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Monthly Archives: June 2014

Vietnam, Canada strengthen educational cooperation

Vietnam and Canada have signed a letter of intent (LOI) aimed at strengthening mutual understanding and expanding educational cooperation. The signatories to the agreement were Denise Amyot, President and CEO of  Colleges and Institutes Canada (CIC) formerly known as the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC), and Trinh Quan Dong, General Director of Khoi Nguyen Education

Vietnam active at UN human rights meeting

Vietnam made substantive contributions to the newly-concluded 26th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva, Switzerland, affirming the country’s resolve to promote human rights. During the three-week session, which was concluded on June 27, UNHRC had various discussions on many important matters such as the protection of vulnerable groups, especially women,

Northern economic zone aims for 9% annual growth

An overall socio-economic development plan by 2020 of the northern key economic region, in which GDP per capita is targeted at US$ 5,500, was announced by the Ministry of Planning and Investment. Illustration photo The plan with a vision towards 2030 was approved by the Prime Minister in January this year. It details specific socioeconomic

Thai coup leader denies conspiracy with protesters

Thailand’s junta-leading Army Chief has dismissed allegations he plotted to seize power for years before May’s coup, issuing an apparent rebuke to the leader of the protests that crippled the former government. “It is not true” General Prayut Chan-O-Cha said, addressing accusations that he had discussed uprooting the divisive Shinawatra clan from politics with firebrand

Food festival promises a feast for visitors

A food festival in the central province of Khanh Hoa will feature outstanding specialties from all corners of Vietnam from July 8 – 13, heard a press briefing on Jue 27.The event in the sea resort city of Nhat Trang aims at introducing and honouring the best of the country’s culinary culture and cooking creativity,

Earthquake in Dien Bien Province

A earthquake of 4.3 on the Richter scale shook Dien Bien Province on June 26, the strongest earthquake this year.     This quake took place at 7:44pm with its focal depth at around 9.5km and an epicenter near Thanh Nua and Thanh Luong Commune, which lies along the Muong Lay – Dien Bien fault.

ASEAN meeting clarifies East Sea stance

Senior ASEAN officials have expressed deep concern about recent escalated tensions in the East Sea and hoped a more legally binding code of conduct (COC) will be formulated soon to resolve territorial disputes in the region.  Aung Lynn, Head of SOM Myanmar, told reporters after the ASEAN SOM meeting in Hanoi on June 27 that

US seeks resumption of cyber talks with China

The United States next month will urge China to resume discussions on cybersecurity that were suspended abruptly after the U.S. charged five Chinese military officers with hacking into U.S. companies to steal trade secrets, a U.S. official said Thursday. Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel told The Associated Press the U.S. would push for a

Adventure tours launched in Tu Lan Cave

Adventure tours discovering Tu Lan Cave in Tan Hoa commune, Minh Hoa district, in the central province of Quang Binh, have been launched by Oxalis Adventure Tours Company. Located 70 km Northwest of Phong Nha National Park, Tu Lan features many spectacular untouched caves in a limestone mountain area with beautiful stalagmites and stalactites, as

First body found after mine collapse

The first body has been recovered after Dong Giac stone mine in Phu Tho Province collapsed two days ago. Scene of the collapse The Dong Giac mine is under management of Tran Phu Company. The residents of Giac 1 Village, in Thu Cuc Commune, said they heard a loud noise at around 10:30am on June