Vietnam Fatherland Front leader meets top legislator of Laos

The event is organised by the UNESCO Culture Office in coordination with the Hoang Dung Communications Company, Mekong Trade Joint Stock Company, and Vietnam Synergy Co. Ltd. The walk will draw the participation of a number of government leaders, representatives of the Vietnamese Fatherland Front, the Vietnam Union of Scientific & Technical Associations (VUSTA), the Learning Promotion Association, the Vietnam Association for Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin (VAVA), the National Fund for Vietnamese Children (NFVC), and some of Hanoi’s press agencies. It will start in Dinh Tien Hoang street and proceed around Hoan Kiem Lake. Participants will offer incense at the statue of King Ly Thai To.... [read more]

Politburo member and President of the Vietnamese Fatherland Front (VFF) Nguyen Thien Nhan paid a visit to officers and soldiers of Division 9, Army Corps 4 in Ho Chi Minh City on December 21. VFF President Nhan praised the Army Corps for their efforts in strengthening defence, ensuring political stability and social order as well as for their contributions to local socio-economic development. He asked officers and soldiers to increase vigilance and combat readiness in order to quickly deal with defence issues arising in the area. Also on the same day, a special arts performance and exchange programme entitled ‘Sea, Islands – Vietnam’s Heart’ was jointly held by the Ministry of Information and Communications; the General Department of Politics of the Vietnam People’s Army; and the Voice of Vietnam (VOV). The programme featured songs and dances praising the country and the glorious tradition of the Vietnamese People’s Army, and the navy of Vietnam. An additional 39 mothers in the southern province of Ba Ria - Vung Tau whose husbands and children laid down their lives for national liberation have been honoured as ‘Vietnamese Heroic Mothers’. Speaking at the event, Secretary of provincial Party Committee and Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Hong Linh urged local authorities, organisations and individuals to enhance care provided to Vietnamese Heroic Mothers, war invalids and those who contributed to the nation’s revolution. As many as 1,066 mothers in Ba Ria - Vung Tau have been recognised as Vietnamese heroic mothers thus far. Also on…... [read more]

A concert aiming to raise a fund of VND 35.7 billion (US$1.5 milllion) for the poor was held at the Ho Chi Minh City Television’s Theater on November 25. Attending the event were Deputy Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh city Party Committee Vo Thi Dung, Deputy Chairwoman of the city People's Committee Nguyen Thi Thu, Head of the HCMC Party Committee's Public Relations Nguyen Thi Le. The art performance featuring the participation of many well-known artists was broadcast live on HTV9 channel. It was jointly held by the Vietnamese Fatherland front Committee of Ho Chi Minh City and Ho Chi Minh City Television. The organization board called on sponsors to donate to the “Fund for the poor”, aiming at supporting disadvantaged people. The event is part of the Vietnamese government’s national target program on sustainable poverty reduction from now until 2020. All donations have been sent to the Vietnamese Fatherland front Committee of Ho Chi Minh City at No.57 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street in District 1, account number 1000000123456789 in the Social Policy Bank's HCM City branch.... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – An older Frenchman walking with the help of a cane has become a familiar figure to many residents of southern Viet Nam. Former soldier: Marc De Muynck plays with children at the Mai Am Thien Than (House of Anges) orphanage in HCM City. — Photo courtesy of Marc De Muynck He visits orphanages, gives school equipment to children, and helps build houses - and he never asks for anything in return. They call him Ong Tay (the familiar Vietnamese monicker for an older Western man), but his real name is Marc De Muynck, founder and vice president of the humanitairan non-profit organisation Les Enfants du Dragon (Children of the Dragon). The name is based on the legend that the Vietnamese people are descendants of a love union between a dragon and a fairy. He founded the organisation in 2009 with a Vietnamese friend, a dental surgeon, after several trips to Viet Nam during which he witnessed the hard life of many of its inhabitants. ”I visited other Asian countries…but with Viet Nam, the link is different. It is indefinable, made of a sheaf of sensations that makes me feel very good here,” he said. Former soldier De Muynck, 67, was in the French army for 32 years before coming to do charity work in Viet Nam. Asked what motivated him to create the association and devote all his energy and time to charitable work, he smiles. “Obviously not the salary... No, the reward is far beyond any…... [read more]

A sudden explosion from a Hanoi power substation in an outlying district killed one while leaving four injured and many without power on Thursday. A sudden explosion from a Hanoi power substation in an outlying district killed one while leaving four injured and many without power on Thursday. The explosion occurred around 02:30 pm in front of the Vietnamese Fatherland Front building on Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street in Ha Dong District, sending a shockwave through the area. Hanh, a 50-year old iced tea vendor and her husband Long, 60, were thrown by the blast, suffering burns and serious injuries. Two other residents drinking iced tea at their stall suffered minor injuries and many other passers-by were terrified by the blast. The most severely burned victim, 63-year-old Vu Dinh Thai, was pronounced dead at the hospital on Friday. “I was taking a nap when the blast woke me up,” said a local living in the area. “When I ran out to the street, I saw a huge cloud of smoke rising and covering the entire street.” Firefighters quickly arrived at the scene and an investigation is currently underway. According to a representative from the power company in charge of Ha Dong District, an oil leakage from the substation might have caused the fire and explosion.... [read more]

Viet Nam News By Bạch Liên An older Frenchman walking with the help of a cane has become a familiar figure to many residents of southern Việt Nam. He visits orphanages, gives school equipment to children, and helps build houses - and he never asks for anything in return. They call him Ông Tây (the familiar Vietnamese monicker for an older Western man), but his real name is Marc De Muynck, founder and vice president of the humanitairan non-profit organisation Les Enfants du Dragon (Children of the Dragon). The name is based on the legend that the Vietnamese people are descendants of a love union between a dragon and a fairy. He founded the organisation in 2009 with a Vietnamese friend, a dental surgeon, after several trips to Việt Nam during which he witnessed the hard life of many of its inhabitants. "I visited other Asian countries…but with Việt Nam, the link is different. It is indefinable, made of a sheaf of sensations that makes me feel very good here," he said. Former soldier De Muynck, 67, was in the French army for 32 years before coming to do charity work in Việt Nam. Asked what motivated him to create the association and devote all his energy and time to charitable work, he smiles. "Obviously not the salary... No, the reward is far beyond any material consideration ... "I am paid simply by the smile of a child when you bring him school supplies, toys or a bike and by…... [read more]

A charitable art program raising fund for the poor will be organized at the Ho Chi Minh City Television’s Theater on November 25. The event will be jointly held by the Vietnamese Fatherland front Committee of Ho Chi Minh City and Ho Chi Minh City Television. The program featuring the participation of many well-known artists will be broadcast live on HTV9 channel. The organization board has called on sponsors to donate to the “Fund for the poor”, aiming at supporting disadvantaged people. The event is part of the Vietnamese government’s national target program on sustainable poverty reduction from now until 2020. All donations can be sent to the Vietnamese Fatherland front Committee of Ho Chi Minh City at No.57 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street in District 1, account number 1000000123456789 in the Social Policy Bank's HCM City branch.... [read more]

Belgium Commits €3 Mln in Support for Vietnam Local Governance Belgium has committed €3 million of ODA grant for supporting the local governance in Nghe An, Ha Tinh and Kon Tum provinces, as stated in three specific agreements signed by Vietnam and Belgium for the “Support for Responsive Accountable Local Governance” (RALG) projects in Nghe An, Ha Tinh and Kon Tum provinces. Immediate beneficiaries of the projects include : (i) People Committees and People Councils at the provincial, district and commune levels, participating line agencies (including Home Affairs, Planning and Investment, Justice, Finance etc..) who will benefit from the technical assistance and capacity building support provided under the projects, (ii) The Vietnamese Fatherland Front members and members of mass organizations at the provincial, district and commune levels who will benefit from organizational development and capacity building support which will enable them to better perform their core functions and (iii) the citizens of selected communes /districts where the projects will be implemented. The grant of € 3 million from the Belgian Government is divided equally between Nghe An, Ha Tinh and Kon Tum provinces. The People’s Committees of the three provinces are responsible to implement these projects over three years. Ha Vu more news... [read more]

Vietnamese and Belgian governments have recently signed three specific agreements for the project “Support for Responsive Accountable Local Governance (RALG)” in three Vietnamese provinces, the Embassy of Belgium said in a recent press release. Vietnamese and Belgian governments have recently signed three specific agreements for the project “Support for Responsive Accountable Local Governance (RALG)” in three Vietnamese provinces, the Embassy of Belgium said in a recent press release. The project, agreements for which were signed by Vietnamese Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen The Phuong and Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium to Vietnam Jehanne Roccas, will be implemented in Nghe An, Ha Tinh and Kon Tum, with a grant of €3 million (US$3.2 million). The People’s Committees of the three provinces are responsible for implementing the project in three years. The project’s objective is strengthening citizen-government engagement as a means of promoting more transparent, accountable and responsive local governance with improved service delivery and increased levels of citizen satisfaction. It also aims to make all citizens of Vietnam indirect beneficiaries through benefiting from the knowledge products, lessons learned, good practices generated in the province and beyond its boundaries, as well as through the dialogue strengthened at policy levels with regard to the issue of citizen-government interactions. According to the press release, immediate beneficiaries of the project include People’s Committees and People’s Councils at the provincial, district and commune levels as well as participating line agencies (including home affairs, planning and investment, justice, and finance) who will benefit from the…... [read more]

Incham to celebrate Diwali festival in town By Thuy Nguyen in HCMC The Indian Business Chamber in Vietnam will celebrate Diwali on October 26 at the Sheraton Saigon Hotel, 88 Dong Khoi St., Dist., 1 from 6:30 p.m. onwards. Diwali, the most popular festival of India, is a festival of lights symbolizing the victory of good over evil wherein lamps are lit as a sign of celebration and hope for humankind. It is also known as Deepavali in some parts of the sub-continent. Diwali is celebrated for three consecutive days at the end of the Hindu month of Ashwayuja. Indians regard it as a celebration of life and use the occasion to strengthen family and social relationships. In some Hindu calendars Diwali is the beginning of the New Year. During Diwali, Indians worship Laxmi, the goddess of prosperity and for many businesses this marks the new accounting year and new ventures. On this occasion, Incham is inviting the contemporary folk soft rock Indian band, Dhunn, to join the festival. The band members are Ankur Bhasin and Muneer Mohsin who released their self-titled debut cover recently in Mumbai. Both play guitars and are vocalists. "We brought in plenty of live music in terms of flute, sarangi and sitar on the cover," say Muneer in a statement. As for inspiration, "love in our lives and more," says Ankur about the album that talks of never-dying hope, happiness, betrayal and separation. Incham will also hold a fund-raising for charity during the festival. In…... [read more]




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