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We, today’s generation of the Vietnamese people, are well implementing President Ho Chi Minh’s teaching: “Sick soldiers, wounded soldiers, families of servicemen and martyrs are those who have made great contributions to the Fatherland and people. Therefore, we all feel duty bound to pay gratitude, love and support them.” In the reality, the Party, State and people always respect and highly value the great contribution and sacrifice of troops and people who have devoted their youth, flesh and blood, and even their lives to the Fatherland. The Party and State has given first and foremost priority to the policy for national contributors, and paid due attention to educating people from all walks of life, particularly young ones, about sense of responsibility, duty and gratitude to national contributors.  (Photo for illustration) Although the country’s economy faces difficulties, the Party and State always take good care of national contributors, promote gratitude activities, issue more favorable policies for national contributors, and restlessly improve living conditions of national contributors. Party committees and authorities from the Central level to local one earmark a considerable amount of resources for searching and collecting remains of martyrs as well as building and upgrading cemeteries of martyrs and other memorial projects. As a result, pay-back movements have been developing in depth and width, and now become a national cultural beauty and humane feature continuously upheld by the whole people and society. In spite of the great effort of the Party and State,…... [read more]

NDO - A number of activities have been organised across the country to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Wounded and Fallen Soldiers Day (July 27, 1947-2017). The Party Committee, People’s Committee and People's Council of Ho Chi Minh City on July 27 organised a ceremony to present the State title of “Vietnamese Heroic Mother” to 59 women who lost their husbands and children during wartime. Among the awardees, only five are still alive. Addressing the awards ceremony, Politburo member and Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan expressed his deep gratitude to the mothers for their sacrifice in the struggle for national independence. The city will do its utmost to help the mothers fully benefit from social welfare policies, he noted. Ho Chi Minh City has so far awarded the title to 5,248 mothers living in the southern locality. On the same day, the southern province of Dong Thap held a ceremony to rebury the remains of 106 Vietnamese voluntary soldiers who laid down their lives in Cambodia during wartime. The remains were found in the Pray Veng and Pursat provinces of Cambodia in the 2016-2017 dry season by Group K91 of the Dong Thap Military Command. Also on July 27, the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the southern province of Vinh Long opened an exhibition of portraits of Vietnamese Heroic Mothers in the province. The exhibition features 101 portraits of heroic mothers, painted by Tran Minh Thai, a member of the Vietnam…... [read more]

Technological advances mean fossil fuel in cars could be phased out within decades but switching to electric carries its own environmental and economic concerns as more and more countries announce radical plans. Clean to run, but to make the battery? Not so much. (AFP/Prakash SINGH) LONDON: Technological advances mean fossil fuel in cars could be phased out within decades but switching to electric carries its own environmental and economic concerns as more and more countries announce radical plans. Britain on Wednesday (Jul 26) said it would "end the sale of all conventional petrol and diesel cars" by 2040, following similar proposals by France earlier this month to reduce nitrogen dioxide (NO2) pollution. China issued plans last year requiring that 12 per cent of cars sold be battery-powered or plug-in hybrids by 2020, while India has said it wants to replace all vehicles with electric vehicles by 2030. Norway hopes to end sales of new petrol and diesel cars by 2025, and other countries such as Sweden and Denmark and Finland have expressed similar ambitions to phase out fossil fuel engines. "Given the rate of improvement in battery and electric vehicle technology over the last ten years, by 2040 small combustion engines in private cars could well have disappeared without any government intervention," said Alastair Lewis, professor of atmospheric chemistry at the University of York. "Nonetheless this is highly symbolic since it…... [read more]

Mekong Capital, a Vietnam-focused private equity firm specialising in consumer-driven businesses, announced that its Vietnam Azalea Fund (VAF) had sold 75 per cent of its stakes in Loc Troi Group Joint Stock Company (Loc Troi), a plant protection, seedling supply, and food processing firm. Illustration RELATED CONTENTS: Mekong Capital to divest Loc Troi Mekong Capital invests in F88 Consumer-driven sectors shall thrive The deal took place on July 26, 2017 and 75 per cent of Mekong Capital’s stake in Loc Troi was sold at the price of VND68,000 ($3) per share, and Mekong Capital earned a total of $9.2 million. After nearly eight years since purchasing Loc Troi’s stakes, Mekong Capital’s divestment resulted in an internal interest rate (the profitability of potential investments) of about 18.6 per cent. On July 24, Loc Troi was listed under the ticker LTG on the Unlisted Public Company Market (UPCoM) and its closing price was VND58,500 ($2.6) per share, which raised its capitalisation to $174.8 million. In the trading session on July 25, Loc Troi implemented a put-through transaction of more than 3.4 million shares with the total value of over VND231 billion ($10.2 million), an equivalent of VND67,700 ($3) per share. Foreign investors purchased more than two million LTG stocks and sold over three million. Most LTG stocks held…... [read more]

NDO - The Wounded and Fallen Soldiers Day (July 27) has been a great national holiday over the past 70 years and is an opportunity for Vietnamese people to express their deep gratitude to the heroes, martyrs, wounded and sick soldiers, Heroic Vietnamese Mothers and policy beneficiary families for their great sacrifices and contributions to national independence and reunification. The fine tradition is a symbol of the principle of 'when drinking water, remember its source' which has been upheld and promoted from generation to generation. In June 1947, President Ho Chi Minh instructed the government to choose a day of the year as the 'Day of War Invalids' so that the people would have an opportunity to show their gratitude for war invalids, families of martyrs and national contributors. Following his instructions, a meeting was held in Phu Minh commune, Dai Tu district, Thai Nguyen province, through which July 27 was selected as the National Day of Wounded Soldiers and the day was marked for the first time in 1947. In 1955, the National Day of Wounded Soldiers was renamed the Wounded and Fallen Soldiers Day. In his letter written on the first commemoration of Wounded and Fallen Soldiers Day, Uncle Ho wrote that "Wounded soldiers are the ones who have sacrificed their families and their lives to protect the nation and the people. They were sick and invalid for the sake of the motherland and the people, therefore, the motherland and the people should be eternally grateful and support…... [read more]

Binh, who is also head of the Government Steering Committee for the National Program on Crime Prevention and Control (Steering Committee 138/CP), made the request while addressing a conference reviewing the fight against crimes and human trafficking in the first half of this year in Hanoi on July 26. Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh speaking at the conference  He said the crime situation is forecast to develop complicatedly in the remaining months of year, asking the Steering Committee to effectively materialise relevant resolutions issued by the Party, National Assembly and Government. The official urged competent agencies to conduct more crime sweeps in order to ensure social order and safety, as well as security for the country’s political, diplomatic and cultural events, especially the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting and related meetings, he said. At the same time, efforts should be channeled into busting organised criminal gangs, those using weapons, explosives and high technologies, child abuse crimes, human traffickers, economic crimes, killers, smugglers and those illegally exploiting minerals, he stressed. In a parallel effort, competent agencies need to improve the quality of investigation and promptly handle serious cases of public concern, including 12 corruption cases as instructed by the Politburo, Binh said. He pointed out limitations hindering the combat over the past time such as weak forecast capacity, the negligence of heads of several agencies and units and illegal actions taken by officials. According to him, public awareness of crimes…... [read more]

The national steering committee against smuggling, trade fraud and counterfeit (Steering Committee 389) has reported that 12,000 smuggling and trade fraud cases were penalised over the first six months of 2017, an increase of 1,000 cases compared to the same period of 2016. A Hà Nội market management official checks goods that were seized as part of a smuggling case in June.-Photo The figures indicate that smuggling and trade fraud in Hà Nội has become more complicated and the fight against the crime remains very difficult, the committee’s officials said. Illegal goods were transported by organised smuggling rings with networks extending from border areas to downtown of Hà Nội. Smuggled commodities regularly included tobacco, wine, fruit, agricultural products, ready-made clothes, electronics, technique products, cosmetics, dietary supplements and poultry. Major General Đinh Văn Toản, Deputy Director of Hà Nội Police, said that over the last six months, the city police force handled 1,300 smuggling and trade fraud cases with a total fine of VNĐ49 billion (US$2.1 million) and tax arrears of VNĐ264 billion ($11.6 million). "Through the investigation of main cases, we realise that smugglers and trade fraudulent users are taking full advantage of technology to order goods and establish contracts,” he said. “Their tricks aren’t simple and similar to those of previous years. On the contracts, trade fraudulent users have tricks to erase information in the process of collecting goods from…... [read more]

NDO – The Vietnamese Government welcomes Czech enterprises and will strive to create favourable conditions for them to conduct business in Vietnam, particularly in the fields of the Czech Republic’s strengths and Vietnam’s needs, such as energy, the environment, infrastructure and crystal glassware. Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh made the statement while hosting a reception for the newly appointed Czech Ambassador to Vietnam, Vitezslav Grepl, in Hanoi on July 26. He expressed his delight at the positively growing traditional friendly relations and multifaceted cooperation between Vietnam and the Czech Republic over the past few years, notably the State visit made to Vietnam by Czech President Milos Zeman last June. Minh recommended that the two countries strengthen the exchange of delegations across all-levels, effectively implement the political consultation mechanism between the two Foreign Ministries, and support each other at regional and international forums, particularly at the United Nations and within the Asia-Europe Meeting and ASEAN-EU frameworks. The Vietnamese side will create favourable conditions for the Czech Ambassador to successfully complete his working term in Vietnam, thereby contributing to facilitating the traditional friendly relations and multifaceted cooperation that exists between the two countries, he affirmed. On the occasion, the deputy PM thanked the Czech Government and people for enabling the Vietnamese community in the Czech Republic to stabilise their lives, conduct long-term business and integrate well into the native society. For his part, Ambassador Vitezslav Grepl stressed that the Czech Republic always treasures and wishes to develop their…... [read more]

The People’s Court of the northern province of Ha Nam on July 25 gave a jail sentence of nine years to Tran Thi Nga on the charge of conducting anti-State propaganda under Clause 1 of Article 88 of the Penal Code. Ha Nam investigation police announce the arrest warrant against Tran Thi Nga (in red) The court also imposed five years of house arrest following the prison term. According to the indictment of the provincial People’s Procuracy, Nga, born 1977 and a resident in Phu Ly city, Ha Nam province, opened a blog and Facebook account under the names of “Thuy Nga” and “Tran Thi Nga” along with a YouTube account under the name of “tran thuy nga” to post information and video clips to spread reactionary ideas and distort guidelines and policies of the Vietnamese Party and State between September 2014 and January 2017.  Nga also created and stored 13 video clips defaming the administration and  popularising one-sided and superficial views, aiming to stir up public worries, undermine the national unity bloc and people’s trust in the administration.    Nga also wrote and put up many slogans defaming Party and State leaders and security forces, and calling for boycott of the election of deputies to the 14th NA and all-level People's Councils of the 2016-2021 tenure. At the court, Nga did not admit the law violation. However, based on documents and evidence collected during the investigation process, along with testimony of witnesses and the argument at the court, the…... [read more]

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. 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. On the occasion of the 70th War Invalids and Martyrs’ Day (July 27), 70 outstanding revolution contributors…... [read more]

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