An interesting year comes to an end
Chiangmai Mail Reporters
Was 2005 a good year or bad one? The answer depends
mainly upon the individual, but a brief overview of Chiang Mai itself and a
scanning of our headlines shows that the Rose of the North has definitely
had its share of highs and lows.
Fundraisings, by far and foremost in the beginning of the
year in aid of the Tsunami victims, yielded millions of baht both in cash
and kind. Protests were staged against the airport’s extension, the
multicolored red, yellow, white and green minibuses protested against the
municipality busses. The residents protested against the Prime Minister, and
the highway construction slipped into low gear. Bombs were found and luckily
diffused, April temperatures reached 42 degrees, and members of the Royal
family, politicians and dignitaries were welcomed at major Hotels in town.
Burmese wall hangings contained more than wool, and the air pollution is
almost worse than in Bangkok (and at times even more so). Restaurants opened
and closed again, hundreds of couples enjoyed a fairytale wedding in the
land of the 1,000 rice fields, and a Kantoke feast was held for elephants.
There were floods, the worst in 40 years, earthquakesth birthdays.
The Night Safari opening was postponed, but the menu has been changed!
and summer storms. Chao Kokaew Prakaykavil na Chiang Mai passed away, Miss
Universe and her entourage descended on our City, and the Pandas celebrated
their wedding and 4
An interesting year comes to its end, and Chiangmai Mail
and its Team wishes you a peaceful, harmo-nious, healthy and happy 2006!
Newborn elephant at Maesa Elephant Camp named Kiwi Gruru
Gruru, new born elephant at Maesa Elephant Camp at meal time.
(Photo Courtesy Maesa Elephant Camp)
After a 20 month wait, Pang Noi 2, the 32 year
old mother and the Plai Kham Noi, 45, the father, were rewarded with a
baby son on December 22.
Anchalee Kalmapijit, director of Maesa Elephant Camp
in Mae Rim, Chiang Mai said the baby was born in the Maesa Elephant
The little elephant was born in the early hours of the
morning and weighs 90 kilograms and is 95 cm tall and is healthy.
Anchalee added that he was born when Gen. Tha-nongsak
Tawinan, consultant to the Country Protection Academy Institute of Royal
Thai Air Force and Lou J Gardiner, depu-ty commander-in-chief of New
Zealand’s Air Force visited the camp and he named the newborn elephant
“Kiwi Gruru”. Kiwi is New Zealand’s national fruit and Gruru means
third. However, the elephant camp would like the new member of the family
to have a Thai name so a contest has been organized letting Thai citizens
Ronachit Roongsri, veterinarian of Maesa Elephant Camp
said, the baby could suckle very well, and since this is the mother’s
third baby he does not expect any maternal problems.
Maesa Elephant Nursery was set up to help increase the elephant
population because Thai elephants have been decreasing and there are only
two thousand left. There have been 13 babies born at the camp since 1999.
No more New Year blessings ceremonies for government officials, says cabinet
Chiangmai Mail Reporter
Government public relations spokesman Shinapat Putthachad
has announced that the cabinet has issued a resolution to abolish ceremonies
in which blessings and gifts are bestowed upon political parties and
politicians, saying it is an outmoded extravagance.
Guidelines have been issued to all government institutes,
state enterprises and senior personnel that in cases where gifts are given
they should be merchandize that has been produced within Thailand, such as
OTOP produce, in order to bolster local economies.
The cabinet directed all government officers to cease blessing the prime
minister, ministers and department heads during the New Year festival
because it is a waste of time and money. Greetings cards may be sent but
they should either be hand-made or made from natural materials.
Chiang Mai losing 50,000 baht a day on public transport
making Municipality bus.
Pornchai Jitnavasathien, Chiang Mai deputy mayor
disclosed that since the commencement of the new bus services, they had only
3,000 passengers a day, bringing in 20,000 baht a day. Since bus service
expenses are 60,000 baht this produces a 40,000 baht daily deficit. This
does not include the budget that the municipality uses to support 100 red
minibuses on two routes for 100 baht each which is another 10,000 baht per
day. Bottom line comes to 50,000 baht loss each day of operation.
To assist in lowering the deficit, the municipality will
campaign for residents to reduce private vehicle use and use mass public
He added that this year the municipality planed to expand the service to
cover nine routes though currently there are only four mass transport
routes. Both busses and red minibusses will serve according to the master
plan, however the municipality will encourage Nakorn Lanna Transport
Cooperatives to use new minibusses instead of the old red mini-
busses. He believed that if the service could service nine routes then the
loss will be reduced, as well being able to support the pro-
vince’s economy including supporting tourism.
Three months to comply with hoardings regulations
Buranupakorn, Chiang Mai mayor and Pornchai Jitnavasathien, the deputy
mayor head the municipality officials to remove advertisement hoardings
along the city canal.
Boonlert Buranupakorn, Chiang Mai mayor has said
that since the municipality has developed the province to be a clean
and green area advertising hoardings and signs will have to comply with
Some signs that are considered inappropriate have
already been removed, and the mayor has signaled his intention to get
rid of hoarding eyesores that do not comply.
Initially they have been looking at the Chiang Mai
canal and will expand this process into other areas such as on Huay
Kaew, Nimmanheminda, Suthep, Charoen Muang and Chang Klan roads.
So far there has been almost 1,000 signboards
discovered that are illegal, and 300 have been removed so far.
The mayor added that this time the implementation of
signboard regulations will be strictly applied and owners have three
months to comply.
If any owner of signboard ignores this or constructs an oversize
hoarding, he or she will be prosecuted according to law, he declared.
HRI director finds the cost of free speech
Rewarded with a punch in the mouth
Surasawadee, assistant to the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment
and Director of Chiang Mai Night Safari
The Khon Hak Muang Chiang Mai Association, an
environmental watch-dog, held a press conference after Chaiphan Prapaswat,
the director of the Human Rights Institute and Nikhom Phutta, coordinator of
the Wild-life Fund Thailand were assaulted by associates of Plodprasope
Surasawadee, assistant to the Minister of Natural Resources and En-
vironment and Director of Chiang Mai Night Safari.
The pair had been invited to speak in a TV program called
“Thueng Look Thueng Khon” broadcasted by channel 9, to which Plodprasope
was also invited, but were assaulted after the pro-gram ended. It appears
that Plodprasope was unhappy with a poem composed by Saksiri Meesomsoep
which was mentioned by Chaiphan at the close of the program.
After the cameras stopped rolling, associates of
Plod-prasope attacked the two environmentalists, punching Chaiphan in the
face and roughing up Nikhom. The assaults took place in front of the TV
staff and the MC of the program.
The association organized the press conference to
pre-sent their side of the story and to criticize Plodpra-sope’s
associates. They believed that Plodprasope’s words were impolite, improper
for someone in his high post. The association said that different opinions
regarding the safari were part and parcel of social democracy and everyone
had right to question, and public officers had a duty to explain details and
speak the truth.
Chiaphan said in the press conference that after consultations he decided
he would sue Plodprasope’s associates. He said that he could not believe
that a government official who was an assistant to a minister would be doing
Chiang Mai Red Cross increases
blood stocks for New Year
Chiangmai Mail Reporters
Sathit Phuprung, chief of Red Cross blood banks, Chiang
Mai said that Chiang Mai Red Cross has been building up its blood stocks in
anticipation of the New Year’s accidents. It now has 600 donations under
refrigeration, which they hope will be enough.
The blood is also used in district hospitals includ-ing
Doi Saket, Fang, Chom Thong, and Hot.
Even though it is expected that they have enough
reserves, all citizens could donate blood directly at Red Cross blood
70th running of Miss Chiang Mai contest
Winner from 67 years ago assisting organizers
women in fashion dresses together with Suwat Tantipat, Chiang Mai Governor;
Ornadda Tantipat, Chiang Mai Red Cross Group president; Sutho Neewankul,
Managing Director Mac Media Co., Ltd.; and representative from Pom Klang
running of the Miss Chiang Mai beauty contest will be incorporated as part
of the Winter and Red Cross Festival during December 31 - January 12, 2006
being held behind Chiang Mai City Hall.
The contest for 2006 contest is a special event because
it is the 70th year of the Miss Chiang Mai pageant, choosing the winner as
the most beautiful woman from the eight Northern provinces. The beauty queen
must be true northern citizens speaking the northern Thai language and will
be judged on competence, beauty, and personality suitable to be an
ambassador for local tourism, arts, and traditions in Chiang Mai.
Intarasuwan, aged 83 years, the former Miss Chiang Mai in 1939.
The parade of all candidates will be on December 31, 2005
at 2 p.m. starting at Chiang Mai Buddhist place then along Thapae road to
Wat Phra Singh. The first round will be on January 2, 2006 at Central
Airport Plaza to narrow the field to 50 women. The second round on January 7
at Winter Festival stage selecting for 20 candidates, and the final
selection on January 8. The winner will receive 100,000 baht cash and other
As a special incentive, Buakaew Intarasuwan, aged 83 who was Miss Chiang
Mai in 1939 will be there and the winner will have her photo taken with the
spritely former holder of the title.
A walk in the park for two pandas so they can enjoy the cool weather
sweetheart of Chiang Mai Zoo visitors
Chiang Mai Zoo’s two pandas are being taken out of
their usual area and into an open field so that they can enjoy the kind of
winter habitat they would have enjoyed in China.
Prasertsak Buntragul-poontawee, project manager for panda
research together with the Chiang Mai Zoo veterinarian team and executives
let Chuang Chuang and Lin Hui walk in the field outside the exhibition area
to feel the cold weather in Chiang Mai and scent the evening air which at
this time of year is similar to China, the pandas’ birthplace.
The couple clearly enjoyed their stroll, playing
together, although when Lin Hui climbed a tree the staff became rather
worried and resolved not to let the pandas out again until the trees are
Prasertsak said the exhibition area is air-conditioned
but as Chiang Mai has a cold season they also had planned to have this field
nearby for releasing the pandas. Visitors can watch the pair in the open,
where there are four big trees in an area of 400 square meters.
A close watch is however being kept on the two, because they may begin
breeding in February and zoo officials are concerned that they might indulge
in unseemly behavior in public.
Water tunnel distribution scheme is discussed at seminar
A project to distribute water from Mae Ngad and Mae Guang
dams by tunnel was discussed at a seminar organized by the Royal Irrigation
Department at the Chiang Mai Phu Kam Hotel.
The department had earlier commissioned a consulting
company to study and design the project and has
previously conducted five discussion meetings dur-
ing the course of this year. About 150 representatives of various related
sectors attended the most recent meeting.
This is a short-term project to add water to the Mae
Guang Dam to solve the problem of insufficient water at the Mae Guang River
Basin. The main element is a concrete tunnel 4.2 meters in diameter and
22.975 kilometers long. The tunnel mouth would be at Mae Ngad Dam in Mae
Taeng, with the outlet at Mae Guang Dam in Doi Saket. Floodwaters would be
taken from Mae Ngad in the rainy season to Mae Guang Dam, with 47 million
cubic meters being transported each year.
Opinions are being sought on the feasibility of the project before any
decision is made.
Hmong New Year festival and 4th wooden cart competition
Hoi Mai, village hosts for the Hmong New Year 2006.
The Hmong New Year festival is to be held this year at Baan
Nong Hoi Mai, Tambon Mae Ram in Mae Rim district, Chiang Mai. Baan Nong Hoi Mai
was chosen by the Chiang Mai Culture Conservation and Drug Resistance Network.
Phanom Metha-anankul, deputy president of Mae Ram TAO said
that sporting competitions during the Hmong New Year celebration for 2006 will
be organized on January 3 at Baan Nong Hoi Mai. These will include competitions
such as top, crossbow, ball and egg casting, water carrying, Hmong musical
instrument contest, Miss Hmong beauty show and the 4th
wooden cart racing plus stage performances during the day. It is supported
budget by the Royal Project Foundation, Chiang Mai PAO and Red Bull energy
Chiang Mai Culture Conservation and Drug Resistance Network
was established in 1993 and has arranged the Hmong New Year for culture
conservation and drug prevention since 1995. Villages take it in turns to host
To get to this year’s village drive on Chotana Chiang Mai-Mae Rim Road then
turn left to Mae Rim-Samoeng Road and go straight on until you arrive at Nong
Hoi Mai Royal Project on the right hand side.
Pollution of the Ping caused by hospital oil spill
On December 19, 2005 Chiang Mai Municipality received
complaints from citizens asking them to investigate the drain of a private
hospital at Tambon Pa Tan, Muang district, Chiang Mai because of oil leaking
from a tank and flowing down the Mae Kha canal and then to the Ping River.
People are afraid the oil leak will be dangerous and cause much pollution.
After this information, the Chiang Mai Municipality rushed to
the scene led by Wilawan Woraputipong, Chiang Mai Deputy Mayor, followed by the
staff of Public Health Office, city police, and others.
At the scene, they found the valve of the oil tank was broken
and allowed 6000 liters to flow into the Ping River. It appeared that a
technician at the Lanna Hospital, Chiang Mai was responsible for the broken
valve. The hospital admitted there was a problem and will take the
responsibility for all expenses in eliminating the oil slick.
The hospital will solve the problem by using deodorizing
chemical liquid which can break up and eliminate the oil slick. After cleaning
the area the staff will take the cleaning to the river, using boats.
Chiang Mai Municipality fined the hospital 10,000 baht and
commanded it to immediately address the problem. The oil slick had already
flowed to Saraphi district, Chiang Mai province.
New law allows police to more effectively pursue economic crimes
Seventy officers of Chiang Rai police, the Pha Muang Task
Force and other law enforcement officials gathered at the Rim Kok Resort in
Chiang Rai on December 21 for a seminar organized by the Department of Special
Investigation to review the ramifications of the Special Case Investigation Act
The meeting, presided over by Chiang Rai governor Worakiart
Somsoi, was designed to see how the new law is to be applied in practice and to
discover if there are any loopholes that need to be closed. Speakers included
Tharit Phengdit, deputy director general of the DSI and Suthi Sookying, Chiang
Rai provincial attorney.
The Act is an important development in law enforcement for it
allows police and the justice system special investigative powers in pursuing
suspects in economic crimes, both within the country and overseas.
Tharit said the DSI chose Chiang Rai for this, its first
seminar under the 2006 budget, because of the province’s proximity to
neighboring countries. DSI wants to work closely with government organizations
in the province, believing that the powers officers have under the Act could
lead to curtailment of criminal activities in areas such as human trafficking
and money laundering.
It is however important that citizens’ rights are upheld
under the Act, said Tharit, and the meeting needed to discuss this aspect in
full as any transgressions could be serious both for investigators and for the
future of the Act itself.
Tharit gave an example of the kind of crime that the Act
could be especially beneficial in solving. He said that a few days ago DSI
officers arrested two offenders who had been hacking information from credit
cards by wiring into a credit card reader, and then
using the data to purchase goods. The officers found the thieves had bought four
diamond rings worth 180,000 baht from the Mandalay shop in Mae Sai on December
Central Group takes over restoration of Wat Phra Singh
Kanjam and Pinutda Suwanchaisri
Jirathiwat, deputy chairman of the board of Central Group (3rd
left back row); Jiamjit Jirathiwat (3rd
right back row); Wanthani Jirathiwat (2nd
right back row) and Narongrit Jirathiwat (2nd
left back row), and Sahawat Nanna, director of 8th
Office of Fine Arts (left).
The Central Group, in association with 8th
Office of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai, will restore Wat Phra Singh and organized a
ceremony appease the spirits of the temple before starting the restoration
process, according to Lanna culture. It was presided over by Suthiporn
Jirathiwat, deputy chairman of the board of Central Group and Sahawat Nanna,
director of 8th Office of Fine Arts.
Wat Phra Singh Worama-hawiharn is primarily a royal monastery
and is important for its history, archaeology, architecture and Lanna art. It
contains a Phra Phutta Sihing Buddha Image that has been in Chiang Mai for
almost 500 years.
Initially, the Fine Arts Department was responsible for this
temple but insufficient budget forced the department to transfer the
responsibility to private sector with the Central Group taking this on board.
The company realizes the importance of ancient Lanna sites so it provided
funding supporting the restoration, to return some of its profits to the
The restoration will be applied to Lai Kham building, Buddhist Scriptures
building, Siang Miang Pagoda, main pagoda, lined-three pagodas and surrounding
areas. The restoration is to start in December and there were many Buddhists at
the appeasement ceremony.
MPs present blankets but Mae Hong Son still facing cold weather problems
people are waiting for blankets.
Khomsan Suwan-ampha, head of the Office of Disaster
Prevention and Mitigation in Mae Hong Son received 2,400 blankets from Mae Hong
Son MPs to present to residents suffering distress from the cold weather. He
presented 200 to Muang district, 300 to Sop Moei, 400 to Mae Sariang, 500 to
Pang Mapha and Pai, 200 to Khun Yuam and 300 to Mae La Noi.
The office had earlier conducted a survey that revealed more
than 50,000 people were at risk from the cold but that there was an insufficient
supply of urgently needed blankets. Consultations have taken place with the
governor of the province over an emergency budget. Support is also required from
the private sector in the form of donated blankets and these will be distributed
to those in need.
Eight Lanna provinces planning for World Handicraft Expo 2009
The eight northern provinces are jointly planning to
establish 24 pilot handicraft communities. 5 billion baht will be spent before
the expo which it hoped will bring in 135 billion baht.
porn, director of the handicraft community establishment project disclosed the
progress of the project, saying that now information from overseas countries is
being studied to assist in production of the Action Plan.
Three pilot communities in each province will be put forward
to be handicraft and tourism communities of the North, coming to 24 communities
from the eight provinces. However, there might be more than three handicraft
communities in Chiang Mai due to San Kamphaeng district being the PM’s
He added that there was still much work to be done to gage
the impact of the Action Plan, well before World Handicraft Expo 2009.
Crackdown ordered on rental accommodation as part of anti-drugs drive
Police and narcotics control officials are checking rented
accommodation throughout Chiang Mai province under the orders of the governor as
part of a drug control plan that is aimed specifically at students and other
Mongkol Danwilaipitikul, head of the Chiang Mai Social
Development Office, said the office had been put on alert to verify residences
within its area of responsibility, as many of the properties have not been
registered as rental accommodation and consequently youngsters can gather there
unattended. This can lead to spread of drug use and other socially undesirable
activities. Mongkol said that a property owner who does not follow the
regula-tions regarding registration, and who allows the pre-
mises to be used for nefarious purposes, can face a prison term of six months
and/or a fine of up to 2,000 baht.
He said the verifying process was going well and that several
instances have also been found of properties that transgress the building
Registered rental residences in Chiang Mai offering student
accommodation totals 650. Of these, 488 are fully legal with the others either
being new residences or those with incomplete documenta-tion. Most residences
are located near educational institutes.
Next round set for traditional Northern group wedding
Chiang Mai Council of Cultural Affairs is preparing to hold
the ninth Lanna group wedding, an event that is designed to keep Lanna
traditions alive and which will be held on January 21.
Dr Chao Duangduan na Chiang Mai, head of the Chiang Mai
Council of Cultural Affairs, said the organization is working with the Family
Planning Association and the Chiang Mai Public Health Office to organize
traditional group weddings for couples who wish to celebrate their nuptials in
Chiang Mai Public Health Office deputy chief Dr Surasing
Witsarutrat said that the information given to couples ranges from the physical
to the psychological to prepare them fully for marriage. The physicals include
checks for HIV, hepatitis and anemia alongside birth control advice and
Shops with warm clothing doing hot business
The current low temperatures have sent Chiang Mai citizens
flocking to shops selling warm overcoats. The Northern Meteorological station in
revealed that during December 24-30, 2005 air pressure or the cold air mass from
China covered Thailand making temperatures in the north 2-4 degrees Celsius
On the top of mountains temperatures are around 2-5 degrees
Celsius; on December 22 Chiang Mai Airport Air Station reported 10.6 degrees;
4-6 degrees on the top of Doi Inthanon; 8.8 degrees on Doi Ang Khang and it is
expected that it will fall again.
Everyone is warned, especially children and seniors, to take care of their
health and have all upper respiratory tract diseases promptly treated.
OTOS training underway in Lampang
Chiangmai Mail Reporter
The Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department is working
with various organizations over the “One Tambon One Search and Rescue Team”
project, in which volunteers learn how to rescue victims from disasters in their
own immediate areas. This is part of a national project, with the intention
being that by 2008 every tambon in the country will have its own rescue team,
totaling more than 70,000 volunteers.
Kanit Iamrahong, director of Disaster Prevention and
Mitigation Center Region 10 Lampang said that the department is coordinating
with the Department of Local Administration, National Health Security Office,
Thai Health Promotion Foundation, Office of the Permanent Secretary of the
Ministry of Public Health, and The Thai Red Cross to organize the OTOS project.
The organizers expected to develop rescue systems and train
the staff to be ready with a fast response in facing accidents and other
Burmese beggars bagged by police
A raid on December 24 by Chiang Mai police and officers of
Social Development and Human Security Office resulted in their catching
12 Burmese beggars and eight Burmese babies,
while another 20 managed to run away and hide. They were ambushed at their camp
which they had set up in a grove close to a deserted
village in San Sai district, Chiang Mai.
After investigation, the officers said that they were
smuggled into the country in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai, before drifting down to
different crowded zones in Chiang Mai, such as the Night Bazaar.
The beggars were averaging 500 baht a day, and many had been
previously arrested, often more than once and deported, only to come back again,
as 500 baht was more than they can make in Burma.
The modus operandi was to rest at the grove during the day, to be picked up
and dropped off at likely areas for begging at night. Local
police and authorities feel that they caused trouble for
tourists and poor image to Chiang Mai, especially
during this high season for tourism.
Chiang Mai traffic police producing inappropriate checkpoints?
Local residents are complaining about the appropriateness of
traffic checkpoints set up by the traffic police. It is understood that wearing
helmets and safety belts are both good preventive methods of reducing the road
toll, but by placing the checkpoints in dangerous areas works against traffic
safety, it is claimed.
The principal complaint lies with the checkpoint at the
Nawarat Bridge in Muang, Chiang Mai close to the Chiang Mai governor’s
residence. Residents complain that they are waiting at a curve that was risky
and would cause accidents.
Several riders jump on the brakes, and some have lost control, or been run into
by following vehicles. Others attempt U-turns, endangering themselves in peak
Residents state that the Provincial Police Bureau Region 5 had agreed not to
set up too many and inappropriate checkpoints, but this resulted in less income
for the police, so they have reverted to the hidden checkpoints, which bring in
Accidents on Chiang Mai-San Kamphaeng route blamed on lack of street lighting
team at the accident site.
Another accident has been recorded on the Chiang Mai-San
Kamphaeng culture route, with local residents blaming the lack of street
lighting as being On December 21, Mae Ping Police Station learnt there was
another accident in front of Rom Yen Kindergarten School on the old Chiang
Mai-San Kamphaeng Road.
This incident involved a pick-up truck driven by Rangsan
Wongboonma, 26, and a motorcycle with three-up. Rangsan said he was on his way
to pick his wife and because of the darkness in the area, he did not see the
motorcycle which came very quickly.
Residents say that there are electric lighting poles in the area, but they
are turned off at night! At this accident, local residents had to direct traffic
at the scene as they were afraid more accidents would occur because it was very
Mae Sai police arrested high heeled drug couriers
On December 17 Pol. Lt. Col. Soonthorn Jantrang-koon,
investigation Deputy Superintendent of Mae Sai provincial police, Chiang Rai
together with police officer forces detained Chan-sak Chanwong, and Anong
Saelim, both being Pathum Thani villagers found with 6,000 Ya Ba pills. The
intrepid pair were arrested at the Mae Sai on the Bangkok bound bus.
Working on an obvious tip-off, police discovered that Chansak
had secreted the Ya Ba pills in his slippers and Anong had stashed his in high
After investigations, the offenders said that their business
had failed and it was then that the middle-men persuaded them to sell Ya Ba.
Police admit that there are large stocks of drugs on the
Burmese side of the border, which they and the army are attempting to block.
However, the demand is still high in Thailand, so drug dealers take the chance
on being caught. Many pretend to be tourists and ferry in the drugs that way.
Police catch courier with 40,000 speed pills
Chiangmai Mail Reporter
Phrae police officers who stopped a Chevrolet pickup truck
that was being driven through a checkpoint at Nang Fah in Song district found
40,000 ya ba pills hidden in amongst flower garlands.
The driver of the vehicle, Jaroon Teja, 41, of Chiang Rai,
said he was delivering the pills for a dealer in Mae Sai, and had instructions
to hand them over to an agent in Suphan Buri. Jaroon was arrested and his
The checkpoint had been set up under the directions of Pol Maj Gen Phumira
Watanapanee, Phrae provincial police commander, as part of the extra security
measures for the New Year period.
Robber killed in Chiang Mai Lake Land Village
On December 19, investigation officers of Chiang Mai
Provincial Police followed a gang of Chiang Mai thieves after a stealing spree
in Chiang Mai Lake Land
Village located beside the Chiang Mai Irrigation Road at Tambon Suthep in Muang,
Chiang Mai. After being cornered, the leader of the gang fired on police, but
was killed when the officers returned the fire.
Prinya Kantimoon, 37, was the head of the gang who was shot
at the scene. It was revealed that he had four previous stealing charges against
him. The other two gang members were able to escape during the melee.
Pol. Lt. Gen. Panupong Singhara Na Ayuthaya, commissioner of Provincial
Police Bureau Region 5 said that a special force had been set up to pursue this
gang of robbers. Police will pursue the other two for prosecution, the
gift shop murder expecting to
close case soon
The case of the murder of gift shop owner Benjaporn Pewpong,
27, a resident of Chotana Road at Tamb
on Chang Puek in Muang, Chiang Mai is being fully investigated said Pol. Lt.
Gen. Panupong Singhara Na Ayuthaya, commissioner of the Provincial Police Bureau
As previously reported in the Chiangmai Mail, she had been
blindfolded and tied to a tree with the seatbelts from her own car. The time of
death looks as if it is being pin-pointed, with witnesses saying that Benjaporn
was seen arguing with a man at the CMU.
It has also come out that the woman had been dating a new
boyfriend, and police are also following this information. He is sure the killer
will be arrested soon.
Her body was taken to Wat Pa Phang in Muang, Chiang Mai for
the religious funeral ceremony and had already been cremated according to
Buddhist ceremony on December 18. Relatives and friends of the dead woman
appealed police to urgently follow the murder case.
Lampang on traffic accident 24 hour alert
Lampang Office of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation region
10 will be manning 24 hour call centers between December 26, 2005 and January 4,
2006 to hopefully help reduce the road toll.
Khanit Iamrahong, president of the Office of
Disaster Prevention and Mitigation region 10 said they have vehicles, rescue
equipment and other tools, information, and mission staff on 24 hour alert.
Contact numbers are 1784 or 0 5421 7877, 0 5421 8124, 0 5421 8346, and 0 5422
8700; 24 hours.
Police raid nets haul of 20,000 ya ba pills and two gang members
Lamphun police searching a residence in the Muang district
uncovered a haul of almost 20,000 speed pills hidden in a wardrobe.
Provincial police comman-der Pol Maj Gen Thong-in
Harnpajonsuek said that investigations had revealed that a gang of dealers was
working in the city at an address in Tambon Baan Klang. On December 20 narcotics
control officers entered the premises where they found two men identified as
Wutti-chai Jaiyasan, 20 and Surapol Buatoom, 20.
A total of 19,631 ya ba pills were discovered wrapped in
plastic bags. Wuttchai said the drugs belonged to two people he identified as Yo
and Ann, and that they had been left there awaiting sale. Police are now looking
for the two other gang members.
Again earthquake shakes the citizens of Chiang Rai
Chiangmai Mail Reporter
Another earth tremor has shaken Chiang Rai, with several
districts feeling the vibrations and residents and tourists in tall buil- dings
feeling especially vulnerable.
On December 16, Chiang Rai Meteorological Center learned from
the Earthquake Checking Center that two earthquakes had occurred, at 9.13 am and
9.14 am. The center of this quake was in Pa Dad district, Chiang Rai, and people
in Thoeng and Phan districts felt the effects.
Earlier, on December 8, an earthquake centered on Mae Suay
had registered 3.9 on the Richter scale. On December 15 another quake centered
on Thoeng measured 4.1 Richter, and people in Muang and Pa Dad felt the earth
The Chiang Rai Office of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation
has said that no damage has been reported except to a building in Pa Dad
district, where there was slight breakage because of the quake on December 15.
Auto supplies building blazes in city center
Sahachai Auto Supplies caught fire in the morning of December
22 with 10 fire engines needed to control the blaze and stop it spreading to a
The commercial premises, consisting of four three-story
buildings and located on Taiwang Road in Muang, Chiang Mai, contained auto oil
and rubber tires that fueled the blaze, and firemen took almost an hour to
quench the flames.
The owner of the shop, Wandee Kanlayanapisut, said the fire started in one of
the storerooms when she was asleep and quickly spread. No one was hurt. Initial
enquiries suggest an electrical short-circuit started the fire.