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The Kingdom rejoices in HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn’s Royal Birthday Celebration

HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn has enjoyed a busy year

Bengal tigers devour four cows in Mae On

Black bag a damp squib

Chiang Mai governor visits Fang and Mae Ai for drug smuggling overview

Karen man dies after surgery

Red minibuses still hold out

Students and teachers protest municipality garbage

1,090 million baht will be spent on three important routes in Chiang Mai

1,500 traffic police officers receive psychiatric advice

4th Northern Agriculture Fair to promote agricultural science

Inter City Craft expo supports SMEs

Mobile stock market to allay apprehension

The National Elephant Institute Lampang promoting orchid environment

Catch a mossie, make a fortune

Exports tumble 65 percent at Mae Sai border

Power to the People anti-terrorist movement arouses 2,000

Juvenile delinquents terrorize the public

Chiang Rai police arrest drug runner hiding in the south

Fire security system checks in hotels and department stores

Clothing factory in San Pa Tong goes up in blaze

The Kingdom rejoices in HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn’s Royal Birthday Celebration

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’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.

(Photo 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

HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn’s benevolence appeals to all people in the Kingdom.

(Photo 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

Nopniwat Krailerg

An 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.

The 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 ensued.

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

Nopniwat Krailerg

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.

Chiang 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

Saksit Meesubkwang

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.

Karen 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?

Nopniwat Krailerg

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.

26 buses 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

Saksit Meesubkwang

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.

Nawin 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

Nopniwat Krailerg

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

Nopniwat Krailerg

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.

Pol. 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 traffic policeman.

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

Saksit Meesubkwang

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.

Assoc. 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 4008.


Inter City Craft expo supports SMEs

Preeyanoot Jittawong

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.

Payap 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

Preeyanoot Jittawong

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.

Thongchai Wongrianthong (left 4th), Chiang Mai deputy governor and committees of the Stock Exchange of Thailand at the opening ceremony of the mobile stock market.

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

Nopniwat Krailerg

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,” Chalermsak said.

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

Nopniwat Krailerg

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 hemorrhagic fever).

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 baht.

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

Nopniwat Krailerg

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.

Governor 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.

Soldiers from the 5th Special Force Regiment hold Thai flags as they participate in the protest.

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.

The 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

Saksit Meesubkwang

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

Nopniwat Krailerg

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.


Clothing factory in San Pa Tong goes up in blaze

5 million baht damage

Nopniwat Krailerg

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 injured.

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.



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