Asia News

PM urges Voice of Vietnam to better serve listeners
March 7th, 2007 – 10:27 UTC by Andy
Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has urged the staff of Radio The Voice of Vietnam (VOV) to expand its programmes and upgrade technology in order to raise the radio’s prestige in the region and the world. Meeting with the VOV staff yesterday, the PM praised their efforts in disseminating the Party and the State’s policies to all parts of the country, thus contributing to the general achievements of Vietnam.

The VOV every day broadcasts programmes in 12 languages totalling nearly 200 hours on six channels on AM, FM and shortwave, through satellites and on the Internet. The total airtime has reached over 380,000 hours per year throughout Vietnam and other countries. (Source: Vietnam News Agency via NhanDan
Online)

China bans new Internet cafes in 2007
March 6th, 2007 – 13:54 UTC by Andy
Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency)

Beijing, March 6: China will not approve the opening of new Internet bars in 2007, according to a directive issued by 14 government departments including Ministry of Culture, State Administration for Industry and Commerce and Ministry of Information Industry. “In 2007, local governments must not sanction the opening of new Internet bars. The construction of bars that have received planning approval prior to the issuance of this notice must be completed by June 30, 2007,” the notice said. There are currently about 113,000 internet bars in China, according to the Ministry of Information Industry.

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