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Ha Tinh recognizes more historical, cultural sites

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

The Ha Tinh Province People’s Committee has recognized another 17 historical and cultural relic sites.

Cho Cui Temple in the central province of Ha Tinh

The 17 new sites include Lieu Hanh Temple, Cho Cui Temple, Yen Ninh village communal house, and other temples and houses of worships in the central province.


Ha Tinh now has a total of 240 provincial and 71 national relic sites.


It is anticipated that Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung will recognize the Nguyen Du relic site as especially significant vestige this year. Nguyen Du was a a great poet of Vietnam.

Source: SGGP

Northern region to suffer several more cold days

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:29 am

The extremely cold weather in the northern provinces will last several more days as another cold front is set to move in by Sunday, according to the national weather bureau.

Hanoi suffers from the cold weather at only 10 degree Celsius on December 6 (Photo: Thanh Nien)

In the next few days, the prevalent temperature will remain low at 8-13 degrees Celsius in Hanoi and the adjacent provinces. In the mountanoius areas, it will only be 5-9 degrees Celsius.


The current cold front, affecting the northern region over the last two days, has spread to the central part of the central region causing medium rain on Friday morning.


Within the day, it will move in the region’s southern part.


Meanwhile, Bui Minh Tang, director of the National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center said that one more cold front is predicted to overflow Vietnam on January 12 and 13.


As a result, northern provinces will continue to experience very cold weather until at least January 15 and even encounter some ice and frost.


The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Cao Duc Phat, has sent an urgent dispatch to northern and central provinces, asking them to carry out precautionary measures in order to protect the herds of cattle, from the cold weather.


Nguyen Xuan Duong, deputy head of the Department of Livestock Production of the ministry in, has asked officials from the various provinces to try to prevent cattle from dying due to the cold weather.

Source: SGGP

More flights for Ho Chi Minh City – Tuy Hoa route

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:15 am




More flights for Ho Chi Minh City – Tuy Hoa route


QĐND – Thursday, January 06, 2011, 21:19 (GMT+7)

PANO – The Vietnam Air Services Company will increase, by 9, flights on the Ho Chi Minh City – Tuy Hoa route, said Mr. Nguyen Thanh Tri, Deputy Director of the Phu Yen Provincial Department of Transportation.


Accordingly, these additional flights will be launched on 24th, 25th, 27th, 30th and 31st of January, using the Aerospace ATR72, to meet the demands of passengers during the coming Tet holiday.


On this occasion, the southern province of Phu Yen has also asked the national flag carrier, Vietnam Airlines, to launch two more flights per week on the Ho Chi Minh City – Tuy Hoa route for tourists during the National Tourism Year held in Phu Yen and some other South Central provinces.


At present, there are only five flights per week on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday on the Ho Chi Minh City – Tuy Hoa route.


Translated by Duy Minh


Source: QDND

One more environmental prize to be granted communities

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:15 am

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment on December 29 said that it will organize ‘Vietnam Environmental Protection Awards’ every two years, with three different kinds of awards for individuals, organizations and communities.

The Ministry held a closing ceremony, awarding environmental prizes in the period 2001-2010, and launched the Vietnam Environmental Awards for 2011 as well.


Over past ten years, 158 organizations and individuals have received environmental awards in five sectors, which include – education and training and environment communication; the reduction of environmental pollution, environmental restoration and improvement; application of information technology in environmental protection; state management on environmental protection; and finally, natural resources protection and conservation.


The number of individuals and organization registered for environmental protection awards is increasing every year.


From 2011, the sectors that will be chosen for awards will include – education and training and environment communication; application of information technology in environmental protection; reduction of environmental pollution, environmental restoration and improvement; preservation of diversified biology; and finally, coping with climate change and state management on environmental protection.

Source: SGGP

Jetstar Pacific offers more cheap tickets

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:15 am




Jetstar Pacific offers more cheap tickets


QĐND – Friday, January 07, 2011, 21:31 (GMT+7)

The budget carrier Jetstar Pacific is selling cheap tickets for some domestic routes on Lunar New Year holidays from January 7th to 9th.


Meanwhile cheap tickets, for flights from April 5th to 25th and from May 5th to 15th, are available on the air carrier’s website www.jetstar.com.


The Hanoi – Danang or Ho Chi Minh City – Danang/Hue flights cost from VND 300,000 and flights between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City cost from VND 600,000.


For online service, passengers need to use credit cards, such as Visa, Master Card, Amex, and JCB, and domestic debit cards, such as Connect 24 (Vietcombank), E- Partner (Vietinbank), and VIB.


Source: HNM


Translated by Duy Minh


Source: QDND

More than 7,000 poor women nationwide receive houses

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:10 am




More than 7,000 poor women nationwide receive houses


QĐND – Friday, January 07, 2011, 21:29 (GMT+7)

The Vietnam Women’s Union (VWU) Central Committee announced at a meeting on January 6 that its local chapters have raised more than VND64 billion to help build 7,000 houses for women in difficult circumstances.  


Last year, a campaign to build houses for poor women was launched nationwide and receive valuable support from international and domestic businesses, organizations, benefactors and local union members, said Tran Thanh Binh Vice President of the VWU Central Committee.


The Vice President highlighted great efforts made by provinces, cities, the union’s chapters and members in building houses for poor women.


The VWU Central Committee urges its local chapters to continue with the “Day for the Poor Women” campaign and ensure that at least two poor women will receive new houses a day this year.


The VWU Central Committee granted certificates of merit to 12 most outstanding students who achieved the highest markets at the university entrance exams in 2010.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

One more of sunken Van Don 02 saved, 11 still missing

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:04 am

Another man from the cargo vessel Van Don 02, which sank on the southern part of East Sea on December 28, has been saved. This now takes the rescued crewmembers to 12. However, another 11 people from the ship are still missing.

Van Dong Port in northern province of Quang Ninh.

Do Thanh Tu, 26, from Hai Phong City was saved by fishing boat number 95690 on December 29, said Do Trieu Quang, the owner of the Van Don 02.


Mr Quang, director of the Quang Ninh Sea Transport, Import and Export Joint Stock Company, also added that Tu’s health is still rather weak.


Earlier on December 28, 11 members of the vessel were saved by two fishing boats from the southern province of Kien Giang.


Pham Xuan Thuy, deputy director of the company said that the sinking incident might have been caused by a tornado, triggered by a low-pressure system.


The remaining crewmembers that were lost at sea have been identified and they are mainly from Quang Ninh, Hai Phong, Thai Binh, Ha Noi and Ha Nam.


Related article:
Vietnamese ship sinks in East Sea, 12 missing

Source: SGGP

Measures to attract more MICE tourists

In Uncategorized on December 21, 2010 at 9:31 am




Measures to attract more MICE tourists


QĐND – Monday, December 20, 2010, 21:48 (GMT+7)

The Vietnam Administration of Tourism has held a program to survey and improve the quality of MICE (Meeting-Incentive-Conference-Event) tours in Danang City, Quang Nam Province and Ho Chi Minh City.


According to international travel agencies, MICE has brought about a profit of 6 times bigger than a normal tourism sample. Vietnam is considered a great potential of MICE tourism compared to other ASEAN countries.


* According to the Vietnam Administration of Tourism, Vietnam will take part in the 30th ASEAN Tourism Forum from January 15th to 21st, 2011 in Phnom Penh.


With the theme “ASEAN – A world of wonders and diversity”, the ATF 2011 will be an important tourism event to improve tourism cooperation between ASEAN countries.


Source: HNM


Translated by Duy Minh


Source: QDND

Merger of Somali militants could mean more attacks

In Uncategorized on December 21, 2010 at 9:30 am

 Somalia’s weak, U.N.-backed government could face an increase in attacks from Islamist insurgents after the two largest groups dropped their running feud and merged, analysts and fighters said Monday.


The announcement on Sunday of a merger between al-Shabab and Hizbul Islam means the two won’t waste resources fighting one another, and will instead concentrate on fighting the Mogadishu-based government and the African Union troops who protect it, said Sheik Mohamed Osman Arus, Hizbul Islam’s head of operations.


“The two groups have already shared ammunition, field clinics and fought together,” Arus said. “But having a united leadership will mean the end of the puppet government and the African dogs,” a term militants use for the 8,000 African Union troops in Mogadishu.

Some of the 1000 soldiers of Somali Transitional Federal Government (TFG) trained by Uganda and European Union at their passing out parade, in Bihanga about 350kms west of Uganda capital Kampala, Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010

Since its establishment in 2007, al-Shabab has sought to defeat any Islamist rival. The group — Somalia’s most dangerous — increased attacks on Hizbul Islam in recent months and overtook several towns Hizbul Islam once controlled, military momentum that hastened the merger.


Abdirahim Isse Adow, the director of the government-run Radio Mogadishu, saw the merger as an opportunity for the government.


“It will be easier for the government to fight one group instead of fighting two different parties,” he said. “The public got fed up with al-Shabab’s tactics, and now the government can present itself as the only option in the market of winning hearts and minds.”


Al-Shabab imposes a harsh and conservative reading of Islam that bans movies and TV. Punishments include the chopping off of hands of thieves and death by stoning of adulterers. Several hundred foreign fighters — some of them veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts — populate its ranks.


Hizbul Islam has previously condemned al-Shabab’s use of suicide bombers and summary executions. Its founder, Sheik Hassan Dahir Aweys, also criticized al-Shabab’s public pledge of allegiance to Osama bin Laden. Hizbul Islam is widely seen as having a more nationalist agenda than al-Shabab, which has been heavily influenced by Wahhabi Islam ideology.


Arus, the Hizbul Islam commander, said his group united with al-Shabab under its own terms because continued fighting would only degrade both organizations, giving “more power to the enemy.” He said that 22 Hizbul Islam leaders met in Mogadishu on Friday and Saturday and decided on joining al-Shabab.


“We said to ourselves fighting al-Shabab will only lead to the Islamists’ downfall, as those apostates (the government and its backers) will take advantage of our weakness,” Arus said. “So we decided to unite with al-Shabab and strengthen the Mujahedeen. We will advise those hardline elements in it from within.”


Omar Abdirahman Mohamed, a political commentator on Mogadishu radio stations, said the merger wasn’t equal, but that al-Shabab “gobbled up” Hizbul Islam.


“The merger is a not a sea change in Somali politics,” he said. “I don’t think that their merger will affect the government significantly because they were already government enemies. If it brings something it is that it will only make reconciliation efforts more difficult because the anti-peace al-Shabab has taken over the opposition.”


Rashid Abdi, a Somali analyst with the International Crisis Group, downplayed the alliance, calling it “tactical.”


“I don’t think it can have a serious military effect on the government because Hizbul Islam has been weakened by al-Shabab and desertions,” he said. “I’m skeptical about its life span.”

Source: SGGP

Vietnam wins more medals at Asian Para Games

In Uncategorized on December 19, 2010 at 8:27 am




Vietnam wins more medals at Asian Para Games


QĐND – Saturday, December 18, 2010, 22:18 (GMT+7)

Le Duc Hung and Dao Van Cuong won a silver medal and a bronze medal at the athletic event of the 2010 Asian Para Games in China on December 17.


In the final round of men’s 400m running event for disabled athletes, Le Duc Hung finished as second and Dao Van Cuong as third. Jorchuy Kitsana from Thailand won gold in the event. 


As of December 18, Vietnam team has won 16 medals, of which are 3 gold, 4 silver and 9 bronze and comes 11th in the medal list. 


China comes first with 376 medals (175 gold), followed by Japan (29 gold) and the Republic of Korea (26 gold).


Source: VOV


Source: QDND