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Bank sector joins in to stabilize prices

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 10:04 am

The State Bank of Vietnam’s Governor Nguyen Van Giau, on Wednesday ordered that all the bank’s branches follow Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung’s instructions. That is to stabilize prices during the upcoming Tet holidays.

(Photo: VnExpress)

The governor asked them to ensure safe ratios in their operation, as sanction in two circulars issued in May and September this year.


Branches of the State Bank should effectively carry out currency and credit measures, that the bank instructed in November, to stabilize prices and the macro economy.


They should monitor interest rates and lending activities and make certain they are legal and in accordance with policies of the government, and the Vietnam Banking Association.


Additionally, the credit organizations’ loans should have priority for agricultural production, rural development, natural disaster recovery, exports and commodity stockpiling during the Tet holidays.


Moreover, they should sell foreign currencies to businesses, for the import of necessary goods, and implement other measures to stabilize the foreign exchange markets. They have also been asked to monitor and forecast changes in the international gold price and domestic supply to rationally import the metal.


The State Bank’s branches should monitor credit organizations to ensue their mobilization and the lending of gold, matches the criteria set out in the governor’s circular in October. Any violation from the guidelines will be monitored.

Source: SGGP

Danish artist joins Vietnamese group

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:53 am

Ngoc Dai and his group Dai Lam Linh will perform with Danish saxophonist Lotta Anker in a concert of contemporary music in Hanoi on Dec. 10.

                       Musician Ngoc Dai

The concert will also include singers Thanh Lam, Linh Dung, and Ha Linh, the Thai Ha ca tru (ceremonial singing) troupe, and a 12-member string band from the Vietnam Academy of Music.


The programme would aim to combine traditional and modern, Eastern and Western music, Dai said.


“The artists will perform as they tell stories in their own ways,” said Dai.


“For instance, the song “Regret” will be performed three times, experimentally by Linh Dung and Thanh Lam, in a pop style by Ha Linh, and in Lotta Anker’s version.


“I met Lotta last year and I like her very much,” he added. “She listens my music too and I wanted to collaborate with her.”


Anker arrived in Vietnam last week and has been rehearsing with Dai’s band and material.


Dai debuted his first symphony in 1979 before he had even graduated from the Vietnam National Academy of Music. He has written about 500 songs in various genres and released four CDs. His 2002 concert Solar Eclipse I was a shock to the Vietnam music scene and was recognised as a landmark of innovation and originality.


For this Dec. 10’s concert, the stage will be designed by artist Dang Huy Quyen in a black-and-white motif echoing the yin and yang.


The concert, funded by the Danish Culture Exchange and Development Foundation, will take place at the 8pm at the Kim Ma Theatre, 71 Kim Ma Street.

Source: SGGP

Vietnam joins ranks of Asia’s finest hotels and resorts

In Uncategorized on October 29, 2010 at 4:46 pm




Vietnam joins ranks of Asia’s finest hotels and resorts


QĐND – Friday, October 29, 2010, 23:19 (GMT+7)

Conde Nast Traveler, a renowned luxury travel magazine, has placed five Vietnamese hotels and resorts atop its list of Readers’ Choice Awards.


Vietnamese resorts that made the top 20 list for best resorts in Asia included, Life Heritage Resort-Hoi An, The Nam Hai, and Evason Ana Mandara & Six Senses Spa.


The Sofitel Legend Metropole-Hanoi and the Park Hyatt-Saigon, each won top spots in the survey of the 100 top hotels in Asia.


While readers lodged three Vietnam resorts onto the list, they also sung the praises of five resorts from Bali and five resorts from Thailand.


“Both Bali and Thailand have tremendous reputations as resort destinations,” said John Blanco, the new general manager at The Nam Hai. “So, for Vietnam to make this kind of impression on readers of such a distinguished travel magazine is indeed remarkable.”


The Readers’ Choice Awards polled 25,916 responses from readers who rated resorts and hotels across these five categories: food/dining, location, overall design, rooms and service. Resort ratings were also based on activities/facilities.


According to Conde Nast, only candidates that received a required minimum number of responses were deemed eligible for an award.


None of Vietnam’s islands made the Readers’ Choice Awards. Bali and Phuket were among the top three island destinations in Asia, which makes Vietnam’s resort standings all the more impressive.


Similarly, Vietnam’s top cities failed to make the top-ten cut. Bangkok and Chiang Mai came in at number 1 and 2, while Bali’s Ubud ranked fifth.


Source: VIR


 


Source: QDND

Japanese joins the ranks of sequenced genomes

In Uncategorized on October 25, 2010 at 9:36 am

A Japanese has joined the elite club of humans whose genetic code has been fully sequenced, according to research unveiled on Sunday.


The unnamed male gave a sample of DNA which has been unravelled to show all three billion base pairs, or “letters” in the double-helix code for life.


Six other genomes are reported to have been fully sequenced since 2001.


They comprise the genomes of James Watson, who co-discovered the structure of DNA; Craig Venter, a US biotech tycoon; a male of the Yoruba ethnicity of western Africa; two Korean males; and a male of Han Chinese ethnicity.

This undated handout illustration shows the DNA double helix

The study, published online in the specialist journal Nature Genetics, is headed by Tatsuhiko Tsunoda of the Centre for Genomic Medicine in Yokohama.


An international research consortium has launched the so-called “Thousand Genomes Project” aimed at fully sequencing the genomes of 1,000 anonymous individuals and placing the data in the public domain.


The project aims at shedding light on genetic variations that can explain inherited vulnerability to disease, tailor drugs to individual needs and help explain the odyssey of human migration.


In email exchange with AFP, Tsunoda said he was cautious about making any early comparison between the Japanese and the other known genomes, as the seven sequencing projects used different methods to unravel the DNA and analyse it.


“More samples — dozens — would be necessary, which is our future plan,” he said.


Tsunoda said his team were working on new ways to spot patterns of multiple variations in the gene code.


“In the future, we would be able to find (a) huge number of variations in individual genomes that should be related to many diseases,” he said.

Source: SGGP

Japanese joins the ranks of sequenced genomes

In Uncategorized on October 24, 2010 at 12:01 pm

PARIS, Oct 24, 2010 (AFP) – A Japanese has joined the elite club of humans whose genetic code has been fully sequenced, according to research unveiled on Sunday.


The unnamed male gave a sample of DNA which has been unravelled to show all three billion base pairs, or “letters” in the double-helix code for life.


Six other genomes are reported to have been fully sequenced since 2001.


They comprise the genomes of James Watson, who co-discovered the structure of DNA; Craig Venter, a US biotech tycoon; a male of the Yoruba ethnicity of western Africa; two Korean males; and a male of Han Chinese ethnicity.


The study, published online in the specialist journal Nature Genetics, is headed by Tatsuhiko Tsunoda of the Centre for Genomic Medicine in Yokohama.


An international research consortium has launched the so-called “Thousand Genomes Project” aimed at fully sequencing the genomes of 1,000 anonymous individuals and placing the data in the public domain.


The project aims at shedding light on genetic variations that can explain inherited vulnerability to disease, tailor drugs to individual needs and help explain the odyssey of human migration.


In email exchange with AFP, Tsunoda said he was cautious about making any early comparison between the Japanese and the other known genomes, as the seven sequencing projects used different methods to unravel the DNA and analyse it.


“More samples — dozens — would be necessary, which is our future plan,” he said.


Tsunoda said his team were working on new ways to spot patterns of multiple variations in the gene code.


“In the future, we would be able to find (a) huge number of variations in individual genomes that should be related to many diseases,” he said.

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Source: SGGP

Youth joins hand in assisting poor communes

In Uncategorized on August 14, 2010 at 3:23 pm




Youth joins hand in assisting poor communes


QĐND – Saturday, August 14, 2010, 20:52 (GMT+7)

PANO – More than 200 youth union members from the Tuyen Quang Health School have carried out various activities to support the poor people found in the communes of Dong Loi and Binh Nhan, Tuyen Quang province.


They offered healthcare check-ups and medicines for free for more than 1,700 local people.


Furthermore, they volunteered to help the local citizens fix the roads, dredge irrigation canals and improve the volleyball and badminton courses.


Nearly 3,000 leaflets instructing people about food safety, practice birth-control, ensure the nutrition of children under 6 years of age, as well as how to prevent bird-flu infections were also handed over to the local people.


In addition, local children were taught songs and dances, along with enjoying screened films.


Also on this occasion, the youth union members donated nearly 200 units of blood.

Translated by Mai Huong

Source: QDND

Vietnam Airlines joins SkyTeam

In Uncategorized on June 10, 2010 at 11:52 am

Vietnam Airlines joined SkyTeam on Thursday, becoming the first Southeast Asian member carrier of the global airline alliance.


Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung joined Thursday’s ceremony held at Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport for the event.


Senior officials of the Vietnamese government, leaders of SkyTeam and representatives of its member carriers also took part in the ceremony, in which Vietnam Airlines introduced its first aircraft with the SkyTeam logo.

Vietnam Airlines’ first aircraft with the SkyTeam logo seen at Hanoi’s Noi Bai Airport on June 10, 2010 (Photo: SGGP)

The national flag carrier, which is looking to become one of Southeast Asia’s leading carriers, expects this full membership to boost its Asia presence.


Leo van Wijk, chairman of the SkyTeam governing board, said in a statement: “Asia is an important and strategic growth market for SkyTeam and we are well on track to strengthen our network offering in this part of the world.”


The alliance already includes Air France and Delta Air Lines of the United States as well as China Southern and Korean Air, while China Eastern is also set to join, he said.
 
Vietnamese PM Dung said the government would give Vietnam Airlines strong support to carry out its development strategy.


The carrier will add 20 new destinations to the SkyTeam network, which allows passengers to earn and redeem frequent flyer miles when traveling on member airlines.


SkyTeam says it offers its 393 million annual passengers a worldwide system of more than 13,000 daily flights to 884 destinations in 169 countries.


To celebrate this milestone, Vietnam Airlines discounts 10% for all tickets booked on www.vietnamairlines.com from June, 09th 21:00 GMT to June, 10th 20:59 GMT.


The carrier is expanding its fleet to include aircraft like the 787 to benefit from Asia’s long-term air-travel growth.


It plans to operate 100-plus aircraft of different types by 2015, from 70 at the end of this year, and 150 by 2020.


On Monday this week, Vietnam Airlines chief executive Pham Ngoc Minh said his corporation expected to start flights to the US in the second half of next year if American and Vietnamese regulatory authorities can reach an agreement.


During a meeting with reporters on the closing day of the World Economic Forum on East Asia in Ho Chi Minh City, he said the two countries’ aviation authorities are working on some technical agreement, and once it is reached, Vietnam Airlines would start the flights.

Source: SGGP

Vietnam Airlines joins SkyTeam

In Uncategorized on May 28, 2010 at 1:09 pm

Leaders of ten major airlines will arrive in Hanoi on June 10, to welcome Vietnam Airlines to SkyTeam, a global alliance within the industry.

Vietnam Airlines aircraft (File photo)

In celebration, Vietnam Airlines also has announced a promotion campaign offering a 10 percent discount for all flight tickets purchased online (www.vietnamairlines.com) from 9 pm, June 9 until 8:59 pm the next day.


Top representatives from Delta Airlines, Alitalia, Air France, China Southern Airlines and Korean Air will attend the signing ceremony.


Once joining SkyTeam, Vietnam Airlines said its customers will get more benefits such as access to the global products and services, an airline network of more than 850 destinations, departure lounges most notably lower fares.


SkyTeam is one of the world’s three airline alliances with ten official members and three associate members on four continents. It has a large airline network connecting 905 locations in 169 countries.

Source: SGGP

Ban Ve Hydro-power Plant joins national grid

In Uncategorized on May 20, 2010 at 5:09 pm




Ban Ve Hydro-power Plant joins national grid


QĐND – Thursday, May 20, 2010, 21:1 (GMT+7)

PANO – Electricity produced from Ban Ve Hydro-power Plant was merged into the national grid on May 19th serving as an effective contribution of Nghe An Province to mark the 120th anniversary of birth of the late President Ho Chi Minh.


In the first phase, the only two generating groups, No1 and No2 are operating with the capacity of 100MW and 90MW, respectively. Total capacity of this VND 6,740 billion power plant is 320 MW.


Ban Ve Hydro-power Electric Plant provides not only electricity for domestic consumption but also supplies electricity to Laos. Besides, power supply, the plant also servers as a water reservoir for irrigation and for local people’s domestic use.


Translated by Hoang Anh


Source: QDND

President joins programme in support of poor

In Uncategorized on April 22, 2010 at 4:11 pm




President joins programme in support of poor


QĐND – Thursday, April 22, 2010, 21:43 (GMT+7)

State President Nguyen Minh Triet attended a programme to call for national support for the poor in the midland province of Phu Tho in Viet Tri city, on April 22.


President Triet called upon individuals and organisations at home and abroad to take a positive part in social activities for hunger alleviation and poverty reduction to contribute to lowering the national poverty rate.


He also commended organisations and enterprises for their kindness in helping the poor in Phu Tho province.


Though the war is over and people have lived in peace for 35 years, many Vietnamese families and individuals still suffer from poverty, partly due to the effects of war, President Triet said, adding that national assistance to the poor will help them live a better life.


The charitable programme is part of a provincial project to remove unsafe housing and reduce poverty.


Over the last 10 years, Phu Tho has replaced 12,000 unsafe houses, built infrastructure facilities for poor people and reduced the poverty rate to 13 percent.


For 2010, the province has targeted pushing its poverty rate down under 10 percent.


The same day, President Nguyen Minh Triet witnessed a signing ceremony for investment agreements on key industrial-service projects between Phu Tho and several giant economic groups and banks of Vietnam .


He also attended an event for a tree growing campaign, undertaken both in commemoration of the Hung Kings–the founders of the nation—as well as ramping up towards the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi.


Source: VNA


 


Source: QDND