Year: 1999

  • Phuket News14 hurt as police turn dogs on tapioca protest | Thaiger

    14 hurt as police turn dogs on tapioca protest

    BANGKOK (AFP): Fourteen people were injured today when riot police turned dogs on thousands of tapioca farmers blockading Government House in Bangkok. Witnesses said police moved to break up the protest after demonstrators, who have been surrounding government offices for 24 hours, crossed a bridge leading to the entrance of the building. Dog handlers advanced on a line of women…

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  • Phuket NewsKorean tourist drowns off Coral Island | Thaiger

    Korean tourist drowns off Coral Island

    RAWAI: A tourist from South Korea on a day trip to Koh Hei, (Coral Island), drowned yesterday afternoon. Police named the dead man as Hong Joonhan, 27, who was on holiday with his wife. Despite the heavy seas, the couple went swimming and Mr Hong disappeared. His body was not found until an hour later. An autopsy at Wachira Hospital…

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  • Phuket NewsLast call for listings for local “yellow’ pages | Thaiger

    Last call for listings for local “yellow’ pages

    PHUKET TOWN: The deadline for listings in the Year 2000 Gazette Guide is 5 pm, Friday, November 12. Local businesses are urged to enter (or check/update) their listings by going to as soon as possible before that date. Listings, or alterations to listings, received after the deadline will not appear in the 2000 Gazette Guide, (although they will be…

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  • Phuket NewsDrug suspects “attempted to bribe police’ | Thaiger

    Drug suspects “attempted to bribe police’

    PHUKET TOWN: Two alleged ya bah dealers arrested by Phuket Town police on Friday got themselves into even bigger trouble when they tried to bribe officers to release them. Pol Maj Prakarn Permwassana, inspector of the Phuket Town investigation team, told the Gazette that officers had received information that ya bah dealers were due in town, that they would be…

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  • Phuket News

    Phuket counts cost of storm damage

    PHUKET: Provincial officials have today been counting the cost of repairing damage caused by the tropical depression which has buffeted Phuket over the past few days, and which has now moved away into the Andaman Sea. Electricity company staff spent the day working to repair downed power lines and blown transformers in parts of Phuket Town, Patong, Ao Makham, Kata-Karon…

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  • Phuket NewsWeather blocks roads, cuts power and phones | Thaiger

    Weather blocks roads, cuts power and phones

    PHUKET: The wet and windy weather of the past few days has caused flooding in several parts of the island, and knocked out power and telephones in a number of locations. Several roads have also been blocked by fallen trees or utility poles. The Bypass Road around Phuket Town was blocked this morning by a fallen tree, while another tree…

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  • Phuket NewsAustralian tourist drowns off Kata Noi | Thaiger

    Australian tourist drowns off Kata Noi

    KATA: A 57-year-old Australian tourist named by police as Ian Branwell drowned in heavy waves off Kata Noi beach on Friday morning. Mr Branwell was staying with his wife at the Kata Thani Hotel. The couple went swimming mid-morning. Mrs Branwell, who last saw her husband floating on his back, noticed that he had disappeared and summoned help. A beach…

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  • Phuket News20 dead, 709 hurt in traffic accidents | Thaiger

    20 dead, 709 hurt in traffic accidents

    PHUKET: Twenty people died in traffic accidents in Phuket between August 20 and September 20, according to statistics from the province’s three government hospitals. Of these, 17 were on motorcycles and three were in cars. Ampaipan Pawawattananusorn, the Professional Nurse at the Phuket Provincial Health Office, reported that 709 people were injured on the roads during the same period. Of…

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  • Phuket NewsArrest warrant issued for former mayor of Patong | Thaiger

    Arrest warrant issued for former mayor of Patong

    PHUKET: A warrant has been issued for the arrest of the former Mayor of Patong, Dr Anan Ananthanawat, on charges of involvement in last year’s murder of an ex-policeman. Pol Lt Col Paween Pongsirin, Deputy Superintendent of Investigation at Phuket Town Police Station, told the Gazette that five men had already been arrested for involvement in the murder of the…

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  • Phuket NewsMayor slams environmentalists over trash | Thaiger

    Mayor slams environmentalists over trash

    PHUKET TOWN: The Mayor of Phuket Town, Phumisak Hongyok, has responded angrily to criticism by environmentalists of the town’s garbage incinerator, which began operations just a couple of months ago. At a recent conference in Phuket Town, organized by such groups as Greenpeace and the Phuket Environmental Protection Group, Dr Paul Connett, chemistry professor from the University of St Lawrence…

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  • Phuket NewsMan arrested for British tourist’s murder | Thaiger

    Man arrested for British tourist’s murder

    BANGKOK (AFP): A 31-year-old man has been arrested in Bangkok on suspicion of murdering a British tourist and seriously wounding his travelling companion, police said today. Saichon Lomgun was arrested late on Thursday in a hotel in downtown Bangkok and charged with premeditated murder and carrying an unlicensed gun. “The suspect has cooperated with police and we expect to conclude…

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  • Phuket NewsChuan sacks driver after seizure of pirated CDs | Thaiger

    Chuan sacks driver after seizure of pirated CDs

    BANGKOK (AFP): Thai Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai has sacked his driver after police seized pirated compact discs which were about to be delivered to his official residence, police said this afternoon. Police guarding Chuan’s home said they made the bust as Malaysian national Liew Chee Kong, 41, arrived at the prime minister’s residence to allegedly hand over 80 illegal CDs…

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  • Phuket NewsInvestigator gives evidence in Tong trial | Thaiger

    Investigator gives evidence in Tong trial

    PHUKET TOWN: The prosecutor in the trial of five men accused of participation in the June 24, 1997 murder of American Danis Wayne Tong today called Pol Capt Thanet Poungmanee, investigation inspector of Chalong Police Station, to the witness stand. The trial was adjourned until November 5. On trail are Manit Panme, Pratin Praktong, Prajuab Sukkong, Pairat Raksawong, and Hugo…

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  • Pattaya NewsBritish tourist shot dead in Pattaya | Thaiger

    British tourist shot dead in Pattaya

    PATTAYA (AFP): A British tourist was shot dead and another seriously wounded during an attack in a Pattaya bar early yesterday, British embassy officials said today this morning. An embassy spokesman named the dead man as Terence Morley, 31, from Romford in Essex. Dean Brendan Sherrin, also from Romford, was seriously wounded. “We regret to confirm that Mr Morley died.…

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  • Phuket NewsTourist Police move to new offices | Thaiger

    Tourist Police move to new offices

    PHUKET TOWN: Phuket’s Tourist Police have moved their headquarters to new offices in the Srisuchart Grandview project on the Bypass Road, about one kilometer south of the Gems Gallery. The new address is 100/31-32 Bypass Rd, Tambon Rassada, Muang, Phuket. The office also has new telephone numbers: 355015 and 254693.

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  • Phuket NewsThai team “favorite for pétanque victory’ | Thaiger

    Thai team “favorite for pétanque victory’

    PHUKET: The two Thai teams that will compete in the World Junior Pétanque Championships at the end of next week reckon they should be favorites to win the tournament, based on their performance in training and their experience in overseas competitions. Prarot Thongpratet, vice-secretary of the Thailand Pétanque Association, said, “Thailand has been runner-up three out of the five times…

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  • Phuket NewsLions Pearl raises B600k for Child Watch | Thaiger

    Lions Pearl raises B600k for Child Watch

    KARON BEACH: The Lions Club of Phuket Pearl raised 600,000 baht for the Child-Watch Phuket charity during its “Ray of Hope” Gala Dinner on October 9 at the Phuket Arcadia Hotel. The money came from the sale of dinner tickets, raffle tickets, and auctions. Vilaiwan Dienel, President of Lions Pearl, said, “It is a worldwide Lions tradition to honor the…

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  • Phuket NewsTwo tourists survive, four missing in boat mishap | Thaiger

    Two tourists survive, four missing in boat mishap

    BANGKOK, (AFP): Two Singaporeans narrowly escaped with their lives today and four other tourists are missing after a sightseeing boat overturned on Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River, police and rescue officials said. Police said they were still searching for the missing passengers, whose nationalities were not immediately known, as well as the driver of the traditional Thai long-tail boat. Police said…

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  • Phuket NewsMan arrested for stealing, cooking dog | Thaiger

    Man arrested for stealing, cooking dog

    PHUKET TOWN: A worker from Isaan was arrested on Saturday after he was caught cooking a dog he had stolen from a neighbor. Pol Capt Suwarit Prommul of Phuket Town Police Station told the Gazette that police were called by the dog’s owner, a Khun Kanda. She told them that in the morning she had let her one-year-old dog out…

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  • Phuket News67 treated for Vegetarian Festival injuries | Thaiger

    67 treated for Vegetarian Festival injuries

    PHUKET: A total of 67 people needed hospital treatment for injuries arising from the annual Vegetarian Festival, which ended yesterday. Hospitals reported that 39 of the victims were hurt by firecrackers, while 25 required treatment for injuries sustained in ceremonial face-piercing. One was burned with hot oil which he deliberately splashed on himself during a ceremony; one was hit by…

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  • Phuket NewsThree murdered on road to Bangkok airport | Thaiger

    Three murdered on road to Bangkok airport

    BANGKOK, Oct 17 (AFP): Thai police have launched a major investigation into the murder of three men from Hong Kong early Saturday morning. Chen Jian-jun, 40, Chan Kam-yin, 41, and Hong Leong, 41, were killed shortly after midnight as they travelled on a main highway heading to the Bangkok airport, police said. They said the men had taken a taxi…

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  • Phuket NewsBurmese fisherman murdered by gang | Thaiger

    Burmese fisherman murdered by gang

    PHUKET TOWN: A Burmese fisherman was stabbed to death in the early hours of Thursday morning in a boat at the entrance to the fishing port on Soi Si Sena, near Phya Thai Hospital. He was the third person murdered in the fishing port in the past week. Pol Lt Passakorn Sonthikul of Phuket Town Police Station told the Gazette…

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  • Phuket NewsHotel guests robbed of 25,900 baht | Thaiger

    Hotel guests robbed of 25,900 baht

    PHUKET TOWN: An Italian tourist and his Thai girlfriend, who came to Phuket from Chiang Mai to see the Vegetarian Festival, were robbed of 25,900 baht and their credit cards on Thursday. Pol Maj Winai Kongkaew of Muang Station said that the couple, who were staying at the Suksabai Hotel in Phuket Town, admitted that when they went out to…

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  • Phuket NewsGerman tourist drowns off Kata | Thaiger

    German tourist drowns off Kata

    KATA: A German tourist, named by Phuket Town police as Mr E. Utzke, aged 68, drowned off Kata Beach on Wednesday. Mr Utzke was staying at the Kata Beach Hotel with his wife. Police believe he may have suffered cramps while in the water. Alerted by people on the beach, members of the Kupai Foundation searched for him using a…

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  • Phuket NewsTwo badly injured in steel bar assaults | Thaiger

    Two badly injured in steel bar assaults

    PHUKET TOWN: A Swedish resident of Phuket, 38-year-old Borje Karlsson, spent five days in the intensive care unit in Wachira Hospital after being hit in the face and legs with a steel bar. He was the second person to be assaulted in this way on Sunday. The first was Jongjit Tanchuvong, 40, a motorcycle taxi driver. Pol Lt Kanung Pitakkulthon…

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  • Phuket NewsLauda begins scheduled flights to Phuket | Thaiger

    Lauda begins scheduled flights to Phuket

    PHUKET: Austrian airline Lauda Air on Tuesday began scheduled flights between Phuket and the Austrian capital, Vienna. On Tuesdays the airline flies Vienna-Phuket-Bangkok-Vienna. On Saturdays, from November to March only, it will fly Vienna-Bangkok-Phuket-Vienna.

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  • Phuket NewsThai banks slash interest rates for foreigners | Thaiger

    Thai banks slash interest rates for foreigners

    PHUKET: Thai banks here and across the country have quietly followed the legions of tuk-tuk drivers and street vendors who practice “two-tier” pricing – one for Thais and another for foreigners. In this case, the pricing relates to interest paid on savings accounts and fixed deposits. While the rates paid to foreigners vary from bank to bank, almost all are…

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  • Phuket NewsStandard and Poor’s doubtful about bank recoveries | Thaiger

    Standard and Poor’s doubtful about bank recoveries

    BANGKOK (AFP) – Thai banks need a further injection of 863.5 billion baht (23.3 billion dollars) to restore solvency, global ratings agency Standard and Poor’s said in a report issued today. The report was critical of the high levels of bad loans as well as capital quality, and expressed doubts whether restructuring efforts are sustainable. “Thailand’s banking sector still requires…

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  • Phuket NewsTong trial postponed because defendant has flu | Thaiger

    Tong trial postponed because defendant has flu

    PHUKET TOWN: The trial of five men charged with participation in the murder of businessman Danis Wayne Tong was adjourned today until October 21. Lawyers for the accused told Judge Pachara Panichwara that one of their clients, Pratin Praktong, was suffering from influenza and therefore unable to attend the court. They argued that it would not be fair to continue…

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  • Phuket NewsLocal “Shopper Card’ takes off | Thaiger

    Local “Shopper Card’ takes off

    PHUKET TOWN: A discount card for Phuketians disillusioned with ‘international’ pricing and the gaps so often found between ‘Thai’ prices and those charged to locally resident foreigners, has met with strong demand following its October 4 launch. More than 40 “Shopper-friendly businesses” have signed on to the Gazette Shopper program, and requests for cards are being received at an average…

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  • Phuket NewsTwo arrested for “black money’ scam | Thaiger

    Two arrested for “black money’ scam

    PATONG: A German restaurant owner last week had a lucky escape from West African con artists who nearly tricked him out of 300,000 baht. Instead of getting away with the money, the two confidence tricksters ended up in the police cells, awaiting a date with the judge. Pol Col Kokiat Wongvorachart, superintendent of Kathu Police Station, told the Gazette that…

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  • Phuket NewsDepositors sue bank over embezzled deposits | Thaiger

    Depositors sue bank over embezzled deposits

    PHUKET TOWN: Twelve people holding time deposit and savings accounts in Bangkok Bank’s Thepkrassatri Rd branch are suing to recover a total of more than five million baht allegedly embezzled by bank employees. One of the victims was Chamnong Tiansub. “On September 1, my daughter was called to the bank by [one of the accused] who told her to bring…

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  • Phuket NewsTobacco excise tax goes up tonight | Thaiger

    Tobacco excise tax goes up tonight

    BANGKOK (AFP): Tobacco taxes are to be raised from midnight tonight in an effort to offset government revenues lost by diesel tax cuts last week. The cabinet endorsed a Ministry of Finance proposal to increase the excise tax on tobacco products, Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai said. “Cigarettes are the main target for this tax adjustment,” he said, following a weekly…

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  • Phuket NewsResidents in fear after second murder in two days | Thaiger

    Residents in fear after second murder in two days

    PHUKET TOWN: People living in the area of the Fishing Port have asked police to step up patrols after two murders in as many days. Both victims were stabbed to death. The first body was found on Friday, as reported in the Gazette’s online news the following day. On Saturday, police were again called to the port area where another…

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  • Phuket NewsFive murderers executed by firing squad | Thaiger

    Five murderers executed by firing squad

    BANGKOK (AFP): Thailand has executed five prisoners found guilty of murder, corrections officials said Saturday. The five men, ranging in age from 26 to 51, were shot dead by a firing squad late on Friday after their appeals for royal clemency were rejected, the officials said. The men were all convicted for murders committed between 1983 and 1996, they said,…

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  • Phuket NewsMan found beaten and stabbed to death | Thaiger

    Man found beaten and stabbed to death

    PHUKET TOWN: A man thought to be a fisherman was found dead at the entrance to the fishing port on Soi Si Sena, near Phya Thai Hospital, yesterday morning. Pol Maj Pissanu Pullwonk of Phuket Town Police Station told the Gazette that the man, who has yet to be identified, was wearing a gray T-shirt and blue slacks. “His head…

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  • Phuket NewsProvincial Councillor killed in road crash | Thaiger

    Provincial Councillor killed in road crash

    PHANG NGA: Arkom Ackasinthawangkool, 39, a businessman and member of the Phuket Provincial Council, was killed instantly on Thursday night when his Range Rover car was hit by a bus on a tight bend near Baan Bangwan, Kuraburi District. Khun Arkom, known in Phuket as “Kom Sapam”, was the owner of the Khon Thai 1 bar in Phuket Town and…

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