Tuoitrenews briefs some of the leading stories published today on Vietnamese media:
-- Deputy Defense Minister Lieut. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh has headed the Vietnamese delegation to the 3rd ASEAN Senior Defense Officials Meeting which has been opened in Yogyakarta , Indonesia.
Besides representatives from the ten ASEAN member countries, ASEAN dialogue partners – the US, Australia, China, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Russia, and New Zealand also sent representatives to the meeting themed “Strengthening Defense Cooperation of ASEAN and the Global Community to Face New Challenges”.
-- The number of candidates for seats at the 13th National Assembly is 827, said Tran Van Tuan, Minister of Home Affairs at a recent press briefing in Hanoi.
Localities have already set up election boards to oversee the elections to the 13th National Assembly and the People’s Council at all levels which will select 3,832 deputies for seats at provincial People’s Councils at 63 cities and provinces in the 2011-2016 term.
-- Spain’s Peace and Development organization has helped the central province of Quang Nam carry out a project on socioeconomic development combined with gender issues, according to a recent cooperation document signed between the Quang Nam provincial People’s Committee and PyD in Quang Nam Province.
-- About 8 tons of goods donated by Vietnamese people to Japanese natural disaster victims are expected to arrive at Japan today.
-- Around 9 percent of female sex workers in Vietnam are infected with HIV/AIDS by 2012, according to the Department of Social Evil Prevention under the ministry of Social, War Invalids and Social Affairs in a recent conference in Ho Chi Minh City.
-- Some tens of thousands of illegal copies of Tri Viet (First News) publisher have been uncovered at four storage facilities of three private book stores in Hanoi.
-- Measures to curb inflation need to be implemented more drastically and synchronously in the context of continuing rises in the consumer price index (CPI) in recent months, economic experts said in response to April’s CPI climbing to 3.32 percent, the highest and most extraordinary level since May, 2008.
-- The State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) is considering a deadline to stop gold deposit and lending activities in an effort to prevent risks and insecurity for the domestic market, six months after taking measures to restrict gold trading activities.
A regulation to this effect is expected to be released in May or June.
-- Those who bring over VND15 million or US$5,000 in cash when traveling abroad will have to declare to the customs on leaving Vietnam starting July this year.
-- Daio Paper Corp and BridgeHead investment fund under the Development Bank of Japan have recently inked deal with Saigon Paper Join Stock Co to buy 38 percent stake of the company.