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Vol. XIII No.9 - Sunday May 4, 2014 - Saturday May 17, 2014


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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.

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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.

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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 last year.
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.


Coronation Day 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.

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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 Chaichiangpin.
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

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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.

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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 Doi Suthep.


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.

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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 in May.
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 soldiers.
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 South.


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 of Songkran.

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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 motorcycles.
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.


Grenades thrown at Farmhouse Bread warehouse

The small crater left in the parking lot at the Farmhouse Bread warehouse in San Kamphaeng.

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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.

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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 a curve.
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

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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 Lampang.
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 their vehicles.

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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 Bangkok.
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.

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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 Police Station.
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 giving birth.


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.

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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

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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 district.
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

Deputy Governor Charoenrit Sa-nguansat pours water over the hands of an elderly Chiang Mai resident in a blessing ceremony.

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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 and nation.
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 police.


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 San Sai.
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 their families.
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

Khemkhaeng 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, 2014.


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 Ceremony.
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. royalparkrajapruek.org.


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 minced pork.
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 serious infection.
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.

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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 years.
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, King Ekathotsarot.


 
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