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Hanoi unveils electric coach tours of old quarter

In Uncategorized on July 17, 2010 at 4:52 pm

Hanoi unveils electric coach tours of old quarter

QĐND – Saturday, July 17, 2010, 20:48 (GMT+7)

Hanoi tourism authorities have launched two new tours of the 1,000-year-old old quarter, home to 36 old streets named after guilds, by electric vehicles.

Coaches, begin rolling along Hanoi’s old quarter Saturday, is a brainchild of the Hoan Kiem District People’s Committee and Dong Xuan Joint Stock Company.

They will use 20 battery-powered coaches, each of which can carry 12 passengers, on two routes around the old quarter.

One will take people around Hoan Kiem Lake, or the Lake of the Returned Sword, and the other to some of the guild streets, food courts, and historical relics.

They will leave at 20-minute intervals from 8:30am to 11pm every day.

A ride costs from VND10,000 (53 US cents) to VND30,000.

The old quarter, situated near the equally historic Hoan Kiem Lake, was created in the 11th century, when the 100-hectare area was home to 36 guilds, each of which gave its name to a street. Thus, there is a Hang Bac Street which was once home to silversmiths and a Hang Mam Street named for fish sauce.

There are 4,000 houses here, a fourth of which are more than 100 years old.

Source: tuoitrenews

Source: QDND

Sun Herald Magazine to promote Vietnamese tourism

In Uncategorized on July 17, 2010 at 4:52 pm

Sun Herald Magazine to promote Vietnamese tourism

QĐND – Saturday, July 17, 2010, 20:50 (GMT+7)

The Danang Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism in conjunction with the National Flag Carrier, Vietnam Airlines, and the Furama Resort will welcome a delegation of reporters from the Sun Herald Magazine of Sydney, Australia.

During their stay in Danang, from July 16th to 20th, the visitors will visit a number of famous spots such as the Son Tra Peninsula, the Ngu Hanh Son, Cham Museum and other resorts, hotels, restaurants and tourism agencies.

After this fact-finding trip, the reporters will write articles introducing the sceneries of Danang to Australian people.

The Australian reporters’ trip to Danang is part of the strategy to publicize the image of Danang in key markets all over the world in 2010.

This September, two road shows introducing Danang Tourism will be conducted in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan with support from Vietnam Airlines.

Source: HNM

Translated by Mai Huong

Source: QDND

Exhibition remembers Party Secretary General Nguyen Van Linh

In Uncategorized on July 17, 2010 at 4:52 pm

Exhibition remembers Party Secretary General Nguyen Van Linh

QĐND – Friday, July 16, 2010, 21:22 (GMT+7)

An exhibition on late Party Secretary General Nguyen Van Linh is being held at the Ho Chi Minh City Exhibition House from now until July 20 to celebrate his 95th birthday (July 1, 1915-2010).

The display titled “Nguyen Van Linh- virtuous and creative communist” introduces to viewers 90 photos and many important documents about late Party Secretary General Nguyen Van Linh during wartime and the renewal process.

Revolutionary soldier Nguyen Van Linh was one of late Present Ho Chi Minh’s most excellent students.

The Vietnamese people, the Party, armed forces, as well as international friends considered the late Party Secretary to be a prestigious leader.

The late Party Secretary General whose real name was Nguyen Van Cuc (or Muoi Cuc) was born in the northern province of Hung Yen. He lived and worked in the all three Vietnamese regions: North, Central and South.

He spent half of his life living and working in the South.

He was elected General Secretary at the Sixth National Party Congress in December 1986.

“Pictures of the late Party Secretary General Nguyen Van Linh bring me back memories of him. He always took care of comrades in the work and living,” said the former head of the HCM City board for Vietnamese of Chinese origin affairs, Nghi Doan.

“The display gives a comprehensive view of the late Party Secretary General and a chance for young people to gain a deep knowledge of history and revolutionary soldiers,” said Ha My, 22, in District 8.

The exhibition was co-organized by the HCMC Department of Culture, Sport and Tourism and the HCMC Museum.

Source: SGGP

Source: QDND

Photos on Hanoi, Belgium’s cities spotlighted

In Uncategorized on July 17, 2010 at 4:51 pm

Photos on Hanoi, Belgium’s cities spotlighted

QĐND – Saturday, July 17, 2010, 20:48 (GMT+7)

A photo exhibition on Hanoi and Belgium’s cities opened in Hanoi on July 16.

The event, organised by the Vietnam-Belgium Friendship Association, is to mark the 179th anniversary of Belgium’s National Day (July 21) and the 1,000th birthday of Thang Long-Hanoi.

Prominent among the guests at the event were Belgium Deputy Ambassador Patrick de Bouck, vice chairman of the Vietnam-Belgium Friendship Association Pham Manh Con, vice chairwoman of the Union of Friendship Organisations Vu Thi Hai and representatives of relevant ministries and agencies.

On the occasion, Vietnamese representatives extended their congratulations to Belgium on its 179th National Day. The two sides reviewed fine relations between the two countries over the past 40 years.

Vice chairman Con stressed the continuing development of bilateral ties, adding that in 2007-2010, Belgium has planned to provide 32 million EUR in official development assistance with priorities given to human resources development, water management and environmental protection.

Currently, Belgium is the fourth largest importer of Vietnamese goods in the European Union and ranks fifth among Vietnam’s exporters, he said.

Vice chairwoman Hai stressed that the meaningful event contributes to boosting cultural exchange and understanding between the two countries’ peoples.

For his part, Deputy Ambassador Patrick de Bouck said Vietnam and Belgium need to increase their exchanges on culture and education to bolster friendship and cooperation between the two nations.

The event will run until July 18.

Source: VNA

Photo: HNM

Source: QDND

Japanese film on war in Vietnam to be screened

In Uncategorized on July 17, 2010 at 4:51 pm

Japanese film on war in Vietnam to be screened

QĐND – Saturday, July 17, 2010, 20:48 (GMT+7)

Vietnam Television (VTV) will screen colour films made by Japanese cameramen in northern Vietnam during the US-resistance war.

The copyright to use 1,510 items of short documentary films, equivalent to over 6,000 minutes, on northern Vietnam from 1964 to 1981 was transferred to VTV last February by Japanese television Nihon Denpa News (NDN).

The films include a DVD on President Ho Chi Minh with children on June 1, 1969 and his funeral ceremony.

From these historic resources, VTV plans to make a documentary film and launch a special programme to broadcast all 1,510 short reports.

NDN was the first foreign TV crew to cover the US war in Vietnam with vision from the North, commencing from December 1964, said VTV journalist Xuan Tung, who took part in discussions on transfer of the documents over the past four years.

NDN’s images of US troops in northern Vietnam were reproduced by US and European agencies after broadcast in Japan, partially leading to an eruption of anti-war movements around the world.

The war ended 35 years ago, but the affinity with Vietnam and the Vietnamese people’s just resistance war is still present in all corners of the NDN headquarters, Tung said. They treasure portraits of militia with square stars on hats, anti-aircraft artillerymen and images of Hanoi’s young women in uniform.

Xuan Tung praised the success of the agreement, saying NDN film makers accurately depicted the indomitable spirit of those who went into the battle at that time.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Valuable musical documents presented to the Musicology Institute

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Valuable musical documents presented to the Musicology Institute

QĐND – Saturday, July 17, 2010, 20:50 (GMT+7)

PANO – On July 16th, the Musicology Institute under the Vietnam National Academy of Music received precious objects related to trational music, presented by Prof. Dr. Tran Quang Hai, a member of the International Council of Traditional Music.

These objects include 10 books, 5 CDs, and 5 DVDs, carefully selected from the valuable collection belonging to Prof. Dr. Tran Quang Hai family. These objects include New Grove’s dictionary of music and musicians (London, 1980), Dictionary of New Grove’s Musicial Instruments (London, 1984) and Asian Music Magazine. 

Prof. Dr. Tran Quang Hai hoped that his present would partly equip those studying music with basic knowledge about traditional music genres from different countries in the world, which will be very useful for their further study.

Translated by Mai Huong

Source: QDND

Bun thang, another of Hanoi’s gastronomic delights

In Uncategorized on July 17, 2010 at 4:51 pm

Bun thang, another of Hanoi’s gastronomic delights

QĐND – Saturday, July 17, 2010, 20:48 (GMT+7)

Hanoi has a long-established reputation as a land of good food with a collection of specialties like bun cha (vermicelli and grilled chopped meat), pho (beef noodle soup), and bun oc (snail noodle soup).

But the charming 1000-year-old city has more than just a few noodle soups to offer gastronomes.

Generations of Hanoian women have been passing down the secret of making an elaborate noodle soup called bun thang (mixed soft noodle soup) to their family members.

Bun thang is known for its sweet, light taste derived from pork bone stock and a mix of toppings made from fried eggs, pork, chicken, mushroom, and others.

Making the soup is a painstaking process requiring the use of more than a dozen ingredients including chicken meat, pig bones and meat, eggs, dried shrimp, lean pork paste, shrimp paste, onion, mushroom, and belostomatid essence.

Bun thang broth, the basic ingredient to create the distinct sweet and light taste of the dish, is made by boiling a mix of chicken, dried prawns, and pig bones. Grilled onions and gingers are added to this stock to add flavor.

The result is a clear, sweet broth that does not have the unpleasant odor of pig bones.

But to achieve this, one must stay near the boiling pot to remove all impurities created during the process. The broth should remain on boil right up to the time of serving.

The making of bun thang toppings is also a time-consuming process. Fried eggs are sliced into strips while boiled chicken meat is shredded and sliced pork pie is cut into thin strips.

Soft noodle is placed in a bowl before the remaining space is filled with the toppings including egg strips, shredded chicken meat and skin, sliced pork pie, mushrooms, fluffy shredded sea shrimp, and sliced salted radish.

The ingredients are not mixed together but arranged so that each of them occupies a corner of the bowl.

A touch of green in the form of coriander and parsley is added after the boiling hot broth is poured into the bowl.

But the broth and the toppings alone are not enough to conjure up the mouth-watering taste of bun thang — a little shrimp paste and belostomatid essence extracted from a kind of beetle are needed to spice it up.

But because of the hard work required to make it, bun thang only appears on the dining table on some special occasions.

The noodle soup is often served on the fourth and fifth days of Tet, the Lunar New Year, when people have grown tired of sumptuous, high-calorie dishes like banh chung (square glutinous rice cake), spring rolls, and pork pie.

Source: tuoitrenews

Source: QDND

Aquatic Asia 2011 introduced in HCM City

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Aquatic Asia 2011 introduced in HCM City

QĐND – Saturday, July 17, 2010, 20:48 (GMT+7)

An international exhibition on aquaculture in Asia, Aquatic Asia 2011, will take place in Bangkok, Thailand, from March 9-11, said a press briefing held in HCM City on July 16.

Deputy head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade’s representative agency in HCM City Nguyen Thi Ngoc Trang said Aquatic Asia 2011 is a trade promotion activity in the Asia-Pacific and a bridge linking seafood processors, distributors and consumers in the region.

“The exhibition will be a good opportunity for Vietnamese businesses to not only access new production methods and the latest equipment and facilities for aquaculture but also to learn from other’s experiences and promote Vietnam’s seafood products in the region”, she added.

General Manager of Thailand’s N.C.C. Exhibition Organiser Co., Ltd. (NEO) Ladda Mongkolchaivivat said apart from trade promotion activities, the exhibition will focus on researching and marketing fish, molluscs, crustaceans and seaweed.

Symposiums on aquaculture development and activities to introduce the business strategies and products of participating businesses will also be held during the three-day exhibition.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Baby dies after getting five-in-one vaccine

In Uncategorized on July 17, 2010 at 4:50 pm

A three-month-old baby died on July 15 after receiving a five-in-one vaccine in the highlands province of Lam Dong.

Doctor Nguyen Huu Phuc, director of the provincial Preventive Medicine Center, called on July 16 for police investigation into the death.

The baby in Tan Lam Commune, Di Linh District was taken to the commune Medical Clinic by her parents on July 15 to be inoculated with the five-in-one vaccine. After the procedure, the parents kept her at the clinic for 30 minutes, as the doctor ordered.

Since she did not display worrisome symptoms, she was released from the clinic.  At home, the baby began having difficulty breathing and became pale. Her parents rushed her to the provincial General Hospital 2 in Bao Loc City, but the infant expired en route.

Immediately following the incident, the provincial Preventive Medicine Center withdrew stock of vaccines and needles from the clinic for further probe.

Source: SGGP

Biti’s grants 500 scholarships to ill-fated students in the Central provinces

In Uncategorized on July 17, 2010 at 4:50 pm

Biti’s grants 500 scholarships to ill-fated students in the Central provinces

QĐND – Saturday, July 17, 2010, 20:50 (GMT+7)

The Binh Tien Imex Corp., Pte. Ltd (Biti’s) presented scholarships to 500 needy students including 100 victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin, from five provinces of the Central Vietnam.

At the presentation ceremony held in Danang on July 16th, Mr. Duong Hung, deputy head of the Biti’s, said that along with promoting business, Biti’s has always paid attention to and considered charity activities as their responsibility to the community.

Each “Tender Care of Your Feet” scholarship is valued between VND 600,000 and VND 1.2 million.

Le Thi Hieu Thuong, a 7th grader from Ly Tu Trong Secondary School in Son Tra district, Danang city expressed her gratitude to the sponsor. She said the scholarship is a great encouragement for indigent students to overcome difficulties to obtaining good education.

Source: DDDN

Translated by Mai Huong

Source: QDND