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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.

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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 to mate.

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 save him.

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 years.


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.

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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 traffic jam.

Phuthipong Boonta, age 25 of Padaed sub-district, reported to police that he had withdrawn cash from the bank sent to him by his mother working in Japan to purchase a big motorcycle.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 Police Headquarters.

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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 districts.

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 suspicious behavior.

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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 regarding security.

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.

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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, 2015.

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.

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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 bed.

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.

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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 dead.

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.

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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 paraphernalia.

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.

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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 through May.

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.

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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 nationwide.

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 residence.

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 point.

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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 years.

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 revenues.

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 Monument pavilion.

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 province.

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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 Hospital.

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 / www.facebook.com/cmu.ccdc / http://www.livebox.me/ruee2559/


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.

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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 (TAT)


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.

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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.

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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 rigorous.


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 seminar.

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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 all levels.

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 for sustainability.


Bosch supports Skill for Life Foundation Chiang Mai

Skills for Life Foundation founder Dominique Leutwiler and the students at Skills for Life.

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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.

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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, 2016.
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 project.

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.

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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 plastic sack.

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.

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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 delivery.

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 of death.

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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 Medicine Clinic.

A nurse takes the temperature of a visitor to the new clinic on Sridonchai Road.

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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

Understanding Thainess

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.

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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 world.

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 corruption.

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.

 


 
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