minority village built
Buon Ma Thuot City in the
Central Highlands began construction of a model of an ethnic minority village on
Thursday in Tan An Commune.
The 33-ha village will
include a handicrafts producing area, residential area for ethnic minority
families, trading area, entertainment area, ‘cultural’ house and school. The
village, which will cost VND15 billion (US$950,000), will be exploited for
tourism when completed in mid-2006.
water levels hit high warning level
Water levels in the Hau
and Tien rivers, tributaries of the Mekong, have risen to 3.5-4.12m, reaching
the last warning level on a three-level scale on which four metres represents
flood conditions, the An Giang Province Hydro-Meteorological Bureau reported on
The Mekong Delta Storms
and Flood Prevention Committee has instructed the delta provinces to move
residents out of flood-prone areas. It has also ordered the provinces to
consolidate riverbanks and dykes to protect rice fields and orchards from flood.
Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon)
destroys crops in Lac Duong
A hail lasting one hour
destroyed on Tuesday more than 100ha of vegetables and flowers in Lam Dong
Province’s Lac Duong Town, causing damage worth more than VND1 billion
(US$63,000), according to the town People’s Committee.
The committee has also
called on the province’s Agriculture and Rural Development Department to draft
a programme to support farmers losing crops to the hail.
Nien (Young People)
export revenues hit record
Viet Nam’s exports are
expected to reach US$2.8 billion in August, the highest monthly figure this
year, the Ministry of Trade said on Wednesday.
Total exports in the first
eight months of the year reached $20 billion, an increase of 18.7 per cent over
the same period last year. However, it still fell short of this year’s target
of 25 per cent, the ministry said.
Nam to host tourism festival in Germany
Viet Nam will organise a
festival next month in Germany, Viet Nam Days, to celebrate 30 years of
diplomatic relations between the two countries and to attract more tourists and
investors from the European nation.
Deputy Prime Minister Vu
Khoan has asked the Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) to organise
this event. It will comprise of a Gala Dinner, an exhibition and a forum to
promote economic, trade, and investment relations between the two countries.
Saigon Times Daily