HCMC wants more self-financing schools

NDO – The Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations (VUSTA) held a ceremony on August 16 to celebrate Prof. Dr. Dang Huy Huynh’s as the ASEAN Biodiversity Hero. Huynh, President of the Heritage Tree Council and Vice President of the Vietnam Association for Conservation of Nature and Environment (VACNE), is the first Vietnamese citizen and one of the 10 outstanding individuals from ASEAN member states to receive such a noble title on the occasion of the 50th founding anniversary of ASEAN. The ASEAN Biodiversity Heroes are individuals with significant contributions to the ASEAN biodiversity, through their activities and initiatives, contributing actively to the socio-economic development in their respective countries and in the region. During his over 60 years of research in biology, Prof. Huynh has made many contributions to the preservation of biodiversity in Vietnam and in the surrounding region. He possesses the ability to inspire the community in biodiversity conservation and development, and is recognised as one of Vietnam’s leading scientists. Prof. Huynh has been presented with nearly 20 orders and medals of different types, including the Ho Chi Minh Award (twice) – Vietnam’s most noble award in science and technology, the Vietnam Environmental Award in 2009, and a certificate of merit from the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment in recognition of his devotions to biodiversity conservation activities in 2015, among others. Holding a myriad of positions, both appointed by the State and entrusted by the society, concerning the environment, Prof. Huynh has implemented specific and practical…... [read more]

Handing over certificates of merit and awards to outstanding mathematical works  The awards worth nearly VND 10 billion were handed over by the national key program on mathematical development in the 2010-2020 period, in presence of Professor Tran Van Nhung, General Secretary of the State Council for Professor Title, Deputy Head of the program’s steering committee; Professor Ngo Bao Chau; representatives of Ministry of Education and Training. This is the fifth year that tinternationally published mathematical projects have been awarded, and universities and high schools students excellent at math have been presented with scholarships. Since 2012, over VND 10 billion has been awarded to 356 math projects by 742 authors, with a reward of from VND 17.25 million to 30.25 million per project. Meanwhile, nearly VND 33.8 billion worth scholarships have been granted to 1,517 students with good mathematical records have received scholarships, worth VND 7.35 million to 8.05 million each, totalling nearly VND 33.8 billion. Over the past years, these scholarships encouraged high school and university students to well study math, and at the same time helped disadvantaged students with high academic records to overcome difficulties and continue their study.  The talk themed "The Industrial Revolution No. 3,141592654..." During the awarding ceremony, a talk themed “The Industrial Revolution No. 3,141592654 ...” was held with the participation of Prof. Ngo Bao Chau, Chairman of FPT Corporation Truong Gia Binh, Asso. Prof. Phan Toan Thang  and Prof.…... [read more]

NDO - A total of 120 individuals have been awarded with certificates of merit for their kind-hearted work in supporting and caring for the victims of Agent Orange/ Dioxin across the country, at a meeting held in Hanoi on August 8. The event, held by the Vietnam Association of Victims of Agent Orange/dioxin (VAVA), was attended by Politburo member, Secretary of Party Central Committee (PCC), and Head of PCC Commission for Mass Mobilisation, Truong Thi Mai; former Vice President Nguyen Thi Binh; and Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Tran Hong Ha. Speaking at the event, Politburo member Truong Thi Mai said that although the war ended 42 years ago, Vietnam has still been suffering serious consequences from the toxic chemicals used by the US troops during the war. Around 4.8 million Vietnamese people have been exposed to the toxic chemicals, with over three million AO victims. She emphasised that the Party and State have promulgated a number of policies targeting national contributors and revolutionary participants, who were exposed to toxic chemicals, in order to provide strong support for them. She called for joint effort and further participation from organisations and individuals at home and abroad, as well as the whole of society in general, in caring for AO victims. She stressed that the exemplary models of AO victims who have risen above their difficulties in life, as well as those who have shown their compassion and provided support for AO victims, should be honoured and duplicated.... [read more]

Taxman says will remove barriers for enterprisesMinh Tam HCMC Chairman Nguyen Thanh Phong presents certificates of merit to outstanding corporate taxpayers - PHOTO: MINH TAM HCMC – The tax sector will this year propose the Ministry of Finance to revise policies to remove barriers and difficulties to facilitate enterprises’ development, Bui Van Nam, general director of the General Department of Taxation, said on August 3. The laws to be proposed for revision by the sector include the VAT Law, Corporate Income Tax Law, Personal Income Tax Law and Natural Resource Tax Law, Nam said at a ceremony held in HCMC on August 3 to honor outstanding taxpayers. The aim is to remove hindrances to business development. The General Department of Taxation will manage to finish the issuance of a new decree on invoice by the year-end, replacing Decree 51/2010/ND-CP with an important revision on e-invoices. The new decree will make changes in managing invoices locally, thereby building up the national database. The HCMC Tax Department has trialed e-invoices authenticated by tax authorities on 200 enterprises and has got positive feedback. In addition to the revision on management policies, the general director said the tax sector will reform its procedures for electronic tax payment in accordance with the development of e-government. Electronic tax refunds will also be applied nationwide in the time to come. Besides, the sector will apply high tech methods to lower operating cost, modernize management and adapt to the fourth industrial revolution. Meanwhile, the tax authority will closely…... [read more]

NDO – Forty offshore fishing boats in the central province of Quang Tri have been equipped with Japanese-sponsored LED lighting systems to support their effective offshore fishing activities. On Thursday the Quang Tri provincial People's Committee and Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organisation (NEDO) held a signing ceremony to hand over the LED systems to the Quang Tri fishermen. The US$3.4 million project, funded by the Japanese organisation, uses modern COB LED technology, in the form of 1,800 LED boxes and 40 electricity meters. These LEDs are installed on 40 offshore fishing vessels, with a capacity of 200 CV or more, in Vinh Linh, Gio Linh and Trieu Phong districts. The vessels will also be checked by Japanese experts for the installation and effective use of the LEDs in order to improve the efficiency of fishing activities at sea. During the implementation of the project, Quang Tri Department of Science and Technology has worked with experts from Stanley Electric Co., Ltd. and Eternal Technology and Energy JSC to ensure that the technical standards in the installation and operation processes meet the requirements of the reality in Vietnam, as well as the stringent technical requirements from the Japanese side on water and salinity-proofing and impact and vibration resistance. Equipping their vessels with LED lights will help the Quang Tri fishermen to save 70% of their fuel cost, thus reducing fishing costs and increasing profits. Deputy Chairman of Quang Tri provincial People's Committee Nguyen Quan Chinh said that the project…... [read more]

NDO – It is necessary to continue renewing the content of external information dissemination, whilst diversifying the forms of propaganda to enhance the efficiency of external information service work. The requirement was made by Politburo member and Head of the Party Central Committee’s Information and Education Commission, Vo Van Thuong, at a conference, held in Hanoi on August 2, to review the five-year implementation of Conclusion No. 16 by the Politburo (11th tenure) and Directive No. 26 by the Secretariat (10th tenure) on external information work. Hosted by the Party Central Committee’s Information and Education Commission and the Central Steering Committee for External Information, the event gathered nearly 500 delegates from the relevant ministries, agencies and localities, as well as socio-political organisations and press agencies from across the nation. As a crucial part in information dissemination, the Party and the State pay regular attention to external information. On September 10, 2008, the Secretariat issued Directive No. 26-CT/TW on “Continuing the renovation and enhancement of external information in the new period.” Then on February 14, 2012, the 11th Politburo issued Conclusion No.16-KL/TW on the "Strategy for external information development during 2011-2020." This is the first strategy in the field of external information, which is an important basis for all departments, ministries and localities in carrying out comprehensive and effective external information activities. Deputy Head of the Central Information and Education Commission, Pham Van Linh, said that after five years of implementing the Party’s documents, the forces engaged in external information work…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – People often say it’s not easy to change one’s habits, but a man from Cu Pua Village in the central province of Quang Tri has succeeded and inspired others to follow. A big sign that says “No drinking at home – Drink-free village” is hung at a prominent spot in Ho E Not’s house. - VNS Photo Duy Loi Ho E Not, 44, said the villagers in Dakrong District used to consider tobacco and alcohol indispensable. Most men and women smoked cigarettes and drank alcohol, whatever the occasion. “It had become a custom. Drinking when celebrating new crops, at weddings and funerals,” he said. Not was no exception. At the age of ten, he started smoking and drinking, growing addicted to both. After getting married, Not continued drinking every day. To have money for alcohol and tobacco, he didn’t hesitate to sell the little rice left in the family rice basket. Until one day he saw his children crying out of hunger. He also started noticing that many people suffered poverty and traffic accidents as an effect of alcohol abuse, and his conscience was awakened, Not recalled. “Villagers trusted me as I was the only person in the village that had finished the sixth grade (out of 12). I also inherited my father knowledge in curing normal diseases like dysentery, digestive disorders, gastritis and colitis.” Thus, he decided to give up smoking and drinking to set a good example. Ghosts in forest Since 2002, he has been…... [read more]

The Expo was co-organised by the Vietnam Environment Administration, the Vietnam Association for Conservation of Nature and Environment, the Korea Economic Institute and the Global Expo Company. There are more than 140 stands showcasing green power technologies eco-friendly products for production and other activities. Speaking at the ceremony, the Minister of National Resources and Environment, Pham Khoi Nguyen, confirmed that the Expo is an excellent chance for Vietnam to expand the environmental technology market. Through the Expo, Vietnam will have access to the most updated technology to extend the reach of its pollution reduction on efforts, and serve the sustainable development of the country. On the opening day, 20 certificates of merit were granted to organizations and domestic and foreign enterprises who have actively contributed to the Expo and 11 businesses were awarded the Environment Cup for their great efforts to protect the environment.... [read more]

The certificate of merit recognizes Mr. Dong’s significant contributions to the national cause of construction and defence, as well as his efforts to strengthen community development in the resident country. Dong began to study in France in 1960, and was elected the Secretary of the Vietnamese Students’ Association and Vice chairman of the Vietnamese Social Sciences Association in France.During the 1963-1972 period, as a member of the National Liberation Front of South Vietnam, he played an active role at the Paris peace talks. During his time of working for the United Nation’s secretariat, starting in 1984, he contributed many ideas to the country’s plans for socio-economic development. Since he settled in Mexico in 2001, Dong has worked closely with the Vietnamese embassy to help improve diplomatic ties between the two countries.... [read more]

The festival attracted more than 4,000 volunteer campaigners and nearly 2,000 participants who have registered to donate their blood. Event organisers – the Ministry of Health and the Vietnam Red Cross – expect to collect between 800-1,000 units to partly deal with blood shortages in early summer. The Vietnam Red Cross presented certificates of merit to 59 volunteers who have encouraged the people to engage in blood donation campaigns. Pham Thi Binh, a student in Hanoi, said that she was happy that her blood might help save the life of someone she will never meet. She called on Vietnamese people to participate in similar campaigns to save others in dire need of blood. More than 1 million people have responded to the humanitarian campaign since it was launched in Vietnam in 1994. Many donors are considered as life-saving heroes, including Nguyen Huu Thuan from HCM City who has donated more than 90 times, or many family members of Nguyen Phuoc Buu Thanh in Thua Thien-Hue and Le Dinh Duat in Hanoi. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the number of blood donors in Vietnam has increased significantly since 1994. However, just over 30 percent of them have donated blood regularly, 90 percent of the donated blood has been collected from cities, and 80 percent of the donors are aged under 35. The donated blood has only met 40 percent of the volume required. WHO statistics show that every day Vietnam needs approximately 5,000 blood units while blood banks only…... [read more]

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