Forestry and Wildlife officers on Koh Lanta seize 100 rai of violated land

Forestry and Wildlife officers on Koh Lanta seize 100 rai of violated land

KRABI: Department of Forestry and allied officials yesterday seized about 100 rai of Koh Lanta land that had been encroached upon by parties they characterized as 'too powerful, unfazed by law and willing to threaten authorities with death'. More than 30 officials from several departments participated in the take-back, led by Wildlife Conservation Department head Sawat Suksiri. “Locals reported to us that trees were burned and chopped down. They were replaced by oil palms. They have been doing this progressively for at least 2-3 years, based on the age of the palms they planted,” said Mr Sawat. “Initially, we learned

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Good Thai-Myanmar relations highlighted at border management meeting in Phuket

Good Thai-Myanmar relations highlighted at border management meeting in Phuket

PHUKET: The 31st meeting of the Thai Myanmar Regional Border Committee (RBC) was held at Patong Resort & Spa this morning to solve border problems and strengthen relationships. “In the past, Thailand and Myanmar have always helped each other to deal with border problems, and the purpose of this meeting today was to ensure continued cooperation for stability. Most importantly, we want to ease any conflicts anywhere along our shared border, said 3rd Army chief Lt Gen Vijak Siribansop after the meeting. Gen Vijak noted that Thailand and Myanmar aim to boost cooperation not only in border matters, but also more generally

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Phuket Crime: French tourist latest victim of ladyboy theft at Patong Beach

Phuket Crime: French tourist latest victim of ladyboy theft at Patong Beach

PHUKET: Patong police yesterday arrested a ladyboy who stole an iPhone from a French tourist on Patong beach. “Mr Montree Srijantra, 24, was arrested near the Paris Star guesthouse in Patong following a complaint by the tourist,” said Capt Jarun Jaisuntud of Patong Police. “On June 19, we received a report from Mr Marcel Sawcho that his iPhone 6 was stolen at the beach opposite the Absolute Pearl intersection with Thaweewong Road. We then checked CCTV footage and found that the suspect was a ladyboy with a brown-white Yamaha motorbike,” he added. Finally, police located him and took a team to make the arrest. “Mr Mo

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 | 05:43 PM

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Driver leaped from truck moments before explosion, flip-over

Driver leaped from truck moments before explosion, flip-over

PHUKET: A truck driver narrowly escaped death or serious injury by scrambling out of his truck before a wheel explosion flipped it over on the bypass road yesterday evening, causing a major traffic jam. “The incident occurred on the northbound side of the road near the Pornthip souvenir shop at about 7:30pm. We found the truck flipped over with a full load of soil spread all over the road. The soil was being transported for Phuket 89 Service Co,” said Lt Col Sakchai Chunyong of the Phuket City police. “Rescue workers were there helping to manage the traffic so as to avoid passing through the soil, and we immediately co

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 | 05:34 PM

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Phuket teenaged delinquents in riot at juvenile observation center

Phuket teenaged delinquents in riot at juvenile observation center

PHUKET: A group of 12 juvenile delinquents wreaked havoc at the Phuket Juvenile Observation and Protection Center (JOPC) at Saphan Hin yesterday afternoon, causing major damage there. At about 3:30pm, the Phuket City Police were called in to control the situation. The call came from JOPC Director Rawee Kuhapimook. “The riot was in the canteen, where 12 of the teens were smashing the glass windows and other equipment such as chairs, tables, etc. They were shouting wildly and making a lot of noise,” said Police Lt Col Nikorn Choothong. In-house officers did their best to control the situation by locking the door and keep

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 | 03:57 PM

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Phuket soldier killed yesterday by bomb in Pattani honored, buried here this morning

Phuket soldier killed yesterday by bomb in Pattani honored, buried here this morning

PHUKET: At 11:30am yesterday (June 19), a car bomb in Pattani province killed 6 soldiers, including a Phuket man whose body arrived here late last night. Phuket Vice Governor Sanit Sriwihok and related officials honored the arrival of the body of Pvt Kittipong Bornar, 23, which traveled by car in a parade to honor the hero. “I feel deep sorrow for our family's loss, but am so proud of my son to have served our nation,” said Mr Prasong Bornar, father of Pvt Kittipong, Mrs Sukanya Patan, wife of Pvt Kittipong, noted that at 10 am on June 9, just two hours before the bomb that killed him, her husband had made a video call

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 | 04:23 PM

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