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Japan eyes building its own GPS system

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:14 am

 Japan is considering launching new satellites to establish its own global positioning system (GPS) in a bid to reduce its reliance on the US navigation network, officials said on Wednesday.


In September, Japan launched a rocket carrying its first satellite intended to improve GPS systems widely used by Japanese motorists for navigation as well as by aviation and maritime operators.


The government’s space development strategy headquarters, headed by Prime Minister Naoto Kan, is now discussing plans to launch additional satellites, said an official.


“There is a proposal that our country should secure its own GPS as it is now fully relying on the US system,” the official said.


“The new system may also open our opportunity for marketing GPS services to other Asian countries,” he said, adding that the government plans to reach a final decision by August.

A Japanese rocket takes off carrying satellites at the Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima prefecture in the south of the country

The Yomiuri Shimbun daily reported on Wednesday that Japan had decided to launch six to seven new satellites to establish its own GPS system by 2014 and 2015 to cover the entire Asia-Pacific region.


By using both the new satellites and American GPS in combination, Japan could raise the degree of precision of car navigation systems 10-fold, the mass-circulation said.


The government plans to charge private GPS operators some 13 billion yen (158 million dollars) per year for using the system as it would cost more than 200 billion yen to launch six satellites, it said.

Source: SGGP

Limiting building houses to fight overpopulation, experts say

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:12 am




Limiting building houses to fight overpopulation, experts say


QĐND – Monday, January 03, 2011, 20:38 (GMT+7)

The Ministry of Construction has made an adequate suggestion of allocating the country’s land fund to apartment buildings and limiting the amount of houses in an attempt to cope with the overpopulation, property experts said.


The Ministry of Construction has just suggested allocating the country’s land fund to apartment buildings and limiting the amount of houses in an attempt to cope with the overpopulation.


Statistics from the ministry show there are more than 22 million residential properties nationwide, with houses making the largest part.


“People struggle to buy houses in cities as the amount of available lands is getting low with price surging too high. Therefore, building more houses will waste money and the country’s land fund,” said a property expert.


“Most of local people tend to speculate on property, considering it as the best asset class. People in developed countries, in contrast, only rent houses or pay by installments for a house in many years.”


The expense for building a house remains pretty high. Therefore, allocating the land fund to apartment buildings is the most adequate solutions to lower apartment prices,” said Nguyen Van Hiep, vice director of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Construction.


The number of apartment buildings in Vietnam just increased steeply in the last 10 years, according to house builders. Among the most comfortable factors apartment dwellers enjoy is the green areas at every buildings.


However, some analysts said local people prefer houses, which are considered as a better investment than apartments.


“Front houses on main streets can be good places to open shops and offices. Some apartment buildings meanwhile are not quite safe and modern. Many apartment dwellers complaint builders set up too many unreasonable fees,” said a director of a HCMC-based property firm.


The Ministry of Construction should improve town planning, instead of restraining the amount of houses, said property experts and residents dissatisfied with apartment building.


“There should be various types of residential properties in a city. The government should encourage apartment building builders, as well as support property firms building houses for low income earners,” a property expert said.


In related news, public lands including dock warehouses and factories alongside Tau Hu and Doi channels in HCMC’s District 8 will be removed to make space for apartment buildings, according to the People’s Committee.


Around 16,000 slum housings of the district will be relocated to new apartment buildings in the period between 2011 and 2020, the committee said.

Source: SGGP

Source: QDND

VND1.6 trillion for building new rural areas

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:10 am




VND1.6 trillion for building new rural areas


QĐND – Tuesday, January 04, 2011, 20:43 (GMT+7)

Nearly VND1.6 trillion will be poured into a national target programme to create new rural areas, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.


The amount of money will be allocated to all the communes across the country to help them construct roads, provide clean water, improve the quality of the environment and build culture houses.


Under the programme, a zoning plan for 70 percent of communes and a master plan for the 2011-2015 period to develop new rural areas at district and provincial levels is expected to be finish by the end of this year.


The programme will also concentrate on training staff involved in the programme, restructure the economy, and renew forms of production.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

64 killed in Delhi building collapse

In Uncategorized on November 16, 2010 at 8:25 am

51 killed in Delhi building collapse

In Uncategorized on November 16, 2010 at 3:25 am

Report: NKorea begins building light-water reactor

In Uncategorized on November 13, 2010 at 9:54 am

Ministry to closely supervise building red mud reservoir of controversial bauxite project

In Uncategorized on November 6, 2010 at 5:19 am

Japan assists Ninh Binh with building primary schools

In Uncategorized on July 29, 2010 at 3:18 pm




Japan assists Ninh Binh with building primary schools


QĐND – Thursday, July 29, 2010, 20:39 (GMT+7)

The Japanese government will provide a non-refundable aid package worth US$200,000 for construction of two primary schools in the northern province of Ninh Binh.


A contract to this effect was signed in Hanoi on July 28.


Under the project, new classrooms will be built to replace the old, small ones which used to be farm storehouses in Yen Binh, Tam Diep town and Kim Chinh communes, Kim Son district.


At the signing ceremony, Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam Mitsuo Sakaba said that the two projects will help improve primary education in the two communes.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

BA strike talks abandoned after protestors storm building

In Uncategorized on May 23, 2010 at 9:23 am

LONDON (AFP) – Last-ditch talks to try and halt a planned strike by British Airways cabin crew were on Saturday abandoned after dozens of noisy protestors stormed the building where negotiations were being held.


BA chief executive Willie Walsh was harangued by protestors, television pictures showed, and police said they had to escort him from the building in London after the security breach.

Protestors break in to the Acas headquarters in central London during talks between Unite union representatives and British Airways. AFP photo

Airline staff were set to hold a five-day strike from Monday, the latest move in a long-running and bitter dispute between BA and the Unite trade union over working conditions at the struggling carrier.


It is not yet clear whether talks will restart Sunday, with BA saying it was “assessing our position” before deciding whether to commit to them.


Dozens of protestors, many waving Socialist Workers’ Party banners, got into the headquarters of employment dispute resolution service Acas after the talks had been under way for over five hours.


They started a noisy protest inside the building, chanting: “Willie, Willie, Willie, out, out, out” and surrounding Walsh and union officials, television pictures showed.


Afterwards, Acas said that while it was “disappointing” that the talks had broken up in such a way, it was “in touch with the parties to endeavour to restart the discussions”.


For its part, Unite said it was “ready to resume talks” at any time, adding it was crucial that “no time is wasted” in trying to settle the dispute. But BA said it had not yet decided whether to rejoin talks.


Walsh has faced accusations that he is trying to break the unions at BA and Unite accuses BA of imposing changes on cabin crew and refusing to negotiate openly and fairly.


The BA chief executive, though, insists that the airline is struggling for its very existence.


If Monday’s strike does go ahead, it would come hot on the heels of BA posting a record annual pre-tax loss of 531 million pounds (609 million euros, 765 million dollars) Friday on slumping sales.


The airline, which is slashing costs and merging with Spanish rival Iberia in a bid to return to profitability, has been hit hard by the global economic downturn which has decreased demand for air travel.


It also faced a tough start to the current financial year due to the closure of airspace across Europe for up to a week last month due to ash from an Icelandic volcano. The shutdown was the biggest in Europe since World War II.


While BA and Unite have reached broad agreement on pay, the sticking point is now the heavily discounted flights available to off-duty cabin crew — key perks which have been taken away from workers who have gone on strike.


BA had won an injunction blocking a first five-day strike — due to have started last Tuesday — by arguing that the union had failed to report the results of the ballot properly to its members.


But the union later won an appeal against the injunction.


If the strike does go ahead next week, BA says it is confident that thousands of cabin crew will ignore it and that it will be able to fly more than 70 percent of its passengers.


The first five-day action is due to be followed by two further strikes starting on May 30 and June 5.

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Source: SGGP

Uncle Ho’s heritage on Party building discussed

In Uncategorized on May 15, 2010 at 4:55 pm




Uncle Ho’s heritage on Party building discussed


QĐND – Saturday, May 15, 2010, 21:20 (GMT+7)

The Academy of Politics and Public Administration Zone III held a scientific workshop on President Ho Chi Minh’s heritage on Party building in the central city of Da Nang on May 14.


Addressing the event, which marked the 120 th birthday of President Ho Chi Minh, the academy’s director Nguyen Hong Son said, “Uncle Ho left us a huge legacy and an invaluable heritage, including the Ho Chi Minh Thoughts, the Ho Chi Minh Era and the Ho Chi Minh Moral Example”.


The most valuable amongst those is his heritage on theory of the national democratic revolution and the socialist revolution in Vietnam as well as building a strong and pure Party and a State of the people, by the people and for the people, he said.


Uncle Ho’s first recommendation in his testament is about the Party and the unity and oneness of mind within the Party; the wide practice of democracy and the regular and strict implementation of self-criticism and criticism. The Party must be kept really pure, worthy being a leader and faithful servant of the people.


President Ho Chi Minh also paid a special attention to building revolutionary morals for officials and Party members, Son added.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND