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Foreign tourists to Hanoi sees sharp increase

In Uncategorized on August 1, 2010 at 7:22 pm




Foreign tourists to Hanoi sees sharp increase


QĐND – Sunday, August 01, 2010, 21:5 (GMT+7)

PANO – According to latest statistics from the Hanoi Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the city has received 551,600 international tourists from the beginning of this year up to now, a year-on-year increase of 12%.


Germany was the leading nation in the number of visitors to Hanoi with 104,900, a four-fold increase in comparison with the same period last year, followed by China with nearly 76,600, up 32%, France with 59,100, up 32% and Japan with 50,900, up 20%.


One of the reasons that led to the increase of foreign visitors to Hanoi was the launching of various tourism activities to celebrate the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi such as the movements titled “Hanoians welcome friends” and “the Green Tourism Year”.


Translated by Vu Hung


Source: QDND

Foreign visitors to Vietnam increase

In Uncategorized on August 1, 2010 at 7:21 pm




Foreign visitors to Vietnam increase


QĐND – Sunday, August 01, 2010, 21:10 (GMT+7)

The number of foreign tourist to Vietnam in the first seven months of 2010 reached 2.93 million, up 34.9 percent compared to last year’s period, says the General Statistic Office.


China has the most visitors to Vietnam (512,000), followed by the Republic of Korea (289,000), the US (267,000), and Japan (240,000).


According to specialists, this is the result of Vietnam’s tourism policies and promotion campaigns by tourism businesses for the capital’s millennial anniversaries and other major celebrations.


They said businesses should take full advantage of Vietnam’s ASEAN chairmanship to promote the country’s image and improve the quality of services and infrastructure. This is the most effective way to attract more foreign tourists to Vietnam.


The tourism sector has set a target to attract about 4.2 million visitors to the country in 2010.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Vietnam defends title at Int’l Volleyball Tournament

In Uncategorized on August 1, 2010 at 7:21 pm




Vietnam defends title at Int’l Volleyball Tournament


QĐND – Sunday, August 01, 2010, 21:10 (GMT+7)

The national women’s volleyball team won the gold medal at the VTV-Ferroli Volleyball Tournament by beating Ukraine’s Vingroup 3-2 in the final on July 31.


Vietnam had a very favourable start, winning 25-23 and 25-15 in the first two sets. However, the Vingroup team equalized by winning 25-20 and 25-21 in the third and fourth sets.


In the final set, Vietnam played with spirit and defeated the opponent 15-10.


In addition to securing the gold medal, Vietnam’s Do Thi Minh won the best player award, while Vingroup’s 17-year-old Degtyarova was voted the most beautiful player.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

National junior wushu champs opens in Hanoi

In Uncategorized on August 1, 2010 at 7:21 pm




National junior wushu champs opens in Hanoi


QĐND – Sunday, August 01, 2010, 21:10 (GMT+7)

Close to 300 martial artists from 24 cities and provinces throughout the country are competing at the National Junior Wushu Championships, which opened in Hanoi on July 31.


The athletes are contending for 78 sets of medals in Taolu (performance) and Sanshou (combat) events.


In Taolu events, the athletes are divided into three age groups: 17-18, 12-16 and under 12 years old, while those competing in Sanshou events are separated into 17-18 and 15-16 year-old groups.


Organisers said with more than 30 talented martial artists, the Hanoi team is considered the favourite at this year’s tournament and Ho Chi Minh City’s squad is expected to take second place.


The championships will run until August 6.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Campaign launched to save electricity

In Uncategorized on August 1, 2010 at 7:20 pm




Campaign launched to save electricity


QĐND – Sunday, August 01, 2010, 21:5 (GMT+7)

PANO – The Electricity of Vietnam Group (EVN) has launched a campaign “offerring 1 million compact lamps for the poor” to raise awareness of people on saving electricity and to help poor people save costs.


The campaign will be carried out in 21 southern provinces and cities by the Southern Power Corporation under the EVN.


Accordingly, poor households who use between 50 kWh to 100 kWh each month will be given two compact lamps and workers will come to each house to install them.


According to EVN, about 800 households will be provided compact lamps, saving 192 kWh of electricity (equaling 168 billion VND).


This meaningful campaign will contribute to saving electricity and will help poor households reduce their expense.


The campaign will last until the end of October.


Translated by Duy Minh


Source: QDND

Vietnamese and Japanese youths plant trees

In Uncategorized on August 1, 2010 at 7:20 pm




Vietnamese and Japanese youths plant trees


QĐND – Sunday, August 01, 2010, 21:5 (GMT+7)

More than 300 Vietnamese and Japanese volunteers, on July 30th, planted trees in Lang Co Town, Phu Loc District in the central province of Thua Thien – Hue.


The activities are under a forest planting program launched by Japan’s Aeon group. With an investment of 1.32 billion VND, funded by the Japanese group, the program will be carried out from 2010 to 2015.


About 34 ha of forest will be grown. Every year, young people from the two countries will take part in a tree planting campaign.


The program gives a good chance for both Vietnamese and Japanese youth to exchange and share experiences as well as improve the relationship between the two countries.


The program will make Lang Co Town more beautiful and attractive tourist site in Hue City.


Source: Tuoi Tre


Translated by Duy Minh


Source: QDND

Miss Huong Giang presents US $12,000 to the ”Dream of Thuy” Fund

In Uncategorized on August 1, 2010 at 7:20 pm




Miss Huong Giang presents US $12,000 to the ”Dream of Thuy” Fund


QĐND – Sunday, August 01, 2010, 21:5 (GMT+7)


Miss Tran Thi Huong Giang has handed over US $12,000 collected from the auction of the painting “Miss World Circle of Hands” (US $10,000) and donation from benefactors to “Dream of Thuy” Fund.


The sum will be used to build a new playground for children with cancer, being treated in the Ho Chi Minh City Tumor and Cancer Hospital.

The handover ceremony took place right after Miss Huong Giang received the crown and certificate of Miss Grand Slam Asia 2009 presented by Mr. Edwin Dominguez, a representative of Global Beauties Organisation on the evening of July 30th in Ho Chi Minh City.


Miss Huong Giang is the first Vietnamese beauty to win such a title from the Global Beauties Organisation.


The beauty of Vietnam has been also named the Smile Ambassador of the Operation Smile Organisation and the Strong-will Ambassador for “Dream of Thuy” Programme initiated by the Youth Newspaper.


Source: TTO


Translated by Mai Huong


Source: QDND

Vietnam – one of top 20 countries for Internet users

In Uncategorized on August 1, 2010 at 7:19 pm




Vietnam – one of top 20 countries for Internet users


QĐND – Sunday, August 01, 2010, 21:10 (GMT+7)

Along with six other Asian countries, Vietnam has been listed among the top 20 countries in the world with the highest numbers of Internet users.


This is the result of a survey by Pingdom, which provides website and server supervising services to worldwide organizations and businesses.


According to the survey, “Internet World Status”, though the world’s population exceeds six billion, only 1.8 billion people have Internet access and only 32 countries have over 10 million Internet users.


Notably, the top ten countries account for 65 percent of the world’s total number of Internet users, with 1.17 billion. The Top 20 countries make up 1.47 billion users, or 82 percent.


India ranks second for population in the world and fourth Internet users, but only 6.9 percent use the Internet.


China ranks top worldwide for population and Internet users. This country’s Internet user numbers is double that of the US. The total Internet users of China and the US account for over half of total users in the top 15 countries.


In the top 20 are mainly developed countries like the UK (82.5 percent of population having access to Internet), South Korea (81.1 percent), Germany (79.1 percent), Japan (78.2 percent) and the US (76.3 percent).


Africa also has one representative in the top 20 – Nigeria, which ranks tenth. Asia has six representatives, including Vietnam at 20th, accounting for 35 percent of the world’s Internet users. Europe has five representatives, accounting for 25 percent.


Though English is the most used language on the Internet, there are only three English-speaking countries in the list: the US, the UK and Canada.


According to experts, India, China, Brazil, Vietnam, the Philippines and Russia are “fertile lands” for the development of Internet access in the next 5-10 years.


Source: VNN


Source: QDND

Political Bureau works with provincial Party Committees

In Uncategorized on August 1, 2010 at 7:19 pm




Political Bureau works with provincial Party Committees


QĐND – Sunday, August 01, 2010, 21:10 (GMT+7)

Politburo members held working sessions in Hanoi this week with the Party Committees of Gia Lai, Dak Nong, Phu Yen, Quang Nam, Kon Tum and Quang Ngai provinces to examine their preparations for provincial Party congresses.


These Politburo members include permanent member of the Party Central Committee’s Secretariat Truong Tan Sang, Minister of Public Security Le Hong Anh, and Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee Pham Quang Nghi.


Having heard the provincial leaders’ reports on their preparations for Party congresses, including draft political reports, operational reviews of the 2006-2010 term, personnel plans, and congress resolutions, Mr Sang approved the presented contents.


Mr Sang praised the achievements the provincial Party Committees have reaped during the 2006-2010 term, citing gross domestic product (GDP) growth rates of 13.6 percent in Gia Lai, 15.1 percent in Dak Nong, 12.3 percent in Phu Yen,12.8 percent in Quang Nam,14.5 percent in Kon Tum, and 18.5 percent in Quang Ngai.


The provinces have made progress in cultural and social affairs, improving the quality of human resources, reducing the number of poor households, mobilising investment sources, ensuring political stability and security, and promoting foreign affairs, he said.


However, the Party official pointed out shortcomings facing the provinces such as small-scale economy, poor living conditions, and low tax collection, despite their advantages in terms of location, natural resources, tourism potential and maritime economy.


Mr Sang asked the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai to pour investment into developing traffic systems, create an open investment environment, facilitate local businesses’ efforts to expand production, and expedite construction of the Pleiku, An Khe, Ayun Pa and Chu Se economic zones.


For the Central Highlands province of Dak Nong, Mr Sang recommended that it foster the development of the support industry and the forestry and mining sectors, while protecting the environment. Dak Nong should also focus on developing human resources and vocational training to meet the requirements of the new period, he said.


Working with the Phu Yen authorities, Mr Sang said Phu Yen needs to step up its application of scientific and technological advances to production and reduce its export of raw natural resources.


Phu Yen must scale up its industries, enhance its competitiveness, promote marine tourism and make the most of its coastal location in a bid to reach its socio-economic targets in the next term.


Mr Sang asked Quang Nam province to allocate more investment to reducing the number of poor households and support sustainable development in its eight mountainous districts.


He also urged Quang Nam to do an effective job of implementing Party and State policies on agriculture, farmers, and rural areas, and correct shortcomings related to planning.


While working Kon Tum province, Mr Sang emphasised the need to conserve natural resources and speed up poverty reduction. The province must uphold national solidarity, enhance the leadership and strength its Party Committees, and improve the management efficiency of administrations at all levels.


During his working session with Quang Ngai province, Mr Sang advised that the province pay closer attention to management of natural resources and the environment.


In addition to accomplishing its socio-economic growth targets, Quang Ngai needs to make greater efforts to respond to climate change, the Party official stressed.


While agreeing with most of their personnel plans, Mr Sang asked the provinces to accelerate their training of female, young, and ethnic minority officials.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

160 scholarships for Agent Orange victims’ children

In Uncategorized on August 1, 2010 at 7:19 pm




160 scholarships for Agent Orange victims’ children


QĐND – Sunday, August 01, 2010, 21:10 (GMT+7)

A total of 160 students from families victimized by Agent Orange from northern provinces received scholarships uring a July 31 ceremony in Hanoi organized by Tuoi Tre newspaper and Hanoi Red Cross.


Each student received a VND2 million (US$100) scholarship and presents from sponsors.


Speaking at the scholarship presentation ceremony, President of the Vietnam Association of Victims of Agent Orange (VAVA), Senior Lieutenant-General Nguyen Van Rinh, said the scholarships will support the students.


To date, Vietnam houses an estimated three million Agent Orange victims.


Source: SGGP


Source: QDND

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