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The day of President Ho Chi Minh’s return home to be commemorated

In Uncategorized on November 11, 2010 at 9:00 am

Japan’s envoy to Moscow returns home over island row

In Uncategorized on November 3, 2010 at 5:13 am

Violinist Chau Giang returns home for performance

In Uncategorized on October 31, 2010 at 10:11 am

Government to buy a home for Prof. Ngo Bao Chau

In Uncategorized on October 21, 2010 at 7:51 pm

Government to buy a home for Prof. Ngo Bao Chau

QĐND – Thursday, October 21, 2010, 21:24 (GMT+7)

A convenient home will soon be provided for Professor Ngo Bao Chau and his family, the Governmental Office announced on October 20th.

At a recent meeting, the Prime Minister urged involved bodies to soon establish the national advanced mathematics institute and prepare the best conditions for the professor to work.

Earlier, the Ministry of Construction had proposed to earmark a sum from the State Budget to buy a high-quality apartment in Hanoi for the professor and his family to facilitate his business in Vietnam in the future. 

Source: TT

Translated by Thu Nguyen

Source: QDND

Crises at home sap Obama’s outreach abroad

In Uncategorized on August 1, 2010 at 11:20 am

WASHINGTON, Aug 1, 2010 (AFP) – President Barack Obama’s foreign policy of grand gestures has given way in his second White House year to a diplomatic slog in pursuit of elusive but occasionally promising gains.

President Barack Obama is featured on a pirate flag at a souvenir stand at a conservative rally against illegal immigration on July 31, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Obama piled up eyecatching foreign trips in 2009, with a soaring appeal to the Muslim world in Egypt, an online town hall meeting in Shanghai and a starring role at his Nobel peace prize gala in Norway.

But domestic crises have torn at the administration this year, from health care reform to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, and Obama has rarely left US soil.

He made a quick trip to Prague, to sign a nuclear deal with Russia — one of his big wins so far — a swift visit to Afghanistan, and spent three days in Canada for the G8 and G20 summits.

But his limited travel has watered down the “biography as foreign policy” approach which saw Obama leverage his exotic background to appeal for a new beginning with Muslims and declare himself the United States’ first “Pacific President.”

Three times, domestic politics forced Obama to postpone a homecoming of sorts to Indonesia, where he spent some years as a child, and no foreign travel is expected before his India, South Korea and Japan trip in November.

So presidential diplomacy has shifted to talks with visiting leaders, bilateral meetings at a nuclear summit in Washington and telephone chats with world leaders.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden have shouldered the burden as road warriors.

Seeking to showcase success, the administration lists new UN sanctions against Iran, improving ties with Russia, engagement in Asia and a repaired US global image.

Yet for all the hype of Obama’s inauguration, few foreign policy challenges — such as Iran’s nuclear program for instance — have eased fundamentally since he took office.

China, taking a hardnosed view of its interests, has meanwhile more often frustrated Obama than aided him.

Nuclear North Korea is increasingly belligerent and a row over the US base in Okinawa may also sully his second visit to Japan in November.

And the administration rising Islamic militancy in Africa has sparked fears that recent thwarted terror attacks on US soil, may presage a more deadly future strike.

Obama’s political foes lie in wait meanwhile, framing a foreign policy narrative for the 2012 presidential campaign.

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich, a possible Republican candidate, accuses Obama of ideological fudging on Islamic extremism.

“These are difficult times.” Gingrich said last week.

“It requires us to think carefully and long about a grand, national strategy. It requires us to recommit ourselves to freedom.”

Obama’s critics say 18 months of work on the Middle East peace process has yielded little but a row with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Still, there are signs Obama’s pressure may soon yield direct Israeli-Palestinian talks — though few analyst predict success.

One region where Obama is objectively making progress, is Asia, and he has committed to annual summits with regional leaders from 2011.

“The Obama Administration is starting to connect the dots in Asia,” said Ernest Bower, of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

“Secretary Clinton is leading the way on follow through on early commitments to substantively engage in Asia.”

Bower however warned it was important that foreign policy professionals in the administration secure the precious days of time in Obama’s diary his ambitions in the region require.

Obama’s most fateful decision so far was to surge 30,000 extra troops into Afghanistan in a fundamental change of war strategy.

But with bloodshed rising and progress elusive, Obama faces fierce pressure to demonstrate success, as the war hangs like a cloud over his presidency.

In Iraq though, there is more hope, with Obama set to honor a campaign vow to get all US combat troops out of the country by the end of August.

Another problem area: strategically vital Turkey. Obama spent considerable time — including a visit last year — courting Ankara, but its anti-Israel stance, and bid to block UN sanctions against Iran defied US wishes.

Barely a month went by in 2009 without Obama touching down in Europe.

But spats over economics with weakened European leaders have left some in Europe frustrated and some in Washington seeking scapegoats.

“The United States made some tough decisions to stabilize our financial system and to inject some recovery into their economy,” said White House spokesman Robert Gibbs.

“Europe didn’t do, quite frankly, as much and that has no doubt stunted our growth and stunted world growth.”

Source: SGGP

Students bring home six medals from IMO

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 12:51 pm

All six Vietnamese students at the 51st International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO), which was held in Astana, Kazakhstan from July 2-14, won medals, reported Sai Gon Giai Phong newspaper.

The six medal-winning students pose photo in front of the Le Van Thien (the first director of Vietnam Institute of Mathematics) statue before going to Kazakhstan to compete in the 51st International Mathematics Olympiad. (Photo:Bich Ngoc)

Nguyen Ngoc Trung, a 12th grade student from Hung Vuong Secondary School in the northern province of Phu Tho won a gold medal.

Pham Viet Cuong and Nguyen Kieu Hieu, 12th graders from Le Quy Don Secondary School in Da Nang City, Tran Thai Hung, an 11th grader from the Practical Secondary School under the Ho Chi Minh City Teachers’ University and another 11th grader, Vu Dinh Long, from the Hanoi College of Natural Sciences, all bagged silver medals.

Nguyen Minh Hieu, another 12th grade student from the Hanoi College of Natural Sciences took home a bronze medal.

With this achievement, Vietnam continues its recent history of excelling at the Olympiad.

Held annually in different countries, The International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) is the World Championship Mathematics Competition for High School Students.

The first IMO was held in 1959 in Romania, with 7 countries participating. It has gradually expanded to over 100 countries from 5 continents. The IMO Advisory Board ensures that the competition takes place each year and that each host country observes the regulations and traditions of the IMO.

Source: SGGP

More sets of remains of martyrs brought home from Cambodia

In Uncategorized on July 3, 2010 at 4:09 pm

More sets of remains of martyrs brought home from Cambodia

QĐND – Saturday, July 03, 2010, 20:59 (GMT+7)

PANO – The authorities of two Cambodian provinces of Kampong Thom and Kampong Cham have held a ceremony to hand over 83 sets of remains of fallen Vietnamese soldiers and specialists to Binh Phuoc and Tay Ninh provinces in Vietnam.

These remains were discovered by a joint search by both Vietnamese and Cambodian provinces.

According to the Vietnamese Military Attaché Department in Cambodia, the authority of Cambodia’s Kratie province will also handed over 81 sets of remains found in their province to the Vietnamese authorities.

In early June, 9 sets of remains of Vietnamese soldiers and specialists who died while serving at Cambodia’s Mondonkiri province were brought home and reburied in the Dac Lac provincial Martyr Cemetery.

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

New home costs beyond reach of Hochiminions

In Uncategorized on June 21, 2010 at 4:36 pm

New home costs beyond reach of Hochiminions

QĐND – Monday, June 21, 2010, 22:26 (GMT+7)

Houses and apartments in Ho Chi Minh City have become so expensive that people must scrimp and save for ten years to afford them, according to Saigon Tiep Thi newspaper.

Nguyen Hoang Hai is a communication worker for a foreign company in HCM City.  Though the young native of Ben Tre earns seven million dong a month, he can’t yet afford to buy a house for himself in the southern metropolis.

Hai can save two million dong a month ($105) after covering his basic needs, but an apartment costs nearly one billion dong ($19,000).  Hai calculates that after 10 years, if he does not have to spend money on healthcare, does not get married, gets promoted every year, and apartment prices don’t change, he can buy a home.

Tran Hung, 31, relates that he and his wife live in a rented flat because he cannot buy one.  The couple has savings of 300 million dong and have dreamed of having an apartment of his own. However, the cheapest apartment that Hung’s been shown, a 22 square meter flat in Binh Tan district, was priced at 500 million dong.  For now, Hung and his wife have decided to rent an apartment for three million dong a month.

Hung learned that the apartments with an area of up to 100 square metre now are being offered at 16-17 million dong per square metre. “At such prices, owing an apartment is just a dream for us,” Hung said

Director Tran Quang Tuan of Minh Khoa Construction Company says those who have just graduated from university don’t have incomes sufficient to buy houses or apartments in big cities.  Most new graduates earn three to four million dong a month, but apartments are priced from 600 million to 1.5 billion dong.

Even people who have a monthly income of five to ten million dong, still find it difficult to buy houses.  Few are able to borrow, because the banks set high ‘free cash’ requirements on those who seek to finance purchase of a house or apartment.  After the banks deduct the cost of meals, electricity and water, internet service, money sent ‘home’ to parents and income tax, few can qualify.

Yearly per capita income in HCM City in 2009 was over 40 million dong ($2100), or more than  twice the national average.  According to the Ministry of Construction, a 50 square metre low cost apartment now costs between 500-600 million dong. This means that only people with average income who abstains from eating or drinking for 10 years can save enough to buy a home in HCM City.

Many apartment projects in the city’s suburbs are introduced as ‘having soft prices’. However, even these ‘low cost apartments’ typically bear prices in the ten to fifteen million dong per square metre range.  At the Le Thanh project apartments in Binh Tan district, for example, prices are set at ten to eleven million dong per square metre. ‘E-Home’ project flats in district 9 are offered at 11.8 million dong per square metre.

Source: Saigon tiep thi

Source: QDND

Turkey flies activists home after deadly Israeli raid

In Uncategorized on June 3, 2010 at 10:14 am

Hundreds of activists from the Gaza-bound aid flotilla seized by Israeli commandos arrived in Turkey Thursday, as Israel’s prime minister denounced some of them as “violent supporters of terrorism.”

A crowd of about a thousand people, some chanting anti-Israeli slogans, welcomed the three planes carrying 488 activists at Istanbul airport as they arrived in the small hours of the morning.

The planes were also carrying the bodies of nine activists killed when Israeli commandos took control of the six aid vessels in Monday’s pre-dawn operation, Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc told journalists at the airport.

Israel has identified four of the dead as Turkish nationals, but there has been no word yet as to the identity or nationality of the others.

An unidentified Turkish activist, who was expelled from Israel, is taken to a hospital in Ankara after arriving from Israel.

One of the new arrivals, a Turkish national of about 50 who refused to give his name, told cameras at the airport that he had been astonished at the brutality of the Israeli commandos who boarded the Mavi Marmara.

The Turkish vessel was the largest of the six vessels in the aid convoy and it was here that the deadly clashes took place.

Earlier Wednesday, Turkish Health Minister Recep Akdag was on hand at a military base near Ankara to receive two seriously wounded activists, one Turkish and one an Irish national, as they flew in from Israel.

In Israel however, Netanyahu hit back at the international condemnation of the operation.

Since the activists had refused offers from both Israel and Egypt to deliver the aid to Gaza once it had been inspected, they had been left with no choice but to board the vessels, said the prime minister.

Israel’s forces had met violent resistance only on the Mavi Marmara, he added. “They were stabbed, they were clubbed, they were fired upon…

“This was not a love boat. This was a hate boat. These weren’t pacifists. These weren’t peace activists. These were violent supporters of terrorism.”

Organisers of the so-called “Freedom Flotilla” have denied the Israeli account, saying the soldiers had started firing as soon as they landed.

And they say Irish and Malaysian activists are on another aid ship heading towards Gaza despite the potential for more violence.

The Rachel Corrie, carrying building supplies, is in the Mediterranean, and organisers say it will be several days before it arrives in Gaza.

Irish Foreign Minister Micheal Martin urged Israel to let them through.

“It is imperative that there should be no further confrontation or bloodshed arising from what has been all along a purely humanitarian mission by those involved in the Gaza flotilla,” he said.

Israel rushed to deport the activists after Turkey, in talks with the United States, warned of fresh measures against the Jewish state.

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told reporters he had asked US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to intervene during their meeting in Washington Tuesday.

“No one has the right to prosecute people kidnapped in international waters,” he said.

Turkey has already recalled its ambassador from Tel Aviv and scrapped plans for joint military exercises.

Netanyahu, in his statement, argued that if aid convoys were allowed into Gaza, which is controlled by the Islamist Hamas movement, they would become a conduit for rockets and other weapons to be used against Israel.

“Israel regrets the loss of life,” he said.

“But we will never apologize for defending ourselves. Israel has every right to prevent deadly weapons from entering into hostile territory.”

UN chief Ban Ki-moon nevertheless renewed his call for Israel to lift its blockade of the Gaza Strip, describing it as “counter-productive, unsustainable and wrong.”

The UN secretary-general also said that Israel should provide a “full and detailed account” of the commando raid.

Arab League foreign ministers meanwhile, decided to force the issue.

At a five-hour emergency meeting in Cairo late Wednesday League members decided to “break and to defy the Israeli blockade by every means,” Secretary General Amr Mussa told reporters.

The ministers welcomed Egypt’s decision Wednesday to open its Rafah crossing into the Gaza Strip Wednesday, to allow travel and the delivery of humanitarian aid. It is the only access point to Gaza not controlled by Israel.

Israeli officials said 682 people from 42 countries, with Turks the most numerous, were on board the six ships that tried to break the blockade of Gaza, which is ruled by the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas.

Of that total, 527 had flown out to Greece and Turkey overnight, said a foreign ministry spokesman late Wednesday.

Seven activists wounded in Monday’s clashes were still being treated in an Israeli hospital, he added.

Three others — an Irishman and two women from Australia and Italy — remained in Israel “for technical reasons,” he added, without elaborating.

Others were deported earlier.

In Greece meanwhile, a plane carrying 31 Greek activists from the aid convoy, together with three French nationals and an American, flew into Athens airport in the early hours of Thursday, the foreign ministry said.

Source: SGGP

Wall Street reform reaches home stretch in US Senate

In Uncategorized on May 15, 2010 at 12:57 pm

Ambitious Wall Street reform, which has become a top priority for President Barack Obama, enters the home stretch in the US Senate this coming week, with a final vote on the proposal possible as early as Wednesday.

Obama used his weekly radio address Saturday to renew his push for the reform proposal, saying it would help secure the country’s economic future.

“The reform bill being debated in the Senate will not solve every problem in our financial system – no bill could,” Obama said.

“But what this strong bill will do is important, and I urge the Senate to pass it as soon as possible, so we can secure America’s economic future in the 21st century.”

Obama is promising the most sweeping regulatory reform drive since the 1930s Great Depression, and is seeking to build momentum for efforts by Democrats in Congress to overcome Republican opposition and pass a new Wall Street reform law.

Republican leaders have so far been united in opposition to the bill to impose tougher regulations on banks and finance firms and to frame a new consumer financial protection agency.

They say Obama’s reforms would introduce the heavy hand of government deeper into the US free enterprise system and would lead to a culture of financial bailouts, an accusation Democrats say is false.

But Obama countered by saying the proposed reform will help level the playing field in the financial industry by making sure all lenders – not just community banks – are subject to tough oversight.

He said the bill under consideration will prevent banks from taking too much risk and will give shareholders more say on executive pay.

“The Wall Street reform bill in Congress represents the strongest consumer financial protections in history,” the president pointed out. “You’ll be empowered with the clear and concise information you need to make the choices that are best for you. We’ll help stop predatory practices, and curb unscrupulous lenders, helping secure your family’s financial future.”

Once the senators finish offering amendments, they will have to come to an agreement on ending the debate. And if that is achieved, the reform proposal could be brought to a final vote as early as Wednesday.

If approved, the reform bill will have to be reconciled with a proposal that passed the House of Representatives in December and was then sent to the president for his signature.

“There’s a lot of work going on, a lot of conversations,” Democratic Senator Christopher Dodd, a sponsor of the bill, told reporters. “Things are going well. I hope by the end of next week it’s done.”

But on Monday, senators will still have to discuss some amendments inspired by the Greek financial crisis.

For example, an amendment offered by Republican John Cornyn of Texas would give the US representative at the International Monetary Fund the right to oppose rescue packages designed to help foreign states if there was concern that the money would never be repaid.

Another amendment would enhance the powers of the Federal Trade Commission, a body that ensures the fairness of market competition in order to enhance consumer protection.

Obama closely follows the debate. On Wednesday, he blasted an amendment offered by Republican Senator Sam Brownback that would shield automakers from scrutiny by the proposed consumer protection agency.

“We simply cannot let lobbyist-inspired loopholes and special carve-outs weaken real reform that will empower American families,” the president said, urging the Senate to continue to defeat the efforts of special interests to weaken protections for all consumers.

On Tuesday, lawmakers adopted an amendment designed to make the US Federal Reserve more transparent.


Source: SGGP