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Dong Nai 3 Hydroelectric Power Plant’s first turbine in operation

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:08 am




Dong Nai 3 Hydroelectric Power Plant’s first turbine in operation


QĐND – Saturday, January 08, 2011, 20:30 (GMT+7)

Dong Nai 3 Hydroelectric Power Plant’s first turbine was officially put into operation on January 8 in Dac Giong district, Dak Nong province, in the presence of Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai.  


Addressing the event, Deputy PM Hai called on Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) and the management board of Dong Nai 3 Hydroelectric Power Plant to ensure the turbine’s safe operation and efficiency. He urged them to run the second turbine of the plant in the first quarter in 2011 so that Dong Nai 4 plant can start working by the end of this year.


Deputy PM Hai suggested the EVN should continue to work in close coordination with localities to take care of people’s resettlement.


The construction of Dong Nai 3 Hydroelectric Power project began in 2004. Its total investment capital was VND6,000 billion. It consists of two turbines and produces over 600 million kW per hour every year.


The plant will serve to limit floods in the area, create a water source for Dong Nai 4 Hydroelectric Power Plant and provide water for agriculture use. It is also one of emulation activities to celebrate the coming 11th National Party Congress.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Tea producers honoured at Lam Dong Tea Festival

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:22 am

A ceremony to honour tea producers was the highlight of the opening ceremony of the third Lam Dong Tea Festival 2010 in Lam Dong Province on December 25.

Visitors at the Lam Dong Tea Festival 2010.

45 tea producers and processers spanning five generations were honoured at the opening ceremony. The festival had the highland town of Bao Loc pulsating with activity. There was a procession of flower-decked cars, a tea picking contest, an exhibition and a science seminar.


The event will organize a program to announce B’lao tea brand.

The organizers expected the event would encourage the tea industry of Vietnam and Lam Dong in particular to produce higher quality tea for export and also improve the living conditions of tea-producers.

The festival is on till December 27.

Source: SGGP

Lam Dong Tea Festival to open

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 2:29 pm




Lam Dong Tea Festival to open


QĐND – Thursday, December 16, 2010, 21:5 (GMT+7)

Tea producers, processors and local people in Bao Loc and Dalat cities, Lam Dong Province will have opportunity to participate in various activities in the third Lam Dong Tea Festival 2010 to open on December 25th.


The festival includes a flower procession, tea-picking contest, a contest on knowledge about tea and life, exhibitions and scientific seminars.


Noteworthy is that this year’s festival will make public the certificate of the trademark “B’lao Tea” to honor tea producers.


The organisers expected that the three-day event will encourage the tea industry of Lam Dong, in particular, and of Vietnam in general, to produce more high quality tea for export, and to further improve tea-producers’ living standards.


Source: SGGP


Translated by Tran Hoai


Source: QDND

Another officer of listed pharmacist Vien Dong arrested

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 10:09 am

Another official of the drug maker Vien Dong was arrested for manipulating share prices, according to the market watchdog.

Le Van Dung (left) shakes hand with an official of the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange (Photo:www.viendonggroup.com.vn)

Nguyen Van Viet, member of Vien Dong Joint-Stock Company’s Board of Director, was taken into custody for manipulating share prices, the State Securities Commission of Vietnam said on its website on December 6.


In the same day, the stock market watchdog also asked the pharmaceutical firm listing on the Ho Chi Minh City bourse to inform its shareholders within 24 hours.


Earlier police kept three other officials under a temporary detention for the same violation. They include former chairman of the Board of Directors and general director Le Van Dung, his brother Le Van Manh, and deputy general director and chief accountant Cao Hong Van.


Dung and some other people reportedly created various share trading accounts to manipulate share price of the drug producer Ha Tay (DHT) listing on the Hanoi Stock Exchange.


He also set up many companies run by his friends and relatives to manipulate his own firm’s revenue.

Source: SGGP

Ha Giang receives UNESCO certification on Dong Van Plateau

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:58 am

A ceremony to receive UNESCO recognition of Dong Van Stone Plateau as a member of the Global Network of National Geoparks (GGN) was held in the northern mountainous province of Ha Giang on Dec. 1.

The ceremony of recognition of Dong Van Stone Plateau as a member of the Global Network of National Geoparks is organized in Ha Giang province on December 1.

The chief Representative of the UNESCO Office in Hanoi , Katherine Muller Marin and Secretary General of UNESCO Vietnam National Committee Pham Sanh Chau, handed over the UNESCO certificate to Ha Giang province.


Addressing the ceremony, Secretary General of UNESCO Vietnam National Committee Chau said that the success of Dong Van Stone Plateau Geological Park is the result of pure determination to create Vietnam ’s first geological park in Ha Giang.


Chau also highlighted the selection of a geological park development model by Ha Giang People’s Committee to eradicate hunger, reduce poverty and step up socio-economic development.


The plateau is Vietnam ’s first pilot model of a geological park for the future and this will promote Vietnam ’s image around the world, said Chau.


It will help eliminate hunger and reduce poverty for more than 250,000 local people on the plateau, he added.


Dong Van Stone Plateau was recognised as GGN member on October 3, 2010. The plateau has now become Vietnam ’s first geological park and only the second geological park in Southeast Asia, after the Langkawi Geological Park in Malaysia .


Dong Van, which has remained untouched for hundreds of millions of years, has mammoth rocks spread over the four districts of Quan Ba, Yen Minh, Meo Vac, and Dong Van, and is 1,000m above sea level.


The plateau is 80 percent limestone and has the fossils of thousands of species of prehistoric creatures from 400-600 million years ago.


It is also home to several cultures that have sprung up over the centuries. The 574 sq.km plateau now houses 250,000 people belonging to 17 different ethnic groups.

Source: SGGP

Dong Thap reopens Nguyen Sinh Sac relic site

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:57 am

Nguyen Sinh Sac relic site was inaugurated in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap on Thursday after one year of restoration.

A view of the lotus pond in Nguyen Sinh Sac relic site (Photo: SGGP)

The province People’s Committee hosted the inauguration ceremony and the 81st death anniversary of Uncle Ho’s father in Cao Lanh town with the attendance of Deputy Prime Minister Truong Vinh Trong and chairman of Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee Huynh Dam.


Representatives from central ministries and departments, Ho Chi Minh City, Nghe An Province and Mekong Delta provinces were also present at the event.


Construction of the Nguyen Sinh Sac relic site began in 1975 and completed two years later.


The site, recognized as the national cultural and historical relic in 1992 by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, receives about 300,000 visitors annually.


In December last year, the province began the site’s restoration with a total capital of over VND95 billion (US$4.7 million).


Nguyen Sinh Sac- father of President Ho Chi Minh was a mandarin of Nguyen Dynasty who resigned and then became a harbal doctor to help the poor. He passed away in 1929  in Mekong Delta Province of Dong Thap as his son Nguyen Ai Quoc (an alias of President Ho Chi Minh) was looking for ways to salvage the country from French colonialists.


The area now comprises Nguyen Sinh Sac’s tomb, a exhibition house of his life and cause, a flower garden, an Uncle Ho house on stilts, a lotus pond and a corner of Hoa An Village where the late president’s farther treated diseases for the poor and passed away.

Source: SGGP

Minister proposes strict punishments on polluters of Dong Nai River

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:48 am

Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Pham Khoi Nguyen has called for urgent action and severe penalties on plants that are polluting the waters of the Dong Nai River.

Many factories along the Dong Nai River pour liquid waste into the water, causing heavy pollution to the river

He made the statement at yesterday’s meeting with 12 riparian provinces to seek drastic measures to save the river, which is the main water resource for 12 riparian provinces within that area.
 
The minister said polluting plants should be penalized by law, suspended, closed or even asked to relocate.
 
Provincial and municipal administrators have to monitor tightly the use of fertilizers and insecticides, he said, adding that eco-friendly and hi-tech agricultural models need to be encouraged.
 
Mr. Nguyen emphasized that the river is a vital part of the region and that all effort should be made to preserve this important source of water supply to the provinces.
 
All socio-economic activities of the provinces depended on the river, he added.
 
Le Hoang Quan, chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee, asked the city’s relevant agencies to coordinate closely with other 11 provinces to keep watch on the discharge of waste into the river to prevent pollution.
 
He said if the river is not protected, it will have bad impacts on production and living conditions.
 
Hoang Duong Tung, director of the Center for Environmental Monitoring, said an average of 4.7 million cubic meters of wastewater is being discharged daily into the river, and 1.9 million cubic meters of that happens to be industrial wastewater.
 
Most of the wastewater is not treated before it flows into the river, he added.
 
Mr. Tung said about one-third of industrial parks and export processing zones has wastewater treatment systems, and only 14 percent of 300 enterprises in Binh Duong Province have been cleared of following environmental protection norms.
 
The concentration of pollutants in the river has by now exceeded permitted levels within the last five years, he said.
 
In the Saigon river the pollution level is so high that the water can’t be treated for household consumption, he added.

Source: SGGP

Pupils of 322 schools in Lam Dong Province now have Internet access

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:30 am




Pupils of 322 schools in Lam Dong Province now have Internet access


QĐND – Tuesday, December 14, 2010, 20:20 (GMT+7)

PANO – 322 out of 326 schools in Lam Dong province have been connected with broadband internet access, achieving 99% of the goal of the program of “Internet for School-Investment for the Future”.


The figure was released in a ceremony to review this program held on December 13th in Dalat City by Viettel Group and the Lam Dong Provincial People’s Committee.


At the ceremony, Pham Quang Da, Director of Viettel’s branch in Lam Dong, said it was very difficult to facilitate internet access in schools in a province where 90% of its territory was forest and mountains. Thus, Viettel needed to bring internet connections to schools into life and make them effective in education and training. Viettel also pledged to ensure free internet access to those schools.


On this occasion, the Director and the Head of Lam Dong Department of Education and Training also signed a minute on completing this three-year program.


Translated by Mai Huong


Source: QDND

Lam Dong Province promoting tea culture

In Uncategorized on November 26, 2010 at 11:23 am

The central highland province of Lam Dong is regarded as the center of the largest Tea material region in the country. Its weather conditions and soil quality are suitable for tea planting.

A tea farm in Bao Lam District, Lam Dong Province (Photo: SGGP)

Cau Dat, in Truong Tho Hamlet, Xuan Truong Commune, 30 kilometers from the city’s center of Da Lat, was where the French first brought fragrant tea trees in 1927 and officially established the Cau Dat Service of Tea. Cau Dat has been the cradle of the Lam Dong tea region for 80 years.

Then tea growing areas expanded to districts including Bao Loc, Bao Lam, Di Linh and Da Lat City.

The province has increased its tea area from 250 hectares to 300 hectares every year in the 2004-2010 period.

Currently, Lam Dong Province grows about 24,000 hectares of many tea varieties, with more than 30 local and foreign enterprises growing, purchasing and processing tea products.

So far, 20 businesses have been licensed VietGAP (Vietnamese Agriculture Practices) Certificate for their safe and high quality products.

Entrepreneurs have supported growers to apply high technologies in planting and processing tea. The cooperation will create a stable material source for companies, increase the income of farmers and develop the tea industry of the largest tea garden of Vietnam.


Related article:
Lam Dong to charm visitors with tea fest

Source: SGGP

City calls on Gov’t to halt 20 hydropower projects on Dong Nai River

In Uncategorized on November 19, 2010 at 1:58 pm
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