Top National Thailand Stories From the Past Week: Airports Delayed after Biometric System Crashes, and More

Here is a look at the top NATIONAL Thailand stories, chosen by our Pattaya News/TPN National team, from the last week, Monday, January 22nd, to Sunday, January 28th, 2024.

They are not in any particular level of importance but are listed in the order of date of publication.

Let’s get started and see what the top stories were!

  1. A body was found dismembered inside a freezer at a building in Bang Khun Thian.

Under the bed investigators found an electric saw. The suspects were reportedly two Indian men who have since left Thailand as seen below.

2. Indian Suspects Flee to India After Gruesome Murder of Myanmar Man in Bangkok.

They were identified as Mr. Sundaravel Pragadeesh Kumar, a 23-year-old Indian owner of a recruitment company that worked with migrant workers, and Mr. Gunalan Deivasigamani, an Indian accomplice. An Interpol Red Alert was launched for them.

3. Thai national media reported that the Thai Constitutional Court scheduled a hearing to announce a verdict on the case of Mr. Pita Limjaroenrat, the former leader of the Move Forward Party and prime ministerial candidate, on holding 42,000 shares in media firm ITV plc.

Pita returned to working as an MP at Parliament and was cleared.

4. Thai national media reported a biometric system used by the Thai Immigration Bureau crashed at Suvarnabhumi International Airport, causing a long queue of check-out passengers.

Many passengers were stuck in long queues at the checkpoints. This also happened at Phuket Airport.

5. The Trat Coastal Aquaculture Research and Development Center (CARDC) received an emergency report of a speedboat colliding with a reef, causing a shipwreck 16 miles away from the Laem Thian area, Koh Kood, Trat.

12 tourists and 3 crewmates were successfully rescued and were transferred to ge Koh Kood Hospital.

6. Chiang Dao police officers received a report of a Swiss Wildlife Foundation volunteer who lost an arm while feeding a black bear in a pen in Chiang Dao, Chiang Mai.

It was reported that the black bear was legally kept at the Chiang Dao Wildlife Foundation since 1993. The volunteer reportedly cut off his own arm to escape.

That’s all for this week, be safe!

The original version of this article appeared on our sister website, The TPN National News, owned by our parent company TPN media.

Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.