Happy birthday to HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn
The Chiang Mai Mail joins the nation in wishing
HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn a very happy birthday.
The Chiang Mai Mail joins the Kingdom of Thailand in wishing Her Royal
Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn a very happy birthday on April 2.
We join in with our most humble wishes for HRH Princess Maha Chakri
Sirindhorn for a long, healthy and happy life.
Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn was born on April 2,
1955, the third child of Their Majesties the King and Queen of Thailand. She
earned a Bachelor of Arts from Chulalongkorn University, a first class
honor, and a gold medal in History in 1976. She earned an M.A. in Oriental
Epigraphy (Sanskrit and Cambodian) from Silpakorn University in 1978, and an
M.A. in Pali and Sanskrit from Chulalongkorn University in 1980 and a
doctoral degree in Developmental Education in 1987.
HRH the Princess has developed special interests in agricultural extension
to improve school children’s nutritional conditions; supports education from
pre-school to tertiary levels; and mother and child care. She has also
concentrated on helping the handicapped, especially in using information
technology (IT) to develop independent living and learning skills.
HRH the Princess has been Executive Vice President of the Thai Red Cross
Society since 1977; Executive Chairman of the Chaipattana Foundation (in
charge of His Majesty’s development and environmental preservation
projects), Ananda Mahidol Foundation (to promote higher education), the King
Rama II Foundation (to conserve and promote Thai Culture); President of the
Sai Jai Thai Foundation (to support disabled veterans), Prince Mahidol Award
Foundation (to award prizes annually to members of the international
community for outstanding performances in the fields of medicine and public
health); and Adviser of the Committee of Thai Junior Encyclopedia Project by
Royal Command of H.M. the King.
HRH Princess Ubolratana
The Chiang Mai Mail humbly joins the Kingdom of Thailand in wishing Her
Royal Highness Princess Ubolratana a most happy birthday on April 5.
Her Royal Highness Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Phannavadi
was born on April 5, 1951, in Lausanne Switzerland. She is the eldest
child of Their Majesties the King and Queen.
HRH Princess Ubolratana is a very devoted leader of young people in the
campaign against drugs, and as such has instituted and keenly watches
over the To Be Number One project, encouraging family values, music and
sport as alternatives to drug use. She has also set up the Khun Poom
project to assist autistic children in Thailand.
In 2008, HRH Princess Ubolratana played the main role in the Thai film
Where The Miracle Happens. She has been an active supporter of the Thai
film industry for many years promoting Thailand as a destination for
filming, production and post-production.
Choking smog affecting the province
Smoke related illnesses on the rise
Smoke fills the air of Chiang Mai in this photo
taken in front of City Hall at 9:35 a.m. on March 17, 2014.
The choking haze that has filled Chiang Mai skies has seen PM10 or
Particulate Matter numbers continue to rise, affecting the health of people
in Chiang Mai. The city was starting to see the affects on March 8 as
burning forests and fields from neighboring provinces and countries drifted
into the valley, filling it with smoke.
The Air Quality and Noise Management Bureau, Pollution Control Department
reported that the PM10 numbers have been continuously increasing, adding
that the smoke has started to affect the health of Chiang Mai people as
people have already started experiencing problems with respiratory ailments.
Especially hard hit are the southern districts of Chiang Mai where most of
the hotspots are found; Om Koi, Mae Cham, Hot, Doi Tao and Mae Wang have the
most hotspots. The PM10 levels in the Muang district started to exceed the
standard at 120 micrograms per cubic meter from March 11, 2014 onwards.
At 8.00 a.m. on March 19, 2014, the Air Quality Monitoring Station at Chiang
Mai City Hall found PM10 at 168 micrograms per cubic meter, Yupparaj
Wittayalai School at 170 micrograms per cubic meter. The air quality in the
northern region on March 19 found PM 10 numbers in Mae Sai Health Office in
Chiang Rai at 186, in Lampang at 139, Lamphun was at 115 and Nan at 127.
Phrae saw PM10 numbers of 135, Phayao 168 and Tak at 110 while Mae Hong Son
was at 179. All numbers exceed standards and are considered to have an
impact on public health.
People are advised to avoid outdoor activities and to avoid exercise
especially. They are advised to wear a face mask and visit the doctor if
they get ill. According to the Chiang Mai Provincial Public Health Office,
Chiang Mai has already had more than 1,900 patients with respiratory disease
and in the North there have been more than 52,000 patients.
Chiang Mai Governor Wichien Puthiwinyoo said that now the problem of smoke
pollution in Chiang Mai has started affecting the quality of life of the
people. It is a huge disaster which impact on health, quality of life and
tourism industry of Chiang Mai. The governor commanded all relevant agencies
to promote public awareness of the problems of forest fire and smog, for
local government to help reduce the amount of dust in the air, and to
strictly enforce the law against offenders and arrest them immediately.
Dr Surasing Wisarutrat, deputy chief of Chiang Mai Provincial Public Health
Office warned that those at risk, especially children, elderly and patients
with respiratory tract should be extra careful and warned people to see a
doctor immediately if they have chest congestion, difficulty breathing and
Chakri Day is April 6
Chakri Memorial Day falls on Sunday, April 6 this year. As it falls on a
weekend, Monday April 7 will be the substitute public holiday. Government
offices and some businesses will be closed. Chakri Day commemorates the
establishment of the Chakri Dynasty and the founding of Bangkok by King
Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke in 1782.
8 districts facing
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Chiang Mai districts report to the provincial government on a weekly basis
so that the government can monitor the situation closely and distribute
water to people if needed. The government implemented a plan to set
distribution points that are convenient to the public in each village in
high risk areas.
Chiang Mai has been divided into 5 zones with government agencies support
for water trucks. They have also prepared water pumps and equipment to
alleviate drought and examined water resources and containers.
As of March 13, 8 districts, 29 sub districts and 212 villages have been hit
by drought affecting 77,871 people. The districts with the worst conditions
are Doi Tao, Om Koi, Hang Dong, Doi Lo, Phrao, San Pa Tong Chai Prakan and
Hod. Two districts are seeing a shortage of water affecting 21,005 people.
The impact on agriculture has affected 71,856 rai.
Chiang Khong Crown Prince Hospital receives funds from Japanese
Overwhelmed hospital to improve medical services
Somprat Munjit, Director of Chiang Khong Crown
Prince Hospital and Akhiko Fujii sign an agreement for funds to improve
medical services for the hospital.
The Government of Japan, under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human
Security Projects Scheme (GGP), is providing funds amounting to 3,494,000
baht for “The Project for Improving Medical Service for Residents in Chiang
Khong District, Chiang Rai Province”. On 7 March, 2014, Mr. Akihiko Fujii,
Consul-General of Japan in Chiang Mai, and Mr. Somprat Munjit, Director of
Chiang Khong Crown Prince Hospital, jointly signed the funding contract at
the Consulate-General of Japan in Chiang Mai.
Chiang Khong District borders Laos to both the north and east across the Mae
Khong River. Chiang Khong Hospital is a central hospital located in the east
of Chiang Rai Province and there is no end to the number of cross-border
patients coming over from Laos. The hospital treats these Lao patients from
a humanitarian standpoint as well as the local residents. It also conducts
referral services to hospitals in Chiang Rai City for seriously ill
However, a shortage and the aging of ambulances along with outdated medical
equipment at the hospital cause difficulties in providing prompt patient
transportation and adequate medical treatment. Procurement of a new
ambulance and new medical equipment is thus an urgent issue to be addressed.
In response to a request from Chiang Khong Crown Prince Hospital, the
Government of Japan will bear the costs of purchasing a wagon type ambulance
and updated medical equipment. The fourth bridge spanning the river to
connect Thailand and Laos opened in December last year. It is part of R3E
Asian Highway that passes through Laos to China. Besides, the ASEAN
Community is due to be established in 2015. It is clear that Chiang Khong
District will prosper as a key transit point and the flow and the volume of
both people and goods will increase dramatically in the future. This timely
support to Chiang Khong Crown Prince Hospital is expected to significantly
strengthen the medical system of the region.
The Japanese government intends to continue supporting projects which
contribute to improving the medical and healthcare services through its
Grant Assistance for Human Security Projects scheme (GGP). Grant Assistance
for Grassroots Human Security Projects Scheme (GGP). 053-203-367 or
Military Camp hospital to treat public for smog related health problems
Army sends out mobile clinics
Col. Suwit Wangyao, Deputy Chief of Staff of Ad
Hoc Headquarters and staff visited Saengwa Khwanchon at Nakorn Ping Hospital
recently to reward him for his efforts in fighting forest fires in Mae Wang.
The commander of the 3rd Army and of the Ad Hoc Headquarters for
Forest Fire and Smog Control ordered the Military Camp Hospital to send out
mobile clinics to treat people in the area whose health is suffering from
the increased smoke and haze. Lt. Gen. Satit Pittarat said that the Ad Hoc
Headquarters was closely monitoring the forest fire situation in the North
and was communicating with the military units in the area.
He also ordered the Military Camp Hospital to set up mobile clinics to treat
people with respiratory problems, stock up on masks and medicine to
distribute to people and for medical personnel to provide advice on health
care. He also reminded people to avoid outdoor activity and to refrain from
The Ad Hoc Headquarters of Forest Fire and Smog Control of 3rd Army Area
also supports the campaign to educate and inform people about the dangers of
burning and to support those who help fight fires in high risk areas. Col.
Suwit Wangyao, Deputy Chief of Staff of Ad Hoc and staff visited Saengwa
Khwanchon at Nakorn Ping Hospital. Saengwa is a resident of Huai I Khang in
Mae Win sub district, Mae Wang district and was recently injured in a fall
after joining other villagers to extinguish the forest fires upstream on Doi
Mon Ya at the night of March 11. The Colonel offered Saengwa a reward of
cash and goods as well as three blankets to help boost morale of those who
help to fight fires and to encourage others to join.
Chiang Mai City ready
for drought conditions
PWA confident city will not run out of water
The Assistant Manager of the PWA Chiang Mai
branch Kanokwan Suwannachot says the city is ready to cope with drought
conditions and believes that this the city will not face water shortages.
The province suffers drought conditions annually from March to June
during the hot, dry season. The PWA Chiang Mai Branch has responsibility for
preparing the water supply for 137 square kilometers including eight
districts; Muang, San Kamphaeng, Sarapee, Doi Saket, Hang Dong, San Sai, San
Pa Tong and Mae Wang.
The PWA Chiang Mai Branch draws water from four stations; Paton Water
Station which draws water from the Ping River, Mae Kuang Water Station which
draws water from Mae Kuang Dam, U-Mong Water Station which draws water from
the Mae Taeng Irrigation Canal and the Mae Wang Station which draws water
from the Mae Wang River. The four stations produce about 5,000 cubic meters
per hour. The Chiang Mai Branch also receives water from the Provincial
Waterworks Authority Lamphun branch and Provincial Waterworks Authority Mae
The PWA Chiang Mai Branch has coordinated with all agencies involved to ask
for reserve raw water to produce water supply from 33rd Military Circle and
Regional Irrigation Office 1. This includes installing a pipeline to enhance
the water pressure in low water flow area and preparing water trucks to
distribute water to people who ask for help due to low water flow or no
The PWA Chiang Mai Branch has constructed a water station in Mae Faek
Sub-district in San Sai and a mobile plant in Padaed Sub-District by using
water from the Mae Ping to help cope with water supply demand. The PWA
Chiang Mai Branch is confident that the stations will be able to distribute
reserve water adequately when facing drought situation and support the
expansion of the city in the future and believes that this year the city
will not face water shortages.
The PWA Chiang Mai Branch provides service to those who have trouble using
water and asked that people conserve water and prepare water containers for
use in times of emergency. For problems with water or to report a broken
water pipe the Call Center is open 24 hours: 1662, or 053-233479-80 Ext.
NARIT welcomes the public to view the skies
Visitors welcome to the Doi Inthanon Observatory
Amateur astronomers and interested students were
lucky to have the opportunity to view the skies through NARIT’s 2.4 meter
NARIT boasts the biggest telescope in South East Asia and lucky members of
the public and media were invited by the National Astronomical Research
Institute of Thailand (NARIT) to the Thai National Observatory in Doi
Inthanon National Park to experience the wonders of the sky and stars
through their telescope.
The 2.4 meter telescope was opened for visitors to take part in the 5th
annual “Open Sky to Find the Stars” activity held by NARIT. The highlight of
the night was the ability to view such far off objects as the Orion Nebula,
M42, the Eskimo Nebula and those closer to home such as the magnificence of
Over 100 visitors and media, both Thai and foreign were excited to join
Ubonrat Kongrapun, the Chiang Mai Public Relations Officer to meet with Dr.
Saran Poshyachinda, NARIT Deputy Director on Academic Affairs who gave a
tour of the facility and the visitors the chance to peer through the
Mr. Jelger Lemmens, a Dutch amateur astronomer, said that he is very
interested in the subject and was excited to be able to come from the
Netherlands to participate in this event and learn more about Thai
astronomy. He said that in his opinion, Thailand has great potential for the
development of astronomy in South East Asia with knowledgeable and expert
personnel. He was very impressed that NARIT provided such opportunities for
youth and people those interested to visit and study at the Thai National
Provincial Court opens psychosocial clinic
Counseling to be provided for defendants
Justices and police discuss the newest
counseling center as well as the use of video conferencing for bail hearings
that will reduce costs and time spent traveling to Court for officials.
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
The Chiang Mai Provincial Courts opened a psychosocial counseling
center to provide counseling to defendants in cases ordered by the Courts.
Chief Justice of Region 5 Prakit Suwanpromma presided over the opening
ceremony on March 7, 2014 and noted that in addition to the counseling
center the Courts have created an IT network linking the Courts so that
there can be more effective management of cases.
The Clinic was established to provide counseling in cases ordered by the
Court’s judges in cases such as domestic violence and drug abuse. The judges
hope that this will allow mediation and compromise in such cases and allow
for trained officers to work with the defendants.
The Court is adapting to modern technology in adjudicating cases allowing
for video conferencing, as well as clearly documented steps that people can
check on mediation, requests for bail and provisional release, those who
have been jailed and allowing litigants and visitors the ability to check on
the progress of their cases. The Court already uses video conferencing in
bail cases and the video conferencing on cases for officers in the Chiang
Mai Provincial Court, Chiang Mai Central Prison and Women’s Correctional
Institution will reduce the time and cost of travel.
Senate campaign heats up with 13 candidates running for office
Election scheduled for March 30- ban on alcohol sales in force
Thirteen candidates are competing for a seat in the Senate the
Office of the Chiang Mai Election Commission announced, candidates include a
former senator, former Deputy Governor, doctor, academic, lawyer, former
government officials as well as community leaders.
Dr. Suchart Jaipakdee said that the Office of The Election Commission of
Thailand or ECT is ready to hold elections and believe that there will be no
violence as senators are not affiliated with any political party.
Campaigning so far has been smooth and the ECT expects 75% of eligible
voters to go to the polls.
The candidates for Senate are: Sompong Khaikham, number 1. Number 2 is
Phethai Techolan, number 3 is Adisorn Kamnerdsiri and Chamnan Chanruang is
number 4. Number 5 is Pongpun Chaiwan, number 6 is Thaworn Kietchaiyakorn,
number 7 is Kritsanapong Phrombuengram and number 8 is Pornsak Sangkawan.
Number 9 is Apiwat Kunarak, number 10 is Pol. Sub Lt. Samapol Kasammala,
number 11 is Sampan Chatmongkolpan, number 12 is Vachira Ruangpornvisuti,
and number 13 is Dr. Boontha Chailert.
The Senate elections will be held on March 30, 2014 from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. The
pre-election will be held on March 23, 2014, and in Chiang Mai will be held
at the International Convention and Exhibition Centre. There will be a ban
on alcohol sales from 6 p.m. March 29 to midnight on March 30, 2014.
Red Shirts from 17 Northern provinces rally in Chiang Mai
Calls for separate Lanna state rejected
Red Shirt supporters clogged
Chiang Mai roads as caravans of cars and motorcycles traveled to the
Convention Center from the 17 Northern provinces.
Tens of thousands of Red Shirt supporters traveled to Chiang Mai
from the 17 Northern provinces to rally at the International Convention
Center on March 8, 2014. The supporters streamed into the city on the
highways as they headed to the Convention Center causing some traffic delays
as cars and motorcycles passed in large groups.
The rally, the Democratic Movement in the North of the United Front for
Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) was held to demonstrate their power to
protect the Prime Minister and government after the election. The rally was
led by UDD leaders Jatuporn Promphan, Natthawut Sai-kuea and Thida Thawonset
who addressed the crowd from the stage and vilified the People’s Democratic
Reform Committee: PDRC of Suthep Thaugsuban. The speakers also rejected
claims that they wanted a separate Lanna state.
Northern Red Shirts of the lower Northern provinces joined up in front of
the Hang Chat Police Station in Lampang before joining up with Mahawan
Kawang, Chairman of the Chiang Mai Tuk Tuk Cooperative. Over 100 Tuk Tuks
waited for the group on the Superhighway at the Chiang Mai - Lampang Road
before moving to the International Convention Center.
Traffic clogged the roads as the groups of Red Shirt supporters filled the
roads causing traffic jams around the city. Once they all moved to the
International Convention Center they stayed there until late into the night.
Father and son die in internet café fire
A father and his son were killed in a fire
in an internet café on March 13, 2014, the mother and daughter escaped
the fire with injuries.
San Kamphaeng firefighters and police rushed to the scene of a
shop house fire at 4:30 a.m. on March 13, 2014. The building, the scene
of Tum Electronic Shop was ablaze when firefighters arrived and it took
them more than 30 minutes to put out the fire.
After the fire was out police and forensic experts examined the scene of
the fire and found 20 computers in the internet café on the ground
floor. The second floor was used as computer equipment. In the bathroom
of the 2rd floor they found the body of Thiradech Kasemchokekchampol,
age 38 and the body of his 15 year old son on the terrace. The
firefighters believe they were trapped in the fire that started on the
ground floor and spread to the second and third floors. Waraporn
Kasemchokekhampol the 37 year old mother and their 13 year old daughter
were injured in the fire.
Investigators believe the fire may be caused by a short circuit but will
investigate to find the exact cause.
Property valued at 50 million baht seized for trafficking
Fang 21 houses and 7 cars taken by police
The Saehan family saw 21 properties valued
at 50 million baht seized as the result of the drug trade recently.
Assets valued at over 50 million baht were seized from a family
accused of drug trafficking in Chiang Mai on March 6, 2014. On March 1
police arrested 3 men with 610,000 methamphetamine tablets hidden in a
secret compartment in a Mitsubishi pickup truck in Phitsanulok. Two
other cars used to navigate and guard the shipment were also seized. The
suspects confessed that they had been hired to smuggle drugs from Chiang
Mai to Bangkok.
Police tracked the drugs to the Saehan family at Karnkanok Ville 2 in
San Sai and seized properties of suspects believed to be involved in the
drug trade. Twenty one houses and commercial buildings were seized as
proceeds of the drug trade, 7 cars and 4 motorcycles with a total value
of 50 million baht.
Meanwhile, Narcotics Control Board Region 5 reported that they have
seized over a billion baht in assets resulting from the drug trade in
the North since 2000.
Facebook car thief caught in Chiang Rai
The suspect confessed to police that he met
a nurse on Facebook and met her for drinks where he drugged her drink
and stole her car.
Police arrested Siriwech Sithiwech, age 27 of Nakhon Si
Thammarat on suspicion of drugging and robbing an Udon Thani nurse. The
suspect confessed to police that he had met the woman on Facebook and
met her at a hotel in Udon Thani. It was there he told the police that
he drugged her drink, took her up to a hotel room where he stole her
iPhone, a gold necklace, 4,000 baht in cash and the keys to her white
Udon Thani police issued an arrest warrant for the man but he had taken
the car to Chiang Rai where he planned on driving the stolen car to
Phayao to visit his wife. They tracked him to Phan District in Chiang
Rai on March 11, 2014 where they arrested the suspect and charged him
Police Volunteer killed in car crash
A police volunteer was killed in a car crash
inside the moat on March 15, 2014.
A police volunteer was killed and a sub-lieutenant was seriously injured
after their car smashed head on into an electric pole on March 15, 2014.
Rescue personnel rushed to the scene inside the moat where they found
the police truck totaled and the two injured men. The accident occurred
at 8 a.m.
Pol. Sub Lt. Phutthisan Inta, Sub- patrol inspector of Muang Chiang Mai
police station, was driving the truck and was seriously injured in the
accident while the passenger, 39 year old Pakorn Klongnum, died later at
the hospital. The cause of the accident is under investigation.
1.65 million Yaba tablets seized in 8 days
Two women were arrested by the Narcotics
Suppression Police smuggling 350,000 Yaba tablets in Phayao.
Over 8 days from March 9 to March 17, police seized over 1.65
million methamphetamine tablets in 7 different arrests around the North.
On March 9, 2014 7 men from Chiang Dao were arrested with 192,000
methamphetamine tablets stamped with the WY logo on Chotana Road in Mae Rim.
Police had the gang under surveillance and saw them receive the drugs in
Fang, they tracked them in two cars as they returned to Chiang Mai and
intercepted them in Mae Rim where they found the drugs packed in bags. The
suspects confessed that they had been hired to carry the drugs to Central
Thailand. Police are expanding their investigation to find more members of
the gang and are taking action to seize property.
Mae Sai Police received a report that a drug trafficking gang would be
sending drugs at a transport company on March 10, 2014 on Highway 123.
Police set up an ambush to arrest the gang near the transport company. The
police saw a black motorbike parked nearby and asked the driver to check it
but he pulled out a gun hidden under his jacket and opened fire on the
police. Police returned fire killing the suspect. They found 190,000
methamphetamine tablets in a black bag near the body.
A 34 year old woman from San Kamphaeng and a 25 year old woman from Nan were
arrested by Narcotics Suppression police with 350,000 methamphetamine pills
in Chun District in Phayao. The police had learned that the gang planned
smuggling drugs from Wiang Pa Pao in Chiang Rai to send to Sukhothai in a
Mazda pickup truck and an Isuzu truck. Police stopped the vehicles but the
Isuzu pickup managed to escape. Police found drugs hidden in a large plastic
water pipe in with home decorations. The two suspects confessed that smuggle
the drugs to Sukhothai for 200,000 baht. Police later seized property
belonging to the women in San Kamphaeng valued at 5 million baht.
On March 12 the Border Patrol Police arrested a 33 year old Chiang Dao man
with 30,000 methamphetamine tablets at a restaurant in San Sai. The police
had information that the man was smuggling drugs to deliver to a buyer in
Chiang Mai and tracked him to the restaurant where they arrested the
suspect. He confessed to police that he had been hired for 10,000 baht to
smuggle drugs from the border to Chiang Mai.
On March 17 the police announced two separate arrests that resulted in the
seizure of a total of 488,000 methamphetamine tablets.
In the first case police arrested a drug trafficker on the Chai Prakan –
Phrao road with 340,000 methamphetamine tablets hidden in the modified
chassis of a car. The suspect was sending the drugs to a buyer in Bangkok.
There was that a second car involved but the driver managed to escape from
Three drug traffickers were arrested with 108,000 methamphetamine tablets on
the same day on the Mae Malai- Pai Road in Mae Taeng. The three suspects
confessed to police they brought the drugs from the border in Chai Prakan to
smuggle to Central Thailand.
Two men from Mae Taeng were arrested by police with 440,000 methamphetamine
tablets in a pickup truck. Narcotics Suppression Police reported that they
had information on a gang that as smuggling drugs from the border in Chiang
Mai and intercepted the truck and surveillance car in Mae Rim. Later police
seized property belonging to the suspects in including a 5 rai longan
orchard in Mae Taeng, 98,000 baht in cash and other property with a total
value of 5 million baht.
award for “Auntie Boon”
Recognition of her tireless efforts in HIV research
Somboon Suprasert or Auntie Boon (right)
seen at last year’s International Women’s Day conference with a
By Margaret Bhadungzong
In recognition of United Nations International Woman’s Day, the
Zonta Club of Thailand will present the Rose Award to Somboon Suprasert
for her lifetime of service as respected researcher in the field of HIV
Mrs. Suprasert, 82, known affectionately as “Auntie Boon”, received the
award at a dinner sponsored by 400 Thai Zontians on March 9 in Bangkok.
Somboon Suprasert epitomizes the achievements the Zonta International
seeks to emphasize in the worldwide women’s movement. She always
followed her personal belief to do the best she can and not just what’s
necessary. She proves there are no boundaries for women.
Mrs. Suprasert came to Chiang Mai in 1960’s when she was Director of the
Tuberculosis Unit under the Ministry of Public Health. By 1972, she had
persuaded the national government to establish the Department of Family
Medicine in the Chiang Mai University Medical Faculty. She was a
researcher on a major health project undertaken by Johns Hopkins
University in the field of HIV and Aids. She was the charter president
of the Zonta Chiangmai Club in 1997.
More recently, Ms. Suprasert was conveyed an honorary doctorate by the
North Chiang Mai University for her years of service disseminating
health education to raise the quality of life for hundreds of residents
in northern Thailand.
The Zonta Club of Chiangmai 1586 is part of Zonta International whose
mission is to advance the status of women worldwide. The Chiangmai Club
does this through community service, annual fundraising and fellowship.
PAO holds Seminar on educational problems facing Chiang Mai
President of the Provincial
Administration Organization Boonlert Buranupakorn said that one
of the biggest obstacles facing education in Chiang Mai was the
inequal access to education for disadvantaged children.
Chiang Mai’s biggest obstacle in education is the
inequality of educational access for children, President of the
Provincial Administration Organization Boonlert Buranupakorn
said at a seminar held recently. The President noted at the PAO
is responsible for improving and promoting education in the
Chiang Mai area according to the Provincial Administrative
Organization Act, B.E. 2540 (1997).
President Boonlert said that the Chiang Mai PAO has been
developing teachers and personnel, supporting materials for
teaching and others. He noted that in basic education in Chiang
Mai, including both formal and non- formal education, there are
a total of approximately 1,120 institutions, 350,000 students
and 14,000 teachers and personnel.
He added that in addition to the inequality of access to
education that sees many disadvantaged children, disabled
children, hilltribe children and alien children unable to obtain
schooling or have access to limited schooling, often due to
living in remote regions, that another issue is that Chiang Mai
students do not continue on with their education and educational
management has no unity.
At the seminar, President Boonlert said the PAO had accelerated
efforts to solve these problems and increase the quality of
education of students of all institutions as Chiang Mai students
need to be prepared for the competition they will face with the
onset of the AEC.
Chiang Mai Governor donates funds to help farmers
Governor Wichien Puthiwinyoo donates
50,000 baht of his own money to the fund to assist rice farmers
after the rice pledging scheme collapsed.
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Chiang Mai Governor Wichien Puthiwinyoo donated 50,000
baht of his own money to the fund to assist rice farmers left in
limbo from the rice pledging scheme. The Governor donated the
money to a fund set up at the Bank for Agriculture and
Agricultural Co-Operatives (BAAC) office Chiang Mai on March 5,
2014 through Sommart Buppako, Deputy Director of Affairs
Department, upper north branch of BAAC and Sakchai Khamruangrit,
Director of BAAC Chiang Mai.
The fund was established at the BAAC to help farmers who are
suffering after not receiving payment under the government’s
rice pledging scheme. The fund was set up as a short term
solution to assist farmers in need and is funded by the Thai
public and their generosity to help farmers while they await
money from the government.
The fund is limited to 20% of the debt that the rice pledging
scheme owes the farmers and the Bank said that it is managing
the funds in the account that is also receiving interest.
B-Boy dance contest at Promenada won by Bangkok team
Hug Academy, in cooperation with Promenada Resort Shopping Mall
held the B-Boy Battle 2014 on March 15, 2014. The dance
competition featured teams from around Thailand competing in
b-boy dancing, a new form of breaking that features athletic
moves coupled with dance. The competition saw prizes valued at
over 30,000 baht handed out to the teams. The international
judges from Oman, Switzerland and Thailand chose Hippo Vised
Skill out of Bangkok as the top dance team competitions that ran
all day. Runner up teams came from Bangkok, Chiang Mai and
Harbour business owners
file complaint with Governor
Business owners at the Harbour
Community Mall filed a series of complaints with the Chiang Mai
Governor asking for mediation to resolve the outstanding issues.
A group of business owners at the Harbour Community Mall on Huay
Kaew Road handed over a petition filled with complaints against
the mall’s owner to Deputy Governor Chana Pangpibul acting as
Governor Wichien Puthiwinyoo’s representative on March 11, 2014
at City Hall.
The group, which was led by Kittiya Wittayanin, stated that the
Harbour Community Mall which has been operated for more than a
year by Nakorn Kornherun, Founder of Wuttisak Clinic Co., Ltd.
had not fulfilled its promises to market and promote the mall.
The business owners state that the mall had presented a
comprehensive marketing and advertising plan to attract tenants
but later did not follow through and advertise as promised.
The group claims that more than 95% of the businesses in the
mall have shut down and many of the people are suffering from
loans taken out to start business in the mall, noting that many
of them had to fit out the shops themselves and that the extra
cost had not been recouped.
Recently, there had also an announcement to sell the mall to
another company however, the group filed a lawsuit against the
mall under the Consumer Protection Act in Chiang Mai Provincial
Court in mid-2013. Twenty three people are in the action asking
for damages of 32 million baht. The case is still in process in
the Courts so the group has asked the Governor to mediate with
the mall to take responsibility in the matter and reimburse
business owners for costs of fitting out and refund the 3 month
deposit to everyone who rented a space.