Nearly 200,000 sets of remains of martyrs found

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PANO - Over the past 20 years, nearly 200,000 sets of remains of Vietnamese martyrs have been found in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, Le Kha Phieu, former General-Secretary wrote in a congratulation letter to the Research Center for Human Potential. The Centre, under the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations, held a get-together to review 20 years of seeking sets of remains of martyrs with special methods on January 23 rd in Hanoi. According to Major-General, Dr. Nguyen Chu Phac, from the Centre, different ESP practitioners have used their extra-sensory perception to search for sets of remains of martyrs. Attentively, some young ESP practitioners, including Le Trung Tuan and Nguyen Thi Thanh, have had rapid and precise results in seeking remains. Also on this occasion, the Ministry of Labor, War-Invalids and Social Affairs has presented certificates of merit to 38 researchers and ESP practitioners, including Colonel Han Thuy Vu, former People's Army Newspaper's … [Read more...]

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Family farms key to sustainability Sustainable family farming could help solve hunger and food production problems in Viet Nam, UN food security officials said during a celebration yesterday of the 34th World Food Day in the northern province of Quang Ninh's Hong Phong Commune. The commune, where many households farm together and women play an important role, embodied this year's theme: Family Farming: Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and UN Women in Viet Nam hosted the celebration. … [Read more...]

Winners of story competition on women revealed

The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) announced winners of a story competition to spotlight the important role that women play in family farming in Vietnam, UN Women said on October 13. The first prize went to the article "Vo chong Ly A Sui" (Ly A Sui and his wife) by reporter Tran Thi Minh at the Fansipan Magazine. Journalist Pham Thi Que Ha from Quang Nam province's Arts and Literature Association secured the second prize with "Soi da cung thanh com" (Even rocks are turned into rice). … [Read more...]

OV goes to Truong Sa to find the truth

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PANO - "Let's return to Vietnam, see Vietnam with your own eyes, hear with your own ears and if possible, go to Truong Sa archipelago to talk with naval troops who have been on duty there, you would realize the truth that Vietnam's seas and islands are under Vietnam's sovereignty forever". This is the message that David Nguyen, an overseas Vietnamese (OV) in the US would like to send to all Vietnamese living in foreign countries. Undeniable truth … [Read more...]

Ideological work in the Dien Bien Phu Campaign

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PANO - The second period of the Dien Bien Phu Campaign became fiercer and more difficult. However, it was thanks to the effective implementation of ideological work of commanders of units participating in the campaign that troops in the battlefield could maintain their determination to fight and to win. The experiences of the commanders in the battle field of the Dien Bien Phu Campaign in carrying out ideological work are valuable lessons for present generation of cadres. Lieutenant General Le Nam Phong, former commander of a key company of Brigade 308's Regiment 88 in the Dien Bien Phu Campaign recalled that before the campaign, units' heads used to come to trenches to talk and promote the "Determination to fight and to win" spirit of the soldiers. The commanders provided troops with the People's Army Newspaper's most updated news about land reform in the rear, those who had supplied food and munitions, examples in digging trenches and building fortifications, Uncle Ho's … [Read more...]

Documents on Dien Bien Phu Campaign showcased

Cutting the ribbon to open the exhibition

PANO - The People's Army Newspaper's issues printed at the front during the Dien Bien Phu Campaign are among nearly 1,000 documents on display at the ongoing exhibition hosted by the Army Library in Hanoi. Lieutenant General Mai Quang Phan, Deputy Director of the General Department of Politics on April 10th cut the ribbon to open the exhibition. The month-long exhibition showcases books and articles, written domestically and internationally, research works and sum-ups on the resounding Dien Bien Phu Victory as well as memoirs of army generals who had taken part in the Dien Bien Phu Campaign. The documents are arranged to highlight such key contents as the Party and Uncle Ho leading the resistance war against French colonists and the Dien Bien Phu Campaign, development and results of the Dien Bien Phu Campaign, the world with the Dien Bien Phu Campaign, the Dien Bien Phu Victory-national strength and Vietnam after 60 years of the Dien Bien Phu Victory. The Army Library is … [Read more...]

Vietnam actively contributes to Komodo exercise

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PANO - Vietnam was actively contributing to the Naval exercise Komodo 2014. This showed the fine relations between Vietnamese and Indonesian Navies in particular, and between the two armies and countries in general, affirmed Rear Admiral Amarullah Octavian, Head of the Organization Panel of the exercise, in a recent interview with the People's Army Newspaper's reporter. Talking about the contents of the exercise, the Indonesian Admiral said that the Asia-Pacific region always needs disaster relief. Over the past years, countries in the region were hit by natural disasters, such as the devastating tsunami in Indonesia in 2004, the earthquake and tsunami in Japan in 2011, and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in 2013. The exercise would promote cooperation among countries to better cope with natural disasters in the coming time, contributing to stabilizing the region. Besides, non-military, humanitarian aid and disaster relief campaigns are on the agenda of the Komodo exercise, … [Read more...]

Chinese rear admiral thanks Vietnam for searching missing jet

Chinese Rear Admiral Kan Likui.

PANO - Chinese Rear Admiral Kan Likui, Deputy Head of the Operations Department under the General Staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army highly appreciated Vietnam's efforts in searching the Malaysia plane missing since March 8th with 154 Chinese residents on board. The appreciation was made in an interview given to the Vietnam People's Army Newspaper's reporters on March 11th in Mong Cai city, Quang Ninh province. The Chinese Rear Admiral said that being notified of the news, Vietnam had mobilized vessels and aircraft for the search in a large scale and at the same time created favorable conditions for other countries' vehicles to join the search. "Vietnamese people have been actively implementing measures to search the missing jet as they considered the problem of China as that of their own. It proves the traditional friendship between the two countries and their people", Kan said. He expressed gratitude to Vietnam's Party, Government and army for their timely … [Read more...]

Vietnam further supports Cambodian students

Vu Mao, Head f the Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Association

PANO - Though living far from their country and families, many Cambodians studying in Vietnam have looked on the S-shape country as their home, because in here they have their adoptive Vietnamese parents, which makes them love more for Vietnam. Those students help nurture and consolidate the friendship between Vietnam and Cambodia. That confirmation was made by Vu Mao, Head of the Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Association, in a talk with the People's Army Newspaper's reporter on the association's movement sponsoring Cambodian students in Vietnam. Vu Mao held that the Vietnam-Cambodia relations, based on the motto "good neighbourers, traditional friendship, comprehensive cooperation, long-term sustainability", have been consolidated and deeply developed in all fields, including education and training. At present, more than 1,000 Cambodian students are living and studying in Vietnam. Along with offering scholarships and creating opportunities for doing internship and attending … [Read more...]

Vietnam deserved to be a member of the UN Human Rights Council

Andre Sauvageot.

PANO - In 1964, Captain Andre Sauvageot was sent to battles in Vienam. Now, speaking Vietnamese fluently as his mother tongue, he told the People's Army Newspaper's reporter about human rights in Vietnam. - Vietnam is nominating itself for membership in the United Nations Human Rights Council for 2014-2016 tenure. What do you think of this effort? Andre Seauvageot: I have a positive impression, because the Human Rights Council fits Vietnam's foreign policy of diversification of relations and to be a friend to every nation to the extent feasible. Naturally, the process of diversification of relations is enhanced by participation in the activities of international organizations to better understand some issues of importance to entire world. Clearly, human rights is an important issue for the people of the entire world and of Vietnam specifically. Therefore, membership in the UN Human Rights Council, would be an opportunity for Vietnam to better understand the positive and … [Read more...]

General Vo Nguyen Giap and Vietnam-Laos ties

General Vo Nguyen Giap and army writers

PANO - "Tan has many documents relating to Laos, so you should write more about the special relations between Laos and Vietnam, especially Prince Souphanouvong", General Vo Nguyen Giap told the People's Army Newspaper's collaborator Tran Cong Tan when writers, whose native land is Quang Binh Province, visited him. Following the general's instruction, Tan to date has written 10 books about Laos, including a novel on the revolutionary life of the Lao Prince who then became a Communist party member, which won him a medal presented by the Lao Government. It is regrettable that Tan could not meet General Vo Nguyen Giap to report to him before he passed away on October 4th. Tan recalled that he met General Vo Nguyen Giap for the first time in Muong Phin, Laos, in late 1945 when the General saw Prince Souphanouvong off before he returned to Laos to join the revolutionary administration. >> Condolences from El Salvador's party over General Vo Nguyen Giap's passing >> More … [Read more...]

Nanning rendezvous

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung rings the gong at the Quy Nhon stand

PANO - The People's Army Newspaper's senior reporter Van Yen has accompanied Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung to the 2013 ASEAN-China Expo (CAEXPO 2013) and the 10th ASEAN-China Business and Investment Summit (CABIS) in Nanning City, Zhuang Autonomous Region in China's Guangxi province. The autumn rendezvous China has a consistent strategy in developing its coastal or border cities. A popular way to do this is to organize international trade fairs, conferences, forums and even world beauty contests in its remote regions to boost development. For instance, the Boao Forum for Asia takes place annually with the expectation to replace the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland; and the Miss World Contest has been organized five times in Sanya, Hainan Island. For the economic field, there is the CAEXPO. Stemming from Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao's initiative at the 7th ASEAN - China Summit in 2003, since 2004, the CAEXPO has been organized annually in Nanning City, … [Read more...]

Vietnam, US further agricultural ties

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Vietnam and the US have agreed to step up their cooperation in scientific-technological application and coping with climate change in agriculture, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat has said. The minister talked with the Quan doi nhan dan (People's Army) newspaper's reporter following his working session with US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack in Washington as part of the US visit by President Truong Tan Sang. Minister Phat said that the two sides have also discussed ways to iron out snags in the trade of farm produce between the two countries. According to Phat, the US side pledged to soon allow the import of a number of tropical fruits such as longan, litchi and mango from Vietnam while continuing to consider other products. The US Secretary of Agriculture also said he will discuss with US relevant agencies issues of Vietnam's concerns such as the export of tra fish, shrimp and honey to the market. Minister Phat noted that the two sides will … [Read more...]

MAG joins Vietnam in dealing with remnants of war

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PANO - Bombs and mines, horrible remnants of war, are sometimes found right in residential areas in Vietnam, said Portia Stratton, Country Director of the Mines Advisory Group (MAG), a not-for-profit organisation clearing landmines, unexploded ordnance (UXO) and other remnants of conflict for the benefit of communities worldwide. Detecting and defusing the lethal weapons, bringing better lives for local people, is an honourable job to be proud of, the Country Director stressed, while talking with the People's Army Newspaper's reporters about her job and the group's activities to support Vietnam in overcoming the aftermath of bombs, mines and explosives. Vietnam is on the right track Starting her job as the Country Director of MAG in Vietnam in February 2010, Ms Stratton has participated in most of MAG's bomb and mine detecting and defusing activities. At first, she was very surprised about the large number of bombs and mines found. Bombs, mines and explosives left by the war are … [Read more...]

Two old friends’ reunion after half a century

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PANO - A Soviet veteran has met his Vietnamese interpreter again in Vietnam after 46 years. Vintsevsky Vladimir was one of the experts of the former USSR who worked with Vietnamese air defence forces during the resistance war against American invaders. He was among 30 Soviet veterans to be invited by Vietnam’s Ministry of National Defence to visit Vietnam from December 2nd to 13th. Vintsevsky Vladimir was excited to return to the S-shaped country which he left nearly 5 decades ago and to meet with his former comrades-in-arms again, especially with his former interpreter with the beautiful name of Nguyen Thi Hien. Vintsevsky Vladimir returned to Vietnam bringing black and white photos of Vietnamese troops and of his female interpreter from Hanoi. "Luckily, the People’s Army Newspaper’s Editor-in-Chief, Major General Le Phuc Nguyen, was on the same flight with me from Russia to Vietnam, so I knew what I should do later", he said. Talking with reporters from the People’s … [Read more...]

PAN presents Tet gifts to border guards in Hai Phong

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PANO - A delegation of the Nhan Dan and People's Army Newspapers (PAN), and the Dong Luc Group recently visited and presented Lunar New Year (Tet) gifts to the Hai Phong City Border Guard Command and the Doan Xa Border Post in Hai Phong. At the reception, Colonel Nguyen Van Nam, Commander of the Hai Phong City Border Guards, informed the guests of the unit's activities in maintaining social order and security and helping local people develop their living standards in 2012. On behalf of the delegation, Colonel Pham Van Huan, PAN's Deputy Editor-in-Chief, congratulated the Hai Phong border guard troops on their achievements over the past years. The delegation presented the Hai Phong Border Guards the two newspapers' Lunar New Year publications, sports equipment of the Dong Luc Group and jams, confectioneries and cigarettes of the Vietnam National Tobacco Corporation. Translated by Van Hieu … [Read more...]

Da Lat Island receives Tet presents

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PANO - More than 100 different products popular over Tet holiday reached Da Lat Island of the Truong Sa (Spratly) Archipelago on January 3rd as Tet presents for cadres and troops on the island to enjoy over the Lunar New Year of the Snake. Captain Nguyen Kim Dung, political commissar on Da Lat Island, expressed the appreciation and happiness of the troops at receiving those presents, with sentiments and concern from the mainland. He told the People’s Army Newspaper’s reporter that the present would encourage troops to be at ease to enjoy Tet holidays on the island and at the same time to accomplish their mission of defending national sovereignty over seas and islands. Da Lat Island is the first stop of the shipment of Tet presents from the mainland to people and soldiers on various islands. Translated by Mai Huong … [Read more...]

Ireland ready to back Vietnam in dealing with UXO

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PANO – Reporters from People’s Army Newspaper recently made contact by e-mail with Irish Minister of State for Trade and Development Joe Costello before his official visit to Vietnam from October 28-30. In his reply, the Irish Minister affirmed that Ireland is ready to support and cooperate with Vietnam in overcoming the aftermath of bombs, mines and explosives left by the wars. He also said that Vietnam is ranked second among the nations suffering the largest amount of bombs and ammunitions in the world, and unexploded ordinance (UXO) is still a serious problem in the country. … [Read more...]

Photo exhibition on Army Corps 4’s troops opens

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PANO – A photo exhibition, "Army Corps 4’s troops – Tradition and Development", was held on August 29th at Army Corps 4’s museum by the People’s Army Newspaper’s branch in Southern Vietnam and Soldier Photography Club under People’s Army Newspapers. 36 photos of Army Corps 4’s troops during several periods in the nation’s resistance war against Americans, defence of the southwest border, and international missions in Cambodia, and 72 photos of all activities of Army Corps 4’s units over the recent time by the Soldiers Photography Club, are on display. … [Read more...]

Warring land on the reunion day

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PANO - I walked back and forth through graves in Truong Son Martyrs' Cemetery. Streams of people moved slowly, whispering or buzzing amid burnt incenses. Some went to me to tap me on the shoulder, and some called each other's names in low voice. Those who came to this place seemed to become close friends. The pilgrimage season in July was very crowded. From Lang Son, Hanoi, Quang Ninh, Quang Binh, from Quang Ngai, HCM City and An Giang, they all joined the gratitude sports cycling tournament, "To Truong Son-2012", the People's Army Newspaper's Cup. The season of pilgrimage was also the season of reunion. Truong Son Martyrs' Cemetery is now full of green trees which give some welcome shade from the sun and cold winds to graves and those who pay homage to martyrs. The bodhi tree, planted by Ho Chi Minh Road Management Board ten years ago, is covering the Memorial. Making the decision to build this Cemetery on February 24th, 1975 when the nation was fiercely fighting against foreign … [Read more...]