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Capital says it with flowers for Int'l Women's Day

Update: March, 05/2008 - 00:00

Local Lowdown

(06-03-2008)

Capital says it with flowers for Int’l Women’s Day

HA NOI — The capital is getting ready to celebrate International Women’s’ Day on March 8 with the gala Giai Dieu Hoa Hong (Rose Melody).

Women attending the programme, sponsored by Diana Viet Nam, will receive one of 10,000 fresh roses and be serenaded by romantic songs and dances.

The celebrations will be held on Friday and Saturday in different venues across the city, including Ha Noi University and Thang Long University.

Four houses in Quang Nam get national heritage status

QUANG NAM — Four old houses in Tien Phuoc, Nui Thanh and Dien Ban District in the southern province of Quang Nam have received recognition as heritage sites from the provincial Culture and Information Department.

The province already has 82 areas, all in Hoi An Town, recognised as UNESCO world cultural heritage sites.

Northern Phat Tich Pagoda receives $2.2m face-lift

BAC NINH — A VND35 billion (nearly US$2.2 million) plan has been launched to preserve Phat Tich Pagoda in Tien Du District, northern Bac Ninh Province.

The project will restore the pagoda’s original appearance as well as build supporting structures. Work is slated to wrap up in 2010.

Plan announced to boost Nha Trang Bay tourism

KHANH HOA — Southern Khanh Hoa Province has announced a plan to preserve Nha Trang Bay with an eye to boosting tourism.

According to the provincial People’s Committee, the project will cover 250sq.km including Hon Mun and Hon Ngoc islands. Hon Tre Island will be developed as a top-grade resort.

Singer Dam Vinh Hung puts poor students first

HA NOI — Singer Dam Vinh Hung is touring the country to help poor students get a good education.

The singer will take part in 10 free shows at universities in HCM City, Can Tho, Da Nang and Ha Noi. The shows kick off this Saturday.

During each performance Hung will donate 10 scholarships worth VND2 million (nearly US$125) for poor but excellent students. Also on the bill are other well known singers including Toc Tien, Thuy Tien and group The Bells.

The tour, costing a total VND5.2 billion (nearly US$325,000), will run till April 27.

Golden Books Competition awards Monograph top prize

HCM CITY — Top prize in the recent bibliophiles’ contest, the Golden Books Competition, has gone to Monographie dessinee de l’Indochine: Cochinchine (Monograph with illustrations of Indochina: Cochin China) from HCM City’s General Science Library.

The book includes illustrations of landscapes and handicrafts from the south of Viet Nam in the 1930s by students from the Gia Dinh Fine Art College.

Second prize went to Thanh Ngu Bien Luc (Vietnamese Idioms), submitted by collector Nguyen Huu Triet. Do Cao Loi got the special prize for printed technology for the book Souverains et notabilites d’Indochine (Kings and Authorities in Indochina). — VNS

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