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Central Highlands see positive socio-economic changes

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:09 am

Central Highlands see positive socio-economic changes

QĐND – Monday, December 27, 2010, 20:34 (GMT+7)

The Central Highlands Steering Committee held a conference in Buon Ma Thuot, Dak Lak province on December 27 to review ten years of implementing the political bureau’s resolution on socio-economic development and national defence and security in the Central Highland region in the 2001-2010 period.

Over the past ten years, localities in the central highlands have achieved impressive results in socio-economic development. The average income per capita in the region increased remarkably from VND2.9 million in 2001 to VND15.5 million in 2010 (making up 67 percent of the nation’s average rate with economic growth rate reaching 11.9 percent per year.

In the reviewed period, the Central Highlands upgraded to two first-tier urban areas, and established two cities and four towns. Infrastructure in both urban and rural areas in the region improved. 91 percent of communes possessed roads leading to the centre while 98 percent of hamlets had access to the national grid. All communes have primary schools, kindergarten, and health stations. Five provinces in the region have completed compulsory high school education.

Vocational training and job generation also gained positive results with nearly 1 million recruited workers including more than 180,000 ethnic minority people. The unemployment in urban area dropped to 2.51 percent. Nearly 111,000 households escaped poverty. The proportion of poor households fell to just 10.34 percent. In the ethnic minority group alone, the rate of poor households dropped sharply from 47.8 percent in 2006 to 19.9 percent in 2010.

Delegates also pointed out some shortcomings in the region. For example, socio-economic infrastructure in the region remains low while the quality of human resources has not been improved. While the rate of poor households decreased sharply, the rate of households fall into poverty again remained high. Over 11,000 households have had enough land for production.

Deputy Head of the steering committee, Tran Viet Hung said poverty reduction and hunger elimination for ethnic minority groups remained an urgent task for the region. Therefore, he said it is necessary to improve infrastructure in the region.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Party Central Committee concludes 14th meeting

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2010 at 4:20 am

Party Central Committee concludes 14th meeting

QĐND – Thursday, December 23, 2010, 20:33 (GMT+7)

The 14th meeting of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee (CPVCC), 10th tenure, closed in Hanoi on December 22, following 10 days of sitting.

In his closing speech, Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh said that with a high level of responsibility, the meeting discussed and endorsed recommendations to the draft documents to be submitted to the XIth National Party Congress, which were put forward by Party congresses at all levels, National Assembly deputies, the Fatherland Front, mass organisations, officials, Party members, the people and overseas Vietnamese.

The suggestions cover a wide range of fields with different scopes, contents and levels, but all are earnest and reflect the thoughts, concerns and findings about the country’s renewal and development process amid new conditions, demonstrating their sense of identity with the Party and the nation and their wish for the Party to be cleaner and stronger and see the country develop rapidly and sustainably, Mr.Manh said.

He went on to say that the meeting considered opinions that more clearly and deeply express assessments of the country after 25 years of renewal, 20 years of implementing the 1991 Platform, 10 years of implementing the socio-economic development strategy and five years of implementing the 10th National Party Congress Resolution.

The meeting looked into strengths and shortcomings in leadership, and performance, lessons of experience, the country’s current situation and emerging issues that need to be addressed.

It also adjusted a number of points in the targets, tasks, policies and major solutions, especially in human resource, social progress and equality, building new rural areas, environmental protection, natural disaster prevention and control and response to climate change.

Regarding the Party building work, the meeting endorsed many ideas that mainly focused on the relationship between improving the Party’s leadership and combative capacity and building a clean and strong Party, as well as continuing to step up the implementation of the “Studying and following the moral example of Ho Chi Minh” campaign and renovating the Party’s personnel work and leadership modes in line with new development requirements.

The delegates reviewed and assessed mechanisms and models on corruption prevention in order to put forward more practical and effective solutions and policies in the future.

With these amendments and supplements, the draft documents to be submitted to the Congress have been completed, representing the immense intellectual ability of the entire Party and people.

Regarding personnel nomination to the CPVCC, 11th tenure, the conference made careful consideration of the results reached during the previous meeting and approved a list to be introduced at the 11 th National Party Congress.

The CPVCC also decided the time of convening the 11th Congress and adopted its draft agenda and working regulations for submission to the Congress for approval.

General Secretary Manh affirmed that with the results reached during this conference, the CPVCC presented a high sense of responsibility, held fast to principles as well as basically completed the 10 th tenure’s programmes and undertook considerable preparations for the 11th National Party Congress under the Party statutes.

Source: VNA-VOV

Source: QDND

Northeasterly winds cause havoc for central residents

In Uncategorized on December 21, 2010 at 9:29 am

Six people have been reported dead, while 23 others are still missing at sea. This was due to a very changeable and powerful northeast wind that has affected central area over the last few days.

Nguyen Lam is saddened by the fact that his three sons are still missing in Long Dien District, the southeastern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau (Photo: Tuoi Tre)Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat, at a meeting instructed rescuers to find the missing people still at sea. They are from provinces like Binh Dinh, Phu Yen, Khanh Hoa and Ba Ria-Vung Tau.

Minister Phat, who is chairperson of the Central Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention, said that the people in the provinces from the south side of Hai Van mountain pass to the southern region have experienced the loss on life and the destruction of property, because of the strong winds.

In the Gulf of Tonkin, the winds had even been at level 10 (89-102 kilometers an hour). Several high waves were up to 4-7 meters high, siking boats. 

The National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center said that the weather has been more anomalous with a slew of cold fronts causing vortexes and strong waves at sea.

Although the national weather bureau had forecasted that the winds might hit dangerous levels of 9-10, local fishermen still went out on the rough seas.
A fishing boat with seven people on board from the Binh Dinh Province was saved on Monday by navy forces. It experienced trouble and eventually sank 95 kilometers southeast off Song Tu Tay Island of Truong Sa (Spratly) Archipelago on Sunday.

The same day, In the neighboring province of Phu Yen, two boats sank by large waves off Tuy Hoa town. All the people on the two boats have been saved.

In related news, 23 members of the Phu Tan container vessel are still missing in the Gulf of Tonkin although rescue forces have mobilized seven boats and a helicopter in the rescue effort.

Related articles:
Seven fishing boats sunk in Vung Tau
Two of five missing fishermen found dead in Thua Thien-Hue

Source: SGGP

Cold front lashes central region

In Uncategorized on December 17, 2010 at 8:26 am

Affected by the northerly cold front, central provinces in the central region suffered heavy rains and fierce winds up to 89-102 kilometers an hour on Thursday. Several boats were reported drifting at sea.

Hanoi weather is very cold on December 16 (Photo: Tuoi Tre)

At 9am, the same day, rescue forces in Da Nang City, received emergency calls from two fishing boats, which had over 20 men on board.

The boats from Quang Ngai Province went adrift to the dangerous waters off the city’s Son Tra District because of big waves and violent winds.

The Da Nang Maritime Rescue Cooperation Center Zone II immediately dispatched a rescue boat to guide the boats to safety.

In Quang Nam Province, the seas in Cu Lao Cham Island were strongly rough with gusts up to level 11 (103-117 kilometers an hour). Three boats drifted dangerously in the waters. However, local fishermen soon towed them to safety.

In Da Nang City, several people travelling on the Song Han, Tuyen Son and Nguyen Van Troi bridges had been affected by the strong winds.

In the meantime, torrential rains and tornado uprooted trees causing one to fall on a parked car in Phung Hung Street, Hue City.

The heavy rains have also damaged hundreds of hectares of flowers along the Huong and Bo rivers. These were to be on sale for the coming Tet holiday. 

Over the last few days, the northern region has suffered extreme cold, with Lang Son Province being one of worst hit places.

At 4am on Thursday, the top of Mau Son Mountain, which is in the Loc Binh District, began seeing ice and snow, as the temperature dropped to -0.8 degree Celsius.

Northeasterly winds peaked to level seven (50-61 kilometers an hour) in the mountain.

Related articles:
Central region to experience downpour, colder weather
Southern region to turn cold

Source: SGGP

Central region to experience downpour, colder weather

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 10:11 am

The central region is about to see medium to heavy or even torrential rains, as the  forecast for the weather is to turn much colder on Wednesday, the National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center has said.

Central region will suffer heavy rains and cold weather on Wednesday

This has been caused by a cold front, which is moving south and northeasterly winds. The weather system has affected the northern region and is spreading to the central area.

The national weather bureau said that an extreme cold spell have caused wide spread showers in the northern region on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, after making landfall off the waters near Binh Thuan to Ba Ria-Vung Tau provinces, the tropical depression has weakened into a low-pressure system.

It is moving westward into the mainland and has caused rains on vast area for the southern central and southeastern regions.

Source: SGGP

Central bank maintains 9 percent prime rate

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 10:06 am

The State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) has decided to keep the prime interest rate in VN$ unchanged at 9 percent per year.

The decision No. 2868/QD-NHNN, which was issued on Nov. 29, takes effect from December 1 to replace Decision No. 2619/QD-NHNN issued on Nov. 5 by the Governor of the State Bank.

This is the second consecutive month the prime interest rate remains at 9 percent. Earlier, a prime interest rate of 8 percent was applied for nearly 12 months.

Source: SGGP

Tourism Year 2011 to to boost tourism in south central region

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:51 am

The National Tourism Year 2011 program will focus on boosting the tourist industry and to encourage more protection of our beautiful beaches in the south central region, said a tourist official on Sunday.

The organizing board met in Tuy Hoa City, central province of Phu Yen and this was to introduce more than 30 cultural, sport and tourism events, which are scheduled to take place in the south-central coastal region next year.

Logo of the National Tourism Year 2011

The South-central coastal region includes Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh, Phu Yen, Khanh Hoa, Ninh Thuan and Binh Thuan provinces and Da Nang City,
The press conference was attended by representatives from cities and provinces from all over the south-central coastal region and more than 30 press agencies.

Under the theme of “Visit Vietnam Year – Phu Yen 2011: Exotic Beach and Island”, major events of the National Tourism Year 2011 will include the international mountaineering tournament at Da Bia mount, the Vietnam-South Korea cultural exchange, the sea and island month and the ASEAN traditional music festival.

The opening ceremony of the National Tourism Year is scheduled to take place in Tuy Hoa City on April 1, 2011 to mark the 400th anniversary of the province’s establishment.

In preparation for the National Tourism Year 2011, Phu Yen Province has organized a series of cultural, sport and tourism events, aimed to popularize the National Tourism Year 2011 and to introduce the province’s exotic land to as many people as possible.

The province has built tourism facilities and has upgraded many projects and various infrastructures. With capital investment of over VND230 billion (US$11.5 million), the province’s tourism sector has launched training courses for tourism staff to improve the quality of tourist products and services.

As schedule, from December 3-10, a tourism research team has been studying famous tourist spots from Khanh Hoa Province to Da Nang Province.

Since the beginning of this year, the southern central coastal province of Phu Yen has welcomed more than 312,500 visitors, including 12,000 international tourists, an increase of 20% as compared to the same period last year.

According to the province’s Department of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, due to the increased number of tourists, the provincial tourism sector has earned 249.5 billion VND, an increase of 1.7 times compared to last year’s figure, and 50% of local hotel rooms were now occupied.

Source: SGGP

Coffee bean pickers swindled in Central Highlands

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:31 am

In recent days, dozen of residents in central provinces of Phu Yen and Khanh Hoa had been tricked into going to the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong to pick coffee beans with meager payment.

Lam Dong province is in severe lack of workers to pick coffee beans

Nguyen Van Tra from Hoa Binh 1 Commune, Tay Hoa District, Phu Yen Province said that in mid November, two people came to the commune seeking laborers to pick coffee beans Lam Ha District, Lam Dong province.

The strange people promised to pay him VND3 million a month together with accommodation fee.

Tra and some others in his commune got on a bus, carrying them to Minh Nghia job introduction center in Hoai Duc Commune, Lam Ha District.

Right after the bus arrived, about ten people surrounded them and then paid Minh Nghia center to take the chosen laborers home.

The employees just paid Tra and other seven people VND1.7 million a month each. In the first month, their salaries would be deducted by VND650,000 for travelling and eating fees and for Minh Nghia center.

Those who disagreed and wanted to go home had to pay the employees VND1.15 million including the VND650,000 above.

Three of eight people in Tra’s group ran away, the remaining had to call relatives for a ransom of VND9.2 million for all of them including the escaped ones.

The destiny of 20 other people on the same bus with Tra has not been known.

In the neighboring province of Khanh Hoa, Minh Nghia center also duped 30 others in Van Ninh District. Some of them ran way, some others have been redeemed while there has been no clue of the remaining people.

Lam Ha District Police and relevant officials investigated Minh Nghia center on December 1 and found that it has operated for two months but without license.

The center’s owner has singed in a document agreeing to temporarily stop operating as well as to remove its advertising board.

On the following day’s afternoon, the district police held a man in custody for the cheating 10 people from Dak Nong Province to pick coffee beans in Lam Dong.

He has declared his name only as Nghia and from Hiep An Commune, Duc Trong District of Lam Dong Province.

Source: SGGP

Icham sends love towards Central provinces

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:30 am

The Italian Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam, shortly known as Icham, had a successful charitable trip on December 4 at Vinh City in the central province of Nghe An with full of heart-loving donation to the local flood victims

Icham members posing with Cua Nam 2 Primary School pupils on Dec 4 (Photo: Courtesy of Icham)

Early Saturday morning, the chamber’s delegation led by Chairman Tomaso Andreatta was accompanied with Vinh City Communist Youth Union to visit local families who suffered damages from two latest dangerous floods and also the pupils of the Cua Nam 2 Primary School.

Besides expressing deep sympathy to the people, the chairman donated VND82 million (US$4,200) with expectation to help them recover and get back to normal life.

The donation was mostly collected from two Italian companies of Intesa Sanpaolo and Rino Mastrotto Group. The others from the chamber; including Academia, Datalogic Scanning, Giovanni Ronchi, Interglobal, Studio DAG and Viet Y Trading; also joined hands in raising the donation.

Icham was established on November 5, 2008 with objectives to advance and develop the bilateral trade between Vietnam and Italy. The chamber already has offices in both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh so far.

Source: SGGP

Central provinces ready to cope with severer flooding

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:30 am

The Central Committee of Floods and Storm Prevention and Control on Sunday afternoon sent an urgent dispatch to central provinces, asking them to be ready for more heavy flooding in their area.

Central residents suffer huge damage on human and properties caused by floods in recent months (Photo: SGGP)

The order came as the National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center said that floodwaters in central provinces of Phu Yen to Khanh Hoa are continuing to rise.

On tomorrow morning, flood levels on some rivers in these areas would peak alarming levels 2 and 3, the center forecasted.

According to the committee’s dispatch, Phu Yen, Khanh Hoa, and Ninh Thuan provinces and the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak should prepare to evacuate residents in low-lying, riverside and coastal areas.

Hydropower plants and irrigation reservoirs should only release water in urgent case in order not to cause flooding for the lowlands.

Police officials should monitor flooded areas, especially near wharfs and underground roads to guide people to travel safely.

Local authorities have also been instructed to regularly report the committee and the National Committee for Research and Rescue about the flood condition.

In related news, on Sunday morning, Sai Gon Giai Phong Newspaper coordinated with Phu Yen Newspaper to give 500 presents worth VND300,000 each to flood-hit residents in Da Loc and Xuan Lanh communes, Dong Xuan District, Phu Yen Province.

In recent floods, the two communes had two people dead and five homes collapsed and 70 hectares of crops inundated, leaving a total damage of VND5 billion (US$250,000).

Source: SGGP