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Panda gives birth at advanced age of 17: report

In Uncategorized on August 14, 2010 at 7:22 am

BEIJING, Aug 14, 2010 (AFP) – A panda bear mother managed to give birth in southwest China on Friday despite having reached the venerable age of 17, equivalent to a human in her 60s, state news agency Xinhua reported.


Jini gave birth to a female cub weighing 125 grammes (4.4 ounces) after four hours in labour. Both mother and daughter are doing well, said the Wolong Giant Panda Protection and Research Centre in Sichuan province.


The mother had already defied expectations by delivering her first cub in 2007 at the age of 13-and-a-half. That pregnancy lasted 324 days, more than double the normal period of 120-150 days.


Pandas are notoriously reluctant breeders when held in captivity, but China has got nurturing their reproduction down to a fine art.

This handout photo taken and received on August 8, 2010 by Hong Kong theme park Ocean Park shows Le Le the panda with a block of ice carved into a panda shape to mark the animal’s fifth birthday, during a promotional event in Hong Kong. AFP

The Wolong Giant Panda Protection and Research Centre has overseen 11 panda births this year, with over 10 more expected in the next one to two months.


“Pandas come into heat in the spring and give birth in autumn. This is the main reason for the panda ‘baby boom’,” said Dang Chunxiang, an expert with the Centre.

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Source: SGGP

China coal mine explosion kills 17 workers

In Uncategorized on May 30, 2010 at 9:16 am

BEIJING, May 30, 2010 (AFP) – An explosion at a colliery in central China has killed 17 workers, a provincial official said Sunday.

The blast happened on Saturday in Hunan province’s Rucheng county, an official with the provincial work safety bureau, who refused to be named, told AFP.


“Rescue work has ended,” he said, without providing further details.


According to the official Xinhua news agency, the explosion happened inside the pit where dynamite was being stored and there was also a build-up of poisonous gas.


A total of 18 people were working underground at the time, and one survived with injuries, Xinhua said.


Police and work safety officials are investigating the cause of the blast, the report said.


Around 2,600 people were killed last year in China’s vast mining industry due mainly to lax regulation, corruption and inefficiency, according to official figures.


Earlier this month, 21 workers were killed in a gas blast at a colliery in the southwestern province of Guizhou.

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Source: SGGP

Petrol import tax cut to 17 percent

In Uncategorized on April 21, 2010 at 4:18 pm




Petrol import tax cut to 17 percent


QĐND – Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 22:1 (GMT+7)

In an effort to help petrol dealers stabilise prices, the Ministry of Finance (MoF) has decided to reduce petrol import tax rates from 20 percent to 17 percent beginning on April 21.


Diesel oil and kerosene, which were previously taxed at 15 percent, will now be subject to a reduced tax rate of 10 percent.


MoF adopted this solution to share in the businesses losses that have resulted from increased world petrol and oil prices.


Prices had reached 90 USD per barrel of petrol and 93 USD per barrel of diesel oil on the Singapore market on April 19.


The reduction also follows the Government’s decision to extend the period of time when retail petrol prices will rise to the end of June.


MoF added that with the rising import prices, petrol firms have lost 1,100 VND (0.06 USD) per litre of petrol.


Petrol dealers received approximately 500 billion VND (26.3 million USD) from the petrol price stabilisation fund in compensation for their losses since the beginning of this month.


However, the money has not helped them fully avoid loss, according to MoF.


The ministry said it is unable to raise retail prices at this time because it could result in a domino effect, with prices for other necessities also going up. It added that it would apply other administrative measures if the world petrol price continues to rise and domestic firms suffer bigger losses.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

17 Asia-Pacific airlines meet on aviation safety in Indonesia

In Uncategorized on November 21, 2008 at 1:40 pm

Jakarta (VNA) – The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) is holding Asia Pacific Aviation Safety Seminar 2008 (APASS 2008) at Jimbaran, Bali of Indonesia, on November 20 and 21, to discuss latest developments in aviation safety, the Antara news agency has reported.

Some 150 participants from 17 airlines in Asian and Pacific countries and regions are taking part in the seminar hosted by Garuda Indonesia, said Emirsyah Satar, the Indonesian state-owned carrier Garuda President Director.

Director Satar emphasises that the “Asia Pacific Aviation Safety” seminar was important because it will discuss the most crucial aspect of aviation, namely safety.

Toping the working agenda are ways to improve the airline industries, especially in terms of aviation safety. The two-day seminar also attracted aircraft manufacturers, suppliers, aviation safety experts and academicians.

The outcome of the seminar will be helpful for the government to develop and improve the safety aspect of aviation in Indonesia, the Indonesian official said.-

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