Dangerous dengue hemorrhagic fever outbreak in Chiang Mai
Symptoms to look out for, especially in children
Public health officials have issued a warning of an
outbreak of dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF).
Dengue hemorrhagic fever is a severe, often fatal,
complication of dengue fever, a flu-like viral disease spread by mosquitoes.
The Chiang Mai Public Health Office has so far recorded
one death from DHF: a resident of San Patong district who was reported to
have died last month. San Patong district has 10 patients suffering from
DHF, Chiang Dao has nine and Mae Rim seven patients. Another 61 patients in
Muang district have been diagnosed. Public Health Office statistics for the
period from February 3 to June 16 show that sixty percent live in municipal
"Dengue hemorrhagic fever is very dangerous and in
children can be fatal," the Health Office warns. "Between five and
eight days after being infected by the common house mosquito, they develop
high temperatures for between two days to a week. They also display symptoms
of severe headaches, muscle and joint pains, pain behind the eyes, stomach
cramps and vomiting."
With DHF, some children might have nosebleeds and develop
rashes on their bodies. DHF patients usually have red faces and similar
symptoms of fever without coughing and running noses. Some patients who are
at an advanced stage of the infection may also go into shock.
While their temperature may be speedily reduced, they
will be depressed, tired, and some may even have internal bleeding.
Patients with severe symptoms should be taken to hospital
for urgent treatment, without which they could die within 12-24 hours.
Children who have a fever above 38.5 degrees Celsius and suspected of being
infected should also be rushed to hospital. In case of high temperature,
parents should use wet towels to wipe their children’s bodies and get them
to drink large volumes of water.
During this time, people are advised to empty out any
containers of standing water, as these are the breeding grounds for the
mosquito. A good quality repellant containing DEET is also advisable, as are
long trousers and long sleeved shirts.
Road accident statistics released
Surprise! Most fatalities involve motorcycles
Statistics from the Ruamjai Rescue Foundation show a very
high number of road accidents in the first five months of this year.
The Foundation said, based on its road accident
statistics between January-May, it rendered basic aid to and transferred
1,024 injured victims to hospital, of whom 752 were male and 272 female. It
also recorded 107 fatalities, of whom 85 were male and 22 female. Most of
the accidents involved motorcycles, and alcohol or reckless riding were
Kuang Singh intersection was reported to be the most
dangerous site, with 27 accidents taking place there. San Pa Koi ranked
second with 20 accidents, San Dek 17 casualties and Nimmanhaemin
intersection fourth with 12 accidents.
Autsadathorn, Nawarat and Nong Pratheep cross roads, the
foot of Pa Tan Bridge, and the intersections on Chiang Mai-San Kamphaeng
Road were also the scenes of many road accidents.
However, the number of accidents at Wat Jed Yod crossroad
and the crossroads on the Chiang Mai-Hang Dong Road dropped as a result of
the installation of the traffic lights at these intersections.
Crashes involving motorcycles and cars or three-wheel
vehicles happened most frequently with 342 casualties while collisions
between motorcycles were the second most frequent cause of accidents with
207 cases recorded.
With Thailand variously reported as having the sixth
worst traffic accident experience in the world, can we ever hope to see the
traffic laws that are already part of the statutes being enforced? Wearing
suitable motorcycle helmets would cut the death rate by at least half.
Unfortunately the powers that be cannot see, or are not listening.
Chiang Mai Chamber has ambitious plans
Bullet train proposed to link Chiang Mai and Bangkok
The Chiang Mai Chamber of Commerce (CCC)
has big plans for the city and will propose them to the government’s
mobile Cabinet meeting next week.
The CCC is looking at four mega projects including an
ASEAN SME’s EXPO 2006, Chiang Mai-Bangkok bullet train, Chiang Mai-Chiang
Rai rail link, and Chiang Mai Planetarium.
The Chamber said it would propose its ambitious plans to
the Cabinet meeting on June 28-30 in Lamphun through Chiang Mai Governor
The CCC will offer to organize the ASEAN SME Expo 2006
being the first SME fair of the Association. The venue will be the SME
Center, which is expected to be constructed by early 2006. The proposal is
to hold the exhibition six months before the World Horticultural Fair.
A rail link between Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai is
envisaged, with the intention to create a new tourism train route linking
Phrae, Den Chai, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai and Bangkok. It would also support
transportation of agricultural products between Thailand and China.
The Chiang Mai Planetarium is planned as an educational
and scientific center to give students the opportunity to learn astronomy
and natural phenomena of the earth and universe in tangibles ways.
The bullet train project to Bangkok will cater for public
demand for mass transportation. It will have a top speed of up to 300 km/h.
"If these projects are realised, they will directly link the capital
with the North and sustain economic growth from the southern China and the
Greater Mekong Sub-Region," said Narong Tananuwat, Chiang Mai Chamber
of Commerce secretary.
He added that the four mega-project proposals had been
chosen from the total of 11 topics raised by the Committee of Trade and
Free Aung San Suu Kyi and restore democracy to Myanmar called for
“Freedom for One is Freedom for All”
Burmese political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi’s birthday
was marked by a seminar on freedom in Myanmar and to call for her release.
The seminar "Freedom for One is Freedom for
All" was held on June 18, a day before her birthday, at the Women’s
Study Center of Chiang Mai University.
Udom-ithiphol (left), Sunee Chairos (2nd left), the Thai human rights
commissioner and some Burmese Women’s Union members at the seminar.
The seminar focused on the hardships in Myanmar endured
by political prisoners and ethnic women and related to Aung San Suu Kyi’s
situation. It also aimed to raise public awareness and to call for her
Three Burmese ex-political prisoners, Yin Htwe, Yi Yi
Htun and Aye Aye Khiang, who were involved in the democratic movement during
the 1990s and later imprisoned, recounted their painful experiences to the
seminar. They spoke of how prisoners are severely punished and the terrible
conditions inside the prisons.
Yi Htun (left) and Aye Aye Khiang (right), former Burmese political
prisoners speak at the panel discussion during the seminar.
Yin Htwe said that in the 1990s many male political
prisoners died because of severe punishment and ill treatment. The other two
Burmese speakers said female political prisoners were put together with
criminals and treated in a similar manner.
Thai Human Rights commissioner Sunee Chairos, who was on
the former Constitution Law drafting committee, also shared her tough
experiences of life in jail after she took part in a demonstration. She
faced the most bitter moments of her life twice when she was severely beaten
by other prisoners who were put up by the authorities to do so, and when she
had to bring up her baby in jail for nine months.
Apart from the issue of poor treatment of prisoners, the
Karen Women’s Organization representative, Blooming, told the seminar
about sexual violence against ethnic women in Myanmar.
The Burmese women present at the seminar asked women in
Thailand for solidarity and to help women’s movements in Myanmar.
It was registered by the participants that "Myanmar
is a dark spot of the world", and the international world should help
its suffering people by helping to bring about democracy and Aung San Suu
Kyi’s quick release.
The participants encouraged the Burmese people not to
give up and continue fighting for their democracy.
The following brief overview of the Aung San Suu Kyi
situation was given at the seminar. Aung San Suu Kyi and Michael Aris met
when she was studying in Oxford. At the time he was a student of Tibetan
civilization. They married on January 1, 1972 and had two sons, Alexander
Aung San Suu Kyi’s husband supported her actions. She
returned alone to Burma, as Myanmar was called at the time, in 1988,
initially to nurse her dying mother. But she arrived just as popular
demonstrations against the military broke out nationwide. The demonstrations
were crushed and a new set of generals replaced the military dictator Ne
Win. Aung San Suu Kyi was arrested in 1989, accused of inciting unrest, and
placed under house arrest for six years.
In 1990, while she was still confined, Aung San Suu Kyi’s
National League for Democracy (NDL) won a landslide election victory that
the junta refused to accept. The opposition leader was released in July 1995
but remained under strict travel restrictions. She was again put under house
arrest in September 2000 when she defied the restrictions and tried to
travel to the central northern city of Mandalay.
During that second stint of house arrest, her telephone
was cut off, but she was regularly able to meet top NLD leaders and visiting
diplomats such as United Nations special envoy Razali Ismail. She also had
visits from her sons and grandson.
This was in stark contrast with the previous period of
detention, when she was often in solitary confinement and for several years
was not allowed to see her family.
AIDS workers choose Chiang Mai to exchange information
Forerunner to the Bangkok AIDS conference
AIDS workers worldwide will meet in Chiang Mai next month
to discuss effective techniques in responding to the pandemic.
The "AIDS Competence Knowledge Fair" will take
place from July 7-9 in advance of the International AIDS Conference in
Bangkok from July 11-16.
The AIDS Education Program of Chiang Mai University’s
Education Faculty, in collaboration with the United Nations Program on
HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), United Nations Institute for Training and Research
(UNITAR) and the Salvation Army UK, has organised the event, to take place
at the Lotus Pang Suan Kaew Hotel.
It will allow AIDS organizations worldwide to speak about
the experience they have gained from working in their local communities, to
seek effective techniques in dealing with the pandemic, and agree on topics
to be further discussed at the Bangkok conference.
Some 175 participants are expected to attend, including
representatives from UNAIDS, UNITAR, the World Bank, the French AIDS
ambassador and the Salvation Army.
Fifteen experts are expected to deliver lectures,
including Geoff Parcell and April Foster from the African Facilitation
Coordinating Network, Dr Jean-Louis Lamboray from UNAIDS and UNITAR, Dr Ian
Campbell and Alison Radar from the Salvation Army UK.
Northern successes listed
in televised back-slapping
Everything in the north is coming up rosy?
The upper northern provinces have been giving feedback on
their successes in the so-called Strategies of Integrated Administration.
The governors reported back to Minister of the Interior
Pracha Maleenont during a conference at Chiang Mai City Hall in a program
televised live on Channel 11.
Suwat Tantipat, Chiang Mai governor, chaired the
conference which was also attended by 40 heads of associated government
offices. In accordance with the attempt to promote the Upper North as pivotal
in linking up with the Greater Mekong Sub- Region and Southern Asia, each
province had set strategies to coordinate with its targeted countries.
The Mae Hong Son representative reported that it targeted
building connections with Mandalay and Tuanggy in Myanmar, while Lampang said
that it had expanded its ceramics market in the United Arab Emirates. The UAE
bought ceramic products worth 16.5 million baht from Lampang, and it is
expected that it will continue importing ceramics to the value of at least
150 million baht.
Chiang Rai province exhibited its products to Chinese
people at the Kunming Fair. It also discussed collaboration in tourism and
trade with Kunming, Lijiang, Tali, and Jing Hong in Yunnan province, southern
China. China has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding to buy 200,000
tons of rice from Chiang Rai.
Chiang Mai reported that it strengthened relations with
Shanghai in China and gained cooperation on Chinese acupuncture and the
establishment of Chinese and Thai traditional doctors in Chiang Mai. It also
promoted the sale of longans in China and Shanghai has initially ordered
4,400 tons of the fruit.
In line with the campaign to promote border trade, it was
reported that in the last six months, products worth 4,216 million baht have
been sold at border markets. This is about 56 percent of the target set.
The most trade was done at Chiang Rai’s border market,
with sales worth 3,850 million baht. Agricultural products were ranked the
most popular products sold, followed by consumer products and fuel.
No more poverty by 2008 says government
Much rhetoric but not much concrete proposals
A seminar was held recently in Chiang Mai to address
social and poverty issues in the community, with Chiang Mai Deputy Governor
Thongchai Wongrianthong presiding over the opening.
180 people from the province’s districts attended the
seminar at the Lotus Pang Suan Kaew Hotel, organized by the Chiang Mai
Community Development Office. This was in response to government policy to
find integrated solutions to community issues.
After the seminar, Udom Maneekud, chief of the Chiang Mai
Provincial Community Development Office, said poverty alleviation was a
national problem and needed to be tackled urgently.
"We would like to get rid of poverty by 2008 by
increasing people’s income, decreasing expenditure and creating more
opportunities for people to boost the Thai economy to make it more
competitive on the world market."
The Ministry of Interior has assigned the Community
Development Department to register the number of poor people and check on
the accuracy of its figures, data and information.
Eco-friendly solar electricity saves money
3 mio baht saving, but will the consumer see it?
A solar power plant in Mae Hong Son has been operating
since May 20 to save on electricity generated by the province’s
hydro-electric and diesel power stations. The plant is situated in Tambon
Pha Bong in Mae Hong Son’s Muang district.
"It is more beneficial to use solar cells than the
diesel power plant because energy produced in this way does not pollute and
is sustainable," said Jerasak Tongsuk, the manager of Mae Hong Son
Diesel Plant. It also does not release carbon dioxide into the environment,
unlike diesel power plants.
The cost of electricity generated by solar cells is 10
baht a unit, which is 0.5 baht cheaper than from diesel power plants.
Mae Hong Son province’s hydro-electric power plant
produces the cheapest electricity - up to five times cheaper than its diesel
power plant. However, the province has a limited quantity of water, so the
hydro-electric power plant cannot operate during the hot season when the
water resource dry up.
The solar cell plant will increase the capacity of
electricity in Mae Hong Son by 500 kilowatts. Because it generates power
during the day, the other two forms of electricity generation need kick in
only at night, according to Jerasak. Consequently, solar energy will save an
estimated 215,385 liters of diesel fuel, almost 3 million baht a year.
Minister warns get ready for landslides
Even better, help prevent them
Some 155 villages in Mae Hong Son province, 61 villages
in Tak, and 39 in Chiang Mai are at high risk of landslides, according to a
recent survey conducted by the Department of Mineral Resources.
According to the Minister of Natural Resources and
Environment, the threat of landslides persists in the country, and they are
expected to be severe in the high risk areas.
minister of natural resources and environment, Suwit Khunkitti (centre) at
the seminar on landslides held in Chiang Mai.
Minister Suwit Khunkitti said landslides were prevalent
in the rainy seasons. One measure to help tackle the problem was for people
to cooperate in taking care of natural resources and their environment.
"Now is the time for good management in terms of
sustainable utilization to help preserve natural resources. Everybody must
cooperate to address the landslide problem which is created by people
indulging in slash and burn cultivation, forest invasion and deforestation.
This leads to disaster because there are no tree roots to hold soil. As a
result the trees and the soil are swept away, when we have heavy rains,
causing landslides," he said.
The minister was speaking at a seminar on
"Networking to Watch for Landslide Disasters" held in Chiang Mai.
He was accompanied by Dr Plodprasob Surassawadi, permanent secretary for the
Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, and Somsak Photisat, director
general of the Mineral Resources Department.
He said that flash floods and landslides resulted in loss
of lives and extensive damage to property. For that reason, the seminar was
being held to forewarn and alert people of the potential natural disasters.
Suwit said this year there had already been landslides in
many provinces and forest mountain areas because of extensive deforestation.
He added that a group of Tor Sor Mor volunteers will soon be set up to save
the natural resources and environment of villages, starting in Sop Moei
district, Mae Hong Son.
"These volunteers will be ready to confront the
natural disasters, and help with reforestation and forest preservation. The
Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment will allocate 3,000 baht per
rai to the villages to help protect the forests," he added.
British philanthropist to rebuild children’s dormitory
Chiangmai Mail article results in restoration
Steve Graham, managing director of E.S.C. Thailand
contacted Chiangmai Mail having read last week’s article on the
newly built dormitory in Baan Long Phe being washed away by flash floods
(CMM Vol. III No. 25, page 7). He immediately decided to step forward, and
informed us that "No matter what it costs, we will take care of it and
rebuild the dormitory."
Graham, managing director of European Safety Concepts Thailand.
Chiangmai Mail contacted Annelie Hendriks, the
representative of FERC (the organization taking care of the dormitory), who
was initially incredulous but was later reassured following her conversation
with Steve. Later this week, Steve will meet with Annelie to discuss and
arrange scheduling, and most probably undertake a site inspection to obtain
first hand information about the damage and the impact the floods have had
on the students’ lives.
Steve Graham said his motivation was just that after
having lived in Thailand for a number of years, he feels that it is his
obligation to give something back to the community, and that he is delighted
that some of less privileged in the community will benefit from his success
in business. Chiangmai Mail will keep the readers informed on the
progress with the dormitory.
Electric vehicles in trial run on school route
Two 14 seater electric vehicles from the Electric Vehicle
(Thailand) Company are on a free trial of service for students at schools
located on Charoenprathet Road, Chiang Mai.
They have been in use since June 11 as part of Chiang Mai
Municipality’s attempts to solve the city’s traffic crisis and pollution
and run at a speed of 35 km/h.
seater electric vehicles from the Electric Vehicle (Thailand) Company are on
a free trial at schools located on Charoenprathet Road, Chiang Mai.
If their abilities meet the municipality’s
satisfaction, it may purchase them to be used as part of city’s
transportation. However, the municipality at the moment is still seeking
budget approval from central government to support its mass transportation
system and electric vehicle service.
When the three month trial period ends, the six minibuses
that have been used to transfer municipal officials from the Carrefour
outlet to the municipality’s building (part of its project to reduce
pollution and solve the lack of parking at its office) might be used to
continue serving the students.
"Apart from the Charoenprathet Road route, the
electric vehicles might be deployed on Kaew Navarat Road on which two
prominent schools, Dara Academy School and Prince’s Royal College, are
situated," said the head of the Municipal Commerce Control Division,
The electric vehicle’s route starts next to the Park
Hotel, moves to Chang Klan Road, Charoenprathet, Soi 13, and passes the
Montfort College, Sacred Heart and Regina Coeli and Chairoj Schools. After
dropping off students at their schools, the vehicles continue to Sri Donchai
Road, Chang Klan Road, passing the Chang Klan Plaza and the Empress Hotel
before heading back to the Park Hotel.
Zoo celebrates birthday but gives away the presents
View the pandas in pairs with free tickets
The Chiang Mai Zoo celebrates its 27th anniversary this
month. To mark the occasion, the zoo is holding a promotional campaign
called ‘Giving Back Profit By Giving Presents’ by offering free tickets
for visitors who arrive in pairs to view the pandas, and the animal shows
for the rest of June are free, said Rodsukon Chuikamwong, its public
The campaign is part of the zoo’s marketing strategy
during the rainy and low season and the back to school period.
On June 19-20, it held stage performances and an
exhibition of the development of Chiang Mai Zoo throughout its 27 Year
history to celebrate its birthday.
12-story ‘eye sore’ whittled down to size
30 mio baht saving
Academics have protested against the proposed
construction of the new 12 story Chiang Mai Municipality building, saying it
will spoil the view along the Ping River banks.
The academics from Chiang Mai University, led by Dr Tanes
Charoenmuang, also called the high-rise building unnecessary.
Chiang Mai Mayor Boonlert Buranupakorn has agreed to a
redesign of the building, saying it would now have only seven stories. The
municipality building will be constructed on the two rai area of the former
residence of the municipality’s permanent secretary and was to have been
built at a cost of 100 million baht. Reducing the building by five stories
could save the government over 30 million baht.
The building has an underground parking space for about
200 cars. The electricity used in the building will be generated by solar
cell panels. Windows and doors have been designed to maximize the light from
outside to illuminate the interior and help save electricity costs.
Construction is expected to start in August and take 18
months to complete. The building will be built in Lanna style architecture
and use Lanna decor.
Solidarity shown for Aung San Suu Kyi
Public rally draws crowds of supporters
The Friends of Burma Coalition organised a rally at
Thapae Gate grounds in Chiang Mai to mark political prisoner Aung San Suu
Kyi’s 59th birthday.
Hundreds of representatives from foundations, Burmese
people and students, Chiang Mai University undergraduates, Burmese
non-governmental organization workers and international human rights
activists gathered to celebrate the occasion on Saturday, June 19.
Aung San Suu Kyi activists celebrate her birthday with a grand cake.
The gathering, with the theme "Freedom for One and
Freedom for All", was organised by Sunee Chaiyarot of the National
Human Rights Commission, journalist A. Suttisakorn, the Karen Women’s
Organization and former political prisoners.
speakers spoke on the unfairness of the dictatorship of the Burmese Junta
About 200 artists, poets and singers from bands Su Sa Nae
and Chi Suwichan performed in Thai, Burmese and English languages, calling
for her release from detention.
T-shirts in red and black declaring "Burma, Asean’s
shame" were on sale. Asean countries have been urged for some time to
demand the establishment of freedom and democracy in Myanmar.
Speakers attacked the junta that refused to recognise the
landslide victory of Aung San Suu Kyi’s party in her country’s last
democratic elections, and attacked the current dictatorship in Myanmar.
The participants also lit candles in a symbolic gesture
for "the restoration of light and peace" in Myanmar soon.
Alien workers eligible for two year work permits after 2005
But only Cambodians, Burmese and Laos
Migrant workers from Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia will be
issued two year work permits for employment in Thailand after 2005. The Thai
government is planning to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with
those countries to this effect.
"The ministries of Labor, Foreign Affairs and the
Interior will sign the MoU with its three neighbours to allow their citizens
to become legal migrant workers," said Orachorn Rattanamanee, head of
the Chiang Mai Employment Services Office.
According to the MoU, the alien workers will have to have
passports to prove their citizenship, which will guarantee their right to
work in Thailand for two years. After it expires, the work permit can be
renewed for another two years.
In the meantime, alien workers are urged to register
between July 1-31 this year to get a one year permit to work in the kingdom.
This registration will be beneficial for them because, after the MoU is
signed, they will already have proven their citizenship and be issued with
Statistics indicate that 29,000 alien workers were
registered in 1996, but the figure last year dropped to 17,105. The missing
laborers from the 2003 registration list either returned to their countries
of origin, or moved to Bangkok or other cities without keeping their
registration up to date.
The government has set up a working group with the deputy
chief of staff of the Royal Thai Army, Lt Gen Prathompong Kesornsuk, as
chairperson, to be responsible for the suppression of illegal migration
along the border, in response to rising concerns about the increase in
illegal migration as a result of the latest registration and MoU moves.
The working group will act in cooperation with the army,
police, and relevant organizations falling under the Ministry of Labor to
monitor the affected areas.
Checks conducted on many businesses last month uncovered
hundreds of illegal alien laborers. This showed that the incidence of
illegal migrant workers was gradually increasing, according to Orachorn.
Chiang Mai Deputy Governor Kwanchai Wongnitikorn has also
given the assurance that Thai soldiers and police will remain vigilant in
border villages, and that the border communities are important defenders
against illegal migration of alien workers.
The Pha Muang Task Force is responsible for the
suppression of illegal migration along the Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai
borders, while the Surasri Military Force in Mae Hong Son and Tak and the
border patrol police are responsible for Phayao, Nan and Uttaradit
Chiang Mai students get lucky with state lottery
10 mio baht divided up between them
Over 10 million baht generated from government lottery
ticket sales has been used for scholarships for 1,180 disadvantage students
in Chiang Mai.
The Thai government shares its income from the last 3
digit and 2 digit number lottery sales for poor Thai students.
In Chiang Mai, the scholarship project is supervised by
the provincial Social and Welfare Development Office, which falls under the
Ministry of Social Development and Human Security.
The project targets primarily orphans or students whose
parents have abandoned them or are in prison. In addition, students whose
families earn less than 50,000 baht a year, who are well-behaved, not
involved in drugs and have not received bursaries from other sources are
welcome to apply for the government scholarships as well.
Scholarships totalling 10.04 million baht have been
awarded to the Chiang Mai students. This was divided into 6,000 baht
scholarships for 640 primary and kindergarten students; 10,000 baht
scholarships for 460 secondary and vocational students; and 20,000 baht
scholarships for 80 higher level vocational students and university
According to official government statistics from the
Office of Provincial Social and Welfare Development, there are
approximately 120,000 households that earn less than 20,000 baht a year.
That means there should be at least the same number of students from
families earning less than 50,000 baht a year in Chiang Mai and are
eligible to apply for these scholarships.
Children being used to smuggle drugs into Thailand
44 adult suspects on wanted list
A training and refresher course in drug
suppression was held for police inspectors and deputy police inspectors of
the Chiang Rai Provincial Police recently.
Experts gave advice on how to track down drug dealers and
their networks, which have recently changed their strategies to deceive law
enforcement officers. It was noted that drug dealers have adapted their
operations by using children and hill tribes people to smuggle drugs into
Thailand from neighboring countries for distribution.
Provincial authorities have also arranged the 10th
"Doing Good Things for the Country" project at the 1st Territorial
Security Volunteers Company in Chiang Rai.
Since the government re-launched its "War on
Drugs" campaign on February 1, the distribution of drugs has been
suppressed in many, but not all, areas.
The National Drug Combating Operation Center instructed
relevant organizations to monitor more closely those suspected of being
involved in drug dealing. The suppression operations in Chiang Rai have
drawn up a list of 44 suspected drug traffickers, of whom three are from
Muang district, three from Chiang Saen, nine from Wiang Chai and 29 from
Wiang Kaen district.
Forensic science in the service of justice
Fast neutrons to trap fast criminals
The Office of Forensic Police displayed equipment used in
providing evidence in criminal cases at the newly opened Forensic Police
Mai Governor Suwat Tantipat (2nd right, front row) and Forensic Police
commander Pol Lt Gen Thavornsak Thepchatree (right, front row) presided.
The center also has the cooperation of the Fast Neutron
Facility research center of the Physics Department at Chiang Mai University’s
(CMU) Institute for Science and Technology Research and Development.
Prof Pongsak Ungkasith, vice president of CMU, and a
physics specialist Assist Dr Somporn Singkharat and pharmacy specialist
Assist Dr Suraphol Thanakarnkitkul were in attendance. They gave briefings
of forensic related work and presented some equipment to support the
police display equipment and tools at the Chiang Mai Forensic Police Center.
Forensic Police commander Pol Lt Gen Thavornsak
Thepchatree said Chiang Mai is a large province that has many criminal
cases, and serves as the nerve center for police work in the North.
Cooperation would further focus on the drug profile
project, crime scene re-enactment, fast neutron facilities, supporting
scientific work and forensic science experts.
"This cooperation will also expand to other
universities in the region. In the past, our forensic work has experienced
good cooperation from Chulalongkorn and Mahidol universities in
Bangkok," said Pol Lt Gen Thavornsak.
Chief Justice Preecha added, "It is a welcome sign
that Chiang Mai University has provided good cooperation in terms of
equipment and academics to the center.
The Office of Royal Thai Police organized the opening
ceremony on June 15, in Chiang Mai’s Zone 7 of the Forensic Police.
Governor Suwat Tantipat and Forensic Police commander Pol Lt Gen Thavornsak
Motorcycle crashes into speeding pickup truck at intersection
Two fatalities, one seriously injured
A 15-year-old boy and a young woman on a motorcycle were
killed instantly when they crashed into a pickup truck, while the third
person on the motorcycle was seriously injured.
at the intensive care unit at Kasemraj Hospital attend to the seriously
injured young man.
The motorcycle with three-up went through a red traffic
light at the Kuang Sing intersection at about 1 a.m. on June 17. They were
hit by the pickup truck which was reported as travelling across the
intersection at high speed.
Changpuak police station was informed, and officers
rushed to the scene together with a rescue team from the Ruamjai Foundation.
They found the bodies and the badly damaged motorcycle about 20 meters from
police move the pickup truck out of the way after the accident with the
The 15-year-old was identified as Lue Woona, from Mae Rim
district. His body was thrown five meters away from the unidentified young
The third youth, identified only as Aiekong, was rushed
to the intensive care unit of Krasemraj Hospital in a critical condition.
The pickup truck driver, identified as Archeng, told
police he had gone through the green light at the intersection when the
motorcycle crashed into his vehicle; however, he has been charged with
negligent driving, leading to death and injury.
Army claims successes in drugs and weapons hauls
Self praise a questionable recommendation
The Royal Thai Army’s commander-in-chief, Gen
Chaiyasith Shinawatra chaired a press conference to report on weapons and
drugs seized in the northern border province of Mae Hong Son province.
The meeting was held on June 21 at Wing 41 conference
room, and the top brass was accompanied by Maj Gen Thawatchai Wattana, the
commander of Naresuan Force, and Pol Col Thanayin Thepraksa, the
superintendent of Pai police station, as well as Third Army Region commander
Lt Gen Picharnmeth Muangmanee and Mae Hong Son governor Suphot Laowansiri.
Chaiyasith Shinawatra chairs the press conference.
Maj Gen Thawatchai Wattana said that 11,000 ya ba pills,
1.3 kg of heroin and one .38 pistol, two cartridges, 43 rounds of
ammunition, another 89 rounds for 9 mm pistols and 824,000 baht in cash were
seized in Pai district, Mae Hong Son on June 19-20.
seized from Mae Hong Son’s Pai district.
Gen Chaiyasith praised the work of the 3rd Army region,
as well as the "good cooperation" from Mae Hong Son provincial
authorities, the drug combat center and local residents.
"This is a good sign in the suppression work in the
border areas," he said.
Rajabhat University students busted for allegedly selling drugs
Police have arrested two Rajabhat
University students and a teenager suspected of dealing in drugs. They
allegedly are connected to the drug ring run by the influential person Lao
Police initially arrested 22-year-old Sam Saenju, a
student who works part-time as an assistant chef in a city restaurant, on
possession of nine ya ba pills on June 17. Sam confessed that he and some
friends received the drugs from the Lao Ta drug ring for sale in the city.
After further investigation, the police charged Sam’s
alleged accomplices, a 17 year old who cannot be named as he is a minor, and
22 year old Sunee Chaimai, also a university student. They said they planned
to sell drugs they got from a person called Rattanapol Rattanaworachote.
The police searched Rattanapol’s room and found packs
of drugs, which were confiscated, and details of three bank deposit
accounts. Rattanapol, who belongs to the Lisu hill tribe, confessed that he
had received the drug from the Lao Ta network.