The Kingdom rejoices in HRH Crown Prince
Maha Vajiralongkorn’s Royal Birthday Celebration
Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn and Mom Srirasmi Mahidol became the proud
parents of a baby boy born on April 29 at 6:35 p.m. at Siriraj Hospital in
Bangkok. It is the couple’s first child.
Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn’s assignments include Commanding Officer
of the King’s Own Bodyguard Regiment and Command, Commanding General of
the Royalty Security Command, and Instructor Pilot of the F-5 E/F.
courtesy Bureau of the Royal Household)
His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn was
born on July 28, 1952, in the Ambara Villa of the Royal Dusit Palace in
Bangkok. He is the second of four children, and is the only son of Their
Majesties King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great and Queen Sirikit.
The Crown Prince received His primary schooling at Udorn
Hall of the Dusit Palace and attended secondary school in Sussex and
Summerset, England. In August 1970, the Crown Prince attended the King’s
School, Paramatta, Sydney, Australia and in 1976, He received a Bachelor of
Arts Degree in Military Studies at the University of New South Wales. The
Crown Prince also attended the Royal Thai Army Command and General Staff
College, graduating in 1978, and later received a Bachelor of Laws Degree
from Sukhothai Thammatirat University in Bangkok in 1987. In 1990, He
successfully attended the Royal College of Defense Studies in the United
Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej conferred upon his
son with the title of “Somdech Phra Borama Orasadhiraj Chao Fah Maha
Vajiralongkorn Sayam Makutrajakuman” on December 28, 1972, making him the
Crown Prince and Heir to the throne.
HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn attended numerous
military training courses in Australia and the United States, with
observation tours in England, Belgium, Germany, France and the Netherlands.
A long list of military courses attended by the Crown Prince includes
helicopter and high performance aircraft flight training, special warfare
training, demolition training, parachute training, and courses in small arms
and other weapons used in modern warfare.
Some assignments include Commanding Officer of the
King’s Own Bodyguard Regiment and Command, Commanding General of the
Royalty Security Command, and Instructor Pilot of the F-5 E/F.
Intermittently, He engaged in actions for counter-insurgency purposes in the
North and Northeast areas of Thailand as well as for protective purposes in
areas around Cambodian refugee camps at Khao Lant, Trat Province.
The Crown Prince has continued the Royal Family’s
assistance programs to underdeveloped areas around the country and visited
depressed urban areas around Bangkok distributing food and necessity items
to people in need. Another impressive undertaking was His participation in a
fertilizer preparation project in Suphan Buri Province using natural
ingredients to enrich the land in support of the country’s great
agricultural pursuits. Farming is considered to be a highly significant and
noble profession in Thailand and the Royal Family takes an active role in
advancing the vital industry of agriculture.
This year, HRH Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn and Mom Srirasmi Mahidol
became the proud parents of a baby boy born on April 29 at 6:35 p.m. at
Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok. It is the couple’s first child.
HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn has enjoyed a busy year
Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn’s benevolence appeals to all people in
courtesy Bureau of the Royal Household)
Earlier this year HRH the Crown Prince visited people
in the southern provinces of Yala, Pattani, and Narathiwas to listen to
their problems and find ways to help them in the short-term and long-term
process. HRH met with Muslim priests, local community leaders,
volunteers, the dedicated mobile medical team and its doctors, and the
general people. HRH also urged the officials to mutually improve the
irrigation system to aid farmers and other agricultural activities.
In July HRH the Crown Prince travelled north to mark
the opening of Poppy Hall in Golden Triangle Park, in Chiang Saen
district, Chiang Rai, constructed under the patronage of the Mae Fa Luang
Royal Project. In the past hill tribe residents grew opium for their
living but after mutual efforts by the Royal Family, government and local
community heads, today the people understand the bad affects of opium.
Consequently they have changed to the farming of fruit, vegetables and
other cash crops, resulting in a vast reduction of the number of opium
growers in the country.
On April 29th, the whole nation
joined the Royal Family in celebrating the birth of the newborn baby boy
of HRH the Crown Prince and his beloved Mom Srirasmi Mahidol.
Mom Srirasmi Mahidol was admitted to the 72 Years
Building of the Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok, where HRH was in the
operation room from the beginning of the delivery until the baby was
born, and personally filmed all the delivery procedures. After the
delivery, HRH cuddled his baby in his arms for the press. The people of
Thailand were very happy to know that mother and the child were healthy.
On the auspicious occasion of the 53rd Birthday
of HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, we, the Chiangmai Mail
and all the staff, join the Kingdom in humbly conveying our best wishes
to HRH the Crown Prince and his family.
Bengal tigers devour four cows in Mae On
Chiangmai Mail Reporters
Mae Tha village in Mae On, Chiang Mai is in the grip of
tiger fever. On July 13, Prasert Intapuan, 46, the village headman of Mae
Tha, told police that villagers’ cows had been killed by an unknown
animal. The villagers believe that the beast is a Bengal tiger and are
living in fear.
As it is the rainy season the villager’s cattle are
kept in Mae Takrai National Park. One villager went to check on them and
found four dead cows that had been savaged by a large beast, which he
presumed had to be a Bengal tiger.
One of the owners of the dead animals said that in the
middle of the night he heard one of the cows cry out. He shone his
flashlight and saw two Bengal tigers attacking the animal. He was too afraid
to do anything and sat and watched from a safe distance. The following
morning he checked and found the four dead half-eaten animals. He then
hurried out of the park and informed the village headman.
Arun Watanawat, head of Mae Takrai National Park, said
that if it is the work of Bengal tigers as claimed by the villagers, the
matter will need to be taken to the administration, and other relevant
parties, to find a way to solve the problem.
Warnings have been issued to villagers to stay out of the
area. The area borders Lampang and there are many wild animals in the area.
The tigers may have been chased out of the park area of Hang Chat in
Lampang, although there have been no tiger sightings for more than 10 years.
A posse of villagers is looking for the tigers, but all
they have been able to find so far are tiger paw prints.
The district assistant of Mae On, Phoonsak Kaetsiri said
that the villagers have not officially notified him. They may believe that
it is a personal matter and have decided to deal with the matter themselves.
He warns the villagers not to harm the animals if they do find tigers as
they are a protected species. At the time of going to press, officers were
preparing to enter the area to verify the matter.
Black bag a damp squib
abandoned briefcase, suspected of containing a bomb, was left in front of
the Novotel Hotel and Rimping Supermarket last Saturday, causing great
consternation. The excitement mounted as a bomb expert prepared a
high-pressure hose to explode the bag.
Great consternation ensued when an abandoned briefcase
was noticed at the entrance to the Novotel Hotel and Rimping Supermarket on
July 16. Police rushed to the scene with enough commotion to produce an
expectant crowd to gather in anticipation of some disaster. The bomb squad
was, however, more nonchalant and took an hour to arrive.
rather damp, empty bag, after checking.
Having examined the suspected bomb from a distance, they
finally decided to explode it, which they attempted with a high pressure
hose, but to the great disappointment of the ghoulish crowd, no explosion
This did not stop Pol. Lt. Gen. Panupong Singhara Na Ayuthaya,
commissioner of the Provincial Police Bureau, from adding, “It is probably
the act of an prankster, but nevertheless the police have to act as best
they can; therefore, what was done was in order.”
Chiang Mai governor visits Fang and Mae Ai for drug smuggling overview
Chiang Mai Governor Suwat Tantipat and officers from
the Drug Combating Centre in Chiang Mai visited Pha Muang Task Force
officers and border patrol police on duty along the border in Fang and
Mai Ai, Chiang Mai. The purpose of the visit was to allow the top brass
to get a first hand look at the drug suppression situation in the area.
Mai Governor Suwat Tantipat visits Baan Nor Lae on Doi Ang Kang, Tambon
Mon Ping in Fang, Chiang Mai.
The Pha Muang Task Force base in Fang was visited
first. Bases and checkpoints guarded by forces on this base are located
opposite Burmese army bases and those of minority groups such as UWSA,
SSA and LGF. These troops have been rebelling against the Burmese
government and battles often directly affect Thailand. Many people have
fled to Thailand, and these warring factions have been known to deal in
drugs to purchase weapons and food. Nevertheless, drug smuggling into
Thailand is being controlled and a lot of drugs are currently parked
along the Burmese border awaiting orders for transfer into the kingdom.
101 drug dealers have been arrested since the
beginning of the year, and 630,493 speed pills, 44 kg of opium and 39
tubes of heroin have been confiscated. 606 illegal aliens and 13
traffickers have also been apprehended. Most illegal immigrants were
discovered in Baan Arunothai in Chiang Dao and other checkpoints,
including at orange and lychee orchards in Fang.
The governor also visited Kew Hoong base responsible
for the areas of Tambon Malika in Mae Ai opposite Yon City, Burma,
which housed several Burmese army bases. Thailand and Burma both claim
that an area on the border in Doi Lang covering 32 square km as their
land. However, both countries have agreed to live peacefully and to
avoid major conflict. So far drug smuggling has not been discovered
along that border but drugs are held in hilltribe villages along the
border and alien labour is smuggled into Thailand there.
Governor Tantipat said that he admired the work of the border patrol
police and soldiers who were guarding the border, as drug smuggling in
the northern region has decreased; however, the border needs constant
vigilance to enhance security and peace amongst both Thais and aliens.
Karen man dies after surgery
Uncontrolled hemorrhage causes fatality
On July 11, Orasa Saichonnimit, 20, a Karen tribeswoman
living at Tambon Omkoi in Omkoi, Chiang Mai, together with ten of her
relatives said that her husband Pattara Pranitiwong, 26, had bled to death
after an operation on his penis.
tribeswoman Orasa Saichonnimit (middle) and relatives consult with Yuwadee
Udonpon, head of nursing at Nakornping Hospital.
Orasa said that her husband had diabetes and recently a
progressive kidney disease and needed dialysis every month. On July 6, the
husband could not urinate and was admitted to Omkoi Hospital.
Dr. Prajin Laothiang, the treating doctor, said that the
patient needed urinary catheterization but the process could not be done
because the genitals were swollen. He asked the wife and relatives to leave
the treatment room while he tried to deal with the condition.
A half hour later, the doctor told them that the patient
was bleeding and should be sent to Nakornping Hospital, Chiang Mai. On the
way to the city, her husband groaned with pain and she saw that he was
bleeding through stitches on his penis and only then learned that he had
been operated on. He was admitted to Nakornping Hospital and on July 11.
Orasa called Dr. Prajin to ask about the operation but
the doctor did not discuss it except to tell her to transfer the patient
back to Omkoi Hospital but, on the way back, her husband died.
Orasa said that she believed that operating on a diabetic
patient could cause uncontrolled bleeding but the doctor had gone ahead
without informing her, therefore she wanted him to be punished or
disciplined for carelessness.
Yuwadee Udonpon, head of the nurses department, Nakornping Hospital,
revealed that medical staff tried with an all-out effort to save the
patient, despite them not knowing the cause of the bleeding. She intended to
contact officers at Omkoi Hospital to explain to the relatives.
Red minibuses still hold out
Municipal bus drivers seeing red?
More discussion, rather than more public transport, has
ensued between the various concerned parties when the municipality tried to
finally get the much vaunted bus service on the road but the red minibus
representatives obdurately refused to concede.
awaiting to service Chiang Mai residents.
After invective filled arguments on either side, some
limited participation was agreed on the only two concession routes left,
Om-muang Road and Nong Hoi-Artillery Battalion. Minibuses will propose now
to transfer passengers from other routes to the two concession routes to
link transportation between red minibuses and municipality buses.
Chiang Mai provincial transport office will report the conclusion to
Chiang Mai governor and the committees of the Chiang Mai provincial
transport office to approve these transit routes. It is expected to be
concluded within one or two weeks resulting in more delays and postponements
of the public buses.
Students and teachers
protest municipality garbage
One teacher faints at the smell
On July 13, 1,200 students and teachers from Pattanawit
Seuksa School in San Pa Tong, Chiang Mai protested against San Pa Tong
municipality’s temporary garbage tip after they had endured the disgusting
smell for a year and could not stand it any longer.
Sinthusa-ard, Sanpatong district chief officer, consults with teachers from
Pattanawit Seuksa School about how to deal with the garbage storage nearby.
The temporary storage area is located only 100 meters
from the school and 18 wheel trucks continuously drive past. Meanwhile, a
pregnant teacher claimed that she faints several times a day because of the
stench and some students played truant to avoid the nauseating effluvium.
Representatives of the school have presented a petition
to Nawin Sinthusa-ard, San Pa Tong chief district officer and the
municipality promised to find new place to store garbage; however, the
municipality needs a period of grace to remove the garbage.
The garbage storage area has been used since 2004 at Tambon San Pa Tong.
The school had presented petitions to the municipality several times but, as
usual, anything less than a noisy protest seems to be ignored.
1,090 million baht will be spent on three important routes in Chiang Mai
The three main routes to be upgraded include one from
Suthep-Nimmanhaemin through Wing 41, a 3.7 kilometer road budgeted at 284
million baht for construction and 166 million baht for land purchase. It
will have four lanes with separators at the road edge and surveillance
cameras will be installed to monitor security and safety.
Another 10 km route from Huay Tung Thao Lake along the
irrigation canal to Mae Rim-Samoeng Road will be built. It is expected to
cost 340 million baht for four lanes. Construction is already in progress.
The last is a culture road linking Doi Saket and Bor
Sang, San Kamphaeng, over 16.6 km and costing 300 million baht. The design
is due to be completed this month before being put out to tender. These
three projects will use 2005 budget and are due to be completed before the
World Horticultural Exposition in 2006.
Kosin Kedthong, assistant of the minister of interior, a
former Chiang Mai governor, stated that the three important routes had been
approved by the cabinet as they were important for the communication network
and supporting activities in the area.
1,500 traffic police officers receive psychiatric advice
In the wake of the recent road-rage shooting in Fang, and
subsequent suicide by a traffic policeman, 1,500 traffic police in eight
northern provinces, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lamphun, Lampang, Phrae, Nan,
Phayao and Mae Hong Son, were brought together for psychiatric advice.
Lt. Gen. Panupong Singhara Na Ayuthaya, commissioner of the Provincial
Police Bureau Region 5.
Pol. Lt. Gen. Panupong Singhara Na Ayuthaya, commissioner
of the Provincial Police Bureau Region arranged the seminar on July 16,
where the entire traffic police force was trained by a psychiatrist on how
to restrain themselves when on duty and on how to work diligently. After the
training, motorists will hope they may no longer be a target for an enraged
Working in polluted air, noise and crowded roads may
cause tension, said the commissioner; however, they should use the law to
deal with traffic jams rather than the gun, even if people were sometimes
aggressive and rude.
The tragedy in Fang concerned a traffic policeman who shot three people
in a car whose driver disobeyed his demands.
4th Northern Agriculture Fair
to promote agricultural science
The 4th Northern Agriculture Fair will be held in
November at the Faculty of Agriculture, Chiang Mai University to highlight
news about advances in agricultural science, agricultural products and
agribusiness. 100,000 people are expected to attend.
Dr. Boonserm Cheewa-isarakul, Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, Chiang Mai
University at the press conference.
Assoc. Dr. Boonserm Cheewa-isarakul, Dean of the Faculty
of Agriculture, Chiang Mai University said that this was the fourth of the
fairs that had been held since 1997. The purpose is to promote agricultural
technology to all, especially students and farmers.
It will be held between November 15-20. More information is available at
www. agri.cmu.ac.th or through public relation at 0 5394 4012 and 0 5394
Inter City Craft expo supports SMEs
Chiang Mai Branch Office Industrial Promotion Center
Region 1, Northern SMEs, Chiang Mai, is promoting goods at “Inter City
Craft”, from July 15 to August 14, 2005, to support local SMEs.
Shinawatra (3rd left), Chiang Mai MP area 2, Poreuthai Shinawatra (3rd
right), consultant of deputy minister of interior and Kwanchai Wongnitikorn
(4th right), Chiang Mai deputy governor attend Inter City of Craft.
Thirty-one businesses display cloth, wood works, ceramics
and herb OTOP products. Training courses are provided on displaying goods
and the law concerning business. The “Inter City Craft” is open from now
till August 14, 2005 at Northern SMEs Center, Chiang Mai on Thoonghotel Rd.
Mobile stock market
to allay apprehension
The Stock Exchange of Thailand, Thailand Chamber of
Commerce, Chiang Mai Chamber of Commerce and Chiang Mai University promoted
a mobile stock market in Chiang Mai on July 16 at Central Duang Tawan Hotel,
Chiang Mai. This was apparently in an attempt to allay the investment
apprehension of residents in Chiang Mai and nearby provinces.
Wongrianthong (left 4th), Chiang Mai deputy governor and committees of the
Stock Exchange of Thailand at the opening ceremony of the mobile stock
Thongchai Wongrianthong, Chiang Mai deputy governor, presided over the
opening session, while Thanong Thananuwat, president of Chiang Mai Chamber
of Commerce reported on the activity. There were 30 booths offering
investment of assets, investment management and registration of companies.
An interesting seminar on money managing strategy, online stock investments
and stock tips was held. Stock market professionals provided advice to
interested persons on how to prepare themselves before becoming investors.
The National Elephant Institute Lampang promoting orchid environment
Chalermsak Khumhiran, manager of tourism promotions at
the Thai Elephant Conservation Center (TECC) in Lampang said that the center
intends to provide a tourist program to ride elephants and plant orchids in
honor of HM The Queen’s 72nd anniversary, and the Forest Industry
Organization 58 year anniversary, on July 24, 2005. The purpose is to
conserve orchid species and to build up a viable tourism network in Lampang.
“To conserve orchid species in our 18,000 rai
environment held by the National Elephant Institute, combining elephant
riding and planting orchids is a kind of bio-tourism. 300 clumps of orchids
will be attached to trees and then the area will be proclaimed an orchid
conservation area ... we will expand this to other nearby areas,”
He added that it was also to encourage people to realize
the importance of natural conservation.
Catch a mossie, make a fortune
McKene Rehabilitation Center offers 25 satang for each mosquito
Catch a mosquito of any species between now and July 31
and the McKene Rehabilitation Center will give you 25 satang for it and you
don’t even have to prove it is female (only female mosquitoes transmit
Dr. Anusorn Kunanusorn, director of McKene Rehabilitation
Center, foundation of the Thai Church of Christ in Thailand at Tambon Padad,
Chiang Mai, is making the offer in a campaign to reduce the numbers of
hemorrhagic patients in Muang, Chiang Mai. The catch is that you (and
presumably the mosquito) have to be from Tambon Padad.
Both children and adults could exchange mosquitoes for
money at a point set up at Padad TAO or McKene Hospital. A prize is offered
for the intrepid mossie hunter who catches the most mosquitoes. It is
expected that one hundred thousand mosquitoes could thus be eliminated by
paying out 25,000 baht.
The question is, in these times of hardship, will
mosquito breeding become a new cottage industry for the impecunious, or even
eligible for an SME or OTOP award?
Exports tumble 65 percent
at Mae Sai border
Oil prices blamed again
Chiangmai Mail Reporters
Chuchai Udomphote, Chief of Mae Sai customs house, has
revealed that export figures at the Mae Sai-Tachilek border crossing in June
2005 totaled 178.40 million baht. This shows that exports have continued
fall since January. Imports totaled 15.92 million baht due to increases in
diesel oil prices. At the same time last year imports totaled 38 million
A downturn in tourism has also resulted in a 65 percent
drop in revenue from this source, though low season, rather than high oil
prices would seem the most reasonable cause.
Chuchai added that imports are sold at border markets,
especially Doi Waw and Sai Lom Joy markets which are well known, but when
there are no tourists, orders decrease. Some outlets are only working half
days or only at weekends.
Exports, however, have increased by 7-10 percent over
last year, which is heartening, even though the increases are not as high as
expected. The greatest export through Mae Sai in June was fuel, which is
needed in Burma, with 33 million baht, followed by liquid petroleum gas at
13 million baht.
Previously the most popular import was prepaid mobile
phone cards, but these fell to sixth place at eight million baht. Major
imports include oxen, buffalo and fresh mango.
Power to the People anti-terrorist movement arouses 2,000
On July 16 at the Thapae gates, Governor Suwat Tantipat
and the Chiang Mai ‘Power to the People’ group, along with police,
soldiers, school children, students, government officials, traders, boy
scouts and members of the general public, about 2,000 in all, demonstrated
against terrorism in the three southernmost provinces.
Suwat Tantipat leads government officials, students and residents in a
moment of silence to mourn those killed in South.
The groups carried banners stating their anti terrorism
feelings and offered encouragement to officials and residents of the South;
however, before the event started the group stood in silence for one minute
to pay their respects to those who have lost their lives.
School children and students from schools and educational
institutions took turns going on the stage to voice their feelings and
display their anti terrorist sentiments. They called for a return to normal
life as soon as possible.
from the 5th Special Force Regiment hold Thai flags as they participate in
Governor Suwat claimed that the people in the
southernmost provinces had always lived in peace without prejudice to
nationality or religion until two years ago when the troubles started,
attacking government officials and killing innocent people. Presently even
monks have been killed. Insurgents have carried out attacks such as the
bombing at Had Yai airport, the killing of teachers and the latest
coordinated bombings in Yala on July 14, leaving many dead and injured.
Chiang Mai ‘Power to the People’ Group of 2,000 people declare “power
and unity against terrorism” in the three southernmost provinces.
The combined grouping in Chiang Mai wanted to show their
feelings and care for the people of the three southernmost provinces. They
were giving their support and encouragement and hope for peace and
tranquility to southerners in line with HRH Queen Sirikit’s decree, “Use
the power of the people throughout the country to unite and show their power
against the continued terrorism in the three southernmost provinces, send
our thoughts and encouragement, protect the country, protect and care for
each other. The people need to show their power, and not keep silent, to
make Thailand the land of peace.”
Hopefully, spontaneous demonstrations such as this might help defuse the
situation down South, a state of affairs that began historically much before
governor Suwat’s date of two years ago.
Juvenile delinquents terrorize the public
Parents to be punished
Seven young miscreants were recently charged in Chiang
Mai for the crime of being more than ten persons gathering to injure others
and to trouble society. They were identified as Nock, Tum, Heart, Jet, Nong,
Ae and Thep while three other delinquents fled.
These unruly teenagers threw Molotov cocktails at a house
at Tambon Wat Ket in Muang, Chiang Mai belonging to Sompong Puangthong, 53,
Arcade Games owner, injuring him. The motive was revenge on another group of
youngsters playing games at Sompong’s shop. The seven youngsters were
taken into custody at the Children and Youth Court in Mae Rim, Chiang Mai.
In another case, police officers arrested Phitsanu
Jantharata, 20, Rungruang Wichai, 20, and Nattawoot Mongkham, 20, living at
Tambon Nongjom in San Sai, Chiang Mai for robbery with violence on July 1 in
front of Payap University. The three delinquents beat up a man riding
motorbike and robbed him of his cell phone and wallet. After their arrest,
the three admitted that they had done the same several times and spent the
money on nightlife.
Pol. Lt. Gen. Panupong Singhara Na Ayuthaya, commissioner
of the Provincial Police Bureau, said that at this time most criminals are
youngsters; therefore the parents should be punished if the criminals are
not over 18 years old. This is according to the provisions of the children
and youth law which prescribes that if parents ignore their children and
allow them to trouble others, they have to receive the punishment on behalf
of the children. This rule would be strictly applied, he warned.
Chiang Rai police arrest drug runner hiding in the south
Chiangmai Mail Reporters
Phongsakorn (AKA Phay Kaensarn), 47, of Yang Hom, Khun
Tan, Chiang Rai was arrested under an existing warrant after being in hiding
along the Southern borders for over six years.
Pol. Col. Sutham Chart-Asa, superintendent of Khun Tan
police station in Chiang Rai announced that investigations had proved that
Phongsakorn was a major drug dealer in the area and controlled a major drug
network along the Thai-Lao border in the Vieng Kaen, Chian Khong and Amphur
Khun Tan area. Six years ago, Chankaew Bunyata, 48, the ringleader, was
arrested in the possession of 20,000 amphetamines, but Phongsakorn, his
right-hand man, made a quick escape with hundreds of thousands of baht to
the Southern border in Betong, Yala.
Upon tracking him down, apparently working in a rubber
plantation, Chiang Rai police traveled to Betong to coordinate with local
police officers. Armed officers moved deep into the jungle, a known
terrorist area on the border with Malaysia.
The police dragnet was initially unsuccessful, as they
found that Phongsakorn was in Betong hospital being treated for
Leptospirosis, so the police then arrested the very thin, exhausted
Phongsakorn at the hospital.
Pol. Col. Sutham added that in the southern provinces,
especially Betong, amphetamines are rampant. One pill costs 700 baht. They
believe that throughout his period on the run, Phongsakorn ordered
amphetamines from the North sending them on to Malaysian drug gangs who
mixed them with sex stimulants to create a new type of ecstasy drug, then
reimporting them and selling them in the Betong area. This new pill was not
eligible for OTOP promotions.
Fire security system checks in hotels and department stores
Tipakorn Udommanee, head of Chiang Mai Provincial Labor
Protection and Welfare, said that Chiang Mai’s safety and hygiene in the
workplace committees carry out fire security system checks in hotels and
department stores every year. This had been done since 1998 for protection
of lives and property.
Businesses complying with the required standard would
receive a certificate from the Department of Labor Protection and Welfare
every two years. In the past, 54 hotels and 11 department stores in Chiang
Mai reached the standard and have already been certified, while this year 63
hotels and department stores received certificates from the check carried
out between July 5-15.
in San Pa Tong goes up in blaze
5 million baht damage
The Thai Product International clothing factory erupted
in flames on July 17. Eight fire engines spent 30 minutes extinguishing the
fire at the factory at Tambon San Klang in San Pa Tong, Chiang Mai, but much
of the stock and equipment was lost, though none of the 200 employees were
The concrete building covered one rai of land. It was
suspected that the fire occurred due to an electrical fault but the
investigation continues. Damage is initially estimated at 5 million baht.
The factory is owned by Dr. Santi Pongpandecha of the
Committee of Chiang Mai University Assembly and consultant to the Thai
Football Association under Royal Patronage (Northern Region). The company
has been a benefactor to youth football activities.