Japan’s recession does not affect trade with Vietnam: insiders

Japan's gross domestic product fell at an annualized 1.6 percent pace in the July-September period, after it plunged 7.3 percent in the second quarter following a rise in the national sales tax, according to

Japan slipped back into recession in the third quarter but Vietnamese businesses assert that their exports to the East Asian market have remained unfazed to date, even though a tough situation is anticipated. Reuters. … [Read more...]

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‘Non-confidence’ should be added to confidence vote in Vietnam: lawmakers

>> Vietnam confidence vote reflects level of satisfaction

Many Vietnamese National Assembly (NA) deputies have pressed for an NA confidence vote in which voters can say they do not trust a particular top official, instead of an all-confidence ballot as at present. The NA deputies voiced their proposition at a session on Thursday organized to discuss proposed amendments to the law-making body's resolution on confidence votes. … [Read more...]

Committee urged to enhance Party building

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh addresses the ceremony. (Credit: VNA)

NDO – Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh has asked the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs (SCOVA) to effectively implement Party resolutions on several urgent issues in current Party building, and promote unity and creativeness in realising entrusted tasks. Deputy PM Minh made the statement at a ceremony marking the 55th anniversary of the SCOVA’s establishment (November 23, 1959-2014) held in Hanoi on November 21. The Government official … [Read more...]

Social News 19/11

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Bribery scandal targets officials of many enterprises … [Read more...]

Social News 18/11

Stop preventable deaths: UNICEF UNICEF has launched a campaign called ZEROworkplace that involves companies in its efforts to eradicate preventable child deaths in Viet Nam. ZEROworkplace enables managers to provide critical information to employees in an inexpensive and effective way that can have a lifesaving impact on their children. "In Viet Nam, 100 children die every day from preventable causes," Youssouf Abdel-Jelil, UNICEF's representative in Viet Nam, said at the launch ceremony in … [Read more...]

Court delivers verdict on floating dock embezzlement case

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The defendants are found guilty of embezzlement. … [Read more...]

Trial of Vinalines officials accused of embezzlement begins

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The defendants stand trial on charges of embezzlement. … [Read more...]

Social News 12/11

llegal sand mining boats seized As many as 51 boats involved in illegal sand mining have been seized by police in the capital city's Phuc Tho District. The operation, carried out by 200 policemen from the Ministry of Public Security netted records of illegal sales dating back many years, as well as weapons, indicating the possibility that gangs were protecting the illegal business. Police said the boats are believed to have been directly mining sand from the river bed or filling their hulls … [Read more...]

City ready to send drug addicts to compulsory detoxification centers

>> Vietnam legislature committee OK's plan for compulsory drug detoxification center establishment  >> Government wants to pilot compulsory drug detoxification centers, delay law's articles

Ten compulsory drug detoxification centers in Ho Chi Minh City are ready to receive and handle addicts, as the National Assembly (NA) has adopted a resolution to allow drug addicts to be sent to the facilities pending court judgments. >> Tuoi Tre seminar offers solutions to drug detoxification problems in Vietnam megacity>> 7,000 added to list of drug addicts annually in Vietnam: ministry … [Read more...]

Social News 11/11

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70 percent of cancer patients in country detected late … [Read more...]

Weekly press digest – November 3-9

State President leaves for 22nd APEC Summit in China State President Truong Tan Sang and his entourage on November 9 left Ha Noi for the 22nd Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders' Meeting in Beijing, China from November 9-11. The tour is made at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping. The State President was accompanied by Deputy PM, FM Pham Binh Minh, Chairman of the Presidential Office Dao Viet Trung, Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang, among … [Read more...]

Government News 10/11

TPP Agreement unlikely to be reached by the end of 2014 The 12 ministers negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) failed to identify a clear course of action to conclude talks by the end of this year at a meeting on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Beijing, but agreed to accelerate the negotiation progress as much as possible. Japan's minister in charge of the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks, Akira Amari, informed the press after the 12 TPP trade … [Read more...]

President Truong Tan Sang sets off for APEC meeting

Vietnam's State President Truong Tan Sang  (Photo: VNA)

On November 9, State President Truong Tan Sang set off for attending the 22nd Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders' Meeting in Beijing, China from November 9-11. The attendance is made at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The President is accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister cum Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh; Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang; Chairman of President's Office Dao Viet Trung; Vietnamese … [Read more...]

Social News 9/11

HCMC to spend VND4 trillion removing households on canals Ho Chi Minh City plans to spend VND 4 trillion (US$188,421,853) evacuating dilapidated houses which located along the canals to make city more beautiful. The Department of Construction in Ho Chi Minh City said that it has removed over 10,000 households which located along canals in districts 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, Binh Tan, Tan Binh, Tan Phu, Go Vap, Binh Thanh, Thu Duc and Binh Chanh. As of plan to evacuate 15,000 households living in … [Read more...]

Social News 8/11

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Quang Ninh police nab smugglers The Mong Cai City Police in the northern province of Quang Ninh yesterday temporarily detained Dang Thi Mai Lan, 36, for smuggling cigarettes. Lan was caught in the act on Monday in Ka Long Ward, while transporting 2,060 packets of cigarettes of the Zenlong brand that is manufactured abroad. Lan admitted to the police that she had bought the cigarettes in China. On Wednesday, the Mong Cai Police also caught Nguyen Ngoc Anh, 40, who was illegally keeping … [Read more...]

Social News 7/11

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JICA provides assistance in road maintenance The second phase of the Project for Capacity Enhancement in Road Maintenance will commence in December with financial and technical support from the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), according to a document signed between the Ministry of Transport and JICA in Hanoi on November 5. At the signing ceremony, Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyen Hong Truong highlighted the need for the sustainable maintenance and management of Vietnam 's … [Read more...]

Social News 6/11

Drug smuggling ring brought to light Ho Chi Minh City police announced they have smashed a gang trafficking drugs from China. The police said they opened their investigation last month after discovering a man named Nguyen The Manh in Tan Binh district selling drugs to small dealers in Ho Chi Minh City. From Manh, the police tracked down more suppliers and finally reached the ring leader, 36-year-old Vu Xuan Nhat from the northern province of Hai Duong. Nhat bought drug in China and … [Read more...]

Vietnam school trains man’s best friend using foreign languages

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A decades-old dog training school in Ho Chi Minh City has been a familiar address over the last eight years for many dog lovers who wish to have a well-trained pet, especially those who want their best friends to be taught using foreign languages. … [Read more...]

Government News 5/11

President Truong Tan Sang to attend 22nd APEC summit in China President Truong Tan Sang will attend the 22 nd Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders' Meeting in Beijing, China from November 9-11. The attendance will be made at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Vietnam applauds IAEA's role and efforts Vietnam commends the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for its achievements in all three pillars, namely … [Read more...]

Government wants to pilot compulsory drug detoxification centers, delay law’s articles

>> Tuoi Tre seminar offers solutions to drug detoxification problems in Vietnam megacity >> 7,000 added to list of drug addicts annually in Vietnam: ministry  >> Vietnam lawmakers appeal for rights to detoxify drug addicts pending court judgments

The Government will propose that the National Assembly agree to setting up compulsory drug detoxification centers on a pilot basis and delaying the enforcement of two articles of a relevant law as solutions to tackle drug detoxification problems. >> Voluntary drug detoxification a flop in Vietnam … [Read more...]