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HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]:

Mother delivers quadruplets

Chiang Mai’s air pollution fixable by 2011

When the price of instant noodles goes up…

Police chief launches new policies

Number of visitors to Doi Inthanon capped

Grenade discovered in Santitham

Clean it up and hurry says Deputy Governor

Suspect in Phrae assassination detained

Local Thai Rak Thai office raided

Chinese to descend on Phayao

Poultry farmers want to raise the price of eggs

Zoo to ban cars

 

Mother delivers quadruplets

That’s Nathanont, Nathawatt, Nathakhun and Nathakan

Saksit Meesubkwang
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: 053 221 517-8
The father has named the four boys Nathanont, Nathawatt, Nathakhun and Nathakan.
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 revenue.
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…

Saksit Meesubkwang
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 new policies

Saksit Meesubkwang
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.

Pol. 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

Saksit Meesubkwang
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 later date.


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 Deputy Governor.

Saksit Meesubkwang
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 city.
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 assassination detained

Saksit Meesbkwang
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 Phrae.

Suspect 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 Provincial Administration.
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.

Officers 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, China.


Poultry farmers want to raise the price of eggs

Saksit Meesubkwang
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 egg.
No word yet on how the government will react to the Chicken Breeders Association request.


Zoo to ban cars

As of December 8, cars will no longer be allowed to enter Chiang Mai Zoo.

Saksit Meesubkwang
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 carbon monoxide.
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 baht.



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