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Vol. XIII No.19 - Sunday September 21, 2014 - Saturday October 4, 2014


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Government tackles pollution in Mae Kha Canal

Sewage, encroachment and plants choking the canal targeted

Chana Pangpibul, Chiang Mai Deputy Governor, surveyed the upstream area of Mae Kha Canal in Don Kaew Subdistrict in Mae Rim one day before Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya joined with officers of the 33rd Military Circle, Regional Irrigation Office 1, Chiang Mai, CMU, Chiang Mai Municipality and representatives of communities in Chiang Mai Municipal area near the International Convention and Exhibition Center to survey the pollution and overgrowth. He noted that this is the first substantive move to solve the Mae Kha pollution issue in over 30 years.

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After years of talk to tackle the pollution problems in the Mae Kha Canal the current government will be implementing major measures to clean the canal and ensure that local communities no longer release wastewater into the natural waterway that runs through the city.
The Regional Irrigation Office 1, Chiang Mai began draining water and sewage from the Mae Kha Canal and releasing clean water to flush it out on September 13, 2014. The RID office believes the operation can help relieve this ongoing problem. Deputy Governor Chana Pangpibul has set a working group to use legal measures to manage the canal including tackling encroachment and pollution from local communities.
The canal is a natural waterway that flows through Muang Chiang Mai but many communities have settled along the Mae Kha Canal and release wastewater and sewage into the canal. Additionally control measures and government regulations have not been adequate in covering the issues faced. In the dry season the canal is filled with rotting sewage, plant material and other things as the water flows slowly through and cannot flush out the canal. This causes a serious threat to the environment and the quality of life of Chiang Mai people.
The canal is filled with dense weeds, silt, and garbage and has seen encroachment by houses and buildings. The communities along the canal do not participate in maintaining the environment around the canal and there has been a lack of coordination between the government, business and local communities.
The current operation is expected to eliminate sewage in the canal and ensure that it holds clean water. In the dry season they will study the drainage of the Mae Kha Canal and its effectiveness in alleviating flooding in Chiang Mai.
In the last five years, there have been many proposed projects to solve the problem but they never went past the planning stage. The current operation will be managed by the Chiang Mai Province, the 33rd Military Circle, and Regional Irrigation Office Chiang Mai. Its process consist of bringing water from the Mae Taeng irrigation canal to Mae Yuak Basin and release water through various canals to reach Mae Kha canal to rinse out the garbage and sewage. Previously, there was experiments on the process and received a good and satisfactory result. So, there is continuing to release water now until December.
The area has been overgrown with weeds and water hyacinth which blocks waterways and causes flooding , the area will be surveyed and areas will be assigned to someone to be responsible for ensuring the area remains cleared of weeds
Deputy Governor Chana Pangpibul said that in addition to tackling the water cleanliness they will also handle encroachment. The province is asking for cooperation from people who have built in the Mae Kha Canal area in removing buildings that encroach on the waterway.
 


Construction on new underpass on Superhighway to begin in October

Commuters are being warned that an underpass at the intersection of the Superhighway (Highway 11) and Highway 1001 to Mae Jo will begin in October. The underpass, at the Mae Jo intersection will be 800 meters in length, five meters high and will be two way. The Department of Highways will install drainage, lighting and electronic warning signs. There will be 6 lanes in the underpass and 6 frontage road lanes. Construction will take three years with a budget of 1,181 million baht. Additionally the Highway Department will extend the Pa Tan Bridge across the Ping River to four lanes. The government surveyed the project in 2009 and five public meetings were held on the project.


Thai astronomers work with NASA to discover Earth-like planets

An artist’s rendition of the collision of the star NGC2547-ID8.

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Two Thai astronomers have been working with NASA to discover Earth- like planets in stellar systems. Dr. Saran Poshyachinda, Deputy Director of the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (Public Organization) (NARIT) in the Ministry of Science and Technology is part of the research team with Dr. Wiphu Rujopakarn, Lecturer in the Department of Physics, Chulalongkorn University.
The pair has been collecting research data from NASA’s Spitzer telescope and have helped to confirm the theory that Sol like planets can have Earth – like planets. The first discovery, which was published in the August 29, 2014 edition of Science, revealed that the Spitzer Space Telescope, which is an infrared telescope, found an explosion of dust around NGC2547-ID8, a sun similar to ours with an of just 35 million years. The explosion probably was caused by the collision of a large asteroid around the star leading to the formation of a planet in a process similar to our own solar system.
The research team consists of astronomers from The University of Arizona, NASA, California Institute of Technology, Johns Hopkins University, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and two astronomers of Thailand are Dr. Wiphu Rujopakarn, Lecturer in Department of Physics, Chulalongkorn University and Dr. Saran Poshyachinda, NARIT Deputy Director. There are plans to expand the network to include astronomers in China and Australia after success in Chile.
Dr. Saran Poshyachinda added more that Thai astronomers involved in the discovery used the PROMPT telescope or Panchromatic Robotic Optical Monitoring and Polarimetry Telescopes, a visible light spectrum telescope which collected light graph data of stellar to confirm the findings. PROMPT is an automatic remote controlled telescopes of cooperation between NARIT and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA, placed at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory : CTIO in Chile.
Asst. Prof. Boonraksa Sunthorntham, the NARIT Director said that the discovery has caused a great stir in the astronomical community and that NARIT aims to produce researchers and research and place astronomical infrastructure to use for research both within the country and abroad.


Illegal billboards removed from 13 areas in the city

The city removed illegally installed billboards in 13 areas around the city from September 8 – 12, 2014.

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The Chiang Mai Municipality removed illegally placed advertisements and billboards from city sidewalks from September 8 – 12, 2014. Covering thirteen areas including the Ku Huang Corner, the intersection near the Chiang Mai Provincial Public Health Office, Hua Rin corner, Wang Sing Kham intersection, The last back gate of Chiang Mai University, Atsadathorn intersection, Three Kings Monument, in front of Standard Tours office, and in front of the Thanin Company office on Mahidol Road, at the foot of Nawarat Bridge, Kaew Nawarat Road, the Nong Hoi intersection and the intersection behind Prince Royal’s College.
The installation of the billboards had been done without permission and the companies were given 7 days notice to remove them before they were dismantled. Many of the signs had destroyed pedestrian walkways, blocked important areas and overshadowed city sights.


Region 5 implementing security measures for tourists

Pilot project in Baan Tawai

Region 5 Police are working on a pilot project to improve tourist security in more remote tourist attractions such as Baan Tawai in Hang Dong.

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Region 5 Police are working on a pilot project to be tested in Baan Tawai that will strengthen security for tourists that visit the area. The project, which has a 3.5 million baht budget from fiscal year 2014 for the Northern Provincial Cluster 1 (Chiang Mai, Lamphun and Lampang), will implement further security for the area.
Pol. Maj. Gen. Nitipat Pattanataboot, Commander of General Staff Division of Police Regional Office 5, as chairman of the project, met with police at the Hang Dong Police Station to discuss the project which will include CCTV cameras at 24 high risk points, the establishment of a centralized area to control local cultural attractions and organize training for those ensuring the security of tourists in the area.
Training and the installation of CCTV cameras will be expanded to other tourist areas in Mae Hong Son, Lampang and Lamphun by 2015.


Hearing on water issues in Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai area locals and organizations met with the Water Management Subcommittee to express their concerns and propose solutions to water issues the region faces.

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Locals and government representatives met with the Subcommittee on Development and Water Management of Water Resources on the Luck Swan Resort & Spa in Chiang Rai on September 8, 2014 to hear their feedback on water issues the region faces.
Around 200 people representing organization such as the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Volunteer Network, Farmer Council and representatives from the Mekong Basin, Kok Basin and Salween Basin all joined the meeting with Chiang Rai Deputy Governor Manas Sokanthika. The group brainstormed on ways to cope with the region’s water issues including dams, flooding and agriculture.
The Deputy Governor said that the meeting was held to involve everyone and find a solution that works for the local residents. He noted that hearing the problems and solutions of the local people is an important step. After receiving the information the Subcommittee will then take it for analysis and draft a water management plan taking into consideration other regions around the country, before proposing to policymakers, the Water Resources Management Committee and the NPCO to formulate a master plan for water management in the country by the end of October.


Big Tree in Town 2014 promotes tree planting in Chiang Mai

Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya opened the 4th annual Big Tree in Town event at the 700 Year Lanna House behind Anusarn Market.

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The Third Annual Big Tree in Town event, under the theme, “Planting Big Trees, Keeping Culture” was held at the 140 Year Lanna House behind Anusarn Market on September 13, 2014. Chiang Mai Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya attended the opening of the event that was organized by Orarick “Rick” Sriwong and the All for Society.
Rick has worked hard to promote the understanding of the value of our big trees, the need to maintain them and the importance of planting trees around Chiang Mai and to promote the belief that there is a close alliance between big trees, culture and our lives.
Maj. Gen. SarayuthRangsee, the Commissioner of the 33rd Military Circle; Mr. Michael G. Heath, the Consul General of the United States of America in Chiang Mai; Mr. Akihiko Fujii, Consul-General of Japan in Chiang Mai; and Natchudej Viriyadiloktham, Chiang Mai Deputy Mayor joined the event along with many students and local residents. Activities involved Lanna dances, music and a market as well as a tree exhibition.
Governor Suriya pointed out that Chiang Mai is a city with a long history, traditions and culture that should be carried on for posterity. Trees are an important part of culture and community life by increasing green space, lowering temperatures and air quality.


CMU explains viral tape of 1st year students at Faculty of Education

Students don’t want to join freshmen activities

Chiang Mai University administrators explain an audio recording of Faculty of Education lecturers who insisted unwilling students take part in freshmen activities that went viral on social media.

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Chiang Mai University administrators held a press conference to explain an audio recording of a first year student that went viral on social media. In the recording a two CMU Faculty of Education lecturers are explaining to two first year students why they must take part in freshmen activities. The two students met with the lecturers to express their unwillingness to take part and were told by the teachers that they had to join in.
Dr. Thanaruk Suwanprapisa, Vice President for Student Development CMU; Asst. Prof. Dr. Pongsak Pankaew, Dean of the Faculty of Education CMU; Asst. Prof. Dr. Rajchukarn Tongthaworn, Deputy Dean for Academic and Student Development, Faculty of Education CMU; PathumwadeeSirisawas, lecturer in Thai Language Major, Faculty of Education CMU and Director of Chiang Mai University Demonstration School were joined by Sira Somnam, 1st year student advisor, Faculty of Education CMU who met with the media to explain the recording and the school’s position on first year student activities.
The audio clip was posted online on August 28, 2014 and created a great deal of controversy as students were told that if they wanted to study in the Faculty of Education they must join in activities. University administrators said that hazing activities must be separated from University activities that have been designed to integrate students and are part of the Faculty regulations.
The administrators noted that students are not required to take part in cheering activities but some activities are required by school regulations. They added that the University has prohibited other students from posting in retaliation, especially senior students who may be angry due to a misunderstanding of their concerns.
The Dean of the Faculty of Education said that the students misunderstood the activity they must join, one that must be joined by students from all years. The meeting was attended by about 100 students from all years, three lecturers and representatives of first year students. In the clip one of the lecturers explains about first year activities and how they develop the student to be a teacher. Two of the students did not see why they had to join the activities or why they were necessary.


Cigarette packs to have larger anti-smoking images

85% of the packaging must be pictorial warnings

Vendors have until September 23, 2014 to clear shelves of the old style cigarette packs.

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Thailand enacted a law to require that 85% of cigarette packages must carry pictorial warnings, the largest in the world. The Chiang Mai Provincial Public Health Office met with the Chiang Mai Governor at the Provincial Public Health Office on September 9, 2014 to explain the new warnings.
The Ministry of Public Health Act of 2013 requires that pictorial warnings on cigarette packs must cover 85 percent of the package using ten images. The Supreme Administrative Court ordered the termination of suspension issued by the Administrative Court. As a result, all cigarette brands imported into Thailand must follow this law. Businesses must clear the old version cigarettes out of the market by September 23, 2014. Police, administration and public health officers will operate random checks from September 24, 2014 onwards, if they find the old version the shop will be fined not more than 20,000 baht. Importers and manufacturers will face fines not more than 100,000 baht.
Acting Sub Lt. Taweesak Jinjiranan, Public Health Technical Officer, at the Chiang Mai Provincial Public Health Office said that the law gave 3 months for shops to change but many shops had already started selling the new packs.
The 10 images with words of the pictorial warnings on cigarette packs consist of “Please stop smoking in the house”, “Smoking can kill children”, “Smoking causes laryngeal cancer”, “Smoking causes heart attacks”, “Smoking causes hemorrhagic strokes”, “Smoking causes oral cancer”, “Smoking causes erectile dysfunction”, “Smoking causes halitosis”, “Smoking causes lung cancer”, and “Smoking may lead to a painful death from emphysema”.


Mae Ai flood victims receive Royal relief from the Rajaprajanugroh Foundation

The Rajaprajanugroh Foundation under Royal Patronage distributed relief packages to flood stricken Mae Ai villagers at a Mae Ai school on September 9, 2014. Led by Prasong Pitulkitja, Secretary for the Rajaprajanugroh Foundation and Deputy Governor Chana Pangpibul, royal relief packages were distributed to the elderly, disabled and those who had been affected by flooding. More than 1,000 households received aid from the Foundation. In Mae Ai District 1,259 households with 3,238 people were affected by flooding since August 29, 2014.


Good governance by the good public servant

Minister M.L. Panadda Diskul chats with Governor Suriaya Prasatbuntitya before speaking on good governance at a seminar held at the International Convention & Exhibition Center.

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
M.L. Panadda Diskul, Minister for the Prime Minister’s Office and Permanent Secretary for the Office of the Prime Minister met with press before speaking on good governance by the good public servant at an academic conference on September 11, 2014.
Minister M.L Panadda gave a special lecture at the conference on Creative Academics to Reform the Public Health System held by the Ministry of Public Health at the International Convention and Exhibition Center. He reported that Prime Minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha has set up a framework of operations for government officials from all sectors.
The first step is that government officials, especially the heads of government, led by the Permanent Secretaries and Director Generals of ministries and offices, Governors, Chief District Officers and local government administrators must be good role models for the public and for other government officials.
In phase one officials need to expedite implementation of all aspects, sorted by urgent need so that people can live happily and be treated fairly by government officials. If there are any laws that cause delay in performance they must be resolved immediately.
Phase 2 involves the evaluation of the operation of Phase 1 by separating out the successes and troubleshooting the problems and obstacles and improving operational guidelines to ensure success. That which does not benefit the public will be suspended.
Finally the improved system will be handed over to an elected government to continue so that the people will have a better quality of life.
He said that the Prime Minister believes that members of the National Reform Council and the National Legislative Assembly will act in a shared design to support the people of Thailand as is necessary. If the citizens of the country live together happily and help each other then the country will be strong. All sectors should work together to implement projects that create prosperity for people at all levels but within the framework of the budget and not in an extravagant manner. Minister M.L. Panadda added that improvement of the Government House was under the framework of the Fine Arts Department and that the procurement and management of the budget are under the authority and duties of the Department of Public Works and the Town & Country Planning and the Secretariat of the Cabinet.


Thief targets expensive bicycles

Police arrested a Mae Taeng man for stealing expensive bicycles in Suthep and CMU.

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Police arrested a Mae Taeng man for allegedly stealing expensive bicycles around Chiang Mai city on September 9, 2014. Phuping Police said the man had come under suspicion by local police when he was seen riding an expensive mountain bike but he was not dressed like a bicycle rider. They had received reports of stolen bicycles in the neighborhood.
Police called him to stop but he ran into Baan Choeng Doi. Police were able to track him down and arrest him where he confessed that had stolen the bicycle from Ban Raw Mansion in Suthep on the 4th of September. Police were able to match him up to CCTV camera footage taken in the area.
He told police he had stolen two bicycles in Chiang Mai University and one in Suthep. He told police that he selected only expensive bicycles that would be easily sold and would sell them for only 1,000 – 3,500 baht.
Police found a red and white Coyote brand bicycle that the police had stolen earlier.


American arrested on charges of sexual assault of minors

Police work with FBI and Immigration police

Police arrested 60 year old American man Gary Thomas Clifford on charges of rape and indecent exposure to children aged less than 15 years. Gary Clifford denies all charges.
 

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Region 5 police working with Department of Special Investigations Officers, Immigration Police and FBI agents from the United States arrested a 60 year old American man at his rented guesthouse room on September 12, 2014 after obtaining a court order for his arrest.
Gary Thomas Clifford of New Jersey, USA, was arrested on charges of sexual assault of minors and indecent exposure. The FBI had informed the Thai police that a video of a man they suspected was Gary Clifford had been sent from Chiang Mai.
Police then investigated the suspect and found him frequenting internet cafes and alleged that he had lured young boys in for sex and made videos of the acts. Police searched his room and found semen and pubic hair samples that they will use in the case.
Pol. Lt. Col. Apichart Hattasin, team leader of the Suppression of Offenses involving children at the Crime Investigation Division Provincial Police Region 5 revealed that officers have solid evidence for the arrest. The accused was prosecuted on charges of rape and indecent exposure to children aged less than 15 years, regardless of consent.
In addition, the immigration police will also prosecute the guesthouse owner for not reporting the name of a foreign guest.
The suspect denies all charges.


British man dies in fall from Condo 103

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Police were called to Condo 103 on Nimmanhaemin Road at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, September 14 after they received reports that a British man had been found dead in the parking lot behind the building. Rescue teams rushed to the scene but forensic officers said he had been dead for some time.
Police said that the man, who was found by someone who had come to park his car at the parking lot, was 45 year old British national Damian Capper who had been resident in the building for several years.
Police said that he had fallen from his 8th floor room and that the door had been locked from the inside. They had been told by witnesses that the man had been suffering from depression and health issues and had told people that he was planning on returning home.
Police have informed his family and the British Embassy is coordinating with them. The police will investigate the case further to determine cause of death.


Man shoots his minor wife in property argument

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Mae Rim police were called to a home in Baan Suai Suan Ngam after receiving reports that a woman had been shot and seriously injured at 3:46 a.m. on September 6, 2014.
At the scene they found Kung Khunyosying, age 42, shot in the face. Rescue personnel rushed her to Nakornping Hospital. Police arrested her common law husband Surin Muangkaew, age 57, with the weapon at 6:30 a.m. the same day.
The suspect confessed that he had an argument with the woman whom he told police is his minor wife, about the division of marital property with his legal wife that he is currently divorcing. He told police that he had given 100,000 baht each to his two daughters but did not tell Kung. They argued and he shot her and then ran. Police charged him with first degree murder and possession of an illegal weapon.


Over 800,000 Yaba pills seized in 4 cases

One dead in gun battle with drug traffickers

Ten men were arrested in Chiang Rai on September 13 with 698,000 methamphetamine pills in arrests that saw more than 800,000 pills seized in nine days.

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In four separate cases in the nine days between September 4 and September 13 police seized over 804,000 methamphetamine tablets and in a separate incident seized 2 million baht in cash from suspected drug smugglers.
On September 4, 2014 at 4 a.m. police at the Kaeng Pan Tao Checkpoint on the Chiang Mai – Chiang Dao road arrested Chonthicha Saeyang, age 28, with 100,000 Yaba pills stashed inside a washing machine. Police had received a tipoff that drugs were going to be smuggled in that area and stopped the white pickup truck driving by Chonthicha. She confessed to police that she had been hired by drug traffickers for 100,000 baht to smuggle the drugs, valued at 20 million baht to a buyer who would be waiting at the Chiang Mai City Hall.
On September 7, 2014 Phuping police arrested a 31 year old Chiang Dao woman with 234 Yaba pills and .02grams of crystal methamphetamines. She was stopped by police in front of her house high on drugs. She confessed to police that she had the drugs hidden in her house and was charged with drug trafficking and possession. Police later seized her property; a motorcycle, two mobile phones and a gold ring.
On September 9, 2014 Rangers from the Ranger Force 3109 uncovered three to five men smuggling drugs over the border in the Ban Mae Chan Luang area of Mae Fah Luang District in Chiang Rai. The officers called on the gang to stop but the men opened fire on the Rangers. After the gun battle ended police found one man dead with 4,400 methamphetamine pills, a grenade and a gun.
Police seized 2 million baht in cash from two suspected drug traffickers. Police stopped a gray pickup truck at the Kaeng Pan Tao Checkpoint on September 13 and found 2 million baht in cash hidden in the truck. Two people from Mae Taeng were arrested and the money seized under suspicion of being the profits of drug trafficking.
Police Region 5 and the Pha Muang Task Force announced the arrest of ten Chiang Rai drug traffickers on September 13, 2014. Police had received a tip off that a gang would be smuggling drugs through the area. They stopped three cars at a stoplight on the Chiang Rai – Phayao route and uncovered 698,000 methamphetamine tablets. The men confessed that they had been hired to carry the drugs from Tachilek at 15,000 baht per trip. They had made three trips before being caught.
Police seized, in addition to the drugs, eight cars, five motorcycles and 570,000 baht in cash. Later they seized property valued at more than 10 million baht from members of the gang.


Governor voices concerns over deforestation, smog issues

Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya met with the District Chief, village heads and others to discuss policy issues and address the needs of the locals.

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya met with the Chief District Officer of San Kamphaeng and the heads of various government units, village heads and members of the Chiang Mai Provincial Administration to provide information on policy issues and address the needs of local people.
At the meeting, held on September 3, 2013 at the San Kamphaeng District Office, the Governor noted that deforestation in Chiang Mai was a serious concern pointing out that Chiang Mai’s forest area had decreased nearly ten percent since 2009. In 2009 the forest area had accounted for 77% of land cover but by 2013 it was down to 68 percent. He said the government was instituting policies that included expropriation of compromised forest areas and support for reforestation projects including planting 800 million trees to honor HM Queen Sirikit.
The Governor also discussed government plans to tackle the drugs problem in villages and communities. He noted that the problem of drug abuse had been on the increase and that all parts of society needed to tackle the issue due to its impact on families and increase in crime.
He also discussed the smog issue that Chiang Mai faces every year and said that resolving this issue was paramount as the effect of pollution on the locals and tourists caused health problems and affected tourism to the city as well.
Finally he said that in order for Thailand to be peaceful and harmonious everyone must dedicate themselves to the defense of the nation, religion and King.


New Wellness Academy opens in San Kamphaeng

A new Wellness Academy was opened in San Kamphaeng on September 11, 2014 by Deputy Governor Charoenrit Sa-nguansat at the San Kamphaeng Government Center. Established by the Department of Skill Development, Ministry of Labor, the new center was established to provide training and skill development in health tourism and local wisdom in massage and herbal medicines. The academy expects to elevate the service of Thailand to meet world standards. Activities in the opening included massage competitions and markets of local herbal products.


Public Health Office joins with local organizations

4th Lanna Health Fair focusing on Lanna wisdom

The 4th Lanna Health Fair will also feature health products from the Northern regions at the Lanna Expo 2014 from September 19 -23, 2014.

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The Chiang Mai Provincial Public Health Office is joining with the Provincial Public Health Offices from Chiang Mai, Lamphun, Lampang and Mae Hong Son as well as government agencies such as the Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Nursing, Faculty of Pharmacy, Faculty of Associated Medical Science, Chiang Mai Center for Skill Development and Regional Medical Science Center 1 Chiang Mai, and private agencies such as Chiang Mai Health Promotion Association, Chiang Mai Thai Massage Association and the Chiang Mai Health Tourism Club among others as part of the 4th Lanna Health Fair in the Lanna Expo 2014.
The Fair includes the 7th International Symposium which will see the meeting of health experts along with the various trade shows and exhibitions on health related issues.
Highlights of the Fair included the development of herbal cosmetics by the Faculty of Pharmacy of CMU, Science and Technology Park of CMU, and a Certificate Ceremony for 250 persons who undergone Thai massage training, as well as massage contests and more.


Pirated products seized in raid

Intellectual Property Infringement at Night Bazaar

 

The Chiang Mai Night Bazaar was raided on September 5, 2014 and nine vendors were arrested for selling fake goods with the intent to sell. (File photo of the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar courtesy of the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar).

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Nine sellers of pirated products were arrested at the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar on September 5, 2014 at 8 p.m. when Royal Thai Police and members of the team from the Suppression Center for Intellectual Property Infringement raided stalls at the Night Bazaar on Chang Klan Road.
Led by the Head of the Team, Pol. Lt. Col.Dusit Wareepratone, nine people were arrested and charged with the possession of products with fake trademarks with the intent to sell. A total of 452 pieces were seized in the raid.
A group of stall owners from the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar came out to protest, blocking the road and preventing soldiers from arresting vendors. Soldiers from the 33rd Military Circle and police from the Muang Chiang Mai Police station negotiated with the group to disperse.
Once the group dispersed police took Chinnawat Saeliw, Chadchawan Anusorn, Punnaphat Ontha, Piumchai Wattanaphonthip, Morrakot Hunsiri, ChingmoeiS aeliw, Chaiya Anan, Charoen Tanwong and Chatsuk Phothong into custody.


Economic outlook upbeat for the second half

Bank of Thailand reports increasing consumer confidence

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Jarumas Pararat, Senior Economist on the Regional Economy, Bank of Thailand, Northern Region Office recently reported on the Northern economy noting that the first half of the year had seen deflation, a weakening economy and high levels of household debt. The purchasing power of farmers had also been seriously limited due to the late payments from the Rice Pledging Scheme and drought. The prolonged political situation had made people more careful about spending. Tourism had also dropped due to political uncertainties and private investors had postponed investment to await assessment of the situation.
Manufacturing for export, however, continued to drive the Northern economy. However, with the repayment of the outstanding 90,000 million baht to farmers and the resolution of the political stalemate the outlook for investors and consumers brightened. Consumer confidence has reached a thirteen month high nationwide and the disbursement of the budget for projects is expected to boost the economy.
Economic recovery in the U.S. with an improved labor market and stability in the Eurozone has led the Bank to believe that the North’s export market will benefit and as a result, manufacturing workers will work more hours increasing their spending power.
The economic growth of Myanmar will increase cross border trade while the revival of tourism to the North due to the lessening of political tensions is reflected in the growth in advanced bookings. Additionally, Chiang Mai has several large festivals, including Loy Krathong and New Year that will stimulate the tourism sector.


 
HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Government tackles pollution in Mae Kha Canal

Construction on new underpass on Superhighway to begin in October

Thai astronomers work with NASA to discover Earth-like planets

Illegal billboards removed from 13 areas in the city

Region 5 implementing security measures for tourists

Hearing on water issues in Chiang Rai

Big Tree in Town 2014 promotes tree planting in Chiang Mai

CMU explains viral tape of 1st year students at Faculty of Education

Cigarette packs to have larger anti-smoking images

Mae Ai flood victims receive Royal relief from the Rajaprajanugroh Foundation

Good governance by the good public servant

Thief targets expensive bicycles

American arrested on charges of sexual assault of minors

British man dies in fall from Condo 103

Man shoots his minor wife in property argument

Over 800,000 Yaba pills seized in 4 cases

Governor voices concerns over deforestation, smog issues

New Wellness Academy opens in San Kamphaeng

Public Health Office joins with local organizations

Pirated products seized in raid

Economic outlook upbeat for the second half

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