Year: 2002

  • PhuketWarning on secondhand mobile phones | Thaiger

    Warning on secondhand mobile phones

    PHUKET: Police have warned people buying secondhand mobile phones, especially pawn shop owners, to be on the lookout for stolen items. The warning came after the recent discovery of 500-600 mobiles, some stolen, in a raid on a phone shop. Pawnbrokers could face jail if they bought stolen items, said Pol Col Paween Pongsirin, Superintendent of Phuket Town Police. “Nowadays,…

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  • PhuketConference center go-ahead “in January’ | Thaiger

    Conference center go-ahead “in January’

    PHUKET: The island’s proposed international conference center (ICC) is expected to get the go-ahead from the cabinet in January, with a project budget of more than 1 billion baht, Sports and Tourism Minister Sontaya Kunplome announced this week. The overall proposal has already been submitted to Bangkok for approval, he said. “I expect that in January we will get permission…

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  • PhuketPrison still packed | Thaiger

    Prison still packed

    PHUKET TOWN: Phuket Provincial Prison remains massively overcrowded, according to the monthly statistics released by prison officials yesterday. The figures reveal that there are 955 men and 204 women incarcerated at the jail, where the official capacity is 666 male and 83 female prisoners. Of the 1,159 inmates, 458 are being held for narcotics offenses, 256 for theft, 157 for…

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  • PhuketSend the backpackers packing: Deputy PM | Thaiger

    Send the backpackers packing: Deputy PM

    PHUKET TOWN: Backpackers should be discouraged from visiting Phuket because they bring problems such as drugs, Deputy Prime Minister Korn Dabbaransi has told local officials. In a wide-ranging meeting with local leaders at Provincial Hall on Wednesday, he also mentioned that employers in Phuket should take responsiblity for controlling levels of Burmese laborers and that the runway at Phuket Airport…

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  • PhuketMan held for shooting, armed robbery | Thaiger

    Man held for shooting, armed robbery

    PHUKET: Police have arrested a man they believe was responsible for an armed robbery and an attempted murder, and have uncovered what may be a stolen mobile phone haul. Banjob “Nong” Pramphet, 32, freed from jail three months ago after serving a sentence for robbery and possession of stolen goods, was nabbed in a stolen pick-up truck in Ranong on…

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  • PhuketRobbers net B3m in jewelry raid | Thaiger

    Robbers net B3m in jewelry raid

    PHUKET TOWN: Robbers made off with jewelry and other items valued at about 3 million baht in an overnight raid on a Thalang Rd gold shop, police said today. Assara Nattavuttisit, 30, the owner of Teg Heng shop, discovered the raid when he opened for business this morning. The thieves had cut the cable of a closed-circuit camera that may…

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  • PhuketPolice boost festive security | Thaiger

    Police boost festive security

    PATONG: Extra uniformed police officers will be on duty in Patong over Christmas and New Year to reassure tourists about their security – and to reinforce Thai culture. About 90 officers from Patong Police Station, the Phuket Tourist Police, the Immigration Police, the Highway Police and the Marine Police joined municipal and hotel security officers at the Baan Sukothai Hotel…

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  • PhuketTourism meeting stresses environment | Thaiger

    Tourism meeting stresses environment

    PHUKET: Sports and Tourism Minister Sontaya Kunplome yesterday met Phuket CEO Governor Pongpayome Vasaputi and officials from Phang-nga and Krabi to discuss tourism development in the region. At the meeting, held in the Royal Phuket City Hotel, K. Sontaya said, “We are working to promote a positive image of Thailand abroad and to ensure its safety as a tourist destination.…

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  • Phuket

    Safari tours protest tuk-tuk “bullying’

    PHUKET TOWN: About 100 staff from four safari tour companies turned out today to demonstrate against tuk-tuk and taxi drivers, their rivals in a dispute over who may ferry customers between hotels and the safari companies. The protesters sat in about 30 vehicles outside the offices of Phuket Member of Parliament Suwit Sa-Ngiamkul on Phang Nga Rd, saying they had…

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  • PhuketOne tambon, one product, one Christmas | Thaiger

    One tambon, one product, one Christmas

    PHUKET TOWN: Phuket Governor CEO Pongpayome Vasaputi has urged people to support the local economy this festive season by buying One Tambon One Product gift baskets. From Monday, baskets containing combinations of the 32 products made by Phuket villages taking part in the project will be available from Provincial Hall and major shoppping centers, including Big C, Tesco-Lotus and Ocean…

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  • PhuketDriving tests just got harder | Thaiger

    Driving tests just got harder

    PHUKET TOWN: Learner drivers looking forward to passing the traditional minimalist driving test to get their driver’s license now have to think again. The new driving test area at the Phuket Land Transportation Office (PLTO) was officially opened this afternoon and is in use. Phiyapan Jumpasut, Chief of the Department of Land Transportation, said that the Department was improving driving…

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  • PhuketExcise man hits the jackpot | Thaiger

    Excise man hits the jackpot

    PHUKET: The Phuket Provincial Excise Office (PPEO) has announced that it expects to collect at least 5 million baht in excise tax from “pleasure craft” in the current tax year (to September 30, 2003), along with at least 29 million baht in excise tax from golf courses. Narong Srivanitchakorn, Chief of the PPEO, said that his office had collected about…

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  • PhuketMayor under fire for park bridge project | Thaiger

    Mayor under fire for park bridge project

    PHUKET TOWN: About 20 members of the Rak Suan Luang Club (RSLC) today descended on Phuket Town Mayor Phummisak Hongsyok’s monthly press conference to protest the construction of a bridge in King Rama IX Park, better known as Suan Luang Park. Protest leaders handed Mayor Phummisak an official complaint to stop construction of a bridge over concerns that it will…

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  • PhuketAnother murder in port area | Thaiger

    Another murder in port area

    PHUKET TOWN: The “Burmese Cemetery” has claimed yet another victim with a vicious weekend stabbing of a Burmese fisherman. Pol Lt Parichat Jaturonpan, of Phuket Town Police Station, said a motorbike taxi driver called police just after midnight on Sunday after seeing a man’s body by the side of Si Suthat Rd, near Rassada Port. Although police did not release…

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  • PhuketPub hours extended for holidays | Thaiger

    Pub hours extended for holidays

    PHUKET: Deputy Interior Minister Pracha Maleenond has confirmed that entertainment venues with a pub license will be allowed to remain open all night on both Christmas Eve (December 24) and New Year’s Eve (December 31). The official closing times on both dates have been set at 6 am the following morning. K. Pracha asked club operators for cooperation in refusing…

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  • PhuketAustrian hangs himself over illness | Thaiger

    Austrian hangs himself over illness

    PATONG: Austrian tourist Gerhard Buchhart yesterday hanged himself from a crossbeam in his hotel bathroom, just two weeks after his 50th birthday. Pol Capt Serm Kwannimit, of Kathu Police Station, told the Gazette that a hotel maid discovered his body about 3:40 pm when she checked his room at Paradise Mansion, on Rat-U-Thit Rd, after he failed to check out.…

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  • PhuketDeputy PM to lead Xmas Day raids | Thaiger

    Deputy PM to lead Xmas Day raids

    PHUKET: A Christmas gift to vendors with dodgy goods and iffy advertising or consumer contracts: Deputy PM Korn Dabbaransi will be in Phuket on Christmas Day to inspect companies about which the Consumer Protection Board has received complaints. It was announced today that DPM Korn will arrive in Phuket on December 24 and stay at The Metropole hotel. The announcement…

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  • PhuketBurmese blamed for healthcare drain | Thaiger

    Burmese blamed for healthcare drain

    PHUKET TOWN: The chiefs of the five government hospitals in Ranong, Phang Nga, Krabi and Phuket yesterday singled out Burmese laborers as a burden on hospital funds in the Andaman region. The comments were made at a top-level meeting of Public Health officials, including Public Health Deputy Minister Pol Gen Pracha Promnog and Public Health Inspector Dr Narong Chayakul, at…

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  • PhuketAntiques seized in raid on shop | Thaiger

    Antiques seized in raid on shop

    PHUKET TOWN: Police this morning raided antiques store Tommy Vintage and Collectibles, on Thalang Rd, and seized two antique carved wooden doors and an ornate Buddhist prayer table, all believed to be about 100 years old. Thamrongsak Sukhajiradej, the store’s Manager, was charged with selling antiques without a proper license. He told the Gazette that the antiques belonged his father.…

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  • PhuketSpeedboat seized, owner sought | Thaiger

    Speedboat seized, owner sought

    MAI KHAO: Phuket Marine Police last night seized the speedboat “Cedar Swan Tender” from a house near the Yacht Haven Marina. Pol Col Phira Boonliang, Superintendent of Phuket Marine Police, said, “The boat had been brought into the country illegally without any import duty paid on the hull or the engine.” He added that officers had tried to contact the…

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  • PhuketBooster for fight against polio | Thaiger

    Booster for fight against polio

    PHUKET: The Phuket Provincial Health Office (PPHO) is offering free poliomyelitis vaccinations to Thai and foreign children under the age of five. PPHO Chief Dr Wanchai Sattayawutthipong explained that parents may take their children to any health center, hospital or medical clinic on December 18 to receive the primary polio vaccination, and on January 21 for a booster shot. “We…

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  • PhuketOfficers to play hero for a day | Thaiger

    Officers to play hero for a day

    PHUKET: Emergency rescue service teams will stage several rescue exercises this Saturday (December 14) to boost people’s confidence in the authorities’ ability to cope with emergencies. Starting at 10 am in Patong Bay, officers will simulate rescuing people from a boat on fire, then perform a cliff rescue at Laem Phromthep. They will then perform a rescue of a scuba…

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