Following are the outstanding events in the week:
Government unanimously agrees to expand land limit, accumulate land
At the regular Government meeting in February 2017, the Government requests the Governmental members to regularly review and recommend the amendment or revocation of mechanisms, policies and legal stipulations that are no longer suitable. On the other hand, it is necessary not to let institution and policy obstruct production and business activities of enterprises as well as the economic and social development.
It is necessary to implement policy on extension of land limit or else it will be difficult to carry out “huge fields”
In the agricultural field, the Government requests the Ministry of Resources and Environment top coordinate action with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Ministry of Justice to review and recommend the amendment of the policy of land, thus creating favorable conditions to the accumulation of land and extend land limit for agricultural production on a large scale in the third quarter of 2017.
At the same time it is proposed to study to amend the stipulations on granting the certificate of the right of land use and property closely linked to land so as to create favorable conditions to enterprises to implement the procedures of registering the transactions.
Vietnam has got about 48 million small patches of rice fields, so it is very difficult to carry out the large-scale farming work. So first of all, to extend the land limit, it is better to give satisfactory compensation to the farmers when their land is to be recovered on the basis of encouraging them to follow the “large field” farming method./.
Provincial Competitiveness Index in 2016 made public
The Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) on March 14, 2017 together with the US Agency of International Development (USAID) made public the annual report on the Provincial Competitiveness Index 2016 (PCI).
Da Nang continues to affirm its leading position among provinces and cities of Vietnam in the PCI ranking
In general the quality of economic operator of provinces and cities in Vietnam has still maintained its improvement. On average, PCI has reached 58.20 points and Da Nang continues to affirm its leading position among provinces and cities of Vietnam in the PCI ranking. This the 4th consecutive year Da Nang has topped the rank.
Especially Quang Ninh in 2016 surpassed Dong Thap to occupy the second position of the rating and this is the first time the province obtained the highest position in the past 12 years of PCI investigation. To everyone’s surprise is Binh Duong’s come back to the Top Five ranking.
PCI represents the voice of private enterprises. It helps boost the development of private enterprises, especially the ultra-small and small enterprises. This can be served as the motivation for national development./.
Gac Ma Memorial is to be completed soon
The building of Gac Ma Memorial in honor of the martyrs here is about to be completed with the last finishing touch being finalized so that it can be inaugurated right on July 27 in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of War Invalids and Martyrs Day.
Perspective of Gac Ma Memorial seen from high above
The construction is on an area of 2.5 hectares on Cam Ranh Peninsula. Its building started in March 2015 with an investment capital of VND 130 billion from contributions of the trade union organizations, workers and people nationwide.
The Memorial themed “These people lay down their lives on horizon” is highlighted with the symbol “Immortal Circle” glorifying the indomitable fighting spirit of Gac Ma Reef naval soldiers who sacrificed their lives to defend the sacred islands and sea of the Fatherland.
64 soldiers fought to their last breath to defend the flag of the Fatherland and affirm Vietnam’s sovereignty over Gac Ma Reef in a battle against the Chinese troops on March 14, 1988.
Apart from the Memorial, there is an underground museum where memorabilia of the Gac Ma Reef naval soldiers are kept.
On March 14, 1988, while Vietnamese naval soldiers were defending the group of Gac Ma-Len Dao-Co Lin Reefs, Chinese troops with their battle ships came to launch attacks on them. 64 Vietnamese naval soldiers sacrificed their lives and 9 others were captured by the Chinese./.
Thinking about rice production needs being changed
Rice production has played an important role in economic development, ensuring food security, stabilizing political system and making a contribution to hunger eradication and poverty reduction.
This is affirmed by Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong at a Conference held in An Giang on March 15, 2017.
Vietnam-produced rice is found present in over 150 countries and territories
From a country always running short of food, Vietnam has striven to produce rice enough for domestic consumption and for export, in which the Cuu Long River Delta has occupied 50% of rice output and over 90% of exported rice. In 2016, Vietnam exported 4.8 million tons of rice with a value of USD 2.1 billion. Vietnam-produced rice is found present in over 150 countries and territories.
Speaking at the conference, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said that for many years now, Vietnam-produced rice has been exported to hundreds of countries and territories in the world, thus making a contribution to stabilizing the people’s life and ensuring food security nationwide. However, the efficiency of rice growing remains low with low interest. So in 2017 and the years to come, the Prime Minister continued, there are still a lot of difficulties and challenges facing the rice sector. So it demands the sector to restructure soon and have new vision with the strategies that meet the consumer requirements of the world. A new thinking in rice growing is needed so as to improve the value of rice./.
National Press Festival 2017 Opened
The National Press Festival 2017 themed “Vietnamese Press Goes together with Country for Renovation” was opened in Hanoi on March 17, 2017.
The view of the National Press Festival 2017
The National Press Festival 2017 has been participated by almost all the press agencies nationwide. This is an occasion for exchange and meeting of the pressmen. This is also an occasion to commend and encourage the great contributions of the units, individuals, organizations and enterprises to the revolutionary press cause.
The Festival put on display all the publications to welcome Lunar New Year Tet and other typical publications in 2016.
The Festival last until March 19./.
First successful heart transplant from adult to child patient
Dr. Nguyen Huu Uoc, Chief of the Cardio-Thorasic Department, Viet-Duc Hospital, said that on March 15, after over 10 hours, the heart transplant surgery for the boy Nguyen Thanh Dat (aged 10) was successful. This is an extremely difficult case as it had been implemented for the first time in Vietnam by transplanting an adult’s heart to a kid.
The boy after the surgery is now recovering well
The boy Nguyen Thanh Nhi was discovered having a heart disease a few months ago. He got heart failure at terminal stage. To save him, there was no other way than transplanting the heart. Fortunately a patient, 34, who died of liver cancer, has donated his heart to the boy.
There were a lot of difficulties on the way, namely the size of the donor’s heart should be of the same size of the boy’s and the cost of about VND 700 million for surgery. At the end of the day, everything went plain sailing. The heart transplant came to a successful end and the patient is now recovering gradually./.
Joint efforts to combat against malicious information and to protect Vietnamese brands
Minister of Information and Communications Truong Minh Tuan on March 16, 2017 chaired a working meeting with enterprises and big brands which have now their products and services advertised on Internet and the advertisement service companies.
Minister Truong Minh Tuan is sharing the malicious contents of videos in Vietnamese on TouTube
Such big brands as Vinamilk, VinHome, Sungroup, Unilever Vietnam, Ford have affirmed that right after receiving the information from the Ministry, these enterprises have requested their advertisement agents to temporarily stop giving ads on YouTube.
A lot of malicious video clips have been posted on Google in recent time and experts think that Google should cooperate in changing algorithm so as to be able to censor the malicious information.
Google is requested to pull all the ads with malicious information from the network and this could take quite a time to do it because there are now so many reactionary, malicious video clips.
To protect the safety of brands, especially Vietnamese brands, it is necessary to build a wholesome Internet environment that is easy for every user in Vietnam, Minister Tuan stressed./.
Japanese Professor helps restore Mong Phu Village Gate
By basing himself on the well-measured data, Professor-Architect of Japan Ejima Akiyoshi has restored the model of Mong Phu Village Gate according to 1/10 scale with Japanese precious wood and presented it to Hanoi Museum on March 16, 2017.
Prof-Architect Ejima Skiyoshi introduces and completes the model
Prof-Architect Ejima Skiyoshi is the one who had once joined the research and given guidance to the restoration of a number of relics in Vietnam such as Hoi An ancient street, Bac Ninh ancient house and Duong Lam ancient village.
From 2007 to 2012, he had joined 17 times of research and restoration of Duong Lam village. Especially he has devoted his efforts to studying the architectural work of Mong Phu village gate – a heritage of Duong Lam.
Architect Ejima Akiyoshi once said that this work reflects his sentiment towards the Vietnamese friends as well as the local people.
Duong Lam Village Gate is one of the architectural works belonging to the heritage of ancient Duong Lam village – the national historical and cultural heritage, built under the Le Than Tong dynasty (1553)./.
After debut of “Kong-Skull Island” film in Vietnam, tourists rush to Quang Ninh and Quang Binh
After one week of the show of “Kong-Skull Island” film with a lot of footages shot in Quang Ninh, Ninh Binh and Quang Binh of Vietnam, the number of tourists to these three localities has increased from 10% to 20%.
“Kong-Skull Island” with scenes set in Vietnam
The number of tourists coming to these localities after the debut of the film not only speaks out the efficiency of the film, but also the results of advertisements and promotion of tourism. Most of the tourists are domestic.
One thing worth mentioning here is that these tourists have actually booked their tours before the debut of the film. So it is hard to say that the increase of tourists to the localities is only due to the efficiency of the film show.
According to Nguyen Cong Hoan, deputy General Director of Hanoi Redtours Company, the number of tourists coming to these localities cannot be considered as a sudden change. But he hoped that the number of international guests to Vietnam will increase in the time to come./.
Methanol alcohol poisoning increases sharply
For nearly one month, there were 27 methanol alcohol poisoning cases in Hanoi City with three deaths.
(illustration on the internet)
It is an alarming signal that the methanol alcohol poisoning has increased sharply in recent time. With only a small content of methanol in alcohol could kill the drinkers, experts say. The consequences are very serious because the patients could get brain damage or serious stroke. It is very difficult to save these patients in emergency cases.
The Prime Minister has sent an official message to localities to enhance investigation so as to ensure food safety and to take drastic measures to stop any behavior that violates the law on food safety with alcohol products.
The Prime Minister has asked the Health Ministry and the Ministry of Industry and Trade to take urgent measures to examine and investigate any production, business and consumption activity of alcohol products nationwide and perfect the documents stipulating the management of alcohol products, especially alcohol being brewed by households and alcohol without origin./.