Vietnam active in collecting information of nationals in Nepal

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has asked for a swift coordination between Vietnam’s representative agencies in India and Bangladesh and authorities of the two countries and Nepal to find out if any Vietnamese nationals have fallen victim to the devastating earthquake in Nepal. The devastating 7.8 magnitude quake hit Nepal on April 25, killing at least 1,800 people. (Photo: VNA) Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Hai Binh made it clear in his reply to reporters’ query on the issue on April 26. According to the Vietnamese Embassies in India and Bangladesh, they have not yet received any information about Vietnamese casualties in the quake. The agencies are working closely with local authorities and those of Nepal to collect more relevant information. Hotlines serving the search of Vietnamese nationals in Nepal are +84981848484, +84462844844, +911126879852 and +88029854052. The devastating 7.8 magnitude quake hit Nepal on April 25, killing at least 1,800 people. It is … [Read more...]

Prime Minister arrives in Kuala Lumpur for 26th ASEAN Summit

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung arrived in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on April 26 to attend the 26th ASEAN Summit held in both Kuala Lumpur and Langkawi cities. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung arrives at Kuala Lumpur Airport, Malaysia. He was welcomed at the airport by Malaysia’s Deputy Defence Minister Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri, Vietnamese Ambassador to Malaysia Pham Cao Phong, and others. Themed "Our People, Our Community, Our Vision", the Summit, from April 26-27, focuses on how to promote links among ASEAN member nations. The plenary session is to debate measures towards forming an ASEAN Community in 2015 and building the ASEAN Community’s Post-2015 Vision. Vietnam’s participation in the event is expected to boost ASEAN connectivity, strengthen solidarity and unity, thus making the group’s operation more effective and pushing the role of the bloc in ensuring peace, security, cooperation and development in the region. Source: VNA … [Read more...]

Vietnam, EU speed up FTA negotiations

Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang and European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmstrom sought to boost Vietnam-EU Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations during their working session in Kuala Lumpur on April 25. Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang (L) and European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmstrom. Photo: Vietnam+ The meeting was held on the sidelines of the 26th ASEAN Summit in Malaysia. They touched upon the final package of the negotiations involving market opening alongside management rules and regulations concerning intellectual property rights. Hoang urged the EU to create favourable conditions for Vietnam’s key export products, for example, textile and garment, footwear, farming goods and seafood, to enter its markets. He also committed to opening doors for European enterprises in Vietnam. During his visit the Europe in October last year, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung met with President of the European Commission (EC) Manuel Barroso to … [Read more...]

OVs in Canada celebrate reunification day

Vietnamese expatriates from Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal cities gathered at a get-together held in Ottawa, Canada on April 25 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of National Reunification (April 30). Vietnamese Ambassador to Canada To Anh Dung addressing the event. The event was hosted by the Vietnamese Embassy in Canada. Ambassador To Anh Dung and the expatriates recalled the historical victory 40 years ago, which helped unify and bring independence and freedom to the homeland. He praised Overseas Vietnamese for their significant contributions to promoting the Vietnam-Canada friendship as well as to the homeland’s development during recent decades. Sharing their joy to witness the country’s developments in recent years, participating Overseas Vietnamese said they would continue their endeavours to tighten the relations between their host country and the homeland. Source: VNA … [Read more...]

ASEAN’s greater influence affirmed

Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin of Malaysia, which holds the 2015 ASEAN Chair, asserted the centre role played by ASEAN and its greater influence during a banquet for the bloc’s foreign and economic ministers in Kuala Lumpur, on April 25. Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh (2nd from the left) at the banquet. Photo: Vietnam+ Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang were present at the banquet together with their ASEAN counterparts. Muhyiddin Yassin stressed the need to continue reinforcing the bloc’s role and increasing its operation efficiency, saying that ASEAN’s behaviours towards continuous changes of regional and global geopolitical situation, will determine its future. According to him, economic integration has been one of the key concentrations that ASEAN has paid attention to during last decades. Joint efforts from ASEAN member nations … [Read more...]

Vietnam attends int’l business fair in Argentina

Vietnam for the first time participated in the Trade Exchange Forum within the 2015 International Business Fair, which opened on April 25 in Arrecifes district, Buenos Aires province, Argentina. The annual event saw the participation of about 200 Argentinean and foreign businesses operating in the fields of garments, footwear, building, foods, medical equipment, and transportation. Representative from the Vietnamese Commercial Affairs mission introducing products at the fair. Photo: Vietnam+ At the fair, representatives from the Vietnamese Commercial Affairs mission to Argentina introduced the government’s economic policy as well as potential in bilateral trade and investment cooperation to foreign businesses. Companies in the South American nations expressed their interest in cooperation with Vietnam in the fields of footwear, hand tools and electronics products. Trade turnover between Vietnam and Argentina hit a record high of 1.92 billion USD in 2014. Vietnam’s … [Read more...]

Southern military units’ combat readiness checked

PANO - A mission, headed by Lieutenant General Be Xuan Truong, Deputy Chief of the General Staff under the Vietnam People's Army on April 25th inspected the combat readiness at Division 370 and Division 367 under the Air Defence - Air Force Service of the Vietnam People's Army. Lt. Gen. Be Xuan Truong visiting Division 370. General Truong praised the units' troops for their efforts in maintaining high combat readiness and effectively handling weapons and equipment to fulfill all assigned missions. Besides, the urged them to uphold their responsibility, positively collaborate with relevant units, and educate troops to heighten their vigilance and well apply traditional military arts in order to fulfill their missions in any situations. Translated by Trung Thanh … [Read more...]

National Defence Ministry’s delegation pays tribute to former leaders

PANO - A mission from the Central Military Commission and the Ministry of National Defence, led by Senior Lieutenant General Do Ba Ty, Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army (VPA) and Deputy Minister of National Defence paid tribute to late General Hoang Van Thai, former member of the Party Central Committee, first Chief of the General Staff and ex-Deputy Defence Minister on April 25th at his tomb in Mai Dich Cemetery in Hanoi. Delegates laying wreath to pay homage to late General Hoang Van Thai Representatives from departments, army units and the late general’s family also joined the mission as part of activities to mark his 100th birthday. General Hoang Van Thai, an exemplary and excellent student of President Ho Chi Minh, devoted all his life to the Party’s ideal and the country’s independence and made considerable contributions to the development of the VPA. On behalf of the mission, Sen. Lt. Gen. Ty expressed his deep respect and … [Read more...]

Da Nang marine tourism season 2015 begins

The 2015 Da Nang tourism season was kicked off on April 25 at the Bien Dong (East Sea) Park in Son Tra Peninsula in Da Nang to promote the city as a safe, friendly and attractive destination among tourists. My Khe Beach in Da Nang City. The programme is to introduce new facilities and tourism services for this year’s sea tourism season, promote the image of Son Tra Peninsula alongside local beaches and call for the community’s joint action to protect environment. Visitors are able to enjoy a wide range of events including beach sports, international rescue manoeuvre, beach camping, flashmobs, and traditional coastal challenges, such as underwater tug of war, fishing-net making and fish carrying. A music concert and about 80 booths selling food and souvenirs will be also organised to serve tourist alongside a photo exhibition capturing moments of the city and a Vespa and Lambretta scooters show. Tours to explore Son Tra Peninsula take place daily, comprising a number … [Read more...]

Art program celebrating Hung King Temple Festival kicked off

PANO - An special art program, themed "Resounding roots of the Ancestral Land" to celebrate the 2015 Hung Kings Worship Ritual and Hung King's Temple Festival was kicked off on April 25th at Hung Vuong Square in Viet Tri city. An art performance at the program. The program retraced the nation's heroic traditions during the national construction and defence cause through songs in praise of the homeland and the country. Highlight of the program is the local traditional music genres, especially xoan singing.. Earlier, the festival's organization panel launched worship rituals to commemorate the nation’s legendary founders of Lac Long Quan and Au Co. The three-day event includes many artistic cultural activities and the main worship ritual will be observed on April 28th (on March 10th in the lunar calendar) Translated by Chung Anh … [Read more...]

Activities to mark national reunification day

PANO - The Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee and the People Newspaper (PN) jointly held an art program themed "Reunification Song" on April 25th at the city's theatre in the presence of Secretary of the city's Party Committee Le Thanh Hai, former Vice State President Truong My Hoa, and PN Editor-in-Chief cum Chairman of the Vietnam Journalists' Association Thuan Huu. An art performance at the program. The program included many famous revolutionary songs in praise of the Vietnam Communist Party, President Ho Chi Minh, the Ho Chi Minh historic campaign and the 1975 Spring Great Victory. Audience were entertained with artistic works, a wonderful mixture of stage and cinema performed by popular singers of revolutionary music genre such as Thu Hien, Quang Ly, Thanh Thuy and Cam Van etc. The program was broadcast live on central and local televisions. In addition to the art performance, the organizing panel presented 20 gifts, worth VND 10 million each, to local heroic mothers and policy … [Read more...]

Local, foreign experts discuss Vietnam’s development

Vietnamese and foreign researchers presented reports on Vietnam’s development and integration at an international symposium in the southern province of Binh Duong on April 25. At the symposium. They also exchanged views on new approaches to Vietnam wars (1954-1975) as well as the country’s nation-building and safeguarding cause and its reform and international integration after 40 years of the country’s reunification. In his speech, Professor Carlyle A. Thayer, from the University of New South Wales, said that Vietnam has succeeded in using diplomatic policies to safeguard its independence and sovereignty, develop the country and integrate into the international community. To grow further, Professor Tsuboi Yoshiharu from Japan’s Waseda University suggested Vietnam focus on four main points, namely national reconciliation, young labour recruitment, reform of the political and economic systems and future vision. Regarding the future vision, the professor … [Read more...]

Two 600-year-old trees in northern Vietnam recognized as national heritage

The Vietnam Association for Conservation of Nature and Environment on Friday recognized two ancient gold apple trees planted near the Ho Dynasty Citadel, a world cultural heritage site, in Vinh Loc District in the north-central province of Thanh Hoa as national heritage. Dr. Do Quang Trong, director of the Center for the Conservation of the Ho Dynasty Citadel World Heritage, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that the two trees in Xuan Giai Village were grown very long time ago, dating back to the period of the Tran-Ho Dynasties. They were located in the center of the village and around 30 meters away from the southern moat of the citadel. The trunks of the two trees have a circumference of 10 meters and are around 20 meters high. Their roots extend from three to five meters around the trunks. The two trees’ canopies are very large, creating beautiful scenery for the village. They are attractive points for tourists when visiting the Ho Dynasty Citadel. The Tran Dynasty … [Read more...]

Saigon by night in photos

Tuoi Tre News introduces several photos which depict different locations in Ho Chi Minh City at night. Saigon, or Ho Chi Minh City, has undergone striking changes regarding infrastructure, traffic, housing, and lifestyle since April 30, 1975, when the country was reunified. The city glitters at night in the dazzling light from skyscrapers, streets, and new residential areas. The downtown area in Ho Chi Minh City with a prominent highlight being the Bitexco Financial Tower. Photo: Tuoi Tre The construction site of a skyscraper in downtown Ho Chi Minh City. On the left in the distance is the Nha Rong Wharf, one of the city’s icons, located in District 4. Photo: Tuoi Tre A view from Nguyen Thai Binh Apartment Building in District 1, with the Bitexco Financial Tower in the background. Photo: Tuoi Tre The Nha Rong Wharf and Saigon Port next to the Saigon River, with the Phu My Bridge seen from afar. Photo: Tuoi Tre A tributary of the Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe, a recently … [Read more...]

Vietnam pledges to push for nuclear weapons free zones

Vietnam’s Permanent Representative to the UN has asserted the country’s willingness to work closely with other states parties and signatories to strengthen nuclear weapons free zones as well as to foster cooperation among such regions, in joint efforts for the ultimate objective of a world free of nuclear weapons. Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga addressed the third Conference of States Parties and Signatories of Treaties that Establish Nuclear-Weapons-Free Zones and Mongolia at the UN’s headquarters in New York on April 24. Welcoming the convening of the conference, Ambassador Nga praised that over the years, nuclear weapons free zones have proved to be essential for the maintenance of international peace and security, including nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation. She said the establishment of nuclear weapons free zones is also the manifestation of the aspiration of member states for better international and regional security, avoidance of power politics and … [Read more...]

Vietnam cbank acquires second weak bank as part of restructuring scheme

The State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) has sped up to carry out its scheme to restructure the banking system this year with the acquisition of the second weak bank, Ocean Bank, of which many leaders have been arrested for alleged violations of economic management regulations from last year to this year. The SBV on Saturday announced that it had become the new owner of Ocean Bank after acquiring 100 percent of its stakes, terminating all rights and interests of the bank’s shareholders, after acquiring the lender at VND0 (zero). The acquisition followed the failure of Ocean Bank, whose full name is Dai Duong Commercial Joint Stock Bank, to supplement more funds to ensure the real value of the bank’s minimum charter capital of VND3 trillion(US$138 million). The SBV said in the announcement that the administration and operation of Ocean Bank have seriously violated the banking law. Under such a circumstance, the SBV decided to put Ocean Bank under special control in order … [Read more...]

Vietnam-China friendship celebrated in Ha Giang

A music performance praising the traditional friendship between Vietnam and China was held in northernmost Ha Giang province on April 25. The audiences included Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister Dang Minh Khoi and representatives of Vietnamese and Chinese border provinces. Featuring local performers, the event was intended to celebrate the success of the 7th conference of a joint working committee between Vietnam’s northern border provinces of Ha Giang, Quang Ninh, Lang Son and Cao Bang and China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. It also aimed to increase the mutual understanding and trust between the two countries towards closer relations. The shared borderline allows Ha Giang and Guangxi to establish cooperative programmes in various fields, including cultural events to showcase the beauty of their cultures. … [Read more...]

Activities nationwide mark 40 years of southern liberation, national reunification

A musical performance in the ‘Songs of reunification’ programme. NDO – Numerous activities took place across the country on April 25 to celebrate 40 years of southern liberation and national reunification (April 30,1975-2015). In Ho Chi Minh City, the Ho Chi Minh City municipal Party Committee and Nhan Dan newspaper co-organised a special art programme themed ‘Songs of reunification’. Speaking at the programme, Nhan Dan newspaper’s Editor-in-chief Thuan Huu highlighted the significance of the fight for independence, freedom and unification while expressing gratitude to contributors. Revolutionary songs in the programme recalled glorious fights for independence as well as milestones in the development process of Ho Chi Minh City and the country. On this occasion, the organising board presented twenty VND10 million savings books to Vietnamese heroic mothers, war veterans, wounded soldiers and revolutionary contributors’ families in Ho Chi … [Read more...]

Bulgaria, Vietnam procuracies ink cooperation agreement

Under the document, inked during the visit of Prosecutor General of the Vietnamese Supreme People’s Procuracy Nguyen Hoa Binh to Bulgaria from April 23-26, the two countries’ procuracy sectors will share information pertaining to crime prevention and support each other in personnel training and legal research. The Supreme Procuracies of Vietnam and Bulgaria have signed a cooperation agreement to set up a legal foundation to foster their connection in the coming time. During his stay, Prosecutor General Binh held talks with his Bulgarian counterpart Sotir Tsatsarov, where they shared experience in fighting crimes. He was received by Bulgarian Vice President Margarita Popova, who expressed her hope that Bulgaria will serve as a bridge connecting Vietnam with European markets and Vietnam will help link Hungary with other ASEAN member nations. Margarita Popova affirmed that she will do her utmost to step up judicial cooperation between the two nations. According to … [Read more...]

HCM City holds rehearsal for victory anniversary

A rehearsal for activities celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Southern Liberation and National Reunification was organised in Ho Chi Minh City on April 26. Hosted by the national organising committee for celebrating big events during 2014-2015, the event was overseen by Minister of Defence General Phung Quang Thanh, Minister of Public Security General Tran Dai Quang, Secretary of the HCM City Party Committee Le Thanh Hai and Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, among others. Taking place at the intersection of Le Duan and Pasteur streets in District 1 were an opening art performance, parades, and marches by forces representing the army, police, fatherland front and mass organisations, intellects and artists. An official celebration ceremony will start at 6:30 am on April 30 at the same venue. A range of activities will take place in the City on the day. Apart from parades and marches, which will be broadcast live on the Vietnam Television, Radio the Voice of Vietnam and … [Read more...]