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Renovation of old community house complete

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:08 am

Renovation of old community house complete

QĐND – Tuesday, January 11, 2011, 21:34 (GMT+7)

A 3 -billion VND (150,000 USD) renovation project on the Dong Mon Communal House in the central northern province of Thanh Hoa has been completed.

Built under the reign of King Le Trung Hung (1570-1623) in Vinh Long District, the temple is the province’s oldest communal house and still has nearly all of its original features.

It is a five-compartment complex with sophisticated carving patterns on its pillars, demonstrating the typical architectural style of Vietnamese communal houses.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Old vehicles prove difficult to remove

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:04 am

Old vehicles prove difficult to remove

QĐND – Tuesday, January 11, 2011, 21:34 (GMT+7)

The Vietnam Registration Department said about 70,000 automobiles have passed their expiry date since the beginning of this year and were no longer considered road worthy – but that the majority are still in use.

Furthermore, the department said 40,000 trucks and nearly 30,000 buses have considered no longer roadworthy but that just 10,400 have been impounded.

Than Van Thanh, chief of the National Traffic Safety Committee, said the law prohibits aged vehicles from being on the road for safety reasons.

He added that vehicle owners are also largely ignorant of the law, while others openly flout road regulations because punishments are not strict enough.

The department, which has 88 vehicle registration centres nationwide, said owners often use fake registration documents to bypass the law and fool officials.

Most elderly and illegal vehicles are discovered in major cities such as Hanoi , HCM City and Dong Nai.

The Traffic Department said officials often confiscate registration documents shortly before a vehicle needs to be scrapped, and inform owners and relevant agencies about the approaching deadline.

The Vietnam Registration Department said the number of unfit vehicles on the country’s roads has decreased since Decree No 92 was promulgated.

However, the department said it is not easy to clearly state when foreign-made vehicle should be taken off the roads because of the availability of new parts.

Vehicles that have no documents are automatically considered unroad-worthy.

The department has published the registration numbers of those vehicles that should not be on the road.

Nguyen Huu Tri, the Registration Department head, said a public awareness campaign on the regulation has been run by local media.

Nguyen Duc Nghi, director of the municipal police, said police will step-up checks on trucks and buses. Those found un-roadworthy face fines of 4-6 million VND (190-285 USD) for each violation.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Baby sister maltreats three year old girl

In Uncategorized on November 25, 2010 at 5:19 am

A baby sister stepped on a three year old baby to bath her and grabbed the child’s hair to continuously slap in her face with water.

Tran Thi Phung (L) make a statement with officials in Binh Duong Province on November 24 (Photo: SGGP)

That were seen on a video clip, has been posted on the internet. According to Sai Gon Giai Phong reporters, the case took place at a daycare in Binh Thuan 1 Hamlet, Thuan Giao Commune, Thuan An District, the northern province of Binh Duong on the afternoon of November 19 or 20.

Yesterday morning, the commune authorities and officials from the province Department of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs investigated the daycare, which is also the woman’s house.

The baby sister, identified as Tran Thi Phung, admitted that she had bathed the baby in the clip. Meanwhile, the little girl named Ho Thi Thuy Ngan, baby of a worker’s family, living near the daycare.

Ngan usually refused to have a bath, so Phung stepped on her body to prevent her from running around, Phung explained.

There was a swollen scar on Ngan’s head while the remaining five children’s bodies were black and blue and with scratches. Ms.Phung said the injuries had been caused as the babies fell down at their homes.

Having been not licensed, Phung has worked as a child minder for workers’ families for ten years old. At present, Phung takes care of six babies, aged from 1-3, with the prices of VND300-350,000 a month, including food expenses.

Local officials said that Thuan Giao Commune now has about 20 unlicensed daycares. In the beginning of each school year, investigators from departments examine these basics and remind them to register for licenses.

However, with such thin investigation, the illegal daycares still have gap to operate and partly meet demand of poor parents.

Thuan Giao’s population is about 9,000 while the number of immigrants is ten folds higher that number, Mai Thi Phuong, chairman of the commune’s Woman Association said.

In addition, the commune now has only one public and two private pre-schools, just able to accommodate 600-700 in the total of 2,000 children, from and below five year old.

Operation of Phung’s daycare should be halted to wait for decisions from authorized organizations, the chairwoman proposed.

Video clip of the baby tortured case


Source: SGGP

Two year old girl lost in flooding night but still alive!

In Uncategorized on November 19, 2010 at 6:56 am

Hanoi restores old streets

In Uncategorized on November 12, 2010 at 7:53 am

Hill station blend of old, new

In Uncategorized on October 23, 2010 at 8:14 pm

Hill station blend of old, new

QĐND – Saturday, October 23, 2010, 23:12 (GMT+7)

Nestled high up in northern province of the Vinh Phuc, Tam Dao is perhaps the perfect respite from the heat and humidity of Ha Noi.

Tam Dao is just 86km northeast of the capital. The town, occupying 253ha, is 900m above sea level in the heart of Tam Dao National Park – the largest in the north.

The 80km mountain range has three prominent peaks, which is why it is named Tam Dao. The middle peak is called Ban Thach (Stone Table) and stands a proud 1,388m. The left peak is named Thien Nhi (Sky Market) and is 1,375m tall, while that on the right, named Phu Nghia, is 1,400m above sea level.

The French hill station is famed for the wraith-like mist that shrouds the town most mornings. By midday the fog lifts to reveal a mind-boggling panorama of hills and forests. The afternoons are typically cooler, while at night a chilly wind makes heavy clothing a must. In fact, each day in Tam Dao is like the four seasons of the year – summer, autumn, spring and winter.

Leading up to the town is a thin ribbon of road 20km long rising from the plain, while a silvery stream circles the town like a silk scarf around the slender neck of an enchantress.

The town is an ideal hideout for authors, which is why an annual writing competition is held in Tam Dao.

Adding to the splendour of Tam Dao are the vestiges of old French colonial houses dating from the early 20th century harking back to the days of European rule. In all, there are about 200 colonial buildings still standing, but few can remember the days of the French. Local culture official Do Dinh Chuc introduced me to Nguyen Huu Duyen and Luu Ngai. Duyen, now in his seventies, who is a descendent of one of the first families to settle in Tam Dao, some 104 years ago. Ngai used to work as a maid in one of the French’s villas.

That said, both remember only too vividly 1946 when locals applied the scorched-earth policy and destroyed the last vestiges of colonial rule during the Vietnamese war of resistance against the French.

Further information can be gleaned from the sixth volume of Indochina magazine published in June 1914. The magazine reads: “In 1904, a delegation sent by the Office of the General Governor of French Indochina sought a suitable place in the Tam Dao mountain range to build a summer resort.

“The delegation reported that they had found a suitable locality at a height of 930m. After two years of careful examination, the office began work in 1906 on the hill station.”

The French occupied the town for the next three decades before it was totally destroyed in the war of resistance. In its heyday, the town had 143 stone-built villas, some owned by wealthy Vietnamese such as Ho Dac Diem, Hong Khe and Phu My.

The architecture in Tam Dao is reminiscent of Sa Pa, Da Lat and Ha Noi, a blend of the old and the new, and gave the nostalgic colonialists a taste of home.

The stone walls were typically 60-120cm thick. The slate for the roofs was imported from Toulouse and Marseille.

Little now remains.

Duyen and Ngai said life for them and the other 6,000 Vietnamese in the region was hard. Most served the wishes of their colonial masters. They were not allowed to settle in the town. Instead they were forced to live 2km away.

Today Tam Dao has 60 hotels and guest houses that are owned by 17 families. The district received about 1 million tourists in the first six months of this year, which is a 50 per cent increase against the same period last year.

The remaining 200 inhabitants earn a living from farming and growing su su (the local name for chayote).

“Chayote here are more delicious than those in other places such as Sa Pa,” said Do Quoc Hai, a tourist from Ha Noi, while eating a bowl of chayote that had been stir-fried in oil and garlic.

Green chayote trellises laden with fruit can be seen everywhere. About five tonnes are picked each day. In fact, the unique taste of the fruit has become synonymous with Tam Dao. And when visitors reluctantly have to return to the noise and pollution of the city, a basket of the fruit is a happy reminder of the halycon days in the hills.

Source: VietNamNet/Viet Nam News


Source: QDND

3,000 year old rice current variety

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 7:54 am

Rice grains, supposed to date back to about 3,000 years ago at Den Citadel relic site in Hanoi’s Me Linh District, are in fact a current rice variety, scientists said at a seminar held by the Agricultural Genetics Institute on Tuesday.

Den Citadel rice is about to be harvested (Photo: Thanh Nien)

AND analysis indicates that the rice grains are completely similar with Khang Dan, a current rice variety, said Dr. Luu Minh Cuc from the institute.

Vietnamese archaeologists found the rice grains at the Den Citadel relic site in May.

Thanh Den is a well-known Vietnamese archaeological site. Seven excavations have taken place at the site since 2001.


Source: SGGP

Remembering old Nha Trang

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 4:01 am

Remembering old Nha Trang

QĐND – Friday, September 10, 2010, 20:48 (GMT+7)

The central coastal city of Nha Trang has long been famed for its beautiful palm-fringed beach, breath-taking vistas and succulent seafood. But if you’re bored with lazy days by the beach, Nha Trang Xua (Old Nha Trang) is the place for you.

It’s hard to believe the resort, which occupies 2ha in Thong Thai Village at the foot of Giang Huong Mountain , is just 3km from the chaotic city centre.

The resort has 11 bungalows nestling in a field of rice. The air is scented with the sweet smell of lotus flowers, and a gentle breeze wafts your cares away.

The resort is owned by Truong Dinh Ngoc Yen, a Nha Trang-born woman, who loves peace and quiet.

“I used to spend a lot of time living with my grandma in the village when I was a child,” she says.

“Later, I went to university in Nha Trang, before opening a business in the bustling city. However, I always longed for the peaceful atmosphere that I remembered from my childhood.

“I love seeing small birds pecking at food on the ground. I have always dreamt of building a small secluded garden like my mum’s. My childhood is full of fond memories.”

She followed her dreams and bought a small plot of land which she turned into a picturesque garden.

Visiting friends urged her to open the garden to the public, so she established Nha Trang Xua in 2009.

In the beginning it was just a small garden and a food court. But even then, about 200 people would visit daily – three times that number on the weekends.

To create a local atmosphere, Yen has bought plants native to the area to her garden. There are also vegetables, fruit trees and herbs.

“The resort reminds me a lot of my grandparents’ house in Vinh Phuong Village 30 years ago,” says local resident Huynh Phuong.

“Every corner of the resort is a reflection of different parts of Nha Trang in days gone by. The wet yin-yang roofed house in the middle of the garden, the pond, the mossy brick path.”

Yen has relocated houses dating back 100 to 300 years to the resort, which now comprises 11 houses; a food court capable of accommodating 250 diners; a food centre for package tourists and formal functions, which has a capacity of 700 guests; and a seven-room hotel.

The restaurants offers more than 100 traditional local dishes, which are served authentically.

“The resort is unique, local but professionally run,” says Bui Minh Thang, director of Phuong Thang Tourism Company. “Nha Trang lacks places like this. It gives visitors an incite into local culture.”

However, Thang says the owner should advertise the place better to foreign visitors and provide better car-parking facilities.

But these shortcomings do not put off Beth Keyser from Australia .

“I like the small cosy and nature-friendly atmosphere of the resort,” she says. “I have stayed in similar places in Thailand , but here, I feel like I’m experiencing Vietnamese life as it was in the early 19th century. All the furniture inside the old house is authentic.”

Yen says she wants visitors to feel like they are in a time warp.

“I want visitors to see a different world, to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and return to the old peaceful days when people had time for one another. I want people to hear birds singing in the morning, smell the scent of flowers and discover themselves, something that can only happen in a place of quietness and harmony,” she says.

Lovely as the resort is, Yen is not happy – she has expansionist plans.

“I want to relocate more old houses so that I can host wedding parties. I love to imagine a wedding procession proceeding down the path in a field of mature rice,” she sighs.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Tours of old battlefields attract many visitors

In Uncategorized on July 31, 2010 at 7:19 pm

Tours of old battlefields attract many visitors

QĐND – Saturday, July 31, 2010, 21:22 (GMT+7)

A tour programme entitled “Memories of Old Battlefield and Comrades” has recorded some encouraging initial results after five years of operation, with increasing numbers of domestic and foreign tourists visiting the host province of Quang Tri .

According to Director of the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Huu Thang, the programme has contributed remarkably to the provinces economic development by creating jobs and reducing poverty.

From 2005 to June 2010, Quang Tri province welcomed nearly 3.7 million visitors, earning a total revenue of 2.77 billion VND – a modest figure but an encouraging sign for the tourist industry in a poor area like Quang Tri.

Quang Tri saw some of the fiercest battles during the war against the US , and is home to 431 historical sites.

Thang said that soon after the programme was launched in 2005, the province organised a series of socio-cultural activities and events to promote tourism.

Many cultural festivals focusing on the revolution have impressed not only local visitors but also foreigners from all over the world, including the annual Truong Son Legends Festival on July 27 and a ceremony to release flowers on Thach Han River.

The 2010 National Reunification Festival, which took place on the 35 th anniversary of the liberation of the South and national reunification (April 30), has left a deep impression on nearly 100,000 visitors.

The “War Memoirs and Aspirations for Peace” Festival welcomed 38 foreign ambassadors and hundreds of overseas Vietnamese from all corners of the world.

This was a “double” efficiency of the combination of war relics and revolutionary festivals in areas that had seen fierce struggles during the war.

The province has also invested in the infrastructure that serves memorial tours, including historical sites and relics, and roads from Cua Tung beach to the Vinh Moc tunnels and roads to Cua Viet and Cua Tung beaches, Cua Tung Bridge and the memorial house to late Party General Secretary Le Duan.

Monuments to the heroes of Con Co Island and Regiment No. 27 in Cam Tuyen, a bell-tower in Quang Tri Citadel, road No. 9 and Truong Son Cemetery have been constructed or upgraded.

Tourist agencies in Quang Tri in particular have also responded to the programme by introducing reasonable and attractive tours as well as preparing maps, leaflets and publications that promote Vietnamese tourism.

Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Le Tien Tho stressed that in the future, businesses should define their markets in order to create more attractive tours.

He said that local tour operators need to liaise with travel agencies from the surrounding provinces and cities that have a large demands for visits to Quang Tri and then expand to localities along the East-West Corridor and countries in the Mekong sub-region, targeting overseas Vietnamese and academics who want to study the wars and revolutionary movements in Vietnam, especially in Quang Tri.

They should also look towards Western European countries, the Republic of Korea , Japan and the US and focus on war veterans and relatives of those who had fought in Quang Tri province.

As one of the initiators of the “Memories of Old Battlefield and Comrades” programme, Deputy Minister of National Defence Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Huy Hieu said that the programme should be expanded to north-western, central and Central Highlands provinces, Ho Chi Minh City and Mekong Delta provinces.

Hieu, who fought on Quang Tri’s battlefields during the war, said he hoped that the programme will link up Quang Tri with other battlefields such as Dien Bien Phu in the north and Cu Chi tunnels in the south.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Hanoi unveils electric coach tours of old quarter

In Uncategorized on July 17, 2010 at 4:52 pm

Hanoi unveils electric coach tours of old quarter

QĐND – Saturday, July 17, 2010, 20:48 (GMT+7)

Hanoi tourism authorities have launched two new tours of the 1,000-year-old old quarter, home to 36 old streets named after guilds, by electric vehicles.

Coaches, begin rolling along Hanoi’s old quarter Saturday, is a brainchild of the Hoan Kiem District People’s Committee and Dong Xuan Joint Stock Company.

They will use 20 battery-powered coaches, each of which can carry 12 passengers, on two routes around the old quarter.

One will take people around Hoan Kiem Lake, or the Lake of the Returned Sword, and the other to some of the guild streets, food courts, and historical relics.

They will leave at 20-minute intervals from 8:30am to 11pm every day.

A ride costs from VND10,000 (53 US cents) to VND30,000.

The old quarter, situated near the equally historic Hoan Kiem Lake, was created in the 11th century, when the 100-hectare area was home to 36 guilds, each of which gave its name to a street. Thus, there is a Hang Bac Street which was once home to silversmiths and a Hang Mam Street named for fish sauce.

There are 4,000 houses here, a fourth of which are more than 100 years old.

Source: tuoitrenews

Source: QDND