The legislative bodies of Viet Nam and Thailand had reached a high degree of consensus on how to develop their co-operation through specific activities, including the exchange of delegations and experience and joint supervision of governmental agreements and programmes. The consensus was reached at talsk held yesterday, Oct 10, between National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung and President of the Thai National Assembly and Speaker of the Thai House of Representatives Somsak Kiatsuranont. Hung expressed his sympathy over heavy losses the Thai people had suffered in recent floods. He congratulated Thailand on its recent achievements and said he believed that with political stability, the neighbouring country would see further development. Somsak Kiatsuranont highlighted the special traditional friendship between Viet Nam and Thailand, referring to the period President Ho Chi Minh operated in Thailand. He expressed his wish that relations would be preserved and promoted … [Read more...] about Thailand, Viet Nam work to ensure food security
The HCMC newspaper Phap Luat ’s series on the world’s oldest profession stirred up lots of responses from its readers. A remarkably high percentage supported the idea of regulating prostitution within organized red light districts. Vietnam should choose a suitable measure to control prostitution based on the experience of countries in the world, suggested reader Nguyen Tran Lam. He said research work in 72 countries reveals four prostitution control models. These are: · Prohibition. Prostitution is illegal and prostitutes are strictly chastised. However, harsh laws encourage disguised prostitution, which can cause the spread of HIV and collusion among sex workers, the drug market and organized. Many European countries have given up this model in favor of “softer” models. · Legalization. The government controls prostitution by zoning areas for prostitutes, granting certificates to prostitutes, requiring prostitutes to have periodical … [Read more...] about Should Vietnam learn from Thailand about control of prostitution?
Singaporean and Thai stocks edged up on Friday as better-than-expected earnings lured buyers to big caps but others in Southeast Asia gave up early gains as fund flows to the region slowed ahead of European summit on Sunday. Photo: Reuters A choppy trading session, with markets moving in a narrow range, reflected nervousness over the long-running saga of the euro zone's debt problems. "Few investors wish to be caught out if there is some kind of agreement this weekend," said Singapore-based Mark Matthews, head of research at Julius Baer. "Even if it disappoints, there is still a chance of something more substantial at the G20 meeting in Cannes on 3-4 November." Singapore's Straits Times Index and Thailand's SET index gained almost 1 percent, led by a 1.9 percent rise in Singapore rig builder Keppel Corp Ltd and a 4.5 percent surge in top Thai lender Bangkok Bank Pcl. Keppel's third-quarter net profit beat expectations and Goldman Sachs raised its target price on … [Read more...] about Earnings help S’pore, Thailand rise; others flat
Vietnam’s national U23 football team will play in two friendly tournaments to prepare for the upcoming 26th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Indonesia. As scheduled, the squad will convene at Thanh Long sports centre in Ho Chi Minh City on September 22 to play Singapore, Syria and the Republic of Korea for the HCM City Cup. The team will then compete against Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand for the VFF Cup in Hanoi from October 19-23. The Hanoi competition, organized by the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF), aims to help Vietnamese players gain experience from the region’s most powerful football clubs, who are considered top seeds at the 26 th SEA Games. … [Read more...] about U23 Vietnam to meet Thailand before 26th SEA Games
Residents of seven districts of Bangkok have been told to move valuables to higher ground and be ready to evacuate, as flooding which has swamped northern Thailand approaches the capital. More than 300 people have been killed in the worst flooding to hit the country in decades. The army and volunteers are working to shore up flood defences in Bangkok but there are fears barriers will not hold. Officials said earlier this week that the capital would be safe. The government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has been criticised for giving what many in Thailand say has been unclear or conflicting information about the disaster. At a news briefing on October 19, Ms Yingluck - who came to power in August with relatively little political experience - said her government had "done everything to the best of our ability" and asked for support from the public and media. The northern Thai provinces of Ayutthaya, Pathum Thani and Nakhon Sawan have already been devastated by … [Read more...] about Thailand flooding: Bangkok districts put on alert