Vol. II No. 51 - Saturday December 20 - December 26, 2003
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Two major drug dealers killed carrying 800,000 ya ba pills

More extra-judicial killings? Both on police blacklist

Hang Dong police report the extra-judicial killing of two major drugs suspects, while seizing 800,000 amphetamine tablets in Chiang Mai’s Hang Dong district.

Sombat Puang-ngern, 40 years old, together with Tee, his Chinese aide, were killed in the early hours of December 16 by the drug suppression police, during a drug bust about kilometer 32 on the Chiang Mai-Samoeng Road, in Tambon Ban Pong, Hang Dong district Chiang Mai province. Sombat and Tee were on the police blacklist of major drug dealers, and had been followed by undercover police.

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60 day arms amnesty yields over 3,000 weapons


Love of Music is our Bond!

A Celebration of Christmas in Music and Dance

As the days get closer to Christmas and the reality hits you that the real Christmas mood really is just a snowflake away, it is nice to know that there are people in town who take the effort to practice and rehearse Christmas songs to show that the real Christmas spirit does not need snow or ice, but is created in our heart.

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High School Soccer Championships

The Prem High School Girl’s successfully defended their CMAC soccer championship in a thrilling shoot-out with CMIS. Throughout the day, after a victory over APIS and a loss to Lanna, the girls defeated a very strong Grace team in the first round of the playoffs. In the final, Prem came back in the second half against a talented CMIS forcing a shoot-out and ended up as CMAC champions.

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Thailand ready to become regional economic hub

Thailand is on track to become a regional financial center to compete with Singapore, thanks to its sheer volume of trade, according to an advisor to the finance minister.

Speaking in response to government initiatives to transform Thailand into a regional financial hub, Rungrueng Phittayasiri noted that a large volume of trade transactions had been conducted in Thailand, while the economy had continued to grow, and government policies had helped pull in foreign investment.

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Fly Chiang Mai-Phuket to get your toes in the water

Good vibrations during Phuket’s First International Boat Show

Thailand’s first international boat show on the water, Phuket International Marine Expo 2003 (PIMEX) was held on December 7-10 at The Boat Lagoon, Phuket Island. It attracted almost 2335 visitors to the 80 exhibition booths with over 120 companies represented from 10 countries.

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