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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (26 February 2024) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya

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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (26 February 2024) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya
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– Mid-air chaos as power bank catches fire on Thai flight
Reports are being covered internationally of a portable phone recharger catching fire in the pocket of a seat on a flight from Bangkok to the South.  Typically not allowed in hold baggage BUT currently allowed in hand luggage the unit, the size of a phone is said to have caught fire, scaring its owner and seeing passengers panic as fumes spread across the cabin area.   Extinguished by the cabin crew in a timely manner, there was no danger to passengers, thanks to them, however a review is expected by the FAA this week.

– Germany to legalize Cannabis from April 1
Fans of Cannabis here are quick to quote reports from Germany at the weekend where, as Thailand expects a camp down on the free for all in effect now, Deutschland will see Cannabis legalized from April 1, allowing possession of up to 25 grams and cultivating up to three plants for personal use.  Here, a full parliamentary hearing is planned to debate new laws that will crack down on sellers and users.

– Tourist arrested for slaying of Australian DJ in Thailand 
Investigators working on the case of an Austrian DJ found brutally killed on Koh Phangnan last week have arrested a 37 yr old Moroccan and charged him with the slaying.  Seems the two had been friends but they had had a falling out.  It’s believed that the Morrocan has confessed but details of the background and issues that led to his act have yet to be released.

– Huge forest fires destroy Chiang Mai national park
In Chiang mai province, a massive forest fire has engulfed a large area of national park, spreading quickly.  Blamed on locals starting small fires carelessly, 3 days of constant labour by firefighters have achieved little.  Water helicopters have been in use for the same period but reports indicate that FURTHER new fires have shot up in the same area.  Traditionally, locals have burned land to reveal vegetation and ant eggs that are used for food.

– Top cops fired in online gambling case 
8 top cops have been relieved of their usual duties by Thailand’s national police chief following claims that they had attempted to sway investigations INTO them regarding involvement in a high-profile online gambling case.

– Crazed cop goes on stabbing frenzy in Southern Thailand
In Nakhon Si Thammarat, a crazed police officer on Saturday stabbed several passers by, seeing one pass away at the scene after he, according to on lookers, became deranged.   He had kicked over a motorbike carrying two elderly females and attacked them before fellow officers arrived at the scene and took him into custody.

– Frozen semen smuggler arrested 
A Thai man said to have facilitated a transnational surrogacy network SEVEN years ago has been arrested in Nonthaburi , charged with the transportation of frozen semen from China to Laos and Cambodia, where women were paid to conceive.  Thailand has long banned surrogacy for anyone other than Thais for Thais following several high profile cases ages ago that saw foreigners, including westerners, father children here.

 – 150 Thais arrested in scam call center raid 
In Myanmar, Burmese authorities have arrested close to 150 Thais in a raid on a scam call centre just inside the border from Thailand, where a total of 700 were all taken into custody.  Amid claims that many commuted to and from the centre from Thailand, the raids were orchestrated at the behest of Chinese authorities.

– Long weekend in Pattaya sees heavy traffic
Pattaya was totally crammed with traffic and tourists for the three day weekend that ends today, seeing journeys delayed into the city and parking at a premium, good news for hotels and tourist based businesses but today for sure is another to avoid the city for locals.

– Clampdown on noise levels from entertainment zones in Pattaya
Pattaya and Banglamung district, at the end of last week, outlined several important issues for bars and entertainment zones in the city.  With the advent of early morning closing, THEY see it key that all comply with noise abatement regulations and desist from loud music late into the night which causes problems for neighbours.   That, of course, applies mainly to open bars where bands and DJs often appear to compete with neighbouring bars for loudness.   Other issues included the control of staff employment to ensure no under age workers are employed. City hall and the district offices have both received complaints re noise levels and we can expect those to be addressed soon as the warning has been given

– Patty Tavatanakit wins Honda LPGA Thailand at the Siam Country Club
And golf fans were given a treat as champion golfer Patty Tavatanakit won the prestigious US$1.7 million Honda LPGA Thailand at the Siam Country Club on Sunday.  Finishing at 21 under par 267 with a single stroke. Covered internationally on television, the event drew a large audience and will certainly enhance the region’s growing reputation for sports events.

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Written by: Megan Midget

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