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Province builds on successes in family planning

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:30 am

Province builds on successes in family planning

QĐND – Wednesday, December 15, 2010, 21:6 (GMT+7)

Nguyen Manh Thao of the northern province of Hoa Binh is happy that he has two daughters.

This is somewhat surprising in Vietnam with its strong patriarchal and Confucianist traditions where families desire to have a son to tend to the family altar, to continue the family lineage and so on.

It is not important whether it is a daughter or a son, Thao said, adding that to have the right conditions to raise them comfortably and ensure a happy life for them is far more important.

Thao, therefore, did not pressurise his wife to give him a son and a third child for the family, another not-too-uncommon practice in the country when the first two children are daughters.

Like his elder brother, Nguyen Manh Hung has no particular preference, and does not say anything to his wife about needing a son. The couple did not adopt any method or measure, western or traditional, to try and influence the baby’s gender, another frequently chosen option by many others.

His first child is a girl and the second, a boy. After giving birth to the second child, his wife chose to use the IUD (intrauterine device) sterilisation method, Hung said.

“Two children are enough and I can afford to secure their future based on my financial situation,” he added.

Thao and Hung’s parents worked very hard to raise their five children, and they often advised their offspring to have only one or two children in order to raise them well.

Nguyen Thi Nga, a family planning worker at Cham Mat Ward in Hoa Binh City , said the number of families having three children in the ward has reduced in recent years.

“The awareness of residents about the advantages of having a smaller family has improved,” Nga added.

Unlike earlier, when many families did not want to meet and listen to her about sterilisation, a large number of women are now voluntarily asking for advice on sterilisation methods, she said.

Only 10 of 1,750 households in the ward have a third child.

Nguyen Huy Lam, head of the city’s Centre for Population and Family Planning, said in 2008, the third child accounted for nearly three in every 100 births. This dropped to two in 2009 and is expected to remain the same this year, he said.

This is the result of awareness campaigns as well as the implementation of many activities like the establishment of a club for families without the third child in Cham Mat ward, he added.

However, Lam said he is concerned that in Hoa Binh City , more than 50 percent of the third-born children were from well-off families.

Nguyen Thi Nguyet of Cham Mat ward has a son and a daughter, but wants another one despite the advice of family planning workers.

Her family is doing well, so raising one more child is not difficult, she said.

Tran Phuong Hoa, Cham Mat ward’s family planning co-ordinator, said some families want to have many children because they thought it will make them happier and will have more people to take care of them when they are old.

In Vietnam , especially in rural and mountainous areas, there are no homes for senior people, and many people are afraid that there will be nobody to take care of them if they have only one or two children.

In particular, some families think that daughters cannot take care of them when they are old because daughters usually live at their husband’s house and take care of his parents.

So families with two daughters often want to have one son, Hoa said.

Cao Phong district in the province has many well-off families with more than two children and is among districts with the highest gender imbalance.

The province has a third child rate of 7.7 per cent, according to Nguyen Thi Minh Phuong, deputy head of the provincial Statistic Department, with most of them being boys.

The use of methods to choose a baby’s gender before conceiving is popular among the provincial population.

It has contributed to the gender imbalance in Hoa Binh province, which ranks among the top ten provinces in the country in this regard, according to the provincial Statistics Department.

The province will change the content and objectives of its awareness campaigns and also introduce stricter punitive measures as it strives to reduce its gender imbalance and contribute to stable development of the nation’s population, Lam said.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Poor planning affects all

In Uncategorized on October 24, 2010 at 4:03 pm

Poor planning affects all

QĐND – Sunday, October 24, 2010, 19:54 (GMT+7)

Inconsistency in production planning and irrational benefit sharing have recently led to disorders in the sale of agricultural products.

Competition for buying sugarcane began this October in the Mekong Delta and central Vietnam where there is a high concentration of the crop, and it has pushed the price of sugarcane up to more than VND1 million per tonne. It is expected to be fiercer in the future.

Businesses that were able to obtain sugarcane under such competition had to pay a very high price. Those that failed to do so had to either shut down production or to keep it at a low level.

However, farmers still suffer the most. Not long ago, quite a few farming households had to cut down or burn their sugarcane fields because the selling price fell too low – to the extent that they could not even afford to hire people for harvesting. Meanwhile, there was too much sugarcane so traders did not buy any more.

This state of both excess and shortage has also occurred repeatedly with many other Vietnamese farm products. Recently, it was difficult for traders to purchase rice from farmers to supply exporters in time so that they could fulfil their contracts. But a short time later, there was an oversupply of rice, which meant farmers could barely find buyers for their rice.

The same applies to tra fish in the Mekong Delta. There were times when businesses took turns raising their buying prices in order to get enough tra fish for processing but the next crop of tra fish immediately faced a sad fate when they were packed in small ponds and could swim nowhere because enterprises no longer wanted them. The farmers then could only manage to sell some at cheap prices, which sometimes didn’t even cover the costs to raise them.

This problem is attributed to inconsistency in production planning. For instance, rice variety IR 50404 proved not to meet the world market’s demand and sold badly but farmers still continued to invest in planting it because they found it difficult to purchase better varieties of rice.

When sugarcane growers face an excess of sugarcane, many of them immediately moved to plant other crops that seemed to be profitable at the time, resulting in an abrupt drop in the acreage and output of sugarcane for the next crop and a sudden surge in sugarcane prices, creating instability on the market and directly affecting consumers’ lives. When the prices of sugarcane soared, people once again rushed to grow it.

Another cause behind this imbalance is the unequal allocation of benefits between parties in the line of agricultural production. According to the Mekong Delta Development Research Institute, tra fish farmers receive only 19.4 percent of the total profits from their fish, while the corresponding figures for traders and processing companies are 2.1 percent and 78.5 percent respectively.

In this relationship, the farmers seem to have more disadvantages and depend greatly on the prices offered by the buyers and their workflows.

When prices are high, farmers tend to hoard their products and cause problems for enterprises that need materials for processing and can lose contracts due to delays in delivering goods on schedule. This is often seen in such commodities as rice, fish, shrimp, sugarcane, and coffee among others.

As one solution, the government has introduced policies to encourage businesses to buy farmers’ products through contracts.

However, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development reports that only five out of 15 sugarcane factories in southern provinces had contracts to buy sugarcane from farmers on a long-term basis.

The government also has other measures to assist farmers but many of them have not been implemented seriously.

Professor Vo Tong Xuan said that government support packages will play an important role in reducing the risks of agricultural investment, facilitating land accumulation, and boosting technology transfers. Based on this, he said, businesses could invest more to help farmers produce high-quality products for export, thus creating a sustainable bond between businesses and farmers.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Israel planning massive attack on Gaza: Ahmadinejad

In Uncategorized on June 1, 2010 at 11:41 am

TEHRAN, June 1, 2010 (AFP) – President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday that Iran has precise information that Israel plans to launch a “massive attack” on Gaza in the wake of its deadly raid on an aid flotilla.

“We have precise information it has planned a massive attack against Gaza to make up for its past defeats,” Ahmadinejad said in a public speech in the western Iranian city of Ilam that was broadcast live on state television.

“I warn you that if this time you commit a crime against any place, against Gaza, the storm of regional nations’ fury will uproot you,” he said.

The hardliner, who has repeatedly infuriated the world by his anti-Israeli tirades, also lashed out at countries which he said “backed the Zionist regime.”

“This time if you back the crimes of the Zionist regime, the anger of regional nations … will not just be limited to the borders of Palestine, but will also put on trial you and those who are accomplices in the crime,” he said to cheering crowds.

Ahmadinejad criticised Washington for adopting a “weak stance” against Israel for its deadly raid on the Gaza aid flotilla.

“The US government has adopted a very weak and biased position. Instead of condemning, it has spoken vaguely and sought to evade taking a stance,” he said, while some European countries had adopted a “good” stand.

On Monday, Israeli commandos raided an aid flotilla in international waters of the Mediterranean headed to Gaza that left at least nine pro-Palestinian activists dead, according to the Israeli army.

Demonstators join an anti-Israel protest in Sydney on June 1, 2010. Australia on June 1 strongly condemned a deadly raid by Israeli commandos on a Gaza-bound aid ship. AFP PHOTO

The attack on the flotilla has triggered a fresh wave of tirades from Ahmadinejad against Israel.

The animosity between the Islamic republic and the Jewish state has worsened under Ahmadinejad, who has repeatedly said Tehran’s arch-foe is “doomed to be wiped off the map.”

Israel, for its part, has consistently demanded strong action against Iran for pursuing its controversial nuclear programme and has not ruled out a military strike.

Source: SGGP

HCM City begins planning for Tet festivities

In Vietnam Culture on November 19, 2009 at 9:56 am

Ho Chi Minh City is planning six major events to celebrate Tet in February 2010, its People’s Committee said.

                Nguyen Hue flower street in Tet holidays of 2009 ( photo K K )

The Nguyen Hue Flower Street, an annual event that is highly popular with the public, themed Xuan binh minh (The dawn of Spring) this year, will be held from February 11 to 16. The lunar New Year falls on the 14th.

The Tet flower show on Nguyen Hue Boulevard in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City will be riot of colors and fragrances. A traditional music performance and folk games will be organized on Le Loi Boulevard on the closing day.

One of the highlights will be the Banh Tet (cylindrical glutinous rice cake) festival features Banh Tet making competition.

There will be Banh Tet ceremonies at the Hung Kings temple in District 9 and Ton Duc Thang museum in District 1. The kings are the mythical founders of the nation.

Cakes will be gifted to poor families and disadvantaged children on February 13.

Fireworks shows will be held at seven places around the city and broadcast live on Ho Chi Minh Television on New Year’s Eve.

The “lighting the streets’ program will see some main boulevards like Nguyen Hue, Le Loi, Dong Khoi, and Le Duan decorated with thousands of colorful lights from December 18 to January 5 for the western New Year and from February 2 to 21 for the Vietnamese New Year.

Music and light shows titled “A Moment to Welcome the New Year” will be held on Nguyen Hue Street on the night of December 31.

Enterprises located on streets where the festival will be held will decorate the front of their offices from February 11 to 16.


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Israel not planning a strike on Iran: Medvedev

In World on September 21, 2009 at 7:49 am

MOSCOW (AFP) – Israeli President Shimon Peres has given Russia assurances his country is not planning a strike against Iran, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said in an interview with CNN released on Sunday.

“When Israeli President Peres was visiting me in Sochi recently, he said something very important for all of us: ‘Israel does not plan any strikes on Iran, we are a peaceful country and we will not do this’,” he said.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (left) speaks with his Israeli counterpart Shimon Peres in Sochi in August 2009. Peres has given Russia assurances it is not planning a strike against Iran, Medvedev said in an interview with CNN posted on the Kremlin’s website.(AFP file)

In the interview posted on the Kremlin’s website, Medvedev said such an attack would be “the worst thing that can be imagined”, and hinted Russia could take sides in the conflict if Israel did attack.

Although Russia has no military alliances with Iran, “it does not mean that we would like to be or will be indifferent to such a development,” he said.

Medvedev said any strike on Iran would be “extremely unreasonable” but added: “My Israeli colleagues told me that they were not planning to act in this way.”

In the interview posted on the Kremlin website, Medvedev also told how Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a secret visit to Moscow this month and held talks with him.

“Prime Minister Netanyahu has visited Moscow. They did this in a closed regime, this was their decision. I do not even understand very well the reasons for it,” he added.

Media reports said Netanyahu flew to Russia on September 7 to pressure Moscow’s not to sell advanced missile systems, including S-300 surface-to-air missiles, to Iran.

But Medvedev said Russia reserved the right to sell missiles to Iran, including S-300s, which Moscow classify as a defensive weapon.

“Our relations with Iran have a military component,” Medvedev said. “What we have supplied and are going to supply has always been defensive weapons systems.

“I will hold to this when making final decisions as to the all existing contracts with Iran.”

Israel has for years tried to convince Russia not to sell the S-300s to Tehran, which Israel fears Iran could use to rebuff a strike against its nuclear sites.

Source: SGGP

Traffic planning lacks long-term view

In Uncategorized on December 1, 2008 at 3:20 pm

Hanoi (VNA) – Traffic planning should pre-empt socio-economic development and be included in urban planning schemes, according to experts at a symposium held in Hanoi on December 1.

The event was organised by Hanoi University of Transport and Communications (UTC), in cooperation with Germany ’s Darmstadt University of Technology.

The development of traffic systems in Vietnam ’s major cities lack a long-term vision, resulting in problems such as frequent congestion, high rates of road traffic accidents and high levels of pollution, said UTC’s principal Tran Dac Suu.

The current infrastructure and public transport services do not meet the needs of socio-economic development and the uncontrolled proliferation of private vehicles is worsening these problems, Suu commented.

Participants at the symposium suggested that administrators formulate and impose uniform standards for urban planning procedures, and they agreed that the experiences of developed countries in planning traffic schemes would be very useful to Vietnamese urban planners.

Participating experts from Germany and Japan shared their countries’ experiences in traffic planning and administration, as well as the development of their public transport services.-

Gov’t stresses environment issues in oil sector planning

In Uncategorized on September 11, 2008 at 9:43 am

Hanoi (VNA) – Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai has requested the oil and gas sector to focus on the environment issue and energy saving and security in its development master plan for 2006-2015 and visions towards 2025.

During a meeting on the issue on September 10, Deputy PM Hai also said the plan should include detailed steps at every development stage of the sector in order to define clearly the country’s ability for self-sufficiency in energy.

The draft master plan, which has been circulated among relevant ministries and sectors for recommendations, forecasts that Vietnam ’s demand for oil and petrol products will grow by an annual 8-10 percent until 2010.

It calls for acceleration of oil and gas exploration and exploitation activities and stronger cooperation with foreign partners in the targeted period.-

Planning a decade of strong development

In Uncategorized on August 10, 2008 at 5:21 pm

HA NOI — The Government yesterday signed a US$2 million deal with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to help draft a Socio-Economic Development Strategy (SEDS) for the next decade.

The project will formulate an SEDS for 2010-20 by assisting the Development Strategy Institute of the Ministry of Planning and Investment in conducting necessary research and gaining international experience. It will run until December 2010.

This is the second time the UNDP has supported the country in building national socio-economic policies. Previously the UNDP offered support for the phase 2001-10.

While the previous project helped with research and consultation under strong Government leadership, the new initiative will develop the effectiveness of such measures.

The strategy will convert broad socio-economic development plans into specific action programmes and activities and aims to fulfil the SEDS goal of “fairer distribution of benefits through integration into the world economy”.

UNDP deputy country director Christophe Bahuet said that there were several challenges Viet Nam needed to overcome to reach middle income status by 2010 and to transform from an agrarian to an industrialised and modernised economy.

“Such challenges include maintaining high economic growth, managing inequality and providing social welfare to every citizen. Ensuring democracy and access to citizen’s rights, protecting the environment and coping with climate change to ensure stable development are also of great importance,” he said.

He added that the UNDP’s view was that an open process would allow Viet Nam Government access to a wide variety of views to help it best outline strategic options.

“Through this project, UNDP hopes to facilitate Viet Nam’s access to quality international expertise, experience and practices needed for SEDS development,” he said.

President of the Development Strategy Institute Ngo Doan Vinh praised UNDP’s support.

“It is a difficult task to formulate a national development strategy that meets people’s expectations, especially when Viet Nam does not have much experience in this area,” said Vinh.

“We want the development strategy for the next decade to be of high quality with useful, innovative ideas. This project will give the country’s decision makers a chance to observe and learn from international experience,” he said.

Learning from the project on Viet Nam’s Socio-Economic Development Strategy for 2001-10, participants in the process are looking to avoid former problems.

“The project VIE/99/002 would have had better results if more efforts had been made at sharing international experience and knowledge,” said Ngo Doan Vinh.

“This time, MPI has used our website to publicly call on more international experts to contribute,” he said.—