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Tourists enjoy Quan Lan Beach’s pristine beauty

In Uncategorized on June 25, 2010 at 4:51 pm




Tourists enjoy Quan Lan Beach’s pristine beauty


QĐND – Friday, June 25, 2010, 20:7 (GMT+7)


The pristine beauty of Quan Lan Beach has yet to be spoiled and is a mecca for tourists. The deep blue waters, strong waves and white sandy beaches span over several kilometres. Wild, green pines flank the beach, which adds charm to the pristine location.


The beach is on Quan Lan in Bai Tu Long Bay, which is 55km away from Ha Long City.


Stilted guest houses hide under the lush foliage of casuarinas. A brick-paved road leads tourists from their bungalows to QuanLanBeach.


Among the network of inhabited islands, the beautiful isle of Quan Lan still remains largely unexplored. The undeveloped island and its gorgeous white sand beaches have been tagged by major investments that are aiming to expand its shaky tourist infrastructure.

The sand on QuanLanBeach is stranger than the sand on other beaches. It’s white, tiny, pure and smooth. The transparent water allows you to gaze at the bottom of the sea where you can watch fish swim around colourful coral.


Visitors can stay in bungalows on the beach or with locals in a quiet village. In the future, tourists are bound to discover the gorgeous shores of this island paradise, and its unsullied beaches are likely not to stay isolated for too much longer.


Since the 11th century, Quan Lan had been a centre along the commercial route. In the 12th century, Quan Lan was the first trading port of Vietnam built under the Ly dynasty.


In 1149, King Ly Anh Tong took this place to set up Van Dontown and Van Don trading port in order to speed up commercial relationships between Vietnam and Southeast Asian countries. Relics of former trading port have been discovered with traces of ancient architecture and grazed terracotta of metres thick to prove that this place used to be a crowded urban.


During the fifth and sixth lunar months, the area annually celebrates religious ceremonies to remember the area’s former king, and residents also hold boat rowing festivals.


In 1288, the beach was also the site of the well-known defeat of invading Mongol troops, who were destroyed by General Tran Khanh Du’s army. Tourists in Quan Lan can visit a temple dedicated to the General, where they can learn about the history of the region and the achievements of the commander. The temple’s roof is hidden under pine canopies. Approximately 100 steps lead to the temple’s entrance that is halfway up a mountain.


Because Quan Lan is a strategically important seaport, the French built a lighthouse on its shores in the 19th century in order to protect the beach and to signal to passing merchant ships.


For tourists resting on the beach in evening, the illuminations from the lighthouse look like a twinkling star.


The dearth of post-midnight electricity makes night life a wee bit difficult to sustain in this town. During the evening hours, locals and a few tourists stroll along the village’s main street, where sugarcane juice vendors and a few cafes stay open. The only sounds that dare to disturb the island are the melodic vibrations of karaoke bursting from living rooms and local cafes.


Sa sung (kind of sea worm) is a speciality of the region. It’s used in cooking soup, which helps provide a wonderful taste and adds nutritional sustenance to dishes. Fishing for sa sung with the locals is a popular activity for tourists.


“While men in the village go fishing in the sea, we catch sa sung and sell them to tourists and businesses on the main land as our secondary job,” says a local woman.


There are no five-star hotels at QuanLanBeach, but tourists are able to enjoy a pristine atmosphere that has yet to be overdeveloped.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Cam Ranh airport starts international flights

In Uncategorized on June 25, 2010 at 4:50 pm




Cam Ranh airport starts international flights


QĐND – Friday, June 25, 2010, 20:7 (GMT+7)

More than 1,400 visitors from the Republic of Korea will land at Cam Ranh International airport in the central coastal province of Khanh Hoa between July 24 and August 24 for a three-day visit to the area.


According to the Vietnam Airlines office in Nha Trang, this will be the first time Vietnam Airlines will have flown tourists from Seoul’s Incheon airport to Cam Ranh.


The provincial Khanh Hoa authorities met on June 24 to discuss the preparations for the launch of the international service to Cam Ranh airport.


They will also meet with representatives of international carriers in Vietnam as well as domestic and overseas tour operators and accommodation providers to discuss the new service.


According to the Khanh Hoa Tourism Association, many three to five-star hotels in Nha Trang have agreed to offer a 30-50 percent discount on rooms for visitors arriving on international flights in the next year.


Source: VNA


Photo: TT


Source: QDND

Over US$ 1 billion eco-complex to develop in Phu Tho

In Uncategorized on June 25, 2010 at 4:50 pm




Over US$ 1 billion eco-complex to develop in Phu Tho


QĐND – Friday, June 25, 2010, 20:7 (GMT+7)

Viet Han Trade Advertisement and Construction Ltd. have just made public a detailed project to build an eco-tourist urban resort complex in Tam Nong District, Phu Tho.


Under the design, the complex that will cover an area of 2,050 ha will embrace an urban area with villa sections and trade center, an eco-tourist resort, sports and entertainment site with a golf course, casino and horse-racing track, as well as green space and parks to international standards.


The investors also affirmed that they would preserve the natural surroundings of the complex such as hills and forests and use them for eco-tourism.


Reportedly, the project will cost US$ 1.366 billion and the construction is expected to kick off in the end of this year.


Source: DDDN

Translated by Thu Nguyen

Source: QDND

Vietnam space institute to make small satellites

In Uncategorized on June 25, 2010 at 4:50 pm




Vietnam space institute to make small satellites


QĐND – Friday, June 25, 2010, 20:7 (GMT+7)

Vietnam expected to master the technology to manufacture small satellites by 2017, when the project to build the first national space centre is scheduled for completion, said the vice chairman of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology’s Space Technology Institute, Dr Pham Anh Tuan.


The Hoa Lac national space centre project was to be built with 400 million USD from Japanese official development assistance (ODA) on a 9ha site in the Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park, 30km from central Hanoi. Japanese experts would transfer technology and support to build the technical facilities and train staff.


“The centre will be one of the most modern space centres in Southeast Asia, with advanced equipment being used in Japan and European countries,” said Tuan.


The project was first proposed in 2007, and the consulting group from the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) submitted a pre-feasibility report last March and would conduct a feasibility study between August and next February, he said. A lending agreement with the Japanese government was then expected to be signed next year.


The first phase construction, including infrastructure, research facilities, and the installation of satellite monitoring and operating equipment and data processing equipment, would then take place during 2011-13. A satellite assembly and testing area and training area would follow in the second phase in 2014-18, giving Vietnam the capacity to assemble satellites of less than 500kg.


Each such satellite would cost an estimated 20-30 million USD and would be able to provide data to monitor and forecast natural disasters and environmental damage, as well as forecast agricultural and fisheries output.


The data could help reduce losses caused each year by natural disasters by 10 percent and save an estimated 750 lives, saving the Government over 1 billion USD annually, said Tuan.


The satellite systems would also help update map systems for land use planning and management, support global positioning systems, and monitor climate change.


The institute began co-operating two years ago with HanoiNationalUniversity’s College of Technology to establish a space technology major and would offer a master’s course next year.


“The move is expected to provide qualified staff for the centre,” said Tuan. “Over 300 Vietnamese will be trained in space technology thanks to the project.”


Source: VNA


Photo: khoahoc.com.vn


Source: QDND

Intel top figure visits Pico Plaza

In Uncategorized on June 25, 2010 at 4:48 pm




Intel top figure visits Pico Plaza


QĐND – Friday, June 25, 2010, 20:7 (GMT+7)


PANO – Intel’s Vice-President of the Sales and Marketing Group and General Manager for Intel Corporation in Asia-Pacific, Navin Shenoy, on June 24th visited PicoPlaza at 76 Nguyen Trai St., Hanoi, during his working visit to Vietnam.


The Vice-President worked with Pico Vice-Director Trinh Duc Tuan and then toured PicoPlaza, an outlet of the Pico chain specialising in trading electrical and electronic products in Vietnam. 



The guest was surprised at the presence of a wide variety of goods in the plaza, including high-lass electronics, telecommunication equipment, electrical devices and hi-tech products, which were made by well-known international firms.


After the short tour, he expressed his wish to boost cooperation between his firm and the trader, especially in the IT area.


According to Pico leaders, the visit by a top official of Intel would open more opportunities for both sides and bring the ties between the producer and trader to a new high.


Reported by Thu Nguyen – Van Anh


Source: QDND

Looser regulations for companies issuing bonds

In Uncategorized on June 25, 2010 at 4:46 pm




Looser regulations for companies issuing bonds


QĐND – Friday, June 25, 2010, 20:7 (GMT+7)

Businesses issuing bonds in the near future will find the regulations easier to negotiate, under a draft decree drawn up by the Finance Ministry.


Under it, enterprises that issue bonds before April 1 will still have to show a financial report of the previous year but can do so without providing an audit.
Under the current decree, business is required to show audited financial report.
Additionally, the draft decree covers looser regulations on the jurisdiction over licensing state-owned enterprises’ plan to issue bonds.


According to financial analysts, in the future the bond market is likely to be fairly eventful.


The Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) has announced that it plans to issue two trillion VND bonds in Vietnamese dong. Meanwhile, the Thot Not Food Processing and Trade Joint Stock Company (Gentraco) has approved a plan to issue bonds worth 50 billion VND.


At present, bonds issued by businesses make up 10 percent of the total bond market, with the Vietnam Development Bank making up 33 percent and the remainder Government or local bonds.


However, experts say that corporate bonds are expected to raise high amounts of capital thanks to a recovery in the global economy.


The number of businesses raising capital by issuing bonds has increased sharply. In 2008, only three enterprises had issued bonds and in 2009 the number increased to 15, with a total value of 20 trillion VND, three times as much as 2008.


Do Ngoc Quynh, General Secretary of the Bond Market Association, recommended that the Government sets up a committee to manage and develop the bond market and give priority to reviewing how bonds work.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Poor ethnic people receive free surgeries

In Uncategorized on June 25, 2010 at 4:46 pm




Poor ethnic people receive free surgeries


QĐND – Friday, June 25, 2010, 20:7 (GMT+7)

Eighty poor patients with facial deformities, who are ethnic minority people in the Central Highlands province of Dak Nong, received free-of-charge operations during a humanitarian programme from June 21-24.


The programme, jointly held by the Dak Nong General Hospital, Operation Smile Vietnam (OSV) and the Ho Chi Minh City Odonto-Maxillo-Facial Hospital, costs nearly 400 million VND (21,000 USD) funded by Sika Vietnam Co. Ltd, which is operating in construction and industry.


Apart from receiving health checks-up and surgeries, patients were also provided with travel and living costs during their stays at the hospital.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Large bomb found in Hanoi’s suburb

In Uncategorized on June 25, 2010 at 4:45 pm




Large bomb found in Hanoi’s suburb


QĐND – Friday, June 25, 2010, 20:7 (GMT+7)

PANO – A MK82 bomb weighing 500 pounds was found on June 23rd in the area of a school equipment workshop of Bao Chinh Ltd., Tien Duong Commune, Dong Anh, Hanoi. 


According to Major Tang Van Chi, a Director of environmental processing and explosive application firm under Lung Lo Company, Engineering Corps, sappers found the bomb only 1 meter deep under ground when they were clearing the area.


According to experts, the bomb was made in the US and dropped in 1972. They said that if the bomb were exploded, it would create a crater with 20 meters in diameter and 6 meters in depth, and cause damage and human casualties in a 500 meter-radius area while the location of the bomb is only 100 meters away from national highway 3.


On the afternoon of June 24th, military engineers moved the bomb to a safe place and were preparing to defuse it according to the technical regulations.


Translated by Thu Nguyen
Photo: Dantri


Source: QDND

Prime Minister Dung attends G20 in Toronto

In Uncategorized on June 25, 2010 at 4:45 pm




Prime Minister Dung attends G20 in Toronto


QĐND – Friday, June 25, 2010, 20:6 (GMT+7)

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, as President of ASEAN, left Hanoi for Toronto, Canada on June 25 to attend the fourth summit of the 20 major economies (G20) at the invitation of Prime Minister Stephen Harper.


This is the second consecutive year that ASEAN has been invited to the attend G20 summit. This shows that the international community is aware of the important role that ASEAN plays in the global economy.


Surin Pitsuwan, ASEAN’s General Secretary said that like China and Russia, major economies want to have a greater say in global economic management. The participation of ASEAN in the G20 also underlines that the G20 has become a more democratic forum in which ASEAN can make an active and responsible contribution to the international community.


Over the past 40 years, ASEAN has confirmed its position as a prestigious regional organization. In economic terms, ASEAN is one of the most dynamic trade centres as it has a population of 580 million with GDP reaching US$1,500 billion and total trade valued at US$1,700 billion.


ASEAN has rapidly recovered and regained its growth despite two recent economic crises. Situated in the centre of Asia, ASEAN can help to lead the global economy out of its current economic crisis.


At the G20 summit, Vietnam, as ASEAN President in 2010, will confirm the bloc’s determination to cooperate with other countries in solving issues put forward by the international community to ensure that the global economy recovers and developing sustainably.


Nguyen Phuong Nga, spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry said that Vietnam, will put forward ASEAN’s viewpoints, priorities and visions of ASEAN region for solving issues related to the global economy, strengthening links between the G20 and other groupings, especially newly-emerging and developing countries.


At the summit, the G20 and ASEAN leaders will focus on discussions on restructuring the world economy. Hopes are high that ASEAN will have a greater say in the development of the international community.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

“Studying and following President Ho Chi Minh’s moral example” campaign under review

In Uncategorized on June 25, 2010 at 4:43 pm




“Studying and following President Ho Chi Minh’s moral example” campaign under review


QĐND – Friday, June 25, 2010, 20:7 (GMT+7)


“Studying and following President Ho Chi Minh’s moral example “campaign is receiving a positive response and support from the Party, all strata of society, and overseas Vietnamese, says Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh.  

On June 25, the Party’s Steering Committee on “Studying and following President Ho Chi Minh’s moral example“ campaign reviewed the campaign in the first half of this year and devised tasks for the second half.


Over the past six months, the Party and people have embraced the campaign and combined it with activities celebrating national anniversaries and Party congresses at the grassroots.


From 2007-2009, meetings, round-table discussions, and exchanges were held to commend outstanding collectives and individuals for their efforts in studying and following Uncle Ho’s moral example.


Source: VOV


Photo: chinhphu.vn


Source: QDND

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