HCMC Sales Promotion Month Fair kicked off

The 2015 Sales Promotion Month and Promotion Fair kicked off at Phu Tho Indoor Stadium in city on August 28, aiming to stimulate consumption demand and boost the ‘Vietnamese consumers give priority to Vietnamese goods’ campaign. Deputy Secretary of Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Nguyen Thi Thu Ha, Deputy Chairwoman of the People’s Committee of HCMC Nguyen Thi Hong visit the fair.(Photo:SGGP) Deputy Secretary of Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Nguyen Thi Thu Ha, Deputy Chairwoman of the People’s Committee of HCMC Nguyen Thi Hong cut ribbon to open the event. The event organized by the HCMC Department of Trade and Industry not only helped consumers choose and use Vietnamese products but also creat a chance for businesses to introduce their goods to local consumers. More than 2, 000 domestic firms registered to participate in the program at 6,200 retail outlets across the city. On display were many Vietnamese products in the fields of textile and … [Read more...]

Industrial production index up 9 pct in August

The industrial production index in August grew nine percent from the same period last year, according to the General Statistics Office under the Ministry of Planning and Investment. The August industrial production index ups 9 percent from a year earlier (Photo: VNA) Accordingly, the electricity and processing/ manufacturing sectors saw their production increasing by 11.1 percent and 10.6 percent, respectively, followed by water supply and waste treatment industry at 9.4 percent. A modest rise of 2.8 percent was seen in the mining industry. The northern province of Thai Nguyen posted an impressive industrial production index with gain exceeding 193 percent while many industrial hubs nationwide also saw good growth such as Hanoi (7.4 percent), Hai Duong (10 percent), Binh Duong (8.6 percent), Dong Nai (8 percent) and Ho Chi Minh City (6.8 percent). August also saw the birth of 9,301 enterprises across Vietnam with registered capital reaching VND 55.2 trillion ( US$ 2.46 billion) and … [Read more...]

Budget airline offers cheap airfares for special day

PANO - The budget airline, Jetstar Pacific on August 27th announced a discount of up to 70 percent in airfares, and presented 70 pairs of return tickets for domestic trips for passengers born in 1945, in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the August Revolution (August 19th) and the National Day (September 2nd). Jetstar Pacific's Airbus A320 aircraft. The move is in response to the Online Autumn Purchasing Day program launched on the website http://onlinefriday.vn. Accordingly, the promotional program will start at 11 am on August 28th and will be available until 11.59 pm on September 2nd 2015 at http://onlinefriday.vn and www.jetstar.com. The discounted airfares, starting from VND 70,000, will be for the air routes of Ho Chi Minh City-Phu Quoc, Buon Ma Thuot, Nha Trang, Quy Nhon, Da Nang, Tuy Hoa; Hanoi-Da Nang; and Hanoi- Bangkok (Thailand), Hong Kong (China). The airline will also offer the cheapest airfare from VND 110,000 to VND 149,000 for 12 other domestic and … [Read more...]

August 31-September 6: German Film Festival in Vietnam 2015

A Nhan Dan selection of noteworthy arts and culture events in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City HANOI PERFORMANCE Live Music Event "The Music Emporium" 8.30 pm, September 3 Hanoi Social Club 6 Hoi Vu street, Hoan Kiem district The Music Emporium – a new intimate live music event at 8:30pm every Thursday night at The Hanoi Social Club - offers live music lovers a unique way to get to know young and talented Vietnamese singers - songwriters. Tickets: VND 50,000 at the door German Film Festival in Vietnam 2015 September 6 - 13 National Cinema Centre 87 Lang Ha street, Ba Dinh district In its 6th year, the German Film Festival will showcase the remarkable dynamism and creativity of the German film industry, genres ranging from thriller to drama and comedy. The festival will present more than 30 screenings – in original German language with Vietnamese and English subtitles or voice-over – with selected films which have been particularly … [Read more...]

Hanoi to host second-hand book festival this weekend

Hanoi, August 28 (VNA) – Book lovers will have a chance to buy rare second-hand books at a special festival to be held in the capital this weekend. Bookshops specialising in old books in various fields, such as Sach Cu Chien (Chien's Old Books), Sach Cu Ha Thanh (Hanoi's Old Books), Sach Vi Dan (Books for People) and Sach Truyen Via He (Pavements' Books), will put up about 20 stalls. Rare old books such as The Oxford Illustrated Dictionary published in 1975; Tu Dien Phap Viet Pho Thong (General French-Vietnamese Dictionary) by Dao Van Tap and published by Vinh Bao Saigon Bookshop in 1953; and Phap Viet Tu Dien – Chu Them Chu Han (French-Vietnamese Dictionary with Explanations in Chinese) compiled by Dao Duy Anh and published by Minh Tan Paris Publishing house in 1936, will be displayed in a separate corner. As many as 2,000 books will be given free to visitors, while many books will be sold at rates as low as 10,000 VND to 15,000 VND. The third of its kind, the … [Read more...]

New settlers report jump in wages

HA NOI (VNS) — Deputy Prime Minister, Hoang Trung Hai, on Wednesday and Thursday, was on a mission to inspect the resettlement work for people affected by the construction of the Son La - Lai Chau hydro power plants, in the upper north of Viet Nam. During his visit to Muong Lay commune, the largest resettlement area for the Son La and Lai Chau hydro power plants, Hai was told by the new settlers that they were happy with their new life there. They said their average income had doubled or tripled compared with that in the past. For some households, their income even increased by 10 times. Recent statistics show that the percentage of poor household living surrounding the two hydro power plants dropped to 15-20 per cent compared with 45-50 per cent before these two projects started. Talking to local authorities in the two provinces of Lai Chau and Son La, Hai asked them to pay more attention to improve the living conditions of people living in new settlement areas. He ordered … [Read more...]

Ministry of National Defence meets with Vietnamese heroic mothers

PANO - On behalf of the Ministry of National Defence's leaders, Lieutenant General Nguyen Trong Nghia, Deputy Director of the General Department of Politics of the Vietnam People's Army, on August 26th received a delegation of Vietnamese heroic mothers from Tien Giang province. Lt. Gen. Nguyen Trong Nghia presenting gifts to the Vietnamese heroic mother At the reception, the head of the delegation briefed the general on the province's gratitude activities over the past time. Accordingly, the province has raised over VND 10 billion per year for the gratitude fund to take care of Vietnamese heroic mothers and revolutionary contributors. Since the beginning of this year alone, they have raised VND 6.6 billion to build and repair 200 gratitude houses for policy beneficiaries. Addressing the event, General Nghia wished the mothers good health and hailed the province's authorities for their achievements in gratitude activities. Additionally, he hoped that the mothers would … [Read more...]

Scores of international tourists continuously increase

PANO - The number of international tourists has bounced back in July and August 2015 after 13 consecutive months of decline. According to a report of the General Statistics Office (GSO), the number of foreign visitors to Vietnam is estimated to reach nearly 665,000 in August, up by 12% compared to July, an increase of 7.5% in comparison to the same period last year. Earlier, the figure was nearly 600,000 in July, up by 12.1% against the previous month, and 5.1% year on year. Foreign tourists to Vietnam. Photo: VNA In August, the number of visitors to Vietnam by air was 610,159, by sea 1,360, and by land 53,466, accounting for 91.8% (up by 17.4%), 0.2% (down by 9.3%), and 8% (a decrease of 45.2% compared to the same period in 2014), respectively. The number of visitors from five European countries, namely Spain, Italy, Germany, France, and the UK, which now enjoy visa exemption, increased sharply by 159.3%, 141.4%, 54.1%, 25.8% and 25.5% respectively in comparison to July. In … [Read more...]

International visitors to Viet Nam continue to increase in August

(TITC) – According to General Statistics Office, international visitors to Viet Nam in August of 2015 estimated 664,985 arrivals, increasing 12.0% over last month and 7.5% over the same period last year, following the positive growth in July of 12.1% and 5.1% respectively. By means of transportation, visitors to Viet Nam in August by air estimated 610,159 arrivals, accounting for 91.8% of the total int’l arrivals, up 17.4% over the same period last year; By sea: 1,360 and by road: 53,466, accounting for 0.2% and 0.8%, down 9.3% and 45,2% over the same period last year, respectively. In August, the number of arrivals from 5 European countries which have recently been exempted from visa continued to grow over last month: Spain (+159.3%), Italy (+141.4%), Germany (+54.1%), France (+25.8%) and UK (+25.5%). In addition, some of big markets in Northeast Asia and ASEAN region also increased significantly including South Korea (+42.5%), Hong Kong (+36.4%), Laos (+33.4%), … [Read more...]

EVN earns 43.6 million USD from divestment

Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) has completed divestment from three real estate companies, while reducing its capital at EVN Finance Company to 16.5 percent of its original charter capital. Following three years of divestment, EVN has earned VND 981 billion (43.6 million USD) Following three years of divestment, EVN has earned 981 billion VND (43.6 million USD). In the group's report to the Government on its implementation of its restructuring plan, EVN said it had faced difficulties when withdrawing capital from some of its larger corporations. EVN's biggest challenge was divesting from businesses in finance, banking, securities, insurance and property, due to the requirements of ensuring capital in the midst of a bleak securities market. In addition, regulations on divestment have resulted in shortcomings. EVN, however, has been active in developing divestment plans, organising public auctions, as well as seeking partners to transfer their capital into enterprises that are … [Read more...]

More support to needy people

Delegates and students at the multimedia classroom in My Hoa Secondary School PANO – The Institute of Military Science and Technology under the Ministry of National Defence, on August 25th, handed over a multimedia classroom to My Hoa Secondary School, a water filtering system to My Hoa commune kindergarten, a number of facilities to My Hoa commune clinic, two computer sets to My Hoa commune People’s Committee and a Primary School. The institute also presented 27 gifts to policy families in My Hoa commune, Kim Boi district, Hoa Binh province. * The same day, Brigade 972 (Department of Transport, General Department of Logistics) presented a gratitude house to Former Phu Quoc Prisoner Vo Van Huong, a native of Long Diem street, Long Binh Tan ward, Bien Hoa city (Dong Nai province). The 64sq.m house was built at a cost of VND 184 million, of which the brigade contributed more than VND 100 million. Also on this occasion, the local authorities and neighbouring families … [Read more...]

Vietnamese workers upset by modest wage increase proposal

Many Vietnamese workers are upset by the meagre 10 per cent suggested pay increase proposed by the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry for next year's national minimum wage. Workers are shopping at a market in HCM City Representatives from labour and business groups failed to reach agreement on the minimum wage increase at a second meeting yesterday. The Vietnam General Confederation of Labour (VGCL) proposed a 16.8 per cent (VND350,000-550,000) increase while the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) said only 10 per cent boost would be suitable. "We can't raise the regional minimum wage by 16 per cent." said Hoang Quang Phong, vice chairman of the VCCI. "Because it would mean employers would face financial burdens." Raising the minimum wage was necessary, but it should be based on the ability to pay, Phong said. Mai Duc Chinh, vice chairman of VGCL, said that its proposal of 16.8 per cent was made based on meeting basic living costs. Chinh said that a survey … [Read more...]

Banking, insurance shares buoy stock market

After declining for four consecutive trading sessions, Vietnam’s stock market rebounded on August 25, thanks to strengthening banking and insurance shares. The Vietnam’s benchmark VN-Index recovered 3.05 points, or 0.58 percent, to close at 529.98 points. Among the index members, there were 118 winners, 117 losers while 75 stocks remained unchanged. Trading volume nearly touched 177.7 million shares, worth more than VND2.79 trillion. The VN30-Index revived 2.08 points, or 0.37 percent, to 561 points with trading volume totaling more than 75.5 million shares worth VND1.64 trillion. The HNX-Index of the smaller bourse in the north recouped 0.93 points, or 1.27 percent, to close at 74.02 points with 112 shares climbing, 94 falling and 161 stalling. Trading volume on the northern trading floor exceeded 53.4 million shares, worth VND497.7 billion. The HNX30-Index increased 2.48 points, or 1.84 percent, to 137.09 points. Trading volume was at above 28.4 million shares, worth … [Read more...]

Minimum wage may rise 12%

HA NOI (VNS) — A 12 per cent increase in next year's national minimum wage would be "reasonable," a high-ranking congressman said yesterday. Bui Sy Loi, deputy head of the National Assembly's Social Affairs Committee, said a 12 per cent salary increase would ensure fairness to employers and employees. Representatives from labour and business groups failed to reach an agreement on the minimum wage increase at a second meeting on the matter yesterday. The Viet Nam General Confederation of Labour (VGCL) proposed a 16 to 17 per cent increase while the Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) said a 10 per cent boost would be suitable. The minimum wage debate comes amid concerns that the recent depreciation of the dong will put in jeopardy this year's government's inflation target of 5 per cent. The government raised the minimum wage 15 percent on January 1 after inflation slowed to 4.1 per cent last year. "We can't raise the regional minimum wage by 16 per cent." said … [Read more...]

To offer scholarships for AO victims’ children

​On August 21, the Association of Japanese (Shizouka province) who love Vietnam in collaboration with the Quang Ngai Association of Agent Orange victims awarded scholarships to AO victims' children in Quang Ngai. ​Accordingly, 08 scholarships worth VND 2.3 - 2.8 million each have been offered to AO victims' children in districts of Duc Pho, Mo Duc, Binh Son, Son Tinh, Ba To, Tu Nghia, Nghia Hanh and Quang Ngai city. Besides, PhD - Doctor Pham Thi Phi is living in Ha Noi city, also granted 12 scholarships worth VND 01 million each and 01special donation worth VND 2.8 million to these children. Till 2015, the Association has offered 55 scholarships to AO victims' children with the total amount of nearly VND 120 million. Minh Th​ien … [Read more...]

The 06th Patriotic Emulation Congress 2015 of Quang Ngai province

Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Tran Thi Ha offers Government flag for Quang Ngai cadres and people ​On August 21, the provincial Party Committee, the People's Council, the People's Committee and the Fatherland Front Committee solemnly held the 6th provincial Patriotic Emulation Congress 2015. ​Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Tran Thi Ha, Secretary of the provincial Party Committee cum Chairman of the provincial People's Committee Le Viet Chu, Deputy Secretary of the provincial Party Committee Tran Ngoc Cang, leaders of departments, agencies and localities attended the Congress. During the past 5 years, the emulation movement and the award tasks were deployed in accordance with the plans. The movement was launched in various fields: agriculture, industry - handicraft, cultural - social, internal affairs, administrative reform, government building, etc. The emulation and commendation work of the province has been innovated. The party committees, authorities, the Fatherland Front … [Read more...]

Festival creates venue for young photographers to flaunt talents

The first prize was awarded to ‘Colour of the New Age’ by Vuong Thuy Giang NDO – Winners of a photography contest for young aspiring photographers were announced in Hanoi on August 25 with the first prize worth VND 30 million (US$1,330) awarded to Vuong Thuy Giang from Hanoi for the entry entitled ‘Sac Mau Thoi Dai Moi’ (Colour of New Age). Two second prizes, worth VND 20 million (US$ 887) each, went to Nguyen Huu Thong (Bac Giang province) and Nguyen Anh An (Ho Chi Minh City) for their works entitled ‘Vui Choi Ben Buc Tuong Tuoi Tho’ (Playing around the Wall of Childhood) and ‘Hon Ngoc Vien Dong’ (The Far East Pearl). Three third and 15 consolation prizes were also presented to selected competitors. Themed ‘Vietnam’s young generation – The Country and Development’, the online contest was launched in March this year by the Department of Fine Arts, Photography and Exhibition. It targeted Vietnamese … [Read more...]

Defence ministry honours Khanh Hoa revolutionary contributors

Photo: qdnd.vn PANO - On behalf of the Minister of National Defence, leaders of the Department of Policy of the General Department of Politics held a reception for revolutionary contributors from Khanh Hoa province on August 24th in Hanoi. At the reception, the department's leaders briefed them on the gratitude activities of the army over the past time. They also inquired after and handed over the ministry's gifts to delegates as well. Accordingly, the ministry's constituent units have enhanced the "Learning and following President Ho Chi Minh's moral example" and the "Promoting traditions, contributing talents, deserving to be Uncle Ho’s soldiers" movements in order to improve training quality and combat readiness, contributing to firmly defending national sovereignty and territorial integrity, well responding to search and rescue missions and building new-style rural areas. From 2010 till now, army units have built more than 7,000 houses for policy beneficiaries, raised … [Read more...]

Master plan to develop culture, family, sports and tourism in the Southeast and the Southern Vietnam

Illustrative image (Cinet)- Decision No.1400/QĐ-TTg on August 18 of the Prime Minister approves for master plan to develop culture, family, sports and tourism in the Southeast and the Southern Vietnam up to 2020 and vision of 2030. The Plan consists of 08 provinces and cities: HCM city, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Dong Nai, Binh Duong, Binh Phuoc, Tay Ninh, Long An and Tien Giang. About culture and family, the Plan will turn HCM City into center of culture, arts, science and training in the whole country; market of fine, stage-cinema and performing arts in the whole country. Developing service of culture and arts in big cities can connect with other areas in the country. Developing culture of the East and West aims to enhance and cooperate to develop culture, arts among some localities; some mountainous areas in the West and the island; some sub-Mekong Delta; open and enhance foreign relationship with some nations and territories. The areas should remain to maintain and develop some values of … [Read more...]

“Lotteria Football Challenge Cup 2015″ to be kicked off

PANO - The national junior football tournament "Lotteria Football Challenge Cup 2015" will officially open on August 29th in 6 cities nationwide. The event is co-held by Lotteria Vietnam, a subsidiary of the Korean food giant Lotte Group and the General Department of Sports and Physical Training. Lotteria Football Challenge Cup was initiated in 2013 Initiated in 2013, the "Lotteria Football Challenge Cup" is an annual tournament to develop football movement among children aged 7 to 9 years old, providing an educational playground of honesty, sportsmanship, sense of discipline and solidarity. The 2015 season will officially start on August 29th-30th in Hanoi and run through the cities of Ho Chi Minh, Vinh, Da Nang, Hai Phong and Can Tho with 64 participating teams. It is expected that the final round will be held Hanoi on October 10th on the occasion of 61st anniversary of the capital’s liberation day. The top three winners will receive the awards worth VND 60 million, VND … [Read more...]