Vietnam vows to tackle spam messaging

The Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) has vowed to take bolder steps to crack down on spam messages sent via internet and mobile phones, which is rapidly spreading with others cyber-crimes. MIC Minister Nguyen Bac Son said during the TV programme People Ask, Ministers Answer on Sunday that MIC would co-operate closely with authorities at all levels, particularly inspection offices to strengthen their work on the supervision and management of internet usage. He said the co-operation would also aim to improve social awareness, particularly from internet service providers for preventing spam and cyber-crimes. The invasion of spam into the internet and mobile phones has returned to attack after a decrease during the Tet holidays due to a series of regulations issued by the MIC, internet experts said. The experts had raised a question on whether all these measures are ineffective in the fight against spam. However, according to Son, all questions should have answers. He … [Read more...]

Why will ‘Wall Street’ be moved from HCM City to Hanoi?

VietNamNet Bridge – A hot debate continues about the decision to move the headquarters of the stock exchange from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi. The HCMC Stock Exchange. Ho Chi Minh City is the center of economy and finance of the country. Infrastructure, investors and financial institutions are largely located in the city. Many experts and investors questioned the move after they learned that the Ministry of Finance had submitted to the PM a proposal to merge Ho Chi Minh City Stock Exchange (HOSE) and Hanoi Stock Exchange (HNX) as one, based in Hanoi with the name "Vietnam Stock Exchanges". The "cradle" of the VN stock market In the eyes of many investors and financial world, Ho Chi Minh City is the "cradle" of the stock market. When you say "the Wall Street of Vietnam", domestic and foreign investors will immediately think of the busy area on Nguyen Cong Tru Street (District 1) and the adjacent streets. The Ho Chi Minh City Stock Exchange is a modern building, which can … [Read more...]

Invoices and documents for imports in VN market

Enterprises participating in the circulation of imported goods in the market should take heed of the important regulations on invoices, documents (e.g. their types and time limits of production), and the handling of relevant violations. According to Joint Circular No. 60/2011/TTLT-BTC-BCT-BCA detailing the modes of invoices and documents for imports circulating in the market, establishments involved in the business of imported goods need to have a firm grasp of certain provisions on: ways to identify imports circulating in the market; types of accompanying invoices and documents; time limits of production of invoices and documents; and the handling of violations. 1. What constitutes imports circulating in the market? Imports circulating in the market include those which are being transported en route; displayed for sale; or preserved at warehouses, ports, storage yards, manufacturing facilities, business establishments, or other locations. In addition, it is essential to … [Read more...]

Housing stimulus disbursement stagnates

The disbursement of the VND30-trillion (US$1.38 billion) housing stimulus package has been stagnant, despite the increase in the number of successful transactions in the real estate market. An apartment complex for low-income people in Binh Duong's Ben Cat Town. Disbursement from the $1.38 billion housing stimulus package has stagnated as low-income people are deemed unable to repay their loans in 10 to 15 years. — VNA/VNS Photo Quach Lam Economists and estate businesses said the market had seen clear improvements. The number of successful transactions in Ha Noi in the first quarter of the year rose by three times over the same period last year, reaching 4,250. Most of the transactions involved apartments with small and medium areas of 70sq.m to 90sq.m. Deputy Minister of Construction Nguyen Tran Nam said the estate market this year would see more transactions in several segments such as land, apartments and offices. Apartments, especially, of less than VND1 billion ($46,300) … [Read more...]

Youth strike gongs to preserve their culture

Youths from many villages in Yang Bac Commune, Dak Po District in Gia Lai Province, are raising funds to preserve and promote gong culture. In each village, the People's Committee lends farm land to each groups of youths to grow crops and raise cattle. The profits are mostly earmarked for buying new gongs for their communities. In Jung Village, for example, youths exchanged two buffaloes, VND20 million (US$940), for a set of gongs. Similarly, nearby Bung Bang, Kroi and Jro Dong Villages all have their own set of gongs, which are worth up to million dong each. "We have loved the sound of gongs since we were still in our mothers' wombs. Playing gongs is also the major cultural activity of local youth during festivals. All the youth in my village are able to play gongs. Each commune consists of 15 villages, each of which has established its own gong group," said Dinh-DRap, secretary of the Youth Union in Yang Bac Village. Truong Trung Tuyen, secretary of Youth Union in Dak Po … [Read more...]

Minh to play No 3 seed in Asian champs starter

Vietnam's top player Nguyen Tien Minh will meet No 3 seed Chou Tien Chen of Chinese Taipei in the Asian Badminton Championships starting on April 21 in China. His teammate Vu Thi Trang will face No 1 seed Li Xuerui of the hosts in the women's singles second round. Trang and Nguyen Thi Sen will meet Ma Jin and Tang Yuanting of China in the first round of the women's doubles. In the men's doubles, Duong Bao Duc and Nguyen Hoang Nam will play against Kim Ki-jung and Kim Sa-rang of the Republic of Korea in the second round. Dao Manh Thang and Pham Nhu Thao will meet Paul Jefferson Vivas and Jessie Francisco of the Philippines in the first round of the mixed doubles. … [Read more...]

Commando recalls sinking of US aircraft carrier

Seventy-nine-year-old former Vietnamese commando Lam Son Nao still feels uncomfortable whenever he thinks about the moment he tried to recover 84 kilos of explosives that had been left near the USNS Core aircraft carrier. Recalling the event of 52 years ago during a recent interview at his home in HCM City, Nao said he first conducted a feasibility study for the attack by inspecting a two kilometre-long sewer tunnel three times before he and his comrade Nguyen Van Cay were approved to proceed with the mission. They later set the explosives to go off at 7pm on December 29, 1963, but they failed to detonate because of a weak battery. Nao then decided to return to the aircraft carrier to retrieve the explosives. "At that time, I thought of two situations. First, I thought if I touched it, it would explode. If I was killed, that would be OK. Second, I was afraid that the enemy would ambush and arrest me, and collect the explosives," Nao recalled. Former commando Lam Son Nao, 79, … [Read more...]

Juha Sipila to become Finland’s PM

Mr. Juha Sipila. (Photo: Internet) On April 19th, Finland’s opposition Centre Party won the General Election and its leader, Juha Sipila is likely to now become Finland’s next Prime Minister (PM). Results showed that Sipila's Liberal-Agrarian Party won 49 of 200 seats in parliament. The rightwing eurosceptic Finns Party, also in the opposition, surged in late ballot counting to become the country's second-biggest party, garnering 38 seats. Stubb's conservative National Coalition Party meanwhile won 37 seats and the Social Democrats 34 seats. Opinion polls suggested that Sipila could become PM of a coalition including the Eurosceptic nationalists. He will replace Alexander Stubb, who has led a broad pro-European and pro-NATO coalition government. Center Party leader, Juha Sipila declared victory and will take on the role of forming the new ruling coalition, saying he would approach the leaders of the three main parties. Juha Sipila is a Finnish politician and … [Read more...]

More people suffer from chronic kidney diseases

Chronic kidney disease (CKD), or chronic renal failure as it is also known, is a growing burden for many Vietnamese families. Dr. Nguyen Huu Dung of Bach Mai Hospital's Artificial Kidney Department, said that more than 8,000 new cases were reported each year. The number of patients nationwide currently stands at 6.73% of the population or about 6 million people, of whom, about 800,000 patients (0.09% of the national population) are at stage five (final stage). This means that they need renal replacement therapy through blood filtration (haemodialysis) or a kidney transplant to stay alive. But, Dung said, only 10% of stage-five patients could afford haemodialysis while the rest had to face a grim future. Meanwhile, a report by the Department of Health Examination under the Ministry of Health, said all the centres that did blood filtration were overloaded and could not handle all the work. Dr. Vu Le Chuyen of Binh Dan Hospital in HCM City said that most CKD patients were not … [Read more...]

Bac Giang targets lychee exports to new markets

The northern province of Bac Giang plans to promote litchi exports to the United States, the European Union (EU), Japan and the Republic of Korea (RoK). It will do so by implementing a master plan to zone off and produce litchi cultivation in accordance with modern food quality and hygiene standards. Nearly 100ha of litchi in the Luc Ngan district has been cultivated in line with GlobalGAP standards, and is expected to generate 500 to 600 tonnes for exports to traditional markets, such as China, Laos and Cambodia. Meanwhile, VietGAP-standardised litchi cultivation has been expanded to 9,500ha, producing 47,000 to 57,000 tonnes per year. The province has mapped out a specific plan to develop litchi in the Luc Ngan district to ensure an adequate supply for export to new markets, developing 150ha under the GlobalGAP in 2016 and 250ha in 2020. The provincial Department of Science and Technology, together with scientists from research institutes and universities, held a workshop to … [Read more...]

EU meat producers would like a bigger bite of Vietnam’s market

Vietnam is a promising market for EU beef, pork and meat products, the Poland-based Union of Producers and Employers of the Meat Industry has said. There had been rapid growth in EU meat exports to Vietnam in the last three years, it said. Export of pork, for instance, went up in the period from 822 tonnes worth EUR933,630 (US$1 million) in 2012 to 6,149 tonnes worth EUR6.7 million (US$7.2 million) last year, Agnieszka Rozanska, UPEMI's managing director, said. Beef and meat product shipments had also shot up, with export of meat products increasing by over 70 times, she said. Pork exports by Poland, one of the biggest meat producers in the EU, had increased sharply, but the country had not exported beef to Vietnam and was in the process of getting approval for it, she said. UPEMI is implementing a campaign called "Tradition and quality of European meat" in three target markets — the US, the Republic of Korea, and Vietnam — to promote the advantages, quality and … [Read more...]

Life at Kilo-class submarine brigade in Vietnam

A Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper contributor has expressed her marvel at the wholehearted dedication, rigorous training, and diligent study of the Russian language among the sailors stationed at a submarine base in central Vietnam after a recent visit. The Tuoi Tre contributor narrated her memorable experiences during her trip to Submarine Brigade 189 under the Vietnam People's Navy. The brigade is based in the Cam Ranh Military Port, which is situated in Khanh Hoa Province. Before the brigade was founded in June 2011, selected soldiers joined a training course in Russia in October 2010 prior to passing on what they had learned to their colleagues and juniors at home. However, rigorous training began well before that. Over 30 years ago, Submarine Regiment 196 came into being and boasted well-qualified human resources. Many members of the regiment's force were later transferred to the current Submarine Brigade 189. Younger recruits to the brigade all excel in technical … [Read more...]

Migrants’ bodies brought ashore as EU proposes doubling rescue effort

The European Union proposed doubling the size of its Mediterranean search and rescue operations on Monday, as the first bodies were brought ashore of as many as 900 people feared killed in the deadliest known shipwreck of migrants trying to reach Europe. Three other rescue operations were underway on Monday to save hundreds more migrants in peril on overloaded vessels making the journey from the north coast of Africato Europe. The mass deaths have caused shock in Europe, where a decision to scale back naval operations last year seems to have increased the risks for migrants without reducing their numbers. "The situation in the Mediterranean is dramatic. It cannot continue like this," said European Council President Donald Tusk, calling an extraordinary summit of EU leaders for Thursday to plan how to stop human traffickers and boost rescue efforts. Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said as many as 900 people may have died in Sunday's disaster off the coast of Libya when a … [Read more...]

Czech parliamentarians welcomed in Hanoi

Vice Chairman of the National Assembly (NA) Huynh Ngoc Son hosted a reception in Hanoi on April 20 for the visiting Czech delegation of the Committee on Budgetary Control at the Chamber of Deputies headed by Chairman Vladimir Konicek. Lauding the development of the 65-year-old traditional ties between Vietnam and the Czech Republic, the NA Vice Chairman reiterated that Vietnam treasures its relationship with the Czech Republic and was grateful for its support during the struggle for national independence. Son hoped the Czech Republic, as a member of the European Union (EU), would urge the European Parliament to ratify the EU-Vietnam Agreement on Comprehensive Partnership and Cooperation (PCA) and sign the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in 2015 alongside its early recognition of Vietnam’s market economy status. He suggested the two sides strengthen their cooperation and increase delegation exchanges to share experiences in issues of mutual interest. For his part, the guest … [Read more...]

Uber must face lawsuit claiming bias against blind riders

Uber Technologies Inc must defend against a lawsuit accusing the popular ride-sharing service of discriminating against blind people by refusing to transport guide dogs, a federal judge ruled. In a decision late Friday night, U.S. Magistrate Judge Nathanael Cousins in San Jose, California, said the plaintiffs could pursue a claim that Uber is a "travel service" subject to potential liability under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The judge rejected Uber's arguments that the plaintiffs, including the National Federation of the Blind of California, lacked standing to sue under the ADA and state laws protecting the disabled. Uber was given 14 days to formally respond to the complaint. Aaron Zisser, a lawyer for Disability Rights Advocates in Berkeley, California, which helped bring the case, said the plaintiffs are pleased with the decision. "Uber is a very popular service, and it is important for riders with service animals to be able to use it like anyone else," he said … [Read more...]

VN heads to closer cooperation with nations in East Sea

VGP – Deputy PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc attended and delivered a speech at a plenary session of the World Economic Forum on East Asia 2015, which opened in Jakarta, Indonesia on April 20. Photo: VGP/Le Son With the theme "East Asia in the New Global Context", the Deputy PM highlighted the close coordination between nations in East Asia to enhance connections between economies and reforms to establish an economy adaptable to a new context. Viet Nam is doing its utmost to boost economic restructuring and growth model conversion, complete market economy mechanism, contribute to setting up the ASEAN Community and other regional cooperative mechanisms and actively negotiate a number of Free Traded Agreements. East Asia has a number of opportunities for cooperation, but stability and development in the region face challenges caused by climate change, strategic competition, territorial disputes and security and safety of navigation and aviation, he stressed. He highlighted that sea … [Read more...]

PM welcomes Chairman of Japan’s largest bank

VGP - PM Nguyen Tan Dung received Nobuyuki Hirano, Chairman of the Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ (BTMU), the largest bank in Japan, in Ha Noi on April 20. Photo: VGP/Nhat Bac The PM highly valued the bank’s financing for Japanese investors operating in industrial production and energy and transport infrastructure construction in Viet Nam. The financing amount that reached billions of US$ from the BTMU is considered as the specific result of a round-table dialogue between PM Dung and the BTMU and other 13 largest Japanese groups in Tokyo in December 2013. He committed to supporting Japanese businesses to invest in Viet Nam in the auxiliary and high-tech industries, infrastructure and agricultural development as well as encouraged the two nations to accelerate investment and trade activities. The PM re-affirmed the Vietnamese Government’s commitments in creating a favorable and open policy environment for foreign investors, including Japanese ones to launch … [Read more...]

Six tourists, pilot killed in Dom. Republic plane crash

Six tourists from Britain and Spain and their local pilot were killed Monday when their small plane crashed into a golf course after takeoff from Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, authorities said. AFP/File | Punta Cana, on the north coast, is the Dominican Republic's largest single collection of resorts "Seven people were aboard the plane from Punta Cana to Arroyo Barril," the Dominican Civil Aviation office said in a statement. The victims were identified as Dominican pilot Hector Soriano, 37, and six passengers who were Spanish and British tourists, the office said. It did not immediately specify how many people were from which country or identify them. Authorities said they were investigating the cause of the Sky-High Piper PA-32's crash. They said witness reports that the pilot tried to land on the golf course suggests a possible mechanical cause. Punta Cana, on the north coast, is the Caribbean country's largest single collection of resorts. … [Read more...]

Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News – April 21

Briefs on some of the leading news stories published on Tuesday (April 21) in Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper: Politics -- Leaders of Ho Chi Minh City yesterday had a meeting with over 440 artists and writers as part of the celebration of Reunification Day (April 30). -- Vietnam and Cambodia yesterday reached an agreement to repair and upgrade the statues of friendship in Phnom Penh and other major cities. Vietnam will pay for the work. -- Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung yesterday received Nobuyuki Hirano, chairman of the Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ Bank, and said he highly appreciated its financial aid for Japanese enterprises to invest in industrial production, energy, and infrastructure in Vietnam. -- Vietnam will make a 10 percent cutback in staff at state-owned agencies from now till 2021. Society -- Hundreds of hectares of crops in Don Duong District and Da Lat City of the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong were damaged by a hailstorm on Monday. -- Ho Chi Minh City is … [Read more...]

New York Times wins Pulitzers for West Africa Ebola coverage

The New York Times won two prestigious Pulitzer prizes on Monday for coverage of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, described by the Pulitzer board as courageous and vivid journalism that engaged the public and held authorities accountable. The Pulitzer for Public Service, announced at Columbia University, went to Charleston, South Carolina's Post and Courier for its series on domestic violence. The Pulitzers honor extraordinary work in U.S. journalism, literature, drama and other areas and bring welcome attention and recognition to newspapers and websites. "Till Death Do Us Part" by the Post and Courier probed why South Carolina is among the deadliest states in the country for women. Doug Pardue, one of a four-person team that produced the series, said it pushed the state legislature to pursue greater protection for abused women. "I'm glad to see that journalism is awarded for this type of reporting," said Pardue. "It's a story that touches so many people." For its Ebola … [Read more...]