Dong Nai records USD 1.4 billion trade surplus in eight months

(VOVworld) - India and Bangladesh on Saturday celebrated the swapping of 162 pieces of land along their borders. The agreement to swap land lots of one country’s sovereignty located in the other country’s territory has resolved territorial issues of 4,000 km of border line and the identification of 52,000 residents along the border. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheik Hasina Wajid signed a historic deal in Dhaka on June 6th to swap 111 Indian enclaves for 51 Bangladeshi ones. The deal will bring a new life to residents of the border enclaves who had lived stateless for years.... [read more]

The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism said it is trying to find out how many Vietnamese tourists are still in Nepal following a massive earthquake that hit the country on Saturday and killed thousands of people. Nguyen Van Tuan, VNAT’s chief, said Sunday that the agency had asked the Travel Department to provide information on Vietnamese tourists and travel companies operating tours in Nepal, but the exact number of Vietnamese tourists there is still unknown. The department said no companies have reported any missing Vietnamese tourists in Nepal. But it does not have information regarding tourists who came to Nepal on their own without booking tours with travel companies. As Vietnam does not have an embassy in Nepal, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Saturday asked Vietnamese embassies in India and Bangladesh to work with Nepalese, Indian and Bangladeshi authorities to find out if there are Vietnamese nationals affected by the earthquake. On Sunday, the embassies replied that there had been no information about any Vietnamese dead or injured in the disaster. The embassies are working closely with local authorities to collect more relevant information.... [read more]

(VEN) - As part of the National Trade Promotion Program for 2013 which has been approved, the Ministry of Industry and Trade will send a delegation of 15 businesses to New Delhi, India and Dhaka, Bangladesh to carry out trade promotion activities. The delegation will stay in the two cities seven days, from December 17-24. Businesses will survey the Indian and Bangladeshi markets and meet partners to popularize Vietnamese products in an effort to promote exports to the two markets, concentrating on goods such as mobile phones and components, machinery, equipment and spare parts, rubber, coffee, pepper, pharmaceuticals, fibers, yarn, cashew nuts, plastics, animal feed and materials for feed production, maize, cotton, cement, clinker, chemicals, materials for textile, garment and leather footwear production. India is the largest South Asian market of Vietnamese goods and the sixth largest trade partner of Vietnam. The two countries have a long-standing traditional friendship. Economic and commercial cooperation between Vietnam and India is expanding. Bilateral trade has grown strongly and in a sustainable manner, especially since the ASEAN-India Trade in Goods Agreement (AITIG) was signed in 2009. Last year, trade between the two countries reached approximately US$4 billion and that included US$1.8 billion worth of Vietnam's exports to India and US$2.2 billion of its imports from India. Key Vietnamese exports to India include mobile phones and components, machinery and equipment, computers, rubber, coffee, pepper, fiber and yarn. Vietnam imports from India pharmaceuticals, animal feed and materials for feed production, materials for textile, garment and footwear…... [read more]

Currently, Vietnam's major export commodities to Bangladesh are clinker cement, rice, fibre of all kinds, steel products, cloth of all kinds, machine, devices and spare parts. Commodities Vietnam imports from the market are pharmaceutical and chemical products. During the period, the Ministry will coordinate with relevant agencies to organise the Vietnam - India Business Forum in New Delhi and Vietnam - Bangladesh Businesses Forum in Dhaka. In addition, Vietnamese businesses will join the India ASEAN Business Fair with the participation of India and 10 ASEAN countries. Trade activities will focus on commodities of telephone, component, machinery, rubber, coffee, pepper, pharmaceutical products, fibre of all kinds, cashew, plastic, livestock feeds, corn, cotton, clinker cement, materials for garments, shoes and leather. These offer opportunities for Vietnamese businesses of Vietnam, India and Bangladesh to meet, discuss, promote trade with Indian and Bangladeshi businesses to boost exports of Vietnam's commodities to these markets./.... [read more]

Record book announces new records The Vietnam Record Books today announced 4 new national records: the biggest rice map, the longest rice road, the biggest tea set and the largest wedding ceremony. The biggest rice map was made with 23 different kinds of seeds from various locations such as Hanoi, Hung Yen, Hai Phong, Da Nang, Long An, Can Tho. 55 artisans worked with 16.2 kg of seeds from October 28 to November 5 to create the map which is 6m wide and 9m long and has an area of 54 square meters to represent 54 different ethnicities in Vietnam. This map was made for the second rice festival in the Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang on November 8-11. Also as a part of this festival, a 1.2 kg stretch on Soc Trang's Hung Vuong Road lined with 47,000 rice pots was also unveiled. This road is now recognized as the longest rice road. Made for the first International Tea Festival which will open tomorrow in the northern province of Thai Nguyen, a terracotta mosaic tea set is also considered the biggest of its kind in Vietnam. The set consists of a tea pot of 3m in height with a diameter of 4.5m together with 3 cups of 1m in height and a diameter of 0.8m. And the record of the largest wedding ceremony went to a wedding of 80 couples at the White Palace Convention Center in Phu Nhuan District, Ho Chi Minh City organized by the city's…... [read more]

The Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences and the Indian Embassy in Hanoi hosted a seminar entitled “Life and great legacy of Ranbindranath Tagore” on Nov. 9 on the occasion of his 150 th birthday (1861-1941). At the event, the participants focused on discussing the impacts of the Indian poet, writer and a philosopher’s legacy on the East Asian and Southeast Asian regions, the socio-political context of his works, the thought of life, traditional community and reconstruction of rural areas, and his art legacy values. Ranbindranath Tagore translated a collection of his poems entitled “Gitanjali from Bengali” into English and became the first Asian to win Nobel prize in 1913. Tagore was also a social reformer, a patriot and a great humanist who composed both Indian and Bangladeshi national anthems. As a teacher, he paid attention to the concept of adequate and comprehensive education and established the Visva – Bharati University in Shantiniketan town. He was knighted by the British government in 1915, but several years later, he resigned the honour as a protest against the British policies in India./.... [read more]

KOLKATA, India, Apr 24 (AFP) - Britain exporting curry to India? The idea seems ludicrous but a group of chefs are in the subcontinent determined to teach locals about British versions of traditional Indian recipes. Indian food has become a mainstay of the British diet, eaten in vast quantities across the country, but few people in the homeland of the curry have ever heard of the dishes that pass off for their national cuisine in Europe. Chicken Tikka Masala, known for its spicy red yoghurt-based sauce and said to be the most popular dish in British restaurants, is unheard of in India where even the word "curry" is seen as a British invention. Dishes with "gravy" are what Britons, or "Britishers" as they are still known in India, would recognise as a curry, though gravy for traditional English folk is something served with roast beef on a Sunday. "The Taste of Britain's Curry Festival" has been running this week in Kolkata, eastern India, the first capital of the British empire on the subcontinent. Advertised widely across the city, the idea is to introduce Indians to some of the dishes that have developed in Britain in the 300 years since the two countries have been linked by trade and colonial rule. "The British Raj in the Indian subcontinent started from Kolkata and Britons had the first Indian curries in this historic city," festival director Syed Bilal Ahmed told AFP. "Bringing back curry to its original place is like a homecoming." The…... [read more]

Talking Shop (07-06-2007) Garment sector sets lofty goals Last month's congress of the Viet Nam Textile and Apparel Association (Vitas) set a target for the garment industry of US$10-12 billion in exports per year by 2010. Le Quoc An, the association's newly re-elected president, spoke to Talking Shop about the role of Vitas in boosting the industry. How does Vitas promote the garment industry? Vitas has two key roles. First, we assist and represent garment enterprises in proposing policies for the development of the industry, especially involving international trade barriers. Currently, Vitas maintains strong co-operative relations with foreign textile and garment associations and is working together with US garment importers who are actively helping us overcome trade barriers in the U.S market. The second main role of Vitas is to co-ordinate enterprises in fulfilling major projects such as building industrial parks specialising in garment production and doing trade promotions. Vitas is preparing for the establishment of an e-commerce company focused on the garment industry and also the building of facilities producing raw materials. These are things individual enterprises cannot carry out by themselves or, if they can do, it's not the most efficient or profitable. Vitas therefore becomes the promoter and coordinator of these projects. Our recent third congress met in an environment full of opportunities but challenges as well. Viet Nam has become an official member of the WTO and is engaged deeply in international economic integration. That brings a lot of opportunities. However, we are facing trade barriers…... [read more]

NDO – An art programme entitled ‘Forever Shining the National Flag’ was held in Ho Chi Minh City on the evening of September 2 to celebrate the 72nd anniversary of Vietnam’s National Day (1945-2017). The event was attended by Politburo member and Secretary of Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan, Chairman of the city People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong, and other officials. Performances at the programme recalled historic milestones in the country’s glorious history from the August Revolution in 1945, the national struggles against foreign invaders to the country’s development and international integration today. Participating artists also praised President Uncle Ho and the clear-sightedness of the Communist Party of Vietnam through beautiful melodies. Yesterday evening, the eighth national concert named “Dieu Con Mai” (Things Everlasting) was organised at the Hanoi Opera House, bringing to stage the most outstanding and favourite performances of the concert’s previous seven editions. Broadcasted live on Vietnam Television Channel 1, the concert gathered famous Vietnamese vocalists and veteran instrumentalists from the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra under the baton of conductor Le Phi Phi. The event opened with the Vietnamese anthem in choir version, which was accompanied by the symphony orchestra, recalling the date September 2, 1945 at the historic Ba Dinh square, President Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence giving birth to the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, now the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. The concert also featured touching songs praising Uncle Ho, the Fatherland, and patriotism,…... [read more]

Director of the Sa Ky port management board Le Tan Hai said the board deployed additional eight boats, raising the total to 13. Each pair of boats from the mainland and the island will depart every 30 minutes, down half from usual days.  Pham Thi Huong, Vice Chairwoman of the district People’s Committee, said the province has requested guest houses, hotels, homestay lodging facilities and restaurants not to raise prices during the period to prevent fines.  Local public security and border guard forces were also asked to ensure security, social safety and order, she said, adding that accommodation support will also be provided for visitors in case of bad weather conditions.  Tourist arrivals in Ly Son are forecast to top 5,000 during the three-day holiday. Located to the north-east of Quang Ngai province, about 15 nautical miles (27km) from the mainland, Ly Son island is home to three cultures of Sa Huynh, Champa and Viet with numerous relic sites in in Oc hamlet, Chinh spring, Gieng Tien crater, Hang pagoda, An Vinh communal house, among others. The island also preserves historical proof of Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos. Besides, Ly Son boasts unique geographic conditions which are highly valued by researchers.... [read more]

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