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Programme launched to promote tourism potential

In Vietnam Travel on March 1, 2010 at 2:12 pm

Programme launched to promote tourism potential

QĐND – Sunday, February 28, 2010, 20:55 (GMT+7)

The “Tracing the Roots 2010” programme will open in Lao Cai province on February 27 evening.

The event is co-organised by the three provinces of Lao Cai, Yen Bai and Phu Tho.

During the programme in Lao Cai province, activities will include the Upper Temple and Sa Pa on cloud festivals, traditional Bac Ha horse racing and other tourism festivities as well as a competition to conquer the peak of Mount Fansipan.

Previously, on February 26, some activities took place in Lao Cai province, including a spring press festival, a photo exhibition, a night of poetry reciting and folk songs and a special show by a Chinese performance troupe.  

Under the framework of the “Tracing the Roots 2010” programme, Yen Bai province will organise the Dong Cuong and Dai Cai-Luc Yen Temple Festivals, Muong Lo tourism and culture week and a 100th anniversary celebration for the province. Phu Tho province will also hold similar events under the programme.      

Thousands of visitors are expected to participate in these activities.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Countryside cuisine lure for tourists

In Uncategorized on March 1, 2010 at 2:11 pm

Countryside cuisine lure for tourists

QĐND – Sunday, February 28, 2010, 20:56 (GMT+7)

Viet Nam expects to attract visitors worldwide, partly because of its traditional and countryside dishes.

Manon Landreville, a French Canadian volunteer working for a project in mountainous northern province of Hoa Binh, attended the National Cooking Contest at the Ha Noi Water Park with Vietnamese friends. She said although she had lived in Viet Nam for many years, and enjoyed many Vietnamese dishes including nem (spring rolls), the contest surprised her with its rich variety of Vietnamese foods.

“What I really like about Vietnamese food is the rich variety of ingredients, some of which vary from region to region, while others are available throughout the year. I think the range of fruit and vegetables and good quality pork, chicken and fish provided by Vietnam’s climate is fantastic,” said Manon.

Chef Nguyen Duc Tuan Anh regards a dish of Ech Nuong Ong Tre (Baked Frog in Bamboo Cylinder) as a great delicacy in his home city of Hue. He not only appreciates it for its taste as a countryside speciality, but also had the technical ability to transform it into a replica of the Hue citadel using taro and some vegetables.

Tuan Anh said he had known the dish since he was a little boy, when he spent time tending buffalo in a paddy field together with the other children from his village. At that time, frogs were easy to catch in the field and people used them to create different dishes.

“I remember my mother always used things available in the local area, including bamboo, lemon leaf, lemon grass and banana leaf to make this dish,” said Tuan Anh.

“The frog was mixed with lemon grass and some other spices before it was put into a bamboo cylinder and then cooked wrapped in a banana leaf. I still remember that taste and the way of cooking.”

Tuan Anh is one of nearly 150 cooking artists and chefs selected from hotels and restaurant from cities and provinces nationwide who took part in the national contest last week which showcased about 200 traditional dishes.

According to the Deputy Head of the Viet Nam Administration of Tourism’s Hotel Department, Le Mai Khanh, this was the fourth time the contest had been run. It attempted to exploit, preserve and disseminate traditional dishes and culinary skills.

Khanh said the participants displayed great skills, quality and presentation.

“Each dish had its own legend behind it or was linked with a local site,” said Khanh.

Tuan Anh displayed his dish as a model of the Ngo Mon Gate at the Hue Citadel which was built in 1833 during the reign of Emperor Minh Mang.

Beside the main road to the gate were lotus ponds made of sea-weed and vegetables, while bamboo cylinders of frogs acted as cannons.

“It took me a lot of time to make and I hope my dish not only gave visitors a special flavour of the Hue countryside, but also a chance to learn something about the history of the site,” says Tuan Anh.

Twenty-five year-old Nguyen Minh Huong, a company accountant in Ha Noi said eating is a daily art as people’s living standards increased.

“What’s for dinner today?” is always in her mind, said Huong.

Huong said as she is getting married by the end of this year, she wanted to pick up some cooking tips from the chefs.

“My future husband is very finicky.

“It is said that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, so I attended the show to learn how to prepare some dishes to keep him,” said Huong.

Huong said she was impressed with Chao Tom Trung Cut (grilled shrimp-paste with fried birds egg) made by chef Nguyen Ngoc Thinh from Da Nang City that was based on the legend of Au Co and Lac Long Quan, Viet Nam’s mythical ancestors.

Thinh put fried eggs into a leaf-shaped tray with the message La Rung Ve Coi (Leaves Fall on Their Roots). Sesame seeds represented sand, a mound of rice and spiced vegetables the mountains and forest, while blue sea-weed was the sea.

He said he went to the contest to learn and share experiences with other chefs from around the country.

“In the past when the country faced hunger and poverty, people only thought of how to feed and clothe themselves properly. Today with improved living standards, they are increasingly interested in delicious food and fashionable clothes,” said Thinh.

Vietnamese people always have a light meal in the morning, with various kinds of cakes, glutinous rice, pho (noodle soup) and rice vermicelli.

The main meals are lunch and dinner with rice, fish sauce mixed with certain spices and two or three basic dishes made of pork, beef, fish, shrimp or crab and vegetables.

Today with increased living standards, the structure of the main meals has significantly changed, with increasingly nutritious foods, including meat, becoming common in many families.

Besides rural areas which still believe it is necessary to have a variety of dishes on the table, many families in urban areas have focused on making one dish full of protein served with various vegetables. Most families focus on making special food at the weekend or on holidays.

Deputy Head of Hotel Department Mai Khanh said the most important thing for chefs was to continuously create new dishes, but still preserve traditional culture.

Khanh said many chefs had not only taken care of the quality and presentation of dishes but also showed how to improve people’s health.

“We had food for people on diets, for thin people who need bulking up, and sick ones too,” says Khanh.

“Each chef had his own spices from his locality.”

“Demand for eating quality food is increasing day by day, so we expected the contest would promote cooking in localities to help lure more visitors to the country,” said Khanh.

A report from the Viet Nam Administration of Tourism showed that although the country had been affected by the global financial crisis, its tourism sector received about 3.8 million foreign tourists and saw 25 million domestic tourists in 2009, with a revenue of VND70 trillion (US$3.8 billion).

The sector is expected to receive about 4.5 million foreign tourists this year.

Khanh said that following the conclusion of the contest, the winning dishes would feature in tourist guidebooks.

“Vietnamese foods will increasingly titillate the eyes, nose and mouth,” he said.

Source: VietNamNet/VNS


Source: QDND

Women devote lives to weather station

In Social life on March 1, 2010 at 2:11 pm

Women devote lives to weather station

QĐND – Sunday, February 28, 2010, 20:56 (GMT+7)

Located at a height of nearly 1,850 metres, Sa Pa meteorological station in the northern province of Lao Cai is not a popular destination.

Different from the hectic atmosphere of main town, the station is quiet and isolated. For many years, however, it has been the sweet home of three women who have devoted their youths doing work that to some, may sound simple: collecting data on wind, rain and sunshine.

The road to the weather station is not as savage and tortuous as it used to be but to many people, the steep concrete road is still a big challenge.

Walking up the slope, people will see an abandoned house. Next to this house is the Sa Pa weather forecast station, work place and home to the only the three women.

This is meteorological station in the country only with female employees.

The eldest woman is called Le Thi Lien. She has worked at the station for more than 20 years. Meanwhile, the youngest whose name is To Thi Hoi has also devoted much of her youth to the station and is now 20. Inbetween the two, Dao Thanh Nga makes up the third member of the team.

Their work sounds simple. Everyday, they have to collect data about the weather from machines and then send it to the Viet Bac hydro-meteorological forecasting station.

However, only by living with them for a whole day can we recognise how hard their work is.

Every day they have to check the data four times: 1am, 7am, 1pm and 7pm come rain or shine, night or day, summer or winter. The checking time has to be absolutely exact in accordance with regulations set by the international hydro-meteorological forecasting sector.

If there is a mistake, it could kill hundreds of people. They only have a short space of time to carry out their work. For example, to gather information about the sun, they have only 30 seconds. If they take longer, the data will be inaccurate.

In total they have 15 minutes to collate the information and send it on to the Viet Bac hydro-meteorological forecasting station. If they are late by only a minute, they will be punished.

The hydro-meteorological forecasting sector may be one of the strictest. And operates a ‘three strikes and you’re out’ policy. The first time they miss their deadline, they will be warned. The second time, they will be punished and if they fail a third time, they will be fired.

Surprisingly for their jobs, the one thing that scares them the most is the weather.

“Although we’ve worked in the sector for a long time the thing that we are afraid of most is the weather, especially when it snows in the winter,” said Lien.

Every night, they have to walk through the dark yard to retrieve data from the machines, even in the freezing winter.

Sometimes, the wind is strong enough to bring down a lamp-post, but they still have to go out. The beam of their flashlight is the only light in the yard so it is not uncommon for them to fall at night.

Unforgettable memories

During their time working at the station, these three women have collected many memories that they will never forget.

The story that they all agree is the most interesting, belongs to Hoi.

One night, her shift fell on Tet (Lunar New Year) Festival. Everybody had gone home and she had to stay at the station alone.

It was about 2 degrees below zero. However, as usual, she went out to the yard to take readings, she recalled.

Suddenly, she saw two small blue lights. Her body immediately froze. She wanted to run but she could not, she said, adding that as she was about to faint, the two lights flew away and she recognised that they were the eyes of an owl.

Lien’s story is also a strange one. She was one of the few people to refuse a promotion.

At the end of 90s she was promoted to head of the station. She cried and refused as she would not have been able to take care of her family.

Nga volunteered to go to Sapa meteorological station right after graduating from university. However, after one month all she could do was she cry all day because she felt homesick.

Sometimes, I felt like the world had forgotten me, she said.

To overcome the challenge, she walked 2km every day to town.

“I did not know anyone in the town but I was so happy to meet people. When I saw a friendly face, I would start a conversation,” she said.

And, to alleviate the sadness, she started to sell fried sweet potatoes and chestnuts in the town.

On one occasion, she was so engrossed in conversation she lost track of time. Realising she was going to be late for a reading, she was forced to leave her wares and rush back to the station. Unluckily, when she returned back, everything was stolen.

Tough life

The three women all have different personalities but the one thing they do all have in common is that they live in difficult conditions.

Nga is now pregnant but none of the steep roads prevent her from walking.

Even when she is not on duty, Nga goes to the town to sell fried sweet potatoes and chestnuts to tourists.

Her wage of about VND1.6 million (US$90) is not enough for her to feed her family.

However, Nga is luckier than Hoi because she still receives support from her family.

Hoi’s family live in a mountainous district in Yen Bai Province. After she moved to Sapa, she met and married a carpenter. They have no land, no property and no relatives in Sapa.

Since they have nowhere else to live, Lien allows them to live in a room at the station.

To earn more money, she cultivates a small plot of land at the station. However, she does not earn much money because her small salary is not enough to buy seeds.

Like Hoi, Lien used to sell vegetables to make more money. She has no chance to cook breakfast for her children and her husband because she has to go to the station before the sun rises.

Seeing their life and witnessing their work, people can easily understand why many graduates quit their career after they finish university.

Not many people can love and live with a career in which the wage is inversely proportional to responsibility.

However, when asked if they would leave for another career, all three say no. They are still here and making all the effort to bring useful data to life.

Source: VietNamNet/Vietnam News


Source: QDND

Scholar helps keep ancient script alive

In Social life on March 1, 2010 at 2:10 pm

Scholar helps keep ancient script alive

QĐND – Sunday, February 28, 2010, 20:56 (GMT+7)

Thirteen-year-old Duc Doan from Son Dong Village in Hoai Duc District on the outskirts of Ha Noi happily goes to school every Sunday morning. He’s not catching up on any of his usual school subjects, but joining other children in the village at the commune’s primary school to learn chu Nho (Han Chinese script).

Very few Vietnamese know how to read or write in Nho script, which was the official written language in Viet Nam until French domination in the 19th century. Nho literally means script of Confucian scholars, and was borrowed from the Chinese. More difficult to learn than the modern romanised Vietnamese, the use of Nho died out in Viet Nam a long time ago, and now remains largely the pursuit of the most studious of scholars.

That is until school guard Nghiem Quoc Dat decided to open his own Nho script classes five years ago, to teach the script and Confucianism to children in his family clan. His initial aim was to help the future generations preserve the family’s traditional fondness of learning.

“My family had long been known for having many Confucian scholars,” says Dat. “This village also had many laureates during feudal times when centuries-old examination systems were used to recruit talented people to become mandarins.”

Dat says he was sad to see fewer and fewer people in his village being able to read or write in the ancient script nor understand the philosophy of Confucius, which dominated society during the older days.

The nation’s ancient scripts still play an important role in Son Dong Village where many people make a livelihood from the traditional handicraft of making hoanh phi cau doi (horizontal lacquered banners and parallel sentences written in Han characters). The parallel sentences can often be seen in traditional houses in Viet Nam.

“In one day, a craftsman may have to deal with thousands of Han characters,” says Dat. “I felt ashamed to think that in the future, my village’s people will have to go and ask for parallel sentences from other regions instead of being able to write them themselves.

“I want to pass on my knowledge to our children so that they can maintain the family’s business and preserve the old scripts and the traditional cultural values.”

But it’s not only nostalgia for bygone days that motivated Dat, a poor school guard, in his late 60s, to become a ‘voluntary’ teacher while he and his family were still struggling to make ends meet.

“This isn’t only about learning an ancient language,” he says.

Dat says that 60 per cent of the Vietnamese spoken language is made up of Han-Vietnamese (Vietnamese words derived from Chinese), so learning the Han scripts also helps people to more thoroughly understand Vietnamese.

Dat’s goodwill and strong determination helped him overcome all the difficulties.


Dat says that when he first establised the class, his family didn’t even have a proper house to live in.

Dat was living temporarily in his family clan’s house of worship, and turned the modest building into a classroom. He collected old scrap paper for students to write on and used part of his allowance, which was only VND120,000 per month (about US$7), to buy ink and brushes for his students.

Dat named his class Sao Khue (Khue Star), the symbol of literature, intelligence and knowledge in Vietnamese culture.

Another huge challenge for Dat was his total lack of any teaching experience. Undaunted, he carefully prepared his lessons, finding that the old way of teaching used by scholars in the past was no longer suitable for the children “of the internet age”.

He made his lessons interesting and relaxed. He included many poems, puzzles and stories which made it easier for the students to remember and understand complicated Han characters and all their meanings.

His simple but methodical and engaging way of teaching resulted in the children becoming absorbed in learning the old scripts, often said to be difficult to understand, even for adults.

Dat’s students all keep in mind his slogan “Hoc, hoi, hieu, hanh” (learning, questioning, understanding and practising) which encourages them to study carefully and thoroughly.

When another old scholar in the village was invited by Dat to mark the students’ final tests, he was very surprised that the children could write such beautiful calligraphy. Dat was happy to admit that some of his young students even wrote more beautifully than him.

Students at the Sao Khue class haven’t confined their studies to learning how to write elegantly in an ancient script. They are also learning how to differentiate between right and wrong, based on the moral philosophy of Confucian ethics.

The lessons can either be as simple as showing students the value of being respectful and grateful to their parents and grandparents and patriotic to the motherland, or more complicated, such as examining more academic ideas like the concept of ying and yang.

“Many people nowadays tend to think of Confucianism as something strange and difficult to understand,” says Dat.

“But I want to show that it’s not out-of-date. It’s still relevant to our modern way of life in many ways.”

Starting out with a small group of children, the class has now expanded to include all types of students, including older villagers, university students, veteran soldiers and monks.

“My youngest student is eight while the oldest is 80,” says Dat.

Some of the students have proved a great source of motivation for Dat to keep the classes going.

Nguyen Kim Tien, a disabled war veteran from Thanh Xuan District in Ha Noi, travelled as far as 20km on a tricycle just to attend the classes regurlarly. After completing the course, Tien continues to visit Dat, often bringing some of his own calligraphy as a present.

The principal of the primary school where Dat is working also became one of his students. She then generously offered him a room in the school to teach his class.

Some of Dat’s students enjoy his lessons so much that they attend the course over and over again. Among them is Nguyen Duc Cuong, a 22-year-old painter who has lost the use of his right hand. Cuong has studied with Dat for three years and is now extremely proficient in Han scripts and can write beautifully with his left hand.

Cuong has stayed on with Dat to help him teach other students, as he says he finds the work both joyful and meaningful.

“The lessons have really changed me,” he says.

Cuong says he had to drop out of school when he was very young. For a long time he found himself isolated from the outside world due to his physical handicap.

“Now my life is more meaningful,” he says happily.

“I’m more open-minded and an no longer easily angered by other people like I used to be. I have more friends and feel confident enough to face all the challenges in life.”

That’s exactly what Dat was aiming for.

“One tree doesn’t make a forest,” he says. “But I believe I am planting the seeds of a fruitful crop for the future.”

Source: VietNamNet/VNS


Source: QDND

Ha Noi drafts regulations to preserve prized French villas

In policies on March 1, 2010 at 2:10 pm

Ha Noi drafts regulations to preserve prized French villas

QĐND – Sunday, February 28, 2010, 20:57 (GMT+7)

The Ha Noi Construction Department is preparing draft regulations for the management and use of the city’s prized State-owned French-style villas for the People’s Committee’s eventual approval.

People’s Committee chairman Nguyen The Thao has asked the department to gather expert opinion for the writing of the proposed regulations.

The regulations would define the responsibilities and tasks of villa management agencies, owners and occupiers; list prohibited activities and the rules for co-operation with French preservation experts, he said.

The chairman stipulated that the Planning and Architecture and Culture as well as the Sports and Tourism departments must urgently provide a profile and specific classification of villas built before 1991.

The villas – a symbol of Ha Noi with important cultural and architectural values – were seriously degraded and it was time to ensure they were properly managed and preserved, he said.

Construction Department deputy director Nguyen Quoc Tuan said the regulations would prohibit the misuse of State-owned villas, including their demolition.

Changes to their design, structure and height would be banned and the extension and misuse of the space on which they stood would not be allowed.

Livestock and poultry breeding, commerce and noise and air pollution would also be stopped.

The regulations would divide the villas into three categories: Historical and cultural structures; special architectural value and the remainder.

The regulations would nominate the category of the villas and the owners and occupiers of degraded structures would have to report the status of the buildings to the Construction Department to obtain consultancy and construction permits.

Ha Noi Construction Planning Institute deputy director Bui Xuan Tung said that because the villas had been illegally altered and extended, the proposed regulations would need to clearly define who was allowed to make any alterations and how these changes were to be made. It was also necessary to list all the original profile of all the State-owned villas, including their original design and structure, and their current status.

The information could then be used to protect the villas.

Ha Noi People’s Committee deputy chairman Hoang Manh Hien said the new regulations would even include the specifications for construction materials.

Construction department figures show that Ha Noi has 970 State-owned French-style with 804 misused.

Some accommodate more than 50 households.

Source: VietNamNet/Viet Nam News


Source: QDND

Vietnamese teacher wins Cambridge ESOL

In Politics-Society on March 1, 2010 at 2:09 pm

Vietnamese teacher wins Cambridge ESOL

QĐND – Sunday, February 28, 2010, 20:56 (GMT+7)

Le Xuan Hang, a teacher at Tan Hao Secondary School in Giong Trom district, Ben Tre, has won the Cambridge ESOL contest’s special prize, according to the English Examiner Board of Cambridge University.

Ms Hang presented a 150-word essay, in English, to describe the benefits for both teachers and students who take part in programmes whose aims are in the improvement of English teaching skills. She fought off stiff competition from over 2,000 teachers worldwide to be one of the five finalists.

Hang has become the first ever Vietnamese teacher to be selected by Cambridge ESOL. The prize was £200 scholarship to attend a teacher training course from Bell International Institute, starting on the 18th of July.

Source: Vnexpress

Translated by Hoang Anh

Source: QDND

Over US$ 1.2 million spent for Thang Long Citadel conservation

In Politics-Society on March 1, 2010 at 2:09 pm

Over US$ 1.2 million spent for Thang Long Citadel conservation

QĐND – Sunday, February 28, 2010, 20:56 (GMT+7)

The Hanoi People’s Committee has approved a project, sponsored by UNESCO, to preserve the Thang Long Citadel, located at 18 Hoang Dieu Street and at 12 Nguyen Tri Phuong Street.

The project is estimated to cost US$ 1.2 million, including a US$ 1.1 million grant by UNESCO.

Studies on archeology and architecture values in the areas will be carried out from January 2010 to January 2013. Then, researchers will recommend measures to protect excavated sites.

The project is also designed to provide Vietnamese professionals and managers with techniques in urban archeology, historic preservation, and heritage development.

Documents on the Thang Long Citadel were submitted to UNESCO for recognition as a world heritage site.

Source: Vnexpress

Translated by Hoang Anh 

Source: QDND

300 poor people given free health-care

In Politics-Society on March 1, 2010 at 2:08 pm

300 poor people given free health-care

QĐND – Sunday, February 28, 2010, 20:56 (GMT+7)

PANO – Doctors and nurses from the B75 Air-Defence Corps helped poor people from the two communes of Hoa Bac and Hoa Son in Hoa Vang district, Danang city, receive free medical assitance.

Nearly 300 people of Co Tu ethnic group and Dao village were given free health-care check-ups and medicines.

In addition, the military doctors gave mothers advice on how to care for children and how to prevent malnutrition, especially in the coming summer.

Along with this, the B75 Air-Defence Corps hosted a get-together with the participation of the health-care workers, doctors and nurses of the past and the present.

The Corps also put a VND 2.6 billion clinic into operation.

Translated by Mai Huong

Source: QDND

Strengthening IT and high-tech co-operation with India

In Politics-Society on March 1, 2010 at 2:08 pm

Strengthening IT and high-tech co-operation with India

QĐND – Sunday, February 28, 2010, 20:56 (GMT+7)

Vietnam and India have established a strategic partnership and are implementing measures to boost the traditional ties of friendship and co-operation in many fields.

On February 27, National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Phu Trong attended and delivered a speech at the Information Technology Forum co-organised by the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and the Katanaka Business Association in Bangalore, Katanaka, India.

The forum had the participation of nearly 300 businesses from the two countries, and Mr Trong expressed his deep impression of Bangalore City, which is considered the “Silicon Valley” of India and is home to high-tech agencies and special zones, such as “electric city”. The rapid development of the city has helped India in par with developed countries in the fields of information technology (IT), genetic technology, agricultural science and atomic energy.

The relationship between Vietnam and India has developed strongly in recent times. The two countries have established a strategic partnership and are making efforts to implement measures to boost their traditional ties of friendship and co-operation in many fields. They should promote co-operation in specific fields, especially those in which India has great potential such as IT, high-tech science, and training qualified human resources, Mr Trong said.

Mr Trong pointed out that Vietnam is a dynamic economy with a high and stable growth rate and is a significant prospective market. Its business and investment environment has improved and business and investment laws have issued regulations to ensure equality between foreign and domestic investors.

Mr Trong also emphasised the role of IT in social development. With stable politics and a cheap labour force, investors from Katanaka will find great potential in Vietnam. He added that the Vietnamese Government now considers IT a key industry to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, develop an information society and shorten the process of industrialisation and modernisation.

Discussions at the forum and other meetings will help Indian friends to gain a better understanding of Vietnam’s market and investment opportunities. Accordingly, the two sides will share experiences and help Vietnam to develop information and communication technology (ICT).

In the evening of February 27, Mr Trong and the NA delegation attended a banquet hosted by leaders of Karnataka’s parliamentary houses.

On February 28, NA Chairman Nguyen Phu Trong and his entourage left Katanaka for Jakarta to begin a friendship visit to Indonesia.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

HCMC starts 2010 Youth Month

In Politics-Society on March 1, 2010 at 2:07 pm

HCMC starts 2010 Youth Month

QĐND – Sunday, February 28, 2010, 20:56 (GMT+7)

The 2010 Youth Month kicked off this morning, February 28th, at the Ho Chi Minh City Youth Cultural House with the participation of more than 2,000 youths.

This year’s youth month, under the theme “Youth act for the environment”, is divided into two stages. During the first stage, from February 28th to March 14th, participants will take part in four green Sundays, the Earth Hour, contests on environmental knowledge and the municipal youth with environment festive day.

The second stage, from March 15th till the end of the month, will conclude with a number of significant activities such as the  “Light up Vietnam Youth’s dreams” programme, the 2010 Ho Hao Hon award ceremony and career counseling for youth.

The 2010 Youth Month in Ho Chi Minh City is expected to introduce jobs to 5,000 young people, build 70 friendship houses and other projects.

Right after the opening ceremony of the Youth Month, the municipal youth cleaned up Nhieu Loc canal, started the construction of two friendship houses in Long Phuoc ward, precinct 9. Moreover, lots of children joined int eh creation of a big painting highlighting environmental protection.

Source: TTO

Translated by Mai Huong

Source: QDND