Additional 65 foreign-invested projects licensed in first quarter

Ha Noi, April 7 (VNA) -- An additional 65 foreign-invested projects were licensed in the first quarter of this year with a combined investment capital of USD 148 million.

Ho Chi Minh City topped the list with 21 projects valued at USD 51 million. Binh Duong province, next to Ho Chi Minh City, had 24 projects licensed worth only USD 16.5 million; and Ha Noi had four projects valued at USD 4.4 million.

Protestants in Vietnam

Ha Noi, April 7 -- Viet Nam has slammed references in the World Evangelical Fellowship's recent report which said " religious climate for Protestants in Viet Nam is still difficult. Protestants are detained, beaten and prisoned" as "sheer, ill-intentioned fabrication."

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Phan Thuy Thanh was responding on April 6 to a BBC correspondent who had sought Viet Nam's reaction to the WEF report. She said:

Environmental protection by government

Ha Noi, April 6 (VNA) -- A new national environmental strategy and action plan, and better aid coordination in the environment sector are the main topics of discussion at a joint government-donor conference on environment in Ha Noi on April 5-6.

The conference is being organized by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Participants are representatives from all ministries active in the environment sector, as well as multi-lateral and bilateral donors and NGOs working in Viet Nam.

Da Nang Marks its Liberation

The 25th anniversary of the Liberation of Da Nang was marked on March 29. The meeting was organised by the People

Thua Thien-Hue Liberation Day Marked

A meeting to celebrate the 25th Thua Thien-Hue Liberation Day (26-3-1975

Spokeswoman affirms social stability and security in Vietnam

On Mar. 24, concerning the US State Department on Mar. 8th warning US citizens in Vietnam to pay particular attention for their own safety , Spokeswoman for Foreign Ministry of Vietnam Phan Thuy Thanh again reiterated that social stability and security in Vietnam has always been maintained. " Statement on Mar. 8 of US State Department has caused misleading perception on situation in Vietnam and its image. We can affirm that social stability and security in Vietnam has always been maintained.

Children's Rights in Vietnam

The Successful Role of the Child

Festivities mark Daklak's 25th liberation day

A grand meeting was held on March 10, in Buon Ma Thuot township of Daklak central highlands province to celebrate its 25th liberation day. A parade by 5,000 people began shortly after the dawn with 25 trained elephants pulling artillery pieces, one method of delivering supplies to troop during the war. A parade of hundreds uniformed soldiers was stepping in patriotic music. More than 10,000 people lined the street in bright sunshine to watch the parades. Today they will watch firework first time in province. A lot of singing and dancing of ethnicities in province are performed.

The Year of the Dragon

February 5 was the first day of the traditional Lunar Year, the year of the Dragon.

The dragon is familiar to every Vietnamese, and it appears to have been for well over a thousand years.

When children go to school, they learn that Mother Au Co and Father Lac Long Quan gave birth to 100 children. Fifty of them went to the mountains and 50 others went to the sea. According to the legend, the Vietnamese people are the descendants of dragons.

Vietnam Celebrates Anniversary of International Recognition

The Vietnam Fatherland Front, the government and the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations jointly held a meeting in Hanoi on January 17 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations with the People