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Phuket News
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.
Phuket Law: Opening a representative office in Thailand just got easier
A Representative Office allows the foreign investor to evaluate potential market opportunities without the need to establish a subsidiary in Thailand. Thus, it provides an interesting “vehicle” for foreign investors who may be considering entering the Thai market.
Phuket Opinion: Make them pay for plastic
PHUKET: News this past week that the Finance Ministry is seriously considering introducing a levy on plastic bags is long overdue. The fact that Thailand is “drowning in plastic” is obvious, and even the government can no longer ignore it. Plastic bag waste accounted for 13% of marine litter in 2015, well above food packaging waste at 8% and straws at 10%.
Emerald Group CEO Sawit Ketroj seeks to reassure Phuket public, investors
PHUKET: Emerald Group CEO Sawit Ketroj, the prominent Phuket condo developer arrested earlier this month on a fraud charge, and re-released on bail this week after failing to present himself to court as part of his original bail conditions, has held a press conference to address the accusations of fraud and mismanagement.
Prince Harry to marry Meghan Markle as world watches
Britains Prince Harry and US TV star Meghan Markle tie the knot on today (May 19) in a globally-watched ceremony at Windsor Castle filled with traditional pomp and modern twists.
 
The Thaiger
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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Thai Airways profits up nearly 50% for Q1

Thai Airways International and its subsidiaries have been able to notch up an operating profit of 3,836 million baht for the first quarter of 2018. This represents a 49.4% improvement over the same period last year, despite rising fuel costs. That cashes out as a net profit of 2,737 million baht, still 432 million baht (13.6%) […]

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Pattani school lifts ban on wearing hijab

The Education Ministry has defused a dress-code row at a school in Pattani province by giving the green light for Muslim students there to wear the hijab and long trousers in line with their religious beliefs. Starting today, Muslim students at the Anuban Pattani School can wear hijab and long trousers. “It’s just that they […]

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‘It is not the whale shark’s baby’ – Fishing boat captain

On Saturday (May 19) officials at the Phuket Fisheries Port In-Port Out Control Centre (PiPo) says, “There were 13 boat crews on Sang Samut 3 fishing boat on which Somsamai Meejom is the captain. They departed from the pier on May 11 and scheduled to return on May 22.” “We were informed that the boat […]

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Emerald Group says it will continue with its developments

(Translated from Thai) A press conference held at Dara Hotel on Saturday afternoon (May 19) was hosted by Emeral Development Group’s Sawit ‘Mai’ Ketroj. Mr Sawit says, “News about Phuket Future Group Co.,Ltd. real estate projects, which is one of companies in Emerald Group located at Kalim Patong, has damaged us. The news has affected […]

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Renting out rooms daily or weekly? You better read this.

SCREENGRAB: AirBnB website Illegal short-term holiday rentals, advertised and promoted by online portals like AirBnB, are coming under increasing scrutiny from authorities. Although there has been laws preventing short-term property rentals acting as ‘hotels’, the law has been loosely enforced with some condo developments around the country acting as defacto hotels and listing in many […]

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PHAB 2 raises 4.5 million baht for local scholarships

The Phuket Hotels Association recently hosted a hugely successful benefit evening and raised a total of 4.5 million baht for young hospitality professionals in Phuket. On April 28 the “Phuket Hotels Association Benefit 2 (PHAB 2) – Glam, Glitz and Glitter” event was held at Latitude Laguna. This marked the second annual edition of the […]

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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.
School backs down on headscarf ban
PATTANI: The director of a local school that prohibited students from wearing Islamic headscarves has backed down from his ban after senior education authorities stepped in following complaints from parents.
Four reasons why Design Thinking fails
The model of Design Thinking has become highly popular with organisations that want to achieve transformation through innovation. Many are trying their hand at implementing design thinking, but surprisingly, even after going through the full cycle a number of times, they are still not seeing the results and benefits they had expected.
Hun Sen, NCPO sing the same tune
A string of legislative attacks by Cambodia's ruling regime against its critics and the opposition party since last year have baffled me, not only for their senselessness and brutality, but for the similarity they share with political tactics invented here in Thailand.
Peace, but poor miss out
When the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) stepped into power after the May 22, 2014 coup, it made several bold promises such as fostering national reconciliation, introducing sweeping reforms and improving the economy.
Pressure mounts on Suu Kyi over Rakhine
Myanmar's civilian government is coming under increasing fire on all fronts. Or so it would seem. Pressure on Myanmar is mounting, especially from the UN and the US, as the government tries desperately to arrange for the return of nearly a million Muslim refugees -- who fled to Bangladesh to escape the violence in the strife-torn western region of Rakhine.
Ex-policeman helps kids' dreams come true
BURI RAM: Pol Capt Aphichit Phanthaprathip surprised quite a few people when he quit the police force just as he was on the brink of being promoted to inspector.
 
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Friends again, Prayut to visit Europe next month
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will visit Europe next month to cement ties now that political contact between Thailand and the European Union (EU) has resumed.
Pupils help teachers to clean up as school suffers flash flooding in Phitsanulok
Heavy rain in Phitsanulok's Muang district on Monday morning caused flooding at Ban Mae Rahan School, prompting teachers and pupils to spend time draining water out of the building.
Economy surges: growth in all sectors
Growth in the Thai economy has accelerated, reaching 4.8 per cent year-on-year in the first quarter of 2018.
China, US agree not to launch trade war
The biggest achievement of the latest consultations between the world’s top two economies is that they agreed not to launch a trade war and to stop slapping tariffs on each other, Vice-Premier Liu He, Chinese President Xi Jinping’s special envoy, said Saturday.
Brilliant Ariya wins playoff to clinch weather-hit Kingsmill
Ariya Jutanugarn produced a magnificent display of pressure putting to win the weather-shortened LPGA Kingsmill Championship in a playoff on Sunday.
SPECIAL REPORT: A litany of broken promises
The junta has failed to deliver on reforms or democratisation and seems to be preoccupied in entrenching itself
Pattani school lifts its ban on wearing hijab
MINISTRY EASES SITUATION BY ALLOWING MUSLIM STUDENTS TO WEAR ISLAMIC DRESS
Decision on paraquat ban to be made on Wednesday
THAILAND’S National Committee on Hazardous Substances Control will on Wednesday decide whether to ban the domestic use of paraquat, a herbicide used to control weeds, after consumer protection and industrial groups joined hands to press for the ban.
Cinema closure too emotional an ending for loyal filmgoers
IT WAS A SAD weekend for Bangkok’s film buffs, many of whom paid a teary-eyed final visit to the Lido Multiplex, which will soon close its doors after 50 years as one of the capital’s most prominent independent cinema venues.
 
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.


 
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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.
Nearly a year since fall of Iraq's Mosul, hunt for bodies goes on
MOSUL, Iraq: Atop an enormous mound of rubble under blistering sun in Iraq's second city Mosul, fire crews and police chip away at a grim but vital task.
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.
Migrant door barely ajar as populists prepare to rule Italy
ROME: The impending arrival of an anti-establishment, far-right government in Italy heralds even more controversy over how to deal with the flow of migrants as it raises the spectre of mass expulsions.
Two ATMs bombed in Songkhla
SONGKHLA: Bombs exploded at two ATMs of the Government Savings Bank, in Thepha and Saba Yoi districts, on Sunday evening about the same time others went off in the neighbouring three southernmost provinces.
Trump 'demands' probe of alleged spying on his campaign
WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump demanded Sunday that the Justice Department investigate whether his presidential campaign was "infiltrated" or spied on for political purposes, prompting it to announce it would look into those issues.
Gold prices down 50 baht to B19,700
The Gold Traders Association on Monday morning announced buying prices at 19,253.20 baht per baht-weight for gold ornaments and 19,600.00 baht per baht-weight for gold bar.
Startups get a boost with new official website
The National Innovation Agency (NIA) has launched "startupthailand.org", a revamped version of its former website aimed at becoming a hub for Thai startups and fostering growth in the Thai startup ecosystem.
In breakthrough, surgeon builds windpipes from arteries
PARIS: Where others failed, sometimes spectacularly, French surgeon Emmanuel Martinod has helped people whose windpipes have been ravaged by cancer and other diseases to live and breathe normally again.
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.
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