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City requests help in keeping sewers clean

They have also asked residents to make sure they do not throw rubbish into the streets so that waste is not washed down into the system and blocks drains. The project is expected to be completed by July 27, 2013. (Photo courtesy of Chiang Mai Municipality)

The Chiang Mai Municipality has requested the help of fresh market vendors such as Ton Payom and other markets around the city to not throw food waste into the sewers. The Municipality is sending pumping trucks and cleaners to all fresh markets in the city to dredge the sewers in the area to prevent flooding and overflow. 14 markets around the city have been targeted; Waroros and Ton Lamyai first, followed by Baan Tor, Muang Mai, Muang Sunthorn, Ming Muang, Boriboon, Thong Kham, San Pakoi, Nong Hoi, Chiang Mai Gate, Ton Payom, Siri Wattana and Pratu Gom markets.


700 Cassia trees to be planted in parks around the city

Chiang Mai Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn and Deputy Mayor Soonthorn Yamsiri plant a tree to start the event.
(Photo courtesy of Chiang Mai Municipality).

Chiang Mai Mayor led the group of students and government officials on June 4, 2013 to begin planting 700 Cassia or Goldenshower Trees around Chiang Mai parks. The Cassia Fistula is Thailand’s national tree and represents the youth of Chiang Mai, the Mayor said. The trees are being planted for future generations to enjoy and care for in a bid to keep the city scenic.
500 saplings were donated by Agriculture Research Center and 200 by Maejo University. Maejo University students planted 299 of those trees at Lanna King Rama IX Park. Witthayalaikaset School of Technology and Agriculture planted 199 saplings at the Train Park, Witthayalai Technical College students planted 99 trees at the cemetery, while Tessaban officials planted 59 trees at Bandin Park.
Mayor Tussanai said that the Chiang Mai people need to follow Her Majesty the Queen’s words and take care of the environment, the forests and the watersheds.


Kachin Political Prisoners Remain Behind Bars

The entrance to the refugee camp in Kachin state in Myanmar.

By Banyol Kong Janoi & Cherry Htike, Kachin, Myanmar
At a refugee camp in Myitkyina, Myanmar, 40-year-old Ze Nyoi is having her lunch.
The mother of three still remembers the day her husband, Brang Shawng, was taken away last year.
“It was 9 p.m. on a Sunday night. The authorities came and said that they had some enquiries so they took my husband. They took my husband into the interrogation room," she says.
Nyoi says they came back the next day and asked her to buy food for her husband and promised she could see him. “But as time went by, we were no longer allowed to visit him.”
Brang Shawng was accused of being a captain in the rebel group armed wing Kachin Independence Army and implicated in a bomb plot. He was returned to the camp for three days and was later officially arrested.
“When I saw him the first time, he was wearing a long sarong so it covered up his wounds. All of his body was covered in wounds,” she says, “I didn't recognize his face because of those wounds. I was crying and crying till I passed out."
A day after the European Union lifted its sanctions, the Myanmar government granted amnesty to 93 prisoners, including 59 political prisoners. But in Kachin state, activists claim that hundreds of political prisoners are still in jail. Most of them are accused of being rebel group sympathizers.
Tens of thousands of people have been displaced in Kachin state since 2011, when a 17-year ceasefire with the government broke down.Since then, the government has been accusing refugees of being rebel supporters and has stopped the supply of humanitarian aid to them.
“If we were connected to the rebel group, we wouldn't come here to live in a refugee camp. We would go to Liza, the rebel’s headquarters and live in comfort,” explains Nyoi. “Here, we struggle for food. Sometimes, we just eat rice without any curry.”
In February this year, the government held peace talks with the Kachin rebel group and both sides agreed to try to reduce military tensions and continue dialogue. But as yet, no formal ceasefire agreement has been reached.Instead of dialogue, a local NGO claims the government has arrested up to 100 refugees allegedly accusing them of being rebel supporters.
Camp leader U Aung Myet believes that Brang Shawng is innocent. “I have investigated Brang Shawng’s background, from his birth until he was arrested. I met his schoolteacher and his employer,” says Myet, “Brang Shawng used to work at a traditional goldmine and that’s very different from the government’s account.”
The international community has been campaigning for his immediate release. Shawng was reportedly brutally tortured during the interrogation and forced to confess to different bombings in the area. Last year he was brought to trial with knife marks and bruises on his cheeks and thighs.
“During the first confession, the judge found a recording device taped to Brang Shawng’s body,” explains Myet, “The case has now been postponed for a re-examination, we don’t understand why. We want a fair trial. We want the judge who saw the tape to be our witness.”
The judge has since been taken off the case.
In March this year, the UN Special Rapporteur for human rights in Myanmar, Tomas Quintana, visited the Myitkyina prison. There he met Brang Shawng and other Kachin prisoners held on similar charges. In his report, he confirmed that Brang Shawng had been tortured by the military during their interrogation and forced to give a false confession.
Ze Nyoi now has to raise the family alone in the refugee camp. She sells food in the market so she can buy food for her husband in jail and is still hopeful of seeing her husband again.
“I am very optimistic that he will be released soon,” she says, “He hasn’t committed any crime.”
This article was first broadcast on Asia Calling, a regional current affairs radio program produced by Indonesia’s independent radio news agency KBR68H and broadcast in local languages in 10 countries across Asia. It is published in conjunction with the Faculty of Mass Communications, Chiang Mai University. You can find more stories from Asia Calling at www.asiacalling.org.


Give the gift of life

World Blood Donor Day on June 14

Give the gift of life on World Blood Donor Day, June 14, 2013.

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The Provincial Red Cross of Chiang Mai is joining together with the National Blood Service Region 10 to encourage the people of Chiang Mai to donate blood on World Blood Donor Day at Chiang Mai Hall at Central Plaza Chiang Mai Airport on June 14, 2013.
Donations will be taken from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. said Indira Subhasaen, the President of the Provincial Red Cross Chapter of Chiang Mai. June 14 is the birthday of Dr. Karl Land Steiner, she noted, the man who discovered blood types which has become crucial to medical care around the world.
She encouraged people to give blood saying it is the gift that connects people for life. She thanked regular blood donors for their sacrifice, noting that blood donation is to give without expectation of thanks but to know that you will save someone’s life with your donation.
Hospitals need blood donations at a minimum of every 3 months in order to treat patients and keep adequate supplies. Blood donors will receive a special commemorative t-shirt at the event; there will also be a commemorative wall for those who donate to write their well wishes to those who receive the blood and entertainment while you wait.
 


Public warned of Dengue Fever outbreak

1,200 patients so far this year

Dengue fever is caused by the bite of the Aedes mosquito genus; primarly the A. aegypti. The virus has four different types and can cause sudden-onset fever, headache (typically located behind the eyes), muscle and joint pains, and a rash, in the case of Hemorrhagic Dengue fever, bleeding from the nose and mouth. (Photo courtesy http://www. healthcaremedicalclinic.com)

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Chiang Mai is facing a massive outbreak of Dengue fever, Dr. Surasingh Witsautrat Deputy Director of the Chiang Mai Public Health Office said, with 1,200 patients and 2 deaths already this year. He noted that 3 years ago there were only 300 cases for the entire year.
Dengue is endemic in more than 110 countries and infects between 50 to 390 million people worldwide a year. Most people recover without any ongoing problems and the mortality rate is less than 1% for those who seek treatment; it is 1–5% without treatment.
“This year will be tougher than ever,” he said. He said that the Public Health Department has set up a war room to tackle the ballooning situation. “All 25 districts will join in working together to fight the outbreak. It has reached epidemic levels in the province. This year’s outbreak has seen four variants of the disease from two species of mosquito found in Chiang Mai. We will implement a set of measures to control the outbreak,” Dr. Surasingh said.
People are encouraged to remove all possible breeding sites; do not allow standing water around the house, empty potted plants of water. The mosquito bites during the day so people should wear repellent in the day time as well.


Highway 107 in Mae Taeng to finally be completed

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Highway 107 that runs between Chiang Mai and Fang has seen construction suspended since 2007, leaving gaping holes and unsafe conditions after the subcontractor hired to do the job in 2005 failed to complete it in the two years allotted. The government filed for breach of contract against the company that was hired to build 14.340 km of road with a total budget of 229,189,211 baht. The contractor failed to complete the construction and villagers in the area and users of the road have had to deal with the unsafe conditions brought about by uncompleted construction.

Pratuan Thipparat, Deputy Director of Engineering of Chiang Mai Highway District 3 has submitted a budget to the government to complete Highway 107 in Mae Taeng.

Villagers protested to the government as the repairs stalled and on May 21, 2013 Pratuan Thipparat, Deputy Director of Engineering of Chiang Mai Highway District 3, announced that the Highway Department has terminated the contract with the company in February and has presented a 99.63 million baht budget to the government for approval.
The Highway Department has assigned the Office of Highway Building Center in Lampang to complete the project. They plan on repairing the road surfaces, install a traffic light, warning signs, and street lights as well as dividing lanes. The Deputy Director hopes the budget will be approved in early June 2013 and predicts construction will be completed in four months.


Water Summit comes to a close as leaders emphasize cooperation

Chiang Mai Declaration issued

Leaders from the Asia Pacific region met with water experts, business people and development agencies to discuss water related issues and problems in the region from May 16-20, 2013 at the International Convention Center.

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The 2nd Asia Pacific Water Summit was held in Chiang Mai from May 16 – 20, 2013 at the International Convention Center and was attended by world leaders, academics, water experts and government officials from over 40 countries to discuss water issues such as flood and drought, and to share their experiences in handling the problems after disasters occur.
The summit emphasized cooperation in water management and integrating resource management in the future to reduce the loss of life and property caused by floods, drought and natural disasters.
The Chiang Mai Declaration was issued at the conclusion of the summit which expressed awareness of the importance of water for sustainable development and the challenges that are associated with coping with many important global issues. The Declaration covered 13 major issues and was signed by the 9 heads of state attending the Summit; Thailand, Brunei, South Korea, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, Georgia, Tajikistan and Vanuatu.
Some of the objectives include according high priority to water and sanitation issues on the national agenda, encourage the inclusion of disaster risk reduction in the UN development agenda, enhance regional planning and cooperation, accelerate incorporation of integrated water resources planning and management, promote efficient use of water resources and yet still take into account basic human needs, improve irrigation systems in the agriculture sector, encourage the adoption of measures to reduce water pollution, increase communication towards development of water disaster risk reduction systems, improve water quality and protect wetlands, and encourage better networking and partnerships between the public and private sectors.
The 2nd APWS Leaders Forum offered leaders from the Asia Pacific region an opportunity to network international and regional development agencies, and the business sector to build new partnerships on water security and water-related disaster challenges.


Chiang Mai hosts the 6th Thailand Rice Convention

More than 500 people from 40 countries attended

Minister of Commerce Boonsong Teriyapirom opened the convention and noted that the government plans to continue its rice pledging policy.

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Over 500 people from 40 countries recently attended the 6th Thailand Rice Convention held at the International Convention Center from May 26-28. The opening ceremony was presided over by Minister of Commerce Boonsong Teriyapirom under the theme “Pushing ASEAN towards the World’s Rice Hub”.
The conference invited those involved in the rice trade, both domestically and internationally and in both the public and private sectors. Rice importers, academics and qualified professionals attended the seminar that included academic conferences, field trips to view agricultural areas, and exhibitions.
Panelists discussed the future of global rice production noting that more countries were becoming more self-reliant and producing higher volumes of their own rice. The general consensus was that this would cut into rice exporters’ sales overseas. Academics criticized the government’s rice pledging policy saying it had increased production over quality although the Minister said the government has no plans to drop the scheme.
The Minister concluded that the meeting showed the potential of rice exports and provided a forum for the exchange of information and ideas that could only benefit the rice industry by building better relationships and enhancing opportunities.


Thai – Lao Joint Cabinet meeting in Chiang Mai

Tourism, labor and checkpoints discussed

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra signs an MoU with Lao PDR Prime Minister Thongsing Thammawong.

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Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and the Thongsing Thammawong, the Prime Minister of Laos PDR met at the 2nd Thai – Lao Joint Cabinet Retreat at Le Meridien Hotel in Chiang Mai on May 19 and 20 to hammer out agreements over opening a new permanent border checkpoint and the Thai – Lao Friendship bridge as well as tackle issues such as labor, tourism, human trafficking and security.
They discussed ways the two countries can work together to prevent human trafficking and to facilitate the importation of legal labor into Thailand. The Thai Cabinet passed a resolution to extend the One Stop Service Center for Lao workers to prove their citizenship for another 120 days from the expiry date of April 14, 2013.
The two sides expressed their commitment to work together to promote economic development and trade including additional border crossings. In particular, the operation of the release of goods at a Single Stop Inspection (SSI) border point to promote trade. They will promote private sector investment along Routes 8 and we and Laos agreed to facilitate the standard fee on those routes. They also agreed to develop transport linkages including a railroad linking Nong Khai and Tha Na Langt to connect with the upcoming high speed railway. Additionally they agreed to the administration of a new bridge linking Chiang Rai’s Chiang Kong district with Boe Kaew’s Huay Xai in Laos that is expected to open to the public this year.
The countries plan to increase cooperation in tourism and promote tourism in the region. Laos expressed a willingness to support the idea of a single visa for the region or the ACMECS Single Visa.
Three documents were signed at the meeting; a memorandum of understanding on agriculture, an agreement on the use and maintenance of the Thai – Laos Friendship Bridge, and an agreement on the administration of the new bridge in Chiang Rai.


Promenada Resort Mall soft opening set for June 7, 2013

(From left): Khun Lalida Hirunteerapol, Marketing Manager , ECC International Real Estate, Khun Ellen Wit, Marketing Director, ECC International Real Estate Khun Tjeert Kwant, President & CEO of ECC International Real Estate, Khun Sirikanya Narongtanupon, Managing Director, ECC International Real Estate and Khun Naruewan Pinit, Marketing Manage , ECC International Real Estate.

Promenada Resort Mall Chiang Mai’s soft opening is set for June 7, when the first phase of the mall will open with a weekend of shows, activities and attractions. The opening weekend will feature stars and celebrities, the highlight being a special live performance by J. Jetrin on the evening of 7 June. Uniqlo will present an exclusive fashion show on the center stage, as guests enjoy refreshments from the living food caravan.
There will be an ultra-modern 8-screen “SF Cinema City”, which will launch at the same time as the soft opening of the mall and the 720-sqm ice skating rink will be opened at phase two.
Mr. Tjeert Kwant, Chief Executive Officer and shareholder of ECC International Real Estate, said, “The soft opening of Promenada Resort Mall will give residents of Chiang Mai a chance to enjoy a unique retail, leisure and entertainment destination. A majority of the external garden areas will be completed by the soft opening date, so our guests will get a very strong impression of what the full Promenada experience will be like. The second phase of the mall is scheduled to be ready on 12 July.” He noted that there had been delays due to the many construction projects going on in the city it had been difficult to find a contractor.
The Promenada Resort Mall will, upon completion, have a total building area of 91,951 square meters and includes three floors of parking space under the building. 50,000 square meters for rental space, or more than 350 stores with both local and international brands.
The launch celebrations also feature the European Union Film Festival (from 13 June), which presents a 10-day celebration of the joy of moving images. Guests will experience the superb technology of SF Cinema City’s cutting-edge movie theatres as they enjoy a selection of 18 thought-provoking movies from 15 EU countries. From captivating Czech romance, to riveting Italian drama, to light-hearted Polish comedy, a vast cultural immersion awaits. The Film Festival, which is exclusive to SF Cinema City, provides free admission on a first-come, first-served basis, with English subtitles for all films and Thai subtitles for the top five picks. The Film Festival is the first of a succession of monthly events to be held at Promenada, to be followed by a high-profile dance competition and many more future events.


Developing OTOP Health products

Good Manufacturing Practice standards

Dr. Wichai Tienthaworn, Assistant Minister of Public Health, presided over the opening ceremony held on May 24 at Central Plaza Chiang Mai Airport.

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OTOP health and food products were featured at a fair held at the Chiang Mai Hall at Central Plaza Chiang Mai Airport from May 24-26 with more than 300 people taking part. Dr. Wichai Tienthaworn, Assistant Minister of Public Health, presided over the opening ceremony held on May 24, noting that this project was in response to government policy that OTOP products be upgraded to the international level and in line with Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) standards.
Health products, processed foods and dry goods were part of the exhibit and the government aims to start exporting to ASEAN in 2015. The Minister of Public Health, Dr. Pradit Sintavanarong, wants all products to be submitted to the FDA for approval and involvement in the development of services. They plan on training producers in every province to build consumer confidence in OTOP health products.
There are around 20,000 OTOP entrepreneurs producing food and drinks nationwide and the FDA wants them to strive for high quality production standards with cleanliness, safety and workplace conditions meeting international standards.


‘Panda’monium as Lin Ping celebrates her 4th birthday

Chiang Mai Zoo officials announce the Panda Exhibit of the story of Lin Ping to be held at the Zoo until June 9.

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“Fantastic Four Years with Lin Ping” is the theme of the nearly 2 week long event celebrating famed panda Lin Ping’s birthday, the Chiang Mai Zoo Director recently announced.
Director Thanapat Pongpamorn said that the Chiang Mai Zoo will hold festivities from May 27 to June 9, 2013 with an exhibition of the life story of Thailand’s favorite panda.
Lin Ping is the first Giant Panda born in Thailand. She is quite large for her age of four years and has already entered estrus veterinarian Kanikar Nimtrakul, said Lin Ping was not quite ready for mating when she entered estrus at the age of 3. However, by mid-October she will be sent back to China to mate. She could be gone as long as a year as it could take her 6 months to adapt to her new home and a suitable mate would need to be found. She would also need to enter estrus at the right time. But, the doctor said, Lin Ping could return to Thailand as early as 2 months after successful breeding was completed.
Doctors are also monitoring Lin Ping’s mother Lin Hui to see if she will mate again. They check her urine three times a day for an increase in hormones. They noted that if Lin Hui did fall pregnant again then she would probably stay in Thailand for 2 years to take care of the new baby panda.


Gang of Vietnamese arrested on suspicion of thefts around the city

A large group of young Vietnamese nationals were arrested in Chiang Mai on suspicion of burglary.

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The Department of Investigations of the Chiang Mai Immigration Police worked together with the Chang Puak Police Station to investigate a group of Vietnamese nationals believed to be robbing parked cars at nightspots around Chiang Mai city. On May 18, 2013 the police raided Kwan Pracharaj Condominium in Chang Puak where they arrested 6 men and 3 women on suspicion of theft.
The group was aged between 19 and 28 years old and after interrogation police then arrested a further 7 Vietnamese nationals suspected of being part of the ring. 6 more men and another woman, ages ranging from 19 to 31 were taken into custody by the Immigration Police at Kransiri Place in Suthep.
Police uncovered many items of stolen property including 26 cell phones, Thai and Vietnamese cash, ATM cards , 6 bank books, a DVD player, a camera, a tablet and a notebook computer.
The police are strictly investigation such transnational criminals by surveilling guesthouses and other accommodation in Chiang Mai.


1.6 million Yaba tablets seized in Chiang Rai

43 kilos of crystal meth

Plastic bags holding 1.6 million methamphetamine tablets and 43 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine were put on display by police in Chiang Rai.

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Chiang Rai police and the Pha Muang Task Force announced the seizure of 1,660,000 methamphetamine tablets and 43 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine in Mae Sai.
Soldiers from the Pha Muang Task force came upon 6-7 suspects carrying large sacks crossing an earthen dyke at the Sai waterway in Baan Wiang Hom in Mae Sai District on May 13, 2013. The police called out to the group to stop and be searched but they dropped the sacks and fled. No suspects were apprehended.
Police found 7 fertilizer sacks filled with 1.66 million Yaba tablets packed in plastic and 43 kilos of Ya Ice. Authorities believe the men belonged to a group of Muser drug traffickers led by Lt. Col. Yee Sae. Thai police have put a 2 million baht reward for information leading to the arrest of Yee Sae.


Massive police sweep for criminals in Chiang Mai

Maintaining order during the Water Summit

More than 60 suspects were rounded up for drug and weapons possession prior to the Water Summit.

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As part of a massive city-wide sweep during the visit of many heads of state and other dignitaries during the 2nd Asia Pacific Water Summit in May, Governor Tanin Subhasaen and Pol. Lt. Gen. Suthep Dejraksa, Commander of Police Region 5, announced the arrest of more than 60 people over two days on charges of drug and weapons possession. More than 34,000 methamphetamine pills and over 30 firearms were confiscated as well as 10 million baht in cash.
Pol. Lt. Gen. Suthep said that the police had worked hard to ensure security and safety for the world leaders visiting Chiang Mai and to make sure that not only was the province free of any potential terrorist threats but also clearing it of criminals.


Beware of deadly mushrooms this rainy season

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Mushroom gatherers are warned to avoid any mushrooms they are not totally sure of, Dr. Surasingh Witsautrat Deputy Director of the Chiang Mai Public Health Office warned. He noted that every year people are admitted to hospital with symptoms from consuming poisonous mushrooms, sometimes resulting in death. There were 44 people admitted to hospital in 2012 after eating poisonous mushrooms, 4 of whom died.
“Given that we are entering the rainy season, people should be careful when eating forest mushrooms. When the mushroom is very small it is difficult to ensure they are safe to eat. I suggest that if you are not sure if the mushroom is edible then it is best not to eat it,” the Deputy Director warned.
He added that most patients come from remote areas; those living adjacent to the forest such as Om Koi, Mae Chaem and Samoeng.


10 million in cash seized from Northern drug network

Deputy Prime Minister Pol. Capt. Chalerm Yubamrung and officers from Police Region 5 and the ONCB Region 5 view the cash confiscated from suspected drug traffickers in Chiang Rai.

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Police Region 5, Office of Narcotics Control Bureau (ONCB) Region 5 and the Pha Muang Task Force announced the arrest of 3 suspects allegedly in possession of 2,000 methamphetamine tablets and 10 million baht that police believe was headed for the border to fund drug manufacturers.
Investigation led the police to suspect a Lisu tribe drug trafficking network in the North of bringing drugs over the border into Thailand. Police followed a suspicious black Nissan pickup truck from Fang District in Chiang Mai to Mae Chan in Chiang Rai. They requested the Border Patrol Police to set up a checkpoint to stop the truck and three men Ar-Chuebe Saejang age 48 and his son Ar-nin Saejang age 20 and Ar-bae Saejue age 30 were arrested after a search found 2,000 methamphetamine tablets and 10 million baht in cash hidden in a suitcase.
Deputy Prime Minister Pol. Capt. Chalerm Yubamrung joined the press conference in Bangkok and said that this arrest was severely damaging to the drug network in the North and that the seizure of such a large amount of cash would reduce the drug trade. He noted that all countries in ASEAN must work together to fight the drug trade.


Two people murdered trying to sell their cars

Killers posed as car buyers

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Police announced the arrest of two men who have been accused of posing as potential car buyers and then killing and stealing the cars of the sellers. Pol. Maj. Gen. Chamnan Ruwdrew, Deputy Commissioner of Police Region 5, told reporters that the police had apprehended two of the alleged killers but that one man, nicknamed “Dum”, had escaped.
Boonsom Chanbutr, age 68 and Nakorn Hanpa, age 39, together with their accomplice would look for cars for sale, call the number and pose as buyers, police allege. They would lure the victim to somewhere quiet and kill them. They were caught trying to sell the stolen vehicle of their second victim.
The accused confessed to police that they had killed two people in this manner. On January 18, 2013 they lured 33 year old Rung-Lawan Sujaritpong of Om Koi to meet them so they could view her black Toyota pickup truck. They told police they had strangled her to death with a rope and buried her body in the forest area of Doi Tao.
The second victim was Mr. Parkpoom Nuansri age 30 of Sarapee. However, he resisted and they told police they had to hold a gun to his head and handcuff him before he too was strangled and his body dumped in the swamp near the Gassan Golf Course in Baan Thi, Lamphun. They were arrested trying to sell his blue Toyota pickup truck in Mae Sot, Tak Province.


 
HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

City requests help in keeping sewers clean

700 Cassia trees to be planted in parks around the city

Kachin Political Prisoners Remain Behind Bars

Give the gift of life

Public warned of Dengue Fever outbreak

Highway 107 in Mae Taeng to finally be completed

Water Summit comes to a close as leaders emphasize cooperation

Chiang Mai hosts the 6th Thailand Rice Convention

Thai – Lao Joint Cabinet meeting in Chiang Mai

Promenada Resort Mall soft opening set for June 7, 2013

Developing OTOP Health products

‘Panda’monium as Lin Ping celebrates her 4th birthday

Gang of Vietnamese arrested on suspicion of thefts around the city

1.6 million Yaba tablets seized in Chiang Rai

Massive police sweep for criminals in Chiang Mai

Beware of deadly mushrooms this rainy season

10 million in cash seized from Northern drug network

Two people murdered trying to sell their cars