Month: September 2003

  • Phuket NewsMan arrested in VCD raid | Thaiger

    Man arrested in VCD raid

    KATHU: After complaining that it was frequently difficult to arrest sellers of fake goods, officials yesterday finally scored with the arrest of a man and the seizure of 8,040 VCDs with a street value of 800,000 baht. Tharadol Thongruang, Deputy Director of the Phuket Commercial Affairs Office, told the Gazette that PCAO and Tungtong Police officers raided a shop in…

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  • Thailand NewsDrunk with noose cooks own goose | Thaiger

    Drunk with noose cooks own goose

    TRANG: One can cheat death for only so long, as residents of tambon Kok Lor in Trang province learned recently when an elderly villager hanged himself “accidentally on purpose” while drunk. The “accidental” suicide occurred on August 16, when 76-year-old Sian Ninlata suspended a rope from a roof beam, placed his head in the noose and stumbled around drunk on…

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  • Thailand NewsWhy love’s a blast | Thaiger

    Why love’s a blast

    KAMPHAENG PHET: They say you’re never too old to fall in love. But if that’s true, then it must follow that you’re never too old to blow away a romantic rival with a shotgun in a fit of jealous rage, either. When 73-year-old land owner Samraan Imsuwat rented out a piece of land to 71-year-old Nou See-uso to cultivate jasmine…

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  • Thailand NewsMurder 101: lessons in killing | Thaiger

    Murder 101: lessons in killing

    PHITSANULOKE: Region 6 police apprehended three members of a five-man gang in Phitsanuloke province who shot and killed at least three people and injured several others in at least 10 shooting incidents in Phichit and Phitsanuloke provinces. Among their victims were teachers, military personnel, secondary school students and even a little girl. In confessing to the shootings, the suspects –…

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  • Phuket NewsOfficials monitor Singapore Sars case | Thaiger

    Officials monitor Singapore Sars case

    PHUKET: Officials are monitoring the progress of a new case of Sars in Singapore in case precautionary measures again become necessary for direct flights from the island-nation to Phuket. A 27-year-old post-graduate student in Singapore has contracted the virus and 25 other people who had been in contact with him have been quarantined. While the case brought back memories of…

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  • Phuket NewsMotorcycle theft gang nabbed | Thaiger

    Motorcycle theft gang nabbed

    PHUKET TOWN : Police have cracked a gang involved in stealing motorcycles over the past several months with the arrest of seven young men and a young woman early today. Announcing the arrests this afternoon, Pol Col Paween Pongsirin, Superintendent of Phuket Town Police Station, expressed frustration with the legal system. “Because of the softness of the punishment these days,…

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  • Phuket NewsOne-year stay financial threshold to double | Thaiger

    One-year stay financial threshold to double

    BANGKOK: A high-ranking official in the Immigration Bureau in Bangkok has confirmed that the minimum financial requirements for any foreign man wishing to apply for a one-year permit to stay on the basis of being married to a Thai will double from July 10 next year. Currently, a foreign man married to a Thai woman may obtain a one-year permit…

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  • Phuket NewsPhuket gets set for Vegetarian Festival | Thaiger

    Phuket gets set for Vegetarian Festival

    PHUKET TOWN: Governor CEO Pongpayome Vasaputi chaired a planning meeting today for the Phuket Vegetarian Festival, which will run from September 25 to October 5. “We invite everyone from near and far to participate,” the Governor said. Prasert Fakthongphon, President of the Phuket Shrine Club, said, “We’d like to preserve this ancient tradition. If we don’t help to preserve it,…

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  • Phuket NewsProtesters seek power for the people | Thaiger

    Protesters seek power for the people

    PHUKET TOWN: More than 200 villagers protested today at Phuket Provincial Hall about the lack of adequate electric power for their homes in a small community off Chao Fa East Rd in Chalong. About 1,000 people live in 570 dwellings at Kok Tanode, also known as Chalermprakiat, without permanent electricity, Governor CEO Pongpayome Vasaputi was told when he met a…

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  • Phuket News

    10 Indonesian fishermen nabbed

    AO MAKHAM: Ten Indonesian fishermen are being held at Phuket Provincial Prison after being arrested on Saturday night for fishing illegally in Thai waters. The two fishing boats the men were crewing were seized after being intercepted by two patrol craft from the Third Fleet, Royal Thai Navy, about 30 kilometers from Koh Racha Yai. Thai fishermen alerted authorities to…

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  • Phuket NewsStolen coral seized but gang flees | Thaiger

    Stolen coral seized but gang flees

    RAWAI: More than 400 pieces of stolen coral were returned to the sea today after police interrupted a gang transferring it from a boat to land on Saturday night. Marine Police were given a tip-off that the gang would be landing their contraband at Rawai at 10 pm. When the officers arrived, they saw four people moving the coral to…

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  • Phuket NewsDolphin, whale die on beaches | Thaiger

    Dolphin, whale die on beaches

    PHUKET: Monsoon storms are probably to blame for the deaths of a young dolphin found on Mai Khao Beach and a whale found at Koh Racha Yai. The 1.7-meter spinner dolphin was discovered by staff of the JW Marriott Phuket Resort and Spa at 4 pm yesterday. Supot Chantrapornsyl, Marine Biologist at the Phuket Marine Biology Center, told the Gazette…

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  • Phuket NewsPhuket to get new police chief | Thaiger

    Phuket to get new police chief

    PHUKET: Phuket Provincial Police Commander Maj Gen Kongpol Suwannaraks has been promoted to Assistant Commissioner of Police Region 8, based in Surat Thani, with effect from October 1. Gen Kongpol’s promotion was one of 202 police promotions and transfers recently approved by the Cabinet as part of the annual reshuffling of government employees. Gen Kongpol told the Gazette that he…

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  • Phuket News

    Finance Minister has high hopes for growth

    CHERNG TALAY: Suchart Jaovisidha, Thailand’s Minister of Finance, today annnounced that he expects steady economic growth in the Asian region for the rest of the year. “We are pleased that, despite a weak international environment due in part to the Sars outbreak and the war in Iraq, which affected the first half of the year, we expect the region to…

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  • Phuket NewsChanote title project underway soon | Thaiger

    Chanote title project underway soon

    PHUKET TOWN: As part of a national campaign to standardize land ownership titles, people who have property deeds other than Chanote have been asked to contact the Phuket Provincial Land Office (PPLO). Thailand’s Land Department is currently undertaking a survey of the entire country and, starting in the 2004-2005 budget year, will launch a drive to upgrade all land papers…

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  • Phuket News

    Thaksin vows to end “evil’ in Thailand

    PHUKET TOWN: Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said yesterday that he would bring an end to “evil” in Thailand through the government’s current campaign against “dark influences”. Speaking at a top-level meeting focused on crushing Thailand’s “dark influences” and drug problems, PM Thaksin said, “I will bring an end to the evil.” He added, “[Currently] 35% of all businesses [in Thailand]…

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  • Phuket NewsPM praises Phuket to Apec ministers | Thaiger

    PM praises Phuket to Apec ministers

    PHUKET: Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra praised Phuket in his keynote address to delegates attending the opening session of the 10th Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Finance Ministers’ Meeting today. “Apart from attending this Apec meeting, I hope you will also have the opportunity to experience some Thai culture and the astounding beauty of Phuket, Thailand’s largest and most renowned island,”…

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  • Phuket News

    New Governor CEO lists priorities

    PHUKET TOWN: Developing Phuket further as an attractive destination for tourists and solving the island’s chronic shortage of water are two top priorities, the Governor CEO-in-waiting, Udomsak Usawarangkura, told his first media conference yesterday. K. Udomsak, who will take over from Pongpayome Vasaputi on October 1, said the controlled expansion of Phuket Town was a third vital concern. The Department…

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  • Phuket NewsAmerican, 61, found dead in Karon | Thaiger

    American, 61, found dead in Karon

    KARON: Police are searching for a Thai woman who may be able to throw light on the circumstances surrounding the death of 61-year-old American citizen David Lee Dilley, whose body was found yesterday. The woman, Nanthira Srimuang, from Ubon Ratchathani province, has not been seen since Mr Dilley’s body was discovered at the couple’s rented house on Patak Rd, Karon,…

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  • Phuket NewsThaksin arrives for Apec meeting | Thaiger

    Thaksin arrives for Apec meeting

    PHUKET: Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra arrived in Phuket late this afternoon, direct from Brunei, to preside over tomorrow’s opening ceremonies of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Finance Ministers’ Meeting at the Sheraton Grande Laguna Phuket. This evening the Prime Minister is due to meet with governors and senior police officers from the 14 southern provinces. The meeting, at the…

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  • Phuket NewsLand activist denies Apec protest rumors | Thaiger

    Land activist denies Apec protest rumors

    PHUKET TOWN: Land rights activist Uthai Suksirisamphan has strongly denied rumors that he would lead farmers holding SorPorKor 4-01 land papers in an anti-government demonstration during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) meetings currently being held in Phuket. Speaking at a press conference at his Phanthep Land and House Co offices on Mae Luan Rd yesterday morning, K. Uthai confirmed that…

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  • Phuket NewsFake goods raids continue | Thaiger

    Fake goods raids continue

    PATONG: Two fake goods vendors were caught and imitation brand-name goods with a street value of 1 million baht were seized in raids last night, Tharadol Thongruang, Deputy Director of Phuket Commercial Affairs Office, told the Gazette today. The 1,000 items seized included fake Levi, Lacoste, Calvin Klein, Camel and Polo brands. One vendor selling fake goods on Soi Bangla…

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  • Phuket NewsDramatic drop in motorcycle mayhem | Thaiger

    Dramatic drop in motorcycle mayhem

    PHUKET: An increased police presence on Phuket’s roads has been credited for a dramatic drop in the usual motorcycle mayhem during the July-August period. Nine people died in motorcycle incidents between July 20 and August 20 – well down on the 14 deaths during the preceding period and a huge drop on the 26 motorcycle deaths in April-May. Ampaipan Pawawattananusorn,…

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  • Phuket NewsHRH the Crown Prince to visit Phuket | Thaiger

    HRH the Crown Prince to visit Phuket

    PHUKET TOWN: HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn will visit Phuket later this month to officiate at the opening ceremony of the new Phuket Provincial Court building. On September 12 at 5 pm His Royal Highness will lay a foundation stone and unveil a plaque to officially open the building.

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  • Phuket NewsDeadbeat vehicle owners urged to pay taxes | Thaiger

    Deadbeat vehicle owners urged to pay taxes

    PHUKET: The Chief of the Phuket Land Transportation Office (PLTO) has reported that his office is owed a staggering 141 million baht in overdue vehicle tax, more than half of it due from motorcycle owners. PLTO Chief Prasit Amrapal revealed the numbers at the regular Governor’s press conference at the Phuket Provincial Public Health Office yesterday, and urged those in…

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  • Phuket NewsOmbudsman “works for all’ | Thaiger

    Ombudsman “works for all’

    PHUKET TOWN: Anyone in Thailand – including foreigners living here or visiting the country – may take complaints of malfeasance by government officials to the Ombudsman, a seminar was told today. Pramote Chotimongkol, General Secretary to the Ombudsman, said, “Whenever action or inaction by government employees causes harm, damage or injustice to an individual or to the general public, the…

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  • Phuket News

    Police nab four highwaymen

    PHUKET TOWN: Officers arrested four men from a gang of seven who have been terrorizing people on motorbikes on roads in Kathu and Phuket Town for the past two months, threatening their victims with long “Sparta” blades. Pol Col Paween Pongsirin, Superintendent of Phuket Town Police Station, said today at a press conference that since July police had received no…

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  • Phuket NewsTambon elections go smoothly | Thaiger

    Tambon elections go smoothly

    PHUKET: Elections for 12 of Phuket’s 13 Tambon Administration Organizations OrBorTor ran smoothly on Saturday with a voter turnout of 62.67% and no evidence of vote-buying or cheating, according to Prapa Kayee, President of the Phuket Election Committee. Karon had the best turnout at 84.82% of voters, she told the Gazette, while Rassada had the lowest, with 47.42%. She said…

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