Storm Sonca ravages north-central Vietnam, weakens into tropical depression

PM Phuc asked ministries, sectors and localities to thoroughly grasp the Party’s guidelines and the State’s policies and laws, intensify educational campaigns to raise public awareness, and make the implementation of preferential policies for revolution contributors a duty and a frequent and long-term mission of the whole political system and the entire society. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc presenting gifts for revolutionary contributors at the event  He expressed his hope that the war invalids, wounded soldiers, families of war martyrs, and revolution contributors will continue promoting the patriotic tradition and contribute more to the national building cause. According to the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA), Vietnam has more than 9 million revolution contributors, including 1.2 million fallen soldiers, 127,000 Heroic Mothers, and 800,000 war invalids. Over the past 5 years, over 75,000 sets of remains of fallen soldiers have been found and reburied. Of the total, 16,600 sets of remains were repatriated from Laos and 15,100 sets brought back from Cambodia. The Party and State’s preferential policies have benefited 95.75 percent of the revolution contributors. The national conference, jointly held by the MoLISA, the Ministries and Defence and Public Security, the Nhan Dan Newspaper, and the Hanoi municipal People’s Committee, was attended by 700 Heroic Mothers, war invalids, wounded soldiers, and martyrs’ relatives. Delegates watched documentaries on activities to show gratitude for those who rendered service to the nation, and heard stories of outstanding revolution contributors.…... [read more]

The Party chief hailed the center’s achievements in taking care of the national contributors and praised the staff’s efforts and high sense of responsibility to better the care for revolutionary contributors despite numerous difficulties. Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong inquiring after policy beneficiaries at the event. Photo: VNA Inquiring after the health and families of the Vietnamese heroic mothers, fallen soldiers’ mothers, revolutionary contributors being cared at the center, the Party chief said they should be proud of themselves and their families’ traditions because they had made great contributions to the glorious revolutionary cause of the Party and the country. He also showed deep gratitude for their huge compensable losses and sacrifices for the nation. Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong confirmed that the care for war invalids, martyrs’ families and revolutionary contributors is the noble responsibility, sentiment and a token of gratitude that the Party and State have always paid due attention to and is also the whole society’s responsibility. He added that over the past seven decades, inheriting the national tradition of “When drinking water, remember its source” and following President Ho Chi Minh’s teachings, the Party, people and army have been taking due care of the revolutionary contributors. He commended the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs and Hanoi’s departments at all levels for their diverse and practical activities in paying gratitude to revolutionary contributors. Underscoring that history will never forget their devotions and sacrifices for…... [read more]

NDO – The fifth Vietnam Farm and Food Expo 2017 and Agritech Vietnam 2017 opened in Ho Chi Minh City on July 26, offering an opportunity for agricultural firms to introduce and promote their products and form production-supply chains. The events are considered as a venue for both the input and output of Vietnam’s agricultural sector, featuring almost 200 booths of 120 domestic and foreign enterprises. The Vietnam Farm and Food Expo introduces outstanding agricultural products, food and plant varieties from different localities throughout the country, while the Vietnam Agritech Expo features the latest machinery, equipment and production chains serving agricultural activities. Addressing the events, Nguyen Phuoc Hung, Vice President of the Ho Chi Minh City Business Association said that the annual exhibitions aim to promote the application of science and technology in order to improve productivity and quality in agricultural production, while seeking markets for Vietnamese farm produce. As part of the events, the organising board will coordinate with the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, of the Mekong Delta province of Vinh Long, to hold a conference on strengthening the links for selling farm produces in Vinh Long, in which Vinh Long will introduce its agricultural development potential, especially its fruit exports. According to Vice Director of the Vinh Long Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Van Liem, through the exhibitions the province will discover additional distribution channels for its products, thus boosting the sustainable growth of the local agricultural sector. The events will run until July…... [read more]

NDO – A conference was held in Hanoi on July 26 to honour people who contributed great service to the nation. The conference, attended by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, honoured 700 outstanding war veterans, heroic Vietnamese mothers, Heroes of the People’s Armed Forces, ex-youth volunteers, and the relatives of martyrs and revolutionary contributors, representing over 9 million national contributors across the country. The event was jointly organised by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA), Defence Ministry, Ministry of Public Security, Nhan Dan (People) Newspaper and the Hanoi municipal People’s Committee to mark the 70th anniversary of Wounded and Fallen Soldiers Day (July 27, 1947-2017). According to a report by the MoLISA, over 9 million national contributors have been identified, with more than 1.2 million fallen soldiers, 127,000 Vietnamese Heroic Mothers and over 800,000 wounded soldiers. Over the past five year, the relevant agencies, units and organisations have collected 75,000 sets of the remains of Vietnamese martyrs, of which 16,600 were found in Laos and 15,000 in Cambodia. The implementation of policies, towards people who contributed meritorious services to the revolution of all levels and branches, basically met the set target with 95.75% of beneficiaries having enjoyed the preferential policies of the Party and State. At the conference, 70 outstanding individuals were presented with the Prime Minister’s certificate of merit, whilst 630 others received certificates of merit from the MoLISA. Addressing the conference, on behalf of the Party, State and Government, PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc expressed his…... [read more]

NDO – Sen. Lieut. Gen. Luong Cuong, Chairman of the General Department of Politics of the Vietnam People’s Army (VPA), offered incense to late Gen. Chu Huy Man, former Politburo member, Vice President of the State Council and Chairman of the VPA’s General Department of Politics, in Hanoi on July 25, on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Wounded and Fallen Soldiers Day (July 27, 1947-2017). >>> Party chief visits nursing centre for revolutionary contributors >>> Thanh Hoa urged to improve care for revolutionary contributors He also visited and presented gifts to Gen. Nguyen Quyet, former Vice President of the State Council and Chairman of the VPA’s General Department of Politics, and Sen. Lieut. Gen. Pham Thanh Ngan, former Politburo member and Chairman of the VPA’s General Department of Politics. On behalf of the Central Military Commission and the Defence Ministry, Cuong briefed the former leaders on the country’s military and national defence activities as well as gratitude work completed by the whole army. He wished them good health and longevity to continue making precious and practical contributions to the Party’s revolutionary cause and the cause of building the Army. * On the afternoon of July 25, Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh visited and presented gifts to families and revolutionary contributors benefiting from preferential policies in Binh Minh town in the southern province of Vinh Long. She also visited Vietnamese Heroic Mother Luong Thi Dinh, whose husband and children lost their lives while…... [read more]

The Ministry of Public Security’s Police Investigation Agency on Monday announced they had completed their investigation into the fraud and irresponsible actions related to lending at the Central Sài Gòn branch of Agribank (Vietnam Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development). Headquarters of the HCM City-based Agribank’s Central Sài Gòn branch.-Photo baotintuc.vn The police recommended criminal charges against nine suspects, including former branch directors Phạm Thị Mai Toan and Phí Thị Ong, former branch vice director Đỗ Thị Yến, bank officers and directors of companies that falsified documents to get loans from the bank. According to the police investigation, American national Hoàng Tiến Dzũng founded six companies based in HCM City and hired people to work as company directors to borrow money from the bank. The companies reportedly failed to pay the bank interest. Subsequently, in November, 2009, Dzũng falsified a project to get a loan of VNĐ90 billion (US$4 million) to help the six companies pay interest. Fake documents were submitted to the bank, claiming that one of the six companies – Á Châu Company – had earned profits, while in fact, the company had incurred losses. Despite knowing the truth, Toan still approved the loan.  Earlier, in April 2009, the Central Sài Gòn branch offered a loan of VNĐ75 billion ($3.3 million) to ADN Company, whose director is Hoàng Văn Cường. Cường also falsified documents that claimed the company needed investment for…... [read more]

NDO/ VNA – The Party and State always pay great attention to caring for wounded and sick soldiers, as well as the families of the martyrs, who laid down their lives for national independence, freedom and peace, President Tran Dai Quang has said. The President made the remark in a piece of writing on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Wounded Soldiers and Martyrs' Day (July 27), in which he praised the great contributions of revolutionary contributors and highlighted the tradition of taking care of those who have made significant contributions to the nation. Policies, regulations and communications campaigns on supporting national revolutionary contributors, both in terms of health care and education, have been implemented effectively throughout the localities, he said. Cemeteries and monuments dedicated to martyrs nationwide have been upgraded and embellished, while the search for, collection and identification of the remains of martyrs has been carried out with the greatest efforts, he added. Apart from presenting gifts to wounded and sick soldiers and their relatives, many organisations and individuals have actively joined in with movements to help improve the spiritual and material lives of revolutionary contributors. Thanks to tireless efforts, up to 97 percent of the families of revolutionary contributors have a living standard that is equal to or higher than the average in their residential areas. Many families of revolutionary contributors have made remarkable achievements in poverty reduction and economic development, contributing to the national socio-economic development. In his writing, President…... [read more]

An art show at the artistic program The program aimed to pay tribute to martyrs, sick and wounded soldiers, Vietnam heroic mothers and those sacrificing their youth for the national independence and freedom on the occasion of the 70th Vietnam Day for Wounded and Fallen Soldiers (July 27, 1947 - 2017). The program also aimed at arousing the national pride and glorious history of the country while strengthening the education of revolutionary ideology among younger generations, reminding today’s generations of the great sacrifices and losses of previous generations in firmly protecting the Fatherland. Over the past 70 years, the Party, State and people of Vietnam have always born deeply in mind the sacrifices of national contributors and well carried out preferential policies towards those who made great contributions to the country, firmly safeguarding the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Gratitude activities are now regularly carried out by all ministries, sectors and the whole society. At the program, the organizers also presented 30 savings books and scholarships to needy sick and wounded soldiers, families of martyrs and children of national contributors keen on study. The exchange helps younger generations be stronger and make more contributions to the nation * The same evening, in Ho Chi Minh City, an artistic exchange was held by the Traditional Club of the former Youth Union Organization of the agencies under the Central Office for South Vietnam, the Committee of the…... [read more]

A recent clinical study demonstrated that the use of maternal nutritional supplements (MNS) and a breastfeeding support programme improves birth outcomes and exclusive breastfeeding rate among Vietnamese mothers. The symposium on the National Guideline on Nutrition for Pregnant Women and Lactating Mothers on July 24, 2017 in Hanoi The study on Vietnamese mothers demonstrated the effects of MNS in the pre- and post-natal period on exclusive breastfeeding rates, birth outcomes, and infant growth. The study was conducted by the research team of the National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) and global healthcare and research company Abbott between October 2013 and April 2015 and was approved by the National Institute of Nutrition and the Ministry of Health. Moreover, the study has been published on The Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine—the official journal of the European Association of Perinatal Medicine and other scientific communities. This is the first study from Vietnam on maternal health nutrition to be published in such an authoritative platform. Participants included 228 Vietnamese mothers aged 20-35 at 26-29 weeks of gestation. The findings showed that women who received the lactation support programme, including consuming two daily servings of maternal milk supplements from pregnancy through breastfeeding experienced various benefits, including healthier birth and growth outcomes and increased breast milk production. The maternal milk supplement used in the study was Similac Mom, a science-based formula uniquely designed to help mothers…... [read more]

NDO – Storm Sonca, the fourth large-scale storm to hit the East Sea this year, made landfall in the northern part of the central province of Quang Tri on July 25 afternoon and downgraded to a tropical depression, according to the latest information from the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting (NCHMF). >>> Localities brace for fourth storm in East Sea As of 4pm on Tuesday, the storm’s centre was located at approximately 17 degrees north latitude and 106.8 degrees east longitude, right on the areas of Quang Binh-Quang Tri provinces, with strongest winds in the eye of the storm recorded at 50-60kph. The State meteorological agency forecast that in the next 12 hours, the typhoon will move mainly to the west-north west at about 15kph and weaken into a tropical depression. By 1am on July 26, the tropical depression will be centred at about 17.5 degrees north latitude and 105.3 degrees east longitude, in Central Laos. The strongest wind of the tropical low pressure will be at about 40-50kph. To deal with the storm, the Central Steering Committee on Disaster Prevention and Control this morning held an online meeting with six central provinces, including Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue, to discuss specific measures. At the meeting, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong, who is also head of the Central Steering Committee for Disaster Prevention and Control, proposed mobilising all forces to respond to Sonca and…... [read more]




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