Mother delivers quadruplets
That’s Nathanont, Nathawatt, Nathakhun and Nathakan
After eight years of trying a childless couple decided to try
in-vitro fertilization with the hopes of creating a family. With staggering
odds of a woman bearing quadruplets as high as 700,000 to 1, Mrs. Pranom
Tabang, 27, did not expect to deliver four sons in one go.
On October 29th and under the supervision of Asst Prof. Dr. Nivate
Nanthajit, Dean of the faculty of medicine at Maharaj Hospital in Chiang
Mai, Mrs. Tabang gave birth to four healthy boys. Three of the boys are in
the maternity ward while the fourth is expected to be released this week
from the intensive care unit.
Mrs. Tabang is a farmer from Mae Hong Son and her husband is a janitor. Both
are happy and overwhelmed but now concerned about their lack of resources
for handling four babies at once. The mother said they are poor and would be
grateful for any donations. The faculty of medicine at the Maharaj hospital
has set up a fund where contributions can be made to the family. The
hospital is located on 10 Suthep Road, T Suthep, Amphur Muang. Tel: 053 221
The father has named the four boys Nathanont, Nathawatt, Nathakhun and
This is the first time quadruplets have been born at Maharaj Hospital.
It is believed that there are only 19 other quadruplets in the world born by
in-vitro fertilization with the first recorded in Australia in 1984.
Chiang Mai’s air pollution fixable by 2011
The city’s Natural Resources and Environmental department
has come up with a plan to solve the air pollution problem which became a
crisis earlier this year costing the city and province millions in lost
The four year plan that can be instituted as early as next year will take
four years to resolve if the nation’s Cabinet approves the plan.
A long list of local and provincial officials gathered to discuss and
exchange ideas during their summit named “The Committees of Chiang Mai to
solve problems of air pollution and wild fires.” They came up with a plan to
be called “Operations for Air Pollution and Wildfires.”
Mr. Puchong Insompan, an officer for the Chiang Mai Natural Resources and
Environmental department said that the causes of pollution and wildfires
have been determined and now a long term plan must be put into place in
order to avoid another crisis.
The system of procedures was designed by Mr. Pairot Saengpoowong, Deputy
Governor of Chiang Mai and chairman of the plan. The committees involved
consisted of locals officials from the Provincial Administrative Office,
Protection Against Disasters and Resilience of the System, the Provincial
Police, the Traffic Department, Industrial Offices, the Public Health
Office, the Agricultural and Cooperative Organization, Highway Districts 1-4
of the Department of Highways, Chiang Mai University, Rajamankla University
of Technology in Lanna, Regional Environmental Office 1, the Land
Development Station, the Provincial Administrative Organization, the Chiang
Mai Municipality, the Sub-district Municipality, all Sub-district
Administrative Organizations, and the public sector.
The project, if approved by the Cabinet in Bangkok, involves the following
procedures which the committee says will eliminate air pollution and wild
fires in Chiang Mai - support for learning and creating a cooperative
network link, the integration of operations, follow up, control and
evaluation. Control and reduce the quantity of dust in the city, control
open air burning of garbage in agricultural areas and in the city, increase
fire fighting efficiency to put out wildfires, and educate residents about
the causes and effects air pollution.
The study has been submitted to Vice Primer Minister Mr. Paiboon
Wattanasiritham who will submit it to the Cabinet for consideration and
possible approval. Thai News
When the price of instant noodles goes up…
In most countries the price of gasoline serves as a barometer for
inflation and fluctuation of the price of consumer goods. Here it’s the
price of instant noodles that serves as the economic thermometer and the
temperature is rising.
Last week Ma Ma noodles, the popular instant noodle company decided to raise
the price of its product by one baht to ease their higher costs said Pipat
Paniengvej, president of Thai President Foods Plc.
He said the company was gathering data on higher costs to submit to the
Local Trade Department for its consideration in authorizing the rise in
price which needs to be approved by the government.
It is expected that many other products will begin to increase their prices
following Ma Ma noodles move.
Police chief launches
At the Provincial Police Headquarters in the Region 5 meeting room,
Pol. Lt. Gen. Theerasak Chookitkhun, Commander in Chief of the Provincial
Police Headquarters in Region 5, chaired a meeting to distribute a
performance policy to substandard police officers, Commanders in Chief,
Superintendents and Chiefs of Stations in the 8 upper portions of the
Northern Provincials, a total of 153 police stations.
Lt. Gen. Theerasak Chukitkhun,
Commander of the Provincial Police Bureau, Region 5
Pol. Lt. Gen. Theerasak Chookitkhun said in accordance with the Royal Thai
Police development plan of 2007 - 2011, which was co-approved by the
Superior ranking officer of the Royal Thai Police for the progression of the
Royal Thai Police, it was created to gain the people’s trust and all police
units should consider further proceedings.
The strategy was implemented by creating a vision, duties, goals and a
purpose. There are seven strategies altogether that are the Provincial
Police Headquarters in Region 5’s guidelines for procedures, including
modifications that are suitable for the environment and other factors.
Specifically, the crime suppression strategy must always have an advanced
analysis of crime, including an assault plan to catch the criminal, the type
of crime and time it occurred, and the type of criminals and victims that
continuously change in accordance with the social and economic situation.
The Commander in Chief continued to say that all units were assigned to
create a plan to protect against crimes, which corresponds to the local
situation such as; robberies and snatch and grabs at the gold shops, banks,
gas stations, convenience stores, etc. Each unit must regularly train to
solve the problems for readiness and face them when they arise.
In addition they were also assigned developing police patrol efficiency,
modifying the local data base, and analyzing local criminal cases to further
setup an appropriate control plan, including collecting all procedural
results to be used to further examine data. The police patrol must
efficiently cover all areas of responsibility, to develop a file report
system that can arrive at the scene quickly and more efficiently get cases
under control in time.
Other performance policies are; the management of society, the control of
appealing locations that are a resource for criminals, stressing the
prevention and suppression of teenagers, problems with controlling illegal
enterprises, and strict procedures for police discipline and criminals. They
must not be involved, give aid, comfort or use their positions to gain any
profits from any appealing locations or illegal enterprises.
Number of visitors to
Doi Inthanon capped
The Chief of Doi Inthanon National Park has limited the amount of
visitors to the famed mountain to no more than 5,000 tourists per day. This
is due to the limited services such as bathrooms, parking spaces and the
adverse effect of the natural surroundings.
Chief Anan Sornngai said that in previous years Doi Inthanon National Park,
especially on New Years day there were approximately 12,000 tourists. This
amount overloaded the park which ideally can support only 5,000 tourists.
Sornngai added that the Meteorological Department has forecasted a colder
winter this season and the tourist attracting frost or “mae kaning” on
Thailands tallest mountain will be present in the coming months.
An ongoing study is taking place that may eventually limit the number of
daily visitors to only 2,000. The results of the study will be released at a
Grenade discovered in Santitham
An unidentified ill-intentioned person placed a M26 hand
grenade in front of a local company in Santitham in Muang district of Chiang
Mai on Friday.
A local resident discovered the grenade in front of a rice retail company
and later reported it to the provincial police. Police officials together
with a bomb squad traveled to the scene. Upon arrival, the officials found
an inactive M26A1 grenade. The grenade can have a destructive power of up to
25 meter range.
According to the police, the rice retail company did not pay their
stockholders as agreed, and the company owner already fled, causing
frustration to the clients. Thus, the police believed the rift could be
related to the case. NNB
Clean it up and hurry
says Deputy Governor
Chuchart Kilapaeng, Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai Deputy Governor Chuchart Kilapaeng has ordered the Chiang
Mai Municipality to speed the Thapae Gate construction, the footpaths around
the moat and all districts in the city to clean up the city in time for the
high season tourist arrivals that begins this month.
The Deputy Governor also wants more trees and flowers planted around the
The “Big Clean Up” campaign is taking place on eight major roads where
beautification work is underway to impress the tens of thousands of tourists
that will descend on Chiang Mai.
The rush is on and workers all around the city have been instructed to make
the city beautiful.
The Thapae Gate repairs and remodeling are scheduled to be ready for the Loy
Krathong festivities that commence on November 18.
Suspect in Phrae
Police Lieutenant General Thirasak Sukijkul, Commander of Region 5 Police in
Chiang Mai held a news conference to announce the arrest of Mr. Chatarin
Inpradit, a suspect in the killing of Dr. Chanchai Silapavayachai, Director
of Phrae Provincial Administration who was gunned down on 22 October in
Chatarin Inpradit shown here in police custody while police continue the
search for the alleged gunman in the murder of the Director of the Phrae
Mr. Inpradit admitted that he was only a driver for the gunman and was paid
30,000 baht to do so. After the killing they separated and the detained
suspect said he is unaware of the gunman’s whereabouts.
The suspect who worked at a plastics plant in Bangkok for 3 months told
police his friend, Mr. Thanee Wongphaet had asked him to drive the car in
exchange for money.
Police Lieutenant General Thirasak Sukijkul, said that police and the Crime
Suppression Division have managed to arrest other suspects and it is
anticipated that those still at large will be arrested soon.
Under orders from Police General Sareepisut Taemiyavache, Commander of
National Police Headquarters, the suspects have to be handed over to and
prosecuted by the Crime Suppression Division in Bangkok because there are
fears that witnesses will be persecuted by those with influence if the
suspects are prosecuted locally. It is also a major crime because the victim
was a high ranking government official.
Local Thai Rak Thai office raided
Officers from the Office of the Auditor General of
Thailand raided the local ex-Thai Rak Thai offices to settle a liquidation
dispute after the political party was dissolved by a Supreme Court decision
several months ago.
were only able to confiscate a few tables, chairs and stickers from the Thai
Rak Thai office.
They didn’t come away with much as the auditing staff was only able to
confiscate a few tables, chairs and stickers. The items will be stored and
auctioned off in the future.
The office located at 80/17 Loy Kroh road was searched by Mrs. Wilai
Sangsorn, Director of the Audit Sector, OAG Chiang Mai, Mrs. Thanit
Chaiyakrit, Director of the Audit Sector, OAG Mae Hong Son and other
officials. Miss Pranee Puangtrong, an accounting officer of the ex-Thai Rak
Thai party was on hand to assist the officials.
Mrs. Sangsorn said the property was being confiscated according to the act
of the legislative assembly under the constitution for the administration of
the political party. This was the first of the liquidations to take place
after the Thai Rak Thai party was dissolved. Thai News
Chinese to descend on Phayao
The Kunming and Xishuangbanna Administrations from China
have accepted to participate in the Loy Krathong festivities in Phayao from
November 22nd – 24th and an art show will be held for people to participate
in the festivity.
The Governor of Phayao, Mr. Thanasek Atsawanuwat and his team received the
good news after bringing Thai jasmine rice, dry longan, and lucky bamboo to
a recent expo in China. The Phayao officials were attending the first
Agricultural products of the Mekong Basin that was held in Chiang Rung,
Poultry farmers want
to raise the price of eggs
The Chairman of the Chiang Mai – Lampoon Chicken Breeders
Association has asked the government to help raise the price of eggs.
Chairman Charoen Nantho said that the price of eggs have dropped nationwide
while production costs have increased. He added that throughout 2007 has
been a bad period for poultry farm operators in the country. The market and
prices during this period have fallen which has affected operators and small
farm owners throughout the country. Even though the government has
implemented measures to hold down costs, the rise in oil prices has caused
businesses related to poultry farms having to raise their prices, such as
food providers which has increased the costs burdens of the farmers.
“The situation of the poultry farms has now reached crises point over a
period starting at the beginning of 2007. Even though this is the last
quarter of the year the situation and the problems remain the same. This is
a result of the rising oil prices which has raised the price of all goods in
Thailand. This and the rise in dry animal feed have raised the costs of
poultry operators and small farmers. Corn now costs 8 baht per kilogram, nut
shells have risen from 11 to 15 baht per kilogram. Prices of ready processed
animal feed have also increased for those wishing to switch,” said Charoen.
Furthermore, it has also been found that chicken egg production in Chiang
Mai and Lampoon is higher than market demand which is presently
500,000-600,000 eggs per day and egg prices have fallen to 1.80 baht per
No word yet on how the government will react to the Chicken Breeders
Zoo to ban cars
As of December 8, cars will no
longer be allowed to enter Chiang Mai Zoo.
As of December 8 the Chiang Mai zoo will ban cars and force drivers
to park their cars at the main entrance.
Previously cars packed with passengers were given the green light to drive
through the zoo forcing pedestrians to make way for the vehicles while
trying to enjoy a day at the park and forcing the animals to breathe in
Also on December 8 the long awaited monorail will begin service giving
visitors a unique view from above the zoo.
The cost of the ticket has now increased said Mr. Tanapat Pongpamorn,
Director of the Chiang Mai Zoo. The entry fee including a monorail ride for
Thai citizens and residents will cost 100 baht while foreigners will pay 200