“Signing quickly”- that’s how reporter Mai Thuc Long worked

Reporter Mai Thuc Long, former Deputy General Director of VOV

(VOVworld)- Respecting the truth and expressing your true sentiments is the way reporter Mai Thuc Long, whose nickname is Hoang Phuong, wrote his stories. In late July 1987, after graduating from the Nguyen Ai Quoc School of Politics, I returned to work at the radio station. I wanted to come back to the Industry Section but Pham Mai Luan, Deputy Editor in Chief and Head of the Domestic Service said: "No, no. We sent you to study at the Senior Party School in order to assign you a new task. You can choose to work in one of the three Departments: Organization, Office or the Listeners' Department". I insisted that I wanted to be a reporter. Luan then said: "OK, then why don't you come talk to Mr. Long "Fire" after the regular meeting tomorrow" I knew Mr. Mai Thuc Long by name and by face but this was the first time I had heard his nickname "Long Fire". Mr. Long "fire" worked in a tiny room at the end of the second floor which could accommodate a few people and was piled high with … [Read more...]

Memorial house of Paris Peace Accords negotiator opened

The inauguration ceremony of a memorial house of Le Duc Tho (Photo:SGGP)

Party Committee of Nam Dinh province yesterday held an inauguration ceremony of a memorial house of Le Duc Tho who was known as senior adviser of Democratic Republic of Vietnam's mission in Paris Peace Talks in 1973 at his home town. This memorial site will be officially completed on 10th October, 2014 to celebrate the 103th anniversary of his birthday. … [Read more...]

Memorial complex commemorates late Politburo member

The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the memorial complex

NDO - A memorial complex commemorating late Politburo member and Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee (CPVCC), Le Duc Tho, was inaugurated in Nam Dinh city's Nam Van commune, Nam Dinh province on October 5 on the occasion of his 103rd birthday (October 10, 1911-2014). Present at the ribbon-cutting ceremony were Le Hong Anh, Politburo member and standing member of the CPVCC's Secretariat; Dinh The Huynh, Politburo member and Head of the CPVCC's Commission for Communication and Education; former Party and State leaders; representatives from central agencies; provincial leaders, and local people. … [Read more...]

Social News 23/9

HCM City to rebuild traditional market HCM City has decided to clear the traditional, 22,000-square-metre Tan Binh Market and replace it with a modern six-storey structure and 17-floor trade centre. It is estimated to cost VND4 trillion (US$190 million), which will come from the Tan Binh Phu Trading, Service and Real Estate Company, a joint-venture between the Tan Binh District Public Service Company and Tan Quang Limited Company. The trade centre will be built on 7,000 square metres while the traditional market with 5,000 kiosks will occupy the rest of the space. … [Read more...]

Social News 4/9

HCM City has stem cell assoc The government of HCMC has licensed the establishment of a stem cell association to serve hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. According to health experts, the biggest problem with hematopoietic stem cell transplantation is a limited number of donors as Vietnam's current population policy encourages each family to have two children only. Stem cells can only be extracted from biological siblings, making it difficult for patients to have homologous bone marrow transplants. … [Read more...]

Social News 13/7

Transport Minister agrees to speed up airport expanding in Thanh Hoa Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang has approved a proposal to speed up a project to broaden Tho Xuan Airport in central province of Thanh Hoa. Minister Thang instructed Airport Corporation of Vietnam to complete the airport design before July 15 to start construction by October. It is expected to complete by the end of the next year. Tho Xuan Airport opened in February last year has seen rapid growth rate, reaching 40 percent in the first half this year. … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 26/6

Jail terms for three upheld in bribery case The appeal court of HCM City's People's Supreme Court, yesterday, upheld the sentences of three persons on charges of offering and accepting bribes. The court upheld the seven-year jail term to the former chief of the southern province of Bac Lieu's People's Committee's Secretariat, Bui Thanh Hong for accepting a bribe from the Bac Lieu Housing Construction and Development Joint Stock Company. The court also upheld the 13-year imprisonment sentence to the company's former deputy director Tran Thanh Tung for offering the bribe. … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 20/6

Japan to ease visa rules for Vietnam The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs on June 17 announced plans to relax visa rules for tourists from Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines in a bid to double the number of foreign visitors ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Tourists with Indonesian e-passports will be exempt from getting a visa, while rules for those from Vietnam and the Philippines will be substantially eased. New regulations will come into effect as soon as possible, the ministry said. … [Read more...]

State capital’s representatives at banks – who are they?

Though the State has equitized most of its banks, it continues to hold controlling stakes them. The state's capital at the institutions is managed by its representatives - in most cases, officials from the State Bank of Vietnam.

VietNamNet Bridge - Individuals who represent the state's capital at commercial banks are also officials working for state management agencies. This practice is causing concern among those who believe it to create unfair competition among banks. In general, the State Bank dispatches more than one official to each commercial bank. Each official is responsible for a certain percentage of the state's capital. This allows for dispersing risk, as power is not concentrated in anyone individual, and allows those officials to monitor each other. … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 17/5

Coast guard and fishermen to be honoured at 'Vietnam Glory' programme Coast guards, fisheries surveillance forces and fishermen who have been working day and night to protect the country's sovereignty over its seas and islands will be honoured at the ninth 'Vietnam Glory' programme, scheduled in Hanoi on May 23. The event will praise 19 individuals and nine collectives who have promoted creativity in their work and contributed to national construction and development. Prominent among those are Nguyen Trong Nghia, a worker from the Ha Lam Coal Joint Stock Company, who created initiatives to save energy and improve productivity for his colleagues; and Tran Thi Cuc Hoa, a researcher from the Mekong River Delta Rice Institute, who developed new rice breeds and advanced technical procedures for gene transfer in plants. … [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...]

Social News Headlines 8/4

New leader for AIDS, drug committee Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has been named the Chairman of the National Committee for AIDS, Drug and Prostitution Prevention and Control. According to Prime Ministerial Decision No. 458/QD-TTg, signed on April 2, Deputy PM Dam will replace Deputy PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc in the position from the signature date.- Thai drug dealer's death penalty upheld The Supreme People's Court in HCM City yesterday rejected the appeal of a 32-year-old Thai national, Chimongkol Suaracha and handed him death penalty for illegal drug trafficking. During the first trial, the HCM City People's Court was informed that the Vietnamese authorities had detected nearly 2 kilograms of heroin concealed in two albums in Chimongkol's luggage as she entered Viet Nam's Tan Son Nhat International Airport on October 1, 2012. The Thai woman, who is a university graduate, had been promised a job at an automobile company in Viet Nam by a stranger, before being taken to Brazil, … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 11/3

Taxi driver jailed for fraud and robbery The People's Court in the capital sentenced a taxi driver to three years and six months' imprisonment on robbery charges yesterday. The driver, Nguyen Van Tien, 38, from northern Hung Yen Province's Hung Yen Town, charged 27-year-old Xiechao Yang of China US$600 for a taxi ride from the Old Quarter's Hang Bac Street to a sauna restaurant in Hang Muoi Street, and from the restaurant to his hotel in Hoan Kiem District's Tho Xuong Street - over 200 times the regulated fare. According to the verdict, Tien locked the car door, threatened the tourist and stole over VND23 million ($1,100) after the tourist did not agree to pay the charge and only gave the driver VND200,000 ($9.5). The tourist reported the incident to local police. Doctors receive certificates of merit for saving victims of collapsed suspension bridge Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc awarded certificates of merit on behalf of the Prime Minister to persons involved with … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 28/2

Japan funds nearly US$491,000 for projects in Vietnam Japan has pledged to provide a non-refundable aid package worth nearly US$491,000 for five health and infrastructure projects in Vietnam. The signing ceremony for the package took place in the Japanese Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City on February 26. Accordingly, US$108,898 will be presented to the Traditional Medicine Hospital of Ninh Thuan province to upgrade its health equipment. Another project worth US$109,100 will benefit the pediatric ward of the KhanhHoa provincial Hospital, while a welfare centre for the elderly under the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho's Red Cross will receive US$81,160. The aid package will also be distributed to a project to build Cau Doi and Rach Lau bridges in Tra Vinh province's Duyen Hai district and another building rural roads and Na Tung canal-cross bridge in Ke Sach district, Soc Trang province. Construction starts on Norwegian-funded waste treatment plant The Mekong Delta … [Read more...]


Economy moves towards growth, auditors predict Economic activity in Vietnam is likely to pick up this year and in 2014, auditing firm Ernst & Young predicts in its forecast about rapid-growth markets. This year, the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is expected to be 5.5 percent, and the consumption price index (CPI) 7.8 percent. In 2015, the country's GDP is estimated to climb to 7.1 percent and the CPI to fall to a growth of 4.8 percent. "The near 7-percent growth trend can be regained by 2014, as export markets recover, if banks become more stable and if rule changes are enacted for planned foreign direct investment," Ernst & Young said in its report. "Import substitution will continue to contain the trade deficit, despite consumption picking up as inflation subsides. But competition from other low-cost locations is a downside growth risk," it added. In its forecast, Ernst & Young said that China will continue to move up the value chain, creating many … [Read more...]

Hanoi inaugurates biggest flyover

View of the flyover (Source: VNA)

Hanoi inaugurates biggest flyover The four-lane steel frame flyover, which is 484m in length and 16m in width, has a span of 60m, making it the largest of the kind so far in Ha Noi . It was completed after eight months of construction, one month ahead of schedule. This is one project under the city's target programme to reduce traffic jams and ensure urban order for the 2012-2015 period. At the inauguration ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai praised efforts of workers, contractors and Hanoi authorities in implementing the project, the seventh of its kind in the city, which is of great importance to improve traffic in the western area of the city. Hanoi also plans to complete several key transport projects within this year and next year, including the O Cho Dua-Hoang Cau and the O Dong Mac-Nguyen Khoai sections of the belt road No.1. Nation unites to support victims of Storm Wutip The country has rallied together to raise funds in support of victims of Storm Wutip … [Read more...]