Vice Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Vo Thi Dung (R) receives Zang An Min, Secretary General of the Organisation Department of the Communist Party of China Central Committee (Photo: VNA) HCM City (VNA) – Ho Chi Minh City is ready to host activities marking the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the Vietnam – China diplomatic relations, thus making practical contributions to the development of the bilateral ties, a leading official of the city said on December 6. Receving Zang An Min, Secretary General of the Organisation Department of the Communist Party of China Central Committee on his working visit to HCM City, Vice Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Vo Thi Dung also stressed that the Vietnamese Party, State and people attach great importance to the traditional relations and multi-faceted cooperation with the Chinese side. This is a consistent and long-term advocate of the Vietnamese Government for the joint benefits of the two … [Read more...] about HCM City ready to host Vietnam-China diplomatic ties anniversary
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A Vietnamese taxi driver accused an American woman of Vietnamese descendant of sexually harassing him on May 4 but oddly the latter had reported to local police that she was raped by another cabbie just a couple of days earlier. The accuser-turned-accused Pham Thi Thanh Ngoc, 40, is also the one who had lodged complaints to local police against a Vietnamese tabloid for what she called ostensible made-up stories last year that she raped many taxi drivers, one of whom was said to be forced to have sex with her over 30 times in two days. However, all of her accusations have been disproved by Vietnamese authorities eventually. Ngoc: I’m a rape victim The American woman told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on May 1 that she returned to Vietnam to meet a 31-year-old young man named N.Đ.T. living in the southern city of Vung Tau who proclaimed himself as a “poor kept man.” Ngoc said after having a vacation in Hanoi, she and the man in question flew to Ho Chi Minh City … [Read more...] about Vietnamese American’s rape accusation: Raping? Being raped? Or lies?
At the ceremony Senior Lieutenant General Pham Ngoc Minh, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army, authorized by the State President, handed over the decision and assigned tasks to the officer at a ceremony held at the Ministry of National Defense Headquarters in Hanoi on April 20. Accordingly, Captain Nguyen Quoc Khanh is to serve as Intelligence Collection Staff Officer at the mission. This is a new position for Vietnamese officers who have been working for the UN peacekeeping operations. At the ceremony, Gen. Minh spoke highly of the task performance and preparation of the Vietnam Peacekeeping Centre to send competent officers to the UN missions. The general tasked Capt. Khanh and other Vietnamese officers, who serve in the UN missions, to thoroughly grasp and well implement the guideline for external affairs of the Party, State, and the VPA; strictly obey the UN regulations and the local laws; and accomplish assigned tasks with safety. Capt. Khanh is … [Read more...] about Vietnamese officer dispatched to MINUSCA
Volunteers join a campaign against the use of tobacco in central Da Nang city (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNS/VNA) - The new cigarette tax rate of 5,000 VND (0.2 USD) per pack will help reduce the rate of tobacco consumption and increase the State budget, health experts have said. Speaking at the conference on tax incentives to prevent tobacco harm on September 25 morning, health experts said the application of the special consumption tax rate will reduce the tobacco use rate among men from 45.3 percent to 39 percent by 2020. Currently, Vietnam has the world’s ninth-highest number of smokers. On average, one in every two male adults is smoker. The prevalence of smoking among adolescents is 24.3 percent. The country has been suffering the burden of disease and financial loss caused by tobacco use. In 2015, Vietnamese people spent up to 31 trillion VND (1.3 billion USD) on cigarettes and more 24 trillion VND (1.03 billion USD) on treatment of tobacco-related diseases such as … [Read more...] about Increase on special consumption tax vital to reduce smoking
The Vietnamese table tennis team (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Nguyen Anh Tu and Doan Ba Tuan Anh on December 7 brought a gold medal to the Vietnamese team at the men’s double table tennis event at the ongoing 30th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 30) in the Philippines. They beat their Singaporean rivals 11-6, 12-10, 10-12 and 11-4 to secure the gold medal, quenching the 10-year thirst in the event following the one by Kien Quoc and Quang Linh at the SEA Games 2009 in Laos. Minutes later, female judokas Nguyen Thi Thanh Thuy, Nguyen Ngoc Diem Phuong, Ho Thi Nhu Van, Nguyen Thi Dieu Tien and Ha Thi Nga brought another gold medal to the Vietnamese team with a 3-2 win over their Indonesian rivals. For her part, Truong Thi Phuong was the first to snatch a gold for Vietnam on December 7, finishing first in the 200-m C1 Canoeing event. Meanwhile, Olympic champion Hoang Xuan Vinh missed his gold in the men’s 10-m air pistol event, losing to his Thai rival … [Read more...] about SEA Games 30: Historical table tennis gold medal for Vietnam