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Capital to spend equivalent $10 million for Lunar New Year welfare

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:04 am

The Hanoi People’s Committee has decided to spend nearly VND200 billion (US$10 million) on purchasing gifts to help the vulnerable groups in society.

Hanoi authorities will spend VND20 billion to help the poor during the Lunar New Year holidays. (File photo)

The Tet gifts will be given to the poor, lonely seniors and welfare beneficiary families; in order that they too can enjoy a happy Lunar New Year, which begins on February 3.


Nguyen The Hung, deputy director of Hanoi Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, said the department is making every effort in ensuring that no person goes hungry, during the Tet holidays.


During the Tet holidays, more than 730,000 people will be offered gifts. These will include 1,000 old men, over the age of 100, and over 148,000 poor families.


Furthermore, the People’s Committee will use subscriptions in order to help disabled people enjoy the Tet holidays. Additional money will be given to orphans and the poor.


The capital will also give gifts worth VND100,000 to each drug addict; and each cadre will receive gifts worth VND200,000 each in rehabilitation centers.

Source: SGGP

China, Pakistan to formalise 10 billion dollar deals

In Uncategorized on December 18, 2010 at 9:56 am

China and Pakistan are set to conclude another 10 billion dollars’ worth of deals on Saturday, the latest signings on a trade-focused trip to South Asia by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.


Business leaders are scheduled to formalise the deals — adding to the 20 billion dollars’ worth of deals inked Friday — at Islamabad’s five-star Marriott Hotel, where a huge suicide truck bomb killed 60 people in 2008.


Boosting trade and investment have been the main focus of the first visit in five years by a Chinese premier to the nuclear-armed Muslim nation on the front line of the US-led war on Al-Qaeda.


Pakistan regards China as its closest ally and the deals are seen locally as incredibly important to a moribund economy, which was dealt a massive blow by catastrophic flooding this year and suffers from sluggish foreign investment.


The Islamabad city administration declared Saturday a public holiday, apparently for security reasons with the country on full-time alert for suicide attacks and bombings blamed on the Taliban and Al-Qaeda-linked extremists.


Wen inaugurated a cultural centre built as a monument to Pakistani-Chinese friendship, and was to hold talks with the country’s opposition leader Nawaz Sharif and senior figures in the military, which depends on China for hardware.


The 35-million-dollar Pakistan-China Friendship Centre offers the Pakistani capital a conference venue, theatre, cinema and space for multiple events.


Young Pakistani girls dressed traditionally and waving the flags of both countries danced for Wen and Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, before Wen kissed one of them on the cheek and posed for photographs.


Wen said Chinese medics will provide 1,000 Pakistani patients with free cataract surgery next year to mark the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations.


“China-Pakistan friendship will last forever,” he told a ceremony commemorating Chinese workers who died in the 1970s while building the Karakoram Highway, the main road to the Chinese border through the Himalayas.


After the business leaders’ meeting, President Asif Ali Zardari is to host a state banquet late Saturday. Wen addresses a special joint session of parliament early Sunday before leaving.


Pakistani Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira said the countries signed 13 agreements and memorandums of understanding on Friday in fields ranging from energy to railways, from reconstruction to agriculture and culture.


Kaira said China had promised to fund “all the energy projects of Pakistan,” which he termed a “major breakthrough”. Pakistan suffers from a debilitating energy crisis and produces only 80 percent of the electricity it needs.


“China will provide assistance in 36 projects in Pakistan to be completed in five years,” he said. “Basically this is a five-year development plan.”


Although not specifically mentioned, behind-the-scenes talks are expected on China building a one-gigawatt nuclear power plant as part of Pakistani plans to produce 8,000 megawatts of electricity by 2025 to make up its energy shortfall.


“The outcome of the visit is beyond our expectations. It is an historic day,” Pakistan’s ambassador to Beijing Masood Khan said Friday.


Pakistan depends on China’s financial and political clout to offset the perceived threat from rival India and rescue its economy from the doldrums of catastrophic flooding, a severe energy crisis and poor foreign investment.


Pakistan’s prime minister has expressed hope that trade will rise to between 15 and 18 billion dollars over the next five years.


China, meanwhile, has been concerned about the threat of Islamist militants infiltrating its territory from Pakistan.


Before arriving in Islamabad, Wen visited India, where he and his 400-strong delegation inked deals that will see bilateral trade double to 100 billion dollars a year by 2015.

Source: SGGP

Honda VN awards “Honda YES 2010” prizes to 10 students

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 2:28 pm




Honda VN awards “Honda YES 2010” prizes to 10 students


QĐND – Thursday, December 16, 2010, 21:4 (GMT+7)

On December 15th, the Honda Vietnam Company (HVN) granted The Honda Young Engineer & Scientist Awards (Honda YES) to 10 students from the University of Technology and the University of Science of the Hanoi National University, the University of Transport and Communications, the Hanoi, Da Nang and HCMC Universities of Science and Technology.


This is the 5th year the Honda YES has been carried out in Vietnam by HVN, in cooperation with the Honda Foundation and the National Institute for Science and Technology Policy and Strategy Studies (NISTPASS).


The ten Honda YES 2010 Awards, in total worth US$ 30,000, and ten Honda Wave 110S motorbikes (each prize amounts to US$ 3,000 plus a motorbike).


Besides, the Honda YES awardees might have chance to receive the YES Plus prizes of US$ 10,000 each, if they apply for post graduate programs in Japan.


Source: HNM


Translated by Van Hieu


Source: QDND

10,000 congenital cardiac cases operations performed

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 2:27 pm




10,000 congenital cardiac cases operations performed


QĐND – Thursday, December 16, 2010, 21:5 (GMT+7)

19 cardiovascular surgery centers nationwide have performed surgeries for around 10,000 cardiac patients since the beginning of this year.


The figure was unveiled at a ceremony to sum up cardiovascular operations in 2010 held in Hanoi on December 15th.


According to Associate Professor cum Doctor Nguyen Huu Uoc, head of the thoracic-cardiovascular surgery ward of Vietnam-Germany Friendship Hospital, 1,800 out of 10,000 cases nationwide had been performed in the hospital.


2010 marks the 32nd anniversary of the cooperation on cardiovascular between Vietnam and France.


Over the past three decades, many leading cardiovascular professors and doctors from France have supported Vietnam in congenital or neonatal cardiac diagnosis and treatment and open-heart surgeries. 


France has helped Vietnam train many experts and develop Vietnam’s cardiovascular sector, saving the lives of thousands of patients.


Also at the ceremony, the Ministry of Health presented medals “For the health of people” to French experts for their great contributions to the cause of caring for Vietnamese people’s health.


The medal is also a token of gratitude of Vietnam Cardiovascular Surgeons and Doctors of different generations to French professors and doctors who have been working hard to help Vietnam over more than 30 years.


Source: LDO


Translated by Mai Huong


Source: QDND

Ha Long Bay takes 2nd place in top 10 best boat journeys

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:49 am

Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has been ranked the 2nd among the 10 best boat journeys by the UK’s Lonely Planet Travel Magazine.

Ha Long Bay


“Bobbing on the emerald waters of Halong Bay and moving through its 3000-odd limestone islands is simply sublime. The tiny islands are dotted with beaches and grottoes created by wind and waves, and have sparsely forested slopes ringing with bird tunes.


There are more than 300 boats based at Bai Chay Tourist Wharf waiting to sweep you away to the World Heritage waters. Day tours last from four to eight hours, though (recommended) overnighters are also available” the magazine written.


Norwegian Fjords gets the first place. Next positions are Amazon River, South America; Franklin River, Australia; Quetico Provincial Park, Canada; Kerala’s backwaters, India; Milford Sound, New Zealand; Island-hopping, Greece; Disko Bay, Greenland; and Galapágos Islands, Ecuador.

Ha Long Bay is a popular travel destination in the Northern Province of Quang Ninh. Covering on an area of around 1,553 km2, the hot tourist spot has including 1,969 islets, most of which are limestone.


In 1994, Ha Long Bay was recognized as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site. It has jumped to second place among the 28 finalists of an online voting for the world’s new seven wonders and helping to bring 5.3 million visitors to Quang Ninh in the first eight months of the year.

Source: SGGP

IIE: Vietnam among top 10 places sending students to US

In Uncategorized on November 16, 2010 at 5:55 am

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

Typhoon Megi claims 10 lives in the Philippines

In Uncategorized on October 19, 2010 at 4:22 pm

The strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines in years killed at least 10 people as it generated waves as big as houses and destroyed swathes of vital rice crops, authorities said Tuesday.


Many areas in the north of the Philippines’ main island of Luzon remained without power and communications facilities, a day after Super Typhoon Megi ripped over the region with wind gusts of 260 kilometres (161 miles) an hour.


The strong winds had subsided by Tuesday as Megi headed out to sea and towards China, although heavy rains continued to fall across large parts of Luzon for a second straight day.


Rescuers were also struggling to reach isolated areas, particularly in the heavily hit coastal communities of Isabela province that bore the brunt of the typhoon, officials said.

A resident carries his dog while wading through floodwaters as super Typhoon Megi, known locally as Juan, hits Cabangan City, Isabela province, northern Philippines October 18, 2010.

“The waves in Maconacon were as big as houses and swamped the town plaza facing the Pacific Ocean,” Isabela governor Faustino Dy said over DZBB radio as he appealed for help.


Dy said water, food and medicine were desperately needed in Maconacon, a village of about 4,000 people that remained isolated and only accessible by helicopter or by small boat.


Three people in Maconacon drowned in the storm surge and many others were wounded on Monday, he said.


Dy said he could not give a full report of the damage to all coastal areas because the 240-kilometre northeastern shoreline of Isabela remained difficult to reach.


But he said nearly 100,000 hectares (247,000 acres) of rice and corn crops had been destroyed across Isabela, one of the Philippines’ key farming regions.


Elsewhere in Luzon, four people were reported killed in Pagansinan province, three of them by a collapsed structure and the other by lightning, the Red Cross said.


The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council in Manila had earlier reported three people killed elsewhere in Luzon.


However, after thousands of people had been evacuated well before Megi struck as part of intense preparations that involved the military, there were hopes the death toll would not climb substantially.


The northern parts of Luzon are mostly agricultural and fishing areas, with a few million residents who are well-drilled in preparing for the many storms that hit each year.


“We are hoping that the casualties remain low,” Red Cross secretary general Gwen Pang told AFP.

Motorists drive past a filling station which was toppled by typhoon Megi (local name ‘Juan’) Monday Oct.18, 2010 at Cauayan, Isabelaprovince in northeastern Philippines

“We can’t say it will not go up, but people were more prepared this time.


“What we are expecting is more reports of heavy damage. There are still many areas without power and communications, while some roads are cut off by landslides.”


About 7,900 people in the northern regions of Luzon remained in evacuation centres on Tuesday, the government said, and many areas remained inaccessible because of debris littering the roads.


Megi exited the Philippines’ western coast at midnight (1600 GMT) on Monday, and on Tuesday morning was heading towards Hong Kong and China with wind gusts of up to 195 kilometres an hour, according to the Philippine weather bureau.

Preparing for the storm, China issued a national early disaster warning for regions along the southern coast — Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi and Hainan.

Hainan island had already been hard-hit by heavy rains in recent weeks.

Authorities called on officials in the Chinese provinces to ensure that people in low-lying areas are evacuated early.

Manila’s state weather bureau said Megi was the strongest typhoon since Typhoon Durian triggered deadly mudslides in the Philippines’ eastern Bicol region in 2006, killing over 1,000 people.

The Philippines is hit with an average of 20 typhoons a year.

Source: SGGP

Festival stampede at north Indian temple kills 10

In Uncategorized on October 17, 2010 at 10:25 am

A stampede in a packed temple during a Hindu festival in northern Indian killed 10 people and injured 11 on Sunday, police said. About 30,000 people offering prayers to the goddess Durga had packed into the Tildiha village temple in Bihar state on the last day of the Navratri festival, Banka district police director Neelmani said.


Four women and six men died in the stampede, and another 11 people were injured and are being treated at nearby hospitals, Neelmani said. Three are in critical condition.


It was not immediately clear what caused the stampede.


The 10-day Navrati festival is marked by ritual prayers and sacrifices of goats to Durga, the Mother Goddess in the Hindu religion.


The village in Banka district is about 124 miles (200 kilometers) southeast of Bihar’s state capital, Patna.

Source: SGGP

British defence cuts to be kept under 10 percent: BBC

In Uncategorized on October 16, 2010 at 2:24 pm

Britain’s Ministry of Defence will only face cuts of under 10 percent in the government’s punishing spending review next week, compared to 25 percent for many other departments, the BBC reported Saturday.


Finance Minister George Osborne had told the MoD to prepare cuts of at least 10 percent despite strong resistance from Defence Secretary Liam Fox and military chiefs.


But Prime Minister David Cameron intervened in the row and the MoD is now likely to face cuts of between seven and eight percent, the BBC said, adding there would be no substantial cuts in army personnel numbers.


Britain will announce full details of the cuts in a strategic defence review being unveiled Tuesday, which will outline a long-term vision for the military.


That comes the day before an overall spending review Wednesday which Cameron has said will reveal details of cuts of up to 25 percent in most departments.


But there has been particular controversy over reductions to the defence budget.


Britain currently has around 9,500 troops in Afghanistan, the second largest contingent after the United States but Cameron has indicated they will be withdrawn from combat by 2015 in a process which may start next year.


The premier’s reported intervention came after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told the BBC Thursday she was worried that sharp spending cuts could damage the NATO military alliance.


The Daily Telegraph reported Saturday that the new professional head of the British Army, General Peter Wall, had warned Cameron that operations in Afghanistan could be undermined by cuts in army numbers and training.


Wall plus Chief of the Defence Staff Jock Stirrup, the Navy’s head Admiral Mark Stanhope and Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Stephen Dalton are all concerned about the potential impact of cuts.


Reports suggest that areas of defence expenditure under threat from the cuts include RAF bases, Harrier jets and navy frigates, although two promised new Royal Navy aircraft carriers will be delivered.

Source: SGGP