Happy Birthday to HRH Princess Soamsawali
The Chiang Mai Mail would like to join the Thai nation in wishing HRH
Princess Soamsawali a very happy 57th birthday today, July 13, 2014. The
Princess is very active in many Red Cross programs for children who have
been affected by HIV/AIDS and commended by the UNAIDS Executive Director
Michel Sidibé for her “tireless dedication, commitment and leadership” in
the country’s HIV response and presented HRH with a plaque for her ongoing
efforts to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV. HRH Princess
Soamsawali is a strong advocate for HIV prevention of mother to child
transmission and spearheads campaigns against public discrimination against
those with HIV/AIDS. Her dedication for the past 26 years to provide support
for those who have suffered due to HIV/AIDS has earned her worldwide
recognition and respect.
Buddhist faithful flock to temples for Buddhist holy days
The rains have begun and so has Buddhist Lent
The Buddhist faithful circle three times around
the temple in the Wientian ceremony held at temples around the city and the
country. Wat Phra Singh has great significance for many Chiang Mai residents
and is a popular place to perform the ceremony.
Two of the holiest days in the Buddhist calendar fell this past weekend;
Asarnha Bucha Day which fell on July 11, and Khao Phansa, or the start of
Buddhist Lent which began on July 12.
The Buddhist Holy Day of Asarnha Bucha falls on the 15th night (15 kham) of
the full moon during the eighth month of the Buddhist Lunar calendar and
honors three important events that occurred on that day; the“Triple Gem” the
Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. The day marks the first sermon given by the
Buddha, also it is considered to mark the birth of Buddhism and thirdly, it
is considered the day the Sangha was established. On this day, the first
person listened to the Buddha’s sermon, realizing the truths contained
therein and became the first Buddhist monk. This created the Buddhist order
“Sangha” and the day is known as “Sangha Day” as well as Asarnha Bucha Day.
Buddhist temples throughout the Kingdom arrange ceremonies venerating the
important historic events in the past. Devout Buddhists participate in the
ceremonies by presenting offerings to monks, listening to sermons and
performing ritual prayers. The entire day is revered and certain precepts
are adhered to by the more devout Buddhist; the Wientian ritual ceremony is
performed in the evening as many go to nearby temples bringing candles,
flowers and joss sticks, walking three times around the temple area sacred
Khao Pansa falls on the day after Asarnha Bucha Day and marks the day when
monks return to the temple for the duration of the rainy season, usually to
the temple where they were ordained. They stay there for approximately three
months. The monks are not supposed to leave the temple, or stay overnight at
any other location during this period. Once the period is over the Katin
ceremony is held where people attend temples in the morning, bringing food,
necessity items, money, the traditional candles, garments and ceremonial
items for the monks, with flowers and candles in hand. Then the monks may
leave the temples.
Like Catholic Lent, many will refrain from the eight recognized offenses for
the duration of the 3 month period, just as monks do, while others may give
up a single vice or 5 -8 offenses for the day.
Special service center for citizens of Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia
Pol. Cpt. Chatree Charachit, Deputy Inspector of
Chiang Mai Immigration announced the opening of the new service center for
citizens of Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar near Promenada Resort Shopping Mall.
The Chiang Mai Immigration Bureau has set up a special center to provide
service for migrants from Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar in Chiang Mai, Lamphun
and Lampang. Pol. Cpt. Chatree Charachit, Deputy Inspector of Chiang Mai
Immigration said that the new office, near Promenada Resort Shopping Mall
will provide services for these citizens. The office will also provide 90
day notification services as well as the two year work visa for these three
The new office was built to relieve the serious overcrowding that plagued
the office near Chiang Mai International Airport. Citizens of these three
countries who do not comply with the 90 day reporting will be fined 200 baht
The original Airport Immigration remains in operation, providing services
for foreigners who are not from Laos, Myanmar or Cambodia.
radio station shut down
The NBTC shut down an illegal community radio
station on June 25, 2014.
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
A local community radio station that was broadcasting illegally from a house
in Faham was investigated and shut down and the equipment seized in a raid
on June 25, 2014.
Officers from the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission
Region 9 (Chiang Mai) and soldiers of the 33rd Military Circle, Kawila Camp
investigated the community radio station “Siang Tham Phuer Prachachon”,
100.25 Mhz in Faham and charged the operator with violating NCPO order No.
At 3.30 p.m. on June 25, 2014, officers of Office of The National
Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission Region 9 (Chiang Mai)
combined with soldiers of the 33rd Military Circle, Kawila Camp investigated
and seized community radio station “Siang Tham Phuer Prachachon”, 100.25 Mhz
at a house in Faham sub district in Muang Chiang Mai in offense of infringed
NCPO’s notification No. 66/2557.
The Deputy Director of NBTC Region 9 said that three provinces Chiang Mai,
Lamphun and Mae Hong Son had 248 community radio stations that were allowed
to broadcast. However, three licenses are required to operate; a license for
the station of transmitter and antenna and only less than 10 stations have
all three types. The NCPO ordered the suspension of broadcasting by illegal
radio stations as they often incite problems or exaggerated advertising.
PWA readies for rainy
season water service
Trucks ready to deliver water in case pipes break
The Provincial Waterworks Authority (PWA) Chiang Mai Branch is
confident that it will be able to ensure that Chiang Mai residents have
enough tap water during the rainy season. Mongkol Valyasevi, Director of the
PWA in Chiang Mai said that the organization had increased water pressure in
areas that had previousy experienced low pressure to make certain that
residents in those areas would have adequate water supplies. Additionally,
the PWA has readied fresh water trucks for water delivery to citizens in
case the water pipes break.
The PWA will carry out service preparation in an area of 137 square
kilometers, covering 8 districts: Muang, Saraphi, San Kamphaeng, San Sai,
Hang Dong, Doi Saket, San Pa Tong, and Mae Wang.
He noted that there are four water stations in Chiang Mai; Pa Ton Station in
Muang District which has an output of 1,500 cubic meters per hour using the
Ping River as its source, Mae Kuang Station with an output of 2,200 cubic
meters per hour using the Mae Kuang Dam, the Umong station with an output of
1,250m³/hr which draws water from the Mae Taeng Irrigation Canal and the
Ping River and finally Mae Wang which has an output capacity of 100 m³/hr
and uses water from Kuang River.
The total capacity of the four stations is 5,050 m³/hr. PWA Lamphun and Mae
Rim branches also transport their water to help affected areas as well.
“As for long term solution, PWA Chiang Mai has built a water station with a
capacity of 2,000 m³/hr in Mae Faek, San Sai district, as well as a Mobile
Water Plant with capacity of 500 m³/hr in Pa Daet, Mueang district. These
stations use raw water from Ping River to produce clean water. In essence,
these plants will enable the PWA to generate sufficient tap water and to
efficiently support the growth of Chiang Mai in the future,” said Mongkol.
Immigration to enforce visa exemption entry limits
Thai Immigration authorities have informed Embassies and Consulates in
Thailand that it will enforce existing foreign entry regulations and step up
efforts to prevent abuse of the 30-day visa exemption policy for tourism
granted to some foreigners, including U.S. and European citizens. Thai
immigration authorities will review travelers who have received permission
to stay for 30 days through the visa exemption policy, and who then seek to
reenter Thailand repeatedly for an additional 30 days under the same
program. If it appears to immigration officials that these people are using
the system to reside in Thailand for an extended time or even indefinitely
then they may be denied re-entry. If they are denied re-entry they will be
told to apply for a regular Thai visa at a Royal Thai Embassy outside of
Thailand before attempting to enter Thailand again. Embassies and Consulates
have informed us they are not able to intervene with Thai Immigration or the
airlines regarding their regulations and policies on behalf of citizens who
are denied re-entry.
Night Bazaar vendors seek Army help to remain open longer
Municipality wants stalls to set up at 6 p.m.
Vendors of Night Bazaar hawker stalls complained
to the Commissioner at Kawila asking for a relaxation in Municipal rules
regarding set up and closing times.
Around a hundred vendors from the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar converged on the
Kawila Army Camp to ask Commissioner Maj. Gen. Sarayuth Rangsee for
assistance in their dispute with the Chiang Mai Municipality on June 26,
Bunnuch Saetiaw, representing the vendors, said that Municipal officers were
enforcing the rules and regulations too strictly for those running hawker
stalls. They were requested to set up no earlier than 6 p.m. and to break
everything down and remove it by midnight. They said that it was an
impractical regulation that needed to be revised.
Decha Pooplub of the Chiang Mai Municipality said that there had been many
failed attempts to make a deal with the stall owners. Finally the officers
had to file a lawsuit against them in the administrative court in order to
obtain their cooperation. Decha said that the vendors needed to follow the
municipality’s rules and regulations, to ensure their stalls were in good
condition and, more particularly, to be more careful not to cause any
problems or inconvenience to commuters and owners of shop houses on the
The Municipality claimed that commuters had been affected by the hawkers
stalls blocking the road during rush hour and that they had previously
caused accidents. Decha added that when the hawker stalls were being pushed
by migrant workers who did not know Thailand’s traffic regulations and norms
they often moved them in ways that blocked traffic. Additionally, store
owners and commuters had often quarreled with vendors for block the road or
Maj. Gen. Sarayuth said that after discussion, stall sellers were permitted
to run their shops so long as they still followed the rules and that such
conflicts would not occur if people strictly respected others rights of
equal access to public spaces.
Northern farmers ask NCPO to solve land problem
Members of the Northern Farmers Federation
congratulate Tana Yasopha on his acquittal on corruption charges stemming
from the longan subsidy scheme in 2004.
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Over hundred members of Northern Farmers Federation met at the front of
Lamphun Provincial Prison to congratulate Tana Yasopha on his acquittal on
July 3, 2014. Thana Yasopa is mainstay of the Northern Farmers Federation;
he was arrested on charges of corruption in the longan subsidy scheme of
Tana said he was very happy to have his freedom returned and then called on
powerful people in the country to care for the poor in Thailand and give
them the same standard of justice as the rich. He claimed that in the courts
the poor were the ones who had to pay for their guilt, while the rich were
always the innocent ones.
The group then moved to the Lamphun Post Office to send postcards to NCPO
chief, Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha asking the government to solve the land
problem. Firstly, according to the law of office of Prime Minister on title
deed organization issued 2010, the agencies had to quickly solve the lack of
agricultural and residential land. Secondly, according to the issuance of
the Royal Decree to establish Professional Qualification, the government had
to establish a land organization to solve the land problem as soon as
possible. Thirdly, according to the cabinet resolution on May 21, 2014, the
government was required to give the land organization 167 million baht as
their budget to solve the problem.
They also called on the government to manage the land properly by not
allowing someone to own the land uselessly. They want the government to
increase the land tax and use that money to build a land bank for the poor
and for farmers. They claim that this will equal the land system and
increase the chance for everyone to have a place to live and farm, in
addition, they want the government to decentralize land management by
allowing the villagers manage their own land, forest, water and sea. They
believe that this is the best way to manage the land effectively.
Furthermore, they also want the government to allocate local society rights
and freedoms protected by a temporary constitution. This is because this law
will allow the traditional local villagers to last long save, manage and
gain benefit from local resources properly. All of these activities were
monitored by the military.
Chiang Mai economy focus of NESDB conference
Discussion of Doi Pui cable car research
Chiang Mai Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya heard
economic plans and research on the proposed Doi Pui cable car project, he
asked the Pinkanakorn Development Agency to publicize the results once the
research was in.
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
The Chiang Mai economy will be the focus of monthly meetings held between
the provincial government and the National Economics and Social Development
Board (NESDB), with Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya presiding over the
conference on June 27, 2014 at the Chiang Mai International Convention and
This monthly meeting consists of planning and operation in setting the
economic direction and propelling both the government and private sectors in
Chiang Mai. In addition to discussing economic issues research on a proposed
cable car project linking the Chiang Mai Night Safari, Doi Pui, and Doi Pha
Dam given by Pinkanakorn Development Agency (Public Organization). The
project is now in the research phase and the Governor asked them to
publicize the results after the phase is fully completed.
The conference also included the considerations on operations such as the
development and construction of tourism facilities, Chiang Mai tourism
reliance renovation project, medical tourism projects, the elevation of
border commerce at Ban Laktaeng, Wiang Haeng district and demand-driven
orientation of the Chiang Mai tourism industry.
WETV launches donation project for earthquake victims
Patibat Yomkerd, Production Manager of WETV
Channel announced company plans to sell 3,000 t-shirts and donate the
profits to the victims of the Chiang Rai May 5 earthquake.
WETV Channel of the World Entertainment Television Co., Ltd. has started a
project to raise funds for earthquake victims in Phan, Chiang Rai by selling
t-shirts. The company plans to sell 3,000 t-shirts at 250 baht each and
donate all profits to the earthquake victims at at Ban San Mafaen, Than
Thong sub-district, Phan district, Chiang Rai.
Patibat Yomkerd, Production Manager of WETV Channel said that the company
had attempted to gather donations earlier but that some of the aid did not
come through so had come up with the idea of selling t-shirts to raise the
funds necessary. Phan, Mae Lao and Mae Suai Districts were at the epicenter
of a 6.3 Richter earthquake on May 5, killing 1 person and damaging many
homes and temples.
Chiang Khong hospital receives help from Japanese government
New ambulance and medical equipment for Crown Prince Hospital
The Crown Prince Hospital in Chiang Khong,
Chiang Rai was able to purchase a new, fully equipped ambulance and other
hospital equipment with the help of the Japanese Government program Grant
Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects Scheme (GGP).
The Government of Japan, under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human
Security Projects Scheme (GGP), has provided funds amounting to 3,494,000
baht for “The Project for Improving Medical Service for Residents in Chiang
Khong District, Chiang Rai Province”. On 3 July, 2014, Mr. Akihiko Fujii,
Consul-General of Japan in Chiang Mai, and Mr. Somprat Munjit, Director of
Chiang Khong Crown Prince Hospital, were present at the hand-over ceremony
of an ambulance and medical equipment at Chiang Khong Crown Prince Hospital.
Chiang Khong District borders Lao People’s Democratic Republic to both the
north and east across the Mae Khong River. Chiang Khong Hospital is a
central hospital located in the east of Chiang Rai Province and there is no
end to the number of cross-border patients coming over from Lao People’s
Democratic Republic. The hospital treats these Lao patients from a
humanitarian standpoint in addition to treating the local residents. It also
conducts referral services to hospitals in Chiang Rai City for seriously ill
However, a shortage and the aging of ambulances along with outdated medical
equipment at the hospital have caused difficulties in providing prompt
patient transportation and adequate medical treatment. Procurement of a new
ambulance and new medical equipment was thus an urgent issue to be
In response to a request from Chiang Khong Crown Prince Hospital, the
Government of Japan bore the costs of purchasing a wagon type ambulance and
updated medical equipment. Meanwhile the fourth bridge spanning the river to
connect Kingdom of Thailand and Lao People’s Democratic Republic opened in
December last year. It forms part of the R3E Asian Highway that passes
through Lao People’s Democratic Republic to People’s Republic of China. With
the ASEAN Community due to be established in 2015, it is clear that Chiang
Khong District will prosper as a key transit point and the flow and the
volume of both people and goods will increase dramatically in the future.
This timely support for Chiang Khong Crown Prince Hospital is expected to
significantly strengthen the medical system of the region. (GGP)
Clean food under
the Q Sign in Chiang Mai
A large number of restaurants certified under
the government’s Q Standard were monitored to ensure that they maintained
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
A number of restaurants in Chiang Mai were monitored in June to
ensure that they lived up to the Q Standard certificate issued by the
government. The Office of Agriculture and Co-operatives Chiang Mai,
authorized by National Bureau of Agricultural Commodity and Food Standards
(ACFS) under the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, worked with local
offices to monitor certified restaurants to ensure that they were cooking
with clean ingredients and selecting only Q products under the campaign to
promote using clean ingredients and Q products.
The Thai government has worked hard to raise the safety and quality standard
of agricultural foods to be accepted in a worldwide market. The government
uses the “Q” sign as a guarantee for quality and high standard of foods in
order to boost consumer confidence. Q products are increasing popularity now
among Thai consumers as they know the vendor has been certified as clean and
A number of restaurants which were monitored included Khao Fae, The Richy,
Khum Thai, Krua Classic, Suan Phak, Ka Lae, Salad Maejoe, Petch Doi Ngam,
Aden, Fai Bakery, Khum Suae, Baan Rai Yamyen, and many other restaurants.
The Chiang Mai Office of Agriculture and Cooperatives announced the
appointment of a working group to certify Q eateries and Q fresh-food
markets in Chiang Mai. The working group is in charge of monitoring, at
least once a year, restaurants and markets supporting Q products for
certification renewal, following its criteria, and also of reporting on the
results to the final ACFS committee which make the decision on certification
Smugglers dump 300,000 Yaba pills on the road after fleeing police
Drugs produced by Lt. Col Yi Sae uncovered in separate cases
Police discover bags containing 300,000 Yaba
pills dumped on the side of the road after a truck fled the police
checkpoint in Lampang
Seven people were arrested in a series of raids against drug dealers in
the Muang District of Chiang Mai on July 1 and 2, 2014. The biggest case
was the arrest of a couple living in Mae Rim who were in possession of
1,750 pills with the intent to sell. Other cases involved drug dealers
in San Pee Seua and Saraphi while one addict was arrested with
possession of a small amount.
Two Chiang Rai drug traffickers were nabbed in Wiang Pa Pao District in
Chiang Rai on July 2, 2014 in a sting operation that netted 94,000
methamphetamine tablets. The Deputy Commissioner of Region 5 Pol. Maj.
Gen. Tanitsak Teerasawat said that the pills had a 5&9 and 999 marked on
them, and suspected the two men were involved in the Baan Mae Poon Luang
drug network. The two men confessed that they had been paid 100,000 baht
to deliver the drugs to a customer in Central Thailand.
That same day in Lampang more methamphetamine tablets marked with 999
were uncovered in three bags left on the side of the road in Lampang
after a truck fled a police checkpoint. On July 2 police set up a
checkpoint on the Mae Phrik-Mae Wa road, Phrabatwangtuang, Mae Phrik,
Lampang at around 5 p.m. Police attempted to intercept a pickup truck
with no license plate but the truck sped away, escaping from police. The
police gave chase and found 50 bundles containing 300,000
methamphetamine tablets in three fertilizer bags dumped on the side of
the road. The pickup truck was nowhere to be found. The police estimate
the drugs have a street value of 60 million baht.
Pol. Lt. Gen Wanchai Thanatkit, Assistant Commissioner General of the
Royal Thai Police and Acting Commander of Police Region 5, Pol. Maj.
Gen. Chamnan Ruwdrew, Deputy Commissioner of Police Region 5, Maj. Gen.
Chatri Settakorn, Director of Center of Narcotics Information, 3rd Army
Area, and Pol. Maj. Gen. Prachuab Wongsuk, Commander of Investigation
Division Provincial Police Region 5 said at a press conference that the
drugs are being produced by the drug network of Lt. Col. Yi Sae, the
famous drug dealer at the Thai-Burmese border.
Police had set up a checkpoint in Lampang after noting it had become a
corridor for a large amount of drug trafficking using Phahonyotin road,
passing through Lampang Province.
Pol. Lt. Gen Wanchai Thanatkit said this confiscation was the result of
an intensive crackdown on drug smuggling from the soldiers and police
forces. He noted that the traffickers have changed their route from main
to secondary roads. The Acting Commander has commanded the Police Forces
of Region 5, total of 153 police stations, to increase their strict
checks at all checkpoints. For each 8-hour shift, at least for 2 hours
the police have to set up checkpoints at 3 locations. In 24 hours per
day, there will be 6 hours that check points are set up. There is also a
heightened collaboration with the army force.
On July 7, 2014 police announced the arrest of grilled pork seller who
was arrested in Phrao at a checkpoint with 156,000 methamphetamine
tablets hidden in an icebox in his truck. The man confessed to police
that he had not been making any money selling grilled pork and so had
been hired by another man via friend to carry the drugs for 100,000
Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya noted at the press conference that
officers in Chiang Mai had been working together to stop the spread of
drugs following the NCPO’s 30 day process to suppress the spread of
drugs. A full report on the outcome of the 30 day crackdown would be
announced at a press conference on July 10, 2014.
Maejo pub destroyed in fire
The Belive Pub in Maejo suffered over 5
million baht in a fire that broke out in the kitchen on July 1, 2014.
The Belive Pub in Maejo suffered over five million baht in damage after
a fire broke out in the pub’s kitchen on July 1, 2014. Police received a
report via the emergency191 line that a fire had broken out at the pub
and police and firefighters rushed to the scene to find a raging fire
that engulfed a large part of the structure.
It took seven fire engines over an hour to put out the fire. The pub saw
all interior furnishings damaged or destroyed and many cracks developed
in the walls as a result of the heat of the fire. The pub has been
temporarily closed since coup announced the curfew so only one person
was injured in the fire; the pub’s night watchman.
Fire investigators believe the fire started due to an electrical short
in the closed pub’s kitchen.
Pregnant woman strangled in murder-suicide
A two month pregnant woman found strangled and her ex-boyfriend
dead after a friend saw the ex-boyfriend visit Pimploy Santhorn and
knocked on the door to see if her friend was ok. The ex-boyfriend
Kiattisak Kosanla refused the friend entry and so she called the police
worried for her friend.
Chang Puak police entered Pimploy’s room and found that she had been
strangled and that Kiattisak’s body was found hanging by the window.
Kiattisak left a suicide note to both his family and Pimploy’s saying
that he was very sorry for his actions.
Pimploy’s friend told police that the couple had broken up when Pimploy
found out she was pregnant. The man tried to get back together with her
but she refused him and didn’t forgive him for leaving her while
pregnant. The friend said his suspicious behavior after visiting Pimploy
pushed her to call the police but they found them both dead at the
Bar owner and woman charged
after lewd video hits social media
A video showing a young woman dancing topless and in a sexually
suggestive manner, that was shared widely on social media launched a
police raid of the Par Pern Bar in Nong Kaew, Hang Dong. The video and
photos were widely shared on social media the night before garnering
widespread criticism and showed a young woman dancing topless and
performing simulated sex acts on July 2, 2014.
Pol. Gen. Wuttikrai Luecha, superintendent of Hang Dong Police Station
said that police had summoned the owner, Rittikrai Pongti (Arm) age 28
to the station for the investigation. Rittiakrai told police that he
employed three girls as coyote dancers for 500 baht each on July 2, 2014
and that around 11 p.m. a friend of one of the girls working there came
to the bar to visit and got very drunk before taking off her top and
performing simulated sex acts.
The bar owner will be prosecuted for running a bar with no license while
the woman will be charged with public indecency. Her friend told
journalists that the woman was very drunk and when she woke up the next
morning was so ashamed she wanted to kill herself and she begged people
to not share the videos or photos for the sake of her friend.
Pai policeman shoots fellow officer and then himself in work related grievance
Police suspect that a police officer who shot a fellow police
officer and then shot himself had done so due to work related grievances.
Police in Pai, Mae Hong Son, were called to the scene of a shooting at Kerd
Sri Restaurant in Wiang Tai sub-district and found Pol. Sub Lt. Wichai
Kerdsri, age 55, of Pai Police station with a gunshot wound to his head.
Police uncovered three .38 bullets and two shells in front of the restaurant
after the shooting.
Police said that Pol. Sub Lt. Sanya Thoophom then shot himself in the temple
at Pai Police Station after the shooting, police found a pistol on his body
that matched the caliber of the weapon that had shot Wichai. Sanya died
later at the hospital of his injuries.
Charges against Warm Up shareholder in 9 year old murder dismissed
Wuttichai Jaisamak, a major shareholder in
the Warm Up Café, was released after the Provincial Supreme Court
dismissed murder charges from a 14 year old case.
After a series of convictions and appeals the murder charges
against Wuttichai Jaisamak or Pu Warm Up, a shareholder in the popular
Warm Up Café on Nimmanhaemin Road, were dismissed by the Provincial
Supreme Court on June 27, 2014.
Wuttichai was charged with the murder of his girlfriend Benchaporn or
Annie Phongphiw age 27 in 2005 and sentenced to life in prison after
being found guilty on June 18, 2011. Pu Warm Up appealed the case to the
Appeals Court which upheld the life sentence in 2012.
Wuttichai took his case to the Provincial Supreme Court which heard the
case on June 27, 2014 and saw the case dismissed as the justices said
there were no witnesses to the murder. The body of the victim, the owner
of a local gift shop, was found behind the PTT station inside CMU, near
the 40 Year Anniversary Dormitory. The defendant was released
immediately. The father of the victim, Sumet Phongphiw age 62, has been
pursuing the case in Civil Court but did not appear at the Supreme Court
Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital keeps staff on toes with fire drill training
Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital
held a fire drill involving nurses, doctors, technicians and
other staff on the proper procedures for evacuating patients in
the event of a fire.
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
The Faculty of Medicine at Chiang Mai University held their
annual fire drill training at Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital
on June 27, 2014 to train personnel and raise their awareness of
correct procedures in case of a fire or other disaster.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Anupong Laohapoonrungsee, Associate Dean of
Faculty of Medicine, Chiang Mai University, Chairman of Fire
Protection said that the fire drill is held to train staff on
how to evacuate patients in the event of a fire. A simulated
fire was held on the 7th floor ICU with doctors, nurses, staff
of the ICU, security guards, technicians and escort teams all
participated in the drill. There was training on helping
evacuated patients. The drill started by evacuating critical
patients from the 5th and 6th floor, Chaloem Phra Barami
Building to Boon Sommatin and Sujinno Building while the other
patients were escorted to the assembly point or safe place.
Samoeng Tai receives new fire
trucks from Japanese government
Mr. Akihiko Fujii, Consul-General of
Japan in Chiang Mai, and Mr. Suwun Sangprasit, Mayor of Samoeng
Tai Municipality and local government officials with one of the
new fire engines purchased by the Japanese government.
The Government of Japan, under its Grant Assistance for
Grassroots Human Security Projects Scheme (GGP), has provided
funds amounting to 3,327,000 baht for “The Project for
Procurement of Fire Engines in Samoeng Tai Municipality in
Samoeng District, Chiang Mai Province”. On 26 June, 2014, Mr.
Akihiko Fujii, Consul-General of Japan in Chiang Mai, and Mr.
Suwun Sangprasit, Mayor of Samoeng Tai Municipality, were
present at the hand-over ceremony of fire engines at Samoeng Tai
Sub-District Administration Organization in Chiang Mai.
Samoeng Tai sub-district is located in a mountainous area, much
of which is designated as national forest or national parkland.
Every dry-season, forest fires break out. In recent years they
have become more serious, threatening homes, possessions and
lives of residents. Smoke causes damage to physical health,
while deforestation leads to floods and landslides in the
rainy-season as well as drought during the dry-season, all
having a profound impact on people’s lives.
The Samoeng Tai Municipality has made great efforts in
firefighting, prevention and education, in order to control the
outbreak of wildfires and prevent their expansion. However, the
Municipality had faced many difficulties. The 20-year-old fire
engines the Municipality already possessed could not be driven
at optimum speed due to their age and at the same time they were
too large to pass through narrow mountain roads. This resulted
in serious delays and frequently even prevented the fire
fighters from reaching the scene of a fire.
In response to a request from Samoeng Tai Municipality, the
Government of Japan bore the costs of purchasing two fire
engines, one medium-size with a comparatively-large feed tank
and the other small with high maneuverability and a short
turning circle, as well as some fire-fighting equipment. This
support enables the firefighting to be more expeditious and
effective and will further contribute to mitigating the ill
effects of haze as well as assisting the recovery of the natural
Awards given to those
fighting drug abuse
International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking 2014
Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya
encourages students to work together to solve the drug problem
in Thailand at the International Day against Drug Abuse and
Illicit Trafficking at Lanna Polytechnic Technology College
Chiang Mai on June 26, 2014.
Certificates of accomplishment were awarded to people and
institutions that had shown strong work in fighting drug abuse
by Chiang Mai Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya on June 26, 2014.
The International Day event was held at Lanna Polytechnic
Technology College Chiang Mai and was opened by the Governor who
said that the day was important to publicize the dangers of drug
abuse and create long term solutions to the drug problem. He
noted that drug use is one of the major factors causing trouble
in society and so it must be solved quickly.
Governor Suriya also said that the day was held to encourage
students, teenagers and people to realize that drug problems can
affect everyone and our country as well, so we have to help
solve this problem together.
Drugs affect people all over the world and an international
meeting is held in Vienna, Austria from June 17 – 26 every year
for drug agencies to find solutions to the problem. The
Narcotics Control Board is the main organization in Thailand
that works to solve the drug problem and it was through their
work that the government set June 26 as the International Day
against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking every year.
Mae Taeng farmers in workshop to reduce chemicals in agriculture
Mae Taeng farmers attended a
workshop to learn more about producing chemical free safe and
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Thailand imported 68,964 tons of active ingredients for chemical
pesticides in 2011 valued at 17,732 million baht, an amount that
nearly doubled in ten years according to Suwanna Tiansuwan,
Director of Environmental Research and Training Center,
Department of Environmental Quality Promotion who presided over
a workshop that was held in Mae Taeng to teach farmers about
reducing the use of chemicals in agriculture not only due to the
expense but also for health reasons. Held on July 4, 2014 in Mae
Taeng, 102 agriculturalists participated in the workshop held by
the Environmental Research and Training Center, Department of
Environmental Quality Promotion. The Center had conducted
research on chemical contamination in both the environment and
its effect on public health and used the workshop to inform
farmers of their results.
The Center hopes to encourage farmers to reach their full
potential growing healthy food and worked with chemical free
farmers in Mae Taeng to find ways to reform the agricultural
process. Additionally they are looking for ways to expand
marketing channels for chemical free produce and promote local
agricultural products so farmers will be encouraged to grow
safe, healthy food.
Mae Hong Son’s Joint Private
Committee asks for help from NCPO
Solutions sought for chronic transportation problems
Mae Hong Son’s Joint Private
Committee is turning to the NCPO to find solutions for their
chronic transportation issues.
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Mae Hong Son’s Joint Private Committee, which is trying to find
solutions for tourism and economic issues facing the private
sector in Mae Hong Son met at the Golden Pai Resort in Mae Hong
Son on July 3, 2014 where the committee resolved to ask for the
help of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) in
finding resolutions to several pressing issues that Mae Hong Son
business people face.
Supoj Klinpraneet, President of Mae Hong Son’s Joint Private
Committee and President of the Tourism Council of Mae Hong Son
revealed that the key issues that Mae Hong Son now face are
having a strong impact to the tourism trade and investment and
affecting local people’s revenue. These chronic issues are still
unresolved and so the group decided to submit the issues to the
NCPO to see if they can help find solutions.
One issue that needs an urgent solution is the lack of any large
flights to Mae Hong Son. The committee will propose to ask Thai
Airways International Public Company Limited to return to
service the route again. Thai Airways covered this route for 50
years but cancelled the route and claimed that a private airline
would provide flights. Currently the only service comes from Kan
Air’s 12 seats flight which flies three times a day. The
committee will also ask the NCPO to see if it can add larger
flights with more seats to service the province.
In addition, there has problem of the land transportation due to
the province’s mountainous terrain. As a result, travel times
are long and transport costs were higher than compared to other
destinations with a similar distance. Large vehicles cannot use
Highway No. 1095 as the road is too steep and winding. The
committee will ask NCPO to consider the construction of a road
tunnel between Samoeng - Mae Hong Son. The Ministry of
Transportation conducted a study of the economy, engineering and
environmental impact of such a tunnel in 2004. The ministry had
3 options for construction; Route C1, Mae Hong Son- Samoeng,
distance 73 km; C2, Mae Hong Son- Samoeng, distance 62.9 km.:
and C3 Mae Hong Son- Samoeng, distance 54 km. There was also an
issue of border trade points.
The Committee hopes the NCPO can help the province find
solutions for these issues to help promote the economy.