Veterans honored on Remembrance Day
100 years after the start of WW1
British Honorary Consul lays a paper poppy on
the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to mark Remembrance Day at the Foreign
Cemetery. (Photo by Wipanee Intapan.)
Remembrance Day ceremonies were held at the Foreign Cemetery in Nong
Hoi on November 11, 2014 and attended by surviving veterans of several wars
as well as U.S. Consul General Michael Heath and British Honorary Consul Ben
Svasti Thomson. A welcome addition to the day was the Japanese Consul
General Akihiko Fujii who joined in the solemn ceremony.
Remembrance Day is celebrated in many parts of the world and is observed
mostly in Commonwealth Countries, in the United States the same day is
called Veterans Day. The date was initially chosen by HM King George V to
commemorate the end of World War I which ended at the 11th hour of the 11th
day of the 11th month.
After a prayer ceremony, two minutes of silence was held at 11 a.m. to
remember those who have fallen in service of their nations, followed by the
laying of wreaths and poppy pins, by veterans and non-veterans alike, on the
obelisk for war dead set up by the American Volunteer Group (AVG) - The
Flying Tigers at the Foreign Cemetery.
River cleaned of krathongs and other waste
The Chiang Mai Provincial government said that this year the amount of waste
was about twenty percent less than last year’s Yee Peng Festival as it began
the process of cleaning waterways of krathongs. Most of the krathongs are
made from banana trunks and other biodegradable waste. Some of the waste
will be sent to the Chiang Mai Wastewater Treatment Center while some will
be composted and turned into fertilizers to be distributed to the public.
Every year the city clears tons of waste from the waterways in the aftermath
of Loy Krathong festivities. (Photo courtesy of Ally Taylor)
Campaign launched to solve annual smoke pollution
Burning in villages around Chiang Mai are
contributors to the haze that blankets the city and the province every year
in the dry season. The government is launching a campaign to tackle this
problem before the 2015 season hits. Despite the recent rains, villagers in
Doi Saket still light smoky fires that fill the air in this photo submitted
from a reader recently.
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Chiang Mai Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya and President of the
Provincial Administration Organization Boonlert Buranupakorn launched a
campaign that hopes to tackle the annual haze that blankets Chiang Mai on
November 4, 2014.
The campaign aims to see the participation and cooperation of all sectors of
the community, both public and private and coordinate the roles of various
agencies to prevent fires and solve the smog problem. The Governor noted
that this annual problem occurs in the dry season because high pressure air
from China causes very dry conditions in the North and that this dry weather
coupled with farmers burning fields, people burning rubbish and road sides
and fires on the mountains combine to create a mass of haze over the region.
The provincial government is launching an education campaign and is also
asking for cooperation from the private sector, networks, organizations and
civil society to initiate their own education campaign to prevent and
solving smog problems in Chiang Mai. The government is setting up ad hoc
center to coordinate personnel and equipment at the provincial, district and
local levels. Additionally the government is preparing personnel, machinery,
tools and equipment for the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office Chiang
Mai, as well as enlisting people from the civilian, police, military, local
government, private sector non-profit organizations and various volunteers
to set up teams in each sub-district.
route system faltering
Drivers face loss of income as passenger numbers remain low
The President of the Nakorn Lanna Cooperative
which organizes the red songthaews in Chiang Mai city said that the system
was faltering due to lax enforcement on outside songthaews and lack of
financial support for drivers on specific routes.
The route system for red songthaews in Chiang Mai is faltering due
to lack of financial support for drivers on routes with low passenger
numbers and 10 baht fare requirements according to a recent statement to the
Chiang Mai Mail by the President of the Nakorn Lanna Cooperative that runs
the red songthaews in Chiang Mai city.
The project was approved in July 2014 for implementation on August 1, 2014
by the of organizing committee for public transportation consisting of the
33rd Military Circle, Chiang Mai Provincial Police, Chiang Mai Provincial
Land Transport Office, Chiang Mai Municipality, academics and members of the
private sector. The committee hoped that by organizing set routes for red
songthaews and removing provincial songthaews from parking inside the city
it reduce traffic congestion. Provincial songthaews were moved from Waroros
Market to the Chang Puak Bus station requiring passengers to travel by red
songthaews in the city.
In the first phase, the committee set 12 pilot routes; fifty red songthaews
from the Nakorn Lanna Cooperative would run on 11 routes for a total 550
trucks out of the 2,700 on the streets and the air conditioned bus from the
Chiang Mai Municipality would run two routes.
Problems began to appear shortly after implementation as those traveling
from outside Chiang Mai city to Waroros Market were hit with increased costs
as they changed to red songthaews. There was also confusion as to the
various routes and the more than 2,000 red trucks that did not have access
to the routes charged a different price.
The Governor set the price of the red songthaews to 10 baht per adult and 5
baht per student on September 1, 2014 but the budget has not yet been found
to support this measure for the songthaew drivers.
Chanchai Keelapang, Chief of Chiang Mai Provincial Land Transport Office
said that after one month of operation, business owners in Waroros Market
complained that the change had affected business and caused a decline in
sales as the number of people had dropped as they were unwilling to change
buses at the bus station. They recently permitted the out of city songthaews
to return to parking in the same location but the area has been lessened and
some are still parking at Chang Puak Bus Station. The red songthaews have
been reduced to three routes as the other eight routes have shown to not
have the passenger numbers to support the drivers. The government plans on
adjusting the system according to public feedback.
Singkham Nanti, the President of the Nakorn Lanna Cooperative noted that
while the project had a good start but law enforcement has been lax and that
the out of city songthaews were still parking in the old spots and not where
they were told to by the Department of Land Transport. Additionally the
songthaew drivers on routes have seen a drop in revenues and should be given
funding support which has not been forthcoming.
City promotes pang prateed during Yee Peng
Chiang Mai Governor, Suriya Prasatbuntitya, presided over the opening
ceremony of “Light Pang Prateed, Shine to the Sky, Maintain the City Year 3”
held by the Rak Chiang Mai City Community Network and other groups to light
35,000 of the small clay candles around the city as a more traditional
alternative to the floating lanterns. The event included performances by 50
Thai dancers from Chiang Mai Vocational College, Wat Lam Chang Culture
Conservation Club and ThetsabanWat Si Don Chai School. According to legend a
white crow laid five eggs before dying, those five eggs became five
incarnations that led to the Lord Buddha. The pang prateed candles
commemorate the grace of the white crow mother, worship the Lord Buddha and
honor the Goddess of Water.
Northern Sky Doctors save lives around the North
Northern Sky Doctors save lives in remote areas
at no cost to the patient.
The Northern Sky Doctors were set in place in 2010 by the National
Institute for Emergency Medicine and enables medical teams to be transported
to remote regions by helicopter and bring patients back for emergency
treatment. According to Krongkarn Sutham, Lecturer of Emergency Medicine of
Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital and a member of the air ambulance team
they have assisted around 100 patients, mostly from hospitals in Mae Hong
Son, Nan and the outlying districts of Chiang Mai.
Most patients have been suffering from acute cardiovascular disease, stroke
or accidents, especially head injuries that required urgent brain surgery.
Patients are transported to Nakornping Hospital, Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai
Hospital and Chiang Mai Neurological Hospital by aircraft and helicopters
from public and private organizations coordinated through the command center
of the province and approved by the Provincial Health Office and Wing 41.
Patients are not charged for the service so that people can be rescued
quickly with quality, timely access to medical care.
Government works to restore the historic charms of
the old city in Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai PAO President Boonlert Buranupakorn
is promoting the project to develop and revitalize Chiang Mai’s historical
The Chiang Mai Provincial Administration Organization (PAO) launched the
“Historic Urban Landscape” project at the Chiang Mai Historical Center on
October 28, 2014 in a bid to develop and restore the old city of Chiang Mai
to improve the quality of life and the environment for its residents.
The Historic Urban Landscape is an approach promoted by UNESCO to manage
historic urban landscapes by integrating the goals of urban heritage
conservation and those of social and economic development. This method sees
urban heritage as a social, cultural and economic asset for the development
President of the PAO Boonlert Buranupakorn called on residents to work
together to help the old city to become a space that will make everyone
proud. The restoration of old areas and conservation of the city center in a
sustainable way will ensure that the area will be revitalized in a way that
is in harmony with the charm of the old city. The Chiang Mai PAO supports
the implementation of the project by the Chiang Mai Municipality and several
sectors and asks for cooperation of public and private sectors and all
citizens to support the project.
Chiang Mai readies for
popular Winter Fair
The Miss Chiang Mai contest is held at the
annual Winter Fair, this year girls from around Chiang Mai will be vying for
the crown won by Woraluck Jaija, a grade 12 student at Nawaminthrachinuthit
Payap School in Chiang Mai last year.
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Chiang Mai Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya chaired the meeting on the
preparations for the coming Winter Fair at the International Convention
Center on October 27. The Winter Fair will be held this year from December
26, 2014 to January 4, 2015 behind City Hall.
The Governor noted that the Winter Fair will also feature Chiang Mai OTOP
products will include booths selling the best products from each of the
twenty – five districts as well as government and private sector booths. In
addition to concerts and fairground rides there will be the popular Miss
Chiang Mai contest scheduled for 5 p.m. on December 26, 2014.
U.S. vets honor those who have served their country
Members of the U.S. Veterans of Foreign Wars
Post 12074, led by Commander Billy Horner, joined Chiang Mai residents in
marking U.S. Veterans Day on November 11 at the Chiang Mai Foreign Cemetery.
Joining the service were U.S. Consul General Michael Heath and members of
the Boy Scouts of America. Veterans Day is commemorated on November 11 in
the United States to honor those who have served in the U.S. armed forces.
Chiang Mai Public Health Office ready to deal with Ebola
Screening at airport checkpoint
The Chiang Mai Provincial Public Health Office announced measures on
November 6, 2014 to screen for potential Ebola cases or other infectious
diseases to prevent their spread in Chiang Mai. Deputy Chief of the
Provincial Public Health Office Dr. Surasing Wisarutrat chaired the
committee meeting held at the office that proposed strengthening screening
at the Health Control and Immigration Checkpoint at Chiang Mai International
Airport and requiring those traveling from high risk areas to Immigration
within 24 hours.
Other measures include asking hotels to report any guests coming from high
risk areas, training of hotel, guesthouse, schools and nurseries to spot
infectious diseases such as Ebola, Influenza and other illnesses like food
poisoning, and information for community leaders, village health volunteers
and other health organizations. They plan to set response teams for Chiang
Mai Municipality and provide anti-bacterial gel and face masks for schools.
According to the World Health Organization as of the end of October there
were 13,703 reported cases of Ebola, the organization tweeted, with 13,676
of those in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the three most affected
countries in this outbreak. The fatality rate in those countries has
remained consistently around 70%. The virus has an incubation period of 2-21
days. Symptoms of patients infected with Ebola virus include high fever
immediately, fatigue, headache, muscle pain, and sore throat, followed by
diarrhea and vomiting. In cases of severe illness and death will bleed
easily, often occurs with liver damage, kidney failure, affect central
nervous system causing shock and death.
The Deputy Head of Chiang Mai Provincial Public Health Office said that
although Chiang Mai is prepared for any Ebola cases there have been none in
Chiang Mai, and in fact, none in Thailand. An Australian man suspected of
having it in September was cleared of the disease.
Epidemic kills 20 water buffalo in Chiang Rai
Farmers asked to vaccinate their animals
Twenty water buffalo in Wiang Chai District of
Chiang Rai died during an outbreak of hemorrhagic septicemia, farmers have
been asked to vaccinate all their livestock.
Farmers in Chiang Rai have been asked to vaccinate their water
buffalo after twenty animals died from hemorrhagic septicemia, a bacterial
infection found in cattle and water buffalo; it is caused by the Pasteurella
multocida bacteria, and can be rapidly fatal.
On November 5, 2014 Assistant Chief District Officer of Wiang Chai District
in Chiang Rai Adirek Laithaisong received a report from the village headman
of Samanmit village that twenty water buffalo in the village had died with
symptoms of runny noses, difficulty breathing and breathing loudly.
Chief District Officer Somsak Kananam was joined by officers from the Chiang
Rai Livestock office to check the area and inspect the dead animals. They
found the cause to be hemorrhagic septicemia and vaccinated all buffalo in
the area and prohibited the movement of livestock in a 5km radius of the
outbreak in an attempt to halt the spread of the infection.
Wittaya Jintanawat, Head of Chiang Rai Provincial Livestock Office said that
the causes of this disease are stress and lowered disease resistance in
animals that normally occur during the rainy and winter season. The Office
asked for the cooperation of farmers to vaccinate their buffaloes. He noted
that this outbreak should act as a reminder to all farmers of the importance
of vaccinating their animals and asked farmers to report any sick animal or
one with unusual symptoms immediately.
Northern Farmers hold land reform rally
Planned march to Bangkok postponed
Members of the Northern Farmers Federation met
to plan a march/rally to Bangkok but postponed it after a promised meeting
with Minister of the Prime Minister’s Office ML Panadda Diskul and Minister
of Natural Resources and Environment, General Dapong Rattanasuwan to meet
Members of the Northern Farmers Federation are staging a march to
Bangkok this month to draw attention to the plight of northern farmers and
the need for speedy land reform. On November 9, 2014 around 150 members and
those affected by the plan to deal with encroachment on public lands and the
sustainable use of natural resources met at Wat Suan Dok to announce the
planned march to Bangkok.
Led by by Prayong Doklamyai, Suriyan Thongnuaerd and Sorasak Sanorpornprai,
the group was asked to meet with the 33rd Military Circle Maj. Gen. Sarayut
Rangsri at Kawila Camp in regards to concerns it may be inconsistent with
martial law which bans political rallies of more than five people.
The representatives confirmed that they still intend to call on the current
government to solve the immediate problems of the people in the area and
review the forestry master plan. They want the government to issue the
proposed Land Reform Laws for the poor as soon as possible. However the
group accepts the call to avoid activities that may affect the stability as
much as they can.
Col. Jirawat Jurakul, Chief of Staff of the 33rd Military Circle negotiated
with the group to stop the march and the group accepted the agreement to
delay the march after the Chiang Mai Deputy Governor and the Chief of Staff
invited Minister of the Office of the Prime Minister ML Panadda Diskul and
Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, General Dapong Rattanasuwan
come to meet the group for negotiation at Chiang Mai on November 13, 2014.
310,000 Yaba pills
found buried in a farm
Lad Saesong was arrested by police after
310,000 methamphetamine pills were uncovered buried on her and her
husband’s farm. Her husband fled when police arrived to search the farm.
Police, soldiers and government officials raided a Mae Chaem
farm on November 9, 2014 after receiving a tip off that drugs were being
stored at a farm somewhere. Mae Chaem District Officer Wichit Langsan
received the tip off and police investigated, using contacts to uncover
which farm was being used to store the drugs, and raided the farm at 2
p.m. on November 9.
The officers found the suspect Lad Saesong, age 33 and her husband Yee
spraying insecticide in the fields. Upon seeing the police, Yee fled,
leaving Lad to be arrested by the police.
Lad told the police that the drugs belong to her husband and her brother
but that she was not involved in any way.
Potato farmers ask for
help from government
Potato farmers from Mae Fak asked the
government to help the in negotiations with potato purchasing companies
at the Damrongdhamma Center.
A group of 150 potato farmers from Mae Fak Sub-district in San
Sai submitted a petition to the government asking them for help in
negotiating with companies that had committed to purchasing potatoes
from farmers in the area.
On October 27, 2014 the group, led by Inthorn Pothacharoen President of
the Chiang Mai Potato Growers Cooperative, submitted a letter to the
Damrongdhamma Center asking the government to help in negotiations with
Pepsi-Cola (Thai) Trading Co Ltd. and Berli Jucker Public Co. Ltd. over
purchases of potatoes from the cooperative.
The letter stated that the group had originally worked out a deal with
these two companies to purchase potatoes from farms in the area and
asked that they increase the area that they purchased from and to reduce
the import of potatoes from other countries to help support local
Two men shot dead in alley behind Lanna Polytechnic
Police investigate the shooting death of two
men, one unknown, in the alley behind Lanna Polytechnic. Police believe
they may have been shot during an argument over a stolen motorcycle.
The bodies of two men were found shot dead in an alley behind Lanna
Polytechnic Chiang Mai Technical College at 8 a.m. on November 9, 2014.
Police were called to the scene where they found the body of Aekachai
Phechpongprai age 26 of Omkoi District, shot just below his right ear
and the body of an unknown man, aged around 25 -30, nearby who had been
shot in the face and neck. Near the bodies was a new Honda motorcycle.
Pol. Col. Mondop Sangjamnong, Deputy Commander of the Chiang Mai
Provincial Police said that the victim, Aekachai Phechpongprai had 2
arrest warrants from the Chiang Mai Provincial Court for the theft of
motorcycles under the area of Chiang Puak Police Station. The police
believe that the 2 men may have come to negotiate with some other person
or people in regards to the motorcycle and were shot in an argument.
Two killed in Doi Tao fire
Explosion caused by potassium chlorate
Two people were killed and seven injured
after potassium chlorate stored in the home exploded, the highly
explosive chemical is also used to force longan trees to flower.
Two people were killed and seven others injured when chemicals used in
longan production exploded in a house in Doi Tao Sub-district at 5 p.m.
on November 5, 2014. Two houses were seriously damaged in the explosion
that was caused by potassium chlorate, a chemical used to force longan
trees to flower in warm climates. The chemical is also highly explosive
used in making fireworks and in explosives. Payom Nantasarn, age 45 and
her relative Jai Maijai, were killed in the explosion while two men and
five women were injured, including a one year old child. All of the
injured were sent to Doi Tao Hospital and are in recovery.
Three cars and one motorcycle were damaged and fifteen houses nearby
were slightly damaged in the explosion.
There was an explosion caused by potassium chlorate in a dried longan
factory in San Patong in 1999 that killed 45 people, injuring 102 and
damaging 571 homes.
French resident dies in apparent suicide
A former volunteer with the charity foundation Child’s Dream was
found dead of an apparent suicide in his apartment room on November 2, 2014.
Thomas Alexandre Favereau age 27, was found on the floor after the
clothesline he was hanging from broke, causing the body to fall to the
Forensic doctors from Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital believe he had been
dead for no less than two days before being discovered.
Child’s Dream Foundation said that the deceased had been a volunteer with
their organization since last year, working as a computer administrator and
helping to build a dormitory for children. Two months ago he resigned from
his volunteer position to care for a newborn son.
Witnesses in the apartment building reported hearing an argument between the
deceased and his Thai wife about the right to care for their son.
The body has been sent to Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital for autopsy and
the Embassy was informed to contact his relatives.
Missing man’s body found after ten day search
Mae Wang Waterfall scene of another death
Teams searched Mae Wang Waterfall for the
body of Phrao man Phopchai Jirattikala after he was swept away by strong
currents and high water.
Rescuers spent ten days trying to find the body of a Phrao man
after he was caught by high waters and strong currents at Mae Wang
Waterfall on October 27, 2014. Teams from the Region 10 Lampang Province
Office of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation and Border Patrol Police
and Rescue personnel in Mae Wang found the body of Phopchai Jirattikala,
age 35, at 3 a.m. on November 5, 2014.
Rescue personnel had been unable to discover the body due to high water
and many rocks and underwater holes. Komsan Suwanaumpa, Director of
Region 10 Lampang Province Office of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation
said that the water level was deeper than 5 meters in some places and
they believed that the body may have been trapped in between rocks
underwater. Officers removed some rocks drain water out faster and lower
the water level and were able to find the body wedged in between rocks.
This is the sixth such death at Mae Wang Waterfall as people are
overtaken by high waters and strong currents.
NARIT holds a Stellar
Winter Festival 2014
The National Astronomical Research
Institute of Thailand is planning their winter viewing schedule
for the public.
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
NARIT, or the National Astronomical Research Institute
of Thailand, said this winter seasons will see conditions for
astronomical observations and so NARIT plans on holding
astronomy activities for the public under the title “Open sky to
find stars” from November through March.
Associate Professor Bunraksa Sunthorntham, Director of NARIT
said that there will be lectures on introductory astronomical
knowledge, open house visits introducing the observatory,
observations of celestial objects such as stars, planets,
constellations, star clusters, and nebulae through telescopes of
various sizes, and the highlight is that the Thai National
Observatory will be open to the general public to see the
largest and most modern telescope in the region. The 2.4 m
diameter telescope is based in the observatory at Doi Inthanon
National Park which has the best visibility in Thailand and will
allow visitors to enjoy the splendor of objects like Jupiter,
the Orion Nebula, Eskimo Nebula and others. From November to
March NARIT will hold 8 events; November 1 in front of Maya
Lifestyle Shopping Center, November 23 at the Three Kings
Monument, December 14 at Doi Inthanon National Park, and
December 17 at the Thai National Observatory. The fifth event
will be held on December 30 at Sirindhorn Observatory, the next
on February 14 at the Thai National Observatory, then February
28 at Maya Lifestyle Shopping Center, and the 8th on March 29 at
Sirindhorn Observatory. More information at www.narit.or.th or
Tel. 0-5322-5569 Ext. 305 during business hours.
Anniversary of first PAO
celebrated by provincial officials
President of the Chiang Mai
Provincial Administration Organization Boonlert Buranupakorn
presents certificates of award to deserving PAO staffers.
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Officials joined President of the Chiang Mai Provincial
Administration Organization Boonlert Buranupakorn in celebrating
the anniversary of the establishment of Provincial
Administration Organizations nationwide in 1955.
Provincial Administration Organizations were first established
by the Provincial Administration Organization Act 1955 as a
juristic person which separated from the Provincial Government
Administration to provide local residents the opportunity to
take part in local self-administration. The Provincial
Administration Organization Council of Thailand passed a
resolution to designating November 1 of each year as Provincial
Administration Organization Day to commemorate the cooperation
of people who supported the Provincial Administration
President Boonlert Buranupakorn offered certificates to
government officials and employees of the Chiang Mai Provincial
Administration Organization who were selected as “Deserving of
Praise” for the year 2014. He added that he would like to ask
members of the executive branch and the council, government
officials, and staff of the Provincial Administration
Organization work with dedication for the benefit of citizens of
Chiang Mai Province to build confidence and trust.
Thailand Post honored
for World Post Day
Chiang Mai Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya presided over the
ceremony for World Post Day, held to promote letter writing and stamp collecting
as well as provide information on the many services that Thailand Post offers.
World Post day is set on October 9 each year, commemorating the establishment of
the Universal Postal Union (UPU) in 1874 in Bern, Switzerland. Held on the 3rd
floor of Central Plaza Chiang Mai Airport on November 5, 2014, many people
learned about the services the Post Office offers such as shipping of motorbikes
and paying bills in addition to regular postal services.
Thai Life Insurance donates life jackets for Chiang Saen ferries
The Director of Sales for Thai
Life, the insurance company, delivered ferry awnings and 500 life jackets valued
at 700,000 baht to Chiang Saen Immigration Police for passengers on ferries
between Chiang Saen and Chiang Khong ferry docks in Chiang Rai Province. Sawek
Dechjinda, representing Thai Life, takes a group photo with Pol. Sen. Sgt. Maj.
Manoch Jit-aree and Immigration officials.
National Social Work & Volunteer Day
recognizes those who benefit society
Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya and
some of the social workers recognized for their hard work in aiding society.
Thai National Social Work Day and Volunteer Day are commemorated on the
birthday of HRH Princess Srinagarinda, the Princess Mother, beloved throughout
Thailand for work in helping Thai people.
At 10.00 a.m. on November 3, 2014, Chiang Mai Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya
presided over the opening ceremony of the event and a ceremony to present
certificates of merit to 150 people who had worked to benefit society at the
Lotus Pang Suan Kaew Hotel Chiang Mai.
Mayuree Yoktree, Head of the Chiang Mai Provincial Social Development and Human
Security said that the National Commission on Social Welfare Promotion, Ministry
of Social Development and Human Securityand related Agencies organized events to
commemorate the grace of the Princess to the Thai people, as well as provide
volunteers the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas and develop problem
The government has placed social welfare as a priority and encourages all
government sectors to prioritize social welfare issues.