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Top ten events in culture, sports and tourism in 2010

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:20 am

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism officially announced ten outstanding cultural, sports and tourism activities in 2010 in Hanoi on Dec. 30. They are:

One of cultural, sports and tourism activities mark the grand celebration of the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi,

1. Cultural and fine arts activities mark major celebrations, including the 80th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of Vietnam, the national commemoration of the Hung Kings and the Hung King Temple Festival, the 35th anniversary of the liberation of the south and national reunification, President Ho Chi Minh’s 120th birthday, the 65th anniversary of the August Revolution and National Day (Sept. 2) and the 80th anniversary of the Vietnam National United Front.

2. Cultural, sports and tourism activities mark the grand celebration of the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi, including the biggest-ever parade held at Ba Dinh Square on October 10, the opening of the Culture-Tourism Village of Vietnamese ethnic groups, an exhibition on Vietnam’s socio-economic achievements and Thang Long-Hanoi, the “Thang Long-Hanoi craft villages and streets” festival, the sport competitions and the Vietnamese film days for 1,000 years of Thang Long-Hanoi.

3. Vietnam’s heritages have been recognised by UNESCO, including the Thang Long Imperial Citadel recognised as a world cultural heritage site, the Saint Giong Festival in Phu Dong and Soc Temples as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity and the 82 doctoral stone steles at the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university, recognised as a world documentary heritage.

4. Cultural activities were held to promote Vietnam’s land and people abroad, including the National Day at the 2010 Shanghai EXPO and the Vietnam Culture Week in Cuba, Mexico, Germany, Belgium, Cambodia, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Russia, China and India.

5. International cultural and sport events were held for the first time in Vietnam, including the International Photo Exhibition, International Film Festival, International Piano Contest, Miss Earth and the Thang Long-Hanoi International Football Cup to celebrate the capital city’s millennium birthday.

6. Director and People’s Artist Dang Nhat Minh was honoured by the US Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his contributions to the Vietnam’s cinematography.

7. Sports festivals at all levels and the seventh national sports festival were held.

8. The Vietnamese sport delegation bagged 33 medals including those at five Olympics sport events for the first time at the 16th Asian Games (ASIAD 16); and the Vietnamese disabled athletes secured 17 medals, placing 11th out of 42 delegations at the first Asian Para Games.

9. Vietnam’s tourism sector welcomed five millionth foreign visitor.

10. Tourism promotion campaign in 2010 “Vietnam-Your destination” contributed to attract foreign tourists to Vietnam and promoting domestic tourism. The campaign helped Vietnam welcome over five million foreign arrivals, 28 million local visitors and grossed an estimated revenue of 100 trillion VND.

Source: SGGP

Tien Minh to join tournament for world’s top 8

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:14 am

Tien Minh to join tournament for world’s top 8

QĐND – Sunday, January 02, 2011, 20:18 (GMT+7)

Nguyen Tien Minh has recently been confirmed one of eight places to compete at the World Super Series Final from January 5-9 in Taiwan, according to the Badminton World Federation (BWF).

Ranked sixth on the BWF Super Series Ranking, the Vietnamese No.1 player will join with seven others including Malaysian Lee Chong Wei, Long Chen and Pengyu Du from China, Thai Boonsak Ponsana, Peter Hoeg Gade and Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark, and Taufik Hidayat from Indonesia.

They will be drawn in two groups to play single round-robin format to select four best players to advance to the semifinals.

Whatever the result, each participant player will get a cash prize of at least US$4,250. Semifinalists will earn $10,000. Top two winners will win $40,000 and $20,000 respectively.

Source: tuoitrenews


Source: QDND

Top ten events in information, communications

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2010 at 4:28 am

The project, “To promptly turn Vietnam into a power nation in information technology and communications ” was selected as one of the top ten events of the year in information and communications.

Other events announced by the Ministry of Information and Communications in Hanoi on December 22 included a national target programme, “To make information accessible to residents of mountainous and remote areas, border communities and islands”, and the National Assembly approval of the Post Law.

Among the top ten list were: telecommunication businesses leading the nation in tax payments, a move to tighten management of internet and games online businesses, information security identified as urgent and vital to institutions and businesses, a biggest ever international book fair, the first ASEAN Community festival of pictures, documentary and feature movies, the first-ever press fair held in Paris, and Vietnam winning first prize at an international writing contest held by UPU.

The Ministry of Information and Communications described the project on IT and communications power, which was approved by the Prime Minister this year, as a strategic project, creating a foundation for development of the information and communications industry.

A project on information development in remote and mountainous areas, islands and border areas aims to narrow the gap of benefits in this field between rural and urban people. The project is scheduled to benefit 3,000 villages, including 1,700 remote villages, in the most disadvantaged 250 districts, from 2011-2015. The project offers assistance in personnel training, investment in grassroots hardware foundations and supply of audio-visual equipment for target families.

Source: SGGP

Malaysian ex top immigration official jailed for graft

In Uncategorized on December 21, 2010 at 9:35 am

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 20, 2010 (AFP) – A former top-ranking Malaysian immigration official was sentenced Monday to 56 years in jail for corruption, his lawyer said, in a rare successful high-level prosecution.

Former immigration department deputy director Yusof Abu Bakar, 56, was found guilty last week of accepting 121,500 ringgit (38,500 dollars) in bribes to approve the extension of social visit passes for several Chinese nationals.

“The sessions court today sentenced Yusof to 56 years jail in total and fined him 620,000 ringgit over the 14 charges of corruption,” his lawyer Mohammed Azmi Mohamad Said told AFP.

“However, the judge ruled that the sentences be run concurrently so that means that Yusof will serve about six years in total.”

Mohammed Azmi said Yusof would appeal the ruling and sentence.

Prime Minister Najib Razak came to power last year with a pledge to stamp out corruption which is endemic in Malaysia, and where convictions of high-ranking figures have been rare with cases often ending in acquittals.

Yusof’s sentencing comes shortly after corruption charges were laid against influential ruling coalition politician Khir Toyo over a Balinese-style mansion he built while chief minister of the country’s richest state.

The government’s failure to root out graft was a major factor in 2008 elections which saw the opposition make unprecedented gains.

Commentators have said that the recent flurry in anti-corruption actions is linked to speculation that Najib will call snap elections early next year — an allegation the premier has denied.

Source: SGGP

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

IIE: Vietnam among top 10 places sending students to US

In Uncategorized on November 16, 2010 at 5:55 am

Vietnam among top movers for per capita GDP growth

In Uncategorized on November 10, 2010 at 2:26 pm

Life Heritage Resort Hoi An hailed as one of Asia’s top ten resorts

In Uncategorized on November 7, 2010 at 1:53 pm

Badminton: Top seeds faces tough task at Asian Games

In Uncategorized on November 2, 2010 at 1:44 pm

Top leaders attend opening ceremonies for new school year

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 8:05 am

Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh attended the new school year opening ceremony at Chu Van An High School in Saturday, hailing the school’s achievements.

Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh beats the drum to start the new school year at Chu Van An High School in Hanoi September 4 (Photo: VNA)

He congratulated the school’s teachers and students on their new academic year, saying they should maintain and promote their teaching and studying to obtain more achievements.

The Party leader on this occasion asked the education sector to continue improving management and education quality, creating strong and comprehensive changes in the sector.

He stressed the ultimate goal of the education-training sector and the socialist school which is teaching and educating pupils with great aspirations toward the motherland.

Chu Van An is considered a cradle for outstanding students. Many students from the school became patriotic personalities, intellectuals and leaders of the Party and State such as Ngo Gia Tu, Nguyen Van Cu, Pham Van Dong. Uncle Ho visited the school three times and the hundred-year old school has been recognised as a national cultural and historical relic site.

On the same day, State President Nguyen Minh Triet attended and beat the drum to open the new academic year at Thang Long Secondary School in Hanoi.

Speaking to teachers and students at the school, President Triet highlighted the school’s achievements in the past year.

He asked every teacher and officer of Thang Long School to uphold tradition and chalk up even greater achievements in the future, so that their school will deserve to bear the name of the capital city and its glorious thousand-year history.

The State leader told the school students to exert more efforts in their studies, practice good morals and actively take part in social activities.

In Ho Chi Minh City the same day, thousands of students and teachers at Tran Dai Nghia High School participated in an opening ceremony for the new academic year with the attendance of the city Party Committee Secretary Le Thanh Hai.

Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh and teachers , students at Chu Van An High School

Stating at the ceremony, Mr Hai highly appreciated and praised great efforts of the school’s teachers and students to obtain excellent achievements in the last school year.

He hoped that the school should continue improving education quality to train high quality human resources, meeting the city’s development demand.

In the meantime, Le Hong Phong High School organized a ceremony to start the new school year with the attendance of some city senior officials.

The city People’s Committee chairman Le Hoang Quan ordered the school should show more efforts to become a high-ranking school not only in the country but also in the Southeast Asian region.

At the Gia Dinh High School’s ceremony, the city People’s Council chairwoman Pham Phuong Thao gave certificate of merit and excellent emulation flag for the school as it has got plenty of achievements over the past school year.

Other high schools like Vo Truong Toan and Nguyen Thuong Hien also hosted their new school year opening ceremonies with the participation of permanent deputy secretary of the city Party Committee Nguyen Van Dua and permanent deputy chairman of the city People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Tai respectively.

Source: SGGP