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CMU Electric Buses Made Into Six Lines, Free to Use
July 20, 2016

Chiang Mai University have divided up their 60 electric campus buses to cover six separate lines that service the entire university, and are free for anyone to use.

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Fire Destroys Sermon Hall Days Before Buddhist Holiday
July 20, 2016

A fire broke out in a sermon hall at the Kannitharam temple in Doi Saket just days before Asahna Bucha Day causing over 2 million baht worth of damage, but nobody was injured.

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Asahna Buddha Day
July 18, 2016

Asahna Buddha Day, a government holiday to celebrate the first sermon the Buddha made after he joined the monkhood, will begin tomorrow and follow into Buddhist Lent on Wednesday 20th July, where alcohol sales will be prohibited and government offices, schools and other businesses will be closed.

ASEAN School Games Commence at CMU Today
July 22, 2016

The 8th ASEAN School Games 2016 will begin today, July 22nd, at 4pm at Chiang Mai University Auditorium.

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Woman Found Dead In Car After Injecting Too Much Prescription Drugs
July 20, 2016

On July 18, police were called to the scene where a young female was found dead in her car, with a medical hypodermic syringe in her hand. She is suspected to have died from an overdose of prescription drugs.

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Tour Guide Arrested For Wearing Sandals with Thai Traditional Outfit
July 20, 2016

Chiang Mai Tourist Police arrested a tour guide for wearing sandals with a traditional Thai outfit as they were ‘not appropriate footwear’ for traditional clothing. She was later released without charge, but warned not to wear sandals again.

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Chang Dao Drunken Murderer Arrested
July 22, 2016

A man in his sixties was arrested in Chiang Dao on accusations of ‘intentional manslaughter’ after he attacked two people while in a drunken state, killing one and injuring the other.

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Two Pickpockets Arrested, One Still on the Run
July 18, 2016

Between July 2 and July 3, there were many reports of several pickpockets working around Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. After extensive investigation, police this week arrested one Vietnamese man and a Cambodian Man in connection to the thefts.

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Man Murders Stepmother Over Motorcycle Frame
July 15, 2016

A man was arrested for killing his step-mother after she blamed him for selling a motorcycle frame without permission.

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Dams Refill Quicker Than Expected Thanks to Heavy Rainfall
July 15, 2016

The Chiang Mai Irrigation Office has announced that the water in the dams around the province are re-filling faster than expected thanks to constant rainfall from June.

No Water in Saraphee on July 7
July 5, 2016

The Provincial Waterworks Authority of Chiang Mai has announced that water will be turned off to connect an old mains pipe with a new mains pipe in Moo 2, Tambon Yangneung, Amphoe Saraphee during 9pm – 2am.

Dengue Fever Cases Down 28% This Year
June 30, 2016

According to the Ministry of Public Heath, the number of Dengue Fever cases in Thailand has reduced by 28% compared to 2015.

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Letters Containing ‘Fake Information’ About the August 7 referendum Seized by Police
July 14, 2016

The 13th Commanding Army General Maj Gen Kosol Prathumchart along with a team of police are investigating over 2,000 letters they seized, which they claim contain fake information and propaganda about the 2016 Constitution Referendum on August 7.

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33rd Military Circle Holds Meeting to Promote Referendum
July 13, 2016

The 33rd Military Circle under command of General Commander Kosol Pratoomchat arranged a meeting to publicise the referendum, which will be held on August 7.

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Balloons Released at CMU Asking for ‘A Right to Campaign’
June 30, 2016

A group of Chiang Mai University students, lecturers, academicians, and activists gathered to release white balloons with the messages “A Right to Campaign” and “Free our Friends” on them to peacefully campaign for freedom to discuss and share opinions on politics without the risk of arrest.

Drought Almost Over, but Farmers Urged to Hold off on Planting Rice
June 6, 2016

“The water crisis has passed, Jansark Limpiti, Director of Chiang Mai Irrigation Office told CityNews, “But while the crisis has passed, we are still rationing and managing water resources with great attention to details.”

May 25, 2016

Chiang Mai prides itself as a historical city, and at 720 years, it is one of the oldest constantly inhabited cities in Thailand. The old square mile moat has five gates, with the most well-known, and distinctive one being Tha Pae Gate, the only gate which still has a door…even though the latest version is less than 30 years old. The public square in front of Tha Pae has long been used for public events and the area was the first to have been developed, as tourists began to pour into the city three decades ago. Many urban shops flourish around Tha Pae Gate with Tha Pae Road leading from the Governor’s Residence by the river straight to the iconic gate.

Reporting from the Mountains: CityNews takes a long drive through fires and barren hills
April 27, 2016

Headed up into the mountains of Samoeng yesterday to see for ourselves what is going on with our environment and the results are worrying – fires, deforestation, drought and garbage.

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Weaving together Tradition And Fashion in Support of Elephants
June 9, 2016

CityNews – Fair Trade company Ethnic Lanna, loves elephants. Elephants are easy to love; their calm gentle actions can amaze you and their playfulness can raise your cheeks to the sky. It’s hard not to be bewildered by how quickly your initial fear of an animal so large and capable of destruction is replaced with comfort and laughter.

Letter Response: Elderly Friendly?
September 15, 2015

Citylife reader Jonathan Nash wrote a letter to the editor this month requesting our help.

Perfect Balance by Monocle
July 22, 2015

What’s it like – being a second city? On duty for The Escapist, Robert Bound found Chiang Mai to be an ancient town with a contemporary buzz of bars, bands and boxers, wonderful food and beautiful girls on scooters. It doesn’t feel like it’s in a race with Bangkok, or anywhere else for that matter.

Proposed plan for Maejo junction.
ทางแยกแม่โจ้: Maejo Junction and Ping River Expansion
August 6, 2015

ใครๆที่ได้ขับรถผ่านแยกแม่โจ้ บนถนนซุปเปอร์ไฮเวย์ ไม่นานมานี้ อาจสังเกตเห็นว่าไหล่ทางที่เคยเรียงรายไปด้วยต้นมะฮอกกะนีสูงใหญ่นั้น ปัจจุบันมีแต่รถแทรกเตอร์จอดระเกะระกะเต็มไปหมด สำหรับพวกเราส่วนมาก นี่เป็นเพียงสิ่งผ่านตาเราไปโดยไม่ได้รับความใส่ใจ แต่สำหรับชาวบ้านในละแวกนั้นแล้ว โครงการก่อสร้างครั้งนี้จะมีผลกระทบต่อวิถีชีวิตของพวกเขาอย่างหลีกเลี่ยงไม่ได้ บริษัทเชียงใหม่ คอนสตรัคชัน ได้เซ็นสัญญากับกรมทางหลวงเพื่อที่จะขุดอุโมงค์ขนาด 6 เลน ใต้แยกแม่โจ้ และขยายถนนซุปเปร์ไฮเวย์ เป็น 10 เลน ไปเป็นที่เรียบร้อยแล้ว

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“The water crisis has passed, Jansark Limpiti, Director of Chiang Mai Irrigation Office told CityNews, “But while the crisis has passed, we are still rationing and managing water resources with great attention to details.”

According to Jansark, the absolute crisis this year occurred in mid-May, when water levels were at their most alarmingly low. “As I told you in our interview earlier this year, we had planned for this drought since November 2015. We knew it was going to be a rough year and we knew how much water we had, so we came up with a 26 week plan, to manage our water resources. We decided that we could not release more than 1.7 million cubic metres (CBM) of water per week for Chiang Mai, and on the most part our plan and management served us well.