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Definition of Bauxite

Bauxite is a rock containing aluminum hydroxide that is a principal ore of aluminum.  Bauxite is found close to ground surface, between 0.8 to 2 meters deep depending on the geological structure of the region meant for exploitation.

Categorization of Bauxite

Bauxite valuation is categorized and defined based on the silica modulus (mSi) that is the factor of alumina versus silica oxide (SiO2). The higher this ratio, the more precious the bauxite ore.

In Vietnam, the silica modulus of bauxite found in Nhan Co ranges from 3.5 to 7.8 compared to bauxite mined in Indonesia (14 to 18), in Australia (11 to 21), and in India (20 to 25). The lower mSi indicates the poorer quality of bauxite ore.
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Posted on 25 May 2009
AFP - Tuesday, May 19

SAIGON (AFP) - - It is early evening and another night of singing has begun in earnest at Style Karaoke, a plush club where high-flyers in Vietnam's commercial capital come to let off steam.

Music blasts from behind the glass doors of the small rooms where groups gather to sing and, as the rhythm takes hold, to dance.

And that, the communist government says, is the problem.
Posted on 19 May 2009
source: http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2009/05/08/universal-periodic-review-submission-vietnam (Human Rights Watch - May 8, 2009)

Summary of main issues of concern

Although Vietnam has made important strides in poverty reduction and economic reforms, the country remains a one-party state that denies its citizens the freedoms of speech, press, assembly, and religion, as well as the right to form independent trade unions and political parties. Domestic legislation effectively criminalizes peaceful dissent and unsanctioned religious activities, resulting in people imprisoned under harsh conditions for peaceful expression of their political and religious views.  Vietnam is party to nine major international human rights instruments. Vietnam has not extended invitations to any of the UN special procedures since 1998.
Posted on 11 May 2009
HANOI (AFP) -- Vietnam's most powerful ruling body has endorsed a controversial bauxite mining project but said it must be carried out with respect for the environment and local residents, state media said Monday.

The Politburo, comprised of top government and Communist party officials, said a decision to tap the country's abundant bauxite reserves was "correct", the Vietnam News reported.
Posted on 05 May 2009
by Ed Oshiro, MPH (Master of Public Health)

Thirty minutes after our Vietnam Airline flight departed from Tan Son Nhut airport in Ho Chi Minh City, we looked down upon the denuded red plains and my wife and I instantaneously felt an incredible sense of relief and freedom. We were finally free from the daily harassment, intimidation and greed of the Vietnamese officials and we could actually feel the weight of the last three months lift off our shoulders.
Posted on 27 Apr 2009
HANOI, April 10 (Bernama) -- A lack of research facilities is hampering the Health Ministry's efforts to provide evidence to show that asbestos is a threat to workers, the Vietnam news agency (VNA) reported.

Without the evidence, it is difficult to persuade policy makers to prohibit the use of the fibre that causes malignant mesothelioma, lung cancer and other fatal diseases.

The Preventive Medicine Department's Occupational Health and Injuries Division deputy director Nguyen Thi Lien Huong says the World Health Organisation has concluded that asbestos is toxic.
Posted on 12 Apr 2009
SAIGON, April 9 (Bernama) -- The Food Hygiene and Safety Department said consumers should not worry about US baby formula suspected to be tainted with perchlorate until global or US authorities confirm it.

Quoting a statement, the Vietnam news agency (VNA) reported that the department said the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and World Health Organisation did not sound warnings about perchlorate, a chemical used in rocket fuel that is harmful to human health.
Posted on 12 Apr 2009
AFP - Monday, March 23

HANOI (AFP) - - A Vietnamese man and his wife were arrested in Saigon for running an illegal marriage brokerage for South Korean men looking for Vietnamese brides, state media reported Monday.

Pham Van Thang and his wife, Truong Thi Thuy Diem, were arrested when police raided a house where they found more than 60 young women last Friday, the Vietnam News reported.

Posted on 27 Mar 2009
HANOI (AFP) - - Vietnam customs officials have uncovered up to five tonnes of elephant tusks smuggled in from Tanzania, state media said Saturday.

The tusks were found Friday hidden in around 114 boxes of plastic waste after being transported from Africa through Malaysia to Vietnam's northern Hai Phong port, said the Tuoi Tre newspaper.

The Thanh Nien newspaper quoted Dang Tat The, a national wild animal expert, as saying the tusks were from African elephants.



Posted on 16 Mar 2009
In the streets of Hanoi and Saigon, next to luxury hotels frequented by the rich, live beggars, many of them poor farmers who have had to leave their land. Some of the bishops are expressing concern, and urging solidarity with those in need.

Hanoi (AsiaNews) - The approach of the celebrations for the Tet (lunar new year) in Vietnam is widening the gap between rich and poor, and this is causing concern among some of the bishops, who are asking Catholics to help their brethren in need, whose numbers are growing steadily in many areas of the country.
Posted on 21 Jan 2009
Hanoi DPA Wed, 17 Dec 2008 - A Vietnam Airlines co-pilot was arrested Wednesday in Tokyo on suspicion of fencing stolen Japanese goods in Vietnam, an airline official said. Dang Xuan Hop, 33, was arrested by Japanese police after his flight from Hanoi landed at Tokyo's Narita International Airport. Police accuse him of being part of a ring that smuggled items stolen by a Vietnamese gang in Japan to customers in Vietnam.
Posted on 19 Dec 2008
By Bill Hayton
BBC News, Hanoi
Wednesday, 7 March 2007

Japan and North Korea chose the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, as the venue for their delicate talks on normalising relations after decades of hostility.

Their choice has highlighted Vietnam's policy of simultaneously courting capitalism while maintaining ties with its one-time communist allies.

Japanese companies are some of the largest investors in Vietnam. Canon, for example, makes half its computer printers here.

Sachio Kageyama, the director of Canon Vietnam, says the company chose Vietnam for obvious reasons.

Posted on 07 May 2008
By VU TIEN HONG,Associated Press Writer AP - Wednesday, April 2

HANOI, Vietnam - More than 20,000 Vietnamese workers have walked off the job at a Taiwanese-owned plant that makes shoes for Nike Inc., demanding higher pay to keep pace with skyrocketing prices, officials said Tuesday.

The workers at Ching Luh plant, in southern Long An province, went on strike Monday. They want a 20 percent bump to their $59 average monthly salaries along with better lunches at the company cafeteria, said Nguyen Van Thua, an official with the province's trade union.

Posted on 07 Apr 2008
By GILLIAN WONG,Associated Press Writer AP - Wednesday, April 2

SINGAPORE - Washington has started deportation proceedings against thousands of Vietnamese living illegally in the United States under a pact between the two countries, a top U.S. immigration official said Tuesday.

Julie Myers, director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, eased the fears of some Vietnamese groups about the plan, saying those who have lived in the U.S. for more than 13 years would not be deported.

Posted on 07 Apr 2008
Tuesday, April 1

SYDNEY (AFP) - - A Vietnam Airlines pilot was charged in an Australian court Tuesday with smuggling millions of dollars in drug profits out of the country.

Quoc Viet Lai, 58, faces 40 counts of money laundering after allegedly taking 3.7 million dollars (3.4 million US) out of Australia between June 2005 and June 2006, the national AAP news agency reported.

Posted on 07 Apr 2008
AP - Friday, March 7

HANOI, Vietnam - Vietnamese officials said Friday that bird flu has made a comeback in Vietnam's capital after being held at bay for more than a year, and chided farmers for negligence in fighting the virus.

Posted on 14 Mar 2008
AFP - Wednesday, March 12

HANOI (AFP) - - Two Vietnamese were killed when a bomb left over from the war exploded while they were digging up a garden in a construction site, state media reported Tuesday.

Posted on 14 Mar 2008
AFP - Wednesday, March 5

STOCKHOLM (AFP) - - A total of 34 people, mostly from Vietnam, went on trial in southern Sweden on Tuesday accused of trafficking people from Vietnam to Sweden, judicial sources said.

The suspects are accused of "having set up a human trafficking ring, fraud ... and entering fake marriages," Jan Waren, a judge at the Halmstad district court told AFP.

Posted on 06 Mar 2008

From correspondents in Hanoi
January 05, 2008 05:32pm

VIETNAMES police have arrested a man who allegedly trafficked 23 females to China after authorities received a tip-off from one teenager who escaped back into Vietnam, a news report said today.

The Hanoi man, identified as Nguyen Anh Tuan, allegedly befriended the women through internet chatrooms, then enticed them to travel to northern border areas from where they were sent to China, the Thanh Nien daily said.

Posted on 05 Jan 2008
HANOI, Vietnam - Vietnamese police have arrested three people in connection with an online investment scam that allegedly swindled local investors out of some US$10 million, state media reported Saturday.
Posted on 16 Nov 2007
Special report from Thuy Phan NEW YORK - Eritrea has replaced North Korea in last place in an index measuring the level of press freedom in 169 countries throughout the world that is published today by Reporters Without Borders for the sixth year running. There is nothing surprising about this, Reporters Without Borders said. Even if we are not aware of all the press freedom violations in North Korea and Turkmenistan, which are second and third from last, EritreaEurope - in which the top 14 countries are located - no region of the world has been spared censorship or violence towards journalists. Of the 20 countries at the bottom of the index, seven are Asian Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Laos, Vietnam, China, Burma, and North Korea, five are African Ethiopia,...
Posted on 29 Oct 2007
(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

The politics of Vietnam takes place in a framework of a single-party socialist republic. A new state constitution was approved in April 1992, reaffirming the central role of the Communist Party of Vietnam in politics and society, and outlining government reorganization and increased market reforms in the economy. Though Vietnam remains a one-party state, adherence to ideological orthodoxy has become less important than economic development as a national priority.
Posted on 14 May 2007

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