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Sydney zoo celebrates birth of Asian elephant

In Uncategorized on November 3, 2010 at 6:12 am

Buddhist week celebrates Hanoi’s 1000th year

In Uncategorized on July 29, 2010 at 3:18 pm

Buddhist week celebrates Hanoi’s 1000th year

QĐND – Thursday, July 29, 2010, 20:39 (GMT+7)

A week of Buddhist celebrations to acknowledge the capital city’s millennial anniversary began at the Thang Long Citadel on July 28.

Most Venerable Thich Thien Nhon, Deputy Chairman and General Secretary of Vietnam’s Buddhist Sangha’s Executive Council, delivered the opening speech, confirming the role played by Vietnamese Buddhists in the country’s history of national construction and defense.

A ceremony to burn incense for King Ly Thai To, the founder of Hanoi, and Kings and monks through ages was also held.

Present at the opening ceremony were Most Venerable Thich Pho Tue, the Patriarch of the Sangha Council of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha, numerous Buddhist dignitaries and followers, as well as officials from the Foreign Ministry and city authorities.

On the occasion, the Central Committee of Vietnam’s Buddhist Sangha presented 25 charity houses to disadvantaged families and 500 scholarships to poor students in Hanoi.

The week, which lasts until August 2, includes a procession of tablets that belonged to King Ly Thai To and Van Hanh, a Buddhist monk who raised the King after his mother had died giving birth and Buddha’s sari from the Quan Su Pagoda, to the Thang Long Citadel.

A ceremony will also be held at the citadel on July 29 to pray for peace and the people as well as a requiem for fallen combatants on July 31.

An exhibition showcasing ancient Buddhist artifacts and works of art, a seminar on Buddhism and the capital city, a night festival with garlands of flowers and colored lanterns and a theatrical performance themed “Imprints of Thang Long” will also take place.

Source: VietnamPlus

Source: QDND

City bourse celebrates 10 years

In Uncategorized on July 21, 2010 at 3:17 pm

City bourse celebrates 10 years

QĐND – Wednesday, July 21, 2010, 20:58 (GMT+7)

The HCM Stock Exchange has received the Labour Order, First Class, for its contribution to the growth of not only the stock market but also the economy since its inception in July 2000.

Speaking at a function to mark the bourse’s 10th anniversary on July 20, its general director, Tran Dac Sinh, said the exchange’s most important achievement was setting up a market that has proved fair, transparent, and increasingly liquid.

More than 2,300 trading sessions have been held, with more than 1,000 trillion VND (55 billion USD) worth securities changing hands.

“We have … a combined market capitalisation of 570 trillion VND, up almost 380 times from the end of 2001,” Sinh said.

Since information is the key in the market, the exchange has been paying great attention to company disclosures, he said.

HOSE began online trading early last year, a big step from the early days when there were just three trading days a week.

It has helped firms raise almost 37 trillion VND either via public offerings or private placements, representing 6.4 percent of the current market cap.

HOSE has also done good work in terms of international co-operation and promotion of the Vietnamese stock market outside the country.

It has signed 20 memoranda of understanding with foreign stock exchanges and organisations. It is a member of the Asian and Oceanian Stock Exchanges Federation and a founding member of the ASEAN Stock Exchange CEO Forum.

Thirty listed companies won awards for best annual reports and received them at the function.

Selected from among a 540 companies that participated in the third Annual Report Award contest organised by the Dau Tu Chung Khoan newspaper and fund management company Dragon Capital, they include 24 listed in HCM City.

The HOSE-listed pharmaceutical company Duoc Hau Giang (listing code DHG) received the Special Award.

SSI, STB, PVD, TTF, and EIB in HCM City and ACB, SHB, and VCS in Hanoi won Most Excellent awards while the rest won Best awards.

SSI also won the prize for Most Impressive Report.

The awards were based on both report content and design.

Le Nhi Nang, HOSE’s deputy general director and head of the award committee, said the quality of reports has improved in terms of information, structure, and design compared to the last two years.

Nguyen Anh Tuan, Dau Tu Chung Khoan’s chief editor noted that businesses are becoming increasingly aware of the role of reports in marketing their image to investors, partners, and the public.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Hanoi celebrates ‘Language Jeweler’ Nguyen Tuan’s 100th b-day

In Uncategorized on July 6, 2010 at 12:15 pm

A ceremony marking the 100th birthday of famous wordsmith Nguyen Tuan (July 10, 1910), one of Vietnamese contemporary literature’s leading authors, was held at the Hanoi Opera House on July 5.

Writer Nguyen Tuan (C), famous painter Bui Xuan Phai (L) and musician Van Cao who wrote the Vietnamese national anthem,

The Hanoi-born writer is known as one of Vietnam’s most influential voices of the century.

Not only a man of letters, Tuan was also a soldier, and he depicted Vietnam’s harrowing military struggles in a unique and idiosyncratic way that generations have been able to relate to.

His deep love for the country and his people came across in all his essays and reportage.

But Tuan’s 1960 collection of essays Song Da (Da River), a romantic portrait of forests and mountains of Northwest, is possibly his most well-known work.

He originally broke out onto the capital’s thriving arts scene in 1932 with Choi thanh Co Loa (Visiting Co Loa citadel).

Then came Vang Bong Mot Thoi (Echo and Shadow Upon a Time), reportage about beauty of the past, history old traditions, and old lifestyles that he collected on his travels across the country.

Ha Noi ta đanh My gioi (We Hanoi Fight America Well) is an epic work honoring the capital’s thousand- year-old culture.

Mot chuyen di (A Trip), Chua Dan (Dan Pagoda) are also two of his most notable works.

He was known primarily as an essayist and literary journalist, implementing a creative freestyle prose with a tone easily distinguished from other authors. His characters were known for their conviction and emotion.

Tuan’s wide and colorful vocabulary attracted readers from all walks of life, and academics have long praised his character studies and his formulation of new words bearing his own personal hallmark.

They called his writings “vocabulary parties” and a group of editors are planning to publish a dictionary of “Nguyen Tuan Language.”

Having done more to change the modern Vietnamese written word than any other writer, Nguyen Tuan was called honorary names likely “Master of Prose”, “the National Language Talent,” “the Language Jeweler” and “The Skillful Pen.”

After the August Revolution in 1945, Nguyen Tuan joined the Communist party and kept working as a writer. From 1948-1958, he served as Chief Secretary of Vietnamese Art & Literature Association.

He was awarded the Ho Chi Minh Award for Arts and Literature in 1966.

Nguyen Tuan died in Hanoi in 1987, leaving his readers a collection of creative and artistic works, especially his writings on Hanoi.

Source: SGGP

News exhibition celebrates Press Day

In Uncategorized on June 18, 2010 at 4:26 pm

News exhibition celebrates Press Day

QĐND – Friday, June 18, 2010, 20:47 (GMT+7)

Old editions of newspapers are currently being displayed at an exhibition in Hanoi to mark the 85th anniversary of Vietnam’s Revolutionary Press Day (June 21).

The exhibit offers visitors with a chance to view the early editions of Vietnam’s first publications.

The event, which is being hosted by, features more than 100 newspapers and magazines that were published between 1865 and 1954.

According to a member of the event’s organisation board, Le Tuan Anh, the display showcases only the first period of the development of the Vietnamese press, which was dominated primarily by the publication of revolutionary periodicals.

The first national Vietnamese-language newspaper, Gia Dinh, which was released on April 15, 1865 in Sai Gon, is being showcased at the event.

A copy of the first northern newspaper, Dai Nam Dang Co Nhat Bao, is also on display. Released in 1907, the bilingual publication was printed in Vietnamese and Han Chinese characters.

The exhibit also feature a historic copy of the French paper, Le Paria (Pariah), which was founded by a group of patriots that included Nguyen Ai Quoc (President Ho Chi Minh). The Paris-based newspaper, which focused on issues and conflicts in France ‘s colonies, was first printed on April 1, 1922.

“Almost all of the samples on display at the event were collected by employees from,” Tuan said.

A lecture about the contribution of the newspapers during the exhibit’s respective historical period was delivered on June 15. Several scholars and veteran journalists contributed to the discussion.

The display is being held at the Hanoi Library at 47 Ba Trieu street and is open to the public until June 20.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Country celebrates Vietnam’s father of photography

In Uncategorized on June 1, 2010 at 7:48 am

Four famous photographers listed in the Vietnamese encyclopedia were Dang Huy Tru, Khanh Ky, Vo An Ninh and Dinh Dang Dinh. Among them, Dang Huy Tru was the first person brought the photography to the country. Khanh Ky developed the art form within Vietnam.

The late President Ho Chi Minh (L) visits the artist’s grave in Paris.

Khanh Ky, whose real name is Nguyen Dinh Khanh, was born in 1874 in the Lai Xa village of the Kim Chung Commune in the Hoa Duc District of the province of Ha Tay (the province was merged into Hanoi in 2008).

The photographer instructed people in the village on his craft, effectively making it a “photography village,” by the end of the 19th century, which developed brilliantly during the first half of the 20th century.

He opened the Khanh Ky lab in Hanoi in 1892 and followed that by opening more than 150 labs throughout the country utilized by more than 2,000 photographers. 35 of the labs were located in Hanoi, more than 35 others were installed in Saigon (former name of Ho Chi Minh City before 1975) and provinces in the South.

Khanh Ky is now worshipped as Vietnam’s father of photography by the inhabitants of his native Lai Xa Village. Photographers from the village now work all over the world in locations such as Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, China and even Europe.

The small community located on the road that links Hanoi to Ha Tay was recognized as Vietnam’s “photography village” by the government.

Lai Xa is also home of well known people: professor Nguyen Van Huyen, the late Minister of Education and Training; scientist and Ph.D in physics Nguyen Quang Rieu; professor Nguyen Quang Quyen, deputy principal of HCM City University of Medicine; professor and Ph.D in physics Nguyen Quy Dao; People’s Artists Bach Diep and Phi Tien Son as well as others.

The names of Lai Xa’s photography studios usually employ either the words “Ky” or “Lai” such as An Ky, Thinh Ky, Thien Ky, Phuc Lai, Kim Lai, My Lai, in homage to their founding father.

Khanh Ky travelled to France and opened a photo lab in Paris between 1916-1917. The photographer and his friends included patriot Phan Chu Trinh, who gave a financial aid to the late President Ho Chi Minh who was carrying out revolutionary activities in Paris from 1917-1923.

The photographer also instructed Uncle Ho how to take photographs that could earn him money to cover living expenses.

The Vietnam’s father of photography passed away on May 31, 1946 in Paris. The late President paid tribute to the artist at his gravesite, during in the late leader’s Parisian visits.

Lai Xa photography village and Vietnam Photographers Association together with artists throughout the country will gather in Lai Xai to celebrate the 64th Ancestor’s Death Anniversary on 20th of April of the lunar calendar (June 2nd).

Source: SGGP

Gala celebrates first Congress for Ethnic Minority groups

In Uncategorized on May 13, 2010 at 4:55 pm

Gala celebrates first Congress for Ethnic Minority groups

QĐND – Thursday, May 13, 2010, 22:46 (GMT+7)

A gala evening spotlighting the cultures of 54 ethnic minorities was held at the My Dinh National Convention Centre in Hanoi on May 12 to celebrate the first Congress of Ethnic Minority groups in the country.

Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung, Chairman of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee Huynh Dam and leaders of the Party and State attended the event and enjoyed the performance alongside 1702 representatives from the ethnic minority peoples. 

The programme was broadcast live on Vietnam Television.

The event also attracted 1,400 students from universities across the country. During the gala, dances, drums and ethnic minority wine-drinking ceremonies took place.

455 artistes from 30 provinces and cities nationwide recreated scenes of the peoples from mountainous areas and their traditions.

The gala evening underlined the national unity of Vietnam’s ethnic minority groups.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Thua Thien-Hue celebrates 35th liberation day

In Uncategorized on March 26, 2010 at 2:30 pm

Thua Thien-Hue celebrates 35th liberation day

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

The central province of Thua Thien-Hue organised a solemn meeting on March 26 to celebrate 35 years of its liberation.

Minister of National Defence Phung Quang Thanh, National Assembly Vice Chairman Uong Chu Luu, Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai, and the former Party General Secretary, Le Kha Phieu joined more than 10,000 local officials, soldiers and people at the event.

Addressing the ceremony, Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Ngoc Thien said Thua Thien-Hue was one of the South’s pioneers in the resistance war against US aggressors.

During the struggle for national independence and reunification, the province saw more than 18,000 combatants lay down their lives, 11,000 others suffer from injuries, over 6,000 officials and Party members imprisoned and tens of thousands of people killed, Thien said.

Thirty-five years after its liberation, Thua Thien-Hue has recorded rapid and comprehensive economic growth, he said, citing its budget collection of 2.7 trillion VND and per capita GDP of over 1,000 USD in 2009.

Thua Thien-Hue is now striving to become a centrally-run city within the next few years, the chairman stressed.

On behalf of Party and State leaders, Minister Thanh praised contributions made by Thua Thien-Hue’s Party organisation, soldiers and people in the anti-US resistance war.

The minister urged the province to uphold the tradition of solidarity to reap greater achievements in economy, security and national defence, making it an economic, cultural, educational and health centre of the whole country.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

City celebrates holidays with host of entertainment options

In Vietnam Culture on December 26, 2009 at 12:29 pm

Ho Chi Minh City’s theaters and entertainment venues have invested much time and energy this year to offer special activities for the festive season.

Ho Chi Minh City’s entertainment venues are decorated splendidly in these days.  (Photo: KK)

In addition to Phu Nhuan Theater and Hong Van Drama Theater, the Van Tuan Entertainment Company has just opened its new stage at Superpowl Supermarket in Tan Binh District. The venue will stage “Saigon’s Smile” directed by Doan Khoa on December 24, said Director of the company Meritorious Artist Hong Van.
Idecaf Theater, meanwhile, introduces a children’s play about the Sūn Wùkōng (Monkey King) from the classic Chinese novel Journey to the West by Wu Cheng’en at Ben Thanh Theater.

HCMC Drama Theater artists will be performing a comedy at Cong Nhan Theater, while comedian Minh Beo has also released a musical comedy on DVD with participation of several famous artists.

Movies have also been extremely popular during the holiday season.

Tickets for the 3D version of the sci-fi blockbuster “Avatar” have sold out in Hanoi and HCMC cinemas through January 2010. The picture is regarded as the most ambitious 3D film ever to appeal to a worldwide audience.

Actress Ngo Thanh Van and actor Johnny Tri Nguyen in the film Bay rong (Dragon trap)

Another foreign film directed by Dominic Sena, “Whiteout,” is screening at Galaxy cinemas.

HCMC’s Megastar cinema, meanwhile, will offer a free screening of the animated movie “Chipmunks 2” for 100 children from 8-12 years of age, accompanied by parents, on the morning of December 27 at Megastar Hung Vuong in District 5.

Vietnamese action film Bay rong (Dragon Trap) featuring actor Johnny Tri Nguyen and actress Ngo Thanh Van will also screen nationwide during the festive season.

HCMC’s Dam Sen Culture Park will host a masquerade for teenagers, and music and fashion show in celebration of Christmas. In addition, two plays, “Aladin and the Magic Lamp” and “The Little Mermaid,” will be performed by Idecaf Theater troupes in the park. Hundreds of families are expected to attend.

There is no admission charge for visitors who dress up as Santa Claus.

The Suoi Tien Tourist Area, situated 19km northeast of HCMC on Hanoi Highway, is decorated with millions of colorful lights and features a snow forest, magical castles, the Cave of Bethlehem, the holy city of Jerusalem, Saints, Santa Claus and angels.

A week-long children’s book exhibition featuring more than 2,000 titles is also being held from now until December 25 at Saigon Centre, 65 Le Loi Street in HCMC’s District 1; Sky Garden on HCMC’s Nguyen Van Linh Street in District 7; and Vincom Galleries in Hanoi’s Hai Ba Trung District. The event is organized by the Phuong Nam Cultural Joint Stock Corporation.

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Catholics Solidarity Committee celebrates Christmas

In Vietnam Society on December 20, 2009 at 4:35 am

The Vietnam Committee for Solidarity of Catholics (VCSC) held a solemn ceremony in Hanoi on December 18 to mark the upcoming Christmas.

Priest Nguyen Cong Danh, VCSC President cum Vice President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee (VFFCC), said that 2009 is the first year the VCSC has implemented the renewal resolution set out in the fifth Congress of representatives of Vietnamese Catholics.

Over the past year, Vietnamese Catholics have actively and effectively participated in the nation’s movements, especially charitable activities, he said.

The VCSC has been working hard to raise funds for disabled children to help them overcome difficulties in their lives, he added.

VFFCC Vice President Nguyen Trong Kim urged the VCSC to continue contributing to the country’s movements and mobilise Catholics nationwide to well implement the Party and State’s policies and action plans set by the 7th VFF Congress.

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