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Hanoi presents nearly 200 billion VND to social beneficiaries

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:05 am

Hanoi presents nearly 200 billion VND to social beneficiaries

QĐND – Tuesday, January 11, 2011, 21:37 (GMT+7)

PANO – The Hanoi People’s Committee has spent more than 195 billion VND on Tet presents for 733,133 wounded soldiers, martyrs’ families, veterans, elderly people, and other needy people in the city.

Meanwhile delegations from the city’s authorities will visit and present gifts to 97 social groups and 87 families of social beneficiaries on the Lunar New Year holidays.

On this occasion, various meaningful activities have been launched to support social beneficiaries in the city. Some art performances have been held to raised funds from individuals and businesses to sponsor for social programs.

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

Nearly 1,400 delegates for 11th Party Congress

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2010 at 4:20 am

Nearly 1,400 delegates for 11th Party Congress

QĐND – Thursday, December 23, 2010, 20:33 (GMT+7)

The 11th National Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) will open at the National Convention Centre in Hanoi on January 12, 2011 and is expected to last for nine days.

The information was released by Pham Xuan Son, Deputy Head of the CPV Central Committee’s Commission for External Affairs, in Hanoi on December 22, at a conference preceding the event to inform diplomatic corps and international organisations in Vietnam.

This is an important political event of the Vietnamese Party, State and people, Mr Son said, adding that it is expected to draw the participation of nearly 1,400 delegates who represent more than 3.6 million Party members in 54,000 grassroots Party organisations.

Besides a strong contingent of local journalists, more than 150 foreign reporters from international news agencies will cover the event, he said.

The congress will discuss and approve a political report by the CPV Central Committee (tenth tenure), a report reviewing the 20-year implementation of the platform on national construction in the transition to socialism, and a detailed draft report that sums up the implementation of the 2011-2010 national socio-economic development strategy.

It is also expected to give approval to the platform on national construction in the transition to socialism (revised and supplemented in 2011), the 2011-2020 national socio-economic development strategy as well as the amended Party Statute.

The congress will elect a new CPVCC for the 11th tenure of 2011-2015, the highest body of the CPV leadership between the two congresses.

The entire Party members and Vietnamese people of all strata, including those living abroad – actively contributed comments to draft documents for submission to the 11th National Party Congress.

On the basis of the high consensus and determination of the whole Party, people and army during the discussion and formulation of the Congress’s documents, the CPV defined the theme of the 11th National Party Congress as follows: “Continuing to strengthen the Party’s leadership and combative capacity, promoting the aggregate strength of the entire nation, stepping up the renewal comprehensively and creating a foundation for Vietnam to become a modern industrialised country by 2020”.

In the next five years, Vietnam strives to attain a GDP growth rate of 7-8 percent per year with a per-capita income reaching US$2,100 in 2015, 1.7 times higher than that of 2010.

According to Mr. Son, the CPV affirms its intention to continue using Marxism-Leninism and Ho Chi Minh thoughts as its ideological foundation.

Vietnam is consistent in the path of national development towards socialism and implementing a foreign policy of independence, self-control, peace, cooperation and development; multilateralisation and diversification of relations; taking the initiative in international integration; and becoming a friend, a reliable partner and a responsible member of the international community for the interests of the nation and for a rich and powerful Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Nearly 58,000 people register for jobless allowance in HCMC

In Uncategorized on December 19, 2010 at 9:26 pm

Nearly 58,000 people register for jobless allowance in HCMC

QĐND – Sunday, December 19, 2010, 22:36 (GMT+7)

Ho Chi Minh City’s Job Introduction Centre has announced that as of December 15, 57,633 people have registered to claim unemployed benefits and nearly 48,000 people have received jobless allowance during the month.

Mr Thang said that some unemployed people have complained about receiving their unemployment pay late and in some the cases; some people have not declared their unemployment status to the authorities.

According to the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA), people who are eligible to claim unemployment pay, are those who have paid their premiums for at least the last 12 months and have signed up with a local job centre. People need to register for unemployment benefits, seven days after losing their jobs. Within 15 days of registration, laborers have to submit applications for unemployment allowances and any other supporting documentation.

HCM City has seen the greatest number of jobs losses since January 1 this year, and it accounts for 50% of registered unemployed nationwide.

Source: SGGP

Source: QDND

Nearly 70 artists and works nominated for Golden Apricot Blossom Award

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

The election round of the Golden Apricot Blossom Award for Television programs, serial, stage, cinema and music will start on December 10 and finish on January 20, 2011.

     Golden Apricot Blossom Award

In the board of music category, singers will compete for titles including “Best Pop Male/Female Singer”, “Best Male/Female Singer in revolutionary traditional song”, and “Best Male/Female Singer in folk song”.

The B board of the stage will include “Best dramatic actors/actresses”, “Best cai luong actors/actresses”, “Best comedian” and “Best drama/cai luong play” awards.

There will be also titles including “Best film” and “Best actor/actress” in the movies and TV serial of the C board.

Ta Minh Tam,  Do Thuy, Quyen Linh, Quynh Huong and Phan Anh will vie for Best MC “Master of ceremonies” award.

The award ceremony of the event will take place at the Hoa Binh Theater in Ho Chi Minh City on January 22, 2011. A music performance honoring the top ten favorite singers will be held on January 24.

The nomination round in which Nguoi Lao Dong’s readers named best artists was kicked off in last October and finished in the begining of this month. Artists, who won most votes, were listed in the election round with evaluation from experts and journalists.

Started in 1995, the Golden Apricot Blossom Award of the Nguoi Lao Dong Newspaper has been popular and become an anual prestigous event.

Source: SGGP

Nearly 20 guitarists take part in special guitar gala

In Uncategorized on November 27, 2010 at 11:50 am

A guitar gala celebrating the 30th anniversary of HCM City-based Phu Nhuan Classic Guitar Club will be held at the Phu Nhuan District Cultural Center on November 30.

Guitarists practice before the concert (Photo: Tuoitre)

The special concert includes big names such as like Duong Kim Dung, Tran Hoai Phuong, Nguyen Tri Doan, Nguyen Thanh Huy, Pham Thanh Loc, Huynh Ba Tho, Tran Phuong Quang, etc.

Music lovers will have a chance to enjoy solo, duo, trio performances and classical and modern music. As special treat, all guitarists will be onstage to play the “Carmen” by G. Bizet together.

Proceeds from tickets will be donated to flood victims in the central region.

The show previously was oragnized on November 23.

Source: SGGP

Cambodia festival stampede leaves nearly 380 dead

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2010 at 4:50 am

PHNOM PENH, Nov 23, 2010 (AFP) – Frantic relatives scoured makeshift morgues in the Cambodian capital on Tuesday after nearly 380 revellers perished in a huge stampede on an overcrowded bridge, turning a water festival into tragedy.

Survivors recounted scenes of panic and fear on the narrow bridge as people were trampled underfoot by the surging crowds on Monday, with some reportedly falling or jumping into the river below or grabbing on to electricity cables.

Cambodian Buddhist monks gather to pray for victims of the stampede in front of the bridge in Phnom Penh on November 23, 2010. AFP

Prime Minister Hun Sen described the disaster as Cambodia’s worst tragedy since the Khmer Rouge’s 1975-1979 reign of terror, which left up to a quarter of the population dead. He declared a national day of mourning on Thursday.

The United States offered Cambodia “deep condolences for the tragic loss of life”.

At least 378 people were killed in the crush and some 750 were injured, government spokesman Phay Siphan told AFP.

“The number is still going up,” he said.

Exuberant festival-goers had been crossing the bridge to reach an island hosting concerts, food stalls and ice sculptures before the crowd turned to a desperate crush of human bodies.

It was not immediately clear what had triggered the disaster, but another government spokesman said a rumour had spread among revellers celebrating one of Cambodia’s biggest festivals that the bridge was unstable.

“So panic started. It was too crowded and they had nowhere to run,” Khieu Kanharith said.

Many of the deaths were caused by suffocation and internal injuries, he said, adding that about two-thirds of the dead were women.

At the scene of the tragedy, the bridge to Diamond Island was littered with sunglasses and flip-flops and still decked with lights from the huge annual water festival that drew millions into the streets on Monday night.

“There were so many people and they tried to push me and some people stepped on me. I saw a few jump off the bridge,” Meourn Piseth told AFP.

“I felt like I was going to die, I couldn’t breathe,” said the 15-year-old as he received treatment for his badly bruised legs at Preah Ketomealea hospital.

At the site of the tragedy around 400 Buddhist monks, nuns and government officials laid flowers and lit incense sticks while praying for the souls of the dead.

“They didn’t expect to die here… We feel so miserable,” Cambodia’s chief monk Non Ngeth told AFP.

At the city’s Calmette Hospital a man suffering serious back injuries, who did not want to give his name, recalled the anguish of being unable to help others around him as the surging crowd became a suffocating crush.

“I felt selfish when it happened, but I could not help myself. There was a child trapped under me and I wanted to pull him up but I couldn’t,” he said.

Early Tuesday several hundred worried relatives gathered outside the hospital clutching pictures of family members, trying to identify missing loved ones.

The dead, laid out in rows under a white tent erected in the hospital car park, were photographed and numbered by policemen, their uncovered faces showing that many had sustained bloody bruises during the stampede.

One woman said she recognised her 16-year-old niece in the makeshift morgue.

“I heard she was killed last night, so I came here and I saw her body,” Som Khov, 51, told AFP.

After Hun Sen promised that the bodies of out-of-town visitors would be sent home, 13 military trucks began taking away corpses and by evening most of the dead had been removed from the hospital’s makeshift morgue.

The stampede marked a tragic end to the three days of boat races, concerts and fireworks. The annual festival marks the reversal of the flow between the Tonle Sap and Mekong rivers.

The event — which saw hundreds of brightly coloured boats take part in races on the Tonle Sap — is popular with tourists but there was no confirmation that any foreigners were among the victims.

The last time the festival was marred by tragedy was in 2007 when five Singaporeans were killed after their dragon boat, carrying 22 men, capsized at the end of their race.

Source: SGGP

Nearly 1 million foreigners visit Hanoi

In Uncategorized on October 19, 2010 at 8:11 pm

Nearly 1 million foreigners visit Hanoi

QĐND – Tuesday, October 19, 2010, 22:15 (GMT+7)

During the Great Festival to celebrate 1,000th Anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi, which took place from October 1st-10th, the capital city welcomed around 1.2 million domestic visitors and over 30,000 international tourists, Truong Minh Tien, Deputy Head of the Hanoi’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism told Hanoimoi Newspaper.

In the first nine months of this year, Hanoi received around 9 million domestic tourists, up by 40%, and 960,000 foreign ones, up by 15% compared to the same period last year.

According to Tien, the great success of the Great Festival greatly contributed to promoting the capital city’s image to the world.

It is estimated that number of international tourists coming to Hanoi will continue to rise in the forthcoming time. From now until the end of the National Tourism Year 2010, Hanoi’s tourism sector will focus on enhancing quality of tourism services and launching more special tours and programs.

The city is also expected to receive a total of 1.4 million foreign tourists and 11 million domestic visitors in 2010.

Source: HNM

Translated by Vu Hung

Source: QDND

Nearly 4 million foreign visitors arrive in Vietnam in nine months

In Uncategorized on October 16, 2010 at 6:25 pm

Nearly 4 million foreign visitors arrive in Vietnam in nine months

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

Vietnam has welcomed nearly four million of foreign arrivals in the first nine months of this year, a huge increase compared to previous years and up 34.2 percent against last year figure, according to statistics from the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism.

Of the tourists, around 37,500 traveled by sea, up 22 percent against the same period last year.

On October 15, Viet Excursion Company welcomed a five-star cruise liner named Diamond Princess at Phu My port in HCM City. The cruise ship carried 2,585 visitors and 1,063 crew members from 47 nations and territories around the world.   

Meanwhile, HCM city’s tourism sector is organizing more entertainment and art programmes for tourists in the hope of receiving its 3 millionth visitor late this year.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Vietnam now has nearly 12,000 FDI projects

In Uncategorized on August 18, 2010 at 3:24 pm

Vietnam now has nearly 12,000 FDI projects

QĐND – Wednesday, August 18, 2010, 21:12 (GMT+7)

Vietnam has 11,807 foreign invested projects (FDI) with a total registered capital of US$188.4 billion, according to the Foreign Investment Agency under the Ministry of Planning and Investment.  

HCM City attracts most of the FDI projects with a total capitalization of US$28.7 billion, followed by Ba Ria-Vung Tau with nearly US$26 billion. Hanoi makes up 25.49 percent of the total projects and 17.6 percent of registered capital.

Four south-eastern provinces host 60.14 percent of total projects valued at 51.66 percent of registered capital, while the north-western region makes up barely 0.34 percent of the total projects and 0.11 percent of registered capital.

Currently, 91 countries and territories have invested in Vietnam. The Republic of Korea takes the lead with 2,570 projects capitalised at US$23 billion.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Nearly 200 of Japan’s oldest citizens ‘missing’

In Uncategorized on August 12, 2010 at 11:23 am

(AFP file) Elderly people take a rest on benches at a temple in Tokyo.

TOKYO (AFP) – Nearly 200 Japanese centenarians are missing, officials said Thursday, with the total likely to rise amid a nationwide search after the discovery of the 30-year-old corpse of a man registered as aged 111.

In the western city of Kobe alone, the whereabouts of 105 out of 847 centenarians were unknown as of the end of July, a city official said.

“The city launched an investigation on the condition of the 105 people,” the Kobe city official said — in addition to 22 others who have not accessed nursing or medical insurance in recent years.

Those unaccounted-for include people who could be older than the current officially recognised oldest woman in Japan, 113-year-old Chiyono Hasegawa, who lives in the southern Saga prefecture.

They include one supposedly 125-year-old woman.

The sheer number of missing has raised fears that Japan’s current welfare system could be easily exploited by relatives, after officials visiting Sogen Kato on his 111th birthday instead found his mummified 30 year-old remains.

Police are investigating the late Kato’s relatives — who claimed he had retreated to his room to become “a living Buddha” — for fraud because the government had kept paying a pension into the man’s bank account.

A total of 9.5 million yen (109,000 dollars) in widower’s pension payments had been deposited since his wife died six years ago, and some of the money had recently been withdrawn, reports said.

Local government officials have fanned out for face-to-face meetings with people registered as aged over 100 — of whom fast-greying Japan, with its world-beating life expectancies, had more than 40,000 at last count.

In city of Osaka, 64 out of 857 centenarians are currently missing. Officials on Thursday confirmed that a man who was registered as being 127 had been dead since 1966.

The southwestern city of Kitakyushu also said it could not confirm the whereabouts of 10 centenarians.

A government report said in July that Japan’s average life expectancy set a world-beating 86.44 years for women while men’s average life expectancy came fifth globally with 79.59 years.

When asked if the revelations of “missing” centenarians could affect the life-expectancy rate, a health ministry official said the rate is calculated using national census data, whereas local communities and healthcare bodies are responsible for maintaining records of centenarians.

Japan has a tradition of giving birthday gifts to centenarians, but often the presents are handed to family members, and workers are unable to confirm whether or not the elderly person has received them.

In another case of a missing centenarian, officials found that Fusa Furuya, who had been listed as Tokyo’s oldest woman at 113, has not been seen for about half a century according to her 79-year-old daughter.

Source: SGGP