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Gov flames MNRE for lack of environmental protection

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PHUKET: Citing examples of deforestation and encroachment across the island, Phuket Governor Niran Kalayanamit yesterday criticized the Phuket office of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) for failing to report any encroachment or make arrests, despite evidence that encroachment was continuing in some areas.

At the monthly meeting of the Phuket Provincial Security Committee at Phuket Provincial Hall, Gov Niran urged all agencies to step up the fight against illegal occupation and use of government land, and to improve efforts to protect national forest, conservation land and other natural resources from exploitation.

The Phuket Provincial Forestry Office reported that 26 illegally felled logs were seized from protected forest land in the Nakkerd Hills and there was evidence of continued destruction of mangrove forest along the banks of the Bang Chee Lao and Tha Chin canals in Rassada.

No suspects have been apprehended.

Noting that such encroachment is often organized and paid for by influential investors, Gov Niran ordered the Phuket MNRE office to seek assistance from the provincial administration’s environmental protection unit if they found themselves incapable of fulfilling their duties on their own.

However, Paitoon Panchaiyaphum, chief of the Marine and Coastal Resource Conservation Center Region 4 Office in Phuket, reported that Phuket’s marine and coastal resources were receiving adequate protection by his agency.

The center had received good co-operation from the dive industry and tourism-related businesses in helping to carry out monitoring, he said

The office dispatches patrol boats 15 days a month to prevent fishing within the three-kilometer exclusion zone and other illegal activities, K. Paiboon said.

The agency is also working to create artificial reefs and minimize damage to coral reefs by installing moorings at dive sites so dive boats won’t need to anchor, he said.



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Police hunting for driver in hit and run – Patong

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Patong Friday, January 18, 2.06am – Police are trying to locate the driver of this hit and run silver sedan in Patong. If you have any information please contact the Tourist Police or Patong Police – 1155 or 191 (Thai)

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PHUKETWARNING: Extreme graphic contentPatong Friday, January 18, 2.06am – Police are trying to locate the driver of this hit and run silver sedan in Patong. If you have any information please contact the Tourist Police or Patong Police – 1155 or 191 (Thai)VIDEO: Newshawk Phuket

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UPDATE: Response to Rabies zone in Chalong

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‘Following the earlier reported rabies incident in Chalong, the Soi Dog Foundation yesterday (Friday, January 18) teamed up with The DLD and Chalong OBT to carry out vaccinations in the area the infected dog was discovered.

Jointly, the team was successful in vaccinating 128 dogs in a swift response to what is hoped to be an isolated case.

Working alongside the Chalong OBT and DLD, they carried out a door-to-door exercise, alerting local residents of the specific area in order to perform precautionary vaccinations of their pets, as well as street dogs in the vicinity.

Soi Dog Foundation, along with the Chalong Public Health Representative and DLD Representative, Dr.Suthat, are keen to urge the public that this is not an outbreak and are hopeful that it is an isolated incident.

However, as a further measure to ensure this remains as such, the team will continue with the rabies vaccination program on Monday, January 21.’

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Police searching for the killer after shooting near Saphan Hin

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A Thai man has been shot dead near Saphan Hin in eastern Phuket earlier today. The arrest warrant has already been issued for the suspect.

The Wichit Police were notified of the incident on Rattanakosin 200 pi Road near Saphan Hin at 3.40am this morning.

Police and rescue workers arrived to find the body of 30 year old Teerasak Saeong from Phuket covered with blood and laying on the road. Two bullet wounds were found on his right and left temple.

Seven bullets were also found around Mr Teerasak’s body. Nearby they found a motorbike. His body was taken to Vachira Phuket Hospital for full autopsy and identification.

Witnesses told police that Mr Teerasak was stopped on his motorbike and was talking with the suspect who was in a black car. The suspect shot at Mr Teerasak and sped away.

Mr Teerasak was the son of a member of Rassada’s Municipal Council. At this stage police believe that the two had personal conflicts. Police are now searching for the driver of the vehicle who shot Mr Teerasak.

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