International NGOs donation in 2014 reached US$300 million


(VOV) - Despites world economic difficulties in 2014, international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) still provided US$300 million for Vietnam, focusing on social issues and socio-economic, health, educational and natural resource development. The figure was announced by the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) at a meeting in Hanoi on December 19 with the participation of more than 250 representatives from international NGOs, ministries, diplomatic corps and international development cooperation agencies (IDCA). The People's Aid Coordinating Committee (PACCOM) carried out a number of activities in 2014, including 25 conferences and seminars, to connect localities with international NGOs, donors, embassies and IDCAs. On the occasion, the VUFO presented certificates of merit to 33 foreign NGOs and one individual who have made significant contributions to poverty reduction and sustainable development efforts in Vietnam. … [Read more...]

Foreign non governmental aids for Vietnam reach 300 million dollars


(VOVworld) - The Vietnam Union of Friendship Associations held a meeting in Hanoi to praise international non governmental organizations’ donations. Despite flagging world economic development, non governmental organizations donations to Vietnam were 300 million dollars. The funding was allocated to social, healthcare, educational and environmental programs. The Vietnam Union of Friendship Associations will promote communications to establish better links between donors and provinces while looking for more relevant direction to steer non governmental aids into Vietnam’s socioeconomic development. 33 organizations and one individual were granted certificates of merit in recognition of their contribution to poverty reduction during the review meeting on Friday. … [Read more...]

Deputy PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc receives the Lao Steering Committee on Rural Development


(VOVworld) – Vietnam will increase its Official Development Assistance to support Laos’ effort to reduce poverty in its disadvantaged provinces and localities an additional 30 percent. Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said Friday in Hanoi while receiving officials from the Lao Central Steering Committee on Rural Development and Poverty Reduction. Mr. Phuc said Vietnam will also promote major investment projects in Laos. He said Vietnam’s Party and State have always attached great importance to developing Vietnam-Laos relations. The Deputy Prime Minister added that the two countries should focus more on promoting bilateral cooperation and diplomatic activities to support each other’s development, especially sharing experience in poverty reduction and new rural development. … [Read more...]

Vietnam fully prepared for joining AEC


(VOV) - Vietnam should effectively implement its commitments to further stabilise macro-economic growth, improve its competitive edge and institutional capacity to grasp opportunities and cope with crisis, and ensure the involvement of all social classes. The statement was made by Le Xuan Sang, a member of the European Trade Policy and Investment Support Project (EU-MUTRAP) at the December 19 seminar in Ho Chi Minh City held by the Central Institute of Economic Management (CIEM) and EU – MUTRAP to assess Vietnam’s readiness ahead of joining AEC in 2015. According to the CIEM and MUTRAP report Vietnam has made essential preparations for the approaching ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in terms of governance and institutional and administrative procedure reforms. The country has actively revised and issued many legal documents and joined ASEAN agreements. It is looking forwards to high-quality playgrounds like trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the Regional Comprehensive … [Read more...]

Trapped workers successfully rescued


(VOV) -Twelve trapped workers were successfully evacuated from a collapsed tunnel at the construction site of Da Dang-Da Chomo hydropower plant in Central Highlands Lam Dong province on December 19 afternoon thanks to great rescue efforts. Two of them were sent to a nearby hospital while others are currently in stable health condition. Family members and friends of the trapped workers who had been waiting for a long time outside burst into tears when they saw the first worker successfully being rescued. Doctors and more than 10 ambulances were available at the scene of the hydropower plant accident to deal with emergency cases. Some images of the rescue work: … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s ODA to Laos to increase by 30%

(VOV) -Vietnam will increase its official development assistance (ODA) to Laos by 30% in support of localities with tremendous difficulties, said Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc while receiving a Lao delegation in Hanoi on December 19. Phuc affirmed the high-level delegation of the Lao Central Steering Committee on Rural Development and Poverty Reduction that the aid aims to help Laos reduce poverty rate and implement major projects. The Vietnamese Party, State and Government always attach importance to strengthening special solidarity and time-honoured friendship between Vietnam and Laos, he noted. The Deputy PM stressed the need to educate young generations about the two countries’ glorious traditions and boost bilateral comprehensive cooperation in various fields for mutual benefits, particularly in poverty reduction and rural development. Phuc asked Vietnamese functional agencies and the Central Steering Committee on Rural Development and Poverty Reduction to make … [Read more...]

Vietnam Airlines achieves impressive business results in Germany

Vietnam Airlines is to use Boeing 787 -9 Dreamliner for flights between Viet Nam and Germany since 2015. – Photo

(VOVworld) - Vietnam Airlines' (VNA) branch in Germany has met its 2014 targets for revenue and services, despite problems facing the global aviation industry. The information was announced at a ceremony to introduce Vietnam Airlines’ new products in Berlin on Wednesday. Nguyen Quoc Phuong, the airlines’ branch director, revealed that the company has strengthened its market segment on flights between Germany and Viet Nam, with 86% seat occupancy. He said that in 2015, the airlines will operate the Boeing 787 -9 Dreamliner to offer customers better services. It will operate direct flights from Berlin to Hanoi to help German-Vietnamese people visit their home country during Tet, Vietnam’s traditional Lunar New Year Festival. … [Read more...]

Tightening community oversight of poverty reduction programs

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(VOVworld) – A seminar presenting survey results on community oversight of poverty reduction programs to help prevent corruption was held in Hanoi on Friday by the Government Inspectorate of Vietnam in cooperation with the Irish Embassy in Hanoi. 864 questionnaire sheets were completed in 4 cities and provinces in different regions of Vietnam. The survey results supported the Party and State’s policy of providing community oversight of poverty reduction and other investment programs. Seminar participants urged state agencies to amend and supplement laws related to community investment oversight, especially in poverty reduction programs, to increase public awareness and prevent corruption. … [Read more...]

8 children murdered in Northern Australia

Police block the road outside a house where eight children have been found dead in a suburb of Cairns in far north Queensland, Australia, Dec. 19, 2014 (Photo: AP)

(VOVworld) - Eight dead children and a woman suffering from stab wounds were found inside a home in a northern Australian city on Friday, police said. Queensland state police said they were called to the home in the Cairns suburb of Manoora on Friday morning after receiving a report of a woman with serious injuries. When police got to the house, they found the bodies of the children inside. The victims ranged in age from 18 months to 15 years. A 34-year-old woman found inside the home was suffering from stab wounds to the chest. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said this was an unspeakable crime and will direct investigators to find the perpetrator quickly. The incident took place as Australian police tightened security following a deadly siege in a Sydney café earlier this week. On Monday, a gunman burst into a cafe in the heart of the city and took 18 people hostage. Two hostages were killed along with the gunman when police stormed in 16 hours later to end the … [Read more...]

Christmas Events in Hanoi 2014


Christmas is coming and you're staying in Hanoi for the festive season? Check out some Christmas events in our calendar to warm up the cold winter days.1. On 19 Dec: Film Screening "A Christmas Story" Centre for Assistance and Development of Movie Talents 51 Tran Hung Dao Str (4th floor), Hanoi The film is claimed to be "one of the greatest Christmas films ever made that the whole family watches in every Xmas". About film A Christmas Story is a 1983 American Christmas comedy film based on the short stories and semi-fictional anecdotes of author and raconteur Jean Shepherd, based on his book In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash, with some elements derived from Wanda Hickey's Night of Golden Memories. It was directed by Bob Clark. The film has since become a holiday classic and is shown numerous times on television during the Christmas season on the American network TBS, often in a 24-hour marathon. The film earned director Clark two Genie Awards. In 2012, the film was selected … [Read more...]

12 workers brought to safety after being trapped in Vietnam collapsed tunnel


Twelve construction workers trapped in a caved-in hydropower tunnel in central Vietnam’s Lam Dong Province for almost four days have been rescued this afternoon. The workers looked weak but were conscious. while they were carried out of the tunnel. Eleven male workers are being cared for at a field hospital, while the only female worker named Ngoc has been rushed to Lam Dong General Hospital. The workers were previously taken out of the collapsed section of the tunnel through a small tunnel dug by military sappers from the left side. According to the rescuers, they had dug only 14 meters out of the planned 30 meters when they could suddenly see the trapped workers through a small hole. They expanded the hole and crawled through it to reach the workers, who were standing in chest-deep water, and carry them out. The tunnel at the Da Dang - Da Chomo hydropower plant was under construction when a section of it caved in 500 meters from its entrance at about 7 a.m. on Tuesday. It … [Read more...]

US, Cuba to resume official talks

Cubans celebrate in Camaguey as Washington and Havana brought their bitter Cold War stand-off towards a historic close by agreeing to revive diplomatic ties on December 17, 2014 (Photo: Roberto Morejon/AIN/AFP)

(VOVworld) – The US State Department says talks about fully restoring US relations with Cuba will begin next January in Havana. The announcement was made one day after Cuban President Raul Castro and US President Barack Obama announced an historic agreement to re-establish diplomatic relations which were interrupted half a century ago. Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson said on Thursday that regular talks in Havana have already been scheduled for routine US-Cuba immigration issues, and meetings will be expanded to include the process of re-establishing relations. Jacobson noted that American authorities have begun to consider removing Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism, a prerequisite for ending US sanctions against Cuba. The same day, the White House weighed a possible visit by Cuban president Raul Castro. The White House has built a website in Spanish, listing solutions Obama has published for normalizing diplomatic relations, easing travel … [Read more...]

Many countries oppose UN resolution referring Pyongyang to ICC

North Koreans rejected the first vote to refer their country to the ICC for its poor human rights record [EPA]

(VOVworld) – North Korea's deputy UN ambassador An Myong Hun has denounced the UN General Assembly’s resolution referring Pyongyang to the International Criminal Court for alleged crimes against humanity. Addressing the General Assembly on Thursday, An Myong Hun slammed the resolution as "the product of a political plot and confrontation," based on a "fabricated" report by the commission of inquiry. He said Pyongyang will not tolerate any attempt to use human rights issues as a tool for overthrowing its social system. Meanwhile, Cuba, which had led a campaign to strike provisions on the ICC referral from the resolution written by the EU and Japan, said the vote set a dangerous precedent by seeking to punish countries instead of promoting cooperation. China, Russia, Belarus, Iran, Syria, and Venezuela voted against the resolution. … [Read more...]

Japanese-style bus route launched in southern Vietnam


A Vietnamese-Japanese joint venture inaugurated a Japanese-style environmental-friendly bus route in the southern province of Binh Duong on Thursday. The bus route, called "Kaze Shuttle", was set up and is operated by Becamex Tokyu Co., Ltd, a joint venture between Japan’s Tokyu Corporation and Vietnam’s Becamex IDC Corp located in Binh Duong. The route uses buses running on compressed natural gas (CNG) that is not harmful to the environment. The interior part of the bus is very convenient and has five cameras to monitor the driver, passengers and the vehicle’s itinerary. The route is 22.1 km long, running from the building of Becamex to the centralized administrative center in Binh Duong New City, an urban-industry-service complex in the province. Nakata Yasuyuki, general director of Becamex Tokyu, said, "Kaze means ‘wind’ in Japanese. We hope that the bus system, which is based on Japanese technology, will operate like a soft breath of wind … [Read more...]

Vietnam targets 20 percent of new style rural communes in 2015

The Government has set to have 1,800 or 20 percent of total communes nationwide meeting all 19 criteria on new-style rural area building, up from an estimated 8.8 percent in this year. The Government expects to raise the number of communes meeting 15-18 criteria to more than 1,500 or 17.33 percent in next year. The National Target Programme on New Rural Development has recorded significant progress in 2014, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh said a conference to review the programme in Hanoi on December 18. He hailed localities for taking an active part in the drive with creative in mobilising financial resources and implementing policies in accordance with the local real situation. To realise the 2015 target, ministries and sectors need focus on the improvement of infrastructure, environmental protection, education and health, while ensuring social order and safety, restructuring agriculture, and preserving cultural values, he said. The official agreed on the 2016-2020 scheme … [Read more...]

Collapsed tunnel incident: trapped workers got out safe

Trapped workers in the collapsed tunnel are now in good health condition. (Source: Twelve workers were successfully brought out of the collapsed tunnel at the construction site of the Da Dang-Da Chomo hydropower plant by 4:30 pm on December 19. They had been trapped in the tunnel in Pang Tieng village, Lat commune, Lac Duong district, Central Highlands Lam Dong province since December 16. According to health officials at the site, the workers, including a woman, are in stable health condition, and are receiving first-aid services. Thanks to the tireless efforts of rescue workers, the workers got out of the collapsed tunnel earlier than scheduled.-VNA … [Read more...]

US, Cuba to open official talks


Illustrative Image - Photo: AP An official dialogue towards the full normalisation of bilateral diplomatic ties between the US and Cuba is likely to be held in Havana in late January 2015, US Assistant Secretary of State in charge of Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta S. Jacobson said on December 18. The statement followed the historic announcements by Cuban President Raul Castro and his US counterpart Barack Obama to restore the two countries’ diplomatic relations after 53 years of interruption one day earlier. According to the Assistant Secretary, the two countries are discussing the possibility of upgrading their planned migration talks to a higher level, using it as an opportunity to begin talking about some other things Regarding a legal perspective, the process is relatively straightforward, she said, stressing that what both have to do now is to reach an agreement on the process and also terminate the 53-year agreement that they have had with the Swiss Government as … [Read more...]

All trapped workers rescued

VGP – Rescue forces on Friday afternoon have taken 12 workers out of the collapsed tunnel of the Da Dang-Dachomo hydropower plant, much earlier than expected. All the workers who were trapped underground for the past four days are in good spirit, rescuers said. On Thursday, Deputy PM Hoang Trung Hai flew to the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong to direct the rescue work. After inspecting the site, Deputy PM Hai called for best personnel and equipment to speed up the search and rescue efforts./. Rescuing trapped workers may take daysBy Ngoc Van … [Read more...]

OMG! Young Vietnamese abuse English Internet acronyms, adopt them in daily life


A growing number of young Vietnamese are using English acronyms in cyberspace and even in real life, leaving their parents scratching their heads in many cases and giving great cause for their concern. Apart from using a huge chunk of Vietnamese acronyms to serve as shorthand and keep their parents clueless about what they are talking about, local youngsters now also adopt more English acronyms just to be cool and stylish or show off their English command to their peers. The trend is particularly common among students of international schools and universities. Popular acronyms currently favored by local youngsters while chatting, texting or surfing on social networks include PLZ or PLS (Please), BTW (By The Way), OMG (Oh My God), WC (Welcome, Webcam), LOL (Laugh Out Loud), RELA (Relationship), CFS (Confession), 19 (One Night), 29 (Tonight), ASL (Age, Sex, Location), INB (Inbox), and PM (Private Message). They also coin new phrases which combine Vietnamese and English words … [Read more...]

Worldwide activities to mark 70th anniversary of Vietnam People’s Army

Illustration photo/ Trong Duc/VNA   (VOVworld) – Activities are taking place at home and abroad to mark the 70

th anniversary of the Vietnam People’s Army. At a celebration held by the Vietnamese Embassy in Indonesia on Thursday, Ambassador Nguyen Xuan Thuy stressed the importance of army modernization, noting that it’s urgent to develop the national army’s power and potential in accordance with Vietnam’s development and relations with other countries in the 21st century. He reiterated Vietnam’s defense policies of no military alliance, no foreign military presence on Vietnamese territory, and no relationship with one country to be used against a third country. He said Vietnam hailed the cooperation and mutual support between the two armies and peoples of Vietnam and Indonesia, saying the two armies’ close relationship has contributed to tightening the friendship established and consolidated by President Ho Chi Minh and President Sukarno. A ceremony was also held in Paris, France, to mark the event. … [Read more...]