Endangered vulture caught in northern Vietnam


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 rare. On January 20, Le Van Lien, the 62-year-old resident of an ethnic minority village in Quynh Nhai District saw the bird swoop down on a pond near his house. Lien said the bird looked like it was starving and could not fly any more. He caught the bird, brought it home and fed it with meat and vegetable. The 7.5-kilogram bird, with a wingspan of 2.8 meters and a body 0.7 meters long, has brought many curious villagers to his house. The bird eats one and a half kilograms of meat and … [Read more...]

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 Province Photo: 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 thatch house in An Lac Tay Commune of Ke Sach District in Soc Trang Province, Doan Thi Dep hangs up the mosquito net for her three and seven-year-old children to go to bed, and then rushes to a drain near her house to collect snails. The 40-year-old woman swam into the water in cold weather. Though the job is hard, Dep always thinks of her children, who would otherwise be hungry during Tet when she is unemployed. Now, she does not even have rice in her house to feed the children. Thinking of … [Read more...]

Buffalo injures 5 at Do Son fighting festival


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 ligaments in the legs fractured while Bui Van Dong, 33, suffered serious injuries in the bladder, unitary tract, and anus. The three other victims were discharged from the hospital in the afternoon. The Vietnam Coal and Minerals Group, which paid insurance for the viewers, have given compensations to the victims, said Hoang Trung Hieu, deputy chairman of the district People’s Committee and head of the organizing board of the event. Nearly 10,000 people from across the country … [Read more...]

Trading begins at HCMC annual Tet flower markets


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...]

Beautiful landscape of Vietnam’s northern frontier should be preserved: tourism executives


The landscapes in northeastern and northwestern Vietnam are priceless tourism assets, so it is crucial to protect these treasures, industry insiders have said. Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on solutions to effectively preserve the natural beauty and traditional features of these regions and the ethnic minority groups there. Nguyen The Vinh, deputy general director of Saigontourist: ‘Not all provinces need to have their own tourism center’ I think the northeastern and northwestern regions need to have several key tourism centers, which are properly and systematically invested in, to showcase the most distinguishing cultural features of the local ethnic groups to tourists. Specifically, this approach can be adopted for provinces like Tuyen Quang, Thai Nguyen, Bac Kan, Cao Bang and Ha Giang. The ecosystems in these areas are diverse and reflect the cultural characteristics of many ethnic groups. We should not set up key tourism centers in every northeastern and … [Read more...]

Vocational training course opened for labourers in Northwestern region

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PANO – The Steering Committee for the Northwestern Region and the Party Committee of Son La province on October 6th opened a vocational training course on aquaculture for labourers in poor districts of the region. This month-long course involving the participation of 240 people from Muong La, Quynh Nhai districts of Son La province; Na Hang district of Tuyen Quang province and Da Bac district of Hoa Binh province would enable local people to eliminate hunger and reduce poverty through developing aquaculture. Also on this occasion, the Vietnam National Shipping Lines (Vinalines) supported trainees with five fishing boats, 210 fishing nets and a freezer container to store aqua-products. Translated by Duong Thanh … [Read more...]

Army units help people in flood-hit areas


PANO – To ease the losses of lives and property, army units have mobilised thousands of troops and militiamen, vehicles of different kinds, and equipment to evacuate people in Quang Ninh province’s flood stricken areas and their property to safer places, and search for and rescue the distressed. On July 30th and 31st, naval troops using Ship HQ 634 of the Navy’s Brigade 170 took safely ashore more than 1,000 tourists who had been stuck on Co To Island due to high waves and strong winds. During the evacuation, medical personnel on the ship provided health check-ups to the tourists. The Search and Rescue Department instructed other units to work with localities to keep an eye on downgraded hydropower dams and prepare forces and vehicles to cope with problems in a timely manner. Meanwhile, Military Zone 2’s units worked with local forces to evacuate locals in Son La province’s Quynh Nhai district and Dien Bien province’s Nap Po district, which were … [Read more...]

Honouring medal “For Culture, Sports and Tourism” for 20 individuals in Son La province


(Cinet)- According to Document No.2409/QĐ-BVHTTDL on July 20, 2015, the Ministry decided to honour a medal For Culture, Sports and Tourism for 20 individuals in Son La province. List of name as follows: 1. Vi Xuan Chuong, vice-manager of Son La Provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism; 2. Truong Van Chien, head of Administrative Office, Sports Center in Son La; 3. Do Tien Hai, Office for Event Organization, Cultural Center of Son La; 4. Nguyen Van Tien, manager of Son La's Tourism Promotion Information Center 5. Pham Thi Tan Thu, vice-manager of Son La's Tourism Promotion Information Center 6. Hoang Van Minh, formerly cadre for Office for Culture and Information, Son La province; 7. Bac Thi Hoan, head of Office for Culture and Information in Quynh Nhai district, Son La province; 8. Dinh Cong Toan, Tan Hop commune's People's Committee, Son La; 9. Nguyen Duc Nguyen, vice-head of the Propaganda Office of Moc Chau district, Son La province; 10. Le Thi Chanh, formerly … [Read more...]

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More patients need organ transplantation Just a few patients suffering kidney or liver failure received organ transplantation in Vietnam, said the Ministry of Health and Organ Transplantation Association at a meeting to call on people to donate their organs in Hanoi. According to the Ministry of Health, the country has 14 medical facilities which are able to perform organ transplantation and Vietnamese doctors' skill in transplantation is as good as their counterparts in foreign countries. However, the sector is in severe need of organ supply while the demand is increasing drastically. The main cause of shortage of organ donation is due to people's incorrect awareness of organ donation. In addition, information of organ donation is still limited and not popular among the community. By statistics, Vietnamese surgeons has so far carried out over 1,011 kidney transplant operations, 37 liver transplant surgeries, 11 heart transplantation, one operation for pancreas transplant and over … [Read more...]

Son La develops cage fish farming on reservoirs

The northern province of Son La has a total aquaculture farming area of over 2,530 hectares, with output reaching 3,220 tonnes, said the provincial Aquaculture Division. Besides traditional freshwater fish farming method, the province has also promoted sturgeon farming in cages on the Son La hydropower’s reservoir. With over 10,000 hectares of reservoir water surface, Quynh Nhai district has encouraged and supported local households to try cage farming. The district now has seven active aquaculture cooperatives and 218 fish cages in communes of Chieng Bang, Muon Giang, and Chieng On. Chairwoman of Hanh Loi aquaculture cooperative Vu Thi Loi said as one of the first units to raise sturgeon in the province, the cooperative has invested in 32 fish cages since 2011, selling about 10 tonnes of fish every year, mostly sturgeon and tilapia. According to Chairman of Muong La district’s People Committee Nguyen Thanh Cong, the district is assisting ethnic people living along … [Read more...]

Lifebuoy schoolbags presented to 2,000 pupils before rainy season

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Representatives from the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour (VGCL) and the Vietnam Joint Stock Commercial Bankfor Industry and Trade (Vietinbank) have presented 2,000 lifebuoy schoolbags to pupils in the northern provinces of Son La and Dien Bien. The lifebuoy schoolbags aims to minimise the risk occurring to children in the upcoming stormy and rainy season. Accordingly, 1,000 of the schoolbags were presented to pupils in Mai Son, Muong La and Quynh Nhai districts of Son La province while the others were given to those in Da Bac district of Dien Bien province. Through the VGCL's Fund for Children, each year, 3,000 lifebuoy schoolbags are distributed to pupils in disadvantaged areas with waterways that may present a danger. "The bags will keep the pupils safe on the way to school, especially in the event of sudden flooding," said Nguyen Thi Thanh Xuan, Vice Head of the Vietinbank Trade Union. According to Ms Xuan, in realising social welfare and payment of gratitude work, … [Read more...]

Mountainous bridge has tallest pier in Vietnam


Pa Uon bridge (Source: kyluc.vn) Pa Uon Bridge, spanning Da River Lake in Quynh Nhai district of the northern mountainous province of Son La, has been recognised as the bridge with the tallest pier, 98.6 metres, in Vietnam. The recognition was made by the Vietnam Book of Records on February 28. Pa Uon in Chieng On commune is part of the National Road 279 that connects Son La with other northwestern provinces such as Lai Chau, Dien Bien, and Lao Cai. The 9-metre-wide bridge is 918 metres long while its access roads at both ends total 500 metres. It consists of two abutments and 11 piers with the main pier as tall as 98.6 metres. The height from the river bed to the bridge surface is 103.8 metres. The same day, a boat racing festival was organised under Pa Uon Bridge by the Quynh Nhai People’s Committee. The annual event, attracting eight teams with over 200 rowers this year, was aimed to honour local cultural identities and promote sports among the public.-VNA … [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 Hoa - Nghi Son segment. Ninh Binh, Thanh Hoa 1,867 PPP Management Board of PPP projects under the Ministry of Transport No. 80 Tran Hung Dao street, Ha Noi Tel: 84-4-39410775 2 Dau Giay - Phan Thiet expressway. Dong Nai, Binh Duong 757 PPP Management board of PPP projects under the Ministry of Transport No. 80 Tran Hung Dao street, Ha Noi Tel: 84-4-39410775 3 Bien Hoa - Vung Tau expressway. Dong Nai, Bà Rịa - Vung Tau 1,175 PPP, ODA … [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


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 province). You can also contemplate waterfalls pouring from hundreds of metres high with water sprays jetting into the air like Bac Waterfall and Tinh Yeu Waterfall (Lao Cai province), Dai Yem Waterfall (Son La) and Tac Tinh Waterfall (Lai Chau) or simply live with the bustling atmosphere of unique Northwest markets like Dong Van Market (Ha Giang province), Bac Ha Market (Lao Cai) and Sa Pa Central Market. The most famous market in the Northwest is Khau Vai Love Market in Meo Vac district, 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 known as Lai Chau, the town of 11,650 residents is nestled in a valley carved from spectacular mountains by the Da River. Nearly 3,600 families were resettled there in 2009 and 2010, paving the way for the Son La Hydropower Plant, the largest dam in Southeast Asia, which became fully operational last December. Three years after the town was moved to above the water-level, Tu Ba Minh, chairman of Muong Lay People's Committee, said it had become such a successful model for the resettling process … [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 members, who understand farmers and will recommend to the Party and State appropriate policies to support them." The delegates also hope that the Executive Board will consult Government on policies to assist farmers, thereby contributing to national economic development. Hoang Thi Thanh is Chairwoman of Quynh Nhai district's farmers' union in Son La province: "We hope that the new Executive Board will better care for ethnic minorities and focus on loans to help farmers develop their productive … [Read more...]