Kingdom of Thailand celebrates Coronation Day May 5
May 5 marks the 55th anniversary of the Coronation of His Majesty King
Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great.
The day is celebrated as a national holiday, and all
government offices and commercial banks will be closed.
Each year on May 5, the Kingdom of Thailand commemorates
the day when, in 1950, King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great, the 9th in the
Chakri Dynasty (Rama IX), was crowned.
His Majesty the King was pronounced successor to the
throne in June 1946. After four years of studying in Europe, he returned to
Thailand and was crowned during an elaborate and highly intricate ceremony
that outdid all previous coronations in Thailand.
On April 28, 1950, a week before his coronation, H.M.
King Bhumibol and Mom Rajawongse Sirikit Kitayakara were married. Following
the coronation the King returned to Switzerland to continue studying.
The Coronation Ceremony reinforces the stature of the
Kings of Thailand. The first such elaborate ceremony was performed when Pho
Khun Phamuang succeeded Pho Khun Bangklangthao as the ruling King of Muang
Sukhothai. Phaya Lithai, a former leader in Sukhothai, left a historical
record in stone describing the coronation ceremony in Sukhothai at Wat
In the beginning of the Ratanakosin era, the first King
in the Chakri Dynasty (King Buddha Yot Fa Chulalokmaharach) took the title
of Rama I and moved the capital of Siam from Thonburi to the opposite bank
of the Chao Phraya River, and constructed Krung Ratanakosin (Bangkok). In
the process of building the Royal Palace and Wat Prakaew (Temple of the
Emerald Buddha), the first King in the House of Chakri refined the
coronation ceremony, establishing important protocol that has lasted to this
All Kings to follow not undergoing the coronation
ceremony would be unable to assume the term “Phrabat” in front of the
King s title of “Somdej Phrachaoyuhua”, and more significantly, the
symbol of the nine-tiered umbrella would also not be permissible or
The elaborate coronation ceremony of His Majesty King
Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great included all the ancient rituals required for
assuming the full title and the nine-tiered umbrella. King Bhumibol
Adulyadej then bestowed the honor posthumously on His brother King Ananda
Mahidol. King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s benevolent act raised King Ananda
Mahidol’s regal status from seven to a nine-tiered umbrella.
During the reign of King Mongkut (Rama IV), Buddhist
monks and Brahmin priests were incorporated into the coronation ceremony to
conduct rituals to sanctify the auspicious occasion. Previously the ceremony
was arranged and conducted by the Royal Palace staff and members of the
The annual commemoration of the coronation ceremony is
currently a three-day affair, starting with a ritual “tham bun” ceremony
on May 3 to honor the King’s ancestors. Later on the first day, another
ceremony is performed, whereby flags of honor are issued to distinguish
various military units.
The following day, Buddhist ceremonies continue with
chanting rituals, prayers and Brahman priests announce the auspicious
occasion of the next day (May 5).
On May 5, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great
(Rama IX) conducts a merit-making ceremony, presenting offerings to Buddhist
monks, and leads a “Wienthien” ceremony, walking three times around the
sacred grounds at the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.
In the evening the King conducts another sacred ceremony:
changing the yellow cloth on the Emerald Buddha, the guardian symbol
protecting the Thai people, which was transferred from Thonburi to Wat Phra
Kaew by Rama I.
Many rooms in the Royal Palace are opened for public
viewing on Coronation Day. Auspicious ceremonies are performed and displays
depicting royal achievements are exhibited to reconfirm the King’s
His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great is now the world’s
longest reigning monarch, 58 years, as the people of Thailand celebrate
their beloved father of the nation and his dedication to the development and
well- being of his subjects throughout his benevolent reign.
Thai Kingdom celebrates Royal Wedding Anniversary
April 28 marked Their Majesties 55th wedding anniversary
Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great and Her Majesty Queen Sirikit
celebrated Their 55th wedding anniversary on Thursday, April 28. King! (Photo:
Courtesy of the Bureau of the Royal Household)
This year marks the 55th anniversary of
the Royal Wedding of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great and Her
Majesty Queen Sirikit.
His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Mom Rajawongse
Sirikit Kitayakara were married by Her Majesty Queen Sawang Vadhana, the
paternal grandmother of His Majesty, at the Sra Pathum Palace in Bangkok on
April 28, 1950.
Mom Rajawongse Sirikit, the daughter of the Thai
Ambassador to France Mom Chao Nakkhatmongkol Kitayakara and Mom Luang Bua
Sanitwongse, met the soon-to-be-King at the Thai Embassy in Paris in 1948.
They were engaged to be married at the Windsor Hotel in Lausanne,
Switzerland on July 19, 1949.
They returned to Thailand during the government of Prime
Minister Field Marshal Pibul Songkhram and a stunningly beautiful marriage
ceremony was held while the Thai military forces formed to honor and salute
the Royal Couple.
Following the Royal marriage, His Majesty King Bhumibol
Adulyadej the Great ascended the throne, becoming the ninth King of Thailand
in the Chakri Dynasty with all the pomp and pageantry befitting a Royal
coronation on May 5, 1950.
Their Majesties have four children, HRH Princess Ubolratana, HRH Crown
Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, and HRH
Much anticipated bus service postponed
Still awaiting permission from the Land Transport Office
Chiang Mai’s 26 new buses are ready to serve the
public, but permission from the Land Transport Office to run on the
surveyed routes has not yet been granted. Initially, the permission was
due in April, which would have led to the release of the buses in May.
Now, the release has been postponed to June.
several postponements, officials hope Chiang Mai municipality buses will
begin serving residents in June.
Mayor Boonlert Buranupakorn showed his irritation
about the delay, saying that the public transportation project has
already been approved by the government, especially in view of its aim
for Chiang Mai to be a model developing city and for tourism. Funding was
granted in 2004 for the purchase of 26 buses to become mass
transportation running on two routes within the municipal area.
However, prior to the release, consultations with the
red mini bus members had to take place. Almost a thousand red mini buses
in Chiang Mai City were requested to run on minor routes, with the
municipal buses running on the two main routes. As buses running on minor
routes would transport passengers to electric cars that were running on
main routes, the municipality did not expect any problems between the two
This plan would link the red minibuses or other mini
buses with the project buses as well as the electric cars, and the three
kinds of vehicles combined would become a systematic mass transportation
system. Therefore, it could deal with traffic jams in Chiang Mai
The mayor said that he had conferred on this plan with
the PM during his recent Songkran visit, and the PM agreed to apply the
plan to Chiang Mai. He affirmed his support for the plan to encourage
tourism, resulting in four billion baht earnings per year.
The population in Chiang Mai is estimated at 1,200,000. There are
approximately 750,000 motorcycles and 200,000 private cars. Therefore, if
there isn’t a public transportation plan, even more serious traffic
jams are predicted for the next five years.
Paramotor pilots to patrol forest fires
The forest is an important natural resource of any
country as it is a source of water which maintains life, but it is easily
destroyed by forest fires, especially during the dry season. Therefore, the
Thai Airport Authority Conservation and Development Foundation cooperated
with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to provide a training
workshop at the premises of Wing 41 on April 25-29, for paramotor pilots to
patrol forest fires. Pilots would patrol either on the ground or in the sky.
Lt. Gen. Winit Sornritchingchail, president of Tango Paramotor (Thai
Authority Airport Conservation and Development Foundation) said, “Forest
fires are risky to put out which is why the training has been organized.
This is the first time that formal training for paramotor pilots was
organized, and it is going to continue throughout the whole country.”
pilots from the Thai Authority Airport Conservation and Development
like this one, are also used for patrolling.
X-ray car to combat terrorism and drugs
50 million baht X-ray car able to see through almost any vehicle
Pol. Lt. Gen. Kritsana released a black Mercedes Benz
that houses an X-ray machine after learning that drugs would shortly be
smuggled into Thailand. The vehicle radiates gamma rays to see through each
passing vehicle, controlled by an effective computer system showing the
result on a screen. The vehicle cost 50 million baht and belongs to the
Narcotics Suppression Bureau.
50 million baht Mercedes Benz X-ray truck.
He said that whilst drug smuggling had lessened,
producers, especially along the Thai-Burmese border, continue their heinous
trade. It is suspected that drug transfer routes have been changed but the
route in Chiang Rai is still expected to be used for speed, despite the fact
that the cunning traffickers are constantly inventing new methods.
computer systems allow police to see through any car.
“The third war on drugs will emphasize domestic suppression and
cooperation with neighboring countries to obstruct the sources. Thailand
will inform neighboring countries after drug dealers have been arrested to
let them know who the culprits are and the route used, then foreign police
will block the route. We have received good cooperation from Burma and,
although there is a battle along the Burmese border, we are sure that drug
dealers cannot take advantage of this because we are fully prepared to
protect Thailand, especially with the support of the X-ray car,” Pol. Lt.
Gen. Kritsana said.
Chiang Mai goods prices maintained for three months
Raising fuel oil costs, especially for diesel, has
directly affected goods transfers resulting in businessmen having to adjust
their prices. Retail businesses in Chiang Mai, full of the milk of human
kindness, realized that the increased prices would create hardship for
residents; therefore they have decided, together with the Internal Trade
Office Chiang Mai, Ministry of Commerce, to maintain their goods prices for
three more months.
Fuengfah Tulathamakul, head of the Internal Trade Office
Chiang Mai, said that there are 70 businesses in Chiang Mai who have
informed the office that they will maintain goods prices for three months,
from April to June, as requested by the Ministry of Commerce. So far, 37
business owners have already signed a memorandum, and the other businesses
are expected to sign the cooperation contract soon.
The businesses promising to maintain prices include:
Makro, Big-C, Eakachai Distribution System (Lotus Super Store), Carrefour,
Central, Robinson, Conaco, Watson, Caltex, Power Buy, Rim Ping Chiang Mai
and Black Canyon.
If prices are increased, or unannounced price increases
are noticed, the public should call the hot line, 1569.
Tambon Inthakin conferred to solve garbage problem
An application to run a garbage pit met the resistance of
2,000 villagers at Mae Taeng. Concerns about environmental effects and the
fact that the area in question was only one kilometer away from a natural
water resource sparked protests.
Tambon Inthakin Administration Organization met with Mae
Taeng municipality, district chief officers and the Public Health Department
to discuss the application of a private company. The company had previously
run the smelly facility without permission and the process of garbage
elimination was not efficient, according to villagers.
However, the company declared that it had requested legal
permission and it appealed to the villagers to give it a chance to explain
the process of garbage elimination, claiming it would not affect the
environment as they planned to follow the process laid down by the
Industrial Factory Act. Villagers agreed to give the company a chance to
explain but would disallow the facility if they were not satisfied.
Tourists warned of bad VCDs at Mae Sai
Mae Sai Customs warned tourists not to buy VCDs from
Burma, as they could be of poor quality, or even unrecorded CDs.
Pol. Lt. Gen. Kritsana Pol-anan from the Narcotics
Control Board made the statement recently when he his team visited the
Thai-Burmese border in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai, to check for illegal goods,
drugs, contraband and obscene material. The officers collected many lewd CDs
from visitors as well as cards and cigarettes.
The officers said that Burmese merchants sell four CDs
for one hundred baht to tourists, but those CDs are of poor quality with
lewd cover pictures. Customs informed tourists not to purchase them, as the
items might be seized.
Whilst there, officers also used modern technology to
hunt for drugs, and as a result several drug traffickers were arrested
during the Songkran festival.
Meanwhile, Mae Sai border commerce is slow, and has not
grown for several years for a number of reasons, such as the slow economy,
rising fuel prices, tourism confusion, and competition from China. Even
though there is a good route from Mae Sai to China passing through Burma,
commerce is not lively as several tax collecting points are set up in Burma,
which deters merchants.
Only a few tourists visit Mae Sai and the Thai-Burmese
border, and this was evident even during the Songkran holidays. The Burmese
government’s proclamation not to admit vehicles from Thailand traveling to
China, but later approving Thai vehicles to enter Burma, has resulted in
confusion for visitors.
Border trade in Mae Sai is not very popular and the
Burmese government is in the progress of implementing traffic rules and
Thailand raises Burmese troop incursion at conference
Thailand recently hosted the 40th meeting of local
committees from the Thai-Burmese border in Chiang Rai. Good relationships on
the local and national levels were confirmed and Thailand appealed to the
Burmese to investigate the incursion of a troop of soldiers at Pangsan-krue
village in Mae Ai, which led to the death of a border patrol policeman.
Such meetings are held monthly to allow efficiently
bilateral cooperation and to prevent unexpected conflicts.
The Burmese government promised to follow up on
cross-border drug traffickers and the Burmese government has already
re-allowed transportation through Tah Kee Lek border post (at Mae Sai),
after it had been closed for a short period.
The 22nd RBC conference will be held in Chiang Toong
province, with both Burmese and Thai government representatives and the
Chiang Rai chamber of commerce attending. The meeting will discuss the
economy and bilateral relationships.
Environmental journalists slam Night Safari
The Thai Society of Environmental Journalists published a set
of books called “Environment, the Hidden Facts”, describing the Night Safari
as a black hole, sucking funds, toxic garbage from abandoned computers and
mobiles, and predicting unexpected disaster from land subsidence.
Safari a black hole sucking fund” at Baan Tharn Kaew, Payap University,
presented by Environmental Journalists
Bunnaroth Buaklee, a reporter of the Manager Newspaper news
office in Chiang Mai said, “There are three interesting points about the Night
Safari: 1. It is not on time, as there are no animals on display. 2.
Insufficient, meaning the allocated funds are not enough, without real and
successful progress and 3. Uncertainty, as there is no movement to permit
private organizations to set up food and drinks inside the area of the
Acharawadee Buaklee, editor of Northern Citizen Newspaper, criticized that it
had been promised that the Night Safari would be presented to Chiang Mai
residents on April 13, but it was not ready in any aspect, neither animals, nor
cages, nor nature trails.
Garbage separation arrives at last
The Department of Environmental Quality Promotion signed a
cooperation contract with Chiang Mai and Lamphun to become pilot provinces to
apply garbage separation and recycling for 25 percent reduction in garbage.
On April 22 Monthip Thabooga-non, inspector of the Department
of Environmental Quality Promotion, presided over the opening ceremony for a
project of garbage separation and recycling, and the signing of a cooperation
contract with Chiang Mai and Lamphun where this project will be applied.
much garbage piling up on the walkways - an eyesore of the past?
Information for the year 2003 from the Pollution Control
Department shows that Chiang Mai produces over 430 tons of garbage per day, and
Lamphun 73 tons per day.
The inspector said that the main obstacles to solving the
garbage problem are the lack of cooperation from residents abetted by ignorance
of garbage resolution methods.
“For the public to actively participate in solving the
garbage problems we need to inform them about garbage separation and recycling.
The department will support them with a plan to deal with garbage to reduce it
correctly and properly,” she said.
“It is predicted that this project could reduce the amount
of garbage by 25%. If the residents cooperate well, we are certain to reach the
Suwat Tantipat, Chiang Mai governor agreed that this project
would be good for Chiang Mai, in conjunction with the province’s current
“Beautiful Chiang Mai” development plan. The province is ready to support
the project wholeheartedly.
Prayoon Wongpanich, deputy governor of Lamphun, said that to
solve the garbage problem is an important target of the province. It would be a
policy for all sectors concerned to act accordingly.
This project will be in progress from now until September 2005, applied in
Chiang Mai province in the areas of administration organizations and
municipalities of Muang, Mae Rim, Mae Taeng, Saraphi, San Kamphaeng, San Sai,
Doi Saket, Hang Dong and San Pa Thong. The areas in Lamphun are the
administration organizations and municipalities of Muang, Pasang, Mae Tha, Baan
Thi, Ban Hong and Wiang Nong Long sub-district. If the project shows success, it
will also be applied to other regions.
Celebrate the 50th birthday of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and Thai Heritage Conservation Day
Chiang Mai National Museum organized a special exhibition on
the occasion of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s 50th birthday,
coinciding with Thai Heritage Conservation Day. Prinya Panthong, Chiang Mai vice
governor, presided over the opening ceremony on April 22 at Chiang Mai National
Panthong, Chiang Mai vice governor points out interesting elephant wood
Wiset Petpradap, director of the Chiang Mai National Museum
said, “April 2 was the birthday of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, one
who has at all times supported Thai heritage, therefore the government regards
April 2 of each year to be Thai Heritage Conservation Day. This year is an
important year for Thai citizens, as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the
Princess’s birth, so the eight national museums in the North have cooperated
to organize an exhibition of elephants. This exhibition also serves to encourage
the public to realize the important Thai heritage, the elephant.”
The elephant exhibition would reflect attitude, beliefs,
local wisdom and lifestyle of people, in addition to being the Princess’s
favorite animal. Antiques and handicrafts about elephants are displayed at the
exhibition, divided into seven topics: elephant in nature, elephant in tails,
elephant in art, elephant with Thai lifestyle, ceremonial elephant, Thai kings
with elephants and HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn with elephants.
“It is a good opportunity for Chiang Mai residents to celebrate the
Princess’s birthday and to conserve our own heritage,” the vice governor
Deputy Minister of Interior visits model OTOP village at Baan Tawai
The OTOP Community Development Department’s national
committees have selected Baan Tawai at Tambon Khun Khong in Hang Dong,
Chiang Mai as a northern area model OTOP village for 2005, one of four
national example OTOP villages.
Suthornwat, Deputy Minister of Interior carves wood in Baan Tawai.
Somchai Suthornwat, Deputy Minister of Interior, along
with Chaisit Ho-trakit, Community Development Department director general
and Saroch Kadchamad, Local Administration Promotion Department director
general, visited Baan Tawai in Hang Dong district, Chiang Mai, where they
were welcomed by Kwanchai Wongnitikorn, deputy governor of Chiang Mai.
Worawit Chaisawat, acting Hang Dong district chief
officer said, “The purpose of this model OTOP village is to become a role
model for other communities, to develop their own products.”
“Baan Tawai is an attractive village because it has its own style of
local wisdom and products, which is why the government has chosen to promote
it to be an example village,” Somchai Suthornwat, Deputy Minister of
Ten thousand elders attended National Elder’s Day in Chiang Mai
Elders from 24 districts throughout Chiang Mai attended
National Elder’s Day organized by Age Net Chiang Mai at the convention
hall of Chiang Mai University.
attending the National Elder’s Day at the convention hall, CMU.
Prinya Panthong presided over the opening ceremony on
April 22. There was a parade at Suan Dok Temple, and then they danced to the
Prof. Dr. Pongsiri Pratthanadee said, “The object of
this activity is to conserve Thai traditions. Youngsters should admire and
pay attention to elders, and promote elder’s local wisdom.”
The organization of this activity received favorable
cooperation from both government and private sectors, including the general
public, who were eager to donate money, share strength and encouragement
Prinya Panthong mentioned that Thai culture and tradition
has degenerated because of the economy and social changes; and materialism
has led people to pay too much attention to income, forgetting culture and
“One of the many good Thai cultures and traditions is the reverence of
elders because they have done precious things for the new generation, so
this is a proper chance to realize their abilities and to admire them so
that they can be happy and learn that they are still meaningful to the new
Summer hail storms damages many houses in Chiang Rai and Mae Hong Son
Meesubkwang and staff reporters
A summer hail storm damaged over 100 private houses at
Tambon Huay Sak in Muang, Chiang Rai, in 12 villages.
On April 22, Prasert Jitpleecheep, Chiang Rai senior
assistant governor, distributed necessities to residents whose houses were
damaged by the hail on the night of April 21, particularly in Muang, Chiang
Rai and Sobmeuy district, Mae Hong Son, where over 100 houses and some
schools were destroyed.
Some roads were also damaged and could not be accessed,
and electricity and public water was cut off because of giant trees
collapsing on electricity posts and public water pipes, resulting in a
blackout of the district. Much damage to crops in the area has occurred as
well as three cars crashed due to road obstructions.
Srithan Cheungam, 51, said that the hail fell around 10
p.m. Strong rain and winds accompanied the hail and destroyed the roof of
his house. In some areas, the destruction left only few household items
intact so that government officers had to aid residents with basic
Luckily, there were no reports of deaths or
injuries—except a few cows suffering from headaches.
Yet another hail storm damaged houses and plants in
several tambons in Mae Hong Son, resulting in residents losing their homes.
Several organizations have already aided them, while other districts were
still surveying the damage, and had not yet submit reports.
The tropical storm blew into Sobmeuy district, Mae Hong
Son, on April 20, causing the destruction of several houses and
agricultural crops. However, Sobmeuy district office and Tambon
Administration Organization have aided residents.
Narong Nakornjinda, Sobmeuy district chief officer, said
that he had called in TAO in every area to survey the damage and to rescue
victims, and if the damage appeared too great, help would be requested from
the province. Pending the completion of the survey, the damage included
almost 100 houses and several schools in various Tambons, plus a number of
He added that the roofs of most destroyed houses were
made of tiles and galvanized iron, and TAO had already transferred
replacements and other construction materials to repair residents’
Drinka pinta milka day
Prawit Boonpaepol, president of the Up North Dairy
Cooperatives Club, complained that 12 dairy cooperatives in Chiang Mai and
Lamphun are confronted with raw milk flooding the market, a problem that has
persisted since January.
The farmers have presented a petition to Governor Suwat
Tantipat and Deputy Governor Kwanchai Wongnitikorn, who promised to deal
with the problem through negotiations with the government sector concerned
to decrease UHT milk supply by two million boxes and to purchase raw milk to
pasteurize it instead. Government officials agreed to consult with the Dairy
Cooperatives Club again on April 29.
The president said that the country’s milk consumption
is 4,400 tons per day, while it could only produce 2,300 tons per day.
Nevertheless, there is a milk oversupply caused by the government’s policy
of allowing organizations that produce school milk to sell milk containing
only one part milk and the rest made from cheaper imported powder. She said
that these organizations or milk factories were taking advantage of free
The Dairy Cooperatives Club in the upper northern region
had previously presented a petition to the PM, requesting that the entire
milk supply needed to be sold, as some factories had to clear debt amounting
to 20 million baht owed to some cooperatives. The PM then assigned the
Department of Livestock to take care of those requests, and two points had
already been solved.
Information from the Dairy Cooperatives Club revealed
that there were 2,080,000 UHT milk boxes in stock valued at 12 million baht,
which could be kept for six months.
The Dairy Cooperatives Club appealed to the governor to
use his CEO right to assign TAO and PAO to consider purchasing school milk
from diary farmers in Chiang Mai only, and spend a part of this year’s
budget to purchase more milk for students, not only grade 1-4, but also 5-6.
It also asked Public Health to purchase milk instead of milk powder, to feed
HIV infected children and requested the government to promote milk
The two provinces produce 110 tons per day; however, only
15-16 tons are used as school milk.
Mae Rim police accused of sluggish reaction
On the night of April 25, an accident involving a
motorcycle occurred on the Chiang Mai-Mae Rim Rd. (entrance to city lane),
nearby the PTT gas station and only a hundred meters away from Mae Rim
rescue team attends the injured.
Two injured women lay unconscious near the traffic island
with their motorbike on the shoulder. Helpful by-standers had to borrow a
plastic funnel from the gas station to put on the unlit road to prevent
additional accidents as vehicles were speeding by as usual.
People at the scene called several times for help to the
Mae Rim Police Station but no officer bothered to appear, which led one man
to become very agitated and criticize the police. Later, a news reporter
called the police repeatedly to request rescue with no result.
Some time later the police station sent only one
lethargic policeman without any first-aid kit, but armed only with a
flashlight. Disgusted by the poor performance of the local police, the
reporter had to call the 9th Narenthorn Center, Chiang Mai Province (1669
hot line), so that the two injured ladies could be carried to hospital.
It was later learned that the injured were Sawang
Singkaew, 23, and Manthana Sripetkla, 28. They were riding the motorcycle to
the city without helmets and swerved to avoid another car, which led to the
Residents complained about the Mae Rim Police Station 191-hot line, and
said there was often no answer, especially at night, despite the fact that
this station is responsible for the area of PM Thaksin Shinawatra’s house
located on Green Valley Village in Mae Rim.
Big Tree Competition
Chiang Mai municipality has initiated a “Big Tree
Competition” on the occasion of World Environment Day, June 4.
of the big trees in Chiang Mai.
It is noteworthy that only a few big trees still remain
in Chiang Mai and the municipality would like people to notice those trees
and conserve them. The municipality invites residents to join the
competition to conserve big trees in the Chiang Mai municipality area.
Boonlert Buranupakorn, Chiang Mai’s mayor, said that he
was aware that the construction of many additional commercial buildings to
serve people and investors affected the environment, increased the cost of
land, and public parks and trees have suffered.
Chiang Mai municipality plans to develop parks and
improve the environment, and is determined to cultivate the moral
consideration of people to pay more attention to the environment and nature.
Contact for more details at 0 5325 9224.
The president of a TAO gunned down on an OTOP stage
Udon Khampira, 52, the president of Tambon Maenawang
Administration Organization was shot dead while presenting the OTOP trophy
to the winner on a stage at the OTOP exhibition center in Maenawang TAO
Klaikleung, president of the Tambon Administration Organization Association,
Chiang Mai with Thanawat Yodjai, the president of Tambon Mae Hia
Administration Organization acting as a secretary of the association and the
committee presented a petition to Pol. Lt. Gen Panupong Singhara Na
Ayuthaya, commissioner of the Provincial Police Bureau Region 5.
Police interviewed witnesses and determined the motive to
be, surprisingly, either local politics or business related.
Later, Karoon Klaikleung, the president of Tambon
Administration Organization Association, Chiang Mai and Thanawat Yodjai, the
president of Tambon Mae Hia Administration Organization, presented a
petition to commissioner Pol. Lt. Gen Panupong Singhara Na Ayuthaya, to
quickly find the gunman.
The commissioner said that the police were pursuing this case urgently.
Blaze at CM-Computer causes damage
A fire started in CM-Computer building, a center selling
computer supplies located on Chiang Mai-Lampang Road nearby Kuang Sing
intersection, from a room rented by K Direct Company on floor 4, and then
quickly spread to others.
Five fire engines from Chiang Mai municipality fire
department rushed to the scene and extinguished the fire after 30 minutes.
The police later found that the room in which the fire
started was used for serving drinks and coffee to customers. Several pieces
of equipment were destroyed.
It was expected that a faulty electricity system caused
the fire, and damage was estimated at 300,000 baht.
This building belongs to Pornchai Jitnawasatian, deputy
mayor of Chiang Mai. It rents space to computer and education businesses.
44 deaths, 1,359 injuries over Songkran in six Northern provinces
Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Center releases death and injury report
Lampang Area 10 Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Center
reported there were 44 deaths and 1,359 injuries during the Songkran
festival April 8-16 in the six Northern provinces of Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai,
Phayao, Lamphun, Lampang and Mae Hong Son.
Khanit Iamrahong, director of Lampang Area 10 Disaster
Prevention and Mitigation Center, reported that from April 8-14, Chiang Mai
had 17 fatalities (up by 2 over last year) and 428 injuries, the highest
rate of the six northern provinces. There were 8 deaths and 329 injuries in
Chiang Rai; 8 deaths and 144 injuries in Phayao; 5 deaths and 138 injuries
in Lamphun; 4 deaths and 171 injuries in Lampang; and Mae Hong Son reported
2 deaths and 149 injuries.
The overall figures from April 8-16 were lower than the
previous year. Drunk driving was the major cause of accidents and not
wearing safety helmets was the major contributing factor to the severity of
the injuries. Most of the accidents took place on minor roads rather than on
Lampang highway patrolmen
find 10,000 ya ba pills
The highway police in Ngao district, Lampang, arrested
Aree Khaporn, 22, Chalermporn Khaporn, 44, and Wannarat Uttha-mana, 29,
while driving from Chiang Rai to take ya ba from to Bangkok.
This gang was found at a checkpoint on Phahol Yothin Rd.,
Tambon Na Gae, Ngao district, Lampang. During the process of searching, the
officers found unusual traces on the driver’s door, and after having
checked it carefully, they found five packs of ya ba totaling 10,000 pills.
The suspects admitted that after visiting Chiang Rai
during the Songkran festival, they had bought the ya ba from a neighboring
country for 100,000 baht, and planned to take it to an agent in Bang Plee
district, Samutprakan, to earn 400,000 baht. They had done this once before.
All the profits would have gone on repaying football gambling debts.
Police expect 30 million ya ba pills will be smuggled into Thailand
Use of X-ray machine leads to arrests
New ya ba production units are proliferating in Myanmar
for transfer to Thailand, many due to the need to fund inter-tribal warfare,
some supported by Burmese army troops.
Nevertheless, Pithaya Jinawat, director of the ONCB
Northern region, declared narcotics suppression during this year’s
Songkran festival a success, mainly due to the installation of X-ray
machines at Mae Sai, leading to more arrests. Even swallowed condoms filled
with ya ba pills had been revealed in trafficker’s stomachs.
The director added, “There is an ongoing battle in
Myanmar between two minor groups. Tribesmen support their troops by dealing
in ya ba. However, cooperation between the ONCB, the army and the provincial
police has largely prevented the import of drugs.”
It is expected that 30 million ya ba pills will soon
cross the border into Thailand, along with 2,000 kilograms of heroin, and
the drug dealers may change their route from the north to north-east, as
controls in the north gain success.
Recently the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) has
tried to expand the drug transfer area to the Thai-Burmese border opposite
Sangklaburi district, Kanchanaburi, for cash to purchase weapons and food.
Drunk driving claims Defense Corps volunteer victims
Four Defense Corps volunteers from Sobmeuy district, Mae
Hong Son died tragically on April 19 when the pick-up in which they were
traveling apparently skidded and crashed on the Khun Yuam-Mae Sariang Road
at Baan Nong Pakaw.
They had been escorting Norong Nakornchinda, chief
officer of Sobmeuy district, to join the ceremony of pouring water on the
hands of Mae Hong Son Governor Supoj Laowansiri.
Police at the scene saw skid marks and the vehicle had
overturned after colliding with a post. The driver was Chamnong Inta, and
passengers were Nipon Tianchan and Phasakorn Photao, both thrown out of the
vehicle and later died at the scene. Three more injured were admitted to a
nearby hospital, but one later died.
Police attribute the accident to drunk driving.