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...]

Social News 6/10

Diabetes affects more than 5% of Vietnam's population: survey As much as 5.42% of the total population, suffers from diabetes, according to a study conducted with more than 11,000 respondents between the age of 30-69 as part of the 2012 National Diabetes Prevention Project. The non-communicable disease is prevalent in the southwestern and central coastal regions, the National Hospital of Endocrinology reported at a conference taking place in Hanoi on October 2-4. Changing lifestyle habits and poor public awareness are major factors for the rapid and alarming increase in diabetes patients. Experts warned that individuals who are overweight or have high blood pressure face a higher risk of developing diabetes. If not treated early, the disease can cause long-term complications, such as blindness and kidney failure, they said. During the conference, participants discussed scientific research and treatment options for diabetes in Vietnam. Cuban journalists tour southern provinces A … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 25/3

Bach Mai hospital saves life of baby with measles The Bach Mai General Hospital's paediatrics faculty has saved the life of a three-month-old girl, the hospital's second-youngest measles patient, who was discharged from the hospital on March 20. The baby, Dang Truc Chi from Thanh Tri District in Ha Noi, was brought to the hospital one month ago with symptoms of measles, such as high fever, a rash, a serious cough and sniffling. The faculty director, Nguyen Tien Dung, said that measles had attacked her lungs and destroyed her immune system. "That's why the baby was given emergency aid with a respiration machine, an antibiotic injection and an antibody containing drugs and Vitamin A," explained Dung. "The condition of the girl has improved after one month of treatment. She can now breathe normally and breastfeed," added Dung. Her three-year-old brother was hospitalised the same day with measles. He was, however, discharged one week ago as his condition was … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 18/2

Paris fashion academy backs TV show Project Runway This year, "Project Runway Vietnam 2014" program has decided to cooperate with Atelier Chardon Savard Fashion Academy - one of the leading fashion institutes in Paris, aiming to improve its professional quality. Accordingly, top three contestants of "Project Runway Vietnam 2014" will have the opportunity to go to Paris to practise and work with the academy's fashion gurus to create the final collections for the Project Runway finale. In addition, the competition winner  will be awarded a scholarship to train at Atelier Chardon Savard academy with VND200 million in cash from the leading fashion magazine Harper's Bazaar.  "We are very excited and pleased to be given the opportunity to work  with Project Runway Vietnam this year," said Dominique Chardon Savard, Headmaster of the leading Paris fashion academy. "I hope that the cooperation will help young Vietnamese designers gain experience and skills as well as proving … [Read more...]

City leaders laud doctors and medics

Mr.Le Thanh Hai wishes doctor Nguyen Duy Cuong good health in his tour to Dr. Cuong's house(Photo: SGGP) Ho Chi Minh City leaders lauded and congratulated senior doctors and medical administrators on February 22 for the forthcoming National Physician Day on February 27. Politburo member and local party Chief, Mr. Le Thanh Hai met the Mother of Vietnamese Heroes Bui Thi Me, former deputy Minister of Health to express his admiration and gratitude on behalf of society for her contributions to medicine and the health sector. Mr. Hai also visited the house of Nguyen Duy Cuong, former deputy Minister of Health and former director of Department of Health in HCMC. Elsewhere in the city, the deputy secretary of the Party Committee, Nguyen Van Dua and his team presented gifts to Professor Nguyen Dinh Hoi, former president of the Medicine University of HCMC and Professor Truong Thin, former president of the Institute of Traditional Medicine on behalf of HCMC leaders. … [Read more...]

USAID helps Vietnam enhance capacity for disaster response

(VOVworld) – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development signed a memorandum of understanding for a training program on the Incident Command System on Thursday. Under this partnership, USAID will help the Vietnamese government improve its disaster management capacity. Deputy Assistant Administrator of USAID Asia Bureau Jason Foley and Vietnamese Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat sign a memorandum of understanding for a training program on the Incident Command System on January 29, 2015. At the meeting, Deputy Assistant Administrator of USAID Asia Bureau Jason Foley and Vietnamese Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat discussed ways to enhance co-operation in climate-change adaptation, bird flu prevention and control, natural disaster management, biodiversity, and biotechnology. … [Read more...]

US helps Vietnam enhance capacity for disaster response

The signing of the MoU between Deputy Assistant Administrator of USAID Asia Bureau Jason Foley and Vietnamese Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat NDO – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will help the Vietnamese Government improve its disaster management capacity with the development of an incident command system. The memorandum of understanding was signed on January 29 between Deputy Assistant Administrator of USAID Asia Bureau Jason Foley and Vietnamese Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat. Minister Phat said Vietnam is particularly vulnerable to climate change and rising sea waters could submerge around 38% of the Mekong River Delta, threatening the lives of 18 million people and one of the world’s largest rice production areas. He added that the USAID’s support not only helps Vietnamese people reduce the impact of climate change but also helps ensure global food security as Vietnam is … [Read more...]

Vinh Long farmers expect bumper vegetables Tet crop

Farmers in Vinh Long, one of the main vegetable growing provinces in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta, are busy planting crops ahead of Tet (Lunar New Year) next month and expecting a good harvest. Bui Thi Hong Tham, who has 2,000sq.m of land under vegetables in Tra On District's Thoi Hoa Commune, said she was planting green bean, corn, and various kinds of herbs. "Thanks to favourable weather, my vegetables are developing well and disease-free. "I hope to have a bumper harvest and sell the vegetables at a good price." Tra On farmers are growing of various vegetables like green onion, cabbage, bitter melon, and cucumber on around 250ha, according to local officials. In Long Ho District, farmers have begun growing vegetables for Tet since last December. In Long Ho's Phuoc Hau Commune, farmers are growing 60ha of vegetables, with the Phuoc Hau Safe Vegetable Co-operative accounting for a fourth of that. Nguyen Van Xua, a member of the co-operative, said, "I grow cabbages and expect … [Read more...]

Vietnamese Embassy in Canada celebrates Lunar New Year

(VOV) - The Vietnamese Embassy in Canada held a gathering with overseas Vietnamese in the country on January 31 to mark the upcoming traditional Lunar New Year (Tet). Ambassador To Anh Dung briefed the participants, including hundreds of Vietnamese expats and Canadian friends, on the country’s current situation and relations between Vietnam and Canada in recent years. He underscored that despites unpredictable development in the world and the region, Vietnam still maintains a sustainable GDP growth rate of 5.6-5.8%, FDI garnering of more than US$20 billion and overseas Vietnamese remittances of around US$12 billion. Vietnam and Canada made significant progress in bilateral relations last year. During a visit of Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh to Canada, the two countries signed a protocol, identifying prioritized cooperation fields in the coming times. Two-way trade turnover is estimated to hit US$3 billion in 2015 against the 2013 figure of US$2.5 … [Read more...]

Tet gifts presented to the poor in Mekong Delta

State officials on January 30 presented gifts to the poor in the Mekong Delta provinces of Ben Tre and Hau Giang as the Lunar New Year holiday (Tet) is just less than one month away. National Assembly Vice Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan and Ben Tre officials gave 4,800 gift packages to low-income people. The presents, worth over 2 billion VND (95,200 USD), were donated by businesses in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. In nearby Hau Giang province, President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Nguyen Thien Nhan presented Tet gifts to poor families and Agent Orane/Dioxin victims in Dai Thanh commune, Nga Bay township. In addition to the State’s supports, the poor and AO/Dioxin victims in Hau Giang also received more than 66,000 gifts contributed by the public. Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh the same day delivered 100 Tet packages to impoverished households and policy beneficiary families in Hoa An commune, Hau Giang’s Phung Hiep district. During their visits, the … [Read more...]

Vinh Long farmers expect bumper vegetables Tet crop

Farmers in Vinh Long, one of the main vegetable growing provinces in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta, are busy planting crops ahead of Tet (Lunar New Year) next month and expecting a good harvest. Bui Thi Hong Tham, who has 2,000sq.m of land under vegetables in Tra On District's Thoi Hoa Commune, said she was planting green bean, corn, and various kinds of herbs. "Thanks to favourable weather, my vegetables are developing well and disease-free. "I hope to have a bumper harvest and sell the vegetables at a good price." Tra On farmers are growing of various vegetables like green onion, cabbage, bitter melon, and cucumber on around 250ha, according to local officials. In Long Ho District, farmers have begun growing vegetables for Tet since last December. In Long Ho's Phuoc Hau Commune, farmers are growing 60ha of vegetables, with the Phuoc Hau Safe Vegetable Co-operative accounting for a fourth of that. Nguyen Van Xua, a member of the co-operative, said, "I grow cabbages and expect … [Read more...]

Flagpole built on outpost island of Nghe An province

Flagpole built at Cu Lao Xanh in central Binh Dinh province (Photo: VNA) The outpost island of Mat off the coast of central Nghe An province will be home to a 22.6m flagpole serving as the country’s marine sovereignty marker as the construction of this facility was started on February 1. The pole will have the main side carrying the pole’s coordinates and looking towards the sea. It will be hung with the national flag measuring 4x6m. The construction costs 1.25 billion VND (over 59,500 USD) and is carried out by the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Central Committee (HCYUCC) and the Civil Engineering Construction Corporation No.4. It is scheduled to be completed on the occasion of the 84th anniversary of the establishment of the Youth Union in March. Mat Island is 24km off the mainland and has an area of 2.2 square kilometres. It holds a great importance in economic development, defence and security of Nghe An as well as Vietnam’s northern central region. … [Read more...]

Nghe An: National flagpole unveiled on Mat Island

Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang (second in black from left) presents gifts to units involved in construction of the facility. (Image credit: qdnd.vn) NDO – The Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Central Committee and Civil Engineering Construction Corporation No. 4 (Cienco 4) started construction of a national flagpole on Mat (Eye) Island in central Nghe An province on February 1. The construction is the first under a co-operation programme between the Youth Union and Cienco 4 to build flagpoles at five national outposts, including Mat Island in Nghe An, Son Duong Island in Ha Tinh, Hon Me Island in Thanh Hoa, Cham Island in Quang Nam, and Son Cha Island in Thua Thien – Hue. The 22.66 metre tall pole is built on a base of 30 square metres with a flag measuring 4x6 metres. The front of the flagpole – facing the sea – displays its co-ordinates, indicating Vietnam’s sacred national sovereignty landmark. The project is worth VND1.25 billion, of … [Read more...]

2014 golden globe awards honour ten young scientists

Ten outstanding young individuals with scientific research studies in information technology & communications, pharmacy & medicine, and biological & environmental technology received golden globe awards in 2014. The award was initiated by the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Central Committee and the Ministry of Science and Technology in 2003. The annual event aims to encourage the youth to conduct scientific research and facilitate the development of useful projects for the country’s progress and advancement. Among the recipients were Dr. Truong Quoc Phong from the Hanoi University of Science and Technolgy, who chaired two highly-acclaimed State-level study projects and was co-author of 25 articles and studies published abroad, and Dr. Nguyen Thi Phuong Nhung from the PetroVietnam University, who participated in researching and developing "anti-mosquito nets" that are widely used in Africa, helping reduce the number of mosquito-caused malaria fatalities. Last … [Read more...]

Social News 10/1

Facelift for HCM City Post Office stirs criticism Relate news HCM City Post Office gets facelift after 40 years A facelift for HCM City's 130-year-old post office has stirred critics for being too garish, even through the colours used matched those of the original building that is a landmark of the city. The building, at 2 Paris Commune in District 1 was built in 1886 by the French colonial government and, along with the Notre Dame Cathedral and Saigon Tax Centre, is considered a symbol of HCM City, making it a popular destination for foreign tourists and attracting thousands of visitors a day. Local authorities spent nearly VND5b to restore the façade, the project starting in September 2014 and scheduled for completion ahead of next month's Tet. The post office is decorated mainly in orange-yellow with white trim and highlights, which was its original colouring and symbolised the colours of the Vietnam post and telecommunication industry. On January 6, the … [Read more...]

Students’ Day celebrated in Hanoi

Hanoi , January 8 (VNA) – A ceremony was held in Hanoi on January 7 to mark the 65 th anniversary of the Vietnam ’s Students’ Day (January 9), and to present "Sinh vien 5 tot" (Five-Virtue Student) and "Sao Thang Gieng" (January Star) awards to outstanding students nationwide. Over the past 65 years, under the leadership of the Party and President Ho Chi Minh, student movements and the Vietnamese Students Association (VSA) have grown and developed substantially during revolutionary periods, stated Le Hong Anh, Politburo member and standing member of the Party Central Committee’s Secretariat. Hailing the achievements made by generations of students, he urged the VSA to continue promoting tradition and enhancing unity among students. He also urged Party and Government agencies, as well as the Vietnam Fatherland Front and the entire society, to work with the VSA to develop a generation of knowledgeable and virtuous students. According to Le Quoc Phong, … [Read more...]

Social News 27/12

Sleeper bus collides with container truck, injures 6 Some six passengers were injured when their sleeper bus collided with a container truck early today on the My Phuoc – Tan Van Expressway in the southern Binh Duong Province's Hiep Thanh Ward. The accident occurred while the sleeper bus, carrying 19 passengers, was travelling from HCM City to Binh Duong. The cause of the accident, which left the bus in a wrecked state, remains unknown. The injured were treated at the Binh Duong General Hospital. Local police are investigating the case. Unions prepare Tet support for workers Trade unions in southern localities will support workers with gifts and bus tickets during Tet, which falls in the middle of February this year. In Binh Duong Province, the provincial Federation of Labour planned to give free bus tickets to 1,220 workers from central and northern provinces to travel home for the holiday. The federation is giving 10 per cent more workers tickets than last year. The … [Read more...]

Social News 22/12

Six fishermen rescued from sinking ship Two fishing boats from Quang Tri Province rescued six fishermen from Da Nang off the coast of Thua Thien – Hue Province yesterday, as well as towed their sinking ship. The Da Nang's Coastal Information Radio Station said yesterday that the fishing boat, DNA 90388TS, was half submerged in the waters off Thua Thien Hue Province on Saturday. As soon as receiving an SOS reporting the sinking ship, the fishing trawler QT 90099 TS rescued the six fishermen, before another boat, QT 90255 TS, towed the sinking ship to port. Education Ministry prohibits smoking, alcohol drinking in schools Education Minister on Thursday issued a directive to ban smoking and drinking in educational facilities. The directive said that tobacco-use is prohibited in premises of university, institute, and education management facilities as well as preschools, senior and junior high schools, IT and language teaching centers. The minister also asked colleges to add … [Read more...]

Youths show gratitude to Cao Bang revolutionary base

PANO - Thousands of army youths and youth union members from provinces and cities nationwide joined the program "Marching to the roots" co-organized by the General Department of Politics of the Vietnam People’s Army (VPA) and the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Central Committee on December 9th in Cao Bang province. Army youths visiting the Tran Hung Dao forest relic The participants visited the Tran Hung Dao forest relic where the Armed Propaganda Unit for National Liberation (the predecessor of the VPA) was founded, the Pac Bo cave and the camping festival highlighting military-civilian ties. Visiting the historical forest for the first time, looking at the relievo of 34 soldiers in the ceremony establishing the Armed Propaganda Unit for National Liberation, and listening to a story about meagre meals of those soldiers, Captain Le Trung Thanh of the Coast Guard ship 4033 of Flotilla 201 of the Coast Guard Region 2 Command was touched. He expressed his admiration for … [Read more...]

Youths conduct “Returning to the roots” activities

PANO - The Military Youth Committee in association with the Youth Committee of public security force and Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Central Committee on December 8th kickstarted the program, "Returning to the roots", to help young people further understand the nation’s fine tradition, "When drinking water, remember who dug the well". The delegation offering incense at President Ho Chi Minh Temple. The delegation laid wreath and offered incense at President Ho Chi Minh Temple in Pac Po Special National Relic, showing their tribute and deep gratitude to the great leader of the nation.They toured the Pac Po Special National Relic Site where Nguyen Ai Quoc (President Ho Chi Minh) had lived and worked to lead the revolution since 1941. Following Uncle Ho’s teachings, over the past time, officers, troops and youths in the armed forces have done their best to build the country. The program, part of the activities to mark the 70th founding anniversary of the Vietnam … [Read more...]