Military road blocks
search for protesters
Government authorities set up the road blocks on all the Northern routes to
prevent ousted Thaksin supporters from reaching Bangkok to join in the
nightly anti-government rallies being held in Sanam Luang.
Members of the military, police and local administration officials were
ordered on June 13th to set up check-points on Chiang Mai-Lampang
superhighway in Saraphi district area of Padaed check-point. Another check
point was set up in Mae Tha and Li districts of Lamphun province. All check
points are being manned 24 hours and tour buses and vans are being searched
for possible protesters trying to reach Bangkok.
Exactly how protesters are identified and singled out from regular travelers
is still unclear.
Law enforcement officials have requested the cooperation from tour bus
operators and rental van companies to provide authorities with information
should they come across large groups attempting to travel to the capital.
Police Colonel Chamnan Ruadrew, the deputy commander of Chiang Mai
Provincial Police Division, added that he has ordered his forces to set up
additional check-points to operate around the clock. More than 200 policemen
were on alert in Chiang Mai to prevent any sporadic anti-government
Mayoral election gets ugly
Politics is never pretty and neither are the thousands of posters, banners
and campaign materials that have covered Chiang Mai in the recent weeks.
Most get blown away by the winds and end up littering the city.
of the election campaign signs belonging to candidate number 1 defaced with
a sticker that says: Resigned already, why coming back?
But now the police have entered into the arena and arrested a campaign
worker for allegedly placing stickers on the former mayor’s campaign posters
that read: ‘No way back for you after your resignation.’
The former mayor of the city who abruptly resigned last month is now
candidate again for the same position.
The police of Muang Chiang Mai Police Station promptly arrested local
35-year-old Karoon Siriphanuphong who apparently had about 300 stickers on
him. The charge: trying to discredit a candidate during an election.
Karoon confessed he was hired by a former member of the municipal council
now working with a candidate. The police charged Karoon with destroying
other people’s property and whoever hired Karron may be barred from politics
for 10 years.
Someone who has already been banned from running was the only woman running
for mayor of Chiang Mai.
Meanwhile, Captain Dr. Duantemduang Na Chiang Mai, candidate number 2 with
all her posters and banners around town apparently won’t get her name on the
ballot as the Office of the Provincial Election Commission disqualified her
for apparently not providing evidence relating to some land purchases and
rental income. She has since filed an appeal to the Election Commission and
is awaiting their verdict.
Chiang Mai to host tourism forum
Kannapol Pinkaew, Assoc. Prof.
Rome Chiranukrom, Junnapong Saranak and Songvit Ittipattanakul seen here
during their working level meeting discussing plans for the important
tourism forum to be held in Chiang Mai.
Travel representatives from 5 countries met last week in Chiang Mai to
discuss ways to boost tourism between the member countries known as the East
Asia Interregional Tourism Forum or EATOF and to prepare for the general
forum that will be hosted by the city of Chiang Mai later this year.
The EATOF working level meeting comprised of members from Jillin, China,
Tottori Japan, Gangwon-do, Korea, Sarawak, Malaysia, Quang Ninh, Vietnam and
Chiang Mai gathered at the Central Duang Tawan hotel to prepare for 7th
EATOF meeting that will take place in Chiang Mai from the 5th to the 7th of
Canadian tourist injured by bandits
Cowardly thieves slash woman’s wrist
A Canadian tourist was badly injured when she attempted to resist three
young attackers from stealing her belongings.
The gangsters snatched Julie Blais’ shoulder bag containing her passport, a
camera and currency totaling 3,000 baht as she headed back to her apartment
on Moolmuang Road.
As she struggled with the attackers one of them pulled a knife and slashed
her wrist causing a deep injury.
The attackers fled and Ms. Blais was rescued by tuk-tuk driver Dan Panyasri
who had been waiting for customers outside Somphet Market.
Panysari transported Ms. Blais to the hospital where she was treated for the
wounds she sustained needing 30 stitches to mend her slashed wrist.
The police team led by Pol. Lt. Col. Worakun Khunyodying from Muang Chiang
Mai Police Station interviewed Ms. Blais in the hospital and their search
for the cowardly thieves continues.
Ms. Blais had been in Chiang Mai to study Thai massage and departed back to
Canada on June 15th.
Robberies in Chiang Mai
becoming more aggressive
Couple pushed off their motorbike
A Thai woman and her foreigner friend were thrown off their motorbike and
injured during an attack by two thieves on motorbikes in Chiang Mai.
The two victims identified as Henrick Jensen, 38 years, and a Thai woman,
Thayanun Kongkanon, 29 years, were hurt when they were pushed off their a
motorcycle by the two bandits.
Thayanun stated that she was riding her motorcycle with her boyfriend around
the city when two men on their motorcycle approached them and gave her a
hard push with their feet until she lost control. They snatched her bag
containing Thai currency of 2,000 baht, a mobile phone, passport and some
amounts of dollars before fleeing the scene.
The attack occurred on Maneenopparat road in front of Chang Puak Market.
The police team led by Pol. Lt. Col. Kittiphan Kamron, a police inspector
from Muang Chiang Mai Police Station arrived on a scene after the robbers
The police said it will be difficult to resolve this crime as there were no
witnesses to the attack. They added that not only are these crimes are being
committed every day in Chiang Mai but they are becoming more aggressive.
Opening ceremony for new buildings at Payap
New law school and International House
Dr. Pipat Trangratapit,
President of Payap presents Privy Councilor Dr. Kasem Wattanachai with a
Dr. Kasem Wattanachai, Privy Councilor presided over the official opening
ceremonies of the Law School Building and Paradornparb International House
at Payap University in Chiang Mai on the 14th of June. Guests of honor, U.S.
Ambassador Ralph L. Boyce, U.S. Consul General Bea Camp, Dr. Pipat
Trangratapit, the founding President and one of the ‘Board of Trustees’ at
Payap University and Dr. Esther Wakeman, vice president of religious affairs
Ambassador to Thailand Ralph Boyce unveils the ceremonial plaque at the new
law school at Payap.
Wirat Koyadul, vice president of Church of Christ
Thailand offered prayers during the opening ceremony and the speaker of
honor, Dr. Kasem Wattanachai spoke about sufficiency economy.
Hundreds of students and staff were on hand for the inaugural event.
Payap University is a private, liberal arts and pre-professional school
founded in 1974 by the Church of Christ in Thailand. In 1984, Payap became
the first accredited private university in Thailand.
The new law school open and
ready to teach future lawyers.
Amazing Thailand sale fair starts June 21
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) will organize the
6th Amazing Thailand Grand Sale Fair 2007 at Queen Sirikit National
Convention Center in Bangkok from June 21st until the 24th from 10 AM to 8
At the 6th Amazing Thailand Grand Sale Fair 2007, the best products and
services in Thailand will be offered at a special price of 10 to 50 percent
off. Variety of goods and services from nationwide are offered at special
price, including apparel, silk, leather products, jewelry, health care and
beauty products. People can buy brand name products which offer particularly
good value for money. In addition, tour packages, resort and air tickets
will be sold at special prices. (NNB)
Internet scammers going after Thai Internet users
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reports that there are
groups of people from South Africa who are attempting to deceive Thai people
and steal their money through Internet email scams.
These groups of scammers will usually send e-mails to the victims claiming
that they have won a lottery, such as a World Cup lottery worth millions of
US dollars. On other occasions they would email the victims, making up
stories that they have enormous amounts of money that need to be deposited
in other people’s account. Then the fraudsters would lure the victims to pay
for financial charges in exchange for a larger amount of cash.
The Foreign Affairs Ministry says the e-mails generally are in English and
the senders claim that they are businessmen, professors, nurses, or lottery
winners. They would also attach false documents to verify their cases. The
ministry reveals that some Thai people have been deceived by the scammers
and have lost a substantial amount of money.
The Foreign Affairs Ministry therefore would like to warn people of these
scams, and people should delete such e-mails. (NNB)
Thailand to build nuclear power plant
Thailand will proceed with a plan to build a nuclear
power plant to serve the increased demand for electricity, according to
Thailand’s Energy Minister Piyasvasti Amaranand.
Addressing a speech on “Why should a nuclear power plant be built”, Mr.
Piyasvasti said the nuclear facility is needed because of the rising
consumption of electrical power.
Electricity use has risen 1.14 per cent in comparison with economic growth
of one per cent, he explained.
The nuclear power plant is an alternative to produce electricity with no
affect on the global warming, the minister said. The action plan to build
the nuclear power plant will be finished at the end of this year and
preparation will take another seven years. Construction will be completed in
Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) director Kraisri
Karnasuta said that construction of the nuclear plant is necessary, and that
EGAT will clearly explain its necessity to the public before construction
The project, however, is under way and EGAT is looking for an 800 acre site
to build the 4,000 megawatt power plant.
The budget to build the nuclear power plant is estimated at US$6 billion.
When the construction is finished, the cost of producing electricity at the
nuclear power plant will stay at Bt2.01 per unit, lower than the Bt2.05 per
unit of the electricity produced by conventional coal-fired power plants.
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