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...]

Government News 6/11

Changes to draft laws on VFF, election under discussion Lawmakers considered the draft of the revised Law on the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) and the draft Law on the election of National Assembly and People's Council representatives during the ongoing NA session in Hanoi on November 5. A number of representatives were in favour of explicitly highlighting the role and position of VFF in the regulation, specifying that it is an organisation that connects the Party and State with the people. They asked for clarification on how VFF and public-elected bodies exert their respective supervisory functions in order to avoid overlaps. … [Read more...]

Politburo member welcomes Japanese senior experts

Politburo member To Huy Rua (right) receiving Director General of the Japan National Personnel Authority, Professor Yoshida Kozo. Photo: VNA.

PANO - Mr. To Huy Rua, Politburo member, Secretary of the Party Central Committee and Head of the Party Central Organisation Commission cum Chairman of the Vietnam - Japan Friendship Parliamentary Group, on November 4th received the visiting delegation of Japanese senior experts, led by Professor Yoshida Kozo, Director General of the Japan National Personnel Authority. At the reception, Mr. Rua welcomed the visit of Japanese experts to Vietnam and highlighted their cooperate with the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics and the National Academy of Public Administration in training manager-level officials for Vietnamese agencies, which is part of the human resources development's project, assisted by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). … [Read more...]

Politburo member Dinh The Huynh visits Lam Dong province

Politburo member and deputy head of the Party report's drafting committee Dinh The Huynh paid a working visit to the Central Highlands province Lam Dong on November 5. Working with Lam Dong Provincial Party Committee, politburo member Huynh, who is also Secretary of the Party Central Committee, heard reports on the province's socio-economic development, defence and security issues and Party building. Politburo member Huynh, who is also Head of the Party Central Committee's Commission for Popularisation and Education, praised Lam Dong for its strong political base, socio-economic progress and Party building. … [Read more...]

Delegation of the Communist Party of India visits Vietnam

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(VOVworld) - The Communist Party of Vietnam has always attached importance to developing relations with the Communist Party of India. Hoang Binh Quan, Head of the Party Central Committee's External Relations Commission was speaking at a reception on Wednesday in Hanoi to visiting Samim Phai di, Secretary of the Communist Party of India and editor in chief of India's New Age newspaper. Mr. Quan said the Communist Party of Vietnam wished to further time-honored relations between the two parties over the past 35 years and boost cooperation at multilateral and international forums. Mr. Samim Phai di said the Communist Party of India wants to promote cooperation with the Communist Party of Vietnam especially in information exchange, theories and sharing experiences in policy making. … [Read more...]

National training course on defence-security launched

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PANO - The National Defence Academy on November 3rd opened the 56th national training course on defence-security knowledge for 60 high-ranking officials from the Party, government, and armed forces. Lieutenant General Vo Tien Trung, member of the Party Central Committee, Director of the academy, chaired the opening ceremony. During the course, trainees will study the Party's defence-security related strategies, contributing to improving management capabilities and building whole-people defence posture in combination with people's security posture for ministries, agencies, and localities. … [Read more...]

Sex bribery to be labelled a crime

Viet Nam will consider selling sex a form of bribery, Nguyen Doan Khanh, deputy head of the Party Central Committee's Commission for Internal Affairs, told Nong Thon ngay nay (Countryside Today) newspaper. Has the Party Central Committee's Commission for Internal Affairs received any complaints or reports on using sex as a kind of bribery? We know about this issue mainly from mass media, since it is quite sensitive. Those who do so never want to talk about it. But I believe many of us know about this from literature works and mass media, and I think those are trustable sources. … [Read more...]

External relation unit asked to further contribute to promoting int’l relations

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PANO - The Party Central Committee (PCC)'s Commission for External Relations was requested to effectively and synchronously implement the Party's, the State's, the Fatherland Front's and people's organizations' external affairs in politics, ecomony, culture, defence and security to ensure the stable and sustainable development of the international relations. Addressing the ceremony to mark the 65th anniversary of the commission's traditional day in Hanoi on November 1st, Mr. Le Hong Anh, Politburo member and permanent member of the PCC's Secretariat, urged the commission to exert its efforts to firmly defend the national independence, self-reliance while promoting the multilateralization and diversification of international relations so as to boost the national prestige in the international arena. … [Read more...]

Recovering lost values

The Saigon Times Daily It is truly not at all hard to witness people in Hanoi running a red light, throwing garbage everywhere but in front of their homes, using ugly language, behaving rudely towards others, and turning a blind eye to community spirit. "Hanoians' good manners and polite behaviors have been facing gradual erosion and an obscene, coarse and uncultured language has become prevalent instead," Dr. Le Thi Binh Hong at the Party Central Committee's Information and Education Commission was quoted as saying in an article published in April this year by Nhan Dan newspaper. "People in Hanoi throw trash at all places but their homes. And never have we seen Hanoians lacking a sense of respecting traffic rules as now." … [Read more...]

Vietnam promotes scientific and technological development

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(VOVworld)- The development of science and technology mirror the development of a country. Over the past few years, the Vietnamese Party, state and government have paid special attention to scientific and technological development. Several policies, incentives and projects have been put in place. In 2013 alone, Vietnam had nearly 3,000 scientific projects recognized by functional agencies. Vietnam launched the Earth Observation Optical Satellite System, known as VNREDSAT-1, and built and successfully launched the Pico Dragon, a micro-satellite. Using ODA capital, the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology is building the Centre for National Satellite with a target of launching a Japan-made satellite in 2018 and a Vietnam-made satellite in 2020. … [Read more...]