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Vol. XIII No.18 - Sunday September 7, 2014 - Saturday September 20, 2014


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NEWS
 

Heavy rains wreak havoc across the North

Localized flooding in parts of Chiang Mai

The military helps the Municipality in installing pumps to remove water out of flooded Chiang Mai neighborhoods on August 31, 2014.

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Heavy rains from August 27 to September 2, 2014 saw homes damaged in Chiang Mai due to landslides caused by localized flooding but Chiang Rai and Mae Hong Son caused far more damage, sweeping away four people with the body a Chiang Rai teacher found later, six people have killed due to flooding in 17 provinces over the past week.
Houses were damaged in a landslide on August 30 in Ton Duea Sub-district in Mae Ai after heavy rains but there were no injuries or deaths. Royal Relief packages were distributed to owners of damaged houses.
Muang District was hit by localized flooding on August 31 when Fah Mai Kad Kom, Sri Ping Muang and Nantharam communities were deluged by rainwater. These low lying communities saw half a meter of water but the Chiang Mai Municipality, military and Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office used pumps to remove water out of the area as well as open floodgates to drain water. Other areas of the city also saw rainwater fill streets, causing traffic jams and congestion.
Chiang Rai and Mae Hong Son were also hit by heavy rains and flash floods with over 1,000 homes damaged by flash floods coming off Huai Mae Pao Mountain, villagers reported some areas saw water as high as 1 meter.
Since the start of the rainy season in Chiang Mai in July 26 districts have seen flooding problems affecting 35, 901 people, damaging 4,175 rai of farmland, and 53 buildings. Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya allocated money for Chai Prakan and Phrao for emergency repairs. Further damaged areas will be assessed for need.
The North has been deluged by rains due to due to low pressure zones and southwesterly monsoons that have covered the region.
 


Reduced fares for red songthaews

Red songthaews will now offer service for 10 baht for adults and 5 baht for students with the government subsidizing the drivers for the lost income in a bid to reduce traffic congestion.

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The new routes for red songthaews have proved problematic Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya reported at a press conference on August 26, 2014 saying that many drivers complained that passengers on the scheduled routes have been few and that many could not distinguish between the regular routes and the general songthaews especially as fare prices were different. The government determined to reduce prices to 10 baht for adults and 5 baht for students and support the songthaew drivers by paying them 8 baht per kilometer.
At a meeting between the Nakon Lanna Bus Cooperative, the 33rd Military Circle; Chiang Mai Provincial Land Transport Office and with Dr. Poon Thiengburanathum, Lecturer in Department of Civil Engineering Faculty of Engineering CMU who has been on the committee to troubleshoot traffic problems in Chiang Mai, it was determined to add two special routes to the 11 songthaew routes and 1 Chiang Mai Municipal bus route. The two new routes are Route 7, which runs from 5.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m., leaving every 20 minutes to support all around the area, and Route 13, which leaves from Chang Puak Bus Station to Warorot Market for 5 baht. All songthaews have now signed up on the 13 routes.
The committee hopes that by reducing fares and requiring red songthaews to have signs noting their routes that more people will use songthaews and ease traffic congestion.


No parking in front of Suan Dok Hospital from September 15

Parking on the opposite side of Suthep Road allowed

Beginning September 15, 2014 there will be no parking allowed in front of Suan Dok Hospital on Suthep Road.

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Parking alongside the road next to Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital, or Suan Dok as it is known, will be illegal beginning September 15, 2014 in a bid to reduce the heavy traffic jams that plague Suthep Road daily.
The Subcommittee for the Management of Land Traffic Chiang Mai said that the number of vehicles parking next to the hospital has made it difficult for emergency vehicles to enter the hospital and during rush hour causes severe traffic jams. The hospital already has a large parking structure on Sirimangkalajarn with a shuttle service that can hold more than 1,000 cars.
The Subcommittee unanimously resolved to prohibit parking on Suthep Road in front of the hospital at all times, the ban will be in effect 24 hours a day. People can still park on the opposite side of the road but if the problem persists they will consider barring parking on the opposite side of the road during rush hour.
The Traffic Police are publicizing the changes and coordinating with the Chiang Mai Municipality to paint No Parking red and white stripes along the curb and to install No Parking signs in the area. The No Parking regulation will be enforced beginning September 15, 2014.


City demolishes billboards on the sidewalk at 3 Kings Monument

Municipal workers take down a large billboard installed illegally near Three Kings Monument.

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The Chiang Mai Municipality ended up taking down illegally installed signboards and billboards erected on the sidewalk in the Three Kings Monument area after requests to remove them had gone unanswered.
On August 27, 2014 Deputy Mayor Chatri Cheumanochan joined with officers to check out signs that had been installed on public sidewalks without permission. Municipality workers then removed them from the area around Three Kings Monument, Assadathorn Intersection and the Hua Lin Corner.
The Municipality had requested that the signs be removed on August 21 and plan to prosecute Three Sixty Five Public Co. Ltd. for erecting the signs illegally as they had damaged public property by drilling holes in the sidewalks and streets to install the billboards without permission.
The Municipality plans on investigating thirteen areas around the city and removing all illegal billboards and signs. Companies that have damaged public property to install the signs without permission will also be subject to prosecution.


Growers of Japanese rice in Phrao to be paid in installments

Meeting held to negotiate payments

Growers of Japanese rice in Phrao negotiate payment of the remaining balance owed for rice that was delivered to Jiraporn Rice Mill.

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Growers of Japanese rice in Phrao District met with Piroj Kullawanich, the head of the Office of Commercial Affairs Chiang Mai to negotiate over unpaid invoices to Jiraporn Rice Mill in Mae Suai District of Chiang Rai. The group had filed a request for assistance with Chiang Mai province as they had delivered rice to the mill with the promise of payment in 90 days but they had not received payment in full. The Provincial government assigned the Office of Commercial Affairs to call a meeting between the mill and the growers to negotiate payment.
Sanang Supara, representing Jiraporn Rice Mill, explained that the mill has financial liquidity problems because they had imported rice from Vietnam to sell in Thailand but the price of rice dropped. Also the company had to pay for repairs to machinery damaged in the May 2014 6.3 earthquake that struck Chiang Rai. The mill had bene unable to pay the growers in full but had begun making installment payments to the farmers through agents in each group for the 82 million baht owed. The remaining balance of 24 million baht should be paid off by September 30, 2014.
The growers agreed to the deal and the Office of Commercial Affairs Chiang Mai ordered the rice mill to coordinate with each representative group to allocate payment for growers.


Damrongdhama Center of Chiang Mai Province opens hotline for complaints

Members of the public are encouraged to use the Damrongdhama Center at City Hall to file complaints and use government services. A hotline was also set up at 1567 to receive complaints from the public.

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The Damrongdhama Center of Chiang Mai Province was opened on July 30, 2014 to receive public complaints on corruption and problems as well as integrate public services into a one stop location including payment of electricity bills, request for installation of an electric meter, tax payment for cars and motorcycles, notification services and others.
The Center opened a hotline call center to receive reports and complaints from the public on September 1, 2014. People are encouraged to call 1567 to report issues such as corruption, forest incursion, and Land Department disputes.
Viroon Phantevee, Chief of the Chiang Mai Governor’s Office said that the Province had received reports on 328 issues from Jan 1-Aug 20l 177 of those had been assigned to the Chiang Mai Governor and 151 issues to the 33rd Military Circle. The top three complaints are for incursion of forest areas for possession, complaints about government officials, and disputes about land.


Fallen soldier returns home to Lamphun

The body of Master Sergeant Second Class Nimit Thammakas, 2nd Rifle Squad Leader, 15th Special Unit, 1st infantry Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, Kawila Camp, Chiang Mai who died while on duty in Bannagsta district, Yala returned home to the North on August 22, 2014 where his casket was greeted with full military honors at Wing 41 Military Airport. Maj. Gen. Sarayuth Rangsee, the Commissioner of the 33rd Military Circle and Col. Sutat Jarumanee, Commander of 7th Infantry Regiment led corps of honor of the 33rd Military Circle and 7th Infantry Regiment, along with soldiers and officials in the ceremony. The family returned to their home in Lamphun to hold a religious ceremony at Wat Ban Mae Moei in Mae Tha, the royal cremation was held on August 25, 2014. The Master Sergeant was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel posthumously to honor his sacrifice.


Proposed Ton Pao Bypass to undergo feasibility study

Faculty of Engineering, CMU chosen to assess the project

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The Department of Rural Roads has chosen the Faculty of Engineering at Chiang Mai University to conduct a feasibility and environmental impact assessment on the proposed Ton Pao Bypass in San Kamphaeng to connect Highway 121 with Highway 1014.
The original study initially studied four routes, each approximate 15 km long. They considered impact on the local community, drainage and flood issues and considered which one would be most effective for the budget.
They chose the route through Ban San Ton Muang Tai, Ton Pao Place Village, and highway number 1014 which is about 100 meters north of Wat Buak Ped and CMU Faculty of Engineering will conduct a feasibility and environmental impact report on this route, said Dr. Preda Pichayapan, Lecturer in Department of Civil Engineering, CMU.
If the study finds the route to be appropriate the Department of Rural Roads will set the budget to survey and detailed design or issue a decree for expropriation of land, and will ask for the budget for the year 2017 and will start construction in 2018 with budget of 800 million baht.


Parents demand refund for education in Taiwan

Angry parents demand a refund of school fees for their children who were supposed to attend school in Taiwan at City Hall on August 26, 2014.

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A group of angry parents gathered in front of Chiang Mai City Hall on August 26, 2014 calling on the Secondary Educational Service Area Office 34 to refund fees for education in Taiwan. The parents had paid 40,000 baht each to send their children to school in Taiwan but the children were not able to attend school.
They had asked for a refund from the Secondary Educational Service Area Office 34 but had not received any payment. More than 1.5 million baht was due to the group of over 20 parents.
Chiang Mai Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya and Sakcheewin Wattalo, Acting Director of the Secondary Educational Service Area Office 34 met with the group to listen to their grievances. The Governor said they will coordinate with the Ministry of Education to refund the parents’ money by the end of September.


24 hour airport to support economic growth in Chiang Mai

Informational meeting held for the public

Chiang Mai International Airport may see 24 hour service by April 2015. (Photo by calflier001via Wikimedia Commons)

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An informational seminar by academics and aviation specialists was held on August 29, 2014 for members of the community around the airport to learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of the 24 hour flights at Chiang Mai International Airport.
Held by the Airports of Thailand (AoT), Wing Commander Lakchai Chaloeyprach, director of the airport, said that the growth of Chinese tourism to Chiang Mai has seen the addition of many late night flights to accommodate the influx of tourists and that to increase service it was necessary to open the airport 24 hours a day.
Chiang Mai International Airport currently closes at midnight while Hat Yai closes at 10 p.m. Phuket International Airport, Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports are open 24 hours.
Dr. Prasak Thavornyutikarn, on the committee of the Urban Development Institute Foundation said that if people in the area hear sounds up to 80 decibels of aircraft for 24 hours there will be huge impact on public health. He added that aircraft use fuel with over 20 chemicals and that in the winter when the air flow is less, this will also have an impact on health. He said that Chiang Mai should promote tourism but not at the expense of public health.
Residents of the Nimmanoradee housing estate in Mae Hia complained that the noise is already quite loud and constant with the sound of more than 200 flights a day. People want to change the direction of the landing from the south to the north in a hope that it will reduce the problem. There is also the problem of houses affected by waste and damaged roads that they want the airport solve. However, Thaweechai Singharach, Advisor for Mae Hia Municipality said that before the 24 hour opening, AOT must organize a public hearing for people in Mae Hia to give their input as well.
If all parties agree then Chiang Mai International Airport will start 24 hour a day service from April 2015.


Targeting the Japanese Long Stay Market

Attracting Japanese retirees to Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
A seminar on targeting the Japanese Long Stay Market in a bid to make Chiang Mai more attractive to Japanese retirees was held at Chiang Mai Hill Hotel on August 28, 2014 where Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya and Japanese Consul General Akihiko Fujii spoke on the need to develop strategies to penetrate the long –stay Japanese market.
The strategies need to create cooperation between long –stay businesspeople in Thailand and those overseas, to create the ability to negotiate with long-stay groups in both the public and private sectors, to exchange information between Thai and foreign businesspeople and clients, and to increase the standards of long-stay businesses in Thailand.
Additionally they plan to create comprehensive services based on international services, to work with local businesspeople to develop international competitiveness, to be a source of information for agencies, both public and private, domestic and international and to meet the government’s policy of driving Chiang Mai to be a hub for Medical Tourism and to develop the economy and create jobs locally.
Mr. Akihiko Fujii, Consul-General of Japan in Chiang Mai said that investors find the long-stay tourism industry in Thailand of interest and that the development of goods and services to attract customers by understanding the values, needs and lifestyles of their customers is vital. He added that the seminar offered local businesspeople a good opportunity to meet with representatives from two Japanese organizations that have worked extensively with elderly Japanese; JTIRO and the Long Stay Foundation.


Chiang Mai readies for TEDx

TEDx organizers join Deputy Governor Chareonrit Sa-nguansat and U.S. Consul General Michael Heath at the TEDx press conference held at CAMP at Maya on September 2, 2014.

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Chiang Mai Deputy Governor Charoenrit Sa-nguansat was on hand with U.S. Consul General Michael Heath and TEDx organizers at the press conference announcing details of the upcoming TEDx talks to be held at Le Meridien Chiang Mai on September 27, 2014.
The Deputy Governor welcomed the TEDx initiative as an important part of the creative city initiative and the development of Chiang Mai as a creative center in the North. He was joined by the Director of the Science and Technology Park Dr. Tanyanuparb Anantana, Chairman of the Chiang Mai Creative Committee and CMU Vice President Associate Professor Doctor Sermkiat Jomjunyong and organizers Jirawan Wongdokmai, Piriya Kulganchanacheewin and Martin Venzky-Stalling.
TEDx is an offshoot of the popular TED talks started in the United States almost 30 years ago that is devoted to the support of creative thought, design, technology and education. TEDx talks have been held in Chiang Mai offering a program of local and international speakers. This year the event will be broadcast live on the internet or in person at Le Meridien. The theme for this year’s TEDx talks is “Creating Connections” and will feature such varied speakers as photographer Hossein Formani, Joe Sidek, Ploypan Theerachai, Dr. Sakarindr Bhumiratana, Ooi GEok Ling, and many others including Thailand’s first astronaut. Simultaneous translation in Thai and English will be provided on headphones.
TEDx plans to launch a TEDxChiangMai Youth event in November and TEDx Chiang Mai will feature some of those student speakers on stage. Tickets are available at www.tedxchiangmai.com and the program will start at 8:45 a.m. Tickets do need to be purchased in advance as last year’s event sold out early.


Tour Guides protest against foreign guides

Members of the Care Lanna Tour Guide community or Rak Lanna, protest against foreign tour guides and Zero Dollar Tours at City Hall on August 20, 2014.

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Members of the Rak Lanna Tour Guide Community filed a formal protest with the Chiang Mai Governor to request that the government resolve the issue of foreign tour guides working in Chiang Mai as well as the Zero Dollar Tour issue on August 20, 2014.
Viroon Phantevee, Chief of the Chiang Mai Governor’s Office and Montree Piyakul, the Director of Chiang Mai Provincial Office of Tourism & Sports met to receive the demand letter at the Provincial Damrongtham Center to send the letter to Chiang Mai Provincial Office of Tourism & Sports.
The group called on the abolishment of Zero Dollar Tours in which tour companies bringing in tour groups provide only air transportation and visa costs and the tour company in Chiang Mai must charge the tourist with expenses such as accommodation, meals and other things. The tour companies pass on the costs to tour guides who then take tourists to buy expensive products and receive a kickback or charge for high cost optional tours.
Tour companies end up hiring illegal foreign guides who are better able to talk tourists into spending money on extras, they added that often these tour companies and guides deceive tourists into spending money or do not take them to a hotel or abandon them if they do not pay.
The tour guides called on the government to enforce regulations against foreign tour guides and to ensure that tourists that come to Chiang Mai are treated fairly by tour companies by removing the Zero Dollar Tours.


Foreign gang arrested with faked bank cards, cloning equipment

A Swedish man and a Filipino man were charged with credit card fraud after they were arrested trying to use a faked card at Tesco Lotus Khamtieng.

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A Swedish man and a Filipino man were arrested by Region 5 police after they had allegedly used fake credit cards to withdraw cash from several ATMs at banks in Chiang Mai.
Using CCTV camera footage police were able to track down the two men, Per John Robin Bentley, age 29 of Sweden and Martin Philip Javellana Magno, age 31 of the Philippines, at a hotel in Chang Puak. Found in their hotel were serial number stamping machine, a laminator, 2 e-card readers, a skimming tool set and two small camcorders that were adapted to record at ATMs and 500 cloned cards.
Pol. Maj. Gen. Tanitsak Theerasawat, Deputy Commissioner of Police Region 5 and Pol. Maj. Gen. Prachuab Wongsuk, Commander of Investigation Division Provincial Police Region 5 said at the press conference on August 22, 2014 that they had tracked the two men and found them using several faked cards to pay for goods at the Tesco Lotus Khamtieng but the cards were declined. They went back to the hotel for a new card and returned to Lotus to pay again. The police arrested them there when a bank officer showed that the card had been faked.
The suspects confessed that they had done the same thing in the Philippines and South Korea many times, and had previously used faked cards in Pattaya, Phuket and Hat Yai, before were arrested in Chiang Mai. Total damages are estimated at not less than 10 million baht. They said colleagues overseas would send data from copied cards and they would use the cards to withdraw cash at ATMs and buy items such as computers and cameras and then sell them later for cash.
Mr. Bentley told police that they had bought the equipment in China. The police believe that there may be Thai citizens involved in the gang and are investigating further.


Week of arrests yields over half a million Yaba pills

Traffickers arrested in Chiang Dao with 388,000 pills

Police found 388,888 methamphetamine pills hidden in a car in Chiang Dao on August 24, part of arrests that yielded over 509,000 Yaba pills in a week.

On August 24, 2014 Region 5 police announced the arrest of three men with 388,888 methamphetamine tablets hidden in the spare tire and back of the seat of their Nissan car.
The men, from Mae Chaem, Mae Rim and Mae Hong Son, were arrested at a rented room in Chiang Dao after police received a tip off that two cars would be smuggling drugs through the checkpoint in Pang Ma Kong. Police tracked the two cars to the rented room and found no drugs in the room but a search of the vehicles yielded 388,888 Yaba tablets hidden in the spare tire, back of the driver’s seat and air box.
The suspects confessed to police that they had been hired to smuggle the drugs from the border at Chai Prakan and then repack the drugs in tea bags. They had been paid 40,000 baht each to move the drugs. Police found the drugs come from the Lt. Col. Yi Sae network.
On August 27 police and soldiers arrested a Kamphaeng Phet man at the Pha Hong Checkpoint in Chai Prakan with 40,000 methamphetamine pills hidden in a Toyota Fortuner. Police had received a tip off that someone would be smuggling drugs along this route. When they stopped the car they uncovered the drugs, the suspect confessed to police that he had been paid 200,000 baht to smuggle the drugs from Fang to Muang Chiang Mai. He was arrested around midnight and told police that he thought there would be no officers at the checkpoint late at night.
On August 30, 2014 police found 80,000 methamphetamine tablets hidden in a bag in the luggage compartment of the Chiang Mai – Khon Kaen – Ubon Ratchathani bus from Phetprasert Co. Ltd. The bus was stopped in Den Chai District of Phrae where police uncovered the drugs. The bag belonged to a man from Hod District who confessed that he had been paid 200,000 baht to bring the drugs to Petchabun.
On August 31, 2014 police and military targeted drug users in raids in the Nong Tong Sub-district of Hang Dong. The team, led by Sakchai Kunanuwatchaidech, Hang Dong Chief District Officer along with 90 officers of police, military, administration, and Territorial Defense Volunteers, arrested many retail drug sellers and addicts, 12 of those arrested agreed to attend rehab camp in Hang Dong. Police uncovered 159 methamphetamine pills and seized 12,000 baht in cash.


Snatch and grab thieves arrested with stolen mobile phone

A Chiang Mai couple were charged with theft and possession of stolen goods after grabbing a mobile phone off a bar stool on Loi Kroh. They confessed to six other thefts of a similar nature.

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Muang Chiang Mai police arrested a Chiang Mai couple after receiving a report of a stolen mobile phone at a bar on Loi Kroh Road on August 26, 2014. The owner put the phone on a stool in front of the bar and the couple made off with the phone. Police were able to track the couple down using CCTV camera footage and found them near Somphet Market with the stolen phone.
The couple, Chadpong Saengla, age 27, and Chutikarn Duangjai, age 22, were charged with burglary and with possession of stolen property. They confessed to police that they had also been involved in a bag snatch at Siam Massage in Sri Phum District on August 4 that police had been investigating as well as 5 other thefts.


Gambling den uncovered in San Patong

Superintendent transferred out

A 24 hour gambling den was uncovered in San Patong and 36 people were arrested in the early morning raid.

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Police raided a gambling den in a house in San Patong on August 27, 2014 and arrested 36 people; 15 men and 21 women in the raid. The gambling den, which was open 24 hours a day, was owned by Yodruen Unkham, according to Col. Weerawut Niamnoi, the Deputy Commander of Chiang Mai Provincial Police Station, who added that 50 military and police took part in the early morning raid.
Pol. Maj. Gen. Damrongsak Kittiprapas, Deputy Commissioner of Police Region 5 and Acting Commander of Chiang Mai Provincial Police ordered the immediate transfer of the Superintendent of San Patong Police Station, Pol. Col. Sompoch Sonkanok along with Pol. Maj. Chakriyut Chotiwachirapong, Investigation Inspector to the Provincial Police Headquarters. Pol. Lt. Col. Samphan Sirima, Deputy Superintendent of Mae Ping Police Station, was assigned as Acting Superintendent of San Patong Police Station from August, 27, 2014. Pol. Maj. Gen. Damrongsak Kittiprapas also commanded all areas in Chiang Mai to check for gambling and if there is found to be gambling or a gambling den the superintendent of that area will be disciplined immediately.


E-Government Roadshow introduces e-services for government agencies

The Electronic Government Agency (EGA) held a roadshow on government e-services for government employees at the Empress Hotel on August 22, 2014.

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The Electronic Government Agency (EGA) held their 2nd EGA Roadshow at the Empress Hotel on August 22, 2014 to introduce e-services available in the North.
Deputy Governor Charoenrit Sa-nguansat opened the event with Airada Luangvilai, Deputy Director of EGA who noted that the roadshow was being held to introduce the services of the EGA to government agencies in the North. The roadshow, which saw over 150 participants from government agencies take part in seminars and view exhibits, was held to create awareness of the agency’s role and services to government agencies.
The EGA is confident that government agencies will be able to use their services to link and integrate information from all sectors of the government to assist in administration and public service.
The EGA provides services to government agencies without charge such as the Government Information Network (GIN) which integrates the infrastructure of the Government Information Network for the entire country to a network of government agencies that are available and extend the network to cover all parts of government,; G-Cloud, Cloud Security Alliance, or CSA Thailand, and G-SaaS or Government Software . These services would also allow government agencies to lease software easily and at a low cost.
Charoenrit Sa-nguansat, Chiang Mai Deputy Governor said that the administration of Chiang Mai for budget year 2015 will be based on the GIN of EGA, a useful service that supports and enhances administration to support effective public service.


AIS donates raincoats for the Traffic Police

 

Dulyadej Shinawatra, Northern Regional Assistant Director of the Bureau of Operations for Advanced Info Service PCL (AIS) donated 150 raincoats to Pol. Col. Sittichai Thananchai, head of Chiang Mai Traffic Police in an effort to help the Traffic Police remain efficient on the job during the rainy season.


Governor travels to Om Koi to meet with residents

Nine year old girl receives aid

 

Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya traveled to Om Koi District on August 21 to meet with locals and distribute aid.

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Chiang Mai Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya traveled to Om Koi District on August 21, 2014 to meet with almost 1,000 residents at the Om Koi Witthayakhom School. He was joined by the heads of 45 government agencies and local government in Om Koi where he met with locals and distributed aid bags, provided financial assistance to 110 people and saw Sor Por Kor land titles issued to 40 disadvantaged people.
Additionally the governor met with a Prathom 3 student from Yang Piang School, Wilawan Panon, who received assistance to travel to the hospital in Chiang Mai to receive treatment for her medical issues.
The Chiang Mai Provincial Fisheries Office also gave 30,000 fish to heads of communities for distribution in lakes and ponds around the district.


CMU Development Fund to be managed privately

Kasikorn and SCB Asset sign MOU

Chiang Mai University President Associate Professor Niwes Nantachit, M.D. signed the MOU with Smith Panomyong, Director of SCBAM and Chongrak Rattanapian, Executive Chairman of Kasikorn Asset Management Company Limited. He was joined by Asst. Prof. Dr. Chirawan Chaisuwan, Assistant President for Financial and Property Management, Dr. Sathit Limpongpan, President of the CMU Development Fund Management Committee and Honorary Professor Dr. Kasem Watanachai, Privy Councillor and President of CMU Council.

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Chiang Mai University signed a Memorandum of Understanding authorizing management of the University’s private funds with SCB Asset Management Company Limited (SCBAM) and Kasikorn Asset Management Company Limited on August 23, 2014 at CMU.
Asst. Prof. Dr. Chirawan Chaisuwan, Assistant President for Financial and Property Management said that the CMU Council created the CMU Development Fund following Chiang Mai University’s regulations on Chiang Mai University Development Fund B.E. 2552 (2009), by compiled asset of 5 CMU’s funds, consisting of the Income Fund, Promotion Fund, 45 Years Fund, Research Fund and Personnel development Fund, and appointed the CMU Development Fund Management Committee to select organizations to privately manage these funds.
The committee, headed by Dr. Sathit Limpongpan chose Kasikorn and SCB Assets and signed an MOU with the organizations to that effect. Investment management of the private fund is a new approach for CMU. The committee expects that the MOU signing will lead to partnerships with the private sector in management other property of the University.


Chamber organizes seminar for SMEs in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
The Thai Chamber of Commerce held a seminar titled “SMEs; How to Make Money” on August 29, 2014 at the Empress Hotel Chiang Mai which saw Isara Vongkusolkit, Chairman of the Thai Chamber of Commerce and President of the Board of Trade Thailand preside over the opening ceremony with Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya.
The seminar was sponsored by MitrPhol Group, SCG, Thai Bev, KBank, SCB, BBL, and co-sponsored by Charoen Motor Benz Co., Ltd. and many other leading companies in Chiang Mai. Activities in the seminar included a lecture on “Looking for the Future of Thai SMEs in ASEAN” by Dr. Aat Pisanwanich, Dean of the Economics Faculty and Director of University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce’s Center for International Trade Studies as well as a dialogue on “What are lenders looking for” by Assistant Managing Director of KBank. There were many other discussions of interest to SME companies.
The seminar was held to create an understanding of the need for a business plan, the exchange of experience in business, and to inspire and develop SMEs entrepreneurs to play a key role in driving sustainable economic growth.


 
HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Heavy rains wreak havoc across the North

Reduced fares for red songthaews

No parking in front of Suan Dok Hospital from September 15

City demolishes billboards on the sidewalk at 3 Kings Monument

Growers of Japanese rice in Phrao to be paid in installments

Damrongdhama Center of Chiang Mai Province opens hotline for complaints

Fallen soldier returns home to Lamphun

Proposed Ton Pao Bypass to undergo feasibility study

Parents demand refund for education in Taiwan

24 hour airport to support economic growth in Chiang Mai

Targeting the Japanese Long Stay Market

Chiang Mai readies for TEDx

Tour Guides protest against foreign guides

Foreign gang arrested with faked bank cards, cloning equipment

Week of arrests yields over half a million Yaba pills

Snatch and grab thieves arrested with stolen mobile phone

Gambling den uncovered in San Patong

E-Government Roadshow introduces e-services for government agencies

AIS donates raincoats for the Traffic Police

Governor travels to Om Koi to meet with residents

CMU Development Fund to be managed privately

Chamber organizes seminar for SMEs in Chiang Mai

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