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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (12 June 2023) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya

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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (12 June 2023) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya

– 135km long canal project planned to ease flooding in Thailand
The Royal Irrigation Department has released plans for a 135KM long drainage canal designed to alleviate flooding in the capital and Ayutthaya region.  Budget is initially 80 billion baht, would provide work for hundreds of manual labourers and  run from Saraburi province down to Chachoengsao linking the PASAK river with the gulf and provide both drainage during the monsoon season AND เอ.อี.ซี นิวส์ พัทยาwater supply during the drier months.  Plans wil be presented to the future government once details are finalized.

– Election vote recount at 47 polling stations
The Election Commission ordered the recount of votes from 47 voting stations after discovering a mismatch between the total number of votes cast and the voter turnout in the elections. Sunday saw the recounts carried out under strict conditions and so far those from the capital region, six, have seen the count verified and those numbers balanced, in most cases the deviations were in small numbers, from 6 to 20 votes.  Blamed more on human error than anything else, it’s expected that all regions will see similar reports.

– Booze bans in Thailand to be reconsidered by new government 
The Thai Alcohol Beverage Business Association were quoted in Thai media as supporting plans to amend the current alcohol laws in Thailand.  Keen to see the ban on sales, off and on premises, from 2 through to 5PM daily, they also support plans to allow advertising.  Complete details of the planned amendments appear to also include the allowing of small business brewing and distilling, and the lifting of sales bans on religious holidays, however until a new government is approved, no changes can be debated.

– Myanmar junta halts humanitarian access to Cyclone survivors
The United Nations is reporting that humanitarian aid on offer to hundreds of thousands of Burmese in Myanmar’s Rakhine state is NOT being allowed to enter the country.   The region, devastated by a cyclone last month,  is the scene of decades of ethnic conflict and with the strict military regime in place across the country. They have suspended all visasm, deliveries and access on offer from the UN.

– 200 million bahts worth of narcotics bound of Australia seized 
Under the watchful eye of Australian officials invited to the scene, drug enforcement police checked containers at the ports after reports from customs officers indicated that the content, intended for OZ, was questionable, following x-ray investigations.  Checks found that boxes containing pain relief products made from local balm actually also included heroin – over 70 pounds in total.  Intended for the Melbourne area, Australian police are now investigating on that side of the water as here those who are listed as the shippers of the goods face arrest.

– Laotian man arrested for gold robbery in Laos 
In Khon Kaen, a Laos man was arrested at the request of his home country police, this as he had stolen close to 2 million baht in gold and fled to Thailand.   The 27 year old was nabbed as he left his condo draped in gold jewelry, in his rented condo they found his Thai girlfriend, and more of his swag.  He had sneaked into the country over so-called natural borders, those rural areas where countries join but have no visa or legal access controls.

– Kazakhstani man denies firing at Russian in Phuket
The Kazakhstani man, suspected of shooting a Russian man as he sat in his car outside a diner on Phuket, has refused to admit guilt despite a weekend of questioning following his arrest at the local airport.  This as authorities HAVE recovered the weapon thought to have been used, from a local pond.  The Russian man remains in hospital but not in any serious condition as his assailant was denied bail as,  for obvious reasons, he was deemed a flight risk.

– 2 fatalities in late night Pattaya car wreck 
Meanwhile at home, 2 young Russians lost their lives after their car hit a palm tree on the centre reservation of the Sukhumvit. The Sunday, very early morning crash was reported by passers by, the 18 and 23 year olds were removed after fire teams used the jaws of life to force open the vehicle, but it’s believed they had died instantly after losing control of the vehicle.

– Pattaya pride parade 
Pattaya’s pride community enjoyed a good turnout of people for their parade in Jomtien at the weekend, with a second larger parade planned for Pattaya seafront  on the 24th.  In the same area, the Squid festival, a beach based market of cooked seafood of all descriptions was also well attended.

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– Angry farang trashes Soi Bua Khao salon
The owner of a Soi Buakhao nail shop has complained to police that the boyfriend of the EX owner of the hole in the wall shop front trashed her shop not once, but twice.  Seems the man doesn’t believe that his partner sold the business on, the good news is that the furnishings are.. minimal. The worry is that he will become more violent.  It’s presumed that HE had fronted the cash to start up the mini business but that his girlfriend had pocketed the result of the sale without, perhaps, letting him know.

– SSMS Orchestra & PYO “Don Quixote” Concert 2023 at TIFFANY’S THEATRE PATTAYA
And for lovers of classical music, a real treat is coming up this Wednesday at the Tiffany theatre on second road.  A 2 in the afternoon performance of Richard Strauss’s Don Quixote by an amazing ensemble created from young Thai musicians who have been studying, for a few weeks, together at a campus in the capital under the direction of an internationally renowned conductor.  This promised to be an amazing and professional performance and funds raised are intended to support them and others in their studies.  Tickets available from Tiffany’s Pattaya.

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Written by: Megan Midget

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