Remembering Road Traffic victims
Sunday 18 November 2012 is The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic
Victims and is held on the third Sunday of November each year. It is the day
on which all those killed and injured in road traffic accidents are
remembered, together with their families, the emergency services and all
others affected or involved in the aftermath. In 1993 the UK road victim
charity Road Peace campaigned nationally and internationally for appropriate
acknowledgement for victims of road traffic accidents and their families.
This was adopted by the United Nations on 26 October 2005 and the day
recognises that road traffic accident victims and their families deserve
much greater recognition.
The Royal Thai Police’s annual report for 2011 states that in 2011 there
were 68,582 reported road traffic accidents in Thailand, which is a
reduction of 18% on the previous year. And 9,205 people died. Worryingly,
this is an increase of 19% on the previous year. Additionally there were
17,822 reported injuries, and a further 4,095 serious injuries. Despite the
welcome falling trend in overall accidents reported, the number of deaths
and injuries has increased on the 2010 report. 30% of all reported accidents
involved motorbikes, accounting for 70% of all road traffic deaths. There
has also been a disturbing rise in the number of bus crashes, with an
increase of 8% over the previous reporting period, which had seen a downward
trend on preceding years.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) in a recent statement has urged the Thai
Authorities to strengthen their enforcement of traffic regulations in order
to improve road safety. (UK Embassy)
Classroom of the Future project at Chiang Mai Zoo
Nivet Nantajit, President of CMU and Dr.
Paradorn Sureepong, Director of the Center for Innovation and Knowledge at
Chiang Mai University announce the new app project that will be launched at
the Zoo on November 30, 2012
Chiang Mai Zoo hosted a reception to promote the new project to be
held at the end of the month “The Classroom of the Future” by the College of
Art, Media and Technology, Chiang Mai University Innovation and Knowledge
Center, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai Zoo with CodesPorter Pte Ltd. and
Rockmoon Pte Ltd. of Singapore on November 6. The project is being
implemented to promote and help the use of tablet computers for elementary
school students in Chiang Mai, as well as to foster collaboration between
faculty and students. CMU will help to develop applications for the tablets
and support outside learning with the tablet.
The event will be held on Friday, November 30, 2012, from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
with activities and a seminar with the new technology on display. Associate
Professor Doctor Nivet Nantajit, President of CMU will preside over the
seminar that will see over 200 teachers and academics from Chiang Mai and
nearby provinces participate at the meeting room at the Chiang Mai Zoo.
Additionally there will be activities for students including quizzes and a
demonstration of the application “Chiang Mai Zoo iTrail Competition” with
200 Grade 4 students in Chiang Mai participating.
Dr. Paradorn Sureepong, Director of the Center for Innovation and Knowledge
at Chiang Mai University, said that the project stems from research centers
and that the initial application will focus on primary students using apps
developed with a company from Singapore allowing visitors to access
information about Chiang Mai.
Japan offers grant aid for early cancer detection
Mr. Kazuo Shibata, Consul-General of Japan in
Chiang Mai, and Ms.Jeeranun Mongkondee, Regional Director for Thailand,
PH-Japan, jointly signed the funding contract for the Project at the
Consulate-General of Japan in Chiang Mai on November 15, 2012.
The Government of Japan Provides Grant Assistance to Promote Early Detection
and Appropriate Treatment of Cervical and Breast Cancer in Chiang Mai. The
Government of Japan, under its Grant Assistance for Japanese NGO Projects,
is providing funds for “The Project to Promote Early Detection and
Appropriate Treatment of Cervical and Breast Cancer in Chiang Mai, Phase 3”,
at Hang Dong and San Pa Tong Districts, Chiang Mai Province, conducted by a
Japanese NGO, PH-Japan. On November 15, 2011, Mr. Kazuo Shibata,
Consul-General of Japan in Chiang Mai, and Ms.Jeeranun Mongkondee, Regional
Director for Thailand, PH-Japan, jointly signed the funding contract for the
Project at the Consulate-General of Japan in Chiang Mai.
In Thailand, the leading causes of cancer deaths in women are cervical
cancer and breast cancer. Cervical cancer can be detected early and treated
with regular screening and appropriate follow-up. A Pap test, which is a
screening method for cervical cancer, can help detect suspicious cell
changes on the cervix before cancer actually develops. Although regular Pap
tests have been recommended for women in a certain age group, the percentage
receiving Pap tests, especially in rural areas, remains low. For early
detection of breast cancer, breast self-examination (or BSE), is also
recommended to find suspicious changes promptly. However, many women do not
know how to perform BSE properly.
PH-Japan has been conducting a project for early detection of cervical
cancer in Mae Rim and Mae Taeng Districts, Chiang Mai Province since 2008.
Based on this experience, H-Japan will start another project targeting women
aged 30-60 in Hang Dong and San Pa Thong Districts in cooperation with the
Chiang Mai Provincial Public Health Office.
In response to a request from PH-Japan, the Government of Japan has decided
to provide funds amounting to 3,765,100 baht for the third phase of the
Project. The fund will be used to procure medical equipment, to arrange
training for nurses and health staff involved in Pap tests and the
introduction of BSE, and to arrange seminars for health volunteers playing a
key role in raising awareness in communities. It is expected the same effect
as Saraphi, San Kampaeng, San Sai and Doi Saket Districts of the Phase 1～2
term that local public health screening for cervical and breast cancer will
be improved and more women will receive Pap tests regularly and practice BSE
properly to reduce their health risks. For more information, please contact
Mr. Sato, Consul, Mr. Inoue, Staff for Japanese NGO Projects.,
Consulate-General of Japan in Chiang Mai. 053-203-367.
Red songthaews to run scheduled routes
Three routes around the city began November 5
Chiang Mai Governor Tanin Subhasaen at the
launch of the new red songthaew routes around the city.
Some of the red songthaew trucks that fill the streets will be used
to run regular routes around parts of the city in a bid by the government to
improve public transportation in the city, Governor Tanin Subhasaen
announced at the Chiang Mai Arcade Bus Terminal on November 5, 2012.
The pilot project, under the management of the Chiang Mai Provincial Land
Transport Office, the Faculty of Engineering CMU, and the Lanna Transport
Cooperative Ltd, has three routes in the city and started running on
November 5, 2012.
The first route starts from Nimmanhaemin Road to CMU Art Museum, then Chiang
Mai Gate, Central Airport Plaza and then the Chiang Mai International
Airport, the total distance is about 14.5 km. The second route starts from
Chang Puak Bus Terminal to Three Kings Monument and on to Kad Luang (Waroros
Market) for a distance of about 15 km. The third route starts from the
Arcade Bus Terminal to Kad Luang and terminates in Chang Puak Bus Station
for a total of about 14 km. All routes should take about 30 minutes.
Initially there will be 30 red songthaews running these routes and the
schedule is Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and holidays
from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The cost per route is 15 baht for adults, students
in uniform and monks are charged 10 Baht.
The routes will run until February 5, 2013 to accommodate the increased
number of tourists expected during Yee Peng or Loy Krathong Festival and the
National Games which will be held December 9-19, New Year’s Eve 2013 and the
31st National Disabled Sports to be held in January 15-19, 2013.
Yee Peng Festival
starts November 25
The full schedule of all Yee
Peng or Loy Krathong events is on Page
Our Community . The Festival begins on Sunday,
November 25 and the Grand Parade ends the festival on November 29, 2012.
This fantastic event fills the city streets with fantastic lantern
scultpures and the night skies with hot air lanterns. Join in the
festivities and Happy Yee Peng!
3,000 free WiFi hotspots
in Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai Governor Tanin Subhasaen joins the
launch of free WiFi hotspots around Chiang Mai.
ICT Free WiFi for Public by AIS, a joint project with the Ministry
of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) announced the launch of
3,000 free hotspots for internet users around Chiang Mai at the City Hall on
November 1, 2012. ICT Free Wi-Fi is part of MICT’s free Wi-Fi policy called
Smart Thailand Policy which intends to install 100,000 free Wi-Fi hotspots
around the country by the end of this year and 400,000 by 2015.
Residents must register for the program at www.ais.co .th/ictfreewifi. The
free service offers a download speed of 10 Mbps for five hours per month
through AIS partner – 3BB Wi-Fi. Registration is open until August 31, 2013.
Hotspots can be found around the city; in schools, shopping centers, the
airport, hospitals, and government offices, on Tha Pae Walking Street,
Waroros, Chiang Mai Night Safari and parts of Nimmanhaemin Road.
Anudit Nakornthap, Minister of Information and Communication Technology,
said the project will help reduce disparities in access to public
information, enhance the quality of life and education in accordance with
the government policy to promote public access to the Internet.
San Sai Students win
Energy Invention Contest
Four students from Sansai Wittayakom School
Chiang Mai won the HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Cup for their
inventions in energy and response to natural disasters. The students took
part in the Children and Youth of the Year 2012 “PTT Youth Camp 2012”,
organized by PTT Public Company Limited (Thailand) on October 31, 2012 at
the headquarters of PTT Public Company Limited. Supported by PTT, the four
students will represent the country at the Science Olympiad in Houston, TX,
USA with the International Sustainable World Energy Engineering Environment
Project Olympiad (I-SWEEEP) around the middle of 2013.
Campaign launched to tackle smog, fire, drought and cold
Chiang Mai Governor Tanin Subhasaen is joined by
Deputy Governors and President of the PAO Boonlert Buranupakorn at the
launch of a campaign to tackle seasonal issues such as cold, drought, and
Chiang Mai Province kicked off a campaign to tackle the main issues
plaguing Chiang Mai, fire, smog, drought and helping needy people during the
cold weather. Chiang Mai Governor Tanin Subhasaen was joined by President of
the Provincial Administration Organization Boonlert Buranupakorn at the
launch on November 1, 2012.
The project will mobilize all sectors of Chiang Mai to work together to
tackle these seasonal issues. President of the PAO Boonlert Buranupakorn
pointed out that the cold weather is caused by cold air coming out of China,
the cool weather also brings very dry conditions that can lead to drought in
areas that have not had enough rainfall during the rainy season. Then
finally, forest fires and fires set by people cause smoke and haze to cover
the area, affecting health and tourism.
In recent years, disadvantaged people received 538,421 blankets for the
winter, while haze and forest fires in 2012 saw the 24 hour averages of the
amount of tons of particulates smaller than 10 microns (PM10) reach 215.8
micrograms per cubic meter. There were 857 forest fires with a total forest
loss of 6,233 rai. Hot Spot analysis saw a cumulative total of 3,725 spots
in Mae Cham district 964 in Omkoi district 729 and lower at Sarapee district
from February 1 to the present. Chiang Mai has had drought declared in 16
Districts, 84 Sub Districts, 765 villages, 86,023 households, and 254,099
people have been affected, while agricultural land totaling 38,428 rai has
seen damage valued at 1,160 million baht due to drought so far this year.
World Green City & Eco-Product Exhibition 2012
The Institute of Economic Development of Asia, Chiang Mai Rajabhat
University, in cooperation with the Ministry of Energy will hold a
international exhibition on energy “World Green City & Eco-Product” from
December 10-20, 2012 to provide knowledge and understanding to students,
academics and the public as well as offer guidelines for the community to be
applied in the context of their lives. The event will be held at the Chiang
Mai Green World City at the Saluang, Mae Rim campus of Chiang Mai Rajabhat
Assoc. Prof. Dr.Wattanapong Rukwichean the director of the Institute of
Economic Development of Asia said that over 300 rai had been allocated for
the exhibition, which is divided into three zones, with the underlying
concept of offering communities ideas to survive in the future. The balance
of natural systems and renewable energy technologies for sustainable
development, in green zone A. TheSmartCommunity represents the prototype of
a community integrated living with both residential living and farming;
residential buildings designed for efficiency and to depend on natural
systems to reduce energy consumption. Farms will feature organic farm crops
along with green spaces for recreation.
Zones B focuses on teaching and learning activities, research and training,
the building and meeting room facilities are designed to facilitate energy
saving. Zone C features the World Green City & Eco-Product Exhibition 2012
which showcases businesses and products that are organic, with a low carbon
footprint, clean energy, innovative and green technologies in agriculture,
food, health, housing, energy saving and environmentally friendly equipment.
In addition, there will be an international conference “World Alternative
Energy Forum (WAEF) 2012” where participants will discuss national and
international energy issues.
Northern Economy continues to grow
The Bank of Thailand (BoT) held their quarterly press conference to
report on economic conditions in the North and Director Somsak
Wongpanyathaworn said that economic growth continues. The driving forces
behind the economy of the North are consumption, investment, government
spending, and exports through border checkpoints.
Director Somsak noted that private consumption continues to grow on the back
of favorable interest rates and credit conditions. Farm income and tourism
are in good shape although they did slow a bit in the third quarter. Index
investment grew by 12.5 percent due to growth in the real estate sector,
sales of commercial vehicles, and imports of machinery and equipment. The
Board of Investment (BoI) has approved investment promotion for projects
valued at $541.6 million, primarily for electronics.
Exports from the North reached $374.8 million with export growth reaching
21.7 percent at the borders, mostly consumer goods and fuel. Exports to
European markets contracted due to the European economic crisis, with
jewelry and ceramics being hit the hardest. Imports were valued at $140.6
million, a 3% decline due to lower imports of raw materials, components such
as hard disk drives, uncut gemstones and metal products. Additionally,
imports of fruit vegetables across the border also declined.
Tourism continued to grow mainly due to the number of conferences and an
increase in the number of flights, the National Games at the end of the year
is expected to give tourism to the North a big boost.
Compared to last year when Chiang Mai was hit by flooding the economic
numbers generally stood higher, especially in retail and wholesale trade and
the number of vehicles climbed due to the government stimulus program. In
the third quarter of 2012 the economic growth continued. The real estate
investment environment is likely to continue to grow, according to
projections by the BoT.
Under the Spotlight
Men on a mission; open source software
Ouychai, Rudi and Kasem are
passionate about open source and encourage people to ditch the pirated stuff
and go legal and free.
By Shana Kongmun
Usually, I profile a single person but this time its three men, part of the
lanna-oss.org, a Thai language group dedicated to the use of free, open
source software. Ponkasem Ponraksa, Ouychai Chaita and Rudolf Stoert have a
goal, a goal that they are all passionate about; educating people to the
alternatives to not only pricey software but pirated software as well. As K.
Ouychai pointed out, there is a lingering misconception that if something is
free it must be substandard. Rudi laughed at this idea saying that it was
true, many felt that the idea of “You get what you pay for” somehow applied
to software as well.
However, as K. Ouychai pointed out, open source software is completely out
there for everyone to see. “People don’t realize they can trust open source
software, everyone can see the code and criticize.”
For those less geeky people that are perhaps unaware of what exactly open
source software is, or assume that it is somehow limited, Rudi likes to
demonstrate a simple and easy to use Linux based operating system called
Mint. “You can even run it off a USB, so if you don’t like it, you can
always go back,”he pointed out.
All software, whether is an operating system like Windows, for which many
people pay a lot of money for legal versions, or an open source system like
the various Linux systems, including Mint, Ubuntu and many others, which are
free and regularly worked on by thousands of aficionados (we won’t call the
Linux geeks just yet!) is developed. Some companies simply pay a lot of
money for it, while the true believers (now we can call them geeks) prefer
to tinker on it themselves. Look at it like one of those “weekend mechanics”
whose car is in immaculate condition, while he doesn’t do it for a living,
nobody would call his car the work of an amateur. This is the same kind of
thinking that goes with those who choose to work on open source software.
As Rudi pointed out, Thailand is cracking down on pirated software, and for
many people, legal versions of Windows may not only be expensive, but hard
to find. Its not an uncommon story to hear that someone takes their computer
in for repairs only to find the shop has wiped it completely and installed
not only pirated Windows but a whole load of ad supported and possibly virus
laden software. As Kasem noted, often those cheap CDs or DVDs you buy that
are loaded with various programs are flawed, they are missing important
features that may cause your computer to have problems or could have
programs inserted that spy on your computer.
Open source software can be downloaded from trusted sites and can meet most
basic computer users’ needs, they point out. Open Office is a full service
office software suite that is fully compatible with Microsoft Office and can
be used in conjunction with or as a standalone replacement. Unlike the
thousands of baht for a legal version of Office, assuming you can find one,
Open Office is totally free.
These guys are so passionate about helping people find alternatives they are
planning on starting courses for regular users and business people on using
systems such as Ubuntu and Mint. Rudi, who is joining the team at Mtek
pointed out that these systems offer the same digital experience as using
Windows, they are set up in a way that is familiar to users, and, unlike
systems of the past, can be used with almost all plug in equipment, tablets
and even phones.
Ouychai pointed out that it is easy to learn, he teaches it to 7 and 8 year
olds at local primary schools. “It’s easy to learn,” he said, “it uses a
mouse and a keyboard. Anyone can learn.”
If you are interested in learning more about open source software contact
the guys at MTek, its in the soi just off Icon Plaza. : 053-287053,
Multicultural Celebration in honor of HM the King
Last year the International We Love the King Parade was held and
participants from around the world joined in to show their love and respect
for Thailand’s monarch. This year the event has been retitled but with the
same goal, for people of all nationalities and ethnic groups to show their
respect for HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The event is scheduled to take place
at the Royal Park Rajapruek on Monday, December 3. Registration for the
event starts at 4:30 p.m. and a small parade will be followed by ceremonies
to offer respect to HM the King inside the Park. There will then be
performances by participants. All nationalities are welcome to participate
in the parade. For more information please see the Facebook page:
White Tiger cubs at
the Chiang Mai Night Safari
Dr. Sarawut Srisakul, CEO of the Chiang Mai Night
Safari introduced two new baby white tigers and invited people to join the
naming contest. The cubs were born to 8 year old father Phet and mother Ploy
on October 16, 2012. The deadline for the naming contest is November 30,
2012. Send a postcard to Public relations, Chiang Mai Night Safari, 33 Moo
12, Nong Khwai, Hang Dong, Chiang Mai 50230. The Night Safari is planning
new activities for visitors including a music and light show featuring
colored fog and musical fountains.
Bangkok Airways and Japan Airlines begin codeshare, mileage sharing
Bangkok Airways (PG) and Japan Airlines (JAL) announced the commencement of
their codeshare agreement on selected flights between three airports in
Japan and Bangkok operated by JAL, as well as between Bangkok and four
points within the region on PG, effective from November 15, 2012.
The new partnership will enable customers of both Japan Airlines and Bangkok
Airways travelling from Tokyo’s Haneda and Narita airports, and Osaka
(Kansai), a smoother transit through Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport and
onward to Mumbai, Koh Samui, Phuket and Chiang Mai, and vice versa.
PG and JAL have also agreed on a reciprocal mileage tie-up that will enable
Bangkok Airways’ FlyerBonus members to redeem award tickets on either
airline for departures on or after November 15, 2012. (PR)
Province will work to help
beautify the city
Chiang Mai Governor Tanin Subhasaen said that the many upcoming
events such as Yee Peng, the 41st National Games and the 31st National
Disabled Games will see an influx of visitors and the Province plans to
coordinate with the Provincial Administration Organization (PAO), local
governments and agencies to decorate the city and keep it clean. He
noted that the city and Province were ready to host the 41st National
Games “Chiang Mai Games” which will take place December 9 -19, 2012 and
the 31st National Disabled Sports “Wiangping Games” which will be held
from January 15-19 2013.
He also called on public cooperation and awareness to reduce the dangers
of hot air balloons or Khom Loy during the Yee Peng Festival and asked
vendors to refrain from making balloons from steel components, adding
that they could fall on electric lines and cause electrical shorts and
fires. He also reminded people to not release balloons near Chiang Mai
Airport and the Air Traffic Control Center so as to avoid affecting
flights in and out of the city. He reminded people to think about the
safety of everyone.
Flora Fest at Royal Park
The Royal Park Rajapruek will
hold the Flora Fest 2012 from December 1, 2012 to February 28, 2012 in honor
of the many good works of the Royal Family.
By Nopniwat Krailerg
The Royal Park Rajapruek by Highland Research and Development and the Royal
Project Foundation will hold the Flora from December 1, 2012 to February 28,
2013 from 8 am- 8 pm with the theme “Royal Park Rajapruek Under the Shadow
of the King.”
The event will promote HM the King’s royal duties as well as those of HM the
Queen and HRH the Crown Prince. There will be a Father’s Day exhibition,
exhibition of 80 beautiful plants from the Royal Project Foundation as well
as academic activities to promote learning in agriculture and horticulture,
botany, local knowledge, global climate change and the green economy.
Exhibitions will include “The Rose: Queen of Flowers”, “Earth, insects:
walking sticks” as well as exhibitions about orchids, bananas, and medicinal
herbs. Exotic plants, rare plants in the shade house, the Desert Plant
Conservator, pergola garden, and bonsai gardens will all be on show.
Additionally seminars with techniques for rearing insects: grasshoppers and
butterflies will be on offer.
Winter flowering plants will be on display including tulips, lilies
carnations begonias, petunias, and hydrangeas. Additionally there will be
music concerts for visitors to enjoy.
Chiang Mai featured in new
Lanna Miracles and More TV show
A new TV show titled Lanna Miracles and More will be aired on NBT Channel 11
every Sunday from 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. it was recently announced at the CMU
Art Center by Governor of Chiang Mai Tanin Subhasaen, President of the
Tourism and Sports Chiang Mai Churairat Prawprai and well known TV actor and
television producer Todd Tongdee. The Governor noted that this show will
help educate and promote people about the culture and customs of the
The project was developed with the Ministry of Tourism and Sports and Todd
Tongdee and the creative team from Le Musiq, known for such shows as “Khun
Phra Chuy”. They have invited many famous actors and TV personalities to
present on the show including Tik Shiro, Andrew Biggs, Lanna Cummins, and
Eid Pong Lang Sa On. The show can also be seen on www.lannaworld1.com.
Chiang Mai’s Deputy Governor moves to Phayao
Mai’s quiet but friendly Deputy Governor Chuchart Keelapaeng has been
appointed as the new Governor of Phayao Province effective Monday, November
19, 2012 after a Cabinet meeting promoted 23 senior civil servants. The
Deputy Governor of Chiang Mai thanked everyone in Chiang Mai for their
support, and encouragement for the past 5 years, noting that as a Mae Taeng
native, he felt very lucky to have been Deputy Governor in Chiang Mai for
the past 5 years, serving under 4 different Governors. Mr. Chuchart received
his B.A. and his MA in Political Science from Chiang Mai University.
Previously, he served as Deputy Governor of Nan.
Nigerian arrested for dealing drugs
Selling crystal meth to tourists
28 year old
Nigerian national Chinonso Charler Okonkwo was arrested with his Thai wife,
Anunadda Pitak and charged with selling drugs.
Nigerian national 28 year old Chinonso
Charler Okonkwo was arrested by Region 5 police on November 1, 2012 after a his
wife, Thai national Anunadda Pitak, age 30, was arrested in a sting operation
set up by the police.
The couple were found with 126 grams of crystal methamphetamine or Ya Ice, of a
very high quality usually found only in Bangkok. The drug is usually quite
expensive and popular among high society drug users.
Police set up the sting and arrested Thai national Nucharee Inklom in September
who confessed to police that the couple had hired her to deliver the 100 grams
of Ya Ice. They then set up a deal over a mobile phone call, arranging to pay by
bank transfer to the account of Chinonso Charles Okonkwo. Police arrested the
couple at Saena Villa in Bangkok where they were found with 126 grams of crystal
The police believe the couple is part of a larger, nationwide network of
Nigerian drug dealers selling drugs to tourists and to locals.
700 million baht in property seized from drug traffickers
announce the seizure of over 700 million Baht in assets from suspected drug
traffickers under the Prevention and Suppression of Money Laundering Act.
As part of the government crackdown on drugs and under the Prevention and
Suppression of Money Laundering Act that allows police to seize property
suspected of being obtained as the result of drug trafficking, Pol. Gen.
Pongsapat Pongcharoen, Secretary of the Office of the Narcotics Control
Board (ONCB), Wichai Chaimonkol, Director of ONCB Region 5 and Pol. Maj.
Gen. Chamnan Ruwdrew Region 5 deputy commander announced the seizure of 700
million Baht worth of property that belong to members of the drug
trafficking ring in Lampang.
Pol. Sen. Sgt. Maj. Manas Suerpho, a former police officer from Prachachuen
police station in Bangkok, was arrested with 1,280,000 methamphetamine
tablets and 5 kg. of Crystal methamphetamine in Lampang province on October
22 and the Lampang Provincial Court issued arrest warrants for 10 people who
were suspected of being part of Manas drug ring. Krisada Ketpratum
surrendered himself to the police but the other 8 are still being sought.
Property was seized from Thiti Pengsuk valued at 7,236,335 Baht, property
valued at over 44.7 million Baht was seized from Pol. Sen. Sgt. Maj. Manas
Suerpho. 30,785,284 Baht in property was seized from Sathit Sanglar and
property from Prawin Tuaypa valued at 61.3 million Baht was seized by
police. A further 2.9 million baht was seized from Rapin Kanfeng, 21.6
million baht from Rungroj Lertpanyaphet and 2.2 million baht from Krisada
In addition to 30 bank accounts of about 700 million baht authorities seized
189,000 baht in cash, 12 cars, 7 motorcycles , 4 tractors, 1 six wheel
truck, a house with land 14 items, land 4 item) 1 condominium , 4 firearms,
and 35 gold items.
Police crackdown on gangs
Increased security for Loy Krathong
Superintendent of Muang Chiang Mai
Police Pol. Col. Aksorn Wongyai announced the arrest of 6 men and teens
after a serious assault took place on November 12, 2012.
Sophon Sriwang age 24, Supachai Saebee age 31, Weera Laoyeepa age 28,
Thongchai Maewpa age 22, and 2 youths under the age of 18 were arrested for
the violent assault on 22 year old Artit Wiriyachaoenrung from Galyani
Vadhana District, Chiang Mai on the Rakaeng Road on November 12. Police were
able to track the gang to a hotel on Santitham Road.
Pol. Col. Aksorn Wongyai said the police intend on cracking down on violence
among youth, adding that this kind of serious assault with injury was
becoming more frequent. He has ordered police to crack down on teen gangs
and to ramp up security for the upcoming Yee Peng Festival.
4 young men
and two teenage boys were arrested after they assaulted and seriously
injured a 22 year old man from Galyani Vadhana District on November 12,
Serial thief from
Mae Hong Son nabbed
was apprehended with many stolen items in his possession.
A Mae Hong Son man was arrested on November 8, 2012 after police
investigating a series of thefts in the Samlan Road area viewed CCTV and
ordered local police to keep an eye out for his distinctive motorbike, a
black Honda Wave with unusual white wheels.
Kerportoo Surname unknown, age 21 from Khun Yuam was found with more than 44
stolen items in his possession including gold jewelry, amulets, cameras,
mobile phones, laptops, a bb gun, and a gun with ammunition.
Pol. Col. Aksorn Wongyai Superintendent of Muang Chiang Mai Police said that
upon arrest, the suspect confessed to police that he had burgled 3 homes in
Muang District Chiang Mai as well as two times in Mae Hong Son and 1 time in
Lampang. He said that he usually stole from homes where he had been working.