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Trip to Duong Lam ancient village

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:31 pm

Duong Lam ancient village, about 46 kilometres from Hanoi, is a famous Vietnamese ancient village of Hanoi and also the first ancient village recognized at the national level on 19 May, 2006.

Mong Phu gate with banian tree and river wharf.

A journey to the village is a trip to trace back the origin of Vietnam’s culture and tradition. This is also the great chance explore architecture of ancient houses while wander along its narrow alleyways, visit temples dedicated to the two kings born there, and most interesting of all, chat with locals living in the ancient houses.


Duong Lam Ancient Village is the only place in Vietnam where two kings came from.


Phung Hung (761-802) and Ngo Quyen (808-944), who were born and grew up in the village, led the resistance to and had victories over China’s Sung and Southern Han troops to recover national independence. They both became kings. After they died, temples were erected to worship them.


The village is a place to see for tourists from far and wide on the occasion of the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long – Hanoi. It is included in tours of many travel companies. Two of its famous places are Sung Nghiem Tu (Mia Pagoda) and Mong Phu Temple. Mia Pagoda is on a small hill in Dong Sang Hamlet.


The shape of Duong Lam road is fishbone.


To date, the Duong Lam village has 800 ancient houses.

 

Village well

Old Laterite wall

A 200-year old house in Mong Phu Hamlet



Source: SGGP

Trip to Duong Lam ancient village

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 4:00 am




Trip to Duong Lam ancient village


QĐND – Sunday, September 26, 2010, 21:0 (GMT+7)

Duong Lam ancient village, about 46 kilometres from Hanoi, is a famous Vietnamese ancient village of Hanoi and also the first ancient village recognized at the national level on 19 May, 2006.


A journey to the village is a trip to trace back the origin of Vietnam’s culture and tradition. This is also the great chance explore architecture of ancient houses while wander along its narrow alleyways, visit temples dedicated to the two kings born there, and most interesting of all, chat with locals living in the ancient houses.


Duong Lam Ancient Village is the only place in Vietnam where two kings came from.


Phung Hung (761-802) and Ngo Quyen (808-944), who were born and grew up in the village, led the resistance to and had victories over China’s Sung and Southern Han troops to recover national independence. They both became kings. After they died, temples were erected to worship them.


The village is a place to see for tourists from far and wide on the occasion of the 1,000th Anniversary of Thang Long – Hanoi. It is included in tours of many travel companies. Two of its famous places are Sung Nghiem Tu (Mia Pagoda) and Mong Phu Temple. Mia Pagoda is on a small hill in Dong Sang Hamlet.


The shape of Duong Lam road is fishbone.


To date, the Duong Lam village has 800 ancient houses.


Source: SGGP


Source: QDND

Binh Duong urged to develop hi-tech industries

In Uncategorized on August 10, 2010 at 3:20 pm




Binh Duong urged to develop hi-tech industries


QĐND – Tuesday, August 10, 2010, 20:50 (GMT+7)


The southern province of Binh Duong should adopt proper policies to draw more investments in hi-tech industries and financial and trade services in order to ensure its rapid and sustainable growth.

PM Nguyen Tan Dung delivered the request during a working session with local authorities on August 10, focusing on the province’s performance of socio-economic tasks in the 2006-2010 period and its development directions for the next five years.


Binh Duong should review the planning of industrial zones and high-quality agriculture combined with the development of modern urban centres and the processing industry, striving for an annual average GDP growth rate of more than 13 percent in the next five years and a per capita income of over 60 million VND by 2015, he said.


The leader urged the province to focus on developing its human resources and transport infrastructure, taking care of and protecting the legitimate interests of workers, and paying due attention to environmental protection.


He commended Binh Duong on multifaceted achievements it has recorded over the past five years, citing its annual average economic growth of 14 percent and a 20 percent rise in industrial production value, and per capita income of 30 million VND a year.


The province attracted 846 foreign-invested projects with a combined capital of 7.3 billion USD during the review period, bringing the total number of projects to 1,966 and capitalised at 13.3 billion USD.


Binh Duong managed to reduce the number of poor households to below 1 percent and raise the rate of trained workers to 60 percent of its workforce, while making progress in the fields of culture, education, health care and the environment, PM Dung said.


However, the PM noted that the provincial leaders must be careful while mapping out urban development plans, especially those regarding housing and welfare projects, as the province’s population has grown rapidly due to the influx of migrant workers.


He also proposed the province take drastic measures to accomplish this year’s socio-economic targets and successfully organise Party congresses at all levels.


Source: VNA Photo: VOV


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

Environment protection trumps FDI in Binh Duong

In Uncategorized on July 20, 2010 at 3:20 pm




Environment protection trumps FDI in Binh Duong


QĐND – Monday, July 19, 2010, 21:2 (GMT+7)

Vietnam has changed its mind in how its leaders view foreign direct investment (FDI) in recent years. The country now refuses to grant licenses to investment projects that cause environment pollution or projects that use outdated technologies.


Binh Duong has always led other provinces and cities in terms of attracting FDI. Recently, however, Dau tu newspaper quoted Le Viet Dung, Deputy Director of the Binh Duong province Planning and Investment Department, as saying that the volume of capital in investment projects nowadays is not a priority.


These days, Dung maintained that all investors must show that their investment projects are safe for the environment in obtain an operations license.


Binh Duong authorities have denied approval for investment licenses to projects outside industrial zones. The province has also revoked licenses of tanning enterprises in residential areas, urging them to relocate into industrial zones.


Most recently, the Binh Duong Party provincial committee released a decision to reject licenses for industrial projects in Thuan An district. The land fund remaining will be given to projects on service development.


The Binh Duong 2020 development goal is to increase the proportion of services in the area economy to 51%. The plan has been applauded by investors. Low Sing Leng, General Director of Vietnam-Singapore Joint Venture (SembCorp), remarked that, besides Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park (VSIP), SembCorp plans to expand investment in new urban area projects in Binh Duong.


Binh Duong is also willing to welcome investment in supporting industries.


With these goals in mind, Binh Duong created a ‘modest’ target in attracting FDI at the start of 2010, set at one billion dollars in registered capital for the year. To date, the province has attracted $561 million in FDI, with average capital per investment project at $5.3 million.


Similarly, Thai Van Re, Director of HCM City Planning and Investment Department, also revealed that, in the last two years, the fields of mechanical engineering and electronics have always led in numbers of investment projects. In the first half of 2010, HCM City licensed 166 new projects, of which projects in these fields accounted for over 50 percent.


Regarding the ‘golden land areas’, which may attract up to eight billion dollars in FDI for 2010, Re remarked that this was not a main priority now.


The city now is focusing on increasing disbursement rates of present FDI projects. Though the rate for the first half of 2010 increased by 14.7 percent over the same period of 2009 (5787 billion dong), the figure was still far below expectations. The city had aimed for the disbursement of 17 trillion dong in 2010.


As a result, HCM City authorities have been trying to simplify procedures to speed up disbursement rates. They are also tackling registered projects that remain inactive,, especially in the real estate sector.


Statistics demonstrate that real estate projects account for 60 percent of the total registered FDI capital in HCM City, but disbursement rates are very low. For example, among 17 projects with revoked investment licenses in 2008, there were 11 capitalized at $3.7 billion. Most recently, city authorities have also revoked licenses on 40 other real estate projects.


Nguyen Viet Se, Director of the Southern Office of the Socio-Economic Information and Forecasting Centre, believes that now is the time to alter the purposes of FDI.


He noted that places with big economies like HCM City, Binh Duong, Dong Nai and Ba Ria-Vung Tau should focus on processing industries rather than running after capital from real estate projects.


Se has also come out against steel and cement projects, because this is a production field that consumes too much power and also natural resources.


Source: Dau tu/VNN


Source: QDND

Binh Duong popular with Japanese investors

In Uncategorized on June 18, 2010 at 4:28 pm




Binh Duong popular with Japanese investors


QĐND – Friday, June 18, 2010, 20:47 (GMT+7)

The southern province of Binh Duong has become a “popular destination” for foreign investors, particularly those from Japan, commented Ikuo Mizuki , Japan’s Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City.


His countryman, Hirota Nakanishi from the Japanese External Trade Organisation (JETRO) agreed with him and added that Binh Duong’s administrative agencies, its infrastructure and the local human resources all meet the strict requirements demanded by foreign investors.


The strong growth of Japanese investment in the province in the recent past indicates that Japanese investors are more than satisfied with the southern economic hub.


Amongst the 1,940 investment projects in Binh Duong, worth a total of 13 billion USD, 150 of them are Japanese, accounting for 1.4 billion USD.


According to the provincial Department of Planning and Investment, the investment flow from Japan into the province is still rising, and the projects are getting bigger and bigger.


Noteworthy is the Kubota Vietnam project that manufactures ploughs and combine harvesters. Another remarkable project is Kirin Acecook’s 60 million USD factory that produces fruit juice. It is also the first beverage plant to introduce aseptic technology in Vietnam.


It is a good idea to invest in Binh Duong, said Kirin Acecook’s General Director Munechika Yokomizo, before praising the short time it takes to get licensed in the province.


In an effort to facilitate overseas investors, the Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Hoang Son, said that his province is upgrading its infrastructure, especially in industrial zones as well as reforming its administrative procedures.


Binh Duong attracted more than 2 billion USD in foreign direct investment (FDI) last year and Son predicted that this year’s figure will be much higher.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Hai Duong reports 16 cases of acute diarrhea

In Uncategorized on April 19, 2010 at 9:48 am

Five in 16 cases of acute diarrhea reported in northern province of Hai Duong were tested positive for the virulent vibrio cholera virus, a health official said on April 18.

People may contract the virulent vibrio cholera virus from sidewalk food.

Bui Huy Nhanh, director of the province’s Preventive Health Department said that all of the sixteen patients live in the same village of Binh Giang district. They are being treated in local hospital and medical clinic


Epidemiologists said they all ate food at the funeral ceremony in a neighbor village.


Medical workers of the district clinic have sprayed chemicals to disinfect the environment and water as well as kept an eye on other 250 participants to the ceremony and investigated the origin of the food used at the funeral.


Five cities and provinces have reported outbreaks of acute diarrhea and cholera, said the Department of Preventive Health, part of the Ministry of Health.


Dr. Nguyen Huy Nga, head of the Department of Preventive Medicine and Environment, warned that the disease was at high risk of spreading because of unpredictable sweltering weather in southern provinces.


“In addition, scorching weather leads to severe shortage of fresh and clean water so residents must use unclean water”, he added.


Moreover, food easily turns spoiled in the hot weather, causing people contaminated with the virus

Source: SGGP

Malaysian firm invests in 1,200 MW power plant in Hai Duong

In Uncategorized on April 9, 2010 at 8:43 pm

Five die in Binh Duong building collapse

In Vietnam Society on December 21, 2009 at 3:58 pm

A five-storey building collapsed in Di An town, the southern province of Binh Duong on December 19, killing at least five people and leaving four with serious injuries.









Rescue workers search for victims after a five-storey building collapsed in Binh Duong Province December 19. (Photo: Tuoi tre)


There were 14 people including painters, masons and electricians working in the building, still under construction, at the time of the collapse.

Provincial rescue workers searched for bodies in the wreckage and transported the injured to hospitals.

The two sons of building owner Hoang Tuan On are reported to have suffered broken legs in the incident, which saw the entire building leveled.

On said he purchased the original two-storey building from another owner and was modifying it to five stories.

An investigation into the cause of the collapse is underway.


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Binh Duong conducts large-scale check on environment protection

In Vietnam Environment on September 8, 2009 at 5:32 pm

An environment inspection team, lead by Luong Duy Thanh, deputy inspector of the Vietnam Environment Administration, worked with the Binh Duong Province People’s Committee Thursday to outline a large-scale check on local industrial zones and business compliance with environment regulations.

The inspection team will carry out checks on central wastewater treatment systems at 24 industrial zones operating in the province and then at businesses suspected of illegally dumping untreated wastewater into rivers.

Further checks will be carried out on the operation of water- source pollution treatment systems at Saigon and Dong Nai rivers to see whether or not that they are working effectively.

Recently, an increasing number of businesses have been caught seriously violating environment protection regulations in Binh Duong Province.

The province’s Peoples’ Committee has imposed administrative fines on six companies that had illegally dumped untreated wastewater into Thi Tinh River.

San Miguel Pure Foods Vietnam, located in Lai Hung Commune, Ben Cat District, was told to pay an administrative fine of VND1.3 billion and a further VND1.2 billion ($67,000) as environment protection fees due in previous years.









A local farmer’s bamboo garden is covered with a thick layer of smelly mud after the embankment at San Miguel Pure Foods Vietnam’s wastewater tank was breached (Photo: Tuoi Tre).


Twelve days after the embankment of the company’s wastewater tank was breached, fishermen living along Thi Tinh River said that the volume of fish in the river had decreased significantly due to water contamination.

The pollution has also caused damage to 1.8 hectares of rubber trees, killing 40,000 Tra fish and 4,000 frogs bred by dozens of families in Ben Cat.

Truc Dien, a swine breeding company, had to pay a fine of VND 33 million. The company discharged 250 cubic meters of untreated wastewater into Ben Van Stream, which flows into Thi Tinh River.

Truc Dien was also forced to suspend its operations.

Other companies found polluting the river include Dai Viet Company, which was fined VND53 million, Khai Hoan Co. Ltd. which received a fine of VND22 million and Hiep Thanh Co. VND 25 million.

MDF Vietnam, which produces wooden furniture, had its works suspended.

Related articles:
Environment polluter fined over VND100 million
Wastewater treatment facility found to be ‘inadequate’ 


Source: SGGP