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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

17mln USD to be spent on education for minority groups

In Uncategorized on November 26, 2010 at 1:50 pm




17mln USD to be spent on education for minority groups


QĐND – Friday, November 26, 2010, 20:40 (GMT+7)

The Prime Minister has approved a 341 billion VND (17 million USD) project to improve educational facilities and training standards for students from nine minority groups with low populations from 2010-15.


The investment would help students to work their way out of poverty while preserving their own traditional identity, said Mong Ky Slay, head of the Ethnic Minority Education Department under the Ministry of Education and Training.


A ministry report showed that the nine groups live in poor disadvantaged areas, where literacy levels are between just 30-40 percent and only 15 percent of the people can speak the national language. Most children from the groups drop out of school after second or third grade and few make it to high school or higher education.


The project will focus on upgrading infrastructure and equipping schools with more teaching materials.


It will also pay for training to give teachers a better understanding of the minority groups they teach.


Each poor pre-school student will be entitled to 30 percent of the government minimum salary per month, which currently stands at 730,000 VND (37.5 USD).


Pupils enrolled in primary schools will receive assistance of 40-60 percent, students in secondary boarding schools will receive 60 percent while students at boarding high schools will receive 100 percent of the minimum salary.


All the students will be encouraged to follow further education and high school graduates wishing to attend colleges, universities or vocational schools will be given priority depending on their abilities and desires.


Van Trong Luu, deputy head of Kon Tum province’s Minority Group Education Management Division said that students from the Brau and Bo Mam ethnic groups have been given care and support under Government and provincial policies including scholarships and meals.


However, those students are included in a socio-economic development programme for remote disadvantaged areas whereas this project is the first of its kind aimed at minority groups with low populations.


The project will support the O Du, Pu Peo, Si La, Ro Nam, Cong, B’rau, Bo Y, Mang and Co Lao groups from the provinces of Lao Cai, Ha Giang, Dien Bien, Lai Chau, central Nghe An and the Central Highland province of Kon Tum; each has a population of 300-2,000 people.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Mobile emergency aid groups established

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 1:08 pm

Long Ho District’s Red Cross Association in the Mekong Delta Province of Vinh Long has established 13 roving emergency aid teams to take patients to health clinics for treatment.


Each of the teams, that will work free of charge, includes 10-15 volunteers.


The association has organized to train the volunteers in first aid to help patients when necessary.

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

Indigenous groups sent to occupy Amazon dam site: chief

In Uncategorized on April 22, 2010 at 4:14 am

Indigenous activists threatened a clash with Brazil’s government as they dispatched boats carrying 150 men to occupy the planned site of a controversial hydro-electric dam in the Amazon, a chief said.


Environmentalists, indigenous groups and local residents lost a protracted court battle to halt the bidding process for the giant Belo Monte dam, projected to be the world’s third-largest.


Brazil awarded the tender Tuesday to Norte Energia, a consortium led by a subsidiary of state electricity company Electrobras, which will hold a 49.98-percent stake in the project.


“Boats are in the process of leaving and we hope to occupy the territory tomorrow (Thursday). We will build a permanent village there and will not leave so long as the project is on,” chief Luiz Xipaya told AFP.


“The indigenous people feel threatened by this project and are very agitated,” said Xipaya, who presides over a council of elders.

Natives from several tribes and social movements protest in front of the National Electric Energy Agency (ANEEL) in Brasilia, against the construction of the Belo Monte power plant in northern Brazil.

Around 150 Brazilian Indians will initially set up camp at the dam site, but Xipaya warned that “we would like to number 500 by the end of the month and ask for reinforcements…. Our goal is to place 1,000 Indians there.”


Greenpeace estimates that 500 square kilometers (193 square miles) of Amazon rainforest will be flooded and says the dam’s construction will also divert a stretch of the Xingu River into an area that is home to up to 30,000 families.


The activist group led a demonstration Tuesday outside the gates of electric energy agency Aneel in Brasilia to protest the award of the tender, while the Amazon Watch organization said thousands of people demonstrated in nine Brazilian cities against the plans.


The dam has some heavyweight opponents with “Avatar” director James Cameron and star Sigourney Weaver giving their backing and drawing parallels with the natives-versus-exploiters storyline of the blockbuster Hollywood movie.


The regional justice ministry in the state of Para tried to stall tenders for the 11-billion-dollar-plus Belo Monte project, calling the dam “an affront to environmental laws.”


It said too many questions remained over how the massive project would affect flora and fauna in the region and what would become of the families who would have to be relocated.


Brazil’s government had been pushing the massive project for more than 20 years.


The government of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva remained determined to push through the dam, calling it essential to its plans to boost energy production nearly three-fold over the next two decades in Brazil, Latin America’s biggest economy.


Authorities would be hard-pressed to get the new dam system up and running before two major global events looming in Brazil’s future: the 2014 World Cup football tournament followed by the 2016 Olympic Games.


Opponents said they were standing firm.


“We will not get discouraged. We will continue to demonstrate and indigenous communities will occupy the area,” Renata Pinheiro of the Xingu Vivo movement, which brings together residents, local groups and environmentalists, told AFP.


For construction costs of 11.2 billion dollars, Belo Monte is expected to be able to produce 11,000 megawatts, which could supply 20 million homes with power.


The dam would be the third-largest after China’s Three Gorges facility, which produces 18,000 megawatts, and Brazil’s Itaipu dam (14,000 MW) in the south on the border with Paraguay.

Belo Monte has been defended by some locals who hope to benefit from the estimated 18,000 direct jobs and 80,000 indirect jobs that the government says the project will create.

Hydro-electric power accounts for 73 percent of the energy produced by Brazil.

But its energy grid is fragile, as evidenced by a massive blackout last November which left more than a third of Brazil’s 190 million people without power for several hours.

The power failure was seen as an embarrassment for Lula’s administration and led to questions about Brazil’s energy stability for the 2016 Olympics to be hosted by Rio de Janeiro.

Source: SGGP

Private economic groups seek official recognition

In Uncategorized on March 29, 2010 at 2:38 pm




Private economic groups seek official recognition


QĐND – Monday, March 29, 2010, 21:24 (GMT+7)

The private business sector accounts for up to 60 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). However, private economic groups still need further recognition from the state and society to achieve stronger growth.


Given this, the Prime Minister has assigned the Ministry of Planning and Investment to join the Association of Young Entrepreneurs in proposing a model for private economic groups to be submitted to the government this October.


A conference on developing private Vietnamese economic groups was held recently in Hanoi. Participants in the event agreed that besides the issuance of a related legal document, more efforts are needed for the sustainable and substantial development of these enterprises.


Need for major private groups


At the conference, Truong Gia Binh, President of the Board of Directors of Vietnam’s FPT Group, stressed that first and foremost, the country must realize the pressing need for stronger growth and there must be groups which devote themselves fully to their commitments.


Mr Binh made this remark as he cited the rapid development of the Republic of Korea which has many world-leading economic groups.


According to Pham Dinh The, senior official of Phu Thai Group, the model of private economic groups in Vietnam remains nominal. The translation of this model into reality is unlikely to be possible without a pledge from the government.


Representatives of Japanese businesses attending the conference said Vietnamese companies have had no clear structure or differentiation of functions. By way of comparison, Japanese and Korean businesses have pyramid-shaped structures. At the top are global groups and at the base are major companies, and small- and medium-sized enterprises. This is a unified system, in which bigger companies transfer contracts to smaller ones.


In the meantime, Vietnamese companies are more like a disorganized pile of bricks.


The need to promote the development of private groups as economic engines is becoming increasingly urgent as state-owned groups manage 75 percent of the national assets but pay for only 28 percent of the state budget.


The government promulgated a decree in late 2009 which stipulates the establishment of some pilot state-run economic groups. According to the decree, these groups will play a mainstream role in the national economy and will enjoy preferential treatment in terms of capital, land and some monopoly rights.


Some expressed concern that this might deepen the inequality between state and private groups.


Participants in the conference believed that it would be very difficult to create giant groups through the spontaneous development of private enterprises, most of which are small- and medium-sized.


In any case, the government has shown its determination to work out a model for private economic groups, which takes into account different kinds of support from the government. Such a model will also have to handle such issues as institutional frameworks and global trademarks.


In the US and Europe, private groups were often established through mergers or expansion, which take a long period of time. The newly emerging economies such as Japan, China and the Republic of Korea, have taken shortcuts by using the state apparatus to boost the creation of strong groups.


“We can’t wait 200 years like the US did to have powerful private groups,” said Nguyen Manh Cuong, Vice President of the Association of Young Entrepreneurs. “Instead, the state will guide and promote such development.”

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Volunteer groups fight highway nail crimes

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2010 at 5:26 am

The District 9 Youth Union in HCM City established volunteer groups last year to help people repair tires punctured by sharp objects deliberately scattered on Hanoi Highway and other highways in the city.









A young volunteer from Thu Duc Youth Union mends a rider’s flat tire by the highway. (Photo: SGGP)


It is common for vehicles driving on the highways to lose control when a tire blows out because of nails placed on the road by unscrupulous puncture repair men.


Members of the volunteer group of district 9 try to prevent motorists with flat tires from being ripped off by puncture repairers and reduce the risk of punctures by removing nails on the road.


Lien Minh Thuan, a member of the volunteer group said after replacing a girl’s motorbike tire the girl said she didn’t have any money and asked if she could return later to pay. Thuan said it was a common story and did not expect the girl to return, however, two hours later the girl’s brother called to organize the payment.


Thuan said he was very happy because it showed that some people appreciated the volunteers’ efforts, which sometimes included intervention with puncture menders who were charging exorbitant prices.


Some repairers charged VND20,000-25,000 (US$1-1.2) to repair a puncture and VND60,000-75,000 ($3-3.4) to replace a tube while the accepted price is VND5000-10,000 and VND35,000 respectively.


He said the tire menders often got angry when volunteers tried to intervene.


Some of the tire menders who were illegally spreading nails on the highway had begun to wear the same uniform as the volunteers, causing some confusion, Thuan said. Volunteers always wear a badge and carry a name card, he said.


Volunteers also have to tolerate drunks making prank calls to get them to come out to the highway for nothing, he said.


Tran Thi Kim Chi from the District 9 Youth Union said apart from helping people mend flat tires the team also picks up nails on the roads and prevents nail crimes.


Le Minh Duc from Thu Duc District said the Thu Duc district’s team plans to administer first aid for accident victims on the roads.


People in need of repairs can call 01226682626, 01226682727, and 0975352020 to reach young volunteers. Help arrives within minutes.


The groups have been hailed as heroes for their welcome assistance and services to the community.


 





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Vietnam needs private economic groups, entrepreneurs say

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2010 at 4:43 am

Establishment of private economic groups is essential for the country’s economic growth, said entrepreneurs at a seminar in Hanoi on March 19.








Funiki air conditioners manufactured by Hoa Phat Group, a leading Vietnamese manufacturing group based in Hanoi. A recent seminar said Vietnam needs guidelines to set up private economic groups

The seminar was jointly held by the Vietnam Young Entrepreneurs Association and the Ministry of Planning and Investment to collect opinions for the association to plan a project of setting up a model of private economic groups in Vietnam.
 
Entrepreneurs said investment in developing economic groups would create impetus for the country’s economic development.
 
Therefore, the Government should set up a legal frame and polices to facilitate development of private economic groups, they said.
 
After over 20 years of implementing the renewal process, private sectors make up over 60 percent of the country’s GDP, 25 percent or 8,000 of them are young enterprises, with some of them making profits of billions of US dollars a year.
 
A participant said private economic groups are usually established by merging or expanding enterprises in the US or European nations, and they all needed government guidelines to develop rapidly in line with the market law.
 
The ministry and the association are expected to report the Prime Minister about the model in June and debut the first Vietnamese private economic group in October. 





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22 ethnic groups to join Gong Festival

In Uncategorized on November 9, 2009 at 4:55 am

The People’s Committee of Gia Lai Province November 7 announced 22 ethnic groups and five gong troupes from Cambodia, Indonesia, Philippines, Laos and Myanmar will join the International Gong Festival 2009.








A Gong performance at the Central Highland province of Dak Lak.

The authorities held a meeting to announce its preparation for the International Gong Festival 2009, which will be held for the first time in the central highland province of Gia Lai from 12 – 15 November.


Pham The Dung, chairman of the committee said 25 provinces and cities, with a total of 35 troupes including 788 people, will join the festival.


The festival will feature the Central Highlands’ gong culture, a unique Vietnamese art form recognized as an Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.


The festival will include gong performances, gong tuning performances, sculpting, exhibitions of the Central Highlands’ ethnic culture, craft villages, seminars on tourism products attached to gong culture and the preservation of gong culture, a conference on investment in the province and local cuisine and drinks.


The province has asked travel companies for special tours to attract visitors.


The opening ceremony of the festival, with a fireworks show, will take place at 8pm on November 12 at March 17 Square and broadcast live on VTV.


The festival will help people in Gia Lai be aware of preserving the most specific cultural values of communal activities and gongs, said Deputy Minister of Culture, Sport and Tourism Tran Chien Thang.


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NA spotlights ethnic groups

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2008 at 12:07 pm

HA NOI — Ethnic-minority groups came in for a lot of attention at the National Assembly’s Nationality Council yesterday.


While discussing two draft laws, one covering civil servants and the other about special consumption tax, most members said the Party and State should develop special priority policies for State employees who belong to these groups.


They suggested that the draft law on civil servants should add one chapter to regulates policies to help and train ethnic minorities so that they can become State officials and employees.


The draft law should also have regulations to attract talented people to workinthe people’s committees in communes, especially in remote, isolated and ethnic-minority areas.


They suggested the law should regulate employment conditions, housing, and other conditions to attract talented civil servants to work in remote and isolated areas where ethnic people live.


Discussing the Law on Special Consumption Tax, many participants said it was reasonable to exempt and reduce the special consumption tax for taxpayers living in mountainous and ethnic areas.


They asked the board compiling the law to exempt or reduce this tax for them for a specific period to enable them to recover from recent natural calamities.


The draft law regulates that air conditioners with capacity from 90,000 BTU (British Thermal Unit) downward should be taxed. Some participants said this was unreasonable because, at present, air conditioners were not a luxury item, but necessary household equipment for many families.


Some participants also asked for increases in special consumption tax levels for spirits, and a reduction in the tax for beer. —