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  • Phuket to push for higher taxi fares, despite Bangkok opposition

    Phuket to push for higher taxi fares, despite Bangkok opposition

    PHUKET: Phuket officials plan to ask for permission to raise the standard rates charged by metered taxis on the island despite the announcement by the Minister of Transport yesterday that no taxi fares would be raised anywhere in Thailand. “We believe that when Transport Minister Chatchart Sitthipan hears why we want to increase the fares, he may make an exception in our case,” said Jaturong Kaewkasi, Phuket Land Transport officer. One reason why Phuket taxi fares should be raised was articulated by Phuket Vice Governor Chamroen Tipayapongtada at the end of August (story

  • Phuket Police arrest shooter of Russian tourist

    Phuket Police arrest shooter of Russian tourist

    PHUKET: Police have arrested the man who injured a Russian tourist by opening fire on a car in a fit of road rage in Rawai last month. Officers took Narongsak Saelim, 21, into custody yesterday, the same day Phuket Provincial Court issued a warrant for his arrest (story

  • Phuket officials, business figures unite to fight graft

    Phuket officials, business figures unite to fight graft

    PHUKET: A network of six influential private and government bodies this morning announced its intention to fight corruption throughout Phuket, amid concern over alarming levels of graft across the island. The network includes members of the Phuket Chamber of Commerce, Phuket Office of the National Anti-Corruption Commission, Federation of Thai Industries Phuket Chapter, Phuket Tourist Association, Thai Hotels Association (Southern Chapter) and Phuket Real Estate Association.

  • Patong tuk-tuk drivers lodge second complaint about illegal tuk-tuk drivers

    Patong tuk-tuk drivers lodge second complaint about illegal tuk-tuk drivers

    PHUKET: Patong tuk-tuk drivers yesterday filed their second complaint with the governor about illegal tuk-tuks operating in Patong and stealing their jobs. The drivers asked for an update on the complaint they filed on June 26 (story

  • Phuket Police close in on shooter of Russian tourist

    Phuket Police close in on shooter of Russian tourist

    PHUKET: Phuket Provincial Court has issued an arrest warrant for the man believed to have shot Russian tourist Maksim Klocskov in Rawai on August 17. “The suspect we are seeking is Narongsak Saelim, 21,” said Lt Col Jumroon Plaidoung of the Chalong Police. Mr Klockskov was shot in the back when a bullet aimed at the car he was riding in pierced the trunk and struck him as he sat in the back seat (story

  • Phuket Town parents protest planned closures at municipal school

    Phuket Town parents protest planned closures at municipal school

    PHUKET: More than 500 concerned parents have protested the proposed closure of the kindergarten and primary sections at Plookpanya School in the heart of Phuket Town. Phuket City Municipality is justifying the closures on the grounds that they are needed to streamline the area’s schooling. The first stop for the protesters, led by Plookpanya Parents Association President Teerapol Limchoo, was the school (map

  • Business operators win fight to keep shops at Phuket International Airport

    Business operators win fight to keep shops at Phuket International Airport

    PHUKET: Business operators of concessions at Phuket International Airport have prevailed in their battle to keep their concessions at the airport. Not only will they be allowed to remain at the airport, but they will be allowed to continue their business in the new airport terminal once it is completed in 2015, said Thammarawat Wongcharoenyut, one of the operators. The stunning victory followed a meeting yesterday at the Phuket office of Airports of Thailand (AoT), which operates Phuket Airport.

  • DSI lands windfall in Phuket illegal taxi fines, no cars seized

    DSI lands windfall in Phuket illegal taxi fines, no cars seized

    PHUKET: Efforts to rein in illegal taxi drivers in Phuket has landed a windfall 868,000 baht in fines since the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) opened its anti-organized crime centers in Phuket on August 10.

  • Phuket Prison officer busted for drugs in Bangkok

    Phuket Prison officer busted for drugs in Bangkok

    PHUKET: A Phuket Prison officer who taught inmates new life skills to use after their release was arrested for drug possession in Bangkok on Tuesday. Thanawit Puangnoi, 56, was arrested after Nonthaburi Provincial Police received a tip-off that a man would pick up drugs in the neighborhood around Jan Temple in Bang Kruai District. Officers staking out the neighborhood saw Mr Thanawit walking away from the area in a suspicious manner, said Col Kitti Sakunee, Superintendent of Bang Kruai Police.

  • Phuket Police on guard to face angry rubber farmers

    Phuket Police on guard to face angry rubber farmers

    PHUKET: Officers of the Phuket Police assisting local officers to guard the Surat Thani Airport against farmers protesting rubber prices say airport operations are continuing normally. A contingent of 155 Phuket police officers has been at the airport since Monday, Phuket Provincial Police Deputy Commander Peerayuth Karachedi told the Phuket Gazette.