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Each number is a heart

In Uncategorized on October 20, 2010 at 3:03 pm

Each number is a heart

QĐND – Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 20:57 (GMT+7)

PANO – Recently, Vu Quang District in Ha Tinh Province has struggled against two historic floods. The water level raised suddenly and quickly, submerging all properties of the people who reside there.

However, Vu Quang District Party Secretary and the local authority determined not to let the people remain in a hungry and thirsty situation. As a result, they made efforts to reach homes in the hardest-hit areas to provide them with relief aid.

Nguyen Thanh Son, Vu Quang District Party Secretary, said that the second flood came quickly but they had provided the people with food and drinks right after the first one so that local people could live on them.

Moreover, the district had paid VND 350 million for its communes to buy instant noodle and drinking water for use in the event of natural disaster. These foods and drinks had been used efficiently during the floods, ensuring that local people would not run out.

“In the recent two days, we mobilised all the boats we had to carry 2,500 boxes of instant noodle and 1,000 boxes of drinking water to the people in isolated areas of Duc Giang, Duc Bong, Duc Linh, An Phu, Huong Tho, Duc Lien etc.,” said Mr. Son.

Fortunately, Vu Quang has been supported by people throughout the country. According to the district’s Fatherland Front Committee, Mr Tran Binh Lam, by October 18th, 40 groups had transferred relief aids to the district.

The committee has received more than 6,000 boxes of instant noodle, VND 837 million, 500 blankets, 670 kilograms of rice, 600 mineral water tanks and other necessary appliances.

This relief aid was said to be sent directly to the people as soon as possible.

Each amount relating to relief aid to the Vu Quang people will help them bear their difficulties.

Translated by Ngoc Hung

Source: QDND

Job festival attracts large number of students

In Uncategorized on June 6, 2010 at 2:24 pm

Job festival attracts large number of students

QĐND – Sunday, June 06, 2010, 21:0 (GMT+7)

A job festival was held in Ho Chi Minh City on June 5, drawing the participation of crowds of local students.

The event was organized by the HCM City University of Economics in coordination with

Forty leading employers took part in the festival needing to fill 300 positions for 8,500 workers, focusing on such fields as finance-banking, consumer goods, consultancy, trade, medicine, information technology and services.

Over 12,600 application forms were sent to businesses. Of them, 3,690 candidates met the requirements and will be interviewed for the second round.

HCM City now has about 4.9 million workers. Every year 55,000-60,000 students graduate from universities and colleges. But recent graduates face difficulties in finding jobs due to a lack of foreign language skills and other skills needed to perform in the modern work place.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Number of foreign visitors to Vietnam up 3.5% in February 2010

In Vietnam Travel on March 3, 2010 at 3:40 am

Number of foreign visitors to Vietnam up 3.5% in February 2010

QĐND – Monday, March 01, 2010, 22:7 (GMT+7)

Vietnam saw a great number of foreign tourists in February 2010 when the country welcomed a long Tet holiday (the Lunar New Year) and is celebrating annual festivals.

Figures released by the General Statistics Office (GSO) of Vietnam showed that the number of foreign visitors to Vietnam reached an estimated 446.323 in February 2010, up 3.5% from the previous month and up 30.2% compared to the same period last year.

Most of the visitors came from China, the U.S, the Republic of Korea (RoK), Japan, Taiwan (China), and Australia.

Specifically, China leads the number of foreign visitors to Vietnam with 69,358, a 1.7% rise from the previous month and a 90.8% rise compared to the same period last year.

GSO said that this month, the number of foreign visitors to Vietnam for visiting relatives still increased while those for tourism and business decreased slightly. More than 75,500 people came Vietnam to visit relatives, rising by 42.8% from the previous month.

In the first days of Tet holiday, Vietnam welcomed numerous maritime tourists with popular routes to Nha Trang, Ho Chi Minh City, Danang, Halong Bay, and Hanoi.

With the national tourism year 2010 in Hanoi and the Thang Long – Hanoi 1,000th anniversary, the country targets at 4.2-4.5 million foreign tourists in 2010.

Source: CPV

Source: QDND

ATM cards more popular but number of users limited

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2008 at 12:51 pm

The number of Vietnamese using debit and credit cards has grown to 900,000, or only one percent of the country’s population, according to VISA International.

The popularity of the cards in Vietnam, however, has soared in the past 10 years, as the country’s economic growth rate averaged 7 percent each year, with a record 8.44 percent growth last year.

The cards are used in the increasing number of shopping malls that carry luxury or world-class brands of consumer goods.

The number of card holders is much higher in other Asian countries, with 5 million in Malaysia or 20 percent of the population, and 3.08 million or 68.5 percent in Singapore.

In Thailand, 6.9 million or 10.6 percent of the population, hold cards, according to Truong Minh Ha, VISA International’s chief representative in Indochina area.

Hong Kong has one of Asia’s highest percentages, with multiple cards owned by individuals. The number of cards is double the territory’s population.

Still, most Vietnamese continue to make cash payments and the number of salaries paid via a bank account are still modest, according to Trinh Thuong Thuc, head of credit of Vietcombank’s HCM City branch.

Deputy General Director of East Asia Bank (EAB), Phung Duy Khuong, said that many people still thought that payment cards were only for those in a higher-income bracket and those who frequently travelled abroad.

Contributing to the problem were banks; weak regulations on loans and excessive amount of time spent on loan collections. Banks were still hesitant to issue cards for fear or risks, Thu said.

Ha, however, said bank’s had sufficient foreign currency exchange fees, service fees, and mortgaged assets, more than many other countries.

There are 22 banks’ participating in the VISA payment system, with 10,000 Point of Sale terminals (POS) at shops nationwide.

About 50 percent of banks charge fees for purchase made with credit or debit cards, while only 10 percent do so in Cambodia , leading to more infrequent use in Vietnam.

High services fees for card payments also account for the decline in the number of foreign tourists in Vietnam, according to Ha.

Nguyen Tu Anh, general director of SmartLink Card Service Co., said Vietnam’s personal database procedures on card issuance were not working well.

Banks had not identified the right customers, she said.

Some customers who qualify have low demand for the cards, while others who have high demand can only receive a card with a secured deposit paid in advance.

Banks should improve their marketing strategies so that consumers understand payment cards’ benefits, Khuong said.

More card alliance should be established and more POS should be installed throughout the country, Khuong said, adding that bonus point accumulation and service fee cuts should also be offered.-