PM Thaksin says he will retire before he is 60
Predicts great changes for Chiang Mai
PM Thaksin Shinawatra was the guest of honor at the 20
year anniversary of the Federation of Thai Industries, Chiang Mai and
neighboring provinces, held at the Sheraton Hotel. He expressed extreme
confidence in Thai economic stability and that Chiang Mai will be a
beneficiary of his government’s policies, predicting that when he retires
in five years time, Chiang Mai will be the city of the future.
Thaksin Shinawatra (2nd left) presided over the 20 year anniversary of the
Federation of Thai Industries, Chiang Mai and neighboring provinces. With
him is Chiang Mai governor Suwat Tantipat (2nd right) and FTI Chiang Mai
president Yuthaphong Jirapraphaphong (center), Damkerng Jiraphitayangoon
(left) and Nit Wangviwat (right), honorary advisers to the FTI executive
Gazing into his crystal ball, PM Thaksin said that the
poverty problem can be solved within the time-frame of 5-6 years and after
that there will be no more poor people in Thailand.
He said that his policy of decentralization would benefit
the country, saying, “I want to see many cities becoming big and growing
up like Bangkok, and Chiang Mai city has a very high potential and top
He said that CEO governors will have take more active
roles in strengthening the provinces, and mobilizing more ideas.
He mentioned Thailand and the US, predicting that the
association between the two countries will be stronger in terms of monetary
stability. He also said that for national exports, the Thai sales team
approach must be intensive and progressive, to hit the main markets like
China and India. “With help from Board of Investment, we will promote the
production of products that will be able to help reduce imports into
Thailand and substitute them with Thai exports,” he said. He anticipated
that Thailand will be the second largest country in Asia for economic
development, after China.
Chiang Mai is certainly the aviation hub in this region
for trade and tourism, as by its strategic location is easily links air
routes with Hanoi (Vietnam), Kunming (South China), Chittagong (Bangladesh),
Luang Phrabang (Laos), Pukarma and Rangoon (Burma).
More low cost airlines will be present in the domestic
air services market, resulting in more travelers. “The number of
passengers will be increased from 7 million passengers to more than 20
million,” he said.
He spent some time in the address to dwell on the Thai
stock market, saying that the first branch of the Stock Exchange of Thailand
(SET) will be opened in Chiang Mai. “Chiang Mai people will be the nouveau
riche (new millionaires), and now we must work for the big change. People
will be rich by joining hands and ideas to work together,” he said.
He said he had assigned Chiang Mai governor Suwat
Tantipat and Thai Rak Thai party deputy Yaowapha Wongsawas, to do more home
work, as this northern capital has many things thing to do, with Chiang Mai
traffic jams becoming critical.
“We are more than 100 percent confident of the economic
stability for Thailand, as forecast by the National Economic and Social
Development Board,” he said.
“We will not any more ask for help or loans from
others, but we will request them to enter a partnership. Thailand has given
3,000 million baht to Burma, and 2,000 million baht each to both Laos and
Cambodia. These are all our neighboring countries, and some grants have been
provided to help assist road construction projects in these countries, in
the Great Mekong Sub-region,” he said.
“At present, Thailand is really strong in term of both politics and
finance, and I have planned to stay in office (as PM), but I will retire
early, at the age of 59, and then I will have more time to rest, relax and
spend more time and money. Anyhow, for the next five years, during my term
as PM, I will do my best to create more opportunities for the Thai
people,” he promised.
Chiang Mai air pollution critical
200 points in Chiang Mai City at danger levels
Dr. Duangchan Aphawatcharuth Charoenmuang, the head of
the research team on air pollution control for Chiang Mai City, has said
that Chiang Mai people always burn fallen leaves, causing polluted air in
wide areas, in addition to the already polluted air from the vehicle
exhausts during traffic jams, and exacerbated by the low pressure area from
China. As a result, the polluted air could not dissipate so it is still in
the Chiang Mai-Lumphun basin.
The air quality detection department of the Pollution
Control Department, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, found
that at the Weather Measurement Station at Yupparaj Wittayalai School during
last January, the pollution level was 155.9 micrograms per cubic meter. In
the area of Chiang Mai City Hall, 144.0 micrograms per one cubic meter in 24
hours was recorded in April 2002. These are above the recommended limit of
120 micrograms per cubic meter.
The weather condition in Chiang Mai is now in the critical period after
200 points in Chiang Mai Municipality areas showed the air pollution to be
at very dangerous levels and a respiratory health hazard.
Chiang Mai International Airport gets boost from cut-price domestic flights
Needs to enlarge - quickly
A budget of 2.1 million baht was approved by the Thaksin
government for the renovating of Chiang Mai International Airport, to
provide more services and facilities in the Indo-China region, and to draw
more visitors and tourists to Chiang Mai.
Suthara Huangsuwan, general manager of Chiang Mai International Airport,
confirmed that Chiang Mai is getting ready to become the aviation hub of the
Airport authorities plan to improve both domestic and
international passenger lounges, enlarge the runways to serve wide bodied
aircraft, and expand the parking lot and cargo building, all to be completed
by the end of 2006.
Flying Officer Suthara Huangsuwan, general manager of
Chiang Mai International Airport, said that he expects to increase the
capacity of the international passenger lounge to 1,000, and increase
parking space for 200 additional cars.
GM Suthara admitted that the introduction of low-cost
airline services would increase the number of flights and passengers, but
said, “The more competition, the more benefits we gain for passengers.”
There are about 2 million visitors arriving at the
airport annually, but last year with the numbers down, visitors spent only
about 2.57 billion baht, a very sharp drop compared to last year’s revenue
of about 12 billion baht.
He forewarned that there would be increased service
charges in two years or even in 2005, with the international airport fee
increased to 800 baht and domestic fee will be 100 baht per person.
“Although Chiang Mai is getting ready to become the aviation hub, this
alone cannot guarantee that there will be more tourists visiting Chiang Mai
because what inspires tourists to come back here depends on how nice Chiang
Mai people are to the visitors,” he explained.
Chiang Mai to host Inventors’ Day 2004 for the first time
Honoring HM the King, Thailand’s Father of Invention
The National Research Council of Thailand, Chiang Mai
Provincial Authorities, and Chiang Mai University (CMU) is preparing for the
upcoming Inventors’ Day 2004, to be held during January 8 - 9 for the
first time in the northern region.
left) Deputy governor Thongchai Wongrianthong; secretary of National
Research Council of Thailand, Jirapan Atthajinda; and CMU president, Assist
Prof Dr. Nipon Tuwanon, at the press conference at Chiang Mai Orchid Hotel.
Chiang Mai deputy governor, Thongchai Wongrianthong, said
at a press conference held at Chiang Mai Orchid Hotel that Chiang Mai would
host Inventors’ Day 2004 to honor his Majesty the King who has been named
“Thailand’s father of Invention”.
Secretary of the National Research Council of Thailand,
Jirapan Atthajinda, said that February 2 of each year was deemed to be
Inventors’ Day, to commemorate the patents registered by His Majesty the
King for inventing the “Chaipattana Aerator” used to treat polluted
Similar activities will also be held around the country.
The one event will be held in Chiang Mai at the CMU Convention Center next
month, another at the Fifth Year anniversary convention hall, Khon Kaen
University on January 23-25, 2004; a third at the Bangkok Convention Center,
Central Plaza Hotel, Bangkok on February 2-3, 2004 and the last one will be
held at the Convention Hall, Rajabhat Institute Phuket on February 13-14,
Inventors’ Day in the North will include exhibitions of
His Majesty King Bhumibol and Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s works, many
prizes for inventions will be awarded by the National Research Council of
The president of CMU, Assist Prof Dr. Nipon Tuwanon said activities were
aimed to stimulate people and students to create more useful inventions and
develop equipment to push the Thai education system forward and assist the
population to become a knowledge-based society.
FTA has problems
An agriculture strategy to deal with
Thai-Chinese Free Trade Area (FTA) was discussed at a recent seminar
conducted by the Agriculture Economic Office, Agriculture and Cooperative
The Thai and Chinese governments agreed to use a no
tariff policy on fruit and vegetable products beginning October 1, 2003,
resulting in both advantages and disadvantages for Thai producers because
Thailand and China were both potential agricultural producers and exporters.
Kanchana Singhamphai, international agricultural economic
specialist at the Agriculture Economic Office, said that Thai vegetable
products brought in 4 billion baht in trade, but fruit products face a
deficit or loss in its trade balance of about a billion baht. However, the
overall viewpoint is that Thais still have the advantage.
Thai products needing attention are garlic, potato, onion
and cold fruits which Thailand needs to reduce harvesting areas and improve
The Agriculture and Cooperative Department has assigned agriculture
economic officers to gather all information about good imports along the
border areas and make a weekly report to the department to plan the defense
Chiang Mai’s International Convention Center underway
Site finally agreed upon
Many parties in Chiang Mai, including the people,
government organizations and private sectors, were recently in dispute over
the location for the Chiang Mai International Convention Center project,
citing traffic problems on the roads behind the Chiang Mai City Hall.
The permanent secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office
therefore followed up the progress of the International Convention Center,
the Exhibition Hall and the Agricultural Products Distribution Center plans.
The chiefs of government offices concerned with the
construction projects participated in the meeting, and provided progress
reports about each project. Academics from Chiang Mai University also
presented a Chiang Mai traffic system analysis with a model of the project.
The proposed locations for these three projects, which have now been
approved by the Cabinet, would see the International Convention Hall being
built at Nong Hor military training camp, nearby Chiang Mai City Hall. The
Exhibition Hall and Agricultural Products Distribution Center construction
will be moved to land in Tambon Mae Hia near the Chiang Mai Safari Night
10 degrees C means winter woollies time again
But it was 3.7 degrees C 30 years ago
The Meteorological Center has reported that the coldest
weather is yet to come. The high pressure areas from China will cover the
upper north of Thailand, bringing in very cold weather, with possible
temperatures between 10-13.
The lowest temperature on record in Chiang Mai province
was measured on January 2, 1974, at 3.7C, so it will not be quite that
freezing this year.
Tourists who want to celebrate the New Year in Chiang Mai
and in other northern provinces need to be more alert while driving, because
there will be thick fog along the way up to Chiang Mai during the early
morning and at night.
Warm clothes and woollies are necessary, especially in the morning and
the evening. The cold season will probably end in January for the northern
part; but around mid January, the center also predicts that there will be
thunderstorms and scattered rain from a low pressure front moving in from
Opium eradication continues
US Ambassador lauds Thailand’s efforts
The Chiang Mai-based 7th Artillery Battalion, with
cooperation from the US government, has shown a positive will to eradicate
drugs from Thailand.
Thai and US governments have worked together for 30 years
to get rid of drugs from the country and make hill tribe people change from
planting and using it.
ambassador Darryl Johnson and Thai officials during the salute. (Photo by
Lieutenant General Picharnmeth Muangmanee, Commander of
the 3rd Army Region, said that opium destruction was successful because of
good support from the Thai government and financial support from the US
government. “The number of opium fields along the northern border has
decreased from 5,000 rai last year to 500 rai this year,” he added.
US Ambassador to Thailand, Darryl N. Johnson said that in
1999 Thailand was considered to be one of the high-risk areas of drug
harvesting but now he confirmed that Thailand was no longer mentioned.
“Thailand has proved successful in handling the drug problem showing that
opium is no longer significant in Thailand, but drug problems still remain,
that I hope will be cured soon,” the US Ambassador said.
Both parties announced that they would pursue an opium destruction plan
continuing until next year, aiming to educate hill tribe people on the
dangers of opium, motivate them to plant other crops, with a crop
Two boys found drowned
The first boy’s body was found in the
Chiang Mai City canal, and the second in the district canal in Hang Dong.
Police suspected that both of the boys went swimming in the canal, and had
cramps because of the cold water, and drowned.
The rescue team dragged the first body from the canal in
front of 700 Year Anniversary Sports Complex, after a worker spotted the
body. The body was reported as being that of a boy, aged between 6-8 years
old, wearing no clothes and bleeding from his nose. The other body of a boy
of similar age was found in the district canal in Hang Dong district.
Police have assumed that two boys went swimming together,
but with the amount of water in the canal which is very high at the moment
this has produced a very swift current.
The bodies of the two boys were taken to Chiang Mai
Maharaja Hospital’s Forensic Medicine Department for autopsy.
30,000 people expected to enlist in the War on Poverty
Hands up for government handouts
Chiang Mai Governor Suwat Tantipat said that Chiang Mai
began the fight against poverty on December 4, and that 25,567 people had
already registered. Males registering for the program are outnumbering
The main reasons given by the registrants were: not
enough land for growing crops (over 14,000 people), followed by too many
debts (13,000), and finally lack of housing (about 5,000 people).
Governor Suwat suggested that people be should be
truthful when coming to register, and they can register any day except
Sunday, at the District Administration Office.
Registration will carry on until the end of March 2004,
hoping to cover everyone eligible. Once this is done, all information will
be submitted to the Interior Ministry for further action.
Chiang Mai Immigration Office near Chiang Mai International Airport will be closed for the holidays
Foreigners wishing to extend their visa to stay in
Thailand might have to wait until next year because the immigration office
will be closed during New Year holidays.
As per the central Thai government mandate, the national
New Year holiday will run from January 1 to 4, 2004, and Chiang Mai
Immigration office will be officially closed on these days.
All documents and office work will be stopped during the
holiday, but visa-checking procedures for incoming foreign tourists at
Chiang Mai International Airport will continue without interruption.
Musical treatment for drug addicts
Royal Thai Army organizes the Carabao Band
The Royal Thai Army, together with the
Carabao Band, will organize musical treatment and entertainment for drug
addicts confined in Wiwat Pollamuang School, to encourage the prisoners to
stay away from drugs, and then hopefully return them to society to become
The famous Carabao band will give a mini-concert at Wiwat
Pollamuang Center, Pack Squadron, in Mae Rim district, as part of this
radical drug rehabilitation plan.
Yuenyong O-pakul (aka Add Carabao) said that musical
treatment activity would be held for the first time in Chiang Mai, after
which the band would perform at concerts in every Wiwat Pollamuang School
throughout the country.
Wiwat Pollamuang School, Pack Squadron, Chiang Mai
province, began to treat drug addicts almost two years ago. There were
approximately 250 drug addicts there, with 80 of them under treatment and
more than 100 drug addicts were already back in society.
Water in short supply
Warning to conserve or suffer drought
Vinai Laothedpong, Chiang Mai Agricultural Extension
Office, said that the quantity of water in the local dams is down compared
to last year. His department is issuing official confirmation and he advises
that if water is not conserved, a drought situation will eventuate.
Vinai has advised farmers that they should plan their
water consumption in the rice fields and their farms. He said water
rationing for agricultural purposes will be also considered and calculated
by the planted area, the areas that surround the water distribution, the
farms and field crops areas, and poor grade paddy field areas. “The water
supply and allocation, will be properly arranged and distributed for public
consumption and for agricultural purposes,” Vinai concluded.
Mae Moh villagers protest relocation of Hmong addicts
Crime, drugs and deforestation claimed
Mae Moh district people are against
relocation of Hmong addicts to the area. 700 villagers from eight villages
in Tambon Ban Dong, Mae Moh district protested when they heard about the
proposed relocation of Hmong addicts from Wat Tham Krabok in Saraburi
province saying it would destroy the environment and cause troubles into the
Mongkol Meepien, Chief of Tambon Ban Tong Administration
Organization together with village headmen congregated at Regional Office of
Hill tribes Development, Ban Huay Tard which has 45,000 rai constructed as a
Hmong Hill tribes Holding Center for Hmong addicts.
Surachai Maneeprakorn, Lampang Provincial Defense Office
and Montree Boophatree, District Chief of Mae Moh went to clarify the
situation and receive the petition from the protestors to submit to Amorntut
Niratsayakul, Lampang Governor to find the solutions for the problem.
In the past, there were some Hmong hill tribes moved into
the area, but the protestors claimed they destroyed the natural resources
and would cause crime to rise and bring in drugs.
Winter Rose Day 2003
Everyone rose to the occasion
Chiang Mai provincial authorities, in cooperation with
rose growers groups and the private sector, held the Winter Rose Day 2003 in
Chiang Mai at Khamthieng flower and plant markets.
Miss Rose rose for her rows of beautiful roses.
There were rose exhibitions, a rose clinic, and a rose
flower show from Thailand and overseas. During the festival, there was also
a demonstration of how to prepare dry roses with microwave, a rose
decoration contest, and a rose art competition for students, and even a rose
clinic providing consultation for rose planters by rose experts. “There,
there Petal, you’ll be feeling better tomorrow.”
In addition, there were rose garden decorations and a rose exhibition
from Phuping Palace. The activity was aimed to present and give information
for people interested in roses, rather than promoting business.
Future of industrial estate in Chiang Saen looking promising
Interest from China, Korea and the Middle East
Chinese traders, businessmen and investors will flow into
the industrial estate to be set up by Thailand’s Industrial Estate
Authority in Chiang Saen Chiang Rai. Chinese entrepreneurs have shown
interest in establishing their businesses in the industrial estate, to be
the center for distributing Chinese products and exports into Thailand then
on to the world markets.
Anchalee Chawanit, director of the Industrial Estate
Authority of Thailand (IEAT), said that not only was there interest from
Chinese traders but also other investors from South Korea and Middle Eastern
countries want to establish factories in Chiang Saen industrial estate.
“Representatives from South Korea and Middle East are involved in
feasibility studies, with the first group targeting electronic devices,
while the latter is focusing on herbal food industry,” she explained.
From the beginning of next year, IEAT will start
aggressive marketing to attract international investors to establish
businesses in Thailand.
Anchalee added that the government had assigned IEAT to
negotiate with neighboring Burma, Cambodia and Laos to use the industrial
IEAT has also foreseen possibilities in founding
industrial estates in Kong Island, Cambodia, giving special privileges such
as tax-free holiday for an initial period. Industries they wish to attract
are textiles, wood processed products and silica-related industries. “We
are in the process of negotiating with Burma, to open an industrial estate
in Mae sot, Tak border province, as well,” she said.
Recycling glasses is worthwhile
But will it make a good spectacle?
Bangsai Arts and Crafts Centre under the Foundation of
Supplementary Occupations and Related Techniques (SUPPORT), and royally
initiated by Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, aims to create more handicraft work
and careers for Thai people through a recycling project.
gather to take a good look at the new products.
Transforming and recycling glass is one of the
project’s works under the foundation. Old glass is easy to find, and can
be re-used for many purposes, as well as decorative items in houses or
Pisutti Dararutana, the head of Research and Development
section of the Chemistry Department of the Royal Thai Army, said that the
Bangsai Centre has taken part in this glass project in conjunction with the
Chiang Mai University (CMU), to develop reworking glasses to be of high
standard and quality. In addition, the foundation has opened more training
courses for interested people to further practice their skills.
glass as decorative items made at the Bangsai Center will be shown and
displayed on Inventors Day at CMU’s Convention Hall.
“Nowadays, we can recycle glass such as broken beer bottles, to become
beautiful decorative items,” said Pisutti. The Bangsai Center’s works
will be displayed at CMU’s Convention Hall on February 2-3, next year at
the Inventors’ Day exhibition for the northern region.
Socket Making Apparatus could mean low cost prostheses
New hope for the limbless
H.R.H. Princess Mother’s Prostheses Foundation assists
limbless people lead an ordinary life. The artificial leg is the key to this
but it is very costly for disabled people.
10,000 baht Stump Copying equipment.
One very expensive factor in the production is copying
the stump to make a well fitting socket, and the foundation set up a
research team to look into production of these in Thailand.
Dr. Therdchai Cheewaket has now invented the Stump
Copying machine which can produce a perfectly fitting stump at low cost but
high quality. He said the method is by making a vacuum mold of the stump.
This is similar technology to one used in the USA which costs 5 million
baht. The locally produced equipment does the same job and costs 10,000
vacuum process to mold the socket.
This technological invention would be presented at the
invention competition of the National Research Council of Thailand. It is in
the process of registering the patent and in the future, Thailand will be
able to export this equipment abroad.
The cost of making an artificial leg in hospital is around 3,000-4,000
baht ,but by using the local stump copying equipment, it will cost only 700
baht said Dr. Therdchai.
TAT ready for expected tourist influx
Tourism high season in the Northern Region is here.
Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Northern Office, Region 1, says it is
ready to welcome large numbers of arrivals.
At present, the occupancy rate for hotels, resorts and
guest houses was about 85 percent, said Chalermsak Suranant, the regional
Director. He also suggested that people who have not made any booking for
accommodation but have planned to visit Chiang Mai, should make reservations
as soon as possible, as otherwise there would not be any rooms available.
Suranant, Tourism Authority of Thailand Northern Office Region 1 director.
TAT has been involved in promotion of the region. “As
it is our responsibility, our office needs to create great sales promotions
and publicize tourism activities and events being held in the Northern
Region. The main goal for us is how to persuade tourists to come to visit
the Northern Region. Last year tourism industry for the North alone as high
as 37,000 million baht, and we expect to get more for this year, “ said
Tourist Information Kiosks will be also be set up in
Bangkok to serve tourists, both Thai and foreigners, 24 hours a day. All the
tourist information will be updated to the current situation such as the
number of hotels, guest houses and resorts, tourist attractions,
restaurants, and city maps will be available for tourists.
Unfortunately, these are only in the capital, but for Chiang Mai and the
Northern Region, the TAT office is still available and open daily from 8
a.m. to 4.30 p.m. until early January 2004. Tel: 053-248604, 248607 or
E-mail: [email protected]
Road safety push for New Year
Too little - too late?
As Chiang Mai Provincial Public Health Office gets ready
to cope with the road accidents, a “Drive safe, and don’t drive when
drunk” promotional campaign is to be launched during the New Year
Every year, thousands of people die or are injured in
road accidents. This year, the Health Office is prepared for accidents which
may occur in that period from drunk drivers and careless driving.
Last year, the road accident situation in Chiang Mai
during the New Year were found mostly on Super Highway Rd., Chiang Mai-Hang
Dong Road and Chiang Mai-Doi Saket-Maejo. There were also accidents
occurring on every intersection in Chiang Mai Municipality.
The preparation by the Public Health Service include
preparing staff, ambulances and the medical equipment which will be ready to
service people 24 hours a day.
The Viengping Rescue Center will be the coordinating
point, and anyone who witnesses or is involved in an accident please call
However, it is always better to have a fence at the top
of the cliff, rather than an ambulance at the bottom. Since the majority of
fatalities are motorcycle riders who die from head injuries, an intense
helmet wearing promotion would produce better results.
Sai Num Phueng oranges certified safe
The district officer said so!
Fang district officials together with Fang district
Agricultural Extension Office, and Fang, Mae Ai, Chai Prakan Orange Growers
Club organized a meeting to discuss whether Sai Num Phueng oranges were
Many representatives from various organizations such as
from Fang, Mae Ai, Chai Prakan Agriculture Offices of Agricultural Research
and Development, Regional 1, Public Health office, farmers and NGO’s
attended the meeting.
Boonserm Jitjainsuwan, District Chief of Fang , Chiang
Mai said that the meeting was aimed to give an opportunity for people to get
involved with agriculture discussions and conclude with the correct
information. He also warned the mass media to publicize the correct
information to people regarding consuming Sai Num Phueng orange from Fang
orchards. Wrong information from the mass media could harm the country’s
orange reputation, as Sai Nam Phueng was one of the OTOP export products to
both Asia and Middle Eastern countries.
Boonserm added that in the future, there would be a
certificate of guarantee for Sai Num Phueng orange production as produced
from Fang, Mae Ai, Chai Prakan districts indicating they were free from any
Emergency road center for festive season
Highway District ready for all problems, including stray reindeer
Wichien Noonrod, chief of Chiang Mai Provincial Public
Relations Office said that the 1st Chiang Mai Highway District Office has
established a center to assist people who travel along the highways on New
Year, as a safety measure.
The call center is in response to the government’s
policy to process information and solve the highways problems during the
long holidays. This service operation would start from 24 December 2003
until January 4, 2004.
He added that everyone who faces problems while traveling
along the highway, will be receiving help from the officers at the centers.
Accidents, especially in the districts of Chiang Mai, Hang Dong, Mae Wang,
Chormthong or near these areas, should immediately report to the officers at
053-280 900 for help and information.
Elections for Chiang Mai’s TAO chairman
First time the post of chairman goes to the people
Narin Khasemanan, director of Chiang Mai Provincial
Election Commission Office said that a draft of the Municipality Act which
is being considered for approval and process by the Cabinet would be law by
the end of this year.
Khasemanan, director of Chiang Mai Provincial Election Commission Office.
When it comes into effect, there would be an election
within 60 days in the six Tambon Administration Organization (TAO) including
Cherng Doi, Mae Rim, Chiang Dao, Hang Dong, and Wiang Fang.
Narin said it was the first time that Chiang Mai TAO had
an election for the chairman of the TAO executive board. The election would
be held before the end of January.
The TAO election may be confusing for the people in those areas, so there
were different methods of voting in each area. The election, he said, would
include color cards for selecting the chairman, and the committee and the
number of committees would be different in each TAO area.
In Tech ’03 held at Chiang Mai Plaza Hotel
Fuzzy logic trying to become intelligent
In Tech is a specialized conference emphasizing growing
technologies that make man-made systems more intelligent. The theme of the
In Tech ’03 Conference was implementing intelligent and fuzzy technologies
in a real-world environment.
president, Assistant Professor Nipon Tuwanon, at the opening ceremony.
This was jointly organized by Institute for Science and
Technology Research and Development (IST), Chiang Mai University (CMU),
Assumption University, Fuzzy System and Intelligent Technologies Research
Society of Thailand (FIRST) and Japan Society of Fuzzy Theory and
Intelligent Informatics (SOFT).
Hirota, Honorary Chair of the conference presenting information on color
instance-based reasoning and its applications.
Topics of In Tech ’03 included Color Instance-Based
Reasoning and Its Applications to Color Restoration Algorithm for
Low-Illuminated Images, Deep Space Technology Challenges of the New
Millennium, Formal Fuzzy Logic and Its Use in Fuzzy Modeling and Software
Warehouse and Software Mining: The Impact of Data Mining to Software
Assist Prof Dr Nipon Tuwanon, the President of CMU,
presided over the opening ceremony. He said in his opening remarks that
currently we stand at the dawn of a new century in the heart of the new
The next International Conference on Intelligent Technologies will be
held at the University of Houston-Downtown, Texas, USA, in December 2004.
THA President Vorapong Muchaotai welcomes big chain hotels
A wake-up call for Chiang Mai hotels
Vorapong Muchaotai, President of Thai Hotels Association
(THA), Northern Chapter, said that the advent of big chains was good for
Chiang Mai hotels. Chiang Mai has never had a five-star hotel, except one
resort-style Four Seasons property and that Chiang Mai hotel owners should
not feel threatened. “Their hotels and our hotels have different rates and
services, so it will not affect each other because we have distinctly
different target groups,” the THA Northern Chapter president insisted.
Muchaotai, THA Northern Chapter, welcomes the big chain hotels in Chiang
It was speculated that local hotels would increase their
rate about 10-15 percent as big five-star hotels would offer a high rate of
around USD 400-650 per night (10,000-25,000 baht), while local hotels offer
a rate of around 2,000 baht per night.
Chiang Mai hotel business had been neglected for a long
time so incoming five-star hotels would bring attention to Chiang Mai as
well as all bringing well-trained staff that Chiang Mai seriously wanted.
THA president Vorapong added that the opening of these big chain hotels
would wake the sleeping Chiang Mai hotel business which has always ranked
behind Bangkok, Cha-am, Hua Hin, Pattaya and Phuket destinations.
Burmese refugees found returning to Burma
Disliked new camp site
Prakrasit Mahasingh, Mae Sariang District Chief Officer,
has been looking at a plan to remove refugees from Mae Kong Kha-Sala center,
located in Mae Sariang District, and send them to a holding center at Mae
Luan House, Sob Moei District, Mae Hong Son. Many refugees have asked to
return to their old center, insisting that the new site was dangerous being
too close to the Thai-Burmese borders.
There are 16,300 people from 2,617 families and 13
clusters, which will be moved. 12,677 people, 2,603 families, to the new
site at Mae Luan forest while the remaining 3,628 people, 608 families,
would be transferred to Mae La Ma Luang holding center, 10 kilometers away
from Mae Luan site.
The reason that refugees would be split into two groups
and living in two centers was due to a new policy from Forestry Department
allowing the use of no more than 800 rai of forest area.
However, 1031 people, 159 families, had escaped from
fighting near the Mae Kong Kha-Sala holding center, sneaking back to Burma,
saying that the new site was not safe.
Thai Authorities have said that the absconders would be
removed from the refugee list and were not allowed to cross the border in to
Chiang Mai launches beautiful homes campaign
Paintbrushes out, says provincial authorities
Chiang Mai Provincial Authorities is asking everyone to
participate in a project to let people clean and make their houses more
beautiful - which is part of the Green & Clean project.
Wichien Noonrod, the chief of Chiang Mai Provincial
Public Relations Office said that the above project was to create good
images for Chiang Mai and to promote tourism. To make the city green and
clean with a good atmosphere with fresh air, plants and trees need to be
grown and put into every part of the city.
To make the project successful, Chiang Mai people needed
to do many activities around their houses and offices. For example,
improving buildings by repainting, and putting decorative items in front of
them, as well as flying national flags.
He added that the provincial authorities have asked for
cooperation from the people of Chiang Mai to do this now, to be able to
celebrate New Year with Green & Clean.
Anyone with shares in the flag and paint industry?