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HRH Princess Sirindhorn opens astrophysics conference in Phuket

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HRH Princess Sirindhorn Chaired the 11th International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA) 2017 hosted at the Duangjitt Resort in Patong.

The opening ceremony was arranged for yesterday morning (November 13). A number of Phuket authorities including Phuket’s Governor, the Patong Mayor, Rawai Mayor and the Dean of Prince of Songkla University welcomed HRH Princess at the ceremony.

The IOAA was first held in Chiang Mai in 2007 to celebrate the 80th birthday of HM the Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej and the 84th birthday of HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana.

This year, the competition is held from November 12-21 and gathers about 500 high school students alongside their friends and relatives from 46 countries.

“The IOAA is an important annual activity that gives the opportunity to high school students worldwide to show their talents in the field of science. The competition gathers students as well as teachers and academicians who are studying astronomy and astrophysics from almost 50 countries and it is an honour for Thailand to be the host of this year,” said HRH Princess Sirindhorn during the opening speech.

“This is a great opportunity to make Thailand realise about the importance of this academic fields as well as making Thai people interested more about astronomy and astrophysics fields of study. This is also a chance for the students, teachers and academics to exchange their opinions and make connections.”

HRH Princess Sirindhorn later joined the Phuket Marine Biological Centre to watch the stars through telescope.

ADDITIONAL PHOTOS: Faculty of Science and Technology, Prince of Songkla University, Pattani Campus

- 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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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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