Chang Puak sees fiercely contested Mayoral contest
Prasarn Janeruamjit (left) shakes hands with his
opponent, Kachen Chiakkhajorn (right)
at the registration for the Mayoral contest for Chang Puak Municipality.
Registration for the application to run for the position of Mayor of Chang
Puak Municipality opened on February 21 and remains open until the 25th of
February in a contest that sees the Democrats and Pheua Thai parties
contesting hotly for the position.
Sub. Lt. Suwit Phetmee, Chairman of the local Election Commission opened
applications for the upcoming elections of Mayor and Municipal Council
Members for Chang Puak. Registration ends February 25 and the election is
set for Sunday, March 27, 2011.
The Hug Chang Puak group led by Prasarn Janeruamjit with 6 council members
and backed by the Democrat Party, the Chang Puak Khunnatham group led by
Kachen Chiakajorn, also with 6 council members, backed by the Pheua Thai
Party, are the two main contenders but an independent party has also applied
to run in the contest.
Attorney Prasarn Janeruamjit, advisor to the Central Election Commission and
Kachen Chiakkhajorn, a former secretary for the Chiang Mai Mayor as well as
the advisor to Mayor of Chang Puak Municipality, are the two main candidates
It has been reported that both parties are backed by the national political
parties for the upcoming election. Election Commission Chairman Sub - Lt
Suwit Phetmee has reported receiving complaints regarding the upcoming
election and said the Commission is working hard to make it fair and clean
for both parties.
Border cooperation in Mae Hong Son
Mae Hong Son has signed a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation on
border trade and tourism between Muang Mae Hong Son district chief officer
Prasert Osataphan of Thailand and Ban Mai district chief officer Maj. Gen.
Gyi Wun of Myanmar on February 21, 2011.
The agreement renews border trade and travel at the Ban Nam Pieng Din
checkpoint in Mae Hong Son, and will help boost the economies on both sides
of the checkpoint. Under the agreement, both sides will allow nationals to
cross over at the pass, open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will help
develop tourism spots together. Thailand will organize training courses in
tourism skills for Myanmar. The border markets will be promoted for tourists
and visitors to shop for local goods. They also agreed to work together to
fight drug, arms and human trafficking across the border, and work to avoid
Maj Gen Gyi Wun, Ban Mai District Chief Officer of Myanmar noted that the
Myanmar government now allows Kayah State authorities to work independently
with Mae Hong Son on trade and tourism issues.
District Chief Officer Prasert of Mae Hong Son added that they are ready to
increase trade and tourism across the borders so as to help the local
economies of both districts.
Mai Ai clash yields 300,000 yabaa pills
Chiang Mai Mail online reporters
A deadly clash in the Mae Ai District along the border saw two smugglers
killed and 300,000 yabaa pills seized by the Pha Muang Task Force on
February 21, 2011.
The Special Task Force was patrolling the border about 2 kilometers from Ban
Arsu when they uncovered a group smuggling drugs over the border around 2:30
a.m. The ensuing gun battle left two of the smugglers dead but the other 5
or 6 men dropped their backpacks and fled back over the border into Myanmar.
The rangers found 300,000 yabaa pills in 3 backpacks and an M-16.
Lampang officials concerned about further food poisoning outbreaks
Chiang Mai Mail online reporters
Public Health officials are concerned that the coming hot season could see
further outbreaks of food poisoning like the one that struck 65 students at
a Lampang school last week.
Dr. Chalermchai Wuthipitthayamongkol, the acting head of the Lampang Public
Health Office, said that with the change of weather people should be aware
of food spoiling quickly in the heat and to take care of the food they eat.
He warned people to make certain the food was clean and cooked thoroughly.
He also warned vendors to make sure they wash their hands and to wash
utensils thoroughly, warning people that they should make sure their spoons
and forks are clean before eating in a bid to reduce food poisoning
outbreaks during the summer.
Gruelling run to raise funds for charity
Mark Stevenson is off to Chile soon
Stevenson is more than just a pretty face it would seem. The well known and
charming husband of U.S. Consul General Susan Stevenson, this native of the
United Kingdom has been in training for an upcoming marathon that can only
be described as grueling. The Atacama Crossing starts March 7, a 250
kilometer 6 day run across the Atacama in Chile at altitudes of 3,000 meters
sees competitors from all over the world and is part of the Racing the
Mark is not just entering this race for the challenge or the thrill or even
to see a uniquely beautiful, remote part of the world, but to also raise
funds for charity. Shelterbox is a disaster relief organization that
provides families in disaster hit areas with a box containing a tent, water
filtration, stoves, pans and basic tools. Shelterbox has a proven track
record since 2001 in providing boxes of aid that provide shelter, warmth and
dignity to people in immediate need.
Mark hopes to raise enough money to purchase ten boxes, at a cost of £490
per box or, at today’s rates about 24,000 baht each box, or a total of
242,000 baht to help those in need. See his site for more information and
help cheer on the latest edition to the Chiang Mai community!
Cobra Gold wraps up for another year
U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand Kristie Kenney visited Chiang Mai
on Friday, February 18, for the second time in two weeks, to attend the
closing ceremony of the 2011 Cobra Gold exercises. This year marks the 30th
round of the joint U.S.-Thai exercises, now one of the largest multilateral
training events in the world. Over 13,000 troops from seven nations
participated this year, the largest contingent ever.
In her remarks, Ambassador Kenney highlighted the importance of U.S.-Thai
friendship and thanked the Thai government and people for hosting Cobra Gold
2011. The Ambassador said, “Thailand is the United States’ oldest friend in
Asia, and what began as a two-country military exercise has become one of
the world’s most successful training events with participants from across
“The Ambassador emphasized that the Cobra Gold program was not just about
improving military skills. “The young men and women of our militaries have
worked together to help improve the lives of the Thai people. They have
built schools throughout Thailand, brought needed healthcare to families in
rural areas, and donated clothing and shoes to families in need.”
Following the ceremony, Ambassador Kenney met with Burmese women leaders and
with members of Chiang Mai’s Creative City initiative and local U.S.
business owners. In addition, the Ambassador toured Waroros Market, also
known as Kad Luang, to commemorate its 100th anniversary. She enjoyed seeing
the regional customs and goods of northern Thailand while witnessing the
vibrancy of the local economy. On her way to the airport, the Ambassador
stopped by the Nimmanhaemin Starbucks, a U.S. franchise, to enjoy a beverage
before her trip back to Bangkok. (PR).
Romantic weddings on Valentine’s Day
The National Institute for Elephants and the
Lampang Provincial Authorities organize
a Valentine’s Day wedding on elephant back annually.
Saksit Meesubkwang and Thaweerat Pensalaphan
Chiang Mai hosted special wedding days for couples on Valentine’s Day by
offering a marriage registration and wedding on a hot air balloon. At the
Kanjanapisek grounds behind Chiang Mai City Hall, Adisorn Kamnerdsiri, Muang
district chief office, along with Boonlert Buranupakorn, the President of
Chiang Mai Provincial Administrative Organization, opened the wedding
registration public services for the 9 couples chosen for the unique
of the couples chosen to celebrate their wedding on a hot air balloon behind
Chiang Mai City Hall.
Chiang Mai Zoo also held the Valentine’s Day celebration for Chuang Chuang
and Lhin Hui, the parents of the young panda Lhin Ping with staff preparing
a special meal of red grapes, cherries and apples.
Lampang authorities offered special wedding celebrations on elephant back
with a theme of “We love each other and we love elephants”, the National
Institute for Elephants and the Lampang Provincial authorities saw 9 couples
who have been married for more than 30 years show up at the ceremony.
Lampang Governor Athikhom Suphanpong praised the couples for their love and
dedication to each other saying they are models for the younger generation.
The wedding ceremony on elephant back is organized annually to celebrate
Valentine’s Day and to promote the preservation of Thailand’s elephants.
Dedication of new meditation center
Master Ruma, well known spiritual leader of the
Master Ruma Foundation, recently arrived in Chiang Mai from the United
States to preside over the official opening and dedication of the Master
Ruma Foundation. The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held at the Praipanwana
Resort in Baan Pong on Feb. 13. The event was attended by approximately 200
of his disciples, Monks, and guests, representing eight different countries.
The Master Ruma Foundation (MRF) was granted its license and officially
recognized by the Thai Government in November 2010. Based on the teachings
and spiritual guidance of Master Ruma, the MRF is dedicated to the promotion
of meditation (specifically the Light and Sound Meditation Method),
vegetarianism, and charitable efforts in behalf of the poor and
disenfranchised peoples of Thailand. The MRF sponsors free meditation
instruction and vegetarian cooking classes every Sunday morning. For further
information contact 0878012117 or [email protected]