Cambodian honourable order conferred on Vietnamese

Cambodian Friendship Orders presented to Lao Cai provincial officials and senior officers of Corps 15. Photo:

PANO - General Huot Chheang, Deputy Commander of the Army and Chief of Military Region 1 of Cambodia on February 9th visited and extended new-year greetings to Gia Lai province and Corps 15. On this occasion, on behalf of the Royal Cambodian Government, the General conferred the Cambodian Friendship Order to Ha Son Nhin - Party Secretary of Gia Lai province, Pham The Dung - Chairman of the Gia Lai provincial People’s Committee, Major General Dang Anh Dung - Commander of Corps 15, Major General Nguyen Duy Ngo - Corps 15’s Political Commissar, and Major General Nguyen Xuan Sang - Former Commander of Corps 15. The honourable order was awarded to the leaders of the province and Corps 15 for their outstanding contributions to the construction of Cambodia. General Huot Chheang congratulated the leaders of Gia Lai province and Corps 15 and wished the people, armed forces of Gia Lai province and Corps 15 a cozy traditional new year and hoped that the friendship between the two … [Read more...]

Lawmakers discuss State budget spending priorities

HA NOI (VNS) — National Assembly deputies looked into the spending of the 2013 State budget and the State budget estimates and allocation for the next year at their sitting last Saturday. Discussing the plan of issuing Government bonds and allocating the capital to important projects in the 2014-16 period, deputies agreed to prioritise capital to projects on National Highway 1A expansion and National Highway 14 construction. They suggested total investment in a number of sub-projects should be reviewed and their design should be adjusted so as to cut wasteful expenditures. In addition, the Government must ensure the progress and quality of projects to prevent exceeding the total funds allocated. The money collected from bond issuance should be instead channelled into hospital and irrigation projects which were slated to be concluded by 2014-2015 and had large effects on the economic development of localities, they said. Deputy Le Van Hoc from Central Highland province of Lam Dong … [Read more...]

Kon Tum urged to accelerate key infrastructure projects


Nhan Dan - The Central Highlands province of Kon Tum should hasten the progress of major projects especially the upgrading of infrastructure. The request was made by General Tran Dai Quang, Politburo member, Minister of Public Security cum head of the Central Highlands Steering Committee at a meeting with Kon Tum province's leaders on January 15. General Tran Dai Quang asked the provincial leaders to focus on accelerating key transport projects such as the Ho Chi Minh, 14C and 14 routes and to combine such projects with the programmes on rural development. He said that the province had considerable potential, if being exploited appropriately, could improve economic returns such as the Mang Den border junction - a potential tourist, nature conservation sites and suitable climatic conditions for the enjoyment of cold weather flora and fauna. In addition, the province should handle issues related to land use, protecting forests and job creation, particularly for ethnic … [Read more...]

Legislators see canaries in the mines


Lawmakers have lambasted the government for allowing ineffective mining operations to pollute local communities without bringing in funds to the state. Illegal miners look for gold on the banks of the Ba River in Phu Yen Province. "In mineral-rich areas, residents are often poor ones and authorities generate low revenues. These people have been suffering from a paradox as they live among rich mineral resources with nothing to show for it," said representative Ha Son Nhin of Gia Lai Province at a National Assembly meeting on June 16. "Mining activities have polluted the environment, damaged roads and destroyed arable land," he said as the assembly met to discuss a draft of the revised Minerals Law. Assemblyman Nguyen Dinh Nha of Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province echoed Nhin's sentiments. "Residents are terrified when minerals are discovered in their locality because they know they'll have to suffer pollution and relocation without any benefits," he said. Nha and many other … [Read more...]

Party and State leaders pay Tet visits to localities

General Le Hong Anh, Minister of Public Security

Pham Quang Nghi, Politburo member, Secretary of the Hanoi's Party Committee paid Tet visits to the northern province of Ha Nam on January 28. On behalf of the Party and State, Mr Nghi praised the achievements made by the province in 2010 and expressed his delight at the province's socio-economic development. He added that the city's people and cadres should promote the province's advantages, fully tap its potential for industrial development, build new rural areas and roads, and pay a special attention to the development of human resources. To fulfill the goals, Ha Nam province should work in co-ordination with other localities, particularly Hanoi, in developing infrastructure, and training high quality human resources. *** General Le Hong Anh paid Tet visit to Gia Lai province The same day, Le Hong Anh, Politburo member, General, and Minister of Public Security paid a Tet visit to Gia Lai province. Ha Son Nhin, member of Party Central Committee, and Secretary of the Gia Lai … [Read more...]

11th Party Congress announces CPVCC members

The 11th National Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) on January 18 elected 175 official members and 25 alternate members to CPV Central Committee (CPVCC) for the 11th tenure. The following is the list of the official members of the 11th CPVCC: 1. Hoang Tuan Anh, member of the CPVCC and Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism 2. Le Hong Anh, Politburo member of the CPVCC and General and Minister of Public Security 3. Le Thi Thu Ba, member of the CPVCC, member of the National Assembly (NA)'s Standing Committee and Chairwoman of the NA Committee for Justice 4. Ha Ban, Secretary of the Kon Tum Provincial Party Committee 5. Bui Quang Ben, Secretary of the Kien Giang Provincial Party Committee 6. Duong Thanh Binh, Secretary of the Ca Mau Provincial Party Committee 7. Nguyen Hoa Binh, Secretary of the Quang Ngai Provincial Party Committee 8. Nguyen Thai Binh, member of the CPVCC, Deputy Minister of Home Affairs and Director of the Vietnamese … [Read more...]

House discusses stimulus package, budget deficit

A view of the NA session on May 25, which focused on the economic stimulus and budget deficit (Photo: Nhan Dan)

Lawmakers debated important issues related to the economic stimulus package and budget deficit at the fifth session of the 12th National Assembly on May 26. Most agreed that the Government's economic stimulus has helped minimize the impact of the economic crisis. Many deputies, including Nguyen The Thao of Hanoi and Luong Van Hai of Binh Thuan Province, said publicity, proper use, and supervision of the stimulus package are essential to ward off a recession. Some deputies said the use of the money should be supervised to ensure it is spent properly. Issuing an additional VND20 trillion (US$1.18 billion) worth of bonds and adding US$8 billion to the package are necessary, but how the money is used should be made known to the public, said Le Thanh Phong of Lam Dong Province. "If it is used efficiently, the GDP growth rate this year can be higher than the revised rate of 5 percent," he said. Deputy Do Manh Hung of Thai Nguyen Province proposed that the funds should be deployed … [Read more...]

The key to success in the Central Highlands

Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands) has become a dynamic economic region with an average growth rate of 13 percent per annum over the last 33 years. The region is home to 47 ethnic groups with diverse cultures and has vast reserves of natural resources. However, it is now facing a widening gap between rich and poor, particularly areas inhabited by the ethnic minorities - a factor that has negatively impacted on the region's sustainable development. A VOV reporter interviewed Ha Son Nhin, Secretary of the Gia Lai provincial Party Committee about his vision on the development of the Central Highlands. Nhin is from the Ba Na ethnic minority group. VOV:Gia Lai, Dak Lak and Lam Dong provinces are considered as the driving force behind the region's economic development. In 2008, the Central Highlands is expected to earn more than VND1,500 billion from its revenues. But the region has the highest poverty rate out of the whole nation. What do you have to say on that? Mr Nhin: It's true, with … [Read more...]

Ethnic Central Highlanders gather for unity congress

State President Tran Duc Luong has asked State and local agencies to be aware of the strategic position of the Central Highlands in national construction and defence, and grasp Party guidelines to build the region into a key economic hub, while maintaining political stability and strong national defence. As many as 372 outstanding delegates representing 35 ethnic groups from the Central Highlands and 54 other ethnic delegates from the southern region gathered in Pleiku city, Gia Lai province, on March 28 for an ethnic groups' unity congress in the Central Highlands. The congress marks 60 years of President Ho Chi Minh's letter to the Ethnic Group Congress of southern region in Pleiku city on April 19, 1946. It is a chance for the entire Party, people and soldiers to study and follow Ho Chi Minh Thought on national great unity. It affirms Vietnam's correct and consistent policy of caring for and improving the physical and spiritual lives of ethnic groups in the Central Highlands, … [Read more...]

Army Corps presents statue of General Vo Nguyen Giap to memorial house


PANO - A statue of General Vo Nguyen Giap was presented to the memorial house named after the General in An Xa village, Loc Thuy commune, Le Thuy district, Quang Binh Province on September 16th. The statue is presented bym Major General Nguyen Xuan Sang, former Commander of Army Corps 15 and the corps' cadres and troops as their token of gratitude to and admiration for General Vo Nguyen Giap's talent, righteousness, generosity and great contributions to the homeland and the army. The 75cm tall statue, 115kg in weight, is made of solid brass by Phuong Dung Mechanics Limited Company in Nam Dinh Province. On behalf of General Vo Nguyen Giap's family, 70-year-old Vo Dai Ham, the house's manager, expressed appreciation for the gift and their deep sentiments with General Vo Nguyen Giap, the Eldest Brother of the Vietnam People's Army and the most outstanding military leader beside President Ho Chi Minh. Translated by Mai Huong … [Read more...]

Army Corps 15 conducts BV-12 exercise


PANO - Army Corps 15 and Companies 74 and 72 have jointly carried out an exercise, coded BV-12, with an aim to well prepare for any attack from the enemy penetrating into factories, to ensure achievements by laborers and to uphold political security, social safety and order in border areas. The exercise was directed by Major-General Nguyen Xuan Sang, Commander of the Army Corps 15. From a rear entrance of the rubber latex processing factory, small groups of the intruders jumped over fences to occupy the factory. Militia under Company 74 quickly moved to take control of strategic positions. Making use of the factory's corners, feet of trees, they launched counter-attacks on the intruders. Part of the company's forces teamed up with Gia Lai Border Guards, with support of professional dogs, chased remaining enemies who were trying to fire at the company's forces. Meanwhile, firefighters under Company 75 and Gia Lai Police promptly dealt with flames caused by the intruders' … [Read more...]

Sen. Lt. Gen Le Huu Duc pays visit to Corps 15


PANO - A high-ranking military delegation, led by Senior Lieutenant-General Le Huu Duc, Deputy Defence Minister, has recently paid a visit to Corps 15 during its working visit to the Central Highlands. Having been briefed of the unit's achievements in implementing its assigned tasks by Major-General Nguyen Xuan Sang, Commander of the Corps, General Duc highly appreciated Corps 15's successes in doing business and in building up its strong armed and reserve forces, promoting combat readiness training quality and maintaining social order and security on border areas of Gia Lai and Kon Tum provinces. Moreover, the unit generated many jobs for ethnic people, presented hundreds of tons of rice for needy people and offered free health check-ups and medicines to local residents. Especially, Corps 15 carried out effectively the model to unite households of the Viet and Thuong people to develop production to boost poverty alleviation and hunger elimination. Within the working visit's … [Read more...]

President Truong Tan Sang pays a working visit to Corps 15


PANO - State President Truong Tan Sang paid a working visit to Command of Corps 15 on March 16 th. Having been briefed on the Corps by Major-General Nguyen Xuan Sang, Commander of Corps 15, President Sang highly appreciated the Corps' recent achievements in building a strong comprehensive unit and fulfilling the task of doing business in close cooperation with national defence and security as well as attracting ethnic workers and joining efforts to build new rural areas. Over the past time, Corps 15 has actively planted 3,500 ha and 150 ha of rubber trees in Laos and Cambodia, respectively, for mutual benefit to all. Moreover, it has kept improving the quality of products and structures and the spiritual and physical life of local people. In 2011, the Corps' turnover reached over VND 3 trillion with more than VND 1 trillion in profit. Also at the working session, President Sang asked Corps 15 to fulfill its assigned tasks, heighten vigilance and combat readiness, improve skills … [Read more...]

Making the Central Highlands greener


The Central Highlands has changed much for the better with people living in an atmosphere of peace and happiness. The Central Highland Army Corps and Army Corps 15, are most credited as having made significant contributions to developing the region over the years. VOV interviewed major-general Nguyen Xuan Sang who is commander and general director of the Army Corps 15, known as hero of the people's armed forces and labour hero in the renewal process, and major-general Nguyen Duc Hai, commander of the Central Highland Army Corps, on changes in the region in the past 30 years. Could you elaborate on what your unit has done to help local people? Major-general Hai: As a mobile and key army corps of the Ministry of National Defence, we are always ready to get involved in the cause of protecting and developing the nation. To fulfil the task we have to rely on local people. We have established closely worked with local Party and administration in Gia Lai, Kon Tum and Dak Lak to … [Read more...]

Military Corp receives emulation flag from the PM


PANO - On behalf of the Prime Minister, Major-General Nguyen Xuan Sang, Hero of People's Armed Forces, Labour Hero in the Renewal (Doi Moi) Process, Commander of Military Corps 15, gave the Company 75 the emulation flag from PM for its leading achievements, on the occasion of its 2011 Employee Congress on April 22nd. In 2010, the Company 75 enlarged the area of growing plants up to 856 hectares, contributing to tackling job problems. Moreover, the Company held classes on improving rubber tapping techniques to 273 ethnic minority workers, offered free check-ups and medicines to 575 local people, gave over 13 tonnes of rice to 1.350 needy households in between-crop periods, and more than VND 125 millions to needy students with good academic records. The year of 2010 was the first time the company earned a turnover of over VND 665 billions (about 124 per cent of the target), of which more than VND 93 billion went to the State budget. 2010 was also a year with an average income of VND … [Read more...]

Army Corps build road for people in Gia Lai

PANO - A more than 25-kilometre asphalted road was put into use in Yen The Precinct, Gia Lai Province on March 27th. The road, named Truong Son, is a gift of Military Corps 15 to the local people before the unit host the Conference on "Honouring Outstanding Village Patriarchs" which is due to convene in the Highlands. The road, worth VND 25 billion, was built by the soldiers and officers of the unit in five months. Mr Dinh Van Ba, a local resident, said that without the help of the army, it would have been very difficult to build a road like that. Meanwhile, Major General Nguyen Xuan Sang, the commander of Military Corps 15, stressed: "Members of the unit are happy to gift the road to the local people. This is shows our heart for the people." Translated by Ngoc Hung … [Read more...]

Bridge construction to link Binh Phuoc Province with Canmbodia

The southern province of Binh Phuoc on March 29 broke ground at Hoang Dieu border crossing for the construction of the Song Mang Bridge, to link the province to the eastern province of Mondulkiri in Cambodia. The bridge will be 27.3 meters in length, 12 meters in width and will be built at a cost of VND11.94 billion. It is expected to be complete within 170 days. The Song Mang Bridge project marks the solidarity and friendship between the Vietnamese and Cambodian people. It will play an important role in transportation, trade and cultural exchange, as well as promote socio-economic development in Binh Phuoc and Mondulkiri Provinces. In a related news, Major General Nguyen Duy Ngo was invited to break ground for the new road 'Sentimental Attachment for Soldiers 72' from the crossroad on the National Highway 9 to the Ba Tri crossroad in Duc Co District in the highland province of Gia Lai. To be built at a total cost of VND8.7 billion, the road will be 2.2 kilometres in length and … [Read more...]

Vietnam-Cambodia boost friendly relations and comprehensive cooperation

Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang and Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni

(VOVworld) – President Truong Tan Sang and his entourage will pay a state visit to Cambodia on December 23-24, at the invitation of Cambodian King Preah Bat Samdech Preah Boromneath Norodom Sihamoni. The visit aims to enhance mutual trust between Vietnamese and Cambodian leaders, which will provide momentum for the two countries’ friendly relations and cooperation in the future. Vietnam and Cambodia established diplomatic ties on June 24, 1967. The two countries have strived to overcome various difficulties for national independence and freedom. The time-honored relation is a source of pride which will be continuously nurtured and broadened. Bilateral relations develop comprehensivelyover the years Based on mutual trust and understanding, the political and diplomatic ties between Vietnam and Cambodia have been continuously deepened. The two sides have maintained high-ranking delegation exchanges and meetings. Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, Prime Minister … [Read more...]