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Deputy PM urges provinces to invest in dike upgrades

Update: January, 21/2008 - 00:00

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(22-01-2008)

Deputy PM urges provinces to invest in dike upgrades

HA NOI – Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai has asked Ninh Binh, Thanh Hoa, Nghe An and Ha Tinh provinces to invest in upgrading their dike systems to abolish special areas to divert or slow down floods in these provinces.

Particularly, as for the special areas to divert and slow down floods in Nho Quan and Gia Vien districts in the northern Ninh Binh Province, and Thach Thanh District in the central Thanh Hoa Province, he asked the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to co-ordinate with Ministry of Planning and Investment and Ministry of Finance and the provinces to study to adjust plans to prevent and combat floods in local rivers.

He asked the central provinces of Nghe An and Ha Tinh to co-ordinate with Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to find solutions to prevent floods and storms.

He asked Nghe An and Ha Tinh provinces to rearrange their residential areas, removing people in areas that are threatened by floods to safe areas, and invest in upgrading local infrastructures to reduce floods’ damages.

Viet Nam, China strengthen co-operation

HA NOI – Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan applauded the results of co-operation between the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries and the Viet Nam Union of Friendship Associations during a meeting with association vice president Feng Zuoku in Ha Noi yesterday.

Doan said co-operation had contributed to boosting friendly relations between the two countries’ parties and governments.

Doan said she believed mutual understanding and friendly relations between the two countries would go from strength to strength.

Vice president Feng Zuoku agreed, saying that he believed the two countries would develop and grow together in friendship and co-operation.

HCM City Muslim community holds 2008-12 congress

HCM CITY — As many as 69 delegates representing more than 5,000 Islamic followers in HCM City attended a congress of the city’s Muslim community for the 2008-12 term, held yesterday in the local Jamiul Muslimine mosque.

Reviewing activities of the previous term, participants heard that the ceremonies of the Islamic had been solemnly held with helps by the local authorities, and five Muslim mosques in districts No 10, No 1, No 8, Phu Nhuan and Binh Thanh were built or upgraded with total cost of nearly VND5 billion.

The city government had allocated land for the Muslim to have their own cemetery, the participants heard.

They heard that the Muslim community, via international events and conferences, had helped many countries, national organisations and foreigners better understand religious situations in Viet Nam, the State’s policies to respect religious and belief freedom as well as comprehensive development of the country. — VNS

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