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NATIONAL NEWS from Surf 102.5 FM - Wednesday January 11 2023


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The anti-corruption agency has been asked to investigate executives of the State Railway of Thailand and others over the 33-million baht contract for the new nameplate and logo redesign for Bangkok’s BangSue Grand Central Station. The SRT has since suspended the signs replacement.

The ministry of transport has set up a committee to look into the awarded contract and is expected to announce it’s findings within 15 days.


Immigration officers have arrested 2 Chinese nationals in Chaingmai and Nonthaburi, each are wanted in China on separate charges, one is suspected of cryptocurrency fraud and the other for running a fake credit card company, 
Both are expected to be extradited back to China.

A study has been conducted ito construction of a new ring road around the northern part of the capital,  easing traffic congestion out towards Saraburi, 
The new 19 kilometer road has been budgeted at 33 billion baht, with construction likely to start next year. 

The government has approved a budget of 100 billion dollars or 3.35 trillion baht for next year 2024, with an estimated budget deficit of 695 billion baht, or around 3.3 percent of the country's annual GDP. 


Finally,  riday the 5th of May will be an extra public holiday to cover the long weekend from Thursday May 4th,  which is Coronation day. With the inclusion of substitute holidays there will be 24 public holidays this year..


China has suspended issuing some visas for South Korea and Japan in retaliation against Covid-related curbs on Chinese travellers.


Malaysia’s Immigration Department will provide special lanes for travellers from China, But added All arrivals will be screened through a thermal scanner. 


Japan will expand it’s military base on one of it’s southern islands that is only 110 kilometers from Taiwan,
The decision comes after Chinese ballistic missiles landed near japans island shores last year.


Taiwan: Two passengers were injured after a rechargeable power bank reportedly caught fire on a Scoot flight bound for Singapore shortly before take-off from Taipei, the aircraft returned to it’s gate.


WX: Extensive cloud cover, with rain mainly in the south

Chiang Mai: Sunny partly cloudy 30C
Bangkok: Cloudy with showers 29C       
Pattaya: Bright, but cloudy with rain this afternoon , 28C.
Phuket: Cloudy with thunderstorms 29C
Hua Hin: Cloudy, it could rain this afternoon, 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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