Endangered vulture caught in northern Vietnam

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The "big, weird" bird caught by an ethnic resident in Son La Province last month has been identified by a zoologist as the Cinereous Vulture. A "big, weird" bird caught by an ethnic minority resident in the northwestern province of Son La last month has been identified by a zoologist as the Cinereous Vulture (also known as Black Vulture, Monk Vulture, or Eurasian Black Vulture). Professor Vo Quy, a noted zoologist, told online newspaper VnExpress the bird was not "strange" but it is rather … [Read more...]

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New Year wishes of the poor

For many people, the New Year means a burden of worry or something else, not a time for celebration. The 59-year-old porter Le Van Lien works at mid night in Vinh Kim fruit market in Tien Giang ProvincePhoto: Tuoi Tre With the traditional lunar New Year festival approaching, poor people have felt pressure to save at least enough for a good meal to offer on the altar in the home for their late relatives, and for offering small gifts to children. At 8 pm, in a … [Read more...]

Buffalo injures 5 at Do Son fighting festival

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One buffalo charged into the spectators at the annual buffalo fighting festival in northern Hai Phong City's Do Son District yesterday morning, injuring 5 people. The buffalo managed to escape from its owner's control and then attacked viewers, witnessed said. All the victims were taken to the Do Son District Hospital for emergency treatment but two of them, with severe wounds, were later transferred to the Viet - Tiep Friendship Hospital for surgery. Le Van Lien, 47, had some muscles and … [Read more...]

Trading begins at HCMC annual Tet flower markets

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Colorful Tet flower markets opened in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) Wednesday, selling popular Lunar New Year varieties such as ochna and peach blossom. Ochna blossoms, which southern Vietnamese believe bring good luck, were showcased on the Pham Ngu Lao Street-side of downtown September 23 Park, HCMC's prime flower market. Tourists view flowers displayed at the market … [Read more...]

New proposal tackles rural poverty

Chieng Bang resettlement area in Quynh Nhai District, Son La Province. Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc called on authorities to provide support for rural migrants, especially those settled in poor areas. - VNA/VNS Photo Xuan Truong

HA NOI (VNS) - Chairman of the National Assembly Council of Ethnic Affairs, Ksor Phuoc, has proposed re-arranging people to eliminate sparsely-inhabited and poverty stricken areas in the North by 2020. … [Read more...]

List of 127 national projects calling for foreign investment

VGP - PM Nguyen Tan Dung has approved a list of 127 national projects calling for foreign investment from now to 2020. The projects are categorized into five: technical infrastructure, social infrastructure, agriculture, processing and preserving and production-service sectors. No.ProjectLocalityTotal Capital(million USD)Investment modelContactI. TECHNICAL INFRASTRUCTURE 1.1 Traffic infrastructure I.1.1 Roads 1 North-South expressway project, Ninh Binh - Thanh Hoa segment and Thanh … [Read more...]

Troops help storm-hit localities

Supporting locals in Quynh Nhai district, Son La province with building houses

PANO - Units from Military Zones 1 and 2 on July 22nd continued to help locals overcome the aftermath of Typhoon Rammasun. >>>Soldiers keep helping storm victims >>>Lang Son troops help locals overcome storm's consequences * The Lang Son provincial Military Command and Border Guard Command, and Unit 338 and Division 3 (Military Zone 1) sent about 2,000 troops and militiamen to clear landslides along roads, collect the garbage, and repair damaged houses. … [Read more...]

Charming Northwest

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Visiting the Northwest, you will experience an unforgettable trip on wild paths and discover many tourism treasures. You will be tempted by the splendid beauty of majestic Fansipan Mountain and Y Ty Jungle in Lao Cai province and Ha Giang nature reserve in Ha Giang province and catch sight of spectacular scenery of the "Big Four Passes" of the Northwest, namely O Quy Ho Pass (Lao Cai province), Khau Pha Pass (Yen Bai province), Pha Din Pass (Dien Bien province) and Ma Pi Leng (Ha Giang … [Read more...]

Resettlement changes lives of farmers

Muong Lay Town in Dien Bien Province resettled nearly 3,600 families in 2009 and 2010, paving the way for the Son La Hydro-power Plant. Town leaders are looking at ways to stabilise lives of new settlers who used to rely only on growing rice. — VNS Photo Ngoc Duy

by Thu Huong Le DIEN BIEN-SON LA — As one drives closer to the centre of Muong Lay Town, about 110km from Dien Bien Phu City, the once idyllic village now looks like a major construction site, with excavators, trucks and containers clearly visible. But roads and bridges make this isolated mountain town feel strangely urban. Groups of kids burst out from a nearby local school, heading home in an area where rows of wooden, stilt-houses line up so neatly, and so close to one another. Formerly … [Read more...]

Executive Board of the Vietnam Farmers’ Union elected

(VOVworld) - The 6th National Congress of the Vietnam Farmers' Union on Tuesday voted to elect 122 members of the Executive Board for the 2013-2018 term. Delegates introduced candidates to the Executive Committee and heard suggestions by a number of provinces and sectors on ways to improve the performance of farmers' unions and their members nationwide. Ngo Dang Che is Chairman of Dong Anh district's farmers' union in Hanoi: "We look forward to an executive committee of young and competent … [Read more...]

Rock falls threaten residents in Son La

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Illustrative image.—VNS File Photo SON LA (VNS)- Rock falls are threatening the lives of about 40 families living by the foot of a mountain in the northern province of Son La's Quynh Nhai District, according to Lo Van Thich, deputy head of the local Committee for Flood and Storm Control and Natural Disasters Relief. Concerns over falling rocks were raised after a four-year-old died and her mother and two other neighbours were injured in the Ca Village, Chieng Khoang Commune when a huge rock … [Read more...]

Cyclonic storm causes massive damage across North Vietnam

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Cyclonic storm accompanied with heavy rains lashed several parts of the northern mountainous regions on May 1, causing mass scale damage to thousands of homes. Cyclone blew roofs off several houses in Krong Ana District in Dak Lak Province on May 1 (Photo: SGGP) According to initial reports from the National Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention and Control, the cyclonic storm blew off rooftops of nearly 6,000 houses and collapsed 90 others early on May 1. Heavy rains and … [Read more...]

Whirlwinds ravage northern mountain provinces

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(VOV) - Heavy rains accompanied by whirlwinds on April 30 caused huge property losses to northern mountain provinces. Whirlwinds kill six and injure 111 in the south Whirlwinds wreak havoc in the north Whirlwinds, flash floods kill three in Son La In Son La province, the natural disaster left three locals injured in Muong La, caused 19 houses in Mai Son, Muong La, Bac Yen and Quynh Nhai districts collapse, and blew off 23 houses' roofs. In Quynh Nhai district alone, 14 boats and 19 fish … [Read more...]

Industry and trade 2012 overview

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(VEN) - 1. In 2012, seven years after construction began, the Son La Hydropower Plant - the largest power plant of its kind in South East Asia - was inaugurated three years ahead of schedule. Local residents who had to move from the project site have been provided with new accommodation. One of the resettlement areas is in Nghe Toong Village, Muong Giang Commune, Quynh Nhai District, Son La Province. For four years since it was the resettlement, this mountainous village has undergone … [Read more...]

SOCIETY IN BRIEF 15/10

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US launches ordnance clean up programme A US government-funded programme to remove unexploded ordnance (UXO) and landmines in the central province of Quang Nam was launched on Friday, Oct 12. At the launch ceremony, US Ambassador to Viet Nam David Shear announced a grant of US$1.6 million to the Mines Advisory Group (MAG), the US Government's partner for clearance operations in central Quang Binh and Quang Nam provinces. In July 2012, MAG in Viet Nam commenced community liaison operations in … [Read more...]

Drug trafficker arrested in Lai Chau

LAI CHAU (VNS)— Police swooped on the mountainous province of Lai Chau in the early hours of Sunday to catch two men smuggling heroin into the province, seizing one heroin cake, two cell phones, a motorbike and other items. The arrested, Hoang Van Van, 39 and Tong Van Dai, 36, both reside in Chieng Khoang commune in the northern mountainous Son La Province's Quynh Nhai District, admitted buying the heroin from a person named Tien in the province's Thuan Chau District at a cost of VND140 … [Read more...]

A large exotic bird caught in Son La province

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(VOV) - An unknown bird weighing 7.5kg and with a wingspan of 2.8m has been found near the Da River in the northern mountainous province of Son La. The bird was caught by La Van Lien, a 62-year-old resident in Long Dan hamlet, Chieng Bang commune, Quynh Nhai district. … [Read more...]