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Ketsana affects 3 million Vietnamese

In Politics-Society on October 9, 2009 at 3:20 pm

Ketsana affects 3 million Vietnamese

QĐND – Thursday, October 08, 2009, 21:54 (GMT+7)

The 9th storm, or Ketsana, which swept the Vietnamese center and caused the most serious flooding in the area over the last 45 years last week, has so far resulted in a loss of nearly US $800 million for Vietnam, a UN official in Vietnam said yesterday.

Ugo Blanco, UN official for natural calamity responses in Vietnam, released the estimated loss and called on international non-governmental organizations in Vietnam to render more support for the local victims.

According to the official, the storm cost the lives of 163 people, rendered 17 additional people missing, and caused an aggregate material loss of US $785 million.

Vietnamese Red Cross workers also found that survivors of the storm are now facing many difficulties and many may contract diseases due to the flooding.

“We saw the loom of epidemics in flooded areas,” said the UN official. “People need more support with food, clean water and medicines,” he added.

According to the Vietnam Red Cross, the storm affected some 3 million Vietnamese, of which many lost their homes and belongings and have to live on aid from the Government, domestic and international organizations.

Source: baocongthuong

Translated by Thu Nguyen    

Source: QDND

Hanoians set for doubled income and huge changes before 2015

In Politics-Society on October 9, 2009 at 3:19 pm

Hanoians set for doubled income and huge changes before 2015

QĐND – Thursday, October 08, 2009, 21:54 (GMT+7)

A workshop organised by Hanoi authorities has thrown up stark changes set to be in place by 2015.

The event on October 7th was aimed at evaluating the city’s draft economic-social development plans for 2011-2015.

According to the draft plan it’s expected that the per capita income in 2015 will reach 72 to 75 million dong ($4000-4166), doubling the current 2010 level.

The city also plans to reduce the agricultural areas to 41 percent of the total area (around 138,000 hectares) and unused land area, lakes and ponds to around 5000ha, accounting for 1.5 percent of the total natural area.

Aiming to speed up urbanisation, Hanoi is looking to continue to attract capital from various sources for development. The city will also encourage accumulation of land for large-scale developments.

However, according to the draft plan, around 200,000-220,000 workers will either lose jobs or lack jobs due to the change of land use goals.

The city will pursue the goal of: “Strongly developing a knowledge-based economy, taking lead in training talents and high-quality human resources and striving to become a prestigious training centre in the Red River Delta and Southeast Asia.

Goals for 2011-2015 include:

– Average GDP growth rate: 9 to 9.5% a year

– Percentage of poor households: less than 1%

– Per capita urban housing area by 2015: 8.5sq.m

– Over 98% of urban area to be supplied with clean water and 100% of rural people to have hygienic water.

 – The raising of from VND1.175 to 1.230 trillion of capital for public investment.

Source: VNN

Source: QDND

55th anniversary of Hanoi liberation

In Politics-Society on October 9, 2009 at 3:19 pm

55th anniversary of Hanoi liberation

QĐND – Friday, October 09, 2009, 20:43 (GMT+7)

October 10, 1954, marks the collapse of French colonialism in Indochina and the Vietnamese people’s glorious victory over it, which opened a new era for the capital city of Hanoi and the country.

A solemn ceremony to celebrate Hanoi’s Liberation Day was held in the city on October 9 in the presence of senior officials such as National Assembly President Nguyen Phu Trong, State Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan, and Head of the Central Commission for Communication and Education To Huy Rua.

Addressing the event, Chairman of the Hanoi Municipal People’s Committee Nguyen The Thao recalled the past struggle of the city’s inhabitants and the revolutionary army against the French colonialists.

When Hanoi was freed from the French occupiers on October 10, 1954, following the Dien Bien Phu victory, it was just a decaying city with a poor, backward economy, Mr Thao said. But it has now become a huge economic and political centre, a heroic city for peace, he added.

Ceremony speakers praised the outstanding individuals, groups and families who have contributed to the city’s development. This is an annual event that has been held now for 17 years.

During the ceremony, Mr Thao launched an emulation campaign to run until the grand 1000th anniversary of Hanoi next year.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND