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Phuket News
Phuket official blames ‘official processes’ for lifeguard fiasco
PHUKET: Pressed by the media over the ongoing lifeguard debacle at Phuket’s beaches, a leading local official at the centre of the fiasco today blamed “official processes” for causing the current state of lifeguard coverage at Phuket’s beaches.
Chinese woman safe after two-week abduction
BANGKOK: A Chinese woman abducted by five people after arriving at Suvarnabhumi airport from Hong Kong and held for B10 million ransom was found safe on a roadside in Bang Na, Bangkok, 14 days later.
Phuket monkey ‘birth control’ to go to public opinion
PHUKET: Whether or not troupes of wild monkeys across Phuket will be subjected to population control as well as forced relocation will be among the questions put to the public in a series of feedback meetings to be held across the island.
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Whale shark search! Islands newest tourist spot? Owning over 49% || May 21
PHUKET XTRA - May 21 Search for whale shark continues off Phuket |:| Bombings in South Thailand |:| Phuket community a new tourist attraction? |:| Protesters warned |:| Pushing to own more than 49% of a business Hosted by: JP Mestanza || #Phuket
200-year-old Phuket community considered to become new tourist attraction
PHUKET: The Governor of Phuket has stated that it is his intention to turn the 200-year-old Bangrong community in Pa Khlok into a new tourist attraction to bring valuable financial support to the community’s residents.
Dead or alive, search for whale shark continues off Phuket
PHUKET: The director-general of the Department Of Marine And Coastal Resources (DMCR) has confirmed that they will continue to search for another five days for the whale shark seen on video strung up on a fishing boat between Koh Hei and Koh Racha, south of Phuket, last Friday (May 18).
Ramadan bombings rock deep South provinces
SOUTH: A series of violent attacks, mostly bombings, were launched in three southern border provinces yesterday evening (May 20), the fourth day of the Ramadan fasting month. Initial reports suggested several people were injured.
Public rallies banned for coup anniversary
BANGKOK: Government House and surrounding areas within a 50 metres radius are expected to be declared a “controlled zone”, where any public gatherings are prohibited, said a deputy national police chief yesterday (May 20).
Getting under the skin
SWEDEN: It’s the size of a grain of rice but could hold the key to many aspects of your life. A tiny microchip inserted under the skin can replace the need to carry keys, credit cards and train tickets.
India’s sea turtle warriors
INDIA: Since he was a boy, Soumyaranjan Biswal has kept a night vigil at the beach near his coastal Indian village where tens of thousands of tiny olive ridley turtles gather to lay their eggs.
 
The Thaiger
20 baht fake gun bank robber arrested in Krabi

A lone 45 year old robber, Attasit Sriwattana, who robbed a Bangkok Bank brach at the Big C in Muang Krabi on May 18 and escaped with 119,781 baht in cash, was doing a reenactment last Saturday (May 19). On May 18 Attasit robbed the bank at 6.41pm. Attasit used a fake gun to point […]

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Whale shark search starts off Phuket

Yesterday (May 20) a team of officials led by Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) Director-General Jatuporn Burutpat went in search of the whale shark that fisherman claim was alive after they freed it from their fishing nets. The searching covered 40 kilometres between Koh Lon, Koh Hey and Koh Bon. Binoculars, drones and echo […]

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Paraquat – Decision to be made about a ban in Thailand this week

Thailand’s National Committee on Hazardous Substances Control will decide whether to ban the domestic use of Paraquat, a herbicide used to control weeds, after consumer protection and industrial groups joined hands to support the ban. The announcement is set to made this Wednesday. At least three of the country’s 47 sugar refineries say they support […]

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Four more drug suspects arrested in Phuket

A team from Phuket’s Provincial Police have arrested four suspects. Police first arrested 27 year old Adisak ‘Kae’ Boonsawang at an apartment in Soi Luk Kaew in Rassada. Police seized 25 of methamphetamine pills. He was taken to the Phuket City Police Station to face charges with possession of Category 1 drug with intend to […]

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DMCR officials inspect the coral areas in Paklok

Last week locals spoke out against the establishment of a new marina near Koh Hei in the Ao Kung area of Paklok (in between Ao Po and Boat Haven marinas). Conservationists and locals are worried that there will be damage to the coral if construction of a marina is started along with the dredging of […]

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Phuket community supporting Ride 4 Kids V2.0

Ride 4 Kids V2.0 for 2018 is in full swing. The event will run from from June 11 – 16. 20 riders and crew will be jumping in the saddle and riding 700 kms all in the name of charity – Phuket-Phang Nga-Krabi-Surat Thani-Khao Sok-Khao Lak-Phuket. Three charities will once again be supported this year, The […]

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Motorbike thief arrested in Cherng Talay

Cherng Talay Police arrested 39 year old Tookta Prapaimuang at a house in Soi Layan Hill Estate in Srisoonthorn last Wednesday night. Police seized a brown-black Honda Wave motorbike from her. The arrest came after a 29 year old Surasak Saksri filed a report to police that his motorbike, with a  Nakhon Sri Thamarat registered […]

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Myanmar holding talks with Mekong countries over deteriorating drug situation

Senior drug policy leaders from the Mekong region – Cambodia, China, Lao, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam– are in Naypyitaw, Myanmar with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) this week for a conference of the Mekong MOU on Drug Control to discuss the illicit drug situation in the region, and to negotiate a new […]

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More bombs rock the South – three injured

Three people have been injured following suspected insurgent attacks in the South yesterday. Explosives were placed in or near to ATM machines and bank branches in 14 locations in Yala, Songkhla, Pattani and Narathiwat. At this stage, as with most attacks in the deep south, there has been no claim of responsibility. The fasting month of […]

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Bangkokpost.com : Top Stories
Court shelves civil case against Suthep over polls
The Civil Court has temporarily disposed of a civil case against Suthep Thaugsuban and 39 others for impeding the 2014 general election, pending the outcome of a criminal case against them.
SET jumps, Indonesia stocks post 11-month closing low
The Stock Exchange of Thailand index gained for a third straight session, while Indonesia marked its lowest close in more than 11 months.
Pheu Thai politicians charged with sedition
Three politicians from the party ousted by Thailand's generals were charged on Monday with sedition for holding a press conference, as dissent grows before the fourth anniversary of the junta's 2014 coup.
Porsche 911 Carrera T (2018) review
Porsche’s iconic sports car can now be had with a basic engine and lighter body. Can the so-called Carrera T be more fun to drive?
Thailand wearies of junta rule, election promise still vague
Four years after seizing power, Thailand's junta has a singular success it never hoped for: uniting a politically divided nation in growing dissatisfaction with the thin-skinned rule of the generals.
Thai Airways finds new CEO after almost two-year search
Thai Airways International Plc on Monday said it has found a new president and chief executive, almost two years after the retirement of the national carrier's former head.
Stars urge Indonesia to ban 'brutal' trade in dog meat
JAKARTA: International stars of acting, music and sports have signed a letter urging Indonesia's president to ban what they say is a brutal trade in dog and cat meat for human consumption.
Growth hits 5-year high as exports climb
Thailand’s economic growth surged to a five-year high last quarter, beating all economists’ estimates as rebounding farm output added to gains from exports and private consumption.
Foreigners continue call for lifting ownership cap
Foreign businesses have repeated their call for the government to allow foreign ownership of Thai businesses to exceed 49%, saying it will help tackle the controversial nominee issue.
Ariya wins Kingsmill tournament on second playoff hole
WILLIAMSBURG, VIRGINIA: Ariya Jutanugarn returned to her winning ways Sunday with a victory on the second playoff hole at the Kingsmill Championship.
 
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Immigration officer said to be involved in kidnapping of tourist
A Thai Immigration Police officer was allegedly involved in the abduction of a 39-year-old woman at Suvarnabhumi Airport on the night of May 6 for a Bt15 million ransom, Tourist Police Bureau deputy chief Pol Maj-General Surachate Hakparn said on Monday.
Malaysia's first female deputy premier sworn in
KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 13 new ministers have been sworn in before Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V at Istana Negara here, joining Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad in the new Cabinet.
Up to 1,000 expected to join pro-election rally
Security authorities estimated that around 500-1,000 people would join the pro-election demonstration scheduled on Monday at Thammasat University, a security source said.
Security agencies set up checkpoints in provinces ahead of Bangkok rally
Security agencies on Monday set up checkpoints in some provinces, especially in the Northeast, reportedly in order to block villagers and key local-rights figures from joining a pro-election demonstration in Bangkok.
Police, FDA raid premises of maker of sibutramine-laced food supplements
Deputy national police chief Pol General Weerachai Songmetta led a police raid on Monday on a company making and selling food supplements containing the dangerous appetite suppressant sibutramine, in Bangkok’s Bang Phlat district.
One-fingered Japanese climber dies on eighth attempt at Everest
Kathmandu - A celebrated Japanese climber who lost all but one finger to frostbite on Everest has died on his eighth attempt to reach the summit, officials said Monday.
Garuda to show no mercy to passenger cracking bomb joke
National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia says it will take firm action against a passenger who joked about having a bomb on board and caused a long delay in takeoff for a flight from Makassar, South Sulawesi, to Jakarta on Friday.
Chiang Mai hills are alive with ploughing elephants
Sgaw Karen in Chiang Mai province are celebrating their deep roots with a unique agricultural event this month.
Police revoke okay for overnight stay prior to Tuesday democracy protest
Police have ordered surveillance of an area around Government House on Monday in the lead-up to an expected march to the venue by pro-election activists, who plan to deliver an ultimatum to the government to hold an election within this year.
 
Chiang Mai, Thailand News
Junta gets thumbs-down in varsity survey

A survey of 2,175 university students found that most respondents believed the military coup did not solve the country's problems, and the performance of the General Prayut Chan-o-cha-led government during the past four years was "bad or very bad", according to the poll by the Thai Academic Network for Civil Rights. The respondents were from 19 universities including Thammasat University, Chulalongkorn Univ-ersity, Prince of Songkla University, Khon Kaen University and Chiang Mai University.


Five woodball players from Perlis among nation's top 12

Five Perlis woodball players are among the top 12 in the country who have successfully qualified for the eighth World Cup Woodball Championship in Chiang Mai, Thailand, this July. Perlis State Woodball Association president Datuk Dr Ir Kamarudin Hussin said the three men and two women players had won several medals during the 2018 National Woodball Tournament held at the Woodball Course in Taman Metropolitan Batu, Kuala Lumpur, last week.


Undesirables out

Tourist Police Bureau deputy chief Pol Maj Gen Surachate Hakparn, centre, leads a team of police and officers from other agencies in a raid on an entertainment venue in Bangkok in the early hours of Thursday. Thirty-six foreign nationals and one Thai were detained during Tourist Police-led raids on 104 locations across the country in the early hours of Thursday.


36 foreigners detained in coordinated raids

Tourist Police Bureau deputy chief Pol Maj Gen Surachate Hakparn, centre, leads a team of police and officers from other agencies in a raid on an entertainment venue in Bangkok in the early hours of Thursday. Thirty-six foreign nationals and one Thai were detained during Tourist Police-led raids in 104 locations across the country in the early hours of Thursday.


Four years after coup, Thais tire of corruption and democratic delays

When Thailand's army took power in a bloodless coup four years ago, it promised to bring happiness back to the "Land of Smiles" and return the country to democratic rule within two years. FILE PHOTO: Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha gestures during a news conference after a weekly cabinet meeting at Government House in Bangkok, Thailand, January 9, 2018.


video Thai Airways' safety instruction video 'lacks Thainess'

Thai Airways International has missed a chance to promote the Thai identity in the new safety instruction video showed on its aircraft, an academic said on Monday. Rungsit Kanjanavanit, the vice president of the Sueb Nakhasathien Foundation, said on his Facebook page that the carrier had missed an opportunity to display Thai flora and fauna to the world in the 5.27-minute-long clip.


Party-hard Thailand is going after rehab tourists

The Dawn Rehab in Chiang Mai province is structured like a resort within tranquil natural surroundings. Thailand, the tropical paradise known as a place to let loose, is starting to get another reputation: as a low-cost option for foreigners looking to dry out While the country's fun-in-the-sun reputation has attracted more than 200 million visitors over the past decade, Thailand in recent years has become one of the world's top medical tourism destinations.


Thai Lion B39M at Chiang Mai on May 12th 2018, engine shut down in flight

A Thai Lion Air Boeing 737-900 MAX, registration HS-LSI performing flight SL-515 from Chiang Mai to Bangkok Don Mueang with 169 people on board, was climbing towards the north out of Chiang Mai when the right hand engine emitted two loud bangs prompting the crew to stop the climb at about FL060, shut the engine down and return to Chiang Mai for a safe landing about 17 minutes after departure. A replacement Boeing 737-900 registration HS-LTI departed with a delay of 4 hours and landed on Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport about 3:50 hours past schedule.


Chula falls to 126th in Times uni ranking

Ten Thai universities are on the Times Higher Education's Emerging Economies University Rankings this year, up from nine in 2017. King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi is ranked in 92nd place, down from 91st last year, while Chulalongkorn University fell from 117th last year to 126th.


Lighting up Lampang

Chae Son National Park in Lampang province is famous for its hot springs. However, not many people know that every April the park's geothermal area becomes the venue for nightly mass gatherings of cicadas.


 
Bangkokpost.com : Most recent
Protesters vow rally for election at Government House
Activists and supporters for an election will continue their planned march from Thammasat University to Government House on Tuesday.
Court shelves civil case against Suthep over polls
The Civil Court has temporarily disposed of a civil case against Suthep Thaugsuban and 39 others for impeding the 2014 general election, pending the outcome of a criminal case against them.
SET jumps, Indonesia stocks post 11-month closing low
The Stock Exchange of Thailand index gained for a third straight session, while Indonesia marked its lowest close in more than 11 months.
Green flags fly in Chiang Mai against Doi Suthep housing
Campaigners opposed to the judicial housing estate at the foot of Doi Suthep mountain started putting up the green flags in Chiang Mai on Monday as part of their campaign for the demolition of the houses.
Pheu Thai politicians charged with sedition
Three politicians from the party ousted by Thailand's generals were charged on Monday with sedition for holding a press conference, as dissent grows before the fourth anniversary of the junta's 2014 coup.
Red-shirt leader's wife deemed unusually wealthy
The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) has resolved to ask the Supreme Court to confiscate assets worth 42.82 million baht from former Pheu Thai MP Rapipun Pongreangrong, wife of red-shirt leader Arisman Pongreangrong, for having "unusual wealth".
Chinese woman safe after abduction at Suvarnabhumi
A Chinese woman abducted by five people after arriving at Suvarnabhumi airport from Hong Kong and held for 10 million baht ransom was found safe on a roadside in Bang Na, Bangkok, 14 days later.
Dangerous 'laze' forms as Hawaii volcano lava reaches ocean
LOS ANGELES - Authorities in Hawaii have warned of dangerous "laze" fumes as molten lava from the erupting Kilauea volcano reached the Pacific Ocean.
Malaysia sets up task force to probe 1MDB scandal
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia on Monday set up a task force to probe allegations that billions of dollars were looted from sovereign wealth fund 1MDB in an audacious fraud overseen by ousted ex-leader Najib Razak.
More IS fighters leave Damascus district: monitor
BEIRUT: A second batch of fighters from the Islamic State jihadist group left their final Damascus stronghold overnight, a monitor said Monday, bringing the Syrian regime closer to a major milestone.
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