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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (8 January 2024) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya

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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (8 January 2024) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya
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– Thailand to share data with western countries in income tax clampdown
As Thailand looks to income to cover expenditure, so the revenue department reports on its recent agreement to share data, both ways, with all nations listed in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.. That’s most western countries to you and me.  This is, according to them, one of the steps to integrate with the OECD tax collection designs to overcome tax avoidance globally.  And for here, tax evasion by international organisations and residents here receiving funds from their home countries which are NOT taxed at source.

– Major sinkhole causes chaos in Bangkok 
In the capital, temporary repairs were carried out ahead of today’s rush hour, on a major sinkhole which appeared on  Kanchanapisek Road, a major thoroughfare.  The weekend saw massive tailbacks and they are expected to appear again as teams did provisional repairs but the road needs to be rebuilt properly in the near future.  The hole? 4 ft deep and damaging four lanes is blamed on a water leak below.

Photo Credit: The Nation

– Smog to return to unsafe levels this week 
Smog again is rearing its ugly head seeing the pollution control department predicting unsafe areas of the country all week.  Experts predict dangerously poor air quality in the capital and surrounding areas and haze in many others including our own.

– Will recreational use of weed be banned in Thailand? 
Irish police have reported on over 1 million euros worth of marijuana, much sourced from Thailand and discovered there by authorities.   A series of raids in Dublin followed a trail of packages being delivered. This as legislation proposed to control the retail of cannabis in Thailand have been signed off by the health minister and is expected to be given a fast track approach to parliament for approval.    It will NOT ban sale of the weed but WILL, if approved, ban sales for recreational use.  How will that be affected?  Several suggest a method prescription from doctors and the document WOULD require that anyone selling it .. has to be a pharmacist.  End result could well be the quick demise of the ganga shops in many areas. This along with the implementation of strict controls on micro levels of THC would, if implemented.. put off recreational buyers.

– Over 500 arrested in nightclub raid 
When authorities visited a Pathumthani nightclub, the local police cells filled quickly as over 500 underage drinkers were arrested.   Following reports from those concerned members of the public, the Heaven Rangist pub was surrounded whilst undercover officers chased the clientele.  All owners have been arrested too.

– Bridge collapses on Thai highway 
On the main asia highway, from BKK to the north, traffic has resumed after an early morning single vehicle crash into a foot bridge over the 6 lane route saw the bridge crumble and collapse.  That’s now been removed and the road reopened.

Photo Credit: The Nation

– Thaksin’s daughter denies plans to join cabinet
Pheu Thai Party leader Paetongtarn Shinawatra at the weekend has denied any plans for her to join the cabinet.  Daughter of previously exiled Thaksin, she is already the party leader.  During a visit to Roi et she told the media there are absolutely no plans for that.  No word on which ministry she will head up.

– Tourist falls from Pattaya condo balcony 
Meanwhile at home and early Saturday morning, police attended a scene below a Jomtien condo block where a 42 year old Russian had fallen from an 8th floor unit.  According to condo security teams he had been acting in a weird manner, shaking gates at the main entrance before climbing over perimeter walls to gain access, this despite having a home rented there. A full post mortem has been ordered.

– Snake caught in Pattaya coffee shop 
Coper coffee may become a new mix on offer in a local café here after the snake teams were called out to a third road coffee shop at the weekend to remove an unwelcome visitor.  Staff and customers quickly gave the hisser a wide berth. 4 and a half ft long, he was duly removed to a more natural location.   As the business of latte and cappuchino returned to normal.

– Pattaya thief pays tourist for 300,000 baht stolen necklace 
In the world of the weird, a 29 yr old ladyboy was arrested , charged with stealing a 300K baht necklace from a chinese man on xmas day. Recognized by the victim from police database records, she admitted the crime AND , according to police reports, agreed to repay him the full value. No word on why the man was daft enough to wander streets late at night wearing the equivalent of 8 months wages for many here.. around his neck.

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Written by: Megan Midget

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