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Nha Trang hotels slash rates to attract tourists

In Uncategorized on August 14, 2010 at 3:25 pm

Nha Trang hotels slash rates to attract tourists

QĐND – Saturday, August 14, 2010, 20:52 (GMT+7)

Hotels in Khanh Hoa Province, home of the world-renowned Nha Trang Bay, are offering discounts of up to 50 percent to attract tourists.

The province’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism has said the discounts are aimed at enabling the tourism sector to achieve its target of attracting 1.76 million visitors and earning VND1.75 trillion (US$92.2 million) this year.

The five-star Evason Ana Mandara & Six Senses Spa in Nha Trang is offering discounts of 10 to 50 percent between May 1 and December 31.

The Sunrise Nha Trang Beach Hotel & Spa also has a promotion offering free stays for guests staying three days and longer between May 1 and September 30.

Other three- to five-star hotels like the Nha Trang Lodge Hotel, Liberty Hotel, Hai Yen Hotel, and Vinpearl Land Resort & Spa Nha Trang are offering discounts of 10 to 30 percent.

Khanh Hoa has more than 400 hotels, resorts, and guest houses, almost all of them in Nha Trang, which is home to one of the world’s most beautiful bays.

It has 20 hotels rated three-star and above with a total of 2,450 rooms.

The city has attracted around 500,000 visitors this year, with the tourism industry earning VND500 billion (US$26.5 million).


Source: QDND

Bun cha, Hanoi’s ‘most precious’

In Uncategorized on August 14, 2010 at 3:24 pm

Bun cha, Hanoi’s ‘most precious’

QĐND – Saturday, August 14, 2010, 20:50 (GMT+7)

It is hard to find someone with greater knowledge of food and culture in Hanoi than writer Thach Lam.

In his famous work, Hanoi – 36 Old Quarters, a rustic Confucian scholar, upon smelling bun cha, or rice noodles with grilled pork patties, during his first visit to the capital, breaks into verse: “In 1000-year-old Thang Long, is it the most precious object?”

Bun cha, served with small, savory, crispy, caramelized pork and thin rice vermicelli on a bed of fresh vegetables and mixed fish sauce, is considered one of Hanoi’s 15 quintessential noodle dishes.

Central to it are the tiny grilled cha vien (pork patties) or cha mieng (fatty pork slices) or both.

Bun cha uses ground pork shaped into a meatball. When meat is thinly sliced or shaped into a ball, it must have a small portion of fat to keep its juices when grilling. Traditionally, pork shoulder is a perfect choice for cooking this dish because it is naturally firm meat and has the ideal proportion of fat.

Well-marinated meat is skewed on a bamboo stick or placed on a barbecue and grilled on charcoal.

The two kinds of cha sometimes arrive on separate plates and are dipped in a mixture of fish sauce, vinegar, chili, and garlic, sometimes with lightly pickled green papaya and carrot.

The smoky, savory caramelized pork pieces are dipped in the sauce and eaten along with the noodles.

The fish sauce mixture plays an important role in blending the tastes and flavors. Making it is considered as an art by itself. For instance, if the pork turns out to be salty, less fish sauce is used, and vice versa.

These are accompanied by a basket of fresh herbs and vegetables whose contents vary from place to place. But the most common are small lettuces, bean spouts, curled shredded morning glory stems, cilantro, and other minty, spicy herbs.

The vegetables and rice vermicelli are arranged in a single plate.

Some chase the vermicelli and meat down with a crunchy piece of lettuce or zesty herb. Others choose the wrap and dip approach, using the lettuce to bundle up some bun, a piece of pork, and some herbs and dunking the package in the broth before biting on it.

The classic accompaniment to bun cha is nem (spring rolls), which are a combination of minced pork, vermicelli, mushrooms, and bean spouts. They are made by being wrapped like an egg roll in rice paper and fried. They can usually be ordered with beer in Hanoi.

Though the origin of bun cha is not clearly known, it has for long been a popular dish that can be found on a traditional shoulder pole at street corners as well as in restaurants around Vietnam and in Vietnamese restaurants abroad.

Source: tuoitrenews

Source: QDND

VN takes firm steps against money laundering

In Uncategorized on August 14, 2010 at 3:24 pm

VN takes firm steps against money laundering

QĐND – Saturday, August 14, 2010, 20:50 (GMT+7)

The Government has promulgated a National Action Plan on Anti-money Laundering and Combating Financing of Terrorism for the period from August 2010-August 2011.

A decision to this effect coded 1451/QD-TTg was signed on August 12 by Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung on behalf of the Prime Minister.

Accordingly, the Steering Committee for Anti-money Laundering was assigned to instruct and coordinate relevant ministries, sectors and agencies to implement the plan. Relevant ministries, sectors and agencies were assigned to study the practical plan and coordinate with the State Bank of Vietnam to carry out their tasks.

Under the national action plan, the Public Security Ministry will issue a circular to give instructions to relevant ministries and sectors to implement the Penal Code’s Article 251 on anti-money laundering.

The Finance Ministry will create a circular with instructions on the implementation of the Government’s Decree on Anti-money laundering in securities, insurance, rewarded games and entertainment.

The Justice Ministry will submit to jurisdiction levels the ratification of the convention on anti-transnational crimes.

The State Bank of Vietnam will check against limitations on regulations relating to high-risk customers and requirements of beneficiaries.

The Ministry of Information and Communications will disseminate information on anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism.

In August 2011, the Justice Ministry will review and make proposals for revising (if necessary) the Penal Code, to be in line with the Article 2 of the international convention on combating financing of terrorism and special recommendations of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

Source: VNA/Vietnam+

Source: QDND

Catholics attend La Vang festival

In Uncategorized on August 14, 2010 at 3:24 pm

Catholics attend La Vang festival

QĐND – Saturday, August 14, 2010, 20:50 (GMT+7)

Catholic followers flocked to a church in the central province of Quang Tri on August 13 to attend the opening ceremony of their annual La Vang festival.

The authorities of Hai Phu commune where the two-day event is taking place have created favourable conditions for local Catholic dignitaries and followers to practice their faith.

They have mobilised forces to ensure security, food hygiene and traffic safety for the festival.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Contest to raise public awareness of traffic safety

In Uncategorized on August 14, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Contest to raise public awareness of traffic safety

QĐND – Saturday, August 14, 2010, 20:50 (GMT+7)

A contest entitled “The scourge of traffic accidents- the community’s story” will begin on June 22 to publicize Vietnam’s Road Traffic Law and raise public awareness of traffic safety.  

The contest was announced at a press briefing held in Hanoi on August 13.

The contest will be held in two phases, from June 22 to September 23 and from October 15 to December 30, with 24 prizes including a special prize worth VND 75 million.

To take part in the contest, contestants can write and send messages to switchboard No 8558 or call 1900571531 for further information.

According to the National Traffic Safety Committee, 12,492 traffic accidents were reported in 2009, leaving 11,516 dead and 7,914 injured. Despite a drop in the number of accidents, there was an increase in the number of fatalities and injuries compared to 2008.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Youth joins hand in assisting poor communes

In Uncategorized on August 14, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Youth joins hand in assisting poor communes

QĐND – Saturday, August 14, 2010, 20:52 (GMT+7)

PANO – More than 200 youth union members from the Tuyen Quang Health School have carried out various activities to support the poor people found in the communes of Dong Loi and Binh Nhan, Tuyen Quang province.

They offered healthcare check-ups and medicines for free for more than 1,700 local people.

Furthermore, they volunteered to help the local citizens fix the roads, dredge irrigation canals and improve the volleyball and badminton courses.

Nearly 3,000 leaflets instructing people about food safety, practice birth-control, ensure the nutrition of children under 6 years of age, as well as how to prevent bird-flu infections were also handed over to the local people.

In addition, local children were taught songs and dances, along with enjoying screened films.

Also on this occasion, the youth union members donated nearly 200 units of blood.

Translated by Mai Huong

Source: QDND

Prosecution call for ex-Avenue Project manager

In Uncategorized on August 14, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Prosecution call for ex-Avenue Project manager

QĐND – Saturday, August 14, 2010, 20:50 (GMT+7)

The Ministry of Public Security’s Investigation Agency has requested the Supreme People’s Procuracy prosecute Huynh Ngoc Si, former director of the ODA-funded East-West Avenue project in Ho Chi Minh City, on charges of “taking bribes”.

The request was made after the Agency concluded investigations into evidence and documents relating to Si’s involvement in a case of giving and taking bribes when he headed the Management Board of the East-West Avenue and Ho Chi Minh City Water Environment Improvement project.

The case was brought to light following the Japanese Government’s suggestion that Vietnam investigate allegations of officials of Japan’s Pacific Consultants International (PCI) paying bribes in order to be awarded contracts.

The four ex-employees with Japan’s PCI claimed that they gave Si bribes totaling 800,000 USD in exchange for the provision of consultancy services for the East-West Avenue project.

The bribes were given between 2003 and 2006, at a time when the East-West Avenue project in Ho Chi Minh City was underway. On August 25, 2008, the four ex-PCI officials were prosecuted on charges of bribery and violations of Japan’s anti-competition laws.

In January this year, the Investigation Agency already initiated legal proceedings against Si on charges of taking bribes in line with Article 279 of the Penal Code.

Earlier, on September 25, 2009, Si was sentenced to three years in jail on charges of “abuse of power” when carrying out the East-West Avenue and HCM City Water Environment Improvement project.

Si, who is also former deputy director of HCM City’s Department of Transport, and his deputy, Le Qua, misappropriated funds earned from leasing a State-owned house on Nguyen Thi Dieu Street in District 3 to Japan’s Pacific Consultants International (PCI).

The money received from the contract between August 2001 and November 2002, estimated at around 1.2 billion VND (66,500 USD), was not submitted to the state budget but disbursed among 87 officials working in the project.

Si took 52 million VND and Qua took 54 million VND from the contract. The two officials also used 350 million VND for “treating guests”.

Source: VNA/Vietnam+

Source: QDND

Measures put in place as pig disease becomes widespread

In Uncategorized on August 14, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Measures put in place as pig disease becomes widespread

QĐND – Saturday, August 14, 2010, 20:50 (GMT+7)

Localities are urgently tightening control of the transport and slaughtering of sick pigs in an effort to contain the blue-ear pig epidemic, which has spread to 21 provinces across the country.

The HCM City Municipal People’s Committee on August 13 urged key corporations and cattle processors to speed up the purchase, slaughtering and delivery of safe pork in the face of the spreading of the blue-ear pig disease.

It also asked the designated agencies to stockpile safe meat to ensure an adequate supply of pork products on the market after the epidemic wanes.

Farmers are running into difficulties with the purchase price of pigs having fallen dramatically to VND22,000/kg. Facing a big loss, they are not interested in investing in new pig herds, which could result in a serious shortage of safe meat on the market when the epidemic is contained.

The Municipal People’s Committee instructed its departments and districts to enhance the dissemination of information about the epidemic and preventative measures. It asked farmers, abattoirs and consumers not to hide outbreaks or purchase, sell and transport sick animals, or dispose of them in public places.

The committee also called for a tight control of transport and sales of animal products, especially pork, at street meet stalls, inter-provincial bus stations, wholesale markets and entrance gates to prevent products of unknown origin from penetrating the city.

Also on August 13, Long An province – a gateway to HCM City – declared the blue ear pig disease in Chau Thanh district. It warned the disease could spread rapidly to neighbouring communes and buffer zones, including Tan Chanh, Tan An, Phuoc Tuy, Nhut Ninh, Duc Tan, Anh Vinh Ngai and Binh Tam communes.

The provincial People’s Committee asked Chau Thanh district and Tan An city to establish taskforces to assist farmers in culling sick pigs.

The province banned the trading, slaughtering and transport of pigs and related products within the epidemic-affected areas. It has required the provincial Animal Health Department to quarantine outbreaks, disinfect farms, cull dead or sick pigs, and increase patrols at markets and gates to the province.

Local quarantine agencies have set up checkpoints along major arteries to the province, put up signposts at high-risks areas, and sterilized the means of transport coming into and going out of the affected localities.

Since the first case was detected in Tan Tan city on July 16, 2010, the porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) virus has attacked 61 communes, with 5,500 pigs infected.

In Dong Nai province – another gateway to HCM City, the provincial Animal health Department announced on August 13 that the disease has spread to Bac Son and Song Trau communes in Trang Bom district bordering Vinh Tan commune in Vinh Cuu district where the first case of infection was confirmed on July 29.

Bac Son and Vinh Tan communes have culled more than 2,000 sick pigs, however, Vinh Tan now has about 3,000 pigs testing positive for the PRRS virus.

On a fact-finding tour the same day, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat asked the provincial Animal Health Department to separate healthy animals from sick ones, cull all infected pigs, disinfect farms and apply the commercial breeding model.

Dong Nai has the largest number of pigs in Vietnam, about 1.4 million.

In the central coastal province of Khanh Hoa, blue-ear pig disease outbreaks have been confirmed in 36 communes of six districts and cities. Local animal health agencies have culled more than 1,300 sick pigs testing positive for the PRRS virus. Thousands of other pigs are under strict surveillance.

After declaring the epidemic on August 12, Khanh Hoa has established checkpoints along roads to Cam Ranh town and Khanh Son district where the disease has not yet been detected.

Across the country, the epidemic has spread to 21 provinces, namely: Nghe An, Cao Bang, Soc Trang, Tien Giang, Lao Cai, Long An, Binh Duong, Bac Lieu, Quang Nam, Dong Nai, Binh Phuoc, Da Nang, Vinh Long, Khanh Hoa, Dak Lak, Hau Giang, Lam Dong, Tay Ninh, Ba Ria Vung Tau, An Giang and Dong Thap.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Exemplary role models encouraged

In Uncategorized on August 14, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Exemplary role models encouraged

QĐND – Saturday, August 14, 2010, 20:50 (GMT+7)

State Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan has proposed that the central highland province of Lam Dong replicate exemplary role models to make its emulation movements more practical.

At the fourth provincial patriotic emulation congress on August 14, Ms Doan praised Lam Dong for having launched emulation movements for the past five years, making a significant contribution to its socio-economic development. Many effective business models have been initiated and brought high economic efficiency.

Among those honoured at the event were the Lam Dong provincial Police that have succeeded in maintaining local social security and order; the Lam Dong Food Joint Stock Company that has stimulated innovations to increase the competitive edge of its products; and village chief Ya Loan who has encouraged local villagers to do household economies well.

In the next five years, Lam Dong aims to enhance the dissemination of information on emulation movements at grassroots level, renew movement operations and strengthen the capability of emulation staff.

Ms Doan presented the Ho Chi Minh Order, the Independence Order, the titles Labour Hero of People’s Armed Forces, and Heroic Vietnamese Mothers to outstanding collectives and individuals.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion inaugurated

In Uncategorized on August 14, 2010 at 3:22 pm

National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion inaugurated

QĐND – Saturday, August 14, 2010, 20:52 (GMT+7)

The National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion made its debut at a newly-built facility in Yen Hoa new urban area in Cau Giay district, Hanoi.

Addressing the inauguration ceremony, Minister of Health Nguyen Quoc Trieu, emphasized that this is the first time the ministry has built a complete, synchronized and modern facility. Mr Trieu asked the institute to operate effectively, helping reduce overloading at central hospitals.

Construction of the Institute began on December 25, 2006 on an area of 2,100 square metres. It has been equipped with modern medical technologies to diagnose and treat all related-blood diseases. It also has a blood transfusion centre with the capacity of 150,000 units of blood per year.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND