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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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,
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).
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
“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,”
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.
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
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
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.