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Visitors tour Hanoi by electric buses

In Uncategorized on October 15, 2010 at 6:29 pm




Visitors tour Hanoi by electric buses


QĐND – Friday, October 15, 2010, 21:38 (GMT+7)

During 10 days of Hanoi’s 1,000th Anniversary, the number of tourists sightseeing in the city by electric buses increased from 30% to 40% in comparison to normal days, said a businessman.


Mr. Do Xuan Thuy, Director of Dong Xuan Company, which provides the electric bus service, said that among the passengers who used the company’s service, 30% were international visitors.


He also added that, in fact, the demand was much higher but due to his company’s limitation in the number of buses, it could only serve 1,000 passengers per day.


To meet the increasing demand for the electric buses, Mr. Thuy’s company plans to import an additional eight electric buses, raising the number of electric buses of the company to 20.


The newly-imported electric buses will be put in operation by the end of this month.


Source: Hanoi Moi


Translated by Ngoc Hung


Source: QDND

Over 58,000 Vietnamese labourers sent to work abroad

In Uncategorized on October 15, 2010 at 6:28 pm




Over 58,000 Vietnamese labourers sent to work abroad


QĐND – Friday, October 15, 2010, 21:24 (GMT+7)

As many as 58,710 Vietnamese workers had been sent to work abroad by the end of September this year, reported the Overseas Labour Management Department under the Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs.


According to the Overseas Labour Management Department, most workers left for traditional markets such as Taiwan, the Republic of Korea and Malaysia. Reportedly, Taiwan ranks the first with 20,621 Vietnamese guest workers, then comes Malaysia (6,113 people), UAE (4,823 people), Laos (4,681) and the Republic of Korea (3,441).


Besides, the Overseas Labour Management Department has allowed six enterprises, including Oleco, Gmas, TTLC, Hoang Long, Sovilaco and Hadico to exploit the Israeli market.


Source: HNM


Translated by Vu Hung


Source: QDND

Warm-hearted aid for flood-hit victims

In Uncategorized on October 15, 2010 at 6:28 pm




Warm-hearted aid for flood-hit victims


QĐND – Friday, October 15, 2010, 21:29 (GMT+7)

PANO – Despite torrential rains, aid from the People’s Army Newspaper and Thien Duc Development Investment Ltd.Co., still arrived in Son Trach Commune, Bo Trach District, Quang Binh Province on the morning of October 14th after a day-long drive.


Lieutenant Nguyen Bac Ngan, the driver, and Lieutenant Tran Minh Son had worked tirelessly to fulfill their task to bring relief to flood victims in Quang Binh Province.


43 packed boxes containing necessary utensils such as chopsticks, bowls, washing-powder, medicines, blankets, mosquito nets and canvas were directly handed to each families of social welfare and needy families.


“Soldiers have assisted us with cleaning houses, schools and clinics. Today, they brought us aid”, a crowd of local citizens movingly said.


The commune of Son Trach, lying on Son River that leads to the famous Phong Nha Cavern, has been seriously damaged by the latest flood in the Central Vietnam.


Since October 9th, soldiers and officers from the Quang Binh Provincial Military Command have quickly lent local victims a helping hand to overcome the flood aftermath effectively.


Special gifts were given to Mr. Le Van Diep, Hoang Van Ninh and Ngo Tam families in acknowledgement of their efforts to save lives of hundreds of people. Hundreds of people in Quang Binh and Ha Tinh provinces did the same brave deeds. They dared to sacrifice their lives for the lives of their compatriots.


“Our family thank you for these necessities”, said Ho Thi Tuyet, as receiving a mosquito net and a canvas.


Besides, 500 notebooks, 500 ball-point pens and other essential facilities were given to pupils at Primary School No.4 in Son Trach Commune.


Tran Thanh Lam, a 4th grader, touchingly said that “My house was swept away. However, soldiers helped and encouraged us much. Hardly, we can thank you enough!”


It kept raining heavily. The aid-carrying car was still on its way to give assistance to the needy. The aid, though small, was very meaningful for flood victims as it came at the right moment.


Translated by Mai Huong


Source: QDND

Host provinces set for tourism year

In Uncategorized on October 15, 2010 at 2:28 pm




Host provinces set for tourism year


QĐND – Friday, October 15, 2010, 20:53 (GMT+7)

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has announced the list of provinces that will host the annual National Tourism Year from 2012 to 2017.


Thua Thien-Hue will do the honours in 2012, Hai Phong in 2013, Lam Dong in 2014, Thanh Hoa in 2015, Kien Giang in 2016, and Lao Cai in 2017.


The National Tourism Year is the biggest event on the Vietnam tourism calendar and is intended to encourage investment in infrastructure facilities and services.


Started in 2003 it has been held in Quang Ninh, Dien Bien, Nghe An, Quang Nam, Can Tho, Thai Nguyen, and Hanoi. Phu Yen is scheduled to host it next year.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

VN asks China to coordinate in search for missing vessel

In Uncategorized on October 15, 2010 at 2:28 pm




VN asks China to coordinate in search for missing vessel


QĐND – Friday, October 15, 2010, 21:7 (GMT+7)

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on October 14 sent a diplomatic note to the Chinese Embassy, once again requesting coordination in search for Boat QNg 66478TS and its nine-member crew as well as provision of any information.


The request was announced by MoFA Spokesperson Nguyen Phuong Nga at the ministry’s regular press briefing in Hanoi on the same day.


According to the spokesperson, on September 11, 2010, the Chinese captured Boat QNg-66478TS and nine Vietnamese fishermen onboard within the territorial waters of Vietnam ’s Hoang Sa (Paracels) archipelago.


Immediately after receiving the news, competent Vietnamese agencies investigated the case and found that the fishermen were legally fishing offshore Hoang Sa archipelago when they were seized. The boat was only carrying nomal  fishing equipment such as nets and floodlights.


MoFA had contacted its Chinese partners at different levels in Hanoi and Beijing to seek solutions to the issue.


Earlier, the ministry sent a diplomatic note to the Chinese Embassy saying that China ’s seizure of the Vietnamese vessel and its fishermen while they were legally fishing in the Vietnamese territorial waters seriously violated Vietnam ’s sovereignty and sovereign rights. The ministry also demanded the Chinese side immediately and unconditionally release the fishing vessel and fishermen.


On October 9, China decided to release Boat QNg 66478TS. The boat and its nine fishermen, as reported by the Chinese side, departed at 1.00 pm on October 11.


However, until the morning of October 13, neither the boat nor the fishermen returned home . The MoFA representatives met Chinese Embassy staff in Vietnam , asking the Chinese side to join hands with Vietnamese competent agencies to seek the boat and the fishermen.


In the evening of October 13, the Chinese Embassy said that when releasing the Vietnamese boat and fishermen, the Chinese had provided them with sufficient fuel and other necessities for their return journey. Boat QNg 66478TS left port at 1.00 pm on October 11 and then, it came back to ask for more fuel and the Chinese side agreed.


The Chinese agencies also advised the Vietnamese fishermen to stay for several days because of a tropical depression in the East Sea . However, the fishermen decided to depart and committed in writing that they would be fully responsible for their decision. The boat and fishermen set off in the evening of October 11.


The Chinese Embassy said that it would ask competent Chinese agencies to coordinate in search for the boat and fishermen.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Mass Mobilisation is the key to success

In Uncategorized on October 15, 2010 at 2:28 pm




Mass Mobilisation is the key to success


QĐND – Friday, October 15, 2010, 21:12 (GMT+7)

The Mass Mobilisation sector has made many significant contributions to the nation’s defence, construction and socio-economic development since its establishment 80 years ago.


In response to the “mass mobilisation” campaign, there have been many examples of effective mass mobilisations nationwide such as the campaign to encourage shifting patterns of growing plants and raising domestic animals in Lao Cai province, a programme to upgrade the infrastructure in rural areas in Bac Ninh province, and a programme to reduce environmental pollution in Long An province.


At the recent patriotic emulation congress of the mass mobilisation sector, State President Nguyen Minh Triet said that the Party and the State always attach great importance to mass mobilisation work and asked. He underlined the sector’s contributions during the nation’s struggles for independence, as well as in the socio-economic development.


To celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Mass Mobilisation sector and honour outstanding officials, there have been many activities held across the country.


**On October 15, the Da Nang municipal Party Committee for Mass Mobilisation held a ceremony to review the sector and Da Nang’s achievements in mass mobilisation work.


At the ceremony, the city’s Party Committee for Mass Mobilisation was granted the Independence Order, Third Class.


**In Tay Ninh, Vice Head of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Mass Mobilisation, Nguyen Duy Viet; and Secretary of the Tay Ninh provincial Party Committee Nguyen Van Nen attended a meeting to celebrate the sector’s anniversary.


Seven individuals were awarded insignia from the Commission for Mass Mobilisation and 30 organisations and 50 individuals were awarded the province’s certificates of merit for their contributions to the mass mobilisation campaign.


The 80th anniversary of the Mass Mobilsation sector were also celebrated in the provinces of Lang Son, Phu Yen, Thua Thien Hue, and Quang Nam.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Party central committee wraps up 13th meeting

In Uncategorized on October 15, 2010 at 2:27 pm




Party central committee wraps up 13th meeting


QĐND – Friday, October 15, 2010, 21:19 (GMT+7)

The issues discussed and decided at the 13th meeting of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee (CPVCC), 10th tenure, are of extreme importance and a continued preparation for the 11th National Party Congress.


The CPVCC’s General Secretary Nong Duc Manh delivered the remarks at the closing ceremony of the eight-day plenary meeting in the capital city of Hanoi on Oct. 14.


The delegates upheld knowledge, debated with a high level of democracy and sense of responsibility, and made valuable recommendations to plans, said the Party chief.


The CPVCC applauded preparations for the meeting, showed consensus with the Political Bureau’s explanations on the questioned contents, and adopted a resolution on the decided issues, he said.


Regarding the performance of the socio-economic development plans and tasks and the State budget in 2010, Manh said the meeting agreed that the national economy has been recovering quite rapidly, while a number of industries and sectors have been regaining their growth momentum.


According to the Party leader, macroeconomic balances were ensured, budget collection exceeded the estimates, bank interest rates were lowered, overspending dropped compared with the forecast level, inflation was controlled, the trade deficit decreased and a large amount of capital was mobilised for development projects.


The nation has paid due attention to education, training and healthcare for the people, managed to improve the people’s living conditions, while maintaining security, national defence and social order, as well as promoting Vietnam’s position and prestige in the international arena.


The achievements obtained in 2010 — the final year of the 2006-2010 plan and a year with a wide range of important events as well as difficulties and challenges — demonstrated sound leadership of the Party, the concerted efforts of the entire political system and the great contributions of the entire people, army and businesses, Manh stressed.


At the plenum, the CPVCC gave opinions on the general goal, targets and development directions of industries and sectors, and six groups of measures which should be taken in 2011, focusing on creating an fair business environment and sharpening the competitiveness of domestic companies.


The country will implement financial and monetary policies to ensure macroeconomic stability and foster rapid and sustainable growth; continue economic restructuring towards the direction of enhancing the economy’s efficiency and competitiveness; boost exports and cut the trade deficit.


The measures also aim to create more jobs for labourers, reduce poverty, ensure social security, improve people’s living conditions, and better the efficiency of the State management apparatus.


The delegates also discussed and put forth suggestions about socio-economic development outlooks and the State budgets for the next five years, saying that rapid growth should be combined with sustainable development.


They agreed that comprehensive economic and political renewal should be stepped up to build Vietnam into a strong nation, with a rich people and a democratic, equal and civilised society. The human factor should be fully upheld and people should be considered the subject, major strength and target of development.


The Party elite emphasised the necessity to bring into play production forces with scientific and technological advances and improve production relations and the status of the socialist-oriented market economy.


The conference decided to continue the pilot project of not organising the People’s Council at district and ward levels in 10 cities and provinces nationwide in pursuant to the 12th National Assembly’s Resolution 26/2008/QH12.


Manh said the 13th meeting of the CPVCC also discussed and performed another important step towards personnel preparations, which will be submitted to the 11th National Party Congress.


The general secretary asked CPVCC members and Party committees at all levels to work out plans to accomplish set tasks, firstly focusing on overcoming flood consequences in the central region and organising Party congresses in the remaining cities and provinces and agencies on schedule.


He also requested CPVCC members and localities accomplish the tasks set for the year-end months, map out solutions to successfully carry out socio-economic development plans and the State budget for 2011, and prepare effectively for the 14th meeting of the CPVCC (10th tenure) in late 2010 and the 11th National Party Congress scheduled to take place in early 2011.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

VN-Index closes week in red

In Uncategorized on October 15, 2010 at 10:27 am

Movements of VN-Index on October 15. (Photo: vietstock.vn)VN-Index, which tracks 262 companies and five mutual funds listed on the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange, slightly declined on October 15 as stocks remained unattractive to investors.

The benchmark dipped 0.06 percent, or 0.27 points, to wrap week at 458.39 points.


Trading volume on the city bourse was just around 25.25 million shares worth VND704.8 billion.


There were 66 gainers, 149 losers, while 52 stocks remained unmoved.


Vietnam Mechanization Electrification & Construction Joint Stock Company (MCG) led the list of most active shares in volume for the second day with 1.51 million shares changing hands.


PetroVietnam Fertilizer and Chemicals Corporation (DPM) took the second rank with 1.01 million shares.


Ocean Group Joint Stock Company (OGC) followed with 744,130 shares traded.


Cuu Long Pharmaceutical Joint Stock Corporation (DCL), which plunged 4.89 percent to trade at VND44,700, was the biggest loser today.


DESCON Construction Corporation (DCC) erased 4.87 percent to VND25,400.


Transforwarding Warehousing Joint Stock Corporation (TMS) dropped for three consecutive trading session, sinking 4.76 percent to VND26,000.


Saigon Fuel Company (SFC) went up 4.97 percent to VND35,900.


Cavico Vietnam Mining and Construction Joint Stock Company (MCV) climbed 4.79 percent to VND17,500.


Hoa Binh Construction & Real Estate Corporation (HBC) advanced 4.67 percent to VND47,100.


The Hanoi’s HNX-Index slid 0.76 points, or 0.63 percent, to close at 119.69 points. Trading volume on the northern bourse nosedived to the lowest level since the end of February as just 16.2 million shares changed hands at a value of VND355.8 billion.


The UPCoM-Index trimmed 0.25 points to 43.44. The market of unlisted shares saw 0.14 million shares changing hands at VND1.5 billion as of 11:10 am local time.

Source: SGGP

People fall sick due to transitional weather, floods

In Uncategorized on October 15, 2010 at 10:27 am

Unusual and severe weather of the transitional season have made old people and children in northern and southern Vietnam ill, while many diseases have stricken people in the central region after floods.

A health official sprays chemicals to control pollution caused by floods in Huong Khe District, central province of Ha Tinh (Photo: SGGP)

Doctor Le Thanh Hai, deputy head of the Hanoi-based Central Children’s Hospital, said many children have been hospitalized since the northern region entered the autumn in early October.
 
He said his hospital received 1,000-1,5000 child patients a day on usual days, but in these days, it has received 1,800-2,200 patients a day, and 30-40 percent of them have to be hospitalized.
 
The number of children admitted to St. Paul and Bach Mai hospitals has also increased by 30-50 percent.
 
These children have suffered from high fever, respiratory illnesses, diarrhea, pneumonia, and allergies.
 
Not only children but also old people have become ill when the weather goes from hot to cold, most of them have got cough, asthma, and rheumatism.
 
Down south, dengue fever epidemic continues spreading throughout cities and provinces with Ho Chi Minh City being hardest hit.  
 
Doctor Ha Manh Tuan, head of the Ho Chi Minh City-based Children’s Hospital 2, said over 5,300 children with dengue fever were treated at the hospital in the past nine months.
 
The number of dengue fever patients admitted to the hospital in September soared by nearly 30 percent over August and 50 percent over the same period of last year.
 
While the Children’s Hospital 1 received over 3,350 children with dengue fever from early this year. The hospital has currently received about 100 dengue fever patients a day.
 
The Tropical Disease Hospital has also received about 100 adults with dengue fever a day for treatment.
 
According to the city Health Department, the city received 500 patients per week from provinces in October, while the figure was 300 in September.
 
Nine patients died because they did not receive timely emergency aid.
 
In the central region, pink-eye, diarrhea, flu, pneumonia, skin and intestinal diseases have afflicted people due to pollution caused by recent floods.
 
A preliminary statistics showed that in Quang Binh Province’s Minh Hoa District, 166 residents have got skin diseases, 99 have had pink-eye, 67 have suffered from acute intestinal diseases, 29 have got diarrhea, and 75 have caught flu.
 
While Ha Tinh Province has seen 2,500 cases of pink-eye, 2,400 cases of skin diseases, and 118 cases of diarrhea within four days after the floods.
 
Hundreds of lakes, streams and rivers in the region are now polluted.

Source: SGGP

Vietnam’s 1st international film festival to be held in Hanoi

In Uncategorized on October 15, 2010 at 10:27 am

Vietnam international film festival (VIFF) will be held for the first time in Hanoi from October 17 to 21. All works for the largest national event have been already completed, said Mr. Lai Van Sinh, Head of the Vietnam Film Department under the Ministry of Culture, Sports & Tourism.

Mr. Lai Van Sinh, Head of the Vietnam Film Department.

12 documentries and 10 featured films from China, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philipines, Hong Kong (China), Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam will compete for categories including Best Film, Best Short Film, Best Documentary, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor, a prize of the Network of the Promotion of Asian Cinema (Netpac), and the Media Award.

The films produced in 2009 or 2010 that have not been screened abroad before or not been screened in Asia before October 21 can enter. Entries must have not been screened on TV or internet.

Other films from 25 countries throughout the world will be presented in the World Cinema program.

Good local movies which have been produced in recent years will be screened in the “Vietnamese Cinema Today” section.

The Country in Focus section which showcases pictures from a chosen country every year will introduce five latest films of the French movie industry.

During the five-day event, there will be seminars on Vietnam’s film industry, a photo exhibition of international film festivals and a display honoring People’s Artist and director Hong Sen, one of the great names of the Vietnamese movie industry.

The judging panel will include director Phillip Noyce, Venice International Film Festival director Marco Mueller, French cameramen Francois Cantonne and Matthieu Poirot – Del Pech, Korean actress Kang Soo Youn, NETPAC President Aruna Vasudev and others. Among them are Vietnamese directors including feature film director Dang Nhat Minh, documentary film director Bui Dinh Hac and film critic Ngo Phuong Lan.


The film fest is a good chance to cultural exchanges and cooperation between local and international filmmakers.

The opening and closing ceremonies of the event will take place at the National Convention Center in Hanoi and broadcast live on VTV3.

Source: SGGP