PM gets involved in cleaning up Chiang Mai’s air
We need more money to be ‘Clean and Green’ it seems
Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is so concerned about
air pollution in Chiang Mai City that he has called an urgent conference to
tackle the issue.
Chiang Mai Governor Suwat Tantipat met with heads of
several government offices at the City Hall on July 6 to prepare for the
meeting on July 20, which the PM will chair.
Tantipat Chiang Mai governor met with government officers in preparation for
a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra on July 20 to tackle
Chiang Mai’s pollution.
Sa-nga Euangtrakul, director of the Chiang Mai Resource
and Environment Office; Aphiwat Kunarak, director of the 1st Environment
Office; Nuntawat Kawila, head of the Chiang Mai Irrigation Office; Sombat
Tanbutra, head of the Rural Highway Office; and 50 representatives of Chiang
Mai Municipality, Chiang Mai Provincial Police Division, Transport Office
and Chiang Mai Transportation Cooperatives were present.
Suwat said the PM expressed his concern at the June
mobile Cabinet meeting after finding that Chiang Mai has the worst air
pollution in the country. This would definitely affect the economy, tourism
and the health of the local population.
Initially, the government provided 344.7 million baht for
the province to solve the pollution crisis. This will be divided into 87.6
million baht on solving traffic pollution in the next five years; 54 million
baht on solving pollution from sources like burning off waste, dust and
factories; 26.2 million baht on burning off in the open air; 156 million
baht on landscaping in the city; and 20.9 million baht on enhancing air
pollution administration and management abilities.
The governor said that the province had been attempting
to solve the problem through its “Chiang Mai Clean & Green”
campaign. “However, if the government supplies more money to tackle the
issue, it will be more easily solved,” he said.
Gamblers shown the red card in Euro 2004
The local losers in the Euro 2004 soccer tournament are
38 people in eight northern provinces who have been charged with illegal
The Provincial Police Bureau, Region 5 announced that
they were arrested June 10 - July 5. Of those charged, 24 were punters and
Fifteen football punters were arrested in Chiang Mai, six
in Phrae, five in Phayao, four in Chiang Rai, three each in Lampang and
Lamphun, and one each in Nan and Mae Hong Son.
Police said they seized a total of 29,940 baht in cash as
evidence of the gambling. Up to 1.77 million baht had been wagered during
the European football fest.
A football gambling program on a diskette was also
confiscated, together with a personal computer and two mobile phones.
The Provincial Police Bureau had been on the lookout for
the football gambling during the Euro 2004 season in three areas -
prevention, suppression and public relations.
The Bureau also instructed its officers to strictly
suppress any gambling and insisted they catch all those involved. It
reiterated the police should not get involved in the gambling themselves or
It also cooperated with academic institutions, owners of
dormitories and houses to rent, and the press to publicize information about
the ban on football gambling, and asked parents to assist by keeping a watch
on their children’s activities.
The Bureau also set up a post box for people to report
gambling in order to help eradicate it.
Thais invited to make their mark for their Queen
Public Relations Department,
Mae Hong Son
Thais throughout the country are invited to sign their
names on Tung flags and make blessings for HM the Queen on the occasion of
her 72nd birthday and celebrations on August 12. The Tung is being placed at
every provincial city hall for the public to carry this out.
The Public Relations Committee Center which is organizing
the grand celebration for the royal birthday has assigned the Working Group
to create royal Tung (flags) and give them to all provinces throughout the
country to allow their people to sign them and give HM the Queen blessings
and wishes for a long and healthy life.
Mae Hong Son Governor Supoj Laowansiri signed on July 5
at the city hall and asks everyone to follow.
Young criminals rehabilitation under the spotlight
Judge wants youths to talk to community leaders
The criminal behavior of children and youth was the focus
of a workshop in which community leaders reviewed their development
policies. Organized by the Juvenile Training Center, Zone 7, and the Chiang
Mai Office of the Ministry of Justice’s Department of Juvenile Observation
and Protection, it took place at Chiang Mai Phucome Hotel on June 29.
Ubonrat Lepatthanakit, chief judge of the Juvenile and
Family Court of Chiang Mai who chaired the workshop, said it was the
responsibility of the department to take care of children and youth with
problems by considering them and focusing on their better qualities.
“We have been supported by the United Nations
International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and use family group
conferencing. We have apprenticeships for youths to become sculptors,
handicraft workers, souvenir producers and therapists so as to prevent them
from getting involved in crime and becoming repeat offenders,” said Judge
The workshop was attended by community leaders, village
headmen, tambon administration organization members and provincial
administration organization members, so that they can use the knowledge
gained to help children and youths.
Most of those found guilty were regarded as
‘ordinary’ children and youths before they transgressed the law.
Ubonrat suggested that such children and youths should
also participate in such a workshop to exchange their ideas and experiences
so community leaders could hear them and help them falling foul of the law
The Thai brand - your key to success, says DEP
But where is the word ‘Quality’?
Thailand cannot compete with countries like China for
low prices, so the Kingdom has to find other ways to make its products
attractive. This was the message given at a seminar on “Building and
Strategic Brand Management” organized by the Department of Export
Promotion (DEP) at the Imperial Mae Ping Hotel on June 28.
Raktapongpaisarn, Deputy Minister of Commerce, at the seminar on
‘Building and Strategic Brand Management’.
Deputy Minister of Commerce Pongsak Raktapongpaisarn,
who presided over the opening ceremony, said, “We cannot compete with
others by reducing our prices, especially with China. Hence, exporters have
to use and sell what we have developed under the Thailand brand name.”
“International experience has shown branding means
making the buyer feel a loyalty to a product or service, to make it valued
in the consumer’s heart. I hope all entrepreneurs will take this
knowledge and information from this seminar to apply it in their
businesses,” Pongsak said.
Wipasri Chalapavat, director of the Product Brand
Promotion Division, said it helps the DEP create brands and image, and with
promotion. “At the same time, the DEP is inviting Thai companies as well
as government and private sector representatives who have succeeded in
their brand business to share their knowledge about strategic brand
management, brand equity and designing marketing communication strategies
with the seminar participants.”
Permphan Neowakul, a representative from Albatross Co.,
Ltd. said, “Branding is one of the most misunderstood concepts in
marketing, even among the so-called professionals. People think successful
branding is about awareness, but it is not.”
“Branding is much more than just a logo or name. It is
the reason why people support you. Real branding raises your bottom line
revenue, lowers customer acquisition costs, increases customer retention
and profitability,” said Permphan.
“So before you hire anyone for branding, make sure you know what you
are looking for. It is not about getting your prospective customer to
choose you over your competition; it is about getting your him or her to
see you as the only option,” Permphan said.
American expert cautions Thailand on energy crisis
Renewable sources called for
Ken Cohen, the vice-president of the giant American
conglomerate Exxon Mobil Corporation was guest speaker at a Chiang Mai
seminar entitled “The Outlook for Energy during 2003-2020” organized by
the Ministry of Energy.
He said that energy was essential for economic growth,
especially in developing countries of which about 80 percent would have a
higher demand of energy consumption. The world’s annual economic growth
rate is predicted at an average 2.8 percent until 2020, he noted.
Cohen, vice-president of the United States Exxon Mobil Corporation
Cohen anticipated that the highest growth rate of all
countries in the Asia-Pacific region was expected to be five percent;
China’s growth rate could be as high as 6.6 percent.
“Oil and gas will remain the main sources of energy and
the population in this Asia-Pacific region still needs these, doubling its
consumption in 2030 to up to 40 million barrels,” he said. Consumers of
more than 80 percent of energy were in the Asia-Pacific region, and crude
would continue to be imported primarily from Middle East countries. “Oil
and gas investment costs will increase to US$200 billion a year,” Cohen
He stressed the importance of using renewable energy and
replacing oil and gas. He also spoke of the significance of using hydrogen as
a source of energy in the future. “There will be no gases released into the
atmosphere, but it will be very costly to produce energy from hydrogen,”
Cherdpong Siriwitch, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry
of Energy, warned, “If we do not save on energy usage and prepare ourselves
today, we will have to spend a lot of money to buy energy.”
In 2003, about 14.51 percent of the country’s GDP was
spent on energy consumption, or 11.8 percent of expenditure on all imports.
More than 400,000 million baht is spent on importing crude oil annually.
Cherdpong said 37 percent of energy was used on transport
and communications, 36 percent in the industrial sector, 21 percent in the
housing or residential sector, and six percent in the agricultural sector.
He said the Ministry of Energy wanted to reduce the volume of energy usage
within 10 years, which would lead to massive savings for the country.
“Thus, we have a three pronged strategy to help address the energy shortage
problem. We should use energy more efficiently, we can utilize the natural
gas from the Gulf of Siam for another 33 years, we must looked at alternative
sources like solar power, power from garbage, and the use of ethanol,”
AIDS statistics still frightening
Almost 18 percent of Chiang Mai female sex workers have HIV
HIV/AIDS statistics for Chiang Mai province show that
17,765 cases were recorded from 1988 to April 2004, and one third of those
died in Chiang Mai City.
The main route of infection, in over 90 percent of cases,
was through sexual intercourse. Mother to child transmission of the virus
accounted for 6 percent, while 2.5 percent of patients were drug addicts who
Laborers were the largest group of HIV/AIDS patients at
71 percent, and 48 percent of those infected were in the 25-34 years age
Dr Surasingh Wisarutrat, deputy head of the Chiang Mai
Public Health Office, said the number of people with HIV/AIDS had dropped.
“But this does not mean a reduction in the number new people infected,”
he warned. It takes 7-10 years from the initial stage of being infected with
HIV to when symptoms appear.
Sampling of blood tests in at-risk groups showed the
infection rate of female sex workers dropped in 1995-1996, while it rose
among drug addicts. But recent records showed 18 percent of female sex
workers were infected, less than 2 percent of unemployed female workers and
8 percent of male workers.
A survey of Grade 11 students shows that sexual relations
among male students has risen by 8 percent compared to 1999. Most male
teenagers have sexual intercourse with their girlfriends and less than 50
percent use condoms.
A total of 6,605 children were reported to have been
infected through mother to child transmission and most of them are younger
than 10. Children with HIV/AIDS are found in every district of Chiang Mai.
There are 1,767 AIDS orphans and 1,826 children with one of their parents
having died of AIDS.
Public transport plans move into higher gear
Electric power on the mass transport agenda
Chiang Mai’s mass transportation system may get off the
ground sooner than expected. The mobile Cabinet meeting in the North, held
at the end of last month, has in principle approved the budget for the
project’s feasibility study.
“The Ministry of Transport is to hold a meeting on
public transportation management, and Transport Minister Suriya
Juengrungruangkitch will be in charge of the project himself to ensure it
makes progress,” said Chaithawat Saowaphon, a member of the mass transit
project working committee.
“The Cabinet has in principle approved 147 million baht,
and has assigned the Office of Traffic and Transport Policy and Planning in
the Ministry of Transport to do a feasibility study, as well as help develop
public electric transportation vehicles.” The study is expected to be
finished by 2006, Chaithawat said.
It will look into the exact design and form of the public
transportation system, and whether it will use a monorail or twin rails.
“Further studies must be conducted before the launch of
electric cars or other kinds of public transportation in 2006. The
government will also first study the proposals on the rail routes in the
feasibility study,” he said.
Five “Chiangs” in six days promote new route
The caravan of the Four Countries Friendship Auto
Venture’s Rally with over 100 drivers took off from the Three Kings
Monument on June 24. It was supported by the Tourism Authority of Thailand,
Chiang Mai province, and the Committee of Economic Quadrangle Cooperation
with the aim of introducing a new travel route in the Economic Quadrangle
elderly Laotian in Luang Prabang (Chiang Thong) in Laos ties the sacred
thread around Chalermsak Suranunt’s wrist, director of the Tourism
Authority of Thailand’s Northern Office, to welcome him and his crew.
(Photo Courtesy of TAT, Northern Office, Region 1)
The caravan took six days, and passed through five
prominent cities in four Greater Mekong Sub-Region (GMS) countries - Chiang
Mai and Chiang Rai in Thailand, Chiang Thong in Laos, Chiang Rung in China,
and Chiang Tung in Myanmar.
caravan en route to Laos. (Photo Courtesy of TAT, Northern Office, Region 1)
The caravan was initiated as part of the Eight Lanna
Provinces Strategic Group Plan, which concentrates on tourism promotion
under the framework of the “Five-Chiang Project” in the GMS region.
It is expected that the rally will be used to promote the new route
passing through the four countries and encourage more drivers to try it.
Increasing tourism between the GMS countries is the main aim.
Cooperation the key for city’s tourism industry
Well heeled tourists wanted - not backpackers
Graduate students of Chiang Mai University’s Tourism
Industry Management School are actively promoting the city as a regional
tourism center. They arranged a seminar “Enhance Chiang Mai Tourism as the
Regional Hub” at the Imperial Mae Ping Hotel on July 2, with an estimated
200 participants including graduate students, tourism-related operators and
entrepreneurs, representatives from airlines and tourism guides.
Krerkkrai Jiraphaet, Deputy Minister of Tourism and
Sports, presided over the seminar that was also attended by Chaisak Angsuwan,
deputy director-general of the Aviation Transportation Department; Anunt
Sirisun, adviser to the Thai Tourism Business Association; and Rachan
Weeraphan, chairman of the Committee of Economic Quadrangle Cooperation and
Chamber of Commerce, Region 9-10.
Anunt said he felt that former governments did not
understand and give significance to tourism in the way the present
government was doing. He also asked for cooperation between relevant
He advised airlines to have definite and annual marketing
plans and coordinate their operations in order to achieve their goals.
“The airlines need more collaboration with tourism companies, agents and
entrepreneurs to attract more revenue,” Anunt said.
Rachan said that the development of transportation was a
priority for the growth of the tourism and travel industry. At last
month’s mobile Cabinet meeting, the construction of a subway in Chiang Mai
was proposed, but he thought it was unnecessary, as what the city needs now
are just buses.
He agreed with the target to increase the number of
tourist arrivals by 20 percent, but those tourists should be wealthy. “I
don’t want to see larger numbers of backpackers because they do not earn
the country as much income that will stimulate economic growth.”
Regional Economic Co-operation
EU and GMS Development Strategies
During July 2-4, the Center for European Studies of
Chulalongkorn University in collaboration with the EU-LDC (European Union -
Less Developed Countries) Network, held a regional conference at Mae Fah
Luang University in Chiang Rai.
Dr. Charit Tingsabadh, Director of the Center for
European Studies, welcomed more than 60 international participants and
spearheaded regional co-operation and economic development strategies among
the countries of the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) by presenting trade and
investment models offered from Europe.
Myanmar delegates were conspicuously absent, but the
spirit of co-operation was strong between Thailand and the other member
countries within the Mekong River Commission (MRC), Cambodia, Laos and
Dr. Chamnarn Pongsri, Director of the Environment
Division of the MRC Secretariat, gave notice that the MRC moved from Phnom
Penh in Cambodia to Vientiane in Laos on July 1st and vigorously defended
dam construction in Yunnan/China and Laos for hydroelectric power. He also
identified Tonle Sap in Cambodia and the Mekong Delta in Vietnam as future
hot spots of water distribution.
The Mekong River, with 60 million people within its
basin, is the 12th largest river in the world, but is second only to the
South American Amazon River Basin regarding bio-diversity. To make
conservation a high priority, deforestation and pollution must be strictly
Max van der Sleen, the Dutch Executive Secretary of the
EU-LDC Network, made the point that it took 20 years to pollute the Rhine
River in Europe from industrial waste and 30 years to clean it up. There are
lessons to be learnt, so that the less developed countries (LDC) should not
be careless in the future and will successfully struggle for solving the
cross-border environmental problems.
Another strategy to follow in the GMS is the development
of human resources and institutional capacity to enhance regional
competitiveness. In this respect, the UN-ESCAP is handling transit border
issues, financially supported by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). But the
question remains unanswered as to whether the less developed countries can
pay back their loans under the given frameworks.
The EU is more and more looking East after a long period
of dependency from the United States. This is now the time and chance to
receive the “know-how” and expertise from Europe to develop the GMS as
the hub into North, South and East Asia.
The three day conference included a field trip to the
Golden Triangle to make a boat trip to the Lao side of the border at Don Xao
Island and then to continue to Mae Sai, Thailand’s northernmost town at
the international border to Myanmar. The delegates also stated they really
enjoyed the traditional Northern Thai hospitality at the Chiang Rai Rimkok
Resort Hotel situated on the bank of the Mekok, a tributary of the Mekong
For further information, contact Reinhard Hohler, GMS
Media Consultant, by email [email protected]
Big budget for big plans for Chiang Rai
Relations Department, Chiang Rai
Chiang Rai province has received more than 400 million
baht to further develop border trade and tourism. The Cabinet approved this
amount at its recent mobile meeting in Lamphun.
Chiang Rai will be given the money for this year’s
development plans for economic development in the border areas, especially
around the new second Chiang Saen port, the newly developed industrial
estate, construction of a four lane road and improvement to the water
resources and tourism promotion.
Chiang Rai Governor Narin Panithchakitch, making the
announcement, said another 230 million baht would be allocated to construct
the new City Hall buildings on 70 rai of public land near the Mae Fah Luang
Bridge, tambon Wiang in the Muang district.
He said, Chiang Rai would be the center of logistics and
the distribution network of local products to countries located along the
Mekong River, China, Myanmar and Laos.
He added that the new City Hall building would be four
storeys high, of a similar design to Chiang Mai City Hall. Construction is
expected to be completed in 2006. The old City Hall will be refurbished into
a college for monks and novices to further their studies in Buddhism.
Burmese laborers in high demand
More than one thousand Chiang Mai employers have given
notice that they want to employ alien laborers.
Orachon Rattanamanee, head of the Chiang Mai Provincial
Employment Service Office, announced that 1,215 employers applied to the
Office during July 1-5 to hire laborers from neighbouring countries. That
was after the Office informed prospective employers they must make a request
and register it.
Housework laborers were in highest demand with 541 Thais
requesting permission to employ them. This was followed by calls for farm
workers (259 requests for registration), and construction workers (172
Orachon has called on all employers who have hired alien
laborers to register them at the 700 Year Anniversary Stadium during this
month. Employers who do not do so will not have the right to hire any alien
laborers, she noted.
Speedboat chase on Mekong turns up 140,000 speed pills
Smugglers shot and drown in river
Kongkaew Public Relations Department, Chiang Rai
Two drug dealers were shot by Thai police and the Mekong
Marine Operations Unit and drowned in the Mekong River while they were
attempting to smuggle ya ba (speed) pills into Thailand.
The unit spotted a speedboat on the Mekong River with a
flag of unknown nationality. Police and the unit called it to stop for a
search, but the pair aboard opened fire on the police as they tried to
The Thai police officers returned fire, wounding the
traffickers who fell into the river and, weighted down by the extra led in
their system, drowned.
Police searched the vessel and found 140,000 ya ba
tablets, which they confiscated and took to Chiang Saen district police
It is believed the traffickers were trying to deliver
drugs to dealers in Sob Ruak village in Chiang Rai’s Chiang Saen district.
A source had tipped off police that large amounts of ya
ba tablets were being prepared for delivery into Thailand via the eastern
half of the upper northern province borders. Most drug trafficking takes
place through Phu Chee Fah, Ban Salaeng, Chiang Kam district in Nan province
and passes through Phrae province’s Song District before being sent to the
Fire destroys condos
Frenchman loses 4.5 mio baht
A late-night fire broke out in a Chiang Mai City
condominium, causing about 4.5 million baht damage to two rooms owned by a
and police inspect the fire damage.
The Phuping police station was informed about the fire at
about 10 p.m. on July 4 and officers attended with four fire engines. The
fire fighters took about an hour to bring the fire under control in Rooms
714 and 715 in the 10 storey 103 Condominium, Project 4, situated in Soi Wat
Pratharnporn on Klongchollapratharn (Irrigational canal) Road in Muang
They belonged to 78-year-old Frenchman Maurice Bosc. Bosc
was not in the building at the time of the fire.
The condominium manager, Chantima Butrasayarassamee, said
that most of Bosc’s belongings were destroyed. They included collections
of paintings from South Africa and silverware from Thailand worth about
500,000 baht. She said the two rooms, which cost 2 million baht each, were
Pol Lt Col Sawas Larkad of Phuping police station said an electric short
circuit in one of the rooms could have sparked off the fire. However, the
forensic science police would be called in to ascertain the cause.
Alleged human traffickers caught with alien service girls
Department, Chiang Rai
Provincial police in Chiang Rai have raided a gang of
suspected human traffickers and made 18 arrests.
Chiang Rai Governor Narin Panitchakitch said on July 3
that Wandee Luangsaen, Kaew and Saipetch (surnames unknown), and 15 Burmese
nationals were arrested, and an amount of money and a Honda car seized.
The police, armed with a search warrant, raided the
house in tambon Wiang in Mae Sai district that was rented by Sompong
Luangsaen, a Chiang Mai resident and mother of Wandee. They found 15
Burmese aliens aged 18-25 - nine females and six males.
When police arrested Sompong, she offered them a 30,000
PM Thaksin Shinawatra has assigned Chiang Rai province
for a pilot project to suppress human trafficking. He has ordered that all
the suspects be transferred to Bangkok by plane from Chiang Rai as soon as
From the initial report of the investigation, Pol Maj
Gen Chamnong Kaewsiri, commander of the Chiang Rai Provincial Police
Division, said the female illegal immigrants from Burma wanted to work as
service girls in Bangkok and in the Hat Yai district of Songkhla province.
Fortunately for them, the government is now flying them to the capital!
Chinese immigrants choose drug trade over chow mein
Mae Hong Son police and soldiers have made a breakthrough
against drug traffickers in a village of Chinese Haw immigrants.
Col Sontisak Wittaya-anekkornant, commander of the 17th
Special Task Force of the Infantry Department collaborated with provincial
police under the supervision of Pol Col Thanayin Thepraksa, the
superintendent of Pai District police station, in searching the house of
Kowang Saejing in Santichon village in tambon Wiang Tai, Pai district.
The owner had been apparently tipped off about the
imminent raid and escaped, but left behind a black plastic bag containing
170,000 baht in cash, 1,200 ya ba tablets and a M-72 gun.
Suwit Srisanga, Pai district chief officer, said the drug
problem in Santichon was still a big concern as drug dealers continued to
operate in the community. About ten families resident in Santichon village
reportedly moved into Myanmar to hide from Thai officers after they were
reported to be involved in drug trafficking. “Most residents in Santichon
are Chinese Haw and have a major problem of development in every aspect
because they do not cooperate with government officials for fear their
illegal trade will be uncovered”, according to Suwit.
Driver hits pedestrian causing severe injuries
Answering mobile phone whilst driving drunk
The driver of a pick-up, who hit a pedestrian causing
severe injuries, admitted to drinking heavily before driving, and to the
fact that he lost control while attempting to answer his mobile phone.
pickup truck at the scene of the accident at the Rincome intersection.
The 16-year-old pedestrian was waiting at the Rincome
intersection at the side of the road when she was hit by the pick-up.
The driver, 27-year-old Jedsada Daratid, told police he
had been drinking heavily at two pubs earlier in the evening. While driving
at high speed, his girlfriend called him and when he picked up his mobile
phone to answer it, he lost control of his Ranger pickup truck.
Jedsada was charged with reckless driving, causing injury, and with drunk
driving. The charges are of little use to the girl who was injured, however.
Busy day for narcotics police
Six small fish fried
Chiang Mai police arrested six alleged drug gang members
in the city in separate operations.
four suspected drug dealers at the Chiang Mai police division.
Officers caught a youth at Big C department store,
charging him with stealing a motorcycle from the Talard Tonpayorm market
behind Chiang Mai University. They then found some ya ba tablets on him
which he said he had bought from a dealer, 40 year old Kampan Muangwilai, in
Ban Maeking community area in tambon Changklan.
The youth’s arrest led police to believe drug
traffickers were smuggling the drugs from Fang border district to sell to
young people in Chiang Mai city.
A sting operation led by Pol Maj Gen Kasem
Rattanasunthorn, commander of the Chiang Mai Provincial Police Division was
set up. This led to the arrest of two more young men who lived at Kiang Doi
Place dormitory, behind Wat Ched Yod temple as they were leaving with 180 ya
ba pills to sell.
The suspected traffickers were identified as 23-year-old
Chamras Boonruang from Mae Ai district and 23-year-old Pairoj Suriyama from
Fang district, also said Kampan was their supplier.
They alleged Kampan sent packages of the drugs, priced at
10,000 baht per package, by mail to Chokchai Charoenyoo in Nakhon Ratchasima
Meanwhile, in a separate operation police searched another room in Kiang
Doi Place after a tip-off that they would find Thai Yai drug dealers from
Mae Ai district and Fang district there. They arrested 40-year-old Jittikorn
Kongsin and 36-year-old Pitak Chaemngern, charging them with possession of
methamphetamines for sale.
Lamphun Provincial Court finds
10 guilty of invading public land
A Lamphun court has sentenced a Wiang Nong Long
sub-district resident and 9 others for encroaching on and using 1,000 rai of
public land for the past 14 years.
Su Kaewfunfu and his 10 accomplices were sentenced to one
year in prison. They were charged after they prevented Land Office officials
surveying land in the Wiang Nong Long sub-district, claiming the land
belonged to the public and they had used it for a long time. However, some
officials had issued documents granting title deeds for the land to a Chiang
Mai businessman to run an orchard, and additional land which is to be put up
After sentence was passed, Winich Lumlue, chairperson of
the Human Rights Commission of the Law Council, asked for leave to appeal.
Meanwhile, the National Anti-Corruption Commission is
investigating the alleged illegal issuing of land title deeds.