Month: August 2000

  • PhuketThief stabs store manager in neck | Thaiger

    Thief stabs store manager in neck

    PHUKET TOWN: A manager of a Kata jewelry store is lying in the Bangkok Phuket Hospital tonight after being stabbed in the neck during a struggle with a thief at his Sam Kong home yesterday. Police said that Prasit Rattanakultontip, 40, a manager of P James Jewelry in Kata, was stabbed by an unidentified man while he was cleaning his…

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  • PhuketThaksin to be next PM: poll | Thaiger

    Thaksin to be next PM: poll

    BANGKOK (AFP): Tycoon-turned-politician Thaksin Shinawatra is leading rivals in the race to be Thailand’s next prime minister, according to a new survey of Bangkok residents released today. The Bangkok University poll found Thaksin commanded 39.2% support, ahead of Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai, who drew 31.7%. Since Thaksin set aside his telecommunications empire to establish the Thai Rak Thai party two…

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  • PhuketIllegal immigrants top crime stats | Thaiger

    Illegal immigrants top crime stats

    PHUKET: Illegal immigration cases overtook gambling to top the list of crimes committed during the month of August, according to statistics released today by the Phuket Provincial Police. The figures show that 170 illegal immigrants were arrested in Phuket between August 1 and 25. In the same period, narcotics possession and trafficking cases came in second with a total of…

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  • PhuketStats show business is booming | Thaiger

    Stats show business is booming

    PHUKET: Business in Phuket is booming this year, if the latest figures from the Provincial Revenue Office and the Commercial Registration Office are any guide. Statistics covering the tax collected in the first 10 months of the 1999/2000 tax year show that the number of businesses paying tax has risen by 10.91% and that they are making money – the…

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  • PhuketPhuket to get new governor | Thaiger

    Phuket to get new governor

    PHUKET: The Governor of Phuket for the past year, Charnchai Soontharamut, will move to a new post as Governor of Surat Thani Province on October 1, as part of a nationwide reshuffling of 34 governors and senior staff of the Ministry of Interior. He will be replaced by Pongpayome Vasaputi, currently the Governor of Narathiwat province, the southernmost province of…

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  • PhuketBangladeshi murdered by gangsters | Thaiger

    Bangladeshi murdered by gangsters

    PHUKET TOWN: A Bangladeshi man was murdered on Monday near the Ta & Yai restaurant on Soi Taringchan, allegedly by a member of a Burmese gang. Pol Maj Pissanu Poonwongs of the Phuket Town Police Station told the Gazette that officers received a phone call yesterday around 3 pm, informing them that somebody had been murdered next to the restaurant.…

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  • PhuketIll health led to suicide | Thaiger

    Ill health led to suicide

    PHUKET: A 67-year-old Thai man committed suicide by hanging himself on Sunday morning, just before a scheduled health check-up. Pol Lt Col Amnuan Kriwutthinant, of the Phuket Town police station, said Chanai Tulek, hung himself in his kitchen on 8/2 Baan Kuku, Moo 3, Rassadanusorn Rd. K. Chanai’s family told police that he had been worried about his health. He…

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  • Phuket19 die in traffic accidents | Thaiger

    19 die in traffic accidents

    PHUKET: Nineteen people died in traffic accidents between June 20 and July 20, according to statistics from the Wachira, Thalang and Patong government hospitals. Ampaipan Pawawattananusorn of the Phuket Provincial Health Office reports that 18 of the victims died while on motorcycles, while one was in a car. In the same period, 57 people were injured in car accidents, while…

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  • PhuketPhang Nga counts storm damage | Thaiger

    Phang Nga counts storm damage

    PHANG NGA: Provincial officials have been counting the cost of damage caused by Tropical Storm Kaemi after it hit Southern Thailand last week. Deputy Provincial Governor Wut Sitthisurat yesterday submitted a report on damage caused by the storm to officials at the Ministry of Interior, in which he estimated damage in six districts at 1.1 million baht. He added in…

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  • PhuketAirport throughput up in July | Thaiger

    Airport throughput up in July

    PHUKET: Heartening news again for the low season comes with the latest monthly figures issued by Phuket International Airport. These show an 8.69% rise in passengers using the airport in July, compared with July 1999. The statistics show that 267,436 passengers went through the airport in July of this year compared with 246,062 in the same month last year. The…

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  • PhuketPolice station wins top prize again | Thaiger

    Police station wins top prize again

    PHUKET TOWN: Phuket Town Police Station has beaten 60 other police stations in seven southern provinces to win first prize in the “Police Station for People” competition for the second year in a row. Pol Col Chalit Thinthanee, the police station’s superintendent, explained that the competition covered police stations across Region 8, which comprises Surat Thani, Chumphon, Ranong, Phuket, Nakhon…

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  • PhuketBurmese man stabbed to death | Thaiger

    Burmese man stabbed to death

    PHUKET TOWN: A Burmese fisherman was found murdered near Rassada Port on Sri Sena Rd early yesterday morning. Pol Lt Col Weerawat Jantarawichit of the Phuket Town Police told the Gazette that at around 10 am yesterday, officers received a phone call from someone living in the area informing them that the body of a man had been found near…

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  • PhuketCrime statistics for July released | Thaiger

    Crime statistics for July released

    PHUKET: District patrolmen and crime suppression officers arrested more than 300 people for various crimes during the month of July. Gambling once again topped the monthly crime statistics released today by Phuket Provincial Police. 202 people were arrested for gambling in the course of 109 raids. Narcotics arrests were next on the list, with 129 defendants arrested in 106 cases.…

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  • PhuketStorms contribute to fatal traffic accident | Thaiger

    Storms contribute to fatal traffic accident

    PHUKET TOWN: Two people were killed in a weather-related traffic accident on the bypass road Saturday night. Pol Maj Pitsanoo Poolwong of Phuket Town Police Station told the Gazette that the deaths occurred when a Toyota pick-up truck was involved in a collision with a bus coming in the opposite direction around midnight. Maj Pitsanoo said that the accident occurred…

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  • PhuketTropical Storm Graeme rattles Phuket | Thaiger

    Tropical Storm Graeme rattles Phuket

    PHUKET: Amorn Chantanavivate, Director of the Southwestern Regional Meteorological Center, told the Gazette today that the heavy downpours in southern Thailand over the last four days were being caused by a southwesterly monsoon named Tropical Storm Graeme. TS Graeme was created when a low-pressure system from the South China Sea developed into a depression, causing heavy rains and strong winds…

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  • PhuketLive grenade found at Karon Beach | Thaiger

    Live grenade found at Karon Beach

    KARON: A grenade with the trigger held locked only by a rusty wire was found behind Wat Karon near Karon Beach on Saturday. Chalong police informed officers from the provincial Special Duties Squad just after midnight that an M-67 grenade had been discovered behind Wat Karon, which is on the Karon Beach road. Pol Sgt Maj Thongsook Thongchang, leader of…

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  • PhuketTorso found on Kamala Beach | Thaiger

    Torso found on Kamala Beach

    KAMALA: The torso of an unidentified man was found on the beach in front of the Muslim cemetery in Kamala this morning. Pol Capt Boonlert Onklang of Kathu Police station said police were summoned by a villager who owns a restaurant in the area, and who found the torso. “The body was completely rotten and the arms, legs, and head…

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  • PhuketPhuket Gazette under investigation | Thaiger

    Phuket Gazette under investigation

    PHUKET TOWN: Investigators from the Tourist Police and the Phuket Provincial Employment Service Office (ESO) spent this afternoon at the offices of the Phuket Gazette, probing into an allegation that the newspaper employs numerous foreigners without work permits. The allegation was made in a letter to the Tourist Police signed by “Jobless Graduate”. The writer complained that he or she…

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  • PhuketHotels move to block provincial tax | Thaiger

    Hotels move to block provincial tax

    PHUKET: The Phuket Tourism Association (PTA) and the island’s Provincial Administration Organization (OrBorJor) appeared today to be on a collision course over a proposed new tax on hotel rooms. According to the Provincial Administration Organization Act of 1997, any OrBorJor may collect a tax equivalent to as much as 5% of room revenue from all forms of accommodation in its…

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  • PhuketRobbery gangs stab two | Thaiger

    Robbery gangs stab two

    PHUKET TOWN: Two Thai men were stabbed and nearly died in separate robbery attempts by teenage gangsters early yesterday morning. The incidents both occurred between 2 and 3 am, one in Saphan Hin, and the other in Koh Sirei port. Police said that in the first incident Chaiyot Mookdasakulpiman, 18, was walking along the Bangyai canal near his home in…

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  • PhuketDramatic increase in HIV infection | Thaiger

    Dramatic increase in HIV infection

    PHUKET TOWN: Phuket has recorded a horrifying increase in the number of AIDS cases this year. Dr Boonrieng Chuchaisangrat, Chief of the Phuket Provincial Health Office – which has been tracking AIDS infection in Phuket since 1989 – said that between December last year and June this year the number of recorded HIV and AIDS patients in Phuket has risen…

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  • PhuketBlue suede dudes | Thaiger

    Blue suede dudes

    BANGKOK (AFP): The largest-ever gathering of Thai Elvis impersonators rocked a packed auditorium here last night in a sign of the growing popularity of “The King” in Bangkok, 23 years after his death. During a five-hour show, Thai Elvis impersonators, including one who has been performing since the late 1950s, sang tunes ranging from standards such as “Jailhouse Rock” to…

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