Stateless people given
DNA tests for citizenship
Senate project in honor of the birthdays
of Their Majesties the King and Queen
Over 100 stateless people in Chiang Mai are
given the opportunity to obtain Thai citizenship through DNA testing.
As part of a Senate project in honor HM the King the Senate launched DNA
testing for over 100 disadvantaged people in Chiang Mai on July 27 and 28 as
the first province in the nationwide project. President of the Senate Nikom
Wairatpanich, who launched the project in Bangkok on June 25, 2013, said
that the program was set into place to accurately determine their blood
relationship to Thais and thus their Thai citizenship. He noted that this
would allow them to register and obtain the same rights and benefits as all
The Senate Committee started the project, designed to protect the rights of
the disadvantaged and poor, in cooperation with the Commission on Social
Development for the elderly, women, youth, disabled and disadvantaged and
the Commission on Human Rights.
Over 100 Chiang Mai couples had their DNA taken by a team of specialists as
well as documents checked and photographs taken. There also lecture by
Professsor Dr. Tanin Bhoopat, M.D. Faculty of Medicine.
The committee plan to operate the project at Tak on August 3-4, Ubon
Ratchathani on August 17-18 and Ranong on August 24-25 to aid 2,986 people
in honor of HM the King’s birthday on December 5, and 2,982 people in honor
of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s birthday on August 12, 2013.
Another Chiang Mai bound train derails
Second time in less than a month
Railway engineers inspect the train that
derailed in the Khao Pluen tunnel in Uttaradit.
For the second time in less than a month a Chiang Mai bound train derailed
in the middle of the night. At 3:00 a.m. on August 3, 2013 car number 6 and
car number 11 of the Nakornping Express train derailed in the Khao Pluen
tunnel between Ban Pang Ton Phueng Station, Uttaradit and Huay Rai Station
The train was carrying 415 passengers, most of the foreign, all of whom were
transferred by bus to Chiang Mai after walking out of the tunnel. Nobody was
injured in the derailment this time although on July 17, 2013, 30 passengers
were injured when the Chiang Mai bound train derailed between Pakpan station
and Ban Keang Luang station in Phrae
Almost 30 officers from the Civil Engineering unit investigated the railroad
and found that many of the sleepers were broken and rotting and that the
ties were no longer in alignment over a distance of 300 meters which caused
the train’s right wheels to come off the train. It took 10 hours to remove
the train and fix the railroad.
Wing 41 and Central Plaza work together to help clean canals
Wing 41 personnel joined forces with Suthep
Municipality officials and staff from Central Plaza Chiang Mai Airport to
help clear out the canal in Suthep.
The Commander of Wing 41 joined forces with Suthep Municipality and
Central Plaza Chiang Mai Airport to begin cleaning area canals from weeds
and debris to help prevent rainy season flooding.
Group Captain Prayoon Thammathiwat, Commander of Wing 41, Suthep Mayor
Thanyasak Sangsrijan and Central Plaza Chiang Mai General Manager
Thanatchaporn Pongyen presided over the opening ceremony of the project on
July 24, 2013. The project, “Dredging the Canal for the Public” saw Air
Force personnel, Suthep Municipality officials and Central Plaza staff clear
the canal in Suthep for almost 5 km in 5 days. Water will now be able to
flow more freely through the shallow canal
Thanachaporn noted that the project gave CPN employees an opportunity to
volunteer in providing assistance to the community while the Mayor of Suthep
added that this project was a continuation of the cleaning that began at Wat
Ram Poeng with Wing 41 personnel and Central Plaza Chiang Mai staff. He
noted that Suthep Municipality holds activities throughout the year to
promote cleanliness and to discourage the dumping of waste into the canals.
Gp.Capt.Prayoon Thammathiwat said that Wing 41 was happy to cooperate with
the government and private sectors to help people and mitigate public
hazards by implementation of the project under Royal initiative. Wing 41 is
focusing on the community and adhering to the core values of the Air Force
in its work.
Creative Design Award
TEDx to be held September 14
Deputy Governor Adisorn Kamnerdsiri joins the
members of CMCC and the CDA 2013 committee to announce the upcoming TEDx and
CDA 2013 Awards.
By Shana Kongmun
The winners of the Chiang Mai Design Awards 2013 were announced at
the TCDC Chiang Mai offices on August 5, 2013. Deputy Governor Adisorn
Kamnerdsiri joined Dr. Tanyanuparb Anantana, Director of the Science and
Technology Park, Martin Venzky-Stalling, Senior adviser to the Science &
Technology Park and Chairat Ussawangkun, committee member of the Chiang Mai
Design Awards 2013.
The Creative Design Awards are divided into 4 categories; crafts and
furniture, architecture and interiors, packaging, and printed media and news
media design. The awards are held to support and promote creative design in
Chiang Mai and outside the city. The CDA was first held in 2011 at the
Nimmanhaemin Art and Design Promenade, followed by the Lanna Architectural
Center in 2012. This year the awards will be handed out in October and some
of the companies awarded include the new Promenada Resort Mall for
architecture, Librarista, Elephants by Elephant Parade, Deco Moda and
TEDx Chiang Mai was also announced, it will be held at Le Meridien Hotel
Chiang Mai on September 14, people can register online for tickets. The
topic will be “Smart Cities” and will feature such speakers as Duangrit
Bunnag and Gordon Falconer, Director of the ISBSG Smart Cities Solutions and
Seminar on Preah Vihear verdict to be held
August 22 at CMU
CMU will tackle the sensitive issue of the World Court verdict on
Preah Vihear Temple which has seen contention arise between Thailand and
Cambodia at a seminar held in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs on August 22 from 8:30 a.m. to Noon at the Faculty of Law, Chiang
Mai University. (CMU).
Phanthipha Iamsudha, Director of the News Division for the Department of
Information, Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the purpose of the
seminar was to enhance understanding of the case to people in the North.
Such topics as past and present relations will be covered by the Deputy
Permanent Secretary of Foreign Affairs and the Thai Ambassador at The Hague
will discuss the laws that concern the temple and the case in the World
Those interested in attending the Thai language seminar contact Kobboon
Sangmanee, First Secretary at the Thai Embassy Tel. 0-2203-5000 Ext. 22050,
08-1612-4964 and Korakot Parachasit Tel. 0-2203-5000 Ext. 22944,
on reconciliation in Burma
Ethnic and political groups from Burma met in
Chiang Mai to discuss forwarding the peace process and changing the current
The United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) organized the
“Ethnic Conference on Peace and National Reconciliation in Burma” that saw
more than 120 delegates attend, including democracy activists and
representatives from over 45 ethnic resistance groups, political parties and
civil society organizations. The event, which took place between July 29 and
August 1, 2013 was held at the Win Place Hotel and was organized to bring
together different groups and organizations to discuss peace and the
political process including the establishment of a genuine Federal Union of
This historic conference brought together a diverse group of ethnic
organizations to discuss these pressing issues, including some members of
the United Wa State Party, National Democratic Alliance Army, and Myanmar
National Democratic Alliance Army, many of whom because of their landlocked
status, have not always been able to participate.
Led by Khu Abel Tweed Vice Chairperson of UNFC and the committee from UNFC
and United Nationalities Alliance (UNA) as well as Col. Hkun Okker Joint
Secretary of UNFC, the delegates freely discussed matters relating to the
current situation in Burma/Myanmar, enhancement of the unity of the ethnic
nationalities and establishment of the future, peaceful, prosperous and
genuine Federal Union. Delegates agreed that the current 2008 Constitution
as practiced by U Thein Sein government is not accepted, as it is devoid of
democratic essence and not in accordance with the principles of federalism.
A new Constitution based on genuine federal principles will be drafted and
promoted for practice. The UNFC and UNA will lead in drafting the new
Constitution, and drafting committee consisting of representatives from the
democratic forces, women organizations, youth organizations, CBOs and other
organizations will be formed with a view that the new constitution will
enable equalityfor all the national groups in the country.
Two tourists found dead
in separate incidents
Police and medical personnel investigate the
death of a tourist at a Chiang Mai hotel, they suspect suicide due to a note
left by the victim.
In two separate incidents two tourists were found dead in their
accommodation in Chiang Mai in one week; an elderly Italian man who was
found in his guesthouse and an English woman who police believe killed
herself due to poor health
On July 29 2013 police were called to a guesthouse on Ratvithi Road when the
maid at the guesthouse found 69 year old Alberto Menesini had died in his
room several days before. She told police that she normally cleans the room
twice a week and when she entered the room she found Mr. Menesini near the
bathroom door. Police believe he may have had some kind of attack or seizure
and fell unable to call for help. Pathologists say he had been dead for more
than 4 days. His body has been sent to Chiang Mai Maharaj Hospital to
determine the actual cause of death.
On August 5, 2013 police were called to a hotel on Tha Pae Road when a
housekeeper reported a smell coming from the bathroom. The police said
Judith Angela Robinson, age 60, had left a note on the door of the bathroom
that said “Don’t open the door, please report to the police”. However, as
she couldn’t read English could not understand the note and though the woman
was simply in the bathroom. However, she noticed a smell coming from the
room and called the manager to investigate. Police say a note was left
apologizing to the hotel and anyone else affected. They reported that the
note said that she had a congenital disease and so had decided to kill
herself. She left 24,800 baht in cash to cover funeral and hotel costs and
said in the note that the rest should be donated to charity.
Mrs. Robinson had checked in with her husband on July 4, 2013 but he left
one week later and she remained.
However, police only found an analgesic in the bathroom where the woman was
found face down in the bathtub. The body has been sent to Chiang Mai Maharaj
Hospital to determine the cause of death.
Pseudoephedrine smuggler reenacts crime for police
Somchai Rakyodying shows police where he picked
up the pseudoephedrine pills in town.
Somchai Rakyodying was arrested in Yangon after fleeing last year
when police uncovered 137,000 pseudoephedrine pills at his rented house in
Tambon San Klang, Chiang Mai province. Another package containing 10,000
pseudoephedrine pills posted from Uttaradit’s Thong Saen Khan Hospital, was
found at another house he had rented in Tambon Ton Pao, Chiang Mai. Also
police found over 1 million packets of cough medicine containing
pseudoephedrine dropped in weeds less than 300 meters from his house.
Pseudoephedrine is one of the key ingredients in the manufacture of
methamphetamine and pharmacies were banned from selling it over the counter
in March 2012 for that reason.
As part of the reenactment Pol. Lt. Col. Pongin Intarakhao, Chief of the
Security Crimes Division of the Department of Special Investigation (DSI)
took him to 7 places on July 28. They started at Nim See Seng Transport
where he received the pills sent from Central Thailand, as well as to
Prempracha Transport which he used to send the drugs out and then to his
house where he packaged the drugs.
The police said that the accused’s testimony would prove helpful in finding
other dealers but that they could not give any details on what had been
Fang man tries to send drugs through the post
Police in Chiang Rai in gun battle with drug runners
Saiwai Jaingam, age 22, was arrested when he
tried to send drugs through the Post using a fake ID.
Fang police and Chiang Mai Narcotics Suppression Police arrested
Saiwai Jaingam, age 22, when he attempted to use a fake ID card to send a
package through the Post Office on July 30, 2013. The name Worrames Jakapee
could not be verified by the Post Office and police found 30,000
methamphetamine tablets wrapped in plastic in the package. The suspect
confessed to police that he had already sent a package containing another
30,000 methamphetamine tablets using the fake ID of Wichai Saetaeng from the
Ban Muang Chum branch of the Fang Post Office earlier that morning. Police
were able to uncover that package as well.
On July 31, 2013 the Pha Muang Task Force uncovered a gang of drug smugglers
near Ban Pah Ka, Mae Fah Luang sub district in Chiang Rai. The officers
called out to the five men to stop but the men opened fire, police returned
fire and when the air had cleared they found packages containing 4 kilograms
of crystal methamphetamine and 4,000 methamphetamine tablets had been left
behind by the traffickers. They found blood on the ground so believe at
least one of the traffickers was injured in the shoot out but were unable to
Police believe the drugs may originate from Wa gangs that smuggle drugs
across the border and then send it on to the city.
Tent collapse injures
3 workers in Night Bazaar
workers were injured when the tent they were
setting up collapsed at the Kalare Night Bazaar.
A tent being set up to cover a temporary boxing stadium in the
Kalare Night Bazaar collapsed at 2 p.m. on Monday, August 5, 2013, injuring
3 men, two slightly.
Rescue personnel and police found a large steel structure approximately 10
by 20 meters had collapsed when it was being set up by the workers. Kalare
Night Bazaar had ordered the tent from W. Charernkit Tent Chiang Mai Company
and while the men were covering the frame with the canvas the structure
collapsed as the screws holding the steel structure together were loose. Two
men were slightly injured and another man, Sak Wienglu, was sent to the
hospital with an injured leg after falling from a height.
Body found in the moat
No identification, police think might be a migrant worker
The unidentified body of a man wearing only brown jeans was pulled
from the moat on 2:40 p.m. July 29, 2013 when the Muang Chiang Mai police
received a call from 7-11 staff that a foreigner walking over the bridge had
seen in the moat in front of the Sompetch Market.
The man, in his 20s, was believed to have been dead for less than 12 hours
and had a wound on the left eyebrow as though hit with something hard. A
witness said they had seen what looked like Burmese workers drinking alcohol
near the scene around 11 p.m. the night before. The witness said one man had
taken off his shirt and jumped into the water to play.
However, other witnesses thought the men had been fighting and one had
fallen in the water. Police will investigate to determine if it is murder or
Bank robber makes off with half a million in cash
Armed robber hits Mae Rim Kasikorn Bank
A shot taken from the bank’s CCTV footage shows
the bank robber threatening tellers with a knife.
A black clad man wearing a face mask and black helmet threatened bank
tellers with a knife before making off with 571,358 baht in cash in a
robbery that took only 2 minutes, Kasikorn bank tellers reported to police.
At 11:30 a.m. on July 31, 2013, Mae Rim police received a report of the bank
robbery at the Mae Rim branch of Kasikorn Bank. Chanannet Intasaen, one of
the counter agents, told police that the man was thin, about 170 cm tall and
wearing black clothes, white shoes, and a black helmet. His face was covered
by a black cloth and he carried a black backpack.
The bank staff said that he threatened them with a knife and ordered them to
put the money in his bag. He then fled out the back. Police checked CCTV and
saw that had come in from the automatic door that did not have a security
guard and fled through the bank of the bank where he drove his black Honda
Wave towards Mae Rim. The motorbike had no license plate.
Region 5 police have taken over the investigation and hope to track him down
via the route he used to escape. The police suspect he may be a trainer in a
military camp in Mae Rim.