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Hanoi hosts Congress of Uncle Ho’s Good Children

In Uncategorized on July 20, 2010 at 3:15 pm

Hanoi hosts Congress of Uncle Ho’s Good Children

QĐND – Monday, July 19, 2010, 20:40 (GMT+7)

Nearly 400 representatives from the Ho Chi Minh Young Pioneer Organisation gathered in Hanoi’s Cultural Friendship Palace on July 18 for the 7th National Congress of Uncle Ho’s Good Children.

Present at the opening ceremony were Nguyen Phu Trong, Chairman of the National Assembly, Ha Thi Khiet, Head of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Mass Mobilisation, and other Party and State leaders.

Addressing the Congress, NA Chairman Trong praised the achievements obtained by young people who are striving to follow Uncle Ho’s teachings.

Mr. Trong said hopes that they will study harder and become good citizens to contribute to the cause of national construction and defense aimed at making the country wealthier and stronger.

The NA Chairman also urged all Party and State agencies, organisations as well as teachers and parents to show a high sense of responsibility towards further protecting and educating the children, providing them with a better environment for entertainment and study, encouraging them to get involved in social activities and preventing child abuse. They should join efforts to build up the strength of the Ho Chi Minh Young Pioneer Organisation especially in remote and disadvantaged areas.

Nguyen Thi Kim Oanh, a Cadong ethnic minority pupil at Nguyen Du Secondary School in Bac Tra My District, Central Quang Nam Province, has been recognized as an excellent pupil  for seven successive years despite her disadvantaged circumstances. She said she felt excited and honoured to be one of the representatives to the Congress and she pledged to study better to deserve to be one of Uncle Ho’s Good Children, when visiting the late President’s Mausoleum.

Of the 400 representatives, 10 received badges and laurel wreaths from the NA Chairman and the Head of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Mass Mobilisation.

Source: VOV



Source: QDND

Congress of Uncle Ho’s ‘good grandchildren’ opens

In Uncategorized on May 18, 2010 at 1:02 am

Congress of Uncle Ho’s ‘good grandchildren’ opens

QĐND – Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 7:56 (GMT+7)

A total of 350 delegates representing more than 700,000 of the city’s children attended a congress of exemplary children, who are conferred the title ‘Uncle Ho’s good grandchildren’ in Hanoi on May 17.

The Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee and Head of the CPVCC’s Commission for Mass Mobilisation Ha Thi Khiet and leaders of the central agencies and sectors also attended the event.

The congress commended 120 children for their outstanding achievements in the emulation movement called “Thousands of good deeds for beloved Uncle Ho.”

During the congress, which takes place on the anniversary of President Ho Chi Minh’s 120 th birthday, incense will be offered at the Ly Thai To statue to commemorate the King who founded the capital city, Thang Long.

In response to the movement “Thousands of good deeds for beloved Uncle Ho”, over the past five years, the city’s children have amassed 20.8 million good academic marks, donated 107 tonnes of clothes, 1 million books, thousands of textbooks and raised more than 8 billion VND to help poor children nationwide.

More than 100 children of the city’s sons and daughters received top prizes at the National Young Information Technology Contest while 150 others received the title of city’s IT knight. Tens of thousands of the children’s paintings and letters have been submitted to other regional and international contests.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

VNA journalists hold sixth congress

In Uncategorized on May 15, 2010 at 4:57 pm

VNA journalists hold sixth congress

QĐND – Saturday, May 15, 2010, 21:20 (GMT+7)

The sixth congress of the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) chapter of the Vietnam Journalists’ Association chapter took place in Hanoi on May 14, focusing on raising the role of a state news agency and building VNA into a strong national communications group.

In his report, VNA Vice General Director Ha Minh Hue, Chairman of the VNA chapter for the 2005-2010 term, highlighted that the chapter thoroughly grasped and played the role of a political, social and professional organisation in the past term.

As one of the country’s largest chapters and experiencing 65 years of developing along with the country, VNA has made great efforts to maintain its position as a strategic, reliable news agency of the Party, State and people, the VNA chapter chairman said.

VNA experienced difficult stages and challenges for development, VNA became a prestigious news agency in the region as well as the world, contributing to the common development of the country’s revolutionary press, he added.

He praised the news agency’s strength with a network of domestic bureaus in 63 provinces and cities nationwide and 26 overseas bureaus around the world.

He stressed VNA’s right step of establishing a VNA television channel, catching up with the modern press’s trend in the region and the world.

VNA General Director Tran Mai Huong said that in the new term (2010-2015), the VNA chapter needs to foster and improve awareness on politics, professional skills and social accounbility for its members in combination with the “studying and following Ho Chi Minh’s moral example” movement.

He emphasised the chapter executive board’s due attention to VNA major programmes, particularly improvement of news quality and competitiveness.

The agency’s tasks in the coming years require each journalist to unceasingly improve professional skills, meeting the tasks’ demand as well as maintaining its position as the strategic information centre of the Party and the main reliable resources of the society.

The congress elected a 19-member executive board with VNA Vice General Director Ngo Ha Thai as chairman for the 2010-2015 term.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Successful congress marks ethnic minority development

In Uncategorized on May 14, 2010 at 4:55 pm

Successful congress marks ethnic minority development

QĐND – Friday, May 14, 2010, 22:22 (GMT+7)

The success of the first national ethnic minority congress marks a milestone in the development of Vietnam’s nationalities, permanent deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung said at the closing ceremony on May 13.

After this congress, each delegate will join their Vietnamese comrades at home and abroad to disseminate the congress’ content to uphold patriotism and national pride, and strengthen the national unity bloc, the deputy PM said.

During the two-day session, participants discussed and passed the congress’ political report to uphold democracy, social consensus, national unity, national construction and defence for the target of a wealthy people, strong country and equal, democratic and civilised society.

They also reached high unanimity on the Party and State’s consistent policy on ethnic minority and great national unity, highlighting ethnic minority people’s contributions of to the country’s achievements.

The participants adopted the congress’ letter of determination, vowing to follow Uncle Ho’s teachings which affirmed solidarity between 54 ethnic minority groups in Vietnam.

They also called for more investment and socio-economic development policies for mountainous and ethnic regions to soon narrow development gaps with other regions nationwide.

On the occasion, outstanding organisations and individuals were presented noble titles and awards of the Party and the State for their contributions to the country’s development and performance of ethnic minority task.

Source: Vietnam+

Source: QDND

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

First national ethnic minority congress opens

In Uncategorized on May 13, 2010 at 12:53 am

First national ethnic minority congress opens

QĐND – Wednesday, May 12, 2010, 21:7 (GMT+7)

The first national ethnic minority congress opened in the capital of Hanoi on May 12, drawing the participation of 1,702 delegates from ethnic minority groups throughout the country.

Prominent among the invited guests were Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Phu Trong and President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee Huynh Dam.

Opening the two-day congress, Deputy PM Nguyen Sinh Hung said this is the first time the Party and State have held an ethnic minority congress on a national scale.

The congress aims to review and evaluate ethnic minority-related affairs, confirm the Party and State’s consistent policy on ethnic groups’ issues and great national unity, and honour huge contributions of ethnic groups to the Vietnamese revolution’s victory, the deputy PM said.

Hung, who is also head of the steering committee for the congress, added that the event serves as a forum for exchange as well as creating consensus and solid confidence of ethnic minority people in the leadership of the Party on the threshold of the XIth National Party Congress.

In his speech, Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh stated, throughout the past struggles for national independence and stages of the Vietnamese revolution, ethnic minority people, together with compatriots nationwide, have faithfully followed the Party and Uncle Ho, devoting their services and even blood to the common cause.

The Party chief stressed that, despite various difficulties facing the nation in recent years, the Party and State have reserved remarkable resources to foster socio-economic development in the ethnic minority-inhabited and mountainous areas.

As a result, the living conditions of ethnic minority groups have been improved gradually, both materially and spiritually, while efforts have been made to preserve their traditional cultural identity, he said.

The Party leader asked the government, ministries, centrally-run agencies and mass organisations, Party committees and administrations at all levels and the entire people to continue improving public awareness of ethnic minority-related affairs, effectively implement the Party and State’s guidelines and policies on ethnic minority groups.

He also stressed the need to turn these guidelines and polices into action programmes in an effort to further bolster the development in terms of economy, socio-culture, security and national denfence in ethnic minority people-inhabited and mountainous regions.

Well performing policies regarding equality and solidarity, improving access to education, developing human resources, creating more stable jobs, ensuring social security for ethnic minority groups and preserving their traditional cultural values are also major tasks for the years to come, Manh noted.

The Party general secretary called upon ethnic minority people to join efforts with the entire nation in ensuring security and national defence in important, remote and border regions, and preventing reactionary forces’ attempts to abuse ethnic minority-related and religious issues to undermine the country’s social order, national security, and great unity among ethnic groups.

Minister and Chairman of the Committee for Ethnic Affairs Giang Seo Phu presented a report at the congress, pointing out the fact that the ethnic minority groups-inhabited areas have got a facelift thanks to the Party and State’s policies as well as socio-economic development programmes.

The number of poor households in these areas has dropped 4-5 percent each year, while the univeralisation of secondary education is underway and the poor are provided with health insurance, free medical check-ups and treatment, he said.

The targets through 2020 will include speeding up hunger eradication and poverty reduction, building more necessary infrastructure in communes, improving the quality of human resources, providing vocational training for ethnic minority people, completing the universalisation of secondary education, and maintaining political security, social order and national defence in ethnic minority-inhabited and mountainous areas.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

First national ethnic minority congress to be held in Hanoi

In Uncategorized on May 8, 2010 at 4:47 pm

First national ethnic minority congress to be held in Hanoi

QĐND – Saturday, May 08, 2010, 22:28 (GMT+7)

The first national ethnic minority congress will open at the My Dinh National Convention Centre in Hanoi on May 12 with the participation of 1,702 ethnic minority representatives.

This was announced by Minister and Chairman of the Committee for Ethnic Affairs, Giang Seo Phu, at a press briefing in Hanoi on May 7.

This is the first time the Party and State is organising the ethnic minority congress on a national scale. The congress will see the attendance of both the youngest delegate, from the Odu ethnic group (12 years old) and the oldest, from the Mong ethnic group (102 years old).

Mr Phu emphasised the congress’s wish to see ethnic groups continue enhancing solidarity, effectively implement hunger eradication and poverty reduction programmes and increase people’s awareness, thus contributing to national industrialisation and modernisation.
The congress is an especially important event in the life of Vietnamese ethnic groups and confirms Vietnam is a united yet diverse nation and that the Vietnamese Party and State has a consistent policy on ethnic issues, work and solidarity.

On the threshold of the congress, the organising board will put together an incense offering ceremony at the Hung Kings’ temple, floral tributes to late President Ho Chi Minh at his mausoleum and a reception given by Party and State leaders for the congress’s delegates.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

US Congress passes historic health care bill

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2010 at 5:21 am

US President Barack Obama (C), standing with US Vice President Joe Biden, delivers a statement to the nation following the vote in the House of Representatives on health care reform in Washignton, DC, March 21, 2010. AFP photo

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US Congress passed an historic health care overhaul, handing President Barack Obama a landmark win and taking the United States closer than ever to guaranteed coverage for all Americans.

The Democratic-held House of Representatives voted 219-212 to approve a Senate-passed bill aimed at extending coverage to 32 million Americans who currently lack it in the most sweeping social policy shift in four decades.

“Tonight we answered the call of history as so many Americans have before us. We did not avoid our responsibility we embraced it. We did not fear our future, we shaped it,” Obama said in brief remarks shortly after the vote.

The president, who was expected to sign the bill into law within days, praised lawmakers for defying the predictions of pundits that the mammoth bill must collapse in the face of political setbacks and unyielding partisan rifts. Related article: History of US health care reform battle

Tired after a week in which he met or spoke to nearly 100 lawmakers, but evidently savoring a hard-fought triumph on his top domestic goal, Obama told the US public: “This is what change looks like.”

As the vote count crept past the 216 needed to ensure passage, Democrats clapped, cheered, hugged, high-fived, and called out Obama’s “Yes, we can” 2008 campaign slogan.

All 178 Republicans and 34 conservative Democrats opposed the measure, spurred on by hundreds of protesters who chanted “Kill the bill” during a loud day-long vigil outside the Capitol.

With Vice President Joe Biden at his side, Obama acknowledged Republican warnings that Democrats would pay a steep political price in November mid-term elections that will decide control of the US Congress.

“I know this wasn’t an easy vote for a lot of people. But it was the right vote,” said the president, who has vowed to help Democrats in swing districts win reelection.

The Senate was now to take up a free-standing packages of changes, which the House approved 220-211, as early as Tuesday in a bid to complete its work on the overhaul. Facts: Obama health care plan

Together, the Senate bill and changes would remake US health care a century after then-president Teddy Roosevelt called for a national approach, extending coverage to 95 percent of the under-65 population.

The bill bans insurance company practices like denying care for preexisting conditions, imposing lifetime caps on coverage, while providing subsidies to buy private insurance in newly-created marketplaces called “exchanges.”

It also raises some taxes on the wealthy while expanding a government-run program for needy Americans.

“This trillion-dollar overhaul will take the America we know and love in the wrong direction,” said Representative Eric Cantor, the number two House Republican, who noted 34 Democrats joined all 178 Republicans in voting “no.”

Republicans also vowed to keep up the fight in the Senate — the next battleground — and repeal the broadly unpopular bill if they win back majorities in November.

After a year of often bitter debate, Obama cleared the way to his victory with an 11th-hour deal to sign an executive order reaffirming a longstanding US ban on government funding for abortions, winning support for the bill from a group of conservative Democratic holdouts. Analysis: Obama claims new place in history

“I’ve always supported health care reform,” said the group’s leader, Democratic Representative Bart Stupak, flanked by other anti-abortion lawmakers. “This bill is going to go through.”

The Senate was expected this week to take up the changes and approve them separately, under rules that prevent Republicans from using a parliamentary tactic, the filibuster, to indefinitely delay and therefore kill the measure.

Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Republicans “will now do everything in our power” to fight the bill, while another top Republican described plans to besiege the legislation with “hundreds of amendments.”

Opinion polls have painted a confusing picture, with respondents expressing strong support for individual elements of the bill, but with large numbers saying they oppose the overall measure.

Democrats have highlighted the independent Congressional Budget Office’s estimate that the bill would cost 940 billion dollars over the next 10 years, while cutting 143 billion dollars from the bloated US deficit through 2019 and 1.2 trillion over the following decade.

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Party conference prepares for national congress

In Politics-Society on March 22, 2010 at 4:06 pm

Party conference prepares for national congress

QĐND – Monday, March 22, 2010, 20:39 (GMT+7)

The Party Central Committee opened its 12th conference in Hanoi on March 22 to discuss and approve draft documents to be presented at the upcoming National Party Congress slated for January 2011.

The documents include the (revised) 1991 programme on national construction in the transition period toward socialism, a 10-year strategy for socio-economic development through 2020, a political report from the 10th Party Central Committee, and a report on the implementation of Party Rules and proposed amendments.

During the week-long event, senior Party members will also look at personnel plans for the upcoming Party Central Committee and decide on the number of delegates to the Party Congress.

At the opening ceremony, Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh highlighted the importance of the conference, saying it will set a new course for the Vietnamese revolution in the long run, as well as during each specific stage.

He said the documents have been supplemented and amended by the compiling board, which collected opinions from former Party and State leaders, key provincial and municipal officials, experienced State managers in various areas and leading scientists. Most leaders have reached a consensus on viewpoints, and several opinions should be discussed at the conference to come to conclusions.

Mr Manh said the political report, which was put on the agenda for discussion at the 11th Party conference, will include orientations and tasks for socio-economic development over the next five years, as well as Party building work. The report will help concretise the revised 1991 programme and a national five-year plan for socio-economic development through 2015.

The conference will review the implementation of the resolutions adopted at the 10th National Party Congress, the 2001-2010 strategy for socio-economic development, and the 1991 programme.

Another important task for the upcoming Party Congress is to elect a new Party Central Committee, which will lead the entire Party, the army and people to successfully carry out the Doi Moi (Renewal) and international integration process. 

General Secretary Manh asked delegates to discuss a plan drafted by the Sub-Committee on Personnel in terms of candidate criteria, numbers, structure, age, nominations, selection and voting.

New Party Central Committee members must be competent theoretically and practically, have political conscience, moral qualities and a healthy lifestyle, and win trust from the Party and people, said Mr Manh.

Source: VOV

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Honduras Congress rejects return of ousted leader

In World on December 3, 2009 at 10:42 am

Honduran lawmakers rejected the reinstatement of ousted President Manuel Zelaya during a heated debate which revisited details of the June 28 coup which polarized the nation.


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Honduras’ ousted President Manuel Zelaya (AFP)

A simple majority of 65 lawmakers in the 128-member body had voted against Zelaya’s return to the presidency shortly before 730 pm (0130 GMT), after more than six hours of debate.

The decision came amid pressure to resolve the five-month crisis, and after many Latin American governments warned they would not restore broken ties unless Zelaya was allowed to finish his term, which ends January 27.

The vote, however, put an end to a US-brokered crisis deal between Zelaya and de facto leader Roberto Micheletti, who took over after the coup.

Micheletti, who stepped down briefly over the elections, said before the vote that Zelaya was “history.”

As the political drama played out in the Congress, dozens of security forces faced off outside with backers of Zelaya, who has been holed up in the Brazilian embassy since returning in September.

Despite angry speeches from several deputies who slammed both the coup and a military crackdown which followed, only nine lawmakers had backed Zelaya’s return when the majority against it was reached.

The same Congress, along with the Supreme Court, business leaders and the military, had backed Zelaya’s expulsion over his plans to change the constitution, which they saw as a bid to undo term limits.

Lawmakers had received advice from the attorney general and the Supreme Court, which has said that criminal charges against Zelaya still stand.

“As far as I know, the Congress does not have the capacity to make this decision,” Zelaya told local Radio Globo ahead of the vote.

Zelaya had suggested that he would not resume the presidency even if Congress voted him back in, saying a US pact which left the decision to Congress had failed.

Divisions in the Central American nation have remained wide since controversial weekend elections held under the de facto regime, in which conservative Porfirio Lobo claimed a solid victory.

Lobo, who backed the coup, has vowed to work for national reconciliation.

His National Party, with 55 seats in Congress, voted against Zelaya’s return.

Lobo, who lost to Zelaya in 2005 elections, has not spoken out on the issue, prefering to leave the decision to Congress.

Zelaya suffered from splits within his Liberal Party which has a majority in Congress but is deeply divided over his swing to the left under the influence of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

The United States, a key business partner and donor, and the European Union, also a key donor, said they saw the weekend polls as an important first step forward out of the crisis, but many in Latin America, starting with powerhouse Brazil, said they served to whitewash the coup.

Rights groups said the elections were marred by the lack of international consensus, and slammed a military crackdown on journalists and activists since the coup.

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