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Government to combat environmental pollution in craft villages

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:04 am

Government to combat environmental pollution in craft villages

QĐND – Monday, January 10, 2011, 20:44 (GMT+7)

PANO – Deputy Prime, Minister Hoang Trung Hai, recently assigned the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, in coordination with other central agencies and localities, to draw up a comprehensive scheme on the treatment of environmental pollution at nationwide craft villages.

The Deputy Prime Minister also asked the Ministry to complete circulars on environmental technical standards in order to issue them in the third quarter of 2011.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, there are some 1,500 craft villages nationwide, of which 800 villages are located in the Red River Delta.

Meanwhile, results from recent surveys conducted by the Centre of Water Resources and Environment show that the environment of food processing, industrial and handicraft villages is alarming.  

Both officials and experts agreed that it was high time to immediately take serious measures against environmental pollution in craft villages in order to ensure sustainable development for the sector in the future.

Translated by Thu Nguyen

Source: QDND

Last US combat brigade pulls out of Iraq: US media

In Uncategorized on August 19, 2010 at 7:22 am

WASHINGTON, Aug. 18 (AFP) – The last US combat brigade pulled out of Iraq and crossed into Kuwait almost seven and a half years after the US-led invasion to oust Saddam Hussein, US media reported.

Television footage showed an NBC reporter travelling with the 4th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division crossing the border around midnight local time to be followed in the coming hours by the rest of the brigade.

US soldier stands in front of a line of armoured vehicles at Camp Victory, a giant sprawling military base on the edge of Baghdad airport, in June 2010. AFP file

But the US military said there were still several thousand more US troops in Iraq that had to go before the drawdown was complete.

When it does the official name of the US mission in Iraq will change from “Operation Iraqi Freedom” to “Operation New Dawn,” said Major General Stephen Lanza in an interview with MSNBC.

The pullout comes just one day after a suicide bomber blew himself up at a crowded army recruitment center in Baghdad killing 59 people, as violence coinciding with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan raged across Iraq.

The attack, blamed on Al-Qaeda and the deadliest this year, wounded at least another 100 people and came a day after Iraq’s two main political parties suspended talks over the formation of a new government.

News of the milestone withdrawal was also carried by Al-Jazeera and US media such as The Washington Post, CNN and The Los Angeles Times, many of which had reporters embedded with the departing troops.

Lanza, the military spokesman, said there were still nearly 56,000 US troops in Iraq, but the number would fall to 50,000 by the end of the month.

“And we’ll continue to go through our responsible drawdown to meet that drawdown by 1 September. It is about a transition to a change of mission, going from combat operations to stability operations,” he said.

US State Department spokesman Philip Crowley, live on MSNBC as the footage was shown, described the end of combat operations as a “historic moment,” but vowed that America’s long-term commitment was unwavering.

“The last thing that we want to see is an occasion where we have to send troops back into Iraq yet again so we are ending the combat phase of our involvement in Iraq for a second time.

“We’re not ending our involvement in Iraq. We will have important work to do. This is a transition. This is not the end of something. It’s a transition to something different. We have a long-term commitment to Iraq.”

Crowley said that after spending one trillion dollars in Iraq and with 4,400 lives lost, the conflict had come “at high expense.”

“We’ve invested heavily in Iraq and have to do everything we can to preserve that investment to integrate Iraq along with the neighborhood into a much more peaceful situation that serves their interests as well as ours.”

In a letter dated August 18 and posted on the White House website, President Barack Obama also hailed the end of combat operations but made no mention of the final combat troops leaving.

“Shortly after taking office, I put forward a plan to end the war in Iraq responsibly,” the letter said.

“Today, I’m pleased to report that — thanks to the extraordinary service of our troops and civilians in Iraq — our combat mission will end this month, and we will complete a substantial drawdown of our troops.”

While most reports suggested the pullout of the 4th Brigade would take only a few hours, The Los Angeles Times said it would take three days for the 360 military vehicles and 1,800 soldiers to get down the road from Baghdad, through the Shiite south and into Kuwait.

The Pentagon would not confirm it was the pullout of the final combat troops, but has long said the number of American soldiers in Iraq would fall to 50,000 by the end of the month when combat missions officially end.

All US troops are supposed to leave the country by the end of next year, according to the terms of a bilateral security pact, and Obama has insisted the ongoing withdrawal is on schedule and will not be altered.

The US troop pullouts have come despite warnings from senior Iraqi politicians and officers about the dangers of an early exit given the security situation and political uncertainty.

Iraq’s top military officer told AFP last week on the sidelines of a defense ministry conference in Baghdad that American forces may be needed in the conflict-wracked nation for a further decade.

“At this point, the withdrawal is going well, because they are still here,” Lieutenant General Babaker Zerbari said.

“But the problem will start after 2011 — the politicians must find other ways to fill the void after 2011. If I were asked about the withdrawal, I would say to politicians: the US army must stay until the Iraqi army is fully ready in 2020.”

The pullout also coincided with the arrival of James Jeffrey, the new US ambassador to Iraq, who presented his diplomatic credentials Wednesday to the conflict-torn nation’s head of state, President Jalal Talabani.

Source: SGGP

PM spells out measures to combat drought

In Uncategorized on July 3, 2010 at 4:07 pm

PM spells out measures to combat drought

QĐND – Saturday, July 03, 2010, 21:1 (GMT+7)

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung sent a dispatch July 2 to related provinces, cities and ministries, outlining urgent measures to fight against the major drought affecting Northern Central and Southern Central Coastal areas.

The measures are aimed to help farmers cultivate the upcoming summer-autumn crop as scheduled, ensure production and stabilize people’s lives.

These provinces and cities are currently affected by a severe drought that has caused the loss of vast areas of rice fields. The drought is menacing the cultivation of the summer-autumn crop, so there is a high risk of crop failure on a mass scale.

The PM asked people’s committees of affected provinces and cities and local administrations of all levels to synchronously implement measures on fighting against drought, including dredging irrigation canals, installing more water pumping stations, monitoring and using effectively and economically water sources and ensuring sufficient water for paddy fields.

To ensure cultivation, PM Dung asked localities to use their standby budgets allocated for natural disasters and other funds.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development was asked to order people’s committees and related agencies to visit severely affected localities to keep track of the situation and instruct people how to deal with the drought.

The Ministry of Industry and Trade was asked to order the Electricity of Vietnam Group to prioritize power to the cause and cooperate with localities to make a plan for letting out water from reservoirs to dried areas.

PM Dung also asked the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources to instruct the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting to follow the situation closely and keep the public informed of upcoming weather conditions.

Source: SGGP


Source: QDND

Nation to launch drug combat campaign

In Uncategorized on May 24, 2010 at 5:15 pm

Myanmar, Thailand combat trans-border animal diseases

In Uncategorized on October 2, 2008 at 2:04 pm

Thailand and Myanmar will cooperate in combating trans-border animal diseases along their borders under the Ayeyawaddy-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS) programme, according to news agencies.

Tasks relating to development of livestock breeding in villages along the Myanmar-Thai border and joint combating of trans-border animal diseases by the two countries will be implemented starting November this year under a three-year project until attainment of such a status that animals free from diseases can be traded safely, the Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department (LBVD) of Myanmar was quoted as saying.

As a preparatory move, a Thai delegation from the Animal Development Department had made a study trip to some Myanmar border towns last month, making arrangements to establish animal quarantine laboratories.

The Myanmar side is to offer building and health workers, while the Thai side is to provide technical knowhow and materials, according to news reports.

Earlier in late 2003, Myanmar, Thailand and Malaysia signed a trilateral memorandum of understanding to help Myanmar fight foot and mouth diseases by setting up five free zones of the diseases in order to boost trade in hoofed animals and their products between Myanmar and the two countries.-