VRC asks for $26.6m to repair train crossing sites across VN

The Viet Nam Railway Corporation (VRC) has sought more than VND560 billion (US$26.6 million) for renovating and fixing 291 level crossings across the country during a two-year period till 2016. A level crossing on Le Duan Street in Ha Noi. The Viet Nam Railway Corporation has sought more than VND560 billion (US$26.6 million) to fix 291 level crossings across the country by 2016. — VNS Photo Thai Ha VRC had recently requested the Government to allocate this budget, which would be used to implement a transportation project approved by the Prime Minister last year and to repair old level crossings that violate newly issued safety rules. These violations might include traffic view blockage or a lack of warning signals. The funds would be used by the VRC to fix 180 level crossings this year, and cost more than VND322 billion ($15.3 million). Work on the remaining crossings would conclude in 2016 for an estimated budget of VND227 billion ($11.3 million). The funds requested by the … [Read more...]

Shake portends scaffold collapse in Ha Tinh

Before the accident, shakes in the scaffold’s construction site had forced several workers to run towards an emergency staircase. Afterward, the site commander issued a safe signal and instructed people to return to work. Less than 30 minutes later, the scaffold collapsed, bringing all the workers down. The scaffold collapse area has almost been cleared by the end of March 26 (Photo: SGGP) 40 year old worker Hoang Thanh Mai told to the media after witnessing the collapse which has killed 13 workers and injured 28 others on the construction site of Taiwanese invested Formosa steel complex in the north central province of Ha Tinh yesterday. Mai from Nghe An province has miraculously escaped death from the accident and been treated at the General Hospital in Ky Anh District. His countryman Tran Quang Tuan, 43 year old, told it was rainy at that time when the scaffold vibrated, leaned, fell down, and shortly buried the workers. Forty one year old Nguyen Van The from Quang Binh … [Read more...]

Over 130 workers suffer food poisoning in Tra Vinh Province

Over 130 workers at Cy Vina Co Company in Long Duc Industrial Park in the Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh are being treated in many hospitals in the province after suffering from food poisoning symptoms. Deputy director of Tra Vinh General Hospital Dr. Tran Kien Vu said that the hospital yesterday received 130 workers who were suffering food poisoning. According to the victims, after lunch including fried chicken, internal organs of chicken cooked with sauce, vegetable soup, and fried vegetable at the company canteen many of them got belly pains, vomiting, diarrhea, and headache. Thanks to timely treatment their health condition is stable. This is the second time the company workers have been poisoned after meals at the company. Over 100 workers have been hospitalized on January 15. … [Read more...]

Photos: Giant glutinous rice cake to celebrate Hue’s Liberation

VietNamNet Bridge – Chefs from Saigon Morin Hue hotel on March 26 completed a 26-metre long banh tet (cylindrical glutinous rice cake) to celebrate the 40th anniversary of liberation of Thua Thien Hue central province. The cake, measuring 20 metre in diameter, has a total length of 26 metres. It will be sold for charity purpose. Proceeds from the sale will be donated to a charity fund under Hue SOS Children’s Village. This event attracted the participation of more than 3,000 local residents and visitors. Tran Van Tam, director of Saigon Morin Hue hotel said the making of the cake was also aimed at celebrating the 114th founding anniversary of Saigon Morin Hue – one of five age-old hotels in Vietnam. Photos of the cake’s 2-day making process: VOV … [Read more...]

Supporting sustainable forest plantations in Vietnam

(VOV) - More than 43,000 households in central Vietnam have received access to micro finance and technical support to establish over 76,500 hectares of forest under a World Bank-supported project. Implemented from 2005 to 2015 in the provinces of Binh Dinh, Quang Ngai, Quang Nam, Thua Thien Hue, Nghe An and Thanh Hoa, the Forest Sector Development Project has brought strong social, environmental and economic benefits to local communities. "Many families have escaped poverty thanks to forest plantations under the project," said Pham Quoc Chien, Director of the Project Central Coordination Unit. The project funded efforts to survey land and facilitated the issuance of land use right certificates for about 35,000 households. Farmers use the certificates to apply for low-interest loans from the project’s fund managed by the Vietnam Bank for Social Policies. "The project is the first, and to date, the only one in Vietnam using the approach of lending to small-holder plantation … [Read more...]

Vietnam premier wants to finish privatizing 289 state-run firms by 2015

Transforming state-run enterprises into joint stock companies is now a top priority of the government and it should be done by the end of this year, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung requested Thursday. Vietnam has targeted to transfer the state ownership in 432 businesses to private investors between 2014 and 2015, and finished doing so at 143 firms last year. This means there is nine months left for 289 businesses to complete their privatization, the premier said as he chaired a meeting on the country’s plan for reforming state-owned enterprises in Hanoi. "We should try to reach the target without making any mistakes or hasty decisions," Dung said, adding that the state-run businesses "should not be bargained away." The prime minister said the state-owned enterprise reform plan has been going on the right track, even though there are still issues to solve. "The performance of some state-run enterprises is still behind their potential, while some others are … [Read more...]

US leads Vietnam’s seafood importers

(VOV) - The US remains top importer of Vietnam’s seafood, accounting for 18.62% of the country’s total seafood export revenue in the first quarter of this year. According to latest statistics released by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, seafood exports in March are estimated at US$417 million, bringing the total export value in three months to US$1.27 million, down 20.6% against the same period last year. Exports to Japan also saw a decline of 11.73% in the first two months of the year. Meanwhile exports to other markets like China, Mexico, Thailand and the Republic of Korea (RoK) still enjoyed growth. According to the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP), the US Department of Commerce has announced its preliminary results of the 9th period of review (POR9) according to which the average tariff dropped to 0.93% from 6.37% imposed in the POR8 on Vietnamese shrimp exporting to the US in the period between February 1, 2013 and … [Read more...]

LG inaugurates largest industrial complex in ASEAN

(VOV) - LG Electronics on March 27 inaugurated its new facilities in the northern port city of Hai Phong. This LG’s largest hi-tech complex in South East Asia has a total investment capital of US$1.5 billion. Bon-Joon Koo, Vice Chairman & CEO, LG Electronics Inc. affirmed that this important event marked the group’s strong development in Vietnam over the last 20 years. He emphasised that the group will do its utmost to ensure its cooperation and investment a success. He underscored the importance of the new facilities in the LG’s global production strategy. The new facilities were built on an area of 800 hectares in Trang Due Industrial Park at a cost of US$1.5 billion. The project has 3 phases. In the first phase, the complex will manufacture and assemble telematics devices, refrigerators, TV sets, washing machines, and air conditioners. In the next five years, 70% of its products will be exported to 35 countries in the world. Representatives from LG … [Read more...]

LG inaugurates largest industrial complex in South East Asia

(VOV) - LG Electronics on March 27 inaugurated its new facilities in the northern port city of Hai Phong. This LG’s largest hi-tech complex in South East Asia has a total investment capital of US$1.5 billion. Bon-Joon Koo, Vice Chairman & CEO, LG Electronics Inc. affirmed that this important event marked the group’s strong development in Vietnam over the last 20 years. He emphasised that the group will do its utmost to ensure its cooperation and investment a success. He underscored the importance of the new facilities in the LG’s global production strategy. The new facilities were built on an area of 800 hectares in Trang Due Industrial Park at a cost of US$1.5 billion. The project has 3 phases. In the first phase, the complex will manufacture and assemble telematics devices, refrigerators, TV sets, washing machines, and air conditioners. In the next five years, 70% of its products will be exported to 35 countries in the world. Representatives from LG … [Read more...]

IT development target program approved

VGP – The PM has ratified a target program for information technology (IT) development till 2020, with a vision to 2025. Illustration photo By 2025, the IT sector will become a fast, sustainable and profitable economic sector with high export earnings. Accordingly, the sector will strive to achieve a minimum growth rate of 15% per year from now to 2020, focusing on such areas as software, digital and IT service, attract a lot of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) projects in key industries and head to draw US$5 billion in FDI in electronic hardware in the 2015-2020 phase. Viet Nam will increase its competitiveness and maintain the status as one of the 10 top nations in providing software and digital outsourcing services. Ho Chi Minh City and Ha Noi will enter the list of the 10 most attractive destinations in global software outsourcing. The program sets the goal that by 2025, Viet Nam will have capacity to develop and produce IT products and services meeting domestic … [Read more...]

Vietnam to launch 4G services in 2016: deputy minister

Vietnam will license its mobile network operators to offer services using the fourth generation of mobile telecommunications technology next year, the country’s deputy minister of information and communications said Thursday. The Southeast Asian country has been piloting the 4G technology since 2010 and yielded positive results, so the year 2016 will see its official launch, Le Nam Thang told an international conference in Hanoi. "The 4G LTE will be the main development trend of the world’s telecom industry in the future," Deputy Minister Thang said. "Vietnam will license network operators to offer 4G services to better use its infrastructure… and create an increasingly competitive and developing telecom environment." LTE, an abbreviation for Long-Term Evolution, commonly marketed as 4G LTE, is a standard for wireless communication of high-speed data for mobile phones and data terminals. It is based on the GSM/EDGE and UMTS/HSPA network technologies, … [Read more...]

Global Fund continues to support VN in HIV/AIDS fight

VGP - Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam on March 26 met with Head of the Global Fund’s High Impact Asia Urban Weber in Ha Noi. At the meeting, the Deputy PM thanked the fund for assisting Viet Nam in conducting projects on preventing and controlling HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and dengue fever thus far, improving public health in Viet Nam. Deputy PM Dam suggested the Global Fund continue assisting Viet Nam in researching methadone detoxification methods as well as dealing with difficulties in rehabilitation and preventing the spread of HIV. He also asked for technical support and new approach methods for implementing a national strategy to fight tuberculosis in Viet Nam as well as technical and financial support towards eliminating dengue fever. For his part, Weber pledged that the Global Fund will continue giving Viet Nam financial, professional and technical support in preventing and combating HIV/AIDS. As a non-profit organization sponsored by a number of countries, non-governmental … [Read more...]

Ha Thanh wins silver medal at Doha World Cup

(VOV) -Vietnamese gymnast Phan Thi Ha Thanh has won a silver medal at the 8th Artistic Gymnastics World Challenge Cup which took place in Doha, Qatar, from March 25-27. Thanh earned 14,100 points in the women’s vault event behind Giulia Steingruber from Switzerland with 14.575 points. Slovenia athlete BelakTeja came third with 13,850 points. At the women’s beam event, Thanh has stood first with 14,050 points in the qualifying round, followed by Brazilian Daniele MatiasHypolito (13,850 points) and Romanian Diana Bulimar (13,250 points). The final round of the women’s beam event is scheduled for March 27 evening. After World Cup 2015, Thanh will join the national team in a training course in Canada to prepare for the 28th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games). … [Read more...]

New York buildings collapse in possible gas blast, 19 hurt

Four apartment buildings in New York's East Village neighborhood caught fire from an apparent gas explosion on March 26 and three collapsed, injuring 19 people, authorities said. The blast shortly after 3 pm sent flames leaping into the sky and rocked the residential area in Manhattan. Bloodied victims ran from the buildings, collapsing on the street, witnesses said. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio told a news conference that preliminary evidence indicated it was a gas-related explosion. Nineteen people were hurt. Four, all civilians, were in critical condition, the spokesman said. A New York police spokesman there were no reports of anyone missing. The four buildings contain 49 apartments, according to a spokesman for the American Red Cross at the scene. The ground floors were occupied by small eateries. … [Read more...]

Activities to mark 40th anniversary of Hue liberation

More than 100 photos and documents are being showcased to mark the 40th anniversary of the liberation of central Thua Thien-Hue province (March 26, 1975). The event, organised by the Hue Relics Preservation Centre, aims to provide insight for the youth into the revival and the value of Hue relics, thus nurturing their love and pride of their homeland. The Hue ancient citadel is home to a number of valuable cultural relics, including the ancient citadel complex with palaces, strongholds and temples from the Nguyen dynasty in the early 19 th century, according to Director of the Hue Relics Preservation Centre Phan Thanh Hai. Outstanding features of the Hue Relic Complex have been widely recognised, he said, adding that time, natural conditions and years of fighting have taken a toll on the structures. Hai also highlighted the efforts of the international community, Government and people of Vietnam, and local authorities and residents have made to preserve the relics, contributing … [Read more...]

Australia works with Vietnam to improve water quality control

(CPV) - Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam and Australian Ambassador to Vietnam Hugh Borrowman co-chaired a productive seminar on water quality control in Hanoi on March 26th. Funded by the Australian Government, this event contributes to public health, the economic and social development of Vietnam, and strengthens inter-sectoral and international collaboration in the water and sanitation sector. Acknowledging the health and economic impact of unsafe water, senior government officials, academics and international civil society organisations at the seminar discussed the status of water quality control in Vietnam and assessed the barriers and constraints to effective water quality control, including issues related to institutional, financial and human resources. The Deputy Prime Minister reinforced the Government’s commitment to improving water quality and emphasized the need to raise public awareness, enhance effective regulatory regimes and improve market-oriented … [Read more...]

High-end resort to be built on Phu Quoc Island

Representatives from M.I.K Corporation and Melia Hotels International (MHI) at the signing ceremony (Source: VNA) A high-end resort, "Sol House" with a capacity of 260 rooms and suites, will be opened on Phu Quoc Island in 2016. A document to this effect was signed between the M.I.K Corporation and Melia Hotels International (MHI) at a ceremony in Ho Chi Minh City on March 26. At the signing ceremony, M.I.K Deputy General Director Pham Thanh Tuan said the agreement will contribute to improving the quality of tourist services on the island as well as the overall Vietnamese tourism reputation. MHI Deputy Chairman in the Asian-Pacific region, Bernardo Cabot hailed the unique beauty of the island with its pristine beaches and improved infrastructure facilities. Sol House will bring value to the ‘Pearl Island’, he added. M.I.K is among the top investors in high-end estate development in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. It has also invested in numerous five-star resorts … [Read more...]

Ha Long to host Cherry blossom festival 2015

The Halong cherry blossom festival 2015 entitled "Peace – Prosperity – Cooperation and Development" will take place from April 2 to 5 in Halong City in northern Quang Ninh province. The event will be organised by the Halong city People’s Committee in collaboration with Japan’s Wanokai International Culture Association to promote cultural exchange, friendship and cooperation between the two countries. The information was released by vice chairman of Halong city People’s Committee Tran Trong Trung at a press briefing which has recently held in Quang Ninh province. A diverse range of cultural activities, including exhibitions featuring culture, tourism and cuisine from Vietnam and Japan, film screenings, workshops on health care, education and the environment, and art performances will be held during the festival. As many as 500 cherry blossom branches from Japan are expected to be showcased. On this occasion, children from the Northeast of Japan who … [Read more...]

Vietnam win second victory in Davis Cup

Vietnam crushed Syria 2-1 in the second match of Group B at the Davis Cup’s Group III Asia/Oceania Zone in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on March 26. In the first men's singles rubber, Nguyen Hoang Thien lost to Kareem Allaf 6-7 (3-7), 1-6. In the second men’s singles match , Ly Hoang Nam defeated Bruno Abdel Nour 6-4, 6-1. In the men's doubles, the 18-year-old player and Do Minh Quan quickly defeated Nour and Marc Abdelnour 6-2, 6-4 to take a 2-1 lead. In their first match, Vietnam crushed Turkmenistan 3-0. Vietnam's next rivals will be Cambodia.-VNA … [Read more...]

Mozambique lauds Vietnam’s preparations for IPU-132

Vietnamese Ambassador to Mozambique Nguyen Van Trung receives head of the Mozambican delegation to the IPU-132, Jose Mateus Kathupa (Source: VNA) Member of the Mozambican Parliament and head of the Mozambican delegation to the 132 nd Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly (IPU-132) Jose Mateus Kathupa has lauded Vietnam’s efforts to prepare for the event, which opens in Hanoi on March 28. He was received by Vietnamese Ambassador to Mozambique Nguyen Van Trung before leaving for Hanoi. He told the diplomat that the Mozambican delegation to the IPU-132 comprises two members of the ruling Liberation Front (Frelimo) and Head of the opposition Mozambican National Resistance (Renamo) Saimone Muhambi Macuiane. During their stay in Hanoi, the delegation will meet with Vietnamese National Assembly officials to discuss measures to intensify cooperation between the two legislative bodies, he added. Ambassador Trung affirmed that the time-honoured friendship between the two peoples lays … [Read more...]