Press digest – March 3

PM Dung applauds Italian diplomat’s contributions PM Nguyen Tan Dung has spoke highly of outgoing Italian Ambassador Lorenzo Angeloni’s contributions to stepping up Viet Nam-Italy cooperation at a reception in Ha Noi. Dung expressed his pleasure at the growing bilateral ties in various realms especially after both sides established a strategic partnership- a highly important step of development in bilateral ties. Ambassador Lorenzo Angeloni, for his part, pledged to maximize his efforts to further cooperation with Viet Nam in all fields, notably economics, trade, investment, culture and education. Former British PM Tony Blair visits VN Deputy PM Hoang Trung Hai thanked formerPM of the Great Britain and North Ireland Tony Blair for his contributions to fostering Viet Nam-UK cooperation, while welcoming him in Ha Noi. Hai told the guest that he is delighted at the extensive and efficient development of the Viet Nam-UK strategic cooperative partnership in numerous … [Read more...]

Over 1 million visitors pay homage to Hung Kings in Phu Tho province

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Visitors at the Hung Kings Temple NDO – More than one million people have flocked to the Hung Kings Temple in northern Phu Tho province since the start of the Lunar New Year to pay homage to the nation’s legendary founders. According to the temple management, the number of visitors to the Hung Kings Temple surged during the week-long Lunar New Year holiday thanks to favourable weather conditions. The temple is a complex of religious buildings dedicated to the Hung Kings and their family, who are considered to be the first rulers of the Vietnamese nation. The worship of Hung Kings, notably the festival held on the tenth day of the third lunar month, has been recognised by UNESCO as a world heritage. Management head Luu Quang Huy said that in the past year, renovations have been made to a number of places of worship and courtyards while stalls selling offerings and souvenirs have also been re-arranged for visitors’ convenience. Many visitors shared a … [Read more...]

Ministry to offer concessions to investors in airports, Vietjet eyes Noi Bai

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VietNamNet Bridge – The Ministry of Transport (MOT) is considering offering concessions to investors in Phu Quoc airport and part of Noi Bai airport in an aim to attract capital for other airport projects. The issue was discussed at the ministry’s meeting on February 25, according to Thoi Bao Kinh Te Sai Gon. This is a part of a plan to call for public capital to develop airport infrastructure. An MOT official revealed that the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) has officially proposed to offer concessions for the Phu Quoc Airport or the airport’s terminal. No final decision has been made. However, the official said the project is highly feasible. Phu Quoc Airport was built with VND3 trillion in capital sourced from Airport Corporation of Vietnam (ACV), thus it would be feasible to transfer the airport development rights to private investors. Nguyen Danh Huy, head of MOT’s board of management for PPP (private public partnership) projects, said … [Read more...]

Coach Miura: My players are mature and brave

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"They are young, new faces. However, I believe in their bravery demonstrated in previous V-League matches," said head coach Miura of the U23 national football squad right after the team’s gathering in Hanoi on February 24th. During this year’s season, Hoang Anh Gia Lai put out the biggest number of young players, performing impressively. The 23-member short list has not been finalized leaving the opportunity open for all. Style for the Olympic national squad is not the same as for Hoang Anh Gia Lai, who have contributed 9 names. The best ones of the 30 students will be selected later for the needed positions. The recently finished AFF Cup 2014 witnessed a lot of good offensive footballers. A strong attacking team should be one of my key tactics. The Vietnam U23 team will face the U23 teams of Japan, Malaysia and Macau in the Group I qualifying round of the 2016 Asian U23 Football Championships. The tournament will see 40 qualifying teams, divided into 10 groups. The … [Read more...]

Fruit mosaic of Vietnam national map

Cadres and soldiers of the Can Tho city Military Command making the work

PANO – Cadres and soldiers of the Can Tho city Military Command associated with local people to complete a 60sq.m national map from two tons of different kinds of fruits. The work, which has been recorded in the Vietnam Guiness Book of Records for the largest fruit mosaic of national map", is on display at the city’s Army and People Camp to celebrate the 2015 Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday. Senior Colonel Nguyen Thanh Duc, Commissar of the Command, said that the Mekong Delta region for years is well-known for interlacing waterways and rich land with dozens of kinds of fruits, vegetables and flowers. They sent a mission to Ben Tre province to invite artisan Pham Ngoc Thanh, Chairman of the Ornamental Creatures Association of the province’s Chau Thanh district, who has made many fine art works from fruits, to join hands in the project. Since early January 2015, it took the command’s cadres and soldiers days to weld steel frames and nets, and then make an … [Read more...]

Social News 14/2

Home ownership extensions rejected The Ministry of Construction has rejected a proposal from the People's Committee of central Da Nang City to allow foreigners buy and own houses for up to 70 years instead of the present 50. It said this was in line with the Land Law of 2013 and the amended Housing Law. In a related movement, the ministry gave the green light to a city plan requiring buyers of social housing to make the payment in one installment. According to the People's Committee, a one-time payment enables investors to quickly recover capital and re-invest. The amended Law on Housing, which takes effect on July 1, is expected to attract more foreigners to come to live and work in the country. Quang Binh police seize firecrackers The Transport Police Department recently cracked down on illegal firecracker smuggling, catching nearly 150 kilograms of firecrackers being smuggled in Quang Binh Province. The Traffic Police patrolling the National Road No 1 discovered the smuggled … [Read more...]

Shipbuilding difficulties remain a roadblock for seafood industry

Ha Long Ship-building Company has put a new container ship into use. — VNA/VNS Photo Huy Hung

HA NOI — Obstacles in the shipbuilding process are being blamed for the slow implementation of policies intended to develop the seafood sector and the offshore fishing industry. The central province of Quang Ngai was the first to implement Decree No. 67, but to date, only two of its 65 ship owners have received access to bank loans to build new fishing vessels. The government's Decree No. 67 came into effect in August 2014, regulating policies on investment, credit, insurance and tax incentives in support of fishermen and ship owners who wish to build new fishing boats, upgrade boats, and buy fishing and marine equipment, among other things. In Da Nang City, Mai Dang Nhieu, a ship owner and chief of the Fishing Union of Son Tra District's An Hai Bac ward, said fishermen have yet to gain access to loans. Nhieu noted that 28 organisations and individuals had registered to build new fishing boats, but only 10 units in total were approved. Nguyen Duy Trinh, a fisherman from … [Read more...]

Social News 12/2

Hanoi to get disabled taxi service A taxi service for people with disabilities, the first of its kind in the country, is scheduled to be launched on March 1 in Hanoi. The Thanh Cong Taxi Company, which will operate the service, said that the taxis will be specially designed for the disabled and would meet their travel needs. Hanoi has about 90,000 people with disabilities.- Hanoi: Prisoners granted clemency on Tet Hanoi granted amnesty to 305 inmates, ahead of the upcoming Lunar New Year (Tet) festival, the largest holiday of the country. A decision to this effect was announced on February 10. Having been chosen for their positive rehabilitation attitudes, the prisoners will receive reduced sentences and be released ahead of schedule. The freed prisoners expressed their gratitude to the Party and State’s clemency policy and thanked prison wardens for assisting them in their personal growth. The clemency not only reflects the Government’s leniency policy, but also … [Read more...]

Social News 9/2

Labour exports off to rip-roaring start The Department of Overseas Labour (DOLAB) has revealed that Vietnam sent 8,669 guest workers to foreign markets in January, accounting for 9.13% of the target set for the entire year. Taiwan was the nation’s largest export market, receiving 5,136 workers, followed by Japan (1,926), Malaysia (679), Saudi Arabia (437), the Republic of Korea (114), Macao (101) and other markets. In 2015, the DOLAB has set an annual plan to send 100,000 Vietnamese labourers abroad. Supporting disadvantaged children in Tet festival The Vietnam Buddhist Sangha, the Association for the Support of Vietnamese Handicapped and Orphans and some other agencies launched a programme in Hanoi on February 4 to help disadvantaged children enjoy a happy spring. Speaking at the launching ceremony, Nguyen Dinh Lieu, President of the association said the programme aims to assist orphans and people with disabilities to welcome the Lunar New Year (Tet). Responding to the … [Read more...]

Social News 6/2

2, 165 students nationwide honored 2015 best students Ministry of Training and Education has just announced a list of students, who won the best student competition in 2015 on February 3. This year’s contest attracted 4, 350 participants , who get outstanding achievements in their study at high schools, universities nationwide. The annual competition is an useful playground, aiming to seek outstanding students for a national academic team to compete at various scholastic events. 2, 165 winners honored this year, including 140 students from Hanoi, 52 students from Ho Chi Minh City, 85 students from Hai Phong, 82 from Nghe An, 81 from Hai Duong and 78 from Nam Dinh and other. Student Nguyen Tuan Hai Dang from Natural Science Gifted High School won the first prize in mathematical category. Hanoi team took the leading one of nationwide about number of good students. Manhunt after bank theft, inside job suspected A nationwide manhunt is underway for a bank employee believed to … [Read more...]

Social News 3/2

String of activities mark 85th anniversary of Vietnam Communist Party A series of activities have been held across the country in the presence of Party and State senior leaders to celebrate the 85th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) (February 3, 1930-2015). On February 1, Politburo member and Vice Chairwoman of the Vietnam National Assembly, Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan led a delegation of Party Central Committee members to visit former President Nguyen Minh Triet; former Prime Minister Phan Van Khai; and Senior lieutenant General and Hero of the People's Armed Forces Phan Trung Kien, who are living in Ho Chi Minh City and Binh Duong province. Politburo member Ngan hoped that the former leaders will continue to make further contributions to the nation. On the same day, authorities of Ho Chi Minh City presented and bestowed the State title of 'Heroic Vietnamese Mother' to 288 women in Ho Chi Minh City. Politburo member and Secretary of Ho Chi Minh City's Party … [Read more...]

Saigon drivers in compliance with traffic laws (photos)

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Though not all drivers in Ho Chi Minh City are traffic rule abiders, a large number of them strictly observe the rules to ensure their own and others’ safety. Like most major cities in Vietnam, traffic in HCMC is quite complicated and may scare off many foreigners when they first arrive. Many still commit violations including running red lights, driving on the opposite direction, overspeeding, and scrambling during traffic jams. At a year-end meeting in late December last year, Nguyen The Thao, chair of Hanoi People’s Committee, expressed his hope that "drivers in Hanoi would be as compliant of traffic rules as those in HCMC." Tuoi Tre News offer readers several photos depicting how drivers in the southern metropolis abide by traffic rules. The photos were taken at normal points of time during the day in the absence of local traffic policemen. A photo taken around 6g35 on the 2015 New Year Day shows drivers compliantly stopping their bikes and cars behind the … [Read more...]

Cheap Chinese products sell for big money under faux European labels in Vietnam

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Counterfeit kitchenware items being sold by Romal Vietnam at a store in Bac Ninh Province. Photo: Manh Quan Teams of consumer affairs inspectors have launched a nationwide crackdown after discovering that a company in Hanoi had been engaged in passing off counterfeit Chinese appliances as European. The products included gas ranges, electric stovetops, ovens and blow dryers. Romal Vietnam distributed the goods via online portals, local supermarkets and shopping centers in many cities and provinces, according to the National Steering Committee for Combating Smuggling, Commercial Fraud and Counterfeit Goods (aka Committee 389). The Committee has instructed relevant agencies to inspect Romal Vietnam’s branch outlets and its products nationwide. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Public Security has summoned the company's director, Nguyen Thi Ninh, and her husband Nguyen Huy Tho for questioning. On January 22, relevant agencies raided a Romal Vietnam retail shop in Hanoi and seized … [Read more...]

Travel News in Brief 26/1

Quang Nam to open new tourism site Quang Nam Province will debut a community-based tourism site in Dien Ban District's Triem Tay Commune this July. The district's culture and information centre told Viet Nam News that the site is included in the new 2015-20 tourism development project that will receive assistance and support from UNESCO and the International Labour Organisation. The rural commune will offer tourists a chance to see and participate in farming and fishing production activities as well as learn about local cuisine and lifestyles while lodging with locals in organised home-stays. The central province is home to two UNESCO-recognised world heritage sites – Hoi An ancient town and My Son Sanctuary – and the world biosphere reserve of the Cham Islands. Quang Nam drew 3.7 million tourists last year, of which 1.7 million were foreign visitors. Vietnamese hotels among world’s top 25 best hotels for service TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel … [Read more...]

India, VN target faster, better quality growth

Indian enterprises introduce their textiles products to a Vietnamese customer at an exhibition in HCM City. Viet Nam and India have organised several trade fairs and exhibitions to boost bilateral trade in textiles. — VNA/VNS Photo Kim Phuong

HCM CITY (Biz Hub) — India and Viet Nam have huge potential for co-operation in many sectors including textiles, drugs, and information technology, India's top commerce official told a bilateral business forum in HCM City yesterday. Commerce Secretary Rajeev Kher, who is leading a delegation of 50 business executives to Viet Nam to explore business opportunities from January 18 to 22, said while bilateral trade had grown successfully there was always scope for faster and better quality of growth. The two countries planned to double the current figure of US$8 billion in the next five years. India had strengths in many areas like textile and garment, pharmaceuticals, leather and footwear, agricultural products, engineering products, information technology and related services and professional services like architecture. Viet Nam was among the world's leading garment exporters but imported a lot of raw materials for production, while India had strengths in raw cotton, cotton … [Read more...]

Billiards and snooker players prepare for SEA Games

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Billiards and snooker players prepare for SEA Games The national billiards and snooker team have convened in Ha Noi and HCM City to prepare for the upcoming Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Singapore in June. The 20-member team includes veterans Do Hoang Quan, Nguyen Anh Tuan, Ma Minh Cam and Tran Phi Hung, as well as Nguyen Thanh Binh, Nguyen Ngoc Thanh and Pham Thanh Thuy. The players aim to win gold medals in the one-cushion carom and men's nine-ball pool doubles and singles events. After the SEA Games, the players will compete in the three-cushion Carom World Cup to be held in HCM City in August. VN aerobic athletes off to Japan Viet Nam will partake in the Japan junior aerobics tournament on January 23-27. The team includes Ha Vy, Minh Hien, Minh Phuong, Quang Anh, Ngoc Anh and Duc Huy, who will compete in all categories. While this is a Japanese national event, Viet Nam's team were still invited because of their impressive performances in recent international events. … [Read more...]

Social News 18/1

Hand, foot and mouth disease strikes Hanoi A health official from the Hanoi Health Department says a surging outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease in ten districts in Hanoi has infected 36 people so far this year. According to the official, there have been five separate outbreaks reported and there is an especially high risk of a widespread outbreak in Bac Tu Liem district with six infected cases recently reported. There is no vaccine to prevent the disease, the official said. Vietnam recorded 80,685 cases of hand-foot and mouth disease in 2014 including eight deaths while Hanoi reported 1,170 infected cases in 26 out of 30 districts citywide. The disease is a contagious viral illness that commonly affects infants and young children. Symptoms usually begin with a fever, sore throat, painful sores in the mouth. Complications include viral meningitis, myocarditis, and acute pneumonia, which can be fatal. To reduce the risk of catching the virus, both children and adults should … [Read more...]

Authorities crackdown on tobacco smuggling

Smuggled tobacco products seized in An Giang Province. Top priority should be given to controlling the trade and transportation of smuggled tobacco products in the local market. — VNS File Photo

HA NOI (Biz Hub) — Controlling the trading and transportation of smuggled tobacco products in the local tobacco market has to be given top priority, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT). Nguyen Trong Tin, the deputy director of the Market Management Department under MOIT, said on Wednesday at an online meeting on market management that the trading and transportation of smuggled tobacco products in the country is a complicated process. He added that such practices are common mainly in the border provinces located in southern and central Viet Nam, including Quang Tri, Long An, An Giang, as well as Dong Thap, Kien Giang and Tay Ninh. It is from these provinces that smuggled tobacco products are transported to markets in HCM City and other large cities nationwide, he pointed out. The hotbed for tobacco product smuggling is in the border areas of the Long An Province, while Ha Noi and HCM City are the largest markets for trading smuggled tobacco products, Tin … [Read more...]

Social News 13/1

Ministry warns of hand, foot, mouth disease The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has warned northern and central localities about a high risk of foot-and-mouth disease spreading during the cold weather. The ministry said the cold weather created favourable conditions for the disease to spread. Statistics from the ministry's Department of Animal Health on January 12 showed that foot-and-mouth disease had hit the provinces of Son La, Thanh Hoa, Lao Cai and Ha Tinh. Minister Cao Duc Phat has instructed authorities in the four provinces to work with local people to avert the spread of the disease. "Local breeders should be shown how to stop the disease spreading through their animals," he said. Phat also urged the localities to tighten inspections of animal shipments and slaughter houses, as well as spraying chemicals to sterilise affected areas. The ministry previously supplied 5,000 litres of chemicals for Dak Nong Province to stamp out the disease in late … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s anti-corruption leader Nguyen Ba Thanh returns home after treatment in US

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The chief of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Internal Affairs, Nguyen Ba Thanh, arrived in the central city of Da Nang on Friday on an ambulance airplane after over four months of treatment for myelodysplastic syndrome in the U.S. Amid a warm welcome from thousands of local residents, Thanh, 62, returned to his native city on board the ambulance aircraft 00N183P that landed at Da Nang International Airport at 8:45 pm local time. He was accompanied by his relatives and a team of American doctors and health workers. Thanh was then carried on a stretcher to an ambulance that picked him up at the aircraft stairs and then left the airport for the Da Nang Hospital. As the ambulance reached Nguyen Tri Phuong Street outside the airport, numerous local residents stood on the roadside waving at the car and shouting his name, "Ba Thanh! Ba Thanh!," while hundreds of people on motorbikes followed the ambulance. Crowds cheered Thanh all the way to the hospital, where … [Read more...]