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Malaysian opposition leader Anwar suspended from parliament

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:42 am

AFP file – Anwar Ibrahim puts on his jacket as he arrives at the court in Kuala Lumpur on August 16, 2010 to attend his ongoing sodomy trial.

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 16, 2010 (AFP) – Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim and three of his allies were suspended from parliament for six months on Thursday in votes that triggered pandemonium and an opposition walkout.

Anwar, who is also facing trial on sodomy charges that he says are a political conspiracy, was this week found guilty of misleading members in a row over a national unity slogan.

He had criticised the government’s “One Malaysia” slogan aimed at uniting the multiracial nation, which he said had been copied from the “One Israel” political alliance of former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak in 1999.

The charge is highly sensitive in Muslim-majority Malaysia, which has no diplomatic relations with Israel and is a supporter of a Palestinian state.

The government on Wednesday cited three senior opposition MPs for contempt for criticising the parliamentary disciplinary probe against Anwar, and demanded that they also serve six-month suspensions.

“It’s so clear, it’s blatantly biased,” Anwar said after the suspension votes against the four were carried in parliament, where the ruling coalition has a clear majority. “It’s a mockery of the entire proceedings.”

The votes were held after chaotic scenes in the house where debate was drowned out by a half-hour shouting match, and opposition lawmakers unfurled placards reading “Save the Parliament”.

They later staged a walkout, chanting “Shame on you”.

Anwar was once a deputy prime minister in the ruling coalition but was sacked and jailed a decade ago on separate sex and corruption charges widely seen as politically motivated.

He spent six years in jail before the original sex conviction was overturned, and returned to parliament at the helm of a reinvigorated opposition which made huge strides in 2008 elections.

New polls are expected to be held early next year, but although the suspension will bar Anwar from attending parliamentary debates, his party says it will not sideline him or affect its election preparations.

Source: SGGP

S.Korea upholds suspended term for faked stem-cell research

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:41 am

SEOUL, Dec 16, 2010 (AFP) – A South Korean appeals court Thursday upheld a suspended prison term for a scientist whose claims of stem-cell breakthroughs rocked the scientific world until his research was found to be faked.

But the court reduced the penalty on Hwang Woo-Suk, imposing an 18-month sentence suspended for two years.

Hwang Woo-Suk (C) leaves after his trial at the Seoul High Court in Seoul on December 16, 2010. AFP

In October last year Hwang had received a two-year sentence — suspended for three years — for embezzling research funds and ethical lapses in obtaining human eggs for experiments.

Prosecutors appealed, saying he should also have been convicted of fraudulently obtaining funds from two local firms using his falsified lab work.

The appeals court affirmed Hwang was guilty of embezzlement but not fraud, saying there was no causal relationship between the funds he obtained and the faked research.

Hwang, who turned 58 on Thursday, shot to fame in 2004 when he published a paper in the US journal Science claiming to have created the world’s first stem-cell line from a cloned human embryo.

In a follow-up paper in 2005 in the same journal, he maintained that his team had developed 11 patient-specific embryonic stem-cell lines.

The claims raised hopes of new treatments for diseases such as cancer, diabetes and Parkinson’s.

The government showered Hwang and his team from the prestigious Seoul National University (SNU) with money and honours, and Hwang was awarded the title of “Supreme Scientist”.

But his reputation was tarnished in November 2005 by allegations that he had violated medical ethics by accepting human eggs from his own researchers.

In January 2006 an SNU investigative team ruled in a report that his findings were faked and said he had produced no stem cells of any kind.

The appeals court said Hwang had undermined the credibility of South Korea’s scientific community. But it said a suspended sentence was in order in view of his work in animal cloning.

Hwang played a key role in creating Snuppy, the world’s first cloned dog, an achievement which has been independently verified.

He has been on bail since his trial began in June 2006. He lost his government licence for human stem-cell research but still retains a loyal following.

Source: SGGP

Rebel troops claim Madagascar government suspended

In Uncategorized on November 18, 2010 at 6:27 am

Trains from HCM City to central provinces suspended

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 7:47 am

The Saigon Railway Station has canceled trains from Ho Chi Minh City to central provinces on October 6 and 7 due to flooding.

Trains wait for opening railways at Dong Hoi station, Quang Binh in Oct. 3, 2010

Floods and rain have caused problems in the Vinh-Dong Hoi railway section in the central provinces of Nghe An and Quang Binh.

The firm will use cars to carry passenger from Dong Hoi to Dong Le on Ho Chi Minh City-Hanoi route.

Passengers can contact with the Saigon Railway Station at 1 Nguyen Thong District 3 or website and phone number 3.9318952 for further information.

Source: SGGP

Taiwanese environment polluter ’s production suspended

In Uncategorized on April 22, 2010 at 6:20 am

Hai Duong Province’s People’s Committee has decided to temporarily suspend production of the Taiwanese company Tung Kuang for continually releasing untreated wastewater to environment.

Environment police find underground piles which Tung Kuang Company uses to discharge untreated wastewater into Ghe River in Hai Duong Province in March (Photo: VNA)

Hai Duong Province’s People’s Committee has decided to temporarily suspend production of the Taiwanese company Tung Kuang for continually releasing untreated wastewater to environment.

Officials seeking for the underground piles which Tung Kuang Company uses to discharge untreated wastewater into Ghe River in Hai Duong Province (Photo: VNA)

At a meeting to discuss measures to handle the issue held April 21 between province’s officials and environment investors with Tung Kuan representatives, the province People’s Committee decided to suspend company’s production related to polluting environment.

The province also revoked decisions on environmental impact evaluation and wastewater discharge licenses of the company.

The People’s Committee said that it would only consider removing the suspension decision after the company thoroughly builds a wastewater treatment system and clean water environment.

The Environment Police Bureau under the Ministry of Public Security in the middle of April said that the Tung Kuang Company was discovered discharging dozens tons of untreated wastewater to Ghe River each day in Hai Duong Province since 2005.

Source: SGGP

Iran wants ‘atomic criminal’ US suspended from IAEA

In Uncategorized on April 17, 2010 at 11:06 am

 Iran slammed “atomic criminal” the United States on Saturday and called for its suspension from the UN nuclear body, urging changes at the UN Security Council and in the Non-proliferation Treaty.

Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in an opening message to a two-day nuclear disarmament conference hosted by Tehran, said the use of nuclear weapons was “haram”, meaning religiously prohibited, and branded Washington as the world’s “only atomic criminal.”

Hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad went a step further and called for Washington’s suspension from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) along with all other nations who possess nuclear arms.

“Only the US government has commited an atomic crime,” said a message read out from the all-powerful Khamenei, who formulates Tehran’s foreign policy, including its nuclear strategy.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (R) watches as Iran’s atomic organization chief, Ali Akbar Salehi unveils a mock up of an enriched uranium pellet during a ceremony in Tehran April 9

“The world’s only atomic criminal lies and presents itself as being against nuclear weapons proliferation, while it has not taken any serious measures in this regard,” he said.

Ahmadinejad, under whose presidency Iran has aggressively pushed ahead with its controversial nuclear programme despite three sets of UN sanctions, attacked the present structure of the UN Security Council, the IAEA and even the NPT.

“An independent international group which plans and oversees nuclear disarmament and prevents proliferation should be set up,” he said as he opened the conference attended by several foreign ministers and UN officials.

He said those who “possess, have used or threatened to use nuclear weapons be suspended from the IAEA and its board of governors, especially the US which has used a weapon made of atomic waste in the Iraq war.”

Ahmadinejad did not elaborate on that charge but his remark is expected to irk allies Russia and China. Both are nuclear states and have veto powers in the UN Security Council, but have so far hesitated to back a fourth set of sanction against Tehran.

Ahmadinejad said “the right to veto, which is undemocratic, inhumane and unfair, should either be annulled or if some insist on having this right, then some countries from Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe should also have the right to veto in order to reduce its negative outcomes.”

Khamenei and Ahmadinejad have been particularly infuriated in recent days with Washington over its new nuclear policy unveiled last week.

The policy limits the countries against which Washington might use its nuclear arsenal, but singles out Iran and North Korea as exceptions for flouting UN Security Council regulations over their nuclear programmes.

Ahmadinejad even called for the review of the NPT of which Iran is a member and so considers its right to enrich uranium, the most controversial aspect of its nuclear programme.

“The review of the NPT must be done by independent countries who do not possess nuclear arms,” he said, adding that “the presence of those possessing weapons especially US prevents the drawing up of a fair treaty.”

Iranian atomic chief Ali Akbar Salehi said on Friday that the Tehran meeting will serve as preparation for the next NPT review in New York early next month, which Iran’s Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki plans to attend.

The Tehran conference comes just days after Washington ended its high-profile nuclear summit which Iran criticised on the grounds that the United States holds one of the world’s largest stocks of nuclear weapons.

At the summit, Obama pressed China and other UN Security Council skeptics to back a fourth set of sanctions against Iran for its controversial uranium enrichment programme that Western states say masks a drive for atomic arms.

Foreign ministers from Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, the Central African Republic, Oman, Turkmenistan, Armenia and Swaziland are participating in the Tehran conference, while Russia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar are represented by their deputy foreign ministers, an offical said.

A special aide of the Chinese foreign minister, representatives of the United Nations and IAEA and the chief of Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) will also be present, he said.

Source: SGGP

Waste treatment fees skyrocket as more companies suspended

In Uncategorized on March 27, 2010 at 2:18 pm

Waste treatment fees skyrocket as more companies suspended

QĐND – Saturday, March 27, 2010, 21:6 (GMT+7)

Numerous waste treatment companies in Ho Chi Minh City have been suspended or had their licenses withdrawn for infringing on environmental regulations, causing a further shortage of treatment plants and thus leading other companies to hike their treatment fees sharply.

The city and other provinces, which are home to many polluting factories, have not invested much in waste treatment systems and are now facing a severe lack of options when it comes to treating waste.

HCMC has over 30,000 enterprises that produce 300 tons of dangerous waste a day, while it has only 20 companies to collect and treat the waste at a capacity of 20-30 tons per day.

Worse yet, Dong Nai, Binh Duong, Long An and Vinh Long provinces have no treatment facilities at all. Therefore, HCMC companies treat factory waste from these localities as well, even though some are not licensed to do so.

The city’s Natural Resource and Environment Department has recently begun suspending several waste transport and treatment businesses that continually violate environmental regulations.

Tan Phuong Dong Environment Treatment, Trade and Service Company, for instance, has just had its license withdrawn and was fined VND25 million for unscrupulously obtaining a waste treatment license from the department and for treating waste from factories in other provinces while it was only licensed to treat HCMC waste.

But the suspensions have led to a more serious shortage of treatment plants and thus other companies, who are still licensed to operate, have taken advantage of the situation to raise treatment fees.

The fees have soared twofold in HCMC and threefold in provinces to VND4-12 million per ton of waste.

Huynh Minh Nhut, director of the HCMC Urban Environment Company, one of the city’s leading waste treatment enterprises, said that since the company has delayed putting its treatment plant into operation until May, treatment fees at other facilities have skyrocketed.

Since many businesses can’t afford the price hike, they have resorted to dumping their waste in open spaces on the city’s outskirts or stashing it in their factories until a convenient time to dispose of it elsewhere.

The Natural Resource and Environment Department recently convened a meeting with local waste treatment companies to ask them to increase their capacities for collecting and treating waste. The meeting also discussed setting a price cap for treatment fees.

Many enterprises opposed the idea, saying that the price hike merely reflects the law of supply and demand.

A representative of Tung Nguyen treatment company said his enterprise can’t expand its current treatment factory in Le Minh Xuan Industrial Park due to the limited space.

He said the company bought 2,000 square meters of land in Binh Chanh District to build a new treatment facility but the district People’s Committee hasn’t allowed  construction to go ahead as it doesn’t fall in line with the district’s urban planning.

Other companies said they too have faced difficulties in finding space to build further treatment plants since local authorities have refused to license construction projects.

Source: SGGP

Source: QDND

Six companies to be suspended for river pollution

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2008 at 1:47 pm

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment on Nov. 19 told the Ba Ria-Vung Tau Provincial People’s Committee to suspend operations of six companies polluting the Thi Vai river.

Bui Cach Tuyen, deputy director of the General Environment Department, said an inspection at the industrial parks where the companies are located revealed that that large quantities of untreated waste were being dumped into the river.

The six companies are Liem Chinh Company, Dong Nam Seafood One-Member Co. Ltd, My Xuan Paper Maker, Vung Tau Paper and Plastic Packaging Company, Hai Viet Refinery and Packaging Factory and Tien Dat Seafood Processing Company.

On the same day, the inspection team also gave the Dong Nai Provincial People’s Committee a list of 50 enterprises located in the province polluting the Thi Vai River , said Luong Duy Hanh, head of the team.

The companies have been charged with dumping more effluents than permitted, failing to treat waste water appropriately, and not paying environment fees.

Ao Van Thinh, deputy chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, said most polluters were textile and dye companies.

Companies who pollute had to pay compensation to affected residents, he added.

A recent ministry report said that rapid industrialization over the past decade had caused serious pollution of a 10km section of the river.

Several companies have discharged waste water into the Ba Bo Canal, where the water remains black, according to Tran Thi Kim Van, deputy chairwoman of Binh Duong Provincial People’s Committee.

The provincial Department of Natural Resources and Environment said other companies in the province were still discharging effluents into the canal.

The department said two enterprises in Song Than I Industrial Park and 32 enterprises in the Song Than II Industrial Park were not connected to waste water treatment systems in industrial parks.-

Establishment of JS commercial banks suspended

In Uncategorized on August 9, 2008 at 1:45 pm

– The Prime Minister has requested the State Bank of Vietnam to suspend licensing joint stock commercial banks to enable adjusting the criteria for establishing this kind of bank.

The State Bank of Vietnam on August 8 gave the Prime Minister’s guidance to the Committee for Preparatory Establishment of Joint Stock Commercial Banks.

The state bank says it has worked hard to make adjustments of regulations on the establishment of joint stock commercial banks.-