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Province ready to be tourism wonderland

In Uncategorized on April 11, 2010 at 2:28 pm




Province ready to be tourism wonderland


QĐND – Sunday, April 11, 2010, 21:15 (GMT+7)

The United States-based Emerging Market Group wants to set up a multi-billion-dollar tourism project in northern Quang Ninh province.


The firm last week met Quang Ninh provincial leaders to propose a $3 billion project in the Van Don Economic Zone, which would cover Van Don Island and represent the province’s biggest investment project.


The project includes a five-star hotel and casino complex with around 2,000 rooms, a golf course, an international convention centre, a horse-racing track, a high-rise apartment building and an entertainment park.


“If Emerging Market Group’s project is developed, it will be a strong gravitational force to lure more tourists and investors to the province,” said the provincial People’s Committee vice chairwoman Nhu Thi Hong Lien.


The investor must provide further project details by the middle of next month and submit an investment plan, including environment impact assessment to the province. The project will then be submitted to the government for approval.


“They [representatives of Emerging Market Group] have just given us a proposal and we would like to learn more about the project feasibility as well as the investor’s ability,” said Lien.


Quang Ninh is home to the world-famous Halong Bay and is already a popular northern Vietnam tourist destination. However, the province has not yet sucessfully attracted giant tourism projects as central and southern areas like Danang city, Quang Nam, Ba Ria-Vung Tau and Khanh Hoa provinces remain preferable destinations for foreign investors.


Last year, United Arab Emirates’ Limitless, a business unit of Dubai World, signed a memorandum of understanding with Quang Ninh People’s Committee to develop the Mac Dynasty Lagoon project. But, the project is in limbo after Dubai World’s publicised financial troubles.


Lien said several other investors were interested in developing large projects in the Van Don Economic Zone. Another American company, Rockingham Asset Management LLC, last October submitted Quang Ninh People’s Committee an investment plan for an airport project. Under the proposal, the airport will have total investment capital of around $1.2 billion and the construction will be implemented since 2010 to 2030.


Rockingham Asset Management will develop the airport project under build-operate-transfer investment form. The first phase of Van Don airport could be put into operation in 2014.


Source: Vietnam Investment Review


 


Source: QDND

Mui Ne attracts Russian tourists

In Uncategorized on April 11, 2010 at 2:27 pm




Mui Ne attracts Russian tourists


QĐND – Sunday, April 11, 2010, 21:15 (GMT+7)

More than 3,000 tourists visiting tourism showcases of Mui Ne-Phan Thiet at the MITT-Moscow International Travel & Tourism Exhibition 2010 which took place in Moscow last month commented that Mui Ne was really attractive for Russian tourists thanks to its nice beaches, splendid sand dunes and diverse specialties.


At the exhibition, many contracts to take tourists to the coast city of Phan Thiet were signed with famous travel operators.


With the fair closed, resorts in Mui Ne such as Hoang Ngoc, Phu Hai, Sea Horse, Vinh Suong, Bamboo Village, Hai Au, Trang Tron, Sea Links and L’anmien Mui Ne continue to promote the city to Russia’s Saint Petersburg and Novosibirsk. International travel agents such as Olympia Reisen Sibir, Aero Land, Dialog and Crocus Tour and airlines such as Sansaro, S7 Tour and STA Novosibirsk are planning to take guests to Phan Thiet to explore its landscapes and cultural and historical relics.


* A tourism fair is on at Nguyen Tat Thanh Square in Phan Thiet City with about 500 booths of local enterprises giving tourists and locals a chance to shop, enjoy attractive tourist products and join cultural and artistic programs.


The fair runs until April 12.


Source: VietNamNet/SGT


 

 

Source: QDND

Vietnam-India direct air route to be launched

In Uncategorized on April 11, 2010 at 2:27 pm




Vietnam-India direct air route to be launched


QĐND – Sunday, April 11, 2010, 21:15 (GMT+7)

The Prime Minister has instructed the Vietnam Airlines Corporation to consider opening direct air routes from Vietnam to India and other South Asian destinations.


Accordingly, Vietnam Airlines will either launch or establish a joint venture with other counterparts to conduct the flights.


The PM also directed the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry to formulate a project to establish a Vietnam-India business association.


Two-way trade between Vietnam and India has increased significantly in recent years, from just US$79 million in 1995 to nearly US$2.5 billion in 2008, surpassing the US$2 billion mark set for 2010.


Despite the global economic recession, bilateral trade last year reached US$2.05 billion, of which US$420 million was generated from Vietnamese exports, up 9 percent against 2008. The figure is expected to reach US$3 billion in 2010 and US$5 billion in 2015.


The trade is forecast to rise considerably in the coming years after the two countries have signed an agreement on goods trading as part of the framework agreement on ASEAN-India Trade in Goods (AITIG), and India has recognised Vietnam’s market economy status.


Source: VietNamNet/VOV


 


Source: QDND

124 children to receive free heart surgeries in Phu Yen

In Uncategorized on April 11, 2010 at 2:27 pm




124 children to receive free heart surgeries in Phu Yen


QĐND – Sunday, April 11, 2010, 21:18 (GMT+7)

Some 124 children suffering from congenital heart defects in the central province of Phu Yen will receive free surgeries, each worth over 50 million VND, this summer.


The children were selected from 379 child heart patients under the age of 16 through checks-up jointly carried out by Phu Yen Department of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs and Tam Duc hospital in Ho Chi Minh City on April 10 and 11.


The Swiss Children Action Organisation will fund the operations for 10 patients. The remaining will be sponsored by HCM City Poor Patient Sponsor Association.


In 2009, 49 disadvantaged children in Phu Yen province received free heart surgeries under the annual charitable programme, which started last year.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Cuba determined to promote ties with Vietnam: Vice President

In Uncategorized on April 11, 2010 at 2:26 pm




Cuba determined to promote ties with Vietnam: Vice President


QĐND – Sunday, April 11, 2010, 21:15 (GMT+7)

Cuba always respects Vietnam’s development experiences and is determined to further promote the friendly cooperation between the two peoples, said Vice President of the Cuban Council of State Esteban Lazo.


Lazo, who is also Politburo member of the Communist Party of Cuba, made the statement while receiving Ha Thi Khiet, CPV CC Secretariat and Head of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee (CPV CC)’s Commission on Mass Mobilisation, in Cuba on April 9.


Lazo expressed thanks to the Vietnamese Party, State and people for their solidarity and consistent support to the Cuban people.


He congratulated the Vietnamese people on their great achievements in national construction and development.


For her part, Khiet confirmed the solidarity and support of the Vietnamese Party, State and people to the Cuban people’s just revolutionary cause.


She highlighted the great achievements the Cuban people gained while suffering from the embargo, facing negative impacts of the global financial and economic crisis and heavy consequences left by natural disasters.


She expressed her hope to further boost the comprehensive cooperation with Cuba for mutual interest.


The two sides informed each other of their respective countries’ recent socio-economic development, discussed international and regional issues of mutual concern and measures to further tighten the all-around cooperation and friendship between Vietnam and Cuba.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

PM leaves for nuclear security summit

In Uncategorized on April 11, 2010 at 2:26 pm




PM leaves for nuclear security summit


QĐND – Sunday, April 11, 2010, 21:18 (GMT+7)

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and a high-ranking delegation left Hanoi on Aprial 11 to attend the Nuclear Security Summit slated for April 12-15 in the US at the invitation of US President Barack Obama.


PM Dung will later pay an official visit to Argentina from April 15-17 at the invitation of Argentinean President Cristina Fernandez de Kitchner.


The participation of Vietnam at the submit is aimed at confirming the country’s supports for the rights of states to using nuclear for peaceful purposes as well as efforts promoting nuclear disarmament and the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons. At the same time, the attendance will contribute to boosting the US-Vietnam relations in particular and the US-ASEAN ties in general.


Meanwhile, the PM’s visit to Argentina demonstrate Vietnam’s determination to enhance cooperative relations with the Latin American region and bolster political ties with Argentina, creating momentum to increase cooperation in numerous areas, especially in economics and trade between the two countries.


Source: VNA


 


Source: QDND

President Triet confirms close ties with Saudi Arabia

In Uncategorized on April 11, 2010 at 2:25 pm




President Triet confirms close ties with Saudi Arabia


QĐND – Sunday, April 11, 2010, 21:18 (GMT+7)

Vietnam wants to strengthen relations with all countries in the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia, State President Nguyen Minh Triet told the King’s Consultative Council in Riyadh on April 11.


Vietnam considers Saudi Arabia one of its leading partners, said Mr Triet, adding that cooperative ties between the two countries have grown and flourished in recent times.


He briefed the council’s members on the result of his talks with King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, during which they agreed to foster friendship and cooperation and increase the exchange of visits at all levels.


He said both sides agreed to establish a strategic partnership on energy and food as soon as possible to make full use of their strengths, namely the oil industry and agricultural production.  


Such a partnership will help ensure energy and food security for both countries no matter what happens, said Mr Triet.


He said Vietnam and Saudi Arabia will employ measures to raise two-way trade to more than US$1 billion in the next 2-3 years from the current US$460 million. They will create the best possible conditions for their commodities to enter larger Southeast Asian and Middle East markets.


The two countries will increase investment promotions and the number of Vietnamese guest workers in the Middle East nation. They will continue to negotiate and sign additional agreements to lay a firm legal foundation for expanding trade and investment ties.


He voiced Vietnam’s support for the international community’s efforts to restore peace in the Middle East and promised to work closely with Saudi Arabia to achieve the goal.


He expressed his belief that acting as the legislative body, the Consultative Council will make an active contribution to strengthening friendship and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries. 


The President proposed that the Consultative Council and the Vietnam National Assembly establish cooperative links to share information and experience.


Later, Mr Triet visited the Vietnamese Embassy, where he met with embassy officials, staff and representatives of Vietnamese workers in Saudi Arabia.


He reminded the officials and staff to grasp main diplomatic tasks of the Party and State to promote bilateral cooperation, especially in economics. He also asked the workers to study local customs and language and observe local law to work there in the longer term.


Source: VOV/VNA


Source: QDND

Spiritual tourism area to be built in Quang Ninh

In Uncategorized on April 11, 2010 at 10:36 am

More than VND2.6 trillion (US$130 million) will be invested in a new Buddhist tourism area in the northern province of Quang Ninh, announced the investor, ATS Real Estate Investment Joint Stock Company and the Management Committee of the Vietnamese Buddhist Sangha on April 10. 

Yen Tu cultural historic relic site


Known as Sen Viet (Vietnamese lotus), the area will be located on Quang Ninh’s sacred land of Yen Tu and open to the public.
 
The project, to be located at the border of Uong Bi Town and Dong Trieu District, 10km from the Yen Tu Buddhist relic, will be divided into two parts.
 
The first will be the Sen Vang (Golden lotus) covering an area of 472 hectares around Yen Trung Lake.
 
The second part will consist of Sen Bac (Silver lotus) and Sen Dong (Bronze lotus), which will be situated along a route leading from National Road No.18 to the Yen Tu cultural historic relic site. These two sites will cover a total area of 164 hectares.
 
Nearby hotels and tourism services will be built in accordance with Buddhist architecture and style.
 
According to Superior Buddhist monk Thich Thanh Quyet, head of the Management Committee of Quang Ninh Buddhist Sangha, the Sen Viet tourism area will not negatively affect the sacred land.
 
In addition to the Sen Viet project, other plans are in the works to enhance the area including casting a 100-ton statue of King-Monk Tran Nhan Tong and upgrading the Hoa Yen Pagoda.
 
Yen Tu, the Buddhist capital of Vietnam, is famous for its beautiful landscapes, historic relics and ancient pagodas. Thus, it holds a special place in the hearts of many Vietnamese, said Superior Buddhist monk Thich Thanh Tu, deputy permanent chairman of the Management Committee of Vietnamese Buddhist Sangha.

Source: SGGP

Thailand in turmoil after 19 die in bloody clashes

In Uncategorized on April 11, 2010 at 10:36 am

Thailand‘s “Red Shirt” demonstrators defied the government and vowed to keep up their protests Sunday, after the country’s worst political violence in decades left 19 people dead and over 800 injured.


Protest leaders, who have promised to maintain their campaign until the government dissolves parliament and calls fresh elections, demanded Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva step down and leave the country.


Fourteen civilians, including a Japanese TV cameraman, and five soldiers were killed in Saturday’s crackdown on the red-shirted supporters of fugitive ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra in Bangkok, the emergency services told AFP.


The violence erupted when troops tried to clear one of two sites in the centre of the capital occupied by the protesters for the past month. Soldiers fired in the air and used tear gas while the Reds responded by hurling rocks.

A protestor rests on the street after overnight clashes between the army and Red Shirt demonstrators in central Bangkok.

As the clashes intensified gunshots echoed around the city and both sides accused the other of using live ammunition. Emergency services said two protesters were killed by gunshot wounds to the head.


At one stage protesters overwhelmed and captured an armoured personnel carrier, while army spokesman Sunsern Kaewkumnerd said government weapons had fallen into the hands of the demonstrators.


The army later retreated, calling for a truce with the demonstrators, who were holding five soldiers hostage. Thousands of protesters remained on the streets at the two main protest sites on Sunday.


“Abhisit must leave Thailand,” Reds leader Veera Musikapong told supporters. “We ask all government officials to stop serving this government.”


“We call for Abhisit to resign immediately,” added Nattawut Saikuar, another protest leader. He said the protesters would later hold a mourning ceremony for the dead and vowed that those killed “did not die in vain”.


Government spokesman Panitan Wattanayagorn said an investigation had been launched into the violence and that negotiations were under way to bring about a resolution to the stand-off without further unrest.


“The prime minister’s secretary is coordinating with protest leaders to solve the situation and would like protesters to stay put,” he said.


The Thomson Reuters news agency said one its journalists, Japanese cameraman Hiro Muramoto, died after being shot in the chest during the protests.


Tokyo urged Bangkok to investigate the death and called on the Thai government to ensure the safety of Japanese nationals. Related article: Japan urges probe into journalist’s death


The unrest marked Thailand’s worst political violence since 1992 and the United States urged both sides to show restraint.


The mostly poor, rural Reds say the government is illegitimate as it came to power with military backing in 2008 after a court ousted Thaksin’s allies from power.


The protesters called on the country’s revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej to intervene to prevent further bloodshed.


“Did anybody inform the king that his children were killed in the middle of the road without justice?” Reds leader Jatuporn Prompan said. “Is there anyone close to him who told him of the gunfights?”


Although he has no official political role, the hospitalised king is seen as a unifying figure. And during a 1992 uprising he chastised both the military and protest leaders, effectively bringing the violence to an end.

“It’s frightening. We heard explosions and people were running all around,” said Sharon Aradbasson, a 34-year-old Israeli tourist in the city’s historic area near the Khaosan Road backpacker district.

Thai flags, red roses and incense sticks were placed on pools of blood where protesters were killed or wounded.

Subdued tourists mingled with protesters below buildings pocked with bullet holes, some taking photos, a few yards from a clump of ruined cars with their windows smashed in. Shopkeepers nearby swept up glass from a shattered door.

Abhisit offered his condolences over the deaths but refused to bow to the protesters’ calls to resign.

“I and my government will continue to work to resolve the situation,” he said in a televised address to the nation.

Arrest warrants have been issued for many of the senior leaders but so far none is reported to have been taken into custody.

It was the latest chapter in years of political turmoil in Thailand pitting Bangkok’s ruling elite against the mainly working class Reds.

The country has been riven by political tensions since a bloodless coup ousted premier Thaksin in 2006.

Source: SGGP

Poland in shock, pilot error mooted in Kaczynski crash

In Uncategorized on April 11, 2010 at 10:34 am

 Investigators scrambled on Sunday to determine if pilot error was to blame for the fiery crash of a Soviet-era airliner that killed Polish President Lech Kaczynski and 96 others.


The Interfax news agency said Sunday Russian and Polish investigators are working together to analyse evidence from the flight recorders.


“The voice and data recorders are at a special laboratory where, in the presence of Polish officials, including representatives of the Polish state prosecutor… work has begun on analysing them,” Interfax quoted a Russian transport ministry spokesman as saying.


Polish radio also reported Sunday the bodies of the president and his wife Maria will arrive in Poland at 1200 GMT from Russia.

People gather in front of the presidential palace in Warsaw. Investigators scrambled on Sunday to determine if pilot error was to blame for the fiery crash of a Soviet-era airliner that killed Polish President Lech Kaczynski and 96 others

“Military honours will be given in Smolensk to the remains of the president and his wife. Their bodies will be transported in a CASA military aircraft,” said a Polish radio correspondent reporting from Russia.


The presidential party was en route to a memorial service for Poles massacred by Soviet troops in World War II when its Tupolev Tu-154 airliner crashed in thick fog while approaching Smolensk airport, in the west of Russia.


The disaster sent Poland into shock.


Mourners in Warsaw turned out by the tens of thousands on Saturday to sing the national anthem, wave the red and white Polish flag, and lay a carpet of candles and flowers at the presidential palace and nearby Pilsudski Square.


“It’s my heart that told me to come here, I simply had to come,” said 45-year-old translator Anna Ciostek, who came to the square with her daughter and mother.Scene: Candles and tears for Poland’s tragic president


Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk and the late president’s twin brother, former prime minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski, visited the crash site late on Saturday evening, accompanied by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.


The remains of all the victims were recovered and transferred to Moscow in two heavy-lift military helicopters for identification, as next of kin began to arrive in the Russian capital.


The death toll in the crash was revised to 96 on Sunday, officials said.


A previous list published on the website of the Russian emergency situations ministry included 97 people, but a new list had one person less.


The Interfax news agency cited emergency officials as saying that the change came after they discovered one woman scheduled to be on the flight had in fact not boarded the plane.


“Everything must be done to establish the reasons for this tragedy in the shortest possible time,” said Putin when he arrived in Smolensk, about 75 kilometres (45 miles) from the Belarus border.


Besides the 60-year-old head of state and his wife, the mid-morning crash killed Poland’s military chief of staff, other senior officers, its central bank governor, deputy foreign minister and members of parliament.Profile: Kaczynski, from child star to Polish president


“This kind of dramatic tragedy is unheard of in the modern world,” Tusk said before heading to the crash site.


He returned early Sunday to Warsaw where the government press office announced that he had cancelled a visit to Washington Monday for a summit on nuclear terrorism as well as a visit to Canada scheduled for next week.

A special cabinet meeting was to be held on Sunday.

Thrust into the forefront as acting president was Bronislaw Komorowski, speaker of the Polish parliament.

“It is rare for so many high ranking representatives of the highest military and spiritual leaders, and the president himself, all to die at the same moment,” he told AFP.

“We have to deal with this very difficult problem — and we will.”

The Tu-154 was preparing to land at Smolensk airport in fog when “it clipped the tops of the trees, crashed down and broke into pieces,” regional governor Sergei Antufiev told Russia-24 television news network.

While investigators began their work, Lieutenant General Alexander Alyoshin, deputy head of the Russian air force, revealed that the pilots of the ill-fated airliner had repeatedly ignored instructions from air traffic controllers.

Some 1.5 kilometres (one mile) from the airport, air traffic controllers noticed the Tupolev — overhauled in December 2009, according to manufacturers Aviakor — was below its appropriate glide path, Alyoshin said.

“The head of the (air traffic control) group ordered the crew to return to horizontal flight, and when the crew did not fulfil the instruction, ordered them several times to land at another airport,” he said.

“Nonetheless the crew continued to descend. Unfortunately this ended tragically.”

“Jesus, Holy Mary, it’s an inconceivable tragedy, an inconceivable disaster,” former Polish president and Solidarity leader Lech Walesa told AFP.

The European Union — which counts Poland as its biggest erstwhile communist member state — declared Monday a day of mourning, as world leaders took turns expressing shock and condolences.

“Today, there are heavy hearts across America,” said US President Barack Obama, remembering “a distinguished statesman… widely admired in the United States as a leader dedicated to advancing freedom and human dignity.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was “deeply shocked”, while French President Nicolas Sarkozy hailed Kaczynski as a man “driven by ardent patriotism, who dedicated his life to his country.”Reax: Shock and sorrow at Kaczynski death

Putin told Russian television: “This is first and foremost Poland’s tragedy and that of the Polish people — but this is also our tragedy, and we mourn with you and grieve with you.”

Source: SGGP