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Administration pilot reform project successful

In Uncategorized on April 2, 2010 at 5:18 pm

Administration pilot reform project successful

QĐND – Friday, April 02, 2010, 22:7 (GMT+7)

National Assembly deputy chairwoman Tong Thi Phong has assessed a pilot project in HCM City and Ba Ria- Vung Tau Province to abolish People’s Councils at district and ward levels as successful.

Phong chaired a meeting on Tuesday in Dong Nai Province to review the pilot project which has been running for one year in six southern provinces and HCM City.

“Step by step, people’s representative agencies at the higher level have been granted more power,” she said.

During the meeting, Phong gathered input from provincial and city representatives about the progress of the pilot, and said the experiences shared by the representatives would help NA administer the project better.

Pham Phuong Thao, head of HCM City People’s Council said the city simplified its administration system, reducing the number of overlapping responsibilities and functions of lower-level authorities.

Thai said the pilot project didn’t affect socio- economic development or national defence.

Representatives from other provinces agreed with Thao and said IT applications were key to improving governance efficiency.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Water quality in Hanoi’s lakes improves, official says

In Uncategorized on April 2, 2010 at 4:49 pm

Water quality in Hanoi’s lakes improves, official says

QĐND – Friday, April 02, 2010, 22:7 (GMT+7)

The water quality in seven of Hanoi ’s lakes earmarked for renovation had improved markedly after months of dredging and cleaning, inspectors announced earlier this week.

“I’ve seen a big improvement. The water in these lakes is cleaner and less smelly,” said Vu Hong Khanh, vice chairman of Hanoi People’s Committee and the leader of the inspection team.

The seven lakes are among 24 earmarked for renovation last year. All the lakes were found to be seriously polluted. Among the worst offenders were Den Lu, Nghia Tan, and Thien Quang.

Employees of the Green Joint Stock Company, with the help from local residents, have been removing waste from the lakes, while staff from the Chemistry Institute under the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology applied biological methods to clean the water. The lakes’ surroundings have also been given a facelift.

However, Khanh said it would be necessary to periodically clean the lakes to ensure they would not become polluted again.

After cleaning work is completed, Hanoi Drainage company will take responsibility for maintaining the lakes in pristine condition.

“A lot of companies have registered for the work and the city will give priority to those with the most experience,” Khanh said.

“It is very important that the authorities and the local people work together to ensure that the lakes stay clean,” Khanh said.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Dengue fever on the rise in northern, central provinces

In Uncategorized on April 2, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Dengue fever on the rise in northern, central provinces

QĐND – Friday, April 02, 2010, 22:7 (GMT+7)

Dengue fever is on the rise in the central and northern localities, reports the Ministry of Health.

In Da Nang, about 600 people have been stricken with the mosquito-borne disease so far this year, 10 times higher than for the first three months of last year.

Almost 100 incidents of the disease have been reported in Hanoi with one fatality in Tan Minh commune, Soc Son district, said the Preventive Health Centre’s Disease Control Department director, Le Duc Tuyen.

The centre is planning to prevent any spread of the disease in communes, clinics and schools through a clean up of the environment, and raising public awareness about the threat, the director said.

But the Health Ministry’s Preventive Health and Environment Department said that although 7,300 incidents of dengue fever were confirmed throughout Vietnam to March, the figure was 28 percent less than the same period last year.

At least three of those infected have died.

Clinical symptoms of the disease have changed and patients need to have their blood tested to confirm infection, explained Da Nang Preventive Health Centre director Ton That Thanh.

The national target programme for the prevention of dengue fever from 2006-10 has been relaunched this year, said the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology’s Insect and Animal Department head, Tran Vu Phong.

Its focus will be to improve the skills of all medical workers.

Stagnant water enables the mosquitoes to reproduce and develop and is a major reason for the spread of the disease. People are encouraged to clean around their dwellings and spray mosquito killer.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Doctor treats injured fisherman over radio

In Uncategorized on April 2, 2010 at 4:15 pm

Doctor treats injured fisherman over radio

QĐND – Friday, April 02, 2010, 22:8 (GMT+7)

A fisherman 100 nautical miles from shore received medical advice over the radio yesterday to stop him from bleeding to death.

The man was fishing 95 nautical mile from Ba Ria – Vung Tau Province’s Con Son Island when he cut off his finger and started bleeding profusely.

He called the provincial coastguard which connected him for first aid advice via phone to doctors from HCM City Public Health Association. He was able to stop the blood loss and return to land for treatment.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Gov’t leader extends wishes on Khmer new year festival

In Uncategorized on April 2, 2010 at 4:09 pm

Gov’t leader extends wishes on Khmer new year festival

QĐND – Friday, April 02, 2010, 22:8 (GMT+7)

Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung, on behalf of the Government and the Southwestern Steering Board, has sent his best wishes to Khmer ethnic people on the occasion of their new year festival – Chol Chnam Thmay.

In his letter the Deputy PM praised the Khmer community’s achievements in economic development in 2009 despite the nation’s difficulties.

Over the past year, solidarity among ethnic groups and religions in the region was enhanced, actively contributing to local socio-economic development, he added.

At the same time, Deputy PM Hung expressed his concern on the lack of production land and poor conditions in areas of Khmer people. “In recent years, a large number of poor households escaped from poverty, but the number of relapse is also worrying,” he wrote, adding ministries, sectors and local authorities must work harder to assist the Khmer people.

“I believe that Khmer monks, Achas and all Khmer people will continue to build on your success, overcome difficulties and boost consolidation towards the goal of a prosperous and happy life to celebrate the country’s major anniversaries in 2010,” the Deputy PM wrote.

The Khmer traditional Chol Chnam Thmay lasts three days after the year’s first harvest. This year’s festival falls on April 14-16.

Each of these days has its own name. Apart from worshiping the Buddha, Khmer people believe that every year the heaven sends a god called Tevoda to the earth to look after human beings and their life.

At the end of the year, the god returns to heaven and another one will replace him. Therefore, in the New Year’s Eve, every family prepares a party, burns incense and lights up lamps in a ceremony to see off the old Tedova and greet the new one. They also pray to this god for good luck.

Khmer people always prepare for the new year ceremony very carefully. They clean and redecorate their house and buy necessary food for the holidays. They stop all farm work, relax and set free their cattle. The three official festival days are held in a joyful and exciting way.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Teen singers charting new territory in Vietnam

In Uncategorized on April 2, 2010 at 2:47 pm

Unlike decades past, teenage pop music now dominates the airwaves in Ho Chi Minh City. But while they still have to work hard to achieve fame, industry insiders say that overall, today’s youth have it much easier than the generations who have gone before them.

Young singer Noo Phuoc Thinh shares his songs on free music websites before he releases his first album.

More and more Vietnamese teen singers are kick-starting their careers by posting their songs online. The Internet has the advantage of helping them easily reach audiences and receive listeners’ feedback before launching a completed product in the market.

The downside to relying on the Internet, however, is that singers who share their latest songs on free music websites, often don’t stand to profit as much from CD sales.

Many up-and-comers focus more on pleasing their online fans at the expense of producing and advertising tangible albums.

For teen singers who don’t write their own songs, a large resource of material is available from other young amateur and professional musicians.

Teens can purchase the copyrights to these songs more cheaply than they can for older, more iconic songs, thus giving them an edge over their older counterparts.

But some say this also limits the quality of songs that young musicians can perform, putting them on unequal ground with more experienced professionals who can afford to choose from a wider array of material.

Another problem, according to insiders, is that young Vietnamese singers rely too heavily on singing songs written by others and fail to create their own unique sound. Moreover, they sometimes fail to purchase song copyrights altogether, creating legal headaches for the original artists.

Although they have many advantages including youthful good looks and inspired passion, experts say that Vietnamese teens are forging a new and uncertain path that the country’s music industry has not experienced before.

As such, it would be wise for youth to communicate with and learn lessons from music veterans to succeed and make outstanding contributions to Vietnamese music.


Source: SGGP

HCMC-Nha Trang train trips to increase for April holidays

In Uncategorized on April 2, 2010 at 2:28 pm

To meet travel demand between Ho Chi Minh City and the central city of Nha Trang during the upcoming holidays in late April, Sai Gon Railway Station will add 11 more train trips, Nguyen Van Thanh, the station’s deputy head said April 1.

Sai Gon Railway Station will increase the number of train trips between HCMC and Nha Trang City (on the photo) to meet travel demand on late April holidays

The added trips will be able to accommodate an additional 7,000 travelers.

The holidays include the Hung Kings’ death anniversary on April 23, Vietnam Reunification Day on April 30, and Labor Day on May 1.

Travelers can purchase tickets from the station in District 3 or otherwise call 08-3843-6528 for free home delivery of tickets.

Travel agencies in HCMC said that because the April 30 holiday falls on a Friday this year, the number of passengers registering to travel domestically and abroad has skyrocketed.

Saigontourist Holding Company said that over 5,000 people have registered for tours during the upcoming holidays, 20 percent higher than the same period last year.

Source: SGGP

Viva Macau continues to suspend flights to Vietnam

In Uncategorized on April 2, 2010 at 2:25 pm

This photo, taken on December 7, 2009, shows the new Viva Macau ticket office in Ho Chi Minh City on the date it was launched. The office is located in the Sheraton Hotel. (Photo: Tuong Thuy)

Cash-strapped budget airline Viva Macau, which had its license to fly revoked by Macau’s aviation regulator late March, said Thursday it continued to halt flights to Vietnam until April 8.
The low-cost carrier has cancelled its flights to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City for one week as the license was revoked and its sole fuel supplier in Macau had stopped pumping petrol to its aircraft. A statement issued by the LCC on Mar. 29 said that it would suspend flights to Vietnam until April 1.

It said the termination of air operator certificate affected flights to destinations including Tokyo, Sydney, Melbourne, Jakarta, Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.

Viva Macau said it has been providing refunds to affected passengers.

The airline has set up a hotline at 853-28718880 or 853-28718883 for enquiries.

In Vietnam, the hotlines for enquiries are (08) 38242123 in Ho Chi Minh City and (04) 22606688 in Hanoi.

Viva Macau had been operating daily service to HCM City and three weekly flights to Hanoi on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays before the suspension.

Source: SGGP

Environmental violators to be punished strictly

In Uncategorized on April 2, 2010 at 1:53 pm

Agencies will strictly penalize enterprises for infringing on environmental regulations to prevent widespread pollution and to save the heavily polluted Dong Nai River, Bui Cach Tuyen, head of the Vietnam Environmental Administration has told Sai Gon Giai Phong.

Many factories along the Dong Nai River pour liquid waste into the water, causing heavy pollution to the river (Photo: SGGP)

He said at present, more enterprises are conforming to the Law on Environmental Protection since awareness about environmental issues has been raised. They have also invested more in environmental protection activities, said Mr. Tuyen.
While the number of violating businesses has decreased gradually in recent years, there are still a large number of enterprises severely polluting the environment, Mr. Tuyen added.
Penalties in the past were so minor that they failed to deter companies from violating regulations. Moreover, it was cheaper to pay penalties than to invest in environmental protection technology.
According to a new decree, polluting enterprises will be fined VND500 million (US$26,300) per infraction while the old fine was just VND70 million (US$3,700).
In addition to administrative penalties, environmental violators risk having their operations halted temporarily or permanently until they implement measures to curb pollution, or move their facilities away from residential areas.
Under the new decree, environmental inspectors also have the jurisdiction to withdraw enterprises’ certificates or licenses related to environmental protection.
Mr. Tuyen said his administration would conduct environmental inspections, especially at polluting plants, along the Dong Nai River this year.
The river runs through 12 provinces and cities. Therefore, all localities near the river must cooperate closely to protect it, he said.
Mr. Tuyen added that the localities must investigate and pinpoint liquid waste sources that pollute the stretch of river running through their areas.
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment will formulate a general plan on environmental protection for the entire river valley and introduce measures to manage and overcome pollution in the area. 

Source: SGGP