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Ancient rural life in heart of Hanoi

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 9:00 am

Ancient rural life in heart of Hanoi

QĐND – Saturday, July 10, 2010, 21:36 (GMT+7)

Right in the heart of Hanoi, tourists can see and touch the simple life of the Vietnamese countryside several centuries ago while visiting the Museum of Farming Tools and Daily Life Essentials of Northern Farmers.

The museum, covering 100 sq. m. on Van Ho street, was founded in 2004 by a retired publishing house employee, Tran Phu Son, who has spent more than 20 years collecting over 200 objects to display at the museum.

Flour mills, earthenware and copper basins dating back hundreds of years and rice-grinding mills available only in the 19 th century are among the objects which are no longer in use today.

A bamboo bucket to water crop fields or a palm coat which was used to help farmers struggle against three different severe weather conditions–the heat, the cold and the rain–provide a glimpse into ancient life in the countryside.

The museum owner said he rummaged everywhere in the northern countryside to collect objects essential to ancient rural life, to help young generations better understand their ancestors.

“All the exhibits here are evidence of my devotion to keeping the past alive for the future. Anyone interested in studying the life of northern farmers will be welcome here,” said Son, who devoted over 40 years to the publishing industry.

Besides the museum on northern rural life, which is among the first three private museums in Vietnam, Son plans to establish another museum in Ho Chi Minh City, dealing with pottery from all parts of the country.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Exhibit chronicles the life of late Party Secretary General

In Uncategorized on July 1, 2010 at 2:35 pm

An exhibition on the late Party Secretary General Nguyen Van Linh is being held at HCMC Youth’s Cultural House to celebrate his 95th birthday (July 1, 1915-2010). The display will run until July 8.


Secretary of the HCMC Party Committee Le Thanh Hai contemplates photos in the exhibition. (Photo: Sggp)

The display titled “Nguyen Van Linh- virtuous and creative communist” introduces to viewers 88 photos and many important documents about the late Party Secretary General Nguyen Van Linh during wartime and the Renewal process.

Revolutionary soldier Nguyen Van Linh was one of late Present Ho Chi Minh’s most excellent students.

The Vietnamese people, the Party, armed forces, as well as international friends considered the late Party Secretary to be a prestigious leader.

The late Party Secretary General whose real name was Nguyen Van Cuc (or Muoi Cuc) was born in the northern province of Hung Yen. He lived and worked in the all three Vietnamese regions: North, Central and South.

He spent half of his life living and working in the South.

He was elected General Secretary at the Sixth National Party Congress in December 1986.

The exhibition was organized by the HCMC Organization Board of National Holiday, city’s Exhibition Information Center and HCMC Youth’s Cultural House. 

Secretary Le Thanh Hai and Deputy-secretary Huynh Thi Nhan of the Party Committee, Party Committee standing deputy secretary Nguyen Van Dua, Chaiwoman of the People’s Council Pham Phuong Thao together with a great number of people and students in the city have attended the exhibition.

Source: SGGP

People’s life highlighted in new rural programme

In Uncategorized on June 19, 2010 at 4:25 pm

People’s life highlighted in new rural programme

QĐND – Saturday, June 19, 2010, 20:49 (GMT+7)

A party politburo member has said it is necessary to consider improving living conditions for people to be the nucleus of a new rural programme.

At a conference on the issue in Hanoi on June 18, Truong Tan Sang, who is also permanent member of the Party Central Committee’s Secretariat, laid stress on the importance to collect public opinions for designing the scheme.

The senior party official also said the scheme should be drastically implemented to build modern and civilised rural areas which will see economic growth, living condition improvement and a modern socio-economic infrastructure.

Participants at the event said that the implementation of the scheme in 11 pilot communes has helped uncover existing shortcomings and boost the process of finalising legal documents for rural planning and construction.

According to the Ministry of Construction, investment in capital construction has amounted to more than 1 trillion VND of the total funding of over 1.7 trillion VND for the 11 communes.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

AO victim determined to lead useful life

In Uncategorized on June 7, 2010 at 2:35 pm

AO victim determined to lead useful life

QĐND – Monday, June 07, 2010, 20:59 (GMT+7)

She cannot walk very well after being exposed to Agent Orange/dioxin but she wears a perfect smile when talking about her life.

Nguyen Thi Ha, from the port city of Hai Phong, was physically deformed from birth in 1980 because her father was contaminated with the toxic chemical Agent Orange on a southern battlefield during the American war.

Despite her restricted mobility, Ha says she has always been determined to work for a living and fully integrate into the community so she chose hairdressing as a way of making her living.

She remembers that when she started to learn her hairdressing skills from a professional hairdresser in 2000 that the work posed a huge challenge to her because of her lack of mobility.

However, she proved to be brave as her father had been on the battlefield and that her strong determination and hard work could help her to succeed in the job and she eventually made it.

She is now a well-known hairdresser. She has passed on her skills free-of-charge to at least 50 other disabled people to enable them to support themselves financially.

Ha recalled her story to the participants of a forum held in Hanoi recently for AO victims where they discussed how they had overcome the pain and agony caused by the defoliant with the help of the State’s supportive programmes, including one that focuses on rehabilitation and job training.

In 1987, the Health Ministry launched a similar programme across the country, for up to 4.8 million people who had been exposed to AO, including 3 million victims who are still suffering from the affects of the deadly chemical.

First carried out in the Mekong delta province of Tien Giang, the programme was expanded to 51 cities and provinces nationwide by the end of 2009.

It has provided job training and placements to 27 percent of AO victims and community-based supportive services to 71 percent of both AO victims and disabled people.

Currently, three rehabilitation centres for the victims of toxic chemicals are operating in the Red River Delta province of Thai Binh, the central province of Quang Ngai and the southeastern province of Dong Nai.

These centres have helped to improve the quality of the victims’ lives by helping them integrate into the community after receiving rehabilitation and knowledge on the field.

A further 10 more centres are expected to be built for AO victims in the near future.

Like Ha, many AO victims have spared no effort in overcoming their difficulties and have proved that they can earn a living themselves and leading a life that useful to society.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Different sides of love and life mix in performance sure to spark Vietnamese imagination

In Uncategorized on May 29, 2010 at 9:13 am

“People overcome difficulties in life; they recognize that nothing lasts forever.”  The contemporary dance Maybe Forever by Stuart and Philipp Gehmacher is a combination of singing and dancing, highlighting different sides of love.

Audiences will meet up the talented guitarist Niko from the Mute band in a new job, preparing live music for the performance, at the stage work Maybe forever (Photo: Goethe Institute)Maybe Forever is a collaboration in which the artistic worlds of two choreographers collide. The lullabies of singer-songwriter Niko Hafkenscheid accompany the pair onstage, and have them dance in a promised land. While Hafkenscheid sings of love and longing, the dance of Meg Stuart und Philipp Gehmacher describes the pain and memories of love’s end.
The former dance critic Myriam Van Imschoot prepared the dramaturgy of the performance. The Goethe Institute will present the performance to Vietnamese public free-of-charge.
The performance will visit two biggest cities of Vietnam, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. In Hanoi, it will start at 8pm June 4 at the Hanoi Opera House (1 Trang Tien street) and at HCMC Opera House (7 Lam Son Square, Dist.1) at 8pm June 8.
Free tickets can be collected at two venues: Goethe Institute Hanoi (56 – 58 Nguyen Thai Hoc street) from May 31 to June 4 and Goethe Institute HCMC (18 Street No.1, Do Thanh Compound, Dist. 3) from June 2 to June 8.
Questions or requests in related to the show can be sent to the email: .
Meg Stuart is considered one of the key figures in the international contemporary dance scene.  Drawing from the vast reservoir of everyday movements, she has created a completely new aesthetic of dance.
The MA Philipp Gehmacher is famous for choreographing the opening of Tanzquartiers Wien, the first full-length piece “mountains are mountains”, and other co-productions with prominent European dance theaters, and later in 2009 was awarded the Austrian Award of the Ministry of Education Art and Culture.
Meanwhile, the guitarist and songwriter Niko Hafkenscheid, mostly known as a member of the Brussels electro-rock band aMute, has created soundtracks for several documentaries and feature films, such as “Taliban nicht beendet” (2008) and “Simple Appareil” (2008).

Source: SGGP

Centre looks to save endangered river life

In Uncategorized on May 18, 2010 at 1:06 am

Centre looks to save endangered river life

QĐND – Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 7:55 (GMT+7)

The National Breeding Centre for Freshwater Aquaculture in the Southern Region is trying to save some endemic species in the Cuu Long (Mekong) River that face the threat of extinction.

Pham Van Khanh, its director, said following research into the biology and reproduction of many freshwater fish species, the centre has innovated nearly 30 techniques to breed fishes.

It has also drawn up breeding standards for various freshwater fishes for the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

The centre has developed a programme to sustain the gene pools of various species of freshwater creatures and conserved around 20 species of high-value freshwater fish, which used to be commonly brought up in the Mekong Delta.

It has developed a technology to store frozen sperm from fish like “tra co”, “ho” and carp and successfully reproduced the “ho” and “tra soc”, two endemic species in the delta that face a high risk of extinction. The centre has cooperated with several domestic and international organisations for programmes to develop freshwater aquaculture in the region.

It produces 20 – 40 million fish fries every year, including those of the ho. Besides, it has imported and domesticated three Indian fish species since 1984.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

New educational program helps learners solve life challenges

In Uncategorized on May 10, 2010 at 12:46 pm

To help all classes of the society improve their educational level, a new multi-leveled education program is in the works.

The Ministry of Education and Training is creating new education programs that aim to provide all segments of society with knowledge of law, environmental protection, physical fitness and business matters.  Officials hope the program will be helpful for people to solve life’s challenges.

Flexibly designed, the program includes over 1,500 classes, addressing many important issues in society. Under the plan, individual provinces would be able to choose which programs address the needs of their particular communities.

The ministry will consider input from all segments of society while designing the new educational programs.

Source: SGGP

Life prospers on Truong Sa archipelago

In Uncategorized on May 6, 2010 at 4:38 pm

Life prospers on Truong Sa archipelago

QĐND – Thursday, May 06, 2010, 21:37 (GMT+7)

When taking a trip to the town of Truong Sa Lon in the Truong Sa (Spratly) island district of the southern coastal province of Khanh Hoa archipelago, visitors are often surprised to see that life here is very similar to any other town in the country.

Nobody can imagine that they are hundreds of nautical miles away from the mainland when seeing houses with red-tiled roofs amid the orchards and trees, children on their way to school or women visiting pagodas on the fifteenth day of the lunar month.

Truong Dinh Phuong, a resident in Truong Sa Lon (Big Truong Sa) town, told a Vietnam News Agency reporter that his family lacks nothing, although the facilities on the island are somewhat limited compared to the mainland.

Built on a plot of 200sq.m, Phuong and his wife’s red-roofed and yellow-walled house is equipped with a wind and solar power system. Like other families on the island, Phuong’s family can use any electrical appliance that they choose.

These days the distance between the mainland and Truong Sa has been further shortened, as the Viettel mobile phone network now covers Truong Sa archipelago.

32-year-old resident Dang Thanh Chuong said that people on the island are very friendly and supportive. Fishermen donate fish to soldiers after bumper catches and soldiers give back things that they grow or raise such as fruit, vegetables, pigs and chickens, he added.

His wife and daughter who live with him on the island said that contributing to the development of Truong Sa makes them happy as they feel that they are fulfilling their responsibility to the motherland.

These are our waters, where we do our fishing and the island is our second fatherland where my entire family belongs,” said another resident Vo Van Truong.

Apart from the soldiers who defend the country’s territorial waters, local residents like Chuong and Phuong, as well as other young leaders, including the Vice President of Truong Sa Lon town Nguyen Quoc Thien and President of the town’s Vietnam Fatherland Front Le Minh Canh are those who have contributed to the vitality of Truong Sa Lon, and as well as of the country’s islands as a whole.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Central heat plagues residents’ life and crops

In Uncategorized on April 19, 2010 at 9:34 am

The persistent scorching weather with temperatures up to 41 Celsius degrees in the central region has dried up rivers in Thua Thien-Hue, Quang Tri and Ha Tinh Provinces, putting a host of rice fields in a severe shortage of irrigation water.

The long-lasting scorching weather raises the number of children hospitalized in Quang Nam Province. (Photo: SGGP)

In the northern central province of Quang Tri, about 1,000 hectares of rice in Dong Ha town and Cam Lo District has been in danger of dying off completely as Hieu River, the main water supply for irrigation, has been depleted.

Meanwhile, in Ha Tinh Province, thousands of hectares of rice in Duc Tho, Cam Loc, Thach Ha, and Loc Ha have experienced worse salt intrusion.

According to the province Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, since the end of March, the salinity has reached 3-4‰ while the permitted level for rice development is just below 1.2‰.

Farmers say that it takes VND30 million (US$1,500) per day for electricity alone to pump water into fields.

In addition, the drought has also bring more trouble for farmers in provinces from Nghe An to Quang Ngai as they have struggled to cope with the rage of pests and insects.

Of these, the black streaked dwarf rice disease has ruined thousands of hectares of rice, with rice being burnt and dwarf.

Thua Thien-Hue and Quang Tri Provinces People’s Committees have begun carrying out measures to control the disease.

Going to beaches to avoid heat

The sweltering weather together with regular power cut has sent central residents to beaches and parks to cool off.

In Quang Nam Province, thousands of people and tourists have flocked into beaches including Tam Thanh in Tam Ky town, Rang in Nui Thanh District and Cua Dai in Hoi An ancient town to cool off in early morning and late afternoon.

In Da Nang City, restaurants along Han River and beaches everyday see numerous of customers who come to seek for cool atmosphere.

In related news, 700,000 people in Mekong Delta Province of Ben Tre have suffered severe salt penetration in the entire localities.

The salt intrusion has damaged dozens of thousands hectares of coconut palms and other fruits plants in the province.

Thousands of flower and ornamental plant growers in Cho Lach District also lamented that the salt penetration has put them in a harsh shortage of irrigation water.

Meanwhile, residents in coastal districts of Binh Dai, Ba Tri and Thanh Phu have to buy potable water at a price of VND60,000-120,000 a cubic meter.

In several other areas of the province, people have been forced to use salt-infected tap water.

Source: SGGP

ACE Life funds a school in Phu Yen

In Uncategorized on March 30, 2010 at 3:19 pm

ACE Life funds a school in Phu Yen

QĐND – Tuesday, March 30, 2010, 21:51 (GMT+7)

The construction of a VND 1.2 billion primary school has started recently in Xuan Lam commune, Song Cau district, Phu Yen province with the financial assistance from ACE Life Vietnam Company.

The school, named Xuan Lam is being constructed on a solid and hilly land, with a mountain at the back to avoid being hit by floods and storms.

The two-storey school will have 6 classrooms and in case of floods teaching facilities will be moved to the second floor.

The construction is expected to be completed by this July, in good time to welcome students to their academic year of 2010-2011.

ACE Life Vietnam has actively supported Vietnam’s education, and the company has so far provided financial assistance to 1,444 needy students nationwide, helped upgrade four schools in Ho Chi Minh City and taken part in various significant social activities.

Source: DDDN

Translated by Mai Huong

Source: QDND