The Hanoitimes - Senior government officials said that electricity and gasoline are items leaving impacts on the economy and catching public attention. PM orders checking of power price hike following social outcry Vietnamese media has questioned the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) about labeling “secret” the plans for raising electricity and gasoline prices. Government April meeting with the chairmanship of Chairman Mai Tien Dung. Photo: VGP VnExpress asked the MOIT at the government’s regular meeting last weekend why it tagged the adjustment of power and gasoline prices as “state secret” and basing on what ground. In response, Deputy Minister of MOIT Do Thang Hai said that the ministry keeps the plans unrevealed before the official announcement with an aim to avoid any unexpected impacts on the society due to the crucial role of electricity and petroleum in the economy. Hai attributed the Law on Protecting State … [Read more...] about Why does Vietnam label plans on energy price hike “secret”?
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The Hanoitimes - One of the reasons making Vietnam a key partner of the US is its well-equipped army with the import of advanced weapons over the past years. Washington looks to send second aircraft carrier to Vietnam this year How Vietnam, US heal wounds of war to build up comprehensive partnership? Vietnam, US look to advance maritime security ties Vietnam, US share views on regional peace maintenance Vietnam, US discuss settlement of disputes in East Sea US Assistant Defense Secretary for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs Randall G. Schriver once affirmed that Vietnam has appeared to be a valued partner for Washington in the Indo-Pacific region. Vietnamese Defense Minister Ngo Xuan Lich and US Defense Secretary James Mattis on the sidelines of Shangri-La Dialogue 2018 in Singapore in June 2018. Photo: AP The senior official discussed the US-Vietnam strategic cooperation during a panel at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in … [Read more...] about Why does the US consider Vietnam an important Indo-Pacific partner?
An HDBank transaction office in HCM City. The bank offers deposit interest commensurate with age. — Photo Courtesy of HDBank HDBank continues to offer extra interest of up to 0.4 per cent on deposits under its “Bach nien-Phat tai” (Longevity-Prosperity) programme. The programme, first launched last year, became highly popular with customers that the bank has extended it this year. Under it, the higher a depositor’s age, the higher the interest rate they get. “Longevity-Prosperity” programme is applicable to customers who make an ordinary deposit in đồng from now until June 30 and receive interest at the beginning, middle or end of the deposit terms. Those who meet these conditions will get additional interest of 0.1-0.4 per cent per year up to a cap of 7.8 per cent. To be eligible, customers need to have a current account at HDBank with a minimum balance of VND500,000 for at least 30 days, but this regulation does not apply to customers … [Read more...] about HDBank offers deposit interest commensurate with age
Trade Minister of Canada Jim Carr (Source: Reuters/Chris Wattie) Hanoi (VNA) - Canada wants free trade with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), said the country’s Trade Minister Jim Carr on August 27 on the eve of his trip to Thailand and Singapore. Expanding to the Southeast Asia region will help Canadian businesses access one of the world's fastest-growing markets, he said in a statement. A deal with ASEAN, which includes Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam, would give Canada access to 650 million consumers. The minister’s comments followed a breakthrough in US-Mexico talks to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The development has led to Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland cutting short a European trip to rejoin trilateral NAFTA negotiations in Washington DC. Carr’s August 28-30 trip aims to promote bilateral trade and investment with Thailand and … [Read more...] about Canada eyes free trade with ASEAN
April is Autism Acceptance Month to raise awareness about autism, which is a complex brain disorder that often inhibits a person’s ability to communicate, respond to surroundings, and form relationships with others. The exhibit is full of colorful paintings and paper-mache figures, all made by little artists who want to show off their inner worlds to others (Photo: To He) On this occasion, the To He project held an exhibit titled “Iu Iu Iu”, showcasing the artwork of 7 autistic children at 8 Do Quang Street, Hanoi. The event aims to open a window on autistic children’s values and abilities through their artwork, inspire families with autistic kids, and change the community awareness of autism. The exhibit, part of the “Light It Up Blue 2018” campaign, run until April,30. The exhibit is full of colorful paintings and paper-mache figures, all made by little artists who want to show off their inner worlds to others. Visitor Vu Hai Phuong, … [Read more...] about IU.IU.IU Exhibit- Life through the eyes of artists with autism