Month: April 2001

  • Phuket NewsTop police officers removed from Phuket | Thaiger

    Top police officers removed from Phuket

    PHUKET TOWN: Pol Col Chalit Tintanee, the superintendent of Phuket Town Police Station, and Pol Lt Col Wutthichai Kamput, deputy superintendent (Crime Suppression Division) of Thalang Police Station, have been transferred to Surat Thani. A well placed source within the police department told the Gazette that both Col Chalit and Lt Col Wutthichai received a phone call this morning ordering…

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  • Phuket NewsHeadless corpse at Freedom Beach | Thaiger

    Headless corpse at Freedom Beach

    PATONG: A headless corpse was found floating in the sea near Freedom Beach on Saturday afternoon. Police have been unable to identify the decomposed body, but assume the victim was male. “It was impossible to determine whether he was a Thai or a foreigner because the body was so severely decomposed. He must have died more than two weeks ago,”…

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  • Phuket NewsThai Airways board appointments spark protest | Thaiger

    Thai Airways board appointments spark protest

    BANGKOK (AFP): Hundreds of aviation industry employees rallied today outside the headquarters of Thai Airways to protest the company’s new board of directors, which they say is rife with cronyism. Wearing symbolic black dress, workers from Thai Airways and Aeronautical Radio of Thailand surrounded a limousine carrying Deputy Transportation and Communication Minister Pracha Maleenond, who will chair a meeting of…

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  • Phuket NewsThailand to woo investors | Thaiger

    Thailand to woo investors

    BANGKOK (AFP): Thailand plans to expand the role of state investment promotion agencies in an effort to boost its damaged economy with fresh domestic and foreign investment, reports said today. During a two-day economic workshop chaired by Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, officials pledged to transform Thailand into a “knowledge-based” economy through new investment spurred by tax incentives and special privileges.…

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  • Phuket NewsYoung Thais hooked on football betting | Thaiger

    Young Thais hooked on football betting

    BANGKOK (AFP): Hundreds of thousands of Thailand’s young football fans are addicted to gambling on foreign matches, the government said in a report released today. Some 300,000 football-crazed students wager 50 million baht (1.1 million dollars) every day, according to ruling Thai Rak Thai party politician Poom Sarapon. A recent survey shows that most of the kingdom’s football gamblers are…

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  • Phuket NewsGov denies being too strict | Thaiger

    Gov denies being too strict

    PHUKET: Phuket Governor Pongpayome Vasaputi yesterday denied being too strict on work permits and new company registrations. He insisted that he was simply enforcing the law. “I haven’t been too strict or done anything extraordinary,” he told the Gazette. “All I’ve done is ensure that procedures are followed according to Thai law. “The problem before was that no one checked…

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  • Phuket NewsBars must display anti-drugs message | Thaiger

    Bars must display anti-drugs message

    PHUKET TOWN: Phuket Governor Pongpayome Vasaputi today announced that a new law is to be introduced requiring bars and entertainment venues to publicly display an anti-drugs message. The Governor urged district officers to enforce the requirement strictly, once it becomes law. The proposed penalty for not displaying an appropriate message is at least three days’ closure of the offending premises.

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  • Phuket NewsVagabonds stroll home over Marines | Thaiger

    Vagabonds stroll home over Marines

    KOH KAEW: The Phuket Vagabonds Rugby Club (formerly the Phuket Gazettes) started their preparations for next month’s International Tens Tournament with a convincing 30-20 win on Monday over the US Marines from the visiting USS Boxer. The Vagabonds took the initiative early in the game, played at Dulwich International College, piling up a 15-point lead before the Americans finally forced…

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  • Phuket NewsProvincial government gets on IT track | Thaiger

    Provincial government gets on IT track

    PHUKET TOWN: Phuket Governor Pongpayome Vasaputi has announced a government drive to ensure that every provincial government department on the island will have its own web site by the end of the year, and that all departments will start using email to share information. His announcement came at a meeting of departmental heads at the Phuket Provincial Hall yesterday, held…

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  • Phuket NewsTAT rejects “Phuket too costly’ claim | Thaiger

    TAT rejects “Phuket too costly’ claim

    PHUKET: Anuphap Teerarat, director of the Phuket office of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), today rejected criticism from a German movie producer that Phuket has priced itself out of the market as far as film-makers are concerned. The producer, Wolfgang Rademann, was quoted in the Bangkok Post as saying that he had opted to shoot his made-for-TV movie, which…

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  • Phuket NewsB30 medical scheme: Public urged to update records | Thaiger

    B30 medical scheme: Public urged to update records

    PHUKET: The Provincial Public Health Office (PHO) is to start a public information drive, urging people to update their house registration documents (tabien baan) immediately. “This is important because the budget Phuket will get for the 30-baht scheme will depend on how many people are registered as living in the province,” said Dr Boonrieng Chuchaisaengrat, Chief of the PHO. He…

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  • Phuket NewsFlight from Beijing lands in Phuket | Thaiger

    Flight from Beijing lands in Phuket

    PHUKET: Air China, in conjunction with the Chinese tour operator China Comfort Travel Co, is now operating twice-weekly charter flights direct from Beijing to Phuket. The charter service, aimed exclusively at mainland Chinese tourists, was launched with a maiden flight that landed at Phuket International Airport just after midnight on Saturday morning. “We’re operating only inbound charters right now, but…

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  • Phuket News300 sign opening hours petition to Governor | Thaiger

    300 sign opening hours petition to Governor

    PHUKET: Some 300 business owners in Patong today petitioned Provincial Governor Pongpayome Vasaputi to allow an extension of opening hours from 2 am to 5 am. The petition argued that the enforcement of the 2 am law would not achieve the government’s aim of reducing crime and drug abuse. The petition was handed to the Governor by Chairat Sukkaban, owner…

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  • Phuket NewsWorst-ever road death, injury statistics | Thaiger

    Worst-ever road death, injury statistics

    PHUKET: Sixteen people died in traffic accidents between January 20 and February 20, according to statistics from the Wachira, Thalang and Patong government hospitals. All the victims were on motorcycles, Ampaipan Pawawattananusorn of the Phuket Provincial Health Office reported. In the same period, 906 were hurt in crashes involving motorbikes, while 35 people were injured in car accidents. The year’s…

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  • Phuket NewsAnother blow for foreign investors | Thaiger

    Another blow for foreign investors

    BANGKOK (AFP): Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra today urged developing Asian nations to abandon economic policies modeled after the United States and Japan, and to try to build local businesses rather than attract foreign investors. At the opening of the 57th session of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Thaksin said that economic reforms…

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  • Phuket NewsBraggart raped by five women | Thaiger

    Braggart raped by five women

    SRISAKET (AFP): Five Thai women have agreed to pay compensation to a man they allegedly gang-raped on Songkhran Day, police said today. Police said the women, aged between 20 and 40, admitted to plying the 47-year-old man from this northeastern Srisaket province with alcohol, tying him up and stripping him naked before taking turns having sex with him. “All the…

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  • Phuket NewsHomeowners urged to join watch program | Thaiger

    Homeowners urged to join watch program

    PATONG: Pol Col Paween Pongsirin, Superintendent of Kathu Police Station, has urged Patong homeowners and tenants to notify the police when they go on vacation, leaving their homes unattended. Police officers will check on the houses while on patrol. A red box will be installed in front of each home, containing a logbook for patrolmen to sign when they check…

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  • Phuket NewsForeigners executed on drug charges in Thailand | Thaiger

    Foreigners executed on drug charges in Thailand

    BANGKOK (AFP): A Taiwanese man, a Hong Kong man, and two Thais convicted on drug trafficking charges were executed by firing squad this evening. A fifth man, also a Thai, was similarly executed for murder, officials said. “The Thai government wants to reassure the world that it takes the drug problem seriously,” Yongyuth Tiyapairat, a government spokesman announced, saying that…

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  • Phuket NewsPatong “may be exempt from 2 am rule’ | Thaiger

    Patong “may be exempt from 2 am rule’

    PATONG: The Ministry of Interior is looking at the enforcement of the 2 am closing law and may decide to make an exception for Patong, allowing bars and other entertainment venues in the town to stay open later. The announcement of the possible reprieve was made today by the Governor of Phuket, Pongpayome Vasaputi. He stressed that the clampdown on…

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  • Phuket NewsBikers raise B38,000 for schools | Thaiger

    Bikers raise B38,000 for schools

    PATONG: Organizers of the 7th Phuket Bike Week have announced that the event, which ends today, has raised 38,000 baht for charity. Proceeds will go to Wat Suwan Kiriwong School, Baan Sai Namyen School and Baan Kalim School. Somnuek “Nicky” Phonkaew, one of the organizers of Bike Week, told the Gazette that the funds are to be earmarked to buy…

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  • Phuket NewsGambling tops arrest stats | Thaiger

    Gambling tops arrest stats

    PHUKET: Gambling once again topped the arrest statistics in March, according to figures provided by the Phuket Provincial Police. In the course of 136 raids, 223 people were arrested for gambling. Narcotics offences came second in the league, with 102 people arrested in the course of 96 busts. A total of 1,679 “ya bah” (methamphetamine) pills were seized. The other…

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  • Phuket NewsMan hangs himself from tree | Thaiger

    Man hangs himself from tree

    PHUKET TOWN: A man was found on Sunday hanging from a tree behind his home in Phuket Villa California. A neighbor walking by saw Teap Bourkeaw, 73, a native of Nakhon Sri Thammarat, hanging by a piece of cloth from the tree. The neighbor managed to get K. Teap down from the tree and called the police, but K. Teap…

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  • Phuket NewsPolice crackdown angers bar owners | Thaiger

    Police crackdown angers bar owners

    PHUKET: Angry bar owners have threatened to stage a “mob” if police do not ease the enforcement of the 2 am legal closing time for entertainment establishments. One bar owner told the Gazette, “Take a look around Patong at 3 or 4 am. People are out in the streets drinking beer and whisky they buy at 7-11, fighting, or looking…

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  • Phuket NewsSix dead, 520 hurt during Songkhran | Thaiger

    Six dead, 520 hurt during Songkhran

    PHUKET: Six people died in traffic accidents in Phuket during the Songkhran holiday, according to statistics compiled from all of the island’s hospitals. In addition, 520 people were injured in traffic accidents. “Ninety percent of the accidents involved motorbikes, and most occurred between the evening of April 13 and the early morning of April 14,” Ampaipan Pawawattananusorn of the Phuket…

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  • Phuket NewsHomeowners urged to join anti-crime scheme | Thaiger

    Homeowners urged to join anti-crime scheme

    KATHU: Police are urging anyone going away during the Songkhran period to notify them so that they can keep an eye on their homes until they get back. Joining the “Let The Police Watch Your Home” scheme is free, and is very simple, said Pol Lt Col Witoon Kongsudjai, inspector of Tung Tong Police Station. All householders need do is…

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  • Phuket NewsAirport passenger throughput falls | Thaiger

    Airport passenger throughput falls

    PHUKET: In a sharp reversal of recent trends, passenger throughput at Phuket International Airport during February was down by 2.3% compared with the same month last year, according to figures released by airport officials. The number of people arriving or departing on domestic flights was, at 213,755, almost the same as last year. But the number of people using the…

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  • Phuket NewsWhat next? Dog passports, of course | Thaiger

    What next? Dog passports, of course

    PHUKET: Phuket has begun issuing dog passports, making it the first place in Asia (and the second in the world) to do so, according to the Phuket Provincial Livestock Office (PPLO). Koh Samui will be the next location in Thailand to adopt the system, with the rest of the country to follow in due course. The introduction of dog passports,…

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  • Phuket NewsThai Airways steps up security | Thaiger

    Thai Airways steps up security

    PHUKET: Following the explosion aboard an aircraft that was due to carry Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, Thai Airways International (THAI) has announced that all passengers boarding its flights, whether international or domestic, will need to show ground staff proof of identity with their boarding pass. The new policy, which became effective on April 1, recognizes government-issued documents, such as passports,…

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  • Phuket NewsJune launch for 30-baht medical treatment | Thaiger

    June launch for 30-baht medical treatment

    PHUKET: The Thaksin government’s scheme to provide medical treatment for Thai citizens at 30 baht per hospital visit will become available in Phuket from June 1. Dr Jessada Chaikunwat, Deputy Chief of the Phuket Provincial Health Office (PHO), explained that dates will soon be announced on which Thais who wish to join the scheme may go either to the PHO…

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  • Phuket NewsTwo more found dead in fishing port | Thaiger

    Two more found dead in fishing port

    PHUKET TOWN: Two more bodies were found on Sunday in the area of the fishing port, bringing the number of corpses found in the area to four in the space of 24 hours. Pol Maj Thanet Puangmanee of Phuket Town Police Station told the Gazette that the first man, as yet unidentified, appeared from his facial features to be from…

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  • Phuket NewsBriton and Thai die in road crash | Thaiger

    Briton and Thai die in road crash

    PHUKET: A British man on a motorcycle and a Thai pedestrian both died after the bike struck the pedestrian early Friday at the entrance to Moo Baan Anupas Manorom, on Chao Fa Nok Rd. Police named the men as Kenneth Patrick Ford, 24, and Soonthon Sripudtong, 40, from Phatthalung. Pol Maj Songwut Khunjun of the Phuket Town Police Station told…

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  • Phuket NewsCorpse and skeleton found near fishing port | Thaiger

    Corpse and skeleton found near fishing port

    PHUKET TOWN: The body of one man and the skeleton of another were found on Soi Si Sena near Phuket’s fishing port on Saturday morning. Neither has been identified but both are believed to be Burmese fishermen, and to have been murdered. Pol Capt Chaum Kaosrisuwan, of Phuket Town Police Station, told the Gazette that the skeleton was found in…

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  • Phuket NewsJapanese tourist in “religious’ suicide | Thaiger

    Japanese tourist in “religious’ suicide

    PHUKET TOWN: Shindo Yuji, a 26-year-old Japanese tourist, committed suicide by jumping from his 16th-floor room at The Metropole hotel, Montri Rd, early on Thursday morning, say police. Pol Lt Kanuang Pitakulthon, of the Phuket Town Police Station, told the Gazette that hotel staff had called the police after discovering Mr Yuji’s body in the VIP car park. It is…

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  • Phuket NewsDrunk-driving crackdown starts tonight | Thaiger

    Drunk-driving crackdown starts tonight

    PHUKET: The police have warned that they will begin serious spot checks for drunken driving from tonight, in a campaign that will last until April 18 – after the Songkhran festival. At a highly publicized trial roadblock set up in Phuket Town a week ago, police stopped and breathalysed 70 drivers – 60 men and 10 women. Of these, 40…

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  • Phuket NewsKorean interpreter found murdered | Thaiger

    Korean interpreter found murdered

    PHUKET TOWN: A Korean interpreter was found dead yesterday in a pool of blood at his home in Phuket Villa 3. Pol Maj Thanet Puangmanee of Phuket Town Police Station identified the dead man as Park Ho-Yong. He was found in the kitchen at house number 70/44 Soi Polchareon, Phuket Villa 3, on Chao Fa Nai Road. Krongsit Kamtalob, who…

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  • Phuket NewsThaksin admits weak defense against graft charges | Thaiger

    Thaksin admits weak defense against graft charges

    BANGKOK (AFP): Embattled Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra admitted Thursday that his lawyers had mounted a lacklustre defense against graft charges that threaten to end his political career. Thaksin said he would not sack his legal team despite its poor showing in the Constitutional Court which this week opened a hearing into the indictment handed down by the nation’s anti-corruption body.…

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  • Phuket NewsSongkhran celebrants warned | Thaiger

    Songkhran celebrants warned

    PATONG: The superintendent of Kathu Police Station has warned Songkhran celebrants not to throw or daub talcum powder or powdered dyes on other people. Such activities, Pol Col Paween Pongsirin says, reflect badly on Thailand’s culture. Those caught using powder risk being arrested for making public places dirty or for creating a nuisance. Both offenses carry a maximum penalty of…

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