Party Theoretical Council meets

The Theoretical Council of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee
held its first session in Hanoi, January 29, in the presence of Party
General Secretary Nong Duc Manh.

The Council consists of 36 members, including five permanent members, with
Politburo member Nguyen Phu Trong as Chairman.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Chairman Trong said that the Central
Theoretical Council is an advisory agency of the Party Central Committee,
the Politburo and the Secretariat. It gives advice on political theory which
serves as a basis for the Party to build policies for basic political theory
programmes and projects at the State-level, thus directly assisting the
Party's leadership.

Addressing the meeting, General Secretary Manh praised the achievements
gained by theoretical cadres under the leadership of the Party.

The Party leader also pointed out weaknesses and outstanding issues
theoretical work, including the failure to meet revolutionary requirements
of the renovation process. (VNA)


NA's standing committee prepares 11th session

The National Assembly Standing Committee met in Hanoi from January 22-29,
under the leadership of NA Chairman Nguyen Van An.

During the meeting, the committee assessed the results of the recent 10th
session of the 10th National Assembly and gave opinions on preparation for
the coming 11th session.

The NA Standing Committee passed a resolution announcing the date for
elections to the 11th National Assembly and the establishment of the
election council. Under the resolution, the 11th National Assembly election
will be held on Sunday, May 19, 2002.

The NA Standing Committee also passed a resolution defining the
implementation of some points in the resolution on amendments and
supplements to a number of articles of the 1992 Constitution.

The NA Standing Committee remarked on the application of new education
programmes and the use of new text books for the first and sixth grades in
the 2002-2003 school-year at the national level.

The Standing Committee commented on the draft Law on Organisation of the
People's Court (revised), the draft Law on Organisation of the People's
Procuracy (revised) and the draft Law on amendments and supplements to a
number of articles of the Labour Code.

The Committee also gave opinions on the draft Pricing Ordinance. (VNA)


More Tet gifts given to poor people

Local authorities, organisations and companies throughout the country are
conducting many gratitude activities in a bid to bring a joyful Lunar New
Year Festival (Tet) for those families enjoying priority policy and for the
poor people. 

The Red Cross Society and the Committee for Population, Families and
Children of Quang Ninh northern province have called on businesses to
practice thrift during the Tet holiday to spend part of their money for the
poor families and Agent Orange victims. Responding to the campaign, many
companies have sent their donations to buy Tet gifts for 600 poor children
in mountainous and island communes. The provincial Red Cross has given 100
packages of Tet gift to disabled elder people and Agent Orange victims. The
provincial People' s Committee has supported poor households and policy
beneficiaries with VND 6 billion in total to help them enjoy the Tet

The People's Committee of Nam Dinh northern province has spent VND 400
million to subsidy nearly 6,000 isolated elderly people, orphans, homeless
disabled people and over 2,000 poor households. The provincial Fatherland
Front has also spent VND 88.8 million to help over 900 disadvantaged people.

This year, Ca Mau southern-most province has reserved VND 2 billion to buy
Tet gifts for priority policy beneficiaries.

The Public Engineering Corporation No 5, on January 29, visited and
presented Tet gift to Vietnamese Heroic Mother Pham Thi Nien whose husband
and four sons were war martyrs. The corporation built a house of gratitude
for her in last September with a capital of VND 25 million. The corporation
is taking care of nine Vietnamese Heroic Mothers and has built four houses
of gratitude. 


Women's equality should be ensured: vice presidentVice State President
Nguyen Thi Binh has said that the National Committee for the Advancement of
Vietnamese Women (NCAVW) should ensure women's right to equality and improve
the quality and effectiveness of women's participation in political,
economic and socio-cultural activities.

Ms Binh told an annual conference, opened in Hanoi this morning, January 29,
to review what was done in 2001 and work out directions for this year's
action plan. 

Ms Binh also said that favourable conditions should be created for women to
take part in managerial work and policy planning.

The NCAVW will give further training to female candidates standing for the
coming elections of the 11th National Assembly in 2002. The NCAVW will
collaborate with relevant ministries to readjust social insurance policy for
women and regulations on women's retirement and training ages.

Last year, the committee successfully defended the national report on the
implementation of the United Nations' Convention to Eliminate All Forms of
Discrimination Against Women and finalised the 2001-2010 strategy and the
Plan of Action in the 2001-2005 period for the advancement of women. (VNA)


Ambassador meets Chinese experts' familiesVietnamese Ambassador to China Bui
Hong Phuc has met representatives of families of Chinese experts who made
contributions to Vietnam's revolutionary cause.

The meeting was held in Beijing on January 28 on the occasion of Lunar New
Year Festival. 

Ambassador Bui Hong Phuc thanked the Chinese Party, government, people and
the Chinese People's Liberation Army for their precious assistance to the
Vietnamese people's struggle for national liberation and national

He wished the traditional and time-honoured friendship and comprehensive
co-operation between the parties, governments and people of Vietnam and
China, constant development.

Earlier, Ambassador Bui Hong Phuc called on a number of families of Chinese
experts who had rendered contributions to Vietnam's anti-French colonialist
struggle. (VNA)

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