Deputy Defence Minister works with units in Binh Phuoc

Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh.

PANO – Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh, Deputy Defence Minister, and entourage on the morning of December 17th worked with the Military Command and the Border Guard Command of Binh Phuoc province on the implemention of their military and defense tasks in 2014. The general hailed the recent achievements of the provincial armed forces and border guards, and asked the units to continue to comprehensively implement missions, focusing on military external affairs, strengthening political education, building comprehensively strong units, and maintaining political security, social order and safety in the border. The general also briefed the units on the world and regional political situations. In the afternoon, he worked with Army Corps 16, and offered incense to martyrs of Border Post 801 (Binh Phuoc provincial border guard), who died in the Southwest border war. Translated by Huu Duong … [Read more...]

Social News 18/12


Ha Noi told to fight sexual harassment in public transport The National Committee for Traffic Safety asked the Ha Noi People's Committee to combat sexual harassment against women and girls on public transport. Accordingly, relevant agencies must identify locations, public transport routes and road sections where sexual harassment often occurs. The city must also improve lighting in areas where women are vulnerable to sexual assault, broadly announce telephone numbers for police in case of emergency and give instructions and advice on how to avoid and what to do when encountering sexual harassment. Women should be provided training in necessary skills to protect themselves in public places, and authorities should encourage them to report sexual harassment and other physical abuse, the committee said. Additionally, the city must tighten control over areas where sexual abuse is common in order to discover and punish criminals. Deputy chairman of the Ha Noi People's Committee … [Read more...]

HCMC urges firm to give up land for metro line


Work in Ho Chi Minh City's subway tunnel, which will cross the Saigon River. Photo: Dinh Phu The Ho Chi Minh City government has urged the authorities in neighboring Binh Duong Province to force a company to make way for a billion-dollar subway line. The city has asked its neighbor to press the Vinh Phat Company in Di An Town to relocate so that work on the second package of the country's first metro line can begin by the end of the year. The country’s urban rail system is designed to run 19.7 kilometers from Ben Thanh Market to Suoi Tien theme park, which lies along the HCMC-Binh Duong border. Work on the Suoi Tien end is now 30 months behind schedule due to delays in site clearance. The recent relocation request was the second made by the HCMC administration, which could soon be ordered to pay its idle contractors around VND2 billion (US$93,540) a day in penalties. During a meeting in August, Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai ordered the involved parties to make way … [Read more...]

Social News 17/12

Six farmers drown as fishing boat overturns Six farmers were drowned when their boat suddenly overturned this morning in Nam Thinh Commune of the northern Thai Binh Province's Tien Hai District. The accident occurred when the farmers were on their way to catch clams. According to the local people, the farmers were in a small boat. The accident was blamed on strong winds and the fact that the small boat was overcrowded. The local rescue team has salvaged the boat after retrieving the victims' bodies. The People's Committee of the district visited the victims' families and gave each VND3 million (US$140) as aid. Court starts hearing former VietinBank execs’ appeals agement department at the Vietnam Bank for Industry and Trade (VietinBank), and other defendants. On January 27, 2014, Nhu was sentenced to life in jail by the HCMC People’s Court for swindling nearly VND4 trillion out of three banks, nine companies, and three individuals. To steal the deposits of customers … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 17/12


First private war remnants museum opens in Hanoi The first-ever private war remnants museum just opened in downtown Ha Noi. The museum features thousands of war objects gathered across the country over the past 20 years by Nguyen Manh Hiep, a war veteran. The collection, which includes bomb shells, soldiers' utilities and photos, is being displayed in a 30-sq.m yard in front of Hiep's house, No 9, lane 144/2, An Duong Vuong Road. Young talents gather at HBSO concert Local young music talents will play at a concert hosted by the HCMC Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO) at the City Opera House at 8 p.m. on Friday. Audiences will have a chance to admire beautiful and lively melodies of Wind quintet No. 1 in B-flat Major by Italian composer/violinist Giuseppe Maria Cambini by the performance of young talents of the HBSO Wind Quintet. Previously, the quintet took part in the Asian Orchestra Week in Tokyo, Japan in early September and had a solo concert in Natori City of … [Read more...]

Firms instructed to replant forests

The Cua Dat Hydropower Plant in the northern province of Thanh Hoa. — VNA/VNS Photo Thai Ha

HA NOI (Biz Hub) — Businesses that deliberately delayed the replanting of forests would have their operating licences revoked, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat said yesterday. He made the statement yesterday in Ha Noi during an online conference on replanting forests to replace those destroyed for other purposes. Reviewing afforestation efforts in recent years, Phat said that progress in many localities remained slow. Deputy Director of the Vietnam Administration of Forestry Nguyen Ba Ngai said that as of December, only 28 out of 55 cities and provinces had managed to replant forests. The area of afforestation was about 4,650 hectares, accounting for 35 per cent of this year's target, and a number of localities had not planted alternative forests, such as Lai Chau, Thanh Hoa, Gia Lai, Quang Ngai, Khanh Hoa, Binh Phuoc and Tra Vinh. Some localities had started afforestation, but the results remained weak such as Nghe An, Dak Lak, Dak Nong, Lam Dong, … [Read more...]

Trans-Vietnam cycling tournament concludes


Cyclists at the event (Photo: VNA) The trans-Vietnam cycling tournament or the National Defense Cup wrapped up on December 16 with ADC Vinh Long Television’s cyclist Trinh Duc Tam finishing first the last 36km race around Cao Bang city, the northern province of same name. Cyclist Do Tuan Anh from Domesco Pharmacy Dong Thap won the first prize at the individual’s overall race whilst the Domesco Pharmacy Dong Thap took the first prize for team. Over 300 cyclists representing 15 domestic teams and two teams from Laos and Cambodia competed in the 15-day tournament from southernmost Ca Mau province to Cao Bang province with a total length of 1,292km. During the race, the cyclists visited Uncle Ho’s homeland in central Nghe An province and Tran Hung Dao Forest relic site in Cao Bang province, paid tribute General Vo Nguyen Giap at his grave in central Quang Binh province and offered incense in tribute to fallen soldiers at martyrs’ cemeteries along the … [Read more...]

Yen Bai defuses 10,000 pieces of UXOs

VGP - Nearly 10,000 pieces of unexploded ordnances (UXOs) in the northern province of Yen Bai were defused safely during a three-month campaign. The campaign conducted in line with the order of the Chairman of the People’s Committee of Yen Bai. The provincial Military Command mobilized nearly 100 officers and soldiers to clear bombs and mines left over from the war on a 750 m2 site at Dong Cum village, Vinh Kien commune, Yen Binh district. Over 154 tonnes of UXOs were removed from the site and destroyed safely. Statistics showed that UXOs have claimed over 42,000 lives and left about 62,000 injured, mostly rural people and children, in Viet Nam over the last four decades. Each year, more than 1,500 people die and nearly 2,300 people get injured, including many children, due to UXO-related causes./. By Khanh Phuong … [Read more...]

Domesco Dong Thap win trans-Vietnam cycling race

The awards ceremony for top three overall finishers (Credit:

NDO – Domesco Dong Thap were crowned the best team overall, at the 2014 trans-Vietnam cycling tournament concluding in northern Cao Bang province on December 16, clocking a total time of 94 hours, 32 minutes and 31 seconds.>> Hundreds of riders to compete in trans-Vietnam cycling tourney >> Trans-Vietnam cycling tourney opens in Ca Mau ADC-Vinh Long Television and Ho Chi Minh City followed in second and third place with respective times of 94:35:10 and 94:36:12. Regarding the individual categories, Dong Thap’s veteran rider, Do Tuan Anh claimed the overall yellow jersey for his time of 31:29:46, just 18 seconds faster than runner-up Nguyen Thanh Tam and 47 seconds fewer than third-placed Le Ngoc Son. Tuan Anh also won the overall green jersey with 193 points. The Lao team’s Hari Fitrianto snatched the overall polka dot jersey for the king of the mountains, while Huynh Thanh Tung from the Army team took the overall white jersey for the best young … [Read more...]

Yen Bai removes 10,000 pieces of UXOs


Illustrative image (Source: VNA) Nearly 10,000 pieces of unexploded ordnances (UXOs) have been found and destroyed during a three-month campaign in the northern mountainous province of Yen Bai. The provincial Military Command has deployed nearly 100 officers and soldiers to p erform bomb and mine clearance on a 750 m2 site at Dong Cum village, Vinh Kien commune, Yen Binh district. M ore than 154 tonnes of UXOs were removed from the site and destroyed safely. Lieutenant Colonel Nguyen Dinh Tao from the Provincial Military Command said that they have undertaken maximum efforts to ensure the efficiency and the absolute safety for both the involved staff and local residents during the process. Preliminary statistics show that UXOs have claimed more than 42,000 lives and left about 62,000 injured, mostly rural people and children, in Vietnam over the last four decades. Each year on average, more than 1,500 people die and nearly 2,300 people get injured, including many children, due … [Read more...]

Land-related corruption critical

Van Ly The Land Transparency Study, which was announced in Hanoi City last week, found that land management ranked second in the list of sectors with major corruption concerns, followed by construction, customs, health, taxation, traffic, mineral management, planning and investment, education, economic police, banking, court and finance. Speaking at the announcement of the report, the WB’s governance expert Tran Thi Lan Huong said darkness takes a bigger part of land information disclosure on websites in Vietnam. Can Tho City ranked first in Vietnam for providing comprehensive, easily accessible land-related information through its website, followed by Hanoi, Ben Tre, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Binh Thuan, Quang Nam, Tra Vinh, Thanh Hoa, Kien Giang, Long An and Quang Binh. Meanwhile, the central province of Thanh Hoa led in offering land-related information on the spot, followed by Quang Tri, Phu Yen, Soc Trang, Ben Tre, Ninh Binh, Phu Tho, Binh Thuan, Kien Giang, Tay Ninh, Binh … [Read more...]

Young Vietnamese keen on adopting, sharing green lifestyle


A number of young Vietnamese joined a green tour on Saturday to Dong Nai Province, which neighbors Ho Chi Minh City, as one of GetGreen Vietnam’s activities to promote a green lifestyle and sustainable consumption. The group went to Kingfisher Nest Tourism Complex in Vinh Cuu District. GetGreen Vietnam is a project promoting sustainable consumption in the country which focuses on sustainable living and working for middle-income consumers in urban areas, according to its website. Like its sister project SPIN (Sustainable Product Innovation), GetGreen Vietnam is also co-funded by the SWITCH-Asia Program of the European Union and implemented by the Netherlands’ Delft University of Technology, Vietnam Cleaner Production Center, and the Asian Institute of Technology in Vietnam. The project is aimed at developing consumption groups which are aged from 18 to 45 and include students or office workers in a sustainable consumer community and at launching campaigns to … [Read more...]

Social News 15/12

Project targeting low-income earners introduced in Ha Nam A World Bank-funded project targeting low-income earners has been introduced in the northern province of Ha Nam. The 55.6 million USD project, supported by the World Bank is being carried out nationwide from 2013 to 2018. The "Innovation Targeting People on Low Incomes in Vietnam" project aims to create opportunities for Vietnamese businesses to access to loans and capitals so that they can enhance their proficiency in implementing innovations through applying, perfecting and expanding their operations, as well as commercialising technology to improve living standards for low-income people. Developing traditional medicine, information technology and communication, agriculture and aquiculture are at the heart of the project. Addressing at the conference to introduce the project, Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Planning and Development’s Agency for Enterprises Development Nguyen Hoa Cuong, who is also … [Read more...]

Can Tho city invests 19.5 million USD in urban upgrade

Thirteen kindergartens and primary schools in Binh Thuy, Ninh Kieu, Cai Rang, O Mon districts, the Mekong delta city of Can Tho will be built as part of the Can Tho city sub-project of Vietnam – Mekong Delta Region National Urban Development Upgrading Project. Between December, 2014 and the end of 2016, other works will be carried out, including the construction of roads, three new low-income areas (LIAs), two medical service units in Tra Noc and Thoi An Dong wards and as well as the upgrade of drainage system in Ninh Kieu district. The workload costs a total investment of 418 billion VND (19.5 million USD), said the municipal Department of Planning and Investment (DPI). The municipal DPI Director Nguyen Minh Hong stated that Can Tho has been implementing the sub-project between 2012 and 2017 using a World Bank loan of 69.9 million USD and a 20.4 million USD fund from the State budget. The city has to date completed 76 out of 86 contracts, seeing a number of LIAs, roads, … [Read more...]

Social News 14/12


Vietnam warned against unsafe foods The Vietnam Food Administration (VFA) under the Ministry of Health this week received warnings of foreign food safety agencies against two types of dried food originating in Taiwan including tofu and fruits, which contain toxic substances. Particularly, Hong Kong’s Center for Food Safety informed the Vietnamese administration of a ban on dried tofu imported from Taiwan after this product had been found to be contaminated with toxic chemicals. The UK Food Standards Agency on Monday also warned against dried fruits produced by two firms named Gima and Norfolk, which contained sulfur dioxide not listed on the food label. … [Read more...]

Social News 13/12


Vietnam climbs 16 notches in transport infrastructure: WEF … [Read more...]

Vietnam Insight: Vietnam in the early 20th century through photos of the French School of the Far Ea


(VOVworld) - A special exhibit, entitled "Vietnam Insight: Vietnam in the early 20th century through photos of the French School of the Far East (EFEO) has opened in Hanoi. The exhibit consists of 60 photos depicting people’s everyday life, anniversaries, folk festivals, and religious rituals in the last century. Thu Duyen and Vinh Phong report: The French School of the Far East archives approximately 7,000 photos of Vietnam. The photos on display are the most important artistically and historically. The photos come from scholars and photographers who used large or medium format cameras and old camera techniques. Some of the photos have been digitally restored. School Director Yves Goudineau said: "This exhibit gives us an insight into Vietnam in the early 20th century. These photos were shot by Frenchmen who lived in Vietnam, spoke Vietnamese, and understood life in Vietnam very well. The oldest photos date back 100 years and the newest 85 years. Life in Vietnam these days is … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 12/12


Ben Tre Coconut Festival – bigger than ever this year The 4th Coconut Festival, set for April 7-13 next year, has been stepped up to a national event and will be bigger and better than ever, Tran Ngoc Tam, head of the organizing board has announced. The festival is an annual celebration of Ben Tre’s uniqueness to the Mekong Delta region, Tam says, adding that this year’s event will include a culture tourism week, southern food festival, beauty pageant, poetry contest, coconut exhibitions and much more. … [Read more...]

Weakened storm Hagupit enters Vietnam central coast, bringing heavy rain

>> Storm Hagupit likely to hit Vietnam’s Ninh Thuan-Binh Thuan area tonight

Tropical storm Hagupit had weakened to a tropical depression when it arrived at the south central coast of Vietnam on early Friday, bringing torrential rain to the region, the Vietnam National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting reported. The tropical depression entered the coast of Khanh Hoa and Ninh Thuan provinces early this morning, December 12, and then weakened into a low pressure area, packing winds of less than 39 kph. … [Read more...]

Students in Ha Tinh stay at home, wait for parent/school agreement


VietNamNet Bridge – Six hundred students in Huong Binh Commune of Huong Khe district in the central province of Ha Tinh have stayed at home for several months, as their parents and local authorities still cannot agree about school restructuring. … [Read more...]