Changes after 3 years of building new rural areas in Ho Chi Minh city


(VOVworld) - With the motto "mobilizing local resources and people's labor to serve the people", the pilot program on building new rural areas in 6 communes in Ho Chi Minh city has fundamentally fulfilled criteria set by the National Steering Board on building new rural areas. The results have enhanced people's trust and consensus on the policy. Young volunteers get involved in building new rural areas 72-year old Pham Van Cao has witnessed changes in Xuan Thoi Thuong commune at various periods of time. When the commune began to build new rural areas, he was one of the first farmers to donate 200 square meters of land for expanding inter-hamlet and inter-communal roads. 7,000 households in 6 pilot communes have donated 725,000 square meters of land, worth over 610 billion VND for the construction of cultural and public works. Mr. Cao says: "The new rural development program is jointly undertaken by the State and people. Two expanded roads crossed my land. The value of the land is not … [Read more...]

Premium Victorian wines showcased in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city


(CPV) - A delegation of Australian winemakers from 11 wineries in Victoria is traveling to Vietnam in Hanoi (June 13) and in Ho Chi Minh city (June 14) to showcase their premium wines. This "Super trade mission", as part of a larger mission to South East Asia, involves over 450 representatives from some 300 companies visiting several countries across the region. This collection of Victorian companies is the biggest trade delegation ever to leave Australia for the region. As the two nations celebrate the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations, Victoria is in a good position to deliver premium wine to Vietnam given the 800-plus wineries spread across the state. Victoria produces wines in every conceivable style. No other state in Australia can boast a collection of wine this colourful or compelling. The cutting edge of Australia's finest wine, the best of the best, is alive in Victoria's vineyards and wineries. The most contemporary cool-climate styles, from Riesling to Chardonnay, … [Read more...]

Vietnam-Indonesia investment, tourism and trade forum

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(VOVworld) - 250 enterprises gathered in Ho Chi Minh city on Thursday for the 2nd Vietnam-Indonesia investment, tourism and trade forum. The forum focused on prospects for economic cooperation between the two countries and efforts to implement the Vietnam-Indonesia joint action program with the aim of bringing bilateral trade revenue to 5 billion USD by 2015. The Indonesian Ambassador to Vietnam Mayerfas said: "The forum is one of initiatives to bring Indonesia and Vietnam's private sectors closer to each other and learn of each other's potentials as well as to promote the mutual understanding and exchange contacts among private sectors". By May this year, Indonesia ranked 27 th among 101 countries and territories investing in Vietnam, with 35 valid projects worth a total registered capital of over 285 million USD. Indonesia is currently Vietnam's fourth biggest partner in the Southeast Asia with two-way trade jumping to 4.6 billion USD in 2012, up from 2.5 billion USD in 2008. … [Read more...]

Litchis planted in accordance with VietGAP process higher priced

The lychees in the region of production according to VietGAP are harvested. The price is VND15,000-16,000/kg, VND3,000-4,000/kg higher than the previous year. The Region I Center for Quality of Agricultural Forestry, Fishery Products certified 100 lychee producing households in Thanh Ha (52 in Thanh Son commune, 48 in Thanh Khe commune) to meet VietGAP standards in 2013 with a scale of 13.24 ha on the morning of 12 June. This is a group out of 361 households participating in the Project "Construction and development of Thanh Ha lychee production model with food safety assurance in conformity with VietGAP process". This year litchi season, Thanh Ha has over 37 hectares planted in compliance with VietGAP process, including Thanh Son (17 ha), Thanh Khe (20 ha). At present, the lychees in the region of production according to VietGAP are harvested. The price is VND15,000-16,000/kg, VND3,000-4,000/kg higher than the previous year. In Ben Tam ward and Hoang Hoa Tham commune (Chi Linh … [Read more...]

Individuals, not police force, to pay damage to fishermen


The Hai Duong Province Police Department has paid VND650 million (US$31,250) in damages to fishermen in Ho Chi Minh in relation to the seizure of an octopus shipment, and are identifying specific individuals who will have to bear the payment. Colonel Cao Ngoc Lan, deputy director of the department, told Tuoi Tre on Wednesday afternoon that after reaching an agreement on the amount of compensation, the department borrowed the money from an acquaintance, who is a native of Hai Duong but is living in HCMC, to make the payment. The department sympathized with the suffering of the affected fishermen, so it decided to borrow money to make the payment as soon as possible, Lan said. The money will be returned to the lender after the department identifies who must be held responsible for the damage to two tons of octopus seized by provincial environmental police from of tens of fishermen of HCMC's Can Gio District on May 27, the official said. Colonel Pham Van Loan, another deputy … [Read more...]

The 1st 64 slice CT scanner used in Quang Ngai


​A 64 slice computed tomography (CT) scanner has been put into operation in Quang Ngai provincial General Hospital on June 12. ​The American technological scanner worth 23 billion VND (around 1 million USD) is the first one in this central province to be expected to improve the quality of diagnosis and treatment in the hospital, especially some complicated diseases of heart, brain, blood vessel and rib-cage. This technology increases both "spatial" and "temporal" resolution for more detailed images to be created in a shorter amount of time. Unlike a traditional "x-ray," which is taken in only 2 dimensions, this allows the physician to look at the arteries and other organs in the body from essentially any direction, which is extremely valuable in the diagnosis of disease. Earlier, a team of doctors was sent to Ho Chi Minh city to study running the scanner. Thu Huong … [Read more...]

The 65th anniversary of President Ho Chi Minh appealing the patriotic emulation


The PPC has just solemnly organized the 65th anniversary of President Ho Chi Minh appealing the patriotic emulation (June 11th, 1948- June 11th, 2013). By proxy of the State President, comrade Pham Dinh Cu handing the ranking-2 Independence Medal to the Provincial Women's Federation Delivering the commemorating speech, Vice Chairman of the PPC, Mr. Tran Quang Nhat outlined the outstanding achievements in the province's movement of patriotic emulation in the past 65 years, particularly in the recent years, the province's social-economic situation has been improves, national defense -security has been preserved; commending and congratulating the outstanding collectives, individuals honored at this anniversary. The Vice Chairman appealed the whole province to continue emulating to be patriotic to successfully implement the targets and tasks set for the year 2013, improving the peoples' spiritual and material lives. At the commemorating ceremony, 4 individuals with excellent feats in … [Read more...]

New Ho Chi Minh statue to be erected in Vietnam metro


The three-meter tall statue of the late President Ho Chi Minh in its current location in the small park in front of the headquarters of the city's People's Committee in District 1. It will be relocated to District 3 and replaced by a new one more than twice as tall. Photo by Diep Duc Minh. Ho Chi Minh City authorities are planning to build a new bronze statue of the late President Ho Chi Minh to replace the current one that has been a District 1 landmark since 1990. The new statue is set to be installed by April 30, 2015, which will be the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War. Nguyen Thanh Rum, director of HCMC Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism tasked with implementing the project, said the entire area surrounding the new statue would be renovated, including the front of the headquarters of the city People's Committee, two sidewalks and all the buildings on Nguyen Hue Street, where the new statue will be located. He said the new statue will be located in the … [Read more...]

Six students to represent Vietnam at 54th International Maths Olympiad


According to the Ministry of Education and Training, six Vietnamese students have been officially listed to participate in the 54th International Mathematics Olympiad. The event will be held from July 18 -28 at Santa Marta, the Republic of Columbia. The Vietnamese delegation will include six students and three cadres, led by Le Ba Khanh Trinh from the College of Natural Science under Vietnam National University - Ho Chi Minh city. The six outstanding students come from schools for gifted students in provinces and cities. The delegation will leave Vietnam for the event on July 16. /. … [Read more...]

Photo Exhibition “Patriotic emulation – 65 years resounding His words”

The photographs on display have highlighted the role and effects of the patriotic emulation to the cause of national liberation, unification... Hai Duong Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism in collaboration with the National History Museum is organizing the photo exhibition "Patriotic emulation - 65 years resounding His words" at the provincial Exhibition Hall from 10 June to 17 June. The exhibition features nearly 150 photos with 3 themes: President Ho Chi Minh with patriotic emulation movement, patriotic emulation movement in the cause of defence of national independence and reunification (1945-1975), patriotic emulation movement in the construction, renovation and development of the country (from 1975 to now). The photographs on display have highlighted the role and effects of the patriotic emulation to the cause of national liberation, unification, innovation and international economic integration. Exhibition is the cultural activity in commemoration of the 65th … [Read more...]

Art exchange mark traditional day for patriotic emulation

The art exchange includes talks with role models of the patriotic emulation movement.  (Photo:

(VOVworld) - An art exchange marking the 65th anniversary of President Ho Chi Minh's appeal for patriotic emulation took place on Tuesday featuring role models in the movement. At the event, co-held by the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Central Committee and the Central Council for Emulation and Reward, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc urged for the joint effort of the Party and the people to develop Vietnam through patriotic emulation movements. Phuc said:"I call on sectors and agencies to launch patriotic emulation activities. Specific measures should be figured out to ensure the efficiency of the movement, making it popular among the community and a driving force of socio-economic development and the building of a new type of people". The same day, Ho Chi Minh city's Council for Emulation and Reward named winners of a song and photo contest called "Patriotic emulation for a rich civilized city". After a 2-month run, organizers honored the 7 most beautiful songs which … [Read more...]

Vietnam Military History Museum


The Hanoitimes - Where in Hanoi can give you thorough understanding of Vietnam's great victory against the French colonialists and American imperialists? Here it is, the Military History Museum. Formation Most tourists have more or less heard of Vietnam's historical and heroic struggle against mighty invaders from France and the USA. They, as a result, now flock to Vietnam in general and Hanoi in particular so as to figure out how such a small country as Vietnam could win over in the past severe resistance war! Hence, in order to retain and preserve the factual objects, artifacts, and vivid proofs of the great national heroic struggle, the Ministry of Defence, under the Vietnam Communist Party's policy, had the building of the Army Museum (to be changed into Military History Museum in 2002) constructed at the end of 1954, and held its opening ceremony o­n 22nd December, 1959 o­n the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the Vietnam People's Army foundation. Description Located in … [Read more...]

Hitachi gets $373 million Vietnam railway order

Hitachi Ltd has received an order to build Vietnam's first urban railway in Ho Chi Minh city for 37 billion yen ($373.2 million), the Japanese infrastructure company said on Tuesday. Hitachi will be delivering trains, ticketing machines, communication systems and other facilities for the new railway that is set to start operating in early 2018 in the Ho Chi Minh city area, the company said in a statement. … [Read more...]

National Assembly announces confidence vote results


(VOVworld) - 47 officials have passed legislative votes of confidence following the results announced on Tuesday. A total of 492 National Assembly deputies cast their ballots on Monday, expressing their feeling of confidence in the 47 officials. The President, National Assembly Chairman and the Prime Minister received the high confidence rates of 66.27%, 65.86% and 42.17% respectively. The resolution on the National Assembly's vote of confidence was approved by nearly 95% of deputies. National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung said that the National Assembly has completed a major task for the country: "Officials subject to the vote of confidence are holding major positions. The rate of high confidence in each position is a source of encouragement and acknowledges their performance. The low confidence votes require some officials to improve their work performance in the future". Ngo Van Minh, a deputy from Quang Nam province said: "I am not surprised by these results. Officials in … [Read more...]

65th anniversary of President Ho Chi Minh’s appeal for patriotic emulation marked


(VOVworld)- Many activities are underway to mark the 65th anniversary of President Ho Chi Minh's appeal for patriotic emulation. Radio the Voice of Vietnam broadcast a special program revitalizing the patriotic emulation movement 65 years ago and highlighting its significance and impacts. In this program, VOV broadcast an excerpt from a speech by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, Chairman of the Party Central Committee's Emulation and Reward Council. He stressed the need to strengthen the movement and honor role models: "Sectors, organizations and localities should bring into full play the outcome of patriotic emulation movements and reward outstanding people. We should diversify the means of rewarding which will encourage more people participate in the emulation movement". An award ceremony of the writing contest on the influence of role models and an art program featuring songs about President Ho Chi Minh opened in Ho Chi Minh Museum yesterday. The writing contest drew hundreds of … [Read more...]

Leading Australian scientist shares lessons on eliminating dengue


(CPV) - Professor Scott O'Neill, program leader of the "Global Eliminate Dengue Research Program" and Dean of Science at Monash University (Australia) chaired a roundtable and gave a lecture on eliminating dengue at the Hanoi Medical University on June 11. His program in Vietnam also included a visit to Children's Hospital No. 2, a meeting with Pasteur Institute and a seminar on the same topic in Ho Chi Minh city yesterday. Dengue fever is ranked by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the most important mosquito-borne viral disease in the world - and the most rapidly spreading - with a 30-fold increase in global incidence over the past 50 years. The "Global Eliminate Dengue Research Program" team led by Professor O'Neill has discovered that the presence of Wolbachia within the dengue carrying mosquito - Aedes aegypti - acts like a 'vaccine' for the mosquito and reduces its ability to pass the dengue virus to people. Eliminating mosquito-borne viral disease in Dam Doi district, Ca … [Read more...]

Ho Chi Minh’s Thought-provoking patriotic emulation movements in the new era

(VOVworld) - President Ho Chi Minh on June 11th, 1948 made an appeal for patriotic emulation calling for efforts to eradicate hunger, eliminate illiteracy and fight against foreign invaders. Ever since, emulation movements have become widespread, contributing a great deal to national development. VOV reporter Le Phuong examines achievements by a number of ministries and sectors in recent years. A workshop on encouraging patriotic emulation movements based on Ho Chi Minh's Thought in the new era opened in Hanoi this week. Editor in chief of the Communist Party of Vietnam's online newspaper Dao Duy Quat said: "The goal of emulation should be linked to the political mission of each sector and locality. Emulation movements encourage patriotism, self reliance, industriousness, trustworthiness and sacrifice for the nation. The interests of individuals, collectives and society should be balanced in all emulation movements." Patriotic emulation movements now involve more diverse … [Read more...]

The Week of June 10-17


German piano virtuoso Mona Asuka Ott debuts in Vietnam on June 12 HANOI * Click here for events in HCMC PERFORMANCE Hanoi Opera House 1 Trang Tien street, Hoan Kiem district * June 12, 8pm Hennessy Concert Series, 17th edition Germanpiano virtuoso Mona Asuka Ott demonstrates her polished technical accomplishments in her renditions of classical masterpieces by Beethoven, Chopin, Franz Liszt, and Franz Schubert. * June 15, 8 pm Special Concert with the Orchestre des Champs-Elysées The 33-strong orchestra's repertoire includes movements from works written by H. J. Rigel and W.A. Mozart, under the baton of conductor Moccia Alessandro Ticket prices: VND350,000 -VND450,000 - VND600,000 - VND800,000 Umbrella Bar 61 Ma May street, Hoan Kiem district June 13, 8:30 pm Burning Night Come to enjoy greatest funk and trap music by sound artist Vu Nhat Tan and violinist FatB Entry Fee: VND100,000. Hanoi Rock City 27/52 To Ngoc Van street, Tay Ho district Theater … [Read more...]

Widespread Power Outage Incidents: “Vulnerable” Electricity Network


On May 22, the massive power outage in over 22 provinces of the South of Vietnam caused major economic losses and raised social concerns. Representatives from the Government, the Vietnam Energy Association and Vietnam Electricity Group (EVN) have made an official response to the incident. Preventing similar incidents from happening Mr Vu Duc Dam, Minister, Chairman of Office of Government said: "Not only 22 provinces in the South of Vietnam but also Cambodia experienced the outage. This incident has never happened before. Until now although the consequences have not been calculated correctly, they seem very damaging, not only to the economy but also to the whole society." Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade, Mr Le Duong Quang said: "Looking at the last incident, the first thing we can see is the vulnerability of the 500kV transmission line. Similar incidents occur not only in our country but also in some more developed countries. Ministry of Trade and Industry and EVN have … [Read more...]

Concert by Vietnamese musicians of the Youth Chamber Orchestra SEAYCO


(CPV) - A concert by Vietnamese musicians of the Youth Chamber Orchestra SEAYCO will be held at 20h00, on June 16 at Goethe-Institut Hanoi (56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc street). In August last year, South East Asian Youth Chamber Orchestra SEAYCO was founded on mutual initiative of the Goethe-Institut Southeast Asia and prestigious Mahidol College of Music in Salaya (Thailand). After numerous castings, 25 musical talents from six different countries were chosen: Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia, Myanmar and Malaysia. After three weeks of intensive rehearsal work in October in Salaya under the direction of Nicolás Pasquet, professor at the Liszt School of Music Weimar (Germany), SEAYCO played its first concerts in Thailand and Myanmar. Photo: Kim Chung This year, following another rehearsal period in Salaya, the orchestra will give a concert in Hanoi. Vietnamese members of SEAYCO are students of the Vietnam National Academy of Music, one of them comes from Ho Chi Minh city: … [Read more...]