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Vietnam Airlines gets 120 minute ETOP certification

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:11 am

Vietnam Airlines gets 120 minute ETOP certification

QĐND – Sunday, January 09, 2011, 22:18 (GMT+7)

The Vietnam Aviation Corporation (Vietnam Airlines) has received a 120 minute ETOP (Extended- range Twin-engine Operational Performance Standards) certificate.

This rule allows twin-engined airliners to fly long-distance routes.

Vietnam Airlines is striving to get a 180 minute ETOP certification and other standards to ensure the efficiency of flights to the US.

Over the past 14 years, Vietnam Airlines has ensured safety of 687,550 domestic and international flights and is now expanding its network of 44 air routes to 26 locations in 15 nations and 35 domestic air routes.

Vietnam Airlines has a group of young crew and 70 modern aircraft such as B777, A330-200, A321 and AT7-500 with an average age of 6.5 years.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Rescuers hope for survivors after floods kill 120 in Kashmir

In Uncategorized on August 7, 2010 at 11:20 am

SRINAGAR, India, Aug 7, 2010 (AFP) – Rescuers struggled to find survivors Saturday after devastating floods caused by freak rains killed at least 120 people in a remote part of Indian Kashmir popular for adventure sports.

Scores remained missing Saturday as heavy rainfall briefly disrupted rescue efforts and raised fears of more flooding, with several villages in the stark Himalayan border region still cut off.

“The death toll is likely to increase from 120 as more bodies are arriving,” said a senior police official, asking not to be named as he was not authorised to speak to the media.

At least 400 people were reported injured in the floods, which struck without warning in the region which shares a sensitive border with China and has a large Indian military presence.

Thousands more were left homeless in the disaster, which came as India’s neighbour Pakistan has been hit by the country’s worst flooding in living memory, affecting up to 15 million people.

Shops in a newly built market in Leh, the main town in the majority Buddhist Ladakh area, were transformed into temporary mortuaries where rescuers laid out bodies.

A Lal Pir Thermal Power building is seen surrounded by floodwaters in Lal Pir, Pakistan on August 7, 2010. AFP

India’s military was helping in the rescue efforts after floodwaters — triggered by a cloudburst in the normally arid region — swamped Leh and surrounding villages in the early hours of Friday as people slept.

Among those killed by the flash floods and mudslides were labourers from various Indian states.

“Our immediate priority is to look for survivors,” said state tourism minister Nawang Rigzin Jora, who was directing rescue efforts in Leh.

Rescuers waded in knee-deep mud to reach victims trapped in collapsed buildings in Leh, which lies 3,500 metres (11,500 feet) above sea level.

A powerful six-foot (two-metre) wave of water, mud and sand left the area looking “like it was bombed,” R.S. Raina, who works for state broadcaster Doordarshan in Leh, told AFP. “I’ve never seen such devastation,” Raina said.

The mountainous area in the southeastern part of Muslim-majority Kashmir is a favourite destination for foreign adventure tourists interested in trekking and river rafting.

Farooq Shah, the region’s director of tourism, said only one foreign tourist was known to have been injured and was out of danger. But he said the situation would become clearer in a day or two as some tourists had travelled to remote villages now cut off by the devastation.

Up to 3,000 tourists were staying in Leh but none of the major hotels suffered serious damage, Leh tourism official Nissar Hussain said. Many tourists were now assisting the relief operations.

Air Force flights resumed to Leh airport Saturday, bringing vital relief supplies, after workers cleared runways of mud and debris.

But the floodwaters had washed away parts of the main highway to the town, making road transport difficult.

“The flights have brought in relief material, including medicines,” tourism official Nissar Hussain told AFP. Private airlines had also resumed operations, allowing some foreign tourists to leave.

Some 25 soldiers were missing after the floods washed away several army posts, said army spokesman Sitanshu Kar.

Civilian doctors were operating in the main army hospital as “the Leh Civil Hospital has been filled with mud,” Kar said.

Rivers in the area had already been running high due to heavy runoff from melting winter snows, exacerbating the disaster, officials said.

Source: SGGP

Thua Thien – Hue: USD 120,000 project to clear bombs and mines

In Uncategorized on April 22, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Thua Thien – Hue: USD 120,000 project to clear bombs and mines

QĐND – Thursday, April 22, 2010, 21:42 (GMT+7)

On April 21, the office of the People’s Committee of the central province of Thua Thien – Hue announced that the committee chairman, Mr. Nguyen Ngoc Thien signed a decision adopting a project worth USD 120,000 to clear land of bombs and mines in the province, sponsored by Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA).

The project will be carried out in Hong Tien commune, Huong Tra district, aiming to identify areas in the communities that are affected by bombs and mines to promptly clear land to reduce fatalities and injuries among residents and develop agricultural cultivation.

The project is assigned to the provincial union of friendship organizations.

Source: CPV

Source: QDND

120 Japanese tourists visit Hoi An

In Vietnam Travel on March 22, 2010 at 4:09 pm

120 Japanese tourists visit Hoi An

QĐND – Monday, March 22, 2010, 21:37 (GMT+7)

The ancient town of Hoi An held a cultural night on March 20th to receive 120 tourists from Japan.

The Japanese tourists traveled to Vietnam on a direct flight between Japan and Da Nang and then were taken to Hoi An by Han River Tourism Company.

All Japanese visitors were very interested in the peaceful and glamorous night of the ancient town. They were drawn to the old architecture, flower garlands and colored lanterns casting colourful lights and Vietnamese traditional music performances. They took a lot of photos and became very surprised when they were taken to Cau pagoda with a Japanese-style bridge.

Deputy Director of the Hoi An Cultural Center, Nguyen Thi Nhung said that the number of international tourists to Hoi An is increasing and the center has so far received a number of contracts from tour organisations for tourists from Japan, Taiwan (China) and Germany.   

Source: TT

Translated by Thu Nguyen

Source: QDND

WB okays to 120 mln USD for Chinese eco-farming project

In Uncategorized on December 4, 2008 at 2:30 pm

Beijing (VNA) – The board of executive directors of the World Bank (WB) has approved a loan of 120 million dollars to fund an eco-farming project in China, the World Bank’s (WB) China Office announced on December 3.

Farmers in central China ‘s Anhui and Hubei provinces, Chongqing Municipality , Hunan province and the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in southwestern China would benefit from an improved rural environment and better living conditions as a result of the project, according to the office.

The WB loan would cover half of the project costs, with the other half being financed through counterpart funding.

The project would assist farmer households to integrate the use of biogas into their agricultural production systems. The loan would be used to build biogas digesters, and improve kitchens, animal sheds, and toilet facilities in the households.

The project would also help develop local extension and training facilities for rural energy and agricultural services, provide equipment and materials for the service systems, training for technicians and farmers, and support farmer biogas organisations.

The funding will be provided over the next five years, to be allocated over the next 20 years.-

120 poor students receive IT scholarships

In Uncategorized on August 13, 2008 at 5:48 pm

HANOI — One hundred and twenty poor and disabled students will get information technology scholarships sponsored by UK-based Prudential Insurance Corporation’s Prudence Fund.

Each scholarship is worth US$2,400. These students, who graduated from high school with good grades but lack the finance to continue their studies at university, will be trained at Aptech Viet Nam for two years.

“Human resources in information technology is in need in Viet Nam at this moment so Prudence Fund decided to help students get trained in this field,” said Nguyen Van Hao, deputy general director of Prudential Viet Nam.

The applicants for these scholarships must pass an exam of mathematics and English, and an interview.

The 35 first IT scholarships will be granted to students in Ha Noi, Hai Phong and Thanh Hoa Province.

Scholarships like this will help realise poor and disabled students’ wishes, said Nguyen Dac Vinh, the secretary of Viet Nam Youth Union’s Central Committee.

After finishing the two-year training programme, these students will have permanent jobs in FPT corporation or other companies. —