Government allocates 4,500 tons of rice to offshore fishermen

Customers buy sea fish at a Co.op Mart Supermarket in Hue city on May 2 (Photo: SGGP)

The Prime Minister has approved a Ministry of Finance’s proposal to allocate 4,500 tons of rice from the national reserve to fishermen who have been affected by the huge dead fish in the north central region. Each fisherman will receive 15 kilogram during one and half a month of the allocation. They will be exempt from paying interest for their bank loans within six months to build large boats for offshore fishing. Previously the Prime Minister instructed ministries, related agencies and local authorities to investigate the fish death and make clear its causes at a meeting with leaders of affected provinces in Ha Tinh on May 1. They can hire foreign experts to address the causes, he said. Any individual and organization breaking the law must be spelled out and strictly handled, he ordered. On the following day, the Department of Industry and Trade in Thua Thien-Hue province said that local businesses and supermarkets had purchased 200 tons of fish caught from April 30 to … [Read more...]

Private-service providers for public-school students need to be better managed

Fifth-grader Ha Duc Binh of Huynh Van Chinh Primary School (lelf) plays chess with a schoolmate at Ruby School, which operates a private service for students in HCM City who cannot attend public school all day because of a classroom shortage -- Photo Gia Loc

VietNamNet Bridge – The Department of Education plans to ask the city to issue detailed regulations on private services for students who must attend school in either a morning or afternoon shift. The department wants to ensure that services and facilities offered by individual providers are safe for children, including food and facilities. Some public schools, particularly those with rising numbers of students from increased migration from the provinces, do not have enough classrooms for both morning and afternoon classes. They also cannot provide lunch. Because of the shortage, many parents, who are often busy at work all day, often have to make arrangements with private services provided by individuals located near the students’ schools, according to Nguyen Hong Ha, deputy head of the Culture and Social Affairs Board under the People’s Council. The students who cannot attend both morning and afternoon sessions often go to a private school for either a morning … [Read more...]

Government urges investigation to mass dead fish in central region

Mass fish death has damaged fishing, seafood catering, and tourism industries in the central region (Photo: SGGP)

In a dispatch sent from the Government Office yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung asked the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and provincial people’s committees to urgently investigate the widespread and mass dead fish in Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue, determine the cause, propose measures to handle the issue and report to the Prime Minister. Deputy PM Dung tasked the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to guide the four provinces to work with authorized agencies to determine the cause, collect and handle the dead fish to prevent environmental pollution, count damage and assist citizens to resume farming and protect seafood resources. On the same day, Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh asked the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to coordinate with the Ha Tinh province People’s Committee and related agencies including police and border guard forces to … [Read more...]

Electricity on when Vietnamese electrician electrocuted to death

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On Wednesday, Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporters interviewed locals living close to the site where an electrician was shocked to death in Tam Ky, the capital city of the central province of Quang Ngai, on Sunday. The incident occurred at 1:35 pm when Nguyen Van Chung, 37, from Tam Xuan 2 Commune, Nui Thanh District, Quang Nam, climbed a power pole in Vinh Binh Village, Tam Thang Commune, to renew the 22kV power lines, police reports said. According to the reporters, some residents in the area recognized the electricity was on at the time of the incident. Eyewitnesses said that they had received notifications about the shutdown in the area for the line renewal, but Chung still got shocked. The notifications, provided by a Tam Ky electricity firm, said that the shutdown lasted from 6:30 am to 5:30 pm. The firm also stated that it had switched the electricity off during the upgrade process. Nguyen Thi Nhung, 37, whose house is next to the utility pole where Chung was … [Read more...]

Vietnamese electrician shocked to death on utility pole

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An electrician was electrocuted to death on Sunday when clinging to a utility pole to upgrade the power lines in a province in south-central Vietnam. The electric shock took the life of the victim while his body was still hanging amid the lines, according to local witnesses. Police reports said that the incident occurred at 1:35 pm when Nguyen Van Chung, 37, from Tam Xuan 2 Commune, Nui Thanh District, Quang Nam, climbed onto a power pole in Vinh Binh Village, Tam Thang Commune, located in the provincial capital of Tam Ky, to renew the 22kV power lines. Eyewitnesses said that all the electricity sources in the area were shut down for the line renewal, but Chung still got shocked at the time. Two hours after the incident, a ladder truck was sent by a Tam Ky electricity firm to take the deceased down from the pole. Chung’s body was then handed over to his family, according local officials. Phan Vu Dong Quan, manager of the electricity company, confirmed the case when … [Read more...]

Vietnam – Japan Comprehensive Cooperation

At the headquarters of the Vietnamese Ministry of Planning and Investment, Vietnam and Japan recently signed an exchange of notes under which the latter will provide more than US$800 million of official development assistance (ODA) in the first tranche of fiscal year 2015. Accordingly, the Japanese Government will provide funds for Vietnam’s economic infrastructure development, thus creating favourable conditions for Vietnam to attract more investment capital and boost international economic integration. This is the foundation for the two countries to carry out investment and trade cooperation programmes in various fields of mutual interest.Still top investor At the ceremony, Mr Bui Quang Vinh, Minister of Planning and Investment, appreciated Japan’s pledged ODA loan as it would help Vietnam develop its important socioeconomic infrastructure like Da Nang - Quang Ninh section on North - South Highway (30 billion yen), infrastructure system for Lach Huyen Port in Hai Phong … [Read more...]

2 massive Vietnam War bombs found in southern province

Military officers in the southern province of Binh Duong on Wednesday successfully moved two general-purpose bombs weighing 226 and 360 kilograms found by locals to a safer place. One bomb, which is an M81, used commonly during the Vietnam War, was found near the bank of the Dong Nai River and the other, an M83, at a construction site. General-purpose bombs made by the US are highly destructive. Unexploded ordnance has been left behind on a fifth of Vietnam’s land area, and officials say explosions occur every day. Deputy Minister of Defense Nguyen Chi Vinh said last October that the explosions kill more than 1,500 people every year and injure 2,200 others. … [Read more...]

Vietnam attracts nearly 15.6 billion USD of FDI in 2015

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The Hanoitimes - The General Statistics Office said that as of December 15, 2015, Vietnam`s foreign direct investment (FDI) attracted 2,013 newly licensed projects with the total registered capital reaching 15.58 billion USD, up 26.8% on number of projects and 0.4% of the capital over the same period in 2014. Besides, 814 existing projects were also granted additional capital to 7.18 billion USD. The total registered capital of the new projects and granted additional capital reached 22.76 billion USD, up 12.5% ​​compared to 2014. The total capital of FDI implemented in 2015 was estimated at 14,5 billion USD, up 17.4% over the previous year. Processing industry, manufacturing attracted the largest FDI with the registered capital worth 15.23 billion USD, accounting for 66.9% of total registered capital. Manufacturing and distribution of electricity, gas, hot water, steam and air conditioning was more than 2.8 billion USD in FDI, accounting for 12.4%. Real estate business reached … [Read more...]

Viet claims sixth stage of cycling tour

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HCM CITY (VNS) — Dinh Quoc Viet of HCM City's Eximbank 1 won the sixth race during the Nam Ky Khoi Nghia cycling tournament yesterday. Viet took the lead with a time of 2:11.47 in the 100km stage from Da Lat City to Bao Loc City. Truong Nguyen Thanh Nhan of HCM City's Eximbank 2 and Nguyen Van Xuyen of Vinh Binh An Giang Rice were the runners-up. Meanwhile, Ho Van Phuc of ADC-Vinh Long Television held onto the yellow jersey for the best overall time with a total time of 19:03.36 after six stages. Phuc also won the red jersey award for the King of Mountain with 17 points. Nhan's teammate Le Nguyet Minh won the green jersey for scoring the most points, with 49. ADC-Vinh Long Television topped the team's rankings with a combined time of 57:13.35, followed by Military Zone 7 and Domesco Pharmacy Dong Thap 1. Today, cyclists will compete in the final 128km seventh stage from Xuan Loc Town of Dong Nai Province to Hoc Mon District of HCM City. — VNS … [Read more...]

Thousands of households in danger due to financial, land shortages

A resident in Chau Thanh District in southern Ben Tre Province stands in front of her house, which is at risk of being swept away due to landslides. — Photo danviet.vn

VietNamNet Bridge – Thousands of households in southern Ben Tre Province are unsafe, as they are located in landslide-prone areas, the provincial authority has said. Officials noted that there are no land funds or financing available to help these households relocate to safe communities. Figures from the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development indicate that there are more than 8,340 households in need of being evacuated in nine districts. Of these, Chau Thanh, Cho Lach and Mo Cay Bac have witnessed the most severe landslides. Cao Minh Duc, deputy director of the department, said it was difficult to evacuate affected households, as there was no land available to relocate the residents. Worse, most were of these are poor households, who are unable to purchase land where they might move, he added. Duc said that the people's committees of Binh Dai, Giong Trom, Mo Cay Bac and Mo Cay Nam districts have asked the provincial authority to approve the project to … [Read more...]

Thousands in Ben Tre face high risk of landslides

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Thousands of households in the Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre are in urgent need for resettlement, as they face a high risk of falling victim to riverside landslides. As many as nine landslide-prone districts and cities in the province with 8,347 households have been identified. The most-affected areas are the districts of Chau Thanh, Cho Lach and Mo Cay Bac. Provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Deputy Director Cao Minh Duc highlighted the difficulties facing the resettlement, saying that the locality has no land funds for the purpose. Most of the affected households are impoverished and cannot manage their own relocation, Duc added. The People’s Committees of the districts of Binh Dai, Giong Trom, Mo Cay Bac and Mo Cay Nam have asked for the province’s approval on a project to move nearly 500 locals from landslide-prone areas. However, the project is still awaiting approval, according to Duc. The official called for the Ministry of Agriculture … [Read more...]

Households in danger due to financial, land shortages

A resident in Chau Thanh District in southern Ben Tre Province stands in front of her house, which is at risk of being swept away due to landslides. — Photo danviet.vn

BEN TRE (VNS) — Thousands of households in southern Ben Tre Province are unsafe, as they are located in landslide-prone areas, the provincial authority has said. Officials noted that there are no land funds or financing available to help these households relocate to safe communities. Figures from the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development indicate that there are more than 8,340 households in need of being evacuated in nine districts. Of these, Chau Thanh, Cho Lach and Mo Cay Bac have witnessed the most severe landslides. Cao Minh Duc, deputy director of the department, said it was difficult to evacuate affected households, as there was no land available to relocate the residents. Worse, most were of these are poor households, who are unable to purchase land where they might move, he added. Duc said that the people's committees of Binh Dai, Giong Trom, Mo Cay Bac and Mo Cay Nam districts have asked the provincial authority to approve the project to build … [Read more...]

Vietnam Attracts US$19 Bln FDI

Foreign investors have pumped more than US$19.292 billion in 1,657 new and 667 existed FDI (foreign direct investment) projects in the first ten months of this year, a rise of 40.8 percent against the corresponding period last year.

Of the figure, US$11.8 billion has been disbursed, a year-on-year increase of 16.3 percent, the Foreign Investment Agency (FIA) under the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MoPI) reported. The processing and manufacturing industries drew the largest share of foreign investment with US$12.484 billion, accounting for 64.7 percent of the total registered capital, trailed by electric production and distribution, gas, hot water, steam, air conditioner, and real estate. Tra Vinh led 47 provinces and cities with the largest number of newly licensed FDI projects and a registered capital of US$2.526 billion. It was followed by HCM City, Dong Nai, Binh Duong, Hanoi, Tay Ninh, Haiphong and Quang Ninh. Malaysia topped 59 foreign investors in Vietnam, injecting US$2.416 billion or 19.4 percent of the total FDI, trailed by the Republic of Korea, the UK, Japan, Taiwan (China) and Singapore. VOV … [Read more...]

Vietnam attracts US$19 billion FDI

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(VOV) - Foreign investors have pumped more than US$19.292 billion in 1,657 new and 667 existed FDI (foreign direct investment) projects in the first ten months of this year, a rise of 40.8% against the corresponding period last year. Of the figure, US$11.8 billion has been disbursed, a year-on-year increase of 16.3%, the Foreign Investment Agency (FIA) under the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MoPI) reported. The processing and manufacturing industries drew the largest share of foreign investment with US$12.484 billion, accounting for 64.7% of the total registered capital, trailed by electric production and distribution, gas, hot water, steam, air conditioner, and real estate. Tra Vinh led 47 provinces and cities with the largest number of newly licensed FDI projects and a registered capital of US$2.526 billion. It was followed by HCM City, Dong Nai, Binh Duong, Hanoi, Tay Ninh, Haiphong and Quang Ninh. Malaysia topped 59 foreign investors in Vietnam, injecting US$2.416 … [Read more...]

3 gang members arrested for attacking traffic cop

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Three gang members that have been arrested in a photo released by HCMC police Ho Chi Minh City police said Wednesday they had arrested three robbery gang members who stabbed a traffic police officer at a checkpoint. They are still looking for two others. The attack happened at around 11 p.m. on September 7 when a team of officers at a checkpoint on Le Van Quoi Street in Binh Tan District spotted two allegedly drunken men on a motorbike. The officers signaled the men to stop. Nguyen Ngoc Vinh Binh, 29, who drove the bike, stopped but failed to produce papers. Binh left his bike on the roadside and walked away. He and Mai Duc Thinh, 28, who was on the back seat of Binh’s motorbike, headed towards the other side of the road, where three other men were waiting for them. Lieutenant Phan Minh Khoi followed the duo and ordered them to go back to the checkpoint. Binh suddenly sprayed tear gas that he brought with him into Khoi’s face. Khoi managed to avoid the gas, but Thinh … [Read more...]

FDI attraction increases 53 percent year on year

Wooden furniture manufacturing at Kaiser Furniture Company in My Phuoc 1 industrial park, the southern province of Binh Duong (Photo: SGGP)

Vietnam attracted about US$17.15 billion foreign direct investment (FDI) capital during the first nine months this year, a year on year increase of 53.4 percent, reported the Foreign Investment Agency under the Ministry of Planning and Investment. 1,432 new projects were licensed with total capital of US$11.03 billion, up 44.5 percent, and 416 projects supplemented an extra of US$6.11 billion in investment capital, up 72.6 percent. In August and September, some big projects were licensed such as the US$2.4 billion Duyen Hai 2 thermal power project of a Malaysian investor in the Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh. Korean Samsung Display Company hiked investment capital by US$3 billion for its plant in the northern province of Bac Ninh. However, up to 14 provinces and cities nationwide were unable to lure any new FDI project in the nine months. Most concentrate in the northern mountainous region comprising like Tuyen Quang, Dien Bien and Lao Cai provinces. … [Read more...]

A story of “Godsend”

"As a multidisciplinary business of such a scale and quality, the transformation from a joint stock company to a business group is essential for further growth."   Huynh Van Thon, board chairman and CEO, Loc Troi Group

By Duc Tam In the solemn and moving event in Dong Thap, nearly 2,000 staff members of An Giang Plant Protection Joint Stock Company (AGPPS) stood up shouting in chorus their new announcement. "We proclaim that Loc Troi Group is an intellectual agricultural group which has a world-class sustainable value chain," they declared. Such a value chain was built upon a modest figure 22 years ago. Grains of gem Having gone hand in hand with farmers for more than two decades, AGPPS officially launched its "To the Fields with Farmers" campaign in 2006, creating a quantum leap in making modern cultivation techniques available to farmers nationwide. Thoroughly aware of the weaknesses of small scale agriculture, in 2010, AGPPS became a pioneer when cooperating with farmers in an effort to implement a new model often known as "large-scaled fields," venturing into the rice production business. In 2011, the company’s first rice mill was inaugurated to fulfill output contracts signed … [Read more...]

Binh Duong, Tra Vinh co-ordinate to build VSIP in Tra Vinh

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The VSIP in Binh Duong NDO - Leaders of Binh Duong and Tra Vinh provinces held a joint meeting in Binh Duong on August 17 to promote the implementation of the Vietnam Singapore Industrial Park (VSIP) project in Tra Vinh. According to Tra Vinh leaders, VSIP is an industrial, service, urban area complex, with other such sites being successfully carried out in many provinces and cities in Vietnam. The government-approved VSIP Tra Vinh is located in Dinh An Economic Zone aiming to turn Tra Vinh into a centre for processing agricultural, forestry and fishery products for export, and a place capable of importing agricultural products from all 13 Mekong Delta provinces. The VSIP is also designed to include factories producing electronics, telecommunications, information and medical devices associated with industrial, urban and service development, meeting the socio-economic development needs of Tra Vinh and the Mekong Delta region. Leaders of Binh Duong province shared their … [Read more...]

80,000 activists attend Green Summer Campaign 2015

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The Ho Chi Minh Communist Union Committee in Ho Chi Minh City this morning hosted a launching ceremony of the 22nd Green Summer Campaign 2015 attended by 80,000 young activists from July 19-August 16. The campaign will take place in five suburban districts of HCMC, Phu Quy island district in Binh Thuan province, 12 southern provinces and Laos with key activities covering environmental protection, new rural development, traffic safety and programs for children. Activist will repair and build 40 kilometers of roads and 10 concrete bridges in rural areas, clean up eight canals in HCMC and repair electricity system for 1,000 poor households in the city. They will also implement work to advertise tourism in Phu Quy Island and organize amusement activities with historic themes for local children. In Laos, the activists will provide agricultural expansion consultancy, transfer agricultural sciences and technologies, and teach Vietnamese. HCMC authorities always create the best … [Read more...]

57-year-old banana seller receives Bachelor of Law degree

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VietNamNet Bridge – A 57-year-old woman who sells duck eggs and bananas at a rural market in Tien Giang province received a bachelor's degree in law on May 10. Pham Thi Kim Hoa, a resident of Thanh Lac hamlet in Thanh Nhut Commune in Go Cong Tay district, has four children. Her eldest son is now a first-year student at the College of Cao Thang in HCM City, and the three others are students at general schools. She was a former teacher at Thanh Nhut commune kindergarten. In 1999, due to family circumstances, she quit teaching to care for her husband and children. She has pursued many manual jobs, and began work as a duck egg and banana seller in Vinh Binh market. "In 2007, my younger brother (a mental patient) was beaten to death. Three times at the court, I did not understand the law to properly present my family’s case. After many nights of thinking, I went to the Continuing Education Center to enroll in a distance-learning class on law held by the University of Can … [Read more...]