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    Thai forces kill 38 Cambodian loggers in six months

    Published on 15/08/2012

    » Thai forces shot dead 38 Cambodians in the first half of this year for illegally crossing the border to log for valuable timber, according to the Cambodian authorities.

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    Seafood Fiesta begins on Friday

    Published on 21/08/2012

    » PHUKET: The Phuket Seafood Fiesta 2012 kicks off on Friday (August 24) with an official opening at 6pm at Jungceylon in Patong.

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    Rohingya, traffickers rounded up

    AFP, Published on 11/10/2014

    » Thai authorities on Saturday arrested 53 Rohingya migrants and two suspected Thai traffickers en route to neighbouring Malaysia.

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    Friend stabs buddy over 5 baht

    Chaiwat Satyaem, Published on 10/10/2014

    » A quarrel between drinking buddies over five baht landed one friend in the hospital with stab wounds to his back and stomach.

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    Army hits the beach in Patong

    Associated Press, Published on 09/07/2014

    » Thailand's military junta has sent soldiers to one of the country's best-known beaches to clear out food stalls, massage huts and other illegal vending operations as part of a campaign to restore the country's image.

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    Ban on Phatthalung gold rush

    Assawin Pakkawan, Published on 31/05/2014

    » Phatthalung — A large amount of gold is believed to be buried in a palm plantation here during World War II, triggering a gold rush despite a prospecting ban.

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    British Embassy retreats in Phuket

    Published on 08/11/2013

    » The Bangkok-based British embassy has announced that its honorary consuls in Phuket and Koh Samui will no longer provide any notarial services, such as income verification letters for immigration purposes. British citizens requiring official documentation must now deal with the main site British embassy in Bangkok. A spokesman said that 70 percent of the notarial work in Phuket and Koh Samui was the provision of income letters and these could be applied for by post and did not require a special journey to the metropolis. The embassy claims that it is rationalizing services in order to concentrate resources where they are best needed, for example, assistance for Brits in distress. In its last issue, Pattaya Today revealed that, as regards Pattaya, where no notarial services have been offered since late 2012, it was now optional whether Brits obtained their income verification letters from the British embassy in Bangkok or from the consulates of other countries in the resort. In a statement, the British embassy stated that it was concerned about a potential loss of income if other consulates assumed responsibility, subject to agreement by the Thai Immigration Bureau. It is not known whether the embassy is telling its nationals the same thing in Phuket and Koh Samui.

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    New attack on nominee loopholes

    Published on 05/09/2013

    » The office of the Ombudsman is seeking new legislation to prevent foreigners illegally owning land via Thai nominees. Under the proposed legislation, foreigners would face long terms of imprisonment or fines up to two million baht for trying to hide their purchase of land. Those found holding Thai papers illegally might be allowed up to a year to transfer the plots to legitimate entities. The current loopholes are said to be mainly setting up registered companies with a 51:49 Thai-foreign ownership or by marrying a Thai. There is a suspicion that many plots of land are illegally owned by Thais in mainland Thailand and on the islands of Phuket and Koh Samui. At the moment land ownership deals are not public information, leading to suspicious transactions by Thais and foreigners alike. Critics say that there is no reason for new laws. What’s needed is strict enforcement of existing legislation including the anti-money laundering rules and the notoriously lax tax laws on property transactions.

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    Published on 07/09/2013

    » The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is set to organize Cha-Am’s annual tourism festival during September 12th – 15th with an aim to boost local economy.  According to the TAT, Cha-Am’s annual tourism festival is one of its plans to promote local tourism.

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    Cha-Am Celebrates Queen’s Birthday

    Published on 09/09/2013

    » The Cha-Am Municipality hosted a celebration of Queen Sirikit’s birthday which also marks Thailand’s National Mother Day on 12th August 2013. On this occasion, a mother from every local community in the City received a special Mother Day award.

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