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Vol. XIII No.7 - Sunday April 6, 2014 - Saturday April 19, 2014


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Cycle and Walk!

More bicycle routes for the city

The Municipality is launching a program to encourage non-motorized transport in the city and will be adding more bicycle routes to encourage people to make the switch from their cars to bicycles.

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
The Chiang Mai Municipality launched a project to open new bicycle routes and to promote walking and cycling and other non-motorized means of transportation including trishaws on March 23, 2014 at Three Kings Monument. The project will open more public areas, add bicycle routes and promote non-motorized means of transportation around the city as part of a project in cooperation with the Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning, World Bank and the Global Environment Facility to promote Sustainable Transport in Muang Chiang Mai.
The project, which received grant assistance from the Global Environment Facility is receiving technical assistance in planning transport and traffic management as well as land use planning and the design of non – motorized transportation routes.
Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn thanked the World Bank, the Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning in realizing the importance of the initiative and support non-motorized transport in the city. He said that it was important to promote traffic patterns that are not only environmentally friendly but also protect the historic beauties of the city. The Mayor expressed hopes that in the future non-motorized transportation will be the norm in the city and that the city will have alternative mass transport so that people will be encouraged to cycle and walk.
 


Royal Rainmaking works to combat smog and drought

Royal Rainmaking planes have been taking to the skies when weather conditions are good for rainmaking. (Photo by Alec [email protected])

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
The planes of the Northern Royal Rainmaking Center took to the skies starting on March 1 as part of the annual plan to seed clouds and increase moisture to fight smog created by smoke and burning and to combat drought conditions in the North.
The Northern Royal Rainmaking Operation Center is scheduling six flights a day for royal rainmaking operations due to appropriate humidity in the air, overly dry conditions earlier in the month meant difficulties in cloud seeding. From March 1-9 2014 they operated a total of 18 flights, using 13.1 tons of chemicals and 6.7 tons of water but they were unable to produce rain in the area due to the very dry conditions. From March 10-16 there were a total of 33 flights using 22 tons of chemicals and 10.20 tons of water resulting in some small amount of rain mainly falling in Phitsanulok, Nan and Uttaradit. The Royal Thai Air Force meanwhile used aircraft to spray water to add moisture to the air as well.
The PM10 levels or Particulate Matter up to 10 microns in size rose and fell the the week before publication. PM10 particles are coarse in nature and usually come from smoke and dust from farming, factories and roads. From March 26 the 24 hour average of PM10 levels at SriPhum went from 117 PM10 on the 26th to 165 on the 27th, falling to 154 on the 28th and 137 on the 29th. Rising again to unhealthy levels of 166 on the 30th and falling to 114 on March 31. On April 1 the PM10 average was 142. Anything over 101 is considered unhealthy.
Chiang Rai, Mae Hong Son and Nan also hadPM10 values that exceed the standard value.
Rain fell on April 2 and 3 in the North with a relative humidity of 30% which is suitable for Royal Rainmaking operations.


Public holidays in April

Chakri Memorial Day is a public holiday that falls on April 6 every year, this year April 6 is a Sunday so substitution day is April 7. This is a public holiday and government offices and some businesses will be closed.
The government has declared April 12 – April 16, 2014 as a public holiday for Songkran. Government offices and many businesses will be closed during this period


Governor concerned that media reports will drive tourists away

Asks media to be careful on publishing information on smog

Governor Wichien Puthiwinyoo expressed concern that media reports would cause panic and asked members of the media to use caution when publishing news on the smog situation.

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At the weekly meeting of government agency heads on the smog and smoke situation at Chiang Mai City Hall on March 28, 2014 Chiang Mai Governor Wichien Puthiwinyoo received a report from agencies on the forest fire situation as well as PM10 numbers and the smog problem in the province from Prayad Ananpradit, acting chief of the Natural Resources and Environment, Chiang Mai office.
The Governor, who had just returned from a trip abroad, interrupted the report to remind media that news such as this could cause panic and drive tourists away from Chiang Mai. He noted that Chiang Mai was not the major source of the problem but that it came from elsewhere and that all agencies were addressing the issue fully. He said that there was not a problem with the general conditions of the city and that the Public Health Office had reported to him that there were no health problems.
He also said that he had arrived today but there was nothing, weather is good. Media must be careful when publishing about the situation. From now on, he added, media must use information from him only and then begged the media to present information that the province is working to resolve problems with different approaches.
However, the Pollution Control Department reported on the pollution levels in Chiang Mai at 9.00 a.m. on that day, March 28, that the PM10 levels (Particulate Matter) at Yupparaj Wittayalai School hit 214 g/m3 and Chiang Mai City Hall hit 216 g/m3. For the average 24 hours in northern, PCD reported that air quality would have an impact on health. PM10 number in Muang district in Lampang, Sri Phum sub district and Changpuak sub district in Chiang Mai and Muang Mae Hong Son greatly exceeded standards set by the government.


City tackles Chinese tourist problem with guidebook

The Chiang Mai Municipality met with local business groups to discuss handling the poor image of Chinese tourists among locals and to promote a handbook of behavior to be distributed to Chinese tourists.

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The Chiang Mai Municipality held a meeting with tourism operators and organizations to discuss ways in handling the issues that have arisen with the influx of Chinese tourists to the city on March 19, 2014. They announced they have created a guidebook in Chinese for tourists to be distributed to hotels around the city explaining important cultural behaviors in Thailand.
The meeting was held to also build an understanding of the Chinese tourists and to remind others that Chiang Mai should be proud to be so popular and, as Chiang Mai Mayor Tussanai Burnupakorn pointed out, that it is better to have tourists in the area and advise them on good behavior than to have no tourists at all.
He pointed out that the Chinese have given a considerable boost to the local economy and with that in mind the city has produced a guidebook “Living in Chiang Mai with Happiness” in both Chinese and English that offers important do’s and don’ts specific to Chiang Mai. The booklet has been distributed around the city for tourists.
Phunat Thanalaopanich, President of Thai Hotels Association Northern Chapter (Upper part) noted that in the past few weeks there had been several issues involving Chinese tourists such as dressing as CMU students and a photo of someone reported to be a Chinese tourist defecating in the moat. He said that in his opinion, making the guide book was a good but slow in the making because many agencies had tried before. He said that many of the problems came from Chinese backpacker groups that travel by themselves and stay in serviced apartments, but tourists who come with a tour company have fewer problems because they are easier to control. He said that publicity on good behavior must start at Immigration. Since the hit Chinese movie “Lost in Thailand” came out in 2013 Chinese tourists now make up 40% of all tourists and will rise to 45% for the Songkran Festival, a clear indicator that the Chinese tourist is a major market for local tourism operators.


Government sprays water in a bid to reduce haze in the city

Chiang Mai City has been spraying water in a bid to keep dust and haze down in the city.

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Chiang Mai city officials joined with various other organizations in a bid to reduce the haze that has been gripping the city since March 10 by spraying water into the air to reduce dust and increase moisture in the air. Chiang Mai Governor Wichien Puthiwinyoo was joined by President of the Provincial Administration Organization Boonlert Buranupakorn and Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn as well as various officials from Wing 41, Military Circle 33, and the Royal Forest Department for the launch of the program on March 19, 2014.
Deputy Governor Chana Pangpibul said that the Ad Hoc Headquarters set up to monitor and prevent the forest fire and smoke problems had found that the Air Quality Index monitoring stations first started reporting growing PM10 numbers (Particulate matter) on March 10 with numbers reaching dangerous levels on the 19th. The government is concerned for public health and the damage to tourism, he noted, adding that tourism adds more than 1 billion baht to Chiang Mai every year.
Governor Wichien confirmed that all sectors are fully dedicated to resolving the problem and said that compared to this time last year, this year has seen less days over the 120 mark. There are also very high amounts of dust due to the dry weather and heat. The Governor said that there is a 5,000 baht reward for anyone reporting to the authorities on people who burn. He added that most of the fires so far have been caused by nature.


Emergency training session at the Airport

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Chiang Mai International Airport personnel took part in a full emergency training session on March 26, 2104 at 1 a.m. The training was held in conjunction with the Chiang Mai Air Traffic Control Centre, Wing 41, Airline companies, and government units related to the Chiang Mai International Airport, the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Chiang Mai Provincial office, Chiang Mai Provincial Public Health office, Medical staff and Chiang Mai Volunteer Rescue personnel. The rehearsal of emergency procedures included practical steps, command and communication in the simulation of an aircraft that had skidded off the runway causing an engine fire and simulation of injured and dead passengers.
Chiang Mai Airport director Wing Commander Lakchai Chaloeyprach said that the training offers real-life practice for all parties involved, not only according to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) which determines the state of readiness of all airports and requires that training be held at least once a year. Most aircraft accident occurs when an airplane is taking off or landing. The training session ensures that rescue staff reacts in a speedy and timely fashion for the safety of the passengers. He concluded that the training is important and necessary because it will help build confidence in the system of assistance and safety of the passengers and tourists.


Worship ceremony for Lanna Kings preserves local traditions

Set for April 17 at Wat Suan Dok

Portraits of family members and Kings of the Lanna royalty are set up for the announcement of the worship ceremony that will take place on April 17, 2014.

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
The ancient Lanna Kings and Royal families will be honored in an annual worship ceremony at their cemetery at Wat Suan Dok on April 17, 2104 Deputy Governor Charoenrit Sa-nguansat announced at the meeting held to organize preparations.
The ceremony, held in coordination with the Lanna Royal Family Foundation, Lanna Royal Family groups and the Chiang Mai Cultural Council along with private and public organizations, is organized to remember the virtues and accomplishments of past Lanna rules and to continue local traditions. This year the ceremony will be held at 4:30 p.m. on April 17 at Wat Suan Dok.
The ceremony will include a parade of offerings of the Lanna Royal Family, government agencies, enterprises, and the public, all in traditional Lanna dress. The parade will start at Chiang Mai University Art Museum move to the cemetery of the Lanna Kings and Royal family members in Wat Suan Dok to perform the ceremony following ancient traditions. There will be dance performances from various schools as a royal tribute and a performance honoring the past Lanna kings and royal family members by the Chiang Mai College of Dramatic Arts. The event is open to the public and everyone is invited to wear traditional Lanna garb.


A Compassionate Connection; Rotary donates to Mae Tao Clinic

Chiang Mai International Rotary members Jerry Nelson and Joe Evans carried donated medical equipment to the Mae Tao Clinic in Tak.

By Jerry Nelson
Some of the early stereo types will lead one to the wrong conclusion that Rotary is all about businessmen networking. It’s absolutely true that Rotarians are attracted to one another when doing business, when socializing and when doing service in the community. The same is true for service opportunities be they huge international projects, national, regional, club or individual.
A gentleman by the name of Bill Feetham recently passed away here in Chiang Mai. His widow Fran Decoster contacted Roger Lindley, the president of Chiang Mail International Rotary Club. She had several pieces of expensive hospital equipment including a hospital bed, a machine that generates oxygen, an aspirator and much more. She wanted to donate this equipment to the Mae Tao Clinic. Roger called me. I called the Mae Tao Clinic and then fellow Rotarian Joe Evans. My next call was to Fran Decoster.
A couple of days later, on Friday March 21st, Joe and I picked up the equipment and the next morning we delivered it to Mae Tao clinic where it will all be put to good use. This was no big service but it was an opportunity to be of service provided by a compassionate connection. How did we fare against the Four-Way test? 2. Was it fair to all concerned? - Absolutely! Did it build good will and better friendships? Absolutely! Did it benefit all concerned? Bill Feetham – Though he has made his transition a bit of his legacy is at work helping the people who need the equipment. Fran Decoster - Yes, she has the knowledge that the equipment is in good use, and we were able to accommodate her time table. Roger Lindley and all of the Chiang Mai International Rotary Club – Yes, a small service has been accomplished. Jerry Nelson – Any time I can help the Mae Tao clinic even in a small coordinating role, I win. Joe Evans – Was delighted to help and the use of his truck made it all possible.
The Mae Tao clinic provides free medical service to Burmese immigrants and displaced persons along the Thai / Myanmar border in Tak province. They see between 300 and 400 patients a day. Many big donors have re-directed their giving to within Myanmar, leaving Dr. Cynthia Maung and her team with funding shortfalls. You may be assured that Fran Decoster’s generous donation was of great benefit to the Mae Tao Clinic and their patients.


Give prisoners a second chance

Northern Correctional Institutes Products Fair at Khamtieng

Prisoners are given the chance to learn new skills to start their lives outside prison, their products are on sale at the Northern Correctional Institutes Products Fair at Khamtieng through April 7, 2014.

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The annual Northern Correctional Institutes Products Fair opened at Khamtieng Market on March 28 and this popular fair runs through April 7, 2014. Pol. Col. Suchart Wongananchai, Director General of the Corrections Department presided over the opening ceremony of the 27th annual fair. Featuring goods produced as part of training and rehabilitation of prisoners from 21 prisons in Area 5 and 6.
Products included furniture including knockdown wooden Thai houses in many sizes as well as many other high quality goods produced by highly trained craftsmen. The prisoners are given skills training to improve their ability to find work and earn an income when they return to society.
Pol. Col. Suchart Wongananchai said that prison goods are quality products. The product has developed to be modern style and durability, but moderately priced. Prisoners will get an income while they in prison and the prisons get a circulating fund. These are not only decrease government expenses, but also encourage prisoners to have training, improving skill and knowledge and increase experience.


CMU doctor conducts first transplant of human cartilage in the North

CMU physician Dr. Prasit Wongtriratanachai at the Department of Orthopedics cultured the first cartilage transplant cells and surgery in Northern Thailand.

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
A team of physicians in the Department of Orthopedics, Chiang Mai University, has been working on research on culturing and transplanting human cartilage cells and was the first group to achieve this in the North.
Dr. Prasit Wongtriratanachai, lecturer at the Department of Orthopedics explained that the first patient who received the treatment at Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital was injured in an accident 1 year ago. At that time the doctors diagnosed tendon damage and put his leg in a splint so he could walk but he continued to have chronic pain. The doctor did a computer x-ray and found that an articular surface was affected from the accident and was the cause of the pain.
Although the doctors prescribed anti-inflammatories and physical therapy the intense pain the patient felt kept him from using his leg. The patient received the first cell transplant at the articular surface in the North. The cost is high and uses advanced technology with few places in that can perform the transplant and only a handful that can culture the cells necessary. The doctor decided to culture the necessary cartilage cells in Chiang Mai and spent a year working on the procedures and preparing the tissue.
Dr. Prasit Wongtriratanachai said “In the future, this research will be developed further; this will be effective in treatment because we want the patient to have cartilage cells as similar to earlier cells as much as we can. For this case, we are very satisfied with the results and we have checked the patient every 6 months after the operation. His pain has decreased and now he is completely cured and he can work normally.”


Northern Auto Show 2014 features innovative vehicles

The annual Northern Auto Show 2014 was held at Chiang Mai Hall at Central Plaza Chiang Mai Airport on March 28, 2014 and featured innovative eco-cars such as the Nissan LEAF. Here Chiang Mai Deputy Governor Chana Pangpibul (4th left) is joined by Chanchai Keelapang (3rd left) Chief of Chiang Mai Provincial Land Transport Office, Piroj Kullawanich (3rd right) the head of the Office of Commercial Affairs Chiang Mai and Wiwat Kittipornpanich (4th left) Managing Director V-Sign Media presided over the opening ceremony of “Northern Auto Show 2014” on March 28, 2014. The show runs through April 6, 2014.


Four injured in grenade attacks in Chiang Mai

Three separate attacks in one night

Four people were injured at the PTT station when an unknown assailant threw a grenade into the station.

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Mae Ping Police rushed to the PTT Gas Station in Nong Hoi on the Chiang Mai – Sarapee Road on Monday, March 21, 2014 after receving reports that someone had thrown a grenade at the gas station at 9:35 p.m. Four people were injured in the attack; three gas station employees and 27 year old Rossarin Jiumpironsak who was a customer at the station. No one saw the person who threw the grenade at the gas station.
The second area to be attacked was in the parking lot of Andaman Seafood on Mahidol Roa nearly 3 km away from the scene of the first attack. Upon investigation police found wires tied to the left front tire of a white Nissan Tida belonging to Suriya Thongsuk and then connected 2 meters of wire tied to the right front tire of a Honda Civic belonging to Sergeant Nikul Udkhong, the grenade’s safety pin was connected to the end of the wire. When Sgt. Nikul returned to his car around 10:20 p.m. after dinner he reversed it about 2 meters and the grenade exploded.
At nearly the same time, Sarapee police received the report of an explosion at the Chiang Mai Beverage Company Limited on Chiang Mai – Lampang Road in Sarapee district. An unknown suspect shot an M-79 grenade to the south of the building damaging the roof of the warehouse and then a second grenade was shot near the warehouse causing about 50,000 baht worth of damage.
Police assumed that the 3 incidents were perpetrated by teenage gangs or some group that wants to create chaos but have no indication if it is about politics or not. Pol. Maj. Gen. Krit Kitilue, Commander of Chiang Mai Provincial Police called all officers working on the 3 cases to meet and coordinate information on the attacks to find the person or persons who was behind the attacks.


Wooden house catches fire, spreads to neighbors

One house was completely destroyed in the fire that broke out in the morning of March 31, 2014.

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Fire and rescue rushed to the scene of a house fire on Prapokklao Road, Soi 6 to find that the fire had spread to five neighboring houses on March 31, 2014. The house, located near the Charoen Motor Chiang Mai Co. Ltd, was located in the heart of the old city, the narrow streets making access for the fire engines more difficult.
The two storey wooden house was severely burned and the fire had spread to neighboring houses, it took firefighter more than 15 minutes to bring the blaze under control. The house was completely destroyed in the fire while the neighboring homes suffered some damage. Nobody was injured in the blaze, estimates put the damage at around 1 million baht. Fire officials are investigating the cause of the fire.


PEA worker severely burned in fall onto live wires

36 year old PEA worker Amnuay Nanya suffered major burns over most of his body after falling from the pole onto live high voltage lines.

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A Provincial Electrical Authority lineman was severely burned after falling from the ladder onto live wires, the accident caused a blackout in the Suthep area and along Nimmanhaemin to Huay Kaew Road. The accident, which occurred around 10 a.m. on March 26, 2014 saw Amnuay Nanya, age 36 of Mae Chaem, draped across two power lines. At first the victim was conscious, screaming for help but his co-workers were unable to remove him until the high voltage lines were cut half an hour later.
The accident occurred in front of the Rehabilitation Medicine building, Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital and the PEA worker was finally rescued when the PEA crane truck arrived to help bring him down. He was sent to the hospital with severe burns across his body.
The victim’s colleagues revealed that they were ordered by their supervisor to replace the high voltage power lines from bare wire to insulated wires. They cut-off the current before the victim climbed up to work at the top of the pole but high voltage reverse from the other lines electrocuted the victim and caused the severe burns to his body.


Authorities check up on local businesses for violations

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The 3rd meeting of the National Command Center for Drugs (NCCD) Chiang Mai Office committee and the Center For Maintaining Peace and Order Chiang Mai Committee of 2014 was held to follow up on anti-drug and crime operations in the previous month and the committee received reports on drug suppression and law enforcement in Chiang Mai.
Deputy Governor Chana Pangpibul reported that the committee had inspected 7 entertainment spots for vice and noise pollution. They found five people without ID cards working at the nightspots and warned two business operators to follow the laws. Officers from the Excise Department investigated 14 pubs, restaurants and karaoke bars to find 13 of them had violated alcohol laws.
The authorities are checking into drug use and working to find treatment for addicts to combat drug and the crime that goes with it. They also worked to enforce no alcohol rules for the Senate election and are repairing traffic signs and lights to ready for the increase of visitors during Songkran.


Prisoners caught smuggling drugs returning from Court

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Officers of Lampang Central Prison discovered drugs hidden in the anal cavities of five prisoners returning from Court at the Lampang Provincial Court on March 31, 2014. The five prisoners had been attending court at the Lampang Provincial Court in the morning but their suspicious behavior upon returning to the Lampang Central Prison.
Officers searched the five men and found methamphet-amine pills and crystal meth-amphetamine. Prachaya Techali had 996 methamphetamine pills while Chatchawan Kadtasema had 20.7 grams of crystal methamphetamine ad 120 Yaba pills, Premchai Thongrak had 350 meth pills and more than 4.85g of Ya Ice. Sanit Somkerd had 390 methamphetamine pills and Chuchart Siyanan had 175 Yaba pills and more than 8,37g of Ya Ice hidden inside their bodies.Police are investigating to see how the five men had managed to obtain drugs at the Provincial Courts


2.4 million methamphetamine tablets seized in two arrests

A Lamphun couple was arrested smuggling 1.74 million methamphetamine tablets and 12 kg of crystal methamphetamine hidden in the truck lining of a Hino six wheel truck on March 21, 2014.

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Two separate arrests in Chiang Rai in two days saw police seize 2,448,000 methamphetamine pills or Yaba and 42 kilos of crystal methamphetamine from drugs smugglers bringing the drugs over the border through Chiang Rai with a plan to send them to Central Thailand.
The first arrest occurred on March 20 when 5 Hmong men were arrested with 700,000 methamphetamine tablets and 30 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine. Police arrested the gang on March 20 on Phaholyothin Road in Muang Chiang Rai, they told police that they had smuggled the drugs from the border by walking to avoid the Mae Chan checkpoint and then would transfer the drugs to a pickup truck to send to a customer in Ayutthaya.
The second arrest occurred in Chiang Saen District of Chiang Rai on March 21, 2014 when police uncovered 1,748,000 methamphetamine pills and 12 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine hidden in the truck liner of a white Hino six wheel truck at the Ban Saeo checkpoint. The couple, Rueangsak Phochara age 40 and Anocha Maneethong age 41 of Pasang in Lamphun, told police that they had been paid 49,000 baht to drive the truck to Muang Mai Market in Chiang Mai to pick up vegetables and then drive the drugs to Talad Thai in Pathum Thani.


Nan Hospital receives aid to treat remote villagers from Japanese government

Japanese Consul General Akihiko Fujii and Naris Boonthanapat, Director of Thung Chang Hospital inspect the medical equipment purchased for the hospital to use for treating villagers in remote mountain areas.

The Government of Japan, under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects Scheme (GGP), has provided funds amounting to 3,415,000 baht for “The Project for Improving Medical Service for Residents in Remote Areas in Thung Chang District, Nan Province”. On 6 March, 2014, Mr. Akihiko Fujii, Consul-General of Japan in Chiang Mai, and Mr. Naris Boonthanapat, Director of Thung Chang Hospital, were present at the hand-over ceremony of an ambulance and medical equipment at Thung Chang Hospital.
Thung Chang is a district located in the north of Nan Province, bordering Laos. Half of the population lives in remote regions surrounded by mountainous areas. Roads are mostly unpaved, which disrupts transport and communication, thus the villagers have faced difficulty in receiving adequate medical services.
Thung Chang Hospital, the only state hospital in the district, conducts referral services for those who have no means of transportation. However, until now, the hospital had no 4WD ambulance capable of negotiating the winding mountain roads, which forced it to use a vehicle without stretcher or life support equipment. Therefore, many patients lost vital time in receiving medical treatment. Besides, the medical equipment in the hospital was outdated and unreliable, making it difficult to provide adequate treatment.
In response to a request from Thung Chang Hospital, the Government of Japan bore the costs of purchasing a 4WD ambulance and updated medical equipment. This support enables the prompt transfer of patients in remote mountainous areas and improves the medical facilities of the hospital.
The Japanese government intends to continue supporting projects which contribute to strengthen medical service through its Grant Assistance for Human Security Projects scheme [email protected] (GGP).


Robots invade Central Plaza Airport

Robot Design Contest Northern round

Team Yang took first place in the Northern Round of the Robot Design Contest on March 23, 2014.

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
The Northern Round of the 7th Robot Design Contest was held at Central Plaza Airport Chiang Mai on March 23, 2014 by the Faculty of Engineering at Chiang Mai in conjunction with the National Metal and Materials Technology Center (MTEC), National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), and the Ministry of Science and Technology.
The Yang Team took first place with their robot creation, members of the team include Jeerasak Noisapung of Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna (Chiang Mai Campus), Supichaya Ngernthongdaeng of Phayao University, Thanapol Wangchana of Chiang Mai Technical College, Nattapong Patcharasatra of Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna (Chiang Rai Campus) and Supakorn Intoratat of Chiang Mai University. Second place went to team “Nai”, the team’s members: Jatupol Unpho of Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna (Chiang Mai Campus), Paitoon Yatan and Ekarin Jarupakasanti of Phayao University, Siriwan Kaewmaruen of Chiangmai Technical College and Saharat Chuensuwan of Saraphi Technical College. The third place team was “Chocolate”, the team’s members: Wanwisa Dejmak of Pibulsongkram Rajabhat University, Chanin Sritong and Nattakarn Salabualeoi of Phayao University, Wasin Suwan of Chiang Mai University and Sattaya Tongnoon of Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna (Chiang Mai Campus).
The Robot Design Contest was held to open opportunities for youth in both higher education and vocational education to participate in this project, provide talented students to develop skills, knowledge, and ideas in a regional stage up to international level. Students attending the competition can apply experience and inspiration to improve skills and knowledge to design robots for competition, leading to further develop the educational prototype robot research and commercial projects for the industrial sector and service.


Galyani Vadhana district’s new government center ready

HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn to preside over opening

HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn will preside over the opening ceremony of the Galyani Vadhana District’s new government center.

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Chiang Mai’s newest district, Galyani Vadhana, which was created by a decree of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej on December 26, 2009, is preparing to welcome HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn to preside over the opening ceremony of the District’s new Government Center on April 24, 2014.
The Deputy Governor Chana Pangpibul presided over the meeting for preparations for the opening ceremony. The country’s 878th district was named in honor of HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana Krom Luang Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra, HM the King’s beloved sister.
HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn will preside over 3 ceremonies in the district on April 24; the opening ceremony of the Galyani Vadhana District Government Center, lifting the gable apex at Wat Chan and laying the foundation stone at Galyani Vadhana School.


Projects researched by the Pinkanakorn Development Agency include Water Park

Controversial cable car plan to be resubmitted

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At the Annual General Meeting of the Chiang Mai Chamber of Commerce held on March 29, 2014 at the Chiang Mai Hill Hotel the proposed projects of the Pinkanakorn Development Agency were put forth to the assembly with Chiang Mai Deputy Governor Chana Pangpibul presiding over the meeting.
Dr. Sarawut Srisakun, Director of the Pingkanakorn Development Agency (Public Organization) and Dr. Methee Payomyong, Plan and Policy Analyst of the National Economic and Social Development Board presented plans that are hoped to be implemented in 2015. Dr. Sarawut said that it is unlikely that most plans will be able to be implemented in 2014.
He noted that the proposed cable car project from the Night Safari to Doi Pui had been opposed by people in Chiang Mai but noted that the plan would not affect the songthaew drivers nor destroy the environment of Doi Suthep as the proposed route would encircle behind Doi Suthep and Bhubing Palace. The plan will be open for public commentary again and a research study may or may not be implemented.
He added that the proposed Water Park project was very interesting and would add interest to the city as Chiang Mai has no sea. Another project being considered is something like the London Eye on the banks of the Ping River, and Asiatique is considering building in Chiang Mai. Another future project that could be considered would be a large aquarium. He concluded that all these projects are in the research phase to determine their feasibility in Chiang Mai.


Sewing love lady by Wien helps breast cancer patients

Sirilak Pangpibul (2nd left) Vice President of the Chiang Mai Red Cross along with Siriwan Wilatsakdanont (1st left) Managing Director of Wien International Co., Ltd presided over the opening ceremony of “Good Lady & Sewing Love Lady by Wien”, which makes bras and clothing with implants for disadvantaged women with breast cancer. They were welcomed by Tanatchaporn Pongyen (3rd left) General Manager of Central Plaza Chiang Mai Airport at the g floor of Central Plaza Chiang Mai Airport on March 28, 2014.


A Romantic Touch of Orchids for Songkran

Return to Lanna Songkran at Royal Park Rajapruek

The Return to Lanna Songkran Festival will feature the beauty and romance of Thai orchids.

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
A return to Lanna Songkran will be featured at Royal Park Rajapruek with the celebration “Songkran Festival; a Romantic Touch of Orchids at Royal Park Rajapruek” Acting Director of Royal Park Rajapruek Dr. Arnada Nirantaraikul announced recently. The Return to Lanna Songkran Festival will be held from April 11 – 16, 2014.
Dr. Arnada said that the beauty of this tradition has been nearly forgotten and the Park is working with other parties to restore the traditional Lanna Songkran and give visitors a chance to experience the atmosphere at the Royal Park Rajapruek. In addition to traditional ceremonies including bathing the Buddha image, there will be a traditional Northern Thai market, fog tunnel, and an Orchid Contest organized by the Chiang Mai Orchid Group.


 
HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Cycle and Walk!

Royal Rainmaking works to combat smog and drought

Public holidays in April

Governor concerned that media reports will drive tourists away

City tackles Chinese tourist problem with guidebook

Government sprays water in a bid to reduce haze in the city

Emergency training session at the Airport

Worship ceremony for Lanna Kings preserves local traditions

A Compassionate Connection; Rotary donates to Mae Tao Clinic

Give prisoners a second chance

CMU doctor conducts first transplant of human cartilage in the North

Northern Auto Show 2014 features innovative vehicles

Four injured in grenade attacks in Chiang Mai

Wooden house catches fire, spreads to neighbors

PEA worker severely burned in fall onto live wires

Authorities check up on local businesses for violations

Prisoners caught smuggling drugs returning from Court

2.4 million methamphetamine tablets seized in two arrests

Nan Hospital receives aid to treat remote villagers from Japanese government

Robots invade Central Plaza Airport

Galyani Vadhana district’s new government center ready

Projects researched by the Pinkanakorn Development Agency include Water Park

Sewing love lady by Wien helps breast cancer patients

A Romantic Touch of Orchids for Songkran

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