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Phuket News
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Underweight zoo animals? Crash on 2nd day of work! All-night stakeout? || Dec. 13
PHUKET XTRA - December 13 Anti-Chikungunya offensive |:| All night stakeout nets 4 |:| Underweight zoo animals |:| US Ambassador visits Phuket |:| Van hits motorbike 2nd day on the job Hosted by: JP Mestanza ThePhuketNews.com || #Phuket
Chinese tourist on trial for killing wife in Phuket resort pool sole beneficiary to B142mn in life insurance
PHUKET: A Chinese tourist is in Phuket Provincial Prison awaiting conclusion of his trial for drowning his wife in a pool at a resort in Kamala, Phuket Tourist Police have confirmed.
US Embassy reminder: Income affidavits for visas to cease Jan 1
PHUKET: The US Embassy in Bangkok is reminding US citizens that the US Mission in Thailand will cease providing income affidavits and will not notarise previous versions of the income affidavit from Jan 1.
All-night stakeout nets four suspects for illegal guns, drugs
PHUKET: An all-night stakeout of a hut in Baan Nakok, near the Chalong Reservoir, by anti-narcotics officers has landed four suspects in custody on drugs and illegal firearms charges.
Stalled start to Phuket’s ‘Seven Days of Danger’ New Year road-safety campaign
PHUKET: With only 14 days to go until the annual Seven Days of Danger road-safety campaign for the New Year begins, Phuket officials met yesterday with no progress made since the Governor announced a month ago that a road-safety awareness campaign was to be held in the run-up to the traditional week of carnage on Thailand’s roads.
Chalerm says regime leaves ‘bad legacies’
BANGKOK: Pheu Thai maverick Chalerm Ubumrung yesterday (Dec 12) did not hold back in his attack against the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), one day after the regime lifted the prohibitions on political activities.
‘Distressed’ elephant photo spurs zoo probe
SAMUT PRAKAN: Livestock and wildlife protection authorities inspected the Samut Prakan Crocodile Farm and Zoo yesterday (Dec 12) following the release of images showing a grossly underweight elephant being made to perform tricks during a show.
UK PM survives confidence vote over Brexit deal
UNITED KINGDOM: British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday (Dec 12) survived a confidence vote by her own MPs but lost the support of one third of her colleagues, signalling the battle she still faces to get her Brexit deal through parliament.
Kata Rocks Superyacht Rendezvous 2018 raises the bar again
Kata Rocks Superyacht Rendezvous 2018 (KRSR 2018) is being celebrated by industry leaders as the definitive superyacht event in Asia, hailed as an outstanding success both in terms of prominent yachting brands on display and its relaxed and productive business setting.
Spike in Phuket infections spur anti-Chikungunya offensive
PHUKET: Local health officials are rolling out a campaign to prevent an outbreak of Chikungunya after a spike in the number of infections on the island.
 
The Thaiger
200,000 methamphetamine pills seized in Pattaya

Police have arrested a 46 year old alleged drug muler along with 200,000 methamphetamine pills in Pattaya. The suspect, 46 year old Sopon Saimee, has reportedly confessed to police that he was delivering drugs for a gang leader who was based in northern Thailand. He claims he was paid 3,000 baht per delivery of each 20,000 […]

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Noodle sellers dodging police bullets in Chiang Mai

PHOTOS: Manager Online When people fire guns, the bullets that miss still end up somewhere. Like into the cooking pot of a surprised noodle seller in Chiang Mai! The man selling noodles was working the late night shift on a road leading to Mae Rim, according to Manager Online. He had a very lucky escape […]

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17 year old student arrested for running porn site

PHOTO: The Nation A young male university student has been arrested over charges of running a pornographic photo website in which paid members were given access to some 300,000 pictures of net idols and other celebrities. Using VK, Line and Facebok the 17 year old (name withheld due to age) uploaded the pictures to the […]

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UPDATE: Man arrested for possessing exotic wild cats

In a follow up to our article yesterday about the man being arrested ‘in possession of exotic mixed wild cats;, Junie Kovacs, the Founder of the Lanta Animal Welfare has sent The Thaiger an update, saying… “Even though members from Lanta Animal Welfare and wild life officers tried to convince the man that it would be best […]

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Assets valued at 39 million baht seized in Magic Skin case

And there’s more to come, according to investigators… The AMLO (Anti-Money Laundering Office) seized 19 million baht cash and two luxury cars in the ‘Magic Skin’ scandal. The seizure was ordered after they allegedly supplied sub-standard cosmetics and weight- loss products. The AMLO have also seized two luxury cars worth 10 million baht each. A spokesperson for the […]

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Four arrested with guns and drugs in Chalong

Officers have arrested four suspects and seized two illegal guns, 26 bullets, 319 methamphetamine pills and half a kilogram of marijuana in Chalong. Officers first arrested 28 year old Dawrueang Pomsuwan. Officers seized 3.68 grams, 319methamphetamine pills and 20 bullets. He has been charged with illegal possession of Category 1 Drugs with intent to sell […]

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Chinese man who allegedly murdered wife now in custody

A Chinese man who allegedly murdered his wife, is now in custody at the Phuket Provincial Court. The alleged crime happened in October. The Kamala Police Chief says he will face a murder charge if police find that he killed his wife to collect on insurance payments. The Chinese husband is from Tianjin, China and […]

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Finance Minister foreshadows slowing economy in 2019

“We expect the GDP growth for 2019 to be at least 4 per cent. However, the economic growth for 2019 is expected to be slower than 2018,” Finance Minister Apisak Tantivorawong predicts Thailand will encounter slower economic growth in 2019,. The Minister cites uncertainty from the trade war between China and the US, the upcoming […]

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Chinese man murders wife in 143 million baht life-insurance scam

“…in the months leading up to the trip, Zhang had bought more than a dozen life insurance policies for his wife…” A Chinese husband from Tianjin is alleged to have murdered his wife during a family vacation in Phuket after buying up more than 30 million yuan (US$4.3 million) in life insurance policies in her […]

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Bangkokpost.com : Top Stories
An ex-cop who has no fear of the generals
Over the past four and a half years of military government, the Thai people have been physically cowed. Sure, there are many, possibly a silent majority, who may be waiting for the poll to have their say in opposition to the military junta that seized power in May 2014, led by then-army chief Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, the incumbent prime minister. But few have been able and willing to stand up and...
Think about those stuck in the middle
Economic expert Banyong Pongpanich's claim that Thailand's inequality gap is the worst in the world, based on figures from the 2018 Global Wealth Databook by Credit Suisse (CS), has taken social media by storm.
Let's have fair health care
A government plan to revamp medical welfare management system is a welcome move, though it needs to be approached with some caution. The plan was revealed by Phirom Kamonratakun, as chairman of a subcommittee on public health reform, saying that it is aimed at ensuring that every citizen has equal access to the privileges accorded by the three healthcare funds, namely universal healthcare coverage...
Court fines mining firm B15m
The Loei Provincial Court on Thursday ordered Tungkum, a gold mining company, to pay about 15 million baht in compensation to families affected by its mining activities.
EC says welfare cash not a ruse for election
The Election Commission (EC) has leapt to the defence of the state welfare scheme for low-income earners, criticised as a populist policy and a thinly veiled attempt to support a pro-regime party's campaign ahead of the Feb 24 poll.
Group snubs hearing for dam in Laos
A public hearing for the Laos-based Pak Lay hydropower project scheduled for Friday is nothing but an attempt to "rubber stamp the dam to justify its construction," the Network of Thai People in Eight Mekong Provinces said Thursday, vowing to boycott the event.
Scant few eligible for VAT return scheme
A meagre 360,000 of the 11.4 million recipients of the government's welfare and subsidy scheme for the poor are entitled to value-added tax (VAT) payback in the first month after the tax incentive scheme started last month.
FPO proposes debt test to screen welfare smartcard recipients
The Fiscal Policy Office (FPO) has floated the idea of adding debt burden to the criteria in screening recipients for the government's welfare and subsidy scheme for the poor in an effort to weed out cheats.
Google, Escap venture formed
Google and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (Escap) signed a memorandum of understating for a joint research network on artificial intelligence (AI) in Asia-Pacific.
Moody's: Stable view for GH Bank
Moody's Investors Service has affirmed GH Bank's foreign currency bank deposit rating of Baa1/P-2 and upgraded the state-owned bank's baseline credit assessment (BCA) to ba2 from ba3.
 
NationMultimedia.com
Strasbourg gunman shot dead by French police
French police on Thursday shot dead a gunman who had been on the run since killing three people at Strasbourg's popular Christmas market.
Prayut comes under blistering attack as political bans are lifted
PRIME MINISTER Prayut Chan-o-cha and his government yesterday came under attack from politicians taking advantage of the junta’s lifting of political restrictions on Tuesday.
Islamic council bans marriage of children under 17
THAILAND’S ISLAMIC council has – for the first time in history – issued a ban on child marriage nationwide. This followed public anger sparked by the marriage earlier this year of an 11-year-old child to a man four times her age.
PTTEP and partner bag rights to two gas fields
PTT EXPLORATION and Production plc (PTTEP) and its partner Mubadala Petroleum (Thailand) Ltd have won Cabinet approval for their multibillion-baht bids to develop and produce natural gas from two major offshore fields in the Gulf of Thailand.
Loei mining firm loses battle
THE LOEI PROVINCIAL Court yesterday ordered a gold-mining firm to rehabilitate the environment and compensate locals who were affected by its operations.
Former NLA member declares yearly earnings of Bt6.6m
FORMER AIR Force chief ACM Johm Rungswang declared assets worth Bt20.8 million and yearly earnings of Bt6.6 million before resigning as a National Legislative Assembly (NLA) member on October 1, the anti-graft agency revealed yesterday.
Tourist’s widow gets French assurance
THE BODY of a Thai tourist who was shot dead by a lone attacker in Strasbourg will return home as soon as the proof of identification is completed, French police have told the victim’s wife.
Govt closer to ratifying fishing convention despite protests
Labour minister promises new measures will be implemented in local context.
HRW slams govt for extraditing labour activist
THAILAND HAS totally ignored concerns raised by UN agencies and human-rights groups, Human Rights Watch (HRW)’s senior researcher Sunai Phasuk said yesterday, after the government deported a Cambodian asylum seeker, even though he is likely to face persecution and possible mistreatment.
 
Chiang Mai, Thailand News
Fashioning a culture

Chiang Mai Design Week is now taking place at different venues around the city, offering a contemporary addition to the more traditional landscape. Chiang Mai Design Week 2018 is now under way to highlight creative designs and crafts that can be found in everyday life in the northern capital.


Egat faces competition in bids to operate large power plants

Thailand's power-generating capacity will be deregulated in the near future, meaning the state-run Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand must compete with private firms at auctions for new large power plants, according to the tentative national power development plan . The latest version of the PDP is envisioned as the long-term development plan for the power industry over the next two decades.


Chiang Mai project teaches children how to avoid sexual predators

MEMBERS of the police-led Thailand Internet Crime against Children have joined hands with NGOs and schools to keep students safe from traps laid by online sexual predators. "Their plans are very complex," said Wirawan 'Boom' Mosby, founder and director of the Hug Project, which co-launched the programme with Zoe International and TICAC yesterday.


Why are so many hotels for sale?

Some industry observers are astonished to see so many hotel operators put their properties up for sale during the high season, when they are expected to reap profits. A recent news report said about 50 small and medium-sized hotels in Chiang Mai are in dire financial straits because of plunging Chinese guests.


Thailand's woman "philanthropist" nabbed as drug trafficking suspect

A woman, known as a "philanthropist," who had organized an anti-drug campaign and charity activity in Chiang Mai, Thailand, has been arrested on drug trafficking charges. The 34-year-old female suspect, identified as Kalyakorn Siriphatarasomboon, was arrested on Friday in Phrae province in northern Thailand with 1.6 million tablets of methamphetamine and 10 kilograms of crystal meth aboard a pickup truck which she was driving, said Thanarat Chumsawat, chief of the Phrae police.


Female hulkster seeking funds to compete at worlds

Kota Kinabalu: Female bodybuilder Meilaura Dora Jimmy is facing the challenge of seeking funds to enable her to represent the country at the World Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Championship in Chiang Mai, Thailand from December 11-17. "I need around RM13,200 for the registration fees, a week's lodging, return air ticket, food and drinks as well as fees for escorting official Deborah Lynn Onul for the duration of the championship."


Neuron Mobility raises Bt120m funding for Asia-Pacific expansion

Southeast Asia's leading e-scooter service, Neuron Mobility, has raised S$5 million in funding from SeedPlus, 500 Startups, SEEDS Capital, ACE Capital, and several other prominent angel investors and family offices, the company said in a press release issued on Saturday. The company said it will use the funds to expand its services across Asia-Pacific.


Inquiry launched after rescue of ailing dogs

DOZENS OF sick dogs were this week rescued from a breeding farm in Chiang Rai's Mae Sai district that allegedly kept them in poor living conditions and have been moved to Chiang Mai for medical treatment, Save The Elephants Foundation president Saengduan Chailert said on Thursday. Most of the 61 dogs, who are now being temporarily kept at a separate section within the Elephant Nature Park compound in Chiang Mai's Mae Taeng district, were suffering from pneumonia and infections to various parts of their bodies, she said, adding that four dogs were so seriously sick that they had been sent to Thong Lor Animal Hospital in Sansai district.


'Myanmar Has Come a Long Way' on Reproductive Rights

CHIANG MAI, Thailand-Janet Jackson ended her nearly 20-year career with the United Nations Population Fund as the agency's representative in Myanmar. She retired last month.


#WeToo Have a Duty to Support Victims of Sexual Misconduct

CHIANG MAI, Thailand-This year, #HearMeToo is the hashtag inspiring women all over the world to share their stories of sexual harassment and assault, adding to the large outcry online and on social media, inspired by the original global #MeToo movement, which is also gaining momentum across countries in Asia. The campaign is gaining traction in Myanmar too, thirteen months since its inception in October 2017.


 
Bangkokpost.com : Most recent
AI becoming more accepted in industry
Artificial intelligence (AI) is gaining momentum in the business sector, expected to drive economic growth soon.
As mall hype mounts, some question pace
The opening of the 54-billion-baht Iconsiam along the Chao Phraya River in southeastern Bangkok was quite the spectacle. In November, the mall spent a whopping 1 billion baht on its grand opening, with a thousand-drone choreographed light show along with world-class ballerinas and copious fireworks.
Ex-DSI chief Tarit offers cash, apology to Suthep
Former Department of Special Investigation (DSI) chief Tarit Pengdith has offered 100,000 baht to ex-deputy prime minister Suthep Thaugsuban through the Criminal Court as part of his apology over an accusation he made against the political firebrand.
PM blasts Thaksin's charter rewrite proposal
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has poured cold water on ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra's proposal to amend the charter to prevent senators becoming "political tools" of the regime.
Northeast to get boost in tourism
The government has vowed to promote culture and the local way of life in the upper Northeast in a bid to draw more tourists into the region.
Court fines mining firm B15m
The Loei Provincial Court on Thursday ordered Tungkum, a gold mining company, to pay about 15 million baht in compensation to families affected by its mining activities.
EC says welfare cash not a ruse for election
The Election Commission (EC) has leapt to the defence of the state welfare scheme for low-income earners, criticised as a populist policy and a thinly veiled attempt to support a pro-regime party's campaign ahead of the Feb 24 poll.
FPO proposes debt test to screen welfare smartcard recipients
The Fiscal Policy Office (FPO) has floated the idea of adding debt burden to the criteria in screening recipients for the government's welfare and subsidy scheme for the poor in an effort to weed out cheats.
Google, Escap venture formed
Google and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (Escap) signed a memorandum of understating for a joint research network on artificial intelligence (AI) in Asia-Pacific.
Udon Thani welcomes Chinese
The Kunming-Vientiane high-speed train project, scheduled for operations in 2021, is expected to stimulate service industry growth in the Northeast, with at least 2 million Chinese visitors forecast to flood the region every year.
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