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NATIONAL NEWS from Surf 102.5 FM - Tuesday January 17 2023


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Thailand's deputy national police chief Surachate say Five special forces police officials, nine policemen,  a soldier and a Chinese-born translator were involved in extortion of a Chinese national.

He and other Chinese nationals were staying at the consular general premises of the Pacific island nation of Nauru in Sathorn road. 

It’s alleged the officers demanded a bribe of several million baht to allow some of the chinese to go, all 16 officers denied the charge.

Chief Surachate says some 80 immigration officers would be questioned over similar cases.


Reuters report that: The daughter of self-exiled former leader Thaksin Shinawat has declared her readiness to run for prime minister at the next general election, as the main opposition seeks to regain power after being ousted in a coup eight years ago.

Paetong-tarn Shinawatra, whose father Thaksin and aunt Yingluck Shinawatra both led governments toppled by the army, will run under the Pheu Thai Party.

A SINGAPOREAN MAN suspected to have been behind a huge Ponzi scheme operated through a Forex  brokerage company was arrested at Phuket airport yesterday as he was about to board a flight to Singapore.

The mans wife, a thai italian model, told police her husband wanted to meet with police but he failed to show.

The scheme offered a return of 80 percent on investments, but thousands of complaints were received from people who lost money.

The scheme allegedly caused its victims to lose some 2.4 billion baht.


Police seized nearly 6 million bahts worth of illicit medicines, dietary supplements and silicone implants from an upscale beauty clinic in bangkok and at premises in Suphanburi.

Officers said the clinic offered traditional Thai treatments for detoxification  and anti-aging.

The clinics directors and doctors faced several charges including selling unregistered medication. Several other clinics were also raided.

Thailand defended their ASEAN Football Federation Cup title after beating Vietnam 1- 0 last night at the Thammasat stadium.



Myanmar’s shadow National Unity Government said it has raised more than US$100 million dollars to fund its democracy effort and topple the military junta.

Funds were raised through the sale of so-called Spring Revolution Special Treasury Bonds, and the auction of military-linked properties.

The NUG says buyers will have access to the properties after the junta is toppled.


Malaysia: The search for a Malaysian-registered cargo ship carrying five crew members that was reported missing last week has been called off after indonesian authorities failed to find the vessel, 
Shipping was notified to lookout for the missing ship.


WX: sunny light cloud

Chiang Mai: Sunny 30C
Bangkok: Sunny 33C       
Pattaya: sunny 32C.
Phuket: Sunny 31C
Hua Hin: sunny, 30C .

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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