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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (27 February 2024) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya

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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (27 February 2024) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya
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– Thai-US navies retrieve contents of HTMS Sukhothai wreck
In a combined operation, that navy diving experts, along with American counterparts, have begun content retrieval from the sunken HTMS Sukhothai. No word on remains of the missing crew from the vessel which sank in December 2022, but documents along with other items HAVE been recovered to the surface.  47 divers are involved in the operation.

– Latest gun amnesty bill goes to cabinet
A draft bill that would see amnesty granted to people handing in unregistered firearms WILL be presented to cabinet for pre approval by The Interior Ministry this week.  Now finalized, the plan is to afford the promise of no punishment to all who hand in weapons to authorities.  A similar program in the Uk years ago saw a myriad of weapons handed in at police stations and was very successful.  In Thailand, a reported 83% of violent crimes currently involve illegal weapons.

– HM Thai King & Queen pay homage to relics of Buddha in special ceremony
Their Majesties the King and Queen headed a religious ceremony yesterday in the capital honouring the relics of Buddha and Buddha’s Two chief disciples.  In a pavilion set up for Makha Bucha Day, Thailand’s King and Queen were joined by local politicians with thousands of onlookers who were offered food and water in the blistering heat of the day.

– Thai tourists to enjoy visa-free travel to China
Thai tourists will be able to enjoy a visa free trip to China as of the end of this month after a travel agreement between this country and China that will see nationals from both countries allowed to visit without first having to apply for a permit. With locals hoping for a revival in Chinese tourist numbers, others look to visiting China to see for themselves the historic areas.

– Warning for British pensioners living in Thailand
British pensioners here who fail to notify their government that they are, in fact, expats face fines and more as a program there is likely to give the state MORE POWERS to check on benefit claimants.  Currently only UK residents qualify for pension increases, for the rest, the rate you get when you apply is the rate you will get until you die.  That has prompted many to fake UK residency, HOWEVER UK banks and passport records, all now automated, will allow the British government to track those tricking them.  It’s said that half a million Brits live elsewhere around the world and that overpayments to those who flaunt the law may add up to hundreds of millions of pounds.

– Thai Airways to be released from rehabilitation plan
Rising from the ashes of covid, once financially beleaguered, Thai Airways International plans to pay off and be released from its rehabilitation plan on schedule with a goal of listing on the stock exchange next year.  2023 saw a revival in profitability and a turnover higher than pre pandemic years. 45 new planes are at various stages of order and by this summer the airline will service some 61 destinations globally.

– Four foreigners, one Thai WANTED for murder
Four Taiwanese men, along with a Thai woman are being sought internationally after allegedly killing a fellow countryman in the capital and fleeing to Cambodia by van.  They had already crossed over into Poi pet by the time Thai authorities were notified of the grim body discovery near Bangkok’s main airport .  The deceased was certainly involved in some way with the gang as he was willingly lured to the woman’s rented home and was wanted in his home country on charges of armed robbery.

– Smog to worsen in 17 provinces following forest fires
Smog levels in the capital are expected to be slightly lower this week, as the extended weekend reduced emission there but for the north and north east the news ISN’T so good as added to the already poor air quality is the smoke from so far uncontrollable forest fires.  17 provinces are affected, the worst being Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son and Phitsanulok.

– Family seeking refuge from loan sharks rescued from bus stop
When police in Nonthaburi heard of a family sleeping at a bus stop to escape heavy handed debt collectors, they went into action at the weekend.  Seems the family borrowed a combined 15K baht with 300 baht a day daily interest only payments, that adds up to 109K baht a year.  Mum and dad couldn’t afford the payments, the heavies threatened them with being taken for a less than welcoming chat and so they fled their home.  Police duly returned them with the promise that they would be protected and the loan sharks face investigation.

– Bars & stores raided for illegal sales of alcohol
Meanwhile at home and  Bang Lamung Provincial Administrative Organization carried out checks over the 3 day weekend on several bars and stores in the region that had previously been banned from selling alcohol for 5 years due to licensing violations.  Following reports that they were simply carrying on regardless. Just after midnight, an undercover team was sent in to make checks, signaling then a team outside.  It is expected that the operators will face heavy fines.

– Elderly tourist killed in Pattaya hit-and-run
A 73 year old Swiss man lost his life this week in a hit and run accident on the Sukhumvit near Jomtien.  The 11.30 crash saw the elderly man removed to hospital but beyond help.   Onlookers told police of the vehicle which hit him, claiming that it had been driving very fast, slowed down after the crash to see what was what, and then.. sped off.  CCTV is likely to allow police to arrest them and the mans embassy has been informed.

– Heavy traffic in Pattaya following long weekend
For Pattaya, yesterday, traffic struggled as visitors left in droves following the three day weekend.  Roads were in many places blocked, and traffic toward the capital heavy.  For locals the advisory is to avoid busy services until at least Thursday as they, immigration, utility companies and the like, play catch up with demand and long queues can be expected.

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Written by: Megan Midget

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