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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]

Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh and President of the VWU Central Committee Nguyen Thi Thu Ha presenting gifts to Vietnamese heroic mothers at the meeting. Photo: phunuvietnam.vn The event was held by the Vietnam Women’s Union (VWU) Central Committee on the threshold of the 70th anniversary of the War Invalids and Martyrs Day (July 27). Over the past 70 years, the Party and State have issued and improved policies providing preferential treatment for revolution contributors, Thinh said, adding that agencies and localities have also paid due attention to raising living conditions of families of martyrs, war invalids and revolution contributors. Having applauded efforts made by the VWU and its chapters to honour and care for Vietnamese Heroic Mothers and revolution contributors, the Vice President voiced her hope that the association will uphold its role and responsibility for the work and raise the awareness among its members about relevant policies and guidelines of the Party and State. President of the VWU Central Committee Nguyen Thi Thu Ha said since 2008, the association’s chapters at all levels have mobilised more than 1 trillion VND (roughly 44 million USD) in support of Vietnamese Heroic Mothers and revolution  contributors and build 50,000 houses for social policies beneficiary families, mothers of martyrs and Vietnamese Heroic Mothers. Source: VNA... [read more]

Senior Lieutenant General Le Chiem, member of the Party Central Committee, member of Central Military Commission, Deputy Defense Minister, and Head of Defense Ministry’s Committee for the Advancement of Women, chaired the conference. Senior Lieutenant General Le Chiem speaking at the conference  Accordingly, over the past ten years, under the leadership and instruction of the Party Central Committee and Defense Ministry, women worked in units and agencies obtained practical achievements in politics, economy, education, healthcare, culture, information, and family building. The quantity and quality of female cadres have increased. Thousands of their applicable initiatives, projects, and products have been widely applied, contributing to their units’ task accomplishment. Addressing the event, General Chiem asked the leadership of political agencies to pay much attention to the work for the advancement of women and promote dissemination on gender equity to reduce domestic violence. Meanwhile, committees for the advancement of women should renew measures to efftectively implement women work, promote their staff role for higher levels, and strengthen coordination among their members. He requested units to comprehend thoughts and expectations of defense workers, especially female ones and create favorable condition for the implementation of women work, so as to raise position of military women in the new period. Translated by Tran Hoai... [read more]

Latest statistics from the General Department of Vietnam Customs showed that the country pocketed nearly 1.85 billion USD from vegetable and fruit export from the beginning of this year to July 15, surging by 45 percent from the same time last year. In addition, consumers’ demand for Vietnamese vegetables and fruits will be higher during the Christmas and New Year holidays, auguring well for the country’s export revenue goal.  Dragon fruit packaging for export.   Vietnamese vegetables and fruits have been present in 60 markets globally. China, Japan, the Republic of Korea (RoK) and the US were four leading importers, accounting for 85 percent of total vegetable and fruit export value. Shipments to traditional markets witnessed good expansion, including Japan (56 percent), China (50 percent), the US (23 percent), the RoK (15 percent) and Thailand (12 percent). Meanwhile, substantial growth was seen in Hong Kong (102 percent), the United Arab Emirates (81 percent), Laos (78.6 percent) and Russia (54.6 percent). However, export revenue suffered stark decline in Cambodia (81.8 percent), Indonesia (53 percent) and the UK (42 percent). Dragon fruit ranked first in export value, accounting for 50 percent of the total fruit export revenue.  Binh Thuan province, the country’s largest dragon fruit exporter, has paid heed to developing VietGAP dragon fruit cultivation. Nearly 7,700 hectares of land were zoned off for growing dragon fruit in line with VietGAP standards for exports to fastidious markets like the US and the EU. …... [read more]

The Vietnam Farm and Food Expo introduces outstanding agricultural products, food, and plant varieties of different localities across the country, while the Vietnam Agritech Expo features the latest machineries, equipment and production chains serving agricultural activities. The events are considered the venue for both input and output of Vietnam’s agricultural sector. Visitors at the trade event  Opening 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 to improve productivity and quality in agricultural production, while seeking markets for Vietnamese farm produces. Hung held that this is a good chance for agricultural firms to introduce and promote their products, and form production-supply chains. Within the framework 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 links for selling farm produces in Vinh Long, in which Vinh Long will introduce its agricultural development potential, especially its fruits for export. Nguyen Van Liem, Vice Director of the Vinh Long Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said that he hopes through the exhibitions, the province will find out additional distribution channels for its products, thus boosting the sustainable growth of the local agricultural sector. The events will run until July 28. Source: VNA... [read more]

Seven people were hospitalized with symptoms of poisoning in southern Vietnam on Sunday after drinking a mix of rice spirits and herb-infused liquor. The patients mixed 1.5 liters of the drink to be consumed at a private party in Ben Tre Province. According to N.H.D., one of the patients responsible for throwing the bash combined 500 milliliters of rice spirits with one liter of herbal liquor for the gathering. The liquor was infused with monk fruits, wild bananas and the fruit of the eleutherine bulbosa plant, D. said. Seven party-goers, including the host, drank the alcohol with shrimp paste, pork, Tonkin jasmine, stir-fried beef and papaya soup. Thirty minutes later, the participants began feeling numbness in their tongues, arms and legs, followed by dizziness and nausea. They were immediately taken to Nguyen Dinh Chieu Hospital in Ben Tre for treatment, where they continued showing symptoms of poisoning such as numbness in their limbs and low blood pressure. Doctors diagnosed the patients with food poisoning, though the specific bacteria is yet to be determined. Ben Tre’s Department of Health has collected samples of the food and alcohol from the party for further lab testing. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get the latest news about Vietnam! ... [read more]

An amateur wildlife photographer might have photographed a rare wildcat on Son Tra peninsula in Da Nang City. While the sighting could not be confirmed as the photos were taken quickly on a phone camera and are considered to be of low-quality, according to the photographer Le Phuoc Chin, he caught sight of the animal lurking behind the bushes at the foot of Son Tra one morning. Reluctant to leave the scene to get his camera, which was inside his car, Chin decided to snap a few photos of the animal with his phone. “To be honest, I could sense that it was watching me cautiously from afar, and I was too thrilled by the sight of it to think straight,” Chin said. “That’s why I took the photos with my phone instead of taking the time to set up my gear.” The photos were uploaded to Chin’s personal Facebook page on July 14, with friends congratulating him on his luck. Le Phuoc Chin's photos of an alleged wildcat o Son Tra peninsula, Da Nang City According to Chin, this was the first time in his two years of photographing wildlife on the central peninsula that he had been able to capture photos of such a rare animal. He has become popular among Son Tra lovers for his collection of photos of the inhabitants of the peninsula, as well as his investigative pictures of illegally constructed buildings there. With…... [read more]

An incident during a military aircraft training exercise has caused damage to five houses in the south-central Vietnamese province of Ninh Thuan. Air Force Regiment C937, based at Thanh Son Airport in Phan Rang-Thap Cham City, Ninh Thuan, confirmed on Tuesday evening that one of their aircraft encountered a technical issue during training. That morning, residents of Bao An Ward, Phan Rang-Thap Cham City, heard several small explosions after a plane flew over the neighborhood. An investigation revealed that a total of five houses had been damaged after metal debris fell from the plane. Dang Thi Quyt, one local resident, said that a piece of metal pierced the wall in her kitchen. Her neighbor, Chau Thi Xuan, also reported several holes and cracks on her roof and walls. Similar damage was suffered by other houses, and several holes about one meter in diameter were later discovered at a paddy field some 200 meters away from the residential area. Authorities arrived at the scene to collect the metal debris. Air Force Regiment C937 later invited owners of the five houses to the People’s Committee headquarters in Bao An Ward to receive compensation for the damage. Each family was provided with between VND10 million (US$441.6) and VND30 million ($1,325), depending on the severity of the damage caused. Several holes were found on a paddy field some 200 meters from the affected homes. Photo: Tuoi Tre …... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – To many foreigners, Vietnamese are considered adventurous eaters – not afraid to devour the whole animal, blood and guts included. Insects are also on the menu. I laughed when a foreign friend recently asked me whether it was true that when a Vietnamese man encounters a new animal, he first asks “Is it dangerous?” and secondly “Is it edible?” Pile of critters: Roasted grasshoppers are popular as they are healthy and tasty. Photo http://www.restaurants-in-hanoi.com It’s undeniable that many Vietnamese enjoy eating a range of insects. The critters are local specialties but may seem a little too ‘creepy’ for the uninitiated. However, with the enticing aroma of a freshly fried bug, who knows, you may be tempted to take a bite after all… The most common insects used as food in Viet Nam are grasshoppers and silkworm pupae. Roasted grasshoppers – delicacy from the rice harvest Grasshoppers are closely intertwined with my childhood memories. When I was younger, I loved running through endless rice fields accompanied my friends on the hunt for grasshoppers. The best time to catch them was in the early morning when their wings were wet with dew and they struggled to fly. Another opportunity was when it was raining. I would shout with joy when I caught a couple of grasshoppers, ‘hugging’ each of them when they were still asleep in the morning’s dew. Catching grasshoppers was only one of the ways we entertained ourselves. But when I managed to catch a bunch of…... [read more]




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