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Charity gala event to help aid children in need

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:06 am

Charity gala event to help aid children in need

QĐND – Tuesday, January 11, 2011, 21:34 (GMT+7)

Leading artists will gather to perform at a charity gala on Jan. 13 to raise money for children living at Hanoi’s Phuc Lam Preschool and Nursery.

The show, which is to take place at the capital’s historic Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi hotel, is entitled Cay Lieu Khoc Cho Em (Willow Weeps for Me).

As a curtain raiser, Spanish fashion designer Chula will present her latest collection, which features the diamond jewellery of the Hanoi-based London Diamond Gallery.

Vietnamese diva My Linh and virtuoso pianist Pho An My will share the stage with the hotel’s resident French jazz diva Trebeka on the night. Award-winning actress Le Khanh will be MC.

The event is organised by the the non-profit charity organisation, Willow Weeps for Me, founded by Trebeka.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Outstanding groups and individuals for AO victims to be honoured

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:05 am

Outstanding groups and individuals for AO victims to be honoured

QĐND – Tuesday, January 11, 2011, 21:36 (GMT+7)

PANO – 99 outstanding groups and individuals from movements and campaigns in support of more than 3 million Vietnamese Agent Orange (AO) victims will be honoured at the program, “Gratitude to Golden Hearts to AO Victims”, to be on air at 08.00pm, on January 24th, 2011, on Vietnam Television’s S9 studio.

Among the honoured selected by the Vietnam Association for Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin (VAVA) and its branches in cities and provinces nationwide, are General Vo Nguyen Giap and the late Professor Tran Van Giau.

Addressing a recent press conference in Hanoi, Senior – General Nguyen Van Rinh, Chairman of the VAVA, said the program will be a great encouragement to millions of AO victims and their families as well as organisations and individuals at home and abroad to continue their support to the victims.

According to Colonel Le Cuong, a member of the organizing board, it was not easy to select outstanding figures as thousands of local and foreign groups and individuals have been actively engaged in movements and campaigns supporting Vietnamese AO victims.

The program will be broadcast live on VTV and VTC channels, local TV channels of HCMC, Binh Duong, Dong Nai, Lam Dong and Lao Cai provinces. The event is jointly organised by the VAVA, the Southeast Asian Research Association of Vietnam (SEARAV), the People’s Police Newspaper, the ASEAN magazine, and the ASEAN C&C Company.

Duy Minh

Source: QDND

Hanoi presents nearly 200 billion VND to social beneficiaries

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:05 am

Hanoi presents nearly 200 billion VND to social beneficiaries

QĐND – Tuesday, January 11, 2011, 21:37 (GMT+7)

PANO – The Hanoi People’s Committee has spent more than 195 billion VND on Tet presents for 733,133 wounded soldiers, martyrs’ families, veterans, elderly people, and other needy people in the city.

Meanwhile delegations from the city’s authorities will visit and present gifts to 97 social groups and 87 families of social beneficiaries on the Lunar New Year holidays.

On this occasion, various meaningful activities have been launched to support social beneficiaries in the city. Some art performances have been held to raised funds from individuals and businesses to sponsor for social programs.

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

Vietnam to monitor imported food

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:04 am

Governments and animal health departments will closely inspect any food imports from overseas countries into Vietnam, said the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

In a recent dispatch to provinces and cities around the country, the Ministry has ordered all provincial and municipal governments and relevant agencies, to supervise any animal products imported from foreign countries into Vietnam. As the Tet holiday is quickly approaching, consumption of foreign imports could be very high.

The Ministry has also asked government officials, to closely monitor border crossings, especially the ones like Tan Thanh, in the Northern Province of Lang Son; Cau Treo and Lao Bao in the central province of Ha Tinh; and finally, Quang Tri and Moc Bai, in the southern province of Tay Ninh.


Source: SGGP

Government to combat environmental pollution in craft villages

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:04 am

Government to combat environmental pollution in craft villages

QĐND – Monday, January 10, 2011, 20:44 (GMT+7)

PANO – Deputy Prime, Minister Hoang Trung Hai, recently assigned the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, in coordination with other central agencies and localities, to draw up a comprehensive scheme on the treatment of environmental pollution at nationwide craft villages.

The Deputy Prime Minister also asked the Ministry to complete circulars on environmental technical standards in order to issue them in the third quarter of 2011.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, there are some 1,500 craft villages nationwide, of which 800 villages are located in the Red River Delta.

Meanwhile, results from recent surveys conducted by the Centre of Water Resources and Environment show that the environment of food processing, industrial and handicraft villages is alarming.  

Both officials and experts agreed that it was high time to immediately take serious measures against environmental pollution in craft villages in order to ensure sustainable development for the sector in the future.

Translated by Thu Nguyen

Source: QDND

Old vehicles prove difficult to remove

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:04 am

Old vehicles prove difficult to remove

QĐND – Tuesday, January 11, 2011, 21:34 (GMT+7)

The Vietnam Registration Department said about 70,000 automobiles have passed their expiry date since the beginning of this year and were no longer considered road worthy – but that the majority are still in use.

Furthermore, the department said 40,000 trucks and nearly 30,000 buses have considered no longer roadworthy but that just 10,400 have been impounded.

Than Van Thanh, chief of the National Traffic Safety Committee, said the law prohibits aged vehicles from being on the road for safety reasons.

He added that vehicle owners are also largely ignorant of the law, while others openly flout road regulations because punishments are not strict enough.

The department, which has 88 vehicle registration centres nationwide, said owners often use fake registration documents to bypass the law and fool officials.

Most elderly and illegal vehicles are discovered in major cities such as Hanoi , HCM City and Dong Nai.

The Traffic Department said officials often confiscate registration documents shortly before a vehicle needs to be scrapped, and inform owners and relevant agencies about the approaching deadline.

The Vietnam Registration Department said the number of unfit vehicles on the country’s roads has decreased since Decree No 92 was promulgated.

However, the department said it is not easy to clearly state when foreign-made vehicle should be taken off the roads because of the availability of new parts.

Vehicles that have no documents are automatically considered unroad-worthy.

The department has published the registration numbers of those vehicles that should not be on the road.

Nguyen Huu Tri, the Registration Department head, said a public awareness campaign on the regulation has been run by local media.

Nguyen Duc Nghi, director of the municipal police, said police will step-up checks on trucks and buses. Those found un-roadworthy face fines of 4-6 million VND (190-285 USD) for each violation.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Capital to spend equivalent $10 million for Lunar New Year welfare

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:04 am

The Hanoi People’s Committee has decided to spend nearly VND200 billion (US$10 million) on purchasing gifts to help the vulnerable groups in society.

Hanoi authorities will spend VND20 billion to help the poor during the Lunar New Year holidays. (File photo)

The Tet gifts will be given to the poor, lonely seniors and welfare beneficiary families; in order that they too can enjoy a happy Lunar New Year, which begins on February 3.

Nguyen The Hung, deputy director of Hanoi Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, said the department is making every effort in ensuring that no person goes hungry, during the Tet holidays.

During the Tet holidays, more than 730,000 people will be offered gifts. These will include 1,000 old men, over the age of 100, and over 148,000 poor families.

Furthermore, the People’s Committee will use subscriptions in order to help disabled people enjoy the Tet holidays. Additional money will be given to orphans and the poor.

The capital will also give gifts worth VND100,000 to each drug addict; and each cadre will receive gifts worth VND200,000 each in rehabilitation centers.

Source: SGGP

Children’s fund looks to $2 million funding for the needy

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:03 am

The National Fund for Vietnamese Children has said that it will try to raise VND40 billion (US$2 million) in order to carry out programs and help disable children of Vietnam this year.


Representatives from the National Fund for Vietnamese Children offer gifts to disable children in flood-hit region. (

The fund will organize three programs which will be broadcast live on television. The event on television hopes to raise money, from various individuals and organisations, in order to help disadvantaged children.

In another ceremony, which will be held at the Presidential Place in Hanoi, 55 outstanding children that have faced extreme hardship, will be honoured.

Furthermore, the fund will offer 2,500 scholarships to children in 63 cities and provinces, and in addition, give away 5,000 lifebuoys to children that live near rivers and waterways.

The fund also hopes to build 10 new projects and provide fresh water in over 10 cities and provinces around Vietnam. The project will also build five new schools and support 70 individuals that need heart operations in Vietnam.

Last year, the fund raised over VND90 billion ($4.5 million) and helped one million poor and disable children across the country.

Source: SGGP

Ministry moves to prevent drop-outs

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:03 am

Ministry moves to prevent drop-outs

QĐND – Tuesday, January 11, 2011, 21:34 (GMT+7)

The Department of Student Activities has asked teachers to keep a close watch on students in danger of dropping out of school after Lunar New Year Festival, which falls on early February this year.

Every year as many as 30 per cent of students across the country drop out of school at this time, the start of Spring, according to Nguyen Dinh Manh, deputy director of the Ministry of Education and Training’s Department of Students Activities.

“Our policy is not to let students leave schools because they lack money or books,” he said.

Schools with poor students must report to district departments so that support can be given in the form of school fees, books or free lunches.

“If district authorities do not have enough funds, they can ask the Department of Students Activities for support,” said Manh, adding that People’s Committees in wards have the responsibility of getting students back to class.

“If students get bad marks in the first term, school managing boards can consider letting them do the test again,” he said.

Manh added that local authorities could also arrange for some students to continue their studies in vocational training schools.

Educational experts say that the number of students dropping out of schools generally increases after Lunar New Year Festival.

By the end of November, more than 7 percent of students nationwide had already left.

The provinces with most dropouts include Long An, An Giang, Dong Thap, Soc Trang and Bac Lieu.

“In the North, Thanh Hoa province has the highest number of students dropping out of schools,” said Manh.

Last school year more than 1,000 of students in the province left after Tet.

Nguyen Tai Hiep, principal of the Cam Ba Thuoc High School in Thuong Xuan district in Thanh Hoa, said that last school year, 130 students in his school dropped out after the first term.

“They were from poor, remote communes and found it beyond their means to rent accommodation,” he said.

Hiep said some students also found it difficult to learn – 9th, 10th or 11th graders who wanted to find jobs and earn money to help their parents.

“This school year, families in central provinces have little money after the storms destroyed their livelihoods and found it difficult to pay for schooling” he said.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Cold weather forces schools to close in northern region

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:02 am

The prolonged cold weather has forced a lot of schools to close, forcing thousands of students to stay at home in northern Vietnam.

Since January 7, Lai Chau Province alone has notified over 15,000 students to stay at home, while Lang Son Province schools have told over 11,000 students not to come to school.

Local authorities have called on residents and parents to help students cope with the cold weather.

In Sa Pa town of Lao Cai Province, parents have donated money in order that schools can purchase heating equipment. Meanwhile, some residents have made wood fires in order to keep children warm in the poorer areas.

The Lai Chau Province Department of Education and Training, has presented 1,500 extra thick clothes to students in districts of Sin Ho, Phong Tho and Tam Duong.

In addition, money donated by the Red River Delta provinces of Thai Binh, Hung Yen and Hai Duong, is helping to make heating mantles for poor students that live in remote lying areas.

Hoang Kim Giao, head of the Livestock Production Department said because of the cold weather, the number of cattle died has increase dramatically, from 900 on Monday to over 2,500. The worst hit provinces include Son La, Ha Giang, Cao Bang and Lao Cai.


Buffaloes find shelter from the cold weather, which has killed thousands of cattle in the north (Photo: SGGP)

On Tuesday afternoon, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development sent another urgent dispatch to northern and central provinces asking them to prevent any more cattle related deaths due to the extreme cold weather.

The Ministry also instructed local authorities not to let cattle in the fields and the forest when the temperature drops below 12 degree Celsius. If possible, farmers should stockpile more grass to feed their herbs.

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Source: SGGP