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Phuket News
Govt waives visa fees, not visas, for Chinese, Indian visitors
BANGKOK: The Cabinet today (Aug 20) resolved to extend the period for free visas on arrival for visitors from China, India and other countries, but rejected a proposal to waive visas for Chinese and Indian visitors, to boost the economy.
Phuket lifeguard helps to catch a beach thief
PHUKET: A lifeguard at Nai Harn beach today apprehended a Thai man for stealing a foreigners bag from the beach.
Stingray barb killed Railay dugong, says PMBC chief
PHUKET: The mature male dugong found dead off Ton Sai Beach in Krabi on Sunday (Aug 18) was killed by a stingray barb, Phuket Marine Biological Center (PMBC) Chief Kongkiat Kittiwatanawong has told The Phuket News.
PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Screws stolen, train derails! Patong Beach Rd. closures? Another dead dugong? || August 20
PHUKET XTRA - August 20 || brought to you by PVCPhuket.com Stolen screws, plates leads to train derailment |:| Another dead dugong |:| Patong Beach Rd. closures |:| Premchai gets 6 more month of jail Hosted by: JP Mestanza || #Phuket
Electricity outage to hit Rawai
PHUKET: The Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) has announced that the electricity supply will be temporarily shut off in parts of Rawai tomorrow (Aug 21) as work is carried out on installing new high-voltage cables.
JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa announces new General Manager
PHUKET: JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa has announced the appointment of George Varughese as the General Manager, effective Aug 13. He is responsible for the 261-room luxury Phuket resort located on Mai Khao Beach.
Patong beach road to close daytime as beachfront power cables buried
PHUKET: A 400-metre section of the Patong beachfront road will be closed from Bangla Rd to Sawatdirak Rd each day from 6am to 4pm for a month, starting this Sunday (Aug 25).
MP Sira warns Governor of Amlo complaint over Phuket condo project
PHUKET: Phuket Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana along with Karon Mayor Tawee Thongcham and a host of other local officials bore the brunt of Palang Pracharath Party Member of Parliament Sira Jenjara’s ire yesterday (Aug 19) when he confronted them over the construction of The Peaks Residences condo project allegedly on protected forest land at Kata Noi on Phuket’s west coast.
TAT, Tourism Council push support for China, India visa waiver
BANGKOK: A visa waiver for Chinese and Indian visitors is necessary for Thailand to boost tourism amid a sluggish global economy and stiff competition, says Chairat Trirattanajarasporn, President of the Tourism Council of Thailand.
EC seeks B1.2bn for local polls
BANGKOK: The Election Commission has requested a budget of B1.2 billion to finance local government elections, even though it is unclear when they will be held.
 
The Thaiger
Thief steals from a Pattaya bar’s merit money tree

CCTV surveillance footage from the Bart Navy Bar on Pattaya Beach Road reveals a thief crawling in and stealing from the merit making money tree in the bar. The We Love Pattaya Facebook page describes the thief as a “sinner”. #พัทยาเตือนภัย โจรใจบาป ขโมยเงินทำบุญ เกลิ้ยง !! กล้องวงจรปิดบันทึกภาพ โจรใจบาปแอบคลานเข้ามาในร้านบาร์เบิรด์เนวี่บาร์… Posted by เรารักพัทยา on Monday, 19 August 2019 The […]

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Scrap metal merchant arrested over stolen rail track pins causing train derailment

PHOTOS: Twitter@pr.railway A scrap metal shop owner has been arrested for stealing rail track ‘pins’ that were responsible for the derailment of a railway carriages heading south from Bangkok to Chumpon province yesterday. The derailment happened in the Phetchaburi province. The incident happened yesterday (Monday) just after midday and took the rest of the day […]

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Smoking at home in Thailand has been banned from today

The ban on smoking at home in Thailand comes into effect today. From today people can be prosecuted for “domestic abuse” by lighting up a cigarette inside a home. People can call Family and Protection centres on 1300 to report a smoker. According to the new law, women and children are often the recipients of […]

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Thai Government seeks public opinion on civil same-sex union bill

PHOTO: Chiang Rai Times The Thai justice minister is insisting that draft legislation for civil partnerships of same-sex couples won’t be rushed and that the department is waiting for public feedback on the proposal. Justice Minister Somsak Thepsutin says the process will take time as it requires “careful deliberation to prevent any misunderstanding”. Somsak made […]

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Thai Department proceeds with crackdown on shameless price gouging on medications

Despite a lot of resistance from the local Thai private hospital networks, The Department of Internal Trade says they will proceed with its crackdown to control prices of medicines now that it has received their price lists. Once legislation is enacted, hospitals selling medicines above the median price set by the department will face fines […]

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Greater Pattaya hosts hotel and tourism forum

On Thursday, September 5 a hotel and tourism market update event covering Greater Pattaya will be held at the Holiday Inn Pattaya. Jointly organised by industry leaders STR, Horwath HTL, C9 Hotelworks and the AMCHAM Thailand, the event will feature key hospitality operating and performance metrics. A special panel on the emerging trend of hotel residences […]

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Deputy PM scoffs at demands from southern insurgency group

FILE PHOTO Southern peace talks continue to go nowhere as demands from either side prevent meaningful discourse in the two decade-long border scuffle. In the latest salvo, the Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwon has scoffed at a demand by the Barisan Revolusi Nasional, the most prominent of the southern insurgency groups, to release suspects in security […]

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British man repays street vendor’s kindness by scamming him

PHOTO: Thai Residents and Sanook Surichat, a 50 year old BBQ food vendor in Khon Kaen province, north-eastern Thailand, became the victim of a shameless petty con-artist when he tried to help the man out of financial difficulty. The man introduced himself as ‘Stuart’ and claimed to be from England. He told Surichat he had a […]

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Executives at Thai Airways asked to take pay cut

PHOTO: Thai Airways and Thai PBS World “An unnamed source in the Transport Ministry says the airline’s financial predicament is very serious and puts it at risk of bankruptcy.” The country’s national flag carrier, Thai Airways, could be in deep financial trouble and may need to delay repaying its debt or seek new loans. Thai […]

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Growth of Thai economy lowest in nearly five years

PHOTO: Supply Chain Asia The Thai economy registered growth of just 2.3% in the second quarter of 2019, compared with 2.8% in the first quarter. This is the lowest rate of growth in 19 quarters, according to Tossaporn Sirisamphan, secretary-general of Thailand’s economic think-tank, the National Economic and Social Development Board. Tossaporn warns that although […]

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Bangkokpost.com : Top Stories
Govt waives visa fees, not visas, for Chinese, Indian visitors
The cabinet on Tuesday resolved to extend the period for free visas on arrival for visitors from China, India and other countries, but rejected a proposal to waive visas for Chinese and Indian visitors, to boost the economy.
Thailand’s roads are deadly. Especially if you’re poor
The woman was riding on a motorcycle on her way to work when a pickup truck sideswiped her on a rural stretch of asphalt in northeastern Thailand. The truck’s driver was an off-duty police officer. He was drunk.
Stolen rail plates, screws caused train derailment
The owner of a scrap metal shop has been arrested for the theft of rail track screws and base plates that caused a passenger train derailment in Petchaburi province on Monday, blocking the main southern line for 12 hours.
Premchai sentenced to six more months in jail
The Criminal Court on Tuesday sentenced Premchai Karnasuta to six months in jail for illegal possession of guns and rejected his request for suspension. He was released on bail of 200,000 baht.
Circular economy hype builds
With the circular economy model moving from buzz to business and trade strategy, the Commerce Ministry has pledged to beef up promotion and campaigns for the circular economy to reduce waste and increase value-added production.
Visa waiver pushed for China, India
A visa waiver for Chinese and Indian visitors is necessary for Thailand to boost tourism amid a sluggish global economy and stiff competition, says Chairat Trirattanajarasporn, president of the Tourism Council of Thailand.
Pope expected to make Thailand visit in November
VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis is expected to make an official trip to Thailand in November ahead of an already announced visit to Japan, becoming the first pontiff in nearly four decades to go to either country, Vatican sources say.
PM insists he won't quit for oath blunder
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha insists he will not step down as pressure grows over the oath-taking controversy in which he failed to recite the full oath of office during the cabinet swearing-in ceremony last month.
Prawit pours cold water on visa plan
Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon on Monday weighed in on the Tourism and Sports Ministry's proposal to waive visa requirements for Chinese and Indian tourists to stimulate the economy, saying he disagreed with granting them "easy access".
DPM Prawit guarded on New Economics Party joining coalition
Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon, chief strategist of the coalition-core Palang Pracharath Party, said on Monday "it would be good" if the New Economics Party joined the government.
 
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Bangkokpost.com : Most recent
People in Hong Kong eye Malaysia's second-home programme
KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian programme to attract wealthy foreigners to live in the Southeast Asian nation has drawn 251 applications from Hong Kong residents this year, compared with 193 approved last year from the Chinese-ruled city, a government official said.
Finnish tourist found dead at Pai resort
MAE HONG SON: A Finnish man was found dead inside a resort room in Pai district, Mae Hong Son province, on Tuesday morning.
Russia says US missile test 'escalation of military tensions'
MOSCOW: Moscow on Tuesday accused the United States of ramping up military tensions with a new missile test, weeks after the countries tore up a Cold War-era pact and sparked fears of a fresh arms race.
Govt waives visa fees, not visas, for Chinese, Indian visitors
The cabinet on Tuesday resolved to extend the period for free visas on arrival for visitors from China, India and other countries, but rejected a proposal to waive visas for Chinese and Indian visitors, to boost the economy.
Damage to historic site draws online ire
The Fine Arts Department (FAD) came under fire for allegedly allowing a contractor to damage a section of Ayutthaya's historic Wat Chaiwatthanaram for a lighting and underground wiring project.
'Nothing new' about seized drug sheets: ONCB
The Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) brushed aside concerns about the dangers posed by a new form of methamphetamine, after the police confiscated "sheets" of the drug weighing 6.7 kilogrammes in Chiang Mai earlier in the week.
New Economics to reveal if its MPs defecting to govt
The New Economics Party will announce on Thursday whether speculation some of its MPs will switch sides and join the government coalition is justified.
Thailand’s roads are deadly. Especially if you’re poor
The woman was riding on a motorcycle on her way to work when a pickup truck sideswiped her on a rural stretch of asphalt in northeastern Thailand. The truck’s driver was an off-duty police officer. He was drunk.
UN agency, Bangladesh begin survey of Rohingya over return to Myanmar
DHAKA: The United Nations' refugee agency and Bangladesh authorities on Tuesday started to consult more than 3,000 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar to determine if any want to return home, officials said, as a fresh repatriation bid was launched.
Finance ministry cuts 2019 GDP growth forecast to 3%
Thailand's finance ministry has cut its 2019 economic growth forecast to 3.0% from the 3.8% it projected in April, due to falling exports.
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