Month: May 2001

  • Phuket NewsDuty-free scheme discussed | Thaiger

    Duty-free scheme discussed

    PHUKET TOWN: A special meeting was convened yesterday to brainstorm ideas on how Phuket might be developed into a duty-free city. Provincial Governor Pongpayome Vasaputi called the meeting – which brought together members of the Provincial Administration Organization and the Thai business community – in the wake of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s proposal that tourism in Phuket and Chiang Mai…

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  • Phuket NewsGambling tops arrest stats again | Thaiger

    Gambling tops arrest stats again

    PHUKET: Gambling arrests topped the Phuket police scoreboard again in April, with 209 people held for gambling offenses between April 1 and 25. The figure does not include the 91 people arrested in raids on casinos on April 29. Provincial Police statistics released today showed arrests of illegal immigrants coming in second place, with 189 people locked up, followed by…

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  • Phuket NewsGerman man dies of overdose | Thaiger

    German man dies of overdose

    PATONG: A 49-year-old German man died yesterday of heart failure after swallowing a lethal mixture of vodka and sleeping pills. Pol Maj Pisit Cheanpetch of Kathu Police Station told the Gazette that Patong resident Klaus Werner Blume was found dead in his room at Nanai Happy House, Soi Nanai. The victim’s partner, Noppawan Hemwanta, 24, told police that she returned…

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  • Phuket NewsMalaysia puts harsh brakes on Thai drivers | Thaiger

    Malaysia puts harsh brakes on Thai drivers

    KHUAN DON, THAILAND: In a move sure to bring frowns and grimaces to the Land of Smiles, Thailand’s neighbor to the south has introduced measures making it an almost hopeless enterprise for Thais to enter Malaysia by automobile. At the Khuan Don border (near Satun) this afternoon, Malaysian authorities in spiffy blue uniforms were handing out “Rules” flyers to scores…

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  • Phuket NewsThai Airways board members lose perks | Thaiger

    Thai Airways board members lose perks

    BANGKOK (AFP): Thai Airways International board members, long accustomed to free flights and expensive perks, are to lose their privileges as part of an effort to streamline the national carrier, an airline official said this afternoon. Chairman Chai-Anan Samuddavanija, appointed with a new board of directors amid controversy this week, has vowed to cancel the perks offered since Thai Airways…

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  • Phuket NewsJapanese woman drowns off Mai Thon | Thaiger

    Japanese woman drowns off Mai Thon

    MAI TON: The body of Japanese tourist Na-Ao Yukimura, 35, was found on Tuesday on a beach on Mai Thon Island. Pol Capt Cha-aom Khowsrisuwan of the Phuket Town Police Station said, “Some villagers found Ms Yukimura’s body lying face-down on the beach. She was wearing a green bikini, and a snorkeling mask was around her neck. She had been…

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  • Phuket NewsThalang police set up suggestions box | Thaiger

    Thalang police set up suggestions box

    THALANG: Pol Col Prapakorn Saksupa, superintendent of Thalang Police Station, has announced that the station has established a PO Box for the public. The box is specifically for people in Thalang district who wish to write to the Thalang Police Station to express views, make suggestions, or provide information on suspected criminal activities. The police have stressed that only senior…

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  • Phuket NewsFree dive master training for Thais | Thaiger

    Free dive master training for Thais

    PHUKET: The Dive Operators’ Club of Thailand (DOCT), Phuket Chapter, is seeking Thai applicants to train as dive masters in response to the shortage of Thai dive masters on the island. Applicants must be at least 18 years old. They must have a working knowledge of English, a high-school education, be physically fit and able to swim, and have their…

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  • Phuket NewsPolice seize 2 tonnes of smuggled meat | Thaiger

    Police seize 2 tonnes of smuggled meat

    PHUKET TOWN: The Phuket Marine Police yesterday evening raided a warehouse in Moo Bann Iravadee on the bypass road after receiving a report that it contained smuggled cigarettes. But instead of illegal smokes, they found about two tonnes of illegally imported meat, worth about 200,000 baht. Pol Lt Col Bunjerd Piriyavong of the Phuket Marine Police told the Gazette that…

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  • Phuket NewsMayor meets Governor over 2 am law | Thaiger

    Mayor meets Governor over 2 am law

    PHUKET TOWN: Thirty entertainment venue owners, led by Patong Mayor Pian Keesin, yesterday met with Provincial Governor Pongpayome Vasaputi at his home to inquire about the results of last week’s petition asking for Patong to be given an exemption from the 2 am limit on opening hours. The petition, signed by some 300 business owners in Patong, was handed to…

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