Month: January 2003

  • Phuket NewsPhuket people vow to battle drugs

    Phuket people vow to battle drugs

    PHUKET TOWN: About 3,500 people gathered this morning at the Provincial Hall on Narisorn Rd and pledged to help eradicate illegal drugs on Phuket. At a mass ceremony starting at 9 am, people from all walks of life, including students, community leaders, members of clubs and associations and owners of entertainment venues, vowed not to become involved with drugs and…

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  • Phuket NewsBrit nabbed for theft of B245,000 ring | Thaiger

    Brit nabbed for theft of B245,000 ring

    PHUKET TOWN: Thomas James Wynn, 36, from Liverpool, England, was arrested today and charged with theft after allegedly stealing a quarter-million-baht diamond ring from Pornthep Gems on Montri Rd this morning. The shop’s owner, Thanongsak Sakasamekit, said that Wynn came into his shop and asked to see diamond rings with him. “I let my wife take care of him. He…

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  • Phuket NewsIndian Deputy PM to visit Phuket | Thaiger

    Indian Deputy PM to visit Phuket

    PHUKET: India’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, Lal Krishna Advani, will spend the weekend in Phuket as a guest of the Thai Government. He and his wife will fly in tomorrow with the Thai Minister of Interior, Wan Muhamad Nor Matha. In the evening they plan to go to Phuket FantaSea. On Sunday, the couple will tour Phang…

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  • Phuket NewsGov urges caution over Cambodians | Thaiger

    Gov urges caution over Cambodians

    PHUKET: Governor CEO Pongpayome Vasaputi said today that although Cambodia is a long way from Phuket, residents should be cautious following the burning and looting of the Thai embassy in Phnom Penh on Wednesday night. He added that the authorities will crack down swiftly if there is any kind of disturbance on the island in the wake of the Phnom…

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  • Thailand NewsDiamond dazzler’s winning ways | Thaiger

    Diamond dazzler’s winning ways

    CHIANG RAI: The owner of seven diamond-eyed cats has refused to sell her precious felines, despite offers as high as 35,000 baht for a kitten. The owner, 53-year-old Suk Namwong, has been breeding cats out of her small mom-and-pop store in Chiang Rai’s Muang district for 20 years. But she had never seen anything quite like Jao Yok, a regal,…

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  • Thailand NewsIn vino stupiditas | Thaiger

    In vino stupiditas

    BANGKOK: Most drunks will stop imbibing when they have spent their last baht on the devil’s brew, but not 41-year-old Kiat Sommee. Kiat was out drinking with friends one day when he ran out of cash. A bank, he reasoned, is a place where a lot of money is kept. There was only one possible course of action, so Kiat…

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  • Thailand NewsBus driver scuttled | Thaiger

    Bus driver scuttled

    BANGKOK: All the cockroach did was behave the way any cockroach is expected to behave – by scuttling about the room in an annoying fashion. Yet its perfectly normal behavior started a chain of events that resulted in one man being killed and another being arrested. Bus driver Prayad “Pui” Kwanyun, 29, came home after work on January 13 and…

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  • Phuket NewsGovernor to lead the war on drugs | Thaiger

    Governor to lead the war on drugs

    PHUKET TOWN: Governor CEO Pongpayome Vasaputi plans to devote the next three months to personally leading the fight against illegal drugs. His pledge, announced today, follows a promise by Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to obliterate the illegal drug trade in Thailand within three months, starting from February 1. At the regular meeting of senior officials at Phuket Provincial Hall this…

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  • Phuket NewsChinese New Year a blessing for hotels | Thaiger

    Chinese New Year a blessing for hotels

    PHUKET: The island’s hotels are enjoying a surge in occupancy rates with many ethnic Chinese flying in from around the region to celebrate the advent of the Year of the Goat on February 1. Phuket Town hotels are nearly full, both with Asian and Western visitors, said Napasorn Kakai, Deputy Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand Region 4 office.…

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  • Phuket NewsPolice hunt food vendor’s killer | Thaiger

    Police hunt food vendor’s killer

    PHUKET TOWN: Police believe a love triangle led to the murder of a fried sausage vendor who was found stabbed to death beside his cart on Tuesday morning. Nearby residents discovered the body of Sritanonchai Kornsopa, 30, about 8 am at Kuan Din Dang-Samkong Rd in Moo 6, Rassada. Investigating officers later determined he had been dead for about six…

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  • Phuket News“Foreigners grabbing Thai jobs’: Karon Mayor | Thaiger

    “Foreigners grabbing Thai jobs’: Karon Mayor

    KARON: The Mayor of Karon Municipality has lodged a complaint with Governor CEO Pongpayome Vasaputi that foreigners in the Karon area are “grabbing” jobs that Thais can do, and has urged the authorities to be more thorough about checking work permits and other licenses. The Mayor, Tawee Thongcham, told the Gazette that the Governor went to Karon on Saturday as…

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  • Phuket NewsPhuket Town to become Phuket City? | Thaiger

    Phuket Town to become Phuket City?

    PHUKET TOWN: Phuket Town Mayor Phummisak Hongsyok has invited a cross-section of municipal leaders to join a public hearing to discuss the town’s possible upgrade from tessaban muang (town) to tessaban nakhon (city) status. The meeting will be held from 1-4 pm on Thursday at the Thavorn Grand Plaza Hotel. K. Phummisak said the Municipality first got the go-ahead from…

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  • Cannabis NewsWar on drugs begins soon | Thaiger

    War on drugs begins soon

    PHUKET TOWN: Phuket’s part in a national plan to obliterate illegal drugs within three months will be revealed when Governor CEO Pongpayome Vasaputi speaks on the topic on Friday. Police will have drug control as part of their duties, even if they are assigned to traffic, administration or management, said Pol Lt Col Paween Pongsirin, Superintendent of Phuket Town Police…

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  • Phuket NewsPurachai aiming to cut prison population | Thaiger

    Purachai aiming to cut prison population

    PHUKET TOWN: More prisoners are likely to be freed on probation to reduce the problem of overcrowding at Phuket Provincial Prison. The announcement was made today by visiting Justice Minister Purachai Piemsomboon. “The prison in Phuket is very old,” he said. “The number of prisoners is increasing but the budget and the number of prison officers is not. “Phuket [Prison]…

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  • Phuket NewsPhuket buys more water from golf course | Thaiger

    Phuket buys more water from golf course

    KATHU: Phuket Provincial Waterworks has signed a 600-million-baht contract to buy water from MBK Properties and Development Co, owner of the supply source, a tin mine at Loch Palm Golf Course in Kathu. The agreement is intended to ensure there is sufficient water supply throughout the January-April dry season. Phuket Waterworks has estimated water demand of 3 million cubic meters…

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  • Phuket NewsBillions of Baht for Phuket | Thaiger

    Billions of Baht for Phuket

    PHUKET: Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra dealt a major blow to the Democrat Party yesterday, announcing a multi-billion-baht plan to turn Phuket into the country’s biggest economic and tourism hub over the next five years. The premier has pledged that more than 100 billion baht would be invested in the development program over the next 5-6 years. The Thai Rak Thai…

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  • Phuket NewsPolice New Year target is helmets | Thaiger

    Police New Year target is helmets

    PHUKET: Police will crack down on bad driving over Chinese New Year next weekend – especially on motorcycle riders who do not wear helmets at night. The Chinese New Year, which falls on February 1 this year, always brings an increase in traffic and accidents. Police are keen to halt the rising toll of unnecessary deaths and injuries in 2003.…

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  • Phuket NewsParties slug it out over Phuket billboards | Thaiger

    Parties slug it out over Phuket billboards

    PHUKET TOWN: Accusations are flying across the political divide in a slinging match that broke out on the eve of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s party congress in Phuket this weekend. With more than 300 Thai Rak Thai (TRT) MPs gathering from today in the heartland of the opposition Democrat Party, billboards began appearing around the island about three weeks ago,…

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  • Phuket NewsCough syrup the new menace | Thaiger

    Cough syrup the new menace

    PHUKET TOWN: Public Health Minister Sudarat Keyurapan chaired a crisis meeting in Phuket today to plan action to stem the rising misuse of cough syrup among Thailand’s young people. Among the 120 provincial officers who met at Royal Phuket City Hotel were Phuket Governor CEO Pongpayome Vasaputi, Public Health officers from the 14 southern provinces and others from as far…

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  • Phuket NewsQuake tremors rattle Phuket | Thaiger

    Quake tremors rattle Phuket

    PHUKET: Tremors from a distant earthquake caused anxiety in tall buildings in Patong and triggered a stampede to evacuate the Phuket Vocational College at Saphan Hin, Phuket Town, today. The six buildings at the college shook for almost a minute, with students running downstairs to gather outside. One student, Kittipong Jarusatorn, said later, “Someone shouted, ‘Get out of the building,…

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  • Phuket NewsIslanders win top ecotourism prize

    Islanders win top ecotourism prize

    PHANG NGA: An ecotourism strategy devised by the residents of Koh Yao Noi, off Phuket, has won a prestigious World Legacy Award, which will be presented later on today in Washington DC by Queen Noor of Jordan. The award, one of only three throughout the world for 2002, will be presented on Wednesday in the US capital to Jaranya Deangnoy,…

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  • Phuket NewsEarly-teen motorcycle thieves nabbed | Thaiger

    Early-teen motorcycle thieves nabbed

    PHUKET TOWN: A gang of eight boys, all aged about 14, were taken into custody and charged with motorcycle theft following a police raid on their hangout off Sakdidet Rd on Sunday. Police suspected the boys might responsible for a surge in motorcycle thefts in the Sakdidet Rd area when they observed the gang involved in a bustling trade in…

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  • Phuket NewsCoral reef bombers still at large | Thaiger

    Coral reef bombers still at large

    KOH LANTA: The coral on two undersea mountain reefs, blasted more than a year ago by fishermen using illegal explosives, has grown back and marine life has returned, authorities say. But the vessels that inflicted the damage have not been identified despite photographic evidence showing at least one boat in the area at the time. The diving community along the…

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  • Phuket NewsBlaze leaves seven homeless | Thaiger

    Blaze leaves seven homeless

    PHUKET TOWN: A fire in a two-story shophouse on Phuket Rd this morning caused about 2 million baht baht damage and left seven people homeless. Firefighters took 45 minutes to extinguish the blaze while officers from Phuket Town Police Station redirected traffic at the nearby intersection with Ong Sim Phai Rd. Buildings on either side of the fire sustained minor…

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  • Phuket NewsKathu Police announce “Foreign Friends” project | Thaiger

    Kathu Police announce “Foreign Friends” project

    KATHU: Region 8 Police Chief Pol Lt Gen Pichai Soontornsajabool and the Kathu Police Department have jointly announced a new project to help foreigners in the Patong area. The project name, roughly translated, is “Good Foreign Friends”. Kathu Police Superintendent Chalit Thintanee told the Gazette, “The police want to establish links with groups of long-stay tourists and business people. We…

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  • Phuket NewsMurder suspect on the run | Thaiger

    Murder suspect on the run

    PHUKET TOWN: Police are hunting for a Cambodian fisherman known only as Yao after the body of his friend, workmate and fellow countryman was found stabbed to death on board a fishing boat in the Rassada Port area yesterday. Officers arrived at the fishing vessel Sor Chanachol 444 after receiving a call at 1 pm, said Pol Capt Passakorn Sontikul…

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  • Phuket NewsPolice net 36 for bike offenses | Thaiger

    Police net 36 for bike offenses

    PHUKET TOWN: Police set up a checkpoint at 2 am on Monday on Rassada Rd and caught 36 motorcycle riders for racing or drunk-driving. Pol Col Paween Pongsirin, Superintendent of Phuket Town Police Station, said the checkpoint, near the Krung Thai Bank, resulted in the apprehension of 23 motorcycle racers on modified motorcycles and 13 people who were charged with…

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  • Phuket NewsOfficials examine traffic jam problem | Thaiger

    Officials examine traffic jam problem

    PHUKET TOWN: Residents along Chao Fa West and Chao Fa East Rds have asked local authorities to solve traffic jam problems. Busy “talat nut” markets on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays are being blamed for delays that affect local and through traffic. Wises Sabaijit, Palad of Wichit Tambon Administration Organization (OrBorTor) met residents at the weekend and said later that the…

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  • Phuket NewsMP pushes for greater unionization | Thaiger

    MP pushes for greater unionization

    PHUKET TOWN: The Chairman of Thailand’s Parliamentary Committee on Labor, Khon Kaen MP Premsak Pearyura, was in Phuket again yesterday, and once again found himself in the middle of controversy. In September last year K. Premsak hit the limelight for remarks he made at a seminar on work permits for foreigners. “Most of the foreigners [in Thailand] are small investors…

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  • Phuket NewsBusy schedule for 2nd Thaksin visit | Thaiger

    Busy schedule for 2nd Thaksin visit

    PHUKET: Phuket will be on show during the visit by Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and more than 300 Thai Rak Thai (TRT) party MPs this weekend. Governor CEO Pongpayome Vasaputi and local government officers met this morning to finalize plans for activities associated with the TRT seminar. Public Health Minister Sudarat Keyuraphan and representatives from 18 southern provinces will meet…

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  • Phuket NewsFull moon raid on Reggae Bar | Thaiger

    Full moon raid on Reggae Bar

    NAI HARN: Police raided the Reggae Bar near Nai Harn lake in the early hours of Saturday morning and charged the owner with selling alcohol after legal opening hours. Pol Lt Col Worapong Wongjom told the Gazette that about 100 people, both Thais and foreigners, were attending a full moon party there. In tests for drugs, seven people returned positive…

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  • Phuket NewsCard-trick couple “stole 100,000 baht’ | Thaiger

    Card-trick couple “stole 100,000 baht’

    PHUKET TOWN: A temporary bank employee has been arrested for using a customer’s credit card to make purchases and ATM withdrawals totaling more than 100,000 baht. The customer, Kanyarat Pitikulsathit, went to police when her statement from the Phuket branch of the Bangkok Bank included transactions she knew nothing about. On Thursday, police arrested Kriangsak Supap, 28, and his wife…

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  • Phuket NewsUrgent call for AB-negative blood | Thaiger

    Urgent call for AB-negative blood

    PHUKET TOWN: Bangkok Phuket Hospital is urgently seeking a donation of type AB-negative blood for a 25-year-old Swiss man requiring treatment after a jet-ski accident. Potential donors are asked to report to the hospital’s reception desk or to call 076-254425. The victim, Sandro Hauger, was riding a jet-ski off Patong when his brother Roger, on another jet-ski, collided with him,…

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  • Phuket NewsMeter taxis “forced to raise fares’ | Thaiger

    Meter taxis “forced to raise fares’

    PHUKET TOWN: Fares for longer trips in meter taxis have risen substantially because, the cab company says, it continues to be denied the right to pick up passengers from the airport. Patipol Prakobtan, manager of Phuket Taxi Meter Co, explained, “We have made no profit because we haven’t been granted permission to set up a booth at the airport.” The…

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  • Phuket NewsLaem Phromthep to get B20m facelift | Thaiger

    Laem Phromthep to get B20m facelift

    RAWAI: Popular tourist site Laem Phromthep will be improved by a 20-million-baht beautification project spanning seven months, it was announced yesterday. Arun Sorot, President of the Rawai Tambon Administration Organization (OrBorTor), said, “We plan to build a new car park first. It will take as many vehicles as the old one. Construction will begin in the middle of February.” In…

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  • Phuket NewsParty-trick escapee back in custody | Thaiger

    Party-trick escapee back in custody

    PHUKET TOWN: A 17-year-old motorcycle thief who escaped from the Phuket Juvenile Observation and Protection Center during a Children’s Day party last Saturday was arrested again after he stole another motorbike. A police patrol spotted the teenager, originally from Sakhon Nakhon, behaving suspiciously in Suan Luang park, off Chao Fa Rd, about 3 am yesterday. Pol Lt Col Anukul Nookate,…

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  • Phuket NewsBriton arrested in love triangle slaying | Thaiger

    Briton arrested in love triangle slaying

    PHUKET: Police arrested a British diving instructor at Phuket International Airport yesterday as he was about to flee the island on charges of strangling and stabbing his Thai girlfriend in a love-triangle murder. Police said that Mark Leighton Storey, 48, confessed he had killed his girlfriend after discovering there was another man in her life. The woman, Rattanaporn Pimkot, 30,…

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