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North Thien Cam tourist area to be constructed

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:12 am




North Thien Cam tourist area to be constructed


QĐND – Monday, January 10, 2011, 20:44 (GMT+7)

The Ha Tinh Provincial People’s Committee has allowed Thien Cam Development and Investment Joint-stock Company to build the North Thien Cam Tourist Area.


Under the project, a number of structures, including a trade area, coastal service and shopping site, art performance area, family hostels, hi-class villas, entertainment area, hotels and resorts, will be built at a cost of VND 11trillion, of which VND 289 billion will be for the first phase (2010-2013), while the remainder for the second phase that ends in 2017.


Construction of the North Thien Cam Tourist Area within the national standards requires land clearance and detailed planning to be promptly implemented.


Source: DDDN


Translated by Mai Huong


Source: QDND

Traditional handicrafts threatened by oblivion

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:12 am

Traditional handicraft products sold during Tet holidays such as fruit jams, flowers and ceremonial bronze incense burners have not yet gained popularity with people in Ho Chi Minh City.

Workers are casting incensories in Thong Tay Hoi handicraft village in Go Vap District. (Photo: SGGP)

The village of Thong Tay Hoi in Go Vap District which is famous for bronze casting of incense burners is usually busy at this time of year. However, the village is gradually witnessing a disappearance of this hundred year old craft. Most artisans have closed their workshops and moved on to other careers.


More than a decade ago Go Vap village was reputed for its seasonal flowers. Nowadays, most of the local people have switched to growing the more profitable ornamental flowers and bonsai trees. Besides, bonsai do not require much land to grow and farmers earn a substantial income from an area of only 100 sqm. Go Vap village currently provides a large variety of bonsai throughout the country even though bonsai trees only sell to those who can afford their high price.


Duong Sat (Railway) housing estate on Ly Thai To Street in District 3 which was once a jam manufacturing village is also facing hard times. Once a cottage industry it now has hundreds of its households switching to other businesses compelled by  increasing  raw material prices and lack of funds to modernize their units.


Old traditional handicrafts have lost their appeal in the new urban society of high-rise buildings. The question remains, should local authorities make efforts in restoring and preserving craft villages for future generations in Vietnam?

Source: SGGP

Hoi An to launch new tourist products

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:11 am




Hoi An to launch new tourist products


QĐND – Saturday, January 08, 2011, 20:41 (GMT+7)

Some new and interesting tourist products have been launched by Hoi An City from the beginning of this year in order to improve tourism promotion and attract more visitors to the famous tourist site in Central Vietnam.


The city also continues to improve the quality of tourism services and products, such as eco-tourism in villages, islands, scuba diving, yachting, and others. In particular, the city will introduce a new kind of tourism, “boating on the streets during flooding”, in the coming time.


This year, the city will also erect information kiosks to help visitors learn more about and explore local tourist sites.


During the first days of 2011, thousands of domestic and foreign tourists rushed to Hoi An to celebrate the new year. At present, the weather in the city is fine.


Source: TT


Translated by Duy Minh


Source: QDND

Exhibition highlights Communist Party’s glorious history

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:11 am

An exhibition entitled ‘The Vietnamese Communist Party through its Congresses’ opened at the National Library in Hanoi on January 11. The exhibition displayed 800 items, including documentaries, about the Party and the late President Ho Chi Minh.


The exhibition also welcomed the 11th Party Congress and marked the 81st founding anniversary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV), which is February 3.


The exhibition explains in details about the various victories the Vietnamese people have achieved over the past 80 years.  In addition, there are 600 books and more than 50 photographs featuring the establishment and development of the CPV.


The show highlights the CPV’s important historical milestones, including a conference to unite all communist organisations in Vietnam. The show is presided over by ‘Nguyen Ai Quoc’, who marked the CPV’s inception in February 1930, and the preceding 10 National Party Congresses.

The documents displayed, most of which had been published into books, magazines and newspapers, provide a deep and meaningful perspective of the CPV’s National Congresses; as well as the struggle of generations of resilient communists, that have laid down their lives for national independence. The exhibition will last January 19.

The Ho Chi Minh City delegation lay a wreath at the Ho Chi Minh-Ton Duc Thang statue, in Hanoi, on January 11.

In related news, the Ho Chi Minh City delegation, led by Le Thanh Hai, Secretary of the municipal Party Committee laid a wreath at the Ho Chi Minh-Ton Duc Thang statue in Hanoi on January 11.


The delegation observed a one-minute silence to commemorate two late presidents ‘Ho Chi Minh’ and ‘Ton Duc Thang’. These two individuals are great examples of the patriotic and communist spirit that fought to secure Vietnam’s independence and development. 


The statue was a gift from HCM City to Hanoi for the millennial celebrations of Thang Long  and Hanoi.

Source: SGGP

WWF, Vietnam to increase protection of Saola

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:11 am

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) announced on November 22 a financial aid package of US$213,773 for the central province of Thua Thien – Hue in order to protect the enigmatic Saola’s reserve.


The German government also plans to give US$2.1 million for the protection project for the Saola or Vu Quang ox (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis).

Pairs of Saola’s horns found in a residents house ( Photo: SGGP)

One of the goals of the project is to eliminate the use of traps and banned hunting dogs from protected areas.


Saola is a forest-dwelling bovine found only in the Annamite ranges of Vietnam and Laos. The species was first discovered in Vietnam in 1996 at a village in Ho, in the Thua Thien-Hue’s district of Huong Thuy.


Le Ngoc Tuan, director of the reserve in Thua Thien – Hue province, said his organization has carried out a survey from November 2006 to February 1997 in five districts. The survey showed that the rare mammal has appeared in 19 communes in five districts. These were A Luoi, Nam Dong, Huong Thuy, Huong Tra and Phong Dien. Officials also collected 27 pairs of horns and skulls.


In 1998, forest wardens and local residents manage to save a female pregnant Saola and in 1999, eight-kilogram Saola was discovered in the wood in the district of A Luoi. However, it died after eight days. Since then, scientists have not found any more Saolas in the wild, although many searches have been conducted.


The Saola’s rarity, distinctiveness and vulnerability make it one of the greatest priorities for conservation in the region. Despite little information available on the Saola, there is no doubt that its existence is severely threatened.


Since its discovery, it is believed to have rapidly declined in the face of ever-increasing human presence, although the actual size of the remaining population is still unknown. According to scientists and researchers on wildlife, Saola numbers had crashed to around 200 worldwide.


Mr. Tuan said that the Saola is at a high risk of being hunted and will panic if it sees hunting dogs in the woods. Moreover, many Saola’s are trapped and killed, since the illegal sales and hunting of the Saola are rampant in the province.


The WWF and Vietnam authorities have carried out a plan for the period between 2005-2010 in six central provinces (from Nghe An to Quang Nam). Forest wardens have eliminated all traps to catch the Saola. Three protection stations now protect the endanger species. However, Mr. Tuan complained that he still needs more personnel in order to perform his protection work of the Saola successfully.


From 2006-2008, the WWF and the Forest Protection Department of Thua Thien – Hue province, have run a four-year Green Corridor project, with funding from the World Bank – GEF, WWF, Thua Thien Hue PPC and SNV. The aim of this project is to strengthen the capacity of local stakeholders and conserve the landscape of the Green Corridor area.

The project is expected to save and facilitate the development of Sao La deer and several endemic animals that are in extreme danger of extinction, such as Truong Son Muntjac, the douc langur, the white-cheeked gibbon and other newly discovered species.

Two reserves in districts A Luoi and Nam Dong were established in April, 2010. The reserves have an area of 12,153 hectares.

Source: SGGP

VND 2,600 billion to build Thanh Hoa Airport

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:11 am




VND 2,600 billion to build Thanh Hoa Airport


QĐND – Sunday, January 09, 2011, 22:17 (GMT+7)

The project to build Thanh Hoa Airport was officially announced on January 8th by the Thanh Hoa Provincial People’s Committee and the Vietnam Aviation Department.


Under the plan, the project will be implemented in two phases with the first oneto be completed by 2020 and the second one to be completed by 2030 at a cost of 2,600 billion VND in aggregate.


The airport will be erected in Hai Ninh Commune, Tinh Gia District, 30 km south of Thanh Hoa City, and 1.3 km away from National Highway 1A.


The airport is designed to carry 250,000 passengers and 10,000 tons of cargo per year after the first phase is completed. The designed capacity for the second phase is 1 million passengers and 20,000 tons of cargo per year. The airport will then be able to serve both regular domestic and international flights. 


Source: VnExpress

Translated by Thu Nguyen

Source: QDND

N. Korea officially proposes talks with South: KCNA

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:11 am

North Korea Monday officially proposed dialogue with South Korea, less than two months after launching a deadly bombardment of a South Korean island.


Three official bodies separately sent notices to Seoul’s unification ministry calling for talks and announcing the reopening of a Red Cross border liaison office, the North’s official Korean Central News Agency said.


It said the messages proposed holding a working contact for talks in the North’s border city of Kaesong on January 27, and suggested talks between Red Cross organisations in the southern city of Munsan on February 1.


The Red Cross liaison channel at the border truce village of Panmunjom would be reopened from January 12, the agency announced.


A Seoul government source quoted by the South’s Yonhap news agency confirmed the North had sent an official letter. There was no immediate response.


South Korea, which had been seeking a request through official channels, reacted coolly earlier Monday to a weekend proposal made through state media for the “unconditional and early opening” of talks.


The North’s November 23 bombardment of Yeonpyeong island near the disputed Yellow Sea border killed four people including civilians and drove tensions to their highest level for years.



 

Source: SGGP

Vietnam Airlines gets 120 minute ETOP certification

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:11 am




Vietnam Airlines gets 120 minute ETOP certification


QĐND – Sunday, January 09, 2011, 22:18 (GMT+7)


The Vietnam Aviation Corporation (Vietnam Airlines) has received a 120 minute ETOP (Extended- range Twin-engine Operational Performance Standards) certificate.


This rule allows twin-engined airliners to fly long-distance routes.


Vietnam Airlines is striving to get a 180 minute ETOP certification and other standards to ensure the efficiency of flights to the US.


Over the past 14 years, Vietnam Airlines has ensured safety of 687,550 domestic and international flights and is now expanding its network of 44 air routes to 26 locations in 15 nations and 35 domestic air routes.


Vietnam Airlines has a group of young crew and 70 modern aircraft such as B777, A330-200, A321 and AT7-500 with an average age of 6.5 years.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Chinese vice premier in trade-focused London talks

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:10 am

Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang arrives in London on Monday to meet Prime Minister David Cameron on the second day of a visit to Britain aimed at bolstering economic ties between the two countries.

Chinese Vice Prime Ministerr Li Keqiang (C) is escorted on a tour of the Pelamis Wave Power factory in Edinburgh, Scotland, on the first of a four-day visit to the United Kingdom on January 9, 2011.

The government is rolling out the red carpet for Li, who is widely tipped to become Chinese premier next year, as Britain scrambles to catch up with European rivals Germany and France in landing trade deals with China.


Li, accompanied by a 150-strong business and political delegation, was also to hold talks with finance minister George Osborne and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg on Monday and will make a speech at a banquet on Tuesday.


Having already visited Spain and Germany on his three-country European visit, Li started his trip to Britain on Sunday in Scotland where he sealed a modest renewable energy deal between Scottish and Chinese companies.


In Scotland, he said Britain and China had grown closer together in recent years.


Closer cooperation between London and Beijing would not only benefit the two countries and peoples, “but also contribute to world peace, stability and prosperity”, Li was quoted as saying, according to the official Xinhua news agency.


The visit follows Cameron’s trip to China in November, when he too was accompanied by a team of ministers and business leaders.


Cameron was the first Western leader to visit China since the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo.


While he did not publicly confront Chinese leaders over human rights, Cameron used a speech to university students to call for “greater political opening” as the Chinese economy surges forward.


Clegg has insisted that “no subject will be off limits” during the talks with Li in the four-day British visit.


In trade terms, Cameron’s visit to Beijing produced deals for British companies worth around one billion pounds (1.5 billion dollars, 1.2 billion euros).


In contrast, a few days earlier a visit to France by Chinese President Hu Jintao yielded 20 billion dollars of aviation and energy contracts between Chinese and French companies.


In an article in the Financial Times on Monday, Li said the world should not fear a rapidly growing China.


“China’s development benefits other countries,” he wrote. “We welcome the entry into our market of competitive good and services from around the world, and will provide a fair and even more transparent environment for foreign investors.”


Cameron has said Li’s visit would “build on the momentum” from his trip to Beijing, adding that “stronger relations with China offered a real opportunity for Britain in terms of trade, jobs, and economic growth”.


Li’s trips to Germany and Spain have focused on business.


In Berlin, he said China and Germany, the world’s top two exporters, should deepen their economic cooperation both in traditional areas such as machinery and cars but also in low-carbon technologies and energy efficient industry.


While in Madrid, Li said Beijing was willing to buy around six billion euros worth of Spanish debt, daily El Pais quoted government sources as saying.


After eurozone members Greece and Ireland were forced to seek bailouts worth tens of billions of euros last year, Spain, together with Portugal, have been seen as next in line in the 17-country currency union to need help.


 

Source: SGGP

Hanoi and Thua Thien-Hue boost tourism

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:10 am




Hanoi and Thua Thien-Hue boost tourism


QĐND – Tuesday, January 11, 2011, 21:36 (GMT+7)

Hanoi and Thua Thien-Hue Departments of Culture, Sports and Tourism signed an agreement on boosting tourism cooperation yesterday.


Under the agreement, between 2011 and 2012, the two cities will focus on popularisation, promotion and exploitation of UNESCO-recognised heritages in Hanoi and Thua Thien-Hue, including the Ancient Capital of Hue, 82 Doctoral Steles in the Temple of Literature, the central site of Thang Long Royal Citadel, the Giong Festival, ceremonial songs, Hue Royal Court Music.


Besides, Hanoi and Thua Thien-Hue Province will jointly organise road-shows, Festival Hue 2012 and the National Tourism Year 2012 in Thua Thien-Hue.


The same day, Thua Thien-Hue Provincial Department of Culture-Sports and Tourism held a road-show in Hanoi to introduce 13 big cultural, sports and tourism events to be launched in 2011 in the Province, namely Huyen Tran Temple Culture and Tourism Festival, Vietnam-Japan Food Culture Festival and Trans-Asia Road Tourism Festival, Vietnamese Food in Hue Garden and Lang Co-Legend of the Sea.


Notably, Thua Thien-Hue Provincial Department will enhance the building and improvement of tourist sites to attract more tourists.


Translated by Mai Huong


Source: QDND