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Kien An Cung Pagoda

In Uncategorized on May 23, 2010 at 5:18 pm

Kien An Cung Pagoda

QĐND – Sunday, May 23, 2010, 20:59 (GMT+7)

If on a tour to Sa Dec Town, don’t forget to pass by Kien An Cung Pagoda of Huynh Thuy Le’s family, which is related to the French novel “L’amant” (“The Lover”) by Marguerite Duras.

Located in Ward 2, Sa Dec Town, Dong Thap Province, the one thousand square meter Kien An Cung Pagoda was built between 1924 and 1927 by Huynh Thuan, Huynh Thuy Le’s father, and a group of Chinese people from Phuc Kien Province living in Sa Dec Town at that time.

Kien An Cung Pagoda worships Ong Quach Thanh Vuong Cong (Quach Aristocrat), whose hometown was Fujian Province. Quach Aristocrat helped Tong Thai To (King Song) mount punitive expeditions against a smaller nation Nam Duong (Southern Tang), one of the ten kingdoms in south-central China created following the Tang Dynasty from 937-975, and establish the Song Dynasty.

The pagoda, whose front faces the Cai Son River, was built as the shape of the Chinese word meaning merit  including three compartments of which the largest was used for the shrine. The roof was made meticulously with three layers, first tiles, second bricks and third more tiles. Most of the material used for building the pagoda was brought from Fujian Province.

Every year, the pagoda celebrates rituals on February 22 and August 22 of the lunar calendar. And every three years, Kien An Cung Pagoda sets up altars to celebrate requiems for the dead souls and pray for the peace of the country.

Inside the pagoda is an altar to worship Huynh Thuy Le and his wife. In April, 1990, Kien An Cung Pagoda was recognized as a national cultural and historical relic by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

If you want to take a trip to Sa Dec Town, 140 kilometers from HCMC, and visit places related to Huynh Thuy Le, a famous good landlord living there, or listen to his love story and life, you can book a one day tour at Dong Thap Tourist JSC at 178 Nguyen Hue Street, Ward 2, Cao Lanh City, Dong Thap Province, by calling 067 3855 638 or 067 3852 139, or by emailing

Source: VietNamNet/SGT


Source: QDND

Ha Long targets theatre crowd

In Uncategorized on May 23, 2010 at 5:17 pm

Ha Long targets theatre crowd

QĐND – Sunday, May 23, 2010, 20:59 (GMT+7)

Ha Long Bay offers an incredibly beautiful landscape naturally formed by thousands of islands and islets. Recently, Ha Long Bay’s management board have attempted to lure tourists through an experimental project that transforms caves into natural theatres.

Dau Go Cave doesn’t just attract tourists because of its hundreds of stalactites that are all from the ceiling like a waterfall, but it also draws many for fashion and musical shows.

Dau Go Cave was the venue of a music concert for the first time in 2005. Until now it witnessed a variety of small performances on a mobile stage which is removed at the end of a show.

The cave acted as an opera house during the Ha Long carnival that took place early this month with various performances of music, orchestra, fashion and dance.

Tourists and members of the Most Beautiful Bays of the World Club enjoyed the event and highly appreciated the venue, according to Ngo Van Hung, chief of Ha Long Bay’s management board.

Developing the cave into a permanent performance space would be a good idea for Ha Long tourism, Hung says.

“Because Ha Long Bay is the World Natural Heritage Site, all projects relating to the bay need to be approved by the Quang Ninh Provincial People’s Committee and Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism,” he says.

After experimenting, the management board found that space in the cave is suitable to holding concerts. The shape of the cavern allows for good acoustics, while being spacious enough for a stage and audience seating.

The exterior is a vaulted space full of natural light. This can be a venue for daytime events.

Hung expects that the theatre in Dau Go Cave could serve tourists every weekend with various kinds of performing arts such as tuong (classical drama), cheo (traditional opera) and ca tru (ceremonial singing).

“We intend to build a wooden stage and seats for about 200 people and set up light and sound equipment, it won’t be a modern theatre,” Hung says.

“We’ll make sure that the beauty of the cave and the surrounding environment will be protected.

These activities won’t affect the cave and the stalactites. The performances will help foreign tourists understand more about Vietnamese culture.”

Apart from Dau Go Cave, Ha Long Bay’s management board has set up a wooden stage in Trong (Drum) Cave. This is the venue for Quang Ninh Province’s cheo troupe performances on special occasions.

The inside of the cave is so wide and light that the management board doesn’t have to set up lighting. The natural theatre is illuminated thanks to candles.

The Most Beautiful Bays of the World Club has recently organised a meeting and admitted new members in the cave. With the support of tourists, public opinion and authorities, the management board will continue to experiment.

Source: VietnamNet/VNS


Source: QDND

U17 National Basketball Tournament kicks off

In Uncategorized on May 23, 2010 at 5:17 pm

U17 National Basketball Tournament kicks off

QĐND – Sunday, May 23, 2010, 20:58 (GMT+7)

The U17 National Basketball Tournament for Cool Air Cup 2010 has been launched by the Vietnam Basketball Federation, in cooperation with the Thanh Nien newspaper, and the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union School with the participation of 60 male and female teams.

Qualifying rounds will be held from May 20th to 28th in three regions. Other rounds will be held in Hanoi, Khanh Hoa, and Ho Chi Minh City to choose best teams from the three regions on June the 1st to the 25th.

The final round will take place in Hanoi from July 12th to 17th with prizes worth of up to 100 million VND.

Potential players will be selected during the tournament for the national basketball team to take part in the ASEAN Basketball Championships in Myanmar in August.

Source: HNM

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

An elderly woman offers land for charity

In Uncategorized on May 23, 2010 at 5:17 pm

An elderly woman offers land for charity

QĐND – Sunday, May 23, 2010, 20:58 (GMT+7)

Nguyen Thi Xe, an elderly lady living in Phu Lam town, Tuy Hoa city, has decided to donate  land with an area of nearly 200 square meters for charity purpose.

The 97 year old woman and his husband, an former soldier who died  a decade ago, wished to sell their house to raise money for AO victims, orphans, and needy people.

A local newspaper in the city will help her to fulfill her late husband’s wishes.

Another kind-hearted elderly, Nguyen Hoang Duyen, in Gia Nghia town, Dak Nong province, has donated a 3,600 square meter piece of land for the construction of a kindergarten. His land costs about 2 billion VND.

Offering property for charitable purposes has becom a common practice among the better-off elderly.

Source: LD and TT

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

Rare illnesses attack people in broiling weather

In Uncategorized on May 23, 2010 at 5:17 pm

Rare illnesses attack people in broiling weather

QĐND – Sunday, May 23, 2010, 20:58 (GMT+7)

Several strange dangerous diseases have attacked people, adding the list of diseases like influenza, dengue fever, diarrhea in the scorching hot weather in the country. 

Nguyen Trung Cap,  a doctor of the National Hospital of Tropical Diseases in Hanoi, said there had three pregnant women suffered from a rare pneumonia.

The pregnant patients from the northern locals of Hanoi, Hai Duong and Hai Phong have been taken to the hospital in serious conditions, breathing failure, damaged lung and low blood pressure. They must use breathing machines. Doctors couldn’t find out the cause despite conducting many tests.

Doctors have quarantined three patients and provided intensive treatment. Their efforts have been rewarded when three patients have been in stable condition.

Moreover, 22 year old Nguyen Thi My Linh who had 34 week pregnant gave birth of a baby weighing 1.7kg. The baby is being raised in a neonatal intensive care unit at the National Children Hospital.

Meantime, hospitals in Hanoi have received a large quantity of patients suffering viral fever. In some cases all family members have the illness.

Around 2,000 toddlers see doctors at the National Children Hospital daily, an increase of 700 from the number on previous days. Hospitals Saint Paul, Bach Mai, Army no.103 have also seen a soar of patients recently.

Nguyen Hong Ha, deputy head of the National Hospital of Tropical Diseases said the hospital had seen admission of some patients who had contracted the streptococcus, commonly found in pigs, due to having eaten undercooked pork products made from diseased swine.  So far 22 cases have been rushed to the hospital.

Medical experts warned the increase of rare diseases due to sweltering weather and polluted environment. Parents should take children to medical facilities as flu H5N1, H1N1, dengue fever and meningitis have the same symptoms

Source: VietnamNet/Sai Gon Giai Phong


Source: QDND

Curbing inflation and ensuring social welfare needed

In Uncategorized on May 23, 2010 at 5:16 pm

Curbing inflation and ensuring social welfare needed

QĐND – Sunday, May 23, 2010, 20:58 (GMT+7)

Controlling inflation and ensuring social welfare were top issues in focus in a group discussion at the ongoing seventh session of the 12th National Assembly in Hanoi on May 22.

NA deputies discussed an appraisal report on socio-economic tasks and the State budget in 2009; plans for socio-economic development and the State budget in the first quarter of this year; and the final accounts for the 2008 budget.

Thanks to joint efforts by the Party, State and people under NA supervision, Vietnam has overcome challenges to halt the economic slowdown, curb inflation, ensure social welfare, and maintain a relatively high economic growth rate.

The economic growth rate reached 5.32 percent in 2009, higher than the NA target of 5.2 percent. Vietnam’s economy has seen positive changes in the past few months with an economic growth rate of 5.83 percent, nearly double the rate recorded in the first quarter of last year.

Reducing trade deficit and State budget overspending

The above mentioned growth figures demonstrate the efforts made by the entire political system to cope with challenges and create confidence for people throughout the country.

However, NA deputies expressed concern over the threat of high inflation, which will affect the macro economy and sustainable development, especially when the competitiveness of the national economy remains weak.

NA deputy Nguyen Van Nhuong from Quang Binh shared his views that top priority should be given to major solutions for stabilizing the macro economy and controlling inflation to help the national economy rebound.

Mr Nhuong noticed with deep concern that State budget overspending in 2009 was nearly VND116,000 billion, accounting for 6.9 percent of  GDP, and the trade deficit was  high, equivalent to 21.6 percent of export turnover.

Mr Nhuong said that the Government should pinpoint the cause of this high trade deficit to reduce budget overspending to 6 percent this year.

In addition, the Government needs to introduce sanctions on limited imports of foreign electronic components and imported cars.

NA deputy Nguyen Thi Bach Mai from Tay Ninh said that the NA should work out effective solutions to adjust consumer price index to a lower level to ensure people’s livelihoods.

Poverty reduction and environmental protection

A Government report submitted to the NA indicated that eight targets have not been reached, focusing on social affairs and the environment. It is worth noting that the number of operational industrial parks and export processing zones that have standard waste water treatment systems is only 50 percent, lower than the 2008 figure of 60 percent.

A NA representative from Dak Nong, Bui Thi Hoa, said it is important to ensure the living environment for the people. However, the loose management of waste treatment in foreign companies and enterprises has caused huge losses of natural resources and human lives. The Government should clarify the responsibility of environmental management agencies to deal with environment-related issues properly.

NA Deputy Nguyen Thi Bach Mai asked the NA to review some social targets such as job creation and reducing the number of poor households and malnourished children.

NA Deputy Ngo Van Minh from Quang Nam said the Government should review the implementation of key national programmes for poverty reduction and tackle difficulties in this issue in the near future.

Source: VOV


Source: QDND

President concludes his visit to Finland

In Uncategorized on May 23, 2010 at 5:16 pm

President concludes his visit to Finland

QĐND – Sunday, May 23, 2010, 20:58 (GMT+7)

As 2010 ASEAN Chair, Vietnam is ready to act as a bridge to Finland’s cooperation with Southeast Asia, said President Nguyen Minh Triet.

At 4 pm (Hanoi time) on May 22, State President Nguyen Minh Triet left Helsinki for Hanoi, successfully concluding his State visit to Finland. Prior to his departure, Mr Triet met with Finnish Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen.

At the meeting, President Triet expressed his delight at visiting Finland and thanked the Finnish Government and people for their support in Vietnam’s past struggle for national liberation and its current process of national construction.

Revealing the outcome of his talks with Finnish President Tarja Halonen, Mr Triet said that Vietnam will implement the agreements reached and work hand in hand with Finland to raise two-way trade turnover and Finland’s investment in Vietnam to US$1 billion, each in the next few years.

Vietnam pledges to create the best possible conditions for Finnish businesses to invest in fields where they boast strengths such as information technology, ship building and the wood and paper industries.

PM Matti Vanhanen praised Vietnam’s significant achievements in the Doi Moi (Renovation) and international integration process during which it has maintained a high economic growth rate even through the global financial downturn.

The Finnish PM affirmed that Finland highlights Vietnam’s status and role in Europe, Asia and in the world, and hopes to promote its comprehensive cooperation with Vietnam, particularly in economics, trade and investment, with the aim of raising bilateral cooperation in these fields on a par with their fine political relationship.

Mr Matti hopes that Vietnam will successfully perform its role of ASEAN Chair while affirming that Finland will continue to support Vietnam in enhancing its cooperation with the EU.

Earlier, President Triet received the Chairman of the Communist Party of Finland (CPF) Yrjo Hakanen. Mr Triet congratulated the Party on its successful organisation of the Party congress and said Vietnam is always grateful for the valuable support and assistance given by Finnish communists.

Mr Hakanen praised the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) for leading the people to major victories for the Vietnamese nation and the world.

The CPF attaches great importance to expanding international relations including sharing experiences and consolidating solidarity within the CPV.

The same day, Mr Triet received leaders from some Finnish companies.

Vietnam opens its doors to welcome Finnish businesses who want to cooperate with the country in the spirit of mutual benefit, said Mr Triet

Finnish business leaders regard Vietnam as one of the most attractive markets in Asia and they hope their businesses will cooperate successfully in Vietnam.

Source: VOV


Source: QDND

State President Triet meets Vietnamese community in Finland

In Uncategorized on May 23, 2010 at 5:16 pm

State President Triet meets Vietnamese community in Finland

QĐND – Sunday, May 23, 2010, 21:0 (GMT+7)

On the night of May 21 (Hanoi time), State President Nguyen Minh Triet met with representatives of the Vietnamese community in Finland.

At the meeting, Chairwoman of the Overseas Vietnamese Association in Finland, Nga Nguyen said that nearly 5,000 overseas Vietnamese are living in Finland, including more than 500 pupils and students studying there.

The Finnish Government appreciates the overseas Vietnamese community for their hardworking spirit and adherence to the law. Many Vietnamese young people have succeed in life and business by holding important positions in major Finnish firms or running Vietnamese restaurants.

Mr Triet praised the overseas Vietnamese for their efforts to unite and integrate into the community in their country of residence.

“I hope that Vietnamese nationals will always uphold their national traditions to make positive contributions to Finland and to their homeland as well. The Vietnamese Embassy should help overseas Vietnamese to preserve their cultural identity by keeping their mother tongue.”, Mr Triet emphasised.

The State leader also informed the overseas Vietnamese community of the outcome of his visit, in which Finland pledged to continue to create the best possible conditions for overseas Vietnamese to live and do business.

At the meeting with staff from the Vietnamese Embassy in Finland, Mr Triet called on the embassy to perform its role as a centre to enhance solidarity among overseas Vietnamese and create favourable conditions for them to make contributions to their homeland.

Earlier, Mr Triet visited a forest farm to learn more about forestry economic development and wood harvesting. Forestry is the second biggest industrial sector in Finland. For Finnish people, afforestation is not only about job creation but also part of their culture and a hobby for many Finnish people to speed up socio-economic development and protect the environment.

Source: CPV/VOV

Source: QDND

Vietnam actively takes part in biodiversity preservation

In Uncategorized on May 23, 2010 at 5:15 pm

Vietnam actively takes part in biodiversity preservation

QĐND – Sunday, May 23, 2010, 21:0 (GMT+7)

An international seminar on preserving forest biodiversity is being held in Ba Vi, Hanoi on May 21-22, as part of activities in the UN International Year for Biodiversity 2010.

The discussion focused on the situation, role and challenges of forest biodiversity in Vietnam, as well as a new financial mechanism for forest biodiversity, including reimbursement for biodiversity.

Sharing experiences in sustainable preservation of forests in Vietnam are on the agenda at the seminar.

Vietnam ranks 16th in the world in terms of biodiversity but the country has seen its biodiversity and ecological systems, especially in tropical forests, degrade seriously in the recent past due to different causes, including population increase, pollution and climate change.

The country’s primeval forests, home to many rare and precious animal and plant species, have shrunk in both acreage and quality, leading to the decrease in number of species living there.

Hua Duc Nhi, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development said that over the past years, the forestry sector has exerted great efforts to preserve biodiversity. A preservation fund was established and two decrees were issued to regulate the management of special purpose forests and payments for environmental services.

With assistance from the international community, Vietnam has established 2.2 million ha of special purpose forests including 160 forests representing the most important inland, wetland and sea ecologies. As a result, a large part of primeval forests and many animal and plant species have been protected.

Juergen Hess, Co-Chairman of the Forest Sector Support Partnership (FSSP) said that the seminar was an FSSP initiative to prove its commitment and contributions to global efforts in biodiversity preservation, particularly those in Vietnam.

The same day, over 300 students of the Doan Thi Diem primary school in Hanoi planted trees for the Green Wave programme and the UN International Year for Biodiversity.

The Green Wave programme, launched by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) Secretariat, aims to provide knowledge and skills to young people in Vietnam and around the world about the role of biodiversity today and in the future.

Source: CPV/VOV

Source: QDND

Parching southern region sees rains

In Uncategorized on May 23, 2010 at 9:25 am

The southern region May 22 was covered with rains on wide areas, easing the prolonged sweltering weather in Ho Chi Minh City and Mekong Delta provinces like An Giang, Dong Thap, Ben Tre, Vinh Long and Can Tho City.

Ho Chi Minh City sees rains after hosts of boiling days on May 22 (Photo: Thanh Nien)

However, the heavy rains made thousands of salt fields in the delta’s coastal areas melt away.

The National Center for Hydro – Meteorological Forecasting said that a weak cold front would overflow and cool northern Vietnam down on May 23.

Highest temperatures would slide to around 30 Celsius degrees.

The cold front, coming in the end of the hot season, would cause thunderstorms and whirlwinds, the centre deputy director Le Thanh Hai said.

The cold front is also forecast to further push a low pressure ridge in the northern region to the southern region.

As a result, central and southern provinces would continue suffering scorching weather with temperatures hovering around 38-40 degrees in the next few days, Mr.Hai said.

Source: SGGP