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Vietnam, Mekong tourism introduced in Germany

In Vietnam Travel on October 20, 2009 at 7:59 am




Vietnam, Mekong tourism introduced in Germany


QĐND – Monday, October 19, 2009, 20:41 (GMT+7)

The German travel company Gebeco on Oct. 16 held a night to introduce Vietnam and Mekong tourism within the framework of the freshly-ended 2009 Asia-Pacific Week in Berlin.


During the night, visitors were presented with popular tourist destinations, cultures and tourism services, as well as countries along the Mekong river, including Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam.


The company also informed the guests about air routes from German to Thailand and Vietnam, local air routes, as well flights from Vietnam to Phnom Penh and Siem Reap of Cambodia and Vientiane and Luang Prabang of Laos.


Gebeco, Germany’s second largest travel agency, operates in 16 fields, including culture, research, exploring, adventure and religious tourism, bringing thousands of German tourists to Asia, Africa and South Africa annually.


The 2009 Asia-Pacific Week, which was held from Oct. 7-16, focused on promoting “Mekong countries’ tourism”, “Day of Mekong countries” and “Asian rail and land routes”.


Source: VNA


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Can Tho to become air transportation hub

In Vietnam Travel on October 20, 2009 at 7:59 am




Can Tho to become air transportation hub


QĐND – Monday, October 19, 2009, 20:41 (GMT+7)

PANO – The Vietnam Air Services Company (VASCO) will soon open new air routes to link localities in the Mekong Delta, the company recently announced.


Under its set plan, Can Tho will become an air transportation hub in the region, from which air routes will reach other regional localities.


At present, VASCO is in the process of scheduling 2 new air routes between Can Tho and Phu Quoc island and Con Dao island. The 2 new air routes are expected to be operational next year.


Officials stated the establishment of the new air routes in the region will, in part, boost local socio-economic and tourism development.


Translated by Thu Nguyen


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Jetstar Pacific increases chartered capital

In Vietnam Travel on October 20, 2009 at 7:59 am




Jetstar Pacific increases chartered capital


QĐND – Monday, October 19, 2009, 20:42 (GMT+7)

The Vietnam-based budget carrier Jetstar Pacific’s executive board has approved a decision to increase its chartered capital to more than 1.3 trillion VND from 727 billion VND.


The increase will be implemented by issuing more shares to existing shareholders.


The State Capital Investment Corporation (SCIC) now holds the lion’s share, 69.93 percent of Jetstar Pacific, while the Australian airline Qantas has 27 percent as a strategic shareholder.


According to Jetstar Pacific, the budget airline has also adopted a plan to upgrade its fleets of aircraft in order to meet passengers’ demand and prepare for its plan to expand its international network of air routes to regional countries.


Under the plan, the airline will wrap up the upgrade of its fleet and perform final technical checks in Singapore by the end of next month.


With a fleet of six A320 and Boeing 737-400 aircraft, Jestar Pacific conducts about 280 domestic flights a week.


Source: VNA


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Vietnamese tennis athlete snags two junior cup titles

In Vietnam Sports on October 20, 2009 at 7:58 am




Vietnamese tennis athlete snags two junior cup titles


QĐND – Monday, October 19, 2009, 20:41 (GMT+7)

Vietnam’s Huynh Phuong Dai Trang swept the women’s singles and doubles titles at Vietnam International Junior Tennis Championship Techcombank Cup.


Trang, 16, beat Russian fourth seed Anna Tyulpa 6-1, 6-2 to win the singles title at Quan Hoa tennis court in Hanoi on Oct. 17.


The 16-year-old dominated Tyulpa in the first set with powerful serves and backhands, winning in 21 minutes.


Tyulpa regrouped to lead the first game of the second set but was overtaken by hard shots to the corners by Trang, the tournament’s top seed, who cruised home 6-2 in 27 minutes.


In the doubles title final, HCM City products Trang and Nguyen Ai Ngoc Van beat Tyulpa and fellow Russian Kristina Chasovskikh, 7-6 (3), 7-5.


In the men’s side, teenager Nguyen Hoang Thien and partner Leander Lazaro of the Philippines beat Tefan Milenkovic and Oskar Wikberg from Sweden, 7-5; 6-3.


Earlier, Wikberg won the men’s singles title when he beat countryman Stefan Lindmark.
Thien, 14, played below his potential in the singles to be defeated 4-6; 4-6 by Wikberg in the semi-final.


Source: VNA


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UK veteran footballers to play friendly games in Vietnam

In Vietnam Sports on October 20, 2009 at 7:58 am




UK veteran footballers to play friendly games in Vietnam


QĐND – Monday, October 19, 2009, 20:42 (GMT+7)

Former football stars from Manchester United and Liverpool will play friendly games against veteran Vietnamese footballers during the 2009 Masters Vietnam Football Tournament to take place at My Dinh National Stadium on November 19-20.


The news was announced by the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) and the DC Media Joint Stock Company (DCM) at a press briefing in Hanoi on October 19.


The tourney offers a great chance for Vietnamese football fans to meet former Premier League stars such as Andy Cole, Andrei Kanchelskis and Vivian Anderson of Manchester United FC, and Mark Walters, Dominic Matteo and John Barners of Liverpool FC.


Event organisers will invite Dermott Gallagher and John Underhill who used to referee many Premier League matches to control the Masters Vietnam tourney. Dermott Gallagher refereed the FA Cup final between Manchester United FC and Liverpool FC at Wembley Stadium in 1996.


Source: VOV


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Major Cambodian cotton import tipped

In Vietnam Economy on October 20, 2009 at 7:58 am




Major Cambodian cotton import tipped


QĐND – Monday, October 19, 2009, 20:41 (GMT+7)

Cambodia plans to export 1,000 tonnes of cotton to Vietnam, the largest order since 1970, by the beginning of next year.


Kong Chan, managing director of Seladamex Co, said the company as well as many other Vietnamese enterprises specialising in other commodities had recently been negotiating a number of deals with Cambodian firms.


Seladamex has found new markets and begun buying additional cotton from farmers in Cambodia ’s Battambang province for 400 USD a tonne. After processing, they will export the cotton for 1,500 USD a tonne.


Trade between Vietnam and Cambodia is expected to improve next year and surge past Thailand, which has been a major trading partner of Cambodia for many years, economists have said.


Despite the global slowdown, trade between the two countries is expected to reach 2 billion USD next year. Bilateral trade reached 848 million USD for the first eight months of 2009, a drop of 29.2 percent compared to the same period last year.


Source: VNA


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New rules for petrol, oil trade

In Vietnam Economy on October 20, 2009 at 7:57 am




New rules for petrol, oil trade


QĐND – Monday, October 19, 2009, 20:41 (GMT+7)

Petrol retailers will hold the pump price of petrol on the domestic market in line with market prices under State management.


This follows a decree issued by the Government on Oct. 15 on oil and petrol trading in Vietnam. The decree applied to Vietnamese traders who are engaged in petrol and oil trading in the domestic market.


The decree specified the terms for issuing licences on trading, importing, producing and distributing petrol, with specific regulations on retail prices effective from December 15, 2009.


The decree has rules governing the raising and lowering of petrol and oil retail prices.


According to the decree, petrol traders will have to peg their retail prices to wholesale global prices.


Due to fluctuating global wholesale prices, traders will be allowed to peg their retail prices to world petrol prices, meaning if prices decline within 12 percent, these cost saving will have to be passed onto consumers at retail outlets.


If wholesale prices decline more than 12 percent against the existing retail prices, petrol traders have able to cut their retail prices after authorised agencies have implemented measures adjusting import taxes and contribution to the petrol price stabilisation fund.


Traders can introduce retail price increases of 7 percent if prices of petrol and oil wholesale prices surge by 7 percent.


In case wholesale prices increase by 7-12 percent, traders can increase retail prices by 7 percent plus 60 percent of the surplus of 7-12 percent. The balance would be compensated by the petrol price stabilisation fund.


If wholesale prices increase more than 12 percent, the State will develop solutions to retain retail price stability through the stabilisation fund and import tax reductions.


Once implemented, the decree will remain effective until 2025, with petrol traders responsible for ensuring the stabilization of petrol and oil reserves.


Dealers that want to be licensed to sell petrol and oil must operate officially sanctioned petrol stations, operate stations meeting standard criteria and have sufficiently trained staff.


New petrol stations must be approved by the relevant agencies.


According to the decree, existing petrol stations that have failed to achieve planning approval, have to upgrade or relocate to meet the requirement set by the decree.


Source: VNA


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Thousands of households submerged in central region

In Social life on October 20, 2009 at 7:57 am




Thousands of households submerged in central region


QĐND – Monday, October 19, 2009, 20:42 (GMT+7)

Less than 20 days after tropical storm Ketsana hit the central region, local people are still suffering from heavy flooding.


Due to the impact of a tropical low pressure front approaching from the East Sea over the weekend, heavy downpours occurred in the central provinces with flood water rising up to second alert level in some rivers in Quang Ngai, Phu Yen and Thua Thien-Hue. Thousands of households in these provinces have been inundated.


Meanwhile, local authorities from Quang Tri to Khanh Hoa said that more than 2,800 vessels with 19,000 fishermen received timely warnings about the tropical depression and have been guided to safe shelter. Thua Thien Hue province plans to evacuate around 21,000 households from danger areas, especially those hardest hit by storm No 9.


*** Heavy rains have blocked off many streets in Quang Ngai city, making it difficult to bring patients to the provincial polyclinic. Currently, flood waters in the province’s rivers have exceeded second alert level and are predicted to continue to rise. The provincial people’s committee has mobilised all available forces to get ready for emergencies.


*** There is also widespread flooding in Tuy An district, Phu Yen province, especially along the banks of the An Dinh and An Thai rivers. Currently, the provincial border guard is guiding 276 vessels with 1745 fishermen on board to safe shelter.


*** In Kon Tum province, water levels in the rivers of Po Ko, Se San and Dak Bla continue to rise and there will be possible landslides and traffic jams on the Ho Chi Minh Highway section running through the districts of Dak Glei and Dak To.


Source: VOV


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Bustling gift markets before Vietnam Women’s Day

In Social life on October 20, 2009 at 7:57 am




Bustling gift markets before Vietnam Women’s Day


QĐND – Monday, October 19, 2009, 20:42 (GMT+7)

With Vietnam Women’s Day approaching, many people are seen flocking to either supermarkets or small shops to buy gifts for their beloved ones.


Hypermarkets in Hanoi such as BigC, Metro and Fivilmark are bustling about offering 10-50 percent discounts on different kinds of goods. A chain of fashion shops, along Cau Giay and Xuan Thuy roads, including international brands such as Triumph, are bedecked with promotion banners and posters.


Many customers now prefer to buy products for practical use at reasonable prices from such firms as Olay, Enchanteur, Johnson, Double Rich, and Hazeline. Among the best-sellers are shampoo and face powder imported from Japan and France, which are sold at VND120,000-200,000 per bottle or box.


A special programme to ‘honour Vietnamese beauty’ has been launched at BigC supermarket, with the participation of 60 major Vietnamese and world cosmetics firms like Mabeline, Garnier, Olay, Revlon, Ponds, Nivea, Rexona, Biore Sunsilk, Dove, Rejoice, and Pantene. Customers have a chance to view their products and receive advice on using cosmetics and ways to take care of their hair, skin, lips and teeth.


Fresh flowers – no longer first choice


The flower market seems quieter than last year. Shops along Hai Ba Trung, Xuan Thuy, Kim Ma and Tran Xuan Soan streets display eye-catching bouquets of flowers, but most of passers-by just stop to admire rather than buy them as they are very expensive.


The bouquets are so meticulously arranged in different styles but to many, they are so luxurious for daily life. Instead of buying flowers, many customers turn to perfume. As for students and pupils, they cannot afford to buy such luxuries. Dat, a student from the Trade Union University has decided to present his girlfriend with a book on this occasion. “This would be more meaningful and practical than flowers, which usually survive one or two days,” he said.


On average, a bouquet costs from VND60,000 to 100,000 but the prices of beautiful flowers like orchids hover somewhere between VND130,000 and 200,000. Da Lat madonna lily is sold for as much as VND250,000 or 400,000 per bouquet.


Source: VOV


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Sixth NA session to cover panoply of major issues

In Politics-Society on October 20, 2009 at 7:56 am




Sixth NA session to cover panoply of major issues


QĐND – Monday, October 19, 2009, 20:42 (GMT+7)

The sixth session of the 12th National Assembly will open in Hanoi on October 20 with a wide range of important issues on the table during its 32 days of deliberation and voting, said a senior NA official.


According to Dr. Tran Dinh Dan, member of the NA Standing Committee and Head of the NA Office, the session will hear and discuss reports on the implementation of socio-economic development plans and State budget estimates in 2009 as well as decide on State budget allocation options for 2010.


Together with adopting eight bills and discussing 10 other draft laws, the NA will hear supervision reports on the implementation of policies and laws on the management and use of State capital and assets at State-owned groups and corporations.


The hearings will focus on the implementation of the country’s major projects, including the Dung Quat Oil Refinery Plant No. 1, the Son La hydroelectricity plant, the 5-million ha reforestation project and Ho Chi Minh Road , as well as consider plans to invest in the Lai Chau hydropower and Ninh Thuan nuclear power projects.


The NA will also hear and consider working reports by the Chiefs of the People’s Supreme Court, the People’s Supreme Procuracy and the Government on the law enforcement, crime prevention and settlement of citizen complaints and accusations.


In addition to the opening and closing ceremonies, several of the NA’s plenary sessions which will discuss the implementation of the 2009 socio-economic tasks and the 2010 socio-economic development plans and question-and-answer session will be broadcast live.


Source: VNA


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