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Hanoians give out free hugs to share love in Int’l Free Hugs Day. (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – An estimated 600 people, aged 18-25, gave out free hugs to friends, brothers and sisters, and strangers during an event to celebrate the International Free Hugs Day at Savico Megamall in Long Bien District, Hanoi, on July 23. The event, in its fifth year, was held by Free Hugs Hanoi under the theme “Yeu thuong xin dung de do – Free Hugs Time” (Love, don’t leave it there – Free Hugs Time). It offered an opportunity for everybody to get warm hugs from other people and spread messages of love and friendship. Mai Ngoc Tram, a member of the organizer, said the event aims to help everybody to get closer and she hopes the society would be more open on how people behave towards each other. Sharing love in such a way will help fire enthusiasm among young people and spread joy in the community, she noted. The Free Hugs Campaign was initiated in 2004 by an Australian man known only by the pseudonym “Juan Mann”. The campaign became internationally famous in 2006 after a music video on YouTube by the Australian band Sick Puppies went viral and has been viewed over 74 million times. International Free Hugs Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of July.-VNA... [read more]

NDO/VNA – The Vietnamese Embassy and Vietnamese people in Laos offered incense in remembrance of heroic martyrs at the Laos-Vietnam Fighting Alliance monument in Keun village of Thoulakhom district, Vientiane province, Laos, on July 23. The activity took place ahead of the 70th anniversary of the Wounded and Fallen Soldiers’ Day of Vietnam (July 27, 1947). The event was attended by representatives of the Vietnamese Embassy, the associations of Vietnamese people in Laos, the Association of Vietnamese Investors in Laos, the Vientiane provincial administration, and the Lao War Veterans’ Association. Addressing the ceremony, Vietnamese Ambassador Nguyen Ba Hung said that the two countries are celebrating 55 years since the establishment of their diplomatic ties and 40 years since the signing of the Vietnam-Laos Treaty of Amity and Cooperation. Countless Vietnamese and Lao soldiers laid down their lives for the countries’ peace, independence and special relationship, he said, adding that those enormous sacrifices nurtured peace and aspirations and created the close-knit solidarity that exists between the two countries. He pledged that younger generations of both nations will make all-out efforts to promote that special relationship and develop their respective countries. Located about 70km to the north of the capital city, Vientiane, the Laos-Vietnam Fighting Alliance monument in Keun village was built by the Lao War Veterans’ Association and the Vietnamese community in the country. It aims to commemorate 28 soldiers of the Laos-Vietnam Fighting Alliance who died while protecting the capital of Vientiane in early 1946. …... [read more]

Progress in beating back the AIDS epidemic risks being eroded by a funding shortfall set to grow under Donald Trump's proposed cuts to global health projects, experts and campaigners warned ahead of a major HIV conference. If adopted by Congress, the 2018 Trump budget could deprive some 830,000 people, mostly in Africa, from life-saving anti-AIDS drugs, according to calculations by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), a California-based health policy NGO. "We will see lives needlessly being lost," said Linda-Gail Bekker, president of the International AIDS Society (IAS) hosting some 6,000 experts in Paris from Sunday to take stock of advances in HIV science. "We're not talking about maybe a slowing down... if these (US) cuts come about we could very well see a real turnaround in terms of the progress that has been made," she told AFP. A Trump budget could lead to nearly 200,000 new HIV infections, according to the KFF. It could also leave as many as 25 million couples without access to sponsored contraceptives, which not only prevent pregnancy but also virus spread. "I cannot tell you how anxious I feel... To have the funding carpet taken from under our feet just seems such an incredible travesty," said Bekker. The United States has for years been the biggest contributor to the global fight against HIV infection, accounting for about two-thirds of funding by governments. Last year, it contributed $4.9 billion (4.2 billion euros) to global HIV projects -- 7.5 times the amount provided by second-placed donor…... [read more]

NDO – It is crucial to implement preferential policies and comprehensive socio-economic policies more effectively, for people who have made meritorious contributions, while providing education and vocational training for national contributors and their relatives. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc made the above requirement during a conference held in the central Quang Nam province, on July 22, to honour contributors to the national revolution on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Wounded and Fallen Soldiers’ Day (July 27). At the event, the leaders of Quang Nam presented a summary of the 20 year implementation of preferential policies for national contributors in the province and honoured its localities for caring for wounded and fallen soldiers since the reestablishment of the province (1997). According to the report, Quang Nam has the largest number of policy beneficiaries across the nation, with the number of revolutionary contributors accounting for more than 23% of its population. The province has more than 65,400 martyrs and over 135,000 of their relatives; over 30,500 wounded soldiers and more than 45,300 people who have made contributions to the revolution. Notably, the province has 14,795 Vietnamese Heroic Mothers (13,881 passed away) and all of them are supported by the relevant agencies, units and enterprises. Speaking at the conference, on behalf of the Party and the State, PM Phuc showed his appreciation for the results achieved by Quang Nam in the work of paying gratitude to national contributors. The province is the first locale to advance the…... [read more]

Good morning from Vietnam! Good morning from Vietnam! Society -- Unseasonal heavy rain is in the forecast this afternoon in Ho Chi Minh City and other southern provinces as a result of equatorial depression and disturbance, according to Ho Chi Minh City-based meteorologist Le Thi Xuan Lan. -- Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City has warned passengers of pickpockets who prey on careless travelers at the airport’s waiting lounges, taking advantage of the busy season when large numbers of Vietnamese rush home from the big cities to enjoy Tet, or Lunar New Year holiday. -- Ho Chi Minh City Police yesterday unveiled its special criminal police division made up of specifically trained officers who are tasked with hunting down muggers and other dangerous criminals in the city’s districts of 7, 8, Binh Tan and Nha Be, in an attempt to crack down on prevalent crimes in the city. Lifestyle -- A grand flower display running the length of Nguyen Hue pedestrian street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City and featuring thousands of flowers assembled into various shapes was inaugurated yesterday evening and will remain open to the public until January 31. Business -- The Vietnamese Government has given the green light to the construction plan of a VND60 trillion (US$2.68 billion) steel manufacturing complex developed by local conglomerate Hoa Phat at Dung Quat Economic Zone in the central province of Quang Ngai.... [read more]

Check out the news you should not miss today, January 25, the 28th day of the last month of the lunar calendar, or three days away from the Tet, or Lunar New Year holiday. Check out the news you should not miss today, January 25, the 28th day of the last month of the lunar calendar, or three days away from the Tet, or Lunar New Year holiday. Politics -- Vietnam consistently wants to develop its strategic partnership with Singapore, State President Tran Dai Quang asserted when receiving Singaporean Ambassador to Vietnam Catherine Wong in Hanoi on Tuesday. -- Vietnam and Belarus celebrated the 25th founding anniversary of the two countries’ diplomatic relationship on Tuesday, with Vietnamese State President Tran Dai Quang extending a congratulatory message to his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko on the occasion. Society -- The request was made by Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc held at a working session with the Mobile Police High Command in Hanoi on Tuesday, emphasizing the need for the force to boost cooperation in personnel training with police of other countries. -- A court in Ho Chi Minh City on Tuesday upheld a 30-year imprisonment sentence given to Pham Cong Danh, ex-chairman of the Vietnam Construction Bank (VNCB) Board of Directors, for his key role in causing serious total economic losses of more than VND9 trillion (US$396 million) for the lender. -- Nguyen Thi Thanh, an employee on the north-to-south Vietnam Railway service, has been praised for returning a bag containing…... [read more]

Check out the news you should not miss today January 24: Check out the news you should not miss today January 24: Society -- Vietnamese Tet (Lunar New Year) still retains its traditional customs compared with 20 years ago, U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius said as Tet is coming. Meanwhile, Danish Ambassador to Vietnam Charlotte Laursen and her daughter have decided to stay in Hanoi during Tet to experience the holiday. -- Police in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong on Monday destroyed more than 10 tons of stale jam after catching it being transported for consumption on January 10. -- More than 3,000 workers in the southern province of Binh Duong on Monday took free-of-charge buses provided by the provincial Labor Federation to their hometowns for Tet celebration. The federation also gave them 400,000 presents worth VND170 billion (US$7.59 million). -- Mai Linh Group today launches its electric bus route which is the first of its kind in Ho Chi Minh City, from 23/9 Park to the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden in District 1. Five buses on the route from 5:00 am to 10:00 pm every day. -- The National Committee of Civil Aviation Security (NCCAS) has recently requested competent agencies to launch an investigation into aircraft approaching Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi having their safety threatened by laser beams from unknown sources. That also happened at the airport last year. Lifestyle -- Lam Vinh Phat from the famous lion dance troupe Hang Anh Duong…... [read more]

Restructuring plan highlights reallocation of resources By Tu Giang - The Saigon Times Daily HANOI – Resource reallocation is the major focus of the economic restructuring program that will be tabled at a meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee in Hanoi on Thursday. The NA committee will scrutinize the most complex scheme at present, called “Economic restructuring in association with paradigm shift towards higher efficiency, capacity and competitiveness of the economy in the period 2011-2015, with a vision to 2020”. The program is aimed to transfer the resources of the economy from low-efficiency sectors to high-efficiency ones, said the program’s co-author. The main focus of the scheme is resource reallocation, in a bid to boost efficiency, capacity and competitiveness of the economy, said Nguyen Dinh Cung, deputy head of the Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM), one of the composers of the scheme. Multiple sectors get involved in the scheme, such as credit system, stock market, and State-owned enterprises, signaling another economic reform ahead, he said. “Restructuring public investment, State-owned enterprises and financial system is the initial step to give a signal to the market, so as to reallocate the resources of the economy from low-efficiency and low-capacity sectors to high-efficiency and high-capacity ones,” said Cung. The scheme suggests 13 solution groups, including two special ones, to better the macro-economic environment, creating foundations for economic restructuring. One of the two special solution groups emphasizes the need to achieve the macro-economic targets in a stable and sustainable way. In addition,…... [read more]

Here are the news stories you should not miss today: Here are the news stories you should not miss today: Society -- Salt water is intruding on a large area along the Tien (Front) River in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, threatening local paddy fields, according to Nguyen Thien Phap, head of the Irrigation Department in Tien Giang Province. -- Two eight-year-old boys were found dead in a lake in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau on Saturday evening. They had gone missing since the afternoon of the same day. -- Two teachers in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak were killed after their motorcycle collided with a state-owned vehicle belonging to the provincial administration on Saturday afternoon, Bui Hong Phuoc, head of the office of the Dak Lak People’s Committee, affirmed on Sunday evening. -- Nine Vietnamese fishermen were brought to safety on Sunday night after their ship was sunk by an unidentified vessel while operating about 44 nautical miles southwest of the southern city of Vung Tau. -- Banks and network operators in Vietnam are taking multiple measures to promptly deal with problems of ATM machines and mobile networks during the upcoming Lunar New Year, which is on January 28. -- The inspectorate under the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport has fined 25 contractors for their careless execution of the city’s road renovation works. -- According to the K Hospital in Hanoi, more men develop cancer than women in Vietnam. Business -- During a recent interview…... [read more]

Check out the news you should not miss today, January 21, the 24th day of the last month of the lunar calendar, or ten days away from the Tet, or Lunar New Year holiday. Check out the news you should not miss today, January 21, the 24th day of the last month of the lunar calendar, or ten days away from the Tet, or Lunar New Year holiday. Politics -- Vietnam is ready to send more officers to UN peacekeeping operations, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army Pham Ngoc Minh asserted at talks with a delegation of the UK army medical services in Hanoi on Friday -- Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc wrapped up his participation at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland on Friday, having engaged in a continuous series of sessions and meetings with world and business leaders as part of his sideline activities. Society -- Vietnam's State President Tran Dai Quang met 50 overseas Vietnamese delegates in Hanoi on Friday, hailing their contributions to the country’s achievements. -- A Kilo-class submarine, the sixth and last of its kind Vietnam has purchased from Russia, arrived at Cam Ranh military port in the central coastal province of Khanh Hoa on Friday, after a 40-day journey -- Major streets in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City suffered gridlock during rush hours on Friday, one week before Tet officially begins. -- The Hanoi traffic police unit has proposed to stipulate that each…... [read more]

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