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Authorities check the smoking ban along Patong Beach

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The Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) Director General, Chatuporn Burutpat, along with his team, visited Patong Beach to follow up on the cigarette prohibition now in force on the famous tourist beach. 26 smoking spots were set up along the 3 kilometre stretch of beach by Patong Municipality last week.

The Director General and Patong Mayor, Chalermluck Kebsup, visited the area and talked with beach goers as well as business operators nearby yesterday (November 13) to check on the progress on the 90-day pilot project before the official law enforcement comes into full force on February 1, next year.

The punishment for breaking the law is 1 year of prison or/and a maximum fine of 100,000 Baht.

“From the survey today, we could see that Patong Municipality has effectively implemented the policy and we didn’t find any cigarette butts or people smoking on the beach. The law will be enforced across 24 beaches around Thailand. I think, in the near future, the Department of Disease Control will draft a law to prohibit smoking in any public space, which could possibly include all beaches,” said the Director General of DMCR.

“We’re also cooperating with True and AIS to give a notifications explaining what to do when entering the beaches in both Thai and English and to provide information about smoking areas nearby.”

- Kritsada Mueanhawong

Kritsada Mueanhawong lives the news. He chases it and delivers it, fresh everyday. Nathan Thepbamrung is a Phuket native that translates the Thai news feeds and prepares them for Phuket Gazette.

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  1. garver88

    March 3, 2018 at 10:14 am

    I have just come back from Phuket. Been there many times I have to say firat I’m happy this is happening. I myself occasionally smoke but the sight of discarded cigarette butts disgusts me. Especially in and around the beach.
    The message is not apparently getting through to everyone. I think what is needed is larger, clearer signage in various languages. Sure it will be an eyesore. But not so much as the cigarettes. Has to be zero tolerance.
    Also in the streets. Cigarette butt bins should be installed at designated areas and more litter bins around beach giving no excuses.
    I’m passionate about this as I visit Phuket regularly and want to see it a clean and beautiful as it can be.

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Pattaya: Russian on overstay, and his wife, arrested for stealing motorbike

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Pattaya Police have arrested a Russian man after stealing a motorbike from a Hungarian in the seaside party town earlier this month.

26 year old Vladimir Zhulabrev allegedly stole a motorbike belonging to retired Hungarian doctor 71 year old Gabor Tamas Pethoe while it was parked outside a condo in the Nong Prue area on June 10.

Police arrested Zhulabrev along with his Thai wife, 25 year old Parichart Ninnon, after investigation of CCTV footage showed them stealing the motorcycle. Zhulabrev, who was also found to be staying in Thailand on an expired tourist visa, tested positive for illegal drugs. He’s confessed to stealing the motorcycle and said he did so to fund his drug habit.

Zhulabrev has been charged with overstaying his visa and theft, while Ninnon has also been charged with theft. The pair remain in custody in Pattaya awaiting further legal proceedings.

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Thai PM confirms February election during visit to UK

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by Vipaporn Pooritanasarn

Thai PM General Prayut Chan-ocha has confirmed the the country will hold a general election early next year along with readiness to strengthen trade ties with England.

He’s made the statement during his visit to the UK this week. General Prayut had talks with Speaker of the House of Lords, Lord Fowler about promoting trading opportunities between the two countries through the so-called Global British policy and the Thailand 4.0 policy, with the Thai – UK Business Leadership Council playing a key role in the matter.

At the start of last week the PM alluded to the imminent coronation of HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn and possibility that a coronation event may push the deadline for an election forward. His statements to the UK media suggest he does not see the important national event impeding the roadmap of the Government to hold an election at the start of next year.

With regard to Thailand’s political situation, Gen Prayut confirmed that the general election would be held in February next year and local elections might take place three months after the general election.

The Prime Minister also had the opportunity to meet Thai people in London and thanked those who offered moral support to him. Thailand’s prime minister said he was not angry with those who oppose him, adding he came to the UK for the country’s sake.

But the General had to cut short his meeting with Thai expats due to a terror warning from security officers. The Royal Thai Embassy in London announced the warning affecting Thai people and advised them to exercise caution when returning home.

Original source HERE.

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Bangkok: 13 billion baht of drugs – up in smoke

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The Thai Food and Drug Administration is about to incinerate 6,322 kilograms of confiscated drugs. It will be a bonfire valued at around worth 13 billion baht ($395 million) to mark the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on June 26.

The big fire will be fuelled by 5,514 kilogram of methamphetamine pills, 486kg of crystal meth, 108kg of heroin, 122kg of morphine, 10kg of ecstasy and 5kg of cocaine. All the drugs have been confiscated in 7,245 narcotic cases and raids.

Wachira Umphon, director of the Substance Control Division, says that the cases relating to these drugs have all been trapped up, so the drugs used to bring about the convictions can now be destroyed.

The drug warehouse of the Food and Drug Administration office in Bangkok was open to the media on Friday to show how the drugs and substances are stored and secured.

The burning of confiscated drugs has been done for more than 40 years. Each year, almost 10 tonnes of drugs are incinerated. The drugs are destroyed in an industrial incinerator where the temperatures reach higher than 850 degrees. Food and Drug Administration say that this high temperature ensures that there are no harmful chemicals, especially carcinogenic dioxins, left airborne after the incineration process.

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