Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad (Photo: Reuters) Kuala Lumpur (VNA) - Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on June 8 introduced a no-gift policy for ministers in the cabinet, as he vowed to fulfil his campaign promises and build a transparent government. The PM made the announcement after chairing a meeting of the Special Cabinet Committee on Government Management Integrity in Kuala Lumpur. The current policy only covers civil servants. He said if there are gifts, they should only be limited to flowers, food and fruits. He pledged to formulate a law to fight the country’s money politics and regulate political donations. Moreover, he said all ministers in the cabinet as well as their secretaries will have to declare their assets to the Prime Minister and such information will be shared with anti-corruption authorities.-VNA … [Read more...] about Malaysian PM bans gifts for ministers
VietNamNet Bridge - The fact that Professor Ngo Bao Chau has received the gift from the Government - an apartment worth $600,000 - has immediately become a matter of controversy. Some people believe that Professor Ngo Bao Chau is not deserving of the gift, while other believe that the apartment is a reasonable gift. Professor Ngo Bao Chau, while respecting different opinions by publishing all on them on his blog, has also expressed his own position. On the blog, he wrote: "I personally consider the apartment as a gift for my scientific achievements. Everyone can have their own opinion on whether I deserve it or not.. But I think I do". … [Read more...] about Does Professor Ngo Bao Chau deserve the Government’s gift?
VietNamNet Bridge - The Ministry of Education and Training (MOET), in an effort to develop the system of gifted schools to find talents for the country, has decided to launch a programme worth 2.3 trillion dong. However, many educators still have doubts about the feasibility of the plan. MOET hopes that by 2015, Vietnam will have 100 percent of high schools meeting the national standards by 2015, including 15 key schools which have the education quality equal with the advanced high schools in the region and in the world. By that time, at least 50 percent of students should be classified as having excellent learning capacity, while 70 percent of students would have good knowledge about information technology, and 30 percent of students would reach Level 3 in accordance with the standards set by the Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE). … [Read more...] about The project on gifted schools raises debates
PANO - Vice State President Nguyen Thi Doan, on July 22nd and 23rd, visited and presented gifts to policy beneficiaries in Ha Nam Province and encouraged war-invalids and sick soldiers under treatment in three local convalescent centers namely Duy Tien, Kim Bang and Liem Can. The Vice President handed over VND 3 million to each center and gifts, valued at VND 1 million each, to nearly 200 war-invalids and sick soldiers. 113 other presents, each worth VND 1 million, were also given to families of martyrs and war-invalids, policy beneficiaries with difficult living conditions, Heroic Vietnamese Mothers in communes of Chan Ly (Ly Nhan district), Thi Son (Kim Bang district) and Liem Tiet (Thanh Liem district). … [Read more...] about More good deeds for policy beneficiaries
PANO - The key to a home of gratitude was given on July 24 th to Do Dang Tien, a war invalid in Khuong Thuong precinct, Dong Da, Hanoi, by the Vietnam Service Flight Corporation (SFC). Do Dang Tien joined the army in 1965 and he was posted to the Central Highlands Front. He took part in several fierce battles and was injured twice. In the late 1960s, he was sent to the North and left the army. He then worked for construction sector, but old injuries broke him down from time to time and he had to retire early. With a small income from his and his wife’s retirement, he still tried to support his 2 children’s study at school. Time passed by, his 2 children grew up and started to go to work. With some savings, he planned to repair his home, an old shanty tile-roofed house that was cheaply built more than 30 years ago. Unfortunately, his first son had a working accident that made him a disabled and Tien himself had to spend months in hospital due to the old injuries. His … [Read more...] about SFC takes off with magnanimous gifts