kitchen of the world.”
  • The SPACE-F project, an incubator and accelerator program founded in 2019 in partnership with the Thai Union, NIA and Mahidol University, was billed as the “first-ever food tech innovation program in Thailand.”
  • “The project brings together FoodTech startups and corporates through innovative mentorship, business connections, and a co-working program,” Chairatana explained.

Bangkok is aiming to become the Silicon Valley of food technology through its SPACE-F project, which aims to tackle the global food security crisis and make Bangkok the “kitchen of the world,” Thailand’s National Innovation Agency (NIA) said.

Citing the UN’s “The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World” 2022 report, Dr. Pun-Arj Chairatana, executive director of the NIA, said in a press release on Thursday that around 800 million people — or 10 percent of the world’s population — are suffering from hunger brought by the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis.

Thai man spends two days on roof after his family wouldn’t let him smoke weed

  • A 42-year-old man in northeast Thailand reportedly spent nearly two days on a roof after his family cut off his access to marijuana.
  • On Sunday, the man asked his father for marijuana; however, his father stated that he did not have any, prompting the man to climb onto the roof at around 8:30 p.m.
  • Neighbors and friends tried to convince the man to come back down to no avail.
  • Almost 48 hours later, the man became “too hot and too hungry” and climbed back down on Tuesday around 6 p.m.

A Thai man reportedly spent nearly 48 hours on a roof in protest after his family would not allow him to smoke marijuana.

The man, 42-year-old Kantaphi, was described by his wife as a “weed addict.” To curb his addiction, Kantaphi’s wife sent him to stay with his father in the Kantharalak district to “starve him of marijuana.” 

Thai man arrested for fatally shooting 3 teens in meth-fueled road rage incident

  • Theerasak Boonruang, 42, faces first-degree murder charges after he allegedly shot dead three 18-year-old students and set their motorcycle on fire after his BMW sedan collided with their vehicle in Krabi province, Thailand, on Tuesday morning.
  • The suspect allegedly shot the boy in the face and the two girls in the back.
  • Boonruang told police that he did not know the victims and that he was under the influence of methamphetamine during the incident.
  • He denied setting the motorbike on fire, claiming that it caught fire in the crash.
  • Boonruang was also charged with consuming narcotics and illegal possession of a weapon.
  • He is now being held in custody for legal action.

A man was arrested for fatally shooting three high school students during a road rage incident while intoxicated in Krabi province, Thailand. 

Theerasak Boonruang, 42, faces first-degree murder charges after he allegedly fatally shot three 18-year-old students, one male and two females, and set their motorcycle on fire after his BMW sedan collided with their vehicle in Khao Phanom district on Tuesday morning.

‘My dream has come true’: Thai boy saved during Tham Luang cave rescue receives football scholarship

  • Duangpetch “Dom” Promthep, 17, was offered a scholarship to study at Brooke House College Football Academy in Leicester, England.
  • The teenager made an announcement on Instagram on Aug. 15.
  • “Today, my dream has come true. I’m going to be a football student in England,” Promthep wrote in Thai in his post.
  • Promthep was one of the 12 boys saved during the Tham Luang cave "miracle" rescue in Thailand’s Mae Sai district in Chiang Rai province on June 23, 2018.
  • It took more than 10,000 people to save Promthep, his coach and his fellow Wild Boars football team members.
  • The rescue effort proved successful as all 12 team members and their coach made it out of the cave alive between July 8, 2018, and July 10, 2018.

A teenager who was one of the 12 boys saved during the Tham Luang cave “miracle” rescue in Thailand in 2018 has received a scholarship to study football in England.

In an Instagram post on Aug. 15, Duangpetch “Dom” Promthep, 17, announced that he has been offered a scholarship to attend Brooke House College Football Academy in Leicester, England.

Naked ‘corpse’ found in Thailand turns out to be sex doll

  • Authorities in the Saek Suk district were alerted to the Bang Saen beach in eastern Thailand on Thursday after tourists reported seeing the corpse of a woman from a distance.
  • Upon investigation, the “corpse” turned out to be a rubber sex doll that had did not have a head.
  • The doll’s top half was covered with a dark-colored shirt, while its bottom half was bare.
  • While the doll has been removed from the beach, Bang Saen officials kept it “in case its owner wants to take it back.”

A naked body that tourists believed was the corpse of a dead woman on a shore in Thailand turned out to be a sex doll.

Officers from the Great White Shark Marine Rescue service in the Saek Suk district were alerted to the Bang Saen beach in eastern Thailand on Thursday after tourists reported seeing the corpse of a woman from a distance.

Overworked elephant rips Thai owner in half

  • A 20-year-old male elephant named Pom Pam reportedly ripped his owner, Supachai Wongfaed, in half using his tusks in the Thai province of Phang Nga on Wednesday.
  • Supachai’s remains were recovered after authorities called Phang Nga Provincial Livestock officers to help them sedate the towering animal.
  • During their preliminary investigation, Takua Thung Police Station officers suggested that the hot weather on Wednesday drove the elephant to “go crazy” while it was forced to carry wood.
  • Rescuers reportedly used a dart gun to tranquilize Pom Pam and retrieve Wongfaed's body, which was later handed to his relatives for his funeral.

An annoyed elephant has reportedly ripped his owner in half using his tusks in the Thai province of Phang Nga after being forced to work under hot weather.

Officers from Takua Thung Police Station responded to a call about the elephant owner’s death at around 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday in the Tha Yu subdistrict.

Monk fight leads to death in Thailand

  • A fight between two monks at the Wat Mai Thong Chai Temple in Thailand led to the death of 64-year-old monk Kumart Absuwan on Tuesday afternoon.
  • Anake Kwanyuen, a 49-year-old monk of the same temple, reportedly grabbed a tiffin carrier and smashed it on Kumart’s head.
  • Anake surrendered himself to the police and admitted to attacking Kumart out of anger, but said he had no intention of killing him.
  • He was charged with attacking an individual, causing death. He faces a penalty of up to two years of imprisonment and/or a fine of up to 4,000 baht (approximately $113).

A fight between two monks in Thailand resulted in one of them dying. 

Khlong Larn Police Station officers responded to Wat Mai Thong Chai Temple in the central province of Kamphaeng Phet, where they discovered Kumart Absuwan, 64, unconscious on the floor with a bloody and bruised face on Tuesday afternoon.

Thailand’s fugitive Red Bull heir still wanted for 2012 fatal hit and run charge, which may soon expire

  • Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya, Thailand’s Red Bull heir and the man who killed a police officer in a hit-and-run incident in 2012, is still wanted for one remaining charge.
  • Yoovidhya struck and killed the officer with his Ferrari while speeding through Thong Lor in Bangkok on Sept. 3, 2012.
  • Interpol issued a red notice to arrest him after he fled Thailand on a private jet in 2017.
  • The criminal charge against Yoovidhya for “cocaine use” had expired due to revisions made to the country’s Narcotics Act of 1979.
  • The remaining charge against the fugitive is “reckless driving causing death,” which is expected to expire on Sept. 3, 2027.
  • The infamous case is viewed as an example of how Thailand’s elite are able to escape the criminal justice system.

Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya, Thailand’s Red Bull heir and the man who killed an officer in a hit-and-run incident in 2012, is still wanted for one remaining charge.

Yoovidhya, the grandson of Red Bull’s co-founder Chaleo Yoovidhya, became a fugitive after he struck and killed police officer Wichian Klanprasert with his Ferrari while speeding through Thong Lor in Bangkok on Sept. 3, 2012. 

Woman dubbed ‘Miss Garbage’ wins Miss Universe Thailand 2022

  • Anna Sueangam-iam, a 23-year-old woman known as “Miss Garbage” due to her being the daughter of former garbage collectors, was crowned Miss Universe Thailand 2022 on Saturday night.
  • As this year's Miss Universe Thailand, Sueangam-iam received the new "Power of Resilience" crown by renowned jeweler Mouawad and several prizes including 1 million baht (approximately $27,663), a condominium and a new car.
  • Born in Bangkok, she reportedly played with toys her parents found in the trash while working for the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration.

A woman dubbed “Miss Garbage” for being the daughter of former garbage collectors is set to represent Thailand in the Miss Universe 2022 pageant. 

Anna Sueangam-iam, 23, was crowned Miss Universe Thailand 2022 on Saturday night, besting 28 other women vying for the title.

Woman suffers bloody face after getting smacked with a durian by a debt collector in Thailand

  • Duangduen, a Thai woman, called on local media for help after she was smacked with a durian and left with a bloody face by a debt collector in Lamphun province, Thailand.
  • She admitted to borrowing about 20,000 baht (approximately $545.44) from a money lender last year to open a shop with her friend. Due to financial struggles, she said her interest repayment turned into 700,000 baht (approximately $19,090.51).
  • The loan shark reportedly sold the arrears to debt collectors who then threatened Duangduen and her friend and raided their houses.
  • The debt-ridden woman has since contacted an official government department that deals with debt management for help, but Duangduen said she is still being threatened by the debt collector.

A woman was left with a bloody face after she was smacked with a durian by a debt collector in Lamphun province, Thailand.

The Thai woman, identified as Duangduen, parked her motorbike in front of the Chang Rong Temple in the Nai Mueng subdistrict to answer a phone call when she was allegedly slapped in the face with a spiky durian peel on July 17 by a woman she said was her debt collector.

Viral video shows elephant sticking its trunk into woman’s hotel room and poking her awake

  • A woman sleeping in a resort in Chiang Mai, Thailand, was woken up by a curious elephant who stuck its trunk through the window of her room and gently poked the woman.
  • The viral video uploaded to Instagram describes how the resort’s elephants blow air and wake you up “instead of the reception call or your alarms.”
  • The video has garnered 64 million views and 2.6 million likes since being uploaded on July 19.

While sleeping at a resort in Chiang Mai, Thailand, a woman woke up to a curious elephant poking its trunk through the window of her room.

On July 19, content creator Sakshi Jain shared a video of the adorable moment on Instagram. 

Game changer? Thailand debuts durian variety that doesn’t stink

  • Those who hate the strong, distinctive smell of the durian fruit can now rejoice due to Thailand’s newest non-stinky variety.
  • The Pak Chong-Khao Yai cultivar was introduced last week at a durian festival hosted by the Tourism Authority of Thailand.
  • The fruit is reportedly an offshoot of the popular Mon Thong strain grown in northeastern Nakhon Ratchasima province.
  • Thailand is the world’s leading durian exporter, having made 187 billion baht (approximately $5 billion) in the last year.
  • Durian’s aggressive odor, which has been likened to that of gas leaks and used socks mixed with onions, is off-putting to many, with the fruit banned in most hotels, airlines and public transport in Asian cities.

Those who hate the strong, distinctive smell of the durian fruit can now rejoice due to Thailand’s newest non-stinky variety.

The Pak Chong-Khao Yai cultivar was introduced last week at the Pak Chong-Khao Yai GI Durian Festival hosted by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, where beauty queens and durian connoisseurs alike tried the new variant.