CHAI NAT, 4 September 2014  – Irrigation authorities have cautioned seven central provinces along the Chao Phraya River to brace for possible flooding this September 8 due to runoff from upstream areas. 

SUKHOTHAI, 4 September 2014 – Four districts in Sukhothai province have been urged to keep an eye on the water levels of the Yom River around the clock, as the water could overflow anytime. 

BANGKOK, 4 September 2014  – The water management policy committee has convened a meeting to step up preventive measures against flooding in Bangkok after the Prime Minister’s call for close attention to the problem this rainy season. 

BANGKOK, 3 September 2014  – Secretary-General of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Gen Udomdej Sitabutr has insisted that although insurgent attacks still occur in the southernmost region, the overall situation is still under control and peace talks are ongoing. 

BANGKOK, 3 September 2014 – The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) is offering to ship rice worth 5 million baht to West African countries hit by the Ebola outbreak. 

BANGKOK, 2 September 2014  – Don Mueang International Airport, Chiang Mai International Airport, Mae Fah Luang–Chiang Rai International Airport and Hat Yai International Airport have all been certified in the category ‘Mapping’ by the Airports Council International Europe (ACI Europe). In addition, Suvarnabhumi Airport was ranked at level 2 ‘Reduction’.

The Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) operated by the ACI Europe is a project urging global airports to measure carbon emissions and to raise awareness of climate change in all industries.

The climate-rating agency ACA assesses and rates the climate care of airports at four levels: Mapping, Reduction, Optimisation and Neutrality.

Level 1 (Mapping): The airport determines the emission sources that the airport has control over, Scope 1 or 2 under the Greenhouse Gas Protocol. Level 2 (Reduction): The airport fulfils all of the above plus provides evidence of effective carbon management procedures and a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. Level 3 (Optimisation): The airport fulfills all requirements of Level 1 and 2 plus involves other companies and organisations at the airport in reducing their own carbon dioxide emissions. Level 3+ (Neutrality): The airport fulfills all of the Level 1-3 requirements plus offsets the emissions over which the airport has control (Scope 1 and 2) and which it has not yet been able to reduce on its own.

BANGKOK, 2 September 2014  – A full NCPO meeting chaired by Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha today approved the Office of Atoms for Peace (OAEP) hosting two forums on nuclear power.

The Regional Workshop on the Implementation of the IAEA Nuclear Security Series No.13: Nuclear Security Recommendations on Physical Protection of Nuclear Material and Nuclear Facilities, is scheduled to be held from September 8th to 12th in Pattaya.

Meanwhile, the IAEA/RCA Final Coordination Meeting under the framework of Strengthening the Application of Nuclear Medicine in the Management of Cardiovascular Diseases, is slated to be held between November 7th and 13th in Chiang Mai.

In the meantime, the two forums are expected to benefit Thai academics and relevant authorities wishing to follow developments and exchange experiences on implementing nuclear power for peace, as well as to enhance Thailand’s role in international science and technology.

BANGKOK, 2 September 2014  - The Department of Industrial Works has launched a project to accommodate investment in the provinces with the potential to grow substantially in terms of industry.

Deputy Director-General of the Department of Industrial Works Sakda Phankla said the provinces included Kanchanaburi, Phetburi and Suphan Buri. The project was aimed at bringing industrial development to other provinces apart from Bangkok and the vicinity. The selected provinces were ready for industrial development due to their infrastructure, public utility, telecommunication and logistics. They also had large markets for products, the official said.

The project also seeks to prevent the problems caused by industrial expansion such as congested population and pollution.

BANGKOK, 2 September 2014  - PTT Plc., has announced a maintenance plan for the Sinphuhorm gas field in Udon Thani province covering 8th-12th September 2014 which will impact upon NGV supplies to 37 NGV gas stations in 12 Northeastern provinces.

Chakree Buranakanon, vice president of PTT Plc's natural gas business unit, first informed the public about the maintenance period of the Sinphuhorm gas field plant in Udon Thani from 8th-12th September 2014. As a consequence, NGV gas supply stations in Nam Phong district, Khon Kaen province cannot supply NGV gas to 37 stations in 12 Northeastern provinces: Khon Kaen, Chaiyaphum, Maha Sarakham, Roi Et, Udon Thani, Loei, Mukdahan, Nakhon Ratchasima, Buriram, Surin, Sisaket and Ubon Ratchathani.

However, PTT is prepared to allocate NGV gas from other sources such as Kaeng Khoi gas station and Baan Na- Kaeng Khoi gas station in Saraburi province to the Northeast of Thailand. While stations in the Central and Northern regions will be supplied by King Kaew gas station in Samut Prakan province.

SURIN, 2 September 2014 - 1,837 Migrant workers have registered at the Surin One Stop Service since it opened on August 4th up to September 1st 2014.