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Phuket sees start of ‘big cleaning week’, starts with Chalong
PHUKET: Last Friday saw the start of a “Big Cleaning Week” campaign with Chalong being the first area to start the activity and other areas to see similar activities in coming weeks.
Finnair ramps up Phuket, Krabi flights
PHUKET: Finnair will upgrade its European winter season services from Helsinki to Phuket and Krabi from Airbus A330 to A350 aircraft for its three flights weekly to Phuket and two flights weekly to Krabi from October 9 to late March 2018.
Dog poop for dessert: Turd-shaped treats a hit in Thailand
BANGKOK: It might turn some stomachs, but a dessert-maker in Thailand has been flooded with orders ever since she started crafting gelatinous sweets into the shape of dog poop.
Make travel insurance compulsory, say voters in Phuket poll
PHUKET: A majority of people who took part in an online poll by The Phuket News have called for introducing mandatory travel insurance for all tourists entering Thailand.
139 dead, more than 100 injured in Pakistan oil tanker fire
PAKISTAN: An overturned oil tanker exploded in a huge fireball in Pakistan yesterday (June 25), killing at least 139 people and injuring scores as crowds scavenging for fuel ignored warnings to stay clear, officials and witnesses said.
Tea money scandal brews concern
BANGKOK: Despite the government’s efforts to crack down on corruption in state agencies, the practice of paying bribes to secure school places is said to be rampant.
Driven to distraction: Pyongyang’s ‘traffic ladies’ emblematic image of the North Korean capital
NORTH KOREA: Snapping their heads from side to side, marching into the roads in close-fitting blue uniforms and black heels, the “traffic ladies” who marshal vehicles at the intersections of Pyongyang are an emblematic image of the North Korean capital.
Terror and tourism: Enough is enough
When Yasser Arafat said in 1999, “I formally and absolutely renounce all forms of tourism” (sic), we may assume that Arafat meant “terrorism” rather than “tourism” – yet that may have been an omen, as certainly the two cannot co-exist comfortably and one certainly damages the other.
Donkeys at dawn in Kasbah
ALGERIA: It’s a rubbish job, but someone has to do it. Or some animal: in the alleyways of Algiers’ famed Kasbah, donkeys shift tonnes of trash every day.
Tourism Thailand’s top-performing sector: WTTC
LONDON: Thailand’s tourism sector is one of the strongest performers out of nine of the country’s industry sectors covered in a new study released by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).
Phuket Gazette -Spotlight
Army soldiers and Phuket police raid 16 massage parlors at Poonpol Night Plaza
PHUKET: Following an order by Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong, a 'task force' of 100 police and soldiers raided 16 massage venues in and near Poonpol Night Plaza last night. The raids were led by Capt Bhavorn Promkeawngam.

The purpose of the operation was to suppress illicit behavior, including possession of drugs, working without a permit and human trafficking.
Phuket International airport under fire for filthy, stinking toilets

Rape escape: Phone call aborts rape of Phuket woman two months pregnant

Motorbike in Phuket worker's kitchen explodes, reaps big damage in Thalang
PHUKET: A motorbike explosion caused a worker's quarters in Phuket to catch fire last night, resulting in more than 100,000 baht in damages. Police have yet to learn why the bike exploded.

Thalang police station received a report of the incident at about 10:30pm from the quarters in Baan Manik and dispatched fire fighters from the Phuket Disaster Prevention and Mitigation office in Cherngtalay.
Hooper Trips Asia: Pao Village Girls, Inle Lake, Myanmar : Top Stories
Surin makes surprise bid for city governor
Surin Pitsuwan, a former secretary-general of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, says he is ready to run in the Bangkok governor election and vowed to turn the city into an international smart city as soon as the regime gives the green light to local elections.
GOP healthcare bill an 'immoral piece of legislation': Sanders
At a rally in Columbus, Ohio on a three-state tour to oppose the Senate Republican healthcare bill, Senator Bernie Sanders calls the proposed Obamacare replacement, "immoral." - REUTERS
Hopes fade for victims of China landslide
Rescue workers in China pulled more bodies out of piles of rock and mud on Sunday as they searched for 93 people still missing a day after a landslide buried a mountain village, with hopes fading of finding survivors. - REUTERS
Credit card spending loses steam
Credit card spending growth slowed to its lowest annual pace in five years in May, adding to signs that household consumption -- one of the country's main economic engines -- is losing steam as middle-income earners turn more cautious.
NRSA report calls for an end to travel perks
The National Reform Steering Assembly (NRSA) is advocating slashing funds set aside for overseas trips undertaken by members of different parliamentary committees, fearing the panelists might use these for personal holidays.
Innovate or be swept away with the tide
Everyone is ready to state the obvious when they talk about change. People will tell you how it is the only thing that is constant, how it is increasing in scope, scale and impact. I, too, have mentioned this many times.
East-west coastal railway link mulled
A plan for yet another railway development, this time connecting the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea, is off to a positive start after authorities agreed to conduct a detailed study on the proposed Chumphon-Ranong route.
Banharn's son tipped to lead Chartthaipattana
Following the demise of Chartthaipattana Party's towering figure Banharn Silpa-archa, his youngest son who is tipped to become the new party leader has expressed a strong desire to turn this one-man-show party into a political institution with constructive teamwork among its senior figures and younger generations.
Nong Than to spearhead safety drive
Nitcharee or "Nong Than" Peneakchanasak, who lost both legs in a train accident in 2011 in Singapore, will spearhead a campaign calling for the Airport Rail Link (ARL) and the Bangkok Mass Transit System, known as BTS, to install safety barriers between tracks and platforms at all stations, her father said Sunday.
Government fails to head off health plan fight
A conflict over the controversial amendments of the National Health Security Act looks set to escalate into a "war" between proponents in the government camp and health activists who question attempts to shake up hospital finances.
Thai oil tanker robbed by pirates arrives in Songkhla
A Thai oil tanker robbed by pirates has returned to Songkhla province.
Fire guts Pathum Thani industrial-waste storage facility
A fire collapsed the roof of a Pathum Thani storage facility for sorted industrial waste early on Monday.
Old-age pension eligibility to be extended to 60 years old
The Social Security Office (SSO) will amend the law to extend the eligible age to collect the old-age pension from 55 to 60, meaning insured people can remain in the workforce until age 60.
Amnesty International urges government to tackle torture 
The Amnesty International and the International Commission of Jurists on Monday called on Thailand to honour its pledge to prevent torture and other ill-treatment, saying torture is still prevalent throughout the country.
Japan's airbag giant Takata files for bankruptcy protection
TOKYO - Japan's crisis-hit car parts maker Takata said it filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday, after deadly faults in its airbags triggered the auto industry's biggest ever safety recall.
Controversy over regulation of OTT content on Internet
Proponents argue over ‘appropriate’ content, taxes amid censorship fears.
PM ‘satisfied’ with aviation safety improvements
PRIME Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has expressed his satisfaction over improvements in aviation safety management and hopes that the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) will lift its “red flag” status on Thailand soon, government spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd said yesterday.
Primary voting could violate charter: Abhisit
Democrat leader says it may obstruct nomination of mp candidates for seats.
Police yet to file charges over 5 deaths at CPF plant
POLICE have yet to file charges against anyone over the tragic death of five people at the Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF) factory in Bangkok on Friday and will probe further to determine who might have been careless or negligent, city police chief Lt-General Sanit Mahathavorn said yesterday.