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Deputy PM urges ministries to investigate four vehicle accidents on expressway


Deputy PM urges ministries to investigate four vehicle accidents on expressway, Quang Tri border guards bust trans-national drug ring, Entertainment activities suspended for Former Prime Minister’s mourning days

An accident between a bus and a fire engine


Deputy PM Truong Hoa Binh yesterday urged the Ministry of Public Security and Ministry of Transport to investigate four continuous traffic accidents on Phap Van-Cau Gie expressway on March 18, killing 3 people and causing a 30km-long traffic jam.

The Ministry of Public Security should require its agencies and local governments to investigate the cause of the continuous collisions and ask the Traffic Police of Hanoi to patrol and handle traffic violations, he said.

At the same time, the Deputy PM asked the Ministry of Transport to require the construction and management units of the highway to provide data from surveillance cameras for further investigation.

The four vehicle accidents happened on the highway within 30 minutes on Sunday afternoon including one occurred between a dump truck and a 16 seat bus at 4.28 p.m on Sunday; several minutes later four cars collided continuously not far from the first accident; a tractor trailer collided with road barriers on the express way and another accident were reported to occur between a bus and a fire engine which was being sent to carry out a rescue work, killing one firefighter and injuring 11 people.

Quang Tri border guards bust trans-national drug ring

Border guards of central Quang Tri province, in coordination with Lao competent agencies, arrested five Lao people for smuggling over 50,600 ecstasy pills and 1kg of crystal meth on March 19. 

They were arrested in Salavan province of Laos while trying to smuggling addictive substances into Vietnam. 

Phan Thanh Minh, chief of the drug and crime prevention office under the provincial Border Guards High Command, said the arrestees are part of a trans-national drug trafficking gang working from Thailand to Laos and then the Vietnamese provinces of Kon Tum, Ha Tinh, Nghe An, Quang Binh and Quang Tri. 

Later, the local border guards handed over the drug traffickers to public security forces of Salavan province.

Entertainment activities suspended for Former Prime Minister’s mourning days

The Minister of Culture, Sports, and Tourism issued an official telex No.992/CĐ-BVHTTDL on March 19 for the suspension all entertainment activities during the days of mourning for former Prime Minister Phan Van Khai.

Accordingly, the Party, State, and Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee decided to hold a State funeral on March 20-21 for the former PM.

The Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism asked all agencies and offices around the country and Vietnam’s representative offices abroad to fly their state flags at half-mast for the two days.

The delegations would pay tribute to former PM Khai at Thong Nhat Hall in Ho Chi Minh City where his remains are preserved and the International Convention Centre at 11 Le Hong Phong Street, Hanoi. The mourners are to wear black armbands only and are not allowed to lay wreaths.

The central ministries, agencies, organisations and localities must cancel or suspend celebratory events, art programs, sports competitions, and other entertainment activities during the two days of mourning.

Comrade Phan Van Khai passed away at 1.30 am on March 17, 2018 at the age of 85 at his home in Tan Thong Hoi commune, Cu Chi district, Ho Chi Minh City, due to ailment and old age.

MoH seeks to clarify death of pregnant woman

The Ministry of Health has asked the Department of Health in the central province of Nghệ An to quickly clarify the details surrounding the death of a pregnant woman.

The 33-year-old woman from Quỳ Châu District’s Châu Phong Commune had died one day after getting an abortion with a bamboo stick from a local herbalist.

In a document sent to the department on March 19, deputy head of the ministry’s Department of Maternal and Child Health Đinh Anh Tuấn said it was a strictly legal case.

He urged local health units to strengthen inspections on obstetrics facilities to prevent similar occurrences in the future. He also called for the local health system to strengthen dissemination of information for people to avoid getting maternity services, especially abortion, at unlicensed centres, to ensure the safety of both mothers and children.

The herbalist at the centre of the case, known only as Thanh, reportedly used a bamboo stick to poke the pregnant woman’s uterus as a way of aborting the child within.

A few hours later, the woman complained of severe stomach pain and was in a critical condition by the next morning. She was rushed to Quỳ Châu District’s General Hospital for treatment, and she later died en route to Tây Bắc Hospital.

Đặng Tân Minh, director of Quỳ Châu District’s Health Centre, told news.zing.vn that the centre had proposed the district’s People’s Committee should fine the herbalist VNĐ50-70 million (US$2,205-3,087).

Thanh has only completed seventh grade and has no medical degrees or medical practice certificates.

Vietnam marks International Francophone Day

International Francophone Day, celebrated every March 20, is an opportunity for Francophones around the world to demonstrate their strong attachment to French language, confirm their aspiration to live together in their diversity, and honor humanity’s global values.

Fantastique: The Swiss animated movie Ma vie de courgette (My Life as a Zucchini) directed by Claude Barras will be screened during French-language film week in Việt Nam.

Vietnam, one of the founders of the Francophone community, is holding activities to mark the event.

“French language, connecting for action” is the theme chosen to honour the French language this year.  A variety of activities, including art events, concerts, film screenings and a writing contest will be held nationwide for this occasion. 

An official ceremony will be jointly held by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the International Organisation of Francophonie (OIF) and the Group of Francophone Embassies, Delegations and Institutions in Vietnam (GADIF) at the Centre of International Convention Center in Hanoi. At the ceremony, GADIF will present an Award of Honour and an Award of Youth to two francophones who have made significant contributions to the Francophone community.

The highlight of the celebrations will be the 11th Francophone Film Festival in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hue, and Vinh. The festival will showcase famous films of Belgium, France, Morocco, Switzerland, Canada, Wallonie-Bruxelles, and Vietnam.

A program called Cultural Colours featuring the unique cultures and cuisines of francophone countries will take place on the campus of the Faculty of French Language and Culture, University of Languages and International Studies, this Sunday.

Another highlight of the festival will be international conference called Cultural Diversity and National Unity: Sharing Experience Between Morocco and Vietnam on March 27 at the Institute For Africa and Middle East Studies.

In addition, the third journalistic writing contest for young francophones has been launched by Le Courrier du Vietnam, the only French-language newspaper in Vietnam. With the theme Strength of Words, the contest is open to all Francophones from 18 to 35 years old and closes on September 15.

Adama Ouane, Director of the International Francophone Organization said "Member countries in Southeast Asia like Vietnam consider the Francophone Community an important forum for contributing to international issues like women’s rights, sustainable economic growth, job and training opportunities for teenagers and anti-terrorism. I appreciate Vietnam’s commitment to support the UN in peacekeeping missions.”

Hanoi Railway increases seats for upcoming national holidays

The Hanoi Railway Transport JSC has decided to run 29 additional trains to provide more than 15,000 additional tickets on all routes to serve the increased demand for travel over the upcoming Southern Liberation and National Reunification Day (April 30) and International Labour Day (May 1).

Accordingly, the company will add eight additional trains for the Hanoi - Vinh route from April 24-28 with 4,652 tickets. While eight trains will operate on the return leg from April 30 and May 1 with 4,652 tickets.

The Hanoi - Dong Hoi route will have two more trains operating on April 27 with 788 tickets. The Dong Hoi - Hanoi direction is set for three additional trains running over April 30 and May 1 with 1,182 tickets.

The Hanoi - Da Nang route and return journey will have two extra trains each with a total of 1,688 tickets.

Two more trains will be set up for Hanoi - Thanh Hoa journey with 906 tickets, meanwhile, the reverse route will have three additional trains with 1,018 tickets.

Tickets are available from March 16 onwards. Passengers can visit the company’s website at www.vantaiduongsathanoi.vn and www.dsvn.vn to purchase tickets online and view detailed information on tickets, fees, and schedules, or contact hotline 1900.0109 for direct consultation.

Children join film making festival in Cao Bang

A total of 23 films and short reports produced by children were screened at a Children Film Festival that opened in Cao Bang city on March 17.

The films screened provided children’s views on social issues, such as child trafficking, child marriage, clean water and environmental sanitation in rural areas, and poverty reduction.

The film ‘Dung De Con Co Don’ (Don’t Let Me Be Lonely) by a group of children from Trung Hoa commune, Ngan Son district, Bac Kan province, won the Best Short Film Prize.

The organising board also presented an award for Best Actor, Best Director, Best Cameraman and Potential Prize at the event.

According to Hoang Ngoc Hung, Vice Chairman of Lang Ngam commune People’s Committee, Ngan Son district, Bac Kan province, the project has encouraged the children’s confidence and observation on the life around them.

“We have not only learnt about how to make a films, presentations and communication skills but we have also had a chance to make friends and share our views on children’s issues,” said Nong Thi Que, a 14-year-old girl from Tu Do commune, Quang Uyen district, Cao Bang province.

“Through the project, I feel that our voice is respected and listened to by adults,” she said.

The event was held under a child project being implemented in 12 communes in Quang Uyen district (Cao Bang province), Kim Boi district (Hoa Binh province), and Ngan Son district (Bac Kan province) the ChildFund Vietnam, with sponsorship from the Australian Government.

The project, launched in 2016, has given opportunities to nearly 300 children in difficult areas, as well as children from ethnic minority groups, to learn basic skills in film making, such as scriptwriting, filming and film editing.

Three defendants charged in dialysis deaths

The People’s Court of Hòa Bình Province has released charges against three accused of the death of eight persons after undergoing kidney dialysis at the provincial General Hospital.

They have been charged with “unintentional killing” and “irresponsible behaviour causing serious consequences.”

The defendants include Bùi Mạnh Quốc, 32, Director of Trâm Anh Water Treatment Co. Ltd; Trần Văn Sơn, 28, staff of the department of material and medical equipment at Hòa Bình Province General Hospital; and Hoàng Công Lương, 32, a doctor at the intensive rehabilitation ward of the artificial kidney department at Hòa Bình Province General Hospital, reported Tiền Phong (Pioneer) newspaper.

According to the judicial body, Quốc directly repaired and maintained the RO water purification system No. 2 of the artificial kidney department. In the process, he used a mixture of hydrofluoric acid and hydrochloric acid to clean the membrane casings (these are chemicals not listed in the list of chemicals used in medicines). Due to his negligence, a large residue of chemicals was left behind in the water system. He also failed to get the water tested as per regulation.

Sơn was assigned to inspect and supervise the maintenance of the water purification system, but he was not present.

On the afternoon of May 28, 2017, the water from the RO system was handed over to the nurse of the artificial kidney department. Sơn knew that Quốc had not got the water tested, but he did not report this to his senior.

On the morning of May 29, Quốc started the RO system for use. Sơn was present at the artificial kidney department but he ignored the fact that the water was being used for dialysis without being tested.

Nephrologist Hoàng Công Lương, 31, was said to have been assigned by the department head to lead the artificial kidney department. The indictment said as the person in charge, Lương should have known the regulations for qualified water used for dialysis. But Lương didn’t check or report back to the department head.

Soon after the dialysis, eight of the patients reported nausea, abdominal pain and shortness of breath. They died the same day of suspected anaphylactic shock. Ten other patients who had undergone dialysis were transferred to Hà Nội’s Bạch Mai Hospital for emergency treatment and were stabilised.

The families of the victims filed a lawsuit against the hospital and asked for compensation. They complained that the hospital did not comply with regulations for dialysis and violated professional ethics.

Vietnam joins travel and vacation show in Canadian capital

The Vietnamese Embassy in Canada is participating in the 2018 Travel and Vacation Show in Ottawa on March 17-18, to promote the image of the land and people of Vietnam.

In addition to publications providing information on the beautiful and famous landscapes in Vietnam, numerous typical products and services of the country were also showcased at the event.

During the two-day show, Vietnam’s pavilions attracted more than 1,000 visitors.

The event began the celebrations of the 45th founding anniversary of Vietnam – Canada diplomatic ties.

Vietnamese Ambassador to Canada Nguyen Duc Hoa expressed his belief that Vietnam would become a more attractive destination for Canadians and enterprises. In 2017, the number of Canadian visitors traveling to Vietnam saw a significant increase compared to the previous year, he added.

Notably, at this year’s show, all of the ASEAN countries organised numerous common activities to provide an overall view of the bloc’s tourism sector, including the introduction of traditional food and specialities.

The Ottawa Travel and Vacation Show, the 24th of its kind, consisted of over 200 booths from 30 countries and territories around the world. More than 17,000 visitors went to the event.

All that glitters isn't gold

A concert last Saturday in southern Cần Thơ Province was abruptly interrupted when a woman and several of her friends jumped on stage claiming a gold bar worth approximately US$1,500 had been stolen from her.

The woman demanded the event’s organisers take full responsibility for her loss. Needless to say, the organisers were speechless, probably wondering why anyone would take a gold bar to a concert.

Things were starting to get a bit rowdy on stage when a female singer, known for her charity work, decided to step in and offer her entire pay for night (about $400) as compensation for her loss. When asked later if it crossed her mind that the whole thing may have been a ruse the singer said she was thinking of the audience’s safety.

“Even if it was just a show I do hope that the swindlers will find their way to return to the right path,” she said.

However, many people thought that they should have called the police. More often than not those people will just disappear as soon as the police arrive, claimed a fan who thought her favourite singer was too trusting.

Local business in shock victory over taxman

A local business in HCM City attempted and succeeded in overturning a decision made by a district tax office. According to the business’ owner, he was wrongly taxed $15,000 in VAT and made to pay a fine of more than $2,000 for failing to declare income from his sales of rice husks.

While a lesser business owner may have agreed to pay or tried to reach a settlement with the tax officers, he decided to bring it to the court. Unfazed by the district’s court initial verdict, which ruled in favour of the tax office, he appealed and won.

The court said rice husks, while able to be used as a building material, fertilizer and insulation material, are considered a waste product and therefore should be exempt from VAT.

It isn’t a common occurrence in Việt Nam for a business to protest a decision made by the tax office, let alone fighting them in a courtroom and winning. As business owners wise up, tax officers may want to go over our tax law to make sure they won’t drop the ball again in such an embarrassing manner. 

Fire destroys Dong Nai footwear workshop

A fire broke out in a footwear workshop at 11am on March 19 in Ho Nai commune of Trang Bom district in the southern province of Dong Nai.

Witnesses say flames erupted from the workshop before quickly spreading to neighbouring houses. Local residents used water and small fire extinguishers in an attempt to control the fire but were unsuccessful in their efforts.

After the alarm was raised, the Dong Nai Fire Fighting and Prevention Police Department dispatched four fire trucks and dozens of firefighters to the scene to extinguish the blaze.

It took firefighters more than an hour to bring the fire under control. While the fire did not cause any fatalities, the footwear workshop was destroyed and three neighbouring houses suffered damage.

Earlier on March 17, a fire destroyed a big workshop in Bien Hoa 2 Industrial Zone, resulting in massive financial losses. It took most of a whole day to stamp out the blaze.

Australia announces defense scholarships for Vietnam, ASEAN countries

Australia announced the introduction of the ASEAN-Australia Defence Scholarships at the recent ASEAN-Australia Special Summit, which will fully fund eleven scholars to complete a two-year “Master’s of Strategic Studies” in Australia.

Starting from next year, Australia will fund one representative from each ASEAN member, including Vietnam, to study in Australia and also one Australian scholar.

“This program will be the first of its kind for ASEAN defense officials,” said Australian Minister for Defence Marise Payne. “It will see ASEAN and Australia’s best and brightest working together to share their experiences and develop their strategic thinking. It will help us build our collective capacity to deliver sophisticated and effective regional defense cooperation in a dynamic regional security environment.”

Australia commenced the Defence Cooperation Program with Vietnam in 1999 and since then more than 2,000 training positions have been provided for Vietnamese defense personnel, including Defence Scholarships in Australia and Vietnam. “This new initiative will be such a great addition to bilateral and multilateral defense relations,” said Colonel Nerolie McDonald, the Australian Defence Attaché to Vietnam. “I am confident that personnel from the Vietnamese People’s Army will seek to take up this opportunity. Vietnamese defense students are outstanding performers in our Defence Cooperation Program courses and I know they will do well again in this program.”

ASEAN and Australia share common security concerns and regional challenges and have been working together to achieve the common goal of protecting and promoting a stable rules-based global order. Australia strongly supports the contribution of the ASEAN-led regional security architecture to security and stability in Southeast Asia. This includes fostering practical defense cooperation within the ADMM-Plus framework. The ASEAN-Australia Defence Scholarships will support the ASEAN-Australia Plan of Action to implement the Strategic Partnership, notably by enhancing defense cooperation.

More details on the scholarship will be announced in the coming months through the Australian Defence Attaché Office in Vietnam.

Effort to raise public awareness on resilient housing techniques

A training course on typhoon resilient housing was held on March 19 in Xuan Son commune, Van Ninh district, south central Khanh Hoa province – one of the most affected localities by tropical storm Damrey in early November last year.

The event, organised by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in collaboration with the Red Cross Chapter of Khanh Hoa province, included demonstrations which showed the local communities on how to repair their house with resilient techniques including strengthening the roofs and building good foundation.

It is part of a project titled “Provision of emergency shelter assistance to poor and near poor households affected by typhoon Damrey in central Vietnam” funded by the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). 

The project targets the families whose houses were heavily damaged by typhoon Damrey. More than 5,000 affected houses are being repaired. More than 27,000 vulnerable people are receiving training on resilient housing in five provinces of Khanh Hoa, Binh Dinh, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai and Thua Thien-Hue.

Akiko Fujii, UNDP Deputy Country Director, visited the site and met local people affected by the natural disaster in Xuan Son commune. 

The training is an important step towards ensuring better preparedness of vulnerable households for the future typhoons, she said, adding that having storm-resilient houses will increase protection of valuable lives, assets and livelihoods, and consequently reduce the potential negative impacts on families’ health, children’s education and psychological stresses when hit by storms. 

Tropical storm Damrey, the strongest one in 2017, hit central Vietnam on November 4. More than 130,000 homes were damaged, of which over 3,500 were destroyed. 

EVN Hanoi supports Earth Hour 2018

The Electricity of Vietnam of Hanoi (EVN Hanoi) has carried out activities in response to Earth Hour 2018, aiming to raise public awareness of energy saving.

According to EVN Hanoi Deputy Director General Nguyen Quang Trung, as demand for energy in the capital is on the rise, the corporation has encouraged residents to save power for years.

In 2018, the EVN Hanoi has to date organised more than 60 talks, used 3,000 posters and handed out more than 90,000 flyers on saving electricity across the city.

The company’s staff and local families have been encouraged to take part in the upcoming Earth Hour event.

The EVN Hanoi plans to switch lights off at public places for one hour from 20:30 to 21:30 on March 24.

In response to the Earth Hour 2018 themed “Go More Green”, over 1,000 people came together at the walking and painting events held on the pedestrian streets around Hoan Kiem (Returned Sword) Lake in the downtown last weekend.

The events aim to deliver the message: Let’s protect the environment and use energy effectively towards the sustainable development of the country.

Earth Hour is the largest social event in the world, which has been observed in 7,000 cities of 172 countries and territories.

Together with the capital, Da Nang city, Ho Chi Minh City and other cities and provinces across the country will turn off the lights from 20:30-21:30 on March 24. The event is held by the Ministry of Industry and Trade with support from the Electricity of Vietnam (EVN), Hanoi Beer, Alcohol and Beverage Joint Stock Company and Daikin Air Conditioning Vietnam Joint Stock Company. 

US soldiers send peace message in exhibition

A specialized exhibition titled “Waging Peace – US Soldiers and Veterans who opposed America's war in Vietnam” was opened at the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City yesterday. 

The exhibition took place on the occasion of celebrating the 45th anniversary of the Paris Peace Accords (January 27, 1973) and the 50th anniversary of the 1968 My Lai massacre in Quang Ngai province (March 16, 1968- 2018).

The exhibition displays 79 photos, posters and articles relating to activities, movements and campaigns against the Vietnam War, calling for restoring peace in Vietnam, unmasking war crimes and honoring US veterans, who have made their efforts in healing the wounds of war.

It is considered as a peaceful message and meaningful activity in the context of the blossomed comprehensive relations between Vietnam and the US in many fields. 

The exhibition under co-organization of the Ho Chi Minh City Union of Friendship Organizations, the Ho Chi Minh City Peace and Development Foundation, the US Veterans for Peace (VFP) will last until April 15.

Techmart 2018 to prioritize start-ups

The Center for Science and Technology Information (CESTI), a member of Ho Chi Minh City’s Department of Science and Technology, announced on March 14 that the upcoming 2018 Technology and Equipment Market (Techmart) will open on May 10 and 11 in Techmart Daily at 79 Truong Dinh Street of District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. 

This time, Techmart will feature ‘the cultivation, processing, and preservation of vegetables and fruits’.

This Techmart will focus on the introduction and demonstration of technological processes as well as equipment and machinery of research institutes, universities, and technological businesses for various tasks like cultivating, processing, and preserving vegetables and fruits.

These are the technologies to create high-quality and nutritious produce with no sight of harmful chemicals. This guarantees both safety in consumption and increase in export values.

Noticeably, start-up businesses will be allotted a special area so that they can introduce their own innovative products to meet the society’s demands. Research institutes, universities, technological businesses, and start-up businesses will also be given a free booth and a 50 percent discount on the second booth.

On this occasion, Techmart will host 4 workshops to announce research results which are highly applicable and commercialized regarding processing safe produce. Techmart will continue to have professional consultation activities on technologies and equipment.

The event is supposed to deliver necessary and guiding information for people in the field of vegetables cultivation and processing.

Railway company auctions transport fee through website

The Railway Company in Hanoi yesterday started to auction transport fee – a new form of business – through website.

Customers who want to hire the railway company to transport their commodities in North-South train can register the company’s official website Egov by bargaining the cost. The lowest price is equal to listed floor price. Additionally, customers can pay to purchase at least one wagon and a train at the maximum.

The system will automatically choose a person who offers the highest price.

In the first phase, the company will have two trains a week and later it will sell all north-south trains. It takes 50 hours for a North-South train.

Train No. HH7 departs at Giap Bat station at 10.20 PM on Fridays every week while train No. HH8 leaves at Song Than station at 10 PM on Mondays every week. A 18-wagon train includes flat wagons with hoods and open container wagons.

Currently, the company lists the price of wagons with hood. Anyone buying below five wagons will pay VND24,450,000 a wagon for one-way trip while it costs VND24,200,000 a wagon for one - way trip if buying more than five wagons.

For container wagon, a person will pay VND20,400,000 and VND20,200,000 if they buy below five wagons and five wagons up respectively for one-way trip.

Abnormal crack threatening local residents

In the last few days, inhabitants of Muong Xen Town (in the mountainous District of Ky Son, Nghe An Province) have been frantically worried about the abnormal crack in the nearby mountain. The scene is only around 100 meters away from the residential area.

Recently, residents of Hamlet 4 and a part of Hamlet 5 in Muong Xen Town have discovered that the slope higher than the mountain road of National Way 7 have had an unusual crack. This crack is 200 meters long, 50 centimeters wide, and more than 1 meter deep on average.

A closer survey showed that the crack became more and more serious. In particular, on March 17, police officers of Ky Son District noticed that certain parts of the crack have a width of nearly 1 meter or a depth of almost 5 meters. The scene is only 100 meters away from the residential area, which could threaten tens of households living nearby as well as National Way 7 and the 35Kv electric line.

Mr. Lau Ba Tenh, Head of Division of Natural Resources and Environment of Ky Son District, shared that when receiving the urgent news from inhabitants, the division immediately came to the scene to make a detailed report. The Chairman of Ky Son District People’s Committee also submitted a report to the province about this problem.

According to Mr. Tenh, nature has created this crack adding that local authorities are waiting for instruction from higher organizations to address this issue.

Meanwhile, the district and related agencies are analyzing methods to cope with this for the time being. Particularly, they might build temporary embankment or dig away the soil near the crack to avoid its further development.

Local authorities also discussed with more than 10 households who are living on the mountain foot about moving them away from the dangerous location. The 5 most threatened of them have already been moved.

HCMC to learn urban flood control and innovative startup from Japanese

Ho Chi Minh City’s delegates, led by Secretary of HCMC Party Committee, Politburo member Nguyen Thien Nhan, are going to Japan on March 18 to begin their learning trip about urban flood control and innovative startup.

On this trip, HCMC’s delegates are going to exchange experience with and obtain knowledge from relevant bodies of Japan, including the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI); the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT); the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA); as well as Japanese institutes, schools, businesses, research centers, professors in the fields of urban flood control, innovative startup, and smart city.

Through this trip, leaders of Ho Chi Minh City wish to create new links while strengthening existing ones between the city and Japanese partners in the above fields. They also want to gain new experience, updated technologies, and optimal methods to apply into HCMC’s reality.

The trip is also an opportunity for HCMC’s leaders to call for investment and technological support or consultation from Japan to the field of urban flood control, innovative startup, and smart city. It is hoped that the trip will strengthen the strategic partnership between Vietnam and Japan on the occasion of celebrating the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relation establishment (from 1973 – 2018).

Taking part in the trip are Huynh Thanh Dat, member of the Party Central Committee and President of Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City; Tran Vinh Tuyen, Vice Chairman of HCMC People’s Committee and member of the Standing Committee of HCMC Party Committee; leaders of HCMC Department of Transport, Department of Planning and Architecture, Department of Science and Technology, Department of External Relations, Department of Natural Resources and Environment, the HCMC Steering Center of the Urban Flood Control Program.

63 percent of Vietnamese consumers use local products

The steering board of the campaign “ Vietnamese people use Vietnamese commodities and the Ministry of Industry and Trade yesterday jointly organized a prize-giving ceremony to celebrate good commodities.

The second prize-giving ceremony aimed to honor enterprises which well run the campaign”. The event is preparing for next events to celebrate 10 year anniversary of the campaign in 2019.

This year, nearly 300 firms are nominated by 30 fatherland fronts and the departments of industry and trade, associations across the country. Some of them nominated themselves.

The organizer selected 96 outstanding firms to give prize; of which, ten were put into top ten good Vietnamese commodities; ten of them won the title of good firms in providing best services.

In the ceremony, on behalf of the government, Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue highly lauded firms which promised to use locally-made products and improved service quality. Moreover, these firms were praised for continuously struggling fight against low-quality commodities which badly affected Vietnamese goods.

The Deputy Prime Minister also highly appreciated intellectual consumers who support Vietnamese good commodities and send their feedback of domestic goods. They greatly contributed to the success of the campaign.

Mr . Hue stressed that firms and businesspersons should try more to overcome challenges and difficulties. Firms should adopt new techniques, management methodologies, designs, diversify their services and goods; plus, they have to promote marketing to raise information of Vietnamese goods to consumers.

President of the Central Committee of Fatherland Front of Vietnam cum head of the steering board of the campaign said that after eight years, a study carried out by a public opinion research center under the Party Committee's Commission for Propaganda and Education showed that 92 percent of consumers pay much heed to the campaign while 63 percent will buy Vietnamese goods as top priority and 54 percent advise their relatives and friends to use local kinds on shopping. It proved that Vietnamese consumers prefer local commodities which are sold in 9,000 subsidized stores.

US soldiers send peace message in exhibition

A specialized exhibition titled “Waging Peace – US Soldiers and Veterans who opposed America's war in Vietnam” was opened at the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City yesterday. 

Exhibition titled “Waging Peace – US Soldiers and Veterans who opposed America's war in Vietnam” is opened at the War Remnants Museum

Exhibition titled “Waging Peace – US Soldiers and Veterans who opposed America's war in Vietnam” is opened at the War Remnants Museum

The exhibition took place on the occasion of celebrating the 45th anniversary of the Paris Peace Accords (January 27, 1973) and the 50th anniversary of the 1968 My Lai massacre in Quang Ngai province (March 16, 1968- 2018).

The exhibition displays 79 photos, posters and articles relating to activities, movements and campaigns against the Vietnam War, calling for restoring peace in Vietnam, unmasking war crimes and honoring US veterans, who have made their efforts in healing the wounds of war.

It is considered as a peaceful message and meaningful activity in the context of the blossomed comprehensive relations between Vietnam and the US in many fields. 

The exhibition under co-organization of the Ho Chi Minh City Union of Friendship Organizations, the Ho Chi Minh City Peace and Development Foundation, the US Veterans for Peace (VFP) will last until April 15.

An Sương intersection tunnel opens

One of the two tunnels at the An Sương intersection in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 12 is opened to the public on March 14.

All automobiles, excluding oversized vehicles are permitted to travel only in one direction in the tunnel from Truong Chinh street to the National Highway No 22.

The two-lane tunnel is 445m long, 9m wide and 4.75m high. Meanwhile the second tunnel No 2 starting from Cu Chi District to the city’s center is 385m long and expected to begin the construction in the upcoming time.

The construction project of a double tunnel under An Suong Intersection has been invested with a total capital of VND514 billion (US$22 million).

The tunnels are to reduce traffic congestion at the city’s northwest gateway and solve traffic jam on the National Highway 1A, the National Highway No.22 and Truong Chinh Street.

Railway company auctions transport fee through website

The Railway Company in Hanoi yesterday started to auction transport fee – a new form of business – through website.

Customers who want to hire the railway company to transport their commodities in North-South train can register the company’s official website Egov by bargaining the cost. The lowest price is equal to listed floor price. Additionally, customers can pay to purchase at least one wagon and a train at the maximum.

The system will automatically choose a person who offers the highest price.

In the first phase, the company will have two trains a week and later it will sell all north-south trains. It takes 50 hours for a North-South train.

Train No. HH7 departs at Giap Bat station at 10.20 PM on Fridays every week while train No. HH8 leaves at Song Than station at 10 PM on Mondays every week. A 18-wagon train includes flat wagons with hoods and open container wagons.

Currently, the company lists the price of wagons with hood. Anyone buying below five wagons will pay VND24,450,000 a wagon for one-way trip while it costs VND24,200,000 a wagon for one - way trip if buying more than five wagons.

For container wagon, a person will pay VND20,400,000 and VND20,200,000 if they buy below five wagons and five wagons up respectively for one-way trip.

“Where I live” photo and writing contest call for entries

Two Vietnamese online magazines Reatimes and Gia dinh moi have recently launched a photo and writing contest themed “Where I live” to call for people from all walks of life to join hands to build a modern and civilized lifestyle amidst the fast pace of urbanization.

Contestants are encouraged to write stories and take photos that convey messages of green and clean living environment and humanitarian community activities at residential and urban areas where they are living and working.  

The contest is open to all Vietnamese residents and resident foreigners in the country.

Popular writer Nguyen Quang Thieu, head of the judging panel, said at a launching ceremony that the purpose of the contest is to raise public awareness on building worth-living urban areas with a focus on environmental protection and cultural values preservation, as well as forging a closer connection between people with the surrounding community.

The total prize value of the contest is VND500 million, including two first prizes worth VND50 million each, four second prizes worth VND30 million each, six third prizes costing VND20 million each and ten consolidation prizes worth VND10 million each.

The deadline for entry submission is October 31. The award ceremony of the contest is scheduled for November 8.

Ancient Hoi An trading port comes on stage

Bustling scenes of Hoi An trading port during the 16th and 17th century have been revived through a live entertainment show which was opened for audiences last night and will be staged nightly at Hoi An Impression theme park in Hoi An City in the central province of Quang Nam.

The stage of the show covers 25,000 square meters and is equipped with modern technology, capable of accommodating 3,300 spectators at a time.

The organizer of the show said that the program titled “Memories of Hoi An” wants to bring back old memories of the ancient city, which used to be a busy trading port in Southeast Asia, and a convergence point of Japanese and Chinese traders during the 16th to 17th century. The show helps diversify tourism products to cater to domestic and foreign tourists.

The show is financed by GAMI Hoi An Company in partnership with Viet Quoc Park Joint Stock Company and Viet Quoc Performance Management Company.

Dao Quang Tung, general director of Viet Quoc Park Company, said the show took two years of preparation. The organizer has so far joined forces with around 500 travel firms to take tourists to experience the show.

The “Memories of Hoi An” show will be one of the most striking highlights of Hoi An theme park, which stretches 10 hectares and features a range of entertainment and music shows, shopping areas and around 200 hotels.

Thousands join burial service of Archbishop Paul Bui Van Doc

Thousands of parishioners in HCMC and neighboring areas on Saturday stood in long queues at Saint Joseph Seminary of Saigon at 6 Ton Duc Thang Street in District 1 to attend the burial service and bid final farewell to late Archbishop Paul Bui Van Doc, who passed away while in an Ad Lamina tour in Rome early this month.

As covered in local media over the past days, Archbishop Doc passed away on March 7 at the age of 74 due to a stroke.

With his positive contributions for charitable activities and his devotion to the development of Vietnam’s Catholic, the death of the late Archbishop left a great grief to all Catholic followers.

Born in 1944 in the Central Highlands city of Dalat, Doc was ordained into the priesthood in 1970. In 2013, he was appointed archbishop of the HCMC Archdiocese.


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