Month: November 2001

  • PhuketBig C opening causes traffic chaos | Thaiger

    Big C opening causes traffic chaos

    PHUKET TOWN: The snarl of traffic on the bypass road yesterday, on the evening of the opening of Big C Supercenter, marked the start of a fierce battle for the hearts and wallets of Phuket shoppers between Big C and the its retail giant rival, Tesco Lotus Supercenter. Both have brought the heavy artillery in for the battle. Big C…

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  • PhuketFour gibbons released in the forest | Thaiger

    Four gibbons released in the forest

    THALANG: Four gibbons from the Gibbon Rehabilitation Project (GRP) were released into the forest this morning. The gibbons – Fish, Bamboo and Mai, all four years old, and six-year old Tara, the only female – were set free about three and a half kilometers away from the Bang Pae waterfall. Upon release, Tara was the first gibbon to venture out…

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  • PhuketAnother tourist murdered in Krabi | Thaiger

    Another tourist murdered in Krabi

    KRABI: A tourist from Germany died here early this morning of multiple stab wounds she received during what police believe was a rape attempt by three local men. Petra Sabine Sack, 33, was found unconscious on Ao Nang beach by a guard at TK Mansion, where she was staying. The guard heard screams from the beach nearby at about 10…

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  • Phuket“UFOs’ seen over Phuket Town | Thaiger

    “UFOs’ seen over Phuket Town

    PHUKET TOWN: Mobile phone systems were jammed last night as people phoned friends all over town to tell them about mysterious white lights zooming around the sky to the north of Phuket Town between 8 and 9 pm. Niyompong Torwong, Public Relations Officer of the Bangkok Phuket Hospital, told the Gazette that he saw a star moving very fast around…

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  • PhuketTwo boys, 13, arrested for motorbike theft | Thaiger

    Two boys, 13, arrested for motorbike theft

    PHUKET: Police who raided an old tin mine off Chaofa Nok Rd, following a tip-off, found two 13-year-old boys in the act of dropping a motorbike engine block into the mine. Pol Maj Thanet Puangmanee and his men raided the old mine beside Wat Naka on Monday and found the two boys, one from Chalong and the other from Karon,…

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  • PhuketKathu Police to crack down on traffic laws | Thaiger

    Kathu Police to crack down on traffic laws

    PATONG: Kathu police today warned that, from next Wednesday, they will crack down on road traffic violations in a campaign aimed at reducing the number of deaths and injuries on the district’s roads. Signs in Thai and English have been going up all over the district, and particularly in Patong, warning motorists to follow the Highway Code or face the…

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  • PhuketPolice home in on mob members | Thaiger

    Police home in on mob members

    THALANG: Police have compiled, from criminal records, a list of some 50 people they suspect may have been involved in the mob that beat up a New Zealand yachtsman on November 18, then trashed the pick-up truck he had been driving. The mob, from Baan Kor-Ane, attacked Kent Michalick, from the superyacht “Yanneke Too”, and smashed up the truck, after…

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  • PhuketRajabhat students scoop arts contest | Thaiger

    Rajabhat students scoop arts contest

    PHUKET TOWN: Students from Rajabhat Institute Phuket scooped the top six prizes in the “King, Regatta and Phuket” drawing and essay writing competition, which drew some 230 entrants. The competition was aimed at involving the local community more closely in the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta, which takes place early next month. The students received their prizes on Sunday at the…

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  • PhuketHelp us eradicate sex tours – TAT boss | Thaiger

    Help us eradicate sex tours – TAT boss

    PHUKET: Anupharp Thirarath, the Director of the local office of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), has appealed for information about any person or company involved in promoting sex for sale in Phuket. The appeal comes after TAT officers discovered websites offering child sex as part of package tours. One website offered three days and two nights’ stay, including sex…

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  • PhuketYacht skipper blasts mob violence | Thaiger

    Yacht skipper blasts mob violence

    THALANG: The skipper of a 30-meter superyacht has blasted villagers in the north of Phuket for “lawlessness” after a member of his crew was beaten up by a mob on Sunday evening, and was then forced to apologize to them for driving through their village too fast. After brushing aside security staff at the Yacht Haven marina, the mob of…

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  • PhuketThree nighttime venues raided | Thaiger

    Three nighttime venues raided

    PHUKET TOWN: Three nighttime venues have been cited for violations after police officers, led by Vice Governor Niwat Wattanasen and Pol Col Paween Pongsirin, Superintendent of Phuket Town Police Station, went on an inspection tour on Tuesday. The Sure Garden, in Soi Taling Chan, was ordered closed for 30 days because it was found to be serving customers under the…

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  • PhuketGovernor moves Muang District Chief | Thaiger

    Governor moves Muang District Chief

    PHUKET TOWN: Governor CEO Pongpayome Vasaputi has ordered the replacement of Muang District Chief Somsak Sanyanuphap with Wirachai Chanpen of Phang Nga province. The transfer order, issued on Friday, is the first demonstration of the new power of the Governor CEO, granted as part of Thailand’s experiment in giving provincial governments more autonomy. Under the new system, the Governor CEO…

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  • PhuketMystery over fire-gutted car | Thaiger

    Mystery over fire-gutted car

    KATHU: Police here are mystified as to how a saloon car rented by a Kathu resident ended up outside Dulwich International College, completely gutted by fire. Pol Lt Col Sanguan Muangtham told the Gazette, “Around 3 am on Saturday I received a phone call from a man who reported that the car, which he had rented, had disappeared.” Col Sanguan…

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  • PhuketProvincial intranet underway | Thaiger

    Provincial intranet underway

    PHUKET: Phuket Governor CEO Pongpayome Vasaputi yesterday chaired a meeting on the development of a computerized central database for all government offices operating within Phuket, known as the Phuket Net project. The move to develop the IT system is part of the Governor CEO administration experiment. At the meeting, which was held at the Provincial Hall, Preecha Wongchakorn, Director of…

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  • PhuketArtist dies in head-on smash | Thaiger

    Artist dies in head-on smash

    PHUKET: Well-known Rawai-based artist Jirasak Patanapong, 45, died of severe head injuries after being involved in a head-on collision on Chao Fa Nai Rd at about 10 pm on Friday. Two other people were injured in the accident. Tawin Tongpeng today told the Gazette that he was driving his pick-up truck to his home behind Wat Thepnimit after picking up…

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  • PhuketAirport passenger traffic down 8pc | Thaiger

    Airport passenger traffic down 8pc

    PHUKET: The number of passengers arriving or departing through Phuket International Airport in October is down 8.19% from the figure for the same period last year. Statistics released by airport officials show that passenger throughput was 259,889, compared with 283,062 in October last year. However, the figures show an 8.01% improvement over September, which saw 239,060 passengers arrive or depart…

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  • PhuketElephant hurls keeper, injures tourist | Thaiger

    Elephant hurls keeper, injures tourist

    PHUKET: A disgruntled elephant at Phuket Zoo picked up and threw its keeper with its trunk on November 6, causing Scottish tourist Louise Fletcher to fall from the elephant’s back. She was then kicked by the elephant, resulting in serious leg injuries. Recovering at Phuket International Hospital, Ms Fletcher yesterday recalled the incident. “A worker at the zoo suggested I…

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  • PhuketSwedish man hangs himself in Patong | Thaiger

    Swedish man hangs himself in Patong

    PATONG: The body of Swedish national Bengt Anders Hilmar Lundberg, 56, was found hanging this morning from a post in the unfinished upper floor of his rented apartment near the Thara Patong Beach Resort, in what police say was a suicide. Pol Maj Pisit Cheanpetch, the Inspector of Kathu Police Station, told the Gazette that the victim was spotted by…

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  • PhuketPhuket Town wins prize | Thaiger

    Phuket Town wins prize

    PHUKET: Phuket Municipality has won the King Prajadhipok (Rama VII) Prize, awarded to local governments that listen to the views of local people and give them the opportunity to take part in the running of the town. Phuket Municipality was one of just four municipalities in the whole country to win the prize, out of 432 towns that entered. The…

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  • PhuketBangsen murder probe hits a wall | Thaiger

    Bangsen murder probe hits a wall

    SURAT THANI: Investigations into the murder of Koh Yao boatman Bangsen Jaidee hit a wall yesterday when doctors refused to allow officers to interview the chief suspect. Police from Thalang Police Station went to Saranlom Hospital in Surat Thani, which specializes in diseases of the mind, intending to interrogate Siwadol “Dol” Lomin. Dol was taken to the hospital by his…

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  • PhuketAnother bomb blast at Tesco Lotus | Thaiger

    Another bomb blast at Tesco Lotus

    BANGKOK (AFP): A bomb blast rocked another branch of retailer Tesco Lotus this afternoon in the third attack against the chain since a deadly terror campaign began in July. Today’s bomb went off in the parking lot of the Lotus store in the northern province of Ubon Ratchatani, said provincial police commander Chalosak A-sa. Chalosak said police were still investigating…

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  • PhuketPolice deny Duongchalerm is in Patong | Thaiger

    Police deny Duongchalerm is in Patong

    PATONG: The Superintendent of Kathu Police Station has said he does not believe reports that fugitive Duongchalerm Yoobamrung, wanted in connection with the murder of an undercover police officer in Bangkok, is hiding out in the Patong area. Seventeen days after the shooting in a Bangkok nightclub, politician’s son Duongchalerm is still at large. Officers of the Crime Suppression Division…

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