contribute to strengthening Vietnam-Australia ties
between Vietnam and Australia have developed not only in economics and trade
but also in education, tourism, culture and people exchanges in recent
The statement was made by Vice Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City Union of
Friendship Organisations, Huynh Minh Thien and Australian consul general in
HCM City, Graeme Swift, at a meeting to mark the 223rd Australian
National Day (January 26) on January 19.
Thien said Vietnam has been one of Australia’s trading partners with strong
growth over the past five years. The economic ties between the two countries
will develop further as Vietnam continues to implement economic reform.
Australia provided AUD119.8 million in financial assistance to Vietnam in
the fiscal year of 2010-2011.
Mr Graeme Swift said he was very pleased to join in many projects to aid
Vietnam, especially in infrastructure, such as transport projects in the
Mekong Delta region and improving people’s living conditions.
About 188,000 Vietnamese people are living and more than 24,000 Vietnamese
students are currently studying in Australia.
Reburial for war martyrs
The remains of 77 of 81 soldiers who died
during the American War were moved to Sa Thay District martyrs’ cemetery by the
local People’s Committee and Military Command in the Central Highland province
of Kon Tum on Wednesday.
The memorial and burial services for the
soldiers are expected to be held as soon as possible.
The Sa Thay District Command discovered the
unknown war martyrs’ remains after a two-year search in a mass grave on top of
Chu Tan Kra Mountain in the district’s Sa Son Commune last month, said Tran Van
Khanh, deputy chief of the command.
The soldiers were identified as belonging
to Regiment 209 under Division 312, which mainly consisted of men from Ha Noi,
The remains of four soldiers including
Nguyen Dinh Tam, Le Van Xuyen, Luu Van Cap and Nguyen Van Tao were previously
commemorated and buried in their hometown war cemetery in Ha Noi’s Gia Lam
According to docum-ents, about 400 soldiers
died while fighting against US forces on the top of the mountain in 1968.
Journalist burnt in home attack
A journalist working for Nguoi Lao Dong
(The Labourer) newspaper was attacked and set on fire while sleeping in his home
early yesterday morning.
According to police in southern Long An
Province, an unknown man broke into Hoang Hung’s house at dawn and poured
alcohol onto his body while he was sleeping and set his body on fire.
Hung then called for help. He was rushed to
Cho Ray General Hospital in HCM City, with burns on 50 per cent of his body.
At the site, police found a string and a
plastic bag. Police are continuing their investigation and their search for the
Int’l business school opens in HCM
The HCM City University of Economics
on Wednesday opened the International School of Business (ISB), which offers
bachelor- and master-level courses taught in English.
The ISB will also manage collaboration
projects with foreign partners in bachelor’s and master’s degree programmes.
The school is implementing a five-year
joint Doctor of Business Administration degree with Australia’s University of
Western Sydney that will train 50 doctors.
Antiseptic provided for blue-ear
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has ordered
the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to provide 45,000 litres of
Benkocid antiseptic to four provinces to help prevent blue-ear disease in pigs.
They are Da Nang City and Ha Tinh, Quang
Nam and Khanh Hoa.
The disease has been largely controlled
across the nation, except in central Ha Tinh Province, according to the Animal
High school students in mass collapses
Sixty students from Son Thanh Tay School in
central Phu Yen Province have fainted in groups during classes early this week.
On Monday morning, 40 girls in the 8th and
11th grades passed out en masse. The students recovered after getting treatment
from the local health clinic.
On Tuesday afternoon, 19 girls and one boy
in the 8th and 11th grades suddenly collapsed.
All other students of the 13 classes were
given the day off as a precaution.
Doctor Vo Hong Hai from Tay Hoa General
Hospital said a decrease in calcium levels in the students’ blood might be the
cause of the fainting.