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HCMC receives more than 2,000 cruise visitors

In Uncategorized on May 6, 2010 at 4:43 pm

HCMC receives more than 2,000 cruise visitors

QĐND – Thursday, May 06, 2010, 21:37 (GMT+7)

The Saigontourist Travel Service Company welcomed 2,100 cruise visitors mainly from Italia, Spain, the UK and Germany on May 4th at the Navi Oil Seaport in Ho Chi Minh City.

These foreign travelers jointed the tour of Ho Chi Minh City – My Tho – Danang – Hoi An – My Son and Hue.

The tour includes various activities to help visitors explore the beauty of Vietnam and its cultural identities.

Since early this year, Saigontourist has received more than 30,000 cruise visitors from European countries.

According to Ho Chi Minh City’s Tourism Department, the city has welcomed more than 1 million foreign tourists, an increase of 10% compared to the same period last year.

Source: TT

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

National Petanque Championships get underway

In Uncategorized on May 6, 2010 at 4:42 pm

National Petanque Championships get underway

QĐND – Thursday, May 06, 2010, 21:37 (GMT+7)

The 2010 National Petanque Championships got underway in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau on May 6.

About 150 players from 12 provinces and cities nationwide including Dong Nai, Binh Phuoc, Hanoi, Nghe An, Can Tho, Soc Trang, Tra Vinh, Dong Thap, Ho Chi Minh City, Yen Bai, Ba Ria-Vung Tau and Military Zone 3 will compete in the men’s and women’s singles, doubles and trios.

The ten-day event aims to assess the development of petanque in the country and helps the athletes to prepare for the international championships in 2010 and in the coming years.

Petanque is an outdoor bowling game, also known as boules, which has its origins in France, where a heavy set of metal balls is tossed to the playing area backhanded.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Tastebuds tingle as pho catches on in Vientiane

In Uncategorized on May 6, 2010 at 4:42 pm

Tastebuds tingle as pho catches on in Vientiane

QĐND – Thursday, May 06, 2010, 21:34 (GMT+7)

Rice noodle soup (pho) is a favourite dish for Vietnamese. In the Lao capital of Vientiane, pho shops are meeting places for Vietnamese expatriates and locals alike.

Every weekend Nguyen Van Thuan drives to Pho Mai-Ha Noi shop in Naxay Road in Vientiane, to have a bowl of pho with half-done beef (pho tai) and savours the taste.

The 45-year-old, from Nam Dinh Province, has worked as a civil engineer in Laos for a year. It’s his favourite time, after a hard day’s work, to enjoy his pho and chat with his countrymen.

“There’s not much difference between pho in Laos and that which I was used to in Viet Nam,” Thuan says. “It tastes just like home. Rice noodle, spring onion and parsley all are available here.”

“I miss my family and pho so much. I’m lucky to have every thing here where pho stalls have mushroomed.”

For 1km, Naxay Road is known as Viet Nam Town. It is crowded with Vietnamese restaurants and cafes, but the majority are pho stalls.

Each shop has its own style, depending on where the Vietnamese owners come from: the north, central or south. However the basic pho recipe consists of broth cooked from a mixture of boiled beef’s bones, cardamon and cinamon. Noodles are made from starch and cooked rice.

There are full noodle soup varieties, including pho ga (with chicken), pho xao (stirfried beef and noodle) but pho tai (with half-done beef), pho chin (well done beef) or tai chin (mixed well-done and half-done beef) are often ordered.

Among the shops are Pho Sai Gon Cafe and Pho Mai-Ha Noi (Mai’s Ha Noi), the latter being a hot favourite.

Owner of Pho Mai, Nguyen Thi Mai, said she used a recipe she picked up from leading cooks in Ha Noi.

“Sorting out materials carefully is an important step to making the best soup,” Mai, 50, said. “Bones must be scraped clean of meat before boiling through the night with anise seeds, cardamon, ginger, grilled dried onion and cinamon.”

“The broth must be clear and tasty, but not too fatty. We also make our own rice noodles to ensure the pho is the best.”

A Vietnamese resident in Laos for 20 years, Tran Manh Chien, said he had pho almost every morning so he had managed to sort out the best to his taste.

“I like to eat Hanoian pho at Mai’s stall because of the flavour. It makes my mouth water just thinking of it, even though I was not born in Ha Noi,” Chien said.

The 56-year-old businessman, who owns a silverware shop at Talat Sao (morning market), says he has tried pho at many different shops.

“Pho at Thong’s stall comes in a bigger bowl with more beef and noodles, but it is too salty and has too much monosodium glutamate, while pho at the Sai Gon restaurant has too much sugar, in the southern Viet Nam style.”

At the opposite end of Naxay Road, Lao people cook pho in their own style.

They don’t use ginger, cinamon and dried onion as the Vietnamese do. Their soup is stewed bones with little spice, but the bowl is bigger and Lao people use it to eat with different vegetables.

Stall owner Xixangga Thonvilay said even Vietnamese go there to eat pho.

“There is a difference between Vietnamese and Lao pho. Lao eaters like it spicy. They have pho with vegetables: bean sprouts, cabbage, eggplant and Chinese pea, plus basil,” Xixangga, 30, said.

“Sugar, fish sauce and soya sauce are the main flavours to Lao pho. For the Vietnamese customers, I don’t add boiled beef blood, dried squid and mince.”

She also added that pho had somewhat changed lunch diets for local public servants.

Xunthon Ratthavong, a patron of Xixangga’s restaurant, said he loved to have pho for lunch.

“I eat pho at lunch time rather than sticky rice, papaya salad and grilled fish as is the Lao tradition. I have traditional foods with my family for dinner,” Xunthon says.

Xixangga says Lao people enjoy the new taste of pho, but they still prefer traditional foods.

Source: VietNamNet/Viet Nam News


Source: QDND

No-Smoking battle wins ground: poll

In Uncategorized on May 6, 2010 at 4:42 pm

No-Smoking battle wins ground: poll

QĐND – Thursday, May 06, 2010, 21:34 (GMT+7)

Findings from a survey released on May 5 revealed that 77 percent of Vietnamese people who had seen anti-smoking material oppose being exposed to second hand smoke in public places.

The research was conducted as part of a national mass media campaign by the Ministry of Health, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the World Lung Foundation (WLF) to build support for a smoking ban in the workplace, indoor public areas and on public transport.

The figure is 14 percent higher than that of people who had not seen the material. This significant difference shows that more people would support a smoking ban if they had a better understanding of the harmful effects of smoking and passive smoking.

The survey also found that more than 80 percent of smokers said they were very concerned about their own health and that of their family members after seeing the anti-smoking campaign. Seventy-five percent of smokers said that they were more likely to quit.

“Around 50 percent of adults in Vietnam smoke, the equivalent of 17 million people. We should not let more than 60 million people be exposed to second hand smoke,” said Director of Medical Services Administration and Standing Office for Vietnam ’s Steering Committee on Smoking and Health Luong Ngoc Khue.

The campaign, entitled “Cigarettes Are Eating You Alive”, is being channeled via different media such as television, newspapers and posters.

“This campaign used strong imagery to communicate that tobacco smoke harms those who inhale it directly and those who are exposed to it second hand, especially children,” said WLF Senior Vice President of Communications Sandra Mullin.

The campaign aired nationally for five weeks, from December 2009 to January 2010. The ads were shown 245 times across Vietnam and 70 percent of people interviewed recalled seeing the ads. The TV campaign was followed by more than 5,000 posters in provinces across the country, including hospitals, offices and transportation facilities.

The Ministry of Health says around 40,000 Vietnamese people die each year of smoking-related illnesses. Vietnamese people spent more than 730 million USD on cigarettes in 2007.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Boeing helps build school in Dien Bien

In Uncategorized on May 6, 2010 at 4:41 pm

Boeing helps build school in Dien Bien

QĐND – Thursday, May 06, 2010, 21:34 (GMT+7)

A primary school worth over 120,000 USD funded by Boeing Group was inaugurated in Muong Phang commune, Dien Bien district, Dien Bien province on May 5.

Leaders of the northern mountainous province of Dien Bien and a delegation of the US veterans headed by Skip Boyce, President of Boeing Southeast Asia attended the inaugural ceremony.

The school has been built after a survey conducted by the delegation of US veterans at suggestion of General Vo Nguyen Giap’s family.

On the occasion, the General’s family presented the school a computer room and Kim Dong Publishing House donated books and magazines while the Veterans Fund of the United States (VFUS) granted 50 scholarships worth 500,000 VND each to disadvantaged students.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Ba Ria – Vung Tau asks help for environmental cleanup

In Uncategorized on May 6, 2010 at 4:41 pm

Ba Ria – Vung Tau asks help for environmental cleanup

QĐND – Thursday, May 06, 2010, 21:34 (GMT+7)

The southern province of Ba Ria – Vung Tau has asked the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and the Vietnam Farmer Association to intervene in to ask Taiwanese sodium glutamate producer Vedan to compensate for local farmers.

In late December 2009, Ba Ria-Vung Tau asked local agencies to verify losses suffered by local farmers, caused by Vedan’s polluting act to the Thi Vai River. Accordingly, there are 1255 families suffering from Vedan case, totaling over 216 billion dong.

The results was verified by the Institute for Environment and Natural Resources in March 2010.

Ba Ria-Vung Tau on April 9 officially asked Vedan to pay compensation of over 53.6 billion dong to local farmers based on the above report. However, Vedan answered in a dispatch dated April 22 that it had not receive any related document and asked the province to provide documents to “research”.

Previously HCM City sent a report of farmers’ losses in Vedan case, totaling over 107 billion dong to the MoNRE and asked the ministry to help ask for Vedan’s compensation.

Source: VNN

Source: QDND

Website on poverty reduction makes debut

In Uncategorized on May 6, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Website on poverty reduction makes debut

QĐND – Thursday, May 06, 2010, 21:37 (GMT+7)

A website providing information about poverty reduction in the country’s 62 poorest districts officially made its debut in Hanoi on May 6.

Ngo Truong Thi, Vice Director of the Department of Social Protection under the Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA), said the website is designed to provide official, timely and comprehensive information about the implementation of the government’s Resolution 30A regarding rapid and sustainable poverty reduction in the targeted districts.

Along with introducing concerned documents, the website, at, will keep readers updated on the progress of implementing the programme as well as experiences of outstanding individuals who successfully escape from poverty.

According to MoLISA, after one year of performing the resolution, the rate of poor households in these districts dropped from 47 percent in 2008 to 43 percent in late 2009.

The government earmarked almost 5.43 trillion VND for the poor districts to carry out Resolution 30A in 2009 and 2010, reported the ministry.

Forty-two State-owned groups, corporations and businesses pledged to grant more than 2.1 trillion VND to support the districts in the 2009-2020 period, of which 723 billion VND was doled out in 2009.

By the end of the first quarter of 2010, the beneficiary districts had built over 73,000 houses for poor families, 167 district-level infrastructure projects and 520 commune-level works.

As part of the programme, a total of 180,000 poor households were provided with free-of-charge saplings and animals for farming and rice as food.

Enterprises joined hands with local authorities to send almost 1,700 poor workers to Libya, Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates, where they have earned a stable income of between 4-6.5 million VND a month.

In terms of personnel, 14 provinces sent 240 young officials from provincial and district-level agencies to work in the poor districts.

The programme has set a target of reducing the number of poor households in the districts to 40 percent by the end of 2010 and to the regional average by 2020.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Red headed cranes return to Tay Ninh

In Uncategorized on May 6, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Red headed cranes return to Tay Ninh

QĐND – Thursday, May 06, 2010, 21:37 (GMT+7)

A flock of red headed cranes, or Sarus Cranes, were seen in the Ta Not clearing at the Lo Go – Xa Mat National Park in the southern province of Tay Ninh over two days on May 3rd and 4th.

This is the fourth time these cranes, with the scientific name of Grus Antigone, came to the Ta Not clearing.

The red-headed crane is a species listed in the Red Book of Vietnam and the world. These birds are very sensitive to people’s appearance and acts.

In Vietnam, so far they have often appeared in the Tram Chim National Park in Dong Thap Province and in grasslands in Kien Giang province.

Since early March this year, a flock of about 300 red-headed cranes have been seen in fields in Hoa Dien Commune, Kien Luong District, Kien Giang Province.

At present, local authorities and agencies are observing these crane’s activities to understand more about them and find ways to attract and protect them.

Source: NLD and LD

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

Party official calls for stronger aid from FES

In Uncategorized on May 6, 2010 at 4:39 pm

Party official calls for stronger aid from FES

QĐND – Thursday, May 06, 2010, 21:34 (GMT+7)

Politburo member Truong Tan Sang has urged the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) of Germany to further boost cooperation and assistance to sustainable development in Vietnam.

Sang, who is also permanent member of the Party Central Committee Secretariat, made the call during a May 5 reception for FES President Anke Fuchs, who has been in Hanoi to attend the 20 th founding anniversary of the FES Office in Vietnam.

The Party official spoke highly of the contributions and successes of the FES Office over the past 20 years, and emphasised the Vietnamese State ’s policy of facilitating operations of foreign non-governmental organisations.

He expressed his hope that the FES, with its role as a bridge between the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) and the Social Democratic Party of Germany, will contribute more to developing friendly and cooperative relations between the two parties and two nations as well.

For her part, Fuchs thanked the Party and State of Vietnam for their care and support for the institute’s activities in Vietnam over the past two decades.

She praised the leadership of the CPV as well as the achievements the Vietnamese people have reaped during the renewal process which helped improve the country’s position and prestige in both the region and the world.

The FES President also affirmed her wish to step up cooperative ties with Vietnamese partners in the fields of mutual concern.

Earlier, Fuchs was received by Hoang Binh Quan, Head of the CPV Central Committee’s Commission for External Relations.

Source: VNA

Photo: VOV

Source: QDND

Lao NA delegation welcomed in Hanoi

In Uncategorized on May 6, 2010 at 4:39 pm

Lao NA delegation welcomed in Hanoi

QĐND – Thursday, May 06, 2010, 21:34 (GMT+7)

The Vice Chairwoman of the National Assembly, Tong Thi Phong, received a visiting delegation from the Lao National Assembly Office, led by its Deputy Chief, Khampheng Vilaphan, in Hanoi on May 5.

After being informed of the project to build the Lao National Assembly Office Headquarters with assistance from the Vietnam NA, Ms Phong highlighted the significance of the work, saying it symbolizes the special solidarity between the two parliaments and between the two countries. 

She expressed her wish that the two countries’ NA Offices would strengthen coordination and supervision in order to complete the project on schedule with safety and high quality. 

In the coming time, the two offices should also increase visits by delegations as well as the exchange of information and experiences on administration and consultancy skills, she added. 

For his part, Deputy Chief of the Lao NA Office Khampheng Vilaphan vowed to do his utmost to foster and promote the special solidarity and friendship as well as comprehensive cooperation between the two nations. 

He expressed his wish to learn from experiences of the Vietnamese NA in enacting legislation and supervision as well as making decisions on important issues of the country.

Source: VNA/VOV

Source: QDND