Boy alone after mother, sister killed by lightning

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A boy in Thanh Hoa Province is in need of help after his mother and sister were struck and killed by lightning. Thanh by the family altar Truong Van Thanh, 10, has no one left and his relatives are too poor to care for him properly. His father abandoned the family long ago. His mother and sister were working in the fields when a thunder storm closed in, catching them in the open about a hundred metres from home when lightning struck them. Thanh's mother, Truong Thi Be, tried her best to support her two children by working multiple jobs, a small rice field, collecting scrap and catching crab in a nearby river. "She was so hard working," said Be's neighbour, Trinh Thi Thoi. "She worked almost all day long. I don't think I could have worked like her." Truong Van Thanh Thanh's future is unclear and, whenever asked about his mother and sister he looks up at the family altar and cries. Trinh Thi Loan, secretary of Ve 1 Village said, "The situation is really difficult. Be was very … [Read more...]

Malaysia says Vietnam is dumping steel

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The Ministry of Industry and Trade is checking stories in Malaysia about the dumping of cold rolled stainless steel from nine countries and territories, including Vietnam. The Ministry of Industry and Trade is checking the country's steel exports following information that Malaysia is investigating Vietnamese cold rolled stainless steel for dumping. According to the Malaysian Ministry of International Trade and Industry, the countries and territories are Taiwan, France, Hong Kong, Japan, China, Finland, Indonesia, South Korea and Vietnam. The Malaysian investigation is in response to a petition from a domestic producer calling for the imposition of anti-dumping duty on imports of cold rolled stainless steel. The Malaysian maker said that the steel was being dumped in Malaysia at prices much lower than on the domestic markets of those countries. A representative from the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade, said Vietnamese cold rolled stainless steel was being … [Read more...]

Discovering nature in the heart of Hanoi

The Vietnam National Museum of Nature under the Academy of Science and Technology at No. 18 Hoang Quoc Viet road, Cau Giay district, Hanoi is an attractive destination for nature lovers in general and a place for children to understand more about the natural world.   Although it was built on a small area, the museum has become a familiar destination for pupils and visitors.      The model of dinosaurs from the gate of the museum attracts visitors.      Over 2,000 exhibits are displayed in groups of animals and plants, helping the audience imagine clearly the development of the natural world.     Models of plants, animals and the evolution of humankind as well as the 3D film systems on the universe and animals fascinate the audience, especially the children.      Opened in May, 2014, the museum welcomed some 30,000 visitors as of late 2014.     At present, the museum opens free for visitors. Every Wednesday and Thursday, the museum welcomes researchers, individuals, delegations of pupils and students who want to study natural history.      Pupils consider the museum a place to study their subjects, especially biology.      Apart from exhibits, the museum provides film screening programs.      Easy-to-understand model of human evolution.      Diagrams and notes about humankind’s migration and habitat.

The Vietnam National Museum of Nature under the Academy of Science and Technology at No. 18 Hoang Quoc Viet road, Cau Giay district, Hanoi is an attractive destination for nature lovers in general and a place for children to understand more about the natural world. Although it was built on a small area, the museum has become a familiar destination for pupils and visitors. The model of dinosaurs from the gate of the museum attracts visitors. Over 2,000 exhibits are displayed in groups of animals and plants, helping the audience imagine clearly the development of the natural world. Models of plants, animals and the evolution of humankind as well as the 3D film systems on the universe and animals fascinate the audience, especially the children. Opened in May, 2014, the museum welcomed some 30,000 visitors as of late 2014. At present, the museum opens free for visitors. Every Wednesday and Thursday, the museum welcomes researchers, individuals, delegations of … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s spots named among amazing natural wonders in Asia

Ha Long bay. (Photo: smartertravel.com)

The US’s famous tourism site Smarter Travel has announced a list of 27 amazing natural wonders in Asia, including three from Vietnam, Ha Long bay, Son Doong cave and the Can Gio mangrove forest. Ha Long Bay in the northern province of Quang Ninh topped the rankings while Son Doong cave in the central province of Quang Binh and Can Gio mangrove forest in Ho Chi Minh city ranked 19th and 27th, respectively. According to Smarter Travel, Ha Long bay has more than 1,500 islands and inlets jutting out of the turquoise waters. Travelers should take one of overnight cruises offered within the bay and watch the sunset over its tranquil waters. "Son Doong cave is the largest cave in the world - more than 5.5 miles long and has its own jungle and river and yet it wasn't even discovered until 1991, or fully explored until 2009," said the tourism site. Smarter Travel described Can Gio as "wetlands support not only thousands of mangroves, but also around 200 different species of … [Read more...]

Agro-forestry-fishery exports continue to meet difficulties

Coffee saw a 39.4% decrease in export value in the five months. (Photo: CPV)

(CPV) - Exports of agricultural, forestry and fishery produce reached an estimated USD2.37 billion in May, bringing the figure for the first five months to USD11.4 billion, a year-on-year reduction of 7.3%, according to the latest statistics released by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Of this, the export value of major agricultural products posted USD5.62 billion, down 7.4% against the same period last year with the sharpest decline seen in rice and coffee. Specifically, rice volume for export in the five months hit 2.4 million tonnes, valued at USD1.05 billion, a 11.4% decrease in volume and a 14.6% drop in value over a year earlier. During the period, about 578,000 tonnes of coffee were exported, worth USD1.2 billion, down 39.4% and 38% in volume and value, respectively. In the same difficult situation to major agricultural products, seafood export value from the start of the year was estimated at USD2.41 billion. The US was the biggest seafood importer of … [Read more...]

Politburo nod sought for Phu Quoc airport transfer deal

A Jetstar Pacific aircraft sits at Phu Quoc International Airport off mainland Kien Giang Province. The Ministry of Transport has submitted to the Politburo two plans to allow private investors to operate this airport - PHOTO: TL

Ngoc Lan On Monday, Transport Minister Dinh La Thang sent the Politburo two plans for private investors to manage all operations of the airport except flight control and military facilities or operate the passenger terminal and Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV) will be in charge of other operations. With the second plan, ACV will have to incur big losses as it will have to cover huge operation and maintenance costs, according to the ministry. The ministry will map out a detailed plan to transfer the operation rights to Phu Quoc airport for submission to the Prime Minister for consideration and approval if it gets the green light from the Politburo. The ministry wants to begin a pilot plan to transfer the operation rights to Phu Quoc airport before expanding this plan to other airports currently managed by ACV. Earlier this year, the ministry disclosed a plan to transfer the operation rights to E Hall of Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi City before adding Phu Quoc … [Read more...]

Foreign capital disbursements higher than pledged capital

Quoc Hung The agency under the Ministry of Planning and Investment put disbursed FDI capital in the year to May 20 at US$4.95 billion, rising 7.6% year-on-year and over US$660 million higher than FDI pledges in the same period. Capital registered for fresh FDI projects has remained low this year as no large projects have been licensed this month. According to FIA, cities and provinces had approved 592 FDI projects with total registered capital of US$2.95 billion as of May 20, down 19.4% compared to the same period last year. Besides, 210 FDI enterprises had registered an additional US$1.34 billion for their operational projects, dropping 27.1% over a year ago. In all, foreign companies had pledged a total of US$4.29 billion for their fresh and operational projects from January to May 20, down 22% year-on-year. Experts said that a decline in fresh FDI, foreign enterprises had disbursed more capital in the period, indicating investor confidence in Vietnam’s prospects. … [Read more...]

Bkav joins smartphone market

The launching ceremony of Bphone in Hanoi City on May 26 - PHOTO: VAN LY

Van Ly Bphone is offered at less than VND10 million (US$458) for the 16GB version, VND12.9 million for 64GB version and over VND20.1 million for the 24K gold-plated version. Earlier, other local firms such as Qmobile, FPT, Viettel and VNPT launched their own handsets priced from VND1.5-5 million each for low or medium-income buyers. The smartphone runs on the BOS operating system based on the Android and features a 5-inch full HD display. It has two cameras, a glass back and an aluminum frame. Bkav CEO Nguyen Tu Quang told the launch ceremony yesterday that it had taken hundreds of its engineers five years to develop the product. Bphone is made from over 800 parts manufactured and supplied by 80 firms worldwide. Customers can buy Bphone at Bkav’s websites at vala.vn and bkav.com.vn from June 2 for nationwide delivery. As Bphone is a latecomer but targets the high-class market, Bkav has added new features such as step counter (supporting users in exercise), … [Read more...]

Traffic law enforcers neglecting duties at southern Vietnam quarries to be punished: authorities

A stone-carrying truck is seen in the quarry area in Phuoc Tan Commune in the southern city of Bien Hoa. Photo:

Transport authorities in a southern Vietnamese province have requested that any traffic police officer or inspector found breaking laws regarding the control of trucks in a local quarry area be strictly penalized. The request was made at a meeting held on Tuesday between the Traffic Inspectorate of Dong Nai Province and the Traffic Police Department of Bien Hoa, which is the provincial capital. The meeting was convened after Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper published an article earlier the same day reporting on a situation in which dump trucks overloaded with stones sped on streets, threatening local residents in an area of many quarries in Bien Hoa, despites two checkpoints there. Tran Tien Dung, deputy chief inspector of the provincial Transport Department, told Tuoi Tre that these two checkpoints were set up by the provincial traffic police and are headed by a police official from Bien Hoa, who is aided by traffic police officers and traffic inspectors. A number of traffic police … [Read more...]

China plots to legalize illicit sovereignty claims with East Vietnam Sea lighthouses: experts

>> China breaks ground on lighthouse project in East Vietnam Sea

By starting work on two lighthouses on two reefs in Vietnam’s Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago in the East Vietnam Sea, China is continuing its attempts to legalize its illegitimate sovereignty claims in the maritime area, Vietnamese experts have commented. The fact that China on Tuesday hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the building of two lighthouses on Chau Vien (Cuarteron Reef) and Gac Ma (Johnson South Reef), part of Truong Sa, is a new step in the country’s scheme to legalize its groundless sovereignty claims in the East Vietnam Sea, Dr. Tran Cong Truc, the ex-chief of the Vietnamese government's Border Committee, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper. After using force to illegally occupy many parts of Truong Sa, China has built military bases, logistics centers, runways and other facilities there, causing great concern among the international community, Dr. Truc said. Following such activities, Beijing is now illicitly building two lighthouses on the reefs … [Read more...]

President greets ambassadors of Italy, Mexico, Hungary

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President Truong Tan Sang welcomed newly-accredited ambassador from Italy Cecilia Piccioni (Photo: VNA) President Truong Tan Sang welcomed newly-accredited ambassadors from Italy, Mexico, and Hungary who presented their credentials to the Vietnamese State leader on May 27. Receiving Italian Ambassador Cecilia Piccioni, the President expressed pleasure with the all-around cooperation between the two nations, especially the fast growing trade which has exceeded four billion USD. He expressed hope that Italy will soon approve the Comprehensive Partnership and Cooperation (PCA) and accelerate the signing of a free trade agreement between Vietnam and the European Union (EU), creating an impetus for economic and trade cooperation between the two nations and regions. The President welcomed the G7 countries’ stance on the East Sea issue that advocates the settlement of all disputes by peaceful measures on the basis of international law. For her part, Ambassador Cecilia Piccioni … [Read more...]

Vietnam Register accepts online applications

Big motorcycles are on display at a showroom in HCMC. Importers of these bikes now can complete registration procedures online - PHOTO: THANH HOA

Le Anh Enterprises now do not have to go to the agency’s offices to submit applications, complete related procedures and get results as before. They can now do these steps on www.vnsw.gov.vn. The agency will reply to applicants by mail. Companies can pay fees by bank transfer and get certificates. The agency said registration procedures on the website take only one to two days, instead of five to ten days as before. Dang Viet Ha, deputy head of Vietnam Register, said in addition to time and cost reductions, the new way is expected to cope with irregularities in the registration process as applicants do not have to meet officers in person. Vietnam Register continues accepting applications at its offices in the next three-six months so that firms can have more time to familiarize themselves with the online registration procedure. The Ministry of Transport plans to implement a one-stop-shop mechanism in sectors such as registry, road and inland waterway in order to … [Read more...]

Road agency: Big bikes can use expressways

Le Anh These expressways are Hanoi-Lao Cai in the country’s north, and the south’s HCMC-Long Thanh-Dau Giay and HCMC-Trung Luong. However, the agency said when the pilot plan is implemented has not been decided. Nguyen Van Huyen, general director of the agency, told the Daily that motorcycles could travel on HCMC-Long Thanh-Dau Giay and HCMC-Trung Luong expressways at a minimum speed of 60 kilometers per hour and a maximum speed of 120 kilometers per hour. However, riders of heavy duty bikes will be permitted to move at a maximum speed of 100 kilometers per hour at some sections of the expressways whose road surface is not smooth and speed limit signs will be placed at these sections. Meanwhile, bikers can travel at 60 kilometers per hour to 80 kilometers per hour on Hanoi-Lao Cai Expressway. To use the expressways, high-capacity motorcycles will have to meet safety and quality requirements and get registration certificates from competent agencies. In addition … [Read more...]

Cabinet meeting focuses on removing difficulties for agriculture

Positive results were seen in Vietnam’s socio-economic situation in May and the first five months of this year, but agriculture is facing severe difficulties, it was reported at the Government regular meeting on May 27. According to a report by Minister of Planning and Investment Bui Quang Vinh, macro-economy so far this year has maintained stable and on a right track. Consumer price index in May rose 0.16 percent over the previous month and 0.2 percent over the same period last year, he noted, adding that during the month, total exports was estimated at nearly 63.2 billion USD, up 7.3 percent year on year, while imports were 66.2 billion USD. The number of new start-up firms and their combined capital surged by 15.5 and 26.3 percent, respectively. At the same time, the number of enterprises resuming operation rose 5.9 percent. Meanwhile, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat reported that the prolonged drought in central and Central Highlands region … [Read more...]

City to spend big on flood control projects

A resident looks dejected due to a flood-triggered landslide by a river in Nha Be District in this file photo. HCMC plans to spend US$460 million on flood control in 2016-2021 - PHOTO: VAN NAM

Van Nam The funding will go to building tide control sluices in the Vam Thuat River and Nuoc Len Stream, dredging the Tham Luong-Ben Cat Canal, and building a drainage system in Go Vap District, among others. In the document, the city proposes the Ministry of Planning and Investment add the projects to the list of projects in need of World Bank loans in 2015-2017 for submission to the Prime Minister. The city expects US$422 million of the US$460 million to come from WB loans and the remaining US$39 million from reciprocal capital of the city budget. The HCMC Steering Center of the Urban Flood Control Program (SCFC) will implement the projects if the funding is secured. Apart from the flood control projects, the city mulls projects to store rainwater and develop areas for tree growing to improve drainage as part of a flood risk management program. Under the city’s master zoning plan for flood control, also known as Project 1547, approved by the Government in 2008, … [Read more...]

Classic play, music fest to celebrate 20 years of Vietnam-US ties

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An ASEAN music festival and several performances of a classic play by an eminent American playwright are poised to run in Hanoi and some northern provinces as part of the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and the U.S. The ASEAN Pride Music Festival 2015, in its second edition, is scheduled to run from 1:00 pm to 11:00 pm on June 20 at the American Club, Bar & Restaurant, located at 19-21 Hai Ba Trung Street, Hoan Kiem District in Hanoi, according to the website of the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism. Themed "Celebrating Family," the event is jointly organized by the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi and CAMA Vietnam to mark the two countries’ 20th anniversary of forging diplomatic relations. CAMA has been doing transformational community development in Vietnam since 1995. The ASEAN Pride Music Festival 2015 will feature acts, artists and bands from the U.S. and across the ASEAN region, including the U.S.’s Thao & … [Read more...]

Defence Minister discusses cooperation with US senator

Defence cooperation between Vietnam and the US has seen good outcomes in the recent past, Defence Minister General Phung Quang Thanh noted during a reception on May 27 for US Senator John McCain, who is on his visit to Vietnam. Minister Phung Quang Thanh said the two sides have worked together effectively in the fields of training, military medicine, UXO clearance, overcoming Agent Orange/dioxin consequences as well as the search for war soldiers’ remains. He said the US senator’s visit creates a good opportunity for two sides to discuss other fields for cooperation. The minister expressed hope that Senator John McCain, in his capacity, will help expand collaboration between two nations. For his part, the US senator spoke highly of recent development in the bilateral relations while stressing that defence sector is the backbone of all cooperation. He affirmed that the visit is a chance for him to talk with relevant Vietnamese agencies on promoting bilateral … [Read more...]

MOLISA leader presents gifts to kids with facial deformities

MOLISA Deputy Minister Dao Hong Lan presents gift to a patient

PANO – Deputy Minister of the Vietnamese Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) Dao Hong Lan on May 26th visited and presented gifts to children with cleft lips and palates who are receiving free check-ups and surgeries at the Vietnam-Cuba Friendship Hospital in Hanoi. Most of the children are from poor families in provinces of Thanh Hoa, Ha Giang and Thai Nguyen. Each gift includes money in cash and presents worth VND 700,000. Since 1994, the Vietnam Children Protection Fund has teamed up with the Operation Smile Vietnam Organization to provide free check-ups and surgeries for over 25,000 children suffering from cleft lips and palates. This year, Operation Smile in Vietnam is scheduled to spend VND 13 billion offering free surgeries to more than 1,600 disabled children nationwide. Translated by Pham Huy … [Read more...]

Efforts against trade frauds and smugglings reviewed

Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Thanh Cung addresses the ceremony

PANO - Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Thanh Cung, Deputy Defence Minister and Head of the Steering Board 1389 under the Ministry of National Defence, on May 26th chaired a meeting to review the five-month implementation of the board's 2015 national program. At the meeting, results in preventing crime, corruption, smugglings and trade frauds as well as practising thrift against extravagance were presented. Accordingly, relevant units have detected over a thousand cases of violations, contributing over VND 100 billion to the national budget. Besides, they have worked with local authorities to hold thousands of talks for hundreds of thousands of people, contributing to maintaining security and social safety. Delegates also agreed that the steering board should promote their staff rotation, supervising activities and information exchanges among constituent units, and enhance cooperation with the neighbouring countries' forces to fight crime, contributing to building a peaceful and … [Read more...]