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The camp aimed to inspire the gratitude of youths, students, and Buddhists to grandparents and parents, and respect to the predecessors and those who sacrificed their lives to defend national independence. It also conveyed a message to protect the green environment in all villages and canals in the southwestern region. Venerable Thich Thien Thuan, deputy director of the camp’s organizng board, said that preparations in logistics and recruitment of volunteers began early this year. “The camp is a place for attendees to learn and open their hearts to understand and love each other more. It is different from a course on leading a Buddhist life which would involve stricter discipline. The camp is designed to fit young participants who are active and restless. It offers a comfortable and healthy playground in which to learn about the teachings of Buddhism," he said. Camp activities included lectures on living a lifestyle inclined to the good, applying the Dharma to one’s life, chanting, and meditation. A game show called "Dharma Drumroll" helped participants review what they had learned, while team games and rural markets encouraged sharing among campers, learning from each other, and developing teamwork skills. Camp participants lit candles to pay tribute to martyrs on the 70th anniversary of War Invalids and Martyrs Day on July 27. Many of the organizers and parents noted positive changes in the campers’ behavior and attitudes.  They said most of the participants have become more responsible, more…... [read more]

Lack of coordination affects industrial development plans in southern VietnamHung Le HCMC – A lack of coordination, plus limited finances and low feasibility, has rendered industrial development plans ineffective in southern Vietnam, heard a conference in HCMC last week. The conference on industrial development in southern cities and provinces was organized by the Agency for Regional Industry Development under the Ministry of Industry and Trade, and the HCMC Department of Industry and Trade. Deputy head of the agency Do Thi Minh Tram said a slew of industrial promotion programs focus on conventional activities. She said certain industrial growth stimulus schemes are not realistic in rural areas, so some have been adjusted or even halted. Shortages of facilities, equipment, manpower and finances are major setbacks for industrial  promotion activities in southern localities. As a result, representatives of industrial promotion centers expressed concern that their plans cannot be accomplished this year. Disbursement of State capital in the first six months of this year met a mere 18.9% of the full-year target, she noted. Ba Ria-Vung Tau and Soc Trang provinces have yet to start their disbursement process while others like Tay Ninh, Tien Giang and Hau Giang have achieved 1-6% of their all-year goals. Although industrial promotion activities were first carried out more than 10 years ago, there is no complete legal framework. Tran Quoc Tuan, director of Tra Vinh Province’s Department of Industry and Trade, said trade promotion plans should pay special attention to facilitation of agricultural and aquatic product consumption…... [read more]

Businesses in southern Vietnam slow in innovationVan Nam HCMC vice chairman Le Thanh Liem (L) greets a delegate at the fourth Southern Industry and Trade Conference in HCMC last Friday - PHOTO: VAN NAM HCMC – Enterprises in 20 cities and provinces in southern Vietnam have remained slow in technology innovation though the Index of Industrial Production (IIP) is higher  than the average of the country. At the fourth Southern Industry and Trade Conference held in HCMC last Friday by the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the HCMC Department of Industry and Trade, enterprises in the south have medium or low production technologies and low competitiveness. The southern region encompasses HCMC, Can Tho, An Giang, Bac Lieu, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Ben Tre, Binh Duong, Binh Phuoc, Binh Thuan, Ca Mau, Dong Nai, Dong Thap, Hau Giang, Kien Giang, Long An, Soc Trang, Tay Ninh, Tien Giang, Tra Vinh and Vinh Long. Many small and medium enterprises in the region which make up a majority have been closed down due to limited finances and outdated technologies, among others. HCMC vice chairman Le Thanh Liem said that if the southern cities and provinces make full use of their strengths, promote investment activity and expand markets, they could gain stronger growth, contribute to the economic development of the country and improve their competitiveness on domestic and international markets. According to a report delivered at the conference, the 2016 IIP of the region surged 9.28% versus 2015, well above 7.5% nationwide. In particular, Tay Ninh, Ben…... [read more]

Newly harvested pineapples being readied for shipment at Vi Thanh City, Hau Giang Province. — VNA/VNS Photo Huynh Su Trade promotion activities in the southern region this year have focused on monitoring start ups and promoting clean agricultural and industrial production, officials said at a conference on Thursday. Training and enhancement of stakeholders’ managerial skills was another focus area, said Do Thi Minh Tram, deputy head of the Agency for Regional Industry Development (ARID). The eighth annual conference on trade promotion in southern cities and provinces was organised by the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT), ARID and HCM City’s Department of Industry and Trade (DoIT). It took note of numerous successes and discussed solutions to remaining problems. The conference noted that a training workshop held recently had more than 730 participants gain insights into business management, quality control, accessing distribution networks, eCommerce and the use of technology in trade promotion. The HCM City DoIT also reported a number of support activities for technology transfer, with 48 rural areas receiving modern machinery worth VND6.7 billion ($298,653) for use in agricultural production. Several deficiencies were also highlighted at the meeting, including the low rate of disbursement of State capital at just 18.8 per cent of the annual target. The provinces of Ba Ria – Vung Tau and Soc Trang have yet to begin the disbursement process, while others like Tay Ninh, Tien Giang and Hau Giang have only achieved one to…... [read more]

NDO – Southern localities are striving to achieve the total retail sales of goods and services in 2017 of over VND2 trillion, up 11.51% compared to 2016, with total exports reaching almost US$105 billion, up 11.6%. The target was announced at a conference in Ho Chi Minh City on August 4, which gathered representatives from the industry and trade departments of 20 southern provinces and cities in order to discuss the trade environment across the region in the first months of 2017. Reports presented at the event showed that following the continuing growth in 2016, the industrial production of the provinces and cities in the south have achieved favourable conditions in which to flourish. The Index of Industrial Production (IIP) in the first six months of 2017 grew by 8.75%, in comparison to the same period last year, of which Tra Vinh increased by 18.46%, Tien Giang 15.1%, Tay Ninh over 15% and Long An 13.31%. Nguyen Phuong Dong, Deputy Director of HCMC Department of Industry and Trade, said that in the past six months, local enterprises have had access to supportive policies from the State to actively invest and promote their business plans, thus recording positive growth in comparison to the same period last year. Specifically, regarding the textile sector, Ben Tre witnessed an increase of nearly by 67%, Tay Ninh over 27%, Vinh Long nearly 19%, and HCMC by 7.4%; for frozen seafood, Bac Lieu is up by 12% and Hau Giang by 6%. …... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has submitted a proposal to the Government to launch and/or complete 24 climate change response projects in the Mekong Delta region in the 2017-2020 period. This includes nine ongoing projects and 15 new ones. The projects focus on building and upgrading sea and river dykes in key areas, constructing salinity control systems and fresh water reservoirs for production, planting and restoring coastal mangrove forests and creating sustainable livelihoods for people. The total cost is estimated at VND11 trillion (US$478 million), of which over VND3.2 trillion will go into ongoing projects. Tran Phong, director general of Viet Nam Environment Administration’s southern chapter, said the total funding for the 2017-2020 projects is 2.7 times more than the previous period. The Steering Committee for Southwestern Region reported that coastal and riverside land erosion in Mekong Delta remained a complex problem in the first half of this year, especially in Ca Mau, Bac Lieu, Soc Trang, Tra Vinh and Ben Tre provinces. Landslides have been reported in 54 locations along Tien River, and 10 spots along Hau River. There are 15 spots in An Giang Province where landslide and erosion along river banks have been reported, and these have affected 172 houses. Kien Giang has recorded 70km of coastal land erosion, 30 km of which is seeing serious erosion. In Ca Mau and Bac Lieu, landslides and erosions have severely affected aquaculture as well as residential areas. The Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta region is…... [read more]

Former chairman of Southern Bank and Vice Chairman of Sacombank Tram Be has been arrested in a case that caused USD400m to go missing from the banking system. Be was accused of helping Pham Cong Danh, VNCB’s former Chairman steal VND1.8trn (USD79.2m) from Vietnam Construction Bank. Danh and other accomplices were found to have withdrawn money from customer accounts as security to take loans from other banks or outright stole it. Last September, Danh was sentenced to 30 years in jail while his accomplices received sentences between three years’ probation and 22 years in jail. Be was considered a talented businessman who could read changes in the market. He started in the wood industry and became successful in various fields including hospitals, real estate, finance and banking. In 1999, sensing huge opportunities in the real estate, Be decided to make investments in Binh Chanh Construction Investment JSC. For years later, his company owned huge plots of lands and mega projects in the south. In 2009, he bought a part of Vallco Shopping Mall in the US state of California for USD64m. In 2014, he sold it to Sand Hill Property Co. and made profits of USD16m. This was one of the biggest retail acquisition and merger cases in the Silicon Valley when the mall finally under single ownership after decades. Be is also famous for showing off his wealth. He caused a huge buzz when building the largest villa in the south in Ham Giang Commune, Tra Vinh Province. It…... [read more]

Thousands of scholarships and gifts are expected to be offered to children from difficult backgrounds under the programme“Thap sang nhung uoc mo” this year (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) - As many as 1,000 scholarships and 5,000 gifts are expected to be offered to children from difficult backgrounds under the programme called “Thap sang nhung uoc mo” (To light up dreams) this year. The scholarships and the gifts are worth at least one million VND (44 USD) and 500,000 VND (22 USD) each, respectively, said the Vietnam Association for Protection of Children's Rights (VAPCR) on August 2. The programme, the 4th version, aims to encourage and honour outstanding students who have overcome their difficulties to obtain good results in their study, as well as enterprises and donors for their support for the programme. As scheduled, the VAPCR will present 450 scholarships and 105 presents to disadvantaged children in Dak Nong, Dak Lak, Tien Giang, Hau Giang, Bac Lieu, and Tra Vinh provinces from September 8-30, while handing over scholarships and gifts to 50 others from northern provinces in Hanoi on September 23. VAPCR Vice President Ninh Thi Hong said the association has mobilised half of the expected scholarships and gifts, expressing her hope that the association will continue receiving support from organisations and individuals to help needy children. The programme’s main event will be organised in the Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre on October 1 on the occasion of the Mid-Autumn festival which falls on…... [read more]

Three women, including a mother and daughter, committed group suicide by hanging early Saturday morning in southern Vietnam, leading to two deaths. The daughter had reportedly wanted to end her life out of fear of being investigated for fraud, prompting her mother and aunt to follow suit. The rare incident unfolded in Tra Vinh Province in the small hours, when locals in Cau Ngang District heard a cry for help from Ngo Thi Hoa, 57, who was seen running out of her house in panic. Upon following Hoa inside her house, eyewitnesses found her sister Ngo Thi Tuoi, 61, and Tuoi’s daughter Nguyen Thi Thuy Hang, 22, having died from hanging. According to Hoa’s statement at the police station, her niece Hang had wanted to kill herself after living in fear of being under police investigation for a fraud she had been involved in. Despite Tuoi and Hoa’s advice against the action, Hang insisted on taking her own life, prompting the mother and aunt to agree on committing a group suicide, apparently because they could not live without the others. The three had initially scheduled the suicide for noon on Friday, with Hoa having bought a seven-meter rope and cut it into three pieces. However, the plan was delayed until after midnight due to a surprise visit from guests. At around 2:00 am on Saturday, after taking a nice shower and putting on clean clothes, the three women tied their ropes…... [read more]

In his recent notice on dengue control, the PM asked the People’s Committees of all cities and provinces to assign lower-level governments tasks to prevent the disease in their areas, intensify inspections at high-risk locations and penalise individuals and organisations that fail to take precautions. Notably, he urged increased control of mosquitoes at construction sites and boarding houses which aren’t cleaned regularly, good conditions for mosquito larvae development. The Ministry of Health was assigned to detect sources of infections, take preventive measures and provide training for healthcare workers on treating the disease.  The Ministry of Information and Communications and media agencies were asked to coordinate with the Ministry of Health to update the public on disease development and precautions. There are outbreaks of dengue fever in many countries, including Vietnam where more than 58,000 cases have been reported since the beginning of 2017, with some 49,000 people hospitalised – an increase of 11.2% from the same period last year – and 17 deaths, the notice said. Dengue hotspots include HCM City, Hanoi, Da Nang, Quang Nam, Binh Thuan, Binh Duong, Dong Nai, An Giang, Tra Vinh, Ca Mau, Tay Ninh, Soc Trang, Tien Giang and Nam Dinh, it added. Dengue fever is a viral infection transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito. There is no specific treatment for dengue and vaccination options are limited. Patients who develop a sudden high fever of 39-40 degrees Celsius, lasting 2-7 days…... [read more]

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