Life changes in rural areas in Vietnam

Ha Noi, Nov. 11 (VNA) -- Major changes have been seen in Viet Nam's rural areas where monthly per-capita income increased by 6.2 percent year on year in the 1996-1999 period, paid income share per head rose from 14.9 percent to 16.6 percent. Industrial income rose from 4.7 percent to 5 percent, while spendings on daily life jumped by 4.4 percent annually.

Biggest Exhibition on Vietnam to be held in Europe

Ha Noi, Nov. 11 (VNA) -- The Museum of Ethnology and the Embassy of Austria are preparing for a comprehensive exhibition on Viet Nam to be held in some European countries in 2002.

Christian Schickgruber, who is in charge of the Southeast Asian and Himalaya region of the Austrian Museum of Ethnology, stressed that he and his colleagues in Austria wanted to introduce Viet Nam's comprehensive culture and its 4,000-year history to the European public, who now know about Viet Nam only through its wars.

Financial and Monetary Policies for Encouraging Investments


Vietnam position on the anti - drug struggle


AFP: In a letter by President Bill Clinton to US Congress, it is written that Viet Nam is in the list of drug producing or major drug-transit countries. What is Viet Nam's reaction thereto?


Viet Nam is not a country that produces or transits narcotic drugs and other psychotropic substances but a country that has to bear with bad effects of this scourge.

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Manh Cam will attend the APEC Summit


Itar-Tass correspondent:

- Who will lead the Vietnamese delegation to attend the APEC Summit in Brunei?
- Could you please let me know what questions Vietnam wants to discuss at this Summit?
- During the Summit, does the Vietnamese delegation have meetings with the Russian delegation?


Drug related crimes drop 12,6% in ten months

Ha Noi, Nov. 10 (VNA) -- The police force has so far this year discovered 9,430 cases of drug-related crimes and arrested 17,130 suspects, year-on-year decreases of 12.6 percent and 17.8 percent, respectively, according to the Anti-Drug Office of the Ministry of Public Security.

They confiscated 51.26 kg of heroin, 470 kg of opium, more than 2,080 kg of marijuana, 112,400 ampoules and 66,000 doses of narcotics.

Vietnam for US lifting embargo against Cuba

Ha Noi, Nov. 10 (VNA) -- Ambassador Nguyen Thanh Chau, Head of Viet Nam's Permanent Mission to the United Nations, has expressed Viet Nam's deep concern over the losses and sufferings caused to the Cuban people by the US embargo. He was speaking at the 55th session of the UN General Assembly in New York on Nov. 9.

Vietnam and Ganga-Mekong Cooperation Ministerial Conference

Nov. 10 (VNA) -- A Vietnamese delegation led by Foreign Minister Nguyen Dy Nien joined five other delegations from Cambodia, India, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand in the first Ganga-Mekong Cooperation Ministerial Conference held in Vientiane, Laos, this morning, Nov. 10.

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.

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