HRH Princess Sirindhorn visits remote Chiang Mai school
Royal duties keep the Princess busy
HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn is greeted
by local villagers in Galyani Vadhana District, Chiang Mai’s newest district
named after the sister of HM the King, HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana.
Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn spent the day in
Chiang Mai with her Royal duties keeping her very busy as she traveled from
Chiang Mai city after opening the 11th Thai Astronomy Olympiad at the CMU
Convention Center at 10:30 a.m. on April 24 to far off Galyani Vadhana
District to preside over the opening ceremony for the new District Office
and District Government Center.
The District was established in July 2009 and named after HM the King’s
sister HRH Princes Galyani Vadhana to honor her for her tireless work to
improve the lives of hill tribe people and to develop Mae Chaem District as
an educational model for underprivileged people. The new district was formed
from three Sub-districts in Mae Chaem; Banjun, Mae Daet, and Chaem Luang and
named Galyani Vadhana District by HM the King on July 7, 2009.
HRH Princess Sirindhorn traveled to the district to also preside over the
laying of the foundation stone for the Galyani Vadhana School in Ban Huai
Bong, Ban Chan Sub-district. After meeting with locals she then went to lift
the apex of the gables at Wat Chan, Ban Chan Sub-distirct, the first temple
in the District and was established over 300 years ago.
Enough water for everyone
Regional Irrigation Office reports on water situation
Although the Ping River is low, the Regional
Irrigation Office reports that the dams have enough water to get Chiang Mai
through the dry season and into the rainy season.
Chiang Mai Province has enough water for both domestic use and for
agriculture, the Regional Irrigation Office reported recently. The major
sources of water for Chiang Mai are two large dams; Mae Ngat Dam and the Mae
Kuang Dam in Doi Saket. Mae Ngat currently stands at 54% capacity or 144.688
million cubic meters of water. Mae Kuang Dam is lower at 32% capacity with
84 million cubic meters. The dams have more water in them than at this time
The head of the Water Allocation Office said that they predict Mae Ngat will
still have 96 million cubic meters or 36% capacity by the end of the dry
season, predicted to end on June 1. He noted that the Office plans to hold
50 million cubic meters in the dam in case the rains come late so that there
is enough water supply homes, businesses and farms to July.
Mae Kuang Dam should have 73.15 million cubic meters of water left, or
27.81%, leaving enough water to grow crops during the rainy season.
Chiang Mai has 12 medium size reservoirs, the reservoirs in the North still
have more than 50% capacity, this includes reservoirs in Fang, Mae Ai,
Chiang Dao, and Chai Prakan. However medium sized reservoirs in the southern
part of the province are below 50% including Hod, San Patong, Doi and Doi
Lo. However, the Office reports that there is enough water for domestic
supplies and agriculture.
Monday, May 5
Monday May 5 is Coronation Day and as such is a public holiday, government
offices and some banks and businesses will be closed on this day that honors
the coronation of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej on May 5, 1950.
Visakha Bucha Day is May 13
Tuesday May 13 is one of the most venerated holidays on the Buddhist
calendar: Visakha Bucha Day. This Buddhist Holy Day marks the beginning of
the Buddhist Era 2,548 years ago, and celebrates the miracle of the Buddha
being born, reaching enlightenment and passing away and achieving final
release from the circle of rebirth, all on the same date.
Thousands of people are expected to participate in the annual procession
from the city up to Doi Suthep, where they will then take part in
traditional ceremonies at Wat Prathat Doi Suthep.
For this holiday, killing any kind of animal and drinking alcohol or
intoxicating substances is forbidden for 3 days. Wats are to be adorned with
lanterns, flowers and joss sticks as symbols of worship.
Banks and government offices are closed for this holiday. In 2009 the Prime
Minister’s Office issued a no alcohol edict, banning the sale of alcohol on
important religious holidays including Visakha Bucha Day.
Weather report for May
sees rain for Chiang Mai
The Director of the Northern Meteorological
Center Santhanee Chaichiangpin predicts that Chiang Mai will see more rain
in the last half of May.
The Director of the Northern Meteorological Center predicts that the
latter half of May will see more rain as the Southwest monsoon will prevail
over the North. The first half of the month will see variable weather, with
heat, some rain and possible hail, according to the director, Santhanee
However, rainfall for May is predicted to be slightly less than average, and
is expected to come in the afternoon. The latter half of May is expected to
see around 160 – 180 mm of rain and relative humidity will increase.
Temperatures are predicted to be a low of 22 – 24 with a high of 35 C. The
Southwest monsoon in the Andaman could bring storms as the southwest winds
will be prevailing and cyclones could form in the Andaman Sea.
Governor honors monuments and Lanna royal family for Songkran
Chiang Mai Governor Wichien Puthiwinyoo and his wife Angkana
Phuthiwinyoo, President of the Chiang Mai Provincial Red Cross, led
government officials in paying respects by pouring water over the hands of
members of the Lanna Royal family and over Buddha images across Chiang Mai
on April 17, 2014.
The couple started at Phra Chao Kawila Monument at Kawila Army Camp where
they poured water over the monument, then moved to the White Pagoda in front
of the Municipality. From there they worshiped at the Chiang Mai City Pillar
shrine at Sri Phum cormer, then the Inthakin Pillar at Wat Chedi Luang. They
moved on to the King Mengrai Shrine and Three Kings Monument before heading
to the Chao Pho Luang Kham Daeng Shrine at Hua Rin Corner, then Chang Phueak
Monument, King Rama 5 Monument at Chiang Mai City Hall and finished up at
the Princess Dara Rassami Pavilion. They then went to pour water on the
hands of Khunying Chao Raveephan Sucharitkul a member of the Lanna Royal
family before worshiping Phra Dhammamangalajaan (Luang Bpu Tong
Sirimangalo), and sprinkled water onto Phra That Si Chom Thong at Wat Phra
That Doi Chom Thong.
New Deputy Governor
takes office in Chiang Mai
Deputy Governor Nawin Sintusa-art paid homage to
the statue of King Rama V at Chiang Mai City Hall before taking office.
The Ministry of Interior appointed former Lamphun Deputy Governor
Nawin Sintusa-art to be Chiang Mai’s newest Deputy Governor and he took
office on April 21, 2014.
On his first day he paid homage to the King Rama V Monument in front of
Chiang Mai City Hall’s old building. He then paid homage to the Spirit House
of Chiang Mai City Hall to ask for prosperity and success before taking
office. The Deputy Governor was welcomed to his new position with gifts of
flowers and souvenirs from heads of agencies and local government officials
who came to congratulate him on his new position.
Maejo poll finds 70% of people are unaware of cable car project
Cable car up Doi Suthep project being proposed again
Seventy percent of people polled in the Maejo
Poll were unaware that the cable car project up Doi Suthep had been proposed
to the government.
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
A poll by the Economics Research and Agricultural Forecasting Centre (Maejo
Poll) of 484 Chiang Mai people on the cable car project on Doi Suthep found
that 70% of the people polled didn’t now that the project had been proposed.
Of those polled, 56.20% believed that the building of a cable car up Doi
Suthep would increase the number of tourists, be more convenient, make it
safer to travel by car and would allow the physically challenged and elderly
to access the mountain. They also believed it would help reduce air
pollution from auto emissions.
However, 43.80% of the people polled opposed the project citing concerns for
deforestation, long term environmental impact, destruction of scenery, and
disrespect to holy images as the cable car travels over the head of Buddha
relics and the Wat. Nearly half of those who opposed the cable car said it
would be a waste of money and nearly 80% of those who opposed said they
would sign a petition to oppose the construction of the cable car route.
The poll found that 67.57% agreed that it would raise the value of tourism
to Chiang Mai, 20.86% were not sure and 11.56% felt it would not raise the
value of tourism at all.
The Government noted that the project was currently under study but given
the large number of people unaware of the project that the government would
need to publicize the project and point out the benefits. There is a plan to
hold a public hearing to garner both public opinion and the opinion of the
devout as to the effects on Chiang Mai’s most revered temple; Wat Phrathat
Missing Karen activist
brings out protests
Scheduled to testify in May
Members of various groups filed a formal
complaint with Governor Wichien Puthiwinyoo, calling on the government to
speed the investigation of the disappearance of Karen activist Por Cha Lee
Rakcharoen, known as Billy.
Protesters filled the front of City Hall on April 22, 2014 to file a
complaint with Governor Wichien Puthiwinyoo regarding the disappearance of
well-known Kaeng Krachan National Park activist Por Cha Lee Rakcharoen
“Billy”, who was scheduled to testify against Park officials in a court case
Billy went missing on April 17, 2014 and according to Sakda Saenmee of the
Network of Indigenous Peoples in Thailand (NIPT) was a key figure in the
battle against park officials in the Kaeng Krachan National Park who forced
villagers living in the park to leave their homes and then burned their
homes and barns in 2011. The villagers, led by Billy, filed a complaint with
the National Human Rights Commission, the Administrative Court and the
Lawyers Council of Thailand. He is scheduled to testify as a witness in the
case in May, 2014.
The petition, submitted by members of the Peoples Volunteer Network, the
KNCE and NIPT as well as many other non-governmental organizations called on
the Royal Thai Police to conduct their investigation into his disappearance
speedily and thoroughly to find the culprit and to guard his family during
the investigation. They asked the Director General of the National Park,
Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department to order the head of Kaeng
Krachan National Park Chaiwat Limlikhitaksorn to leave the area immediately
so that investigation will be conducted with fairness and transparency and
to decrease the fear of the villagers.
The group said that they hope the government agencies involved would
urgently investigate this issue and called on Thai society to demand
fairness in the case. They added that if they see no progress in the case
they will file a complaint with international bodies such as the United
Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), Convention on the Elimination of all
Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) and United Nations Permanent Forum on
Indigenous Issues (UNPFII). Members of the network vowed they would not stop
searching until they found Billy.
Royal Thai Army soldiers make merit at King Kawila Monument
Heading south to support army on the border
Members of the 7th Infantry Regiment due to be
rotated to the Deep South joined Chief of Staff Col. Narongrit Panikabutr in
a worship ceremony at the King Kawila Monument.
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Three hundred and sixty five soldiers in the 7th Infantry Regiment
joined Col. Narongrit Panikabutr, Chief of Staff of the 7th Infantry
Regiment of the 3rd Army at a worship ceremony held at the King Kawila
Monument outside the Kawila Army Base at 3 p.m. on April 21, 2014. The
soldiers are part of a rotation to support soldiers in the Deep South of
Thailand. The reshuffle was approved by the Royal Thai Army Commander for
soldiers from the North to head South and support the 15th Infantry Yala
specific unit Bannangsta, Yala. The 7th Infantry Regiment has been rotating
soldiers through the South, 400 soldiers each time for a total of 1,500
After the worship ceremony at the King Kawila Monument Chief of Staff Col.
Narongrit Panikabutr of the7th Infantry Regiment had presented a sacred
object to every soldier to raise morale when they are on patrol in the
Convention center inspected for UFI membership
Mark Cochran and the team from the Global Association of the Exhibition
Industry (UFI) visited Chiang Mai and were welcomed by Dr. Sarawut Srisakun
during his visit to the International Convention and Exhibition Center on
April 21, 2014. The team visited the Convention Center to evaluate its
qualifications to join as a member of the UFI. The Convention Center will
meet all standards and qualifications as a member of the UFI but will
emphasize the uniqueness of the Lanna culture and atmosphere of Chiang Mai.
Talks continue to cement relations with Chiang Tung in Myanmar
Sister City project in the works
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Chiang Mai is continuing its negotiations with Chiang Tung in
Myanmar to strengthen relations between the two cities as Chiang Mai
Governor Wichien Puthiwinyoo travels to Chiang Tung from May 2 – 4, 2014.
The Office of Commercial Affairs is working to build closer relations with
Chiang Tung in Myanmar by adding the city as a Sister City and to promote
economic opportunities and cooperation in tourism.
The last meetings saw Memorandums of Understanding submitted to the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs in Myanmar on border trading with an emphasis on the
safety of tourists; educational, religious, and cultural exchanges;
collaboration on sports and tourism with an emphasis on exchange of
information and knowledge; road networks and transportation with extending
the route of the Chiang Mai – Mae Sai – Tachilek bus to 2 -3 times per day
and extending the route from Tachilek to Chiang Tung. Finally, they
discussed allowing Thai companies and nationals to set up hospitals in
Chiang Tung to add to the medical care available to people there.
Twenty OTOP entrepreneurs and Chiang Mai Brand entrepreneurs will travel to
Chiang Tung with the Governor this month to present their products. The team
will discuss the progress of MOUs discussed during the first trip. The
Chiang Mai Provincial Public Health Office will discuss allowing a private
hospital to build a hospital in Chiang Tung and give official drugs to the
administrator of Chiang Tung. The Chiang Mai Provincial Office of Tourism
and Sports will discuss driving the development of transportation routes to
support tourism and offer sports equipments to schools in Chiang Tung. And
Chiang Mai University will give scholarships to students from Chiang Tung,
two scholarships per year for 4 years, a total of 8 scholarships.
Chiang Mai led the country for
injuries and accidents over Songkran
7 Dangerous Days saw nine deaths
Chiang Mai had the highest number of
injuries and the highest number of accidents during the 7 Dangerous Days
Chiang Mai came in first nationwide for number of accidents over
the 7 Dangerous Days of Songkran from April 11 -17, 2014 with a total of
116 accidents out of a total of 2,992 traffic accidents nationwide. Nine
people lost their lives Chiang Mai while a total of 322 died around the
country and Nakhon Ratchasima had the highest number of deaths at 14.
Chiang Mai recorded the highest number of injuries, with 144 people
injured in accidents; the nationwide total of 3,225 people injured was
higher than last year’s number of 3,040. Chai Nat, Phetchaburi, Ang
Thong, Phangnga and Yala reported no deaths during the 7 day period.
Deputy Governor Chana Pangpibul reported the Chiang Mai numbers to the
committee from the Accident Prevention and Reduction Center in a video
conference on April 18. The Deputy Governor pointed out that Chiang Mai
is a major tourist destination for both Thais and foreigners for
Songkran bringing a lot of people traveling on the roads in the
province. Chiang Mai also has the second highest number of motorcycles
in the country after Bangkok with a total of 1,449,584 motorcycles
registered in Chiang Mai. Nationwide 79.14% of all accidents involved
The Deputy Governor also noted that Chiang Mai has 12 main roads that
see cars and motorbikes reaching high speeds. The Deputy Governor
suggested that the province install washboard roads to lower speeds and
set traffic lights at risky points. He also recommended police officers
patrol the roads with cars to arrest and fine speeders.
He noted that the checkpoints at high risk areas will be repaired and
some removed to better locations to work with local communities. He
added that there are nurses on call for accidents.
Hod had the highest number of accidents followed by Fang and Chom Thong
districts. Most of the accidents were caused by drunk driving and
speeding and most of the accidents involved motorcycles followed in a
distant second by pickup trucks, then pedestrians and finally cars and
taxis. Most traffic tickets issued were for not wearing a helmet, no
driver’s license and not wearing a seatbelt.
Thepbodint takes 3rd place in UNEP DHI Eco Challenge 2014
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
High school students between the ages of 11 to 18 years old took
part in an online competition to manage the water crisis; the Aqua
Republica International Game Competition 2014 held by Innovation and
Knowledge Management Center and College of Arts, Media and Technology in
conjunction with DHI United Nations Environment Programme – DHI Centre &
National University of Singapore and UNESCO Bangkok on April 9, 2014 at
College of Arts, Media and Technology building, Chiang Mai University.
Dr.Uthai Suekrasae, the Director of Chiang Mai Thepbodint School
reported that Associate Professor Thanaruk Suwanprapisa, Ph.D., the Vice
President for Student Development, CMU presided over the competition saw
students competing for the national and world championships.
Yupparaj Wittayalai School, Chiang Mai Thepbodint School, Wattanothai
Payap School, Chak Kham Khanathon School Lamphun, Varee Chiangmai
School, The Prince Royal’s College and Haw Pra School from Chiang Mai
and Lamphun took part in the national competition. Thepbodint team No.6
too first place in the National competition; the team’s members:
Chinnakrit Tunchaleewong and Wachira Norashing, 9th grade students from
Chiang Mai Thepbodint School won with scores of 865612.
The World Competition results were released on April 13, 2014 and Chiang
Mai Thepbodint School’s team took third place. First place went to
Homantin Government Secondary School team from Hong Kong and second
place went to Catholic High School team from Singapore.
at Farmhouse Bread warehouse
The small crater left in the parking lot at
the Farmhouse Bread warehouse in San Kamphaeng.
Two grenades were thrown at the Farmhouse Bread warehouse in San
Kamphaeng at 2 a.m. on April 28, 2014. Police and the bomb disposal
squad investigated the scene and found parts of an RGD 5 hand grenade
which had damaged a nearby truck and left a small crater in the parking
lot. The second grenade was found about 15 meters from the first
explosion and damaged the wall.
Police found an M79 grenade that had not been exploded and believe that
the bomber had launched the M79 and when it didn’t work attached it to
the hand grenade to throw at the building.
Nobody was injured in the bombing. The bomber used the same type of
grenade that was involved in attacks on the PTT Gas station in Nong Hoi
that injured four people as well as at the Andaman Seafood restaurant
and the offices of the Chiang Mai Beverage Company on March 21, 2014.
Police are investigating the attack but there has been no significant
progress in uncovering the bomber.
Four killed in bus accident in Hod
The Chiang Mai - Mae Hong Son bus overturned
and slammed into a tree killing four people on the Hod – Mae Sariang
Road on April 17 after the driver hit a motorcycle and lost control.
Four people were killed when a bus overturned on the Hod – Mae Sariang
Road at 7 a.m. on April 17, 2014 after the bus sidewiped a motorcycle on
The accident, which occurred near the 23rd km marker on the Hod – Mae
Sariang Road, involved a Chiang Mai – Mae Hong Son bus from the
Prempracha Transport Co. Ltd.
The bus was traveling around a curve, swiped a motorcycle and the driver
lost control, the bus overturned and slammed into a tree killing four
people – three women and 1 man, injuring four people seriously and 7
people moderately. The injured were rushed to the Hod Hospital and other
nearby hospitals for treatment.
Couple arrested for trafficking a minor in Lampang
A Lampang couple was arrested in a sting operation after Region 5 police
uncovered an operation trafficking girls for sex. The police had learned
that Fang Kamphuang, age 30, was allegedly offering young girls to tourists
in Chiang Mai for sex and would take the child to meet the customer in
Region 5 Police coordinated with Lampang police to set up a sting operation
where a customer asked Fang for two girls for 3,000 baht. Fang Khamphuang
and Artit or Ek Chantorn allegedly brought the girl, aged 14, to meet the
officer and the couple was arrested. Another girl ran away and escaped
before police could talk to her.
The Lampang couple has been charged with trafficking children that are not
over the age of 15 and on obscenity charges.
Two arrests yield
510,000 Yaba pills
A drug trafficking gang was arrested on
April 17 in Chai Prakan with 260,000 methamphetamine tablets hidden in
Five men were arrested in Chai Prakan after police followed the gang in
3 cars from Fang to the border and back. The police stopped the five men
on April 17, 2014 and uncovered 260,000 methamphetamine tablets hidden
in the vehicles. The police believe the men were delivering the drugs to
Phol Yeelangka age 36, Somchai Saelee age 18 of Chai Prakan, Theerasak
Yeepa age 27, Wassana Leeja age 34 of Chiang Dao and Asapha Paepha age
33 of Wiang Haeng were arrested with 260,000 methamphetamine pills, 3
Toyota pickup truck and 6 mobile phones.
On April 22 three Lisu men were arrested on Chotana Road in Mae Rim
after police received a tip off that a gang planned on trafficking drugs
in a truck carrying cabbages. Police stopped a grey Toyota pickup truck
loaded with cabbages and found Yao Laori age 44, the driver and 250,000
amphetamine pills hidden in 6 baskets of cabbage. The suspect confessed
that he was hired by Lahu people in Mae Na sub-district, Chiang Dao
district to deliver drugs to Maejo Plaza.
Yao worked with police to set up a sting with the people who were
receiving the drugs and when Saharoek Wirasawan age 25 and Phaiboon
Thaikawisri age 25 came to pick up the drugs on April 24, police
arrested the two men for trafficking.
Baby boy found dead in a ditch
The body of a baby boy was found in
the drainage ditch near the entrance to Suan Luang Rama IX, only
100 meters away from Chang Puak Police Station.
Chang Puak police were called to drainage ditch next to the Krua
Fahsai Restaurant at 10 a.m. on April 24, 2014 after passersby
reported the body of a baby boy had been spotted dead in the
ditch. The scene was around 100 meters from the Chang Puak
The baby boy was found intact in the small watercourse near the
entrance to Suan Luang Rama IX. Chiang Mai’s Ruamjai Rescue
Foundation officers brought the body of the baby to Maharaj
Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital for further investigation. The police
suspect that the baby may have been the result of a teenage
pregnancy and the girl dumped the baby’s body in the ditch after
Illegal food and medicine seized in raid
Canned food and medicines imported illegally
Police uncovered boxes of illegally
imported food and drugs at the home of a man who confessed that
he was selling the products to migrant laborers.
A Lahu man was arrested by police and officers from the Consumer
Protection Group of Chiang Mai Provincial Public Health Office
after police received a tip off that he was selling food and
medicines that had been imported into the country but never
inspected or approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
Precha Rattanasangsan was arrested at his home in Sriphum where
officers found many types of medicines including steroids as
well as canned foods, mainly meat products. The products had no
FDA logo and were not registered.
The accused confessed that he imported the food and drugs from
the border to sell to Tai Yai and Myanmar laborers working in
Chiang Mai. He said business had been good and he had been
selling for 7 years. The Chiang Mai Public Health authorities
said that steroids must be administered under the control of
doctors as it can harmful and even fatal.
Police announce seizure of 1.6 million Yaba pills in four cases
5 kg of crystal methamphetamine
Pol. Maj. Gen. Surapol Tuanthong, chief of Narcotics
Suppression Bureau announced that the Narcotics Suppression
Bureau had seized 1,638,000 methamphetamine pills, 5 kg of
crystal methamphetamine and 9 million baht in cash in four
different cases in the North.
In the first arrest one man was killed by police when they
raided a house in Mae Taeng, they uncovered 9 million baht in
cash and 198,000 methamphetamine tablets.
A Mae Hong Son man and a Chiang Mai man were arrested with
200,000 Yaba pills after they were stopped by police at the
Muang Ngay Intersection on Chiang Mai- Fang Road in Chiang Dao
The next arrest involved two major drug traffickers one from Nan
and one from Tak in Chiang Rai when police found 1.2 million
methamphetamine tablets and 5kg of crystal methamphetamine
hidden in a black Isuzu pickup truck. The final arrest involved
one man caught with 40,000 methamphetamine tablets bringing the
total to 1,638,000 methamphetamine pills.
Elderly honored on National Day for Older Persons
Charoenrit Sa-nguansat pours water over the
hands of an elderly Chiang Mai resident in a
Over 1,500 elderly people from 25
districts in Chiang Mai joined the celebrations
held at the Chiang Mai University Convention
Center on the substitution day for the National
Day for Older Persons on April 19, 2014. The
event was presided over by Chiang Mai Deputy
Governor Charoenrit Sa-nguansat who reminded
people that the population of elderly people in
Thailand was growing and that the elderly should
get love, care, attention, generosity and
kindness from their family members, community
Statistics show that the number of people over
the age of 60 years now accounts for 13 percent
of the total population. In the next 20 years,
the aging population is expected to account for
25 percent of the population. Thailand enacted
the Older Persons Act of 2003 to protect,
promote, and support the rights and benefits of
older persons, including social welfare, medical
services, education, occupation, or occupational
training, and social activities.
A Rot Nam Dam Hua ceremony was held where people
poured water over the hands of their elders in a
blessing ceremony and plaques and certificates
were given out to Most Peaceful Family at the
provincial level as well as Good Health
certificates at the District Level, Beautiful
teeth and more. There were performances by
elderly people and free meals for everyone.
Chiang Mai Zoo welcomes children how lost a parent in the Deep South
Chiang Mai Governor
Wichien Puthiwinyoo was joined by Nipon
Wichairat, Assistant Director of the Chiang Mai
Zoo on Friday April, 18, 2014. The Chiang Mai
Zoo welcomed children to the Zoo who had lost a
parent due to the troubles in the 3 Southern
border provinces of Yala, Pattani, and
Narathiwat. The troubles in the Deep South have
claimed the lives of both civilian, military and
Life Skills program
to reduce teen pregnancy
A Life Skills
seminar was held for teenage counselors to help
lower the number of teenage pregnancies.
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
The Chiang Mai Provincial Social Development and
Human Security Office’s major mission is to
protect and promote the rights of children and
youth so that they can have a better quality of
life and stability in their lives, according to
Mayuree Yoktree, Head of Chiang Mai Provincial
Social Development and Human Security Office.
She noted that the office is aware of the teen
pregnancy problem and will organize training for
people to help inform and educate young people
and provide life skills that will help eliminate
the teen pregnancy problem.
The training session will see 30 committees of
Youth Councils at the district level in May 2014
participate, the Youth Councils at the district
level will bring knowledge gained from the
training to educate Matthayom students in eight
target districts that have proved to have teen
pregnancy problems: Mae Taeng, Samoeng, Mae Rim,
San Pa Tong, Mae Ai, San Kamphaeng, Mae On and
Studies have found that Thai teens generally
have their first sexual experience between the
ages of 13-15 and that the numbers of teens
having their first sexual experience early on is
growing. The North and Northeast have the
highest numbers of mothers under the age of 20
years old, as high as 15% of pregnancies are to
girls under the age of 20. Teenage girls are
usually do not have the physical, mental and
emotional maturity to raise children and lack
the career experience to help provide for their
children. They tend to lack the skills to deal
with problems that arise including mental and
emotional problems. Not only that but they lack
educational opportunities to learn these skills
and often do not have the support of society or
The Office believes that the cause of the
problem of teen pregnancy is that teens lack
knowledge and restraint and do not grasp the
relationships that must exist between a man and
a woman. Most teenagers do not use contraception
despite its ready availability and low cost and
that many parents do not educate their children
in these matters and do not have the time or
lack the skills to provide important information
and a spiritual anchor to keep them from
engaging in unwanted behavior.
Kad Suan Kaew holds Rot Nam Dam Hua ceremony for Governor
Kengkankha, administrator of Kad Suan Kaew 2545
Co., Ltd. along with employees of Lotus Pang
Suan Kaew Hotel, Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Center,
KAD Theatre, and its subsidiaries pour water
over the hands of Chiang Mai Governor Wichien
Puthiwinyoo to askfor blessings and prosperity
on the Thai traditional New Year at the Chiang
Mai Governor’s official residence on April 15,
Agriculturalist Days to be held in honor of Royal Ploughing Ceremony
Royal Park Rajapruek to give away free Royal Rice
Royal rice seed and
rice seed from the Royal Ploughing Ceremony will
be available at the Agriculturalist Days at
Royal Park Rajapruek from May 9 – 13, 2014.
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
In honor of the Royal Ploughing Ceremony the
Highland Research and Development Institute
(Public Organization) is cooperating with the
Rice Department to hold Agriculturist Days in
honor of the Royal Ploughing Ceremony; it will
be held from May 9-13, 2014 at the New Theory
Agriculture Garden at Royal Park Rajapruek.
There will be an exhibition of King Bhumibol
Adulyadej’s Royal Duties in Agriculture, Thai
Rice, as well as the history of the Royal
Ploughing Ceremony which is held annually to
ensure a prosperous and abundant growing season.
There will be free Royal rice seed of good
quality and auspicious rice from Royal Ploughing
The Royal Ploughing ceremony is held every year
at the start of the traditional rice growing
season where two sacred oxen are hitched to a
wooden plough and they plough a furrow in the
ceremonial ground at Sanam Luang, while rice
seed is sown by HM the King or his
representative, usually HRH Crown Prince Maha
Vajiralongkorn. The rice seed is taken from rice
grown at Chitrlada Palace grounds. For those
interested in attending they can call
053-114110-5/ 1022, 1023 or www.
Eating rare pork likely causes deafness, doctor says
Eating uncooked pig meat or pork cooked rare,
may cause Streptococcus suis infection,
permanent deafness, or even death, Dr Jaruk
Harnprasertpong, an expert on Otolaryngology of
Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital has warned.
People in the North and Northeast of Thailand
have a dietary habit of eating under-cooked
pork, especially in the dishes known as “Larb”
or “Lu” which are made from raw or medium-rare
The symptoms of developing health problems are
having a fevers, headaches, and nausea, while
vomiting, cramps and ultimately heart and kidney
failure are all indications of the onset of the
Currently, there is no vaccine to cure
Streptococcus suis infection, he added.
To avoid infection, farmers are advised to wear
gloves and boots while working with animals
especially sick pigs and to wash their bodies
after touching a carcass. (NNT)
King Naresuan the Great honored in Chiang Dao
Ceremonies were held
at the King Naresuan Pagoda in Chiang Dao to
honor King Naresuan the Great who freed Siam
from the Burmese.
King Naresuan the Great, considered one of the
greatest of Sukhothai Kings, was honored on the
day of his death, April 25. The King was born in
1555 and died April 25, 1605. He is widely
revered and respected for his battles to free
Siam from Burmese rule. The results of which saw
Siam greatly expanded and at peace for 100
Chiang Mai Governor Wichien Puthiwinyoo was
joined by government officials, army and police
officers, businesspeople and local people for
the ceremony held at the King Naresuan Pagoda in
Muang Ngai Sub-district in Chiang Dao at 9 a.m.
on April 25, 2014.
King Naresuan the Great or Somdet Phra Sanphet
II or the Black Prince was the son of King Maha
Thammarachathirat and his queen Wisutkasat (the
daughter of Maha Chakkrapat and Queen Sri
Suriyothai). He was born in 1555 at Chan Palace,
Phitsanulok and began his reign on July 29,
1509, he died at the age of 50 after reigning
for 15 years. He was succeeded by his brother,