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Sweltering weather looks to continue throughout April

In Uncategorized on April 13, 2010 at 9:40 am

Scorching temperatures over the past few days nationwide look to continue throughout the month, according to the national weather bureau.

Children go to school since early morning to avoid scorching heat in the central region in March (Photo: VnExpress)

Bui Minh Tang, director of the National Hydro Meteorological Forecast Center, said that some areas in the northwestern and north-central regions have seen temperatures recently skyrocket to 40-42 degrees.

In the north, the searing weather is forecast to last until at least April 14, Mr. Tang said.

Meanwhile, the central and southern regions will continue to see several hot spells in the second half of April, with the highest temperatures hitting 39 degrees Celsius.

It is predicted that the long period of recent hot weather will delay the onset of this year’s rainy season by 15-20 days compared to previous years, and will thus begin in the middle or end of May.

The hot spell of the past few days in the central region has also led the electric industry to periodically cut off household electricity to save power, sending residents to beaches and parks to cool off.

The pediatric ward of Hue Central Hospital, meanwhile, has reported that it sees around 100-150 children daily with heat-related illnesses.

Over half of the patients have been diagnosed with respiratory illnesses.

Source: SGGP

October 2 has now become Learning Day throughout VN

In Uncategorized on October 3, 2008 at 3:17 pm

Ha Noi — Yesterday, October 2, was observed as the first Learning Day throughout Viet Nam.

Each year, the day will be observed on this date, which is the anniversary of the Viet Nam Learning Association.

This was announced by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education Nguyen Thien Nhan yesterday at a meeting to mark the anniversary.

Nhan said he hoped the Prime Minister’s decision would accelerate the nation’s efforts to increase learning among the young.

“The Learning Association has given strength to millions of pupils, students and teachers in special circumstances (the poor or those whose circumstances deteriorate) to learn and teach better,” he said.

Legendary army figure General Vo Nguyen Giap is the honourable president of the association.

In a letter to the organisation, Truong Tan Sang, Permanent Secretary of the Party Central Committee , said he wanted it to link its activities with those of other civil organisations to build Viet Nam into a learned society.

Nguyen Manh Cam, the association’s president, said that since it was created 12 years ago, the organisation had gained more than six million members and had more than 250,000 sub-associations.

Every year for the past five years, the association has granted from VND250-300 billion (US$15-18 million) in scholarships to students and allowances to help needy teachers. —

VN Buddhists to promote dharma throughout Europe

In Uncategorized on August 14, 2008 at 4:25 pm

People make offerings at Ha Noi’s Quan Su Pagoda during a festival.— VNA/VNS Photo Nhat Anh

HA NOI — A delegation from the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (VBS) Central Committee will make a trip to France, the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Ukraine and Russia to promote Buddhism in Europe from August 20 until September 10.

Vice President and General Secretary of the VBS Central Committee’s Executive Council, the Most Venerable Thich Thien Nhon said the European tour is aimed at solidifying the belief of overseas Vietnamese about dharma and encouraging them to contribute to the homeland and keep their national culture and identity.

The Most Venerable Thich Thien Nhon also described the trip as a chance for the VBS to expand its relationship with international Buddhist organisations.

The delegation will be headed by the Most Venerable Thich Chon Thien, who is Vice Standing President of the VBS’s Executive Council and Head of the VBS’s Monk and Nun Education Board.

The tour will include memorial services and prayers for peace on the occasion of the Buddhist Vu Lan ceremony, which is held annually on the 15th of the seventh month of the lunar calendar for Buddhists to express their gratefulness and appreciation to their ancestors.

The tour’s schedule includes a visit to the Truc Lam pagoda in Paris, a service to unveil a statue of the late President Ho Chi Minh in the Vietnamese Embassy in the Czech Republic, and the inauguration of the Vinh Nghiem Buddhist temple in Praha.

The VBS dignitaries will work with the Buddhist Centre and the Thien Viet Pagoda in Poland and the Buddhist College in Hungary and meet with Buddhist followers in Kiev and Kharkov in Ukraine.

The dignitaries will also hand over certificates of VBS membership to Buddhist associations in Polan, Hungary, Ukraine, give lectures and organise a ceremony to officially appoint the head of the Truc Lam pagoda in Kharkov. — VNA/