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Hoi An to launch new tourist products

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:11 am




Hoi An to launch new tourist products


QĐND – Saturday, January 08, 2011, 20:41 (GMT+7)

Some new and interesting tourist products have been launched by Hoi An City from the beginning of this year in order to improve tourism promotion and attract more visitors to the famous tourist site in Central Vietnam.


The city also continues to improve the quality of tourism services and products, such as eco-tourism in villages, islands, scuba diving, yachting, and others. In particular, the city will introduce a new kind of tourism, “boating on the streets during flooding”, in the coming time.


This year, the city will also erect information kiosks to help visitors learn more about and explore local tourist sites.


During the first days of 2011, thousands of domestic and foreign tourists rushed to Hoi An to celebrate the new year. At present, the weather in the city is fine.


Source: TT


Translated by Duy Minh


Source: QDND

Capital to spend equivalent $10 million for Lunar New Year welfare

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:04 am

The Hanoi People’s Committee has decided to spend nearly VND200 billion (US$10 million) on purchasing gifts to help the vulnerable groups in society.

Hanoi authorities will spend VND20 billion to help the poor during the Lunar New Year holidays. (File photo)

The Tet gifts will be given to the poor, lonely seniors and welfare beneficiary families; in order that they too can enjoy a happy Lunar New Year, which begins on February 3.


Nguyen The Hung, deputy director of Hanoi Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, said the department is making every effort in ensuring that no person goes hungry, during the Tet holidays.


During the Tet holidays, more than 730,000 people will be offered gifts. These will include 1,000 old men, over the age of 100, and over 148,000 poor families.


Furthermore, the People’s Committee will use subscriptions in order to help disabled people enjoy the Tet holidays. Additional money will be given to orphans and the poor.


The capital will also give gifts worth VND100,000 to each drug addict; and each cadre will receive gifts worth VND200,000 each in rehabilitation centers.

Source: SGGP

City opens New Year Greeting Festival

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:22 am

The Ho Chi Minh City authorities have offered a festival to people from December 26 to January 2 in order to celebrate the New Year 2011.

The opening ceremony of the New Year Greeting Festival is held at the 23/9 (September 23) Park on December 26. (Photo: Sggp)

The event themed ‘2011 the youth’s year – year for children’ aims to celebrate the upcoming 11th National Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam.


The weeklong festival will bring free and interesting programs, which will include the HCM City’s socio-economic achievement exhibition and many musical performances. 


Special art performances will be held at industrial zones such as Tan Thuan, Linh Trung 1&2, Le Minh Xuan, Tan Binh, Tan Tao, Hiep Phuoc, Cultural Center of District 12, Ben Duoc and Nga Ba Giong Martyr Memorial Site in Chu Chi District and finally the National Historical Cultural Park in District 9. These performances will be held on December 31.


An international food festival, featuring special dishes from over 20 countries, is taking place on September 23 in Ho Chi Minh City.


The event will include a cooking contest, in which visitors are given the opportunity to taste these special Vietnamese and world dishes. In addition, there will be a giant banh xeo (Vietnamese rice pancake) and musical shows and folk games, for people to enjoy.



Related article:
City to host international food festival

Source: SGGP

New TV Singing Contest 2010

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:20 am

Minh Chuyen of Ha Nam Province on January 2 won the first prize at the Sao Mai Diem Hen (Music Star Rendezvous) music contest 2010.  The contest is organises by Viet Nam Television in order to discover future pop stars.

Singer Minh Chuyen (R) is presented with flowers, after winning the Sao Mai Diem Hen music award contest 2010 on January 2. (Photo:SGGP)


The event took place at Maximax Sport Hall in Ho Chi Minh City.


Luong Viet Quang, from Ho Chi Minh City, took home the ‘Most Favourite Singer’ award, chosen by the audience.


Dinh Manh Ninh from Hanoi, and Ha Hoai Thu from Quang Ninh Province, won the most ‘Promising Singer’ title.


Established in 2004, the Sao Mai Diem Hen musical contest is regarded as one of the most prestigious national musical contests. It is an occasion for young singers to demonstrate their talents in the field of folk-song, opera, pop and rock music.


The Sao Mai Award winners should have many opportunities, to develop further their musical talents and be successful in, their future careers, said organising board member Huyen Thanh.


Pop star Phuong Linh won the event in 2006 and many opportunities developed because of her winning the contest.

Source: SGGP

VND1.6 trillion for building new rural areas

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:10 am




VND1.6 trillion for building new rural areas


QĐND – Tuesday, January 04, 2011, 20:43 (GMT+7)

Nearly VND1.6 trillion will be poured into a national target programme to create new rural areas, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.


The amount of money will be allocated to all the communes across the country to help them construct roads, provide clean water, improve the quality of the environment and build culture houses.


Under the programme, a zoning plan for 70 percent of communes and a master plan for the 2011-2015 period to develop new rural areas at district and provincial levels is expected to be finish by the end of this year.


The programme will also concentrate on training staff involved in the programme, restructure the economy, and renew forms of production.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Overseas students join new year festival

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:09 am

A Festival of Overseas Students to celebrate New Year 2011 opened in Hanoi on Dec. 29 with the participation of about 500 students.

Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan welcomes foreign students

The event, the ninth of its kind, was jointly organised by the Tien Phong (Vanguard) newspaper, the Vietnam Television, the Sinh Vien Viet Nam (Vietnamese Students) newspaper and the Quoc Anh International Education Consultancy (QA) company.


At the event, overseas students joined an incense-offering ceremony and an exchange programme to share experiences in study and career.


On the occasion, Nguyen Dac Vinh, chairman of the Vietnam Students’ Association and QA company presented certificates of merit and gifts to 30 outstanding students.


In the afternoon the same day, a delegation of 52 overseas students was received by Vice State President Nguyen Thi Doan in Hanoi.


The students, coming from the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, Japan, China and Singapore among others, were also presented with gifts and letters wishing for a new year.


 

Source: SGGP

Hanoi prepares to welcome New Year

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

International and Vietnamese disc jockeys will burn up the capital in a special New Year’s Eve countdown at the Hanoi Opera House on the evening of December 31.

                       DJ Jonathan Glaser from SwedenJonathan Glaser from Sweden, Tempo from USA and Tuan Kruise from Vietnam are the three talented DJ’s expected to make fans go crazy with their music on New Year’s Eve. They will play from 9 pm until well after midnight to welcome the New Year.

Pop star My Linh and musician Nguyen Duc Cuong will also take part in this event.

The show titled “Heineken Countdown Party” is being organized for the first time in Vietnam and is bound to bring excitement to the city in the first moments of the New Year.

The countdown party in Times Square in New York City is already a very popular global event and Hanoi hopes to create similar magic.

Source: SGGP

New set of stamps issued

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:07 am




New set of stamps issued


QĐND – Friday, January 07, 2011, 21:31 (GMT+7)

PANO – On January 5th, the Ministry of Information and Communication officially released a special set of stamps to welcome the 11th National Party Congress which opens on January 12th.


The stamp features the portrait of President Ho Chi Minh on the background of the Party’s flag, showing the spirit of the 11th National Party Congress under the theory of Marx and Lenin and Ho Chi Minh’s thoughts to outline vision, policy and strategy to promote Vietnam in the process of integration and development.


Vietnam Post Office has so far issued 13 stamp sets with 30 models to mark the opening of the National Party Congress ever since the 3rd Congress.


Translated by Tran Hoai


Source: QDND

North Korea may have new atom test to boost heir: South

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2010 at 6:26 am

 North Korea could conduct a third atomic test next year to boost the credentials of its leader-in-waiting, while prospects for bilateral talks with Seoul are slim, a South Korean foreign ministry report said on Friday.


The regular report from a ministry research institute was published a day after Pyongyang vowed a nuclear “sacred war” after the South vowed to be “merciless” if attacked, and held a major military drill near the border.

A North Korean Scud-B missile (C) and South Korean Hawk surface-to-air missiles are seen at the Korean War Memorial Museum in Seoul, December 24, 2010.

The North, which carried out nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009, has yet to show it has a deliverable weapon as part of its plutonium arms program, but a third test would raise tensions further on the divided peninsula and rattle global markets.


Nuclear experts have also said they expect a third test soon, while South Korean media reported earlier this month that the North was digging a tunnel in preparation for one.


“There is a possibility of North Korea carrying out its third nuclear test to seek improvement in its nuclear weapons production capability, keep the military tension high and promote Kim Jong-un’s status as the next leader,” the report said, referring to Kim Jong-il’s youngest son.


“Tension between the two Koreas will remain high with chances of additional North Korean attacks on the South staying high. Chances of a summit meeting between leaders of the two sides look slim,” the institute said, according to a summary of the report.


The analysis for 2011 was written by the Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security, run by the Foreign Ministry.


BOASTING TACTIC


Hostilities have escalated to their worst levels since the Korean war in the early 1950s, after a deadly naval clash in March and the North’s shelling of a South Korean island last month.


Still, the risk of an all-out war is low, and the North’s threats of destruction are largely rhetorical.


The North’s tactic of boasting about nuclear advances is a ploy aimed at restarting talks between itself, the South, China, Japan, Russia and the United States, from which it hopes to wring concessions, analysts say.


“Some form of meeting between six-party members could be held during 2011 to discuss North Korea’s uranium enrichment, but chances are very low for any meaningful progress being achieved,” the institute said.


Those involved in the six-party process say they want to resume it, but among them are widely differing starting points.


China, the North’s only major ally and vital financial backer, sees the forum as the best place to begin dialogue, but Seoul, Washington and Tokyo say they first need proof that Pyongyang is committed to dismantling its nuclear work.


“North Korea has displayed national strength and diplomatic skills that exceed its actual capacity. Kim Jong’s mental strength must be exhausted, and it is about time that China loses its patience,” Seoul’s Joongang Daily said in a commentary.


“The time has come for Seoul to strategically manipulate the North Korea-China alliance to encourage estrangement.”

Source: SGGP

Former New Zealand PM denies Iraq troops-for-contracts claim

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2010 at 4:33 am

WELLINGTON, Dec 22, 2010 (AFP) – Former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark on Wednesday denied sending non-combat troops to Iraq in 2003 to ensure one of her country’s largest companies retained lucrative UN contracts.


A US diplomatic cable released by the WikiLeaks website this week reportedly cited New Zealand defence officials saying Clark opposed the Iraq deployment until she was told dairy giant Fonterra might lose UN “oil-for-food” contracts.


Clark, whose left-leaning Labour government was defeated in 2008 and who now heads the UN Development Programme, told Radio NZ she was “flabbergasted” at the “ridiculous” claim.


“I am absolutely incensed at the suggestion that some defence ministry personnel seem to have made to various diplomats that there was any connection between my support for sending engineers to do humanitarian work in Iraq with the interests of Fonterra,” she said.


“I mean this is simply preposterous.”


Two rotations of 61 New Zealand military engineers spent a year in Basra from September 2003 performing engineering and humanitarian tasks.


Clark said she always opposed the war in Iraq and would never allow commercial considerations to sway her decision-making on the issue.


She said the engineers were sent to Iraq in response to a UN Security Council request for help in reconstruction efforts following the US-led invasion.


Clark also defended the decision to keep secret a move to tighten military ties with the United States in 2007 following a rift dating back to the 1980s over New Zealand’s anti-nuclear policy.


She said she did not want to create expectations in New Zealand that the country was resuming the full military alliance with the United States that was in place before the anti-nuclear row erupted.


The former prime minister supported her conservative successor John Key’s choice to maintain the secrecy when New Zealand and Washington restored full intelligence ties last year without telling the public.


“There’s always secrecy around intelligence relationship and I guess that’s where I part company with the founder of WikiLeaks (Julian Assange) and others,” she said.


“I actually believe that you do have to have areas of communication between governments and officials which aren’t on the front pages of newspapers.”


Questioned about WikiLeaks revelations that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asked US officials to spy on UN officials, Clark said the international organisation “takes a very a dim view” of such activities.


However, she was not concerned such snooping would reveal anything that was personally embarrassing to her.


“My life is an open book, it has been for so many years. If there’s anything more they can find out, good luck to them,” she said.

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Source: SGGP