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VN’s third private air carrier set for take-off

In Uncategorized on August 17, 2010 at 3:23 pm




VN’s third private air carrier set for take-off


QĐND – Tuesday, August 17, 2010, 22:4 (GMT+7)

Air Mekong, Vietnam’s third private air carrier, is scheduled to launch its first flights on October 10.


“The Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam (CAAV) will finish its checks and appraisal to enable Air Mekong’s operation next month,” the company stated in a press release.


“Air Mekong is scheduled to begin selling tickets from mid-September and to launch its first flights on October 10 of this year,” the company said.


The airline is scheduled to fly from Hanoi and HCMCity to Da Nang , Nha Trang, Da Lat and Phu Quoc. In addition, it has also asked permission to fly from HCM City to Con Dao, Buon Me Thuot, Hai Phong and Vinh.


On August 15, the airline received delivery of four made-in-Canada Bombardier CRJ 900 aircraft owned by Skywest Leasing Inc of the US. Each aircraft has 95 business and economy-class seats.


Air Mekong was established in 2009 by Ha Long Investment and Development Company. It will be headquartered at PhuQuocAirport. The other two private carriers in Vietnam are Indochina Airlines and VietJet AirAsia.


The CAAV said there were a number of organisations and individuals planning to launch airlines. To qualify, private operators must have a charter capital of at least 500 billion VND (26.3 million USD) to fly internationally and 200 billion VND (10.5 million USD) to launch domestic flights. Airlines must also meet strict aviation and security standards.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Fifteen tour guides battle it out for top award

In Uncategorized on August 17, 2010 at 3:23 pm




Fifteen tour guides battle it out for top award


QĐND – Tuesday, August 17, 2010, 22:5 (GMT+7)

Fifteen tour guides have gathered to compete in the final round of the second National Tour Guide Competition held in Hanoi on August 15.


The 15 shortlist contestants were selected from 50 candidates from 14 cities and provinces nationwide. They have performed in a range of categories, including video tape dubbing, questions and answer session, and foreign-language speaking contest.


Tour guide Huynh Cong Hieu from the Saigontourist won first prize, worth 5 million VND and a tour package for two people to the Republic of Korea . He also won the best dubbing award thanks to his presentation on Hoi An Town.


Runners-up Nguyen Hong Nguyen from Hanoitourist and Nguyen Quynh from the Saigontourist won 4 million VND cash prizes and a trip for two people to Malaysia and Singapore.


Vice general director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism Nguyen Manh Cuong said the competition aimed to honour tour guides and reward those who excelled at their job, helping contribute towards improving the Vietnamese tourism industry.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Poor students enjoy free schooling

In Uncategorized on August 17, 2010 at 3:23 pm




Poor students enjoy free schooling


QĐND – Tuesday, August 17, 2010, 22:7 (GMT+7)

PANO – Poor students in Ho Chi Minh City will not have to pay any fees when they go to school.


The information was released as 900,000 students, from primary level up, in Ho Chi Minh City went to school yesterday when the new school year started.


Accordingly, students from poor families (the average income of under VND 10 million per person a year) will be exempted from all the school fees, including studying fee and infrastructure fee.


Students from near-poor families (the average income is from VND 10 million to VND 12 million per person a year) will have to pay 50% of all the fees.


Earlier, the government issued decree 49/2010 on school fee reduction and exemption. However, the circular to instruct the implementation of the decree has not been issued so that the city can not finalise its plan on school fees.


Translated by Ngoc Hung


Source: QDND

Mothers can have longer maternity leave

In Uncategorized on August 17, 2010 at 3:23 pm




Mothers can have longer maternity leave


QĐND – Tuesday, August 17, 2010, 22:7 (GMT+7)

The Ministry of Labour, War-Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) is drafting a new policy on breast-feeding so that mothers can have up to six months of maternity leave, said an official of the Ministry.


Mr. Nguyen Trong An, Deputy Director of Mother and Child Protection of MOLISA said that, according to the present regulations, each mother is allowed to have two children with the total maternity leave of eight months and this time is not enough for the mother to implement their motherhood functions.


Vietnam is also among countries that have the highest rate of malnourished children who are under five years old, said Mr. An.


The official also held that one of the reasons why the rate is so high is that Vietnamese children are not breastfed in the first six months of their life.


As a result, mothers should have six months of maternity leave to protect the health of both the mothers and their children.


Source: Thanh Nien/ Photo: baovietnam


Translated by Ngoc Hung


Source: QDND

Police launches electronic portal

In Uncategorized on August 17, 2010 at 3:23 pm




Police launches electronic portal


QĐND – Tuesday, August 17, 2010, 22:7 (GMT+7)


PANO – The Ministry of Public Security, on August 16th, launched its electronic portal via a video conference ceremony chaired by Senior Lieutenant-General Nguyen Khanh Toan, Standing Deputy Minister of Public Security.

The portal, available at the address http://www.mps.gov.vn, plays the role as an information agency of the Ministry of Public Security.


With this website, the Ministry expected to publish timely official information on guidelines and policies of the Party and State and laws relating to security and social order protection.


Information on the website also reflects activities of the people’s police as well as good examples of people in the movement to protect the national security.

Translated by Ngoc Hung

Source: QDND

Stock markets head south again

In Uncategorized on August 17, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Movements of VN-Index on August 17. (Photo: vietstock.vn)Vietnam’s benchmark VN-Index lost ground on August 17 after jumping 2.66 percent the previous day as investors were wary over bad news came out of Asian stock markets.

The shares of 253 companies and five mutual funds listed on the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange shrank 0.27 percent, or 1.24 points, to finish at 463.52 points.


Among the index members, 53 stocks advanced, 162 retreated, while 43 remained unchanged.


Trading volume decreased by VND200 billion over the previous trading session to VND1.06 trillion as just 36.69 million shares changed hands.


Saigon Thuong Tin Commercial Bank or Sacombank (STB) topped the list of most active shares by volume with 1.49 million shares changing hands.


Vinh Son – Song Hinh Hydropower Joint Stock Company (VSH) ranked second with 1.38 million shares, followed by Ha Tien Transport Joint Stock Company (HTV) with 1.15 million shares.


From July 23 to 30, Tran Minh Huy, chief accountant of Ha Tien Transport Joint Stock Company (HTV) sold all 3,000 shares to pay tuition fees for his children.


From July 6 to 30, Nguyen Tuan Anh, director of HTV sold all 5,000 shares for personal needs.


Urban Development and Construction Corporation (UDC) declined 4.95 percent to VND17,300.


Lu Gia Mechanical Electric Joint Stock Company (LGC) lost 4.91 percent to VND27,100.


Stationery producer Thien Long Group Corporation (TLG) gave up 4.85 percent to VND29,400.


The Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange announced that stocks of Interfood Shareholding Company (IFS) would be suspended from trading on the city bourse since August 17 as the company has been running at a loss for two consecutive years. The company lost more than VND260 billion in 2008, and VND27.7 billion in 2009.


From August 13 to October 13, Pang Tee Chiang, chairman of Interfood Shareholding Company (IFS), registered to buy 221,520 shares, increasing his holdings to 6,921,549 shares, of which 5,499,840 shares were unlisted.


Meanwhile, Ha Tien 1 Cement Joint Stock Company (HT1), Lilama 10 Joint Stock Company (L10), and South Logistics Joint Stock Company (STG) all shot up the daily maximum allowed limit of 5 percent to VND12,600, VND37,800, and VND37,800 respectively.


In the north, Hanoi-based HNX-Index slipped 3.92 points, or 2.8 percent, to 136.19 points. Trading volume fell by 15 percent over the previous session to just above 29 million shares, worth VND729.86 billion.


The UPCoM-Index slid 1.45 points to 49.13. A total of 224,200 shares were traded at VND3.94 billion as of lunchtime.

Source: SGGP

Vietnamese anti-virus software wins international award

In Uncategorized on August 17, 2010 at 3:22 pm




Vietnamese anti-virus software wins international award


QĐND – Tuesday, August 17, 2010, 22:7 (GMT+7)

PANO – For the first time, a Vietnamese anti-virus software, Bkav, was granted VB100 award on August 16th by Virus Bulletin.


Virus Bulletin is a magazine about the prevention, detection and removal of malware and spam. The magazine also conducts in-depth comparison tests of the detection rates of anti-virus software. Products which manage to detect 100% of the viruses in the wild, without false alarming, are given the VB100 award.


With this award, Bkav is now officially in the list of international anti-virus software.


Virus Bulletin Technical Consultant John Hawes highly appreciated the stability of Bkav in the test. He also congratulated Bkav on joining the list of international anti-virus software that has won the VB100 award.


54 anti-virus softwares took part in the test this time and more than one third of them failed the test.


Translated by Ngoc Hung


Source: QDND

Vietnam must maintain alerts to H1N1 virus: health official

In Uncategorized on August 17, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Vietnam must still maintain its alert for H1N1 influenza virus, which caused the 2009 pandemic in the world, said a health official on August 16.

Deputy head of the Department of Preventive Health Nguyen Van Binh warned the national Health Ministry must keep an eye on the disease as outbreaks of H1N1 infection have recently re-occurred in Ho Chi Minh City.


Mr. Binh said although the World Health Organization declared an end to the H1N1 influenza pandemic and the world is no longer in phase 6 of the pandemic alert. However, WHO stressed continueous vigilance is extremely important and the localized outbreaks of different magnitude may show significant levels of H1N1 transmission.


In Vietnam, since the middle of July, some southern provinces have recorded some H1N1 cases; local governments have raised concerns over the returning of the disease in order to curb the wide spreading of the epidemic in the community.


Vietnam has reported 11,215 infected cases with 59 fatalities since May, 2009.

Source: SGGP

Police force marks 65th anniversary

In Uncategorized on August 17, 2010 at 3:22 pm




Police force marks 65th anniversary


QĐND – Tuesday, August 17, 2010, 22:7 (GMT+7)

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has praised the efforts and achievements the police force has made since its establishment in 1945.

Speaking at a ceremony to mark the 65th anniversary of the force on August 17, PM Dung stressed that the Party and State always highly value the police’s feat of arms, contributions and sacrifice to the country’s revolutionary cause.

All the force’s staff have displayed their firm political spirit and faithfulness to the Party, State, the country and people, he said.

The police force has practised to improve their virtue and revolutionary morality, worked closely with the people’s army and other branches and fulfilled their duties for national security and order, the PM added.

In a context where the world is getting more complicated with hidden contingencies, police force duties become harder. Therefore, they should uphold their key role and mobilise the strength of the whole political system and people to join the fight against crime and maintain security and order, the PM said.

He also called on people to continue to uphold patriotic tradition, heighten revolutionary vigilance and positively engage in ensuring national security.

In his speech, Minister of Public Security Le Hong Anh reviewed the achievements the police force has made during the past 65 years.

During the country’s 20-year renewal process, nearly 200 police sacrificed their lives in the fight against crime for national security and order, he said.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Doctors save child stabbed in heart, lung

In Uncategorized on August 17, 2010 at 3:22 pm

The Ho Chi Minh City Children Hospital No.1 August 16 announced a success in saving a child who was stabbed in the heart and lung.

The kid in intensive room in the Children Hospital No.1 after the surgery (Photo: SGGP)

The 11 year old child Le Cong Truc in the Mekong delta province of Long An’s district Tan Thanh was taken to the emergency room of the district hospital with an iron stick through his body. Doctors soon cut a wooden part of the  stick and transferred him to the city Children Hospital No.1.


The 20cm iron stick with the outside part moved after the beat of his heart. It has stabbed through right pleura of the lung and right ventricle. When doctors in the  hospital carried out a cardiac surgery, removing the iron stick, the kid’s heart sometimes stopped beating because he lost so much blood.


The child patient had recovered after five days in intensive care. The boy was stabbed when he and other children in the neighborhood hunted mouse in fields, his friends thrust him by chance.

Source: SGGP