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  • Major blackout to hit southern Phuket

    Major blackout to hit southern Phuket

    PHUKET: The Phuket Provincial Electricity Authority (PPEA) has announced a major blackout scheduled to affect residents and businesses in Chalong tomorrow. PPEA staff will be carrying out maintenance work on high-voltage power lines.

  • Phuket ATM robbers were ‘amateurs’, says expert

    Phuket ATM robbers were ‘amateurs’, says expert

    PHUKET: A welding expert today branded the thieves who last week used a blowtorch to steal 1.6 million baht from an ATM at Phuket’s Boat Lagoon as “amateurs”. Stuck for clues in tracking down the bandits, Phuket Provincial Police Deputy Commander Serm Kwannimit today brought welding expert Wisut Pumsiri to inspect the scene of the crime (story

  • Driver blamed for Phuket tour bus crash

    Driver blamed for Phuket tour bus crash

    PHUKET: Police have given a Phuket tour bus driver seven days to present himself to face charges for the Patong Hill accident that saw 49* university students rushed to hospital Saturday afternoon.

  • Safety helmet found at Phuket motorbike fatality scene

    Safety helmet found at Phuket motorbike fatality scene

    PHUKET: A man carrying a full-face helmet was found dead on the airport bypass road after falling from his motorbike early yesterday morning. Police were called to the scene, about one kilometer from Thepkrasattri Road (map

  • Phuket kratom cooks caught in the act

    Phuket kratom cooks caught in the act

    PHUKET: Police in Kamala, on Phuket’s west coast, nabbed two men cooking up a batch of the illegal drug cocktail “4×100” at a workers’ camp on Friday. “Plain clothes police informed us that two men, Aekkaluk Phanchalard, 29, and Suthep Abdulsamak, 42, were making 4×100 at the camp,” explained Lt Suchart Chompooseang of the Kamala Police

  • Underway: B30mn study to pipe water to Phuket

    Underway: B30mn study to pipe water to Phuket

    PHUKET: The Provincial Waterworks Authority (PWA) on Thursday raised the public’s awareness of a 30-million-baht feasibility study investigating the possibility of piping water from Surat Thani to Phuket.

  • Phuket Opinion: Why I’m keeping my dumbphone

    Phuket Opinion: Why I’m keeping my dumbphone

    PHUKET: Life today is inundated with myriad marvelous advances in technology, not least in the realm of personal telecommunications. I can’t go anywhere without encountering the latest news, entertainment, music or point of view being delivered by a screen a short distance away, a friend within range of such a screen, or by someone’s smart phone. Even on this idyllic paradise isle, people are turning to their phones for instant communication satisfaction, often at the expense of those sharing their real time and space, like the person who has accepted their invitation to lunch, (“Hang on a minute.

  • Letter from the Phuket Governor: Improving the island step by step, his way

    Letter from the Phuket Governor: Improving the island step by step, his way

    Maitri Inthusut arrived on the island to take up the position of Governor of Phuket on October 8, 2012. With a master’s degree in political science from Thammasat University, he joined the National Security Council, rising to the position of NSC Secretary-General, before taking up the position of Chief Secretary for the Secretariat of the Cabinet. He has also served as Governor for the provinces of Trang and Phayao.

  • Phuket Opinion: The high price of protests

    Phuket Opinion: The high price of protests

    PHUKET: Local outcry over the amnesty bill recently passed by the House is understandable, but there should be concern about establishing the island as a regional center for political protests. The protest last Sunday at Sanamchai, the large open field opposite Phuket Provincial Hall, was relatively peaceful given the huge number of people who took part (story

  • Phuket tour bus plunges off Patong hill, 44 students injured

    Phuket tour bus plunges off Patong hill, 44 students injured

    PHUKET: A tour bus carrying students on holiday from Bangkok plunged off Patong Hill this afternoon after failing to make it up the steep incline. No deaths were reported in the incident, but 38 students were taken to Patong Hospital while six others were rushed to Bangkok Hospital Phuket in Phuket Town. “One of the students, a Pakistani national, suffered serious head injuries,” said Capt Witaya Sinchumrern of the Patong Police.