War correspondents gather and recall historical time

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A charity exchange programme entitled, “Journalists-Events and Witnesses 2010”, was held in Hanoi on June 20 th to honor war correspondents who crossed the Truong Son range in order to save the homeland. Through the exchange, participants learned more about the hardships that Vietnamese war correspondents had to undergo to cover events during the war. It can be said that aside from photos, articles that accurately depict historical moments are borne out of a great deal of blood and sweat for a number of war correspondents, such as Chu Cam Phong, Nguyen Trong Dinh, Ho Ca, and Duong Thi Xuan Quy. The memory of the international mission in Cambodia in late 1978 by Major-General Nguyen Quang Thong, the former Editor-in-chief of the People’s Army Newspaper, deeply touched the audience. On this occasion, the Organization Board and other donors also presented gifts and saving-books to several relatives of journalist who gave their lives and war-invalids. Source: … [Read more...]

Advancing to call from soldiers at the front

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PANO – The great historic victory of the General Offensive and uprising in the spring of 1975 was a brilliant feat of arms of the Vietnamese nation in the 20 th century. This epic victory was partly thanks to the great efforts and sacrifices of thousands of artists and musicians who had volunteered to advance to the battle fields to write resounding immortal songs about the heroic struggle of the Vietnamese people for national salvation and national reunification. These artists in fact had brought along the spring to the fierce battles. The artists had encouraged soldiers and many soldiers had turned into musicians themselves and visa versa many musicians and artists being trained in the fierce fighting, had become more mature during the revolutionary struggle, and turned into soldier. Among them were a couple of musicians Doan Nho and his wife, artist Nguyet Anh who is now 72. She recalled “in 1967, my husband and I, being members of an army art troupe were sent to the … [Read more...]

NA Chairman receives CAJ delegation

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PANO - Chairman of the National Assembly (NA) Nguyen Sinh Hung received a delegation from the Confederation of ASEAN Journalists (CAJ) and partner countries, led by CAJ Chairman and Deputy Head of the Philippine National Press Club Benny Antiporda on November 26th in Hanoi. The host and 30 international guests reviewed three press targets set by the CAJ, including promoting free and responsible journalism, increasing mutual understanding among people of ASEAN member nations for prosperity and equality, and reflecting ASEAN member states’ aspiration, sentiment and concerns to help them further understand each other. On behalf of the CAJ, Mr. Antiporda thanked the host for his warm reception and hospitability. He also expressed his optimism about the success of the 18th General Assembly of the CAJ and the confederation’s 40th founding anniversary hosted by the Vietnam Journalists Association (VJA) in Hanoi on November 27th. The Philippine journalist believed that the VJA, … [Read more...]

Denmark feels honoured to be Vietnam’s partner

Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment and Chairman of Vietnam-Denmark Friendship Association Tran Hong Ha addressing the event. (Source: cpv.org.vn)

PANO - Emphasizing Vietnam’s miraculous development over the past 44 years from a poor to a middle-income country, Danish Ambassador to Vietnam Charlotte Laursen expressed her country’s honour to be Vietnam’s companion and partner during that time. The statement was made at the exchange in celebration of the 44th anniversary of Vietnam-Denmark’s diplomatic ties on the evening of November 25th in Hanoi. Confirming that the two countries’ partnership is turning a new page, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment and Chairman of Vietnam-Denmark Friendship Association Tran Hong Ha said that the cooperation between the two governments and two peoples have been consolidated and enhanced in an intensive manner with a lot of big and comprehensive achievements. The Vietnamese official also stressed that an array of cooperation opportunities and potential has been opening up for the two countries especially when Vietnam completes the Vietnam-EU … [Read more...]

Process of overcoming the effects of AO/dioxin in Vietnam to be continued

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PANO - The impacts of Agent Orange (AO)/dioxin on the Vietnamese people and environment were once again mentioned at an international scientific seminar held in Hanoi on November 24th. The delegates evaluated the existence, changes and spread of dioxin as well as its harmful effects on the local environment and ecosystem. They also reviewed the health of those exposed to AO/dioxin and proposed solutions for policies dealing with such consequences in Vietnam. The effect of dioxin In his speech, Dr. Tran Duc Phan from Hanoi Medical University stressed that from 1961 to 1972, the figures show that US troops sprayed more than 79 million litres of herbicides, including 46 million litres containing dioxin, over South Vietnam. The consequences of such substances on Vietnam’s environment and its people have been huge so far. In fact, almost all of the nearly three million victims of AO/dioxin are Vietnamese. Moreover, the biggest concern is that such a toxin could pass from … [Read more...]

Kathina festival in Soc Trang province

The festival being kick-started with the national flag-hoisting ceremony amidst the singing of the national anthem.

PANO - The month-long Kathina Festival, a Buddhist festival held in Doi Pagoda, Soc Trang province often starts on lunar September 15th, before the Ok Om Bok Festival. During this festival, the locals offer flowers and new robes for the monks as well as pray for good climate and happiness. On the first festival day, before offering monks new robes, followers give offerings to Buddha while monks and nuns hold a national flag-hoisting ceremony and sing the national anthem in the Khmer language. After that, monks and nuns will pray for peace and good luck for locals. On the second day, followers join a procession around the locality to prove their loyalty and later in the evening, they will be entertained with artistic programs in the pagoda. Here are some images of this special festival. Locals presenting offerings. Translated by Mai Huong … [Read more...]

Whole-army Olympiad on Marxism-Leninism and Ho Chi Minh Thought opens

An introduction at the opening ceremony.

PANO - The General Department of Politics of the Vietnam People’s Army (VPA) started the seventh Whole-Army Olympiad on Marxism-Leninism and Ho Chi Minh Thought in the Border Guard Academy on November 23rd. Addressing the opening ceremony, Major General Ho Ba Vinh, Deputy Head of the Department of Information and Training under the General Department of Politics emphasized the contest’s aim of further improving the quality in lecturing and conducting research in social sciences and the humanities in military schools. It would be an opportunity for the participants to exchange experience on lecturing and studying Marxism-Leninism and Ho Chi Minh Thought. During the five-day contests, twenty one teams from military schools will compete in categories such as Marxist-Leninist philosophy, Marxist-Leninist political economy, scientific socialism, Ho Chi Minh Thought, the history of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV), CPV’s revolutionary lines, understanding of the … [Read more...]

Rare royal ceramic objects showcased in Hue city

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PANO - A collection of 61 ceramic objects used by royal families and officials under the Nguyen dynasty by antique collector Nguyen Huu Hoang are on display at the Hue Cultural Museum in Hue city, Thua thien-Hue province. The showcased items, commissioned in China, France and UK, are typical for Vietnamese traditional culture, so they are very familiar to Vietnamese people. Several objects made their debut and have remained in Vietnam, including a plate inscribed with an ancient Vietnamese script poem made in the late 18th century, and a bowl with a poem about a market in Thuan Hoa, the capital of Central Vietnam around 300 years ago. Also at the museum are 62 photos and objects related to the formation and development of Hue singing, such as classic orchestras, artisans’ portraits, and musical instruments as well as other precious documents. According to the museum’s director Pham Thi Quynh Dao, the showcase of such objects is in celebration of the 70th anniversary of … [Read more...]

Eminent artisans of two big cities honored

Ho Chi Minh City's leaders presenting the titles to artisans.

PANO - Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh Cities on November 19th honoured fifty five artisans in the intangible cultural heritages, who have been promoted to Eminent Artisans by the State President. Accordingly, in the Hanoi Museum, the Hanoi Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism announced the State President’s decision on conferring the titles to 39 artisans in different genres, such as ceremonial songs, trong quan singing in which songs are sung with drum accompaniment, xam singing, and in making food and to he (traditional toys made from glutinous rice powder). Meanwhile, in Ho Chi Minh City the municipal People’s Committee honoured 12 new eminent artisans in performing folk arts, and four others in folk knowledge. The city’s leaders wished them to further contribute their talents and intelligence to preserving and promoting local cultural heritage values. On the occasion, the organizer handed over certificates recognizing 10 artistic architecture works in the … [Read more...]

Vietnam receives over 200 precious films from German friends

Vivid films about Vietnam in the 1960s and 1970s of the previous decade. Photo: VNA

PANO - The Germany-Vietnam Friendship Association presented more than 200 original documentary and feature films, which are precious documents about Vietnam, to the Vietnam Film Institute of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism on November 18th in Hanoi. According to Professor Gunter Giesenfeld, the association’s chairman who directly shot and collected some of the presented films, most of the films were made in the 1960s and1970s, including a few films having yet to be screened. The association collected and received them from different film festivals, exchanges, and diplomatic events as well as broadcast them on German television and in other countries. The films are a lively depiction of the Vietnam War, the anti-war movements and the cause of building and reconstructing Vietnam after the national reunification. Popularizing such a film will give an objective and practical view of Vietnam in its struggle for national salvation, and the efforts of heroic and brave … [Read more...]

Argentina to introduce specialties to Hanoians

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PANO - Argentine Week, to open on November 23rd in Hanoi, will help Hanoians learn more about Argentina’s unique culture, music, food, cinematography, photography and trade, said Argentine Ambassador Claudio Gutierrez at a meeting with the press on November 18th. The highlight of this week will be the Argentine Night in Hanoi, the second of its kind, on the first day of the week. Accordingly, two chefs from the Sheraton Hanoi Hotel will instruct food-lovers to make Western and Vietnamese dishes from Argentine beef. During this week, there will be an exhibition entitled "Urbana: View on a city", introducing photos taken by Argentine photographers; a trade promotion exchange between Argentine and Vietnamese businesses; a free screening of three typical contemporary films of the Argentine cinematography at Hanoi Cinematheque in Hanoi on November 26th and 27th. Regarding the cooperation between the two countries, the Argentine ambassador held that Vietnam has among the strongest … [Read more...]

National trade name for craft and fine arts sector announced

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PANO - The Trade Promotion Department under the Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MIC) and the Vietnamese Handicraft Exporters’ Association (Vietcraft) announced the national trade mark "Vietcraft Excellence" for the craft and fine arts sector, on November 17th in Hanoi. This trade name’s symbol is the harmonious combination of a lotus, symbolizing the Vietnamese people’s soul, and a palm-leaf conical hat, a handicraft product familiar to any Vietnamese woman and craftsman in the S-shaped country. Addressing the announcement ceremony, Deputy Minister of Industry and Commerce Ho Thi Kim Thoa stressed that the building and developing of such a trade name is under the project of designing and building a sustainable handicraft trade name and part of the six small projects supported by the European Union (EU) through the European Trade Policy and Investment Support Project (EU-MUTRAP). "I hope the EU and the EU Delegation in Vietnam will further assist Vietnam in … [Read more...]

Defence Minister checks air defence-air force units

General Phung Quang Thanh encouraging Factory A32’s cadres and workers

PANO - Minister of National Defence, General Phung Quang Thanh recently inspected Air Force Division 372, Air Defence Division 375, and Factory A32 under the Air Defence-Air Force Service, as part of his working visit to the Central region. After being briefed upon the units’ outcomes of training, combat readiness, maintenance of equipment and unit building, the minister highly appreciated them for their high spirit of overcoming difficulties to fulfill their missions, especially in defending the national airspace, repairing different kinds of aircraft, and extending the life of radars and aircraft. He asked them to continue to build a firm political stance among the officers and soldiers; propose measures to improve combat readiness training work with a focus on the air defence-air force troops’ art of warfare; boost practices of combat methods; be more proactive in repairing and prolonging the life of aircraft, weapons and equipment to meet growing demands in the … [Read more...]

Military Technical Academy asked to further improve education and training quality

Sr. Lt. Gen. Ngo Xuan Lich welcomed by the academy's staff

PANO - Hailing the Military Technical Academy for its achievements in education and training, as well as scientific research, General Ngo Xuan Lich, Director of the General Department of Politics of the Vietnam People’s Army, requested it to continue accomplishing its missions and improve its education and training quality in the time to come. As reported at the general’s working session with the unit on November 16th, the unit has always attached importance to nurturing and educating its cadets about morality, lifestyle, strong will, professional etiquette, and motivation for study. Moreover, it has pushed up the "Determination to Win" emulation movement in close attachment to "studying and following President Ho Chi Minh’s moral example" and "Promoting tradition, devoting talents, deserving to be Uncle Ho’s Soldiers" movements. In this year alone, 97.54 per cent of its Party members accomplished their assigned missions. Notably, 30 per cent of its cadres … [Read more...]

2015 Great Unity of Ethnic Minority Groups Week starts

An artistic performance at the event. Photo: dangcongsan.vn

PANO - The 2015 "Great Unity of Ethnic Minority Groups-Vietnam’s Cultural Heritages" Week under the theme ‘Constant belief" opened at the Culture-Tourism Village of Vietnamese Ethnic Minority Groups in Hanoi on the evening of November 15th. Addressing the opening ceremony, Politburo member and President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee (VFFCC) Nguyen Thien Nhan emphasized that since the Hung Kings founded the country, our compatriots have always been side by side with each other and show a strong sense of solidarity to overcome any challenges to write brilliantly golden pages of the nation. Especially, over the past 85 years, under the leadership of the Party and President Ho Chi Minh as well as great contributions of the National United Front of different periods, the patriotic tradition and high spirit of solidarity of 54 ethnic minority groups from the North to the South have been further consolidated. This national cultural value, together with … [Read more...]

More teachers promoted to professors

Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan (right) presenting the titles to professors and associate professors.

PANO - The State Council for Professor Titles announced the decisions and presented certificates to 522 new professors and associate professors on November 12th in Hanoi. Among the newly-titled, there are 52 professors including five women and 470 associate professors. Impressively, among 129 titled women are five from the ethnic minority groups of Ha Nhi and Tay. 43-year-old Physics Doctor Nguyen Van Hieu, Deputy Head of the International Training Institute for Materials Science (ITIMS) under the Hanoi University of Science and Technology, is the youngest professor, while the youngest A/Prof is 31-year-old Ho Khac Hieu from the Duy Tan University, a private university in the central city of Da Nang. Addressing the ceremony, Politburo member, Secretary of the Party Central Committee and head of the Central Commission for Information and Education Dinh The Huynh acknowledged the achievements in titling the Professors and Associate Professors this year, and noted that there remains … [Read more...]

Political Officers Training School asked to rework curriculum

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PANO - Hailing the Political Officers Training School for its task performance in the academic year of 2014-2015 and the first semester of the year 2015-2016, General Ngo Xuan Lich, Director of the General Department of Politics of the Vietnam People’s Army, requested the unit to continue to innovate its curriculum with a focus on sharing experience in Party and political work in combat, and improving skills relating to the work for its trainees. The request was made during the General’s visit to the school on November 12th. As reported during the visit, the school has actively renovated its teaching and learning methods to spend more time on practice. The number of excellent graduates has doubled from the previous year. In addition, it has frequently improved work in education, increased political awareness among its staff and trainees; actively fought the "peaceful evolution" plot; and made positive changes in logistics, techniques and finance. General Lich also … [Read more...]

Vietnam and Brazil to boost defence ties

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PANO - Deputy Minister of National Defence Sr. Lt. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh received Brazilian Ambassador to Vietnam Marco Brandao on November 11th in Hanoi. During their talks, both the host and the guest expressed their pleasure at the comprehensive development of the bilateral relationship and agreed that the two sides have the potential to strengthen their cooperation in defence and security, especially in delegation exchanges at all levels, experience sharing, mutual support in participating in UN peacekeeping operations, cooperation in training, and defence industry. They also confirmed that the upcoming visit to Vietnam of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff would create an opportunity for the two ministries of national defence to sign a memorandum of understanding on bilateral defence ties, which serves as a firm foundation for the two countries to further develop’ defence cooperation for their mutual benefit. Translated by Mai Huong … [Read more...]

VNASMA lauded for impressive achievements

Sr. Lt. Gen. Phuong Minh Hoa at the ceremony

PANO - Sr. Lt. Gen. Phuong Minh Hoa, Deputy Director of the General Department of Politics of the Vietnam People’s Army, spoke highly of the impressive outcome of the Vietnam Association for Supporting Unexploded Ordnance (UXO)/Mine Action (VNASMA) over the past year. The praise was given on November 11th in Hanoi at the ceremony celebrating the 1st founding anniversary of the association (November 11th, 2014-2015). At the ceremony, Lt. Gen. Nguyen Duc Soat, VNASMA President, stressed that since its establishment, the unit has teamed up with Ha Giang Provincial People’s Committee to present Tet gifts and give supports to victims of UXO. Moreover, via short-term courses, it has raised awareness of locals in three communes of Vi Xuyen district and some Central provinces on preventing UXO risks. It also successfully organized a live-aired program themed "for a peaceful and developed life". Noteworthily, it proactively established and expanded ties with several State … [Read more...]

Exercise on aviation search and rescue conducted

A helicopter joining the search and rescue mission

PANO - The Ministry of Transport conducted the 2015 aviation search and rescue (SAR) exercise (SAREX 2015) on November 10th in Nghi Lien commune, Nghi Loc district, Nghe An province, under the direction of Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai, head of the National Committee of SAR and Steering Board of Vietnam Aviation Security. A number of vehicles, such as aircraft, boats, and trucks were mobilized for the exercise. The exercise’s simulated scenario was based on flight DT2015 on the aircraft Super King Air 200, departing from Noi Bai International Airport (Hanoi) to Dong Hoi Airport (Quang Binh province). Twelve minutes after the aircraft had passed DVOR/DME Nam Ha Station, the Hanoi Air Control Centre (ACC HAN) received a request for an emergency landing in Vinh Airport due to engine problems. Five minutes later, the aircraft turned on emergency code 7700 and reported that the engine capacity was reducing while smoke was spotted in the cabin, thus, it needed to land … [Read more...]