Forget the busses - Chiang Mai municipality now wants electric trains
When the mobile cabinet arrives for the next conference
in Chiang Mai on February 6-7, 2006, various organizations have prepared an
agenda to present to them for discussion and one subject on that list will
be the Chiang Mai mass transport system. A feasibility study for this
proposed project, with a budget of 48 million baht, has been carried out
over the last eight months by academics of the Faculty of Engineering,
Chiang Mai University. The study process is expected to be finished by mid
year and hopefully government will approve the budget for construction.
Different types of vehicles are being considered for the
Mass transport system and an electric train is now being studied as well. It
is the continuation of a study that the Office of Transport and Traffic
Policy and Planning started ten years ago. The first electric train route
would link Chiang Mai Night Safari to the International Horticulture
Exposition and Chiang Mai International Convention and Product Display Hall
with a 28 kilometer track.
This project is expected to cost 6-7 billion baht, which
will cover the cost of the infrastructure with the actual vehicle to be
used, yet to be decided. This will depend on the results of the study, but
will certainly happen in Chiang Mai province within the next three years.
Businessmen in the tourism industry in Chiang Mai have predicted that
this project will certainly be given the go-ahead because the government
intends to support Chiang Mai as the center of communication of the Mekong
River basin countries and to promote the province to be a center of economy,
trade, investment and tourism. Because of Chiang Mai’s geographical
location and popularity as an internationally renowned tourist destination,
the city represents an ideal investment opportunity for the long term. Even
with this project costing as much as 7 billion baht investors could expect
to recoup their capital in 20 years. Well, that’s the theory anyway.
Mai province statement.
30 world scientists at 14th World Fertilizer Academy Conference
The population of Chiang Mai had swollen over the past
few days as around 600 interested parties from over 30 countries gathered
at the Lotus Pang Suan Kaew Hotel on January 22-27, 2006 to attend the 14th
World Fertilizer Academy Conference organized by the Land Development
Department in association with the private sector.
Apichat Jongkakul, deputy director-general of Land
Development Department reported that the purpose of the meeting was to
offer an opportunity for scientists from around the world to share their
experience and knowledge in the field of fertilizer research and
Experts in various fields gave lectures on such
subjects as, humus-chemical fertilizer and food quality, soil
conservation and adjustment and fertilization environment and its
economic effect now and in the future.
The conference was officially opened by Chaiw at
Sitthibut, director-general of Land Development Department and he was
joined by Kongeak-wilad Rujiwattanapong, Chiang Mai deputy governor and
Christian Hera, president of CIEC (The International Scientific Centre
Chaiwat said that Thailand was an agricultural country
but its soil lacked fertility for around 60 percent of the entire
cultivated area. Therefore to make it more fertile, could increase the
country’s productivity and enhance the soil’s structure, which should
lead to increased agriculture.
Dinosaur remains found in Phayao
38 mio baht authorized to develop area
Chiangmai Mail Reporters
Phayao province is to send experts to verify dinosaur
remains in Chiang Muan district, before promoting it to be a tourism and
study center and the government has approved 38 million baht for the
Ruangwan Buanoot, deputy governor of Phayao province
disclosed that Warawut Sutheethorn, a geologist who was also a fossil
had requested permission to check the dinosaur relics discovered at Tambon
Baan Mang in Chiang Muan, which he believed to be about 135 million years
Warawut and his team are to travel there on January 31,
after which the province, Baan Mang TAO, together with the private sector
Chiang Muan Mine and local residents, will jointly plan to develop the site
as an important tourism destination and a dinosaur study center.
Ruangwan said that fossil hunting has declined because of
the lack of experts or specialists who are qualified to do it, plus budget
constraints for the cost of excavation; adding that he was heartened by the
fact that the cabinet had authorized 38 million baht for managing this world
2nd Thailand-EFTA Free Trade Area negotiation in Chiang Mai
Direk Konkleep, Mae Hong Son governor disclosed that the
province had asked for participation from residents to jointly prevent
forest fires, especially during the months from January to May every year,
because of the immense damage they caused to the area. The governor also
said that forest burning or any act causing fire was illegal and anybody
found doing so, would be punished by imprisonment for at least five years
and liable to be fined 50,000 baht maximum according to law.
Acts of this nature are considered a crime under the
National Environment Conservation and Encouragement Act 1992, which says
that any person, who causes damage to the environment, will be prosecuted
and liable to a term in jail, or to be fined, or both.
Watchara Wathanyoo-kunakorn, head of Mae Hong Son Forest
Fire Control Station reported that officers from his station in cooperation
with Mae Hong Son province, district office and sectors concerned had
eliminated weeds in areas he predicted were liable to cause fire in Muang,
Mae Hong Son.
They will carry out controlled burning to produce
fire-breaks only when their experience tells them it is safe to do so, when
light winds and low temperatures make conditions suitable. This is to
prevent a fire spreading too rapidly, making it easier to control, and thus
affecting the environment as little as possible.
Controlled burning will take place at seven Tambons, Pha Bong, Pang Moo,
Huay Pong, Mok Jampae, Huay Pha, Huay Poo Ling and Jong Kham in Muang
district. The entire area to be burned totals 1,000 rai and will be carried
out from February 3-25.
Mae Hong Son burns fire-breaks in seven Tambons
Chiangmai Mail Reporters
Chiang Rai PAO in cooperation with the organizers of Miss
Thin Thai Ngam contest held the Chiang Rai Flower Festival 2006 and Miss
Thin Thai Ngam pageant during January 14-18, 2006 at the military training
center near Mae Fah Luang bridge.
Ratana Jongsutthanamanee, Chiang Rai PAO president said
that this festival was arranged with the participation of Chiang Rai
Municipality, as it is considered to be one of the province’s most
important activities.. There were various plants displayed such as orchids,
flowers and ornamental plant contests, as well as three, four and five star
OTOP product displays and performances on stage.
Chiang Rai is the Northernmost province of Thailand and
its climate is particularly suited for growing flowers, especially in winter
when the weather is most appropriate for flowers, trees and ornamental
plants. Consequently, Chiang Rai enjoys the well-deserved title City of
Beautiful Flowers. The province urges all those who especially love trees
and flowers to come and visit this festival next year. For more information
log on to www.tttbroadband.com, www.thinthaingam.com and
Flower festival in Chiang Rai as
well as Miss Thin Thai Ngam
Thailand’s four northern provinces—Chiang Rai, Chiang
Mai, Mae Hong Son and Tak—which may be affected by earthquakes in
neighboring countries will soon conduct rehearsals to deal with the possible
tremors, according to Director of the National Disaster Warning Centre
The move was ordered by Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra
following earthquakes in neighboring countries, particularly Myanmar, over
the past three months which were felt by local residents in the four
northern provinces, said Mr. Plod-prasop in Chiang Mai on Monday.
“Due to the recent earthquakes, particularly the latest
one in Myanmar the past days measuring over 5 on the Richter scale, the
premier has instructed that all the four provinces urgently conduct the
rehearsals to prepare their people to properly deal with possible tremors in
the future,” he told local journalists.
The rehearsals would be organized by provincial governors
of each of the provinces and local disaster prevention and mitigation
officials, he noted.
The prime minister also suggested that local residents
and business firms check conditions of their houses and commercial buildings
and improve them, if necessary, to meet the safety standard suggested by
local authorities, said Mr. Plodprasop.
Chanthaburi and Chiang Mai PAOs to exchange agricultural products
Every year farmers face similar problems, with every
grower harvesting at the same time and flooding the market with their
produce, causing the price to fall drastically and the farmer loses money.
Recently, agricultural produce and fruits grown around Chiang Mai such as
longan, lychee and orange were produced by many farmers who unfortunately
lost money due to the low price realized for their products on the open
With a view to changing this loss-making situation,
Thanaphon Kitkarn, president of Chanthaburi PAO traveled to Chiang Mai and
signed a cooperation contract with Chiang Mai PAO headed by the president
Thawatwong Na Chiang Mai. The contract was in relation to agricultural
products exchange and cooperation.
This year, Chanthaburi PAO has provided a fund of 10 million baht to help
farmers and it is believed the contract with Chiang Mai PAO will be
beneficial to the growers in both provinces. There will be purchasing points
and product spread through agricultural cooperatives. If this scheme
succeeds, other aspects of cooperation will be further considered.
Elephant hospital gets wind of Chiang Mai elephant problems
Mae Taeng Elephant Camp owner, Boonthong Chailert, 45,
got wind of a problem with three of his elephants, Phang Kham Suk, 45, Phang
Nong Mai, 10 and Plai Som Wang, 7. He sent them to the Friends of the Asian
Elephant Hospital at Tambon Wiang Tan in Hang Chat district, Lampang where
the three elephants were diagnosed to be suffering from flatulence.
Vet. Weena Thongchew, Veterinarian of the hospital was
aghast over the condition of the animals, but soon got to the bottom of the
problem and treated the elephants with elephantine doses of aperients and to
take tamarind which is good for the analeptic alimentary canal, before
walking them around to encourage bowel movement until they recovered.
Later the same day, four elephants of Maesa Elephant Camp
in Mae Rim, Chiang Mai, were found to be in a similar condition. They were
Phang Bun, 32, Phang Kham Moon, 50, Phang Thong Bai, 30 and Phang Kham Dee,
30. They also were treated in the hospital until they recovered and were
allowed to return to the Mae Sa camp. Was this a new epidemic?
Vet. Weena, having a nose for this sort of problem,
disclosed that the veterinary team believed that the elephants’ diet had
been recently changed causing them to have upset stomachs. The owners of
both camps were questioned closely and this proved to be the case. Mae Taeng
Elephant Camp had fed them on Bana Grass instead of their usual diet of Kham
Grass, causing the flatulence.
This kind of condition had occurred once before in the
previous mid year in Mae Taeng Elephant Camp when the animals had been fed
on Bana Grass, but then the Bana Grass had been sprayed with insecticide
before cutting it for elephants. The doctor has stressed the importance of
ensuring that any food given to the elephants should not be contaminated.
Vet Weena was pleased that his doctors were able to get to the bottom of the
elephants bowel condition and effect a cure, with the whole team coming up
smelling of roses!
Lampang ceramics discounted for restaurant use
Chiangmai Mail Reporters
Sitthichai Surananboot, president of the Lampang
Earthenware Association revealed the association’s policy to promote the
use of ceramic containers in restaurants.
To encourage restaurants to join this project, Sitthichai
promised that the owners would be able to purchase ceramics at a discounted
price and would receive a certificate to show that their restaurant uses
ceramic products manufactured in Lampang province. As well as restaurants,
he hoped that local residents would use more ceramic dishes and bowls in
He added that the associa-tion’s members had not
cooperated well in the past, but he urged everyone’s to have enthusiasm
for this year’s project and for members to be proud of their products, to
promote them aggressively and to constantly seek new markets.
Chiang Mai garbage truck driver arrested in Lampang
Chiangmai Mail Reporter
A six-wheeled truck with a trailer attached, driven by
Sommai Onnoi, 41, a Kamphaengphet resident, was spotted at a junction on the
Lampang-Chiang Mai Superhighway, with its cargo of waste and foul water
leaking on to the carriageway. Officers of the Civil Defense Volunteers of
Nakorn Lam-pang municipality, on duty in the area on January 27th, witnessed
the offence and arrested the driver, taking him before Surapol Tansuwan,
Nakorn Lampang deputy mayor. Somnoi insisted that he was just transferring
garbage from Chiang Mai to Kamphaengphet for the purpose of making
fertilizer and was only passing through Lampang and not intending to dump
garbage there. However, owing to the fact that the practice of illegal
dumping was prevalent in Lampang, the deputy mayor chose not to believe the
driver’s story, fining him 10,000 baht under the Nakorn Lampang Hygiene
Keeping Act and impounded the vehicle until the fine was paid.
The owners of the lorry in Chiang Mai contacted Surapol
Tansuwan, asking him to release the driver, claiming he was just passing
through Lampang province, en route to Kamphaengphet. The caller also
promised that this particular contract would be finished by February and
there would not be any more garbage trucks passing through Lampang. However,
the deputy mayor declined the lorry owners’ request, explaining that
illegal garbage dumping in Lampang was causing a major problem to residents.
Realising he was not getting any further with that line
of attack, the caller then tried to negotiate a discount to the drivers
fine, but the deputy mayor, sticking to his hard-line approach, refused this
request also. Eventually, coming to terms with the fact that in order to get
his lorry returned and his driver released, the owner realized there was no
alternative but to pay the full amount. Reluctantly he traveled from Chiang
Mai to Lampang and parted with his money, leaving the municipality a poorer,
but hopefully wiser, man.
590 highland people receive Thai nationality
Chiangmai Mail Reporters
Worakiart Somsoi, Chiang Rai Governor had the pleasant task
of presenting ID cards granting Thai nationality to 590 Thai hill tribe and
highland people living in three Tambons in Mae Fah Luang District.
To date, 76,612 highland people have applied for Thai
nationality and 32,797 persons have already been successful in achieving this
status, with 43,818 persons, mostly Akha, Lahu, and Tai tribes still waiting to
After receiving their ID cards and their Thai nationality,
the fledgling Thai citizens proclaimed their allegiance to crown and country in
front of photographs of His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Queen and the
leader of the religion that each person respected. They were overjoyed with
their newfound status which would enable them to achieve better careers, earn
higher wages and have rights according to the law as a Thai citizen.
Chiang Rai Governor Wora-kiart expressed the hope that they would respect and
be loyal to the nation, religion, and the King; handle their responsibilities
with honesty, be assiduous, industrious, and be economical, and live their lives
according to the law of the nation.
THAI stops scheduled flights to Mae Hong Son
30 mio baht loss to local traders
Konkleep, Mae Hong Son governor
Mae Hong Son governor, Direk Konkleep, disclosed that
Thai Airways International (THAI) had suspended its scheduled service to Mae
Hong Son since January 16, claiming the aircraft needed to be taken out of
service for overdue maintenance. This is the longest time that Mae Hong Son
has been without an airline service and it has had a massive impact on the
local economy, as many tourists usually visit there during the winter, but
have been unable to get flights to the area. Removing the aircraft from
service could not have happened at a worse time, as this has affected many
businesses such as hotels, resorts, restaurants and tourism destinations.
“I was questioned by many tourists, and the media, why
the Chiang Mai-Mae Hong Son flight was stopped at a time when many people
liked to visit Mae Hong Son. As the governor I am ultimately responsible for
all the issues happening in Mae Hong Son, so I will present this case to
mobile cabinet when they visit Chiang Mai on February 6-7,stressing the
disruption and damage this has caused,” he said.
Poonsak Soonthornpani-chakit, president of the Mae Hong Son Chamber of
Commerce said that Mae Hong Son was a principal tourist destination but
stopping the regular flights had turned it into a no-go area, causing the
loss of at least 30 million baht in revenue. If this kind of situation takes
place regularly, tourists will turn away from Mae Hong Son and visit other
provinces instead. However, the government and private sector have conferred
with each other to try and deal with this problem. They said the obvious,
that there should be another airplane put into service whilst the permanent
one was being repaired. The province awaits an explanation from THAI and if
it could no longer fulfill its obligations, the province will ask another
airline to continue the service.
Wiang Kum Kam residents
want a slice of the action
The Department of Public Works and Town and Country Planning
has made a law controlling building construction and the raising of land levels
at Wiang Kum Kam, it being the first such law to be passed in relation to
building construction and land levels in Thailand.
The Board of Commissions of politics and security traveled
there to learn of the problems being faced by the residents living around Wiang
Kum Kam, in Saraphi, Chiang Mai. Owing to the historical significance of the
area, the Fine Arts Department had purchased certain parcels of land belonging
to long term residents. These residents were paid only 2,000 baht per square
wah, but most villagers would have preferred not to have the money but to be
allowed to manage the ancient site and to promote it as tourism location, for
them to have the opportunity to earn income from tourism.
Porn Penpat, chairman of the board confirmed the residents’
lands would only be purchased if they were found to contain ancient remains. The
residents would receive a fair price for that land and they would be allowed to
jointly manage it as a tourism location, in partnership with the Fine Arts
Department however, the Board of Commission would again consult with the
Pol. Col. Adisak Noisuwan, officer of Chiang Mai Provincial
Office of Public Works and Town and Country Planning revealed that his
department had passed the law controlling land height and building construction
on land adjacent to Wiang Kum Kam. The law came into force on January 19 this
year, controlling the dredging of land close to Wiang Kum Kam, to a maximum of
25 cm and the raising of land levels by not more than 25 cm. Similar
restrictions apply to land around that area where people are not allowed to
dredge deeper than 3 meters and to raise land levels by not more than 40 cm.
Houses or buildings in
the immediate vicinity of Wiang Kum Kam are only allowed to construct to a
maximum height of six meters and authorized solely for the purpose of single
family dwelling houses, with buildings slightly further away allowed to be
constructed to a maximum height of 12 meters. The law further stipulates that
the roof must be Lanna style and the construction of factories and hotels are
not permitted in the immediate area.
This is the first planning regulation in Thailand aimed at controlling
development around a site of historical significance, such as Wiang Kum Kam,
whilst still allowing local residents to take part in promoting the area and
earning money from their efforts. How this latter aspect would be done is not in
Contract farming blamed for increased land appropriation
Chiangmai Mail Reporter
SHAN News Agency reported local farmers in Muse on the
Sino-Burma border have condemned the December 2nd contract farming agreement
between Thailand and Burma as the cause of escalation in land seizures
in their township, report sources from northern Shan State.
37,000 acres of land in Muse, 175 km north of Lashio, have
been earmarked for a rubber project. As a result, people in 16 villages have
lost their tea, banana and firewood plantations as well as flower and fruit
Over the New Year holiday period in the neighboring township
of Namhkam there was a massive crackdown by Shan State Army South troops that
considerably upset the townspeople’s normal life, the peace in Muse being
shattered by bulldozers that mowed down the plantations and orchards. “When
Sai Htun Aye Soso-Pyay-Pyay, the owner of the bulldozers, was asked the reason
for the outrage, he said he was only following the order from Gen Myint Hlaing
(Commander of Northeastern Region Command),” said one of the village headmen,
whose lands was also among those seized.
However, 20 acres of land belonging to Sai Yi Nawngkham, who
surrendered in May and known to be a close associate of Sai Htun Aye, was
reportedly left unscathed.
The unexpected move had brought tears to many. “Before
this, we were not rich but had enough to eat,” a housewife with two children
was quoted as saying. But all of a sudden we have become beggars”.
Informed farmers think it was the contract farming agreement
between the two countries, concluded last month, that had brought the disaster
to them. “Thailand may think they will be able to prevent an influx of
migrants from Burma by the project,” said a businessman whose relatives are
among the casualties. “But they can expect more of us to arrive in the coming
According to Thai press reports, Burma had agreed to reserve 7 million
hectares (17.5 million acres) to plant crops such as sugarcane, oil palm, maize,
cassava and rubber to be supplied to factories in Thailand. “A win-win
solution for both,” exclaimed Khunying Sudarat Keyura-
phan, agricultural minister of Thailand, at the signing. Apparently not quite as
cut and dried.
78 illegal Burmese laborers arrested in Mae Sod
Chiangmai Mail Reporter
On January 27, as a result anonymous information, police
learned of the presence of a large gathering of people, purported to be illegal
Burmese laborers, hiding in an alley behind Tambon Wang Jao municipality fresh
market. Pol. Col. Somneuk Chamchoi, superintendent of Wang Jao Sub-District
Police Station in Tak province, headed a force of officers to surround the group
and arrest the illegal aliens.
At the scene, many alien laborers were found there, together
with their belongings, but scattered when they saw the police. However the
police managed to catch 78 people, males and females, including children and
elderly people, none of whom had entry permits. They were taken to the police
station and charged with entering the Kingdom illegally.
When questioned, a Karen-Burmese man admitted that they had traveled from Pha
Ang city in Burma and entered Thailand in the Mae Sod district, Tak. He said
that several hundred persons faced drought where they lived in Burma so they
arranged to be smuggled over the border to enter Thailand in Mae Sod. Some had
paid to go to Bangkok and all of them wished to earn some money to send back to
their hometown. Each person had paid almost ten thousand baht for entering at
Mae Sod in Wang Jao district and had hidden there for three days and two nights,
waiting for an agent but were discovered by the police before the agent arrived.
Everyone’s details were recorded before being transported back across the
border into Burma.
Mobile cabinet meeting brings hundreds of officials to Chiang Mai hotels
Because of the extremely busy itinerary planned for the
mobile cabinet meetingss in Chiang Mai early in February, Loyluan Boonak, deputy
secretary-general of the PM, met with organizations in Chiang Mai to ascertain
the readiness of everybody concerned, to ensure that the cabinet’s busy
schedule will go smoothly. At this meeting, held on January 27th, Chiang Mai
governor Suwat Tantipat and his staff reported on the progress of the
preparations and questioned the Office of Secretariat of the Prime Minister
about security requirements.
The deputy secretary-general of the PM said that arrival of
the mobile cabinet for the conference would coincide with a visit to Chiang Mai
Night Safari by Queen Sirikit.
The Office of Secretariat of the PM wants everyone to double
check all the details concerning the conference and especially to check the
security for the cabinet members staying at the Mandarin Oriental Dara Dhevi
In addition, 100 rooms have been booked in each of the
Sheraton and Central Duangtawan hotels and the Imperial Mae Ping Hotel has
reserved 70 rooms for the cabinet minister’s staff.
The cabinet will fly to Chiang Mai on February 6 before traveling by
helicopters to visit 24 districts in the more remote areas. The chief officer of
each district is responsible for the cabinet members security when they visit
Mae Hong Son organizes bicycle competition
Conquer 1864 curves in 600 kilometers
Mae Hong Son province has arranged a bicycle competition
during which entrants will be required to negotiate 1864 hairpin bends over a
mountainous course of 600 kilometers and it is anticipated that many Thai and
foreign bikers will be eager to participate in the event.
The competition will start at Chiang Mai and circle through
Hot district and Aob Luang National Park to Mae Hong Son passing through Mae La
Noi and Mae Sa Riang and after Khun Yuam the bikers will travel along the Pai
river bank, reaching the finish line in Mae Hong Son district on February 13th.
Arrangements will be made for the competitors to stay overnight in Mae Hong Son.
All riders who are interested in entering the event should telephone
0-5361-1303. Entry is limited to 100 riders, and the deadline for application
for entry forms is February 7, 2006.
Sabai Ice Factory, Sky Travel Company, and Mae Hong Son Public Relations
office joined with the Mae Hong Son mountain bike club to hold the “Mae Hong
Son Mountain Bike 2006” competition during February 9-18.
Ex-husband kills Tai tribeswoman
after reconciliation request spurned
Pol. Lt. Col. Sawat Lahkad, duty inspector of Phuping Police
Station revealed that police were called to a house in the Hua Lin Corner
Community of Tambon Suthep on January 21. There they found the body of a female
who had been killed by having her throat cut.
Enquiries in the neighborhood soon pointed to a suspect,
namely the woman’s ex-husband who, witnesses revealed, had been attempting a
reconciliation of their broken marriage. Further investigation revealed he was
hiding in a house in Santitham Community on Hadsadisewee in Muang, Chiang Mai,
where he was arrested and found to be in possession of a flick knife
When questioned by the police the man whose name is Chai or Jai, 35, a Tai
tribesman of Burmese nationality, admitted he had killed the woman who was his
ex-wife. Her name was Mon (last name unknown), 35, a Tai tribeswoman working in
a bistro near Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital. Chai admitted that he killed
the woman because he was jealous of her living with a new man. He drank with
friends before riding his motorcycle to ask her for a reconciliation, but he was
rejected so he killed her with the knife.
Thai man arrested after stealing 30,000 baht from tourists
Chiang Mai Police recently received complaints from two
foreign tourists that they both had money stolen from their rooms. The two men,
Ali Mohamad Salimshirazi, an Iranian national and Fahad Hedayati, a Canadian
national said that 8,660 baht and 20,000 baht respectively had disappeared from
their room in a guest house near Thapae Gate.
After investigations, Pol. Lt. Col. Thanet Wiboonkiart, investigation
inspector of Muang Chiang Mai Police Station arrested Pharadorn Janthakong aka
Kritty or Noom, 22, living in Saraphi district, Chiang Mai.. The offender
confessed that after drinking and running out of money he entered a guest house
and stole the money from two unoccupied rooms. He shared the money with some
friends and said that he had done it because he was drunk. However, not that
drunk that he was incapable of stealth!
Dangerous curve on Chiang Mai-Mae
Rim route claims another victim
Caribian after hitting an electricity post.
An accident occurred at 2 a.m. on January 30, in which a car
hit an electricity post at the 18th
kilometer, Chotana road, Baan Muang Pha curve. This is a notorious ‘black
spot’, well known to the local community. Residents told investigating police
officers that this curve had been the scene of many accidents in the past, with
the owners of the houses near the curve having to repeatedly repair the fence
after vehicles failed to negotiate the corner, usually as a result of driving
Police interviewed the driver of the car who was identified as Araya
Phoosapan, a 49 year old male, who was slightly injured and also found to be
under the influence of alcohol. He admitted that before the accident he had
driven into town to meet his friends at the pub and then, when driving back to
his home at Baan Pa Tiw, only 500 meters from the crash scene; he was drunk and
was driving too fast when he crashed into roadside electricity post.
Chiang Mai ‘Ice’ party attracts Bangkok businessmen
Unfortunately also attracted police attention
Acting on an anonymous tip-off, Chiang Mai police raided
a house on the Kulaphan housing estate, Chiang Mai, where they found
Khanitha Sompetch, the house owner, together with nine businessmen and women
aged 22 to 42 having a party, at which, all the people present at the house
were taking drugs.
The offenders, on being questioned , revealed that they
had come to Chiang Mai from Bangkok for the purpose of attending this party
and taking drugs. All the offenders were arrested and two bags of ‘Ice’
and drug taking equipment were seized as evidence.
Pol. Col. Chamnan, who had received the tip-off, learned that the
offenders made it a weekly routine to take drugs at this house. They bought
‘Ice’ from a hotel in Chiang Mai town, the location of which ONCB region
5 officers are endeavoring to find, but with 10 informants, this should be a
fruitful exercise. Enquiries revealed that the offenders had no prior
records of drug offences and that one of them was a movie star.
Police find drugs
delivered by air male
Chiangmai Mail Reporter
Acting on an anonymous tip-off, police in Chiang Rai were
alerted to a drugs shipment about to take place on a tour bus departing the
Thai-Burmese border for a southern destination. As a result of this
information, a police patrol that was on duty at Chiang Rai bus station,
searched the bus and hoped to arrest the drug dealer.
The search of the Bangkok-Chiang Rai Sombat tour bus
parked at the station revealed a suspect, but when he realized the police
were closing in on to him, he tried to flee, but was quickly caught and
placed under arrest.
A plastic bag containing 1,200 ya ba pills was discovered
in his trouser pocket and he was identified as Man Udom Singthong, 22, an
airman of Wing 2, Lopburi province. He was sent to Muang Chiang Rai Police
Station and charged with possessing drugs with intent to sell. The airman
admitted he had purchased the ya ba pills from the Mae Sai border and
intended distributing them in Lopburi, to have extra money whilst serving as
a member of the air force.
Chiang Mai Municipality prepares 3
billion baht wish list for mobile cabinet
Buranupakorn, Chiang Mai Mayor.
Boonlert Buranupakorn, Chiang Mai Mayor said that during
February 6-7 at the mobile cabinet meeting in Chiang Mai, the municipality will
request the National Economic and Social Development Council to grant funds for
seven urgent projects which will cost three billion baht.
These include a learning center at the public park at the
front of the train station, the Chiang Mai Software Park, a water purification
project, a garbage disposal project by building a waste treatment center for
Chiang Mai in almost 1,000 rai at Doi Loh district that would totally solve the
waste disposal problem for the entire city; enlarging the Meng Rai bridge and
build a new Nakhorn Ping Bridge enlarging the junction of Meun Dam Phra Khot
road with Muang Samut road.
The Chiang Mai mayor reiterated that other items such as the Ping River dam
in Chiang Mai municipality area to protect from flooding, is a large project
that Chiang Mai province has requested funds for already.
PM addresses TAOs at poverty solving conference
Fresh on the heels of his much-vaunted ‘reality TV’ show
where PM Thaksin Shinawatra dispensed largesse to the poor in a local area in
Isaan, he took time off to address a ‘poverty solving’ conference for TAOs, organized in
Having styled himself as the “doctor” handing out the
panacea for all poverty ills, he addressed the conference of assembled TAO
administrators, saying that the 6,700 TAOs were organizations close to local
citizens and were in a unique position to work closely with the district chief
officers as well. In future, new technology would be used in every TAO so that
they are immediately able to confer with the Ministry
of Interior or among other TAOs to share information on how best to resolve the
residents’ concerns. He said that he would develop systems and technology at
both village and country levels to improve the livelihoods of those who needed
it most, adding that he would like the TAO to think of itself as a partner of
the district chief officers, to help resolve problems for residents and help
them to have better life. The incidence of drug use, ever a problem in poorer
communities, recently has been reduced because of cooperation of TAOs. On a more positive note, he imparted
good news that the project “One Laptop per Child” will be applied by the end
of this year or the beginning of next year. Each child is to be given a notebook
computer with a 7.5 inches wide screen, to use instead of books and notebooks,
concluding that he would like all Thai children to be intelligent, not just children from wealthier families. This concept of wealth equating with
intelligence being something of his own making.
Surveys carried out by the Ministry of Interior, the government department
assigned by the PM to look after and tackle problems of the poorer people of Thailand, showed that 8,300,000 persons were
facing problems falling into four main categories, debt, land, residence and
However, Gen. Chavalit Yongchaiyudh, chairman of PM’s
consultants and director of the Poverty Combating Center said that the PM
regarded poverty as a high priority problem requiring urgent attention and
pledged to do everything in his power to alleviate the situation of those caught
in the poverty trap.
He added that the Pover-ty Combating Center had helped to resolve the
problems of around 2 million people, but there were still over six million
people out there requiring urgent assistance and he hoped that despite the
massive workload, his department could ease everyone’s situation as soon as
possible. “I am sure that before 2008, the government would accomplish a
satisfactory solution to the poverty problem for everyone concerned,” he said.
Blaze at Cowboy Resort in Saraphi causes 300,000 baht damage
Damage estimated at around 300,000 baht was caused when the
Cowboy Resort premises in Saraphi caught fire. The blaze occurred on January 25,
2006 and spread rapidly because the building was constructed entirely of teak.
The fire-fighters had their work cut out to prevent the flames spreading to four
nearby residences, requiring at least 30 minutes of drenching with fire hoses to
extinguish the blaze.
Investigation of the event revealed that a TAO officer from Phichit province
had stayed in the resort. He remembered smoking in his room, but could not
recall extinguishing the cigarette before leaving. It may have started the
blaze, however forensic police expect to verify the true cause of the fire and
will release their findings soon.