Month: March 2002

  • Phuket NewsBroken heart drives Norwegian to suicide | Thaiger

    Broken heart drives Norwegian to suicide

    PATONG: Police believe a 31-year-old Norwegian tourist hanged himself at the weekend because his Thai girlfriend had found another man. Officers from Kathu Police Station were called to a house in Phra Barami Rd about 3.30 am on Saturday where they found the man’s body in a rented room. His girlfriend had earlier discovered the tourist, who was hanging from…

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  • Phuket NewsPhuket Town water to be shut off | Thaiger

    Phuket Town water to be shut off

    PHUKET TOWN: Central Phuket Town will be without tap water from 10 am tomorrow until about 7 am on Wednesday to allow a rainwater pipe to be hooked up to the main water supply. The hook up will be carried out at the intersection of Yaowarat Rd and Soi Rungrawee, near Wachira Phuket Hospital, where Phuket Town’s Public Works Department…

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  • Phuket NewsSnatch-and-go robbers grab gold | Thaiger

    Snatch-and-go robbers grab gold

    PHUKET TOWN: Two men on a red Honda Dream snatched a gold chain from a woman’s neck on Thursday as she rode a motorcycle with her husband. The couple, Jian Boontiem, 68 and his wife Kiat Saetan, 68, told police they had been shopping at the market on Ranong Rd and were returning along Soi Phuton about 9 am when…

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  • Phuket NewsPhuket slated for ban on firearms | Thaiger

    Phuket slated for ban on firearms

    BANGKOK (The Nation): Police will slap a sweeping ban on firearm carrying in Phuket under a plan to strengthen security and orderliness in the island, the national police chief said today. Only police in uniforms will be permitted to carry firearms under the plan, the time frame for implementation of which has yet to be worked out, said Pol Gen…

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  • Phuket NewsGoods valued at B2m netted in Rawai raid | Thaiger

    Goods valued at B2m netted in Rawai raid

    RAWAI: Marine police today raided the 2nd Hand shop on Wiset Rd and seized boat parts they estimate to be worth more than two million baht. Officers raided the store after being tipped-off by an informant, who stands to receive a reward of 30% of the value of the goods determined by Customs. Officers asked shop owner Kaewta Brickley to…

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  • Phuket NewsTransport office silence prompts legal threats | Thaiger

    Transport office silence prompts legal threats

    PHUKET: A private company hoping to set up the island’s first metered taxi service announced today that it plans to sue the Phuket Provincial Public Transportation Office (PPTO) for failing to reply to its request to register a vehicle. Tawatchai Meeniam, managing director of Phuket Metered Taxi Service Co, said, “We contacted the office 15 days ago about registering our…

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  • Phuket NewsPM expected to launch “Seven Wonders’ | Thaiger

    PM expected to launch “Seven Wonders’

    PHUKET TOWN: The “Seven Wonders of Phuket” project, which aims to attract tourists to Phuket Town, gained momentum today with the news that Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra might open the first Sunday of festivities on April 7. The announcement, made by Phuket Town Mayor Phummisak Hongsyok at a press conference, comes before three private companies – Kantana, JSL and All…

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  • Phuket NewsWatchdogs rap Thaksin for media fiasco | Thaiger

    Watchdogs rap Thaksin for media fiasco

    PHUKET (AFP & Gazette reporters): In an address to the Phuket Reporters Club last night, Governor CEO Pongpayome Vasaputi declared his support for freedom of expression in the press. Reporters are not obligated to write only good things about government, he said, noting that criticisms were both “normal” and expected. The governor received a thundering round of applause, apparently in…

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  • Phuket NewsMotorbike taxi rider shot dead | Thaiger

    Motorbike taxi rider shot dead

    PATONG: Police have launched a murder investigation after a motorcycle taxi rider was shot dead on Patong Hill last night. A blood-stained red Honda Dream and three spent shells from a 11mm pistol marked the spot on the Bonsai Curve on Phra Barami Rd to which police were called at 1:35 am. At Wachira Phuket Hospital an autopsy on the…

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  • Phuket NewsU.S. senator dismayed by Thai government | Thaiger

    U.S. senator dismayed by Thai government

    WASHINGTON (AFP): U.S. Senator Jesse Helms on Monday slammed the Thai government’s move to expel two reporters, warning that their deportation could cause Washington to rethink its aid to Thailand. “The Thai government’s decision to expel an American journalist and one from Great Britain is the most recent move toward authoritarianism in Thailand,” said Helms, the ranking Republican on the…

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  • Phuket NewsMotorcycle deaths halved | Thaiger

    Motorcycle deaths halved

    PHUKET: Nine people died in traffic accidents between December 20 and January 20, according to the latest statistics from the Wachira, Thalang and Patong government hospitals. The figures show a sharp decline in road deaths over previous years. In 1999-2000 and again in 2000-2001, 18 were killed in accidents during the same December-January period. In all three years, all of…

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  • Phuket NewsPhuket to get German consulate | Thaiger

    Phuket to get German consulate

    PHUKET: The German government is to open a representative office in Phuket Town on April 1, to deal with passport and visa applications and to assist German nationals with legal and health issues. Dirk Naumann will act as representative of the German Embassy for Southern Thailand while awaiting his formal appointment as honorary consul, at which time the office will…

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  • Phuket NewsPolice order story off worldwide web | Thaiger

    Police order story off worldwide web

    BANGKOK (AFP): Thai police have today ordered The Economist magazine to take its controversial Thailand survey off its website, where it was made available for free after being barred from (hard-copy) distribution here. The Economist’s circulation director for Asia, Peter Bakker, said the company decided to put the 14-page survey on the website to serve readers and subscribers in Thailand…

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  • Phuket NewsEconomist magazine in trouble | Thaiger

    Economist magazine in trouble

    BANGKOK (AFP): The latest edition of the Economist magazine is likely to be banned in Thailand over an article that referred to the monarchy, police said yesterday. “It’s highly likely that the authorities will impose a ban on the sale or distribution of the magazine here,” a Special Branch police source said. A police review found that a 14-page survey…

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  • Phuket NewsYellow boxes to help police | Thaiger

    Yellow boxes to help police

    PHUKET TOWN: Ten yellow boxes will be placed in public areas around Phuket Town to allow people to provide written feedback to the police, including tip-offs, suggestions and criticism. The idea for the yellow boxes came from a focus group of 10 people from various walks of life, which was set up by police to evaluate police actions. In a…

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  • Phuket NewsWarning over dengue fever | Thaiger

    Warning over dengue fever

    PHUKET: The Phuket Provincial Health Office (PPHO) has advised people to take precautions to protect themselves against dengue fever. The warning came after statistics showed a rise in the number of dengue cases in January and February, compared with the same period last year. Dr Wanchai Sattayawutthipong, Chief of the PPHO, told the Gazette, “This year, there seems to be…

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  • Phuket NewsPhuket to be lab for English experiment | Thaiger

    Phuket to be lab for English experiment

    PHUKET: On a visit to Phuket’s schools yesterday, Education Minister Suwit Khunkitti announced that Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra wants to see Thais, particularly those in Phuket, speaking English as well as Singaporeans do. Phuket will be the first province to receive support in the government’s policy to improve English skills across the country, K. Suwit said. “We want to develop…

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  • Phuket NewsCall for entries for tourism awards | Thaiger

    Call for entries for tourism awards

    PHUKET: The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is inviting applications for the 4th Thailand Tourism Awards, to be presented in every region of the country on World Tourism Day on September 27. The program was set up in 1996 by the TAT with the aim of improving administrative and service quality in the industry, and to support sustainable tourism. Trophies…

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  • Phuket NewsPrison stuffed with drug offenders | Thaiger

    Prison stuffed with drug offenders

    PHUKET TOWN: Statistics released by the Phuket Provincial Prison this week show that more than half of the prison population consists of narcotics offenders or those awaiting trial on drug-related charges. Among the 1,180 prisoners, 506 men and 109 women are in for narcotics offenses. Pol Col Paween Pongsirin, Superintendent of the Phuket Town Police Station, told the Gazette today,…

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  • Phuket NewsPollsters intimidated by government | Thaiger

    Pollsters intimidated by government

    BANGKOK (AFP): A Thai polling organisation accused the government of intimidation this morning, saying police and military swooped on its offices and seized documents after its most recent survey showed flagging support for Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. “Special Branch police came here yesterday and warned us that we should inform them in advance both before conducting new surveys and releasing…

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