Mekong Delta Tourism Plan 2020 Approved - News on 30 November 2016

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Mekong Delta tourism plan 2020 approved

The Prime Minister has approved the master plan for developing tourism in the Mekong Delta by 2020 and vision to 2030. The plan aims to develop tourism to its full potential so it may contribute to the country’s tourism development and improve people’s lives. The Mekong Delta spans an area of 40,576 sq km and has 13 cities and provinces: Can Tho, An Giang, Ben Tre, Bac Lieu, Ca Mau, Dong Thap, Hau Giang, Kien Giang, Soc Trang, Long An, Tien Giang, Tra Vinh, and Vinh Long.

By 2020 it targets welcoming 34 million tourists, including 3.5 million international tourists, and earning revenue of VND 25 trillion ($1.1 billion). By 2030 it is to welcome 52 million tourists, including 6.5 million international tourists, with a revenue of VND 111 trillion ($4.9 billion). Prioritized tourism products in the region include experiencing river life, ecotourism, discovering cultural heritage sites, resorts, sea and island tourism, and entertainment. Certain tourism products are to be added …

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Vietnam condemns Taiwan’s military drills in flashpoint waters

The government views this as a violation of Vietnamese sovereignty. Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs denounced Taiwan on Tuesday over the latter's ongoing military drills on Ba Binh (Itu Aba) Island in the Truong Sa (Spratly Islands), which is Vietnam's sovereign territory.

Taiwan’s actions are a serious violation of Vietnam's sovereignty, threatening peace, stability, security and maritime safety while causing tensions and complicating the situation in the East Sea, the Vietnamese foreign ministry said in a statement, using the Vietnamese reference for the South China Sea. Vietnam has demanded that Taiwan refrain from similar actions, the statement said.

Vietnam has reiterated that it has full historical evidence and the legal foundation to prove its sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) Island and the Spratlys in the East Sea. China, Taiwan, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei claim parts or all of the energy-rich East Sea, through which trillions of …

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13.5 million Vietnamese suffer from common mental disorders

Around 15 per cent of Việt Nam's population - approximately 13.5 million ­people - suffer from 10 of the more common mental disorders, reveal statistics released yesterday. Around 2.8 per cent of Vietnamese live with depression, 2.6 per cent suffer from anxiety disorder, while 0.47 per cent have schizophrenia, the Voice of Việt Nam (VOV) online newspaper reported.

The data was revealed yesterday at the start of a two-day meeting in Hải Phòng City, organised by Lao động và Xã hội (Labour and Society) magazine and the Social Protection Department under the Ministry of Labour, Invalid and Social Affairs. Around 200,000 Vietnamese people suffer from severe mental illnesses, according to a report by Phạm Dũng from the Medical Committee Netherlands-Việt Nam (MCNV) at the meeting. Of these, 98 per cent cannot take care of themselves, 15 per cent show violent behaviour, and 37 per cent are yet to receive medication for treatment. Around 18 per cent of families of …

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One tonne of tusks seized in HCM City

Three containers holding illegally trafficked elephant tusks hidden inside timber logs weighing a total of one tonne were discovered this morning at Cát Lái Port.

Yesterday, the Anti-Smuggling and Intellectual Property Rights Protection Unit (Unit 4), part of the Anti-Smuggling Investigation Department under the General Department of Customs, found half a tonne of ivory hidden in a container - part of a three-container shipment. This morning, in collaboration with Cát Lái Port's Customs, the unit inspected the rest of the shipment and found another 500 kg of tusks.

The bill of lading declared the shipment was timber logs being transported from Africa to Cambodia, transiting via Việt Nam, which is the frequent route for international wildlife trafficking rings. Since October, this is the sixth time Cát Lái Port's customs officers have intercepted an illegal shipment of elephant tusks and pangolin scales hidden inside timber logs, with the total amount …

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HCM City invests $119m to build road section

The HCM City Department of Transport last Friday (Nov 25) signed a contract with a consortium of investors to build the Ring Road No.2 section stretching from Pham Van Dong Street to Go Dua intersection on National Highway 1A in HCM City.

A section of Pham Van Dong Street. The project, with a cost of more than VND2.7 trillion (US$119.4 million), will be developed under the Build-Transfer (BT) mode. More than VND 944 billion (US$41.7 million) will be earmarked for road construction and the remaining VND1.82 trillion (US$80.5 million) will be used for land clearance. The consortium of investors includes Viet Nam Land Investment Corporation, Van Phu Invest JSC and Bac Ai Building and Construction Advisory JSC.

The 2.7-km section, with a maximum speed of 60 kilometres per hour, will run through Linh Dong, Tam Phu and Tam Binh wards in Thu Duc District. In the first phase, two new roads with three lanes will be built parallel to the ring road. …

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Medical waste crisis in Tuyên Quang Province

Medical waste is threatening the northern province of Tuyên Quang due to difficulties in treating the hazardous material at local healthcare facilities, said Deputy Director of the provincial Health Department, Đỗ Thị Ngọc Mai.

She estimated that some 500kg of medical waste were discharged daily in the province, but outdated technology and degradation of incinerators made it hard to dispose of them safely. Shortage of staff and skills in waste disposal also contributed to the problem, Mai said on Monday. She noted that construction of solid waste treatment facilities required huge investment, but the provincial budget was limited and there were no funds for repair, testing and environmental impact assessments.

Tuyên Quang Province is just one example of the countrywide challenges posed by polluting waste. A recent report by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment said an estimated 47 tonnes of hazardous waste and 125,000cu.m of medical …

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Phu Tho province seizes 300 cakes of heroin

November 29, 2016 - The Phu Tho provincial police on November 27th organized a press conference to report the arrest of four people for illegal drug trafficking of 300 cakes of heroin.

Under the direct leadership of Colonel Phan Huy Ngoc, Deputy Director of the Phu Tho provincial Police, at 23h00 of November 26th in Van Co ward, Viet Tri city, Phu Tho province, the police discovered two cars moving together at high speed. They stopped the cars to examine them. In a Fortuner car with license number 30E-05103, the police seized five 30-liter blue cans, which was cut at the bottom and inside contained a total of 300 cakes of heroin, wrapped in several layers of plastic and moisture-proof papers, and two men; Vang A Cang, born in 1974, and Vang A Du, born in 1988, both from Ta Phenh hamlet, Tan Lap commune, Moc Chau district, Son La province. Mua A Sau, born in 1986 and Mua A La, born in 1973, both from Ta Su hamlet, Chieng Hac commune, Moc Chau district, Son La province, driving a Mitsbishi car with …

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Chinese tourists rank first in Nha Trang, Russian tourists recover

November 29, 2016 - Chinese tourists to Nha Trang city in the central coastal province Khanh Hoa continued to rank most numerous among foreign tourists to the city in the first ten months of the year with more than 444,000 arrivals, up over 334% over a year earlier.

It was followed by the Republic of Korea, Japan, Kazakhstan and Asia, which were markets with sharp growth in the number of tourists to Khanh Hoa in the ten months. Russian tourists to Nha Trang saw signs of recovery when the city greeted over 200,000 arrivals in the ten months, up 114% compared to the same period last year.

Russian holidaymakers often flocked to Nha Trang during their winter vacation, and Nha Trang received a higher number of tourists from the market in October than the previous month, at 28,500 compared to 25,000, respectively. Currently, hotel room occupancy in Nha Trang is not as high as in summer months. The coastal city has about 25,000 hotel rooms, including about 15,000 rooms in three to five-star hotels. …

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