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International call rates slashed

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PHUKET: The Communications Authority of Thailand (CAT) has announced that it has cut its overseas call rates between 7% and 40%. In addition to these savings, those making international calls between 7 am and 9 pm on Sundays receive a further 20% discount. Phone calls to Australia and North America now cost 22 baht a minute at peak rate (between 7 am and 9 pm), and 18 baht a minute off-peak. Closer to Thailand, calls to Laos cost 18 baht a minute, with no off-peak discount. Calls to Brunei, Indonesia or the Philippines during peak hours cost 30 baht a minute, while off-peak calls cost 24 baht per minute. Calls to countries to the west of Thailand fall into two categories. The 37 countries in Group 1 include Germany and all the countries to the north and the west of it, as well as Italy, Spain, Portugal and Greece, Russia, Poland, Turkey and the Ukraine. Group 2 includes other Central European and Central Asian countries, and Pakistan. Group 1 calls are 36 baht per minute peak rate, 29 baht a minute from 5 am to 7 am and from 9 pm to midnight, and 25 baht a minute from midnight to 5 am. Calls to countries in Group 2 are 42 baht a minute peak rate. They cost 34 baht per minute from 5 am to 7 am, and 9 pm to midnight. Between midnight and 5 am, calls are 30 baht a minute. Calls to most Middle East countries during peak hours cost 42 baht a minute. From 5 am to 7 am and from 9 pm to midnight, the cost is 34 baht a minute. Between midnight and 5 am, it is 30 baht a minute. The CAT announcement does not provide a complete list of countries. For more information, or for the rates to countries not mentioned above, call the CAT at 02-9503712 or 02-6141000.



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Motorbike driver smashes through glass window after accelerator malfunctions

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A female motorbike driver has sustained injuries after her motorbike’s hand grip malfunctioned and she collided with a glass wall.

Chalong Police were notified of the incident at an air conditioning shop at 6pm yesterday on Chao Fa West Road in Chalong.

Police and emergency responders arrived and found the shattered glass wall and a damaged motorbike.

The injured 40 year old Naowarat Jankarn had already been taken to Chalong Hospital. She sustained injuries from cuts from the broken glass. polls of blood were found on the floor.

Ms Naowarat told police that she had parked her motorbike in front of the shop since Wednesday . The motorbike was underivable because the hand grip accelerator was malfunctioning.

Yesterday she started the motorbike, claiming she had forgotten about the broken accelerator.

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Police hunting for driver who threatened others with a gun on Phuket road – VIDEO

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PHOTO: Tiw Tiw

The Thalang Police are hunting for the driver who was threatening other motorists on Thepkrasattri Road by waving a gun around out of the driver’s window of his red sedan in Thalang this morning.

A Facebook user ‘Tiw Tiw’ has posted the video with a message reading “where are the police, please follow him. The incident happened this morning in Thalang.”

The video shows a car switching from one lane to another.  The driver shows a gun in his car window and then appears to throw it out (at least he used his indicator).

The Thalang Police are investigating the incident and want to find the car driver for questioning.

 

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Phuket’s hotel and property players look north

Bill Barnett

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by Bill Barnett of c9hotelworks.com

One of Greater Phuket’s real estate and hotel market’s that has a decided buzz of late is the area north of Phuket over the Sarasin bridge in Phang Nga.

In Natai Beach, the entry of the Baba Beach Club and nearby Akyra has created renewed visibility for the broad West Coast stretch of white sand beach, extending north beyond Phuket.

Two upscale hotels are in the development phase in the vicinity, with one being flagged to an international hotel operator.

Up at the 1,000 plus rai Thai Muang mega-project, movement is once again underway, as is a nearby massive Japanese-led mixed-use project including a golf course.

Land values are currently running amuck in the Koh Kloi area where the AOT (Airports of Thailand) has reportedly acquired land for an upcoming Phang Nga airport which will provide Phuket with a second gateway alternative.

Premium land transactions are taking place, with the most notable being the recent trade of the former oceanfront site in Bodan that was to be at various stages first a Raffles and later a Ritz-Carlton Reserve.

Looking at Phuket’s light-rail initiative, one knock-on effect will be the eventual linkage between the island and larger connection to a broader rail terminus in Koh Kloi. This will likely spur real estate speculators to acquire peripheral locations.

As Phang Nga’s West Coast four land highway expansion moves forward to Khao Lak and beyond, Phuket’s Northern neighbor is seeing a renewed push in its tourism, property and infrastructure.

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