General Vo Nguyen Giap, Vietnam’s greatest military hero

On May 27, 1948, he was conferred the title of highest-ranking General by the Late President Ho Chi Minh at the age 37

General Vo Nguyen Giap, former Commander-in-Chief of the Vietnam People's Army, passed away on October 4, but Vietnamese people will remember him for his great devotion to national independence. For the Vietnamese Army, he was a brilliant military strategist who planned historic battles that shine in Vietnamese history. Some revolutionary photos of General Vo Nguyen Giap taken from the book "General and Commander-in-Chief Vo Nguyen Giap": pubished by the Authority of Foreign Information, … [Read more...]

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In photos: Historic milestones in General Giap’s life

Here are some archive images depicting historic milestones in the life of General Giap:

Legendary Vietnamese leader Vo Nguyen Giap started his career as a history teacher. He later became a politician and the Commander in Chief of the Vietnam People's Army. To many generations of Vietnamese, General Giap is a symbol of strong will and national pride. Legendary Vietnamese leader Vo Nguyen Giap started his career as a history teacher. He later became a politician and the Commander in Chief of the Vietnam People's Army. To many generations of Vietnamese, General Giap is a symbol … [Read more...]

65 Years of Construction and Development


The National Political Publishing House, formerly the Truth Publishing House, was established on December 5, 1945 and managed by late Party General Secretary Truong Trinh. Over the past 65 years, the Publishing House has been closely attached to and made a great contribution to the cause of development of Vietnam's revolution. When the North was completely liberated (October 1954), with its tasks of popularizing lines and policies of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV), State and Marxism and … [Read more...]

New Year firework show planned to light up HCM City

(VOV) - Ho Chi Minh City is set to light the sky within credible firework display at Bitexco Financial Tower in District 1 to welcome in the 2015 New Year with a sparkling barrage of colour and sound. It was proposed to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Ministry of Defence and the Government Office. After the plan is approved, the 15-minute pyrotechnic performance will take place from 00:00 to 00:15 of January 1. According to the city People's Committee, the event will open a … [Read more...]

Vietnam, India push for stronger strategic partnership


(VOV) - Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung's forthcoming visit to India aims to further the strategic partnership between the two countries with a major focus on economic cooperation. PM Nguyen Tan Dung will pay an official visit to India from October 27-29 at the invitation of his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi. The time-honoured friendship between Vietnam and India had formed from the first decades of the 20th century which was founded by late Prime Minister Jawaharlan Nehru and late President … [Read more...]

Exhibition highlights Ho Chi Minh’s life in Russia


The exhibition, entitled President Ho Chi Minh with Russia through Archives and Records, will present more than 200 documents, photos and objects that reflect the time when the President lived and worked in that country. - File Photo HA NOI (VNS) - The Ha Noi - based Ho Chi Minh Museum will host next month a special exhibition on the life of the late President Ho Chi Minh in the former Soviet Union. The exhibition, entitled President Ho Chi Minh with Russia through Archives and Records, will … [Read more...]

Deputy Prime Minister honours Russian medical scientists

HA NOI (VNS) - Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc yesterday expressed hopes that Russian scientists would continue supporting Viet Nam in scientific research, specialist technology and professional training. Phuc made this statement at a reception for a delegation of Russian scientists who arrived here yesterday. The Deputy Prime Minister hailed the delegation for its visit and thanked the State and people of Russia for helping Viet Nam during its struggle for national independence. He … [Read more...]

NA meets in new building

Defence Minister Phung Quang Thanh discusses with Chairman of the NA's Economics Committee Nguyen Van Giau in front of Dien Hong Hall

(VOV) - The 13th National Assembly (NA) opened its 8th session in Hanoi on October 20 at the newly inaugurated Ba Dinh Hall. After paying tribute to the late President Ho Chi Minh at his Mausoleum, NA deputies entered the new NA Building for the opening ceremony. … [Read more...]

100 couples gather for mass nuptials in HCMC


(VOV) -One hundred couples clad in traditional wedding attire tied the knot in a grand mass wedding ceremony at the Melisa Centre, Tan Phu district, Ho Chi Minh City on October 15. Before the spectacle, the brides and grooms-to-be held a wreath laying ceremony at the monument of late President Ho Chi Minh. They then travelled by electric bicycle across the city to the mass wedding. The couples were public employees, teachers, and workers from the city and surrounding provinces, organizers of … [Read more...]

Political News 16/10

HCM City voters voice concerns over corruption Corruption remains a pressing problem that needs to be addressed as soon as possible, voters in Ho Chi Minh City's District 4 said during their meeting with President Truong Tan Sang on October 15. Anti-corruption offices succeeded in detecting numerous cases, but their operations were not really effective, they commented. Regarding health, voters pointed out difficulties in paying for treatment using health insurance at specialised hospitals. … [Read more...]

Vietnamese, Indian legislative bodies embrace ties

Vietnamese law-makers hoped to shake hands with their Indian partners on legislative activities to increase mutual understanding, solidarity and political ties between the two countries. National Assembly Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong made the remark while meeting with Indian Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha (Upper House of Parliament) Pallath Joseph Kurien on the sidelines of the 131st Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly. The Vietnamese official suggested enhancing gatherings … [Read more...]

Grand ceremony marks Ha Noi Liberation Day

Fireworks light up the sky over the iconic Ho Guom (Sword Lake) to celebrate the 60th Ha Noi Liberation Day. - VNA/VNS Photo Minh Duc

HA NOI (VNS)- Party, State, and Government leaders and officials joined people from all walks of life at a ceremony yesterday that celebrated the 60th Ha Noi Liberation Day (October 10, 1954). … [Read more...]

Grand meeting celebrates Hanoi’s 60th liberation day


(VOV) -A grand meeting was held at National Convention Centre in My Dinh, Hanoi, on October 10 to mark the 60th anniversary of the capital city's Liberation Day. Present at the event were Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, State President Truong Tan Sang, National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, President of the Fatherland Front Central Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan, as well as representatives from central agencies, ministries and localities … [Read more...]

Ceremony marks Hanoi’s 60th Liberation Day


Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Pham Quang Nghi addresses the ceremony (Photo: VNA) … [Read more...]

Vietnam to further ties with France: NA Vice Chairwoman


Vice President of the French Senate Jacqueline Gourault (left) receives NA Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong (Photo: VietnamPlus) … [Read more...]

NA Vice Chairwoman Phong visits French Senate

(VOV) - Further promoting stronger cooperation will greatly benefit both Vietnam and France, National Assembly (NA) Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong told French Senate leaders at an October 9 meeting as part of her ongoing visit to France. The Vietnamese NA delegation congratulated Vice President of the France-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentarian Group Jacqueline Gourault on being elected as the Vice President of the French Senate which, they said will contribute to boosting cooperation between the … [Read more...]

France, Vietnam promote strategic partnership


(VOV) - Vice Chairwoman of the National Assembly Tong Thi Phong on October 8 led a Vietnamese delegation on a working visit to France in furtherance of elevating bilateral ties and the strategic partnership between the two nations. During a working session with the French Parliament's First Vice President Laurence Dumont, NA Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong briefed on the development history of Vietnam's NA and cooperative ties with France. She thanked the French Government, Parliament and … [Read more...]

Activities in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Geneva Agreement reviewed


Photo exhibition marking the 60th anniversary of the Geneva Agreement (VNA) … [Read more...]

Mongolia holds promise for Vietnam labour, tourism


(VOV) - Six decades after the establishment of diplomatic ties, the traditional friendship and partnership between Vietnam and Mongolia continues to thrive as a result of the relentless pursuit of opportunities for advancement by its leaders and citizens. "We have finished the hard part of normalizing relations and must now focus on using our emerging partnership to advance great common causes," Ambassador to Mongolia Phan Dang Duong added during an interview granted to VOV recently. Following … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 5/10

More pedestrian streets open in Hanoi Old Quarter The Hoan Kiem District's People Committee on October 3 launched six more walking streets to serve tourists' exploration of Hanoi Old Quarter on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. The streets are Hang Buom, Ma May, Hang Giay, Luong Ngoc Quyen, Ta Hien and Dao Duy Tu streets, which are connected to the existing Hang Dao-Dong Xuan pedestrian road. The six-street area is famous for many historical relics dating back to the 18 th -19 th century … [Read more...]