It is rare for someone to live for more than 100 years like comrade Do Muoi. It is even rarer when such a man has made significant contributions to the country and its people, set an example of diligence, thrift, integrity and fairness, and won the respect of Party members and the people, both during his career and when he departed this life. Devoting more than 80 years to the revolutionary cause, comrade Do Muoi was jailed by the French colonialists at Hoa Loa Prison and entrusted to hold many important Party and State posts, every one of which he was completely dedicated to. Comrade Do Muoi was at the helm when the country was undergoing tremendous difficulties, notably the fall of socialism in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe and the Doi Moi reform process, which abolished the central command economy that was deeply ingrained in the minds of millions of people. The real stories of how he led the Party and people to overcome those days might seem quite alien when retold today. … [Read more...] about Comrade Do Muoi as I know him
Why do people give gifts
Nguyen Quoc Ky, CEO of local tour organizer Vietravel, believes Vietnam’s current visa-free travel policy is insufficient and should be expanded to more countries. He explained his view in this piece sent to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper. Vietnam’s international tourist arrivals have been growing steadily in recent years, averaging 11 percent growth per year. In 2016 alone, Vietnam received more than 10 million foreign visitors. This growth is positive only when considered in the context of Vietnam, but when compared to South Korea or Japan for instance, our growth is much slower. Where’s the bottleneck? Giving gifts to those who don’t really want it Many tourists complain that the visa rigmarole is one of the biggest drivers of not visiting a country. At present, Vietnam exempts visa for 22 countries and territories. However, many of these are countries that many Vietnamese have not … [Read more...] about Opinion: Why Vietnam needs to expand its visa exemption policy
The Saigon Times Daily This traditional gift-giving practice at Tet however has been abused by certain people to give luxury gifts to those who have done them a favor, especially those having power in society. In many cases, gift-giving could amount to bribery. That is why, prior to Tet, the authorities often issue notices prohibiting officials from taking luxury gifts. But such bans normally do not work because there are a variety of ways for the giver and the taker to dodge the bans. This year the Anti-Corruption Department at the Government Inspectorate has launched three phone hotlines for the public to accuse those committing corrupt practices, or giving and taking gifts not in compliance with the prevailing rules. Pham Trong Dat, head of the department, told Dan Tri online newspaper that the Government Inspectorate had just written to ministries, ministerial-level agencies and provincial governments reminding them of strictly observing the regulations on Tet gift giving; … [Read more...] about Gift-giving crackdown
As Tet (Lunar New Year) approaches, the papers are all talking about bonuses that employees are getting, and the general trend seems to be that everyone is receiving higher dividends this year. I was flabbergasted to learn that a company in Ho Chi Minh City awarded the highest festival bonus of VND535 million (US$27,438), because for us teachers a bonus worth millions of dong is just a dream. … [Read more...] about Do teachers deserve a decent Tet bonus?
VietNamNet Bridge ' In 2004, Tran Dinh Nhon, a local resident in Da Lat City announced he succeeded in reproducing red pheasants, a rare wild animal with the scientific name Phasianus colchicus. Over the last seven years, Nhon has been acting as the free consultant about the precious birds. The garden of Tran Dinh Nhon, located on Ngo Van So Street in Da Lat City, can be considered a mini pheasant bird sanctuary. There one can see different kinds of pheasant birds, from yellow, white to red pheasants. … [Read more...] about The person giving directory assistance about pheasant breeding