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Ayutthaya industrial estates drain floodwater, US-Thailand joint energy research & DTAC's 4G plan backed by govt. 

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Ayutthaya industrial estates drain floodwater

Two industrial estates in Ayutthaya's Bang Pa-In district have had to pump out water after heavy rain caused low level flooding inside the factory complexes. Up to 147mm of rain was recorded in the area on Sunday.

Bang Pa-In Industrial Estate used its full pumping capacity to drain rainwater from its pond into its internal waterway, which will discharge the water into the Jik canal and then down to the  Chao Phraya River. Ban Wa Hightech Industrial Estate used five pumps but the high rate of discharge of water affected local people living at the back of the estate, so it had to cut back to using only three pumps.

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US-Thailand energy research collaboration  

The US has expressed interest in collaborating with Thailand in research and development (R&D) on compressed natural gas for vehicles and renewable energy.

Diversifying sources of renewable energy including wind, solar, geothermal, biofuel and hydropower is important for regional energy security in Asean. Thailand has plans for renewable energy to account for 25% of the country's energy mix by 2022. Improvements in energy infrastructure are also important such as an electricity grid that can be self-healing when there is a natural disaster

The government plays an important role in energy R&D but Thailand spends only 0.2% of gross domestic product (GDP) on research. It is an area the private sector is reluctant to invest in, because the payback period is long and uncertain.  US energy companies have continued to invest in Thailand but like to operate in an environment with clarity, market-based signals, transparency, stable tax regimes and contract sanctity. The US-Asia Pacific Comprehensive Energy Partnership that resulted from President Obama's visit to the region last year focuses on renewable and clean energy, power market interconnectivity and the future role of natural gas.

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ICT minister backs DTAC's 4G mobile broadband plan

The information and communication technology (ICT) minister has made a U-turn and is now supporting a plan by DTAC to offer fourth-generation (4G) mobile broadband services.

Half of DTAC's spectrum under a concession with CAT Telecom is unused. The concession is due to expire in 2018. Both DTAC and CAT want to use the spectrum to launch their 4G services. 

The ICT minister earlier supported CAT but now believes that CAT should allow DTAC to provide 4G on the unused spectrum, instead of leaving it unused through the concession life and the issue should be settled within this year. Providing 4G services on unused bandwidth could benefit the telecoms industry and generate more revenue for the state telecom enterprise CAT. 

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account for: to be a particular amount or part of something -

back: to support - สนับสนุน

bandwidth: the amount of information that can be sent during a period of time over a network or the internet; the capacity of a communications channel - ความกว้างแถบความถี่, แบนด์วิชท์

base: to use an idea, a fact, a situation, etc. as the point from which something can be developed - วางรากฐาน

benefit: to get help or an advantage from something - ผลประโยชน์

canal: a waterway, a long hole in the ground made to send water from one place to another - คลอง

capacity: the amount of something that can be produced or done - ความสามารถในการ (ระบาย, ผลิต etc.)

clarity: the ability to be easily seen or heard - ความชัดเจน

collaborate: to work together with someone else - ร่วมมือ

collaboration: working together with someone else - การร่วมมือ

complex: a large building with various connected rooms or a related group of buildings -

complex: an area that has several parts - พื้นที่ประกอบด้วยส่วนต่าง ๆ

compress: to press or squeeze something together or into a smaller space; to be pressed or squeezed in this way - บีบอัด, กดเข้าด้วยกัน

concession: a right that is given to a person or group to do a particular activity - สัมปทาน

continued: happening or existing for a period of time without interruption - ซึ่งติดต่อกัน, ซึ่งต่อเนื่องกัน

contract: an official written agreement - สัญญา

cut back: reduce, decrease - ลดลง, ทำให้น้อยลง

discharge: to let a liquid flow out - ระบายออก, ปล่อยออก, ขับออก, พร่อง

diversify: when a business or investor starts developing a wider range of products, markets, investments, etc. in order to be more successful or reduce risk - ทำหลายๆอย่าง, ทำให้แตกต่างกัน, ทำให้หลากหลาย, ทำให้เป็นหลายชนิด,ทำให้แตกต่างกัน. ลงทุนในรูปต่าง ๆ , ผลิตออกมาในรูปต่าง ๆ

drain: to cause water or fluid to flow out - ระบายออก

drain: to get rid of the water in an area of land - ระบายออก

due to: scheduled to - มีกำหนด

energy: the physical and mental effort that you use to do something - กำลัง, พละกำลัง

enterprise: an organization, especially a business - กิจการ, บริษัท,อุตสาหกิจ,วิสาหกิจ

environment: the place in which people live and work, including all the physical conditions that affect them - สภาพแวดล้อม, สิ่งแวดล้อม

expire: to come to an end or stop being in use - หมดอายุ

express: to tell someone about a feeling, opinion, or aim by speaking or writing about it - แสดงออก (ทางความคิดหรือความรู้สึก) โดยใช้คำพูดหรือการเขียน, พูดออกมา

focus: to give attention, effort, etc. to one particular subject, situation or person rather than another - เพ่งความสนใจ

generate: to produce - ก่อให้เกิด

grid: a set of wires that carries the electricity supply - สายไฟ

grid: a system of electric wires for sending power over a large area, or pipes carrying gas - สายไฟฟ้

gross domestic product: the total value of all goods and services produced in a country in a year, except for income received from money invested in other countries. It is often simply called GDP - ผลิตภัณฑ์มวลรวมภายในประเทศ

healing: the process of becoming or making somebody/something healthy again; the process of getting better after an emotional shock - การรักษาให้หาย

hydropower: power generated by running water - พลังน้ำ

industrial estate: an area of land where industrial companies have their buildings - นิคมอุตสาหกรรม

infrastructure: a set of systems within a place or organisation that affect how well it operates, e.g., the telephone and transport systems in a country or the system of train tracks that a railway uses - สาธารณูปโภค

interconnectivity: how much or how well two things are connected together, so they can work together effectively -

internal: existing or happening inside a person, object, organisation, place or country - ภายใน

invest: to spend money on something in order to make it better or more successful - ลงทุน

launch: to start a new public service - เริ่มโครงการ, เริ่มต้น

local: in or related to the area that you live, or to the particular area that you are talking about - ท้องถิ่น

minister: a member of the cabinet, the group of government ministers who make and approve government policy - รัฐมนตรี

mobile (technology): of devices, especially telecommunication devices, that can easily be moved around, e.g., mobile phones, tablets, notebook computers - อุปกรณ์ซึ่งเคลื่อนที่ได้ง่าย

natural disaster: an unexpected natural event, such as a very bad storm or flood that kills a lot of people or causes a lot of damage - ความหายนะธรรมชาติทาง, ภัยพิบัติธรรมชาติทาง

offer: an act of saying that you are willing to do something for somebody or give something to somebody - เสนอเพื่อให้พิจารณา

operate: to carry out an activity like running a business - ดำเนินการ

payback period: the time period when you get benefits (or "payback") from an investment you made in the past -

pond: a small area of still water, especially one that is artificial - บ่อน้ำ, สระน้ำ

power: energy from electricity - พลังงาน, พลังงานกล,พลัง, กำลัง, แรง

private sector: businesses and industries that are not owned or controlled by the government - ภาคเอกชน

pump: a piece of equipment for making a liquid or gas move into or out of something - เครื่องสูบ(น้ำ etc.)

rate: the level or speed at which something happens or changes, or the amount or number of times it happens or changes in a particular period - อัตรา

record: a written account of something that is kept so that it can be looked at and used in the future - การบันทึก, รายงาน

region: a large area of land, usually without exact limits or borders - ภูมิภาค, ขอบเขต, แถบ, บริเวณ

regional: of or relating to a region - เกี่ยวกับภูมิภาค

reluctant: not very willing to do something and therefore slow to do it - ไม่เต็มใจ

renewable energy: forms of energy for generating electricity that will not run out such as solar or wind power - พลังงานหมุนเวียน หรือพลังงานใช้ไม่หมด [ได้แก่ พลังงานแสงอาทิตย์ เราสามารถเปลี่ยนพลังงานแสงอาทิตย์มาเป็นพลังงานไฟฟ้าโดยอาศัยเซลล์แสงอาทิตย์ (Solar cell) พลังงานน้ำ เราสามารถแปรรูปพลังงานศักย์จากน้ำเพื่อนำมาเป็นพลังงานกล เช่น ใช้แรงของน้ำหมุนกังหันผลิตไฟฟ้า พลังงานลม โดยการใช้กังหันลมหมุนเครื่องจักรกลต่างๆ เครื่องสูบน้ำ เครื่องบดธัญพืช เป็นต้น พลังงานจากมวล ชีวภาพ เช่น มูลสัตว์และก๊าซชีวภาพ พลังงานจากการเผาไม้ กระดาษ ฟืน แกลบ กากชานอ้อย และ ที่เรียกว่า พลังงานใช้ไม่หมดก็เพราะสามารถหามาทดแทนได้ เช่น ปลูกป่าเอาไม้มาทำฟืน หรือปล่อยน้ำจากเขื่อนมาปั่นไฟ หรือแสงอาทิตย์ที่ได้รับจากดวงอาทิตย์อย่างไม่มีวันหมดสิ้น ดังนี้เป็นต้น [ปิโตรเลี่ยม]]

research: to make a careful study of a subject, especially in order to discover new facts or information about it - ทำการวิจัย

researcher: a person who carriers out a careful study of a subject, especially in order to discover new facts or information about it - นักวิจัย

revenue: income from taxes or business activities - รายได้

role: the position or purpose that someone or something has in a situation, organisation, society or relationship - บทบาท

role: the purpose or influence of someone or something in a particular situation - บทบาท

security: protection; systems providing for safety from attack, harm, or damage - ระบบรักษาความปลอดภัย

settle: to end a dispute or disagreement, in this case, forcefully - ขจัดให้เสร็จสิ้น, จัดการ

signal: to be a sign that something exists or is likely to happen - ส่งสัญญาณ

solar: involving the sun - เกี่ยวกับดวงอาทิตย์

source: the place something comes from or starts at, or the cause of something - แหล่งกำเนิด

spectrum: a range of something, in this case, frequencies available to telecommunications businesses -

stable: not changing frequently and not likely to suddenly become worse - คงที่, มั่นคง

state: government - รัฐ

supporter: a person who helps and supports a person, organization or idea - ผู้สนับสนุน

taxes: money that you have to pay to the government so that it can pay for public services - ภาษี

telecom: a business in the telecommunications industry - โทรคมนาคม)

telecommunications: the science and technology of sending information by telephone, radio, or television - โทรคมนาคม

transparency: an honest way of doing things that allows other people to know exactly what you are doing - ความโปร่งใส

uncertain: not feeling sure about what to do, whether something is true etc - ไม่แน่ใจ, คลางแคลงใจ

vehicle: a machine that you travel in or on, especially one with an engine that travels on roads, e.g., a car, bus, van, truck, etc. - ยานพาหนะ

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