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Nguyen Hue Flower Street readies for Tet

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

Nguyen Hue Flower Street readies for the annual Tet festival in Ho Chi Minh City from January 31 – February 6 (December 28 – January 4 on the lunar calendar).

The annual flower show will take place on Nguyen Hue Boulevard. (Photo:KK)

The much awaited annual flower show has been divided into various segments this year with exotic names like Vietnamese Spirit, southern Tet holiday, New advance, Peaceful Spring, Time of the season and Humane garden.


The main boulevards like Nguyen Hue, Le Loi, Dong Khoi, and Le Duan will be specially decorated with thousands of colorful lights from January 26 to February 14. Offices and shops located on these streets will decorate the front of their buildings.

A series of music performances, dragon and kylin dances will be organized at hotels like Caravelle, Rex, Majestic, Grand, Continental, Kim Do, Oscar, Bong Sen and Palace from January 31 to February 6.

Firework displays will be held at seven locations around the city and telecast live on Ho Chi Minh City Television on New Year’s Eve.

The areas near to CARIC Company, a French Shipyard & Ship repairing Company in District 2, the construction area of the political and administrative center of District 7, Go Vap District’s Cultural Park, Nga Ba Giong Memorial area of Heroic Martyrs in Hoc Mon District, Ben Duoc Temple of Heroic Martyrs in Cu Chi District, Ethnic Culture historical park in District 9 and Dam Sen Cultural Park in District 11 and Can Gio District have been marked as locations for spectacular fireworks display.

A street book festival titled “Dream” featuring readings and discussions will also be held on Mac Thi Buoi Street in District 1 from January 31 to February 6.

Another festival, the Banh Tet (cylindrical glutinous rice cake) festival will take place on January 26 – 31 (December 23 – 28 on the lunar calendar).

The organizers include Saigon tourist Travel Service Company, Dam Sen Cultural Park and the HCM City Department of Labor. War Invalids and Social Affairs department will hand over 10,000 cakes to disadvantaged children from shelters and open houses in the city on January 31.

Source: SGGP

NA officials visits General Vo Nguyen Giap

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




NA officials visits General Vo Nguyen Giap


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

PANO – National Assembly Chairman, Nguyen Phu Trong, and Vice Chairpersons Tong Thi Phong, Nguyen Duc Kien, Huynh Ngoc Son and Uong Chu Luu, on January 5th, paid a visit to General Vo Nguyen Giap on the 65th anniversary of the Vietnam National Assembly’s first General Elections.


General Vo Nguyen Giap, who was a member of the National Assembly from the first congress to the seventh, together with other former leaders nurtured and made significant contributions to the development of the Vietnam National Assembly in the past.


The NA Chairman, on behalf of the NA Standing Committee, briefly reported NA activities, its achievements and progress in recent time and wished the General good health during the visit.


General Vo Nguyen Giap shook hands with the NA officials, expressed his joy at the development of the Vietnam National Assembly and asked them to continuously heighten the NA responsibilities and to better serve people.

Translated by Thu Nguyen  

Source: QDND

General Phung Quang Thanh pays a visit to General Vo Nguyen Giap

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




General Phung Quang Thanh pays a visit to General Vo Nguyen Giap


QĐND – Wednesday, December 22, 2010, 20:34 (GMT+7)

PANO – Politburo member and Defence Minister, General Phung Quang Thanh, yesterday visited and presented a gift to General Vo Nguyen Giap.


On behalf of the Military Central Commission, the Defence Ministry and the whole army, General Phung Quang Thanh congratulated General Vo Nguyen Giap on the 66th founding anniversary of Vietnam’s People’s Army and 21st anniversary of All-People National Defence Festive Day.


He also expressed deep gratitude of the entire army for the General’s remarkable contributions during the process of building and developing the army.


General Giap’s devotion to the nation and the revolutionary cause of the Vietnamese people has always been a bright example for the entire army to study and follow.


The Defence Minister also briefed General Vo Nguyen Giap on the progresses and outstanding efforts of the People’s Army and civil defence in the cause of defending national sovereignty and preserving peace for the cause of national development.


The Defence Minister also promised to work hard to further develop the nation’s heroism and to ensure that the army is the firm reliance of the Party, the State and people and wished General Vo Nguyen Giap, the eldest brother of the Vietnam’s People’s Army and armed forces, longevity and good health.


Translated by Mai Huong


Source: QDND

Dong Thap reopens Nguyen Sinh Sac relic site

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:57 am

Nguyen Sinh Sac relic site was inaugurated in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap on Thursday after one year of restoration.

A view of the lotus pond in Nguyen Sinh Sac relic site (Photo: SGGP)

The province People’s Committee hosted the inauguration ceremony and the 81st death anniversary of Uncle Ho’s father in Cao Lanh town with the attendance of Deputy Prime Minister Truong Vinh Trong and chairman of Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee Huynh Dam.


Representatives from central ministries and departments, Ho Chi Minh City, Nghe An Province and Mekong Delta provinces were also present at the event.


Construction of the Nguyen Sinh Sac relic site began in 1975 and completed two years later.


The site, recognized as the national cultural and historical relic in 1992 by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, receives about 300,000 visitors annually.


In December last year, the province began the site’s restoration with a total capital of over VND95 billion (US$4.7 million).


Nguyen Sinh Sac- father of President Ho Chi Minh was a mandarin of Nguyen Dynasty who resigned and then became a harbal doctor to help the poor. He passed away in 1929  in Mekong Delta Province of Dong Thap as his son Nguyen Ai Quoc (an alias of President Ho Chi Minh) was looking for ways to salvage the country from French colonialists.


The area now comprises Nguyen Sinh Sac’s tomb, a exhibition house of his life and cause, a flower garden, an Uncle Ho house on stilts, a lotus pond and a corner of Hoa An Village where the late president’s farther treated diseases for the poor and passed away.

Source: SGGP

Nguyen Nhat Anh meets with literary friends in Bangkok

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:46 am

During my days in Thailand, people call me by my nickname “The last one.” In international practice, the order of representative delegations is classified according to the first letters of their countries’ names.

Vietnamese writer ‘Nguyen Nhat Anh’ at the ceremony of the S.E.A Writer’s Award in Bangkok November 14 2010.

When watching the Olympic Games or any other international sports festivals on TV, it was normal to see the Vietnam name appear in the final leg of the competition list, just before Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Wales.


However, this time I felt anxious to be in the final reading poems and speaking in a seminar while I was in Bangkok for the S.E.A Write Award, established to honor leading poets and writers in the Southeast Asian region.


On the day exchanging with Thailand people on the 30th floor of Bangkok Bank, poets and writers from Laos, Malaysia, and the Philippines went first. After a half an hour, I felt relieve to find that everyone had stayed for the remaining statements from the poets from Thailand, Singapore and Vietnam.


Realizing my anxiety, Panadda Lertlumamphai, who chaired the seminar, explained the order was arranged in alphabetly.  “No problem,” I smiled, saying that in Vietnam, most important things usually come last. My explanation made Ms. Panadda and audiences burst out laughing.


Close friends


During my time in Bangkok, I met a close friend named Marjorie Evasco. This Philippine poet and I, joked most of the time. He quoted to me verses of poetry, which sounded lyrical, and praising womanhood.


Even before we begin, the sound of wind/ From the old temple of Ulun Danu quivers/ On the tips of our fingers and in our toes/ The dancer, Ni K’tut Reneng, knows it takes/ Ten sacred years to learn one gesture/ Of the wind’s caress on the skin of water.”


Marjorie slimed at me for my interest in her poetry and invited me to a book festival in her native country, the Philippines.


Another close friend, a Singaporean poet named Johar Bin Buang. When knowing that I was born in 1955, was beside himself with joy saying “You and me are at the same age.”  However, that night at the hotel room, I discovered in a summary record that he was actually born in 1958 and not 1955.


Johan Bin Buang’s poems are submerged with ‘religious inspiration’. I especially like the verse: “While asleep, we walk on the milky way, clutching twinkling stars and surveying the columns of light…” In addition, the verse, “I want to play the flute even in those distant lands,”


I like to smoke cigarettes. The only other person that smoked was the Thailand poet Zakariya Amataya. On the first day in Bangkok, I did not know where the cigarette shop was located, so whenever Zakariya went out of the meeting room, I immediately followed. Zakariya and I smoked outside the meeting room. He would ask me about my writing and expressed his admiration about my first book, which was published in 1984.


Zakariya, one of Thailand poets of from the renovation period, was born in 1975. There was many opinions and discussion around the decision to give him the S.E.A Writer’s Award. Some of the debates said his poetry broke from the ‘old order’, while other’s stated that it was too ‘irritating’.


To me, his poems were strange, quarrelsome and daring. Some of my favorite poems are: “A Quarrel with Silence, Can’t See the Sun, Teardrops of Time, The Physics of Truth, Five-legged Chair, In What Color shall I Record the Words of Sadness?, A Song neither Coming nor Going…”.


In the poem “There must be something” displayed new and fresh ideas “There must have been some errors/ between the cleavages of the human race/ that was lost in the Flood/ something that was not stowed on Noah’s ark/ something that the Old Testament did not record/ something that Nostradamus did not foresee… There must be some misunderstanding on this earth/ that has been lost from the database of the global population/ something that Plato did not anticipate/ something that Nietzsche did not mention/ something that Einstein did not calculate/ something that has been lost…”


Dream

I came to Bangkok knowing nothing about literature of neighboring countries. However, now we have translated and introduced a host of literary works from all over the world, including Europe, the US, China and Japan. Literature is a wonderful means in exploring the aspects of both country and people. Since a little boy, I have liked France and the US thanks to the writers of Victor Hugo and Mark Twain. In the same way, Gogol and Puskin make me love Russia.


Vietnam has many things in common with other Southeast Asian Countries, especially in religious and cultural fields. Therefore, we need to further develop collaboration and growth between all countries.


The literary exchange among ASEAN countries is the beginning in this development and a way of ensuring more understanding and hope. I have dreamt about a Southeast Asian literary magazine, which will gather ASEAN writers and poets’ together, once a year, in order to encourage each country’s language development and growth.

Source: SGGP

VietinBank supports people in Thai Nguyen

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2010 at 1:50 pm




VietinBank supports people in Thai Nguyen


QĐND – Wednesday, November 24, 2010, 20:33 (GMT+7)

PANO- On November 23rd, the Vietnam Joint-Stock Commercial Industrial Bank (VietinBank)and the local authorities of Thai Nguyen Province, handed over 200 houses, 3 pre- schools, 1 secondary school and essential tools with a total value of VND 9.9 billion to Dinh Hoa, Dai Tu and Phu Binh Districts and Thai Nguyen City.


Present at the ceremony were Mr. Pham Xuan Duong, the Chairman of Thai Nguyen People’s Committee and Mr. Le Duc Tho, the Vice-General Director of VietinBank.

Translated by Van Hieu

Source: QDND

State President Nguyen Minh Triet attends APEC 18

In Uncategorized on November 11, 2010 at 1:55 pm

Thai Nguyen upgraded to first-tier city

In Uncategorized on October 18, 2010 at 2:25 pm




Thai Nguyen upgraded to first-tier city


QĐND – Monday, October 18, 2010, 21:18 (GMT+7)

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has issued a decision to upgrade Thai Nguyen City to a first-tier city, affiliated to Thai Nguyen province, a milestone in its 48-year growth and development.


A ceremony was held in Thai Nguyen on October 17 to announce the decision and to mark the 80th anniversary of its establishment, in the presence of Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.


For nearly five decades, Thai Nguyen’s Party Committee, administration and people have spared no effort to turn Thai Nguyen into a cultural and modern city, adding fresh impetus to the province’s socio-economic development.


Over the past few years, Thai Nguyen city has maintained an annual economic growth rate of 14.6 percent, with a rapidly increasing proportion of industry and services proportion in its economic restructuring.


So far, the city has built 100 km of roads, planted 20 percent more trees and has been selected as one of the 10 cleanest cities in the country.


In his speech, PM Dung praised the province’s efforts to turn Thai Nguyen into a first-tier city which will help it to speed up its socio-economic development and fulfill its targets set by the provincial Party Committee for 2010-2015 tenure. This will help Thai Nguyen to become a modern and industrial city by 2020 as well as an economic, cultural and health centre in the north-central region.


Mr Dung asked Thai Nguyen to focus on developing its human resources, transport systems, industry, agriculture and services with a high technological content while fully taping into potential.


It is essential to combine socio-economic development with the development of urban infrastructure to deal with social issues and environmental protection, improve people’s education and ensure national defense while creating a transparent and powerful political system.


The Party and State have built industrial parks and transport facilities in Thai Nguyen to help it serve as a driving force behind the development of the north central region, Mr Dung noted.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Nguyen Nhat Anh’s works to be auctioned for patients with cancer

In Uncategorized on July 20, 2010 at 3:17 pm




Nguyen Nhat Anh’s works to be auctioned for patients with cancer


QĐND – Tuesday, July 20, 2010, 20:53 (GMT+7)

An online auction of four works by reputed writer Nguyen Nhat Anh will be held by for “Ben’s Smile” programme on www.nucuoicuaben.com and www.bensmilecharity.com from July 17th to August 7th, aiming to raise funds for children with cancer.


Accordingly, the 8-volume book, titled Kính vạn hoa, will be auctioned from 9 am on July 17th to 12pm on July 24th, while Tôi là Bêtô, Cho tôi xin một vé đi tuổi thơ and Đảo mộng mơ  will be sold for auction from 9am on July 25th to 12pm on July 31st.


Each auctioned book will include the writer’s signature and the most favourite passage.


Moreover, a lacquer painting of phyllocactus-queen of the dark will be up for  auction at an initial price of VND 2.5 million.


The “Ben’s Smile” programme was initiated and has been run by journalist Ngo Thanh Thuy since August 2008, 6 months after her son, Tran Ngo Vu Khoi died of kidney cancer. The programme’s goal is to grant assistance to families of children suffering from cancer.


Source: TT


Translated by Mai Huong


Source: QDND

Thai Nguyen makes incomprehensible decision on self-proclaimed

In Uncategorized on July 20, 2010 at 11:29 am

Self-proclaimed doctor Phu treats patients by treading on their bodies (Photo: SGGP)

Inexplicably, the People’s Committee of the northern mountainous province of Thai Nguyen has given a woman lacking formal knowledge of medicine a green light to continue her perplexing methodology of treating diseased people by walking on the pained portions of their bodies.


For years, crowds of patients from all over the country have gathered at the house of Pham Thi Phu on Co Street in the country town of Song Cong. Phu is a self-proclaimed doctor an unorthodox treatment methodology of stepping on patients’ pain.


The woman, a former vegetable vendor, has proclaimed to possess ability to treat all ailments, even HIV or cancer, after being hospitalized in province hospitals and in Hanoi for treatment for mental illness in 2005.


Although her illegal treatments have taken place for years, the local government could only impose fines, but could not shut the operation, Dang Mong Diep, deputy head of Song Cong People’s Committee admitted.

Inspectors of the Ministry of Health question a patient at Phu’s house

More unfathomably, the Research Centre of Human Potentials and the Traditional Cultural Supporting Research Center have concluded, after studying her methodology, that her extrasensory perception does improve patients’ health, helping to reduce illnesses in some patients.


Two centers have proposed the local government study Phu’s methods further to learn how she creates favorite condition to treat patients, despite the Department of Health (DOH)’s affirmation that her methods are not supported by science.


The Ministry of Health has known of the unorthodox treatments taking place at Phu’s house for years, but strangely, only sent out a team last week to Thai Nguyen, to investigate the popular unlicensed work, reporting to relevant agencies, dispatching obscure instructions to the DOH.


Public concern has been raised over the People’s Committee’s decision and that of the two centers, as well as over the tardily taken actions by the ministry.

Source: SGGP