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PHUKET: A Pakistani woman found in emotional distress by hotel staff early this morning was later pulled unconscious from a resort pool and pronounced dead at Thalang Hospital.

Staff at the JW Marriott Phuket Resort and Spa in Mai Khao recovered Shumyla Mir, 26, from a pool at the resort at about 4:15am.

“Her body was later taken to Thalang Hospital, where doctors confirmed that she had drowned,” said Maj Santi Prakobpran of the Tah Chat Chai Police.

Police have determined that no foul play was involved in the death.

“We found no evidence of foul play or other behavior that could be construed as criminal,” Maj Santi said.

Mrs Mir was staying at the hotel with her American husband, Altamash Jamal Mir.

“During their stay, Mr Mir found out that Mrs Mir was still in contact with an ex-boyfriend through Facebook,” Maj Santi told the Phuket Gazette.

“The couple argued, then Mr Mir moved to another room, leaving Mrs Mir alone in her room.”

A hotel staffer found a tearful Mrs Mir sitting outside her room at about 2:30am.

“The staffer saw light wounds on her arms, which looked like they had been cut with a sharp object,” Maj Santi said.

“Mrs Mir refused help and refused to rest in her room. Instead, she asked for help in finding her husband.”

While looking for Mr Mir, the staffer and Mrs Mir were caught in a heavy downpour near the resort pool.

“She refused to come in out of the rain, so the staffer went to get an umbrella for her,” Maj Santi said. “The staffer return minutes later and found Mrs Mir in the pool.”

Staff recovered Mrs Mir from the pool and administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) until a rescue team arrived and rushed her to Thalang Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

“There will be no further investigation as Mr Mir has not questioned the circumstances of his wife’s death,” Maj Santi said. “Arrangements are being made to return Mrs Mir’s body to Pakistan for her funeral.”

The Pakistani embassy in Bangkok has been notified of the incident, he added.

“Every member of the staff at the hotel wishes to offer their condolences. Our thoughts are with the family of the guest at this very difficult time,” said a statement issued by JW Marriot to the Gazette.

“As soon as we became aware of the matter, we immediately contacted the emergency services who attended the scene. We are working closely with local authorities on the investigations, but as a matter of guest privacy we do not discuss the details of our guests.

“The safety and security of our guests is one of our top priorities.”

— Kritsada Mueanhawong

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Thai Airways to resume flights from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and Phuket

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After nearly 9 months on the ground due to the coronavirus pandemic, along with problems balancing their accounts, Thai Airways will resume flights between Bangkok and Chiang Mai as well as Bangkok and Phuket later this month. The flights will start back up on Christmas day.

Flights from Bangkok to the 2 key tourist provinces have been grounded since April 1. Starting December 25, the airline will run 3 flights a week on both routes. A source told the Bangkok Post that the new schedules will run until at least February 28.

Thai Lion Air, Thai Air Asia, Nok Air, Thai Smile, VietJet Air and Bangkok Airways have returned to the domestic skies since July and slowly adding frequency to their routes.

In addition to resuming the domestic flights, the Thai Airways is relaunching some international flights from January 1 to March 27 including weekly flights to Frankfurt, London, Copenhagen, Sydney, Seoul, Manila, Taipei and Osaka. Flights from Bangkok to Tokyo will be available 3 times a week and flights from Bangkok to Hong Kong will be available every day.

Thai Airways has been tackling bankruptcy throughout the lockdown and trying to make up for more than 300 billion baht in losses. Since many flights were suspended due to travel restrictions, Thai Airways has tried to make money by business ventures on the ground, like a pop-up restaurant serving in-flight meals and selling off unwanted equipment from their warehouse. There also disposing of much of their older fleet, including all of their Boring 747-400s.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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97 police officers investigated for fiddling Covid-19 payments

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97 police officers, from 41 police stations, are currently being investigated for an alleged scam involving Covid-19 payments meant for officers who worked extra shifts during the crisis. The case was assigned by national police chief Suwat Jangyodsuk in November, when it came to light that some officers may have fraudulently claimed allowances meant for others.

In one incident, an officer responsible for transferring extra payments to police on the southern island of Phuket transferred the money to his own accountant instead. At the time, the transfer was dismissed as a mistake (in his favour), with the officer in question receiving a warning, and payments then made to the qualifying officers.

Wissanu Prasatthong-Osot from the National Internal Affairs Police says the investigation should reach a conclusion within the next 10 days.

“The result of the investigation should be ready in 10 days. Currently, 97 officers in 41 police stations ranging from non-commissioned to generals are under investigation for being involved in the swindle. The bureau aims to provide justice to all policemen involved. After the investigation concludes, the victims will receive their full allowance, while the offending officers will be punished under the law and disciplinary standards.”

Nation Thailand reports that a full list of alleged offenders has been sent to Suwat, with Wissanu promising that none will escape prosecution.

“The National Police chief had also ordered the transfer of offending officers at the commander and sub-commander levels out of their areas as per the investigation procedures.”

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Thai-Chinese Chamber of Commerce to propose Guangzhou-Phuket tourism route

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A tourism route from Guangzhou, China to Phuket could help the island province recover from the recession brought on by the pandemic and lack of foreign travel, according to the Thai-Chinese Chamber of Commerce. The president of the organisation, Narongsak Puttapornmongkol, says they plan to submit a letter proposing the route under a travel bubble scheme to the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration.

The Thai-Chinese Chamber of Commerce is proposing a travel bubble with around 20 cities in China with no recent coronavirus infections and considered to be at a low risk of spreading the virus. Travellers from Guangzhou recently entered Thailand on the new Special Tourist Visa. It was the second flight of international tourists since travel restrictions were imposed in late-March.

“We believe that the Travel Bubble and the quarantine reduction will resolve the tourism business, which is a huge economic opportunity to recover.”

Once a vaccine is widely available, Narongsak suggests that those who wish to Thailand could also present their vaccination certificate or examination reports from the place of origin. He adds that the mandatory state quarantine period is likely to be reduced.

SOURCE: Pattaya News

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