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3,000 cruise line passengers descend upon Patong | Phuket News
PHUKET: Some 3,000 cruise liner passengers descended upon Patong yesterday (Nov 22) and were welcomed by officials from various local government including Patong Mayor Chalermluck Kebsup....
Phuket Airport revamped domestic terminal in full service | Phuket News
PHUKET: The Domestic Terminal at Phuket International Airport began full service last night as the areas in Phase 1 of the overdue renovation project were re-opened to the public....
Kazakhstani woman in Phuket seeks help finding Russian man Dmitry Beloborodov | Phuket News
PHUKET: A woman from Kazakhstan appealed directly for help from The Phuket News on Friday (Nov 24) in getting a Russian man to ‘pay up’ her B300,000 hospital fees for a motorbike accident which occurred on Oct 25 and in which he was the driver and she was riding pillion....
Nine rangers injured in road accident near Hat Yai | Phuket News
Nine para-military rangers were injured, one of them seriously, when a truck in which they were travelling skidded out of the road and turned upside down in a ditch on the Asian highway in Jana district of Songkhla Sunday morning. Police said that one of the rangers, Veerayuth Chimlert, passed out after he was crushed on the neck by a steel bar and he was immediately rushed to Jana and Na Mom hospitals along with the other rangers who were less injured. Corporal Phirawat Thipnat, the driver, reportedly told the police that he was transporting altogether 18 rangers, including himself and two assistants from the 44th ranger regiment base in Sai Buri district of Pattani to the destination at Hat Yai airport. The rangers were having a vacation, said the driver, adding that as the truck was approaching Hat Yai, a front wheel accidentally fell into a flooded pothole in...
ICCROM 30th General Assembly launched today | Phuket News
Nov 29, 2017 Picture:  Delegations of 135 countries meet in Rome to discuss sustainable approaches to the reconstruction of destroyed and damaged historic cities Rome - Italy, 29 November 2017 - The 30th General Assembly of the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) was inaugurated today in Rome. The three-day event, held from 29 November – 1 December, will feature panel discussions on productive and sustainable approaches to support the reconstruction of destroyed and damaged historic cities. Delegations of ICCROM’s 135 Member States are gathered today to discuss and endorse the Rome-based agency’s strategic directions and work plan, and elect its governing Council. The General Assembly will also ratify the nomination of its next Director-General, nominated by the executive Council for a six-year period of leadership. Representatives from both international and Italian organizations gave opening addresses at the official inauguration of...
How China turns solar into lucrative business | Phuket News
JINKO SOLAR is the biggest producer of solar power in the world, representing around 12 percent of the entire industry. Last year, the company reached a high watermark for solar shipments, totaling 6.5 gigawatts (GW) in China alone. For context, a single gigawatt unit has the ability to power as many as 700,000 homes per year, assuming each home uses around 11,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) annually — that’s 4.6 million homes that are being powered by the force of a single company’s yearly sales. This coming year, they’re expecting to touch 10GW worth of shipments. Over the last year, the company’s has smashed through four world records for their solar modules’ energy efficiency and currently have investments in the Middle East and Southeast Asia, totaling as much as 1.5GW in overseas manufacturing or production sites. Penang, Malaysia, is home to the company’s largest overseas site. Dany Qian, vice president of...
Scientist Richard Dawkins weighs in on Malaysia’s atheism debate | Phuket News
British biologist, writer and well-known atheist, Richard Dawkins, added his two cents to the atheism debate underway in Malaysia, saying a deputy minister’s views could “lead to real injustice.” Dawkins took to Twitter to question how you deal with “such prodigies of stupidity and injustice” after Deputy Minister Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki claimed atheism is a “very dangerous” ideology that goes against the Federal Constitution of Malaysia. “We don’t usually worry about the boundless stupidity of the religiously imprinted mind. But we do when, as in Malaysia and elsewhere [sic] in the Islamic world, it threatens to lead to real injustice.” We don’t usually worry about the boundless stupidity of the religiously imprinted mind. But we do when, as in Malaysia and elsewehre in the Islamic world, it threatens to lead to real injustice: https://t.co/Bzc1rfsnfP — Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) November 27, 2017 Asyraf alleged last week that the freedom of religion...
Scientist Richard Dawkins weighs in on Malaysia atheism debate | Phuket News
UK biologist, writer and well-known atheist, Richard Dawkins, added his two cents to the atheism debate underway in Malaysia, saying a deputy minister’s views could “lead to real injustice.” Dawkins took to Twitter to question how you deal with “such prodigies of stupidity and injustice” after Deputy Minister Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki claimed that atheism is a “very dangerous” ideology that goes against the Federal Constitution of Malaysia. “We don’t usually worry about the boundless stupidity of the religiously imprinted mind. But we do when, as in Malaysia and elsewehre [sic] in the Islamic world, it threatens to lead to real injustice.” We don’t usually worry about the boundless stupidity of the religiously imprinted mind. But we do when, as in Malaysia and elsewehre in the Islamic world, it threatens to lead to real injustice: https://t.co/Bzc1rfsnfP — Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) November 27, 2017 Asyraf alleged last week that the freedom of...
Indonesian tycoon says he has no plans to run for president | Phuket News
SINGAPORE: Indonesian business tycoon Hary Tanoesoedibjo said on Tuesday he was not planning to stand in the country's 2019 presidential election, and that he would support current President Joko Widodo if he chose to run again....
Singapore’s Ascendas-Singbridge Buys Seoul Office Tower for $92M | Phuket News
The acquisition by Ascendas Asset Management Co boosts the group’s assets under management in Korea to $590.8 million ...
South China Sea: Filipino fishermen hope for Chinese benevolence | Phuket News
As Filipino fishermen set sail for the Scarborough Shoal, they hope for three things: a bountiful fish catch, their safety, and benevolence from the Chinese coastguard. For the past two years, Paolo Pumicpic, captain of the JJ2 fishing boat, has been at the mercy of the sea; he hasn’t been lucky with any of the […]...
Beijing criticises Australia over South China Sea policy | Phuket News
Beijing criticises the nation for making
Rights Groups Criticize Enforced Disappearances in Bangladesh | Phuket News
Hazera Bibi says she has spent every day for the last four years praying for the safe return of her son, Sajedul Islam Sumon, a well-known leader of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), who disappeared in Dhaka, along with his five friends in December 2013.  “In front of 20 or 25 witnesses from two or three vans, on which RAB (Rapid Action Battalion) was written, some men got down and picked up my son and his party co-workers. The men were in RAB uniform. Soon, we went to the headquarters of RAB, but they said my son was not in their custody,” Bibi, who is now 71 years old, told VOA. “Police did not let us file any complaint. They said they would not accept any complaint if we blamed the (elite paramilitary force) RAB for the disappearance.” Bibi filed a petition to the High Court seeking action. “But...
Geely-Volvo considering making Lynk & Co cars in Belgium, South Carolina, exec says | Phuket News
China's Zhejiang Geely and its Volvo Cars unit are considering making Lynk & Co. branded vehicles at Volvo plants in Belgium and South Carolina....
China’s Prison Term for Democracy Activist Fans Distrust in Taiwan | Phuket News
A Chinese court's conviction of a Taiwanese activist, on charges that his social media posts incited subversion of state power, will spawn fresh suspicion in his homeland toward an already distrusted Beijing government, observers say. The five-year sentence handed Tuesday to Lee Ming-che for pushing for democracy through a Chinese social media group will make other Taiwanese wonder about their fate if they live under Beijing’s rule someday, academics and fellow activists say. Communist China claims sovereignty over self-ruled Taiwan and insists on eventual unification. Taiwanese have grown used to free speech, including advocacy of different political systems, without getting into legal trouble since their own government democratized in the late 1980s after decades of authoritarian rule. “We think this is a so-called verdict that Taiwanese can’t accept,” Taipei-based Judicial Reform Foundation lawyer Kao Jung-chih told a news conference in Taipei after China’s official Xinhua News Agency announced the sentence...
China’s Verdict Against Taiwanese Activist Sends Chilling Warning to Foreign NGO Workers | Phuket News
A court in China's southern Hunan province has sentenced Taiwanese rights activist Lee Ming-che and his alleged Chinese national accomplice Peng Yuhua to five and seven years in prison respectively on charges of inciting state subversion. Lee is the first foreign non-governmental organization (NGO) worker to be sentenced after China’s new Foreign NGO Management Law went into effect in January. International rights groups denounced both Lee’s and Peng’s ruling, calling it “preposterous.” They said the verdict will have a chilling effect among NGO workers and rights defenders, both at home and abroad, if they continue to promote democratic values and human rights in China, which authorities there consider politically sensitive. Criminalizing communication “The law is so broad and the evidence is so flimsy. That is basically just criminalizing communication,” Frances Eve, Researcher of Chinese Human Rights Defenders, told VOA. The researcher called Tuesday’s verdict a mockery of China’s membership in the United Nations Human...
China jails Taiwanese activist for 5 years for subversion | Phuket News
BEIJING/TAIPEI: China on Tuesday sentenced Taiwanese rights activist Li Ming-che to five years in prison for subverting state power, prompting Taiwan's ruling political party to label the verdict
China, alleged to have influenced Zimbabwe coup, is set to benefit from Mugabe's replacement | Phuket News
Zimbabwe's new president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, is seen as a friendlier face to Beijing's commercial interests....
Philippines: Actress Maria Isabel Lopez fined for using VIP traffic lane | Phuket News
The movie star has lost her licence after saying she needed to use the lane for a
Philippine modernisation programme imperils jeepney | Phuket News
MANILA: The Philippines' iconic passenger jeepney, once regarded as Manila's “King of the Road”, is chugging toward change and uncertainty....
Philippine modernisation program imperils jeepney | Phuket News
MANILA: The Philippines' iconic passenger jeepney, once regarded as Manila's “King of the Road”, is chugging toward change and uncertainty....
90 percent of Southeast Asia’s poor live in Indonesia and the Philippines | Phuket News
A HUGE proportion of those living under the poverty line in Southeast Asia are Indonesians and Filipinos, a new report has shown. A report tracking the progress of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) found that while the 10 member states of the bloc have made significant progress towards eradicating extreme poverty, many working poor across the region remain vulnerable to falling back into poverty. Launched in the Indonesian capital Jakarta on Friday, Asean-China-UNDP Report on Financing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Asean report stated that across the region some 36 million people live below the international poverty line of US$1.90 per day – 90 percent of whom are in Indonesia and the Philippines. SEE ALSO: Indonesia: Jokowi seeks to address ‘poverty problems’ with Cabinet reshuffle Vietnamese primary school students wave Chinese flags during a welcoming ceremony for China’s President Xi...
Bangladesh to turn island into temporary home for 100,000 Rohingya refugees | Phuket News
DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh approved a $280 million project on Tuesday to develop an isolated and flood-prone island in the Bay of Bengal to temporarily house 100,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in neighboring Myanmar. ...
Myanmar: Pope calls for ‘forgiveness’ at landmark Mass | Phuket News
Tens of thousands of people flocked to a Yangon football stadium on Wednesday to hear the pope preach a message of forgiveness at his first public Mass in Myanmar. In his homily, the 80-year-old pontiff referred to the violence and suffering that endures in some parts of the country as it emerges from nearly half a […]...
Myanmar Mass: Pope issues warning on exacting revenge | Phuket News
Francis preaches forgiveness at his first public Mass in a nation accused of ethnic cleansing....
Cambodian opposition's seats reallocated after ban | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH: Parliamentary seats held by Cambodia's recently banned opposition party were reallocated on Thursday to smaller parties that had failed to win any seats in the last election, the National Election Committee said....
Cambodia's Anti-Press Campaign Turns Sordid with Leaked Pornography Allegations | Phuket News
Cambodia's crackdown on critical news media has taken a sordid turn with the publication of pictures purportedly showing a former Radio Free Asia (RFA) reporter filming and participating in pornographic videos. The photos were posted last weekend on the websites of two pro-government news outlets, whose editors say the images were provided to them by police. Prime Minister Hun Sen, whose government has already dissolved the country’s main opposition, warned Thursday that journalism that threatens the government will be targeted. He did not address the release of the compromising images. “The royal government of Cambodia will not allow the use of freedom in anarchic and illegal means to stage a color revolution to topple the legitimate royal government,” he said, invoking an accusation that is now routinely deployed against any government critic. Fresh News, which posted the lewd images first, said an anonymous police official had unearthed the material during...
Oil factory ordered closed for 30 days after oil truck explosion  | Phuket News
The Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand (IEAT) today (Nov 29) ordered the Sea Oil Petrochemical Pcl to cease operation of its factory for 30 days for safety improvement following yesterday’s oil truck fire and explosion at the factory. The order was given by the IEAT governor Veerapong Chaiperm. Under his order, the factory must cease operation for 30 days to fix and improve the affected facilities from  the incident. He also said the company must explain in details the cause of the incident, and must resubmit its improved oil transportation plan that meet safety standards to the IEAT for consideration and approval before being permitted to reopen again. The factory is located inside Amata Nakorn Industrial Estate in Muang district of Chon Buri province. The explosion reportedly occurred at about 1.30pm while fuel oil was being unloaded from the oil truck into a 40,000-litre tank. The truck was engulfed in flames...
Oishi says factory fire hit 12% of capacity | Phuket News
A Monday fire at the Navanakorn Industrial Estate plant in Pathum Thani province affected 12% of Oishi Group Plc's drinks production capacity, says president and chief executive Nongnuch Buranasetkul....
Three injured in oil truck explosion at Amata Nakorn in Chon Buri | Phuket News
At least three people were injured after an oil truck exploded in flames at a factory inside Amata Nakorn Industrial Estate in Muang district of Chon Buri province on Tuesday (Nov 28). The explosion reportedly occurred at about 1.30pm while fuel oil was being unloaded from the oil truck into a tank. The truck was engulfed in flames after the explosion. Officials from the provincial disaster prevention and mitigation office and other agencies rushed to the scene with a number of fire engines to put out the fire and prevent it from spreading to other factory. Initial reports said at least three people were injured. A report said the factory where the incident took place belongs to Sea Oil Public Company Limited.   The post Three injured in oil truck explosion at Amata Nakorn in Chon Buri appeared first on Thai PBS English News....
Mainland China shares fall more than 2 percent | Phuket News
Asian markets were subdued on Thursdsay, taking the lead from a quiet overnight session on Wall Street....
Asian stocks search for direction as dollar struggles after Fed minutes | Phuket News
Asian markets were subdued on Thursdsay, taking the lead from a quiet overnight session on Wall Street....
Vietnamese blogger jailed for environmental reports | Phuket News
Nguyen Van Hoa had produced videos about a toxic spill from a Formosa steel plant in 2016....
Bangladesh arrests militant suspect in U.S. blogger murder | Phuket News
DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh police said on Saturday they had arrested an Islamist militant wanted in connection with the 2015 killing of a U.S. blogger critical of religious extremism. ...
Vietnam's Jan-Nov FDI rises 11.9% y-o-y | Phuket News
HANOI: Vietnam received an estimated $16 billion in foreign direct investment (FDI) in the first 11 months of this year, up 11.9% from the same period in 2016, the government said on Monday....
Asia Code for Sea Peace Expected to Tilt Toward China | Phuket News
A code of conduct aimed at avoiding mishaps in the contested South China Sea is likely to sidestep concerns that are offensive to the chief claimant, Beijing, analysts forecast. China and 10 Southeast Asian Nations agreed at summits in Manila this month to start negotiations on a code of conduct for the resource-rich sea, where sovereignty is contested by six governments. Beijing claims about 90 percent of the sea from its south coast to the island of Borneo. It has alarmed rival claimants, including Taiwan and four Southeast Asian states, since 2010 with its construction of artificial islands for fighter jets and radar systems. Other claimants also value investment and development aid from the $11.2 trillion Chinese economy, making it harder for them to speak out. “The discussion (on a code of conduct) should revolve around basically crisis prevention and crisis management,” said Jay Batongbacal, director of the Institute for...
Bali airport to reopen, but volcano still spewing ash | Phuket News
KARANGASEM, Indonesia: Bali's international airport is expected to reopen although a volcano on the island is still erupting. Indonesia's president is urging anyone still within the exclusion zone to get out “for the sake of their safety”....
Bali airport reopens as Mount Agung ash cloud shifts | Phuket News
Officials reopened the Bali international airport on Wednesday, the airport spokesman said, as the ash cloud moves away from the transport hub. The news comes as a relief for almost 120,000 tourists stranded on the popular Indonesian island. However, airport officials warned that flights might be halted again if winds change direction, as engines could […]...
Indonesia Shuts Bali's Airport for Third Day Due to Volcanic Ash | Phuket News
Indonesia shut its airport on Bali for a third consecutive day on Wednesday due to a volcanic ash cloud, as the rumbling Mount Agung volcano continued to paralyze flights on the holiday island and cause a mass evacuation around the mountain. A large plume of white and grey ash and smoke was visible above Agung after rain lashed the island by night and partially obscured the fiery glow at its peak seen in previous days. Authorities have been continually assessing the risk the ash poses to flying after winds sent the cloud southwest across the island. Bali’s airport, Indonesia’s second-biggest, will be shut at least until 7 a.m. on Thursday (2300 GMT), the transport ministry said. As many as 443 flights, both domestic and international, have been affected by the closure of the airport, about 60 kilometers (37 miles) from Mount Agung. Agung towers over eastern Bali to a height...
Bali’s Mount Agung volcano threat keeps airport closed, tourists stranded | Phuket News
Thick volcanic ash has been moving across the Indonesian island and 100,000 tourists are stranded, unable to take flights out as the airport has been closed for a third day. About 900 flights have been cancelled since Monday. “Bali’s Ngurah Rai airport will remain closed until at least Thursday morning,” spokesman Arie Ahsanurrohim said on Wednesday. […]...
Bali airport stays closed Wednesday | Phuket News
JAKARTA: The international airport on the Indonesian island of Bali is closed for a third day due to an erupting volcano....
Isoc places five districts in Songkhla and Pattani under security control | Phuket News
The Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc) has declared five districts–one in Pattani and four in Songkhla–security control areas so as to allow government authorities to maintain peace and order efficiently. The announcement of the security control areas was published in the Royal Gazette and released to the public yesterday (Nov 29). The five districts are Mae Lan district in Pattani province and Chana, Na Thawi, Thepha and Saba Yoi  districts in Songkhla province. These districts were earlier declared security control under the Internal Security Operation Act, but as violent incidents still persist and pose threat to national security, the cabinet resolved on Nov 28 to put them under security control for another year. The announcement will take effect from Dec 1 and last until Nov 30, 2018. In addition, the Isoc authorities will be empowered to enforce 32 laws, such as immigration, narcotic prevention and suppression, land transport, arms and...
16 Southern anti-coal fired power plant activists arrested | Phuket News
The authorities arrested 16 southern environmental activists after brief clash with the protesters. At 4:30 pm on 27 November 2017, military and police officers arrested 16 key leaders of the network from Songkhla and Pattani provinces protesting against the planned coal-fired power plant and the Deep Sea Port in Songkhla. Some of the 16 are: Direak Haamnakhon, Somboon Kamhaeng, Aekachai Isarata, and others. According to Stop Coal Songkhla, the facebook page of the group, the 16 were taken to the police station of Mueang District of Songkhla. At press time, the police have not yet pressed charges against them. Several protesters were injured during the clash as the security officers used force to arrest the protest leaders. At the same day, Panawat Pongprayoon, the leader of a group called Thepha Development, with about 20 supporters handed a letter to the military at the 46th Military Circle in Pattani Province. The...
Use of internal security law extended in Songkhla, Pattani | Phuket News
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has extended use of the Internal Security Act (ISA) in Mae Lan district of Pattani and Chana, Na Thawi, Saba Yoi and Thepha districts of Songkhla for another year, starting on Friday....
Asia markets shrug off North Korea missile to close mostly higher | Phuket News
Asian markets closed mostly higher after a missile launched by North Korea landed in the Sea of Japan earlier in the day....
Tourist attacked by monkeys at Khao Sam Mook | Phuket News
A woman tourist was injured after she was attacked by several monkeys at Khao Sam Mook in Chonburi province yesterday (November 22). The unidentified tourist was rushed to a nearest hospital for treatment of wounds from monkey bites by the Trikunatham charity foundation rescuers. According to a janitor cleaning the Chinese shrine at the Khao Sam Mook viewpoint, the tourist looked as if she was drunk. She walked up to the monkeys and acted as if she was trying to bother them. She tried to grab a baby from the monkeys and was attacked, he said. Fortunately several people saw her and helped to save her from the angry monkeys, he said. The janitor also advised tourists not to feed the monkey by hands or try to catch it as they might be bitten. The post Tourist attacked by monkeys at Khao Sam Mook appeared first on Thai PBS English...
Tourist attacked by monkeys at Khao Sam Mook in Pattaya | Phuket News
A woman tourist was injured after she was attacked by several monkeys at Khao Sam Mook in Chonburi province yesterday (November 22). The unidentified tourist was rushed to a nearest hospital for treatment of wounds from monkey bites by the Trikunatham charity foundation rescuers. According to a janitor cleaning the Chinese shrine at the Khao Sam Mook viewpoint, the tourist looked as if she was drunk. She walked up to the monkeys and acted as if she was trying to bother them. She tried to grab a baby from the monkeys and was attacked, he said. Fortunately several people saw her and helped to save her from the angry monkeys, he said. The janitor also advised tourists not to feed the monkey by hands or try to catch it as they might be bitten. The post Tourist attacked by monkeys at Khao Sam Mook in Pattaya appeared first on Thai...
South trip backfires on Prayut | Phuket News
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha's first cabinet trip to the far South aimed at winning back local confidence in the government backfired when the government's actions were perceived as
PM apologises for outburst at fisherman | Phuket News
Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha on Tuesday apologised for having raised his voice against a Pattani fisherman who had asked the premier to alleviate measures curbing fishing activities in order to keep up with international standards. “The PM is upset for complaining about a fisherman yesterday in Pattani,” said a status update on Facebook page “Prayut Chan-o-cha’s team”. “But please understand that the government has solved illegal fishery for the survival of the Thai fishery industry and its exports in line with our [international] commitment. This is also to maintain natural balances and to sustain our fishery for the future,” the page said. The message came a day after Paranyu Charoen approached the premier during the latter’s field trip to Pattani, telling Prayut that he had suffered from the government’s regulation that limits fishermen to sailing out to sea on only 220 days a year. “The limited number of days...
Prayut “sorry” for yelling at fisherman | Phuket News
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is sorry for yelling at a fisherman during his meeting with local people in Pattani’s Nong Chik district on Monday (Nov 27), according to a message posted on his Facebook page by his staff. The message was posted at about 8.30am on Tuesday (Nov 28) after a large number of netizens made critical remarks against the prime minister for doing so in the social media. “The prime minister is sorry for yelling at a fisherman in Pattani yesterday. But, please understand that the government is trying to solve the problem over illegal fishing so that the Thai fishery industry can survive and exports can continue in line with our obligation. We also want to maintain the balance of nature for sustainable fisheries in the future. As for grievances made by the fishermen, the prime minister has ordered concerned agencies to look into them in detail,” said...
More power plant project protesters face arrests | Phuket News
Songkhla provincial police are to seek court warrants for the arrest of over 100 protesters against the Thepha coal-fired power plant project on charges of traffic disruption and obstruction of the performance of duty of the police, said Pol Gen Srivara Ransibrahmanakul, the deputy national police chief, today (Nov 28). Police yesterday arrested 16 protest leaders after over 100 protesters tried to breach police cordon to submit their petition to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha who was scheduled to visit Kao Seng fishing community in Songkhla’s Muang district during a mobile cabinet meeting trip. The 16 core members of the protest group were today taken from their detention cells at the Muang district police station to the provincial court for further detention on charges of obstructing police in their performance of duty, assault and carrying weapons. Prasitthichai Nunual, a core leader of the Andaman Conservation Network, who went to see the...
36 networks demand release of 16 coal-fired plant protesters | Phuket News
Thirty-six networks of conservation and social organisations on Tuesday (Nov 28) issued a statement demanding an unconditional release of 16 leaders of the protest against the planned coal-fired power plant in Thepha district of Songkhla province. The 16 were arrested on Monday while trying to submit a letter to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.  They were initially charged with obstructing traffic and putting up resistance against authorities performing their duties.  They denied the charges. The 36 networks of conservation and social organisations issued a statement calling for the 16 protest leaders to be released unconditionally. They also called for an investigation into the use of force to disperse the protesters and for the government to scrap the plan for the construction of the coal-fired power plant in Thepha district. The statement said the protesters walked 75 kilometres to see the prime minister in the hope to voice their grievances to the government leader, but...
ACM Chavarat assures impartial probe into cadet’s death | Phuket News
The armed forces-appointed fact-finding panel “has several doubts” about the death of Pakapong Tanyakan, a freshman of the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School, said the panel chairman, ACM Chawarat Marungruang, deputy chief of staff of the armed forces. The committee would consider the case carefully, with committee members making field examinations and the committee will not stick to the information of any party concerned, be impartial and will not be restricted by timeframe, ACM Chawarat said on Tuesday (Nov 28). He went on saying that the investigation would cover all aspects of the case, including eyewitnesses, circumstantial witnesses, the scene where the victim died, CCTV system as well as reports of medical examinations, among others. The probe chairman assured that there will be no cover-up and the panel’s findings will be able to clear public doubts about the cadet’s death. Pakapong, 18, a Chon Buri native, collapsed at the school...
Thai cadet’s death, organ removal spark debate on military’s hazing culture | Phuket News
THE suspicious death of teenage army cadet Pakapong Tanyakan at the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School (AFAPS) in Nakhon Nayok, Thailand, has ignited debate about the culture of punishment, beating and hazing at military training institutions. Pakapong’s case made national headlines after it was revealed the military had returned the young man’s corpse to his parents with the brain, heart and stomach missing. The family, who was not informed that the vital organs had been removed, only discovered they were missing when they took his body for an independent autopsy.  According to Supicha Tanyakan, the dead cadet’s sister: “When they opened up his skull, there was only tissue paper.” The parents finally received their son’s vital organs last week on Thursday, with an explanation that the military had kept the dead cadet’s heart, brain and stomach for further examination. The cadet’s parents have since passed the boy’s corpse and organs to...
Chinese general's suicide sparks media debate | Phuket News
Senior military official Zhang Yang's death follows two months of silence on his whereabouts....
Asia markets shrug off North Korea missile to close mostly higer | Phuket News
Asian markets closed mostly higher after a missile launched by North Korea landed in the Sea of Japan earlier in the day....
Asian shares look for direction; Samsung extends declines | Phuket News
Major Asian indexes searched for direction on Tuesday, following a narrowly mixed close on Wall Street....
Skeletal remains of ‘North Koreans’ on ‘Ghost Ship’ wash up in Japan | Phuket News
THE Japenese Coast Guard (JCG) said eight bodies, which had been reduced partly to skeletons, were found on Monday in a small wooden ship that washed up on a beach in the sea of Japan. The ship came ashore on a beach 70 km north of a marina where police last week found eight men who said they were from North Korea. Police said they appeared to be fishermen whose boat, found nearby, had run into trouble. The JCG said they were working to establish the nationalities of the eight bodies on the ship. The condition of the bodies indicated that a considerable amount of time had elapsed since the victims died and making it difficult to discern if they were men or women, according to the Japan Times. SEE ALSO: Watch: Dramatic footage shows escape of North Korean defector The bodies of two males, similarly partly skeletonised, were also found...
North Korea tightens border security after soldier's defection | Phuket News
Pyongyang has tightened security on the border it shares with South Korea after a North Korean soldier's recent defection,...
3 suffer burns when oil tanker explodes at factory | Phuket News
CHON BURI: At least three people suffered burns when a fuel tanker exploded in flames at a factory in the Amata Nakorn Industrial Estate in Chon Buri on Tuesday afternoon....
Large explosion reported in Chinese port city of Ningbo | Phuket News
Local media say number of casualties have been reported in the Sunday morning blast at a factory....
Fire at Oishi drinks plant in Pathum Thani | Phuket News
PATHUM THANI: A fire severely damaged a drinks factory operated by Oishi Trading Co in Khlong Luang district on Monday morning....
Asia markets trade mixed; mostly shrug off North Korea missile | Phuket News
Asian markets traded mixed on Wednesday after a missile launched by North Korea landed in the Sea of Japan....
Asian indexes pressured; Japanese defense stocks climb | Phuket News
Most major Asian indexes edged higher on Tuesday, following a narrowly mixed close on Wall Street....
Asian indexes trade mixed as dollar firms | Phuket News
Most major Asian indexes edged higher on Tuesday, following a narrowly mixed close on Wall Street....
Skeletons found on 'ghost ship' washed up in Japan | Phuket News
The boat which washed up on a beach contained the remains of eight bodies, some reduced to bones....
Eight thought to be North Koreans wash ashore in Japan | Phuket News
TOKYO: Japanese police said Friday they are investigating eight men found on Japan's northern coast who say they are from North Korea and washed ashore after their boat broke down....
SET opens up 3.92 to 1,710.44 | Phuket News
Thai stocks opened up 0.23% at the start of trade this morning....
A tremendous sovereign wealth fund makes a big bet on China — $700 million so far | Phuket News
The Abu Dhabi-based fund has already helped to invest $700 million in the country....
Uber who? A renowned investor explains why he likes China's ride-sharing giant | Phuket News
The Abu Dhabi-based fund has already helped to invest $700 million in the country....
Welfare cards to cover first-aid medications | Phuket News
The Commerce Ministry is inviting drug stores to join the government's welfare programme as it moves to expand benefits to low-income earners holding benefits smartcards....
At least 7 agencies “taking bribes” business operators at Krabi’s Ao Nang beach | Phuket News
Officials of at least seven government agencies are taking bribes from business operators at Ao Nang beach of Krabi province in return for not fully enforcing the law on them, according to Ekawit Pinyothamnothai, president of the Krabi Tourism Industry Council. Mr Ekawit said he had received this information from business operators. Most affected are entertaining venues and businesses involving use of transnational migrant workers and sales of pirated merchandise at tourist spots in Tambon Ao Nang. The business operators said they had to pay bribes to government officials of more than seven agencies between 2,000 and 30,000 baht each per month. They included local police, regional police and administrative officials. The amounts of the bribes are based on the sizes of businesses. Mr Ekawit said the business operators have called for the government to strictly enforce the law to get rid of this practice, which has affected the operators...
Phuket Opinion: The price of going public | Phuket News
PHUKET: On Monday (Nov 20) The Phuket News revealed that at long last, business operators in Phuket had gone public to confirm that they have to pay bribes to local police and officials from other agencies to keep their businesses operating....
'She's a bit angry' | Phuket News
Kyrgyzstan religious leader admits on social media his first wife is
WARNING: Anyone in Thailand with pornographic material on their computer faces jail | Phuket News
Bangkok-based rights group iLaw has warned that anyone with pornographic material on their computers or other data deemed illegal could be jailed. The group noted in a Facebook post this week that Section 16 of the Computer Act was revised last December to protect the dignity, reputation and personal information of any “damaged parties”. Section 14 of the legislation sets out other types of material considered illegal that also could be ordered destroyed by a court. It covers false information, including any deemed likely to damage national or economic security or the public at large, information constituting a crime under the Penal Code, and information of a “vulgar” character. Section 16 covers any image of another person that’s been electronically doctored in such a way that it could hurt that person’s reputation. Section 16/1 says a court could order such data destroyed, order its ruling published in various media outlets...
2.8m speed pills worth over B900m seized in Nan | Phuket News
NAN: Seven drug couriers were arrested and 2.8 million methamphetamine pills with a street value of over 900 million baht seized at a checkpoint in Na Noi district, police said on Wednesday....
84,000 meth pills seized in Kalasin | Phuket News
Police confiscated 84,000 methamphetamine pills found in an abandoned fertiliser bag in Somdet district of Kalasin province on Monday night (Nov 27). Pol Maj Gen Montree Jaranpong, the Kalasin police chief, said in a press briefing on Tuesday (Nov 28) that police and soldiers from 14th Cavalry Division were dispatched to Moo 9 village in Tambon Nong Waeng of Somdet district after being informed by an assistant village chief that a fertiliser bag was found abandoned in his rice field. The authorities searched the bag and found 84,000 methamphetamine pills in it. Pol Maj Gen Montree said the drugs might have been left in the rice field by drug traders for fear of being caught after the police mounted a suppression operation. He believed the meth pills were smuggled from a neighbouring country. Police were investigating to look for the culprits. The post 84,000 meth pills seized in Kalasin appeared...
Tip-off leads to arrest of seven drug suspects in Phuket | Phuket News
PHUKET: Thalang Police arrested seven suspected drug dealers and seized 220 kilograms of fresh kratom and 20,000 methamphetamine (ya bah) pills in Pa Khlok yesterday (Nov 23) after receiving a tip-off that drugs were being stored at a hotel room in the area....
Ya bah use on the rise in Phuket, says official | Phuket News
PHUKET: Drug arrest statistics have shown that the use of methamphetamine or ya bah is on the rise in Phuket due to decreasing prices, said Phuket Provincial Office Chief Administrative Officer (Palad) Sakchai Kunanawatchaidej at a meeting of the working group on drug abuse analysis and surveillance in Phuket yesterday (Nov 22)....
Toon back on the road in Prachuap Khiri Khan | Phuket News
PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN: Singer Toon Bodyslam has resumed his hospital charity marathon after a rest of two and a half days, as donations top 330 million baht....
Suicide Bomber Hits Pakistan Security Convoy, Kills 5 | Phuket News
A suicide bomber struck a paramilitary convoy in southwestern Pakistan Saturday, killing at least five people and wounding around 20 others. The bomb went off on a busy road in Quetta, capital of violence-hit Baluchistan province, causing mostly civilian casualties, said Abdul Razaq Cheema, deputy inspector general of the provincial police. “The evidence collected from the site of the blast suggests it was a suicide blast and the bomber was waiting in a small roadside hotel before attacking the (Frontier Corps) convoy,” Cheema told reporters near the site of the violence. He said investigators retrieved body parts of the bomber and were trying to determine his identity. The Pakistani Taliban instantly took credit for plotting the attack, claiming it killed several security personnel. The anti-state militant group often issues inflated casualty tolls. There has been an increase in militant violence recently in and around Quetta, killing and wounding dozens of people....
Chinese military official kills himself amid corruption probe | Phuket News
BEIJING: A senior Chinese military official under investigation for corruption has committed suicide, state media said on Tuesday, the latest development in a sweeping anti-graft campaign that has shaken the armed forces....
Chinese general in corruption probe commits suicide | Phuket News
BEIJING: A top Chinese general under investigation for corruption has committed suicide, state media said on Tuesday, the latest development in a sweeping anti-graft campaign that has shaken the armed forces....
Chinese General Under Investigation for Corruption Commits Suicide | Phuket News
Chinese state media said Tuesday a military official under investigation for corruption has committed suicide. The Xinhua news agency said Zhang Yang hanged himself Thursday at his home. Zhang was a member of the Communist Party's Central Military Commission and formerly headed the Political Work Department. Xinhua said Zhang had been under investigation since August on suspicion of bribery, having a large amount of property he could not account for and other acts that
China: Senior military official commits suicide amid corruption probe | Phuket News
A top Chinese military official under investigation for corruption has committed suicide, the Defense Ministry and state media said on Tuesday. Zhang Yang (pictured above), a former member of the powerful Central Military Commission, was “suspected of giving and taking bribes” and the origin of a large amount of his assets was unclear, the official […]...
KBank: Minimum 3.9% GDP growth | Phuket News
The country's economic growth is likely to expand by at least 3.9% this year and next, and bad loans have already peaked, says Kasikornbank (KBank) president Predee Daochai....
Singapore GDP blows past expectations: Growth revised sharply up to 8.8 percent | Phuket News
Singapore's economy grew much faster than initially estimated in the third quarter, buoyed by strength in manufacturing....
Pope meets military chief on first day in Myanmar | Phuket News
Francis began his six-day South Asia tour on Monday, closely watched on how he would address the recent mass-flight of 620,000 Rohingya Muslims from Buddhist-majority Myanmar’s Rakhine state into Muslim-majority Bangladesh. Read more: Pope faces tightrope act in Myanmar amid Rohingya crisis  His trip, which continues in Myanmar until Thursday — to be followed by two nights in […]...
Women seeking B550,000 from 'molester' doctor | Phuket News
NAKHON RATCHASIMA: Eleven women factory workers have demanded 550,000 baht in total compensation for alleged sexual molestation by a senior doctor and negotiations were underway to settle the case, the accused man's lawyer said on Tuesday....
Accused breast-fondling doctor 'too busy' to see police | Phuket News
NAKHON RATCHASIMA: The director of a private hospital director accused of fondling women factory workers' breasts during their annual company health examination failed to report to police as scheduled on Monday, saying he was too busy with his patients....
Truck overturns in Songkhla; 9 rangers injured | Phuket News
SONGKHLA: Nine rangers were injured, one of them seriously, when a six-wheel truck taking them from Pattani to Hat Yai airport overturned on Asian Highway in Chana district on Sunday morning, police said....
Lao woman killed, four wounded in Nakhon Phanom accident | Phuket News
NAKHON PHANOM: A Lao woman was killed and four other people injured when a pick-up truck they were travelling skidded off a sharp curve and rammed into a power post in That Phanom district early on Sunday....
DSI to probe its 9 officials who considered Khru Jomsap’s plea for retrial | Phuket News
The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) has set up a fact-finding panel to investigate whether nine of its officials had abused their positions in handling Jomsap Saenmuangkote’s request for the retrial of her case, said DSI chief Pol Col Paisit Wongmuang on Tuesday (Nov 28). He also said that the DSI was ready to cooperate with the police in allowing the police to question the nine officials, who were part of a panel to consider Mrs Jomsap’s request for the retrial of her car accident case. During the interrogation by the police last week, Mrs Jomsap, a 55-year-old perjury suspect, reportedly claimed that some DSI and Justice Ministry officials abetted her in trying to revive her case in which she was found guilty by three courts and sentenced to three years and two months in connection with the fatal road accident 12 years ago in Nakhon Phanom. Khru Jomsap is being...
Last suspects in scapegoat driver case surrender | Phuket News
NAKHON PHANOM: The two remaining suspects summonsed in the scapegoat driver perjury case involving former teacher Jomsap Saenmuangkhot have turned themselves in to police....
Jomsap refused bail, detention extended | Phuket News
NAKHON PHANOM: The provincial court on Monday denied a request for the release on bail of former teacher Jomsap Saenmuangkhot to prevent any tampering with evidence or witnesses in a perjury case relating to efforts to clear her of a fatal hit-and-run conviction....
WHO Fears Deadly Diphtheria Outbreak Among Rohingya Refugees | Phuket News
Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who fled from Myanmar into Bangladesh are at risk from a possible outbreak of diphtheria, the World Health Organization said in a report published Tuesday. More than 620,000 people from Myanmar's Muslim Rohingya minority have fled to Bangladesh since the end of August and are camped in squalor after escaping a military crackdown the United States said included
'Toilet revolution': China has its sight set on reforming its bathrooms | Phuket News
Approximately $3 billion has been spent building and upgrading toilets in China as part of its
Kimyong selected for the launch of “cashless market” in Songkhla | Phuket News
Kimyong market in Songkhla’s Hat Yai district has been chosen as the southern region’s first cashless market to be officially launched on Monday (Nov 27) during a meeting of the mobile cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. About half of some 200 shops in the market have joined the cashless market project, a brainchild of the Finance Ministry, and all of them have been equipped QR code system through which customers can make online payments without using cash. According to Finance Ministry’s branch office in Songkhla, besides Kimyong market, QR code system has been installed at two other spots – the canteen in Rajamangala University of Technology Srivijaya in Muang district of Songkhla and the farm market in the compound of Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai campus. One vendor at Kimyong market, Mrs Chaleo sae Lim, told Thai PBS that she was satisfied with the financial technology because...
Japan approves restart of two nuclear reactors at Ohi power plant near Kyoto | Phuket News
A local Japanese governor approved the restart of two nuclear reactors near Kyoto, officials said on Monday, clearing the final regulatory hurdle for the revival of the power plants early next year. Fukui Province governor Issei Nishikawa gave the green light to operator Kansai Electric, which plans to restart reactors three and four of the […]...
Ireland will block Brexit talks unless border issue agreed | Phuket News
LONDON: Ireland's EU commissioner said Dublin would
It's not clear whether China influenced Zimbabwe's coup, but it's very likely to benefit from it | Phuket News
Zimbabwe's new president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, is seen as a friendlier face to Beijing's commercial interests....
New Zimbabwe leader pledges economic revival | Phuket News
HARARE: Zimbabwe's new president on Friday promised elections will be held next year as scheduled and outlined a broad vision for restoring economic and financial stability....
The 'Crocodile' to be sworn in as Zimbabwe president | Phuket News
HARARE: Emmerson Mnangagwa will cap a stunning political comeback on Friday when he is sworn in as Zimbabwe's president, bringing the final curtain down on the 37-year rule of Robert Mugabe....
Thai energy tycoon to pour B150bn into SE Asia's boom | Phuket News
Gulf Energy Development Pcl’s billionaire founder Sarath Ratanavadi plans 150 billion baht ($4.6 billion) of investment in power plants over the next four years after the company’s listing this month....
N. Korea May Be Preparing Missile Test Ahead of Joint Drills-Reports | Phuket News
Tensions on the Korean peninsula could bet set to once again spike as reports say Pyongyang could be preparing another missile test ahead of joint United States and South Korea military drills. Reports in South Korea and Japan say radar and radio signals indicate Pyongyang may be preparing another missile test. At a Tuesday briefing, South Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman Noh Kyu-duk declined to confirm any imminent test, but he said they were watching carefully.
Pyeongchang Winter Olympics: Hopes for North Korea's ice skaters | Phuket News
A North Korean ice-skating duo have qualified for the Olympics. Can sport go where diplomacy can't?...
Two die in Si Sa Ket crane accident | Phuket News
SI SA KET: Two workers were killed and one injured when a sling broke as a crane lifted building materials to the upper floors of a seven-storey hospital building under construction in Muang district on Saturday....
Match-fixing won't affect football's popularity: Suan Dusit Poll | Phuket News
Despite the disclosure of football match-fixing, a majority of the Thai people believe it is unlikely to affect the popularity of the game and support for the Thai football, according the result of an opinion survey by Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, or Suan Dusit Poll....
Navy boss vows action against stars | Phuket News
Thai League 1 club Navy FC have vowed to take drastic action against their players who were involved in match-fixing....
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Gold shop heist! Ref match-fixing mastermind? Erawan bomb suspect! || Nov. 23 | Phuket News
PHUKET XTRA - November 23 Gold shop heist! Ref is football match-fixing mastermind? Meth use rises in Phuket! Street vendors & QR codes! Erawan bombing suspect caught! Teen cadet was in hospital hours before sudden death! Hosted by: JP Mestanza ThePhuketNews.com || #Phuket...
Rohingya refugees forced into sex work | Phuket News
The BBC's Reeta Chakrabarti uncovers evidence of teenage Rohingya girls being forced into sex work in Bangladesh....
Pakistan searches for new finance minister after Dar relieved of duties | Phuket News
KARACHI, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistan on Thursday began searching for a new finance minister a day after Ishaq Dar was relieved of his portfolio amid mounting headwinds for the economy. ...
Michelin Guide set to hit Thai tables | Phuket News
Thailand will seek to reaffirm its position as a top-tier gastronomy destination in Asia after the launch of its Michelin Guide next week....
Pope's Myanmar speech avoids reference to Rohingya | Phuket News
Francis's Myanmar address defends ethnic rights but does not directly refer to the Muslim community....
Tourism tax break for unloved areas | Phuket News
Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak has instructed the Finance Ministry to consider the possibility of providing a tax deduction to tourism operators in secondary provinces or those that bring tourists to these provinces....
45.36% not going shopping despite tax incentive: Nida Poll | Phuket News
The government's
What Family Firms Need to Ensure Longevity | Phuket News
The importance of family business longevity extends far beyond family owners. Accounting for 70 percent of global GDP and 60 percent of global employment, family firms are among the main drivers of growth and innovation in today’s economy. While strong brands, deep relationships and long-term ownership allow the best performing family businesses to adapt swiftly to an evolving competitive landscape, the family business ownership model carries with it inherent weaknesses. Three Thai families – Chearavanont, Chirathivat and Yoovidhya – are now included in the Asia’s richest families of 2017 list published by Forbes magazine.  Two of the richest Thai families are in the top ten of Forbes, claiming fourth and tenth spot. For the first time The Yoovidhya family, the maker and marketer of Krating Daeng and gold Red Bull energy drinks in Asia, has made the 2017 Forbes list of Asia’s richest families, trailing two other notable Thai clans:...
Petchaburi prison chief axed following jailbreak of two inmates | Phuket News
The chief of Petchaburi provincial prison was ordered transferred with immediate effect today (Monday) following the jailbreak of two inmates who are still at large. Corrections Department director-general Pol Col Narat Sawetanan said Ms Busaba Kate-udom, the commander of Petchaburi provincial prison, was transferred to become an inspector-general of the department. Ms Busaba’s removal came two days after two inmates convicted of drug trafficking and theft escaped from the prison and, so far, they have not been recaptured. Pending the appointment of the new prison chief, Mr Somsak Kiatdanusorn, an inspector-general, was assigned to serve as the acting chief. Pol Col Narat said that he was confident the two escapees would be re-arrested soon as the police have launched a manhunt for both of them.   The post Petchaburi prison chief axed following jailbreak of two inmates appeared first on Thai PBS English News....
Seven districts in Narathiwat hit by flooding | Phuket News
NARATHIWAT: Low-lying areas in seven districts of Narathiwat have been hit by flash floods triggered by storm runoff from the mountains, local authorities said....
Court approves police request to detain woman in Ratchaprasong bombing case | Phuket News
The Bangkok Military Court on Thursday (Nov 23) approved a police request to detain Wanna “Maisaroh” Suansan for questioning in connection with the bombing at the Ratchaprasong intersection on Aug 17, 2015 in which 20 people were killed and 123 others injured. Mrs Wanna, 29, was wanted under an arrest warrant issued by the Bangkok Military Court on Sept 25, 2015 on charges of involving in the fatal incident. The woman became a suspect in the case because she and her Turkish husband allegedly arranged for a rented house in Min Buri for two Uighur bombing suspects Adem Karadag and Mieraili Yusufu.  The woman and her husband left for Turkey after the bombing incident. Mrs Wanna, who was arrested at Suvarnabhumi airport on her return to Thailand on Nov 22, was brought to the court on Thursday morning by Lumpini police, who sought court approval detain her for the first 12-day period. The Bangkok...
India Supreme Court intervenes in 'love jihad' case | Phuket News
India's top court takes testimony from a Hindu woman whose marriage to a Muslim was annulled....
Police to summon DSI officials for questioning after Khru Jomsap implicated them | Phuket News
Police say they will summon officials of the Justice Ministry for questioning after they were implicated by Khru Jomsap to have knowledge of the fake witness. Chief investigator of the case Pol Gen Wirachai Songmetta said Khru Jomsap Saenmuangkote has given useful information during yesterday’s questioning although she denied all the charges the police have brought against her. She told police investigators in Nakhon Phanom that officials of the ministry and the Department of Special Investigation have provided assistance on the revival of her car accident case, particularly the fake witness, Sub Wapee, who came out first to say he was the driver of the car, not Khru Jomsap. Pol Gen Wirachai didn’t elaborate their names but said they would be summoned for questioning as they were implicated to have involvement. Meanwhile the police will issue second warrant for Khru Jomsap’s husband, for questioning after he failed to show up...
Khru Ong admits he plotted Khru Jomsap’s retrial bid | Phuket News
A schoolteacher who was suspected to be the mastermind of the plot to call for a retrial of Khru Jomsap Sanmuangkote admitted to the police after his arrest that he hired Sub Wapee to give false statement that he was the real driver, not Mrs Jomsap, who killed a cyclist in a fatal road accident 12 years ago. Mr Suriya Nuancharoen, alias Khru Ong, was arrested near Laksi railway station on Saturday after police learned that he escaped to Bangkok to see a friend, said Pol Gen Wirachai Songmetta, the deputy national police chief, adding that Mr Suriya and confessed to the police that he was behind the plot to fabricate evidence to support Khru Jomsap’s plea for her retrial of the accident case in which she was convicted by three courts and sentenced to 3 years and two months imprisonment. Mrs Jomsap was given a Royal pardon after having...
Manus Island: PNG police move refugees from former Australia centre | Phuket News
About 40 people are moved from a Manus Island centre, but more than 300 others are refusing to leave....
Manchester pair in the clear as main rivals all draw | Phuket News
LONDON: Manchester United saw off a determined Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 on Saturday to reduce Manchester City's lead at the top of the Premier League to five points, while the three teams below them all dropped points....
Australia Day: Music countdown moved over indigenous debate | Phuket News
Radio station Triple J is moving its popular countdown amid concerns about indigenous sensitivities....
Australian Senate Easily Approves Bill to Legalize Gay Marriage | Phuket News
Australia is one step closer to legalizing same-sex marriage. Just two weeks after Australians overwhelmingly endorsed same-sex marriage in a nationwide write-in survey, the Australian Senate acted accordingly on Wednesday, easily approving a bill to allow the practice by a vote of 43-12. The bill passed after lawmakers rejected amendments by conservatives that would legally protect people who refuse to provide professional services to same-sex couples on religious grounds, including lay ministers and civil celebrants, as well as vendors like caterers and florists.
Myanmar: Pope Francis meets Aung San Suu Kyi amid Rohingya crisis | Phuket News
Pope Francis arrived in the capital, Naypyitaw, on Tuesday for keenly-awaited talks with the nation’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi. A former Nobel Peace Prize winner, Suu Kyi has been ostracized by the global human rights community over her reaction to the Rohingya crisis. Read more: Pope faces tightrope act in Myanmar amid Rohingya crisis Although Myanmar is predominantly Buddhist, […]...
Pope makes key Myanmar speech after meeting Aung San Suu Kyi | Phuket News
The pontiff is being watched for any reference to the country's Rohingya Muslims....
Pope set for key Myanmar speech as he meets Aung San Suu Kyi | Phuket News
Any reference to Rohingya Muslims will be keenly watched, as Francis meets Aung San Suu Kyi....
Families of 5 dead victims from drunk driving question why prosecutor did not appeal verdict | Phuket News
Families of five dead victims of drunk driving and no-drinking network of Trang province on Monday filed a complaint with the Office of Attorney-General demanding a probe into the conduct of Trang public prosecutor over his handling of the drunk driving case. Led by Mr Sayant Intharapak, former deputy governor of Trang and president of Risks Control Association of the South, the group of about 30 men and women questioned the conduct of the prosecutor in charge of the drunk driving case in which one police officer and four rescue workers were killed by an alleged drunk driver. The alleged drunk driver was sentenced by the Trang provincial court to 4 years imprisonment and a fine of 3,400 baht. And the prosecutor in question did not appeal against the verdict until the statute of limitations of the case has expired without informing the families of the dead victims of their...
Police foil Melbourne New Year’s Eve ‘terror plot’ | Phuket News
Authorities in Melbourne have arrested a 20-year-old Australian citizen, who they allege was planning to launch an attack during New Year’s Eve celebrations. Police arrested the man — a Muslim born to Somali parents — after he attempted to purchase an automatic rifle. Read more:Australia to hold nationwide gun amnesty amid terror fears The man, who […]...
Man Charged With Potentially ‘Catastrophic’ Australian Terror Plot | Phuket News
Police in Australian have charged a man with planning to carry out what they described as a potentially “catastrophic
Melbourne man planned New Year's Eve terror attack, police say | Phuket News
Police allege the 20-year-old was planning to shoot people during New Year's Eve celebrations....
Corruption Street: 'I'm so tired of it,' says PEBA President | Phuket News
PHUKET: Patong business operators publicly admitting that they pay bribes to police and other officials in order to stay open past legal trading hours has cast light onto one of the island’s largest ongoing corruption rackets and provided a glimmer of hope that the dirty deals done just so tourists can party late into the night may finally be resolved....
Patong nightlife operators file another request to extend closing times | Phuket News
PHUKET: The President of the Patong Entertainment Business Association (PEBA), Weerawit Kreuasombat, today (Nov 27) submitted yet another request for the government to extend the legal trading times for entertainment businesses in Patong to 4am....
Clashes Between IS, Taliban Displace Hundreds in Eastern Afghanistan | Phuket News
Fresh fighting between the Islamic State (IS) terror group and Taliban insurgents has displaced hundreds of people in an eastern Afghan province.   More than 200 families fled their homes in the Khogyani district of eastern Nangarhar province as the two warring parties engaged in fierce fighting, local officials said.   Ahmad Ali Hazrat, head of the Nangarhar provincial council, told Radio Liberty the clashes took place in areas under the influence of Taliban.  He added that many locals fled their homes to avoid being caught in the crossfire between the militant groups.      Some villagers, who view IS as an outside force, have supported Taliban militants to battle the IS fighters in the district and counter the terror group’s frequent attacks on their villages.   This is not the first time local residents have been displaced by clashes between the two groups.  Civilians have borne the brunt of...
Roadside bomb kills eight in Afghanistan - local official | Phuket News
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A roadside bomb planted by the Taliban killed at least eight civilians including three women and a child in Afghanistan's Kandahar province on Tuesday, a local official said. ...
U.S. strikes on Taliban opium labs won't work, say Afghan farmers | Phuket News
LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan/KABUL (Reuters) - As U.S. and Afghan forces pound Taliban drug factories this week, farmers in the country's largest opium producing-province and narcotics experts say the strategy just repeats previous failed efforts to stamp out the trade. ...
Afghan air strike kills about 20 Taliban at religious school - officials | Phuket News
KABUL (Reuters) - A rocket attack on an Afghan religious school killed about 20 Taliban insurgents exchanging fire with security forces, officials said on Friday, adding that no children were among the victims. ...
Prayut wants law and order in Pattaya, Jomtien Beach | Phuket News
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has unveiled his vision for a more orderly downtown Pattaya and a Jomtien Beach zoned for a better balance of public activities. The post Prayut wants law and order in Pattaya, Jomtien Beach appeared first on Pattaya Daily News....
Police are to arrest more suspects in Khru Jomsap’s case | Phuket News
Police are preparing to make more arrests of people suspected to be involved in an organized attempt to push for the revival of Khru Jomsap’s car accident case as the former schoolteacher of Sakhon Nakhon admitted to the police that she knew Sub Wapee was hired to dupe the police into believing that he was the real driver involved in the fatal accident. Mrs Jomsap Saenmuangkote who was arrested by police at her home in Sakhon Nakhon on Saturday was on Sunday questioned by Pol Gen Wirachai Songmetta, the deputy national police chief, and Pol Maj-Gen Thanasak Ritthidetpaibul during which she denied all the charges filed against her by the police, but admitted that she knew Sub Wapee was hired to give false testimony to the police about the car accident 12 years ago. But Sub later changed his mind and refused to show up to testify before the court...
Khru Jomsap arrested | Phuket News
Nakhon Phanom police today (Nov 25) arrested Jomsap Sanmuangkote  after the provincial court issued warrant for her arrest for perjury charge. She was escorted from her home in Khok Srisuphan district to the police for questioning before being taken to the police station in Nakhon Phanom. The police accused her of fabricating evidence to testify in the court to back her petition for a retrial of a car accident in 2005 which killed a motorcyclist. She claimed she was not the driver of the car and she was a scapegoat. However, the Supreme Court on Nov 17 rejected her petition for revival of the case, reasoning that the witnesses were not trustworthy. The court also suspected a  conspiracy to fabricate evidence. Ruling by the court prompted the police to investigate and charge her of perjury after one fake witness confessed to the police he was hired to be the driver...
Jomsap arrested for 'hired scapegoat' scam | Phuket News
Former teacher Jomsap Saenmuangkhot is once more in custody, this time accused of being involved in a
Health official killed in fall from train | Phuket News
CHACHOENGSAO: A public health official died after falling from the doorway of a moving passenger train and being dragged into the gap between the train and the platform at the Chachoengsao railway station on Friday evening....
Islamic State beheads 15 of its own fighters: Afghan official | Phuket News
JALALABAD, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Islamic State on Thursday beheaded 15 of its own fighters due to infighting in Afghanistan's eastern province of Nangarhar, the local government said. ...
Philippine military supportive of localized peace talks with the communists | Phuket News
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) announced on Saturday that it supports localized peace talks with the Communists after its declaration of an all-out war against the New People’s Army, the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), according to the report of The Manila Times Online on Sunday. “The AFP supports the decision of the president to cancel talks with the CPP, NPA and the NDF, and to go ‘all out’ against the NPA terrorists, said AFP chief of staff General Rey Leonardo Guerrero in a statement on Saturday. However, he said the AFP supports peace initiatives by local elected officials including programs that seek to integrate NPA back to mainstream society. Guerrero also defended President Rodrigo Duterte after CPP founder Jose Maria Sison’s statement that the president deliberately sabotaged the peace talks. On Friday, AFP spokesman Maj-Gen Restituto Padilla Jr said peace talks led...
Philippines’ Duterte Ends Peace Talks with Maoist-led Rebels | Phuket News
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has terminated the on-again, off-again peace talks with Maoist-led rebels as hostilities have continued despite the negotiations, the president’s spokesman said Friday. Ending the nearly half-century-long conflict, in which more than 40,000 people have been killed, was among Duterte’s priorities since he took office in June last year. “We find it unfortunate that their members have failed to show their sincerity and commitment in pursuing genuine and meaningful peaceful negotiations,” Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said in a statement late Thursday. “The president, as we all know, has always wanted to leave a legacy of peace under his administration. He has, in fact, walked the extra mile for peace,” Roque added. The president Thursday signed the proclamation terminating the peace talks, which were being brokered by Norway. In May, government peace negotiators canceled the fresh round of formal talks with the Maoist-led rebels in the Netherlands as...
Mae Chee Sansanee treating her cancer with natural method | Phuket News
Well-known Buddhist nun Mae Chee Sansanee Sathirasuta, who has been diagnosed with stomach cancer, has opted to pursue a natural method to treat her illness. Mae Chee Sansanee, founder of Sathira Dhammasathan, a meditation centre in Bang Khen district, said at a news briefing on Wednesday that in April she went to see the doctors after having pains in the stomach, constipation and bleeding defecation. The doctors found two lumps, each about 10 centimetres long, in the abdomen. She was diagnosed with stomach cancer. After consulting with the doctors, she decided to treat her cancer with a natural method and changed her eating and working habits. About two months after that, she went back to see the doctors and they found the lumps had shrank from 10 to 3cm long. Only five months later, the sizes of the lumps reduced to only 1cm each, she said. The post Mae Chee...
Quake of magnitude 6.2 strikes off Papua New Guinea | Phuket News
SINGAPORE: An earthquake of magnitude 6.2 struck off the Pacific Ocean nation of Papua New Guinea on Monday, the US Geological Survey said....
Hun Sen to stage massive prayer ceremony at Angkor Wat in December | Phuket News
The Cambodian government plans to hold a massive prayer ceremony at Angkor Wat in early December to highlight the country’s continuing peace, independence and political stability, The Phnom Penh Post Online reported on Thursday . In announcing the ceremony on Wednesday, Prime Minister Hun Sen: “This shows that Cambodia is not in anarchy or a country at war. It is a country with peace, independence and political stability, and everything is running normally.” But observers said that the spectacle was designed to disguise the deterioration of Cambodia’s political situation. The event will take place at the famed temple site on December 2-3 and will involve giving alms to between 5,000 and 7,000 monks with the general public invited to witness the event. A similar announcement was made by the Apsara Authority which runs the temple complex, with Deputy Prime Minister Men Sam An and Culture Minister Phoeung Sakona observing the...
China: Deadly blast hits Ningbo port city, near Shanghai | Phuket News
The blast ripped through a factory site in the eastern harbor city of Ningbo early Sunday, filling the sky with gray smoke, Chinese state media reported. Local officials said at least two people died and more than 30 others were wounded. Later on Sunday, the People’s Daily newspaper posted aerial images of the blast site […]...
Explosion in Chinese port city kills 2, injures 30 | Phuket News
BEIJING : An explosion in a port city south of Shanghai on Sunday killed two people and injured at least 30 others, knocked down buildings and left streets littered with damaged cars and debris, the government and news reports said....
Blast at China Port Kills 2, Injures Dozens, Destroys Buildings | Phuket News
An explosion in a port city south of Shanghai on Sunday killed two people and injured at least 30 others as it knocked down buildings and left streets littered with damaged cars and debris, the government and news reports said. The early morning explosion struck a riverfront neighborhood in Ningbo, one of China’s busiest ports, the official Xinhua News Agency and other outlets reported. Xinhua said it occurred at a factory, but a police statement said the cause was under investigation. Two people were killed and two more seriously injured, the district office announced on its social media account. It gave no details of the deaths. At least 30 others were taken to hospitals, according to Huanqiu.com, a website operated by the newspaper Global Times. It gave no details of their injuries. History of fires, accidents China has a long history of deadly fires and industrial accidents, often blamed on...
Eight 'North Korean fishermen' wash ashore in Japan | Phuket News
The men said their fishing boat ran into difficulties and ended up drifting into Japanese waters....
China explosion: Ningbo port city rocked by major blast | Phuket News
At least two people have been killed in the Sunday morning blast in Ningbo, local authorities say....
North Korean missile lands in waters off Japan’s coast: Japanese PM | Phuket News
North Korea fired a ballistic missile in the direction of the Sea of Japan that crashed into the water....
Extra £12m in UK aid pledged for Myanmar's Rohingya | Phuket News
Violence in the Rakhine state has forced more than 620,000 Rohingya Muslims flee to Bangladesh....
Former Deep South village headman jailed for accusing police of torture | Phuket News
The Supreme Court has confirmed the lower court’s ruling in jailing a former village headman from the Deep South for making allegation that he was tortured by the police. On 22 November 2017, the Supreme Court confirmed the verdict of the lower courts in sentencing Anuphong Pantachayankoon, former village headman of Su-ngai Padi District, to one year imprisonment without suspending the jail term, according to the Manager Online. He was accused of lodging false complaints against the investigation team chaired by Pol Gen Kowit Wattana that he was tortured by the officers into confessing that he was involved in the well-known 2004 arm robbery case of Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra Army Base and murder of a police officer with three other individuals.   In the case, the Court of First Instance and the Appeal Court acquitted Anuphong and three other suspects. After he was acquitted, Anuphong filed a complaint to the Department...
Ex-kamnan from Deep South jailed for accusing police of torture | Phuket News
The Supreme Court has confirmed a lower court ruling to jail a former subdistrict head from the Deep South for alleging that he was tortured by the police. On 22 November 2017, the Supreme Court confirmed the verdict of the lower courts in sentencing Anuphong Phanthachayangkun, former subdistrict head from Su-ngai Padi District, to one year in prison without suspending the jail term, according to the Manager Online. He was accused of making false complaints against an investigation team led by Pol Gen Kowit Wattana that he was tortured into confessing that he was involved in the well-known 2004 armed robbery of Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra Army Base and the murder of a police officer with three other individuals.  The Court of First Instance and the Appeal Court acquitted Anuphong and three other suspects of these charges. After he was acquitted, Anuphong filed a complaint at the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) against...
Pakistani Islamists clash with police, paralyse cities | Phuket News
FAIZABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) - A hard-line Islamist party's activists clashed with security forces in Pakistan's capital and other cities on Sunday, officials said, paralysing Islamabad a day after a failed clearing operation killed several people and wounded some 150. ...
British PM May, Trump fuss over anti-Muslim retweets | Phuket News
LONDON: A few days after his inauguration, US President Donald Trump stood beside British Prime Minister Theresa May in the White House and proclaimed the strength of the
Chennai Six: Freed Briton Nick Dunn 'just wants a bath' | Phuket News
Former soldier Nick Dunn says it feels like a dream to be freed after being held for four years in India....
Flash flood cuts off Highway 43 in South | Phuket News
Flash flood has cut off Highway 43 linking Hat Yai with Pattani after heavy downpour yesterday. An unaware motorist escaped uninjured when his car fell into the 3-metre wide and 3-metre deep road collapse. The road collapse is on the major Highway 43 at Village 8 in Ban Khao Noi of Thepa district in Songkhla. The highway links Hat Yai with Pattani. The driver Burachat Chanprasert, 37, recalled how it happened when he drove from Chumphon to visit his parent in Yarang district of Pattani. As he was driving on Highway 43 from Hat Yai,  it was 4.00am in the morning and it was still dark. He didn’t stop and drove on until the car fell into the road collapse. He was later rescued uninjured. Highway authorities are repairing the road collapse as it is the main highway to other provinces in the Deep South. The post Flash flood cuts off Highway...
Police arrest an alleged molester who committed a string of the offence on buses | Phuket News
A man who allegedly committed a string of sexual molestation acts against female bus passengers has been arrested by police at his lodging in Pathum Thani province. The suspect whose name was not disclosed by the police is being held in custody at Bang Sue police station. The suspect who regularly rides on buses to go to various places to distribute leaflets reportedly told police inquiry officers that he had repeatedly committed between 20-30 molestation acts during September-November by touching the breasts of female passengers usually on bus routes 8, 24, 28, 29, 97 and 510. None of the victims filed complaint against him until a female student lodged complaint with the police together with a clip of her being allegedly molested by him on a bus, leading to his arrest. Pol Maj-Gen Sompong Chingduang, deputy commissioner of Metropolitan Police Bureau, meanwhile, urged molestation victims to come forward to the police...
King endorses new cabinet line-up | Phuket News
His Majesty the King has endorsed a cabinet reshuffle that leaves most heavyweights untouched but introduces new ministers for Agriculture, Commerce and Tourism....
CIFS finds it difficult to conduct DNA test on Pakapong’s internal organs | Phuket News
The Justice Ministry’s Central Institute of Forensic Science (CIFS) has revealed that a special solution is being applied in conducting a DNA test on the internal organs of Pakapong Tanyakan, a first-year student of the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School, since they had been kept in formalin for a long time. Pakapong, 18, died on Oct 17, one day after he returned to the school in Nakhon Nayok after a short break. The army’s Institute of Pathology of Phramongkutklao Hospital reached a conclusion that he died from acute heart failure. But his parents suspected a foul play and asked Nakhon Nayok police to investigate the cadet’s death. Police then requested the CIFS to conduct the second autopsy but the CIFS forensic officers found that some of his internal organs, including heart and brain, had been removed. This prompted Pakapong’s parents to call on the army’s Institute of Phathology of Phramongkutklao Hospital...
Gold prices down 150 baht | Phuket News
The Gold Traders Association on Thursday morning announced buying prices at 19,389.64 baht per baht-weight for gold ornaments and 19,750.00 baht per baht-weight for gold bar....
Curbs on info 'help graft suspects' | Phuket News
A draft organic law that stipulates more personal information protection for people being investigated by the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) could be an obstacle to tackling graft, a seminar was told on Wednesday....
Parents want reward for killer of Japanese woman increased | Phuket News
The parents of a Japanese woman murdered during the Loy Krathong festival in Sukhothai province in 2007 have asked the Department of Special Investigation to increase the reward for evidence leading to the killer's arrest....
Arms cache found near Bangkok | Phuket News
An arms cache has been found in a canal edge in Bang Nam Pliew district of Chachoengsao province. It was believed to be used by hardcore redshirt protesters against their political rivals during the political unrest in 2014. Royal Thai Police deputy commissioner Pol Gen Srivara Rangsibhramanakul disclosed yesterday (Nov 29) that the cache of arms was found last week hidden at the edge of a canal at Village 15 in Tambon Don Chimplee of Bang Nam Pliew district. The cache includes 30 RDD hand grenades, 7 pipe bombs, a TNT stick, two 40-mm mortars, several hundreds of cartridges of different calibres, two AK47 assault rifles, and an electronic circuit switch. He said it was possible that the arms cache belonged to redshirt hardcore activist “Ko Tee” or Wuthipong Kochthammakun and intended on inciting unrest in Bangkok in 2014. He said the police are investigating and finding the culprits for...
Myanmar woman arrested for laundering billions of baht for drug trafficking gangs | Phuket News
A 41-year-old Myanmar businesswoman was arrested as she showed up at the Narcotic Suppression Bureau to clarify her assets which were impounded by anti-money laundering officials yesterday (Nov 29). The arrest followed three years long of monitoring and investigation of her money exchange business and her bank accounts which found billions of baht of money circulation in her bank accounts. Detectives found at least 50 million baht transactions daily from her accounts to members of drug trafficking gangs. She was wanted for laundering money for drug trafficking gangs in and outside the country. But the woman, whose name was withheld, denied the charge saying that she never engaged in drug trafficking and laundering money for traffickers. Instead she claimed her daily money transactions was just 1-2 million baht. Narcotic Suppression Bureau commissioner Pol Lt Gen Sommai Kongvisaisuk Narcotic Suppression Bureau commissioner Pol Lt Gen Sommai Kongvisaisuk said she is among...
Pope Arrives in Bangladesh, Where Rohingya Crisis Looms Large | Phuket News
Pope Francis has arrived in Bangladesh for the second leg of his six-day trip to Asia amid tight airport security.   Huge banners with pictures of the pope and Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have been put up around the city and St. Mary's Cathedral is decorated with lights in preparation for his three-day trip to the Muslim majority nation starting Thursday.   Francis arrived from Myanmar, where he refrained from speaking out about the Rohingya Muslim crisis out of diplomatic deference to his hosts, who consider the Rohingya as having illegally migrated from Bangladesh. The pope wrapped up his visit to Myanmar on Thursday with a Mass for young people before heading to neighboring Bangladesh where the Muslim Rohingya refugee crisis was expected to take center stage. Francis has so far refrained from speaking out about Asia’s worst humanitarian crisis in decades out of diplomatic deference to his hosts in...
Police seeking arrest warrant for hit-and-run Jomsap | Phuket News
NAKHON PHANOM: Police will seek an arrest warrant for former teacher Jomsap Saenmuangkhot for alleged involvement in fabricating evidence to substantiate her petition for the retrial of her fatal hit-and-run accident....
Pope lands in Bangladesh after balancing act in Myanmar | Phuket News
YANGON: Pope Francis flew to Bangladesh on Thursday after a visit to Myanmar where he made no direct reference to the plight of Muslim Rohingya people to avoid a diplomatic incident with a Buddhist-majority country some have accused of ethnic cleansing....
Japan's Softbank 'bids for stake in Uber' | Phuket News
Japan's Softbank has reportedly made a heavily discounted bid to buy Uber shares....
Report of another military private severely beaten by trainer | Phuket News
Only a few days after the mysterious death of a freshman cadet triggered public outcry, reports have emerged that another military private had his hip broken from a beating.   On 27 November 2017, Prayun Khongnonkok from Chaiyaphum Province informed Amarin TV that his son, Private Sanphet Khongnonkok, 23, was beaten by his trainer at Suranari Army Base in Nakhon Ratchasima Province and had his left hip broken. Sanphet was drafted for the military service on 1 November. Prayun said that he learned about his son’s injury when his family went to the base to visit his son, but was informed that Sanphet had been admitted to the base hospital. Base staff told him that Sanphet was injured from a fall during training, but his son told him that he was kicked by his trainer for being too slow to follow an order. Second Lt Chirawat Puangnak, head trainer at Suranari Army...
Another military private reportedly beaten severely by trainer | Phuket News
Only several days after the news of the mysterious death of a freshman cadet has triggered public outcry, another military private in Isaan was reportedly beaten until his hip was broken.   On 27 November 2017, Prayoon Kongnonkok from Chaiyaphum Province  informed Amarin TV that Private Sanpetch Kongnonkok, 23, his son, was beaten by his trainer in Suranari Military Base in Nakhon Ratchasima Province until his left hip bone was broken. Sanpetch was recently drafted for the military service on 1 November. Prayoon said that he learned about his son injury when his family went to the military base to visit his son, but was informed that Sanpetch was admitted in the hospital of the base. The staff of the base told him that Sanpetch got injured from falling during the training, but his son told him that he was kicked by his trainer for following an order during an...
NBCT nets over 46 million baht from auction of “lucky” phone numbers | Phuket News
The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission reaped over 46 million baht from its third auction of “lucky” phone numbers on Sunday, said Mr Korkit Danchaivichit, deputy secretary-general of the telecom regulator. Altogether 95 “lucky” phone numbers were put on auction and 36 of them were auctioned off, with the highest bidding price being number 096-9999999 at 4,504,444 baht from the starting price of three million baht. The second highest bidding price is 3,015,000 baht for number 099-6999999 with price starting at 500,000 baht. There were altogether 150 bids for this lucky number before the bidding stopped. Another “lucky’ phone number, 099-9995555, was auctioned off at 1,530,000 baht.   The post NBCT nets over 46 million baht from auction of “lucky” phone numbers appeared first on Thai PBS English News....
Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh appeal to Pope Francis | Phuket News
“Who is the pope?” asks Moulove Abdul Halim, a Rohingya refugee who came to Bangladesh from Myanmar two months ago. He manages a newly-built mosque at a camp in Kutupalong, an area in the Bangladeshi coastal city of Cox’s Bazar where most of the Rohingya refugees live. Halim is unfamiliar with Francis, the leader of […]...
NLA passes legislation on 'fiscal responsibility' | Phuket News
The so-called
Trump cabinet shakeup could replace Tillerson | Phuket News
WASHINGTON: The White House is discussing a plan to oust Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replace him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo in a major shake-up of President Donald Trump's national security team, two administration officials said Thursday....
China-backed development bank eyeing Europe to debut global bond | Phuket News
Issued in USD, the bond listing will
Bangladesh could move some Rohingya to flood-prone island next year - official | Phuket News
DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh could start relocating Rohingya Muslim refugees to a flood-prone island off its coast in the middle of next year, a government official said on Thursday, as it pushes ahead with the plan despite criticism from aid agencies and rights groups. ...
Pope arrives in Bangladesh in shadow of Rohingya crisis | Phuket News
DHAKA (Reuters) - Pope Francis landed in Bangladesh on Thursday after a diplomatically sensitive trip to mainly Buddhist Myanmar, where he made no direct reference to the plight of Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh in their hundreds of thousands. ...
Pope Heads to Bangladesh, Where Rohingya Crisis Looms Large | Phuket News
Pope Francis wrapped up his visit to Myanmar on Thursday with a Mass for young people before heading to neighboring Bangladesh where the Muslim Rohingya refugee crisis was expected to take center stage. Francis has so far refrained from speaking out about Asia’s worst humanitarian crisis in decades out of diplomatic deference to his hosts in Myanmar, who consider the Rohingya as having illegally migrated from Bangladesh and don’t recognize them as their own ethnic group. The Vatican has defended Francis’ silence, saying the pope wants to “build bridges” with the predominantly Buddhist nation. But human rights groups and Rohingya themselves have expressed disappointment that Francis, an advocate for refugees and the world’s most marginal, refrained from condemning what the U.N. has said is a textbook case of ethnic cleansing. Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said Francis took seriously the advice given to him by the local Catholic Church, which urged...
Cabinet reshuffle aims at improving efficiency: PM | Phuket News
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has insisted that the most recent reshuffle of the cabinet, published in the Royal Gazette on Nov 24, is intended to improve the government’s work efficiency, government spokesman Lt Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd said on Saturday (Nov 25). The spokesman said Gen Prayut would like the people to have confidence in him and the new cabinet, which he said will follow the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO)’s roadmap with improved efficiency. The prime minister is unhappy to have left out some of the old cabinet members, but insists that the move was necessary. He also did not mind all criticisms which followed the recent reshuffle for seeing this as a normal occurrence, Lt Gen Sansern said. His Majesty the King endorsed the new cabinet line-up on Nov 23 and the reshuffle was published in the Royal Gazette on Nov 24. Among the departing ministers are Deputy...
Cabinet revamp gets mixed views | Phuket News
The new cabinet line-up has received positive feedback from the private sector but politicians, academics and political activists have warned that the latest shake-up will not bring any change unless the government improves its approach....
Asia opens higher following US overnight rally, Australia's main index tops 6,000 | Phuket News
Markets in Asia rose and the dollar advanced against a basket of currencies in early morning trade....
Delhi High Court Employs Acid Attack Victims and Transgender | Phuket News
India's High Court has taken the unusual step of offering jobs to five female acid attack victims as well as a transgender person. With this decision, a first of its kind, the New Delhi-based court has tried to speed up the wheel of justice in India, notorious for how slowly it moves. VOA's Ritul Joshi reports from Delhi....
November inflation up 0.99%, short of target | Phuket News
The annual consumer inflation rate increased in November, in line with forecasts, government data showed on Friday, but the pace was still below the central bank's target, giving it room to keep monetary policy loose....
Anti-power plant protesters are ready to turn themselves in to police | Phuket News
About 100 opponents of the coal-fired power plant project in Thepha district who took part in the protest in Songkhla province early this week are ready to turn themselves in to the police, a protester leader said. Direk Hemnakorn, a core leader of Songkhla-Pattani people’s network against the project, said Thursday (Nov 30) that the protesters prefer to turn themselves in to the police rather than waiting to be arrested after Pol Gen Srivara Ransibrahmanakul, the deputy national police chief, said police might seek court warrants for their arrests. Mr Direk said the protesters would carry on with their protest against the project and might come to Bangkok to carry out activity to voice their opposition to the project, which they said would cause adverse impacts on the environment and local community. Deputy police chief Pol Gen Srivara Ransibrahmanakul Starting on Nov 24, the protesters marched from the project site in...
Junta faces string of PR disasters in the South | Phuket News
Kornkritch Somjittranukit Despite its efforts to regain mass support, the junta is facing backlash for cracking down on anti-coalfire protesters and for a series of ham-fisted statements.    Southerners have often been strong supporters of the military and played an active role in the the anti-election movement, the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), that paved the way to the 2014 coup.    However, over the past three years, the ruling junta has issued various policies that have affected the livelihood of southerners, such as the suppression of illegal fishing and the advancing of local coal fired power plants. Combined with a failure to manage rubber prices, the junta’s popularity in the south seems in decline.   As such, the junta this month has made various efforts to regain popularity, not only in the south but nationwide. Those efforts have included a cabinet reshuffle and a tour of the junta...
Pope refers to Rohingya in Dhaka meeting | Phuket News
Francis refers to the Muslim refugees directly for the first time on his Asian trip....
Bungled operation | Phuket News
Questions remain about the botched attempt to clear a protest in Islamabad, writes M Ilyas Khan....
Corrections Department fires 14 wardens for serious misconducts  | Phuket News
The Corrections Department has fired 14 wardens after finding them guilty of serious misconducts, ranging from taking bribes from inmates and assisting them to break the rules. Of the 14 dismissed from civil servant services, one will be still entitled for pension payment same as normal retiree, while the others won’t be paid. The decision to dismiss the 14 prison wardens was reached at the meeting of the department’s civil service sub-commission and was revealed to the public by department chief Pol Col Narat Sawetanan today (Dec 1). Corrections Department chief Pol Col Narat Sawettanan Their misconducts include: Absence from official duty for over 15 days. Taking bribes from prisoners over seizure of mobile phones in prisons. Taking bribes from prisoners to operate gambling in the prison. Embezzlement of prison earnings of more than 600,000 baht. Allowing amulet trading in prisons. Allowing male prisoners to have sex with female prisoners...
60 miles NW of Homer, Alaska | Phuket News
Category: InformationBulletin Issue Time: 2017.12.01 02:50:45 UTC Preliminary Magnitude: 4.2(Ml)Lat/Lon: 60.288 / -152.498Affected Region: 60 miles NW of Homer, AlaskaNote: * There is NO tsunami danger from this earthquake.Definition: An information statement indicates that an earthquake has occurred, but does not pose a tsunami threat, or that a tsunami warning, advisory, or watch has been issued for another section of the ocean. View bulletin...
Autopsy hiccup holds up cadet case | Phuket News
A further autopsy on the body of a first-year cadet who is believed to have died under suspicious circumstances will face a delay as a chemical used to extract DNA from his internal organs for inspection is out of stock....
Gold prices down B50 to B19,800 | Phuket News
The Gold Traders Association this morning announced the buying prices at 19,344.16 baht per- baht weight for gold ornaments and 19,700 baht per baht weight for gold bar....
MRTA to seek court order for BMTA to move NGV buses out of its land | Phuket News
The Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA), an agency responsible for the operations of rapid transit systems in Bangkok and other provinces, will take legal action by asking the court to order the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA), the city bus agency, to move 84 NGV buses out of its land. Rithika Suparat, acting governor of the MRTA, said he last week sent a letter to ask the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) to file a lawsuit for the court to order the BMTA to move 84 NGV buses out of its land on Rama IX Road in Huay Khwang district. The land is intended for the construction of a maintenance and repair centre of the electric trains for the Orange Line (Thailand Cultural Centre – Suwinthawong). Mr Rithika said if the 84 NGV buses are not moved out, the contractor for the construction of the centre may...
Asia trades mixed after US tax bill vote gets delayed | Phuket News
Markets in Asia were mixed and the dollar retreated slightly against a basket of currencies in morning trade....
Outback trek | Phuket News
How a couple walked 1,800km (1,100 miles), pulling their daughter in a cart, for an adventure....
Pattaya's sponsored beach umbrellas ordered taken down | Phuket News
PATTAYA: Stall holders renting out the new beach chairs have been told remove the sun shades sponsored by Thai Beverage Plc because they could be violating the alcohol control laws....
Cambodian garment makers seek continued support | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH: Cambodian garment makers on Friday urged international buyers not to turn away from the country amid concerns that its access to vital EU trade preferences could be under threat after the main opposition party was dissolved last month....
Cambodian PM leaves for China to seek more aid | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH: Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, facing Western donor pressure over a crackdown on critics ahead of 2018 elections, will seek more aid and investment from China during a visit this week, his aide said on Wednesday....
B20m counterfeit goods, contraband seized in Nonthaburi warehouse raid | Phuket News
A large quantity of counterfeit goods and contraband worth about 20 million baht were seized in a raid on a warehouse in Nonthaburi’s Bang Bua Thong district on Friday (Dec 1). Nathawut Saratan, director of the Customs Department’s investigation and suppression office, said the raid on Bang Bua Thong Factory 1 on Bang Kruay-Sai Noi road was conducted by customs officials with support from Bang Bua Thong police and administrative officials on a tip-off that the warehouse was where fake goods and contraband were kept. The officials examined boxes and bags in the warehouse and found counterfeit goods and contraband such as handbags, shoes, cigarettes, Viagra pills and playing cards, worth altogether about 20 million baht. The warehouse was rented by Ms Chathita Detlertthanakul, 26, but the woman, when contacted on the telephone, said she was on a trip to another province. Mr Nathawut said the raid was a follow-up action after...
Okinawa rape and murder: US military base worker Shinzato jailed in Japan | Phuket News
The Okinawa base contractor raped and killed a local woman in a case that sparked anti-US protests....
Magnitude 6.0 earthquake hits Iran | Phuket News
A strong quake of magnitude 6.0 struck southeastern Iran near the city of Kerman on Friday, the US Geological Survey said....
Powerful earthquake hits Iran | Phuket News
A powerful quake of magnitude 6.3 struck southeastern Iran near the city of Kerman on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey said....
Suspect re-enacts alleged murder of 4 people in rubber plantation | Phuket News
Prachuap Khiri Khan police yesterday (Nov 30) escorted one of the five suspects to re-enact the murder of a family of four at a rubber plantation in Bang Saphan Noi district of Prachuap Khiri Khan. The suspect identified only as Daeng, an ethnic Mon worker at the plantation, was arrested two days ago and was charged for murder. Police said he and four other Mon workers killed a colleague, Nampol Kamkong, and three of his family members included his wife, 5-year-old daughter and his father, after having engaged in heated quarrel over unpaid debt while they were having a drink party at Nampol’s home on Nov 26. The other four suspects were identified only as Son, Zu, Ouu and Arlon. Daeng told police that Arlon was angry at Nampol after the latter told Arlon to repay him 1,000 baht debt. A fist fight broke out and Nampol ran into his home....
North Korean defectors returned home despite father's plea | Phuket News
The 10 defectors, including a child, face an uncertain fate after being returned from China....
Pope ordains priests in Bangladesh ahead of meeting with Rohingya | Phuket News
DHAKA (Reuters) - Pope Francis celebrated a huge outdoor Mass on Friday to ordain new priests from Bangladesh on his first full day in the country where he is due to meet Muslim Rohingya refugees from Myanmar later in the day. ...
Ying Kai acquitted in one human-trafficking case  | Phuket News
The Criminal Court on Friday (Dec 1) dismissed a human-trafficking case against Monta Yokrattanakan, alias Ying Kai, citing the lack of evidence. In this case, prosecutors of the 2nd Human-Trafficking Cases Litigation Office, charged Mrs Monta, 60, with human-trafficking for a forcing a girl aged over 15 but under 18 to work for her. The lawsuit stated that between May 2008 and May 30, 2010 Mrs Monta lured a 16-year-old girl from Mae Hong Son to work for her in Bangkok, promising to give her a monthly salary of 5,000 baht plus financial support for her to study in a school and to send some money home.   But, at Mrs Monta’s condominium at Pracha Nives in Bangkok, the girl was forced to work as a maid from 5am to 9pm everyday without holidays.  She received no monthly pay except some little amount of money for expenses. The court found in the trial that...
'Ying Kai' cleared of one human trafficking charge | Phuket News
The Criminal Court has acquitted Montha
Australia edge start of second Ashes test | Phuket News
Australia make 209-4 on a rain-shortened opening day of the second Ashes Test against England in Adelaide....
CPI rises to the highest in 9 months | Phuket News
The country’s consumer price index (CPI) for November rose to the highest in nine months as rising fuel prices and new excise tax slapped on tobacco  were blamed on the inflation rise. According to the Ministry of Commerce, the CPI increased 0.99% for the fourth consecutive month in November, the highest jump in 9 months. It said higher fuel prices and new excise tax, which was put into force on Sept 16, have driven up the prices of tobacco products in the country. It said the tax caused a jump in inflation by 0.08% despite falling prices of dairy products. But for the inflation rate during the past 11 months, it was a 0.66% on average. However this was within the ministry’s earlier projection of 0.4-1%. For next year, it forecasts overall economic growth at 3.5-4% with assumption that global oil prices staying around US$50-60 per barrel while the Thai...
Banthoon questions govt’s subsidy programme for the poor | Phuket News
Kasikornbank chief executive officer Banthoon Lamsam has expressed doubt over the government’s subsidy programme for the poor if it will really help to bolster local economy. Instead he said the programme should be short-lived and not linger on forever. Although there was sign of economic recovery, the main question still persists: if the distribution of income is equal? “When income is not equally distributed, the poor will remain poor, while the rich will become richer. How can the government return happiness to the people when they are still poor and could not sell their crops?,” he questioned. Mr Banthoon said there is nothing wrong with a cash subsidy programme to resolve immediate problem but it should not be long-lived. “We can’t resort to such measure forever. The country needs better solutions,” he said. He said he wanted to see new cabinet ministers coming in with strong determination and wisdom to...
Huge fire burns down bike factory in Bang Pakong | Phuket News
A huge fire broke out at a bicycle manufacturing factory in Bang Pakong district of Chachoengsao province in the early hours of Saturday (Dec 2) causing damages estimated at 30 million baht. The fire was reported shortly after midnight at Tin Pao Industrial Co’s production and warehouse factory building which is located on a large 2-rai plot of land and quickly raged because of the flammable materials stored inside. Nobody was injured. Over 40 fire trucks were rushed to the scene but firemen reported difficulties to enter the building to put out the fire because of the toxic smokes. Meanwhile strong wind also fanned the fire, causing the flames to spread quickly and engulfed the 2-storey building. The fire raged on for three hours until the whole building was burned and the roof caved in. A factory guard said the fire started from the ground floor where huge stocks of...
B30m damage in bicycle warehouse blaze | Phuket News
CHACHOENGSAO: A fire gutted a large bicycle warehouse in Bang Pakong district early Saturday, destroying about 50,000 bikes and parts with damage of at least 30 million baht....
US Senate passes sweeping tax changes | Phuket News
WASHINGTON: The US Senate has approved a sweeping tax overhaul, moving Republicans and President Donald Trump a major step closer to their goal of slashing taxes for businesses and the rich while offering everyday Americans a mixed bag of changes....
300,000 new SMEs targeted | Phuket News
The government plans to increase the number of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) by 300,000 next year, as they are expected to play a major role in supporting the Thai economy, says Suwanchai Lohawattanakul, newly appointed director-general of the Office of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Promotion (Osmep)....
Police to seek arrest warrants for suspected owners of arms cache next week | Phuket News
The Royal Thai Police will soon seek warrants from the court to arrest 2-3 people who they have information linking them to the arms cache seized early this week in Bang Nam Priao district of Chachoengsao province. Deputy commissioner of the Royal Thai Police Pol Gen Srivara Ransibrahmanakul said on Friday (Dec 1) that the police now know who owned the arms cache and warrants would be sought to arrest them next week. He didn’t identify the suspects but said they were linked with violent incidents during the 2014 political unrest. The arms cache was found by a villager in a pond in Bang Nam Priao district of Chachoengsao province on Nov 24. Search by authorities found a large number of arms and ammunition. He said the police have learned that the arms cache was linked to the 2014 political unrest because the serial numbers of some arms and...
Arms cache find seen as regime ploy | Phuket News
The recent discovery of a huge arms cache in Chachoengsao is now being used as an excuse by the regime not to lift its ban on political parties' activities anytime soon, say key figures from across the political spectrum....
Australia claim first blood in Ashes | Phuket News
Australia complete a 10-wicket victory over England in the first Ashes Test on the fifth morning in Brisbane....
Ashes: England on verge of crushing first Test defeat by Australia | Phuket News
England are on the verge of losing the first Ashes Test after Australia dominate the fourth day in Brisbane....
Driving monk survives car wreck | Phuket News
SUKHOTHAI: A driving monk survived unscathed after his car swerved to avoid a cat, hit a concrete pipe and flew off the road on Saturday....
5 more Jomsap scapegoat suspects in police sights | Phuket News
Nakhon Phanom: Police will summon another five suspects in the case of former teacher Jomsap Saenmuangkhot, who served prison time over a fatal hit-and-run incident dating back 12 years and is suspected of later hiring a scapegoat to try and clear her name via a retrial that was recently rejected....
Foreign Aid Declines for Myanmar Refugee Camps | Phuket News
As foreign investment enhances development in Myanmar, refugees and IDPs on the border areas are facing the harsh reality of diminished aid from international donors groups. On the Thai-Myanmar border, refugees in the camp talk about the difficulties of surviving there, and the reality of going home for the long-term refugees. Steve Sandford has this report....
Photo Exhibit Recaptures Bhutanese-Nepali Lost History | Phuket News
As refugees resettle in a new country, their identities are often lost in the transition. A photo exhibit in the U.S. Midwestern city of Columbus, Ohio, offers a small window into one local refugee community. VOA's June Soh explored the exhibit that sheds light on the refugees' brave journeys from Bhutan through refugee camps in Nepal before finally settling in central Ohio....
Thai investments flow into Myanmar despite refugee flood | Phuket News
As the US and Europe grow increasingly outraged over the Rohingya refugee crisis in Myanmar, Asian businesses are continuing to invest....
Ex-DSI chief case pushed back by court | Phuket News
The arraignment of former Department of Special Investigation (DSI) chief Tarit Pengdith in a false asset declaration case has been postponed by the Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions to next month due to an incomplete indictment....
Thai investments flood Myanmar as refugees flow out | Phuket News
As the US and Europe grow increasingly outraged over the Rohingya refugee crisis in Myanmar, Asian businesses are continuing to invest....
Trang hard-hit by flooding | Phuket News
Many communities in low-lying areas on both sides of the Trang River have been inundated and some of the houses are nearly submerged partly because the river embankment has crumbled at two spots....
Shale drillers 'itchy' to plow Opec's gift into more wells | Phuket News
Opec and Russia just gave their most implacable foe, US shale, an early holiday gift....
Rugby League World Cup: Australia beat England 6-0 to retain trophy | Phuket News
Australia edge out England in a tight and nervy Rugby League World Cup final to retain the trophy....
Prayut: Thepha plant has local support | Phuket News
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said at least 50,000 people residing in Songkhla's Thepha district have said that they support construction of a coal-fired power plant in the area, and he urged the public to listen to both sides of the debate....
Analysts: Pro-Iran Remarks May Trigger Regional Rivalry in Afghanistan | Phuket News
Recent pro-Iranian and Syrian regime remarks by an Afghan Shiite leader may attract regional sectarian rivalries to Afghanistan, and incite more violence and terror by the Islamic State terrorist group in the war-torn country, analysts warned. Deputy Afghan Chief Executive Mohammad Mohaqeq, a leader of the country's Shiite minority, said last week,
Lukewarm response to Prayut 5 cabinet: Poll | Phuket News
Only about one half of the respondents in an opinion survey conducted by Suan Dusit Rajabhat University think the latest reshuffle will help the government under Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to improve its performance....
10 hurt, six seriously, in Prachuap Khiri Khan van crash | Phuket News
PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN: Ten people, including the driver, were injured - six of them seriously - when a van crashed into a tree on the road median in Thap Sakae district early on Sunday....
NCPO urged to lift ban on politics | Phuket News
Political parties have slammed the regime for signalling a delay in lifting the political ban by citing the recent discovery of an arms cache as a threat to national security....
Wenger blames poor start as Arsenal's run ends | Phuket News
LONDON: Manager Arsene Wenger said a poor start sabotaged Arsenal's hopes of extending a 12-match home winning run in the Premier League as they went down 3-1 to Manchester United on Saturday....
Australia same-sex marriage: 'We don't want any fuss' | Phuket News
Long-time same-sex couples in Australia share contrasting views on what marriage would mean for them....
Japan's cherry blossoms get winter makeover | Phuket News
The surprising secret behind Tokyo's winter blooms....
Ashes: Shaun Marsh puts Australia in control of second Test in Adelaide | Phuket News
England face a battle to stay in the second Ashes Test after a Shaun Marsh century puts Australia in command in Adelaide....
Four nabbed with 40,000 meth pills in Uttaradit | Phuket News
UTTARADIT: Four men were arrested with with 40,000 methamphetamine pills in their possession in Tha Pla district early on Sunday....
47 percent of Filipinos say they are poor | Phuket News
Forty-seven percent of Filipinos consider themselves poor in the third quarter of the year, The Manila Times Online reported on Sunday, quoting the latest opinion survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations. SWS interviewed 1,500 adults nationwide during September 21-27. The poll shows 47 of the respondents or an estimated 10.9 million families considered themselves poor which was three points higher than the June survey. The proportion of the self-rated poor families saw a sharp increase from 44 percent in December 2016 to 50 percent in March this year. The SWS survey also found that 32 percent or 7.4 million families rated their food as “poor”. This was similar to the 32 percent or an estimated 7.3 million families recorded as food-poor in June 2017. Since the surveys of the self-rated poor respondents in December 2014, 36 percent of the respondents have always rated themselves as poor while 11 percent...
TOT moves fibre-optic installation forward | Phuket News
The state telecom enterprise TOT plans to install fibre-optic lines to replace copper wires nationwide by 2021, five years ahead of its original plan....
AIS targets tripling in fibre internet customers | Phuket News
Advanced Info Service Plc, the top wireless operator, intends to triple subscribers for its fibre-based high-speed Internet service as it grapples with intense competition in the mobile sector....
AIS targets tripling in fibre customers | Phuket News
Advanced Info Service Plc, the top wireless operator, intends to triple subscribers for its fibre-based high-speed Internet service as it grapples with intense competition in the mobile sector....
Tyres, triumph and threats follow N Korea missile test | Phuket News
Kim Jong-un visits a factory that made tyres for the launch vehicle for North Korea's latest missile....
North Korea's missile last week was seen by a Cathay Pacific crew from plane, airline says | Phuket News
A crew on board a Cathay Pacific aircraft saw a North Korean missile blow up over the Sea of Japan last week, the airline told CNBC on Monday....
Australia same-sex marriage: MP proposes in parliament | Phuket News
Tim Wilson's moving digression - a reaffirmation - came amid debate on legalising same-sex marriage....
Mattis Visits Pakistan Says He Won’t ‘Prod’ the Government | Phuket News
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis made a visit Monday to Pakistan where he said he did not plan to
Ashes: England take late wickets for faint hope against Australia in Adelaide | Phuket News
Australia finish day three of the second Ashes Test with a lead of 268 runs after an England batting collapse in Adelaide....
Asia trades lower, but Dow futures spike more than 220 points after Senate passes tax plan | Phuket News
Asia markets traded mostly lower on Monday, following a decline in U.S. stocks in the Friday session....
2nd Phetchaburi jailbreaker re-captured after 10 days on the run | Phuket News
Another prisoner who escaped from the Phetchaburi prison along with another convict on Nov 24 has been recaptured after 10 days on the run, police said. Pol Lt Col Peera Asawawiboonpol, deputy Phetchaburi police chief, said Tawatchai Maliyaem, 33, was recaptured at about 2.30am on Monday (Dec 4) while he was about to sneak into his house in Ban Laem district. Tawatchai, a drug convict, and Ekachai Kluabkaew, 36, a motorcycle theft convict, on Nov 24 escaped from the Phetchaburi prison while it was being hit by flooding. After the escape, the two went separately. Tawatchai said he hid in a drain pipe in a village before going out on a boat into the sea with a person he knows. After ten days in the sea, he returned home in the hope to see his wife, only to be caught by waiting police. Ekachai, the other escapee, was recaptured on...
Second escapee recaptured in Phetchaburi | Phuket News
PHETCHABURI: The second of two inmates who escaped from the provincial prison during last month's flooding was recaptured on Monday, four days after the other escapee was caught....
4 bodies, likely from N. Korea, found along Japan coast | Phuket News
TOKYO: Four bodies, suspected of being from North Korea, were found Monday along Japan's northern coast on the Sea of Japan, local authorities said....
North Korea missile 'seen by Cathay Pacific airline crew' | Phuket News
A Cathay Pacific flight over Japan spotted what they believe was the missile exploding on re-entry....
CIFS Director tries to explain delay in cadet autopsy | Phuket News
The director of the Central Institute of Forensic Science (CIFS) has clarified that the chemical required to complete the autopsy of the freshman cadet recently died in a military academy has not run out as reported in the media. CIFS Director Somn Promaros announced on 3 December 2017 that the delay in the autopsy of Cadet Phakhaphong Tanyakan was not due to a shortage of a formalin material used to preserve samples of his organs as reported on many media outlets. He clarified that the delay was in fact due to the complicated procedures which would take longer than expected because much of the organ tissue of the late cadet was damaged because it had been preserved in formalin for a long time. Somn added ambiguously that a special chemical called ‘Formalin-fixed Paraffin-embedded (FFPE)’ is required for the procedure, adding that the first stage is to prove whether the organs...
Basic types of academic papers | Phuket News
Learn the features of the basic college paper types assigned to students. The post Basic types of academic papers appeared first on Pattaya Daily News....
Driver has seizure, hits motorcyclists, 2 killed | Phuket News
PATTAYA -- Two people were killed and 15 others injured when a 44-year-old man suffered a seizure while driving a pickup truck and crashed into motorcycles taking students to school on South Pattaya Road on Monday morning....
Austrians interested in EEC investment | Phuket News
Thailand is attractive for Austrian and EU firms to invest in advanced and industrial technology in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC)....
Pakistani man arrested for pro-India slogan | Phuket News
A Bollywood film fan is detained after writing
Phu Thap Boek in Phetchabun flooded with tourists | Phuket News
PHETCHABUN: A large number of tourists have flocked to Phu Thap Boek in Lam Kao district of this northern province to spend the weekend enjoying this area's natural beauty....
Sri Lankan cricketers 'right' to take stand on smog | Phuket News
While many mocked the cricketers for being melodramatic, a doctor says they were right to halt play....
Trump 'fully supports' senate candidate in sex harassment scandal | Phuket News
WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump endorsed embattled Republican Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate race on Monday, looking past sexual misconduct allegations against the GOP candidate to argue that his vote is needed in Congress....
Pakistan November inflation rate inches up to 3.97 percent | Phuket News
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's annual inflation rate edged up to 3.97 percent in November from 3.80 percent a month earlier, the state Bureau of Statistics said on Tuesday. ...
North Korea crisis: UN political chief in rare visit to Pyongyang | Phuket News
Jeffrey Feltman's visit to Pyongyang is the first by a United Nations senior official in six years....
Truck-hit gaur dies of internal bleeding | Phuket News
A male gaur which was hit and seriously injured by a truck in Nakhon Ratchasima’s Pak Chong district on Monday (Dec 4) has died from internal bleeding, according to a team of veterinarians of the National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department. The gaur, which weighed about one tonne, was hit by a truck early on Monday on the old Mitrapap Highway in front of the army’s ordnance depot in Pak Chong district. The animal had strayed about 40 kilometres out of Khao Yai National Park. After being hit, the gaur hid in a roadside bush. Park officials gave the animal a tranquilising shot and brought it out for medical treatment. The veterinarians revealed that the gaur died on Dec 5 from internal bleeding.  An autopsy showed its lungs had been torn up from the violent impact. The post Truck-hit gaur dies of internal bleeding appeared first on Thai PBS English News....
Woman returned from abroad to find her Pattaya condo full of someone else’s stuff | Phuket News
Sanook reported on a Pattaya condo owner who bought her property in 2015 then went abroad to live. On return recently she found it had been opened up and was full of someone else’s possessions. The woman went on Facebook to complain. The condo is in Soi Khao Talo. Sanook went to the condo in question and spoke to the sales staff who declined to be interviewed formally. Though they said they had met with the woman in question and told her that they had no keys in the office – all those were with the owner. They apparently asked her if she wanted to make a case and she declined. They said they were mystified that she then went on Facebook to post about the issue. Further attempts to contact the poster have failed, they said. Sanook The post Woman returned from abroad to find her Pattaya condo full...
Joint US-Afghan Operation Kills Top al-Qaida, Taliban Leaders | Phuket News
Afghanistan's security forces, in joint counterterrorism raids with U.S. partners, this week have killed several high-profile leaders of al-Qaida, along with 80 other members of the terrorist network and the Taliban insurgency, The Afghan intelligence agency, National Directorate of Security (NDS), announced details of the operations Tuesday, saying Omar bin Khetab, also known as Omar Mansoor, was among the dead. Khetab was the second-in-command of al-Qaida in Afghanistan and the Indian subcontinent.He also was the most senior member of al-Qaida to have been killed in the country since 2001 when a U.S.-led invasion ousted the Taliban from power in Kabul for sheltering the leadership of the international terrorist group. The joint security operations focused on the provinces of Ghazni, Zabul and Paktia, bordering Pakistan.They also destroyed five al-Qaida bases and arrested 27 militants, the NDS said.The agency did not give further details about the nationalities of Khetab and other high-profile...
Afghan Intelligence: Joint US-Afghan Operation Kills Top al-Qaida Leaders | Phuket News
Afghanistan’s security forces, in joint counterterrorism raids with U.S. partners, have killed several high-profile leaders of al-Qaida, along with 80 other members of the terrorist network and Taliban fighters. The Afghan intelligence agency, National Directorate of Security (NDS), announced details of the operations Tuesday, saying Omar bin Khetab, also known as Omar Mansoor, was among the dead. Khetab was said to be the second-in-command of al-Qaida in Afghanistan and the Indian subcontinent. He also was the most senior member of al-Qaida to have been killed in the country since 2001 when a U.S.-led invasion ousted the Taliban from power in Kabul for sheltering the leadership of the international terrorist group. The joint security operations focused on the provinces of Ghazni, Zabul and Paktia, bordering Pakistan. They also destroyed five al-Qaida bases and arrested 27 militants, the NDS said. The agency did not give further details about the nationalities of Khetab and...
Govt urged to permit needle exchanges | Phuket News
The Aids Access Foundation has urged public health authorities to stand firm on a plan to curb spiralling HIV contraction rates by giving out clean needles and syringes to drug addicts despite the Council of State considering it a violation of the law....
Goldman Sachs raises 2018 oil price forecast | Phuket News
A stronger than anticipated OPEC-led commitment to extend production cuts will support prices in 2018, Goldman Sachs analysts said....
Dashing star | Phuket News
The hugely talented actor was also the most good looking Indian movie star, writes Aseem Chhabra....
Jet ski driver caught stealing Chinese tourist's valuables | Phuket News
CHON BURI: A Koh Larn jet ski driver allegedly picked up items worth over one million baht left on a beach by a Chinese tourist while he went swimming - and then refused to return them....
Untaxed cigarettes worth B11m seized in Songkhla | Phuket News
SONGKHLA: Soldiers and police seized untaxed cigarettes with a face value of about 11 million baht during a raid on two rented townhouses in Sadao district on Tuesday....
Creditors of California wow fitness club to finally get B11m | Phuket News
The Legal Execution Department (LED) will distribute 11 million baht drawn from the seized assets of the debt-ridden California Wow Experience Fitness Club (Cawow) to repay its creditors for the first time on Monday....
Thai media continues with “Cut the Carnage” campaign as death toll mounts on Thai roads | Phuket News
Daily News continue to press ahead with their year round campaign to lower road accidents. Their “Cut the Carnage” campaign records the death toll on a daily basis in attempts to prompt the authorities to do something about the state of Thailand’s roads. But their figures for death from accidents should be treated with caution – they only refer to those that die at the scene of accidents. Thaivisa notes that the reality is much worse when it includes those that succumb in hospitals. Daily News said that the death toll since the start of the year now stands at 12,541. Some 44 people died yesterday alone at the scene of accidents. In the last four days since the start of December the figures were 43 on Friday, 33 on Saturday and 31 on Sunday. The news organisation further cautioned that the weekend’s figures would rise as reports are not...
Stop road repairs at New Year – latest brainwave as 16 million prepare for potential carnage | Phuket News
Meet the brains behind this year’s proposals to stop the annual carnage on the Thai roads. They are officials from the Communications Ministry led by chief Arkhom Termpithayaphaisit. They have been talking up their 7-7-7 plan to promote safety and help the public. The numbers relate to the before, during and after periods of seven days starting December 21st and ending January 10th. As usual the devil is in the details and Daily News reported a series of measures. Firstly Arkhom has targeted 61 roads nationwide to concentrate his efforts. These have been chosen based on having the most carnage last year, the greatest death and destruction in the last 1-3 years or just from the fact that lots of tourists use them. The Japanese communications ministry is helping out on 12 of these routes though exactly what they will do was not clear. Arkhom has also ordered all building...
#MeToo has triggered the global anti-sexual assault waves | Phuket News
October 5th, The New York Times revealed that Harvey Weinstein, the renowned Hollywood producer, was involved in sexual assault and sexual harassment related to dozens of women. Since then, there have been many victims accusing him of the crime including famous actresses like Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Eva Green. After the Harvey Weinstein sexual […]...
Suspicious packages found at Myanmar Embassy are fake bombs | Phuket News
The Myanmar Embassy in Bangkok suspended services in its visa section on Monday after finding two suspicious packages that had been mailed to the embassy. The packages however turned out to be fake bombs. Police have sealed off traffic on Pan Road near the Embassy pending investigation into the packages, according to 7 Day Daily online. The Nation The post Suspicious packages found at Myanmar Embassy are fake bombs appeared first on Samui Times....
DoT commits to new initiatives for tourism | Phuket News
The Department of Tourism (DoT) is pledging three initiatives in a bid to strengthen the tourism industry in 2018....
The Japanese city with a Christian history | Phuket News
THE WORLD’s most beautiful treasures aren’t always in plain sight; we find them in most unsuspecting places sometimes, tucked away and hidden but shining with potential. Nagasaki city, in the Kumamoto Prefecture of Japan, is the perfect example of this. The treasures found on this island come in the form of century-old Christian churches, each one filled with colour, impressive architecture and steeped in a history of vulnerability. Although Japan predominantly practices Shinto and Buddhism as its two main religions, Christianity was introduced nearly 450 years ago in 1959 by Francis Xavier. The Roman Catholic Missionary sailed to the island with three other Christian Jesuits and by the time they departed in 1551, over 2,000 of the island’s residents had reportedly been converted to Christianity. Nagasaki Peace Park Statue. Source: Shutterstock SEE ALSO: Being Japanese is the best nationality in Asia Another church rebuilt after the atomic bomb hit is the...
Findings on cadet’s suspicious death expected next week | Phuket News
The armed forces’ fact-finding committee is expected to conclude its findings on the cause of the suspicious death of Pakapong Tanyakan, freshman of the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School (AFAPS) next week. The probe panel chairman, ACM Chawarat Marungruang, said Tuesday (Dec 5) that the panel had seven more witnesses to be questioned, which was expected to be completed on Wednesday, after which the parents of the cadet would be consulted to find out whether they still have any doubtful issues to be cleared up. After that, he added that the panel would wrap up the investigation to come up with a detailed investigating report which would cover all issues related to the case. Nevertheless, ACM Chavarat admitted that this tragic case posed both a crisis as well as an opportunity for the AFAPS to review the current system in the school. As for the traditional disciplinary system at the AFAPS...
Deductible expenses to be cut, big data used as stimulus | Phuket News
The Revenue Department is cutting tax-deductible expenses and will adopt big data technology to encourage owners and family-owned operators to enrol as juristic persons and pay taxes correctly....
Huge drug cache seized in Bangkok  | Phuket News
The Royal Thai Police yesterday (Dec 4) unveiled the record seizure of drugs in the capital with 12 million methamphetamine pills and 12 kilograms of “Ice” or crystal methamphetamine. Royal Thai Police commissioner Pol Gen Chakthip Chaijinda said the seizure followed the arrest of Pongsakorn Phaworn, a drug suspect, in Samut Prakan’s Bang Phli district earlier this month. Gen Chakthip Chaijinda Mr Pongsakorn was arrested while in possession of 10.3 million methamphetamine pills. The suspect allegedly named two more persons in his network–Sarawut Nuern-Phu and Alongkorn Yongprayutalong. Both men were later kept under surveillance which led to the information that a major consignment of meth pills was being brought into Bangkok from the northern part of Thailand. Mr Sarawut was responsible for driving the pickup truck with the drugs into Bangkok and leave the vehicle in Soi Phraya Suren 19 in Bang Chan district.  Then Mr Alongkorn would come to...
Cops name 5 over arms cache | Phuket News
Warrants for the arrest of five people, including former PM's Office minister Jakrapob Penkair and former 3rd Army deputy chief Maj Gen Manas Paolik, for their alleged links with the recent discovery of a huge arms cache in Chachoengsao will be sought tomorrow, according to a police source....
The United States may be pushing Canada toward 'free trade' with China | Phuket News
Canada needs to diversify exports to offset the possible damage done if the United States pulls out of NAFTA....
88-year-old US congressman quits over sex scandal | Phuket News
DETROIT: US Representative John Conyers - beset with allegations of sexual harassment by former staff members - announced his retirement Tuesday, bringing to an end a more than five-decade run in the House....
Five finalists handpicked for new Election Commission | Phuket News
The selection committee tasked with selecting five election commissioners has endorsed five finalists who has passed the committee’s vision presentation test. Pornpetch Wichitcholchai, chairman of the National Legislative Assembly and member of the selection committee said Tuesday (Dec 5) that the five finalists were chosen out of a total of 15 applicants who were qualified for vision presentation test. To pass the test, the candidates must receive two-thirds of the votes of the selection committee, chaired by Supreme Court president Cheep Jullamon. Mr Pornpetch said only four got two-thirds of the committee’s votes and the second round of vision presentation test was staged for the rest and only one of them was chosen.  He added that the committee would meet again on Thursday (Dec 7) to confirm the selection of the five finalists after which their list would be submitted to the National Legislative Assembly for consideration. The five finalists are: ...
Five candidates chosen for Election Commission | Phuket News
Five out of 15 shortlisted candidates have been chosen to sit on the Election Commission....
The story of a kamikaze pilot | Phuket News
Keiichi Kuwahara was a kamikaze pilot during World War Two. Now aged 91 he recounts the experience....
Australia's frog count: App calls on citizen scientists | Phuket News
Scientists hope the public will help them record the sounds of the amphibians via an app....
'Kwaussie': Dual citizen saga behind Australia's word of 2017 | Phuket News
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Tapping into India's digital payments revolution | Phuket News
Bangalore-based software company Ezetap has developed a platform that makes it easy to pay anywhere with any device you like....
Visa: Digital shift could reap B126bn | Phuket News
Residents, businesses and the public sector in Bangkok could realise 126 billion baht worth of economic benefits by transitioning from physical money to digital payments, says a report released by Visa....
The Tomahawk Steak! A dining experience not to be missed at The Shack | Phuket News
The Shack, in the popular Fishermans Village of Bophut has been a firm island favourite since it opened its doors, and few need an excuse to enjoy this ever popular dining experience. However, if you are looking for an excuse to go then the Tomahawk Steak has to be top of the list. The Shack recently introduced the mighty Tomahawk ribeye steak to their menu, and are the only restaurant on the island to do so. Named because it allegedly resembles the Tomahawk axe, this steak packs the ultimate ‘Wow’ factor steak. This  ‘on the bone’ rib eye steak is cut from the fore rib with the entire bone left intact and weighs in at a mind boggling average of 1.4kgs. The Tomahawk is cut based on the thickness of the rib bone and is usually 5cm/2 inches thick. The size of this monster makes it an ideal sharing steak...
Australia unveils laws to prevent foreign interference | Phuket News
PM Malcolm Turnbull proposes sweeping changes to laws on espionage and political donations....
Jakrapob hits back at junta for making “baseless accusation” against him | Phuket News
Former Prime Minister’s Office minister Jakrapob Penkair hit back at the military junta, calling their latest accusation against him as completely baseless and falsehood. Posting in his Facebook page on Monday (Dec 4) in response to the military complaint to the police accusing him of connecting with the recent discovery of a cache of war weapons in Chachoengsao province, Mr Jakrapob condemned his accusers, calling them thoughtless for making up false news against him. He said that, for the past few years, he had been living peacefully in exile, waiting for the time when the majority of the people realize the badness of the regime. He warned that popular rebellion was not impossible if the junta continues to rule with injustice and abuses. On Dec 4, Col Burin Thongprapai, a legal officer of the National Council for Peace and Order, lodged complaint with the Crime Supression Division against Mr Jakrapob and...
Afghan Peace Body Offers Kabul Office for Taliban Talks | Phuket News
War-torn Afghanistan's official peace-negotiating panel offered Wednesday for the first time to let the Taliban open a representative office in Kabul or in a country of its own choice, for initiating a peace dialogue. The Taliban promptly rejected the offer, however, saying their rivals are
Southern California wildfire threatens thousands of homes | Phuket News
VENTURA, California: An unrelenting wildfire fanned by hot, dry Santa Ana winds threatened more than 12,000 homes in and around Ventura, California, on Wednesday, forcing thousands of people to race for safety....
Severe southern flooding continues | Phuket News
Severe flooding continued to afflict nine southern provinces on Wednesday with Nakhon Sri Thammarat heavily inundated and at least 15 people killed in the region since Nov 25....
Forest run-off reaches Nakhon Si Thammarat town | Phuket News
Forest run-off from Khao Luang National Park has reached Nakhon Si Thammarat municipality, causing flood in the city for the second time in less than two weeks. Authorities warned people in flood-prone areas to move their belongings to higher ground since last night (Dec 5) when the forest run-off flew into Phra Phrom and Lan Saka districts and headed to Muang Nakhon Si Thammarat municipality. According to local authorities, the run off is caused by the monsoon-triggered rainfalls over the past few days. Last week, flash flood ravaged Nakhon Si Thammarat municipality and the city just recovered from the flooding. Meanwhile, the bodies of two bus passengers swept away by strong current in Nakhon Si Thammarat’s Sichon district have been found this morning. Sichon police said the packed inter-provincial bus with about 50 passengers was returning to Surat Thani after a funeral ceremony in Nakhon Si Thammarat on late...
Tidal flooding causes traffic chaos in Samut Prakan | Phuket News
SAMUT PRAKAN: A very high tide caused flooding in coastal Samut Prakan's Phra Samut Chedi and Phra Pradaeng districts, leading to severe traffic congestion along Suk Sawat Road on Wednesday morning....
Two swept from bus, drowned on flooded road | Phuket News
Two elderly women were carried away by the strong current and drowned when a packed bus was swept off the road by a flash flood while travelling from Surat Thani to Nakhon Sri Thammarat on Tuesday night....
Hat Yai battens down flood hatches | Phuket News
SONGKHLA: Irrigation officials are struggling to protect the commercial heart of Hat Yai district against overflow from a canal and Songkhla Lake....
Hometown Suphan Buri ready for Toon's arrival | Phuket News
Suphan Buri was preparing a warm welcome for rock singer Toon Bodyslam as he resumed his marathon charity run on Wednesday morning, heading from Bangkok towards his home province....
Toon begins Day 36 run to Nonthaburi, Suphan Buri today | Phuket News
Rocker Artiwara Kongmalai or “Toon Bodyslam” started running again today (Dec 6) after taking two days rest on doctor’s advice. The first leg of today’s run started at 4am from Soi Rang Nam in Phyathai district to Siriraj hospital where hospital personnels have raised 620,000 baht to donate to his charity run. From Siriaj hospital, he headed for Nonthaburi and Suphan Buri provinces. So far, he has completed about 1,300 kilometers or more than half of his planned 2,191-km run from Betong in the southern most province of Yala to Mae Sai in the northernmost province of Chiang Rai to raise 700-million-baht fund for 11 state-run hospitals. As of Dec 5, over 530 million baht has been raised since Toon kicked off his charity run campaign on Nov 1. His personal doctor Dr Samitada Sungkapo or known as “Dr May” said Toon is now physically fit to begin his Day 36...
Afghan refugees forced to take a freezing journey back from Iran | Phuket News
Protecting the old, sick and vulnerable Afghan migrants are facing harsh winter temperatures. The IOM provided post-arrival assistance to over 750 vulnerable groups from November 19-25. Included were 127 unaccompanied children, 80 people who needed medical assistance, and 15 unaccompanied elderly. According to the UN, last week 90,000 displaced people received humanitarian assistance and winterization […]...
Australia dual citizenship: Two more politicians face scrutiny | Phuket News
Two more MPs will have their eligibility for office tested while eight others avoid being referred....
Royal Crematorium can now be viewed in virtual reality on the internet | Phuket News
People who are unable to come to Bangkok or who live faraway can now view the Royal Crematorium in virtual reality by logging into the following website www.songcharoen.com/phrameru – thanks to the initiative of HRH Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana. Over 2.6 million people have visited the Royal Crematorium at Sanam Luang during the past 35 days, yet there are still many who do not have the opportunity to visit the crematorium to appreciate the architectural and sculptural marvels. Hence, the Princess has ordered the creation of a virtual Royal Crematorium using computer technology. Viewers simply log into the website and can view the magnificent structures, including the first, second and third tiers of the Royal Crematorium, from all directions in 360 degrees. They can also zoom in and out the images to get clearer details of the structures. The images will come with the soundtrack of the song, Blue Day, composed...
Trump weighs recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital | Phuket News
WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump is considering recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, a move that could upend decades of American policy and ratchet up Middle East tensions, but is expected to again delay his campaign promise to move the US embassy there, US officials said on Thursday....
Australia go 2-0 up with Ashes win | Phuket News
England's fightback in the second Test comes to nothing as Australia power to a 120-run win in Adelaide and a 2-0 Ashes lead....
SET down 3.89 to 1,693.72 at noon | Phuket News
The Stock Exchange of Thailand dropped 0.23%, or 3.89 points, to 1,693.72 on Wednesday....
Thousands of people show up to receive anti-cancer herbs from Mor Sang | Phuket News
Thousands of cancer patients and relatives of terminally-ill cancer patients queued up in front of the house of Mr Sangchai Haelerttrakul, or Mor Sang as he was widely known, in Muang district of Prachin Buri to receive free herbal medicines claimed to have the qualities to cure cancer. Because of the high turnout, Mor San’s assistants divided the people in four groups for proper management to make sure that all who were present were distributed the herbal medicines they needed. One group was made up of old patients who used to come to Mor Sang’s house to receive the medicines. The second group comprises relatives of the old patients who came to pick up the medicines on behalf of the patients. The third was new cancer patients and their relatives made up the fourth group. It was reported that most of the new patients were terminally ill patients who were...
'Hero' India driver risks life to save children in runaway van | Phuket News
Shiv Yadav threw himself in front of a moving van after the children accidentally put it in gear....
China's largest airline sees profits ahead — and is bullish on Europe | Phuket News
Next year is looking strong for China Southern Airlines, the company's president told CNBC on Wednesday....
Stocks down 0.34% lower to 1,691.87 | Phuket News
Stocks stayed 0.34% lower 20 minutes after the start of trade on Wednesday....
China’s wealth inheritors: Entrepreneurial, educated, less materialistic | Phuket News
China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) released a white paper to describe China’s second-generation inheritors of family business on Saturday. Based on 521 questionnaires collected by the white paper, 44 percent of these inheritors are working for family firms, and expect to take over the family business; only 8 percent of them said they do not want to carry on their parents’ business. Most of the inheritors have entrepreneurial zeal and are excited by the policies to encourage startups, and decided to show their abilities on enterprises operation and management, the white paper said. Compared to other people’s difficulties in seeking funds at the beginning of startup, 62 percent of these inheritors received angel investments from the families firms. Among all of respondents, 22 percent of them did not receive funds from the families firms; 16 percent of them said they have no plan to start their own business. The...
Chinese couple had 200 roaches in airport hand luggage | Phuket News
Staff were surprised to find live cockroaches in a Chinese couple's airport hand luggage....
Women in Delhi Slum Access Amenities | Phuket News
Using a law that empowers Indians to seek information from the government to promote accountability and transparency, a group of women in New Delhi’s largest slum resettlement colony have waged an effective campaign with city authorities to improve access to water, sanitation and transport. Anjana Pasricha visited the area in India’s capital....
Women In Delhi Slum Use Indian Information Act to Access Water | Phuket News
It is not easy for residents of New Delhi’s largest resettlement colony to rush out of their homes and scramble to fill water jars on cold, foggy winter mornings when they hear a water tanker arrive. But after living without access to a tap for years, the 30,000 residents of this area are grateful when the tanker shows up every day. “We used to bring water from such a long distance. We could not even offer anyone a glass of water, we had to keep it for our children”, recalls Urmila Devi, one of the residents. For years, the residents struggled without basic civic amenities in this distant suburb where they were relocated from city slums when the Indian capital was being dressed up for the 2010 Commonwealth Games. That has changed after women like Devi learned how to exercise their legal rights to access basic services. Using a law...
Citi Names Zoher Karu as Head of Asia Pacific Data and Analytics | Phuket News
Citi aims to be the best digital bank in the Aisia Pacific region. Recently, Citi not only launched its facebook fan page to expand its communicating channel in Taiwan, but also appointed Zoher Karu as Head of Asia Pacific Data and Analytics to further refine its data and analytics capabilities. Reporting to Anand Selva, Head […]...
Real-time data, QR codes to pace 2018 trends | Phuket News
Real-time data, personalisation and quick response (QR) codes will be the top three trends in digital and social media next year, says Thoth Zocial, a provider of social data analytics services....
India 10-year-old raped girl's baby adopted | Phuket News
The harrowing case of the 10-year-old who was raped by her two uncles shocked the world....
Australian man trafficked wife and baby to India, police say | Phuket News
The man forced the pair to travel to India against the woman's will, Australian police allege....
Anger as India doctor mistakenly declares newborn dead | Phuket News
The error was found when the baby's parents saw him move en route to the funeral in India....
Babies' brains damaged by pollution, Unicef says | Phuket News
Toxic air is putting the brain development of millions of infants under one at risk, Unicef says....
Myanmar's opium crop plummets while meth stalks SE Asia | Phuket News
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Ten men arrested for buying teenage sex | Phuket News
AYUTTHAYA: Police on Wednesday raided 14 places in the central plain province and arrested 10 of 14 men wanted for paying for sex with a 15-year-old girl recently rescued from forced prostitution....
“Policeman/Army men” planted drugs then demanded sex from mother | Phuket News
A murky tale from the north east of Thailand was reported by Sanook after a 16 year old girl went on Facebook to complain about what happened to her 25 year old brother. The admin of an Ubon Ratchathani fan page called in the media to investigate. Sanook were told that on November 25th contact was made through Facebook with a man’s mother allegedly coming from a policeman in the Mukdahan area. The cop said that her son had been found to have ten Ya Ba tablets on him at a checkpoint. He said that her son faced 5/6 years in jail and a heavy fine. But he would forget all about it if she agreed to have sex with him. This was later changed to agreeing to let him go if she sent pictures of her genitals to the officer. Contact with the local police station revealed that no...
Nine suspects questioned by the CSD for allegedly having sex with a 15-year old girl | Phuket News
Nine men, including a local administration official, were on Wednesday taken from Ayutthaya province to the Crime Suppression Division in Bangkok for interrogation in connection with a sex trade case involving a 15-year old girl. Pol Col Arun Wachirasrisukanya, superintendent of 2nd subdivision of the CSD, said that some of the nine accused confessed that they bought sex with the victim via application Line or phone with her aunt. The rest however claimed they didn’t know the girl was underaged, said the officer, however, adding that all of them would face rape and molestation charges as well as the charge of depriving a minor from her guardian. Altogether 14 men were wanted by the police for having sex with the girl. Five at still at large, including a police lieutenant in Ayutthaya. Pol Col Arun said the CSD was coordinating with the police lieutenant’s superior to persuade the officer in...
Islamist suicide plot to kill PM May foiled | Phuket News
LONDON: A man was ordered held Wednesday after being accused in a plot to assassinate Prime Minister Theresa May....
India doctors fired for mistakenly declaring newborn dead | Phuket News
The hospital which employed the doctors said the
Hirohito's WW2 memoir bought by Japanese accused holocaust denier | Phuket News
The buyer of the former Japan emperor's WW2 memoir is accused of denying the holocaust....
Hirohito wartime memoir sells for $275,000 | Phuket News
The 173-page memoir was bought by a Japanese surgeon well-known for his right-wing views, who said he wished to restore it to the country’s royal family. “It should have been in Japan, but it ended up overseas,” Dr. Katsuya Takasu told The Associated Press in Tokyo. “So it feels like it’s finally coming back.” The […]...
Memoir by Japan's Hirohito Fetches $275,000 in NY | Phuket News
A memoir by Japanese Emperor Hirohito that offers his recollections of World War II fetched $275,000, nearly double its expected top price, at an auction in Manhattan on Wednesday. The 173-page document was dictated to his aides soon after the end of the war. It was created at the request of General Douglas MacArthur, whose administration controlled Japan at the time.   The winning buyer was from Japan, according to Alice Lok, a spokeswoman for the auction house Bonhams. No other details were immediately provided. The memoir, also known as the imperial monologue, covers events from the Japanese assassination of Manchurian warlord Zhang Zuolin in 1928 to the emperor's surrender broadcast recorded on August 14, 1945. The document's contents caused a sensation when they were first published in Japan in 1990, just after the emperor's death. The two volumes are each bound with strings, the contents written vertically in pencil....
Military prosecutor defers decision on Sulak’s lese majeste case | Phuket News
The military prosecutor has decided to postpone the decision on the indictment of wellknown scholar Sulak Sivaraksa who was charged with lese majeste for questioning the accuracy of the history about King Naresuan the Great. Accompanied by a lawyer, Mr Sulak went to the Bangkok military court on Thursday morning (Dec 7) to acknowledge the supposed indictment over a remark he made during a seminar at Thammasat University on June 5, 2014, concerning the battle between King Naresuan and a Burmese Prince. The military prosecutor however decided to postpone the decision to Jan 17 following Mr Sulak’s request that the prosecutors should consult historians and legal experts before making decision on whether to indict him or not. Representatives from several European embassies, the United Nations and human rights organizations were present at the military court to observe the legal proceedings. Earlier, Human Rights Watch called on the military prosecutor to...
Court postpones decision on Sulak’s lese majeste charges | Phuket News
A military court on Thursday delayed a decision on whether to prosecute a prominent historian and social critic who suggested that a famed duel on elephant-back won by a Thai king against a Burmese prince 500 years ago may not actually have happened....
Two police officers formally charged for helping Yingluck escape | Phuket News
Two Nahon Pathom police officers have been formally charged with dereliction of duty in violation of the Section 157 of the Criminal Code for helping former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra to escape. Pol Gen Srivara Ransibrahmanakul, a deputy police chief, said the two officers–Pol Lt Col Samit Chai-inkham and Pol Senior Sgt Maj Pornpipat–reported to him on Friday (Dec 1) to hear the charges, Thairath online reports. He said the two officers were summonsed to hear the charges after the investigators had obtained sufficient evidence to confirm that they helped Ms Yingluck escape on Aug 23, two days ahead of the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions’ schedule to deliver its ruling on the rice-pledging case against her on Aug 25.  The escape prompted the court to postpone the reading of the verdict to Nov 27. The two officers were released after being formally charged. As for Pol Col Chairit Anurit,...
Young Afghan Girl Has Lived in Prison All Her Life | Phuket News
Eleven years ago a little girl named Mina was born in an Afghan prison and to this day, she has never seen the outside world. The child, who lives with her mother in the Nangarhar Prison in the city of Jalalabad, Afghanistan, is curious to see what life is like outside the prison's four walls. VOA reporter Zabihullah Ghazi talked to the girl and her mother at the Nangarhar Prison....
SET down 0.21 points to 1,694.18 at opening | Phuket News
Thai stocks opened down 0.01% at the start of trade this morning....
Toon reaches Suphan Buri, donations top B628m | Phuket News
Singer-turns-runner Toon Bodyslam reached Suphan Buri on Thursday, hours after a big crowd of well-wishers and three caparisoned elephants greeted the rock star in Ayutthaya....
Toon reaches Ayutthaya, donations top B614m | Phuket News
AYUTTHAYA: A big crowd of well-wishers and three caparisoned elephants greeted rock star Artiwara “Toon
Toon now raises over 600 million in Day 37 | Phuket News
Rocker Artivara Kongmalai or Toon Bodyslam has now raised over 600 million baht in his Day 37 charity run on Thursday(Dec 7). Latest but unofficial count of donations raised during his total 2,191 kilometre run from southernmost Betong to northernmost Mae Sai surpassed 600 million baht or close to his target 700 million baht to finance necessary medical equipment for 11 state hospitals. Toon and his team set off on his Day 37 run from Tambon Lat Bualuang in Ayutthaya province at 3.00am today towards Bang Plama district of Suphan Buri, his birth town, where local residents and officials are preparing to hand over him 20 million baht they have earlier raised. Today he was joined in the run on Highway 340 by several celebrities which included the Chatborirak family. Wanmai Chatborirak joined the run and she won praises from supporters along the road. Toon will take two days in...
Running Toon reaches Ayutthaya, donations top B614m | Phuket News
AYUTTHAYA: A big crowd of well-wishers and three caparisoned elephants greeted rock star Artiwara “Toon
Passenger train rams at herd of buffaloes killing 21 | Phuket News
A passenger train from Chiang Mai to Nakhon Sawan rammed at a herd of stray buffaloes on Wednesday night killing 21 of them. The incident happened at about 8.00pm last night as the train running from Pak Nam Pho railway station was about two kilometres before arriving at Nakhon Sawan railway station. The incident delayed the train for almost three hours as some of the train wheels jumped off the tracks and some cars were damaged. Railway workers have to remove the carcasses of the killed cattle and placed them by the sides of the railway tracks. Other trains scheduled to pass the scene were all delayed. The train was put back to service before midnight. Witnesses said the train driver whistled as he saw the cattles coming on to the tracks and blocked its way. Railway officials and police are finding the owner of the cattle to take responsibility...
Rush for free meat after train hits buffalo herd | Phuket News
NAKHON SAWAN: Local residents rushed to harvest the fresh meat after a passenger train from Chiang Mai ploughed into a herd of water buffaloes early Wednesday night, killing 21 of them....
Rush to harvest free meat after train hits buffalo herd | Phuket News
NAKHON SAWAN: Local residents rushed to harvest the fresh meat after a passenger train from Chiang Mai ploughed into a herd of water buffaloes early Wednesday night, killing 21 of them....
The great firewall | Phuket News
Big names like Apple and Facebook were talking about China's internet in Wuzhen this week....
Kim Jong Un named runner-up TIME Person of the Year 2017 | Phuket News
NORTH KOREA’s eccentric dictator Kim Jong Un was named runner-up in TIME Magazine’s 2017 Person of the Year, along with US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. Person of the Year was awarded to “The Silence Breakers” – thousands of women in the US and globally who went public this year with their stories of being sexually harassed and assaulted. The cover image includes photos of celebrities Taylor Swift and Ashley Judd, as well as a faceless woman whose identity was concealed because of fear of its impact on her family. See every TIME Person of the Year cover throughout history #TIMEPOY https://t.co/NG62b1PWp8 pic.twitter.com/N4ZzBD1fEr — TIME (@TIME) December 6, 2017 The 33-year-old leader of North Korea, meanwhile, came in as a runner-up. TIME called him “the youthful, totalitarian leader of the pariah state, unveiled an advanced capacity to threaten the American home­land with a nuclear-tipped long-range missile”....
TIME 2017 Person of the Year: THE SILENCE BREAKERS #MeToo | Phuket News
Today, TIME selected “the silence breakers” as “2017 Person of the Year” in the new issue, while releasing the latest cover photo, in which there are actress Ashley Judd, who is the very first one to uncover the improper behaviors from Harvey Weinstein publicly, and Susan Fowler, an Uber engineer accusing high authorities of sexual […]...
‘Lady Bird’ becomes all-time, best-reviewed movie on Rotten Tomatoes | Phuket News
Did you still remember that ‘La La Land’, which has been well received critically and commercially, was mistakenly named best picture and embarrassingly handed over to ‘Moonlight’ in Oscar this year. This awkward mistake not only gave this independent film much more media exposure, but made audiences curious about the distributor named “A24”, which had […]...
Tax reform will fill shareholders' pockets but hit the middle class, ex-US commerce secretary says | Phuket News
Most of the corporate savings arising from tax reform is likely to go to shareholders, said Penny Pritzker....
Tax reform will fill shareholders' pockets but hit the middle classes, ex-US commerce secretary says | Phuket News
Most of the corporate savings arising from tax reform is likely to go to shareholders, said Penny Pritzker....
Prego Sunday Brunch – a new way to make Sundays Special | Phuket News
On the 10th of December Prego will be starting their new Sunday Brunch from 12.00-15.00hrs with a special discount for all dining card member 50% on food only . The post Prego Sunday Brunch – a new way to make Sundays Special appeared first on Samui Times....
Academics press PM on power plant | Phuket News
A group of 43 academics has submitted a letter to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to support the construction of a controversial coal-fired power plant in Thepha district of Songkhla....
Asian stocks recoup some losses as dollar holds onto gains | Phuket News
Futures pointed to Asian markets recouping some of the steep losses made in the Wednesday session....
Rajasthan: India arrest over 'love jihad' killing viral video | Phuket News
The video shows the suspect hacking a man to death and setting the body on fire....
Rajasthan attack: India arrest over 'love jihad' killing video | Phuket News
Police make an arrest after video circulated showing a Muslim man being hacked to death and burned....
China's growth will be 'much, much lower' when debt comes under control, expert says | Phuket News
China's growth rate will be
Punishments to be reduced in migrant decree | Phuket News
The cabinet will consider reducing the punishments under the foreign labour decree before it is sent to the National Legislative Assembly for enactment....
Kickbacks in crosshairs | Phuket News
Labour Minister Adul Sangsingkeo on Saturday pledged to tackle the problem of kickbacks which has undermined the government's migrant worker policies and efforts to eliminate exploitation and human trafficking....
Australian parliament approves same-sex marriage | Phuket News
MPs overwhelmingly vote to legalise same-sex marriage, setting off immediate celebrations....
Old to new | Phuket News
A project wants to preserve the legacy of old photo studios by making digital prints...
Seven justice officials questioned in connection with Mrs Jomsap’s retrial case | Phuket News
Seven officials of the Ministry of Justice who were involved in the handling of Jomsap Sanmuangkote’s car accident retrial case on Thursday (Dec 7) met with police inquiry officers of the 4th Region Provincial Police to give their testimonies. The seven officers are: Mr Niti Phurikoop, a specialist on special cases and chief of the working group handling the case Pol Lt-Col Apimuk Sakthana, a special inquiry officer Pol Lt-Col Pothiwat Teem-udom Pol Lt-Col Poonthanat Katethet Mr Sivarat Pruekpaiboon, Mr Pongsa Ratri, a lawyer representing Mrs Jomsap Mr Airawan Sawetkrutra. Pol Maj-Gen Thanasak  Ritthidetpaiboon, deputy commissioner of Provincial Police Region 4, said the seven justice officials would be separately questioned on several pertinent issues in order to determine any of them were involved in the making of fake evidence to support the bid for a retrial of Mrs Jomsap’s fatal accident case. He clarified that the interrogation was intended to...
Arrest warrants issued for five suspects in Chachoengsao arms cache | Phuket News
The Criminal Court Thursday (Dec 7) approved arrest warrants for five people allegedly involve with an arms cache found in Chachoengsao province late last month. The five suspects wanted by the police are Lt-Gen Manas Paorik, Chaiwat Pholpo, Somjate Kongwattana, Chakarin Ruangsakvichit and former PM’s Office Minister Jakrapob Penkair. After the court issued the arrest warrants, Lt-Gen Manas, the former deputy commander of the Third Army Region, turned himself in with the police at the Crime Suppression Division in late afternoon. Pol Gen Srivara Ransibrahmanakul, the deputy national police chief, said Lt-Gen Manas would be released on a 200,000-baht bail after police finished questioning him as he voluntarily turned himself in. Pol Gen Srivara added that the seized arms cache was linked to a series of bomb attacks three years ago and this year, including the grenade attack at the office of the National Anti-Corruption Commission in 2014 and the...
Nepal votes in final round of polls at the end of long democratic transition | Phuket News
KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepalis began voting in the final round of parliamentary elections on Thursday, a key step to complete a near decade-long democratic transition after the abolition of the centuries-old monarchy and the end of a civil war against Maoist guerrillas. ...
'Ghost ships' | Phuket News
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'Outsiders' play big role in peace process | Phuket News
Instead of leaving the peace process in the southern border provinces as a matter for affected locals only, Thais in all parts of the country should be involved, a seminar was told yesterday....
Gothom unhappy as no civil society representative is picked to sit in Election Commission | Phuket News
Former election commissioner Assoc.Prof.Dr.Gothom Arya said he felt sorry for qualified candidates who represented the civil society were not among five finalists chosen out of a total of 15 applicants vying for the 7-member Election Commission. Gothom, a human rights activist, said however the five finalists have met all qualifications required by the laws. But he doubted if they could work well, pending assessment of their performances. He said three qualified applicants who represented the civil society have passed the first round of test to enter the interview round but failed to be selected. He questioned the intention of the selection committee. But Pornpetch Wichitcholchai, chairman of the National Legislative Assembly and member of the selection committee, has earlier assured that the selection followed the constitutional procedure and views of members of the NLA. Meanwhile Mr Kasem Kasempanya, a senior judge in the Appeals Court and a disqualified applicant, has petitioned...
China's financial system has three important 'tensions,' the IMF says | Phuket News
The three tensions emerged while China transitions from the world's factory to a consumer-driven economy: IMF...
China claims Indian drone 'invaded airspace in crash' | Phuket News
China is
India newborn 'mistakenly' declared dead passes away | Phuket News
The baby was handed over in a plastic bag but his parents saw him move on their way to his funeral....
The Seaside Steakhouse Fishermans Village Bophut Koh Samui | Phuket News
  When two adjacent restaurants, the Link Cuisine & Lounge and the Seaside Steakhouse in Fishermans Village came up for change of ownership last December a trio of French friends leapt at the opportunity to take over the reigns of these already well established restaurants, and have not looked back since. Bringing with them their extensive working knowledge of the hospitality business and having garnered much praise for their skills from traveling and working in restaurants in every corner of the globe they eventually decided to take on this new and exciting business prospect here on Koh Samui. An impressive entryway leads up and into a very well appointed dining area styled as a refined and modern take on a nineteenth century ranch house employing dark, warm woods and wrought iron wagon wheel chandeliers that illuminate the interior so beautifully. Of particular interest and what I appreciate seeing is the...
Thai economy grew 4.3% in Q3 or 3.8%YOY in the first 9 months of 2017 | Phuket News
The Office of the National Economic and Social Development Board reported that Thailand’s 3rd quarter GDP grew by 4.3%YOY (compared with the same quarter in the previous year), or 1.0% compared to the previous quarter before seasonal adjustment. Thai GDP expanded by 3.8%YOY in the first 9 months of 2017 Exports and tourism remain key drivers. Real export value in Thai baht expanded at the highest rate in 19 quarters, by 8.1%YOY, growing 5.3%YOY during the first 3 quarters of this year thanks to growths in almost all product categories and export markets. Exports grew both in terms of price and quantity. The continual uptick in crude oil prices in the 3rd quarter boosted oil-related products exports by 25%YOY. The better-than-expected growth of the global manufacturing sector resulted in demand for key industrial products from Thailand, particularly in the electronics and electrical appliances categories, which expanded more than 11%YOY and...
Afghanistan wicketkeeper Shahzad gets 12-month doping ban | Phuket News
(Reuters) - Afghanistan wicketkeeper Mohammad Shahzad has been banned for 12 months after inadvertently ingesting a prohibited substance, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Thursday. ...
L'Oreal is confident China's selfie revolution will be good for its business | Phuket News
The Chinese economy might be set for a gradual slowdown, but L'Oreal isn't worried about its business there....
Australia edges closer to same-sex marriage vote | Phuket News
The House of Representatives has reached the final stages of debate on a historic bill....
Road safety, crime crackdown ahead of New Year | Phuket News
Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon has instructed authorities nationwide to step up road safety and general law enforcement this month to help reduce the road toll and criminal activities over the New Year....
Bitcoin mania could ramp up global efforts to dethrone the dollar, analyst says | Phuket News
Bitcoin mania could prompt some of the world's largest oil-producing countries to make a major move against the dollar, according to one commodity analyst....
Bitcoin plummets 12% below $15,000 | Phuket News
TOKYO: Bitcoin tumbled more than 12% in volatile Asian trading on Friday, dropping below the $15,000 level after touching a record high above $16,000 earlier in the session....
Bitcoin plummeted just hours after setting yet another record | Phuket News
Bitcoin dropped precipitously after huge swings over the last 24 hours....
Bitcoin is plummeting just hours after setting yet another record | Phuket News
Bitcoin dropped precipitously after huge swings over the last 24 hours....
Gold price tumbles  | Phuket News
Gold price tumbled on Friday morning (Dec 8) as domestic gold trade reacted to the strengthened dollars and news of investors pulling out of the safe haven on growing optimism over President Donald Trump’s corporate tax cuts. The Gold Traders Association of Thailand reported gold price falling 150 baht in the morning trade opening at 9am. Buying for gold bullion is 19,250 baht per baht weight, while selling price is 19,350  baht. For gold ornaments, buying price is 18,904.52 baht, and selling price is 19,850 baht. Yesterday gold bullion closed at 19,400 baht for buying, and 19,500 baht for selling. Gold ornaments closed at 20,115 baht for buying, and 20,140 baht for selling. The post Gold price tumbles  appeared first on Thai PBS English News....
Gold prices down B150 to 19,350 | Phuket News
The Gold Traders Association this morning announced the buying prices at 18,904.52 baht per baht-weight for gold ornaments and 19,250 baht per baht-weight for gold bar....
SIM card haul seized from 'mule' | Phuket News
Authorities have seized more than 50,000 mobile phone SIM cards which may have been destined for sale to call centre scammers, at a checkpoint in Sa Kaeo....
India woman activist 'paraded naked' for fighting illegal liquor den | Phuket News
In a video, the woman said she was
California fire losses push total to 479 structures | Phuket News
LOS ANGELES: Two new wildfires broke out Thursday in southern California, destroying 21 structures so far between them and threatening hundreds more, presenting yet another hurdle for overstretched fire crews....
Betong airport to open in early 2020 | Phuket News
YALA: The transport minister on Friday laid a foundation stone for 1.9-billion-baht Betong airport, which is expected to open in early 2020 to boost economic development and security in the far South....
Chinese boy, 13, 'decapitates mother and posts video' | Phuket News
The boy allegedly filmed the killing and posted a video clip via WeChat, media say....
DTAC asked to explain outrageous phone charge and SIM cards seizure | Phuket News
Total Access Communications Company, operator of DTAC mobile phone service, has been asked to explain to the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) over two incidents, said Takorn Tantasith, NBTC secretary-general. The first incident involves the recent seizure of 50,000 unused DTAC SIM cards by customs officials in Aranyaprathet district of Sa Kaeo province. The second case is about a complaint from a customer that her mobile phone signal was cut off on Dec 7 because she ran out of credits. After checking with DTAC, she found out that she was charged 461 trillion baht for phone service. On Friday (Dec 8), DTAC issued a statement clarifying the complaint of overcharging and the suspension of service of the customer.  It said that during 5-6 pm on Dec 7, its system developed technical problem, making it impossible for domestic customers to make phone calls occasionally, but they still can receive calls...
Prayut urges permanent fix of Trang floods | Phuket News
TRANG: Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has urged provincial authorities to speed up digging a canal to drain floodwater in the province by next year as a permanent solution to repeated floods....
Missing man dead in ruins of riverside restaurant | Phuket News
NAKHON SAWAN: The body of a man missing after a family restaurant and adjoining house tumbled into the Chao Phraya River in Phayuha Khiri district late on Thursday night was found on Friday afternoon....
Riverside restaurant, house collapse, man missing | Phuket News
NAKHON SAWAN: The search resumed on Friday morning for a man missing after a family restaurant and adjoining house tumbled into the Chao Phraya River in Phayuha Khiri district late on Thursday night....
Japan's growth rate doubles in revision, outlook brightens | Phuket News
The capital expenditure component of Japan's revised Q3 GDP saw a rise of 1.1 percent from the previous quarter....
Japan's Q3 economic growth revised up to 2.5% | Phuket News
TOKYO: Japan's economy grew an annualised real 2.5% in the July-September period, revised up from preliminary data and marking seven straight quarters of growth, the longest stretch on record, the government said Friday....
Saudi crown prince 'bought $450m painting' | Phuket News
Saudi Arabia’s crown prince is the true buyer of the Leonardo Da Vinci painting that sold last month for a record $450 million, the Wall Street Journal reported....
Families in Pakistan Suffer When Violence Takes Away Breadwinners | Phuket News
The Hazaras, a Shi'ite minority sect in Pakistan, are a conservative community where women often stay home and men go out to earn a living. The sect also has been a prime target for Sunni militant groups. The result is that more men have died than women, and a lot of Hazara households have found themselves without their male breadwinners. VOA’s Ayesha Tanzeem reports from Quetta....
When Violence Takes Away the Breadwinners, Hazara Families Suffer | Phuket News
Life for Shakar Nisa was comfortable. Her kids went to school, there was plenty to eat, and they could buy fruit. Then one day her husband went to work as usual, to his tire shop in Quetta city, and did not come back. A Sunni extremist militant had shot and killed him. Nisa, who had never worked or worried about paying the rent, was left to fend for herself and her five children. Her brother-in-law, himself a poor taxi driver, threw her out of the house. She started working as a domestic maid for $50 a month, the equivalent of her monthly rent and utility costs. With no money left for food, her son left school and started working in a wedding hall for $2 a day. Sometimes, he brought leftover food home. When he could not, the family ate bread with tea. The Hazaras Her family is one of...
When Violence Takes Away the Breadwinners, Families Suffer | Phuket News
Life for Shakar Nisa was comfortable. Her kids went to school, there was plenty to eat, and they could buy fruit. Then one day her husband went to work as usual, to his tire shop in Quetta city, and did not come back. A Sunni extremist militant had shot and killed him. Nisa, who had never worked or worried about paying the rent, was left to fend for herself and her five children. Her brother-in-law, himself a poor taxi driver, threw her out of the house. She started working as a domestic maid for $50 a month, the equivalent of her monthly rent and utility costs. With no money left for food, her son left school and started working in a wedding hall for $2 a day. Sometimes, he brought leftover food home. When he could not, the family ate bread with tea. The Hazaras Her family is one of...
Bangkok-Cebu route launched | Phuket News
Philippine Airlines has launched direct flights from Bangkok to Cebu to meet market demand from Asian destinations to the Central Visayas region....
Trump hasn't deterred Chinese students from enrolling, University of California says | Phuket News
China is the largest source of international students for the University of California....
Gold beaten down in worst week since May | Phuket News
Gold’s heading for the biggest weekly drop since May as investors anticipate higher US interest rates and progress on tax reform buoys the dollar, marking a spectacular reversal for the metal which less than two weeks ago flirted with $1,300....
Nikkei leads move higher in Asia markets; China trade data tops forecasts | Phuket News
Asian markets edged up in Friday trade after U.S. markets finished higher on Thursday....
China's November trade crushed expectations | Phuket News
Beijing is expected to release dollar-denominated trade data later on Friday....
Nikkei leads move higher in Asia markets; China trade data due | Phuket News
Asian markets edged up in Friday trade after U.S. markets finished higher on Thursday....
Asia shares track Wall Street's move higher; China trade data due | Phuket News
Asian markets edged up in early Friday trade after U.S. markets finished higher on Thursday....
China does U-turn on coal ban to avert heating crisis | Phuket News
The government temporarily lifts a coal ban as millions are reportedly left without proper heating....
Investor is betting big on China's payments system going global | Phuket News
First Eastern Investment Group is helping Alibaba's Alipay and Tencent's WeChat Pay to expand overseas....
Price gap remains a hurdle to Thais embracing EVs | Phuket News
While the government has already kicked off its electric vehicle (EV) promotion scheme to create environmentally-friendly buyers, Kasikorn Research Center forecasts the market will start expanding in earnest by 2025....
SET opens up 4.34 to 1,707.71 | Phuket News
Thai stocks opened up 0.25% at the start of trade this morning....
UK, EU unlock Brexit impasse | Phuket News
LONDON: The UK and the European Union struck a deal to unlock divorce negotiations, opening the way for talks on what businesses are keenest to nail down -- the nature of the post-Brexit future....
Wrecked fishing boat towed off Hawaii reef | Phuket News
HONOLULU: A commercial fishing vessel carrying foreign workers that ran aground and later burned and leaked fuel just off the beaches of Waikiki was towed out to sea Thursday and will be sunk by a team of salvage workers....
Three Thais rescued from mountain in Japan | Phuket News
SAPPORO, Japan: Three Thai men were rescued on a mountain in Hokkaido on Friday morning after one of them suffered an injury and became unable to descend overnight, police said....
Three Thai men rescued on northern Japan mountain | Phuket News
SAPPORO: Three Thai men were rescued on a mountain in Hokkaido on Friday morning after one of them suffered an injury and was unable to descend overnight, police said....
BAY: Baht to continue rise on GDP in 2018 | Phuket News
The baht is tipped to continue its gradual appreciation next year, driven by improved economic growth prospects among Asian economies and the normalisation of the US Federal Reserve's monetary policy, says the Bank of Ayudhya (BAY)....
Revenue chief to give more tax credits for second child | Phuket News
The Revenue Department is now ready to amend the present Revenue Code to give more tax credit for second child. Under its proposal, parents having the second child will get 120,000 baht tax credit for each child. According to Prasong Poontaneat, director-general of the Revenue Department, the tax credit was aimed at encouraging parents to have more babies. He said revenue officials are now ready to amend the existing law to give tax credits to parents who have second child. He said tax credit for second baby will be capped at 120,000 baht, breaking down to 60,000 baht per year as expenditures for raising the baby, and 60,000 baht for maternity-related health care spending at hospital. He expected that the amended law will become effective in the next 2018 tax year, and submission of tax forms for tax deductions will be from January-March 2019. At present tax credit for legitimate...
China lashes out after Australia says 'foreign powers' are interfering with its politics | Phuket News
Australia and China are at loggerheads over Beijing's attempt to influence politics Down Under....
6.2 quake off NZ's Kermadec Islands | Phuket News
A magnitude 6.2 earthquake occurred off the coast of New Zealand's remote Kermadec Islands in the South Pacific Ocean on Friday, the US Geological Survey reported....
Runway dry, Nakhon Si Thammarat airport to reopen | Phuket News
NAKHON SRI THAMMARAT: The airport in flood-ravaged Nakhon Sri Thammarat is expected to reopen on Sunday as all water has been drained from the runway and repairs to the damaged power system are almost done....
Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport remains closed today | Phuket News
Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport remained closed on Saturday (Dec 9) as authorities continued to drain flood water out of its runway and erect sandbag embankment to prevent overflowing of water into the runway again. The closure of the airport for safety reason after the transport minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith and Airports Department’s director general Darun Sangchai inspected the flooded site yesterday to assess the situation with focus on the runway and safety equipment. This was to ensure the highest safety standard before the airport is to reopen, the minister said. The Department of Airports has set aside 353 million baht for Nakhon Si Thammarat airport to build a 9.7 kilometre road with four flood gates and two draining stations that will serve as a flood embankment to prevent flooding in the airport compound. Construction started from August this year and will finish in December next year. Meanwhile the Department of Airports...
Winklevoss twin predicts multitrillion-dollar value for bitcoin | Phuket News
Gold prices stable at B19,350 | Phuket News
The Gold Traders Association this morning announced the buying prices at 18,904.52 baht per baht-weight for gold ornaments and 19,250 baht per baht-weight for gold bar....
Toon achieves B700m goal 16 days early | Phuket News
Marathon man Toon Bodyslam has achieved his goal to raise 700 million baht for public hospitals, with 16 days and 690 kilometres still left in his epic adventure....
Toon reaches B700m goal with 690km still to go | Phuket News
Marathon man Toon Bodyslam has achieved his goal to raise 700 million baht for public hospitals, with 16 days and 690 kilometres still left in his epic adventure....
Hammers stun Chelsea 1-0 | Phuket News
LONDON: Relegation-threatened West Ham United struck early and held on for a 1-0 victory over title-chasers Chelsea in an entertaining Premier League match at London Stadium on Saturday....
Flooding persists in 7 southern provinces | Phuket News
Floods persist in seven southern provinces, with more than 900,000 people affected by inundations that have resulted in 22 deaths over the past 15 days....
NLA passes bill on control of His Majesty's security | Phuket News
The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) has passed a bill enabling His Majesty's principal private secretary to take control of the King's security....
YouTube plans paid music service | Phuket News
YouTube plans to introduce a paid music service in March, according to people familiar with the matter, a third attempt by parent company Google to catch up with rivals Spotify and Apple....
YouTube to expand teams reviewing extremist content | Phuket News
SAN FRANCISCO: Alphabet Inc's YouTube said on Monday it plans to add more people next year to identify inappropriate content as the company responds to criticism over extremist, violent and disturbing videos and comments....
Narcotics unit launched on Koh Samui | Phuket News
SURAT THANI: The Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) has launched a narcotics suppression unit at Samui International Airport as part of measures to crack down on transnational drug trafficking at airports nationwide....
Team to monitor e-tailers for tax | Phuket News
The Revenue Department has set up an online business team to support e-commerce tax collection and ensure fairness in the tax system....
Former rector Rangsan dies aged 73 | Phuket News
Former Ramkhamhaeng University rector Rangsan Saengsuk has died of lung cancer at the age of 73....
Alert after two women busted in Tokyo | Phuket News
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has warned Thai tourists not to carry items for strangers after two Thai women were arrested at Tokyo's Narita airport on drugs charges earlier this week....
Former actor and colleagues surrender to police | Phuket News
Former actor Weerachaisriwanik Wanukkul and two colleagues turned themselves into Saimai police yesterday (Dec 8) after they are wanted for posing as narcotic suppression officers in a raid on a garage and detaining its owner over drug allegations. Weerachaisriwanik, 38, and his two colleagues Siwat Lamsri, 36, and Narongrit Thongpan, 30, turned themselves in to Saimai police at yesterday afternoon after the Minburi Provincial Court’s issued arrest warrants for them over charges of night-time intrusion involving firearms, posing as police officers, carrying guns in public without permission and illegal detention. But the former actor claimed he was in detective business and was investigating a drug case. The three suspects entered the garage of Nuttapong Jitsaguan, 26, allegedly handcuffed him and accused that he was involved in drug trafficking. They searched his garage and office for drugs but couldn’t find it. After Nuttapong called his father who is an Air Force...
PM promises there will be no U-turn on poll date | Phuket News
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has given an assurance he will not go back on his promise to hold the general election expected in November next year....
Family of dead cadet vows to seek justice in court | Phuket News
The family of the army cadet who died in October under suspicious circumstances has vowed to fight to the end after forensic autopsy results indicated he had several bruises believed to be from assaults....
Dead cadet’s family vows to bring all relevant people to court for trial | Phuket News
The family of the dead cadet student Pakapong Tanyakan yesterday vowed to bring all relevant people for trial in the court after forensic autopsy result indicated the victim had several bruises from assaults. The move for court action came after the Justice Ministry’s Central Institute of Forensic Science (CIFS) sent the autopsy result to the cadet student’s family yesterday. It said several bruises were believed to be caused by assaults. Beside the broken fourth rip bone was not caused from cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) as earlier believed. Pakapong, 18, collapsed at the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School’s medical division on Oct 17. He was rushed to Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy School Hospital in Nakhon Nayok province where he was pronounced dead at 8.24pm. His body was later sent to Phramongkutklao Hospital in Bangkok for the first autopsy. However, Pakapong’s family suspected foul play and asked the police to find out the...
Uber agrees to settle lawsuit filed by India rape victim | Phuket News
Uber and a woman who accused execs of improperly obtaining her records after a driver raped her have agreed to settle....
Uber settles defamation lawsuit filed by Indian rape victim | Phuket News
A woman raped by a driver in Delhi says executives got her medical records after doubting her story....
THAI supports disabled flyers | Phuket News
Thai Airways International Plc (THAI) has launched a special assistance service for monks and disabled passengers....
Sondhi probe raises doubts over warders | Phuket News
Five warders and court-based correction officers have been transferred as the Department of Corrections continues investigating irregularities surrounding last month's incident, in which yellow-shirt People's Alliance for Democracy leader Sondhi Limthongkul was taken to court on the wrong day....
Police arrest N. Korean fishing boat crew for theft | Phuket News
SAPPORO: Police in Hokkaido, the northernmost of Japan's main islands, said Saturday they had arrested three of the crew members of a North Korean fishing boat on suspicion of plundering a remote fishing hut....
MG Chon Buri plant opens | Phuket News
Thai-Chinese carmaker SAIC Motor-CP has opened its new 10-billion-baht plant in Chon Buri, aiming to make it the production hub for right-hand-drive MG cars in Asean....
Modi Faces Test as Indians Vote in Assembly Elections | Phuket News
Tens of thousands of Indians voted in the first stage of assembly elections in the western state of Gujarat on Saturday, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi faces his toughest electoral test since coming to power with a landslide victory in 2014. Modi himself led the campaign to ensure that his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) retains power in his home state, as a combined opposition mounted the biggest challenge ahead of the general election in 2019. Three big polls carried out in the run-up to the vote Saturday and next week have predicted a victory for BJP but with a greatly reduced majority. An ABP-CDS poll this week gave the BJP 91-99 seats in the 182-member state house and the main opposition Congress 78-86, suggesting a close fight. To win, a party needs 92 seats. The polls have often been wrong, and Modi remains far more popular across the country than...
Elections in India’s western Gujarat State Pose Crucial Test for Modi | Phuket News
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi faced his most crucial electoral test since he took office in 2014 as voters lined up Saturday to choose a local government in his home state of Gujarat.     Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party is fighting a tough battle to retain control in the western state that Modi governed for nearly 13 years before emerging on the national stage.   Political analysts say victory for the BJP in Gujarat is critical if Modi is to retain the image of a leader who can deliver on development and jobs – a reputation that was honed in this state as its robust economic growth surpassed the national average.   Political analyst Satish Misra at the Observer Research Foundation says that the BJP is hoping that “Modi’s charisma and his sway over people of Gujarat” would deliver victory.   But as voters waited to cast ballots in the...
Gujarat election: Indian PM Narendra Modi faces big test in home state | Phuket News
On Saturday, tens of thousands of people voted in the first phase of Gujarat state elections. The second round of voting will be held on December 14 and the election results will be announced on December 18 along with those for the northern state of Himachal Pradesh.  Pollsters say the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) […]...
Surakiart to join Rakhine advisory body | Phuket News
YANGON: Myanmar has formed an advisory body including foreign and local experts to implement recommendations on the country's conflict-riddled Rakhine State by a commission headed by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, according to an announcement published Saturday in state media....
Commerce clarifies Thai exports blocked by US | Phuket News
The Ministry of Commerce yesterday clarified the blocking of Thai exports to the United States is just a normal blocking procedure. According to Ms Chantira Jimreivat Vivatrat, the director-general of the Department of International Trade Promotion, the US announcing the blocking of 11 Thai goods which they say contain pollutants exceeding the specified level, was a regular occurrence. However she said what was important was that the announcement was not a direct ban but was a warning to Thai producers to exercise greater care in their quality controls to meet strict US regulations. Ms Chantira said some of the products targeted are salted fish, dried logan, frozen durian, medical/surgical gloves, ground chilli powder and chilli paste. She said these products are mainly produced by small independent producers. The post Commerce clarifies Thai exports blocked by US appeared first on Thai PBS English News....
Will India’s Gujarat vote herald Rahul Gandhi as national leader? | Phuket News
Pollsters say the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is likely to emerge victorious in Gujarat’s election, however the margin of its victory could be slimmer than expected. The Hindu nationalist party has been ruling the western state for over two decades. A win in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state is crucial for the BJP, […]...
Activists to ask Constitutional Court to scrap NCPO order | Phuket News
Activists will petition the Constitutional Court for the lift one of the junta’s orders on the ground it is an outright violation of the constitution....
NCPO files charges against Pheu Thai spokeswoman | Phuket News
The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has filed suit against Pheu Thai Party deputy spokeswoman Sunisa Lertpakawat for her Facebook posts criticising the government for army corporal punishment and unequal treatment between rock star Artiwara “Toon” Kongmalai and villagers, a police source said on Thursday....
Palace stun Leicester 3-0 | Phuket News
LEICESTER: Crystal Palace climbed out of the drop zone with a convincing 3-0 win over 10-man Leicester City in Premier League action at King Power Stadium on Saturday....
US Negotiator for North Korea: US ‘Should Exercise Direct Diplomacy’ | Phuket News
The chief U.S. negotiator for North Korea said on Friday the United States should engage in direct diplomacy with Pyongyang alongside sanctions imposed over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered on Tuesday to begin direct talks with North Korea without pre-conditions, but the White House later said no negotiations could be held until North Korea improved its behavior. “We should exercise direct diplomacy as well as sanctions. That is our policy, which is based on pressure and engagement, and we do want to engage in pressure and diplomacy,” Joseph Yun, U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Policy, told reporters in Bangkok. Japan and Thailand Yun traveled to Japan and Thailand this week to meet officials to discuss ways to build pressure on North Korea after its latest ballistic missile test. On Thursday, Yun met the head of Thailand’s National Security Council, General Wallop...
US North Korea negotiator says direct diplomacy needed | Phuket News
The chief US negotiator for North Korea said on Friday the US should engage in direct diplomacy with Pyongyang alongside sanctions imposed over its nuclear programme....
US to blame North Korea for 'WannaCry' cyber attack | Phuket News
The White House will blame North Korea for a May cyber attack that paralyzed businesses and government entities, sources told Reuters...
Trump and Putin held phone talk to resolve 'dangerous situation' in North Korea, White House says | Phuket News
The U.S. president and his Russian counterpart discussed tensions in the region, the White House says....
Diplomatic anomaly | Phuket News
Despite its pariah status, North Korea has diplomatic links with a surprisingly large number of nations....
Tillerson: North Korea Must 'Earn its Way Back' to the Negotiating Table | Phuket News
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday looked to clear any confusion regarding the U.S. position on negotiating with North Korea. During a special U.N. Security Council meeting focused on Pyongyang's Nov. 28 missile launch, the top U.S. diplomat said North Korea must choose between giving up its
Rex Tillerson calls out China and Russia over North Korea ties | Phuket News
The US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday urged Russia and China to reconsider their economic ties to the North Korean regime during a heated speech before the United Nations Security Council. Tillerson called out Beijing for continuing to allow crude oil to “flow” into repressive state, adding that such ongoing trade ties between the two countries […]...
US thanks Thailand for complying with UNSC resolutions on North Korea | Phuket News
The United States Special Representative for North Korea thanked Thailand for its compliance with the relevant United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions on North Korea. Joseph Yun, United States Special Representative for North Korea Policy, called on Virasakdi Futrakul, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, on Thursday (Dec 14) when the two exchanged views on the situation on the Korean Peninsula. The US special envoy arrived in Bangkok on Wednesday for a two-day visit, which is part of his Dec 11-15 Asia trip. Mr Yun reaffirmed US Secretary of State’s position that the US is determined to resolve the tension on the Korean Peninsula through a diplomatic solution and dialogue, according to the Foreign Affairs Ministry’s statement. Mr Virasakdi underscored the commitment of Thailand to see peace on the Korean Peninsula. He also reiterated that Thailand has complied with the relevant UNSC resolutions which imposed sanctions on North Korea.  Moreover, Thailand...
North Korea to blame for WannaCry cyberattack: US | Phuket News
The US will hold North Korea responsible for the massive WannaCry ransomware attack earlier this year, the White House said Monday. Homeland security adviser Tom Bossert wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed that North Korea was “directly responsible” for May’s ransomware attack and that Pyongyang would be held accountable. Bossert said the finding was based on […]...
US and UK blame North Korea for WannaCry cyberattack | Phuket News
The United Kingdom’s foreign office has joined US homeland security in its conclusion that North Korea was responsible for the massive WannaCry ransomware attack earlier this year. A statement by UK foreign office minister Nazir Ahmed echoed prior accusations levelled by US homeland security adviser Tom Bossert in a Wall Street Journal op-ed , in which he wrote […]...
Tillerson: All Options on Table to Contain North Korea Threat | Phuket News
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Friday that North Korea's growing nuclear capabilities are a direct threat to the United States, and Washington
Japan expands missile defenses to curb North Korea threat | Phuket News
The Japanese government on Tuesday approved plans to expand its ballistic missile defense system with a ground-based Aegis Ashore system made by the US in a bid to curb the threat posed by North Korea’s latest developments in military technology. “North Korea’s nuclear and missile development has become a greater and more imminent threat for […]...
Saudi Arabia's announced its largest budget ever in a major effort to reshape its economy | Phuket News
The Kingdom announced on Tuesday that it will spend 978 billion riyals ($261 billion) in 2018, its biggest budget to date....
Delhi trials smog-blasting cannon | Phuket News
The anti-smog gun sprays out fine droplets of water but environmentalists say it's unlikely to work....
Delhi's smog-blasting cannon | Phuket News
An anti-smog cannon has been trailed in Delhi. By spraying out water, it aims to combat the capital's toxic air....
Geminid meteor shower dazzles over northern hemisphere | Phuket News
If you missed the annual Geminid meteor shower, cameras captured the celestial display over China....
Car crashes into crowd watching shophouses burn | Phuket News
Five people were injured when a car crashed into parked vehicles and a group of people watching a fire race through a row of shophouses in Bangkok's Thawi Watthana district late Sunday night....
BTS wants fare adjustment when “Mangmoom” tickets come into force | Phuket News
BTS Group Holding Company chairman Keeree Kanjanapas has suggested an adjustment of mass transit fares now that “Mangmoom” tickets will soon come into force which will allow commuters to travel in all mass transit systems using just one ticket. He pointed out that while the Mangmoom tickets will provide more convenience to the commuters, operators of the mass transit systems, including the BTS Group Holding which operates the BTS skytrain, will have to bear more maintenance costs from the expansion of services and increasing number of commuters. He cited for an example that if the starting fare of using all mass transit systems is one baht and when a commuter is charged one baht fare for the first ride in a system and then he connects to another system for the second ride without being charged “then how can the operators survive when there are more routes and more passengers while the...
BTS wants fare adjustment when “spider” tickets come into force | Phuket News
BTS Group Holding Company chairman Khiri Kanchanapas has suggested an adjustment of mass transit fares now that “spider” tickets will soon come into force which will allow commuters to travel in all mass transit systems using just one ticket. He pointed out that while the “spider” tickets will provide more convenience to the commuters, operators of the mass transit systems, including the BTS Group Holding which operates the BTS skytrain, will have to bear more maintenance costs from the expansion of services and increasing number of commuters. He cited for an example that if the starting fare of using all mass transit systems is one baht and when a commuter is charged one baht fare for the first ride in a system and then he connects to another system for the second ride without being charged “then how can the operators survive when there are more routes and more passengers...
Betong-Bangkok bus torching suspects arrested | Phuket News
Two suspects in the torching of a Betong-Bangkok bus last week in Bannang Sata district of Yala province were arrested yesterday. According to the police, one suspect is a local people who is doing small bottle oil business near the scene where a dozen of armed men commandeered the bus, chased all 16 passengers on board out, and set the bus on fire. The armed men told paasengers to leave the bus and they would not harm them. Police said another suspect is a woman who was seen by witnesses of bringing clothes for the armed men to wear. Police said they now believed the arson attack on the bus was irrelevant to insurgency, but conflict of interest in the bus service on this Highway 410 route. internal security authorities are now questioning both suspects in their effort to hunt down all the armed men. Earlier Fourth Army Region commander...
Arrest link seen in bus blaze | Phuket News
The torching of a passenger bus in Yala this week could have been revenge for the arrest of a top insurgent, according to a security source....
Police chief won’t rule out any motives for the bus attack in Yala | Phuket News
The national police chief Pol Gen Chaktip Chaijinda said Tuesday (Dec 19) that police had not ruled out any possible motives for the torching of a Bangkok-Betong bus in Bannang Sata district of Yala on Dec 17. The police chief who inspected the crime scene on Tuesday disclosed that police had questioned more than 20 witnesses whose testimonies were very useful and had detained four suspects for questioning. He added that police had not ruled out any possible motives, be it southern insurgency, business conflict or a training exercise for newly-recruited militants. The Siam Travel Company’s bus left Betong district for destination in Bangkok was stopped by 10 armed men at Ban Kasod as it was travelling on Highway 410 on Dec 17 afternoon. The assailants chased away all the passengers and set fire on the bus. All the passengers, the bus driver and the bus conductor were unharmed. Asked to...
Insurgents in Yala torch bus bound for Bangkok | Phuket News
YALA: A double-decker bus heading from Betong district to Bangkok was torched by insurgents after they ordered 11 passengers, the driver and an attendant to leave the bus....
Extortion notes concern police | Phuket News
Leaflets with messages aimed at extorting money from motorists in Yala's Bannang Sata district have piqued police interest after it was found they were distributed one day after an interprovincial bus was torched in the district on Sunday....
Japan to Buy Two US-Built Anti-Missile Systems | Phuket News
Japan will purchase a U.S.-built, land-based missile defense system in response to what it considers the rapidly growing threat from North Korea. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet approved a plan Tuesday to buy two Aegis Ashore missile interceptor systems at a cost of nearly $2 billion. The new Aegis Ashore system, which duplicates the sea-based version deployed on Japanese warships, likely will not be fully operational until 2023. Japanese defense officials also considered purchasing the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, another U.S.-built anti-missile system, but chose the Aegis Ashore due to its cost-effectiveness. A statement issued by the cabinet shortly after approving the plan said it was urgent for Japan to upgrade its ballistic missile defense capabilities in light of the
Japan, South Korea urge China to do more to 'pressure' North Korea | Phuket News
Japan and South Korea urged China to do more to
The other massive North Korea nuclear threat you should be worried about | Phuket News
The risk of a North Korean nuclear meltdown can't be ignored, according to 38North....
“Koo Sang Koo Som” magazine closing down | Phuket News
Koo Sang Koo Som magazine, which has been one of the most popular printed media, is the latest victim of the high tide of online media as its chief executive has announced the last edition will be put on the newsstands on Dec 20. The end of Koo Sang Koo Som was announced today (Dec 16) by Damrong Phuttan, chief executive of Koo Sang Koo Som Company, in a programme on TNN24 TV station. Mr Damrong said Koo Sang Koo Som, which has entered the 38th year in the printing industry, will place its 1005th edition in the newsstands on Dec 20, with the picture of Mr Damrong on its cover. “I have never thought that I would be on the cover of my magazine. I would be on the cover only when there is a crisis,” he said. Mr Damrong said the magazine will have to closed for not...
Aquino admits he got wrong information on dengue vaccine | Phuket News
Former President Benigno Aquino 3rd told the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee that his decision to approve the purchase of P3.5billion worth of anti-dengue “Dengvaxia” vaccines was based on experts’ initial advice that the drug was safe, according to the report of the Manila Times Online on Friday (Dec 15). “It was my belief at that time, all the experts that we had consulted, it was safe,” Aquino said in a briefing after attending the Senate hearing into the vaccine deal with the French pharmaceutical manufacturer Sanofi Pasteur. The former president insisted that he had to make a decision to address the rising number of dengue cases and avoid getting blamed for inaction on the problem. The committee chairman Senator Richard Gordon who led the probe questioned the speed with which the vaccination program was funded – less than 30 days and after Aquino met with some officials of Sanofi in...
Ex-budget secretary may face malversation charge | Phuket News
Former budget secretary Florencio Abad may face charge of technical malversation for the realignment of P3.5 billion from government savings to procure Dengvaxia anti-dengue vaccines without congressional endorsement, according to The Manila Times Online report on Sunday. Besides Mr Abad, Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito said that former president Benigno Aquino 3rd could be held liable for the controversial procurement under the principle of command responsibility. During the resumption of the Senate hearing on the vaccine procurement deal with Sanofi Pasteur on Thursday, Abad admitted that the fund used to purchase the vaccine in December 2015 came from government savings and not from General Appropriations Act. Aquino earlier explained that he endorsed the release of the fund through former executive secretary Paquito Ochoa because they had no more time to ask Congress to determine funding sources. Both Senator Ejercito and Senator Richard Gordon, chairman of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, agreed...
Sontirat: Upgrading Thailand’s IP watch list status a boost to the country’s image | Phuket News
The upgrading of Thailand’s intellectual property watch list status by the United States Trade Representative will boost the country’s image, trade and investment, Commerce Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong said today (Dec 16). The removal of Thailand from the priority watch list of intellectual property violation  by the USTR will also contribute to the government’s Thailand 4.0 policy, which focuses on innovation- and technology-driven economy, Mr Sontirat said. He was responding to the USTR’s announcement on Dec 15 that the agency is removing Thailand from the Special 301 Priority Watch List to the Watch List due to the country’s improving intellectual property (IP) protection and enforcement. The minister said Thailand was among the 11 countries under the US priority watch list on intellectual property violation in the latest round of the Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review. The upgrade of the country’s status from Priority Watch List to Watch List reflected the progress of...
Commerce Ministry to tackle falling egg prices | Phuket News
The Ministry of Commerce plans to hold talks with the Egg Board of Thailand to seek measures to deal with the recent substantial drop in chicken egg prices. The Commerce Minister, Sontirat Sontijirawong, said today that egg prices have decreased due to an excess supply of eggs in the domestic market. He said his ministry and the Egg Board will meet to find ways to deal with the situation. Mr. Sontirat said the ministry will initially help small farmers by selling their chicken eggs at the government’s Blue Flag outlets, where low-priced consumer products are being sold. The ministry will also look into the country’s imports of chickens used for breeding, to prevent egg prices from falling further. The Commerce Minister said farmers, who are under contract or have been pressured by business operators, can file complaints with the ministry if they believe that they are being unfairly treated. NNT...
Thailand removed from US Priority Watch List | Phuket News
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer today announced the conclusion and results of the Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review (OCR) of Thailand, including moving Thailand from the Priority Watch List to the Watch List.   “A key objective of the Trump Administration’s trade policy is ensuring that U.S. owners of intellectual property (IP) have a full and fair opportunity to use and profit from their IP around the globe,” said Ambassador Lighthizer. “The key to promoting innovation is protecting intellectual property. We welcome the corrective actions that Thailand has taken and look forward to continuing to work with Thailand to resolve our remaining IP concerns.” The Trump Administration has been closely engaging with Thailand on improving IP protection and enforcement as part of the bilateral U.S.-Thailand Trade and Investment Framework Agreement.  This engagement has yielded results on resolving U.S. IP concerns across a range of issues, including on enforcement, patents and pharmaceuticals,...
Thailand removed from USTR’s Priority Watch List | Phuket News
The United States Trade Representative (USTR) has decided to move Thailand from the Special 301 Priority Watch List to the Watch List due to the country’s improving intellectual property (IP) protection and enforcement. “We welcome the corrective actions that Thailand has taken and look forward to continuing to work with Thailand to resolve our remaining IP concerns,” US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said in a press release on Dec 15 announcing the conclusion and results of the Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review (OCR) of Thailand. The Special 301 Report is the result of an annual review of the state of IP protection and enforcement in US trading partners. Mr Lighthizer said the Trump Administration has been closely engaging with Thailand on improving IP protection and enforcement as part of the bilateral US-Thailand Trade and Investment Framework Agreement. He cited the establishment of an interagency National Committee on Intellectual Property Policy...
The two Koreas have tried to make peace before – and they could do so again | Phuket News
WITH TENSION on the Korean Peninsula higher than it’s been for years and fears are surging on all sides that a full-blown conflict is nearer than ever. But as the war of words between Washington and Pyongyang gets ever more lurid, with missile and warhead tests on one side and military exercises and flypasts on the other, it’s easy to forget that North and South Korea have made serious efforts to defrost their relationship before. On July 7 1988, with the Cold War coming to an end, South Korean President Rho Tae-woo announced his plan to “actively promote exchanges of visits between the people of South and North Korea, including politicians, businessmen, journalists, religious leaders, cultural leaders, artists, academics and students”. This South Korean policy, called Nordpolitik, was modelled on West Germany’s Ostpolitik. But it took more than ten years to begin these exchanges. SEE ALSO: ‘Let’s just meet’: US ready...
Chelsea, Bristol advance in Carabao Cup | Phuket News
Championship side Bristol City dumped Manchester United out of the Carabao Cup (formerly League Cup) on Wednesday, scoring with seconds remaining to beat the holders 2-1....
Man City, Arsenal advance to Carabao Cup semi-finals | Phuket News
Manchester City defeated Leicester on penalties Tuesday to advance to the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup....
Ratchanok loses Dubai thriller | Phuket News
DUBAI: Ratchanok Intanon's run at the season-ending Dubai World Superseries Finals ended on Saturday evening with a semi-final loss to nemesis Akane Yamaguchi in a fiercely contested match....
Ratchanok advances despite loss | Phuket News
DUBAI: Ratchanok Intanon lost her final group match on Friday but will still advance to the semi-finals of the season-ending $1-million Dubai World Superseries Finals by virtue of her two earlier wins....
Survey: Rohingya Refugees Fear for Health, Safety | Phuket News
A survey by the U.N. refugee agency reveals heightened worries by the Rohingya refugee population in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh over their health and safety. It has been nearly four months since the mass exodus of Rohingya refugees began from Myanmar into Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. More than 645,000 Rohingya who escaped violence and persecution in Myanmar are living in squalid, overcrowded settlements.   A survey by the U.N. refugee agency and 13 other organizations finds the refugees have developed strong support networks to help them cope with their difficulties. UNHCR spokesman Andrej Mahecic says the refugees have many worries. They express concern about their safety, considering their weak shelter accommodations and poor lighting at night. “Access to sanitation is still insufficient, leading sometimes to long queues for latrines,
Pope sends condolences for the death of Cardinal Bernard Law | Phuket News
Pope Francis sent a telegram of condolences Wednesday to the dean of the College of Cardinals, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, for the death of Cardinal Bernard Law and said he is praying for his soul....
Central figure in church abuse scandal dies | Phuket News
VATICAN CITY: Cardinal Bernard Law, the disgraced former archbishop of Boston whose failures to stop child molesters in the priesthood sparked what would become the worst crisis in American Catholicism, died early Wednesday, the Vatican said. He was 86....
Millions of Migrant Children Encounter Life-threatening Conditions | Phuket News
The UN children’s fund is urging countries to do more to ensure the safety and wellbeing of tens of millions of children on the move.  The UN children’s fund (UNICEF) reports some 50 million children worldwide are on the move. It says many young people are moving safely with their families who are voluntarily migrating in search of a better life. However, for millions of others, it says the move is neither voluntary nor safe. For example, UNICEF notes conflict has forced about 28 million children to flee their homes at great risk to their lives. In many cases, it says refugees have to use the services of smugglers and traffickers in hopes of reaching safety. In this regard, UNICEF spokeswoman, Sarah Crowe, says 2017 has been a pretty horrendous year. “We have seen some 400 children, estimated 400 children who have drowned trying to make their way to Europe,
Egg Board meets to resolve falling egg prices | Phuket News
In the move to resolve over supply in the egg market and falling prices, the Egg Board meets today to work out immediate measures to help egg farmers. The meeting is chaired by Commerce Minister Sonthirat Sonthi-Jirawong. Commerce Minister Sonthirat Sonthi-Jirawong It is expected that the meeting will approve the issuance of an announcement to control imports of breeding stocks under the Export and Import of Goods Act B.E.2522. Under announcement, the number of imported roosters and hens for breeding will be restricted. But for short term solution, the Commerce Ministry will urgently help small-scale chicken farmers through the distribution of their eggs to the government Blue Flag outlets to absorb incoming egg supplies. The ministry will also allow chicken farmers to sell their eggs directly to customers at selling booths of the provincial commerce offices to stimulate egg consumption. These short-term measures are believed to shore up eggs prices....
Ministry set to reel in loan sharks | Phuket News
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has instructed the Finance Ministry to expedite efforts to tackle the problem of loan sharks and ensure the debtors understand and comply with the terms they sign up to....
PM vows remedy measures to help rubber farmers | Phuket News
Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has promised rubber farmers that more remedy measures will be rolled out to help them. Speaking after chairing the Natural Rubber Policy Committee meeting on Friday (Dec 15), the prime minister said the committee approved several measures to resolve falling rubber prices, and they would be tabled for cabinet approval next week. But the Prime Minister said rubber farmers should not anticipate instant price change from the remedy measures. He said rubber farmers should not pressure for immediate raise of prices. The measures will gradually bolster rubber prices in the whole system which will correspond with global situation, he said. Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Grisda Boonrach Meanwhile, Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Grisda Boonrach said that the committee agreed to allocate a portion of budget to compensate interest burden of rubber farmers at not more than 3%. Moreover, government agencies will be encouraged to increase...
Lead singer of South Korean boy band Shinee dies | Phuket News
SEOUL: The lead singer of South Korea's top boy band Shinee died on Monday after being taken to hospital unconscious, several news outlets including the Yonhap news agency reported without giving any source for the information....
North Korea must earn right to talks, says US Secretary of State Tillerson | Phuket News
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson toughens his stance after earlier offering talks with no preconditions....
Kremlin: Putin, Trump Discuss North Korea in Phone Call | Phuket News
Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the crisis over North Korea's nuclear program with U.S. counterpart Donald Trump in a phone call Thursday, the Kremlin said. The two heads of state discussed
Manus Island: Asylum seekers win right to sue Papa New Guinea for compensation | Phuket News
The ruling by the Supreme Court found that hundreds of asylum seekers detained for years on Manus Island had the right to sue the Papua New Guinea government for compensation, saying their human rights had been violated. In handing down their decision, the judges rejected an attempt by the PNG government to block claims from […]...
Insight: Hoping to extend maritime reach, China lavishes aid on Pakistan town | Phuket News
GWADAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - China is lavishing vast amounts of aid on a small Pakistani fishing town to win over locals and build a commercial deep-water port that the United States and India suspect may also one day serve the Chinese navy. ...
Commerce minister warns of massive tariff costs for Cambodia from EU sanctions | Phuket News
Cambodian Commerce Minister Pan Sorasak has quietly expressed concern that Cambodia could face staggering customs bill should the European Union suspend its preferential trade treatment for Cambodia, The Phnom Penh Post reported on Tuesday quoting a leaked letter of the minister to Prime Minister Hun Sen. In the leaked letter dated December 4, Pan Sorasak informed Hun Sen that the removal of these preferences would incur $676 million tariff cost based on the $6.2 billion exports to the ER in 2016 while suspension of preferential access to the US for certain goods would add another $10 million bill. The EU Parliament on Thursday endorsed a resolution calling for a review of Cambodia’s Everything But Arms trade preference, with a suggestion for temporary withdrawal. The EBA allows tariff-free imports to the EU on account of Cambodia’s least developed country status. But Hun Sen on Sunday brushed off the threat, saying he...
Hun Sen dares EU to impose sanctions on Cambodia | Phuket News
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has dared the European Union to impose sanctions on Cambodia, saying he will never bow to threats or intimidation, The Phnom Penh Post reported on Monday (Dec 18). He made the above remark to garment factory workers on Koh Pich on Sunday in an apparent reponse to a resolution of the European Parliament on Thursday (Dec 14) urging the European Commission to consider imposing visa sanctions of certain Cambodian officials responsible for the crackdown of the Opposition and freezing their assets. “Do not be the dog that acts just for only a bone or a piece of meat – it is not valuable.  For example, they threatened that ‘If you do not follow my order, I will cut this and that.’ Cut it!,” said Hun Sen, adding “you cut that and you choose either a few people or 15 million people.” Referring to the visa restrictions,...
US identifies Myanmar sanctions target | Phuket News
The United States has identified one person it might impose sanctions on for the brutal crackdown in Myanmar against minority Rohingya Muslims and is examining others, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Friday....
EU Calls for Cambodia Sanctions | Phuket News
The European parliament has voted to consider suspending Cambodia's preferential
Hun Sen challenges EU, US to freeze assets | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH: Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen encouraged the United States and European Union on Friday to freeze the assets of Cambodian leaders abroad in response to his government's crackdown on the opposition and civil society....
European Parliament calls for visa restrictions on Cambodian officials | Phuket News
The European Parliament has resolved to call on the European Commission and the European External Action Service to impose visa restrictions on selected Cambodian officials and freeze their assets in response to ongoing crackdown on the opposition and civil society in Cambodia. The EU parliament also resolved to review human rights clauses of the Everything But Arms agreement (EBA) for temporary suspension, the Phnom Penh Post reported on Friday (Dec 15). Under Article 19 of the EBA, the preferential agreement may be temporarily withdrawn for all or certain products and this will affect a number of Cambodian exports to the EU such as sugar and garments. However, the resolution adopted by the European Parliament is not binding though it sends a strong signal to the commission to take action. This is the fifth resolution on Cambodia adopted by the European Parliament in its legislative term since 2014. “Last month, democracy and...
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Bitcoin falls 20% from peak to 1-week low | Phuket News
TOKYO: Bitcoin fell more than 10% on Wednesday to a one-week low of $15,800 at cryptocurrency exchange Bitstamp, losing almost one-fifth of its value from a peak hit just three days ago....
Analyst who predicted bitcoin's rise now sees it hitting $300,000 to $400,000 | Phuket News
Bitcoin will surge past $20,000 and continue its meteoric march into six figures, according to Ronnie Moas....
South Korea ready to revise trade deal after Trump's complaints | Phuket News
South Korea has initiated a plan to renegotiate its 2012 free trade agreement with the U.S....
Britain Seeks ‘Bespoke’ EU Trade Deal, Pact With China | Phuket News
British Finance Minister Philip Hammond said Saturday it is likely Britain will want to negotiate a bespoke arrangement for a future trade deal with the European Union, rather than copying existing arrangements like the Canada-EU deal. The European Union agreed Friday to move Brexit talks onto trade and a transition pact, but some leaders cautioned that the final year of divorce negotiations before Britain’s exit could be fraught with peril. Summit chairman Donald Tusk said the world’s biggest trading bloc would begin “exploratory contacts” with Britain on what London wants in a future trade relationship, as well as starting discussion on the immediate post-Brexit transition. No off-the-shelf deal Speaking in Beijing, Hammond it was probably not helpful to think in terms of off-the-shelf models like the Canada-EU deal. “We have a level of trade and commercial integration with the EU 27 which is unlike the situation of any trade partner...
China, UK vow to bolster economic cooperation, speed up stock connect plan | Phuket News
China and Britain have vowed to continue and strengthen cooperation on a wide range of economic, financial and trade issues....
Mexico's Carlos Slim to slash NY Times holdings in half | Phuket News
NEW YORK: Billionaire Carlos Slim is planning to sell more than half of his 17% stake in the New York Times Co to US hedge fund investors, reducing his sway over one of the world's most influential publishers....
12 killed as bus carrying tourists crashes in Mexico | Phuket News
CANCUN, Mexico: A bus carrying cruise ship passengers on an excursion to Mayan ruins in southeastern Mexico flipped over on a narrow highway Tuesday, killing 11 travellers and their guide and injuring about 20 others, officials said....
New Zealand leader explains what it will take for a massive Pacific trade deal to still happen | Phuket News
Many want a new TPP, but countries like Canada have to resolve their issues, New Zealand's Prime Minister told CNBC....
Pattaya zoo roared at after poked tiger video goes viral | Phuket News
A video clip posted on Facebook that shows an attendant at The Million Years Stone Park and Pattaya Crocodile Farm poking and prodding a tiger to elicit roars for photos with tourists has gone viral....
Tourists dodge Thailand beach smoking ban | Phuket News
LAST week, Thailand began enforcing its smoking ban at some of its most popular beaches but it seems that not many tourists are happy with the new ruling. In a move to preserve its pristine environment, the Department of Marine and Coastal resources began prohibiting tourists from lighting up in Dongtan beach, Pattaya, as the first beach among 24 beaches in 15 provinces. However, the pilot project did not go off to a good start as many visitors have ignored the ban. SEE ALSO: Philippines: Nationwide smoking ban starts today, Govt urges public support According to the Bangkok Post, two public toilets off the beach behind the deck chair area were designated as smoking zones but foreign tourists have refused to use them. Some locals say the tourists insist on puffing away while seated on their rented chairs. A rented chair operator Chatchawal Simmasuk said he was among the chair kiosk...
Taliban Kills 14 Afghan Troops, Suicide Car Bomb Targets NATO Convoy | Phuket News
Taliban insurgents have killed at least 14 Afghan troops and injured several others in a pre-dawn attack in southern Helmand province. Officials said Sunday insurgents stormed police outposts around the provincial capital of Lashkargah, but security forces repelled the attack and ensuing fierce clashes inflicted heavy casualties on the Taliban. A Taliban spokesman claimed the attack and gave a much higher death toll for government forces. Later, a suicide bomber in neighboring Kandahar province detonated his explosives-laden vehicle near a NATO convoy. Provincial police spokesman, Matiullah Helal, told VOA, the blast killed a woman passerby and wounded five other civilians, but did not harm any foreign troops. The Taliban routinely carry out guerrilla raids and suicide bombings, mainly targeting Afghan security forces and convoys of NATO’s Resolute Support mission, which comprises mostly U.S. forces....
Militants Attack Afghan Spy Agency’s Facility in Kabul | Phuket News
Heavily armed militants attacked an Afghan intelligence agency facility in Kabul Monday, sparking fierce clashes with security forces. Afghan officials said several assailants wearing police uniforms stormed and occupied a partially constructed building before firing rockets at the nearby training center of the National Directorate of Security, or NDS. Afghan special forces swiftly arrived and encircled the building to try to neutralize the attackers, interior ministry spokesman Nusrat Rahimi told VOA. He had no immediate information on whether there were any casualties. Residents in nearby areas have reported hearing several back-to-back explosions from the area in Kabul where militant siege is underway. So far, neither the Taliban insurgency nor any other militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack. Meanwhile, Afghan officials in the western province of Badghis have confirmed that Taliban insurgents ambushed a security convoy early Monday morning and killed the police commander of the remote Aab Kamari...
Car bomber attacks NATO convoy in Afghanistan | Phuket News
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A car bomber attacked a NATO convoy in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on Sunday, killing one civilian and wounding four others but without causing casualties among international forces, officials said. ...
Deadly attack on Methodist church in Pakistan | Phuket News
A suicide bomb and gin attack on a Methodist church in Quetta kills at least five people....
‘Islamic State’ claims deadly Pakistan church bombing | Phuket News
“Islamic State” (IS) militants stormed a Methodist church filled with Christian worshipers in the Pakistani city of Quetta on Sunday morning, killing and wounding several others. Pakistani authorities said that among the eight dead, two were women. Several of the wounded were also reported to be in serious condition. Read more: Pakistan: One step forward, two steps […]...
Suicide bombers kill 9 in pre-Christmas murders in Pakistan | Phuket News
QUETTA, Pakistan: Two suicide bombers stormed a packed Christian church in southwestern Pakistan on Sunday, killing at least nine people and wounding up to 56, officials said, in the latest attack claimed by Islamic State in the country....
Suicide bombers attack church in Pakistan's Quetta before Christmas, killing nine | Phuket News
QUETTA, Pakistan/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Two suicide bombers stormed a packed Christian church in southwestern Pakistan on Sunday, killing at least nine people and wounding up to 56, officials said, in the latest attack claimed by Islamic State in the country. ...
Policeman held in gold shop robbery | Phuket News
NAKHON SRI THAMMARAT: A police lieutenant has been arrested for allegedly robbing a gold shop in Thung Yai district and making off with ornaments worth about 400,000 baht....
Probe into gold shop 'cop-turned-robber' case intensifies | Phuket News
Police have set up several different panels to probe a police lieutenant arrested on charges of robbing a gold shop in Thung Yai district in Nakhon Si Thammarat....
Pattani police officer arrested for alleged gold shop robbery | Phuket News
A police officer attached to Nong Chik police station in Pattani was arrested last night (Dec 15) at his office and charged for robbing a gold shop in Nakhon Si Thammarat’s Thung Yai district two days ago. The officer, Pol Lt Meechai Chorsom, 37, deputy investigation inspector at Nong Chik police station, was held captive when he came to work at the police station last night. Thung Yai police used CCTV footage to seek the court’s warrant to arrest Pol Lt Meechai, who was suspected of robbing the gold shop in Nakhon Si Thammarat’s Thung Yai district on Dec 13. The robber made off with 20-baht weight of gold necklaces worth about 400,000 baht. A source from the investigation team said police tracked down the owner of the motorcycle used in the robbery. The owner told the police that Pol Lt Meechai borrowed his motorcycle and returned it to him a few...
New ban proposed for people who do not vote | Phuket News
CHIANG MAI: A panel vetting the MP organic law has discussed an additional penalty for eligible voters who have failed to cast the ballot -- they may not work for a public service for two years....
Bangladesh funeral stampede leaves several dead | Phuket News
At least 10 people die during a feast to commemorate Chittagong mayor Mohiuddin Chowdhury....
Bangladesh funeral stampede leaves at least 10 dead | Phuket News
Mourners reportedly rushed to receive free food at the funeral of the former mayor of Chittagong....
PM shows off to the media his expensive Seiko wristwatch | Phuket News
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Wednesday (Dec 20) showed off to the media his premium-grade Seiko wristwatch said to worth about 250,000 baht, saying that he owns several wristwatches, including this one, and all of them have been declared with the National Anti-Corruption Commission. “Wearing this Seiko, do I look good,” he said jokingly, adding “any wristwatch is all the same, I knew (you) want me to show off (this Seiko) so that it will become an issue. How about the next time I wear an alarm clock around my neck?” Asked about Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan who is yet to report to the NACC about his diamond ring and the expensive Richard Mille wristwatch that he was seen wearing during a group photo of cabinet ministers over a week ago, Prime Minister Prayut stressed that it was the duty of the NACC to find out the truth and...
NACC asked to investigate Gen Prawit’s wristwatch collections | Phuket News
Thai Constitution Protection Association secretary-general Srisuwan Janya on Friday (Dec 15) petitioned the National Anti-Corruption Commission to investigate Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon’s wristwatch collection. In the petition, Mr Srisuwan submitted as evidence a number of photos circulated on social media showing the deputy prime minister wearing different brands of wristwatch, including the one that believed to be a 4-million-baht  Richard Mille model RM30 which he said was different from the one worn by the deputy prime minister in a group photo session of Cabinet ministers at the Government House on Dec 4. Noting that the photos have provided an important piece of information to be probed by the NACC, he said he would like the anti-graft body to find out exactly how many expensive wristwatches which are owned by Gen Prawit and whether he has declared them with the NACC or not. NACC acting secretary-general Worawit Sookboon said that...
Prawit seen wearing third pricey watch | Phuket News
Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon has been spotted wearing another luxury watch, intensifying questions over the government's
Activist slams new Prawit watch find | Phuket News
Political activist Srisuwan Janya will today petition the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) to examine more evidence in connection with Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon's possession of luxury watches....
Anti-graft bill to target unmarried partners | Phuket News
The anti-graft organic bill expected to go before the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) tomorrow will require unmarried partners of political office-holders to declare their assets, chairman of the scrutiny committee Chatchawal Suksomjit said on Tuesday....
Trump threat to cut aid raises stakes in UN Jerusalem vote | Phuket News
UNITED NATIONS: President Donald Trump's threat to cut off US funding to countries that oppose his decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital has raised the stakes in Thursday's UN vote and sparked criticism at his tactics, which one Muslim group called bullying or blackmail....
US vetoes UN resolution on Jerusalem | Phuket News
UNITED NATIONS: The United States on Monday vetoed a resolution supported by the 14 other UN Security Council members that would have required President Donald Trump to rescind his declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a vote that showed the depth of global opposition to the US move....
In Jakarta, Tens of Thousands Protest Trump Jerusalem Decision | Phuket News
Tens of thousands of Muslims marched from the main mosque in Indonesia’s capital to a square in Jakarta on Sunday to protest U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. It was the biggest protest in Indonesia since Trump’s controversial move earlier this month to reverse decades of U.S. policy. Police estimated the number attending the rally, organized by various Muslim groups, at 80,000. The protest was peaceful, but rows of police behind coils of barbed wire held back the crowd outside the U.S. embassy in Jakarta. A police spokesman said 20,000 police and members of the military were deployed to ensure security. “We urge all countries to reject the unilateral and illegal decision of President Donald Trump to make Jerusalem Israel’s capital,” Anwar Abbas, the secretary general of the Indonesian Ulema Council, told the crowd. “We call on all Indonesian people to boycott U.S....
Palestinians, Israelis clash as Jerusalem fallout continues | Phuket News
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip: Clashes broke out amid a fresh wave of violence across the West Bank and along Gaza's border on Friday as the fallout continued over President Donald Trump's announcement last week recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital, killing two Palestinians and wounding dozens of other protesters and one Israeli officer....
Real Madrid beat Gremio 1-0 to win Club World Cup | Phuket News
ABU DHABI: Cristiano Ronaldo scored with a free kick which went through the defensive wall to break Gremio's brave resistance and give Real Madrid a 1-0 in the Club World Cup final on Saturday....
People urged to join campaign to stop “highway deaths” | Phuket News
People have been urged to take part in a campaign to “stop deaths on highways with traffic eye volunteers” has been jointly launched under a plan drawn up by a National Legislative Assembly (NLA) committee to reduce losses on highways. The launch of the campaign was jointly declared on Wednesday (Dec 20) by Surachai Liangboonlertchai, first vice president of the NLA, deputy police chief Pol Gen Wirachai Songmetta, and Dr Taejing Siripanich, secretary-general of the Don’t Drive Drunk Foundation. Dr Taejing said the Thai people should join hands to make roads in Thailand safe by volunteering to be “traffic eyes”. He urged people to install a camera in their cars as a way of protecting themselves while driving, especially during the New Year. On seeing traffic law violations, they are advised to take video clips of what happens and send them to various social media. “If your clips lead to...
Brit Danny Glass set to face Phuket public prosecutor on Xmas day | Phuket News
PHUKET: The British man charged in the horrific motorbike accident which killed British mum Sophie Emma Rose Anderson on May 8 this year, Danny Glass from Margate in Kent, England, is set face the public prosecutors on Dec 25....
Phuket Poll: Should tourists driver’s licences be recognised as legal? | Phuket News
PHUKET: The Transport Ministry this week launched standard forms for Traffic Police to use in issuing traffic tickets and offered alternative ways of paying fines issued for minor traffic violations as part of its drive to improve road safety....
Excise Dept launches nightspot crackdown | Phuket News
The Excise Department vowed Wednesday to strip the licences of entertainment venues which operate after legal hours, in prohibited zones or sell alcohol to underage people, particularly during the upcoming New Year holidays....
Phuket Opinion: Hobbled by Bangkok | Phuket News
PHUKET: Governor Norraphat Plodthong publicly tearing into officials for failing to get much-needed safety and infrastructure projects completed – or even underway – was very well received by the expat community this week. Phuket has many problems, much needs to be done to fix them – but isn’t....
Catholic Church Rejects Key Recommendation of Australian Child Abuse Inquiry | Phuket News
A senior member of Australia’s Roman Catholic Church has rejected a key recommendation of a five-year inquiry into child sex abuse.  The Royal Commission has made more than 400 recommendations, including the creation of a new National Office for Child Safety and the requirement that members of the clergy report abuse confided in them during confession. The report found that tens of thousands of children were abused in Australian institutions over past decades.  Most of the perpetrators were members of the clergy and school teachers. For years, the vulnerable were preyed upon by pedophiles, while invariably those in charge looked the other way and did nothing. The government has yet to formally respond to the commission’s report, but Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the scale of abuse was a “national tragedy.”   “I want to thank and honor the courage of the survivors and their families who have told,...
Twin suicide bombers attack church in Pakistan's Quetta ahead of Christmas, killing eight | Phuket News
QUETTA/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Two suicide bombers attacked a packed Catholic church in southwestern Pakistan on Sunday, killing at least eight people and wounding up to 45 before one of them blew himself up and police killed the other, officials said. ...
Multiple casualties in Pakistan Methodist church attack | Phuket News
Gunfire and an explosion at a Methodist church in Quetta has killed a number of people....
New Bitcoin-based security bounces in trading debut on CME | Phuket News
NEW YORK: A new security based on the price of the digital currency bitcoin is trading lower after its debut on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, a week after another such security launched on a rival exchange....
Analyst who predicted Bitcoin's rise now sees it hitting $300,000-$400,000 | Phuket News
Bitcoin will surge past $20,000 and continue its meteoric march into six figures, according to Ronnie Moas....
Tourism boost predicted for New Year | Phuket News
The Tourism Authority of Thailand expects that foreign and Thai tourists will spend some Bt15.56 billion from December 29 to January 2, TAT governor Yutthasak Supasorn said on Monday. Based on air ticket and accommodation reservations, about 420,000 foreign tourists are expected to visit Thailand during the New Year holidays period, an increase of 17 per cent on last year, Yutthasak said, while they were expected to spend Bt6.5 billion in Thailand, an increase of 30 per cent. He said about 2.48 million Thais would travel and visit tourist destinations during the same period, a decrease of four per cent, but their spending would rise by two per cent to about Bt8.994 billion. The Nation  The post Tourism boost predicted for New Year appeared first on Samui Times....
Chalerm Larp traders prevent market's demolition | Phuket News
Traders at Chalerm Larp market in Pratunam area have gathered to block the demolition of the market on Monday, saying their dispute with the landlord, the Crown Property Bureau, is not yet finalised....
Gold prices up B50 to B19,650 | Phuket News
The Gold Traders Association this morning announced the buying prices at 19,192.56 baht per baht-weight for gold ornaments and 19,550.00 baht per baht-weight for gold bar....
Gold prices up B150 to 19,600 | Phuket News
The Gold Traders Association this morning announced the buying prices at 19,147.08 baht per baht-weight for gold ornaments and 19,500 baht per baht-weight for gold bar....
Gold prices steady at 19,400 | Phuket News
The Gold Traders Association this morning announced the buying prices at 18,950.00 baht per baht-weight for gold ornaments and 19,300 baht per baht-weight for gold bar....
Gold prices steady at B19,400 | Phuket News
Gold prices were unchanged at 19,400.00 baht per baht-weight in Bangkok on Saturday....
New land prices unveiled for incoming tax change | Phuket News
The country's costliest land based on the Treasury Department's new appraisal prices, effective from Jan 1, 2018, is on Silom Road at 1 million baht per square wah, while the cheapest is in Khok Charoen district, Lop Buri, where each sq w is worth a mere 20 baht....
NLA committee slashes draft land bill tax rates | Phuket News
The National Legislative Assembly's (NLA) standing committee on the land and buildings tax has largely watered down the new property tax rates....
Chinese “call centre” gang members brought to Bangkok from Songkhla | Phuket News
Twenty-three Chinese nationals who are alleged to be members of a major call centre scam in Songkhla’s Sadao district were escorted to Bangkok on Friday (Dec 15) after they were busted by a combined force of provincial police, border patrol police, immigration officials and military personnel. Initial police investigation found that the gang rented 11 houses in Tambon Samnakkham, Sadao district and used them as their operating centre and to store documents. The source said that there was a safe to contain documents in every rented house. Pol Gen Thanitsak Thiraswasdi, special advisor to the Royal Thai Police, said that the gang used WeChat application to dupe victims in China to invest with them, to gamble or to buy their online products. Most of the 23 suspects are from Yunnan or Fujian, Pol Gen Thanitsak said, adding that the gang members entered Thailand as tourists and they stayed on for...
Female student killed in Chaiyaphum motorbike crash | Phuket News
CHAIYAPHUM: A female student was found lying dead by her motorcycle on a road in Muang district early Sunday. She was believed to have been killed in an accident....
Female student killed in road accident | Phuket News
CHAIYAPHUM: A female student was found lying dead by her motorcycle on a road in Muang district early Sunday. She was believed to have been killed in an accident....
Helicopter crash kills Honduran president's sister | Phuket News
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras: Hilda Hernandez, sister of President Juan Orlando Hernandez, and five other people were killed in a helicopter crash Saturday on a mountain near the Honduran capital....
Four Cambodians killed in crash after police chase | Phuket News
CHACHOENGSAO: Four migrant workers were killed in a crash following a police chase in this eastern province in the early hours of Friday....
Pagoda-climbing guide publicly shamed | Phuket News
A Thai tourist guide has been publicly shamed, charged and had her licence revoked after posting pictures of inappropriate behaviour at Wat Arun in Bangkok....
Tour guide apologizes for inappropriate behaviour at Temple of Dawn | Phuket News
Tourist police today (Dec 16) escorted a 44-year-old female guide to Wat Arun pagoda to apologize for her “inappropriate” behaviour in climbing and stepping on the ancient pagoda to take photos. Noranon Norakamin, a Thai tour guide, reported herself to Bang Yai police yesterday (Dec 15) after the police summoned her to acknowledge charge of violating the Ancient Monuments, Antiques, Objects of Art and National Museums Act. The charge came after a tourism news Facebook page posted photos of Ms Noranon stepping on the sacred Phra Prang Wat Arun with her foreign tourist client for photo shoot. The photos went viral on the social media with many viewers criticising her behaviour as inappropriate and could cause damages to the ancient pagoda. Pol Maj-Gen Surachet Hakpan, deputy commission of the Tourist Police Bureau  Hakpan today escorted her to the pagoda to apologize for the misbehaviour. After that the police brought her to...
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Cop turns 'robber'? More traffic woes! B4.4 million shoes? || December 18 | Phuket News
PHUKET XTRA - December 18 More traffic for Chao Fa West Rd? Cop turns robber? Toons shoes fetch millions! New traffic tickets on the way! A terrible way to go! Hosted by: JP Mestanza || #Phuket...
Duterte vows to sack 90 police allegedly involved in corruption | Phuket News
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte plan to sack 90 police officers alleged to be involved in corruption, saying that this tough action was a continuation of his government’s purge of the ranks of the law enforcement personnel, The Manila Times Online reported on Tuesday. In an address at the birthday party of Senator Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao in General Santos City on Sunday night, Duterte said he would not tolerate “gangsters” at the Philippine National Police which he earlier described as “corrupt to the core.” He however did not reveal the names of those to be fired. “On Wednesday, about three superintendents, about 90, perhaps a minimum of 60 police, you leave the PNP,” said Duterte. He lashed out against policemen in cahoots with criminal gangs and corrupt local government officials. He also maintained that he would not let policemen to abuse their positions to commit crimes. “Do not let us pay...
NLA mulls phone tapping to prevent corruption | Phuket News
The junta’s lawmakers have proposed a law which will allow authorities to tap the phones of politicians suspected of corruption.    On 19 December 2017, Meechai Ruchupan, chairperson of the junta-appointed Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC), expressed concern that the junta’s National Legislative Assembly (NLA) is proposing to grant the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) power to track the communication devices of people holding political positions.    The CDC chairman is worried that the proposal would give too much power to the NACC and could breach the 2017 Constitution’s sections on individual rights and privacy.   “I understand that those who are working want to have power but if you hold power for too long, it will become a double-edged sword which is dangerous,” Meechai stated, adding that the CDC stands opposed to the NLA proposal.    “Members who voted [in favour of the proposal] might not understand and think that...
NLA proposes phone tapping to prevent corruption | Phuket News
The junta’s lawmakers have proposed a law which will allow authorities to tap the phones of politicians suspected of corruption.    On 19 December 2017, Meechai Ruchupan, chairperson of the junta-appointed Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC), expressed concern that the junta’s National Legislative Assembly (NLA) is proposing to grant the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) power to track the communication devices of people holding political positions.    The CDC chairman is worried that the proposal would give too much power to the NACC and could breach the 2017 Constitution’s sections on individual’s rights and privacy.   “I understand that those who are working want to have power but if you hold power for too long, it will become a double-edged sword which is dangerous,” Meechai stated, adding that the CDC stands opposed to the NLA proposal.    “Some of those who voted [in favour of the proposal] don’t understand and think that...
Why net neutrality was repealed and how it affects you | Phuket News
The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to repeal Obama-era net neutrality rules, which required internet service providers to offer equal access to all web content without charging consumers for higher-quality delivery or giving preferential treatment to certain websites....
FCC reverses regulation requiring net neutrality | Phuket News
WASHINGTON: The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to dismantle rules regulating the businesses that connect consumers to the internet, granting broadband companies the power to potentially reshape Americans’ online experiences....
China does another policy U-turn and some South Korean stocks aren't taking it well | Phuket News
Beijing has reportedly reinstated a ban on mainland tour packages offering travel to South Korea, according to local media....
CIFS unsuccessful in DNA test on dead cadet’s inner organs | Phuket News
The Justice Ministry’s Central Institute of Forensic Science (CIFS) is not successful in conducting a DNA test on inner organs said to be of Pakapong Tanyakan, a first-year student of the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School, to verify whether they were really of the cadet because they had been kept in formalin for a long time. CIFS director Som Phromros said the institute conducted a DNA test for three times on the inner organs, which Pakapong’s relatives received from Phramongkutklao Hospital and handed over them to CIFS on Nov 23. In the three tests, CIFS officials could not extract the DNA from the inner organs because they had been kept in formalin for a long time.  Therefore, the CIFS was not able to verify whether they belonged to Pakapong. The CIFS last week sent the organs to the laboratory of Ramathibodi Hospital for a DNA test.  The test result is...
Cadet's kin take aim at academy | Phuket News
The family of the late cadet Pakapong
Family files complaint with police over Pakapong’s death | Phuket News
The family of Pakapong Tanyakarn, a first-year student of the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School, on Tuesday (Dec 19) filed a complaint with Maung district police in Nakhon Nayok province against people allegedly involved in the controversial death of the cadet. Pakapong’s parents Pichet and Sukanya and elder sister Supicha submitted additional evidence and documents in the case to Pol Maj Gen Wattana Yeejeen, acting Nakhon Nayok police chief, and police investigators handling the case. Ms Supicha said the family had met the investigators, but declined to reveal about the charges filed against those allegedly involved in Pakapong’s death. On the DNA test on the inner organs of Pakapong, she said the family had no idea whether the result had come out or not. Supicha Tanyakan, Pakapong’s elder sister Pol Maj Gen Wattana said a team of police officers from Muang Nakhon Nayok and Ban Na police stations would jointly question the...
RTARF ready to explain Pakapong’s death to his family | Phuket News
The Royal Thai Armed Forces (RTARF) is ready to explain to the family of Pakapong Tanyakan, a first-year student of the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School, about the probe result on the cadet’s death, RTARF spokesman Lt Gen Notthapon Boonngam said on Saturday (Dec 16). Lt Gen Notthapon said Gen Thanchaiyan Srisuwan, the supreme commander, had ordered the fact-finding commitee, chaired by deputy armed forces chief-of-staff ACM Chawarat Marungruang, to be ready to explain about Pakapong’s death although it was not known whether the family would show up for the explanation on Monday (Dec 18) as invited or not. The fact-finding committee said in a press conference on Dec 15 that Pakapong died of acute heart failure, not because he had been harmed by anybody. Supicha Tanyakan, Pakapong’s elder sister, told BBC Thai that the family received a letter from the pre-cadet school inviting them to hear the investigation result on...
'Icebox killer' sentenced to almost 44 years | Phuket News
A Bangkok court has sentenced an Irish man to 43 years and 10 months in jail for attempting to kill a policeman, forging passports and moving the dismembered body of an American businessman found in a freezer in a high-profile case last year....
Passport forger sentenced to almost 44 years | Phuket News
A Bangkok court has sentenced an Irish man to 43 years and 10 months in jail for attempting to kill a policeman, forging passports and moving the dismembered body of an American businessman in a high-profile case last year....
US man gets 28 years in plot to behead conservative blogger | Phuket News
BOSTON: A man convicted of leading an Islamic State-inspired plot to behead a conservative blogger who upset Muslims when she organised a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest was sentenced Tuesday to 28 years in prison....
Phuket International Airport prepared for New Year surge | Phuket News
PHUKET: The Airports of Thailand (AoT) has reported that it expects more than 60,760 passengers a day to pass through Phuket International Airport over the New Year period....
New Phuket airport roof leak a ‘construction mistake’ | Phuket News
PHUKET: New footage of a yet another leaking ceiling at Phuket International Airport’s Domestic Terminal that as posted online on Monday (Dec 18) has been confirmed as “fixed” and “an incident resulting from construction” – and “not related” to the major roof leakage at the airport earlier this month....
Holiday travel chaos ahead after Atlanta airport outage | Phuket News
ATLANTA: While power has been restored to the world's busiest airport, the travel woes will linger for days....
Atlanta airport restored; thousands of flights affected | Phuket News
ATLANTA: Hundreds of flights were cancelled and long lines snaked throughout the world's largest airport Monday as the nation's air-travel system struggled to get back on schedule after a crippling power outage in Atlanta that struck just days before the Christmas travel rush....
Power fully restored at Atlanta airport | Phuket News
ATLANTA: Minutes after its midnight deadline to get the electricity back on at the world's busiest airport, Georgia Power announced early Monday that power had been fully restored to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, where more than 1,000 flights were grounded just days before the start of the Christmas travel rush....
Drunk drivers risk having cars seized over New Year | Phuket News
Police have vowed to strictly enforce traffic regulations and are considering impounding vehicles of suspected drunk drivers in attempts to minimise road accidents during the coming festive season....
Task force swoops on Australian drug suspect | Phuket News
A joint task force raided a business owned by an Australian drug suspect and his wife in Chon Buri's Pattaya early yesterday and found it to be operating without permits, police said....
Chris Harper Mercer and Dirty Bombs | Phuket News
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Melbourne crash: Driver arrested after hitting pedestrians | Phuket News
Australian police arrest driver after car hits
Pakistan Accuses US of Exporting War, Instability to South Asia | Phuket News
Pakistan is accusing the United States of
Pakistan: One step forward, two steps back | Phuket News
With a country as resourceful and a population as talented as that of Pakistan, even if it was not possible to transform into an advanced economy, the transition from critical poverty to relative prosperity for all and from perpetual instability to considerable stability of political institutions should have long been over. The reasons why this […]...
Durian thieves going high tech – using drones to steal valuable fruit in Chumphon | Phuket News
Sanook reported that thieves are now using drones to steal Thailand’s “King of Fruits” – the much sought after durian. An orchard owner in Chumphon in the south of the country reported that he had lost a ton of the out of season variety that fetches top prices. This amounted to an 80,000 baht loss for Kittisak, 34. He said that thieves were using four or five drones at night to survey his 300 trees. Signals are then sent to people on the ground who cut three or four fruit from the tops of trees making detection difficult. The local police have proved useless, he said, so he was now resorting to his own protection measures to safeguard his crop. Sanook The post Durian thieves going high tech – using drones to steal valuable fruit in Chumphon appeared first on Samui Times....
Australian Inquiry Challenges Catholic Confessional Secrecy  | Phuket News
An Australian inquiry into child sexual abuse has recommended the Catholic Church lift its seal of secrecy when the abuse is revealed in the confessional. It also recommended an end to compulsory celibacy for priests, calling the requirement a contributing factor to child sexual abuse. Archbishop Denis Hart, president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference said of the recommendation to lift the confessional secrecy seal: “I cannot break the seal. The penalty for any priest breaking the seal is excommunication; being passed out of the church. “I revere the law of the land and I trust it,” he added, “but this is a sacred, spiritual charge before God which I must honor, and I have to try and do what I can do with both.” Australia’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse delivered its 17-volume report Friday, after hearing testimonies during its five-year investigation of more than...
Internet Giants Told: Accept Cyber Curbs to Be Welcome in China | Phuket News
Google and Facebook will have to accept China's censorship and tough online laws if they want access to its 751 million internet users, Chinese regulators told a conference in Geneva on Monday. Google and Facebook are blocked in China, along with Twitter Inc and most major Western news outlets.
Storm Kai-tak: Philippines landslides kill 26, more missing | Phuket News
At least 23 people are missing on the island of Biliran where rocks
‘More than 30’ killed in Philippines by storm | Phuket News
MANILA: Officials say more than 30 people have been killed – most by landslides – in a slow-moving storm in the central Philippines....
Coldest time of the year expected next week | Phuket News
The Thai Meteorological Department (TMD) has predicted next week to be the coldest time of the year with the temperature is expected to drop 6-8 degree Celcius in the upper part of Thailand. The cold spell will also affect Bangkok. The temperature in Bangkok and nearby provinces may come down below 20 degree Celcius. TMD director general Wanchai Sakudomchai said during Dec 16-22 the upper part of Thailand will be generally cooler. A temperature drop by 6-8 degree Celcius will begin with the Northeast from Dec 16, followed by the North, the Central, including Bangkok and nearby provinces, and the East from Dec 17.  The cold spell will continue until Dec 22. The temperature in the highlands of the North and Northeast is expected to be below 10°C. In the lowlands, the temperature will be around 14-16°C.. For Bangkok, the mercury will be around 17-18°C. People are advised to take care of their health...
EU free trade talks put on fast track | Phuket News
The Commerce Ministry and related state agencies have been ordered to speed up preparing free trade agreement (FTA) talks with the EU after the bloc recently agreed to resume political contact
China public death sentences over drugs alarm web users | Phuket News
A Chinese city is publicly sentencing people to death to try to lose its crystal meth reputation....
China public executions over drugs alarm web users | Phuket News
A Chinese city is publicly sentencing people to death to try to lose its crystal meth reputation....
Phuket tourists dissatisfied with beach trash and water quality, reveals survey | Phuket News
PHUKET: Trash and water quality of Phuket’s beaches are considered badly managed, according to the results of a management research survey conducted by the Prince of Songkla University (PSU) and displayed at their Phuket Campus yesterday (Dec 14)....
Eiffel Tower gets festive | Phuket News
Eiffel Tower delights visitors with sparkly holiday lights and decorations. — Reuters...
Phuket wildlife officials ‘requesting permission’ to relocate monkeys | Phuket News
PHUKET: It was revealed during a meeting last Thursday (Dec 14) that officials are currently at the stage of requesting permission from the Department of National Parks to begin relocating Phuket’s wild monkeys to nearby islands....
NLA delays vetting poll watchdog contenders | Phuket News
The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) has delayed its vetting process to certify the qualifications of seven Election Commission finalists following a complaint over the selection method of the two picked by the Supreme Court....
Electricity employee confesses to killing his bride-to-be  | Phuket News
A state enterprise employee in Chumphon province was arrested yesterday for allegedly shooting dead a woman who he was going to marry next week. Ronnachai Panchart, an employee of the Provincial Electricity Authority in Lang Suan district, confessed to killing his bride-to-be Nonthiya Kruachaturas after several hours of questioning over her death. Nonthiya, a 25-year-old dental official at Tambon Salui Hospital in Chumphon’s Tha Sae district, was found dead with gun shot wound to her chest inside the hospital’s staff accommodation on Dec 19. Police investigation found the hooded murderer in a video footage of a surveillance camera walking around the hospital staff lodging for almost an hour on Monday night (Dec 18) before using a stick to push the camera out of sight. Mr Ronnachai was later summoned for questioning. He initially denied any involvment, but later confessed when the police searched his room and found the hood and...
Electricity employee confess to killing his bride-to-be  | Phuket News
A state enterprise employee in Chumphon province was arrested yesterday for allegedly shooting dead a woman who he was going to marry next week. Ronnachai Panchart, an employee of the Provincial Electricity Authority in Lang Suan district, confessed to killing his bride-to-be Nonthiya Kruachaturas after several hours of questioning over her death. Nonthiya, a 25-year-old dental official at Tambon Salui Hospital in Chumphon’s Tha Sae district, was found dead with gun shot wound to her chest inside the hospital’s staff accommodation on Dec 19. Police investigation found the hooded murderer in a video footage of a surveillance camera walking around the hospital staff lodging for almost an hour on Monday night (Dec 18) before using a stick to push the camera out of sight. Mr Ronnachai was later summoned for questioning. He initially denied any involvment, but later confessed when the police searched his room and found the hood and...
Dental assistant’s family doubts police’s handling of their daughter’s case | Phuket News
Family of a 25-year-old dental assistant at a tambon hospital in Chumphon province who was shot dead allegedly by her groom-to-be has vowed not to cremate her body until all who were involved in her death are arrested and charged. Somsri Kruachaturas, mother of Nonthiya, the dental assistant who worked at Tambon Salui hospital in Tha Sae district, told the media that the family was not convinced that Ronnachai Panchart was the only person involved in the murder to her daughter. The family believed that another girlfriend of Mr Ronnachai might be complicit in the murder. Mrs Somsri went on saying that the victim’s bank passbook with 600,000-700,000 baht in cash deposit, 15-baht weight of gold bar worth over 300,000 baht and a substantial amount of cash had been missing from her lodging on the compound of the hospital. Mr Ronnachai allegedly told the police that he killed her because...
Four southern provinces still flooded | Phuket News
Four provinces in the South are still inundated by flood water, affecting 92,801 households with 283,107 people, Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department chief Chayapol Thitisak said on Sunday....
The lost fishermen of India's Cyclone Ockhi | Phuket News
Hundreds of Indian fishermen are still missing after the powerful storm struck the country's southern coast....
Australian yachtsman dies after Philippine fishermen rescue three | Phuket News
MANILA: Philippine fishermen rescued three Australians adrift at sea for days after their yacht capsized in the country's south, but one died on the way to hospital, police said on Tuesday....
Strong Java earthquake kills two | Phuket News
JAKARTA: A strong earthquake shook Indonesia's densely populated Java island on Friday night, killing two people and severely damaging dozens of homes near the epicentre....
Landslide kills at least 8 Indonesian miners on slope of volcano | Phuket News
JAKARTA: A landslide on the slopes of Indonesia's Mount Merapi volcano on Java island on Monday killed at least eight people mining sand and stones and injured eight, the country's disaster mitigation agency said....
Strong Earthquake Rocks Indonesia, 2 Deaths Confirmed | Phuket News
An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.5 rocked the Indonesian capital of Jakarta and other cities on the country's island of Java late Friday, with authorities reporting at least two death.  Disaster relief officials say buildings collapsed in several western Java districts and a hospital was evacuated after suffering damage. The quake made buildings sway in Jakarta.  Authorities say a 62-year-old man in the Ciamis region and an 80-year-old woman in Pekalongan city died in building collapses. It was not immediately clear how many people have been injured. Officials are still trying to assess damage from the quake, which struck just before midnight local time.  The United States Geological Survey said the quake's epicenter was located about 50 kilometers (31 miles) southwest of the city of Tasikmalaya.  Authorities issued a tsunami warning for sections of coastline surrounding Java, which is home to more than 250 million people — more than...
Strong Java earthquake kills 2 | Phuket News
JAKARTA: A strong earthquake shook Indonesia's densely populated Java island on Friday night, killing two people and severely damaging dozens of homes near the epicentre....
AIS, True demand 4G concession fee delay | Phuket News
Advanced Info Service (AIS) and True Move have joined together to ask the government to invoke Section 44 to ease their financial burden, extending the due date of their last 4G licence payment, originally scheduled for 2019, for another five years....
Wissanu dismisses talk of poll delay | Phuket News
Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam has brushed aside talk that the regime has given a signal for changes to be made to the organic law governing political parties in order to delay the general election and retain the regime's grip on power....
Pets not allowed into national parks | Phuket News
Officials will strictly enforce a law to prohit tourists from taking their pets into national parks during the New Year holiday to prevent the diseases of domestic animals from spreading to wildlife.   Songtham Suksawang, director of the National Parks Office or the National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department, said during long holidays tourists often take their pets, especially cats and dogs, into national parks.  It is feared the domestic pets may spread domestic diseases to wild animals and the problem, if happens, can be very difficult to solve. Section 16 of the National Parks Act clearly states that bringing all kinds of domestic pets into national parks is prohibited, he said, adding that violators will face up to 1,000 baht fine. Pattarapol Manee-on, a veterinarian at the department, cited an example of a cat which was secretly brought into a national park and the cat was allowed to...
New Parks bans: No alcohol, no pets | Phuket News
The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation warned New Year revellers on Monday not to take their pets, mostly cats and dogs, into national parks across the country as it fears diseases could be passed on from them to wildlife....
BJP Supporters Celebrate Modi's Election Victory | Phuket News
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party is on course to win a key victory in his home state, Gujarat, fending off a strong challenge from the opposition Congress party in a closely watched state election....
India's voters bite back against Prime Minister Narendra Modi's economic reforms | Phuket News
But punishment for Modi's ruling BJP will only be short-lived, one asset manager told CNBC....
India's voters bite back against Prime Minister Modi's economic reforms | Phuket News
But punishment for Modi's ruling BJP will only be short-lived, one asset manager told CNBC....
Modi’s BJP wins in Gujarat, Congress retains hope | Phuket News
Prime Minister Modi’s BJP emerged victorious Monday in two state elections, in the premier’s home state of Gujarat as well as the northern state of Himachal Pradesh, allowing the party to further consolidate political power in the South Asian nation.         In the crucial Gujarat state, the BJP has crossed the 92 seats it needs for a […]...
Australia child abuse inquiry finds 'serious failings' | Phuket News
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Australia abuse: Archbishop rejects call to report confessions | Phuket News
A top Catholic cleric in Australia says breaking the seal of confession would undermine doctrine....
Military inquiry finds cadet died of acute heart failure | Phuket News
A military inquiry has concluded that Royal Thai Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School cadet Pakapong Tanyakan died of acute heart failure, with no evidence of physical abuse....
British expat, 54, dies in Phuket after falling unconscious behind the wheel | Phuket News
PHUKET: A 54-year-old British expat, who was the managing director / owner of a professional building service company located in Cherng Talay, died on Saturday night after suffering chest pains and falling unconscious behind the wheel of his car in front of the Cherng Talay Wittayakom school....
Services to be held for Phuket expat Cassius Rolfe-Johnson | Phuket News
PHUKET: Friends are invited to attend mass prayers for long-term Phuket expat Cassius Peter Rolfe-Johnson, who passed away on Saturday (Dec 16)....
Pattaya minibus operators arrested after hurting Korean tourist | Phuket News
CHON BURI: A tourist from South Korea sustained injuries in a fight with a group of minibus operators following a heated exchange of words early on Sunday, police said. Two men were later arrested and reportedly confessed to beating the tourist....
Korean tourist hurt in fight with Pattaya minibus operators | Phuket News
CHON BURI: A tourist from South Korea sustained injuries in a fight with a group of minibus operators following a heated exchange of words early on Sunday, police said....
Korean tourist 72, saved from drowning off Phuket | Phuket News
PHUKET: A 72-years-old female Korean tourist was saved from drowning during a trip to Coral Island off Phuket’s southeast coast today (Dec 16)....
Srisaket pips Ariya for SAT honours | Phuket News
Boxer Srisaket Sor Rungvisai beat golfer Ariya Jutanugarn for the Sports Authority of Thailand's (SAT) best professional athlete of the year award on Saturday....
Donations to Toon charity run breaks B900m | Phuket News
Charity runner Artiwara
Cold snap gives Toon an extra push | Phuket News
As temperatures in Lampang dropped, Toon Bodyslam's energy levels rose....
Thai rockstar Toon’s charity run won’t see hospitals funded properly | Phuket News
ARTIWARA Kongmalai, lead singer of the rock band Bodyslam, has captivated Thailand with his 2,191km long distance charity run from the south to the north of the country to raise money for underfunded hospitals. With over 1,900 kms complete, the singer looks set to finish the run successfully, raising almost 30 millions dollars in the process. However, without a significant increase in government funding, Thailand’s state-run hospitals will continue struggling to provide adequate healthcare services.  Artiwara Kongmalai, or Toon Bodyslam as he is more commonly known, set off on his mammoth charity run from Thailand’s southernmost province, Yala, on November 1st, surrounded by thousands of local supporters and hundreds of security officials.  Since November 1st, Toon Bodyslam has covered over 1,900km of the 2,191 kilometre journey, and he is expected to reach Mae Sai, Thailand’s northernmost district, on December 25th, as planned. SEE ALSO: Rohingya child refugee dies in Thai...
Germany could send more soldiers to Afghanistan: defence minister | Phuket News
MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Germany's defence minister said on Tuesday she wanted to boost the German presence in Afghanistan, in the first public indication that Berlin could accept a U.S. call for more soldiers to help reverse territorial gains by Taliban insurgents. ...
IS claims attack on spy agency centre in Afghan capital | Phuket News
KABUL: Islamic State claimed responsibility for an attack near a training facility of Afghanistan's main intelligence agency in the capital, Kabul, on Monday as gunmen exchanged fire with security forces....
ISIS claims attack on spy agency centre in Afghan capital | Phuket News
KABUL (Reuters) - Islamic State claimed responsibility for an attack near a training facility of Afghanistan's main intelligence agency in the capital, Kabul, on Monday as gunmen exchanged fire with security forces. ...
Jonghyun: Funeral held for K-pop star and Shinee member | Phuket News
K-pop fans around the world have been mourning the 27-year-old, who took his own life last week....
Toon bags 849 million baht in donations after completing run in Lampang | Phuket News
Toon Bodyslam has completed his 47th day run in Lampang province, having covered 50 kilometres distance in a single day as donations have soared to 849 million baht. The rocker started his first-leg run from the house of Dr Diew in Tambon Mai Ngarm toward the first stop at Caltex gas station which is 17 kilometres away. He was due to complete his fourth leg of run at a roadside resting place in Thern district. Team officials said that the runner had to shorten the first leg of run to just 17 kilometres because of the mountainous terrain. Despite the mountainous terrain, Toon and his teammates were given moral support throughout their running route with local people showing up to cheer them on. A handful of celebrities such as models Yossavadi and Ae Hassadeevichit, Udom “Note” Taepanich and Jack Fanchan were on hand to give them extra moral support. During...
Risk of North Korea nuclear disaster is the other threat you should worry about | Phuket News
The risk of a North Korean nuclear meltdown can't be ignored, according to 38North....
Risk of N Korea nuclear disaster is the other threat you should worry about | Phuket News
The risk of a North Korean nuclear meltdown can't be ignored, according to 38North....
German defense minister backs longer Afghanistan mission | Phuket News
German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen said on Monday that the withdrawal of NATO forces from Afghanistan had been carried out too quickly, making her remarks during her sixth trip to Camp Marmal in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif. “I haven’t forgotten how it was at the beginning when we got out …too […]...
US Hails Afghan Forces’ Battlefield Gains, Urges Taliban to Seek Talks With Kabul | Phuket News
The U.S. Defense Department hailed success on the battlefield by Afghan forces and urged Taliban insurgents to embrace
Afghan Ambassador: Taliban Have Devolved But Must Be Brought Into Peace Process  | Phuket News
The Taliban, known for its extreme Islamic rule before U.S. forces ousted the group from power in Afghanistan, have largely devolved into groups of criminals and terrorists, the country’s ambassador to Pakistan says. The change is critical as Afghanistan tries to create a lasting peace after decades of conflict and chaos. The Taliban have expanded the turf they control since the government switched its security policy to focus on protecting urban areas. And, as a military solution becomes less likely, there is a growing desire to draw the Taliban into peace talks. “Peace cannot be brokered under duress, but it needs good and positive intentions because there is no other way to resolve the conflict but to negotiate peace,” Ambassador Omar Zakhilwal told VOA Deewa in an interview in Islamabad. “To talk peace, we need to identify the enemy, his intentions and his goals.” Much has changed Before the U.S.-led...
New national park declared in Chiang Mai, Lamphun | Phuket News
Thailand has declared a new national park that covers rich forest areas in Chiang Mai and Lamphun provinces. The declaration of the 354.3-square-kilometre Mae Takhrai national park was published in the Royal Gazette on Dec 12 after receiving royal approval. It will be the country’s 131st national park. Mae Takhrai national park covers Mae Kuang, Sansai, Mae On, Khun Mae Tha, Mae Ti-Mae Tip, Mae Sarn forests in Doi Saket, Sansai, San Kamphaeng of Chiang Mai, and Muang district of Lamphun province. The areas are rich with a varieties of plants, wildlife species, and beautiful sceneries, according to the announcement. The declaration of this new national park will help to preserve the ecological system for environmental, recreational and education purposes. The are will be protected under the National Parks Act B.E.2504. According to the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plants Conservation, the Mae Takhrai national park is haven to many...
Motiveless attack at Chiang Mai ATM – teen woman slashed by serial loony | Phuket News
A 19 year old Chiang Mai university student was slashed in the arm by a mentally deranged man wielding a box cutter. She was innocently waiting to press the ATM in front of the Ban Sankhong, Sankamphaeng, branch of 7/11 when the man came up behind her. Following the attack on Wednesday the man fled. No attempt at theft was made. Piyathida Pinbua suffered a seven centimeter gash that needed 8 stitches. She was rushed to hospital in her sister’s car. Police traced the man with CCTV evidence to a nearby house. He is a 47 year old with mental problems – they took him to Suan Prung Psychiatric hospital in Chiang Mai. The elder sister of the victim put the story on Facebook to act as a warning to others while their aunt said they would prosecute to the fullest extent of the law. The man is well known...
Australia citizenship row: Government wins key by-election | Phuket News
Victory in the bitterly fought Sydney by-election means the ruling coalition retains its tiny majority....
Australian citizenship row: By-election threatens PM's majority | Phuket News
An MP in a dual citizenship row seeks re-election in a poll that threatens the government's majority....
Phuket Gov repeats call to solve rubbish, wastewater issues | Phuket News
PHUKET: Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong has once again urged officials to solve the island’s ongoing rubbish and wastewater problems....
Preparations are underway to dismantle the Royal Crematorium | Phuket News
The Fine Arts Department is making preparations to dismantle the Royal Crematorium after its closure for public viewing on Dec 31 and to move some of the structures to a new permanent exhibition building in Pathum Thani province. The new permanent exhibition venue is set to be located on a 10-rai plot of land behind the National Archives in Honour of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej in Tambon Klong Ha, Klong Luang district of Pathum Thani. The planned permanent exhibition venue is aimed to be a learning centre about the life and activities of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Culture Minister Veera Rojpojchanarat on Dec 14 chaired a meeting of the committee in charge of organizing exhibitions on Royal Cremation ceremonies to discuss details about the dismantling of the Royal Crematorium and related structures and the construction of the new exhibition ground in Pathum Thani. The Fine Arts Department is expected to finalise its...
Persecuted Rohingya Muslims flee violence in Myanmar | Phuket News
(Reuters) - Attacks by Rohingya Muslim insurgents on the Myanmar security forces in Rakhine State triggered a response by the army and Buddhist vigilantes so brutal a senior U.N. official denounced it as a textbook example of ethnic cleansing. ...
High waves and strong winds wash four freighters ashore | Phuket News
Four freighters loaded with minerals were washed ashore by high waves and strong winds in Tha Sala district of Nakhon Si Thammarat province in the past few days. Reports from this southern province said Wednesday (Dec 20) that waves about 2-4 metres high have been battering the shores in Khanom, Tha Sala, Sichon, Pak Phanang and Hua Sai. Several foodshops located along the shoreline which had earlier been vacated were damaged whereas concrete sea wall are at risk of collapsing for being pounded repeatedly by the strong waves. Many villagers who have been living along the coastline near the sea have evacuated for their safety Local people said that this was the worst situation in about ten years.   The post High waves and strong winds wash four freighters ashore appeared first on Thai PBS English News....
Strong wind brings down power lines | Phuket News
PHUKET: Strong winds brought down six power poles in the tourist-popular area of Khao Lak, north of Phuket, early this morning (Dec 20), leaving live wires strewn across the busy section of Petchakasem Rd that runs through the resort town....
High waves and strong winds in southern sea prompt flying of red flags on beaches | Phuket News
As the Meteorological Department warned of a new round of cold spell that has arrived and blanketed the upper region of the country and will intensify seasonal monsoon winds in the country’s western and eastern coasts, Koh Samui authorities on Monday fly red flags along the beaches warning against swimming and sailing in rough sea. The warning said the high pressure wind will have impact on the climate in the east coast of the South from December 17- 23. It will intensify northeasterly monsoon that is covering the Gulf of Thailand, the South, and the Andaman Sea, and will bring in more rains in the east coast from December 17-18. It said the Gulf of Thailand will expect rough sea of 2-3 metres high waves. It then warned of danger against sailing into the sea and high waves hitting the beaches. Small boats are advised to stay ashore from December...
Motorcycle hits roadside stall; two killed | Phuket News
NAKHON SI THAMMARAT: Two men were killed after a motorcycle they were riding ran into a roadside stall in Muang district on Saturday night, police said....
Two youths arrested for beating a police officer to death | Phuket News
Two youths were arrested yesterday (Dec 14) by Ubon Ratchathani provincial police for allegedly beating a 29-year-old police officer to death. The two male teenagers, aged 16 and 17 years old, were apprehended from their homes in Det Udom district after police looked through all surveillance cameras at and near the scene in the municipal area. The CCTV footage showed the two youths arrived at the scene on a motorcycle. According to police investigation, Pol Cpl Thepnarin Sirintranond, 29, who is attached to the Metropolitan Police Bureau in Bangkok, returned to his home in Det Udom district to visit his mother. On the night of Dec 13, the police officer had drink with his friend at a roadside stall on Chokchai-Det Udom road where they engaged in a quarrel with the two teenagers. Pol Cpl Thepnarin and his friend drove a motorcycle back home at about 1am when the two teenagers came...
Two youths arrested for beating a police officer to death  | Phuket News
Two youths were arrested yesterday (Dec 14) by Ubon Ratchathani provincial police for allegedly beating a 29-year-old police officer to death. The two male teenagers, aged 16 and 17 years old, were apprehended from their homes in Det Udom district after police looked through all surveillance cameras at and near the scene in the municipal area. The CCTV footage showed the two youths arrived at the scene on a motorcycle. According to police investigation, Pol Cpl Thepnarin Sirintranond, 29, who is attached to the Metropolitan Police Bureau in Bangkok, returned to his home in Det Udom district to visit his mother. On the night of Dec 13, the police officer had drink with his friend at a roadside stall on Chokchai-Det Udom road where they engaged in a quarrel with the two teenagers. Pol Cpl Thepnarin and his friend drove a motorcycle back home at about 1am when the two teenagers came...
Mt Agung eruption spells disaster for Christmas tourism in Bali | Phuket News
TOURISM is an essential part of Bali and Indonesia’s economy. With year-round sunshine, affordable accommodation and a welcoming culture, vacationers wanting a little slice of paradise usually flock to the island. However, the eruption of Mount Agung last month and the imminent threat of the volcano bursting at the seams again, means many tourists are opting not to travel to the region in fear they will become stranded once their vacation ends. “Unfortunately, due to the news, we canceled our trip,” Kaushalya, a prospective traveler to Bali told Travel Wire Asia. “We had planned everything on our own; our airlines initially said that they wouldn’t be operating until December 11, so we had no option we had to cancel.” SEE ALSO: As Mount Agung erupts, here’s what you need to know Mount Agung volcano erupts in the background as motorists drive near Culik, Karangasem Regency, Bali, Indonesia, December 1, 2017. Source: Reuters/Darren...
Harry-Meghan wedding date May 19 | Phuket News
LONDON: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will marry on May 19 in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, Kensington Palace announced on Friday....
Treasury plans B90bn projects in 2018 | Phuket News
The Treasury Department will next year start developing on state land several property projects worth 90 billion baht, including housing projects for low-income earners....
New run of coins to be minted bearing face of HM the King | Phuket News
The Treasury Department will propose the production of coins bearing the face of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun to the cabinet on Tuesday....
Islamic State claims Pakistan church attack: Amaq news agency | Phuket News
CAIRO (Reuters) - Islamic State claimed an attack on a church in the Pakistani city of Quetta on Sunday which killed at least five people, the group's Amaq news agency said in an online statement. ...
Moei's family turn down military meeting | Phuket News
The family of Pakapong
Algerian nabbed at Suvarnabhumi on theft charges | Phuket News
An Algerian has been arrested on theft charges as he was returning to Thailand at Suvarnabhumi airport on Sunday....
Algerian man arrested for purse snatching at Suvarnabhumi airport  | Phuket News
A 37-year-old Algerian traveler was arrested at Suvarnabhumi airport yesterday(Dec 17) for purse snatching after he returned to Thailand.   Lanine Cheris-Amara was apprehended soon after he walked into the immigration checkpoint at the airport for check.   He was produced with evidence for the snatch theft at a restaurant inside the Suvarnabhumi airport in August this year. However he denied the charge.   According to Suvarnabhumi airport police, the Algerian suspect was responsible for the stealing of 25,000 baht cash from the handbag of a British man at a restaurant on the third floor of the Passenger Terminal.   The airport police showed video footage from the surveillance camera in the restaurant which captured the moment when the British tourist placed the handbag under the table.   Later the Algerian was seen to bend over and picked the wallet from the handbag, and left the restaurant.   Airport...
Two arrested at Suvarnabhumi Airport with cocaine | Phuket News
An Ivory Coast man and a South African woman were arrested at Suvarnabhumi Airport on Saturday after customs officials found cocaine hidden in their bags. In the first case, Ibrahim Bakayoko, who arrived on of Ethiopian Airlines flight ET628, was arrested after 63 packets of cocaine with a combined weight of 1,130 grams were found in his bag. In the second case, Nozipho Nene, a South African, was arrested after she arrived ofrom Dubai on Emirates airlines’ flight EK418 from Dubai. Customs officials found four packets of cocaine with a combined weight of 1,000 grams in her bag. The Nation The post Two arrested at Suvarnabhumi Airport with cocaine appeared first on Samui Times....
Cambodia shuts down 330 print media outlets | Phuket News
Cambodia on Monday shut down 330 supposedly
Police unveil New Year road safety plans | Phuket News
Police will impound motorcycles in Bangkok whose drivers are caught not wearing a crash helmet, starting from Dec 28....
Experts back move to buy speed cams | Phuket News
Academics and road safety experts have voiced their support for plans to buy state-of-the-art speed cameras as used in the UK and the US....
Gunmen kill five in attack on church in Pakistan's Quetta | Phuket News
QUETTA, Pakistan (Reuters) - Two suicide attackers opened fire inside a church in southwestern Pakistan on Sunday, killing at least five people and wounding up to 16 before being stopped by police guards, officials said. ...
Bridge collapses after tugboat collision | Phuket News
The concrete bridge spanning across the Nakhon Chaisri river collapsed and fell into the water after it was rammed by a tugboat and barges on Thursday morning (Dec 20). The collapse of the 100-metre middle section of the bridge in front of Wat Thaiyawat temple forced local authorities to close the bridge for safety reason. Road communication from Nakhon Chaisri to Buddha Monthon Sai 7 road using the bridge is also cut off, forcing all vehicles to turn to other routes instead. According to officials of the Marine Department, the tugboat “V. Choke-udomsap” was tugging three barges loaded with soybean to Nakhon Pathom when its boat rudder went out of control after the boat engine stopped working as it was approaching the bridge before dawn. The tug boat and the three barges then went out of course and rammed the bridge foundation, forcing it to collapse. Nobody was injured and...
Putin credits Trump with halting terrorist attack | Phuket News
MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin telephoned US President Donald Trump on Sunday to thank him for information that allowed Russia to prevent a terrorist attack on its soil, Interfax news agency quoted the Kremlin as saying....
Trump Thanks Putin for Remarks on Strong US Economy | Phuket News
President Donald Trump thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for remarks he made Thursday “acknowledging America's strong economic performance,” the White House said.  The two presidents spoke by phone following Putin’s annual press conference in Moscow.  They discussed ways to work together to address North Korea's nuclear and ballistic weapons program, the White House said.  In an equally brief statement, the Kremlin said in addition to North Korea, Trump and Putin discussed relations between their two countries and agreed to stay in contact. The Kremlin made a point of noting that Trump initiated the call.  During his remarks in Moscow, Putin accused those investigating potential collusion between Russia and Trump's 2016 presidential campaign of damaging the U.S. political situation, “incapacitating the president and showing a lack of respect to voters who cast their ballots for him.”  Putin also warned the U.S. against using force against North Korea. Trump has repeatedly said...
Rex Tillerson: China and Russia’s ties with North Korea undermining peace efforts | Phuket News
The US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday urged Russia and China to reconsider their economic ties to the North Korean regime during a heated speech before the United Nations Security Council. Tillerson called out Beijing for continuing to allow crude oil to “flow” into repressive state, adding that such ongoing trade ties between the two countries […]...
US blames North Korea for 'WannaCry' cyberattack | Phuket News
The Trump administration has publicly blamed North Korea for unleashing the so-called WannaCry cyberattack that crippled hospitals, banks and other companies across the globe earlier this year....
Thais “lovin’ it” as Ronald McDonald moves into Phi Phi Island | Phuket News
McDonalds has arrived in one of Thailand’s most iconic tourist spots – Phi Phi Island. The burger giant’s Facebook page said that their new store would be open from 8am to 10pm serving breakfast and their delicious menu throughout the day. Thais who went online to comment were all positive about the new store. Prapasiri Klongboom even suggested: “Why not open 24 hours? When we leave the pubs we can get a Mac”. Ratchada Tilarak asked when McDonald’s were going to open in Koh Lanta while others suggested different places for stores. Many left comments to others to meet at the Phi Phi store for a bite to eat. But the one foreigner commenting was less enthusiastic. Frank Rebholz moaned: “What the heck. You rubbish this island (for a) long time. Now you gonna kill yourself”. Thai Visa   The post Thais “lovin’ it” as Ronald McDonald moves into Phi...
Zambia's new Chinese police officers removed after outcry | Phuket News
An outcry forces Zambia's police department to remove eight new Chinese reservists from duty....
Myanmar govt silent on whereabouts of detained journalists | Phuket News
YANGON: As two Reuters journalists neared the end of a week in detention in Myanmar on Tuesday, there was no word on where they were being held as authorities proceeded with an investigation into whether they violated the country's colonial-era Official Secrets Act....
American Man Recaptured after 5-Day Indonesia Manhunt | Phuket News
Authorities have recaptured an American man who escaped from an overcrowded and understaffed prison on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, police said Sunday. Christian Beasley, 32, is believed to have escaped during heavy rain last Monday from the Kerobokan penitentiary in Bali's provincial capital, Denpasar, by sawing through a ceiling and then climbing over a 6-meter (20-foot) -high wall behind the prison. The head of the prison, Tonny Nainggolan, said earlier that another American inmate, Paul Anthony Hoffman, 57, who has been serving a 20-month sentence since July for robbery, was captured while trying to escape along with Beasley. Beasley was arrested in August at a post office in Bali's Kuta tourist area while allegedly trying to pick up a package containing 5.7 grams of hashish. He stood trial and the verdict was due last Tuesday, a day after his escape. Bali police detective Made Pramestia said Beasley had...
E-cigarettes are hazardous to health: Disease Control Department | Phuket News
The Public Health Ministry’s Disease Control Department has insisted that electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, are hazardous to health and should not be used as a means to quit smoking, said Dr Assadang Ruay-archin, deputy director-general of the department. Dr Assadang, also the department spokesman, also dismissed as untrue a report that the Public Health Ministry had distorted an analysis about safety risks, toxic substances and heavy metal in e-cigarettes. The Disease Control Department still insists that e-cigarettes are hazardous to health because people who use e-cigarettes can still get nicotine, the addictive substance contained in ordinary cigarettes. Therefore, people who smoke e-cigarettes can be addicted to nicotine, similarly to the way they are addicted to it from smoking ordinary tobacco-based cigarettes, Dr Assadang said. As for a foreign-based report that e-cigarettes are 95% safer than ordinary cigarettes, it is only an assessment by some research groups. The World Health Organisation...
More smoke than light in e-cigarette row | Phuket News
Electronic cigarettes, known as e-cigarettes, are back in the public eye following a series of police crackdowns on e-cigarettes which are illegal under Thai law....
Asian stocks look set to take cues US rally as investors bet on tax reform | Phuket News
U.S. stocks rose and the dollar firmed ahead of Asia's Monday trading day....
A reluctant star | Phuket News
Jay Fai usually opens her shop around 3pm. But these days, no matter how early you get to Mahachai Road, it's likely you'll find a commotion and a line of people waiting for a seat. Plastic chairs have been put out on the footpath, but an army of cameras and phone-toting would-be customers still stand in front of the kitchen and reservation tables, hoping to catch a glimpse of the
E-traffic tickets start today | Phuket News
Traffic police have begun to issue e-traffic tickets to traffic violators today (Dec 17), and fines can be paid online two days after receiving the tickets. Pol Maj-Gen Akarak Limsangkas, commander of the Special Branch Police Division 3 in charge of the Police Ticket Management  (PTM) scheme, said that the scheme will be in force today after all E-traffic tickets have been sent to all police stations in 77 provinces across the country. He said beginning December 17, all traffic violators will be issued with the new traffic tickets which come with QR codes. Traffic police will mark on the offence which the driver/rider commits in lieu of the previous hand writing  practice. Each offence will have details  in both Thai and English language, he said. After receiving the e-traffic ticket, violator can pay fine two days after the offence is committed, he said. Payment can be made at Krung...
Passengers are allowed to ride on back of pickup trucks for another year | Phuket News
Police will continue to postpone the ban against passengers riding on the back of pickup trucks for next year unless it is deemed dangerous to the passengers, Pol Gen Srivara Rangsibrahmanakul, the deputy national police chief, said Monday(Dec 19). However, he warned that police would strictly enforce traffic laws during the New Year’s long holidays, particularly drunk driving, in order to reduce road accidents which normally shoot up during the festive season. As for the requirement for motorcyclists and pillion riders to wear crash helmets, the deputy national police chief said that the law would be applied, initially in metropolitan area, starting during the New Year festival. However, he added that, during the initial stage, both the bikers and pillion riders who do not wear crash helmets would be warned instead of being arrested, but they would not be allowed to continue riding unless they wear the helmets. He explained...
Thailand moved to United States' Watch List | Phuket News
WASHINGTON: US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer Friday announced the conclusion and results of the Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review (OCR) of Thailand, including moving Thailand from the Priority Watch List to the Watch List....
'Vast undercount': 9,000 civilians dead in final IS battle | Phuket News
MOSUL, Iraq: The price Mosul's residents paid in blood to see their city freed from Islamic State rule was between 9,000 and 11,000 dead, a civilian casualty rate nearly 10 times higher than what has been previously reported....
Parallel charity runs held in Khon Kaen, Lampang and Nan to raise fund for hospitals | Phuket News
People in some northern and northeastern provinces have organized their parallel charity runs in their respective provinces in order to raise fund to help Toon Bodyslam’s charity run. In Khon Kaen, one of the 11 hospitals eligible to receive funding from Toon’s fund-raising campaign, more than six million baht were raised from people in the province in a seven-kilometre parallel run organized on Saturday by the provincial administration and the residents. Khon Kaen governor Somsak Joengtrakul said that, since Khon Kaen was among the 11 recipients of the funding from Toon’s charity run, he found it appropriate for the province to support the charity runb by organizing it was own fund-raising run as well. A large number of people lined up the 7-kilometre running route in the municipal area to cheer the runners and to make donations. In Hangchat district of Lampang, district officer Vitit Panyakhom and local administration leaders...
Authorities force cancellation of 3 red-shirt events | Phuket News
Three social events organised by anti-junta groups have been forced to cancel after the authorities repeatedly intimidated the owners of the venues.    The three events are a new year party in Samut Songkhram, a friendly football match in Bangkok, and a folk music concert in Bangkok. The three events, apart from being social gatherings, aimed to raise funds for political prisoners.    Suwanna Tallek, a coordinator of the new year party scheduled for 17 Dec, revealed that the event was organized for red-shirt supporters in Central and Western regions to get together and celebrate the holiday season. Several famous luk thung singers were to sing at the event. Tickets cost 350 baht. She added that the organisers would contribute some of the revenue to red-shirt prisoners, especially those facing terrorism and lèse majesté charges.    Suwanna told Prachatai that the authorities did not contact the event organisers but...
Authorities forced-cancel 3 red-shirt events | Phuket News
Three entertainment events organised by anti-junta groups have been forced cancel after the authorities constantly intimidated the owners of the designated venues.    The three events are a New Year Party in Samut Songkhram, a friendly football match in Bangkok, and a folk music concert in Bangkok. Apart from the entertaining purpose, the three events aimed at raising fund for the political prisoners.    Suwanna Tanlek, a coordinator of the New Year Party scheduled on 17 Dec, revealed that the event was held for the redshirt supporters in Central and Western regions to getting together and celebrate the holiday season. Several famous luk thung singers would sing at the event. The ticket cost 350 baht. She added that the organisers will contribute some of the revenue to the red-shirt prisoners, especially ones facing terrorism and lese majeste charges.    Suwanna told Prachatai that the authorities did not contact the event...
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Basil Restaurant And Pizza In Cherngtalay – Laguna | Phuket News
Phuket Travel Tips And Advise - The Basil Restaurant and Pizza. A Thai family owned and managed Restaurant right opposite the ‘Villa Market’ main road entrance and close to Laguna beach in Cherngtalay / Bangtao on Phuket. Tourists only find this restaurant if they walk or drive past but if you are on holiday around this area don’t just go past, […] Basil Restaurant And Pizza In Cherngtalay – Laguna - Phuket Travel Tips And Advise....
ASEZ Holds Global Forum 2017 | Phuket News
Dec 19, 2017 ASEZ (Save the Earth from A to Z), the World Mission Society Church of God University Student Volunteers Association, held the ‘Global Forum on the Implementation of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs)’ on December 18, 2017 at the Church of God building at 36 Kalayaan Avenue, Brgy. Malaya, Quezon City. More than 700 students from different universities participated in the forum, which started at one in the afternoon. “The forum served as an opportunity to promote people’s understanding of the Implementation of the UN SDGs and to further boost the willingness of people from all walks of life to implement the goals while allowing university students with passion to be a part of the implantation by building a systematic process for volunteer activities and establish partnerships with diverse local government agencies and non-government organizations,” said Joyce Manoharan, ASEZ President in UP Diliman. The...
‘Depression has devoured me’: Celebrity friend reveals K-Pop star Jonghyun’s last note | Phuket News
A CELEBRITY friend of South Korean pop sensation SHINee member Jonghyun says the K-pop star had recently discussed his “dark and deep feelings” prior to his apparent suicide on Monday. According to KBS World, the 27-year-old deceased star, whose real name is Kim Jong-hyun, had left a will describing his state of depression with another female artiste known as Nine from another group called Dear Cloud. “I think every single day was hard for him. I was worried, so I let his family know and tried to console him, but I could only delay the time and wasn’t able to stop him,” Nine said. “Jonghyun asked me to share this letter when he disappears from the world. I had wished this day would never come… After talking with his family, I am posting his will according to his last words.” SEE ALSO: K-pop is giving Bollywood a run for its money in India ...
‘Depression has devoured me’: K-Pop star Jonghun’s last words | Phuket News
A CELEBRITY friend of South Korean pop sensation SHINee member Jonghyun says the K-pop star had recently discussed his “dark and deep feelings” prior to his apparent suicide on Monday. According to KBS World, the 27-year-old deceased star, whose real name is Kim Jong-hyun, had left a will describing his state of depression with another female artiste known as Nine from another group called Dear Cloud. “I think every single day was hard for him. I was worried, so I let his family know and tried to console him, but I could only delay the time and wasn’t able to stop him,” Nine said. “Jonghyun asked me to share this letter when he disappears from the world. I had wished this day would never come… After talking with his family, I am posting his will according to his last words.” SEE ALSO: K-pop is giving Bollywood a run for its money in India ...
‘Depression has devoured me’, K-Pop star Jonghun said before death | Phuket News
A CELEBRITY friend of South Korean pop sensation SHINee member Jonghun said the K-pop star had recently discussed his ‘dark and deep feelings’ prior to his apparent suicide on Monday. According to KBS World, the 27-year-old deceased star, whose real name is Kim Jong-hyun, had left a will with describing his state of depression with another female artiste known as Nine from another group called Dear Cloud. “I think every single day was hard for him. I was worried, so I let his family know and tried to console him, but I could only delay the time and wasn’t able to stop him,” Nine said. “Jonghyun asked me to share this letter when he disappears from the world. I had wished this day would never come… After talking with his family, I am posting his will according to his last words.” SEE ALSO: K-pop is giving Bollywood a run for its money in...
Shinee singer Jonghyun: K-pop boy band superstar dies | Phuket News
Jonghyun was a member of Shinee, who have had a string of number one hits in South Korea....
Former India minister Raja acquitted of telecoms fraud | Phuket News
Government auditors had said the scandal cost the country about $40bn (£29.9bn)....
Jakarta Flooding Threatens Public Transport, Poor Residents | Phuket News
As rainy season floods battered Jakarta this week, the city’s new governor blamed a curious source: development projects to build light rail and rapid transit systems in Indonesia’s capital city. “I have communicated and directly checked the scenes. The problem is that parts of the small canals are obstructed by ongoing projects like MRT, LRT, and so on,” said Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan, referring to the mass rapid transit and light rail transit, respectively. If his administration delays the projects’ development, it could mean traffic-choked Jakarta will be even less navigable than before. ​Transport gridlock Jakarta, like many megacities that grew rapidly in the 20th century, has notoriously bad traffic. About 3.5 million people commute to work in the capital every day, sitting in multiple hours of traffic each way. Only about 56 percent of them use public transportation. The “road coverage” of Jakarta is very low: about 8-9 percent,...
NKF launched the first healthy recipe book at the 14th annual dialysis meeting 2017 | Phuket News
Dec 14, 2017 Picture:  Kuala Lumpur, 28 November 2017 --( ASIA TODAY )-- The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) of Malaysia hosted the 14th Annual Dialysis Meeting 2017 (ADM 2017) from 25 November to 26 November 2017 at the Istana Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. The theme for this year is ‘Setting the Right Direction’ Holistic Approach of Management for end stage renal disease (ESRD) in Malaysia. The two-day meeting is a patient-centred approach to dialysis care that attracted over 600 individuals who were provided with demonstrable personal, clinical and organizational benefits through 28 innovative sessions led by notable experts, exciting key note speeches, informative issues and opportunities to network with hundreds of professionals. Speaking during the opening launch, Dr. Thiruventhiran Thilaganathan, the Chairperson of the 14th ADM Organising Committee mentioned that “As an organization, we are committed to building partnerships and support for our patients. This year’s meeting is an opportunity...
Fake baby milk formula scare hits Malaysia | Phuket News
Hundreds of packets of imitation formula products have been removed from sale in the country....
World Renowned Global CSR Summit & Awards to Celebrate Its Tenth Golden Year at Lombok, Indonesia on 19 – 20 April 2018 | Phuket News
Dec 13, 2017 Picture:  Lombok, Indonesia, 13 December 2017 --( ASIA TODAY )-- The Global CSR Summit & AwardsTM considered by the industry to be the most established and coveted recognition event for the CSR, will hold its tenth annual event on 19-20 April 2018 at the island of Lombok, Indonesia. The Global CSR Summit & AwardsTM will also co-host The Global Good GovernanceTM awards. In line with its tenth anniversary, supporters have called for the 2018 event to be held at a memorable location and voted unanimously for the beautiful island of Lombok, located at the east of Bali, Indonesia. At the first announcement of the event location in November this year, the organisers have reported that two-thirds of the seats have been sold. The awards component - The Global CSR AwardsTM and The Good Governance AwardsTM continuously attract a strong following of over 400 global and regional...
Youthquake chosen as Word of the Year by Oxford Dictionaries | Phuket News
THE insane rollercoaster that was 2017 has catapulted a bunch of new words and terms into everyday vernacular: broflake, fake news, #MeToo. The lexicography extraordinaires at Oxford Dictionaries have opted for another, lesser-known term for their World of the Year for 2017, however. It is: Youthquake. Inspired by the snap election in Britain saw an unexpected surge of young voters for Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party, the term “youthquake” crept into political vocabulary in the UK during 2017. SEE ALSO: Trump sparks protests as world leaders gather for Asean summit in Manila A noun, youthquake is defined as “a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people.” YOUTHQUAKE is the Oxford Dictionaries #WordOfTheYear 2017. Find out more: https://t.co/BanfCMh2Gi pic.twitter.com/iIQ4ykwUwa — Oxford Dictionaries (@OxfordWords) December 14, 2017 More than one hundred lexicographers at the Oxford University Press-published, world-renowned Oxford Dictionaries thus chose the term. “Selecting...
Malaysia Prepares For Cashless Society | Phuket News
Dec 13, 2017 Picture:  Malaysia’s central bank has taken further steps to enhance its e-payment platform, paving the way towards a cashless society, reports say. Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) governor Muhammad Ibrahim said that, effective July 1 next year, the instant transfer fee of 50 sen (12 US cent) will be waived for up to 5,000 ringgit ($1,225) per transaction made by individuals and small and medium enterprises. However, the cheque fee will be increased from 50 sen to one ringgit (25 US cent), beginning January 2, 2021, to reflect the higher processing cost. “The soaring digital economy will need an e-payment method which is a critical component that could increase productivity and be more cost efficient,” he said at the Payment System Forum and Exhibition here today. BNM embarked on the ten-year e-payment roadmap in 2011 and to date, the total cheque volume has declined 42 per cent...
Zimbabwe seizes 200kg of ivory destined for Malaysia | Phuket News
HARARE: An illegal shipment of 200kg of ivory destined for Malaysia has been seized at Zimbabwe's main airport, an official said on Wednesday....
AirAsia says leasing unit deal should be finalised by March | Phuket News
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's AirAsia Bhd hopes to reach a deal on the sale of its aircraft leasing unit by March, its group chief executive said on Wednesday, as the budget carrier seeks funds to return to shareholders....
ASEAN-6 countries to reach 483 million internet users by 2020 | Phuket News
With a population of about 640 million, a growing middle class and rising internet penetration, the ASEAN region is often considered a potential next ‘gold rush’ for e-commerce. In a 2016 report[1] released by Google and Temasek, the average annual growth rate of internet users in the ASEAN-6 countries for 2016-2020 was forecast at 14%, well above 4% for China and 1% for the US and EU. In total, the ASEAN-6 countries will have approximately 483 million internet users by 2020. Indonesia ranked top with 215 million users, followed by the Philippines (93 million), Vietnam (82 million), Thailand (59 million), Malaysia (28 million) and Singapore (6 million). The same report also forecast the combined size of online retail market in the ASEAN-6 to grow to US$88 billion by 2025, up more than 15-fold from US$5.5 billion in 2015. Among the six countries, Indonesia will be the fastest growing market, with...
Trilateral currency settlement pact agreed | Phuket News
The Bank of Thailand together with Bank Indonesia (BI) and Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) on Monday announced the launch of a local currency settlement framework between them to promote trade and investment trilaterally....
Trump hails 'historic' US tax reform | Phuket News
WASHINGTON: The House planned to move quickly to hold a final vote on the tax bill after the Senate gave its approval early Wednesday. The House Rules Committee held an 8am (8pm Thailand time) meeting on the bill, a procedural step before the full House was set to vote later in the day....
The Most Popular Cities for Business Travelers | Phuket News
Dec 17, 2017 Picture:  The aeroplane has shrunk our planet - and enlarged our world. When you can have a breakfast meeting in Dubai, a lunch negotiation in London and make a deal over dinner in New York, it's clear human connection has transcended geographical borders. Knight Frank has drawn a map of the world showing the number of first-class and business-class passengers travelling by air between each city. The closer the name of the city to another and the thicker the connecting line, the greater flow of passengers between them. The larger the size of the city name, the more first- and business-class passengers it handles. The closer to the centre of the graph, the more connected the city. Smaller sub-sets of well-connected cities are clustered together by colour. Typically, one hub city acts as a gateway to the rest - such as Miami to Latin America. Image:...
​NTU and Singtel set up $42.4 million corporate lab for AI and data science | Phuket News
Dec 16, 2017 Picture:  Singtel today signed agreements with Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) to spearhead R&D efforts in emerging technologies that will support Singapore’s transformation into Smart Nation and help enable the country’s digital economy. Under a five-year partnership, Singtel, NTU Singapore and the National Research Foundation Singapore (NRF Singapore) will establish a S$42.4 million corporate lab, to be called Singtel Cognitive and Artificial Intelligence Lab for Enterprises ([email protected]), to develop applications for use in the areas of public safety, smart urban solutions, transportation, healthcare and manufacturing. The partners, through their collective expertise and resources, aim to accelerate innovation in the fields of AI, advanced data analytics, robotics and smart computing. Mr Bill Chang, Chief Executive Officer, Group Enterprise at Singtel, said, “This collaboration marks a significant step for Singtel to develop intellectual property in emerging technologies to...
Which Asian country speaks the best English? | Phuket News
THE SEVENTH global English Proficiency Index for 2017 released by English First (EF), an international English Second Language (ESL) education company, ranked Dutch people as having the best English skills in the world out of 80 countries included in the study. Singapore is no stranger to being the best at things and it turns out the English language is no exception. Its citizens are by far the most proficient at English in Asia if the Index is anything to go by. While Northern European countries dominated the top five spots, with the Netherlands followed by Sweden, Denmark, and Norway – fifth place was the Little Red Dot, for whom English is one of four official languages along with Mandarin, Malay and Tamil. SEE ALSO: Singapore: NTU trumps arch rival NUS again to be Asia’s best university Along with Finland, Luxembourg and South Africa these countries were placed in the “very...
Most SE Asia stocks jump after Fed's inflation caution | Phuket News
Most Southeast Asian stock markets jumped on Thursday after the US Federal Reserve's caution on inflation tempered expectations for interest rate tightening in 2018, while Singapore shares dropped after four straight sessions of gains....
China Short of Natural Gas as it Pushes Away Polluting Coal | Phuket News
Severe natural gas shortages are hitting businesses and residents across China’s industrial heartland as an unprecedented government effort to clean up an environment devastated by decades of unbridled growth backfires. Factories are closing or operating at reduced capacity, business profits are shrinking as supply chains are disrupted, and people are shivering through subzero temperatures without adequate heating at home, according to interviews conducted across the region last week. The gas shortages, which have sent prices soaring nationwide, have undermined a sweeping campaign to switch millions of households and thousands of businesses from coal to natural gas in north China this winter, part of long-running efforts to clean the region’s toxic air. Much of the gasification of the region, involving more than 4 million homes, was rapidly launched by local authorities acting on their own initiatives in response to calls by the central government to control air pollution. But the plan...
China Unveils Clean Heating Plan as Shortages Continue | Phuket News
China announced on Sunday a five-year plan to convert northern Chinese cities to clean heating this winter through to 2021, state media reported, amid a deepening heating crisis. An unprecedented government campaign to switch millions of households and thousands of businesses from coal to natural gas in northern China this winter has backfired. Severe natural gas shortages have sent prices soaring nationwide, hitting businesses and residents across China’s industrial heartland. The plan was jointly announced by 10 government agencies, including the state planning National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the National Energy Administration, the online edition of Securities Times quoted the China Energy News as saying. The plan covers 2017 through to 2021. The government has made “concrete arrangements” regarding geothermal heating, biomass heating, solar heating, gas heating, electric heating, industrial waste heating, and clean coal-fired central heating, the Securities Times said. Half of northern China would have converted...
Ed Sheeran concert pass forgers jailed in Singapore | Phuket News
An Australian is the fourth foreigner jailed for using fake passes to bring fans into a Singapore gig....
Don't let me entertain you - Robbie Williams Uzbek concert criticised | Phuket News
A concert by Robbie Williams in Uzbekistan sponsored by Arsenal shareholder attracts controversy....
Southeast Asia stocks recover from early falls | Phuket News
Most Southeast Asian stock markets recovered to close higher on Wednesday, with Singapore settling at its highest in 31 months....
Filipinos Find Gains, No Pain Under Martial Law | Phuket News
Martial law declared in the southern Philippines over much of the year has had little impact on most people in the area, reducing any anxiety about a proposal to renew it in 2018. Despite fears that martial law declared over the island of Mindanao in May would follow the harsher measures taken by authoritarian ex-president Ferdinand Marcos in 1972, people on the island say little has changed outside a single city where troops were fighting a group of armed Muslim rebels. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ordered martial law through December 31 so troops and police could bypass legal procedures in capturing suspected supporters of the Islamic State-inspired Maute Group in Marawi city. The fighting ended in October with 1,127 dead, but the president is seeking an extension in 2018 as violence flares up on another part of the ever-restive island. Extension of the law that gives local authorities the ability...
Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing raises over $4 billion as battle with Uber intensifies | Phuket News
Didi Chuxing raised over $4 billion in funding, the company said on Thursday as the Chinese giant looks to venture overseas....
A lesser-known territorial dispute could draw US into conflict with China | Phuket News
When it comes to territorial disputes in Asia, the South China Sea commands the bulk of attention. But there's another....
This less-known territorial dispute could draw the US into conflict with China | Phuket News
The East China Sea, a lesser-known hotbed of tensions, might be more likely to trigger an international conflict....
Ride-hailing firm Grab launches services in Cambodia | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH: Ride-hailing firm Grab on Tuesday said it has launched services in Cambodia, expanding its presence to an eighth country in Southeast Asia where it is the biggest rival of Uber Technologies Inc....
Duterte granddaughter’s photoshoot at presidential palace stirs outrage | Phuket News
A PRE-DEBUT photo shoot by a granddaughter of President Rodrigo Duterte inside Malacañang Palace, the seat of power in the Philippines, has stirred outrage among Filipinos who described her act as an apparent ostentatious display of power by a member of the strongman’s family. Isabelle Duterte, daughter of Paolo Duterte, brought some of the country’s top designers, stylists and make-up artists to the presidential palace last week for the photo shoot that went viral but mostly earned her criticism online. Paolo is the president’s eldest child and vice mayor of Davao City, the turf of the Dutertes in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao. SEE ALSO: Duterte, Hun Sen nominated for 2017 Confucius Peace Prize In the photos, Isabelle wore a red gown worthy of a fairytale princess. She also wore another gown with cream leaves and a floral printed dress. Beautiful Isabelle Duterte @isabelleduterte Styled by @jefffgalang Hair by...
Two Laotians nabbed with 98-million-baht cash | Phuket News
Two Laotians were arrested by customs officials at a border checkpoint in Nong Khai on Tuesday (Dec 12) after 98 million baht cash were found hidden in their pick-up truck. Acting on a tipoff, customs officials manning a checkpoint on the Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge, stopped the pick-up truck driven by Subanh Toeysiri with Kambon Toeysiri serving as his assistant, as it was heading back to Laos. The officials searched the vehicle and found several paper boxes on the back seat.  When they opened up the boxes, they found bundles of 1,000-baht banknotes stacked inside the boxes covered up by milk boxes and hidden in different parts of the truck. The two Laotians claimed that they were in money exchange business and exchanged USD 250,000 for Thai currency with several banks in Nong Khai. Nimit Saeng-ampai, the chief customs official, said anyone bringing over 450,000 baht out of the country would...
Luang Prabang in big push for visitors | Phuket News
Laos plans to work with foreign countries, including Thailand, to transform its former capital Luang Prabang into a premium destination for international tourists....
610kg marijuana seized in Nakhon Phanom | Phuket News
The Mekong Riverine Unit seized a total of 610 bars of dried marijuana, weighing 610 kilogrammes, hidden in a boat on the bank of the Mekong River in Tha Uthen district on Sunday night (Dec 10) but nobody was arrested. This was announced at a press briefing on Monday morning by Somchai Witdamrong, the Nakhon Phanom governor, and Pol Maj Gen Suwichan Yankittikul, the provincial police chief. Members of a Mekong Riverine Unit were deployed on the bank of the Mekong River after an informant reported that a large quantity of marijuana would be delivered across the river from Laos to a spot near Ban Chaiburi in Tambon Chaiburi of Tha Uthen district. The patrol spotted a boat on the river bank near where the Song Khram River runs into the Mekong, but the boat operator fled before the patrol members reached the boat for a search. A total of...
US Court Halts Cambodian Deportations at Last Minute | Phuket News
A district court in California has temporarily halted the deportation of scores of Cambodians who face removal after being convicted of felony crimes. About 50 were scheduled to be sent back to Cambodia on Monday, court records show. Most fled to the U.S. as child refugees during or after the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970s, but never obtained full citizenship. In a class-action lawsuit, lawyers for the Cambodians argued that their clients would suffer
Cambodian Deportations Halted at Last Minute | Phuket News
A district court in California has temporarily halted the deportation of scores of Cambodians who face removal after being convicted of felony crimes. About 50 were scheduled to be sent back to Cambodia on Monday, court records show. Most fled to the U.S. as child refugees during or after the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970s, but never obtained full citizenship. In a class-action lawsuit, lawyers for the Cambodians argued that their clients would suffer
The Reluctant Defectors of Cambodia | Phuket News
It’s a beautiful day in this rural hamlet, bright and breezy, alive with the prosperous thrum of the annual rice harvest. But it’s hard to escape the feeling that we’re being watched — because we are. A police officer stands posted near the entrance of the home of a provincial opposition party official, eyeing Voice of America journalists as they enter. The interview is abandoned for the time being. Six hours later, a different officer has taken his place, still watching. At the home of another opposition member, shortly after journalists arrive, a portly official with the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) pulls up and interrupts, wearing a cowboy hat and a scowl. The interviewee had been explaining that he was nervous because he thought he was being watched. Later, the same local official accuses VOA reporters of practicing journalism “without a letter of permission,” and reports their presence to...
Landmine Report Cites Rare New Uses But Continued High Casualties | Phuket News
An international landmine watchdog says new uses of the weapon are “extremely rare” but that fighting in Afghanistan, Libya, Ukraine and Yemen has led to a second consecutive year of high casualties. The International Campaign to Ban Landmines said in an annual report Thursday there were 8,605 casualties, including 2,089 deaths, from mines in 2016. That includes improvised explosive devices and unexploded ordnance that are triggered like mines. Of those casualties, 78 percent were civilians, and the total included the most child casualties ever recorded. They took place in 52 countries. “A few intense conflicts, where utter disregard for civilian safety persists, have resulted in very high numbers of mine casualties for the second year in a row,” said Loren Persi, casualties and victim assistance editor of Landmine Monitor. “This shows the need for all countries to join the Mine Ban Treaty and for increased levels of assistance to mine...
American Who Kept Dead American in Freezer Gets 43 Years | Phuket News
Police said Monday they still don’t have all the pieces to the puzzle to explain why an American calendar publisher wound up in a shophouse ice box after their lead suspect was sentenced to over four decades in prison. The Phra Khanong District Court on Friday sentenced Herbert La Fon to 43 years in prison and a 300,000 baht fine over a year after a forgery ring raid led to the surprise discovery in of the frozen body parts. “He never confessed to anything really,” Maj. Gen. Somprasong Yenthuam said in an interview. “But he did say that he obtained the freezer himself.” La Fon was convicted of illegally possessing weapons, attempted murder of a police officer, drug possession, passport forgery and concealing a body. Of the 43-year sentence handed down by the court, 33 years were for the attempted murder of a tourist police sergeant La Fon shot when...
[Vietnam] For Gender Justice, Women Journalists Use the Power of the Pen | Phuket News
Nai Nai   Photo: Almost all the journalists at a Mar. 15 meeting on child sexual abuse with the Chairwoman of the Vietnamese Women’s Union, Nguyen Thi Thu Ha (standing), are women. [Credit: Phunuvietnam.vn]   HANOI, Dec 10 – The conviction of an elderly man in November 2017 in the southern Vietnamese city of Vung Tau for sexually assaulting baby girls was a long-awaited triumph for Chinh Truc, a female journalist who had campaigned tirelessly to bring the paedophile to justice. Chinh Truc is the pen name of Ms Dinh Thu Hien, who reported the case of the 77-year-old sexual predator in a series of over 20 articles published in the online ‘Vietnamese Women’ newspaper.   The three-year prison sentence handed down by the court to the abuser on 17 November was a major news story, showing how women journalists are effectively using the power of the media to...
'Million mutinies' | Phuket News
Five years after the Delhi gang rape Indian women are taking control of the conversation around gender....
North Korean ‘Black Market Agent’ Arrested in Australia | Phuket News
A man has been arrested in Sydney for allegedly acting as a black-market agent to sell missile components and coal on behalf of North Korea.  Australian Federal Police say there was evidence that Chan Han Choi had been in contact with
Australian back in court for trying to sell N. Korea missile parts | Phuket News
An Australian man charged with allegedly trying to sell North Korean missile parts and
Australia police Periscope 'plans to arrest N Korean agent' | Phuket News
Australian media said the chat broadcast online contained plans to arrest a suspected N Korean agent....
'Nice' Australian was a 'loyal agent' for North Korea | Phuket News
Further details have emerged about the man accused of being an economic agent for North Korea....
Stake in Vietnam’s Top Brewer for Sale, But Bids Few | Phuket News
Vietnam is set to auction up to a $5 billion stake in top brewer Sabeco on Monday, with Thai Beverage the only potential bidder to have expressed interest in a majority stake. The keenly anticipated sale of the state-owned maker of Bia Saigon gained momentum in recent months after being hampered for years by political resistance, fickle policy-making and complications over valuations. The government has set a minimum sale price of 320,000 dong or $14.10 a share for Saigon Beer Alcohol Beverage Corp (Sabeco), whose shares have nearly trebled to 309,200 dong since its listing a year ago. Thai Beverage, through a partly owned Vietnam unit, is the only company that has expressed interest in owning more than 25 percent of the company, which has roughly 40 percent of the beer-loving Vietnamese market. So far no formal bid had been made. Vietnam’s young population and booming economy should make Sabeco...
Australian Charged With Brokering North Korean Missile Sales | Phuket News
A South Korean-born Sydney man was charged Sunday with acting as an economic agent for North Korea in Australia by allegedly attempting to broker sales worth tens of millions of dollars for Pyongyang that included components used in ballistic missiles. The Australian Federal Police said 59-year-old naturalized Australian Chan Han Choi used encrypted communication to broker sales and discuss the supply of weapons of mass destruction. His actions contravened both United Nations and Australian sanctions against North Korea, police said. Police said the man was acting to generate income for Pyongyang by arranging the sale of computer software used for guiding ballistic missiles as well as expertise from North Korea to other “international entities.” Police didn't elaborate. 'Very, very serious matter' Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said he had been briefed by AFP Commissioner Andrew Colvin on the “very, very serious matter” and warned anyone thinking of assisting North Korea that...
Students operate as extortion gang in Trang school | Phuket News
The director of a well-known private school in the southern province of Trang has admitted some students have operated as a gang to extort money from fellow students in the school. Wanthana Asoksakul, director of Darunothai School, said she was sorry for what had happened. She said a committee was set up to investigate, and the students who formed the extortion gang have been suspended. Mrs Wanthana insisted the school was unaware that the extortion had existed until a story was run in the social media.  She apologised to the public for not being able to thoroughly look after all of the children. The extortion in school went viral after the parent of a student petitioned in the social media that their child had been extorted by a gang of three students. The parents said during the past year their child on several occasion returned home with wounds on the...
Study at one of the world’s top universities for veterinary science | Phuket News
Are you interested in becoming a fully-qualified veterinarian whose degree is globally-recognised? The University of Queensland (UQ) is ranked the best in Australia for veterinary sciences, and offers Australia’s only fully-accredited undergraduate veterinary science program. UQ’s School of Veterinary Science International Student Mentor and International Student Recruitment Co-Coordinator, Dr Joerg Henning,  says UQ welcomes a cohort of around 24 percent international students each year in its Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours) program. “Our School has hosted international students for many years in a friendly and safe atmosphere during our 81-year-history,” he says. “We offer a support program for international students and welcome student input and feedback. “Modern veterinary practice must have a global perspective, and our curriculum has been designed to offer internationally-aligned content and methods of teaching, preparing students for professional roles in whichever region they choose. ...
Indonesia to waive tariffs on some Palestinian imports | Phuket News
JAKARTA: Indonesia will allow tariff-free imports and give direct market access to some Palestinian goods beginning in the new year, the Indonesian trade minister said on Wednesday....
Chinese live streaming website shut down | Phuket News
The site was closed after protests about the public sharing of streams filmed in schools and gyms....
9,000-plus died in battle with Islamic State for Mosul | Phuket News
MOSUL, Iraq: The price Mosul's residents paid in blood to see their city freed was between 9,000 and 11,000 dead, a civilian casualty rate nearly 10 times higher than what has been previously reported. The number killed in the 9-month battle to liberate the city from the Islamic State marauders has not been acknowledged by the US-led coalition, the Iraqi government or the self-styled caliphate....
Baring it all | Phuket News
A playwright and actor who bares all on stage says her body is a powerful tool....
North Korean calendars show no birthday for Kim Jong-un | Phuket News
North Korean citizens still in the dark about the Supreme Leader's date of birth....
Muad Jeab faces additional charges | Phuket News
Former Pheu Thai Party deputy spokeswoman turned up at the Technology Crime Suppression Division (TCSD) on Wednesday to acknowledge three additional charges for criticising the military-installed governnent. Lt Sunisa Divakorndamrong or widely known as “Muad Jeab” was accompanied by her lawyer and representatives from 28 foreign embassies and human rights organisations which she invited as observers. She already faces six charges of sedition and computer law violations after the legal representatives of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) on December 7 lodged a police complaint against Lt Sunisa for attacking the government in Facebook posts. The complaint claims she violated the Computer Crime Act and committed sedition under Section 116 of the Criminal Code. In the Facebook post, Lt Sunisa wrote that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha opened Government House on Dec 4 to welcome high-profile charity runner Artiwara “Toon” Kongmalai but refused to meet power plant protesters during...
PM satisfied with progress in addressing unregulated debt problem | Phuket News
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is satisfied with progress in the government’s efforts to address unregulated debt problem, government spokesman Lt-Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd said over the weekend. He explained that a list of low-income earners who have unregulated debts has been prepared and sent to the Government Savings Bank and the Bank of Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives after they registered to receive help from the government. After that, the two banks separately arranged for meetings between the debtors and the unregulated creditors to mediate the unregulated debts, he said, adding that the unregulated debts of 4,324 debtors in three provinces of Songkhla, Nakhon Ratchasima and Suphan Buri worth about 193 million had been settled amicably. On top of that, Lt-Gen Sansern said the two state-owned banks had extended credits, amounting to 50,000 baht each to 180,898 low-income earners to the tune of 1,831 million baht to prevent them from falling into...
New Zealand 'Cop Car Karaoke' drives home safety message | Phuket News
Emergency services in Wellington launch Christmas video to promote safe driving....
Australia's first same sex wedding takes place | Phuket News
Australia's first same sex wedding takes place, eight days after legislation is passed....
First same-sex couples married in Australia | Phuket News
SYDNEY: Two female couples tied the knot in Australia's first same-sex weddings under new legislation allowing gay marriages....
First Same-sex Couples Wed in Australia | Phuket News
Two female couples tied the knot in Australia’s first same-sex weddings under new legislation allowing gay marriages. January 9 had been expected to be the first possible date for same-sex weddings because of a four-week waiting period since the landmark law was passed. But the two couples were married in Sydney and Melbourne on Saturday after being granted permission to waive the notice period. Lauren Price, 31, and Amy Laker, 29, exchanged vows in Sydney because their families had traveled from Wales in the U.K. to attend what was to have been their commitment ceremony. Amy and Elise McDonald were given an exemption to marry in Melbourne because their relatives also had flown in from overseas. West Australian couple Anne Sedgwick and Lyn Hawkins were scheduled to wed Sunday after being together for 40 years. They were given dispensation as Hawkins, 85, is in the final stages of her battle...
Locals fear for their lives over planned dam in Indonesia’s Leuser Ecosystem | Phuket News
MAKSUM, a resident of Aceh Tamiang district in northern Sumatra, Indonesia, can still vividly recall when a flash flood hit the area 11 years ago this month. The 2006 disaster left a trail of destruction in its wake, claiming the lives of 28 people and forcing more than 200,000 from their homes. Today, he is increasingly concerned that a similar catastrophe looms on the horizon — one driven not by natural forces, but by a massive hydroelectric power plant planned for construction here. SEE ALSO: NGOs appeal to Unesco to save Indonesia’s Leuser Ecosystem The Leuser Ecosystem is “among the most biodiverse and ancient ecosystems ever documented by science.” Source: HAKA Aceh SEE ALSO: Rising Sumatran tiger numbers show impact of protection efforts “WALHI Aceh opposes the dam’s environmental impact analysis because it occupies a large swath of forest,” Nasir said. “It’s better for the project to be canceled to...
Australia arrests man 'trying to sell missile parts' for N.Korea | Phuket News
MELBOURNE: Australian police said on Sunday they had arrested a man accused of working on the black market to sell missile components and coal on behalf of North Korea, the first charges ever brought in Australia over the sale of weapons of mass destruction....
Political parties' activities limited pending newcomers | Phuket News
The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) will give a green light to the formation of new political parties while limiting the activities of existing parties but assures the next general election will be held next November as announced....
Gujarat: BJP pulls ahead in tight India contest | Phuket News
PM Narendra Modi's ruling BJP takes a lead as votes are counted in crucial elections in India's Gujarat state....
Mutual funds propel bourse | Phuket News
Heavy year-end investment yesterday in mutual funds to reap tax exemptions helped push the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) index to its highest level in nearly 24 years....
Bids for three SEZ projects next year | Phuket News
Bidding will be staged for the development of a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) along Thailand's border in Kanchanaburi next year....
Japan Prosecutors Raid Firms Over Maglev Bids | Phuket News
Tokyo prosecutors have raided the headquarters of two of Japan's largest construction firms as part of an investigation into allegations of anti-trust violations in connection with securing contracts for Japan's multi-billion-dollar, magnetically-levitated, or maglev, train line projects. Investigators pounced Monday on the offices of Kajima and Shimizu. A spokesman for Kajima told the French News Agency (AFP) that it would
China keeps building infrastructure on disputed islands in South China Sea | Phuket News
The new satellite images show China has built infrastructure covering 72 acres (28 hectares) of the Spratly and Paracel islands this year. The Washington-based Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) of the Center for Strategic and International Studies reported on Thursday that hangars, underground storage, missile shelters, radar arrays and other facilities have been built. The […]...
As world concentrated on North Korea, Beijing was busy building in South China Sea | Phuket News
Since the start of 2017, China has completed or started work on several projects in the disputed waters, according to a new report....
SET falls 1.25 to 1,713.74 at opening | Phuket News
Thai stocks opened down 0.07% at the start of trade this morning....
Gunmen Attack Pakistan Church; Police Guards Prevent Massacre | Phuket News
Three heavily armed suicide bombers attacked a crowded church Sunday in Quetta, southwestern Pakistan, killing at least eight worshipers from the minority Christian community. Officials and doctors said women and children were among the victims of the attack on the Bethel Memorial Methodist Church, located in a highly secured central part of the city. Witnesses said two of the assailants wanted to enter the main hall where around 400 worshipers were attending Sunday service, but police guards at the main gate engaged the attackers, killing one of them and leading the second to blow himself up outside the hall. The explosion fatally wounded a security guard, police said. The provincial police chief, Inspector General Moazzam Ansari, told reporters a third suspected gunman fled to the nearby residential area during the exchange of fire and an operation was underway to hunt him down. Ansari said the death toll could have been...
Gunmen Attack Christian Church in Pakistan | Phuket News
A bomb-and-gun attack is reportedly underway against a church in highly secured part of southwestern Pakistan city of Quetta. Initial reports say that several gunmen stormed the place of worship of the minority Christian community in the central part of the city where Sunday morning service was underway. Pakistani security forces have surrounded the site and are trying to enter the church, but heavily armed assailants are firing at them with automatic weapons from inside....
Everton thrash Swansea in EPL match-up | Phuket News
LIVERPOOL: Wayne Rooney had one penalty saved and scored another in Everton's 3-1 win over last-place Swansea in the Premier League that maintained the team's resurgent form under recently-hired manager Sam Allardyce on Monday....
China is trying to influence other countries from the inside, and they aren't happy about it | Phuket News
Officials in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand and Germany are questioning the extent of political interference by Beijing on their respective soils....
China is trying to influence other countries from the inside, and the West isn't happy about it | Phuket News
Officials in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand and Germany are questioning the extent of political interference by Beijing on their respective soils....
British PM's deputy resigns over porn | Phuket News
LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May's most senior minister, Damian Green, has resigned at her request after an internal investigation found that he had made misleading comments about pornography found on computers in his parliamentary office....
British PM's deputy resigns at her request | Phuket News
LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May's most senior minister, Damian Green, has resigned at her request after an internal investigation found that he had made misleading comments about pornography found on computers in his parliamentary office....
Toyota to make more than 10 battery EV models in early 2020s | Phuket News
Toyota Motor said it will market more than 10 all-electric vehicle models globally in the early 2020s....
Lawmakers Seek Clarification on Pakistan's Role in Saudi-led Counterterror Group | Phuket News
Pakistani senators have again raised concerns about Pakistan's role in the Saudi-led counterterrorism coalition and have demanded that the government provide the rationale for being part of it. The senators are seeking clarification amid concerns that Pakistan's involvement in what's known as the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) could introduce to Pakistan the sectarian conflict and regional rivalry that exists between Shiite Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia. Parliament's upper house on Friday urged the government to reveal the terms of reference, or TOR, under which Pakistan agreed to participate and allowed its former army chief, General Raheel Sharif, to lead the Muslim military alliance. Fighting for influence Iran and Saudi Arabia have been fighting for influence in several countries in the region, including Iraq and Yemen, and Pakistani lawmakers are concerned that the competition could spread to Pakistan, which has a big Shiite minority among its more than 200 million population. They also...
Thailand to declare war on plastic bags – by charging for them | Phuket News
A conference has heard that it is time for the Thais to declare war on plastic bags that are one of the reasons there is so much trash in the kingdom. And one of the ways to do this is to charge money for each bag. The conference organised by NIDA, Thammasat University and environmental groups, met under the banner: “Plastic bags. We use them so who must pay?” The answer to that was resoundingly the Thai people. The conference used as its basis survey results that said more than 50% of Thais agree that the best way to lower the amount of bags used is to make consumers pay for them. Experiences in foreign countries that have had success with this method were brought up for discussion. Representatives from the plastics industry said it was not their fault per se but the fault of the people and where they...
Plans afoot to curb plastic bag waste | Phuket News
The government, private sector and NGOs are discussing plans to levy a charge on the use of plastic carrier bags because of concerns about their negative environmental impact....
Three arrested for murder of TAO chairman | Phuket News
Songkhla police have arrested three of the four suspects in the murder of Udom Khunsrivorakhan, chairman of Khao Phra tambon administration organisation (TAO) in Songkhla’s Rattaphum district. Udom was shot to death in a coffee shop on Yontrakan Kamthorn road in Rattaphum district on Nov 10. Warrants were issued for the arrests of four suspects. Pol Lt Gen Ronnasin Phusara, the Provincial Police Region 9 commissioner, said three suspects have been arrested. They are Kanittha Phetsuk, former deputy chairman of Khao Phra TAO, the suspected mastermind; and two alleged members of a team of hired gunmen, Phisan Sukkan and Pol Cpl Nawongyos Kanchanakaew, of Tanyong police station in Muang district of Narathiwat. Wanchai Sukkan, another member of the team and Phisan’s father, was still at large. Of the three arrested, only Pol Cpl Nawongyos confessed to involving in the murder of the TAO chairman. He was the only one who...
Philippine police to get body cameras in bloody war on drugs | Phuket News
MANILA: The Philippine Congress approved a bill that removes a proposed 900 million pesos (5.8 billion baht) for the police war on drugs, now that police are no longer leading the operation, but which provides them with body cameras to record arrests....
Phuket water shut-offs announced for Monday | Phuket News
PHUKET: The Phuket Provincial Waterworks Authority (PWA) yesterday (Dec 16) announced that the water supply will be shut-off on Monday (Dec 18) while repairs are carried out to mains pipes in specific areas....
Electricity shut-off to affect northern Phuket on Thursday | Phuket News
PHUKET: The Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) Thalang Office announced yesterday (Dec 15) that the electricity supply will be temporarily shut off in parts of Thalang on Thursday (Dec 21) as works are carried out on installing new high-voltage power cables....
US blames North Korea for 'WannaCry' cyber attack | Phuket News
The Trump administration has publicly blamed North Korea for unleashing the so-called WannaCry cyber attack that crippled hospitals, banks and other companies across the globe earlier this year....
Cyber-Attack: US blames North Korea for WannaCry | Phuket News
Pyongyang is for the first time officially held responsible for the WannaCry malware attack last May....
Victim's mum seeks DSI help | Phuket News
The mother of an anti-Thaksin Shinawatra protester shot dead while on a truck three years ago yesterday petitioned the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) to look into the death of her son....
Huge caches of drugs worth over 4 billion baht seized in past three weeks | Phuket News
The Royal Thai Police said the police have busted several drug trafficking gangs in the capital and the provinces during the past three weeks and have seized over 26 million methamphetamine pills and “Ice” worth over 4 billion baht on street prices. Pol Gen Chakthip Chaijinda told a press conference on Friday (Dec 15) that drugs were destined for third countries. He said drug trafficking would be intensified during the upcoming New Year festivals, therefore, he had ordered police nationwide to step up operations during the festive season to curb drug activities. On Wednesday (Dec 13), metropolitan police busted a major drug trafficking gang and seized more than 5 million meth pills, more than 120 kilogrammes of Ice and an M16 assault rifle and ammunition in a raid  at a house in Nonthaburi. The narcotic suppression police had been tracking the suspected drug trafficker,  Pornthep Meenak and his gang for some time....
B8.6bn spent to help low-income earners in 11 weeks | Phuket News
The government spent over 8.65 billion baht in 11 weeks on the welfare cards after it rolled out the new subsidy scheme on Oct 1 to subsidise some expenses for low-income earners....
Alleged creator of live-sex Line group arrested | Phuket News
PHITSANULOK: Local police have detained a woman who allegedly created a paid live sex show group on Line, which also involved a couple and their three-year-old son, while legal action awaits about 100 viewers....
Asian shares trade mixed on Wall Street's soft lead as US tax worries rise | Phuket News
Asian indexes were mixed early on Friday as investors turned their attention to uncertainty around U.S. tax reform....
Japanese export growth accelerates | Phuket News
TOKYO: Japan's export growth accelerated in November to mark a full year of annual gains, underscoring the strength of external demand that has led the economy to its second-longest run of postwar growth....
'Many deaths' as US Amtrak train derails near Seattle | Phuket News
TACOMA, Washington: An Amtrak passenger train derailed south of Seattle in Washington state on Monday, and authorities reported
Official: Train brake automatically activated in fatal wreck | Phuket News
DUPONT, Washington: Investigators are looking into whether the Amtrak engineer whose speeding train plunged off an overpass, killing at least three people, was distracted by the presence of an employee-in-training next to him in the locomotive, a federal official said Tuesday....
Commuters confront carnage in derailed US train | Phuket News
DUPONT, Washington: Daniel Konzelman was one of thousands of commuters barrelling along a highway outside Seattle on Monday morning when the emergency response training he learned as an Eagle Scout kicked in....
US Amtrak train derails near Seattle | Phuket News
TACOMA, Washington: An Amtrak passenger train derailed south of Seattle in Washington state on Monday, and authorities reported
Rex Tillerson: China and Russia’s North Korea ties undermine peace efforts | Phuket News
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday urged Russia and China to reconsider their economic ties to the North Korean regime during a heated speech before the United Nations Security Council. Tillerson called out Beijing for continuing to allow crude oil to “flow” into repressive state, adding that such ongoing trade ties between the two countries undermined international […]...
Pakistani top court rejects bid to bar opposition leader Imran Khan | Phuket News
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a petition to disqualify cricket hero and opposition leader Imran Khan from parliament for not declaring assets, months after former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was removed by the court on a similar charge. ...
RTAF’s probe panel: No physical assaults on cadet Pakapong | Phuket News
The Royal Thai Armed Forces’ probe panel on the suspicious death of Pakapong Tanyakan, the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School student, found no physical assaults on the cadet and confirmed that he died from sudden heart failure. ACM Chawarat Marungruang, chairman of the Royal Thai Armed Forces’ probe panel on the death of Pakapong, held a press conference today (Dec 15) to reveal the probe result. Key findings of the panel are: 1) No physical assaults on Pakapong. 2) Confirmed Phramongkutklao Hospital’s autopsy report that Pakapong died from sudden heart failure. 3) A broken rib caused by CPR which lasted for about four hours. The post RTAF’s probe panel: No physical assaults on cadet Pakapong appeared first on Thai PBS English News....
Malaysian car catches fire at Sadao border checkpoint | Phuket News
SONGKHLA: A car carrying Malaysian tourists caught fire while waiting in line to enter Thailand via Sadao immigration checkpoint on Sunday, but nobody was injured....
Father keeps nine-year-old son in cage for five years | Phuket News
A man has admitted to keeping his son, who reportedly suffers from a mental disability, inside a large wooden cage at his house in Krabi for the past five years. The 38-year-old father, whose name was withheld, said he had to keep his nine-year-old son inside the cage at their house in Tambon Phru Din Na in Klong Thom district for the boy’s own safety. The father said he had to earn a living, while the boy liked to wander around and could endanger himself. The man said his wife had left him to take care of the children alone. The boy was injured in a road accident, after which he appeared to be mentally disabled, the father said. He said he had decided to build the wooden cage so that the boy would be safe when he left the house. The Nation The post Father keeps nine-year-old son in...
Japan court rules father legally responsible for secret IVF child | Phuket News
The Japan court ruling comes after a woman used a frozen embryo without the father's knowledge....
Man jumps to death from Bangkok community building | Phuket News
A man said to be distressed over his inability to make a living jumped to his death from his room on the 16th floor of a Bangkok community building early on Friday, police said. Singthon Kala, 58, died after he fell from his room onto the eighth floor, which is a parking lot, of the 26-storey Sinsub 26-7 Community Building on Soi Phai Singto in Bangkok’s Klong Toey district, said police. The 380-unit building had been built by the Crown Property Bureau to house two communities of squatters removed from its land. The man’s daughter told police that her father lived with his wife in a room on the 16th floor while the daughter lives in another unit. The daughter said Singthon has recently complained that he had a problem concerning his insurance document and so he could not rent a taxi to drive. Police said the man also left...
Prince of Songkla University Scholarships | Phuket News
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Gunmen seize building in Afghan capital, firing on security forces | Phuket News
KABUL (Reuters) - A group of armed men seized a building under construction in the Afghan capital on Monday and were exchanging fire with security forces in a heavily populated area, an official said. ...
Pakistan's top court rejects Imran Khan parliament ban | Phuket News
The top court clears cricketer-turned-opposition politician Imran Khan of failing to declare assets....
Rush for free food packets kills 10 at Bangladesh prayer meeting | Phuket News
DHAKA (Reuters) - Hundreds of people rushed to a Bangladeshi community centre prayer meeting to get free food packets on Monday, killing at least 10 people and injuring more than 50 in the crush, police said. ...
Fourth Army chief suspects business conflict behind Betong bus hijack | Phuket News
The Fourth Army commander says he believed business conflict might be the probable cause for the arson attack on a Betong-Bangkok bus in Yala’s Bannang Sata district on Sunday (Dec 17). Speaking after inspecting the scene on Highway 410 Betong-Yala at Ban Kasod, Lt-Gen Piyawat Nakwanich, commander of the Fourth Army overseeing the southern region, said the attack might link to conflict in illegal business or business that involved the travel on this highway. About 10 armed men believed to be southern militants seized a bus, chased away all the passengers and set fire to the bus in Yala’s Bannang Sata district Sunday afternoon. The Siam Travel Company’s bus left Betong district for destination in Bangkok was stopped by 10 armed men at Ban Kasod by a group of about 10 armed men as it was travelling on Highway 410 on Sunday afternoon. The assailants chased away all the passengers...
State of emergency extended further in Deep South | Phuket News
As a move to tighten security and provide full travel safety for the people during the upcoming Christmas and New Year festivals, the government yesterday agreed to extend the state of emergency in the deep South for another three months after it expires today. The state of emergency will be valid in three border provinces comprising Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat. National Security Council (NSC) secretary-general Gen Wanlop Rugsanaoh said the Cabinet agreed to extend the state of emergency covering three southern border provinces Yala, Narathiwat and Pattani for three more months until March 19, 2018. The extension is aimed at maintaining peace and order, and enhancing peoples safety in the area. Gen Wanlop said the recent attack on a Betong-Bangkok bus has wrecked the confidence of the people planning to travel during New Year holidays. He said the deputy prime minister and defense has ordered the Fourth Army Region to...
Huge fire guts footwear factory in Samut Sakhon | Phuket News
A footwear factory in Samut Sakhon province was  completely gutted after a fire broke out on Sunday evening (Dec 17). The fire at PPL Rubber and Footwear factory in Tambon Nadee of Samut Sakhon’s Muang district happened around 6.30pm but was put under control three hours later. No one was injured. Initial damage to the factory building, machineries, rubber sheet and footwear products was estimated at around 60 million baht. Firefighters arrived in over 20 fire trucks but encountered difficulties in combatting the fire because of the narrow road leading to the factory,  strong wind, and surrounding plastic and furniture factories. The fire raged for three hours until the whole factory building in the 4-rai plot of land was completely burned to the ground. Firemen said before the fire started, there was a electricity blackout. When the electricity was restored, a fire was seen at the toilet area of the...
South Korean troops fire warning shots as North Korean troops hunt for defector | Phuket News
South Korean news agency Yonhap says the incident took place as a North Korea defector tried to cross a ceasefire line....
North Korea defection: Warning shots as soldier crosses border to South | Phuket News
The soldier turned up at a checkpoint in the South in thick fog, but a search party was in pursuit....
North Korea defection: Soldier walked across DMZ in fog | Phuket News
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California's wildfire now ranks as state's third-largest | Phuket News
SANTA BARBARA, California: The massive wildfire that California has been battling since early December has now ballooned into the third-largest in the state's history, burning a record amount of acreage, officials said Saturday....
BoI sending signal with EEC perks | Phuket News
The Board of Investment (BoI) yesterday approved the investment categories in the Eastern Economic Corridor of Innovation (EECI) and the Eastern Economic Corridor of Digital (EECD) that will be entitled to its promotional privileges....
BoI predicts 50% boost for robotics | Phuket News
With full government support, private investment value in robotics and automation is expected to grow by 50% next year, compared with 11.4 billion baht of investment value from 48 projects that submitted applications this year to the Board of Investment (BoI), says secretary-general Duangjai Asawachintachit....
BoI buzzes in pursuit of Thailand 4.0 | Phuket News
The government's Thailand 4.0 scheme -- meant to usher in the country into more value-added, innovative and creative sectors -- has made the Board of Investment (BoI) one of the busiest state agencies as it reworks its processes and structures to promote technological changes....
Deputy PMs deny party plans afoot | Phuket News
Gen Prawit Wongsuwon and Somkid Jatusripitak, both deputy prime ministers, deny claims a political party backed by the military will emerge to fight the next election....
Prayut govt's handling of economy ranked lowest - Poll | Phuket News
A majority of people think the government under Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha ranks lowest in its management of the economy over the past year, followed by political reform and its handling of situation in the southern border provinces, according to an opinion survey by the National Institute of Development Administration, or Nida Poll....
More than half of people impressed with PM’s performance | Phuket News
More than half of the people are impressed with the performance of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha for this year but they are not happy with his government’s performance in addressing economic problems. Nearly 24 percent of the respondents to Nida Poll said they are “very impressed” with the prime minister’s performance and 34.56 percent said they are impressed whereas 21.60 percent said they are not impressed with 19.68 percent said they are unimpressed at all. Nida Poll of the National Institute of Development Administration surveyed the opinions of 1,250 people of 18 years old of age and above during Dec 13-14 about how impressed or unimpressed they are with the government’s performance. The poll was released yesterday (Dec 17). The top three government projects that they are impressed with are: the project to subsidize new-born babies (75.68 percent); the government’s efforts to reclaim forest land from encroachers (64.80 percent) and...
Prayut govt's management of economy ranked lowest -Poll | Phuket News
A majority of people think the government under Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha ranks lowest in its management of the economy over the past year, followed by political reform and its handling of situation in the southern border provinces, according to an opinion survey by the National Institute of Development Administration, or Nida Poll....
Prayut govt's economic work most unimpressive: Poll | Phuket News
A majority of people are of the opinion that the government under Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is most unimpressive in the economic work during the past year, followed by political reform and its handling of the problem over southern border provinces, according to an opinion survey by National Institute of Development Administration, or Nida Poll....
One killed, 13 hurt in expressway crash | Phuket News
One man was killed and 13 others hurt after a car rammed into a pickup truck carrying workers on an elevated expressway in Bangkok’s Sai Mai district on Saturday....
Gunmen attack Christian church in Pakistan, at least one dead | Phuket News
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Attackers detonated a bomb and opened fire on worshippers inside a Christian church in southwestern Pakistan on Sunday, killing at least one person and wounding several others, officials said. ...
Pakistan Examines Chinese Proposal to Replace Dollar with Yuan | Phuket News
Officials in Pakistan say a Chinese proposal to replace the U.S. dollar with yuan for bilateral trade is under consideration. Beijing has already committed to investing around $60 billion in the country by 2030 under a long-term plan of development cooperation with Islamabad, known as the China Pakistan Economic Corridor, or CPEC. Bilateral trade between the two countries stood at around $14 billion in 2015 to 2016.  Officials anticipate the trade volume is likely to increase significantly under ongoing CPEC cooperation. Pakistan Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal, who has also been overseeing CPEC implementation, revealed for the first time this week China is seeking bilateral trade in its own currency, known as Renminbi, RMB, or yuan. “We are examining the use of RMB instead of the U.S. dollar for trade between the two countries,” Iqbal said and added the use of Chinese currency would benefit Pakistan.  But he went on to...
More state aid for rubber approved | Phuket News
The government on Friday approved state measures to tackle low rubber prices, including a new loan package worth 20 billion baht for entrepreneurs who agree to purchase and stockpile rubber....
Teerasil to play for Japan’s Sanfrecce Hiroshima FC for one year | Phuket News
Thai national team and Muang Thong United FC forward Teerasil Dangda has been loaned for one-year contract to play for Sanfrecce Hiroshima FC of J-League, making him the second Thai soccer player after Chanathip Songkrasin to play in Japanese professional soccer league. Under a contract which was agreed upon on Tuesday (Dec 19) by Muang Thong United FC and Sanfrecce Hiroshima FC, Teerasil will be loaned to play for a year for the Japanese team, but if he performs satisfactorily he will be moved from Muang Thong United to play for the Japanese team like Chanathip who has become a player of Consadole Sapporo. Teerasil will arrive in Japan for a medical checkup on Feb 1 and an official press conference will be held on the following day to announce his on loan to play for Sanfrecce Hiroshima FC. Sanfrecce Hiroshima was J-League champions for three times and was ranked...
Teerasil on loan to Sanfrecce of Japan | Phuket News
TOKYO: Sanfrecce Hiroshima have acquired Thailand international forward Teerasil Dangda on loan from Thai side Muangthong United, the J-League club announced Tuesday....
2017 general conference of the WLFD & APLFD successfully assisted the government with diplomacy | Phuket News
The World League for Freedom and Democracy (WLFD) & The Asian Pacific League for Freedom and Democracy (APLFD) are jointly holding 2017 General Conference from December 14th to 16th in the Grand Hotel Taipei. The theme of the conference is “Democracy, the rule of law and economic growth,” and more than 50 foreign guests were invited […]...
Chinese university sparks controversy over class teaching women to ‘shut up’ | Phuket News
CHINESE women are disfavoured at birth compared to boys (the country has one of the lowest female-to-male sex ratios at birth in the world) and stigmatised as “sexless” spinsters if they choose to earn a PhD. Now, a viral video has surfaced on China’s Internet, of a class that teaches its students that “women should talk less, do more housework and shut their mouths”, according to an AFP report. The teacher in the class in the northeastern province of Liaoning, also told students that “women should not strive to move upwards in society, but should always remain at the bottom level”. SEE ALSO: Terrible fate awaits North Korean women who escape to China Another instructor said: “If you order food delivery instead of cooking by yourself, you are disobeying rules for women.” The class has reportedly been immediately halted by the authorities following the backlash from angry netizens watching the video. The class had apparently been launched...
Cold spells predicted over upper Thailand | Phuket News
With a strong high-pressure area covering upper Thailand and the South China Sea, the temperature will drop by 3-5 degree Celcius in the northern and central parts of the country - including Bangkok and its vicinity - during Dec 17-18, the Thai Meteorological Department said in its 11am announcement on Sunday....
Meet the successful consultant who left a cushy job so he could teach business — in North Korea | Phuket News
Geoffrey See left a nice job to help build businesses within the autocratic state....
Citi works with TEPU to promote community solar gardens | Phuket News
In accordance with the Taiwanese government’s green vision of the installation of rooftop solar panels, Citibank Taiwan teamed up with Taiwan Environmental Protection Union (TEPU) and Taiwan Renewable Energy Alliance (TRENA) to hold a press conference in early December to donate solar panels to Taiwan Blackfoot Disease Socio-Medical Service Memorial House and Changhu Ecological Elementary […]...
All the Beer Gardens Have Been Declared Illegal – Again | Phuket News
A top alcohol regulator said Monday his agency is suing the popular open-air beer gardens at CentralWorld Plaza for violating advertising laws. The legal action won’t stop there, said Alcohol Control Board director Nipon Chinanonwait, who threatened to crack down on similar events nationwide on the grounds that they entice the public to drink. A trade guild denied Nipon’s allegation. “Beer gardens themselves are against the law. We have to take action,” Nipon said in an interview. “This is because the form of beer gardens is event marketing. Because, let me ask you, who would open beer gardens without a purpose?” Nipon’s comment came after he took officials and police to inspect the beer gardens Thursday night at the downtown shopping mall. They are set up annually by major brewers of brands such as Chang, Leo and Singha, and usually feature live music in a festive atmosphere. Following the raid,...
Kamnan Poh’s remaining jailterm suspended | Phuket News
The parole committee of the Corrections Department has agreed to suspend the remaining jailterm of Somchai Khunpluem, alias Kamnan Poh, to allow him to receive medical treatment for cancer at hospital outside the prison. Corrections Department director-general Pol Col Narat Sawettanan said Friday (Dec 15) that the parole committee made the decision on Thursday as a special case, citing Somchai’s old age and serious illness from cancer. The suspension of Kamnan Poh’s remaining jail term was approved by Justice Minister Prajin Jantong. Kamnan Poh, former influential local administrator, was sentenced in absentia in 2006 to 30 years and four months imprisonment for corruption and for ordering the murder of Prayoon Sitthichote, another kamnan in Chon Buri. He was arrested in 2013 when he visited a Bangkok hospital to seek medical treatment for cancer. However, he spent most of the time receiving treatment at a hospital in Chon Buri, his home...
Parole for Kamnan Poh | Phuket News
The justice minister has approved parole for Somchai Khunploem, the notorious Chon Buri godfather known as Kamnan Poh, as he has stage-4 cancer, the chief of the Corrections Department said on Friday....
Pakistani Legislation Would Control Moon Sighting Declarations | Phuket News
Saying you have spotted the first sliver of the moon could lead to a year in jail and a fine of about $2,000, according to proposed legislation in Pakistan. Moon sighting is a sensitive subject in Pakistan, which has a special body, comprising religious scholars, to make sure the country’s nearly 200 million Muslims are 100 percent right in observing the religious festivities of Eid, Ramadan and the prophet’s birthday. So spotting the baby crescent on the horizon in the evening is a big deal, and influential religious leaders have been stealing the government’s thunder at the start of the fasting month, Ramadan, by saying they’ve seen a tiny sliver a day or two before the official declaration. The proposed law suggests the moon sighting is the property of the state and only the state body can make a formal announcement on when to start the lunar month. Pakistan follows...
Thai police “being kind” in mother of all New Year road carnage “U-Turns”! | Phuket News
The Thai national police have done a massive U-turn on sitting in the back of pick-up trucks at New Year. And their moves to make “100%” of Bangkokians wear helmets by taking their bikes have also been toned down. People in pick-ups traveling home for the holidays are to be allowed to be in the back so long as they are “not sitting on the edge” or boozing. While a senior policeman has admitted they have no right to confiscate bikes on the helmet issue and has even delayed enforcing the law three more days. The pick-up seating and helmets issues were billed just a day or so earlier as measures to lower the death toll on Thai roads, now confirmed as the worst in the world. Thai Rath said in their headline that the Thai police were “being kind”. Deputy national police chief Pol Gen Srivara Ransibrahmanakul was speaking...
India cabinet backs bill to criminalise Islamic instant divorce | Phuket News
The bill proposes jail of up to three years for a Muslim man who indulges in
20 sick Si Sa Ket prison inmates still in hospitals | Phuket News
Twenty inmates of Kantharalak prison in Si Sa Ket province, who suffered from acute diarrhea, are still being treated in two hospitals. During Dec 7-12 about 150 inmates in the Kantharalak prison fell sick of diarrhea and two of them died. On Dec 16, 20 of the sick inmates are still being hospitalised–17 in Kantharalak Hospital and three in Si Sa Ket Hospital.  Most of them are suffering from weakness in muscles. They have been kept under watch. The Public Health Ministry has sent experts in the fields of epidemiology, occupational medicine and toxicology to the prison to collect samples of water, foods, urine and faeces for examination at the Medical Science Department to find the real cause of the sickness. The patients have been examined for heavy metal in blood and urine. The examination result has not been concluded. The post 20 sick Si Sa Ket prison inmates still in...
Myanmar says 10 bodies found at Rakhine grave site | Phuket News
YANGON: The Myanmar military says 10 bodies have so far been found in a village in strife-torn Rakhine State where human rights groups allege atrocities have been committed against Rohingya Muslims, state media reported Wednesday....
'Machines own you' | Phuket News
In no other nation do gamblers lose more money, and experts fear the problem is getting worse....
Philippine navy chief relieved due to reported frigate row | Phuket News
MANILA: The Philippine navy chief has been relieved of his duties, reportedly because of differences with other security officials over a frigate deal, officials said Tuesday....
Adelaide man charged after beach brawl following teen's death | Phuket News
A video shows a brawl breaking out after the Australian man insults teenagers whose friend had drowned....
SET opens up 2.87 to 1,720.56 | Phuket News
Thai stocks opened up 0.17% at the start of trade this morning....
Tourism breaks taking shape | Phuket News
The Finance Ministry will push tax breaks for tourism spending in secondary provinces with a cap of 15,000 baht next year....
Commercial banks may get incentives to merge | Phuket News
The finance minister on Friday said the ministry was considering a plan to offer tax incentives to encourage mergers among commercial banks to create institutions able to compete with foreign banks, including regional competitors....
Transport Ministry sets goal for FAA to move Thai aviation standard to higher level next year | Phuket News
The Transport Ministry has set a goal for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the United States to move up the Thai aviation standard from Category 2 to Category 1 by March 2018, Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith said on Wednesday (Dec 20). Mr Arkhom said this while attending a regional conference on Global Aviation Security Plan (GASeP) in Bangkok today (Dec 20). He said FAA, an agency with powers to regulate all aspects of civil aviation, in 2015 moved the Thai aviation standard down to Category 2 because Thailand still lacked experienced pilots. Therefore, the Transport Ministry has set a goal for the FAA to move Thailand back to Category 1 in March 2018 because it has solved the problem by authorising the captains of all airlines to guarantee the experience of pilots under their supervision before they can apply for a pilot licence, Mr Arkhom said. Transport minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith He...
Second bitcoin futures greets wild market | Phuket News
NEW YORK: Bitcoin investors expect futures volumes to perk up when CME Group Inc, the world's largest derivatives exchange operator, launches its own contract to wager on the cryptocurrency on Sunday (US time)....
Wellknown comedian complains to police of his name being misused | Phuket News
A comedian wellknown under the name of Thuarae Chernyim or Mr Sornsutha Klunmalee, his real name, lodged a complaint with Muang Nan district police on Saturday (Dec 16) that some unknown elements had used his name to set up a Facebook page to criticize the Monarchy and the government. Thuarae told the police inquiry officer that he was recently informed by a relative that his name and image had been misused by unknown people to post statements deemed critical to the Monarchy and to the military regime. He said that he had to come forward to the police to show his innocence that he had nothing to do with the improper Facebook page. The comedian further said he would file similar complaint with the anti-computer crime police to try to track down the perpetrator or perpetrators so that legal action could be taken against them. He also warned his colleagues...
British expat, 54, dies in Phuket after heart attack behind the wheel | Phuket News
PHUKET: A 54-year-old British expat, who was the managing director / owner of a professional building service company located in Cherng Talay, died on Saturday night after suffering chest pains and falling unconscious behind the wheel of his car in front of the Cherng Talay Wittayakom school....
The sea rangers safeguarding the Great Barrier Reef | Phuket News
The Indigenous Sea Rangers work to protect the Queensland coast and the Great Barrier Reef....
China Continues S. China Sea Buildup, Researchers Note | Phuket News
While attention in Asia has been distracted by the North Korean nuclear crisis in the past year, China has continued to install high-frequency radar and other facilities that can be used for military purposes on its man-made islands in the South China Sea, a U.S. think tank said Thursday. China has worked on facilities covering 72 acres (29 hectares) of the Spratly and Paracel islands, territory contested with several other Asian nations, according to the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative of Washington's Center for Strategic and International Studies. The report cited satellite images. The United States and its allies oppose China's building of artificial islands in the South China Sea and their militarization, given concerns Beijing plans to use them to deny access to strategic routes. The report said that in the last several months China had constructed what appeared to be a new high-frequency radar array at the northern end...
Phuket’s Chao Fa West Rd to be reduced to one lane southbound until Dec 28 | Phuket News
PHUKET: Traffic Police stationed at Chalong Police Station have today confirmed that the southbound side of Chao Fa West Rd will be reduced to just one lane until December 28 as road-widening works are carried out....
Asian stocks come under pressure as dollar struggles | Phuket News
Asian indexes were mostly lower on Friday as investors turned their attention to uncertainty around U.S. tax reform....
Phuket best pineapples up for per-order | Phuket News
PHUKET: Pre-orders for nine Phuket best pineapples are now being taken, with the price mark being set at just over B15,000....
Orders open for auspicious pineapples, at only B15,430 | Phuket News
PHUKET: Orders are now being taken for a local strain of pineapple valued at more than 15,000 baht each. Buyers must hurry as there are only nine of them available....
Man nearly loses hand in ice crusher | Phuket News
PHUKET: A man working at an ice factory in Chalong luckily escaped with his hand still attached after it was caught in an ice crusher last night (Dec 15)....
Earthquake of Magnitude 5.2 Strikes Near Tehran | Phuket News
An earthquake of magnitude 5.2 struck a town near the Iranian capital Tehran on Wednesday night, state media reported, but there were no initial reports of casualties or significant damage. Authorities said they were gathering information and asked residents to remain calm but be prepared for possible aftershocks. The epicenter was at Meshkin Dasht in Alborz Province, 50 km (30 miles) west of Tehran, Tasnim news agency quoted Morteza Salimi, the head of Relief and Rescue Organization of Iran's Red Crescent, as saying. The quake was also felt in the cities of Karaj, Qom, Qazvin and Arak, according to state TV.
Earthquake Hits Indonesia's Java island, Deaths Reported | Phuket News
A strong earthquake shook the Indonesian capital Thursday and other cities on the country's most populous island of Java, killing an unknown number of people amid reports of collapsed buildings.   Authorities issued a tsunami warning for parts of Java's coastline after the quake struck just before midnight Friday. People ran out of buildings in panic in many areas and Indonesian television showed heavy traffic on roads as people left coastal areas.   National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said there were deaths reported but could not immediately provide details. He also said there were reports that buildings had collapsed in the city of Tasikmalaya in western Java and in several western Java districts.   Nugroho said strong tremors were felt for about 20 seconds in the capital of Jakarta and in cities and villages in western and central Java.   The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake...
Strong Earthquake Rocks Indonesia, 1 Death Confirmed | Phuket News
An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.5 rocked the Indonesian capital of Jakarta and other cities on the country's island of Java late Friday, with authorities reporting at least one death.  Disaster relief officials say buildings collapsed in several western Java districts and a hospital was evacuated after suffering damage. The quake made buildings sway in Jakarta.  Authorities say a 62-year-old died in the Ciamis region in western Java after becoming trapped in a collapsed house. They say at least five other people have been reported injured.  Officials are still trying to assess damage from the quake, which struck just before midnight local time.  The United States Geological Survey said the quake's epicenter was located about 50 kilometers (31 miles) southwest of the city of Tasikmalaya.  Authorities issued a tsunami warning for sections of coastline surrounding Java, which is home to more than 250 million people — more than half...
Uber rival Ola buys Foodpanda’s India business from Delivery Hero | Phuket News
As part of the deal, Foodpanda owner Delivery Hero will take an equity stake in Ola....
Uber rival Go-Jek drives payments push with acquisition of three fintech start-ups | Phuket News
Go-Jek said Friday it had bought offline payments service Kartuku, payment gateway Midtrans and saving and lending firm Mapan for undisclosed amounts....
Earthquake hits Java in Indonesia, tsunami warning issued | Phuket News
A strong earthquake has shaken buildings in the Indonesian capital and other cities on the most populous island of Java....
Suthep 'poll ploy' upsets | Phuket News
Calls to amend the organic law governing political parties by former protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban have drawn flak from critics suspecting they are a political ruse aimed at delaying the general election tentatively set in November next year, and prolonging the power of the regime....
Suthep law call angers Dem leader | Phuket News
Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva has slammed former protest leaders Suthep Thaugsuban and Paiboon Nititawan for their push for amendments to the organic law on political parties....
Analysts expect capital inflows to Asian equity | Phuket News
Asian equity markets are expected to continue attracting offshore capital inflows following the US Federal Reserve's remarks that interest rate normalisation will slow, say analysts....
Prayut to use S44 to lift political ban, doesn’t say when | Phuket News
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Tuesday he would use a special order that gives the military sweeping powers to lift a ban on political activity that has been in place since a 2014 coup, paving the way for a 2018 general election....
PTTEP plans B100bn expenditure in 2018 | Phuket News
Oil company PTT Exploration and Production Plc on Tuesday said it was planning total expenditure of $3.1 billion (100 billion baht) in 2018, up a touch from $2.9 billion it earlier estimated for expenditure in 2017....
Word of the year: 'youthquake' | Phuket News
LONDON: Oxford Dictionaries recognised the power of the millennial generation on Friday with its 2017 word of the year: youthquake....
Set sail for Sunday brunch at The Boathouse | Phuket News
Carly Simon would have loved it! Walking into the luxurious, newly-renovated and re-launched Boathouse on Kata Beach is indeed just like “walking onto a yacht” as she sang in her iconic global hit of 1972 – “You’re so Vain”....
Prego Sunday Brunch ‘Della Domenica’ A treat for all the family | Phuket News
When the weekend finally rolls around and you are ready to treat yourself and your taste buds to some well deserved culinary delights or have been out on the tiles into the early morning hours there is perhaps no greater pleasure than indulging yourself in that time honoured, decidedly decadent Bacchanalian feast, the Sunday brunch. At Prego, executive chef Marco Boscani has created the most divine selection of deliciously tempting dishes, with his redoubtable Italian flair, and put together a fabulously well thought out spread that truly is a sight to behold. After many months of frustrating delays concerning the previewed renovations at Prego, we are happy to report that the project is now complete and the results speak for themselves. The vast yet comfortably welcoming terrace has been superbly transformed with chic modern furnishings and fabrics, there is a brand new state of the art and beautifully crafted wood...
Gujarat: BJP crosses key 100 lead mark in India state polls | Phuket News
PM Narendra Modi's ruling BJP consolidates its lead as votes are counted in India's Gujarat state....
Bitcoin: Is it worth the risk? | Phuket News
An extravagant gold rush has been happening this year, but unlike the California Gold Rush during the mid-19th century, this phenomenon is occurring in the virtual world. Bitcoin is the name of the game and its price has skyrocketed by 20-fold year-to-date, catching everyone's attention including financial authorities worldwide....
New Berlin airport to finally open in 2020 | Phuket News
BERLIN: Berlin's much-delayed new airport will open in October 2020, according to the airport's chief executive officer, almost a decade after a 2012 opening was called off with weeks to spare....
Betong-bound buses halted in wake of attack | Phuket News
YALA: All bus services to Betong district have been suspended in the wake of the attack on Sunday, when armed men torched a double-decker bus after ordering the passengers to leave it....
Bitcoin, mobile payments battle against cyberthreats | Phuket News
Bitcoin and exchanges, artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) are among the top cybersecurity attack trends in 2018, with mobile payments a primary target in Thailand, says a leading global technology firm....
5 Years After Fatal Gang Rape in India, Sexual Violence Continues | Phuket News
Five years after the fatal gang rape of a 23-year-old physical therapy student in the Indian capital turned the focus to violence against women, small groups turned out in New Delhi and several other cities on Saturday to highlight the need for safety for women in public spaces.   The “Meet to Sleep” movement, under which women took a short nap at a park, is one of several campaigns that have emerged in the wake of massive protests that rocked India after the gang rape. The symbolic nap highlights the need for women’s safety when they are most vulnerable.   “What happened to her [the gang rape victim] happened in a very public place, in a bus, which is a mode of transportation that many women use, but remains unsafe. Five years on, not much has changed,” said 26-year-old Kriti Omprakash.  The gang rape victim was assaulted by six men...
5 Years After Brutal Gang Rape in India, Sexual Violence Continues | Phuket News
Five years after the brutal gang rape of a 23-year-old physical therapy student in the Indian capital turned the focus to violence against women, small groups turned out in New Delhi and several other cities on Saturday to highlight the need for safety for women in public spaces.   The “Meet to Sleep” movement, under which women took a short nap at a park, is one of several campaigns that have emerged in the wake of massive protests that rocked India after the gang rape. The symbolic nap highlights the need for women’s safety when they are most vulnerable.   “What happened to her [the gang rape victim] happened in a very public place, in a bus, which is a mode of transportation that many women use, but remains unsafe. Five years on, not much has changed,” said 26-year-old Kriti Omprakash.  The gang rape victim was assaulted by six men...
Modi Secures Key Victory in Home State, Gujarat | Phuket News
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party is on course to win a key victory in his home state, Gujarat, fending off a strong challenge from the opposition Congress party in a closely watched state election. The BJP is also set to wrest control of a small state in northern India, Himachal Pradesh, from Congress. The prime minister flashed a victory sign as he walked into parliament and celebrations erupted outside BJP offices in Gujarat and New Delhi as the results showed that the party would retain power in Gujarat, which it has ruled for 22 years. According to the Election Commission, the BJP is leading in more than half the seats in the 182-member Gujarat assembly. Although that figure is lower than its current numbers, the results are a relief for the party. There were worries that unpopular economic reforms, discontent among farmers and anger over a lack...
India Gujarat: Congress party concedes victory to Modi's BJP | Phuket News
The prime minister's party will retain power in his home state for the fourth time in a row....
Watana deny charges concerning missing 1932 revolution plaque | Phuket News
Pheu Thai Party core member Watana Muangsuk on Monday denied charges of incitement of unrest and violation of the Computer Crime Act concerning the missing of the historical plaque commemorating the 1932 revolution embedded on the ground at the Royal Plaza. Accompanied by his lawyer, Watana arrived at the Criminal Court on Monday morning as appointed by the public prosecutor to hear the court judge read the charges against him. After the judge finishing reading the charges, Watana denied the charges, saying that he would defend himself in the court. He admitted that he posted a statement in his Facebook page regarding the missing historical plague, but maintained that he merely expressed his opinion in bona fide in accordance with the Constitution. The court allowed the prosecutor to present his 11 witnesses in three hearings and the defendant to present 11 witnesses in four hearings. The original plaque went missing...
Spider ticket plan scuttles forward | Phuket News
The project to roll out Mangmoom, or Spider, cards that will allow commuters to travel with a single ticket is gathering pace as key modes of public transport are set to be integrated in November and December next year....
US upgrades Thailand for improved IP protection | Phuket News
WASHINGTON: The United States has removed Thailand from its Priority Watch List of intellectual property (IP) violators in recognition of the country's efforts to improve IP protection and enforcement....
Karaoke comes to China's shopping centres | Phuket News
In China, karaoke has become so popular that people can now sing inside booths in shopping centres....
Police: Naduang district assistant officer dies of accidental shot | Phuket News
The assistant officer of Naduang district of Loei province was found dead yesterday (Dec 20) inside his car with gunshot wound to his head. The officer, Sgt Nattawut Srikasem, 31, was found dead at wheel inside the car which veered off the hilly Loei-Naduang road and fell to the ditch in Loei Muang district. Passing motorists alerted the police after they saw the Honda City car in the ditch with a body inside. Nadindam station police rushed to the scene between Kilometre 22-23 markers where they later identified the man by his civil servant card as Sgt Nattawut Srikasem, the assistant district officer at Naduang district in Loei province. He had a gunshot wound to his head. Also found inside the car is a loaded 9mm pistol with the hammer pulled on his lap. He was on his way back from hospital to a meeting of narcotics matter in Loei...
Accidental gunshot hurts two in Rayong bank | Phuket News
A female bank employee and a client were injured by a gunshot which was accidentally fired from a pistol of a police officer at the Siam Commercial Bank’s Ban Chang branch in Royong province on Monday morning (Dec 18), police said. Pol Col Jakrin Thuasupap, the Ban Chang police chief, said the accident occurred when Pol Sub-Lt Nikom Pan-iam, a police officer of Ban Chang police station providing security inside the bank, went into the toilet and took off a belt with a 9mm Glock pistol in the holster from his waist. The pistol accidentally dropped onto a table and a gunshot was accidentally fired from it. The bullet went through the toilet wall, hitting Ms Chanetthip Phusuwan, a bank employee, in a shoulder. The gunshot went on to hit Nares Nuansri, a client who was sitting in front of the bank counter, in the belly. The two were admitted...
Beethoven's Ninth: 10,000 singers for Japan's Christmas song | Phuket News
Beethoven's Ninth Symphony is a Christmas tradition in Japan....
Police investigate four baby deaths at South Korea hospital | Phuket News
Family members say they had concerns about the health of the infants before they died....
China investigates attack on South Korea photographer | Phuket News
He reportedly suffered fractures and eye damage after being kicked by Chinese security guards....
South Korea, China Make Amends, But THAAD Dispute Lingers | Phuket News
For his first state visit to China, South Korean President Moon Jae-in came with an entourage of more than 300 business people, an actress who is wildly popular here and heartthrob boy band EXO, which sings in both Korean and Chinese.   The charm offensive was aimed at helping get frosty trade relations back on track, analysts said.   While the liberal-leaning South Korean leader is in sync with China and its approach toward North Korea - leaning heavily against military action - he hasn’t given ground to Beijing on his country’s deployment of the U.S.-made Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile system.   A friendlier South Korea   That is a stance China now appears to have learned to stomach in exchange for a friendlier South Korea, some analysts said.   “They [China] don’t want to see South Korea driven to making security deals with Japan. They don’t...
China Calmed Asian Maritime Dispute in 2017 Without Ceding Sovereignty | Phuket News
China calmed Asia's biggest maritime sovereignty dispute in 2017 by offering aid, investment and the pledge of negotiations with weaker Southeast Asian countries as Beijing's chief nemesis, the United States, kept quiet. These shifts in the South China Sea sovereignty dispute involving six governments allow Beijing to minimize public criticism of its claim to about 90 percent of the waters stretching from its southern coast to the island of Borneo. That calm in turn lowers risk of conflict. “The U.S. State Department, the Pentagon, when they look at Asia they are inclined to think that it’s a peaceful place, because we’ve found a way to communicate despite disagreements and to accept disagreements as they are,” said Alan Chong, associate professor at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam assert sovereignty over all or parts of the 3.5 million-square-kilometer sea. Claimants prize...
A Muslim country that isn’t even in the Middle East says it’s ready to send troops to Jerusalem | Phuket News
Malaysia is ready to send troops to Jerusalem as violence escalated in the region....
North Korea again blasts ‘dotard’ Trump over Jerusalem announcement | Phuket News
PYONGYANG has again referred to US President Donald Trump as a “dotard” over his “wicked” act of recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Last Wednesday, Trump declared the US would be recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moving its embassy there in the coming years, sparking angry protests across the Muslim world and criticism from staunch US allies including the United Kingdom and France. SEE ALSO: Malaysia says military ‘ready’ over Jerusalem issue US Vice-President Mike Pence stands by as Trump signs a proclamation that states the US recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and will move its embassy there, at the White House in Washington, US, on Dec 6, 2017. Source: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque SEE ALSO: Trump calls North Korea’s Kim Jong Un ‘short and fat’ Responding to Trump’s threats to “totally destroy” North Korea in September, the country’s leader Kim Jong Un said: “I will surely and...
Why sex work should be legalised in Malaysia | Phuket News
SEX is a primary need that every human being has, whether it is the straight and heterosexual kind or the queer kind, and because of that, sex work is considered one of the oldest professions on the planet. Recently, the Malaysian Immigration Department uncovered cash of up almost RM15 million (US$3.6 million) in a house and a hotel in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. It is believed the money is related to one of the country’s largest prostitution syndicates and also involves human trafficking. Southeast Asia is infamous for its sex trade, mainly in countries such as Thailand, where it is tolerated by the government because of the revenue that it rakes in. Singapore is another country in the region that is related to the sex trade because it is actually legal. SEE ALSO: Malaysia’s underground student prostitution industry However, Malaysia is not a country that people around the world would associate...
A Muslim country that isn’t even in the Middle East says it’s willing to send troops to Jerusalem | Phuket News
Malaysia is ready to send troops to Jerusalem as violence escalated in the region after a Palestinian stabbed an Israeli security guard....
Malaysia says military ‘ready’ over Jerusalem issue | Phuket News
MALAYSIA’s defence minister has announced the Muslim-majority Southeast Asian nation is “ready” to respond if required in regards to US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel. “As the Defence Minister, I am confident that we will carry out any order from the supreme commander of the Malaysian Armed Forces,” said Hishammuddin Tun Hussein was quoted as saying on Saturday by state news agency Bernama. Trump’s announcement last week that the US would be moving its embassy to Jerusalem was a “slap in the face for the entire Muslim world” said Hishammuddin, who said Malaysia “should be prepared to face any actuality”. “Armed Forces chief and the [Malaysian Armed Forces] are definitely ready,” said Hishammuddin at the final day of the ruling United Malays National Organisation’s (UMNO) General Assembly. ...
New Protests Erupt in Muslim, Arab World Against Trump's Jerusalem Decision | Phuket News
A new wave of protests against U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital erupted Sunday in parts of the Muslim and Arab world. Lebanese security forces outside the U.S. Embassy in Beirut fired water cannons and tear gas to beat back Lebanese and Palestinian protesters who hurled projectiles at the embassy and burned Trump in effigy, along with U.S. and Israeli flags. In Indonesia, home to the world’s largest population of Muslims, thousands of protesters mounted a demonstration outside the U.S. Embassy in the capital, Jakarta, while other protests occurred in Jordan, Turkey, Pakistan, Malaysia, Egypt and the Palestinian territories bordering Israel. Police in the Swedish city of Gothenburg arrested three people for allegedly throwing firebombs at a synagogue. A police spokesman said Sunday the incident is being investigated as attempted arson. No one was hurt in the incident. Officials in Stockholm say security has...
McDonald's Malaysia refutes Israel ties after boycott calls | Phuket News
KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian franchise of McDonald's Corp said it was
Singapore ‘dog circus’ cancelled after public backlash | Phuket News
A SO-CALLED “dog circus” has been cancelled in Singapore just a day after tickets were announced after thousands signed a petition against it for being cruel. The event named Chinese New Year Dog Circus was slated for February but was promptly canned by ticket provider SISTIC and event organiser HE Productions after an online petition started by Summer Ong collected some 7,236 signatures in just one day, reported the Straits Times. The event was originally billed by organisers as “the first and only Dog Circus from China” which would provide “Amazing Awesome Acrobatic Fun for everyone in the Year of Dog!” SEE ALSO: Deadly as well as disgusting? Dog meat targeted by activists in Indonesia “Lots of laughter and amazing performances by the cute lovely poodles with many attractive and unique performers to bring to you a brand new circus experience that includes breathtaking Kungfu diabolo, ring stunts, fun acrobatics,...
Southeast Asians spend 3.6 hours on mobile internet every day | Phuket News
SOUTHEAST ASIA is the world’s third largest Internet economy, according to a report by Google and Singapore’s state-backed investment company, Temasek Holdings Ltd. The Internet has taken Southeast Asia by storm, according to the first-of-its-kind study by the two firms, and digital will help drive what was once one of the most under-developed regions of the world into a US$200 billion economy by 2025. Rich with talent, customers and capital, the region is expected to reach US$50 billion driven largely by the e-commerce and online travel. Google and Temasek’s report – building on top of the success of their 2015 edition – is filling a data void on more information about Southeast Asia, so it’s no surprise that the top-line numbers have raised eyebrows. There’s an expectation that the numbers quoted by the 2017 “e-Conomy” report will be exceeded quickly, as the region is already expected to make a quarter of its...
Japanese e-commerce firm to launch program for tech startups in Singapore | Phuket News
Rakuten and Techstars will jointly invest $120,000 each in select start-ups and provide them with mentorship....
TEPCO Launches Second Edition of Free Electrons Global Startup Acceleration Program | Phuket News
Dec 12, 2017 Picture:  TOKYO - (JCN Newswire) - Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc. (TEPCO), together with 7 other international utilities, today announced the launch of the second edition of Free Electrons, a global startup acceleration program to recruit energy startups that will drive the next generation of ideas in clean energy, energy efficiency, e-mobility, digitization, and on-demand customer services. Startups chosen for Free Electrons participate in three separate week-long acceleration modules in San Francisco and two other locations around the world. Free Electrons was initiated by eight international utilities, AusNet Services, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), ESB (Electricity Supply Board), EDP (Energias de Portugal), innogy, Origin Energy, SP Group and TEPCO. A win-win approach for startups and utilities The utilities and accelerators behind the Free Electrons program are committed to a future where energy is smart, clean and accessible to everyone. The global accelerator program is...
Amos Yee evicted for pro-paedophilia views | Phuket News
INTERNET celebrity Amos Yee has claimed he has been evicted from his Chicago home for holding pro-paedophilia views publicly expressed on his YouTube channel. In September, 18-year-old Yee was released from an immigration detention facility after his bid for asylum in the United States was approved. He was twice jailed in his native Singapore for hate speech and harassment for posts he made mocking Jesus and the late Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew. He now faces another challenge in finding housing in the US, in his own words: “Because of my views on paedophilia. The host of this house was perfectly fine with my opinions.” Amos Yee's Message To The Singapore Government Amos Yee has a message for the Singapore Government Posted by Amos Yee on Saturday, September 30, 2017 SEE ALSO: Singapore: Lawyers reject claims blogger Amos Yee was persecuted “He didn’t agree with it, but he didn’t think...
Zimbabwe's Mugabe flies to Singapore, first trip since ouster | Phuket News
HARARE: Zimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe has left the country for medical checks in Singapore, his first foreign travel since the army forced him from office last month, a state security official said on Tuesday....
Amos Yee kicked out of US house for pro-paedophilia views | Phuket News
INTERNET celebrity Amos Yee has claimed he has been evicted from his Chicago home for holding pro-paedophilia views publicly expressed on his YouTube channel. In September, 18-year-old Yee was released from an immigration detention facility after his bid for asylum in the United States was approved. He was twice jailed in his native Singapore for hate speech and harassment for posts he made mocking Jesus and the late Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew. He now faces another challenge in finding housing in the US, in his own words: “Because of my views on paedophilia. The host of this house was perfectly fine with my opinions.” Amos Yee's Message To The Singapore Government Amos Yee has a message for the Singapore Government Posted by Amos Yee on Saturday, September 30, 2017 SEE ALSO: Singapore: Lawyers reject claims blogger Amos Yee was persecuted “He didn’t agree with it, but he didn’t think...
Grab Bike to launch in Mandalay next year | Phuket News
Singapore’s ride–hailing mobile app, Grab, will launch its Grab Bike motorcycle taxi service across Mandalay at the start of 2018....
Singapore's electric car-sharing programme hits the road | Phuket News
SINGAPORE: Singapore launched on Tuesday its first large-scale electric car-sharing programme through which the land-scarce city-state hopes to provide commuters with more transport options and steer them away from the need to buy their own cars....
A Christmas miracle for workers stranded in Hong Kong? | Phuket News
Hundreds were let down by a travel company - yet now there's hope they can fly home after all....
China to USA: 'Stop deliberately distorting' our global strategy | Phuket News
Beijing says U.S. should stop
Penguin tourism | Phuket News
Reports of a tourist flight over Antarctica highlight China's growing interest in the poles....
Why China noodle sales are off the boil | Phuket News
There's a sharp fall in demand for country's favourite instant snack. We try to figure out why....
Public Health Ministry to continue using dengue vaccine but with more caution | Phuket News
The Ministry of Public Health will not remove Dengvaxia dengue vaccine from registration, but will adjust some wordings on the drug label and will advise doctors to exercise caution in vaccination. The above is the conclusion of a meeting of the subcommittee on immunization of the National Vaccines Committee on Thursday (Dec 14) to update information about the use of the dengue vaccine in Thailand after the Department of Health of the Philippines suspended the immunization program and scrapped the use of Dengvaxia anti-dengue vaccine produced by French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi Pasteur. Professor Dr Prasert Thongcharoen, a virologist expert, said after the meeting that the vaccine was 65 percent effective in preventing dengue fever, but its application must take into consideration the age and past record of those who are to be inoculated with the vaccine. He said that those who have not been infected with dengue may suffer severe...
Public Health Ministry to continue using anti-dengue vaccine but with more caution | Phuket News
The Ministry of Public Health will not remove Dengvaxia anti-dengue vaccine from registration, but will adjust some wordings on the drug label and will advise doctors to exercise caution in vaccination. The above is the conclusion of a meeting of the subcommittee on immunization of the National Vaccines Committee on Thursday (Dec 14) to update information about the use of the anti-dengue vaccine in Thailand after the Department of Health of the Philippines suspended the immunization program and scrapped the use of Dengvaxia anti-dengue vaccine produced by French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi Pasteur. Professor Dr Prasert Thongcharoen, a virologist expert, said after the meeting that the vaccine was 65 percent effective in preventing dengue fever, but its application must take into consideration the age and past record of those who are to be inoculated with the vaccine. He said that those who have not been infected with dengue may suffer severe...
Philippines holds rate; economists predict hike in 2018 | Phuket News
The Philippine central bank left its benchmark interest rate unchanged at a record low, with economists forecasting it will start tightening policy in 2018 to curb inflation risk....
Duterte coal tax will make costly Philippines power even pricier | Phuket News
MANILA: Electricity prices in the Philippines, already among the highest in Southeast Asia, will probably rise after President Rodrigo Duterte signs legislation next week boosting taxes on coal, the nation’s main fuel for power plants....
Philippine Congress Extends Martial Law in Troubled South for One Year | Phuket News
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has won legislative approval to extend martial law for a year in the southern Mindanao region, which was besieged by Islamic militants earlier this year. A joint session of Congress voted 240-27 Wednesday to grant Duterte power to continue martial law until December 31, 2018. The president imposed martial law in the region back in May, after insurgent forces seized the city of Marawi went on a rampage, burning houses, Catholic churches and taking scores of hostages. Philippine forces drove out the militants after a five-month battle, including a massive bombing campaign that left more than 1,000 people dead and the city in ruins. Opponents said extending martial law in Mindanao is unconstitutional, because Duterte declared Marawi to be
Philippines reviewing 12 applications for bitcoin exchanges | Phuket News
MANILA: The Philippine central bank is evaluating 12 applications for the registration of virtual currency (VC) exchanges after it issued permits to two firms earlier this year, but says it is not endorsing cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin....
Martial law in Philippines' south extended | Phuket News
MANILA: Philippine lawmakers on Wednesday overwhelmingly backed President Rodrigo Duterte's plan to extend martial law for all of next year on the southern island of Mindanao, a move the government says aims to thwart Islamist and communist rebels....
Philippines: Martial law extended in Mindanao for another year | Phuket News
THE PHILIPPINE Congress on Wednesday approved President Rodrigo Duterte’s request to extend martial law in the entire Mindanao island for one year, enraging civil society, church and militant groups. In a joint session, the Senate and House of Representatives granted Duterte’s request for martial law extension and the suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus from January 1 to December 31, 2018 in Mindanao, where Islamic State-inspired militants tried but failed to establish a “wilayat” (province) in Marawi City that was left in shambles after a five-month war with government troops. Duterte declared martial in Mindanao on May 23 after the Islamic State-inspired Maute Group attacked Marawi that displaced over 400,000 civilians. The declaration was good for 60 days but Congress approved Duterte’s request to extend it until December 31, 2017. SEE ALSO: Then and now: Why Duterte’s martial law is nothing like Ferdinand Marcos’ A damaged...
United States says it is ‘clear’ that Rohingya crisis is ethnic cleansing | Phuket News
THE United States has called operations by the Tatmadaw army of Burma (Myanmar) against Rohingya Muslims “ethnic cleansing” and suggested possible targeted sanctions because of the “horrendous atrocities” in Rakhine State. In a press statement released by the White House on Wednesday, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that “after a careful and thorough analysis of available facts, it is clear that the situation in northern Rakhine state constitutes ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya.” Last Wednesday Tillerson visited the Burmese capital Naypyitaw where he met with the country’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the powerful military chief General Min Aung Hlaing. SEE ALSO: As Tillerson visits Burma, Holocaust Museum points to ‘mounting evidence of genocide’ Mohamed Faisal, 13, a newly arrived Rohingya refugee who had crossed the Bangladesh-Myanmar border a few hours before, waits to get bused to a registration point at an army centre in...
China offers 3-step solution to end Burma’s Rohingya crisis | Phuket News
CHINA recently offered a three-step solution to resolve the humanitarian crisis involving the ethnic Rohingya community in Burma (Myanmar) in what observers say reflected Beijing’s proactive and conciliatory role in issues affecting the region. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi made the proposals while calling on the international community to tackle poverty and promote development in Burma’s Rakhine State, which is home to 3.1 million stateless Rohingya Muslims. Following meetings on Sunday with Burma’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, President Htin Kyaw and military chief Min Aung Hlaing, Wang unveiled the “three-stage plan” in hopes of resolving the issue. SEE ALSO: Should we still be travelling to Burma? “The first is to have a ceasefire and to restore order and stability, so the people can stop running away and live in peace,” he said, as quoted by the South China Morning Post. “In the second stage, all parties should encourage and...
US urges Cambodia to reverse steps against democracy | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH: The United States has called on Cambodia to reverse steps that
EU Cuts Cambodia Election Funding  | Phuket News
The European Union in Cambodia on Tuesday said it was suspending planned funding of Cambodia's national election body. The United States last month said it would suspend its funding of the National Election Committee (NEC) and also imposed visa restrictions on officials over the dissolution of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) and the arrest of its leader, Kem Sokha, who has been charged with treason. In a statement, the EU said the CNRP's dissolution meant the government could not organize a legitimate election in 2018 as planned. The EU previously announced $8 million of funding for next year's general election.
Hun Sen to create spy school to combat colour revolution | Phuket News
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday announced the creation of a spy school to train people to counter the so-called “colour revolution” and terrorism in Cambodia, according to The Phnom Penh Post Online on Wednesday. Before hundreds of military and police officers, Hun Sen said his government was continuing to root out colour revolution using agents both inside and outside of the armed forces. “I do not want spies to only provide information, but the spies need to have the skills to analyze fake news and news result from exaggeration…We need investigators that we call spies in all places and units,” said Hun Sen. The premier also claimed that he pretended to be on his deathbed in the past to root out people in his circle leaking rumours. “This is something special about me,” he said, adding “You cannot predict my steps and you cannot lay a trap for...
EU suspends support for Cambodian election | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH: The European Union announced on Tuesday that it is suspending funding for Cambodia's general election next year over the forced dissolution of the country's main opposition party....
EU suspends funding for Cambodian election | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH: The European Union has suspended funding for Cambodia's 2018 general election because the vote cannot be credible after the dissolution of the main opposition party, according to a letter sent to the national election committee on Tuesday....
US to help Cambodia preserve Khmer Rouge victims' belongings | Phuket News
PHNOM PENH: The US government has provided more than $55,000 to Cambodia for the preserving of personal items belonging to prisoners at a Khmer Rouge prison and torture centre in the 1970s....
Hun Sen awarded goodwill ambassador title from little-known organization | Phuket News
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has been awarded a “peace” prize and a global tourism and sustainable development honorary title by the little-known Romania-based European Council of Tourism and Trade (ECTT), according to The Phnom Penh Post Online on Monday (Dec 11). In a lively ceremony and banquet event at the Peace Palace, Hun Sen proudly accepted the title of “Goodwill Ambassador for Tourism and Sustainable Development Goals” from RCTT president Anton Caragea. After accepting the framed certificate and a blue sash, Hun Sen told the audience that Cambodia is a peaceful country where democracy, human rights and development can thrive as opposed to countries at war such as Iraq, Libya and Syria. Earlier this year, ECTT named Phnom Penh its “World Capital of Culture and Tourism and in July last year it found Cambodia to be the “World’s Best Tourism Destination.” Caragea is listed as the head of several...
Thailand’s Strategic Property Investors to raise up to $115m via REIT | Phuket News
Strategic Property Investors Co Ltd (SPI), an independent REIT manager, has formed the Strategic Hospitality Extendable Freehold and Leasehold REIT (SHREIT) to raise up to 3.74 billion baht ($115 million) for operating three hotels in Indonesia and Vietnam. The three hotels are Pullman Jakarta Central Park, Capri by Fraser in Indonesia and IBIS Saigon South in Vietnam, executive director James Lim told local media. The total outlay of SHREIT will not exceed 5.42 billion baht ($166.2 million), raising from the subscription of trust units of a combined value of no more than 3.74 billion baht and the remaining 1.68 billion baht in loans from financial institutions. Veena Lertnimitr, executive vice president, primary distribution, Siam Commercial Bank, said the estimated returns are in the range of 7.67 to 7.72 per cent annually as disclosed in the prospectus. The subscription will be held in the middle of December and offered to business...
Cambodian community screens drama about Khmer Rouge | Phuket News
LOWELL, United States: A prominent Cambodian filmmaker is speaking at a Massachusetts high school about the 2017 film he produced with Angelina Jolie on the Khmer Rouge's bloody reign in Cambodia....
Suspected North Korean cyber group seeks to woo bitcoin job seekers | Phuket News
The surging price of cryptocurrencies is catching the eye of a cybercrime gang with links to North Korea....
North Korean Abductees Remain Victims of Nuclear Standoff | Phuket News
Families of North Korean abductees feel forgotten by the world, despite the increased international focus on widespread North Korean human rights abuses that a United Nations report described as
Vietnamese Truckers Stage Rare Public Protest Against Toll Road | Phuket News
It has not received a lot of attention outside of Vietnam, but almost every day for weeks, the topic on the front pages of newspapers has been truckers and other drivers who refused to pay a traffic toll in Vietnam and who, in doing so, became a nationwide symbol of much broader frustration with authorities. Vietnamese citizens have been drawn to the revolt at Cai Lay, a provincial district some 96 kilometers southwest of Ho Chi Minh City where drivers feel they have been charged an unfair toll. What began as truck drivers' frustration over a road fee escalated to the level of a national crisis, with the prime minister finally stepping in to suspend the fee for further consideration from the government. Now the Ministry of Transportation has set a deadline of Dec. 22 to review proposals to resolve the impasse. Observers took vicarious satisfaction in the truckers’ victory,...
Truckers angry over crackdown on sugarcane loads | Phuket News
Operators of trucks used to cart sugarcane blocked roads in Nakhon Sawan and Uttaradit provinces on Monday night in protest against a police crackdown on overloaded vehicles using the highways....
Thai Beverage emerges as only bidder for stake in Sabeco | Phuket News
HANOI/SINGAPORE: Thai Beverage, through a Vietnam unit, has emerged as the only bidder which has registered to own at least 25% of the nation's top brewer, Sabeco, in which the government is selling a US$5-billion stake....
Vietnam to receive record $17.5bn in FDI this year -PM | Phuket News
Vietnam is expected to receive an estimated record $17.5 billion (570 billion baht) in foreign direct investment (FDI) this year, up 10.8% from a year earlier, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said on Tuesday....
Singapore stocks surge, Vietnam shares plunge | Phuket News
Singapore shares climbed 1% to their highest close in two-and-a-half years on Monday, riding on a rally in financials, while Vietnam stocks tumbled 2.4% in their sharpest drop in nearly two years....
JETRO to host Invest Japan seminar in Ho Chi Minh City | Phuket News
Japan External Trade Organisation Ho Chi Minh City (JETRO) and the Ministry of Planning and Investment’s Foreign Investment Agency will co-organise the Invest Japan seminar in Ho Chi Minh City on December 19. The seminar aims to introduce the strengths of the Japanese market, the advantages of establishing a branch in Japan, as well as JETRO’s free support activities for enterprises in Vietnam looking to invest or establish a business in Japan. The relationship between Japan and Vietnam has improved significantly over the past years. This January, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Vietnam. In March, the Emperor and his Empress visited Vietnam for the first time, and in June, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc visited Japan for the second time after taking office. In terms of the economy, the number of Japanese enterprises investing in Vietnam continues to increase, while trade relations are on the rise. A growing...
Catch-22 in the South China Sea: why preserving fish stocks is key to a resolution | Phuket News
Despite upcoming talks, Manila’s deferential stance to Beijing, and wider ASEAN disunity, mean no end in sight for China’s island-building in the South China Sea. Yet those islands will destroy the coral reefs they are built on, and the very fish stocks China wants to control in the first place. China’s provocations and ASEAN’s impotence Chinese and Filipino diplomats are still deciding when and where to pick up talks on the South China Sea in 2018, but in terms of substance, the two sides are already on the same page. Li Keqiang of China and Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines spent the 31st ASEAN summit in October jointly insisting a “code of conduct” could stabilise tensions in the South China Sea – but failed to mask the lack of real progress. The current state of affairs already represents a major diplomatic victory for Beijing. The Philippines, host of this...
Actively Carrying Out the Globalization Strategy Tempus Group and Bain Capital Private Equity Jointly Acquires Trans Maldivian Airways | Phuket News
Dec 19, 2017 Picture:  December 18, 2017, Hong Kong - Tempus Group has taken an important step towards globalization. Bain Capital Private Equity (
Alcohol promotion crackdown to hit Phuket | Phuket News
PHUKET: The Phuket Provincial Health Office (PPHO) has warned that stricter enforcement of the provisions regulating the promotion of alcohol will hit the island next week, ahead of the New Year celebrations....
Family of Australian Woman Killed by US Police Concerned About Investigation | Phuket News
The father of an Australian woman killed by a police officer in the northern U.S. state of Minnesota says his family is concerned that investigators have not fulfilled their promise to give prosecutors all the necessary information to determine whether the officer involved should be charged with a crime. Justine Damond was shot in an alley behind her Minneapolis home in July. She had called police to report a possible sexual assault, and as she approached a police car, officer Mohamed Noor fired his gun. Damond’s father, John Ruszczyk, told reporters Thursday in Sydney the family has concerns “about the possibility that the initial investigation was not done properly and with the greatest integrity or sense of completeness.” Prosecutor frustrated Last week, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman was caught on camera at a holiday party saying investigators from the state’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) in the case “haven’t done...
Justine Damond: Family 'concern' over US shooting probe | Phuket News
Australian Justine Damond's fatal shooting by US police may not have been fully investigated, her family say....
Skilled Indian workers face uncertain future in Trump’s America | Phuket News
H-1B VISAS, issued by the US government, allow US employers to employ foreign workers in specialty occupations, such as those in the STEM fields. With the visa, these foreign workers, who must possess at least a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent and state licensure, are then allowed to work and stay in the US legally for three years, and later apply for renewal for another three years. H-1B visa holders can bring dependents – a spouse and children under 21 – to the US under the H-4 visa category. In May 2015, the US Department of Homeland Security also announced a major reform that allowed spouses of H-1B visa holders to apply for work permits. But things look set to change for H-1B visa holder’s spouse and children – A statement by Homeland Security last week said it intends to revoke the rule that lets spouses of these immigrant workers eligible to work...
Highly-skilled Indian workers in Trump’s America face uncertain future | Phuket News
H-1B VISAS, issued by the US government, allow US employers to employ foreign workers in specialty occupations, such as those in the STEM fields. With the visa, these foreign workers, who must possess at least a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent and state licensure, are then allowed to work and stay in the US legally for three years, and later apply for renewal for another three years. H-1B visa holders can bring dependents – a spouse and children under 21 – to the US under the H-4 visa category. In May 2015, the US Department of Homeland Security also announced a major reform that allowed spouses of H-1B visa holders to apply for work permits. Trump to propose ending rule allowing spouses of H-1B holders to work in U.S. Another rule introduced by President Obama's administration, the spouses of H-1B, or high-skilled, visa holders waiting for green cards have been eligible to work...
A Chinese groupie on K-pop's China crisis | Phuket News
South Korea and China have been on frosty terms, so what has that meant for Chinese fans of K-pop?...
Tillerson, UN Security Council to Discuss North Korea | Phuket News
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will join members of the United Nations Security Council on Friday to discuss putting
South Korean President Moon in China on Visit to Repair Ties | Phuket News
South Korean President Moon Jae-in met his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on Thursday during a visit to Beijing aimed at repairing ties frayed by a dispute over the deployment of an American anti-missile system.   The two leaders were to preside over a document signing ceremony following their talks, although there was no indication they would be issuing statements. While the visit is a sign of progress toward resolving the more than one-year-old dispute, China continues to demand the removal of the U.S. Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system, known as THAAD, saying it allows South Korea and its U.S. ally to spy on military activity in northeastern China.   South Korean businesses in China have suffered as a result of the dispute. China suspended group tours to South Korea that are a mainstay of the local tourism industry, pulled South Korean soap operas off television and banned the country's popular...
South Korea Criticized Over Treatment of North Korean Defectors | Phuket News
A United Nations independent expert on alleged North Korean human rights violations was put on the defensive in Seoul Thursday, over South Korea’s opaque treatment of defectors. Tomás Ojea Quintana, an Argentinean human rights lawyer who was appointed in 2016 as the U.N. Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in North Korea, held a press conference after wrapping up a four-day visit to South Korea this week, where he met with various government officials, aid organizations and North Korean defectors. Asylum seekers In his statement to the press he mentioned the case of the 12 North Korean women restaurant workers who escaped from China to seek asylum in South Korea in 2016, shortly after the United Nations imposed a round of economic sanctions on Pyongyang for conducting a nuclear test earlier in the year. North Korea has demanded the return of these defectors, charging that they were abducted...
12 Korean tourists, 2 Thai guides injured in Chiang Mai tour bus overturn | Phuket News
A tour bus plunged into an irrigation canal in Chiang Mai’s Doi Saket district on Thursday (Dec 14), injuring 12 tourists from South Korea and two Thai tour guides, police said. The accident occurred while the tour bus of KCT Company was taking a number of tourists back from a tour of the hot springs in San Kamphaeng district.  The bus overturned and lay on one side in the irrigation canal near Ban Huay Ang in Tambon Mae Pong of Doi Saket district. The injured, 12 Koreans and 2 Thai female tour guides, were admitted to Doi Saket Hospital.  A Thai tour guide, Ms Sawittree Boonnet, sustained a dislocated right shoulder, while the other guide, who was not immediately identified, suffered a broken arm. Supat Kongngern, the bus driver, was wounded in the right leg. Police were investigating the cause of the accident. The post 12 Korean tourists, 2 Thai guides...
Price tag of Thai-Japanese high-speed train project is 420 billion baht | Phuket News
Investment cost of the Thai-Japanese high-speed train project from Bangkok to Chiang Mai was estimated at about 420 billion baht by the Japanese Transport Ministry. Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith said Tuesday (Dec 19) that his Japanese counterpart had proposed a report of the estimation of the investment cost of the high-speed train project at 420 billion baht for the railroad distance of 670 kilometres with altogether 12 stations. The maximum speed of the train is 380 kph and it will take three and a half hours for the travelling between Bangkok and Chiang Mai and vice versa. Mr Arkhom said if the Thai government agreed with Japanese report, construction of the infrastructure could commence in 2019 for the first phase between Bangkok and Phitsanulok covering a distance of 380 kilometres which will become operational tentatively in 2025. As for the train fare, he said several factors had to be taken into...
South Korea's President Moon heads to China to mend ties. Beijing needs a few favors too | Phuket News
Beijing and Seoul's relationship has been testy since a U.S. anti-missile deployment, but that may soon change....
State Department: No Change in US-North Korea Policy | Phuket News
Hours after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson caught worldwide attention Tuesday, appearing to strike a different tone toward North Korea, saying “we’re ready to have the first meeting without preconditions,” the White House issued a statement putting a damper on any hopes of a possible diplomatic opening. “The president’s views on North Korea have not changed. North Korea is acting in an unsafe way, not only toward Japan, China and South Korea, but the entire world. North Korea’s actions are not good for anyone and certainly not good for North Korea,” press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. On Wednesday, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert denied there was a shift in U.S. policy toward North Korea. “The secretary was not creating any new policy. Our policy remains exactly the same as it was, the very same policy that we have talked about in this room for months and months now. First...
Thai farmers urge Government to protect their livelihoods | Phuket News
Thai farmers and agricultural industry leaders are urging the government to not restrict the use of glyphosate, a vital crop protection tool that improves the sustainability and productivity of farming. For more than 40 years, glyphosate has helped local farmers improve Thailand’s food security, economic development and sustainability of its food production. When it comes to safety assessments, no other pesticide has been more extensively tested than glyphosate. After four decades of evaluations, no regulatory agency in the world considers glyphosate to be carcinogenic. The Joint World Health Organization (WHO)/Food & Agricultural Organization (FAO) Meeting on Pesticide Residues concluded that “glyphosate is unlikely to pose a carcinogenic risk to humans from exposure through diet”. In fact, in the past two years alone regulatory authorities in the Europe Union, South Korea, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States have publicly reaffirmed that glyphosate does not cause cancer. The European...
China Welcomes US Offer to Hold Talks Without Pre-Conditions | Phuket News
China has welcomed an offer by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to hold talks with North Korea without pre-conditions. The offer comes amid heightened tensions on the peninsula and as South Korean President Moon Jae-in begins a four-day state visit to China.   Speaking at a regular press briefing Wednesday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said Beijing welcomes all efforts to ease tensions and promote dialogue.   “China has already proposed
Bangkok street vendor awarded city’s first Michelin star | Phuket News
IN A CITY renowned for its delicious street food, it’s not easy to stand out. But that’s exactly what one 70-year-old street vendor has managed to do, bagging a coveted Michelin star for her generous helpings of seafood noodles. Jay Fai, or Auntie Fai as she is affectionately known, accepted the award at ceremony at the Grand Hyatt in the capil last week. Dressed in a white chef’s outfit, the eccentric chef looked a world away from her usual cooking attire of beanie hat, black apron, and ski goggles – used to protect her eyes from the hot oil. “Before, I knew the Michelin name but I did not know it had to do with cooking,” she told AFP after obtaining the star. SEE ALSO: Thailand crowned the friendliest country in Asia for vegetarians Next time you're in Bangkok, don't miss a visit to the wonderful Jay Fai. Her seafood dishes are...
Society of Interior Designers Singapore Launches New Award Categories to Recognise Outstanding Designers | Phuket News
Dec 11, 2017 Picture:  Singapore Interior Design Awards to promote Singapore’s interior design industry on an international stage SINGAPORE, December 7, 2017 – The Society of Interior Designers Singapore (SIDS) will build on its successful SIDA 2016 campaign with the launch of SIDA 2017, continuing its track-record of putting Singapore design on the world map. SIDA 2017 was unveiled at a launch party held at Goodrich Building earlier today. The SIDA 2017 Launch unveiled three new award categories for SIDA 2017. Aside from the original SIDA Awards, the new award categories include SIDA Concept Awards, SIDA Luminary Awards and the SIDA Recognition Awards. Open to both international and local applicants, SIDA aims to win recognition of Singapore's standards in design excellence in the global interior design industry. Commenting on SIDA 2017, Mr. Astley Ng, SIDS Council member and Vice Chair of SIDA Awards (2016-2018), said: “I believe that we...
Rubber farmers are getting slammed by low prices — but one company wants to fix that | Phuket News
Natural rubber prices are hovering near record lows, but Singapore's Halcyon Agri is looking to rectify the problem....
Australia rises to second most popular Asia-Pacific HQ destination | Phuket News
The number of companies choosing Australia to establish an Asia-Pacific headquarters is on the rise. Between January 2009 and December 2014, Australia ranked third for headquarters facilities in the region (after Singapore and China). However, data from 2014 onwards, recorded by fDi Markets, shows that Australia has overtaken China and is now the second most popular choice for investors.  Between 2015 and 2016, the number of headquarter projects going into Australia increased by 46.66%, equating to a market share of 18.18%. The number of jobs created also increased from 1370 to 1600 and capital expenditure increased from $391m to $336.5m. On top of this, date for 2017 (to September) indicates further growth. Headquarter investment into Australia in the first quarter of 2017 experienced a 75% increase compared with the first quarter of 2016, with an increase in capital expenditure and job creation of 104.02% and 96.3%, respectively. Source link ...
FITZCARRALDO Director Werner HERZOG will attend the 42nd Hong Kong International Film Festival | Phuket News
Dec 19, 2017 Picture:  19 December 2017 (Hong Kong) --( ASIA TODAY )-- Werner HERZOG, one of cinema’s most celebrated and internationally recognized filmmakers will attend the 42nd Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF42). This will be HERZOG’s first visit to the Festival and he will be honored by a retrospective of his films, giving local audiences a rare opportunity to watch more than 20 of his classics that reflect his frantic imagination and poetic stylization. HERZOG will conduct a masterclass for the public. This special programme is organized in collaboration with Goethe-Institut Hongkong, Hong Kong Documentary Initiative and German Films. A legendary figure of the New German Cinema, HERZOG’s compulsive drive for authenticity and unyielding pursuit of extraordinary vision has earned him the reputation of being a filmmaker of extraordinary daring and risks. Prolific in both narrative and documentaries, he has directed more than 50 feature films, searching...
China condemns US 'Cold War mentality' on national security | Phuket News
After being labelled a rival power, China says the US should
A day after US branded it a competitor, China says it wants to cooperate | Phuket News
China and U.S. cooperation will lead to a win-win outcome, but confrontation will result in mutual losses, China said....
In pictures: Panda-monium at Tokyo zoo over new cub | Phuket News
HUNDREDS of panda lovers turned out to a Tokyo zoo on Tuesday to attend the first public viewing of Japan’s six-month-old panda cub Xiang Xiang. The healthy female cub was born at Ueno Zoological Gardens in June, five years after her mother Shin Shin lost another cub within days of its birth. It has been nearly three decades since a baby panda at the capital’s zoo has survived this long. SEE ALSO: Japan’s children to decide Olympic mascot for Tokyo 2020 Visitors wait to watch female baby panda Xiang Xiang. Source: Reuters/Issei Kato The panda toddler’s name, written with the Chinese character for fragrant, was chosen from more than 322,000 suggestions submitted by the public. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TL0cp7D9zs4Video can’t be loaded: あすからシャンシャンに会える!・・・でも1日2時間半(17/12/18) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TL0cp7D9zs4) “We started a panda breeding program in 2010 but it’s not easy to make these animals produce a cub,” said Yutaka Fukuda, head of the zoo as quoted by the...
Tokyo's Baby Panda Appears Before Selected Guests, Media | Phuket News
A baby panda made a special appearance Monday before Tokyo's governor, a group of local schoolchildren and the media one day ahead of its official public debut. Xiang Xiang, a 6-month-old female giant panda, will debut Tuesday in a limited public viewing for avid fans who obtained tickets through a highly competitive lottery process. Xiang Xiang, or
Philippine bank accuses Bangladesh of heist 'cover-up' | Phuket News
MANILA: The Philippines bank through which $81 million stolen from Bangladesh's central bank was channelled in February 2016 has accused Dhaka's monetary authority of covering up its negligence and demanded that it stop making the bank a
App launched to protect online privacy as a human right | Phuket News
AS MOBILE rises as the foremost manifestation of our digital experience and more advertising expenditure is directed at targeting users through the Internet, the phenomenon of fading digital privacy is very real. Social media and today’s data driven economy has made one product more valuable than all others: the customer itself. Our data is a huge concern for marketers and advertisers intent on getting their message to the right people, at the right time, and this is all done through data collection. Unfortunately this all comes with a hefty price: our privacy. Despite our universal right to privacy, as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UNHDR), the digital landscape and online businesses has changed our relationship to our data and privacy by insinuating certain platforms and services into the middle of our lives. SEE ALSO: ASEAN countries should learn from the Philippines’ massive election data leak “After more than 15...
Philippines defied experts' advice about dengue vaccine | Phuket News
MANILA: As she announced in January 2016 that the Philippines would immunise one million children with a new dengue vaccine, the nation's then health secretary Janette Garin boasted it was a world-first and a tribute to her country's
Fitch upgrades Philippines' sovereign rating as economy grows | Phuket News
MANILA: Fitch Ratings on Monday upgraded Philippines' credit rating to 'BBB' from 'BBB-', citing the nation's
Bangladesh minister says wants to 'wipe out' Manila bank for heist role | Phuket News
DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh's finance minister said late on Saturday he wanted to
Witness to testify “hasty” procurement of dengue fever vaccine | Phuket News
A doctor who has been working with the Department of Health of the Philippines is ready to testify to the Senate as a witness about the “hasty” procurement of dengue fever vaccine, known under the trade name of Dengvaxia, by the administration of former President Benigno Aquino 3rd , according to The Manila Times Online on Sunday. The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) said on Saturday that it was set to present the witness before the Senate. “The witness considered it his civil duty to expose what transpired with the procurement and the dangers of administering the vaccine to children, said Ferdinand Topacio, VACC’s legal advisor, in the weekly forum, Kapihan sa Annabel’s. “One big thing is that this may lead to a plunder case against former President (Benigno Aquino 3 rd ), Secretary (Janet) Garin and other DoH officials involved in the procurement, for placing a generation, around...
UN Panel: Myanmar Should Give Rohingya Citizenship | Phuket News
A key U.N. committee overwhelmingly approved a resolution Thursday calling on Myanmar’s authorities to end military operations against Rohingya Muslims, ensure their voluntary return from Bangladesh and grant them “full citizenship rights.” The General Assembly’s human rights committee approved the resolution sponsored by the 57-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation by a vote of 135-10, with 26 abstentions. Those voting “no” included Myanmar’s close neighbor China as well as Russia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Laos. The resolution now goes to the 193-member General Assembly for a final vote in December where its approval is virtually certain. OIC voices its concern Saudi Arabia’s U.N. ambassador, Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, speaking on behalf of the OIC, said “another inhumane scene” of religious hatred is unfolding in Myanmar, forcing nearly 620,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh. He said the OIC is deeply concerned at escalating violence against the Rohingya, who have been called “insects” and...
Thailand aims to have no illegal migrants by March next year | Phuket News
The Labour Ministry has set a target for Thailand to be without illegal migrant workers by March 31 next year and all legal workers will be provided with protection under the Thai and international labour laws, said permanent secretary for labour affairs Jarin Jakkapak on Nov 16. Mr Jarin said this to Peter Haymond, Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Bangkok, who called on him at the Labour Ministry. The labour permanent secretary told the US official that Thailand is determined to solve problems over child labour, forced labour and human-trafficking. By April 31, 2018 there will not be illegal migrant workers in Thailand and all migrant workers will be brought into the labour system and protected by the Thai and international laws after receiving the certificate of identity and groing through the nationality verification process from their home countries, he said. Mr Jarin said the Labour...
Asean reaches regional consensus over rights of migrant workers | Phuket News
ALMOST ten years of policy jostling between Southeast Asian nations has culminated in a pact which pledges to uphold the human rights of migrant workers in the region. On Nov 14, the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit in Manila concluded with Chair and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and fellow heads of state signing the Asean Consensus on the Protection and the Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers. The behind-the-scenes story is that from September until some three days before the Nov 13-14 Asean Summit, labour and foreign affairs ministers debated and subsequently approved the contents of this “landmark” document, as Duterte said in opening the Asean Summit. Like in any region, international migration and rights of migrants is a touchy issue. Since the Asean Declaration on the Protection and the Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers in 2007, countries that send migrants including Indonesia, Burma and...
Asean reaches historical regional consensus on the rights of migrant workers | Phuket News
ALMOST ten years of policy jostling between Southeast Asian nations has culminated in a pact which pledges to uphold the human rights of migrant workers in the region. On Nov 14, the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit in Manila concluded with Chair and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and fellow heads of state signing the Asean Consensus on the Protection and the Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers. The behind-the-scenes story is that from September until some three days before the Nov 13-14 Asean Summit, labour and foreign affairs ministers debated and subsequently approved the contents of this “landmark” document, as Duterte said in opening the Asean Summit. Like in any region, international migration and rights of migrants is a touchy issue. Since the Asean Declaration on the Protection and the Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers in 2007, countries that send migrants including Indonesia, Burma and...
Test finds no ochratoxin-A contamination in 26 brands of 3-in-1 coffee | Phuket News
A test of 26 brands of 3-in-1 coffee on sales in the Thai market reveals that none of them is contaminated with ochratoxin-A, a kind of naturally occurring toxins, according to a report by Smart Buyer Magazine of the Foundation for Consumers. However, the report said four of the 26 brands have a high sugar content and six of them do not have a Thai label on them. Ochratoxin-A is usually found in foodstuffs, especially in cereals and coffee beans. The 26 brands of 3-in-1 coffee which has been tested for ochratoxin-A are: Carabao Espresso; Owl Instant Coffee (Strong); French Cafe Rich Gold; AIK CHEONG White Coffee; Buddy Dean Extra Roast; Carabao Rich Aroma; Khao Shong Espresso; Birdy Robusta; BenCafe Instant Coffee Mix; Nescafe Blend&Brew Rich Aroma; Nescafe Gold Cappuccino; Super Ginseng Coffee; Dao Coffee Premium; UCC Original; Super Coffee Original; Moccona Trio Expresso; COBIZCO POP2nd Premix Coffee Instant; SUPER ONE...
Regional Leadership Raises Image of Once-erratic Philippine President | Phuket News
Just 14 months ago, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte called former U.S. President Barak Obama a “son of a whore,” prompting Obama to avoid meeting his Philippine counterpart at an Association of Southeast Asian Nations meeting in Laos. But times have changed. Now that association, better known as ASEAN, is meeting in Manila and Duterte is in charge. He has met current U.S. President Donald Trump twice ceremonially here and is holding an extended meeting with him Monday. Duterte’s chairing role in the association, along with regular state visits around Asia in his 16 months in office, have helped to refine his character, earning him new respect, analysts say. “He has to play along with the script,” said Eduardo Araral, associate professor at the National University of Singapore’s public policy school. “Otherwise it would be a very long day if he does his usual impromptu.” Trump and Duterte have so far...
Trump sparks protests as world leaders gather for Asean summit in Manila | Phuket News
UNITED STATES President Donald Trump literally stood out among the 20 world leaders who attended the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit in Manila. He was the only one with a 13-foot effigy that Filipino activists mocked with all their might, amid the strict security laid out for the dignitaries. Thousands of activists held rallies in the streets of Manila as the Asean Summit officially opened Monday to decry the participation of Trump, clashing with anti-riot police officers who tried to disperse them with water cannons and truncheons that left several wounded from both sides. The activists earlier drumbeat their consternation against the US president with the hashtag #BanTrumpPH and produced the effigy that depicted Trump with four arms that form a swastika sign, symbolising “fascism, war and plunder.” Protesters clash with police during a rally against U.S. President Donald Trump, who is attending the Association of Southeast...
These are the best countries in Asia for a woman to live | Phuket News
THE Philippines is home to paradise beaches, a deadly war on drugs and Islamic militants in its south. It’s also the best Asian country to live in if you’re a woman. A new report from the World Economic Forum has found the Southeast Asian country to be the most gender-equal country in Asia in its annual Global Gender Gap Index. The index ranks 144 countries based on how they perform in four “pillars”: economic participation and opportunity, education, political empowerment, and health and survival. It uses data from the world’s most respected institutions, like the International Labour Organization, the UN Development Program and the World Health Organization, as well as WEF’s own perceptions survey. On health, it looks at the sex ratio at birth and how both genders fare in terms of years lost to disease and disability. In education, literacy gaps as well as primary, secondary and tertiary enrolments, are considered. SEE ALSO: Pakistan,...
Wellknown mime artist Paitoon Laisakul passes away | Phuket News
Thailand’s best known mime performer and founder of the Konnakhao Mime Academy, Paitoon Laisakul, died of heart failure at Sukhumvit hospital on Wednesday night (Nov 8), ending his 35 years in mime career. He was 55. Funeral rites are being held at Wat That Thong today (Nov 9) until Nov 12. Born in Nakhon Si Thammarat on July 31, 1962, Paitoon lived with his mother and elder sister.  As a child, he moved often with his family until the family finally settled down in Bangkok. He first studied at Benjamarachuthit school in Nakhon Si Thammarat, the Chiang Mai’s Wattanothaipayap School and Wat That Thong school in Bangkok.  But his turning point came when he was inducted to the art of pantomime while he was working at the Chiang Mai Art Centre for Children during the day time while studying in the evening at Wattanothaipayap School. The founder of the centre,...
Hua Yong: Detained Chinese artist's emotional last video | Phuket News
On-the-run artist Hua Yong's message to his daughter as Chinese police close in on him goes viral....
New Thai-Lao bus route open | Phuket News
A ceremony was held in Nan province on Thursday (Nov 9) for the launch of a new bus route (Nan-Xayaburi-Luang Prabang), the 15th one linking Thailand with Laos and Cambodia. Jirasak Yaowatsakul, president of the Transport Company, said after the ceremony, chaired by Nan governor Paisal Wimolrat, that the bus service on the 373-kilometre Nan – Xayaburi – Luang Prabang route will be jointly operated by the Transport Company of Thailand and the Naluang Transport Company of Laos, using 21-seat mini-buses. The bus route is intended to promote tourism and boost the economy of the two countries under the framework of the Asean Economic Community (AEC). The buses depart from Nan and Luang Prabang simultaneously at 8am. The travel time is 8.30 hours.  The fare is 660 baht. The 15 routes linking Thailand with Laos and Cambodia now in operation are: Nong Khai-Vientiane; Udon Thani-Vientiane; Ubon Ratchathani-Pakse; Mukdahan-Savannakhet; Khon Kaen-Vientiane; Bangkok-Vientiane; Nakhon Phanom-Thakhek;...
Myanmar Cardinal Defends Aung San Suu Kyi on Eve of Pope Trip | Phuket News
Myanmar's Catholic cardinal on Friday defended Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi against
Thailand’s immigration detention centres ‘inhumane’ for refugees | Phuket News
FOR years, a 16 year-old Rohingya girl lingered in a tightly crammed cell with dozens of others in what human rights groups call “inhumane” conditions. Her situation seemed hopeless. She didn’t know how, or when she would leave, or what her options were. Her only choice was to wait. Her name was Zainab Bi Bi—and she didn’t have long to live. Over the last three years all she knew was the inside of that derelict place. Left without proper medical care, or even basic health and hygiene needs, she waited indefinitely for something to change. Change came – but not in the form of medical attention or humane care; it came in the shape of internal bleeding. On Nov 2, the young girl died a few days after collapsing in one of Thailand’s notorious southern Immigration Detention Centres (IDCs) from internal bleeding in her brain. SEE ALSO: Rohingya child refugee...
Shan State: Burma’s hidden humanitarian crisis | Phuket News
THE violent campaign of land clearance and ethnic cleansing towards the Rohingya people is finally being exposed by media networks across the globe, intensifying the pressure on governments to tackle the unacceptable conduct of security forces in Burma (Myanmar). But as this is happening, ethnic groups on the opposite side of the country are suffering in silence while international donors withdraw essential food aid which these persecuted minority communities are entirely dependent on. There are over 6,200 refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in six camps along the Shan-Thai border in Eastern Myanmar. The IDP camps at Loi Lam, Loi Sarm Sip, Loi Kaw Wan, Loi Tai Leng, Koung Jor, Gawng Mung Mong were set up in the late 1990s, after Myanmar’s military began a notorious ‘scorched earth’ offensive against 1,400 villages in Shan State. During this brutal campaign over 300,000 people were driven from their homes, and hundreds of...
The misery of Thailands’ immigration detention centres | Phuket News
FOR years, a 16 year-old Rohingya girl lingered in a tightly crammed cell with dozens of others in what human rights groups call “inhumane” conditions. Her situation seemed hopeless. She didn’t know how, or when she would leave, or what her options were. Her only choice was to wait. Her name was Zainab Bi Bi—and she didn’t have long to live. Over the last three years all she knew was the inside of that derelict place. Left without proper medical care, or even basic health and hygiene needs, she waited indefinitely for something to change. Change came—but not in the form of medical attention or humane care; it came in the shape of internal bleeding. On November 2, the young girl died a few days after collapsing in one of Thailand’s notorious southern Immigration Detention Centres (IDCs) from internal bleeding in her brain. SEE ALSO: Rohingya child refugee dies in...
‘He stuck a knife into my side’: Burmese army accused of gang-raping women and girls | Phuket News
BURMA’s (Myanmar) military systematically raped and tortured women and girls as part of their campaign of ethnic cleansing against Rohingya Muslims in Northern Rakhine State, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report released on Thursday. The 37-page report documents the gruesome stories of women who have fled the violence and are currently in refugee camps Bangladesh. Many women describe widespread gang-rape. They were also subjected to torture and humiliation and were, in many cases, forced to witness the murder of their young children, spouses, and parents. “Rape has been a prominent and devastating feature of the Burmese military’s campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya,” Skye Wheeler, women’s rights emergencies researcher at HRW and author of the report, said in a statement. SEE ALSO: Rohingya crisis: Burmese military slammed after clearing itself of any wrongdoing “The Burmese military’s barbaric acts of violence have left countless women and girls brutally harmed...
Burma: Military gang-raped Rohingya woman and girls – HRW | Phuket News
BURMA’S (Myanmar) military systematically raped and tortured women and girls as part of their campaign of ethnic cleansing against Rohingya Muslims in Northern Rakhine State, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report released Thursday. The 37-page report documents the gruesome stories of woman who have fled the violence and are currently in refugee camps Bangladesh. Many women describe widespread gang-rape. They were also subjected to torture and humiliation and were, in many cases, forced to witness the murder of their young children, spouses, and parents. “Rape has been a prominent and devastating feature of the Burmese military’s campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya,” Skye Wheeler, women’s rights emergencies researcher at HRW and author of the report, said in a statement. SEE ALSO: Rohingya crisis: Burmese military slammed after clearing itself of any wrongdoing “The Burmese military’s barbaric acts of violence have left countless women and girls brutally harmed and...
As Tillerson visits Burma, Holocaust Museum points to ‘mounting evidence of genocide’ | Phuket News
THERE is “mounting evidence of genocide” in Burma (Myanmar) according to a report published this week, as US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson expressed the need for a “credible and impartial investigation” into alleged abuses against Rohingya Muslims during a one-day state visit on Wednesday. Speaking during a joint press conference with the Burmese State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi in the capital Naypyidaw, Tillerson said that the US was “deeply concerned by credible reports of widespread atrocities” committed by the country’s Tatmadaw army. Nevertheless, he said that sanctions were not “advisable at this time”. Dozens of American lawmakers have pressured President Donald Trump’s administration to impose targeted sanctions and travel bans against Burma’s military leadership. Myanmar border guard police force patrol near the Myanmar-Bangladeshi border outside Maungdaw, northern Rakhine state, Myanmar, November 12, 2017. Picture taken on November 12, 2017. Source: Reuters/Wa Lone Fastest exodus since Rwanda A report...
Justin Rose wins Indonesian Masters; Phachara 2nd | Phuket News
JAKARTA: Justin Rose played 30 holes on Sunday in the weather-delayed Indonesian Masters, closing for a final-round 10-under 62 and an eight-stroke victory at Royale Jakarta Golf Club....
New bar-coded traffic violation tickets not in use in Phuket yet, confirmed | Phuket News
PHUKET: The Chief of the Phuket City Traffic Police and Dep Supt of Phuket City Police Station Lt Col Teerawat Liamsuwan has today confirmed that, contrary to other media reports, new bar-coded traffic violation tickets are not yet in use in Phuket but are likely to be later this week....
Sam Fauma: A community-minded man | Phuket News
Sam Fauma is well known on Phuket as a principle partner in the respected International Law Office Phuket which has helped many foreign residents set up companies to protect their investments....
Mystery Solved as Australian Sub Found After 103 Years | Phuket News
One of Australia’s oldest naval mysteries has been solved after the discovery of the wreck of the country’s first submarine more than 103 years after its disappearance in World War I.  The AE1 vanished off the New Guinean island of New Britain on September 14, 1914, with 35 crew aboard from Australia, New Zealand and Britain.  It was the first Allied submarine loss of the war and the first wartime loss for the Royal Australian Navy, yet the exact reason for its sinking remains unclear.  No fewer than 12 fruitless hunts for the sub had been carried out over the past several decades, but Australian Defense Minister Marise Payne said Thursday it was located more than 300 meters (984 feet) below the surface in a search using a Dutch-owned survey vessel that started only last week.  While the reasons for the submarine’s sinking remain unclear, Payne said the Australian government...
Australian WW1-era naval submarine HMAS AE-1 found | Phuket News
The discovery of the first Allied submarine lost in WW1 solves Australia's oldest naval mystery....
Tillerson Offers to Meet With North Korea Without Preconditions | Phuket News
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday offered to begin talks with North Korea without preconditions, while pointing to China to ramp up pressures against Pyongyang, including a complete oil embargo amid heightened tensions in the Korea peninsula.
South Korea may tax capital gains from cryptocurrency trading | Phuket News
South Korea has moved quickly to set rules on trading cryptocurrencies....
Twinword included among top seven companies on Amazon Web Services Marketplace | Phuket News
Dec 11, 2017 Picture:  SEOUL, South Korea, Dec. 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Twinword, a company that has developed a platform that collects, analyzes, and uses big data based on natural language processing technology, was recently ranked among the top seven companies on Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace. A member company of the K-ICT Born2Global Centre, Twinword announced on December 8 that it had been designated as an API supplier in the AI solution sector by AWS Marketplace and featured on its main page. AWS Marketplace is an online store that helps customers find and purchase the services and software they need to operate their businesses and establish programs. With the growing focus that Amazon has been placing on its API marketplace (which features operational systems for web service developers and programmers and application program interfaces), Twinword, which specializes in the extraction of contextual data, released 13 APIs on AWS...
US, Japan and South Korea to host joint missile tracking drills | Phuket News
The US, Japan and South Korea will hold a two-day missile tracking drill, Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force announced. The drills will be held in waters off the coast of Japan on Monday and Tuesday, Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said during a visit to a garrison in northern Japan. The exercise will be aimed at “practising […]...
US, Japan and South Korea host joint missile tracking drills | Phuket News
The US, Japan and South Korea began a two-day missile tracking drill on Monday, South Korea’s military said. The drills were being held in waters off the coast of Japan, the country’s Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said. The exercises are aimed at “practising tracking an object and sharing information on it among the three countries,” […]...
UN Human Rights Chief Cautions Sanctions Could Hurt Struggling N. Koreans | Phuket News
The United Nations human rights commissioner has called on the Security Council to assess the impact of economic sanctions on North Korea to minimize their impact on millions of already struggling North Koreans. “The humanitarian assistance provided by U.N. agencies and others are literally a lifeline for some 13 million acutely vulnerable individuals,” Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein told council members via a video link from Paris on Monday. “Sanctions may be adversely affecting this essential help.” He cited as one example international banking restrictions, which have slowed the U.N.’s ability to deliver food rations, health kits and other humanitarian aid to citizens. Al-Hussein briefed a special session of the council that was focused on the human rights situation in North Korea. Despite objections from China, Russia and Bolivia, the meeting went ahead due to the support of a majority of council members. Human rights a consistent subject    This is the...
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