UNICEF and Ho Chi Minh City launch the Child Friendly City initiative high level conference

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(CPV) - UNICEF together with the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City co-organized today a high level roundtable conference to prepare the ground for the development of a Child Friendly City Initiative to promote better quality lives for vulnerable children in Viet Nam’s most prosperous city. The conference comes as part of the key events marking the 40th anniversary of cooperation between UNICEF and the Government of Viet Nam, celebrated in Hanoi earlier this week. "Child Friendly" initiative promotes the provision of the best possible quality of life for to children and all citizens. ChildFriendlyCity is the place where children and young people's voice is heard, respected and taken into consideration in all activities. This is where children enjoy the right to participate in the city's decision making process and actions to improve children's situation and the evaluation thereof," said Mr Hua Ngoc Thuan, Vice Chairman HCMC People’s Committee. The high level … [Read more...]

Social Headlines January 17

A US$6.28 million project to improve sanitation and hygiene in Bac Giang, Thai Nguyen, Binh Dinh and Ben Tre provinces commenced in Hanoi on January 15.

Two murderers receive death penalty The People's Court of the southern province of Dong Nai sentenced two men to death yesterday. The verdict said that Ngo Van Tam, 21, and Tran Tu Dien, 25, killed their roommate on Christmas Day last year for failing to give Tam VND500 million (US$23,500) as promised. They chopped up the victim's body and disposed of it. They also stole money and a mobile phone from the deceased before stealing a motorcycle in An Binh market. Tam and Dien were arrested on December 26. More arrests made in hacking scandal Police have arrested two men who hacked websites and stole foreigners' credit card information to buy luxury goods abroad and sell them later in Viet Nam. The two men, Nguyen Quang Nhut, 35, of HCM City, and Nguyen Van Hoa, 23, of central Quang Tri Province, were part of a group operating through an internet forum that offers instructions on how to hack websites. The forum is open to anyone free of charge, but once an individual pays a US$100 … [Read more...]

City Gifts 20,000 Free Bus Fares on Lunar New Year

Mr. Nguyen Van Dua , Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee in HCMC presents free tickets for poor workers (Photo:SGGP)

HCMC Labor Federation gave over 1,600 free bus and train tickets to workers in Hi-Tech Park and Linh Trung Industrial Park on January 15. This annual activity, titled "Meaning Tickets", is aimed to support employees return to their hometowns in Central and Northern provinces. The donation is celebrating its sixth anniversary this year. It is funded by unions and private companies in the Industrial Park and offers more than 84,700 fares with total cost of almost VND 51.5 billion over the past six years. This year the Labor Federation will offer over 20,000 tickets with total cost of VND 162 billion, which was funded by 24 districts in the city. This is critical in uniting employees with families in the Phu Yen Province and other northern provinces affected by recent storms. The Labor Federation also awarded 636 free bus and train tickets for workers in Tan Thuan and Hiep Phuoc Industrial Park on January 14. The ceremony was attended by Mr. Nguyen Van Dua , Deputy Secretary … [Read more...]

HCM City to relicense discotheques after years

VietNamNet Bridge - The Department of Culture - Sports and Tourism of Ho Chi Minh City is drafting a discos and karaoke parlor planning, under which new discotheques and karaoke bars may be licensed based on the demands and proposals of each district. After years of halting the licenses of new discotheques and karaoke bars, HCM City Vice Chairman - Mr. Hua Ngoc Thuan has assigned the HCMC Department of Culture - Sports and Tourism to draft the planning for this kind of entertainment services in the city from now to 2020. Under this plan, the city government will license discotheques and karaoke bars in districts at the demands and proposals of the local authorities. However, management over these businesses will be tightened to control social evils. The license of new discotheques and karaoke bars must have the consent of relevant bodies, not only the local authorities. HCM City currently has about 750 karaoke bars, studios, 25 bars and discotheques. Since 2005, under the … [Read more...]

City leaders visit outstanding teachers, professors

City leaders visit teachers on the Teacher's Day(Photo:SGGP)

To mark Teacher's Day, a delegation of leaders from Ho Chi Minh City on November 18 visited some outstanding teachers and professors who have made great contributions to the education sector in Vietnam. Nguyen Van Dua, Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee in HCMC led a delegation of City leaders to congratulate Prof. Dr. Tran Thanh Dam, former principal of University of Pedagogy in HCMC, on his 80th birthday. On behalf of the Party, leaders and people of HCMC, Mr. Nguyen Van Dua expressed his appreciation of the efforts, dedication and contributions of Prof. Dr. Tran Thanh Dam. On the same day, the City delegation also visited Prof. Dr. Chu Pham Ngoc Son, Vice Chairman of Union of Science and Technology Association and musician Ca Le Thuan, Chairman of Union of Literature and Arts Associations. On this occasion, Ms. Than Thi Thu, Head of the Department of Propaganda and Education of the Party Committee, along with representatives of Department of Education and Training … [Read more...]

City leaders welcome President of Bulgaria

Chairman Le Hoang Quan and Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev (L) at the meeting (Photo:SGGP)

On the morning of October 30, Mr. Le Hoang Quan, Chairman of the People's Committee of Ho Chi Minh City held a meeting with Mr. Rosen Plevneliev, President of Bulgaria and his high level delegation on occasion of their visit to Ho Chi Minh City. At the meeting, Chairman Le Hoang Quan emphasized that political cooperation between the two countries had deepened, but economic cooperation and other fields were still lagging behind. To become a strategic partner, Chairman Le Hoang Quan hoped that cooperation in the field of economy, education and science between the two countries will continue to strengthen further in the near future. Chairman Quan also expressed his desire that HCMC cooperate not only with the capital of Bulgaria but also other provinces. The Bulgarian President expressed his surprise at the rapid development of Ho Chi Minh City. He said that Bulgarian enterprises are very much interested in investing in HCMC in fields of water purification, pharmaceuticals, industry … [Read more...]

HCM City spends VND1,372 billion for Lunar New Year Festival 2013

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Saigontourist on February 21reviewed ten years of implementing the Nguyen Hue Flower Street (2004-2013) event in Ho Chi Minh City. Mr. Hua Ngoc Thuan, Vice Chairman of Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee and the Head of Ho Chi Minh City's Lunar New Year Festival 2013 Board, attended and presented the insignia and certificate of merit of the Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee, and the symbol of the Nguyen Hue Flower Street, to collectives and individuals who have contributed to the success of the Nguyen Hue Flower Street over the past ten years. The total spending for Tet 2013 of Ho Chi Minh City is about VND1,372 billion, of which VND372 billion is from the State budget, while the remainder is from individuals, businesses and social organizations./. … [Read more...]

Spring flower festival open

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Mr. Hua Ngoc Thuan, vice chairman of Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee, February 5 cut ribbon to open the spring flower festival in the city. The festival features over 8,000 bonsai, flower, artistic rocks and aquariums by 600 artisans nationwide. Some unique products like loc vung (Indian Oak or Barringtonia acutangula) tree of artisan Ba That who has participated in the festival for 33 years; collection of 36 Oncidium Swartz species. Especially with the theme " Vietnam Posture" the festival reflect peaceful villages in the North surrounded with thick bamboo hedges, village gates, rice fields. The event will also include other several cultural and artistic activities, including traditional art performances, folk games, a human chess contest, calligraphy, paintings and food stalls. Moreover, a special program will show famous dances of Vietnam and Korea as well as Japanese tea ceremony. The festival will last until February 16 in Tao Dan Park. … [Read more...]

HCMC and Laos strengthen traditional relationship

Mr. Thongloun Sousilih, Deputy Prime Minister of Laos led a delegation of Lao senior officials to visit the Thu Thiem Tunnel, Vo Van Kiet Highway, East-West Avenue, and construction projects in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City on July 15. Mr. Le Hoang Quan, Chairman of the HCMC People's Committee and Mr. Hua Ngoc Thuan, Deputy Chairman of the HCMC People's Committee welcomed and accompanied the Lao delegation. Mr. Thongloun Sousilih expressed his joy at the changes and development in Ho Chi Minh City. He showed his pleasure at the comprehensive development of Vietnam-Laos relationship over the years. … [Read more...]

HCMC to maintain clean environment in spring flower markets

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People's Committee of Ho Chi Minh City has asked relevant departments to maintain a clean and beautiful environment at the spring flower markets around the city during the coming Tet Lunar New Year. Flower markets get busier as Tet approaches. (Photo: KK) As planned, spring flower markets for Tet will open from January 16-22. The main and large-scale flower markets will take place at the 23/9 (September 23rd) Park and Le Van Tam Park in District 1 as well as the Gia Dinh Park in Go Vap District. 56 more flower markets are expected to open in districts across the city. Among them, Thu Duc District will open 17 markets and District 8 will have 15. Flower businesses will not be allowed to sell other communities such as clothes, fruits or home appliances at the flower markets. Mr. Hua Ngoc Thuan, Deputy Chairman of the municipal People's Committee, asked local authorities to ensure public order and security and prevent traffic jams, and not allow flower markets to open near … [Read more...]

HCM city attracts Philippines business circle

Rice is loaded at Sai Gon Port for shipment to the Philippines

In the framework of the 35th anniversary of diplomatic links between Vietnam and the Philippines, on July 13th, the Vietnam delegation led by Hua Ngoc Thuan, vice Chairman of the People's Committee of Hochiminh city took part in the seminar entitled "Vietnam and the Philippines, economic and business cooperation". The seminar organized in Manila by Vietnam Embassy to the Philippines. The Philippines currently ranks fourth among ASEAN investors in Vietnam. Its investment in Ho Chi Minh City alone reached 40.32 million USD with 25 current projects. Bilateral trade turnover increased five-fold from almost US$400 million in 2001 to over US$2 billion in 2009, with Vietnam being a long-term major rice supplier for the Philippines . The two countries also signed an agreement on fisheries co-operation in 2010. Mr. by Hua Ngoc Thuan expressed hope that Philippines business circle step up investment opportunity in Hochiminh city. Hochiminh city has been creating most favourable conditions … [Read more...]

Ideology head becomes HCMCity chief councilor, Mayor re-elected

Ms. Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam makes debut with a speech as head of the Ho Chi Minh City People's Council on June 22, 2011 (Photo: Tuoi Tre)

Ms. Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam, member of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Standing Committee and head of the city's ideology department, was elected as Chairwoman of the People's Council here on Wednesday. She was voted with 91 ballots in favor among a total 94 during the first session of the new People's Council, for the 2011-2016 tenure, to replace Ms. Pham Phuong Thao, who has retired. The new People's Council of the city had been voted via the National Election on May 22. The Council's first session also saw Ms. Truong Thi Anh re-elected as vice chairwoman for the five-year tenure. Meanwhile, Mr. Nguyen Thanh Chin was voted a standing executive of the Council. The current chairman of the city People's Committee, or the Mayor, Mr. Le Hoang Quan, was re-elected for the new tenure with almost 94% of votes in favor. The Committee's five elected vice chairpersons were Mr. Hua Ngoc Thuan, Ms. Nguyen Thi Hong, Mr. Le Minh Tri, Mr. Nguyen Huu Tin and Mr. Le Manh Ha. The People's … [Read more...]

Australian Minister inaugurates new university facility

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Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs officially inaugurated a worldclass recreation complex and student accommodation building at the RMIT International University on March 13. At the inauguration ceremony (Photo: Courtesy of RMIT) While inaugurating the building, Hon Kevin Rudd praised the VND310 billion (US$15.2 million) facility and the "vision and hard work" of RMIT in establishing a strong presence in Vietnam over the past 10 years. Mr. Rudd praised the achievements of the Vietnamese Government in recent decades, including its rapid economic growth, increased life expectancy, advancement in education, increased trade and widespread access to communication technology. He believed that Vietnam and Australia must continue to play their part to achieving regional cooperation in pursuit of stronger political and economic relations. Mr. Rudd said young Vietnamese people had a great deal to offer their country if their own productive potential could be fully realised. The … [Read more...]

New cases of HIV falls

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On the occasion of the World AIDS Day (1st December), Ho Chi Minh City's AIDS Prevention Committee, in association with the City's industries and agencies, on November 28th, visited and presented gifts to HIV victims being treated at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases, Pham Ngoc Thach Hospital, Nhan Ai Hospital, Linh Xuan Centre for Child Upbringing and Sponsoring, and other clinics. According to the Committee, the number of newly diagnosed HIV infections has dropped to 6,000 cases per year from 10,000 cases in 2007. The city currently has around 16,000 HIV/AIDS victims being taken care and provided with ARV treatment. Mr Hua Ngoc Thuan, HCMC People's Committee's Vice Chairman, suggested that the City should build a treatment center for HIV/AIDS victims in the whole southern region soon. Meanwhile, Mr Chu Quoc An, Deputy Head of Vietnam Administration of HIV/AIDS Control under the Health Ministry, believed that most HIV/AIDS victims need sympathy from the community. Source: … [Read more...]

Discussions Focus on Building Party, Socio-Economic Development

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(Photo: SGGP) In the morning, delegates discussed main issues in the Congress documents. Important contents included the review of 20 years of renovation and the tasks and targets for the 2006-2010 period, industrialization and modernization, social issues, education and training, science and technology, human resource development, national defense and security, foreign affairs and integration into the world economy, solidarity of the peoples in Viet Nam, how to practice democracy and strengthen the State by law. Discussions were also placed on how to develop the Party, explanations about the Party, and whether Party members can run their own business. Then, the delegates came up with suggestions for draft rules for the election of the tenth-tenure Central Executive Committee. Delegates delivered speeches on different issues in the afternoon. Mr. Nguyen Van Sau, a representative of central ideology agencies, delivered a speech on building socialism in Viet Nam. Mr. Phung Huu Phu … [Read more...]

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Red Cross activities integrated into climate change response More than 15,000 households in 14 cities and provinces who announced natural disaster status, have received initial support from the Vietnam Red Cross Society (VRC). Vice President of the VRC Central Committee Tran Thi Hong An told an April 27-28 event, that by April 24, 2016, the organisation had mobilised over 25 billion VND (1.1 million USD) donated by people from all walks of life to aid natural disaster victims. The conference, jointly held by the VRC, the German Red Cross (GRC) and the VRC's chapter in Quang Binh province, aims to assess the risks and impacts of climate change and how red cross activities can work in response to climate change. As part of the GRC-funded "Community-based disaster risk management" project, the event is due to create an opportunity for the VRC, and relevant agencies, to promote the integration of climate change adaptation into the management of risks and disasters in Vietnam. It is … [Read more...]

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Stone-carrying lorries stir up dust, loud noise Heavy lorries carrying stones have been driving around the clock and making a terrible and dusty environment in Phú Mãn Commune, in Hà Nội's Quốc Oai District. Over recent years hundreds of households in the commune, 30km from Hà Nội's centre, have suffered from serious pollution, but local authorities have not helped them. Stone exploitation at local mines was to blame according to local residents; some enterprises have been licensed to exploit stone since 2007. Before 2007, the environment of the six villages in Phú Mãn Commune was healthy, local residents said. Things started to get worse when stone mining began. Local people's daily activities were affected as were schools and health centres by the loud lorries. The 2.7 km main road linking the commune centre with the villages was seriously damaged, causing traffic jams. Early last year, Quốc Oai District authorities invested money from the local budget to upgrade the … [Read more...]

Protecting teens from negative effects of Facebook

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VietNamNet Bridge – Facebook can serve as a convenient method for teenagers to maintain contact and connections with family and friends and it is common for them to spend an inordinate amount of time using it to interact with others, say leading child psychology experts. These experts say official statistics estimate there are 22 million Facebook users throughout Vietnam, with the overwhelming majority of them being teenagers— and they caution parents about the ill social effects from overuse of Facebook. Social Connectivity Teenagers, particularly those that are shy, can develop valuable social skills interacting with their peers through Facebook and these interactions can positively enhance connections made at school. However, once hooked on the social interactions created on Facebook, far too many teenagers get psychologically addicted to its use and feel compelled to log in and interact many times throughout the day. President Nguyen Tung Lam of the Hanoi … [Read more...]

PM urges to give timely support for affected people from mass fish deaths

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The Hanoitimes - Prime Minister (PM) Nguyen Xuan Phuc has required relevant ministries, agencies and provinces to implement comprehensive measures to deal with mass fish deaths along the central coast. Accordingly, the PM urged the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to work with the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs and the People’s Committees of Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue provinces to calculate damage and give timely support for affected people. PM Phuc asked the Ministry of Science and Technology to coordinate with competent agencies in mobilising scientists to promptly find out the causes behind the fish deaths, ensuring they are done objectively and scientifically. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Ministry of Heath were required to instruct the localities collect and treat dead fish to ensure environmental hygiene. According to the order of the PM, the agriculture sector will coordinate with … [Read more...]

Prime Minister orders collection of evidence relating to mass fish deaths

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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has requested relevant ministries, agencies and localities to take comprehensive measures to deal with mass fish deaths along the central coast. Accordingly, the Ministry of Science and Technology was asked to coordinate with competent agencies in mobilising scientists, even foreign experts, if necessary, to promptly figure out the causes behind the fish deaths, ensuring they are done objectively and scientifically. The Ministry of Public Security will focus on collecting documents and evidence relating to this case and strictly punish any violations found in conformity with legal regulations. The PM urged the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) to work with the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs and the People’s Committees of Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue provinces to calculate damage and give timely support for affected people. MARD and the Ministry of Heath will instruct the … [Read more...]