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Authorities set to turn Cam Ranh town into city

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:06 am

On December 23, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung signed decision No 65/NP-CP, turning Cam Ranh Town into a city, which is in the central province of Khanh Hoa.

                      Cam Ranh international airport

Cam Ranh has a population of around 130,000 households and covers an area of more than 30,000ha.

The city has a deep-water bay with many beautiful beaches and it is some 30km away from the coastal city of Nha Trang.

The Khanh Hoa People’s Committee has approved a planning project to develop Cam Ranh. This will start now until 2025.

In addition, Cam Ranh airport became an international airport with the opening of an official direct air route linking Cam Ranh and Vladivostock in Russia last December.

The national aviation sector invested more than VND200 billion in building a new terminal, air traffic control station, a modern runway lights and other facilities in Cam Ranh Airport. The capacity of the new terminal doubles the old one which was only capable of loading 300 passengers per hour.

Khanh Hoa has currently two big cities including Nha Trang and Cam Ranh, and a town called Ninh Hoa.

Source: SGGP

Floor price for Tra fish comes into effect

In Uncategorized on December 17, 2010 at 2:26 pm

Floor price for Tra fish comes into effect

QĐND – Friday, December 17, 2010, 20:56 (GMT+7)

The floor prices for exports of Tra fish will be enforced by the first quarter of next year, said Duong Ngoc Minh, Deputy Head of the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP).

This is the result of a meeting between 20 largest Tra fish exporters of VASEP at the end of last week.

Floor prices are now US$3/kg for white meat Tra fish and US$2.05/kg for the red meat. The prices for Tra fish bought from farmers must be more than US$1/kg.

These prices will not be applied in the US market due to the difference in payment methods relating to anti-dumping taxes.

Minh also said that the demand for Tra fish in the EU market is still rising despite being listed on the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) red list. EU customers want more Tra fish for fear of short in supply from Vietnam in the future.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Historical relics fall into obscurity

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:52 am

The oldest tomb from Nguyen Lords’ time – Queen Doan Thi Ngoc royal tomb and the only remaining work from Tay Son Dynasty – Hoang De (Emperor) Citadel have been severely ruined in the central region.

Relic turns into cattle farm

The royal tomb of Queen Doan Thi Ngoc in Quang Nam Province is in need of restoration and repair (Photo: SGGP)

The royal tomb of Queen Doan Thi Ngoc is located in Chiem Son Village, Duy Trinh Commune, Duy Xuyen District, and Quang Nam Province. Doan Thi Ngoc was praised for her contribution in the development of mulberry growing, silkworm breeding and silk weaving, in the area in 17th century.

Tam Tang Village had made several types of famous silk, which is both sold locally and around the world. In March every year, local authorities organize the Tam Tang female-lord festival, in commemoration of her.

There is a concrete wall built to protect the tomb, but the Iron Gate in front of the tomb has collapsed. As a result, local residents are now using the relic site as cattle ground.

Head of Chiem Son Village Nguyen Van Thanh said, “the tomb is located far from any residential areas, and as a result, management have neglected the site, letting it to become a cattle farm”.

In 1975, authorized officials regarded the relic as a ‘vestige of the feudal regime’. This led to local residents taking resources from the site and using them as housing materials.

In addition, thieves have used explosives in the attempt to find hidden treasure on the site.  Gold was once thought to be buried in the tomb.

Other than a concrete wall and the installation of a sign, the relic site has yet to be restored. Quang Nam Province now has over 49 national relics, with four of them being used for illegal purposes. Of the 256 provincial relics, 21 are still in need of restoration, 32 have been severely ruined and 89 relic sites have completely disappeared.

Forgot Emperor Citadel

Hoang De (Emperor) Citadel from Tay Son Dynasty has fallen into decay in Binh Dinh Province. King Thai Duc or Nguyen Nhac, who was eldest brother of Quang Trung Emperor, in Nhon Hau Commune, built the Citadel in the An Nhon District in 1776.

After Nguyen Anh assigned the throne in 1802, he destroyed relics relating to Tay Son Dynasty. The Hoang De Citadel relic has been considered as the only architectural work from Tay Son period that still exists in Vietnam.

Since 2004-2007, Binh Dinh Museum, have worked with the Vietnam Institute of Archeology to excavate the site and discovered several objects that have historical value.

After many years, it has fallen in decay and has been exposed to the weathering elements.  At present, the citadel’s is over growed with grass and in severe decay.

Tran Duc Tong, who looks after the relic, said, ”the site has been recognized as a national historical and cultural relic by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, but it has been neglected for a long time”.

Source: SGGP

Company gold exploitation cuts Dakrong River into small bits

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:47 am

The Construction Limited Company No.9 has made the Dakrong River deformed since it was licensed to exploit gold in the Dakrong District, the central province of Quang Tri in November.

The Construction Company No.9 has made the Dakrong River an ‘environmental mess’ while mining for gold in the central province of Quang Tri (Photo: SGGP)

The river section through Huc Nghi Commune has been badly polluted; as mining work is performed daily from 7am to 10pm.

Dozens of people from Van Kieu commune gathered at the river section to show their displeasure about the company’s operations on December 13.

Ho Van Lien, a local citizen, said the commune has 291 households, with over half of them being very poor.  Their livelihoods relied on farming the fields and sometimes, in their spare time, they did ‘sift for gold’ in the river.

However, now they are prohibited to search for gold by the Huc Nghi Commune People’s Committee. The Construction Company No.9 promised that they would assist the poorer household’s with food. However, so far, the company has not fulfilled this duty.

A reporter from Sai Gon Giai Phong newspaper, witness thousands of tons of soil, stone piles and trenches dumped into the riverbed.  A section of the Ho Chi Minh Highway, which goes through the community, has always been eroded by river water. This is likely to get much worse as the mining continues.

Le Phuoc Chuong, deputy head of Department of Natural Resources and Environment in Dakrong District, said the construction company no.9’s operation on the river has been suspended, for violating environmental regulations.

In a commitment, with the Quang Tri Province People’s Committee, the company was asked to take care of the environment while digging for gold. However, it has just focused on the exploitation of gold and has been careless with how it disposes the sand and soil, dug out from mine.

Additionally, the company was only allowed to use two excavators, but it has been found that over seven excavators have been in operation at the site. 

In trying to explain these discrepancies, regarding mining on the site, company director Truong Duc Hai said, that an hydropower plant is to be built there in 2015 and as a result gold exploration had to be ‘speeded up’.

Source: SGGP

Calling for more investment into agriculture and rural development

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:34 am

Calling for more investment into agriculture and rural development

QĐND – Monday, December 06, 2010, 20:40 (GMT+7)

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development held a conference in Quang Binh province on December 6 to call for more investment into agriculture and rural development in six north-central provinces from Thanh Hoa to Thua Thien-Hue.

In recent times, businesses felt reluctant to invest in agriculture in the north-central region, because the area is seriously affected by floods, storms and wind from Laos.

However, the Vietnam Rubber Group affirmed it is still safe to grow rubber there as only a few areas of rubber plantation were destroyed by storms in the region over the past 10 years.

At the conference, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Cao Duc Phat said the north-central region has great agricultural potential for aquaculture because the region has 670km of coastal line, as well as 23 river mouths and lagoons. There is also has more than 1.6 million ha of forest land. It also has advantages in road, railway, sea and aviation transport, facilitating transportation of goods and abundant human. The region is frequently hit by natural disasters and floods, but it can be dealt with by applying advanced technologies and growing suitable plants, said Mr Phat.

In the 2011-2020period, the six provinces will call on businesses to further invest in rubber plantations, raising cows and developing aquaculture and seafood processing. Investors in these fields will be granted incentives, such as exemption from land tax, financial support of 50-100 percent training fees for workers, 50-70 percent of advertising fees and 50 percent of transportation costs.

At the conference, businesses signed three projects for agriculture in the region. The Vietnam Rubber Group also donated VND500 million to central flood victims.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

An Giang releases rare birds and snakes into forest

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2010 at 4:52 am

The Forest Management Department of the Mekong Delta Province of An Giang released 269 rare and valuable birds and more than 70 kilos of snakes into the Tra Su Indigo ecological forest in Tinh Bien District.

The local authorities have seized the animals and rare birds including laughing thrushes, starlings, orioles, magpies, parrots and more in Chau Phu District and Chau Doc Town.

The An Giang Forest Management Department has also cooperated with Long Xuyen City to organize two training courses on harmfulness of the red-eared turtles and methods to destroy them for more than 100 officials of local authorities, famer clubs, and pet shops’ owners.

Source: SGGP

Muslim pilgrims launch into final hajj rituals

In Uncategorized on November 18, 2010 at 6:26 am

State Bank pours more capital into interbank system

In Uncategorized on November 15, 2010 at 2:31 pm

Muslim pilgrims pour into Mina as the hajj begins

In Uncategorized on November 15, 2010 at 6:30 am

S.Africa turns apartheid-era nukes into medicine

In Uncategorized on November 12, 2010 at 5:52 am