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VND 2,600 billion to build Thanh Hoa Airport

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

VND 2,600 billion to build Thanh Hoa Airport

QĐND – Sunday, January 09, 2011, 22:17 (GMT+7)

The project to build Thanh Hoa Airport was officially announced on January 8th by the Thanh Hoa Provincial People’s Committee and the Vietnam Aviation Department.

Under the plan, the project will be implemented in two phases with the first oneto be completed by 2020 and the second one to be completed by 2030 at a cost of 2,600 billion VND in aggregate.

The airport will be erected in Hai Ninh Commune, Tinh Gia District, 30 km south of Thanh Hoa City, and 1.3 km away from National Highway 1A.

The airport is designed to carry 250,000 passengers and 10,000 tons of cargo per year after the first phase is completed. The designed capacity for the second phase is 1 million passengers and 20,000 tons of cargo per year. The airport will then be able to serve both regular domestic and international flights. 

Source: VnExpress

Translated by Thu Nguyen

Source: QDND

Belarus jails 600 for election protests

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2010 at 4:32 am

MINSK, Dec 21, 2010 (AFP) – Belarus on Tuesday jailed 600 demonstrators detained during a mass rally against the re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko, defying fierce Western condemnation of the bloody crackdown.

Police officials said the protesters would be held for up to 15 days while prosecutors probed their alleged involvement in “organising mass disturbances” — a crime that carries a sentence of up to 15 years.

Belarus opposition supporters light candles near a picture of jailed opposition presidential candidate Andrey Sannikov at a prison’s wall in Minsk during a demonstration on December 21, 2010. AFP

“It is not a fact that all of them will be released after 15 days,” Minsk police spokesman Alexander Lastovsky told AFP.

Lukashenko vowed Monday to come down hard on all those responsible for taking part in Sunday’s unauthorised demonstration against his regime.

“That is it,” Lukashenko declared in a nationally-televised press conference. “Our country will have no more senseless, muddle-headed democracy.”

“I warned you,” he added. “Kids — you are messing with the wrong guy.”

The wave of arrests left relatives searching for loved ones in the city’s prisons, with groups scouring the long list of names posted on the walls of one facility and waiting outside its entrance gate in the hope of receiving any news.

Once labelled the last dictator of Europe by Washington, Lukashenko was re-elected to a fourth term Sunday with nearly 80 percent of the ballot on Soviet-style turnout of more than 90 percent.

His nearest rival received less than three percent of the vote in an election that the challengers vowed to contest even before the results became official.

Seven of Lukashenko’s nine election rivals were arrested in what appears to be a massive crackdown on the opposition, with five candidates beaten up by riot police.

Three of them — Ales Mikhalevich, Vladimir Nekliaev and Andrei Sannikov — were being held by the KGB, while two others — Rygor Katusev and Dmitry Uss — were released under orders not to leave the city, their offices said.

Two more candidates — Nikolai Statkevich and Vitaly Rymanshevsky — are still believed to be in police detention.

The Belarussian justice ministry also threatened to ban parties and movements that took part in the protests, with the warning affecting organisations headed by two of the challengers.

The clampdown came despite signals in the last months that Lukashenko was seeking to smooth his isolated former Soviet country’s frayed relations with both the European Union and Russia.

EU officials had promised to offer Belarus up to 3.5 billion dollars in loans should it stage a free and fair election. And Russia resolved most of its trade conflicts with its smaller neighbour in the run-up to the vote.

But while Russia refused to condemn the violence, with President Dmitry Medvedev calling it an “internal matter” for Belarus, Belarus was roundly admonished by both the US and the European Union.

“The United States strongly condemns the actions that the government of Belarus has taken to undermine the democratic process,” President Barack Obama’s spokesman Robert Gibbs said in a statement.

Three heavyweight US senators warned Belarus it would pay “a very heavy cost” for the crackdown.

“Having pursued engagement with Belarus in recent months, the United States and our allies should now consider a tougher approach,” Senators John Kerry, John McCain and Joe Lieberman said in a joint statement.

The European Union’s top diplomat Catherine Ashton meanwhile called on the regime to “immediately release” the opposition leaders.

But the authorities said they were were in fact being lenient and had let “a lot of people” go without prosecution.

“We released several foreign nationals, including journalists,” said top Minsk police official Leonid Farmagei.

The Belarussian Journalists’ Association said that 25 media representatives had been arrested in all. At least four reporters were known to have been jailed for up to 15 days while their cases were being studied.

The KGB was also holding two reporters — Irina Halip, a journalist with Moscow’s opposition Novaya Gazeta newspaper, and Natalia Radina, a worker with Belarus’ Charter97 news website, one of the campaign offices said.

Source: SGGP

600 students in Hue launch environmental protection campaigns

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 3:52 am

600 students in Hue launch environmental protection campaigns

QĐND – Monday, October 11, 2010, 21:48 (GMT+7)

PANO – Students from high schools and universities in Hue City on October 10th launched an environmental protection programme, an event toward the 1,000th Anniversary of Thang Long–Ha Noi.

Alongside Vietnamese people in localities across the country celebrating the Great Anniversary, more than 600 students in the ancient capital city started the 2 campaigns: “Go Green” and “Fasting for the environment”, which were seen as practical activities to observe the 1,000th birthday of Thang Long–Hanoi and to echo the “Global Action Against Climate Change” Day.

While the “Go Green” campaign is aimed at mobilising people to take practical action to reduce pollution and preserve the environment, “Fasting for environment” is to encourage people to reduce their consumption, especially animal meat, in their daily meals, which, according to them, should be everybody’s necessary and wise choice to demonstrate positive behaviour towards the environment.

Translated by Thu Nguyen 

Source: QDND

Hanoi welcomes 551,600 foreign tourists

In Uncategorized on July 26, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Hanoi welcomes 551,600 foreign tourists

QĐND – Monday, July 26, 2010, 21:37 (GMT+7)

Hanoi has welcomed 551,600 foreign tourists so far this year, a year-on-year rise of 12 percent, reported the city’s Culture, Sports and Tourism Department.

Germany was the leading nation in the number of holidaymakers to Hanoi with 104,900, a quadruple year-on-year increase, followed by China with 76,600, up 32 percent; France with 59,100, up 32 percent and Japan with 50,900, up 20 percent. Other foreign tourists came from Australia, the US and the UK .

According to the department, the increase was attributable to Hanoi’s upcoming celebrations of its 1,000 th anniversary and the National Tourism Year 2010 in the city.

The city has also increased its tourism quality and developed tourism products, launched movements themed “Hanoians welcome friends” and “the Green Tourism Year” and organised the best tourist guide contest and the long dress festival to lure more tourists.

It will organise the Thang Long-Hanoi International Tourism Festival 2010 and the Hanoi Cuisine Festival.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Cai Lan donates VND 600 million to “Hearts for Children”

In Uncategorized on June 23, 2010 at 4:35 pm

Cai Lan donates VND 600 million to “Hearts for Children”

QĐND – Wednesday, June 23, 2010, 22:4 (GMT+7)

PANO – Representatives of Cai Lan Cooking Oil Ltd. and the Programme “Hearts for Children” signed an agreement to fund medical operations and interventions for poor, young cardiac patients, at the Vietnam Television.

Under the agreement, the company will donate VND 600 million to the programme. The funding will then be allocated to 15 cases of children with heart diseases nationwide.

According to representatives of the Programme “Hearts for Children”, this was the second time the company had donated to the programme to save lives of poor children with lethal diseases. The company reportedly offered VND 500 million to the programme in 2009.

At the signing ceremony, Deputy General Director of the company, Dang Ba Tho pledged that the company had a wish to share the pains and misfortune of poor children with heart diseases and offer a light of hope for their future and would be trying to address as much support for them as possible.  

The Programme “Hearts for Children”, which was launched in October 2008 by the Vietnam Television, the Military Telecommunication Group (Viettel) and the East-Meets-West Foundation, has so far raised VND 35 billion and funded 700 cases.

Translated by Thu Nguyen

Source: QDND

US$ 600 million to upgrade towns in Mekong Delta

In Uncategorized on June 21, 2010 at 4:44 pm

US$ 600 million to upgrade towns in Mekong Delta

QĐND – Monday, June 21, 2010, 22:17 (GMT+7)

A seminar to discuss the detailed plans for a project to upgrade towns in the Mekong Delta was recently held in Can Tho by the Ministry of Construction and the World Bank.

According to local officials, the project lies within the programme to draw up the National Town Upgrading Strategy and Comprehensive Investment Plan for Upgrading Urban Areas toward 2020, which aims to improve the living conditions of the local people living along the Mekong Delta.

Urban planners said that the project, expected to absorb some US$ 600 million, including US$ 455 million of the World Bank’s ODA, will be carried out in 6 cities and towns; namely Can Tho, My Tho, Ca Mau, Cao Lanh, Rach Gia and Tra Vinh.

Under the schedule, the project pre-feasibility study will be finished by the end of 2010. The project will be passed in June 2011 and the signing of funding pacts will be done by September 2011. The project will be then be approved in December 2011 and eventually start in January 2012.

Source: DDDN

Translated by Thu Nguyen

Source: QDND

Mekong Delta to export 600,000 tonnes of tra fish in 2010

In Uncategorized on May 18, 2010 at 1:08 am

Mekong Delta to export 600,000 tonnes of tra fish in 2010

QĐND – Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 7:55 (GMT+7)

The Mekong Delta provinces will export 600,000 tonnes of tra fish in 2010, worth 1.5 billion USD, up nearly 160 million USD over the previous year, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD).

To achieve this goal, the region will expand the tra breeding area to 8,600 hectares this year, up 2,440 hectares against 2008. The expansion will be mostly in Dong Thap, An Giang, Tien Giang, Vinh Long, Hau Giang, Ben Tre province and Can Tho city.

The Mekong Delta provinces pledge to created favourable conditions for local farmers to boost sales on the domestic market through wholesale fish markets, restaurants and hotels.

To ensure an adequate long-term supply of tra fish, MARD plans to establish four high-quality breeding farms in An Giang, Dong Thap, Ben Tre province and Can Tho city. The ministry will also equip nine tra farming provinces and cities with a laboratory to check on the quality of feeds, fish fries and fish products.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

China quake toll tops 600 as rescuers struggle

In Uncategorized on April 15, 2010 at 1:07 pm

XINING, China, April 15, 2010 (AFP) – Rescuers with shovels and bare hands clawed through rubble Thursday to hunt for survivors of a quake in a remote area of China which killed over 600 people and made thousands homeless.

A huge relief effort was under way to send vital aid such as tents and medical supplies to the disaster zone, where doctors set up makeshift hospitals and rescuers battled freezing weather and a lack of oxygen.

Chinese rescue workers with sniffer dogs line up at Xining airport before leaving for Yushu county in Qinghai province on April 15, 2010. AFP photo

Thousands spent the night without shelter in freezing temperatures following the 6.9 magnitude quake which hit Yushu county in northwestern Qinghai province on Wednesday, destroying almost all the houses in Jiegu, the local capital.

The number who perished has risen to 617, including dozens of children, while the number of injured stood at 9,110, state television reported.

But the death toll was expected to rise further, with more than 300 still buried under collapsed mud-and-wood houses and school buildings in the mainly Tibetan region after the deadliest quake in China in almost two years.

“Freezing weather, high altitude and thin air have all made rescue efforts difficult,” Hou Shike, deputy head of the China International Search and Rescue was quoted as saying by the Xinhua state news agency.

Prime Minister Wen Jiabao is due to visit the area later Thursday, as the government dispatched thousands of rescuers, including soldiers and medical teams to the zone on the Tibetan plateau known as the “Roof of the World”.

Foreign governments also offered their help as international aid officials warned that the priorities would be providing shelter, medical aid, supply of food and water and ensuring sanitation to prevent the spread of disease.

The rugged terrain and remoteness of the region, around 800 kilometres (500 miles) or at least 12 hours by road from the provincial capital Xining, were hampering efforts to bring in much-needed supplies.

The quake and a series of strong aftershocks damaged roads and triggered landslides, disrupting telecommunications and knocking out power, although the goverment later said electricity had been restored to dozens of towns.

Dazed survivors told harrowing stories of loved ones being crushed to death under their homes.

“There are 10 people in my family and only four of us escaped. One of my relatives died. All the others are buried under the rubble,” Samdrup Gyatso, 17, told Xinhua after his two-storey home crumbled.

The civil affairs ministry said it was to send 5,000 tents, 50,000 coats and 50,000 quilts. But the local government in Yushu — the quake’s epicentre — reported a lack of tents and medical supplies.

“We lack everything. We lack medical alcohol, needles, anaesthetic,” said doctor Karma Sherab, holding open his empty medical bag as a mother sought help for her injured daughter, Xinhua reported.

Survivors spent an uncomfortable night in the open with temperatures below freezing while rescue workers from outside the region struggled to cope with the lack of oxygen at about 4,000 metres (13,200 feet) above sea level.

Among the dead were at least 66 pupils and 10 teachers, Xinhua said, quoting local authorities, as dozens of grieving parents waited for news near the ruins of the schools, where discarded school books and clothes lay.

The scene was reminiscent of the huge quake in May 2008 in Sichuan province, where thousands of children died when their shoddily-constructed schools fell on them — an issue that caused huge controversy in China.

Nearly 87,000 people were killed or missing in the 2008 disaster, the worst in China in more than three decades.

Qinghai province was also hit by a quake in April 1990 that left 126 dead.

The United States was “ready to assist” in the rescue effort, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, while the United Nations said its chief Ban Ki-moon “recognises the efforts being undertaken by the government of China to assess the situation and to assist those affected by the earthquake”.

Source: SGGP