Nearly 180 suspension bridges built for mountainous provinces

PANO - In a project by the Vietnam Road Administration, as many as 179 out of 187 suspension bridges have been constructed for the mountainous provinces in the North, the Central, and Central Highlands regions. Mr. Nguyen Van Huyen, the administration’s head, revealed on August 3 that the remaining bridges are under construction and expected to be completed by the middle of this month to ensure traffic safety in the 28 mountainous provinces. One of the suspension bridges. Photo: Meanwhile, the Vietnam Road Administration is prioritizing the building of more suspension bridges with capital from sponsors under the program entitled "Span of love and compassion". So far, 21 sponsors have registered to pump a total of VND 195 billion into constructing 42 bridges. At present 11 bridges are under construction while the designs and investment for 24 others bridges have been completed. The administration has been working to complete a master plan on building 4,145 … [Read more...]

Texting program to raise funds for AO victims launched

PANO - The fifth mobile texting program "Joining hands to ease the pain of Agent Orange/dioxin" was launched in Hanoi on August 4 by the Vietnam Association for Victims of AO/dioxin (VAVA). Subscribers can join the campaign by texting DACAM to 1409 and each message is valued at VND 18,000, from now till the end of September. The press conference introducing the program VAVA President Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Van Rinh held that since its launching four years ago, the program had received more than 700,000 messages (equal to over VND 12 billion). The money was then spent on building houses and rehabilitation centres, and assisting victims and their children. At the launch ceremony, the Thang Long E-commerce Training Co. Ltd. and the Phuc Lam International General Hospital donated VND 500 million to further support AO/dioxin victims. On this occasion, the VAVA handed over certificates to three units in acknowledgement of their contributions to popularizing the program to … [Read more...]

New factory to boost military garment production

PANO - The X20 Joint-Stock Company under the General Department of Logistics of the Ministry of National Defence inaugurated a factory producing military equipment and other garment and textile products for exports on August 3. The 20B Garment Factory was built in Tay Bac Ga industrial park in Thanh Hoa City, Thanh Hoa province at a cost of nearly VND 30 billion. Checking garment products According to Senior Colonel Pham Van Do, the X20 Joint-Stock Company’s director, the operation of this factory would raise production and expand markets for the company to achieve its strategic goals in the 2013-2015 period and visions for 2020. The high quality project was completed ahead of time to help celebrate the 11th Party Congress of the General Department of Logistics, affirmed the director. Translated by Mai Huong … [Read more...]

Free health check-ups and medicine to dioxin victims

PANO - Military Hospital 103, Thanh Hoa’s provincial Military Command, and Thanh Hoa provincial Association of Victims of Agent Orange/ Dioxin (Thanh Hoa AVA) have recently provided free health check-ups, medical consultancy, and medicines to 500 dioxin victims in Thanh Hoa province. This is part of the activities to commemorate the Day for Victims of Agent Orange (August 10). Photo for illustration For its part, Hospital 103 presented 15 gifts (VND 500,000 each) to extremely needy victims. According to Thanh Hoa AVA, at present, 14,700 out of 24,000 victims in the province are enjoying a monthly allowance. Among them, 1,800 are third generation victims and they are leading a very hard life. Translated by Thuy Duong … [Read more...]

Petrol prices down 816 VND per litre

Petrol prices down 816 VND per litre from 3 pm on August 4 (Source: VNA) Retail petrol prices were revised down 816 VND per litre as of 3 pm on August 4, marking the 13 th price adjustment this year. According to the Ministries of Industry & Trade and Finance, RON 92 petrol will cost no more than 19.304 VND per litre and bio-petrol E5 is set at a maximum of 18.809 VND per litre. Prices of diesel and kerosene went down 819 VND and 638 VND per litre, respectively, while mazut was reduced by 582 VND per kilogram. With the revisions, gasoline prices rose by 1,400 VND per litre and diesel costs fell by 3,120 VND per litre compared to the start of this year. As of August 3, each barrel of RON 92 and diesel 0.05S cost a respective 69.891 USD and 61.465 USD on the global market, down 8 USD from a month earlier.-VNA … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s economy remains stable

(VOVworld) - The National Financial Supervisory Commission on Monday issued a report on Monday showing that Vietnam’s economy remained stable in June and July. Inflation was low and under control, the financial market was stable, and increase in credit was good and less dependent on the inter-bank market. According to the National Financial Supervisory Commission, Vietnam’s consumer price index (CPI) rose at the lowest rate in 10 years in July, gaining only 0.68% from the end of 2014. The foreign exchange market in Vietnam was stable in the first seven months of 2015 with the exchange rate between VND and USD between 21,805 and 21,815. Oversea remittances to Vietnam in 2015 are expected to reach 13 to 14 billion USD and the disbursement of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the first half of the year reached 6.3 billion USD, up 9.6 percent from a year ago. … [Read more...]

Nation gears toward Quang Ninh in flood recovery effort

Efforts are undertaken to support the recovery work after the heaviest flooding in 40 years in Quang Ninh. (Photo: VNA) Over 55 billion VND (2.52 million USD) has been handed over to the northern province of Quang Ninh to support its recovery efforts after the heaviest flooding in 40 years. Vice State President Nguyen Thi Doan, accompanied by the Vietnam Fund for Child Protection representatives and business players, presented 200 million VND to the families of victims. The fund and the Vietnam National Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam) chipped in 200 million VND and 100 million VND, respectively. It is the second time PetroVietnam has donated to victims with a previous 500 million VND aid. The provincial authorities were asked to rally all possible resources for recovery, assured visiting Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc to affected families. Secretary of the provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Van Doc announced on August 1 that Quang Ninh would provide as much … [Read more...]

Quang Ngai Department of Foreign Affairs receives the Third-Class Labor Medal

The PPC's Vice Standing Chairman Le Quang Thich awards the Third-Class Labour Medal of the State President to the Department of Foreign Affairs ​On July 30, the provincial department of Foreign Affairs solemnly organized the 10th anniversary of its establishment (04 August 2005-2015) and received the Third-class Labor Medal. ​Attending the ceremony were Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dang Minh Khoi, Mr. Yuen Siu Hong - Deputy Ambassador of Singapore in Hanoi and Mr. Khamsene Phommasene - Consul General of Laos in Da Nang, 12 Departments of Foreign Affairs of the Central and Highland provinces, Vice Standing Chairman of the provincial People's Committee Le Quang Thich, Vice Chairwoman of the provincial People's Council Truong Thi Xuan Hong, former provincial leaders over the periods, leaders of departments, districts and city. Over ten years since establishment, the Department of Foreign Affairs has continuously stabled the organizational structure and implemented external … [Read more...]

Comexseo: freely check for 200 poor children and do surgeries for 40 children with inborn heart disease

​Under Decision No. 1292/QD-UBND dated 31 July, Chairman of the PPC agreed for Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs (DoLISA) to receive the program of checking and doing surgeries for children with inborn heart disease donated by the French Comexseo Charitable Association. ​Accordingly, Comexseo supports VND 1.3 billion to provide freely check and examination for 200 poor children and do surgeries for 40 children with inborn heart disease (VND 45 million/case) in Hue central hospital. Besides, to jointly share with the donor, the provincial budget will, as scheduled, contribute VND 100 million to implement some stages before and after the operation activities for children. Chairman also asked the DOLISA to direct the Quang Ngai Provincial Fund for Children in making detailed plan of checking for 200 poor children and surgeries for 40 children with inborn heart disease timely. Dai Kiet … [Read more...]

Army units active in supporting policy beneficiaries

PANO – Units from the whole army actively launched programs to assist policy beneficiaries across the country on the 68th War Invalids and Martyrs Day (July 27). Photo: Particularly, the Central Military Commission and Ministry of National Defence presented gifts to 5,700 war veterans and relatives of martyrs who have served in the Vietnam People’s Army, and billions of VND to 17 convalescent centres for wounded soldiers and Agent Orange/dioxin victims nationwide. In addition, they handed over gifts from the State President, provided free health check-ups to nearly 15,000 revolution contributors in localities where they are stationed, donated over 10,000 working days to upgrade and beautify martyrs’ cemeteries, and created jobs for war veterans and martyrs’ children. On this occasion, 114 gratitude houses were inaugurated and granted to policy beneficiaries. Translated by Van Hieu … [Read more...]

Deputy Defence Minister continues visit to central region

PANO – Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Thanh Cung, Deputy Minister of National Defence, visited Con Dao Island district of the Central province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau on August 2nd. In the first seven months of this year, authorities and units in the district paid attention to promoting socio-economy and ensuring social order. Notably, they earned over VND 882 billion in tourism revenue in this period, a year-on-year increase of 18.6 per cent. Officers in Con Dao welcomes Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Thanh Cung Having hailed their achievements, Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Thanh Cung underlined that local authorities and people should closely follow higher-level commands’ instructions in developing the island district, especially its potential tourism sector, in combination with reinforcing the national defence and security. He requested troops to continue keeping in touch with local situations, fighting against crimes, raising training and combat readiness … [Read more...]

Units take part in more gratitude activities

Locals at the inauguration ceremony for the communal house PANO – The Thai Nguyen provincial Military Command recently mobilized 500 troops to help locals in Dong Dong hamlet (Phuong Giao commune, Vo Nhai district, Thai Nguyen province) build a communal house. The house was constructed at a cost of VND 400 million, including VND 300 million from the provincial military command, and the rest donated by organizations and businesses of the province. Upon receiving the house, locals expressed joy, for they now have a spacious common space to gather and organize cultural and artistic activities to enhance their spiritual life. * The Military Command of Pleiku city (Gia Lai province) recently held a ceremony to announce that it will take care of heroic Vietnamese mother Le Thi Hue, born 1926 in Duy Nghia (Quang Nam province). Mother Hue, whose husband and son laid down their lives for the sake of national independence, is now living in Pleiku city. The military command will … [Read more...]

VND 5,5trillion to build Duyen Hai Electricity Center’s seaport

Four comercial banks including the Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Foreign Trade of Vietnam (Vietcombank), Vietinbank, the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV) and Vietnam Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Agribank) will co-sponsor the Duyen Hai Electricity Center’s seaport project under Electricity of Vietnam with a total capital of VND 5,500billion. Vietcombank is one of four commercial bank to sponsor for the Duyen Hai electricity center's seaport -Photo: VNS The project is part of the national electricity development capaign for the 2011-2020 periods. It has total investment capital of VND 10,795billion and to be built at Dan Thanh commune, Duyen Hai District of the Southern province of Tra Vinh. It aims to load 12 million tons of coal and 100,000 tons of oil per year to the centre's three thermal power plants. The port will meet the demand for Duyen Hai electricity center and ensure high-demand of using electricity in the southern region. … [Read more...]

Weekly digest – July 27-31

Party, State leaders commemorate heroic martyrs A delegation of leaders of the Party, State, and the Viet Nam Fatherland Front on July 27 offered incense at the Monument to War Heroes and Martyrs on the occasion of the 68th anniversary of War Invalids and Martyrs Day (July 27). The leaders expressed their deep gratitude to the great sacrifice of the heroic martyrs to the nation’s glorious revolutionary cause, national freedom and people’s happiness. They later paid tribute to President Ho Chi Minh at his mausoleum. VN moves to become industrialized nation President Truong Tan Sang has called on the nation as a whole to make all-out efforts to optimize opportunities and overcome difficulties in a rapidly changing world while pushing comprehensive and synchronous reform and innovation ahead to make Viet Nam become an industrialized country as soon as possible. He made the call in an article written in the context of three decades of the country’s "doi moi" … [Read more...]

HCM City: Nearly 8,000 take to streets in support of dioxin victims

Nearly 8,000 take to streets in support of dioxin victims NDO/VNA - Nearly 8,000 people participated in a walk for Agent Orange (AO) victims at the Dam Sen Park in Ho Chi Minh City on August 2, as the official date for supporting victims falls on August 10. President Nguyen Van Rinh of the Vietnam Association of Victims of Agent Orange/dioxin (VAVA) said the event reflects a huge communal response to the victims’ ongoing fight for justice, particularly in regards to the recent lawsuit of representative Tran To Nga against US chemical companies involved in the production of AO during the US war. The walk holds a significant social and humanitarian meaning and aims to trigger greater public support, Rinh said. According to Tran Ngoc Tho, Head of VAVA’s chapter in the southern hub, his agency has supported more than 5,000 victims at a cost of approximately VND 14 billion (US$ 645,161) over the last decade. Their charitable programmes have included building houses, … [Read more...]

Biggest social houses construction begun in Mekong Delta

At the ground-breaking ceremony. Photo: VNA PANO - Hoang Quan Mekong Commercial Service Real Estate Joint Stock Company began a project to build houses for people in need, at the Binh Minh industrial zone, Binh Minh town, Vinh Long province on August 1st. The biggest project of social houses in the Mekong Delta will be carried out at a cost of VND 610 billion for the total area of around 39,138 sq.m with 1.863 apartments. The project has been divided into three phases and the first phase is expected to be completed in June 2016 with 620 new apartments to ease the housing problems of needy households. Translated by Chung Anh … [Read more...]

Work starts on the largest social housing project in Mekong Delta

Work starts on the largest social housing project in Mekong Delta ( NDO – Hoang Quan MeKong Corporation started work on August 1 on the largest social housing project in Mekong Delta region, named HQC Binh Minh. Covering a total area of over 39,138 square metres in Binh Minh industrial park, Binh Minh town, Vinh Long province, the project will provide over 1,860 housing units to households struggling with housing issues in Binh Minh town, Vinh Long; Can Tho city and other provinces in Mekong Delta region. The VND610 billion-project is divided into three phases. The first phase, consisting of 620 apartments, is scheduled for completion in June, 2016. The Vinh Long provincial branch of Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV) will also offer loans of up to 80% of the total price of an apartment to be paid off over 20 years, with a preferential interest rate of 6% from the house-support credit package of VND 30,000 billion. … [Read more...]

Flag-raising ceremony held for two submarines

PANO – The Navy on August 1st held a flag raising ceremony for two submarines, 184-Hai Phong and 185-Khanh Hoa, at Naval Brigade 189. Addressing the ceremony, Rear Admiral Pham Hoai Nam, the Navy’s Commander, stressed that the official assignment of the two submarines of the 636 Varshavyanka (Kilo)-class to Naval Brigade 189 is a significant step marking a breakthrough in building a modern navy in particular and a modern army in general. He asked the naval troops on the two submarines to thoroughly grasp the noble values of the national sea and islands as well as the importance of peace and stability to the national construction and defence cause. On the occasion, the people’s party committees, people’s councils, and people’s committees of Khanh Hoa province and Hai Phong city granted VND 700 million to each submarine and VND 600 million to Naval Brigade 189. Here are some photos of the ceremony. The flag raising ceremony held at Brigade 189 Rear … [Read more...]

Needy soldiers receive houses

PANO – Army Corps 4’s Command handed over two houses to needy officers, Senior Lieutenant Phung Ngoc Dung from Division 9’s Regiment 3 and Senior Lieutenant Tran Quoc Hieu from Battalion 3 of Division 9’s Regiment 1. Senior Lieutenant Phung Ngoc Dung (left) receives the house. (Photo: Senior Lieutenant Dung’s house was built on an area of 60sq.m in Xuan Hung commune of Dong Nai province’s Xuan Loc district, at a cost of VND 190 million, while Senior Lieutenant Hieu’s 52sq.m house was built in Ho Chi Minh City’s Cu Chi district, at a cost of VND 200 million. The two houses were constructed with financial assistance from the army corps and their relatives. Translated by Chung Anh … [Read more...]

National flag raised on two Kilo-class submarines

National flag raised on two Kilo-class submarines (Photo: VNA) NDO – The Vietnam Naval High Command held a ceremony to raise the national flag on the country’s two new submarines HQ-184 Hai Phong and HQ-185 Khanh Hoa at Cam Ranh port in central coastal Khanh Hoa province on August 1. The HQ-184 Hai Phong and HQ-185 Khanh Hoa are the third and the fourth in a series of six diesel-powered 636 Varshavyanka (Kilo)-class submarines built and handed over by Russia’s Admiralty Verfi Shipyards. The first two, HQ-182 Hanoi and HQ-183 Ho Chi Minh City, were handed over in 2014. Speaking at the ceremony, Rear Admiral Pham Hoai Nam stressed that the reception of the two vessels marked a breakthrough in the modernisation and development of Vietnam’s Navy and the Vietnam People’s Army. It is also a vivid illustration of the deep concern and strategic vision of the Party, State, the Central Military Commission and the Ministry of Defence in safeguarding the … [Read more...]