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Phuket News
Phuket Opinion: A question of faith
PHUKET: The annual Phuket Vegetarian Festival drew a close at midnight on Wednesday (Oct 17) as plumes of smoke from the traditional bonfire at Saphan Hin, home of the Kua Tian Keng Shrine, billowed into the night sky, along with thousands of prayer notes set alight to join devotees’ ancestors in the heavens.
Police arrest man after 11 year hunt for police killer
On Friday (Oct 19) at 6pm Lt Col Tammasan Bonrong of Phuket Provincial Police arrested Mr Kamhang Kunprom, 35, originally from Phattalung, under an arrest warrant from Phattalung Provincial Court for murder, owning an illegal gun and ammunition, and stolen goods.
Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation advice on weather warning
Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) Bangkok office have followed up on the weather situation and risk factors including a letter from the Thai Meteorological Department (TMD) on Oct 19 regarding heavy rain within the central and northern region of southern Thailand during Oct 20-22 that may cause flash flooding in these areas.
Nation to commemorate Chulalongkorn Memorial Day
PHUKET: Government offices and many businesses will be closed this Tuesday (Oct 23) as the nationa commemorates Chulalongkorn Memorial Day in honour of King Chulalongkorn, also often reffered to as Rama 5.
Thai AirAsia seeks face scans in Krabi
BANGKOK: Thai AirAsia (TAA), Thailand’s largest low-cost carrier, plans to provide a facial recognition system at check-in for volunteer passengers on a trial basis at Krabi International Airport.
Similans limited: Tourist quota shakes tour operators
PHUKET: In a move to prevent more environmental damage by heavy ‘overtourism’, the number of tourists allowed to enter Mu Ko Similan National Park, a key natural tourist attraction just over 80km northwest of Phuket, has been halved with a quota brought into effect on Monday (Oct 15).
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Graffiti pair face 10 years! Rock climber succumbs! ’Lingerie Sharing’ project! || Oct. 19
PHUKET XTRA - October 19 10 years in prison for graffiti? |:| Drug use on rise in Patong? |:| ’Lingerie Sharing’ project |:| Rock climber succumbs to injuries |:| Ministry backtracks Hosted by: JP Mestanza || #Phuket
Conservationists win reprieve against Phuket marina project
PHUKET: The company that filed the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the B450 million Ao Kung Marina and Sports Complex planned to be built in Pa Khlok, on Phuket’s east coast, has retracted its EIA application, The Phuket News has confirmed today (Oct 19).
New Phuket Provincial Prison reaches half-way mark
PHUKET: It has been confirmed today that construction of the new Phuket Provincial Prison in Bangjo, Thalang has reached the half-way point and is likely to be complete by the end of next year.
Phuket Robinson launches ‘Lingerie Sharing” project
PHUKET: Robsinson department store in Phuket Town this week launched its ‘Lingerie Sharing’ campaign to raise funds to buy undergarments for women inmates at Phuket Provincial Prison.
 
The Thaiger
Poll shows most agree 450 baht pet registration fee too high

A NIDA poll shows a split reaction to the new pet registration law proposals. Just over half of the people surveyed in the NIDA Poll were opposed to the government’s proposal that pet owners be charged a fee to register their cats and dogs. But most respondents objected to the hefty suggested fee of 450 […]

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How to save $24,000 a year – Move to Chiang Mai

“Before moving here, I knew Chiang Mai offered low-cost living and that the savings I’d make would mean I’d be in for a nice lifestyle upgrade. But I didn’t realise just how good the value was.” An Australian couple say they’ve saved almost $24,000 a year after a move from life in Melbourne to Chiang […]

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Nine Burmese migrants die in van crash inferno

Nine Burmese labourers have died this morning (Sunday) when the passenger van carrying them smashed into a roadside tree and caught fire in Kamphaeng Phet, in the central-west of Thailand. Six others on board, including the Thai van driver, were injured. Firefighters extinguished the fire that engulfed the van on Paholyothin Road in Khlong Khlung […]

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Swimmers stung by Bluebottles on Patong Beach

PHOTOS: Lucky / Patong Lifeguard / Newshawk Phuket Today, tourists have been stung by jellyfish at Patong beach. Lifeguards provided quick first aid. The tourists described the stings as painful but that the treatment provided relief very quickly. First aid providers said the stings were not dangerous in this case. Attending lifeguards advised that the […]

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Heavy rain in spots around the country until Monday

Residents in the Central, East and the South, including Bangkok and suburbs, are being warned to brace themselves for heavy rains from tomorrow until Monday. In a first warning issued at 11am this morning, the TMD (Thai Meteorological Department) said that heavy rains would hitting the forecast areas due to a low-pressure cell over the […]

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South Korea leads the way with entrepreneurship in Asia

by DataLEADS – Asia News Network South Korea tops the region in ‘entrepreneurship environment’ with a score of 54%, in the recently released Global Entrepreneurship Index. The country jumped three spaces up from the last year. The tech giant has been ahead of producing new technologies and introducing new products to customers. It is closely followed […]

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Four Thai pilots told not to discuss the first class seat fiasco

As if their slice of the local Thai market keeps dwindling amidst increased competition and rising operating costs, and one of their planes skids off a runway at Suvarnabhumi last week, wasn’t bad enough. Now Thai Airways is facing another PR nightmare over bumped passengers on one of its flights. After the Thai Airways president […]

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Ceremony held in Chiang Rai marking 100 days since the death of Saman Kunan

PHOTO: Thai PBS A religious ceremony has been held at a temple and near the entrance to the Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai to mark the 100th day of the death of Saman Kunan, a former Thai Navy SEAL member, who died trying to help save the trapped Mu Pa football team. The religious ceremony […]

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Wai Khru – setting a bad example for the future. Thailand’s demand for respect from its young

Hazing (US English), initiation ceremonies (British English), bastardisation (Australian English), ragging (South Asia), or deposition, refers to the practice of rituals, challenges, and other activities involving harassment, abuse or humiliation used as a way of initiating a person into a group including a new fraternity, sorority, team or club. In Thailand, hazing is not only rife, […]

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Bangkokpost.com : Top Stories
AI robots may lend hand in Japan's English classes
SAITAMA, Japan: Schools in Japan are exploring ways to take advantage of robots equipped with artificial intelligence in the teaching of English as the country plans to make the language a formal subject to be taught at elementary schools from the spring of 2020.
19 provinces on downpour alert
Low pressure over Myanmar will create downpours and possible flash floods in 19 provinces, the Meteorological Department warned on Sunday.
Nine Myanmar nationals killed in van inferno
Nine Myanmar nationals were burned to death and six others injured after their van hit a roadside tree and burst into flames in Kamphaeng Phet province on Sunday.
A temple that encapsulates the culture of a kingdom
More than 10,000 visitors a day flock to experience the uniquely Thai ambience of Wat Pho. Read full story at https://www.bangkokpost.com/travel/in-thailand/1561818
Slight majority oppose mandatory pet registration: Poll
A slight majority of people oppose a draft bill that seeks to require owners of dogs and cats to register their pets, saying both the 450-baht registration fee and a fine of up to 25,000 baht for failing to register are too high, according to the result of an opinion survey by the National Institute for Development Administration, or Nida Poll.
A temple that encapsulates the culture of a kingdom
Stretching along the Chao Phraya River, Rattanakosin Island is considered one of the most significant historic areas in the country.
Helping defuse a crisis
When Mew (not her real name) got pregnant, she was 16 years old and studying in the final term of Matthayom 4 at a school in the northern province of Phetchabun. She was in despair and was about to give up on the baby, who these days makes her a happy 19-year-old mum.
Election Commission chairman's new mission
Ittiporn Boonpracong has assumed the chairmanship of the Election Commission (EC), an agency which will play an important role in organising a general election expected in late February. It will see a transition from the coup-installed government to a democratically elected one.
The most versatile dish
Fried rice, one of the single most popular dishes in Thailand, has something incredible hidden inside. It has blended into all culinary cultures for a long time. Its form is very flexible, with no strict format, which allows chefs to design and change the dish the way they like. It is yummy and inexpensive. Everyone can make a fried-rice dish.
Time is on my side
On my recent trip home to Australia, my mother took me aside on the last day.
 
NationMultimedia.com
Latest : Saudi account of Khashoggi's death meets growing scepticism
Dubai - Saudi Arabia faced a growing chorus of incredulity Sunday over its belated explanation of how critic Jamal Khashoggi died inside its Istanbul consulate, as world powers demanded answers and the whereabouts of his body.
Lonely Chinese man buys pet 'puppy', only to realise later it is a bamboo rat
SHANGHAI - Lonely and looking for companionship, a Chinese man bought what he thought was a small, black puppy at a cheap price from a dealer.
Conflict lingers on Paris Accords
As the Kingdom prepares to commemorate on October 23 the 27th anniversary of the signing of the 1991 Paris Peace Accords, which ushered in an end to nearly two decades of civil war, there is political conflict on whether the tenets of the agreement are still being adhered to.
Fiery van crash kills nine Myanmar migrants
SEVERAL MYANMAR workers smashed glass windows with their heads and fists to get out of a van that crashed into a tree and soon caught fire in Kamphaeng Phet province yesterday morning. But nine of them could not escape in time and were consumed by the flames.
Poll respondents split over pet registration, but agree fee too high
Just over half of people surveyed this month by NIDA Poll were opposed to a government proposal that pet owners be charged a fee to register their cats and dogs, but most respondents objected to the hefty suggested fee of Bt450.
Creative Tourism
Phatthalung residents are embracing the results of several studies as they offer “creative tourism” packages to lure visitors into spending more time in the southern province. 
Scheme aims to shift farmers to corn from off-season rice
Agriculture Minister Grisada Boonrach has ordered officials to proceed with a corn growing promotion scheme under the government’s San Palang Pracharat public-private partnership initiative.
South Korea has the strongest entrepreneurship in Asia
South Korea tops the region in entrepreneurship environment with a score of 54%, according to the recently released Global Entrepreneurship Index.
Calls mount for punishment of those who ordered Khashoggi killing
The UN chief, Britain's foreign ministry and media groups on Saturday called for the punishment of those who ordered and carried out Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's killing in Istanbul.
 
Chiang Mai, Thailand News
UK Wants Accountability for Crimes Committed in Rakhine State

After a trip to the refugee camps along the Thailand-Myanmar border in the second week of October, the United Kingdom's ambassador to Myanmar Daniel Chugg spoke about his experiences there, Myanmar-UK relations, the UK's policy on Myanmar and his views on the ICC referral in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Here are excerpts from the interview.


Canadian, Briton arrested in Thailand for graffiti on wall

A woman rides her bicycle past the Tha Phae Gate in Chiang Mai, Thailand, in 2010. CCTV video footage allegedly showed a Canadian and a Briton spraypainting a red brick wall near the gate, the main entrance to the city's old town.


Chiang Mai village chief 'forged signatures' to push through Thai Niyom project

A village head in Chiang Mai province has been accused of forging the signatures of several locals to implement a Bt200,000 project using the government budget. "We hope police will investigate our village head," Ponpoj Pantusart said on Wednesday as he and other locals lodged a complaint with the San Kamphaeng Police Station.


Chiang Mai abbot defrocked over sexual abuse charges

An abbot in Chiang Mai has been arrested and defrocked for allegedly sexually abusing "more than 10" boys at his temple in Hang Dong district.


Son of a (big) gun

Boonsong Teriyapirom's son hopes to become a Chiang Mai MP for Pheu Thai, and reinvent politics in the process Dejnattawit Teriyapirom, the 28-year-old son of Yingluck Shinawatra's commerce minister, is seen as a bright hope to inject new and young spirit into the struggling Pheu Thai Party. Dejnattawit Teriyapirom aspires to reinvent politics and be part of a new generation of politicians by putting political conflicts behind them and working together to steer the country toward a brighter future, he said this week.


Condo on Jomtien Beach

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British duke arrives on trip to enhance bilateral ties

Britain's duke of Gloucester will arrive in Bangkok today for an official visit, signifying the strength of the UK-Thailand partnership. The visit demonstrates the importance of the UK/Thailand relationship, and our commitment to further strengthen ties between our countries, British Ambassador to Thailand Brian Davidson said in a statement.


One Thousand Villagers, Lawmakers Demand Halt to Upper Yeywa Dam in Northern Shan

CHIANG MAI, Thailand-Some 1,000 local residents of Hsipaw Township and state lawmakers gathered to show their opposition to the construction of the Upper Yeywa Dam on the Namtu River in northern Shan State on Friday. The Hsipaw residents demanded the immediate cancellation of the dam project, a budget for which was approved by the Union Parliament last month.


A Chinese tour group in front of Bangkok's Grand Palace. Photo: AFP

The Southeast Asian nation has seen visitor numbers from China fall after the deaths of 47 tourists in July and a security guard's recent attack on a visitor The Thai government is trying to arrest the slide in Chinese tourist numbers after a string of controversies, including a boat accident that resulted in dozens of fatalities. The Association of Thai Travels Agents estimates the number of Chinese tourists dropped by 36 per cent during the recent "golden week" holiday compared with last year.


Where the problem starts

Former TV heartthrob Warut "O" Woratham reached the pinnacle of his career in showbiz at only 19 years of age when he starred as Japanese officer Kobori in the hit 1988 film version of Khu Kam. But it was alcoholism that turned his life into a downward spiral.


 
Bangkokpost.com : Most recent
Taiwan train accident kills at least 17
TAIPEI: A train derailment in northeastern Taiwan on Sunday killed at least 17 people and injured 80, government authorities said.
Ariya joint 2nd as American Kang claims LPGA Shanghai title
American Danielle Kang overcame flailing nerves to fire a three-under-par 69 in the final round and claim the inaugural LPGA Shanghai title by two-strokes on Sunday.
AI robots may lend hand in Japan's English classes
SAITAMA, Japan: Schools in Japan are exploring ways to take advantage of robots equipped with artificial intelligence in the teaching of English as the country plans to make the language a formal subject to be taught at elementary schools from the spring of 2020.
19 provinces on downpour alert
Low pressure over Myanmar will create downpours and possible flash floods in 19 provinces, the Meteorological Department warned on Sunday.
One killed, 29 injured as Khon Kaen bus overturns
KHON KAEN: One passenger was killed and 29 others injured when a bus overturned in Muang district of this northeastern province on Sunday.
Indonesia police arrest two men linked to LGBT Facebook page
JAKARTA: Indonesian police have arrested two men who allegedly operated a Facebook account to facilitate meet-ups for gay people and other sex-related services, a senior officer in the province of West Java said on Sunday.
Dutchman reported missing on Koh Tao found in Pattaya
SURAT THANI: A male tourist from the Netherlands reported missing on Koh Tao by his father has been found safe and sound in Pattaya, the police chief of this southern province said on Sunday.
Nine Myanmar nationals killed in van inferno
Nine Myanmar nationals were burned to death and six others injured after their van hit a roadside tree and burst into flames in Kamphaeng Phet province on Sunday.
Slight majority oppose mandatory pet registration: Poll
A slight majority of people oppose a draft bill that seeks to require owners of dogs and cats to register their pets, saying both the 450-baht registration fee and a fine of up to 25,000 baht for failing to register are too high, according to the result of an opinion survey by the National Institute for Development Administration, or Nida Poll.
A temple that encapsulates the culture of a kingdom
Stretching along the Chao Phraya River, Rattanakosin Island is considered one of the most significant historic areas in the country.
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