Da Nang chosen for low-carbon city project

The project is aimed at reducing CO2 emissions from public transportation and households business by using environmental technologies. It also aims to promote the use of solar, wind and other renewable energies more effectively by introducing smart-grid technology.

Vietnam Airlines to fly to Moscow every day

From this date, amount of flights on route Ho Chi Minh – Moscow increases to four instead of three a week. Flights Ha Noi – Moscow will also take place more frequently, three times a week instead of two.

Vietnam sees need for more staff in health care

With an aim of increasing equality in the health care services in Asian countries by renewing personnel training, speeches delivered at the conference focused on analysing national plans on human resource development and orientations for the renovation. The participants also took the occasion to share their countries’ experience in this field.

VN seeks UNESCO help in heritage preservation

Vietnamese Ambassador Duong Van Quang, Head of Vietnam’s Mission to UNESCO, made the request at his presentation of credentials to Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO. The diplomat said that Vietnam also seeks UNESCO’s assistance in preparing and submitting new dossiers. Quang underlined UNESCO’s role in the context where nations are trying to link culture with sustainable development.

Biennial drama festival kicks off

To encourage talented youths, only artists under the age of 40 are allowed to take part in the festival this year. "The regulation is set to give young artists an opportunity to perform on the stage, as well as to ensure that youths have enough opportunities to take main roles," said Vuong Duy Bien, director of the Art Performances Department under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

Poland gives $25,000 to restore Hue Temple of Literature gate

The project, expected to kick off in June for completion in early 2012, will involve restoring four downgraded decorative columns made of mortar, at a total cost of VND1.6 billion (US$80,000).

Readers celebrate Viet Nam Book Day

The day, entitled Reading Books for Tomorrow, was supported by publishing houses, companies and bookstores, who agreed to discount one book by 20-30 per cent. Activities were held to connect readers with writers and instruct students how to choose books. There was a cover illustration contest, a talk on reading culture and speed reading, performance poetry, a favourite books competition and other activities.

Carrying on an epic tradition

"I have visited maybe thousands of villages, but I haven't been anywhere that had better epic singers than Dac Lac and Dac Nong," said Dieu Thi Mai. "I'm so sad because they are getting older and older, and passing away." Mai was named the best epic singer in the Central Highlands at the age of 18. "At that time, many people couldn't understand why she followed her father to recite epics while she was so young," said head of the Dac N'Rung Women's Association. "At some village festivals, she recited so passionately that everyone was moved to tears."

Two foreign airlines apply for services to Vietnam

CAAV confirmed with the Daily about the applications and provided some of the information regarding the two foreign airlines. The authority said Skywing registered its 165-seat MD83 aircraft while Saudi Arabian Airlines was planning to operate the Boeing B7 4 7F plane for their services to Vietnam.

Holiday tours see strong rise despite economic woes

According to travel agencies, the number of tourists booking tours during the four-day holidays increased by 20-30 per cent compared to the last year’s same period.

Fund shortage hinders new coach stations

Under the VND3.6 trillion (US$1.8 million) scheme by the city People’s Committee, Suoi Tien and Tan Quy Tay coach stations would have been commissioned by 2015 to replace the two existing Mien Dong and Mien Tay stations. Construction of the two new coach stations, to be invested by the Sai Gon Transportation Mechanical Corporation (SAMCO), is also aimed to create a link with the bus system, and the metro and tram routes.

Flexibility key to tackling climate change

The two-day workshop, titled "Towards a Mekong Delta Plan", brought together policy-makers and hundreds of experts from the two countries in the presence of Dutch Crown Prince Williem-Alexander, who has been on an official visit to the country. Workshop participants discussed different options to optimise plans for the Delta relating to many areas including the predicted rise in sea levels, salinity intrusion, drought, insufficient supply of fresh water, agricultural and aquaculture production as well as urban development.

Project offers treatment and care for drug users

The project’s objectives include increasing beneficiaries’ access to drug detoxification services, and restoring health for drug users, thus reducing drug addiction’s effects on community’s health, including HIV transmission. It also aims to raise local authorities’ capacity on building and developing drug treatment networks and a healthy community, as well as duplicate the project’s model to turn it into a nationwide social service network to reduce drug demand.

Hospital for HIV/AIDS patients opens in Hanoi

The hospital, officially known as Hospital 09, consists of 10 specialised wards and four functioning rooms, providing up to 200 patient beds. It provides check-up and treatment for HIV carriers together with care for AIDS patients in Hanoi .

“Return to the Roots” tourism programme kicks off

At the opening ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan praised the three provinces’ efforts in promoting tourism and said their cooperation provides a good example for others to follow. He said he hopes the programme will create more tourism products and give all three provinces a facelift for developing tourism.

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