HRH Princess Somsawalee presides at Phra Singha Temple
HRH Princess Somsawalee
presiding over the ceremony
HRH Princess Somsawalee presided over a ceremony to commemorate Phra Singha
Temple’s restored historical sites and objects on July 21. The ceremony was
organized by Phra Singha Temple community and Central Group Co., Ltd.,
Office of Fine Arts 8, Chiang Mai, and teachers and students of
Dhammaratsuksa School held.
The Princess was welcomed by Suwat Tantipat, Chiang Mai Governor and
executives of Central Group Co., Ltd.
Phra Singha Temple is a temple over 600 years old. It houses many historical
objects such as a sacred Buddhist precinct, 3-crowned pagoda, library for
Buddhist scriptures, assembly hall, and paintings that were damaged and have
now been restored. The restoration started in 2001 with a fund 7,500,000
baht from the Office of National Buddhism (formerly Department of Religion).
HRH Princess Kalyani Vadhana handed over another 1,000,000 baht received
Phra Singha was built in 1888 by King Phayu, Chiang Mai’s ruler, 5th Mang
Rai Dynasty. Formerly it was named Lee Chiang Phra Temple. During the reign
of King Saen Muang Ma, Chiang Mai ruler of the 7th Mang Rai Dynasty,
presented Phra Buddha See Hing or Phra Sing to this temple. People have
called this temple “Phra Singha Temple” since that event. The temple was
then promoted to a 1st grade monastery on November 30, 1940 during the reign
of King Rama VIII to honour HM the King celebrating the 60th anniversary of
his accession to the throne.
Chiang Mai inundated
A thousand households flooded after continuous rain falls
Chiang Mai residents were warned to expect heavy rain during the night
of July 30th, which continued through to the next morning. The continuous
deluge resulted in severe flooding in numerous areas of the Muang district,
causing traffic jams in several areas. A number of areas in the Chiang Mai
Municipality were underwater and several schools had to close suddenly.
Chiang Mai residents were worried that it might result in a repeat of the
inundations of last year, when the biggest flooding for 30 years occurred on
four separate occasions.
Foreign tourists cross the
street in front of the Night Bazaar only to find shops closed for fear of
Rain volume at Chiang Mai International Airport was
measured at 96.5 millimeters, but the highest volume was 109 millimeters,
measured at Baan Maejo in San Sai district. The northern districts of Chiang
Mai received 60-80 millimeters, and at 5.00 p.m., the water level of the Mae
Ping River at Nawarat Bridge reached measuring point P. 1 standing at 4.33
meters (the critical level being 3.70 meters). Last year the water level
reached 4.90 meters, causing the largest floods in Chiang Mai for decades.
Chiang Mai residents most affected by the floods were the Pratu Kom and Fa
Mai communities, including Baan Sri Ping Muang, where almost 1,000
households were underwater. Meanwhile, villages in the Hang Dong TAO area
were also under almost a meter of water, due to water overflowing from Tha
Chang weir. Baan Mo villagers in San Kamphaeng were also flooded by
meter-deep water. Some residents had already taken the precaution of moving
to a safe area, but some that were unable to get out in time were waiting
for help from government organizations. Several routes in Chiang Mai
Municipality were made impassable by the deep water, such as Khuang Singh
crossroad, Mahidol Road, routes in front of Ton Phayom Market and behind
Chiang Mai University. They became flooded because of the drains being
unable to cope with the deluge and water that brimmed over from a nearby
irrigation canal, which resulted in about 40 centimeters of floodwater on
these routes, causing traffic jams. The Chiang Mai-Hang Dong Road was also
flooded, especially near Baan Tharn Dong Village where the water level
reached to thigh level; as well as Pa Phrao Nok community on Chang Klan
In the Mae Rim district, Baan Ton Kaew at Tambon Rimtai was also flooded
over a wide area because of water from Mae Rim River overflowing at Baan
Muang Pha point. The water flooded roads and gas stations, and only two out
of four lanes were able to be used on several major routes. At Tambon Nahuek
and Tambon Saluang, water was a meter high in villages and 50 cm deep on
routes, rendering them impassable. Many villages experience black outs as
the electricity supply was disrupted.
Chiang Mai governor, Suwat Tantipat held an urgent meeting of organisations
concerned, to come to the aid of trapped residents by bringing them food and
other essential goods and to take them to safe areas by boat.
(Above) Military officers help to pack sandbags
to block the flood
Sermsak Pongpanit, Deputy
Minister of Interior (right), Boonlert Buranupakorn, Chiang Mai Mayor
(middle), and staff check the flooding situation at Ping River bank on Aug
Flood in front of Montfort
College, always the first place to get flooded as it is close to the Ping
in Phetchabun cannot live in Thailand
Hmong refugees at Baan Huay Nam Khao, Khao Kho District of Phetchabun
Province are denied permanent residence by both a third country and Laos.
Thailand also proclaimed that they could not live in the kingdom
permanently; however, the Thai government promised to request the US to
accept these people.
A regular source of the Third Army Region reported from Phetchabun that Gen.
Punlop Pinmanee, deputy director of Internal Security Operations Command
visited the Baan Huay Nam Khao Hmong refugee camp to look into the
situation. He had been given the responsibility of dealing with the problem
of the Hmong refugees who had been living along a roadside at Tambon Khek
Noi for three years, police and the local TAO having washed their hands of
Gen. Punlop said that he had met with Gen. Wang Pao, a former CIA soldier
who had fought in the Thung Hai Hin war in Laos and they had talked about
the Hmong refugees. As the US had rejected them and Laos would not allow the
Hmong people to return to that country, the problem of their welfare had
landed on Thailand’s doorstep. Gen. Wang Pao said that in his opinion, the
Laotian Hmongs should be relocated in a third country family by family. The
Third Army Region should make available all personnel data; including
certifying which person was a real Laotian Hmong who had immigrated to live
at Baan Huay Nam Khao and who was a refugee from the fighting. However, this
opinion was criticized and rejected.
The deputy director added that the area the Hmong refugees were living in
now at Baan Huay Nam Khao belonged to Thailand and they had entered into the
kingdom illegally. The Thai authorities were not so hard-hearted as to beat
them off for humanitarian reasons. They were allowed to live in the country
on a temporary basis only; and the Thai authorities took good care of them.
Some 300,000 Laotian Hmongs have already immigrated to the US and a few of
them have even occupied political posts. He said he would like the leaders
of these refugees to request a third country or even the US to accept the
refugees now living in Thailand because the Thai authorities have stressed
that they could only be responsible for them on a temporary basis.
When they first arrived, the Laotian Hmongs refugees agreed to live at Baan
Huay Nam Khao for a few months only, but now three years have passed and
they are still there and the population is increasing (200 children). The
entire refugee population has now reached 6,060, divided to 1,079
households, 3,148 males and 2,912 females, and have even elected a president
of their home away from home, Chong Tong Saewang. Most of them have made it
clear that they would like to live in Thailand, however, it depends on
whether the Thai government can relocate them to live in third country or
Stay or go; Gen. Punlop revealed that from now on the Third Army Region
would be responsible for them and it was his policy to stress to these
people that they should leave the kingdom as soon as possible, due to the
fact that it affected the country’s security. The Thai authorities wanted
the refugees off their hands, but would relocate them humanely and ensure
that they were treated fairly.
High price of fuel encourages change to liquid gas
The high and rising price of fuel at the pumps have caused many people
in Chiang Mai to install a liquid gas-fuel tank in their vehicles.
bring in their cars to install the gas fuel system.
There are now 20 automobile gas-tank distributors in Chiang Mai and the
numbers are steadily rising. A study has shown that about 20 percent of car
users on the streets of Chiang Mai and nearby provinces are actively
interested in having a gas-tank installed due to the high price of fuel.
Phanich Chaiyasri, vice president of the Physical Education Institute,
Chiang Mai said that he used to use a benzene-fuelled car, powered by a
2,000 c.c. engine and paid on average of 5,000 baht per month for fuel.
Faced with rising fuel costs, he decided to have his car fitted with a gas
tank so that he can use both benzene and gas. He paid 15,000 baht for the
installation and 400 baht for a tank full of gas, which enables the car to
run for 380 km. Comparing the cost of benzene, which is 30 baht per litre;
and gas, which is 10 baht per litre; Phanich now finds that his fuel costs 3
times less than before.
A run-on affect has increased sales of second-hand European cars as many had
been fitted with a gas system by their previous owners.
Leaking chemical substance causes fish to die
A black coloured chemical substance with a bad smell leaked into the
Lang River, Pang Ma Pha district in Mae Hong Son and caused the death of
numerous fish; residents of 4 villages then took them home to eat. Military
forces and drug intelligence officers explained that this contamination
might be from a leaking chemical container hidden near the river.
Chana Naksuriya, Mae Hong Deputy Governor offered the theory it may be the
result of someone smuggling a chemical substance to use in the production of
illegal drugs in an area close to the Lang River. When it rained, the flood
may have caused the chemical substance containers to crash on rocks
resulting in ruptures. Chana then issued orders to the Pang Ma Pha district
chief officer to send a volunteer group to check and investigate the cause
of dead fish in Lang River and immediately report back to the province.
Military intelligence reported that prior to this incident, there was a
report from the Office of Narcotic Control Board (ONCB) that a group of drug
dealers had smuggled in a chemical substance used to produce heroin. The
Ether was brought from Chiang Mai to an area in Pang Ma Pha district in Mae
Hong Son destined for the Red Wa in Baan Khai Luang in Myanmar opposite to
Baan Ae Ko, Tambon Tham Lawd, Pang Ma Pha district in Mae Hong Son. Although
they could not be sure, it was a possibility that this chemical was the
cause of the pollution in the Lang River.
However, the Office of Public Health warned residents who had collected the
dead fish not to eat them because the fish were contaminated that would
almost certainly have an adverse effect on villagers who consumed them. An
estimated 1.5 tons of dead fish had been collected by villagers fro
consumption. The biggest fish, a “Plamung” (Mung fish) weighed 10-15 kg.
Government declares no violence policy in 3 Southern provinces
The National Committee of Freedom and Unity, led by Khothom Areeya and
Dr. Ananchai Thaiprathan recently arranged a meeting at Payap University in
Chiang Mai to talk about the grievances of those living in the 3 Southern
provinces and come up with workable solutions to their problems.
The main cause of the civil unrest and chaos in the south stemmed from what
residents perceive as social injustice and discrimination by the government.
30 percent of the Muslims living in the south sympathize with terrorists and
the tendency will be for this number to rise if the government does not
solve the problems as soon as possible.
Dr. Anathachai talked about the situation and the fact that there have been
terrorists in the 3 Southern provinces for a long time, but their strategies
and movements have adjusted. The government has constantly acknowledged this
matter, but their strategies and counter-measures to eradicate the
terrorists have been ill-conceived, especially as they have chosen to use
military force to solve the problem, which has made the situation worse. If
the government does not adjust their tactics and ideas, the violence will
30 percent of Muslims sympathized with the terrorists in the 3 Southern
provinces. The terrorists had always believed that they have never had
equality under Thai law and constantly felt in fear for their lives; they
protested and fought for what they perceived as their rights and their
pride. 50 percent of the southern population is regarded as neutral; and the
remaining 20 percent are with the government. However, if the government
still persists in using violence to solve the problem, it is almost certain
that the proportion of Muslims who sympathize with terrorists will rise, and
those who are now neutral will side with the terrorists.
Dr. Ananchai strongly suggested that the government should abandon their
present strategy of using violence to solve the problems because it will
cause even more trouble. Instead it should seek more peaceful ways of easing
the social tension by removing or changing what the local residents see as
discrimination or social inequality.
Khothom Areeya said that the National Committee of Freedom and Unity debated
trying to solve the problems and they would compile a report of the findings
to send to the government. They also wanted to motivate people into thinking
that this matter is not just the problem of the 3 Southern provinces, but a
matter for the whole Thai nation to cooperate and solve.
He added that in his opinion, part of this problem is that although there is
no doubt that Thai people love their motherland, their definition of being
Thai is too narrow and constricting; resulting in intolerance of differences
in race, religion and people with different cultures. The definition of
being Thai should be broadened to make it acceptable to live peacefully
alongside people of different race, colour and creed.
Justice is another problem that should be addressed, because those
terrorists always ask for justice under Thai law. The government should give
more significance to politics and administration and less to trying to
achieve a solution by military means, by giving the opportunity for people
to own their resources and ensuring that they will not be discriminated
There are already many different races living quite peacefully in Thailand;
such as Burmese, Cambodian, Chinese, and Melayu etc. We should accept the
difference and treat them equally. This report was just an idea creator for
the government and PM Thaksin Shinawatra has said that this will be applied
to help solve the problems along the Southern border.
AIDS check in Hmong people
Instruction and advice on birth control and the prevention of sexually
transmitted diseases, including a check for AIDS was recently provided for
Hmong people living in the north of Thailand. Many people were interested in
the check and although AIDS was not found, gonorrhea was rife in large
numbers of the population.
Srimongkol, director of The Planned Parenthood Association of Thailand under
the Patronage of H.R.H. the Princess Mother
Tassanee Srimongkol, director of The Planned Parenthood Association of
Thailand under the Patronage of H.R.H. the Princess Mother, revealed that
many among the Hmong tribe still lacked the knowledge and realization of how
to prevent the transmission of venereal diseases and AIDS; and did not use
any form of birth control. Some tribal cultures and beliefs could bring
about the spread of venereal disease and AIDS and many of the population had
a low quality of life. Therefore the association has set up a 2-year project
with the aim of preventing transmission of these diseases and to inform the
Hmong people on how to practice birth control.
The scheme also aims to improve the livelihood of Hmong people in 13
villages in 5 districts, Mae Rim, Muang, Chom Thong, Hot and Mae Chaem. The
Association will train volunteers in each village so that they can continue
to pass on their knowledge to villagers. Besides conducting checks for
venereal disease and AIDS, the doctors handed out condoms and birth control
medicines and gave advice on birth-control methods. This process has been
applied for one year and many Hmong people have already been checked for
AIDS and venereal diseases. No one was discovered to have AIDS but 18 people
from the 96 persons checked were found to have gonorrhea. The advice and
checks will be continued until April next year and the association hopes the
project would create awareness among the Hmong people the importance of
sexual health and practicing birth control.
radio producer arrested
A community radio station in Lamphun came on air a bit too strong when
it set up illegally and its signal interfered with aeronautical radio at
Chiang Mai International Airport.
The National Telecommunication Commission of Thailand (NTC) headed by
Chatchai Nootnon, head officer of the NTC asked police to prosecute the
owner of the community radio station, alleging that it was illegally using
radio telecommunication equipment and had set up the radio station without
The police also had received further complaints from Aeronautical Radio of
Thailand that a radio signal emanating from around Lamphun was interfering
with messages to and from aircraft approaching Chiang Mai International
Airport. Tracking equipment revealed that the rogue radio signals were
coming from a house in CP Peak Quality House Village 1, Tambon Makhue Jae in
Muang, Lamphun. This was the HQ of a community radio station known as Lanna
Radio Station Anti Drug 105.5 MHz. Mongkol Yodphet or Noom Mongkol, a
well-known northern singer and producer owned it and the police found he had
an illegal 45-meter mast to broadcast his programs, instead of the maximum
30 meters allowed. Noom Mongkol was arrested and prosecuted.
Influx of visitors expected in November-may be accommodation shortage
Chiang Mai Housing Bureau program prepares to cope
Chiang Mai Tourism Business Association recently opened a website to
enable accommodation business owners in Chiang Mai to register the details
of their facilities in readiness for International Horticultural Exposition
Ratchaphruek 2006. The website will assist tourists who wish to visit the
International Horticultural Exposition in November to search for
accommodation and make reservations in advance; and of course will support
many other activities that will happen in Chiang Mai. It is expected that
there will be up to 3 million tourists visiting Chiang Mai at the end of
Buranupakorn, Chiang Mai Mayor
Boonlert Buranupakorn, Chiang Mai Mayor, as the president of Office of
Accommodation Service and honorary committee member of Chiang Mai Tourism
Business Association, said that Chiang Mai Municipality was informed that
tourists had contacted hoteliers in the City for reservation of more than
40,000 rooms. However, there are only approximately 20,000 rooms available
and it is expected that accommodation will be insufficient to cater for all
those who intend to visit the Horticultural Exposition and the other
attractions that have been laid on in Chiang Mai.
Chiang Mai Tourism Business Association and the Tourism Authority of
Thailand (TAT), Chiang Mai Municipality, North – Chiang Mai University and
Software Industry Promotion Agency (SIPA) Chiang Mai Branch created a
website for Chiang Mai Housing Bureau to give an opportunity to owners;
hotels, resorts, guesthouses, apartments, and other accommodation businesses
to register whatever accommodation they have available on the website
www.cnxtourism.com. This is the official website of the Office of
Accommodation Service, which gathers information on whatever rooms are
available, ranging from small to large and shows the information on the
website to provide a service for foreign and Thai tourists to check
available accommodation and book online.
Also, this website provides for advance reservation, which is another
service that facilitates tourists who wish to visit the International
Horticultural Exposition Ratchaphruek 2006 and other activities in Chiang
Accommodation business owners who would like to register with the program
can ask for more information and application forms at Chiang Mai Tourism
Business Association, Tel 0-5381-9314-5. Accommodation list will be shown in
Cruelty to dogs uncovered
Appalled by the callous killing of stray dogs, 30 foreigners and Thais of
the Care for Dogs group put up posters to try to persuade people not to kill
stray dogs at Tambon Fah Ham in Muang Chiang Mai; where regularly every
Friday, more than 50 dogs are killed.
San-ya Sukrakhorn, advisor of the Thai Animal Guardians Association (Thai
AGA) said that the Care For Dogs group had coordinated with Thai AGA to
check the situation at Fah Ham and found that every Friday night, about 10
men kill dogs at the village football field, but nobody dared to watch
because they were afraid of what the men might do. Whilst this callous
behavior was being secretly observed, more than 50 dogs were brutally
killed. Local people said that including pets and strays, there were
approximately 200 dogs in Tambon Fah Ham.
San-ya also said that local residents reported that they always hear dogs
howl and scream with pain. There are always blood stains left behind after
the dogs have been slaughtered; and they believed that the dogs are cruelly
massacred. Dog meat is brought here to be sold because some people still
mistakenly believe that eating dog meat is beneficial to their health.
On July 21, Care for Dogs group and dog-lovers of Tambon Fah Ham and the
owners of the dead dogs intend to set up a camp to monitor the massacre. A
representative of the group will also inform Mae Ping Police to investigate
and trace the dog killers.
According to the inquiry conducted by Fah Ham Tambon Administration
Organization (TAO), they protested that the TAO did not poison the dogs as
residents’ suspect. Those who cruelly kill the dogs are probably alien
laborers who inhabit this area. It is more likely that those who poison the
dogs may be local residents who object to the fact that the stray dogs bark
incessantly at night.
77 alien laborers arrested to reduce crime
Chiangmai Mail Reporter
The Superintendent of Mae Sai Immigration in cooperation with police
officers of Mae Sai Police Station conducted a crime suppression operation
aimed at alien laborers who illegally came to Thailand from neighboring
countries. Officers spread out along the Thai-Burmese border to known
commonly used entrance routes into Thailand at Baan San Phak Hee, Tambon Mae
Sai, near the Thai-Burmese Friendship Bridge and the 2nd Mae Sai Bridge.
Officers stopped a bus that was crossing the bridge, with 17 alien laborers
on board with no I.D. or any documents. The officers placed them in custody
and also arrested the bus driver Sukham Man-mhor to face legal proceeding.
Continuing their efforts in Mae Sai district, officers also arrested a
further 60 alien laborers, who were sent to interrogation offices of Mae Sai
Police Station to face legal proceedings.
This suppression operation happened because lately, alien laborers have
committed many crimes, especially motorbike theft, in Mae Sai district and
caused a lot of trouble to local residents. Also, illegal drugs from
neighboring countries have become more prevalent and are being distributed
by alien laborers. The police hope that by cracking down on the alien
laborers and preventing them illegally entering the kingdom, it will reduce
the crime rate in the area.
Murderer of Burmese man arrested
Pol. Col. Chamnan Ruadrew,
Deputy Commander of Chiang Mai Provincial Police (3rd from right) at a press
Saksit Meesubkwang / Preeyanoot
Chiang Mai Provincial Police arrested the murderer of a Burmese labourer
at Tambon Tasala on the night of July 22, 48 hours of the murder (See last
weeks Chiangmai Mail).
A dead body had been found near the swamp at the back of the Mandarin
Oriental Dhara Dhevi Hotel on July 22. The body was identified as that of La
Nangpan, 20, a Burmese labourer. On the night of July 21, La had attended
the wedding of a friend at an old butcher’s shop near the crime scene. After
the ceremony, the victim had an argument with others at the party and was
later pursued and assaulted.
Witnesses identified the attackers as Burmese immigrants Por-ka Lungta,
Moo-ling, and Dam. Por-ka was apprehended and the motive was discovered to
be a disagreement about different styles of Tai tribal boxing. Each of them
maintained that their Tai tribal boxing style was superior and challenged
each other to see which was the better. Strong words led to blows being
exchanged but La could not fight and fled from the wedding ceremony. All 3
accused chased after La and caught up with him near the swamp where they
savagely attacked and killed him, then fled.
Police hope to arrest the other two accused quite soon.
Heavy rains and floods expected in the North
Chiangmai Mail Reporter
The Meteorological Department issued warnings about heavy rain expected
in the Northern and upper Northeastern Region. For the next few days, the
southeast monsoon, which covers the Andaman Sea near the upper Gulf of
Thailand is slightly heavier than usual. This, together with the
low-pressure that currently covers North Vietnam, is bringing heavy rain to
the Northern and upper Northeastern Region of Thailand, especially in Mae
Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phayao, Nan, Phrae, Uttaradit, Loei, Nhong
Khai, Nhong Bua Lamphoo, Udon Thani, Sakon Nakhon and Nakhon Phanom.
People that live in high-risk areas, such as low-lying land, foothills or
near watercourses in these provinces should prepare for sudden floods. The
Meteorological Department will continue to inform of the situation with
up-to-date weather reports.
Ask for more information at Tel. 0-2398-9830 and 0-2399-4012-4 or 1182 and
www.tmd.go.th or from Weather Report Radar at www. cmmet.com 24 hours a day.
Help may also be sought at Disaster Prevention Center: People Division at
responsibility district, sub-district, municipality, and Tambon
Administration Organization (TAO) or Chiang Mai Disaster Prevention Center:
People Division at Tel. 0-5322-1470, 0-5321-3568, and 0-5321-3382.
Drug gang with huge
ya ba haul nabbed
Gang led by official of TAO
Chiangmai Mail Reporter
July 24: Provincial Police Bureau Region 5 arrested a gang of notorious
drug dealers caught in possession of more than three hundred thousand speed
pills whilst they were trying to transfer them to Central Thailand. Six gang
members, headed by an official of the Tambon Administration Organization
(TAO) were arrested. Their possessions were also confiscated and the
continuing investigation is expected to reach to other gangs, especially the
“Chom Marn Blue” group, an equally notorious drug gang in the north-east
region of Thailand.
Pol. Lt. Gen. Panupong Singhara Na Ayuthaya, Provincial Police Bureau
commissioner, said that this gang imported drugs from the Red Wa in Burma
and the offenders had been pursued for over 3 months. Some members were
arrested at Chiang Rai Airport and two who had been hired for 1,600,000 baht
to deliver the drugs were arrested in Kamphaengphet Province, whilst another
two distributors were captured in Bang Pa-in District of Ayuthaya while
awaiting the arrival of the ya ba.
“These ya ba pills were intended for distribution in the north-east and
western regions of Thailand and they were produced in various colors to
attract clients while maintaining the same ingredients. The purple ya ba is
a new color and is preferred by drug addicts in the south of Thailand around
Song Khla and Satun provinces. This group of drug dealers is a big gang and
some of them are associated with an even larger gang in the north-eastern
region.” the commissioner disclosed. The police are already in possession of
information of those involved and are assembling the evidence to apply for
an arrest warrant for everyone concerned.
A light sentence did not deter Anan Kingtapluang who had just been released
from jail after serving 8 months for dealing in heroin On July 23rd Song
Police, Phrae Province nabbed him carrying 50,000 amphetamine pills hidden
in the spare wheel of his pick up.
The drugs were to be delivered to Songkhla and he was to be paid 250,000
baht for the delivery. He said that he had been hired by a former headman of
Mae Fa Luang District of Chiang Rai Province and another resident of
Nonthaburi. Armed with this information, the police arrested both men in
Phayao Province. They admitted that they had provided the drugs and all
three offenders now face prosecution, and, hopefully a more serious
Bus crash: 1 dead 8 injured
One woman died and eight other passengers were injured after a bus
crashed on the 56 km stretch of the Doi Tao-Hot Road. Rescue teams arrived
on the scene from Hot Hospital to find a severely damaged air-conditioned
bus belonging to the See Fa Transport company, lying on its side in the
middle of the road.
The rescue teams discovered the body of a 30 year-old woman crushed beneath
the bus. Initial attempts to remove the body failed and a crane was brought
from Chiang Mai in order to lift thebus. Officers found no ID on the body
and have been unable to identify the woman. The eight injured passengers,
amongst the, the driver, suffered from minor cuts and bruises which were
treated in Hod Hospital.
Following an investigation officers discovered that the bus left Bangkok on
July 26th heading for Chom Thong district in Chiang Mai. About 40 km before
its destination, whilst driving down a steep slope in heavy rain, the driver
lost control of the bus which then crashed an drolled onto its side. Both
the driver and the backup driver were treated in hospital for minor
Anti drug campaign
appears to be succeeding
Region 5 made almost 7000 narcotics related arrests since October 051
Pol. Lt. Gen. Panupong Singhara Na Ayuthaya, Commissioner of Provincial
Police Region 5 revealed the results of aggressive anti-drug operations in
the North since October 2005.
evidence of ya ba seized by Provincial Police Region 5 (File photo)
During this period there had been 6,853 arrests and he expressed his
satisfaction with the results. He said that this had been achieved by the
dedication of his officers, the vigilance of soldiers and police at fixed
and mobile checkpoints, the use of chemical testing equipment and the keen
noses of the 30 K9 police sniffer dogs.
Certain places that need watching more closely include entertainment
centres, because these are the venues where drug deals are likely to take
place. The changes in plans have been implemented to keep up with the ever
more devious tactics of the drug networks. Presently, drug gangs are trying
to expand into foreign markets, but all movements are being watched and the
situation is under control.
New drugs spreading throughout the country are similar in composition to ya
ba and are comparably priced. Once there is sufficient evidence of people
being involved in drugs, arrests will immediately be made, especially of
those whose names are on the blacklist.