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Cultural activities to celebrate the Christmas Seasons

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:54 am

Many of the city’s entertainment venues are busy these days, offering exciting activities and entertainment programs for locals and tourists centered on the Christmas and New Year’s celebrations.

A play is performed by the Ho Chi Minh City Drama Theater.

Dam Sen Cultural Park hopes to lure visitors with its musical performances, comedies and puppetries during this Christmas holiday. The highlight of this period will be a concert entitled “Gala Xmas 2010” featuring the famous pop star Dam Vinh Hung, bringing some Christmas joy to music lovers.


In addition, a special art performance themed “Colors of the winter” will be held at the Ho Chi Minh City Labor Culture Palace on December 25.

Additionally, The Idecaf Theater will present a children’s dance and music performance entitled “Fairy stories”. It is the drama of the adventures of the Monkey God in the classic Chinese novel “The journey to the West”. It is at the Ben Thanh Theater from December 17 to January 2.


Another play to be performed will be held at the Ho Chi Minh City Drama Theater. It will be on the relationship between family members and the issues it can entail. These are some of the choices this Christmas season.

Source: SGGP

Hanoi’s 1,000 year anniversary opens with wide rage of activities

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:49 pm


The ten-day cerebration for Hanoi’s 1,000 year anniversary kicked off in the morning on October 1, putting the capital and its visitors in a festive mood with a wide range of activities.

UNESCO General Director Irina Bokova (L) handed over a certificate recognising Hanoi’s Thang Long Citadel as a World Cultural Heritage Site to Chairman of Hanoi People’s Commitee Nguyen The Thao on October 1. (Photo:SGGP)


Top Vietnamese leaders and many distinguished international guests attended the opening ceremony on the side of Hoan Kiem Lake in the capital’s centre.


National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Phu Trong lit the torch as a symbolic curtain-raising for the celebration.


Speaking at the ceremony, Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee Pham Quang Nghi expressed Vietnam people’ and overseas Vietnamese’s gratitude towards their forefathers who made great sacrifices to protect and build a beautiful and culturally rich Hanoi.


UNESCO General Director Irina Bokova handed over a certificate recognising Hanoi’s Thang Long Citadel as a World Cultural Heritage Site to Hanoi’s leaders.


Ms Bokova said she is honoured to be wearing the Vietnamese traditional dress, the ao dai, to attend the millennium anniversary.


After the opening ceremony, many festival activities were immediately started in many areas and stages around Hoan Kiem Lake.


In the first day of the anniversary, thousands of people flocked to Hoan Kiem Lake to find it transformed into a bustling party of artistic activities, complete with a fireworks display, decorative lights, a magnificent ao dai (traditional Vietnamese dress) performance, music and a truly festive atmosphere.

On the first night of Hanoi’s 10 day celebration of its 1,000 year anniversary, 100 models perform in the Ao Dai Festival by Hoan Kiem Lake in the city centre. (Photo:SGGP)


Five stages representing five gates of the ancient Thang Long citadel greeted guests that flocked to the festival to enjoy two hours of traditional and modern performances.


Different themes were featured covering the citadel in feudal times, French occupation, revolutionary wars and modern day Ha Noi. Thousands of artists from troupes across the country joined in the performances.


A light show lasting 60 minutes kicked off celebrations with laser effects combined with fire crackers and 3D images projected on big screens.


Dinh Tien Hoang was transformed into a street from the bygone era with Hanoian calligraphers writing on red paper, tricycles and street vendors carrying flower baskets.
An ao dai performance followed the light show featuring 1,000 designs by leading designers including Ngan An and Duc Hung.


The whole show, which was broadcast live on Viet Nam Television’s VTV1, VTV4 and VTV5 and HCM City Television’s HTV1 and HTV9 and covered by CNN, CNBC, BBC, KBS and Bloomberg, concluded with a fire-works show.


Between October 1 and 10, as many as 245 shows by domestic troupes and 38 by international artists will take place throughout the capital.

Thousands of people flocked to Hoan Kiem Lake to to find it transformed into a bustling party of artistic activities, complete with a fireworks display, decorative lights, a magnificent ao dai performance, music and a truly festive atmosphere.

Models in ao dai (traditional Vietnamese dresses) during a fashion show on the The Huc Bridge at Hoan Kiem Lake last night. The event was part of festivities to celebrate 1,000 years since Ha Noi’s foundation.


 

Source: SGGP

Thaksin to increase activities ahead of Thai polls: party

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:28 pm

BANGKOK, Oct 14, 2010 (AFP) – Thailand’s fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra is preparing to step up his political activities from exile ahead of elections next year, his party said Thursday.


In a video link to a meeting of the opposition Puea Thai Party on Wednesday, the former billionaire telecoms tycoon offered his assistance in the poll battle, said spokesman Prompong Nopparit.


“He said he is ready to give advice about economic problems, advice to candidates during campaigns and advice about party policies,” Prompong said.


By law Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva must hold an election by the end of 2011.


Thaksin, who lives abroad to avoid a jail term for corruption, drew wide support from Thailand’s rural poor during office but was deposed by a military coup in 2006 and faces allegations of corruption and abuse of power.


He has been in self-imposed exile but still commands the loyalty of thousands of supporters, including many members of the “Red Shirt” opposition movement behind mass street protests in Bangkok in April and May.


Thai courts have issued a series of arrest warrants for Thaksin for charges including terrorism — an accusation linked to the violent street rallies. The authorities have accused him of bankrolling the protests and inciting unrest.


Thaksin has said the terrorism charges are “politically motivated”.


In his push for a return to Thailand, he has regularly used video messages to encourage fans but his broadcasts diminished during the April-May protests, which left 91 people dead in clashes between troops and demonstrators.


Prompong said he expected Thaksin to address the party “only at appropriate times.”


“He hasn’t spoken much recently because he wants reconciliation. He does not want this government to be suspicious about him,” the spokesman said.

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Source: SGGP

Youth Union to diversify voluntary activities

In Uncategorized on August 16, 2010 at 7:21 pm




Youth Union to diversify voluntary activities


QĐND – Monday, August 16, 2010, 20:37 (GMT+7)


The Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union (HCMYU) Central Committee will diversify voluntary methods so as to make them suitable for each targeted group and focus on the combination of domestic and international voluntary activities.

This is one of the orientations that the HCMYU Central Committee has set for the coming time at a ceremony to mark the 10th anniversary of the voluntary youth movement held in HCM City on August 15.

Over the past ten years, young people nationwide have implemented 287 youth village projects with more than 1,000 young families being settled, over 11,000 bridges and nearly 2,000 km of rural roads being built and upgraded.

On the same day, the municipal HCMYU reviewed its summer voluntary campaigns in 2010, which took place from June 1 to August 15 in 322 wards and communes in Ho Chi Minh City, 11 Central Highlands and southeastern provinces and the two neighbouring countries of Laos and Cambodia .

More than 100,000 youths in the city set up 188 bookshelves with over 18,000 book titles and provided free check-ups and medicines for over 57,000 poor people as well as built 62 rural bridges worth 3.8 billion VND.

Through the summer voluntary campaigns, 58 youths have been admitted to the Communist Party of Vietnam.

During the fourth Festival of Volunteers 2010, the HCM City Youth Federation, the HCM City Students’ Association and the Youth newspaper jointly held a walk to raise funds for poor pupils. The walk, which drew the participation of more than 5,000 youths, collected over 3.2 billion VND.

Source: VNA
Photo: TT

Source: QDND

Meaningful activities launched for social beneficiaries

In Uncategorized on July 27, 2010 at 3:23 pm




Meaningful activities launched for social beneficiaries


QĐND – Tuesday, July 27, 2010, 20:59 (GMT+7)

PANO – On the occasion of the 63rd anniversary of the War Invalids and Martyrs’ Day (July 27th), various meaningful activities have been launched nationwide to support families of martyrs and wounded soldiers.


On July 26th, General Le Van Dung, Secretary of the Party Central Committee and Director of the Vietnam People’s Army General Political Department, visited and presented gifts to wounded and sick soldiers who are under treatment at the Military Hospital No110 in the northern province of Bac Ninh. The General praised efforts of staff of the hospital and the centre and wished wounded and sick soldiers a speedy recovery.


The Naval Service has presented 5 houses of gratitude to social beneficiaries, with officers and soldiers of the service also visiting and presenting gifts to wounded soldiers at three recuperation centers in Bac Giang, Bac Ninh and Ha Nam provinces.


Similarly, the Military Zone 3 has completed and presented 16 houses of gratitude to social beneficiaries in Hai Duong, Thai Binh and Ninh Binh provinces, while Military Zone also reburied 5 set of remains of martyrs who sacrificed their lives in Laos.


The High Command of Military Zone 4 has held a ceremony to rebury 427 sets of remains of Vietnamese martyrs from Cambodia at martyr cemeteries in Dong Thap and An Giang provinces.


On this occasion, all army units have launched various activities to help local social beneficiaries.


So far, unions and organisations nationwide have launched 32,516 programs and activities to support Vietnamese heroic mothers, wounded soldiers, families of martyrs and other social beneficiaries.


Translated by Duy Minh


Source: QDND

Youths launch activities to protect wild animals

In Uncategorized on July 26, 2010 at 3:18 pm




Youths launch activities to protect wild animals


QĐND – Monday, July 26, 2010, 21:39 (GMT+7)

Aware of endangered wildlife, several members of the Education for Nature Centre set up the Action for Wildlife Volunteers’ Club (AWVC).


The club aims at calling on people to join forces to protect wild animals and work with relevant agencies to prevent wild animal from being hunted and smuggled in Vietnam.


According to Nguyen Thanh Hung, head of the club, there are 600 member volunteers in the club, including mainly students and pupils who are interested in wild animal protection.


The members will watch companies with signs of wild animal smuggling, and report to relevant agencies if that is the case. In addition, they will also launch activities to raise awareness of the public on this issue.


 “If we don’t act early, the next generations will only see wildlife on films or posters” is the message of the club.


Source: Tuoi tre


Translated by Duy Minh


Source: QDND

More activities launched for social beneficiaries

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




More activities launched for social beneficiaries


QĐND – Monday, July 26, 2010, 21:39 (GMT+7)

PANO – On the 63rd Anniversary of the War Invalids and Martyrs’ Day (July 27th), the Military Hospital 5 under Military Zone 3’s Logistics Department worked with agencies in the northern province of Ninh Binh to provide free healthcare and medicines to 500 people and presented gifts, worth VND 40 million, to local social beneficiaries.


As part of a program of the Vietnam Association for the Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin, the Military Hospital 103 under the Military Medical Institute sent nearly 20 delegations of doctors to provide check-ups and treatment to AO victims in many provinces nationwide.


On July 25th, the Vietnam Bank for Industry and Trade (Vietinbank), in conjunction with agencies and organisations in the southern province of Tay Ninh held a ceremony to offer incense to martyrs who were buried at the local martyrs’ cemetery. On this occasion, the bank gave a budget to local authorities to revamp the cemetery.


A delegation from the Infantry Officer Training College No1 presented gifts to wounded and sick soldiers at a rehabilitation center in Duy Tien District, Ha Nam Province. They also provided free healthcare and medicines to 200 social beneficiaries in Son Tay and Thach That districts in Hanoi.


On July 25th, the construction of a gratitude house for a social-policy family in Duc Co District, Gia Lai Province, was started. The house is part of a program by the Saigon Liberation Newspaper to build 50 houses for social beneficiaries in the area.


Translated by Duy Minh


Source: QDND

More activities launched for martyrs and wounded soldiers

In Uncategorized on July 23, 2010 at 3:18 pm




More activities launched for martyrs and wounded soldiers


QĐND – Friday, July 23, 2010, 20:42 (GMT+7)

PANO – A delegation of officers and doctors from the Logistics Department under the Vietnam People’s Army Political General Department have visited and presented gifts to Vietnamese heroic mothers and social beneficiaries in Thang Binh District in Quang Nam Province on the occasion of the 63rd anniversary of War Invalids and Martyrs’ Day (July 27th).


Each gifts worth 1,800,000 VND was presented to Vietnamese heroic mothers and their families. In addition, military doctors of the delegation cooperated with local doctors to provide free check-ups and medicines to nearly 200 residents.


The Air Force and Air Defence Service sent groups to visit and present gifts to three recuperation centres for wounded and sick soldiers in Ninh Binh, Bac Ninh and Ha Nam Provinces. These groups also visited and gave gifts to Vietnamese heroic mothers and social beneficiaries in the areas.


On this occasion, the Service completed the construction of 2 houses and presented them to families of a martyr and a wounded soldier in Chiem Hoa District in Tuyen Quang Province.


Also, two houses of gratitude have been presented to families of two martyrs in Hai Phong City.  These houses were built by Company 789 of the General Staff and the Hai Phong City’s Military Command.


Translated by Duy Minh


Source: QDND

Various activities to be launched for AO victims

In Uncategorized on July 23, 2010 at 3:18 pm




Various activities to be launched for AO victims


QĐND – Friday, July 23, 2010, 20:42 (GMT+7)

PANO – Marking the Day for Agent Orange Victims (August 10th), the Vietnam Association for the Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin (VAVA) on July 22nd held a press conference to review its operations and launch a month of action to support AO victims.


The event aims to provide information on AO’s harmful effects on humans and the environment and the long-term consequences on Vietnamese people.


The VAVA President, Nguyen Van Rinh, reported that its branches nationwide have raised a large amount of money for the victims and the Association will carry out other programs such as building houses, presenting scholarships and creating jobs for AO victims.


The VAVA also called on people and organisations worldwide to support Vietnamese AO victims in the struggle for justice and to secure their legitimate rights.


The Association is planning to introduce a new care-taking model to health centers for AO victims.


Translated by Duy Minh


Source: QDND

Russian beauties travel to Vietnam for social activities and charity

In Uncategorized on June 4, 2010 at 10:18 am

Miss Russia 2010- Irina Antonenko and Evgenia Eusebia and Tamara Zhukova, two beauties who finished in the top 10 of the Miss Russia contest of 2010, arrived in Ho Chi Minh City for social activities and to do charity work.

              Miss Russia 2010- Irina Antonenko (R)

Miss Russia said that she was very excited to visit Vietnam, calling it a beautiful country, adding that the people are so friendly, self-confident and dynamic.

The model is eager to take part in a cookery course on June 4 together with Miss Vietnam 2006 Mai Phuong Thuy, models Ha Anh, Thuy Hanh and Xuan Lan, and singers Hien Thuc and Phuong Vy. She hopes to cook Vietnamese dishes for her relatives when she returns home.

“I have several close friends. I always think of my mother who I can share all my life problems with” said the young Russian lady.

I often relax by playing piano, she added.

Irina Antonenko said that English is her weak point. She is interested in learning English for this year’s Miss World competition, scheduled to take place in October.

The Russian beauties will visit various destinations within Ho Chi Minh City, as well as participate in a fashion photo-shoot and show on June 5.

They will leave the city for Hanoi on June 6 and fly to Singapore on June 7 for more social activities and charity work to benefit Asia.

Source: SGGP