La Ha industrial cluster: 14 projects with a total registered capital of VND 150 billion

As reported by Tu Nghia DPC, La Ha Industrial cluster has so far attracted 14 projects with a total registered investment capital of nearly VND 150 billion. Of these, 11 projects are in operation, 3 other projects are under the construction period. ​ La Ha industrial cluster has been creating jobs for 2,000 local employees. The cluster (phase I) covers a land area of 25 hectares (approved by the PPC) with services and industrial types such as the wood processing industry, production of packaging, electronics components, textiles, garment, manufacturing lamps and glass products, agricultural and forestry products, etc. In 2014, enterprises' sales in the cluster reached VND 200 billion, up nearly 44% as compared to the year 2013. As planned, Tu Nghia district authority will continue to implement the construction of La Ha industrial cluster (phase II) with the expanded scale to be 25 hectares, aiming at contributing to increase of revenues and solving jobs for the district's … [Read more...]

Disabled people in Son Tay district receive gifts

On the occasion of Vietnam Disability Day (April 18), the Son Tay district's department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs in collaboration with Son Tay Area Development Program (World Vision Vietnam) presented 132 gifts worth VND 250,000 each to 132 disabled people in the district area. ​ The total spent amount for the activities is VND 33 million donated by Tra Bong ADP. By the occasion, a talk with the disabled people in the district was held by the Son Tay district's department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs in collaboration with Son Tay Area Development Program, aiming to encourage them overcoming difficulties and stable lives. Minh Thien ​ … [Read more...]

City to issue fine to food safety violations

Individuals or businesses that violated food safety and hygiene regulations will receive fine up to VND 200 million (US$9,260) said a representative from the Department of Industry and Trade in Ho Chi Minh City at a meeting. The rule was introduced at a meeting between the Department with these enterprises of the city’s market stability program, aiming at deterring people from unsafe foodstuff. Accordingly, the city will set up inter-department inspection teams to oversee this matter. The Department said that related agencies and departments would issue penalties of VND100-200 million (US$ 4,630-9,260) to individuals and those businesses who violate food safety regulations. Through inspection at supermarkets, some violations such as expired goods, labeling not suitable with announcement, advertising promotion violations and advertising alcohol drinks and tobacco are usually seen. To prevent such violations, the Department has asked the program business participants to often … [Read more...]

Social News 20/4

Driver and assistant killed in serious bus collision Two people died and another 14 were hospitalised after a coach collided with a stopped truck early Saturday morning in Krong Buk District in Dak Lak Province. Driver Nguyen Van Nguyen, 35, of Pleiku City, and his assistant, who was unidentified, died at the scene after the bus, which was carrying 35 passengers, collided with a truck (license plate BKS 47C – 018.17), which had stopped along National Road 14 in Cu Ne Commune. The collision caused the truck to hit another truck parked in front of it. The trucks were seriously damaged, and the front section of the coach was demolished. The collision occurred at around 3:30 am as the bus was travelling from Buon Ma Thuot to Gia Lai. Local officials had to use special tools to remove the crumpled metal of the bus to take out the driver and assistant who were trapped inside. Fourteen of the passengers were hospitalised at Buon Ho Town's General Hospital. Four of them were later … [Read more...]

Quality fruit fetch premium prices

Customers choose fruits at the Big C Supermarket on Ha Noi's Tran Duy Hung Street. Quality concerns have consumers willing to pay higher prices for fruits at supermarkets. — VNS Photo Thai Ha by To Nhu HA NOI (Biz Hub) — Higher prices do not discourage or disappoint Tran Thi Van Oanh when she buys fruits from supermarkets. Oanh, who is with the Viet Nam Women's academy, knows that she can get the same fruit for much cheaper in the wet markets or street vendors, but she is willing to pay the price for knowing she is getting a good quality product. "For example, a big pomelo is sold for VND 200,000 (US$9) in the super market, while I can get the fruit for just one-third that price in the wet market. But I prefer to buy it in the supermarket as the quality is much better," she said. Oanh's attitude exemplifies growing demand for high quality Vietnamese agricultural produce and products among well-off consumers in Ha Noi. Nguyen Thi Hau, deputy director of Nhat Nam … [Read more...]

Allocating VND 5 billion for loans to support poor-households

PPC Vice Chairman, Mr. Nguyen Ngoc An has recently approved to allocate VND 5 billion and assign the credit-plan targets in 2015 to the Bank of Social Policies in Phu Yen branch so that the Bank can give loans to the program of Policy supporting residential land, productive land, water for poor ethnic minority households and poor families in communes, villages and hamlets with particular difficulties accordance with Decision 755/QD-TTg by the Prime Minister. Accordingly, the districts of Son Hoa, Song Hinh and Dong Xuan were allocated VND 1.25 billion, VND 2.1 billion, VND 1.65 billion, respectively. Basing on the allocated capital, the localities organize the capital allocation to communal level, and notice the list of households approved to the Social Policy Bank at the same level to perform lending. According to Decision 755/QD-TTg by the Prime Minister, the poor ethnic minority households and the needy families in communes, villages and hamlets with particular difficulties can … [Read more...]

Work starts on Vietnam deer breeding centre in Ha Tinh

At the groundbreaking ceremony NDO – The Ha Tinh Minerals & Trading Corporation (Mitraco) on April 19 in Huong Son district, Ha Tinh province held an opening ceremony for the commencement of construction of the Vietnam Deer Breeding Centre. Covering an area of 50 hectares in Son Quang and Son Linh communes, Huong Son district, the project is divided into two phases with total investment capital of more than VND 100 billion. The first phase of the project, scheduled to take place between 2015 and 2016, will focus on selecting the most valuable genetic sources and building breeding facilities and related infrastructure, breeding 1,000 deer. The second phrase will be implemented between 2017-2018 to increase the number of the herd to between 5,000 and 10,000 deer. The Vietnam Deer Breeding Centre aims to research, preserve Huong Son deer genetic sources and build international partnerships with the Deer Farmers’ Association; as well as advance the market and … [Read more...]

Southern hub’s last commune connects to national power grid

Delegates press buttoms to inaugurate the cable PANO – The Ho Chi Minh City Power Authority on April 17th inaugurated a 22kV submarine power cable, connecting Thach An island commune in the city’s Can Gio district to the national power grid. The cable construction started late last year at the cost of over VND 200 billion VND. Accordingly, Thach An is the last commune in the city that finally has an access to electricity. Earlier, its locals had had to rely on diesel generators for their daily power consumption. The project will provide each islander a maximum power consumption of 1,000kWh per year instead of the current under 300kWh. Translated by Pham Huy … [Read more...]

Vietnam Airlines offers promotion on flights to Europe

Photo: PANO - The national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines launched a promotion program for its passengers flying to Europe on April 17th. Until May 31st, travelers can buy cheap round-trip tickets for flights to Europe, departing from now to December 31st. Flights to London/Paris from Ho Chi Minh City and to London/Paris/Frankfurt from any airports of Vietnam cost only VND 9.6 million (US$450) and VND 10.7 million (US$ 550), respectively. The air fares exclude taxes and additional fees. Further information is available at website: or its ticket offices and travel agents across the country. Translated by Pham Huy … [Read more...]

Survey names students’ most desired employers in Vietnam

PetroVietnam, the country’s oil and gas behemoth, received the most "yes" from local engineer students when asked by a recent survey which local employer they most desire to work for, while Unilever remains the top choice for business majors. PetroVietnam leapfrogged the 2014 favorite, Vinamilk, the country’s largest dairy producer, into the top spot this year, according to the Top 100 IDEAL Employers student survey. Consumer goods group Unilever is the most ideal employer for those studying business for the second straight year. These findings are those recorded in Vietnam as part of an annual global survey conducted by employer branding firm Universum, the company said Thursday in a press release. The survey, which attracted more than 21,000 participating university students from the Southeast Asian country, is intended to track career aspirations and preferences of the future talent pool, according to Universum. The most coveted employers in Vietnam in the … [Read more...]

HCMC donates nearly VND 52 bln for its native land’s sea and islands fund

Vietnam Fatherland and Front Committee of Ho Chi Minh City in collaboration with Fund Management Council for the native land's sea and islands yesterday organized a ceremony, aiming to review its popularization activities as well as implementation programs in 2015. Last year, Vietnam Standing Fatherland and Front Committee of HCMC and Fund Management Council received nearly VND 52 billion. More than 200 organizations, companies, businesses, schools and individuals donated around VND 19, 2 billion. Accordingly, the city delegations organized the visits and offered gifts to residents, staffs, soldiers, fishermen and maritime police forces, who live and work in Spratly Island, DK1 Frame House, Phu Quy Island, Ly Son Island District and others. Moreover, the city delegations also visited recruits at training centers. the city authorities in collaboration with city’s border guard offered 43 houses to soldiers and maritime police forces in Dong Thap, An Giang, Bac Lieu and Soc Trang … [Read more...]

HCM City Ballet goes patriotic

VietNamNet Bridge – A gala to be performed by the HCM City Ballet and Symphony Orchestra (HBSO) on Sunday at the HCM City Opera House will feature contemporary dance, symphony music and singing about love for the country and people of Viet Nam, according to a release. Some of the works in Melody of the Motherland were created recently by some musicians and choreographers who have made remarkable contributions to the country's art. The release says "The vocal part is attractive with songs by leading Vietnamese musicians" like Huy Du, Ho Bac, Tran Tien, and Meritorious Artist Tran Vuong Thach performed by Meritorious Artist Hong Vy, Pham Thi Duyen Huyen, Tran Duy Linh, the HBSO Choir, and others. Symphony Truong Son to be performed by the HBSO Symphony Orchestra is a homage by musician Vu Viet Anh to his father and others who fought and lay down their lives on Truong Son Range. "The symphony, which debuted last December, was deeply appreciated by experts and … [Read more...]

150 medicine chests go to Phu Yen’s fishermen

PANO - The Ministry of Health and the provincial People’s Committee of Phu Yen on April 15th presented 150 medicine chests (worth VND 2 million each) to local fishermen as part of a program to improve healthcare for people in littoral areas and to contribute to national development, defence and security. The 150 small medicine chests contain medications to cure common diseases and essential medical tools for emergency at sea. Addressing the ceremony, Deputy Health Minister Pham Le Tuan stressed that the small chests hold great significance as "health is wealth" and the health sector will always stand side by side with the fishermen in taking care of their health. Medicine chests presented On this occasion, the deputy minister asked the provincial Health Department to regularly inspect health stations in providing medical guidance to fishermen before sailing the sea and promised that the health sector would equip medicine chests for all fishing boats in the coming … [Read more...]

Vice-Chairman Pham Truong Tho paid site inspection to JICA2’s project

A delegation of Quang Ngai Provincial People's Committee led by Vice Chairman Mr Pham Truong Tho on April 15 paid a site inspection tour to the project of JICA2-Protection forests restoration and sustainable management project under implement in the mountainous district of Son Ha. Reportedly, the ten-year project (2012-2021) sourced from Japanese ODA loan is implemented in 11 provinces in the central region of Viet Nam, including Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien Hue, Binh Dinh, Phu Yen, Ninh Thuan and Binh Thuan, and Quang Ngai. The overall goals of project will be: (i) sustainable protection and management of protective forests; (ii) restoration and preservation of biodiversity; (iii) poverty reduction in the mountainous regions. In Quang Ngai province, it is approved with a total fund of VND 290 billion (equivalent to 1,072 million Japanese Yen), of which the loan via Japan International Cooperation Agency is said to be VND 246.8 billion. JICA2 is … [Read more...]

Party, State express gratitude to 300 outstanding revolutionary devoting families

Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee, People's Council, People's Committee, and the Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee yesterday organized a meeting with 300 revolutionary devoting families, marking the 40th anniversary of the liberation of the southern region and national reunification. HCMC Party Committee Secretary Le Thanh Hai and Deputy Standing Secretary of the Committee Vo Van Thuong offer fresh flowers to Vietnamese heroic mothers in the meeting yesterday. (Photo:SGGP). The meeting was attended by Secretary of HCMC Party Committee Le Thanh Hai, Deputy Minister of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs Huynh Van Ty, Deputy Standing Secretary of HCMC Party Committee Vo Van Thuong, Chairman of HCMC People’s Committee Le Hoang Quan, Deputy Secretary of HCMC Party Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong, Chairwoman of HCMC People’s Council Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam, Chairwoman of HCMC Fatherland Front Committee Vo Thi Dung and leaders of departments, organizations and veterans. On … [Read more...]

Low-cost carriers to open Ho Chi Minh City-Chu Lai route

Low-cost carrier Jetstar Pacific Airlines will launch a new domestic route between Ho Chi Minh City and Chu Lai in Quang Nam Province starting May 19. The new service will be operational with three flights per week on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday using 180-seat Airbus 320. The new air route is enthusiastically applauded by the local authorities of Quang Nam Province that affirmed to create advantages for the carrier to operate efficiently its new service. In addition, the budget airline VietJet Air will also open Ho Chi Minh City-Chu Lai route since May 27. The flight from Ho Chi Minh City will take off at 7.45 am; while the return flight from Chu Lai at 9.35 am per week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Travel time is approximately 1 hour 15 minutes. The national air carrier Vietnam Airlines will offer a discount on Rach Gia-Phu Quoc route. Accordingly, a round trip fare will be reduced to VND1.2 million from VND2.6 million; and one way ticket will cost VND … [Read more...]

Lots of tourism-development indicators not meeting the plan

The Monitoring group of the Provincial Permanent People’s Council led comrade Nguyen Huu Hiep, Member of the Standing Provincial Party Committee cum Vice Chairman of the Provincial People’s Council, have recently finished the supervision term for Phu Yen tourism development for the period of 2011 -2015 and orientation to 2025 under the Resolution 36 dated December 16th, 2011 by the Provincial People’s Council. Comrade Nguyen Huu Hiep, Vice President of the Provincial People’s Council, addressing at the supervision at the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism The delegate held monitoring in the districts of Tuy An, Dong Hoa, Tuy Hoa city and Phu Yen Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism. According to the report on implementing Resolution 36 by the Provincial People’s Council on tourism development in the 2011-2015 period, after the resolution, the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism advised the PPC to organize the conference for … [Read more...]

Government Inspectorate unveils Q1 inspection results

The Government Inspectorate held a press conference in Hanoi on April 15 to report the inspection results from the first quarter of 2015. The agency revealed that 1,480 administrative and 32,897 specialised inspections were conducted nationwide in the first three months of 2015, discovering violations involving over 3.5 trillion VND (166.7 million USD) and 57.7 hectares of land. Inspectors asked 1.99 trillion VND and 54.9 hectares of land to be reclaimed while requesting authorised agencies deal with the remaining. They also collected fines of 138.3 billion VND (6.58 million USD) for administrative violations, proposed administrative punishments for 130 collectives and 186 individuals, and transferred 20 cases and 31 people involved to investigation agencies. During the reviewed period, seven corruption cases involving nine people were detected with a combined monetary value of 27.5 billion VND (1.3 million USD). Inspectors proposed administrative punishments on nine … [Read more...]

Hanoi anti-corruption programme cracks down on graft

A programme to combat corruption and promote thrift in the 2011-15 period helped Hanoi save nearly 3.7 trillion VND (171 million VND), heard a conference reviewing the programme in the capital on April 14. During the period, Hanoi officials inspected more than 1,000 Party members and 278 Party organisations showing signs of corruption, according to a report of the municipal Steering Committee for Anti-Corruption. Violations on 163 organisations were detected, said the report. It added that 5,775 complaints were also handled, reclaiming billions of dong and a large amount of land. Addressing the conference, Secretary of the municipal Party Committee, Pham Quang Nghi, highlighted the significance of the anti-corruption fight, adding that the city always takes the work very seriously. He hailed the anti-graft efforts of the whole city over the past year. However, he stated that even stronger measures should be rolled out, with closer inspections of all sensitive sectors, such as … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 15/4

Viet Film Fest to kick off with ‘Huong Ga’ The Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association (VAALA) will hold its eighth annual Viet Film Fest on April 16-19, 2015 at the UltraLuxe Cinemas in Anaheim, California. This year’s festival will kick off with a special screening of the award winning film Huong Ga directed by Nguyen Vo Nguyen Minh. The film based on a fiction novel by Nguyen Dinh Tu, Huong Ga tells the story of a young female Vietnamese gang leader in Saigon. Thirty-one films, including 10 movies and 21 short films, from Vietnam, Australia, Canada, Japan, Brazil and the US will be screened at the Viet Film Fest 2015. Queen Mother’s rickshaw to be displayed in Hue A rickshaw used by Queen Mother Tu Minh, mother of King Thanh Thai (1879-1954) will be display at Dien Tho Palace in Hue royal citadel, Thua Thien-Hue province, on April 22, together with some other royal artefacts. The Hue Monuments Conservation Centre bought the rickshaw an … [Read more...]