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Phuket News
Philippines expands US access to military bases
MANILA: The United States and the Philippines announced a deal today (Feb 2) to give US troops access to another four bases in the Southeast Asian nation, as the longtime allies seek to counter China’s military rise.
Ministry of Labour in town to promote foreign workers’ rights
PHUKET: A delegation from the Ministry of Labour was in Phuket yesterday (Feb 1) to highlight and showcase a public relations initiative focused on protecting foreign workers’ rights.
Tourists extorted by police safe from prosecution for bribery
BANGKOK: Tourists extorted by police will be safe from prosecution even though they paid a bribe, including holidaying Taiwanese actress Charlene An who alleged she was extorted for possession of an e-cigarette at a Bangkok checkpoint last month, a senior Bangkok police officer said yesterday (Feb 1).
Taxi scam concerns visitors the most
BANGKOK:Overpriced taxi services are the leading complaint among foreign tourists, along with poor garbage management and facilitation at the airport, according to the Tourism Council of Thailand (TCT).
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Phuket tour guide chief denounces report of B1mn drug extortion by police
PHUKET: Krit Thepbamrung, President of the Andaman Tour Guide Association, is calling for a tour guide in Phuket to come forward and clarify that his claim that an “agency official” had planted drugs on a Saudi tourist then extorted B1 million from him happened years ago.
Phuket air quality takes a hit
PHUKET: Air quality monitoring centres using data from Thailand’s Pollution Control Department (PCD) have reported unhealthy levels of PM2.5 particulates across Phuket yesterday and today (Jan 31-Feb 1),
Phuket gets three MPs at next election
PHUKET: Phuket will have three seats to be contested for the House of Representatives at the next election, the Election Commission of Thailand has confirmed.
Phuket officials ready for Valentine’s day
PHUKET: The Mueang Phuket District Office is already making special preparations for people getting married on Valentine’s Day (Feb 14), including a gold giveaway and free photos for lucky couples.
Power outage to affect Sinsuk Thani, Srisoonthorn
PHUKET: The Thalang branch of the Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA Thalang) has announced a power outage that will affect the Sinsuk Thani housing estate in Moo 5, Srisoonthorn on Friday morning (Feb 3).
 
Thaiger
Commuters criticise ‘dangerous’ Bangkok Apiwat Station’s lack of lights

Commuters took to social media to criticise officials involved with the construction and opening of the “dangerous” Bangkok Apiwat Central Station. Two weeks after the official opening of the station, formerly known as Bang Sue Grand Station, roads around the station remain dark due to the absence of street lights. The State Railway of Thailand …

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More trees in Bangkok could cut heatwave mortality by a third

Planting more trees in Bangkok to lower summertime temperatures could decrease deaths directly linked to hot weather and heatwaves by a third. Increasing tree cover to 30 percent would shave off 0.4 degrees Celsius (0.7 degrees Fahrenheit) locally, on average, during hot summer months. Thai PBS World tells us that of the 6,700 premature deaths …

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Residents find first leatherback turtle eggs in Phang Nga village in 2 years

Residents in a Phang Nga village found some buried leatherback turtle eggs for the first time in two years. The locals of Koh Kor Khao village in Takua Pa district were delighted to find the nest on Sunset Beach on Tuesday.  Luckily, the eggs had not been impacted by seawater or poor weather conditions. The Department …

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Bangkok’s first free street-food space welcomes hawkers, street vendors

Bangkok opened its first free street-food space in the city for hawkers and street vendors yesterday, in an attempt to keep cluttered pavements free from obstruction. City governor Chadchart Sittipunt launched of the “Hello Hab-Re” (Hello Hawkers) project outside Samyan Mitrtown on Rama IV Road yesterday. Street food is a quintessential part of the Bangkok …

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Rabies detected in northeast Thailand

Residents of Nong Phai Noi village in Buriram province, northeast Thailand, are pleading with the authorities to take urgent action after two people were bitten by a dog infected with rabies. The dog bit a pregnant cow which dropped dead two weeks later. On January 10, 65 year old local man Sawat Palertlam was attending …

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US to form military alliance with Philippines to check China

The United States is set to announce details of a new alliance with the Philippines and four new military bases on the island nation as it attempts to curb China’s expansion in the South China Sea. The US is keen to rekindle a former friendship with the Philippines, 30 years after they were told to …

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Pattaya’s new police chief pledges to prioritise tourists’ safety

Pattaya has a new police chief in town. The new chief, Pol. Col. Thanapong Phothi, pledged to prioritise tourists’ safety when he joined Pattaya Police Station yesterday.   A crowd of police officers, city officials, and business people happily welcomed Thanapong. Thanapong is a long-time Pattaya dweller, who has previously served in other roles in and …

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Want to study in Thailand? Find your perfect scholarship match today!

Thailand, known for its tropical beaches, bustling cities, and rich culture, offers numerous opportunities for students seeking scholarships. With an increasing number of universities and organizations offering financial support to international students, now is the perfect time to explore the possibility of studying in Thailand. Here are the top scholarships you should consider if you’re …

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US woman detained and fined in Russia after walking a calf on Moscow’s Red Square

A Russian court has detained and fined a US woman after she walked a calf on Moscow’s Red Square. She alleged that she bought the calf to save it from a slaughterhouse. Alicia Day was charged with obstructing pedestrians in an unauthorised protest and was fined 20,000 rubles (US$285). The 34 year old was also …

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Your guide to a fun time in Thailand: How to safely consume cannabis!

As of 2022, cannabis is finally legal in Thailand. However, with great legalisation comes great responsibility. So, if you’re looking to consume cannabis in the Land of Smiles, you need to know how to do it safely and responsibly. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Here’s what you need to know. Know the Laws and …

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Bangkokpost.com : Top Stories
'Extortion' principal: It's not my money
The director of a Bangkok school has been suspended for allegedly extorting money from a supplier of student lunches, while insisting that the cash found in his office belonged to someone else.
Policemen who stopped Taiwanese actress face bribery charges
Six policemen at Huai Khwang station face the charges of taking bribes in connection with alleged extortion of a Taiwanese actress's group at a checkpoint on Jan 4.
'Intent to supply' meth law to be stepped up: Anutin
The Ministry of Public Health's committee on drug rehabilitation will proceed to amend a ministerial regulation and charge anyone who is found in possession of more than one tablet of a methamphetamine pill with the offence of dealing in illegal narcotics.
Cooperation deal sparks worker rush to S Korea
More skilled Thai workers are heading to South Korea for well-paid jobs under a labour cooperation deal reached between Thailand and South Korea last year.
Anti-Tatmadaw protests in Bangkok
Myanmar protesters are calling on the Thai government to support them and the National Unity Government (NUG) of Myanmar in restoring true democracy and overthrowing the Tatmadaw.
Taxi scam concerns visitors the most
Overpriced taxi services are the leading complaint among foreign tourists, along with poor garbage management and facilitation at the airport, according to the Tourism Council of Thailand (TCT).
'We're on the triads' trail'
Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB) commissioner, Pol Lt Gen Thiti Saengsawang, has insisted police are handling a case related to a Chinese criminal syndicate transparently and in line with the law.
Anucha tipped to leave PPRP
Defections continue to rattle the ruling Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) as a key figure of the Sam Mitr (Three Allies) faction is tipped to be the latest to move to the United Thai Nation (UTN) Party after the conclusion of parliament's final session at the end of this month.
Tourists 'told to pay or go to jail'
A Singaporean man who was with a Taiwanese actress who alleged earlier that her group was extorted said police told him to pay up or spend two days in jail for having vaping devices he'd bought in Bangkok.
Tourists extorted by police safe from prosecution for bribery
Tourists extorted by police will be safe from prosecution even though they paid a bribe, including holidaying Taiwanese actress Charlene An who alleged she was extorted for possession of an e-cigarette at a Bangkok checkpoint last month, a senior Bangkok police officer said on Wednesday.
 
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Phuket cabbies protest against unregistered competitors
PHUKET: Operators of registered taxis and public transport vehicles on Thursday flexed their muscles to protest against unregistered taxis and outside vehicles providing services on the resort island.
Malaysian graftbusters freeze opposition party’s accounts
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian anti-graft authorities have frozen the bank accounts of an opposition party led by former prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin amid an investigation that the pro-Malay group said was an attempt to destroy its credibility.
'Extortion' principal: It's not my money
The director of a Bangkok school has been suspended for allegedly extorting money from a supplier of student lunches, while insisting that the cash found in his office belonged to someone else.
Russia strikes Ukraine residential building, new offensive warning
KYIV: Rescuers searched for survivors in the rubble of an apartment building in eastern Ukraine on Thursday after a Russian strike destroyed it, as Kyiv said it expected a major offensive on the first anniversary of Moscow's invasion.
Policemen who stopped Taiwanese actress face bribery charges
Six policemen at Huai Khwang station face the charges of taking bribes in connection with alleged extortion of a Taiwanese actress's group at a checkpoint on Jan 4.
Bombs damage two power poles in Pattani
PATTANI: Bombs exploded at two locations in Khok Pho district of this southern border province in the early hours of Thursday, damaging two high-voltage power poles. No casualties were reported.
China lifts SE Asia factories as Europe downturn softens
Asia’s manufacturers are improving at the start of the year as the region becomes more optimistic about the boost from China’s reopening, while activity in the euro area shows the downturn is softening as cost pressures ease.
Late Australian cardinal's funeral sparks Sydney protests
SYDNEY: Protestors confronted mourners with chants of "shame" outside the funeral of controversial top Vatican cardinal George Pell in Sydney on Thursday.
Bitcoin jumps to highest since August in post-fed crypto rally
Bitcoin hit the highest since August as investors interpreted Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell’s comments about progress on inflation as a sign that a less harsh monetary policy backdrop lies ahead.
Harmful dust levels in 52 provinces, including Bangkok
Fifty-two out of 76 provinces across Thailand, including Bangkok and its suburbs, were found with harmful levels of PM2.5 dust above the safe limit of 50 microgrammes per cubic metre (mcg/m3), on Thursday morning, the Pollution Control Department (PCD) said.
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