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Badminton stars to compete in champs

In Uncategorized on April 8, 2010 at 4:04 pm




Badminton stars to compete in champs


QĐND – Thursday, April 08, 2010, 21:24 (GMT+7)

Ten top Vietnamese badminton players will compete at the Asian Badminton Championships in India from April 12-18.


Following the Asian Badminton Federation draw Nguyen Tien Minh, Le Ha Anh, Nguyen Hoang Nam and Nguyen Hoang Hai are all seeded to play in the event’s main round.


In the women’s tournament, only Le Ngoc Nguyen Nhung has been seeded. Phuong Nhi and Binh Tho will have to play in the qualifying round.


Vietnam’s top badminton player Nguyen Tien Minh is expected to reach the semi-final.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Khmer gathering for festival celebration

In Uncategorized on April 8, 2010 at 4:03 pm




Khmer gathering for festival celebration


QĐND – Thursday, April 08, 2010, 21:21 (GMT+7)

A meeting was held on April 8 for nearly 200 Khmers representing the families of war invalids and revolutionary martyrs, heroic mothers, workers, pensioners, and monks in the Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang.


The meeting to celebrate the Chol Chnam Thmey festival was attended by various senior officials from the Party Central Committee, the National Ethnic Committee, and local state and party agencies.


Since 2009, the province has provided capital to assist almost 26,000 Khmer households, and new houses for more than 6,600 households, said Lam Ren, Head of the provincial Ethnic Committee.


More than 5,000 households have received land to build houses and loans to do farming and animal husbandry. As a result, the rate of poor Khmer households has dropped from 34 percent in 2006 to below 18 percent in 2010, with more than 80 percent of the households having access to electricity, and 87 percent to clean water.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

ASEAN Business Awards for 2010 launched

In Uncategorized on April 8, 2010 at 4:03 pm




ASEAN Business Awards for 2010 launched


QĐND – Thursday, April 08, 2010, 21:21 (GMT+7)

The 2010 ASEAN Business Awards (ABA) was officially launched in Hanoi on April 7 by the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI). 


ABA President Nguyen Thi Nga said its jury comprises leading businesses, economists and scholars from all 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).


Twenty-four businesses are expected to enter the final round with eight to receive the “Most-Admired ASEAN Business” award.


The winners, along with those that made the final round, will be honoured at a gala dinner to be held at the end of the ASEAN Investment and Business Summit. The summit is scheduled to take place in Hanoi on October 28-29.


The ABA was held for the first time in Singapore in 2007.


So far, four Vietnamese businesses have received ABA consolation prizes, including the Hoa Tho Paper Company, the Asian Development Bank, the Saigon Paper Corporation and the Saigon Morin Hotel in Hue city.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Bird flu fully under control in Dien Bien

In Uncategorized on April 8, 2010 at 4:02 pm




Bird flu fully under control in Dien Bien


QĐND – Thursday, April 08, 2010, 21:21 (GMT+7)

The Dien Bien Provincial People’s Committee announced on April 8 that the three communes of Thanh Yen, Noong Luong and Thanh Hung are freed of bird flu infection.


As the province has relaxed its animal transport controls, healthy and approved animals are now on sale in the local markets.


The last bird flu outbreak was discovered in Thanh Yen and then the disease continued spreading to Noong Luong and Thanh Hung where nearly 8,000 birds and 7,500 eggs have been destroyed over the past 3 months.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

MoJ – the key stone of judicial reform

In Uncategorized on April 8, 2010 at 4:01 pm




MoJ – the key stone of judicial reform


QĐND – Thursday, April 08, 2010, 21:21 (GMT+7)

State President Nguyen Minh Triet has praised the Ministry of Justice (MoJ)’s efforts to help the Government, and the National Assembly develop and enact an improved legal system.


At a working session with MoJ in Hanoi on April 8, he said the organistional and operational structures of judicial agencies from central to grassroots levels have been completed and justice officials have increased in number and qualifications. He expressed his hope that the judicial sector will continue to strive for judicial reform.


Mr Triet pointed out that the process of international integration has provided both difficulties and opportunities so the sector should grasp the opportunities to overcome the difficulties.


The Party and State determined to build a socialist law-governed State, said Mr Triet, adding that fulfilling this task will require drastic judicial reform, in which the MoJ must play an important role. The MoJ should learn from the experience of international friends, M Triet suggested.


He also urged the MoJ to do more to help the public understand the law to refine its organizational structure to maximize operational efficiency, and to improve its handling of civil cases to ensure citizens’ rights.


MoJ Minister, Ha Hung Cuong gave briefs on judicial activities in 2009, such as designing standardized legal documents, organising the first lawyers congress and establishing the Vietnam Lawyers Federation. Judicial administration has been reformed to be more responsive to businesses, organizations and private citizens.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Vietnam ready for its new status

In Uncategorized on April 8, 2010 at 4:00 pm




Vietnam ready for its new status


QĐND – Thursday, April 08, 2010, 21:21 (GMT+7)


Fifteen years after joining ASEAN, Vietnam has made many significant contributions to the development of the most important organization in the region. Assuming the 2010 ASEAN Chair is a great honour but also an uphill task for Vietnam.

A series of related meetings have been taking place in Hanoi this week as part of the 16th ASEAN Summit (ASEAN 16) hosted by Vietnam in its role as the ASEAN Chair. Vietnam is keen to ensure the success of the ASEAN meetings and act effectively as the ASEAN Chair, showing its rising status in the region and international arena.


Vietnam takes on many responsibilities in 2010, which is a pivotal year for ASEAN and marks a five-year process towards creating an ASEAN community by 2015 and the one year that the ASEAN Charter has been in effect.


Vietnam has made a number of proposals for ASEAN’s cooperation and operations in 2010 with top priority being given to reinforcing unity and cooperation, enhancing regional links to realise the target of building the ASEAN community, bringing the ASEAN Charter to life and expanding comprehensive cooperation between ASEAN and its partners.


The theme “Towards an ASEAN Community: From Vision to Action” that Vietnam has chosen for its Year as ASEAN Chair demonstrates the country’s determination to build a strong and united ASEAN community.


Vietnam has linked up with other ASEAN member countries to reach its set targets with a focus on building the three main pillar communities and implementing the second phase of the plan to narrow the development gap within ASEAN to stick to the timetable for creating the ASEAN community by 2015.


Vietnam is strongly confident of its role as ASEAN Chair in 2010 after playing an active part in the regional bloc in 2009- the year Vietnam took over the ASEAN Chair. The country has spared no effort to promote cooperation in every field between ASEAN and non-bloc partners and performed well its role as Vice Chair of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF). It was also chair of the working party on the ASEAN Integration (IAI) Work Plan for Narrowing the Development Gap while helping to bring the ASEAN-Canada dialogue to success.


Last year, Vietnam also actively participated in the implementation of the ASEAN Charter and the roadmap for creating an ASEAN community which laid the foundation for Vietnam taking over the ASEAN chairmanship in 2010 and raising its voice and status at regional and international forums.


ASEAN 16 opens in Hanoi on April 8 along with other related meetings.  With a positive and responsible attitude, several sub-committees under the National Committee for ASEAN 2010 have already finalised all the logistical preparations for the event, including the media, security and medical care to make ASEAN 16 a great success.


ASEAN 16 offers an excellent chance for Vietnam to promote its image as a dynamic country with an external policy of independence, friendship and regional and international integration.

Source: VOVv

Source: QDND

VN-Index slowly approaches 520 points

In Uncategorized on April 8, 2010 at 12:18 pm

Stocks on the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange rose by 0.02 percent on April 8 as penny-chips’ rally was just able to push the index a little while most blue-chips were sold heavily.

Vietnam’s major stock exchange VN-Index of 218 companies and four mutual funds gained 0.11 points to close at 515.93. Around 55.89 million shares, worth VND2.06 trillion, were traded.


Of the index’s 222 members, 103 stocks advanced, 80 dropped, and 39 were unchanged.


Sea & Air Freight International (SFI), located in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 4, was the biggest gainer. The company’s shares rose by 4.99 percent to VND35,800.


Other big gainers were Idico Urban and House Development Joint Stock Company (UIC), and Rangdong Light Source and Vacuum Flask Joint Stock Company (RAL), which close up 4.95 and 4.93 percent to VND23,300 and VND31,900 respectively.


Sugar maker Société De Bourbon Tay Ninh (SBT) was the most active stock in volume as more than 3.45 million shares were changed hands today. The company’s shares upped 4.65 percent.


Petrovietnam General Services Js Corporation (PET), which added up 3.38 percent today, followed with 1.49 million shares being traded. Saigon Security Inc. (SSI) came next with 1.42 million shares. The largest brokerage in Vietnam closed down 0.23 percent to VND43,300.


General Materials Biochemistry Fertilizer Joint Stock Company (HIS), which gave up 6.62 percent, led the list of losers. Next were Long An Food Processing Export Joint Stock Company (LAF), which lost 4.76 percent to VND30,000, and Hoang Long Group (HLG), which dropped 4.64 percent to VND26,700.


Hanoi’s HNX-Index rose 2.42 points, or 1.44 percent, to 170.62. Liquidity on the northern bourse remained high with 51.14 million shares being traded at VND1.79 trillion.


The UPCoM-Index finished at 42.71 points, losing 1.92 points, or 4.3 percent. Around VND4.3 billion was spent to trade 334,238 shares.

Source: SGGP

Experts mull preservation of Hanoi’s doctoral steles

In Uncategorized on April 8, 2010 at 12:17 pm

Following an April 7 ceremony in Hanoi to accept a UNESCO certificate of recognition for the capital city’s doctoral steles at Van Mieu-Quoc Tu Giam (Temple of Literature), experts began discussing how best to preserve the relics.

A ceremony is held in Hanoi to accept a UNESCO certificate of recognition for the capital city’s doctoral steles at Van Mieu-Quoc Tu Giam (Temple of Literature),

The certificate names the steles, located at Vietnam’s first university, as a world documentary heritage. 


However, caretakers of the ancient artifacts are facing difficulty in deciding how to restore and preserve the cultural relics for generations to come.


Currently, the stone steles are located outdoors where they are exposed to harsh weather conditions and the arrival of more and more tourists each year. This has put the artifacts increasingly at risk of damage.


Following the UNESCO recognition ceremony, many proposals were put forth to preserve the historic works including setting up a wooden fence or building a glass enclosure to house them.


However, no definitive decision has yet been made, said Mr. Dang Kim Ngoc, director of the Center of Culture – Science of Van Mieu – Quoc Tu Giam.


“Administrators should select the [preservation] project which has the least impact on the historical-cultural heritage [of the steles],” said Dr. Dang Van Bai, former head of the Cultural Heritage Department.


Professor Trinh Khac Manh said those in charge of preserving the steles should also apply modern technology such as creating a computer database and translating content written on the steles into other languages. 


Experts added that the Center of Culture – Science of Van Mieu – Quoc Tu Giam should write warnings on ticket as a public reminder of the relics’ cultural significance.


The doctoral steles are considered “stone history sets” of Vietnam’s Confucian education system.


After the completion of numerous royal examinations, in 1482 King Le Thanh Tong (who reigned from 1460 to 1497) ordered the erection of stone steles inscribed with the names and native homes of the first laureates of the royal exams since they began in 1442.


Between 1442 and 1779, 124 doctoral examinations were held, but now only 82 stone steles are preserved in Van Mieu – Quoc Tu Giam. The steles are situated on the back of stone turtle statues, the symbol of “immortality of the national quintessence.”


They not only record the names of people who passed doctoral exams during nearly 300 years of Vietnamese history, but also reflect life, society, political context, and the spirit of previous centuries in the country.


They are also highly valuable due to their unique sculpture and calligraphy.



Related article:
Vietnam’s doctoral steles receive UNESCO recognition

Source: SGGP

Duc Tuan scoops ‘Singer of the Year’ in Hanoi

In Uncategorized on April 8, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Local singer Duc Tuan won the “Singer of the Year” title at the fifth Cong Hien (Devotion) Music Awards, held at the Hanoi Opera House on April 7.

Singer Duc Tuan (C) wins the “Singer of the Year” title at the fifth Cong Hien (Devotion) Music Awards

He also took the award for “Album of the Year” for his Broadway tunes album “Music of the night,” which received high praise from critics.


“When I kicked off the Broadway album, many people said it was an unrealistic project. But the dream came true,” the singer said after the event.


Meanwhile, the “Program of the Year” title went to pop star Dam Vinh Hung for his show Nguoi tinh (Lover), which proved highly popular with audiences and critics alike.


Ho Hoai Anh, an up-and-comer on the Vietnamese music scene, was named “Musician of the Year.”


The annual music awards show was organized by the The Thao&Van Hoa Cuoi Tuan (Weekend Sports and Culture) Newspaper.


The awards are determined by a public voting system after outstanding artists are short-listed by over 100 entertainment reporters. 

Source: SGGP

BA, Iberia sign merger deal to create global giant

In Uncategorized on April 8, 2010 at 11:59 am

LONDON (AFP) – British Airways and Spanish flag carrier Iberia on Thursday announced a merger deal to create one of the world’s biggest airlines to compete more effectively in the fast-consolidating aviation sector.


The tie-up would create Europe’s second-biggest airline by market capitalisation after Lufthansa, combining Iberia’s strong position in Latin America with BA’s presence in Africa, Asia and North America.

British Airways and Spanish flag carrier (AFP file) Iberia announced a merger deal to create one of the world’s biggest airlines to compete more effectively in the fast-consolidating aviation sector.

“British Airways and Iberia have today taken a further step towards creating a new leading European airline group by signing their merger agreement,” the two loss-making airlines said in a joint statement.


“The new company will be one of the world’s largest airline groups with 408 aircraft flying to 200 destinations and carrying more than 58 million passengers per year.


“It has been structured so that it can take advantage of further consolidation in the global aviation industry,” they said, adding that it would benefit both airlines’ customers, employees and shareholders.


The landmark deal would create annual savings of around 400 million euros (533 million dollars) by the fifth year of the deal.


The tie-up, which requires regulatory and shareholder approvals, is expected to be completed by late 2010 and follows a preliminary accord in November.


“The merged company will provide customers with a larger combined network,” said BA chief executive Willie Walsh.


“It will also have greater potential for further growth by optimising the dual hubs of London and Madrid and provide combined investment in new products and services.”


Iberia chairman Antonio Vasquez also hailed the deal as a major step forward, as both airlines seek to avoid being sidelined by rivals Air France-KLM and Lufthansa.


“This is an important step in the process towards creating one of the world’s leading global airlines that will be better equipped to compete with other major airlines and participate in future industry consolidation,” Vasquez said.


Under the agreement, BA and Iberia will be grouped under a new holding company, known as International Airlines Group, which will be quoted on stock exchanges in London and Madrid.


However, both airlines will retain their current operations and individual brands.


Iberia will keep the right to terminate the merger deal if BA’s pension recovery plan is deemed to be “materially detrimental to the ecomomic premises of the merger.”


The BA-Iberia merger comes as the global downturn and the rise of low-cost airlines drives airline alliances and steep cost cutting.


Both groups have suffered steep losses as the global recession slammed the brakes on demand for air travel.


At the same time, BA has faced industrial action from cabin crew over its cost-cutting plans that are aimed at stemming losses.


The pair had signed a preliminary deal last November after lengthy negotiations — but Iberia said at the time it would back out of the agreement if BA’s giant pension deficit problem were not resolved.


Under the initial agreement set out in November, BA will own 56 percent of the new company while Iberia will hold 44 percent. Walsh would retain his position as chief executive, while Iberia would secure the chairmanship.


In addition, the new company would be headquartered in Madrid, but its operational base would be in London.


Rival groups had reacted in anger to the deal, with Ryanair comparing the merger to “two drunks trying to prop each other up.”


Virgin Atlantic, meanwhile, had argued that it will increase BA’s dominance at London’s Heathrow airport.


News of the BA-Iberia merger comes after US media reported late Tuesday that United Airlines and US Airways were in merger talks that could lead to the creation of one of the world’s largest airlines.

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Source: SGGP