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

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

– Middle Eastern based airlines continue flights as normal amid conflict
Concern is being raised about airlines flying to Asia, specifically Thailand, from the middle east as the conflict there appears to be extending beyond the initial threat of war.  In addition to European airlines expected to alter routes, the worry is for the popular and affordable middle eastern airlines that fly from multiple countries but use their home country as a hub for passengers to transfer.  To date there have been no announcements as all hope for a quick end to the violence, however, tour operators are watching virtual ticker tapes diligently.

– More Thais lose their lives in Isreal as over 5,000 await repatriation
Two more Thai workers have been killed in Israel, bringing the death toll to 20, with a further 14 injured according to the attest figures from the Thai foreign ministry who also updated the number of Thais applying for urgent repatriation to over FIVE thousand.  With a mass airlift being considered, some are slowly making it back here on scheduled flights.  Israeli media reports that their forces succeeded in rescuing 14 Thais, along with 16 local nationals from an area close to Gaza.  It was one of the Thais who finally managed to get through to a media company alerting them of their plight following multiple failed calls to the Thai embassy and even the Israeli authorities. Both of whom are reporting a call overload on their centres.

– Thailand’s fuel costs under threat
Thailand’s Energy Permanent Secretary  plans to  hold a meeting with relevant agencies today, in order that contingency plans can be drawn up to handle any increase in global oil and gas prices along with a possible lack of supply.  Just as the nation returns to near normal fuel prices, the worry is that this increases and others could hit the pumps within a month IF the war continues and spreads to other middle eastern regions.

– Expat arrested for possession of firearms & ammunition 
On Koh Samui, police have arrested a Danish expat with a penchant for.. weapons. Seems he was anonymously reported to officials who discovered  3 handguns, a shotgun and hundreds of cartridges and bullets.   He claims he was building a private collection, cops of course pointed out that as a non thai he cannot get a gun licence and with all taken from the home safely the man faces court hearings that can lead to up to 10 yrs in jail.

– 9 year overstaying tourist claims he ‘forgot’ to extend his visa 
In Uthai thani, police helped a 38 year old regain his memory after he appeared to have forgotten to renew his visa here – that memory glitch goes back an amazing 9 years.  Likely reported by an anonymous member of the public he was found living here and operating as a street vendor.  Now expected to be moved to the immigration detention centre, he faces a minor fine, perhaps 20K baht, but plus court fees and the need to purchase a ticket home before he is allowed to leave there.  And that place.. well, it’s not the ritz.

– Thailand’s famous ‘Carabao’ band to retire 
Fans of Thai music are in for a surprise as the famous Carabao band has announced its retirement from the live music scene within 6 months.  After a career reaching back 40 years, the announcement comes directly from band leader, known as Ad Carabao, who acknowledged that it really is time to retire.  Thailand’s most success of bands, Carabao holds the record for most sales of a single recording HERE, 6 million cassette recordings back in 1984, and was formed originally by Thais living in the Philippines, hence their name, as Carabao in tagalog means Buffala, their emblem as used on all their business products which have made them all multi millionaires.

– Narcotics seized in vehicle checks
Reports this morning tell us that in two separate vehicle stops, one in Phichit, the other in Nakhon Phanom, police seized 12 million meth pills. Based on information provided, both vehicles were independently stopped, drivers were quick to tell WHO they were delivering to, and reports on raids on those people are expected soon.

– Toll fees waived in remembrance of King Rama 9
As Thailand remembers HM the King Rama 9, and the anniversary of his passing, so among other events, the Expressway Authority of Thailand (EXAT) is waiving toll fees on Friday for 24 hours on many major routes.   The midnight to midnight barrier lift applies mostly to routes close to the capital.

– Tourists lose control after allegedly eating weed-infused cakes 
A Russian man and woman were diagnosed as having a panic attack after, according to them, eating cannabis infused cakes.  Medics rushed to Jomtien’s second road area and administered on site care before loading them safely into an ambulance.  However, on the journey to a hospital they kicked up a fuss and demanded to be let out on the street.  Determined as feeling weak and their hearts pumping 19 to the dozen, they are the second known case of issues caused, allegedly, by marijuana products. Earlier in the week a belligerent Israeli tourist was found in Walking Street.  In that case, which is more dubious perhaps, the man, who lost control of his bowels robbed a local shop and blamed his crazy behaviour on cannabis.  Normally, the weed has the opposite effect but either way his story wasn’t convincing and he was taken to the police station for an overnight stay.

– Chinese Benz driver runs over Thai man following sudden turn
A breakdown truck was needed in order to raise a Mercedes Benz, driven by a Chinese female, that crossed wildly from the centre lane of the Sukhumvit after “nearly “ missing the turning she wanted. Veering across the lanes a car driver avoided her but she collided with a 52 year old Thai man on a motorbike, leaving him underneath the car, unconscious and with multiple injuries. The driver, Mrs Yin Yin, was removed from the scene for questioning with a translator as police reviewed CCTV and in car recordings.

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Written by: Megan Midget

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