Month: May 2000

  • PhuketAbout-face on tinted windows | Thaiger

    About-face on tinted windows

    PHUKET: Phuket’s top traffic policeman, Pol Lt Col Teeraphol Thipjaroen, has responded with resignation to yesterday’s announcement in Bangkok that a new law barring heavily tinted windows in vehicles will not be enforced for at least a year. “So what can I do?” said Lt Col Teeraphol. “I don’t make law. I enforce it. So it will be another year…

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  • PhuketGerman held for stealing from Lotus | Thaiger

    German held for stealing from Lotus

    PHUKET TOWN: A German tourist was arrested Monday evening after allegedly stealing goods worth almost 30,000 baht from the Tesco-Lotus Supercenter. According to a police report seen by the Gazette, Uwe Gayer, 32, was observed queuing up at a payment counter with a full cart. Soon afterwards, Saranya Nathoongnui, a member of Lotus’ Prevention Before Loss Department, saw him turn…

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  • PhuketBad numbers for gamblers | Thaiger

    Bad numbers for gamblers

    PHUKET: May 1 to May 25 was a bad time for Phuket’s gamblers, who once again topped the island’s arrests league. According to statistics released by the Phuket Provincial Police, a total of 167 people were arrested on charges related to gambling during the period. In second place were the 145 people held on narcotics charges. This figure included ya…

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  • Phuket“Ladies only” buses launched in Bangkok | Thaiger

    “Ladies only” buses launched in Bangkok

    BANGKOK (AFP): All-female “lady buses” will begin operating in Bangkok today, in a bid to eliminate sexual harassment of female passengers. The buses, which are marked with pink signs, will only take females and will “provide comfort and safety for women … freeing them from sexual harassment,” the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) said in a statement. If male passengers…

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  • PhuketPolitician’s son reports to police | Thaiger

    Politician’s son reports to police

    PHUKET TOWN: Accompanied by his politician father, Pol Sub Lt Wanchalerm Yoobumroong came to Phuket last Wednesday to visit the Phuket Provincial Attorney’s Office in connection with an incident at the Alien Pub here three years ago. It is alleged that Sub Lt Wanchalerm and some friends got into a fight with a group of teenagers. According to some witnesses,…

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  • PhuketHospitals kept busy with traffic injuries | Thaiger

    Hospitals kept busy with traffic injuries

    PHUKET: Eighteen people were killed in traffic accidents in Phuket between March 20 and April 20, a considerable improvement on last year. Last year the figure for the period – which includes Songkhran – was higher, with 25 deaths, of which 23 involved people on motorcycles. Ampaipan Pawawattananusorn of the Phuket Provincial Health Office reported that according to statistics from…

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  • PhuketPhang-nga Bay to receive a well deserved cleaning | Thaiger

    Phang-nga Bay to receive a well deserved cleaning

    PHUKET: To prepare for a promising high season, the Phuket Canoe Club, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), and Phang-Nga Bay National Park have announced plans for their 3rd annual “Cleaning Day” in Phang-Nga Bay, to be held on Sunday, July 9. According to figures supplied by 17 canoe companies in Phuket, 70,791 tourists from outside Asia, and 41,200 from…

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  • PhuketIllegal sea-walking to continue | Thaiger

    Illegal sea-walking to continue

    PHUKET: Despite an almost two-year-old ban, illegal sea-walking companies were given another eight months to operate on Koh Hey, one of Phuket’s many outlying islands. At a recent meeting at Government House in Bangkok between Phuket Vice Governor Vongsak Sawaspanich, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), and Mrs Paveena Hongsakula, Minister of the Prime Minister’s Office (Tourism Division), it was…

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  • PhuketBig Discounts to Europe on Lauda Air | Thaiger

    Big Discounts to Europe on Lauda Air

    PHUKET: Lauda Air has today announced a whopping 20% discount on Business Class fares from Phuket and Bangkok to any of its destinations in Europe. The offer is available to Gazette Shopper Card holders only and includes a bonus of an extra 10-kilograms in luggage allowance (from 30 kg to 40 kg). Tickets, whether originating from Phuket or Bangkok, must…

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  • PhuketAlleged hirer of hit men surrenders | Thaiger

    Alleged hirer of hit men surrenders

    PHUKET TOWN: A man who is alleged to have hired three hit men in March to kill a 77-year-old woman, surrendered to police on Wednesday. As reported in the Online Gazette in March, the three hit men, Somporn Paotong, Wannarat Kamsoot, and Soontorn Siripan, were first contacted by Saman Jarnjit, a guard at a prawn farm, who hired them to…

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  • PhuketBig hike in water prices imminent | Thaiger

    Big hike in water prices imminent

    PHUKET TOWN: The Phuket Town Municipality announced yesterday that the price of piped water supplied from the council’s waterworks will increase massively from next Thursday (June 1). The price will rise by as much as 33% for households and by as much as 44% for businesses. Deputy mayor Jongrak Narukatpichai explained that the hike was necessary because of the spiraling…

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  • PhuketBus company boss finally gives up | Thaiger

    Bus company boss finally gives up

    PHUKET TOWN: Samkhan Saengfai, who a year ago proposed to launch Phuket’s first local bus service, has finally admitted defeat. K. Samkhan, managing director of PB Holdings, told the Gazette that his company would relinquish the concession it was awarded for two bus routes in Phuket Town. He explained that he had decided to pull out because the company would…

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  • PhuketPhuket favored for huge APEC summit | Thaiger

    Phuket favored for huge APEC summit

    PHUKET: Phuket is the front-runner in the competition to be the venue for a major international summit conference three years from now. Around the end of October, 2003, about 7,500 heads of state, ministers and senior officials from Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) countries will descend on Thailand for a week of talks. Karoon Rechuyothin, deputy director-general of the Department…

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  • PhuketMan held for selling pirated game CDs | Thaiger

    Man held for selling pirated game CDs

    KARON: A street stall owner was arrested on Monday by Chalong Police for selling pirated computer game CDs. Pol Lt Teerawat Liumsuwan of Chalong police station told the Gazette that the arrested man, Charn Mongkolratsameeroj, sells CDs from a stall on Soi Bangla in Karon. He was taken into custody after being reported by Tanarat Meechaiyo, a representative of the…

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  • PhuketMore descendants of princess emerge | Thaiger

    More descendants of princess emerge

    KAMALA: After the naming of the Yayee family of Kamala as the descendants of the legendary Princess Mahsuri of Langkawi, five more families in the village have claimed blood connections to the princess. The five families– the Doomlak, the Sangthong, the Sariya, the Sooksrisin and the Sungwarn – say they want nothing; they just want the public to know that…

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  • PhuketFighter pilot crash-lands tuk-tuk | Thaiger

    Fighter pilot crash-lands tuk-tuk

    KAMALA: An American fighter pilot who later told police he was bored of flying jets, “borrowed” a tuk-tuk in the early hours of May 22. His high-speed flying skills did not get him far, however; he crashed the tuk-tuk into a ditch and landed in a punch-up with the vehicle’s owner. Pol Capt Komdej Pohthong of Kathu Police Station told…

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  • PhuketGunman kills club owner’s brother | Thaiger

    Gunman kills club owner’s brother

    PATONG: Eekaphan Hin-on, 37, was shot dead in his brother’s snooker club early yesterday morning by a young gunman. The gunman, identified by police as Somjit Kongton, 20, ran away after the killing, but later that night went to the Kathu Police Station to turn himself in. According to Pol Capt Komdej Pohthong of Kathu Police Station, Eekaphan was talking…

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  • PhuketAt last, lifeguards for beaches | Thaiger

    At last, lifeguards for beaches

    PHUKET: The Phuket Provincial Administration Organization, (OrBorJor), is to allocate 3 million baht to providing lifeguards on beaches during the monsoon season, it was announced today. Harnchai Jantarachote, president of the OrBorJor’s Tourism Committee, told the Gazette that statistics compiled by the National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA) reveal that about 30 people – Thais and foreigners – drowned last…

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  • PhuketKamala family named as princess’ descendants | Thaiger

    Kamala family named as princess’ descendants

    KAMALA: Chern Yayee, 62, from Kamala and his family have been named by the Malaysian Government as the long-lost relatives of Princess Mahsuri, a legendary figure in on the Malaysian island of Langkawi. The Yayee family have now been invited to Kuala Lumpur, where they will dine with Malaysia’s Prime Minister, Dr Mahathir Mohamed, on May 31. According to the…

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  • PhuketQSI confirms PINS takeover | Thaiger

    QSI confirms PINS takeover

    PHUKET: The Board of Directors of the Phuket International School (PINS) announced today that the US-based Quality Schools International (QSI) has accepted its invitation to take over PINS. PINS will therefore close permanently on June 30, and the QSI International School of Phuket will open on the same premises the following day. Mr James Gilson, president of QSI, will be…

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  • PhuketBody found on Cape Panwa beach | Thaiger

    Body found on Cape Panwa beach

    AO MAKHAM: The body of a man believed to be a Muslim fisherman was found on the beach in front of the Cape Panwa Hotel on Tuesday evening. Pol Capt Cha-oom Kaosrisuwan of the Phuket Town Police Station told the Gazette that the man, as yet unidentified, wore a black T-shirt, a green camouflage jacket, and a pair of fishermen’s…

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  • PhuketPolice catch second big drug dealer | Thaiger

    Police catch second big drug dealer

    PHUKET TOWN: Kamol Ratakarn, 27, described by police as a major drug dealer whose trademark was a bronze-colored BMW, was arrested on Tuesday evening in possession of 350 pills of ya bah (methamphetamine). He was the second big dealer arrested this month. On May 8, police caught Seksan Tuambang with 200 tablets of the drug. Pol Capt Passakorn Sonthikul told…

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