OVERSEAS SERVICE: BRINGING THE VOICE OF JUSTICE TO MILLIONS OF LISTENERS

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(VOVworld) - After the end of the resistance war against French colonialists, Voice of Vietnam Radio (VOV) had 10 years (1955-1964) to make preparations for the war against US imperialists. VOV was trying to reinforce its broadcasts overseas at that time when half of the nation was liberated. VOV leaders decided to establish the Overseas Service with its first headquarters at 20 Trang Tien street, which was then moved to Gami House just behind VOV's main building at 58 Quan Su street, and finally to 45 Ba Trieu street, Hanoi. … [Read more...]

BUSINESS IN BRIEF 23/3

Dialogue discusses PPP projects in Vietnam The first high-level dialogue to accelerate Public-Private Partnership (PPP) projects in Vietnam was held in Hanoi on March 21. The event was co-chaired by Minister of Planning and Investment (MPI) Bui Quang Vinh and Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) General Director, Hiroshi Wantanabe, along with related representatives. Addressing the dialogue, Minister Bui Quang Vinh emphasised that the friendship and cooperation between Vietnam and Japan has developed well and seen remarkable milestones across many fields. He highlighted Japan's support, especially in strengthening cooperation between the private sector and the State sector to develop Vietnam's infrastructure. Japan is now Vietnam's largest Official Development Assistance (ODA) provider and the biggest national investor. Vinh also spoke highly of JBIC's contribution to infrastructure projects with the involvement of a number of international partners. JBIC has been a … [Read more...]

ART & ENTERTAINMENT IN BRIEF 7/11

Hoang Su Phi terraced fields recognised as national heritageThe terraced fields in Hoang Su Phi district of the northern province of Ha Giang were officially recognised as a national heritage site by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MoCST) on November 1. The terraces are evidence of centuries of wet rice cultivation by ethnic minorities in Hoang Su Phi, including the Nung, Dao and La Chi, and they have great cultural and historical value in addition to being aesthetically beautiful. Chairman of the Hoang Su Phi district People's Committee, Hoang Hai Ly, said that the district aims to create projects to preserve the fields and promote their tourism potential. The fields were among the sites recently recongnised by the MoCST as significant parts of the nation’s heritage, including three other landscapes: the Trang An caves in Ninh Binh province, the Pusamcap cave system in Lai Chau province, and the Chua Tien caves in Hoa Binh province. . 26 northern beauties Miss … [Read more...]

SOCIETY IN BRIEF 7/9

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Chinese clinics probed over price, quality A week-long inspection of Chinese clinics in Ha Noi is underway after the Ha Noi Health Department received public complaints over their price and quality. The department's chief inspector Nguyen Viet Cuong said that the inspection would finish tomorrow when more information would be available. Last week, the department fined a Chinese clinic because its doctor failed to produce a working licence. Neon sign sets off blaze in Ho Chi Minh City A big fire broke out Monday evening from a neon sign in a design shop in Ho Chi Minh City's District 10. … [Read more...]

Fans morn passing of famous cai luong artist

Minh Phung (R) is on the stage. (Photo: SGGP)

Minh Phung, a famous cai luong artist, died yesterday at Cho Ray hospital. Minh Phung, real name Ngo Van Thieu, came from My Tho, a city west of Ho Chi Minh City. He fell in love with vong co and cai luong (Vietnamese folk opera) and decided to follow his heart to become a performer. He was one of three famous Vietnamese folk singers and actors. Alongside Minh Vuong and Minh Canh, Minh Phung became famous in the 1960s and 70s. Having a beautiful singing voice and handsome looks Minh Phung had tremendous success in his early career. Regardless of which troupe he was with, Minh Phung was welcomed with open arms. His attractive looks and captivating voice quickly began to be noticed by audiences and troupe owners alike. The Kim Chung Company invited him to join them and gave him leading roles, acting alongside famous actresses such as Ut Bach Lan in the play 'Trinh Tiet Mot Loai Hoa'. He also performed with My Chau in 'Bich Van Cung Le Su', Dieu Hien in many Chinese-adaptations, … [Read more...]

Poor people donate land to build schools

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VietNamNet Bridge - Nearly 50 poor households in a mountain commune in Quang Tri province agreed to relocate their houses to donate nearly 55 hectares of land to build schools. The mountainous Huong Hoa district in Quang Tri province is "famous" for poor farmers who donated their land to build schools. In Thuan commune alone, a kindergarten and several public facilities have built on nearly 55 hectares of land, donated by 50 poor families. … [Read more...]

Vietnam, Lao discuss landmark planting

Vietnamese and Lao experts have proposed upgrading the Vietnam-Laos landmark planting system this year at a meeting held in central Nghe An province from April 20-24. In the first round of discussion in Cua Lo town, the Vietnam-Laos Joint Committee for Landmark Planting agreed to adopt legal and technical issues at a meeting scheduled for Hanoi in May. Under the plan, the first landmarks will be inaugurated in early September at the Lao Bao and Densavane border gates in bordering Quang Tri and Bonaphasi provinces in Vietnam and Laos, respectively. The Vietnamese delegation was led by the Foreign Ministry's National Border Committee Vice Chairman Nguyen Hong Thao and the Lao delegation by the Chief of the Secretariat of the Foreign Ministry's National Border Committee, Phoukhao Phommavongsa. … [Read more...]

New Year’s Day to come early as Samoa leaps ahead

If you are reading this on Friday you cannot be in Samoa. New Year's Day to come early as Samoa leaps ahead Friday, December 30, has been cut this year for the tiny South Pacific island nation as it ditched a time-zone alliance with the United States and moved its time zone 24 hours ahead to catch up with Asia, New Zealand and Australia. On New Year's Eve, Samoa will have jumped to the west of the international dateline, which runs zig-zags through the Pacific Ocean and broadly follows the 180 degree line of longitude, in a move Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi said would make it easier for Samoa to trade with key partners. "No longer shall we have people ringing us up on Monday from New Zealand and Australia thinking it is Monday when we are closing our eyes and praying at churches. And vice versa on our Fridays when we ring up and already our contacts are holidaying on their Saturdays," he told Radio New Zealand on Friday. "It will remove the enormous … [Read more...]

Air New Zealand boosts stake in Virgin Blue

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Air New Zealand on Friday said it had increased its stake in Australian budget carrier Virgin Blue to 14.9 per cent but had no intention of launching a takeover bid. illustration photo The airline said the New Zealand and Australian aviation markets were evolving into a single entity and the investment was a strategic move. "(It) provides us with an interest in the number two airline in Australia and, through this, access to the opportunities in the growing Australian domestic market," chief executive Rob Fyfe said in a statement. "Air New Zealand has no intention of entering the Australian domestic market in its own right." Air New Zealand, which had a trans-Tasman alliance with Virgin Blue approved by regulators in Canberra and Wellington last month, said purchasing the stake cost Aus$145 million ($143 million) and was done with existing cash reserves. The Auckland-based flag carrier announced late Thursday that it had taken a "substantial" shareholding in Virgin Blue and … [Read more...]

We support Vietnamese Agent Orange victims’ lawsuit: chief campaigner

"We will phone the US Embassy in London on June 18 and demand that the US President and chemical companies not wait till that day, but accept the responsibility and make moves to pay compensation," said Len Aldis, Secretary of the Britain-Vietnam Friendship Society in an interview with VOVNews. Aldis, who has launched a worldwide campaign in support of the lawsuit lodged by the Vietnamese Agent Orange (AO)/Dioxin victims, attended a press conference in Hanoi on June 7, briefing on Vietnamese victims' preparations for the proceedings at the US Court of Appeals in New York on June 18. We bring you an excerpt from the interview with him. VOVNews:Could you elaborate on the international support for Vietnamese Agent Orange/Dioxin victims in their lawsuit against US chemical companies? Mr Aldis: I am very delighted to be here in Hanoi to attend the conference by the Vietnam Association for Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin (VAVA) who are flying to New York with four victims of Agent … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s participation in UN peackeeing operations highlighted

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PANO - Vietnam’s official participation in the United Nations Peacekeeping Operations (UNPKO) is a prominent achievement in its external affairs in 2014, said Deputy Foreign Minister Ha Kim Ngoc, head of the interdisciplinary working group on the participation in UNPKO. The assessment was made at a meeting of the group to review the one-year participation of Vietnam in UNPKOs and map out missions for this year on February 3rd in Hanoi. Delegates agreed that Vietnam’s participation in UNPKO was carefully prepared and actively carried out, gaining significant initial achievements. The preparation helped relevant sectors further understand UNPKO, laying good foundation for coming activities. Moreover, Vietnam was supported by the United Nations and other partners. Notably, UN and other countries highly appreciated Vietnam’s first dispatchment of its peacekeeping forces, raising Vietnam’s image and status in the world as an active and highly responsible member … [Read more...]

Vietnam looks to improve grassroots democracy

Vietnam looks to continue improving the socialist democracy in line with the Resolution adopted by the 11 th National Party Congress and the 2013 Constitution. Party committees and local administrations will continue to uphold the people’s democratic rights and participation in the process of improving socio-economic realities and ensuring security and social order in tandem with the national patriotic movement. They are tasked with spreading the comprehensive administrative reform programme for 2011 to 2020, including handling complaints and holding dialogues with the public as well as facilitating "One-stop shop" mechanisms to streamline bureaucracy in trade activities. The agenda was unveiled at a conference held in Hanoi on February 4 to evaluate the 2014 implementation of grassroots democracy regulations and determine 2015 tasks. Secretary of the Party Central Committee and Head of the committee’s Commission for Mass Mobilisation Ha Thi Khiet commented in her … [Read more...]

New Year visit paid to 85-year Party membership revolutionary

Politburo member and standing member of the Party Central Committee Secretariat Le Hong Anh, accompanied by leaders of the Vietnam Women’s Union, visited and extended congratulations to veteran revolutionary Pham Thi Trinh who has received the 85-year Party membership insignia, on February 4. Born in 1914, Trinh joined the revolution and became a Party member at the age of 16. She was arrested twice and brutally tortured by enemies, but upheld her revolutionary spirit with resilience. During her 20 years of service with the Vietnam Women’s Union , she was elected as a deputy to the National Assembly’s second and fifth tenures. Anh praised her contributions to the Party’s revolution as well as national development. He also wished the revolutionary good health and happiness on the occasion of the Lunar New Year (Tet). For her part, Trinh expressed her utmost belief in the Party’s leadership as well as the bright future of the country. The same day, … [Read more...]

Government News 4/3

Vietnam condemns barbaric acts Vietnam condemns inhumane and barbaric acts on innocent civilians, said Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Le Hai Binh in response to reporters’ inquiries regarding Vietnam ’s reaction to the self-proclaimed Islamic State’s murder of two Japanese hostages. "We extend our heartfelt condolences to the Japanese Government, people and families of the victims," he said. Vietnam supports the international community’s efforts to fight terrorism and extreme violence on the basis of respecting the United Nations Charter, fundamental principles of international law, independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of involved countries, and the safety of citizens, he added. Chinese Party members welcomed in Hanoi Head of the Party Central Committee’s Economic Commission Vuong Dinh Hue held a reception for a Chinese delegation led by Liu Shijin, Vice Director of the Development Research Centre of the State Council, in Hanoi on … [Read more...]

Chinese Party members welcomed in Hanoi

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Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue (R) and Vice Director Liu Shijin. Photo: VNA Head of the Party Central Committee’s Economic Commission Vuong Dinh Hue held a reception for a Chinese delegation led by Liu Shijin, Vice Director of the Development Research Centre of the State Council, in Hanoi on February 3. Hue said the delegation’s visit to Vietnam reflects the implementation of agreements made by Vietnamese and Chinese top leaders, particularly in the context of the two countries’ diplomatic ties entering their 65th year. He also stressed the importance of the Vietnam-China ties in terms of cooperation and exchange. Vice Director Liu Shijin sent the congratulatory message of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China on the 85 th anniversary of the founding of the Central Party of Vietnam (CPV). He stated that his visit is part of the two parties’ agreement to enhance exchanges in ideology and practicality experience. Liu Shijin said the Chinese … [Read more...]

Professor explores Party’s leadership culture

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Leading scientifically, ensuring democracy, and maintaining high morality are the guiding principles of the ruling Party’s leadership culture, according to Professor, Dr. Hoang Chi Bao, a member of the Party Central Committee’s Theory Council, in an article analysing the issue in-depth. These principles are critically relevant for the Communist Party of Vietnam as proffered by its founder, the late President Ho Chi Minh. The Party has consistently observed this guiding view as it has worked to expand membership and realise renewal efforts, the professor stressed. The Party has promptly responded to societal aspirations for national development and international trends through a Doi Moi (reformation) policy over the past 30 years. It has maintained consistent awareness of reform to the content, method, and style of its leadership as required by the creation of a market economy, the construction of a democratic society, and international integration. It has steered the … [Read more...]

Vietnam, Laos foster cooperation in inspection

Lao Vice President Bounnhang Volachit (R) and deputy head of the Vietnam Party Central Committee’s Commission for Inspection Mai The Duong (Photo: Nhandan)

(VOVworld) – Lao Vice President Bounnhang Volachit has asked party inspection agencies of Laos and Vietnam to continue to enhance co-operation and provide mutual support in their work. Mr Volachit made the suggestion at his meeting in Vientiane Monday with a delegation of the Vietnam Party Central Committee’s Commission for Inspection, led by its deputy head Mai The Duong. Mr Duong briefed the host on the outcomes of talks between the Vietnamese delegation and the Lao Party Central Committee’s Inspection Commission and Government Inspectorate. He said the two sides agreed to enhance cooperation and experience sharing in inspection work to realize a cooperation agreement between the two inspection committees. … [Read more...]

Workshop promotes women’s participation in politics

Ha Tinh, February 3 (VNA) – A workshop to enhance women’s involvement in politics was held in central Ha Tinh province on February 2. Speaking at the event, Vice National Assembly Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong said that today, more and more women pursue learning to improve themselves and have important contributions to the nation’s socio-economic development. She spoke highly of the organisation of the workshop as it offered a forum to discuss measures to increase the participation of women in political issues and a chance for the NA Standing Committee to listen to delegates’ opinions about contents relating to the draft Law on Election of Deputies to the NA and the election of People’s Council members. Participants also proposed several solutions to help women promote their capacity as a contribution to speeding up industrialisation and modernisation and achieving gender equality goal. After discussions, they proposed the Party Central … [Read more...]

Solemnly commemoration on 85th founding anniversary of Vietnam Communist Party

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The Hanoitimes - On February 2, Central Committee of Vietnam Communist Party, Congress, President, Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee held a solemn celebration on Party's 85th founding anniversary (February 3, 1930 - 2015). Speaking at the event, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong highlighted the historical meaning of the day, regarding it as a turning-point in the country's revolutionary history and a milestone in the national development. Looking back at the Party’s history from its formation, development and contributions, General Secretary Trong highlighted the historic meaning of the Party’s foundation on February 3, 1930. "The birth of the CPV is a great turning point in our country’s revolutionary history, marking a milestone in our nation’s development path," he said, stressing that despite numerous ups and downs and mistakes at times, the Party has seriously worked to correct its … [Read more...]

Government News 3/1

Laos, Cambodia congratulate CPV’s founding anniversary Laos and Cambodia have congratulated Vietnam on the 85 th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV). In its congratulatory message, the Central Committee of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP) wrote that the LPRP and the Lao people consider Vietnam’s achievements and triumphs as a source of motivation to their national construction, defence and development cause. It conveyed the belief that under the sound leadership of the CPV led by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, the Vietnamese people will realise the Resolution adopted by the 11 th National Party Congress towards the goal of a wealthy, strong, democratic, equitable and civilised country. The LPRP also expressed their delight that the special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two Parties, States and peoples, fostered by the great Presidents Ho Chi Minh and Kaysone Phomvihane and generations of … [Read more...]