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50th NLF anniversary celebrated in HCM City

In Uncategorized on December 21, 2010 at 9:25 am

50th NLF anniversary celebrated in HCM City

QĐND – Monday, December 20, 2010, 21:49 (GMT+7)

The 50th anniversary of the National Liberation Front (NLF) of South Vietnam was celebrated in HCM City on December 20 by the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF)’s Central Committee and the HCM City’s administration.

The celebration was attended by politburo member and member of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee’s Secretariat, Truong Tan Sang, former Prime Minister Phan Van Khai, CPV Secretary and Head of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Mass Mobilisation, Ha Thi Khiet and President of the VFF’s Central Committee, Huynh Dam along with other Party and State leaders.

In his speech, Mr Dam recalled the establishment of the NLF, which marked a turning point in the southern revolution and was an indispensable part of the history and creativity of the Party and President Ho Chi Minh.

During the 15-year period from the NLF’s establishment to the 1975 Great Spring Victory, Vietnamese soldiers and people liberated all of south Vietnam for national unification, glorifying the national history, in which the NLF played a very important role.

The Vietnamese Party and State always praise the NLF’s significant contributions to national liberation, Mr Sang said.

He asked the VFF to uphold the NLF’s glorious tradition by diversifying activities, promoting patriotic emulation movements and encouraging all Vietnamese people to make more contributions to the cause of national construction and defence.

On the occasion, the Party and State presented the Order of Great Unity to 70 NLF former leaders and members of the Advisory Council of the provisional Revolutionary Government of the Republic of South Vietnam and the Alliance of National, Democratic and Peace Forces in recognition for their contributions to building the great national unity bloc, socialism and national defense.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

HCM City takes lead in e-commerce

In Uncategorized on December 17, 2010 at 2:28 pm

HCM City takes lead in e-commerce

QĐND – Friday, December 17, 2010, 20:56 (GMT+7)

An international seminar on e-commerce took place in Ho Chi Minh City on December 16, attracting the participation of businesses, executives and lecturers in the country and abroad.

At the seminar, the first of its kind in Vietnam jointly held by the Viet Trung Hoa Investment and Development Joint Stock Company and Vietnam E-commerce Development Centre, participants discussed how to promote made-in-Vietnam products on international markets through e-commerce, while working on business strategies in line with global development trends.

The participants engaged in an exchange with Vietnamese businesses who are pioneers in applying e-commerce to business and with foreign experts to update information about e-commerce across the world.

The seminar also included direct talks with disabled people who have actively contributed to the development of society in general and to Vietnam’s information technology in particular, such as Le Dan Bach Viet MA, a blind teacher from Nguyen Dinh Chieu school for visually-impaired children, and Huynh Thi Kim Cuc, an IT expert.

Tran Vinh Nhung, Deputy Director of the HCM City Department of Industry and Trade, said businesses in HCM City are taking the lead in applying e-commerce, engaging in e-commerce trading floors and offering a wide range of online services.

However, Nhung said, they are facing numerous obstacles while using e-commerce, particularly regarding security and electronic payment systems.

The seminar provided an opportunity for participants to make suggestions to the HCM City People’s Committee on a plan to develop e-commerce in the 2011-2015 period.

Source: VOVNews/VNA

Source: QDND

HCM City plans US$135 mln for pre-schools in 5 years

In Uncategorized on December 17, 2010 at 8:27 am

Ho Chi Minh City plans to set aside about VND2,700 billion (US$135 million) for developing its pre-school system between now and 2015.

Children in playing time at Anh Dao kindergarten.   (Photo: SGGP)

Under the plans, the city’s government will build 760 classrooms, and train thousands of teachers, both working and new ones.

The city will ensure that 100% of under-5 children to go to school with two class sessions a day by 2013.

Among them, the local authorities will allocate priority funds in the construction of six national standard kindergartens in rural areas including Ly Nhon Commune in Can Gio District, Nhon Duc in Nha Be, Tan Nhut in Binh Chanh, Xuan Thoi Thuong in Hoc Mon, Tan Thong Hoi and Thai My in Cu Chi; and other pre-schools in 12 wards in districts consisting of 4, 6, Phu Nhuan, Go Vap, Binh Tan, Tan Phu; and in industrial and export processing zones.

In addition, the city’s government also guides the Department of Education and Training to cooperate with the Labor Union in asking industrial and export processing zones to build kindergartens for workers’ children.

Source: SGGP

City to host international food festival

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:56 am

An international food festival featuring special dishes of more than 20 countries throughout the country will take place at the 23/9 (September 23) Park in Ho chi Minh City at the end of December, said the organizer,  Department of Culture, Sport and Tourism of the city.

Visitors will have a chance to taste hundreds of dishes of over 20 countries worldwide in the international food festival. (Photo: KK)

Highlights of the event will include a cooking contest, giving visitors a chance to taste special dishes; a display of Vietnamese and world dishes; a new record of a giant banh xeo (Vietnamese rice pancake); music shows; folk games and more.

The opening ceremony will open with a parade and be broadcast live on Ho Chi Minh City Television’s HTV9 channel on December 26.

The food festival will run until January 2.

Source: SGGP

Vietnam Airlines to link HCM City with Beijing

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:51 am

Vietnam Airlines will open a new air route between Ho Chi Minh City and Beijing, China, starting on December 16.

The national carrier said it would operate three flights a week on Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays using Airbus 321 aircraft.

Vietnam Airlines said that the two-way fare would be VND5.83 million (US$299) for booking between now and December 31. The fare can be changed depending on the exchange rate of Vietnam dong and US dollar, the corporation said.

Source: SGGP

Mexican border city hits 3,000 dead in drug war

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:45 am

This year’s death toll in drug-related violence in the border city of Ciudad Juarez, the hardest hit by Mexico’s drug war, rose to 3,000 Tuesday after two men were shot dead on a street, authorities said.

Ciudad Juarez has seen its homicide rate rise to one of the highest in the world after vicious turf battles broke out between gangs representing the Juarez and Sinaloa drug cartels in 2008.

That year, 1,623 people were killed in drug-related violence, and the toll increased to 2,763 deaths in 2009.

With prosecutors’ spokesman Arturo Sandoval announcing the latest grim milestone, a total of 7,386 people have died in the city of 1.3 million people across the border from El Paso, Texas, in three years. Most were members of rival drug gangs, but civilians, police and recovering drug addicts have also been targeted.

A federal police officer stands on a vehicle as he guards the area near a car where two people lie dead in the heavily guarded ‘safe’ zone, the PRONAF, in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Monday Dec. 13, 2010.

More than 28,000 people have died throughout Mexico in the four years since President Felipe Calderon launched an offensive against drug cartels when he took office in December 2006.

The U.S. Embassy touted Mexico’s increased cooperation in anti-drug efforts, noting in a statement that on Tuesday Mexico extradited 14 suspects wanted in the United States on drug, organized crime, money laundering, weapons and homicide charges.

The extraditions “represent another victory in our joint fight against organized crime,” the embassy said.

And touting Mexico’s own successes in the offensive, Calderon said Tuesday that a big party led to the demise of a drug cartel chief, who was killed in a shootout with federal police.

The La Familia gang invited hundreds of people to a party last week in the western city of Apatzingan and didn’t bother to keep it a secret, Calderon said in an interview with W Radio.

Federal police learned about it and the shootout broke out when they arrived to investigate, he said. The government says that La Familia leader Nazario Moreno, nicknamed “The Craziest One,” was killed in battles that lasted two days and spread to key parts of Michoacan state, with gunmen blockading roads with burning vehicles.

“What happened those days is that we gave La Familia cartel the biggest blow in its history,” Calderon said. “With a certain amount of insolence, they organized a party, a gathering of hundreds of their people. … Everyone found out about the party.”

The government says cartel gunmen fled with their dead during the shootouts, and Moreno’s body has not been recovered.

After Calderon spoke, the lower house of Mexico’s Congress voted 384-2, with 21 abstentions, to rescind the congressional immunity from prosecution of a fellow legislator accused of links to La Familia.

Congressman Cesar Godoy Toscano has denied the accusations, although tapes have surfaced in which he allegedly chats with a man identified as a leader of the cartel.

Godoy Toscano already faces federal charges for allegedly protecting La Familia, but congressmen in Mexico are given immunity from arrest while in office. Tuesday’s vote suspended him from Congress, but provided that he can return to office if he is acquitted or the charges are dropped.

While Godoy Toscano had filed an appeal against his arrest on the first set of charges, which is still working its way through the courts, the Attorney General’s Office said Tuesday it will file a second set of charges against him alleging money laundering.

A statement by the office did not give specifics of the new charges, or any indication of whether allegedly laundered money may have been used in Godoy Toscano’s election campaign.

The congressman was not present at the vote, and his whereabouts were unclear.

La Familia has been the most flamboyant of Mexico’s drug cartels. The gang claims it is trying to protect Michoacan — Calderon’s home state — from other cartels and common criminals, a message it touts in banners and even in occasional interviews with the news media.

The gang has not bothered to lower its profile since Moreno’s reported death. Sympathizers — some with small children — have marched repeatedly in Apatzingan and the state capital of Morelia, carrying signs supporting the capo and demanding the withdrawal of federal forces.

On Tuesday, the Interior Department issued a statement saying such demonstrations show only the cartels’ “incipient penetration of some local sectors, but not any social support for crime and its tactics.”

Later, in a rare joint statement, federal police, prosecutors, the army and navy urged all three levels of government — local, state and federal — and all three branches of government to work together against drug cartels.

The statement said La Familia members “are nothing more than criminals whose only intention is to terrorize and attack society.”

“Far from protecting Michoacan residents from crime, they deeply hurt them. They commit murders, extortion and kidnappings,” the statement added.

Moreno, 40, the dead drug lord, was considered the ideological leader of La Familia, setting a code of conduct for members that prohibits using hard drugs or dealing them within Mexican territory.

He reputedly handed out Bibles and money to the poor, and wrote a religiously tinged book of values for the cartel, sometimes known as “The Sayings of the Craziest One.”

The gang, specializing in methamphetamine, is also known as one of Mexico’s most vicious. La Familia emerged as an independent organization in 2006, announcing its split from the Gulf cartel when it rolled five severed heads into a nightclub in the city of Uruapan.

Soon afterward, Calderon deployed thousands of federal troops and soldiers into Michoacan, a crackdown he quickly extended to other cartel strongholds in northern and western Mexico. Several top drug lords have been brought down but gang violence has soared to unprecedented levels, claiming more than 28,000 lives in four years.

“I’m a Michoacano and the situation of the state hurts,” Calderon said. “We cannot allow the law of a cartel to rule a state.”

Also Tuesday, the Mexican navy reported it seized nine go-fast boats and a total of 15 metric tons (16.5 tons) of marijuana during two days of searches in the Gulf of California.

The navy said in a statement that patrol aircraft detected three suspicious boats near an island just off the coast of Baja California state on Dec. 11. The three boats were later found abandoned, with 512 packages of marijuana on board.

Two days later, a search by land, air and sea detected six other boats and six suspects in a nearby town. Those boats were carrying 1,058 packages of marijuana.

Source: SGGP

British Band to rock Ho Chi Minh City!

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:37 am

On December 9 and 11, Ho Chi Minh City will vibrate, pulsate and rock! ‘Goober Gun’, a British Rock n Roll band will rock the City to their beat and energy.

                                        The Gober Gun

Goober Gun is a three-man British Rock n Roll band with Tim Hardwick on drums and vocals, Jon Reynolds on the guitar and vocals and Ian Hardwick playing bass and vocals. 

Influenced by Def Leppard, Cheap Trick, The Wildhearts and Jimmy Eat World, Goober Gun have crafted their own authentic style of rock and combine it with a lyrical and musical depth that has won over audiences in the UK and around the world.

On December 9 the band is expected to create their musical magic at SuperSize SaiGon at Vasco 74/7D Hai Ba Trung Street in District 1.The show starts at 9pm. Entrance fee of 100, 000vnd includes a free drink.

On December 11 the band will play at LoretoFest International Music Festival at RMIT, 702 Nguyen Van Linh Parkway in District 7. The show starts at 2pm. Entrance tickets will be available for 500,000 to 650,000vnd.

The band has just completed a very successful performance at the Factory Bar, 11A Bao Khanh Street in Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi on December 4.

Source: SGGP

Int’l real estate expo opens in HCM City

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:34 am

Int’l real estate expo opens in HCM City

QĐND – Friday, December 10, 2010, 20:52 (GMT+7)

More than 50 international and Vietnamese market-leading groups and companies are showcasing their products at a Vietnam international real estate expo (Vietreal 2010) that opened in Ho Chi Minh City on Dec. 9.

On display at more than 300 booths are deluxe resort and tourism projects as well as projects calling for investment in the central coastal Da Nang city, the central provinces of Thua Thien-Hue and Ninh Thuan and the Central Highlands province of Dak Nong.

The four-day exhibition will also include a seminar on four topics: market, policy, opportunities and challenges to investors in the real estate sector.

The seminar will focus on a direct dialogue between the leaders of the Ministries of Construction and Finance and enterprises on how to create a strong jump for the real estate market and avoid risks from market price fluctuations.

General Secretary of the Vietnam National Real Estate Association (VNREA) Nguyen Van Minh said the exhibition was expected to help enterprises and customers gain useful and accurate information on Vietnam’s real estate projects and market.

VNREA will conduct the first-ever survey on accommodation demand in 2010 on this occasion, said Minh.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

City hosts Vietnam Jewelry Week 2010

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:32 am

The Viet Nam Jewelry Week 2010, which is featuring more than 150,000 new designs in gold, diamond, pearls and precious stone jewelry and watches from 12 countries is now being held at the Tan Binh Exhibition and Convention Center in Ho Chi Minh City. It runs until December 12.

Latest designs will be displayed at the Vietnam Jewelry Week 2010 in HCM City. (Photo: KK)

Latest jewelry collections of firms from France, Hong Kong (China), India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Turkey, Thailand, the US and Vietnam are also at this event. The event is a chance for local and international enterprises to seek suppliers and buyers.

Gold jewelries firms including Lac and Loto Preziosi from Italy and Cetas from Turkey so far have attracted many visitors.

Famous brand names such as Gold Treasure, Henry Jewellery, Legrand Jewellery, Nelson Jewellery, Pak Fook, Trendy Group of Hong Kong; Platim Jewellery and Taka Jewellery of Singapore are presented at the show.

Firms like Apple Green Diamond have brought a collection of diamonds and gemstones from Japan, Gemma International from Thailand and Kapu Gems from India.

Other events at this venue will be a seminar on which diamond or jewelry can be purchase, for your wedding, at the most affordable price. The event will be held at the Fortuna Hotel in Hanoi from December 16 to 19.

The VCCI Exhibition Service Co Ltd in collaboration with Hong Kong’s World Trade Fair organizes the event.


Source: SGGP

Exhibition on Hanoi, the city in art

In Uncategorized on November 27, 2010 at 11:50 am

A three-part exhibition entitled “Hanoi-The city in art” featuring paintings, etchings, engravings, photography, video works and installations is being held at the Goethe Institute in Hanoi from November 25 until December 30.

A painting by Bui Xuan Phai is on display

The first part focusing on nostalgia, utopianism, romanticism and idealization series shows a collection of works by artists such as Bui Xuan Phai, Nguyen Bao Toan, Vuong Thao, Brian Ring, Do Phan und Tran Nguyen Hieu who have a great love for the capital on November 25 to December 3.

A special jazz evening with Thärichens Tentet and Vietnamese jazz musicians was also held in the courtyard of the Goethe-Institute in the opening ceremony of the display.

The second part called “Hanoi: Dystopian, realistic, and in a state of change” will introduce works by Do Minh Tam, Vu Bich Thuy, Nguyen The Son, Vu Dan Tan und Nguyen Nhu Y among others from December 7 to 13.

In the last display titled “Hanoi Private/Public” of “The city in art” from December 16 to 30, the Hamburg photographer André Lütze will present his research work on the blurred border between private and public life in the Vietnamese capital.

The event aims to celebrate 35 years of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Germany

Source: SGGP