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Vietnam has 30 new Guinness records

In Uncategorized on December 21, 2010 at 9:27 am




Vietnam has 30 new Guinness records


QĐND – Monday, December 20, 2010, 21:26 (GMT+7)

The Vietnam Guinness Book of Records has recognised 30 new records at the 20th meeting of Vietnamese record holders held in Ho Chi Minh City on Dec. 18.


Half the new records were in the field of art and culture, including the largest palm leaf copy of Uncle Ho’s testament (1.18m x 2.05m) and the largest picture (3.95m x 2m) made from precious stones.


The records also included the 92-year-old Vinh Bao, the oldest music teacher who teaches traditional music online.


Vietnam Guinness also recognised the oldest Vietnamese heroic mother Tran Thi Viet who was born in 1892.


Nguyen Thi Thanh Nhan and Nguyen Huu Thuan were acknowledged as the woman and man with the most times of blood donations, 65 and 63 times, respectively.


In the field of science and technology, 70-year-old archaeologist Do Dinh Truat holds the record for the highest number of excavations. He has organized and attended in the excavation of over 300 tombs across the country.


The two brothers Bui Ngoc Vinh and Bui Ngoc Khanh from the central province of Thua Thien-Hue made their name known for the uncanny ability to eat one kilogram of chilies in ten minutes.


Meanwhile, the Hua family in the southernmost province of Ca Mau made the record as the family with the highest number of people who can float on water for several hours.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Vietnam Guinness recognizes 30 new records

In Uncategorized on December 19, 2010 at 9:26 pm




Vietnam Guinness recognizes 30 new records


QĐND – Sunday, December 19, 2010, 22:36 (GMT+7)

The Vietnam Guinness Book of Records has recognized 30 new records in the 20th meeting of Vietnamese record holders held in Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday. 


Half the records were from the field of art and culture, including the largest  testament written by Uncle Ho on palm leaf and the largest Ha Long Xanh (Green Ha Long) picture made from precious stones. It measures 3.95m x 2m.


The records also included the oldest online national music teacher who is 92 years old and Professor Dr Tran Quang Hai who plays various musical rhythms with spoons.


Vietnam Guinness also recognized the oldest Vietnamese mother Tran Thi Viet. At 118 years of age her heroic contribution to the community was acknowledged.


Nguyen Thi Thanh Nhan and Nguyen Huu Thuan were acknowledged as the woman and man with the highest number of blood donations, 65 and 63 times respectively.


In the field of science and technology archaeologist Do Dinh Truat holds the record for the most number of tomb excavations. He has organized and attended in the excavation of over 300 tombs from the north to the south of Vietnam.


The two brothers Bui Ngoc Vinh and Bui Ngoc Khanh from the central province of Thua Thien-Hue were awarded for their uncanny ability to eat a kilogram of chilies in ten minutes.


Meanwhile, three brothers from the Hua family in the southern province of Ca Mau have won the record for their ability to float on water for several hours.


Source: SGGP


Source: QDND

Over 30,000 people register to donate corneas after death

In Uncategorized on November 2, 2010 at 8:13 am

Khmer Rouge prison chief handed 30 years in prison

In Uncategorized on July 26, 2010 at 3:17 pm

PHNOM PENH, July 26, 2010 (AFP) – A UN-backed war crimes court on Monday sentenced a former Khmer Rouge prison chief to 30 years in prison for his role in Cambodia’s “Killing Fields” atrocities in the late 1970s.


Kaing Guek Eav, better known as Duch, is the first Khmer Rouge cadre to be convicted in an international tribunal over the deaths of up to two million people through starvation, overwork and execution at the hands of the regime.

A handout picture released by the court on July 26, 2010 shows Duch sitting in the court room at the Extraodinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) in Phnom Penh July 26, 2010. AFP

The 67-year-old was initially given 35 years but the court reduced the jail sentence after ruling that he had been detained illegally for years before the UN-backed tribunal was established.


Duch apologised during his trial in Phnom Penh for overseeing the murders of around 15,000 men, women and children at Tuol Sleng prison, also known as S-21, but shocked the court in November by finally asking to be acquitted.


The maths teacher-turned-revolutionary was convicted of charges including crimes against humanity and war crimes.


“The role of the accused as the undisputed head of S-21 is confirmed by the accused’s own admission, the testimony of witnesses and civil parties,” head judge Nil Nonn said as he read out the verdict.


Tuol Sleng was the centre of the Khmer Rouge security apparatus and thousands of inmates were taken from there for execution in a nearby orchard that served as a “Killing Field”.


Crowds of Cambodians, including regime survivors and Buddhist monks, turned up at the specially built court on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, hoping to finally see justice for the Khmer Rouge’s crimes during its 1975-1979 rule.


Prosecutors had asked for a 40-year prison sentence from the tribunal, which did not have the power to impose the death penalty.


Duch, wearing a blue shirt, slumped in his chair as the tribual read out of the verdict in a courtroom shielded by a huge bullet-proof screen to prevent revenge attacks by Khmer Rouge victims.


He was transported to court in an armoured Land Cruiser with blacked-out windows from the nearby villa-style detention centre where he was being held with four other regime leaders, who face trial for genocide early next year.


Led by “Brother Number One” Pol Pot, the Khmer Rouge was responsible for one of the worst horrors of the 20th century, wiping out nearly a quarter of the population.


The Khmer Rouge was ousted by Vietnamese-backed forces in 1979, but continued to fight a civil war until 1998. Pol Pot died in the same year.


Duch has been detained since 1999, when he was found working as a Christian aid worker in the jungle, and was formally arrested by the tribunal in July 2007.


The court has faced controversy over allegations of interference by the government and claims that Cambodian staff paid kickbacks for their jobs.


The joint trial of four more senior Khmer Rouge leaders charged with genocide is expected to start in 2011.


The court is also investigating whether to open more cases against five other former Khmer Rouge cadres after a dispute between the international and Cambodian co-prosecutors over whether to pursue more suspects.

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Source: SGGP

Foreign investors maximum of 30% of shares in telecom firms

In Uncategorized on July 1, 2010 at 10:26 am




Foreign investors maximum of 30% of shares in telecom firms


QĐND – Tuesday, June 29, 2010, 20:45 (GMT+7)

Foreign investors are permitted to invest in telecommunications services in Vietnam in both forms of direct and indirect investment, according to a draft decree to detail the Telecommunication Law.


The decree is being compiled by the Ministry of Information and Communication and will be submitted to the Government in August.


Particularly, the decree defines that foreign investors as telecommunications providers without telecommunications infrastructure networks are allowed to do business with Vietnamese telecoms with telecommunications infrastructure networks; and for foreign investors with telecommunications infrastructure networks, they must found a joint venture or/and cooperate with other already-licensed businesses in Vietnam.


The decree also points out that foreign investors can hold a maximum of 30 per cent of the registered capital in telecommunications joint ventures.


Projects costing over VND 2 trillion invested in by foreign investors with telecommunications infrastructure networks must be approved by the Prime Minister, while projects costing between VND 1 trillion and VND 2 trillion must be approved by the Ministry of Information and Communication, the decree stipulates.


Source: DDDN

Translated by Thu Nguyen  

Source: QDND

30 burnt alive in India bus accident

In Uncategorized on May 30, 2010 at 5:15 pm

BANGALORE, India, May 30, 2010 (AFP) – At least 30 people, including 10 children, were burnt alive on Sunday when a bus bound for the southern Indian city of Bangalore ploughed into a roadblock and caught fire, police said.


The state-owned vehicle veered off a small bridge after colliding with the roadblock in the dark and fell into a ditch, local superintendent of police Labhu Ram told AFP from the accident site by phone.


“The bus caught fire when the diesel tank exploded on impact,” he said.


The bus had 64 passengers on board and was on its way from Surpur in southern Karnataka state to the IT hub of Bangalore, 600 kilometres (400 miles) away.


At least three surviving passengers were in a serious condition.


State transport minister R. Ashok, who visited the accident site, told reporters that preliminary reports suggested the driver was at fault.


“Negligent driving is suspected to have caused the accident as the bus was speeding and hit a road barrier on the bridge and skidded into the ditch,” Ashok said.


Police had registered a case against the driver, who survived the accident, Ram added.


India has the highest annual road death toll in the world, bigger than the more populous China, according to the World Health Organization, with accidents caused by speeding, bad roads, overcrowding and poor vehicle maintenance.


Police figures show that nationwide more than 110,000 people die annually on the roads.

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Source: SGGP

30 killed as train derails in India — Maoists suspected

In Uncategorized on May 28, 2010 at 5:24 am

An express train packed with sleeping passengers derailed in India Friday and slammed into a goods train, killing at least 30 people in an apparent attack by Maoist rebels, officials said.


More fatalities were feared in the mangled wreckage after 13 carriages of the Mumbai-bound express train careened off the tracks in the state of West Bengal and collided with the oncoming freight train.


Initial reports indicated the derailment may have been triggered by an act of sabotage, with officials pointing the finger at Maoist rebels who are active in the region of eastern India.

In this image taken from TV, Indian rescue workers and volunteers stand beside the wreckage of train carriages after an accident in the district of West Midnapore, some 135 kilometres (85 miles) west of the state capital Kolkata, on May 28

The official death toll stood at 15, but a doctor treating the injured at the site told the NDTV television network that at least 30 people had been killed.


West Bengal Relief Minister Mortaja Hussain said hundreds of people had yet to be rescued from the train, which was heading to India’s financial capital Mumbai from the West Bengal state capital Kolkata.


Railways Minister Mamata Bannerjee, who rushed to the site, said she had originally been told that the derailment had been caused by an explosion on the tracks.


However, several railway officials said it seemed a section of rail had been removed.


“The fear is that this was a Maoist attack,” Bannerjee told reporters.


“The railways are a soft target. They are a lifeline … which the Maoists have attacked in the past and, it seems, even now,” she added.


The incident occurred at around 1:30 am (2000 GMT Thursday) in the district of West Midnapore — a Maoist stronghold some 135 kilometres (85 miles) west of Kolkata.


Maoist fighters waging a bloody rebellion have been responsible for several train derailments in eastern India in recent months.


The government is reviewing its anti-Maoist strategy after a series of deadly attacks, including the bombing of a bus in the central state of Chhattisgarh earlier this month that killed 24 civilians and 11 police.


Until now, the government has resisted calls to deploy the military against the rebels, preferring instead to use regular and paramilitary police as the front-line force.


But Home Minister P. Chidambaram — who has borne the brunt of public criticism over the handling of the insurgency — recently acknowledged that changes were needed and said he would request wider powers.


The insurgency began in West Bengal state in 1967 in the name of defending the rights of tribal groups, and has since spread to 20 of India’s 28 states.


Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has labelled the Maoists the biggest internal security threat to India.


Friday’s incident appeared to be the worst loss of life on India’s enormous rail network since 22 people were killed last October, when a Delhi-bound express ploughed into the back of another passenger train near the Taj Mahal town of Agra.


The railway system — the main form of long-distance travel in India despite fierce competition from private airlines — runs 14,000 passenger and freight trains a day, carrying 18.5 million people.

Past accidents have left hundreds dead.

In 2002, 100 were killed and 150 hurt when a carriage plunged into a river in the northeastern state of Bihar, while in 1995 more than 300 died in a collision near Ferozabad, near Agra.

Source: SGGP

Over 30 Australian schools to exhibit in Vietnam

In Uncategorized on May 8, 2010 at 4:45 pm




Over 30 Australian schools to exhibit in Vietnam


QĐND – Saturday, May 08, 2010, 22:30 (GMT+7)

The Australian Schools Open Day 2010, an annual exhibition organized by the Australian Government, is returning to Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.


The exhibition will be held in HCM City on May 15 at the Legend Hotel Saigon, and Hanoi the next day at the Melia Hanoi Hotel.


The Australian Consulate General in the city said representatives from more than 30 Australian high schools will be participating in the exhibition, providing information about their education programs, curriculum and education pathways, as well as practical advice about the benefits of living and studying in Australia.


Australian Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner, Mr. Tony Burchill, underlined the importance of the exhibition in promoting Australian schools to Vietnam.


“Australia is a popular destination for Vietnamese students who value its world class education system, reputable institutions and excellent studying and living environment. Strong growth continues across all levels of education with almost 24,000 enrolments in Australia in 2009 and a 20 per cent growth in secondary education enrolments between 2008 and 2009”.


“The Australian Schools Open Day is a key event for raising awareness of the Australian school system in Vietnam.”


He added, “It enables students and their families to meet and talk directly with representatives from a wide range of institutions to gain an understanding of the programs that are available and the studying and living environments they offer, factors that are critical to the decisions that families make about their children’s future education.”


Source: SGGP


Source: QDND

Over 30 Australian schools to exhibit in Vietnam

In Uncategorized on May 8, 2010 at 12:40 pm

The Australian Schools Open Day 2010, an annual exhibition organized by the Australian Government, is returning to Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.


The exhibition will be held in HCM City on May 15 at the Legend Hotel Saigon, and Hanoi the next day at the Melia Hanoi Hotel.


The Australian Consulate General in the city said representatives from more than 30 Australian high schools will be participating in the exhibition, providing information about their education programs, curriculum and education pathways, as well as practical advice about the benefits of living and studying in Australia.


Australian Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner, Mr. Tony Burchill, underlined the importance of the exhibition in promoting Australian schools to Vietnam.


“Australia is a popular destination for Vietnamese students who value its world class education system, reputable institutions and excellent studying and living environment. Strong growth continues across all levels of education with almost 24,000 enrolments in Australia in 2009 and a 20 per cent growth in secondary education enrolments between 2008 and 2009”.


“The Australian Schools Open Day is a key event for raising awareness of the Australian school system in Vietnam.”


He added, “It enables students and their families to meet and talk directly with representatives from a wide range of institutions to gain an understanding of the programs that are available and the studying and living environments they offer, factors that are critical to the decisions that families make about their children’s future education.”

Source: SGGP

Venezuela annual inflation rate hits 30 percent

In Uncategorized on May 8, 2010 at 8:38 am

 Venezuela‘s annual inflation rate has surpassed 30 percent after consumer prices surged in April.


The Central Bank and National Statistics Institute on Friday reported a 5.2 percent increase in consumer prices during April, driving up the annual rate to 30.4 percent.


President Hugo Chavez’s government has been struggling against the highest inflation rate in Latin America and a weakening economy in general.

In this May 5, 2010 photo, a butcher reads a newspaper behind a display counter in Caracas. At least 40 butchers were detained last week on charges of speculation for allegedly driving up their prices. If convicted, they could face two to six years in prison

Prices increased 11.3 percent from January to April, up from 6.7 percent inflation in the same 2009 period.


Venezuela’s economy shrank by 3.3 percent last year amid a downturn in its all-important oil industry. It’s the nation’s first recession since 2003.


The country imports most of its food, and Chavez on Friday announced the government will create an import-export corporation aiming to break with the private sector‘s “hegemony.” It wasn’t immediately clear how the new state entity would operate.


Chavez said wealthy Venezuelans involved in the import business “buy abroad, come here and ask for more than it really costs.”

Source: SGGP