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More international flights planned

In Uncategorized on October 18, 2010 at 2:26 pm

More international flights planned

QĐND – Monday, October 18, 2010, 21:19 (GMT+7)

Vietnam Airlines will open five more international flight routes from Da Nang City to Hong Kong, Taipei, Seoul, Guang Zhou and Singapore.

There will be one flight per week to and from Taipei, two flights per week for travel to and from Hong Kong, Guang Zhou and Seoul, and four flights per week to and from Singapore.

This increase is expected to welcome 1,000 passengers each week.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Honda Vietnam assists Vietnam in reforestation project

In Uncategorized on October 18, 2010 at 2:26 pm

Honda Vietnam assists Vietnam in reforestation project

QĐND – Monday, October 18, 2010, 21:18 (GMT+7)

PANO – Honda Vietnam, in association with the AR-CDM Forest Development Fund and the People’s Committee of Cao Phong District in the northern province of Hoa Binh, on October 17th, launched the Afforestation Festival 2010, as part of a project to help accelerate afforestation in line with clean development mechanism (AR-CDM).

Accordingly, Honda Vietnam gave VND3.5 billion to the afforestation and development in several communes in Cao Phong District, Hoa Binh Province, during the period of 2008-2011. In 2008 and 2009, as many as 140ha of forest were afforested.

It is the third consecutive year the project has been conducted by Honda Vienam and relevant authorities.

Translated by Vu Hung

Source: QDND

Public, rural hospitals suffer brain drain

In Uncategorized on October 18, 2010 at 2:26 pm

Public, rural hospitals suffer brain drain

QĐND – Monday, October 18, 2010, 21:18 (GMT+7)

A brain-drain of health workers from public to private hospitals and from rural mountain provinces to urban areas is creating a headache for Viet Nam’s health system.

The Ministry of Health has released a report saying that although the number of health workers increased throughout Viet Nam year -on-year, it did not keep pace with population increases.

In 2008, Viet Nam had 40.5 health workers per 10,000 people. This was lower than that in 1986 when there were 43.1 health workers per 10,000 people.

The report said 50 per cent of health workers were working in urban areas, but only 27.7 per cent of the nation’s population resided there.

Head of Ha Tinh Province’s Health Department’s Medical Profession office Vo Viet Quang said three doctors with masters degrees in surgery, oriental medicine and dental science left provincial hospitals last year.

Several other provincial doctors also moved to private hospitals in Ha Noi, Vung Tau and HCM City this year.

“They quit State-owned hospitals even though the provincial health department did not agree with their proposals,” said Quang.

There are about 640 doctors in Ha Tinh province, about 200 fewer than stipulated by Ministry of Health regulations that each province muat have a ratio of seven doctors to 10,000 people.

Accordingly to this, each district should have at least 30 doctors, but Can Loc District Hospital, for example, has only one doctor who also performs surgery.

The shortage of surgeons led to “some unfortunate mistakes” at the hospital’s obstetrics ward. This recently forced the Health Department to bring in obstetricians from a neighbouring hospital in Huong Khe District.

The Health Examination and Treatment Department said at present there were 141,148 health workers throughout Viet Nam specialising in examinations and treatment. However, the actual demand was for 188,182.

Recent surveys have also found that many medical techniques applied in countries around the world for many years were slow to be adopted in Viet Nam.

This was attributed to the shortage of specialists to run modern equipment.

Director of Binh Duong General Hospital Ngo Dung Nghia said there was rising demand for cardio-vascular treatment and advanced endoscopy on the large intestines and stomach, but the hospital did not have enough medical staff to provide these services.

About 50km away from HCM City, the hospital lacks about 80 doctors. Low pay is blamed for the shortage of young doctors.

To solve the shortages, the Ministry of Health has developed an ambitious plan to have 41 health workers, including eight doctors and two pharmacists, per 10,000 people by 2015.

This means more than 282,000 health workers will be needed by then, and Vietnamese universities will have to provide 5,800 doctors and 1,572 pharmacists more annually.

Deputy Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien said other measures were needed to overcome the shortage.

This included increasing the quota of medical and pharmaceutical students at universities and creating special payment and treatment policies for health workers, especially those working in rural and mountain areas.

Vu Ba Toan, head of the Organisation and Administrative Work Bureau at the Quy Hoa Leprosy and Dermatology Hospital, has suggested raising occupational allowances to health workers – and making it legally binding for staff sent to receive continuing education to return.

He compared the sending of health workers to receive such training as a two-edged knife is most trained staff were willing to compensate training costs to their hospitals and look for higher paid jobs elsewhere.

Source: VietNamNet/Viet Nam News


Source: QDND

Action Month for the Poor 2010 launched

In Uncategorized on October 18, 2010 at 2:25 pm

Action Month for the Poor 2010 launched

QĐND – Monday, October 18, 2010, 21:18 (GMT+7)

PANO – The Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee has launched the “Day for the Poor” Campaign, as part of the Action Month for the Poor to mark the day Uncle Ho proclaimed an appeal for help to the poor (October 17th, 1946).

Speaking at the launching ceremony, Huynh Dam, Chairman of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee, on behalf of the Committee, expressed his deep gratitude to organizations, individuals, benefactors, overseas Vietnamese and international friends for their good deeds and support for the campaign over the past years.

It is the tenth year the “Day for the Poor” has been launched by the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee.

Translated by Vu Hung

Source: QDND

Prudential Vietnam starts voluntary campaign

In Uncategorized on October 18, 2010 at 2:25 pm

Prudential Vietnam starts voluntary campaign

QĐND – Monday, October 18, 2010, 21:18 (GMT+7)

Prudential Vietnam Life Insurance Company, on October 17th, launched the Voluntary Campaign 2010 between October and November at 19 provinces and cities nationwide.

The campaign, “Live Green-Live Healthy”, will start off in Hanoi with a series of social activities for the community and environment.

After the launching ceremony, Prudential Vietnam provided free medicines and medical examinations for 60 blind people and those facing adversity in Hanoi’s Hoai Duc District.

The activity is part of Prudential Vietnam’s action program for the community in Hanoi. Accordingly, nearly 1,000 children and poor, handicapped and solitary old people in Hanoi’s districts will receive scholarships, free medicines and medical examinations, worth around VND100 million.

Source: HNM

Translated by Vu Hung

Source: QDND

Additional chopper sent to the flooded area

In Uncategorized on October 18, 2010 at 2:25 pm

Additional chopper sent to the flooded area

QĐND – Monday, October 18, 2010, 21:19 (GMT+7)

Another Mi 17 helicopter left Gia Lam Airport in Hanoi today to Vinh, Nghe An Province to increase the rescue efforts in the central region, which has been hit by floods.

The helicopter was assigned to carry relief aid from Vinh to the hard hit district in Ha Tinh, including Huong Khe, Huong Son and Vu Quang districts.

According to the Central Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention, by October 17th, more than 100,000 people in Ha Tinh and Quang Binh had to evacuate as more than 150,000 houses were submerged. Ho Chi Minh Road and the North – South Railway in these areas were cut.

Hundreds of canoes of the army and police were also mobilised to rescue people in Nghe An and Ha Tinh.

Source: VN Express

Translated by Ngoc Hung

Source: QDND

Thai Nguyen upgraded to first-tier city

In Uncategorized on October 18, 2010 at 2:25 pm

Thai Nguyen upgraded to first-tier city

QĐND – Monday, October 18, 2010, 21:18 (GMT+7)

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has issued a decision to upgrade Thai Nguyen City to a first-tier city, affiliated to Thai Nguyen province, a milestone in its 48-year growth and development.

A ceremony was held in Thai Nguyen on October 17 to announce the decision and to mark the 80th anniversary of its establishment, in the presence of Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.

For nearly five decades, Thai Nguyen’s Party Committee, administration and people have spared no effort to turn Thai Nguyen into a cultural and modern city, adding fresh impetus to the province’s socio-economic development.

Over the past few years, Thai Nguyen city has maintained an annual economic growth rate of 14.6 percent, with a rapidly increasing proportion of industry and services proportion in its economic restructuring.

So far, the city has built 100 km of roads, planted 20 percent more trees and has been selected as one of the 10 cleanest cities in the country.

In his speech, PM Dung praised the province’s efforts to turn Thai Nguyen into a first-tier city which will help it to speed up its socio-economic development and fulfill its targets set by the provincial Party Committee for 2010-2015 tenure. This will help Thai Nguyen to become a modern and industrial city by 2020 as well as an economic, cultural and health centre in the north-central region.

Mr Dung asked Thai Nguyen to focus on developing its human resources, transport systems, industry, agriculture and services with a high technological content while fully taping into potential.

It is essential to combine socio-economic development with the development of urban infrastructure to deal with social issues and environmental protection, improve people’s education and ensure national defense while creating a transparent and powerful political system.

The Party and State have built industrial parks and transport facilities in Thai Nguyen to help it serve as a driving force behind the development of the north central region, Mr Dung noted.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

MARD Minister calls on localities to actively cope with Storm Megi

In Uncategorized on October 18, 2010 at 2:24 pm

MARD Minister calls on localities to actively cope with Storm Megi

QĐND – Monday, October 18, 2010, 21:18 (GMT+7)

Localities should co-ordinate with police and soldiers to evacuate people to safe areas, said Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) Cao Duc Phat on October 18.

The Central Steering Committee for Flood Prevention and Control held an urgent meeting on October 18 to assist in overcoming consequences of Storm Megi and asked localities to actively cope with the storm.

At the meeting, MARD Minister Phat, also head of the Steering Committee for the Flood Prevention and Control asked localities to prepare rescue forces for Nghe An and Ha Tinh provinces. MARD also asked the Farming Department to assess damages caused by the storm and prepare breeds and fertilizers to help farmers restore production activities.

Minister Phat also urged these forces to continue to evacuate people in Ha Tinh and Nghe An to safe areas and provide them with water and food, and especially to provide medicines to help Ha Tinh residents deal with seriously polluted water resources.

It is forecast that the water level in Nghe An rivers continued to rise. Until 10am on October 18, floods left 10 dead and more than 100 households were evacuated to safe places. An estimated 15,166 houses were collapsed while more than 25,000 hectares of rice and industrial crops were submerged. Nine communes in the province were totally isolated.

On the occasion, Canon Vietnam presented gifts worth more than VND300 million to  households in Huong Tra and Phu Phong communes, Huong Khe district in Ha Tinh province.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

PM Dung: effective social campaigns should be expanded

In Uncategorized on October 18, 2010 at 2:24 pm

PM Dung: effective social campaigns should be expanded

QĐND – Monday, October 18, 2010, 21:18 (GMT+7)

The two campaigns are politically and humanely significant and uphold the traditional mutual affection among Vietnamese people, said Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.

PM Dung made the statement at a conference to review the 15-year and 10- year status of “All people build a cultural life in residential areas” and “Day for the Poor” campaigns opening in Hanoi on October 18.

Speaking at the conference, also attended by Ha Thi Khiet, member of the Party secretariat, Chairman of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee, Huynh Dam, said the “Day for the Poor” campaign has become a regular event of the VFF at all levels, with a variety of activities to help poor people all over the country.

In the meanwhile, the “All people build a cultural life in residential areas” has encouraged people to unite, uphold the democratic spirit, live and work in accordance with the Constitutions and Law, and prevent social evils since its beginning 15 years ago.

It has also greatly contributed to alleviating hunger and reducing poverty and achieving socio-economic development. Thanks to the campaign, the number of poor people nationwide decreased from 30 percent in 1999 to the current 10 percent.

As part of the campaign, a gratitude fund has mobilised as much as VND2 billion, helping to build 300,000 houses and repair 140,000 others and granting 700,000 savings books worth VND400 billion to families of social policies.

PM Dung highlighted the significance of the two campaigns, saying that they have brought into full play the country’s traditional mutual affection and raised the status of the VFF.

The two campaigns have encouraged all people to contribute to the social, cultural, and economic development and helped to solve problems in residential areas nationwide, he said, adding that they have created potential for each person, each residential area and the entire country.

The government leader requested Party committees, ministries, and relevant agencies to work closely with the VFF to improve the effectiveness of the campaigns and expand the models.

He also asked people’s committees at all levels to establish a mechanism to coorporate with the VFF to continue carrying out the campaigns effectively, considering them part of the cooperation between the people’s committees and the VFF.

Mr. Dung urged the VFF to innovate the approach of the campaigns and set up a steering committee to ensure its effectiveness. He asked the VFF to build criteria for the “cultural family” and “cultural residential area” titles and hold an annual “Great National Unity” festival on November 18.

Party committees should attach greater importance to creating favourable conditions for the VFF to implement the campaigns, considering it part of their political task, the PM said.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

The People’s Army Newspaper and historical landmarks

In Uncategorized on October 18, 2010 at 2:24 pm

The People’s Army Newspaper and historical landmarks

QĐND – Monday, October 18, 2010, 21:19 (GMT+7)

PANO – First circulated on October 20th, 1950, the People’s Army Newspaper has closely grown with the development of the Vietnamese Revolution, of the People’s Army and of the Armed Forces of Vietnam.

The history of the People’s Army Newspaper (PAN) is part of the history of the leadership and organisation of the Communist Party of Vietnam in the cause of resistance wars for the national liberation, as well as the history of building, fighting and working of the People’s Army, armed forces and Vietnamese people, which clearly demonstrated the precise and successful leadership and guidance of the Central Military Commission, the Ministry of Defence and the General Department of Politics.

As an organ of the Central Military Commission and the Defence Ministry, the voice of the armed forces and people of Vietnam, the People’s Army Newspaper has been a reliable and sharp-worded weapon of the Party and the Army in politics, ideology and culture for 60 years now. The Newspaper has also been the voice of the Party, the Army, armed forces and Vietnamese people on important issues of the country and of people.

Moreover, the Newspaper has seen as a mental and political bridge between the Party with the Army and Vietnamese people and an essentially and closely mental food for troops and various readers.

The People’s Army Newspaper has greatly contributed to the revolutionary and developmental cause of the country.

Established during the war against the French colonists, at the same time with the Victory of the Border Campaign in October 1950 and in the new development of the resistance war and the People’s Army of Vietnam, the People’s Army Newspaper became a new effective weapon.

During the historical Dien Bien Phu Campaign, the People’s Army Newspaper made public a special publication, encouraging soldiers and civilians in each battle. The presence of the People’s Army Newspaper on the Dien Bien Phu Front was a success for the Newspaper, particularly speaking, and for the Vietnam Revolutionary Press, generally speaking.

During the period of building the army since peace was set, the Newspaper had a lot of articles to encourage a patriotic emulation movement, “Ba Nhất” (Three Leadings, Leading in military and technical practice, Leading in discipline and model, Leading in work and production), demonstrating movements of “Sóng Duyên Hải” (Coastal Wave) in the industry and among workers, “Gió Đại Phong” (Huge Typhoon) in agriculture and farmers in the North.

In addition, the Newspaper’s articles also actively helped promote patriotism, revolutionary spirit, close sentiments of the North and the South among the Vietnamese people, as well as affirm the armed struggle for the South liberation and national unification.  

As the American imperialists waged a fierce war against North Vietnam, the whole nation of Vietnam was in danger.

Doan Cong Tinh, a newspaper photographer of PAN in Quang Tri  (3-1972)

In late 1964 and early 1965, the Newspaper highlighted the brave, determined example of Battalion 14’s commissar, Nguyen Viet Xuan, whose order was “Look straight at the enemy and shoot”. The order was soon turned into a big propaganda on the Newspaper, praising the strong will and attitude of Vietnamese troops when facing American ruthlessness and weapons.

In fact, the order also reflected the PAN’s will and attitude in the war against the American imperialists for national salvation.

During that time, PAN reporters were assigned to cover activities in fronts and battle-fields. Big movements, emerging examples, daringly political and military comments were featured on the PAN, partly promoting revolutionary heroism and strong determination among the whole soldiers and civilians, step-by-step approaching to the last victory of the sacred resistance war. Movements included “Double work for the South”, “Nothing is more precious than independence and freedom”, “Three Readinesses”, “One wins over 20”, “Life is best at the front against the enemy”, “Going through Truong Son range to save the country” and so on.

Covering the war against the American imperialists for national salvation, PAN developed into a new comprehensive and brilliant height, and became a reliable address of the army and people as well as an international prestigious newspaper in the world. It deserved to be a leading political newspaper of the Press of Vietnam.

Since 1977, when wars were launched on the Southwestern border and in the Northern border, PAN followed Vietnamese volunteers in the neighboring country, Cambodia. Many PAN’s articles deeply featured sacrifices and bright examples of the Vietnam People’s Army, who was determined to protect the nation and to show solidarity and pure and impartial friendship.

During the “Doi Moi” process, PAN was among leading newspapers to analyse and make clear the Party’s Doi Moi viewpoint that Doi Moi was to firmly protect the national independence and socialism; Doi Moi so as to stabilise and develop the country; Doi Moi from the Party to the whole society, in thought and in action.

PAN highly spoke of good examples in the army and localities during this process.

During the fall of Soviet Union and several socialist republics, PAN actively helped brighten the Party’s policies to follow the way that President Ho Chi Minh, the Party, the whole army and people selected.

Besides, PAN reflected initial achievements during the Doi Moi process, greatly contributing to erasing any doubts, fluctuating opinions and wrong points of view among readers and laying a firm foundation for them to strongly believe in the cause of constructing and developing the country.

PAN’s weekly, “PAN at Weekends”, and monthly publications, “Events and Witnesses”, were debuted in 1990 and March 1994 respectively, to meet demand of a large number of readers inside and outside the army.

In early the 21st century, PAN has renovated itself along with strong and deep development of the press. Since December 22nd, 2002, PAN has doubled its daily publication to eight pages, supplying readers more updated news with diversity of contents, featuring all fields in the army and throughout the country.

Also, the Online People’s Army Newspaper was introduced later for domestic and international readers.

Attentively, PAN’s articles have featured big movements among the Party, Army and People including “Studying and Following Ho Chi Minh’s Thoughts”, “Studying and Following the Moral Example of Ho Chi Minh”; highly spoken of the national industrialisation and modernisation and international integration, the cause of constructing the whole people’s national defence closely linking with people’s security and building a regular, elite, modern and revolutionary army.

PAN has lively and directly reflected army units readiness for newly and urgent-assigned tasks, daring to sacrifice to save the lives of people in floods, assisting local citizens in poverty and hunger elimination and preventing social evils.

PAN has proved the tradition of Uncle Ho’s Soldiers in the new period.

Furthermore, a lot of articles printed and posted on PAN have criticised wrong and hostile viewpoints with tricks aimed at separating the great national solidarity bloc, the Party and the Government from people.

For 60 years now, PAN has greatly contributed to the revolutionary war and the national construction and defence. Its great achievements have been recognised by the Party, the State and the Army as well. In 2000, PAN received the title of “Hero of the People’s Armed Forces”. In 2005, PAN was honorably conferred the “Yellow Star Medal”, the most noble of the nation.

This year, on its 60th birth anniversary, PAN received the title “Labor Hero” recognising its outstanding achievements during the Doi Moi process and the cause of the national construction and defence.

With various noble titles, PAN is deserved to its name which was named by Uncle Ho and be the newspaper of Heroic People’s Army of Vietnam forever.

Compiled by Manh Hung

Translated by Mai Huong

Source: QDND