Artistic programs in tribute to national contributors

Present at the meeting were Chairman of the National Assembly Nguyen Phu Trong, former Party General Secretary Do Muoi, Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, Hanoi leaders and representatives from 15 liaison committees of former political prisoners who were kept in imperialist and colonialist prisons across the country. At the meeting, Mr Trong praised the great contributions of former revolutionary fighters and political prisoners in Hoa Lo as well as other imperialist and colonialist prisons across the country to the struggle for national independence. He also highly valued Hanoi and other relevant agencies’ care for former revolutionary fighters and creating favourable conditions for the liaison committee to operate effectively. Mr Trong said that over the past four years, the liaison committee of former revolutionary fighters who are former inmates of Hoa Lo prison has paid due care to its members and organised charitable activities. He urged former revolutionary fighters to continue to promote the patriotic tradition and revolutionary spirit, to educate young generations and contribute to the Party’s revolutionary career as well as national construction and development. The liaison committee now has 235 members. In the 2009-2012 term, the committee will continue to carry out charitable activities and prepare to publish a memoir of Hoa Lo former political prisoners during the 1930-1954 period to mark the 1000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi.... [read more]

Deputy Chairwoman of HCMC People's Council Truong Thi Anh yesterday had a meeting with the municipal Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs; Labor Union, and managing board of industrial parks, firefighter force and Youth Communist Union upon taking care of special families in the upcoming Tet holidays (Lunar New Year). Director of the Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs Le Minh Tan said that the department and the department of finance have submitted a report of spending for gifts in Tet holiday to the People’s Committee. Total spending is estimated nearly VND661 billion (US$ 29,038,084), an increase of VND60 billion compared to last year. As per the plan, 758 people including old veterans, Vietnamese heroic mothers, specially seriously wounded soldiers, old soldiers whose health condition declined 81 percent because of being exposed to Agent Orange in the war will receive gifts worth VND2.6 million each. Over 1,500 people are severe soldier ranking 1/4, pre-war soldiers, relatives of two martyrs, soldiers whose labor power declined 81 percent due to being exposed to Agent Orange will be offered gifts, valued at VND1.4 million each. Over 273,000 wounded soldiers, relatives of one martyrs, revolutionary people who were tortured and prison for participating activities against the old government will receive VND1,060,000 each. Poor former political prisoner who have not enjoyed preferential treatment and 47 families of soldiers who stationed in Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago and marine platform DK1 will receive gifts worth VND950,000 each. Mr. Minh Tan said that the city has…... [read more]

(VOVworld)- A requiem for martyrs in Con Dao took place in Hang Duong cemetery on Saturday. More than 2,000 Buddhist dignitaries and followers, former prisoners, war veterans, and local authorities and people attended the event. Requiem for martyrs in Con Dao Nguyen Van Hau is a former political prisoner in Con Dao:“Upholding the national tradition of drinking water, remember its source, the Liaison Committee of Political Prisoners of Hanoi and the Executive Committee of the Vietnam Buddhist Shangha organized this requiem to pay gratitude to martyrs and their great sacrifices for the nation. The ceremony also aimed at educating the heroic tradition and promoting national pride among younger generation, and raising their awareness about safeguarding national maritime sovereignty.” The requiem will end on Sunday.... [read more]

Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue made the statement while receiving 45 former soldiers representing 10,000 members of the Quang Nam provincial’s Patriotic Prisoners Association in Hanoi on June 14, on the occasion of their visit to Hanoi and the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. He applauded the operation of the Quang Nam provincial Patriotic Prisoners Association, and encouraged the association to continue its work in paying tribute to its members. He expressed his pleasure over the large number of association members after 15 years of operation, which totals 10,000. Furthermore, nearly 1,200 among of them are continuing to work in the political system. Deputy PM highly appreciated the efforts of Quang Nam province in caring for the contributors and their families and improving their living standards. He expressed hope that members of the Quang Nam provincial Patriotic Prisoners Association will continue to uphold their patriotic and revolutionary causes, actively take part in charitable activities, educate the younger generations on the country’s fine traditions in different ways, contribute initiatives to local authorities and take the lead in building the great unity bloc in their localities.... [read more]

Related News Disabled and collecting fees to use a public toilet in a busy Yangon market was not how Kyaw Kyaw Oo imagined the life of a soldier when he lied about his age to join the Myanmar army at 16. Four years later, a landmine blast tore through his legs during fighting in the country's east. He nearly died from an infection after an eight-day journey to hospital and lost both his legs. Discharged in 1999, he was unemployed and living at home, relying on his aging parents for support. In 2008 he moved to Yangon, the country's largest city, where an official "had pity" on him and helped him get a job at the market. For some 60 years, Myanmar has been in a state of perpetual civil war, with multiple ethnic armed groups killing and maiming unknown thousands of soldiers. With military casualties a closely guarded secret, wounded veterans were kept largely out of public view. "If we didn't have someone to depend on, like parents, things would have been very bad for us," said Kyaw Kyaw Oo. Now, amid rapid economic and social reforms that began in 2011, the cost of years of fighting is slowly being revealed. Wounded former soldiers, with few job opportunities, are reliant on a veterans' assistance scheme that offers minimal medical care or financial support. A new government led by Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) knows it must work with former foes from the military high command,…... [read more]

Related News Myanmar's newly reformed investment commission will this month start scrutinizing some $2.3 billion in proposed foreign investment projects that have been held up since April, a senior official said on Friday. Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) swept to power in elections last November, and the United States eased sanctions against Myanmar in May, buoying hopes for a quick uptick of foreign investment into the country which has suffered from decades of economic hardship under military rule. But since the new government took over in April, no proposed investments have been signed off on by the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC), a powerful body that decides which projects get the green light, as it awaited word on its reworked structure from the President's Office. President Htin Kyaw announced the new make-up of the group only on Tuesday. Aung Naing Oo, who was re-appointed as the secretary of the commission, said 102 projects had been submitted since April and were awaiting approval. About a half of these proposals are foreign investment projects, whose total worth is around $2.3 billion. The delay, he said, happened because the NLD wanted to choose the proper people for the commission, but the long wait also raised concerns among the business community, fuelling speculation on how the NLD, made up of many activists and former political prisoners, would handle investment. "There were some concerns from the business community. There were some rumors in the business community saying that there would be no…... [read more]

PANO – On April 25th, the Lam Dong People’s Committee held a ceremony to inaugurate the restored Dalat children’s prison. Former Vice State President Truong My Hoa, former prisoners and representatives of local authorities attended the event. This VND 25 billion project started in 2013 and included: restoration of the prison and vocational house; interior restoration work, especially reconstructing activities and typical struggles of the prisoners; and exhibitions of prison documents, images and objects. Speaking at the ceremony, the Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee said the monument is also proof of the heroic revolutionary tradition of Vietnamese young people during wartime. The project aims to meet the needs of visitors, by educating visitors about the patriotic history of Vietnamese youth. The prison, also known as Da Lat Education Centre for adolescents and children, was built by the US aggressors and their lackeys in 1971-1973. It was built to detain and torture young revolutionaries in the South of Vietnam. Despite barbaric torture, Vietnamese prisoners remained strong and turned this place into a revolutionary school. They also protested fiercely against the enemy’s inhumane torture methods and against being forced to salute the flag of the puppet government. Vietnamese prisoners even organized escapes for many groups of prisoners. In 2009, the prison was recognized as a national historic monument. A group of former political prisoners, and four former prisoners of the Dalat children's prison, were awarded the title "Hero of the People's Armed Forces". Translated by Hong Anh... [read more]

Seeking to leave a historic foreign policy mark in his final year in office, President Barack Obama toured the newly reopened US embassy and old town Havana late Sunday, and will hold talks with Cuban President Raul Castro on Monday and attend a baseball game before leaving on Tuesday. HAVANA: Barack Obama on Sunday became the first US president in 88 years to visit Cuba, hailing an "historic opportunity" to cast aside decades of Cold War enmity with the communist state. Touching down in Havana, Obama began the landmark trip with an overture to Cuba's citizens - "¿Que bola Cuba?," he tweeted, using local slang to ask "what's up?" A smiling Obama then emerged from Air Force One with his wife Michelle and their two daughters Sasha and Malia, clutching umbrellas to shield themselves from a warm afternoon rain shower. Obama is not only the first sitting US leader to visit Cuba since Fidel Castro's guerrillas overthrew the US-backed government of Fulgencio Batista in 1959, but the first since President Calvin Coolidge in 1928. "President Coolidge came on a battleship, it took him three days to get here. It only took me three hours," Obama joked during a meeting with staff from the freshly reopened US embassy. "This is a historic visit and a historic opportunity," he said. For Cubans dreaming of escaping isolation and reinvigorating their threadbare economy, the visit has created huge excitement. But just hours before Obama's arrival there was an ominous reminder of their government's controlling…... [read more]

PANO – Antonio Guerrero and other two comrades were set free after being detained for 16 years following Cuba and the US inking a historic agreement, on December 17th 2014, to restore the bilateral diplomatic relations. >> Part I: The heroic spies of iron Antonio Guerrero’s presence at the seventh Asia-Pacific Regional Conference of Solidarity with Cuba, hosted by Vietnam, demonstrated the victory of solidarity between the international community and Cuba, and contributed to the time-honored ties between Vietnam and Cuba. Justice always wins The first thing Antonio Guerrero wanted to do immediately after his arrival at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City was to meet with Ms. Ho Thi Minh Nguyet, who had sent him a letter as a former political prisoner of the US and its Saigon puppet administration during the war in Vietnam. Mrs. Minh Nguyet had encouraged Antonio Guerrero to overcome his challenges and consolidated his belief in the success of justice. He shared that during his time of imprisonment, he and his comrades had received wholehearted support from peace-loving individuals and organizations from all over the world. They had gotten hundreds of letters, including the unforgettable one from Ms. Nguyet. Antonio Guerrero recalled that in her letter, Ms. Nguyet had written: "I am very touched and deeply sympathize with such present situations that you are suffering in the prison because I used to suffer similar problems. In 1972, I was sent to different prisons, including Con Dao prison, the so-called "Hell…... [read more]

(Cinet)- The War Remnants Museum was listed as one of Vietnam’s top three museums, and named among the top 25 museums in Asia in an online poll conducted by TripAdvisor in 2014. The War Remnants Museum is a war museum at 28 Vo Van Tan, in District 3, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam[1]. It primarily contains exhibits relating to the Vietnam War, but also includes many exhibits relating to the first Indochina War involving the French colonialists. The museum comprises a series of themed rooms in several buildings, with period military equipment placed within a walled yard. The military equipment includes a UH-1 "Huey" helicopter, an F-5A fighter, a BLU-82 "Daisy Cutter" bomb, M48 Patton tank, an A-1 Skyraider attack bomber, and an A-37 Dragonfly attack bomber. There are a number of pieces of unexploded ordnance stored in the corner of the yard, with their charges and/or fuses removed. Operated by the government, the museum was opened in September 1975 as "The House for Displaying War Crimes of American Imperialism and the Puppet Government", focusing on exhibits relating to the American phase of the Vietnam War. Since then, it has undergone many changes and renovations due to the process of normalization of relation between Vietnam and the United States, such as the change to its current name in 1993. Saying about such successes of the museum, Huynh Ngoc Van, Director of the War Remnants Museum said that the proportion of international visitors to the museum accounts for about 70%…... [read more]

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