Vol. VII No. 49 - Tuesday  December 2 - December 8, 2008
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Long Live His Majesty The King

On this most auspicious occasion, Chiang Mai Mail would like to join the Kingdom of Thailand in celebration of December 5, the 81st Anniversary of the Birth of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great,
the longest reigning monarch in the world today. On center pages
this week we pay special tribute to our beloved King.

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One man dies as armed gangs clash amid worsening political tension

An escalation in violence over the past few weeks between supporters of the two opposing political factions, the People’s Power Party, (PPP), and the People’s Alliance for Democracy, (PAD), has resulted in the murder last Wednesday of Chetta Jiamkitwattana, father of the leader of the PAD Chiang Mai faction and owner of a small local radio station, Therdsak Jiamkitwattana.
The murder took place during a confrontation between the two groups at Raming Nives housing estate in Muang district, after around 300 red-shirted members of Rak Chiang Mai 51 had stormed into the estate armed with knives, guns and home-made grenades, to be met by the PAD Chiang Mai group.
A fight ensued, which was unable to be controlled by police, and which resulted in Chetta’s death from stab wounds. Gunshots were heard, with two women reportedly hit and wounded. Witnesses reported that Chetta was attacked by Rak Chiang Mai 51 supporters when he attempted to drive his pick-up truck out of the estate.

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Fatal highway crash results in two deaths

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Chiang Mai hosts ‘Green City’ conference

A two-day conference and workshop was held at the Novotel Chiang Mai recently to discuss and debate the ‘Green City Philosophy Project Chiang Mai,’ and attended by over 240 people including representatives of the National Housing Authority, the Provincial and Municipality Authorities, the Office of Nature Environmental Planning (ONEP), and a number of local ‘green’ organisations.

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Will the Big 3 be with us in 2009?

There is much doom and gloom in the popular press about the future of the Big 3 automakers in the US. GM, Ford and Chrysler have never been at a lower ebb for over 50 years, with shares in GM and Ford rock bottom, and even described by some financial experts as “worthless”. Chrysler, being wholly owned by Cerberus does not have shares available on the stock exchange, but the way Cerberus is desperately trying to sell all, or parts of Chrysler is enough. They are already talking with Hyundai about splitting off Jeep.

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FEATURES
Around Town

Let us Entertain You - and they did

Just over week ago, the Shangri La Hotel came alive with the Foundation for the Education of Rural Children, (FERC)’s benefit cocktail party. In spite of the threatening hard times, over 240 guests from Chiang Mai and beyond came to celebrate, all dressed in their best and all determined to have a great time meeting, greeting, flirting, laughing and being entertained by Tangerine Blue’s Broadway music revue.

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Irene (centre) surrounded by friends Wan, Pat, Ged and Lim (L/R), celebrates her birthday at the Ratilanna.

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