Month: April 2006

  • Phuket NewsEasing of 80-meter rule back on the agenda | Thaiger

    Easing of 80-meter rule back on the agenda

    PHUKET: The Provincial Natural Resources and Environment Office (PNREO) has proposed changes to the current law limiting the height of construction in Phuket to no higher than 80 meters above sea level.A five-year ban on building above 80 meters was enforced in 1997 as a way of preventing landslides. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) extended the ban…

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  • Phuket NewsFrench tourist dies in fall from rocks | Thaiger

    French tourist dies in fall from rocks

    NAI HARN: A French tourist died on Wednesday morning after he apparently slipped while climbing rocks at Nai Harn Beach, plunging onto submerged rocks below.Chalong Police Inspector Pol Lt Col Chockchai Sutthimek identified the victim as Gregory Eric Muguet, 34. The accident occurred after the victim went out for a morning walk and swim with his mother, Col Chockchai said.…

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  • Phuket NewsSongkran aim: no more than 4 road deaths | Thaiger

    Songkran aim: no more than 4 road deaths

    PHUKET: As in previous years, the province will set up police checkpoints around the island during the Songkran Holiday period in a bid to keep road deaths and injuries to a minimum. At a conference at Phuket Provincial Hall on Monday, members of the media were each handed a 24-page stack of documents prepared by the Phuket Office for Disaster…

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  • Phuket News

    Democrats see Thaksin ‘resignation’ as a ploy

    PHUKET: The island’s Democrats have announced that they will boycott new elections called for April 23 because they are not satisfied with Caretaker Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s pledge not to accept the post of Prime Minister in the next Parliament.In a dramatic speech broadcast live last night by all TV channels, the PM announced that he would not be Prime…

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  • Phuket NewsNew poll called for April 23 | Thaiger

    New poll called for April 23

    PHUKET: Voters are to go to the polls once more on April 23 after Phuket’s two Thai Rak Thai Party (TRT) candidates, running unopposed, failed to get elected to Parliament on April 2.Dr Sriyada Palimapan, running for office in District 1, which covers Phuket City and the surrounding area, garnered a total of 11,910 votes, far outweighed by the 41,903…

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  • Cannabis NewsAll bets are off as gambling tops arrests stats again | Thaiger

    All bets are off as gambling tops arrests stats again

    PHUKET: Gambling, with 162 arrests made between March 1 and 25, has again topped the monthly arrests statistics, the Phuket Provincial Police announced today. Of these, 25 people were arrested for being involved in the sale of illegal lottery tickets.There were three cases of murder – including that of Preecha “Ko Noi” Kraitas (see also page 1). Three arrests made,…

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  • Phuket NewsPreecha assassin still at large | Thaiger

    Preecha assassin still at large

    PHUKET CITY: The hunt continues for Samrerng Klaising, the gunman wanted for assassinating prominent Phuket businessman Preecha “Ko Noi” Kraitas, but so far without result.However, Phuket Provincial Police Commander Pol Maj Gen Decha Budnampeth said yesterday that police are making progress in their investigation.Samrerng, originally from Petchaburi Province, and his driver in the shooting, whom police have yet to name,…

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  • Phuket NewsFishermen refer marina row to human rights body | Thaiger

    Fishermen refer marina row to human rights body

    PA KHLOK: The Fishermen’s Association in Moo 6, Pa Khlok, which staged a protest at Provincial Hall and lodged a formal complaint over the construction of the Ao Por Marina on March 16, has applied for advice from the Human Rights Commission as to what rights it has in defending its members’ livelihoods.Rattanaporn Jaengjaidee, an adviser to the association, told…

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  • Phuket NewsRain staves off water shortage – again | Thaiger

    Rain staves off water shortage – again

    PHUKET: The heavy downpours late last month boosted Phuket’s water reserves in Bang Wad Reservoir to 2.7 million cubic meters – enough to last until mid-June, Watchara Arepornsiri, Project Director at Phuket Irrigation Office, has told the Gazette.“The amount of water in Bang Wad Reservoir has risen to 2.7 million cubic meters, and we should have no problems because we…

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  • Phuket NewsPatong gets environmental certification | Thaiger

    Patong gets environmental certification

    PATONG: Despite being embroiled in a brouhaha over whether it correctly handled Initial Environmental Examinations for the Villa Santi project, Patong Municipality has received ISO 14001 certification from the International Standards Organization, one of only 20 municipalities in Thailand to achieve this, and the first one in the South.Ironically, the ISO 14000 family of standards, according to the ISO, exists…

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  • Phuket News

    Thai Rak Thai flops in Phuket poll

    SAPHAN HIN: Thai Rak Thai Party (TRT) candidate Dr Sriyada Palimapan has failed in her bid to be elected Member of Parliament for Phuket District 1.In District 2, counting of votes from two polling stations has yet to be completed, but the unofficial tally so far indicates that Wisut Santikul, also of the TRT, has also failed to get elected.Dr…

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  • Phuket News

    Blaze blackens Jammin’ Pub

    PHUKET CITY: Fire broke out in the popular Jammin’ nightclub early this morning, causing damage estimated at between 2 million and 3 million baht. No one was hurt in the blaze.Co-owner Mel Purdue told the Gazette this afternoon, “It would appear not to have done too much structural damage. Unfortunately it was the DJ pit, and it looks like [the…

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  • Phuket NewsDisqualifications leave Sriyada to run unopposed | Thaiger

    Disqualifications leave Sriyada to run unopposed

    PHUKET CITY: The Supreme Court has upheld the disqualification of two of the three parliamentary candidates for Phuket Electoral District 1, which includes Phuket City and its surrounds.This leaves Dr Sriyada Palimapan of Thai Rak Thai (TRT) as the sole candidate, the Phuket Election Commission (PEC) has announced. PEC Director Kittipong Thiengkunagrit told the Gazette that the Supreme Court on…

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  • Phuket NewsSpa trots out “best’ detox treatment | Thaiger

    Spa trots out “best’ detox treatment

    PHUKET: A consortium of international investors known as the Gastro Group has announced a 1.5-billion-baht investment in what is being billed as the world’s first “detoxotel” – a 150-room facility specializing in state-of-the-art detoxification treatments.Construction of the facility, which will be on a 15-rai site coastal site, the location of which is currently being kept secret, is scheduled to get…

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