3,1 million telephone subscribers in Vietnam

Ha Noi, Nov. 1 (VNA) -- Viet Nam now has nearly 3.1 million telephone subscribers and 90,000 Internet subscribers, according to the Viet Nam Post and Telecommunications Corporation (VNPT).

As many as 2.4 million are regular telephone subscribers and the remainder use mobile phones.

The VNPT has so far this year installed 637,000 telephones, up 37,000 from the target for 2000. Of these, there were 340,000 pre-paid mobile phones.

Vietnam attends World Trade Union Federation's meeting

Nov. 1(VNA) -- President of the Viet Nam General Confederation of Labour (VGCL) Cu Thi Hau attended the 14th session of the Presidential Council of the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) held in Kuwait between Oct.28 and 30.

The session drew the participation of more than 50 delegates representing trade union organizations in Europe, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and international agencies.

Crack down on drugs conducts nationwide

Ha Noi, Oct. 30 (VNA) -- A crack down on drugs will be conducted nationwide from today, Oct. 30, to Jan. 30, 2001 as announced at a conference held recently in Ha Noi by the Ministry of Public Security.

At the conference to review the country's fight against drugs in 2000 it was reported that anti-drug forces have so far this year detected nearly 9,000 drug-related cases involving 16,200 people.

10,000 businesses set up under new Enterprise Law

Ha Noi, Oct. 30 (VNA) -- The Water and Development Joint Stock Company in Ho Chi Minh City became the 10,000th business set up under the revised Enterprise Law on Oct. 10.
The company, with a registered capital of VND 15 billion (USD 1.07 million) will be involved in the exploitation, treatment and trade of safe water, civil engineering, water supply and drainage projects, forest and industrial tree planting projects.

Vietnam Airlines opens new route to Laos and Cambodia

Oct. 29 (VNA) -- A ceremony to inaugurate a new air route from Ha Noi via Vientiane and Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City was held at Wattay International Airport, Vientiane city, on Oct. 29 by Vientiane-based branch of the national flag carrier, Vietnam Airlines.

The first regular flight on the new route Ha Noi (Viet Nam)-Vientiane (Laos)-Phnome Penh (Cambodia)-Ho Chi Minh City (Viet Nam) and vice versa was implemented by Vietnam Airlines under an agreement on air transport cooperation

Results of labor - employment census in Vietnam

Ha Noi, Oct. 28 (VNA) -- The national labor-employment census to July 1, 2000 made it known that the number of jobs increased and the rate of unemployment continued falling in Viet Nam.

The results of the census, made public on Oct. 27, indicated that the total number of people aged from 15 upwards reached 54,269,798 and those of working age, 46,249,428 in the whole country.

The rate of unemployment was 6.44 percent nationwide, with 7.95 percent being recorded in Ha Noi and 6.48 percent, in Ho Chi Minh City.

Vietnam supports UN Convention on the Law of the Sea

Oct. 27 (VNA) -- Ambassador Pham Binh Minh, Deputy Permanant representative of Viet Nam to United Nations expressed appreciation and satisfaction for the tremendous efforts and valuable contribution made by the Division of Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (the Office of Legal Affairs), other international institutions relating to the question of "Oceans and the Law of the Sea" this year.

Speaking at the plenary meeting of the 55th General Assembly, Agenda 34 "Oceans and the Law of the Sea" on Oct. 26, 2000, he said:

Guidelines for HIV/AIDS control activities in Vietnam

Ha Noi, Oct. 27 (VNA) -- The Ministry of Public Health today, Oct. 27, unveiled documents guiding the ways to conduct HIV/AIDS control activities for provincial agencies.

The guidelines will be provided to all provinces and cities nationwide.

The guidance set includes 7 guiding books, 13 reference books on HIV/AIDS, 18 communication models, 11 hand books for training, five video cassets for peer members' training.

Economic growth rate 7-7,5% for 2001

Ha Noi, October 27 (VNA) -- Viet Nam has set the economic growth rate between 7 - 7.5 percent for the next year (2001), Minister of Planning and Investment Tran Xuan Gia said on Oct. 26.

Several economic targets set for 2001 will be submitted to the National Assembly, including an increase of 13 and

Development for the poorest communes in Vietnam

Ha Noi, Oct. 28 (VNA) -- So far this year VND 565 billion (USD 40.4 million) has been invested in 2,977 infrastructure projects in the country's poorest communes as part of a government programme on socio-economic development in mountainous and remote areas (Programme 135).

Of the projects, 1,098 with a combined capital of VND 257 billion (USD 18.4 million) focused on building roads and 602 others capitalized at VND 98 billion (USD 7 million), on building irrigation systems.