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XII No.2 - Sunday January 27 - Saturday february 9, 2013


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NEWS
 

Opium farming on the rise

Biggest plantations in 20 years uncovered

Opium production is on the rise in the mountains of Chiang Mai.

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The Royal Thai Army Region 3 has decided to modify plans to destroy opium farms after having discovered a large rise illegal farming on the ridge borders recently with plantations as large as 20 acres being found, the largest found in over 20 years.
Maj. Gen. Phansak Jandong, deputy commander of Special Task Force, National Command Center for Drugs (NCCD), Region 3, they had organized a meeting regarding the Destruction of Addictive Plants project by Region 3 with 4 agencies and 2 agencies to make plans to exterminate opium plantations for 2013 to integrate cooperative work leading to the highest potential operation.
The Deputy commander of the Special Task Force added that the Special Task Force of NCCD Region 3 with Chiang Mai, Survey and Monitoring of Drug Crops, and Pha Muang Task Force had inspected the borders of Doi Angkhang, in Nongbua sub district at the connecting route to Chaiprakan district and Fang district, where officers found many illegal opium plantations on hills, some plantations were as large as 20 acres, a sight not seen for over 2 decades. Since the area is at quite a high altitude and has the right weather conditions it is ideal for growing opium and high opium prices have jumped making it an attractive prospect for local farmers.
In the past three months the Special Task Force found 1,839 plots over 1,102.01 acres, of which they had 100% success in eradicating 1,829 plots and 1,159.01 acres.
 


Rajabhat University student takes Miss Chiang Mai crown

Lamphun native Pattayaporn Thepweerapong (center) has won this year’s Miss Chiang Mai contest at the Winter and OTOP Fair.

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Lamphun native Pattayaporn Thepweerapong, 22, a student from Chiang Mai Rajabhat University (CMRU) won the recent Miss Chiang Mai 2013 beauty contest.
For her victory, Pattayaporn received the 100,000 baht first prize along with a crown and sash. She also won the Media Darling and Miss Beauty Skin prizes.
Governor Tanin Subhasaen presided over the Jan. 8 event at the Chiang Mai Winter Fair and OTOP Fair behind Chiang Mai City Hall. Despite the cool weather, a large crowd of residents and visitors gathered for the show.
The contest was whittled down to 20 finalists, who competed in a swimsuit round. The top 10 swimsuit models competed in a Lanna Thai traditional dress competition.
From there, the 5 finalists modeled evening gowns, during which the committee of experts and media chose the winners and runners-up.
Rewiyanant Yakerd, 20, was named 1st runner-up and took home 50,000 baht. 2nd runner-up was Kaneporn Intamoon, 23, who was awarded 30,000 baht, whilst 3rd runner-up Bongkot Inkum, 21, and 4th runner-up Thanyarat Pittichot, 18, were each awarded 20,000 baht.


Cool season tulips are here!

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The late onset of the cool season has made things difficult for tulip growing but not impossible and the King Bhumibol Tulip & Exhibition of 80 Species from the Royal Project show has begun.
Organized by the Royal Park Rajapruek, Highland Research and Development Institute (private organization), or HDRI, the show began on January 21 and runs through February 16, 2013. Held at the 2nd Exhibition Building at the Royal Park Rajapruek, the opening ceremony of the Exhibition opening was held by HSH.Prince Bhisadej Rajani, President of Royal Projects, the event was attended by Consuls and honored guests.
Dr. Amphon Kittiamphon, MD of HDRI, welcomed and addressed the event followed by Mrs. Irene Koedijik who spoke on the origins of Bhumibol’s Tulip. Kazuo Shibata, Consul General of Japan in Chiang Mai presented a Sakura tree to the president of the event and presided over the ribbon cutting ceremony. followed by Mr. Kasueoka Chibata, senior consulate from Japan of Chiang Mai, presenting Sakura tree to the president of the event and presided over the cutting off the ribbon.
Dr. Amphon Kittiamphon, MD of HRDI, stated that King Bhumibol’s Tulip exhibition is being held to honor HM the King and Queen Sirikit.
Mr. Glas Khudike, a Dutch agriculturist and owner of F.A.P Koeddik & Zn, was so impressed with the loyalty and love that Thais have for their King upon the 60th Coronation Anniversary that he became inspired to develop a new tulip and requested the Royal name be granted by HM the King. HM the King granted approval and so the King Bhumibol tulip was born on August 20, 2009.
The HRDI contacted Dutch Embassy to request that they propagate King Bhumibol’s Tulip in Thailand for the first time with the cooperation of Doi Inthanon Royal Agricultural Station. The first 500 tulips bulbs only produced 3 viable plants because of unsatisfactory weather conditions but the next generation should yield 300 blooms in February.
The HDRI is working to make Royal Park Rajapruek the center of knowledge on Royal Projects and the Royal Project Foundation was asked to cooperate in the planning of the Exhibition which is held to honor HM Queen Sirikit and the foundation of the Royal Project.
The Exhibition is at Royal Park Rajapruek until February 16.


Speaker of South Korean Assembly pays a visit to Chiang Mai

Speaker of the Assembly of South Korea Khang Chang-hee and his wife enjoyed their stay in Chiang Mai visiting many sights such as the Royal Park Rajapruek.

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Khang Chang-hee, the Speaker of the South Korean Assembly, or Parliament as we know it in Thailand, visited Chiang Mai on January 19-20 as part of a trip to build closer relations between the Thailand and South Korea.
Khang Chang-hee and his wife E-Jae Suk were part of a committee invited by the Thai government to visit the sites the country has to see and to learn more about Thailand from January 16-20.
The last two days of their trip were spent in Chiang Mai where they stayed at the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Devi Hotel and visited such notable sights such as Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, the Hmong community at Baan Doi Pui where they enjoyed cultural performances and learned more about Hmong village life and culture.
Mr. Somsak Kiatsuranont, Speaker of the House of Representatives and President of the National Assembly hosted a dinner for the couple at the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Devi Hotel.
They also visited the Royal Park Rajapruek and Ban Tawai before returning to Bangkok to fly on to Myanmar.


It’s the “Season of Love” in Pai

Valentine’s Day romance

Mae Hong Son Governor Naruemon Palawat announces the Season of Love @ Pai activities organized for lovers.

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It’s the “Season of Love”. Yes Valentine’s Day is coming and that means the 5th annual “Season of Love @ Pai” events for lovers.
Mrs. Naruemon Palawat, Mae Hong Son Governor, announced the Season of Love @ Pai # 5 which will be held from 13th-15th February, 2013, at Pai sub district in a collaboration between Mae Hong Son and TAT, Mae Hong Son office, to promote and for lovers and couples in a romantic atmosphere in the nature of Pai. The couples will enjoy romantic activities for the entire 3 days and 2 nights at Bura Lampai Resort such as offering alms to monks with the Governor of Mae Hong Son, the traditional tying of strings around the wrists, registration for marriage, nature tours, pay respects to the various religious deities of Pai district, visit Santichon Chinese Village including charity activities donating blankets plus performing small activities in Ban Srai Ngam, Mae Na-terng district, Pai subdistrict and a mini-concert from famous artists.
TAT Mae Hong Son office invites lovers and tourists from all over the country to enjoy the Season of Love @ Pai # 5 during the festival of love from 13th-15th February, 2013, for only 2,999 baht per couple. For further information contact Mae Hong Son’s TAT office at 053-612982-3 and Dontree Season co. ltd, at 053-850-778-9 / 088-1370197.


MICE master plan announced for Chiang Mai

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The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (a private organization), or TCEB, with 8 partners consisting of Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai PAO, Chiang Mai Chamber of Commerce, Chiang Mai Business and Tourism Association, Chaing Mai Office of Commerce, Tourism Authority of Thailand’s Chiang Mai Office, Chiang Main Creative (CMCC) and Chiang Mai University, representing 8 universities of the northern region, announced their intentions to cooperatively draft a master plan to develop the MICE industry in Chiang Mai to become the center of MICE businesses of the nation and ASEAN within 5 years.
They plan on focusing on national marketing and laying the foundations for the MICE industry this year, with all agencies working together to help promote the new MICE center as well as the entire industry in Chiang Mai. They plan on focusing on the Provincial Administration Organizations to hold their conference here as well.
In 2014-2015 they will promote regional markets through collaboration with GMS/ BIMSTEC/ neighboring cities of the province. The Chamber of Commerce will use its investment networks to expand the business markets of Chiang Mai’s MICE to create cooperation with ASEAN countries, GMS and/ or BIMSTECZ covering conventions, fairs, expos and exhibitions.
TCEB with universities and Chiang Mai’s Business and Tourism Association will develop the potential and skills of personnel in language, vocational, service, marketing and business to accommodate the growth of MICE industry in Chiang Mai in both national and international levels and push for the private sectors to develop standards while holding conventions and exhibitions.
They plan to push for planning of infrastructure and relevant accommodation services such as airports, immigration checkpoints, tariff and national airways with the national government.


Internal Security officer arrested with 1.3 million Yaba tablets

Arrested still wearing uniform

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A Lieutenant, dressed in his uniform, was arrested by ONCB with 1.3 million methamphetamine tablets and 30kg of crystal methamphetamine hidden in the panels of his black Ford Ranger pickup truck.

The badge of the arrested ISOC officer, Surapol Phromvijit.

On 10th January, 2013, at 5:30 p.m., Vichai Chaimongkol, director of Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) Region 5, with Pol. Maj. Gen. Wanchai Suwansirikhet, commander of Chiang Rai station, Pol. Col. Weerawuth Chaichanamongkol, superintendent of Mae Chan station, Chiang Rai, with officers of Maejan station with Narcotics Suppression Bureau (NCB) and officers from ONCB Region 5 had enlisted forces to expand the search to arrest drug dealers in Mae Suai and followed a black Ford Ranger, suspected from delivering a large package of drugs. The driver realized he was being followed and sped away to escape. The cars reached Mae Chan where they managed to cut in front of the truck and stop the truck.
Police found the driver, Mr. Surapol Phromvijit, dressed in a lieutenant’s uniform with the identity card of Internal Security Operational Command stating that he was a special officer with responsibilities of border patrol and international security intelligence.
While the officers were arresting Mr. Surapol, he boasted to the officers about who he was and refused to allow them to search the truck. However, police enacted the search anyway and found over 1,300,000 yaba pills hidden in the back seat of the cab and 30 kg of ice. He was arrested and taken to Region 5 Police Bureau.
This is not the first arrest of officers delivering drugs, with the latest case in Nan in 2012 when a Lieutenant and four non-commissioned officers were arrested delivering drugs in a police car from Chiang Rai to Ayutthaya.


Cop busted selling drugs re-arrested with more drugs

Disgraced ex-police from Chai Prakan station re-arrested with a new haul of drugs.

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The Chiang Mai investigators continue their search into the now disgraced ex-policeman Phermsak Kawin, age 41 who was arrested at a police checkpoint in Fang with 17,800 methamphetamine tablets to deliver to customers in the city. He told police at the time that he had been hired by Muser tribesmen in Myanmar to deliver the drugs for 100,000 Baht.
However, further investigation shows that the ex-policeman was doing more than delivering and police obtained a search warrant for his rooms in Chiang Mai where they found 200 grams of heroin, 1,800 grams of Ya-ice or crystal methamphetamine and 1,000 pills of yaba as well as drug paraphernalia. He has been re-arrested and faces further legal proceedings.


Police believe 84 year old Swiss tourist died of a heart attack

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Chiang Mai police were called to the scene of a luxury 5 star hotel on Charoen Prathet Road on January 16, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. after a cleaning lady discovered the body of Karl Walter Scherrer in the room.
There were no signs of a break in, or of any trauma and police found heart medications in the room in the name of the deceased. Police believe that with the advanced age of the victim and the various medications for heart medications that the man had a heart attack and died in his room before being able to call for help. It was estimated he had been dead at least 8 hours, employees of the hotel said he had been seen to enter his room alone the previous day but was not found until his room needed cleaning.


1.3 million Yaba tablets uncovered at Mae Sai

Army and police inspect the drug haul found in Chiang Rai in Mae Sai.

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The Pha Muang Task force opened fire on an armed group at the border ridge on the Thailand-Myanmar Road in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai,on January 16, 2013. The gunfight occurred at the route into the bamboo forest near Wat Noi in Mae Sai District.
After the shooting ended the officers moved into to clear the area and found 3 dead men with war weapons and carrying green backpacks in the forest. Additionally 12 packages containing 1.2 million methamphetamine tablets were found.
Before the shooting, the Thai officers had learnedthat there were armed group with 2 million yaba pills from Myanmar bringing the drugs over the border from Ban Bala in Myanmar. Soldiers and officers were ordered to surround the area and discovered 20 individuals with firearms walking through the forest along the route where the officers were stationed. Officers ordered them to stop but the gang opened fire and the half hour firefight saw three of the gang dead.
Police believe this is a Muser gang led by Lt. Col. Yeesae, who has a 2 million baht bounty from Thai government, and had opened fire with Thai officers leading to 4 deaths recently.


Former Deputy Minister dies in Chiang Mai hotel room

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The former Deputy Minister for Agriculture and Cooperatives, Mr. Somphat Kaewpijit, was found dead in his hotel room on January 19, 2013.
Officers dispatched to the scene found the body of Mr. Somphat Kaewpijit, 52, wearing long sleeves shirt, blue jeans, lying face down in the bathroom of the hotel room. From the inspection of the belongings in the hotel room, officers found medicine and antacids; officers believe the cause of death to be from illness.
Mr. Somphat Kaewpijit was the former Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives in the government of Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej and Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat and was a member of House of Representatives in Nakhon Pathom in the Chart Thai Party. He had come to Chiang Mai on tour with the committee of Nakhon Pathom Municipality and had stayed on after the committee left.


Police nab car thieves from Kamphaeng Phet

Gang stole over 14 cars

The car thief gang are displayed to the public and to their victims at a press conference.

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Police arrested 4 people in San Phi Seua on suspicion of stealing over 14 cars over the past 3 months in Chiang Mai and Lampang.
On 9th January, 2013, at 10:30 a.m., Pol. Lt. Gen. Suthep Detraksa, commander of Region 5, Pol. Maj. Gen. Prajuab Wongsukh, commander of investigation of Region 5, with officers from Suppression of Automobiles and Motorcycles Theft Center, region 5, announced that the Automobiles and Motorcycles Theft unit had arrest a thief, who had stolen a Toyota Tiger pick-up and Vigo.
With his information, officers were able to arrest 4 individuals at San Phi Seua; Mr. Rungniran Phanto, 37, Mrs. Patcharee Chusree, 34, Mr. Kamjad Deephan, 27, and Mr. Thassana, or kai, Jaiwong, 36, all from Kamphaeng Phet.
They were found with a red drill and drill bits as well as other equipment used to steal vehicles. They confessed to police that they had been stealing vehicles around Chiang Mai mainly since the end of September. They admitted to stealing over 14 cars, 11 in Chiang Mai and 3 in Lampang. Most of the stolen vehicles were Toyal Vigos, and Tigers and were sold in Mae Taeng for re-selling in neighboring countries.
Victims of the car thieves travelled to the press conference to curse them for their crimes. The ringleader, Niran Phanto, was convicted of several crimes already and is currently out on bail awaiting trial for the murder of an employee from Suphan Buri. The said they would come to Chiang Mai for 3-5 days to steal a few cars, sell them and then return to Kamphaeng Phet to enjoy their ill-gotten gains.
The stolen cars were sold to Mr. Noi, Thai, in Mae Taeng district, who was acquainted with Mr. Niran when they were in prison in 1990. Each car was sold for 40,000-50,000 baht and Mr. Noi would export the cars to Myanmar through Chiang Dao, officers have already issued an arrest warrant for Mr. Noi.
Pol. Lt. Gen. Suthep Detraksa, commander of Region 5, stated that both of these cars are high on the order list from groups in Myanmar. He added that the thieves would drill out the door lock and then once inside break the ignition lock. This gang would steal only cars without high safety technology such as Toyota Tiger and Vigo and the theft would be easy for regular gears but additional ignition switch off system must be installed. He added that this is an old gang that was arrested 4-5 years ago but with the insufficient witnesses and evidence, the court was unable convict and were released.


 
HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Opium farming on the rise

Rajabhat University student takes Miss Chiang Mai crown

Cool season tulips are here!

Speaker of South Korean Assembly pays a visit to Chiang Mai

It’s the “Season of Love” in Pai

MICE master plan announced for Chiang Mai

Internal Security officer arrested with 1.3 million Yaba tablets

Cop busted selling drugs re-arrested with more drugs

Police believe 84 year old Swiss tourist died of a heart attack

1.3 million Yaba tablets uncovered at Mae Sai

Former Deputy Minister dies in Chiang Mai hotel room

Police nab car thieves from Kamphaeng Phet

 

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