The Asian Affairs

As a result of an airspace violation during a combat operation, Thailand scrambled fighter jets near its border with Myanmar on Thursday and instructed its defense attache to convey a warning to the military administration, its air force said.

Air Force spokesperson Air Vice Marshal Prapat Sonjaidee said two F-16 fighter planes were dispatched when a radar detected a plane in Thai airspace near the Myanmar border late Thursday morning.

While targeting an ethnic armed group along the border, a plane from an unidentified country violated the boundary over Phop Phra district in Tak province, a statement from Prapat reads.

A junta spokesman in Myanmar could not be reached for comment right away.



Russian President Vladimir Putin received a message from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy through Indonesian President Joko Widodo, who was in Moscow on Thursday (Jun 30).

Putin met with Indonesian President Joko Widodo more than four months after Moscow launched a military attack in Ukraine.

Currently preparing to host the G20 summit in Bali in November, Indonesia is the rotating presidency of the G20.

“I delivered President Zelenskyy’s message to President Putin,” Widodo stated after conversations with the Kremlin chief in Russian language.

His willingness to help facilitate “conversation” between the two presidents was conveyed by Widodo.



Tom Hanks has confessed that he didn’t expect the iconic “Forrest Gump” bus bench scenes would make it into the final cut when he shot them.

In the 1994 film directed by Bob Zemeckis, Hanks played the title character, a man with a childlike innocence and a knack for falling into history.

Telling the ReelBlend podcast about his new movie “Elvis,” Tom Hanks said, “I will tell you that in ‘Forrest Gump,’ all the stuff that we photographed on the park bench in Savannah, Georgia… we were just shooting fodder for a hypothetical narrative piece.”

The actor even asked Bob Zemeckis, the director, if anyone was going to care about this “nut” sitting on a bench. Consequently, it ended up being one of the most iconic scenes in all of cinema.