Sep 15, 2011

World biggest airport to be built up in China

London Heathrow Airport has topped the world’s busiest airport list (by international passengers) for the past 11 years, but the rank will certainly change when Beijing’s Daxing airport opens.

Currently under construction, the new airport will be Beijing’s third airport -- after Beijing Capital International Airport and the semi-military Nanyuan Airport -- and will occupy a total of 54 square kilometers with nine runways.

Due to be completed in 2015, Daxing airport is expected to handle 120 to 200 million passengers a year. That’s twice, or even three times, the capacity of Heathrow’s current annual passenger flow.

The airport is planned only three years after the third terminal of Beijing Capital International Airport was put into operation.

Designed to manage air traffic during the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, the terminal was then the world's largest airport building, with more floor space than all five Heathrow terminals combined.

Even that is not enough to handle China’s fast-growing air travel demand.

"The existing airport in Beijing has an annual capacity of 75 million passengers. Last year it handled 73 million," Cao Yunchun, a professor at China Civil Aviation University, told The Telegraph.

"In two years, it will be totally packed. And it cannot be expanded infinitely," he added.

According to Li Jiaxing, the minister in charge of China's Civil Aviation Administration, it is not possible to add even one more flight to Beijing Capital’s tight daily schedule.

The Beijing government has yet to announce details of the new airport. No state-owned Chinese media have reported on the progress of the project since discussion over the proposed airport's location three years ago.

But according to The Guardian, Daxing airport will be located about 50 kilometers southwest of Beijing, in Nangezhuan, a village on the border of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei Province.

The new facility is expected to serve not only Beijing, but also the two neighboring cities and provinces as part of the Chinese capital's morphing with Tianjin and Hebei into a mega-zone.

A new expressway and a high-speed rail link is slated to be built to transport passengers from Daxing to Beijing in about 30 minutes.

China's air traffic continued to soar in 2010, hitting 268 million boardings, a 16.1 percent increase from the previous year.

China plans to increase its total number of airports from 175 to 230 over the next five years. The country is forecast to buy at least 4,300 new jet aircraft in the coming two decades.

AMC actress Mary Fickett dies at 83

As "All My Children" fans get ready to say goodbye to the soap on September 23, they're also bidding farewell to "AMC" actress Mary Fickett, who has passed away.

According to the New York Times, Fickett died Thursday at her home in Callao, Va., at the age of 83. Her daughter tells the Times the cause was complications from Alzheimer's.

Fickett was one of the original cast members, and portrayed the outspoken nurse Ruth Martin from 1970-1995 and again from 1998-2000. In 1973, the character earned Fickett the first Emmy given to an actor for a daytime drama on the strength of a speech delivered against the Vietnam War.

The network says in a statement that they're "very saddened to learn about the passing" of Fickett.

"As we honor 'All My Children’s' 41 years on ABC, we cannot help but recognize and remember Mary’s wonderful depiction of Pine Valley’s revered Ruth," the statement continues. "Ruth’s marriage to chief of staff Dr. Joe Martin provided the bedrock upon which the town of Pine Valley was built. Their marriage was always a stabilizing force that represented “home” for many."

ABC will dedicate the September 21 episode of "All My Children" to Fickett, an episode which will focus on the Martins. The September 23 episode of "All My Children" will be the last to air on the network, although there's a plan in place to produce the soap for the Web.

Train accident kills nine in India

A passenger train rammed into a waiting train in southern India, killing nine people and leaving dozens injured, officials said Wednesday. The accident happened Tuesday at a stop sign in Tamil Nadu state.

At least 60 passengers onboard the stationary train were injured, railway spokesman Anil Kumar Saxena said.

Emergency crews have rescued all the survivors trapped in the wrecked carriages, he said.

India's massive rail network, used by hundreds of thousands of passengers daily, has a poor safety record.
Official figures show 100 train accidents occurred in India in the 2009-10 fiscal year and 115 in 2008-09.

Environmental change in Bangladesh in last 2 decades

Khairul Anam borne in a village of Bangladesh in the late of 1980s. Mr. Anam passed his early life in the village Khojarhut under the Sadar Upazila of Jessore, a south-west District of the country. He used to go to school every morning taking bath from a pond situated beside their house. He saw that farmers were cultivating paddy without any under-ground water at least two seasons of the total three seasons every year. People used to catch fish from the tiny river flowed beside their village.

Meanwhile, Mr. Khairul passed his Primary and Secondary education during mid of the last decade of the last century. He looked change of environment of his society very consciously. The water flow of the river had been flowed for about unknown number of years came to totally plain field in the dry season during the first five years of the first decade of the new century. 

Besides, the only pond where Mr. Anam used to take bath and catch fish with his father also has turned into a  dry field during most of the time over the year.

Now, no paddy can grow without under ground water, no fish can grow in the river as it become a dry one most of the period over the year, natural growth of forest also has been closed due to decrease of land fallen for the forest. 

In many areas water bodies like lake, canal and rivers have already been dried out and even removed from the map.

Now, agricultural production has engaged more costing like chemical fertilizer, pesticides resulting very harm to the human bodies and organs.