Youth Union launches 2015 Youth Month and Tet tree planting festival

VFF President Nhan responds to the 2015 Tet tree-planting festival. (Credit: VOV)

NDO – The Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union (HCMCYU) Central Committee launched the 2015 Youth Month and Tet tree planting festival at the Kim Binh historical relic site in Tuyen Quang province’s Chiem Hoa district on February 28. Addressing the ceremony, Politburo member and President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan applauded the pioneering and voluntary spirit of youth union members and young people nationwide in planting trees to protect the environment, following Uncle Ho’s legacy ‘Spring Tet tree planting festival’. VFF President Nhan urged youth member unions to continue upholding the fine traditions of the older generations’ youth, contributing to building Vietnam into a wealthy, powerful and developed country. The tree planting movement has become a regular activity of youth union members and young people and demonstrates the fine morals and expectations of the youth on the Lunar New Year (Tet) … [Read more...]

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Route connecting Ky Sa Port and Ly Son Island opened The Ministry of Transport announced its plan to open a mixed river-sea route connecting the Ky Sa port and Ly Son Island in central Quang Ngai province on February 26. Vessels operating on the route must be river-sea compatible ships (VR-SB) under the National Technical Regulation on the Rule of Inland-Waterway Ships Classification and Construction. In addition, vessel crew members are required to have professional competence qualifications. Ly Son district lies 18 nautical miles off the Vietnamese coast and covers an area of 10km2. It includes three communes: An Hai, An Vinh and An Binh. The island district has a population of approximately 2,100. The majority of residents earn a living from fishing and farming garlics and spring onions. Ly Son is striving to become a maritime economic centre by 2025, with a focus on tourism and aquaculture. Archaeologists found relics of Sa Huynh culture on the island dating back to 3,000 … [Read more...]

Construction of 350-hectare IZ kicked off in Phu Tho

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On February 26th, the Viglacera Corporation kicked off the first phase of construction of Phu Ha Industrial Zone. The project covering over 350 hectares has a total investment of more than VND1.73 trillion. Phu Ha Industrial Zone is located in Ha Thach, Ha Loc and Phu Ho communes in the northern province of Phu Tho. The province has an advantageous transport network and converges many universities, colleges and vocational schools. Enterprises can easily attract highly-skilled workers from Hanoi and about 2.9 million workers from Hoa Binh, Vinh Phuc, Tuyen Quang, Yen Bai and Son La provinces. Phu Ha is among Phu Tho’s industrial zones which Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has listed for development priority until 2015 and with a vision to 2020. This is an industrial zone complex, which focuses on developing the electronics industry, luxury building materials, food processing, beverage, mechanical and pharmaceutical products. Phu Ha industrial zone has advantages in transport … [Read more...]

Youths respond to tree planting festival

Youngsters planting trees at the launching ceremony

PANO - About 1,000 youths took part in the 2015 Tet tree planting festival launched on February 26th (the eighth day of the first lunar month) at the General Vo Nguyen Giap's tomb in Quang Binh province and Truong Bon Historic Site in Nghe An province. Addressing the event, First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Nguyen Dac Vinh urged all youth union members to promote their role in planting trees, protecting the environment, safeguarding freshwater resource, and coping with climate change, contributing to fulfilling the Resolution of the 10th National Youth Union Congress and developing activities to welcome Party congress at all levels to be organized this year. For their part, each youth was committed to grow and tend at least a tree and each youth union would take care of one orchard. After the launching ceremony, participants planted 120 trees along the road leading to the general's tomb, and another 3,500 trees along the nearby … [Read more...]

Over 1,000 antiques displayed and auctioned at Nam Dinh provincial museum

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The northern Nam Dinh provincial Museum has displayed and auctioned over 1,000 antiques as part of the activities to celebrate the Lunar New Year 2015. This annual event was held on the seventh day of the first lunar month by the Thien Truong Antiques Association and the UNESCO Club for Vietnam antique research and collection. It drew the participation of many antique clubs from provinces and cities nationwide such as Hanoi, the northern city of Hai Phong, the northern provinces of Nam Dinh, Hai Duong, Ninh Binh, Thai Binh and Vinh Phuc, the central province of Thanh Hoa and Ho Chi Minh city and thousands of visitors. Objects on display were mainly ceramic, porcelain, crockery, woodwork and ironwork dating from AD to the dynasties of Ly, Tran and Le. The exhibition and auction aimed to raise money for charity and create an opportunity for antique collectors to gather and exchange private collections as well as share experience on antique assessment and conservation./. … [Read more...]

Over 3,500 trees planted around General Giap’s grave

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In response to the tree-planting festival in spring, initiated by President Ho Chi Minh, on February 26th, the Communist Youth Union Central Committee planted over 3,500 trees around General Vo Nguyen Giap’s grave in Quang Dong commune, Quang Trach district, the central province of Quang Binh. During the planting ceremony, first Secretary of the Communist Youth Union Central Committee Nguyen Dac Vinh stressed that the union members should actively participate in tree planting activities to protect the environment. "The activity aims to educate patriotism among the youth and show gratitude to General Vo Nguyen Giap," he added. As a result, the delegates and over 1,000 members of the union planted 120 alabar almond trees along the road leading to General Giap’s grave and 3,500 caesarian along Vung Chua beach before cleaning up the environment around the General Giap’s grave and along Vung Chua beach. As of February 25th, the Communist Youth Union across provinces … [Read more...]

Spring tours in flower and festival seasons

Spring and festival tours of Saigontourist Travel Service Company attract many tourists - PHOTO: COURTESY OF SAIGONTOURIST

Tien Dat Tourists can visit Huong Pagoda and Yen Tu festivals in the North, ancient sacred pagodas in the central region or make a pilgrimage to the southern area where the temples are a mix of Vietnamese-Chinese-Khmer-Cham cultures and beliefs. Saigontourist will take you to the centers of Vietnamese folklore events from HCMC to Yen Tu-Ha Long-Ninh Binh-Hanoi (VND4.75 million on March 11, 18, 25 and April 1); visiting Bai Dinh Pagoda on Hanoi-Ninh Binh-Ha Long route (VND4.65 million in March); Huong Pagoda Festival-Hanoi-Ha Long (VND4.995 million on March 28 and April 2); Pilgrimage Tour to the Central-Danang-Hoi An-Paradise Cave-Hue (VND4.15 million on March and April); Nguyen Tieu Festival in Hoi An City-Danang (VND3.95 million on March 4); Ba Chua Xu Festival-Mekong Delta (VND3.15 million on March 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28 and April 2); That Son-Sa Dec-Long Xuyen-Chau Doc (VND2.555 million on March 7, 14, 21, 28); Con Dao (from VND5.04 million every day). Those prices do … [Read more...]

Thousand antiques put up for auction in Nam Dinh

The Saigon Times Daily The event was co-organized by the Thien Truong Antiques Association and the UNESCO Club for Vietnam antique research and collection. The objects were mostly ceramics, porcelain, crockery, woodwork and ironwork dating from AD to the dynasties of Ly, Tran and Le. Held annually on the seventh day of the first lunar month in Nam Dinh, this year’s event attracted the participation of many antique clubs from cities and provinces across the country such as Hanoi, Hai Phong, Hai Duong, Ninh Binh, Thai Binh, Vinh Phuc, Thanh Hoa and HCMC along with thousands of visitors. The auction aimed to raise funds for charity and create an opportunity for antique collectors to look for what they are interested in and share experience in antique assessment and conservation. … [Read more...]

Golden age of antique potteries in central region

My Thien pottery items - PHOTO: KHAM HAO DUYEN

Kham Hao Duyen Tourists can visit Huong Pagoda and Yen Tu festivals in the North, ancient sacred pagodas in the central region or make a pilgrimage to the southern area where the temples are a mix of Vietnamese-Chinese-Khmer-Cham cultures and beliefs. Saigontourist will take you to the centers of Vietnamese folklore events from HCMC to Yen Tu-Ha Long-Ninh Binh-Hanoi (VND4.75 million on March 11, 18, 25 and April 1); visiting Bai Dinh Pagoda on Hanoi-Ninh Binh-Ha Long route (VND4.65 million in March); Huong Pagoda Festival-Hanoi-Ha Long (VND4.995 million on March 28 and April 2); Pilgrimage Tour to the Central-Danang-Hoi An-Paradise Cave-Hue (VND4.15 million on March and April); Nguyen Tieu Festival in Hoi An City-Danang (VND3.95 million on March 4); Ba Chua Xu Festival-Mekong Delta (VND3.15 million on March 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28 and April 2); That Son-Sa Dec-Long Xuyen-Chau Doc (VND2.555 million on March 7, 14, 21, 28); Con Dao (from VND5.04 million every day). Those … [Read more...]

Route connecting Ky Sa Port and Ly Son Island opened

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Ly Son Island in central Quang Ngai province. (Photo: VNA) The Ministry of Transport announced its plan to open a mixed river-sea route connecting the Ky Sa port and Ly Son Island in central Quang Ngai province on February 26. Vessels operating on the route must be river-sea compatible ships (VR-SB) under the National Technical Regulation on the Rule of Inland-Waterway Ships Classification and Construction. In addition, vessel crew members are required to have professional competence qualifications. Ly Son district lies 18 nautical miles off the Vietnamese coast and covers an area of 10km2. It includes three communes: An Hai, An Vinh and An Binh. The island district has a population of approximately 2,100. The majority of residents earn a living from fishing and farming garlics and spring onions. Ly Son is striving to become a maritime economic centre by 2025, with a focus on tourism and aquaculture. Archaeologists found relics of Sa Huynh culture on the island dating back … [Read more...]

Housing law means affordable homes, real estate growth

Minister of Construction Trinh Dinh Dung. — Photo cafeland

The construction sector found success in legal institutions, saved the State money, boosted the real estate market and planned to create more housing for low-income families, said Minister of Construction Trinh Dinh Dung. The Ministry of Construction (MOC) focused on amending three major laws in 2014: the Construction Law, the Housing Law and the Law on Real Estate Business. Mr. Dung said he was confident the three revised laws would offer a comprehensive legal corridor for promoting effective management of construction loss, waste and quality, as well as ineffective use of investments. The sector also saved the State trillions of dong with proper inspections and surveillance. Thirdly, the MOC was successful in breathing new life into to the real estate market while developing more affordable housing for low-income residents. Finally, a programme aimed to create more housing for rural, disadvantaged families; flood-prone areas; and low-income people living in urban areas, … [Read more...]

Displaying thousands of antiques at Nam Dinh museum

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(Cinet)- Nam Dinh Museum has displayed and auctioned over 1,000 antiques as part of activities to celebrate the Lunar New Year on February 25. This event attracted many antique clubs from provinces and cities across the country such as Hanoi, Hai Phong, Nam Dinh, Hai Duong, Ninh Binh, Thai Binh, Vinh Phuc, Thanh Hoa and Ho Chi Minh City along with thousands of visitors. The event is held annually on the seventh day of the first lunar month by the Thien Truong Antiques Association and the UNESCO Club for Vietnam antique research and collection. Objects on display are mainly ceramic, porcelain, crockery, woodwork and ironwork dating from AD to the dynasties of Ly, Tran and Le. The exhibition and auction aim to raise money for charity and create an opportunity for antique collectors to gather and exchange private collections as well as share experience on antique assessment and conservation. … [Read more...]

Housing law means affordable homes, estate growth

The construction sector excelled in 2014, said Minister of Construction Trinh Dinh Dung. It found success in legal institutions, saved the State money, boosted the real estate market and planned to create more housing for low-income families, he said. The Ministry of Construction (MOC) focused on amending three major laws in 2014: the Construction Law, the Housing Law and the Law on Real Estate Business. Dung said he was confident the three revised laws would offer a comprehensive legal corridor for promoting effective management of construction loss, waste and quality, as well as ineffective use of investments. The sector also saved the State trillions of dong with proper inspections and surveillance. Thirdly, the MOC was successful in breathing new life into to the real estate market while developing more affordable housing for low-income residents. Finally, a programme aimed to create more housing for rural, disadvantaged families; flood-prone areas; and low-income … [Read more...]

Climate change response developed in Mekong Delta

The Southern Institute for Water Resources Planning (SIWRP) has implemented a master plan to build three irrigation systems in response to climate change in Can Tho, Ca Mau and Vinh Long – the three most severely inundated cities in the Mekong Delta. Accordingly, capital sourced from the State budget will be allocated for construction in Can Tho, including 24 spillway dams, two locks in the Tra Noc and Binh Thuy rivers, dyke upgrades and six pump stations by 2016. Vinh Long will construct 19 new irrigation channels and embankments while building and repairing dykes integrated with the transport system by 2020. Meanwhile, Ca Mau will upgrade its embankments along the Ca Mau, Ganh Hao, Doc and Rach Rap rivers, and the Ca Mau-Bac Lieu and Luong The Tran canals, as well as build conduits to ensure water drainage in the city. Saltwater intrusion is one of the major challenges facing Ca Mau and other Mekong Delta localities. Therefore, upgrading irrigation and sea dyke … [Read more...]

Vietnam party chief to visit US in 2015, ministry confirms

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Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong will pay a visit to the United States in 2015, the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed to Tuoi Tre News on Wednesday. There has been no confirmed date for the visit up to now, however. A recent statement by the Vietnamese foreign ministry showed U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on February 13 mentioning the Obama administration’s invitation to Party General Secretary Trong to visit the U.S. this year, while extending a New Year’s greetings to the government and people of Vietnam during a telephone conversation with his Vietnamese counterpart, Pham Binh Minh. Dr. Jonathan London, a sociologist at the City University of Hong Kong who studies Vietnam, told Tuoi Tre News that the Vietnamese leader’s visit to the U.S. will be a significant milestone in relations between the two countries. He added U.S. President Barack Obama is likely to pay a visit to Vietnam this autumn. On the sidelines of an … [Read more...]

Food prices fall following Tet holiday

Customers purchase vegetables at Coopmart supermarket on Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street in HCM City. Food prices in the city have dropped significantly after Tet. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Vu HCM CITY — After Tet (Lunar New Year holiday), prices of food and farm produce at traditional markets in HCM City fell significantly compared to normal days, especially for vegetables, due to an abundant supply. At Van Thanh, Thi Nghe and Tan Son Nhat markets, a kilo of Da Lat kohlrabi, for instance, was priced about VND7,000-10,000 compared to VND10,000-VND15,000 (US$0.46-$0.7) before Tet. Broccoli prices fell to VND25,000-VND30,000 ($1.17-$1.4) a kilo, according to traders. Many other kinds of vegetables sold at prices 20 per cent lower than before Tet. The price of Da Lat Lys flowers fell from VND100,000-VND180,000 ($4.69-$8.4) for a bundle of five sprigs before Lunar New Year to VND80,000 ($3.75). The supply of farm produce and flowers were abundant while demand after the New Year was … [Read more...]

Thousands of antiques displayed, auctioned in Nam Dinh

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Image for illustration NDO - More than 1,000 antiques are being showcased and auctioned at the Nam Dinh Museum on February 25 as part of activities to celebrate the Lunar New Year. The event is held annually on the seventh day of the first lunar month by the Thien Truong Antiques Association and the UNESCO Club for Vietnam antique research and collection. Objects on display are mainly ceramic, porcelain, crockery, woodwork and ironwork dating from AD to the dynasties of Ly, Tran and Le. This year's event attracted the participation of many antique clubs from provinces and cities across the country such as Hanoi, Hai Phong, Nam Dinh, Hai Duong, Ninh Binh, Thai Binh, Vinh Phuc, Thanh Hoa and Ho Chi Minh City along with thousands of visitors. The exhibition and auction aim to raise money for charity and create an opportunity for antique collectors to gather and exchange private collections as well as share experience on antique assessment and conservation. … [Read more...]

Climate change response developed in Mekong Delta region

The Southern Institute for Water Resources Planning (SIWRP) has implemented a master plan to build three irrigation systems in response to climate change in Can Tho, Ca Mau and Vinh Long – the three most severely inundated cities in the Mekong Delta. Accordingly, capital sourced from the State budget will be allocated for construction in Can Tho, including 24 spillway dams, two locks in the Tra Noc and Binh Thuy rivers, dyke upgrades and six pump stations by 2016. Vinh Long will construct 19 new irrigation channels and embankments while building and repairing dykes integrated with the transport system by 2020. Meanwhile, Ca Mau will upgrade its embankments along the Ca Mau, Ganh Hao, Doc and Rach Rap rivers, and the Ca Mau-Bac Lieu and Luong The Tran canals, as well as build conduits to ensure water drainage in the city. Saltwater intrusion is one of the major challenges facing Ca Mau and other Mekong Delta localities. Therefore, upgrading irrigation and sea dyke … [Read more...]

Mekong Delta builds three climate change adaptation works

The Southern Institute for Water Resources Planning have implemented three irrigation works in Can Tho, Ca Mau and Vinh Long cities, where have been severely flooded due to climate change in the Mekong Delta. From now until 2016, the central government will finance an irrigation work to cope with flooding in Can Tho city. The project comprises many important items including 24 sewerage pits and two docks on Tra Noc River and Binh Thuy River. In addition, it will dredge 109 kilometers of canals, fortify 133.5 kilometer embankments and build six new pumping stations. In Vinh Long city, a total of 19 irrigation canals and many embankments will be built from now until 2020. The city will enlarge drainage system and build an extra of 74 kilometer dyke roads and eight pumping stations with a total capacity of 226,800 cubic meters per hour. Ca Mau city will upgrade 119.7 kilometer dykes along Ca Mau River and local canals by 2020 and construct a rainwater drainage system. … [Read more...]

AFC Champions League: Shandong Luneng beats Becamex Binh Duong 3-2

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Becamex Binh Duong's Oseni (C) vies for the ball with two Shandong Luneng players during an AFC Champions League's Group E match in Binh Duong on Tuesday. Photo: Khả Hòa Becamex Binh Duong became the second Vietnam club besides Hanoi T&T being disqualified for the AFC Champions League 2015's final rounds, after losing to China's Shandong Luneng on Tuesday. The host team performed quite well at Go Dau Stadium in the first half against Shandong Luneng, champion of both the 2014 Chinese FA Cup and the 2015 Chinese FA Super Cup. Good coordination among Becamex players blocked all attacks by Shandong Luneng while Moses, Oseni and Abass of the host team pressed on Shandong's goalkeeper Wang Dalei. In the first half, Shandong Luneng had only one dangerous shot in the 37th minute. But this free kick by Zheng Zheng was successfully blocked by goalkeeper Thien Esele. Shangdong Luneng then took the lead with a close target shot by Wang Yongpo in the 46th minute. Becamex Binh Duong leveled … [Read more...]