New factories must meet environmental standards

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Only production plants which have environmental impact assessments should be allowed to be located in HCMC industrial parks, says a proposal by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. According to the ministry, the evaluation and approval of environmental impact assessment reports by investment projects in HCMC have not been effective over the years. Assessments have been of low quality and supervisions irregular. Therefore, enterprises have seen no urge to spend on environmental … [Read more...]

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BUSINESS IN BRIEF 17/3

Vietnam increases cooperation with Italian region A Vietnam Office will be established in Emilia-Romagna, an administrative region in North Italy, to promote trade and economic cooperation between the two sides. An agreement to this effect was signed in Bologna, the capital city of Emilia-Romagna on March 12 by Vietnamese ambassador to Italy Nguyen Hoang Long and representatives of the administrative region. They also signed another document to increase bilateral cooperation in economics and … [Read more...]

Earth Hour’s green projects

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"Green School" - one of the key projects of the 2013 Earth Hour Campaign in Ho Chi Minh City - was inaugurated at Tran Hung Dao Primary School in District 1 on March 15. Earth Hour campaign in Ho Chi Minh city Photo: VNA As this year's message reads: "Do more than turn off power for one hour", the project aims to raise students' awareness of the importance of green and sustainable living so that they become major players in building a better environment. Earlier, the "Ecological Roof" … [Read more...]

Exploitation of ‘Back-to-the-Past’ Tourism to Be Focused on

In coming time, Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) will study, develop and complete the project "Visiting battlefields and comrades" to better exploit the system of historical relics located along the country through thousands of years of national development and defence. VNAT leaders place an emphasis on studying, assessing and exploiting historical relics during the wars against the French and American, such as Dien Bien Phu victory relic system in Dien Bien province; Vinh … [Read more...]

Vietnam Real Estate Market: How to Rescue?

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At a conference unprecedently held by the Economic Committee of Vietnam National Assembly with an aim to working out solutions to remove difficulties for real estate market, Deputy Tran Xuan Hoa, one of few entrepreneurs frankly said "The status of real estate market remains a mystery. We have cured but still fail to exactly diagnose its disease". Mr Hoa’s opinion is supported by many other deputies. Given the statistics, the total value of capital is around VND111,963 billion in which bad … [Read more...]

10 Must-See Attractions in Hanoi

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The Hanoitimes - From coastal resort towns to small village charm, the 13th most populous nation o­n the planet has a lot to offer. The gem of Vietnam however, may be the capital city of Hanoi. Busy, with a metro population of more than 6 million people, frenetic Hanoi has a host of highlights to take in. Here are 10 must-see attractions in the city that will mark 1,000 years of foundation in October 2010. 10. Temple of Literature A tribute to Confucius and the site of the first … [Read more...]

FDI efficiency needs improving

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(VOV) - Foreign direct investment (FDI) projects have made important contributions to Vietnam's socio-economic development despite several shortcomings in the slow capital disbursement process. FDI disbursement hits over US$1 bln High expectations for FDI attraction FDI pours into northern localities Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Dao Quang Thu said over the past 25 years FDI inflows have helped boost economic growth and increase the effective use of investment funds in … [Read more...]

Wednesday March 12, 2013

A: To begin this week's Letter Box, we'll say Hello to two new listeners, Andreas Lubnow of Germany and Muhammad Idrees of Pakistan. B: Welcome to VOV's community of international shortwave listeners. We're so happy to have a correspondence with you. We'll send you QSL cards to confirm your first reception report for our program and we're looking forward to receiving more feedback from you in the future. A: Here's an email from Gerry Neumann, our regular listener in England. His last … [Read more...]

Outstanding mathematician gives lecture in Hanoi

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Professor Ngo Bao Chau, the Fields Medal winner, on March 13 shared his experience in teaching and learning with Vietnamese teachers and students at the Hanoi University of Science and Technology. In his lecture, Chau highlighted the need to equip children with moral lessons and living skills, apart from academic knowledge. In order to have good students, parents and teachers must set bright examples first, he said. The scientist is scheduled to deliver lectures in Ho Chi Minh on … [Read more...]

March 13, 2013

A: To begin this week's Letter Box, we'll say Hello to two new listeners, Andreas Lubnow of Germany and Muhammad Idrees of Pakistan. B: Welcome to VOV's community of international shortwave listeners. We're so happy to have a correspondence with you. We'll send you QSL cards to confirm your first reception report for our program and we're looking forward to receiving more feedback from you in the future. A: Here's an email from Gerry Neumann, our regular listener in England. His last letter to … [Read more...]

Eternal viewing of Chavez may be impossible: Maduro

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Venezuela's acting president Nicolas Maduro acknowledged that it could be too late to have late president Hugo Chavez embalmed "Lenin-style" so that his body could be on view permanently. "We have welcomed top level scientists, the best in the world, from Russia and Germany. The scientific reports and opinions we are getting are that it is going to be quite difficult" to arrange special embalming that would enable permanent viewing, Maduro said at an event carried on state … [Read more...]

Building up Phu Yen Police forces increasingly clean, strong

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Phu Yen Provincial Police has recently held a conference on reviewing the 5-year implementation of Directive No.5 of the Ministry of Public Security to continue promoting the movement "People's Police studying, implementing 6 things Uncle Ho taught for the period of 2008-2013" and preliminarily summarizing the 2-year campaign "People's Police strictly abide commands, establish the cultural life style of serving people". In the last 5 years (from 2008 to 2013) of implementing 6 … [Read more...]

The Paris Agreement on Viet Nam and the stuff of Ho Chi Minh diplomacy

The Paris Conference on Viet Nam was the longest negotiation to end the longest war in the 20th century, which took place in one country but was a focus of epochal contradictions and conflicts between national independence and socialism with imperialism and reactionary forces and between peace and war. It was the dialogue between the two opposing forces in the battlefield. One side of the war was aggressors with political and economic superiority but low morale. The other side was the force … [Read more...]

Francophone International Day to be observed in Vietnam

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PANO - Various activities, themed "Living together", will be held across Vietnam this March to mark the Francophone International Day (March 20th), according to Ms. Annisa Barrak, Office Director in Asia-Pacific of the Organization of International Francophone (OIF). On March 20th, in Hanoi, a ceremony celebrating the Day will be officially chaired by the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Also on the day, a seminar, ""Francophone job market in Vietnam: Challenges and Prospects", will … [Read more...]

Some issues on prevention and fighting against the so-called “self-evolution” and self-transformation” in our country at present

After 25 years of renovation, we have made great and important achievements. However, our country has still faced many challenges. Hostile forces have continued to carry out their plot of "self-evolution", causing riots and subversion. Degradation in political ideology, ethics and lifestyle of part of party cadres and members is still serious. Fighting against the so-called "self-evolution" and self-transformation" among party cards and members to improve the Party's leading capacity and … [Read more...]

Meeting and exchanging among advanced-typical examples of following Uncle Ho’s teaching

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On the 65th anniversary of the People's Police studying, implementing 6 things Uncle Ho taught (March 11th, 1948 to March 11th, 2013), the Police sector in Phu Yen province has just organized the aforementioned program, with the theme: "Phu Yen Police following Uncle Ho's teaching". In the past years, in spite of encountering with difficulties, complexities in the situations of political security, social order and safety, under the leadership and direction of the Ministry of … [Read more...]

Tour Prices Lowered to Promote Tourism

Besides pilgrimage tours after the Tet Holiday, Vietnamese tourism companies launched several holiday tour packages on the occasion of International Women’s Day, March 8th, with great discount rates to attract customers. Discount rates can be up to 40 percent depending on different markets. The reason for such large price reduction, according to travel companies, is that tourism agencies have strong relations and close partners such as airlines, restaurants, hotels, etc. to reduce the cost of … [Read more...]

Vietnam NA chief arrives in Moscow

National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung and his entourage arrived in Moscow on March 10 during his official visit to Russia. Upon his arrival, Chairman Hung and his delegation laid a wreath at the Ho Chi Minh square. National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung meets overseas Vietnamese when visiting Hanoi-Moscow cultural, trade and hotel centre (Source: VNA He later met with the staff of the Vietnamese Embassy and representatives of the Vietnamese people community in Russia during which … [Read more...]

Vietnam NA Chairman arrives in Moscow

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National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung and his entourage arrived in Moscow on March 10 during his official visit to Russia. Upon his arrival, Chairman Hung and his delegation laid a wreath at the Ho Chi Minh square. He later met with the staff of the Vietnamese Embassy and representatives of the Vietnamese people community in Russia during which the top legislator stated that the Party and State always care about overseas Vietnamese in general and those living and working in Russia … [Read more...]

First World Miss Lady Kim Hong actively prepares for Mrs World contest

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(CPV) - First World Miss Lady Doan Thi Kim Hong has a really busy month promoting Vietnam and undertaking other essential preparations for the upcoming Mrs World 2013 contest. This September, Guangzhou city in China will host the Mrs World 2013 event. Right after receiving "First Mrs World" title on February 6 this year, and being appointed the Image Ambassador of the Mrs World 2013 contest, Mrs Kim Hong traveled to many of Vietnam's most beautiful sight-seeing places, recording the … [Read more...]