Boosting tourism cooperation in eight northwestern provinces

(VOV) - A conference to review the tourism development cooperation programme implemented by eight northwestern provinces was held in Moc Chau district, Son La province on January 30. The 2010-2015 programme was signed five years ago by representatives of eight northwestern provinces, including Hoa Binh, Son La, Dien Bien, Lai Chau, Lao Cai, Yen Bai, Phu Tho and Ha Giang. Many activities were held within the programme such as building mechanism on tourism management, developing tourism products and training human resources. In 2014, eight northwestern provinces attracted 14.3 million arrivals and earned VND7,825 billion, up 22.5% compared to 2013. Last year, the eight provinces had over 1,600 accommodations, meeting increasing number of visitors. Some new tourism routes were explored. Besides, images of northwestern region are now well-known through tourism promotions activities, international tourism fairs and enjoy great support of the European Union. At the conference, … [Read more...]

Boosting tourism cooperation in 8 northwestern provinces

(VOV) - A conference to review the tourism development cooperation programme implemented by eight northwestern provinces was held in Moc Chau district, Son La province on January 30. The 2010-2015 programme was signed five years ago by representatives of eight northwestern provinces, including Hoa Binh, Son La, Dien Bien, Lai Chau, Lao Cai, Yen Bai, Phu Tho and Ha Giang. Many activities were held within the programme such as building mechanism on tourism management, developing tourism products and training human resources. In 2014, eight northwestern provinces attracted 14.3 million arrivals and earned VND7,825 billion, up 22.5% compared to 2013. Last year, the eight provinces had over 1,600 accommodations, meeting increasing number of visitors. Some new tourism routes were explored. Besides, images of northwestern region are now well-known through tourism promotions activities, international tourism fairs and enjoy great support of the European Union. At the conference, … [Read more...]

Vietnam police nick three street robbers who targeted foreigners in Hanoi

Vietnamese police have arrested three of the four street robbers in two different groups that have committed dozens of thefts targeting foreigners in Hanoi, local media reported. >> Two men held for snatching foreigner’s handbag in Hanoi Police in Hanoi’s Hoan Kiem District on Thursday said that they have proposed that the local prosecutor’s office ratify the prosecution of Dao Van Binh, 25, Hoang Van Tinh, 20, Do Ngoc Tu, 32, and Nguyen Duy Ngoc, 27 on charges of property robbery by snatching, according to news website Phap Luat & Xa Hoi (Law & Society). Binh and Tinh were in a group while the two others were in another, but all of them targeted foreigners in their street robbery operations in the capital city. Tu was arrested on January 15 when he and Ngoc committed a street robbery, but Ngoc escaped. Meanwhile, Binh and Tinh were nabbed several days later. The police are hunting for Ngoc. Binh, a Hanoi resident, and Tinh, hailing from the … [Read more...]

Wednesday January 28, 2015

(VOVworld) - I’d like to remind you again that VOV’s English program is now broadcast on the internet at the same time as on shortwave. Please log in to our website at www.vovworld.vn to listen to our program with stable quality. B: This week we got a lot of feedback from listeners telling us their most interesting stories on VOV. Gerry Neumann of the UK informed us that reception of VOV in Europe on 5955 KHz at 18 UTC continues to be SINPO 55555 to 45444 most days. On Sunday January 18th, Gerry listened to the Sunday Show, which featured 2 stories about the Red Dao ethnic minority in northern Vietnam. The first was about their traditional paper-making craft, using bamboo to make white paper and glutinous rice to make yellow votive papers and paper for ceremonies. The second story was about choosing the best land for cultivation and diversifying crops. A: Gerry said: "As usual, the whole program was very informative, and I’m often pleased to learn about world news … [Read more...]

January 19-25: Sharp fall continues in petrol prices

NDO – The following are prominent events that made headlines in the last week. 1. Sharp fall continues in petrol prices The retail price of petrol continued to fall sharply with a VND1,900 per litre cut as of 4pm on January 21. The reduction brought the price of A92 petrol down to VND15,670 per litre from the previous VND17,570 per litre. A litre of diesel and kerosene were also cut by VND1,460 and VND1,500 to VND15,170 and VND15,610 respectively while mazut saw a decrease of VND1,080. This was the second cut in retail petrol prices since the beginning of 2015. Earlier on January 6, the retail price saw the year’s first cut, slashed by VND310 per litre. 2. Vietnam, EU conclude last FTA talk round Vietnam and the EU concluded the 11th and final round of free trade agreement negotiations in Brussels, the capital of Belgium, on January 23 after five days of sitting. During the talks, which focused on the Market Opening Package, both sides were able to reach … [Read more...]

Social News 24/1

Bus fare reductions for holiday travellers Following decreases in fuel prices, Ho Chi Minh City’s bus fares during the upcoming Tet (Lunar New Year festival) are expected to drop by 7 to 20 from last year, unveiled the municipal Ministry of Transport on January 22. According to agency statistics, 110 of 130 operators in the Mien Tay bus station and 115 of 214 operators in the Mien Dong station have reduced transport fares thus far. Only five operators have announced their intent to increase their ticket costs for some routes. Currently, the industry is experiencing increased demand on the people’s travel as the holiday season quickly approaches. On January 4, petrol prices were cut by 1,900 VND per litre, the second reduction this month. The price of RON 95 was down to 16,270 VND while the prices of RON 92 and bio-fuel E5 were reduced to 15,670 VND. Diesel prices were cut by 1,460 VND, resulting in a cost between 15,120 and 15,170 VND per litre. Earlier, on January … [Read more...]

Social News 23/1

US Embassy announces student exchange openings The US Department of State has announced that it is now accepting applications for its Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (UGRAD) for emerging student leaders from Vietnam. The programme offers study at a U.S. college or university for eight Vietnamese students in which the participants will engage in one semester of undergraduate, non-degree study at an accredited two- or four-year institution. Participants will engage in local community service projects and take part in cultural enrichment activities. The host institutions will also provide participants with academic skill development classes. In addition, participants who do not meet the host institution language requirements will be eligible for two to four weeks of intensive English language instruction in the United States prior to the start of the academic portion of their programme. The programme is managed and funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs … [Read more...]

Construction starts on urban infrastructure development in northern mountains

Deputy PM Hoang Trung Hai (centre) and WB Country Director in Vietnam Victoria Kwakwa (far right) join local leaders to kick start the programme in Thai Nguyen on January 21. (Image credit: VGP) NDO – Work commenced on January 21 in Thai Nguyen on works under the first phase of the Northern Mountains Urban Programme, aiming to improve urban infrastructure, sanitation and living standards for people in Vietnam’s northern mountainous region. Proposed and financed by the World Bank, the project was approved by the Prime Minister in early 2014 and will be implemented in the urban areas of seven northern mountainous provinces — Thai Nguyen, Bac Kan, Cao Bang, Tuyen Quang, Dien Bien, Hoa Binh and Yen Bai — at a total of US$301.8 million, of which US$250 million comes from the ODA source and the rest is covered by the Vietnamese Government. The result-based programme targets to upgrade urban infrastructure in northern mountainous cities, including deploying … [Read more...]

DPM Hai kicks off Northern Mountains Urban Programs

VGP – Deputy PM Hoang Trung Hai on January 21 attended a groundbreaking ceremony for the first phase of the Northern Mountains Urban Program Project in Thai Nguyen Province. Photo: VGP/Nguyen Linh The Deputy PM stressed the meaning of the project in Thai Nguyen Province in particular and in the Northern mountainous areas in general. The project is expected to improve urban infrastructure, environmental sanitation and local people’s livelihood, contribute to enhancing the capacity of urban management as well as creating forces for sustainable socio-economic development. He thanked the World Bank for its support and cooperation to realize the project. Speaking at the event, WB Country Director Victoria Kwakwa said that the implementation and experience drawn from the project will form a technical investment support model in combination with improving urban management capacity that could be applied for other cities and provinces in Viet Nam. The Northern Mountains … [Read more...]

Forest inventory, supervision project added more capital

VGP – The PM has agreed to supplement VND319.699 billion to launch a forest inventory and supervision project in 25 provinces in the 2014-2015 phase. Illustration photo Of which, VND200 billion will be allocated from the State budget in 2014 for the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) (VND30.778 billion), the Ministry of Public Security (VND1.784 billion) and 21 provinces of Lai Chau, Dien Bien, Son La, Hoa Binh, Lao Cai, Yen Bai, Ha Giang, Tuyen Quang, Phu Tho, Cao Bang, Thai Nguyen, Lang Son, Bac Giang, Hai Duong, Ha Nam, Nam Dinh, Thai Binh, Ninh Binh, Thanh Hoa, Nghe An and Binh Thuan (VND167.438 billion). VND119.699 billion will be arranged from the State budget in 2015 for the MARD. The PM also decided to allocate VND495.5 billion for the Ministry of Health and other localities from the expenditure of the EU Health Sector Policy Support Program to help mountainous and disadvantaged areas to improve criteria in the five-year-plan of the health … [Read more...]

Social News 19/1

Court jails 27 for gambling The people's court in Cao Bang Province yesterday sent 27 people to prison for organised gambling. According to the court reports, on January 10, 2014, the Cao Bang police raided a guest room in the province and found four people engaging in illegal gambling. They also seized VND742 million (US$34,500) in cash from the site. Further investigations showed that the four persons were part of a larger gambling network that also organised gambling in the province from October 2013 to January 2014. The gambling network comprised 27 people, who received prison terms varying from one to six years. Several other persons were given probation. According to the Criminal Code, gambling is illegal in Viet Nam. Work begins on Ha Noi ring-road link Construction work on the Trung Hoa-Ring Road 3 intersection in the capital city, which will include two tunnels, began on Sunday, the Thang Long Project Management Board has announced. Vu Xuan Hoa, head of the Board, said … [Read more...]

Government News 18/1

Vietnam, Cambodia reach 2015 anti-crime plan Vietnam’s Ministry of Public Security and Cambodia’s Ministry of Interior have signed a plan on their cooperation in 2015 following talks between the two ministers in Phnom Penh on January 16. During the talks, Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang and Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sar Kheng agreed on measures to fight hostile forces’ plots and attempts aimed at undermining the traditional friendship between the two countries and harming national security and social order in each country. They said the two sides will jointly work to combat criminal and economic offenders, especially those engaging in the trafficking of drug, women and children, cross-border smuggling by road and air, and criminals on the wanted list. They consented to ensure security and order in border areas and the development triangle as mentioned in a joint statement of Vietnamese, Cambodian and Lao Prime Ministers … [Read more...]

Traditional game an art worth preserving

VietNamNet Bridge – Bai choi is a unique Vietnamese game combining folklore and a competition. Conservation of the performance art game is crucial to keeping the country's history alive, attendees of a two-day conference wrapped-up in central Binh Dinh Province yesterday, Jan 14, said. Fun in the sun: A bai choi performance and the surrounding audience. — Photo courtesy of the Binh Dinh Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism According to Nguyen Binh Dinh, the director of the Viet Nam Institute for Musicology, the art form would be easy to preserve, thanks to its simplicity. "The art form offers audiences a wide range of performance styles: folk songs, poem-singing, acting, storytelling and music performed on traditional instruments," he said. Bai choi, which means a deck of cards (bai) and bamboo hut (choi), is a traditional competition combining folklore singing, prize-winning and a memory game. It often takes place on a wide yard in front of communal houses, … [Read more...]

Social News 17/1

Fishing boat rescued near Truong Sa A fishing boat and its 13 crew members were rescued at sea near Viet Nam's Truong Sa (Spratly) Islands after sending an SOS on Wednesday. The boat's crew belongs to Ly Son Island's An Hai Commune in the central province of Quang Ngai. Nguyen Quoc Chinh, head of the An Hai Commune Fishing Union, confirmed yesterday that the union had received an SOS from fishing boat QNg 96156 TS, which was stranded off the island of Thuyen Chai in the Truong Sa Islands of Khanh Hoa Province. Other fishing boats nearby failed to approach the boat due to big waves and the rough sea. However, ship HQ561 from Navy Zone 4 was able to tow the fishing boat to anchor on Thuyen Chai Island. The sea around the Truong Sa Islands has been choppy over the last few days with 3-4m high waves. Two arrested for trafficking women in Son La Two persons were arrested for cheating andtrafficking Vietnamese women near the Viet Nam-China border onTuesday, said the Son La Border … [Read more...]

Specific action plans essential to ease poverty in North-western region

More specific action plans and programmes along the direction of economic and labour restructuring are needed to further reduce poverty in the North-western region, where the poverty rate remains as high as 17.9 percent, according to Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. Chairing a conference of the Steering Committee for the North-western Region on January 16, the Deputy PM, who is also head of the committee, asked the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to assist in selecting plants and animals suitable for farming in the region. He also required the ministry to design projects helping mountainous localities to develop forestry, which is an important sector for the region taking into account its natural conditions. At the same time, Deputy PM Phuc urged better planning for residential areas in border area in the context of rampant migration of ethnic minority people, in order to be more proactive in dealing with the issue. The leader asked ministries, sectors and … [Read more...]

Social News 16/1

Separate jails proposed for transgender, gay prisoners Homosexual and transgender prisoners may be housed in jails separate from the general prison population to protect them from sexual harassment under a plan proposed by the Social, Economic and Environmental Institute to the Ministry of Public Security. The institute has been studying gender-related problems for many years and says many countries provide separate jails for transgender prisoners who are classified as trans-female or trans-male. A 2014 report found that the majority of transgender prisoners wanted separate jails to avoid the risks of sexual harassment. Homosexual and transgender prisoners face the highest risk of sexual harassment. The institute cited statistics from the US state of California, which showed 67 percent of homosexual and transgender prisoners have suffered sexual harassment. The institute said that under current infrastructure in Vietnam, transgender prisoners can only either be held in solitary … [Read more...]

Social News 15/1

S.Korea firm to sue workers for loss-causing strike Striking workers at a South Korean-invested firm in HCM City will be sued for losses caused to the company. Some 800 workers at Carimax Sai Gon Ltd. Co. went on strike January 3 after the company declined to pass on a mandated rise in minimum wages. Company officials said on January 12 that workers who failed to carry out their duties for five consecutive days would be sacked and sued for losses incurred by the company. Carimax said trade union intervention had failed to resolve the strike. The government decreed last year minimum wages would rise by VND250,000-400,000 (USD11.9-USD19) a month, depending on region, from January 1, 2015. But on December 27, the board of directors at Carimax said that because of 2014 losses, the pay rise would be determined according to each worker's attitude, capability and experiences. It also declared the Tet bonus would be 90% of a worker's monthly wage, but if workers went on strike, the … [Read more...]

Social News 13/1

Ministry warns of hand, foot, mouth disease The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has warned northern and central localities about a high risk of foot-and-mouth disease spreading during the cold weather. The ministry said the cold weather created favourable conditions for the disease to spread. Statistics from the ministry's Department of Animal Health on January 12 showed that foot-and-mouth disease had hit the provinces of Son La, Thanh Hoa, Lao Cai and Ha Tinh. Minister Cao Duc Phat has instructed authorities in the four provinces to work with local people to avert the spread of the disease. "Local breeders should be shown how to stop the disease spreading through their animals," he said. Phat also urged the localities to tighten inspections of animal shipments and slaughter houses, as well as spraying chemicals to sterilise affected areas. The ministry previously supplied 5,000 litres of chemicals for Dak Nong Province to stamp out the disease in late … [Read more...]

North-western region attracts USD1.73 billion in foreign investment

The north-western region has so far attracted 106 foreign direct investment projects with a total capital of USD1.73 billion, according to the Department of Foreign Investment, under the Ministry of Planning and Investment. The investment mainly focuses on processing and manufacturing industries with 68 projects and USD90.5 million in capital, accounting for 78% of the total investment; mineral extraction with three project and USD151.5 million registered investment, approximately 27.5% of the total investment; and recreation and arts with three projects and USD86 million, making up 5% of the total investment. The investors are from 18 countries and territories. Those from China have invested USD890 million in 40 projects, making up 51.4% of the total investment while those from Japan and Australia have poured in USD147.8 million and USD136 million respectively. Lao Cai province has attracted the most investment with 35 projects and USD875 million in registered capital (50.5% of the … [Read more...]

Social News 11/1

Skyscraper project on Han River bank cancelled In an interview by Sai Gon Giai Phong Newspaper yesterday, Da Nang's Party Secretary Tran Tho said the project to build a skyscraper dubbed a "lighthouse" on the Han River in the central city will be cancelled. Mr. Tran Tho said that Da Nang city People’s Committee has just given approval to implement the project but not yet agree to carry out the project on the river. However, after receiving the objection from the public and architects, the city authority decided to cancel the project, he said. Mr. Tho said that he had requested the city’s government to look for a new place to build the skyscraper. After the city committee approved the project, many architects and municipal development experts raised their voice against the project. They said that project would damage landscape of river that has helped the city become one of the most beautiful cities in Vietnam In addition, the project’s investor- investment … [Read more...]