Nepal recovers from strong earthquake

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(VOVworld) – Nepal is recovering from a strong earthquake last year. Although rebuilding will take more time and more money, morale is high. Nepal’s government and people held ceremonies last week to commemorate those killed in the quake. Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli laid a wreath at the ancient Kathmandu tower, which collapsed in the quake. A commemorative ceremony was attended by many government officials and relatives of the victims. On April 25, 2015, an earthquake measuring 8 on the Richter scale hit Nepal’s Lamjun district with an epicenter 15km below the ground. It was the strongest earthquake in Nepal in 8 decades. The earthquake caused avalanches from Mount Everest, destroying the northern part of Janaki Mandir Hindu Temple and Patan Durbar, 2 UNESCO-recognized world heritages. Approximately 900,000 houses collapsed, 9,000 people were killed and 22,000 were injured. Economic losses were estimated at 7 billion USD. According to the Nepalese … [Read more...]

Forces hand over community culture-sport-study center to locality

The inauguration ceremony

PANO – The General Departments of Politics under the Ministry of National Defense and the Ministry of Public Security on April 30th inaugurated and handed over a community culture-sports-study center to Tan Phong commune, Tan Bien district, Tay Ninh province. The center was built at a cost of VND 4.9 billion, of which VND 4 billion was contributed by the two ministries. The remainder was mobilized from the locality. After over four months of construction, the 3,956sq.m center is ready for operation. On the occasion of the inauguration, the General Department of Politics of the Vietnam People’s Army gave more than VND 1 billion donated by defense businesses to Tan Phong commune. The Public Security Ministry’s General Department of Politics also donated VND 200 million. Translated by Huu Duong … [Read more...]

Naval ship to join maritime security and counter-terrorism exercise

Naval troops of Vietnam arriving at Muara port

PANO – Ship 381 arrived at Muara port in Brunei on April 30th, and is ready to join the maritime security and counter-terrorism exercise within the framework of the ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM+). As scheduled, from May 1st to 4th, Ship 381 will join the exercise at Muara port. Participating forces will perform drill operations with ships from other countries and getting used to the scenarios of the exercise. After the opening ceremony, ships at the event will participate in a staff and command operation, headquarters mission, and maritime information sharing operation. The field naval exercise will last for two days, May 5th – 6th. Assigned to Group TG 383.2, Ship 381 of Vietnam will join their peers from Indonesia, India, the Philippines, Russia, and Thailand in the following contents: information sharing, airspace and surface situation gathering, moving in formation, scouting to find targets, dealing with situations when target found, inspecting … [Read more...]

Bombed Brussels airport departure hall to partly reopen Sunday

Workers move materials outside the departure hall at Brussels airport on April 22, 2016 during a visit of the parliamentary inquiry commission AFP/Francois Lenoir

The departure hall at Brussels airport, hit in March by a deadly double suicide bombing claimed by the Islamic State group, will partly reopen on Sunday, the management said. BRUSSELS: The departure hall at Brussels airport, hit in March by a deadly double suicide bombing claimed by the Islamic State group, will partly reopen on Sunday (May 1), the management said. The twin explosions on Mar 22 killed 16 people and devastated the departure hall, shattering the building's glass facade, collapsing ceilings and destroying check-in desks. The airport was completely closed for 12 days after the attacks and has progressively been restarting operations, though it is not expected to return to full capacity until June. "After a reopening ceremony, passengers from three flights on Sunday afternoon will be able to check in in the departure hall," airport management said in a statement on Saturday. From Monday, passengers will check in for flights at 111 desks in the departure hall and 36 … [Read more...]

Leicester on cusp of miracle in Man Utd clash

Leicester, the 5,000-1 outsiders, will be champions for the first time in their 132-year history if they prevail at the home of United on Sunday (May 1). (AFP/Ben Stansall)

England's miracle club Leicester City are 90 minutes from sporting immortality as they prepare for a Sunday showdown at Old Trafford with Premier League standard-bearers Manchester United. LONDON: England's miracle club Leicester City are 90 minutes from sporting immortality as they prepare for a Sunday showdown at Old Trafford with Premier League standard-bearers Manchester United. The 5,000-1 outsiders, whose team cost less than £30 million (US$43.8 million) to assemble, need just three points to become champions for the first time in their 132-year history and complete one of the most inspirational stories in professional sport. But while manager Claudio Ranieri understands the excitement that his team have generated, he knows that their incredible journey - which began with last season's narrow escape from relegation - is not yet at an end. "We are fighting to turn this dream into a reality. But not yet. I see all the happiness around the city and that's great, but it's … [Read more...]

Austria, Germany press EU to prolong border controls

Lines of washing dry as people cook at centre, at a gas station which has turned into a makeshift camp at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece on Apr 30, 2016. (Photo source AP/Gregorio Borgia)

The measures - triggered in case of "a serious threat to public policy or internal security" - are due to expire on May 12. VIENNA: Austria and Germany said on Saturday (Apr 30) they were in talks with the European Union's executive body to extend temporary border controls brought in last year to help stem the migrant flow. The measures - triggered in case of "a serious threat to public policy or internal security" - are due to expire on May 12. "I can confirm that we are having discussions with the EU Commission and our European partners about this," Austrian interior ministry spokesman Karl-Heinz Grundboeck told AFP. Member states must "be able to continue carrying out controls on their borders," German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said in a written statement to AFP. "Even if the situation along the Balkan route is currently calm, we are observing the evolution of the situation on the external borders with worry". His Austrian counterpart, Wolfgang Sobotka, said … [Read more...]

Lyon beat Guingamp to set up Monaco make-or-break clash

Lyon's Brazilian defender Rafael da Silva (L) vies with Ajaccio's Congolese forward John Tshibumbu during the French L1 football match Lyon (OL) vs Ajaccio (GFCA) at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais stadium in Decines-Charpieu, central eastern France, on Apr 30, 2016. (Photo: AFP/Jean-Philippe Ksiazek)

Lyon beat Gazelec-Ajaccio 2-1 on Saturday to hold on to the coveted Ligue 1 runner-up spot and automatic entry to the Champions League. PARIS: Lyon beat Gazelec-Ajaccio 2-1 on Saturday (Apr 30) to hold on to the coveted Ligue 1 runner-up spot and automatic entry to the Champions League. The former multiple French champions are in a tight battle with Monaco for second, with only goal difference splitting the teams. Monaco kept the pressure on Lyon with a 3-2 defeat of Guingamp to set up the sides' meeting as a winner takes all clash next weekend. Lyon took an early lead when Rachid Ghezzal foxed the Gazelec defence, scoring directly from a corner. As the interval approached Maxwell Cornet scored into an open goal after smart work from Alexandre Lacazette and Rafael. Four minutes after the break the visitors pulled one back with Gregory Pujol conjuring up a superb lob after a counter-attack. At Monaco, Andrea Raggi put the Principality club into a 17th minute lead against … [Read more...]

Nojima-backed electronics retailer to be fined for having scantily-clad saleswomen

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Electronics retailer Tran Anh (TAG), in which Japanese consumer electronics retailer Nojima Corporation holds 31 per cent, is going to be heavily fined for allegedly having its sales women wear only bikinis on the job. Nguyen Thanh Phong, head inspector of the Hanoi Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, told newspaper An ninh Thu do that TAG violated regulations on advertising and would receive the heaviest of fine. On April 28, photos appeared on social networking sites of saleswomen wearing bikinis purportedly talking to customers at the Tran Anh store on Pham Hung street in Hanoi. Answering the question of newswire Vnexpress, Ngo Thanh Dat, marketing director of TAG, said the company, in cooperation with a public relations partner, was considering shooting a sex education video series targeting young people. Dat said TAG chose the time where the store was least crowded to shoot a demo video, and based on the quality of this demo video, would decide whether to go ahead … [Read more...]

WB aids Vietnam’s transport, flood control efforts

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The Board of Executive Directors of the World Bank (WB) has recently approved more than USD 500 million in support for improvements to road and bridge connections as well as flood control and sanitation conditions in Vietnam. A USD 385-million results-based operation called Local Bridge Construction and Road Asset Management will enhance road access and lower road users’ transport costs in participating provinces. The project will provide USD 245.5 million for the reconstruction or construction of 2,174 small bridges to isolated and impoverished communities in 50 provinces across Vietnam along with USD 4.5 million in technical assistance for project completion. It also includes USD 135 million for the rehabilitation of 676 kilometers and maintenance of 48,578 kilometers of local roads in 14 targeted provinces. In addition, a flood risk and water management project worth USD 150 million will directly benefit inhabitants in flood-prone areas along the Phan River by … [Read more...]

Vietnamese in Czech Republic raise fund for homeland’s sea, islands

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The Vietnam Culture and Art Association in the Czech Republic organized a music performance towards the fatherland’s sea and islands and national sovereignty in Prague on April 30 on the occasion of the national reunification day on April 30. The event, the second time after the first one in 2014 and under the auspices of the Vietnamese Embassy in the Czech Republic, was held to raise money for the fund for the homeland’s sea and islands. Pham Gia Hau, Vice President of the association and director of the event, said the association chose best songs on sea, islands and soldiers to remind all Vietnamese in the Czech Republic of their responsibility towards the national sovereignty. Hoang Dinh Thang, Chairman of the Vietnamese People Association in the Czech Republic, took the occasion to call for contributions from the Vietnamese community to the fund for the homeland’s sea and islands. In the first event on May 20, 2014, the Vietnamese community donated VND 1.4 … [Read more...]

Vietnam urged to increase use of renewable energy

Wind turbines at Bạc Liêu Wind Power Plant

The Government's national power development plan that calls for a higher proportion of power generation from renewable energy by 2030, including water, wind, solar and biomass, has not met its targets or the country's potential, according to the Vietnam Sustainable Energy Alliance (VSEA). In the adjusted planning, thermal power will account for more than 50 percent of the total capacity, Nguyen Thu Trang, coordinator at VSEA, said. Trang spoke at a seminar on sustainable development held in Ho Chi Minh City on April 29. The seminar was organized by VSEA in co-operation with Center of Hands-on Actions and Networking for Growth and Environment, an official national partner of 350.org. Trang said that more than 85 million tons of coal would be imported for use at 52 thermal power plants by 2030, an increase from the 12 existing plants. "Why does the country put energy security in the import of coal when there are many sources with high potential of power," she said. Though the … [Read more...]

Torrential rain eases saline intrusion in Hau Giang

Saline intrusion in Hau Giang province

A torrential rain lasting for more than one hour on afternoon April 30 improved saline instruction in Long My district in the Mekong Delta province of Hau Giang. The rain also eased scorching weather in the past days and rescued many areas of agricultural land that has faced water shortage, particularly in Luong Tam and Xa Phien communes in Long My district. According to the province’s agricultural authorities, rice could not be cultivated on around 6,000 hectares in the Summer-Autumn crop because of drought and saline intrusion. Other affected areas include vegetables fields, fishery farms and water hyacinth. According to Luu Phuoc Dai, head of the Irrigation Division under the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, since mid-April, Hau Giang announced saline instruction disaster in Long My district and Vi Thanh city. The province is closely monitoring saline intrusion and is considering the announcement of saline intrusion disasters in Vi Thuy … [Read more...]

Philippines: Abu Sayyaf releases 10 Indonesian sailors

Basilan Island, a stronghold of Abu Sayyaf.    Photo: channelnewsasia.com

The Philippine police said on May 1 that 10 Indonesian sailors held hostage by the Abu Sayyaf insurgent group five weeks ago were freed. According to Jolo island’s chief police Junpikar Sitin, the 10 Indonesian hostages were dropped off in front of residence of Sulu province’s Governor in Jolo. Last March, the Abu Sayyaf group kidnapped the 10 Indonesian sailors and demanded a ransom worth USD 1 million for their release. However, the Indonesian Government refused the demand. According to the Philippine authorities, the Abu Sayyaf group is still detaining 11 foreign hostages. Source: VNA … [Read more...]

Ha Long Carnival attracts crowds

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The 2016 Ha Long Carnival art performance, themed "Convergence and Pervasiveness", took place in Ha Long city of northern Quang Ninh province on April 30. Around 1,600 artists, including those from the Philippines and Ukraine, participated in the event, which was no longer just a dynamic street parade like previous years. A high-range firework display also made a strong impression on visitors. First organized in 2007, the annual festival has delivered different and fresh experiences to visitors each year. It has become a unique tourism trademark of the locality. The carnival was the highlight of the 10-day Ha Long-Quang Ninh tourism week. Nearly 40 cultural, sport and tourism events will be held during the week, including a pageant contest, a photo exhibition, a summer music festival and a beach volleyball tournament. Quang Ninh is home to Ha Long Bay, which was twice recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994 and 2000. On the same day, art performances were also … [Read more...]

Delta farmers switch to drought-resistant crops

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Many farmers in the Mekong Delta provinces have switched from growing rice to drought-resistant crops to cope with the region’s worst drought in 100 years. In Ca Mau province, instead of three rice crops, farmers grow two and one crop of green beans, which require less water. In Khanh Binh Tay and Khanh Hung communes in Tran Van Thoi district, farmers grew more than 1,100 hectares of green beans. Many of them planted the beans in dry paddy fields, with productivity at 2.5 to three tons per hectare. Traders buy green beans for price of VND 30,000 (USD 1.3) per kg. Nguyen Van Tranh, deputy director of Ca Mau province’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said that farmers were warned of droughts early so they have already shifted to green beans. Raising shrimps in paddy fields is another way to use cultivation areas. According to Vo Thanh Ngoan, head of the Agriculture and Rural Development Department of Thap Muoi District in Dong Thap province, more than … [Read more...]

Central city needs USD 51.7 million for traffic project

The Hue T-junction, one of the important traffic infrastructure projects in Da Nang that help ease traffic in the city's north part

Da Nang is seeking a USD 51.74 million loan to fund the Traffic Infrastructure Improvement Project for 2016-19. The People’s Committee secretariat said the improvement of the busy intersection west of the Rong (Dragon) Bridge and the construction of a bridge and road system over the Co Co River was part of the project. The project will ease traffic congestion and accidents in the city centre and boost connectivity with Hoi An City. The bridge over the Co Co River and the road leading to it will cover a distance of 1.2km and result in a smooth traffic flow from the city to tourism hub Hoi An. The city also plans to complete the construction of a 2.6km road on Tran Hung Dao Street and create a key traffic system on the Han River bank connecting the city’s North-South key roads. There are also plans to build two road tunnels at some busy junctions and a tunnel through the Han River to ease traffic congestion, with a total investment of USD 172.88 million. Da Nang has … [Read more...]

Bac Lieu expands brine shrimp farming area

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The Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu aims to expand Artemia (brine shrimp) farming from 200 hectares to 500 hectares, mostly in coastal localities by 2020, according to local authorities. More than VND 17 billion (USD 765,000) will be invested in infrastructure facilities, technology transfer, breeding and marketing, said Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Duong Thanh Trung. Focus will also be put on establishing cooperatives and expanding consumption for the product, Trung said. According to Cao Thanh Van, Chairman of the Artemia Vinh Chau – Bac Lieu Cooperative, there are 140 Artemia farming households in the province, with a combined areas of nearly 200 hectares, up nearly 50 percent from last year. A three-month crop of Artemia can produce between 100 – 150 kg of eggs per hectare breeding Artemia, generating some VND 40 million-50 million (USD 2,250) for farmers. Artemia eggs can be used to feed aquatic species, particularly young … [Read more...]

Czech newspaper highlights protest against China’s actions in East Sea

Protests against China's violation of Vietnam's sovereignty in the Czech Republic.    Photo: vietnamnews.vn

The Czech online daily Aktualne.cz on April 29 run an article on the protest staged by the Vietnamese community in the Czech Republic to raise objections to China’s policy of militarization in the East Sea. The article wrote that around 200 Vietnamese people gathered in front of the Chinese Embassy in Prague to oppose China’s actions on the Vietnamese territory. At the event, a letter condemning China’s escalating militarization in Vietnam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos was sent to the Chinese Embassy in the Czech Republic. The letter was read out in Vietnamese, Czech and English in front of the embassy’s headquarters. In the five-point letter, the overseas Vietnamese requested China to immediately stop its illegal reclamation of man-made islands and militarization in the East Sea, and not threaten its neighboring countries as well as Vietnamese fishermen. They also asked China to withdraw from islands in the two … [Read more...]

FPT opens IT service center in Da Nang

The Information Technology Service Center, FPT Complex, in Da Nang. Photo: VNS

FPT, a Vietnam software giant, has officially inaugurated the Information Technology (IT) Service Center, FPT Complex, in the central city of Da Nang, providing office space for 3,200 IT employees in the first stage and 10,000 engineers in the second stage. It's the biggest IT service center in the central region with an aim of contributing USD 1 billion to FPT's software export revenue in 2020. The first stage of the 5.9ha complex was built with an investment of VND 485 billion (USD 23 million). It has been recognized as an environment friendly and energy-saving complex by the Ministry of Construction, with a solar-power heater system and a solar power generator. "It's a green and smart place for 10,000 employees and partners working together. The center was a crucial step of our strategy in developing Da Nang into a smart city and a world IT center," said FPT Chairman Trương Gia Binh. "Da Nang is seen as a young dynamic city with 60 percent of its population of working age, and … [Read more...]

US foundation builds care center for needy children in Da Nang

The signing ceremony. Photo: baodanang.vn

The US-based Half the Sky Foundation will sponsor more than USD 3.4 million to build the OneSky care center and kindergarten in the central city of Da Nang. The foundation and the municipal Department of Education and Training signed an agreement concerning the funding on April 30. OneSky will cover 3,000 square meters in the Hoa Khanh industrial park and its construction will take place between 2016 and 2019. It aims to provide disadvantaged children residing in the industrial site with safe and comprehensive learning environment. It is the first of its kind piloted in Vietnam. Half the Sky Foundation is a non-governmental organization dedicating to enriching lives of needy children through its programs offered at care centers and kindergartens. Source: VNA … [Read more...]