Vietnam to play Brunei in SEA Games football opener

Vietnam’s Under-23 football team will play its Group B opening match against Brunei in the football competition at the 28th Southeast Asian Games on May 29 at the Bishan Stadium in Singapore. According to the Vietnam Football Federation, Vietnam then take on Malaysia on June 2, Laos two days later, East Timor on June 7 and its last match against Thailand on June 10. Vietnam, which have been always considered as one of the top candidates for the gold medal ahead of the game, have reached the final four time but never won a gold medal. In Group A, Singapore will kick off their campaign with Philippines on June 1 at the Jalan Besar Stadium. The team’s next opponents include Indonesia, Myanmar and Cambodia. The top two in each group will advance to the semifinals, which will take place on June 13 at the Singapore National Stadium. … [Read more...]

Vietnamese and Chinese coast guards complete joint patrol mission

The Vietnamese coast guard ship numbered CSB 8001

PANO - Two Vietnamese coast guard ships, numbered CSB 8001 and CSB 8003, arrived in Hai Phong City on April 24th, finishing the 10th joint patrol at sea with the Chinese coast guard patrol ships. The Vietnamese mission was led by Senior Colonel Pham Kim Hau, Deputy Commander of the Vietnam Coast Guard, while the Chinese mission by Liu Shanrong, Deputy Head of the Nanhai Detachment of the China Coast Guards. The 2015 joint patrol aimed to maintain marine security in the shared fishing ground, asked fishermen from both sides to strictly observe regulations and promote friendship between the two countries, contributing to sustainablely develop marine resources under the provisions of the Agreement on Fishery Cooperation in the Tonkin Gulf signed by Vietnam and China. During the patrol, the two coast guard forces inspected two fishing ships of the two countries, as well as exchanged related information and experience. The Vietnamese mission also visited and presented gifts to islanders … [Read more...]

Naval troops should continue protecting national sea and islands

State President Truong Tan Sang welcomes the naval delegates. Photo: VNA

PANO – State President Truong Tan Sang received a mission of outstanding officers of the Vietnam People’s Navy in Hanoi on April 25th on the occasion of its 60th founding anniversary. Over the past 60 years, naval troops have surmounted difficulties and successfully fulfilled all assigned tasks. In the national construction and defence cause, they are the core force in strengthening the whole people's defence and people's war posture at sea, making considerable contributions to firmly protecting national sovereignty over sea and islands, and ensuring peace, stability and order for national socio-economic development. Recently, the Vietnam People’s Navy was presented with the Golden Star Order in 2010 and the Ho Chi Minh Order in 2011 by the Party and State, and merit certificates by the Prime Minister. State President Truong Tan Sang highly valued the naval troops’ achievements and efforts in implementing missions, saying that they should build a … [Read more...]

National reunification day marked nationwide

Chairman of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Communications and Education Dinh The Huynh (second from left) hands over prizes to the winners of the contest "Spring 1975–An Epic of Victory"

PANO – Army units and organizations across the country have launched programs in celebration of the 40th annaversary of South Liberation and National Reunification (April 30th). * On April 24th, the Vietnam War Veterans’ Association held an awards ceremony for winners of the writing contest "Spring 1975–An Epic of Victory" in the presence of Politburo member Le Hong Anh and Chairman of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Information and Education Dinh The Huynh. Launched on June 16th 2014, the contest received over 1,600 entries nationwide. Most of them came from historical witnesses and war veterans who were directly involved in the 1975 Spring General Offensive and Uprising. They authentically reflected the heroic period of time of Vietnamese people, military troops' comradeship and determination to liberate the South and reunify the nation. * The same day, President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan … [Read more...]

Incense offering to General Hoang Van Thai

Delegates at the commemorative room of General Hoang Van Thai in Tay An commune, Tien Hai district, Thai Binh province

PANO – A mission of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army, led by its Deputy Chief Lieutenant General Vo Van Tuan, on April 24th offered incense to General Hoang Van Thai, in Tay An commune, Tien Hai district, Thai Binh province. It was part of activities to mark the 100th birthday of General Hoang Van Thai, the first Chief of the VPA’s General Staff. General Hoang Van Thai, an exemplary and excellent student of President Ho Chi Minh, devoted all his life to the Party’s ideal and the country’s independence and made considerable contribution to the development of the VPA. After that, the delegation presented gifts to 20 needy households in Tay An commune. Translated by Van Hieu … [Read more...]

Exhibition highlights international support for Vietnam’s struggle

A visitor studying some items at the exhibition

PANO – The Vietnam National Museum of History is running an exhibition on the global support for Vietnam during its struggle for national reunification from 1954 to 1975, in Hanoi from April 24th to July 24th. It is to welcome the 40th anniversary of the South Liberation and National Reunification (April 30th 1975). Hundreds of items on display highlight the support of 50 countries worldwide, international organizations and conferences for Vietnam’s resistance war to secure the national independence and reunification. The museum also showcases posters issued by the former Soviet Union, Cuba, Sweden, Finland, Hungary, Italy and Germany supporting Vietnam in the country’s national reunification struggle before 1975. This collection contributes to raising the public awareness of patriotism and firmly protecting the national territorial integrity. Translated by Pham Huy … [Read more...]

Defence Minister welcomes US Ambassador

General Phung Quang Thanh, Minister of National Defence, receives US Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius

PANO – General Phung Quang Thanh, Minister of National Defence, received US Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius in Hanoi on April 24th. The Vietnamese host underlined that along with the Vietnam-US comprehensive partnership, the bilateral defence cooperation has remarkably developed in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, education and training, information sharing on the UN peacekeeping operations, and surmounting consequences of the war. The Vietnamese Minister hoped that the US Ambassador, during his term of office in Vietnam, would contribute to strengthening the Vietnam-US ties in general and their defence cooperation in particular. Highly appreciating with General Thanh's evaluation, the US Ambassador suggested the two sides should continuously beef up their defence cooperation and work together to implement agreements on defence cooperation. He revealed that the US Government has decided to double the budget to support the program for deactivation of unexploded … [Read more...]

Party chief asks for stronger anti-corruption efforts


Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong speaks at the session. (VNA) NDO/VNA - Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong has called for more efforts to combat corruption, with focus on accelerating the progress of works relating inspection, proceeding commencement and judgment and increasing coordination among relevant agencies in the work. Chairing the seventh session of the Steering Committee on Anti-Corruption in Hanoi on April 25, the Party leader assigned the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Internal Affairs to map out measures to deal with instances of petty corruption, and to work closely with members of the Steering Committee to supervise the implementation of approved missions. Looking back the fight against corruption in the first quarter of this year, the leader hailed the committee for its comprehensive performance to prevent and combat corruption in all fields and those across localities nationwide, which have recorded significant results. In the … [Read more...]

Push to grow macadamia industry in Vietnam


Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai wants the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) to grant early approval to plans for growing macadamia in Vietnam. Push for development of macadamia cultivation Hai urged MARD to coordinate with relevant ministries, agencies and localities to implement the government’s direction on macadamia development. Macadamia is an edible nut native to Australia and that has found popularity in commercial and agricultural markets. They have the highest amount of mono-unsaturated fats of any known seed and a number of healthy properties. The macadamia tree takes about 10 years to begin producing commercial quantities of nuts, but they have a production life of about 100 years. They require fertile, well-drained soil, annual rainfall of 1,000–2,000mm, and temperatures above 10C, with an optimum temperature of 25C. MARD has been running pilot programmes in ten localities since 2002. The results show Vietnam has a suitable climate … [Read more...]

Over 800 confirmed dead after massive earthquake devastates Nepal


A powerful earthquake struck Nepal Saturday, killing over 800 people across a swath of four countries as the violently shaking earth collapsed houses, leveled centuries-old temples and triggered avalanches on Mt. Everest. At a magnitude of 7.9, it was the worst tremor to hit the poor South Asian nation in over 80 years.related articles. Rescuers clear the debris at Durbar Sqaure after an earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal, April 25, 2015. Photo by AP At least 876 people were confirmed dead in Nepal, according to the police. Another 20 were killed in India, six in Tibet and two in Bangladesh. Two Chinese citizens died at the Nepal-China border. Given the scale of the destruction, the death toll is almost certain to rise, said Home Ministry official Laxmi Dhakal. The area is a popular destination for Israeli travelers, but so far, it is unknown if there are any Israeli casualties. The Israeli Foreign Ministry said Israel will provide Nepal with humanitarian aid and will also send an … [Read more...]

Cabinet meeting discusses socio-economic performance


PM Dung speaks at the session. (VGP) NDO/VNA – Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung chaired the government’s regular meeting in Hanoi on April 25 to discuss socio-economic performance this month and the first four months of 2015. Cabinet members agreed that Vietnam has recorded positive changes in socio-economic development during the January-April period. They exchanged views on measures to accelerate agricultural production, expand consumption, speed up economic restructuring, increase the use of science and technology in business and manufacturing, and foster administrative reform. The adjustment of vaccine prices, how to increase national competitiveness, and measures to promote tourism, increase the quality of services, and address bottle-necks in visas for foreign tourists to Vietnam were also on the agenda. Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat said that the two biggest challenges facing the sector are the drought and a competitive market. … [Read more...]

HCM City encourages children to wear helmet

A fun event to promote helmet wearing among Vietnamese children took place at Phan Van Tri primary school in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City on April 24. During the day, joyful games and 500 gifts of helmets made the road-safety learning of local pupils an enjoyable experience. Swedish Ambassador to Vietnam Camilla Mellander said Vietnamese parents and Government need to pay more attention to their younger generation’s safety on the road. She hoped the event will encourage more citizens, particularly youth, to wear helmet. According to Tran Viet Hung from the municipal Steering C ommittee for Traffic Safety, Ho Chi Minh City leads the nation in terms of the helmet wearing rate and has implemented a range of practical programmes to promote the safety precaution. The Sweden Embassy in Vietnam and the Asian Injury Prevention Foundation (AIP) organised the event. An AIP 2014 research showed that only some 38 percent of children wore helmets in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh and Da Nang. … [Read more...]

Workshop marks April 30 Victory in Argentina

Delegates at the seminar. Photo: vietnamplus

A workshop to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the South Liberation and National Reunification in Vietnam (April 30, 1975- 2015) was held in Bragado district, Buenos Aires province, Argentina on April 24. Addressing the event, president of the Argentina-Vietnam Culture Institute Poldi Sosa recalled the fierce fighting in the 1960s and 1970s in Vietnam’s resistance war against the US. She asserted with the resilient fighting spirit and great patriotism, Vietnamese people succeeded in safeguarding the country’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity. She stressed that more than 3.4 million Vietnamese people laid down their lives for national independence. Speaking at the event, a representative from the Vietnamese Embassy praised the support of Argentinean people to the Vietnamese people’s liberation cause in the past and national construction at present. Two movies titled "Mua Xuan nam 1975" (Spring 1975) and "Chao mung toi Vietnam" (Welcome to … [Read more...]

More State-owned corporations to go equitisation


More centrally-run State-owned corporations will go equitisation this year, according to the party committee of the group of centrally-run State-owned corporations. At a meeting on April 25, the committee said in 2015 it will push the equitisation of 52 member enterprises of centrally-run State-owned corporations and six holding companies – the Vietnam National Shipping Lines, the Shipbuilding Industry Corporation, the Song Da Corporation, the Housing and Urban Development Corporation, the Vietnam Cement Industry Corporation, and the Southern Food Corporation. The corporations will also have to withdraw all their investment from 549 enterprises, part of their capital at 42 enterprises and merge their 45 enterprises within this year. The centrally-run State-owned corporations group has 33 members, which together hold over one million billion VND (approximately 46 billion USD) of State capital. Among them, 28 are to undergo equitisation. As of December 31, 2014, five … [Read more...]

Foreign direct investment hits over 3.7 billion USD


A total of 448 new foreign-invested projects, worth more than 2.67 billion USD, were licensed during the January-April period, a yearly decrease of 17.1 percent. Meanwhile, 167 operating projects were also given approval to add 1.04 billion USD to their investments, a fall of 35.7 percent over the corresponding period last year. According to the latest report from the Ministry of Planning and Investment's Foreign Investment Agency, total FDI registered in the country topped more than 3.72 billion USD in the reviewed period, equivalent to 76.7 percent of the figures for the same period last year. Foreign investors placed their investments in 14 sectors during the period. Of these, the manufacturing and processing sector attracted the largest share of FDI with 2.83 billion USD or 76 percent of the nation's total FDI. Estate trading came next with 327 million USD, while wholesale and retail ranked third with 198.6 million USD. The Republic of Korea remained Vietnam's biggest foreign … [Read more...]

Central Highlands coffee threatened by draught


Tens of thousands of hectares of coffee in the Central Highlands are facing water shortage, potentially costing growers heavily, according to the Steering Committee for the Central Highlands Region. Currently, only 19.3 percent of coffee farms in the region are being watered by local irrigation works and the remaining 80.7 percent depend largely on rivers and streams, which dried up in the current drought, the committee noted. As of April 24, nearly 40,000 hectares of coffee in Dak Lak province, a key coffee cultivation area of the country, have been affected. Climate change, coupled with dwindling forest areas and unsustainable exploitation of water resources, are attributable to the serious decrease in water sources in the region. In this context, the Steering Committee for Central Highlands Region advised regional localities not to expand coffee farms and shift to cultivate other types of plants with drought-tolerant features. Regional localities are home to 2,354 irrigation … [Read more...]

Program encourages children wearing helmets


PANO - Sweden Embassy in Vietnam and the Asian Injury Prevention Foundation (AIP) on April 24th organized a program "Traffic safety day" to promote helmet wearing among Vietnamese children at the Phan Van Tri Primary School in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. During the event, joyful games and 500 gifts of helmets made the road-safety learning of the participating students an enjoyable experience. Swedish Ambassador to Vietnam Camilla Mellander said Vietnamese parents and Government should pay more attention to their younger generation’s safety on the road. She hoped the event would encourage more citizens, particularly youths, wearing helmets. According to the Ho Chi Minh City’s Steering Committee for Traffic Safety, the city is leading the country in terms of the helmet wearing rate and has implemented a wide range of practical programs to enhance the safety precaution. Source: vietnamnetTranslated by Viet Anh … [Read more...]

Vung Tau hosts sixth international kite festival

Photo for illustration

PANO - The sixth International Kite Festival was kicked off in Vung Tau city, the southern coastal province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau, on April 24th. With the theme "Flying with Vietnam", the event drew 97 kite fliers from 21 countries and territories worldwide. Among them, 44 are from the host Vietnam. Visitors could ẹnoy spectacular kite performances in a number of locations, including Paradise golf club, Vung Tau tourism market, Vung Tau Intourco and Bien Dong resorts, and Grand Ho Tram Strip. The festival is one of the outstanding cultural, sport and tourism events in the province this year. Source: VietnamplusTranslated by Viet Anh … [Read more...]

Upgraded railway speeds up domestic travel


Travelling by railway from Hanoi to the northwest province of Lao Cai now takes 40 less minutes than it used to, thanks to a project on upgrading the Yen Vien-Lao Cai railway, which had the first phase completed on April 25. Over 166 million USD has been poured into the project’s first phase, which improved 184 kilometres of railway, built 10 new bridges and upgraded 43 existing ones, among others. The investment includes 60 million USD sourced from official development assistance loans of the Asian Development Bank, 32 million EUR from the French Agency for Development (AFD) and 31 million EUR from the French Office of the Treasurer and Receiver General (DGTresor). Speaking at a ceremony to mark the completion of the upgrading in Yen Bai northern province, Transport Deputy Minister Nguyen Ngoc Dong said the 285km railway from Yen Vien (Hanoi) through Yen Bai to Lao Cai province is an important part of the western railway line as well as the transport corridor connecting Hai … [Read more...]

Helicopter tours launched in Da Nang

An helicopter EC - 130 T2

PANO - The Vietnam Helicopter Corporation launched a tour by helicopter EC - 130 T2 on April 24th in Da Nang city. Accordingly, the company has invested dozens of billions of VND to build the heliport and install modern equipment, as well as employ experienced pilots and technicians. Taking part in the tour, visitors will have chance to enjoy an aerial view over the city's tourism sites, such as Han River, Tran Thi Ly Bridge, Da Nang beach, etc. In addition, the service also includes tours over Hue citadel city, Hoi An ancient town, Cu Lao Cham (Cham Islands), My Son Sanctuary and flight missions at request. Translated by Anh Tien … [Read more...]