Deforestation continues in Central Highlands province
Many trees, including big ones, have been logged in the forest located at Ia Ba Commune, Ia Grai District
A large area of a forest in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai has been destroyed for months, but local authorities have claimed that they knew nothing about the incident.
Many trees, including ancient ones, have been logged in the forest located at Ia Ba Commune, Ia Grai District. The area in which the illegal logging has occurred is around 10 kilometres from the Ia Ba Commune People’s Committee.
Just around 100 metres from the only road to the forest, it is easy to see dozens of trees felled. Going deeper into the core of the forest is the scene of lumberjacks’ vehicle traces with tree limbs scattered; while their valuable trunks had been smuggled elsewhere by loggers.
Most of the trees with the diameters of between 60cm and one metre were the lumberjacks’ target. However, some big old trees which have a diameter of up to nearly one metre are still there. It is possible that loggers did not have time to take them away due to the recent bad weather.
In just half a day, Dantri/DTiNews reporters found illegal logging in the forest at four spots. The reporters contacted Ia Grai District’s forest ranger force for further information. However, Lam Van Long, head of the unit, said that he did not know anything about the incident, noting that he would cooperate with other concerned agencies for the inspection.
Le Ngoc Quy, chairman of Ia Grai District said that he instructed the inspection over the deforestation. Any violator will be strictly punished. He also emphasised that the responsibilities of local forest rangers must be clearly defined.
Military plans to boost activities on women’s advancement
Female staff in military units have more opportunity to improve their professional qualifications nowadays, proven by the increase in the numbers of female leaders in the past five years, the Military Women’s Board under the Ministry of National Defence has said.
Colonel Phùng Thị Phú, head of the Military Women’s Board, was speaking at a conference held yesterday to review the implementation of the action plan for servicewomen’s advancement and gender equality in 2016-2020.
Phú said the percentage of female cadres in leadership in the military has increased from 2.43 per cent in 2016 to 2.97 per cent this year.
The average rate of women admitted to the Party has accounted for 9.11 per cent of total each year, and the rate of those participating in the Party Committees at all levels has reached 2.62 per cent.
Up to now, three out of 10 units are led by female cadres. Four female officers have been promoted to the position of general.
In labour and employment, the ratio of newly-recruited female labourers accounts for more than 50 per cent, and up to 47 per cent have been given a pay rise.
In the past term, all of the female cadres have held college or higher degrees and more than 40 per cent have post-graduate degrees.
The Ministry of National Defence has recruited 830 female citizens to the military in many fields such as military medicine, engineering, and logistics, creating high-quality female human resources for the military.
Phú said in 2021-2025, the units would focus on increasing the number of female cadres holding key positions in the military.
Speaking at the event, Senior Lieutenant General Lê Chiêm, head of the Committee for the Advancement of Servicewomen, hailed the achievements of individuals and units and asked them to continue implementing the instructions and resolutions of the Party, State and the Central Military Commission on military women and gender equality.
The committee has required the Military Women’s Board to prepare for major missions in the next years. It should devise measures and direct its affiliates to implement the action programme to build a contingent of professional female cadres and raise the ratio of female cadres in the Party Committees at all levels.
To meet this end, affiliates of the Board for the Advancement of Servicewomen at all levels should renovate methods and forms of their activities while promoting their roles and effectively advising the Party committees and commands on military women and gender equality affairs.
Experts raise warnings over Tam Dao urban planning
Many experts have raised warnings over the urban planning and high-rise buildings in Tam Dao Town in the northern province of Vinh Phuc which could badly affect the environment.
Tam Dao Town covers 124.87 hectares. There are 92 hotels and guest houses with 1,700 rooms. 80% of the local people work in the tourism industry. Statistics from Vinh Phuc Urban Planning Institute show that buildings with one to seven floors can often be seen in the town centre.
On July 12, 2013, Phung Quang Hung, chairman of Vinh Phuc People’s Committee approved the adjusted urban planning which allocated more land for projects in the town centres while cutting the land for lakes and green spaces. The adjusted urban planning gave 6,876 square metres of land for hotels and 2,320 square metres of land for villas. The land for lakes and green spaces was reduced from 12,251 to 8,829 square metres. The town centre is only 21,530 square metres.
Afterwards, the Grand Victory Hotel Project was approved which covers 6,876 square metres. The hotel is a 13-story building invested by Tam Dao Tourism Services Company.
In the most recent urban planning for 2030 with a view to 2050, the amount of land and number of storeys for high-rise buildings continue to rise to make the town centre into a major tourism attraction in Vinh Phuc Province. It is hoped to attract 300,000 visitors a year. According to the plan, Tam Dao Town will be divided into nine areas and high-rise buildings with up to 15 floors will be allowed to be built into a specific area.
However, many experts said that the plan was impractical since Tam Dao is nearly filled with projects and there are few land lots left.
Dao Ngoc Khiem, vice head of Vietnam Urban Planning and Development Association, said, “30% of Tam Dao is expected to be turned into residential areas which, I think, is too much for an ecotourism town. Moreover, the new buildings must be in harmony with the existing French architecture there. In the past years, the development in Tam Dao has been very disorganised and public spaces have been largely narrowed down.”
He went on to say that the local authorities should learn experiences from the urban planning of the Old Quarter in Hanoi or Hoi An Town.
“15-storey buildings are too high. I think the height cap for high rise buildings there should be nine floors so that surrounding landscapes, infrastructures, sewage and waste treatment activities won’t be affected,” he said. “People come to Tam Dao because of its nature and fresh air.”
According to Khiem, the local authorities must understand the position of Tam Dao. Since the early days of the 20th century, Tam Dao has received special attention as an ideal resort and the French architecture is a highlight of Tam Dao that should be preserved.
Tan Son Nhat airport vows to tackle taxi operation
Tan Son Nhat International Airport in HCM City has further tightened rules on the operation of taxi service.
Tan Son Nhat International Airport in HCM City has further tightened rules on the operation of taxi service.
The management board of Tan Son Nhat International Airport has recently had a meeting with the HCM City Taxi Association and taxi firms which are allowed to operate at the airport on ways to improve service quality.
According to the airport’s regulations, taxi drivers have to wear a uniform and card and are only allowed to pick up and drop off passengers in regulated areas. They are required to behave appropriately with passengers.
Drivers are also banned from pestering and overcharging passengers as well as rejecting those who want a short ride from the airport.
Any violator will be suspended for operation between 1-2 months and the airport will stop the contract with firms which have violations.
Ta Hy Long, Chairman of the HCM City Taxi Association, said that the agency sent the regulations to its members.
Tan Son Nhat International Airport has adjusted the traffic to mitigate congestion, particularly at the domestic terminal area since November 14. Specific areas are regulated for different kinds of vehicles and pick-up and drop-off.
An open-air separate area is used for vehicles of more than 25 seats to pick up passengers.
Since the adjustment, traffic at the airport has improved.
Hanoi honours artisans and heritage workers
The Hanoi Department of Culture and Sports held a get-together on November 22 with artisans and heritage workers from across the city on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of Vietnam Culture Heritage Day (November 23, 2005-2020).
Hanoi is home to the largest number of tangible and intangible cultural heritages in Vietnam and also the most artisans to have been awarded noble titles, with seven People’s Artisans and 69 Meritorious Artisans. The contingent of artisans and heritage workers, including those who directly look after relics, have contributed significantly to preserving, educating and promoting the value of the city’s intangible cultural heritages.
At the meeting, the representatives of the Hanoi Department of Culture and Sports highly appreciated the efforts to conserve and promote the values of cultural heritages at the grassroots level made by the artisans and those directly involved in the work.
In 2020, the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has posed difficulties to the work of managing, preserving and promoting the values of the capital’s cultural heritages, with many relics and relevant units having been forced to temporarily shut down operations. Despite this fact, local heritage workers have exerted great efforts to promote the values of heritages, thus contributing in the implementation of Hanoi’s commitment to UNESCO on maintaining and promoting world cultural heritages and intangible cultural heritages of humanity, as well as those on creative city building.
Director of Hanoi Department of Culture and Sports To Van Dong said that, in the coming time, the city would continue to effectively implement the municipal Party Committee’s Programme No. 6 on developing socio-culture, improving the quality of human resources, and building elegant and civilised Hanoians in the 2021-2025 period, as well as the project to develop the culture industry in parallel with developing and perfecting the culture market.
At the meeting, artisans performed various types of intangible cultural heritages such as Ca Tru (ceremonial singing) and Chau Van (spiritual singing), which have been well-preserved by the city in recent times.
Bac Ha hosts first-ever winter festival
Thousands of visitors joined local residents at the opening ceremony of the first-ever Bac Ha Winter Festival in Bac Ha District, Lao Cai Province, on November 21.
The opening ceremony featured the reproductions of distinct cultural and spiritual practices of ethnic groups in Bac Ha District, including the ‘cap sac’ (coming of age) ritual of the Dao people, the traditional wedding ceremony of the Phu La people, the ‘going to the field’ festival of Tay ethnic people, and a rite praying for peace of the Nung people.
Themed ‘Dance on the white plateau’, the two-day event includes a cuisine festival, a panpipe performing contest, a street festival, a night market, and exciting tours to Hoang A Tuong Mansion, Bac Ha Flower Valley, community-based tourism villages and rose farms.
Booths showcasing typical agricultural products of Bac Ha District and a horse racing were also held on the occasion.
Hosted by the Bac Ha District People’s Committee, the festival aims to honour unique cultural values of local ethnic groups while promoting the tourism potentials of the locality.
It is also among the series of activities hosted by the local authorities to rejuvenate tourism and lure more visitors to Bac Ha in the post-COVID-19 period.
Cultural industry facilitates creativity
The phrase “cultural industry” was first mentioned in Decision No. 581 / QD-TTg issued on May 6, 2009 which approved cultural development strategy up to 2020.
The document refers to the policy on rapidly developing the cultural industry, recommending many important cultural policies in Vietnam.
The cultural industry covers many creativity-related fields, such as publishing, architecture, fine arts, photography, and advertising.
Although it has been included in many legal documents, the cultural industry in Vietnam is a fledgling one as there have been several copyright infringement cases in art creation, movies, and media.
In addition, the public has not yet got a clear impression about the cultural industry. Many people think that intellectual property is the core value of the cultural industry, implying the creation of an environment for “products” to be transferred, exchanged, and purchased.
This thinking is correct, but not enough. In fact, there are many “products” which derive from the creative process which cannot be quantified in order that the creators can enjoy their reward.
For example, several localities and communities are benefited from being chosen as the locations for films. Filmmakers gain money through the box office while tourist agencies and travel businesses gain benefit directly from visitors to the filming places. In fact, tourists and travel agencies do not have to pay a dime for the advertising of the films or the filmmakers’ artistic creations.
It is even more difficult to control and manage the copying of paintings and pictures, the rewriting of songs’ lyrics, and adaptions in architecture, where original creators are not getting paid for their creativity.
Meanwhile, the cultural industry, as well as the sports industry and others are not unfamiliar concepts to people in the world. Tourist businesses in Thailand have established connections to equally share the benefits for those operating in a similar tourist destination. Several countries such as Japan and the Republic of Korea have paid due credit to their cultural industry.
Cultural industry has also been turned into a “soft power” in many countries in order to advertise to the world, having reaped many benefits from the spreading of this cultural value.
The policy of our Party is to develop the cultural industry in order to promote the potential and distinct values of Vietnamese culture; encourage the export of cultural products and contribute to advertising Vietnamese culture to the world.
Vietnam’s global innovation index has continuously increased in recent years as the country is currently ranked 42nd out of 131 countries and economies worldwide. In particular we have taken advantage of our tourist potential to make Vietnam one of the 10 most attractive destinations in the world. The development of tourism and services has also helped us to mobilise resources to preserve and promote the value of our cultural heritage.
It is important for functional agencies to provide further support and sponsor creativity and innovation; increase communication and the dissemination of laws to prevent violations of copyright and intellectual property, thus making the cultural industry truly a trend across the world. In addition, the community needs to condemn acts of copyright infringement and imitation in creative products, particularly in the field of culture.
HCMC solves slow disbursement for public investment projects
Vice Chairman of the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City Vo Van Hoan asked investors of the public investment projects with slow disbursements in the first ten months of 2020 to urgently review and report to the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City over their difficulties, problems and solutions.
Accordingly, the Department of Planning and Investment will be in charge of urgently working with the Municipal People’s Committee to issue a decision about adjustment of the medium-term public investment plan for the period of 2016-2020 as well as the public investment plan in 2020.
The Office of the City People’s Committee is responsible for reviewing, appraisement and soon submitting to the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City for promulgation of land price adjustment, compensation, resettlement plans and feed-back collection of people with land withdrawal in HCMC.
As for Nguyen Huu Canh Street Upgrading Project, the HCMC People’s Committee assigned the Municipal Management Board on Traffic Work Construction Investment to study and propose working solutions together with technical requirements, which must ensure not to affect the neighboring areas and buildings.
Regarding the water environment improvement project in the basin of Tau Hu-Ben Nghe-Doi-Te canal in the second phase, the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City assigned the Management Board on Traffic Work Construction Investment of HCMC to form a detailed plan and determine the project completion time.
National Startup Festival for students and vocational students launched
The 2020 National Startup Festival for students andvocational students was officially launched by the Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLIS) in Ho Chi Minh City on November 23.
Speaking at the opening ceremony for the event, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam appreciated the efforts made by the MoLIS in creating a useful playground for students and vocational students.
Ho Chi Minh City is always a locality with favourable and promising business environment for start-up ecosystem of Vietnam in the near future.
In order to raise Vietnam into a “dragon” of Asia in the near future, young people, especially students, should be pioneering forces.
Students should make best efforts and unify as well as connect with investors and enterprises to share their ideas and improve their skills, added the Deputy PM.
He also noted that Vietnam can only be rich and strong if the Vietnamese people uphold their patriotism and solidarity, contributing to the national construction and defence.
During the festival, a wide variety of other activities will be held including exhibition of start-up projects by students, the final of the 2020 start-up ideas for students and vocational students, and a seminar on connecting resources.
Deputy PM inspects COVID-19 response in southern provinces
Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam and his entourage inspected the COVID-19 prevention and control in the two southern provinces of Long An and Dong Nai on November 23.
Dam, who is also Head of the National Steering Committee for the Prevention and Control of COVID-19, inspected Le Quy Don High School, Long An TWG Obstetrical and Children’s Hospital and Van An Hospital, during which he highly appreciated the units for strictly following the regulations on epidemic prevention, especially in the implementation of the safety criteria for hospitals against COVID-19.
The deputy PM also praised Long An in well implementing the instructions on disease prevention and control such as tightly controlling entries, arranging locations for receiving repatriated citizens and related cases in accordance with regulations, and promoting propaganda for people to understand and unanimously agree with the authorities to prevent and fight the epidemic.
He also urged the locality to stay vigilant and continue promoting and maintaining anti-epidemic achievements to coexist safely with the pandemic, while updating the anti-epidemic map with information on the local health facilities, schools, and accommodation establishments.
On the same day, Deputy PM Dam also inspected the disease prevention work in Dong Nai Province, during which he asked the province to continue to maintain rapid response teams in hospitals to prevent an outbreak of the epidemic from occurring in the community.
As Dong Nai has strong industrial development and a large population, so epidemic prevention and control, especially in industrial zones and factories, should continue to be paid attention, Dam stressed, suggested the province to implement strict isolation for foreign experts and repatriated Vietnamese citizens.
HCMC to begin truck weigh pads on NH1 as of Nov. 28
According to the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport (DOT), the Industrial and Civil Designing Consulting Joint Stock Company (IDICo) yesterday completed quality verification of vehicle weigh pads at An Suong – An Lac toll station on National Highway 1 after experimental period.
The agency required the DOT Inspector, the Center for Urban Traffic Management Control, Road Traffic Infrastructure Management Center to coordinate with IDICo to check truck weight at the toll station on as of November 28.
Besides, the HCMC Road and Railway Traffic Police will cooperate with the DOT Inspector and relevant forces in the process of checking vehicle weight.
The Binh Tan District People’s Committee also directed functional forces to coordinate and support the above mentioned agencies in performing the task of ensuring public order and traffic safety during the implementation process.
HCMC authorities disapprove apartment projects in inner city districts
Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City will not issue construction permits for high-rise apartment projects in its inner city districts as series of licensed high-rise building projects overload both technical and social infrastructures.
The Department of Construction in HCMC said in its report on the project “Housing development program in HCMC for the 2012-2030 period” to the municipal People’s Committee that technical and social infrastructure in some inner areas in the city is overloaded because infrastructure has not been upgraded corresponding to housing construction development.
Subsequently, the city administration decided not to issue construction permit to any high-rise apartment project as well as encourage housing developers to build house in areas near underground construction sites, rail lines.
Under the decision, in the next five years, authorities in districts 4, 5, 6, 11, Phu Nhuan which have witnessed reduced population within ten recent years will not give permits of construction for new high-rise condominium projects without plan for renewing technical and social infrastructure.
Meanwhile, districts 2, 7, 9, 12, Thu Duc and Binh Tan will prioritize new housing projects and high-rise condo projects along metro lines.
Apart from which, suburban districts Cu Chi, Hoc Mon, Binh Chanh, Nha Be and Can Gio will take heed of housing construction in village and rural residential quarters and areas with infrastructure connecting with major roads.
In these suburbs, local administrations will prioritize to develop ecotourism, new urban blocks and satellite urban blocks. Yet, no new apartment projects will be approved in these suburbs if without infrastructure construction plan.
Leaders of Government, HCMC celebrate Nam Ky Uprising anniversary
The leaders offered incenses at Nga Ba Giong War Martyrs Monument on November 23 (Photo: SGGP)
A delegation of leaders of the Government and HCMC led by Politburo member and Head of the Ho Chi Minh City delegation of National Assembly deputies Nguyen Thien Nhan on November 23 visited Nga Ba Giong War Martyr Monuments in Hoc Mon District to mark the anniversary of the Nam Ky Uprising (November 23).
The delegation offered incenses to commemorate the late President Ho Chi Minh and martyrs who dedicated their lives to the nation.
Attending event were Politburo member, Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee, and head of the CPV Central Committee’s Commission for Information and Education, Vo Van Thuong; Secretary of the Party Central Committee, Secretary of HCMC Party Committee Nguyen Van Nen; former Secretary of HCMC Party Committee, Le Thanh Hai; Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee, Nguyen Thanh Phong; Standing Deputy Secretary of HCMC Party Committee, Tran Luu Quang; Deputy Secretary of HCMC Party Committee and Chairwoman of HCMC People’s Council, Nguyen Thi Le; Deputy Secretary of HCMC Party Committee and head of Commission for Organization of HCMC Party Committee, Nguyen Ho Hai; Chairwoman of the Vietnam Fatherland Front’s Ho Chi Minh City chapter, To Thi Bich Chau.
Nga Ba Giong War Martyrs Monument covering on an area of around 10 hectares in Xuan Thoi Thuong commune in HCMC’s Hoc Mon District was recognized as a national historical relic site in 2002. It was a place where the French colonialists executed 903 Party members and patriots who joined the Nam Ky Uprising, such as Ha Huy Tap, Nguyen Van Cu, Vo Van Tan, Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Phan Dang Luu and others. The historic uprising, which broke out on November 23 run in the final weeks of 1940.
Suicidal depression increases in Vietnamese young people
According to UNICEF, around 8- 29 percent of Vietnamese teenagers have mental health problems or at least 3 million adolescents suffer the problem.
However, just a small number of people with a mental health disorder receive treatment whereas the remaining resort to alcohol, tobacco and drug as a self-medication for their health condition; as a result, their illness gets worse.
Nearly ten thousands Vietnamese people die by suicide annually. Worse, Dr. Huynh Thanh Hien from the mental Health hospital in Ho Chi Minh City said that rise in the number of Vietnamese women with mental health disorder is a worrisome problem.
Within one recent week, two women in the city died due to suicide. They have loads of things in common as they are both women who live alone in apartment condo and they are under treatment of sleep disorder.
According to Dr. Huynh Thanh Hien from the Mental Health Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, there are several warning signs of those who commit suicide that their relatives should not dismiss their talk of suicide as just threats.
They dwell on the topic of death and dying; they take steps to prepare for death, they become withdrawn, avoids close friends and family, loses interest in activities and social events, and becomes isolated.
Dr. Hien said there’s no cure for depression, but there are lots of effective treatments.
Ministry requests to cancel festivals if Covid-19 re-occurs
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism requested to cancel festivals if the locality where the event takes place to have Covid-19 outbreaks.
Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Trinh Thi Thuy in her dispatch to people’s committee in cities and provinces proposed local administrations to delay festivals in case that the coronavirus pandemic re-occurs with high risk of community transmission.
As Tet holiday ( the Lunar New Year) nears, localities in the country often organize festivals. Therefore, the Ministry urged local authorities to strictly follow its directions stressing that local administrations to constantly update the news of the disease and keep track on the development of Covid-19 to spread precise information to residents and tourists.
In the dispatch, the Ministry also wanted local administrations to stop superstitious activities at religious sites to earn profit which badly affects the country’s culture and tradition. Moreover, local authorities should encourage residents not to practice the custom of burning votive papers.
In a Covid-19- related news, the National Steering Board for Covid-19 Prevention and Control yesterday evening announced one more imported Covid-19 case entered Vietnam on the flight VJ2527. The patient has been quarantined at a location in the Mekong Delta Province of Tien Giang.
Integrating traditional medicine into modern healthcare for patients’ benefit
Alongside the development of modern medicine, the growing need for traditional Vietnamese medicine proves the effectiveness of the medicine in the old time; hence, integrating traditional medicine into modern healthcare will benefit patients much.
The approaches making up traditional medicine including acupuncture, physical therapy, and herbal products have been used by many people.
A 63-year-old man in District 12 Nguyen Van My arrived in the Ward of Traditional Medicine in Thong Nhat Hospital for treating complications of cerebrovascular accident that makes him left-sided paralysis. After a long time of treatment, he was discharged from the hospital as his illness abated.
He said; “Presently, my paralyzed left side is better and I can hold slight items and walk without my relatives’ assistance ; however, I am taking physical therapy to get better. In addition to taking herbal drugs, he is using acupuncture to relieve discomfort and sauna, massage.
A 67-year-old woman in District 3 Nguyen Tuyet Nhung also decided to follow traditional medicine after she suffered paralysis as a complication of stroke. She shared young people can take western drugs but she can’t because the drug will badly affect her liver and kidney if she uses for long time. Therefore, she has been taking traditional medicine, massage, acupressure points and physiotherapy in the medical center in the district.
Subsequently, she can now walk with a walking cane.
The most wonderful effectiveness of traditional medicine is that the medicine can improve the condition of a five-year-old girl with cerebral palsy due to disruption of oxygen supply during or around the time of birth.
The girl in District 2 couldn’t roll over but lie still when she was nearly five years old. Her parents have taken her to many infirmaries for treatment but all to no avail.
When knowing that the Traditional Medicine ward in the Hospital in District 2 can treat the illness by traditional medicine, her parents took her three as last resort. It was a total miracle that after 10 months of treatment, the baby can roll over and sit. Everyday, the baby is taken to the ward where physicians massage and do acupressure points to stimulate her muscle nerve.
According to Dr. Musa Hanipha, Standing Deputy Chairman of the Traditional Medicine Association in District 5 said that not only easterners but people in the world started to use herbs as medicine or follow traditional medicine.
He added that oriental traditional medicine proves useful for people suffering chronic diseases complications due to stroke. After many years of following the medicine, Dr. Musa Hanipha realized that people who take traditional medicine rarely relapse; moreover, traditional medicine has little side effects ; hence patients can follow it for long time.
Head of Thong Nhat Hospital’s Ward of Traditional Medicine Dr. Nguyen Van Dan said that integrating traditional medicine into modern healthcare will benefit patients much. Doctors use scan machine and X–ray to diagnose patients’ illness and later they will use oriental traditional medicine for treatment.
According to the WHO, 65–80 percent of the world’s healthcare practice involves the use of traditional medicine, commonly referred to as complementary and alternative medicine, in some way.
Exhibition of heritage aims to connect researchers, educators, historians
To connect researchers, educators and those working in the field of art who all pay attention to the country’s history to develop value of the national history, the Archive Center under the State Records and Archives Department of Vietnam and the Department of Education and Training will jointly organize an exhibition.
The exhibition organizer will apply technology to help visitors better understand the collection. Visitors will feel and watch the liveliest and best materials and images thanks to application of 360-degree video.
In addition to launching the domain name www.mocban.vn, the event organizer will also hold a meeting between researchers, artists, culturists such as historian Duong Trung Quoc, scriptwriter Ngoc Bich and director Ly Minh Thang to talk about issues relating to history.
The State Records and Archives Department of Vietnam is keeping woodblocks of the Nguyen Dynasty was recognized as documentary heritage of the Memory of the World Register 2009, the first Vietnamese heritage to make this list.
MIC hosts forum on national digital transformation
In the forum, Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Manh Hung stressed that information technology and digital technology have become a formal platform of the global society and economy at present.
However, since cyber security is the most concerned issue to all nations, they only accept to purchase a technology as long as it is an open source, which means they are able to master it. This especially applies to technologies related to national foundation platforms.
Vietnam at the moment is developing its 5G technology, which is also an open source, based on the Open Radio Access Network (O-RAN). That selection allows individuals and businesses to participate in the creation of new values.
This is a correct direction for a developing country like Vietnam to effectively speed up and become the leader in the future.
CMSC Data Exchange Platform formally launched
In the era of Industry 4.0, digital transformation is playing a critical role in various aspects from media, healthcare, to science. This process has become both an opportunity and a challenge for any nation and business.
Chairman of CMSC Nguyen Hoang Anh stressed that in order to boost performance among businesses in Vietnam, digital transformation is a must at present, and has to observe all content in Decision No.749/QD-TTg by the Prime Minister.
He added that CMSC will perform its responsibility to support enterprises in this process, especially regarding administration and task handling; to improve the quality of monitoring information and business performance evaluation; and to contribute to the establishment of an e-government in accordance with the E-government 2.0 Structure.
CMSC now has the role of preparing and then adopting suitable strategies, plans, and programs related to digital transformation for its member enterprises. Its 19 members are major corporations which are controlling important resources in the fields of agriculture, transport and logistics, energy harnessing, industrial manufacturing, finance, IT and telecoms. Therefore, it should be easier to begin the digital transformation process in these enterprises first to ensure the success of the national one.
In his speech, Mr. Pham Duc Long – Director General of VNPT – stated that the swift development of digital technologies has led to the forming of a digital economy with its specific principles. In the last few years, witnessing the significant growth of the digital economy in Vietnam, the Government and the Central Party has issued a range of policies to create a suitable legal corridor.
However, this growth displays an unbalance between different industries, different regions in the country, and even different business owners. Hence, state enterprises are assigned by the Government to become the guide for other private companies to enter the digital transformation process, in turn to boost the development of the Vietnamese digital economy.
CMSC’s Vice Chairman Nguyen Ngoc Canh pointed out the two main roles of enterprises in the national digital transformation process. Firstly, they should immediately carry out this process to display their guiding role. Secondly, all CMSC’s technological businesses must contribute to the digital transformation process in the Government and local authorities.
To fulfill these goals, member enterprises must be well-prepared as to proper digital infrastructure and capability; develop digital solutions in their own field and professional human resources. They are also recommended to become customer- and citizen-oriented so as to expand their market share, increase their revenues, and improve their performance.
In their business plan for next year and the period from 2021-2025, these businesses must include necessary steps to perform digital transformation, especially in the head quarters. A common platform, with shared databases and applications, should be developed to optimize investment and speed up the implementation of IT into operation activities of both CMSC and its members.
In the event, the CMSC Data Exchange Platform was formally introduced, co-developed by CMSC’s Information Center and VNPT. It is based on the model of a level-II specific data transfer network, and is directly linked with the Vietnam Data Exchange Platform.
Using this platform, CMSC’s 19 members are able to access the Document Management and 4-level Administrative Operation System nationwide.
The platform is especially helpful in file sending and receiving across CMSC’s agencies and member businesses, greatly reducing cost and saving time for administrative tasks. It can also become an excellent illustration of technology implementation to create a paperless office.
Fishermen in Central Vietnam earn high profits from bumper tiny shrimp catch
Fishermen in the Central Province of Ha Tinh were delighted at boatloads of tiny shrimps on landing in fishing ports.
Lately, many fishermen in the coastal Central Province of Ha Tinh have taken advantage of favourable weather to fish around coastlines. Their labor was rewarded as they caught tons of the creature.
According to Mr Bui Tuan Son, Director of the Port Authority of Ha Tinh Province, from 30 to 50 vessels carrying 1-2 tons of tiny shrimps each every day anchor in Cua Sot fishing port. It has been bustling in coastal communes such as Nghi Xuan, Cam Xuyen, Ky Anh, Thach Ha as traders and fishermen have been busy at selling and purchasing tiny shrimp.
After the 13th storm, a large number of tiny shrimps have been seen in the waters off Ha Tinh province. Just three fishermen collected around 9 tons of tiny shrimps within three days, fisherman Duong Dinh Canh in Thach Lac Commune shared.
Traders offered to buy the creature at the prices ranging from VND 6,000- 8,000 per kilogram. Tiny shrimps are for the domestic consumption and for exports. Additionally, shrimps can be made into fish sauce and shrimp paste for year-round use.
Catching this shrimps generates high incomes as well as creates many employment for locals.
Hanoi speeds up upgrade of Huynh Thuc Khang street
The road is about 1.3 kilometers long, with a total investment of VND342 billion (US$14.7 million).
According to Mr. Giap, the extended Huynh Thuc Khang route is one of the key infrastructure projects in Dong Da district, designed to reduce traffic congestion and improve local residents’ life quality.
The project was approved by the Hanoi People’s Committee, with the starting point being Nguyen Chi Thanh street, the endpoint at the junction of Voi Phuc (Kim Ma street). The road is about 1.3 kilometers long, with a total investment of more than VND342 billion (US$14.7 million).
Mr. Nguyen Hoang Ha, deputy director of the Board for Investments of Dong Da district, said that Huynh Thuc Khang street extension project is expected to occupy about 3.7 hectares of land, for which Dong Da district is responsible for site clearance by relocating 69 households and 14 organizations.
Mr. Ha confirmed that the construction of the road does not affect the historic sites in the area. “Work on the project started on March 8, 2019 and is expected to be completed in 2022,” he said.
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