Musical show for patients to be broadcast live

PANO - The 70th "Bringing music to hospitals" program, to take place at the Central Institute of Haematology and Blood Transfusion, will be broadcast live on VTV6 channel at noon on March 21st. This program will be organized simultaneously at the studio 14 (S14) of Vietnam Television and the institute. MC Cong To, singers Thai Thuy Linh and Bui Anh Tuan will be at S14 while two young singers Minh Chuyen and Viet Tu, musician Nguyen Tuan, 3 child singers namely Mai Chi Cong, Bich Hang and Vu Thai An and MC Tuan Tu, will join doctors and patients at the institute. Notably, FPT's Strategic Director Nguyen Huu Thai Hoa will perform some immortal songs by late composer Trinh Cong Son. As part of this program, 10 patients with adversity will receive gifts in both kind and cash from donors, including the Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV). The program, launched 3 years ago, is co-organized by the Tim Hong (Red Heart) … [Read more...]

Whole-army blood transfusion safety workshop opens

PANO - Major General Vu Quoc Binh, Director of the Military Medical Department, on March 20th chaired the 2014 Whole-Army Blood Transfusion Safety Workshop in the central city of Da Nang. The two-day workshop reviews blood transfusion safety in the army over the past time and is working out orientations for the time to come. Officials in charge of blood test and transfusion of military hospitals will be provided with new circulars and regulations on blood transfusion of the Health Ministry, as well as discuss blood transfusion safety with other experts in the army, the Health Ministry and from the US. Under statistics from the Central Institute of Haematology and Blood Transfusion, about 10 per cent of the annually donated blood contains contagious germs, including HIV. Besides, some medical equipment and shortage of regulations on blood transfusion badly impact blood transfusion safety. The workshop, jointly organized the Military Medical Department under … [Read more...]

Voluntary blood donation spell in 2013-2014 school year launched

The education and training sector is expected to mobilize officials, teachers, etc. to donate blood with the aim of collecting around 1,440 blood units.The provincial Red Cross Society on the afternoon of 2 December, in coordination with the Department of Education and Training, deployed the voluntary blood donation spell in the 2013-2014 school year.The education and training sector is expected to mobilize officials, teachers, and laborers in preschools, primary schools, and junior high schools across the province to donate blood from 10 December 2013 to 10 January 2014 with the aim of collecting around 1,440 blood units (about 120 blood units per district, provincial town, or city).The Central Institute of Haematology and Blood Transfusion and the provincial General Hospital will directly take and receive blood.The blood donation spell was organized to overcome the shortage of blood for emergency aid during the Lunar New Year when students and pupils return home for the … [Read more...]

Hai Duong Gyno-obstetrics Hospital saves parturient woman with rare blood group

Hai Duong Gyno-obstetrics Hospital has timely saved the life of Bui Thi Hoan, a parturient woman with postpartum haemorrhage.Patient Bui Thi Hoan is on the way to recoveryHai Duong Gyno-obstetrics Hospital has timely saved the life of Bui Thi Hoan in Lai Vu commune (Kim Thanh, Hai Duong), a parturient woman with postpartum haemorrhage.This was a special case as patient Hoan, with rare blood group AB, needed transfusion of up to 17 blood units.Patient Bui Thi Hoan, who had been transferred from Kim Thanh district General Hospital to Hai Duong Gyno-obstetrics Hospital, had signs of premature delivery at 11:20 pm on 5 July. At that time, she was just 26 weeks pregnant.Previously, Ms. Hoan had underwent the first Caesarean (in 2000), a cervical polypectomy (in 1998), and a miscarriage after one month of pregnancy in need of emergency aid because of excessive bleeding (in 2010).At 5 am on 6 July, Ms. Hoan gave a natural birth to a 0.9-kg baby girl, who was immediately rushed to "For 15 … [Read more...]

Thousands of young people join “Red Sunday” campaign

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(VOV) - Over 3,000 young people braved the chilly weather to participate in the fifth "Red Sunday" campaign on January 20, donating blood at Hanoi National University. Blood Donation Festival due on Sunday Blood donation festival launched in Hanoi Blood donation festival for cancer patients Speaking at the event, Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien said she hopes the campaign would develop into a valuable, reliable source of blood donations for patients in need. The campaign is expected to collect around 800-1,000 units of blood. According to the organising board, the number of young people who registered to donate blood greatly exceeded expectations. It demonstrates the young generation's sympathy for the disadvantaged and their willingness to share the burden of social security responsibilities. "Red Sunday", co-organised by the Central Institute of Haematology and Blood Transfusion and the Tien Phong (Vanguard) newspaper, was launched in 2009 and has collected more than … [Read more...]

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Work begins on major expressway segment Construction of an 18.7-km section of the Ben Luc-Long Thanh Expressway, which will run through HCM City and Long An Province, began on Saturday. The project includes three intersections at Ben Luc-Long Thanh Expressway and HCM City-Trung Luong Expressway, National Highway No 1A, and National Highway No 50, according to the developer Expressway Viet Nam Expressway Corporation (VEC). With a total length of 57.1 km, the Ben Luc-Long Thanh Expressway runs through Long An Province's Ben Luc and Can Giuoc districts; Binh Chanh, Nha Be and Can Gio Districts in HCM City and Nhon Trach and Long Thanh districts in Dong Nai Province. The section is part of the national north-south expressway. The road includes a total of 20km of bridges, including the 3-km long Binh Khanh Bridge that crosses Soai Rap River and the 3.2-km Phuoc Khanh Bridge over the Long Tau River. With four lanes, Ben Luc-Long Thanh Expressway can allow vehicles to run at a maximum … [Read more...]

Youths build flagpole at north-east outpost island

The flagpole at the Cu Lao Xanh island, central Binh Dinh province (Photo: VNA) The Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Central Committee (HCYUCC) and the Association of Vietnamese Students (CAVS) on March 21 started work on building a flagpole at the Tran outpost island in Co To district, northern Quang Ninh province. The 15-m high pole is being built at the highest point of the island (188 meters high from the sea level). It is one of the seven flagpoles that the youth organisations have been building at the national outpost islands, namely Bach Long Vy (northern port city of Hai Phong), Cu Lao Xanh (central Binh Dinh province), Phu Quy (central Binh Thuan province), Con Son (southern Ba Ria-Vung Tau province), Tho Chu (southern Kien Giang province), and Hon Lao (central Quang Binh province). The programme is jointly carried out by the HCYUCC, the CAVS, and the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV) with an aim to raise sense of responsibility among the youths for … [Read more...]

Sovereignty flagpole to be erected in northern Vietnam

The construction of a national flagpole that will serve as a marker of Vietnam’s marine sovereignty kicked off on Saturday in an island district off a northern province. The Central Committees of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union and the Vietnamese Student Association started building a national flagpole to reiterate the country’s sovereignty on Tran Island, located in Co To District off the northern province of Quang Ninh, yesterday. The flagpole, which will stand 22.6 meters high, is estimated to cost about VND1.3 billion (US$60,583). Its investors are the chapter of the Communist Youth Union in Quang Ninh Province and the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam, while its construction contractor is Dong Bac Corp. under the Ministry of Defense. The flagpole will be located near a naval radar station, which is 188 meters above sea level – Tran Island’s highest spot. Its base and foundation will be built from reinforced concrete and face … [Read more...]

Vietnam hopes to bolster relations with Myanmar

VFF President Nguyen Thien Nhan (L) met Myanmar presiden Thein Sein. (Photo: VNA) Vietnam always attaches importance to stepping up traditional relations and all-around cooperation with Myanmar, President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan told Myanmar President Thein Sein on March 19. The meeting with President Thein Sein was part of the VFF leader’s ongoing visit to the ASEAN member state. Nhan spoke of Myanmar’s significant achievements in national construction and development, while hailing Myanmar’s role as Chair of the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 2014. Myanmar made positive contributions to promoting the establishment of an ASEAN Community as well as enhancing cooperation between the bloc and its partners, he noted. According to Nhan, Vietnam-Myanmar relations have seen increasingly fruitful development, especially after high-level visits of the two countries’ leaders and the signing … [Read more...]

Local e-toll solution can save VND3.4 trillion a year

Van Ly The e-toll technology has been put into use on a trial basis at the tollgate of Tasco Quang Binh in Quang Trach District in the central province of Quang Binh since last week as part of a project assigned by the ministry for Tasco Joint Stock Company and the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV). Viettel is responsible for the development of information technology infrastructure and collection solutions. Tasco chairman Pham Hung Dung said the project will bring significant economic benefits. Currently, it costs VND700 million to VND1 billion a year for toll ticket printing and hundreds of billions of dong for fuel cost when vehicles stop and depart at traditional tollgates. On March 10, the ministry started piloting the U.S. electronic toll collection (ETC) technology for vehicles to pay tolls without stopping at two tollgates on National Highway 1A and a station on Ho Chi Minh Road. As planned, this technology will be applied to other tollgates on the … [Read more...]

Bad debts of nine listed banks revealed

VietNamNet Bridge – The non-performing loans (NPL) of all nine listed banks are less than 3%, according to the latest consolidated financial statement of these banks. NPLs of the nine listed banks: BIDV (Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam), Vietcombank (Bank for Foreign Trade of Vietnam), Vietinbank (Bank for Industry and Trade of Vietnam), SHB (Saigon-Hanoi Bank), ACB (Asia Commercial Bank), Eximbank, MB (Military Bank), Sacombank (Saigon Thuong Tin Bank) and National Citizen Bank (NCB). Regarding the total NPLs, BIDV tops the list with VND8,562 billion. In particular, six of the nine banks have an NPL ratio at a lower level than those in the beginning of 2014. For the remaining three banks - Vietinbank, Military Bank and Eximbank - the debt ratio has begun to increase. In 2014, the total bad debt increased by 4.2%, from VND32,503 billion to VND33,871 billion. As for debt structure, the irrecoverable debts increased at the strongest rate, up by VND2,284 … [Read more...]

Large-cap shares drive markets down

Officers of Hanoi Stock Exchange update information on its system (Photo: VNA) The benchmark VN-Index edged down 0.41 percent to close the March 13 session at 586.10 points on the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange as large-cap shares had a declining performance. The VN30, which tracks the top 30 shares by market value and liquidity, decreased by 0.53 percent to end at 616.94 points, with losers outnumbered gainers by 18 to 4. Bank shares, including Vietinbank (CTG) and the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BID), continued to improve their performances, gaining 1.06 and 1.09 percent in share prices and had total trading volumes of 2.38 and 2.43 million shares, respectively. However, the declining performances of other large-cap shares were the main force dragging the market down. Vietnam Dairy Products Joint Stock Company (VNM), PetroVietnam Gas Joint Stock Corporation (GAS) and Ma San Group Corporation (MSN)'s share price in turn decreased by 0.92 percent, 1.92 percent … [Read more...]

First trial electronic toll collection system launched in Quang Binh

The MoT held a ceremony to commence trial operation of an electronic toll collection system (ETC) at the Km604+700 station on National Highway No1 in the central province of Quang Binh on March 13.(Photo:VNA) The Ministry of Transport held a ceremony to commence trial operation of an electronic toll collection system (ETC) at the Km604+700 station on National Highway No1 in the central province of Quang Binh on March 13. The move aims to assess the practicality of the technology at pilot tolls before applying it to all stations across the country’s road network. Two more trial ETCs are scheduled to be commissioned in the central province of Nghe An and Central Highlands Dak Lak province, using new technology eliminating the need for drivers to stop their vehicles and pay cash fees as is the current practice. During the trial period, the manual toll collection model, where a toll collector sells tickets and logs vehicles into the system by hand, will also be maintained. … [Read more...]

Bank, property shares back VN-Index

Investors watch stocks trading on Hoang Gia Securities Co's trading floor in Ha Noi. The VN-Index closed higher yesterday thanks to gains made by bank and property shares (Photo: VNS/VNA) The benchmark VN-Index made a rebound on March 12 on the Hochiminh Stock Exchange, led by bank and property stock gains. The VN-Index edged up 0.34 percent to close the session at 588.53 points, while the VN30, which tracks the top 30 shares by market value and liquidity, increased by a slower pace of 0.16 percent to end at 620.24 points. Bank shares rebounded on the information of positive credit growth in the first month of the year. Major banks such as Vietcombank (VCB), Vietinbank (CTG), and the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BID) posted modest gains of 0.5-0.8 percent, while others like Sacombank (STB), Military Bank (MBB) and Eximbank (EIB) rose back to the reference price. Property stock growth also helped the market recover. FLC Group (FLC), the most active code with … [Read more...]

Vietnam willing to further muti-faceted cooperation with Myanmar

PANO - Vice State President Nguyen Thi Doan on March 11th paid a courtesy call to Myanmar President Thein Sein and held talks with her Myanmar counterpart Nyan Tun in the Myanmar capital of Nay Pyi Taw. It was part of her ongoing official visit to Myanmar. At the meetings, both Myanmar President and Vice President said that the visit of the Vietnamese Vice President would contribute to strongly boosting the bilateral cooperation, especially in the occasion that both countries will celebrate the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties (May 28th) this year. Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan (left) paying a courtesy call to Myanmar President Thein Sein. Photo: VNA The hosts also confirmed that Myanmar always respects and wishes to step up its copperation with Vietnam, in the framework of bilateral and multilateral cooperation, especially in ASEAN. For her part, the Vietnamese official stressed that Vietnam always attaches much importance to and is willing to maintain sustaintable and … [Read more...]

Myanmar, Vietnam talk fostering ties

Myanmar continually looks to foster cooperation with Vietnam, especially within the ASEAN framework, affirmed Myanmar leaders. Meeting Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan in the capital city of Naypyidaw on March 11 immediately after the welcome ceremony, Myanmar President Thein Sein noted that the visit would intensify bilateral coordination in celebration of the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties this year. Doan, in return, clarified that Vietnam expects a stable and long-term friendship and all-around engagement with Myanmar. During talks with her counterpart, Nyan Tun, on the same day, the Vietnamese Vice President asked for the Myanmar government’s support for Vietnamese firms active in the 12 priority fields mentioned in the Vietnam-Myanmar joint statement signed in April 2010, as well as accelerating the licensing of Vietnamese projects in Myanmar. After doubling the value of trade after two years to reach US$475 million in 2014, the two sides discussed initiatives to … [Read more...]

Vietnam, Myanmar talk strengthening ties

Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan (L) has talks with her Myanmar counterpart Nyan Tun (Photo: VNA) Myanmar continually looks to foster cooperation with Vietnam, especially within the ASEAN framework, affirmed Myanmar leaders. Meeting Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan in the capital city of Naypyidaw on March 11 immediately after the welcome ceremony, Myanmar President Thein Sein noted that the visit would intensify bilateral coordination in celebration of the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties this year. Doan, in return, clarified that Vietnam expects a stable and long-term friendship and all-around engagement with Myanmar. During talks with her counterpart, Nyan Tun, on the same day, the Vietnamese Vice President asked for the Myanmar government’s support for Vietnamese firms active in the 12 priority fields mentioned in the Vietnam-Myanmar joint statement signed in April 2010, as well as accelerating the licensing of Vietnamese projects in Myanmar. After doubling the value … [Read more...]

Vietnam piloting electronic toll collection for vehicles

The electronic toll collection (ETC) method is being piloted at three locations in central Vietnam before it can be applied nationwide, the Vietnamese transport ministry has said. The piloting of ETC was announced by Deputy Transport Minister Nguyen Hong Truong at a press briefing held by the ministry in Hanoi on Tuesday. Of the three stations, one is in Nghe An, another is on National Highway 1 in Quang Binh, and the other is on the Ho Chi Minh Road, Truong said. Experience learned from the trial at these stations will be useful to improve the method before it can be applied to 35 toll collection stations on National Highway 1 from the central province of Thanh Hoa to the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho, and for other stations on National Highway 14 that runs through the Central Highlands region, the official said. The ETC is based on the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology that is broadly applied around the world, Truong said, adding that it refers to a wireless … [Read more...]

Transport ministry announces establishment of electronic tolls

ETCs will be installed on a trial basis. (Photo: VNA) Electronic toll collection systems (ETCs) will be installed on a trial basis in at least one lane of the three tolls across the National Highway No1 and part of Ho Chi Minh Highway. This was announced by the Deputy Minister of Transport, Nguyen Hong Truong on March 10. The three tolls, which are located in the central Quang Binh and Nghe An provinces and on the Ho Chi Minh Highway, will use new technology for which drivers will no longer have to stop their vehicles and pay fees as in the current practice. Drivers will also be issued an electronic tag (E-tag), which will be attached to the inside portion of the front windscreen of a vehicle, and denote an account. The tag will transmit a signal to the computer at the toll gantry as it approaches, and the toll will charge the account automatically, he said. During the period of trial, the model for manual toll collection, which requires a toll collector to sell tickets and … [Read more...]

Another 15 banks implement e-tax payment service

The General Department of Taxation on Tuesday signed an agreement with an extra of 15 joint stock commercial banks to implement electronic tax payment service. Tax payers at HCMC Taxation Department (Illustrative photo: SGGP) According to the agreement, the department and the banks will work together to build the online payment system, train human resources, popularize and mobilize tax payers to use the service. Last year, the department carried out a similar agreement with five banks to launch the system in 18 provinces and cities nationwide. The banks include Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam, Vietnam Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Industry and Trade, Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Foreign Trade of Vietnam, Vietnam Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development, and Military Commercial Joint Stock Bank. By the end of February, 24,000 businesses registered to pay over VND14 trillion (US$656.66 million) of taxes online. The 15 banks signed … [Read more...]