New book highlights Vietnam’s growth process

A Hanoi street ahead of the 70th National Day (September 2). Illustrative image. Photo:VNA

The book, with an introduction written by President Truong Tan Sang, reviews the nation’s achievements over the past seven decades while highlighting orientations and the potential of the country’s development. It compiles articles by members of the Politburo, the Party Central Committee and leaders of the Party, State ministries and central agencies as well as prestigious scientists on various topics from politics, economy, security, external relations and defence to culture and society. The book begins with an overall view of the nation, people, history and culture of Vietnam summarised by historian Phan Huy Le. It then introduced the process of national defence and construction since the August Revolution in 1945 with a focus on outstanding attainments during the 30 years of reform in all fields. In the concluding section, the book spotlights the country’s potential and strengths significant to future growth. The book is also one of the activities ahead … [Read more...]

Laos celebrates Vietnam’s national events


A public meeting took place in Laos on September 1 to mark the 70th anniversary of Vietnam ’s August Revolution and National Day. In a speech commencing the ceremony, Lao Prime Minister Thongsinh Thammavong recalled the historic Vietnamese victory on August 19, 1945 that led to the birth of an independent nation on September 2, 1945, and lauded the achievements reaped by their neighbouring country since then. Expressing appreciation for Vietnam ’s assistance, the PM underscored the Lao Party, Government and people always stand side-by-side with their Vietnamese counterparts to cement the close traditional ties under any circumstance. Agreeing with his host, Vietnamese Ambassador to Laos Nguyen Manh Hung said the special relations with Laos have served as momentum for both nations to make progress in development and defence. Meanwhile, the Vietnam Embassy in Buenos Aires , Argentina hosted a festival a day earlier to celebrate the two national events. The agency … [Read more...]

Cambodia borrows France’s map to verify border demarcation

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen - Source: xinhua

Cambodia will organise a ceremony on September 3 to receive a map it is borrowing from France to compare with the official one it is using in border demarcation with its neighbours. According to the September 1 press release of the Office of the Council of Ministers, the event will be chaired by Cambodia’s coordinating committee on receiving and checking maps, whose Chairman is Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Hor Nam Hong. Attending the event will be representatives from the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), the FUNCINPEC Party, the Senate and the National Assembly as well as the press. The French Government’s lending of the map is in reply to Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s request on August 6 to borrow the Bonne map that defines the borderline between Vietnam and Cambodia from the UK, the US and France. On August 21, UK Prime Minister David Cameron replied … [Read more...]

Countries send congratulations on Vietnam’s National Day

President Truong Tan Sang speaks at the banquet to celebrate National Day (Photo: VNA)

Leaders from China, Laos, Cambodia, Cuba, and Russia have conveyed their congratulations to Vietnamese counterparts on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of National Day of Vietnam (September 2). In the messages sent to Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, State President Truong Tan Sang, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, and National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung, the foreign leaders applauded Vietnam on its socio-economic development over the past seven decades. General Secretary of the Communist Party of China Xi Jinping, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, and Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress Zhang Dejiang said the Chinese Party and Government attach great importance to the relations with Vietnam, and are willing to work with Vietnam to reinforce the friendship and neighbourliness between the two countries. They added that China is willing to work with Vietnam to reinforce the bilateral political trust and deepen the win-win … [Read more...]

Peace loving nations and Vietnam proud of the successful August Revolution


(VOVworld) – International friends have continued to praise the success of Vietnam’s August Revolution of 1945, which reflected the desire for freedom and justice of colonized nations. American historian Douglas Jardin, a former lecturer at Hanoi National University, has been researching Vietnam’s history for many years: "Internationally, the impact of Vietnam gaining independence in 1945 was really huge. It was kind of a model for other countries that were decolonized later. I think the fact that Vietnam gaining independence in 1945 was kind of a model and an inspiration to other countries that were going through similar process of decolonization and certainly if you want to look at the French colonies in Indochina and Algiers, we can see a direct relationship really between the independence movements of these two countries. Doctor Fakhry Labib, a former official of the Vietnam Committee for Solidarity and Cooperation with Asia, Africa, and Latin America, said: … [Read more...]

Live parade, march to celebrate 70th anniversary of National Day

The Hanoitimes - On September 2, at the historic Ba Dinh Square, the Party Central Committee, the National Assembly, the State President, the Government, the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee and Hanoi City has solemnly celebrated the meeting, parade, march to celebrate 70th anniversary of the August Revolution and National Day. Nearly 800 reporters including 87 foreign journalists from 145 press agencies at home and abroad have registered to cover the grand parade marking the 70th anniversary of the August Revolution (August 19) and National Day (September 2). About ten large screens was installed at various locations in the capital for the public to watch the live broadcast of the parade. Hanoitimes … [Read more...]

State President hosts banquet on National Day

State President Truong Tan Sang treasures the valueable support and assistance of the international community for Viet Nam over the past seven decades. Photo: VGP

VGP – Following the victory of the August Revolution, the time President Ho Chi Minh delivered the Declaration of Independence on September 2, 1945, giving birth to the Democratic Republic of Viet Nam, was a resplendent milestone of the country’s history. State President on Tuesday highlighted that historic movement which took Viet Nam to a new era of independence, freedom and socialism during the banquet to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the National Day of Viet Nam, which was also attended by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and PM Nguyen Tan Dung. Recalling the country’s glorious history over the past seven decades, State President Sang said under the leadership of the Communist Party of Viet Nam, Vietnamese people have been united, brave and steadfast to overcome numerous hardships to protect independence, freedom, unity, and territorial integrity of the Fatherland. The country has successfully conducted the renewal process to advance to a new … [Read more...]

Ministries urged to enhance policy response capacity

Photo: VGP/Nhat Bac

VGP - PM Nguyen Tan Dung asked ministries and sectors to closely follow the situation and enhance policy response capacity during the August Cabinet meeting in Ha Noi on August 31 and September 1. PM Dung requested ministries, agencies and localities to continue drastic measures to overcome difficulties and achieve the best results in realizing this year’s socio-economic plan. He urged inferior levels to continue maintaining macro-economic stability and stabilizing interest rates while boosting exports, increasing State budget collection and ensuring the economy’s balance. The Government leader asked ministries, agencies and localities to focus on improving the business and investment climate, speeding up restructuring process and lowering the bad debt rate to 3% this year. PM Dung said that the 2016 socio-economic targets should be higher with economic growth expanding 6.7% next year and 6.7-7% in the next five years in association with ensuring macro-economic … [Read more...]

Hoang Anh Gia Lai escapes relegation zone with 3-2 win over Hanoi T&T

Hoang Anh Gia Lai had a come-from-behind 3-2 win over Hanoi T&T to advance to 11th position out of 14 clubs at the top-flight V.League heated up by tough fights in the relegation zone, with 2 rounds to the season’s end. Nguyen Van Mui, head of the Referee Committee, said that the league’s organizers has requested for police’s watch over the final rounds, especially decisive matches, to avoid match-fixing. At the Pleiku Stadium, Hanoi T&T pressured on Hoang Anh Gia Lai’s defenders right from the beginning of the match as the team from the capital is competing with Thanh Hoa for 2nd place who was led by Becamex Binh Duong by 8 points. In the 18th minute, Van Quyet had a good pass for Hoang Vu Sam Son to pass Hoang Anh Gia Lai’s goalkeeper Van Tien and score a goal into the empty net. Ngoc Duy scored the second goal for Hanoi T&T with a header in the 29th minute, after he chose the right position to get a corner kick. But Hoang Anh Gia Lai … [Read more...]

Man jailed for telling teenager to shoot traffic cops with slingshot


Nguyen Tan Tai, 22, has told a boy to shoot stones at the police. Photo: Phan Thuong A Ho Chi Minh City court on Monday sentenced a 22-year-old man to four years in prison after he ignored a police order to pull over and told another to shoot stones at traffic officers with a slingshot. Nguyen Tan Tai’s jail term included one year for robbery while the boy who shot at the police, 14-year-old Tran Thanh Loc, will be put under police watch, the court said. According to the indictment, on April 20, Tai and Loc were driving a motorbike on National Highway 22 in Cu Chi District without wearing helmets. At a crossroads, the duo ran a red light and ignored an order to stop, prompting four officers to chase after them on two motorbikes. Tai, who was driving, told Loc to use slingshot to shoot stones at the officers. An officer was slightly injured in his arm and chin and his helmet shield was broken. Loc was arrested that day while Tai was arrested later on May 2. During … [Read more...]

8 places to watch fireworks displays on Vietnam’s National Day


A file photo of a firework display in Vietnam. Photo credit: To celebrate the National Day's 70th anniversary, fireworks displays will be organized at eight places around Hanoi, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City on Wednesday night. All the shows will take place at the same time, from 9 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. Five of them will be held in the capital city, the celebration's main venue. The locations are the Hoan Kiem Lake, Thong Nhat Park, My Dinh Stadium, Nguyen Hoang Ton Garden and the Van Quan Lake. Meanwhile, Ho Chi Minh City will host two of the shows at Dam Sen Park and the Saigon River Tunnel. In the central city of Da Nang, the sole display will take place by the Han River, between Han and Thuan Phuoc Bridges. … [Read more...]

PM directs maintaining macro-economic stability

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (third from left)

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has offered a number of specific instructions after being updated on the positive socio-economic performance during January-August, asking to continue maintaining firmly macro-economic stability. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (third from left) Inflation was kept below 1 percent while monthly revenues to the State budget surpassed their target thanks to a 16 percent increase in domestic tax collection, Minister of Planning and Investment Bui Quang Vinh told a monthly government meeting held in Hanoi from August 31-September 1. He optimistically predicted that the growth of the 2015 gross domestic product would be 0.2 percent higher than the original objective to reach 6.4 percent and the total exports would climb 10 percent. The PM agreed to the Cabinet’s appeal to sustain macro-economic stability – a prerequisite for rapid and sustainable country development. A set of synchronous measures will be put in place to raise exports by 10 … [Read more...]

Thanh Hoa province reburies war martyrs’ remains


PANO – The authorities of the Central province of Thanh Hoa held a solemn memorial and burial service for martyrs who lay down their lives in the resistance war, at the Ha Trung Martyrs’ Cemetery on August 31st. Reportedly, on June 17th 1967, a truck carrying soldiers to the Southern front was hit by a bomb dropped by the US air force while passing Ha Phong commune, Ha Trung district. All 17 solders died instantly and were buried by local people at the Lang Tren cemetery in the commune. After ratifying the information, the provincial Military Command’s search team located and collected the martyrs' remains and their belongings. Among them, the remains of martyr Nguyen Van Ngung in Kim Bang district, Ha Nam province, was handed over to his relatives for reburial at his hometown’s cemetery. Translated by Pham Huy … [Read more...]

Supermarkets offer promotions to increase footfall


Expecting sales to surge on National Day, September 2, retailers, electronic stores and supermarkets are offering a slew of promotions to increase footfall. Supermarket chain Big C is offering discounts of 5-49 percent on 1,200 products ranging from fresh and dried foods and beverage to clothes, household utensils, cosmetics, and electronic products at its 31 stores nationwide until September 7. It is also offering attractive discounts for the upcoming Tet Trung Thu (Mid-Autumn Festival) until September 27 on more than 200 products like moon cakes and lanterns, teas and children's toys. Lotte Mart is offering discounts of 30-49 percent on all fashion items, canned and fresh foods and others until September 14. It will also have a "Meat Festival" to meet the demand for fresh meat. Co.opmart and Co.opXtra supermarket chains are offering discounts of up to 50 percent on thousands of Vietnamese high-quality products and hundreds of clean agricultural products until September 20 under … [Read more...]

Da Nang inaugurates General Science Library

Delegates tour the library's facilities

PANO – The Da Nang city held an inauguration ceremony for the General Science Library at 46 Bach Dang Street on August 31st. The VND 50 billion project will incorporate a two-storey library, an administrative building, an upgraded French Club, a spacious meeting hall and other facilities with modern equipment. It will open from 8am to 9pm every day and its reading rooms have a capacity of 2,500 people, a 2.5 fold increase. The newly-rebuilt library is one of the city’s key cultural works to mark the Party Congress of the municipal Party Committee. Translated by Van Hieu … [Read more...]

Exhibition to highlight ASEAN over nearly half a century


PANO - An exhibition "ASEAN’s 48 years of peace and development and Vietnam’s 20 years of ASEAN membership" will take place at 15A Ly Thuong Kiet Street in Hanoi, between September 8th and 15th. The news was announced at a press conference in Hanoi on August 31st by the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations’ Hanoi Chapter. About 100 select photos featuring various achievements of ASEAN member countries after joining the bloc, and more than 30 others demonstrating the activities of Vietnamese leaders at ASEAN meetings and the country’s socio-economic growth, will be introduced to local visitors. Translated by Pham Huy … [Read more...]

Rural clean water system inaugurated in Can Tho


The Mekong Delta city of Can Tho on August 31 inaugurated a clean water supply facility for rural residents in Vinh Thanh district. Covering 10,000 square metres, the system has a capacity of 2,600 cubic metres per day. Built with an investment capital of 470,000 USD funded by the Republic of Korea (RoK)’s Ministry of Environment and other sources worth 24 billion VND (about 1.1 million USD), the facility will benefit over 5,530 households in Thanh An, Thanh Thang and Thanh Loi communes. Addressing the ceremony, Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Dao Anh Dung described the works as an example for cooperation between Vietnam and the RoK, saying it actively contributes to new-style rural building in the locality. He asked the local Rural Environmental Sanitation and Clean Water Centre to manage the facility effectively. Source: VNA … [Read more...]

Military university focuses on education and training

Senior Lieutenant General Do Ba Ty visits an exhibition of the university's teaching aids

PANO – Tran Quoc Tuan University, under the Ministry of National Defence, has effectively raised the quality of its education and training, boosted scientific research, and apply advanced technologies to teaching. This statement was stressed by Senior Lieutenant General Do Ba Ty, Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army and Deputy Defence Minister, on August 31st at the Party Congress for the 2015-2020 term of the university’s Party Committee. During the previous period, the Party Committee made considerable contributions to the development of the university, especially in promoting its education and training quality, turning the university into a top training centre among military schools. The general asked the university’s Party Committee to continue rolling out resolutions and instructions of senior levels, improve the combat strength of grassroots Party organizations, renovate teaching and studying methods, consolidate troops’ … [Read more...]

Various programs celebrate National Day

Delegates pay tribute to President Ho Chi Minh at the Ho Chi Minh Statue Park in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo:

PANO – Ho Chi Minh City on August 31st paid tribute to Presidents Ho Chi Minh and Ton Duc Thang at the Ho Chi Minh Museum, Ton Duc Thang Museum and Ho Chi Minh Statue Park in the city. The event, in the presence of Vice State President Nguyen Thi Doan, was part of the city’s activities in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the August Revolution and National Day (September 2nd) with the aim to show their deep gratitude to the two Presidents’ contributions to the national independence and freedom. Afterwards, the delegates toured an exhibition titled "President Ho Chi Minh-Independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity." The same day, Ho Chi Minh City honoured hundreds of individuals and units for their outstanding records in the campaign "Learning and following Ho Chi Minh's moral example" in the 2014-2015 period. * The National Committee for Major Events Organization in 2014-2015 opened a press centre at the National Assembly House in Hanoi on August … [Read more...]

Dak Po Victory Monument inaugurated


PANO – The Party Committee, People’s Council, and People’s Committee of Dak Po district (Gia Lai province) on August 31st inaugurated the Martyrs’ Memorial site and Dak Po Victory Monument. Participants at the inauguration ceremony recalled the fierce but victorious battle 60 years ago. Within 7 hours fighting, the liberation fighters killed 500 enemy troops, wounded 600 others and captured alive 800 others together with a large number of weapons. The Martyrs’ memorial site pays tribute to 147 cadres and soldiers of Regiment 96, and 62 youth volunteers and militias who lay down their lives in the battle. The 1.1 hectare memorial includes a memorial temple, a monument, yards and roads, trees and lighting system, and cost VND 25.2 billion. After the inauguration ceremony, the participants offered incense and flowers to the martyrs at the site. Translated by Huu Duong … [Read more...]