Social News 22/3

Danish firm to help control flooding in HCMC Denmark-based firm Cold Flood Prevention is expected to pilot a project to control flooding caused by high tides at Phu Dinh Wharf in HCMC’s District 8 in the third quarter of this year. In December last year and January this year, the HCMC Department of Transport and related agencies met with representatives of Cold Flood Prevention to discuss the feasibility of using its technologies to control flooding in the city. The department also invited the company’s representatives to inspect some flood-prone areas in districts 7, 8, and Binh Thanh before suggesting effective technological solutions to protect these areas from flooding. The firm later decided to carry out a pilot project free-of-charge at Phu Dinh Wharf. On February 6, the department suggested the city government allow Cold Flood Prevention to implement the project and got approval in a document signed by HCMC vice chairman Nguyen Huu Tin. The firm plans to build a … [Read more...]

Minister of health helps matyr’s daughter find a job

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The Minister of Health, Nguyen Thi Kim Tien, has extended help to the daughter of a martyr who died in a fight with Chinese forces in the Spratly archipelago, so that she could have a job to support her poor family. Phan Thi Trang, the daughter of matyr Phan Huy Son, from Dien Chau District, Nghe An Province, has been unable to find a job after graduating from a medicine college. Trang has recently sent a letter to the Facebook page of the Minister of Health to call for help. In her letter, Trang said that she urgently needs a job to support her mother who is suffering from a serious kidney problems and her disabled brother. "My father was a military doctor and died in 1988 during the Gac Ma Island battle with the Chinese forces," Trang wrote. "My mother had struggled to raise my brother who was born with disabilities and me." Trang said she decided to follow her father's career and managed to get into a local medicine school. Director of Nghe An Province Department of Health, … [Read more...]

March 9-15: First fuel price hike of the year

PM Nguyen Tan Dung receives Venezuelan Vice President Elias Jose Jaua Milano.

Domestic petrol prices shoot up by over VND1,600 per litre The Vietnam National Petroleum Group (Petrolimex), the country’s largest fuel wholesaler, raised the retail price of several fuel varieties as of 15:00 pm on March 11, the second adjustment and the first rise this year. Accordingly, the prices of petrol RON95 and petrol RON92 jumped VND1,610 per litre to VND17,880 and VND17,280 per litre, respectively, while bio-fuel E5 price increased by VND1,600 per litre to VND16,950. The prices of kerosene and diesel also increased by VND900 and VND700 per litre respectively while a litre of mazut rose by VND900 a kilogram. NA Standing Committee convenes 36th session The 13th National Assembly (NA) Standing Committee convened its 36th session on March 9 with a special focus on final preparations for the 132nd Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly (IPU-132) to be held in Hanoi later this month. The last rehearsal for the IPU-132 opening ceremony was held on March 15 at the NA … [Read more...]

Social News 15/3

Resettlement efforts for Lai Chau hydropower plant accelerating Over 1,800 of the 2,000 households living in the area designated to be the reservoir of Lai Chau hydro-power plant have been relocated to new resettlement areas in the northern mountainous province of Lai Chau. These areas in Nam Nhun and Muong Te districts have access to paved roads, schooling, electricity, power and other welfare facilities like cultural houses and medical stations. The displaced will also receive farming land to ease their transition. The remaining households will move into their new homes by the second quarter of this year, according to the provincial Department of Planning and Investment. Nearly 90 percent of the funds allocated for compensation has been disbursed, said Acting Chief of the resettlement project Tran Van Dung. Construction on the 1,200MW Lai Chau hydropower plant began in early 2011 in Nam Hang commune, Nam Nhun district, with a total investment of 35.7 trillion VND (1.7 billion … [Read more...]

Laying wreaths to commemorate fallen soldiers from Gac Ma Island battle

A minute of silence to commemorate the 64 fallen heroes.

NDO – A memorial service was held in Da Nang on March 14 for the 64 martyrs who died in a battle against Chinese forces to protect Gac Ma Island, part of Vietnam’s Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago, in 1988.>>> Work begins on memorial complex commemorating Gac Ma soldiers Many veterans and former officers and soldiers of Vietnam’s People's Navy burned incense and stood in memory of their comrades who died protecting the Truong Sa Archipelago. Delivering his memorial speech, Senior Lieutenant Colonel Hoang Van Hoan, former political commissar of the Brigade 83, one of the units directly involved in the Gac Ma battle in 1988, read the 64 fallen hero’s names. He emphasised that the memorial service was in remembrance and gratitude to the sacrifice of the 64 soldiers to protect the nation's sacred sea and island sovereignty. National sovereignty is inalienable, he stressed, while reminding younger generations to firmly defend the Fatherland. Sixty-four … [Read more...]

Memorial park for fallen Truong Sa martyrs a symbol of patriotism: Vietnam official

>> Vietnam to start work on monument to fallen Truong Sa combatants this year    Dang Ngoc Tung, president of the Vietnam General Confederation of Labor (VGCL), gave the comment in an interview with  Tuoi Tre

A memorial park that will be built in south-central Vietnam this year in memory of 64 Vietnamese naval soldiers who fell while protecting the country’s Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago against Chinese invaders in 1988 will become a symbol of patriotism, a labor official has said. (Youth) newspaper on Thursday, one day before a ceremony was held to lay foundation stones for the park in Cam Lam District of the south-central province of Khanh Hoa, of which Truong Sa is an island district. The historical battle on March 14, 1988 on Gac Ma Island (Johnson South Reef) of the Truong Sa archipelago in the East Vietnam Sea has become an imprint that will never fade in the heart of every Vietnamese, said the VGCL leader, who is also a member of the Central Executive Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam. "At that time, Vietnamese naval soldiers were doing their duty of safeguarding the fatherland and building works to serve the life of soldiers and people in Truong Sa when … [Read more...]

Construction of Gac Ma memorial complex commences

Dang Ngoc Tung (left side), representatives of Truong Sa district, and relatives of the Gac Ma soldiers take photo with the first stone to build the memorial complex

(VOVworld) - Khanh Hoa province began the construction of a memorial complex dedicated to 64 naval soldiers killed during the battle to defend Gac Ma Island in Vietnam’s Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago 27 years ago. President of the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour, Dang Ngoc Tung, said at the opening ceremony on Friday that the battle, which took place on March 14, 1988, was an unforgettable event for all Vietnamese people. "We aim to convey a message to all Vietnamese and foreign friends that the Vietnamese people will never forget the soldiers who laid down their lives to safeguard the national sovereignty of Gac Ma Island. I call for Vietnamese inside and outside the country to contribute to the construction of the complex." Covering 2.5 hectares in Cam Hai Dong commune, Cam Lam district, the complex consists of a Monument, a museum, and green space. The construction cost was funded by donations from across the country to the "Love for Hoang Sa-Truong Sa" … [Read more...]

Work begins on memorial complex commemorating Gac Ma soldiers

At the foundation stone laying ceremony (Credit: laodong.com.vn)

NDO – The Vietnam General Confederation of Labour (VGCL) today launched the construction of a memorial complex commemorating Gac Ma soldiers with a foundation stone laying ceremony in Cam Lam district’s Cam Hai Dong commune in central Khanh Hoa province. The complex is aimed at honouring and paying tribute to the 64 soldiers of the Vietnam People’s Navy who lost their lives in the 1988 naval battle to protect Gac Ma Island (Johnson South Reef) of Vietnam’s Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago against Chinese invasion. Addressing the ceremony, Dang Ngoc Tung, President of the VGCL, emphasised that the naval battle on March 14, 1988 is an indelible part of national history. Vietnamese naval forces bravely fought against a Chinese invasion on Gac Ma Island and laid down their lives while protecting the national flag affirming Vietnam’s sovereignty over the reef. Tung called for continuous response from labourers nationwide to the ‘One brick for Gac … [Read more...]

Work commences on Gac Ma memorial park

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Ceremony to launch the construction on Gac Ma memorial park. (Photo: VNA) A ceremony was held on March 13 in the central coastal province of Khanh Hoa to launch construction on a memorial park dedicated to 64 naval soldiers killed during a battle to defend Gac Ma Island in Vietnam ’s Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago 27 years ago. The battle, which took place on March 14, 1988, is an unforgettable historical event where soldiers laid down their lives to protect the national flag and safeguard the country’s sovereignty of Gac Ma Island, said Dang Ngoc Tung, President of the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour (VGCL). Tung also called for the continuous engagement of officials and labourers nationwide in the programme entitled "A Brick for Gac Ma" that helps build the park. Covering 2.5 hectares in Cam Hai Dong commune, Cam Lam district, the park includes statues, a museum and trees. Funding for the park was sourced through donations from labourers across the … [Read more...]

Monument to Truong Sa fallen combatants

A foundation stone laying ceremony of a memorial park for 64 Vietnamese naval soldiers who were killed in a 1988 battle against Chinese invaders on Gac Ma (Johnson South Reef) of Vietnam's Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago in the East Sea will take place on March 13. The ceremony will be organized in Cam Lam District in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa, Dang Ngoc Tung, president of the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour (VGCL), who is also a member of the Central Executive Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV), said on March 11. After the ceremony, the official construction of the park will kick off within this year and is expected to be completed in 2016, Tung said. The construction will be funded by contributions from trade unions, workers, people and agencies nationwide, as well as from donations of Vietnamese communities in foreign countries, Tung said. After launching a contest in July 2014 to find the best design for the park, the organizers, including … [Read more...]

Vietnam to start work on monument to fallen Truong Sa combatants this year

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A foundation stone laying ceremony of a memorial park for 64 Vietnamese naval soldiers who were killed in a 1988 battle against Chinese invaders on Gac Ma (Johnson South Reef) of Vietnam's Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago in the East Vietnam Sea will take place on Friday. >> Designs for memorial park for fallen Truong Sa soldiers on show The ceremony will be organized in Cam Lam District in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa, Dang Ngoc Tung, president of the Vietnam General Confederation of Labor (VGCL), who is also a member of the Central Executive Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam, said on Wednesday. After the ceremony, the official construction of the park will kick off within this year and is expected to be completed in 2016, Tung said. The construction will be funded by contributions from trade unions, workers, people and agencies nationwide, as well as from donations of Vietnamese communities in foreign countries, Tung said. After launching a contest in … [Read more...]

Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News – March 12

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Here are the most important news stories about Vietnam in brief for you to read along with your breakfast today, March 12. -- A monument to commemorate the 64 officers and soldiers of the Vietnam People’s Navy who were killed in a battle against Chinese forces to protect Gac Ma Island, part of Vietnam’s Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago, in 1988, is slated to break ground on March 13 in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa. -- Police in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 2 imposed Wednesday a civil fine on a Binh Thanh District resident for making a false report that she had VND1 billion ($46,603) stolen. -- The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport has asked relevant agencies to develop a plan to offer an electric bus service to serve tourists in the downtown area. -- The State Inspectorate of Vietnam has found a number of wrongdoings at the Hanoi-based Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park. Business -- Vietnamese petrol prices went up by more than 10 percent on … [Read more...]

Vietnamese join hands to protect territorial sovereignty

Vo Manh Tuan, who walked 2,000 kilometers from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City over two months.  Photo:  Tuoi Tre    3backpackers group's album

A trans-Vietnam walk, a photograph album and a series of comic strips that were made last year are all aimed at showing the same thing: patriotism and sovereignty protection. >> 'Fists' should be prepared for sovereignty protection: Vietnam rear admiral The walker, the photographers and the writer made their own products to contribute to the manifestation of the Vietnamese people's love for the fatherland and their determination to safeguard national territorial sovereignty in response to China's illegal deployment of its Haiyang Shiyou 981 oil rig in Vietnamese waters from early May to July 16, 2014. Vo Manh Tuan: a two-month walk Vo Manh Tuan, a young teacher with a Master's degree at Kon Tum Vocational High School in the Central Highlands city of Kon Tum, reached his final destination at the Reunification Palace in Ho Chi Minh City on September 22, 2014 after walking 2,000 kilometers from Hanoi over two months. During his trans-Vietnam walk, the 28-year-old took along … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 7/1

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Khanh Ly Live Concert in Binh Duong Khanh Ly Live Concert will take place at 8 p.m. on January 23 at Binh Duong Convention and Exhibition Center after two live concerts in Hanoi and Danang City in August last year, reports Tuoi Tre newspaper. According to organizers Anh Sao Duong Joint Stock Company and Dong Dao Entertainment Company, famous singer Khanh Ly will arrive in HCMC this Sunday to make preparations for the concert. Director Pham Hoang Nam will be responsible for directing the whole event with the assistance of music editor Cao Trung Hieu and music director Ly Huynh Long. The concert will also feature composer Nguyen Anh 9 as well as singers Elvis Phuong, Quang Thanh and Ha Anh Tuan. Tickets are priced at VND0.9-2.5 million each. For further information, contact 091 3781 278 or 094 5678 767. Russian lensman to share his love Moscow-based photographer Igor Burba will join an art talk tomorrow to interact with a Vietnamese audience and share his experiences in … [Read more...]

Over VND143 billion in support for Spratly and Paracel Archipelagoes

Fishermen go fishing at Ly Son Island, the central province of Quang Ngai.  (Photo: VnExpress)

During its 5th meeting of the central committee held on December 26th, the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour (VGCL) announced that as of December 22nd it had collected over VND143 billion in assistance for Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) Archipelagoes from 2 programs. Accordingly, the program "SentimentswithHoang SaandTruong Sa" was launched by the VGCL on March 14th with an aim to raise assistance to support the lives of martyrs at Hoang Sa and Truong Sa, and fisheries surveillance and coast guard forces. The program received over VND98 billion and spent over VND1.5 billion building houses of gratitude; giving savings books for soldiers and martyrs’ families of Hoang Sa and Truong Sa as well as for the families of those Vietnamese soldiers who died on Gac Ma Island, part of Truong Sa. Earlier, in September, 2011, the VGCL launched the program "Fishing nets of love for Hoang Sa and Truong Sa fishermen" calling for support for fisheries societies and … [Read more...]

Designs for memorial park for fallen Truong Sa soldiers on show

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An exhibition opened in Ho Chi Minh City on Sunday to highlight three designs selected from a contest for a memorial park for 64 heroic combatants who perished in the 1988 battle to protect Vietnam's sovereignty over the Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago in the East Sea. >> Vietnam launches program to honor fallen Hoang Sa-Truong Sa soldiers The designs, which are on display at the Labor Cultural House in District 1, were chosen from the entries of the "The Memorial Park for the Fallen Combatants on Gac Ma Island - Truong Sa" contest organized by the Vietnam General Confederation of Labor (VGCL), the Ho Chi Minh City Association of Architects, and the Ho Chi Minh City Federation of Labor. The contest was meant to find the best design for a memorial park dedicated to those Vietnamese soldiers who died on Gac Ma Island, part of Truong Sa, 26 years ago. The three selected designs include "Hành trình khát vọng" (Journey of Aspiration), "Giọt nước mắt thiên thu" (Tears of … [Read more...]

Exhibitions highlight sea sovereignty

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(Cinet)- Nearly 200 exhibits confirming Vietnam's sovereignty on the East Sea and over Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes are on display at an exhibition which opened in the Mekong delta city of Can Tho on August 26. … [Read more...]