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Vol. XIII No.3 - Sunday february 9, 2014 - Saturday february 22, 2014


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Tasty Smile for Miles

Thai dairy farmers supported by Smile Milk Shop

HRH Princess Sirindhorn launched Chiang Mai’s first Smile Milk shop that sells milk and dairy products from the Dairy Cooperative in Chiang Mai.

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Thai dairy farmers got a helping hand from Ministry of Commerce, the Free Trade Area Fund and Chulalongkorn University in promoting their with the opening of Smile Milk on January 27, 2014.
HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn was on hand to officiate over the grand opening which is part of a project initiated by HM the King over 60 years ago to promote and improve the dairy industry in Thailand. She was joined at the branch at the University Academic Service Center of Chiang Mai University on Nimmanhaemin Road by Assoc. Prof. Nopparat Runguthaisiri of the Chulalongkorn University Research Unit and a Director of the Smile Milk project. The first Smile Milk shop opened at Chulalongkorn University’s Chamchuri Square in March of 2012 and provides the Thai dairy industry an outlet for their products under the idea “Naturally Tasty Smile for Miles’.
Assoc. Prof. Nopparat Runguthaisiri said that the Smile Milk project is the brand for the Thai dairy farmers and provides 100% fresh milk instead of milk powder. She noted that when the school milk project expires in the next two years she wants Thai people to turn to 100% fresh Thai milk.
Currently, Smile Milk has 3 branches, 2 in Bangkok and 1 in Chiang Mai. The Chiang Mai Branch has chosen to use milk from the Dairy Cooperative in the Chiang Mai area and coffee from Omkoi district.
 


Election peaceful as turnout reaches 69.82%

Voting on February 23 for those unable to vote in advance

Governor Wichien Puthiwinyoo casts his ballot in the February 2 elections.

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Chiang Mai Province has 1,251,590 registered voters, out of those 876,113 went to the polls for a 69.82% voter turnout. There are 10 constituencies in Thailand and Pairoj Saengphuwong, the Election Commission Chairman, said that officers counted ballots openly at all polling stations to prevent electoral fraud that may occur during the transport of ballot boxes after elections on February 2, 2014.
The ballots were then collected and delivered to the Election Committee of each constituency for counting and the results then sent to the Office of Chiang Mai Election Commission.
Governor Wichien Puthiwinyoo voted at the polling station at Wat Chai Mongkhon and then went to inspect other stations including the temporary polling station at the Chiang Mai Provincial Livestock Office which had been moved from Chiang Mai University. The polling station at CMU is closed for renovations so voters, mostly staff and students, had to vote at the Livestock Office on Huay Kaew Road.
The Election Commission is awaiting the results of the pre-election voting and balloting will be held on February 23, 2014 for those qualified voters who cannot make it to the polls on January 26, 2014. The ballots from the January 26 pre-voting will be held at the police station in each constituency to be counted at the Office of Chiang Mai Election Commission with the votes from February 23 before announcing the results of the election.


Makha Bucha Day on February 14

This year Makha Bucha Day falls on Friday, February 14. Makha Bucha day is one of the most important days in the Buddhist holy calendar which commemorates the miraculous event when 1,250 disciples traveled to meet with the Buddha with no prearranged agreement, at Weluwan Mahawiharn Temple in the area of Rachakhryha, India, seven months after the Buddha began his teachings.
This day is a public holiday and government offices, banks and many businesses will be closed. It is against the law for businessmen to distribute alcohol. This includes bars and restaurants, supermarkets, convenience stores, department stores, and community retail stores. An amendment to the decree exempts hotels from the ban. Those caught breaking the law can face up to six months in jail and fines up to 10,000 baht.


Panda baby lost as Lin Hui miscarries

Lin Hui has miscarried the baby panda she carried for 128 days, she appears in good health but veterinarians will continue to monitor her to make sure she is fully recovered.

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Panda fans in Thailand have been following the pregnancy of panda mom Lin Hui for 128 days to hear the disappointing news that she had miscarried the baby she had been carrying on February 3, 2014. Veterinarian Dr. Boripat Siriaroonrat, head of the veterinarian team, said that they had not been able to find a pulse for the fetus recently and that the chances of her carrying the baby to term were at 50%. However, staff found blood and tissue on Lin Hui and her hormone levels and eating behavior had returned to normal. Veterinarians believe that the embryo had died in utero.
Even though Lin Hui lost the baby panda, the insemination was considered successful since she had become pregnant out of season. Although they believe that factors such as ovum quality and sperm out of the normal breeding season may have had an effect. Lin Hui appears healthy and veterinarians will continue to monitor her. They hope to inseminate her in the next breeding season.


IIFF donates fire trucks and ambulances to Mae Fah Luang Foundation

Mr. Masaki Tada, President of IIFF presents the donation of fire trucks and ambulances to MR Disnadda Diskul Chairman of the Royal Initiative Discovery (Pid Thong Lung Phra) Foundation (R.I.D.) and Secretary-General of the Mae Fah Luang Foundation under Royal Patronage at the VIP room of Doi Tung Development Project, Mae Fah Luang Foundation.

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
The Mae Fah Luang Foundation Under Royal Patronage received a donation of 7 fire trucks and 5 ambulances from the Ibaraki International Friendship & Welfare Foundation) of Japan (IIFF) on January 27, 2014.
Mom Rajawongse Disnadda Diskul, Chairman of the Royal Initiative Discovery (Pid Thong Lung Phra) Foundation (R.I.D.) and Secretary-General of the Mae Fah Luang Foundation under Royal Patronage presided over the donation presented by Mr. Masaki Tada, President of IIFF at the VIP room of Doi Tung Development Project, Mae Fah Luang Foundation under Royal Patronage in Chiang Rai. IIFF hopes to assist the project and to transfer the injured and resident to the hospital.
MR Disnadda Diskul said to the audiences that IIFF had previously donated fire trucks and ambulances for the Mae Fah Luang Foundation 5 times and this is the 6th time, for a total 20 fire trucks and 13 ambulances. 4 fire trucks and 4 ambulances are used at the Doi Tung Development Project of Mae Fah Luang Foundation under Royal Patronage. The fire trucks, which were donated in 2006, took a major part in fighting the big wildfire at Doi Tung Royal Villa and other buildings. They were also used at the Hall of the Opium Museum.
Mae Fah Luang Foundation also donated fire trucks to many agencies such as Pongngam Sub District Administrative Organization, Mae Sai Sub District Administrative Organization, Vieng Pang Kum Sub District Administrative Organization, Prince Chakraband Pensiri Center for Plant Development and the Royal Initiative Discovery (Pid Thong Lung Phra) Foundation (R.I.D.) Nan office. The Mae Fah Luang Foundation also donated ambulances to Mae Fah Luang Public Health center and Mae Sai Hospital.
IIFF wishes to help those less fortunate according to the teachings of Somdet Phra Srinagarindra Boromarajajonani who said “If we have enough, we should to share with others. It will make their lives better”.


Soldier dies of health complications

Authorities allay fears of bird flu outbreak

Army officers and public health officials allay worries that the recent death of a soldier was from flu, noting he died from other health complications. They encouraged at risk people, including children and the elderly or those in poor health, to get the flu vaccine.

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A Karen soldier who died at Theppanya Hospital in Chiang Mai on January 29, 2014 did have the H1N1 flu virus but did not die from the virus but rather complications from pneumonitis the Commander of the 7th Infantry Division announced on January 31, 2014.
Although 11 soldiers at the 1st Infantry Battalion have been diagnosed with H1N1 it is fairly common this time of year, the Commander of the 1st Infantry Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment said. He told reporters that the soldier had gone home on leave in Mae Wang and returned to base with a high fever. The hospital at Kawila examined the soldier and found he had a pulmonary infection so sent him to Theppanya Hospital for treatment but he died shortly thereafter.
The commander said that the soldier’s family were concerned he had been beaten as he had been bleeding from his nose but the autopsy at Chiang Mai Maharaj Hospital confirmed that he died from the 2009 strain of H1N1. A total of 16 soldiers in the entire 7th Infantry Regiment have been diagnosed with H1N1 2009.
Col. Ram Rangsit, Head of the Department of Military and Community Medicine, Phramongkutklao College of Medicine said that while the virus spreads quickly but can be prevented with the Tamiflu vaccine. Antiviral drugs are used to treat infected patients. He noted that the use of the vaccine should prevent its spread to nearby communities.
Paisarn Thanyawinitkun, Chief of Chiang Mai Public Health Office noted that the H1N1 2009 flu is not bird flu and is detected year in the winter months.


Lucky license plates should bring in over 30 million baht

Popular designer plates blessed by monk

Lucky license plates will be auctioned off at the Empress Hotel Convention Center on February 22 and 23, 2014.

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The Provincial Land Transportation Office announced the upcoming auction of lucky license plates with colorful designs which will be held at the Empress Hotel Convention Center on February 22 and 23, 2014. Lucky bidders will go for lucky number plates as well as several new beautiful designs including the city of Chiang Mai “In the shadow of Doi Suthep Mountain”, other themes are “Blessed with rice, customs and traditions”, “Magnificent Nakorn Ping”, the International Convention Center and beautiful wildflowers of the North.
The popular plates are produced by 3M Corporation in the United States and are more durable than the regular license plates. The license plates have all been blessed by Kruba Noi of Wat Sri Don Moon. Kruba Noi is well-known for his amulets and is a revered abbot of the temple.
The proceeds of the auction will go towards improving road safety according to Waraporn Worapongsathorn of the Chiang Mai Land Transportation Office. In addition to road safety education campaigns it will also be used to purchase equipment for people disabled in road accidents, buy CCTV and speed cameras for the Provincial Police and an LCD screen for Region 5 Police as well as other projects.
The last auction collected 33,128,000 baht for the Road Safety Fund.


Campaign launched to keep Bhubhing Palace free of smoke

Prevent forest fires in Doi Suthep – Doi Pui

Members of the Royal Thai Army 7th Infantry Division join in the campaign to prevent and fight forest fires in Chiang Mai.

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Chiang Mai Governor Wichien Puthiwinyoo launched a campaign with the 7th Infantry Division on January 31, 2014 to help keep the Royal Palace of Bhubhing, located just a few kilometers from the peak of Doi Suthep, free of smog and smoke.
The Governor called on people to help prevent and fight the forest fires that plague the province in March and April. He noted that most of the smoke and smog that fills the skies is human created and that the problems caused by forest fires and smog today are a threat to society, the economy, tourism, health, vegetation, soil, water, wildlife and the global climate.
The Governor also presided over the blessing ceremony in honor of HM the King and reminded people that HM the Queen had assigned authorities to find solutions to the problem since 2009.
An ad hoc committee was set up with the Army and other agencies to prevent smog and forest fires in Chiang Mai and to enforce the ban on burning from February 1 to April 21 under the project “80 days of surveillance to control forest fires and smog in Chiang Mai.” The campaign is being implemented for the many communities in Doi Suthep – Doi Pui to encourage them to join in helping find solutions for the smoke problem.


Thailand sees 10,000 new HIV cases each year

The Ministry of Public Health has revealed that there are approximately 10,000 new cases of HIV infections each year in Thailand, adding that there are over 1.2 million HIV patients whose symptoms do not show.
According to the Bureau of Epidemiology, under the Public Health Ministry, more than 1.2 million people in Thailand infected with the deadly HIV virus do not have symptoms of the disease; in other words, they do not know that they are carriers. The bureau further revealed that Thailand sees around 10,000 new cases of HIV per year and only 250,000 patients are being treated for the disease.
Based on studies from 1984 to 2012, nearly 277,000 people contacted HIV during the period, 65% of whom were between the age of 30-44, and 85% of the total infections were caused by unprotected sex.
According to the latest survey conducted on different groups of people, the number-one cause of HIV transmission was injections, followed by male and female prostitution, respectively. (NNT)


City ensures safe food for Chinese New Year

On January 29, 2014 the Chiang Mai Municipality randomly checked food for sale at Waroros Market and reminded vendors the importance of clean and safe food for sale at the Chinese New Year festivities. Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn joined health officials in checking prepared foods for harmful chemicals including borax, preservatives and food colorings. The random check of over 50 samples found no harmful contamination in prepared foods.


Japanese government helps district in Nan to recycle waste

Mr. Akihiko Fujii, Consul-General of Japan in Chiang Mai and Mr. Suchest Phankaew, Mayor of Thawangpha Subdistrict Municipality at the closing ceremony of the project at the Sustainable Environment Management Center in Thawangpha, Nan Province on January 30, 2014.

The Government of Japan, under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects Scheme (GGP), has provided funds amounting to 3,147,900 baht for a project entitled “Construction of Waste Disposal Center to Encourage Community-Based Recycling in Dutai Subdistrict Municipality, Nan Province”. On January 29, 2014, Mr. Akihiko Fujii, Consul-General of Japan in Chiang Mai, and Mr. Surawat Lertchaipitak, Mayor of Dutai Subdistrict Municipality, were present at the closing ceremony of the project at the Waste Disposal Center in Dutai.
The Government of Japan has also provided funds amounting to 3,650,800 baht for a project entitled “Improving the Capacity for Waste Disposal Management in Thawangpha Subdistrict Municipality, Nan Province”. On January 30, 2014, Mr. Akihiko Fujii, Consul-General of Japan in Chiang Mai and Mr. Suchest Phankaew, Mayor of Thawangpha Subdistrict Municipality, were present at the closing ceremony of the project at the Sustainable Environment Management Center in Thawangpha.
In Thailand, large-scale production, mass consumption, and mass disposal, due to rapid economic development, have caused conspicuous environmental pollution. As a result, many municipalities are struggling to cope with an increasing volume of waste and the costs involved.
Dutai municipality in Nan province started to promote waste reduction in 2009, along with the distribution of trash bins to households, waste collection activities by residents, separating waste and selling recyclable waste, and composting of household garbage. In response to a request from Dutai municipality, the Government of Japan provided the cost of construction of the Waste Disposal Center which aims at training for capacity building of residents and composting organic waste.
On the other hand, Thawangpha municipality in Nan province, is a rare case in Thailand as it has its own landfill which meets sanitary standards. The municipality started to promote waste reduction plan in 2007, along with the composting of household garbage, and the recycling of recyclable waste, thus reducing the volume of untreated waste. In response to a request from Thawangpha municipality, the Government of Japan supported the cost of purchasing a stirrer. As a result, Thawangpha municipality has succeeded in reducing the amount of waste dumping.
Furthermore the Government of Japan provided the cost of training for capacity building of residents of these municipalities to develop their interest and ability in recycling, and is now creating a 3R-Oriented, Sustainable Society with the participation of residents.
The Japanese government intends to continue supporting projects which contribute to environmental protection activities at local residents’ level through its Grant Assistance for Human Security Projects scheme (GGP).


Thailand launches anti-plastic bag campaign

CP-All, the world’s third largest operator of 7-11 stores is joining hands with the Department of Environmental Quality Promotion to cut the use of plastic bags nationwide.

Thailand’s Department of Environmental Quality Promotion and CP-All, the world’s third- biggest operator of 7-Eleven convenience stores, have launched a campaign aiming to encourage the public, particularly the youth, to cut their use of plastic bags at convenience stores for greater waste reduction in the country.
Department of Environmental Quality Promotion director general Jatuporn Burutpat said the amount of waste in Thailand has fallem from an average 16 million tonnes a year by 300,000 tonnes as of 2013. He said up to 20 per cent or 80,000 tonnes of the total waste quantity is plastic bags, which last year declined 10,000 tonnes a day. Fewer uses of plastic bags would efficiently help lessen pollution as plastic objects take longer time to decompose.
Mr Jatuporn said the “Kidtoong Kidtoong Season 3” campaign aims at reducing plastic bag usage to one bag a day in a bid to decrease the use of garbage bags.
This year, the campaign targeting youth will set up a network at schools nationwide so the students are aware of the effects of plastic bags. The project also calls on government sector to scrutinise the bill which allows bio-degradable plastic to be produced at lower cost as a solution to eradicate the use of plastic bags. (MCOT online news)


Passport Office overwhelmed on first day of opening

Closed since January 13

The Chiang Mai Passport Office was overwhelmed by nearly 600 applicants on the first day open since its closure on January 13.

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The Chiang Mai Passport Office saw more than 500 people waiting for service when the doors opened on February 3 for the first time since closing January 13, 2014. People began lining up for the office to re-open since 4 a.m.
Although between 500 – 600 people were waiting, the office can only process 200 applications each day. It will take 30 days before applicants will receive their new passport through the Post Office.
Narita Supradit, Acting Head of the Passport Office Chiang Mai said that normally around 300 people come to the office to apply for a new passport each day but the closure of the service for so long saw a backlog of people wanting to apply. The office will distribute queue numbers beginning at 8:30 a.m.
The Passport Office Chiang Mai reminded applicants that all documents should be checked before coming to the office and if the old passport has not yet expired that they must bring it to the office. Failure to ensure everything is correct will only delay application. K. Narita said for those who are not sure what documents they need to call 053-891536 and they will have a complete list. The Department of Citizenship and Legalization and visa services are open as usual.
Applicants who cannot wait can travel to Bangkok and apply in Pinklao which allows only 1,000 applicants per day and Bangna which can process 1,700 applications each day. For more information please contact www.chiangmai .go.th/mfa. 053-891536 and 053-112 748- 50.


Drug trafficking suspect killed in shootout with Region 5 police

3 million Yaba pills seized in 9 days

Region 5 police show the 1.2 million Yaba tablets seized on February 1, 2014.

Nopniwat Krailerg and Chiang Mai Mail reporters
At the Narcotics Suppression Bureau on January 25, 2014, Pol. Capt. Chalerm Yubamrung, Director of the Center for Maintaining Peace and Order and Pol. Maj. Gen. Surapol Tuanthong, Chief of Narcotics Suppression Bureau announced the arrest of 4 Chiang Rai drug traffickers with 500,000 methamphetamine tablets. Weeryut Fahrungtaweesap age 25, Adulwit Wongnapapaisan age 35, Weerachai Fahrungtaweesap age 21 and Pan (alias) were arrested in a rental room in the Muang District of Chiang Rai on January 24 after police investigation led them to the four men. They confessed to police that they had been hired to transport the drugs to Ayutthaya.
A Chiang Mai man was arrested on February 1 in Petchabun after police followed him from the North as he allegedly smuggled drugs out of the North. Suwit Saengpechpiboon of Mae Chaem was arrested smuggling 1.2 million methamphetamine tablets, the suspect confessed to police that he had been hired to carry the drugs to Central Thailand from Chiang Mai.
In another case, police arrested Pimai Wiangbanpot of Wiang Pa Pao in Chiang Rai with 2.39 million baht at Hot district in Chiang Mai on February 2. He was charged with money laundering in connection with drug trafficking.
The Pha Muang Task Force intercepted drug smugglers along the border in Chiang Rai in the Mae Fah Luang District where 3 or 4 men carrying sacks opened fire on the soldiers when they ordered them to stop. Once the gunfire stopped, they found 100,000 Yaba tablets and several large blood stains that led them to believe two of the men may have been injured
A Tak man was killed at 10:30 p.m. on February 3, 2014 at a police checkpoint on Highway No. 11 in Mae Tha district, Lamphun. The man, identified as Nopphon Pechkheereerat age 25 was stopped by police at the checkpoint but fled the area on foot. Police followed him into the bushes where he fired on them with a shotgun later found near his body. Police returned fire, killing the suspect; they later found his body which had fallen into a 50 meter deep ravine.
Police investigated the pickup truck he was driving and uncovered 1.2 million methamphetamine tablets, or Yaba, in 14 bags hidden under fruit baskets. Pol. Maj. Gen. Chamnan Ruwdrew, Deputy Commissioner of Police Region 5, said that the drug trafficker belonged to the gang of the infamous Lt. Col. Yi Se and was smuggling drugs through Chiang Mai to Bangkok.


Fire destroys house in Suan Dok

See Man Pub suffers 8 million baht fire

A house behind Suan Dok was completely destroyed in a fire on January 25, 2014.

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A two story house in Wat Suan Dok caught fire around 9 a.m. on January 25, 2014. Phuping Police and four fire trucks rushed to the scene to find the home of Wipa Ruankaew blazing. The home was completely destroyed in the fire that took over 40 minutes to contain. The house was empty when the fire broke out and police assume the cause to be a short circuit.
The See Man Pub on Canal Road, which was undergoing renovations, caught fire at 2:25 p.m. on February 3, 2014. The fire produced a lot of some that saw people in neighboring condos and dormitories evacuating their buildings in panic. The fire caused a major traffic jam on the road as fire fighters from Chiang Mai and Suthep Municipalities took over 45 minutes to get the fire under control.
The fire started in the dropped ceiling of the building which had been undergoing renovations and spread to the kitchen where the fire intensified. A workman had been working on the ceiling and it is assumed that this was the cause of the fire although fire officials will investigate to find the cause of the accident. The fire caused more than 8 million baht in damage to the pub.


Sticks of TNT found at Warorot Grand Palace hotel on Election Day

The bomb squad investigate the suspicious object at the Warorot Grand Palace Hotel and found sticks of TNT wrapped in tape.

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Muang Chiang Mai Police received a report of a suspicious package on the table in front of the Warorot Grand Palace Hotel, home of the Rak Chiang Mai 51 radio station. The Region 5 Police sent the bomb squad to the scene to investigate at 11 a.m. on February 2, 2014.
They were followed by Pol. Maj. Gen. Krit Kitilue, Commander of Chiang Mai provincial police and Pol. Col. Aksorn Wongyai Superintendent of Muang Chiang Mai Police who went to meet with the owner of the hotel Petchawat Wattanapongsirikul, a local Redshirt leader and a consultant to the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security.
The EOD team found long sticks about 5 inches by 3 inches, wrapped with wire and black tape. They covered ti and fired a high pressure water gun on it. They found TNT sticks with detonating cord and 2 AA batteries.
The Redshirt leader told the police that the night before the incident two men road a motorcycle past the hotel and threw giant firecrackers in before escaping.
Police believe the incident was related to the Elections being held that day. On January 26 police found a suspicious object in the center island of the Chiang Mai – Doi Saket road opposite the Chaipattana Transportation Chiangmai Co. Ltd. EOD Officers of 33th Border Patrol Police investigated it and found that it was only a firework.


3 rai of opium fields destroyed in Pai

Pai Police, government and military joined forces to destroy 3 rai of opium poppy fields in the forest of Ban Mae Mueang Luang, Pong Sa sub district, Pai district in Mae Hong Son after receiving a report that there was opium under cultivation there. They found opium growing on approximately 3 rai but did not find the farmer. Pai police will investigate to discover the poppy grower.


Teens caught stealing from temple offertory boxes

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Wat Duang Dee on Prapokklao Road reported to the police that their offertory boxes had been broken into twice, once in the early hours of the 20th and again on the 21st of January. Police uncovered a suspect after viewing CCTV footage and found a homeless boy Sukda Manora, age 19, who often stays in the Venus Hotel in the Santitham area.
Police went to the hotel and arrested Sukda who confessed that he and three friends would break into temple offertory boxes. He told police that they had stolen from Wat Dub Phai in December and Wat Chang Tam in January. Police later arrested a 17year old boy with the stolen money.


Chinese tour bus collides with minivan carrying tourists to Chiang Mai

26 seriously injured

26 people were injured when tour bus carrying Chinese tourists slammed into a minivan bringing tourists from Laos.

Nopniwat Krailerg and Chiang Mai Mail reporters
A double decker tour bus carrying a group of Chinese tourists from Sichuan Province collided with a minivan bringing tourists from Laos through Chiang Khong to Chiang Mai Gate Hotel in the morning of January 29, 2014.
Police received a report of the accident and found that the injured had been sent to Theppanya and McCormick Hospitals for treatment. The bus collided with the van on the east side of the underpass at Mae Kao Sa – Aad Sai. The bus, belonging to New Udomchai Tour Co. Ltd had rolled onto one side with the windshield cracked. The minivan was seriously damaged.
There were 26 people seriously injured and 20 people injured slightly. Most of the injured were Chinese tourists; two of the injured were Europeans in the minivan that carried people from Germany, Mexico, France and the United States. The van driver was turning left to go behind Payap University when the bus collided with it at speed.
The bus was rented to a tour company that offered guided 5 day tours for Chinese tourists. The accident occurred on the last day after they were coming from Doi Suthep and going to Sai Thip restaurant in San Kamphaeng district. However, the tour company is fully insured for the tourist passengers of the bus.


HRH Princess Sirindhorn visits the Prostheses Foundation

HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn visited the Prostheses Foundation on January 24 to preside over a meeting and to pay homage to Somdet Phra Srinagarinda Boromarajajonani and HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana Krom Luang Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra by laying a wreath at the statue of Somdet Phra Srinagarindra.
The meeting covered the past year’s work in the community; the establishment of a prosthetics factory in community hospitals to help disabled people in rural areas get prosthetics quickly and improve the service by using materials from the country. They cooperated with the Office of Labor Standards to train prosthetics technicians in hospitals and cooperation with Chiang Mai Technical College to produce orthotics technicians. The organization also helped Myanmar and Malaysia establish their own prosthetics productions.
The Prostheses Foundation of H.R.H. the Princess Mother was established in order to help those who had lost a limb free of charge. Over 30,000 prosthetic limbs have been produced for disabled people all over Thailand. The Foundation has developed the production of prosthetics to manufacture high quality prosthetic limbs. They have worked to train technicians in local community hospitals so that everyone has access to prosthetic limbs when needed.


Burma’s Landmine Victims Turn Their Hands to Making Legs

Landmine victims have learned how to make prostheses in Myanmar.

By Khon Ba Thar, Myanmar
Kyaw Win is a former soldier with the Karenni Army, which has been fighting a separatist battle with Myanmar’s military for decades. The former soldier managed to keep his life, but after stepping on a landmine he lost one of his legs.After years living without the limb, Win was sent by the Karenni National People’s Liberation Front to learn how to make prosthetic limbs in neighboring Thailand. “We had training in Mae Sot for about three years and then the factory opened in 2007,” says Win of his new job making legs for other landmine victims.
“We can produce about 100 prosthetic legs every year,” he says, “Most of them are for soldiers, but in border areas, many villagers also get injured.”
Decades of armed conflict in Myanmar make it one of the worst hit countries for landmines, with people living close to the Thai border the most severely affected. The factory has made around 600 prosthetic legs since it first opened six years ago. Most are for landmines victims, but about 10% are for people with gunshot wounds or diabetes. “The materials are ordered from Thailand and arranged by the Mae Tao clinic in Mae Sot,” explains Win.
The advantage of employing people like Kyaw Win is that they know how it feels to walk with artificial legs. “The prosthetics the army made in the past were different,” says Maung Myint, a former army soldier, “Now, the ones that are made by disabled people like us are much more convenient to use.”
According to the Swiss NGO ‘Geneva Call’, more than 5 million people in Myanmar live in areas contaminated with landmines, the border areas are particularly dangerous. “Both sides are using landmines to harm people,” says Maw Kae, a worker at the prosthetics factory, “Even if we get genuine peace it would take many years to clear those landmines.”
Myanmar’s government hasn’t signed the international Mine Ban Treaty from 1997. But earlier this year it signed a MoU with the NGO Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) to begin the clearing of landmines in the eastern part of Myanmar, including Karenni State. The clearing process is expected to take some time.
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.


Ultimate Crossword championship held for the North

Adisorn Kamnerdsiri (4th left), Deputy Chiang Mai Governor along with Amnuay Ploysangngam (3rd left), President of the Thailand Crossword Club presided over the opening ceremony of 17th Max Ploys Crossword Game Northern Division Championship; a competition to find the ultimate Crossword champion They were welcomed by Asst. Prof. Jakkrit Klaphajone (5th left), multi-year Crossword Champion of Thailand and Weerachote Thirawayamakul (6th left), Marketing Manager of Central Plaza Chiang Mai Airport at Chiang Mai Hall in Central Plaza Chiang Mai Airport on January 25, 2014.


Factory Outlet Fair offers consumers good deals

The Factory Outlet Fair was held at the Industrial Promotion Center from January 31 – February 8.

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
The 15th annual Factory Outlet 2014 was held at the Industrial Promotion Center on Thung Hotel Road from January 31 – February 9, 2014 and is expected to see more than 50 million baht in cash flow. The Fair, held in cooperation with many state and private agencies is held annually to give manufacturers the opportunity to offer their goods to consumers at discounted prices.
Suwalee Kiatkarun, the promoter of the fair said that this fair was held in order to give a change to industrial producers of Chiang Mai and the North to display the quality products and sell directly to consumers. It is also offers regional entrepreneurs an opportunity to network with central business people.
There were more than 350 booths selling all kinds of products from clothes to jewelry, leatherwork, shoes and more. There was also a display on agriculture processing and the Northern food industry that exports to the North.
The Board of Investment (BOI) held a clinic offering investment advice for business people, while the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) offered exhibits useful for SME entrepreneurs. The Chiang Mai Center for Skill Development offered cooking projects. Additionally there was a 2nd hand products sale which donated all income to purchase medical equipment for the Physical Therapy room, Department of Orthopedics, Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital.


 
HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Tasty Smile for Miles

Election peaceful as turnout reaches 69.82%

Makha Bucha Day on February 14

Panda baby lost as Lin Hui miscarries

IIFF donates fire trucks and ambulances to Mae Fah Luang Foundation

Soldier dies of health complications

Lucky license plates should bring in over 30 million baht

Campaign launched to keep Bhubhing Palace free of smoke

Thailand sees 10,000 new HIV cases each year

City ensures safe food for Chinese New Year

Japanese government helps district in Nan to recycle waste

Thailand launches anti-plastic bag campaign

Passport Office overwhelmed on first day of opening

Drug trafficking suspect killed in shootout with Region 5 police

Fire destroys house in Suan Dok

Sticks of TNT found at Warorot Grand Palace hotel on Election Day

3 rai of opium fields destroyed in Pai

Teens caught stealing from temple offertory boxes

Chinese tour bus collides with minivan carrying tourists to Chiang Mai

HRH Princess Sirindhorn visits the Prostheses Foundation

Burma’s Landmine Victims Turn Their Hands to Making Legs

Ultimate Crossword championship held for the North

Factory Outlet Fair offers consumers good deals

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