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50 schools in Quang Binh remain closed due to floods

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 6:28 pm

50 schools in Quang Binh remain closed due to floods

QĐND – Thursday, October 14, 2010, 21:19 (GMT+7)

100,000 pupils in Quang Binh went to school after the province was severely hit by flood while 14,000 others, mostly at 50 kindergartens and primary schools, cannot do so as their schools were severely damaged.

According to Quang Binh Department for Education and Training, the recent flood submerged 500 schools, leading to the deaths of five children while many others were injured.

Since October 8th, when the flood water-level receded, many schools have been cleaned by volunteer youths. Quang Binh Youth Union mobilised 4,500 members to clean and repair chairs and tables in 500 schools throughout the province.

However, 50 schools in the province remain closed and 14,000 pupils cannot go to schools as the infrastructure of their schools was seriously damaged and they themselves lost many of their studying materials.

Source: Lao Dong

Translated by Ngoc Hung

Source: QDND

Vietnam’s leading tour operator offers 50 tours on National Day

In Uncategorized on August 12, 2010 at 7:25 pm

Vietnam’s leading tour operator offers 50 tours on National Day

QĐND – Thursday, August 12, 2010, 20:32 (GMT+7)

Saigontourist Travel Service has introduced more than 50 inbound and outbound tours nationwide on the occasion of the National Day (September 2).

The company’s tour price has not increased compared to normal days although the number of tourists registering for these tours has risen remarkably and is expected to increase by 15 percent against the same period last year.

Pham Duc Hoa, deputy head of the domestic tourism department under Saigontourist said that the company will offer 35 inbound tours including 12 special tours departing from August 30 to September 2.

According to preliminary statistics, domestic visitors have chosen two to three day tours while most overseas Vietnamese selected five to six day tours.

Ms Pham Thu, head of the overseas tourism department, added that so far more than 800 tourists have booked tours to Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Hongkong (China) and Cambodia.

This summer, Saigontourist has provided tours to more than 98,500 visitors, up over 30 percent against last summer’s figure. The top destinations are Nha Trang, Da Lat, Phan Thiet, Da Nang-Hoi An-Hue, China, Malaysia, Singapore, and Hongkong (China).

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Russian wildfires death toll reaches 50

In Uncategorized on August 5, 2010 at 7:20 am

Russian officials say they have recovered a body from a provincial village gutted by wildfires, while another victim has died in the hospital, taking the death toll from hundreds of blazes nationwide to at least 50.

Local residents cover their faces with cloth, with a heavy smog shrouding the forest, outside the town of Elektrogorsk, some 60 km (37 miles) east of the capital Moscow, August 3, 2010

The Emergencies Ministry said in a statement Thursday that almost 600 separate fires were still raging, mostly in Russia’s European territory, to the west.

A thick smog that had blanketed Moscow partially lifted early Thursday but could return, officials warned.

Russia is suffering through its worst heat wave on record, pushing forest and peat fires across its central and western regions. Temperatures for weeks have soared as high as 38 Celsius (100 Fahrenheit) in Moscow, where the average summer temperature usually is around 23 Celsius (75 Fahrenheit).

Source: SGGP

Vietcombank to donate $50,000 more to SGGP charity program

In Uncategorized on July 29, 2010 at 11:18 am

Vietcombank has recently decided to contribute 20 more houses of gratitude and 200 additional scholarships, a total of VND1 billion (US$50,000), as part of stage 1 of Sai Gon Giai Phong’s charity program, Nghia Tinh Truong Son (Sentimental Attachment for Truong Son Road).

Logo of program Nghia Tinh Truong Son

20 houses, worth VND30 million (US$1,500) each and 200 scholarships, worth VND2 million (US$100) each will be offered to war invalids and martyrs’ families and students, who live in Ho Chi Minh City, Quang Ngai and Long An provinces.

Earlier, Vietcombank agreed to fund 600 houses of gratitude and 1,000 scholarships, worth total of VND20 billion ($1 million), to war invalids and martyrs’ families and local students, who live along Truong Son Road, which goes through 12 provinces such as Nghe An, Ha Tinh and Quang Binh.

Vietcombank also is funding the construction of two temples to commemorate the martyr Truong Son, at a cost VND20 billion ($1 million).

Vietcombank’s branches at twelve provinces along Truong Son Road disbursed money for building houses and grating scholarships since July 15-27.

SGGP and Vietcombank will complete stage one of the program by August 15.

SGGP has also prepared a gala night to launch stage 2 of the program, which is expected get underway in December.

Source: SGGP

50 dead in India train crash

In Uncategorized on July 20, 2010 at 11:26 am

KOLKATA, India, July 19, 2010 (AFP) – A speeding express rammed into the back of another passenger train in eastern India early Monday morning, killing more than 50 people and trapping others in the wreckage, officials said.

The express hit the other train as it stood at a station in Birbhum district, around 200 kilometers (125 miles) north of Kolkata, the state capital of West Bengal.

In an image grab taken from Aaj Tak television Indian bystanders and rescue officials crowd the scene of a train accident at Saithiya, some 250kms north of Kolkata on July 19, 2010. AFP

The force of the impact lifted one of the stationary train’s rear carriages off the tracks and left it lodged at an angle over a passenger bridge at the station.

Bodies and badly injured travellers were being pulled from the crumpled mass of steel by emergency services and members of a huge crowd of onlookers which had gathered around the site of the accident.

“The death toll has crossed 50. We are still struggling to pull out some bodies from the coach,” senior police officer Humayun Kabir told AFP by telephone from the scene.

There was no immediate report of what may have caused the accident.

Most of the dead were in the rear “unreserved” carriages, which are usually tightly packed.

“The people who have lost their lives were travelling in unreserved coaches. We do not have their names and any vital information about them to inform their relatives,” Sunil Banerjee, a local rail traffic manager told AFP.

“Relief trains have been rushed from Kolkata,” he said.

Railways Minister Mamata Banerjee and other senior officials were also on their way to the site.

The accident came less than two months after a train collision blamed on Maoist saboteurs killed nearly 150 people in West Bengal.

In that incident, a Mumbai-bound high-speed passenger express from Kolkata veered off the tracks into the path of an oncoming freight train. Police officials said a section of the track had been removed.

The state-run railway system — still the main form of long-distance travel in India despite fierce competition from new private airlines — carries 18.5 million people daily.

There are 300 accidents on the railways every year, and past crashes 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, close to the Taj Mahal city of Agra.

The worst accident on record dates back to 1981 when a train plunged off the track into a river in eastern Bihar state, killing 800 people.

Source: SGGP

50,000 maps of Hanoi to be presented to students

In Uncategorized on June 26, 2010 at 4:44 pm

50,000 maps of Hanoi to be presented to students

QĐND – Saturday, June 26, 2010, 21:17 (GMT+7)

From June 23rd to July 10th, the Student Art and Literature Center, under the Vietnam Students’ Association, and the PICO Plaza electronic chain will present 50,000 Hanoi maps to students taking university entrance exams this year.

As the students arrive at the railway stations in Hanoi, Gia Lam, Long Bien, Giap Bat, or at bus stations in My Dinh, Luong Yen, Nuoc Ngam, Ha Dong, Hanoi, Giap Bat and Gia Lam, each student will receive Hanoi maps from student volunteers.

Reportedly, PICO Plaza will work with the Ministry of Education and Training and the Central Vietnamese Students’ Association on a ceremony, at a cost of VND 400 million, in September to honor the first laureates of the university entrance exams.

Moreover, PICO Plaza will offer discount programs to students between August to October.

Source: DDDN

Translated by Mai Huong

Source: QDND

Vietnam welcomes 50% increase in tourists

In Uncategorized on June 1, 2010 at 3:51 pm

Vietnam welcomes 50% increase in tourists

QĐND – Tuesday, June 01, 2010, 22:11 (GMT+7)

Vietnam welcomed nearly 440,000 foreign arrivals in May, an increase of more than 50 per cent compared to the same period last year, according to the Ministry of Planning and Investment.

Most of the tourists were from mainland China, Australia, South Korea, Thailand, Taiwan (China), France, Malaysia and the US. The number of Chinese tourists surged remarkably, up by 111 per cent compared to last May.

Ministry statistics revealed that about 2.2 million foreign arrivals passed through the country’s borders in the past five months, representing a 37 per cent increase over the same period last year. HCM City was the most popular destination, with 1.3 million arrivals, accounting for more than 50 per cent of all foreign tourists across the country.

Experts said the increase could be attributed to efforts by the national tourism sector to organise various programmes and take full advantage of large cultural events, including the 35th anniversary of the Liberation of South Vietnam and the national reunification, the 120th birthday of President Ho Chi Minh and the Sen (Lotus) Village Festival. Viet Nam Ethnic Culture Week in northern Thai Nguyen Province and the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Ha Noi are also considered big tourist draws.

A large number of domestic travellers were also reported during the long Reunification Day (April 30) and May Day holiday.

Many tour agencies and companies are offering tourists stimulus package programmes. Central Khanh Hoa Province will launch a programme to reduce the cost of entertainment services and air tickets by 30-50 per cent, and central Da Nang City will offer a 5-25 per cent price reduction programme in August and September.

More tourist arrivals

Vietnam’s tourism industry hopes to attract 1 million Chinese visitors this year, officials have said.

In the first quarter of the year, Chinese tourists to Vietnam increased 215 per cent year-on-year, according to Nguyen Anh Tuan, deputy director of the Department of Travel Agents under the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism.

He said the national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines launched direct air routes from Hanoi and HCM City to Shanghai.

“The last two programmes promoted in Shanghai and the two eastern coastal provinces of Zhejiang and Jiangsu can be considered to be successful with the attendance of representatives from around 100 Chinese tourist companies. They were interested in Vietnam sea travel,” Tuan said.

After the first tourism promotion programme held in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Sichuan last year, 100 travel companies have carried out surveys in Vietnam with the aim to create new tours.

“The Tourism Bureau of Sichuan, the province with more than 100 million people, along with a group of enterprises and media, surveyed Vietnam last March. They want to open a direct air link with at least charter flights from Sichuan to Vietnam,” Tuan said.

Source: VietNamNet Bridge

Source: QDND

50 percent of Vietnamese men are smokers

In Uncategorized on May 29, 2010 at 5:16 pm

50 percent of Vietnamese men are smokers

QĐND – Saturday, May 29, 2010, 20:50 (GMT+7)

A meeting was held in Hanoi on May 29 by the University of Public Health in coordination with the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Vietnam to launch National No-Smoking Week.

More than 500 students attended the event, which was held in response to the 2010 “World No Tobacco Day”, with the aim of telling young Vietnamese people not to smoke.

This year’s “World No Tobacco Day” theme is “Gender and Tobacco” with an emphasis on marketing to women.

Vietnam is one of the countries with a high rate of male smokers (about 50 percent), therefore, it is essential to raise public awareness of the dangerous health effects of passive smoking on women.

Contest on eloquence in Vietnamese and Lao languages held in Vientiane

The National University of Laos has organised the final round of a contest on eloquence in the Vietnamese and Lao language in Vientiane on May 28.

The event is part of the lead-up to the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi and Vientiane’s 450th anniversary.

The 17 candidates who have made it to the final have already treated audiences to new experiences and ideas on language and thought in the two countries through demonstrations that have been both impressive and profound.

With four first prizes and other awards, the contest helps increase awareness among young people of both Vietnam and Laos on the friendship between the two countries.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Five-star hotels offer 50% discount in Nha Trang

In Uncategorized on May 25, 2010 at 5:30 pm

Hanoi to shut off 50 percent of street lamps

In Uncategorized on April 5, 2010 at 3:43 pm

Hanoi to shut off 50 percent of street lamps

QĐND – Monday, April 05, 2010, 21:50 (GMT+7)

Hanoi will shut off half of the city’s street lamps between April and June to conserve power heading into the summer months of peak consumption, the Hanoi Power Co announced on April 3.

Billboard owners and operators will also be required to reduce power consumption and turn off power after 10pm, the company said. Major power users would also be required to adjust production schedules to reduce demand duding peak hours.

A representative of the company said that water levels in major reservoirs continue to decrease threatening shortages of hydroelectric power later in the summer.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND