China’s Deputy PM Madame Wu Yi woos major investments
Deputy Prime Minister of China Madame Wu Yi together with
government and private sector officials arrived in Chiang Mai on September
21 to a warm welcome from Somkid Jatusripitak, Thai Deputy Prime Minister
and Minister of Commerce, Chiang Mai Governor Suwat Tantipat, and Chiang Mai
Deputy Mayor Pornchai Jitnavasathien.
Chinese Ministers and Deputy PMs after the conference.
This visit was to confer with Thailand concerning
economic cooperation and to sign contracts and agreements between 19 major
organizations from China and 60 companies from Thailand.
The conference, the 2nd
Meeting of the Thailand-China Joint Committee on Trade, Investment and
Economic Cooperation, took place on September 22 at the Mandarin Oriental
Dara Dhevi in Chiang Mai.
Jatusripitak, Thai Deputy PM and Minister of Commerce and Chiang Mai
governor Suwat Tantipat welcome Deputy PM of China Madame Wu Yi and team at
Chiang Mai International Airport.
Madame Wu Yi and deputy PM Somkid both addressed
delegates and offered their congratulations on the 30 year anniversary of
the relationship between the two countries. This was followed by the signing
of a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation agreements concerning
investment and economic association strategies between Thailand and China.
Other agreements were signed by Thai Minister of
Agriculture and Cooperatives Sudarat Keyuraphan and Chinese Minister Li
Changjiang in relation to crocodile meat and fresh vegetables. There were
also five tourism agreements and another four under the Board of Investment.
Juthamas Siriwan, Governor of the Tourism Authority of
Thailand, said that two of the tourism agreements signed by both deputy PMs
could result in four million Chinese people visiting Thailand each year from
2010. Tourism at the Mae Khong River Basin would promote boat travel as an
A cooperation agreed between Minister of Tourism and
Sports Pracha Maleenont and Chao Oo Wei, Chinese tourism minister, will lead
to an increase in tour guides speaking Chinese.
After finishing the conference in Chiang Mai, the Chinese
deputy prime minister and team continued with a visit to Phuket to survey
the tourism prospects there and to encourage Chinese tourists to visit the
Thailand Andaman Sea resorts.
Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra hosted a dinner for the Chinese
delegation at his residence in Green Valley Village, Mae Rim, Chiang Mai, on
Lin Hui celebrates her 4th birthday and prepares for a wedding
Preeyanoot Jittawong and Saksit Meesubkwang
Giant panda Lin Hui celebrated her 4th birthday in
great style at her Chiang Mai Zoo home on September 28 and is now
contemplating her wedding, due to take place within the next two months.
Chuang and Lin Hui enjoy eating a giant cake on the occasion of four
years birthday anniversary of Lin Hui.
Director of Zoological Parks Sophon Damnui organized a
birthday party for Lin Hui, with local residents and the media turning up
despite the rain, and many of Chiang Mai’s well known personalities
sent cards of congratulation.
A giant birthday cake was produced and although Lin
Hui had a little trouble blowing out the candles she ate the cake very
Lin Hui’s fiance is five-year old Chuang Chuang. The
couple have lived at the zoo since they were presented to Thailand by
China about two years ago. At the age of four, Lin Hui is ready for
breeding. Sophon said the wedding would be held on November 9 at 1.00 pm.
and would be celebrated over a four-day period with Lanna and Chinese
music and dance performances.
A traditional “khan mak”, a Thai wedding ceremony,
will take place in the zoo with a procession in Thai and Chinese costume
to the panda display area.
After that, of course, it is over to nature. Everyone will be watching
to see the first signs of junior, and the birth of a baby panda to Lin
Hui and Chuang Chuang would make the news headlines worldwide.
Gone in a puff of smoke
Ministry ruling presumes teenagers cannot read
New regulations came into effect on September 24 that
prevent the open display of cigarette packs in stores and shops.
available here” shown at the front of shops and stores instead of
cigarette packets, following the Ministry of Public Health’s new ruling.
Dr Narong Sahamethapat, deputy director general of the
Department of Disease Control, said that an ongoing anti-smoking campaign by
the Ministry of Public Health is proving successful in that the number of
smokers is decreasing, but that the youth sector was still a cause for
Research shows that young people, particularly those in
the teenage bracket, still think smoking attractive and sophisticated. The
ministry has therefore issued a ruling that stores, shops and other sales
outlets no longer openly display cigarette packets or place them where they
are easy to see. Retailers may only display a sign saying that cigarettes
Retailers not complying with the new regulations face a
stiff fine of up to 200,000 baht.
The Department of Disease Control is also encouraging
parents to act as a good role model for their children in either not smoking
or in advising the youngsters not to take up the habit.
Reporters checked stores and shops throughout Chiang Mai, and all appear
to be following the new rulings closely. Cigarettes are no longer on
display, and A4 sized signs saying “cigarettes available here” are
instead placed at the shop frontage. Owners and managers say that so far,
there has been little effect on their business.
Two hilltribe women in running for Nobel Peace Prize
Chiangmai Mail Reporters
Two hilltribe women from the North of Thailand are in the
running for the Nobel Peace Prize this year.
The Women’s Studies Center at Chiang Mai University has
said that the Nobel Prize committee in Bern, Switzerland, has accepted
nominations for 1,000 women from 153 countries. Nominations from Thailand
are 11 women and one women’s organization. Two of Thailand’s nominees
are in the North.
One of them is Peenee Moonkaew, a Karen tribeswoman who
works with the Wang River Basin Network, Northern Agriculturist Network and
Karen for Culture and Environment Network. She has long been an advocate for
land rights for hilltribes and has frequently spoken out on environmental
and natural resources management problems.
The other is Nasae Yapa, a Lisu tribeswoman working as a
village headwoman. She has been a champion of human rights since 1980, and
has been threatened and detained by officials many times, but she doggedly
maintains her stance on obtaining respect for the hilltribes.
Safety in food growing exhibition
Safety in the growing of food products will be the
theme of an exhibition at JJ Market from October 1 to 3, with remaining
open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Government policy is to actively encourage knowledge
of food safety, particularly since many chemical fertilizers and
substances used in agriculture can affect consumer health and the local
Dr. Rattawut Sukmee, head of Chiang Mai Provincial
Public Health Office, said the event is designed to promote food safety
in Chiang Mai and to display the community’s agricultural products to
support the ‘Safe Food from Farm to Table’ slogan. Organizations
participating include the Royal Projects, Chiang Mai Provincial
Agriculture Office and Permanent Community Agriculture Institute.
The opening ceremony will take place on October 2, at 6 p.m. with
Dr. Sumeth Tontiwetchakul presenting a cooking demonstration.
TAT promoting Mexican Sunflowers to attract visitors to Mae Hong Son
A campaign to promote Mae Hong Son during the Mexican
Sunflower season is being undertaken by the Tourism Authority of Thailand in
conjunction with local public and private sector organizations.
Wisoot Buachum, head of the TAT’s Mae Hong Son office,
said that the highways department, the forestry department and police have
been discussing ways to welcome visitors during the November to December
period, and that arrangements included road surface improvements,
installation of direction signs, and enhanced security measures throughout
Khun Yuam district.
President of the Mae Hong Son Tourist Business
Association Supoj Klinpraneet said that now was the time to promote the area
and revitalize tourism following a downturn caused by recent flooding.
Other events at this time will include the Caravan Counts
Curves Rally on November 5-6, supported by the International Lions Club
Illegal Burmese laborers in Mae Sai warned
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Mae Sai police are cracking down on the problem of
illegal Burmese laborers before the advent of the tourist high season,
apparently to reduce the instances of begging and petty crime.
Twenty-eight laborers were detained and questioned by Mae
Sai police station on September 12, with the warning that any infringement
of the law will result in prosecution and deportation.
Many of the Burmese work as day laborers doing menial work such as
garbage collection, but police say they also set up begging gangs and
sometimes resort to stealing. Some send Burmese women and children into the
streets and markets to sell goods. Police say this has long been a nuisance
for tourists visiting Mae Sai and nearby districts.
Overseas Lue people invited to visit Phayao for conservation festival
Chiangmai Mail Reporters
Phayao is to organize a program with the theme of
conserving the traditions and culture of the Thai Lue people, and to promote
the region to tourism. This event will take place between November 11-14.
Ruangwan Buanoot, Phayao deputy governor, has announced
that Phayao province in cooperation with the Thai Lue Association is
extending an invitation for Lue people from other countries such Vietnam,
Burma, the USA, France, China and Laos to meet one another during this
Amongst the many activities planned during the event, which will take
place in the Chiang Kham district, is a seminar and Thai Lue cultural and
Judgment goes against Thanathorn orange orchard owner
Bunthoon claims innocence and will prove it
Thanathorn orange orchard owner Bunthoon Jirawatanakul
has been declared guilty of using conservation areas but says he is innocent
and can prove it.
Investigations into the orchard area at Tambon Monpin in
Fang have been led by Pol. Maj. Gen. Sawake Pinsinchai, commander of natural
resources and environmental wrongs suppression division.
Villagers had formally complained in April last year that
the orchard trespassed on forest land. The subsequent investigation took
almost one year and five months, and involved 54 witnesses.
It was discovered that Thanathorn orchard had actually
trespassed on forest land and the Mae Fang River basin national conserved
park area since 1985, with some 625 rai of land involved.
Bunthoon, managing director of Chiang Mai Thanathorn,
faces charges under the Forest Act 1941 and the National Conserved Forest
Act 1964. The charges carry a possible prison sentence of four years and
total fines of 40,000 baht.
Pol. Maj. Gen. Sawake said that he had summonsed Bunthoon
to attend the hearing but Bunthoon claimed he was ill. A new summons will be
issued and if he ignores this the police would issue an arrest warrant.
Sawake added that as Bunthoon proclaimed there were some forest officers
involved in corrupt practices, police will continue their investigations.
Bunthoon responded that he became sick after returning
from abroad and that he had appointed an attorney to attend the hearing in
his place. In the meantime, he was declaring his innocence. He claims to
have legal documents dating back to 1983 entitling him to use of the land.
Bunthoon says that if he is found guilty he will pay the fine, but if he is
found innocent his accusers will be held responsible for loss of his family
reputation and business.
Bunthoon said he had run the orange orchard business for
more than 20 years and wondered why only his orchard was being accused.
However, Pol. Maj. Gen. Sawake said that several more orchards believed to
be trespassing on forest areas would be checked and if their owners are in
the wrong they would be prosecuted.
It is the responsibility of the Royal Forest Department
and the Bureau of National Parks to sue for losses from Thanathorn Co, he
Pol. Col. Chatkanok Kiewsong, deputy commander of natural
resources and environment wrongs suppression division, said that the
Thanathorn orchard was not only invading a forest area but a dam had been
built to collect water. Dam construction without permission is also an
Residents at Tambon Wiang said that Thanathorn orchard had built the dam
obstructing a public river, which had caused water supply difficulties
especially in the drought season.
North Korean woman hoping for repatriation to South Korea
Chiang Rai a favored entry point
A middle-aged woman found hiding in a grove beside the
Baan Sope Ruak-Golden Triangle road and suspected of being an illegal
immigrant at first puzzled officers at Chiang Saen police station. She was
carrying nothing illegal, but gave no reply to any of the questions asked
After the eventual help of an interpreter, she was
discovered to be of North Korean nationality. The woman was identified as
Kim Yung Suk, aged 40. She stated that she had fled from North Korea several
years ago and lived in China, where she worked as a farmer until she had
saved enough money to pay an agent to help her get to South Korea.
The agent had arranged to send her by boat from China to
southern Laos, from where she would cross over into Thailand. She had said
that the Thai government would send her to South Korea. She appealed to the
Thai officers not to send her back to North Korea because she would be
punished if she was sent back.
Pol. Maj. Gen. Chamnong Kaewsiri, Chiang Rai provincial
police commander, revealed that a North Korean man had recently been
arrested in Chinwag Khong, in Chiang Rai. The Korean man said it was his
intention to let Thai officials arrest him because he thought that he would
be sent to another country, but if he would be sent back to North Korea, to
die in Thailand was better.
The commander added that many foreigners, North Korean and Laotians, had
crossed into Chiang Rai province hoping they would be sent to third
countries. He said it was possible intervention by human rights
organizations would prevent them being sent back to their country of origin,
but that the Thai police must act according to Thai law.
City counts cost of the flooding
PM says Mae Ping River should be dredged
The Office of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation in
Chiang Mai has added up the costs of the flooding caused by tropical storms
between September 17 and 21.
Mai has been affected three times by flooding this year causing trouble to
both citizens and business.
The floodwaters affected 72,000 members of 24,000
families in 14 districts, encroaching on 17,000 rai of farmland and causing
the loss or death of 4,600 animals. The province distributed 7,000 aid
packages and 100,000 sandbags.
Work in draining away the floodwaters and repairing the
damage proceeded quickly, with water left in only a few places.
The Night Bazaar flooded but all water had soon been
dispersed. Chiang Mai municipality had cleaned routes that were inundated
while shops and stores soon reopened. Water left in households and schools
along Jaroenprated Road was pumped out and 60 officers of Pha Muang Task
Force set up a temporary aid point at Wat Chai Mongkol where they also
helped monks to clean the temple after the water had been drained away.
Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra on September 22 visited
Chiang Mai and presented aid packages to residents, especially those on
Chang Klan Road, at Pa Phrao Nok community and Padad TAO who were badly
affected by the flooding. The Prime Minister said that Tambon Padad was
three times flooded causing damage estimated at 600,000 baht. He said he
would approve a budget of 25 million baht to revive flooded areas and
permanently prevent flooding. He added that to deal with the flooding
problem in future, the Mae Ping River needed to be dredged.
Chiang Mai’s governor has put every sector on alert to
prevent any recurrence of flooding in the event of another storm. Drains are
to be dredged and cleared of rubbish and a temporary wall is to be built
along the Mae Ping River.
Chiang Mai mayor Boonlert Buranupakorn said that lengths of the bank
along some points of the Mae Ping River that had been unable to contain the
water will be increased in height by 1 meter, which should provide a
temporary solution. However, more permanent works will have to wait for a
budget to be approved by the cabinet.
Tourists stay away as new storm threatens
Junnapong Saranak, director of Tourism Authority of
Thailand Northern Office Region 1 said that the two recent episodes of
flooding in Chiang Mai had caused a negative effect on tourism.
Saranak, director of Tourism Authority of Thailand Northern Office Region 1.
Tour packages to Chiang Mai that would usually be fully
booked are now only half-booked because of predictions of another storm
moving towards the province from China.
The TAT has checked tourism sites throughout the province
to see if there are any difficulties with the routes there, and having been
advised there are no difficulties of access they are passing the information
on to tour operators.
In the period from January to June this year, tourist
arrivals decreased by 0.5 percent. Last year during the same period there
were 1.8 million visitors. However, Chiang Mai tourism is likely to rise in
the second half of the year because of promotional campaigns to encourage
visitors to stay longer and do more of their shopping in the province. There
will also be a lot of activities towards the year end.
The target number of visitors this year is 3.9 million
persons with 4 million projected for next year. More people are expected to
visit from parts of Europe, such as France, and more will come from East
Asian countries Taiwan and Korea because of the new direct flights.
Thailand has also cooperated with Singapore to discount air ticket prices
on Tiger Air and Silk Air.
Bird flu vaccine impounded at Chiang Saen port
Chiangmai Mail Reporters
Chiang Saen customs officers discovered 1,127 vials of
bird flu vaccine, totaling 3 million cc and having almost a million baht in
value, hidden in a Chinese merchant vessel at Chiang Saen port, Chiang Rai
Seizure of the consignment occurred on June 23-25, when
two ships from Xishuangbanna in China moored at Chiang Saen port. Customs
officers first found 889 vials of the bird flu vaccine and another 238 vials
were later discovered. The discovery was not however immediately disclosed
to the media.
The vaccine vials were packed in boxes hidden in
vegetable and fruit boxes. It was expected that local businessmen had
ordered them. To import anything into Thailand, especially this kind of
vaccine, needs stringent checking, said Patcharadit Sinsawat, head of Chiang
Saen customs department.
Patcharadit said that the bird flu vaccine would be
destroyed by incineration at Chiang Saen Hospital. Prof. Pakdee Photisiri,
secretary general of the Food and Drug Administration, will monitor the
Ministerial team inspects progress on horticultural expo
Plants too small, says minister
A rethink on some of the plants to be displayed at the
International Horticultural Exposition is being undertaken following an
inspection of the site by Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives Sudarat
Keyuraphan on September 21.
the International Horticultural Exposition that will be held in 2006.
The expo, part of the celebrations surrounding His
Majesty the King’s diamond jubilee and his 80th
birthday, will be held from 1 November 2006 to 31 January 2007 at the Royal
Agricultural Research Center, Chiang Mai.
It will be Thailand’s first large-scale international
horticultural exposition, and it is also expected to be one of the largest
tropical plant and flower expositions in Asia. On display will be more than
2,200 species of tropical plants and flowers, a total of two and a half
Checks carried out during the ministerial visit have
revealed inadequacies in the size, flowering and fruiting of some of the
plants, and another meeting is to be held within a week or so to resolve any
“The plants should be bigger than they now are and we
need others to be added such as lychee, longan and jackfruit. This expo is
not only for displaying advances in technology, visitors expect to see a
great expo so we should prepare the show as if this is a real orchard, not
just a demonstration,” Sudarat said.
She had assigned Plodprasope Surasawadee and his team to consider which
kind of plants should be displayed in the expo but these chosen plants were
too small so a contract with a private organization is being considered.
Local residents say they are being excluded from jobs with the Night Safari
Perhaps they could dress up as kangaroos?
Residents of three tambons close to the new Chiang Mai
Night Safari complain they have been cheated out of promises of jobs there.
Chiang Mai Night Safari has been established by the
government, and villagers say that initially they were promised work
transferring food for the safari’s animals, but that later the private
sector was offered this job instead.
On September 19, 50 residents headed by Dee Jantalak,
Tambon Mae Hia headman, and Surasak Wianthong, Mae Hia TAO member, presented
a petition to Supoj Methapiwat, director of animal management and Pisan
Wasuwanit, director of the safari’s management department.
Supoj said that all the proceedings of the night safari
have been carried out in a transparent manner and that no one is obtaining
any benefit by contracting work out to the private sector.
The villagers, he said, would be offered food
transferring work as per government policy to support occupations in the
local area. Much food will be needed for 600 animals each day, most of it
being vegetables and meat.
An order placed with the private sector will be canceled
and the safari will let a community enterprise producing animal food to be
responsible instead. The safari will negotiate with the organization about
the price under proper conditions and both will sign a short term contract.
With regard to other jobs, the residents believed that
administrators offered them to their own people first so there were no
duties left for them.
Pisan said however that the night safari had selected
suitable workers for each of the specific duties and the process of
selecting them was clear. There was no outside influence, he said. He would
like the residents to accept that if they did not have the proper
qualification for the jobs, they should offer the opportunity to others who
were from different areas.
Surasak Wianthong, Mae Hia TAO member, said that many
villagers from three tambons near the safari had applied for jobs but no one
was offered any work.
The safari will have its official opening on November 16.
Forest dwellers present petition to PM
Three hundred hilltribe people who live in forestry
regions in eight Northern provinces gathered at the residence of Chiang
Mai’s governor to present a petition to Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra
protesting against conservation moves that could force them out of their
present a petition to Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra through a request
box at the front of the Chiang Mai governor’s residence.
Somsak Nupaw, northern farmer’s network coordinator,
said that new forestry conservation rulings are unclear on the areas to be
conserved and that the villagers wanted to ensure the safety of their
communities. Clarification is also being sought on forestry management, and
which would be the organization responsible.
The petition, organized by the northern agriculturist and community
forest network, was signed by 52,618 villagers.
Mae Hong Son suffers fuel problems in wake of road damage
Mae Hong Son is short of fuel oil after access and
bridges were cut by a series of landslides and subsidence problems.
gas station in Muang, Mae Hong Son where many consumers are waiting for oil.
Suwat Cheewankoon, branch manager of Sukhum Service, a
company that distributes PTT fuel oils in Mae Hong Son, said that Khun Yuam
and Muang districts had been short of fuel oil for the three days of
September 22, 23 and 24.
Highway number 108 in Khun Yuam linking Mae Hong Son and
Chiang Mai was cut off and Mae Hong Son Provincial Highway Office had set up
an iron bridge (or Barry Bridge) but it could support only 12 tons.
However, the company had realized the problem this caused
residents and had loaded fuel oil from Chiang Mai. In the event, only half
could be transferred, totaling 7,500 liters. On September 23, four trucks
arrived in Mae Hong Son. One was sent to serve Khun Yuam while the rest
served Muang Mae Hong Son but the delivery was sufficient for only two days.
Suwat said that the bridge had been reinforced to support
21 tons of weight, and therefore more fuel oil would be delivered, up from
7,500 to 12,000 liters.
A source in Mae Hong Son said that the Provincial Highway
Office tried to deal with the problem in the long term but it became bogged
down in budget problems.
At least three months are needed to repair the roads and bridges, one of
which is in Pai, two are in Pang Ma Pha and one at Khun Yuam.
Evacuation drill sees 500 residents evacuated
An evacuation drill for residents of a trouble-prone
district in Chiang Dao was carried out on September 24 as part of the
security measures along the Chiang Mai border.
Maj. Gen. Pairat Thongjaktu, commissioner of the Pha
Muang Task Force, was in charge of the evacuation which involved cooperation
between government officials, police and citizens.
The drill took place at Baan Muang Na, Tambon Muang Na in
Chiang Dao, and was conducted by a special unit of the 2nd
Calvary Regiment, Pha Muang Task Force.
As part of the preparations that would be required to move residents in
the event of an emergency, the rehearsal involved communications, and the
warning and evacuation process. One hundred vehicles were used to move 500
residents and officers of Tambon Muang Na from the battle area for a
distance of 5 km.
Agricultural schools will open to encourage hydroponics
We’ve certainly had enough water to start!
Agricultural specialists are to be trained in the
elimination of plant pests in hydroponic farms during a program initiated by
the Lampang Agricultural Extension Office.
Head of the office Surapoj Nimanon said that agricultural
academics were to be trained so that they could pass on their knowledge to
growers. Agriculturists would learn how to plant and harvest using bio and
herbal substances instead of chemical substances.
A specialized school would be set up and 100 schools are
projected to eventually be in operation, with 2,000 agriculturists expected
to join the project.
Surapoj added that agriculturists could learn how to analyze residue in
agricultural products and to continue teaching other farmers. This would be
an advantage for them to develop hydroponics and earn more income. If this
project succeeds it would be expanded into more communities.
Lampang residents lynch garbage trucks attempting illegal dumping
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Angry residents in Lampang surrounded four Chiang Mai
garbage trucks that were attempting to dump their rubbish there, and refused
to let the drivers leave until the police arrived.
The incident happened on September 23, when Suthad
Somkham, Muang district chief officer’s assistant at Lampang, received a
report that residents had the trucks surrounded at Tambon Ton Thongchai, and
he rushed to the scene.
The four truck drivers, Sak Somjit, 39; Kiew Duangta, 41;
Anupong Buchakul, 43 and Klitsada Thepbun, 50, were escorted to Muang Police
Station in Lampang for questioning.
SM1 Thongchai Krongkaew, Tambon Ton Thongchai district
chief, and almost 100 residents gathered to request police to prosecute the
drivers, as they had offended in the past and had only been fined and
released. Residents said, about 10 trucks had already dumped their garbage
at this site before the four vehicles arrived.
Police promised to bring the full force of the law to
bear upon the recalcitrant dumpers, and the crowd disbanded. All four
drivers admitted that the garbage had originated in Chiang Mai and that they
had dumped in that area many times.
APEC energy experts to meet in Lampang
Lampang will be the venue for the APEC Clean Fossil
Energy Technical and Policy Seminar 2005, which will see delegates from 21
member countries gathering at the Wiang Lakhorn Hotel from December 7-9.
Sahai Rakyao, fuel deputy general manger of EGAT said
that the Ministry of Energy is working in cooperation with EGAT to stage the
“The first two days will be devoted to clean fossil
energy technology. On the final day, delegates will be taken to Mae Maw
mine, which produces coal in an environmentally responsible manner. They
will also visit the Mae Maw powerhouse where sulfur dioxide eliminating
machines have been installed,” said Sahai.
He added that this seminar would demonstrate that coal when used to
produce electricity can be controlled by technology in such a way that the
environment does not suffer.
Factory owners told energy saving leads to higher profits
Energy conservation and energy saving technology were
discussed at a seminar for factory owners in 10 northern provinces staged at
Sam Ngao, Tak, on September 15. The keynote speaker was Watthana Thongsiri,
manager of Bhumibol Dam.
Watthana said the object of the seminar was for the
industrial sector to learn how to conserve energy by using energy saving
technology. In addition to the benefits for the national economy, such
measures can also reduce the overheads of a company and increase profits.
Assistant manager at Bhumibol Dam, Boon-in Cheunchawalit,
showed delegates how to draft a plan with specific energy saving targets so
they could see how overheads can be reduced and encourage managers to work
towards a common goal.
A total of 80 delegates attended from Chiang Mai, Lamphun, Lampang, Tak,
Kamphaengphet, Nakhonsawan, Uthaithani, Phichit, Phitsanulok and Sukhothai.
Wives offer help to Pai police station damaged by floods
The Police Wives Association has visited Pai to offer
help and to encourage officers after the flooding there damaged much
property, including the police station.
Wanthanee Watthana, president of the Police Wives Association presents
supplies to Pai police.
On September 24, Dr. Wanthanee Watthana, president of the
Police Wives Association and 20 members traveled to Mae Hong Son to visit
Pai Police Station officers and present necessary supplies to them. They
were welcomed by Pol. Maj. Gen. Thongindr Harnpajonsuek, police commander of
Mae Hong Son province and Pol. Col. Thanet Chaonathung, Pai Police Station
Pol. Maj. Gen. Thongindr reported flooding in Pai district had affected
the police station and households and the father of one of the policemen had
died. The entire officer contingent of the station was 95 strong and all had
jointly rescued residents during flooding. Repairs and renovations to the
police station are expected to be completed before the end of this year.
Ya ba dealer ring smashed and 40,000 pills seized
Five drug dealers were arrested and 19 packages of ya ba
totaling 39,400 pills seized when police posed as buyers wanting to buy a
small quantity of speed pills from a married couple in San Sai.
Panupong Singhara na Ayuthaya, commissioner of the Provincial Police Bureau
Region 5 after five drug traffickers were arrested and 39,400 ya ba pills
The two who unwittingly led police to the major haul were
identified as husband and wife Sawat Thamakhan, 34, and Phatcharin
Thamakhan, 33, from Tambon Nongyaeng in San Sai. The other dealers
identified in the sting operation were Asa Laolee, 26, from Tambon Thoong
Khao Puang in Chiang Dao, Sumalee Aser, 20, from Tambon Mae Na in Chiang
Dao, and Thawatchai Mingsakul, 40, from Tambon Huay Sam Rong in Thawoong,
Pol Lt Gen Panupong Singhara Na Ayuthaya said that on
September 23, Chang Puek Police Station undercover officers had contacted
Sawat and Phatcharin and asked to purchase 20 ya ba pills.
An appointment was made at the front of Kiartnakin
Company near Khuang Singh intersection. The couple drove a car to the
meeting place and the officers identified themselves as police. Twenty ya ba
pills were found on the couple and another 10 pills were discovered in the
car. The pair confessed that about 40,000 pills were hidden in their house
and stated that they were hired by Asa and Thawatchai to transfer the ya ba
from Chiang Dao at B. 2.50 baht per pill.
While the officers searched Sawat and Phatcharin’s
house, Asa called Sawat to deliver the drugs to him and Thawatchai, saying
they would meet at the front of Lotus store, Khamthiang branch.
The police lay in wait for the dealers. A blue pickup
arrived with Asa driving and Thawatchai and Sumalee accompanying him. Seeing
the police they attempted to flee, but an officer shot out the car tires and
the men were seized.
They confessed they were dealing in drugs together with
another group and would later distribute in Saraburi, Lopburi, Pathumthani,
Nonthaburi and Samutprakan.
The commissioner added that this gang transferred drugs
on tour buses and that two vehicles would be driven in front of and behind
the bus continuously to monitor progress of the consignment. Two transfers
were known to have been successful, with 100,000 pills transferred each
The arrest has smashed a significant distribution network
said Pol. Lt. Gen. Panupong, commissioner of the Provincial Police Bureau
Region 5, who held a press conference jointly with Pol Col Chamnan Ruadreuw,
Chiang Mai Provincial Police deputy commander and Pol Lt Col Thanapon
Inthalalip, deputy superintendent of Chang Puek Police Station, to announce
Drug gang attempting to mail consignment foiled by post office clerks
“Return to Sender” returns ya ba, ecstacy and Ice.
Chiangmai Mail Reporters
A gang of drug dealers who attempted to send a
consignment through the postal system were arrested when alert post office
clerks notified the police.
Phisoot Fookhammuang, 29, Wilawan Jabjainai, 25, Ale
Looma, 21, and Warunee Phokham, 23, were seized along with 20,000 ya ba
pills, 4,500 ecstasy tablets and 300 grams of the narcotic ice.
Staff at a Mae Sai post office became suspicious of two
men who were attempting to send a parcel through the mail, and contacted the
police. Officers rushed to the scene and found Phisoot and Wilawan. Their
parcel was opened and the ya ba, ecstasy and ice were found inside. The two
men confessed that they were working with two others, who were then in a
hotel in Mae Sai, to send a consignment of drugs to clients at Jitti
Mansion, in the Din Daeng district of Bangkok, the address shown on the
parcel. Ale and Warunee were arrested at their Mae Sai hotel.
No word has been received regarding the recipient.
Man attempts to blackmail 17 year old girl over nude photos
A man who tried to blackmail a 17 year old girl by
threatening to release nude photographs of her admitted to police he wanted
the money so that he could enjoy Chiang Mai’s nightlife.
Patapon or Pae Koontheewanit, 21, was arrested by
officers from Phuping police station in a public park at Nimmanheminda Road
on September 20. He had in his possession four CDs, and was under the
impression he was about to meet the girl and exchange the CDs for money.
Patapon told the police that he had first met the girl
through an internet chatroom. He had shown her photographs of a friend, and
the friend and the girl later had a deep relationship. The photographs were
of the two of them having sex. Patapon had then told her about the
photographs and demanded 4,000 baht and a cell phone to hand them over. The
girl had asked if he would accept 2,500 baht, but then she went to the
Officers checking Patapon’s cell phone found nude images of other
women, and it appears that he and the friend were intent on blackmailing
others. Police are seeking the women involved to see if there are further
charges to be added to Patapon’s blackmail charge. The question is, where
can they publish the photos? The friend is also being sought.
University students stole motorcycles to enjoy nightlife
And it wasn’t to save on bus fares
Two youngsters in Chiang Mai who stole motorcycles and
sold them to dealers so they could enjoy the city’s nightlife with the
money have been arrested by the police.
Col. Chamnan Ruadreuw, Chiang Mai Provincial Police commander at a press
conference on motorcycle stealing.
Police investigating the theft reports discovered that
both offenders were living at a residence at Tambon Chang Puek in Chiang
When questioned they admitted selling the motorcycles to
three men at 5,000 to 10,000 baht each.
The two thieves, both aged 17, were identified only as Wat and Chai. The
three men receiving the stolen motorcycles were Boonngern Somboon, 20;
Sathid Srisa, 26; and Klitsada Mettontakoop, 20. Eight Yamaha Mio
motorcycles were seized as evidence.
Lampang governor assigns police chief to check online games shops
Chiangmai Mail Reporters
An internet shop in Tambon Hua Wiang in Lampang was
checked out on September 21 by Lampang police officers who found 17 students
aged from 13 to 16, boys and girls, playing online games, rather than
attending to their school work.
Shop owner Itthisak Jitraran, 52, was arrested and
charged with encouraging students to contravene the Youth Protection Act,
and the parents of the students were contacted to come and fetch their
The crackdown took place because parents and education
institute directors had asked Lampang governor Amornthad Niratisayaku to pay
attention to online games shops that operate near schools. The attraction of
the games encourages students to skip classes, they told the governor.
Pol. Maj. Gen. Kraisorn Rungsaeng, Lampang Provincial
Police commander, was assigned to check these online shops and to ask for
the owners’ cooperation in not allowing the students to play there during
study time. However, several owners have not done as requested, hence the
Village headman falsified cards for alien workers
A village headman has been arrested for falsifying
documents to allow ID cards to be issued for alien workers.
Jumrad Soothichai, 53, village headman at Tambon Kued
Chang in Mae Taeng, was apprehended by police while taking a Burmese woman
to Mae Taeng district office. He had ID documents made out for the woman in
the name of Nadaw Naikham, living at Tambon Kued Chang.
Police say that Jumrad had acted as an agent to falsify
ID cards for alien laborers by certifying they were residents in his
village. He was working in association with one or two officers of Mae Taeng
district office. Each applicant was charged 50,000 baht, and 10 persons had
already succeeded in obtaining their cards.
A Burmese worker had been arrested in Mae Sai and found
to have a falsified ID card. He told police it had been arranged by the
village headman. Jumrad has been duly charged with falsifying government