N. Korea rejects joint civilian event to mark Korea’s Liberation Day

HÀ NỘI - Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc yesterday exhorted Brigade 242 to exercise perpetual vigilance and be well-prepared to manage all situations. Addressing the brigade on the occasion of the 72nd anniversary of Việt Nam People's Army (December 22), he said doing their duty well would ensure national defence and sovereignty. Under the Military Zone 3 High Command, Brigade 242 is based in Quảng Ninh Province, and assigned defence tasks in Vân Đồn and Cô Tô districts. Established in September 1969, the brigade has changed its number and organisation many times to suit actual assignments, said Lieutenant-Colonel Trần Hồng Phong. "Since its inception, all the officers and soldiers of the unit have always stayed united, been dynamic and ready to overcome difficulties and successfully fulfill assigned duties, building up a tradition of solidarity and resilience to defend the islands," Phong told the PM. Besides their primary responsibility, the brigade's staff have also been active in undertaking social-economic tasks in the community, for example, helping locals overcome the aftermath of natural disasters and assisting with controlling fires, including forest fires. Praising their achievements, PM Phúc said "I do hope that officials and soldiers of the Brigade 242 and Military Zone 3 will continue building on their gains to successfully perform defence tasks in the locality. "We need to do well the duties assigned by the Party and State in the coming time. With a coastline stretching over 3,200km, the issue of seas and island is of significance in the task…... [read more]

HÀ NỘI - Unexpected regional and international developments require Vietnamese citizens to stay united and determined--and to keep eyes open for ill intentions of hostile forces, President Trần Đại Quang said yesterday. President Quang made the remark at a meeting with representatives of the Department of Operations of the General Staff on the 72th anniversary of the Việt Nam People's Army (December 22). He said the regional and international situations will continue to develop unexpectedly and complexly, directly affecting Việt Nam and bringing about both opportunities and challenges. "Though the country's general strength as well as international prestige have increased, challenges still lie ahead," he said. "Such circumstance requires the whole Party, people and army to unite and to successfully realise goals and duties set forth by the 12th National Party Congress Resolution early this year." "We need to take full advantage of favourable opportunities to reach targets set for the national industrialisation, modernisation, and international integration," the President said. "Additionally, we should not take eyes off malicious and cunning intentions of hostile forces, as well as considerable challenges posing negative impacts on national construction and development." To that end, President Quang called for the Department of Operations staff to further harness themselves in order to fully understand situations and proactively make consultations on urgent and long-term issues which are crucial in the national construction and defence. Speaking at the event, the President hailed generations of Department staff for their contributions to the national liberation, unification, construction and development as…... [read more]

TuoiTreNews briefs the salient news that is published today, November 24, on Vietnamese media. Politics -- The National Assembly has completed its work after a month-long sitting in Hanoi, NA Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung said yesterday. NA deputies actively participated in and debated in all designated issues, which drew the attention of the entire nation. The NA also approved the socio-economic development and State budget plans for 2013 and decided to accelerate the implementation of strategic breakthroughs in restructuring the economy, securing social welfare, and improving the effectiveness of international integration. Society -- A Vietnamese mother jumped to her death with her two children in the southern port city of Busan on Friday, according to police. The mother, 27-year-old Vo Thi Minh Phuong, jumped to her death from the 18th floor of an apartment building, holding her 7-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son, they said. -- A grand ceremony was held yesterday in Hoc Mon District, Ho Chi Minh City to mark the 72th anniversary of the Southern Uprising Day (November 23), with the attendance of many high-ranking officials. Former Prime Minister Phan Van Khai also attended the event. -- The 7th National Buddhist Congress, themed "Inheritance - Stability - Development" opened in Hanoi on November 23. The congress was attended by Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Huynh Dam, Head of the Party Central Committee's Commission for Mass Mobilization Ha Thi Khiet along with representatives from different ministries and sectors and 1,000 Buddhist…... [read more]

(CPV) - In 1999, the Standing Committee of the Politburo, the Party Central Committee (the 8th tenure) approved August 1, 1930 as Party Cultural and Ideological Affairs Day. Since then, cultural and ideological workers nationwide have celebrated this day with pride. * August 1 - historical and traditional day of cultural and ideological affairs On August 1, 1930, the Propaganda Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam published a document "Red International August 1" to mark the red international day (August 1) - the day to struggle against imperialism, protect peace, recognise the Soviet Union, support national liberation movements, appeal to soldiers to unite with people to respond to wars against imperialism. This is the earliest document of the Propaganda Committee. The document was supported by society at that time, and encouraged masses of workers and farmers to fight against imperialism, and support the national liberation movement and protect the Soviet Union. From August 1 to October, 1930, hundreds of meetings and strikes of people to fight the imperialists occurred. In some places, soldiers fired upon the masses at meetings and strikes. Since then, August 1 has been a great milestone in the history of revolutionary struggle under the leadership of the Communist Party of Vietnam, associated with the issue of a rare historical document to mark a significant activity in the party's cultural and ideological affairs. From this important event, the Party Central Committee's Commission on Cultural and Ideological Affairs petitioned the Standing Committee of the Politburo, the Party…... [read more]

The cyber attack that crippled Ukraine businesses and spread worldwide to shut down shipping ports, factories and businesses has taken a costly toll on the results of major U.S. and European companies in the latest quarter, with more to come. A man types into a keyboard during the Def Con hacker convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. on July 29, 2017. Cadbury chocolate maker Mondelez and freight logistics company FedEx Corp (FDX.N) are among five multinational firms, three from the United States and two in Europe, to report material financial damage in the closing days of the second quarter from the cyber "worm" known as NotPetya. Mondelez International Inc (MDLZ.O), the world's second-largest confectionary company, reported a 5 percent drop in quarterly sales on Wednesday, blaming shipping and invoicing delays caused by the attack on computer networks that started on June 27. Seven more major international companies, five based in Europe and two in Russia, which acknowledged they suffered disruption, are only due to report quarterly profits later in August. Investors should get used to hearing about cyber attacks during earnings calls, said Ian Winer, equity co-head at Wedbush Securities. "The trend is accelerating," Winer said. "As hackers get more sophisticated they are taking shots at major companies." More hackers are becoming adept at developing or finding malware to wipe data on computers, making them inoperable. Danish shipping company AP Moller-Maersk S/A (MAERSKb.CO), which handles one out of seven containers shipped globally, said a cyber attack had caused outages at…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Deputy director of the HCM City’s Department of Health Nguyen Huu Hung on Wednesday instructed city districts to speed up the opening of new general healthcare clinics for patients with HIV. Patients with HIV wait for ARV treatment at a Community Consultation and Assistance Centre in HCM City. — Photo: VNA/VNS  International aid agencies will stop offering free ARV medicine in the country for patients with HIV next year. Insured anti-retroviral (ARV) treatment for HIV patients will begin in June next year once international aid stops, according to the Viet Nam Administration of HIV/AIDS Control. Seventy-two per cent of patients with HIV have health insurance, Hung said, adding that the city’s People’s Committee had approved funds for the remaining 27 per cent of patients with HIV who cannot afford cards.  “Who will treat them? How will we carry out?” Hung said. “This is the issue to which we should pay more attention.” Many representatives of district-level health centres have complained that they have not been able to set up a general clinic because of a shortage of doctors. Dr Pham Thi Kim Hoa, head of Can Gio District Health Centre, said there were not enough available staff to set up the clinics. Around 110 patients with HIV are being treated at the district’s Community Counselling and Assistance Centre, Hoa said, adding that the centre has sent eight of the 110 patients with HIV to the district’s health stations. The remaining number of patients with HIV have been…... [read more]

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc speaks at the Government's meeting for July on August 3 (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc discussed various issues while chairing the Government’s regular meeting for July in Hanoi on August 3, asking officials to take measures to ensure their sectors and agencies reach this year’s growth targets. He said it is necessary to precisely assess problems facing each sector as well as shortcomings so as to address them and achieve 2017’s targets. PM Phuc noted a positive trend in the socio-economic situation in July and the first seven months, saying that inflation continued to be controlled, credit grew well, while export and import revenue increased by almost 19 percent. About 73,000 new businesses were established and more than 17,000 others resumed operations between January and July. He expressed his delight at the implementation of social welfare, cultural, educational, healthcare and poverty reduction policies so far this year, highlighting the good organisation of the national high school examination in July and Vietnamese students’ recent attainment of gold medals at international competitions in mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology. Directed by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and the Central Steering Committee on Anti-Corruption, several cases of suspected corruption have been being handled. The Party Central Committee’s Examination Commission also disciplined officials with wrongdoings, creating a strong anti-corruption atmosphere across the entire political system, the Cabinet leader noted. At the meeting, PM Phuc pointed out that …... [read more]

Vietnamese businessman Mai Huu Tin has been voted the president of the World Vovinam Federation from 2017 to 2022. Mai Huu Tin is new president of the World Vovinam Federation.  Tín, who is also the Viet Nam Vovinam Federation (VVF) president, received support from about 60 delegates from 30 countries and territories who are taking part in the Vovinam World Federation’s Congress which kicked off in New Delhi, India, yesterday. He will be assisted by eight vice presidents, including Nguyen Van Chieu, VVF vice president, Macovei Florin, European Vovinam Federation president, and Djouadi Mohammed, African Vovinam Federation president, during his five-year term. Tín, 48, is the general director and chairman of the board of directors of U&I Investment Corporation. He practices vovinam and won a national title in 1986. On the first day yesterday, the Vovinam Congress also reviewed the development of the martial art with more than two million people around the world practicing it. Delegates discussed plans to make vovinam an official sport at the Asian Games and the Olympics in the future.  Tây Ninh start with draw in U-15 opener Defending champions Hoàng Anh Gia Lai were tied in a 1-1 opener by host Tây Ninh at the National U15 Championship yesterday at the provincial stadium. As the most famous national football training centre in recent years Hoàng Anh Gia Lai were considered strong rivals, and they showed off their power from the beginning. They needed just three minutes to break even with a goal by Thế…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc discussed various issues while chairing the Government’s regular meeting for July in Hanoi on August 3, asking officials to take measures to ensure their sectors and agencies reach this year’s growth targets. The PM stated that it is necessary to precisely assess all problems facing each sector as well as shortcomings in orders to address them and achieve the 2017 targets. PM Phuc noted a positive trend in the socio-economic situation in July and in the first seven months, stating that inflation continued to be controlled, credit grew well, while export and import revenue increased by almost 19%. 73,000 new businesses were also established and more than 17,000 others resumed operations between January and July. He expressed his delight at the implementation of social welfare, cultural, educational, healthcare and poverty reduction policies that have thus far been accomplished this year, highlighting the good organisation of the national high school examination in July and Vietnamese students’ recent attainment of gold medals at international competitions in mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology. Directed by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and the Central Steering Committee on Anti-Corruption, several cases of suspected corruption have been handled. The Party Central Committee’s Examination Commission also disciplined officials with wrongdoings, creating a strong anti-corruption atmosphere across the entire political system, the Cabinet leader noted. At the meeting, PM Phuc pointed out that although the manufacturing industry expanded, mining activities still declined. There are still difficulties in production and business activities,…... [read more]

NDO - The EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), which is considered a comprehensive trade agreement covering a wide area of sectors and also has an equal elimination of tariffs from both sides, is anticipated to bring about benefits and opportunities for both economies in multiple ways throughout the years. According to the agreement, the EU and Vietnam has committed to further market access and the removal of over 99% of tariffs on industrial and agricultural products, in addition to zero-duty Tariff Rate Quotas on a number of goods including clothing, footwear, seafood, tropical agricultural products, furniture and others which will come from Vietnam and automobiles, machinery, equipment, beverages, medicine, and temperate agricultural products and others which will come from the EU. In addition, the two sides' commitments on services sectors go largely beyond both WTO commitments and any other FTA that Vietnam has concluded. Therefore, EU companies will have more benefits when investing and doing business in the Vietnamese market, particularly in the sectors of their strength which include finance, banking, insurance and maritime transport. Vietnam's commitments to ensure an open and transparent investment and business environment will help to boost high quality investment from the EU into Vietnam. With anticipated benefits from the agreement along with the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community in late 2015, Vietnam will have an opportunity to become a hub of trade and investment between the EU and ASEAN countries. Furthermore, Vietnam has made commitments in regards to new areas which include government procurement,…... [read more]




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