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74 scientific researches win 12th Eureka Award

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:07 am

Some 74 scientific projects were awarded in the 12th Eureka Award for student’s scientific research at HCMC Youth Cultural House on January 4.

Winners of the 12th Eureka Award present at the awarding ceremony at HCMC Youth Cultural House on Jan.4 (Photo: Minh Tu)

The HCMC Communist Youth League and Vietnam National University – Ho Chi Minh City (VNU-HCM), organized the annual Eureka event. This year 500 projects from students across 31 universities and colleges applied for the Eureka Award, the highest number of applicants in the history of the award since 1999.


The organizers announced one special prize, six first prizes, 9 second prizes, 10 third prizes and 37 consolation prizes. In addition, the organizers also gave nine first prize and two consolation prizes to some graduates that had excel in their field.


Many of them are highly regarded in the field of science. The VND10 million special prizes were given to Le Khac Anh Ky, who is from the Poly-technique University. His project ‘The synthesis, characterization and catalytic activity of a Metal Organic Framework: MOF-5’ was published in the international scientific magazine ‘Applied Catalysis A’.  The article was first published on April 28 2010, and is available online since May 5, 2010. Students that won the first prize received VND5 million each.


Mrs. Than Thi Thu, a member of the Standing Committee, said at the event; “We are so proud of the youth’s achievement in science and the city leaders have created favorable working conditions, for young scientists to carry out their research.”


The Eureka Award projects were introduced in the library at 1 Pham Ngoc Thach Street, District 1 and the library is open from Tuesday to Friday each week. Those who are interested in the projects, may access the website at www.lendang.com.vn. and for further information the section is named under ‘Eureka’.

Source: SGGP

12th NA concludes its eighth session in Hanoi

In Uncategorized on November 26, 2010 at 1:49 pm




12th NA concludes its eighth session in Hanoi


QĐND – Friday, November 26, 2010, 20:44 (GMT+7)

After a full month of intensive work with a democratic spirit of renewal and a high sense of responsibility, the 12th National Assembly (NA) closed its eighth session in Hanoi on November 26.  


At this session, NA members reviewed the implementation of the socio-economic development plan and the State budget for 2010, worked out a new plan for socio-economic development and the State budget for next year, carried out law making and supervisory programmes, and made decisions on important national issues.


In his closing speech, NA Chairman Nguyen Phu Trong said the NA agreed that this year, the entire Party, people and soldiers spared no efforts to overcome every difficulty and challenge in order to fulfill the targets of socio-economic development. Most of the set targets have been reached and the national economy has recovered from recession and posted a relatively high growth rate. The State budget’s revenues have increased while social welfare continue to see improvements.


However, NA deputies admitted some weaknesses and limitations such as unsustainable growth, slow economic restructuring, poor competitiveness, high trade deficit, high budget overspending and public debts, and low investment efficiency.


In addition, inflation controls have proved ineffective. The price of essential goods is not yet under control and the gold market and the foreign exchange rates still face instabilities.


Regarding the 2011 plan for socio-economic development, NA deputies underlined the need to stabilise the economy, control inflation along with renewing the growth model and restructuring the economy, attain a higher economic growth rate than 2010, and increase the quality, efficiency and competitiveness of the national economy.


It is essential to ensure social welfare, improve people’s living standards, maintain political stability, national defense and security, and increase the efficiency of foreign affairs- related work and international integration.


The NA approved 9 draft laws and one resolution, including the Environmental Protection Tax Law, the Consumer Rights Protection Law, the Minerals Law (revised), 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 members and a resolution on tax policy for agricultural land use.


They also held debates on 9 other draft laws, including the Independent Auditing Law, the Capital Law, the Complaints & Denunciations Law, the Measurement Law, the Anti- Human Trafficking Law, the Archives Law, the Cooperative Law (revised), and Amendments and Supplements to some Articles of the Civil Procedure Code.


The NA questioned four ministers with the participation of two deputy ministers and six other ministers who also explained related issues. The Prime Minister also directly answered queries raised by NA deputies and clarified a number of major issues relating to the government’s management and guidance.


The NA’s question and answer sessions focused on key issues of great concern to NA members and voters such as price fluctuations, the trade deficit, management and operational efficiency of groups and State corporations (the Vietnam Shipbuilding Industry Group known as Vinashin is for example),  power supplies and safety, and the efficiency of a bauxite project in the central highlands.


Q&A sections continued to be improved, obtain practical results and were conducted in a frank, open, and constructive manner. Many NA members admitted their sectors’ weaknesses and limitations and clarified their individual responsibility.


In conclusion, NA Chairman Trong said the eighth session discussed many important issues with heart-felt opinions from NA deputies and thorough preparations of the NA and relevant agencies.


Before the closing ceremony, the NA voted for the approval of a resolution on the Dung Quat refinery project. By a 90.26 percent vote, the NA adopted a resolution on the implementation of administrative procedures relating to citizens and businesses under an overall administrative reform programme in the 2001-2010 period.


Source: VOV


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

Deputies discuss Party’s 12th congress documents

In Uncategorized on October 19, 2010 at 8:09 pm




Deputies discuss Party’s 12th congress documents


QĐND – Tuesday, October 19, 2010, 22:14 (GMT+7)

Deputies to the 12th National Assembly will discuss draft documents to be presented to the Party’s XIth National Congress and hear the Government’s report on Vinashin’s post-debt crisis management at their eighth session due to start on October 20.


At a press briefing in Hanoi on October 18, the Vice Chairman of the National Assembly’s Office Dr. Nguyen Si Dung reported that the 32-day session will consist of 46 plenary meetings, 13 sessions to be televised live, and 16 group meetings.


Although this is the year-end session, the deputies will discuss and approve nine bills and one resolution.


They will hear and debate the Government’s report on the outcomes of the country’s socio-economic performance in 2010 and its socio-economic development plan in 2011.


The deputies will look at the execution of State budget estimates in 2010, budget estimates for 2011 as well as plans on budget allocation for central agencies and budget supplements for localities.


Also at this session, the deputies will discuss the Government’s presentation to summarise the implementation of the pilot programme of no longer organizing the People’s Council at ward, commune and district levels as prescribed in the 12th National Assembly’s resolution.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Horn entrepreneur says vuvuzela is S.Africa’s 12th language

In Uncategorized on June 18, 2010 at 12:22 pm

 They may drown out conversation but the World Cup vuvuzelas have created a new common language in multilingual South Africa, according to the man who mass-marketed the deafening plastic horns.

Niel Van Schalkwyk, the so-called inventor of South Africa’s Vuvuzelas, holds a vuvuzela in England colours during a press conference, on June 18, 2010 at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.

Neil van Schalkwyk said Friday that the first commercial vuvuzelas, the must-have accessory at the football World Cup, had to be handed out for free at local football matches in South Africa 10 years ago.


“We started out with about 500 units that we sold in the first year. To create an initial interest, we needed to hand out some,” he told reporters.


Van Schalkwyk’s Cape Town company now holds 25 percent of the vuvuzela market in South Africa after snapping up a first bulk order for 20,000 in 2002.


An estimated two million vuvuzelas are in circulation in South Africa with Van Schalkwyk’s company turning over between six and seven million rands (925,000 dollars, 750,000 euros) in the last 10 years.


The instrument has drawn fierce criticism for drowning out fans singing in stadiums, hindering communication between coaches and teams, and for dominating television coverage. Experts also say it can cause permanent damage to hearing.


But Van Schalkwyk said the vuvuzela had broken down the language barrier in a country with 11 official languages, adding that it was now part an integral part of football in South Africa, as singing was elsewhere.


“Out of respect for the way that we celebrate footballl, I think people should also take that into consideration,” he said.


“We’ve got a multi-cultural society in South Africa and we’ve got 11 different languages. But there’s one language they do understand: it’s the 12th language of the vuvuzela.”


A new lower noise horn, which is 13 decibels lower than the standard vuvuzela which measures 134 and 140 decibels, and which will break apart into three pieces if used as a weapon, said Van Schalkwyk.


 

Source: SGGP

Five laws adopted at the 12th NA

In Uncategorized on June 18, 2010 at 8:29 am




Five laws adopted at the 12th NA


QĐND – Thursday, June 17, 2010, 20:59 (GMT+7)


On June 17, the National Assembly (NA) approved five laws, including the Law on Non-Agricultural Land Use, the Post Law, the Law on Efficient Use of Energy, the Law on People with Disabilities, and the Adoption Law.

The Law on Non Agricultural Land Use was approved by 86 percent of the deputies and will take effect as of January 1. It regulates people subject and non-subject to tax, tax payers, tax calculations, tax payments and tax exemptions and reduction related to the use of non-agricultural land.


The Post Law regulates postal services, the rights and obligations of organisations and individuals with regard to postal services, and State management of postal activities in Vietnam.


This law was passed by an 86 percent vote and will become effective on January 1, 2012.


The Law on Efficient Use of Energy was also passed by an 86 percent vote. This law specifies that energy-saving measures will be taken to serve socio-economic development. It will take effect on January 1 next year.


The Law on People with Disabilities was passed by an 87 percent vote. On behalf of the National Assembly Standing Committee, Director of the NA Commission for Social Affairs, Truong Thi Mai presented a report on amendments to the law and regulations on the responsibility for classifying person according to their disabilities. The Law will become effective early next year.


The Adoption Law, adopted by an 87.83 percent vote, regulates adoption procedures to ensure children’s interests. This law will also come into force early next year.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

CPV Central Committee’s 12th conference wrapped up

In Uncategorized on March 29, 2010 at 2:37 pm




CPV Central Committee’s 12th conference wrapped up


QĐND – Monday, March 29, 2010, 21:23 (GMT+7)


The 12th conference of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee (10th tenure) concluded on March 28 after one week.

In his closing speech, Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh highlighted the contents discussed at the conference.


He emphasised the significance of the event, saying this is an important step in preparation for the upcoming 11th National Party Congress.


The Party leader noted that the international situation and the revolutionary reality in our country require the CPV to firmly maintain its orientations and develop its political platform adopted in 1991 in line with the national development in the new era. “Moving towards socialism is the desire of our people and the correct choice of the CPV and late President Ho Chi Minh,” he said.


Mr Manh emphasised that in this transitional period, Vietnam aims to establish its basic economic foundation for socialism with a superstructure of politics, ideology and culture in order to build a prosperous nation. From now until the mid-21st century, the entire Party and people must work hard to create a socialist-oriented modern industrial country.


The Party General Secretary said in the past 10 years of implementing the 2001-2010 Strategy, Vietnam has gained remarkable achievements with an average annual economic growth rate of 7.2 percent to shed its under-developed nation status. By 2010, the total GDP had reached US$1,200/per capita and people’s living standard has improved considerably.


Over the next ten years, he said Vietnam will focus on boosting sustainable development and comprehensive renovation with the aim of building a prosperous, equal and civilised nation, promoting democracy and considering human as a key factor in national development. It will pay due attention to developing science and technology, and perfecting production relations in line with a socialist-oriented market economy with a high sense of independence and self-reliance in the context of deeper international integration.


In so doing, Vietnam expected to become a modern industrial country in 2010, have a stable socio-political situation and ensure better living conditions for the people, thus creating a firm foundation for the next period of development, Mr Manh said.


Referring to the Political Report to be delivered at the 11th National Party Congress, he said the focus will be on strengthening the leadership capacity and combative spirit of the Party, as well as bringing into full play the nation’s strengths to build Vietnam into a modern industrial country.


On personnel work, Mr Manh stressed that it is very important and essential to Party building to have a party central committee fully capable of fulfilling its tasks in the new stage if the revolution.


In conclusion, Mr Manh asked the Party Central Committee and local Party organisations to make and combine thorough preparations for the 11th National Party Congress with the successful implementation of the resolution of the 10th National Party Congress as well as the five-year (2006-2010) socio-economic development plan.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

12th NA opens sixth session, discusses vital issues

In Politics-Society on October 21, 2009 at 1:08 am




12th NA opens sixth session, discusses vital issues


QĐND – Tuesday, October 20, 2009, 20:52 (GMT+7)

The sixth session of the 12th National Assembly convened in Hanoi on Oct. 20, putting on the table vital issues related to the country’s sustainable development in the context of the global economic recession.


Addressing the opening ceremony, NA Chairman Nguyen Phu Trong stressed the major difficulties and challenges to the country’s future sustainable development, stemming from the global economic crisis and the abnormal changes of the climate.


Highlighting the whole nation’s efforts to prevent an economic recession and maintain rational growth rates, Chairman Trong called for a firmer resolve to surmount obstacles in order to accelerate economic growth in 2010, stabilise the macro economy and ensure social security, creating a foundation for rapid and sustainable development in the coming years.


Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung presented the Government’s report, accenting emerging issues related to the implementation of the 2009 socio-economic development tasks.


The NA deputies also heard the President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front, Huynh Dam, summing up almost 1,700 opinions contributed by voters and people nationwide.


The opinions mainly focused on the implementation of the Government’s stimulus packages; labour, employment and people’s living conditions; environmental pollution and food hygiene; urban management and traffic safety; and combating corruption.


The NA’s Economic Committee presented a report on the socio-economic situation in 2009 and tasks for 2010.


The report said that though the country’s economy has averted recession and remained stable, there have been weaknesses in macro-economic management, restraining economic growth, slowing the disbursement of investment capital, and resulting in unsustainable poverty reduction.


The committee set targets for maintaining the macro-economy, preventing high inflation, keeping rational economic growth rates for 2010 in order to create a solid foundation for the following years.


The NA session is scheduled to last for 32 days.


Source: VNA


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