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More tourists visit Ninh Binh

In Uncategorized on July 23, 2010 at 3:19 pm




More tourists visit Ninh Binh


QĐND – Friday, July 23, 2010, 20:42 (GMT+7)

From the beginning of this year, Ninh Binh Province welcomed 2.6 million tourists, doubling the number of the same period last year.


Nearly 1 million travelers visited the Tam Coc – Bich Dong tourist area while others came to Bai Dinh, Trang An and Van Long tourist sites, the Cuc Phuong National Park and the Phat Diem Stone Church. The number of foreign visitors reached 500,000; up by 20% compared to the figure from last year.


The province’s tourism sector earned more than VND 372 billion, completing the target of this year.


According to Nguyen Ngoc Luyen, Deputy Director of the Provincial Culture, Sports and Tourism Department, the Province has attracted investment to upgrade infrastructures for local famous tourist sites, and has focused on upgrading tourism facilities, providing training to tourism personnel and preserving traditional cultural identities to attract more tourists.


Source: Vietnam+


Translated by Duy Minh


Source: QDND

Direct flights between Vietnam and Poland to be launched

In Uncategorized on July 23, 2010 at 3:19 pm




Direct flights between Vietnam and Poland to be launched


QĐND – Friday, July 23, 2010, 20:42 (GMT+7)

LOT, Polish Airlines, have been allowed to launch direct flights between Poland and Vietnam, said Vo Huy Cuong, Head of the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam’s Air Transport Department.


There has been, so far, no direct flights between Vietnam and Poland despite a bilateral aviation agreement signed a decade ago.


LOT Polish Airlines plans to launch a non-stop route from Warsaw to Hanoi to meet the increasing demand of passengers of the two countries. The Vietnam’s Air Transport Department agreed to provide a license for the flights from November 2010.


There will be three flights every week, and previously, passengers from Poland had to transit in Moscow, Paris or Frankfurt before reaching Vietnam.


Source: NLD


Translated by Duy Minh


Source: QDND

Entertainments offer opportunity for investors

In Uncategorized on July 23, 2010 at 3:18 pm




Entertainments offer opportunity for investors


QĐND – Friday, July 23, 2010, 20:40 (GMT+7)

Vietnam is an attractive destination for investors involved in the entertainment business, said the Executive Producer of KB Creative Advisors, Steven Ryan.


The growth in the recreation business is attributable to the stable economy, an overwhelmingly young population and an increase in people’s purchasing power, he added.


The Deputy Head of the Vietnam Tourism Development Research Institute, Pham Trung Luong, said that there are good prospects for the development of recreational parks, which account for a large proportion of the tourism sector.


The Ministry of Planning and Investment reported that the amount of investment in entertainment has increased sharply, particularly in the south. A total of 121 entertainment FDI projects with a combined registered capital of 3.5 billion USD, were started in the first five months of this year, representing almost half of the country’s FDI, said the ministry.


Most of the projects are in the south of the country with 67 projects, the north has 30 and the remainder are in the central region. HCMCity, Hanoi, the southern coastal province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau and the central province of Khanh Hoa are the leaders with the highest number of FDI projects in this field.


Domestic businesses have gained some initial successes after investing in entertainment parks, namely the Dam Sen and SuoiTienParks in HCMCity, the water park in the central coastal city of Nha Trang and Bao Son paradise park in Hanoi.


Noteworthy amongst the many entertainment projects underway in the country is the 1 billion USD Vinh Loc township and theme park invested in by the C.T Group.


The Vice President of the Vietnam Real Estate Association, Tong Van Nga, predicts that the country’s entertainment sector will blossom in the next decade when recreational parks have a cultural and educational theme.


Despite the potential, Ryan pointed out the weaknesses and shortages that have made the country’s entertainment sector fail to meet customers’ demands, especially foreigners who want to enjoy deluxe entertainment and relaxation services.


However, he suggested that investors should expand their investment to include the development of adventure sports parks to add something different. Investors should also pay more attention to the consumers’ demands and incomes so their investments target the right market, he said.


Source: VNA
Photo: quehuongonline


Source: QDND

Floating bridge crossing the Duong River repaired

In Uncategorized on July 23, 2010 at 3:18 pm




Floating bridge crossing the Duong River repaired


QĐND – Friday, July 23, 2010, 20:42 (GMT+7)


PANO – Braving heavy rain, officers and soldiers of Unit H49, under the High Command of Military Engineering, repaired successfully the floating bridge cross the Duong River on July 22nd after 10 hours of heavy work.

The bridge was seriously damaged by a 550 tonne cargo ship early in the morning and as a result traffic flow was stopped.


Immediately after being informed of the accident, a group from the engineering unit was sent to fix the problem despite heavy rain and swift-flowing water.


“We have prepared for such accidents in advance so the unit could complete the tasks very soon, and the bridge was opened to traffic in the afternoon” said Major-General Pham Quang Xuan, Commander of the Military Engineering High Command.


The temporary floating bridge was built on June 10th cross Duong River to reduce the load of Duong Bridge, which is under restoration.


Translated by Duy Minh


Source: QDND

Child artists bring joy to wounded and sick soldiers

In Uncategorized on July 23, 2010 at 3:18 pm




Child artists bring joy to wounded and sick soldiers


QĐND – Friday, July 23, 2010, 20:42 (GMT+7)

PANO – 41 child artists from Hanoi Children’s Palace have recently visited wounded and sick soldiers in the Thuan Thanh War-Invalids Treatment and ConvalesceCenter in BacNinhProvince and Liem Can Seriously Wounded and Sick Soldiers Treatment and ConvalesceCenter in Ha Nam Province.


The young guests sung a number of songs praising the country, the sacrifice of soldiers in the war for national independence and salvation as well as childhood.


Their performance brought the war invalids back to their student-age, and partly relieved their physical pains and brightened their spiritual life.


Along with songs, the young artists also presented pictures painted by themselves to those who had devoted their youth for the country.


The visit is part of numerous significant activities towards the 63rd commemoration of War-Invalids and Martyrs’ Day on July 27th, and was a good opportunity for the younger generation to know more about the sacrifice of soldiers as well as to express their gratitude to them.


Translated by Mai Huong


Source: QDND

More activities launched for martyrs and wounded soldiers

In Uncategorized on July 23, 2010 at 3:18 pm




More activities launched for martyrs and wounded soldiers


QĐND – Friday, July 23, 2010, 20:42 (GMT+7)

PANO – A delegation of officers and doctors from the Logistics Department under the Vietnam People’s Army Political General Department have visited and presented gifts to Vietnamese heroic mothers and social beneficiaries in Thang Binh District in Quang Nam Province on the occasion of the 63rd anniversary of War Invalids and Martyrs’ Day (July 27th).


Each gifts worth 1,800,000 VND was presented to Vietnamese heroic mothers and their families. In addition, military doctors of the delegation cooperated with local doctors to provide free check-ups and medicines to nearly 200 residents.


The Air Force and Air Defence Service sent groups to visit and present gifts to three recuperation centres for wounded and sick soldiers in Ninh Binh, Bac Ninh and Ha Nam Provinces. These groups also visited and gave gifts to Vietnamese heroic mothers and social beneficiaries in the areas.


On this occasion, the Service completed the construction of 2 houses and presented them to families of a martyr and a wounded soldier in Chiem Hoa District in Tuyen Quang Province.


Also, two houses of gratitude have been presented to families of two martyrs in Hai Phong City.  These houses were built by Company 789 of the General Staff and the Hai Phong City’s Military Command.


Translated by Duy Minh


Source: QDND

Various activities to be launched for AO victims

In Uncategorized on July 23, 2010 at 3:18 pm




Various activities to be launched for AO victims


QĐND – Friday, July 23, 2010, 20:42 (GMT+7)

PANO – Marking the Day for Agent Orange Victims (August 10th), the Vietnam Association for the Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin (VAVA) on July 22nd held a press conference to review its operations and launch a month of action to support AO victims.


The event aims to provide information on AO’s harmful effects on humans and the environment and the long-term consequences on Vietnamese people.


The VAVA President, Nguyen Van Rinh, reported that its branches nationwide have raised a large amount of money for the victims and the Association will carry out other programs such as building houses, presenting scholarships and creating jobs for AO victims.


The VAVA also called on people and organisations worldwide to support Vietnamese AO victims in the struggle for justice and to secure their legitimate rights.


The Association is planning to introduce a new care-taking model to health centers for AO victims.


Translated by Duy Minh


Source: QDND

PM Dung welcomes US Secretary of State

In Uncategorized on July 23, 2010 at 3:17 pm




PM Dung welcomes US Secretary of State


QĐND – Friday, July 23, 2010, 20:40 (GMT+7)

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung received US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is on a Vietnam visit to attend ASEAN meetings, in Hanoi on July 22.


The Government leader welcomed Hillary Clinton’s visit on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the two countries’ diplomatic ties and highly valued the results of her talks with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem, which discussed ways to boost bilateral relations, in both width and depth, in the fields of economics, trade, investment, education and training, and responses to climate change and rising sea levels.


PM Dung spoke highly of the US Secretary of State’s visit to attend the ASEAN Regional Forum, saying he believed that the contributions of the US and ASEAN countries’ efforts will help ensure regional security.


He also expressed thanks for the US government’s support for Vietnam in HIV/AIDS prevention.


The PM then suggested the US not impose trade barriers such as anti-dumping and anti-subsidy taxes on Vietnamese goods, assist AO/dioxin victims and help the country deal with climate change.


For her part, Hillary Clinton affirmed that President Obama had committed to raising the US-Vietnam relationship to a higher level of cooperation and dialogue with the focus on cooperation in economics, trade, investment, health, and climate change response.


She added that in late October this year, she will arrive in Hanoi to attend the East Asia Summit (EAS) and prepare for President Obama’s Vietnam visit in 2011.


Regarding the EastSea issue, the US Secretary of State said that countries should work together to ensure peace and maritime security under the international law. She expressed the support of the US for regional countries seeking a long-term solution for this issue, firstly abiding by the Joint Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC).


At the reception, both host and guest agreed that the two sides should strive together to elevate their relationship to a new level of development in the spirit of equality, mutual respect and mutual benefit. All problems should be addressed through cooperation and dialogue.


Source: Vietnam+


Source: QDND

Scholarships, initiatives strengthen New Zealand-ASEAN ties

In Uncategorized on July 23, 2010 at 3:17 pm




Scholarships, initiatives strengthen New Zealand-ASEAN ties


QĐND – Friday, July 23, 2010, 20:40 (GMT+7)

New Zealand’s Foreign Minister Murray McCully has announced the country’s biggest scholarship scheme to provide 100 new education scholarships, bringing the total up to 170 each year for developing ASEAN countries.


The scheme is aimed at helping ASEAN countries develop emerging leaders and strengthening their civil service capabilities, Foreign Minister Murray McCully said in a media release on July 22.


It will be the biggest scholarship scheme involving New Zealand since the Colombo Plan began in 1951 and is one of four initiatives that will help New Zealand strengthen its relationship with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), he said.


“ASEAN has ambitious development plans over the next five years, and New Zealand, as a key regional partner, will offer its support by providing expertise in a number of areas,” said McCully, who is in Hanoi to attend the ASEAN-New Zealand Post Ministerial Conference, the ASEAN Regional Forum, East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers’ consultations, and the South West Pacific Dialogue meeting.


According to the minister, the other initiatives include a Young Business Leaders Exchange Programme, which will seek to develop a new generation of business relationships in the region to underpin the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA) which came into force this year. New Zealand will also launch programmes within ASEAN that cover agricultural development and disaster risk management, both areas where New Zealand expertise complements the needs of ASEAN member states.


The growing strength and significance of New Zealand’s relationship with ASEAN is being matched by a dynamic increase in trade. ASEAN is now New Zealand’s third-largest trading partner, with two-way trade worth around 10 billion NZD last year.


This year marks 35 years of Dialogue Partnership between New Zealand and ASEAN, which comprises Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Brazil boosts ties with Vietnam: President

In Uncategorized on July 23, 2010 at 3:17 pm




Brazil boosts ties with Vietnam: President


QĐND – Friday, July 23, 2010, 20:40 (GMT+7)

Brazil will continue to build on the good relationship that exists between the Brazilian and Vietnamese Governments and peoples, especially in economic cooperation, says Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.


President da Silva stated this while receiving the incoming Vietnamese Ambassador, Duong Nguyen Tuong, who has recently taken up the post.


The President highlighted Vietnam’s outstanding achievements in economics, culture and society in recent times.


He asked the Vietnamese diplomat to convey his best regards to President Nguyen Minh Triet and invite him to visit Brazil at the end of October or early November.


Ambassador Tuong conveyed President Triet’s best wishes to President da Silva.


Vietnam always attaches a great deal of importance to relations with Brazil and is eager to develop cooperation with the country, particularly in trade, science-technology, agriculture and education, said the diplomat.


He added that he hopes he will receive support from President da Silva and the Government and people of Brazil during his term of office.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND