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Dance to elevate awareness of HIV/AIDS

In Uncategorized on November 25, 2010 at 5:21 pm

Dance to elevate awareness of HIV/AIDS

QĐND – Thursday, November 25, 2010, 21:0 (GMT+7)

Thousands of Vietnamese and international youth, as well as popular artists, will take part in a big event, “Dance for life”, scheduled to take place on November 27th, as part of the forthcoming World AIDS Day.

In Vietnam, 1,000 Vietnamese will dance together at the My Club at 19-21 Hai Ba Trung Street, Hanoi.

Popular artists, including singers Minh Quan, My Dung, comedian Xuan Bac and Big Toe dance group, will also participate in this event to be broadcast live on VTV6 and abroad via satellite.

At the same time with the event in Vietnam, thousands of international youth from 27 countries from all over the world will also “dance for life” to send a message of “acknowledging HIV/AIDS and easing discrimination against people living with HIV” to the public.

Source: LDO

Translated by Mai Huong

Source: QDND

Smugglers find cigarettes too profitable to give up

In Uncategorized on November 25, 2010 at 5:20 pm

Smugglers find cigarettes too profitable to give up

QĐND – Thursday, November 25, 2010, 20:54 (GMT+7)

Though there has been a sharp decline in the flow of contraband goods from Cambodia into the Mekong Delta, cigarette smuggling remains rampant.

Customs officials in An Giang and Long An provinces said smuggling of beer, wine, sugar, petrol and electronic products was sharply down because the disparity in prices is small but cigarette smuggling has worsened.

Dong Thap province on the border is considered the smuggling hub in the delta. Recently customs officials there discovered 12 cases of smuggled goods worth 234 million VND (11,700 USD), made up mostly of about 5,000 packs of cigarettes.

Deputy head of the Customs Department Le Van Chien said smuggling was hard to prevent because cigarettes were easily divided into small portions for many people to carry over the border.

Kien Giang, the province that has been the most successful in fighting smuggling in the region, reported that this year customs officers discovered 38 cases, mostly cigarettes.

Every year hundreds of thousands of packs were destroyed, it said.

The smuggling goes on with impunity because the penalties are not deterrent enough, with only small fines slapped on anyone caught smuggling.

Tran Minh Tien, deputy head of the Kien Giang Customs Department, said smugglers’ tricks were becoming more and more sophisticated.

Tien said smuggled cigarette accounted for 80 percent of supply in the Mekong Delta and HCM City .

According to the Vietnam Tobacco Association, smuggled cigarettes accounts for 20 percent of the amount consumed in Vietnam . In some places it is much higher—70 percent in Can Tho, 46 percent in HCM City , and 41 percent in the southern provinces.

Cigarettes have been smuggled into the country since the 1980s, with volumes reaching 300 – 400 million packs a year initially.

But the situation has worsened since. By 2007 it had risen to 630 million, and to 800 million last year.

Officials seized and destroyed 7.3 million packs last year, or less than 1 percent of the amount smuggled into the country, according to the association.

It is estimated that the country loses at least 3 trillion VND (150 million USD) in taxes while the foreign currency drain is 200 million USD.

Recently the Government said it would take criminal action against anyone caught smuggling more than 1,500 packs.

Those caught with less than 1,500 packs will be fined 100 million VND (5,100 USD).

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

State President receives Head of the Office of the President of Mongolia

In Uncategorized on November 25, 2010 at 5:20 pm

State President receives Head of the Office of the President of Mongolia

QĐND – Thursday, November 25, 2010, 20:55 (GMT+7)

State President Nguyen Minh Triet received the Head of the Office of the President of Mongolia, Dashjamts Battulga, in Hanoi on November 25 at the invitation of Head of the State President’s Office Nguyen Van Chien.

State President Triet praised the visit by Mr Dashjamts Battulga, emphasizing that the meeting will make an important contribution to promoting the Vietnam-Mongolia relationship and map out future plans for cooperation between the two offices .

President Triet expressed delight at the traditional friendship between the two countries which has been maintained and developed. Both sides have cooperated to implement some high-level agreements, conduct the exchange of delegations and devise concrete measures to make economic cooperation more effective and practical. He expressed hope that both nations would continue to promote economic cooperation for mutual development and improve people’s living standards.

For his part, Mr Dashjamts Battulga briefed President Triet on the results of the talks between the leaders of the two offices and plans to make further contributions to the development of Vietnam-Mongolia relationship. He affirmed that Mongolia wished to develop relations with ASEAN nations, including Vietnam. Mongolia highlighted Vietnam’s role and status within the region, especially the country’s success as the ASEAN President. Mr Dashjamts Battulga emphasized that the official visit by President Triet in October 2008 gave a fresh impetus to develop the relationship between the two nations, especially to achieve fruitful developments in cooperation in such fields as economics, trade, education and health.

At the 14th session of the inter-governmental committee for cooperation in economics, trade and science and technology recently, both nations devised measures to expand relations and cooperation.

The same day, at the Presidential Office, Head of the State President’s Office Nguyen Van Chien held talks with his counterpart and both leaders signed a cooperative agreement between the two offices.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Three more bridges to be built in Western Hanoi

In Uncategorized on November 25, 2010 at 5:20 pm

Three more bridges to be built in Western Hanoi

QĐND – Thursday, November 25, 2010, 20:57 (GMT+7)

Hanoi will build three more bridges, namely Zet, Yen Vy and My Hoa, in the western suburbs of the city, according to the Hanoi Transport Department, which has been entrusted to manage the investment in the projects.

Zet Bridge, costing nearly VND 50 billion will be built in Chuong My District, while Yen Vy Bridge, with VND 29 billion of investment, is in My Duc, near the renowned Huong Pagoda.

My Hoa Bridge, the largest one, costing VND 152 billion will connect the two banks of the Day River in the districts of My Duc and Ung Hoa. Under the design, the bridge will be modern and architecturally suitable to the panorama and environment.

According to the investment manager, all the preparations will be finished by March 2011 and the projects will then be started.

The City’s officials stated that the construction of the bridges will ease the current traffic congestion, assist local people’s transportation and contribute to local socio-economic development and tourism.

Source: DDDN

Translated by Thu Nguyen

Source: QDND

Showroom to remember late Prime Minister Vo Van Kiet unveiled

In Uncategorized on November 25, 2010 at 5:19 pm

Showroom to remember late Prime Minister Vo Van Kiet unveiled

QĐND – Thursday, November 25, 2010, 20:59 (GMT+7)

On November 23rd, the Vinh Long Provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism held a workshop on the late Prime Minister Vo Van Kiet to unveil a showroom to remember him.

According to the Vinh Long Provincial Museum’s plan, the commemoration house of the late PM will show people his homeland photos, his initial revolutionary career, Vo Van Kiet and the youth volunteer movement, Vo Van Kiet and artists, Vo Van Kiet and national major structures, and Vo Van Kiet and the Mekong River Delta, to name a few.

It is expected that the showroom will be opened for the public on November 23rd, 2012 on the occasion of his 90th birthday.

Source: LDO

Translated by Van Hieu

Source: QDND

Special ballet honors legendary love story

In Uncategorized on November 25, 2010 at 9:19 am

A ballet performance entitled Moi tinh thanh co (Love story in the ancient capital) reviving the love story of My Chau and Trong Thuy in the famous legend Chiec no than (Magic crossbow) is being preseted at the Hanoi Opera House on November 24-25.

A scene in the ballet performance titled Moi tinh thanh co (Love story in the ancient capital).

The play is directed by People’s Artist Pham Anh Phuong and choreographed by French artist Bertrand D’at and Australian assistant Mark Pace.

Unlike the original story which is a tragedy, the dance drama don’t focus on war, but bringing message of peace with a happy ending and praising timeless love.

The performance is organized jointly by the French Embassy in Vietnam and the Vietnam Opera Ballet Theater.

Tickets of the ballet costing VND500,000; VND350,000; VND250,000 and VND150,000 are available at Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien Street.

Source: SGGP

VN-Index climbs on bullish sentiment

In Uncategorized on November 25, 2010 at 8:20 am

Movements of VN-Index on November 25. (Photo:’s benchmark VN-Index extended its winning streak to three consecutive days on November 25 as investors regained confidence.

The gauge of 270 companies and five mutual funds listed on the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange jumped 1.24 percent, or 5.37 points, to close at 439.85 points.

On the measure, 213 stocks gained, 32 decreased, while 30 remained unchanged.

Trading volume on the city bourse improved by 10 percent as around 34.2 million shares changed hands at a value of VND691.2 billion, the highest level in the past five trading sessions.

Saigon Securities Inc. (SSI), the country’s largest brokerage, won the position of most active share in volume with 1.28 million shares changing hands.

It was followed by Transport Engineering Construction & Business Investment Stock Company 584 (NTB) with 1.22 million shares.

Investment and Trading of Real Estate Joint stock Company (ITC) came next with 1.09 million shares traded.

Hoa Sen Group (HSG) and Sao Vang Rubber Joint Stock Company (SRC) both leaped the daily maximum allowed limit of 5 percent to VND16,800, and VND18,900 respectively.

Vietnam Mechanization Electrification & Construction Joint Stock Company (MCG) and Transport Engineering Construction & Business Investment Stock Company 584 (NTB) both surged 4.96 percent to trade at VND14,800.

Mien Trung Petroleum Construction Joint Stock Company (PXM) gained 4.95 percent to VND10,600.

The newly listed Anvifish Joint Stock Company (AVF) slashed 5 percent to VND24,700 to become the biggest loser on the city bourse today.

Cuu Long Pharmaceutical Joint Stock Corporation (DCL) declined the second day, eroding 4.85 percent to trade at VND31,400.

Tan Binh Import – Export Joint Stock Company (TIX) curbed its winning momentum, dropping 4.84 percent to VND41,300.

Meanwhile, the northern bourse exceeded 100 as the Hanoi-based HNX-Index soared 3.08 percent, or 3.05 points, to finish at 102.07 points. Liquidity on the trading floor climbed to the highest level since the beginning of last week. Around 40.6 million shares were traded at nearly VND672.73 billion.

The UPCoM-Index of the unlisted shares market slightly restored 0.49 points to 40.84 points. A total of 140,000 shares changed hands at VND1.47 billion as of 11:10 am local time.

Source: SGGP

Clinic to be built for ethnic minority’s healthcare

In Uncategorized on November 25, 2010 at 8:19 am

The organization of “Nghia tinh Truong Son” (Sentimental Attachment for Truong Son Road), Sai Gon Giai Phong newspaper, and the border guards in the central province of Nghe An broke ground for a clinic on November 24.

The VND1 billion (US$49000) clinic sponsored by the Vietnam National Textile and Garment Group through the Nghia tinh Truong Son program was built in the mountainous district Con Cuong in Nghe An for healthcare service for over 60 ethnic minority people Dan Lai who live separately in the National park Pu Mat.

Mr. Tran The Tuyen, Editor – in – chief of Sai Gon Giai Phong, said the fund for the program was raised to repay veterans and voluntary youths including ethnic minority Dan Lai who fought and worked on the Truong Son Road, also known as the Ho Chi Minh trail, during the war, but now live in poverty on the eastern and western sides of the Truong Son mountain range.

On the behalf of border guard headquarter, colonel Nguyen Van Tuy promised to construct a high quality clinic and it will be soon operated to provide healthcare to inhabitants in the mountainous district.


Source: SGGP

National film festival on traffic safety ends

In Uncategorized on November 25, 2010 at 8:19 am

Five films won the golden medals at the 2010 National film festival on traffic safety which closed at the Ho Chi Minh Musuem in Hanoi on November 24.

The opening ceremony of the 2010 National Film Festival on traffic safety is organized in Hanoi on November 22.The pirtures included of “The pain is still there”, “If…”, “Two pains”, “The reality and solution”, and “Ucompleted joy” by the traffic safety departments of the northern province of Bac Ninh, the southern province of Dong Nai, the Secutiry Televison of the notherrn province of Quang Ninh, Ha Giang Province and the central highland province of Buon Ma Thuot.

The organizing board also awarded 10 silver medals and 15 bronze medals to wininng works.

Launched in April, this year’s 8th event themed “Dangers for traffic participants with alcohol use”, drawn 124 movies from 52 cities and provinces throughout the country in five categories: reportage, documentary, science and education, short film, and music.

The film festival was organixed by the National Committee for Traffic Safetyand the Overland – Railroad Traffic Police Department.

Source: SGGP

Four Vietnamese films to take part in APFF 2010

In Uncategorized on November 25, 2010 at 7:19 am

Four Vietnamese films including one feature, two documentaries and one cartoon will comptete in the 2010 Asia-Pacific Film Festival (APFF) to take place in Taiwan ( China ) from December 2 to 4.

A scene in the film Long Thanh Cam Gia Ca (The Fate of a Songstress in Thang Long).

The movies are Long Thanh Cam Gia Ca (The Fate of a Songstress in Thang Long) by Dao Ba Son, Nguoi Thap Lua (The Burner) by Nguyen Nhu Vu, Dao Ly Son (Ly Son Island) by Cong Thanh Duc and Chiec La (Leaf) by Hong Son.

This year’s 54th film fest attracts 18 countries and territories competing in 3 categories including featured film, documentary and short film.

Source: SGGP