Social News 20/4

Driver and assistant killed in serious bus collision Two people died and another 14 were hospitalised after a coach collided with a stopped truck early Saturday morning in Krong Buk District in Dak Lak Province. Driver Nguyen Van Nguyen, 35, of Pleiku City, and his assistant, who was unidentified, died at the scene after the bus, which was carrying 35 passengers, collided with a truck (license plate BKS 47C – 018.17), which had stopped along National Road 14 in Cu Ne Commune. The collision caused the truck to hit another truck parked in front of it. The trucks were seriously damaged, and the front section of the coach was demolished. The collision occurred at around 3:30 am as the bus was travelling from Buon Ma Thuot to Gia Lai. Local officials had to use special tools to remove the crumpled metal of the bus to take out the driver and assistant who were trapped inside. Fourteen of the passengers were hospitalised at Buon Ho Town's General Hospital. Four of them were later … [Read more...]

Hanoi hosts second Vietnam Book Day

The event draws many local people. Photo: tgvn.com.vn

PANO – The second Vietnam Book Day and a book festival were kicked off at the Thong Nhat Park in Hanoi on April 17th in the presence of Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam. The event aimed to promote the reading habit in the community, raise public awareness of books value, appreciate the efforts of those involved in book development, and enhance responsibility of various sectors, social organizations and individuals towards promoting reading in Vietnam. About 100 publishers and distributors across the country showcased a wide-range of books sold at discounted prices at more than 150 booths. The book festival will last till April 21st. Translated by Pham Huy … [Read more...]

Social News 18/4

US servicemen’s remains repatriated A ceremony was held at Da Nang International Airport in the central city of Da Nang on April 16 to repatriate remains of US servicemen who died during the war in Vietnam. The ceremony was attended by representatives from the Board of Directors of Vietnam Office for Seeking Missing Personnel (VNOSMP), Ms. Rena Bitters, the US Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City, and representatives of the US Defense Attache Office, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), and the US MIA Office in Hanoi. Two boxes of remains from the 118th Joint Field Activities from February to April, 2015 were handed over to the US side. The remains had been jointly reviewed and concluded by Vietnam and US forensic specialists that they might be associated with the US servicemen missing during the war in Vietnam and were recommended to bring to Hawaii, the United States, for further review. Addressing at the Repatriation Ceremony, the US Government representative … [Read more...]

Vietnam show good performance in realising MDGs

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Illustrative photo. (Photo: VNA) Vietnam has gained many important achievements in realising Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), especially in poverty reduction, gender equality and education, according to a report released at a conference in Hanoi on April 17. The report, announced by the Ministry of Planning and Investment, said Vietnam fulfilled the goal of eradicating extreme poverty and hunger in 2002. The country cut the poverty rate to 6 percent in 2014 from 9.6 percent in 2012 and 58.1 percent in 1993, which is a result of high economic growth and concerted efforts of the entire political system, which made poverty reduction the top priority in the national agenda throughout the past two decades. The country succeeded in universalising primary education in 2010, and is working to give all children access to secondary and high schools soon, said the report, adding that Vietnam has basically reached the goal of gender equality, as seen in eliminating the gap in accessing … [Read more...]

Search expands for radio-active material

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Vuong Huu Tan, director of Viet Nam Agency for Radiation and Nuclear Safety (VARANS), claims that 45 kilogrammes of radio-active material missing from Pomina steel mill in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province does not pose a threat to people's health. The agency said it had carefully examined the safety of the material, which contains radio-active Cobalt-60. It was reported missing early this month, however it is believed the material could have gone missing as long as three months ago. According to the International Atomic Energy Agency, the missing material is classified as category five, well below the most dangerous source category one. However, some would classify the material as category four, which is slightly more dangerous. The agency said the radio-active material could only affect people's heath if they were exposed to it for a long time. VARANS has co-ordinated with localities in searching for the missing material. They are focusing on waste collectors, recycling sites and even … [Read more...]

Social News 16/4

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Two female drug traffickers get death sentences Two women have been sentenced to death and another to life imprisonment for trafficking of 10 heroin bricks and more than 200 methamphetamine pills. On Monday, the Ha Noi People's Court tried 32-year-old Do Thi Thu Huyen of Lang Son Province, 35-year-old Bui Thi Thu Thuy of Nam Dinh Province and 28-year-old Hoang Thi Nhu Chi of Lang Son, for drug trafficking. According to prosecutors, at 2.30pm last Thursday, at the Yen Nghia gas station in Ha Dong District, Ha Noi, the police of Dan Phuong District in collaboration with the drug crime investigation department under the public security ministry searched the passengers of a coach going from Son La Province to Ha Noi. Passengers Bui Thi Thu Thuy and Hoang Thi Nhu Chi were found to be carrying drugs, including 10 bricks of heroin (each weighing about 0.3kg). At the investigative agency, Thuy allegedly said due to difficult economic conditions, she had agreed to transport the drug … [Read more...]

State leaders honor contributors in Ho Chi Minh Campaign

Politburo member, Secretary of HCMC Party Committee Le Thanh Hai grants certificates for delegates. (Photo:SGGP)

Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs in collaboration with Ministry of National Defense, Ministry of Police, People’s Newspaper and People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City yesterday held a nationwide conference in Ho Chi Minh City to honor soldiers, war invalids, martyrs who participated in the Ho Chi Minh Campaign in the 1975 Spring. Attending at the conference were Politburo member, Secretary of HCMC Party Committee Le Thanh Hai, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, Chairman of HCMC People’s Committee Le Hoang Quan, Minister of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs Pham Thi Hai Chuyen, Deputy Minister of Police Bui Quang Ben, Deputy Director of the General Department of Politics of the Vietnam People's Army Nguyen Trong Nghia, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People's Army Nguyen Trung Thu, Editor in Chief of People’s Newspaper and 300 guest delegates, including Vietnamese heroic mothers, heroes of the people’s armed forces, … [Read more...]

American War veterans recall final hours of the fall of Sai Gon

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A special event revisiting and examining the role of "the Headquarters" of the 1975 Spring General Offensive and Uprisings took place yesterday in Hanoi to mark the 40th anniversary of the Liberation of South Vietnam and National Unification Day. The Headquarters, located in Thang Long Citadel, was the place where all important policies and decisions were made in the lead up to the final liberation of South Vietnam. Speakers at the event acknowledged the great contributions of Le Duan, the first General Secretary of the then Party Central Committee; General Vo Nguyen Giap, the Commander in Chief of the Vietnam People's Army; and General Van Tien Dung, Chief of Staff of the Vietnam People's Army. They also discussed at length the process of designing, constructing and operating the office of the Headquarters. It served as a centralising command center where the Politburo, the Military Commission of the Party Central Committee and the General Staff of the Viet Nam People's Armed … [Read more...]

Conference honours revolutionary contributors

A conference was held in Ho Chi Minh City on April 14 to honour those who made significant contributions to the victory of the Ho Chi Minh campaign in the spring of 1975, liberating the south and reunifying the nation (April 30, 1975). Addressing the event, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam stressed that the Party, State and people are grateful to the heroes who sacrificed their youth and in some cases their lives for the national revolutionary cause. He affirmed the immortal value of the resistance war for national independence, peace, happiness, territorial integrity and justice of Vietnamese people. The Deputy PM asked for unanimity and solidarity from generations of Vietnamese to strengthen the country and bring about prosperity. In recent years, the Party and State have paid special attention to improving the living conditions of families of martyrs and war invalids. As many as 8.8 million war invalids, relatives of martyrs and Vietnamese heroic mothers, or nearly 10 … [Read more...]

Contributors to historic Ho Chi Minh campaign honored

Outstanding delegates receive certificates of merit of the Ministry of Labor, War Invalid, and Social Affairs. (Photo: qdnd.vn)

(VOVworld) – – A national conference to honor those who participated in the historic Ho Chi Minh campaign in 1975 was held in HCM city on Tuesday. More than 300 delegates who are war invalids, martyrs’ relatives, and eyewitnesses to the campaign attended the event. In his address, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam said the Party and state appreciated their sacrifices and contributions to national independence and freedom: "We are grateful to our predecessors and are determined to contribute to national construction and defense. Innumerate lives have been lost in return for national independence." Vietnam now has approximately 9 million policy beneficiaries, 1.5 million of whom are enjoying monthly allowances. 75 million USD has been raised to support policy beneficiaries over the last 5 years. … [Read more...]

DPM directs HIV, drugs, prostitution prevention works

He asked ministries, agencies and provinces and cities to renew management work and strengthen communication efforts to realize the communication cooperation program between the National Committee for HIV

VGP – Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam, Chairman of the National Committee for HIV/AIDS, Drugs and Prostitution Prevention and Control has had directions for effective HIV/AIDS, drugs and prostitution prevention and control. /AIDS, Drugs and Prostitution Prevention and Control and other press agencies. Cities and provinces have to ratify and carry out the plan to guarantee finance for HIV/AIDS prevention and control till 2020, improve treatment, balance and prepare development capital for national target programs on HIV/AIDS and drugs prevention and control, mobilize Official Development Assistance for HIV/AIDS, drugs and prostitution prevention and control as well as enhancing supervision and inspection of the implementation of regulations on investment in development projects in HIV/AIDS and prostitution prevention. He urged to achieve the goal of treating 80,000 drug addicts with Methadone, assigned the Ministry of Public Security to closely monitor the imports of precursors and … [Read more...]

March 30- April 5: IPU-132 concludes successfully with Hanoi Declaration

The opening ceremony of the 2015 National Tourism Year

1. IPU-132 wraps up successfully with Hanoi Declaration The 132nd Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU-132) wrapped up in Hanoi on April 1, adopting the Hanoi Declaration during the last plenary session on the same day. Chairman of the Vietnam National Assembly and President of the IPU-132 Nguyen Sinh Hung, appreciated the Declaration which covered results of the IPU-132’s discussions, reflecting the vision, commitments and actions of member parliaments for sustainable development. All four draft resolutions were also adopted at the IPU-132 including "Cyber warfare – A serious threat to peace and global security", "Shaping new mechanisms on water resources management to promote parliamentary action in water and sanitation issues", "International law regarding national sovereignty, non-interference in internal affairs and human rights" and "The role of parliaments in combating all terrorist acts perpetrated by organisations such as IS and Boko Haram against … [Read more...]

National Tourism Year 2015 kicked off

A performance at the event. (Photo: VNA)

PANO – The National Tourism Year 2015-Thanh Hoa, themed "Connecting World Heritages", was officially kicked off in Thanh Hoa city on April 3rd in the presence of Former Party General Secretary Le Kha Phieu, Party Central Committee Secretary To Huy Rua and Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam. Addressing the opening ceremony, Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam highly appreciated Thanh Hoa province’s endless efforts to prepare for such a big event, asking the province to diversify tourism products, connect its tourism with other localities’, and overcome shortcomings in developing the sector. Accordingly, in the first week, there will be activities, such as the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Ham Rong Victory, the opening of a poster exhibition on the nation’s big festivals, the launch of tourism route along Ma River and the ceremony to receive certificate recognizing Ba Trieu historical relic as special National Relic. Translated by Son Ca … [Read more...]

National tourism week opens in Thanh Hoa province

(VOV) -The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has launched the national tourism week themed "connecting world heritages" in Thanh Hoa province. The opening ceremony featured local dances and folk singing as well as a procession of Dong Son bronze drums. Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam praised the initiative in promoting local culture and tourism, saying local people are proud of their tradition in national defense and construction. This will add more to their will to build their home land of prosperity and cultural identities. The event aimed to promote unique tourism products to attract tourists and raise images of local heritages. The first boat trip along Ma River in Thanh Hoa province was launched on the occasion. … [Read more...]

Concerted effort needed for tourism development

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has underscored the need for a concerted effort by concerned agencies and the citizens in developing tourism in Vietnam. Speaking at the launch of National Tourism Year 2015 in the central province of Thanh Hoa on April 3, he said people's hospitality and attitude towards visitors, as well as their courtesy and cleanliness, are vital for the development of the country’s tourism industry. "Vietnam's tourism is not just about hotels and resorts or the quality of service but also the Vietnamese people's friendliness and attitude toward visitors," the deputy PM said. "We must strive to give visitors memorable experiences so that when they think of Vietnam, they will want to come back. "It is the little things like not littering in public places and giving up seats to the elderly that counts if we are to promote the country's image as a wonderful destination to meet wonderful people," he said. He said that some parts of the tourism sector … [Read more...]

2015 National Tourism Year kicked off in Thanh Hoa

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The opening ceremony of the 2015 National Tourism Year NDO – The 2015 National Tourism Year themed ‘Connecting World Heritages’ was officially kicked off on April 3 in Thanh Hoa province. The opening ceremony was attended by Former General Secretary Le Kha Phieu; Politburo member To Huy Rua, who is also Secretary of the Party Central Committee and head of the Central Committee’s Organisation Commission; Politburo member and Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee Pham Quang Nghi; Vice Chairman of the National Assembly Uong Chu Luu; Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam; and Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Hoang Tuan Anh; as well as of ministries, departments and officials of 16 cities and provinces across the country. The event also saw the presence of ministers of Culture, Sports and Tourism from Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Germany. Addressing the ceremony, Chairman of the provincial People's Committee Nguyen Dinh Xung said that the National Tourism … [Read more...]

Deputy PM calls for social security policy stick to public demands

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(VOVworld) – Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has called for more resources to implement social security policy in Vietnam’s most disadvantaged areas. At a working session in Hanoi on Thursday with the national steering committee on implementing the government action plan for social policies from 2012 to 2020, Mr. Dam said implementation of the policies should be prioritized to the poorest areas. Social security programs and policies of poverty reduction should be realized in line with market regulations, he added. The most vulnerable people in society will receive more help from support policies, whose funding comes mainly from the social insurance fund, the health insurance fund, and the social welfare fund. … [Read more...]

Social welfare policies should be designed to meet beneficiary demands

The implementation of social welfare policies in disadvantaged areas should be designed to respond to basic local demands for food, accommodation and education, stated Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam. Reviewing the two-year implementation of the Government’s 2012-2020 Action Programme for resolution 15/NQ-TW on several social policy affairs, Deputy PM Dam highlighted the positive results of the programme. He continued by asking relevant ministries and sectors to make additional efforts to utilise State aid more effectively by encouraging beneficiaries to use the aid to develop production and business and avoid dependence on the assistance. According to a report from the central Steering Committee for the action programme, the budgets for social welfare programmes reached 5.04 percent of GDP in 2014 two years post-programme implementation. Social policies have improved, especially those targeting ethnic minorities and communities in rural, border and island areas. The … [Read more...]

Deputy PM Dam asks for practical realisation of social welfare policy

Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam speaks at the meeting. (Credit: VGP)

NDO – Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has asked for the mobilisation of resources to realise social welfare policies in the most disadvantaged regions, meeting people’s daily needs in all areas of life, such as in living, studying, producing, trading and enjoying cultural and spiritual activities. Deputy PM Dam made the statement during a meeting of the Central Steering Committee on Implementing the Government’s Action Plan on Social Welfare in the 2012-2020 period in Hanoi on April 2. The Government official, also head of the Steering Committee, praised outcomes of the two-year implementation and asked ministries and agencies to continue improving and merging different programmes for effectiveness and reduction of funds being misused, as well as to further support targeted beneficiaries in aiding them to actively become self-reliant. Social welfare programmes should be implemented in the market principle with capital from social insurance, health care and … [Read more...]

PM calls for tax payment process to be accelerated

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung meets with authorities and staff from the General Department of Taxation and relevant government agencies.— VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung yesterday said Viet Nam must slash the total time needed to prepare and file yearly tax payments to the ASEAN average of 171 hours per year by the end of this year. Enterprises in Viet Nam still have to spend up to 872 hours completing tax payment procedures. The PM was talking during a meeting with authorities and staff from the General Department of Taxation and relevant government agencies. In March, 2014, the Government issued Resolution 19, requiring tax authorities to streamline procedures for enterprises to prepare, file and pay taxes to an average of 171 hours per year in line with the ASEAN-6 bloc - Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei. A report presented at the meeting by Finance Minister Dinh Tien Dung said that apart from procedure simplification, the tax sector had sped up the application of online tax filing. By March 25, the ministry estimated that nearly 40,500 enterprises had registered for tax filing … [Read more...]