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Obama kicks off Asia tour with Mumbai attacks tribute

In Uncategorized on November 6, 2010 at 7:51 am

Paying tribute to martyrs in Quang Tri

In Uncategorized on July 24, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Paying tribute to martyrs in Quang Tri

QĐND – Saturday, July 24, 2010, 21:35 (GMT+7)

Party officials, military officers and war veterans offered incense to war martyrs at a newly-built memorial house in the central province of Quang Tri on July 24.

The memorial house was built on the northern bank of the Thach Han river in An Dong ward, Quang Tri town, to commemorate soldiers who laid down their lives on the Quang Tri frontier, especially at the Quang Tri Citadel and on the Thach Han River.

The project was built at a cost of VND15 billion contributed by employers and employees of the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV).

At the event, To Huy Rua, a Party Politburo member and a Party Central Committee Secretary, expressed the Party, State and people’s deep gratitude towards heroic soldiers who sacrificed themselves for national independence and freedom during the past wars.

Mr Rua, who is also head of the Party Commission for Communication and Education, called on the people to take part in the “Paying Debt of Gratitude” movement to assist relatives of the fallen combatants living in difficulty.

Mr Rua and military officers and war veterans released flowers at Thach Han wharf – part of the memorial house project.

Later, he visited families of war invalids and martyrs in Ai Tu town, Trieu Phong district, and paid floral tribute to fallen combatants at National Cemetery Road No9.

The same day, Quang Tri province broke ground for a project to build War Martyrs Monument in the northern bank of the Thach Han River at a cost of VND40 billion.

Vietnam observes War Invalids and Martyrs’ Day on July 27.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Paying last tribute to a veteran revolutionary and journalist

In Uncategorized on May 11, 2010 at 12:47 pm

Veteran revolutionary and journalist Ky Phuong (also known by the the alternative pseudonym, Tran Phong) passed away on May 10 in Ho Chi Minh City at the ripe old age of 90.

Veteran revolutionary and journalist Ky Phuong (also known by the the alternative pseudonym, Tran Phong) (L) and journalist Tran Tam Chi of the Giai Phong (Liberation) Newspaper.

The journalist worked in the newspaper industry for over half a century. He served as editor-in-chief of newspapers Cuu Quoc (National Salvation) and Giai Phong (Liberation).

Journalist Ky Phuong (or Tran Phuong), whose real name is Le Van Thom, was born in the Mekong Delta city of My Tho in 1921.

He joined in the revolutionary movement against French colonial rule in 1940 in the My Tho and Ben Tre Provinces.

He was admitted to the Indochinese Communist Party in 1945.

Mr. Phuong undertook an assignment in Hanoi in 1946 and traveled to Beijing, China where he studied at the Marx-Lenin Institute from 1949 to 1952.

He served as editor-in-chief of the newspaper Cuu Quoc (National Salvation) in the North in 1958.
In early 1964, the revolutionist came back the South and founded the newspaper Giai Phong (Liberation)
After the National Reunification Day on April 30, 1975, he became an assistant to the editorial boards of three newspapers including Tin Sang (Morning news) and the Buddhist publications Giac Ngo, and Cong Giao va Dan Toc (Catholicism and Nation).

He also headed the Municipal Party Committee’s Public Relations Board and served as secretary general of the Vietnam Buddhist Institute of  HCM City.

His service to the country is a shining example that modern Vietnamese journalists may follow.

Source: SGGP

Silent tribute as China mourns quake victims

In Uncategorized on April 22, 2010 at 4:10 am

China observed a day of national mourning on Wednesday for victims of its killer quake, with newspaper front pages bathed in black and flags lowered to half-mast around the country.

Top leaders and thousands of other people paid a silent tribute to the victims of the 6.9 magnitude earthquake that struck a remote area of northwestern China a week ago, leaving at least 2,064 people dead.

Another 175 people were still missing and more than 12,000 injured after the quake flattened thousands of mainly mudbrick and wood homes in the Yushu region of Qinghai province, a rugged area populated by ethnic Tibetans.

The whole of Qinghai held three minutes of silence at 10:00 am (0200 GMT), while state television showed Chinese President Hu Jintao and other top leaders in Beijing bowing their heads in silent tribute to the victims.

China has observed a day of national mourning for the victims of its killer earthquake, with newspaper front pages bathed in black and flags lowered to half-mast around the country.

“Please be silent for our compatriots who died in the Qinghai Yushu quake,” said a sombre-looking Hu, surrounded by eight other leaders.

In Jiegu, the main town in the disaster zone, officials and rescuers stood silently among the ruins as Chinese flags planted in the rubble fluttered in the wind, state television showed.

And in the main square of Qinghai’s capital Xining, thousands of military personnel, officials, students and citizens mostly clad in black stood in rows, their heads bowed under a light snowfall as sirens and car horns blared.

Throughout the country, the government and its propaganda organs seized on the disaster in a Tibetan region with a restive history to stress national unity.

“In solidarity with the people,” read a front-page headline in the People’s Daily, the ruling Communist Party’s mouthpiece.

Aid and relief personnel have poured into the disaster area on the Tibetan plateau at an altitude of around 4,000 metres (over 13,000 feet), after delays that officials blamed on its remote location.

Wei Guijun, of the National Development and Reform Commission, China’s top economic planning agency, told reporters the government had already sent 550 million yuan (80 million dollars) in relief funds to the quake zone.

Rescuers were still sifting through rubble in Jiegu, but snow and hail have hindered relief efforts and slowed delivery of badly needed supplies, while altitude sickness also hit many of the workers.

China’s state meteorological agency forecast intermittent rain and snow in the coming days with night temperatures dipping to near-freezing.

On state television, grim-faced anchors delivered emotional tributes to the victims as they devoted all coverage to the day of mourning.

“Yushu, your suffering is our suffering. Your mourning is our mourning,” a woman anchor intoned.

In central Beijing, authorities lowered the national flag to half-mast at Tiananmen Square, and flags were also to be lowered at Chinese embassies and consulates worldwide.

All major state-run newspapers and their online versions carried blackened mastheads while the websites of some government departments were also stripped of colour.

Entertainment activities have been ordered suspended, shutting down cinemas, professional football matches, some television programmes and activity related to the Shanghai Expo opening next month, media reports said.

Foreign entertainment-related television channels such as HBO and ESPN had their programmes blocked in China, replaced by a notice on a black background saying it was due to quake mourning.

International news channels such as CNN and the BBC remained unblocked.

Source: SGGP

State President pays tribute to fallen soldiers

In Uncategorized on April 18, 2010 at 3:14 pm

State President pays tribute to fallen soldiers

QĐND – Sunday, April 18, 2010, 21:20 (GMT+7)

The State and people of Vietnam from generation to generation always show their great gratitude to soldiers who had fallen for the national liberation and unification, said State President Nguyen Minh Triet.

The State President made the statement at a ceremony to honour 12 units and 29 individuals as heroes of the People’s Armed Forces on April 17 in Ho Chi Minh City on the occasion of the 35 th anniversary of the Liberation of South Vietnam (April 30).

President Triet said the footprints of heroes can be recognised across the country as each citizen could become a soldier and a hero and that martyrs are the symbols of the revolutionary heroism.

He called on the entire Party and people of Vietnam to continue their efforts further develop the country along the socialist orientation, following the late President Ho Chi Minh’s recommendation on determination to protect the Communist Party of Vietnam, the socialism and national sovereignty, deserving the sacrifices of martyrs.

The awardees of the title are units and individuals who had attained remarkable achievements during the war against the French colonialists, the American imperialists as well as the process of national construction and defence.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Dak Lak pays tribute to elephant hunters

In Vietnam Culture on December 21, 2009 at 4:06 pm

The Central Highlands province of Dak Lak December 19 paid homage to the practice of elephant hunting by local ethnic people in Krong Ana Commune, Buon Don District.

A performance of hunting elephants during Dak Lak Province’s tourism and culture week December 16-20 (Photo: SGGP)

The event was part of the Buon Ma Thuot-Dak Lak Culture and Tourism Week, hosted by the province from December 16-20.

Tourists and locals watched December 19 as 31 hunters rode 15 tamed elephants to catch a wild elephant.

The father of elephant hunting is N’Thu K’Nul from Laos, who was born in 1928.

He was also the founder of Ban Don, a famous area of Buon Don District with a long tradition of hunting and taming elephants.

He captured hundreds of elephants including a rare white elephant, which he presented to Thai royalty in 1861.

The King of Thailand at the time conferred him the title of “Khunjunob,” meaning “elephant hunting king.”

Related article:
Highlands tourism week celebrates elephants

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New York to pay 9/11 tribute at vacant Ground Zero

In World on September 11, 2009 at 7:37 am

 New York will lead tributes Friday to victims of the 9/11 attacks in a ceremony at Ground Zero where work on replacements for the World Trade Center, and even a memorial, remains mostly stalled.

On the eighth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks by Al-Qaeda militants riding hijacked airliners, mourners will remember the 2,752 people who died in the destruction of the Twin Towers in Manhattan.

They will also mourn those who died in the attacks just hours later on the Pentagon outside Washington and on a fourth plane, which crashed in Pennsylvania after the passengers overpowered the hijackers.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other officials will attend the now annual ritual at Ground Zero, when every name is read out and moments of silence mark key events, such as the impact of the two hijacked planes, and the collapse of the towers.

Powerful lights will send beams skyward from the site at nightfall.

Despite a deep desire to properly remember the tragedy, constant financial and legal wrangling has slowed work on replacing the enormous Twin Towers to a snail’s pace.

A man looks out toward the World Trade Center site from the Millenium Hotel near the 9/11 Memorial Preview Site August 2009, in New York City

The financial crisis and downturn in the real estate market have made speedy renewal of the neighborhood even less likely and frustration is rising.

“It has become increasingly clear that New Yorkers should be embarrassed by the debacle that is represented by the failure of government officials to have successfully rebuilt Ground Zero,” Barry LePatner, a construction attorney, said.

“Unfortunately, the only conclusion that can be drawn from a careful study of their actions at this important site is an attitude that the public be damned.”

In theory, five new skyscrapers are planned, with a park and memorial in the middle, and a transport hub. But many now think that there is no market for all five towers.

For now, the site strikes casual observers as merely a large hole, although work on foundations of several key elements is well underway and the frame for the future Freedom Tower is rising.

A poll last week by Quinnipiac University found that two thirds of New Yorkers think even the memorial will not be ready in time for the 10th anniversary in 2011.

“They don’t expect to have any part of Ground Zero ready by the tenth anniversary,” Maurice Carroll, director of the university’s polling institute said.

“We’re getting fed up with the continual lack of progress at Ground Zero. And we think it’s important that there be some signs of movement this year,” Carroll added.

According to the poll, 25 percent of New Yorkers said the slow pace made them “ashamed,” the highest number to give that answer since it was first asked in 2006.

Source: SGGP