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Vol. XIII No.13 - Sunday June 29, 2014 - Saturday July 12, 2014


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One more year of construction for Mae Rim commuters

Underpass at Pack Squadron intersection at 13.7% completion

Mae Rim commuters can expect another year of construction at the Pack Squadron Intersection.

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Although the agreement to start underpass construction at the intersection of Highway 107 and Highway 121 was signed on July 16, 2013, construction slowed as the Department of Highways awaited approval from the military on adding an access road onto military property. However, approval was granted recently and the Department will close the North bound lane soon in order to begin construction on the wall on that side.
The east side of the road has already seen wall construction begun for the South bound lane. Commuters still face serious problems during rush hour as they have to use the road diversion and cars can only run in one lane on each side. Additionally the road is very muddy in the rain and dusty in the heat.
In an exclusive interview with the Chiang Mai Mail Teerapan Phumrattanaprapin, Project Engineer, Bureau of Bridge Construction Department of Highways said that the project has reached 13.7 percent completion and that the digging of the actual underpass will have to wait until both walls are completed. Now that approval has finally been received from the military the project is expected to be completed in July 2015.
The underpass construction was allocated a 598 billion baht budget and begaon July 16, 2013. The bid was given to contractors Serm Sanguan Construction Co., Ltd. and Buriram Thongchai Construction Co., Ltd. Construction is due to be completed on July 5, 2015 and the road is expected to be the main route for travel and transportation to Mae Rim, Samoeng, Fang Districts, as well as Pai and Mae Hong Son. The underpass, once completed, should reduce the traffic jams that plagued the road in the past.
 


Heavy rains and storms as rainy season strengthens

Heavier rainfall than average is predicted for later this month as the monsoons strengthen. (Photo by Kittipatt Chanchoo)

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Chiang Mai is due for more heavy rains and Governor Suriya Prasatbandit warned people who live in low-lying areas near rivers or streams to beware flooding. Also those who live near the base of hills or mountains should beware of landslides as the rainy season progresses and soil becomes waterlogged. He urged people in these areas to prepare themselves in case of emergency as July is considered the middle of the rainy season and more rains are expected later as the monsoon strengthens and rainfall and temperatures are expected to be higher than average this year, according to the Meteorological Department.
The Governor ordered the warnings to be broadcast through local and private radio, television, cable TV, village heads and volunteers. Residents concerned about severe weather can check online at cmmet.tmd. go.th for up to date forecasts or call the Thai Meteorological Department at 053-922-365 or 053-277-919.


Construction of the new Chansom Anusorn Bridge expected to take a year

Old pedestrian bridge damaged in flood of 2011

Construction of the new Chansom Anusarn Bridge, which began on June 8, 2014, is expected to take about a year.

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The pedestrian bridge linking Chareon Rat road at Wat Ket Karam to Waroros Market is now being rebuilt after being damaged in the flood of 2011. Chansom Anusorn Pedestrian Bridge, which was 47 years old when it was severely damaged, had to be dismantled as it was no longer safe for use.
Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn announced that the city had begun reconstruction of the bridge on June 9 with completion expected to take about a year. The Harbor Department approved the reconstruction on May 8.
The pedestrian bridge, also known as Khua-Khaek Bridge, will be built with concrete reinforced with iron. It will be 3 meters wide and 110 meters long, crossing the Ping River in front of Waroros Market and ending in front of Wat Ket Karam. The construction project has a budget of 8,730,000 baht.
The local name of the bridge, Khua-Khaek is from the Northern dialect word for bridge, khua and after Pakistani native Moti Ram or Montri Kosalapirom, owner of the Chiang Mai Clothing Store, who donated 200,000 baht in 1964 to replace the flimsy bamboo bridge that had been put in place in 1940 after the original teak wood bridge built by an American missionary in 1878.
Mr. Montri donated the money in memory of his wife Chansom who died the year the bridge was built.


City cleans drains in time for rainy season

Chiang Mai Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn joined Chiang Mai municipality officers and Chiang Mai municipal technical officers at the front of Nimtransport 1988 Co., Ltd. and Mueang Chiang Mai Stadium at 10.00 on June 13, 2014 to publicize the drain cleaning process and to encourage citizens to not drop their litter in the streets and block the drains.

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
The Chiang Mai Municipality has begun pumping mud and debris out of the city’s drains as they prepare for the heavier rains to come this year. Chiang Mai Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn announced that the city had not only begun cleaning out drains to ensure the flow of rainwater but also were working to remove garbage and encouraging people to remove any items that may block drains or canals such as garbage, plants and dirt. The city is also putting pumps into place to mobilize when heavy rains hit.
The city will be clearing drains until June 30 and will encourage citizens to be more aware of their environment and not drop garbage or put food or other things in the streets that could block the drains. The Mayor noted that eliminating littering is one of the most important factors to reducing flood problems and also one of the most difficult to control as people must learn to not litter.


Region 5 police drug tested to show commitment to drug prevention

The Narcotics Suppression Bureau is in charge of ensuring that all police units are drug tested, the project began with 228 officers in Region 5 Police Bureau.

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The Region 5 Police Bureau launched its “White Police” project to drug test 228 officers for drugs. The officers submitted to the urine tests to show their commitment to preventing and suppressing illegal drugs under the Drugs Elimination Policy of the Royal Thai Police. The Narcotics Suppression Bureau was assigned responsibility to command all police units to submit to the urine test.
Pol. Maj. Gen. Chamnan Ruwdrew said that currently, the spread of drugs of all types is an international problem, and the Thai government set it to a national agenda that all sectors must participate to solve this serious issue. The “White Police” project shows police intent to prevent and suppress all kinds of drugs seriously and to offer transparency on police behavior. The Royal Thai Police have expressed their commitment to fighting drugs both nationally and internationally. None of the tested officers tested positive for illegal drugs.


800 million seedlings to be planted in honor of HM the Queen’s 80th birthday

Jongklai Worapongsathorn, the director of Provincial Offices for Natural Resources and Environment Chiang Mai announced the planned planting of 800 million seedlings in key forests and watersheds in honor HM Queen Sirikit’s 80th birthday this year and encouraged organizations and citizens to take part.

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In honor of HM Queen Sirikit’s 80th birthday this August 12, the Provincial Office of Natural Resources and Environment Chiang Mai has organized a forest and watershed restoration planting project for the rainy season this year. Planting areas have been prepared to receive the seedlings and include 30 areas of 8,386 rai by the Wildfire Control Chiang Mai, Protected Areas Regional Office 16, 22 areas of 4,100 rai have been prepared by the Forest Management Bureau 1 and they have added 16 more areas of about 779 rai in Chom Thong, 50 rai in Mae Chaem, 128 rai in Samoeng, 100 rai in Mae Wang, 50 rai in Hang Dong, 67 rai in Hot, 70 rai in Phrao, 142 rai in Doi Tao, and 112 rai in Doi Lo.
Jongklai Worapongsathorn, the director of Provincial Offices for Natural Resources and Environment Chiang Mai said that there is a total of 68 areas or about 13,265 rais which are ready for planting the seedlings. He added that any agencies and citizens who wish to take part in the planting can ask for the request form at the Provincial Offices for Natural Resources and Environment Chiang Mai or at their district office.


Security forces sweep on crime yields results according to the 33rd Military Circle

The integrated security forces of police, military and government saw a sweep of Chiang Mai’s 25 districts resulting in the arrest of 1,464 people and the seizure of over 176,000 Yaba tablets as well as weapons and TNT.

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The integrated work of police and army personnel to reduce crime and violence, control weapons, arrest criminals and drug prevention has resulted in the arrest of 1,464 people with illegal weapons, drugs and others. Additionally they seized 106 guns, 1 AK-47, TNT and 13 grenades as well as 176,098 Yaba tablets, 40 kilograms of marijuana, 5,028 grams of opium, 717.66 grams of heroin. Additionally 11 million baht in property was seized under the order that allows the government to seize the profits of illegal drug trafficking.
The results of the sweep were announced on June 14, 2014 at Kawila by Maj. Gen. Sarayuth Rangsee, Commissioner of the 33rd Military Circle; Gen. Narit Tawonwong, Chief of Staff of Pha Muang Task Force; Suriya Prasatbandit, Chiang Mai Governor; Pol. Maj. Gen. Tanitsak Teerasawat, Deputy Commissioner of Police Region 5; Pol. Maj. Gen. Damrongsak Kittiprapas, Acting Commander of Chiang Mai Provincial Police; and the National Council for Peace and Order of 33th Military Circle.
The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) launched the security measures which integrated the military, police and government to combat crime on May 22, 2014 and resulted in the arrests across the 25 districts of Chiang Mai in the program by June 14, 2014.


Neighborhood feud turns deadly

Ex-policeman shot dead after confronting neighbor

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A neighborhood feud turned deadly on June 18, 2014 when former Border Patrol Police officer Pol. Sen. Sgt. Maj. Weera Saengphror, age 55, arrived home drunk to confront his neighbor. Weeara was killed by his neighbor, Manit Maneerat, age 57, after taking a shot at him from his car.
Manit told police that Weera had come home drunk at 10:30 a.m. and parked his car in front of his house before shouting at him angrily. The two men had been having difficulties and Weera erupted at the neighbor living opposite that morning before pulling out his gun and shooting at Weera in his home.
Weera told police he got his 9mm pistol and returned fire at his neighbor in self-defense, shooting him dead.
Manit then called the Mae Rim police to report the shooting and surrendered himself to Pol. Col. Mondop Sangjamnong, Deputy Commander of Chiang Mai Provincial Police and Pol. Col. Somchai Inthasothi, Superintendent of Mae Rim Police Station.


Celebrations held in honor of Kruba Srivichai

137th anniversary of the famed monk’s birth

Ceremonies honoring Kruba Srivichai were held at his monument to celebrate the 137th anniversary of the revered monk’s birth in Lamphun.

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Chiang Mai’s famed Lanna monk, Kruba Srvichai was born on June 11, 1877 in Baan Pang, Mae Teun (Sriwichai) sub district, Li district, Lamphun and went on to become the most revered modern monk in Chiang Mai history. Celebrations honoring Kruba Srivichai were held at the Kruba Srivichai Monument on Huay Kaew Road in the foothills of Doi Suthep to mark the day. Wat Srisoda, Phra That Doi Suthep Foundation, Chiang Mai Provincial Probation Office, Village headman of Suthep club joined members of the Kruba Sriwichai funds and residents to celebrate the anniversary.
At 6.09 a.m. on June 11, 2014, Phra Thep Koson, the Dean Monk of Chiang Mai and Chiang Mai Governor Suriya Prasatbandit performed the merit making ceremony by giving alms to monks, offering oblation to Kruba Sriwichai, and praying Jayamangala Gatha. After that, they presented breakfast to 11 monks. At the same time, the Chiang Mai Provincial Probation Office took probation volunteer to the forest and cleaned up following the “Worship Kruba and Preserve Huay Kaew” project.
Kruba Srivichai passed away on February 20, 1938 at 0.05 a.m. at the age of60 years, 9 Month and 11 days.


2nd Coffee house forum held with heads of government agencies

Informal exchange of experiences among government heads

Governor Suriya Prasatbandit met with government heads and foreign consuls at the coffee house forum held on June 10, 2014.

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The 2nd monthly coffee house forum was held on June 10, 2014 at the Regional Irrigation Office, the forum was instituted to offer an informal atmosphere for heads of agencies to meet and exchange experience and information to drive the sustainable development of Chiang Mai.
Governor Suriya Prasatbandit met with the heads of government agencies, civilian, judiciary, prosecutors, police, soldiers and district chief officers to give the heads of local authorities a chance to meet and exchange experiences and develop relationships to enable cooperation to run more smoothly. Also attending the meeting were foreign consuls to give them a chance to meet relevant authorities. The Governor said that the forum will be held on a monthly basis with the host location changing each time offering everyone a chance to work toward the best ways to help Chiang Mai.


HACC-CMU holds forum on quality development in healthcare

The Hospital Accreditation Collaborating Center: Chiang Mai University (HACC : CMU) in cooperation with the Healthcare Accreditation Institute (Public Organization) organized the 15th Northern Regional Forum on Quality Improvement and Hospital Accreditation 2014under the concept “Engagement for Quality”, at the International Convention Centre, Empress Hotel. Opened by the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine of Chiang Mai University, Associate Professor Dr. Wattana Navacharoen, and attended by 800 people, it was held as a platform for participants to learn and share aspects of the direction of quality development of hospitals and health services to people in the North.


The 17th Annual Phra Chao Chom Thong Bathing Ceremony honors HM the King

Governor Suriya Prasatbandit joined in the celebrations to bathe the Buddha image with the Abbot of Wat Phra That Si Chom Thong Worawiharn in Chom Thong on June 12, 2014.

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Seventeen years ago HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej graciously bestowed royal bathing water to bathe the Phra Borommathat Si Chom Thong image at Wat Phra That Si Chom Thong Worawiharn in Chom Thong District. The local people were joined by Governor Suriya Prasatbandit and the Abbot of Wat Phra That Si Chom Thong, Mangkalajarn Sirimongkalo in this the 17th annual bathing ceremony on June 12, 2014.
The bathing ceremony this year was held in honor of Hi Majesty’s 87th birthday this year on December 5, 2014 at the temple which was built in 1451 A.D. Tradition says that relics of the Buddha were placed in the temple and a ceremony is held twice a year to honor those relics, at the beginning of Buddhist Lent and the end of Buddhist Lent.


San Kamphaeng next for bypass project

Feasibility of Ton Pao Bypass being studied

San Kamphaeng may be next for a major construction project as the Department of Rural Roads has enlisted CMU’s Faculty of Engineering to conduct a feasibility study on building a bypass at Highway 121 and Highway 1014.

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The Department of Civil Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering at Chiang Mai University is conducting a feasibility study to determine the suitability and possible environmental impact of a bypass at Ton Pao intersection, where Highway 121 meets Highway 1014 to Bor Sang – San Kamphaeng.
Assistant Professor Chayanon Hansapinyo, Deputy Chief of Civil Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering of CMU said that the department was given the project by the Department of Rural Roads as the San Kamphaeng area suffers traffic jams. The study will find out the best area to build the bypass, create the conceptual design and an additional road connecting Road 3029 with Road 4039 as well as the environmental effects.
A meeting was held to assess public opinion on the project on June 19, 2014 for members of the general public to learn more about the real effects of the Ton Pao Bypass.


Blood bank at Maharaj Hospital holds donation drive on World Blood Donor Day

Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital held a blood drive on World Blood Donor Day on June 14, 2014.

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
The Blood Bank of Maharaj Nakhon Chiang Mai Hospital, Faculty of Medicine, Chiang Mai University arranged World Blood Donor Day 2014 under the motto “Safe blood for saving mothers” to support blood donation for mothers who are at risk while giving birth. The blood drive was held on June 13, 2014, in front of the blood donation room and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Somsak Chaowisitseri, Director of Maharaj Nakhon Chiang Mai Hospital presided over the opening ceremony.
World Blood Donor day is set on the birthday of Dr. Karl Landsteiner, the discoverer of blood groups on June 14, 2014.
According to WHO, 800 women die during childbirth every single day, most of the victims are in a developing countries with more than half of these in Sub-Saharan Africa and 1/3 are in southern Asia with the highest risk found in mothers aged under 15. The main causes of death are severe hemorrhage occurred during giving birth and postpartum hemorrhage. If there is enough donated blood then the risk of death is greatly decreased.
There was also a world blood donor exhibition, a quiz contest, educational recreation activities, medical check-up for donors, and many more. The activity attracted many participants including soldiers form the 1st Infantry Battalion of 7th Infantry Regiment, teachers and students from Dara Academy, personnel of Faculty of Medicine, CMU, and more.


Retired soldier finds TNT and landmines near his home in Mae Rim

A retired Royal Thai Army Lieutenant Colonel found TNT, landmines and ammunition outside his fence in Mae Rim on June 10, 2014.

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On June 10, the last day of the order by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to turn in weapons and arms without penalty a retired soldier from the 3rd Development Division, Lt. Col. Chuchai Puthipan age 63, found a stash of armsleft near the fence of his home in Nhong Plaman village in Mae Rim.
He called local police and soldiers to come investigate the armament and the soldiers found 4.5 pounds of TNT, nine M14 landmines, twenty-two 7.62 caliber bullets and two .50mg caliber bullets. Officials assume that the person who left the arms was by someone who was afraid of the penalty for having TNT and landmines.
In San Kamphaeng district the widow of a former soldier returned arms left at home by her husband. Khanthong Chantamun of San Klang Sub-district gave 2 RPG warheads, 2 M79 grenades, 3 boxes of rounds for an M16, and an M16 magazine to the District Chief Officer Saranyu Meethongkham.
The NCPO extended the deadline for turning in weapons and arms to June 25, 2014.


Homes of migrant workers on public lands demolished

Nine homes built by migrant workers were demolished by authorities on June 11, more were taken down later.

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As part of a campaign to clean up municipal land Chiang Mai Internal Security Operations Command, Chiang Mai Municipality, the chiefs of Sri Mongkol and Pa Paeng Community led by Chiang Mai Deputy Governor Chana Pangpibul demolished nine wooden shacks built illegally by migrant laborers as part of the Community Organization Project of Sri Mongkol Community in Paton and Pa Paeng. The move, which took place on June 11, 2014 was part of a program t beautify the area and clean it up from crime.
The homes that were demolished had been built by Tai Yai and Myanmar migrant laborers who had been working in Chiang Mai both legally and illegally. The homes had not only been built on public lands but according to police were areas at high risk for crime.
Deputy Governor Chana Pangpibul said that illegal immigrants were a growing risk to national security threat and might lead to growing problems of crime for local residents.


Police mobilize forces to tackle crime in Chiang Mai

Police, Army, Air Force and Border Patrol work together

A total of 1,183 officers from the Police, Army, Air Force, Border Patrol and police volunteers present themselves to , Maj. Gen. Sarayuth Rangsee, the Commissioner of the 33rd Military Circle, Pol. Lt. Gen. Wanchai Tanadkit, Acting Commander of Police Region 5, Pol. Maj. Gen. Damrongsak Kittipraphat, Deputy Commissioner of Police Region 5 and Acting Commander of Chiang Mai Provincial Police and Governor Suriya Prasatbandit at Three Kings Monument.

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Tackling crime in Chiang Mai was set as a priority by the NCPO as part of their policy to ensure safety, security and happiness for Thai citizens. The Police, Army, Air Force, Border Patrol Police and police volunteers have banded together to cooperate in tackling crime and clearing out known areas with criminal activity.
On June 18, 2014, at Three Kings Monument, Maj. Gen. Sarayuth Rangsee, the Commissioner of the 33rd Military Circle, Pol. Lt. Gen. Wanchai Tanadkit, Acting Commander of Police Region 5, Pol. Maj. Gen. Damrongsak Kittipraphat, Deputy Commissioner of Police Region 5 and Acting Commander of Chiang Mai Provincial Police and Governor Suriya Prasatbandit presided over the ceremony begin the operation, a total 1,183 officers were released to the project to suppress crime in Chiang Mai.
When the NCPO announced the lifting of the curfew, all forces were mobilized to increase efficiency in maintaining security of the people and in creating a harmonious atmosphere in Chiang Mai. The forces were mobilized from June 18-24 to clear out criminal areas.
Previous operations concluded in May in 5 districts saw 210 people arrested on various criminal charges; 72 cases of gun possession with 160 fire-arms seized, as well as 176,000 methamphetamine tablets, 60 kilogram of marijuana and assets valued at 11.2 million baht were seized from people involved in drug trafficking. Another 1,484 cases of gambling, encroachment and damage of natural resources, and illegal radio stations were arrested for a total 1,506 people arrested.


War weapons, drugs and gold bars seized in trafficking cases

Two men were arrested in Fang with 74,830 methamphetamine tablets as part of string of arrests that resulted in the seizure of 89,564 Yaba pills, 317 grams of heroin and 5 gold bars.

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The police seized war weapons, Yaba and heroin, gold bars and grenade launchers in cases since June 12, 2014 at locations around Chiang Mai Province.
The first incident occurred on June 12, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. when Mae Ai police and Border Patrol Police raided 22 villages in Fang District as part of the NCPO’s goal to clear out crime. 2 men were arrested were 364 methamphetamine tables and police seized the property of Wanida Laolee as the profits of drug trafficking including 5 gold bars and 2.2 million baht in cash among other assets.
Police also arrested Myanmar citizen Aipang Saele with an M16 and ammunition, Jamoh Sianglee was arrested with providing shelter to an illegal alien and possessing weapons including 4 shotguns and 5 pistols.
On June 12 the Border Patrol encountered around 20 armed men that they assumed to be drug traffickers in Mae Ai. The officers called on the men to stop but they opened fire on the patrol. The officers called for reinforcements from the rangers after the group returned fire. The group scattered, most of them back into Myanmar, leaving one man dead. The officers found two loaded M16 rifles, four AK-47s, 80 bullets and an M79 grenade launcher with 2 rounds left behind.
On June 13 police announced the arrest of 7 Chiang Mai men for allegedly trafficking in drugs. The seven men, in ages ranging from 24 to 58 were all from the Chiang Mai area and were arrested after Chiang Dao police stopped Aek Samphaothai, age 38 with the 14,400 methamphetamines stashed in the driver’s seat. Police connected Aek with the other six men and arrested them as allegedly being part of a drug trafficking gang, seizing assets including 3 trucks, a car and a pistol.
On June 23, 2014Pol. Maj. Gen. Damrongsak Kittipraphat, Deputy Commissioner of Provincial Police Region 5, Acting Commander of Chiang Mai Provincial Police, and Pol. Col. Weerawut Niamnoi, Deputy Commander of Chiang Mai Provincial Police, Acting Superintendent of Mueang Chiang Mai Police Station announced the arrest of 2 major drug dealers from Fang district; Tossapol or Lek Tonsuk age and Chakkapong or Pan Pimpa age 25. The two men were arrested allegedly with 74,830 Yaba tablets, two pickup trucks were also seized.
Police investigated a tip off that someone in So-Pong Mansion was holding a large amount of drugs for sale. Police raided the room on June 20 and found Lek with 400 Yaba tablets in his hand, Pan was in the room packing 6,430 more tablets for sale. The two suspects confessed to police that they had purchased 80,000 methamphetamine tablets for 5 million baht and were storing them in an apartment in Chang Puak. Police checked the other room and found 68,000 remaining pills. They also implicated a third man in the drug ring, Nakorn or Keaw Rakpaisan of Fang who was arrested later on June 23, 2014 and police also seized the suspect’s bank account that was used to sell and buy drugs.
Police also announced the arrest of Tassanee Ketsingkaew, age 29 with 317 grams of heroin and 2,000 baht in cash in a sting operation that was set in place on June 22, 2014. Police arranged the buy from a woman named “Pan” in front of the ATM machines at Chiang Mai Rajabhat University. Tassanee was arrested by police when she showed up to sell the undercover agent 1 gram of heroin. She confessed that there was more heroin stored in her house on Kaew Nawarat Road. Police uncovered a further 316 grams of heroin in the search.


Local government leaders ready for AEC

Governor Suriya Prasabandit welcomes local leaders at the sub-district level a to a conference on the changes they can expect with the implementation of the AEC.

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
The Chiang Mai Provincial government held a training session for Sub-district headmen from around Chiang Mai to introduce them to the benefits that the country stands to gain when the AEC, ASC and ASCC are implemented.
Governor Suriya Prasatbandit met with 196 Sub-district headmen on June 19, 2014 at the presentation that covered the legal issues and their roles in implementation. The seminar covered the various legal and social issues that the country will face and he noted that as leaders at the sub-district level they are the bedrock of the local communities.
The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) will be implemented by the end of 2015 and sees 10 countries unite in a social, cultural and economic union. Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam, Lao, Burma, Cambodia, and Thailand are the member countries. The AEC is expected to create peace and grow economic and political stability in the region the slogan “One Vision, One Identity, One Community”. ASEAN is comprised of three main points; ASEAN Political-Security Community or APSC, ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community or ASCC, and ASEAN Economic Community or AEC. So, he noted that Thai people must learn and prepare to deal with the coming union.


World Blood Donor Day 2014; Safe blood for Saving Mothers

The theme of this year’s World Blood Donor Day was “Safe blood for saving mothers” and organizations who played a part in supporting blood donation received certificates from the Chiang Mai Blood Service Provincial branch and the Chiang Mai Red Cross Center at the event held at Central Plaza Chiang Mai Airport on June 14, 2014. Central Plaza Chiang Mai Airport was recognized for their efforts in promoting and organizing blood drives. Mananya Prasatbandit (5th left), Chief of the Provincial Red Cross Chapter, Chiang Mai presided over theevent while Rachanee Keunkeaw, executive director of Chiang Mai Blood Service Provincial branch gave the opening statement. Tanatchaporn Pongyen, general manager of Central Plaza Chiang Mai Airport, Worawat tTantranon, Executive Director of CR Chaing Mai (Thailand) and Setthawut Tassoora, General Manager of Robinson Chiang Mai joined the opening of the event.


Fostering reconciliation and promoting democratic principles in Chiang Mai

Governor Suriya Prasatbandit is joined by Dr. Sarawut Srisakun of the Pinkanakorn Development Agency, the Commissioner of the 33rd Military Circle Maj. Gen. Sarayuth Rangsee, and Muang Chiang Mai District Chief Officer Arkom Sukpan as well as other participants at the start of the meeting on fostering reconciliation and reform in Chiang Mai.

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Around 2,000 people including local government officials, village headmen, village committees and heads of other groups joined a meeting held at the Chiang Mai International Convention & Exhibition Center on June 14, 2014 to understand the government’s key policies on fostering reconciliation among disparate parties, promoting a democratic path for harmony among Thai people and promoting democratic principles in Thailand as well as offer suggestions and recommendations of their own.
Led by Chiang Mai Governor Suriya Prasatbandit, the Commissioner of the 33rd Military Circle Maj. Gen. Sarayuth Rangsee, and Muang Chiang Mai District Chief Officer Arkom Sukpan the group were welcomed by Dr. Sarawut Srisakun, Director of the Pinkanakorn Development Agency.
The Governor noted that the key policies including fostering reconciliation and reform aimed at reducing conflicts; he called on everyone to get rid of “color politics” in Thailand. He added that the government had set maintaining peace and public safety as the key issue concluding that the government was open to public opinion on the best solutions to these problems.
Cooperation from all relevant sectors was needed to reform the nation he noted, and said that this would start by hearing public opinion through such workshops to find a way through the conflicts and foster peace and harmony.
Maj. Gen. Sarayuth Rangsee spoke on the National Peace and Order Maintaining Council (NPOMC) and on ways to reconciliation. Also, the abbot of Wat Pha Lad gave a talk on harmony among Thai citizens, followed by the Chief District Officer and the someone from the Internal Security Operations Command on approaches to reconciliation in regional areas.


Center for Reconciliation & Reform pushes anti-corruption campaign

Chiang Mai Governor Suriya Prasatbandit announces some of the measures that the local CRR will present including protection of Chiang Mai’s rapidly diminishing forest cover.

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
The Chiang Mai Governor and the Commissioner of the 33rd Military Circle presided over a workshop for the local Center for Reconciliation and Reform (CRR) at the Chiang Mai Orchid Hotel on June 19, 2014 as part of the NCPO’s command that local agencies of the Ministry of Interior organize workshops to create unity among people.
The project, overseen by Governor Suriya Prasatbandit and Maj. Gen. Sarayuth Rangsee is part of a larger project to fight corruptions, promote reconciliation and encourage people to follow the laws.
The governor also added that to make CRR project became more concrete, the Chiang Mai government has appointed CRR committees in order to manage all of CRR’s movements and activities. The CRR Project aims to create harmony, unity and love among people as well as diminish conflicts among people brought about by various political groups. The NCPO is using this chance to reform the country in a way that previous governments lacked the political will to do by reforming both political and social aspects such as drugs, environment and law. The NCPO have asked people for cooperation in this project which aims to make country become elegant again.
The NCPO has also launched policies to protect Chiang Mai’s diminishing forests. The amount of forested land in Chiang Mai dropped rapidly from 2009 when the total land covered by forests was 77% to only 69% in 2013. The government is working to solve this issue urgently.


Electric and phone lines in old Lamphun to go underground

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
The old city of Lamphun from Intayongyot Road starting at Changsi Gate Intersection to Li Gate Intersection and Rop Muang Nai Roads will see electric cables and phone lines buried to improve the aspect of the Old City and to improve the views and retain the charm and interest of the old part of town, the Lamphun Mayor announced recently.
Prapat Pucharoen, Mayor of Lamphun revealed that Lamphun Municipality in cooperation with Lamphun Province, Provincial Electricity Authority Area 1 (North) Chiang Mai Province, Lamphun Provincial Electricity Authority, TOT Public Company Limited, and all telecommunication networks will run the lines underground after signing a Memorandum of Understanding on June 9, 2014.
The 3rd phase of the project which will come after the initial burial of lines in these two areas is expected to decrease the number of poles on the main roads of the city by using modern technology to improve the city’s landscape.


New fracture surgery technique from CMU wins Best Paper Award

AOTrauma Asia Pacific Scientific Congress in Seoul

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Orthopedic surgeons at the Faculty of Medicine, Chiang Mai University were recognized internationally for their new femur fracture surgery technique which results in a smaller wound and reduced blood loss allowing the patient to return home sooner. The discovery gave the surgeons Winner of Best Paper Award in the 2nd AOTrauma Asia Pacific Scientific Congress & TK Experts’ Symposium last month in Seoul, South Korea.
Prof. Dr. Teerachai Aphiwattakun, a lecturer at the Department of Orthopedic, Faculty of Medicine, CMU coordinated with Dr. Chitwee Chaimton, a doctor from Fellow Training Program, Trauma major. In the past, femur fracture operations were performed by cutting open the fractures to place the iron plate causing some damage to tissues and a large wound and blood loss healing fractures slowly with a risk of infection. Nowadays, minor operations are performed widely with a great healing result. The patients can return to their routines very soon.
The advisor also noted that a minor operation on the thigh area seemed to be at high risk of causing damage to the artery. The Department of Anatomy and the Department of Radiology coordinated on the research by operating on bodies. The operation started by injecting dye to a body’s artery and taking x-ray photograph via computer, then performing the femur fracture operation on 10 donated bodies. The research found that no artery injury was found on any of the bodies and concluded that minor fracture operation could be applied to patients who suffer from femur fractures to let them return to their routines safely and quickly.


 
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