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Iran says 11 members of Sunni militant group hanged

In Uncategorized on December 21, 2010 at 9:34 am

TEHRAN, Dec 20, 2010 (AFP) – Iran on Monday hanged 11 members of Sunni militant group Jundallah which claimed last week’s devastating suicide bombing of a Shiite mourning procession, a judiciary official said.


“This morning 11 members of those belonging to (Jundallah), who in recent months were involved in terrorist attacks in the province (Sistan-Baluchestan), fighting with police, and martyring several innocent people have been hanged in Zahedan jail,” Ebrahim Hamidi, head of the provincial justice department, told state news agency IRNA.


Jundallah (Army of God) is a shadowy Sunni militant group which has claimed several deadly attacks in Iran’s Sistan-Baluchestan province, including a December 15 suicide bombing in the city of Chabahar which killed 39 people and wounded dozens.

An Iranian baker displays loaves of bread at a bakery in central Tehran on December 19, 2010 as the Iranian government began to implement its controversial plan of scrapping subsidies on energy and food products as part of the reforms which had been in the pipeline for several years. AFP

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Source: SGGP

Family artist members shine in special cai luong show

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

Cai luong’s lovers will have chance to enjoy a special program of the Southern traditional music performed by five generations of famous actors and actresses of the Minh To troupe.

Cai luong veteran actress Bach Le (L) and People’s Artist Thanh Tong. (Photo: Sggp)

The program titled, “Gin vang giu ngoc” (Keeping valuable treasure of traditional music), introduces two well-known cai luong classical plays to audiences: Cau tho yen ngua and Dieu Tam Xuan bao phu cuu (Dieu Tam Xuan takes a revenge of her husband) or Tram Trinh An (Beheading military general Trinh An).


Onstage, veteran couples Thanh Bach and Bach Le, Dien Thanh and Bach Luu, People’s Artist Thanh Tong, Truong Son, Thanh Loan, Bach Long, dramatic actor Thanh Loc and young actresses Tu Suong, Trinh Trinh and Que Tran will perform.


The Minh To troupe is regarded as a cai luong family with many talents, who always have done their best to restore and preserve the family tradition.


Director Vu Minh, who has a great love for cai luong, persuaded the Minh To Troupe to organize a special program to commemorate the traditional career of their family. Thanh Bach and Bach Le from France and Dien Thanh and Bach Luu from Australia were planning to visit their mother, the artist Huynh Mai, in Ho Chi Minh City, making the show possible. 


It is also a chance for family members to gather onstage.


The cai luong show will take place at Ben Thanh Theater in Ho Chi Minh City from July 23 to 25 and 30 to 31.

Source: SGGP

Government members to join question and answer session

In Uncategorized on June 8, 2010 at 2:30 pm




Government members to join question and answer session


QĐND – Tuesday, June 08, 2010, 21:1 (GMT+7)

Standing Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung and Ministers of Finance, Transportation, Agriculture and Rural Development, and Culture, Sports and Tourism are expected to answer National Assembly’s deputies’ questions from June 10-12.


According to Tran Dinh Dan, Head of the NA Office, 160 questions have been sent to the Deputy PM and Ministers.


Although The Minister of Industry and Trade, Vu Huy Hoang, received the largest number of questions, he will not join the session. However, he will give detailed explanations about related issues during the Q&A session.


Deputy PM Nguyen Sinh Hung will focus his answers on the government’s management of the macroeconomy, the sudden increase in prices and the government’s solution to electricity shortage.


Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat is expected to answer questions related to local policies on lending land to foreigners for reforestation.


Vu Van Ninh, the Minister of Finance will answer questions on inspecting the income of groups and state-owned corporations’ leaders.


Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Hoang Tuan Anh will focus on the overabundance of festivals.


The Minister of Transport, Ho Nghia Dung, will answer questions on Hanoi’s disconnection of junctions.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

1,000 Youth Union members donate blood

In Uncategorized on April 6, 2010 at 4:34 pm




1,000 Youth Union members donate blood


QĐND – Tuesday, April 06, 2010, 21:6 (GMT+7)

Over a 1,000 Youth Union members from businesses, universities and army units in Quang Ngai province have donated over 500 units of blood in response to the blood donation campaign launched in the Central province on April 4th.  


Bui Quang Kieu, who has donated blood 21 times in the province, said donating blood is a meaningful deed and he had started donating blood since he was at high school. He added that he was very happy doing it because his blood can help to save a patient, especially poor patients.


At the event, the Quang Ngai Provincial People’s Committee presented certificates of merit to 34 groups and individuals to acknowledge their humanitarian acts.


On this occasion, hundreds of youth union members joined the parade on the streets to mobilise more people to participate in blood donation.


The event was organised by the Quang Ngai Steering Committee of Voluntary Blood Donation, the province’s Youth Union and the Quang Ngai General Hospital.


Source: TT


Translated by Phuong Linh


Source: QDND

1,000 Youth Union members donate blood

In Uncategorized on April 6, 2010 at 4:11 pm




1,000 Youth Union members donate blood


QĐND – Tuesday, April 06, 2010, 21:6 (GMT+7)

Over a 1,000 Youth Union members from businesses, universities and army units in Quang Ngai province have donated over 500 units of blood in response to the blood donation campaign launched in the Central province on April 4th.  


Bui Quang Kieu, who has donated blood 21 times in the province, said donating blood is a meaningful deed and he had started donating blood since he was at high school. He added that he was very happy doing it because his blood can help to save a patient, especially poor patients.


At the event, the Quang Ngai Provincial People’s Committee presented certificates of merit to 34 groups and individuals to acknowledge their humanitarian acts.


On this occasion, hundreds of youth union members joined the parade on the streets to mobilise more people to participate in blood donation.


The event was organised by the Quang Ngai Steering Committee of Voluntary Blood Donation, the province’s Youth Union and the Quang Ngai General Hospital.


Source: TT


Translated by Phuong Linh


Source: QDND

Conference members advocate alternative medicine

In Social life on February 28, 2010 at 11:30 am




Conference members advocate alternative medicine


QĐND – Friday, February 26, 2010, 22:23 (GMT+7)

The benefits of complementary and alternative medicine in serving public health were highlighted by experts at a conference held in HCM City on Feb. 24.


At the conference held by the UNESCI Centre for Public Health, they said this branch of medicine, a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine, give patients more health care choices.


Alternative medicine has also become popular in industrially advanced countries including the US, they noted.


A survey conducted by the National Centre for Complementary and Alternative Medicine in the US found 74.6 percent of its residents used complementary and alternative medicine therapies and 54.9 percent used it in conjunction with western medicine.


Most of them use the complementary and alternative medicine to treat and prevent problems involving their joints.


Another study conducted by the Health Forum under the American Hospitals Association also showed that many hospitals in the US are providing complementary and alternative medicine therapies to meet patients’ demands.


In 2008, 37 percent of hospitals in the US used these therapies, an increase of 26.5 percent over 2005.


Complementary and alternative medicine has been applied widely in Canada, the UK, Ireland, France, Germany and Australia, the conference heard.


Experts at the conference also noted that “Universal Energy”, one of the complementary and alternative medicine therapies, has also been applied in other fields including agriculture in Vietnam in order to limit the use of chemical fertilisers and insecticides to protect farmers’ health as well as the natural environment.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Tough times force OPEC members to close ranks

In World on December 7, 2009 at 3:52 am

 Divisions within OPEC have eased as the dual threat of the global economic crisis and climate change talks force oil producers to be pragmatic and unified, analysts said on Sunday.


Two years ago, when oil prices soared to nearly 100 dollars a barrel, the oil exporters cartel, which includes both allies and foes of the United States, was severely tested.


The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries was then torn between price hawks like Algeria, Iran, Libya and Venezuela on one side and nations like Saudi Arabia which wanted moderate prices in the interests of consumers.


But the stance of the price hawks has since lost support, leading to a convergence of positions within the bloc.








OAPEC Secretary General Abbas Ali Naqi (L) and Egyptian Oil Minister Sameh Fahmi attend the 83rd meeting of the Organisation of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC) in Cairo on December 5.

Less than three weeks ahead of the next OPEC meeting in Luanda, Angola, the group’s oil ministers agree that quotas must remain at their current level of 24.84 million barrels per day (bpd).


Even US arch-foes Iran and Venezuela support that view.


Although the price of oil is trading at around 75 dollars a barrel, nobody is daring to ask for 100 dollars.


Observers say this unity has come about largely thanks to pragmatism instilled into producers by the events of 2008: an unprecedented price surge to 147.50 dollars a barrel, followed by a plunge to 32.40 dollars in December.


“What happened makes you think. An oil price of 75 dollars is higher than they could have hoped for. Even the most hawkish nations are finding it hard to ask for more,” said Francis Perrin of the Oil and Gas Journal.


This turnaround came about because producers were afraid of another price collapse, according to Julian Lee, analyst at the Centre For Global Energy Studies in London.


“They still have a big fear of oil (prices) falling … They haven’t entirely lost that fear,” said Lee.


Another reason for the appeasement of the hawks was that the countries which traditionally call for high prices have proved less than effective in implementing decisions taken by OPEC.


At a meeting in Oran, Algeria in December 2008, OPEC pledged to withdraw 4.2 million bpd from production from the start of 2009 in order to stabilise the market.


However, the bulk of the sacrifice was provided by Saudi Arabia, while Iran did not implement the agreed cut in production.


“The influence of the hawks is limited” because “if somebody raises the issue of higher prices … he will be told to comply more,” said David Wech, an analyst at JBC Energy.


Finally, while the impact of the global recession is still being felt on oil demand, another key challenge for producers looms in the shape of measures to reduce carbon emissions.


Such a deal could be signed this week in Copenhagen during landmark UN-led talks on tackling global warming.


“When you see in the OPEC bulletins the rising concern linked to climate change, you can see that producers are closing ranks,” said Perrin. “In the hardest times in its history, OPEC tends to stick together.”

Measures to reduce the share of fossil fuels in total energy consumption directly threaten the interests of oil producers.

OPEC’s decision last December to cut production by 4.2 million bpd officially brought down the total output of the 12-member cartel — excluding Iraq — to 24.84 million bpd.

On Friday, crude prices tumbled in volatile trade, succumbing to a stronger dollar following an improved US jobs report picture.

New York’s main contract, light sweet crude for January delivery, fell 99 cents to 75.47 dollars a barrel. In London, Brent North Sea crude for delivery in January dropped 84 cents to settle at 77.52 dollars a barrel.


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ASEAN members urged to cope with energy crisis

In Uncategorized on July 4, 2008 at 5:05 pm

Hanoi (VNA) – ASEAN Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan has called on all 10 countries in the group to join together to cope with the ongoing world energy crisis.

No one country can on its own solve the oil crisis, whether for itself or for the region, Secretary-General Surin said. He suggested all ASEAN members prepare alternative energy plans to reduce dependence on global oil for all the countries of ASEAN, as a region and individually, according to Thailand news agency (TNA).

The continued surge in global oil prices concerns and affects the organisation and its members now, Secretary-General Surin was quoted by TNA as saying. He urged ASEAN members to actively plan and work together to pool the energy resources of each country so that ASEAN as a group can boost its bargaining power in other regions.

ASEAN, including Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Phillippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam, is expected to become the ASEAN Community within seven years, a goal to be realised in 2015.-