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Northern region to suffer several more cold days

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:29 am

The extremely cold weather in the northern provinces will last several more days as another cold front is set to move in by Sunday, according to the national weather bureau.

Hanoi suffers from the cold weather at only 10 degree Celsius on December 6 (Photo: Thanh Nien)

In the next few days, the prevalent temperature will remain low at 8-13 degrees Celsius in Hanoi and the adjacent provinces. In the mountanoius areas, it will only be 5-9 degrees Celsius.


The current cold front, affecting the northern region over the last two days, has spread to the central part of the central region causing medium rain on Friday morning.


Within the day, it will move in the region’s southern part.


Meanwhile, Bui Minh Tang, director of the National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center said that one more cold front is predicted to overflow Vietnam on January 12 and 13.


As a result, northern provinces will continue to experience very cold weather until at least January 15 and even encounter some ice and frost.


The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Cao Duc Phat, has sent an urgent dispatch to northern and central provinces, asking them to carry out precautionary measures in order to protect the herds of cattle, from the cold weather.


Nguyen Xuan Duong, deputy head of the Department of Livestock Production of the ministry in, has asked officials from the various provinces to try to prevent cattle from dying due to the cold weather.

Source: SGGP

Vietnam, India eye stronger business ties in several fields

In Uncategorized on April 15, 2010 at 6:06 pm




Vietnam, India eye stronger business ties in several fields


QĐND – Thursday, April 15, 2010, 21:6 (GMT+7)

A delegation of eight leading Indian companies visited HCM City this week to seek cooperation in a number of fields, including energy, industrial machinery, steel, finance, real estate and tourism.


Speaking at a meeting on April 14, the president of the Indian Chamber of Commerce in Calcutta, V Sharan, said the visit would help promote trade and investment cooperation between the two countries.

The delegation includes the RPG Group, SMIFS Capital Markets Limited and Shree Baidyanath Ayurved Bhawan Pvt. Ltd.

Other members represent the Te Godrej steel furniture factory, the pharmaceutical company Ranbaxy, the pepper processing plant Vallabhdas Kanji Limited, Sudima International, Nagarjuna International and the KCP sugar plants – all operating in Vietnam.

Vo Tan Thanh, director general of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s HCM City branch, said two-way trade turnover reached US$2.5 billion in 2008, a sharp increase from US$75 million in 1995.


Source: VNA


 


 


Source: QDND

Food safety law misses several marks, National Assembly reps say

In policies on October 18, 2009 at 2:59 am




Food safety law misses several marks, National Assembly reps say


QĐND – Saturday, October 17, 2009, 19:24 (GMT+7)

A new draft law on food safety fails to delegate specific responsibilities and neglects street food and functional foods, a National Assembly representatives said at a meeting Friday in Hanoi.


Truong Thi Mai, chairwoman of the Social Affairs Committee, said the draft stated many times that “specialized ministries” would be responsible for certain sections, without specifically delegating the duty.


“People need to know exactly who’s in charge,” she said.


Mai said the draft, written by the Ministry of Health, still failed to address the fact that many food producers were advertising functional foods as medicines.


Functional foods are broadly defined as food products that have specific health benefits outside of simply supplying nutrients.


Dang Vu Minh, chairman of the Science, Technology and Environment Committee, agreed with Mai by saying that the draft should better regulate the production, sale and import of functional foods.


He said the draft also failed to make local governments responsible for street foods.


Minh and Le Thi Thu Ba, head of the Justice Committee, agreed with a clause in the draft that suggests grouping health officials into inspection teams specializing in food safety.


The Science, Technology and Environment Committee said the draft should guarantee tight management throughout the entire food process.


It said that from the food’s manufacture to its distribution and consumption, the fewest number of agencies and officials possible should be involved.


Vietnam spent VND329 billion (US$18.4 million) during the 2004-2008 period managing food safety, an equivalent of VND780 per capita a year, according to figures from the government.


The expenditure matched one 19th of Thailand’s and one 136th of that in the US.

Source: TN

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