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120 Japanese tourists visit Hoi An

In Vietnam Travel on March 22, 2010 at 4:09 pm

120 Japanese tourists visit Hoi An

QĐND – Monday, March 22, 2010, 21:37 (GMT+7)

The ancient town of Hoi An held a cultural night on March 20th to receive 120 tourists from Japan.

The Japanese tourists traveled to Vietnam on a direct flight between Japan and Da Nang and then were taken to Hoi An by Han River Tourism Company.

All Japanese visitors were very interested in the peaceful and glamorous night of the ancient town. They were drawn to the old architecture, flower garlands and colored lanterns casting colourful lights and Vietnamese traditional music performances. They took a lot of photos and became very surprised when they were taken to Cau pagoda with a Japanese-style bridge.

Deputy Director of the Hoi An Cultural Center, Nguyen Thi Nhung said that the number of international tourists to Hoi An is increasing and the center has so far received a number of contracts from tour organisations for tourists from Japan, Taiwan (China) and Germany.   

Source: TT

Translated by Thu Nguyen

Source: QDND

VASCO, SilkAir add more flights

In Vietnam Travel on March 22, 2010 at 4:09 pm

VASCO, SilkAir add more flights

QĐND – Monday, March 22, 2010, 21:38 (GMT+7)

Vietnam Air Services Company (VASCO) announced that it will increase flights to 10 from currently 3 a week on the Ca Mau-Ho Chi Minh City route between April 1st to Oct 30th, 2010.

According to Vu Duc Bien, VASCO’s Sales Manager, the move paves the way for more flights, 14 a week, in the near future.

In Da Nang, Singapore’s SilkAir will add an additional flight from Singapore to the city on March 28th, bringing the number of flights a week to 4, on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. 

Since January 2005, SilkAir has opened three flights a week between Singapore and Da Nang.

Source: Tien Phong

Translated by Hoang Anh

Source: QDND

Khoai cake enters Vietnam Guinness book

In Vietnam Culture on March 22, 2010 at 4:09 pm

Khoai cake enters Vietnam Guinness book

QĐND – Monday, March 22, 2010, 20:38 (GMT+7)

The khoai cake (plain rice flan) which was made on March 20 in the central city of Thua Thien – Hue has been recognised as the largest of its kind by the Vietnam Guinness Records.

The cake was jointly made by the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Thua Thien-Hue Tourism Association and Ancient-Hue Bep lua club. It has a diameter of 3 metres, a circumference of 9.42 metres and the weight of 200kg.

Khoai cake is the traditional specialty of Hue city as well as the favourite dish of foreign tourists. Everyone can not miss Thuong Tu gate (in the southeast of Hue city) or Dinh Tien Hoang street to taste khoai cake whose name always stipulate the attraction and the curiosity of the diners.

The cake was made on the occasion that the Thua Thien-Hue’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism announced the tourism year of 2010 in the province.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Mobile phone firms face crackdown

In Vietnam Economy on March 22, 2010 at 4:08 pm

Mobile phone firms face crackdown

QĐND – Monday, March 22, 2010, 20:39 (GMT+7)

Mobile phone promotions are undercutting competition and leading to inactive phone numbers and a waste of digital resources, Government sources say.

The problem has led to the formation of a draft management plan by the Ministry of Information and Communications to control mobile phone promotions and reduce the “chaos” in the market.

The draft plan puts a limit of 90 days a year on which mobile phone promotions can be run and a limit of 45 days on each promotion.

In also mandates that mobile networks must maintain the quality of their services during promotions and the information given to subscribers must comply with regulations.

Under the draft plan, minimum charges set by the Government may not be reduced and any promotion reduction may not exceed 50 percent of the service’s total value.

The ministry has called for comment on the draft management plan which is expected to become the final plan by the end of the month.

Ministry telecom department head Pham Hong Hai said close management of mobile promotions aimed to create healthy completion.

While promotion programmes attracted users, Hai said, they were tending to be used to undercut competitors and had led to and crease in the number of inactive subscriptions, resulting in a waste of digital resources.

Changes had already been made to the promotions regulations. At the end of last year, mobile operators were limited to 50 percent promotions for pre-paid cards, instead of 100 percent or more before.

The Ministry of Industry and Trade said the country’s telecommunication market was in chaos because of promotion “races” to attract subscribers to domestic networks.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Bush-meat, wildlife trafficking at alarm levels

In Social life on March 22, 2010 at 4:08 pm

Bush-meat, wildlife trafficking at alarm levels

QĐND – Monday, March 22, 2010, 20:38 (GMT+7)

Vietnam’s ecosystem was seriously threatened by the widespread consumption of wild meat and trafficking of wildlife, experts said that at a recent conference.

Urgent action was needed on several fronts to prevent the destruction of the nation’s wildlife and their habitat, they said.

They called for strengthened, more effective public awareness campaigns against hunting and trafficking in wild animals and for the inclusion of this subject in the school curriculum, especially in rural areas.

Tom Osbon of the Vietnam-based Wildlife Management Office stressed the need to legalise multi-sectoral co-operation in preventing, discovering and punishing forest violations in order to protect wild animals effectively.

“It’s also very important to establish special inspectors in localities which record a high number of violations,” he added.

Dr Scott Roberton, head of Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), said that hunting wild animals for meat and trafficking had been happening in many countries, especially developing countries.

In Vietnam, hunting and trade animals had been alarming, he said.

A WCS study conducted at 200 restaurants in the central region found they consumed nearly 2 million wild animals per year. Among them, stag and wild boar accounted for around 70 percent of the consumed meat, followed by turtle, snake, fox and porcupine.

The study estimated the demand of wild animal consumption nationwide at nearly 4,500 tonnes per year.

The Forest Protection Department discovered 1,042 violations of wild animal protection laws last year, a decrease of 400 cases over 2008, the conference heard.

Dr. Nguyen Viet Dung, deputy head of the Centre for People and Nature Reconciliation, said that the real number was much higher.

Roberton added that Vietnam was also an important link in the international wild animal trafficking chain.

Last year, authorities found more than six tonnes of elephant tusks trafficked from Africa to Hai Phong City.

And, in 2008, more than 20 tonnes of pangolins (anteaters) and their scales were seized in Vietnam as they were being trafficked to China.

The Mong Cai Border Gate was one of places where wild animal trafficking is frequent.

Over the last two years, authorities have discovered 57 cases of trafficking in wild animals involving more than 7,612 individuals including monkeys and Tibetan bears and elephant tusks.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

VND 48 billion donated to poor people in Phu Tho

In Social life on March 22, 2010 at 4:08 pm

VND 48 billion donated to poor people in Phu Tho

QĐND – Monday, March 22, 2010, 21:38 (GMT+7)

150 businesses in Phu Tho province, on March 21st, pledged donations, worth more than VND 48 billion, to the “Circle Humanitarian Hands-For Poor People of the Ancestral Land” programme.

The donors will be honoured at an event taking place at the Hung Kings Temple Historical Site on April 22nd, one day before the National Hung Kings Anniversary Day on the tenth of lunar March.

For nearly a decade now, the “For Poor People” Fund of Phu Tho province has raised more than VND 27 billion. The fund was used to dismantle over 9,420 temporary shelters, and to help thousands of poor households develop their businesses. As a result, the rate of poor households in the province now stands at 13.2%.

Source: DDDN

Translated by Mai Huong

Source: QDND

Traffickers of nearly 150 kg of elephant tusk arrested

In Social life on March 22, 2010 at 4:07 pm

Traffickers of nearly 150 kg of elephant tusk arrested

QĐND – Monday, March 22, 2010, 21:38 (GMT+7)

The Quang Ninh Provincial Police put driver Le Van Cuong under arrest for illegally transporting 149.3kg of elephant tusk.

Born in 1976, Le Van Cuong, living in Long Thanh, Yen Thanh, Nghe An, was transporting a number of elephant tusks, including 30 tusks intact and 15 cut into pieces hidden under carpeting and hood and in the trunk, from Nghe An to Mong Cai, Quang Ninh on his truck with the number plate 29X-9797.

His companions, Ho Van Cuong (Born in 1979), Le Van Dien (Born in 1968), Doan Ngoc Hoang (Born in 1974), Doan Ngoc Tuan (Born in 1975), all living in the same town with Cuong, were also put under arrest.

The smugglers declared that the tusks were on their way to China.

Source: Tien Phong

Translated by Hoang Anh   

Source: QDND

Tracking 38 criminals wanted by Interpol

In Social life on March 22, 2010 at 4:07 pm

Source: QDND

Strict punishment urged for pedestrian traffic violations.

In Politics-Society on March 22, 2010 at 4:07 pm

Strict punishment urged for pedestrian traffic violations.

QĐND – Monday, March 22, 2010, 20:38 (GMT+7)

The Ministry of Transport has recommended to the Prime Minister that fines for pedestrians violating traffic laws in Hanoi and HCM City should be raised as a measure to reduce traffic jams and accidents.

The proposal is part of the draft decree on road traffic fines, which proposes fines at about 50 percent higher than currently regulated in Decree 146/2007/ND-CP.

For example, pedestrians who ignore traffic lights, road signs and police direction would have to pay fines of 60,000-80,000 VND (3-4 USD). Those not using pedestrian crossings would be fined 80,000-100,000 VND (4-6 USD).

“Pedestrians still have a poor awareness of traffic rules. In many cases, pedestrians have caused fatal accidents,” said Than Van Thanh, chief of the Secretariat of the National Committee of Road Safety’s Office.

“Normally, police punish pedestrians only when they are responsible for causing accident,” said Nguyen Van Me, head of Traffic Police Team No6 under the Hanoi Traffic Police Division. He said that his team had not punished any pedestrian last year.

Many pedestrians argued that they had to walk on roads because the pavements were occupied by parked vehicles or business; and they did not across the stress at pedestrian crossings or footbridges because there were too few of them and not ideally placed.

Huyen Trang, a 20 year-old Hanoi University student, said that she usually saw people climb over barriers to cross from Nga Tu So Market to the other side instead of using the footbridge.

“I’m sometimes startled by people suddenly running out in front of Nga Tu So overpass. It’s too dangerous,” said Trang.

According to HCM City’ Road Safety Committee, last year, 59 traffic accidents, accounting for 5.25 percent of the total number of cases in the city, were caused by pedestrians, killing 42 people and injuring 17.

Under the draft, fines or motorbikes, cars, coaches violating traffic law also set to increase.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Party conference prepares for national congress

In Politics-Society on March 22, 2010 at 4:06 pm

Party conference prepares for national congress

QĐND – Monday, March 22, 2010, 20:39 (GMT+7)

The Party Central Committee opened its 12th conference in Hanoi on March 22 to discuss and approve draft documents to be presented at the upcoming National Party Congress slated for January 2011.

The documents include the (revised) 1991 programme on national construction in the transition period toward socialism, a 10-year strategy for socio-economic development through 2020, a political report from the 10th Party Central Committee, and a report on the implementation of Party Rules and proposed amendments.

During the week-long event, senior Party members will also look at personnel plans for the upcoming Party Central Committee and decide on the number of delegates to the Party Congress.

At the opening ceremony, Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh highlighted the importance of the conference, saying it will set a new course for the Vietnamese revolution in the long run, as well as during each specific stage.

He said the documents have been supplemented and amended by the compiling board, which collected opinions from former Party and State leaders, key provincial and municipal officials, experienced State managers in various areas and leading scientists. Most leaders have reached a consensus on viewpoints, and several opinions should be discussed at the conference to come to conclusions.

Mr Manh said the political report, which was put on the agenda for discussion at the 11th Party conference, will include orientations and tasks for socio-economic development over the next five years, as well as Party building work. The report will help concretise the revised 1991 programme and a national five-year plan for socio-economic development through 2015.

The conference will review the implementation of the resolutions adopted at the 10th National Party Congress, the 2001-2010 strategy for socio-economic development, and the 1991 programme.

Another important task for the upcoming Party Congress is to elect a new Party Central Committee, which will lead the entire Party, the army and people to successfully carry out the Doi Moi (Renewal) and international integration process. 

General Secretary Manh asked delegates to discuss a plan drafted by the Sub-Committee on Personnel in terms of candidate criteria, numbers, structure, age, nominations, selection and voting.

New Party Central Committee members must be competent theoretically and practically, have political conscience, moral qualities and a healthy lifestyle, and win trust from the Party and people, said Mr Manh.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND