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NATIONAL NEWS from Surf 102.5 FM - Friday January 6 2023


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Health authorities have decided to require all international travelers to show proof of having at least x 2 Covid jabs before being allowed in the country.

Visitors that intend to fly onto another country that requires a pcr test will need to have health insurance.

The new measures are likely to come into effect quickly, before the first direct flight from China arrives on Sunday.


Thailand’s navy rejected claims that substandard materials had been used in the repair and maintenance of HTMS Sukhothai, which sunk in the Gulf of Thailand on Dec 18. Posts on social media claimed documents show the thickness of some panels below the waterline were substandard.

The navy responded with a statement saying the claims were based on incomplete and outdated information.


Police were called to a house near Pattaya on Monday where they found the body of a 16 year old boy with a bullet wound to the head. 

His friends told police he had been playing Russian roulette with the gun and shot himself, however his mother and family believes  their son was murdered.

Stating the boy was shot from behind and the weapon was found on his right but he was left handed. 

A woman was shocked to receive a car park ticket for 6.5 million baht after parking her car at a shopping mall for just 2 hours.

The ticket was printed in error by a faulty machine.

The shopping mall issued an apology.


Sri Lanka - Will restart negotiations on trade with India, China, and Thailand after a four-year break due to the country's severe economic difficulties.

Thai officials are due to arrive in Colombo  on Monday to start the third round of talks after negotiations were suspended in 2018.

Japan's real wages fell at their fastest rate, - 3.8 per cent - in over eight years last November as a result of higher inflation, while pay growth slowed despite rising for the 11th straight month.


WX: Sunny,  some light cloud with rain in the far south 

Chiang Mai: Sunny partly cloudy 29C
Bangkok: Sunny 31C       
Pattaya: Bright, becoming cloudy, 29C.
Phuket: Bright, partly cloudy,  perhaps a shower this afternoon 29C
Hua Hin: Sunny, partly cloudy 28C .

Credits: Bangkok Post, The Nation, Asean Now, Khaosod English,  Hua Hin Today, Royal Coast Review, Kulsawek Sawekwannakorn, Thainewsroom.com, The Pattaya News, Phuket News, Channel News Asia, South China Morning Post, The Straits Times. The Irrawaddy. Windy.com. Wunderground.com




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