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Phuket News
Phuket goes to the polls for national election
PHUKET: Phuket Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana was the first to cast his vote at the polling station at the Phuket Municipality Meeting Hall on Narisorn Rd in Phuket Town this morning as polling stations opened across the island in the national election today (Mar 24).
Representatives of foreign countries, international organisations observe national election
BANGKOK: The Election Commission (EC) has invited representatives of foreign countries and international organizations to observe Sunday’s general election.
Voters throng polling stations to cast ballots
BANGKOK: Voters across the country are lining up at polling stations to cast ballots in the first general election since the military coup in May 2014.
Phuket Opinion: A vote for everything, or a vote for nothing?
PHUKET: Today (Mar 24), Thailand is holding its first genuine national election for seven years. For many young voters, it will be their first. Voter turnout is expected to be high, as it seems everyone young and old has an opinion to express through their ballots.
Phuket gun-toting driver apprehended
PHUKET: Phuket police apprehend a local car driver after he threatened another motorist during a road rage incident the day before (Mar 22).
14 hurt in multiple crashes after chicken fat spill
RATCHABURI: Fourteen people were hurt when chicken fat spilled on an overpass over an intersection in Muang district, causing multiple crashes involving 21 vehicles on the slippery road on Friday evening (Mar 22).
At least 10 drown after van-trailer crash
KANCHANABURI: At least 10 people, mostly migrant workers, drowned after a 10-wheel trailer truck and a passenger van plunged into a canal following a crash in Tha Muang district around noon on Saturday (Mar 23).
American drug suspect arrested in Thailand after 25 years on the run
CHIANG MAI: Immigration police announced the arrest of an American drug suspect, who had been living under the identity of another person for 25 years. The man was arrested in Chiang Mai where he resided since 2013.
Gun brandishing Pole appears in court
PHUKET: A Polish hotel owner who threatened his staff with a gun at his hotel in Patong on Tuesday (Mar 19) has appeared in court.
Phuket makes final preparations for national election
PHUKET: Police and other security personnel will be present at all 366 polling stations across the island during voting in the national election tomorrow (Mar 24), Nutthawat Wongitsaraphap, Director of the Phuket office of the Election Commission (PEC), has confirmed.
 
The Thaiger
Chiang Mai ‘s tourism holds up despite smoke and smog

by Siriarpa Kamjan, ttgasia.com Chiang Mai’s current poor air quality and smoke haze is raising concerns on the potential impact on tourism as Thailand’s Songkran water festival approaches. Smog has been a yearly occurrence in Northern Thailand, but this year the situation appears to be the worst with Chiang Mai topping the air pollution ranking […]

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Red car ‘gun flasher’ arrested in Phuket

Phuket police have arrested and are questioning the driver of a red sedan following Friday’s incident on Thepkasattri Road in Srisoonthorn where he appeared to wave a gun out of his driver’s window (video in the link below). Manop Sangpal was tracked down by police but they’ve confirmed that Mr Manop’s ‘gun’ was just a […]

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2,821 days

It’s been 2,821 days between July 3, 2011 until today, March 24, 2019. July 3, 2011 was the last time Thais voted in a general election. That time Pheu Thai, led by Yingluck Shinawatra, won 265 seats in the 500 seat parliament. It was only the second time in Thai history that a single party won more […]

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Tsunami advisory for Andaman Coast – all clear

An advisory was sent out last night about two earth tremors registering 5.0 and 5.2 magnitude centered on the Andaman Islands, 620 kilometres north west of Phuket. The National Disaster Warning Centre sent out an advisory to Governors of six Andaman Coast provinces to be on alert for tsunami warnings and more earthquake activity. There has been […]

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His Majesty urges Thais to elect ‘good people’ in today’s election

His Majesty the King has quoted from a speech delivered by his father, the late King Bhumibol, to urge voters to elect “good people” to rule the country. The Royal Household Bureau announced at 8.44pm that His Majesty had instructed the Lord Chamberlain to quote from a royal speech delivered by King Bhumibol at the […]

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“A clean and fair election”, EC assures international delegates

Thailand’s Election Commission has assured representatives from 11 nations and one international electoral watchdog organisation of a clean and fair election tomorrow. The EC briefed representatives of election commissions from Australia, Bhutan, Cambodia, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Indonesia, Philippines, South Korea, East Timor, and Vietnam at the Rama Gardens Hotel at 9.45am this morning. Representatives of […]

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Eight Burmese migrants drown, two still missing in Kanchanaburi road crash

Eight Burmese migrants drowned along with two others that are missing, presumed dead, after a van they were travelling in was hit by a 10 wheel truck and both vehicles plunged into a canal in Kanchanaburi’s Tha Muang district in western Thailand today. Police say the accident happened at 12.10pm at the Sa Setthi Intersection […]

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Summer storms on the way for north, north-east

FILE PHOTO People living in the north of Thailand are being warned to brace themselves for some summer thunderstorms until Wednesday. The Meteorological Department issued an alert today saying the storms will be caused by a high-pressure system from China that will interact with the hot weather over upper Thailand. Outbreaks of summer thunderstorms will […]

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Hazardous: Chiang Mai again leads the world in air pollution

Chiang Mai is back on top of the world’s list of most air-polluted cities, according to the AirVisual.com website. AirVisual reports at 1.45pm that the air quality index (AQI) of Chiang Mai on Saturday stands at 471 (##!!??!!) , much higher than the 100 AQI safety standard (the WHO lists the safety limit as 50 […]

The post Hazardous: Chiang Mai again leads the world in air pollution appeared first on The Thaiger Thailand news.


Top Five things to consider if you’re buying a condo in Thailand

Not quite a Top Ten but some good straight-talking about buying condominiums in Thailand from Desmond Hughes from Hughes Krupica… One of the most commonly read or spoken summary of foreign ownership of property in Thailand is along the lines of “Foreigners can buy a foreign freehold condominium in their name”. At this sentence, many foreign […]

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NationMultimedia.com
Hmong come out to exercise their rights in Chiang Mai
Hmong people from the village of Baan Nam Sum in Chiang Mai’s Hang Dong province queued up from early in the morning to cast their vote.
Football chief Somyot urges everyone to vote
Football Association of Thailand (FAT) president Somyot Poompanmuang, casting his vote in Sunday’s election, urged all Thais to do the same and exercise their democratic right.
UN monitors spread across Bangkok to watch polling
Foreign observers representing the United Nations fanned out across the capital and its outskirts on Sunday to monitor the long-delayed election.
Celebrities, politicians join locals in queues at polling stations
Political heavyweights, celebrities and residents upcountry have all come out to cast their ballot as 92,320 polling stations opened their doors at 8am nationwide.
Voters turn out in big numbers in Central region
A large numbers of voters turned out to cast their ballots in many provinces of the Central region. Queues were formed at several polling stations even before the voting began at 8am in the provinces of Suphan Buri, Pathum Thani, Ang Thong, Phetchaburi and Samut Songkhram.
Sudarat casts her vote
Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan, Pheu Thai Party’s candidate for prime minister, on Sunday cast her ballot at a polling station in Bangkok.
80 per cent turnout expected in Bangkok
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) expects 80 per cent of eligible voters in the capital to turn out to cast their ballots, BMA permanent secretary Silapasuay Raweesaengsoon said.
Possible scenarios after Thailand's junta-backed election : AFP
A coup leader emerges as a civilian prime minister, pro-democracy forces unite to thwart the junta's ambitions, a stalemate or another putsch resets the political landscape -- Thailand's cliffhanger of an election Sunday could result in a number of outcomes.
EC allows voters to bring own pens for voting
There were no reports of problems at any venue and all 92,320 polling stations across the country opened at 8am, Election Commission chairman Itthiporn Boonprakong said.
 
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