Month: September 2004

  • Phuket NewsPhyathai revival to cost around B800m | Thaiger

    Phyathai revival to cost around B800m

    PHUKET CITY: An estimated 800 million baht will be needed to renovate the abandoned Phyathai Hospital and open it as an annex of Wachira Phuket Hospital, Wachira Phuket director Dr Jessada Chungpaibultatana said today.Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra gave the go-ahead for the refurbishment plans – put forward by Governor Udomsak Usawarangkura – during his visit to Phuket on August 25…

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  • Phuket NewsGambling stays top of arrests league table | Thaiger

    Gambling stays top of arrests league table

    PHUKET: In September gambling was once again the crime for which more people were arrested than any other, according to the latest crime statistics from the Phuket Provincial Police.A total of 166 people were arrested for gambing between September 1 and 25, 28 more than during the same period last year.There were 62 arrests for possession and/or use of illegal…

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  • Phuket NewsWarning on fireworks during festival | Thaiger

    Warning on fireworks during festival

    PHUKET CITY: Government and law enforcement officials have warned the public to refrain from using large firecrackers and other explosive devices during the annual Phuket Vegetarian Festival, which starts October 14. Phuket City Police Superintendent Pol Col Paween Pongsirin warned that anyone using dangerous fireworks would be prosecuted. Only low-charge, ceremonial firecrackers in strips will be permitted, he said. Col…

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  • Phuket NewsTough measures cut road deaths | Thaiger

    Tough measures cut road deaths

    PHUKET: Measures taken to reduce the number of fatalities on Phuket’s roads appear to have been a success, with just seven people being killed in road accidents on the island in five weeks, compared with the “normal” average of 10-15 a month.Metha Mekarat, Chief of the Phuket Office of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (ODPM), said the reduction was due to…

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  • Phuket NewsSeized Boonkeng land returned to state | Thaiger

    Seized Boonkeng land returned to state

    BANGKOK: Four plots of land seized from businessman Boonkeng Srisansuchart in June were yesterday handed over to the Agricultural Land Reform Office (ALRO) by the Anti Money Laundering Office (AMLO) in Bangkok.AMLO confiscated the land – off the bypass road around Panturat Hill – after the Phuket Appeal Court ruled that K. Boonkeng had wrongfully obtained it.AMLO Deputy Secretary Pol…

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  • Thailand NewsThe demon seed | Thaiger

    The demon seed

    NONG KHAI: An elderly man turned himself in to Srivilai District police on the morning of September 4 and shocked officers by confessing to the August 20 murder of his own son. Kane Manorat, 70, left the monkhood after seven years to protect his family from his 38-year-old son Boonpeng, a glue-sniffing addict from the age of 15, whose sick…

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  • Phuket NewsGov fires new salvo at high-flying investigators | Thaiger

    Gov fires new salvo at high-flying investigators

    PHUKET CITY: Phuket Governor Udomsak Usawarangkura today enlarged on his tough criticism of the investigation team from Bangkok, led by Crime Suppression Division (CSD) Chief Pol Maj Gen Kosin Hintao, who inspected land plots on Phuket, Koh Racha and Koh Hei on Wednesday last week.“The police just stayed in their helicopter and pointed at developments on beautiful plots of land…

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  • Phuket NewsPongsaklek title defense called off | Thaiger

    Pongsaklek title defense called off

    PHUKET CITY: WBC world flyweight champion Pongsaklek Wonjongkam’s October 8 title defense against 15th-ranked challenger Carlos Bouchan was called off after the Mexican challenger suffered a training injury.The Asian Boxing Council (ABC), an affiliate of the WBC, has instead organized a non-title fight on the same date, featuring Pongsaklek against Randy Mangubat of the Philippines.On the same fight card, to…

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  • Phuket NewsImmigration clarifies cash requirement rule | Thaiger

    Immigration clarifies cash requirement rule

    PHUKET: Immigration checkpoints nationwide are free to enforce minimum currency requirements on foreigners entering Thailand at their own discretion, a top Immigration official confirmed on Friday.Commenting on the posting of notices at several Immigration checkpoints in the north of Thailand, Pol Col Chalermpong Vadhanasukha, Deputy Superintendent of Immigration Division 3, in Bangkok, said, “[The rule] has been in effect since…

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  • Phuket NewsHuge jump in tourist arrivals | Thaiger

    Huge jump in tourist arrivals

    PHUKET: The number of visitors arriving at Phuket International Airport in the year to date is up by 27% on the figure for the same period last year, astonishing and delighting tourism bosses.The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Phuket office had predicted that the number of passengers – foreign and Thai – arriving in Phuket would increase by 10% this…

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  • Phuket NewsJeab murder case lodged with court | Thaiger

    Jeab murder case lodged with court

    PATTAYA: The Provincial Court in Pattaya has renewed bail for Sam Van Treeck, the 24-year-old Belgian man accused of murdering Phuket-based divemaster Chompoonut “Jeab” Kobram, 23.Van Treeck’s bail was renewed on Monday (September 20), the same day as the police submitted their case to the court.K. Jeab was found dead on June 25 in Van Treeck’s apartment in Pattaya. She…

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  • Phuket NewsJudgment day for Daeng the dog

    Judgment day for Daeng the dog

    PHUKET CITY: In a judgment worthy of Solomon, the Chief of the Phuket Provincial Livestock Department (PPLO) today defused a nasty dispute over custodianship of a dog being held at the infamous Middle Road Dog Pound. His solution: the dog should decide.Trouble erupted at the pound on Tuesday night when Margot Homburg Park of the Soi Dog Foundation attempted to…

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  • Phuket NewsGrumbling Patong closes earlier | Thaiger

    Grumbling Patong closes earlier

    PATONG: More than 200 entertainment places in Patong are closing earlier, in the wake of a new order from the Interior Ministry. The order means that many venues that previously could stay open until 2 am now have to close at 1 am, and in some cases, midnight, although the closing time on New Year’s Eve will, as before, be…

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  • Phuket NewsPalad moves up a rank | Thaiger

    Palad moves up a rank

    PHUKET TOWN: Phuket’s Chief Administrative Officer Visawa Sasismith has moved up one rank in the Thai bureaucracy, being promoted to the position of acting Deputy Governor of Trang province. The appointment is effective October 1, 2004. K. Visawa was one of 32 government officers assigned to serve as acting deputy governors in the latest Interior Ministry reshuffle. No replacement Chief…

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  • Phuket NewsInvestigators to urge govt to seize Samsara | Thaiger

    Investigators to urge govt to seize Samsara

    PHUKET: The Crime Suppression Division (CSD) will propose that the government seize the land on which the Samsara development is being built after “proving clearly” that it is state land.The proposal will be put before the Committee on State Land at its next meeting on Monday (September 27). The committee is chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Gen Thammarak Issarangkul na…

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  • Phuket NewsEight-year tax holiday for IT companies | Thaiger

    Eight-year tax holiday for IT companies

    PHUKET: A new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by the Software Industry Promotion Agency (Sipa) and the Board of Investment (BoI) exempts IT companies from company tax for eight years, and enables them to import IT products and services duty-free. The MOU, signed on August 24 by Sipa President Dr Manoo Ordeedolchest and BoI Secretary General Somphong Wanapha, is designed…

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  • Phuket NewsTycoon arrested again over Samsara land

    Tycoon arrested again over Samsara land

    PATONG: Chamnan “Daeng” Pachantabutr, former owner of the land on which the Samsara luxury property development is being built, was arrested this morning at his home in Patong.Chamnan is one of the owners of the Phuket Cabana Resort and of the Kan Eang restaurants in Chalong.Leading the arrest party were the Chief of the Crime Suppression Police, Pol Maj Gen…

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  • Phuket NewsTransvestite performer drinks himself to death | Thaiger

    Transvestite performer drinks himself to death

    PATONG: Well-known transvestite performer “Nok Cabaret Show” drank himself to death in a rented room above the Twilight Pub on September 18, police say.The 44-year-old performer, whose real name was Jamnien Neuaha of Nakhon Ratchasima, had been employed by the My Way Bar on Soi Paradise, but lost his job about three months ago. After that, he rented a room…

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  • Phuket NewsFairground developers answer critics

    Fairground developers answer critics

    RAWAI: The would-be developers of a controversial British-style “fun fair” on seven rai of seaside land in Rawai expect to hear soon whether the project will be approved and are defending the idea in the face of criticism that it is inappropriate for Phuket. Steve Rutter and his wife Sharon, of Manchester, England, plan to create a small fairground for…

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  • Phuket NewsAirAsia to sell tickets at Tesco | Thaiger

    AirAsia to sell tickets at Tesco

    PHUKET CITY: From Phuket to Kuala Lumpur via Tesco-Lotus will become possible from September 28, when Thai AirAsia opens a ticket booth inside the Tesco-Lotus store, off the bypass road.The low-cost airline started selling tickets through five Tesco-Lotus branches in Bangkok on September 16 and plans to extend its sales network to include Tesco stores in Chiang Mai, Haad Yai…

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  • Phuket NewsSenior police in annual reshuffle | Thaiger

    Senior police in annual reshuffle

    PHUKET: Senior police officers from four Phuket police stations have been promoted, with effect from October 1. Two other officers will be moving to take up posts in other stations in the same rank.Pol Lt Gen Somsak Buppasuwan, Surat Thani-based commander of Police Region 8 has announced the promotions and transfers of a total of 27 police officers from Region…

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  • Thailand NewsCut and run | Thaiger

    Cut and run

    CHONBURI: In the latest incident involving a philandering lover, a jealous girlfriend and a sharp knife, a young man from Petchaboon province awoke on the morning of September 4 to find to find a very private part lying in a pool of blood on the floor next to his bed. The victim, identified as 20-year-old Amnart Pinkratok, was rushed to…

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  • Phuket NewsWBC champ to defend title in Phuket

    WBC champ to defend title in Phuket

    KARON: WBC world flyweight boxing champion Pongsaklek Wonjongkam will defend his title during the 42nd Annual WBC Convention, to be hosted by the Phuket Arcadia Hilton Hotel October 4-9.The fight will take place on October 8 in Karon, though a precise venue has yet to be decided.According to the popular website, Pongsaklek’s opponent will be 15th-ranked Carlos Bouchan of…

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  • Phuket NewsPost Office to increase fees | Thaiger

    Post Office to increase fees

    PHUKET: The Thai Post Office will increase the fees for its express mail service (EMS) and for registered mail within Thailand, with effect from Monday. Visal Pongtiwattanakul, the Postmaster of Phuket Post Office, told the Gazette that it has been four years since postal fees have been increased, despite rises in Post Office costs. However, he said, the changes also…

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  • Phuket NewsNew Zealander dies in smash | Thaiger

    New Zealander dies in smash

    KARON: Terence Wayne Garnett, 41, from New Zealand, died when his motorbike collided with a six-wheel truck outside Karon Municipality offices on Patak Rd early on Thursday morning.Mr Garnett, originally of Palmerston, arrived in Phuket on August 17 for a three-month stay.He was wearing a crash helmet when his motorbike collided with the truck at about 1:30 am, but he…

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  • Phuket NewsAirport Immigration gets more officers | Thaiger

    Airport Immigration gets more officers

    MAI KHAO: Phuket Governor Udomsak Usawarangkura visited Phuket International Airport yesterday to meet 15 new Immigration Police officers recruited for the start of the high season next month, in response to complaints of long waiting times in the arrival hall.Journalists were told that the airport usually has 15 Immigration Police officers, but that authorities had decided that this was not…

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  • Phuket NewsPhuket bids to host F1 power boat races | Thaiger

    Phuket bids to host F1 power boat races

    PHUKET: The island is hoping to host a round of next year’s international UIM F1 Powerboat Grand Prix circuit, the world’s premier inshore power boat racing championship. Governor Udomsak Usawarangkura told the Gazette that he had already met with F1’s Vice President for Marketing, Giancarlo Tschuor from Switzerland, and that a tentative agreement had been reached to stage the Phuket…

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  • Phuket NewsPhuket to press PM for underpasses

    Phuket to press PM for underpasses

    PHUKET CITY: Vice-Governor Pongpow Ketthong yesterday confirmed that the Phuket Provincial government will continue to pursue the budget required to build two underpasses along the bypass road.“Phuket needs the underpasses,” he told a meeting at Provincial Hall.V/Gov Pongpow’s comments follow the rejection by Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra during his recent visit to Phuket of an 800-million-baht budget request for the…

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  • Phuket NewsCabinet to see duty-free zone plan next month | Thaiger

    Cabinet to see duty-free zone plan next month

    PHUKET: The Customs Department is to present plans to set up a duty-free zone in Phuket to the Cabinet next month.Six companies have expressed an interest in running the zone, which would sell duty-free or reduced-duty goods to tourists.The news came after a meeting yesterday at the governor’s mansion, chaired by the Chief of Customs in Phuket, Surachart Janthawatcharagorn, and…

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  • Phuket NewsGas blast damages nine homes

    Gas blast damages nine homes

    WICHIT: A gas explosion yesterday evening wrecked a house in Jomthong Thani housing estate on Kwang Rd and damaged roofs and interiors in eight other houses nearby. Luckily, no one was killed or injured.Pol Maj Yongyuth Krongmalai, of Phuket City Police station, told the Gazette that investigating officers believe gas leaked into the single-story house after the pipe from an LPG…

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  • Phuket NewsAirAsia launches Singapore route with 7.80-baht fare | Thaiger

    AirAsia launches Singapore route with 7.80-baht fare

    PHUKET CITY: Thai AirAsia yesterday launched a promotion for flights on its new Singapore-Phuket route by offering 3,000 one-way seats at just 7.80 baht each. The fares do not include airport tax and other fees. Ticket purchases must be made online at between September 15 and 30 for flights starting on November 5. Once the low-fare tickets are sold out,…

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  • Phuket NewsEx-Governor to run Korat | Thaiger

    Ex-Governor to run Korat

    BANGKOK: Pongpayome Vasaputi, the former governor of Phuket, will take up the post of Governor of Nakhon Ratchasima (also known as Korat) in October. He will replace Soonthorn Riwreang.The announcement was made yesterday at a meeting of the Cabinet in Bangkok, during which Prime Minister Thaksin Shinnawatra approved transfers of senior government officers.K. Pongpayome is currently the Director-General of the…

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  • Phuket NewsNew lease on life for Lucky Complex?

    New lease on life for Lucky Complex?

    PHUKET CITY: The Phuket Provincial Administration Organization (OrBorJor) has agreed to issue a concession for private company Phamonkij Witsavakram (PW) to refurbish the abandoned Lucky Complex at Saphan Hin and run it as a duty-free plaza for 25 years.OrBorJor President Anchalee Vanich-Thepabutr made the announcement on September 13.However, the agreement is contingent on several key factors, including Customs Department approval…

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  • Phuket NewsPlea for fairness in “spa wars’ | Thaiger

    Plea for fairness in “spa wars’

    PHUKET CITY: The Chairman of the Phuket Spa Business Club (PSBC) has called for spas to work together to train staff rather than poaching employees from one another.Pakin Raktae-Ngam said that poaching was not a problem within the club. But club members, and other smaller spas that are not members, were having problems with spas belonging to large chains, which…

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  • Thailand NewsA very rich diet | Thaiger

    A very rich diet

    PHAYAO: Doctors performing emergency abdominal surgery were dumbfounded when they found more than two kilograms of coins and other objects inside the patient’s gut. Sanguan, 37, was taken to Phayao Hospital by relatives after complaining of severe stomach pain on August 31. Doctors knew something was amiss when they looked at X-ray images of Sanguan’s stomach – it looked like…

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  • Phuket NewsWisut to stand for Thai Rak Thai | Thaiger

    Wisut to stand for Thai Rak Thai

    PHUKET: Wisut Santikul, former Vice-President of the Phuket Provincial Administration Organization (OrBorJor), will stand in next February’s general election as a Thai Rak Thai (TRT) candidate, he and the party confirmed yesterday.K. Wisut, who stood as an independent in the OrBorJor elections in March, but lost to Democrat-backed Anchalee Vanich-Thepabutr, will contest District 2 – all of the island except…

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  • Phuket NewsTourism roadshow makes its mark | Thaiger

    Tourism roadshow makes its mark

    PHUKET: Almost 2,000 Malaysians have decided to celebrate the end of Hari Raya/Ramadan by visiting Phuket, after seeing a promotional roadshow organized by the local office of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).Around 30 TAT staff, members of the Phuket Tourism Association and industry representatives from Phang Nga and Krabi took the “Thailand – Southern Paradise Roadshow” on a lightning…

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