Thailand & Pattaya News, from Fabulous 103fm (3 March 2022)
According to early morning Thai media reports, all 5 remaining people from the speedboat, where an actress fell and drowned on the Chao Praya river WILL probably face charges of negligence, leading to her death. With the boat owner, one of the males, along with his unlicensed captain already charged with operating an unlicensed boat and negligence, the Technology Crime Suppression Division (TCSD) traced phone calls and are inspecting confiscated phones from all. Latest claims indicate that a sharp turn at high speed caused the woman to lose her balance and grab hold of a fellow female on board who is now reported to have shrugged her off, to avoid falling with her.
Thailand is seeing trips booked by Russians and Ukrainians canceled ahead of arrivals due to the crash of the ruble, its non acceptance here for exchange and money transfer problems. Credit cards issued in Russia simply don’t work here either as Russia itself has blocked money transfers. As International flights from many countries are rerouted to avoid Russian and Ukrainian airspace, so, what was the largest group of tourists arriving in January, is expected to become miniscule.
In other tourist news, the Thai cabinet has given the thumbs up to a travel bubble with INDIA planned to go into effect mid month, the so-called bubble allows travelers from either country to visit with ease.
Delhi police in India nabbed one arrivee as he alighted from a flight FROM Thailand, yet another Indian gangster who had been hiding out in Thailand for a considerable time but is thought to have fled after the murder of another on Phuket. Virender Partap alias Kala Rana, is alleged to be a part of an Indian crime syndicate which operates here in Thailand as well as in his home country. Police there say that he is implicated in upward of 30 killings, extortion cases and issues of intimidation. He didn’t make it much further than the arrivals desk before being handcuffed.
And in Bangkok, the teal of a 100 meter sprint in 27 seconds might not be surprising, until we read further and find that the runner is 102 yrs old. At the Thailand Master Athletes Championships, he won all of the gold medals in the 100-105 years category, which wasn’t surprising as he has outlived all others in that age range.
Thais returning from Ukraine have been isolated on a temporary basis for covid checks at Sattahip, but received good news as those who are members of the Overseas Thai Workers Fund will receive 15,000 baht for their loss of work. The government program is open to all who work in other countries.
An estimated 10K taxis bought on credit may face repossession by finance companies in the coming months as most of them were unable to make payments during the 2 years of covid effect here according to a spokesman who also reported another 6,000 have already been snatched back. With little in the way of tourism, and business still slow, most are struggling to break even WITHOUT making payments.
An undercover operation led to raids on drug dealers in our province, seeing the arrest of a couple and seizure of some 70 million baht’s worth of property, including guns, property deeds, cash and ammunition. Said to be a part of a larger network their arrest followed statements GIVEN by previous arrestees on similar charges, and more arrests are expected soon.
Chonburi’s most recent knicker nicker has been caught by police. Identified from recordings in Sansuk where he stole panties from washing lines, it turns out that he is a 50 year old Chinese expat working nearby! Now facing deportation, a visit to his rented room revealed a collection of some 50 pairs of drawers. With no explanation from the culprit, police will charge him then confer with immigration police as to his status. Meanwhile, ladies of the region can feel safe again and hang out their briefs with confidence.
Good news for music fans in Thailand as the legendary guitarist Lam Morrison, who has entertained most visitors at some time and is a Pattaya resident, has recovered from a near fatal blood issue. Calling us yesterday, he was fully conversant and said he feels much better, with his family hoping that he will be released to go home today. Weakened by the event, it was luck that his daughter was with him when he collapsed at his home, and called an ambulance.
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