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Sea tours attract visitors in June

In Uncategorized on July 1, 2010 at 10:30 am

Sea tours attract visitors in June

QĐND – Wednesday, June 30, 2010, 21:3 (GMT+7)

The number of tourists taking sea tours in June increased to 50% from 20%, compared to the same period last year, according to the figures from travel agencies.

The Hanoi Redtour sold sea tours to around 2,000 visitors going to the country’s three regions, an increase of 50% compared to last year’s figures, while a larger number of tourists have booked for the Vietran Tour Company’s tours, an increase of around 20% compared to the same period last year.

Nguyen Cong Hoan, Director of the Hanoi Redtour, said that more Vietnamese tourists want to choose domestic sea tours because of hot weather, the improvement of living standards, Vietnam Airlines’ early promotion programs, and the recent political uncertainties in Thailand.

On this occasion, many travel companies have offered interesting sea tours to their customers, with a lot of hotels along beautiful beaches in Hai Phong, Nghe An, Quang Binh, Danang and Nha Trang being fully booked until the end of July.

Source: HNM

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

100 foreign troops die in Afghan war in June

In Uncategorized on June 29, 2010 at 8:47 am

KABUL (AFP) – A total of 100 foreign soldiers fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan have died in June, the deadliest month for NATO in nine years of conflict, intensifying concerns about the conduct of the war.

An announcement by the US Department of Defence of the death of an American soldier on June 24 in the strife-torn western province of Farah took the toll for the year to date to 320, compared with 520 in all of 2009.

A memorial to British soldiers killed in action in Afghanistan, at a patrol base in the Nahr e Saraj, Helmand on June 28, 2010. AFP

AFP’s figures are based on a tally kept by the independent website.

The Defence Department said 20-year-old Private Robert Repkie of Tennessee had died on June 24 of “injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident” that was under investigation.

A spokesman for NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said 81 international troops had been killed in combat so far in June.

He said 12 troops had died of non-combat related causes. The remainder, who are not counted by ISAF, had died of injuries after returning home for treatment.

No NATO troops deaths were reported in Afghanistan on Monday, the spokesman said, adding: “A rare good day for us this month.”

The previous highest monthly toll was last August, at 77.

The United States and NATO have 140,000 troops in Afghanistan, set to peak at 150,000 by August in an effort to quell the intensifying war against the hardline Islamist Taliban.

The sacking last week of US General Stanley McChrystal for insubordination has concentrated concerns about the progress being made in bringing the insurgency under control.

His replacement, US General David Petraeus — due to take up the post on July 4, according to military officials — arrives to enormous pressure as casualties rise and Western public opinion continues to turn against the war.

The head of the CIA, Leon Panetta, also acknowledged at the weekend that there were “serious problems” with the Afghan war.

“We’re dealing with a country that has problems with governance, problems with corruption, problems with narcotics trafficking, problems with a Taliban insurgency,” he said.

Lack of action in cleaning up endemic official corruption is seen as an obstacle to progress, as many ordinary Afghans distrust the government the West is fighting to prop up.

On Monday, a senior US lawmaker angrily blocked billions of dollars for Afghanistan, vowing not to extend aid until President Hamid Karzai fulfills pledges to act against corruption.

Representative Nita Lowey, who sits on the powerful committee in charge of the budget, said: “I do not intend to appropriate one more dime for assistance to Afghanistan until I have confidence that US taxpayer money is not being abused to line the pockets of corrupt Afghan government officials, drug lords and terrorists.”

President Barack Obama’s administration requested 3.9 billion dollars in aid for Afghanistan in the 2011 fiscal year starting in October, an aide said.

While much of the anti-Taliban effort is concentrated on the southern provinces of Helmand and Kandahar — the Taliban heartland — a major offensive is under way in the border region of Kunar province, according to ISAF.

It said in a statement Sunday that more than 600 ISAF and Afghan troops were pursuing Al-Qaeda and Taliban militants in Kunar and that “a number of insurgents” had been killed.

Two US troops were also killed, ISAF said, though there was no immediate update Tuesday.

The Washington Post reported that up to 150 Taliban insurgents had been killed in battles along the Kunar border with Pakistan.

The US-led operation, which began Sunday, was one of the largest yet in the region around Kunar province, said the newspaper, citing US officials as calling it “one of the most intense battles of the past year” in Afghanistan.

NATO has said the dramatic upswing in casualty numbers has been caused by the alliance stepping up military operations and taking the fight to the Taliban in areas where the Islamist militia has previously been unchallenged.

The heavy toll can be largely attributed to the Taliban’s use of homemade bombs, or improvised explosive devices (IEDs), which are cheap and easy to make and account for the majority of foreign troops deaths.

The United Nations reported this month that IED attacks had risen by 94 percent in the first four months of this year, compared to the same period in 2009.

Source: SGGP

CPI rises slightly in June

In Uncategorized on June 25, 2010 at 12:41 pm

The country’s consumer price index (CPI) rose by 0.22 percent in June over the previous month and has risen 8.75 percent year-on-year, said the General Statistics Office.

CPI figures for Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. (

The highest increase came in the market for alcohol and tobacco, which increased 0.62 percent, perhaps due to hot weather bolstering the demand for beverages.

Costs for construction materials registered lowest level of increase, 0.01 percent, due declining prices for steel and gasoline.

The price of food and catering services surged by 0.37 percent; the price of rice however, decreased by 0.83 percent.

The CPI in June only a increased slightly due to the continually reducing price of rice, plus prices of many other essential commodities, such as petrol, oil, building materials, medicines and food also seeing reductions or moderate increases.

The price of gold increased by 3.09 percent over the previous month, spurned on by fluctuations in the US and EU markets.

The US dollar exchange rate, meanwhile, continued to decline 0.17 percent on the domestic market versus last month.

Ho Chi Minh City’s consumer price index (CPI) rose by 0.35 percent over the previous month and up 4.88 percent from the beginning of the year, said the office.

The highest increases were seen in entertainment and tourism services, housing and electricity. Water and construction materials rose 0.93 percent and 0.87 percent respectively; restaurant services increased by 0.57 percent and postal and telecom services went up 0.42 percent.

Hanoi’s CPI rose by 0.21 percent, driving up its six months figure to 5.13 percent.

Da Nang City’s CPI rose by 0.28 percent and Hai Phong City’s CPI 0.38 percent.

Source: SGGP

June deadliest month of Afghan war for NATO

In Uncategorized on June 24, 2010 at 4:38 am

June has become the deadliest month of the Afghan war for the NATO-led international military force.

US soldiers at an airfield in Kandahar in May 2010.

An Associated Press count based on announcements by the alliance and national commands shows 76 international service members have died this month. The total includes 46 Americans.

The previous deadliest month for the multinational force was July 2009, when 75 troops were killed. For the U.S. contingent, the deadliest month was October 2009, when 59 service members were killed.

Source: SGGP

Vietnam Airlines to join SkyTeam on June 10

In Uncategorized on May 27, 2010 at 5:13 am

Children to receive five-in-one vaccine in June

In Uncategorized on May 3, 2010 at 8:28 pm

Children to receive five-in-one vaccine in June

QĐND – Monday, May 03, 2010, 20:46 (GMT+7)

All children old enough to be vaccinated will be protected against five diseases (diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, hepatitis B and meningitis).

According to Nguyen Tran Hien, the head of the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (NIHE), this vaccination programme will be funded by the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI).

The programme will last for five years, starting from June 2010. In the first two years, the GAVI will grant US$37 million to help Vietnam purchase vaccines, needles and syringes.

Each year, Vietnam has 1.5 million new-born babies, therefore, about 1.5 million children need vaccinating annually.

The “five-in-one” vaccine has not been available in Vietnam before and it is quality tested by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Solar power grid to kick off in June

In Uncategorized on April 15, 2010 at 4:19 am

Solar power grid to kick off in June

QĐND – Wednesday, April 14, 2010, 22:49 (GMT+7)

The first rural, solar-power grid in the central province of Quang Binh will be installed under an agreement signed earlier this week by Schneider Electric Vietnam and the province.

The Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) pilot project will be jointly sponsored by Quang Binh, Energy Assistance France, and the Schneider Electric Foundation.

More than 35 households will benefit from the solar power station that is connected to an independent mini-grid system.

The project, which is expected to begin generating power by the end of June, will be run like a non-profit business.

If successful, similar projects could be deployed on a wider scale and assisted by preferred loan schemes that would provided by international funding, said Country President of Schneider Electric Vietnam, Oliver Jacquet.

“I hope the project is a great step toward sustainable economic development for the remote, rural areas in Vietnam,” said Jacquet.

This project is part of Bip-Bop programme that has been initiated by Schneider Electronic to bring green, clean, safe and sustainable electricity to 1.6 billion people in the world, who still have no access to energy.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Afghan offensive in Kandahar to begin in June: US

In Uncategorized on March 30, 2010 at 9:18 am

WASHINGTON (AFP) – NATO forces will begin their offensive on the Taliban stronghold of Kandahar in June, a US military official said, to regain ground against the fierce insurgency in their spiritual homeland.

The offensive in the region “has already begun,” the official told AFP late Monday on condition of anonymity, saying that in Kandahar “operations will begin (in June).”

NATO and US forces that earlier this year launched a major offensive against the Taliban in Helmand province, near Kandahar, have already announced plans to begin operations in the insurgent stronghold this summer, but without giving specific dates.

AFP file photo shows an armored NATO vehicle on patrol in Kandahar.

US President Barack Obama in a surprise visit to Afghanistan at the weekend defended his sweeping new push to flush out Taliban strongholds in Helmand and future targets in the south where the insurgency is concentrated.

“Our strategy includes a military effort that takes the fight to the Taliban while creating the conditions for greater security and a transition to the Afghans,” he told US and NATO troops gathered at Bagram Airfield outside Kabul.

The United States and NATO are boosting their military effort to 150,000 troops in Afghanistan in coming months as efforts to eradicate militant strongholds intensify. Related article: Progress too slow in Afghanistan: Obama

US General Stanley McChrystal said earlier this month he would take on Taliban militants in their Kandahar this summer when enough reinforcements are on the ground.

McChrystal, the US war commander, told President Barack Obama by video conference at a war cabinet meeting that the military was on course to pour thousands of extra troops into Afghanistan in the coming months, while he reported “continued progress” in the offensive against the Taliban in Marjah.

A US combat brigade of 4,000 men was already deployed in Kandahar in the summer of 2009 to secure lines of communication leading to the capital of southern Afghanistan, historic stronghold of the Taliban movement.

Upon his return Monday Obama also stressed the immediate need for progress in the country, torn by decades of conflict and over eight years of US-led intervention.

“I think he is listening,” Obama said, referring to his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai.

“But I think that the progress is too slow, and what we’ve been trying to emphasize is the fierce urgency of now,” Obama said in an interview with NBC, set to air on US television early Tuesday.

He pressed Karzai, returned for a second five-year term in fraud-riddled elections last year, to step up the fight against corruption and the drugs trade, and invited the Afghan leader to visit Washington on May 12.

Source: SGGP

Government defines inflation control as top major task

In Uncategorized on July 1, 2008 at 4:45 pm

The government at the June regular meeting on July 1 defined the top major task in the remaining months of this year is still how to curb inflation.

Under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, the cabinet members and authorities from two major cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City discussed solutions to stabilise macro economy, ensure social security and sustainable development.

They stressed the need to continue with the tightening monetary policy from the central to grass-root levels, adding that flexibility is also necessary in management in order to rein in inflation, stabilise economy but also accelerate production.

According to the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI), Vietnam obtained a GDP growth rate of 6.5 percent in the first half of 2008 despite difficulties and impacts from the world economy’s downturn.

MPI said Vietnam got a bumper winter-spring rice crop with an output of 18 million tonnes, 1 million tonnes over the same period last year.

The industrial production value increased by 16.5 percent, the agro-forestry-fishery production value, 4.5 percent in the reviewed period.

In addition, the export turnover surged by 30 percent year-on-year to reach 29.7 billion USD, helping narrow trade deficit.

Foreign direct investment increased in both capital attraction and disbursement with 31.6 billion USD registered in the past six months. “Investors are confident in medium and long-term investment in Vietnam ,” asserted the MPI.

The country had another good news as its inflation index signaled a slowdown with the June consumer price index (CPI) rising by 2.14 percent, the lowest rate in the past six months, the MPI reported.

The MPI also pointed to existing difficulties and weaknesses, including the slowdown of economic growth rate of 5.85 percent in the second quarter of 2008. Meanwhile, the country’s trade deficit is staying at a high level, 14.8 billion USD or nearly a half of export turnover.

It also mentioned the monetary market’s fluctuation, the instability of the stock market and the unceasing hike of prices.

The government will continue its discussions on solutions to complete socio-economic tasks for 2008 on July 2.

No big fluctuations in market prices till the year’s end

In Uncategorized on June 29, 2008 at 10:39 am

There will be no major fluctuations in the market in the second half of this year following good signals in the economy during June, said Hoang Tho Xuan, head of the Domestic Trade Policy Department.

According to Mr Xuan, the Government’s measures to curb runaway inflation have begun to pay off, with the consumer price index increasing by only 2.14 percent in June compared to the record high of 3.95 percent in May.

Mr Xuan told the media in Hanoi on June 27 that the Government’s tight monetary policy has proved effective, with total modes of payments falling dramatically. In addition, Vietnam has announced a bumper winter-spring rice crop this year, refuting rumours that the country had run short of food for local consumption. As a result, food prices have fallen gradually, and the Government has also agreed to increase the export rice volume to 4.5 million tonnes this year instead of 3.5 million tonnes announced earlier.

Many capital construction projects have been halted, causing building material prices to fall.

Mr Tho said that the Government’s recent decision not to raise the prices of electricity, safe water and public transport this year will help the market maintain the stable pace until the end of the year.