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Friendship concert marks cooperation relations between Vietnam and

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:08 am

A ‘friendship concert’ featuring Chinese and Vietnamese musicians will take place at the Ho Chi Minh City Conservatory of Music on December 12.


The concert will present music lovers with sweet melodies from compositions including: Flying Partridge; Song of the Chu Kingdom; Song of Zhaojun; Milou River Carriccio; Fishing Birds Playing on Water; Fishermen’s Song at Dusk; and Flower music.


Musicians of the China Conservatory of Music and Ho Chi Minh City Conservatory of Music will join the event.


The music show aims to mark the development and cooperation for better relations between China and Vietnam.

Source: SGGP

Meeting marks International Day for Persons with Disabilities

In Uncategorized on November 27, 2010 at 2:51 pm




Meeting marks International Day for Persons with Disabilities


QĐND – Saturday, November 27, 2010, 21:42 (GMT+7)

A meeting to mark the International Day for Persons with Disabilities (December 3) was held in Hanoi on November 27 by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA).


In response to this year’s theme “Mainstreaming Persons with Disabilities in the Millennium Development Goals towards 2015 and Beyond”, the MOLISA has worked with relevant organisations to hold many activities, such as issuing guidance for implementing the Law on Persons with Disabilities and organising a “Persons with Disabilities and Jobs” contest and seminar to share experiences in the labour market.


After the meeting, there was a fair to introduce products made by persons with disabilities and to announce the winners of the “persons with disabilities and jobs” contest as well as cultural and sporting activities for disabled people.


A job bazaar was also held to provide opportunities for disabled people to look for employment.


An exchange called “Disabilities and Development” will take place at the Hanoi Children’s Cultural Palace in the evening of November 27 to honour businesses that have helped persons with disabilities overcome difficulties in recent times.


On the occasion, the US based NGO, LDSC presented 15 wheelchairs to Vietnamese disabled people.


There are around 600 million persons with disabilities in the world, including 400 million people in 63 countries and territories in the Asia-Pacific region. Vietnam has around 5.3 million persons with disabilities, accounting for 6.34 percent of its population.

Source: VOV


Source: QDND

VUFO marks 60th anniversary

In Uncategorized on November 18, 2010 at 1:56 am

Taiwanese IT products received high marks

In Uncategorized on November 17, 2010 at 2:32 pm

Calligraphy exhibition marks Vietnamese teacher’s day

In Uncategorized on November 12, 2010 at 7:53 am

New week marks turning point in French pension protest

In Uncategorized on October 24, 2010 at 11:59 am

PARIS, Oct 24, 2010 (AFP) – The titanic battle over French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s bid to raise the retirement age reached a turning point Sunday at the start of a new week of strikes, rallies and fuel blockades.


With thousands of families heading off for school half-term holidays, and lawmakers preparing to give the pensions bill their formal final approval, Sarkozy hopes that the mass protest movement will start to die away.

A cruise ship, surrounded by blocked tankers, waits off the port of Marseille, southern France, on October 23, 2010, after having been denied access due to an harbour’s workers strike against the government’s pension plan reform and against a port reform scheme. AFP

But, with opinion polls showing the embattled president more unpopular than ever, trade unions and student bodies have declared at least two more days of action, and strikes continue in the key fuel sector.


A poll by the IFOP institute for the weekly JDD newspaper showed Sarkozy’s approval rating had dropped below 30 percent for the first time, clouding his hopes that passing the pensions law could kick start a political comeback.


French university students are planning to march on Tuesday to defend the right to retire at 60, and trade unions have called their campaign’s seventh one-day nationwide strike and day of rallies on Thursday.


Meanwhile, one petrol station in four around the country has run dry, amid strikes at refineries and blockades of fuel depots by strikers playing a cat and mouse game with riot police sent to disperse them.


Government supporters were putting a brave face on things, however, betting that on Wednesday — when the National Assembly rubber stamps a pensions law already approved by both houses — the movement will fizzle.


“In France we have a sort of ritual from another century,” complained Jean-Francois Cope, leader of Sarkozy’s right-wing UMP in parliament, in an interview with Le Parisien newspaper.


“Strikes, protests, yes, but taking the economy hostage is intolerable,” he said. “Most of the country paralysed by the actions of a handful of extremists. Everyone should understand that we have no other choice.”


The pensions reform bill was approved by the Senate on Friday, and on Monday the text will be reconciled with the draft passed earlier by the lower house.


Government expects the merged text will then receive final approval by the National Assembly on Wednesday, raising the minimum retirement age from 60 to 62 by 2018 and increasing the period of salary contributions to 41 years.


Sarkozy defends the measure as “inevitable” in the face of France’s rapidly growing population and burgeoning budget deficit, but opponents accuse him of making workers pay while protecting the rich and the world of finance.


The president is due to face re-election in 2012, and the Socialist party has vowed that if its candidate wins, he or she will restore retirement at 60.


While most voters polled say they support the strikes, and each protest day has so far drawn more than a million marchers, Sarkozy is gambling that if he forces the law through he will be hailed as a strong leader by the right.


To this end, on Friday the government sent in riot police to clear access to a blocked fuel depot and served legal orders on some striking oil workers ordering them to return to work.


Strikes have continued across the industry, however, and around 70 ships are waiting at anchor off the southern port of Marseille unable to dock and unload. Nevertheless, officials predict a slow return to normal.


“In the Paris region we have 35 percent of filling stations that have run dry or are out of at least one fuel product, and in the west of the country a third are in real difficulty,” said a spokeswoman for the transport ministry.


Elsewhere, between 10 and 15 percent of stations are out, she added.


Meanwhile, in the southern city of Marseille — where garbage has been piling up in the streets for two weeks — authorities issued a legal order aimed at compelling striking rubbish collectors to re-open two dumps.

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Source: SGGP

Party Central Office marks 80th anniversary

In Uncategorized on October 16, 2010 at 6:23 pm




Party Central Office marks 80th anniversary


QĐND – Saturday, October 16, 2010, 20:51 (GMT+7)

The Central Office of the Communist Party of Vietnam, which plays an important role in the Party’s leadership, has celebrated its 80th birthday in Hanoi.


A ceremony took place on October 16 in the presence of General Secretary Nong Duc Manh, former general secretaries Do Muoi and Le Kha Phieu, former Chairman of the National Assembly Nguyen Van An, former State President Tran Duc Luong, and Minister of Defence Phung Quang Thanh. 


The history of the Central Office has been closely connected to that of the Communist Party of Vietnam, said Ngo Van Du, current Head of the Central Office. Its main functions still include advice and assistance to senior officials in the Politburo, the Secretariat and the Central Committee of the Party.


Mr Du said the agency now comprises a strong array of experts in various fields to help with appraising projects, reporting socio-economic issues, constructing laws, and advising the Politburo on policies and measures to curb the impact of the global economic downturn and shift the country’s economic model.


In addition, he said, the Central Office has improved the quality of its logistical and financial work for the activities of the Party’s central leadership organs, leaders, and specialized commissions.


In his speech, General Secretary Manh praised the Central Office and its local counterparts for their close coordination with related agencies to accurately, quickly and comprehensively reflect the country’s situation. It has also proposed timely measures to deal with pressing issues, which has ensured the Party’s leadership in politics, economy, society, defence, security and external affairs.


Mr Manh also pointed out that the Central Office has played an active supervisory role to make sure that the Party’s resolutions are fully and effectively implemented, thus creating impetus for the country’s industrialization, modernization and international integration.


At the ceremony, the Party Chief asked the Central Office to prepare thoroughly for the coming 11th National Party Congress.


He urged the agency to improve its professional work, ensuring each staff member of the Office fully grasps late President Ho Chi Minh’s teachings on the crucial importance of office work and follows his moral standards.


Mr Manh asked the Office to reform its working styles and apply scientific methods to raise the quality of its work and create a highly cultural environment.


Source: VOV


 


Source: QDND

National records marks Hanoi’s 1,000th birthday

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:48 pm

The Vietnamese Record Book has acknowledged national records celebrating the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long –Hanoi.

             A biggest pair of pottery dragons

Bat Trang ceramic and pottery village’s artisan Nguyen Van Binh and his assistants made a biggest pair of pottery dragons which are copied from a pair of the Ly dynasty. Each dragon is 30m long, 15.6m wide and 8.2m high, holding a gemstone ball of 57kg. Around 6,000 enamel plates and 4,000 enamel cups baked meticulously have been used to make the dragons’ body.

The largest wood-engraved piece of “Chieu Doi Do” (“Edict on the Transfer of the Capital” written by King Ly Cong Uan on the move of Vietnam’s capital from Hoa Lu to Dai La – Hanoi at present) was made of valuable wood and gold. The royal proclamation is 4.58m long, 3.85 m high and weighs five tons.

A pair of 10 meter-long Ao dai was embroidered with 1,000 phoenixes and 1,000 dragons. Designer Lan Huong spent more than one year to design the couple of Vietnamese traditional dresses called “Thousand-year convergence”. She mobilized 1,000 embroiderers of Quat Dong traditional handicraft village in Hanoi to complete the dresses which were made of Van Phuc –Ha Dong silk.

Xuan La village in Phu Xuyen District, Hanoi, is the most famous and age-old to he (toy figures) village in Vietnam. To he is a traditional toy for Vietnamese children made from glutinous rice powder and shaped into edible figurines such as animals, flowers or characters from folk stories on the occasion of traditional festivals.

                    A pair of 10 meter-long ao dai

A biggest buffet with 1,000 dishes was held in Hai Phong City from September 27 to October 2.

A giant grilled chopped cuttlefish was imitated and copied from the Golden Turtle in Ho Guom (Sword Lake). The dish is 1.38m long, 0.9m wide and 0.5m high.

A bicycle parade took place on September 26 with the participation of 1,000 students and young people.

A drum choir entitled “Noi trong Lac Hong-Ngan nam Thang Long” (A thousand years of Thang Long to beat the Lac Hong drums) is organized with a great number of 100 bronze drums dubbed the designs of ancient bronze drums excavated in Ngoc Lu, Quang Xuong, Hoang Ha, and Song Da.

In related news, a sapphire turtle made by the DOJI Gold and Gems Group was presented to the Ha Noi People’s Committee as a gift for the city’s 1,000th anniversary on October 3. The turtle, made from a monolithic sapphire, weighs two tons.


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Source: SGGP

Hotels fully booked as Hanoi marks 1,000th birthday

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 3:59 am




Hotels fully booked as Hanoi marks 1,000th birthday


QĐND – Saturday, October 09, 2010, 21:2 (GMT+7)


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Hotels in the old quarters of Hanoi have been fully booked during recent weeks as visitors poured into the city on the occasion of the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long – Hanoi


Binh, who lives in Ho Chi Minh City, had to make more than 30 phone calls until he managed to book a room in a place far from the centre in Hanoi.


“At first, I wanted to book a hotel room on Hang Trong Street with the former price of VND 400,000 per night. However, the receptionist said that the hotel ran out of rooms two weeks earlier. Therefore, I had to reserve a room at a place which is 5 kilometres from the Hanoi centre,” Binh said.


Many vacationers and business people fell into the same situation as Binh when they had to rent hotel rooms at the price of 20% to 25% higher than usual.


A representative of Vietravel in Hanoi said that the company’s customers still have enough accommodations as they had worked with its system of partners in the city.


Meanwhile, other tourist companies in Hanoi complained about the closing of some streets in Hanoi that troubled their tourist clients.


Source: Tien Phong


Translated by Ngoc Hung


Source: QDND

Afghanistan marks independence day

In Uncategorized on August 19, 2010 at 11:22 am

KABUL, Aug 19, 2010 (AFP) – Afghanistan marked independence day Thursday as the Taliban-led insurgency drags on, with foreign troop deaths at record highs and the government under pressure to honour pledges on corruption and security.


August 19 commemorates the signing of the Treaty of Rawalpindi in 1919, which granted Afghanistan full independence from Britain — though the country was never part of the British empire — after three bloody wars.

(AFP FILES) In this photograph taken on August 19, 2006, Afghan soldiers parade during a ceremony marking the anniversary of Afghanistan’s independence Day parade in Kabul.

The day was traditionally marked by a military parade and other public events, but these were scaled down after a Taliban attack in 2008 that was seen as an assassination attempt on President Hamid Karzai.


Karzai on Thursday attended a low-profile event in Kabul, placing a floral wreath at the base of the marble independence memorial near his palace.


The ceremony was attended by Western dignitaries including the commander of foreign forces, US General David Petraeus, who watched Karzai inspect a guard of honour.


The Taliban, who were ousted in a 2001 US-led invasion and are the main militant group behind a growing insurgency, also marked the day, vowing to defeat the NATO force and calling them “invaders”.


“Indeed, the invasion by the British was not the only one, Afghanistan has suffered many attacks and invasions prior to the British invasion and afterwards,” a statement by the Taliban “leadership council” said.


“The Afghan nation has never tolerated the occupation of their country before and will never tolerate it in the future at all.”


Karzai returned to the capital late on Wednesday after attending a rare summit with his Pakistani and Russian counterparts, at which they agreed to pursue joint economic projects to help bring stability to the volatile region.


The summit, which also involved Tajikistan, adopted a joint declaration supporting the intentions by business leaders from Russia, Pakistan and Tajikistan to help Afghanistan rebuild its war-battered infrastructure, including in the energy and transportation sectors.


Russian President Dmitry Medvedev hosted Karzai, Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan and Tajikistan’s Emomaly Rahmon in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.


Afghanistan’s current war cycle, which has lasted 30 years, began with a Soviet invasion in December 1979 that sparked a decade-long war that spilled into civil war and was followed by the Taliban’s brutal 1996-2001 regime.


Karzai has been increasingly turning to his neighbours — which also include Iran and China — as pressure intensifies from his Western backers to make progress on pledges to improve governance.


Led by the United States, Karzai’s allies are concerned that his government is not honouring commitments on touchstone issues such as corruption and security, potentially threatening their plans to begin troop withdrawals.


The United States and NATO have 141,000 troops in Afghanistan fighting a Taliban-led insurgency that has so far this year claimed 437 foreign soldiers.


On beginning his second five-year term last year — after an election tainted by massive fraud, mostly in his favour — Karzai promised to deal with rampant graft and take on greater responsibility for national security.


US Senator John Kerry, whose presence this week in Afghanistan is coming to signal the depth of Washington’s concern, described corruption as “one of the most significant challenges facing Afghanistan”.


“I think in the next days the government of Afghanistan’s response to anti-corruption efforts are a key test of its ability to regain the confidence of the people and provide the kind of governance that the American people are prepared to support with hard-earned tax dollars and most importantly with the treasure of our country, the lives of young men and women,” Kerry said.


“I believe President Karzai wants to do that but my belief that he wants to do it is not going to be enough. It’s going to have to be done.”


Benchmarks would be set but he declined to go into detail.


Kerry also visited US troops in the south, where the Taliban-led insurgency is concentrated.


NATO said that one of its soldiers was killed Wednesday in the south after at attack with an improvised bomb, the hallmark of the Taliban.


In a separate statement, NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said planes Wednesday pounded insurgent strongholds near Kabul, killing two dozen rebels.

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Source: SGGP