Workshop on Marxism – Leninism held

Mr. Le Hong Anh (R) addressing the workshop.

PANO - The Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics on the morning of January 28th held a state-level scientific seminar in Hanoi, themed "85 years of the development and creative application of Marxism-Leninism to Vietnam." Le Hong Anh, the Politburo member and Standing Member of the Party Secretariat, and scientists and Party historians attended the seminar. In his speech, the official held that over the past 85 years, choosing the right path, with wisdom and bravery, the sacrifice and tireless efforts of the party members, the unity and close relationship with the people and their support and protection, the Party has led Vietnam’s revolution from victory to victory, contributing to improving the position of Vietnam on the international arena. One of the important factors deciding the Party growth and development is to always develop and creatively apply Marxism-Leninism to the practical situation of Vietnam. He stressed that to comprehensively develop the nation and … [Read more...]

Quang Nam Border Guard launches program “For ships going to the high seas”

Housing support handed over to six servicemen of Quang Nam Border Guard.

PANO – The Quang Nam Border Guard Command and Quang Nam provincial Vietnam Fatherland Front organisation launched the program "For ships going to the high sea." After the launch ceremony, representatives of the Vietnam Fatherland Front committees of 17 districts and a city of Quang Nam province presented nearly VND 1.3 billion to the Quang Nam Border Guard Command. In 2014, the front raised over VND 8 billion to support soldiers, fisheries surveillance force and fishermen, of which more than VND 5 billion was already handed over to the beneficiaries. The remaining will be used by the front to present gifts to troops of the armed forces and people of Tan Hiep Island, Hoi An City, and a donation to the program "For ships going to the high seas" initiated by the Quang Nam Border Guard Command. On this occasion, the front handed over housing support, worth VND 360 million, to six servicemen of the Quang Nam Border Guard. The Command also awarded certificates of merit to six … [Read more...]

Vietnamese high-quality products in 2015 named

Consumers at the 7th High-Quality Vietnamese Goods Fair. (Photo for illustration)

PANO - 520 outstanding high-quality products among 668 qualified ones of the 2015 Vietnamese high-quality products awards were named at a press conference held by the High-Quality Vietnamese Product Business Association on January 28th in Ho Chi Minh City. These products were the results of a large scale survey on 20,000 customers in 20 provinces and cities conducted by the association. The survey’s results showed that most businesses have improved their products. The winners will be presented with the title "Vietnamese high-quality product" at an awarding ceremony in Ho Chi Minh City on February 5th. Translated by Chung Anh … [Read more...]

Vietnam receives third Kilo-class submarine

HQ 184-Hai Phong at the Admiralty Verfi Shipyard. Photo: Vietnam+

PANO - Ship Rolldock Sea carrying the third Kilo 636-class submarine built by Russia safely arrived at Cam Ranh Port in Khanh Hoa province on January 28th. It will take Russian and Vietnamese experts some days to launch the submarine, which is named HQ 184-Hai Phong. It is the third of the six submarines Vietnam bought from Russia. Last year, Russia handed over Vietnam two first submarines, named HQ-182 Hanoi and HQ-183 Ho Chi Minh City, which have been staffed to Submarine Brigade 189 of the Vietnam People’s Navy. With a displacement of 3,000-3,950 tons, the 73.8m long submarine can operate at a maximum depth of 300m and in a range of 6,000-7,500 nautical miles for 45 days and nights with 52 crewmembers. According to experts, this kind of submarines has the quietest engine in the world and is the best choice for reconnaissance and patrols. The purchase of submarines from Russia aims to modernize Vietnam's navy, contributing to defending its territorial waters. Source: … [Read more...]

Tet gifts presented to troops on Con Co Island

Transfering Tet gifts to the island.

PANO – A delegation of Naval Region 3 of the Vietnam People’s Navy visited and presented gifts to islanders and troops in Con Co Island district, the Central province of Quang Tri, on January 28th, on the coming Lunar New Year (Tet) festival. Chairman of the district People’s Committee Le Quang Lanh held that over the past time, locals reached achievements in developing socio-economy while maintaining national defence and security. In 2014, the district put into operation a water reservoir, a medical clinic and a new residential quarter. Senior Colonel Pham Van Quang, Deputy Commissar of the Naval Region 3 and Head of the mission, wished them a happy Lunar New Year, and affirmed that the visit showed the care and warm sentiment of the region’s troops to islanders and troops on the island, and encouraged them to firmly protect national sovereignty over seas and islands. The same day, the delegation offered incense to the martyrs’ cemetery on the … [Read more...]

Tet customs to be recaptured in Hanoi

The "then singing" will be performed at the program.

PANO – A program to introduce customs of welcoming the Lunar New Year (Tet) festival by ethnic minority people in Northern Vietnam will be held at the Vietnamese Ethnic Groups Culture–Tourism Village in Hanoi from February 7th to 11th. The event attracts about 140 village patriarchs and craftsmen from the ethnic groups of Mong and Thai (Son La province), Dao (Tuyen Quang), Tay and Nung (Lang Son), Muong (Hoa Binh) and Kinh (Bac Ninh). Besides, nearly 3,000 students from high schools and universities in the capital city will also participate in the program. Translated by Van Hieu … [Read more...]

National human vaccine program kick-started

Delegates at the kick-off ceremony. Photo:

PANO – The national program of "Vaccines for human use" was launched by the Ministry of Health on January 28th in Hanoi. Addressing the event, Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien said that this program would mark the beginning of human vaccine as a national trademark. The minister held that the program was carried out under the Prime Minister’s direction for the development program of national trademark with special policies to improve domestic market and promote its export to the region and the world. By 2020, the program targets to master vaccine technology and commercially produce seven key human vaccines in Vietnam, meeting the national vaccination campaign’s requirements as well as export domestic vaccines to other countries. Translated by Trung Thanh … [Read more...]

Vietnam – Japan to boost defence cooperation

General Phung Quang Thanh (R) receiving Japan’s Vice Defence Minister Tokuchi Hideshi.

PANO – General Phung Quang Thanh, Minister of the National Defence, on January 28th received Japan’s Vice Defence Minister Tokuchi Hideshi participating in the third Vietnam-Japan Defence Policy Dialogue in Hanoi. At the reception, General Thanh held that defence cooperation between the two countries has been expanded, contributing to the bilateral relations over the past time. He also asked the two sides to continue promoting the dialogue’s mechanism, conducting delegation exchanges at all levels, and stepping up cooperation on education and training, search and rescue missions, and natural disaster prevention. For his part, the guest thanked the host for a warm welcome, and believed that the two countries’ ties would be deeper and more effective for their mutual benefits, peace, stability and prosperity in the region and the world. Translated by Anh Tien … [Read more...]

Part 1: Artifices to interfere with information

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PANO – There have recently appeared a number of articles on the internet with distorted and fabricated information, targeting at the Party and State of Vietnam by continuously blackening, slandering and degrading senior leaders. These articles have undoubtedly aimed at reducing people’s confidence in the Party and State and creating negative psychology in society. In fact, Vietnamese people in general have turned their back on such false information. But some still have had doubts about it. The People’s Army Newspaper, therefore, publishes a series of articles to point out artifices that hostile forces have used to make up fake information, and provide suggestions on measures to neutralize wrong and false information. "Keep telling lies about senior leaders" – an old trick First, to provide readers with a full explanation of why there has been a good deal of false information about Party, State and Army leaders on the internet on the turn of 2014 and 2015, … [Read more...]

ASEAN remains cornerstone of Malaysia’s foreign policy


The ASEAN will continue to be the cornerstone of Malaysia’s foreign policy during its 2015 Chairmanship year, said Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman at a January 27 press conference on the ASEAN Foreign Minister’s Retreat (AMM Retreat). * Malaysia launches ASEAN ministerial meeting retreat The minister noted that regional stability and deeper integration would contribute to enhancing Malaysia’s credibility in international affairs. At the retreat, the country will share its eight priority areas for the association as this year’s chair, including the formation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and the finalisation of plans of actions as set in the three blueprints for AEC formation, the AEC Vision and related documents. Malaysia also seeks to promote exchanges among people of ASEAN countries to enhance the connectivity and prosperity of the bloc, which has a population of 625 million people, as well as nurture the development of small- and … [Read more...]

Rehab centers should set up ‘love rooms’ for drug addicts: Deputy PM


Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has suggested that drug detoxification centers set up "happy rooms" where drug addicts can receive their spouses who come to visit them. >> Court orders 11 Ho Chi Minh City junkies to undergo compulsory detoxification Deputy PM Dam made the suggestion during his visit to the Nhi Xuan Vocational Training and Job Creation Center in Hoc Mon District, Ho Chi Minh City on Wednesday, as a measure to encourage the drug addicts to make more efforts in their detoxification process so that they can return to normal life soon. During his stay in the center, the official visited the section for reception, examination and consultancy; the room for court meetings; the area for common activities of drug addicts; the kitchen; and other facilities. Deputy PM Dam also visited a room of 10 young drug addicts, some of whom had quit drug addiction for four years but recently relapsed into it due to effects from their friends who are also drug addicts. … [Read more...]

Philippines, Vietnam upgrade ties in show of unity against China


Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh speaks during the session 'The Geopolitical Outlook' in the Swiss mountain resort of Davos January 23, 2015. Photo credit: Reuters The Philippines and Vietnam are forging closer ties in a symbolic move after China stepped up activities in disputed areas of the East Sea -- the Vietnamese term for the South China Sea, raising tension in the potential flashpoint. China claims almost the entire East Sea, believed to be rich in oil and gas deposits and fishery resources. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan also claim parts of the sea, crossed by ships carrying $5 trillion a year in cargo. Pham Binh Minh, Hanoi's deputy prime minister and foreign minister, on Thursday began a day-two visit to Manila for talks to build a strategic partnership and strengthen security, trade and cultural ties. "We believe a strategic partnership enhances the cooperation on a comprehensive basis," Foreign Minister Albert del Rosario said, adding … [Read more...]

Review of Vietnam-Russia 65-year ties

Sixty-five years ago, what was then the Soviet Union became one of the first countries to recognise and establish diplomatic relations with Vietnam , marking a milestone in bilateral ties between the two nations and laying the foundation for a flourishing friendship, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh has stated. In his articled dubbed "Vietnam-Russia Comprehensive Strategic Partnership: 65-year Path" released on the occasion of the 65 th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties between the two countries (January 30, 1950-2015), Deputy PM Minh gave an overall perspective on the history and current status of the Vietnam-Russia relationship, as well as potential future cooperative opportunities. Effective political, economic and military support that the Soviet Union gave to Vietnam during its struggle for independence, freedom and reunification played a significant role in the final victory in the spring of 1975, he noted. Furthermore, tens of thousands of … [Read more...]

New ambassador to Singapore presents credentials

New Vietnamese Ambassador to Singapore Nguyen Tien Minh on January 29 presented his credentials to Singaporean President Tony Tan Keng Yam who was glad with the two countries’ growing ties, especially the establishment of strategic partnership. The host said many Singaporean businesses and investors are interested in expanding their investment in Vietnam . He recalled his visit to Vietnam in 2012 and congratulated Vietnamese people on their development achievements. Minh said he was impressed with successes that turned Singapore into one of the leading developed countries, and an important economic-finance, science-technology, education and health-care centre in the region and the world. He expressed hope that the two sides will continue working closely bilaterally and multilaterally. The diplomat pledged that he will do his utmost and coordinate with authorised agencies of both sides to bring the bilateral strategic partnership to the next level of development across … [Read more...]

Portugal quick to back Figo’s FIFA campaign


Former Portuguese international and Inter Milan player Luis Figo speaks during a news conference in Zayed sport city in Abu Dhabi in this December 17, 2010 file photo. Photo credit: Reuters Luis Figo's decision to enter FIFA's presidential election has received a positive reaction in his native Portugal even though he faces a seemingly impossible task to unseat incumbent Sepp Blatter in May. Figo, 42, a former World Player of the Year and one of the greatest players of his generation in his time with Real Madrid and Barcelona, entered the race on Wednesday saying he had the five nominations from national FAs to launch a challenge for the top job in world soccer. The deadline for nominations closes at 2300 GMT on Thursday and he is challenging on an anti-Blatter ticket along with Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein of Jordan, Michael van Praag of the Netherlands and French duo Jerome Champagne and David Ginola. Figo was involved in a losing battle with the Spanish tax authorities in 2012 and … [Read more...]

NA Vice Chairwoman welcomes Lao Justice Minister

NA Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong received Lao Justice Minister. (Photo:VNA) National Assembly Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong hosted a reception in Hanoi on January 29 for Lao Justice Minister Bounkeut Sangsomsak, affirming that Vietnam always prioritises fostering traditional friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation with Laos. She lauded the outcomes of jointly-implemented important activities, referring to the 37 th meeting of the Inter-Governmental Committee on economic, cultural, education, and science-technology cooperation, and the signing of bilateral affiliation agreement between the two governments in 2015. She suggested the two sides continue utilising bilateral and multilateral collaboration outcomes over the past years, especially in the law-making and supervision domains. Bounkeut Sangsomsak briefed his host that the two Justice Ministries signed a cooperation agreement for 2016-20 providing a legal foundation for central and local judicial … [Read more...]

Party chief urges thorough preparations for Party Congresses


Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong attended the Congress. (Photo: VNA) Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong has asked the Party Central Committee’s Organisational Commission to continue maximising its efficiency as a part of this year’s preparations for the 12th National Party Congress. Chairing a conference in Hanoi on January 29 to evaluate the commission’s 2014 performance and launch its Party building-related tasks this year, the Party leader hailed the commission for undertaking a large workload and achieving successes through strong initiatives and a high sense of responsibility. Amid concerns over the Party’s ability to overcome unforeseen challenges ahead, the General Secretary confidently assured the nation that the over 4-million member Party is a convergence of brainpower and has been a crucial factor in every national revolutionary triumph. On a path towards comprehensive and seamless renovation, the nation is determined to achieve … [Read more...]

AirAsia Flight QZ8501 under co-pilot control when crashed


Co-pilot of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 Resmi-Emmanuel Plesel was controlling the aircraft when it crashed into the sea. (Photo: AFP) The French co-pilot of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 Resmi-Emmanuel Plesel was controlling the aircraft when it crashed into the sea, killing all 162 people on board, said chief investigator Mardjono Siswosuwarno on January 29. Based on the collected date, the investigators from Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC) affirmed that the aircraft was in good condition and permitted weight when it took off from Surabaya and the flight crew had correct licenses and medical certificates. They also said that the data stated that there was no abnormal signal recorded until the aircraft vanished from the radar screens. Siswosuwarno revealed that NTSC successfully downloaded the recordings and hoped to conduct the detailed analysis within 12 months in line with the regulations from the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). AirAsia … [Read more...]

RoK national praised for cultural exchange activities


Illustrative photo. (Photo: Chairman of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) Vu Xuan Hong presented the insignia "For Peace and Friendship among Nations" to Hwang Geum-Chu, Chairman of the Republic of Korea- Vietnam Cultural Exchange Association in Hanoi on January 29. The decoration recognised the Korean national’s contributions to boosting cooperation between the RoK and Vietnam via cultural exchange activities. In recent years, Hwang Geum-Chu has supported the organisation of academic workshops on "Nhat ky trong tu" (President Ho Chi Minh’s Prison Diary), Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos, and an international workshop on poet Nguyen Du and Truyen Kieu (The Tale of Kieu). He has given assistance to Vietnamese brides and students who are living and studying in the RoK. Speaking at the event, VUFO Chairman underscored that Hwang Geum-Chu’s contributions have brought … [Read more...]