First priority is to beautify Phuket, says Gov Norraphat

First priority is to beautify Phuket, says Gov Norraphat

PHUKET: Newly-appointed Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong says his first priority is to beautify Phuket. Earlier this week, the governor held his first ‘media meet’ since his arrival on the island on April 10, to lay out his plans for Phuket. On April 4, ex-Phuket Governor Chokchai Dejamornthan was transferred out after six months on the job, with Gov Norraphat – previously Provincial Management Adviser at the Office of the Permanent Secretary of Interior – being named as his successor (story here). This project was named by the governor as "Beautiful Phuket by our Hands" or Phuket Suay Duay Mue Rao##~

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Woman killed, 3-year-old niece survives Phuket hit-and-run

Woman killed, 3-year-old niece survives Phuket hit-and-run

PHUKET: A woman was killed and a three-year-old slightly injured in another hit-and-run accident in Thalang yesterday evening. The child is now confirmed to be out of danger. Lt Sunan Pethnhoo of Thalang Police received reports of the accident, which occurred near Tesco Lotus Thalang on Thepkrasattri Road, at about 5:45pm. Police arrived at the scene with rescue teams to find a Chinese tour bus with a motorbike trapped underneath. A child was sitting by the side of the road. “Witnesses said that they saw the motorbike riding ahead of the bus, which ‘seemed’ to be speeding. The motorbike driver, Suksai Phukeethip, 38, s

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DMCR continues coral growing initiatives off Phuket

DMCR continues coral growing initiatives off Phuket

PHUKET: The Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) led an initiative to plant 1,600 pieces of live natural coral on an artificial (concrete) reef at Koh Mai Thon and Koh Racha Yai earlier this week. “This is part of an ongoing project to sustain and improve our ecosystems and natural environment,” said Suchat Rattanaruengsri of the DMCR. A total of 30 people, including Prince of Songkla University students and volunteer divers, joined in the initiative. With 800 pieces of coral being planted on each island, the project was undertaken from April 17-20. As part of the same project, the DMCR added more than 25

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Ex-military among those arrested for criminal association in Krabi

Ex-military among those arrested for criminal association in Krabi

KRABI: Krabi Provincial Police yesterday arrested 16 ex-military and other security personnel with nine rifles, 10 shotguns, bullets and an array of other paraphernalia. The arrest occurred in a palm plantation in Krabi Town that, until last year, was in possession of United Palm Oil Industry Public Company Limited (UPOIC). Chettha Kaew-In, 43, was the main suspect, while the rest of the men worked under him. “Mr Chettha told us that he and the others were employed to protect plantation workers from the locals residing there,” Lt Col Chumpon Kananurak of Krabi Provincial Police told the Phuket Gazette. The colo

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'Mentally ill' Phuket man blows half his head off

'Mentally ill' Phuket man blows half his head off

PHUKET: A Mai Khao resident believed to be suffering from a mental illness reportedly shot himself in his home this morning in what turned out to be one of the worst scenes Phuket police say they have encountered recently. Lt Col Watcharin Jirattikanwiwat of Tah Chat Chai Police received reports of the incident at about 8:45am. “The house was located within a private area. Inside, 53-year-old Chanit Pruksaprasert lay dead near the entrance, with the top half of his head splattered all over the floor. His face was unrecognizable,” the policeman told the Phuket Gazette. Officers at the scene also found a shotgun

Friday, April 21, 2017 | 05:13 PM

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Unidentified foreign tourist's body recovered from Phuket beach

Unidentified foreign tourist's body recovered from Phuket beach

PHUKET: Lifeguards and police officers have recovered the body of an unidentified foreign tourist from the water at Patong Beach. The man was reported to have disappeared this morning, Local vendors informed lifeguards of his disappearance at about 9am, saying that he simply never returned after going into the water. Lifeguards hopped onto their jet-skis to search the sea. Patong Police officers, Kusoldharm Rescue Foundation workers and concerned tourists were also present at the scene. Police found British bank notes and a hotel keycard in his pocket. Officers are now trying to confirm his identity and figure out exactly

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