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HCM City mulls expanding river tour to Mekong Delta, Cambodia

In Uncategorized on July 30, 2010 at 7:20 pm

HCM City mulls expanding river tour to Mekong Delta, Cambodia

QĐND – Friday, July 30, 2010, 20:57 (GMT+7)

The government of HCMC has assigned its tourism department to survey a river tour linking the city with the Mekong Delta and the neighboring country of Cambodia. Tour operators, while applauding the plan, say the more urgent task should be to develop a wharf in the city for tourist boats first.

Under the city government’s instruction, the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism will draft an action plan this year to develop the river tour taking tourists from HCMC to the Mekong Delta province of An Giang and Cambodia.

The department is responsible for planning river routes for tourists, and discussing details as such with relevant departments and tour operators before submitting the plan to the city’s government.

The city’s tourism department said it would launch surveys next month to find suitable routes for tourists and consider services needed for the city’s river tourism.

Earlier, the department ascertained huge potential in river tourism after making surveys on two short routes, with one starting from Bach Dang Wharf to the confluence of Nha Be, and from the wharf to Tau Hu Canal.

Asked to comment on the expanded river tourism, most tour operators told the Daily they supported the scheme, but decried the lack of a wharf for tourist boats. They called for quick development of such a wharf.

There are around 20 tourist boats, floating restaurants, and canoes operating at the Bach Dang Wharf in the city’s District 1. At the wharf, such boats can drop anchor at the end of Nguyen Hue Boulevard and the end of Hai Ba Trung Street to receive guests but cannot be moored there for a long time because space is limited.

Furthermore, as Bach Dang Wharf is not a tourist wharf so it lacks services for guests as well as places for tourist buses to drop by.

Chiem Thanh Long, director of Binh Quoi Tourist Village, told the Daily that Binh Quoi had canceled its plan to build a big floating restaurant due to the lack of a venue to anchor.

“There is no place for new tourist boats. I think that the most important activity for the river tourism development plan is to build a tourist wharf in the city,” he said.

Binh Quoi currently has six boats and canoes operating on the river section between Binh Quoi and Bach Dang Wharf.

The tourism department estimated foreign arrivals in the city this month at around 188,000, up 20% year-on-year but down around 12,000 compared to June as now is the low season of the inbound sector. Tourism revenue is expected at VND2.7 trillion this month, up 15% year-on-year, bringing the total in the January-July period to over VND21.2 trillion.

Source: VietNamNet/SGT

Source: QDND

HCM City bag nine golds, two silvers at Vovinam Open

In Uncategorized on July 30, 2010 at 7:20 pm

HCM City bag nine golds, two silvers at Vovinam Open

QĐND – Friday, July 30, 2010, 20:55 (GMT+7)

The HCM City team triumphed at the second Vovinam (traditional Vietnamese martial arts) Open which was wrapped up at Lanh Binh Thang gymnasium in HCM City on July 28.

The team won nine golds and two silvers. The runners-up went to People’s Police with three golds and one silver, and Lam Dong with two golds, three silvers and three bronzes.

Some foreign teams such as French Martial Arts Federation, traditional Russian Martial Arts Federation and French Martial Arts Association also won medals.

The four-day tournament attracted more than 200 martial artists from 21 nations and territories. They competed with 13 domestic teams for 38 sets of medals.

After the event, most of these martial artists will head to the central province of Binh Dinh to partake in the third international Vovinam Festival from August 1-4.

So far, more than 750 athletes and coaches of 70 teams from 30 different countries and territories have registered to join this event, together with 500 athletes and coaches from 30 martial arts teams from provinces and cities across Vietnam.

Source: VNS/VOVNews

Source: QDND

Nine Vietnamese shooters join world champs

In Uncategorized on July 30, 2010 at 7:20 pm

Nine Vietnamese shooters join world champs

QĐND – Friday, July 30, 2010, 20:57 (GMT+7)

The national shooting squad with nine members went to Munich, Germany to attend the World Shooting Championship from August 1-8.

The team includes: Nguyen Manh Tuong, Tran Hoang Vu, Nguyen Van Tung, Do Duc Hung, Dang Hong Ha, Nguyen Thi Le Quyen, Vu Thanh Hung, Nguyen Thi Xuan and Duong Anh Quan.

They will compete in both pistol and rifle categories.

It is a faint hope to win medals at the world tournament, but this is a good chance for Vietnamese shooters to gain experience to prepare for the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China later this year and seek a ticket to the Olympic 2012.

Source: VietnamNet

Source: QDND

Ministry bans online games, limits Internet access

In Uncategorized on July 30, 2010 at 7:19 pm

Ministry bans online games, limits Internet access

QĐND – Friday, July 30, 2010, 20:55 (GMT+7)

The Ministry of Information and Communications has decided to temporarily stop licensing online games, ban advertisements of online games, and cut off internet access to shops that offer free use of PCs from 11pm to 6am. 

Minister Le Doan Hop announced the decision at a meeting on July 28 with related departments, said Luu Vu Hai, director of the ministry’s Electronic Information and Broadcasting Department. 

The decision would be valid until the end of this year, by which time the ministry expected the Government to approve draft regulations on online games, Hai said. 

The crackdown on online games follows a public outcry about their negative influences on the youth. Local reports have blamed an increase in juvenile crime and school truancy on the influence of and addiction to online games. 

The country has 22 licensed gaming companies and 93 games, of which 18 companies with 76 games are operating now. 

A recent survey conducted by the Ministry of Education and Training showed 70 and 76 per cent of primary school children playing online games on weekdays in Hanoi and HCM City, respectively. During the weekends, 100 percent of the respondents said they played online games. 

Minister Hop also mentioned long-term solutions, saying the Government should work on laws to ensure information security and supervise information provided on the internet. 

He also said the ministry should cooperate with the Public Security Ministry to manage internet usage with electronic IDs. 

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

US$150 million for 9th Poverty Reduction programme

In Uncategorized on July 30, 2010 at 7:19 pm

US$150 million for 9th Poverty Reduction programme

QĐND – Friday, July 30, 2010, 20:55 (GMT+7)

The Governor of the State Bank of Vietnam (SBV), Nguyen Van Giau, and the World Bank (WB)’s Acting Country Director, Alain Barbu, signed an agreement and deals concerning the 9th Poverty Reduction Support Credit programme (PRSC 9) for Vietnam, worth US$150 million, in Hanoi on July 29.

This credit level shows the WB’s commitment to continuing to assist Vietnam’s economic development and campaign to reduce poverty.

The PRSC 9 officially started in November, 2009 and is the fourth programme in the five-year plan (PRSC 6-10) to support Vietnam carrying out its Socio-Economic Development Plan (SEDP) for the 2006-2010 period.  

The programme focuses on business development, social integration, the management of natural resources and instituting a modern national administration.

The amount of credit for the PRSC 9 has been provided with a loan term of 35 years. So far, the total amount of credit the WB has authorised Vietnam through the PRSC has reached US$1.475 billion.

As scheduled, nine bilateral and multilateral sponsors will take part in the PRSC 9 programme in form of preferential loans or non-refundable assistance.

This support will be incorporated in the state budget and used to realise national targets, including alleviating hunger, reducing poverty and promoting economic growth.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Dak Lak develops protective and production forest

In Uncategorized on July 30, 2010 at 7:19 pm

Dak Lak develops protective and production forest

QĐND – Friday, July 30, 2010, 20:57 (GMT+7)

PANO – From the beginning of this year’s rainy season up to now, the Central Highlands Dak Lak Province has reforested around 2,675 hectares, including 2,660 hectares for production forest and 15 hectares for protective forest.

In 2010, Dak Lak Province will afforest an additional 7,020 hectares, of which 670 hectares will be for protective forest, and the remainder is for production forest. 900,000 trees of all kinds will be planted.

Trees are generally planted in the rainy season, from July to September every year.

Translated by Vu Hung

Source: QDND

The poor enjoy free film shows

In Uncategorized on July 30, 2010 at 7:19 pm

The poor enjoy free film shows

QĐND – Friday, July 30, 2010, 20:57 (GMT+7)

MegaStar Communications Co.,Ltd, in conjunction with Saigon Movies Media, the 212 Cinema Joint Stock Company (Cinebox), and Hanoi Cinema Company, have recently launched the “Cinema for Everyone” program.

It is one of the charitable activities aimed at giving the poor at different localities nationwide a chance to enjoy recent special films of all kinds.

The program, part of a series of free film shows organised by MegaStar and its partners, will take place from now until the end of this year.

On July 23rd and 24th, SaigonMedia and MegaStar also held the “MegaStar brings Avatar to remote areas” program for people in the districts of Can Gio and Hoc Mon in Ho Chi Minh City. The program will also be held at the suburbs of big cities such as Hanoi, Bien Hoa, Hai Phong, Da Nang from early August.

Source: thesaigontimes

Translated by Vu Hung

Source: QDND

Student volunteers help extinguish a fire in Thanh Hoa

In Uncategorized on July 30, 2010 at 7:19 pm

Student volunteers help extinguish a fire in Thanh Hoa

QĐND – Friday, July 30, 2010, 20:57 (GMT+7)

PANO – 30 student volunteers from the Ham Rong Voluntary Group have joined forces with soldiers, civil defence force, and local citizens in putting out a fire in Linh Truong pine forest in Hoang Yen Commune, Hoang Hoa District, Thanh Hoa Province.

After two hours fighting the blaze, the volunteers successfully saved 75 hectares out of 90 hectares of the pine forest.

Moreover, these volunteers distributed nearly 1,000 documents related to forest protection and birth-control to local people.  

They also helped local people clean up village roads and dredge ditches. Additionally, in response to their call, local and neighbouring provincial benefactors granted 30 scholarships, each worth VND 100,000, and 10 gifts to students with adversity and the families of wounded soldiers and martyrs.

Translated by Mai Huong

Source: QDND

Hanoi to be splendid on millennium celebrations

In Uncategorized on July 30, 2010 at 7:18 pm

Hanoi to be splendid on millennium celebrations

QĐND – Friday, July 30, 2010, 20:54 (GMT+7)

Hanoi People’s Committee Chairman Nguyen The Thao on July 29 asked the municipal Department of Construction to strengthen decoration and lighting work in the downtowns in order to make the capital city brighter and more splendid during its 1,000 th birthday celebrations.

Areas to be decorated include the surroundings of Hoan Kiem Lake, the headquarters of the municipal Party and People’s Committees, the Ly Thai To Flower Garden, the Ba Dinh Political Centre, the Hanoi Friendship Culture Palace, the Temple of Literature, the Thong Nhat Park, the Thien Quang Lake and the My Dinh National Stadium.

Roads such as Nguyen Thai Hoc-Kim Ma, Thanh Nien, Pho Hue-Hang Bai, Ba Trieu, Ngo Quyen, Tran Khat Chan-Dai Co Viet-Xa Dan and Trang Tien-Trang Thi-Dien Bien Phu will be lighted up under the theme of 1,000 years of Hanoi’s culture.

The Department of Construction was urged to select Hanoi’s symbols, including the dragon of Ly dynasty, Khue Van Cac (Pavilion of Literature) and Mot Cot (one-pillar) Pagoda, to decorate gateway routes to the city such as Nguyen Chi Thanh-Tran Duy Hung, Lang Ha-Le Van Luong, An Duong Vuong-Au Co-Nghi Tam, Bac Thang Long-Pham Van Dong-Pham Hung, Gia Phong, Nguyen Trai, Xuan Thuy-Cau Giay and Vinh Tuy, Chuong Duong, Long Bien and Thang Long Bridges.

Thao also asked the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism to use the models of posters for propaganda work and mobilise all resources to promote the image of the capital city.

The department is responsible for guiding districts, towns and units to hang banners, slogans and flags reasonably in each area, road and street, ensuring the safety and beauty of the city, he said.

All jobs must be completed before August 20, 2010, he noted.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

‘Improve socio-economics’ mountain provinces told

In Uncategorized on July 30, 2010 at 7:18 pm

‘Improve socio-economics’ mountain provinces told

QĐND – Friday, July 30, 2010, 20:57 (GMT+7)

National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Phu Trong has urged provincial Party committees of five northern mountainous provinces to improve their socio-economic development strategies.

The NA Chairman, also a Politburo member, met withrepresentatives of the provinces of Lai Chau, Cao Bang, Hoa Binh, Lang Son and Son La on July 29 to hear ideas and proposals for draft documents to be considered at their provincial Party congresses.

Concerning local development plans, he asked the provinces to improve their planning by reviewing the implementation of their five-year plan and 10-year strategy on socio-economic development, while also drawing lessons from the past 25-year of renewal in their provinces.

A better review of these plans and strategies would help better prepare for the coming years, said Mr. Trong.

The NA leader praised the provinces’ efforts and achievements in socio-economic development, despite the disadvantages of their remote and moutainous locations.

He said each province needed to work out its own long-term plan for development based on an analysis of their strengths and weaknesses.

The NA Chairman also asked them to work out firm measures to fulfil their own targets while continuing to cooperate with each other on regional and national development.

He insisted that the provincial Party committees pay due attention to making sure a balanced number of qualified young cadres, women and ethnic members are represented on the committees.

To achieve this it is necessary to improve education and training for the cadres, especially young, female and ethnic cadres, said Trong, adding that the provincial Party committees must focus on improving their management and effectiveness in governing and to redouble efforts in spurring socio-economic progress.

He said Lai Chau province needs to improve its infrastructure and develop its rural traffic network while paying more attention to work on alleviating hunger and poverty.

He said the province should prioritise a number of fields for development and mobilising sources for investing in development.

Mr. Trong said Cao Bang province should fully exploit its advantages, such as its border gates, tourism potential and mineral mines. He asked the province to uphold and take full advantage of its strength while maintaining political stability and border security as well as preserving the eco-system and environment.

The NA Chairman said Hoa Binh province, as a gateway to the capital city of Hanoi, should better invest in its tourism potential while controlling social evils.

Lang Son province, which shares a border with China, was urged to better develop new rural areas and further alleviate hunger and poverty while harmonising its economic growth with socio-cultural development.

Mr. Trong asked Son La provincial leaders to improve public relations work and strengthen the local unity bloc while building its Party, political system and human resources training, the province should take good care of ethnic minority people and those who have been resettled. “Good social policies and maintenance of socio-political stability will help the province fulfil its target,” he said.

Source: VNS/VOVNews

Source: QDND