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HCM City takes lead in e-commerce

In Uncategorized on December 17, 2010 at 2:28 pm




HCM City takes lead in e-commerce


QĐND – Friday, December 17, 2010, 20:56 (GMT+7)

An international seminar on e-commerce took place in Ho Chi Minh City on December 16, attracting the participation of businesses, executives and lecturers in the country and abroad.


At the seminar, the first of its kind in Vietnam jointly held by the Viet Trung Hoa Investment and Development Joint Stock Company and Vietnam E-commerce Development Centre, participants discussed how to promote made-in-Vietnam products on international markets through e-commerce, while working on business strategies in line with global development trends.


The participants engaged in an exchange with Vietnamese businesses who are pioneers in applying e-commerce to business and with foreign experts to update information about e-commerce across the world.


The seminar also included direct talks with disabled people who have actively contributed to the development of society in general and to Vietnam’s information technology in particular, such as Le Dan Bach Viet MA, a blind teacher from Nguyen Dinh Chieu school for visually-impaired children, and Huynh Thi Kim Cuc, an IT expert.


Tran Vinh Nhung, Deputy Director of the HCM City Department of Industry and Trade, said businesses in HCM City are taking the lead in applying e-commerce, engaging in e-commerce trading floors and offering a wide range of online services.


However, Nhung said, they are facing numerous obstacles while using e-commerce, particularly regarding security and electronic payment systems.


The seminar provided an opportunity for participants to make suggestions to the HCM City People’s Committee on a plan to develop e-commerce in the 2011-2015 period.

Source: VOVNews/VNA

Source: QDND

Artistic exchange “Soldiers and journalists” takes place in HCMC

In Uncategorized on December 17, 2010 at 5:57 am




Artistic exchange “Soldiers and journalists” takes place in HCMC


QĐND – Thursday, December 16, 2010, 21:4 (GMT+7)

An artistic exchange, “Soldiers and journalists”, will be organised by the Ho Chi Minh Journalists Association and the Nghebao Magazine, in cooperation with Saigon Giai Phong Newspaper and Ho Chi Minh Television, to celebrate the 66th founding anniversary of Vietnam’s People’s Army.


The information was made public at a press conference on Wednesday.


Spectators will have exchanges with journalists who had been or have been working in the Army such as Tran Dang Khoa, Tran The Tuyen, Dao Van Su, Quynh Hop, Nhi Du and Hoai Nam to have further understanding of the virtues and daily life of Uncle Ho’s soldiers.


The program also introduces songs and poems set to music by some journalists. Meritorious artists Quang Ly, Ta Minh Tam and singers Cam Van, Anh Tuyet, Cong Lam, Thanh Thao and the Ao linh Team will join the program to be held at the Ho Chi Minh Municipal Theatre and broadcast live on HTV9 at 8pm on December 20th.


Translated by Van Hieu


Source: QDND

Ha Long Bay takes 2nd place in top 10 best boat journeys

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:49 am

Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has been ranked the 2nd among the 10 best boat journeys by the UK’s Lonely Planet Travel Magazine.

Ha Long Bay


“Bobbing on the emerald waters of Halong Bay and moving through its 3000-odd limestone islands is simply sublime. The tiny islands are dotted with beaches and grottoes created by wind and waves, and have sparsely forested slopes ringing with bird tunes.


There are more than 300 boats based at Bai Chay Tourist Wharf waiting to sweep you away to the World Heritage waters. Day tours last from four to eight hours, though (recommended) overnighters are also available” the magazine written.


Norwegian Fjords gets the first place. Next positions are Amazon River, South America; Franklin River, Australia; Quetico Provincial Park, Canada; Kerala’s backwaters, India; Milford Sound, New Zealand; Island-hopping, Greece; Disko Bay, Greenland; and Galapágos Islands, Ecuador.

Ha Long Bay is a popular travel destination in the Northern Province of Quang Ninh. Covering on an area of around 1,553 km2, the hot tourist spot has including 1,969 islets, most of which are limestone.


In 1994, Ha Long Bay was recognized as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site. It has jumped to second place among the 28 finalists of an online voting for the world’s new seven wonders and helping to bring 5.3 million visitors to Quang Ninh in the first eight months of the year.

Source: SGGP

17th Meeting of Vietnam Association of Dermatology takes place

In Uncategorized on November 25, 2010 at 5:21 pm




17th Meeting of Vietnam Association of Dermatology takes place


QĐND – Thursday, November 25, 2010, 21:0 (GMT+7)

On November 25th, the 17th Meeting of the Vietnam Association of Dermatology, for the term of 2010- 2015, was held in Da Nang City.


The association aims to help 21 provinces eradicate leprosy by 2015.


Speaking at the meeting, Dr. Pham Van Hien, Chairman of the Association during 2005- 2010, mentioned the activities by the association in eradicating of leprosy from Vietnam, especially a plan to assist 21 provinces in their fight against leprosy in the near future.


In addition, the association has also taken part in programs to prevent HIV/AIDS, and common dermatological diseases, as well as enhancing professionalism for doctors to meet international standards.


At the meeting, Dr. Tran Hau Khang, Director of the Central Dermatological Hospital, was elected new Chairman of the Association for he Term 2010- 2015.


Source: LDO

Translated by Van Hieu

Source: QDND

English singing contest takes place

In Uncategorized on November 11, 2010 at 9:00 am

Supermodel Ngoc Thach takes part in Miss Model pageant

In Uncategorized on November 1, 2010 at 9:41 am

Ha Long Bay takes 2nd place in world wonders voting

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:43 pm

Ha Long Bay in Quang Ninh Province, a UNESCO heritage site, has jumped to second place among the 28 finalists of an online voting for the world’s new seven wonders.  

Ha Long Bay

The voting, organized by New Open World, is available at http://www.vote7.com.


The positive result is thanks to Quang Ninh province’s efforts in boosting information dissemination and promotion of the image of Ha Long Bay to foreign friends.


The province has also developed tourism linkages with other provinces nationwide, especially the country’s five biggest tourism centres.


The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) has planned a promotion campaign and asked Quang Ninh province to publish a tourism publication on Ha Long Bay with attached voting guidelines as well as build a game show named “Impressive Vietnam”.


Ha Long Bay is drawing the attention of tourists from both road and waterways, helping to bring 5.3 million visitors to Quang Ninh in the first eight months of the year with estimated revenue of VND2.3 trillion (US$115).

Source: SGGP

VN takes firm steps against money laundering

In Uncategorized on August 14, 2010 at 3:24 pm




VN takes firm steps against money laundering


QĐND – Saturday, August 14, 2010, 20:50 (GMT+7)

The Government has promulgated a National Action Plan on Anti-money Laundering and Combating Financing of Terrorism for the period from August 2010-August 2011.

A decision to this effect coded 1451/QD-TTg was signed on August 12 by Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung on behalf of the Prime Minister.

Accordingly, the Steering Committee for Anti-money Laundering was assigned to instruct and coordinate relevant ministries, sectors and agencies to implement the plan. Relevant ministries, sectors and agencies were assigned to study the practical plan and coordinate with the State Bank of Vietnam to carry out their tasks.

Under the national action plan, the Public Security Ministry will issue a circular to give instructions to relevant ministries and sectors to implement the Penal Code’s Article 251 on anti-money laundering.

The Finance Ministry will create a circular with instructions on the implementation of the Government’s Decree on Anti-money laundering in securities, insurance, rewarded games and entertainment.

The Justice Ministry will submit to jurisdiction levels the ratification of the convention on anti-transnational crimes.

The State Bank of Vietnam will check against limitations on regulations relating to high-risk customers and requirements of beneficiaries.

The Ministry of Information and Communications will disseminate information on anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism.

In August 2011, the Justice Ministry will review and make proposals for revising (if necessary) the Penal Code, to be in line with the Article 2 of the international convention on combating financing of terrorism and special recommendations of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

Source: VNA/Vietnam+

Source: QDND

Australia PM Gillard takes poll lead

In Uncategorized on August 14, 2010 at 7:22 am

SYDNEY, Aug 14, 2010 (AFP) – Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard regained her lead in the polls just one week out from neck-and-neck elections Saturday, with surveys showing she had support in enough seats to win office.


Gillard, Australia’s first female leader, led Tony Abbott’s conservative Liberal/National coalition 53 percent to 47 percent in the latest Nielsen poll, with a four-point jump in her ruling Labor party’s primary and overall vote.

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard (R) speaks at a media conference during a visit to a construction site in inner-west Sydney on August 13, 2010. AFP

The flame-haired former lawyer also lifted her preferred prime minister rating three points to 52 percent to one-time trainee priest Abbott’s 38 percent, the survey of 1,356 voters found.


A separate Newspoll in the must-win states of Queensland and New South Wales (NSW), and Gillard’s home state of Victoria, showed the prime minister was on track to scrape into government.


“Possible gains in Victoria would mean Labor could govern in its own right by the narrowest of margins,” said The Australian newspaper, where the Newspoll was published.


Gillard performed strongly in the campaign’s fourth week — the period during which the surveys were conducted — rating well on two popular TV programmes and attracting a flurry of bets on Labor to win the election.


By contrast, Abbott attracted widespread derision with a vow to scrap the government’s National Broadband Network, and floundered over details of his own cheaper but slower Internet scheme when quizzed on national television.


The Nielsen poll found more people disapproved of Abbott’s performance than approved (48 to 45 percent), giving him a net negative for the first time in the campaign, while Gillard’s approval rating rose to 54 percent and her disapproval dropped to 36 percent.


Some 59 percent said they believed Labor would win the election to Abbott’s 27 percent, and Gillard had closed the gap in seats critical to her bid for office, particularly in Sydney, where she made big spending pledges on a new rail link.


Gillard now led in NSW 51-49 and had dramatically gained ground in Queensland to trail Abbott just 49-51, according to Nielsen.


The Newspoll of 3,351 voters in marginally-held seats showed a significant swing to Gillard in Victoria, countering considerable gains by Abbott in Queensland and NSW.


“Labor’s in front and is likely to win, but government is still there for the taking for Tony Abbott,” The Australian said.


Critically, Gillard looked to hold onto the bellwether electorate of Eden-Monaro, just outside the capital Canberra, according to Newspoll.


Every government which has won office since 1972 has taken the seat.

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Source: SGGP

HSBC takes part in reforestation in Cat Tien National Park

In Uncategorized on August 12, 2010 at 7:23 pm




HSBC takes part in reforestation in Cat Tien National Park


QĐND – Thursday, August 12, 2010, 20:34 (GMT+7)

HSBC Bank (Vietnam) in a joint effort  with Cat Tien National Park will launch a long-term reforestation project to cope with climate change.


Accordingly, within the next three years, HSBC Vietnam will invest nearly VND900 million to plant around 10,000 trees within the 22.5 hectares area. HSBC credit card holders can also take part in the program from August 15th.


The bank will coordinate with the Management Board of the Cat Tien National Park to plant trees for the credit card holders and hang tags with the donors’ names on the trees as recognition of their contribution to the preservation of ecosystem at the Cat Tien National Park.


The project is part of the Climate Camp project jointly held by HSBC and the Wolrd Wild for Nature (WWF) since early 2010.


Source: NLD/ Photo: agro

Translated by Vu Hung

Source: QDND