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Russian jetliner crash kills 88 people

In Uncategorized on September 15, 2008 at 11:11 am

Hanoi (VNA) – A Boeing-737 jetliner of Russia’s Aeroflot airline crashed in Ural mountainous city of Perm on September 14, killing all 83 passengers and five-people crew on board.

The plane flew from Moscow to Perm at 01:10 (Moscow time), and in two hours, as it was approaching to land, the contact with it was lost at the height of 1,800 metres, Russia’s Emergency Situations Ministry spokeswoman Irina Andrianova Andrianova was quoted by Russian news agencies as saying.

The Boeing has already been found, it fell in a wasteland and a fire broke out, which has already been contained, the spokeswoman said, adding that rescuers and firefighters are working at the scene.

Among the victims are seven children, Aeroflot said. –

Typhoon Sinlaku hits Taiwan, two people missing

In Uncategorized on September 15, 2008 at 11:10 am

Beijing (VNA) - Typhoon Sinlaku, the 13th tropical storm so far this year in China, left at least two people missing and injured 13 others when it hit northeastern Taiwan on September 14.

The typhoon landed in Yilan county, Taiwan, with winds up to 173km per hour.

More than 130,000 households suffered a power blackout, and 800 lost their water supply, which has yet to be reconnected, according to Xinhua news agency.

Work and schools were suspended in 21 counties and cities on the island on September 14.

The sudden storm paralyzed part of the rail system, delayed dozens of air flights, and caused numerous festivities like Mid-Autumn Festival which falls on September 15, to be suspended or canceled.

In Fujian and Zhejiang provinces on the Chinese mainland, more than 170,000 people were evacuated from low-lying coastal regions.-

Thailand lifts state of emergency decree

In Uncategorized on September 15, 2008 at 11:09 am

Bangkok (VNA) – The state of emergency decree imposed in the Thai capital of Bangkok was lifted on September 14, local media reported.

The announcement was made at a press conference by caretaker Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat after his meeting with Army Commander-in-Chief Gen. Anupong Paochinda and national Police Chief Pol. Gen. Patcharawat Wongsuwan, the Thai news agency (TNA) said.

Gen. Anupong will head a security working committee to be formed to take responsibility for overseeing security in the country, especially Bangkok, while the police chief will monitor the general situation in the country, the caretaker PM added.

The state of emergency decree was imposed almost two weeks ago by former Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej following bloody clashes between pro- and anti-government protesters. –

First property trading floor in the northern region

In Uncategorized on September 15, 2008 at 11:08 am

A real estate trading floor will be opened here at the end of this month by the Vietnam Commercial Bank for Private Enterprises (VP Bank).

The bank expects to improve the transparency of property transactions, facilitate payment options and stimulate the current lag in the domestic property market by offering new services, Le Dac Son, VP Bank general director said.

“This property trading floor falls under the bank’s development plan. VP Bank will act as an intermediary to provide capital to both real estate investors and buyers”.

Located in the Kinh Do Building on Tay Son street, it will be the first real estate trading floor to reach the new standards set forth by the Ministry of Construction in the northern region, the bank adds.

Professional support will be provided by the House Management Department of the Ministry of Construction.

New services will include assessment, consulting and assistance with legal issues. Property management, brokerage, and auction services will also be provided.-

Japanese atom bomb survivors arrive in VN

In Uncategorized on September 15, 2008 at 10:54 am







A Japansese delegation, which included 104 survivors of the atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, arrived at the central port of Da Nang on Saturday. — VNA/VNS Photo Vu Cong Dien

Da Nang – One hundred and four Japanese survivors of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki arrived in a “Peace Boat” at the central port of Da Nang on Saturday.


Their visit marked the 35th anniversary of the two nations’ diplomatic ties.


The Japanese met with Vietnamese Agent Orange/Dioxin victims in the presence of former vice State president Nguyen Thi Binh, who is Honorary President of the Viet Nam Association of the Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin.


Shortly after disembarking, survivors Sakai said: “Hello Viet Nam! Hello Da Nang! I would like to convey a message to protest war. I hope you will share our hopes and join hands for world peace.”


84-year-old Nakamura Kykoyo, the oldest atom bomb survivor in the Japanese mission, shed tears as she saw Vietnamese dioxin victims.


“Before the visit we used to think that we – the victims of atomic bombs – suffered the greatest misery. Now that we have met Vietnamese dioxin victims, we have learned that you have suffered misery as we have,” said Nakamura.


Omori Takaki, 77, who was exposed directly to toxic chemicals, expressed hopes that future generations would do everything possible to ensure peace across the world.


Katsuys Omori, who represented the Japanese victims, said, “Our two nations have both experienced miseries caused by wars. We should unite to promote a peaceful world.”


Mme. Nguyen Thi Binh, agreed with Japanese victims’ statements, saying the message of peace would yield success.


Later, the Japanese survivors joined the celebration of the 35th anniversary of the Viet Nam-Japan diplomatic ties at the municipal Trung Vuong theatre.


They also met and presented gifts to Agent Orange victims and poor students.


Also, during their two-day stay in the city, Peace Boat passengers organised an exhibition of 40 photos taken by veteran Japanese reporter Ishikawa Bunyo, who spent years in the South of Viet Nam during the American War. Bunyo earlier held a photo exhibition entitled “War and Peace” at the Museum of War Remnants in HCM City.


Upon leaving, the Peace Boat will take three Vietnamese Agent Orange victims from Da Nang on a trip to promote world peace. However, due to health conditions, the selected Vietnamese will only reach Singapore before flying home on Thursday. This is the Peace Boat’s 39th journey to Viet Nam. —

More housing options open for Overseas Vietnamese

In Uncategorized on September 15, 2008 at 10:54 am

HCM CITY — Some 100,000 overseas Vietnamese (Viet Kieu) could buy homes in Viet Nam, according to the National Committee of Overseas Vietnamese.


The committee, which operates under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, announced the figures following Construction Minister Do Hong Quan’s report on a proposed amendment to the Housing Law sent to the Prime Minister on Wednesday.


Under the amendment, more overseas Vietnamese will be allowed to buy houses in Viet Nam, according to Deputy Minister of Construction Nguyen Tran Nam.


Under the amendment, individuals of Vietnamese origin living abroad but still holding Vietnamese nationality would be allowed to purchase homes.


Others permitted to buy homes include those who no longer have nationality but invest in the country in accordance with the Foreign Investment Law, and those who have married local residents who live in Viet Nam.


Overseas Vietnamese who have made significant contributions to Viet Nam and others who hold university or higher degrees and currently work in social and economic areas in Viet Nam are also included.


Under the amended law, they will be allowed to own an unlimited number of houses like the locals.


Nam said the amendment showed that the Government recognised the overseas Vietnamese community as an inseparable part of the country.


Under a decree issued by the Government in November 2001, overseas Vietnamese who make a long-term investment in Viet Nam, or those who make considerable contributions to their native country, conduct cultural and scientific activities in Viet Nam and want to have permanent residence in Viet Nam, are entitled to buy only a house, an apartment or a villa in permitted residential areas.


According to figures from the Ministry of Construction, eight years after the issue of the decree, only 130 overseas Vietnamese have purchased houses in Viet Nam, mainly in HCM City and Ha Noi. —

State employees spurn free bus service

In Uncategorized on September 15, 2008 at 10:53 am

Although free buses are available for State employees, few take advantage of the service.








A Ha Noi Transportation Corporation’s exclusive bus for State employees. The number of State employees travelling by bus is still lower than expected. — VNA/VNS Photo Bui Tuong

HA NOI — Only 30 per cent of State employees who have registered to use free buses to go to work actually use the service, according to statistics from the Ha Noi Transport Department.


The Government introduced free bus services for state employees one month ago, after the boundaries of the capital were enlarged and Government offices were moved further afield. But so far few have actually taken advantage of the service.


“Only around 500 of the 1,500 people who registered to use free bus services actually go to work by bus,” said Tran Hung Tuan, director of the Ha Noi Traffic and Transport Department’s Centre of Controlling and Moderating Urban Traffic. “This has resulted in buses running with few passengers on most routes, which is a waste of resources.”


The city has allocated VND900 million (US$539,000) for free bus services for the 1,500 staff, this means the city spends VND600,000 ($35.9) a month per employee, he said.


When taking into account the actual number of employees using the service, the cost per head raises considerably, he added, to around VND1.8 million ($107) per head per month.


The Ha Noi Agriculture and Rural Development Department bus service, that initially saw the highest number of employees registering, only serves seven frequent users at present, said Tuan.


“From the 61 who registered for the service, ten live in Gia Lam and Soc Son districts, which are around 30km away from the new office in Ha Dong. But the bus stop is so far away from their homes that they cannot use the service.”


Some staff living close to the bus stop also refuse to use the service.


Ngo Phuong Thao, an employee of the Ha Noi People’s Committee, lives only one kilometre from the bus stop in Ha Dong and has at first said she would like to travel by bus, but has to leave her home early to use the service.


“The bus leaves at 6:45am sharp,” she said, “That means that I have to leave home at 6:30am. Yet if I travel by bike, I can leave at 7:30am and still reach the office on time. In the one hour saved I can do some housework and take my children to school. And on the way home from office, if I travel by bike, I can pick my children up from school, which I cannot do if I travel by bus.”


“The service may be more suitable for men or older people, who do not have to do housework like me,” she concluded.


Nguyen Thanh Lan, of the Ha Noi Justice Department, said she could not leave her office for other places as required by her work during working hours if she travelled by bus.


Nguyen Hoang Linh, deputy director of the Ha Noi Traffic and Transportation Department said that Government offices should double check the number of staff really in need of the service.


“The department will co-ordinate with the Ha Noi Transportation Company to plan more suitable routes to reduce waste,” he said.


Linh also suggested more bus stops should be placed near parking areas so that staff can travel by bike to bus stops.


After a three month trial period, the department plans to sell tickets in an effort to survey real usage figures, the city will also provide employees with regular monthly bus passes, each costs VND80,000 ($4.8), so that they can travel in both ordinary and subsided buses. —

Gov’t to issue 110,000 copies of school textbook corrections

In Uncategorized on September 15, 2008 at 10:53 am

HA NOI — As many as 110,000 copies of updates and corrections to Vietnamese school textbooks had been printed and would be sent to schools across the country soon, Nguyen Minh Khang, Deputy Director of the Education Publishing House (EPH) announced on Thursday.


The copies, printed under a directive of the Education Department, were provided free to schools, he said, adding that they would also be posted on the Ministry of Education and Training’s website.


Printing amendments saved buying new books, said Khang.


The price of 2008-2009 school year textbooks has risen almost 10 per cent, that is why cash-strapped students are being encouraged to re-use old textbooks.


Of the 110,000 copies, 56,000 involved primary school textbooks, 34,000 junior secondary school textbooks and 21,000 senior secondary textbooks.


According to Le Quan Tan, head of the Ministry’s Department for Secondary Education, after lengthy discussions, the ministry decided to replace three previous books of corrections and updates from primary to senior secondary school level.


Primary level textbooks have received 15 amendments, according to EPH.


Junior secondary level textbooks have received 47 corrections – ten at 6th grade, 10 at 7th grade, 16 at 8th grade and 11 at 9th grade.


At senior secondary school level, 10th grade textbooks received 35 corrections and 11th grade 32.


Tan said the ministry hadn’t corrected the 12th-grade textbooks because they had only recently been issued.


Over the next three school years (2008-2010), the ministry will gather public opinion on school textbooks and then submit to consultants for consideration.


In the years to come, the ministry plans to enclose textbook amendments with old book versions to save money, according to Tan. —

Health workers get new set of rules

In Uncategorized on September 15, 2008 at 10:52 am

HA NOI —A new set of rules for health officials and workers nationwide came into effect at the beginning of this month to improve medical ethics and methods to better serve patients by clarifying the anti-corruption law and the civil servants ordinance, said Deputy Director of the Health Ministry’s Personnel Organisation Department, Doan Huu Du at a conference for health workers held in Ha Noi on Thursday.


Du said health workers were sometimes impatient with patients as they work long hours, and the new rules aimed to remind staff to treat patients well and keep a healthy outlook.


The rules are expected to be applied at health units that have direct contact with patients, and the Ministry of Home Affairs will draft a different set of rules for administrative staff.


The Health Ministry has asked the Legal Department, trade unions and the Inspectorate Department to supervise the implementation of new regulations.


Director of the Ministry’s Treatment Department Ly Ngoc Kinh said “If patients or their family members notice health workers with a bad attitude, they can report to hotlines or hospitals.”


Public or private


The new rules also aim to stamp out other behaviour deemed unsuitable for a State healthcare worker, and prohibit them from abusing their positions, establishing private business and founding or managing private hospitals, private enterprises or companies specialising in medical and pharmaceutical products, private medical schools and universities.


However, the regulations do allow doctors to open private clinics.


Some participants at the conference noted that it was unreasonable to allow doctors to open private clinics, while health workers were banned from starting similar enterprises, but most agreed that the opening of private hospitals had adversely affected standards at public health-care institutions.


Kinh said the ministry had encouraged health workers to work overtime at private clinics and units to reduce the strain on the public health system because the public health system was seriously overloaded.


“The private healthcare system lacks doctors at present. If we manage doctors too closely there will be a shortage of staff at private hospitals or many doctors will leave the public sector,” said Kinh.


In Ha Noi there are more than 1,280 doctors working in public hospitals, and many have asked leave to open private clinics, as incomes are higher in the private system.


Participants at the conference also said banning doctors from working in the private system was not the answer, and said that to keep doctors in the public health care system the ministry should raise salaries and allow doctors to work part time for private clinics. —

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