“Special detail” in gov’t report raises concern about average Vietnamese height

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VietNamNet Bridge - In a report from the Government to the latest National Assembly session, there is a special detail: It is not a burning matter of the day but an urgent problem for the Vietnamese. The detail is "expanding the school milk project." Why it is considered a "special detail" in the government report, which consists of many important and urgent issues? If today it is not mentioned, then 10, 20, or 40 years later the Vietnamese will still have a sad record in the global arena: the world's shortest people. In just 40 years, Japan has raised the average height of its people by 10cm, reaching 172cm for men and 157cm for women. In 1945, Japanese men and women were only 1.59m and 1.49m tall. One of the most important "panaceas" for the leap in height of the Japanese was the plan called "a glass of milk to power a nation" in the daily diet of Japanese youth. In Thailand, after seven years of implementation of the school milk project, the height of Thai children has … [Read more...]

Vietnam anxiously wants to bring quick end to tourism crisis, but can it?

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Foreign tourists enjoy food and drinks at small odienpen-air restaurants in the ancient quarter of Hanoi. The charming old streets of Hanoi are among the main attractions for tourists in Northern Vietnam's Red River region. Photo: Reuters Never before have Vietnam’s top leadership stooped down like this to worry about the sagging tourism industry. After signing off on visa waivers for five more European countries -- France, Italy, Germany, Spain, and the UK -- last month, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has continued to press ahead with the visa exemption. In a directive dated July 2, Dung asked that ministries of finance, national defense, and public security consider axing tourist visa requirements for even more nationalities and continue streamlining visa procedures that have been decried as ineffective. The document did not dwell on the specific nationalities. But government agencies and industry insiders have proposed that Dung add four more countries -- India, Canada, … [Read more...]

Ministry told to promote health insurance

Hoang Nhung Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam told a web conference on health insurance on Wednesday that the two agencies needed to identify why the medically insured has not reached the target. Data of the Ministry of Health showed 64.6 million people, 71.4% of the national population, had had purchased health insurance as of May 31, up 2.7 million people (or 4.4%) against the same period of last year. Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien said the 75% target could be reached if around three million more people buy medical insurance towards the year-end. However, the target is not easy to achieve. Insurance registration procedures are troublesome while many enterprises pay insurance premiums for their employees and health services for the medically insured remain poor. But Dam insisted the ministry and the social insurance agency solve the problems and encourage more people to buy medical insurance and provide financial support for people in the near-poor group so that 75% … [Read more...]

Deputy PM cheers on high school test-takers

Students take the foreign language exam yesterday afternoon at the Ha Noi-based Water Resources University. — VNA/VNS Photo Quy Trung

HA NOI (VNS) — Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam yesterday morning visited a national high school exam testing centre at the Ha Noi University of Science and Technology to encourage students and parents on the first day of the exam, during which the temperature hit a blistering high of 41 degrees Celsius. Dam said that 2015 marked the first year of the national high school exam. The test scorers should be fair and exact, and take the exams seriously. "So, students and parents, do not worry," he said. Due to the extremely hot weather, Dam ordered the exam's steering committee in Ha Noi to arrange medical staff available to help candidates in case of emergencies. Dam also sent his thanks to university volunteers who supported the candidates despite the extreme heat. The national high school exam officially started yesterday, with more than a million of candidates in 38 testing centres throughout the country. Candidates took the 180-minute mathematics test in the morning and … [Read more...]

Deputy PM inspects national high school exams

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Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam speaking at a working session with the Steering Board of the National High School Exams in Hanoi (Photo: VGP) NDO - Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has asked the Steering Board of the National High School Exams in Hanoi to create favourable conditions for students taking the exams. >> Nearly 1 million students sit for national entrance exam The Government official made the request while working with the steering board on July 1, the first day of the exams. He highly appreciated the thorough preparations of the city for the major examination, noting that as a huge number of students flock to Hanoi to attend the exam, the steering board should attach special attention in all fields to provide adequate information for the examinees. As the exam is taking place in abnormally hot weather, he requested the health sector and volunteers stay ready to ensure the health of students and their relatives. Earlier, in the morning, Deputy PM Dam visited … [Read more...]

How tourism in Laos, Cambodia is galloping ahead of Vietnam

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Tourists visiting Angkor Wat Temple in Cambodia. Photo: Doan Xuan Hai A decade ago few people thought that tourism development in Laos and Cambodia would outpace Vietnam’s. Many tourism officials in the two countries used to be trained in Vietnam. Laos has no coastline and focuses mostly on culture and ecological tourism with two UNESCO heritage sites, Wat Phou Temple and Luang Prabang town. Cambodia has a coastline that is just an eighth of Vietnam’s in length. It has attracted tourists mostly to two UNESCO heritage sites, Angkor Wat and Preah Vihear temples. Vietnam tourism has more attractions, including a long coastline with beautiful beaches and eight UNESCO heritage sites. However, the number of international tourists visiting Vietnam has been declining in contrast to its two neighbors. Last year Laos received 3.5 million visitors and Cambodia, 4.5 million. The problem with Vietnamese tourism can only be attributed to poor management. At a recent National … [Read more...]

The 6th National Congress of the Vietnam Association of Dance Artists in Hanoi

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(Cinet)- The sixth National Congress of the Vietnam Association of Dance Artists organized in Hanoi on June 27 with the participation of more than 400 dancers. Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam expressed his admiration for the talented dance artists who bring art and entertainment to the people. This unique type of art subjects dancers to an arduous and serious working process, requiring a lot of sweat and tears, the Deputy PM noted.He was proud that Vietnamese dancers had created a new combination between traditional dance and contemporary dance, bringing about a fresh take on traditional dance. Since the establishment of the association, some generations of dancers have worked enthusiastically to preserve and nurture Vietnamese dance, contributing to the development of Vietnamese culture. The congress elected a new executive committee with 17 members for the 2015-2020 tenure with People's Artist Chu Thuy Quynh re-elected as the President of the Vietnam Association of Dance … [Read more...]

Vietnam Family Day observed

Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam addessing the ceremony. (Photo: chinhphu.vn)

PANO – The Vietnam Family Festive Day 2015 was observed at the Vietnam Exhibition Centre for Culture & Arts on June 26th in the presence of Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam. Under the theme "A warm family meal of love", this year’s event offered various activities aimed to affirm the important role of each family in preserving and promoting traditions and building and protecting the Nation. On the opening day, hundreds of families from 30 districts in Hanoi took part in a cooking contest. Other activities, such as an exchange, a seminar, an exhibition, and a parade will be held in the centre until June 28th. Translated by Tran Hoai … [Read more...]

Deputy PM praises dance artists

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Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam speaks at the congress NDO - Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam expressed his admiration for the talented dance artists who bring art and entertainment to the people. He made the statement at the sixth National Congress of the Vietnam Association of Dance Artists held in Hanoi on June 27 with the participation of more than 400 dancers. This unique type of art subjects dancers to an arduous and serious working process, requiring a lot of sweat and tears, the Deputy PM noted. Deputy PM Dam said he was proud that Vietnamese dancers had created a new combination between traditional dance and contemporary dance, bringing about a fresh take on traditional dance. He added that since the establishment of the association, generations of dancers have worked enthusiastically to preserve and nurture Vietnamese dance, contributing to the development of Vietnamese culture. In the past tenure (2010-2015), the Vietnam Association of Dance Artists has held many activities … [Read more...]

Vietnamese Family Day focuses value of family meal

Speaking at the ceremony to mark Vietnamese Family Day, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam said that family plays an important role in Vietnam's culture and building human characteristics. The Deputy PM stressed that to evoke the nation's good cultural tradition, first of all, let's start in the family by loving our grandparents and parents. The Family Day is marked once a year but we should express our love to relatives every day, he added. This year's Vietnamese Family Day (June 28) with the theme "Family Meal with Love and Compassion" yesterday took place in the Viet Nam Culture and Arts Exhibition Center. In the ceremony, 100 exemplary families in Hanoi were honored for participating in the movement launched by the Central Committee of Vietnamese Women Association. The movement sets up standards for participants including no poverty, no law violation, no dropout, no third children, no family violence and honored family must keep clean house, kitchen and alleys. In addition, the … [Read more...]

Mega upgrade for hi-tech park

A groundbreaking ceremony for package CP1A, a major infrastructure work under the Hoa Lac Hi-tech Park Development Project, was held in Ha Noi yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Anh Tuan

HA NOI (VNS) — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung yesterday issued an order on the groundbreaking ceremony of package CP1A – a major infrastructure work under the Hoa Lac Hi-tech Park Development Project. Package CP1A is the largest in value and scope of work among five packages of Japan's official development assistance (ODA) programme under a loan scheme for the Hoa Lac Hi-tech Park Development Project. The package is scheduled to be completed in 2018, covering major infrastructures such as roads, water supply systems, drainage pipelines, power supply, and telecommunication systems. PM Dung said the project received great investments from the ODA of the Japanese Government, US$400 million, and a fund of $50 million from State budget. The project's main aim is to contribute to the development of Hoa Lac Hi-tech Park quickly and more effectively, he said. Dung noted that the construction of major infrastructures was expected to ignite the comprehensive development of Hoa … [Read more...]

Vietnam Family Day 2015 opens

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(VOVworld) – The Vietnam Family Day 2015 opened on Friday at the Vietnam Exhibition Fair Center. Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam attended the event. Under the theme "Family meal with love", the program includes various activities including a photo exhibition about Vietnam families, display of Vietnamese records with family messages and a cooking contest. Vuong Duy Bien, Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said: "The family meal is the time for all family members to gather. It needs to be responded to by everyone. I hope that the family meal will be widely responded to in the community. Each family should maintain a meal to consolidate their relationship". There are some celebratory programs about family life in some of Hanoi’s city streets and a book exchange fair for children and some family themed performance programs. … [Read more...]

Family meals strengthen attachment among family members

A four-year-old boy nicknamed "Bin" said he had come with his parents, and was excited to see many beautiful and delicious meals. "I helped my mom cook rice for this banquet," he said.

Grandma, mother and daughter prepare a family meal together NDO – The 2015 Vietnam Family Festival opened at the Vietnam Centre for Exhibition, Culture and Arts (VCECA), 2 Hoa Lu Street in Hanoi on June 26 under the theme "Family Meal: Cozy and Warm". Addressing the event, being held to celebrate Vietnam Family Day (June 28), Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam stressed that family plays a very crucial role in nurturing the vitality of Vietnamese culture. He called on everyone to spend more time with their family and relatives in order to build up strong families and better a society. (Photo: VGP/ Dinh Nam) Photos featuring memorable moments from Vietnamese families across the country are also on display at an exhibition held as part of the festival. The photos are the winning entries to an annual contests held by the ‘Four Seasons of Love’ TV programme’s organising board over the past five years. "This festival helps me be more … [Read more...]

Hoa Lac Hi-tech Park’s groundbreaking ceremony held

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung gives a speech at the ground breaking ceremony for the infrastructure work under the Hoa Lac Hi-tech Park Development Project. — VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam

HA NOI (VNS) — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung today morning issued an order on the groundbreaking ceremony of package CP1A – a major infrastructure work under the Hoa Lac Hi-tech Park Development Project. Package CP1A is the largest in value and scope of work among five packages of Japan's official development assistance (ODA) programme under a loan scheme for the Hoa Lac Hi-tech Park Development Project. The package is scheduled to be completed in 2018, covering major infrastructures such as roads, water supply systems, drainage pipelines, power supply, and telecommunication systems. PM Dung highly appreciated the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Ha Noi People's Committee, and other ministries and agencies concerned for their efforts toward the groundbreaking ceremony today. He said the project received great investments from the ODA of the Japanese Government, US$400 million, and a fund of $50 million from State budget. The project's main aim is to contribute … [Read more...]

DPM attends VN ICT Summit 2015

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VGP - Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam and the former Japanese PM Yukio Hatoyama attended the Viet Nam ICT Summit 2015, held by the Viet Nam Software and Information Technology Services Association (VINASA) in HaNoi on June 25. Addressing the opening ceremony, Deputy PM Dam stressed that Viet Nam’s ICT made a growth rate of 16% last year, making the country one the world’s five fastest-growing countries in the area. However, he expressed his concern about the fact that Viet Nam fell 19 places to number 99 on the United Nations e-government rankings, which was considered as a result of sluggish IT-applied administrative procedures. According to statistics, by the end of 2013, Viet Nam has around 110 online public services among 104,000 public services. Beside specific directions of the Party and State, compulsory State regulations on providing IT-applied public services should be devised, Dam said. Under the theme "ICT and Smart Governance", delegates discussed measures to boost … [Read more...]

Social News 26/6

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PM gives nod to coastal highway project The Prime Minister has approved a plan to build a coastal highway in the north. The 160km-long highway will pass through six coastal provinces and cities of Thanh Hoa, Ninh Binh, Nam Dinh and Thai Binh, as well as Hai Phong and Quang Ninh. The project is scheduled to be completed by 2020, except some sections that will pass through Thai Binh and Nam Dinh provinces, which will be completed after 2020. The detailed plan had been approved in January 2010. The coastal highway is one of the key transport projects that will play an important role in the socio-economic strategies of the region. The Prime Minister has asked the Ministry of Transport and relevant agencies to set up plans for implementation. The project will need a large investment capital. So the Ministry of Planning and Investment has been asked to prepare detailed financial plans. Close co-operation among the local authorities and relevant offices is required to ensure … [Read more...]