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Phuket News
Giant tortoise found two weeks after escape from Japan zoo
JAPAN: A giant tortoise that made a break from a Japanese zoo has been found safe and sound two weeks after it escaped, only 140 metres away from the park.
Shifts in medical tourism afoot, industry to generate B48bn
BANGKOK: Kasikorn Research Centre estimates income from international patients at private hospitals will generate about B48 billion this year, an increase of 3% to 4% year-on-year.
Ancient city ready for rebirth
CAMBODIA: It has survived centuries of monsoon rains, a US bombing campaign and rampant looting.
Phuket Opinion: As good as it gets
PHUKET: The ongoing saga of huge delays in clearing foreigners through Bangkok’s two key airports this past week has been a delightful comedy of errors that has shone a bright light on Thailand’s inability to cope with a basic dilemma overcome by major airports around the world.
Father, two kids saved from drowning in Phuket
PHUKET: Three Chinese tourists who ignored red flags at Naithon Beach were saved from drowning by lifeguards earlier this afternoon (August 19).
Phuket van driver rewarded for honesty
PHUKET: An airport van driver has been praised and rewarded by Phuket International Airport after he returned a bag containing a lump sum in cash to a Bangladeshi man who left it in the van.
Four-meter python bagged at Phuket City Municipality
PHUKET: Rescue workers were called to the Phuket City Municipality complex on Damrong Rd in Phuket Town today (August 19) to retrieve a four-meter snake spotted on a tree.
Man dead as motorcycle hits central reservation in Phuket
PHUKET: A motorcyclist died at the scene of an accident in Wichit this morning after allegedly losing control of his bike and hitting central reservation not far from Dowroong Wittaya School.
Online e-cigarette sales ring busted
KANCHANABURI: Police say they have broken up a major online electronic cigarette sales ring following a raid on a warehouse where about 3 million baht worth of smoking kits and accessories were seized.
Phuket airport employee arrested for smartphone theft
PHUKET: A baggage handler at Phuket International Airport was arrested at 1.50pm yesterday (August 18) over the theft of a smartphone from a passengers luggage.
 
Featured – Phuket Gazette
Luxury property on the hillside of Ao Sane to be partially demolished

The 12-meter high beach villa project on the cliff at Ao Sane has been proven to be illegal according to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. The owners have been instructed to demolish the upper structure to meet the legal height of 6 meters. Meanwhile, Phuket’s Governor has set up a committee to investigate […]

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What makes a good rental villa?

by Ian Macaulay www.AquilaPhuket.com Not everyone who has gone through the process of owning or building a villa will want to rent it out.  Even if you don’t, rentability can have a significant impact on the asset and resale value so it’s well worth being aware of a given property’s potential appeal to the rental market. […]

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Patong and Rawai worst hit from floods

DATELINE: 1pm, August 15. The torrential rain in Phuket is affecting several at-risk areas including Patong and the Sea Gypsy Village in Rawai. Several hours of heavy rains have resulted in some parts of Patong to be underwater, especially on Rat-U-Thit 200 Pee Road where smaller vehicles and motorbikes could barely move through. More than […]

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‘World Day against Trafficking in Persons’. Thailand in the middle of the world’s human trafficking hot spot.

Today is ‘World Day against Trafficking in Persons’ – a day where we reflect on the many victims of trafficking who live among us, but have been forced into silence due to threats to their life, retaliation against their family, feelings of hopelessness, or being enslaved and physically unable to speak out. The day has […]

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Bangkokpost.com : Top Stories
Air force plans to put armed marshals on planes
Amid concerns about terrorist attacks which have recently wreaked havoc in many parts of the world, the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) has rolled out a training session to produce air marshals to be deployed with weapons on commercial airplanes.
Father: Militant son was indoctrinated
The father of a militant suspect shot dead by authorities during Wednesday's vehicle robberies in the deep South believes his son was indoctrinated and misled into committing the crime in which a hostage was also killed.
Ministry plans Northeast rail line
The Transport Ministry will seek approval from the cabinet in October for the construction of a 355-kilometre Ban Phai-Mukdahan-Nakhon Phanom railway line worth 65.7 billion baht.
Prayut gets prickly over 'critical' media coverage
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has expressed his displeasure over the media's criticism of the government's approach to ask TV stations to cover each minister during the mobile cabinet meeting in Nakhon Ratchasima.
Fighting the vicious circle in the Golden Triangle
It took almost four hours to travel along the 160-kilometre mountainous route from Myanmar's town of Tachileik, bordering Chiang Rai, to Kengtung in the eastern state of Shan, but the officials from six neighbouring countries were determined to reach the town in a bid to launch an anti-drug centre in the state known to be a hotbed of drug production.
Twisting media's arm will backfire
The Prayut Chan-o-cha government is back in the eye of the storm for all for the wrong reasons. This time all eyes are on the mobile cabinet meeting set to take place tomorrow and Tuesday in Nakhon Ratchasima after government spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd openly admitted that he had "requested" television stations to do "scoops" focusing on ministers attending the meeting.
The third Chinese curse
It's unclear why Seh Pete went so aggressively and even excessively after Pai Dao Din.
Cause enough to drive anyone bananas
While I was stuck in the customary Sukhumvit gridlock last week, a song came on the taxi radio which I vaguely recognised — well, the lyrics anyway. The words "daylight come and me wanna go home" were being repeated against a background of electronic noise. I was being subjected to a hip-hop version of Harry Belafonte's 1957 Banana Boat Song, sometimes called the "Day-O" song.
Bus reform must have public input
As expected, confusion reigns over a planned bus reform which features the modifications of bus routes across the city. Most passengers turned a cold shoulder to eight new city bus routes introduced by the Department of Land Transport last Tuesday, claiming they were inconvenient. The rerouted buses, with different colourful fronts from the old red and cream bodies so familiar to Bangkok...
Malaysia kicks off festival with inspiring show
Kuala Lumpur: The 29th SEA Games officially started Saturday with a colourful ceremony at the National Stadium.
 
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Chiang Mai, Thailand News
Army drill in Lamphun frightens residents

Hundreds of soldiers patrolling the streets in Lamphun caused people to panic on Thursday until the Army clarified that it was a drill for new soldiers before sending them to the deep South. The unusual military presence was shared on social media as people in Lamphun posted pictures of soldiers patrolling the streets and stationed in local temples and intersections, with many people expressing concern about the troop presence.


Thailand Sports Hall Made Entirely of Bamboo

The new sports arena for Thailand's Panyaden International school needed to combine architecture with the school's core principles and appreciation of nature. The school, which is located in the city of Chiang Mai, was in need of both a bigger assembly space and sports facility, which made the challenge even more difficult.


Qatar Airways to start service to Thailand's beautiful Chiang Mai

Doha: Qatar Airways announced Wednesday the launch of its flights to Chiang Mai, its fourth destination in Thailand, as it expands to meet increased demand for Thai destinations from holiday-makers. The new route comes in addition to existing services to the Thai capital Bangkok, and to the top holiday destinations of Phuket and Krabi.


Cycling Chiang Mai challenge, a four-day race open to all abilities

Thailand-based tour operator SpiceRoads Cycling is inviting keen cyclists to join this year's Masters Tour of Chiang Mai. Taking place over four days from October 21, the race is open to several categories and age groups, with daily distances ranging from 11km to 83.5km.


Thailand: Drop Bogus Charges Against Thai Studies Academics

Thai authorities should immediately drop charges against a prominent academic and four conference participants for violating the military junta's ban on public assembly at a conference at Chiang Mai University in July 2017, Human Rights Watch said today. The International Conference on Thai Studies included discussions and other activities that the ruling National Council for Peace and Order junta deemed critical of military rule.


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As independent India turns 70 today, we talk to a Thai artist of Punjabi descent who's embarked on a project to record the history of Indian diaspora in Thailand Jai Dee store owner in Phayao province. The project 'Khaek Pai Krai Ma' by Navin Rawanchaikul took him around Thailand to visit Thais of Indian descent.


Chiang Rai School fortifies quake defences

Three years ago, Chiang Rai experienced one of the most powerful earthquakes in the country's recorded history. The 6.3-magnitude quake shook Phan district in 2014, leaving several unreinforced buildings damaged, with some entirely demolished.


Rollingwith it

PHOTOS: Isaac Stone Simonelli There's total silence in the taxi to Hanoi International Airport. It's the kind of silence that reminds you that there's normally something humming or creaking or chirping or playing in the background.


Sogyal Rinpoche Has Reportedly Resigned from Rigpa

The resignation letter , which is addressed to the sangha, is dated August 11 and was sent to Tricycle by an undisclosed source. The letter comes a month after several of the lama's longtime students accused their teacher of decades of sexual, physical, and psychological abuse.


Peace Process Team Calls to Review NCA Misunderstandings

The Peace Process Steering Team of eight ethnic group signatories to the nationwide ceasefire agreement said a Joint Ceasefire Implementation Committee Meeting needed to be called to review misunderstandings that emerged after the second session of the 21st Century Panglong peace conference in May. The JICM, whose representatives are from the government, Tatmadaw and ethnic armed organizations , have the authority to make decisions on the review of the NCA. The PPST, led by the Karen National Union and the Restoration Council of Shan State , held a two-day meeting in Chiang Mai, Thailand on Aug. 9-10.


 
Bangkokpost.com : Most recent
Meth pills seized after car chase in Chiang Rai
CHIANG RAI -- Police seized 240,000 methamphetamine pills after chasing a car in Mae Sai district early on Sunday.
More serious cases happening during Prayut administration: Poll
There are more serious cases regarding national security, safety and crimes -- including bombings, drugs, robberies and murders -- happening during the administration of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, according to a public opinion survey by Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, or Suan Dusit Poll.
Poll: Majority see Prayut "a good PM"
After three years in office as prime minister, a majority of people say Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has performed his duties well in this position, according to an opinion survey by the National Institute of Development Administration, or Nida Poll.
Unidentified man found lying dead on road side
PHRAE -- The mutilated body of a man, believed to have been crushed to death in an accident, was found at a U-turn in Muang district late on Friday night, police said.
Stoke shoot down Arsenal, Liverpool beat Crystal Palace
New signing Jese made a dream debut for Stoke City, scoring the winner in a 1-0 victory over Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday.
Air force plans to put armed marshals on planes
Amid concerns about terrorist attacks which have recently wreaked havoc in many parts of the world, the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) has rolled out a training session to produce air marshals to be deployed with weapons on commercial airplanes.
Father: Militant son was indoctrinated
The father of a militant suspect shot dead by authorities during Wednesday's vehicle robberies in the deep South believes his son was indoctrinated and misled into committing the crime in which a hostage was also killed.
Ministry plans Northeast rail line
The Transport Ministry will seek approval from the cabinet in October for the construction of a 355-kilometre Ban Phai-Mukdahan-Nakhon Phanom railway line worth 65.7 billion baht.
Prayut's nephew quits over nepotism claims
The nephew of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has resigned from military service following criticism of nepotism over his appointment to an officer position, an army source says.
Prayut gets prickly over 'critical' media coverage
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has expressed his displeasure over the media's criticism of the government's approach to ask TV stations to cover each minister during the mobile cabinet meeting in Nakhon Ratchasima.