Sunil Chhetri overtook Lionel Messi in international goals as cricket-mad India stunned Thailand 4-1 at the Asian Cup football tournament on Sunday (Jan 6), the veteran striker scoring twice in their Group A opener to surpass the Barcelona superstar. India's players celebrate after winning the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Group A football game between Thailand and India. (Khaled DESOUKI/AFP) Watched by the 12 Thai schoolboys rescued from a flooded jungle cave last year after being trapped for more than two weeks, the War Elephants had little answer to India's brimming energy in Abu Dhabi. Chhetri moved past Argentine Messi's 65 international goals when he opened the scoring from the penalty spot after 27 minutes in a surprise rout. Only Cristiano Ronaldo (85) tops the Indian among active players. "I'm just happy for the boys - you could see on the faces how jubilant they were after the game," said 34-year-old Chhetri. "The India fans were amazing so we hope we can go on and give them … [Read more...] about India post shock 4 1 win over Thailand at Asian Cup
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"Grandmother! Mother! Soon Nyeo!" These were Lee Young-taek’s tearful last words. The 75-year-old man’s cry of anguish called out for his loved ones in North Korea as he took his last breaths in Incheon, South Korea. It was late 1978. Since leaving his hometown in North Korea a quarter of a century earlier, Lee had never had a chance to meet with his daughter Soon Nyeo. His mother had died earlier, and his grandmother was 80 when they bade each other goodbye. Lee's sad story is not uncommon in Korea, South and North. Technically, the two Koreas are still at war with each other, with the Korean War ending with a truce instead of a peace treaty. Over the past three decades, more than half of 131,000 South Koreans registered as member of separated families died before getting to reunite with their relatives in North Korea, the Yonhap news agency reported, citing South Korean government data. The 800-year Vietnam connection The six family members at … [Read more...] about Korean descendants of Vietnamese king ripped apart for 70 years
A magnitude 6.1 earthquake shook Osaka, Japan’s second-biggest metropolis, early on Monday morning, killing three people, halting factory lines in a key industrial area and bursting water mains, government officials and broadcaster NHK said. No tsunami warning was issued. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said authorities were assessing damage and that their top priority was the safety of residents. At least 234 people were injured, public broadcaster NHK said. Live footage showed burst water mains and a house on fire after the quake hit Osaka, which will host next year’s Group of 20 summit, just before 8 a.m. (2300 GMT Sunday) as commuters were heading to work. Quakes are common in Japan, part of the seismically active “Ring of Fire” that sweeps from the South Pacific islands through Indonesia and Japan, across to Alaska and down the west coast of North, Central and South America. The epicenter of Monday’s earthquake was just north of Osaka city at a depth of 13 … [Read more...] about Magnitude 6.1 quake in Japan’s Osaka area kills three, stops factories
This was the main theme of a recently held round-table discussion with the attendance of former Deputy Prime Minister Vu Khoan, Dr Tran Dinh Thien, director of the Vietnam Institute of Economics and Professor Vu Trong Phuc, former director of the Institute of Party History under the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics. Reform is a continuous process Question: After 30 years of Doi Moi, what does Vietnam need to do to move the country forwards on the path of rapid and sustainable development? VU KHOAN: Some people say that it is time for a second round of reform. But I think reform is a continuous process - what was appropriate yesterday may not be relevant today. This is even truer with domestic and global contexts changing rapidly. The Doi Moi reform launched during the 1980s began with a breach of regulations in agriculture seen in the secret allocation of land to farmers. That act was later approved by the Central Committee, which helped change the life of farmers and … [Read more...] about Nhandan Newspaper – What’s next for Vietnam after 30 years of Doi Moi?
A 52 year old fisherman from Quy Nhon City in the central province of Binh Dinh caught a ferocious white shark on June 12. Fisherman Phan Van Dau netted the shark which took him two hours to drag ashore. It measured 1.5 meters in length and weighed around 70 kilograms. People flocked to the beach to see the shark. The Vietnam Institute of Oceanography has offered VND15 million (US$714) to buy the fish for research purposes, who say that the fish may have strayed ashore being too weak to stay in the ocean. Fishermen claim white sharks are more aggressive and violent compared to other sharks. Almost ten people have been reported to be attacked by sharks around the Quy Nhon beach area between July 2009 and June 2010. Fishermen Nguyen Trong captured one shark weighing more than half a ton in February 2010. … [Read more...] about White shark caught by fisherman in Binh Dinh