Government News 26/2

NA Standing Committee discusses deputy election law The 13th National Assembly (NA) Standing Committee commenced its 35th session in Hanoi on February 25, evaluating a number of laws, including laws on electing deputies to the NA and the People’s Councils. A national election council should be established once an election date is announced, and automatically disperse after the NA recognises the eligibility of the deputies to ensure the council operates effectively and economically, according to Phung Quoc Hien, Head of the NA Committee for Finance and Budget, and Truong Thi Mai, head of the NA Committee for Social Affairs, and other members of the standing committee. The council could be reassembled if a supplementary deputy election is needed, they held. NA Standing Committee members also asserted that the law should further clarify regulations on the functions, rights, responsibilities and organisation of the national election council, as well as its relations with local … [Read more...]

Colorful activities nationwide to welcome the Year of Goat

(VOVworld) – Various activities are taking place nationwide to welcome the traditional lunar New Year. At Yen Bai’s biggest market, Muong Lo, local ethnic people are busy shopping for Tet. 70-year-old Lo Thi Em is a Thai ethnic woman:

"I try not to forget anything needed for Tet celebrations. I’ll buy fruits, flowers, confectionaries, and incenses as offerings to our ancestors to win their support for health and luck in the New Year." Mong families in Mu Cang Chai or Tram Tau are ready to welcome Tet. Meanwhile, Thai families are decorating their houses and preparing their ancestors’ altars with offerings as part of preparations for Tet. Lo Van Xuan lives in Chao hamlet, Nghia Loi commune: "On New Year’s Eve, after a ceremony to present offerings to our ancestors and the deceased, we gather around a fire and wishes all the best to each other. After that we’ll play gongs to signal the first moments of the New Year." An art performance took place on Wednesday at Ho Chi Minh Square in Vinh City, Nghe An province to welcome the New Year. Pham Tien Dung is Deputy Director of Nghe An provincial Department of Culture, Sports, and Tourism: "This New Year’s Eve, in addition to celebrations to … [Read more...]

Leaders of the Party, State and Hanoi city pay tribute to President Ho Chi Minh

A delegation of Hanoi’s leaders paid tribute to President Ho Chi Minh

The Hanoitimes - On the morning of February 14, delegations of Vienam’s leaders of the Party, State, Government, National Assembly, Fatherland Front and Hanoi’s leaders paid floral tribute to President Ho Chi Minh at his Mausoleum in Hanoi. Prominent among the delegation of Vienam’s leaders were General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, former General Secretary Le Kha Phieu, former General Secretary Nong Duc Manh; President Truong Tan Sang, former President Tran Duc Luong; Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung; Chairman of the National Assembly Nguyen Sinh Hung, former Chairman of the National Assembly Nguyen Van An. The delegation of Hanoi Party Committee, People's Council, People's Committee, Fatherland Front were Party Secretary Pham Quang Nghi; Chairman of the municipal People's Committee Nguyen The Thao; Chairwoman of municipal People's Council Ngo Thi Doan Thanh; Vice Chairwoman of the municipal People's Committee Nguyen Thi Bich Ngoc; Chairman of the municipal … [Read more...]

Social News 15/2

HCMC lauds good medical workers 113 teams and individuals of medical clinics in Ho Chi Minh City were lauded for their achievements in the patriotic emulation movement for 2010-2014. The municipal Department of Health held a meeting on February 12 to appraise 26 teams and 87 individuals for their good performance in the health sector’s emulation movement. At the meeting, the Department also launched the patriotic emulation movement for the next period from 2015 to 2020. The movement will focus on following Uncle Ho’s teaching that a good doctor must be a good mother to fight negative acts in treatment and examination. The movement also aims to improve curing and treatment quality, strengthen capability for district medical clinics to reduce overloading in big hospitals and implement the Ministry of Health’s programs. Da Nang flyover work to continue during Tet The Trung Nam Group installed the final span to complete the second flyover at the three-level stack … [Read more...]

2014 – Fruitful year for Vietnam-RoK relations

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(VOVworld) - Vietnam and the Republic of Korea (RoK) enjoyed another year of successful cooperation in 2014, affirmed Vietnamese Ambassador to the RoK Pham Huu Chi. In his interview granted to the Vietnam News Agency on the occasion of the lunar New Year, the ambassador said Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong’s State visit and Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung’s working trip to the RoK to attend the ASEAN-RoK Summit contributed importantly to lifting the bilateral ties to a new height. The diplomat described economic cooperation as the highlight in the two countries’ relationship, with the RoK becoming Vietnam’s largest investor with a total capital of 37 billion USD, and two-way trade reaching 28 billion USD. He was confident that the bilateral relations will thrive further in 2015 and the goal of 70 billion USD in two-way trade by 2020 is quite within reach. He said there are approximately 130,000 Vietnamese people living and working in the RoK is busily … [Read more...]

Government News 14/2

Hanoi, Cape Town to boost cooperation ties Vietnamese Ambassador to South Africa Le Huy Hoang and the Executive Deputy Mayor of Cape Town city Ian Neilson discussed measures to foster cooperation between Hanoi and Cape Town city in a meeting on February 12. At the meeting, Deputy Mayor Neilson affirmed that Cape Town always hopes to expand cooperation with Hanoi across fields of trade, investment and experience sharing in urban development management. He added that the city is undertaking necessary procedures in order to early sign a cooperating agreement with Hanoi. On his part, Ambassador Hoang underscored a number of strengths and potentials of Hanoi, an economic hub with good economic growth in the past few years and a popular destination for tourism and investment. He said cooperation between Hanoi and Cape Town will contribute to the friendship collaboration between two countries. Cape Town city is the second largest economic hub in South Africa and a leading tourism … [Read more...]

Vietnam, RoK enjoy fruitful relations: Ambassador

Vietnam and the Republic of Korea (RoK) enjoyed another year of successful cooperation in 2014, affirmed Vietnamese Ambassador to the RoK Pham Huu Chi. In his interview granted to the Vietnam News Agency on the occasion of the lunar New Year, the ambassador said Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong’s State visit and Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung’s working trip to the RoK to attend the ASEAN-RoK Summit contributed importantly to lifting the bilateral ties to a new height. The diplomat described economic cooperation as the highlight in the two countries’ relationship, with the RoK becoming Vietnam’s largest investor with a total capital of 37 billion USD, and two-way trade reaching 28 billion USD. He was confident that the bilateral relations will thrive further in 2015 and the goal of 70 billion USD in two-way trade by 2020 is quite within reach. Regarding Vietnam’s labour export to the RoK, Ambassador Chi said there is a good possibility that … [Read more...]

Press digest – February 13

PM holds phone talk with Japanese counterpart PM Nguyen Tan Dung on February 13 held a phone talk with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe. The two PMs lauded the developments in the two nations’ relationship in 2014, especially the establishment of the Extensive Strategic Partnership for Peace and Prosperity in Asia. They affirmed to closely work to promote the relations more effectively for the sake of both, contributing to peace, stability, cooperation and development in the Asia-Pacific and the world. Japan will enhance economic, trade and investment cooperation with Viet Nam, asserted PM Shinzo Abe, adding that Japan will continue its Official Development Assistance provision for Viet Nam in socio-economic development, infrastructure upgrade and response to environmental issues and climate change. Deputy PM, US Secretary of State talk bilateral ties over phone Deputy PM, FM Pham Binh Minh and US Secretary of State John Kerry discussed bilateral ties over the … [Read more...]

Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News – February 14

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Briefs of some leading news stories published on Saturday (February 14) in Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper. Happy Valentine's Day, dear readers! - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Tan Dung had a talk over phone on February 13. Both sides expressed delight at the strong development of the Bilateral relationship, as evidenced by the upgrade of the extensive ties to the Strategic partnership for peace and prosperity in Asia in 2014. Society: - On February 13, the Ho Chi Minh City Federation of Labor held an event gathering more than 1,600 people from 500 disadvantaged labor families around the city. Six apricot blossom trees were sold at nearly VND800 million (US$37,282) at an auction at the event. The money has been donated to help labors who were in labor accidents. - Dr. Pham Thi Thanh Ta, head of the resuscitator department of the HCMC’s Pediatrics Hospital 1, said the hospital has done successfully a cardiac surgery for a neonatal … [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 11/2

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Quarry collapse kills three in Thanh Hoa Three people reportedly died of suffocation in a quarry collapse on Sunday in Xuan Le Commune, Thuong Xuan District in Thanh Hoa Province. The incident was discovered at about 10am on Sunday, when a quarrier went past the mine pit where the three victims were working, and saw that it had collapsed. He immediately called out to other workers nearby for help. However, all rescue efforts were too late because the pit had possibly collapsed long ago and the victims must have died of suffocation after being buried under the mud. Although the collapse was discovered in the morning, the victims' bodies reached their homes only at 5.30 pm, because the quarry sits deep inside a forest in a remote area that is inaccessible by either car or motorbike. Authorised agencies are working with the victims' families to identify the cause of the incident. Rash truck driver kills 2 Two people have died and two others were seriously injured following an … [Read more...]

Press digest – February 2-9

Construction of gas processing plant begins PM Nguyen Tan Dung on Saturday attended a ceremony to start construction of a gas processing plant in the southernmost province of Ca Mau. The plant, part of the Ca Mau Gas-Electricity-Fertiliser Complex, is designed to process 6.2 million cubic meters of natural gas taken from gas fields in the south-western region on a daily basis. It is expected to diversify highly-value oil and gas products in the region, ensure the national energy security, and contribute to the local socio-economic development. With a total investment of nearly $300 million, the PM3-Ca Mau gas pipeline currently brings ashore 6.25 million cubic meters a day to supply sufficient gas for two power plants and a fertiliser plant. PM chairs teleconference on sustainable poverty reduction PM Nguyen Tan Dung chaired a national teleconference on sustainable poverty reduction to review the work in 2014 and devise a plan for 2015 for the Central Steering Committee on … [Read more...]

Government News 9/2

US veterans visit HCM City A group of US Vietnam War veterans returning to the battlefields of their past recently visited HCM City to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the war and the upcoming lunar New Year Festival (Tet). Marsha Lynn Four, the group’s leader who is Vice President of the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) said their goal was to turn back a page in history and to right a wrong by expressing honour and respect to all Vietnam veterans and their families. "We’re here to learn how to help Vietnam veterans heal and pledge our continued support for Agent Orange victims and help to overcome other consequences of the war," Four said. We are all surprised that many of the battlefields are now tourist sites she stressed, adding that it is a symbol of Vietnam’s rapidly changing culture", she said. The US official also hailed HCM City’s rapid development over the past 40 years and expressed a desire for continued joint cooperation in the search for … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s most modern expressway opens to traffic

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The inauguration of the Ho Chi Minh City - Long Thanh - Dau Giay Expressway on February 8, 2015 with Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung in attendance. Photo: Minh Hung The last portion of the Ho Chi Minh City – Long Thanh – Dau Giay expressway opened to traffic Sunday, playing a key role in clearing clogged traffic and slashing travel distances from HCMC to other provinces. The two-lane expressway with an emergency lane on each side allows for speeds of up to 120 kph (74.5 mph) -- the highest in Vietnam, according to Vietnam Expressway Corporation, the investor of the project. In HCMC, the highway ends at an intersection of Beltway No. 2 in District 2. Vehicles from the city's center can reach this intersection by going through the Thu Thiem Tunnel to Mai Chi Tho Street and then turning right on Dong Van Cong Street. The newly-opened Long Thanh – Dau Giay section, about 32km of the expressway’s total length of 55-km (34-mile), mostly runs through rubber plants … [Read more...]

City’s leaders praise contributions of overseas Vietnamese

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh offers certificates to groups and individuals, who had outstanding contributions in last year. (Photo:SGGP)

More than 800 overseas Vietnamese attended in a program to welcome New Year 2015 at Ho Chi Minh City Square last night, which was organized by the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs and Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee. Attending in the event was Politburo member, Secretary of HCMC Party Committee Le Thanh Hai, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, Chairman of HCMC People’s Committee Le Hoang Quan, Permanent Deputy Secretary of HCMC Party Committee Vo Van Thuong, Deputy Foreign Minister and Chairman of the State Committee on Overseas Vietnamese Affairs (COVA) Vu Hong Nam, Chairwoman of the city People's Council Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam, the chairwoman of Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee of HCMC Vo Thi Dung and other leaders. Chairman Le Hoang Quan said that last year, Ho Chi Minh City’s GDP growth rate still remained high at over 9, 6 percent despite the city faced many economic difficulties and challenges. The total of trade - … [Read more...]

Social News 7/2

Vietnamese, Cambodian provinces partner in military cooperation The military headquarters of Vietnam’s southern province of Tay Ninh and the Cambodian province of Tbong-Khmum signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on military cooperation on February 5. The MoU focuses on seven key areas of future cooperation between the two sides, including greater collaboration on maintaining security and public order; combating crime along their shared border; mutual support on border delineation and land marker planting; and enhancing joint efforts to search for and return the remains of Vietnamese volunteers and soldiers who lost their lives during the war in Tbong-Khumum. Both sides agreed to create favourable conditions for cross-border trade and healthcare, enhance experience exchange and organise arts-culture and sports events. Speaking at the signing ceremony, Colonel Vo Van Thi, head of the Tay Ninh Military Headquarters, hailed recent efforts of the two provinces to maintain a … [Read more...]

Nominees for Golden Ball Award announced

The list of nominees for the Golden Ball Award 2014, which is organised by the Saigon Giai Phong (Liberated Saigon) newspaper, was announced on February 4 in Ho Chi Minh City. Among the male nominees, all 10 players have performed significantly well in their clubs and as part of the national team: Nguyen Anh Duc, Nguyen Trong Hoang and Le Cong Vinh of Becamex Binh Duong, Nguyen Van Quyet and Pham Thanh Luong of Hanoi T&T, and Mac Hong Quan of Quang Ninh Coal. Players from the national U19 team make up for 10 out of the 11 nominees for the U21 best player award. Among the female players, the three most outstanding footballers among the nominees are Nguyen Thi Tuyet Dung and Bui Thi Nhu of Ha Nam, and HCM City’s Dang Thi Kieu Trinh. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in mid-March in HCM City.-VNA … [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...]

Press digest – February 4

JICA to offer technical support for Vietnamese fishermen The Chairman of the Japan-Viet Nam Friendship Association in Sakai City, Hitoshi Kato asserted that the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is building a special technical support program to help Vietnamese fishermen make inroads into high-grade seafood markets of Japan and other countries at a meeting with President Truong Tan Sang. He also vowed to do his utmost to make the ocean tuna export cooperation program between Viet Nam and Japan a success. The President said he hopes the program will be expanded to other Vietnamese localities. DPM urges to prevent smuggling, trade frauds Deputy PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc, head of the National Steering Committee for the Prevention and Control of Smuggling, Trade Fraud and Fake Commodities has issued a dispatch on preventing smuggling, trade fraud and fake commodities during the Lunar New Year festival. He required to strictly treating with smuggling activities of commodities in … [Read more...]