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Thai ‘Red Shirts’ stage mass rally

In Uncategorized on October 17, 2010 at 10:25 am

AYUTTHAYA, Thailand, Oct 17, 2010 (AFP) – Thousands of Thailand’s anti-government “Red Shirts” joined a mass rally on Sunday in the latest large demonstration by the movement in recent weeks.

Police estimated 3,000 people had joined the gathering in the football stadium in the town of Ayutthaya about one hour’s drive north of Bangkok.

Over 1,000 police were deployed to provide security for the event but authorities said the mood remained calm.

“The situation so far is normal, there is no sign of any trouble,” said police Colonel Sombat Choochaiya.

Reds from Bangkok and other regions in the kingdom began proceedings by tying red ribbons on to a bridge in the centre of the town.

The rally is expected to go on late into the evening and include speeches by opposition Puae Thai party members and a firework display.

A similar Reds gathering in Bangkok on September 19 saw an estimated 6,000 people join a rally to mark four years since a coup ousted their hero Thaksin Shinawatra as premier and commemorate those slain in a May crackdown on movement’s protests in the capital.

Last Sunday another 6,000 people rallied in Bangkok to mark six months since a night of bloody clashes with the military, which left 25 people dead.

Mass demonstrations by the Red Shirts in the heart of Bangkok in April and May descended into violence that left 91 people dead — mainly civilians — in fighting between demonstrators and armed soldiers.

The mainly poor and working class Reds accuse the current government of being elitist and undemocratic and want immediate elections.

Bangkok and three surrounding provinces — but not Ayutthaya — remain under a state of emergency, which gives the authorities broad security powers.

Source: SGGP

Mass Mobilisation is the key to success

In Uncategorized on October 15, 2010 at 2:28 pm

Mass Mobilisation is the key to success

QĐND – Friday, October 15, 2010, 21:12 (GMT+7)

The Mass Mobilisation sector has made many significant contributions to the nation’s defence, construction and socio-economic development since its establishment 80 years ago.

In response to the “mass mobilisation” campaign, there have been many examples of effective mass mobilisations nationwide such as the campaign to encourage shifting patterns of growing plants and raising domestic animals in Lao Cai province, a programme to upgrade the infrastructure in rural areas in Bac Ninh province, and a programme to reduce environmental pollution in Long An province.

At the recent patriotic emulation congress of the mass mobilisation sector, State President Nguyen Minh Triet said that the Party and the State always attach great importance to mass mobilisation work and asked. He underlined the sector’s contributions during the nation’s struggles for independence, as well as in the socio-economic development.

To celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Mass Mobilisation sector and honour outstanding officials, there have been many activities held across the country.

**On October 15, the Da Nang municipal Party Committee for Mass Mobilisation held a ceremony to review the sector and Da Nang’s achievements in mass mobilisation work.

At the ceremony, the city’s Party Committee for Mass Mobilisation was granted the Independence Order, Third Class.

**In Tay Ninh, Vice Head of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Mass Mobilisation, Nguyen Duy Viet; and Secretary of the Tay Ninh provincial Party Committee Nguyen Van Nen attended a meeting to celebrate the sector’s anniversary.

Seven individuals were awarded insignia from the Commission for Mass Mobilisation and 30 organisations and 50 individuals were awarded the province’s certificates of merit for their contributions to the mass mobilisation campaign.

The 80th anniversary of the Mass Mobilsation sector were also celebrated in the provinces of Lang Son, Phu Yen, Thua Thien Hue, and Quang Nam.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Mass evacuation underway as Pakistan floods head south

In Uncategorized on August 6, 2010 at 7:19 am

KARACHI, Aug 6, 2010 (AFP) – Pakistan’s beleaguered authorities braced for a deluge in the country’s farming heartland, evacuating half a million people from at-risk areas in the south as the worst floods in living memory worsened.

The overall number of people affected by the two-week-old crisis has risen to more than four million after the floods washed away entire villages in the northwest, and anger at the government response is intensifying.

Displaced Pakistani families are seen evacuating a flash flood-hit area in Mehmood Kot on August 5, 2010. AFP

With the death toll already numbering 1,500, authorities in the densely populated southern province of Sindh warned that major floods were expected this weekend in fertile agricultural areas along the swollen Indus river.

“We have a target evacuation of at least 500,000 people who live in 11 most vulnerable districts,” said provincial irrigation minister Jam Saifullah Dharejo, saying many towns and villages were in danger.

Further north in Punjab, an AFP reporter Thursday saw an exodus of people streaming out of flooded villages, wading barefoot through water, cramming belongings onto donkey carts and into cars under heavy rain.

“Altogether, more than four million people are in one way or another affected,” said Manuel Bessler, who heads the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Pakistan.

“What we are facing now is a major catastrophe,” he said.

Officials warned that dams could burst as heavy rain lashed the Punjab town of Kot Addu, transforming the area into a giant lake.

“All these villages are dangerous now. We are evacuating the population. Important installations are in danger,” said Manzoor Sarwar, police chief for Muzaffargarh district.

Survivors lashed out at authorities for failing to come to their rescue and provide better relief, piling pressure on a cash-strapped administration straining to contain Taliban violence and an economic crisis.

“Everybody is leaving. We came out empty-handed. We didn’t have enough time to take our belongings,” Ghulam Mustafa, 26, told AFP in Mehmood Kot, a village about six hours’ drive south of Lahore, the capital of Punjab.

Particular scorn has been heaped on the deeply unpopular President Asif Ali Zardari for pressing ahead with a visit to Europe at the height of the disaster.

Although Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said “relief items in sufficient quantity” have been provided, many people say they have received no assistance from the government.

Islamic charities — some with suspected links to extremist militants — have been steeping into the breach on the ground, as international aid steps up.

UN special envoy Jean-Maurice Ripert Thursday visited affected areas in the northwest, where officials say water levels are receding even as the flood surge begins to menace Pakistan’s more populous south.

As Zardari prepared for talks Friday in London with Prime Minister David Cameron, British charities grouped as the Disasters Emergency Committee launched an urgent appeal on TV and radio for donations.

“In the aftermath of the floods, there is a serious risk to survivors from potentially deadly diseases which will spread as a result of contaminated surface and drinking water,” a DEC spokesperson said.

The US government — which warned Thursday that Al-Qaeda’s core in Pakistan remains the “most formidable” terrorist group threatening the United States — has now pledged a total of 35 million dollars in flood aid.

US military helicopter relief missions are going into the worst-hit northwestern regions, the US embassy said.

Source: SGGP

Agency seeks clarification on cause of mass fish deaths in Dong Nai River

In Uncategorized on July 1, 2010 at 2:31 pm

The Vietnam Environment Administration and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment ordered on June 29 that Ha Nam, Quang Ngai, Dong Nai and Tay Ninh provinces to explain the mass deaths of several fishes in the rivers that run through these regions by July 10.

Fishes of 52 floating fish cage farming households in Dong Nai River are all dead. (Photo: SGGP)

They also ordered these provinces to investigate the operation of manufacturing firms, which directly discharge wastewater into the rivers, evaluate damages to environment and economy and present solutions.

This move was made after Sai Gon Giai Phong Daily reported that fishes of 52 floating fish cage farming households in Dong Nai River were all dead.

In related news, representatives of Hiep Phuoc Industrial Park said that Hao Duong Leather Co., which has been continuously reported for discharging untreated wastewater, is in the process of connecting their own structures to the park’s central wastewater treatment system.

The park requested that wastewater treated by Hao Duong Co. must meet level C standard before joining the central system. Then, it would upgrade the wastewater into the level B category before discharging it into the Dien River, at a cost of VND5,000 per cubic meter.

Source: SGGP

Cold air mass provides respite from intense heat

In Uncategorized on June 21, 2010 at 12:42 pm

A low-pressure front moving from southern China into southern Vietnam caused rainfall in the north and helped cease the prolonged heat wave in the northern and north-central regions, said the National Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting Center.

People wait for a green light amidst hot weather in Hanoi. (File photo:VOV)

The low-pressure system will cause more heavy rain in northern mountain areas and northeast regions on June 21, said the center.

The temperature in the central provinces will decrease today due to the weakened foehn (dry wind), said the center.

The center predicted that the heat wave in the northern and central regions would subside during the beginning of the week; however, the hot low-pressure front could return to create a new heat wave by the weekend.

Meanwhile, it is forecasted that the southern provinces and central highlands regions will be affected by a southwest wind that will make for sunshine in the morning and rain in the evening.

Daytime temperatures climbed to as high as 40 degrees Celsius, while night-time temperatures hovered between 29-32 degrees Celsius last week, said the center.

On June 17, the temperature in Hanoi surged to 39.7 degrees, while several provinces in the central region, such as Thanh Hoa and Nghe An, recorded temperatures of 40.3-40.4, the center added.

In related news, Hanoi’s fire department said a huge forest fire occurred June 19 at one of Tay Nguyen Company’s gum tree hills, in Son Tay town of Ba Vi District, as a result of the prolonged heat wave.

The fire was under control by noontime the day it began, however, the fire reignited around 2 pm.

Firefighters continued battling the blaze under hot conditions. It was 6 pm before the fire was completely stamped out.

The fire destroyed 7 hectares of gum trees, aged from 3-5 years.

This was Hanoi’s first recorded fire during the record heat wave last week.

Source: SGGP

World leaders cancel as Poles mass for funeral

In Uncategorized on April 18, 2010 at 7:33 pm

Late Polish president Lech Kaczynski’s twin brother Jaroslaw Kaczynski (L), and daughter Marta attend a funeral mass at the St.John Cathedral in Warsaw on Saturday. AFP photo

KRAKOW, Poland (AFP) – Up to a million Poles were expected to fill the streets of Krakow Sunday for the funeral of president Lech Kaczynski, even as travel problems kept many international leaders away.

Poles were flocking to the historic city ahead of the ceremony, though US President Barack Obama and others were forced to abandon plans to attend because of the air travel chaos caused by ash from an Icelandic volcano.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Britain’s Prince Charles and South Korean Prime Minister Chung Un-Chan also announced overnight that they could not be able to attend for the same reason.

Sunday’s burial of Kaczynski and his wife will be the climax of an outpouring of grief since they and 94 other mostly senior figures died in an air crash in Russia on April 10.

Kaczynski, an often divisive nationalist in life, and his spouse Maria will be laid to rest in the cathedral crypt of Krakow’s hilltop Wawel castle where Poland’s past kings and national heroes already lie.

Krakow city spokesman Filip Szatanik told AFP it would be “one of the largest, if not the largest single event the city has seen over the last couple hundred years.”

The crash claimed the lives of much of Poland’s elite, including the country’s military chief, the heads of all three armed forces, the governor of the central bank and iconic opponents of Poland’s communist-era regime.

Kaczynski’s Tupolev Tu-154 jet slammed into a forest near Smolensk in western Russia.

Sunday’s funeral comes a day after more than 100,000 mourners, many waving red and white Polish flags, massed in Warsaw’s main Pilsudski square for an emotional public memorial service for all the victims of the crash.

Many of the more than 70 foreign dignitaries set to attend the funeral on Sunday had to cancel to avoid the disruption to air traffic caused by a cloud of ash from an Icelandic volcano.

Leaders of countries close to Poland, including the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia, took to the roads and railways to get to Krakow in time.

But Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf and Turkish President Abdullah Gul were among others who cancelled their trips.

Obama sent his regrets in a White House statement, adding that “Michelle and I continue to have the Polish people in our thoughts and prayers, and will support them in any way I can as they recover from this terrible tragedy.”

There will first be a mass at 2:00 pm (1200 GMT) in Krakow’s Basilica of Our Lady. Only family, friends and Polish and foreign leaders will be allowed in but ordinary mourners will be able to watch on big screens.

The coffins will then be taken on gun carriages to Wawel cathedral for a funeral service and a 21 gun artillery salute.

Mourners were already preparing in Krakow over the weekend.

Source: SGGP

Mass media program to teach farmers about best practice

In Vietnam Health on November 14, 2009 at 10:38 am

A two-month mass media and social mobilization campaign would benefit some three million farmers and local poultry traders by providing them with key practices to prevent and control avian and human influenza, said agricultural experts recently.

Farmers and poultry traders would benefit from the campaign ( Photo: AFP)

The Department of Animal Health, part of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, with funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) this week launched a media campaign in the northern province of Ha Nam, the central province of Quang Tri and the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang.

The “Three Good Things” program features audio spots through provincial radio and commune loudspeakers, 36 billboards in high-traffic areas and 200,000 flyers.

The campaign communicates three compelling human-interest stories, which promote the “good” practices of buying and selling healthy poultry, washing hands with soap and water before and after handling poultry, and immediate reporting of sick or dead poultry to the vet or village head.

These three practices will likewise be promoted through 30 market events to be held in major trading centers.

Provincial and district animal health officers of Ha Nam, Kien Giang, and Quang Tri have been directly involved in planning and carrying out the campaign.

Also with USAID support, the Department of Animal Health and the Food and Agriculture Organization late last month launched television spots highlighting changes to Vietnam’s poultry vaccination program.

Aired on television and commune loudspeakers through December 2009 in the provinces of Hau Giang, Nam Dinh, Ninh Binh, Quang Binh and Soc Trang, these high-profile spots, featuring popular actor Han Van Tinh, will inform about four million farmers of the changes that will occur in the poultry vaccination program in their provinces.

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Get-together marks Mass Mobilisation Day

In Politics-Society on October 13, 2009 at 3:01 am

Get-together marks Mass Mobilisation Day

QĐND – Monday, October 12, 2009, 21:14 (GMT+7)

A get-together was held in Hanoi on October 12 to mark the 79th anniversary of the Party’s Mass Mobilisation Day (October 15).

When addressing the event, State President Nguyen Minh Triet noted that thanks to mass mobilisation, the Vietnamese nation has gained many victories, especially during the wars of resistance in the 20th century. He confirmed that mass mobilisation was a key factor in defending the nation.

The President said that those involved in the work must grasp the people’s mood and aspirations to encourage, share and help them overcome their difficulties, while at the same time making recommendations to the Party and State to ensure the people’s rights and interests.

They must have a pure soul to set a bright example in exemplary role model movements and serve in the people’s interests, said Mr Triet.

He said that mass mobilisation is a common task for the whole of society and it is necessary to encourage people from all social sections to take part in this important task.

Ha Thi Khiet, Head of the Party’s Mass Mobilisation Board, confirmed that over the past 79 years, many socio-political and professional organisations have been established, attracting a large number of participants. Many campaigns and movements have received active response from millions of people, bringing in practical benefits in economics, culture, social affairs, security, national defence and diplomacy.

She said that by realising late President Ho Chi Minh’s thought on mass mobilisation, these organisations have reformed themselves with a focus on mobilising the masses at grassroots level to meet the country’s requirements for development during each period.

Former Party General Secretary Le Kha Phieu, former State Vice President Truong My Hoa and former President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee Pham The Duyet shared the view that mass mobilisation is a task for the entire Party, State, the political system, people and the army. Without mass mobilisation, Vietnamese people could not have the foundation to continue building socialism in the 21st century, bringing happiness to the nation and elevating Vietnam’s position in the global arena.

Source: VOV

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Mass wedding in Malaysia

In World on September 10, 2009 at 8:02 am

Newly-wed ethnic Chinese in Malaysia pose during a photo session at a mass wedding ceremony in front of Thean Hou temple in Kuala Lumpur on September 9, 2009. Some 200 couples tight the knot on the auspicious date 09.09.09 in the morning session out of 560 couples. For the Chinese, the number 999 means longevity and ever lasting love which they believe will ensure long-lasting marriage and happiness. (AFP PHOTO)

Source: SGGP

China to begin mass production of Shenzhou spacecraft

In Uncategorized on September 27, 2008 at 7:54 am

Beijing (VNA) – China will begin the mass production of its Shenzhou (Divine Vessel) spacecraft starting from Shenzhou 8, Xinhua news agency reported on September 26.

The mass-produced model will serve as a shuttle between China ‘s space station and the ground, and may also transport astronauts and cargo for other countries, Xinhua quoted Zhang Bainan, chief designer of the spacecraft system of China’s manned space programme, as saying.

The ground test is already being done on the prototype of the Shenzhou 8, he said.

One day earlier, China launched the spaceship Shenzhou-7, carrying three astronauts on board to attempt the country’s first-ever space walk.-