Month: June 2001

  • Phuket NewsGovernor clamps down on “bar beers” | Thaiger

    Governor clamps down on “bar beers”

    PHUKET: In an effort to control beer bars, known locally as “bar beers”, Phuket Governor Pongpayome Vasaputi has ordered officers of Tambon Administration Organizations (OrBorTor) to reject building modification requests from such bars. At the regular provincial meeting between the Governor and chief officers of OrBorTor in Phuket Town this morning, Governor Pongpayome complained that bar beers were unsightly and…

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  • Phuket NewsDrugs arrests almost double | Thaiger

    Drugs arrests almost double

    PHUKET: Police figures released today show that 80 people were arrested for involvement with narcotics between June 1 and June 25, nearly double the number of arrests for drug offences during the same period in May. In 70 separate busts, police netted just under 6,000 ya bah pills. Of these, 4,050 were seized on Sunday in the province’s unofficial largest…

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  • Phuket NewsMore submarine plans for Phuket | Thaiger

    More submarine plans for Phuket

    PHUKET: Another submarine will enter Phuket’s water soon, if a company from the mid-Pacific island of Saipan gets its wish. Jack McClure, general manager of Pacific Subsea Saipan Inc, today met with local officials, including the Governor of Phuket, Pongpayome Vasaputi, to brief them about his company’s plans. Pacific Subsea Saipan already runs submarine tours in Saipan, and wants to…

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  • Phuket NewsFive mentally ill people found chained up | Thaiger

    Five mentally ill people found chained up

    PHUKET TOWN: Dr Boonrieng Chuchaisangrat, Chief of the Phuket Provincial Health Office (PPHO), today appealed for people to be more compassionate and understanding of the mentally ill. His appeal came after five people suffering from mental illnesses were found chained up by relatives in the past 10 weeks. “We found five people who had been chained up and we’ve been…

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  • Phuket NewsBiker gang backs Thaksin | Thaiger

    Biker gang backs Thaksin

    BANGKOK (AFP): One hundred Thai motorcyclists riding chrome-covered “choppers” rumbled up to Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s office today to add their support to a wave of public sympathy for the embattled premier. The leather-garbed bikers handed over bouquets for Thaksin – who is facing graft charges in the Constitutional Court that could see him barred from office for five years…

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  • Phuket NewsNotorious pirate caught | Thaiger

    Notorious pirate caught

    RANONG (AFP): Police said today they had arrested notorious pirate Viroj Buasuwan, better known as “Roj 100 Corpses” for his brutal treatment of ships’ crews. Viroj, 50, was arrested on Saturday in Ranong on charges related to an attack on the Burmese trawler “Thorae” in January, the Crime Suppression Unit said. Roj and his 20-strong gang forced the crew of…

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  • Phuket News“Biggest’ yah bah dealers arrested | Thaiger

    “Biggest’ yah bah dealers arrested

    PHUKET TOWN: Police from Surat Thani arrested two men selling ya bah (methamphetamine) in the car park in front of Super Cheap on Thepkrasattri Rd, around 4 pm yesterday. A team of five officers from the Karnjanadit District Police Station in Surat Thani, led by Pol Capt Noppadol Kerdkulrat, nabbed Srirung Nankam, 43, and Sittichai Suthapiwat, 33, in an undercover…

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  • Phuket NewsTAT issues swimming warning | Thaiger

    TAT issues swimming warning

    PHUKET: The local branch of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) today warned that people should not swim at beaches where red flags or warning signs indicate that it is unsafe to do so. The warning was issued, the TAT said, in light of statistics that show that drowning is the leading cause of death among tourists during the southwestern…

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  • Phuket NewsFirst case of rat disease reported | Thaiger

    First case of rat disease reported

    PHUKET: The first known case of leptospirosis contracted in Phuket has been reported by Thalang Hospital, the Provincial Health Office has announced. The victim is a 32-year-old Phuket man living in Moo 4, Baan Don, Thalang. He checked into Thalang Hospital on June 21 after suffering from a serious headache for about six days. The whites of his eyes were…

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  • Phuket NewsChalong Pier opening ceremony postponed | Thaiger

    Chalong Pier opening ceremony postponed

    CHALONG: Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra cannot make it to the official planned opening of Chalong Pier on July 1, the pier’s owners, the Phuket Provincial Administration Organization (OrBorJor), announced today. As a result, the opening ceremony has been postponed until the PM is more likely to be available.

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  • Phuket NewsPaween leads 85 police in holy pledge | Thaiger

    Paween leads 85 police in holy pledge

    CHALONG: In his last official duty as superintendent of Kathu Police Station, Pol Col Paween Pongsirin this morning led 85 police officers under his command in an oath to be honest and to fight crime. Col Paween and almost all of his officers stood before the image of Luang Por Chaem at Chalong temple and vowed, “I will not get…

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  • Phuket NewsOfficials check out mini-sub for tourists | Thaiger

    Officials check out mini-sub for tourists

    KOH HEY: The topic of mini-submarines resurfaced today in Phuket, but this time on a less sinister level, as government officials were given a look at the new Subrider developed for tourism around this popular day-trip island. The officials, including representatives of the local Tourist Business and Guide Registration Office, checked out how the sub works and the effect it…

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  • Phuket NewsMarine resources body gets teeth | Thaiger

    Marine resources body gets teeth

    PHUKET TOWN: A committee that brings together 10 arms of the government to help preserve the marine resources of the Andaman Coast may finally get teeth, thanks to a decent budget. The Region 3 Coordinating Committee to Preserve the Nation’s Marine Resources (CCPNMR) was set up in 1997, but under-funding has meant that it has been able to achieve little.…

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  • Phuket NewsPolice superintendents reshuffled | Thaiger

    Police superintendents reshuffled

    PHUKET: In a nationwide reshuffle of 173 police deputy commissioners and superintendents, effective from next Monday, the three main police stations in Phuket – Phuket Town, Thalang and Kathu – will each get new bosses. The reshuffle was ordered by the country’s top police officer, Pol Gen Pornsak Durongkapiboon, Commissioner of the Royal Thai Police. Pol Col Chalit Tintanee, formerly…

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  • Phuket NewsAnother two days of rain, says weatherman | Thaiger

    Another two days of rain, says weatherman

    PHUKET: The current bad weather in Phuket is likely to continue for another two days, Amorn Chantanavivate, director of the Southwestern Regional Meteorological Center, said today. Widespread thundershowers are affecting about 80% of southwestern Thailand, bringing isolated heavy showers. The rains and winds of around 35 kmh are being caused by a strong southwesterly monsoon over the Andaman Sea and…

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  • Phuket NewsPhuket sees boom in new businesses | Thaiger

    Phuket sees boom in new businesses

    PHUKET TOWN: Phuket is still the Number One place in southern Thailand in which to open a business, according to Veerachai Tantiwathanavallop, Director of the Phuket Commercial Registration Office. A total of 392 business were registered between January 1 and May 31, an average of 78 new businesses a month. “That is about 10% to 15% higher than last year,”…

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  • Phuket NewsMore entertainment zones mapped out | Thaiger

    More entertainment zones mapped out

    PHUKET: Muang and Thalang Districts have mapped out the areas in which they propose to have entertainment zones. These areas must be specified in order to meet the requirements of proposed new legislation governing the entertainment industry. In a paper released yesterday, Vice-Governor Amnuay Sanguannam explained that the Muang District plan includes 13 separate entertainment zones – one in Tambon…

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  • Phuket NewsOwners urged to give land for expo center | Thaiger

    Owners urged to give land for expo center

    PHUKET TOWN: The Governor of Phuket has asked local landowners to donate 100 rai of land for the construction of an international convention and exhibition center (CEC). The call by Governor Pongpayome Vasaputi came at a meeting held this afternoon in the Phuket Provincial Administration Organization chamber. Also present at the meeting were representatives of the Tourism Authority of Thailand…

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  • Phuket NewsThaksin invited to open Chalong Pier | Thaiger

    Thaksin invited to open Chalong Pier

    CHALONG: Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has been invited to perform the official opening of the Chalong Pier on July 1, Wisut Santikun, Deputy President of the Phuket Provincial Administration Organization (OrBorJor), announced today. The day before the opening of the pier, the OrBorJor will host a workshop and a dinner on the theme of “The direction of tourism in Phuket”,…

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  • Phuket NewsBangkok considering yacht owners’ problems | Thaiger

    Bangkok considering yacht owners’ problems

    PHUKET: The Thai government is considering cutting the taxes on imported yachts and doubling the time that foreign yachts may stay in Thai waters before owners have to pay such taxes. Manit Wittayatin, Director-General of the Thai Customs Department told a meeting of provincial officials in Phuket today, “The regulations for yachts entering Thai waters create difficulties for many foreigners.…

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  • Phuket NewsOfficials sink Thaksin’s duty-free dream | Thaiger

    Officials sink Thaksin’s duty-free dream

    PHUKET: Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has accepted that his recently-stated plan to turn Phuket into a duty-free island is an impossible dream, Manit Wittayatin, Director-General of the country’s Customs Department, told a meeting of high-ranking provincial officials today. K. Manit explained that at the most recent meeting held in Bangkok to discuss this matter, the Prime Minister initially stressed that…

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  • Phuket NewsBeach lifeguard coverage boosted | Thaiger

    Beach lifeguard coverage boosted

    PHUKET: Lifeguard coverage of Phuket’s beaches during the low season – when the island’s west coast becomes dangerous for swimming – will be more comprehensive this year. The Phuket Provincial Administration Organization (OrBorJor) announced yesterday that the watch on the beaches will begin on Friday, two weeks earlier than last year, and that there will be three extra lookout stations,…

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  • Phuket NewsTourist Police get mountain bikes | Thaiger

    Tourist Police get mountain bikes

    PHUKET: The island’s Tourist Police are now equipped with four mountain bikes, which they will use to patrol Patong beach. The bikes were donated to the Tourist Police last night by the Rotary Club of Patong, at the club’s regular weekly meeting. “As we enter the low season, many people are without jobs, so we have to step up our…

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  • Phuket NewsRain brings warning over dengue fever | Thaiger

    Rain brings warning over dengue fever

    PHUKET: Now that the rainy season has arrived, the Phuket Public Health Office (PHO) has issued warnings about the increased risk of dengue fever. Normally, the number of cases of dengue fever rises during the rainy season, especially during June, July and August. To reduce the risk of contracting either dengue fever or malaria, the PHO recommends frequently changing the…

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  • Phuket NewsBomb explodes at Karon hotel | Thaiger

    Bomb explodes at Karon hotel

    KARON: A small bomb smashed windows and cracked a wall of the Baan Karon Hotel on Patak Rd in the early hours of yesterday (Sunday) morning. No one was injured. Pol Capt Chockchai Sutthimeke of Chalong Police Station told the Gazette that the bomb had been planted against an outside wall of the hotel, next to the office of the…

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  • Phuket NewsTourist stabbed with broken bottle | Thaiger

    Tourist stabbed with broken bottle

    KARON: A 24-year-old tourist from Denmark, Michael Jacob, was stabbed with a broken bottle at the Southland Inn on Patak Rd around 3 am yesterday (Sunday). Pol Capt Chana Suttimart of Chalong Police Station told the Gazette, “Mr Jacob was negotiating with two women. They had an argument, which developed into a fight. One of the women stabbed Mr Jacob…

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  • Phuket NewsThree drown off Karon Beach | Thaiger

    Three drown off Karon Beach

    KARON: Three construction workers from Isarn drowned in front of the Nong Harn inlet yesterday afternoon. Pol Capt Teerawat Liamsuwan, of Chalong Police Station, told the Gazette, “Two 21-year-old men, Teung Suthamma and Duangden Sawangwong, and a 17-year-old girl, Jaruwan Pakya, were swimming with three friends when a large wave crashed down on them, pushing them underwater.” Of the three…

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  • Phuket NewsPower grid ‘will improve radically’ | Thaiger

    Power grid ‘will improve radically’

    PHUKET: By December next year, Phuket will have a much more sophisticated and reliable electricity supply, according to experts from the Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) and the European Union (EU), which is providing some of the funds for upgrading the system. The upgrade includes the construction of two new substations in addition to the existing two and the laying of…

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  • Phuket NewsFall in tourists “our own fault’ – Gov | Thaiger

    Fall in tourists “our own fault’ – Gov

    PHUKET: Governor Pongpayome Vasaputi has blamed the falling number of tourists on Phuket’s poor attitude towards tourism. Speaking after the release of Phuket International Airport’s latest statistics on passenger throughput, he described Phuket as a “golden island that attracts fortune seekers”. But, he said, “Once all the gold has been dug up, it will just be an ordinary island.” The…

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  • Phuket NewsLocal phone numbers to get longer | Thaiger

    Local phone numbers to get longer

    BANGKOK: The Telephone Organization of Thailand (TOT) has announced that the telephone numbering system for the entire country will be changed. With the new system, which comes into effect on July 5, people making local calls will have to include the province’s area code in the telephone number. A person calling within Bangkok to, say 575 7310, will need to…

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  • Phuket NewsAlleged Muslim rebels behead kidnap victims | Thaiger

    Alleged Muslim rebels behead kidnap victims

    BANGKOK (AFP): Thai police said this afternoon that they had found the severed heads of two Thais kidnapped by alleged Muslim separatists near the Malaysian border. Deputy police chief Sant Sarutanond said members of the Muslim separatist New PULO were responsible for the beheadings in the southern province of Yala, near the border. “They did this for money,” Sant said.…

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  • Phuket NewsTHAI emergency landing under investigation | Thaiger

    THAI emergency landing under investigation

    HANOI (AFP): Thai Airways is investigating a fuel leak on a Boeing 777 which forced it to make an emergency landing in central Vietnam, airline officials said today. The aircraft landed in Vietnam’s third city of Danang early yesterday after the pilot reported plummeting fuel levels on a flight from Taipei to Bangkok, the officials said. Aviation fuel leaked all…

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  • Phuket NewsGambling continues to top arrest stats | Thaiger

    Gambling continues to top arrest stats

    PHUKET: Yet again, gambling topped the arrest statistics in May, with 258 people held for gambling offenses between May 1 and 25. The Provincial Police statistics showed arrests of illegal immigrants coming in second place, with 95 people arrested, followed by narcotics offenses, with 43 people arrested for offenses related to “ya bah” (methamphetamine). A total of 1,528 ya bah…

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  • Phuket NewsKathu lays out entertainment zones | Thaiger

    Kathu lays out entertainment zones

    PHUKET: Kathu District has become the first district in Phuket to map out entertainment zones to meet the requirements of proposed new legislation that would eventually see entertainment businesses such as bars, discos and karaoke venues restricted to certain areas. Vice-Governor Amnuay Sanguannam told the Gazette that the Kathu plan sees five entertainment zones – three in Patong and one…

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  • Phuket NewsGazette goes on sale today in Bangkok | Thaiger

    Gazette goes on sale today in Bangkok

    BANGKOK: As part of a recently concluded cooperation agreement between The Nation Multimedia Group and The Phuket Gazette Company, the Phuket Gazette is now on sale at ten major outlets of Asia Books in Bangkok. The agreement with The Nation complements the Gazette’s long-standing distribution arrangements with Flower King at Bangkok’s domestic and international air terminals. “We are very happy…

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  • Phuket NewsNepal’s crown prince kills parents, relatives | Thaiger

    Nepal’s crown prince kills parents, relatives

    KATHMANDU (AFP): Nepal’s crown prince shot dead his parents – the king and queen – and several other relatives during a family dinner at the royal palace here before turning the gun on himself, officials said this afternoon. King Birendra, Queen Aishwarya and nine other people were killed when Crown Prince Dipendra opened fire with a semi-automatic weapon during the…

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  • Phuket NewsUnidentified body washes ashore | Thaiger

    Unidentified body washes ashore

    THALANG: Local villagers discovered the body of an unidentified man washed ashore on the beach at Sirinath National Park around 11 am yesterday. Pol Capt Sappawat Suksiri, of Tah Chat Chai Police Station, told the Gazette that the man, who is believed to have been between 30 and 40 years old, was clad in a white and blue T-shirt, but…

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