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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (10 May 2024) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya

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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (10 May 2024) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya
DISCOVER PATTAYA NEWS with Fabulous 103fm

– One Dead, dozens injured in Rayong gas tank blast
In Rayong, fears of a massive explosion on Thursday subsided last night after 12 hours of firefighting reduced the massive blaze to a fizzle. One person died and others were injured in a blast that occurred mid-morning without warning, causing a huge storage tank to explode and fill the air with smoke due to its highly volatile content. A major evacuation program was implemented, with the Thai navy joining the operation. At one point, neighboring storage tanks were expected to explode due to the intense heat. With oily smoke billowing over the region, emergency procedures, previously unused but effective, were activated. A full inquiry has been ordered by the state, and the area housing the container was ordered to shut down for safety reasons.

– Thailand to get tough on drugs & recriminalise marijuana
In a significant move against drugs, authorities announced plans to classify anyone in possession of more than three illegal pills as a dealer. Additionally, a planned ban on marijuana for leisure use echoes policies from the past when former PM Thaksin, now active in advising the current government, implemented similar crackdowns during his administration. Minister Anutin expressed dissatisfaction with plans to repeal the act that decriminalized marijuana for medical use, alleging recent deception. Pua Thai, led by Thaksin’s daughter but represented in Parliament by PM Tavision, who many claim is closely advised by Thaksin, is perceived by many Thais as a revival of the Thaksin era, with several family members occupying key roles. Thaksin, now recovered from his medical issues, held two unofficial meetings with neighboring governments during his brief incarceration.

– Major heroin smuggling ring busted in Thailand
In Nong Khai, four men were arrested during a police operation that dismantled a major heroin import operation. Police seized 1.4 tonnes of heroin believed to have been smuggled from Laos. The arrested men disclosed additional large stashes hidden at a nearby rubber farm, admitting that all the drugs were transported via boats across the Mekong River.

– Former cop caught after 10 years on the run
A former border patrol policeman who fled his home in Songkhla a decade ago after being charged with the kidnapping and murder of two men was arrested this week following a public tip-off. He faces charges of possession of firearms, murder, and kidnapping. Police found weapons and ammunition at his current residence.

– Two different trucks collide with overpass height markers
In the capital, two high trucks collided with height markers on an overpass within hours of each other. Both trucks had their loads separated from the vehicles by strong beams installed to prevent high loads on the route. Despite ample signage and clear warnings restricting the height to 3.1 meters and prohibiting HGVs with three or more axles, officials plan to charge both drivers.

– Thai Industrial Standards Institute offers free solar panel advice
To address safety concerns associated with purchasing cheap solar panels for electricity generation, the Thai Industrial Standards Institute will provide free advice to consumers. Following reports of fires and incidents blamed on substandard imported goods and poor installation, the initiative aims to promote safe solar practices in Thailand, where the solar market is rapidly expanding. Panels certified by TISI undergo rigorous testing.

– Charity organization raises eyebrows after abuse allegations 
In contrast to many charitable organizations providing support to abused women and children on limited budgets, reports suggest that one American group, Exodus Road, operating in the city has a questionable reputation. The group charges several hundred dollars for seminars and is criticized for allocating a significant portion of donations to high salaries and expenses, with allegations of abuse within the organization. Despite marketing itself as a group freeing underage women from brothels, concerns are raised about the transparency of its operations and the actual impact of donations. Other organizations, such as the Take Care Kids Foundation, with minimal overheads and salaries, ensure that donations reach their intended recipients. Exodus Road reportedly raises over $4 million annually in the United States, primarily from religious organizations and individuals. While human trafficking remains a concern in Asia, surveys and reports indicate that bars in the city do not employ underage staff and actively discourage such practices.

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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (9 May 2024) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya DISCOVER PATTAYA NEWS with Fabulous 103fm - Thai PM announces plans to recriminalize marijuana this year Western media are reporting that the Thai PM has posted on social media that Thailand WILL recriminalize the use of marijuana. Not quite a U-turn, as it's likely that medical use will be allowed, with qualified doctors prescribing. HOWEVER, press […]

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