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Vietnamese included in Ulsan city’s multilingual e-newspaper
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The first issue of Ulsan City News newspaper in Vietnamese version. (Photo: Foreign Resident Support Centre in Ulsan)
The newspaper Ulsan City News of Ulsan city of the Republic of Korea (RoK) has launched a multilingual electronic version, including Vietnamese.

The newspaper is published in 11 languages with a view to providing a variety of news to foreigners, including international students, immigrants and tourists in Ulsan. It also aims at popularising the city’s image.

The first issue was published in late January with news about the inauguration of the Foreign Resident Support Centre and the commitment of the city’s mayor to changing policies in 2023 as well as dissemination of its main tourist attractions.

The introduction of the multilingual version is expected to facilitate foreign residents residing in the city in receiving different information in their native languages, thus helping them secure better lives.

Ulsan is the 7th largest city in the RoK. The number of foreign residents in the city was 4,463, accounting for 7.27% of the total population of 324,527 by 2020.

Vietnamese rescuers make safe plans to approach Panama-flagged ship

The Vung Tau Port Authority worked with the Police of Fire Prevention and Fighting and Rescue under the Ba Ria - Vung Tau Provincial Police Department to discuss the solution to handle the fire for the Panama-flagged AH SHIN ship.

Previously, at the night of February 4, the Vung Tau Port Authority had received information that the cargo ship carrying 4,530 different cars, 1,356 tons of FO oil and 82 tons of DO oil from the Republic of Korea to Singapore suddenly caught fire and moved to the seaport of Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province for extinguishing.

There were 21 Russian crew members on board at that time. They used 50 tons of CO2 to control the blazes and closed all doors to prevent oxygen to emit inside.

By the morning of February 6, according to the observation from the outside, the functional forces said that no more smoke was seen on the floors of the ship.

However, the functional forces are calculating and making safe plans to approach the ship amid a lot of toxic gas suspected inside the ship.

According to the Vung Tau Port Authority, the ship is currently located about 25 nautical miles far from the cape of Vung Tau.

Embassy ready to assist Vietnamese affected by earthquake in Turkey

The Vietnamese Embassy in Turkey had by February 6 recorded no Vietnamese citizens dead or injured in an earthquake that devastated the country earlier the same day.

Nguyen Phu Tan Huong, First Secretary at the Vietnamese Embassy, said the embassy has contacted local authorities and Vietnamese expatriates to frequently update information about the incident, and stayed ready to take citizen protection measures in case there are Vietnamese victims in the quake.

To seek support, Vietnamese citizens can contact the embassy through its Facebook page or hotline 90 545 7858548 or the citizen protection hotline 84.981848484, she advised.

There are a few Vietnamese citizens living in the areas affected by the earthquake. In the days to come, the embassy will send staff to these localities to keep update on the situation and provide prompt assistance, Huong said.

At least 3,830 deaths have been confirmed so far after the powerful magnitude 7.8 earthquake rocked Turkey and Syria early February 6, CNN has reported.

Four athletes to represent Việt Nam at Asian indoor tournament

VN will send its four best athletes to compete for medals at the Asian Indoor Athletics Championships 2023 in Kazakhstan later this week.

It is the first continental tournament in which Vietnamese competitors will participate after three years of the pandemic.

All four have performed impressively in recent tournaments, including the 31st SEA Games and the ninth National Sports Games (NSG) in 2022.

Multi-time SEA Games winner Nguyễn Thi Huyền will compete in the women's 400m event.

Huyền successfully defended her 400m and 4x400m titles at the regional sports event in May in Hà Nội.

Seven months later, her domination continued at the NSG in the capital city, setting her seasonal best of 53.37sec.

The SEA Games record breaker Nguyễn Thị Oanh will participate in the women's 1,500m and 3,000m events. While the 3,000m steeplechase is usually her preferred event, the 3,000m is held instead in the indoor tournament.

Oanh had a career-defining 2022, winning a hattrick of the 1,500m, 3,000m steeplechase and 5,000m and setting a new record in the steeplechase.

She also won gold at the NSG in the 1,500, 3,000m steeplechase and 10,000m, setting another record in the last category. 

Her best time in the 1,500m is 4min 16.67sec. Her SEA Games record in the 3,000m steeplechase is 9:52.44. However, she has not competed in the 3,000m for almost three years.

Oanh won bronze medals in both events in the previous tournament edition in 2018.

She was also voted the best Vietnamese athlete of 2022 by the National Sports Administration and secured a trophy for the best female athlete of the Victory Cup, as voted by the VTVcab and Vietcontent Sports.

Rising star Lương Đức Phước will make his debut continental debut in the 800m and 1,500m events. The 20-year-old established his domination in the national championship and the NSG. The SEA Games' 1,500m triumph was a big win for the rookie in his first appearance.

His personal bests are 1:58.89 in the 800m and 4:00.62 in the 1,500m. 

The last domestic athlete travelling to Kazakstan is Nguyễn Trung Cường, the winner of the NSG's 3,000m steeplechase and 5,000m.

Cường was recognised as a promising talent after his performances at international junior tournaments when he was young. However, he slipped down the national rankings after injuries and family commitments. 

He started his comeback in September when he overcame powerful athletes like former SEA Games winner Đỗ Quốc Luật in the 3,000m steeplechase and SEA Games champion Nguyễn Văn Lai in the 5,000m to take the top podiums at the NSG.

His NSG record of 8:58.35 in the 3,000m steeplechase is a strong base to help him get high results in the 3,000m.

The championship will take place at Astana's Qazaqstan sports complex from February 10-12. About 500 athletes from 31 countries and territories will join the tournament, including 26 disciplines of running, throwing, jumping, and all-around events.

Vietnamese delegation under coach Vũ Ngọc Lợi will leave for the tournament on February 8.

The Astana championships will be the 10th edition of the tournament. The biennial event, organised by Asian Athletics Association, was cancelled in 2020, while last year’s event was pushed forward due to COVID-19.

In the 2018 championship, Việt Nam ranked seventh with one gold and three bronzes.

Vietnam - Singapore ties contribute to cohesion in ASEAN: expert

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh’s upcoming Singapore visit holds great significance, since this is an occasion for him and his Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong enhance relations between the two Governments and States, thereby contributing to cooperation within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and ASEAN Plus.

So said Prof. Bilveer Singh from the Department of Political Science at the National University of Singapore in an interview granted to the Vietnam News Agency ahead of PM Chinh’s official visit to the city state from February 8 to 10.

He held that the way in which Vietnam and Singapore view and understand each other, and together move forward amid numerous fast-changing external challenges is highly important.

Assessing their strategic partnership, he highlighted the development of bilateral connections in economy, politics, diplomacy, culture, and defence, adding that the two countries’ relationship have established itself as a special one.

The expert described Vietnam and Singapore as pillars of ASEAN over the last 10 - 15 years, saying the development of their ties within the bloc’s is crucial.

The countries are moving in the right roadmap and should work harder to become the cohesion of ASEAN, he went on, noting that they are the most stable nations in Southeast Asia at present, so they are in advantageous positions to push the bloc forward.

Talking about defence and security cooperation, Singh said the two sides have maintained an annual defence policy dialogue, but they should further strengthen links between their naval, land, air, and civil defence forces. They also need step up officer exchanges to help boost mutual understanding and military ties.

Besides, he also suggested Vietnam and Singapore identify potential cooperation fields of which cyber security is a major area that Singapore is very strong at.

The professor expected that both will together lead ASEAN on the path to sustainable development. As long as they can promote and maintain the bloc’s unity and cooperation with major powers, it will be crucial to safeguarding security in the Indo-Pacific region or the Asia-Pacific region.

Vietnamese Embassy in France holds New Year gathering

The Vietnamese Embassy in France recently held a Lunar New Year gathering, with overseas Vietnamese and international friends taking part.

It was the first in-person get-together after two years of cancellation and one year of online gathering due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking at the event, Vice Mayor of Paris Emmanuel Grégoire said the year 2023 holds significance for ties between Vietnam and France as it marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Paris Agreement on ending the war and restoring peace in Vietnam, the 50th founding anniversary of Vietnam-France diplomatic ties and the 10th anniversary of the bilateral strategic partnership.

Vietnamese Ambassador to France Dinh Toan Thang, for his part, lauded Paris authorities for their activities toward the people, including the Vietnamese community living there, as well as their commitments to Ile-de-France region in its cooperation with Vietnam, especially in heritage projects.

On the occasion, he called on the overseas Vietnamese and French friends to actively join important activities of the bilateral ties this year, firstly the 12th conference on decentralised cooperation between Vietnam and France scheduled for April 13-15 in Hanoi, as well as major economic and cultural events to be held in both countries throughout the year.

Participants at the event were treated to Vietnamese traditional dishes and music performances.

HCM City gears up for inaugural District 1 Midnight Run

Long-distance runners will have the chance to see the beauty of HCM City at night during the District 1 Midnight Run, which will be organised for the first time in HCM City on March 25-26.

Organisers hope to lure more than 3,000 runners from all over the country to compete in three categories of 5km, 10km and 21km in its debut.

The tournament marks a strong return suffering the COVID-19 pandemic and shows the new face of District 1 with its adaptation and flexibility to resist challenges and difficulties.

The Midnight Run also aims to publicise the beautiful images of the people, the glorious history and the rich tradition of District 1.

On March 25, an Expo will be held for all runners and supporters to prepare and exchange their understanding and opinions of marathon.

On March 26, runners of the 21km category will start at midnight at the crossroads of the Nguyễn Huệ pedestrian street and Lê Lợi Boulevard. The 10km competitors will follow at 0.45am and the 5km at 1.30am.

The route is specially designed, guiding running through famous landmarks of the hundred-year history of the district, such as the City Hall, the Sài Gòn Notre Dame Cathedral, Bạch Đằng Wharf, Independence Palace, Bến Thành Market and the Sài Gòn Zoo and Botanical Garden.

HCMC prepares to implement low-carbon city development program

Ho Chi Minh City is also promoting cooperation with the World Bank to implement the program ‘A low-carbon city development’ with the orientation to participate in the carbon market.

Over the past time, the southern largest city has prepared steps to guide business establishments to develop emission reduction plans at the request of the Government.

The Law on Environmental Protection 2020 stipulated the development of the domestic carbon market, with an official operation roadmap from 2028. This is the latest legal basis for regulations on the organization and development of the carbon market.

The building and operation of a domestic carbon market will help Vietnam effectively reduce carbon emissions, and increase compatibility with international carbon pricing mechanisms; plus, the Southeast Asian country will have opportunities to link with the carbon market in the world and in the region.

The carbon market is a resource generation mechanism through the purchase and sale of carbon credits to promote the development and application of low-emission technologies toward a carbon-neutral economy.

In Ho Chi Minh City, KMDK Company (Korea) has worked with Ho Chi Minh City to implement the project of trading targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the Dong Thanh landfill in Hoc Mon outlying district since 2010. This mechanism is implemented in the form that instead of conducting emission reduction projects in their own countries, developed countries can help developing countries reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The volume of emissions reduced from this cooperation is included in the emission reduction target of that developed country.

In contrast, developed countries pay an amount to developing countries upon an agreement. According to this plan, KMDK Company will implement a project to reduce emissions and pay Ho Chi Minh City about US$3 million. Due to the financial difficulties of KMDK Company, the project was not implemented. However, the investment in emission reduction at landfills in the southern metropolis is still considered to have great potential in emission reduction activities.

Party chief lauds former elite leaders’ contributions to nation

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong hailed practical contributions to Vietnam's national development and international integration by former Party and State leaders at a get-together in Hanoi on February 6, marking the 93rd founding anniversary of the Communist Party of Vietnam.

He thanked the former Party and State leaders for their contributions, saying despite difficulties and challenges, the leaders had always united, closely coordinated and creatively made right, timely and appropriate decisions to direct the entire Party, people and army to record important results.

The Party chief briefed the participants on Vietnam’s impressive performance in 2022, orientations for 2023 and beyond, and expected the former Party and State leaders would continue to make recommendations to help Vietnam successfully implement those future tasks and goals.

Among the participants at the meeting were former Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh, former State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc, former Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, former National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, and many other former Party and State leaders.

Incumbent Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, incumbent National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue, Politburo member, Permanent Secretary of the Secretariat Vo Van Thuong, and acting State President Vo Thi Anh Xuan were also on hand.

The former Party and State leaders expressed their confidence in the Party’s leadership, and at the same time noted the shortcomings that need to be addressed in the coming time.

Vietnam desires to foster cooperative ties with Brazil

Vietnam attaches importance to and wishes to boost its cooperative tis with Brazil, one of Vietnam’s leading important partners in Latin America, said acting State President Vo Thi Anh Xuan,

Receiving outgoing Brazilian ambassador to Vietnam Fernando Apparicio da Silva, Xuan noted the two countries have regularly maintained visit exchanges and political consultations at the ministerial level, helping to boost bilateral cooperation in the fields of mutual interests and strengths, while closely supporting each other at international organizations and multilateral forums.

Particularly she said, the two sides have maintained bilateral trade exchanges, with Brazil emerging as Vietnam’s largest trading partner in Latin America. Two-way trade turnover last year reached a record high of US$6.78 billion, an increase of 6.6% compared to 2021.

In addition, bilateral cooperation in other fields such as agriculture, tourism, culture and people-to-people exchanges has also yielded important results.

The Acting President suggested that the two countries continue to promote the exchange of delegations at all levels, especially high-level delegations, to further strengthen bilateral relations.

Vietnamese leaders look forward to welcoming Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula in Hanoi in the near future, Xuan said.

She expressed hope that the two sides would pay more attention to creating favourable conditions for Vietnamese goods to enter the Brazilian market, and Brazilian goods to make inroads into the Vietnamese market.

She also proposed the Brazilian Government support the start of negotiations for a free trade agreement between Vietnam and the South American Common Market (MERCOSUR).

Ambassador Fernando Apparicio da Silva for his part congratulated Vietnam on its impressive achievements in socio-economic development and international integration.

He thanked the relevant Vietnamese agencies for supporting him in accomplishing his mission in the country, and expected the Brazil- Vietnam cooperation would be further strengthened, especially in trade, economy and other fields of their common strength.

Rosy trumpet flowers attract young people in HCMC

At the current time, rosy trumpet flowers are blooming on many streets in Ho Chi Minh City, attracting young people to take check-in photos with flowers.

Young people can enjoy the colorful beauty of rosy trumpet flower bunches along streets including Dien Bien Phu in Binh Thanh District, Ham Nghi, Vo Van Kiet in District 1, Vo Thi Sau Street in District 3 and so on.

In the period of 2005 – 2007, the city started to plant rosy trumpet trees in some big streets. The blossoming season normally starts in March, however it could be sooner or later due to weather condition.

This years, the trees have blossomed from the end of January so residents can enjoy the beauty of the flower right in the heart of the city.

After blooming, the fragile petals will linger within two weeks before withering.

The unique Kin Chieng Booc May festival of the Thai ethnic group

Thai ethnic people in Ruoc Ram village, Thanh Hoa province, hold Kin Chieng Booc May festival after a hard working year to give thanks to the gods, and pray for good health, wealth and a bumper harvest in the year ahead.

The festival is also known as Cha Chien or Xang Khan, meaning “singing and dancing to celebrate under the cotton tree”.

The Thai ethnic people regard the festival to be a communal cultural activity in which everyone in the village has the right to participate in and enjoy the event.

The festival is divided into two separate parts.

The ceremonial part consists of rituals involving worshiping the gods, the essential prose told by a shaman about the establishment of the village, thereby praising ancestors and people with meritorious services.

The festival part is a system of 26 to 50 acts performed by a shaman, or "guests", such as chopping firewood, farming, sword dancing, sweeping the home, and playing the flute. Indeed, it is thought that each activity involves a god from Muong Troi coming down from heaven to participate.

Furthermore, there is a part that involves playing traditional musical instruments such as gongs, khua luong, drums, boong bu, and flutes.

A number of folk games, such as chop singing, bamboo dancing, array playing, tug of war, and cotton ball throwing, are also held during the course of the festival.

“Vietnamese poetry night” program opens in HCMC

A “Vietnamese poetry night” program took place at Van Lang Park in District 5’s HCMC on February 4 (on the 14th day of the first lunar month).

The event was held by the People’s Committee of HCMC, the municipal Organizing Board of Major Holidays, the People’s Committee of District 5 and the HCMC Writers’ Association.

The event is part of the annual Vietnam Poetry Day which usually starts on Nguyen Tieu (the 15th day of the first lunar month) on the Tet holidays. Vietnam Poetry Day has become the biggest poetry festival in the country. It is an opportunity for Vietnamese poetry lovers to enjoy famous poetry works by well-known poets and to promote Vietnam’s beautiful and serene landscapes.

In addition, a festival marking the 287th anniversary of the founding of the Tao Dan Chieu Anh Cac poetry and literary group opened in Ha Tien City in the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang on February 5.

English learning app receives two international certificates

Vietnamese start-up project Monkey Junior has received two international certificates, including kidSAFE Certified (KSP) and Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA).

The KSP is an independent safety certification service and seal-of-approval programme that is designed exclusively for children-friendly websites and technologies, including online game sites, educational services, virtual worlds, social networks, and mobile apps.

Furthermore, the MCA evaluates products and services which have been created for children, families, and educators. The programme is globally recognised and is considered as the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products, and services. The organisation is based in the United States and has reviewed thousands of entries from more than 60 countries worldwide.

Monkey Junior was first developed by Dao Xuan Hoang who integrated multimedia content, including funny and exciting photos, videos, and audio, in order to help toddlers and kids learn new languages.

The foreign language teaching application is designed specifically for children up to 10 years old, and has so far attracted nearly 15 million users from all over the world, including one million Americans.

The latest recognition comes after Vietnamese start-up project Monkey Junior beat strong global competition to be named champion at the Global Innovation through Science and Technology Tech-I 2016 (GIST Tech-I 2016).

It also won first prize at the Vietnamese Talent Awards 2016 and received Google start-up financial support funding of US$100,000.

Ta Cu Nature Reserve misreports large-scale deforestation

Ta Cu Nature Reserve in Binh Thuan Province reported a deforestation case with an area of more than 4,900 square meters. However, through actual inspection, the deforestation area is up to nearly 20,000 sq.m.

The Forest Protection Department of Binh Thuan Province, on February 5, said that it reported the inspection and verification results following the direction of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development related to the large-scale deforestation that occurred in the Ta Cu Nature Reserve in Ham Thuan Nam District in Binh Thuan Province.

Previously, on December 16, 2022, the Management Board of Ta Cu Nature Reserve reported to the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of Binh Thuan Province regarding the deforestation case that occurred in the nature reserve.

The report stated that, on July 12, 2022, illegal deforestation occurred in the Lang Lon area in Sub-zone 296c in Ta Cu Nature Reserve, with 4,988 square meters of forest destroyed. Of these, 221 trees were cut down.

On December 14, 2022, according to local people's report, the Management Board of Ta Cu Nature Reserve continued to inspect the scene in Sub-zone 296c and discovered that another 4,900 square meters of forest area were cut down.

Thus, according to the report of Ta Cu Nature Reserve, the total destroyed forest area was more than 9,900 square meters. Forest products were 100 percent damaged, with 402 trees being chopped down and damaged timber reserves of more than 22.2 cubic meters.

After receiving the above report, on December 20, 2022, the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of Binh Thuan Province requested the provincial Forest Protection Department to check and verify the information and content of the report.

The Forest Protection Department of Binh Thuan Province then coordinated with relevant units to inspect the scene and found a difference.

Specifically, the inspection team discovered that in Sub-zone 296c, the destroyed forest area was up to 19,900 square meters, nearly 15,000 square meters higher than the report of the Management Board of Ta Cu Nature Reserve.

Because the scale of the illegal deforestation exceeds the administrative penalty framework, the Forest Protection Department of Binh Thuan Province has reported to the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to request the People's Committee of Ham Thuan Nam District to direct law enforcement agencies to handle documents and track violators for punishment according to the Penal Code 2015.

In addition, the Forest Protection Department of Binh Thuan Province also asked the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to direct Ta Cu Nature Reserve to organize a review of individuals and groups related to the deforestation that took place for a long time and in a large scale but was not detected and prevented in time.

Lam Chay Festival returns to Long An after Covid-19 outbreak

Lam Chay festival returned to the Mekong Delta province of Long An on February 4 (on the 14th in the first lunar month) after three years of suspension due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The festival aims to preserve, restore and develop unique intangible cultural values and pay tribute to heroes for their great meritorious services in protecting the country and national independence.

The event also includes rituals to pray for good harvest, national prosperity and people's peace, heroic fallen soldiers as well as show respect for ancestors and founders of the land, and worship the souls of the dead.

The traditional festival took place at Tan Xuan Temple in Tam Vu Town in Chau Thanh District will run until February 6 (16th in the first lunar month).

Saltwater intrusion worsens in Mekong Delta

Saltwater intrusion has begun to increase in the Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta’s rivers, affecting irrigation of crops.

A salinity rate of four grammes per litre was seen 45-70km upstream in major rivers this week, according to the Department of Water Resources.

In the Vàm Cỏ Đông and Vàm Cỏ Tây rivers, saltwater has reached 65-70km deep, 5-7km more than at this time last year, it said.

Most plants can only tolerate a rate of 1 gramme per litre.

But water is adequate for the ongoing winter-spring rice crop, the department added.

The delta, the country’s largest rice, fruit and seafood producer, has 1.5 million hectares under the crop.

The saltwater intrusion from the sea occurs annually during the dry season between December and April.

To cope with it, the delta’s 12 provinces and Cần Thơ City take various measures such as restructuring agriculture, building irrigation works and storing freshwater.

Kiên Giang Province, the country’s largest rice producer, is dredging irrigation canals to increase their capacity.

Nguyễn Huỳnh Trung, head of the province’s Irrigation Sub-department, said an estimated 117 temporary soil dams would be built to store water.

It has 36 such dams and with saltwater prevention sluices to protect the ongoing rice crop, he said.

It has instructed farmers to test the salinity rate before irrigating their fields, he said.

In Tiền Giang Province, authorities are building six saltwater prevention sluices along the Tiền River, a tributary of the Mekong, at a cost of VNĐ864 billion (US$37 million). The construction is expected to be completed in June.

They have also dredged 544 irrigation works and canals with a total length of 888km to ensure there is enough water for the current crop.

The country’s largest fruit producing province encourages farmers to store water in ponds dug in fruit orchards and fields and use it efficiently. 

HCMC proposes building parking lots at vacant locations

The government of HCMC has sent a draft resolution to the Ministry of Planning and Investment, seeking approval to build parking lots at vacant locations to meet the high parking demand.

The multi-storey parking structures can be operated for less than 10 years and installed at the sites of state-funded projects that have yet to be implemented or put into full operation, the HCMC Department of Transport suggested.

They do not take up much space, require low installation and operation costs, and can be easily set up and upgraded.

It can help mobilize funds from society, maximize resources from vacant land, and satisfy parking demand and reduce costs arising from traffic congestion in the downtown areas.

The proposal was put forward as the total area of available parking spaces in HCMC reaches only 20% of the city’s plan, satisfying 7% of the demand in the downtown areas. In other words, the city currently needs an additional 900 hectares of parking spaces.

As per the city’s plan, the central area of HCMC will develop four underground parking lots with commercial and public services, yet none of them has been implemented. Meanwhile, the city has over 850,000 cars and 7.8 million motorbikes.

The number of newly registered cars reached over 7,500 in the first six months of 2022, up 20% year-on-year.

Previously, the authority of District 1 proposed building multi-storey parking structures in 26 unused sites, including land lots at 133 and 117 Nguyen Hue Boulevard, and 87 Cong Quynh Street.

Prenn Pass closed for expansion project

Lam Dong provincial authorities, on the morning of February 6, closed Prenn Pass to serve the upgrade and expansion project of the pass.

At 8 a.m., the authorities set up checkpoints and put up signs prohibiting vehicles from traveling at both ends of Prenn Pass in the downward direction from Ba Thang Tu Street in Ward 3 of Da Lat City and the upward one from the foot of Prenn Pass to the center of Da Lat.

It was recorded that, on the morning of February 6, traffic police were at the two ends of Prenn and Mimosa passes to guide people and tourists to travel through other routes.

Specifically, vehicles traveling from Lien Khuong Expressway to Da Lat will go up Mimosa Pass, or from Lien Khuong Expressway, they can turn right through the tunnel and enter the highway connecting with Tuyen Lam Lake National Tourist Area (Hoa Do Quyen Street) - Hoa Phuong Tim Street - the road through the Tuyen Lam Lake National Tourist Area - Truc Lam Yen Tu Street - Trieu Viet Vuong Street (trucks are banned on this road).

From Da Lat to Lien Khuong Highway or National Highway 20, Duc Trong District, vehicles can travel in the direction of Mimosa Pass or from Trieu Viet Vuong Street to Tuyen Lam Lake National Tourist Area (trucks are prohibited).

The upgrade and expansion project of Prenn Pass in Da Lat City has a total cost of over VND550 billion (US$23.33 million) and is expected to carry out in about a year.

Source: VNA/SGT/VNS/VOV/Dtinews/SGGP/VGP/Hanoitimes


Nguyen Thi Tam wins silver at World Boxing Champs

Vietnamese boxer Nguyen Thi Tam lost 0-5 to world defending champion Nikhat Zareen (India) in the final match of the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships on March 26 evening.

Da Nang releases MV to stimulate tourism

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Sapling from world's longest-living Bodhi tree planted in Bai Dinh pagoda

A sapling marcotted from a 2,300-year-old Bodhi tree (also known as sacred fig with the scientific name of Ficus religiosa), the oldest of its species in the world, has been planted at the Bai Dinh pagoda in the northern province of Ninh Binh.

Cruise ship brings more than 2,000 int’l visitors to Ha Long

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Mekong Delta develops trademarks for specialties

Building and developing trademarks and obtaining certificates of origin are considered effective ways to create added value for products, thus expanding markets for specialties of the Mekong Delta.

Vietnam named in Agility’s top 10 Emerging Markets Logistics Index 2023

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Boxer Nguyen Ngoc Hai wins WBA belt

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Cumbersome procedures destroy creativity

Principles and regulations are set to serve development, but, ironically, many of them have become obstacles that hinder development.

AIS issues warning about software security flaws in Vietnam

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VN corporate bond market warms up after lackluster year

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Roof proposed for HCM City Walking Street

New tech promises fewer delays at country’s biggest airports

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VN National Tourism Year 2023 kicks off in Binh Thuan

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Gov’t instructs acceleration of public investment disbursement

35 Vietnamese students compete at Int’l Robothon 2023

Thirty-five Vietnamese contestants will compete in the Leanbot category as part of the International Robothon 2023 contest due to get underway in Malaysia on March 26.