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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (4 December 2023) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya

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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (4 December 2023) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya
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– Thai Smile Airways set to cease flight operations
Thai Smile Airways is to be absorbed into its parent company, Thai Air, by year’s end, seeing the national airline adopting all flight routes, domestic and to local countries.  The absorption does not affect ticketing which remains fully valid but the Thai smile website is expected to be closed by mid month, probably with a link to the parent company.

– Thai PM objects to proposed electricity price hike
Following last week’s scary report from the energy ministry that power prices were set to soar as of next month, good news, perhaps, as in traditional Thai style, the PM ordered a review and, as a result, a reduction in the increase.   The scare of nearly 4.7 baht a unit has been reduced, somewhat, to a max of 4.2.

– Will Songkran be extended to a 1 month holiday? 
Former PM Thaksin’s DAUGHTER, now a key player in the Pheu Thai party, has announced a plan for Songkran to last a whole month next year.  Touting it as the World Water festival, and a world class event, no mention of the looming predictions of drought for 2024 which is expected to affect water supplies to homes, businesses and farmers.  Reality?  IF it happens, locals will quickly get tired of it, as will expats and for tourists, without the crowds, it could well become a non event.   The committee which she heads up expects to submit its proposal for approval to the cabinet next month.

– Multiple people busted in hotel casino raid
In Nonthaburi,  police report that they have apprehended several people said to have been the organisers of an illegal casino operating in a local hotel.  The enterprise, which is spread over 2 floors, is said to have been owned by a Mr. Qi, purported to be a Chineseman. He has been charged with possession of several firearms and organizing gambling which is illegal here.   He will remain in custody as the court noted that, as a tourist, he has no fixed abode here and is likely a flight risk.

–  Indians nabbed in nationwide clampdown on loan sharks
The first of illegal money lenders have been arrested over the weekend, including three INDIANS lending cash in a Saraburi market have been charged with extortion and, in their case, working without correct visas.  The arrests, and thousands of now ongoing enquiries, follows the state’s new program which invited Thais to file reports of extortion without menace, and secure help to escape from under the burden of these loans. With registration FOR help begun on Friday, online, some 22,000 people are said to have signed in already.

– Three injured in octopus fair ride accident 
The 4th in a series of accidents going back over 5 years involving a giant octopus fair ride has been reported in Thai media, citing the latest in Khon kaen where three were treated by local hosptials.  Amid claims that the ride was fully inspected at the site prior to use,  one of the hydraulically operated beams that each support a car full of revellers, is said to have collapsed without warning.   The accident occurred during the province’s 2023 Red Cross Fair and Soft Power Festival.

– Thai Red Cross clarifies blood donation charges
The National Blood Centre of the Thai Red Cross Society has clarified that blood donations from the public are NOT subsequently sold to medical outlets at a profit.  Amid claims online that the going rate is 2100 baht a bag, the society has clarified that the price does exist but simply to cover the cost of collection, screening, testing, storage and quality control.  Pumping from a donor to someone in need without checks would be extremely dangerous and they claim that here is no element of profit in the fee.

– Pattaya expat ends it all following failed beer bar business 
Sunday saw a Swiss man, who’s beer bar business is said to have failed leaving him broke, taking his own life by leaping from the 7th floor of a condo block.   Inspections of his room revealed no cause for police concern and CCTV captured the event. As for the cause, it is thought to be stress related to the beer bar business. The deceased was the owner of a beer bar located in Soi Wat Boon Kanchana, and then got hit by the poison of COVID-19. The business went bankrupt, but the deceased continued to pay rent on the building even though the beer bar closed.

– Big bike rider passes away after crashing into parked lorry 
A truck driver on the Pattaya to Rayong motorway was unaware that a big bike rider had embedded himself in the back of the truck’s wheel arch until other drivers flagged him over after midnight Saturday.  Beyond the recovery, the biker and his bike had sped in the rear of the truck as it parked on the hard shoulder, only to be dragged along after the trucker restarted his journey.

– Tourist injured by steel ropes on Pattaya footpath
No one is sure WHO gave permission for steel guide ropes to be embedded in the middle of a footpath in the Thepprasit road area, but for sure the unlit obstacle has caused several issues.  Supporting a telegraph pole, a multitude of strangly wires protrudes from the mountings and it was THIS which cut through the hand of a 61 year old Belgian pedestrian who had to be rescued by medics after the cable went through his hand completely.  Taken for treatment, it’s likely that city hall will review the dangerous handiwork of the power company by this morning.

– British expat flips truck after a night on the town 
According to Thai media, the wife or girlfriend of a British expat told cops that they had been out for a night of drinking when interviewed following a single vehicle collision at the weekend.  The 60 year old British man was trapped in his truck after a single vehicle collision that involved a supposedly stationary lamp post.  No word on the breathalyser results but according to the power company, the streetlamp is in recovery.. same can’t be said for his truck.

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Written by: Megan Midget

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