Month: July 2003

  • Phuket NewsLand for Phuket schools misused | Thaiger

    Land for Phuket schools misused

    PHUKET TOWN: Land encroachment made the top of Phuket Governor CEO Pongpayome Vasaputi’s agenda again on Tuesday, this time involving plots designated for use by government schools in Thalang. The Governor met Prasit Suebchana, Head of the Phuket Treasury Office (PTO), and representatives from the Phuket Primary Education Office (PPEO) to determine an equitable solution to the problem. The eight…

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  • Phuket NewsTAT to develop Phang Nga eco-tourism | Thaiger

    TAT to develop Phang Nga eco-tourism

    PHANG NGA: The local office of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) will expand eco-tourism in Phang Nga with a trekking and river-boating tour from Khao Ya National Park to Ratchaprapa Dam in Khao Sok National Park. Napasorn Kakai, Deputy Director of the local TAT office, made the announcement on Tuesday after returning from a meeting in Kuraburi district, Phang…

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  • Phuket NewsPhuket’s roads claim 15 more lives | Thaiger

    Phuket’s roads claim 15 more lives

    PHUKET: Fifteen people were killed on Phuket’s roads between June 20 and July 20, according to the latest statistics from the Wachira, Thalang and Patong government hospitals. Fourteen of the victims died while riding motorcycles and one was killed in a car crash, Ampaipan Pawawattananusorn of the Phuket Provincial Health Office reported. In the same period, 867 were hurt in…

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  • Phuket NewsEducation government’s greatest failure – Abhisit | Thaiger

    Education government’s greatest failure – Abhisit

    PHUKET TOWN: The current government’s education policy is hindering the country’s development, says Democrat Party Deputy Leader Abhisit Vejjajiva. Following Saturday’s meeting of three top Democrat Party leaders at the Phuket Merlin Hotel, K. Abhisit told the Gazette that he had been assigned to discuss details of the party’s education policy, an issue the opposition Democrats intend to highlight in…

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  • Phuket NewsDemocrat leader slams land probe

    Democrat leader slams land probe

    PHUKET: In Phuket to attend a meeting of Democrat Party leaders at the Phuket Merlin Hotel on Saturday, Party Leader Banyat Banthadtan told the Gazette his visit was intended to show support and encouragement for Phuket residents targeted by the government in its ongoing investigation into land rights on the island. K. Banyat said he wanted to tell those under…

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  • Phuket NewsFarmers demand justice

    Farmers demand justice

    PHUKET TOWN: More than 200 villagers gathered this morning to complain to Phuket Governer CEO Pongpayome Vasaputi about land problems. The Provincial Administration Organization building was jammed with villagers, including farmers, planters and representatives of many communities who complained that, following the SorPorKor investigation, their land had been declared as encroaching on forest preserve areas – the so-called Zone C…

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  • Phuket News“Illegal’ restaurant to be demolished

    “Illegal’ restaurant to be demolished

    KALIM: A top police general today said a well-known restaurant just north of Patong occupies SorPorKor 4-01 land, and will have to be knocked down. The commissioner of the Central Investigation Bureau, Pol Lt Gen Chatt Kuldiloke was in Phuket to check on the land investigation work done by his officers, and visited the restaurant, the Suangsawan (Sunset Point Restaurant…

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  • Phuket NewsLand probe: nine premises raided | Thaiger

    Land probe: nine premises raided

    PHUKET: Armed with warrants, officers from the Crime Suppression Division in Bangkok and police from Phuket made early-morning raids on nine premises in Phuket this morning. Pol Col Paween Pongsirin, Superintendent of Phuket Town Police Station, told the Gazette that the premises searched belonged to people suspected of being involved with fugitive land official Thawatchai Anukul in falsifying land documents.…

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  • Phuket NewsPolice seize mystery powder | Thaiger

    Police seize mystery powder

    PHUKET TOWN: Following a tip-off, police raided a house on Wichit Songkhram Rd yesterday and seized more than 200 tonnes of powdered mineral. Some 10 police officers from the Crime Suppression Division Region 5, led by Pol Col Itti Nantapruksa, Superintendent, and Pol Lt Col Karn Lekhawanich, Deputy Superintendent, raided 64/1-2 Wichit Songkhram Rd about 6:30 pm. Supanee Rojananont, Duty…

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  • Phuket NewsPolitics for all, says Purachai

    Politics for all, says Purachai

    PHUKET TOWN: Thailand’s voters had to be persuaded about the benefits of the political process locally and nationally, Deputy Prime Minister Purachai Piemsomboon said today. He was speaking to about 500 guests at a conference at The Metropole hotel in Phuket Town, with the topic Local Elections and Phuket’s Future. All people, especially the young, needed to be educated about…

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  • Phuket NewsVisa charges: Correction | Thaiger

    Visa charges: Correction

    PHUKET: Due to wrong information supplied to us by the Immigration Department in Bangkok, the Gazette story detailing new visa charges to be imposed contained an error in the date on which the new charges will come into force. The correct date, as supplied to us by the Phuket Provincial Immigration Office, is August 26 this year. All other information…

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  • Phuket NewsDates set for Vegetarian Festival | Thaiger

    Dates set for Vegetarian Festival

    PHUKET: This year’s Phuket Vegetarian Festival is scheduled to take place from September 25 to October 5, with the Speaker of the Thai Parliament, Uthai Pimjaichon, presiding over events. Officials have issued a warning that last year’s crackdown on fireworks and illegal weapons will be repeated, along with checks on health standards and sanitation at roadside food stalls. Details of…

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  • Phuket NewsSorPorKor probe is unjust – farmers

    SorPorKor probe is unjust – farmers

    PHUKET TOWN: Irritated and scared by the ongoing land title investigation, some 200 farmers holding SorPorKor 4-01 land papers assembled at the Phuket Provincial Hall this morning after hearing a rumor that Deputy Minister of Agriculture Newin Chidchob would be there. Prayad Poombua, 59, who farms eight rai of SorPorKor land in Chalong, told the Gazette that he and the…

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  • Phuket NewsVisa hikes “no threat to tourism’ | Thaiger

    Visa hikes “no threat to tourism’

    PHUKET TOWN: The tourism industry will be able to absorb increased visa rates and still lift visitor numbers, according to spokespeople for tour operators and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). Napasorn Kakai, Deputy Director of the local TAT, told the Gazette that any negative effects would be short-term and would end once tour operators absorbed the cost in their…

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  • Phuket NewsTalks on new bus terminal | Thaiger

    Talks on new bus terminal

    PHUKET TOWN: The cramped and dingy inter-provincial bus terminal on Phang Nga Rd is likely to make way soon for a more modern, spacious station in a different location. Provinical Transportation Office (PPTO) Chief Prasit Amarapal told the Gazette today that alternatives were being considered with interested parties scheduled to meet Vice-Governor Winai Buapradit within weeks to discuss the change.…

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  • Phuket NewsLuxury liner returns to Phuket | Thaiger

    Luxury liner returns to Phuket

    CAPE PANWA: The luxury liner SuperStar Virgo returned yesterday to dock at Phuket’s deep sea port at Cape Panwa, a sign that the Sars scare is well and truly history. “The SuperStar Virgo has been in Perth for the past three months because of the Sars outbreak,” said Chutiman Topanyaruang, General Manager of Star Cruises, which owns the ship. “However,…

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  • Phuket NewsPhuket prepares to be ICT city | Thaiger

    Phuket prepares to be ICT city

    PHUKET TOWN: Phuket Governor CEO Pongpayome Vasaputi today presided over a seminar to prepare provincial administrators for the island’s imminent transformation into Thailand’s first high-tech hub, under the Information Technology and Communications (ICT) Ministry’s “ICT City Project”. The seminar, organized by the Phuket Provincial Administration Organization (OrBorJor) and held at the Royal Phuket City Hotel, was attended by more than…

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  • Thailand NewsMay I take your bags, sir? | Thaiger

    May I take your bags, sir?

    PATHUM THANI: The Phuket tourism industry, long hampered by the difficulty of finding English-speaking staff, will be glad to know that help is now on the way – straight from the slammer. Inmates at a prison in Pathum Thani are now being offered three-month English language courses to help them prepare for life on the outside, said a senior official…

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  • Thailand NewsJust an udder criminal | Thaiger

    Just an udder criminal

    CHIANG MAI: Preecha Chintakessakarn, 19, was finding it tough making ends meet. His family was poor, his wife was unemployed and he couldn’t even afford milk for his two-month-old baby. Out of necessity he turned to crime, and decided to rob the local Foremost dairy warehouse to find fresh milk for his little darling. In the early hours of July…

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  • Thailand NewsExplanation lacks ring of truth | Thaiger

    Explanation lacks ring of truth

    YASOTHORN: After being arrested, a mobile phone thief told the officers that he stole the phones so that he would be sent to jail – the only way he could think of to get away from his hen-pecking wife. Niwatanachai Plaesaeng, a mechanic, confessed to stealing phones from customers who had left them in their cars. The young thief explained…

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  • Phuket NewsLimo drivers win victory over “black’ taxis | Thaiger

    Limo drivers win victory over “black’ taxis

    MAI KHAO: Limousine drivers at the airport went back to work at 5 pm today after receiving a written assurance that “black” taxis will be barred from the airport and car park except in certain specific circumstances. The assurance, from the Provincial Government, stated that black taxi drivers will be allowed to drop passengers at the airport but will not…

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  • Phuket NewsNew three-digit lottery plan in place

    New three-digit lottery plan in place

    PHUKET TOWN: Lottery agents were given registration details today in preparation for the new government lottery that will begin August 1 and which is aimed at subverting the popular underground lottery in which punters choose just three numbers. Each of 100 lottery agents in Phuket may have up to 50 lottery salespeople, and agencies and dealers will have to provide…

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  • Phuket NewsStrong winds expected to continue | Thaiger

    Strong winds expected to continue

    PHUKET: A government weatherman has warned that the high winds caused in Phuket by typhoon Imbudo are likely to continue for a few more days as the storm system moves slowly west across the South China Sea in the direction of Hainan island, China. Tawat Tantham-Nu, Director of the Southwestern Regional Meteorological Center, predicted that heavy gusts of wind, similar…

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  • Phuket NewsFugitive land officer arrested in Ranong

    Fugitive land officer arrested in Ranong

    RANONG (Kom Chad Luek): Fugitive land official Bunchoo Limraksasin was arrested yesterday evening in Ranong province after returning from the Andaman Club hotel and casino on Koh Son, Burma, where, police said, he had been hiding since last Friday. Bunchoo is the second wanted land official to be caught, following the arrest of Uru Thipthep on July 13. A third,…

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  • Phuket NewsHuge increase in visa fees next year | Thaiger

    Huge increase in visa fees next year

    PHUKET: Starting January 1 next year, visa fees across the board will be increased dramatically, the Immigration Bureau in Bangkok confirmed today. The new visa fees will be: • Transit visa, single entry, 800 baht (currently 200 baht). • Tourist visa, single entry, 1,000 baht (currently 300 baht). • Non-immigrant visa, single entry, 2,000 baht (500 baht). • Non-immigrant visa,…

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  • Phuket NewsMinimum wages for foreigners hiked | Thaiger

    Minimum wages for foreigners hiked

    PHUKET: Companies have until July 10 next year to increase to new minimum rates the wages of foreign employees on one-year permits to stay, Pol Capt Krissarat Nuesen of the Phuket Provincial Immigration Office, told the Gazette yesterday.The new minimum monthly wage rates, which vary according to nationality, will be:• Japanese, Americans and Canadians: 60,000 baht (currently 40,000 baht).• Europeans…

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  • Phuket NewsDrivers strike in protest of “black’ taxis

    Drivers strike in protest of “black’ taxis

    MAI KHAO: Limousine drivers at Phuket International Airport went on strike this morning to pressure the provincial government into controlling freelance “black” taxis. The limousine drivers said that over the past six months they had sent letters to everyone from Governor CEO Pongpayome Vasaputi to Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, pleading with them to control the black taxis, which were taking…

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  • Phuket NewsOfficials inspect flooded thoroughfare

    Officials inspect flooded thoroughfare

    THALANG: Local government officials today rolled up their pants and inspected flooding on the island’s main artery, Thepkrasattri Rd, that was as much as 30 cm deep in places. Thalang District Chief Kanthee Silapa, Phuket Provincial Highways Office (PPHO) Chief Visute Maiwattana and local tambon leaders waded down the middle of the south-bound carriageway, past flooded houses and a gas…

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  • Phuket NewsFugitive land officials “in the South’ | Thaiger

    Fugitive land officials “in the South’

    BANGKOK (Kom Chad Luek/The Nation): Pol Maj Gen Pansiri Prapawat, Deputy Commissioner for General Investigation, has revealed that police believe two fugitive former land officials are hiding somewhere in the South. The two wanted men are Bunchoo Limraksasin, formerly an officer in the Kathu District Land Office who was subsequently posted to Ubon Ratchathani, and Thawatchai Anukul, former chief registrar…

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  • Phuket NewsDam funding approved “in principle’ | Thaiger

    Dam funding approved “in principle’

    PHUKET: Rapid development of Phuket in the past few years has resulted in the island’s current water supply problems, Irrigation Project Director Watchara Arepornsiri said today. Deputy Interior Minister Pracha Maleenond and his team were in Phuket on Friday to meet with Provincial Waterworks Authority (PWA) governor Wanchai Kuprasert and officials of the Phuket Provincial Irrigation Office to discuss ways…

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  • Phuket NewsTourist-speak training for police | Thaiger

    Tourist-speak training for police

    PHUKET TOWN: Island police are undergoing a brief course aimed at giving them the basics of tourist-speak in English and Japanese and advice on how to deal with other practical issues involving visitors. The Deputy Commander of Phuket Provincial Police, Pol Col Apirak Hongtong, told a seminar of 200 officers at the ST Plaza Hotel in Phuket Town today that…

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  • Phuket NewsDiplomats praise island tourism | Thaiger

    Diplomats praise island tourism

    KARON: Bangkok-based diplomats representing 20 Asian and European countries have completed a tour of Phuket and Samui that was designed to promote tourism to the islands following the Sars scare. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) organized the study tour for ambassadors, consuls and their spouses between July 18 and 20. The party of…

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  • Phuket NewsAnother year’s work on historical documents | Thaiger

    Another year’s work on historical documents

    TRANG: More than two years after they were discovered by workers fixing the roof at the Phuket Provincial Hall, four stacks of documents dating back as far as 80 years ago are now being classified in an ongoing project by the National Archives Office in Trang. The documents have been grouped into 300 different categories and thousands of sub-headings. All…

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  • Phuket NewsThey’re back! Tourist numbers double in June | Thaiger

    They’re back! Tourist numbers double in June

    PHUKET: The latest figures on arrivals and departures at Phuket International Airport indicate that people are beginning to travel again in substantial numbers. The total of international passengers landing and leaving the island increased by 133% in June compared to May. June saw 602 international flights come and go, carrying 74,354 people, compared to the previous month when 31,806 people…

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  • Phuket NewsNo more free water – Mayor | Thaiger

    No more free water – Mayor

    PHUKET TOWN: Reacting to the land investigators’ comments about ownership of tin mines, the Mayor of Phuket Town has warned that an end is approaching to the city’s free ride on the tin mines for water. “We’ve been doing a good deed for the city for quite some time,” Mayor Phummisak Hongsyok told the Gazette yesterday. “Now we have to…

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  • Phuket NewsRaids bring third land scandal arrest | Thaiger

    Raids bring third land scandal arrest

    BANGKOK (Kom Chad Luek): Police arrested Panthong Na Ranong, a former consultant of the New Aspiration Party (Kwamwangmai), during raids on Bangkok properties in Huay Khwang and Phra Khanong yesterday. Panthong, who was charged with conspiracy to falsify documents, was the third person arrested in investigations concerning fake land titles in Phuket. He was taken to the Crime Suppression Division…

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  • Phuket NewsPhuket joins Portland in municipal project | Thaiger

    Phuket joins Portland in municipal project

    PHUKET TOWN: Phuket Town officials will work together with counterparts from the city of Portland, Oregon, over the next two years in an effort to improve the city through mutual cooperation and an exchange of urban management expertise. The project, which is part of the International City/County Management Association’s CityLinks Program, will also include Chiang Mai and Khon Kaen municipalities.…

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