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Assange due in UK court over Swedish extradition

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:08 am

WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange is due to appear in a London court on Tuesday as lawyers draw the battle lines in his fight to avoid extradition to Sweden for questioning about alleged sex crimes.


The mainly procedural hearing at the top security Belmarsh Magistrates’ Court, due to start at 1000 GMT (3 p.m. EST), is likely to confirm the date for a full extradition hearing which is expected in early February.


The 39-year-old Australian computer expert, who has infuriated Washington by releasing details of secret U.S. diplomatic cables on his website, has protested his innocence over claims of sexual misconduct against two women.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange attends a seminar at the Swedish Trade Union Confederation headquarters in Stockholm August 14,

“The hearing on Tuesday is to ensure that the real issues in the case are identified and that preparation of the case is progressing in a timely fashion,” said a spokesman for Britain’s courts service.


It will also decide elements of the legal process, such as which documents the prosecutors and defense lawyers should provide and whether any witnesses should be called up.


British police arrested Assange last month on a European warrant issued by Sweden following allegations made by two WikiLeaks’ volunteers.


After spending nine days in jail, he was released on bail on December 16 after his supporters raised a surety of 200,000 pounds ($312,000).


As part of his bail conditions, Assange must stay at a mansion in eastern England, abide by a curfew, report to police daily and wear an electronic tag. Assange has described the curbs on him as “hi-tech house arrest.”

Source: SGGP

VN-Index retreats due to profit-taking

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 10:09 am

Vietnam’s benchmark VN-Index, a measure of 270 companies and five mutual funds listed on the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange, snapped its three-day winning streak on December 7 under profit-taking pressure.

The gauge slumped 1.03 percent, or 4.8 points, to close at 460.76 points.


Of the index members, 46 advanced, 195 declined, while 34 were unchanged.


Trading volume on the city bourse slightly dropped over the previous day. Around 85.02 million shares changed hands at a value of VND1.98 trillion, a decrease of 12 percent in volume and 17 percent in value.


Saigon Securities Inc. (SSI) continued to win the position of most active share in volume with 6.08 million shares changing hands.


Investment and Trading of Real Estate Joint Stock Company (ITC) followed with 4.94 million shares.


LICOGI 16 Joint Stock Company (LCG) came next with 3.09 million shares traded.


Dam Sen Water Park Corporation (DSN) curbed its five-day rising streak, slashing 9.64 percent to VND25,300.


Other losers in the southern trading floor included An Phu Irradiation Joint – Stock Company (APC), Ba Ria Thermal Power Joint Stock Company (BTP), and Petro Capital & Infrastructure Investment Joint Stock Company (PTL).


TMT Automobile Joint Stock Company (TMT) went up for the third day, gaining 5 percent to trade at VND16,800.


Rangdong Light Source and Vacuum Flask Joint Stock Company (RAL) extended gains for four straight days, edging up 4.98 percent to VND23,200.


Viet Thang Aquafeed Joint Stock Company (VTF) surged 4.91 percent to VND17,100.


The smaller bourse in the north also finished in read as the Hanoi’s HNX-Index tumbled 2.46 percent, or 2.88 points, to 114.19 points. Around 80.8 million traded at VND1.6 trillion.


The UPCom-Index dipped 1.09 points to 40.68 points this morning. A total of 420,000 shares changed hands at a value of VND4.4 billion as of 11:15 am local time.

Source: SGGP

Qantas jumbo jet returns to Sydney due to fault

In Uncategorized on November 15, 2010 at 6:54 am

VN-Index makes correction due to profit-taking

In Uncategorized on November 8, 2010 at 8:21 am

VN-Index plummets due to pessimistic sentiment

In Uncategorized on November 2, 2010 at 8:13 am

VN-Index changes little due to bearish sentiment

In Uncategorized on October 28, 2010 at 10:39 am

Movements of VN-Index on October 28. (Photo: vietstock.vn)The shares of 266 companies and five mutual funds listed on the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange toiled to finish in green on October 26 after swinging between losing and winning as investors lost confidence in equities.

The Vietnam’s benchmark VN-Index inched up 0.01 percent, or 0.06 points, to 450.07 points.


Trading volume dropped by 20 percent over the previous session. Around 23.4 million shares changed hands at a value of VND583.7 billion.


Of the index, 82 stocks increased, 124 slipped, while 65 were unchanged.


Saigon Thuong Tin Commercial Bank or Sacombank (STB) continued to lead the list of active shares by volume for the second day with 1.68 million shares changing hands.


From October 29 to December 29, Vietnam Dragon Fund Limited, inside shareholders of Saigon Thuong Tin Commercial Bank or Sacombank (STB), registered to sell all 8,250,966 shares to shift its investment category from Vietnam Dragon Fund to Dragon Capital Vietnam Fund.


Transport company Thuan Thao Corporation (GTT), which gained 4.95 percent to VND10,600, clung with 1.33 million shares traded, followed by PetroVietnam Fertilizer and Chemicals Corporation (DPM) with 884,990 shares.


Printing company Cat Loi Joint Stock Company (CLC) emerged 4.88 percent to VND21,500.


Da Nang Construction Building Materials and Cement Joint Stock Company (DXV) shot up 4.85 percent to VND17,300.


Thac Mo Hydro Power Joint Stock Company (TMP) tumbled 6.09 percent to trade at VND10,800. The company will pay dividends for the first term of this year to its current shareholders in cash at a ratio of 6 percent.


Hoang Quan Consulting – Trading – Service Real Estate Corporation (HQC) declined for second day, trimming 4.95 percent to VND30,700.


Dam Sen Water Park Corporation (DSN) sliced 4.82 percent to VND21,700.


Meanwhile, the Hanoi’s HNX-Index gave up 1.02 points, or 0.91 percent, to close at 111.51. Trading volume severely fell over the previous day to around 15.23 million shares worth VND314.93 billion.


The UPCoM-Index of the market of unlisted shares clipped 0.13 points to 42.3 points. Trading volume was at 0.16 million shares, an approximately value of VND2.8 billion.

Source: SGGP

People fall sick due to transitional weather, floods

In Uncategorized on October 15, 2010 at 10:27 am

Unusual and severe weather of the transitional season have made old people and children in northern and southern Vietnam ill, while many diseases have stricken people in the central region after floods.

A health official sprays chemicals to control pollution caused by floods in Huong Khe District, central province of Ha Tinh (Photo: SGGP)

Doctor Le Thanh Hai, deputy head of the Hanoi-based Central Children’s Hospital, said many children have been hospitalized since the northern region entered the autumn in early October.
 
He said his hospital received 1,000-1,5000 child patients a day on usual days, but in these days, it has received 1,800-2,200 patients a day, and 30-40 percent of them have to be hospitalized.
 
The number of children admitted to St. Paul and Bach Mai hospitals has also increased by 30-50 percent.
 
These children have suffered from high fever, respiratory illnesses, diarrhea, pneumonia, and allergies.
 
Not only children but also old people have become ill when the weather goes from hot to cold, most of them have got cough, asthma, and rheumatism.
 
Down south, dengue fever epidemic continues spreading throughout cities and provinces with Ho Chi Minh City being hardest hit.  
 
Doctor Ha Manh Tuan, head of the Ho Chi Minh City-based Children’s Hospital 2, said over 5,300 children with dengue fever were treated at the hospital in the past nine months.
 
The number of dengue fever patients admitted to the hospital in September soared by nearly 30 percent over August and 50 percent over the same period of last year.
 
While the Children’s Hospital 1 received over 3,350 children with dengue fever from early this year. The hospital has currently received about 100 dengue fever patients a day.
 
The Tropical Disease Hospital has also received about 100 adults with dengue fever a day for treatment.
 
According to the city Health Department, the city received 500 patients per week from provinces in October, while the figure was 300 in September.
 
Nine patients died because they did not receive timely emergency aid.
 
In the central region, pink-eye, diarrhea, flu, pneumonia, skin and intestinal diseases have afflicted people due to pollution caused by recent floods.
 
A preliminary statistics showed that in Quang Binh Province’s Minh Hoa District, 166 residents have got skin diseases, 99 have had pink-eye, 67 have suffered from acute intestinal diseases, 29 have got diarrhea, and 75 have caught flu.
 
While Ha Tinh Province has seen 2,500 cases of pink-eye, 2,400 cases of skin diseases, and 118 cases of diarrhea within four days after the floods.
 
Hundreds of lakes, streams and rivers in the region are now polluted.

Source: SGGP

VN-Index moves backward due to investors’ hesitation

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 6:31 pm

Movements of VN-Index on September 29. (Photo: vietstock.vn)Vietnam’s benchmark VN-Index stepped backwards on September 29 as investors hesitated to buy. Most investors did not participate the trading session before having oriented its trend.

The measure of 259 companies and five mutual funds listed on the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange shed 0.48 percent, or 2.19 points, to finish at 452.94 points.


Trading volume fell to the lowest level since August 24 as just around 33.1 million shares worth VND897 billion changed hands.


Among the index members, 42 advanced, 173 declined, while 49 remained unchanged.


Ocean Group Joint Stock Company (OGC) had 1.01 million shares traded to become the most active share in volume. It also was the only share whose trading volume was above 1 million shares today.


Logistics company Vinafco Joint Stock Corporation (VFC) followed with 940,150 shares.


Vietnam Export Import Commercial Joint Stock Bank (EIB) came in third with 919,550 shares.


Power Engineering Consulting Joint Stock Company 1 (TV1) slumped 24.15 percent to VND15,700. The company will issue 2 million shares to pay dividends for the year 2009 in cash at a ratio of 20 percent. Moreover, it will also issue 5.4 million additional shares to its current shareholders at a ratio of 10:5.4, and at a price of VND10,000 per share.


Cuu Long Pharmaceutical Joint Stock Corporation (DCL) and Sacombank Securities Joint Stock Company (SBS) both slashed 5 percent to VND47,500, and VND24,700 respectively.


Quoc Cuong Gia Lai Joint Stock Company (QCG) sank the first time in eleven days, erasing 4.92 percent to trade at VND30,900.


DESCON Construction Corporation (DCC) soared 4.8 percent to VND26,200.


National Seed Joint Stock Company (NSC) rose 4.72 percent to VND37,700.


Southern Seed Corporation (SSC) added up 4.59 percent to trade at VND31,900.


The smaller bourse in the north failed to maintain rising momentum due to poor demand. The Hanoi’s HNX-Index reduced 2.76 points, or 2.12 percent, to 127.41 points. Trading volume was at 33.5 million shares, a value of VND842.7 billion.


The UPCoM-Index lost 0.09 points to 46.98 points as of 11:20 am local time. Around 0.5 million shares changed hands at VND7.1 billion.

Source: SGGP

50 schools in Quang Binh remain closed due to floods

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 6:28 pm




50 schools in Quang Binh remain closed due to floods


QĐND – Thursday, October 14, 2010, 21:19 (GMT+7)

100,000 pupils in Quang Binh went to school after the province was severely hit by flood while 14,000 others, mostly at 50 kindergartens and primary schools, cannot do so as their schools were severely damaged.


According to Quang Binh Department for Education and Training, the recent flood submerged 500 schools, leading to the deaths of five children while many others were injured.


Since October 8th, when the flood water-level receded, many schools have been cleaned by volunteer youths. Quang Binh Youth Union mobilised 4,500 members to clean and repair chairs and tables in 500 schools throughout the province.


However, 50 schools in the province remain closed and 14,000 pupils cannot go to schools as the infrastructure of their schools was seriously damaged and they themselves lost many of their studying materials.


Source: Lao Dong

Translated by Ngoc Hung

Source: QDND

Vietnam bans circulation of Indian Amoxicilin due to low quality

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:50 pm

The Drug Administration of Vietnam, part of Vietnamese Ministry of Health, decided on Oct.3 to suspend the circulation of the antibiotic drug Amoxicilin 500mg in the capsule form due to failing to satisfy quality demand.


The drug is made by Minimed Laboratory India and imported by the Cuu Long Pharmaceutical Joint-Stock Company or Pharimexco in the Mekong delta province of Vinh Long.


It has been allowed in Vietnam as a pharmaceutical ingredient under registration production lot of 1431 with expiry date May 30, 2012.


All substandard drugs in the capsule form were ordered to recall by the importer and the manufacturer.


 

Source: SGGP