Prime Minister said Mecong Delta Floods the worst in 70 years

Ha Noi, Nov. 10 (VNA) -- Prime Minister Phan Van Khai described the floods ravaging Viet Nam's Mekong delta from July as the most serious in 70 years now as they killed 453 people and caused material losses of VND 3,800 billion (USD 271.4 million), excluding damage to social infrastructure and environment.

The Prime Minister and his deputies, Nguyen Tan Dzung and Nguyen Cong Tan, chaired a conference to discuss measures to overcome flood aftermath and resume production and lives on Nov. 10 in Cao Lanh town of Dong Thap province.

A month-long campaign of information about preventing HIV/AIDS

Ha Noi, Nov. 8 (VNA) -- A month-long campaign of information about preventing HIV/AIDS will be launched by the Viet Nam AIDS Committee, beginning Nov. 15, in response to World AIDS Day (Dec. 1).

A press briefing was held by the National Committees for AIDS, and drug and prostitution and the Health Ministry in Ha Noi on Nov. 7 to introduce the campaign.

Viet Nam's fisheries sector in 10 months of this year

Ha Noi, NOv. 8 (VNA) -- Viet Nam's fisheries sector caught more than 1.73 million tonnes of aquatic products in the past ten months of this year, a 13 percent year-on-year increase, according to the Ministry of Fisheries.

Of the figure, nearly 1.16 million tonnes were sea products, a year-on-year increase of 12 percent, and 570,000 tonnes were cultivated aquatic produce, meeting 80 percent of the yearly plan due to adverse weather conditions in the Mekong delta and central provinces.

Vietnam-China joint working group on demarcation of Tonkin Gulf

Ha Noi, Nov. 8 (VNA) -- Members of the Vietnamese-Chinese joint working group on the demarcation of the Bac Bo (Tonkin) Gulf have affirmed their determination to fulfil their task this year as agreed upon by top leaders of the two countries.

Both sides, during their 16th meeting in Beijing, China, from Oct. 30-Nov. 4, continued their discussions on the contents and technical aspect of the delineation, and agreed to exert more joint efforts to reach the goal.

FPT to export software to US

(Nhan Dan Nov.7)--The Corporation for Financing & Promoting Technology (FPT) has launched a promotion campaign of software export to realise the FPT's development strategy until 2008.

Information technology development in Vietnam

Exact from writing of Mr.CHU HAO
Deputy Minister
of Science, Technology and Environment

Children's health has been improved over the past 15 years

Ha Noi, Nov. 7 (VNA) -- Children's health has been improved over the past 15 years with malnutrition dropping to 33.13 percent this year, down from 39.8 percent in 1985 and the mortality rate among children under five reducing by half in that time frame.

The figures were reported at the 17th national pediatric conference held in Ha Noi on Nov. 6.

Viet Nam's insurance market is of great potential

Ha Noi, Nov. 7 (VNA)-- Viet Nam's insurance market is of great potential and promising, says the President of French Insurance Group (AGF).

Antoine Jeancourt Galignani tells the Viet Nam Economic Times that the joint venture in non-life insurances between his company and the Allianz Company of Germany - the Allianz-AGF Viet Nam - has won more than 130 contracts with a gross turnover of USD 3 million in the first year of operation in 2000, a little higher than expected.

Vietnam hopes for closer cooperation with India

Ha Noi, Nov. 7 (VNA) -- Vietnamese leaders have expressed their hope for further development of the cooperation between Viet Nam and India in economics, science-technology, trade and education.

Vietnam supports cooperation with IAEA

Nov. 7 (VNA) -- Hoang Chi Trung, Counsellor of Viet Nam's Permament Representation at the United Nations on Nov. 6 expressed Viet Nam's support for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in its control and monitoring of the implementation of agreements on the safe use of atomic energy for peaceful purposes in member countries in line with IAEA's safety standards.