City sprays against mosquitoes
Chiang Mai Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn meets
with Disease Control officers as they spray against mosquitoes.
(Photo courtesy of Chiang Mai Municipality)
As Dengue fever patient numbers continue to climb the city is attempting
to combat the dengue fever carrying mosquitoes that breed in stagnant
water. On June 20, 2013 Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn visited Disease
Prevention and Control officers as they sprayed repellent at Chiang Mai
The Mayor noted that Thailand had been hit hard by dengue fever this
year and asked for cooperation from residents to help eliminate breeding
grounds for the mosquitoes by dumping any containers that hold water and
to put small fish in ponds and garden pools to eat the larvae. The
government is also requesting people to use mosquito repellent and to be
aware that dengue infected mosquitoes are active during the day.
The Department of Disease Control reported that patient numbers in the
country have now reached triple that of last year and could reach
150,000 cases this year while fatalities could rise to 100-150. So far,
there have been 50 deaths recorded nationwide due to dengue fever.
ASEAN Dengue Day
Dr. Surasing Wisarutrat joined San Kamphaeng
residents for ASEAN Dengue Day and their cleaning campaign to reduce
Dr Surasing Wisarutrat, the Deputy Chief of Chiang Mai's Public Health
Office presided over the ASEAN Dengue Day opening ceremony at Wat Luang
Pu La, San Kamphaeng Chiang Mai on June 14, 2013. San Kamphaeng has had
the smallest number of dengue patients in the province with 61 patients
since January. They received an award for their work in educating people
Chiang Mai province has had 1,998 people diagnosed with dengue fever
since January and 3 deaths, most of them in Mae Ai District. Dr.
Surasing called on everyone to play their part by destroying breeding
habitats for mosquitoes in the Dengue Prevention Campaign.
World Blood Donor Day
Adisorn Kamnerdsiri Chiang Mai Deputy
Governor (4th Left) and Intira Subhasaen, President of the Provincial
Red Cross Chapter of Chiang Mai (3rd Left) presided over the World Blood
Donor Day 2013 opening ceremony on June 14, 2013 at Chiang Mai Hall,
Central Plaza Chiang Mai Airport. Members of the public are encouraged
to donate blood year round at any area hospital or at the Red Cross
Merit making ceremony to prolong the life of the city
City officials are joined by residents in an
age old ceremony to bring the city long life and prosperity.
(Photo courtesy of Chiang Mai Municipality).
The Chiang Mai Municipality held the annual ceremony to prolong the life
of the city, an ancient Lanna belief that performing the ceremony at ten
key points around the city will ensure the city’s longevity and
prosperity. Chiang Mai Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn and city officials
started at the Three Kings Monument and then traveled to perform the
ceremony at each gate; Tha Pae, Chiang Mai, Suan Prung, Suan Dok and
Chang Puak. They also visited each corner; Jang Koo Huang, Jang Sripoom,
Jang Hua Rin and Jang Ka Tum. Many Chiang Mai residents joined the
ceremonies to bless their beloved city.
The ceremonies are held every year on the 6th waning moon and the 9th
month of each year based on the Northern calendar, normally falling in
May or June. The merit making began at 6:00 a.m. with food and desserts
prepared for 9 Buddhist monks and donation tables. The monks pray and
recite the teachings of Buddha; then alms are offered to the monks. At
the end of the ceremony, each participant pours some water over their
finger, a symbolic offering that the essence of all food and drink given
to the monks will be transferred to the spirits of past Kings of Chiang
Mai. Sai sin (sacred cord) is wrapped around participants and the entire
landmark site, to keep out evil spirits and bad luck. It is believed
that the ceremony brings good luck, prosperity and morality.
Police believe most drugs come from one group in Myanmar
Chief of the Narcotics Suppression Bureau Pol Lt Gen Chaiwat Chotima
disclosed that the majority of illegal drugs smuggled into Thailand were
transported by a group believed to be working for Colonel ‘Yi-sae’, a
leader of a minority group in Myanmar called Black Muser. The group
resides near the Thai-Burmese border in the northern region.
Pol Lt Gen Chaiwat said that smugglers change their tactics all the
time. Some hide them in a bus or truck hoping to go undetected by the
police. Some are now using mail to deliver drugs. Recently, expensive
vehicles had been used in an attempt to raise no suspicion. The drugs
would often change hands to reduce the risks of getting caught.
The anti-narcotic police chief said that coordination with local
authorities and the use of technology have been keys to intercept drugs
on their routes. The measures are tightened most in the North, followed
by the Northeast. He said Deputy Prime Minister Police Captain Chalerm
Yubumrung and Police Commissioner General Police General Adul
Sangsingkaew have ordered those responsible for drug suppression to
quickly gather leads and evidence in order for arrest warrants to be
issued to criminals both in and outside the country. (NNT)
Monks arrested on charges of procuring a young boy
Two monks were detained by police on June 19, 2013 and later released on
bail after the parents of a 14 year old boy went to police charging them
with luring their son to have sexual acts with the abbot of a temple in
Chiang Dao. Based on reports from the boy and a driver the two monks
allegedly took the boy to the temple in Chiang Dao several times since
The two men, Bandit Boonkhum, age 23, and Saranyaphat Rungruang, age 20
denied all charges and refused to leave the monkhood. They were released
on 200,000 baht bail. The police intend to issue an arrest warrant for
the abbot that the two men allegedly procured the boy for.
Villagers protest corruption in Mae Taeng
Mae Taeng villagers file a petition with the
Governor to fire the Mae Taeng Mayor for corruption.
200 Mae Taeng villagers protested at City Hall on June 3, 2013 where
they called on Governor Tanin Subhasaen to fire Mae Hor Pra Mayor Pichet
Kantaros for corruption.
The protesters, led by Village Headman Cherdchu Manochit, filed a petition
with the Governor citing alleged corruption regarding the purchase of new
trophies for a Sports Day competition that was held on May 5, 2013.
Villagers charge that the local government drew 5,470 baht from government
funds to purchase new trophies for the event but that new trophies were not
purchased; rather old trophies were reused.
Villagers investigated and found 3 students who had cleaned the old trophies
for the recent competition. Deputy Mayor of Mae Taeng Somsak Charoenphan
resigned in responsibility for the misuse of public funds on May 8. On May
16 the Mae Taeng Municipal Council filed a petition with the Chiang Mai
Governor, the Director of the Office of the Auditor General Region 8 and the
Secretary of the National Anti-Corruption Council Commission to request that
the budget for the local government be examined for inconsistencies.
The Municipal Council held a meeting with villagers who requested that the
local government explain the corruption. The corruption was admitted to and
money was to be refunded to the local government’s budget but villagers fear
a repeat of the incident and have requested the Governor fire the Mayor.
higher this year
Due to low lychee prices last
year many farmers have switched their crops and there is now less acreage
devoted to lychee production. That and higher consumption around the country
leads Surapol Thongthiang, Chief of Production Promotion and Development
Group, Chiang Mai Provincial Agricultural Extension Office that lychee
prices should be higher than last year. In Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phayao
and Nan there are 121,037 acres planted with lychee and the production this
year is expected be over 4500 tons less than last year, around 25,500 tons.
The price for grade AA lychee is between 27-29 baht a kilo, grade A at 22-25
baht per kilo, b 12-15 baht and grade C 6-10 baht per kilo. The office is
preparing a road show to promote lychees in Songkhla and Siam Paragon in
Monorail accident at Zoo explained
Prasert Kasemkomase, MD of the Thai Monorail
Company in charge of the monorail system at the Chiang Mai Zoo, explained
the cause for the monorail accident in April that saw tourists stranded
The Managing Director of the Thai Monorail Company told reporters and Chiang
Mai Zoo officials that the recent accident on the monorail was caused by an
electrical short which automatically cuts power to the monorail system used
at the Chiang Mai Zoo. Mr. Prasert Kasemkomase noted that it took about 15
minutes to get the electrical problem fixed and the monorail running again.
He added that the accident, which stranded tourists in the cars midair on
April 27 of this year caused no injuries and that since its operation began
in 2007 the monorail had had no injuries.
He noted that the company had plans in place in case of an accident but that
the Zoo officials were the first to respond to the stalled monorail in
The Monorail Company will offer free tickets to student groups under their
program “Make a child smile for better learning project” from May to
Pingnakorn Development Bureau signs MoU
Academic cooperation with local universities
Sarawut Srisakun, Director of the Pingnakorn
Development Bureau (center), and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Prapan Thummachai
President of Chiang Mai Rajabhat University (3rd right) and Sutin
Prasertsoontorn Vice President of Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna
(RMUTL) Chiang Mai(3rd left) present the signed MoU at Chiang Mai Night
Safari on June 4, 2013.
Sarawut Srisakun, Director of the Pingnakorn Development Bureau,
which is in charge of the International Convention Center, the Night Safari,
signed a Memorandum of Understanding on June 4, 2013 with Associate
professor Dr. Prapan Thummachai President of Chiang Mai Rajabhat University
and Sutin Prasertsoontorn Vice President of Rajamangala University of
Technology Lanna (RMUTL) Chiang Mai on academic cooperation.
The objectives of the MOU are for the concerned parties to cooperate in
Degree Programs such as Service Industry, MICE (Meetings, Incentives,
Conventions and Exhibitions) and Tourism Industry, to promote continuing
education (non-degree programs) and exchange knowledge between the three
agencies, the community and neighboring provinces from 2013-2018.
Dr. Sarawut Srisakun said at the signing that Chiang Mai lacks experienced
MICE personnel so the two universities are planning to increase the number
of students studying in that field. The Pinganakorn Development Bureau will
provide support and a place for training at The International Convention and
Exhibition Center, the training course will be 6-7 months.
Nim See Seng to hold course for logistics administrators
Nim See Seng’s MD announces the new Mini-MBA in
Logistics that the company is offering.
On May 29, 2013 Chaowalit Suwitsakdanon, Nim See Seng Managing
Director and Weera Kriratikriangkria Deputy Managing Director announced the
opening of the Nim See Seng Transportation management center by Nim See Seng
at Nim See Seng City Daily, near Central Airport Plaza.
Chaowalit Suwitsakdanon said that the company, the largest transport company
in the North, plans to open a Mini MBA in Transportation Management, the
course will be taught by professors from Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University,
experts in Thai logistics and production and people with real experience in
the transportation business. The course will emphasize creating and
developing professional personal in transportation management, making a
connection for the developing logistic industry, creating strategy plans and
study trips both inside and outside the country. They will target business
owners, traders, middle management or chief executives of transportation
businesses, people who ever worked in transportation business or people who
have a Bachelor’s Degree. The classes, all in Thai language, will be held at
Nim See Seng Transportation management center on Saturday and Sunday at 9.00
a.m.-4.00 p.m. from Jun to Nov, 2013 totally, 120 hours. A price is 45,000
Baht (a study trip not includes). An applicant can fill in an application
via website http://www.nimtransport.com/web/MBA/. For more information
please contact Narumon, project coordinator 053-998888 Ext. 1410 or
Nearly 1800 dengue cases this year
Nearly 1,800 people in Chiang Mai have caught dengue fever and the number is
on the rise every day. The Chiang Mai mayor has, therefore, urged all
related agencies to keep a close watch on the situation.
Mr. Tussanai Buranupakorn, the Mayor of Chiang Mai, said the dengue
situation in the province is getting worse, given the number of infections
is about to reach 1,800. According to statistics collected from hospitals in
Chiang Mai, Mae Ai District has the highest number of dengue infections,
with an average of 315 infections per 100,000 people; followed by Mae Rim
District, with 197 infections per 100,000 people. When compared this year’s
number of infections to the past 5 years’, 2013’s May saw the highest
number, with 2 reported deaths.
Nationwide almost 40,000 people have fallen ill with the disease so far this
year; 50% of those have been under the age of 14 and 44 people have died
across the country.
The mayor has, therefore, urged all related agencies to step up prevention
measures, including cleaning all water containers and sewer drains, using
mosquito-killer sprays, and eliminating all mosquito breeding grounds. The
mayor also urged those who experience flu, headache, or body ache, to
consult a doctor immediately as they could be infected by the deadly dengue
Central Festival scheduled for November opening
Central Pattana Public Company Limited (CPN) announced that the construction
of its 22nd shopping mall, CentralFestival Chiangmai, was now over 50%
complete, and confirmed to open this largest and most modern
lifestyle-shopping complex of Northern Thailand this November.
Mr. Kobchai Chirathivat, President & CEO of CPN, said, “CentralFestival
Chiangmai is CPN’s big project in Northern Thailand, and it will help us
establish a strong foothold in the region. CentralFestival Chiangmai will
become the most modern and complete lifestyle-shopping complex in Northern
Thailand with the widest range of products and services. Constructed with a
budget of over six billion baht, the project is situated on one of the best
locations on the superhighway, around the intersection near the Juvenile
Court, which connects the central northern community and surrounding
provinces. The area is a new residential area that is rapidly growing.
Located on an area of 70 Rais, the project has a total space of 250,000
square meters. The six-story shopping complex will be distinguished in its
design under the theme of Futuristic Lanna, which combines modern
architecture and local culture. The complex is also equipped with
energy-saving, environmentally friendly technology.”
The shopping complex features Central FoodHall, PowerBuy, SuperSports, B2S,
OfficeMate, more than 300 shops of brands from around the world, and 60
indoor and outdoor lifestyle restaurants, together with ten world-class
Major Cineplex theaters, an IMAX 3D theater, an ice-skating rink, fitness
centers, and the Fun Planet amusement park. (PR)
CMU doctors urge women over the
age of 40 to get annual mammograms
Approximately 12,000 Thai women are diagnosed with breast cancer
annually in Thailand and 4,000 die every year. Breast cancer is the second
leading cause of cancer deaths in Thailand, closely following cervical
cancer and usually affects women over the age of 40. Someone dies of breast
cancer every four hours in Thailand.
The Faculty of Medicine is urging women over the age of 40 to begin regular
mammogram screenings, early detection and treatment is a key to surviving
breast cancer is one of the reasons developed countries have a lower death
Asst. Prof. Dr. Pailin Kongmeepol of the Radiology Department at the Faculty
of Medicine at CMU noted that a mammogram is a type of x-ray exam and can
detect very small tumors that may be undetected in a self-exam. She urged
women who have had relatives with cancer to begin screenings at the age of
35. She noted that anti-perspirants and deodorants should not be worn and
the exam should take place 7 days after the end of the menstrual period.
She urged women to contact the Mammogram Room 2nd floor Sripat Building for
more information as the high survival rates are found in women whose tumors
are detected early. 053-946554 for more information.
Deputy Governor Adisorn Kamnerdsiri and Mayor
Tussanai Buranupakorn hit the ceremonial gong to mark the start of the
Inthakin Festival which ran from June 5-12 this year.
(Photo courtesy of Chiang Mai Municipality).
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
The Inthakin Festival opened on June 5 at 4 p.m. a Wat Chedi Luang
where Deputy Governor Adisorn Kamnerdsiri opened the festival with the
ceremonial gong. He then went into the temple to make merit and offered alms
with Chiang Mai Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn.
The Mayor noted that this important tradition reflects the beauty of Lanna
culture and unites the people in celebration of their history and culture as
well as the teachings of the Buddha.
The ceremony began with a parade carrying the Phra Chao Fon Saenha Buddha
image, together with Inthakin offerings to Wat Chedi Luang where the Deputy
Governor and Mayor sprinkled holy water and place the ‘khan dok’ on the city
pillar. They then filled 32 bowls with coins and flower offerings, incense
sticks and candles. Residents joined in the event for the festival which
ended the 12th of June.
The Inthakin City Pillar was built during the reign of King Kawila and
renovated during the period of the Khru Bah Sriwichai. People dress in white
and bring flower offerings, incense and candles in 32 bowls which are then
placed in front of the main Buddha image, the Phra Attharos, which is housed
in the main temple hall. Devotees then sprinkle holy water on the Phra Chao
Fonsaenha Buddha image, followed by alms giving to make merit to bring luck
Deputy Govenor Adisorn Kanmnerdsiri places
incense, flowers and candles in 32 bowls to make merit and bring prosperity
to Chiang Mai.
Tai Yai arrested for
trafficking in Chiang Mai
Drug trafficker shot dead in Chiang Rai and
another arrested on the bus
Two Tai Yai men were arrested in Chiang Mai on
June 4 after police set up a drug sting.
Nopniwat Krailerg and Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Members of the Pha Muang Task Force acting on a tip, set up an
ambush for drug traffickers coming over the border with methamphetamine on
June 1 in Mae Fah Luang, Chiang Rai. 20 men walked into the ambush and when
ordered to stop by the Ranger unit opened fire. After the gun battle the
remaining suspected traffickers fled leaving bags and one of their own
behind. The Rangers found the body of an unknown man and bags with 240,000
Also in Chiang Rai at 6.30 p.m. on June 4, 2013 at the Kiw Thap Yang
checkpoint in Mae Chan, members of the 31st Rangers Regiment of the Pha
Muang Task Force and Mae Chan Police officers raided the Mae Sai - Bangkok
bus of Cherd Chai Tours Co., Ltd. and found 1.9 kg of crystal
methamphetamine hidden in children’s food boxes. Police said they searched
the man due to his suspicious behavior. The accused confessed to police that
he had been paid 50,000 baht to carry the drugs to a trafficker in Yaowarat
in Bangkok. Police said an increasing number of traffickers are headed to
Bangkok and the Central provinces.
In Chiang Mai on June 6, 2013 Pol.Maj.Gen. Chamnan Ruwdrew, Deputy
Commissioner of Police Region 5, announced the arrest of a drug trafficking
group after police set up a sting and arrested Wichai Sanjai and Sai San
Htun, near Wat Pa Koi Tai in San Phee Sua on June 4, 2013. The men were
arrested after Sai San Htun met them to sell them drugs. They arrested him
with 2,000 methamphetamine tablets. He led them to his house where they
found Wichai Sanjai and more than 40,000 Methamphetamines pills hidden in a
2 dead after truck slides into a ravine in Om Koi
Rescue personnel pull the pickup truck out of
the ravine after the truck slid off the road killing two women.
Rescue personnel and police from the Hod station were called to the
scene of an accident at 9:30 a.m. on June 5, 2013 on the road between Ban
Wang Lung and Ban Doi Kum in Hod District. They found a white Toyota pickup
truck that had gone off the road and into a deep ravine.
There they found 7 villagers, all from Hod, injured and two women dead. The
villagers told police that they had gone to the top of the mountain to
harvest the Hed Thob mushroom which grows in burned forest areas in the
mountains after the rains begin. The passengers reported that 5 people sat
inside the pickup truck and 6 in the bed when the driver, Tan Prompud, age
43, lost control going down the wet slippery roads.
The car skidded out of control and slid into the ravine, throwing Suparat
Pathi, age 41 and Moi Tarnoi, age 50 out of the back of the vehicle and
Two men arrested after
burgling a judge’s house
men, both named Chadchawan, broke into a local judge’s house on Canal
road and stole a mobile phone, Buddha statue and pickup truck.
Two men were arrested in Lampang after they tried to sell the
Isuzu pickup truck they had stolen from a Chiang Mai judge after they
burgled his house. On Jun 4, 2013 at the Chang Puek Police station, Pol.
Maj. Gen. Chamnan Ruwdrew, Deputy Commissioner of Police Region 5,
announced the arrest of Chadchawan Sukprasert or Mai, age 28 and
Chadchawan Gunthong or Toi, age 51.
The judge’s house was burgled on May 31, 2013 and the thieves made off
with a small Buddha statue, mobile phone and the pickup truck. They
tried to sell the car to an undercover agent at a karaoke bar in Lampang
on June 2, 2013. The two men confessed to police that they had broken
into the judge’s house as well as into an Veterinary clinic, a golf
store and a minimart.
Police check Post Office and
Transport companies for drugs
Drivers drug tested
Drug sniffing dogs check packages at the
The Region 5 police and the Office of Narcotics Control Board Region 5
officers raided 28 transportation companies around Chiang Mai in a bid
to uncover any drugs being carried in the trucks. 17 K-9 units took part
in the raid on June 6, 2013 at 10 a.m. which uncovered no illegal
substances, Pol. Gen. Somyot Pumpanmuang Deputy Thai Police Chief,
Wichai Chaimongkol, Director of ONCB Region 5, and Pol.Maj.Gen. Chamnan
Ruwdrew Deputy Commissioner of Police Region 5 reported.
A total of 623 officers took part in the raid that also saw drivers drug
tested. Raids took place at Thai Cargo, Nim See Seng Transport, the
Arcade Bus Terminal and post offices around the city.
Pol. Gen. Somyot Pumpanmuang, Deputy Commissioner General said that the
government was working hard to combat the heavy flow of drugs coming out
of the North and into Central and Southern Thailand. He asked for
cooperation from transportation companies to carefully check products,
ensure they show both the sender’s and receiver’s name. Police
previously found methamphetamine tablets hidden in the seat of a bus
bound for Bangkok. He also called on employers to make sure their
employees were not using drugs or associated with drug traffickers.
Wheel falls off Nok Air
flight in Chiang Rai
The forward landing gear of Thailand’s
low-cost carrier Nok Air fell off on the morning of May 30, 2013 as the
aircraft was landing at Mae Fah Luang-Chiang Rai International Airport.
There were 162 passengers on the plane. No one was injured as other
landing wheels helped support the aircraft to stop safety on the runway.
The Boeing 738 of Bangkok-Chiang Rai flight ‘DD 8715’ came from Don
Muang Airport and is the airline’s usual route. An investigation of the
accident is now being conducted to determine the cause of the accident.
(MCOT online news)
Final arrest in murder of Tai Yai migrant workers
The final suspect in the murder of two Tai
Yai migrant workers was arrested in Chiang Mai on June 2, 2013.
Police announced the apprehension of the final suspect in the
murder of two Tai Yai migrant workers whose bodies were found in the
forest behind Khamtieng Market on April 17, 2013.
Pol. Maj. Gen. Chamnan Ruwdrew, Deputy Commissioner of Police Region 5
announced the arrest of Toon (last name unknown) on June 4, 2013, one of
three Tai Yai men accused of murdering two migrant workers after a
drunken argument. Toon confessed to people that on the evening of April
17 he was drinking with friends Yod and Rambo, already in detention for
the murders, when he got into a drunken argument with Yao. They followed
Yao into the trees after he went off to sleep and battered a man named
Jumuang to death in a case of mistaken identity. Realizing they had the
wrong man, he told police, they then went and found Yao whom they also
battered to death.
Toon, who was arrested near Sri Phoom corner in Chiang Mai, told police
that after the murder he went and worked in Hang Dong and lived in the
Khong Ngeon area before he was arrested.