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Maya Bay protection not enough to save corals, says marine expert
PHUKET: Maya Bay near Thailand’s famed Phi Phi Island, east of Phuket, needs to be closed off to tourists entirely in order for corals and the marine ecosystem to recover comprehensively, marine life expert Dr Thon Thamrongnawasawat has told The Phuket News.
Lottery case teacher accuses police, turns to DSI
BANGKOK: Kanchanaburi teacher Preecha Kraikruan today (Mar 22) asked the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) to take over the B30-million lottery dispute case, accusing police of forcing him to confess he did not own the jackpot tickets.
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Fatal hillside tumble! Media censorship? Double-decker horror! || March 22
Hillside tumble off Patong kills driver! Double-decker crash kills 18! Tourist limit for marin parks? Media censorship challenged in Thai court! Police dont believe cabbie? Phuket rabies free? Hosted by: JP Mestanza || #Phuket
Phuket revs up for Phuket Bike Week 2018 ‘World Ride Together’
PHUKET: More than 100,000 participants, including foreigners from over 30 countries, together with 10,000 vehicles are expected to take part in Phuket Bike Week 2018, to be held from April 11-21, this year with the theme ‘World Ride Together’.
Digital centres to screen social media to be set up, Isoc confirms in Phuket
PHUKET: Digital centres will be set up to screen information on social media, a senior official from the Internal Security Operation Command (ISOC), the political arm of the Thai military, confirmed in Phuket yesterday (Mar 21).
Driver dead as water truck rolls Patong Hill hillside
PHUKET: The driver of a private water truck died this morning when he lost control of his vehicle causing it to first break the guardrail on the side of Patong Hill and then roll about 20 metres down the hillside.
Police refute taxi driver’s claim that broken shock caused Phuket crash
PHUKET: Police have confirmed to The Phuket News that they do not believe a taxi driver’s story that a broken shock absorber caused him to crash his vehicle in Thalang this morning while taking a Chinese family of three from Phuket International Airport to Patong.
Avoid sex assault: Don’t dress sexy, says government
NATIONWIDE: Local authorities are telling women to avoid dressing in sexy outfits as they try to prevent sexual harassment or sex assault cases during next month’s Songkran festival.
Gov leads ‘Big Clean’ at Phuket dog shelter, says facility need crematorium
PHUKET: Phuket Governor Norrapaht Plodthong led the a “Big Cleaning Day” at the Phuket Stray Dog Shelter at Bang Khanun Forest Park in Thalang on Tuesday (Mar 20) where he stated that the facility needs a dog crematorium to burn not only the bodies of dead dogs from the shelter but also outside.
Zuckerberg: Facebook must ‘step up’ after data scandal
UNITED STATES: Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg yesterday (Mar 21) broke his silence on the data scandal rocking the social media giant, apologising for a “major breach of trust” with its two billion users and vowing to not repeat the mistake.
Phuket Gazette
Milestone complete for upscale MontAzure on Kamala Beach

The developers of MontAzure, the upscale residential resort community on the west coast of Phuket gathered in Kamala with the joint venture partners to celebrate the completion of the main structure at its unique beachfront condominium development, Twinpalms Residences MontAzure. Designed to take full advantage of its unrivalled oceanfront location, the development comprises a series […]

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Livestock Department promises NO “Set Zero”

The Department of Livestock Development (DLD) is giving assurances to the Soi Dog Foundation that the department will not follow a policy of “Set Zero” – wiping out all stray dogs in Thailand. The assurance that there will be no countrywide slaughter came from the DLD’s Director of the Division of Veterinary Quarantine and Inspection, […]

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Governor rolls up his sleeves in a clean-up day at Phuket’s stray dog shelter

Phuket’s Governor, Norapat Plodthong, led a big group of officials and volunteers along with staff from Phuket’s Soi Dog Foundation to cleanup, paint and donate their time at Phuket’s Stray Dog Shelter yesterday (March 20). The Governor rolled up his sleeves and worked along with the other volunteers to give the shelter a well-needed publicly-funded […]

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THAIGER TODAY Thursday, March 22

16 dead following bus crash in Nakhon Ratchasima | Prawit may be invited in for a ‘chat’, NACC | Pattaya attackers charged by police | No water splashing on main roads for Songkran this year | Another tour bus crash in Phang Nga and a fatal accident on notorious Patong Hill | Austrian drowns in […]

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Foreign thief captured on video in Patong

A Facebook user named ‘Thep PK’ has posted a video showing footage of a western man at a beer garden in Patong stealing a bag from the tourists sitting next to him. Foreign tourist captured on video stealing phone and bag in Patong Posted by Phuket Gazette on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 Facebook/Thep PK The […]

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Water truck careers off Patong Hill, killing one

There’s been another fatal accident on Patong Hill this morning (March 22). So far there’s been one fatality reported with another critically injured. A fully-loaded water truck has slipped over the side after crashing through the roadside barriers and fallen down the roadside cliff on the Kathu side. Long traffic delays in and out of […]

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Anonymous corpse retrieved floating near Rawai

A dead body, which is believed to be of a western man, has been discovered floating near Koh Kaewpissadan, on the west coast of Rawai yesterday (March 21). Police from Chalong station, Marine Police, Forensic Police and a medical team from Vachira Hospital as well as Phuket Ruamjai rescue team went out to collect the […]

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Police ban water splashing on main roads for Songkran

The Royal Thai Police are looking to impose a total ban on water splashing activities on main and secondary roads throughout Thailand during from April 11-17, the Songkran holiday break. They are citing road safety as the reason for the drastic plans. In phuket, in the past, Chao Fah east and west, Viset Road in […]

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Nakhon Ratchasima bus crash kills 16

At least 16 people were killed on Wednesday evening when their double-deck coach crashed with a 18-wheel truck before slamming into roadside shops in in Nakhon Ratchasima’s Wang Nam Khieo district, 300 kilometres north-east of Bangkok, and ending up in a ditch. Witnesses say that the driver of the coach survived the accident and fled […]

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Vaping could get you ten years in a Thai prison

Vaping, the popular alternative to smoking cigarettes, might be OK where you come from, but in Thailand sucking on your favourite ‘vape’, or even bringing them into the country, could put put you in a Thai prison for ten years. It’s not a new law, with the import of electronic cigarettes and shisha being banned […]

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Forty-five countries urge Cambodia to conduct free vote
PHNOM PENH: Forty-five countries called on Cambodia on Wednesday to reinstate the main opposition party, release its jailed leader and ensure a July general election is free and fair.
Lottery case teacher accuses police, turns to DSI
Kanchanaburi teacher Preecha Kraikruan asked the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) to take over the 30-million-baht lottery dispute case on Thursday, accusing police of forcing him to confess he did not own the jackpot tickets.
Philippine police say 13 killed in one day of drug busts
MANILA: Philippine police killed 13 suspected drug dealers and arrested more than 100 people in dozens of anti-narcotics operations on Wednesday in a province north of the capital, its police chief said.
World sees rapid upsurge in extreme weather: report
PARIS - A world addled by climate change has seen a four-fold increase in major flooding events since 1980, and a doubling of significant storms, droughts and heat waves, Europe's national science academies jointly reported Wednesday.
Get rid of fake vaccines, graft, not strays
The massacre of temple dogs in southern Thailand in the wake of the rabies fear frenzy is not only cruel and sad, it also reflects state authorities' mindset that violence is the way to eliminate perceived enemies.
Arizona police release video of fatal self-driving car collision
Police in Arizona on Wednesday release a short video showing the moments leading up to a fatal collision between an Uber self-driving car and a homeless woman who was killed. - REUTERS
Zuckerberg promises changes after data scandal
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg broke his silence on Wednesday, acknowledging his company made mistakes in handling data belonging to 50 million of its users and promising tougher steps to restrict developers access to data. - REUTERS
A dramatic death, but few clues from Austin bomber suspect
Police say they tracked the suspected Austin bomber, 23-year-old Mark Conditt, for a day before closing in on him on the side of a highway where he blew himself up early Wednesday. - REUTERS
Britain's Johnson links poison attack to Russian election, likens World Cup to Hitler's Olympics
The UK's Foreign Minister says the timing of the Salisbury attack is linked to the Russian election and that the Russian President will cause trouble wherever he can. - REUTERS
Horrific double-decker bus crash in Korat kills 18
NAKHON RATCHASIMA: A double-decker bus carrying passengers home from an outing plunged off a winding Nakhon Ratchasima road Wednesday night, killing 18 people and injuring about 32, the provincial governor said.
Thai Niyom not a junta election campaign: PM
Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha on Thursday insisted that the junta government is not using the much-hyped Thai Niyom Yangyeun scheme to campaign for itself ahead of the next general election.
Water truck careers off Patong Hill, killing one
One person was killed and another critically injured on Thursday morning after a fully loaded water truck crashed through a roadside barrier on Patong Hill.
Illegal logging operation raided in Loei but no arrests made
Authorities seized a large amount of hardwood logs from a shack built in a forest conservation area in Loei’s Dan Sai district during an inspection on Tuesday and Wednesday, said Colonel Pongphetch Ketsupa of the Internal Security Operations Command’s Loei branch on Thursday.
Generali announces plan divesting from coal
The Generali Group will partially divest from its coal investments while increasing investment in renewable energy infrastructure in a climate-change strategic plan announced on Thursday.
Facebook, Google warn Singapore against 'fake news' law
Singapore - Internet giants Facebook and Google on Thursday warned Singapore against introducing new laws to combat "fake news", saying that existing legislation is adequate to address the problem.
Ancient Ayutthaya temple damaged by drama-obsessed tourists
Parts of Wat Chaiwatthanaram, an ancient temple in Ayutthaya, have been closed as officials seek to repair damages caused by tourists.
Asian nations wary after Cambridge Analytica revelations
While the United States drags its feet on the latest revelations from Cambridge Analytica, political parties across Asia have come out to disavow any links between the data mining firm and their electoral success.
Joint UN statement condemns Cambodia's political ‘repression’
More than 40 countries condemned what they characterised as Cambodia's escalating repression of the political opposition, civil society and media in a joint statement presented on Wednesday during a session at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.
Immigration: Datin in maid abuse case on travel blacklist
Petaling Jaya - The Datin who went missing after being found guilty of causing grievous hurt to her maid has been blacklisted from leaving the country.
Chiang Mai, Thailand News
NHSO committed to helping kids with Down's syndrome

The National Health Security Office has noted World Down's Syndrome Day with an assurance that its universal health coverage includes the care and development of children with the syndrome. It has also joined a larger effort to screen women who are 14-18 weeks pregnant for embryos with three copies of chromosome 21 instead of the usual two.

Creativity, Thai-style

Creativity converged at Singapore Design Week which took place earlier this month. A citywide event, the design week held under the theme "A March Of Design" was an amalgamation of events.

Wartime love story

Just as any country that experienced wars, Thailand, which was involved in both world wars, has its share of bestseller novels that are themed on wartime love stories. Novelist Wimol Siripaiboon holds a copy of the Japanese version of her wartime romance "Khu Kam" in Chiang Mai on March 12, 2018.

Bangkok air quality ailing while Chiang Mai improves

Thailand's Pollution Control Department has reported particulate matter readings at five of its Bangkok stations have show levels exceeding limits, with highs of 57 micrograms per cubic meter. The PCD said readings in Bangkok on March 11 saw a range of 46-57 micrograms per cubic meter at the Bangna, Wangthonglang, Rama 4, Ladprao and Indarapitak stations.

80% of welfare funds 'plagued by graft'

People give information to PACC officials on the possible embezzlement of welfare funds for the poor in Narathiwat province on Feb 20. Irregularities have been found in the distribution of welfare allowances for the poor in 44 provinces, representing 80%, or 97 million baht, of the national budget for the purpose, as the probe continues in the remaining 32 provinces. The Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission has been investigating possible corruption involving the budget for the poor of 122 million baht in fiscal 2017 at 76 protection centres for the destitute across the country.

On the Road and In Your Backyard

This weekday feature is for Juicers who are are on the road, traveling, or just want to share a little bit of their world via stories and pictures. So many of us rise each morning, eager for something beautiful, inspiring, amazing, subtle, of note, and our community delivers - a view into their world, whether they're far away or close to home - pictures with a story, with context, with meaning, sometimes just beauty.

Face masks to be distributed to cities affected by air pollution

Thailand's Ministry of Public Health convened a meeting Saturday to discuss the ongoing air pollution problem in nine provinces and is making preparations to hand out 290,000 pollution resistant masks to people in all affected areas. While chairing a video conference with local health agencies, Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Public Health Ministry Dr. Opas Karnkawinpong, was informed that the nine provinces in the northern region are currently affected by air-borne particulate matter of less than 10 microns including Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Nan, Phayao, Phrae, Mae Hong Son, Lampang, Lamphun, and Tak.

Highway carnage

This is the best description of the Thai mindset I have read in a long time. If only this speech by the academic could be heard by all the Thai people.

Air quality worsens but data lacking in Northeast areas

AIR POLLUTION from particulate matter smaller than 2.5 microns continues to ravage the North and Northeast but no accurate measurements are available, as many provinces do not have PM2.5 monitoring stations. As seasonal haze intensifies in the North from the accumulation of fine particulate matter in the air, a PM2.5 monitoring device in Khon Kaen yesterday indicated that air pollution was also occurring in the Northeast.

Myanmar Artists' Works Tackling Identity, Displacement on Show in Chiang Mai

Works by 18 established and emerging artists from Southeast Asia offering their personal experiences of global migration, notions of identity and ongoing humanitarian crises in Myanmar are on currently on display in a group exhibition in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand. The contemporary art exhibition "Diaspora: Exit, Exile, Exodus of Southeast Asia" is open to the public at the MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum in Chiang Mai from March 4 until Oct. 1. It includes works in a range of media, including paintings, paper cut-outs, other visual arts and mixed-media installations. : Most recent
NLA approves B150bn supplementary budget
The National Legislative Assembly has voted 183-0 to pass a 150-billion-baht supplementary expenditure budget for fiscal 2018 ending in October.
Kremlin calls Johnson likening Putin to Hitler 'disgusting'
MOSCOW: The Kremlin on Thursday said British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson had made "disgusting" comments about President Vladimir Putin seeking to exploit Russia's World Cup in the way Adolf Hitler had used the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
Rebels expected to evacuate Syria's Eastern Ghouta
HARASTA, Syria: Buses prepared to enter a bombed-out town in Syria's Eastern Ghouta on Thursday after an agreement to evacuate hundreds of rebels and their families following weeks of regime bombardment.
Heavy disruption as French unions strike against Macron
PARIS: Public sector workers went on strike across France on Thursday in a "warning shot" for President Emmanuel Macron against his multi-front reform drive, with cancelled trains and flights causing travel headaches for thousands.
Indonesia holds key interest rate at 4.25%
JAKARTA: Indonesia's central bank on Thursday kept its policy rate unchanged, as expected, saying its monetary policy stance remains neutral.
Ban announced on keeping invasive cichlid fish
The Fisheries Department has banned the importing, keeping and raising of three kinds of cichlid fish to protect native species and the aquaculture sector.
Suicidal village head hunted after murdering ex-wife
NAKHON SI THAMMARAT: Police were hunting for a 40-year-old village headman who declared he intended to commit suicide after shooting dead his estranged young wife in front of her mother.
B68m aid for Chiang Mai ethnic people disappears
Another corruption case of public funds has been uncovered in Chiang Mai, where ethnic groups said they never received disbursed welfare aids worth almost 68 million baht in total.
London hardened up year on from Westminster attack
LONDON: Like other cities impacted by terrorism, London has adapted its urban facade to protect itself from future risks, especially further vehicle attacks, as occurred in Westminster a year ago.
Forty-five countries urge Cambodia to conduct free vote
PHNOM PENH: Forty-five countries called on Cambodia on Wednesday to reinstate the main opposition party, release its jailed leader and ensure a July general election is free and fair.