Hanoi Children’s Fund raises tens of billion dong from 2009-2015

The Hanoitimes - Hanoi Children’s Fund held a meeting on October 6 to review its operations in the 2009-2015 period. Hanoi has raised more than 45 billion VND for its Children’s Fund in the period. At the meeting, Director of Hanoi Children’s Fund Le Thanh Vinh said, in the past six years, the Fund has received the support from numerous organizations, domestic and foreign enterprises. During the period, the Fund presented gifts to impoverished children, children with disabilities and orphans during Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday, Mid-Autumn festival and International Children Day (June 1), organized activities of medical care and worked with local hospitals to give free surgeries to poor children who were born with heart and eye defects, harelips and cleft palates. At the recent programme held by Hanoi Children’s Fund. Local children, especially those from difficult backgrounds, were given to better care through various childcare and scholarship projects … [Read more...]

Quang Ngai reviews the Highlands Poverty Reduction Project

Scene of the meeting Vice Chairman of the PPC Le Quang Thich on October 06 chaired a meeting with related units and localities on the progress of the Highlands poverty reduction Project in the province area after 18 months of implementation. ​ In Quang Ngai, the Project has been carried out in 15 mountainous communes of districts of Son Ha (Son Nham, Son Thanh, Son Linh, Son Cao, Son Ky), Son Tay (Son Mua, Son Long, Son Mau, Son Lien, Son Tinh) and Ba To (Ba Kham, Ba Trang, Ba Le, Ba Giang and Ba To). The main goal of the project is to improve the livelihoods for poor households in the project area. It concentrates on four components of infrastructure development, sustainable livelihoods development, capacity building and communication. As planned, the project will be implemented in the period of 2014-2018 with a total investment capital of approximately 16 million dollars funded by World Bank. In 2014-2015, Quang Ngai province has allocated more than VND 85 billion in order to … [Read more...]

The HCM City Industry University opens branch in Quang Ngai

Leader of Industrial and Trade Ministry offers the Decision of establishing branch of HCMC Industrial University in Quang Ngai province to the Branch's management board On October 07, the Industrial University of HCM City solemnly held ceremony to announce the Decision establishing its branch in Quang Ngai and open the new academic year 2015-2016. ​ Presenting at the ceremony were Associate Professor PhD. Pham Manh Hung - Deputy Minister of Education and Training, PhD. Tran Tuan Anh - Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade, Deputy Secretary of the provincial Party Committee Tran Van Minh, Vice Chairman of the PPC Le Quang Thich, Vice Chairwoman of the provincial People's Council Truong Thi Xuan Hong, representatives of the provinces of Quang Nam, Binh Dinh, Phu Yen, Dak Lak and Da Nang City. At the ceremony, Associate Professor PhD. Pham Manh Hung - Deputy Minister of Education and Training announced the Decision on establishing the branch of the HCM City Industrial University in … [Read more...]

“Operation Healthy Heart” brings happiness to more children

PANO – Thousands of people in Gia Lai province flocked to the Hospital of Chu Se Rubber, as they learnt that the hospital was hosting the program "Operation Healthy Heart." Nguyen Thi Hoan, an employee of the military-run telecommunication group Viettel in Gia Lai (Viettel Gia Lai), said that, "More than 1,500 children in Gia Lai province have registered for the free congenital heart disease screening program sponsored and organized by Viettel Gia Lai, the Hospital of Hanoi Medical University, Chu Se Rubber Hospital, Bach Mai Hospital, and Vietnam Television. We will do our best to bring back happiness to the children." Photo: qdnd.vn This is the first time medical personnel from central hospitals and medical agencies have visited and provided free cardiac disease screening; therefore, a lot of people took their children to the examination site. The medical personnel then discovered 36 cases of congenital heart disease and some children were closely monitored with treatment … [Read more...]

Army units help develop people’s living standards

PANO – The Military Command of Ba Be district, Bac Kan province, handed over a house to Truong Van Than in Chu Huong commune, Ba Be district, on October 7th. A leader of the Ba Be Military Command presents a gift to the recipient’s family The house was built at a cost of VND 70 million from the Defence Ministry’s gratitude fund with the remaining from the recipient’s family. Mr. Than is the son of martyr Truong Van Meo, who lost his life during the national resistance war against American invaders. Troops of the Tra Vinh provincial Military Command help locals build a road * From October 5th to November 5th, over 50 cadres and soldiers of the Tra Vinh provincial Military Command will help construct public facilities and provide free health check-ups for residents in Phong Phu commune, Cau Ke district. Translated by Pham Huy … [Read more...]

Tuan Chau International Liner Port unveiled

A corner of the Tuan ChauInternationalLinerPort PANO – The Tuan Chau Group on October 7th held a ceremony to inaugurate the Tuan Chau International Liner Port (Port 2) to congratulate the success of the Quang Ninh provincial Party Congress in the 2015 – 2020 term. The construction of this 10 - 17m deep, 7km long, and 300 - 800m wide port started in summer of 2012 at a cost of VND 10 trillion. It is now capable of accommodating around 2,000 ships and can be found on the international tourism map. In another development, the group has announced the offer of a 6-month fee and service waiver and preferential logistics prices for transport and tourist ships registering their operation to the port in 2015. Translated by Duong Thanh … [Read more...]

Tourism revenue in first nine months increases 2.8 percent

NDO – The tourism sector raked in VND 269 trillion in the first nine months of this year, a year-on-year increase of 2.8%, according to an announcement of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. Vietnam welcomed 5.68 million international tourists in the period, down by 5.9% from the same period last year. The inflow of visitors from the Republic of Korea (RoK) recorded the highest increase at 31.4%. This was followed by Hong Kong (China) (17.3%), Singapore (16.9%), Spain (8.7%), Taiwan (China) (8.4%), Finland (8%), the US (7%), Italy (5.7%), Malaysia (3.3%), Netherlands (3.2%), Japan (2.6%) and Germany (2.1%). Meanwhile, the number of domestic visitors in the first nine months of 2015 reached 48.8 million. According to the General Statistics Office, the number of foreign tourists to Vietnam in September reached over 626,000, down by 5.8% from August but a year-on-year increase of 8.3%. Vietnam’s visa exemptions to people of five European countries - the UK, … [Read more...]

Good news or bad?

The decision of the State Bank of Vietnam to increase the exchange rate band from +/-2 per cent to +/- 3 per cent to deal with the devaluation of the Chinese Yuan at the end of August is viewed by experts as the right step to take.It will, however, have an impact on the country’s real estate market, as rising exchange rates will see real estate companies eventually faced with higher costs and declining profitability in the future unless they push up house prices. The move also creates opportunities in real estate, though, because it will remain a safe investment channel compared to securities and gold given the devaluation of the Chinese Yuan triggered panic in stock markets. Only slight Many real estate companies are concerned given that the majority of construction materials are imported and will now cost more. According to Ms. Vo Thi Diu Hien, Deputy General Director of the Saigon Thuong Tin Real Estate JSC (Sacomreal), real estate companies should consider opening sales … [Read more...]

Vietnam Airlines sell cheap tickets for Lunar New Year holidays

Country’s flagging carrier Vietnam Airlines (VNA) has officially started a new sale program for domestic routes on Lunar New Year holidays 2016. (Photo: SGGP) Accordingly, passengers will have opportunity to buy one-way tickets for domestic routes from Ho Chi Minh City to Buon Ma Thuot/Nha Trang/Pleiku/Da Lat/Quy Nhon/Dong Hoi at VND 299,000; from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Nang/Hue routes at VND 399,000; and from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi/Hai Phong/Vinh/Thanh Hoa at VND 599,000 during most of October. Flights are scheduled to depart on February 1- 7 (before Lunar New Year) and on February 11- 16 (after Lunar New Year). … [Read more...]

48 flooded-columns are accepted to hand over to localities

The Department of Trade and Industry in collaboration with the Hydropower Plants of Ba Ha River, Song Hinh and Krong H'Nang have just implemented the aforementioned issue for the localities to manage and use. Handing a flooded column in Tuy Hoa city The number of flooded columns has been designed to support local authorities to actively prevent, fight floods in order to reduce the damage of the flooded zone of the Ba Ha river. The local authorities of Tuy Hoa city, districts of Dong Hoa, Phu Hoa, Tay Hoa, Son Hoa and Song Hinh have been handed the flooded columns, including 14 columns, 10 columns, 9 columns, 10 column, 2 columns, 3 columns respectively. Total funding for the project is approximately VND 400 million, which has been invested by the above 3 hydropower plants and constructed by Song Ba Joint Stock Company from September, 2015. According to the Department of Trade and Industry, the flooded columns are firmly designed to make sure the enduring capacity, water and wind … [Read more...]

Jetstar Pacific to open new Hue-Dalat routes in October

NDO/VNA - Jetstar Pacific Airlines will launch a Hue-Dalat route on October 25, 2015, as heard at a press conference on the service in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue on October 6. It is the first civil flight offered from Hue to Dalat and vice versa , meeting travel, economic, and tourism demands between the two localities. Accordingly, the low-cost carrier will operate three return flights a week on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays , using Airbus A320-180 aircraft on the new flights. Nguyen Dinh Tinh, Jetstar Pacific’s Head of the southern and central regions, said prices will start from VND 550,000 (US$25) for a one-way ticket, excluding taxes and fees; and the price is not eligible to be combined with other promotions programmes. Addressing the event, Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Dung highlighted the significance of the new flight service as stimulating tourism development between the two hubs in the central and Central … [Read more...]

Vietnam Airlines sells tickets for Tet holiday

Photo: hanoimoi.com.vn PANO – The national flag carrier, Vietnam Airlines, on October 5th announced its program for preferential airfares for a number of domestic routes during the coming Tet holiday. Accordingly, from October 6th to 31st, passengers will stand a chance to buy one-way tickets at the following special prices: VND 299,000 for routes between Ho Chi Minh City – Buon Ma Thuot/ Nha Trang/ Pleiku/ Da Lat/ Quy Nhon/ Dong Hoi; VND 399,000 for Ho Chi Minh City – Da Nang/ Hue and VND 599,000 for Ho Chi Minh City – Hanoi/ Hai Phong/ Vinh/ Thanh Hoa. The departure time must be before the Tet holiday, from February 1st to 7th, 2016, and after the Tet holiday, from February 11th to 16th. The prices do not include taxes, fees, and additional charges. Further information is available at www.vietnamairlines.com or Vietnam Airlines’ booking offices across the country. Translated by Duong Thanh … [Read more...]

US dollar rates steady following central bank’s Circular 15

Photo: vietnamnet.vn The exchange rates between Vietnam dong and US dollar saw a slight change at domestic commercial banks on October 5 following Circular 15 issued by the State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) taking effect. The Circular No. 15/2015/TT-NHNN on foreign currency transactions by credit institutions was issued on October 2 and took effect on October 5 to curb speculation and hoarding of US dollars by enterprises. The Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Foreign Trade of Vietnam (Vietcombank) kept the buying and selling rate of the US dollar on October 5 unchanged from the previous week, listing at 22,445 VND and 22,505 VND per dollar, respectively. Meanwhile, at the Vietnam Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Industry and Trade (Vietinbank), the buying rate raised five VND to 22,445 VND per dollar and the selling rate was cut by 5 VND to 22,505 VND per dollar. The Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV) quoted its buying rate at 22,440 VND per dollar and the selling rate … [Read more...]

Over VND 34 bln donated native land’s sea & islands fund

Standing Boards of the Fatherland Front Committees of Ho Chi Minh City in collaboration with Ho Chi Minh City Television (HTV) held an art exchange program themed ‘Towards national borders, sea and islands’ at Ho Chi Minh City Television Theater yesterday. Attending in the program were Vice Political Commissar of Naval Armed Service Dang Minh Hai, Political Commissar of the Vietnam Marine Police Hoang Van Dong, Chairwoman of HCMC People's Council Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam, Chairman of Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee of Ho Chi Minh City Nguyen Hoang Nang and others. Mr. Nguyen Hoang Nang said: "In the previous time, the organizations and individuals have actively donated for the native land's sea and islands fund therefore Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee of Ho Chi Minh City organized series of meaningful activities such as two organizing journeys to Spartly Island and DK1 Frame House, building schools at Song Tu Tay (Southwest Cay) Island, visiting and gifting soldiers of … [Read more...]

Art exchange towards national borders, seas and islands

PANO - An art exchange themed "Towards national borders, seas and islands" took place on the evening of October 4th in Ho Chi Minh city. The event was held by the Standing Committee of the Ho Chi Minh City Fatherland Front Committee, Ho Chi Minh City Television, and the Management Council of "For National Seas and Islands - For National Front" Foundation. The art perfomance at the event The program aimed to raise awareness of the city’s people from all walks of life of the protection of national sovereignty over its borders, seas and islands as well as raise more fund for the city’s foundation. Since the beginning of this year, the city’s Fatherland Front Committee and the Management Council of the Foundation have mobilized more than VND 30 billion from enterprises, socio-political organizations and benefactors. At the exchange, the audience met and talked with border guard troops who are responsible for defending the national borders and a number of … [Read more...]

200 brands honoured with Gold Star Awards

PANO – The Central Committee of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union and the Central Board of the Vietnam Young Entrepreneurs’ Association on October 4th held a ceremony to honour 200 brands with Gold Star Awards. After 12 years of implementation, the awards has been widely recognized and highly appreciated by the business circle and entrepreneurs, becoming one of the most prestigious promotion and awards programs of Vietnam, with practical effects on the operation of businesses. Representatives of honoured businesses and VIPs at the event The 200 awarded brands this time have generated the total revenue of VND 839 trillion, contributing VND 91 trillion to the State Budget and creating jobs for more than 252,000 people. The honoured brands include giants such as VietinBank, VinGroup, PetroVietnam Gas, FPT Group, etc. The honoured businesses have in fact been the locomotives forthe national economy while significantly undertaking their social responsibilities, helping … [Read more...]

Border troops in the southernmost land of the nation

PANO – Dat Mui Border Station (Ca Mau provincial Border Guard Command),in the southernmost strip of land of the country, has been assigned with the task of managing and protecting 45.9km of the sea border segment in the two communes of VienAn and Dat Mui (Ngoc Hien district). The station’s soldiers have been involved in building regular, green, clean, and beautiful barracks, green vegetable gardens, strict maintenance of the combat readiness, emergency and rescue duties, protectingthe sea border, and firmly maintaining political securityand social order in the locality. The unit also regularly coordinates with relevant authorities to disseminate legal information to local people so as to stop forest destruction and illegal fishing activities. The border station is also now taking care of two needy students with the monthly financial assistance of VND 500,000 each. The People’s Army Newspaper would like to present some images of the station in this southernmost part … [Read more...]

More scholarships for excellent students in Thua Thien Hue

PANO - The Thua Thien Hue provincial Study Encouragement Association on October 4th handed over 420 scholarships to excellent and disadvantaged students in the 2014-2015 academic year in the locality. Students receiving scholarships Accordingly, the association presented a total of VND 37 million to the 40 best local students in the national competitions, and over VND 169 million to 385 outstanding ones from the province's schools. Primary students were given VND 400,000 each while each secondary student received VND 500,000. In addition, the association collaborated with the Huetronics Joint Stock Company and local organizations to hand over 4 computers, worth VND 7 million each, and books, worth VND 5 million in total, to a local study encouragement association and three community-based learning centers. Translated by Anh Tien … [Read more...]

Bank helps 3.6 million households escape poverty

As many as 3.6 million households have escaped from poverty while 12 million people have found employment as direct and indirect outcomes of preferential loans from the Vietnam Bank for Social Policies, according to the bank. The bank has also support the construction of 7.2 million clean water and sanitation works nationwide, 484,000 houses for the needy, and 3,204 flood shelters and 103,000 flood-proof houses for locals in the Mekong Delta region. Vietnam Bank for Social Policies. Photo: bizlive.vn Meanwhile, 3.3 million poor students have received financial assistance from the bank to keep up with study. With nearly 11,000 transaction points in communes, wards and towns nationwide, the bank has the large network among all credit organizations in the country. This has enabled poor people and those from ethnic minority groups to easily access capital. Currently, total capital of the bank reaches VND 147.2 trillion (USD 6.5 billion), 20 times higher than that of 2002 when the … [Read more...]

460 agreements & memoranda signed at Techmart 2015

During the four-day exhibition of the International Techmart Vietnam 2015 (Techmart 2015) 463 cooperation agreements and memorandum of understanding (MOUs) were signed, and thousands of technological purchase transaction with total cost of VND 380,6 billion were made, said Director of the National Agency for Science and Technology Information Le Xuan Dinh yesterday. Science and technology products are displayed at Techmart 2015. (Photo:SGGP) At Ho Chi Minh City’s stalls, transactions of equipment, science and technology solutions directly and scheduled-delivery reached VND 6 billion and VND 6, 8 billion respectively. The four-day exhibition aims to promote further not only to the development of domestic and regional technology markets, cooperation between scientific research organizations and enterprises but also to the commercialization of science and technology products. … [Read more...]