Russian Navy fleet visits Da Nang city

Russian Navy Destroyer Admiral Panteleyev anchored at Tien Sa port on July 31. (Photo: VNA) The Pacific Fleet of the Russian Navy—including Russian Navy Destroyer Admiral Panteleyev, Oil Products Tanker Pechenga and Rescue tug SB-522—anchored at Tien Sa port on July 31, beginning their goodwill visit to the central city of Da Nang through August 2. The fleet is commanded by Colonel Potapov Aleksandr Valerievich and carries 482 officers and crewmembers on board. The visit is intended to intensify bilateral defence cooperation between the two armies and the two navies in particular. During their stay, the naval officers and crewmembers plan to lay wreaths at the city’s monument for war martyrs and heroes, pay courtesy visits to leaders of the municipal People’s Committee and the High Command of the Naval Region 3, and visit several tourist attractions in Da Nang and the surrounding provinces.-VNA … [Read more...]

Indonesia, Australia seek to enhance bilateral relations

Australian Ambassador to Indonesia Paul Grigson met with Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla on July 30 to discuss ways to improve relations between the two countries. Vice President Jusuf Kalla told the press that they had discussed several issues related to the future relations between Indonesia and Australia, economic challenges and a plan to establish a consulate general in Makassar, South Sulawesi. They also talked about ways to improve bilateral linkages in the second half of 2015 amidst the recent disturbances over several diplomatic issues, he added. Relations between Indonesia and Australia were tense following the execution of Australian drug convicts Andre Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, as well as Australia’s alleged bribe of crew members on a boat carrying asylum seekers to return to Indonesia.-VNA … [Read more...]

Hung Yen boosts economic growth and social welfare

One corner of Thang Long II Industrial Park. (Photo: The northern province of Hung Yen will continue to stabilise its economy while accelerating public investment reform and ensuring social welfare, a meeting to review provincial socio-economic development in 2015 heard on July 31. The province will implement agricultural reforms and devise a mechanism to encourage enterprises to invest in the agricultural sector and rural areas. It also plans to focus on building rural style new areas, helping an additional 20 communes to meet the set of criteria, including infrastructure development, production capacity and environmental protection. Comprehensive solutions have been addressed to remove barriers to investment, to promote the equitisation of state-owned enterprises and to boost infrastructure investment, attracting universities to the Pho Hien (Hien Street) student quarter. In addition, the province will control bad debts and adjust land planning by the end of … [Read more...]

Five teams to inspect granting of pardons to prisoners

Five teams will look into granting amnesty for prisoners in a number of localities from August 3-14 in the run-up to the 70th National Day (September 2). Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, who is also the Chairman of the Central Advisory Council on Amnesty, said the verification of the paperwork for prisoners to be pardoned needed to be conducted in a prompt and strict manner. He asked the Supreme People’s Court to coordinate with the Ministry of Public Security, the Ministry of National Defence and the Supreme People’s Procuracy to provide guidance on the dossier compilation and verification. There was no room for mistakes, he stressed, adding that individuals, agencies and organisations that made mistakes would be investigated and penalised. The central advisory council is scheduled to consider clemency proposals from August 20-22 and then submit an amnesty list to President Truong Tan Sang for approval. The announcement of the President’s decision … [Read more...]

Bodies of all 23 in Lao chopper crash recovered

Illustration photo. (Photo: Bodies of all 23 people on board a Lao military helicopter that cashed early this week were recovered, the Ministry of National Defence announced on July 30. The Mi-17 helicopter with four crew members and 19 passengers en route from Vientiane to the northern provinces of Xieng Khuang and Huaphan crashed in Luangphanxay village, Longchaeng district, Xaysomboun province, the ministry said. The plane took off from the capital at 13:10 pm on July 27 and sometime later lost contact with the flight control centre. The crash site was located on July 29. An investigation is underway to find out the cause of the accident. Bad weather is predicted to the cause of the accident. Extreme weather has swept over many regions across Laos in recent days with forecasters warning of heavy rains, notably in the northern region.-VNA … [Read more...]

247 anti-social evil clubs’ activities maintained

The Provincial Youth Union has actively coordinated with the public security sector to conduct propaganda, educate and help children spoilt, underdeveloped, etc. Implementing the National Target Program on Drug Prevention and Control in the 2011 – 2015 Period, the Hai Duong Provincial Youth Union has stepped up propaganda and mobilization of youngsters and teenagers to observe laws and promote crime prevention and control. Activities of 247 clubs of youth, vanguard youth, and youth voluntarily propagandizing laws, preventing and controlling crimes, drugs, and prostitution in the whole province are regularly maintained, attracting the participation of nearly 11,000 Youth Union members. Activities of more than 100 clubs in the school bloc are maintained quite effectively, contributing to the fight against crimes, drugs, and prostitution. The Provincial Youth Union has actively coordinated with the public security sector to conduct propaganda, educate, manage, and help children … [Read more...]

Viet Nam-US diplomatic ties marked in Ha Noi

Visitors tour the exhibition of Viet Nam-US relations and the US through the lens of Vietnamese photographers. — VNA/VNS Photo An Dang HA NOI (VNS) – The Viet Nam Union of Friendship Organisations and Ministry of Foreign Affairs held a banquet yesterday to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the normalisation of Viet Nam-US diplomatic relations. Speaking at the event, Deputy Minister Ha Kim Ngoc highlighted the remarkable achievements reached by the two countries over the past two decades, while expressing his gratitude for the efforts made by previous generations to establish and nurture the relations. The two countries have moved towards co-operation in various fields, the Deputy Minister said, adding that with their comprehensive strategic partnership, Viet Nam and the US would contribute greatly to the maintenance of peace, sustainability and co-operation in the region. For his part, the US Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius said the two sides have addressed the … [Read more...]

ICAEW’s Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business to Be Provided in Vietnam

ICAEW (the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with British University Vietnam (BUV) and Audit and Consulting Service company UHY ACA (UHY) to work jointly to provide ICAE’s certificate CFAB (Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business) for students and graduates of BUV. This will give students the opportunity to gain an internationally-recognized qualification, enhancing their employability and helping them develop vital business skills. The signing ceremony took place onJuly 29 in Hanoi in the presence of parents and students of the University as well as partners of all three parties. Accompanying UK Prime Minister David Cameron on his official visit to Vietnam, the Right Honorable Lord Maude of Horsham, UK Minister of State for Trade and Investment witnessed the signing of the memorandum of understanding. "For young Vietnamese students looking to step into a rewarding career, ICAEW is an excellent … [Read more...]

Officials hope to give Flight 370 families some answers soon

After 16 agonizing months without answers, loved ones of those on board Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 will likely have to wait at least another day for confirmation that it crashed into the sea, as investigators work to identify the source of a barnacle-encrusted wing part that washed up on a remote Indian Ocean island. Kelly Wen, wife of Chinese passenger onboard the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 looks at a MAS airplane poster during an event to mark one year anniversary of the pane disappearance, during a candlelight vigil for passengers onboard the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Friday, March 6, 2015. Though several officials have expressed confidence that the debris found on the French island of Reunion is from a Boeing 777, French authorities are planning to send the piece to southern France for analysis before confirming it came from the missing Malaysian aircraft. The part could arrive Saturday morning, according to the Paris … [Read more...]

Russia’s vessels, including submarine-killer Admiral Panteleyev, visiting Vietnam

Three Russian vessels – including destroyer Admiral Panteleyev, the SB-522 tugboat, and tanker Penchega – arrived in the central city of Da Nang on Friday for a three-day visit. These ships are docking at Tien Sa Port with a crew of 482 naval officers and sailors led Colonel A. V. Potapov. The guests were welcomed by representatives of the External Relations Department of the Vietnamese Ministry of Defense, the High Command of Naval Zone 3, the High Command of Military Zone 5, the Da Nang Border Guard Headquarters, the Da Nang Military Headquarters, and the Da Nang Department of Foreign Affairs. Russian General Consul Dikushin Valentin Mikhailovich also attended the welcome ceremony. During their stay in Da Nang, Colonel A.V. Potapov will pay a courtesy visit to leaders of the municipal People’s Committee and the High Command of Naval Zone 3. Vietnamese and Russian officials meet at Tien Sa Port in the central city of Da Nang on July 31, 2015. Photo: Tuoi … [Read more...]

Russian theater presents classic ballet performance with 3D animated graphics

The Russian classic ballet performance "Swan Lake" will be staged at the Vietnam National Convention in Hanoi on August 1 by the ballet theater Talarium et Lux (Ballet and Light). The special performance is expected to win audieneces’ hearts with 3D animated graphics. The balle featuring principal dancers E. Nebesnaya and S. Smirnov with more than 100 other performers is choreographed by Marina Yurievna Aleksandrova and Yuriy Anatolievich Romashko. The show is directed by a legendary ballet dancer, ballet master and dance coach Mikhail Leonidovich Lavrovsky. The People’s Artist of the USSR is the Artistic director of Russian ballet theater Talarium et Lux. Russian ballet company TALARIUM ET LUX was founded in 2012, forming a professional dance crew comprising ballet artists from the light of Moscow and all-over-Russia theaters. The company interprets classical choreography in a modern way by using light show and multimedia. "Our aim is to retain the priceless … [Read more...]

Honouring Certificate for National relics at Nguyen Huu Tho memorial house

Illustrative image (Cinet)- Long An province officially organized the inaugurating and honouring ceremony of ranking certificate at the memorial site for lawyer Nguyen Huu Tho on July 29th. Lawyer Nguyen Huu Tho was born on July 10th, 1910 in Ben Luc district, Long An province. He was Chairman of Consultative Council of the Republic of South Vietnam from June 6th, 1969 to April 25th, 1976 and Chairman of the National Assembly of Vietnam from July 4th to June 18th, 1987. Lawyer Nguyen Huu Tho was born in Long An province. He was sent to France for studying at the age of 11. After 11 years, he returned home and worked as a lawyer. He participated in patriotic activities at that time. The lawyer was arrested many times by the enemies and kept in Saigon, Lai Chau, Hai Phong and Phu Yen. Lawyer Nguyen Huu Tho was elected to various important posts, including Chairman of the National Liberation Front of South Vietnam, Vice President of Social Republic of Vietnam, Chairman of the National … [Read more...]

Vietnamese woman burned by husband dies after three days

Nguyen Thi Oanh Dam and Tran Van Giang in their wedding photo in 2011. A woman in the central province of Nghe An died on Thursday, three days after her husband set her on fire and burned their son alive. Family of Nguyen Thi Oanh Dam, 22, said she died at a local hospital during treatment. Dam suffered severe burns almost all over her bodies after her husband poured gasoline and set her on fire Monday night, after she complained about him coming home drunk. She was breastfeeding their 9-month-old baby. The child caught on fire and he died soon after that. The family had rushed Dam to the National Burns Institute in Hanoi but doctors said she would not survive. They then brought them back to their hometown. Police in Nghe An have arrested the 25-year-old husband Tran Van Giang. He will be investigated for murder. … [Read more...]

Many Ho Chi Minh City residents use carcinogen-laden water: lawmakers

Ho Chi Minh City vice mayor Nguyen Huu Tin inspects water in an outlying district. Photo credit: VnExpress More than 358,000 households in Ho Chi Minh City do not get tap water while water samples from wells many use have tested positive for a carcinogen, according to the HCMC Preventive Health Centre. Le Van Nhan, the center’s deputy director, said a majority of 1,400 samples obtained from wells in seven outlying districts failed to meet safety criteria due to low pH ,high iron concentration and others. "Some samples contain microorganisms. But more dangerously, 110 samples contained ammonia." "Most of these wells are shallow and near polluted sources," Nhan said Wednesday at a session of city People’s Council, the legislature. Nguyen Thanh Chung, director of the city Department of Transport, said many families in District 12 use well water containing ammonia: "The samples were taken directly from these wells without any treatment. "We will install pipes to [supply … [Read more...]

Vietjet offers daily flights for HCM City – Chu Lai route

VietNamNet Bridge - Private airline Vietjet has announced to increase frequency on its HCM City - Chu Lai route to seven return flights per week as of August 4 to further meet demand and offer passenger’s maximum convenience. With this increase, the HCM City - Chu Lai route will operate daily. With each leg taking approximately, one hour and fifteen minutes, flights take off from Tan Son Nhat International Airport at 7:25am and arrive in Chu Lai at 8:40am. Return flights depart from Chu Lai at 9:15am and land in HCM City at 10:30am. To facilitate passengers in the central provinces of Quang Nam and Quang Ngai to travel to Chu Lai airport, Vietjet also offer a free shuttle bus service as follows: In Quang Ngai Province: The daily shuttle bus departs for Chu Lai airport at 6:30am from Cam Thanh Hotel, 1 Pham Van Dong Street, Quang Ngai City. The return shuttle is featured at Direction Boards at the pick-up area in the airport In Quang Nam Province: The daily shuttle bus … [Read more...]

Young people contribute to new rural development

Photo: (VOVworld) – Over the past 3 years, Vietnam’s youth have contributed significantly to the implementation of a national new rural development program in response to a campaign called "Young people join hands to contribute to national new rural development". VOV’s Nguyen Hien reports…. After Qua hamlet in Lao Cai province’s Bat Xat district was made a focal commune to receive support for new rural development in 2012, local Youth Union members spared no effort in supporting the local implementation of the national rural development program. They took part in many activities, from helping local poor households and building roads, to planting forests and repairing war martyrs’ cemeteries. Nguyen Tien Anh, Secretary of Qua hamlet’s Youth Union, said:"After 3 years implementing the national rural development program, local Youth Union members understand what they can do to aid this effort. They often volunteer and spare no … [Read more...]

Vietnamese park ranger arrested for illegally destroying forest for coffee farming

Police escort the arresttees to the forest for investigation into illegal deforestation accusations. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre Police in Lam Dong Province have arrested five men accused of destroying a pine forest in an attempt to take over the land for coffee farming near the resort town of Da Lat. Vu Van Thanh, 44, a park ranger of An Nguyen Forestry Company in the Central Highlands province, hired the other four suspects to clear 2.6 hectares (6.4 acres) of forest, police said. At the police station, Thanh said he had worked for the company since 2012. Last April, he hired Vu Tuan Chung – one of the arrestees – to kill the trees with chemicals. Chung was paid VND5 million (US$230) and then hired three others to do the job. Together they have managed to clear 2.6 hectares of pine forest. Thanh also hired an unidentified man to dig 3,000 holes for planting coffee trees and promised to pay him VND30 million. Earlier, local police had bust three similar cases of illegal … [Read more...]

Land erosion, depression ‘burying’ Vietnam’s granary

Tens of thousands of inhabitants of the Mekong Delta in Vietnam have lost their houses to land erosion, especially along river banks, as the result of an decrease in the volume of water in rivers. This is one of the concrete impacts of climate change, which is believed to cause major damage to coastal nations like Vietnam. It is predicted that a million people living in coastal areas and along river banks will have suffered direct adverse effects from land erosion by the year 2050, said Doctor Dao Trong Tu, counselor of the Vietnam Rivers Network. A report by the World Wildlife Fund showed that 48 percent of coastal areas in Ben Tre and Tra Vinh Provinces in southern Vietnam are in the process of retreating from the sea. Similarly, 70 percent of the southernmost province of Ca Mau’s coastal areas are in the retreating process. In short, the area of the Mekong Delta, which is considered the rice bowl of the country, has become smaller and smaller year after year. … [Read more...]

Dead fish float on Saigon’s major canal

VietNamNet Bridge - After heavy rains, tens of thousands of dead fish were found floating on Nhieu Loc - Thi Nghe Canal in HCM City. Many people said the cause was wastewater discharged by industrial enterprises located along the canal. In recent days, fish have died en masse on Nhieu Loc - Thi Nghe, the major canal that runs through District 1, District 3, Tan Binh, Binh Thanh, and Phu Nhuan. As observed on the evening of July 29, the water turned opaque yellow, with bubbles. Tens of thousands of dead fish, stuck under bridges with rubbish and water-ferns, causing a very bad smell. Dead fish float from the canal to the Saigon River. Most of the dead fish are tilapias, carps and snakeheads. Local people have asked the authorities to quickly take out the dead fish to prevent pollution. Tens of thousands of fish still living have to emerge to the surface to breathe. According to local residents, several industrial enterprises took advantage of the rains to discharge wastewater … [Read more...]

Traffic cameras to become operational in October

A traffic camera is installed in a stretch of Ha Noi's Pham Hung Street. — Photo HA NOI (VNS) — The installation of traffic cameras along several pilot stretches of the Phap Van–Cau Gie and Noi Bai–Lao Cai expressways will be completed by October 1. Deputy Transport Minister Nguyen Hong Truong said at a meeting yesterday that penalties would be imposed in accordance with the violations caught on the cameras. Truong asked the Viet Nam Expressway Corporation, FPT Telecom joint-stock company and Hanel Company to quickly select the type of cameras and their positions on the highways. As per the plan, 74 traffic cameras will be installed along the two expressways. — VNS … [Read more...]