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Charity art programme to help AO victims

In Uncategorized on August 8, 2010 at 7:20 pm

Charity art programme to help AO victims

QĐND – Sunday, August 08, 2010, 21:3 (GMT+7)

The sixth “Justice and Heart” art programme was held in Hanoi on August 8 in the presence of Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan, National Assembly Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong, and Permanent Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh.

Speaking at the event, co-sponsored by the Vietnam Association of Victims of Agent Orange (VAVA), Vietnam Television, and Thang Long Cultural Joint Stock Company, Deputy PM Nhan expressed his sympathy for Agent Orange (AO) victims and thanked individuals and organisations for their generous donations to help AO victims continue their struggle for justice.

During the programme, Nguyen Thi Ngoc Phuong, VAVA Vice President, Nguyen Thi Hien, President of the Da Nang Association of Victims of Agent Orange, and two AO victims Tran Thi Hoan and Pham The Minh, told stories of their “journey for justice” in the US.

At the end of the programme, VAVA raised more than VND8 billion for its provincial chapters in Ha Tinh, Quang Nam, Hai Phong, Bac Giang, and Nghe An.

**On the same day, the “Action Month for AO Victims’ was launched by the Vietnam Red Cross in Ho Chi Minh City, raising more than VND30 billion for AO victims and disabled people living in poverty.

After the launch, 10,000 people took part in a charity walk for AO victims and disabled people, and 30 businesses in Ho Chi Minh City donated more than VND1 billion to the cause.

The Vietnam Red Cross and the Ho Chi Minh City Red Cross presented 100 wheelchairs and 150 scholarships to AO victims and disabled people in southeastern provinces.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Drug sector looks for high

In Uncategorized on August 8, 2010 at 7:20 pm

Drug sector looks for high

QĐND – Sunday, August 08, 2010, 21:3 (GMT+7)

Domestic and foreign investors are being called for medicine production paving the way for Vietnam’s drug production sector development.

The Ministry of Health (MoH) is calling for domestic and foreign investors to back eight medicine projects. Those include two projects to produce antibiotic materials- one with Mekophar and one worth $70 million with Ampharco USA.

Others are a packing project with Vipaco and Tan Thanh Phat Company, natural compound extraction with VCP Company, vaccine production with Vabiotech Company and a project for medical equipment production

Cao Minh Quang, Deputy Minister of Health, said foreign investment in the sector was limited as 90 per cent of production materials were imported and pharmaceutical production required large volumes of investment.

The MoH is compiling a detailed Vietnam pharmaceutical industry zoning plan to 2015 with a vision to 2020 focusing on zoning, allocating pharmaceutical factories toward specification and encouraging generic medicine production to reduce local market product prices.

“We will target domestic medicine production to meet 70 per cent of demand by 2015 and 80 per cent by 2020,” said Quang. EuroCham in Vietnam reported that Vietnam had made good progress in the clarity and quality of registration process for drug production.

However, a fast track registration process for medicines answering urgent needs could be considered and general pharmacy practice standard applications for retail pharmacies should be executed by 2011.

“Since January 2009, in line with the World Trade Organization agreement, 100 per cent foreign-owned pharmaceutical companies can be set up. However, the limited scope of licenced activity is still restricting foreign investments and granting import rights to pharmacy companies to allow accelerated investment in foreign-invested enterprises in Vietnam,” said a EuroCham official.

Keshav Dayalani, vice chairman of the Indian Business Chamber (Incham), said Vietnam should encourage hi-tech products, export incentives and develop infrastructure for drug development. “Our proposals for investment in Vietnam are a move from mass selling to quality production, set up high-end ailments and growth of specialised segments,” said Dayalani.

The country reportedly had 39 pharmaceutical foreign-invested projects by the end of 2009 including 26 operating projects with total registered capital of $302.6 million. Of these 23 projects are medicine production while others focus on medicine maintenance.

Foreign-invested factories’ production value accounted for 28 per cent of the country’s total medicine production. However, there are no foreign-invested projects in pharmaceutical chemistry and drug materials.

“We are asking the government to supplement packing production, medicines and natural compound extraction in the list of projects enjoying special incentives of investment in Vietnam,” said Quang.

Domestic medicine production met just nearly half of demand in Vietnam. The drug consumption per capita of Vietnam was $19.7 in 2009, a year-on-year increase of 20.1 per cent. The IMS Meridian Research Vietnam forecast drug consumption per capita in Vietnam will double after five years and the medicine production value in Vietnam will reach $1.9 billion in 2011 from $1.6 billion this year and $1.1 billion in 2009. 

Source: VIR/VietnamNet


Source: QDND

Twenty-five endangered shark species released into sea

In Uncategorized on August 8, 2010 at 7:20 pm

Twenty-five endangered shark species released into sea

QĐND – Sunday, August 08, 2010, 21:6 (GMT+7)

The Vinpearl Land Tourism Joint Stock Company on August 8 released 25 brownbanded bamboo sharks into the sea near the Hon Tre island, the central coastal Nha Trang Bay of Khanh Hoa province in a move to protect the biodiversity of the bay.

This is one of three shark species that were grown up at the Vinpearl aquarium.

The species, scientifically known as Chiloscyllium punctatum, is in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Residents enlisted to help protect forests

In Uncategorized on August 8, 2010 at 7:19 pm

Residents enlisted to help protect forests

QĐND – Sunday, August 08, 2010, 21:6 (GMT+7)

The central province of Thua Thien-Hue plans to raise the forest coverage rate from the current 56 per cent to 60 per cent by 2020.

The province will plant 4,000-4,500ha of forest each year, according to its plan for forest protection and development until 2020.

In past years, the authorities separated forested land into specific planting orientations. For instance, babul trees, coast oak, pine and other native trees were grown in productive-forest areas.

One hectare of forested land under babul tree cultivation yields a profit of VND13-VND33 million (US$700-1,700) in five to seven years. Such earnings have encouraged afforestation by farmers.

Thua Thien-Hue Province has also announced a four-year, VND34.2 billion (US$1.8 million) programme to allocate 240,854ha of forests to individuals and organizations for protection.

In Thuy Yen Thuong Hamlet, where 404.5ha have been handed to the care of residents, illegal logging has completely stopped and the guardians of the forest profit from collecting rattan and fallen branches for firewood.

Trees of a certain age are allowed to be harvested.

Without the programme, each forest ranger in the province has to protect 1,000ha of forest.

The province has regularly organised training courses for farmers, forestry staff and farm owners, and offered incentive policies for forestry officials who volunteer to work in remote areas.

The forestry sector has created 18,000 jobs each year in recent years, which has helped lower the poverty rate in the province.

Source: VietNamNet/Viet Nam News


Source: QDND

Visitors can enjoy live shamisen music at Fukuoka cultural event

In Uncategorized on August 8, 2010 at 11:22 am

Visitors can listen to live shamisen music played by two young girls at a four day-long cultural event introducing the culture of southern Japan in Hanoi from August 10-13.

The traditional Japanese tea ceremony will be performed at the Fukuoka cltural event 

The Hanoi People’s Committee will cooperate with Fukuoka prefecture of Japan to organize Fukuoka Cultural Days at the Daewoo Hotel in Hanoi, which aims to introduce the culture of southern Japan to the Vietnamese people and celebrate the forthcoming 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi.

Various activities will take place during the event, including exhibitions, cultural exchanges, fashion shows, , the traditional Japanese tea ceremony, origami (paper folding), and music and dance performances.

Two girls from Yame, a Japanese city famous for its green tea, will play the shamisen, a traditional Japanese musical instrument that dates back to the 16th century dressed in traditional Japanese kimonos.

Young residents can take part in the exciting sosaku dance with 32 high schoolgirls, who have won first prize in cultural events in Japan. Anyone who loves manga comic strips has the chance to have famous artists Shiitake and Tao draw their portraits right before their eyes.

A Fukuoka-style collection will take the stage August 13, for Vietnamese fashion lovers. In addition, people can try on the yukata, a Japanese summer kimono worn by both men and women.

Gourmets will have chance to taste good fruits and cakes of Fukuoka, especially Taiyaki, a Japanese fish-shaped cake.

Japan’s most famous modern flower arranger, Shogo Kariyazaki, will create artistic works from Vietnamese flowers in the display corner of the event.
Entrance is gratis.

Source: SGGP

Afghan war kills 1,325 civilians this year: rights group

In Uncategorized on August 8, 2010 at 11:22 am

More than 1,300 civilians have been killed in Afghanistan so far this year, mostly by Taliban insurgents, a leading Afghan rights group said Sunday.

Taliban militants were responsible for about 68 percent of the 1,325 deaths while Afghan and NATO troops were to blame for 23 percent, Afghanistan’s Independent Human Rights Commission said.

Violent but “unknown factors” killed the rest, it said.

The new toll shows a five percent increase over the same period last year, the group said, citing a nationwide count of civilian casualties by its regional offices, senior commissioner Nader Nadery told reporters.

Most of the casualties caused by the insurgents were killed by improvised explosive devices, the Taliban’s weapon of choice which is also responsible for most military deaths in Afghanistan.

Nadery said fewer people had died in NATO-led airstrikes but more had been killed in rocket attacks targeting insurgents, but he did not give figures.

Civilian casualties have become a critical issue in the nearly nine-year Afghan war and reducing the number of such incidents is seen as crucial to a US-led counter-insurgency strategy designed to end the conflict.


Source: SGGP

China mudslides leave 96 dead, 2,000 missing

In Uncategorized on August 8, 2010 at 11:21 am

At least 96 people were killed and 2,000 missing Sunday after mudslides swept away homes and destroyed roads in northwestern China as the nation battled its worst flooding in a decade.

Rescuers clear up stones and mud on a road after a landslide destroyed a village of more than 300 families in Zhouqu County, Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Gansu Province, August 8, 2010. (Photo: Xinhua)

At least one village was buried entirely and deep rivers of sludge and rocks were hampering rescue efforts in the devastated region of Gansu province, where more than 20,000 people have been evacuated, state media said.

Authorities have sent nearly 3,000 soldiers and about 100 medics to help in search and rescue efforts after the landslides in the remote ethnically Tibetan region triggered by a deluge of rain late Saturday, reports said.

Premier Wen Jiabao was also travelling to the mountainous region, as both he and President Hu Jintao urged rescuers to spare no effort to save lives in the latest natural disaster to strike the country, the official Xinhua news agency said.

At least 50,000 people have been affected by floods which submerged half of Zhouqu county at one point, Xinhua said, citing Mao Shengwu, the head of the affected Gannan prefecture.

The landslides swept mud, houses, cars and other debris into a river running through the county, blocking the waterway and triggering flooding in the valley, the government said.

One village was buried as floodwaters reached as high as three storeys at one point, Xinhua said.

State television broadcast images of local residents walking through streets clogged with mud and debris and pictures of buildings swept off their foundations or destroyed by the mudslides and flooding.

Other images showed buildings and vehicles partly submerged by muddy water and soldiers frantically shovelling mud as they searched for the missing. Reports said more than 680 people had been rescued so far, including five who had been stranded on top of a building.

So far rescuers have not been able to use heavy machinery in the search due to the sludge and wreckage, relying instead on shovels and their bare hands to search for survivors, Xinhua said.

Reports said 76 people had also been injured.

Torrential rains that started Saturday had now stopped, reports said, but the local weather bureau has forecast more heavy rain in the upper reaches of the Bailong River on Tuesday and Wednesday.

“The water of the Bailong River flowed into the county seat and many people were trapped,” said Diemujiangteng, the head of Zhouqu county.

“Now the sludge has become the biggest problem to rescue operations. It’s too thick to walk or drive through.”

Some streets were covered with sludge as deep as one metre (three feet), Xinhua said.

As many as 300 houses were buried in the landslides which destroyed roads and bridges while telecommunications, water, electricity and transport links have been cut in the region, reports said.

“Someone said the fifth floor of my residential building has been submerged. People are busy looking for their family members and friends,” local resident Li Tiankui was quoted by Xinhua as saying.

Floodwaters have receded by 40 centimetres after authorities used explosives to blast the debris blocking the river, China News Service and Xinhua said.

According to government figures issued before the latest disaster, the number of people killed or missing in devastating floods across China this year had risen to more than 2,100.

China’s civil affairs ministry said Friday 1,454 people had died, another 669 were still missing and more than 12 million had been evacuated from their homes.

Large swathes of China have been hit by summer deluges that have triggered the worst floods in a decade, caused countless deadly landslides and swollen many large rivers to dangerous levels.

According to the ministry, 1.4 million homes have been destroyed by the floods that have also caused 275 billion yuan (41 billion dollars) in direct economic losses for the year.

China’s northeast is the worst-hit area, with entire towns flooded and rivers bordering North Korea swollen to critical levels, prompting fears of deluges in both countries.

China has suspended shipping and tourist boat traffic on the Yalu River, which forms the border with North Korea, over fears of flooding.

In North Korea, floods had also washed away homes, roads, railways and farmland in the deeply impoverished nation, state media said, but gave no casualty figures.

In August 2007, the country’s worst floods in a decade left at least 600 people dead or missing.


Source: SGGP

Medvedev in first visit to Abkhazia since Georgia war

In Uncategorized on August 8, 2010 at 11:21 am

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Sunday made an unannounced visit to Abkhazia, his first trip to the breakaway Georgian region since Tbilisi’s war with the region two years ago.

Medvedev held talks with Abkhazia’s rebel leader Sergei Bagapsh and toured the sea embankment of its main city Sukhumi on the two year anniversary of the conflict with Georgia, an AFP correspondent reported.

In the wake of the August 2008 war, Moscow recognised Abkhazia and fellow rebel region South Ossetia as independent states — a move so far followed by only a handful of countries and condemned by the West.

“It was not a simple decision,” Medvedev said. “But time has shown that it was the right decision. The existence of the peoples of South Ossetia and Abkhazia was under threat.”

“If that decision had not been taken, the situation now would be completely different,” he added.

The August 2008 war saw Russian forces pour into the two breakaway regions of Georgia after Georgia attacked  South Ossetia, and later Abkhazia, prompting the worst post-Cold War crisis between Russia and the West.

Russian official news agencies confirmed that the visit was the first by a Russian president since Moscow recognised Abkhazia’s independence.

Georgia, which along with most of the international community insists the region is an integral part of its territory, reacted with exasperation to the visit.

Abkhaz separatists waged a civil war with Georgia in the 1990s after the break-up of the Soviet Union that killed several thousand people and left 250,000 people, mostly ethnic Georgians, as refugees.

Since Moscow’s declaration of its independence, Abkhazia has been boosted by significant Russian aid and visits by large numbers of Russian tourists. But its economy remains stricken by the lack of international recognition.

The two breakaway regions say that they have the right to announce their state independence because the International Justice Court has just affirmed the independence annoucement of the Serbia’s breakaway region of Kosovo is lawful. 

Source: SGGP

APEC meeting vows to seek higher-quality economic growth

In Uncategorized on August 8, 2010 at 11:21 am

 Asian and Pacific countries agreed Sunday to improve the “quality” of their growth and help put the global economy back on track from its crisis.

Beppu City

The accord was reached at a meeting of ministerial-level officials as well as industrial and academic leaders from the 21 countries of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum.

International institutions including the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank were also represented at the two-day meeting, which ended Sunday in the Japanese resort of Beppu.

It was aimed at paving the ground for APEC leaders to work out an unprecedented “growth strategy” for the region at the forum’s annual summit in November in the Japanese port city of Yokohama.

“As the world’s leading growth centre, the APEC region has a great responsibility for the future course of the global economy,” said a statement from the co-chairmen of the meeting.

“APEC should contribute to improving the quality of growth in the global economy as well through its growth strategy, as envisaged by the APEC economic leaders last year,” said the statement posted APEC’s official website.

APEC leaders agreed at last year’s summit in Singapore to formulate the strategy in 2010 to “shape the region’s growth following the financial and economic crisis,” said the statement.

APEC was launched in 1989 to promote trade and strengthen economic cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region, which now accounts for more than half the world’s economic output and 40 percent of its population.

The grouping includes Australia, China, Japan, Peru, Russia, South Korea, Taiwan, the United States, and seven members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

“Countries in the region are exploring ways to shift their emphasis on economic development from exports to domestic demand,” Japanese trade minister Masayuki Naoshima told a news conference after co-chairing the meeting.

“Japan wants to cooperate in economic development by backing infrastructure projects,” said Naoshima. The other co-chairman was Satoshi Arai, the Japanese minister of state for economic and fiscal policy.

The meeting confirmed that APEC aims to achieve economic growth that is “balanced, inclusive, sustainable, innovative and secure,” the statement said.

Balanced growth should be led by “structural reforms” while inclusive growth features job creation — especially for women — human resources development and better access to finance, it added.

Energy efficiency will be the core of sustainable growth while innovative growth will be driven by an improvement in the research and development environment, the statement said.

The members of APEC can contribute to secure growth by working together in such areas as counter-terrorism, prevention of pandemic diseases and food security, the statement added.


Source: SGGP

Medvedev donates over $10,000 to victims of wildfires

In Uncategorized on August 8, 2010 at 11:20 am

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has personally donated 350,000 rubles (some $12,000) to the victims of wildfires raging across the central part of European Russia, RIA-Novosti quoted his spokesperson as saying on Saturday.

The Russian cabinet hold a meeting for resolution of wildfires in central Russia in Moscow on August 8, 2010. (Photo: RIA-Novosti

Over 50 people have so far been killed in the blazes, which have also left more than 3,500 people homeless. Forest and peat bog fires, sparked by an unprecedented heat wave, are currently burning in 22 Russian regions.

“It is expected that the president’s example will be followed by other high-ranking officials,” Natalya Timakova said.

She also said that Medvedev hoped ordinary people would also contribute to the fund to help those who have suffered in the disaster.

Medvedev earned 3,335,281 rubles (around $115,000) in 2009. He also has 12 bank accounts with a net balance of 3,574,747.34 rubles ($123,000).


Source: SGGP