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Almost 10 million visit Hanoi this year

In Uncategorized on October 20, 2010 at 3:07 pm




Almost 10 million visit Hanoi this year


QĐND – Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 20:57 (GMT+7)

Nine million Vietnamese and 960,000 foreign visitors arrived in Hanoi so far this year, representing increases of 40% and 15% over the same period last year, Hanoi Moi (New Hanoi) daily quoted Truong Minh Tien, Deputy Director of the Hanoi Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.


As saying that Hanoi welcomed 1.2 million domestic visitors and more than 30 thousand foreign visitors during the 10-day celebrations of the city’s 1,000 th anniversary from October 1-10.


Tien said he expects a greater number of foreign tourists will arrive in Hanoi following the anniversary.


The capital’s tourism sector will continue to improve quality of hotels and tourism services in order to achieve the target of 1.4 million international tourists and 11 million domestic tourists in 2010.


Source: VNA


 


Source: QDND

260 Vietnamese athletes to attend ASIAD 2010

In Uncategorized on October 20, 2010 at 3:06 pm




260 Vietnamese athletes to attend ASIAD 2010


QĐND – Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 21:22 (GMT+7)

Of 392 members of the Vietnamese sport delegation to the Asian Games 2010 in Guangzhou, China, there are 260 athletes and the remaining members are officials, doctors, experts and coaches.


The list has surprised many people since the number of athletes was previously scheduled to be 300 people. Non-athlete members are equivalent to one half of the athletes, with 132 people. The group has two German experts and four doctors – three German and one Vietnamese.


The ASIAD organizing board will cover expenditures for 30 Vietnamese athletes. The General Department of Sports and Physical Training will pay airfares for the remaining 352 people. The Golf Vietnam Association and the Hanoi Department of Sports and Physical Training will cover payment for six golfers and four sport dancers.


The General Department of Sports and Physical Training chief Vuong Bich Thang said that some officials will attend ASIAD 2010 to gain experience in order to prepare for hosting ASIAD in the future.


The head of the men’s football squad is the HCM City Football Federation Secretary General Duong Vu Lam. Coach Henrique Calisto and his four assistants will go to Guangzhou with 18 players. The women’s football squad will also go to China with 18 players and the chief Nguyen Trong Giap.


The shooting team has the highest number of members after football, with 22 people, including stars like Nguyen Manh Tuong, Hoang Xuan Vinh and Tran Quoc Cuong.


The wushu team will not have Vu Tra My, Mai Phuong and Thuy Linh because they have got injuries.


The badminton team will have only two representatives, Nguyen Tien Minh and Vu Thi Trang.


There will have only one gymnast – Do Thi Ngan Thuong – in the delegation.


The track-and-field team will not have star Bui Thi Nhung. She will end her career later this year.


The ASIAD 2010 is scheduled to take place in Guangzhou, China from November 12 to November 27. A total of 476 events in 42 sports will be attended by athletes, making it the largest event in history of the Games. It will also be the last one to have presented such big events, as the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) has enforced new hosting rules for future games, beginning with the 2014 Games.


Source: VietnamNet


Source: QDND

Tuan in battle of nerves at ASIAD

In Uncategorized on October 20, 2010 at 3:06 pm




Tuan in battle of nerves at ASIAD


QĐND – Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 21:25 (GMT+7)

While Hoang Anh Tuan won the silver medal for weightlifting in the men’s 56kg class at the last Asian Games, his chances of holding onto a place on the podium at the coming games next month are unclear, especially if he can’t overcome nervousness during competition.


The Olympics silver medal winner overcame the shock of failure at last December’s Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Laos and promised to do better at the Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.


However, he failed to win a medal at the world weightlifting championship in Turkey last month, despite winning the bronze at the championships in 2007.


This year his rivals include China’s Wu Jingbiao who pocketed the world title after a total lift of 192kg, 19kg more than Tuan.


Second-placed Long Qingquan, who is the Olympics champion, also from China, lifted 188kg. The third major rival is Cha Kum-chol from North Korea who grabbed the bronze medal with a lift of 281kg.


All of them will compete at the Asian Games in Guangzhou.


However, the former Asian champion is still the only weightlifter who can bring home a medal for Viet Nam.


After Tuan’s loss at the world competition, Do Dinh Khang, head of the National Sports Administration’s weightlifting department, said the performance did not reflect Tuan’s real ability.


As Tuan’s coach ahead of the tournament, Khang said his athlete has a real chance of winning a medal despite the recent failures.


But the coach admitted that Tuan had one weakness: nervousness during competition, which had to be better handled. His loss at the SEA Games affected his confidence, according to Khang.


“Tuan became too cautious when choosing weight levels (often lighter than what he could do during practice) but it did not help him,” said Khang. “In my opinion, if he felt free as if he was simply training, his results would be different.”


“In weightlifting, an athlete who proves his better ability, but is not mentally confident, will not be a successful one,” he said.


Source: VietNamNet/Viet Nam News


 


Source: QDND

Rescue continues as flood death toll rises

In Uncategorized on October 20, 2010 at 3:06 pm




Rescue continues as flood death toll rises


QĐND – Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 20:57 (GMT+7)

The entire 16-strong crew of a sunken fishing boat was rescued by Brunei marines off the Hoang Sa archipelago at 17h on October 19, reported the rescue force.


The Hoa Hai boat, captained by Nguyen Ngoc Sinh, was broken by typhoon Megi and lost contact with land.


The news was confirmed by Ly Son island authorities in the central province of Quang Ngai later the same day, who said Captain Sinh had telephoned his family about his and crew members’ survival. However, information on the whereabouts of the rescued fishermen has not yet been released.


The Hoa Hai boat was just one of eight fishing boats stranded in dangerous waters.


The provincial border guards command said about 411 fishing boats are still offshore and they are trying to locate and contact with these fishing boats.


Since typhoon Megi hit the central region on October 13, the death toll has reached 36.


Almost 200,000 homes have been inundated, over 8,000 ha of rice fields, 38,000 ha of crops and almost 40,000 tonnes of food in stores have been either flooded or swept away.


Domestic and international efforts have been increasing to alleviate the plight of typhoon victims.


The Vietnam Red Cross Association President, Tran Ngoc Tang, said the association has sent supplies to 12,000 victim families, which however fell far behind demand by people in flood areas.


The association on October 18 sent the third batch of urgent aid worth over VND2.1 billion (roughly US$107,000) in cash and kind to typhoon Megi victims in the three central provinces of Nghe An, Ha Tinh and Quang Binh. The aid included VND350 million in cash, 3,000 barrels of water-purifying pills, 50 tents and 3,600 barrels of daily necessities.

The Prime Minister has signed decisions to aid disaster victims in the central region.


One of the decisions allowed the allocation of VND70 billion from the 2010 Central Hedge Fund and free supply of 3,000 tonnes of rice for flood victims in the three central provinces .


The Ministry of Finance has been assigned to allocate VND20 billion to buy seedlings, domestic animals and aquatic breeds to help recover production in flood areas.


In addition, the Prime Minister has entrusted the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to supply free 2,800 tonnes of rice seedlings, 200 tonnes of maize seedlings and 110 tonnes of vegetable seedlings for 15 provinces hit by the recent natural disasters, including the three central provinces hit by typhoon Megi.

The Vietnamese Embassy and the Vietnamese Community Federation in Laos have also raised over VND170 million for their flood-hit patriots.


The Vietnamese in Khammuon province have donated VND70 million to help flood victims in the central region.


The Vietnamese Embassy in South Africa has donated 5,000 Rand (roughly US$700) for flood victims in Quang Binh province.


Source: VOVNews/VNA


Source: QDND

Beach conservation effort succeeds

In Uncategorized on October 20, 2010 at 3:05 pm




Beach conservation effort succeeds


QĐND – Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 21:30 (GMT+7)

Co Chien Islet’s Ngang Beach in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta Province of Tra Vinh has been recognised for its successes in restoring local biodiversity and ecosystems.


A recent report in Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon) newspaper highlighted the success of afforestation work and other projects to ensure Co Chien adapts to climate change.


Experts from the World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) working on the group’s Greater Mekong Programme said about 36 kinds of aquatic species have been restored at Ngang Beach, situated in Hai Thu Hamlet, Long Hoa Commune, Chau Thanh District, Tra Vinh Province.


Ngang Beach is located at the mouth of the Co Chien River, a branch of the Mekong, which empties into the southern East Sea.


Do Minh Tien, Party committee secretary of Long Hoa Commune, said local residents have benefited from the introduction of more sustainable ways to earn a living.


“Living standards of people at Ngang Beach have improved thanks to efforts to preserve local forests,” said Tien.


The ecosystem has also benefited.


“Aquatic species such as vop (a kind of clam), thoi loi fish, ca ngat (gray eel catfish) and bong sao fish (boleophthalmus boddarti) were almost driven to extinction during the past ten years, but recently their numbers have recovered strongly,” Tien said.


Hectares of forests were planted on Ngang Beach this year, part of efforts to help mitigate the impact of climate change.


“10ha of the total 170ha plantation were zoned as a bio-diversity reserve,” Tien said.


Huynh Quoc Vu, head of management board of Tien Thanh Co-operative, said local people have been taught more sustainable farming methods.


“Locals realised the importance of the forests to their lives, so they no longer over-exploit the natural resources here,” said Vu.


Tien Thanh Co-operative was established in 2004 and now has 400 members.


Since its establishment, the co-operative has made a profit each year. Profits are shared among members based on their holdings.


“In 2009, the co-operative gained VND8 billion (US$404,000) from clam farming. After deducting expenses, the dividend was VND650,000 ($33) each,” Vu said.


Buffer zone


The co-operative has expanded the area of clam cultivation to 150ha for this crop, aiming for a dividend of VND700,000 ($35.5) for each clam farmer, said Vu.


Tran Van Quy, who was one of the first farmers in the area to take part in afforestation projects, says the work has helped mitigate the impacts of storms and other extreme weather.


“Ten years ago, landslides were a terrible risk here, especially during the monsoon,” said Quy.


“But thanks to the support of the Government, there is now a buffer zone of forest running along coastal land.”


His family has planted and protected 20ha of cypress forest.


“We have the right to exploit this natural resource. However, we have to obey certain rules to preserve the ecosystem, so we are not allowed to use electric traps to catch fish and we avoid catching young or baby fish.”


Quy said crabs have become particularly abundant in the area.


Fifty-year-old farmer Nguyen Huu Chi, who manages 5ha of newly planted forest, said planting trees has lured back a wide range of wildlife.


“This includes rising numbers of crab, catfish, shrimp, tra fish and goby fish,” he said.


“I will plant an additional 3.3ha of trees this year where I can breed goby fish. I earned VND30 million ($1,500) in the last harvest while the expenditure was less than VND10 million ($500).”


Source: VNS/VietnamNet


 


Source: QDND

Solutions sought to manage drug prices

In Uncategorized on October 20, 2010 at 3:05 pm




Solutions sought to manage drug prices


QĐND – Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 21:50 (GMT+7)

Deputy Health Minister Cao Minh Quang said relevant ministries and agencies had failed to adopt their own measures to help manage drug prices.


He made the comments at a meeting between health officials and the National Assembly Committee for Social Affairs on Monday.


The meeting was convened to discuss problems in curbing rising drug prices ahead of the 8th session of the 12th NA, which is scheduled to open today, Oct 20. It will last until November 27 and include further discussions on drug prices.


Yesterday’s meeting raised a number of issues. Quang said periodical announcements of ceiling prices for drugs paid by the State budget or health insurance fund was not feasible, as it led to price increases for many other kinds of drugs.


Former Deputy Head of the ministry’s Legal Department Trinh Thi Le Tram said unclear regulations on drug price management also caused financial losses for patients.


The law required hospitals to list wholesale prices of drugs but did not clearly regulate retail price mark-ups, she said.


Therefore, drug prices at hospitals’ drugstores were often higher than the market price as the wholesale price recorded in their invoices included a five to ten per cent mark-up, she said.


Drug prices have fluctuated extraordinarily, greatly affecting people’s lives, said Deputy Head of the NA Social Affairs Committee Nguyen Van Tien.


“People may have to buy drugs at a price 20 times higher than the drug’s production cost,” he said.


The committee’s chairwoman, Truong Thi Mai, proposed that the Industry and Trade Ministry promptly issue new regulations on drug promotion to ensure patients paid fair prices.


Health Minister Nguyen Quoc Trieu said the drug market in Viet Nam was very complicated and difficult to manage but it did not mean that the ministry would give up tackling the issue.


Prices for a number of imported drugs were increased by suppliers, making it hard for authorised agencies to manage, he said.


Viet Nam imports 50 per cent of its drugs and 90 per cent of drug materials, including 22,000 kinds of drugs and 1,500 kinds of active elements. Therefore, it is difficult to set a general price framework for management, he said.


During the first nine months of the year, the pharmaceutical price rise index was 3.2 per cent, ranking ninth among 11 basic commodities.


Trieu proposed the Government and National Assembly to consider making the Finance Ministry responsible for controlling drug prices in co-operation with the Health Ministry, as drug price management required economic and financial experts from both sectors.


Source: VietNamNet/Viet Nam News


 


Source: QDND

Megar typhoon heads to Hong Kong

In Uncategorized on October 20, 2010 at 3:05 pm




Megar typhoon heads to Hong Kong


QĐND – Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 21:50 (GMT+7)

The storm eye was still in the East Sea this morning, October 20. However, forecasters said that it will change direction to Hong Kong.


At 4am this morning, the storm was around 550km from Vietnam’s Hoang Sa archipelago. It is moving at the speed of 10km per hour to the west-north west and north west.


In the next two days, it will change direction to the north. By 7am, October 22, Megi will be around 280km from Hong Kong. One day later, it will be in Hong Kong sea. The radius of the dangerous area will be around 200km.


In the East Sea, the storm is expected to cause heavy rain with winds speeds reaching more than 180 km per hour at its centre. Fishermen have been advised not to go out to sea.


As the strongest storm in the Pacific in the last 20 years, Megi killed at least ten people in the Philippines when it hit this country last night.


In Vietnam, the strongest typhoon in the last 10 years was Xangsane in 2006, which killed over 60 people and damaged more than 200,000 houses, 800 boats, causing the total loss of at least 10 trillion dong.


Source: VietnamNet


Source: QDND

12th NA opens its 8th session in Hanoi

In Uncategorized on October 20, 2010 at 3:04 pm




12th NA opens its 8th session in Hanoi


QĐND – Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 20:56 (GMT+7)


The eighth session of the 12th National Assembly (NA) opened in Hanoi on October 20, with Party and State leaders, revolutionary veterans, international guests and more than 400 NA deputies taking part.

In his opening speech, NA Chairman Nguyen Phu Trong said the eighth NA session is taking place after the celebrations of Hanoi’s millennium- a significant event which has raised national pride and encouraged the Party and people to gain new achievements in national construction and defence.


This year, Vietnam has faced a lot of difficulties and challenges caused by the global economic downturn, natural disasters and epidemics. However, under the correct leadership of the Party and the Government, socio-economic targets have been reached, with an estimated economic growth rate of 6.7 percent for this year.


Industrial production and export turnover have posted high growth rates while State revenues are expected to be higher than estimated and inflation is control.


Improved social welfare, social security have helped to improve people’s living standards significantly. Remarkable progress has been seen in administrative reform, and preventing corruption. The successful holding of the ASEAN Summit, the 31st General Assembly of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) has elevated Vietnam’s status in the international arena.


The achievements recorded in 2010 are fresh impetus for carrying out resolutions adopted at the 10th National Party Congress and the five-year plan for socio-economic development (2006-2010) under the NA’s resolution, which will give fresh impetus to socio-economic tasks in the following years.


Mr Trong pointed out the limitations and weaknesses in socio-economic development that have not yet been resolved, namely a slow economic restructuring, poor infrastructure, ineffective investment, a high trade deficit and a State budget overspend and soaring prices, which could result in the return of inflation. In addition, environmental pollution and violation of food hygiene and safety regulations have become more complex, while many burning social issues have not been dealt with. Therefore, it is essential to find more ways of resolving these issues properly to ensure sustainable development, Mr Trong emphasised.


NA focuses on important issues


With its 32-day working schedule, the eighth NA session will concentrate on many key national issues such as considering the government reports on the outcomes of socio-economic plans, and the State budget for 2010 and 2011 and central and local budget allocations for next year.


During the session, the NA is expected to adopt 9 draft laws and 1 resolution draft, including the Environmental Protection Tax Law, the Consumer Rights Protection Law, the Minerals Law (revised), the Laws on Amendments and Supplements to some Articles in the Securities Law, the Insurance Business Law, the Law on the Election of NA and People’s Council deputies and a resolution on tax policy for agricultural land use.


The NA deputies will also give their opinions on 9 other draft laws, including the Independent Auditing Law, the Complaints& Denunciations Law, the Measurement Law, the Anti- Human Trafficking Law, the Archives Law, the Cooperative Law (revised) and the Law on Amendments and Supplements to some Articles of the Civil Procedure Code and the Capital Law.


The NA will supervise the reform of administrative procedures related to citizens and businesses under the State’s master plan for administrative reforms in the 2001-2010 period.


Reports on supervisory activities conducted by the NA Standing Committee, the NA Ethnicity Council and NA committees and some other reports on voters’ petitions, the NA’s Q&A sessions and the NA’s supervisory activities, the Chief Judge of the Supreme People’s Court and Head of the People’s Procruracy’s operations will also be considered.


Many other issues related to waste, anti-corruption, external relations, national security and defence, a pilot project for ending people’s councils in districts and wards, the conclusion of the Dung Quat refinery project, the Vietnam Shipbuilding Industry Group (Vinashin) and afforestation joint-ventures in border areas, will also be discussed.


The NA will give opinions on several draft documents to be submitted to the 11th National Party Congress and consider some other important issues.


NA Chairman Nguyen Phu Trong emphasised that Vietnam will grasp every opportunity and seek effective solutions to restore economic growth and ensure macroeconomic stability, social welfare, national defence, and security, laying a solid foundation for fast and sustainable growth in the years to come. Mr Trong urged the NA deputies to be responsible, sensible and democratic and to make practical proposals.


After the opening speech by NA Chairman Trong, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung reported on some of the major socio-economic issues in 2009 and targets for 2010.


Regarding the socio-economic situation in 2009, Mr Dung said that in the process of its opening up and integrating deeper into the region and the world, Vietnam’s economy, especially exports, investments and tourism has been seriously affected by the global financial crisis. Since 2008, the government has done all it can to control inflation, overcome natural disasters and epidemics and counter activities by hostile forces. It has constantly provided updated information and analysed the situation to devise proper solutions to prevent a further economic downturn and control inflation.


To prevent another economic downturn, the Government submitted a plan to the 5th session to adjust some specific targets.


As a results, in 2009, Vietnam achieved many significant results, such as preventing the economic downturn, obtaining a fairly high growth, increasing investment for development, ensuring macroeconomic stability, and containing inflation to encourage socio-economic development. It continued with social welfare programmes to support poor people and families of social beneficiaries in disadvantaged areas, stepped up administrative reform, combated corruption, and waste and ensured socio-political stability, further improving Vietnam’s status in the international arena.


PM Dung also pointed out five weaknesses, including the lowest GDP growth rate in 10 years, an unstable macro-balance, poor infrastructure, resources and economic institutions, problems with social welfare and slow progress with administration reform.


For the country’s socio-economic development targets for 2010, PM Dung said that it is essential to make a greater effort to restore economic growth, which will be higher than 2009, improve the quality of growth, strengthen macroeconomic stability, control inflation, and ensure social welfare to improve the people’s living standards. It will actively integrate and promote international economic co-operation, maintain socio-political stability and defence and fulfill its socio-economic targets for the five-year plan (2006-2010).


President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front, Huynh Dam, presented a report on voter’s petitions. The 6th session of the 12th NA received 1,687 voters’ petitions on major issues, such as efficiency of the stimulus package, labour, employment, people’s living conditions, environmental pollution, food safety, traffic problems and corruption.


The NA also heard a report on the outcomes of the socio-economic targets in 2009 and plans for 2010, presented by Ha Van Hien, Chairman of the NA Economic Committee.


Earlier, the NA held a preliminary session and approved the agenda for the 8th session.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

80th foundation of VWU celebrated

In Uncategorized on October 20, 2010 at 3:04 pm




80th foundation of VWU celebrated


QĐND – Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 20:57 (GMT+7)

The Vietnam Communist Party, State, mass organisations, and families are responsible for the women’s liberation movement.


Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh made this statement at the ceremony of the 80th anniversary of Vietnam Women’s Union (VWU) in Hanoi on October 19. 


The Party leader congratulated VWU on various achievements and praised organisations and outstanding women for their contributions to the development of the nation and women nationwide. 


He highly appreciated VWU’s role in protecting women’s rights, as well as uniting and directing women to implement the State’s policies.


VWU has greatly contributed to the women’s liberation movement, he said.


Mr.Manh asked VWU at all levels to fulfill the 10th Congress Party missions, as well as the Socio-economic Development Plan for the 2005-2010 period. 


Mr. Manh also said that VWU needs to contribute their ideas to the Party’s 11th Congress in 2011, and continuously support the campaign for “Studying and Following President Ho Chi Minh’s Moral Examples”. VWU should also fully implement the resolution made by the 10th National Women’s Congress and prepare for the 11th National Women’s Congress.  


VWU President Nguyen Thi Thanh Hoa said that, VWU has strongly developed over the past 80 years under the leadership of the Vietnam Communist Party and late President Ho Chi Minh.


Also at the ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan granted the VWU the Golden Star Medal. Four organisations and 13 individuals received other prizes.    


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Swiss businesses eye Hanoi market

In Uncategorized on October 20, 2010 at 3:04 pm




Swiss businesses eye Hanoi market


QĐND – Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 20:57 (GMT+7)

A delegation of 22 Swiss businesses headed by Baumgartner from Credit Suisse AG, one of the world’s leading banking and financial service providers, met with the Hanoi People’s Committee on October 18 with the aim to seek out investment opportunities in the capital city.


The businesses mainly operate in finance, banking, import-export, investment management, tourism, industrial production and real estate.


Nguyen Huy Tuong, Vice Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee, briefed the guests on the city’s potentials and strengths after it was expanded in 2008, saying the city’s investment policies have reaped positive outcomes.


According to the municipal leader, Hanoi encourages investors in banking, finance, tourism, clean technology and brain-intensive industries.


The aforementioned areas are of Switzerland ’s strengths, he said, stressing that Hanoi will create favourable conditions for Swiss business to invest in the city.


During the meeting, the Swiss businesses said they are impressed by the rapid development of Hanoi and the capital’s 1,000 year-old culture.


Baumgartner said through the gathering, the Swiss businesses get useful information regarding investment and other areas of their interest.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND