-- Vietnam’s 11th National Women’s Congress, themed “Unity, Creativity, Integration and Development”, will be convened on March 12 in Hanoi to mark the Vietnam Women’s Union (VWU)’s attempts to enhance the role of women in society and make the most of their potential and creativeness to contribute to the national industrialization and modernization process.
-- There were 12,400 children nationwide infected with hand-foot-mouth disease, of which 11 died, in the first 2 months of this year, up 7.4 times year on year, according to the Ministry of Health.
-- Ho Chi Minh City market monitors and police have caught red-handed an illegal printing workshop owned by Le Sao Co in Tan Phu District with 3 tons of unlicensed ‘Doraemon’ comic books and ‘Let’s Go’ English course book.
-- Since 2000, FDI projects, focusing on developing tourism and human resources in a sustainable manner, reduce poverty and protect both the environment and local cultures, have made a positive contribution to the development of Vietnam’s tourist industry, according to an initial report released by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
-- Policy makers and businesses must keep abreast of the latest developments in the global economy to ensure local enterprises are competitive, said Vu Khoan, former Deputy Prime Minister, at a recent conference in Hanoi.
-- Dong Hoi City-based Truong Thinh Joint Stock Corp in central province of Quang Binh will be the first firm to pay environmental fees worth 1 percent for the first 5 years and 1.5 percent for the next 44 years in offering tourism services on the 55-hectare area of Thien Duong Cave in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Reserve.
-- Two Indonesian contestants, Olivia and Ananta Kusuma, have won first prizes in the pop and folk song categories at the five-day ASEAN Television Golden Voice Festival that has ended in Ho Chi Minh City.
Popular Vietnamese singer Thanh Ngoc took second prize in the folk song category, along with Kat Arrogado from the Phillippines and Shazroul from Malaysia for their pop songs.