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Highest tides in 23 years damage crops, aquaculture ponds

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2010 at 6:21 am

Highest tides in 23 years damage crops, aquaculture ponds

QĐND – Tuesday, November 23, 2010, 20:52 (GMT+7)

The highest tides in 23 years have damaged crops and aquaculture ponds on the southernmost Ca Mau peninsula.

Ca Mau province’s Hydro-meteorological Forecasting Centre director Tran Tien Dung said high tides and heavy rain had swollen waters in coastal Nam Can district to 1.54 metres and 86 cm in Ca Mau city.

The province’s Agriculture and Rural Development Department reports that sea water surged over dykes in the Dam Doi, Nam Can, Ngoc Hien, Phu Tan districts destroying more than 3,000 ha of shrimp and fish ponds.

About 5,000 ha of rice paddy and plantation was also flooded in the Thoi Binh, U Minh and Tran Van Thoi districts.

High tides from October to the middle of this month have damaged more than 15,800 ha and caused damage estimated at 4.1 billion VND (210,000 USD), reports provincial Irrigation Department director Nguyen Long Hoai.

Three days of high tides and heavy rain has also damaged 53,000 ha of farm land in neighbouring Bac Lieu province.

The province could lose 13,000 ha if the high tides continue, warns the provincial agriculture department.

The high tides, which are expected to continue until this weekend, submerged most of Nga Nam in Soc Trang province.

The 1.6-million-ha Ca Mau peninsular, on the southern tip of Vietnam , includes Can Tho city and Hau Giang, Soc Trang, Bac Lieu and Ca Mau provinces as well as part of Kien Giang.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Vietnam’s highest Buddhist tower opens

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2010 at 4:52 am

The Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (VBS) inaugurated the highest tower in Hanoi’s Bang A – Linh Tien pagoda on November 22 with attendance of tens of thousands of visitors, Buddhist monks and nuns.

Bao An tower in Bang A- Linh Tien ancient pagoda, Hanoi. (Photo: Vietnamplus)

The construction of Bao An tower has been kicked off since 2004 with a total capital of VND17.5 billion contributed by Buddhist monks and nuns throughout the country.

The 13-storey octagonal building, which is 55m high and opened to the four main directions (North, South, East and West), includes 8 stone pillars carved with dragons and phoenixes. Among them, the top of tower is made of bronze, 9.66m high and 1,300 kg in weight.

The tower covering on an area of around 1,500 square meters has 104 bronze statues of Sakyamuni Buddha which are from 0.67m to 1.55m high and 100-300g in weight.

Bao An tower is recognized as the highest Buddhist tower with greatest number of bronze statues in the country.

Bang A – Linh Tien ancient pagoda has received large scale restorations in 1618. The pagoda is a center for propagation of Buddhism in the northern region.

Source: SGGP

Nation’s highest bridge opens to traffic

In Uncategorized on August 13, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Nation’s highest bridge opens to traffic

QĐND – Friday, August 13, 2010, 21:0 (GMT+7)

Pa Uon bridge in the northern mountainous province of Son La has been opened to traffic, according to the project’s management board.

Construction of the bridge with abutments of 98 metres high, the highest in the country, started in May 2007.

The inauguration of the 938-m long bridge that connects Son La and Lai Chau provinces in the northern mountainous region facilitates vehicular traffic between the two and also effectively serves the northwestern region’s socio-economic development strategy and national defence.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

French climber dies on Mexico’s highest mountain

In Uncategorized on August 4, 2010 at 7:20 am

XALAPA, Mexico, Aug 3, 2010 (AFP) – A 24 year-old French mountain climber died in the hospital after fracturing her skull in a fall while attempting to climb Mount Orizaba, Mexico’s highest mountain, state Civil Protection said Tuesday.

Amanda Lochet was rescued after her fall on Saturday, but died later while doctors were operating on her, said Noe Mora, the Civil Protection delegate for the Mexican state of Puebla.

Lochet, who claimed to have climbed mountains in the Alps, the Himalayas and the Andes, was climbing Orizaba with her boyfriend Sebastian Salva Sgio, officials said.

Mora said that Lochet slipped on the ice when the two were exiting a glaciar on Orizaba at a height of between 4,500 and 5,000 meters above sea level.

“We don’t know why she could not use her ice axe to brake her fall,” said Mora.

The climbers had already climbed past Orizaba’s steepest areas and were on their way to the peak, officials said.

Source: SGGP

Peoples procuracy honoured with highest award

In Uncategorized on July 26, 2010 at 3:17 pm

Peoples procuracy honoured with highest award

QĐND – Monday, July 26, 2010, 21:39 (GMT+7)

State President Nguyen Minh Triet has presented the staff of the people’s procuracy sector with the Golden Star Order, the highest State honour, for their contributions to the development of the nation’s judiciary over the last half century.

The State leader said at a ceremony in Hanoi on July 26, that the strategy for judicial reforms until 2020 calls for a transparent, democratic and strict system of justice which is taking steps to modernise to protect ordinary people’s rights and safeguard the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

“The judicial sector should therefore constantly overhaul itself and take the initiative in the struggle against crime, which safeguards Socialist legislation and ensures political security and public order,” Triet emphasised.

He urged the sector to focus on improving the quality of its staff that carry out prosecutions and supervise judicial operations, from investigations to trials in court.

These steps are necessary to avoid offenders escaping prosecution or punishing innocent people, said the State leader, urging the Supreme People’s Procuracy to take a firm line on crimes concerning corruption.

The top judicial officer, Tran Quoc Vuong, reported at the ceremony that his agency has helped the National Assembly and Government to recover hundreds of billions of VND to State coffers.

He added that the procuracy has also helped to bring numerous criminal cases to justice, helping to enforce socio-economic management.

The people’s procuracy has been awarded the Ho Chi Minh Order twice and a number of its locations and individual staff members have been conferred with the Labour Order since its foundation on July 26, 1960.

Source: VNA

Photo: VOV

Source: QDND

December sees highest monthly CPI increase

In Vietnam Economy on December 27, 2009 at 12:23 pm

The national consumer price index (CPI) rose by 1.38 percent in December over the previous month, the highest monthly increase this year.

According to the General Statistics Office (GSO), the index has risen by 6.9 percent compared to the same period last year.

Experts say that the strong increase in the CPI two months before the Lunar New Year (Tet), which comes around in mid-February next year, is earlier than in previous years.

The main reason is probably because of the scarcity of certain goods, many of which are being stocked up for Tet and are pushing prices higher.

Of the ten commodities experiencing price increases, the cost of transportation has seen the highest rise of 2.47 percent due to rising oil prices. It is closely followed by food services at 2.06 percent, housing and construction materials 1.4 percent, drinks and cigarettes 0.97 percent and garments and footwear at 0.81 percent.

Meanwhile, postal services and telecoms are the only commodities to see a decrease of 0.11 percent.

On this basis, the GSO forecasts a yearly rise in CPI of 6.88 percent over last year, which meets the target set by the National Assembly.

Over the last 12 months, increases in the CPI have followed normal trends with strong rises in the first two months of the year due to the Tet holidays, and a sharp decrease the following month. Slight increases occur over the next seven months with larger increases following in the last two months of the year due to social investments and consumer spending. However the increases are under control, report financial commentators.

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