No new Zika cases in Chiang Mai so far
Dengue cases rise to 400
Paisan Tanyawinitchakul, Head of Chiang Mai
Public Health Office reported that there has been no Zika outbreak in
Chiang Mai but that residents do need to be concerned about Dengue fever
and need to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds.
The two children diagnosed with Zika Virus have recovered from the virus
and so far no new cases have been found in Chiang Mai but Dr. Amnuay
Kajeena, Director General of the Department of Disease Control reported
that there have been 400 cases of Dengue fever diagnosed in the province
since the beginning of the year.
Dr. Amnuay reported that the Office of Disease Prevention and Control
and the Bureau of Epidemiology visited the area where the two children
live in San Sai Noi and so far there have been no new cases of the
mosquito borne disease.
Health officers have been observing the area and the residents for any
outbreak of the virus which has been listed under the Contagious Disease
Act B.E. 2558 as one of 57 diseases that must be strictly monitored.
Dr. Amnuay assured people not to be concerned and that they could still
travel as usual but must be aware of removing breeding grounds for
mosquitoes. Those with symptoms including rash, fever, red eyes, joint
and back pain and swollen joints should visit a doctor immediately.
Other symptoms to watch out for include headache, extreme tiredness and
edema, and diarrhea which do not resolve within 2 -7 days. Pregnant
women should be especially careful as Zika has been linked to
deformities in new born babies.
Chiang Mai Governor Pawin Chamniprasart issued a statement with the head
of the Chiang Mai Public Health Office Dr. Paisan Tanyawinitchakul that
there has been no outbreak of Zika Virus in Chiang Mai. He noted that
all schools are being monitored and that the two children are believed
to have contracted the virus in Petchabun which has seen more cases.
However, the dengue fever situation is growing with 88 people diagnosed
with Dengue in Mae Taeng district and 400 in Chiang Mai Province. There
have been no deaths from Dengue fever yet so far this season. The Public
Health Office reiterated the need to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds
and to avoid mosquito bites with screens, mosquito nets and repellents.
Murder gang caught in murder for hire case in Mae Jo
The suspects in the murder for hire case of
Ketsuda Saikiew in Mae Jo confessed to police that they had been hired
by her ex-husband for the murder.
Police announced the arrest of a gang that had been hired to
murder a Mae Jo woman on June 23, 2016 with Pol. Lt. Gen. Tanitsak
Theerasawat, Commissioner of Provincial Police Region 5, Deputy Governor
Krit Thanawanitch and Commissioner of the Provincial Police Pol. Maj.
Gen. Montri Samboonnanont on hand with the suspects and the weapon
seized from the suspects.
Police display the M16 used to shoot the
victim 19 times as they drove by on a motorcycle.
Ketsuda Saikiew was shot 19 times at the Kitcharoenyont Garage on June
14, 2016 and police investigation uncovered four people involved in the
shooting; Katawuth Plangun, Jeerapong Taepho, Udom or M Pabpram and
Jeerasak or Man Leelachum.
Jeerapong Taepho has been charged as the shooter and while Udom was
believed to be the getaway driver. Katawuth Plangun is considered to be
the mastermind behind the gang and has been wanted on an arrest warrant
by the Royal Thai Police as a known gunman for hire.
Police arrested the first suspect in Phrae while the other four were
found in Chiang Dao. Police found M16 bullets and a t-shirt that matched
the CCTV photo of the suspect on the day of the shooting. The suspect
arrested in Phrae was believed to be driving the getaway motorcycle
while the shooter was arrested in Chiang Dao.
The four suspects confessed that they had been hired to murder Ketsuda
Saikiew by her ex-husband Eak, who promised a payment of 140,000 baht
for the murder. The team said that so far they had only received 20,000
baht by bank transfer. The suspects told police that they had gone to
the meeting point near Mae Jo University where Katawuth parked the
getaway car. Two of them went on a motorcycle with an M16 wrapped in a
bag where they opened fire on the woman, killing her instantly.
The Chiang Mai Court has issued an arrest warrant for Mr. Eak, the
ex-husband of the deceased on charges of murder for hire.
Police announce arrest of five men in drug cases
At 11 am on June 23,2016, Pol.Lt.Gen.Tanitsak Teerasawat - Commissioner
of Provincial Police Region 5, Wichai Chaimongkol - Director of
Narcotics Control Office Region 5, Pol.Maj.Gen.Pacha Ratanaphan - Deputy
Commissioner of Provincial Police Region 5, Maj.Gen.Kosol Prathumchart -
Commanding General, the 33rd Military Circle announced the
arrest of five men in three separate cases over the past week.
Region 5 Police announced the arrest of five men
suspected of drug trafficking on June 23, 2016. The five men were
arrested in three separate cases, the first involved Sompol Lungya of
Mae Taeng and Gub (last name unknown) with 10 packages of crystal
methamphetamine or Ya Ice totalling 10 kilograms and a total of 6.8
The two suspects were arrested in a drug sting arranged from
Mae Hong Son to purchase the Ya Ice for 680,000 baht per kilogram.The
suspects allegedly delivered the drugs to to a house in Padaed in Chiang
The second case involved two suspects arrested on June 17 who
were stopped and found to be hiding26,000 Yaba or methamphetamine pills.
Thanaporn Booncharoen and Witsanu Preeda of San Kampaeng confessed to police
that they had hidden the pills in a hut in a rice field after being stopped
The third arrest occurred on June 20, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. when
Chiang Dao police arrested Sai Nantaw with 7.5 kilograms of raw opium and a
muzzle loading gun at a longan orchard in Baan Mae Aor Nai in Chiang Dao.
The police had received reports of someone stealing from migrant workers in
the camp as well as selling drugs to the workers. Police investigated the
camp and uncovered the opium in a white bucket belonging to the suspect.
Police charged the suspect and took him for further prosecution.
Two San Sai children diagnosed with Zika viruss
Authorities believe they contracted the virus in Petchabun
San Sai Luang Mayor Nattee Damrong issued
the order for control around the houses of the children who were
diagnosed with the Zika Virus recently.
Provincial health authorities have determined two children who visited a
funeral in Petchabun contracted the Zika virus. An order has been put in
place to monitor the San Sai area for any further Zika cases for 28 days
from June 20, 2016.
Sai Luang Mayor Nattee Damrong announced the target area for observation
will be around the house of the two children in Moo 5 in San San Noi.
Municipality Act B.E.2496 and the amendment through Article 13 Section
50 (4), Municipality is in charge of prevention and combat against
contagious disease. As a result, San Sai Luang Subdistrict Municipality
announced a 100 meter radius around the house in San Sai Noi as a target
for disease eradication and observation for 28 days from the
announcement on June 20, 2016.
Dr.Waranyu Jamnongprasartporn M.D., Chiang Mai Deputy Provincial Public
Health Medical Physician reported the cases to Chiang Mai Governor Pawin
Chamniprasart. The Office of Disease Prevention and Control 1 notified
Chiang Mai Provincial Public Health Office that nine patients with skin
rash were found in Petchabun Province on June 19, seven were Petchabun
residents and two Chiang Mai residents who attended a funeral at Ban
Tiew, Lom Sak District in Petchabun. The two children attended the
funeral from June 2 to June 11 when they returned to Chiang Mai. The
first patient is a 9-year-old girl and the second her 11-year-old
brother. Both were treated at Lanna Hospital and are recovering at home.
Dr.Waranyu Jamnongprasartporn additionally reported that the
Epidemiology Section notified the District Public Health Office to
investigate the area for any other cases for 100 meters around the
house. Any people who show fever and rash in the next 14 days should
have a sample of blood and urine to determine if they have contracted
the Zika virus. Additionally, the District Public Health Officer to
eliminate sources of mosquitoes around the patients’ house and in the
area around the house for the next five days.
Zika virus is carried by the Aedes mosquito and while the symptoms are
fairly mild in patients and usually recover within a week the disease
has been linked to severe deformities in babies born to women who
contract the disease while pregnant.
Plans in place to cope with floods, landslides and strong winds for the rainy season
Thanawat Paengjai, the Head of the Disaster Prevention and Operations
Division announces plans to cope with natural disasters in the province.
Chiang Mai Disaster Prevention and
Mitigation Office have adjusted its plans and preventional measures to cope
with winds, floods, landslides and other natural disasters during the rainy
Thanawat Paengjai, the Head of the Disaster Prevention and Operations
Division reported that the Office has reviewed its work plans and adjusted
its measures in case of disaster caused by strong winds, floods, and
landslides at the provincial, district, and local administration
cooperate with other working agencies, such as the Department of Water
Resources, Irrigation Department, the Department of Mineral Resources, and
other concerned agencies.
Mai has 25 districts, 178 sub districts, and 919 villages, which are located
mostly in the mountainous areas, Mae Ping watersheds area, rivers, and
canals. This has seen annual cases of landslide and flooding. Last year 12
districts saw damages from winds, floods and landslides affecting about 119,
476 people in 220 villages and 1,078 rai of farmland damaged.
agencies have prepared equipment and readied telecommunications systems and
set in place evacuation areas, disaster warning and monitoring systems and
readied rescue teams.
Centers will be established to inform and warn the public about disasters
and training courses are being held to help villages prepare for possible
disasters due to weather. If there are any natural disasters, then the
established command and warning centers will be able to help villagers deal
with disasters and damages.
Twenty people arrested for gambling in Euro Cup
Police increase patrols for areas at risk for property crime by losers
Pol. Col. Precha Wimolchaiyajit, Deputy Commander of the Chiang Mai
Provincial Police said police will up patrols around areas at risk for
property crime by those who have lost money gambling on the Euro Cup.
Chiang Mai Police worked with other government sectors to track down people
gambling illegally on the Euro Cup including three people arrested for
Precha Wimolchaiyajit, Deputy Commander of the Chiang Mai Provincial Police
said that the crackdown follows Prime Minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha’s
concerns over widespread gambling on football and the crimes that inevitably
follow by those who have lost and need money to pay their gambling debts.
are patrolling areas in front of banks, gold shops, convenience stores and
ATMs to ensure that crimes against property are suppressed.
people were arrested during the period of June 10 -12 alone with three of
those charged with gambling online.
Lanna Expo to be held June 30 – July 6
Charms of Lanna at the International Convention Center
The Lanna Expo will be held at the Chiang Mai International Convention
Center from June 30 to July 6 and feature products and services from the
Lanna Expo 2016 will be held at the Chiang Mai International Convention
Center from June 30 – July 6, 2016 it was announced at a press
conference at the Shangri-La Chiang Mai Hotel recently. The expo will
have the theme of Lanna, Endless Charm: Lanna Health and Wellness and
will be held in honor of His Majesty the King’s 7th cycle
opening ceremony will be held on June 30 at 2 p.m. and will be presided
over by former Chiang Mai Governor and current Minister to the Prime
Minister’s Office M.L. Panadda Diskul.
event, which features the provinces of the Upper North, Chiang Mai,
Lamphun, Lampang and Mae Hong Son will aim to promote the region and
publicize Northern products and services. The region’s main features are
food and agricultural products, herbal and handicraft products, health
and wellness services and tourism.
health and wellness services will be highlighted and will work to link
with other medical services in the North to create a Medical Hub in the
Upper North which include medical services, hospitals, food and other
health products as well as Halal food.
The outstanding products and services of the four
provinces will be on display and will have 12 zones including
Medical & Wellness, Health Care and Spa, Cosmetics, Herbs, Health
Tourism, Hotels and Accommodation, Home Stay Services, Airlines and
Transportation, Northern Food Valley, Food and Agricultural Products,
OTOP and SME, textiles and household items.
will be art and culture shows, exhibitions on local wisdom as well as
conferences on innovation, research, food and more. There will also be
mini-concerts with famous singers and artists.
Chiang Mai Governor Pawin Chamniprasart said that this year the event is
being organized with the Office of the Thailand Convention and
Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) with Chiang Mai at the center as one of the
important economic provinces in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region and
linking neighboring countries. Many exhibitors will focus on Thai-
Myanmar border trade and offer business matching among member countries.
from neighboring countries will also be attending bringing international
focus to the event. Target revenues are expected to reach about 68.8
million baht, or a five percent increase from last year.
Chiang Mai Airport holds emergency drills
Airport staff are addressed by Group Captain Sami Chanthorn, Deputy
Managing Director of the Airports of Thailand Regional Airports at the
start of the emergency drills.
Chiang Mai International Airport held
readiness drills for emergency preparedness and full scale exercises in
line with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) regulations.
ICAO mandates that full scale exercises must be held at least once every
two years to ensure readiness in case of emergencies.
Emergency drills gave Airport staff a chance to simulate an earthquake
disaster with injured passengers and others
Group Captain Sami Chanthorn, Deputy Managing Director of the Airports of
Thailand Regional Airports presided over the opening ceremony and training
on June 17, 2016.
emergency exercises tested equipment including fire extinguishing and rescue
procedures, communications, medical services and cooperation to create
confidence among users, passengers and airlines.
This year’s exercise was set up to prepare for an earthquake and followed
the Business Continuity Plan, part of the AoT management system to cope with
crisis situations caused by natural disasters and to protect AoT properties.
The drill simulated a 6.0 earthquake that was 2 kilometer under the earth
with an epicenter at Mae Rim.
staff worked with Wing 41 and Army Circle 33 officers in a training drill
for disaster at the Chiang Mai International Airport.
exercise was held in conjunction with the Provincial Office of Disaster
Prevention and Mitigation, Wing 41, the 33rd Military Circle, the
Northern Meteorological Center, the Aeronautical Control Center, the
Provincial Public Health Office, the Chiang Mai Seismograph Center, the
Department of Hydrography of Royal Thai Navy, local administration
organizations, airlines, and the government agencies operating at the
Chiang Mai Airport.
the drill the passenger lounge was destroyed and the runway severely damaged
with many passengers injured or dead. Rescue teams worked to remove the
victims and passengers evacuated from the buildings.
Fah Luang Airport in Chiang Rai has been designated as the secondary airport
to be on standby should disaster strike Chiang Mai International Airport.
All necessary equipment can be removed to Chiang Rai airport within seven
full scale drill gave staff experience in procedures among the agencies and
an understanding of necessary processes should disaster strike.
Farewell interview with U.S. Consul General
Outgoing U.S. Consul General Michael
Heath on his role in Chiang Mai, his achievements and his views
on the future of Thailand and U.S. relations.
U.S. Consul General Michael Heath was
interviewed shortly before his departure to take
up a post in Australia. The Acting U.S. Consul
General is Henry v. Jardine from the U.S.
Embassy in Bangkok. The new U.S. Consul General
will be arriving to take up the position in
What will you miss most about departing
Chiang Mai after nearly three years?
Chiang Mai is such a fascinating place to
work. The city itself has over 700 years of history, far older than any of our
cities in the United States. I admire the way the local government and people
have preserved their cultural traditions dating all the way back to the Lanna
Kingdom period. Our Consulate buildings themselves have an important place in
Lanna history. Our district covers 14 provinces besides Chiang Mai, though, and
I learned so much about the values and cultures of provinces such as Lampang,
Mae Hong Son, Chiang Rai, Sukhothai, Phrae, etc. etc. We have over 10,000
citizens living in northern Thailand, so I'm not the only one who loves the
region. The people, the food, the scenery, and the health facilities are all
world-class. It's no wonder that northern Thailand is one of the world's top
tourist and retirement destinations.
What are your Consulate's most important
accomplishments during your tenure?
One area is our engagement with students
about the election process in the United States. It's difficult to discuss Thai
politics here, but we are happy to talk about U.S. politics because we face many
of the same issues that Thais face - such as immigration, health, the
environment. I was happy to hear students ask smart and thoughtful questions
about American politics. I was happy to hear their criticism too, because it
shows the students are thinking independently. That's a good sign. Many of these
students were political science students or law students, and they need the
opportunities to debate issues in their fields of study. They represent
Thailand's future, and Thailand has a bright future based on the quality I saw.
I'm also proud of our Consulate's role in
the discussion about air pollution in the North, which is a serious health
problem. We disseminated air quality statistics from Thailand's Pollution
Control Department to the general public on our Facebook page. We discovered
that there was already good progress being made at Chiang Mai University and at
the NGO Warm Heart International in developing alternatives to open-air waste
burning. We also assisted the Pollution Control Department by linking them with
our own Environmental Protection Agency to discuss our own programs to reduce
air pollution. Thailand itself has already had huge success in improving
Bangkok's air quality over the past 20 years. Hopefully there will be a similar
transformation in the North.
Finally, I'm glad that we were able to
maintain our cooperation with Thai government agencies in the fight against drug
trafficking and the fight against human trafficking. The impact of dangerous
drugs, such as "yaa baa" and methamphetamines, on Thai society is devastating,
just as it is in my own country. On human trafficking, we closely worked with
some true heroes in the NGO community in capturing traffickers of children and
prosecuting child sexual crimes. Certain police officers were also heroes in
this area, and I'm disappointed that they haven't received the credit they
What are your impressions of the political
The current political situation is complex,
and it has many causes. The situation is obviously very different than when I
arrived in 2013. We've always said that it is a Thai problem for Thais to
resolve themselves. We don't take sides in domestic politics and we don't try to
impose any type of solution. However, we will always support the principle of
freedom of expression. If you ask us our opinion on that, we will provide it
very clearly. There won't be true stability in any country unless viewpoints
from all segments of society are respected. That is especially true in the
North. I was able to meet with a wide variety of people during my tour here, and
gave every side equal respect. The Chiang Mai military authorities have a
difficult task carrying out their orders from Bangkok, but I respected their
role as well.
In summary, the United States wants to see
Thailand succeed and get past this period of political uncertainty. We believe
that in the long run, Thailand WILL succeed as it always has in the past. In the
short run, we may have disagreements from time to time, but the relationship
between our peoples is very strong. Anyone who seeks to weaken that relationship
will ultimately fail.
Thai and Myanmar police to work together on human trafficking
Myanmar and Thai
police led by Mr. Htun Naing, the Deputy
Commander of the Anti-Human Trafficking Agency
of the National Office of Myanmar Police and
Pol. Col. Songsak Raksaksakul, Deputy Director-
General of the DSI met to discuss cooperation on
Thailand’s Department of Special Investigation
(DSI) met with the National Office of the
Myanmar Police last week at Kantary Hills Hotel
to discuss cooperation on human trafficking
prevention and suppression following an exchange
program held between the two agencies.
Pol. Col. Songsak Raksaksakul, Deputy Director-
General of the DSI chaired the meeting where the
police officers discussed cases of human
trafficking and follow up on work from past
bilateral meetings. They discussed frameworks
for cooperation and implementing work plans
together with the National Office of the Myanmar
Pol. Col. Songsak said that the Myanmar police
were interested in the exchange of facts and
information with their Thai counterparts and in
working in cooperation especially on cases of
laborers being cheated and trafficked to work in
the fishing industry; including more than 1,000
cases from the past. The DSI expressed concern
over criminal cases, transnational crimes,
prostitution and labor cheating.
With the establishment of the anti human
trafficking center under the DSI, in cooperation
with the National Office of Myanmar police they
have been working together more closely to
combat trafficking and reduce the number of
criminal cases. They admitted that human
trafficking cases are difficult especially when
trying to collect evidence and investigate since
often those being trafficked will be afraid to
assist in the investigation.
The Myanmar police have learned quite a bit
about the Thai investigation process, the Deputy
Director General said, as more human trafficking
cases are uncovered in Thailand and the police
here have more experience with them.
Mr. Htun Naing, the Deputy Commander of the
Anti-Human Trafficking Agency of the National
Office of Myanmar Police added that their office
has been able to make important contributions in
fighting human trafficking but that they have
not been able to arrest the masterminds behind
the trafficking. There are many cases of human
trafficking which has caused big problems and
the two countries need to work together urgently
to solve the problem. He concluded that some
Myanmar laborers come work in Thailand and were
cheated in both wages and times that were not
under the agreements regulated by the brokers.
The two agencies are working together to solve
Ukrainian ATM skimmers busted with 36 cards and a skimming machine
Three men were arrested for using fake ATM
cards to steal money from Thai banks after Interpol and the Bank of
Thailand alerted the Region 5 Police to their presence in the city.
The Provincial Police Region 5 Office worked with Interpol to
arrest a Ukrainian gang of ATM skimmers last week. Pol. Lt. Gen.
Thanitsak Theerasawat, Commission of Region 5 announced.
Three men were arrested and found with 36 ATM cards, 150,000 baht,
US$14,205, a bank book, credit card skimming and recording machine. Mr.
Mykola Chovhan, 21, Mr. Oleksll Pusshkar, 29, and Mr. Serhll Matsyshyn ,
27 were charged with using fake electronic cards, equipment for making
fake cards and using false information.
The Commissioner said that Region 5 Police had been contacted by
Interpol and the Bank of Thailand to trace the gang who had been using
cards to withdraw money from ATMs around Thailand and South East Asia.
Police tracked down the suspects who had been using the cards in ATMs in
Chiang Mai; they were staying at a guesthouse on Changklan road and are
being held by police who will file charges against the gang.
Malaysians arrested running fraudulent call center
Fifteen people were arrested in a Call
Center scam- fourteen Malaysians and one Vietnamese were charged with
working illegally and fraud.
Fifteen people were arrested last week after investigative police
uncovered their call center which was being used to cheat Malaysian
victims and get them to transfer money to the gang.
Ten men and four women, one of which is from Vietnam, were arrested and
accused of setting up an illegal business operation, working illegally
and fraud. Region 5 Police received a tip off that a large group of
foreigners were renting a house at the Kluay Mai Housing Estate in San
Sai Noi and after obtaining a search warrant from the courts raided the
house where they found the gang calling Malaysian victims on the phone.
The group was led by Malaysian national Chin Kiat Yong, age 30, who
confessed to police that they would call Malaysians and claim to be bank
staff in Malaysia and would tell them there was a problem with their
credit cards. They would talk the victims into transferring the money to
them. In the past fourteen days the gang bilked people out of about
4,297,000 baht or 500,000 ringgits. Members of the gang were given a
percentage of the take by the boss in Malaysia, with the leader in
Chiang Mai receiving 8 percent, team members 6 percent and new employees
3 percent. The names and phone numbers of potential victims were sent
from an email in Malaysia.
Chin Kiat Yong was also found in possession of seven Yaba or
methamphetamine pills so was also charged with possessing illegal drugs.
Longkhod sub-district receives fire engine from Japanese government
Japanese Consul General Shinya Aoki hands
over the ceremonial key to Longkhod Chief Executive of Longkhod
Sub-District Administration Organization Shongvut Nitipronk for the fire
engine purchased using funds from the Japanese Grassroots Human Security
The Government of Japan, under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human
Security Projects Scheme (GGP), has provided funds amounting to
2,800,000 baht for “the Project for Procurement for a Fire Engine in
Longkhod Sub-District in Phrao District, Chiang Mai Province”. On14
June, 2016, Mr. Shinya Aoki, Consul-General of Japan in Chiang Mai, and
Mr. Shongvut Nitipronk, Chief Executive of Longkhod Sub-District
Administration Organization, were present at the hand-over ceremony of
the fire engine with crane at the Longkhod Sub-District Administration
Organization Office in Chiang Mai.
The new fire engine also has a crane that
can be used in fighting forest fires in Longkhod.
In this project the Government of Japan supported the cost of purchasing
a medium size fire engine with a water tank and crane. The fire engine
will be used not only for firefighting but also supplying water in the
dry season, repairing street lights and electric cables, and trimming
Longkhod Sub-District lies about 100 km north of Chiang Mai. It covers
305 sq. km, 93% of which is a vast mountainous area that is largely
designated as national park or protected forest. The Sub-District has a
population of about 5,000 and the majority of the residents are engaged
in agriculture in the basin in the central area. The Sub-District
Administration Organization operates a “community participation type
project” aimed at helping local communities live together and maintain a
verdant natural environment, known as “The Longkhod Model”. Relevant
local organizations in cooperation with local residents have promoted
environmental conservation and succeeded in stopping illegal
deforestation. In 2015 the Thai government authorized “The Longkhod
Model” as a people-environment co-existence model. On the other hand,
forest fires still break out every dry season due to the spread of fires
from mountains in neighboring areas. Therefore, procurement of a fire
engine was an urgent issue because the Sub-District Administration
Organization didn’t possess such a vehicle until now.
It is expected that this support will contribute to ensuring the
security of the residents in Longkhod Sub-District and the nearby area
as well as mitigating smoke haze and aiding conservation of the natural
environment in the north of Thailand. (GGP)
Courts received permission from Army to use public lands for new buildings
Public concerns over encroachment
Photos of construction that appear to be on
the mountains circulated on social media as concerned citizens called
for an investigation to ensure there was no encroachment onto the
Justice Udom Sithiwiratchatham reported on
the case and stated that the Courts had received permission from the
Army to use their lands back in 2006 but only received the budget for
construction in the past few years.
The President of the Appeals Court Region 5 clarified housing
being constructed near the foot of the national park and mountains and
near Huay Tung Tao Reservoir after photos of the construction were shown
on social media.
Udom Sithiwiratchatham, President of the Appeals Court Region 5 said
that after studying aerial maps it was determined by Ministry officials
that the construction was legal.
The Appeals Court Region 5 was relocated from Bangkok in 2005 to the
Courts a SanDek Intersection with the Chiang Mai District Court and
Juvenile and Family Courts on the Superhighway.
The Appeals Court needed to be moved as the Court Buildings at SanDek
were overcrowded. Also, there is no public housing for judges and
justice ministry officials so the Justice court asked permission to use
lands under the control of the Army 33rd Military Circle in Don Kaew,
Mae Rim. The Army gave permission to the courts to use 147 rai of land
in 2006 to construct the Appeals Court as well as 47 houses and 13
The budget was only approved in 2013 and the construction project was
implemented with bids for construction and environmental impact reports
in 2014 with construction finally beginning recently.
Share Life Give Blood on June 14 at Central Plaza Chiang Mai Airport
World Blood Donor Day is at Central Airport
Plaza Chiang Mai June 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Chiang Mai residents are urged to turn out for World Blood Donation
Day on Tuesday, June 14 to join the Share Life Give Blood donation drive at
the Chiang Mai Hall at Central Plaza Chiang Mai Airport.
The event will be held all day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the opening
ceremony presided over by the Deputy Governor and Vice President of the
Provincial Red Cross in Chiang Mai at 10:30 a.m.
Donations will be accepted from people no younger than 17 and no older than
60 and all donors will receive a free t-shirt. The Provincial Red Cross
hopes to receive 500 units of blood.
There will also be health exams and healthy massage for attendees and
World Blood Donor Day was first designated by the International Federation
of Red Cross and Red Crescent , (World Health Organization, The
International of Blood Organizations (FIODS) and The International Society
of Blood Transfusion (ISBT) to be held on June 14 in 2004.
June 14 marks the birthdate of Karl Landsteiner (1868–1943), an Austrian
biologist and physician, considered to be the “founder” of modern blood
transfusion. Landsteiner discovered the ABO blood groups in 1901, developed
the modern system of classification of blood groups, and identified, in
1937, together with Alexander S. Wiener, the Rhesus factor which enables
doctors to transfuse blood without endangering the life of the patient.
Acting Head of the Provincial Public Health Office Dr Watcharee said that
Chiang Mai needs more than 85,000 units of blood per year but only manages
to collect 54,000 units per year which is not sufficient for the demand.
Last year there were shortages of O and B blood groups while this year Blood
Group A is in short supply. RH Negative blood is also very rare in Thailand
and generally more in need by foreigners. More campaigns need to be launched
for foreign blood donors and the Provincial Red Cross will work in
cooperation with the consulates.
Police track down suspects involved in drug trafficking
Police question the girlfriend of a man who
was arrested earlier in June with 326,000 methamphetamine pills. She
later confessed to police that he had asked her to open a bank account
for money transfers related to drug trafficking.
A Chang Mai couple was arrested this month and accused of being
involved in a drug trafficking gang by the Office of Narcotics Control
Board (ONCB). Police raided the home of the girlfriend of a man who had
been arrested in early June with Yaba.
In early June Surin Masayasikharin was arrested by police in Lampang
with 356,000 methamphetamine pills. Investigation into his associates
uncovered suspicious account activity in the bank account of his
girlfriend Somsri Saenliew in Keeleg in Mae Taeng.
Police raided her house in Mae Taeng after conducting searches in Chiang
Dao and Mae Taeng that uncovered nothing suspicious. They also raided a
house belonging to Somsri but found no drugs however, she confessed to
police that she was the girlfriend of Surin and had been asked by him to
open a bank account for drug money transfers.
She told police that after her boyfriend was arrested she threw away the
bank book. Police found 40,000 baht in cash on her person and a further
100,000 baht in the bank account.
Police seized the bank evidence and will investigate further to press
charges in drug trafficking.
DTAC joins hands with UNICEF to produce parents’ handbook for the digital age
Rerkpattanapipat, Senior Director for Organizational Communications and
Sustainable Development for Total Access Communications (DTAC) introduces
the new guidebook, both as an e-book and a printed book, to teach parents
how to keep their kids safe online.
DTAC joined hands with UNICEF to produce a handbook for parents to
learn how to cope with the digital age and their tech savvy children. In
conjunction with Telenor the new guide will help parents navigate social
media and the cyber world with their kids.
The DTAC Parents Guide was produced after statistics showed that 59 percent
of kids will turn to friends or people online instead of consulting their
parents with problems. Of these 48 percent have no security with online
The book was introduced at a press conference on June 8, 2016 at Café de
Museum by On-uma Rerkpattanapipat, Senior Director for Organizational
Communications and Sustainable Development for Total Access Communications
(DTAC). This book is addressing parental concerns about the use of internet
among children and teaches parents how to be digitally savvy; how to
understand and use the internet safely and how to avoid dangerous online
DTAC has also set up workshops for parents and has so far visited 50 schools
throughout the country. The company printed out about 100,000 copies and
they can be picked up free of charge at any DTAC branches and the e-book can
also be downloaded online through the DTAC website and the UNICEF website
and is also readable on mobile devices.
Ministry of Justice cooperates with Yunnan on drug suppression
The Ministry of Justice and the Yunnan
Provincial Public Security Department signed an agreement to cooperate on
drug trafficking and production.
The Ministry of Justice signed an agreement with the Yunnan Provincial
Public Security Department (YPPSD) to cooperate on drug suppression in the
region at a signing ceremony held at the Shangri La Hotel, Chiang Mai.
Minister of Justice General Paiboon Khumchaya signed the agreement with Dong
Jialu, Executive Deputy Director General of the YPPSD which will see
cooperation between the Committee Office of Drug Control in China and
Thailand’s Office of Narcotics Control Board Region 5.(ONCB)
The ONCB assigned ONCB Region 5 director Wichai Chaimongkol and Director of
International Cooperation Division of the YPPSD to have annual joint
meetings with each country alternating the hosting duties.
Both sides agreed that drug smuggling, drug control and the resolution of
drug problem in the Greater Mekong sub- region will be more efficient with
close cooperation, especially the exchange of information on drug trade,
drug rings and smuggling routes as well as equipment for drug production.
They will also cooperate on money laundering, chemicals, drug cases and
blockades of drug smuggling routes.
Spas to register with the Ministry of Health
Trairuangworarat, Director General of Health Support and Services for the
Ministry of Health announced that new regulations will require businesses
offering massage and spa services to register with the government.
The Ministry of Health will start registering spa businesses in the
North and held a seminar for spa owners on workplace operations at the
regional level last week. Around 200 spa operators attended the seminar
headed by Dr. Boonruang Trairuangworarat, Director General of Health Support
and Services for the Ministry of Health.
Attendees were briefed on the upcoming regulations and
registration that will be put in place with a draft law that they hope will
be in effect by September 27, 2106. The draft law will be proposed to the
Cabinet later this month for consideration and approval.
Dr. Boonruang added that this act will impose control and
supervision of spa services, they will be divided into three categories;
spa, massage for health and massage for beauty and will include protection
and security for customers. These regulations will create confidence among
customers to use the services and that they will be healthy.
Unregistered businesses that still use a spa or massage
sign will face six months in prison or a fine of 50,000 baht or both.
In 2016 the Ministry of Health said there are about 1,605
spa service businesses in the country, of those the North has 322, of which
256 offered massage, 61 were spas and 5 do beauty massage. Chiang Mai had
the highest number of 149 while Chiang Rai had 55. Last year revenues from
the spa sector reached 30 billion baht, or 15 percent annual growth rate.
They expect about 20,000 new businesses will register with the authorities.
Sting nets Yaba and 4 million in cash in Chiang Rai
Four suspects were arrested in a drug sting
operation in Chiang Rai that netted 110,000 methamphetamine pills and
over 4 million baht in cash.
The cash and Yaba seized by the police
during the drug sting operation.
A sting operation in Chiang Rai saw police arrest four Chiang Rai
natives with 110,000 methamphetamine pills and 4.2 million baht in cash
at the car park of the Sopha Resort in Chiang Rai.
Police set up a drug buy from the gang and met the first suspect, Arpha
Chermue, age 22, who brought with him 44 packages of Yaba pills, totally
110,000 pills. They then linked him up with another suspect, 38 year old
Archa Mayua who was staying in the resort. They then arranged a meeting
with two more suspected traffickers at the PTT station in Rimkok, Chiang
All four suspects are being detained on drug trafficking charges, police
are searching for more drugs that were hidden by the side of the road
near Mae Fah Luang University.
The suspects confessed that they had been paid 10,000 baht each by a Mr.
Arlo to deliver drugs to customers.
Chiang Mai man strangles wife over crying baby
Police bag evidence after a Wiang Haeng man
confessed to strangling his Burmese wife because of the crying of their
four month old baby.
A Chiang Mai man told police he strangled his wife after their
crying baby left him sleepless and angry during the night of May 30,
Chang Puak Police arrested Sak Sanghuang, age 25 from Wiang Haeng
District at his rented rooms in Chang Puak. Mr. Sak told police that he
had a fight with his wife around 2 a.m. due to the baby’s constant
crying. He confessed to police that he had strangled her in a fit of
anger and then fell asleep until about 4 a.m. When he woke up he found
their four month old baby suckling his dead wife. That is when he felt
guilty and turned himself into police.
The Chiang Mai Social Development and Human Security Office sent
officials to find relatives to care for the baby and found the brother
of the deceased mother who has agreed to care for his baby nephew.
Drunk driver sentenced to 2 years for killing 3 cyclists
Kongkarn Yonglan, the daughter of Chaiwat
Yonglan, who was killed along with two other people by a drunk driver as
he cycled along the road speaks with reporters about the Court decision.
The driver in a case that shocked the nation a year ago on May 3, 2015
was sentenced to only two years in prison after she plowed into a group
of cyclists while driving drunk on the Chiang Mai – Doi Saket Road at
5:45 a.m., killing three people.
The Chiang Mai Court sentenced 24 year old Phatsuda Jaireuan to two
years in prison for both Civil and Criminal charges of negligence
causing other people’s death according to Section 291, Land Traffic Act
B.E.2522. She was sued by the daughters of Chaiwat Yonglan, the wife of
Saman Kanta and the parents of Pongthep Kamkaew who were killed when she
drove into their group cycling on the opposite side of the road.
The Chiang Mai Court had previously postponed the sentencing on
September 9, 2015 after it was determined to adjudicate the Civil and
Criminal cases simultaneously. In the civil case the families of those
killed requested compensation of 4 – 5 million baht. At that time the
defendant provided bail of 100,000 baht per fatality.
The Chiang Mai Court found Phatsuda guilty of causing the death of other
people and was charged with misdemeanors according to section 367 and
section 398 in accordance with Land Traffic Act B.E.2522 and was
sentenced to prison for four years. The Court reduced the sentence to
two years with no parole after the defendant confessed. Additionally her
driver’s license has been seized.
The defendant posted bail again for further litigation. In the claims
for damages the Court dismissed the claims of the daughters of Mr.
Chairat but ordered the defendant to pay compensation of 1.7 million
baht to the wife of Mr. Saman and 435,000 baht to the parents of Mr.
Pongthep. Relatives of the deceased will have thirty days to appeal the
decision on the compensation.
Police apprehend suspect in brutal murder in Lamphun
Suspect fled to Uttaradit after murder
coordinated with Uttaradit police to arrest Sataporn Reelieng in the brutal rape
and murder of a nursing assistant in Lamphun.
The suspect in the brutal stabbing of a nursing assistant in a dormitory in
Lamphun was apprehended after he returned to his hometown in Uttaradit.
Sataporn or Eak Reelieng of Uttaradit was arrested for the murder of 32 year old
Daungjai Kiewnormeung from Pa Sang, Lamphun on June 1, 2016. Daungjai worked as
a nursing assistant at Lamphun Hospital and was found in a room in Muang
District Lamphun. Her body was found naked from the waist down and with thirteen
stab wounds at 8 a.m. on May 31, 2016.
re-enacts fleeing the scene of the crime with police after his arrest one day
after the body of 32 year old Daungjai Kiewnormeung was found in her dormitory
room in Lamphun.
Pol. Maj. Gen.Somsanga Charin, Commissioner
of Lamphun Provincial Police and Pol. Col. Phon Puanpai, Superintendent of Muang
Lamphun Police Station ordered the investigation of the brutal crime and police
focused on a suspect who lived in the same building as the deceased. Sataporn
Reelieng had disappeared immediately after the murder arousing police
Further investigation into the suspect’s history found he had been charged with
trespassing, rape and murder. The Lamphun Court issued an arrest warrant for
Sataporn and Lamphun Police coordinated with Uttaradit to arrest the suspect.
Sataporn confessed that he had broken in to Daungjai’s room to rape her but when
she resisted he stabbed her in the neck thirteen times and then fled the scene.
Huge bust yields 21 million Yaba pills in Myanmar
The driver of a 12 wheel truck
carrying over 21 million Yaba pills was arrested in Myanmar
after being stopped at a checkpoint in northern Shan state.
Wichai Chaimongkol, director of the Office of the
Narcotics Control Board Region 5 announced that narcotics police
in cooperation with military and other police had seized a 12
wheel truck carrying 21 million methamphetamine pills at Kutkai
in Northern Shan State in Myanmar.
A 12 wheel truck carrying 105 sacks
marked as pet food was stopped in Kutkai in Northern Shan state
with over 21 million methamphetamine pills.
The 12 wheel truck was stopped at a checkpoint where they found
21,050,000 pills in 105 sacks marked as pet food during the
night of May 28, 2016. Investigators found that the drugs were
of the same type found in Mandalay in March and to pills found
in Yangon in July, 2015. The police and narcotics suppression
officers are continuing to investigate the network in a bid to
stop the flow of drugs.
Labor Ministry visits One Stop Service Center in Chiang Mai
briefed Inspector Theerapol
Khunmuang of the Labor Ministry meets one of the applicants for
a work permit at the One Stop Services Center.
The Ministerial Inspector for the Ministry of Labor
visited the One Stop Service Center at the Exhibition Hall of
Northern Agriculture Products Center in Chiang Mai on Canal Road
on May 30, 2016 to inspect the center.
Yaowapha Piboonphol, the Head of the Chiang Mai Provincial Labor
Office briefed Inspector Theerapol Khunmuang during his visit on
the services and facilities offered to employers of workers from
Myanmar, Cambodia, and Laos. The center provides work permits
for migrant workers from neighboring countries due by July 29,
Migrant workers ready for the July
29 deadline to obtain work permits at the One Stop Service
The Chiang Mai Office of Labor arranged for center staff to
assist all alien workers as they must finish their work permit
registrations by July 29, 2016. Those not completed by the
deadline will be inspected and fined by officials before being
deported to their own country.
The Chiang Mai Head said that the One Stop Services Center works
in cooperation with Chiang Mai Provincial Public Health Office,
Chiang Mai Provincial Administration Office, and Registration
Center, Region 5. These offices have helped provide medical
check -ups, issue health insurance cards, profile and
registration documents, and also work permits from April 4 -
June 2, 2016.
In total 19,773 alien workers requested center services so far.
The One Stop Service Center is open for public services from May
to June, Monday to Saturday. In July it will open for services
from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Application and registration fees can be paid at the Counter
Service of 7-11 stores or the Chiang Mai Provincial Labor
Office. Once health exams in health insurance have been issued
migrant workers will be given an appointment at the OSS Center
to receive their work permits.