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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (19 February 2024) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya

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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (19 February 2024) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya
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– Thai PM announces reasons why Taylor Swift will not perform in Thailand
According to Thailand’s PM, the reason why singer Taylor Swift won’t be coming to Thailand to perform, as have other top performers IS, that Singapore did a deal with her that she would ONLY perform there and not in other Southeast Asian countries.  A loss for music fans but probably a good financial gain to the singer and her entourage.  According to him, the Singapore government offered $2m to $3m per show in exchange for exclusivity.

– Former PM Thaksin walks free
In the world of Thai politics, this weekend saw former PM Thaksin released from his comfortable hospital ward and allowed to enter society after spending several months there IN RECOVERY and avoiding the general prison population.  Thailand’s third largest political party, Bhumjia Thai faces a possibility of dissolution as a political power after ITS former secretary-general  was found guilty of concealing assets and using a nominee to hide ownership of a company that won government construction projects.  Laws here prohibit a minister or his direct family from holding shares in a commercial company, and the election commission is due to review a constitutional court verdict on Move Forward Party to establish whether THEY broke any political party laws, with a petition from concerned individuals before them that proposed THEIR dissolution, that too is now in the hands of a committee.

– Major online pirate movie operator raided 
An online movie operator which pirated films, then uploaded them for cheap viewing online here in Thailand  was closed down at the weekend after raids on 4 locations saw their streaming service switched off and records indicating 60 million baht turnover.  Said to have operated for 18 YEARS, by Thai media, the membership only service reportedly had tens of thousands of movies listed.

– Thousands queue for Thai visa applications
In Myanmar, the Thai embassy had queues forming early this morning again following a recent rush by locals applying for visas to Thailand.  Compulsory military conscription for both men and women has seen over a 1000 queue at one time at the embassy entrance ALL determined NOT to serve the less than popular Junta there.  Others have been spotted making illegal border crossings.

– Drunk army captain loaded with weapons arrested following crash
Just how an army captain HAPPENED to be riding around the capital on a motorbike, loaded down with teargas canisters, smoke bombs, and flares, has yet to be established but that’s what cops found when they attended the scene where. He hit the pavement and crashed.   Found to be over the legal limit for alcohol, he was held in a jail cell as he faces discipline from the army as well as the police. He  was charged with carrying unauthorized weapons in public, possession of ammunition, and drunk driving.

– ‘Cult’ blamed for Thai forest fires 
A tail of the weird from Kanchanaburi province where officials sought to put out a series of forest fires, only to find that they were likely set by a cult that has not only taken up residence in a national park area, but also claims sovereignty of their chosen spot.  That likely won’t last for long as patience is wearing this after satellite images pinpointed local blazes.  Their signage, well, it claims that they have the right to use whatever force they chose to eject so called trespassers.. over the weekend.. it seems, talks continued.

– British tourist dies in triple-vehicle crash 
According to CCTV tapes and witness statements, a 34 year old British man who died while riding a motorbike on Phuket crashed into 3 different vehicles after cutting across lanes in the road and hitting an oncoming truck.  The embassy has been informed.

– Will Green Baize be removed from Thailand’s gambling activities list? 
Fans of the green baize are being snookered at the moment as here in Thailand it is registered as.. a basis for gambling.  That ruling, going back decades, doesn’t ban the game but DOES  preclude those under the age of 20 from legally playing which precludes them from taking part in national and international tournaments.  As snooker has gained popularity globally, over the past 5 decades so its been agreed that the game be removed from the the list of gambling activities, allowing all of any age to play, that decision has to be signed off by Interior Minister Anutin as, meanwhile the balls, for youngsters, remain firmly off limits.

– Teen racers wanted for pulling dangerous stunts on Pattaya roads 
Social media was awash at the weekend with video clips, from several days before of a flock of fools riding motorbikes en masse through the city, doing wheelies to impress themselves and scaring the public.  In some cases, standing on their bikes and in others riding with no hands, police are likely devouring the footage slowly and arrests are likely , especially as there is concern that others may copycat them.

– WARNING for female passengers using taxi app services 
With the reminder that Bolt and other services offer specific women driver options, sadly a 39 yr old driver in Jomtien has been arrested and charged with a brutal assault on a 16 yr old minor, forcing her into his home before the attack.   Online taxi services, for the most part, do NOT see drivers or often their vehicles monitored, however they DO offer the lady driver option which really is a must for the safety of females travelling alone.

– Two Pattaya women knifed by drunken ladyboy
Saturday saw reports of a drunken transexual stabbing two women with a knife after their partners for the night refused his, or her, advances. Seems one 22 year old was found bleeding in Soi 13  and then.. a second victim too.  Police were waiting for her to sober up before questioning and both were treated for their injuries.

– Loan sharks arrested for kidnapping & beating victim 
A 24-year-old  man was recovered by police at the weekend in the early hours, as he hid after being kidnapped by a loan shark gang to whom he owes several hundred thousand baht. Taken from his home in Sri racha, he found himself in a pattaya house where he took a beating before managing to escape.   The henchmen were duly caught driving a vehicle which also contained a bloody baseball bat and ropes.

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