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Each number is a heart

In Uncategorized on October 20, 2010 at 3:03 pm

Each number is a heart

QĐND – Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 20:57 (GMT+7)

PANO – Recently, Vu Quang District in Ha Tinh Province has struggled against two historic floods. The water level raised suddenly and quickly, submerging all properties of the people who reside there.

However, Vu Quang District Party Secretary and the local authority determined not to let the people remain in a hungry and thirsty situation. As a result, they made efforts to reach homes in the hardest-hit areas to provide them with relief aid.

Nguyen Thanh Son, Vu Quang District Party Secretary, said that the second flood came quickly but they had provided the people with food and drinks right after the first one so that local people could live on them.

Moreover, the district had paid VND 350 million for its communes to buy instant noodle and drinking water for use in the event of natural disaster. These foods and drinks had been used efficiently during the floods, ensuring that local people would not run out.

“In the recent two days, we mobilised all the boats we had to carry 2,500 boxes of instant noodle and 1,000 boxes of drinking water to the people in isolated areas of Duc Giang, Duc Bong, Duc Linh, An Phu, Huong Tho, Duc Lien etc.,” said Mr. Son.

Fortunately, Vu Quang has been supported by people throughout the country. According to the district’s Fatherland Front Committee, Mr Tran Binh Lam, by October 18th, 40 groups had transferred relief aids to the district.

The committee has received more than 6,000 boxes of instant noodle, VND 837 million, 500 blankets, 670 kilograms of rice, 600 mineral water tanks and other necessary appliances.

This relief aid was said to be sent directly to the people as soon as possible.

Each amount relating to relief aid to the Vu Quang people will help them bear their difficulties.

Translated by Ngoc Hung

Source: QDND

US, India move to reassure each other on ties

In Uncategorized on June 3, 2010 at 10:09 am

India and the United States were seeking to reassure each other on Thursday about their warming relationship as they lay the groundwork for a visit by President Barack Obama later this year.

US policymakers across the political spectrum support developing a broad alliance with India, which had uneasy relations with Washington throughout the Cold War.

But many Indians remain anxious about Obama, who has put a high priority on relations with fellow rising Asian power China, and has boosted aid to Pakistan in a bid to fight Islamic extremism in India’s historic rival.

US and Indian flags fly side by side in New Delhi during a diplomatic event in the city

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Indian Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna will hold a day of talks Thursday aiming to step up cooperation between the world’s largest democracies on a range of issues in South Asia and beyond.

Obama is expected to make an unusual visit to the State Department to take part personally in the dialogue’s reception, which will also include members of the increasingly influential Indian-American community.

Obama plans to pay his first presidential visit to India later this year. In November, he invited Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the honor of Obama’s first White House state dinner.

The top White House economic adviser, Lawrence Summers, said it was an anomaly that India and the United States did not have closer relations.

“It is the confident expectation of the government of the United States that that will be very different in the 21st century,” Summers told the US-India Business Council on Wednesday.

William Burns, the under secretary of state for political affairs, said Tuesday that the United States sought the “strongest possible partnership” with India and did not link the relationship to Pakistan or China.

Burns on Wednesday opened the dialogue with closed-door meetings with his Indian counterpart, Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao.

Relations between India and the United States improved markedly under former president George W. Bush, who spearheaded a landmark agreement that allows New Delhi access to civilian nuclear technology.

India had been a pariah after declaring itself a nuclear weapons power in 1998 with tests that were reciprocated by Pakistan. Both countries refuse to sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

While some lawmakers from his Democratic Party initially opposed the nuclear cooperation deal, the Obama administration has forged ahead with it, completing arrangements in March for the reprocessing of nuclear material.

But the United States still wants India to approve legislation that would limit compensation payments from nuclear suppliers in the event of a nuclear accident.

Krishna, also addressing the US-India Business Council, vowed to push ahead despite controversy over the bill in parliament.

“We are well within the agreed timeframes. Of course, the government is committed to putting in place a nuclear liability regime,” Krishna said.

Critics of the bill point to what they see as light punishment meted out after the 1984 industrial disaster in Bhopal, in which upwards of 10,000 Indians died in a gas leak from the Union Carbide plant.

But advocates say that such liability caps are standard practice around the world, with nuclear plant operators — not their suppliers — bearing the main burden for any accidents.

Krishna also called for greater two-way trade, saying: “Economic relationships constitute the bedrock on which social, cultural and political relations are built.”

Source: SGGP