To bring about a proactive shift in information dissemination and the movement of studying Ho Chi Minh Minh thought among Party members, the people, and soldiers. The speech of Mr. Nguyen Khoa Diem(1) at the opening ceremony of the Contest for Excellent Reporters and Disseminators of Ho Chi Minh Thought held in Cong Vi Ward, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi. Today, 19 May 2003, is the 113th anniversary of our beloved Uncle Ho's birthday. We are all here to carry out a work of great significance and practicality—to open the Contest for Excellent Reporters and Disseminators of Ho Chi Minh Thought. More importantly, the contest is held in a Party establishment where Uncle Ho lived and worked, and now rests in peace. It helps pave the way for the nationwide Contest of Disseminating Ho Chi Minh Thought. The contest has attracted a vast number of cadres, veteran revolutionaries, students, and youths in the ward. This shows the President's great influence and his close touch with the population; … [Read more...] about The speech of Mr. Nguyen Khoa Diem(1) at the opening ceremony of the Contest for Excellent Reporters and Disseminators of Ho Chi Minh Thought held in Cong Vi Ward, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi.
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HANOI - A few months after we arrived in Vietnam in late 2010, the Vietnamese Communist Party gathered for a big confab. Just about every day for a week I witnessed police leading motorcades of VIP busses to and fro. But I'd never seen one as polished as the one I saw from my taxi the other day, coming from the opposite direction. It was led by a phalanx of motorcyle officers in sparkling white uniforms riding in tandem, two abreast ahead of a row of Mercedes sedans carrying VIPs. I had no idea who they were or where they were going. But the officious pageantry and show of authority made a striking impression on Au Co, the dike road. My appointment on the far side of town -too far to trust myself on my motorbike. By pure serendipity, I happened to catch this motorcade on the way back some two hours later, riding in a different cab. But now it wasn't such a neat spectacle, but raggedy, with sirens helping it bullthrough rush hour traffic. The impression, again, was striking - … [Read more...] about A wild taxi ride in Vietnam’s capital
Crazy truck hits local houses in HCMC A truck was running high speed when it suddenly staggered, hit a separator and crashed into a local grocer’s by the National Road 22 in Tan Phu Trung commune, Cu Chi District, Ho Chi Minh City at 2.45pm on Thursday. According to witnesses, the truck was running from An Suong to Tay Ninh on high speed. After colliding the street separator, it crashed into an electricity pole, dragged it for a few meters before hitting the Cat Tien grocer’s. According to Nguyen Thi Kim Mai, owner at the grocer’s, she was selling goods to many customers when the truck approached. Since people quickly noticed and ran away, there were no casualties. At the scene, the truck’s front was seriously damaged, the electric pole and the house’s eaves were collapsed. According to initial information, the truck is owned by Hoa Xuan transportation service trading Co. Ltd. Authorities showed up at the scene to handle the case. Rescue car towed … [Read more...] about SOCIETY IN BRIEF 30/3
HA NOI (VNS) - For the first time, images of Viet Nam's World Heritage sites are placed alongside those of their counterparts from all over the world to show audiences the link between them. The UNESCO Hanoi Office and Panasonic Vietnam organised the exhibit, entitled Discovery Wonders of World Heritage, which opened last Saturday with the aim of promoting the unique beauty of World Heritage sites. The exhibit is on display at 19-C Hoang Dieu Street and will move on later to other cities and provinces. Displayed in front of the Doan Mon (Main Gate) of the Thang Long Imperial Citadel are the images of spectacular heritage sites, including the eight World Heritage sites of Viet Nam. These include Trang An Landscape Complex, Ha Long Bay, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park and ancient Hoi An Town. The Pyramid Fields from Giza to Dahshur in Egypt, Yellowstone National Park and Memphis and its Necropolis in the United States, the Taj Mahal in India and the Historic Centre of Roma, Italy … [Read more...] about World Heritage sites in the spotlight
by Nguyen Dang AnI met her for the first time at a bus stop in Rome. It was an afternoon in autumn. The sky was blue and the sun bright, but there was a cool breeze. Crimson violets on the sides of the road were fluttering like butterflies. I cannot forget the image of petals catching in her long black hair and her pretty yet sorrowful eyes.She was an Asian, possibly Vietnamese, I thought. I tried to find ways to make friends with her, but she always shunned my advances. Each time we met, she looked at me with those distant eyes.I was on the right side of forty, but still single. My father was an army officer in the former Sai Gon administration. Before 1974, I was sent to Italy to study in order to dodge the draft. After graduating from the Rome University of Architecture, I stayed on in Italy, became a … [Read more...] about The woman at a bus stop in Rome