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Phuket News
Call for Patong Hill caution as tour bus involved in multiple-vehicle wipeout
PHUKET: Patong Police are urging motorists to exercise caution over Patong Hill after a slew of collisions on the busy road today (Jan 23), following a six-wheeled truck wiping out six vehicles late yesterday afternoon.
Police vow to track down tourist over starfish
PHUKET: Chalong Police today confirmed they were tracking down the tourist caught walking along Chalong Pier yesterday (Jan 22) with a starfish in a plastic bag.
More gun-toting drug suspects arrested
PHUKET: Police working with Phuket-based soldiers from the Royal Thai Army have arrested three suspects for drugs, with one found in possession of a .38 revolver and another with a shotgun cartridge in his pocket.
Rawai water supply to be shut off
PHUKET: The Phuket Provincial Waterworks Authority (PWA) announced today (Jan 23) that the mains water supply will be shut off in Rawai tomorrow (Jan 24).
German man dies after seven-storey fall in Patong
PHUKET: A 52-year-old German man has died after falling from a seventh-floor balcony in Patong this morning (Jan 23).
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Elections March 24! Water rations? Runaway truck on Patong Hill! || Jan. 23
PHUKET XTRA - January 23 Confirmed: Elections on March 24 |:| Water rations in Cherng Talay |:| Runaway truck on Patong Hill |:| Patong seaweed ’safe’ |:| Corpses are of anti-government activists Hosted by: JP Mestanza || #Phuket
General election on March 24
THAILAND: The general election will be held on March 24, the Election Commission announced on Wednesday afternoon.
Royal decree for election published, EC must set date
BANGKOK: His Majesty the King has issued a royal decree for a general election. The dress takes immediate effect, and the Election Commission must now set a date for the polls within the next five days.
Truck driver charged for Patong Hill wipeout
PHUKET: The driver of a runaway six-wheeled truck that struck several cars before slamming head-on into another truck in front of Wat Patong late yesterday afternoon (Jan 22) has been charged with reckless driving and operating an unsafe vehicle.
Mall Group Chair calls for ‘courage’ to develop Thailand’s tourism attractions
BANGKOK: The Thailand Tourism Forum (TTF) returned for its eighth edition, with an action-packed agenda focusing on the mega-projects that are currently transforming the tourism landscape in Bangkok and beyond.
 
The Thaiger
Drug plant, abuse and extortion. Oh, sorry, it’s all a misunderstanding – Dutch tourist

PHOTOS: ONB News A Dutch tourist has apologised to the Pattaya police after he claimed he had drugs planted on him, was abused and was extorted out of 40,000 baht. He also claimed a French volunteer tourist police officer was involved in the extortion. But he later told Pattaya Police that he had found his money […]

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Seaweed on Patong Beach – just a seasonal phenomenon

The seasonal mass of seaweed that was washed up onto Patong Beach over the last week is a natural phenomenon. A spokesperson for the Phuket Marine Biological Centre says that the seaweed isn’t harmful although it can smell bad as it starts to rot in the daytime sun. The seaweed first started coming ashore back on […]

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Four dead and at least five injured in Bangkok crane failure

Four workers were killed and five others injured when the top part of a crane broke off and fell on them at a condominium construction site on Bangkok’s Rama 3 Road this afternoon. The fallen section of the crane hit the fifth floor of a building in the Lumpini Park Riverside project. Four male workers […]

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Election date announced as Sunday, March 24

Thais get their opportunity to express their democratic vote and will go to the polls on Sunday, March 24. The Election Commission (EC) has announced the date after chairing an urgent meeting of EC members this afternoon. The royal decree was signed by HM The King and co-signed by Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha this morning. […]

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OPINION – One, two, three bad incidents on Patong Hill within 24 hours

The bottom of Patong Hill, on the Patong side, has been the scene of numerous fatalities over the past 20 years. Following a steep decent and some tight windy turns, some vehicles simply come to grief. Residents and shops at the bottom of the hill have built barriers, walls and fencing to try and defend […]

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Immigration officers asked to show leniency to foreigners applying for retirement & marriage visas

Thai immigration say that they’re willing to show leniency to foreigners in the prickly subject of proving income when applying for retirement and marriage visas and extensions. Immigration chief Police Lieutenant General Surachete Hakparn acknowledges that some applicants may have difficulty in providing the now required 12 months worth of bank statements. Where this is […]

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Crane topples in Bangkok killing four, many others injured

PHOTOS: มาด เซอร์., Klong Prem ShinSuwan / FM91Trafficpro A crane has toppled at a construction site in Bangkok today. The incident has already been responsible for the death of four people while many others have been injured. FM91 Traffic pro is reporting that at 1.09pm a crane, inside a construction site in Yan Nawa, Bangkok […]

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Here we go – Royal decree issued for Thai general election

The final hurdle to holding an election this year was cleared this morning by royal decree that sets in motion the countdown to the long-awaited poll. The royal decree, ordering a general election of members of Parliament was issued this morning. The constitutional process calls for the Election Commission to announce a date for the […]

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German 78 year old drowns at Jomtien Beach in Pattaya

PHOTO: YouTube Emergency responders have been called to Jomtien beach in Pattaya’s south yesterday after a German tourist was reported in difficulty whilst swimming. There were many tourists on the beach at the time. Members of the local rescue foundation, Sawang Boriboon attempted CPR on 78 year old Klaus Heinz Trappiel but were unable to revive […]

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Chinese Embassy delegation requests better safety for their compatriots visiting Pattaya

A delegation of Chinese Embassy officials and diplomats from Bangkok visited Pattaya yesterday to seek more information and request upgrades in safety for Chinese citizens when visiting the resort city. The visit follows a concerning rise in the number of deaths from Chinese people drowning whilst visiting Pattaya. Manager Online reports that senior Chinese embassy […]

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NationMultimedia.com
Elections are finally here – on March 24
EC picks ‘most appropriate’ date; no word on results before May 9.
Thai officials deny any role in the deaths of Surachai’s aides
THAI AUTHORITIES yesterday denied they played any role in the disappearance of two anti-monarchy activists who were found dead in the Mekong River, while the whereabouts of another dissident remain unknown. Senior officials have denied having any links with the deaths, saying they took place outside the Kingdom.
Some Bangkok private schools close temporarily due to air pollution worries
AIR POLLUTION has forced the suspension of classes at private schools across Bangkok this week, though the Pollution Control Department (PCD) yesterday reported fewer areas with unsafe levels of PM2.5 – airborne particulates 2.5 microns in diameter and smaller.
Money clearly cannot buy happiness for Bangkokians, new study shows
FAMILIES living in Bangkok are the least happy despite having the highest average income compared to people living in other parts of the country, a recent study found.
Meetings held to seek answer to Bangkok smog
AS PUBLIC AGITATION over the hazardous air in Bangkok continues to grow, a fresh look at how to deal with PM2.5 particulates is underway, with consecutive meetings being held by the national pollution-control committee and environmental board.
Merge small schools to boost education quality: WB
THE WORLD BANK is continuing its call for Thailand to merge its small schools in order to improve education.
Dams still best way to manage water resources: govt agencies
Forum told reservoirs most effective despite signs of environmental damage.
New guide drawn up for teacher-education programme
THE OFFICE of Higher Education Commission (Ohec) will consider a new Thai Qualifications Framework (TQF) for teacher-education programmes next month.
Watch ‘La Traviata’ on the big screen
Alliance Francaise de Bangkok will host a screening of the film version of Verdi’s celebrated opera “La Traviata” on January 26 with Italian with English subtitles.
 
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Bangkokpost.com : Most recent
Payouts on offer for fishermen to quit
Authorities will compensate fishermen who want to quit their career under a state plan to reduce trawler numbers to better regulate fishing.
BoT: Baht climbs as greenback slips
The baht's rising value is a result of the US dollar depreciation, stemming from domestic political developments in the world's largest economy, says the Bank of Thailand.
VAT refund lures few buyers at outset
The value-added tax (VAT) refund for Chinese New Year shopping has received a lukewarm response, with a mere 7,000 people registering for the perk.
Travel agents upbeat on restoring missing visitors
Despite bad news prevailing last year, Thailand has successfully lured back Chinese travellers and the number of arrivals is projected to surpass 11 million this year and 15 million within the next five years, says the Association of Thai Travel Agents (Atta).
Howa unveils taxi-booking app to challenge Grab, Line
Howa International Co, the operator of Taxi Radio and Suvarnabhumi Taxi Cooperative, has invested 20 million baht to unveil the HaHa taxi-booking mobile app and digital meter terminal (DMT) to compete with rivals Grab and Line.
Chinese use of mobile money apps unseats cash
Chinese tourists in 2018 paid for 32% of transactions using mobile payment, overtaking cash for the first time, according to a survey by Nielsen and Alipay.
Depa plans March launch of government startup hub
The Digital Economy Promotion Agency (Depa) will start operating the government startup centre in Bangkok by March to promote and scale up local startups, serving the government's goal of creating a hub in the region.
Phuket locals fight to claim 'free' land
Residents from an agricultural community in Phuket's Muang district on Wednesday petitioned the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) to help them win a bitter land dispute.
FTI edgy on negative factors in outlook
The Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) has a conservative outlook on the country's automotive industry in 2019, saying there are ample negative factors to pressure both domestic sales and exports.
Investors hail clarity on poll
The private sector hailed Wednesday's announcement of the nation's first general election since 2014, saying clarity on the long-awaited poll date will bolster investor confidence.
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