Jumbos to be feted at National Thai Elephant Day celebrations
National Elephant Day will be celebrated on
March 13 with a grand feast and blessing ceremony for the elephants.
National Thai Elephant Day is celebrated on March 13 every year since 1998
when it was first celebrated. The Maesa Elephant Camp in Mae Rim will hold
celebrations on Thursday, March 13, 2014 from noon to 3 p.m. where Governor
Wichien Phuttiwinyoo will preside over the event. The day will be open to
visitors without charge and will feature the highlight of the day, the
Elephant Sa Tok; a blessing ceremony for the elephants and the elephant
feast. There will also be art & craft demonstrations, traditional fiddle
performances by famed National artist Buasorn Thanomboon and dancers
performing “Elephant Dances”.
Veterinarian Ronnachit Rungsee of the Maesa Elephant Camp said that Maesa
Elephant Camp currently has 73 elephants which in the past worked as logging
elephants. The camp has worked to maintain Thai elephants by breeding
elephants and have had 25 baby elephants born in the camp. Currently
Thailand has 2,500- 3,000 elephants in captivity and only 2,000 wild
elephants. Their birth rates are lower than their death rates so it is
important to care for elderly elephants and breed elephants to produce
healthy babies. Maesa Elephant Camp cooperates with Faculty of Veterinary
Medicine of CMU to use frozen semen from elephants for breeding for the
first time in the world. National Thai Elephant Day focuses on educating,
cultivating awareness to tourists generally, and preserve the traditions and
science that related elephants.
Lucky license plates raise 26 million baht
The auction of lucky license plates raised 26
million baht for the road safety fund. Metit Wutthichyanan paid 1.4 million
baht for lucky number 9999.
The lucky license plate auction held on February 22 and 23, 2014 at the
Empress Convention Center, Empress Hotel raised 26,094,296 baht for the
Road Safety Fund.
Chanchai Keelapang, Chief of the Chiang Mai Provincial Land Transport
Office said that the highest price at auction was for lucky plate 9999
by Metit Wutthichayanan, a tour company owner, who bid 1,466,666 baht
for his lucky plate. The next numbers, 8888 and 5555, were both
auctioned off for 600,000 baht. The lowest price for a lucky license
plate was for number 3300 for 21,000 baht. This year’s auction brought
in 6 million baht less than last year’s auction which brought in 32
million baht. Chanchai Keelapang said that the 13th lucky license plate
auction will be held in August.
Funds raised from the auctions are used to purchase equipment for people
disabled in road accidents, 3 large LED screens for Police Region 5 to
use in campaigns to promote road safety and CCTV cameras in high traffic
areas such as Central Plaza Chiang Mai Airport and Central Festival
Rak Chiang Mai 51 leader denies calling for a separate Lanna state
Dr. Pechawat Wattanapongsirikul, the head of the
red shirt group Rak Chiang Mai 51 and an adviser to Acting Social
Development and Human Security Minister Paveena Hongsakul, held a press
conference denying allegations that he had called for a separate Lanna
Dr. Pechawat Wattanapongsirikul, the head of the red shirt group Rak Chiang
Mai 51 and an adviser to Acting Social Development and Human Security
Minister Paveena Hongsakul, held a press conference on March 3, 2014 at
Warorot Grand Palace Hotel to deny allegations that he had called for a
separate Lanna state called the Democratic People’s Republic of Lanna.
Dr. Pechawat denied media reports that he was the head of the separatist
movement and noted that the name of the group had been misunderstood. He
said that the name Sor Por Por Lanna did not mean Democratic People’s
Republic of Lanna” but in fact, the name means “Assembly for the Defense of
Democracy of Lanna” an organization set up to campaign for the elections
held on February 2, 2014. He added that he was not involved with the group
but had only been invited to speak on Election Day on the rights and duties
of citizens to exercise their right to vote but had been forced to decline
as he could not go.
He said that the Thailand was indivisible as everyone has the same
traditions, languages and King and that the only divisive elements were
disdain for human dignity, inequality in application of the country’s laws
and not using democratic systems in governance with the King as Head of
State. He said that he had discussed this in an academic setting, saying
that if all three occurred at the same time then it could lead to
self-management. He said his opinion did not say that there would be a
separate state of the Democratic People’s Republic of Lanna.
Dr. Pechawat’s legal adviser Prakornkiat Yanhan said that his legal team had
gathered evidence to prosecute those who alleged that Dr. Pechawat had
called for a separate Lanna state.
Royal Thai Army Chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha commanded Lt.Gen. Preecha
Chan-ocha, commander of the 3rd Army Corps to prosecute those promoting the
“Sor Por Por Lanna” or “Democratic People’s Republic of Lanna” and for their
members to report to Mae Ping police and Meuang Chiang Mai police. Members
of the “Sor Por Por Lanna” group or “Assembly for the Defense of Democracy
of Lanna” issued a clarification to the Army chief that “Sor Por Por Lanna”
means “Assembly for the Defense of Democracy of Lanna” and it was founded on
28 December 2013 with the purpose of advocating the February 2 elections.
The group reiterated to the Army Chief that they did not have a policy to
divide the country and said that the Army should check information from
multiple sources especially when coming from media that has a history of
Sister of HRH Princess Soamsawali injured in car accident
M.L. Saralee Kitiyakorn, sister of HRH Princess
Soamsawali, was injured in a remote area of Om Koi when the car she was in
overturned on a steep mountain road.
M.L. Saralee Kityakorn, or K. Nam Phueng, sister of HRH Princess Soamsawali
was injured in a car accident in Om Koi on February 22, 2014. Three other
people, including the driver were injured in the accident that occurred at
Baan Sob Khong as the car was traveling down a steep mountain road. The car
overturned injuring M.L. Saralee in the chest. Apita Sareemarn saw injuries
to her shoulder, neck and waist, while Nawarat Charanyakorn injured her
right arm and the driver, suffered injuries to his face.
M.L. Saralee Kitiyakorn was traveling to Chiang Mai to film for a television
documentary. Due to the remoteness of the terrain the Border Patrol Police
sent a helicopter to evacuate the injured to Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai
Hospital. According to authorities a truck would have taken a day to reach
the scene of the accident.
HRH Princess Soamsawali visited her sister in the hospital and M.L. Saralee
Kitiyakorn was discharged from the hospital after care.
Chinese tourists causing a stir at CMU
CMU officials met with the parents of two
Chinese youth who dressed in CMU uniforms and took photos at the school.
Nopniwat Krailerg & Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Lecturers at Chiang Mai University have reported regularly occurring
instances of classes being disrupted by Chinese tourists entering the
classroom to take photos of the students and lecturers and, in the case of
classes in English, sitting in on classes to enjoy a free lesson.
The lecturers have told Chiang Mai Mail reporters that Thai students are
very shy in front of strangers and by having the Chinese tourists sitting in
on classes in English often do not participate in lessons as they feel
uncomfortable in practicing English in front of strangers.
Additionally a security officer found two young Chinese tourists dressed in
Chiang Mai University uniforms that their parents had purchased across the
street. The security guard found the parents taking photos of the two youth
dressed as students in front of the CMU sign and inside the university.
Students and members of the CMU community had seen similar such actions
before and commented on social media that such actions were inappropriate.
Associate Professor Rome Chiranukrom, Vice President for International
Relations and Alumni Relations said that they had met with the family and
discussed the inappropriateness of the actions and that by law people are
not allowed to impersonate students at the school and that they must report
to the police. They asked that people not post such photos on the internet
as it gives a wrong impression of the school.
It has also been reported that some of the visitors are camping on the
campus grounds. Chiang Mai University, with its picturesque campus and lake
is a favorite destination for locals to walk in the afternoon but also for
Chinese visitors as it was featured in the Chinese blockbuster movie “Lost
Chiang Mai University is going to start charging fees for bicycle riders and
parking for cars and motorbikes. They also plan on offering guided tours for
tourists on a minibus.
Chiang Mai has seen a boom in tourism in large part due to the influx of
Chinese tourists, many of whom are independent travelers. Last year there
were 100,000 Chinese visitors to Chiang Mai and this year it is projected to
be at least 120,000 with more direct flights being added in April as the
airport will remain open after midnight to accommodate late night flights.
Forest Fire Smoke Free Day
held in Chiang Mai
Deputy Governor Charoenrit Sa-nguansat reviews
the troops, officials and equipment for fighting fires on National Forest
Fire Smoke Free Day.
February 24 was established as the Forest Fire Smoke Free Day on August 22,
2000 by the Cabinet to campaign to educate the public and increase awareness
of the dangers of forest fires and to encourage farmers to stop burning
forests. The campaign works to encourage the participation of individuals,
communities, government agencies and private organizations to protect and
preserve the forests and control forest fires.
Chiang Mai Deputy Governor Charoenrit Sa-nguansat presided over the opening
ceremony of the event that was organized by the Forest Management Bureau
No.1 (Chiang Mai Province) of the Royal Forest Department, the 16th
Conservation Area Administration Office of National Parks, Wildlife and
Plant Conservation Department and the Natural Resources and Environment
Office Chiang Mai. The event was attended by over 1,500 people including
officers of Royal Forest Department, National Park, Wildlife and Plant
Conservation Department, police, soldiers, relevant government agencies and
members of theJeep Club Chiang Mai.
The Deputy Governor said that the day is also held to relate the current
state of the environment and forest fires during January and February every
year. He noted that during January and February 2014 the overall air quality
was moderate but was likely to deteriorate. The AQI, PM10 levels and hot
spots had been increasing during the beginning of the year and it was having
a direct impact on people’s health, their quality of life, the economy and
tourism in Chiang Mai. The government has instituted 80 days of strong
surveillance for forest fires and prepared officials, vehicles and equipment
to have the maximum effect in operations to control forest fires. The Deputy
Governor concluded that the problems needed to be resolved in a serious and
Tourist drivers causing mayhem on city streets
Chanchai Keelapang, Chief of the Chiang Mai Provincial Land
Transportation Office recently reported that the Office had met with
officials from the Chinese Consulate General in Chiang Mai to discuss
measures to ensure that rentals made to Chinese tourists were within the
He noted that many tourists, especially Chinese tourists; rented cars but do
not have driver’s licenses and did not know how to drive. They caused a lot
of problems by driving down the wrong side of the road, park in no parking
zones, stop suddenly without indicating and generally not following traffic
rules. Local people had complained and posted photos to social media of
dangerous and illegal driving actions.
The Office met with officials of the Chinese Consulate to seek measures to
get tourists to follow traffic rules in the last two months. The Consulate
officials suggested that police were too lenient with tourists who had
broken traffic laws. The Consulate will inform Chinese tourists of the
traffic laws and that a driver’s license is required.
The office has also been working with the Tourist Police, Immigration
Division and Provincial Police to establish a service center for driver’s
license for foreigners. The Chiang Mai Provincial Land Transport Office will
cooperate with other units to seek measures to resolve the problems.
Public Health Ministry warns of
formaldehyde in food nationwide
File photo of a vegetable stall in a Chiang Mai
fresh market. (Photo courtesy of [email protected])
People should take notice of the color and smell of produce and meat to
prevent consuming products contaminated with formaldehyde, the Department of
Health asserted after it found concentrated formaldehyde contamination in
Health Department Director-General Phonthep Siriwanarangsan revealed that
the finding was the result of the Public Health office in Phitsanulok’s
random inspection of outlets that sell beef products. The use of
formaldehyde in food, which keeps the product looking fresh, has been
increasingly observed although it was illegal; the penalty was a maximum of
2 years jail term or no more than 20,000 baht in fines, according to the
People should observe whether the color or smell of meat is abnormal. The
meat should also be treated with at least 70 degrees Celsius of heat before
consumption, in order to allow the chemical to evaporate. As for fruit and
vegetables, consumers should wash them either with salt water, vinegar or
Those exposed to a high dose of formaldehyde will experience severe
headaches, increased heart rate, chest pain, dry mouth and throat, nausea,
and Diarrhea. If taken in by breathing, formaldehyde can destroy the
respiratory tract, cause inflammation of the lungs and pulmonary edema; such
consequences may prove fatal. Intake of even smaller quantities of
formaldehyde contributes to cancer.(NNT)
Prime Minister presides over meeting on drought, smog and forest fires
Acting Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is
greeted by supporters before she met with the Governors of the 17 Northern
provinces to discuss the smog and drought problems.
Acting Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra met with Acting Deputy Prime
Minister Plodprasop Suraswadi, Acting Transport Minister Chatchart
Sittipunt, Acting Interior Minister Jarupong Ruangsuwan and Acting Deputy
Interior Minister Wisan Techathirawat at the International Convention Center
on February 27, 2014 to discuss the drought, smog and forest fire problem
with the Governors in the 17 Northern provinces.
Acting Deputy Prime Minister Plodprasop Suraswadi clarified the current
water situation noting that 60% of the water reserves had already been used,
leaving 40% that must be used for the maximum benefit. The Thai
Meteorological Department predicted that this year summer began in
mid-February and will end in May and predicted that total rainfall will be
similar to last year. This means that the total rainfall is not enough to
meet the demands for consumer and agricultural consumption in the North,
North East and Central regions.
The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation has
determined the areas at risk for forest fires in 65 provinces and
established an ad hoc center to prevent and resolve drought, smog and forest
fires in all risk areas at the provincial level, district level and local
level under the commanded of governor. They have mobilized resources
including manpower and materials and made an action plan. They have asked
for cooperation from the public in regards to community and agricultural
burning. They have held a campaign to publicize the dangers of burning and
to increase awareness.
Acting Prime Minister Yingluck stressed focusing on water management so that
the consumer and agricultural consumers will have equal access to water in
times of drought and that in the case of disaster the Provincial Governors
will receive immediate assistance. She also commanded the Department of
Disaster Prevention and Mitigation cooperate with Ministry of Agriculture
and Cooperatives arranged zoning area especially rice growing area to comply
with water management. She also noted that the primary method to solve the
smog problems was to prevent forest fires and burning.
After the meeting, the Acting Prime Minister and Ministers went to the foot
of Doi Suthep to erect a fire barrier with 3,000 people.
Filling the air with love
City sprays water to launch clean air project
The Chiang Mai Municipality joined forces with
Wing 41, Military Circle 33, the Traffic Police and others to launch a
project to clean city streets and check emissions of vehicles.
Chiang Mai Municipality launched the “Filling the air with love” project on
February 19, 2014 with the Mayor spraying water from a water truck to
release water into the air and symbolically launch the project to clean
Chiang Mai. A caravan of water trucks was released to clean city streets and
water trees to dampen the dust and smog.
The Municipality also had emissions testers at Tha Pae Gate to stop trucks
and cars that seemed to be emitting a lot of smoke and check the pollution
emissions. Car owners also received advice on how to fix their cars and get
rid of the smoky emissions. The event was held in coordination with over 20
organizations including Military Circle 33, Wing 41, Chiang-Mai Traffic
Police Center, Chiang Mai Provincial Land Transport Office and others.
Government hears results
of Flower Festival 2014
Survey results on suggestions for parade
The 48th annual Flower Festival was held from
February 7 – 9, 2014, the government heard results of a survey of 2,000
people on the event.
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Chiang Mai Rajabaht University surveyed 2,000 people from three different
sectors; tourists, businesspeople and participants in the Flower Festival to
learn of problems, obstacles and suggestions for improvement for the Chiang
Mai Flower Festival held February 7 – 9, 2014.
Chokdee Amornwat, Chiang Mai Permanent Secretary met with officials to
discuss the results of the survey. The survey found that the number of
tourists and visitors had doubled over last year but that in the future
there should be better marketing of the event nationwide, more signs
promoting the Festival, and have officers who are proficient in English for
Fifty-two percent of the respondents felt that holding the Parade from 5
p.m. to 10 p.m. was best and 48% felt that it should be returned to the
morning time. Respondents also felt the number of days of the event should
be extended. Chiang Mai Mail’s own unofficial survey found most people
disagreed with the late start and preferred the parade in the early morning.
Respondents felt that the parade should be better lit so that flowers could
be seen better and that crowd control was lacking and more staff were needed
to keep people from blocking the parade route. Respondents felt that the
opening ceremony should be grander and that there should be a greater
variety of performances and shows as well as invite celebrities to attend
Respondents to the survey said that Suan Buak Haad Public Park should have
more floral decorations and needed more light, more parking and more public
found dead in his truck
Police do not suspect foul
play in the death of a songthaew driver whose body was found in his truck in
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
The body of a 62 year old songthaew or red truck driver was found in his
truck in the morning of February 28, 2014 in the parking lot of Prasertland
on Canal Road. The Phuping police station received a report from another red
truck driver who had gone to check on his friend after seeing the red truck
parked in the parking lot since the morning of February 27.
Police and rescue personnel went to the scene but found Kongkham Khamwong
from Mae Rim dead inside the vehicle in the driver’s seat. Police checked
the area and found witnesses who said the man had driven himself there and
parked the truck early in the morning of February 27. A preliminary
investigation yielded no sign of foul play or injury and the medical
forensic team believes he may have died from some illness or heart problems.
10 kilos of Ya Ice valued at 30 million baht seized in sting operation
10 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine with
a street value of 30 million baht was seized in a sting operation in
Chiang Mai on February 25, 2014.
The Department of Special Investigation and the Police Region 5
cooperated to uncover a drug trafficking ring out of Myanmar in a sting
operation that yielded 10 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, or Ya
Ice, valued at 30 million baht.
Pol. Lt. Gen. Suthep Dejraksa Commissioner of Police Region 5, Pol. Maj.
Gen. Chamnan Ruwdrew Deputy Commissioner of Police Region 5 and Pol. Lt.
Col. Somporn Chuenkomol, director of Special Case Operation Center
Region 5 of Department of Special Investigation (DSI) announced the
arrest of Hom Aunsaeng age 29 from Mae Sai and a Burmese man named Kue
age 39 of Tachilek in Myanmar in a sting operation. Thai undercover
operatives offered the men 9 million baht in cash to purchase the drugs.
The arrest was the result of DSI working in coordination with the U.S.
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Police Region 5 to investigate
a transnational drug trafficking gang linked to groups of people in
Northern border areas. Although police arrested two members of the gang,
others escaped. Officers bought the drugs packed in Chinese green tea
boxes. Police believe the ring is controlled by a dealer in Mae Sai in
28 injured in pickup truck accident
Fang villagers headed to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
28 people were injured when the truck they
were riding in rolled onto its side going around a steep curve.
Twenty eight members of the Dara-ang tribe in Fang District were
injured, mostly elderly people and small children, when the pickup truck
they were riding in overturned on a sharp curve on the road to Doi
Phuping Police station received a report of the accident on the road to
Doi Suthep near the Wang Bua Ban Waterfall in Suthep district at 8:30
a.m. on February 22, 2014. Police and rescue personnel rushed to the
scene where they heard the cries of injured people near the truck that
lay on its side in the road.
The police found that they were headed to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep to
worship but the driver, unfamiliar with the road, rolled the truck on
the sharp curve. The injured were rushed to Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai
Hospital for treatment.
Eight hundred teak logs
confiscated in Lampang
Lampang authorities have seized 800 logs of protected teak, whereas two
million baht worth of Siamese rosewood has been confiscated in Bueng Kan
More than 800 logs of protected teak have been found in a wood
processing plant located in Lampang Province. According to provincial
authorities, the arrest came following complaints made by locals who
claimed that there could be wood smuggling going on in the area.
Authorities also found wood processing equipment and other evidence,
which will be used to trace the perpetrators.
Meanwhile, another arrest was made in Bueng Kan Province, where a total
of 112 logs of Siamese rosewood and a truck were confiscated. Police
said the timber was being delivered to Bung Khla District, adding that
the wood was worth up to 2 million baht. (NNT)
Drugs arrests in the North yield nearly half a million Yaba pills
6 arrests in 9 days
A Fang man was arrested smuggling 200,000
methamphetamine tablets in Phrao.
On February 19 Chiang Mai traffic police operating a checkpoint
in front of the Aun Ai Rak Restaurant on Wang Singh Kham road in the
city stopped a Honda Wave driven by Wisit Wongpanya, age 30 in a route
traffic check. The driver was acting suspiciously so police asked for
permission to search his vehicle and his belongings. Police found 200
methamphetamine tablets hidden in his bike and in his bags. He was
arrested for possession and taken to the Chang Puak Police Station.
Initially, the suspect confessed that he is an electrician and he sells
drugs he bought in Fang district for 80 baht per pill to be sold to
teenagers and workers in town for 200 baht per pill. He was arrested
while traveling to deliver drugs to a buyer.
On February 22 a Fang man was stopped at the Phrao – Ping Khong
checkpoint after police received a tip off that drugs were expected to
be carried through the checkpoint. The police stopped Ti Ai – Li, a Tai
Yai man from Fang and uncovered 200,000 methamphetamine tablets packed
in plastic bags and hidden in a big plastic bucket along with
agricultural equipment. The suspect told police that he had been hired
to carry agricultural equipment and denied all knowledge of the drugs
hidden in the truck.
The Border Patrol Police performed a sting operation on February 24,
2014 in Chai Prakan where they made an appointment to purchase drugs
from a dealer in the area. Tuekha or Lai Singkhornbanjong, age 46 of
Chai Prakan, delivered the drugs and police found 12,000 methamphetamine
pills. The suspect confessed that he had been dealing drugs for a long
time and receiving drugs from the border in Chiang Mai.
A San Kamphaeng woman was arrested after police received a report that
there were drugs in the room where she was holding a party on Wiang Bua
Road in Chang Puak Sub-district. Police raided the room and found
Rosarin Phanuwatdecha, age 38, with 32 ecstasy pills and 400 grams of
crystal methamphetamine. She confessed to police that she sold the
ecstasy to customers in bars and clubs but used the crystal meth for
Three men from Chai Prakan were arrested by the police on Fbruary 27
after they received a tip off that the gang would smuggle drugs through
Baan Pang Ma Ku in Chiang Dao sub district by motorcycle. Police
patrolled the route and stopped three men; an underage youth driving the
motorcycle and Nathor Jachu age 28 riding pillion. Pa-ngee Pusu age 35,
who was also arrested, rode another motorbike nearby. The youth managed
to escape but police found found 98,000 methamphetamine pills on the two
remaining suspects who confessed that they had been paid 5,000 baht per
person to smuggle the drugs to Pang Dang village in Chiang Dao.
Lampang police seized 164,000 methamphetamine pills at a checkpoint in
Sobprab District on February 28, 2014. Police stopped the driver of a
bronze Isuzu pickup truck and searched his truck because he was acting
suspiciously. They uncovered 164,000 methamphetamine tablets hidden in
the side panels of the doors, the gearbox and the pickup bed. The
suspect, Nikomsak Khuensuwan age 39 of Chiang Rai, confessed to police
that he had been paid 100,000 baht to carry the drugs from Laos to
Kanchanaphisek Public Park re-opened after renovation
Adding green space for the public
Chiang Mai Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn presided
over the opening ceremony for newly renovated Kanchanaphisek Public Park
next to Suan Prung Hospital.
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Kanchanaphisek Public Park, which was inspected by Mayor Tussanai
Buranupakorn two years ago for rehabilitation had been abandoned and
overgrowing with weeds, until slated for renovation by the Municipality to
add to Chiang Mai’s desperately needed green spaces.
Located next to Suan Prung Hospital the 16,000 sqm park was renovated in
cooperation with community groups Chiang Mai Green Beauty Scented, the
Chiang Mai’s Self-Managing Association and area community groups.
The opening ceremony on February 21, 2014 was presided over by Chiang Mai
Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn who noted that more benches, lights and
trashcans had been added to the park, the paths improved, bathrooms
renovated and more trees and plants planted to improve the green space for
public use. The park has a part of the old city walls inside it for
historical interest as well and is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and there is
no alcohol or smoking allowed in the park.
The Mayor noted that the Municipality is working to add more green spaces to
the city which is quite low on green areas for public use.
Leaves & Sticks Bank in Mae Hia receives visit from Acting Prime Minister
OTOP also on agenda
Acting Prime Minister inspects the products
for sale at the giant OTOP Exhibition and Distribution Center in San
Kamphaeng before meeting with OTOP entrepreneurs.
Acting Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra paid a visit to the Leaves &
Sticks Bank in Mae Hia during her recent visit to Chiang Mai. She was on
hand to preside over the opening of the Bank on February 28, 2014 with
the Mayor of Mae Hia Municipality Tanawat Yodjai and sub-district heads,
village heads and others. The Leaves & Sticks Bank was established to
help Mae Hia residents manage their organic waste, allowing people to
deposit waste such as grass and plant clippings, sticks, leaves and
other organic waste. The waste is composted and distributed to farmers
and gardeners. The Bank was established to promote composting and allow
farmers to get rid of their organic waste without having to burn it.
The Acting Prime Minister then visited the recently opened OTOP
Exhibition and Distribution Center in San Kamphaeng to inspect the
center and meet with a group of OTOP entrepreneurs in Chiang Mai as well
as officials from related agencies. The group gave a report on past
operating results, problems and obstacles they face and sought solutions
to develop the center further.
Royal Cremation rites
for donated cadavers at CMU
Faculty of Medicine scatters ashes in the Ping River
Students from all medical faculties
joined in the Royal Cremation Rites for those who had donated
their bodies to the school for study, the rites are held every
year to show the school’s respect and appreciation for the
people who have donated their bodies after death.
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Every year the Department of Anatomy at the Faculty of
Medicine, Chiang Mai University holds a Royal Cremation Ceremony
for those bodies that had been donated to the school for
scientific purposes. This year the bodies of 485 people were
cremated from February 28 to March 2, 2014 at Wat Latthi Wan in
Medical students need to learn to perform dissection and study
anatomy from real bodies and organs. Charitable people from
Chiang Mai donate their bodies to be used in science after their
deaths and the school holds the ceremony to show their respect
to these patrons of science.
The ritual ceremony was held at the Department of Anatomy at CMU
on February 28 and the bodies transported to Mae Rim for
cremation after the ceremony. Once all the bodies were cremated
their ashes were scatted on the Ping River. Students from all
medical faculties joined in the ceremony including the Faculty
of Medicine, Faculty of Dentistry, Faculty of Pharmacy, Faculty
of Medical Technology, Faculty of Nursing and Faculty of
All teachers and students joined to show their respect and
appreciation for the donations of the cadavers for study as it
is vital to medical students to have real subjects to study and
Public Health for Democracy Group donates funds to police
Members of the Public Health for
Democracy Chiang Mai group donated 32,200 baht to Pol. Maj. Gen.
Pacha Ratanaphan, Deputy Commissioner of Police Region 5 for the
families of fallen policemen.
Members of the Public Health for Democracy Chiang Mai
group visited Region 5 Police headquarters on February 23, 2014
to donate funds raised for the families of police officers who
had died while on duty at the PDRC rally in Bangkok and to
support police on guard at the rallies.
The group made up of doctors, nurses and public health staff
visited Pol. Maj. Gen Paca Ratanaphan, Deputy Commissioner of
Region 5 Police Bureau to donate 26,000 baht for the families of
police officers who had died on duty at the rallies and a
further 6,200 baht for necessities while on duty such as food or
Pol. Maj. Gen. Pacha Ratanaphan, Deputy Commissioner of Police
Region 5 thanked them for the donation and for recognizing the
importance of police officers who perform their duties with
firmness, patience and recognizing the importance of democratic
principles. Region 5 Police had sent 8 units, or about 1,000
officers from the 8 Northern provinces to Bangkok to help
maintain order during the demonstrations there.
Royal Rainmaking Center tackles haze and drought conditions
Rainmaking planes to fight forest fires
The Chief of the Northern Royal Rainmaking Center Anuparp
Pawawattananusorn said that center has been monitoring weather
and air pollution in the North; by the middle of February
Lampang and Phrae already had air pollution that exceeded the
standards. The center began launching planes to make rain on
March 1, 2013 and will cover Chiang Mai, Lamphun, Lampang,
Phayao, Chiang Rai, Mae Hong Son and Tak for 264 day by 1 CN
Aircraft, 1 CARAVAN Aircraft, 1 SKA aircraft and 1 helicopter
Rainmaking is usually more effective at the end of March as
there is more moisture in the air to seed clouds. The center has
already received requests for rainmaking in many areas,
including Pua District in Nan, Sam Ngao district and Wang Chao
district in Tak, Wiang Pa Pao in Chiang Rai, Ban Hong in
Lamphun, Song District in Phrae and Mae Chaem district in Chiang
Mai. This year the center will also use the planes to extinguish
Prayad Ananpradit, acting chief of The Natural Resources and
Environment, Chiang Mai office said they received 103 reports of
forest fires in the first three weeks of February, all of which
were extinguished completely, 887 rai of forest land was
damaged. They found 130 hot spots, with Doi Tao having the most
at 32 hot spots, Hot and Om Koi each had 23 hot spots Mae Chaem
had 21 hot spots, Chong Thong 10 and 4 each in Mae Wang and San
Kamphaeng. Samoeng, Mae Taeng and Doi Lo had two hotspots each
and San Sai, Fang and Wiang Haeng had 1 each.
Air Quality started to drop in Chiang Mai in the middle of
February with the AQI reaching 75 in the first week of March
although Lampang, Phrae and Phayao both registered AQI over 125