NA wants new poverty standard built quickly

Senior National Assembly members urged relevant agencies to quickly work out new criteria for classifying poor households on the first day of their 30th meeting in Hanoi on April 12.

Ethnic girls to receive scholarships

Ethnic minority girls will receive seven-year scholarships to complete their high school and undergraduate university courses under a new scheme announced by its sponsors on March 29.

Tobacco tax aims to reduce smokers

An increase in the tobacco tax will help reduce the number of smokers in Vietnam , according to an overview survey on tobacco tax in Vietnam conducted by the Public Health University on March 9 in Hanoi.

Agribank set to offer agricultural insurance

The Vietnam Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Agribank) has said it is planning to submit an agriculture insurance project to the government, under which all compensation will be paid by Swiss Reinsurance.

Ethnic populations face decline

Vietnam is seeking to increase the population of some ethnic minorities, especially for groups whose populations are below 1,000, such as the Brau, Sila, Ro Mam, Khang and La Hu.

Vietnam Buddhism Sangha opens refresher course

Over 400 monks and nuns from 23 cities and provinces nationwide gathered in the northern port city of Hai Phong on November 4 to attend a refresher course cum contest on the dissemination of Buddhism.

EU aid helps to improve health care

The European Union will grant a package of non-refundable aid worth 14.75 million EUR (21.7 million USD) to help Vietnam carry out a “Health Sector Capacity Support Project”.

Expert help sought to preserve mangroves

Forest rangers and the local administration should preserve HCM City’s Can Gio mangrove forest using scientific forestry methods, ensuring the trees grow naturally, a city official said.

Catholics strengthen fight against poverty

The role of the Committee for Solidarity of Vietnamese Catholics has been strengthened in recent years, contributing to the development of culture, the economy and charitable work in the country, according to Father Nguyen Cong Danh, head of the committee.