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North-West enhances tourism industry

In Uncategorized on June 18, 2010 at 4:31 pm

North-West enhances tourism industry

QĐND – Friday, June 18, 2010, 20:47 (GMT+7)

A seminar is being held to discuss ways of boosting tourism in eight of the North-Western provinces in Bac Ha district, Lao Cai province on June 18-19.

A joint programme for Lao Cai, Yen Bai, Phu Tho, Ha Giang, Hoa Binh, Son La, Dien Bien and Lai Chau has been in operation since November 2008 with the aim of coordinating policies, developing tourism products, advertising and training for workers in the hospitality industry.

The seminar will provide an excellent opportunity for the eight provinces to review their progress, and approve a draft plan for co-operation during the 2010-2015 period.

Pham Tat Thanh, from Lao Cai province’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism said that the programme has helped communities reduce poverty and improve the management skills of tourism officials as well as developing more unique tourism products in the eight provinces. With this programme, the eight provinces are looking for support from domestic and foreign investors, he added.

The 2010 Bac Ha traditional horse race will be held on June 19 with 75 runners from the two provinces of Lao Cai and Ha Giang on the starting line.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Vietnam to host U13 Asia Women’s Football festival

In Uncategorized on June 18, 2010 at 4:29 pm

Vietnam to host U13 Asia Women’s Football festival

QĐND – Friday, June 18, 2010, 20:47 (GMT+7)

The U13 Asia Women’s Football festival will take place at the Thanh Long Sports Centre in Ho Chi Minh City from June 19 to July 3.

This is an annual event organised by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) to promote women’s football in the region and train female coaches and referees.

This is the third time Vietnam has hosted the festival. This will help Vietnam raise its women’s football to the regional standard.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Binh Duong popular with Japanese investors

In Uncategorized on June 18, 2010 at 4:28 pm

Binh Duong popular with Japanese investors

QĐND – Friday, June 18, 2010, 20:47 (GMT+7)

The southern province of Binh Duong has become a “popular destination” for foreign investors, particularly those from Japan, commented Ikuo Mizuki , Japan’s Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City.

His countryman, Hirota Nakanishi from the Japanese External Trade Organisation (JETRO) agreed with him and added that Binh Duong’s administrative agencies, its infrastructure and the local human resources all meet the strict requirements demanded by foreign investors.

The strong growth of Japanese investment in the province in the recent past indicates that Japanese investors are more than satisfied with the southern economic hub.

Amongst the 1,940 investment projects in Binh Duong, worth a total of 13 billion USD, 150 of them are Japanese, accounting for 1.4 billion USD.

According to the provincial Department of Planning and Investment, the investment flow from Japan into the province is still rising, and the projects are getting bigger and bigger.

Noteworthy is the Kubota Vietnam project that manufactures ploughs and combine harvesters. Another remarkable project is Kirin Acecook’s 60 million USD factory that produces fruit juice. It is also the first beverage plant to introduce aseptic technology in Vietnam.

It is a good idea to invest in Binh Duong, said Kirin Acecook’s General Director Munechika Yokomizo, before praising the short time it takes to get licensed in the province.

In an effort to facilitate overseas investors, the Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Hoang Son, said that his province is upgrading its infrastructure, especially in industrial zones as well as reforming its administrative procedures.

Binh Duong attracted more than 2 billion USD in foreign direct investment (FDI) last year and Son predicted that this year’s figure will be much higher.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

School exam results out

In Uncategorized on June 18, 2010 at 4:27 pm

School exam results out

QĐND – Friday, June 18, 2010, 20:47 (GMT+7)

This year’s high-school graduation rate is almost exactly the same as last year’s, an educational official said as HCM City announced the results on June 16.

It is 94.59 percent this year compared to 94.61 percent last year.

Twenty-two city schools, nine of them private, achieved 100 percent pass rates, Le Hong Son, deputy director of the Department of Education and Training, said.

At continuing education centres, the rate was up 6 percent from last year’s 57.76 percent.

More than 52,800 high-school students and 7,800 students at continuing education centres sat the exam in HCM City this year. “The result is a positive sign for the quality of education in the city,” Huynh Cong Minh, the director of the department said.

“The graduation rate has ranged from 92 to 95 percent for the past few years.”

In Can Tho, 86 percent of high-school students have passed but only 15.71 percent at continuing education centres, according to the local Department of Education and Training.

The graduation rates in two other southern provinces, An Giang and Soc Trang, are 81.33 percent and 75.21 percent, rises of 5 percent and 12 percent, respectively.

Nam Dinh Province in the Red River Delta has achieved the highest pass rates – 99.67 percent at high schools and 97.07 percent at continuing education centres – among the cities and provinces that announced the results.

It has 33 schools with a 100 percent graduation rate.

Another northern province , Bac Ninh, ranked a close second with 99.2 percent and 97 percent. Bac Giang, Hai Phong, and Lang Son also achieved school pass rates of 97.8 percent, 98.86 percent, and 93.8 percent, respectively.

The central province of Thua Thien-Hue reported a graduation rate of 96.81 percent at high schools and 56.87 percent at continuing education centres.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Record heat wave hits northern, central regions

In Uncategorized on June 18, 2010 at 4:26 pm

Record heat wave hits northern, central regions

QĐND – Friday, June 18, 2010, 20:47 (GMT+7)

The northern and central regions are sweltering in a heat wave said to be the severe for several decades.

According to the National Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting Centre, over the past five days, day-time temperatures climbed to as high as 40 degree Celsius while night-time temperatures hovered around 29-32 degrees Celsius.

On June 17, the temperature in Hanoi surged to 39.7 degrees Celsius while several provinces in the central region of the country like Thanh Hoa and Nghe An provinces recorded temperatures of 40.3-40.4 degrees Celsius.

The westerly hot low-pressure system has moved in with southerly hot and dry wind of the northern delta, pushing up the temperatures..

The heat wave is expected subside as from June 20 with the arrival of a cold air mass, bringing showers to the northern and northern-central regions.

The remaining parts of the central region will continue to suffer from hot weather two or three more days.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

News exhibition celebrates Press Day

In Uncategorized on June 18, 2010 at 4:26 pm

News exhibition celebrates Press Day

QĐND – Friday, June 18, 2010, 20:47 (GMT+7)

Old editions of newspapers are currently being displayed at an exhibition in Hanoi to mark the 85th anniversary of Vietnam’s Revolutionary Press Day (June 21).

The exhibit offers visitors with a chance to view the early editions of Vietnam’s first publications.

The event, which is being hosted by, features more than 100 newspapers and magazines that were published between 1865 and 1954.

According to a member of the event’s organisation board, Le Tuan Anh, the display showcases only the first period of the development of the Vietnamese press, which was dominated primarily by the publication of revolutionary periodicals.

The first national Vietnamese-language newspaper, Gia Dinh, which was released on April 15, 1865 in Sai Gon, is being showcased at the event.

A copy of the first northern newspaper, Dai Nam Dang Co Nhat Bao, is also on display. Released in 1907, the bilingual publication was printed in Vietnamese and Han Chinese characters.

The exhibit also feature a historic copy of the French paper, Le Paria (Pariah), which was founded by a group of patriots that included Nguyen Ai Quoc (President Ho Chi Minh). The Paris-based newspaper, which focused on issues and conflicts in France ‘s colonies, was first printed on April 1, 1922.

“Almost all of the samples on display at the event were collected by employees from,” Tuan said.

A lecture about the contribution of the newspapers during the exhibit’s respective historical period was delivered on June 15. Several scholars and veteran journalists contributed to the discussion.

The display is being held at the Hanoi Library at 47 Ba Trieu street and is open to the public until June 20.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Revolutionary Journalism Day celebrated

In Uncategorized on June 18, 2010 at 4:26 pm

Revolutionary Journalism Day celebrated

QĐND – Friday, June 18, 2010, 20:47 (GMT+7)

A get together with the theme “Journalists – Social Responsibility and Citizens’ Duty” was held in Hanoi on June 17 to celebrate Vietnam’s 85th Revolutionary Journalism Day, which falls on June 21.

Prominent amongst the guests at the event were Truong Tan Sang, a member of the Politburo and permanent member of the Party Central Committee’s (PCC) Secretariat, Nguyen Bac Son, Deputy Head of the PCC’s Commission for Information and Education and Dinh The Huynh, President of the Vietnam Journalists’ Association.

A number of veteran journalists, including Ha Dang, Huu Tho, Phan Quang and Do Phuong, joined their younger colleagues for the programme that was broadcast live on VTV6.

The journalists, from many different generations talked about the milestones in their careers and unforgettable memories as well as their thoughts and concerns.

Veteran journalists gave the participants, especially the younger journalists, an insight into how they had lived and worked during wartime, while others talked about their work during the country’s renewal process.

Also on June 17, a book of photographs titled “War Memories” by journalist Chu Chi Thanh, former Director of the Photography Department at the Vietnam News Agency (VNA), was made public.

The book is a collection of photos taken from 1967 to 1973 by Thanh himself, who was also former President of the Vietnam Photographers Association.

The VNA’s General Director Tran Mai Huong said that the photos feature some simple moments in life and the Vietnamese army and people’s struggle during the war – a glorious episode in the nation’s history.

He went on to say that the images in the book will exist forever, helping to educate the younger generations who were born in peacetime as well as encouraging people to be more patriotic.

In celebration of Vietnam ’s 85th Revolutionary Journalism Day, a charity event called “Journalists – Witnessing History” will be held on June 20.

On this occasion, the organisers and donors will grant 30 savings books worth 5 million VND each and 30 wheelchairs to disadvantaged war veterans and the relatives of journalists who laid down their lives during the war.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

PM receives region’s leading IT group

In Uncategorized on June 18, 2010 at 4:25 pm

PM receives region’s leading IT group

QĐND – Friday, June 18, 2010, 20:51 (GMT+7)

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung on June 18 received a delegation from the Asian-Oceanian Computing Industry Organization (ASOCIO) led by its Chairman Looi Kien Leong.

PM Dung praised ASOCIO for selecting Vietnam as the venue for the 2010 ASOCIO Summit, and spoke highly of the productive cooperation between ASOCIO and the Vietnam Software Association (VINASA).

Mr Dung stressed that Vietnam is keen to develop its information and communications technology (ICT), considering it the number one tool for advancing the process of national industrialisation and modernisation.

Vietnam aims to develop a powerful ICT sector, he said, adding that the country’s IT growth rate reached 20 percent in 2009.

ASOCIO Chairman Looi Kien Leong congratulated Vietnam on its remarkable ICT achievements, saying that during the 2010 ASOCIO Summit in Vietnam, which run from June 17-20, ASOCIO will share with Vietnam and other regional countries its experience in devising and implementing ICT development policies.

ASOCIO is a group of IT industry associations from 21 official members, including Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, the Republic of Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

VN-Index inches up to wrap week in green

In Uncategorized on June 18, 2010 at 12:23 pm

Movement of Vietnam’s benchmark VN-Index from June 14 to June 18. (Photo: Vietnam’s benchmark VN-Index slightly rose on June 18 as the US stock markets and some emerging markets rallied yesterday.

The index of 236 companies on the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange wrapped week at 511.18 points, gaining 0.42 points, or 0.08 percent.

There were 84 stocks advanced, 105 declined, and 51 remained unchanged. Around 63.45 million shares changed hands, valuing VND1.61 trillion.

PetroVietnam Transportation Corporation (PVT) drew most attention of investors as it topped the list of most active share in volume with more than 2.33 million shares changing hands.

Ocean Group Joint Stock Company (OCG) was next with nearly 2.12 million shares being traded.

PetroVietnam Fertilizer and Chemicals Corporation (DPM) came in third with 1.92 million shares.

South Logistics Joint Stock Company (STG) extended its winning streak for seven consecutive trading sessions, closing up 4.99 percent to VND44,200.

Vietnam Electricity Construction Joint Stock Corporation (VNE) rose 4.98 percent to VND25,300.

Dong Hai Joint Stock Company of Ben Tre (DHC) added up 4.96 percent to VND25,400.

Bao Viet Holdings (BVH) lost the daily maximum allowed limit of 5 percent to VND41,800.

620 Chau Thoi Concrete Corporation (BT6) gave up 4.94 percent to VND77,000.

H.A.I Joint Stock Company (HAI) declined 4.52 percent to trade at VND31,700.

The smaller bourse in the north also performed well as the Hanoi’s HNX-Index climbed 1.1 points, or 0.68 percent, to 163.35 points. Trading volume reached 44 million shares, worth VND1.37 trillion. Foreign investors shifted to net selling from net buying with a total value of VND7.31 billion.

The UPCoM-Index slid 0.03 points to 45.94. Around VND4.34 billion were spent to trade 213,341 shares.

Globally, Dow Jones Industrial Average index advanced 0.24 percent. Nasdaq Composite Index inched up 0.05 percent. S&P 500 index gained 0.13 percent.

Hong Kong’s Hang Sheng index rose 0.75 percent. Meanwhile, Japan’s Nikkei 225 index slid 0.04 percent. China’s Shanghai Composite index dropped 0.92 percent.

Source: SGGP

We need more good songs about Hanoi

In Uncategorized on June 18, 2010 at 12:23 pm

There hasn’t been a good song written about Hanoi in years, some might say even decades.

Few places have as many songs written about them as Hanoi

There haven’t been any good songs about the capital that can win hearts of music lovers throughout the country for tens of years, many musicians conceded.

Hanoi has always been an indispensable subject for many generations of poets, writers and musicians nationwide.

Huynh Van Nghe, Nguyen Dinh Thi, Trinh Cong Son, Phu Quang, Pham Duy, Hoang Duong, Pham Tuyen, Hoang Hiep, Pho Duc Phuong, Hong Dang, Nguyen Cuong, and Duong Thu all penned famous poetry, lyrics and prose about Hanoi.

Few places have as many songs written about them as Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital for a thousands years, and the cultural centre of Vietnam, where each successive dynasty has left behind its footprints.

But modern singers have been unable to capture the charm and flair of our undying capital in their new pop tunes.

Although the capital is now more modern and living standards have improved, the city lacks good songs written about it. The capital’s cultural values are more important than every, but are less treasured than in the past, thanks to rapid development and rampant commercialization.

Art and creativity quietly depend on artists who must perceive the lives and changes of society to create their works.

So our artists and people have the responsibility to create a healthy and clear environment to arouse the emotional music that will make the capital shine from its birthday on into the future.

Hanoi’s 1,000th anniversary will be celebrates this October. Will we not have any songs?

Source: SGGP