Thailand & Pattaya News, from Fabulous 103fm (28 March 2022)
A total of 15 students will be dismissed from the Nakhon Ratchasima university where a 19 year old lad lost his life during a hazing a few weeks ago. Ten others, also said to have been involved, will see their latest exam results negated, meaning that they will have to resit them. This as a result of an independent investigation carried out by the university, aside from the police investigating BUT with the understanding that all information gleaned will be shared with authorities.
The weekend saw police interrogating a 33 year old Thai man found to have numerous illegal photographs of children on his phone and computers. It’s believed that he shared them in an online group and that group, together with its members, now comes under intense scrutiny. More arrests are expected.
5 airlines operating similar planes to that which crashed in China, have been ordered by the Civil Aviation Authority to carry out enhanced safety checks on some 26 Boeing 737-800 aircraft. With no concrete answers as to the reason for the China Eastern Airlines plane, CAT is asking all to err on the side of caution.
New 20 baht notes go into circulation, this time, similar to the British 5 pound note, they are made not of paper but of a polymer or plastic product. With tradition here that money is never handed over folded or creased, as it defaces the image of the monarch, the new notes are seen as a way forward for the 20 baht note which is worth very little and the lowest note denomination in Thailand.
Pattaya will see limited Songkran celebrations extending further than the traditional Thai days, but restricted to a traditional celebration at Wat Chaimongkol in South Pattaya. For the majority of this, it will see a mass exodus to the villages, for some the first return since the start of the covid era.
Weekend saw at least one more expat injured adjacent to the bar area in Soi Buakhao. Police were investigating that, along with several reports of former bars staying open after legal 11PM closure times. The mass of bars staying open too long is thought to have led to a series of visits to former bars around the city, ordering them to close.
Golfers are recommended to contact the Pattaya Sports Club as this and next week sees a series of matches with prizes. On both Thursdays, and held at Burapha golf resort. It’s open to both male and female players and registration through the Pattaya Sports Club.
Sunday saw an oil tanker catch fire and explode at the entrance to the Chaophraya river from the gulf. Navy and marine fire boats attended the fire. With the crew successfully rescued, and the fire reduced in its spread, so teams were set to work today to contain any leaking oil into the ocean.
Billabong on the lake are having a live music tonight with a blues band supporting drummer Bob Lamb. Promising excellent evening with Bob’s drumming history saw him with Steve Gibbons supporting The Who, back in the day at the biggest of world tours, and it was he who recorded the first Duran Duran and UB40 albums in his UK studios in the 80’s. One of the finest and genial of drummers in the expat music circle, he has earned the respect of all local players, and tonight, will be worth a visit for sure.
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