Breakfast ceremony for 2,000 monks in honor of HM the King’s birthday
ten thousand residents present breakfast for 2,000 monks in Chiang Mai.
Breakfast was organized for 2,000 monks at Thapae Road
jointly by the Lanna Buddhist Studies Club, Ethic Studies for Social Club,
Chiang Mai municipality and Chiang Mai province as part of the celebrations
surrounding the birthday of His Majesty the King. An estimated 10,000 Chiang
Mai residents joined in the occasion.
Chiang Mai governor Suwat Tantipat presided over the
ceremony and Boonlert Buranupakorn, mayor of Chiang Mai, said the occasion
celebrated His Majesty’s 78th birthday and the 60-year anniversary of his
ascending the throne, which occurs in 2006.
This is the second breakfast ceremony to be organized,
the first having been attended by 1,000 monks. The 2,000 who attended on
this occasion had traveled from all over Chiang Mai province at the
invitation of the organizers.
1,000 households flooded in spillway overflow
Continued rain during the December 4-7 period in
Chiang Mai province caused floodwater at Mae Kuang Dam in Doi Saket to
overflow at the spillway and flood four villages at Tambon San Na Meng
and San Papao in San Sai district.
Almost a thousand households were flooded to depths of
around 50-60 centimeters, and local authorities had to send aid parcels
to some villagers when their food supplies were cut off.
The Hydrology and Water Management Center for the
Upper Northern Region later announced that the water level in the
spillway had subsided and the flood danger was averted.
As always it is either a feast or a famine.
Tourists bring 100 mio baht a day during long weekends
Doi Inthanon and Doi Suthep most popular
Two three-day weekends brought tourists to Chiang Mai,
with Doi Inthanon and Doi Suthep the most popular destinations. The Tourism
Authority of Thailand Region 1 reporting that the tourists spent 100 million
baht each day.
Frost (Mae Kha Ning) has arrived on Doi Inthanon.
Junnapong Saranak, director of Tourism Authority of
Thailand Region 1 told Chiangmai Mail that air arrivals and hotel
room booking indicated that the number of tourists was up by 3-5 percent on
last year. Six days of holidays could bring 600 million baht to Chiang Mai
and the Loy Krathong festival and NAP activity on Nimmanheminda Road were
popular with shoppers. Other activities during that period included the food
festival, the Mardi Gras and Chiang Mai Bike Week which attracted 1,000
motorcycles to Chiang
Tourists favored Doi Inthanon to experience the cold
weather on the peak and to see frost or “Mae Kha Ning”. Almost 5,000
people visited there each day, and camping ground spaces were insufficient
so some traveled on to Doi Ang Khang in Fang district. Many visitors visited
Doi Suthep to worship at Wat Phra Thad Doi Suthep resulting in traffic jams
on the mountain roads. Wanlope Namwongphrom, Wat Phra Thad Doi Suthep public
relation officer said that almost 50,000 people visited there.
Maejo venture with Germany’s GTZ will help farmers grow longan out of season
Maejo University has signed a contract with German
organization GTZ Institute to establish a modern longan
orchard management service.
Prof Phawin Manochai, deputy dean of research and academic information
service department of Faculty of Agriculture Production, Maejo University (2nd
right) signed a cooperation contract with GTZ from Germany by James Tomecko
left) witnessed by Assoc Prof Thep Pongpanit, the president of Maejo
University (first left) and Asst Prof Dr Phisut Niamsapt, the dean of
Faculty of Agriculture Production (first right).
The contract was signed on December 6 by Asst Prof Phawin
Manochai, deputy dean of research and academic information service at the
Faculty of Agricultural Production, and GTZ’s James Tomecko. Witnessing
the signing were Assoc Prof Thep Pongpanit, president of Maejo University
and Asst Prof Dr Phisut Niamsapt, dean of the Faculty of Agricultural
Longan orchard management services is a part of the
university that acts as a medium for groups of retail agriculturists who are
interested in longan development. There will be longan experts advising on
how to plan non-seasonal planting, orchard management, orchard tree shape
control, soil and fertilizer management, and water management.
The project is receiving participation from Chiang Mai
Branch Office Industrial Promotion Center Region 1. GTZ Institute is a
German government organization that has helped many countries with various
development projects, and a specific aim of this venture is to
help Thai agriculturists
develop non-seasonal longan.
More information about longan orchard management service is available
from Asst Prof Phawin Manochai 0 1951 5907 and Maejo University public
relations department 0 5387 3046-7.
Learn all you can about technology, education minister urges CMU teaching staff
Chaisang, Minister of Education
Chaturon Chaisang, Minister of Education, was
invited by the Faculty of Medicine at Chiang Mai University to give a
talk on modern technological developments as they related to medical
The seminar, conducted at Lotus Pang Suan Kaew
Hotel, had an audience of around 2,000 from the faculties of nursing,
medicine, pharmaceutical science,
dentistry, and medical science.
The minister said that it is government policy for
Thailand to develop rapidly as a knowledge based economy, and that this
extended to the field of medical services. He urged everyone concerned
with health care to always keep themselves well informed
on technological advancements, learning from sources both at home and
University lecturers had a vital role to play here, both in research
and the instillation of knowledge for their students, said the
minister. He urged them to continually monitor developments and to see
how these could be applied in the university and in practice.
Transport plans to Night Safari finalized
Visitors to Chiang Mai Night Safari will have three
choices for traveling there: car, public transport, or by a minibus tour
Ausathai Rattanadilok na Phuket, head of Chiang Mai
Provincial Transport Office, said that there are almost 60 red minibuses to
take visitors directly from the city to the Safari, with two bus stops
provided at Thapae Gate from which 30 baht will be charged, and Ton Phayom
Market, where the fare is 20 baht.
There will be another route for minibuses, both
open-roofed and enclosed. Stop points on this route will be advised soon.
Tickets for this kind of minibus can be sold as a tour package and this
option will be offered to the private sector. The Chiang Mai Provincial
Transport Office will support investors and the Chiang Mai Chamber of
Commerce will be advised.
Ausathai said it is hoped that these three forms of transportation will
be attractive for visitors, especially foreign tourists, and he has also
confirmed that there will not be a problem with overlapping concessions. As
yet we do not know if the transport companies will also indulge in double
pricing, as the Night Safari will be doing.
Deputy mayor explains delays on electric cable installation project
Chiangmai Mail Reporters
Underground installation of electric cables in Thapae
Road and Chang Klan Road is running behind schedule, resulting in many
complaints, but Chiang Mai deputy mayor Pornchai Jitnava-sathien has issued
a statement explaining the delays.
Apparently, the project is being undertaken by three main
organizations, being Chiang Mai Municipality, the Provincial Electricity
Authority, and the Telephone Organization of Thailand.
Much of the work has to be done at night, to avoid
further disruption to traffic flow, pedestrian access, and businesses, and
this has itself resulted in many complaints.
Delays have occurred when work stopped to allow
traditional activities such as the Songkran and Yi Peng festivals and the
Mardi Gras to go ahead in these areas.
The flooding also affected progress, as damage was caused
to the underground structures and there was a considerable amount of soil
and sand deposited in the works area.
Chiang Mai Municipality will send inspectors to check
houses reported as having been damaged by the project, and the contractors
will make good any repair work. Pornchai said that work is now proceeding
quickly with the intention of completing the project as soon as possible.
Organic oranges are the coming trend
The first pesticide-free orange festival in Chiang Mai
province was held from December 9 to 13 at Nong Buak Had Public Park.
Sretbunsrang, committee working as minister’s assistance of Ministry of
Agriculture and Cooperatives is the witness of singing sale contract of
pesticide-free orange between Chiang Mai Organism Orange in the Thai way
Cooperative Ltd. and Tesco Lotus Store
Organized by Chiang Mai municipality and Chiang Mai
Organic Oranges Cooperative, there was a simultaneous display of the oranges
at Tesco Lotus Store.
Sunai Sretbunsrang of the Ministry of Agriculture and
Cooperatives presided over the opening ceremony, and Winai Laokerdphong,
head of Chiang Mai Provincial Agriculture Office, welcomed the visitors.
Chiang Mai province is a major source of oranges,
bringing billions of baht each year to the growers. Now, because consumers
and agriculturists are more aware of chemical contamination, this can lead
to problems for the growers and the environment. Chiang Mai province has
therefore been placing more emphasis on pesticide-free growing since 2004.
The province is cooperating with Moral and Golden Land
Institution and has established Chiang Mai Organic Orange Cooperative Ltd,
which during the festival signed a contract with Tesco Lotus Store.
The festival included an exhibition of oranges grown in a pesticide-free
environment, with crops on sale at bargain prices.
Fighting cocks registered in bird flu prevention
Fighting cocks are being registered by the Public Health
and Environment Office as part of the attempt to prevent the spread of avian
Wipawan Woraputipong, deputy mayor of Chiang Mai, said
that winged livestock registration is necessary because there is every
possibility an outbreak could happen anywhere at any time. Registration and
training were conducted at Meng Rai, Kawila and Sri Wichai offices and at
Patan Public Health Center, on December 13-16.
Volunteers were taught about bird flu and were trained
how to prevent infection of themselves.
Music festival celebrates the compositions of His Majesty the King
A music festival named “Songs from His Majesty’s
Heart” was organized by the Public Relations Department Region 3 on Sunday
December 4 at Three Kings Monument as a tribute to His Majesty the King on
the occasion of his birthday and the 60th anniversary of his ascending the
throne, which will occur next year.
Wongrianthong, Chiang Mai deputy governor and Somjai Sasomsab, director of
The Public Relation Department Region 3 presided over the opening ceremony
of the music festival to celebrate HM the King named “Songs from His
Majesty’s Heart” together with organizers and guests.
Thongchai Wongrian-thong, Chiang Mai deputy governor,
presided over the opening ceremony of the festival.
Director of the Public Relations Department Region 3 Somjai Sasomsab said
the event was to present His Majesty’s musical works to the public. The
organizers had cooperated with educational institutes and the private sector
for performers to sing and play the King’s musical compositions. These
included Than Num Phrathai (the flow of kindness of the King) and Sa Dudee
Phra Mingkwan (praising the King). Providing the instrumentals and singing
were Voice Studio with Thianchai Sukthiang, Suntharee Wechanon, the
well-known Lanna singer, and a mixed orchestra from CMU and Montfort
College. Dances were performed by the Russian Ballet
CMU debates BBC decision to close Thai radio program
The decision by BBC radio to close its Thai program was
debated by the Department of Mass Communication at Chiang Mai University in
cooperation with the Voice of Mass Communication, FM 100.
The BBC has said that the program has a very small audience
and that it now prefers to invest the funds into TV programming that will cover
larger parts of Asia.
Jiraporn Wthayasakphan, lecturer at the Department of Mass
Communication was the moderator, with guests Rungmanee Meksophon, former Thai
version BBC program staffer, current BBC staff member Kittiphan Soonprasert, and
Potjana Nakwatchara, a fan of the BBC program for 30 years.
Rungmanee said that she had prepared over six months for the
examination for her job, and that she had received favorable reports on her work
from her employers. The BBC program was high quality, and it brought great
benefits to its listeners. She wished that the BBC executives would think again.
Kitiphong said that the BBC felt TV programs would reach a
wider audience and consequently they were withdrawing the Thai radio service.
Potjana, 75, said that he always listened to the radio
program, having been a keen BBC listener when he was studying in England. He
said he wished that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in England would reconsider
More than 300,000 visited the Night Safari during free opening period
PM to preside over formal opening on January 1
Chiang Mai Night Safari, during its 21-day free
admission period, recorded a total of 372,574 visitors or 17,700 persons per
day, according to Plodprasope Surasawadee, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources
Speaking on behalf of the board of the Night Safari,
Plodprasope said that most of the visitors who attended between November 16 and
December 6 were from Chiang Mai and Lamphun. Visitors had been surveyed and
responded that they were satisfied with the Safari experience and facilities.
Plodprasope said the Night Safari would be opened formally on
January 1, the opening being presided over by the prime minister.
Amongst the activities lined up for opening day are a marathon run, a
13-kilometer bicycle race, a competition between bands from schools in Chiang
Mai and Lamphun, and a school music performance that will feature 1,000
Military forces undergo briefing for 2006 fight against drugs trade
Chiangmai Mail Reporters
The Northern region military forces have undergone a briefing
for 2006 to familiarize the officers of the various divisions with the issues
that are likely to be of primary importance during the
232 officers were briefed on the ethnic minorities and their
current organizational structure, both in terms of local economies and society
developments, and in community strength as it related to the fight against drug
trafficking and abuse. The briefing covered in detail the villages along the
Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phayao, Nan, Uttaradit and Phitsanu-lok border areas.
Col Wanathip Wongwai, deputy commissioner of Pha Muang Task
Force and deputy director of interior security of the Third Army Region,
presided over the orientation on December 4 at artillery battalion 7th
at Tambon Don Kaew in Mae Rim.
Wongwai, deputy commissioner of Pha Muang Task Force at Huay Hong Krai Royal
Development Study Center in Doi Saket district Chiang Mai.
Eight Tai headmen arrested in Shan State during New Year celebrations
Eight Tai tribesmen were reported as having been arrested in
Burma during the celebrations of the Tai New Year, which took place over several
days around December 1, marking the beginning of the Tai year 2100.
Amongst those seized by the military forces at La Siew were
five organizers, four of whom were named as Jaw Poon, Jaw Ong, Ong Tan and Thun
The Burmese authorities allowed Shan State citizens to
celebrate their New Year freely, but sources within the country say that those
arrested had annoyed the military forces by hanging too many Tai flags on
vehicles and buildings.
Shan news agency learnt on December 7 that eight persons had
been captured on December 3. One of these was named as Dr Mok Kham, head of the
Tai tribal literature and culture association. Before his arrest, Dr Mok Kham
was invited by Maj Gen Min Lai, commander-in-chief of Burma’s north-east
headquarters, to a meeting. This was supposedly in support of the celebrations
and fuel for vehicles to be used over the festival period was an added offer.
Local people however believe it was
a ruse to entrap the Tai tribal heads.
Tai people in Thailand celebrated the New Year from November
30 to December 5 at Baan Therd Thai in Mae Fa Luang, Chiang Rai and Mae Hong
Son. In Chiang Mai they organized festivities in Baan Piang Luang in Wiang
Haeng, Baan Nong Ook in Chiang Dao, Wat Koo Tao and Wat Papao.
Drug dealer shot dead and policeman injured in chase
A drug dealer was shot dead and a police officer wounded when
narcotics control officers pursued two ya ba dealers from Mae Ai into the city
The incident happened on the night of December 11, at Baan
San Pa Khoi Nue, in Muang, Chiang Mai. Pol Lt Gen Panupong Singhara na Ayuthaya,
commissioner of the Provincial Police Bureau Region 5 and Pol Maj Gen Jiruj
Promobol, Chiang Mai Provincial Police commander, rushed to the scene with a
squadron of officers and the duty doctor of Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital.
A pick-up with a Chiang Mai license plate was found. Inside
the vehicle were 100,000 ya ba pills. A dead body lay beside the truck, and was
identified as Suchat Satumayer, 22, an Akha hill tribesman. He had been shot by
a 9 mm revolver. A narcotics officer from Provincial Police Bureau Region 5, Pol
Sgt Maj Jakarin Chairangsri, had been struck by a bullet in his left hand. He
was admitted to Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital and was later released.
Narcotics control officers headed by Pol Col Panudet
Bunruang, superintendent of Chai Prakan Police Station, had followed the two
offenders from Mae Ai to the city, where the officers caught up with them. One
of the two, identified as Wichai Asa, had fled into a grove but the other was
Police commissioner Panupong said that Wichai Asa was the
head drug dealer, importing ya ba from across the border for distribution to
clients in Thailand. Police are now in pursuit of Wichai.
Privy Councilor describes sufficiency economy at Chiang Mai Rajabhat University
Dr. Kasem Watanachai, Privy Councilor
Prof Dr Kasem Watanachai, Privy Councilor, was speaker at
Chiang Mai Rajabhat University on December 9, when he addressed students and
guests on the subject of self-sufficiency, one of the initiatives of His Majesty
University principal Asst Prof Ruangdech Wonglah introduced
Prof Kasem, who spoke on the way in which technological changes are happening so
fast, and changing the economy and society so rapidly, that everyone had to
understand what was happening for society to maintain its stability.
Self-sufficiency means self-awareness, and awareness of
others. The self-sufficient individual is a harmonious part of society because
he or she gives back and does not make unreasonable demands.
This way of thinking is very much part of traditional Thai
lifestyle, the important aspect being to realize it can be applied to our modern
lives, no matter what changes are happening around us.
Prof Kasem said this philosophy is also applied to the government of the
country, as Thailand develops fast and faces an increasingly industrial and
Governor says 160,000 rai of Mae Hong Son woods are destroyed each year
Mae Hong Son’s governor has said that private interests are
encroaching on the province’s woodlands and destroying 160,000 rai each year.
Governor Direk Konkleeb said that 97 percent of Mae Hong Son
is forest and mountain land, with the remaining 3 percent largely agriculture,
but destruction of significant areas of woods is leading to soil erosion and
flooding. There are 7 million rai of woods in Mae Hong Son but this is being
depleted at the rate of 160,000 rai each year. The flooding and landslides that
have occurred in Pai district, Pang Ma Pha district and Muang district happened
because the natural balance was destroyed.
Police, provincial Natural Resources and Environment
officers, and provincial administrative departments have been directed to stop
encroachment of the woodlands. Government officials especially should be a model
for the citizens and help each other in protecting the woods, said the governor.
Prosecution orders have already been issued against entrepreneurs from Chiang
Mai who have hired trib al people to encroach on the source of water in the
forest of Khun Yuam district.
Taiwanese drug dealers arrested at city center hotel
Police were tipped off by a Taiwanese drug dealer they had
just arrested, and on December 8 raided a room on the 10th
floor of the Royal Lanna Hotel, on Chang Klan Road. There they found two
Taiwanese, Chen Hong Chee, 43 and Win Yoong Kai, 43, with heroin packed in four
plastic bags, a cheque for one million yuan and money to the value of 50,000
The search was as a result of the questioning of the other
member of the Taiwan gang, Chen Te Hong, 38, who was arrested with four lumps of
heroin weighing 800 grams. He was driving a rental car from Mae Sai, Chiang Rai
but was caught. After being stopped, he began to sing and implicated his
co-conspirators. He told officers the others were resting at the hotel in Chiang
Mai, and police were able to arrest both of them at the scene.
Chiang Mai PAO member’s car torched
Local politician points finger at political pressures
Wanpen Kanta, Chiang Mai PAO member for Muang Chiang Mai, has
filed a complaint with police saying that her car was torched in front of her
She told Pol. Lt. Gen. Panupong Singhara na Ayuthaya,
Provincial Police Bureau Region 5 commissioner, that the arson was committed in
Muang Chiang Mai on December 8.
Wanpen has asked for justice and also for protection. She
said she has been threatened several times and says that the threats stem from
major political forces in Chiang Mai.
Pol. Lt. Gen. Panupong said that after investigators checked
her car at the scene they concluded that arson had been committed, and that
investigating officers had been put on the case. While investigations continue a
police guard would be provided.
Wanpen was formerly a member of Chiang Mai PAO under the Chiang Mai Khunatham
Group but later resigned. She has since then not joined any political group but
is still carrying out her PAO duties.
Residents flee as condo catches fire
An apartment in a condominium block on Chiang Mai’s Huay
Kaew Road caught fire on December 6. Three municipality fire engines were
mobilized but as the room was on the seventh floor of the 14-storey building,
causing access difficulties, firemen took 40 minutes to extinguish the flames.
Residents of the building fled in panic when the fire started, although the
owners of the apartment, who are French, were not at home at the time. A fire
had occurred at this apartment before, and it is thought by investigators that
an electrical fault is to blame. Two rooms were badly damaged by the blaze.
Four young drug dealers seized on their way to Lamphun
Four young drug dealers were seized in Chiang Dao while they
were transporting drugs to Lamphun.
The arrests took place on December 6, with Pha Muang Task
Force capturing Natapong Kan-iw, age 22, and three teenagers identified only as
Wasan, 17, Supaporn, 17 and Pornpimon, 17. All were Lamphun residents.
Wasan was the driver, passing a checkpoint at Baan Kang Pan
Tao in Chiang Dao. Officers were suspicious and searched their vehicle. They
found 478 ya ba pills hidden under the carpet of the car’s trunk.
The youths said they had bought the drugs from a dealer in
Chai Prakan for 30,000 baht. The deal was arranged over the phone
and the arrangement
was they would deliver the ya ba for distribution in Lamphun.
The only question now is, who tipped off the police?
Two drug dealers killed in shoot-out with police
Two drug dealers who shot at police officers during a sting
operation in Chai Prakan district were killed in the return fire.
On December 8, Pol Sub Lt Kraimek Pamakho and Pol Sub Lt
Panya Daengthong-moon, both narcotic control officers, posing as buyers had
arranged to meet the suppliers at Baan Mai Nong Bua public health station, in
Tambon Nong Bua.
The two suppliers arrived in a bronze Toyota and parked the
car. When the two undercover officers concluded the deal, regular police
appeared and attempted to arrest the dealers. The offenders however had weapons
in the car, an AK-47 machine gun and an 11 mm weapon, and they opened fire. The
exchange went on for three minutes and then the dealers attempted to escape, but
they were shot dead.
One of the men was identified as Aku Asiku, 23, a Chai Prakan
district villager, while the other was known only by his first name, Afa. Inside
the car, police found 100,000 orange ya ba pills.
A soapy tale of a Burmese girl with forged Thai ID card
A Burmese girl has been found working in a Turkish massage
parlor in Chiang Mai with a forged Thai ID card and after she dried off was
arrested by police.
Officers had somehow discovered there was an alien working at
the Sayuri Turkish baths on Jaroenrat Road and they visited the premises on
December 7. When the woman under suspicion presented her ID card, it identified
her as Patcharin Wongkaew, 24, from Mae Maw, Lampang. The officers however
ascertained that the card was a counterfeit, so she was arrested.
The woman admitted that she was Burmese, named Feuy, 18, and
said she had soaped there for one year. She knew a man named Long who made the
for her and charged 12,000 baht.
She was charged with presenting a fake document and entering the kingdom
without permission. The owner of the massage parlor was also charged with
employing an alien and offering her residence. As for Mr. Long, in short, there
was no news.
Lost luggage results in full police investigation
Luggage kept in the hold of a tour bus disappeared and the
theft was reported to tourist police who seized the bus.
Pol. Lt. Col. Nattawut Chotekanchanawat, tourist police
inspector confiscated the tour bus driven by Setthi Boonmee, 42, living at
Tambon Pang Koong in Muang, Surat Thani, after two foreign passengers informed
the officers their belongings disappeared while being transported from Bangkok
to Chiang Mai on December 2. The two passengers claimed 4,000 US dollars was
missing, which they wanted the tour company that owns the bus to pay.
Autsathai Rattanadilok Na Phuket, head of Chiang Mai
Provincial Transport Office revealed after the officers sent the bus to the
office for checking, it was discovered the owner had not paid tax since June 30,
2005 so the bus company was prosecuted.
The transport head added that this act affected our tourism image. The Chiang
Mai Provincial Transport Office has cooperated with tourist police and sectors
concerned to solve this kind of problem. If anyone has any knowledge of the
theft, the informant should immediately contact police of transport office in
Short-circuit causes fire at CM Tech
Jittawong and Kittiyaporn Kanjam
Mai municipality fire engines controlling the fire at CM Tech.
An electrical short-circuit started a fire at Chiang
Technology School but the flames were quickly extinguished and the damage
was estimated to be only 10,000 baht.
The fire broke out on December 7 at a study building on
the 7th floor. Seeing the
smoke, a number of teachers and students tackled the flames with chemical
substance fire extinguishers. Pol Col Kritsanapon Yeesakorn, Mae Ping
Police Station superintendent, rushed to the scene together with other
officers and three fire engines.
Investigations revealed the cause to be a short-circuit at the men’s
toilets on the 7th floor of
the building. No one was injured.
Opium growing area in Burma decreases from 1 mio to 200,000 rai
Chiangmai Mail Reporters
A joint seminar on drugs control measures between Thailand
and Burma was hosted by Pol Lt Gen Kritsana Pol-anan, secretary general of the
Office of Narcotics Control Board (ONCB), Brig Gen Saw Win, chief of police and
of the central committee of the Burmese narcotics control board, and Pithaya
Jinawat, director of ONCB Northern Region, in Chiang Mai on December 9.
The seminar examined progress on the planting of cash crops
to replace the growing of opium. At Baan Yong Kha in Burma the Thai authorities
have helped villagers find markets for their alternative crops, and progress is
good. The area previously used for opium growing has decreased from almost one
million rai to 200,000 rai. Cooperation from villagers has been very positive,
the seminar heard, and the Burmese authorities are able to name specific areas
as being completely free of narcotic plants.
Opium growing in Laos has been reduced by a similar degree
and the government there will soon be in a position to proclaim certain areas as
free of narcotics. The Baan Yong Kha model is to be tried out in other parts of
Burma, Laos and Thailand, and in Vietnam and China.
Chiang Rai police round up teenagers taking drugs
Ten teenagers were arrested by police in Chiang Rai and
charged with drug taking, in a crackdown designed to eliminate drug use
On December 8, Pol Lt Col Tosaphum Charuenpon, deputy
superintendent of Muang Chiang Rai Police Station led a force of officers
to Sri Nakorn Residence on San Khong Luang Road after learning young
people were gathered there to take drugs. Five girls were found at the
scene with drug taking paraphernalia but no drugs.
The girls were identified as Noot, Nee and Mas, all
aged 19 years. Two others, given the aliases of Da and Nok, were aged 18
and 17 years. All were sent to Chiang Rai Ratprachanukroh Hospital for a
medical check. All tested positive for amphetamines and confessed they had
taken ya ba.
In a separate operation, Pol Lt Col Nopadol Kruengkrai,
deputy superintendent of Muang Chiang Rai Station, headed patrol officers
to search a residence on Pahon-yothin Road at Tambon Rob Wiang after
informants reported a group of college students taking drugs in a room
Five teenage boys were found in the room and they were
searched. They have been given the names Som-pong, 17, who was in
possession of one ya ba pill, and Thamrong, Ekachai and Wirat, all also
aged 17. A fifth youth was named as Pongsan, 16. A check found that each
of them tested
positive for amphetamine use.
It seems it is easier to attack the drug problem through the end-user,
rather than the source.