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Viet Nam still without a medal at Paralympics

In Uncategorized on September 12, 2008 at 5:13 pm

HA NOI — Viet Nam are yet to win a medal at the Beijing Paralympics after the fifth day of competition yesterday.


Nguyen Thi Hai, who finished 12 out of 14 in the women’s shot-put on Tuesday with a best throw of 7.6m, managed just 25.60m yesterday in the quarter-finals of javelin F58 category to finish seventh out of 12.


Meanwhile, Nguyen Thi Thanh Thao, who clocked a time of 1 minute 8.75 seconds in the 400m wheelchair event on Tuesday, finished in sixth and last place in the women’s 100m with a time of 19.08 seconds.


In the men’s 200m yesterday, Dao Van Cuong failed to qualify for the next round after clocking a time of 24.56 secs. He came in just behind Brazilian Daniel Silva and France’s Tresor Makunda.


On Tuesday, Cuong failed to make it through to the next round of the men’s 100m after clocking a time of 12.14 seconds.


It was a bitterly disappointing result for the blind athlete who once held the Asian record in the men’s 400m with a time of 55.15 seconds – 0.48 seconds faster than the previous record which he set at the third ASEAN Para Games in the Philippines in 2005. —

Vietnam Television urged to better services

In Uncategorized on September 12, 2008 at 5:12 pm

The Vietnam Television (VTV) has made considerable progresses both in programmes’ content and quality, contributing efficiently to the national construction and defence, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said at his working session with the VTV leaders on Sept. 11.

PM Dung said the VTV’s progresses were seen in its improving technological facilities, increasing daily airtime, diversifying broadcast modes, and expanding range to bring information to remote and isolate areas, as well as overseas Vietnamese worldwide through special channels.

He praised the VTV for its application of advanced technologies as others in the region, thus helping not only broaden people’s knowledge but also broadcast Vietnam ’s image to the world, and contributing to the national reform.

Appreciating the television’s great influence, the PM urged VTV to continue improving its broadcasting programmes to better serve the viewers.

He also asked the television to develop its staff to be qualified in professional skills, and good at foreign languages, in order to catch up with other television service providers in the region and the world.-

Baha’i sect targets national solidarity, says official

In Uncategorized on September 12, 2008 at 5:11 pm

Hanoi (VNA) – The Baha’i religious sect of Vietnam always considers the upholding of great national solidarity as its greatest goal, said chairman of the Baha’i Religious Spiritual Council Nguyen Thuc.

Thuc made the statement while meeting with Tran Dinh Phung, member of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee’s standing board, in Hanoi on Sept. 11.

Baha’i followers have lived under the motto of “good life and fine religion” and strictly abided by the Ordinance on Belief and Religion, he said.

For his part, Phung congratulated the Baha’i Vietnam sect on its successful first congress held in Ho Chi Minh City last March, and praised the Baha’i followers’ contributions to the country’s development.

Religious followers nationwide, including the Baha’i believers, have played an active role in major campaigns launched by the Party, State and VFF, said the official.

Phung said he hoped that the Baha’i Vietnam sect as well as other religions will encourage their followers to contribute further to the country’s socio-economic development, and keep vigilant over hostile forces’ schemes to undermine the great national unity bloc and religious solidarity.

The Baha’i Community of Vietnam made its first presence in the country in 1954 and has to date had 7,000 followers in 43 provinces and cities. –

Russia-VN association marks founding anniversary

In Uncategorized on September 12, 2008 at 5:10 pm

– A ceremony was held to mark the 50 th founding anniversary of the Russia-Vietnam Friendship Association (RVFA) in Moscow on September 11.

This was one of major events of the “Gold Week” people’s diplomatic activities from September 11-17 in Russia.

Vietnamese and Russian leaders, including Vietnamese State President Nguyen Minh Triet, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, Speaker of the Council of the Federation of Russia Sergey Mironov, and Russia’s State Duma Speaker Boris Gryzlov, sent letters of greetings to the Russia-Vietnam Friendship Association on its 50th founding anniversary.

In his letter, Vietnamese President Nguyen Minh Triet wrote “over the past half century, the former Soviet Union-Vietnam Association and its successor – the Russia-Vietnam Friendship Association – have made significant contributions to strengthening and promoting the comradeship, friendship and effective cooperation between the two countries.”

The President affirms that Vietnamese Party, State and people always bear in their mind the former Soviet Union and the Russian people’s unselfish help, both spiritual and material, to the Vietnamese people in their past severe struggle against foreign invaders and their current national construction.

On this occasion, President Triet signed a decision to conferring the Friendship Order to the RVFA.

Established in 1958, the RVFA now has thousands of members with 20 chapters in Russia’s cities and provinces. While, the Vietnam-Russia Friendship Association in Vietnam has 18 chapters nationwide.-

Decree helps overseas Vietnamese own houses

In Uncategorized on September 12, 2008 at 5:10 pm

Hanoi (VNA) – The Ministry of Construction on Sept. 10 issued a draft decree that will make it easier for Viet Kieu (Overseas Vietnamese) to own homes in Vietnam .

The bill amends and supplements article No 126 of the Housing Law on home ownership for overseas Vietnamese. The draft law, which has been submitted to the Government for approval, will divide overseas Vietnamese allowed to buy houses in Vietnam into three categories.

Vietnamese citizens living abroad who retain their Vietnamese nationality will be eligible to buy an unlimited number of houses in Vietnam .

Those of Vietnamese origin who have not retained their Vietnamese citizenship will also be allowed to own an unlimited number of house in Vietnam if they are married to a Vietnamese citizen living in the country, have made significant contributions to the country or are university graduates who are working in Vietnam ’s socio-economic sectors.

Those of Vietnamese origin who have been in Vietnam for at least six months or hold a visa-exemption certificate will be permitted to own a single residence in the country.

If the changes are adopted, nearly two million out of three million overseas Vietnamese will be eligible to buy houses in Vietnam , according to the ministry.

“The move is aimed at encouraging more overseas Vietnamese own houses in Vietnam , thus creating more equality in home-ownership rights for Vietnamese citizens both at home and abroad,” said Minister of Construction Nguyen Hong Quan.

The current regulation stipulates that overseas Vietnamese can only own property in the country if: they are of Vietnamese origin and long-term investors in Vietnam, scientists or cultural experts, they have made significant contributions to the country, or are entitled to live in Vietnam for a protracted period of time.

Under the current regulation, overseas Vietnamese who have been staying in Vietnam for at least six months are allowed to own just one residence in the country.-

Project to minimise discrimination against disabled people

In Uncategorized on September 12, 2008 at 5:09 pm

Hanoi (VNA) – Minimising discrimination against physically-challenged people to enable them to fully integrate into society is the purpose of a project to be carried out soon.

The project, jointly developed by the Vietnam Fatherland Front, the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Education and Propaganda and the Research Institute for Social Development Studies, will address the problem for 13 million people with disabilities in Vietnam.

The Research Institute for Social Development Studies reported that discrimination against disabled persons is found in family, community, workplace, education, marriage and child-bearing, citing its survey at Red river delta Thai Binh province, central Da Nang city, central Quang Nam province and southern Dong Nai province.

It also reported that 74 percent of families with disabled members are stricken by hardship. Only 25.45 percent of disabled people aged above 15 are employed, 33.7 percent of disabled people who were formerly employed are out of work, and 40.9 percent of disabled people have never been recruited.

Accordingly, project developers have set to raise awareness of Party, State agencies, local authorities and the community on negative impacts of prejudice and discrimination on the grounds of disability to assist disadvantaged people to actively get involved in community activities.

They seek to ensure support from Party, State agencies and social organisations to minimise ill treatments toward people with disabilities, providing them with favourable conditions so they can make worthy contributions to their families, the community and at work place as well.

This is an extremely significant effort, Charles Bailey, director of a special program on dioxin of the Ford Foundation said, mentioning the development of the project.

He pointed to the reality that Agent Orange/Dioxin victims and their families have been discriminated more often than victims of other disabilities.-