Zoo issues statement on mahout killed by elephant
Billy is the 25 year old elephant who killed
his mahout in a separate pen while in musth at the Chiang Mai Zoo.
The Director of the Chiang Mai Zoo released a statement on the
recent death of a mahout who had been killed by a bull elephant at the
Zoo on March 22, 2016. Director Nipon Wichairat said that the 25 year
old male elephant named Billy had been in musth for about two weeks;
musth is a frenzied state during rutting season when the male is ready
Two mahouts were on duty tending to Billy and feeding him in a pen
separate from the other elephants when Billy gored Somsak Panna to
death. Other mahouts in the area came to his rescue but were unable to
The Zoo Director stated that the Zoo has veterinary staff on hand and
that staff are fully trained to deal with male elephants in musth but
that this case was a chance occurrence not related to any lack of safety
standards at the Zoo.
Benchapol Nakprasert, Director of Thailand Zoological Park Organization,
ordered Chiang Mai Zoo to completely provide help for the mahout’s
family and expressed the organization’s deep sadness at the loss of this
experienced mahout that had been with the Chiang Mai Zoo for twenty-one
Man reports loss of cash in the street is arrested on outstanding drug charges
Phutipong came to regret reporting cash he
lost on the highway as he was arrested on a four year old warrant for
selling illegal drugs when he came to claim his cash.
Social media publicized the story of a man who unknowingly
dropped cash on the streets of Chiang Mai near the Lanna Hospital on
March 22, 2016. CCTV camera footage caught people stopping their
vehicles to grab the cash as it floated down the street causing a major
Phuthipong Boonta, age 25 of Padaed sub-district, reported to police
that he had withdrawn cash from the bank sent to him by his mother
working in Japan to purchase a big motorcycle. He told police that he
had put the money in a bag around his waist but failed to notice it was
not zipped, causing around 58,000 baht in cash to fly out. He drove back
to find people collecting cash on the road. He reported it to the police
as well on social media asking to have the money returned.
However, when he returned to the police station to pick up 9,000 baht
that had been recovered he was arrested on outstanding drug charges from
a 2012 warrant from the Courts.
Phutipong admitted to police upon arrest that he was the person named in
the warrant. The police reported that the suspect had been involved in a
sting to sell drugs but fled when the police came to arrest him at his
room near Payap University and had been wanted on the outstanding
warrant since then.
Twenty-nine arrested as police sweep up suspects in Chiang Mai
Police with twenty-nine people arrested in
Hot, Doi Tao and Chomthong on drugs and weapons charges at the Region 5
As part of the lead up to Songkran police in three districts in
Chiang Mai swept up suspects wanted for drugs and illegal possession of
weapons on outstanding warrants on March 23, 2016.
Region 5 Police working with local police in Hot, Doi Tao and Chomthong
worked with military police to blockade roads and arrest suspects wanted
on outstanding warrants seeing twenty-nine arrests in the three
Most of the arrests were on drug charges including possession of
methamphetamine and opium but several of the arrests were on charges of
possession of illegal weapons.
Police said the sweep cleared up several outstanding cases and saw the
arrest of members of several drug trafficking gangs.
Chiang Mai International Airport tightens security after Brussels bombing
Officials ask public to report anything suspicious at the airport
Police and military check incoming vehicles
at the checkpoint at the entrance to the terminal in heightened security
measures after the Brussels bombings that left 31 dead.
Police and military routinely patrol the
terminal and grounds and have asked members of the public to report any
The Chiang Mai International Airport has stepped up security
after the bombing at the Brussels Airport and Metro station on March 22,
2016 that left 31 dead and over 300 people injured.
Sqn. Ldr. Monthanick Rukngam, Deputy Director of Chiang Mai Airport,
said that the airport has three levels of security operations and has
further tightened security by implementing increased patrols for both
the terminal and the grounds, check points for vehicles entering the
airport and random checks of baggage and passengers. Additionally, the
no parking zone in front of the terminal will be strictly enforced.
Airport security will be working closely with the 33rd Military Circle,
Wing 41, Chiang Mai Police and the National Intelligence Agency
He said that the Chiang Mai Airport would like to apologize for any
inconvenience and asked for cooperation from people using the airport to
strictly comply with the security regulations. He also asked that anyone
seeing anything out of the normal or suspicious to report to a security
guard in the area immediately or contact the Airport Security Center at
0 5392 2111.
Families of victims in December bus crash receive 24.7 million baht compensation
Thirteen Malaysians killed in Doi Saket bus crash December 2015
Leowania Leow Sui Yin and Narumol Yindeesuk
acted as representatives for the families of the thirteen victims in the
December 2015 bus crash to accept the insurance and government payouts
totaling 24.7 million baht.
The families of thirteen Malaysian tourists that were killed in a horror
bus crash in Doi Saket in December 2015 received a total of 24.7 million
baht in compensation from the government and insurance companies at
Chiang Mai City Hall on March 23, 2016.
Deputy Governor Puthipong Sirimart gave the funds to Leowania Leow Sui
Yin, Second Secretary for the Embassy of Malaysia to Thailand and
Narumol Yindeesuk who acted as representatives for the families of the
thirteen victims who died in the crash that occurred on December 20,
Viriyah Insurance Co., Ltd. paid out 600,000 baht for each victim,
totaling 7,800,000 Baht; Bangkok Insurance Co., Ltd paid 1 million baht
each totaling 13,000,000 baht and the Help and Remedy for Foreign
Tourists Fund (in case of death) at the Ministry of Tourism and Sports
paid 300,000 baht each totaling 3,900,000 baht The families of the
victims received 1.9 million baht each.
The accident occurred on December 20, 2015 when a bus owned by Weeraphan
Tour Co., Ltd. contained twenty-three Malaysian passengers saw the
brakes fail at marker KM.43, in Baan Pangfan, Doi Saket, Chiang Mai. The
bus careened off the road, killing thirteen Malaysian tourists, their
Thai tour guide and injuring nine others.
Chiang Mai Mail files complaint with police against spoofed site
Chiang Mai Mail Editor Nopniwat Krailerg
files a complaint with the Royal Thai Police against a website that
spoofed the Chiang Mai Mail website and created fake content.
Chiang Mai Mail’s Editor Nopniwat Krailerg filed a police complaint
against a website that spoofed the entire contents of Chiang Mai Mail
online news on Friday, March 25, 2016. The spoofed website first came to
light in a report from Thaivisa News that posted the link to the spoof
website from a news aggregator.
Management from the Chiang Mai Mail contacted the host and name server
to have the site taken offline and Editor Nopniwat Krailerg filed a
formal complaint with the Royal Thai Police to have the site removed.
The Chiang Mai Mail is not affiliated with this spoofed site in any way
and has no knowledge of the person or persons who perpetrated this
violation of copyright and trademark codes. The Chiang Mai Mail strongly
recommends that anyone who has been in contact with the spoofed website
to contact the Royal Thai Police with their complaint.
French tourist found dead in a guesthouse
Police were called in to a Chang Moi area
guesthouse where they found the body of a 36 year old French tourist who
it appeared had been dead for several days.
Police discovered the body of a 36 year old French man in a room in a
guesthouse behind Wat Chompu in Chang Moi in the city on March 11, 2016
after guesthouse staff called them due to the strong smell.
The tourist had checked into the guesthouse on March 8, 2016 and staff
at the guesthouse reported that he had not been seen for a couple of
days. A maid went to clean the room and reported a strong smell which
convinced the manager to call the police. The rescue team went in
through the window and found the man wearing shorts face down on the
Police found medication and seven grams of marijuana in the room and
were confiscated as evidence but an initial exam showed no signs of
violence. It appeared that he had been dead for several days. The body
has been taken to Chiang Mai Maharaj Hospital for an autopsy. Police
have contacted the French Embassy to notify the family.
One dead in shootout with drug trafficking gang
Over 200,000 Yaba tablets seized
Three men were arrested and one killed after
being stopped by the Pha Muang Task Force and local police smuggling
Yaba into the country.
Members of the Pha Muang Task Force clashed with a group of men
smuggling methamphetamine in the forest behind Baan Sankrethong in Mae
Sai, Chiang Rai resulting in a shootout that left one of the traffickers
The Deputy Chief said the Task Force joined with Mae Sai Police and
authorities to investigate the area on March 10, 2016. After a gun
battle police found one suspect dead and and arrested three more. They
found 212,012 methamphetamine or Yaba tablets and a loaded 9mm handgun.
Col. Chalongchai Chayakham, deputy chief of the Pha Muang Task Force
said that the surviving members of the gang revealed that the men had
been hired by a big agent to smuggle the drugs into the country. Police
believe the drugs came from the Wa Tai gang.
Six men arrested in drug raid in Om Koi
Police arrested two men on suspicion of
selling drugs after a raid on a remote Om Koi house.
Six men were arrested in an isolated home in Baan Doi in Om Koi
District after police received a tip off that drugs were hidden on the
property. The raid which took place on March 11, 2016 saw soldiers from
Army3606, Om Koi Police and officers from the Office of Narcotics
Control Bureau (ONCB) Region 5 raid the property where they arrested six
men; two suspected drug dealers and four drug users.
Prachan Jintanakong, age 26, was found with 65 grams of opium and also
had an arrest warrant out from the Mae Taeng Police. Prachaiporn
Rabuethamwong, age 25, was found with 56 grams of opium and drug
All six men were taken to the Om Koi police station for questioning and
then charged with possession and selling of illegal drugs.
Chiang Mai has enough water for the dry season
Supplies last through May
Director of the Chiang Mai office of the
Royal Irrigation Department Jamesak Limpithi reports on the status of
Chiang Mai’s water supply.
The Director of The Royal Irrigation Department in Chiang Mai reported
on the status of Chiang Mai’s two major dams, noting that while capacity
was at 20 percent at Mae Ngad and under 12 percent at Mae Kuang, he was
confident that there was enough water to supply Chiang Mai residents
The Director, Jamesak Limpithi, said that Mae-Nagd has 55.44 million
cubic meters out of the maximum capacity of 265 million cubic meters;
that it is at 20.92% capacity and that of that only 45.44 million cubic
meters are of use. Mae Kuang currently has 30.32 million cubic meters
out of the maximum capacity of 263 million cubic meters and only 16.32
million cubic meters is of use.
He said that to mitigate severe drought in some areas water is being
transported to supply people with water. Additionally new measures have
been put in place to reduce water usage in agricultural areas including
Doi Loh, San Kamphaeng, Phrao, San Sai, Sanpatong and Mae Rim. Also more
than 100 projects have been conducted to encourage farmers to plants
crops that consume less water.
At present, water transferred from the Mae Ngad Dam is at 0.230 million
cubic meters per day, and 0.035 million cubic meters from Mae Kuang..
The Irrigation Department confirms that Chiang Mai residents will have
enough water to consume and use through May.
Immigration confirms tough overstay rules
Commissioner of the Immigration Bureau Pol.
Lt. Gen. Nathathorn Prousoontorn explains the new overstay measures to
reporters at the meeting in Chiang Mai.
The audience was filled with consular
representatives, tourism and hotel businesspeople and businesses with
foreign employees listening to Commissioner of the Immigration Bureau
Pol. Lt. Gen. Nathathorn Prousoontorn giving details on the new overstay
measures from the Interior Ministry.
Chiang Mai Immigration officials confirmed the government’s
tough new policies on visitors overstaying their visas in the Kingdom at
a meeting at the Chiang Mai Grand View Hotel on March 11, 2016.
The Commissioner of the Immigration Bureau, Pol. Lt. Gen. Nathathorn
Prousoontorn met with members of the media, consular representatives,
hotel and tourism businesspeople and businesses with foreign employees
to inform that the new overstay rules will be stringently enforced in
Chiang Mai starting March 20, 2016 in line with the Prime Minister and
Minister of Interior’s order that will take effect on March 20
The Commissioner cited the Order Number 1/2558 from November 28, 2015
stating foreigners who overstay their visas will face arrest and
blacklisting from the country.
Those foreigners who stay more than 90 days past their permitted date
will be blacklisted from entering the country for one year. Those who
overstay by a year will be barred for three years, those who overstay
between three and five years will be barred from entering the country
for five years and those who have overstayed more than five years will
be blacklisted for ten years.
Additionally, if the foreigner’s arrested in a criminal case and having
found to overstay less than a year will be banned from entering the
country for five years and if they have stayed illegally for more than a
year will be barred for ten years.
The Commissioner asked for cooperation from members of the meeting to
explain to foreigners the new overstay measures. Additionally they were
reminded of the reporting requirement for foreigners’ place of
He said, “The Northern area has many tourist attractions, connects to
neighboring countries, and is close to China, which is about 3 hours
traveling via R3a route. According to statistics of the Immigration
Bureau Region 5, there are a lot of foreigners living for a long term on
a yearly basis. In the past, the law regarding overstay had a very low
level of punishment with a fine of only 500 baht per day and a maximum
fine of 20,000 baht.”
He continued, “The number of foreigners that have been breaking the law
and living in Thailand over the permitted time have become more and
more. This includes the arrest of foreign criminals across the country
escaping from their original country and hiding in Thailand. Of these
almost 100% have overstayed their visas. In an attempt to eliminate
criminal factors the Immigration Bureau is cracking down overstaying
foreigners, this should see a decrease in crime,” he concluded.
New Border Trade Point opens in Chiang Dao
Governor Pawin Chaminprasat presides
over the grand opening of the new border trade point at Kew Pha
Wok in Chiang Dao district of Chiang Mai.
The market area was thronged with
Thai and Myanmar based traders, ready for the new border trade
Governor Pawin Chamniprasat opened the new temporary
border trade point at Kew Pha Wok in Chiang Dao on March 10,
2016. The new border crossing will allow for improved trade
between the two regions after being closed for more than ten
The Governor visited shops and businesses in the area and gave
blankets to representatives from Myanmar. He also met with
representatives from Na Muang District to work with local
villagers on the smog and smoke problems.
The new border trade point is expected to generate good revenues
for people on both sides of the border, about 1,000 people are
expected to benefit, with trade in agricultural and consumer
products expected to generate around 100 million baht in
The new border crossing is 150 kilometers from Taunggyi, the
capital of Shan State, and a gateway to Mandalay and 115
kilometers from Chiang Mai.
New pediatric clinic opens at Bangkok Hospital
Bangkok Hospital Chiang Mai has opened a new 24
hour pediatric clinic with medical checkup
services offering overall diagnosis, care and
treatment for children by pediatric specialists.
From new born to teenage, the clinic is capable
of diagnosing and treating the children of
Chiang Mai Dr. Sureeporn Chavakittikul MD said
at the opening of the new 24 hour service.
Previously pediatric services were only
available from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the clinic
and after 8 p.m. would be treated in the ER. Now
there is a dedicated 24 hour clinic to treat a
host of childhood concerns and 25 dedicated
rooms for children which will open in June. The
new clinic will diagnose and treat ailments
children face from birth through teenage years
with a variety of specialists working with kids.
Philippine commercial attaché in Chiang Mai
Following the recent ASEAN Economic
Ministers’ Retreat Philippine Honorary Consul, Mr. Agkarajit Phanomvan
na Ayudhya, invited the new Philippine Commercial Attaché of the
Philippine Trade and Investment Center in Bangkok, Mr. Enrico A.
Mariano, on economic monitoring by a visit to Chiang Mai Celadon in Doi
Saket where they were welcomed by the Managing Director, Mrs. Tassanee
Yaja; on initial dialogue with representatives from Office of Foreign
Trade Region 1 (DFT), International Trade Promotion Regional Office
(DITP) and Chiang Mai Chamber of Commerce (CCC) and on inspection of
ASEAN Design Center at DIPT – Chiang Mai. The Philippine Commercial
Attaché suggests that there are opportunities for Thai spa to be
developed in the Philippines and is interested on how to set up foreign
SME while the Thai representatives invite the Philippine’s participation
in the International Halal Fair and the Lanna Expo. Both parties also
agree on the joint activities related to initiate more trading between
the Philippines and Chiang Mai.
Two men arrested for stealing amulets at Kruba Srivichai Monument
Police with the two
suspects charged with stealing valuable amulets at the Kruba Srivichai
Police announced the arrest of two men on March 8,
2016 who were charged with breaking into display cabinets at the Kruba
Srivichai Monument and stealing valuable amulets.
The headman of Huay Kaew discovered the cabinets had been broken into in
the morning and informed the police. The police checked CCTV footage
around the pavilion next to the monument to see two men had driven up on
a motorbike on March 3 at 2:50 a.m. After walking around the monument
camera footage shows the two men then breaking the lock on the cabinet
to steal nine amulets and then riding off on the motorbike. Police were
able to identify two suspects from the tape and arrested them at their
residence the next day.
Bandit Thipa, age 30 from Sansai and Rungroj Jaimatun, age 22 from
Suthep Sub-District in Amphur Muang were arrested and charged with
theft. Bandit’s record shows that he was arrested on drug charges in
2009 and only recently released from prison.
The suspects confessed to police that they had broken into the cabinet
at the revered local monument and stole the amulets that had been
donated by monks and the general public.
CMU opens Climate Change Data Center
Real time air quality measurement system installed
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sate Sampattakul a lecturer
of Industrial Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering at Chiang Mai
University explains the new equipment that will measure and report in
real time the PM 2.5 and PM 10 levels in five areas in Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai University has opened their Climate Change Data Center with
new equipment to measure in real – time the particulate matter in Chiang
Mai air on March 8, 2016. The Center was established in January 2016 and
has equipment to measure the PM 2.5 and PM 10 matter in the air with
equipment that measures and sends data back wirelessly to the Faculty of
Engineering at Chiang Mai University.
The launch of the new center was announced at Chiang Mai City Hall on
March 8, 2016 by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sate Sampattakul a lecturer of
Industrial Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering at Chiang Mai
University. The scientists are measuring PM 2.5 and PM 10 levels in the
air and studying the trends and effects of dust and smoke. The Center
has real time reporting at http://www.livebox.me/ruee2559/.
The project has been studying dust levels for three years using
Pollution Control Department equipment but now has their own equipment
set up to report in real time dust levels at five locations; Yupparaj
Wittayalai School, Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna
(Doisaket), Faculty of Science, Chiang Mai University, and Chiang Dao
These mobile pieces of equipment will send data online and reported
online. The Center aims to generate new knowledge and cooperate with
local researchers to build networks. The Center plans to expand
installation of pollution measuring equipment to have at least one
station per district the professor said. More information online at:www.cmuccdc.org /
18th Cotton Fair opens March 25 at Industrial Promotion Center
Wisut Buachum, Director of TAT – Chiang Mai
office, Jetanipit Rodpai – Director of Office of Industrial Promotion
Center Region 1, Siriporn Tantipong, President of Chiang Mai Industrial
Council, Suwarattana Yawilert – Acting President of ATSME CM, and
Chetpong Chaiwatthamrong, Chairman at the Cotton Fair press conference
on March 6 at Old Chiangmai.
The 18th Annual Cotton Fair will be opening at the Industrial Promotion
Center on Thung Hotel Road on March 25 and will run through April 3 it
was announced at a press conference held at Old Chiangmai on March 8,
2016. The press conference, which was held by the Association for The
Promotion of Thai Small and Medium Entrepreneurs Chiang Mai: ATSME CM
was attended by Wisut Buachum, Director of TAT – Chiang Mai office,
Jetanipit Rodpai – Director of Office of Industrial Promotion Center
Region 1, Siriporn Tantipong, President of Chiang Mai Industrial
Council, Suwarattana Yawilert – Acting President of ATSME CM, and
Chetpong Chaiwatthamrong, Chairman of the event.
The Cotton Fair is a popular event that will be open from 10 a.m. to 8
p.m. to promote the natural textiles and products of the North. There
will have over 400 booths featuring cotton, silk, leather, and basket
products as well as jewelry, décor, carvings and pottery. The Fair is a
great success and a top destination for textile lovers garnering about
15 million baht in revenues at the fair in 2015.
New stricter enforcement of traffic laws beginning March 1
Thai authorities have put in place measures to tighten law enforcement on
traffic rules and regulations to improve road safety at eight major tourist
destinations– Pattaya, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Koh Samui, Phuket, Hat Yai,
Samut Prakan, and Ayutthaya.
Effective from 1 March, 2016, the Royal Thai Police and its related
divisions – Tourist Police, Traffic Police, Strategy Division, Foreign
Affairs Division – in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism and Sports
and the Department of Highways are strengthening the enforcement of traffic
laws on motorists and motorcyclists.
The strict enforcement will cover 10 key traffic rules and regulations
including driving on the pavement, driving without a license, driving
against the traffic/not giving way to pedestrians at crossings, driving
without wearing a seatbelt/helmet, careless or inconsiderate driving,
driving under the influence/driving while intoxicated, illegal car
accessorising, and parking in a prohibited space.
The move came in response to the Royal Thai Government’s announcement in
late January requesting the Royal Thai Police to tighten law enforcement on
traffic rules and regulations across the country, as part of the broader
effort to upgrade safety and security standards, and to boost trust and
confidence among the public.
For information and assistance, please contact: Tourist Police Hotline 1155
ASEAN working team plans roadmap for smog free Chiang Mai
Ten countries represented at the meeting
General Surasak Kanchanarat, Minister of the
Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment chaired a meeting attended
by senior officials and representatives from ten ASEAN countries to
tackle the smoke problem that plagues South East Asia annually.
The Minister of Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment held a
meeting with the ASEAN Working team to plan an ASEAN Roadmap for a smog
free Chiang Mai. The meeting participants included senior
representatives and permanent secretaries of Ministry/Director General,
and Operation workers from ten ASEAN members and representatives from
the ASEAN Secretariat and from relevant organizations relating to
prevention and problem solving of wildfire and smog of Thailand.
The meeting held on March 7, 2016, at Holiday Inn Chiang Mai Hotel was
chaired by General Surasak Kanchanarat, Minister of the Ministry of
Natural Resources and Environment who said that this meeting was a
cooperative effort between ASEAN members to sustainably solve and
prevent the smog issues that plague the region annually. The meeting was
held between March7 – 9, 2016 and was in line with the Cabinet
resolution to solve the smog problem in nine Northern provinces. A
budget of 93 million baht budget was approved for the efforts. Part of
the reason for holding the working team meeting in Chiang Mai was for
local officials to meet and learn from other AEC member countries.
Prime Minister’s Office follows up on forest fire prevention tactics
Minister ML Panadda Diskul checks on smog situation
Minister to the Prime Minister’s Office ML
Panadda Diskul meets with reporters and official to discuss the smog
situation in Chiang Mai.
Minister to the Prime Minister’s Office ML Panadda Diskul visited the
Chiang Mai area on March 5, 2016 to check up on smog situation and to
survey the extent of forest burning. He also checked on water levels in
Mae Ngat and Mae Kuang Dams.
Minister ML Panadda Diskul reports on the
smog and water situation while fire engines demonstrate spraying water
into the air to bring down smoke and dust at Tha Pae Gate.
Minister ML Panadda was given a brief report on the weather conditions
and how it affects the Royal Rainmaking Project at Wing 41. He then flew
in a helicopter to survey forest areas and the two major dams in Chiang
Mai to check on water levels.
Minister ML Panadda Diskul then visited Tha Pae Gate where he was given
a demonstration of the high pressure fire engines used to bring down
dust and smoke in the city center.
The Minister, who was Governor of Chiang Mai for two years, said that
the water situation was quite low and expressed hope that Roya
Rainmaking would increase water supplies but urged the public to save
water in case the drought period remains for an extended time.
He had great concern for the smog situation in Mae Chaem as it was
stronger there than in other districts. However, he said so far the
pollution levels are less this year than the same time last year. He
added the government will be implementing projects to offer alternatives
to burning for preparation to plant corn as regional and local
organizations must provide education to farmers on how to farm without
burning. He concluded that many people were already cooperating on
saving water and that the anti-smog campaign must be widespread and
Seminar on Pracharat Strategy and Thai Agricultural Development
Minister to the Prime Minister’s Office ML
Panadda Diskul gave the keynote lecture on the Pracharat strategy at a
recent academic seminar on agriculture and the sufficiency economy.
Minister to the Prime Minister’s Office ML
Panadda Diskul, organizers, lecturers and staff at Mae Jo University for the
The Minister to the Prime Minister’s Office ML Panadda Diskul gave the
keynote speech at 3 p.m. on March 5, 2016 at Mae Jo University after
visiting the province in the morning. He spoke on the concept of the
Pracharat strategy and Thai agricultural development. Pracharat is the
notion that everyone in the country is involved in its development.
He also attended an exhibition to promote sustainable agriculture and handed
out certificates to people involved in self-management of their communities.
The five day seminar was organized to discuss government policies and plans
on safe food and sustainable agriculture. The Prachart strategy will include
the general public, academics and local administration organizations in
participating in planning and strategy. The government and private sector
will support the foundation of an independent entity at the national level
to determine the mechanics and budget of sustainable agriculture promotion,
to promote establishment of community markets of sustainable agriculture at
The strategy will also work to create a new generation of farmers promoting
the use of healthy agriculture, maintain natural resources and
self-management of sustainable agriculture based on the sufficiency economy
principles. The government will support academic institutions to bring
graduates home to be entrepreneurs in sustainable agriculture. These
policies aim to support the country’s reformation in accordance with the
strategy of development for stability, sustainability, and reduction of
disparity and conflict in Thai society. They also support management of
development according to the “Pracharat” direction and sufficiency economy
Bosch supports Skill for Life Foundation Chiang Mai
Skills for Life Foundation
founder Dominique Leutwiler and the students at Skills for Life.
The Skills for Life Foundation Chiang Mai received support from Bosch
Thailand Co.,Ltd to provide educational support for tribal children for two
years at the Foundation on March 4, 2016.
The Robert Bosch Foundation was established over fifty years ago and has
become one of the most important foundations in Europe and Germany. It is
one of the largest foundations supported by a private organization in
Germany. The Foundation encourages people to take responsibility and assists
them in doing so.
Bosch Thailand Managing Director Joseph Hong met with Dominique Leutwiler,
Founder of Skills for Life Foundation to present 290,000 baht to support the
education of students at the Foundation for the next two years.
Joseph Hong of Bosch Thailand
presents a ceremonial check from the Robert Bosch Foundation for 290,000
baht to support the students’ education.
Joseph Hong said that this is the second year the Bosch
Thailand Co.,Ltd had provided funds to support children’s educations at
Skills for Life. Last year the Bosch Foundation provided kitchenware and
financial support over 300,000 baht to teach students how to make desserts
which were auctioned off and sold to raise funds.
The Skills for Life students have developed the business to deliver to local
spas and coffee shops enabling them to earn money and learn how to do
business. The Bosch Thailand Co.,Ltd also supports the Hand to Hand
Foundation in Pattaya.
Founder of Skills for Life Foundation Dominique Leutwiler said that the
Foundation currently has nineteen children under its care; seven boys and
twelve girls coming from disadvantaged backgrounds. The Foundation is
supporting their education in schools, vocational schools and universities
in the area until graduation in addition to the vocational training for
baking and sending kids to do internships in hotels and agriculture
including a stable boy project with the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at
Chiang Mai University.
Night Safari hosts elephant conservation campaign
The Director General of the Department
Thanya Netidhammadul joined Deputy Governor Krit Thanawanich and
Dr.Sarawut Srisakul, acting for Director of Pingkanakorn Development
Agency (Public Organization) for the opening ceremony of “The Future of
Elephant is in Our Hands” campaign at the Chiang Mai Night Safari on
March 3 -5, 2016.
The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant
Conservation in cooperation with Chiang Mai Night Safari held a campaign
to raise awareness to conserve elephants at the Night Safari on March 5,
The Director General of the Department Thanya Netidhammadul chaired the
opening ceremony of “The Future of Elephant is in Our Hands” together
with Deputy Governor Krit Thanawanich and Dr.Sarawut Srisakul, acting
for Director of Pingkanakorn Development Agency (Public Organization).
“The Future of Elephant is in Our Hands” project was held by the
Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation in
cooperation with Pingkanakorn Development Agency (Public Organization)
at the Chiang Mai Night Safari from March 3 -5 to celebrate World
Wildlife Day on March 3 of every year.
Additionally it was held to publicize operation the results of elephant
conservation and ivory control of Thailand. The World Wildlife Day’s
theme was “The Future of Elephant is in Our Hands” emphasizing elephants
to encourage people to actively be a part of protection of wild animals
and rare plants living in the same world with us. Animals and plants
have been threatened due to habitat loss, weather change, and hunting.
Particularly hunting and the ivory trade has seen 100,000 African
elephants cruelly killed to supply human’s demand of ivory.
The campaign has set up 40 wild animals check points across the country
and organized talks about elephant conservation. The event contained
exhibitions of history and importance of the event, results of elephant
conservation and ivory trade control in Thailand and video on the
Thailand is a signatory of CITES and has been working to enforce those
agreements especially in regards to the illegal ivory trade and promote
understanding of the importance of elephant conservation.
Police drug sting in Fang nets 8 kilograms of Yaba
Two men were arrested after police set up a
sting operation to purchase 8 kilograms of methamphetamine in Fang.
Chiang Mai Provincial Region 5 Police announced the arrest of two men
allegedly selling Yaba or methamphetamines after a sting operation in
Fang District. At a 10 a.m. press conference on February 27, 2016,
Commisioner Pol. Lt. Gen.Thanitsak Teerasawad, Pol. Maj. Gen. Prayad
Boonsri, Deputy Commissioner of Provincial Police (Drug Suppression)
Region 5 and Pol. Maj. Gen. Montri Samboonnanon announced the arrest of
two suspected drug traffickers. Governor Pawin Chamniprasat was also
present at the briefing.
Mr. Prasua Prajoi, 30 years old, from Chiang Rai, and Mr. Jedsada Aekko,
a 25-year-old man from Fang in Chiang Mai were arrested with eight packs
of amphetamine weighing a total of 8 kilograms, packed in a white
Acting on an insider tipoff in early February, police set a trap to lure
the agents into selling narcotics for 2,000,000 baht cash. The delivery
was to take place on February 26 at the parking lot across the road from
Fang Hospital. Upon their arrest, the suspects confessed that they had
acquired the amphetamines from a Muser group based in Bannakongmu,
Myanmar. The confiscated drugs will be used as evidence to track down
co-offenders according to the law and to seize the offenders’ properties
in accordance with Act On Measures For The Suppression Of Offenders In
An Offence Relating To Narcotics, B.E. 2534 (1991).
Fifteen million baht in assets seized from drug trafficker
More drugs found hidden during assets seizure
Police display the Yaba tablets found
stashed in a pickup truck ready for delivery at the house of a suspect
arrested with Yaba pills in Lampang.
Police uncovered drugs stashed inside a pickup truck seized from a man
arrested earlier for drug trafficking recently.
Police initially arrested 42 year old Narong Sinchao of Mae Rim in a
Lampang checkpoint on February 22, 2016 after finding 170,000 tablets
hidden in a gray Toyota Vigo. The suspect had already been arrested and
imprisoned for drug trafficking in 2001, and had assets seized at the
time that were valued at more than 30 million baht.
Narong Sinchao led police to his house where
156,000 methamphetamine pills were found after his arrest smuggling
170,000 pills in February.
After being released from prison in 2006 he opened an amulet shop but
police say he continued smuggling and selling drugs and amassed more
property. After the arrest in Lampang the suspect confessed and took
police to houses in Mae Rim where police found a further 156,000
methamphetamine tablets hidden in a pickup truck, ready for the next
The suspect told police that a drug agent from Myanmar brought the
modified vehicle to park in an area outside the district, he then went
and picked it up to wait for delivery information to send it to Bangkok.
He told police that he would do this 1-3 times a month and received
between 200,000 – 300,000 baht per delivery.
Police seized a black BMW, a Suzuki Swift, a two baht weight gold
necklace and a house in Rim Tai, Mae Rim. The total seized properties
are valued about 15 million baht.
Night Safari explains death of white tiger
Petch died last month at the age of 11 and was
found with a blood clot in his lung along with bleeding in the esophagus.
Veterinarians at Chiang Mai Night Safari continue to investigate the cause
The CEO of the Chiang Mai Night Safari Sarawut Srisakun met with reporters
at the International Convention Center last month to explain the recent
death of one of the Night Safari’s white tigers.
Petch, who died on February 22, was 11 years and 6 months old and according
to an autopsy performed by a veterinarian found a blood clot in the lung
with bleeding in the esophagus and necrotic tissue in the animal’s liver.
The veterinarian team collected tissue and other samples to determine the
exact cause of death and to also act as a guide for the future health care
of white tigers. White tigers are the result of recessive genes for albinism
and possess a weaker immune system than regular tigers.
Travel medicine clinic opens in Chiang Mai for people traveling abroad
Head of Chiang Mai TAT Wisut
Buachoom joins with Dr. Wittaya Liewseree and members of the
Ministry of Public Health at the opening of the new Travel
A nurse takes the temperature of a
visitor to the new clinic on Sridonchai Road.
A new medical clinic was opened by the government on Sridonchai
Road recently to offer people planning on traveling overseas
access to important vaccines and disease prevention information.
Dr. Wittaya Liewseree said that the Administrative Office 1
Chiang Mai had opened the clinic under the policy of the
Ministry of Public Health to support travel medicine and support
the health care for those traveling over the borders and
overseas as well as to support tourists coming to Thailand.
The Travel Medicine Clinic will support Thais, foreigners,
tourists, or foreigners living in Thailand for a long term to
provide information on disease prevention, health hazards, and
symptoms of tuberculosis, malaria and sexually transmitted
diseases. The clinic will also provide vaccines for yellow
fever, meningococcal meningitis, cholera and influenza for
people traveling abroad..
Patients coming from overseas will be transferred to Nakorn Ping
Hospital, Maharaj Chiang Mai Hospital and private hospitals in
Chiang Mai. The target for the clinic is to create the standard
for travel medicine clinics and to work as a training center for
people working in tourism and offer basic knowledge to them on
diseases found among tourists. Those interested in learning more
can contact the Department of Disease Control hotline at 1422.
Trust me, We are Thai seminar
Governor Pawin Chamniprasat (center)
with the Director of the Public Relations Department Region 3
Duangmal Srikitwilaikul (left) and Prof. Dr. Kanchana
Ngao-rangsri (right) of the International Research Foundation.
The Public Relations Department Region 3 held a seminar
on Thursday, March 3, 2016 at the Empress Hotel Chiang Mai with
Consuls-General, Consuls, Honorary Consuls and members of the
media and foreign community to discuss the challenges facing
Thailand and to those trying to understand Thailand with Prof.
Dr. Kanchana Ngao-rangsri heading the meeting.
Governor Pawin Chamniprasat with
Consuls-General from the United States and China, the Consul
from India and Honorary Consuls from Canada, Ireland, Germany,
and Portugal along with Duangmal Srikitwilaikul, Prof. Dr.
Kanchana Ngao-rangsri and members of the community.
Governor Pawin Chamniprasat opened the meeting to discuss the
NBT station and Helping Hands Radio who work to offer
information to people in Chiang Mai on the local news and events
in Chiang Mai. Governor Pawin said that the province is
well-located in relation to GMS countries and that there is a
plan to develop urban transportation and promote sister city
relationships with cities in ASEAN. He noted that Chiang Mai has
good potential to cement relationships between Thailand and the
Members of the NBT team along with
Helping Hands Radio join the Governor onstage at the seminar
held on March 3, 2016 at the Empress Hotel Chiang Mai.
Then Dr. Kanchana took the podium to discuss the challenges
facing Thailand including increasing modernization, technology
and influence from the global community. She brought up issues
that many foreigners find difficult in understanding about
Thailand including the sufficiency economy, Thai style
democracy, relationship to the monarchy, religion,education, and
NBT and Helping Hands Radio deejays
greet guests as they arrive.
She covered many of the reasons that foreigners find these
issues confusing and explained that for many Thais it is
important to avoid the three “A”s; aggression, ambition, and
arrogance and then explained how these translated into everyday
life. She explained how ambition means to be not too greedy, to
share with those in need, and that a concern about aggression
leads to the “mai pen rai” attitude.
One of the key aspects of Thailand she mentioned was the
sufficiency economy suggested by His Majesty King Bhumibol
Adulyadej. She said the core values are to live within your
means, think scientifically and critically, and to strengthen
yourself both physically and mentally by gaining knowledge.
The seminar concluded with the assembled group traveling to
Lampang to view some of the less visited places in the North and
to learn more about lifestyles outside Chiang Mai.