Strength from national consciousness

Professor Ngo Duc Thinh NDO - The national consciousness has played a crucial role in generating national strength and moving the country forward. Nhan Dan journalist Minh Nhat held talks with Professor Ngo Duc Thinh, former Director of the Vietnam Institute of Cultural Studies and member of the National Council for Cultural Heritage, to further explore this idea. Professor, from your studies, can you say something about when a national consciousness first appeared? Professor Ngo Duc Thinh: All researchers in the field of Vietnamese studies hold that the time of the Hung Kings and An Duong Vuong (about the middle of millennium II and millennium I B.C.), the foundation of which was the Dong Son civilisation, marks the formation of the ancient ethnic Viet people, the foundations of traditional culture, and the formation of the first nation of Van Lang-Au Lac. The community in this pre-historic time required a consciousness of the natural and social world and of themselves. This is … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s banh trang exported to US

Banh Trang (paper rice cake) from Cu Lao May village in the Mekong Delta Province of Vinh Long has been exported to the United States. Cu Lao May in Tra On District’s Luc Si Thanh commune is a hundred-year traditional craft village that is well-known for making Banh Trang. Vietnamese banh trang product has been exported to many countries all over the world - Photo: SGGP It is a peaceful place with 1,300 hectares of fruits and vegetables, according to chairman of the People’s Committtee of the commune, Nguyen Thanh Luan. Every year, on the peak season of Tet, most of households in the village are in hurry to make Banh Trang to sell in the country and export to the US. Mrs. Nguyen Thi Nhan, 73, one of the best skilled craftwomen in the village said that she was early introduced the traditional career at the age of 17. Cu Lao May’s Banh Trang wins consumers’ hearts for its glutinousness, delicious and savory as well as elaborative processing and mixing. Head … [Read more...]

Social News 15/2

HCMC lauds good medical workers 113 teams and individuals of medical clinics in Ho Chi Minh City were lauded for their achievements in the patriotic emulation movement for 2010-2014. The municipal Department of Health held a meeting on February 12 to appraise 26 teams and 87 individuals for their good performance in the health sector’s emulation movement. At the meeting, the Department also launched the patriotic emulation movement for the next period from 2015 to 2020. The movement will focus on following Uncle Ho’s teaching that a good doctor must be a good mother to fight negative acts in treatment and examination. The movement also aims to improve curing and treatment quality, strengthen capability for district medical clinics to reduce overloading in big hospitals and implement the Ministry of Health’s programs. Da Nang flyover work to continue during Tet The Trung Nam Group installed the final span to complete the second flyover at the three-level stack … [Read more...]

Social News 14/2

Home ownership extensions rejected The Ministry of Construction has rejected a proposal from the People's Committee of central Da Nang City to allow foreigners buy and own houses for up to 70 years instead of the present 50. It said this was in line with the Land Law of 2013 and the amended Housing Law. In a related movement, the ministry gave the green light to a city plan requiring buyers of social housing to make the payment in one installment. According to the People's Committee, a one-time payment enables investors to quickly recover capital and re-invest. The amended Law on Housing, which takes effect on July 1, is expected to attract more foreigners to come to live and work in the country. Quang Binh police seize firecrackers The Transport Police Department recently cracked down on illegal firecracker smuggling, catching nearly 150 kilograms of firecrackers being smuggled in Quang Binh Province. The Traffic Police patrolling the National Road No 1 discovered the smuggled … [Read more...]

City supermarkets see major rush ahead of Tet

Nguyen Quyen and Quoc Hung Customers take a look at confectionary at a Co.opmart store in District 3, HCMC - PHOTO: THANH HOA Ample goods supply, promotions In previous years, the necessities for the holiday ran short, thus boosting prices. However, things have changed this year as goods at supermarkets are abundant and consumers benefit from many promotions and discounts. Co.opmart in collaboration with suppliers is running a promotional program to offer discounts on the final days of the old lunar year. Products like watermelon, clam, Dalat potato, cabbage, onion, sausage and biscuit are VND5,000-30,000 cheaper than on normal days. The supermarket chain has knocked 50% off around 4,500 items until February 18, one day prior to Tet. Big C supermarkets are offering discounts of 5-45% on 2,000 products for the holiday. In addition, customers with bills worth over VND500,000 can join a lucky draw to win many valuable prizes worth up to VND2 billion in total. Ho Quoc Nguyen, … [Read more...]

Greenlight given to Tan Rai alumina plant equitization

The Saigon Times Daily Its equitization will make it possible for private and strategic investors to take part in plans to expand the plant and enable it to process value-added products and make steel from the sludge from the processing of bauxite, Dung said while he was inspecting the Tan Rai bauxite exploitation and alumina production project site on Tuesday. The Prime Minister told Vinacomin to prepare to raise the capacity of the plant, create jobs for locals, and care about the impact of the project on the environment, Vietnam News Agency reports. The Tan Rai bauxite exploitation and alumina production project has an annual capacity of 650,000 tons of alumina. As part of the project, the plant was commissioned in 2013 and turned out 485,000 tons of alumina last year. Most of the plant’s output is for export with revenue of US$160 million last year. Vinacomin has clinched contracts to sell products to 11 companies in Switzerland, Singapore, South Korea, China and … [Read more...]

Social News 12/2

Hanoi to get disabled taxi service A taxi service for people with disabilities, the first of its kind in the country, is scheduled to be launched on March 1 in Hanoi. The Thanh Cong Taxi Company, which will operate the service, said that the taxis will be specially designed for the disabled and would meet their travel needs. Hanoi has about 90,000 people with disabilities.- Hanoi: Prisoners granted clemency on Tet Hanoi granted amnesty to 305 inmates, ahead of the upcoming Lunar New Year (Tet) festival, the largest holiday of the country. A decision to this effect was announced on February 10. Having been chosen for their positive rehabilitation attitudes, the prisoners will receive reduced sentences and be released ahead of schedule. The freed prisoners expressed their gratitude to the Party and State’s clemency policy and thanked prison wardens for assisting them in their personal growth. The clemency not only reflects the Government’s leniency policy, but also … [Read more...]

PM Dung takes tour of Tan Rai bauxite complex

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung inspected the Bauxite-Aluminum Tan Rai Lam Dong Complex and the Nhan Co Aluminum Factory during a trip yesterday to Dak Nong Province. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (M) inspects the Bauxite-Aluminum Tan Rai Lam Dong Complex and the Nhan Co Aluminum Factory during a trip yesterday to Dak Nong Province. — VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam Viet Nam National Coal-Mineral Industries Group (Vinacomin) owns the Tan Rai project, which has the capacity to produce 650,000 tonnes of aluminum per year. The complex has three components: mineral extraction, sorting plants and an aluminum factory. After operating for a year, the Tan Rai project in 2014 had churned out 485,000 tonnes of aluminum. In 2015, the project is expected to produce 540,000 tonnes of aluminum. According to Vinacomin, the group earned US$160 million in 2014 exporting 490,000 tonnes of aluminum to 11 countries and territories, including Switzerland, Singapore, South Korea, China and Hong … [Read more...]

Government News 10/2

Deputy Defence Minister hosts outgoing Russian official Deputy Defence Minister, Senior Lieutenant General Truong Quang Khanh hosted outgoing Chief Representative of the Russian Federal Service for Technical-Military Cooperation to Vietnam Anatoly Chuprynov in Hanoi on February 9. The host expressed his appreciation for Chuprynov’s contributions to boosting the traditional friendship and comprehensive strategic partnership between Vietnam and Russia. He also hopes that Chuprynov, in his new position, will continue enhancing the bilateral relationship. The guest pledged to foster the camaraderie between the two armies and people upon returning to his home. Party inspection commission to be enhanced Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong has expressed his desire that the Party Central Committee’s Inspection Commission will perform its functions more effectively as a part of preparations for the upcoming all-level Party Congresses. Holding a year-end working session … [Read more...]

PM assigns socio-economic tasks to Dak Nong

Scene at the working session in Dak Nong. Photo: VNA Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung assigned a number of socio-economic development tasks to the Central Highlands province of Dak Nong during a working session with local authorities on February 9. Dak Nong has been requested to adjust its farmland planning, especially for high-value plants such as rubber, coffee and macadamia nuts, while embracing advanced technology in production and processing. As natural and economic forests account for 48 percent of the total coverage, the Prime Minister asked Dak Nong to restructure 16 of its plantations and transfer additional forest plots to ethnic minority groups in a bid to improve their livelihoods. Directing the development of bauxite processing industry, the leader urged the province to put the Nhan Co aluminium factory into operation later this year and launch other aluminium projects. He also advised developing tourism services, especially eco-tourism, due to the region’s … [Read more...]

Fatherland Front leader pays pre-Tet visit to Phu Tho

President Nguyen Thien Nhan presents gifts for the locals in Thanh Thuy district. Photo: VNA President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan presented Lunar New Year (Tet) gifts to 200 Agent Orange/dioxin victims, each worth 1 million VND (47 USD), in the Thanh Thuy and Thanh Son districts of the northern province of Phu Tho on February 9. He expressed to each of them that the Party and State continues to honour and appreciate the sacrifices they and their families made during the liberation war. He went on to request improved welfare services from local authorities. Earlier, Nhan visited and extended New Year greetings to local authorities in the Thanh Thuy district. He also offered incense and laid wreaths at Hung Kings temple and Au Co Mother temple.-VNA … [Read more...]

February 2-8: Founding anniversary of Vietnamese Party marked nationwide

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong speaking at the ceremony to mark the 85th anniversary of the CPV on February 2 NDO - Nhan Dan Online selects several outstanding events that made the headlines in the past week. 1. 85th anniversary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) celebrated nationwide A series of activities were held throughout the country in the past days to mark the 85th anniversary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) (February 3) including senior leaders' visits to former Party leaders and national contributors, meetings, seminars, exchanges and art performances at localities nationwide. Vietnamese Embassies abroad also held a range of activities to celebrate the founding of the CPV. Worldwide leaders also sent congratulatory messages to Vietnam on the founding of the CPV including Laos, Cambodia, China, the Republic of Korea (RoK) and others. 2. Party, State leaders pay Tet visits to localities nationwide Party and State leaders visited localities … [Read more...]

Social News 9/2

Labour exports off to rip-roaring start The Department of Overseas Labour (DOLAB) has revealed that Vietnam sent 8,669 guest workers to foreign markets in January, accounting for 9.13% of the target set for the entire year. Taiwan was the nation’s largest export market, receiving 5,136 workers, followed by Japan (1,926), Malaysia (679), Saudi Arabia (437), the Republic of Korea (114), Macao (101) and other markets. In 2015, the DOLAB has set an annual plan to send 100,000 Vietnamese labourers abroad. Supporting disadvantaged children in Tet festival The Vietnam Buddhist Sangha, the Association for the Support of Vietnamese Handicapped and Orphans and some other agencies launched a programme in Hanoi on February 4 to help disadvantaged children enjoy a happy spring. Speaking at the launching ceremony, Nguyen Dinh Lieu, President of the association said the programme aims to assist orphans and people with disabilities to welcome the Lunar New Year (Tet). Responding to the … [Read more...]

Social News 7/2

Vietnamese, Cambodian provinces partner in military cooperation The military headquarters of Vietnam’s southern province of Tay Ninh and the Cambodian province of Tbong-Khmum signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on military cooperation on February 5. The MoU focuses on seven key areas of future cooperation between the two sides, including greater collaboration on maintaining security and public order; combating crime along their shared border; mutual support on border delineation and land marker planting; and enhancing joint efforts to search for and return the remains of Vietnamese volunteers and soldiers who lost their lives during the war in Tbong-Khumum. Both sides agreed to create favourable conditions for cross-border trade and healthcare, enhance experience exchange and organise arts-culture and sports events. Speaking at the signing ceremony, Colonel Vo Van Thi, head of the Tay Ninh Military Headquarters, hailed recent efforts of the two provinces to maintain a … [Read more...]

Government News 5/2

VN celebrate ties with Russia, Czech Republic The Vietnamese Embassy in Moscow and the overseas Vietnamese community in Russia celebrated the 65th anniversary of Viet Nam-Russia diplomatic ties and Tet on Monday at a ceremony. Ambassador Nguyen Thanh Son stressed that the friendship and cooperation between Viet Nam and Russia have been fostered by mutual trust, warm sentiment and resolve through many generations. The bilateral partnership had produced success across many fields, from politics, economics, culture and tourism to energy and military, contributing to both countries' modernization and development, as well as to regional and world peace and development, Son said. Son expressed the firm belief that the comprehensive strategic partnership between Viet Nam and Russia would grow and the two countries would always support each other, regardless of any change in the world. On the Russian side, Director of the Russian Foreign Ministry's Asia Department III Andrey Tatarinov … [Read more...]

Social News 5/2

HCM City to use loans for kindergartens The HCM City People's Committee has approved the use of bank loans to build 72 public kindergartens worth a total of more than VND 2.7 trillion (US$128 million). The public kindergartens will be built by the end of the year. Of the public kindergarten projects, Cu Chi District accounts for the largest number (14), followed by Binh Tan District (nine) and Binh Chanh and Can Gio districts (seven each). To speed up the progress of building public kindergartens, the HCM City People's Committee has decided to start a bank loan programme to build public kindergartens. The move represents the city's determination to speed up the progress of building kindergartens, according to Nguyen Dinh Thai Chau, the municipal Department of Education and Training's Finance and Planning Division. Phan Thi Thang, deputy director of the municipal Department of Finance, said last year the city had 117 public kindergarten projects that needed capital for … [Read more...]

VFF President visits Friedrich Naumann Foundation

(VOV) - Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee President Nguyen Thien Nhan on February 4 visited the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) – the foundation for liberal politics in Germany. According to FNF Director Hans-Georg Jonek, FNF is a non-profitable and non-governmental organisation operating in more than 70 countries. FNF opened its representative office in Vietnam in 2012 mainly to support Vietnam’s market economy development projects. FNF has cooperated with the Institute of Co-operative Economy Development (ICED) under the Vietnam Cooperative Alliance in capacity building projects. Last year it assisted the ICED to draft and publish a handbook on the Cooperative Law. For his part, Mr Nhan said FNF activities are highly appreciated in Vietnam as the country has made significant effort to accelerate the reform of the socialist - oriented market economy. Vietnam wants to study German model as the country has much experience in conducting … [Read more...]

Social News 4/2

Phuong Trang runs out of Tet tickets Hundreds of passengers failed to get coach tickets to travel from HCMC to the central province of Quang Ngai for the coming Lunar New Year holiday, or Tet, from local transport firm Phuong Trang as it had sold out tickets on Saturday. At around 10 a.m. on Saturday morning, nearly 500 passengers were queuing at Mien Dong Coach Station to wait for their turns to buy HCMC-Quang Ngai tickets after hundreds of other passengers had bought tickets for the service. However, at 11 a.m., the company announced it had run out of tickets, prompting an uproar among passengers. Tran Hoang, a passenger who had fallen in line since early morning but could not get a queue ticket, said Phuong Trang had just issued around 500 queue tickets. Hoang said the company might still have tickets available for the HCMC-Quang Ngai route but decided to hold them back for certain reasons. Truong Ngoc Thu, deputy director of Phuong Trang, told the Daily on the phone that he … [Read more...]

Social News 3/2

String of activities mark 85th anniversary of Vietnam Communist Party A series of activities have been held across the country in the presence of Party and State senior leaders to celebrate the 85th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) (February 3, 1930-2015). On February 1, Politburo member and Vice Chairwoman of the Vietnam National Assembly, Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan led a delegation of Party Central Committee members to visit former President Nguyen Minh Triet; former Prime Minister Phan Van Khai; and Senior lieutenant General and Hero of the People's Armed Forces Phan Trung Kien, who are living in Ho Chi Minh City and Binh Duong province. Politburo member Ngan hoped that the former leaders will continue to make further contributions to the nation. On the same day, authorities of Ho Chi Minh City presented and bestowed the State title of 'Heroic Vietnamese Mother' to 288 women in Ho Chi Minh City. Politburo member and Secretary of Ho Chi Minh City's Party … [Read more...]