VN lags behind in R&D growth

VietNamNet Bridge – R&D firms need sound business strategies and more skilled researchers to overcome current challenges, Pham Hong Quat, an official with the Ministry of Science and Technology, tells Ha Noi Moi (New Ha Noi).As of November, 132 R&D enterprises were licenced in Viet Nam. How have these companies been developing? For R&D enterprises, researching and developing science and technology is a must. To do this, most of them focus on investing in infrastructure and human resource training. They must also create a special unit for R&D and applying new technologies in production. There are many successful models in this field with high turnover and profits, such as Viet Nam National Seed Joint Stock Company, Southern Seed Company, ACH Construction Consulting Company and Thien Duoc Company. According to reports from 63 science and technology departments nationwide, no R&D enterprises have been dissolved since the beginning of the year. They have … [Read more...]

Gov’t car buying should be curbed

Public debt and waste in public spending have become a hot topic in Viet Nam these days. Do you think it is time for stricter controls on public spending?

Viet Nam must practice thrift and fight waste, Le Hong Son, director general of the Bureau of Legal Nominative Documents Post Review under the Ministry of Justice, told Ha Noi Moi (New Ha Noi). Our budgetary and financial situation is already in the red. So public spending, particularly public procurement, has to be looked at. And when we talk about public procurement, we cannot fail to mention the buying of luxurious cars by many government offices. I feel it is high time Viet Nam put a cap on buying cars by government offices. If this is doe, we can save a huge sum of money for other important activities. So you are suggesting a policy specifically targeting the purchase and use of cars by public officials? There are more than 37,000 public cars nation-wide, excluding those belonging to the armed forces or State-owned enterprises. In 2013 alone, nearly 1,500 cars were bought for VND1,400 billion ($66.6 million). The number of new cars bought is important, but it is perhaps more … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 30/12

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Thai holy animal statues exhibited in Da Lat resort city A pair of dragon and peacock statues made by Thai craftsmen are being put on show at the Love Valley tourist site in Da Lat resort city of Central Highland Lam Dong province. The pair of statues are part of a collection of holy animals statues that 270 Thai artisans worked together throughout 369 days to create as a gift to Thai King Bhumibok Adulyadej on the occasion of his 85th birthday anniversary. The statues are made of silver and bronze, plated with 24K gold and decorated with crystal and precious stones. The dragon statue measures 132cm high, 114cm wide and weighs 88.5kg, while the peacock is 170cm in height, 127cm in width, and weighs125kg. The statues are exhibited together with gemstones originated from Thailand as well as bonsai and stone and wood sculpture works by Vietnamese artisans. Da Lat is one of the most popular resort cities in Vietnam, which is surrounded by pine-covered hills, lakes, mountains. The town … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 21/12

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Ha Tinh to preserve 200-year-old dwelling The Ha Tinh Museum is preparing a plan to preserve a 200-year-old "typical Vietnamese house", officials say. The museum staff said they discovered the house in mountainous Huong Son Commune, Huong Khe District during a recent investigative trip. The house is in good condition with all original structures intact, from the gate to the main building. The gate, built with laterite bricks, has complicated carvings on it. The main building includes three sections of a wooden frame that are similar to the nha ruong (wooden house with many beams and pillars) found in Hue. Traditional carvings of birds and flora were also found on the wooden beams. The house's roof is covered by the yin-yang earthen tiles and its walls are made of unbaked clay. Writer Bui Ngoc Tan passes away after long cancer fight Writer Bui Ngoc Tan, 80, passed away on Thursday after many years fighting cancer. Tan was born in 1934 in the northern city of Hai Phong. He … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 20/12

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Twelve sites recognised as national relics Twelve archaeological, historical and architectural relics around the country have been recognised as national relic sites by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. The Ky Anh ancient rock rampart in Ky Lac commune, Ky Anh district, Ha Tinh province. The list consists of three archaeological, seven historical and two architectural relics, located in 10 provinces: Son La, Thai Nguyen, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Thua Thien–Hue, Quang Nam, An Giang, Binh Phuoc, Long An and Khanh Hoa. Three archaeological relics named are the Loi Citadel in Thuy Xuan and Thuy Bieu wards, Hue City, Thua Thien–Hue province; Hoa Diem relic in Cam Thinh Dong commune, Cam Ranh city, Khanh Hoa province; and Khe Ho ancient rock ground in Hang Chu commune, Bac Yen district, Son La province. The seven historical sites comprise three in Thai Nguyen, including the complex of Muc Temple and Huong Ap pagoda in Pho Yen district; the relic where the Brigade 308 … [Read more...]

Social News 8/12

Traffic police officer faces investigation Police in Ba Ria-Vung Tau yesterday started an investigation into a traffic police officer who allegedly crashed his BMW into a group of militiamen while on patrol on Saturday morning, killing two and seriously injuring at least five others. The policeman was identified as Lieutenant Pham Hong Tuan of Chau Duc District's Traffic Division. According to initial reports, a group of militiamen from Lang Lon Commune and Ngai Giao Town in Chau Duc District were on patrol and had stopped by the roadside in Ngai Giao for a break. The BMW was apparently speeding and crashed directly into the group. … [Read more...]

Ha Noi: Installing 38 cluster of aquatic rafts to improve To Lich river’s water quality

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To Lich river has total length of 13, 3 km and 20 km2 of drainage flow; it located in Hoan Kiem district, Ba Dinh, Dong Da, Thanh Xuan, Thanh Tri. Water flow can reach to 150.000 m3/ day. Most of urban waste water is untreated so water of river becomes more and more polluted. In an attempt to improve water quality, Ha Noi Drainage One Member limited Company set up 38 cluster of aquatic crafts in To Lich river. So Crossroads in Ha Noi), with total length over 6 km. The frame crafts are made from floating materials, each cluster is separated 30 cm away. Aquatic plants play role as factors helping clean due to its root and body that has filter functions, converts polluted compounds into biomass, and releases oxygen to the water. Aquatic rafts are low cost tools which have life span up to 4 years. Therefore, this project seems an appropriate and friendly solution. … [Read more...]

VN, Italy strengthen relations

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VGP - Viet Nam and Italy should boost their cooperation on energy, especially on alternative energies, such as wind and solar power, Deputy PM Vu Van Ninh said. He made the suggestion at the reception for Benedetto della Vedora, the Italian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, in Ha Noi on November 24. … [Read more...]

Vietnam aims to foster space technology

Vietnam hopes to lead ASEAN in satellite development in the coming decades, Dr. Pham Anh Tuan, Director of the Vietnam Satellite Centre, told the Ha Noi Moi (New Hanoi) newspaper. *Will the Vietnam Satellite Centre (VNSC) function like USA's NASA or Japan's JAXA when its construction is completed? The Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) thought of establishing the VNSC in 2007 after the Prime Minister approved a national research and development for space technology. Work on the centre is underway at the Lang Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park, some 40km from Hanoi. Fund for the centre's construction comes from two main sources: Japanese ODA (over 600 million USD) and government's counterpart contribution. The centre is expected to open in 2020 as scheduled. … [Read more...]

VN aims to advance satellite, space technology

Viet Nam hopes to lead ASEAN in satellite development in the coming decades, Dr Pham Anh Tuan, director of the Viet Nam Satellite Centre, told the Ha Noi Moi (New Ha Noi) newspaper. Will the Viet Nam Satellite Centre (VNSC) function like USA's NASA or Japan's JAXA when its construction is completed? The Viet Nam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) thought of establishing the VNSC in 2007 after the Prime Minister approved a national research and development for space technology. Work on the centre is underway at the Lang Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park, some 40km from Ha Noi. Funds for the centre's construction comes from two main sources: Japanese ODA (over US$600 million) and government's counterpart contribution. We expect the centre to open in 2020 as scheduled. … [Read more...]

Pop singer Tan Minh to hold first live show

HA NOI (VNS) - Tan Minh, who has been a pop singer for nearly 20 years, will hold his first-ever live show, entitled Tan Minh in the Spot Light, tomorrow night. Minh, who is currently the director of the Thang Long Singing, Dance and Music Theatre, will perform hit songs that have made him famous, including Buc Thu Tinh Dau Tien (The First Love Letter), Moi Tinh Dau (The First Love) and Phuong Hong (Red Flamboyant Flower). Diva My Linh, who developed her career with Minh, will perform along side Minh during the show that will take place at the Friendship Palace in Ha Noi. - VNS … [Read more...]

Ha Noi road plan to be reviewed

HA NOI (VNS)- A 1.5km road connecting Nguyen Van Cu Street in Ha Noi's Long Bien District to the left bank of the Red River would waste millions of dollars if built according to plan, Viet Nam Television reported on Wednesday. Local citizens said the project was designed to cross over a residential area in a U-shape instead of cutting through a patch of nearby agricultural land, even though the latter plan would save the State millions of dollars in compensation and relocation costs. "Moving one household costs between US$100,000 and US$250,000. Moving a hundred households would cost the State millions of dollars," said local resident Vo Van Ba. … [Read more...]

Social News 7/11

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JICA provides assistance in road maintenance The second phase of the Project for Capacity Enhancement in Road Maintenance will commence in December with financial and technical support from the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), according to a document signed between the Ministry of Transport and JICA in Hanoi on November 5. At the signing ceremony, Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyen Hong Truong highlighted the need for the sustainable maintenance and management of Vietnam 's road system, saying that the country's transport system was a crucial foundation for economic development. … [Read more...]

SMEs continue to struggle in improving economy

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VietNamNet Bridge - Small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) still face "special difficulties" even though the national economy has improved in the last 10 months, according to a National Finance Supervisory Council's report submitted to the government. … [Read more...]

Policies need to be put into practice

Cao Si Kiem, president of the Viet Nam Small and Medium Enterprises Association, talks to Ha Noi Moi (New Ha Noi) newspaper about incentive policies Some reports say that the Government's policy to support Vietnamese enterprises has had a positive impact on the nation's economic recovery. Would you agree? Generally speaking, there are several factors behind some of the economic successes seen since early 2014: the restructuring of weak banks, helping them avert bankruptcy and reduce the deposit interest rate; stabilisation of the gold market and the exchange rate; and restoring demand-supply balance in foreign currencies. … [Read more...]

Authorities play significant role in ensuring quality helmet production

Hoang Lam, director of the Quality Assurance and Safety Centre (Quatest 3), discusses the importance of the Mandatory Motorcycle Helmet Law with Ha Noi Moi (New Ha Noi) newspaper. Numerous low-quality motorcycle helmets are sold in the market that have quality stamps (CR) from the Quatest 3. What is your response to that? I don't deny that fact. But let me just focus on two factors. First, it is the fake helmets themselves. They don't have the stamps of manufacturing companies but have the CR stamps, or verification stamps that indicate that the helmets conform to regulations. … [Read more...]

Political News 17/10

RoK to sign FTAs with Vietnam, China, New Zealand this year The Republic of Korea (RoK) is undertaking maximum efforts to sign free trade agreements (FTAs) with Vietnam, China and New Zealand by the end of this year in a bid to boost the country's presence overseas, according to the RoK's Prime Minister Chung Hong-Won. An agreement was reached earlier this month by Vietnamese and RoK leaders to conclude their FTA negotiations before the year is out. Signs of progress were noted in RoK-China negotiations, despite a few disagreements on industrial and agricultural goods and seafood. … [Read more...]