Top cops award goes to Chiang Rai provincial police
Police Commander thanks the public
The Chiang Rai provincial police received a shield of
honor in the name of Pol. Lt. Col. Thaksin Shinawatra, the prime minister,
for its outstanding efforts in drug elimination this year.
Pol. Maj. Gen. Wut Withitanond, Chiang Rai Provincial
Police Commander said that PM Thaksin Shinawatra had granted the shield of
honor to government offices that had turned in the best performances whilst
eliminating drugs. Chiang Rai Provincial Police had the best record for the
war on drugs.
The Chiang Rai Provincial Police commander said that the
award should belong to all Chiang Rai people, as they gave all kinds of
assistance to the police including information, reports, clues and helped
police to make drug suppression a reality.
The Chiang Rai police also promised that they would
continue suppressing drugs, and would try to announce that Chiang Rai had
become a 100% drug-free zone by August 12, to celebrate and honor the Her
Majesty the Queen on her birthday.
To speed up the process, Chiang Rai Provincial Police
announced a reward of 10,000 baht for information leading to the arrest of
major drug dealers, and 5,000 baht for successful arrests of minor figures.
Japanese tourist missing from jungle trek found dead
Police say his actions indicate suicide
Jun Nakagawa, a Japanese tourist who went missing during
a jungle trek in Mae Taeng, was found dead, hanging from a tree. Police
surmise the death was a result of a successful suicide attempt, although
investigations are ongoing.
Charoen Suthanee, the owner of Lanna House Co., Ltd.,
informed Mae Taeng police that Anucha Intah, one of his tour guides,
reported a Japanese tourist had gone missing during the jungle trek.
Pol. Capt. Anant Yaisirikul from the tourist police said
that the lost 35-year-old Japanese tourist, Jun Nakagawa, traveled with 11
other tourists in a tour group on July 15. Around 4 a.m. on July 17,
Nakagawa went missing in the forest at the boundary of Huai Satan Village
and Gupgap Village, Kued Chang Sub-district, Mae Taeng District, Chiang Mai.
Mae Taeng police, accompanied by Chiang Mai tourist
police and Kued Chang Sub-district villagers searched for the man for 3
days, finally finding his corpse hanging from a tree several kilometers away
from the tourist camp.
A doctor verified the death but was unsure whether the
man had committed suicide or had been murdered. However, the tourist police
are assuming suicide at this time as two eyewitnesses said they had seen him
leave the camp around 4 a.m. on July 17 carrying a rope.
Doi Tung Palace celebrates Princess Mother Day
Trees planted near Huay Sak Reservoir
To commemorate the passing of the late Princess Mother,
the Mae Fah Luang Foundation arranged many activities and opened Doi Tung
Palace to the public on July 18.
late Princess Mother Memorial Hall contains eight rooms which describe the
late Princess Mother’s life.
Rerk Sayamanon, deputy director of Doi Tung Development
Project Coordination Office said that July 18 was the date of the late
Princess Mother’s passing away.
To commemorate, the government and private sectors in
Chiang Rai made witness to the Princess Mother’s prestige, celebrating in
front of the Princess Mother’s statue, which was followed by the people in
Chiang Rai planting trees in the Huay Sak reservoir area, in Muang District,
The Doi Tung Development Project Officials arranged the
merit making ritual dedicated to the memory of the late Princess Mother at
the throne hall of Doi Tung Palace.
APEC Business Forum open to businessmen and entrepreneurs
Focus on strengthening the APEC entrepreneurial society
The working committee on Asia-Pacific
Economic Cooperation (APEC) conference on SME-Business 2003 has approved
registrations for Thai entrepreneurs to attend the Business Forum section
being arranged in Chiang Mai during August 4-7.
The APEC SME-Business 2003 secretariat informed the local
business community that there would be representatives from 21 special
economic zone countries participating in the upcoming conference.
Thai businessmen and entrepreneurs are invited to take
part in the Business Forum section. The quota will be 3 representatives from
Provincial Chambers of Commerce and 3 representatives from Provincial
Industrial Federations from each province.
The conference, which is being organized in Chiang Mai
during August 4-7, will take place at Westin Riverside Plaza Hotel. The
conference topic will focus on strengthening the APEC entrepreneurial
Other agenda items will include entrepreneur development,
business creation, finding capital for the SMEs, and problem solving for
Telecommunications forum held in Chiang Rai
Regional collaboration on regulations the key
32 member countries of Asia-Pacific Telecommunications
Organization participated in a forum held at Dusit Island Resort in Chiang
Rai to set telecommunications policies and regulations.
In his keynote address, Col. Nalik-Atiphak Saengsanit,
the deputy minister of Information, Communication, and Technology (ICT) said
that the forum was aimed at providing an opportunity for telecommunications
entrepreneurs and government agencies responsible for national and
international telecommunications policies to exchange information and share
opinions about strategies and regulations.
The forum mainly focused on the development of regional
and global telecommunication regulations, the management of
telecommunications procedures, competition in telecommunication marketing,
linking of telecommunication networks, preparation for Doha development
agreement, telecommunication arrangements for the future, and regional
collaboration on important rules of telecommunications.
The Asia-Pacific Telecommunication Organization was
established in 1979 by the Asia-Pacific Economic and Social Development
Committee of the United Nations, and the International Telecommunication
Union to develop telecommunications, information technology and
communication in the Asia-Pacific region.
Chiang Rai Thai-Burmese relationships smooth
The atmosphere of the 31st Thai-Burmese Border Committees
(TBBC) meeting on July 16 at Thachilek Province in Burma was smooth, with
committee members from the two countries participating in religious
activities and sporting competitions.
The TBBC meeting was arranged at the Golden Triangle
Hotel, inside the Burmese border province after the president of TBBC from
Thailand, Col. Apichart Meesommon, commander of Special Task Force, Cavalry
Regiment 5 and the president of TBBC from Burma, Lt. Col. Karn Tuan,
commander of 526 Force Battalion warmly greeted each other at the middle of
the Maesai-Thachilek bridge before the official meeting.
On the issue of border intrusion, the Thai committee
insisted that Thai people did not invade the Burmese boundary. The Thai
committee also asked the Burmese to investigate the arrest of a Thai cavalry
man of the Phamuang Task Force by Burmese soldiers along the Thai Burmese
border along Mae Fah Luang, Chiang Rai. The committees also discussed the
development project of the river boundaries between the two countries.
After the meeting was over, the TBBC had lunch together
and made merit at the Kruba Saenglah temple. The TBBC also joined in sepak
takraw and golf competitions at Rejina Hotel, Burma to strengthen their
relationships and these activities were also to welcome the new TBBC
president of Burma who has just been assigned to the post.
Col. Apichart Meesomon said that at the moment Thailand
and Burma have good relationships, and emphasized the local relationship.
From now on, the authorities from both sides would meet each other and play
sports to improve and strengthen the relationship along the borders of
Thailand’s Chiang Rai and Burma’s Thachilek.
The recent Burmese police arrest of two criminals who
shot the former Kanchanaburi Provincial Administration Organization (PAO)
member for Thailand has also created a good atmosphere between the two
Provincial court computerized to avert backlog
Justice will be swifter
Chiang Rai Provincial Police and Toeng Provincial Court
have responded to the government ‘s bureaucracy reform system by using new
technologies to speed up the process of justice.
Virome Intasaro, the judge of Toeng Provincial Court said
the court received computers from Pol. Maj. Gen. Wut Wititanon, Chiang Rai
Provincial Police Commander, in July.
The judge said that the court has been open since October
last year, and is responsible for 6 district areas in Chiang Rai including
Toeng, Chiang Khong, Wiang Kaen, Khun Tan, Phaya Mengrai districts and Doi
Luang sub-district. “Up till now, about 800 legal actions have gone
through the court. Most of the cases are concerned with drugs because the
trafficking route has changed to Chiang Khong district areas along the
Mekong River,” said Virome.
The Toeng Provincial Court has fewer lawsuits in arrears
because it is a newly established court. However, the judge added that after
the computer system is installed and connected with the Chiang Rai
Provincial Police, the justice process would be easier, faster, and better
for the people contacting the court for services.
The more efficient information system would result in
saving time such as warning witnesses about the appointments to come to the
court by connecting through the police office network.
Little orange bat finds temporary home at Chiang Mai Zoo
Mai Zoo recently admitted a little orange bat that had been caught in a
house in San Kamphaeng district, Chiang Mai. The baby bat is too young to be
identified, although zoo officials suspect it looks like a new type found
recently in Northeastern Thailand. The zoo veterinarian will take care of it
until the little bat can live by itself naturally, after being separated
from the mother bat.
Anti-Drug activities this weekend at Lamphun’s Northern Region Industrial Estate
Carabao Band to perform July 26
Tawach Sathiennam, Lamphun governor gave notice that the
province, in cooperation with Lamphun Northern Region Industrial Estate (NRIE),
would organize Anti-Drug Activities from July 25 to July 27 this year at the
NRIE Office and Lamphun Provincial Sports Stadium.
Encouraging people in drug prevention and drug
suppression to eradicate drugs even more from our country will be done by
creating unity amongst the organizations.
There will be many activities including blood donations,
low-price products, One Tambon - One Product sales, and a large anti drug
This Saturday, July 26 the opening ceremony will be
presided over by Somsak Thepsutin, Minister of Industry. After the minister
opens the event, there will be a special football match between a VIP team,
led by the minister and a very special U-Star team, led by well known stars
and singers from Grammy Entertainment and RS Promotion. Later that evening,
there will be a free concert from the Carabao Band from 7 p.m. onwards.
CMU pining to take Thai herbal products to the world markets
Decides it needs to improve its standards
The Pharmacy Faculty, Chiang Mai University, organized a
workshop on Herbal Products Development for Global Markets, at Rydges Tapae
Hotel. The meeting was designed to assist information sharing between
researchers, specialists and lecturers in the pharmaceutical and herbal
Due to the increasing popularity of herbal products, the
Pharmacy Faculty has been collecting information on herbal and
pharmaceutical products, and believes that this information should be
provided for people interested in the herbal subject.
About 50 people participated in the three day meeting,
and they reported that they gained much insight into the products available
and the interactions with specialists and speakers, who were sponsored by
the government in line with the Reverse Brain Drain (RBD) project.
The first two days focused on current knowledge and the
last day was spent on current production methods. The topics included
product development strategies, US and international requirements and global
approaches, natural products and phyto-therapeutics, and a workshop on
sensory evaluation of pharmaceuticals and cosmetic products.
The outcome was that Thai herbal production has to
improve its standards if it wishes to be part of the global market.
Nan wants to be noticed
Could be the gateway to Indo-China says Chamber of Commerce
Surapol Tienrasud, the president of Nan Chamber of
Commerce, said that this border province has been highly accepted in the
developing strategy of border trade and tourism, and Nan could even be the
gateway to Indo-China.
The Nan Chamber of Commerce has planned to broaden the
road from Huay Kron in Nan to Luang Phrabang in Laos - which is to be
promoted as a World Heritage tourism site by the UN. The Tourism Authority
of Thailand (TAT), Nan office, and a tourist police office will also be
“Nan is a small town, but we have maintained many
valuable natural and cultural resources. The tourists do not have much
information about us; they only know Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, but not Nan.
So, this is the time to promote Nan as one of the tourist attractions of
northern Thailand,” said Surapol.
He also noted that outsiders thought that the local
business of Nan Province was only agricultural, but in fact, local
handicrafts such as silverware and silk weaving in the traditional style are
important sources of provincial incomes. These goods are being presented in
One Tambon - One Product campaign to reach the international marketplace.
Development of the province could also be seen with the
Rajamangala Institute of Technology, Nan campus and other secondary schools
adding Chinese Mandarin to the curriculum as the third language course for
students after Thai and English.
THAI to fly to international destinations from Chiang Mai
Thai tourism is going to be in better shape
The SARS crisis is over and Thai Airways International
(THAI) is increasing the number of its international fights between Chiang
Mai and international destinations supporting Chiang Mai as the regional
THAI’s Chiang Mai office announced that THAI will fly
to cities outside Thailand such as Luang Phrabang and Vientiane in Laos,
Tokyo, Taipei, and Frankfurt in Germany, commencing in October to promote
the local tourism and travel industries.
THAI will also work in cooperation with the Thai
Industries Federations, and Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) to bring in
more international tourism agencies as well as some members of the foreign
press to visit Thailand.
Boonlert Perera, the director of Chiang Mai Tourist
Business Association, said that the increase in international flights would
encourage more tourism-related business conditions in the region. “This is
a good sign that will mean that tourism in Thailand is going to be in better
shape,” he said.
Malaysia tries to attract Chiang Mai travel agents
“Open your window and let the clouds creep in”
Kittivong Sudhibutr, Malaysia and Singapore tour
operation manager of Sun Moon Tours & Travel Co., said Malaysian tourism
operators have organized a road show in Chiang Mai to introduce tourist
attractions and accommodation in Malaysia. There were many participants from
The road show recommended the Genting Highlands, well
known as the city in the clouds, 2,000 meters above sea level. It has all
facilities and is not far from other tourist attractions. Being located on a
mountaintop, when you open your window, the clouds can creep slowly in to
Kittivong said that most Thai tourists who visit Malaysia
are from Bangkok, the northern and northeastern regions. The numbers are
around 6,000 each year, but organizers hope to increase this. This was why
they decided to arrange the road show in Chiang Mai.
The Malaysian tourism operators’ road show in Chiang
Mai was held at Royal Princess Hotel on July 18 to provide special promotion
packages for northern people and to push the local tour operators to pay
more interest in Malaysia.
Lamphun’s Longan festival’s a long ‘un this year
Even the cows and pigs are longin’ to go!
Lamphun Provincial Public Relations Office has announced
that the Longan Festival will be organized during August 1-10, at Lamphun
Sport Stadium. This year’s fair focuses on processed longan products.
The fair will promote the marketing of longan fruits,
longan orchards and gardens, good quality longan plantations, and Lamphun
tourism. The activities include longan sales, longan contests, dried longan
and processed longan contests, cows, fighting cocks, and pigs contests, and
of course a Miss Longan Beauty contest.
The beauty contest is on opening day, August 1, at 3
p.m., and at 4 p.m., the longan parade will march from Lamphun City Hall to
Lamphun Sports Stadium. The lucky visitors will be able to see the
agricultural exhibitions, competitions to see who has the biggest longan, a
sepak-takraw competition, and stage performances every night during the
Soontorn Boonmee, the culinary teacher who won the
Thailand Super Chef Contest will be longing to demonstrate different longan
recipes as well.
DEP holds seminar for entrants to Middle East marketplace
9th Thailand Exhibition in the U.A.E. September 21-24
A seminar at Chiang Mai Orchid Hotel on July 18 was
organized by DEP, Northern Center to promote the Middle East market among
the northern producers, especially for those who produce One Tambon - One
Product (OTOP) to display their products at the upcoming the 9th Thailand
Exhibition in the U.A.E. September 21-24, this year.
Suttisak Laohachewin, executive director of Thai Trade
Center, Dubai, said at the press conference that the Middle East market has
high potential for Thai exporters. Thailand has stepped into the Middle East
market under the umbrella of “Thailand Exhibition” aiming to promote
Thai products. At this 9th exhibition, it is expected that more than 200
Thai products will be on display.
Thai products have been well accepted in the Middle East
especially in Dubai and Sharjah because of quality. “The major imported
goods to Dubai and Sharjah are foods, appliances, machinery, construction
materials, furniture, and jewelry,” said Songtham Saisawetwari, deputy
general-director of DEP.
The Middle East market is growing and expanding, so DEP
has planned that the service business could be promoted as well, featuring
medical services, health care services, spa and Thai massage.
Further details can be obtained from the DEP 02 515 0093
ext 642, 488 and 695.
ONCB and CMU discuss narcotics
Academic network to assist in solving drug problems
The Office of Narcotics Control Board (ONCB), Northern
Region and Chiang Mai University (CMU) cooperated on creating a narcotics
academics network conference held at Chiang Mai Hills Hotel. It was hoped
that development of their academic network would assist in solving drug
Jinawat, director of ONCB northern region chairs the academic narcotics
Pittaya Jinawat, director of ONCB, northern region,
presided over the opening ceremony of the seminar, saying that drug
suppression has faced some difficulties through lack of the academic
To assist, a center was opened to look at problems
associated with the drug industry. It was established on August 23, 2001,
and called the Northern Substance Abuse Center, which is located on the
second floor of Research Institute for Health Sciences, Chiang Mai
University. Its framework covers investigation of the number of drug users
every three years and evaluating the drug situation and operational process
of drug suppression.
This seminar was participated in by 50 participants
including lecturers, academics, officers and authorities from Chiang Mai
University involved in the narcotics action project.
Police torches find 38 dark influences
Only another 122 on the list to be foun
Provincial Police Region 5 has arrested 38 influential
people from 8 provinces in upper northern Thailand. The results were
announced by Pol. Lt. Gen. Prung Boonpadung, the commissioner of Provincial
Police Region 5.
Pol. Lt. Gen. Prung also said that the Lampang Provincial
Police had informed the Provincial Police Region 5 that there were 8 more
influential people to add to the blacklist of Lampang province’s
influential figures. This brings the number of people who were under
scrutiny to 160 people, and with the arrests of 38, there are still 122
under police watch.
Besides the crackdown on dark influences, the National
Police Office is still keeping an eye out for drug couriers at checkpoints,
and investigating in the high-risk drug areas.
These investigations under the Provincial Police Region 5
showed there were 43 drug dealers still operating in the upper northern
provinces. The police expected that these people would be apprehended within
3 months. Another 1,500 drug peddlers would be arrested before November,
said the police commissioner.
Phayao to be rid of drugs by the end of July
Big celebrations planned
Phayao Province is ready to proclaim itself as a
strengthened province on July 30 this year when the anti-drugs declaration
ceremony will be arranged at Phayao Sports Stadium as part of the
celebration of HM the Queen’s birthday anniversary on August 12.
Adul Polpra-in, Phayao deputy governor said that
according to the government’s policy on sustainable strengthening of the
community to eradicate drugs, all 790 villages and 13 communities could pass
the Ministry of Interior standard certification. After the follow-up and
evaluation of the communities and villages, it was found that all of the
known 937 drug dealers have been suppressed.
The policy process is now at the 6th level of the drug
eradication measure, with 5,169 drug takers having passed the merit making
for the homeland project and are already under treatment.
On the declaration day, the Minister of Interior will
present flags to 803 villages that have defeated drug problems in their
communities. There will be many activities including military band
performances from students of Phayao Wittayakom School and Pinitprasart
School, a show from the To Be Number One Club in Phayao, and arts and
culture performances from Phayao students.
Karaoke entertainment outlets in Fang a problem
Hangouts for noisy teenager
Noisy entertainment outlets in the form of karaoke bars
and restaurants along the roadsides in Fang District are being used by noisy
teenagers and are annoying the general populace. The authorities are now
insisting that this be brought under control.
Police have already ordered some entertainment places in
Fang to close. However, there are still more that are obviously a problem as
far as providing undesirable influences for teenagers, as well as causing a
The issue has come to a head and police are now arranging
patrols at night to combat the problem, as well as look very carefully at
the ages of the patrons using these establishments.
Fang district officials are asking for cooperation from
entertainment places in the area to check the ages of customers because if
these places become the headquarters of teenage gangs, they will destroy the
peaceful and attractive image that the Fang population is striving to
One Taiwanese killed and two critical in methamphetamine overdose
Burmese dealer arrested
On July 17, two Taiwanese were found in a critical
condition and one had already died, in a Mae Sai hotel. A chemical substance
was found at the scene in the hotel room, according to Mae Sai police
investigating the case. The two Taiwanese still alive are now in the
Intensive Care Unit at Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital.
Pol. Lt. Col. Soontorn Chantharangkool, deputy
superintendent at Mae Sai Police Station told the Chiangmai Mail that the
three Taiwanese were Chu Chao-huang, 34 (deceased), Ko Yu-hung, 33, and Chao
They had checked in at Wangthong Hotel, Mae Sai near the
Thai-Burma border on July 15, and hardly went out of their room. After two
days, the room maid received no answer so the hotel staff climbed up to look
through the window. They found the two men were having convulsions and the
third man lay motionless on the floor. The cleaner then opened the door with
a spare key and the ambulance took the two men and the body to hospital.
Police examination of the room disclosed a chemical
substance, similar to crystallized honey. “We took some of flakes to test
and it showed that it was 87-99% pure methamphetamine,” said Pol. Lt. Col.
Soontorn Chantharangkool. The police will gather evidence to file a lawsuit
against these two Taiwanese for the use of narcotics.
On July 20, Pol. Lt. Gen. Prung Boonpadung, the
commissioner of Provincial Police Region 5, and Pol. Maj Gen. Wut Wititanond,
the commander of Chiang Rai Provincial Police disclosed that the police
found out that the methamphetamine substance was sold to these Taiwanese men
by a group of three Burmese. A police raid only managed to trap one of the
gang, Mong Ting Nai-U, living in Thachilek Province, Burma who still had 7
kg of methamphetamine. The accused confessed that he was hired to smuggle
the chemical substance by a person named Lao Sue or Joh Joh or Joe. They
said that the drug dealers did not know that the Taiwanese man had died.
Pol. Maj. Wut Wititanond said that this group of
methamphetamine drug dealers were on the Chiang Rai Police blacklist, and
the haul was confiscated.
Two hill tribe drug dealers killed in drug suppression
5 kg heroin seized
The 334th Border Patrol Police (BPP) seized 5 kilograms
and 15 bars of heroin and two dealers were killed in a gun battle in Fang
district, Chiang Mai province on July 20.
The Royal Thai Police were fired upon by the drug
dealers, but the BPP shot the men whilst returning their fire.
Pol Col Koosak Ar-sasappakit, superintendent of 33rd BPP
Headquarters disclosed that the police were tipped off that in the early
morning of July 20, there would be drug smuggling in the area of Tambon Mae
Ngon, Fang District. The operation team set out to pretend to buy heroin
from the smugglers, but the peddlers recognized the officers and opened
The drug dealers were identified as Duangnek Saephan and
Kriangkrai Mongkholpetchkiree, both 20 years old. They were Chinese Haw
dealers living in that area.
Pol Col Koosak added that he believes that attempted drug smuggling
through the border routes would continue.