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Protestors call for an end to “Thaksinocracy”

Anti – government rally draws 3,000 people

Around 3,000 anti-government campaigners turned out at Chiang Mai Univeristy’s Salatham to call for an end to “Thaksinocracy”.

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Around 3,000 people gathered at the Salatham in Chiang Mai University at 9:39 a.m. Monday, December 9, 2013 to show their solidarity with anti – government demonstrators that filled Bangkok streets.
Protesters, who called for an end to the “Thaksinocracy”, stated that the dissolution of Parliament was not enough. As one protester said, “It’s my right, my nation, to stand up for what I believe.” Another protestor said, “I am doing this for my country, I want it to be a better place.”
The group that filled the square comprised students, teachers and staff at CMU and many other schools as well as local people from all walks of life and ages, even very elderly people took part in the protest as the group called for transparency and the end to a system that they feel is corrupt beyond repair. The group has called for an end to what they call “Thaksinocracy” and stated that they want real change in the system so that it remains fair and clean.
Former Presidents of private universities joined members of the public, students and others in taking the stage to denounce the government and call for an end to the corruption. The group rallied around Chiang Mai University, visiting various faculties and picking up supporters along the way before making their way to the Kruba Srivichai Monument for blessings and to sing the Royal anthem. Police from the Phuping Station stood guard to make sure no incidents could occur.
Over 1,000 Chiang Mai people left in buses on Sunday, December 8, 2013 to travel to Bangkok to join the protests that filled the city on Monday, December 9.
 


Mayor-elect announces policies for his new term

Health, security and infrastructure key points

Chiang Mai’s Mayor-elect presents his policy plans to the Municipal Council before his inauguration as Mayor for his second term.

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Mayor-elect Tussanai Buranupakorn attended the first meeting of the Chiang Mai Municipal Council of his second term on December 6, 2013 to announce policy measures planned for his term. This is a key step that must be undertaken before his inauguration as Mayor can take place.
Pornreude Puttisri, Chairperson of the Chiang Mai Municipality presided over the meeting which heard the Mayor-elect cover all policy issues that he plans to tackle during his term. Tussanai said that two of the key issues were protection of public health and ensuring safety and security with the installation of CCTV cameras. He also noted that with the arrival of the high season the need for road repairs and landscape improvements should be undertaken.
He added that 70% of the city’s income comes from tourism. He called upon people to keep all political actions within the framework of the law.
Policy announcements must cover 8 points; caring for the Nation by following the laws and constitution; loyalty to the King and the Royal Family; maintaining the religion by performing duties with honesty and integrity for the good of the nation; public safety and health by improving cleanliness; prevention and mitigation of accidents and disaster, developing a sustainable and quality environment, maintaining natural sites; develop the quality of life of citizens in a sustainable way with education, access to social systems and public health; maintain arts, culture and local traditions by developing and preserving Chiang Mai’s unique history, art, culture, maintain the local heritage and support religious customs in the city; improve infrastructure and upgrade public facilities to a high standard; improve the economy by working on Chiang Mai becoming a top tourist destination in Thailand and create better economic opportunities for its citizens. Finally, work on bureaucratic management and improve bureaucratic efficiency to benefit the public.


Government institutes policies to combat smoke and haze

Third Army joins the battle

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has given provinces the authority to completely manage measures to combat smoke as fields around Chiang Mai are already burning.

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
The Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Vichet Kasemthongsri met with Deputy Governors from 9 Northern Provinces and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry to sign a memorandum of understanding for the provinces to cooperate on combating wildfires and air pollution at the Royal Park Rachapruek on November 27, 2013.
Minister Vichet noted that climate change was a key problem and that it had led to wildfire problems and haze from smoke that was difficult to resolve. He said the government was hurrying to prepare measures to to solve the problem.
From January to April every year the 9 provinces of the North, in total 832 sub districts, suffer from haze from agricultural and forest fires. The smoke and ash were causing many people to have respiratory illnesses, inflammatory eye diseases and skin problems. Flights have been cancelled with 158 flights cancelled during this year’s haze season.
The Ministry gave each province the right to manage the measures to combat smoke completely. The Minister emphasized the need for proactive moves to combat fires and pollution.
The 3rd Army has also joined the battle against wildfires by establishing a division to fight wildfires and combat the smoke problem. The Division will have 100 teams from 8 military units to control forest fires.
Lt.Gen. Preecha Chan-ocha, commander of the 3rd Army Corps, and the commander of the temprorary division said that the Royal Thai Army had ordered the 3rd Army Region to establish the ad hoc division, it will run operations from December 16, 2013 to April 30, 2014 at the 7th Artillery Battalion, Mae Rim District, Chiang Mai. He noted that the 9 Northern provinces had been having smoke and forest fire problems since 2002 with the main reason that people set fire to the forests to obtain forest products and the burning of crop residues in increased areas under cultivation. He also noted that the bowl shape of the Upper North, surrounded by mountains caused the smoke to become trapped causing serious health issues for people.
The operation will see the division taking three main steps; creating awareness and encouraging public surveillance and reporting as well as provide experts to train people on how tostop fires and coordinate with concerned agencies. Next the division will perfrom reconnaissance and surveillance missions and will arrest offenders together with civil authorities and coordinate with concerned agencies to extinguish wildfire in the area. The last step is to educate the public on re-forestation and how to conserve the forests as commanded by Her Majesty the Queen on conserving the environment.


Blood drive held in honor of HM the King

Many locals donated blood on HM the King’s birthday. Chiang Mai Maharaj Nakorn Hospital encourages everyone to donate blood.

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Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital held a blood drive in honor of His Majesty King Bhumibol on the auspicious occasion of his 86th birthday on December 5, 2013. The drive, held at the Blood Center room on the 1st floor of the Sriphat Building saw Chiang Mai Permanent Secretary Chokedee Amornwat attend and preside over the opening ceremony.
Associate Professor Watana Navacharoen, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine Chiang Mai University said that the hospital held the drive, “Thai people donate blood for the King on His Majesty the King’s Birthday Anniversary” to offer people the chance to act charitably on the HM the King’s birthday and to persuade people to continue to donate every 3 months.
Chiang Mai Permanent Secretary Chokedee Amornwat said that he was very impressed with the idea and that it will persuade greater numbers of people to donate blood. He added that as the largest hospital in the North, Maharaj Nakorn had a blood bank in heavy demand around the North. He said that blood is the fuel of life that even money can’t buy. Donating blood not only helps those who receive it but the giver as well as they can help others have a chance to survive and live with their families and do good for society.


First train to the North derails on inaugural trip

A Chiang Mai-bound express train on which the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) governor was travelling derailed just two hours after departing from Lamphun station on December 2, 2013
The last car carrying Mr Prapas Chongsa-nguan on a duty trip derailed at 9.30 a.m. after the train left Lampang station at 6.30 a.m. The SRT chief and his team of managers and other passengers were not hurt in the incident as the train moved slowly towards Lamphun station.
It was the first incident just one day after the SRT reopened its northern rail route between Uttaradit and Chiang Mai. The section of the railway had been closed for repairs for 75 days following frequent rail accidents.
The SRT governor explained that the incident was caused by human error as Lamphun station chief hastily ordered his staff to switch the rail track while the last compartment moved past the area and eventually derailed.
Mr. Prapas reportedly ordered the transfer of Lamphun station chief Silarat Divajee to Sila Art station as a result of the mishap.


Anti trafficking groups to work together to help victims in Chiang Mai

The Chiang Mai Shelter for Children and Families under the Office of Social Development and Human Security signed a memorandum of understanding with government and registered anti human trafficking organizations in Chiang Mai Province at 11a.m. on December 4, 2013 at the Chiang Mai Shelter for Children and Families. The MoU will create guidelines and mechanisms on collaboration among NGOs and inviduals in protecting and preventing human trafficking in Chiang Mai and provide clear guidelines to ensure effective integration as well as assist victims under a multi-disciplinary team approach. From left: Mrs. Carol Hart (President of ZOE International Foundation, Ms. Tiemchan Kamolklaphajon (Vice Director of New Life Center Foundation, Mrs. Wiboonrat Ladapongpattana (International Justice Mission), Ben Svasti Thomson of TRAFCORD, Marc Miller of the U.S. Consulate General, Mrs. Mayuree Yoktree (Head of Chiang Mai Social Development and Human Security, Mrs. Mingkwan Weerachat (Head of Chiang Mai Shelter for Children and Families, and Mrs. Werawan Mosby (The HUG Project Director under the Family Connection Foundation.


Energy Regulatory Commission explains its role in the energy industry

Officials from the Energy Regulatory Commission met with members of the media to explain their role in energy usage and control in Thailand.

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The Energy Regulatory Commission held a meeting with press and media at the Imperial Mae Ping Hotel Chiang Mai on November 29, 2013 in a bid to greater explain to the public the role the Commission plays in Thailand’s energy regulations.
Pornthep Chotinuchit, Director Strategy and Corporate Communications Department said that the ERC is the core agency to regulate the energy industry operations for electricity and natural gas. The ERC was established under The Energy Industry Act, B.E.2550 which separates regulation from policy so as to provide checks and balances and to contribute to the transparency and stability of Thailand’s energy and bring it up to internationally accepted standards.
The ERC plays a role in ensuring safety and fairness to energy consumers such as; controlling electricity bills with the Automatic Adjustment Mechanism Formula (Ft Formula), and pipeline tariff rates so that they are appropriate and reflect the real cost to the economy, investment and technology. The ERC also ensures that the country has sufficient energy supplies and makes sure that remote areas receive power. The ERC has 13 regional offices covering 77 provinces.
On August 13, 2013 the Cabinet approved a resolution allowing consumers to sell back solar power from rooftop systems. The project will allow 100 MW panels for residences and businesses. From September 23 to November 15 the project saw electricity sold back totaling 52.29 MW. Business groups are expected to sell back 609.37 MW, which is about 6 times higher than the target.
Prompong wongmaneenil, the Director of the Energy Regulatory Commission regional office 1 (Chiang Mai) said that ERC1 (Chiang Mai) is responsible for Chiang Rai, Phayao, Lampang, Lamphun, Chiang Mai, and Mae Hong Son. At the moment, ERC 1 has 18 power plants which can produce 2,465.95 MW of electricity. The power plant of Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Mae Moh power plant) Lampang, which use Lignite as the fuel is the biggest power plant. It can produce 2,400 MW for around 1,776,340 homes in 6 provinces.


Japanese Government donates funds to prevent human trafficking in Phayao

On November 28, 2013, Mr. Akihiko Fujii, Consul-General of Japan in Chiang Mai, and Ms. Saengwan Maneewan Director of Bangkok Y.M.C.A. Foundation, Phayao Center, jointly signed the funding contract for the project at the Consulate-General of Japan in Chiang Mai.

The Government of Japan, under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects Scheme (GGP), is providing funds amounting to 1,327,100 baht for “The Project for Community Development to Prevent Human Trafficking in Phayao Province”. Human trafficking has been on increase in Thailand since the 1980s. Thailand is an origin, destination and transit country for human trafficking. As an origin country, Thai people are trafficked to Japan, the Middle-East, the USA, Europe and elsewhere. As a destination country, people from neighboring countries such as Laos and Cambodia are trafficked to Thailand. As a transit country, people pass through Thailand on the way to their destination country. This makes the human trafficking situation extremely complex. The Thai Government thus recognizes human trafficking as a serious issue to be tackled as a national priority.
At the beginning of 2015 the AEC (ASEAN Economic Community) will come into effect and there will be free flow of people across borders around the North of Thailand. It is feared that the role of human trafficking in Phayao province will then become not only an origin area but also transit and destination area. Therefore, educational campaigns for the residents and the strengthening of the network to prevent human trafficking and support its victims have become urgent issues in the province.
The Phayao Center of the Bangkok Y.M.C.A. Foundation carries out various activities to support and protect of children and young people as well as their families, with the aim to “prevent suffering” and to “rescue and protect victims” of human trafficking. In 2013, the Center was certified as an OSCC (A One Stop Crisis Centre) which PM. Yingluk is promoting. Such centers cope with all kinds of violence against women, and it is planned to establish 22,000 centers in the country.
In response to a request from Bangkok Y.M.C.A. Foundation, Phayao Center, the Government of Japan has decided to provide funds for a rescue car and further activities to prevent human trafficking. The Government of Japan, together with the Government of the Kingdom of Thailand, views the problem of human trafficking as a serious human-rights violation. The Government of Japan intends to continue supporting projects which will contribute to the prevention of human trafficking through its Grant Assistance for Human Security Projects scheme (GGP).


Kad Suan Kaew features Central Thailand’s Best Products

Best Product Phet – Samut – Khiri Khan Fair 2013

A representative from the Lower Central Cluster announced the Lower Central Best Products Fair held at Kad Suan Kaew shopping center December 12 – 18, 2013.

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Kad Suan Kaew is the scene of the best agricultural products to come out of lower Central Thailand and will feature products from Phetchaburi, Samut Sakhon, Samut Songkhram and Prachuap Khiri Khan.
The fair, which was announced at a press conference on December 3 at the Lotus Pang Suan Kaew Hotel will be held at Kad Suan Kaew from December 12 – 18. The fair hopes to create distribution for lower Central products such as fishery and agricultural products as well as community handicrafts. There will booths featuring products from farmers, farming organizations, community enterprises and SME networks as well as career training. Children and youth from the area will offer folk culture performances as well.


Colorful Flowers highlight at Flora Festival 2013

Floral and Agricultural Fair through February 28

HSH Prince Bhisadej Rajani,President of the Royal Project, views the exhibitions at the opening of the new Flora Festival 2013 and Agricultural Fair 2013.

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Royal Park Ratchaphruek is once again the scene of magnificent flower shows and interesting agricultural display with the launch of Flora Festival 2013 and the Agricultural Fair that will run through the end of February, 2014.
HSH Prince Bhisadej Rajani, as President of the Royal Project for HM the King, presided over the opening ceremony held at Royal Park Ratchaphruek on December 1, 2013. The extravaganza saw cultural performances from the 4 regions of Thailand by the Arts Network Council Association of Thailand and a mini guitar concert by the winner of the Voice Thailand.
The theme of Flora Festival 2013, “Colorful Flowers” will be held from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Royal Park Ratchaphruek and will feature temperate climate flowers from the Royal Project as well as other organizations that will bloom through the 90 days of the festival. There will be a garden with the Royal Project exhibitions, King Bhumibol Tulip exhibition, Orchid exhibition, Amazing vegetables, 7 special menus from 7 mount New Theory Agriculture, and gardens from leading organizations of Thailand. Throughout the event, visitor can join the orchid contest, enjoy live music in the garden by Aof-Pongsak, Lula, Pop-Pongkool, Two Popetorn, ETC, King-The Voice and Lanna artists, cultural shows and traditional music, and various activities on special days such as Father’s Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day.
The Agricultural Fair 2013 is held by Department of Agriculture at Exhibition Building 2 from 1 to 15 December, 2103, 10.00 a.m. – 7.00 p.m. and will offer exhibits of Royal Project agriculture under the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, exhibitions of horticulture and agriculture, exhibitions of a variety of orchid varieties and orchids for export that show the potential of the host of The 12th Asia Pacific Orchid Conference 2016, exhibitions of the evolution of Thai coffee production, competition to find the best barista, demonstrations of value added products that the market wants such as Banana Yogurt and many other activities.


Chiang Rai holds interfaith pilgrimage to Phra That Doi Tung

In honor of HM the King’s birthday

Chiang Rai’s Deputy Governor Prachon Prachsakul offers tributes to the portrait of HM the King at the ceremony held on November 30, 2013.

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Chiang Rai residents and faithful joined the 3rd annual Interfaith Pilgrimage to pay homage at Phra That Doi Tung to the ancestors of the area and to honor HM the King on his 86th birthday as well as mark the 751st anniversary of Chiang Rai city. The walk, which started from Huai Khrai Mai Temple in Mae Sai on November 30, 2013 saw celebrants walk 15 kilometers up the mountain to Phra That Doi Tung.
Prachon Prachsakul, Deputy Chiang Rai Governor presided over the ceremony to light candles, and offered tributes in front of the royal portrait of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej and the royal portrait of the Royal Patriarch Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara Somdet Phra Sangha raja
Sakalamahasanghaparinayaka. Then he rang the gong 9 times. The ceremony was participate by Somchai Rungakorn, District Officer of Mae Sai district, Worayarn Boonnaraj, the District Officer of Mae Fa Luang district and government officers, students and many people. The ceremony aimed to unit people and remind people of the ancestors that lived in the area along the route to Phra That Doi Tung.
Asst. Prof. Jatesada Suwun, the Vice President of Chiang Rai Rajabhat University said that interfaith pilgrimage ceremony was held to pay homage to Phra That Doi Tung, the sacred symbol of Chiang Rai. Chiang Rai people love peace and respect Buddhism and the Royal Family so they went up Phra That Doi Tung to commemorate the Auspicious Occasion of His Majesty the King’s Birthday, and celebrate 751 years of Chiang Rai city.


Chiang Mai Japanese Association raises funds for the Red Cross

A representative of the Chiang Mai Japanese Association was joined by Japanese Consul – General Akihiko Fujii (2nd right) to donate 106,438.75 baht to the Provincial Red Cross Chiang Mai Chapter to help Chiang Mai people in need on December 4, 2013 at the Japanese Consulate General. President of the Chiang Mai Red Cross Angkana Puthiwinyoo received the donation on behalf of the Red Cross. The funds were raised by the Chiang Mai Japanese Association from a Bazaar event and the Thai – Japan Golf Friendship tournament.


Vietnam Lays Out Roadmap to Curb Traffic Pollution

Vietnam wants to promote walking and cycling to help reduce pollution and traffic.

Lien Hoang,
Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

With so many vehicles on the road, crossing the street in Vietnam is practically an art form. But the country is working hard to avoid the kind of traffic problems found in Jakarta, or the infamous pollution in Beijing, by introducing new, traffic-curbing laws.
“In terms of development, first of all we have to develop pedestrian spaces so people can walk downtown,” says Trinh Van Chinh, from the Ho Chi Minh City University of Transport. Secondly, development planning and public reforms have to be thoroughly researched and thirdly, we have to encourage the use of electric cars in the city centers,” he explains.
Officials also plan to charge a fee to drive downtown and change some office and school hours. The plan is to reduce pollution, even though the problem might not be as bad as in China. Akira Hosomi, the Vietnam representative for the Japan International Consultants for Transportation, says it is a crucial measure.
“Even if the level of air pollution is similar number with other cities, I can say the people in Vietnam tend to be [more] exposed to the air pollution because 80 to 90 percent are using motorbikes for their daily commute,” says Hosomi.
There is also the argument that if people commuted at different times, then rush hour wouldn’t be so busy. Chinh says changing school and office hours is a necessity. “Of course it’ll have a big effect on the daily life of citizens, but I’ve had the chance to go to a lot of countries in Asia and Europe, and I saw they all have similar solutions,” says Chinh.
Tens of thousands of Vietnamese die from road accidents every year and many others suffer injuries or illnesses because of traffic problems. Nguyen Nhu Thach Truc, president of RBX, a student environmental club, says she used to love riding a bike to school but these days it is too dangerous.
“I stopped after a year because I got sick, I got asthma. I didn’t wear a mask so I inhaled too much dust,” she says. But with less pollution, people would be more likely to get back on their bikes.
One local Vietnamese, Do Quang Huy, said it would also be more likely for him to go for a walk. “If you walk outside during rush hour now, there’s so much pollution and honking,” he says, “People are really reluctant to cross the street, that’s what my friends told me when they visited Vietnam, that they were really scared.” Huy says he would gladly give up his motorbike if plans to build a new metro system ever go ahead.
Akira Hosomi is using the experience of Japan’s famous subways to help Vietnam build its own train system. He says that a metro system won’t solve everything so the accompanying policies are very important. “We’ll control private vehicles to encourage people to use the public transport,” he says, “But if you do it now without the infrastructure, people have no alternative, so they might complain.”
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.portalkbr.com/asiacalling.


Truck driver seriously injured in accident with night soil truck

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The driver of a PTT truck carrying gas was seriously injured when he turned into a night soil truck on the Superhighway at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, November 29, 2013.
Sarapee police were called to the scene to find the driver, Uthai Khamchaiphum, trapped in the cab of the truck; it took rescuers nearly 2 hours to cut him out of the wreckage.
The night soil truck driver told police that he had slowed down to make a left hand turn when the PTT truck slammed into the side of his vehicle. Police believe the driver of the PTT gas truck was driving at high speed and that rains and slippery roads made it difficult for him to stop in time. Although the driver of the PTT truck was injured the PTT gas truck did not explode or catch fire. The contents of both trucks remained intact in the tanks.

A PTT truck carrying gas slammed into a night soil truck making a left hand turn. The driver of the PTT truck had to be cut out of the cab and was seriously injured in the accident.


Construction collapse kills 3 men in Fang

Upper floors collapsed on construction workers

Rescuers worked through the night searching for two men missing in a building that collapsed during construction, killing three men outright.

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Three men were confirmed dead and two men remained missing after a four story building under construction in Mae Ngon Sub-district in Fang collapsed on the workers on the ground floor on November 28, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Three men were rushed to the hospital immediately and police were searching the site for the other missing men. The 4 story building was being built on a slope and the third floor collapsed on the contractor and crew as they ate dinner on the ground floor.
The three injured men, including the contractor, Supakit Kitthanachot, and Nimon Kanta age 39 and Noom Hongthong age 22 were treated at Fang Hospital.


Rak Chiang Mai 51 threaten to seize Thai PBS relay station

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
On Sunday, December 1, 2013 around 150 members of the Rak Chiang Mai 51 group marched to the Thai PBS relay station in Chiang Mai to call on the staff there to refuse to air statements by PDRC secretary general Suthep Thaugsuban. The group submitted a letter to the station stating that his statement was illegal and that if Thai PBS and other TV stations chose to air his statement it was committing an illegal act.
The group rallied in front of the TV station before submitting the letter and a leader said that Rak Chiang Mai 51 would burn any TV station that continued to show the rally leader’s statements.


Local activist calls for racy scene to be cut from movie

Natee Teerarojanapong and members of the Chiang Mai Araya group protested a scene in the movie “Oh My Ghost” that they feel showed disrespect for Lanna culture.

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Local activist Natee Teerarojanapong, also known as “Gay Natee” for his political activism in the gay world, has called on the makers of the movie “Oh My Ghost” to cut a disrespectful and racy scene from the movie.
Natee protested with members of the group Chiang Mai Araya in front of Wat Phra Singh on November 28, 2013 at 11 a.m. calling on movie producers Sahamongkol Film and Work Point to cut a scene where the actors pin underwear to a Khom Loy. The film stars Cris Horwang and Tukky Ching Roy.
The group called on the producers to cut the scene immediately as it shows disrespect for Lanna culture. Natee noted that the Khom Loy was a Lanna tradition to worship the Buddha and that the scene where the actor pins underwear to it and floats it to the sky shows serious disrespect for Lanna culture and Buddhism.
The group wants The Board of Film Censors to show responsibility for the case. However, the producers Sahamongkol Film and Work Point apologized and cut the scene immediately.


Think of your food at World Environment Day

World Environment Day was celebrated at JJ Market on December 2, 2013 as part of the world wide movement to acknowledge and celebrate the importance of the environment. This year’s theme was “Think for Eating and Living in an Environmentally Friendly Way”. The event saw sellers of organic fruit and produce, organic meals and food on sale as well as environmentally friendly soaps, household cleaners, plants for cleaning the air and many other products to help promote and protect the environment. Deputy Governor Adisorn Kamnerdsiri was joined by Chiang Mai Deputy Municipal Clerk Sruamchai Meesomsakdi at the grand opening.


World Soil Day in honor of HM the King

The United Nations General Assembly has declared December 5 “World Soil Day” and 2015 “International Year of Soils”.
On December 6, Director-General of the Department of Information and Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Sek Wannamethee, said the United Nations General Assembly in New York had adopted a resolution to declare December 5 “World Soil Day” and declare 2015 as “International Year of Soils”.
The resolution is a follow up from the 17th World Congress of Soil Science in Bangkok in 2002. The International Union of Soil Sciences, with over 60,000 members worldwide, have recognized the importance of the work of H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej in the field of soil resources development.
The objective is to promote and raise awareness of the importance of soil towards agricultural development, nutrition and food security among all stakeholders in the society. (NNT)


 
HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Protestors call for an end to “Thaksinocracy”

Mayor-elect announces policies for his new term

Government institutes policies to combat smoke and haze

Blood drive held in honor of HM the King

First train to the North derails on inaugural trip

Anti trafficking groups to work together to help victims in Chiang Mai

Energy Regulatory Commission explains its role in the energy industry

Japanese Government donates funds to prevent human trafficking in Phayao

Kad Suan Kaew features Central Thailand’s Best Products

Colorful Flowers highlight at Flora Festival 2013

Chiang Rai holds interfaith pilgrimage to Phra That Doi Tung

Chiang Mai Japanese Association raises funds for the Red Cross

Vietnam Lays Out Roadmap to Curb Traffic Pollution

Truck driver seriously injured in accident with night soil truck

Construction collapse kills 3 men in Fang

Rak Chiang Mai 51 threaten to seize Thai PBS relay station

Local activist calls for racy scene to be cut from movie

Think of your food at World Environment Day

World Soil Day in honor of HM the King