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Turbulence injures 21 on VN Airlines’ Paris flight

In Uncategorized on October 21, 2010 at 7:53 pm




Turbulence injures 21 on VN Airlines’ Paris flight


QĐND – Thursday, October 21, 2010, 19:32 (GMT+7)

Eighteen passengers and three crew members were injured by severe turbulence on Oct. 20 while on board Vietnam Airlines Flight VN535 from Hanoi to Paris.


The flight operated a Boeing 777-200 aircraft and was carrying 222 passengers and 15 crew members.


Immediately after the incident, the captain and Vietnam Airlines Operation Control Centre requested that local airport authorities be prepared with medical assistance upon landing.


The crew provided first aid and took other necessary measures to all injured passengers while the plane continued its route to Paris, finally landing safely at Charles de Gaulle Airport.


All 21 injured passengers and crew members were taken to the airport clinic for medical evaluation, and nine were later sent to a local hospital for treatment.


As of 8pm October 20, most of the injured had been discharged from the hospital and are expected to recover soon.


A press release from the carrier said that all remaining passengers were safe and unaffected.


The aircraft is currently grounded at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport and will go through further evaluation and maintenance before returning to Vietnam .


Vietnam Airlines is proactively co-operating with local authorities and insurance partners to complete necessary formalities and to provide further assistance to passengers.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Qatar Airways increases flights to Asia

In Uncategorized on October 21, 2010 at 7:52 pm




Qatar Airways increases flights to Asia


QĐND – Thursday, October 21, 2010, 19:49 (GMT+7)


PANO – Qatar Airways detailed its commitment to expanding its presence and offering in the Asian Market at ITB Asia, the region’s largest travel trade show taking place in Singapore between October 20 and 22.

The airline is promoting new routes to Phuket and Hanoi and increased services to Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City, together with exciting stopover packages for international events in Doha to make a trip to Asia an even more attractive option for European travellers, the carrier announced the plan on October 21st.


Qatar’s new route to Thailand’s premier resort island of Phuket offers flights six times a week, increasing to daily flights in November via Kuala Lumpur and connecting to several of Qatar Airways’ key markets in Europe. Launched on October 12, this is Qatar’s second route to Thailand and the 8th new international destination it has launched this year. The Phuket services are part of an overall capacity increase to Thailand, which is witnessing a rapid post-recession recovery in tourism with arrivals expected to top 14 million in 2010. Qatar Airways boost its Doha – Bangkok frequencies from twice daily flights to triple daily effective from November 1.  Qatar Airways will exercise fifth freedom traffic rights allowing it to sell tickets between Phuket and Kuala Lumpur. 


Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said that the airline’s route to Thailand’s largest island reinforced the airline’s commitment to target underserved Asian markets. On November 1, Qatar will commence four flights a week to the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi, as well as increased frequency to Ho Chi Minh City from three flights a week to daily.


“Visitor numbers to Asian destinations such as Phuket and Hanoi are on the rise and Qatar Airways will look to take advantage of our European connections from countries like Russia, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, the UK and other parts of Europe to expand the market. With only a handful of airlines offering flights from Europe to these destinations, the opportunity is there for us to acquire market share,” said Al Baker.


In Asia-Pacific, Qatar Airways’ route network now extends to 17 destinations and makes up almost 20 per cent its global network.


Qatar Airways Stopover Packages


To sweeten the offer further, Qatar is taking advantage of the many international events in home-base Doha offering VIP stopover packages through Qatar Airways Holidays.


Qatar is launching the VIP deal with the World Tennis Association Championships- Doha 2010 and the 2nd Annual Doha Tribeca Film Festival from October 26 to 31. More event-linked offers will be rolled out during 2011 providing travelers with VIP tickets and select hotels to create exclusive stopover package.  


Qatar Airways Awarded

Recognising its long-term partnership with Asia and growing services and products, Qatar was recently awarded two major industry accolades: Best Middle Eastern Airline By TTG Asia Magazine for the 5th consecutive year and Best Middle Eastern Airline Business Traveller Asia-Pacific for the 2nd year running. 


Both awards are in recognition of Qatar Airways’ strong commitment towards travel excellence as voted by readers of TTG Asia – a prestigious weekly travel trade magazine published across Asia – and the monthly Business Traveller Asia Pacific, which also has sister titles worldwide aimed at frequent fliers. 


Qatar Airways is the only Middle East carrier in an elite club of Five Star-ranked airlines recognising the best in service excellence by industry audit, Skytrax.


The airline’s Senior Vice President East Asia and South West Pacific, Marwan Koleilat, who picked up the awards on behalf of the airline, said: “Qatar Airways continues to set high benchmarks to remain competitive. Across Asia Pacific, we have made significant inroads with our flights and increased capacity that provide us with extensive reach in one of the world’s most important vibrant regions.”


 


“The awards are further evidence of Qatar Airways’ success in offering innovative products and services to our passengers,” he said adding, “We are proud that the exceptional standards we set have been recognised by our valuable customers, as well as the travel industry.”


Since February this year, Qatar Airways has launched flights from its Doha hub to Bangalore, Tokyo, Ankara, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Sao Paulo, Buenes Aires and Phuket.


Over the next five months Qatar Airways will introduce scheduled flights to Hanoi, Nice, , Bucharest, Budapest, Brussels and Struttgart. With a growing international network, Qatar Airways is able to offer passengers from across Asia with excellent connections to destinations around the world via Doha.


Qatar Airways operates a modern fleet of 89 aircraft to 93 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and North and South America. The carrier has outstanding orders for more than 200 aircraft worth over US$40 billion.


 


Reported by Thu Nguyen


 


Source: QDND

Northern province boosts cross-border trade

In Uncategorized on October 21, 2010 at 7:52 pm




Northern province boosts cross-border trade


QĐND – Thursday, October 21, 2010, 19:32 (GMT+7)

The northern province of Lang Son has been taking numerous breakthrough solutions in order to push up the cross-border trade to neighbour China and develop the border areas’ infrastructure.


Sharing more than 200 km of the border line with China’s Guangxi province, Lang Son has two international and two local main border gates to China, not mention to auxiliary ones. With motorway and railway systems, the province is one of the major centres for the economic cooperation between Vietnam and ASEAN with China, and also the first tip in the economic corridor connecting Lang Son, Hanoi, Hai Phong city and Quang Ninh province of Vietnam with Nanning city of China.


With its geographic advantages, Lang Son has become a big entrepot of Vietnam and ASEAN countries to China.


According to Bui Gia Tuan, Deputy Director of the provincial Department of Industry and Trade, the cross-border trade between Lang Son and Guangxi has been strongly developing with the export-import turnover increasing. The foreign investment, mostly from Guangxi and other Chinese localities, so far has reached nearly 200 million USD injected in 30 projects; and the import-export turnover was 1.5 billion USD.


The province’s export staples to China include farming, forestry and fishery products, minerals and consumer goods. The locally-processed products include star aniseeds, resin, medicinal herbs, metal ores, and wood chips fetching 36 million USD in the first nine months, up 40 percent over the same period last year. The import staples include machines, equipment, steel, vans and transport facilities, fruits and consumer goods.


Ha Hong, Vice Head of the Dong Dang Border Economic Zone Management Board, said Lang Son plans to develop the Dong Dang EZ to an economic complex. It will push up investment and exploit potentials with the aim of becoming key part of the northern economic quadrangle of Lang Son-Hanoi-Hai Phong-Quang Ninh.


The province will facilitate investment in socio-economic infrastructure projects, and give more incentives to domestic and foreign exporters-importers doing business via the province.


Lang Son has recently organised a seminar on accelerating export-import on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and China.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Training course on waterway transport safety for children

In Uncategorized on October 21, 2010 at 7:52 pm




Training course on waterway transport safety for children


QĐND – Thursday, October 21, 2010, 19:32 (GMT+7)

A training course to ensure children’s safety on waterway transport opened in the Mekong delta province of An Giang on Oct. 20.


During the three-day training course, 50 provincial police will be briefed of the situation of the country’s waterway accidents over the past years, river transport safety policies and regulations on wharves and transport vehicles.


They will also make a fact-finding tour to river wharves in Long Xuyen city and discuss measures to prevent children drowning, particularly for those who have to go to school by boat.


The course is being held by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Ministry of Transport and Communication and the An Giang Traffic Safety Committee.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

PM guarantees food supplies for flood victims

In Uncategorized on October 21, 2010 at 7:52 pm




PM guarantees food supplies for flood victims


QĐND – Thursday, October 21, 2010, 19:33 (GMT+7)

The Government would ensure sufficient food for people in flood-stricken central provinces and request local authorities supply prompt relief to people in need, said Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung while visiting the hardest-hit central province of Ha Tinh on October 20.


Talking with the provincial Party Committee and people after visiting and presenting gifts to households in Huong Khe district, which reported a total loss of over 700 billion VND with 22 communes submerged, PM Dung extended deep sympathy to people in flooded areas, especially families of dead people.


He said, “the Party and State always looked towards the central people and would seek every measure to help them quickly overcome the consequences of national disasters and normalise their lives.”


The Government leader urged the three provinces of Ha Tinh, Quang Binh and Nghe An to continue search and rescue work, provide food for flood victims and mobilise all resources to help repair houses and prevent diseases.


“If any province lets people in flooded areas go hungry, its leaders will be responsible to the Party and State,” he said.


Ha Tinh has so far reported a total loss of nearly 5.4 trillion VND (270 million USD) with 21 deaths, one missing, 26 injured and over 175,000 houses submerged.


The PM has decided to extract 660 billion VND from the State budget and 11,000 tonnes of rice from the national reserve in support for central provinces to surmount the flood consequences.


The National Committee for Search and Rescue and the Ministry of National Defence have mobilised over 19,000 soldiers, police and militia, 392 canoes, one helicopter, seven electric generators and five tonnes of instant noodles and dry provisions to the central region.


On October 20, many agencies nationwide, including the Office of the State President, and National Assembly deputies, contributed money in support of central flood-hit people. Ho Chi Minh City also raised over 18 billion USD for the victims.


Not only compatriots in the country but also overseas Vietnamese look towards central flood victims with deep sympathies. Vietnamese residents in the US State of Texas have donated 50,000 USD for people affected by the historical floods over the past 60 years in central Vietnam.


To date, 11 international organisations have pledged an emergency aid of around 450,000 USD for Vietnamese flood victims.


According to a report by the National Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention and Control, by October 20, the flood death toll rose to 46, including 16 in Nghe An province, 21 in Ha Tinh province, eight in Quang Binh province and one in Thanh Hoa.


The floods also left 21 missing and injured 18 others.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Vietnamese youths support flooded victims

In Uncategorized on October 21, 2010 at 7:51 pm




Vietnamese youths support flooded victims


QĐND – Thursday, October 21, 2010, 21:24 (GMT+7)

Young people nation-wide have during recent days carried out diverse and meaningful activities to show their sympathy and responsibility towards their compatriots who had been hard-hit by recent floods in Central Vietnam.


In Hanoi, volunteers’ clubs have launched a number of donation programs to raise fund for the flood victims.


Specifically, a volunteer group named “Niem Tin” (Belief) encouraged people to donate books and learning kits for flood-hit students.


The group held an auction of a painting of Hanoi in Hacinco Village, sold shirts of “Love for the Central” at Dong Xuan Night Market, PanGitChi Shop or via Facebook and other fora.


The group is going to transport the essential aid to pupils of schools in Le Thuy District, Quang Binh Provinces on October 22nd.


Meanwhile, other young volunteer groups, Vicongdong.vn project and Warm Winter, Thang Long and the forum Online Quangbinh have jointly organised a journey “Passing rainy season” to distribute aid to 250 households in Cu Nam Commune, Bo Trach District, Quang Binh Province.


The aid, including instant noodles, rice, notebooks and ball-point pens and money, were collected since October 7th and presented to the needy on October 19th and 20th.


Similarly the club “Thousands of Paper Cranes” in conjunction with Online Life and Science Newspaper launched a program entitled “Compassion for the Central”. In response to the program, individuals and organisations have collected a large number of clothing, 650 mosquito-nets, instant noodles, spice and VND 7 million for victims in Minh Hoa District, Quang Binh Province.


The forum kiminland.net called on their members to skip their breakfasts and ice-cream to save money for the victims.


Members of the fcbarcelona.com.vn forum are very actively involved in assisting flood victims in the Central Provinces by donating their own belongings.


At the same time, other young people expressed their sympathy by praying for the flood to go away.


Students from Class K52 Press and Communication under the University of Social Science and Humanity have donated their money saved from the celebration of Vietnamese Women’s Day on October 20th to support the victims.


Besides, many international friends are also responding to the campaign to support flood victims in the Central of Vietnam.


Source: Tien Phong

Translated by Mai Huong

Source: QDND

Government to buy a home for Prof. Ngo Bao Chau

In Uncategorized on October 21, 2010 at 7:51 pm




Government to buy a home for Prof. Ngo Bao Chau


QĐND – Thursday, October 21, 2010, 21:24 (GMT+7)

A convenient home will soon be provided for Professor Ngo Bao Chau and his family, the Governmental Office announced on October 20th.


At a recent meeting, the Prime Minister urged involved bodies to soon establish the national advanced mathematics institute and prepare the best conditions for the professor to work.


Earlier, the Ministry of Construction had proposed to earmark a sum from the State Budget to buy a high-quality apartment in Hanoi for the professor and his family to facilitate his business in Vietnam in the future. 


Source: TT

Translated by Thu Nguyen

Source: QDND

Stocks nosedive over bad news

In Uncategorized on October 21, 2010 at 11:52 am

Movements of VN-Index on October 20. (Photo: vietstock.vn)Vietnam’s benchmark VN-Index plummeted the most in one month on October 20 as investors lost patience on speculation that losing trend would maintained further. Most investors resigned themselves cutting losses at the lowest prices.

In addition, tumbles of global stock markets because of an unexpected interest-rate increase by China also damaged local investors’ confidence.


The shares of 264 companies and five mutual funds listed on the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange plunged 2.66 percent, or 12.08 points, to finish at 442.17 points.


Trading volume significantly improved over the previous trading session. Around 41.25 million shares changed hands at more than VND1 trillion, an increase of 22.6 percent in volume and 12.33 percent in value.


Among the index members, only 15 stocks advanced, 236 slumped, while 18 moved flatly.


Ocean Group Joint Stock Company (OGC), which traded 1.55 million shares today, was the most active share in volume.


Refrigeration Electrical Engineering Corporation (REE) followed with 1.42 million shares changing hands.


Investment and Trading of Real Estate Joint Stock Company (ITC) came in third with 1.27 million shares.


On the measure, there were 11 shares which sank the maximum allowed limit of 5 percent, leading by sweet producer Bibica Corporation (BBC), Cadovimex Seafood Import-Export and Processing Joint Stock Company (CAD), and Saigon Garment Manufacturing Trade Joint Stock Company (GMC).


Today, 799,927 bonus shares that Cadovimex Seafood Import-Export and Processing Joint Stock Company (CAD) issued to reward its current shareholders officially traded on the city bourse.


Among a few gainers, DESCON Construction Corporation (DCC) surged 4.69 percent to VND26,800.


The smaller bourse in the north also nosedived as the Hanoi’s HNX-Index collapsed 3.67 percent, or 4.28 points, to close at 112.28 points. Liquidity increased by 27.94 percent in volume and 12.81 percent in value as 35.6 million shares traded at VND662.75 billion.


The UPCoM-Index clipped 0.29 points to 42.73. Around VND3.28 billion were spent on 237,000 shares this morning.

Source: SGGP

China evacuates at least 160,000 as typhoon nears

In Uncategorized on October 21, 2010 at 11:52 am

BEIJING, Oct 21, 2010 (AFP) – China has evacuated at least 160,000 people from the projected path of Typhoon Megi, authorities said Thursday as they braced for the strongest northwest Pacific storm since 1990.


More than 150,000 people have been evacuated in Fujian province in China’s southeast and tens of thousands of fishing boats were called back to port, Xinhua news agency quoted the province’s flood control authorities as saying.

A handout photo taken on October 19, 2010 and released on October 21 by National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) shows a worker inspecting mangled electric pylons near Gamu and Isabela towns north of Manila, destroyed by Typhoon Megi. AFP

At least another 10,000 were evacuated in neighbouring Guangdong province, authorities there said.


Chinese authorities on Wednesday also halted rail services in some areas as they awaited Megi, which has already wreaked havoc in the Philippines, killing at least 27 people.


It is now making its way towards southern China, where it is expected to make landfall along the Guangdong-Fujian coast by the weekend.


“We expect that the strong winds and torrential rain brought by Megi will increase the probability of geological disasters happening in the south such as floods, land and mudslides,” the National Meteorological Centre said.

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Source: SGGP

French protesters briefly block Marseille airport

In Uncategorized on October 21, 2010 at 11:51 am

MARSEILLE, France, Oct 21, 2010 (AFP) – Activists blocked access to Marseille airport Thursday as part of the increasingly bitter protest against the French government’s pension reforms, unions and airport officials said.

Travellers walk with their luggages next to French anti riot policemen as stikers block access to Marseille’s airport on October 21, 2010. AFP

Around 200 demonstrators carrying armbands from the CGT and FSU unions had occupied a key roundabout leading to the airport in the early hours of the morning, but had ended their action by 8:00 am.


The action had caused tailbacks of several kilometres early Thursday, with some travellers having to abandon their cars to reach the terminals, an airport spokesman said.


But at 8:30 am, the traffic was beginning to clear.


Staff from the airport and other industries — such as refineries, steelworks and ports — took part in the action, according to a union spokesman.


The airport spokesman said the blockade had only a partial one, although it had caused large traffic queues.

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Source: SGGP