Tens of billion VND donated to help needy people celebrate warm Tet

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to needy ethnic minority households in Lao Cai receive gifts from Nhan Dan Newspaper's Youth Union. NDO – A wide range of activities have been held across the country to help policy beneficiaries and needy people to celebrate a warm and joyful Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday. On January 25, Politburo member and Minister of Public Security General Tran Dai Quang visited and presented 50 gifts worth VND1 million each to needy ethnic minority households in Ko Sier and Pan Lam villages, Tan Lap ward, Buon Ma Thuot city, the central Highlands province of Dak Lak. On the occasion, the delegation of the Ministry of Public Security also provided each village with VND100 million to help them celebrate a joyful Tet holiday. Also on January 25, Ha Thi Thiet, Secretary of the Party Central Committee (PCC) and head of the PCC’s Commission on Mass Mobilisation, and members of the Vietnam Red Cross Society and the Vietnamese Young Doctors’ Association presented 100 gifts worth … [Read more...]

Social News 24/12

Institutional reform quality is crucial - deputy minister Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung has expressed concerns over the slower-than-expected institutional process in Vietnam and urged the country to focus on the quality of institutional reform to achieve sustainable development. Speaking at a seminar on market economy development in Hanoi City on December 22, Dung said Vietnam has been doing a lot of things to boost institutional reform, including the restructuring of State-owned enterprises and public investments and legal improvements. But these are not enough, so the nation keeps moving on with further institutional reform. "…We have to find out the key to reform quality as the country will lose opportunities if we have to repeat reform processes," he said. Unlike other countries, Vietnam is in transition and is developing from a low base with a lack of resources and manpower. Therefore, it is tough for the nation to access and adopt good … [Read more...]

Community-based activities help curb human trafficking in Nghe An

Community-based communication activities and prevention measures have proved effective in reducing human trafficking in the central border province of Nghe An. The Women’s Union in Nghe An began the activities in 2012 in the mountainous districts of Con Cuong, Tuong Duong, Que Phong and Quy Chau, where many girls and women have fallen victims to trafficking due to poverty and poor knowledge. The union has held group talks and provided newspapers and leaflets to local women on how to recognize and avoid the tricks employed by traffickers. The union has also worked with the local law enforcement to keep a close eye on vulnerable groups and suspect individuals, while providing financial support and vocational training for returning victims to settle down. Since early this year, as many as 28 training courses for nearly 1,500 locals on the rights of migrant workers have been conducted, in the context of increasing number of Nghe An residents moving to Laos for work. … [Read more...]

Social News 8/12

Traffic police officer faces investigation Police in Ba Ria-Vung Tau yesterday started an investigation into a traffic police officer who allegedly crashed his BMW into a group of militiamen while on patrol on Saturday morning, killing two and seriously injuring at least five others. The policeman was identified as Lieutenant Pham Hong Tuan of Chau Duc District's Traffic Division. According to initial reports, a group of militiamen from Lang Lon Commune and Ngai Giao Town in Chau Duc District were on patrol and had stopped by the roadside in Ngai Giao for a break. The BMW was apparently speeding and crashed directly into the group. … [Read more...]

Social News 15/10

Family farms key to sustainability Sustainable family farming could help solve hunger and food production problems in Viet Nam, UN food security officials said during a celebration yesterday of the 34th World Food Day in the northern province of Quang Ninh's Hong Phong Commune. The commune, where many households farm together and women play an important role, embodied this year's theme: Family Farming: Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and UN Women in Viet Nam hosted the celebration. … [Read more...]

Social News 20/9

USAID grants US$1.5 mil to HCM City's metro project The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) and the Ho Chi Minh City Management Authority for Urban Railways signed a grant agreement on September 18 for a feasibility study on fully integrated information solutions for the central control of a metro system in HCM City. This is the third time USTDA has provided non-refundable aid to help the city implement an urban railway system. Bui Xuan Cuong, head of the Ho Chi Minh City Management Authority for Urban Railways said the project has a total projected cost of US$1.5 million, of which US$900,000 is sourced from USTDA, US$600, 000 from Cisco Systems and the remaining from the city's budget. … [Read more...]

Sports News 4/9

Women's football team prepares for ASIAD 17 The national women's football team on September 3 flew to China for a training camping preparation for the upcoming 2014 Asian Games (ASIAD 17) to take place in Incheon, the Republic of Korea later this month. During the training camp, the team plays a friendly match with a Chinese team on September 5. Upon returning to Vietnam, they plan to continue training at the Hanoi National Sport Training Center. Previously, chief coach Mai Duc Chung announced a list of players selected to take part in ASIAD 17. … [Read more...]

Troops help improve ethnic peoples’ living standards

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PANO - The Economy-Defence Unit 4 under Military Zone 4 has been active in supporting H'mong ethnic minority people in Tri Le commune, Que Phong district, Nghe An province to boost socio-economic development. With its two investment projects, the unit has helped the localities access to electricity and fresh water. … [Read more...]

List of 127 national projects calling for foreign investment

VGP - PM Nguyen Tan Dung has approved a list of 127 national projects calling for foreign investment from now to 2020. The projects are categorized into five: technical infrastructure, social infrastructure, agriculture, processing and preserving and production-service sectors. No.ProjectLocalityTotal Capital(million USD)Investment modelContactI. TECHNICAL INFRASTRUCTURE 1.1 Traffic infrastructure I.1.1 Roads 1 North-South expressway project, Ninh Binh - Thanh Hoa segment and Thanh Hoa - Nghi Son segment. Ninh Binh, Thanh Hoa 1,867 PPP Management Board of PPP projects under the Ministry of Transport No. 80 Tran Hung Dao street, Ha Noi Tel: 84-4-39410775 2 Dau Giay - Phan Thiet expressway. Dong Nai, Binh Duong 757 PPP Management board of PPP projects under the Ministry of Transport No. 80 Tran Hung Dao street, Ha Noi Tel: 84-4-39410775 3 Bien Hoa - Vung Tau expressway. Dong Nai, Bà Rịa - Vung Tau 1,175 PPP, ODA … [Read more...]

Social News 21/7

Three dead, three injured in lightning strikes in Lao Cai Heavy rain mixed with thunder and lightning killed three children and injured three others in the north-western province of Lao Cai on July 19. The six were struck by lightning at around 4:03pm while they were grazing their buffalo and taking shelter under a big tree in Bon hamlet, Bao Yen district. The three dead victims were aged from 11-14, and identified as Truong Thi Cau and her two brothers Truong Van Mong and Truong Van Dau from Bon hamlet. … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 19/5

Motorcyclists may soon be fined VND100,000-200,000 (US$5-10) if found wearing substandard helmets.The helmets, including some described as "eggshells", would then be destroyed.

President Ho Chi Minh's birthday marked abroad More than 100 photos along with numerous books and newspapers featuring the life and revolutionary activities of late President Ho Chi Minh are on display in Paris, France, on the occasion of his 124th birthday which falls on May 19. As part of activities within the framework of the Vietnam Year in France, the exhibition, jointly held by the Ho Chi Minh Museum and the Vietnam Cultural Centre in France, was opened on May 17. The exhibition aims to introduce the Vietnamese community in France and international friends the life and work of late President Ho Chi Minh as well as his attention to cultural heritage in the world and Vietnam in particular. … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 15/5

Chinese workers in Vietnam invited to protest illegal oil drill Around 400 workers from the northern province of Thai Binh made a motorbike trip to Haiphong City, in a bid to urge Chinese workers to oppose the illegal oil rig in Vietnamese waters. As the workers' protest progressed on May 14 many others from Chinese-invested factories in Vinh Bao, Tien Lang, Kien Anh and Duong Kinh districts in Haiphong City joined in. The Vietnamese workers hoped to convince Chinese who work and live in Vietnam to ask that their government discontinue the illegal drilling in the East Sea. … [Read more...]

Political News Headlines 11/2

Education fund head meets Deputy PM Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc yesterday, Feb 10, expressed his hope for Germany's Batschka Fund's continued support of education in Viet Nam while meeting with its President Rudolf Walther. Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc meets Germany Batschka Fund President Rudolf Walther in Ha Noi yesterday.Walther, in response, said he appreciated the warm reception extended to his delegation by the Vietnamese Government. He shared with Phuc the fund's future plan to build storm-proof primary and secondary schools in several provinces in the central region. Walther said the Batschka Fund vowed to continue its sponsorship in building schools and conducting charity work in Viet Nam. Deputy PM co-chairs Vietnam-Cambodia committee meeting Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and his Cambodian counterpart Hor Nam Hong are co-chairing the 13th session of the Vietnam-Cambodia Joint Committee for economic, cultural, scientific and … [Read more...]

Social Headlines January 25

It seems folks in the city are all flocking to well known hotspots to choose the best flower pots to adorn their homes for Tet (Lunar New Year).

HCM City pays $57m in unemployment benefits Last year, 109,600 laid-off workers in HCM City applied for unemployment benefits, according to the city's Job Placement Centre. Also, nearly 108,500 employees were paid unemployment insurance benefits worth VND1.2 trillion (US$57.1 million). Around 5,700 unemployed workers registered for vocational training courses in 2013. The centre posted information about jobs to more than 77,600 laid-off workers, and half of them successfully applied for these positions. Also last year, 23,000 people found jobs through employment fairs organised by the centre. The centre plans to introduce jobs to 330,000 people this year and expects to record 100,000 applications for unemployment benefits in 2014. Festive blooms stop the traffic Amidst the gaiety that this activity brings out into the city's streets, there are some residents, including commuters, who are not sharing the festive cheer. The reason is not difficult to discern - worsening traffic … [Read more...]

Nghe An to cut household poverty rate to 10 pct

The central province of Nghe An strives to reduce its household poverty rate to 10 percent by the end of 2014, one year ahead of its schedule. Secretary of the provincial Party Committee Ho Duc Phoc said the province will accelerate the popularisation of this work, drive socio-economic development, create jobs as well as offer more vocational training. It will also raise the capacity of officials in poor communes and encourage businesses and social organisations to give assistance to disadvantaged localities, he added. The rate of poverty-stricken families in Nghe An is still higher than the national average. The number of those close to the poverty line stands at some 109,300, representing over 14 percent of the province's households. This fact is partly attributable to the province's large land area, big population and harsh climate, while the income of almost all impoverished households comes from agricultural production. In the last three years, Nghe An has poured some … [Read more...]

Women trafficking gang caught red-handed in central Vietnam

Phang Thi Chieng (C), 23, the alleged mastermind behind a women trafficking ring, and her two accomplices at a police station in Nghe An Province

Border guards in the north central province of Nghe An Sunday arrested three women for allegedly trying to traffic three ethnic minority women to China, Nguoi Lao Dong (Laborer) newspaper reported. Colonel Nguyen Truong Thi of the Nghe An Border Guards said Monday the police rescued the three women from Phang Thi Chieng, 23, who was taking them in a car by National Highway 1A in Vinh, the provincial capital. Lo Thi Tuan, 47, Lo Thi Nghia, 30, and Vi Thi Thu, 26, of Que Phong District and belonging to the Thai ethnic group were being taken to Mong Cai town in the northern province of Quang Ninh bordering China. Chieng, the linchpin of the gang, told the police she had married a Chinese man in 2012, and last month, while visiting home, come up with the idea of trafficking women to China. She found two accomplices, Luong Thi My, 40, and Vang Thi Bon, 35, of Tuong Duong District, and the trio had struck a deal to traffic the three women for VND310 million (US$14,700). Based on … [Read more...]

Nghe An gets rid of illegal gold miners

NGHE AN (VNS)— Nearly 1,000 illegal gold exploiters have been expelled from the central province of Nghe An's Que Phong District in a crackdown by local police. It was the biggest crackdown of its kind so far in the province, said the deputy director of the provincial police, Nguyen Huu Cau. During the past year, illegal gold mining has become a hot problem around Huoi May Village, Cam Muon Commune. The work caused public disorder and pollution, and there was also a high risk of fatal accidents, said Cau. Investigations by local police found that everyday, 800-1,000 people descended on the village to search for gold. Most came from the northern province of Thai Nguyen. In an effort to control the issue, the crackdown started last Thursday with the participation of 80 local officials from district and provincial people's committees and 70 police. Checking an area of 1,000sq.m across Khe Hang Hill, the police dismantled 60 tents set up by gold exploiters, seized 25 machines used … [Read more...]