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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (28 November 2023) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya

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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (28 November 2023) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya
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– Tech school wars blamed on organized crime gang
A detailed police report has been issued in the capital after investigations into a shooting between what was originally assumed to be between gangs from two rival tech schools, which led to the shooting of one, AND an innocent lecturer shot with a stray bullet.  NOW, the Metropolitan Police Bureau is increasingly convinced that in fact at least one side, the shooters, were a part of an organized crime gang that has grown to see levels of hierarchy within it, training in violence and responsibility for several local crimes.  An estimated 80-90 people are believed to be involved in the well-funded gang which operates with such slickness as in the recent shooting, the motorbike used was quickly taken away on a truck, resprayed a different colour and sold far away from the city. That in itself appears to show that the crime was not only premeditated but also planned to a high degree.   All arrested recently have refused to make statements however some, on the fringes of the gang, have named names.

– Clampdown on booze & cigarettes sent in mailed packages 
In Prachinburi, customs officers put on display tobacco, cigarettes and booze, with a street value of over 75 million baht ALL seized from packages sent.. IN THE mail.  Thousands of packages were seized after scans revealed dubious content, assumed to have been mailed FROM Cambodia and due to be sold on to the public.   Often Cambodian booze and tobacco is fake, especially when sold on the borders and despite recognized brand labels, the actual content is not what you might expect.   HERE in Thailand, now, even posting a letter requires proof of ID, but as the packages were NOT collected, no word on if those dealing in Prachinburi will be caught.

– Influenza blamed for virus outbreak in China 
As a series of Influenza outbreaks in China is consumed by newspapers globally, the official word is that it is simply a version of the flu, exacerbated by the fact that for so long people had avoided viruses during the COVID era.  Here, too, several similar viruses have hit many, including this newsreader, lasting, again for many for upward of 2 weeks before recovery.   China is seeing reports of tens of thousands either in emergency rooms or actually hospitalized,  here that is definitely NOT the case.    From China, we hear that many, if not most of the cases treated have been in children and a WHO team has, as in previous times, sat on the wire with a report that concludes that any link between clusters of undiagnosed pneumonia and a rise in respiratory infections is unclear as of now, but has requested data from the Chinese state.   The reality is that this IS simply annual influenza or pneumonia virus that we see globally each year BUT many are acting on the side of caution and mask-wearing across Asia is becoming more common than before.

– 97 billion baht to be invested in Thai airport upgrades
97 billion baht has been earmarked by the airport authorities in Thailand for expansion and improvement at six international airports, preparing them to see, in some cases, a 70% increase in arrivals over the next decade.    The plans were due to go into effect prior to the COVID era BUT, we are told, funding is now available again and so, it’s spend spend spend. With Bangkok’s main airport planning for another 15 million arrivals through a new passenger building, a new terminal at Don Muang will see a similar increase in footfall and both Chiang Mai AND Phuket will see big improvements too.

– Thai exports rise
Good news for Thailand as exports in October Rose 8% on last year’s figures, according to the commerce ministry, signalling, perhaps, a continued increase in trade abroad.   Meanwhile, the Commerce Ministry announced that the export of agricultural products and foodstuffs grew by 9.3% year-on-year, with the fruits of industry increasing by close to 6% in the same period.    Main customers?  China, and the US.

– Thai legend who bloomed 3 million trees passes at age 77
The Americans have the legend of Johnny Appleseed .. Thailand?  Well, yesterday saw reports of the passing of a former Police lieutenant at the age of 77.  His story?  Well in the poorest of regions, Si sa ket, he spent much of his life planting seedlings across the region.  People thought him crazy until those seedings became saplings and then, fully grown trees bearing fruit.  Reports claim that during the course of his lifetime, he planted some 3 million trees in what had been an arid and quite barren region, but now, is quite the garden of the northeast.

– Thailand celebrates Loy Krathong Festival
Thailand yesterday celebrated Loy kratong across the nation seeing adults and children, often dressed FOR the occasion, floating their kratongs on rivers, lakes, and even the ocean.  In rural areas, donations were collected for local temples and parades began before noon, locally the two biggest events, both on maprachan lake, were well attended and for city dwellers, the beaches were awash with those floating their boats.

– Pattaya Beach cleanup begins following weekend-long festivities
For Pattaya City Hall, the final cleanup begins today.  After three days of fireworks and more, the frontage was left.. a mess, with litter everywhere.  That, though, was addressed yesterday morning and this morning too has seen cleanup crews being given the task of hauling away truckloads of waste, from food wrappings to bottles.. and more.. to leave the beaches once again pristine.   Kratongs, washed up in the tide will continue to be a slight nuisance for the next week but most, by tonight, will be gone.

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Written by: Megan Midget

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