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Over 150,000 young people join blood donation event

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:05 am

A festival for young people to donate blood was held in 13 cities and provinces nationwide on January 9. The festival attracted over 150,000 young people, in which more than 82,000 registered to donated blood. A total number of blood units collected was 20,000 units.

Young people register to donate blood in Hanoi on January 9. (Photo:VOV)

The festival launched by the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union to cerebrate Student’s Day (January 9) and the Youth Year of 2011 was held in the following areas: Hanoi, Tuyen Quang, Quang Ninh, Thanh Hoa, Nam Dinh, Ha Tinh, Thua Thien – Hue, Khanh Hoa, Kon Tum, Ho Chi Minh City, Dong Nai, Can Tho and Kien Giang.

In Hanoi, the festival was held at Thong Nhat Park, in the Hai Ba Trung District. The event attracted more than 120,000 young people and representatives from ministries and various departments.

At the opening ceremony, 61 outstanding students, that had donated blood more than five times, were specially honoured for their blood donations. On the January 9, 15,000 young people registered in Hanoi to donate blood.

It is estimated that 2,000 units of blood was collected yesterday in the capital.

Dr. Nguyen Anh Tri, director of the Institute of Haematology and Blood Transfusion, said the number of blood units collected would be used for emergency cases at hospitals.

Dr. Tri said the institute receives 10,000-20,000 units of blood on average per month, which meets about 60 percent of our demand; therefore, these events save people’s lives.

In Ho Chi Minh City, on the same day a similar event took place. This event was sponsor by the Committee of HCMC Communist Youth Union, with the Cho Ray Hospital and the city’s Haematology and Blood Transfusion Centre.

The event attracted more than 1,000 young people, who donated 1,000 units of blood.

In conclusion, the number of young people registering to give blood for 2011 is expected to be over 68,800 units of blood in the city.

Source: SGGP

Pakistani plane crashes with 150 on board

In Uncategorized on July 28, 2010 at 3:17 pm

ISLAMABAD, July 28, 2010 (AFP) – A Pakistani passenger plane with 150 people on board crashed in a ball of flames in densely wooded hills while trying to land in Islamabad during bad weather on Wednesday, aviation officials said.

AFP file photo shows a Pakistan army helicopter in Islamabad.

Police said bodies were scattered across the hills near the scene of the smouldering wreckage in inaccessible hills, shrouded in heavy cloud and fog during a downpour.

Up to five people were confirmed dead but five injured survivors have been recovered, according to a senior minister.

Airblue spokesman Raheel Ahmed told AFP the Airbus A-321 took off from Karachi bound for Islamabad with 144 passengers and six crew members on board.

“Apparently the cause of the crash is bad weather, but we leave that to the investigators,” he told AFP.

“We are now preoccupied with rescue work and striving to take care of the relatives of the passengers who were on board.”

Interior Minister Rehman Malik said that at least five injured people had been taken to hospital by helicopter.

“We are trying to get details about the passengers. It’s a big tragedy. It’s really a big tragedy,” Malik told Express TV.

“Rescue teams have reached the area. They are fully equipped. They are scanning the entire area. Those wounded or survivors are being provided assistance and arrangements are have been made to take them to hospitals.”

Civil aviation spokesman Pervez George said Airblue flight 202 took off from Karachi, Pakistan’s financial capital, at 7:45 am (0245 GMT) and had been preparing to land in Islamabad when it crashed.

“When it was preparing to land, it crashed in the Margalla Hills,” he said.

Thick smoke could be seen rising from an inaccessible region in the densely wooded hills, where helicopters circled overheaded and rescue services dispatched ambulances to the nearest roads, an AFP correspondent said.

City police chief Bani Amin said police were informed of a loud explosion and fire sweeping through the hills that dominate the Islamabad skyline, before confirmation that a passenger plane had crashed.

“The site of crash was inaccessible. We have sent teams. It is a forest. Rescue teams have been sent. Helicopters have also been deployed. It is difficult to take out each and everybody immediately,” he told Geo.

Pakistan enjoys a relatively good aviation safety record.

The most recent fatal passenger plane crash was a Pakistan International Airlines Fokker F27 plane that came down on July 10, 2006, killing 45 people in the first major aviation accident in Pakistan for more than three years.

Before that the deadliest civilian plane crash involving a Pakistani jet was a PIA Airbus A300 that crashed into a cloud-covered hillside on its approach to the Nepalese capital Kathmandu, killing 167 people in September 1992.

Source: SGGP

Traffickers of nearly 150 kg of elephant tusk arrested

In Social life on March 22, 2010 at 4:07 pm

Traffickers of nearly 150 kg of elephant tusk arrested

QĐND – Monday, March 22, 2010, 21:38 (GMT+7)

The Quang Ninh Provincial Police put driver Le Van Cuong under arrest for illegally transporting 149.3kg of elephant tusk.

Born in 1976, Le Van Cuong, living in Long Thanh, Yen Thanh, Nghe An, was transporting a number of elephant tusks, including 30 tusks intact and 15 cut into pieces hidden under carpeting and hood and in the trunk, from Nghe An to Mong Cai, Quang Ninh on his truck with the number plate 29X-9797.

His companions, Ho Van Cuong (Born in 1979), Le Van Dien (Born in 1968), Doan Ngoc Hoang (Born in 1974), Doan Ngoc Tuan (Born in 1975), all living in the same town with Cuong, were also put under arrest.

The smugglers declared that the tusks were on their way to China.

Source: Tien Phong

Translated by Hoang Anh   

Source: QDND

Vinaconex to list almost 150 million shares

In Uncategorized on August 5, 2008 at 2:01 pm

Vietnam Construction and Import-Export Corporation (Vinaconex) will soon list 149,985,150 shares worth nearly 1.5 trillion VND (90.9 million USD).

In the first half of this year, Vinaconex earned 6.25 trillion VND, 26 percent more than the same period last year, and made a pre-tax profit of 280.37 billion VND, an increase of 57 percent.-

WB provides 150 million USD credit for Vietnam’s poverty reduction

In Uncategorized on July 29, 2008 at 1:27 pm

Hanoi (VNA) – The World Bank (WB) will provide 150 million USD as preferential credit loan for Vietnam ’s poverty reduction and economic development programmes.

Under an agreement signed between State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) Governor Nguyen Van Giau and WB Acting Country Director in Vietnam Martin Rama in Hanoi on July 29, the credit, which is part of the Poverty Reduction Support Credit 7 (PRSC 7) Programme, has a time-limit of 40 years, including a 10-year grace period with an interest rate of 0 percent.

The credit shows WB commitment in providing continued support for Vietnam ’s economic development and poverty reduction.

Together with the WB, 10 bilateral and multilateral donors will co-sponsor the PRSC 7 programme, which is built on the Vietnamese government’s 2006-2010 socio-economic development plan, with a total capital of 220 million USD.

While stressing the importance of PRSC 7 for Vietnam’s poverty reduction and sustainable development, SBV Governor Giau highly appreciated WB and other co-sponsors’ help to enable Vietnam develop and implement the programme.

A representative from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) affirmed that ADB will continue participating in PRSC programmes and said the bank has decided to increase its contributions to three PRSC programmes in Vietnam from 15 million USD to 25 million USD each.

Representatives from the EC Delegation to Vietnam , the Embassies of Japan and Denmark , and the UK Department for International Development also affirmed their commitments to support Vietnam ’s poverty reduction.-