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Army prepares sandbags for rainy season

As part of the flood prevention program soldiers from the 33rd Military Circle and Kawila Army Camps prepared sandbags along the lower parts of the Ping River this past week. The sandbags are being placed along the river to prevent overflow flooding in case of heavy rains. The bags will be aid at the lowest levels around Nawarat Bridge. The Army has set up a support center in case of flooding. (Photo courtesy of Chiang Mai Municipality)


Child Development center continues to grow

Chiang Mai Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn visited the Child Development Center which was recently set up to provide pre-school and kindergarten services for Chiang Mai children. The Center now has 104 children attending pre-school and kindergarten classes with 6 teachers. The school provides small children with a healthy environment in which to learn and play. (Photo courtesy of Chiang Mai Municipality)


Governor visits schools in project to promote pride in Thailand

Chiang Mai Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul speaks to the students from Navamindarajudis Payap School on June 12, 2012 about the gracious love HM the King has towards the Thai people and the tremendous contributions he has made towards their welfare.

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Chiang Mai Governor M.L Panadda Diskul presided over the opening ceremony on June 12, 2012 at Navamindarajudis Payap School. The project is being launched by the Internal Security Command (ISOC) at schools around the province to promote pride in Thailand and in being Thai, to instill the values and ideals of Thailand and to promote patriotism and respect for the country, the monarchy and the culture.

The Governor noted that the youth of today are key to the country’s future prosperity and stability. The lecture series that will take place at various schools over the next few weeks will urge students to realize their future responsibilities to the nation and to protect and respect the institutions of the nation; to promote unity and maintain respect for HM the King who has contributed so greatly to the nation.


Blood drive at Majaraj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital

The Faculty of Research Medicine at Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital is holding a blood drive until June 18 at the Blood Donor Room, the 1st floor of the Sriphat Building. The Dean encouraged members of the public to donate blood regularly saying that the number of patients who need blood increase yearly. The hospital needs about 150-200 units a day for accidents and surgery and noted that during festival periods such as Songkran, the amount of blood needed is much higher. He encouraged members of the public to donate regularly so as to build up the blood bank reserves.


Doi Lor gang arrested in motorcycle thefts

Police arrested 7 people suspected to be members of a motorcycle theft gang.

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Seven people suspected to be part of the “Doi Lor” gang that has been implicated in a rash of car and motorcycle thefts around the city were arrested by the police recently. On June 13, 2012 at 10 a.m. Deputy Commander of the Chiang Mai Provincial Police Pol. Col Weerawuth Neamnoi announced that crackdown on thefts had resulted in the arrest of 7 suspects. Charged with theft in 11 different cases, the accused, Tassanai Keadthewa age 20 Saranyu Panyafong age 14 Samran Keawkanphor age 31 Kiattikun Panyo age 28 Warakran Thaisanga age 17 Wittaya Konglah age 33 and Likhit Sritha age 18 were charged with theft of motor vehicles and receiving stolen goods 3 Kawasaki KSR motorcycles and one Honda Dream were confiscated as police believe the suspects used these to patrol the area looking for bikes to steal.

Doi Lor police worked in cooperation with the Provincial police are numerous reports of stolen vehicles were filed. The Deputy Commander noted that more than 100 motorcycles had been lost mostly from dormitories in the city in the past few months, mainly from owners forgetting keys in the motorbike and forgetting to lock the wheel.

Police arrested Wittaya Konglah on possession of a stolen motorcycle, he confessed to police that he had bought the bike for 5,000 Baht from Kiattikun Panyo. Police investigation of Kiattikun led to the arrest of the suspected gang members.

Police said the Euro Cup games has led to an increase in gambling and that more thefts are expected by people who will need money to repay their gambling debts and urged people to take extra precaution in locking their motorbikes.


Sansai police arrest monk and fake nun in charity collection scheme

Phra Yard Kata-thammo, a 57 year old monk from Srinil Wanaram Temple in Loei Province and Tippawan Phumee age 38 resident of Chaiyaphum province were arrested by police and accused of soliciting funds.

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Sansai police arrested a monk from Loei and a woman from Chaiyaphum on Tuesday June 12, 2012 after police received complaints from locals of fake nuns soliciting funds from people in the area.

Police arrestd Phra Yard Kata-thammo, a 57 year old monk from Srinil Wanaram Temple in Loei Province and Tippawan Phumee age 38 resident of Chaiyaphum province, who was dressed as a nun at the time of arrest. Police said the accused kept a hotel room where they would change into their Buddhist robes and that Phra Yard would allegedly solicit alms while the woman would ask for funds for fake charities.

Sansai police said they had received numerous complaints about fake nuns soliciting money and that investigation led them to the pair who were found at the Arcade Bus Station. Police confiscated 1000 Baht in cash and other documents along with a Toyota pickup truck.


EU Ambassadors hold first monthly meeting outside Bangkok

EU Ambassador David Lipman introduced the visiting Ambassadors and Deputy Heads of Mission.

By Shana Kongmun

The Chedi Chiang Mai was the scene of Ambassadors and Deputy Heads of Mission from 13 member states with the Ambassadors of Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia and Sweden joined by Deputy Heads from the Czech Republic, Poland and the United Kingdom to meet with Chiang Mai government officials and business people in their first monthly meeting ever held outside Bangkok. EU Ambassador David Lipman said, “Thailand is so much more than Bangkok” and they felt it was time they held meetings around the country. Trips to Isaan and the South are both planned for the future.

The Ambassadors and Deputy Heads introduced themselves with the Portuguese Ambassador joking that they wouldn’t discuss the upcoming Euro Cup match.

Ambassador Lipman noted that there are 27 member states of the EU of which 19 have Embassies in Thailand, adding that Thailand was a huge trading partner with over 30 billion Euros in trade each year, much of that in Thai exports to the EU. 8 million tourists a year visit Thailand, of which 40% are from the EU he said.

The visiting diplomats gathered for a group photo on the lovely grounds of the Chedi Hotel.

Finally the Ambassador reminded of the upcoming EU Film Festival to be held at the Visa Cinema Kad Suan Kaew from June 15-24, 2012 where 23 films from 17 member countries will be screened. All screenings are free of charge. The film festival schedule can be found on their Facebook page, EUinThailand.

The Ambassadors took questions from the press, with the Dutch Ambassador tackling the issue of long-stay visas as recently proposed to the government by the Chiang Mai Chamber of Commerce. H.E. Joan Boer noted that long stayers contribute more to the economy over the long term than short time visitors; “They create employment and develop relationships with their community,” noting that the Embassies support the idea of a 3 to 5 year long stay visa for foreigners.

The Danish Ambassador answered a question about his day to day job with the Belgian Ambassador chiming in with his very busy schedule and the Swedish Ambassador laughing that he was very glad to hear that everyone else worked so hard.

A representative of the Thai media asked about their feelings on the Reconciliation Bill before Parliament and Ambassador Lipman replied that “The EU wants to promote its values, human rights and the rule of law. There should be respect for the rule of law and there should be no impunity. We follow these events and hope these principles will be upheld.”

The EU supports and encourages the “remarkable momentum for change” in Myanmar, Ambassador Lipman said when asked about the EU policy towards Myanmar, noting that the EU had suspended all sanctions except the arms embargo to encourage trade and investment.  The Swedish Ambassador, H.E. Klas Molin, pointed out that working with a civil society is of key importance to the EU states, that it is a necessary part of a vibrant society, adding that in addition to government to government contacts they also deal with more and more layers of society. He noted that migration is a two way street, citing the 6000 Thai applicants for short term agricultural work in Sweden. There are 400,000 Swedes visiting Thailand as tourists, many of these coming back to stay as long term residents.

The EU Ambassador closed by encouraging everyone to attend the EU Film Festival next week.


Chiang Mai Governor calls for crackdown on Euro 2012 gambling

Chiang Mai Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul urges Thais to avoid gambling on the Euro 2012 Championships.

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Chiang Mai Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul called on people to stay within the law and not gamble on the Euro 2012 Championships being held from June 8 to July 2. He urged people to avoid illegal gambling on football as often gambling turns into an obsession that leads to crime and poverty.

He added that the police will be cracking down on illegal gambling during this period and will monitor for sports betting venues. Any government officials found to have been involved will face disciplinary measures. Those breaking the law will be subject to a punishment of one year in jail or a fine not exceeding 1,000 Baht or both.

Previous football matches, including the World Cup, have seen a spike in gambling around the country with many people losing everything they own gambling on matches and often turning to crime to pay off their gambling debts.


Over half of the noodle shops do not meet health standards

Officials from the Office of Public Health in Chiang Mai meet with local vendors at a seminar on noodle shop health and safety standards.

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The Office of Public Health for Chiang Mai’s chief, Dr. Wattana Kanchanakamol disclosed at a seminar at the Mercure Hotel on June 8, 2012 that 59.4 percent of noodle shops inspected to not meet the health and safety standards as set by the Ministry of Public Health.

The seminar was held to educate noodle shop owners as to the required standards to maintain public health, over 300 people joined in the meeting.

Dr. Wattana noted the prevalence of noodles in the diet of Thais but noted that often the consumers are not aware that they food they were eating was not up to standards, resulting in health issues and disease. The City will push for all restaurants, stands and shops to meet kitchen safety standards around the city by 2016.

The Deputy Head of the Office of Public Health, Dr. Surasingh Wisarutrat, noted that there are more than 2,500 noodle shops and stands around Chiang Mai and the number continues to increase. He said that after inspection in 25 districts in Chiang Mai they found 22 percent of the shops and stands used pots containing lead. A further 22 percent were found to use noodles with excessive amounts of preservatives, including Benzoid while 58.7 percent used vegetables with high amounts of pesticides. 26 percent of the shops offered substandard vinegar and 64 percent used unhygienic plates, bowls and chopsticks. 37.6 percent of the vendors had bacteria on their hands and 96.5 percent of the shops used environmentally unfriendly foam packaging. In total 59.4 percent of the noodle shops and stands did not meet health and safety standards.


Democracy group submits letter to Chiang Mai Governor

Chiang Mai Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul receives the letter of protest from the representative of the group “Chiang Mai People Who Love Democracy”, Kittipong Nokkaew.

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Around 50 members of the group “Chiang Mai People Who Love Democracy” submitted a letter of protest to Chiang Mai Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul at City Hall on Thursday, June 7, 2012, asking that it be sent to the Thai Government and Somsak Kiatsuranont, President of Parliament.

The group is concerned that the current political problems are not conducive towards peace and reconciliation and added that the behavior of Members of Parliament for the Democrat Party were not behaving in a way to promote those goals. The group says they support the democratic process in Parliament and wish the members of Parliament to heed public opinion regarding the current Reconciliation Bill that is before the House. The group also approves of the move to amend the 1997 Constitution.

The leader of the group, Kittipong Nokkaew, said the group was comprised of kamnans, village chiefs and local people in Chiang Mai’s Muang district and they they are not affiliated with any color and did not have a hidden political agenda.

The Governor assured the members of the group that he would forward their letter on to Parliament and the Government.


Convention center reaches 85 percent completion

Former Prime Minister and Advisor to the Ministry of Sports and Tourism Banharn Silpa-archa, right, meets with officials at the nearly completed International Conference and Exhibition Center.

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The Chiang Mai International Conference and Exhibition Center has reached 85 percent completion it was reported to former Prime Minister and Chief Advisor to the Minister of Tourism and Sports Banharn Silpa-archa and the Minister of Tourism and Sports Chumpol Silpa-archa on Thursday, June 7 2012.

The total budget for the largest convention center in South East Asia was 3 billion baht for the project that is on 335 rai of land in Baan Nong Hor in Chang Puak District of Chiang Mai city. Projects that remain uncompleted include road construction, pipes and drainage and landscaping around the completed building.

Originally slated to be finished in September of 2011, political turmoil and last year’s floods delayed completion of the project that saw construction begin in 2009. The center is now expected to be finished by the end of July 2012 and the TAT has a management budget of 100 million Baht. The project was initially proposed in 1991 but wasn’t approved until 2003 during the government of Chiang Mai native Thaksin Shinawatra.

Located south of the 700 Years Stadium, the Convention Center is expected to be a huge draw for visitors and promote Chiang Mai as the economic center of the Upper North.


Hit and run accident knocks car into the moat

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The Muang District Police were called to the scene of an accident in front of the Khoey Chiang Mai Restaurant at the Sriphoom corner of the moat at 2 p.m. on Thursday June 7, 2012.

Pol. Capt. Adul Suayson of the Muang Chiang Mai Police, officers and rescue personnel found a Toyota Corolla in the moat with the driver trapped inside. Police and rescue workers pulled 28 year old Suvapong Tripthepchanchai from the car in time.

He told police that his car had been rear-ended hard enough to knock his car into a tree, the ricochet forced his car into the moat. The driver of the car that hit him drove off, leaving the car in the moat and the driver stuck inside.


Buddhist faithful walk up Doi Suthep on eve of Visakha Bucha Day

By Shana Kongmun

On the eve of the most important Buddhist holiday of the year hundreds of people walked up Doi Suthep to make merit at Wat Prathat Doi Suthep where early morning ceremonies were held.

Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep was filled with Buddhist faithful making merit for Visakha Bucha Day. (Photo by Tanakorn Manvirat)

The annual walk up Doi Suthep is a highlight in the Chiang Mai calendar and many faithful make the trip to join in this pilgrimage. At the mountaintop, the faithful will make merit at the Buddha image and walk three times around the temple.

Chiang Mai Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul took part in the ceremonies to start the walk on Sunday, June 3 at 7 p.m. when lustral water was carried up the mountain in a Lanna parade. The following evening he took part in a merit making ceremony at Wat Phra Singh where traditional donations of more than 200,000 Baht in a white envelope were made, a Buddhist sermon was given by the Abbot and Buddhist followers walked around the temple three times carrying lit candles.

Chiang Mai Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul takes part in the Lanna parade to start the walk up Doi Suthep. (Photo courtesy of CityNow!)

Tired kids camped out for the night, waiting for the early morning ceremonies. (Photo by Shauna Pugh, Soho Guesthouse and Bar)

Chiang Mai Governor M..L. Panadda Diskul is joined by his wife, Amporn Diskul President of the Chiang Mai Red Cross at Wat Phra Singh to take part in the candle lit ceremony and listen to the Buddhist sermon. (Photo by Nopniwat Krailerg)

The road up Doi Suthep was packed all night long as people made the climb. (Photo by Shauna Pugh, Soho Guesthouse and Bar.)


EU supports public partnership on World Environment Day

Students participated in World Environment Day activities held at JJ Market on June 5, 2012.

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Chiang Mai Deputy Governor Chuchart Keelapaeng opened World Environment Day at JJ Market Chiang Mai on June 5, 2012. Hosted by the Environment Office, Region 1 and other private and public groups, the event was also the launch of a new EU sponsored project “Holistic Approach of Public Partnership for Environment” or HAPPEN.

The Environment Office Region 1 held ordination ceremonies for forest trees and planted trees on June 4, 2012, World Environment Day, in Tambon Nam Phare in Hang Dong to help restore and preserve the forest.

The Office then held various seminars on overfishing, tree planting, smog and forest fire reduction and other causes of environmental concern for Chiang Mai at JJ Market in addition to the launch of the HAPPEN project which will work together with local governmental and non-governmental organizations, schools, and local people to educate and help them manage their natural resources and protect the environment. The project will cover Muang district , Mae Rim, San Sai , Hang Dong and Doi Saket districts.

Dr. Chao Duangduan na Chiangmai was joined by Deputy Governor Worakarn Yokying at a tree planting ceremony held at the Train Park on June 5 as part of World Environment Day. (Photo courtesy of Chiang Mai Environment Office)

Deputy Governor Chuchart Keelapaeng opens World Environment Day at JJ Market on June 5, 2012 (Photo by Atthapron Suhom)


Heavy rains flood roads around town

The heavy rains, strong winds and thunderstorms typical of this time of year hit hard on the afternoon of June 5, 2012. Drivers found their afternoon commute slowed by overflowing drains and flooded streets from the downpour. Heavy rains in Mae Hong Son on Monday night triggered landslides, blocking access to Pakalo village in the Muang district. Mae Hong Son governor Naruemol Palawat warned residents of Pai, Pang Mapha and Muang districts to expect further landslide during heavy rains. The Meteorological Department said that the North could expect further such heavy rains due to a low pressure front.


Pheu Thai Party wins Constituency 3 election

Prime Minister. Yingluck Shinawatra campaigned with Kasem Nimmolrat (right) from Pheu Thai Party candidate in San Kamphaeng district (File Photo).

Kasem Nimmolrat of the Pheu Thai Party won Constituency 3 by-elections handily on June 2, 2012, taking 72,385 votes compared to second place Democrat candidate Kulyakorn Koamkitwattana who garnered 18,975 votes. Third place Puea Pandin Party candidate Anucha Rungtranont took 1,124 votes.

San Kamphaeng, Doi Saket and Mae On districts saw 73.65 percent of voters take part in the election. 100,363 people out of the 136,273 registered voters.

The by-elections were held after the previous winning candidate, Chinnicha Wongsawat, daughter of former Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat and Yaowapha younger sister of ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was stripped of her seat after being found guilty by the Election Commission for making a false assets and liabilities declaration.


Chiang Mai Governor checks out popular nightclubs

Chiang Mai Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul was joined by police, officials from the Public Health Office and the Office of Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) discusses governmental concerns with nightclub managers.

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Chiang Mai Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul was joined by police, officials from the Public Health Office and the Office of Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) on June 2, 2012 in an inspection tour of several nightclubs around town that are popular with young people.

Concerned with underage drinking, illegal drug use and resident complaints about noise and disturbances caused by late night clubs, the Governor visited Fabrique, Mandalay, Infinity, and Warm Up Café in the evening to remind owners of the importance of following laws regarding allowing in only those 20 years and older, to close at the legal time and to police their clubs for illegal drug use.

The Governor also asked owners and managers to contact his office if they encounter threats of extortion from police or government officials and that all complaints would be reported to the Prime Minister and investigations into the officials would be initiated and criminal or disciplinary actions would be taken against those found guilty.


Venus to transit the sun in June

Venus will traverse the sun in a rare astronomical event that won’t be seen again until 2117. (Photo courtesy of NARIT).

In a rare astronomical event, Venus will transit across the face of the sun from 5:49 a.m. to 11:49 a.m. on June 6, 2012 appearing as a small black dot traversing the sun. Solar scopes are necessary to view the event and the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT) noted that people should not stare directly at the sun but should use special glasses, special solar scopes set up at the Observatory or even take photos with a digital camera of camera phone to view.

The last transit of Venus was June 8, 2004, they occur in a pattern that repeats every 243 years, with pairs of transits eight years apart separated by long gaps of up to 121.5 years. Before the last one in 20014, the last pair of transits were in December 1874 and December 1882. The next transits won’t be seen until the next century, on December 11, 2117.

A live webcam view of the event can be found online: http://www.exploratorium.edu/venus/


World No Tobacco Day at Tha Pae Gate

Students participate in World No Tobacco Day at Tha Pae Gate.

Chiang Mai honored World No Tobacco Day with activities at Tha Pae Gate on Thursday, May 31, 2012 where Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul presided over the opening ceremony in front of students and teachers in the non-smoking campaign.

Around 1,500 participants in the campaign paraded along the city streets on four different routes to promote public awareness on the importance of not smoking. This year the World Health Organization has selected “Tobacco Industry interference” as the theme, highlighting the interference of the tobacco industry and how they work for monetary benefits to the detriment of public health.

Thailand has seen the prevalence of smoking drop in 18 years from 1991 with men dropping from 59.3% for males and 5.0% for females in 1991 to 40.5% and 2.0% in 2009.

The Ministry of Public Health study has shown that despite the drop there is still a major economic affect from smokers’ health and loss of work. Additionally, while smoking has dropped, there has seen a growth of young smokers especially in Chiang Mai.


New school at historic Governor’s House

Chiang Mai Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul cuts the ribbon to open the new learning center at the Governor’s House.

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The historic Governor’s House is the site of a new learning center with a focus on learning English and the ethical responsibilities of citizenship. The new learning center was opened by Chiang Mai Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul on May 31, 2012 where he was joined by Education officials, teachers and students.

One of the benefits of attending classes at the Governor’s House, the Governor pointed out, is that students would become acquainted first hand with architecture of old buildings by attending classes at the 75 year old building and be able to view the many antique photos and paintings of old Chiang Mai that are on display at the Governor’s House.

The learning center will help encourage students to improve their English skills and practice by helping tourists who visit the Governor’s House.

The head of the Chiang Mai Provincial Tourism and Sports Office Jurairat Prewprai added that students from Chiang Mai University, Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna, North Chiang Mai University, Far Eastern University, Maejo University, Chiang Mai Rajabhat University, and Payap University would help out at the Tourist Information Centre and Governor’s House School to work with students and help tourists out with information.


Chamber of Commerce hosts Give a Chance to life program

The Chiang Mai Chamber of Commerce President Narong Kongprasert was joined on stage by keynote speakers and members of the Chiang Mai Chamber of Commerce at the Give a Chance to Life seminar.

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The Chiang Mai Chamber of Commerce and North Chiang Mai University held a seminar on promoting marketing as a subject of study among students.

Chiang Mai Deputy Governor Worakarn Yokying opened the seminar held on May 30, 2012 at the Geneva Room at the Mercure Hotel Chiang Mai. Self-made billionaire Mae Sai Paprasawat, CEO of MS Factory, Co. Ltd was the keynote speaker for the seminar and discussed sales and marketing principles that would enable success from students. Other speakers shared their experiences as business owners, such as Siam Nissan Chiang Mai Co. Ltd., Charoen Motor Chiang Mai, mall developers Promenada Co. Ltd., AIA Co. Ltd. and Land & House Co. Ltd. who spoke to students at the Give A Chance seminar who were nearing graduation and to those who wanted to change jobs. Attendance to the event was quite high.


Bodhisattva Guan Yin statue commissioned by Miracle of Life Foundation

Director of Policy and Planning Office of the Miracle of Life Foundation Manus Nonuch, as a representative of HRH Princess Ubolratana, marks the opening ceremony of the 84 m Bodhisattva Guan Yin.

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The Miracle of Life Foundation, under the patronage of HRH Princess Ubolratana, has sponsored an 84 meter image of the Bodhisattva Guan Yin standing on a cloud in the garden area behind the Chiang Mai Government Center.

On June 1, 2012, the Director of Policy and Planning Office of the Miracle of Life Foundation Manus Nonuch, as a representative of HRH Princess Ubolratana held the opening ceremony to pay respects to the sacred image and to offer blessings for Their Majesties the King and Queen.

The Miracle of Life Foundation and the Thai Chinese Buddhist Cultural Association commissioned the 84 m Guan Yin statue as the largest in the world. The statue shows a seamless blend of Thai and Chinese art to honor HM the King’s 84th birthday in 2011 and HM the Queen’s 84th birthday in 2016.

Chiang Mai Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul will represent the Prime Minister at the ceremony to pour gold over the Bodhisattva Guan Yin on June 4, 2012 at 9:30 a.m.


Chiang Mai combats drug problem in the province

Chiang Mai Deputy Governor Chuchart Keelapaeng reports on the Province’s efforts to combat drug trafficking and abuse.

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Chiang Mai Deputy Governor Chuchart Keelapaeng said on May 29, 2012 that Chiang Mai Province was formulating strategies to fight drug abuse and fight trafficking. Major operations on combatting trafficking and instituting drug treatment programs for addicts implemented from April to June 2012 and for a further 6 months following.

The Royal Thai Police issued 192 arrest warrants on drug charges during the April to June period and seized property of drug traffickers in 200 cases. Drug use and trafficking has been prevented in connection with prisons, blocking the ability to bring drugs into prisons and treating addicts. Additionally, increased surveillance and patrols along the borders with international cooperation has seen a reduction of the drug problem in the Muang District, Doi Saket, Mae Taeng, Mae Rim, San Patong, San Kamphaeng, San Sai, Hot, Om Koi and Saraphi Districts.


Retired American engineer found dead after robbery attempt

American Richard Walker was found stabbed to death outside his home in Hang Dong. (Photo courtesy of Hang Dong Rescue Foundation)

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Retired American nuclear engineer Richard Allen Walker, age 67 was found dead in an apparent botched robbery by his girlfriend on the morning of May 30, 2012.

Hang Dong Police were called to Thanaboon village in Sanpakwan in Hang Dong District when Mr. Walker’s girlfriend returned to his house and found his body outside the house near the back door. Police believe that Mr. Walker interrupted an intruder and grabbed a knife from his kitchen. A struggle ensued, leaving Mr. Walker dead after being stabbed with his own knife. A notebook computer and his wallet were missing.

Mr. Walker’s girlfriend, Ratchadakorn Ritwakorn, age 43, said she lives in Nong Hoi where she runs an embroidery and sewing machine business and visits Mr. Walker periodically. She said that she found his body laying outside, stabbed several times. Mr. Walker was separated from his foreign wife, who lives overseas, and leased the house in Thanaboon.

Police believe more than one person was involved in the robbery and are canvassing the neighborhood for witnesses.


Sansai Police arrest 3 teenage drug dealers

Police display the drugs and suspects arrested in the raid in Sansai.

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On May 30 ,2012, Deputy Commander of Police Region 5 Pol. Maj. Gen. Chamnan Ruadreaw  and Sansai Police officers announced the arrest of Natthapong Kamfan age 18, Prapon Duangchan age 20, and Thanapat Thamkrandee age 18 with 1,500 methamphetamine or Yaba pills, 2 handmade guns and a grenade.

On May 29, police investigated a house in Sansai that had become known as a location to purchase and distribute illegal drugs where the police uncovered the drugs and weapons and arrested the three men involved.
 


HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Army prepares sandbags for rainy season

Child Development center continues to grow

Governor visits schools in project to promote pride in Thailand

Blood drive at Majaraj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital

Doi Lor gang arrested in motorcycle thefts

Sansai police arrest monk and fake nun in charity collection scheme

EU Ambassadors hold first monthly meeting outside Bangkok

Chiang Mai Governor calls for crackdown on Euro 2012 gambling

Over half of the noodle shops do not meet health standards

Democracy group submits letter to Chiang Mai Governor

Convention center reaches 85 percent completion

Hit and run accident knocks car into the moat

Buddhist faithful walk up Doi Suthep on eve of Visakha Bucha Day

EU supports public partnership on World Environment Day

Heavy rains flood roads around town

Pheu Thai Party wins Constituency 3 election

Chiang Mai Governor checks out popular nightclubs

Venus to transit the sun in June

World No Tobacco Day at Tha Pae Gate

New school at historic Governor’s House

Chamber of Commerce hosts Give a Chance to life program

Bodhisattva Guan Yin statue commissioned by Miracle of Life Foundation

Chiang Mai combats drug problem in the province

Retired American engineer found dead after robbery attempt

Sansai Police arrest 3 teenage drug dealers