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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.

Yuttapoom Bunruang
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 Thai people.
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.

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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 in Phrae.
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.

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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 winners announced

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 others.
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 many others.


Seminar on Preah Vihear verdict to be held August 22 at CMU

Nopniwat Krailerg
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 Court.
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, 08-6801-3884.


UNFC conference on reconciliation in Burma

Ethnic and political groups from Burma met in Chiang Mai to discuss forwarding the peace process and changing the current constitution.

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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 Burma.
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.

Nopniwat Krailerg
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 revealed.


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.

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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 track him.
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.

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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

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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 an accident.


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.

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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.


 
HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Stateless people given DNA tests for citizenship

Another Chiang Mai bound train derails Second time in less than a month

Wing 41 and Central Plaza work together to help clean canals

Creative Design Award winners announced

Seminar on Preah Vihear verdict to be held August 22 at CMU

UNFC conference on reconciliation in Burma

Two tourists found dead in separate incidents

Pseudoephedrine smuggler reenacts crime for police

Fang man tries to send drugs through the post

Tent collapse injures 3 workers in Night Bazaar

Body found in the moat

Bank robber makes off with half a million in cash