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XI No.12 - Sunday November 18 - Saturday December 1, 2012


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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

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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.

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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.

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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 smog.

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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

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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 University.
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

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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, 08-6461-0181.


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: https://www.facebook.com/events/438857072828504/?ref=ts&fref=ts


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

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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 Rajapruek 2012

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

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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 Northern Provinces.
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

Chiang 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 methamphetamine.
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

Police announce the seizure of over 700 million Baht in assets from suspected drug traffickers under the Prevention and Suppression of Money Laundering Act.

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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 Ketpratum.
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, 2012.


Serial thief from Mae Hong Son nabbed

The suspect was apprehended with many stolen items in his possession.

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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.


 
HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Remembering Road Traffic victims

Classroom of the Future project at Chiang Mai Zoo

Japan offers grant aid for early cancer detection

Red songthaews to run scheduled routes

Yee Peng Festival starts November 25

3,000 free WiFi hotspots in Chiang Mai

San Sai Students win Energy Invention Contest

Campaign launched to tackle smog, fire, drought and cold

World Green City & Eco-Product Exhibition 2012

Northern Economy continues to grow

Under the Spotlight

Multicultural Celebration in honor of HM the King

White Tiger cubs at the Chiang Mai Night Safari

Bangkok Airways and Japan Airlines begin codeshare, mileage sharing

Province will work to help beautify the city

Flora Fest at Royal Park Rajapruek 2012

Chiang Mai featured in new Lanna Miracles and More TV show

Chiang Mai’s Deputy Governor moves to Phayao

Nigerian arrested for dealing drugs

700 million baht in property seized from drug traffickers

Police crackdown on gangs

Serial thief from Mae Hong Son nabbed

 

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