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Watercolor painting exhibition to be held to support poor people

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

An exhibition displaying nearly 50 pictures by Truong Han Minh, who is master traditional Chinese watercolor paintings in Vietnam, will be held at the Equatorial Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City from January 14 to 18.

Painter Truong Han Minh and his giant watercolor painting.

The show entitled ‘Painter Truong Han Minh – 60 years of Passion in watercolor painting’ aims to celebrate the artist’s career and launch the website www.truonghanminh.com.


The sale of some of his paintings will be donated to support the poor people of Ho Chi Minh City.

An auction of some of his works last year raised over VND2 billion (US$100,000) and this money helped many disabled children in Vietnam.


Truong Han Minh was born in 1951 in Cho Lon, HCM city. He original came from Guan Dong, in China. He has had a passion for painting since early childhood. Truong Han Minh is also Chairperson of the Chinese Fine Arts Association and a member of Vietnamese Fine Arts Association. He has taught at many Art schools in the city.


His paintings have been displayed at the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum; Ho Chi Minh City Museum; Museum of the Nationalities in Vietnam; and in many other countries such as the U.S., France, Australia, Canada, Japan, China and Taiwan.


 

Source: SGGP

North Thien Cam tourist area to be constructed

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




North Thien Cam tourist area to be constructed


QĐND – Monday, January 10, 2011, 20:44 (GMT+7)

The Ha Tinh Provincial People’s Committee has allowed Thien Cam Development and Investment Joint-stock Company to build the North Thien Cam Tourist Area.


Under the project, a number of structures, including a trade area, coastal service and shopping site, art performance area, family hostels, hi-class villas, entertainment area, hotels and resorts, will be built at a cost of VND 11trillion, of which VND 289 billion will be for the first phase (2010-2013), while the remainder for the second phase that ends in 2017.


Construction of the North Thien Cam Tourist Area within the national standards requires land clearance and detailed planning to be promptly implemented.


Source: DDDN


Translated by Mai Huong


Source: QDND

Outstanding groups and individuals for AO victims to be honoured

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:05 am




Outstanding groups and individuals for AO victims to be honoured


QĐND – Tuesday, January 11, 2011, 21:36 (GMT+7)

PANO – 99 outstanding groups and individuals from movements and campaigns in support of more than 3 million Vietnamese Agent Orange (AO) victims will be honoured at the program, “Gratitude to Golden Hearts to AO Victims”, to be on air at 08.00pm, on January 24th, 2011, on Vietnam Television’s S9 studio.


Among the honoured selected by the Vietnam Association for Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin (VAVA) and its branches in cities and provinces nationwide, are General Vo Nguyen Giap and the late Professor Tran Van Giau.


Addressing a recent press conference in Hanoi, Senior – General Nguyen Van Rinh, Chairman of the VAVA, said the program will be a great encouragement to millions of AO victims and their families as well as organisations and individuals at home and abroad to continue their support to the victims.


According to Colonel Le Cuong, a member of the organizing board, it was not easy to select outstanding figures as thousands of local and foreign groups and individuals have been actively engaged in movements and campaigns supporting Vietnamese AO victims.


The program will be broadcast live on VTV and VTC channels, local TV channels of HCMC, Binh Duong, Dong Nai, Lam Dong and Lao Cai provinces. The event is jointly organised by the VAVA, the Southeast Asian Research Association of Vietnam (SEARAV), the People’s Police Newspaper, the ASEAN magazine, and the ASEAN C&C Company.


Duy Minh


Source: QDND

National gold exchange to be set up

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:25 am

Vietnam’s National Financial Supervisory Commission said it has asked the government to open an official gold exchange in 2011 to decrease the dependence of Vietnam’s economy on US dollars and restore order to the market of this precious metal.  Government officials will discuss a concrete plan for the setting up of the national exchange next week, said Le Xuan Nghia, vice chairperson of the commission.


 


He said in other countries, gold is kept in reserve centers, under the management of the central Bank. In Vietnam, the ratio of gold controlled by the ordinary people is very high. He added that the state bank should help to mobilize the capital in gold in the population, by acting as the largest controller of gold and the final buyer and seller in the gold market. “The establishment of the Gold Exchange will help investors trade in gold methodically under the risk control of the State. The exchange is also a place where managing agencies can supervise, regulate and intervene in the market,” said NFMC Vice Chairman Le Xuan Nghia.


 

Under the project, the State Bank of Vietnam will establish a joint stock company to monitor and manage the operation of the exchange and build a technical infrastructure system to manage gold trading activities. Investors will buy and sell gold under the form of certificates.  The exchange will operate like a stock exchange in both Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. Gold will be traded in the form of certificates.


 


The launch of the exchange will allow investors to invest in gold officially, and at the same time, help authorities manage the market, Nghia said. He also informed that the government should apply the mechanism of issuing bonds in gold, allowing commercial banks to carry out services of refunding and rediscounting gold. Besides, commercial banks can be permitted to reserve gold as a foreign currency.


 


Vietnam closed all 20 gold exchanges in the country from March. The central bank said the closure was necessary to eliminate risks posed to the national financial system. After the shutdown, however, some illegal trading floors for gold ‘popped up’. This was because many investors still wanted to trade gold using accounts despite the huge risks involved.


 


Many experts proposed that this project would help stabilize, manage and develop the gold market better, as well as promote the role of the capital source in economic development.


Before, the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV) proposes this project to the Prime Minister, a national gold exchange Department should be set up.  The Gold Exchange, which will be a state funded organization, will ensure the equity in the market and avoid any unnecessary price increases that may damage our economy, said Nguyen Manh, Head of BIDV’s Capital and Capital Business Department.


 


 

Source: SGGP

International seminar on amateur music to be held in city

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:19 am

An international seminar on don ca tai tu (southern amateur music) and its impromptu harmony will be held in Ho Chi Minh City on January 9-11, according to the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism.

A performance of don ca tai tu (Photo:KK)

The event is part of the project on southern music submitted to UNESCO for recognition as an intangible part of the Vietnamese cultural heritage.


Local traditional music researchers, administrators, musicians, don ca tai tu artisans, together with music experts from France, Germany, Cyprus, Malaysia, Japan, Korea and Singapore will join the seminar.


The Ministry, the Vietnam Music Institute and Ho Chi Minh City Department of Culture, Sport and Tourism, have jointly organized the event.

Source: SGGP

Vietnam’s tourism to be promoted in Cambodia

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:16 am




Vietnam’s tourism to be promoted in Cambodia


QĐND – Thursday, January 06, 2011, 21:19 (GMT+7)

As part of activities and programs organised by the Vietnam Administration of Tourism to promote Vietnam’s tourism to the world, the agency will take part in the Travex (Travel Exchange) 2011 in Cambodia from January 18th to 22nd.


At the coming event, Vietnamese travel agencies will display images of traditional cultural identities, national traditional festivals, and famous architectures and heritages, such as those recognised by UNESCO, such as Ha Long Bay, Thang Long Citadel, Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, Hoi An Ancient Town, Central region’s Gongs.


In particular, big posters, featuring scenes of beaches, landscapes and tourist sites, will be introduced to promote Vietnam’s images of people and lands as well as tourist products to foreign visitors.


Source: HNM


Translated by Duy Minh


Source: QDND

One more environmental prize to be granted communities

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:15 am

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment on December 29 said that it will organize ‘Vietnam Environmental Protection Awards’ every two years, with three different kinds of awards for individuals, organizations and communities.

The Ministry held a closing ceremony, awarding environmental prizes in the period 2001-2010, and launched the Vietnam Environmental Awards for 2011 as well.


Over past ten years, 158 organizations and individuals have received environmental awards in five sectors, which include – education and training and environment communication; the reduction of environmental pollution, environmental restoration and improvement; application of information technology in environmental protection; state management on environmental protection; and finally, natural resources protection and conservation.


The number of individuals and organization registered for environmental protection awards is increasing every year.


From 2011, the sectors that will be chosen for awards will include – education and training and environment communication; application of information technology in environmental protection; reduction of environmental pollution, environmental restoration and improvement; preservation of diversified biology; and finally, coping with climate change and state management on environmental protection.

Source: SGGP

Apricot and peach blossoms to be transported by air

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:15 am




Apricot and peach blossoms to be transported by air


QĐND – Friday, January 07, 2011, 21:31 (GMT+7)

The national flag carrier, Vietnam Airlines, has launched a service to transport apricot and peach blossoms of passengers for Tet holidays.


Each passenger can only bring one bunch of apricot or peach blossoms, at a surcharge of between VND100,000 – 300,000 depending on different routes. This service should be booked beforehand otherwise they will be treated as part of the passenger’s luggage.


In addition, the air carrier also transports apricot, peach and kumquat trees for passengers as cargo.


The new service of transporting branches of apricot and peach blossoms will be available on domestic flights, using Boeing B777, Airbus A330, A321 and A320.


Source: HNM


Translated by Duy Minh


Source: QDND

Music performance, “Spring for needy Children”, to be held in Hanoi

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2010 at 4:22 am




Music performance, “Spring for needy Children”, to be held in Hanoi


QĐND – Wednesday, December 22, 2010, 20:34 (GMT+7)


 

The Vietnam Children Protection Fund, the Oxy Communications Joint-Stock Company and Vietnam Television, will hold a charity musical program for poor children entitled “The spring for needy children”, on Sunday evening at the Kim Ma Theatre, Hanoi.


Through the event, the Fund wants to call for more donations from individuals and organisations at home and abroad to support disadvantaged and needy children in Vietnam.


On this occasion, representatives of the Party and Government will grant 25 gifts to 25 poor and disadvantaged children in Hoa Binh, Bac Can and Quang Binh provinces. The Fund also receives VND 33 billion relief aid from 20 agencies, businesses and individuals at home and abroad.


Famous singers, Tung Duong, Khanh Linh, Minh Quan and Phuong Anh will entertain audience with many songs expressing their deep love and concern for disadvantaged children.


Source: CPV 


Translated by Van Hieu


Source: QDND

First Forestry Festival to be held in Vietnam

In Uncategorized on December 21, 2010 at 9:29 am




First Forestry Festival to be held in Vietnam


QĐND – Monday, December 20, 2010, 21:48 (GMT+7)

Vietnam’s first timber and forest product festival will be held in Quy Nhon City, Binh Dinh province from March 26-29.


So far 12 provinces and cities, 125 businesses planning 350 stalls, consulates and businesses from the Netherlands, the UK, France, Japan, China and Russia as well as other international organisations have all registered to take part in the event.


The information was released at a press briefing in Quy Nhon City on December 20 by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Ministry of Information and Communications, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Vietnam Timber and Forest Product Association, the Binh Dinh provincial People’s Committee and the Dat Vo Media and Advertising Company.  


During the festival, there will be a Vietnamese timber and forest product exhibition, a Vietnamese ornamental plant festival, two seminars on forestry, trade promotion activities, and a ceremony to honour outstanding people in the forestry sector and present forestry Guinness records. There will also be outdoor art performances, a cultural and cuisine festival, a drawing contest, a photo exhibition on forest protection, and a badminton tournament for timber and forest product businesses.


Vietnam earned US$310 million from timber exports in November 2010, up 29.56 percent against November 2009, and bringing the total export value in 11 months to more than US$3 billion.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND