Short supply of clean water puts one million locals at risk

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VietNamNet Bridge – The lack of clean water was affecting 1 million Vietnamese each year, the Government's portal chinhphu.vn reported from a conference held in Ha Noi on Thursday. The conference was attended by Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, who stressed on the need for tightening control over the quality of drinking and domestic-use water so that people were no longer afraid of being diagnosed with cancer or other diseases while using tap water. Deputy Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long said at the conference entitled, "Strengthening interdisciplinary and international collaboration for controlling drinking and domestic-use water quality," that 80 per cent of urban citizens had access to the Health Ministry-acknowledged clean water. "In rural areas, it is said that 85 per cent of the population has access to useable water but only 42 per cent get ministry-recognised clean water," Long said. His report, which was read out at the conference, also brought together … [Read more...]

Social News 30/3

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New bridge opens in Da Nang After 18-months' work, a three-level rail and road flyover was opened yesterday at Da Nang's busiest roundabout, Hue Junction, to alleviate congestion. The VND2 trillion (US$95 million) project was built at a level crossing where 30 trains, 5,000 cars and trucks, 10,000 motorbikes and 80,000 bicycles cross path every day. Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang said the project, which was completed on time would ease traffic and reduce the number accidents. He told the inauguration ceremony that the flyover would become one of the city's attractions. The bridge features designs of the Hindu Yoni (female) and Linga (male) emblems from the ancient Cham Kingdom in the central region in the 13th century. The bridge's 65m-high main tower is designed to withstand earthquakes. It also has an earthquake alarm system. Unusual floods kill 3 in central Vietnam Several floods triggered by unusual heavy rains over the last few days have claimed three lives in … [Read more...]

Olympic Run Day 2015 launched in Hanoi

Dy. PM Vu Duc Dam (in red and blue T-shirt) joining the run

PANO - The Olympic Run Day 2015 for people's health was launched on March 22nd in Hanoi by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the city's People's Committee, with the participation of Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam. Right after the launching ceremony, leaders and representatives from Central, local agencies, economic sectors and local residents ran around Hoan Kiem Lake in an exciting atmosphere. Similar activities were also launched at the district and commune levels in 63 provinces and cities with the participation of millions of people in different running distances. The event is to encourage people to do physical exercises regularly to stay fit and healthy. Translated by Trung Thanh … [Read more...]

More than 3,000 people participate Olympic Run Day in Hanoi

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A ceremony was held on March 22 in Hanoi to launch the 2015 Olympic Run Day for All People's Health to mark the Vietnam Sport Day (March 27, 1946). The Olympic Run Day aims to encourage people to do physical exercise regularly to stay fit and healthy According to Vice Chairman of the municipal People's Committee Le Hong Son, more than 600,000 people from hundreds of communes and wards in Hanoi gathered to run in their localities on response to the event. Right after the ceremony, more than 3,000 people including delegates and local residents ran around Hoan Kiem Lake in an exciting atmosphere. Millions of people in 63 provinces and cities nationwide also participate in similar activities. Some pictures of the "Olympic Run Day" in Hanoi: … [Read more...]

Social News 23/3

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Work begins on major expressway segment Construction of an 18.7-km section of the Ben Luc-Long Thanh Expressway, which will run through HCM City and Long An Province, began on Saturday. The project includes three intersections at Ben Luc-Long Thanh Expressway and HCM City-Trung Luong Expressway, National Highway No 1A, and National Highway No 50, according to the developer Expressway Viet Nam Expressway Corporation (VEC). With a total length of 57.1 km, the Ben Luc-Long Thanh Expressway runs through Long An Province's Ben Luc and Can Giuoc districts; Binh Chanh, Nha Be and Can Gio Districts in HCM City and Nhon Trach and Long Thanh districts in Dong Nai Province. The section is part of the national north-south expressway. The road includes a total of 20km of bridges, including the 3-km long Binh Khanh Bridge that crosses Soai Rap River and the 3.2-km Phuoc Khanh Bridge over the Long Tau River. With four lanes, Ben Luc-Long Thanh Expressway can allow vehicles to run at a … [Read more...]

Nineteen businesses win gold quality awards

Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam (R) presenting the awards to the winners.

Nineteen businesses across the country were granted with the 2014 national gold quality awards in recognition of their outstanding performance in the building and application of high quality management systems in the field. In addition, 46 firms were presented with the silver awards. The awarding event was held in Hanoi on March 21 by the Directorate for Standards, Metrology and Quality of Vietnam (STAMED) under the Ministry of Science and Technology in presence of State Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, and representatives from ministries, sectors, and businesses nationwide. Three Vietnamese businesses were presented with the Global Performance Excellence Award (GPEA) of the Asia-Pacific quality organisation, with the Hanoi-based Military Commercial Joint-Stock Bank (MB) won the first prize in category of large service provider. The Saigon-Phu Quoc JSC from southern Kien Giang province bagged second prize in category of small and medium sized … [Read more...]

Olympic Run Day launched nationwide

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Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam ran on response the campaign (Photo: VNA) A ceremony was held on March 22 in Hanoi to launch the 2015 Olympic Run for All People’s Health to mark the Vietnam Sport Day (March 27, 1946). Opening the ceremony, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Hoang Tuan Anh said the late President Ho Chi Minh’s call for all people to exercise to stay healthy is still relevant today. According to Le Hong Son, Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee, more than 600,000 people from hundreds of communes and wards in Hanoi gathered to run in their localities on response to the event. Right after the ceremony, delegates and local residents ran around Hoan Kiem Lake in an exciting atmosphere. Millions of people in 63 provinces and cities across the country also joined similar activities. The Olympic Run Day aims to encourage people to do physical exercise regularly to stay fit and healthy.-VNA … [Read more...]

19 businesses win gold quality awards

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Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam (right) grants the 2014 National Quality Awards to businesses (Photo: VNA) Nineteen businesses across the country were granted with the 2014 national gold quality awards in recognition of their outstanding performance in the building and application of high quality management systems in the field. In addition, 46 firms were presented with the silver awards. The awarding event was held in Hanoi on March 21 by the Directorate for Standards, Metrology and Quality of Vietnam (STAMED) under the Ministry of Science and Technology in presence of State Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, and representatives from ministries, sectors, and businesses nationwide. Three Vietnamese businesses were presented with the Global Performance Excellence Award (GPEA) of the Asia-Pacific quality organisation, with the Hanoi-based Military Commercial Joint-Stock Bank (MB) won the first prize in category of large service provider. The … [Read more...]

2015 Olympic Day Run for public health launched in Hanoi

Members of the Hanoi wushu club performed at the launch.  Many national team members attended the event.  The busy atmosphere on the Day Run  People with disabilities were also eager to participate in the event.

NDO – Thousands of Hanoians participated in the 2015 Olympic Day Run for public health, launched by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Vietnam Olympic Committee at King Ly Thai To Monument early this morning. Among attendees were Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, Miss Vietnam 2014 Nguyen Cao Ky Duyen, officials of the sports sector and representatives from ministries, agencies, organisations and armed forces in Hanoi. The event was among practical activities to celebrate Vietnam Sports Day (March 27) and mark the 69th anniversary of President Ho Chi Minh’s appeal for mass participation in sports activities (March 27, 1946-2015). The Olympic Day Run aims to promote the value of President Ho Chi Minh’s thought on sports and physical training, as well as to communicate the international Olympic ideal on solidarity and friendship, and raise public awareness on the importance of physical exercise for people’s general health, said Minister of … [Read more...]

Deputy PM asks to ensure quality of life for elderly

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Medical staff provide free health check-ups for senior citizens (Photo: VNA) NDO – Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has requested the Vietnam Elderly Association work out a plan on announcing an action month for the elderly and activities to promote the role of the elderly in the community so that they can live a healthy and happy life. Deputy PM Dam, who is also Chairman of the Vietnam National Committee for Elderly (VNCE), made the request while chairing a conference held in Hanoi on March 20 to devise operations for the Committee in 2015. He stressed that policies and programmes relating to the elderly should be designed and carried out in accordance with the situation in each locality and current regulations for beneficiaries. He asked the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) to co-ordinate with ministries, sectors and localities to review the five-year implementation of the Law on the Elderly and the National Action Plan on the Elderly in the … [Read more...]

Organising national celebrations safely, solemnly and economically

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The Hanoitimes - The holding of important anniversary celebrations in 2015 must be safe, solemn and economical, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam stressed during a meeting of the National Committee for organising celebrations of major anniversaries in 2014-2015 on March 13. At the meeting, Deputy Minister of Culture-Sports and Tourism Huynh Vinh Ai reported on activities to be held to mark the 40th Southern Liberation and National Reunification Day (April 30), 70 years of August Revolution (August 9) and National Day (September 2), the 125th birthday of President Ho Chi Minh, among others. Participating the meeting, members of the Committee concentrated on a plan for the upcoming grand ceremony for the 40th Southern Liberation and National Reunification Day (April 30) which will be held in Ho Chi Minh City. Thu Minh … [Read more...]

National celebrations to avoid wastefulness

The organisation of major anniversary celebrations in 2015 must be safe, solemn and as economically as possible, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam emphasised during a meeting on March 13. At the meeting of the national committee for organising celebrations of major anniversaries this year, Deputy Minister of Culture-Sports and Tourism Huynh Vinh Ai reported on activities to be held to mark the 40 th Southern Liberation and National Reunification Day ( April 30), 70 years of August Revolution (August 9) and National Day (September 2), the 125th birthday of President Ho Chi Minh, among others. Committee members focused on a plan for the upcoming grand ceremony for the 40 th Southern Liberation and National Reunification Day ( April 30) which will take place in Ho Chi Minh City.-VNA … [Read more...]

Danish Minister of Education Visits Vietnam

The Danish Minister of Education Ms Christine Antorini visited Vietnam from March 4th to 6th 2015. The Minister had an exciting and fruitful first day in Vietnam.

Among the highlights was opening of seminar, a visit to a high school and political meetings, including a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister, Vu Duc Dam. Ms Christine Antorini participated in a seminar co-hosted by the Embassy of Denmark in Vietnam and the Ministry of Education and Training to facilitate concrete partnerships and cooperation between Vietnamese and Danish educational institutions. The Minister is accompanied by a delegation of representatives from around 20 different Danish educational institutions to further enhance concrete partnerships. "Danish educational institutions have a strong tradition and position providing education and learning of unique international standards. There is a good match between the current challenges and needs here in Vietnam and the unique Danish strongholds on vocational educational training, upper secondary business colleges, technical colleges and other areas." said Ms Christine Antorini in her opening speech. Ms Christine Antorini … [Read more...]

Dutch DJs to perform in Vietnam

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Dutch DJs to perform in Vietnam Firebeatz, a DJ duo from the Netherlands, will perform in Viet Nam for the first time tomorrow during their Asian tour. Tim Benjamin Smulders and Jurre van Doeselaar were ranked 56th in a list of 2014's top 100 DJs by Mag, a monthly dance music magazine. The two met while studying art at Tilburg University and found they shared a passion for music. They became Firebeatz in 2008 and immediately hit the scene, producing popular songs like Miniman and Dear New York. Since their early days, they've written dance-floor hits, become an established name on the international circuit and performed around the world. Their concert will be held at Hero Bar, 42M Yen Phu Street in Ha Noi. After Viet Nam, they'll take their act to Thailand, South Korea and Indonesia. Wood carving contest opens in Dak Lak A traditional wood carving contest was launched in Buon Ma Thuat city in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak on March 8. Nearly 40 regional craftsmen … [Read more...]

Sci-tech agencies told to exercise autonomy

The conference reviewed 10 years of implementing a decree that set regulations for autonomous operation of State-owned scientific and technological organisations.

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has said budget allocations to State-owned scientific and technological research organisations will be cut if they do not use their autonomy effectively by exerting stronger internal controls and improving their overall management. His stern warning came at a national conference held in Ha Noi on Friday. The conference reviewed 10 years of implementing a decree that set regulations for autonomous operation of State-owned scientific and technological organisations. A report tabled by the Ministry of Science and Technology said that 488 of 642 State-owned scientific and technological organisations, or 76%, had their project proposals for autonomous operations approved prior to the December 31, 2013 deadline. Among these, 295 organisations have been able to cover their operational expenses on their own, and the remaining 193 have used State budget funds under the contract mode, the report said. It said 100 per cent of scientific and technological … [Read more...]

Raising effectiveness of Vietnamese teaching for overseas Vietnamese

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The Government Office has issued a report No.70/TB-VPCP on the conclusion of the Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam at a meeting on improving the effectiveness of teaching Vietnamese for overseas Vietnamese. The Deputy Prime Minister directed the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and relevant agencies to review and evaluate the teaching of Vietnamese for overseas Vietnamese in 2004 and to build a project on improving effectiveness of teaching Vietnamese for overseas Vietnamese and to submit to the Prime Minister for consideration and decision in 2015. MOET and MOFA in liaison with overseas Vietnamese and relevant agencies to build a project on strengthening teaching Vietnamese online to be able to meet the demands of Vietnamese people in each country, region and area; promoting socialization, especially the programs compiled by professional training institutions and instructed the exploitation and use of two sets of … [Read more...]

Sci-tech agencies asked to exercise autonomy

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The conference reviewed 10 years of implementing a decree that set regulations for autonomous operation of State-owned scientific and technological organisations (Photo: VNA) Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has said budget allocations to State-owned scientific and technological research organisations will be cut if they do not use their autonomy effectively by exerting stronger internal controls and improving their overall management. The Deputy PM’s stern warning came at a national conference held in Hanoi on March 6. The conference reviewed 10 years of implementing a decree that set regulations for autonomous operation of State-owned scientific and technological organisations. A report tabled by the Ministry of Science and Technology said that 488 of 642 State-owned scientific and technological organisations, or 76 percent, had their project proposals for autonomous operations approved prior to the December 31, 2013 deadline. Among these, 295 organisations have been … [Read more...]

Bac Ninh honoured certificate of special national relics

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(Cinet)- On behalf of the Government, vice-PM Vu Duc Dam honoured the Certificate to rank the special national relics of the tombs and temples of the kings of the Ly Dynasty and the Phat Tich Pagoda historical-architectural relic site in Tien Du district on March 07. At the ceremony, National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung attended the "Ve mien Quan ho" (Coming back to Quan ho land) art performance on March 7 in the northern Bac Ninh province, during which two local sites were declared special national relics. Vice-PM Vu Duc Dam honoured the ranking certificate for two special national relics and the Phat Tich Pagoda historical-architectural relic site. The Ly Dynasty reigned 216 years (1009-1225) with nine kings who expanded the Dai Viet civilisation. Temples and tombs of the Ly kings include Den Do (Do Temple), Thien Duc tomb, Phat Tich and Nuong Dau tombs.The biennial event was themed "Ben dong Tieu Tuong" (By the Tieu Tuong River), featuring the unique Quan ho (love duet) … [Read more...]