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PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Boys tied to tree? Grandmother dies in crash! Drug kingpin gets life! || March 20
PHUKET XTRA - March 20 Woman dies while taking granddaughter to school! Two dead, several injured in tourist van crash! Boys tied to tree for stealing? Laotian drug lord gets life in prison! Cache of practice bombs found! Pattaya cabbie returns $3,100! Hosted by: JP Mestanza || #Phuket
Phuket’s Soi Dog speaks out on rabies: Genuine outbreak or misinformed panic?
PHUKET: Over the past few weeks, rabies has dominated social media in Thailand. The debate has been covered – and in some cases inflamed – by the traditional print and broadcast media across the country.
Lao drug kingpin Xaysana gets life imprisonment
BANGKOK: The Criminal Court handed down life imprisonment to drug ring leader Xaysana Keopimpha today (Mar 20) on charges of smuggling 1.2 million methamphetamine pills (ya bah) into Thailand.
Alcohol ban in Phuket this weekend for local election day
PHUKET: For the first time since May 2014, an alcohol ban will be in force in Phuket this weekend as required under laws governing elections as the residents of Moo 1 (“Village 1”) in Chalong vote for a new Phu Yai Baan (“Village headman”).
Driver, Chinese tourist dead, three tourists seriously injured in Phang Nga minivan crash
PHUKET: A minivan driver and a female Chinese tourist died while three Chinese tourists sustained serious injuries when a minivan heading from Phuket collided with an 18-wheeler truck in Phang Nga earlier today.
New strategy called to counter Phuket drug epidemic
PHUKET: The Phuket Provincial Office Chief Administrative Officer (Palad) has again called for extra effort in the fight against drugs to stave off an epidemic of drug use across the island.
Phuket grandmother’s head crushed under 10-wheeler juggernaut
PHUKET: A 64-year-old woman driving a motorbike with her 11-year-old granddaughter as passenger died this morning (Mar 20) when her head was crushed under a 10-wheeled truck in rush-hour traffic in Rassada, north of Phuket Town.
Phuket Poll: How should Phuket’s lifeguards be provided?
PHUKET: The fiasco of Phuket’s authorities providing lifeguards at the island’s key beaches has dragged on from last year into 2018, with no end in sight.
Residents get first look at town devastated by Australia bushfire
AUSTRALIA: Residents got their first look today (Mar 20) at the devastation wrought by a bushfire that ravaged a town in Australia, but fears over asbestos and unstable structures mean even those with houses still standing cannot move back.
Cops swoop on Bangkok ‘bomb plotter’
SONGKHLA: The Crime Suppression Division has arrested a suspected bomb maker, who is thought to have conspired with four others to conduct an aborted bombing campaign in Bangkok in 2016.
Phuket Gazette
Rabies: Genuine outbreak or misinformed panic?

By Phuket’s Soi Dog Foundation Over the past few weeks, rabies has dominated social media in Thailand. The debate has been covered – and in some cases inflamed – by the traditional print and broadcast media across the country. Some people are now advocating what has been described as “Set Zero”, a massive country-wide slaughter […]

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Takuapa hitman bailed up by locals

A 50 year old hitman, Banjong Chaisawad, was caught by local people in Takuapa District, Phang Nga, after shooting two men who were working on a fishing raft at the time. Ban Namkem Police received a report yesterday (March 19) about two men being shot, including 39 year old Sudkhet Samranrat, who was shot in […]

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Truck crashes into motorcycle and kills 63 year old

A 10-wheel truck has crashed into a motorcycle and killed a 63 year old woman, Nunoi Kraisat, instantly. After an investigation, Muang Phuket Police found that the motorcyclist was riding with her niece at the back heading to the Piboon Sawaddee School for a graduation ceremony. She stopped to wait to turn right while the […]

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Chinese tour van crashed, kills two in Phang Nga

A Chinese tour van crashed this morning in Kokkloy, Phang Nga, just north of Phuket, into a 18-wheel, truck resulting in two casualties and seven injuries. The van, full passengers, was traveling from Phuket to a pier in Phang Nga. At the scene, the truck was making a U-turn and the van crashed into the […]

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Australian engineer says he’s ‘found’ MH370 – Malaysian search team says ‘no’.

A report has emerged saying that Malaysia Airlines MH370 has been found. The official MH370 Response Team says the reports are ‘unfounded and baseless’. Malaaysia’s Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, also head of the Malaysian Civil Aviation Authority, say the team has read the stories in a number of junk UK media, Daily Star, The Sun Daily […]

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THAIGER TODAY Tuesday, March 20

MH370 has NOT been found | Bar owner in Pattaya bashed unconscious | 10 million baht worth of marijuana seized in Chumpon | Officials concerned over damage on Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao | Nok Air being asked to ‘please explain’ over poor on-time record | 103 ‘practice bombs’ found near Vachira Hospital […]

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Fear is your friend – ‘Winds of Change’ TEDx UWCT

by Darren Scherbain Who am I to share my story? I’m nothing but an ex-snowblower, who can still wrestle with that voice that says it’s so much easier to sit down and fit in then it is to stand in your strength and expose your raw nakedness. Life and the race course do not respect […]

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Marine rescue workshop underway in Phuket

The Ministry of Tourism and Sports, Phuket Office, held a marine rescue workshop at the Dara Hotel in Kathu this morning (March 19) chaired by Deputy Secretary General of the ministry, Santi Pawai. The workshop was aiming to teach attendees about methods to deal with divers and customers in case of emergency, both underwater and […]

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THAIGER TODAY Monday, March 19

Wrist band ID for tourists and facial recognition tech. for 7-11s | DNA results are in for the Premchai case | PM encourages Thais to wear traditional costumes when in public | Chiang Mai air pollution ‘sixth worst in the world’ | Fire in BKK factory | Scaffolding collapse on BKK worksite.

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Migrant workers registered with iris scan technology

Five southern coastal provinces with large numbers of migrant workers have pioneered the use of iris scans in the registration procedure, the governor of Samut Nakhon announced today (Monday). Prapas Malakan said labourers on fishing trawlers, at fish and seafood processing factories and at related industrial establishments had undergone the scans in his province and […]

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Novelist elucidates Thailand-Japan ties through wartime love story
Just as any country that experienced wars, Thailand, which was involved in both world wars, has its share of bestseller novels that are themed on wartime love stories.
New permanent crossing in Sa Kaeo to open March 30
Thailand and Cambodia will open a new permanent checkpoint between Sa Kaeo and Battambang at the end of this month.
World's last male northern white rhino dies
The world's last male northern white rhino has died, the Kenyan conservancy taking care of it said, leaving only two females of its subspecies alive in the world. - REUTERS
Facebook and the Fed put Asian markets on edge
Asian shares fell on Tuesday after investors dumped US technology shares in the wake of a scandal surrounding Facebook. The retreat came ahead of new Fed chairman Jerome Powell's first policy meeting, which could offer more clues on the health of the U.S. economy. - REUTERS
The Weinstein Company declares bankruptcy
U.S. film and TV studio, The Weinstein Company, whose ex-Chairman Harvey Weinstein has been accused of sexual harassment and assault, said on Monday it filed for bankruptcy. - REUTERS
Cambodia gives suspended sentence to Brit 'pornographer'
PHNOM PENH: A Cambodian court on Tuesday suspended 10 months of a one-year jail term it handed to a British man found guilty of producing pornography in connection with a party in the town of Siem Reap, home to the ruins of Angkor Wat.
Trump set to levy $60 bln in China tariffs: sources
Sources tell Reuters the Trump administration is expected to unveil up to $60 billion in new tariffs on Chinese imports by Friday, targeting tech and intellectual property. - REUTERS
Russia hits back in spy poisoning row as experts called in
MOSCOW: Russia hit back at Britain in the spy poisoning row, demanding proof of its alleged involvement in a nerve agent attack, as international weapons experts arrived to take samples of the toxic substance.
Lao drug kingpin Xaysana gets life imprisonment
The Criminal Court handed down life imprisonment to drug ring leader Xaysana Keopimpha on Tuesday on charges of smuggling 1.2 methamphetamine pills into Thailand.
'Emperor' Xi says China ready to fight 'bloody battle'
BEIJING - President Xi Jinping delivered a blistering nationalist speech on Tuesday, warning against any attempts to split China and touting the country's readiness to fight "the bloody battle" to regain its rightful place in the world.
EC Somchai sacked
Election commissioner Somchai Srisuthiyakorn has been removed from his office at the order of General Prayut Chan-o-cha.
Porn airs in public through digital billboard in Manila
A pornographic video was aired on one of the digital billboards flagging the Executive Building Center in Makati Avenue, Makati City today, around 2 p.m.
Premchai’s wife charged with having two pairs of African elephant tusks
The wife of embattled construction tycoon Premchai Karnasuta was on Tuesday charged with having two pairs of African elephant tusks without a permit.
Sex and the City' star joins New York governor race
Cynthia Nixon, the US actress who shot to fame as workaholic lawyer Miranda on "Sex and the City," jumped into the race for New York governor Monday, unveiling a progressive platform championing economic equality and eschewing big business.
Lao drug kingpin sentenced to life
The Criminal Court on Tuesday sentenced to death a Lao drug dealer after finding him guilty of smuggling narcotics, including heroin and methamphetamine (known as yaba), into the country.
Chon Buri monk calls on govt to vaccinate strays at temple
A monk at a temple in Chon Buri on Tuesday appealed to government agencies to provide rabies vaccinations to 100 stray dogs and cats at his temple.
Most of new Parliament compound to be delivered this year: Sino-Thai
Sino-Thai Engineering and Construction, which has been working on the new Parliament project, gave an assurance on Tuesday that it would deliver most of the new compound to the House of Representatives Secretary-General’s Office this year, so that the compound could start to be used.
PM urged to allow elections for Social Security Office board
The Social Security Network for Working People has urged Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha to allow an election for representatives of employers and social security recipients to the board of the new Social Security Office (SSO).
Missing giant yellow duck found in Australia
Sydney - A giant yellow inflatable duck named Daphne that made a break from its moorings in Australia has been located after a week on the lam, its swimming club owners said Monday.
Chiang Mai, Thailand News
Bangkok air quality ailing while Chiang Mai improves

Thailand's Pollution Control Department has reported particulate matter readings at five of its Bangkok stations have show levels exceeding limits, with highs of 57 micrograms per cubic meter. The PCD said readings in Bangkok on March 11 saw a range of 46-57 micrograms per cubic meter at the Bangna, Wangthonglang, Rama 4, Ladprao and Indarapitak stations.

80% of welfare funds 'plagued by graft'

People give information to PACC officials on the possible embezzlement of welfare funds for the poor in Narathiwat province on Feb 20. Irregularities have been found in the distribution of welfare allowances for the poor in 44 provinces, representing 80%, or 97 million baht, of the national budget for the purpose, as the probe continues in the remaining 32 provinces. The Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission has been investigating possible corruption involving the budget for the poor of 122 million baht in fiscal 2017 at 76 protection centres for the destitute across the country.

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Face masks to be distributed to cities affected by air pollution

Thailand's Ministry of Public Health convened a meeting Saturday to discuss the ongoing air pollution problem in nine provinces and is making preparations to hand out 290,000 pollution resistant masks to people in all affected areas. While chairing a video conference with local health agencies, Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Public Health Ministry Dr. Opas Karnkawinpong, was informed that the nine provinces in the northern region are currently affected by air-borne particulate matter of less than 10 microns including Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Nan, Phayao, Phrae, Mae Hong Son, Lampang, Lamphun, and Tak.

Highway carnage

This is the best description of the Thai mindset I have read in a long time. If only this speech by the academic could be heard by all the Thai people.

Air quality worsens but data lacking in Northeast areas

AIR POLLUTION from particulate matter smaller than 2.5 microns continues to ravage the North and Northeast but no accurate measurements are available, as many provinces do not have PM2.5 monitoring stations. As seasonal haze intensifies in the North from the accumulation of fine particulate matter in the air, a PM2.5 monitoring device in Khon Kaen yesterday indicated that air pollution was also occurring in the Northeast.

Myanmar Artists' Works Tackling Identity, Displacement on Show in Chiang Mai

Works by 18 established and emerging artists from Southeast Asia offering their personal experiences of global migration, notions of identity and ongoing humanitarian crises in Myanmar are on currently on display in a group exhibition in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand. The contemporary art exhibition "Diaspora: Exit, Exile, Exodus of Southeast Asia" is open to the public at the MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum in Chiang Mai from March 4 until Oct. 1. It includes works in a range of media, including paintings, paper cut-outs, other visual arts and mixed-media installations.

Return Thai murder victim's belongings, says MP

Kirsty Jones, 23, was raped and strangled in a hostel in Chiang Mai in August 2000. Her killers have never been caught.

photoChiang Mai balloon festival

Hot air balloons from Thailand and other countries take off in the Thailand International Balloon Festival 2018 in Mae Rim district, Chiang Mai. The three-day event ends on Sunday.

Nine Chinese tourists injured in bus accident in northern Thailand

A van veered off and crashed into a convenience store in northern Thailand's Chiang Mai, injuring nine Chinese tourists, China's consulate general in Chiang Mai confirmed on Saturday. According to the consulate general, the accident happened on Saturday afternoon when the bus lost control and collided with a 7-11 store on its way to Chiang Mai from Pai, a mountainous town in northern Thailand. : Most recent
1 Chinese, 25 Vietnamese caught trying to sneak into Taiwan
TAIPEI: Taiwanese authorises said on Tuesday that one Chinese national and 25 more Vietnamese were detained the previous day on suspicion of attempting to enter Taiwan illegally.
Singapore will ban shared-bike users caught parking indiscriminately
SINGAPORE: Users caught for parking their shared bicycles indiscriminately more than three times in a year will be banned temporarily from renting from all bike-sharing operators, following amendments made to the Parking Places Act passed on Tuesday.
Visitors to Japan rises 23% to February record
TOKYO: The estimated number of foreign visitors to Japan in February jumped 23.3% from a year earlier to 2,509,300, a record for the month, the Japan Tourism Agency said Tuesday.
Au revoir, baguette! France goes mad for le burger
PARIS - For the first time in history, hamburger sales in France have soared higher than the classic baguette jambon-beurre sandwich as French diners surrender to the American fast-food favourite.
SET flat, other SE Asia stocks mixed ahead of Fed meeting
The Stock Exchange of Thailand index ended flat, while other Southeast Asian stocks ended mixed on Tuesday, as investors braced for new Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell's first policy meeting starting later in the day.
ICC: Philippines withdrawal won't affect preliminary probe
THE HAGUE, Netherlands: The International Criminal Court says the Philippines decision to leave the organisation will have no effect on an on-going preliminary probe into possible crimes committed during Manila's war on drugs.
New permanent crossing in Sa Kaeo to open March 30
Thailand and Cambodia will open a new permanent checkpoint between Sa Kaeo and Battambang at the end of this month.
Premchai's wife charged for having African ivory
The wife of Premchai Karnasuta has been charged with having carcasses of endangered wildlife and may face two more charges related to false registration and imports as the ivory found in their house came from African elephants.
Sea level fears as more of giant Antarctic glacier floating than thought
SYDNEY - More of a giant France-sized glacier in Antarctica is floating on the ocean than previously thought, scientists said Tuesday, raising fears it could melt faster as the climate warms and have a dramatic impact on rising sea-levels.
Last male northern white rhino dies in Kenya
NAIROBI: The last male northern white rhino has died in Kenya at the age of 45 years his keepers announced Tuesday, leaving only two females of his subspecies alive.

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