Vnese leaders offer incenses to commemorate President Ho Chi Minh

Defendant Ha Van Tham at the first trial of hearing on February 27. The hearing of Tham and his accomplices will reopen on August 28. – VNA/VNS Photo Pham Kien The first-instance hearing of Ha Van Tham, former chairman of the Board of Directors of the Ocean Commercial Joint Stock Bank, Ocean Bank, and his accomplices will reopen on August 28, according to the Ha Noi People’s Court. During the 20-day hearing, this time, the jury will summon 727 people to participate in litigations -- a record number of people involved in the proceedings in court, so far. They include civil plaintiffs, those who were involved in interests and duties, witnesses and assessors. Till date, 50 lawyers have registered to protect the legitimate rights and interests of defendants. The case involves 51 defendants, who have been charged with the abuse of power and violations related to lending regulations and state regulations on economic management, causing serious consequences. According to the indictment, Tham and his accomplices are charged with breaching loan regulations for credit institutions, intentionally acting against State laws causing serious consequences, committing fraudulent acts and abusing power during their time at Ocean Bank. Their violations resulted in losses of nearly VND2 trillion (US$88 million) for Ocean Bank. In addition to defendant Tham, dozens of other accused leaders at the bank’s headquarters and leaders of branches and transaction offices of the whole Oceanbank system are also involved in Tham’s wrongdoing. The…... [read more]

FLC Grand Hotel at the FLC Sam Son Beach and Golf Resort complex in the central province of Thanh Hoa officially opened on Saturday. — Photo FLC Group on Saturday officially inaugurated its VND1.2 trillion (US$52.8 million) FLC Grand Hotel at the FLC Sam Son Beach and Golf Resort complex in the central province of Thanh Hoa. Covering an area of 3.6ha, the 15-floor hotel has 588 sea-view rooms and two president rooms. In addition to available facilities in the complex including the international convention centre, an 18-hole golf course, four-season swimming pool system, FLC Grand Hotel also offers bars, coffee shops and an infinity pool. This property is the second hotel in the complex meeting five-star standards. Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Le Thi Thin, vice chairwoman of the provincial People’s Committee said the hotel would help boost the capacity of FLC Sam Son to 1,000 rooms which would be eligible for organising events at both national and international levels as well as increasing the total number of hotel rooms in the province to 22,300, the 6th highest in the country. Thin highly valued FLC Group’s contribution in making tourism a key economic sector in Thanh Hoa Province. The locality would facilitate the group in drawing more residents and tourists to Thanh Hoa. She also urged FLC to accelerate the construction of Lux City to complete the high-end complex. In July 2015, the property investor inaugurated the first phase…... [read more]

'Autumn Melodies 2017' will deliver 11 high-class performances by artists from Germany, Russia, Japan, France, Macedonia and Vietnam. Opera: In collaboration with Goethe Institute in Vietnam, HBSO will present the debut performance of Johann Strauss II’s Die Fledermaus on August 19 and 20, a production of David Hermann and conductors Siegfried Geisler & Tran Nhat Minh, a linguistic and musical coach from Germany. Chamber/Orchestra will showcase "8 Seasons" on August 24, a tribute to both A. Vivaldi and A. Piazzolla’s "4 Seasons", and JOURNEY THROUGH EUROPE: PEOPLE AND LANDSCAPE on August 25, featuring debut performances of classical and modern pieces by European composers. Each evening will be a demonstration of the International Chamber Players from the U.S and the National Academy of Music. Bui Cong Duy and Chuong Vu, will also deliver some of the finest solo numbers of the evening. Contemporary dance will feature the performance of "Gone Through Love", a contemporary piece choreographed by Nguyen Phuc Hai and Nguyen Phuc Hung on August 26. Symphony Music will be chosen for the grand finale of the Arts Festival featuring the world famous Ulrich Horn (Cello) and Hoang Tuan Cuong (violin) from Germany, orchestrated by Mastro Le Phi Phi, fresh off their return from Macedonia, and will feature works of famed pieces by Brahms, Smetana and Tchaikovsky. For tickets, click here or purchase in person at HBSO Ticket Office at Opera House (left entrance).... [read more]

In a country where corruption pervades public infrastructure projects, the recent naming and shaming of the transport ministry for handpicking investors for major projects has epitomized the uphill battle facing Vietnam’s anti-graft movement: the surging influence interest groups have on the policymaking process. Last Friday, the Government Inspectorate blamed the Ministry of Transport for "operational problems" at seven major projects in Hanoi and nearby provinces. The inspectorate said in a report that the transport ministry had handpicked the investors instead of putting the projects out to tender. In response, the ministry claimed it had been forced to fast-track the process and select the only investors available that were interested in running the projects. The report comes at a time when drivers in southern Vietnam are digging in against a new toll station in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang, saying they are being forced to pay extra fees for a highway they have already forked out for. The dispute has shown no sign of letting up, with the transport ministry and the investor both rejecting calls to relocate the toll station. Vietnamese media has been unusually critical of the tollgate. In a scathing editorial on Sunday, Thanh Nien (Young People) newspaper said it is time the ministry overhauled the build-operate-transfer model to avoid hitting the public where it hurts most - their pockets. “It is essential that we follow through with state policies, but that doesn’t mean that the ministry cannot learn from the mistakes of previous administrations,”…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and a high-ranking delegation paid an official visit to Thailand from August 17-19 at the invitation of Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand Prayut Chan-o-cha. During the visit, the two sides issued a joint statement. Following is the full text of the joint statement: 1. His Excellency Mr. Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, and his wife paid an official visit to Thailand from August 17-19, 2017 at the invitation of His Excellency General (Ret.) Prayut Chan-ocha, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand. 2. Prime Minister Phuc’s delegation included His Excellency Mai Tien Dung, Minister – Chairman of the Government Office; His Excellency Mr. Tran Tuan Anh, Minister of Industry and Trade; His Excellency Mr. Chu Ngoc Anh, Minister of Science and Technology; His Excellency Mr. Nguyen Xuan Cuong, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development; His Excellency Mr. Truong Minh Tuan, Minister of Information and Communications, His Excellency Mr. Le Minh Hung, Governor of the State Bank of Vietnam, as well as other distinguished representatives from various ministries and agencies. 3. During the visit, Prime Minister Phuc was accorded a ceremonial welcome and had a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Prayut, who hosted dinner in Prime Minister Phuc’s honour. Prime Minister Phuc paid courtesy calls on President of Legislative Committee; President of Privy Council General Prem Tinsulanonda and met with Chairman of Thailand – Vietnam Friendship Association, Mr. Prachuab Chaiyasan; CEO of leading Thai…... [read more]

Workers at the HCM City Tax Department instruct tax payers during registration. — VNA/VNS Photo Hoang Hai In a recently released conclusion to a meeting on tax law adjustments, Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue asked that the Ministry of Finance’s (MoF) controversial new amendment drafts to tax laws be adjusted to meet both the national growth plan and the current economic climate. The MoF sought to make changes to the laws on Value Added Tax (VAT), Special Consumption Tax (SCT), Corporate Income Tax (CIT), Personal Income Tax (PIT) and Natural Resources Protection Tax (NRPT). Regarding the recent drafts, the Deputy PM said that revisions and amendments based on public and experts’ opinions, in compliance with other newly issued regulations from the National Assembly (NA), such as the law on Support for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs), or the Law on Investment, were needed. Hue requested the MoF re-examine the VAT law amendments. He asked that some regulations be readjusted, such as agricultural products being exempt from tax registration, goods and services being subject to a 12 per cent VAT level from the previous 10 per cent, or some other groups of goods and services being denied preferential VAT. On the SCT amendments, the Deputy PM said that the MoF must consult the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) before deciding whether or not SCT should be applied to passenger cars with nine seats or fewer. Moving onto the CIT…... [read more]

NDO – The 2017 ASEAN Song, Dance and Music Festival kicked off at Vinh Phuc provincial theatre, on August 20, as part of the activities to celebrate the 50th founding anniversary of ASEAN. The festival features nearly 300 artists from seven ASEAN member states, including Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. The artists will present around 90 performances highlighting each nation’s culture. Speaking at the opening ceremony, Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Vuong Duy Bien stated that the event will help tighten solidarity between nations in the ASEAN Community and promotes each nation’s culture. Within the framework of the event, outstanding performances will be selected to entertain audience in Vinh Tuong district and Phuc Yen town. The festival will last until August 24, aiming to improve people’s knowledge of the ASEAN Community and increase their awareness of developing the community. Entrance to the festival is free. On the same day, at FLC Sam Son Resort, Thanh Hoa province, the Voice of Vietnam (VOV) organised the final round of the "Voice of ASEAN + 3". The event also marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of ASEAN and the 72th founding year of the VOV. The event was attended by Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung, ASEAN Secretary-General Le Luong Minh, Ambassadors and delegates from embassies of ASEAN countries, China, the Republic of Korea and Japan. The first prize went to Darlin Joy Bate from Phillipines, while two second prizes were presented to Phan Thi Thu…... [read more]

Vietnam is verifying information that a Vietnamese sailor kidnapped by Islamist militants off the southern Philippines has been rescued after nine months in captivity. "We have been in touch with Philippine agencies to verify the information and instructed the Vietnamese embassy in Manila to get ready to bring Do Trung Hieu back home," Vietnam's foreign ministry said in a statement Monday, referring to the Vietnamese sailor reportedly rescued. Philippine troops said on Monday that they had rescued the hostage a day earlier on Basilan island in the southern Mindanao region, a stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf kidnap-for-ransom group, following intensified operations against the militants. The rescue was made following the beheading of two fellow crewmen in July. "The hostage was able to run from the militants in the course of military operations and our troops rescued him with the help of local connections," military spokeswoman Captain Jo-Ann Petinglay told AFP. "We have been conducting continuous operations against (the militants) involving airstrikes. The group was under pressure." Petinglay denied a ransom had been paid for the Vietnamese hostage's freedom. He and five and other crewmen were abducted in November from a Vietnamese cargo vessel sailing less than 20 kilometers (12 miles) from Basilan. Militants beheaded two of the sailors last month, prompting President Rodrigo Duterte to threaten to eat the militants alive in retaliation. Duterte often uses extreme language, when talking about Islamic militants. Abu Sayyaf, originally a loose network of militants formed in the 1990s with seed money from Osama bin Laden's Al-Qaeda…... [read more]

NDO – Nhan Dan Online selects outstanding events that made the headlines over the past week. PM visits Thailand, holds talks with Thai counterpart Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc paid an official visit to Thailand from August 17-19 at the invitation of his Thai counterpart Prayuth Chan-ocha. During the visit, PM Phuc and his Thai counterpart Chan-o-cha sought collaboration measures to build the ASEAN Community and maintain the association’s central role on the occasion of ASEAN’s 50th founding anniversary, as well as seeking ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation within sub-regional programmes and projects. The two sides discussed long-lasting issues such as how to minimise conflicts at sea, illegal fishing and smuggling on each other’s waters, along with illegal Vietnamese workers in Thailand. They agreed to accelerate negotiations on an agreement concerning criminal extradition and a treaty pertaining to mutual legal assistance, as well as the expansion of the treaty on labour as Thailand has high demand for labourers while Vietnam has a large supply. At the same time, the two PMs decided to set up mechanisms to settle existing problems with these incomplete agreements with the aim of avoiding further issues. PM Phuc also met with businesses of both countries. During the visit, he attended the signing of agreements and memoranda of understanding between ministries, sectors, localities and businesses of both nations. During the visit, the Vietnamese government leader also held meetings with Thai officials and local communities, as well as the Vietnamese community in Thailand. National Assembly Standing Committee…... [read more]

NDO - Hanoi will organise a series of activities to celebrate the 72nd anniversary of the August Revolution and National Day with the aim of fostering patriotism amongst the people. On the National Day (September 2), various arts and sports performances will take place at the August Revolution Square, Ly Thai To Flower Garden, My Dinh National Stadium, Hanoi's outskirts town of Son Tay, and Hanoi's outskirts district of Dong Anh. Arts performances will also be held for the public at industrial zones in Soc Son and Noi Bai on September 2. In addition, a Hanoi open bicycle race will take place around the Hoan Kiem Lake on August 27 morning to celebrate the August Revolution and National Day. A bicycle race for the VTV Cup will also take place around the Hoan Kiem Lake on the National Day. In addition the national concert named “Dieu Con Mai” (Things Everlasting) will once again be brought to the stage at the Hanoi Opera House on September 2. The concert has been held annually on September 2, Vietnam’s National Day, since 2009 to promote the spirit of national pride and the love of country and people. The city authorities have also built a plan to ensure social security and traffic safety during the holidays.... [read more]

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