Year: 2005

  • Phuket NewsMan found dead in rubber plantation | Thaiger

    Man found dead in rubber plantation

    KATHU: The badly decomposed body of a man was found yesterday morning in a Kathu rubber plantation.Pol Lt Prathung Pholmana, Duty Officer of Kathu Police Station, told the Gazette that he received a phone call from locals saying that they had discovered a male corpse in the Tung Tong area near Patong Hill.Police found the body under a tree but…

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  • Phuket NewsIsland has water to last until mid-March | Thaiger

    Island has water to last until mid-March

    PHUKET: Despite almost daily rain over the past few months, Phuket’s principal water supply source is still only about half full.With the rainy season drawing to a close, Isara Anukul, Chief of the Water Allocation Division of the Phuket Irrigation Office (PIO), told the Gazette yesterday that the Bang Wad Reservoir in Kathu currently has 3.28 million cubic meters in…

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  • Phuket NewsVice-Governor’s home burgled | Thaiger

    Vice-Governor’s home burgled

    PHUKET CITY: Police have few leads in their investigation of the burglary on Tuesday of Phuket Vice-Governor Niran Kalayanamit’s official residence on Kamnan Rd.Phuket City Police Superintendent Pol Col Nos Avettalekha today confirmed to the Gazette that K. Niran’s house had been broken into while the island’s senior Vice-Governor was in Bangkok attending a meeting on preparations for next month’s…

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  • Phuket NewsLast minute rush of entries for memorial contest | Thaiger

    Last minute rush of entries for memorial contest

    BANGKOK: The final week for registration of competitors for the Tsunami Memorial Design Competition has seen a flood of new entries.By November 15, the deadline for registration, 679 contestants from 49 countries had signed up for the competition, a leap of 130 from the previous week.The US topped the list with 151 registrants, followed by Thailand (134), Japan (43), Germany…

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  • Phuket NewsPhuket still high in HIV/Aids rankings | Thaiger

    Phuket still high in HIV/Aids rankings

    PHUKET: The island has the fifth-highest reported number of people infected with HIV in the Thailand, and the second-highest in the South, according to the Phuket Provincial Health Office (PPHO).Eam-on Kittitornkul, Chief of the Aids Division at the PPHO, said that, at the last count, there were 3,729 known cases in the province: a substantial increase from the roughly 2,000…

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  • Phuket NewsPM’s Office announces ‘Andaman Grand Sale’ | Thaiger

    PM’s Office announces ‘Andaman Grand Sale’

    PHUKET CITY: In order to aid in the region’s post-tsunami economic recovery, the government has announced a special “Andaman Grand Sale” to take place in Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi from December 27, 2005 to January 28, 2006. Chaiyapak Siriwat, Chief Advisor to the Prime Minister, announced the campaign at a press conference at the Royal Phuket City Hotel late…

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  • Phuket NewsTennis tournament axed: lack of funds | Thaiger

    Tennis tournament axed: lack of funds

    PHUKET: A one-day international women’s tennis tournament, set to feature such tennis superstars as Serena Williams and Lindsay Davenport playing at the Saphan Hin municipal tennis courts on New Year’s Day, has been canceled due to lack of funding. Chaiyapak Siriwat, Vice-President of the National Olympic Committee of Thailand, made the announcement at a press conference on upcoming tsunami anniversary…

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  • Thailand NewsPolice hunt porn panty perv | Thaiger

    Police hunt porn panty perv

    CHON BURI: Police are on the lookout for a pervert who has been breaking into the unattended homes of young women in order to indulge in some rather messy fantasies. The most recent break-in was reported on October 31 by Kedchadarat Thepchaiphum, 22, a resident of Tambon Sattahip. K. Kedchadarat told the Sattahip Police that she left home at 7:30…

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  • Thailand NewsThe perils of not wishing to be idle | Thaiger

    The perils of not wishing to be idle

    RASSADA: Nhu Pakjaroong, 59, whose surname means “stop and relax”, was the sort of woman who refused to stay idle, said acquaintances. Rather than sit at home and look after her grandchildren, the resident of Soi Namchai in Tambon Rassada Moo 1 invited two friends to go out and scavenge the neighborhood for saleable junk. That, as it turned out,…

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    Disgraced tycoon Boonkeng shot in Bangkok

    BANGKOK (Phuket Gazette/Kom Chad Luek): Disgraced businessman Boonkeng Srisansuchart, evicted in 2004 from land in the Panturat Hills along the bypass road, was wounded in a gun attack in Bangkok on Saturday morning.An associate of his, Nimit Pokaphol, a former civil servant in the Phuket Provincial Land Office (PPLO), was killed in the attack by a round from a .22…

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  • Phuket NewsIndonesian property giant buys 123 rai at Bang Tao | Thaiger

    Indonesian property giant buys 123 rai at Bang Tao

    BANG TAO: A 123-rai plot of land next to the beach at the northern end of Bang Tao Bay has been sold by Hongkong & Shanghai Hotels (HSH) to Indonesian property giant PT Jakarta Setiabudi Internasional Tbk (JSI).JSI bought the land through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Cayman Islands-based Durham Holdings, for just under 865 million baht – about 7 million baht…

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  • Phuket NewsBlues festival program announced | Thaiger

    Blues festival program announced

    KARON: The organizers of the Phuket International Blues Festival have announced the program for the event, which will be hosted by the Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa on December 16 and 17.The festival will be officially opened by Phuket Governor Udomsak Uswarangkura at 6:25 pm, with the first band, Blue On Blue from Bangkok, taking the stage five minutes…

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  • Phuket NewsAlcohol sale rules tightened | Thaiger

    Alcohol sale rules tightened

    PHUKET: The hours when alcohol may be sold in shops and supermarkets are to be shortened with effect from January 1, 2006, the Phuket Provincial Excise Office has announced, after receiving orders from Minister of Finance Thanong Bidaya.From New Year’s Day, sales of alcohol in retail outlets will be allowed only between 11 am and 2 pm, and between 5…

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  • Phuket NewsMonorail proposal to be aired | Thaiger

    Monorail proposal to be aired

    PHUKET: A proposal to build a passenger monorail system in Phuket will undergo its first public hearing in February. The aim of the hearing is to allow discussion between those likely to be affected by the project and the consultancies responsible for the planning and routing of the monorail.The proposed system would provide a route between the airport and Phuket…

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  • Phuket NewsMinimum daily wage may rise by B3 | Thaiger

    Minimum daily wage may rise by B3

    PHUKET: Phuket’s minimum daily wage, currently 178 baht, could rise to 181 baht, matching Bangkok, if the Phuket Provincial Labor Committee gets its way.At a meeting yesterday, the committee – which comprises five provincial officials, five employers and five employees – approved the three-baht increase in principle.Suthep Therdkiatkajorn, an official with the Phuket Provincial Labor Office, said that the proposal…

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  • Phuket NewsDeadline set for Laguna triathlon registration | Thaiger

    Deadline set for Laguna triathlon registration

    CHERNG TALAY: The number of participants registered for this year’s Thai Airways International Laguna Phuket Triathlon on December 4, has far exceeded expectations. As a result the organizers have announced that registration for both the individual and the team relay events will close on Friday, November 18 at 5 pm. They warned that no entries received after that deadline will…

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  • Phuket NewsMore work ordered on tsunami aid theft case | Thaiger

    More work ordered on tsunami aid theft case

    PHUKET: Orders for police to conduct further investigations into the disappearance of 2.05 million baht of tsunami aid money from Phuket Provincial Hall nine months ago have finally arrived in Phuket.The Special Public Prosecutor in the Phuket State Attorney’s Office, Bantoon Thongtan, told the Gazette yesterday that he had just received, from the Regional Director of Prosecutions in Surat Thani,…

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  • Phuket NewsFree concert to feature top Japanese acts | Thaiger

    Free concert to feature top Japanese acts

    PHUKET: In a bid to lure more Japanese visitors to Phuket this high season, “Sawasdee Phuket”, a free concert to be held in Patong on Saturday, November 19, will feature singers famous in Japan.The concert is scheduled to take place from 5 pm to 1 am at the soccer field on Thaweewong Rd.Performers will include Ai Kawasaki, Ryota Mitsunaha, Asuka…

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  • Phuket NewsLow response to free tsunami trip offer | Thaiger

    Low response to free tsunami trip offer

    PHUKET: The government had expected some 10,000 relatives of tsunami victims to take advantage of its offer of free flights and a one-night stay for the tsunami anniversary commemoration ceremonies. In the event, only 400 people have signed up so far. The Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Region 4, Suwalai Pinpradab, told the Gazette that the government has…

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  • Phuket NewsAdditional tsunami anniversary events announced | Thaiger

    Additional tsunami anniversary events announced

    PHUKET: The provincial government has announced more of its schedule for the upcoming tsunami anniversary, which is to run from December 24 to January 21.December 26: 10 am-11 am: simultaneous memorial ceremonies to take place at Patong Beach, Kamala Beach and Mai Khao Cemetery. Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, along with members of the Thai government and VIP guests, will lay…

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  • Phuket News

    Dutchman rams gunmen into power pole

    PHUKET (Gazette, Kom Chad Luek): A Dutchman turned the tables on two men who allegedly fired a gun at him as he drove his pickup along Chao Fa West Rd yesterday morning, chasing them down and ramming their motorbike into a power pole.One of the two men was killed, the other seriously injured.Pol Lt Col Jessada Sangsuree of the Chalong…

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  • Phuket NewsDog pound to have December grand opening | Thaiger

    Dog pound to have December grand opening

    PHUKET: Sunart Wongchawalit, Chief of the Phuket Provincial Livestock Office, has told the Gazette that, rather than closing down the controversial Mid Road Dog Shelter in Thalang, it is to have a grand opening in December.At a meeting on August 31, Governor Udomsak Uswarangkura stated that a decision would be reached by the end of September whether or not to…

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    Fatal crash on Kata Hill

    KATA: One motorcycle rider was killed and several motorists were injured when a water truck careened into traffic and overturned by Ban Kata School on Kata Hill, at around 2 pm on November 10.The K-Tech construction company lorry collided with two cars and a motorcycle, trapping the bike and its rider, Kittipong Aiyarak, under it. The injured man was rushed…

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  • Phuket News432 entrants so far for tsunami memorial contest | Thaiger

    432 entrants so far for tsunami memorial contest

    BANGKOK: An astonishing 432 entrants from 44 countries have registered so far for Thailand’s Tsunami Memorial Design Competition. Registration closes next Tuesday (November 15). The aim of the competition is to gather conceptual designs for building a memorial at Khao Lak that will be “appropriate and interactive” and “serve as a permanent tribute” to those who lost their lives in…

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  • Phuket NewsRed tape mix-up stalls tsunami aid theft case | Thaiger

    Red tape mix-up stalls tsunami aid theft case

    PHUKET: Nine months after 2.05 million baht in tsunami aid money went missing from a strongbox at Phuket Provincial Hall, the investigation into the theft has apparently stalled temporarily due to poor communication between the police and the regional court now in charge of the case. The Region 8 Prosecutor’s Office in Surat Thani says it approved a request by…

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  • Phuket NewsSurin Beach gets facelift, Nai Yang muddles on | Thaiger

    Surin Beach gets facelift, Nai Yang muddles on

    PHUKET: In an effort to beautify the Surin and Nai Yang beach fronts for the high season, 100 police volunteers and three local government officials helped to clear the illegal stalls at both beaches yesterday.Cherng Talay OrBorTor (Tambon Administration Organization) Chief Administative Officer Suwat Pakobporn explained to the Gazette that it is provincial government policy to remove illegal stalls and…

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  • Phuket NewsCall for stricter building law enforcement | Thaiger

    Call for stricter building law enforcement

    PHUKET: Provincial government officials and the Phuket Real Estate Club today made a joint call for stricter enforcement of building regulations to be applied across the island.At the weekly meeting of the heads of provincial government offices at Phuket Provincial Hall this morning, Chaloerm Rakmak of the provincial office of the Department of Public Works and Town & Country Planning,…

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  • Phuket NewsTour of Siam draws 150 top cyclists | Thaiger

    Tour of Siam draws 150 top cyclists

    PHUKET: Twenty-six teams have confirmed that they will compete in the 870-kilometer Bangkok-to-Phuket Tour of Siam 2006 bicycle race, to be held from January 15 to January 21. The event is being organized by the Union Cycliste Internationale and the Asia Cycling Federation. More than 150 international entrants are to participate, from South Africa, Australia, Denmark, Japan, USA, Singapore, the…

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    Tourist complaints spark zoo check

    PHUKET: Phuket Governor Udomsak Uswarangkura inspected the Phuket Zoo on Friday after receiving written complaints from about 10 tourists about the maltreatment of animals and the quality of water in pools there.The Thailand Zoological Park Organization (TZPO), the Tourism Authority of Thailand and a number of NGOs have also received similar complaints about the private zoo, which opened in 1997.The…

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  • Phuket NewsAward for Phuket from vegetarian mag | Thaiger

    Award for Phuket from vegetarian mag

    SAN FRANCISCO: Phuket during the Vegetarian Festival has been named as one of the “10 Best Veg Destinations in the World” by the San-Francisco-based VegNews magazine.In its third annual Veggie Awards, the magazine also singles out places, tours or events in Morocco, Italy, the UK, Mexico, Kenya, Maine in the US, the US Virgin Islands, Hawaii and Costa Rica.Of the…

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  • Phuket NewsTop Condé Nast award for Phuket | Thaiger

    Top Condé Nast award for Phuket

    NEW YORK CITY: Phuket Island has received the “Top Island in Asia 2005” award from New York-based Condé Nast Traveler magazine in its 18th annual Readers’ Choice Award. Bangkok won the “Best Asian City” award.Suwalai Pinpradab, Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Phuket Office said, “We sent representatives from Thailand to the event. It is the first time Phuket…

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    Four nabbed in B50m heroin bust

    PHUKET: Three foreign men and a Thai woman were arrested yesterday on charges of attempting to smuggle 40 kilograms of heroin out of Thailand in a yacht.The arrests are understood to be the culmination of a four-month international operation involving police from Thailand, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Norway and the US.Narcotics Suppression Bureau (NSB) Deputy Commissioner Pol Maj…

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  • Phuket NewsNation V event “a huge success’ | Thaiger

    Nation V event “a huge success’

    KARON: Nearly 2,000 people, mostly from Thailand, Singapore, Japan and the US, joined the first day and night of Asia’s largest gay and lesbian party, the three-day Nation V, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel yesterday.The event features nine parties, each with a different theme, with 18 DJs from Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, the USA, Malaysia and Australia manning the turntables.Events…

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  • Phuket NewsClinton praises Tilly the heroine | Thaiger

    Clinton praises Tilly the heroine

    NEW YORK: The 10-year-old British schoolgirl whose prompt action saved an estimated 100 lives on Phuket last December 26 has been praised by former US President Bill Clinton.Tilly Smith was welcomed at UN headquarters in New York on November 3 by staff of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, a Geneva-based UN agency that is trying to educate people worldwide…

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  • Cannabis NewsGambling tops arrest statistics again | Thaiger

    Gambling tops arrest statistics again

    PHUKET: September statistics released by Phuket Provincial Police show that gambling again topped the list, with 137 people arrested for the offense. Twenty-two cases involved the sale of underground lottery numbers.Four murders were reported during the month with two cases solved, resulting in the arrests of two people. One case of attempted murder was also solved, leading to the arrests…

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  • Phuket News19 die on Phuket roads in September | Thaiger

    19 die on Phuket roads in September

    PHUKET: Official figures from Ruampaet and Phuket International private hospitals and Wachira Phuket, Thalang and Patong government hospitals show that 19 people died on Phuket’s roads in September – seven more than in August.Eighteen people died in motorcycle crashes and one was killed in a car crash, whereas in August, 11 died in motorcycle collisions and one in a car…

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  • Phuket NewsTsunami ceremonies program unveiled | Thaiger

    Tsunami ceremonies program unveiled

    PHUKET: Beach locations in Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi have been chosen for the holding of official tsunami anniversary commemoration ceremonies on the morning of December 26. Thailand is offering free flights and accommodation for two nights to relatives of those who died or went missing in the tsunami, and to those who were injured in the tsunami, so that…

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