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Tours for national holiday fully booked

In Uncategorized on April 7, 2010 at 4:29 pm

Tours for national holiday fully booked

QĐND – Wednesday, April 07, 2010, 21:30 (GMT+7)

According to travel agencies, on the occasion of the national holiday of April 30th and May 1st, the number of tourists booking four-day tours has soared.

Around 5,000 visitors have booked Saigontourist’s 150 domestic and foreign tours, an increase of 20% compared to last year’s figures, while more than 55% of Viettravel’s 100 tours have been booked.

Some other travel firms said that tours to Hue, Da Nang and Nha Trang were fully booked because of a shortage of hotel rooms.

Source: TT

Translated by Phuong Linh

Source: QDND

Final bids for Noi Bai-Lao Cai highway get the go-ahead

In Uncategorized on April 7, 2010 at 4:19 pm

Final bids for Noi Bai-Lao Cai highway get the go-ahead

QĐND – Wednesday, April 07, 2010, 21:30 (GMT+7)

The last two out of a total of eight bidding packages for the Noi Bai-Lao Cai highway were handed over to a Korean company on April 6.

The Vietnam Expressway Investment and Development Company (VEC) transferred the packages to Keangnam Enterprises Co., Ltd of the Republic of Korea which is in charge of the project.

The A4 bidding package covers construction work on a 29.74 km highway costing over VND1.6 trillion in the northern province of Phu Tho while the A5 package worth over VND1.9 trillion in the northern province of Yen Bai has a total length of 41.15 km.

Construction work for both packages is scheduled to last 36 months, said Tran Xuan Sanh, VEC’s general director.

The Hanoi-Noi Bai highway project will be built at a total cost of nearly VND20 trillion (roughly US$1.24 billion), of which US$153 million will be funded by the VEC’s government-guaranteed bonds. The remainder will be in loans from the Asian Development Bank.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Vietnam Expo 2010 to gather in 700 booths

In Uncategorized on April 7, 2010 at 4:16 pm

Vietnam Expo 2010 to gather in 700 booths

QĐND – Wednesday, April 07, 2010, 21:31 (GMT+7)

The Ministry of Industry and Trade on April 6th held a press conference to introduce the 20th international trade fair Vietnam-2010 (Vietnam Expo 2010).

The event to take place from April 14th to 17th in Hanoi will gather in 700 booths of domestic and international businesses from 20 Vietnamese cities and provinces and 17 nations, said Vu Thanh Bien, Deputy Minister at the meeting.

Domestic will participate in the fair with more than 400 booths, while many international delegations have asked for their visits to the event, according to the organising board.

During the fair, the organising board will also take delegations to Vietnam’s industrial parks and major manufacturers.

Source: TT

Translated by Thu Nguyen   

Source: QDND

Robot contests take place

In Uncategorized on April 7, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Robot contests take place

QĐND – Wednesday, April 07, 2010, 21:25 (GMT+7)

Two robot contests have been launched for students from universities and colleges in Southern, Central Highlands and Central provinces.

In Da Nang City, 40 teams are taking part in the Robocon 2010’s Qualifying Round with the theme ‘Robocon builds pyramid’. The theme is based on ideas to build three pyramids Khufu, Khafraa and Mankaura in Egypt.

These teams in 3 different groups will compete in a round-robin to choose the three best teams and three runners-up.

While in Ho Chi Minh City, 86 other teams are competing in Robocon 2010’s Qualifying Round with the name ‘Robocon Creation 2010’ held by the Vietnam Television Center.

Best teams from the two contests will be chosen for the final of Robocon Vietnam Contest 2010 to be held from May 10th to 16th in Buon Ma Thuot City, Dac Lac province.

The champion of Robocon Vietnam 2010 will take part in Asia-Pacific Robocon 2010 contest to be held in September 2010 in Cairo, Egypt.

Source: NLD

Translated by Duy Minh


Source: QDND

Voluntary blood donation requires a higher sense of social responsibility and duty

In Uncategorized on April 7, 2010 at 4:07 pm

Voluntary blood donation requires a higher sense of social responsibility and duty

QĐND – Wednesday, April 07, 2010, 21:25 (GMT+7)

The campaign for voluntary blood donation has received a positive response from all sections of people. However, there remains a lot to be done before it becomes a nationwide movement.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), Vietnam needs nearly 2 million units of blood for emergency and treatment every year. In fact, approximately 700,000 units are provided to hospitals of which 59 percent come from voluntary blood donations to meet only 30 percent of the health sector’s needs. Consequently, many hospitals have fallen short of blood and patients often have to wait 5-10 days to get a blood transfusion.

In fact, there have been many serious emergencies, even cases of death since there is not enough blood to provide for transfusions in time.

To date, scientists from many countries around the world including Vietnam have still failed to find an artificial substitute for human blood. Therefore, people are required to donate blood.

In 2009, the Prime Minister decided to encourage the public to donate blood voluntarily. As a result, the campaign for voluntary blood donations has spread far and wide with an increasing number of donors ready to help save other people’s lives.

However, the volume of blood donated by volunteers in Vietnam is much lower than Singapore and the Republic of Korea, meeting only 30 percent of the present-day requirements.

Participants in the blood donation campaign are mostly young people, while many State employees and managers are reluctant as they think blood donation is a “private business” concerning the healthcare sector only.

It is high time that people regarded giving blood as a noble obligation, said State President Nguyen Minh Triet.

In a letter sent to people on Blood Donation Day, Mr Triet called on individuals, collectives and particularly managers to take part in blood donation campaign to help save people’s lives.

One reason is that not a few still hesitate to donate blood for fear of affecting their own health.

Moreover, the blood donation campaign has been launched only in major cities and at universities and not in State agencies or rural areas. Therefore, it is essential to encourage more people to take part in the campaign to turn it into a social movement.

In the Summer of 2009, the campaign “Drops of blood from the Vietnam Red Cross Society” collected more than 140,000 units for hospitals to save many people’s lives.

So, everyone should donate blood even if they are old or young, rich or poor, male or female.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Nguyen Tai Thu re-elected president of acupuncture association

In Uncategorized on April 7, 2010 at 4:06 pm

Nguyen Tai Thu re-elected president of acupuncture association

QĐND – Wednesday, April 07, 2010, 21:30 (GMT+7)

The Vietnam Acupuncture Association (VAA) held its 7th congress in Hanoi on April 7 to devise working activities for the 2010-2015 period.

The 116 member association re-elected professor Nguyen Tai Thu to be its president and seven others vice presidents.

During the past 6 terms, the association has achieved significant results and helped to cure common diseases, such as paralysis, amblyopis, deaf-muteness and has also carried out drug detoxification. It has provided free medical check-ups to poor people and disabled children and sent doctors to local clinics.

Over the past 30 years, many countries in the world, such as Sweden, Spain, Italy and France have sent their doctors to learn acupuncture from the association.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

WHO: Urgent steps must be taken to make cities healthier

In Uncategorized on April 7, 2010 at 4:04 pm

WHO: Urgent steps must be taken to make cities healthier

QĐND – Wednesday, April 07, 2010, 21:31 (GMT+7)

PANO – The World Health Organization (WHO) said today that continued population growth in cities in the Western Pacific will have damaging consequences for human health, particularly for the poor, unless urgent steps are taken to tackle health risks for people who live in cities. 

“Many cities in the Western Pacific have grown too fast and too randomly,” Dr Shin Young-soo, WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific said on April 7th. “Millions of people already live in urban slums or near-slums where disease is a serious threat. With the projected rise in urban populations across the Region, the health risks will also rise if insufficient attention is paid to planning and implementation of healthy urban practices and infrastructure.”

Rapid and unplanned urbanisation increases human vulnerability to poverty, disease and natural disasters. Of all the Regions, the Western Pacific Region experiences the most natural hazards and disasters. Countries like the Philippines had their fair share of these in 2009.

“Typhoon Ketsana showed with devastating effect what can happen when urban planning is not a priority. People living in informal settlements suffered disproportionately from the flooding caused by Ketsana, which was compounded by inadequate sanitation systems in some areas of Metro Manila”, said Dr Shin.

After the onset of Ketsana, the number of cases of acute watery diarrhoea increased and outbreaks of leptospirosis, a bacterial disease caused by contact with water contaminated with urine from rats and other mammals, were declared in several areas.

The Western Pacific Region has the highest number of people living in cities compared to other WHO regions. Almost half of people in the Region – some 800 million people – currently live in urban areas, and this figure is expected to rise in the coming years. This shift from rural to urban living has had a profound impact on society and health. For a large and growing number of people and communities, urban living means poverty and isolation, which in turn lead to new health risks and challenges and widen the gap of health inequalities.

Addressing these challenges and narrowing the health inequality gap caused by the rapid increase in urban living are among the most important global health issues of the 21st century. By the year 2030, six out of every 10 people globally will live in cities, and this proportion will grow to seven out of 10 in 2050.

Innovative and effective solutions that mitigate health risks of people living in cities must be found, acted upon and sustained over time. But the health sector cannot act alone, as many of the factors at play are controlled by other sectors. This is why it is time for all sectors to work together with civil society, community groups, architects, engineers, and businesses to ensure that growing cities are healthy cities and to deal with the problems afflicting many of the urban poor.

Planning will work only where there is good urban governance and where the communities – and especially the urban poor – are brought into the decision-making processes that affect their lives. As part of the “1,000 Cities, 1,000 Lives” campaign for World Health Day 2010, events are taking place around the globe to showcase what cities and citizens can do to make a positive and lasting difference for health.

“It’s time for everyone to do their part. Cities in this Region have all the ingredients for positive change”, said Dr Shin. “Today, more than 500 cities across the Western Pacific participated in World Health Day celebrations and organized events. We urge them – and all of you – to support and sustain these efforts for the future. World Health Day may be held one day per year, but the health of the people is an every day matter.”

Reported by Thu Nguyen

Source: QDND

New procedures for arresting aircraft

In Uncategorized on April 7, 2010 at 4:00 pm

New procedures for arresting aircraft

QĐND – Wednesday, April 07, 2010, 21:30 (GMT+7)

On April 6 the State Presidents Office made public the Ordinance on the legal procedures needed to arrest an aircraft.

When introducing the main contents of the ordinance, the Permanent Vice President of the People’s Supreme Court, Dr. Dang Quang Phuong said that the ordinance comprises of four chapters and 49 articles, regulating the authority, process and procedures for the arrest of aircraft at airports in order to ensure the interests of creditors, owners or third persons who suffer losses or others who have related rights and benefits.

It also stipulates the authority, process and procedures for the release of an arrested aircraft.
According to the ordinance, provincially and centrally-run municipal people’s courts in the localities where an aircraft lands have the jurisdiction to order its arrest on the spot.

The duration that any aircraft can be kept in detention may not exceed 30 days since the day it is arrested.

The ordinance also sets out the grounds for the release of an arrested aircraft and the procedures to deal with a request for the release of any captured aircraft.

Phuong said that the People’s Supreme Court is preparing to ensure the new ordinance is carried out effectively such as holding training courses and issuing guidelines on the necessary procedures.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Mekong River Commission vows to boost cooperation, ecological balance

In Uncategorized on April 7, 2010 at 3:58 pm

Mekong River Commission vows to boost cooperation, ecological balance

QĐND – Wednesday, April 07, 2010, 21:25 (GMT+7)

The Mekong River Commission (MRC) members issued a joint declaration at the end of the first MRC Summit held in Hua Hin , Thailand on April 5, pledging enhanced cooperation in a bid to protect the Mekong River ‘s natural ecosystems and ecological balance.

“Further cooperation over the coming years between the governments of member countries will be required to optimise multiple-use of water resources and mutual benefits for all riparians, to avoid any harmful effect that might result from natural occurrences and man-made activities and to protect the immense value of natural ecosystems and ecological balance”, the declaration said.

The declaration acknowledged the progress made to extend cooperation between the MRC and international, regional and local partners including MRC’s Dialogue Partners, namely China and Myanmar as well as its Development Partners.

Action plans are essential for the member countries to implement in order to reduce the loss of life and assets at risk from flooding and loss of livelihoods from drought conditions — the critical emerging challenges, the declaration stressed.

The declaration guarantees that MRC member countries will cooperate to ensure effective management of water for agricultural production, particularly as part of drought management strategies, and focus on researching and addressing the threat to livelihood posed by climate change and cooperating with other regional partners in addressing haze pollution.

Among MRC’s top priorities are intensified efforts to effectively reduce the risks from flood, drought, and sea level rise, including the establishment of forecast and warning systems, it said.

MRC, which includes Vietnam, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia, agreed to hold its summit every four years.

Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Ethnic Khmers praised by State President

In Uncategorized on April 7, 2010 at 3:56 pm

Ethnic Khmers praised by State President

QĐND – Wednesday, April 07, 2010, 21:25 (GMT+7)

Since 1991, the number of communist party members coming from the local Khmer group has increased by fivefold to nearly 12,000. Many of them have been elected to the National Assembly or People’s Councils at various levels.

During a meeting held on April 6 to celebrate the coming Khmer festival Chol Chnam Thmey, State President Nguyen Minh Triet praised Khmer cadres and compatriots for their contributions to the previous struggle for national independence and the current process of national construction and socio-economic development.


Currently there are about 1.3 million Khmers in the south. In recent years, their lives have improved considerably thanks to the Party and State’s support policies. The poverty rate among the group has dropped from 40 percent in 2006 to 28 percent in 2009.

The meeting was attended by leaders from several ministries and more than 350 Khmer people, heroic Vietnamese mothers, and monks in southern Vietnam.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND