VietNamNet Bridge - Five thermal power projects have been developed in Binh Thuan province, raising serious concerns about pollution, as the plants are located near marine protected area (MPA). Binh Thuan has emerged as a province which attracts many industrial projects, especially thermal power ones. The Vinh Tan Power Center runs five thermal power plants, including Vinh Tan 1, 2, 3, 4 and expanded Vinh Tan 4. Of these, Vinh Tan 2 has opened, while the others are under construction, capitalized at billions of dollars. Vinh Tan 2, Vinh Tan 4 and expanded Vinh Tan 4 are listed by the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) as polluting projects, or projects with violations of environmental laws. Vinh Tan 2, during its operation, produced dust and ash, upsetting locals’ lives and raising strong opposition from the public. As for Vinh Tan 1, the Chinese investor is now seeking permission to dump 1.5 cubic meters of waste into the sea, near Hon Cau, one of Vietnam’s 16 … [Read more...] about What does Binh Thuan want: thermal power or a marine-protected area?
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HCM CITY — The police of central Binh Thuan Province on Sunday prosecuted two men, including an overseas Vietnamese, allegedly for robbing a jewellery shop last week. Nguyen Mark Joseph, alias Khanh, a 35-year-old American of Vietnamese origin, and Nguyen Phuoc Hai, 34, of HCM City's District 6 were arrested last Thursday night after four armed men robbed Thu Thanh Jewellery Shop in Cho Lau town earlier that day. A third suspect, Huynh Quoc Thai, 23, has been taken to Binh Thuan for questioning after being seized at his house in HCM City's Binh Thanh District on Sunday. A fourth suspect, Pham Quoc Bao, 33, of HCM City's Thu Duc District, who is still at large, was told to give himself up, the chief of the Bac Binh District Police, Colonel Nguyen Van Lam, said. At around 7.20pm on Thursday, the robbers broke the jewellery shop window and took an unspecified amount of jewels and injured the elderly father of the shop owner. The police said that after the heist, Khanh and the rest … [Read more...] about Two charged for robbing jewel shop in Binh Thuan
Tourism ‘spearheads’ Binh Thuan Province economy: local official (25-09-2006) Thoi Bao Kinh Te Viet Nam (Vietnam Economic Times) spoke to Ngo Minh Chinh, director of Binh Thuan Province’s tourism department, about how tourism has built the local economy. Can you tell me about Binh Thuan’s tourism developments in recent years? Over the past few years, tourist activity has improved remarkably and now plays an important role in the socio-economic structure of the province. Tourism development has spearheaded the economy and increased development in other aspects of the province. The revenue from tourists to the province has increased as their numbers increase. Specifically, at the start of July, tourism revenue had reached VND461 billion. Provincial hotels have welcomed about 136,000 tourists. What did Binh Thuan do to improve their advertising and increase their appeal as a tourist attraction? At the end of 2005, we held the Binh Thuan cultural festival, with … [Read more...] about Tourism ‘spearheads’ Binh Thuan Province economy: local official
Binh Thuan aims for more tourists (18-02-2008) Nguyen Van Thu, deputy chairman of Binh Thuan Province’s People’s Committee, chats with Thoi Bao Kinh Te Viet Nam (Vietnam Economic Times) about tourism in the province. Given the province’s geographical location, what has your province done to boost tourism? We have concentrated on exploiting this potential. Since 2001, investment and business in the tourism sector has been bright. There are more projects,each bigger in scale in the sector. So far, the People’s Committee has received 386 inspired investment projects, from which it has leased a total of more than 3,000 ha and registered an investment of nearly VND12 trillion (US$750 million). Since doing so, the number of tourist increases 30 per cent every year. In 2006 the province received over 1.5 million tourists of which 150,000 were foreigners. The tourism turnover has also recorded an increase of 35 per cent every year since 2001. In 2006, Binh Thuan … [Read more...] about Binh Thuan aims for more tourists
Winners of Binh Thuan photo contest announced By Khai Nguyen in Phan Thiet A photo contest organized by Binh Thuan newspaper themed "Binh Thuan on the way to innovate and integrate" has attracted over 400 photos by 37 professional and amateur photographers around the country. Nearly 100 outstanding works clearly express the progress and potential of the provincial tourism industry. The panel of judges, including popular photographer Ngo Dinh Cuong, Tran Tho Don, and Truong Huu Hung, selected nine pictures for the final round. Truong Ngoc Minh with the picture "Trong con bao lu" (In the storm) won first prize with an almost perfect score. Two second prizes were awarded to Do Huu Tuan with the photo themed "Dac san vung bien" (Specialties of the coastal region) and Vo Ngoc Lan for "Tren gian khoan Su Tu Den" (On the Su Tu Den drilling platform). The photo of "Duoc mua thanh long" (The bumper dragon fruit crop) of Quoc Huy, "Que huong" (Hometown) of Huynh Ngoc Thach, and "Vui mua lua … [Read more...] about Winners of Binh Thuan photo contest announced