Vietnam contributes to UNHRC’s 28th meeting

Geneva, March 28 (VNA) – Vietnam has made substantial contributions to the 28th regular session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, which wrapped up in Geneva, Switzerland on March 27 with 34 resolutions and three Presidential Statements adopted. During discussions spanning over March 2-27, Ambassador Nguyen Trung Thanh, Head of the Vietnamese Delegation to the UN, made constructive ideas to protect people’s rights with respect to the UN Charter, international law and reality, as well as each nation’s and each region’s specific characteristics regarding economics and culture. He also emphasised the need for the Human Rights Council to speed up dialogue and cooperation as well as seeking balanced and proper solutions to dissimilarities. At this session, Vietnam participated in developing five resolutions on economic, social and cultural rights, on an Independent Expert on the enjoyment of human rights of persons with albinism, on the right to food, … [Read more...]

IPU Secretary General lauds Vietnam’s contributions to IPU activities

Hanoi, March 28 (VNA) - Since its accession to the Inter-Parliament Union (IPU) from the 1970s, Vietnam has made vigorous contributions to the IPU’s activities, making great efforts to boost its relations with the member parliaments in the world, IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong told the Vietnam News Agency on the threshold of the IPU-132 Assembly which opens in Hanoi on March 28. Reporter: In your capacity as the IPU Secretary General, could you say something about the IPU’s role in the situation when the world has to face a lot of challenges of global character? IPU Secretary General: The Inter-Parliament Union is a political organisation that brings together all the member parliaments of the sovereign States. Set up in 1889, the IPU is the centre for the parliamentary dialogue and diplomacy among the law makers representing all the political systems at national and international level and is the place where politicians meet, exchange ideas, discuss and learn … [Read more...]

Ongoing exhibition features Saigon in black-and-white photos

This photo, taken on April 30, 2005, depicts a pyrotechnic show at Bach Dang Wharf, a hallmark of Saigon, which was organized in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the Reunification Day. The area was packed with fireworks spectators then.

Dozens of black-and-white photos which capture the icons and people in Saigon (the former name of Ho Chi Minh City) over the past 20 years are being displayed at an exhibit in the southern metropolis. "> The exhibition, "Chao Sai Gon" (Hello Saigon), by young photographer Nguyen Thanh Tung opened on Friday at TajmaSago Castle, located at 6 Phan Van Chuong Street, District 7. It closes on Sunday before being organized at Workshop Café, situated at 27 Ngo Duc Ke Street, District 1, where it will run from Friday next week to May 3. On display are 40 black-and-white photos which vividly depict the city’s icons, including Ben Thanh Market, Ben Nha Rong (Dragon Wharf), the People’s Committee edifice, Caravelle Hotel, and Dong Khoi Street. The visually striking photos are printed on large-sized canvases. Tung, the author, began taking the pictures some 20 years ago when he first arrived in Saigon. His photos thus accentuate the marked changes that the … [Read more...]

The school connecting the Vietnam-Korea friendship

The delegates cutting ribbons to inaugurate the school venue of Van Loc hamlet, number 3 primary school of Hoa My Dong

The school venue in Van Loc, number 3 primary school of Hoa My Dong (Phu Hoa district) has just been inaugurated. This new school was constructed thanks to the support of World Mercy Korea organization (Korea). This event not only creates favorable conditions for the students’ learning but also bears the deep meaning in the two countries of Vietnam and Korea’s relationship. After more than 8 months of construction (from August 2014), under the sponsor of World Mercy Korea organization (Korea), number 3- Hoa My Dong commune primary school has been completed and put into use. The work was constructed under the model of level-3 building within a construction area of 300m2, comprising 6 classrooms, 1 library, 1 academic staff’s room, one restroom, grounds and land-preventing embankment. The total expenditure is over 2.9 billion dongs, with more than 1.9 billion dongs from World Mercy Korea Organization and the remaining is from Hoa My Dong commune’s state … [Read more...]

Thousands march in Indiana to protest law seen targeting gays


Demonstrators gather at Monument Circle to protest a controversial religious freedom bill recently signed by Governor Mike Pence, during a rally in Indianapolis March 28, 2015. Photo: Reuters Thousands of people marched in Indiana's largest city on Saturday to protest a state law that supporters contend promotes religious freedom but detractors see as a covert move to support discrimination against gay people. Waving signs reading "No hate in our state" and carrying rainbow flags, a crowd of at least 2,000 people including Democratic elected officials rallied the same day that business-rating website Angie's List Inc put on hold its plans to expand its Indianapolis operation with new offices, citing the new law. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act was passed overwhelmingly by the Republican led-state legislature and signed into law on Thursday by Indiana Governor Mike Pence. Supporters say the legislation will keep the government from forcing business owners to act against … [Read more...]

DC therapy for cancer treatment could be used in Vietnam: scientist

Dr. Nguyen Duc Thai

VietNamNet Bridge - With Vietnamese scientists’ ability and existing facilities, the application of dendritic cells (DC) therapy in Vietnam is feasible, which will bring new opportunities to help treat cancer. Dr. Nguyen Duc Thai, scientific advisor and lecturer at the Laboratory for Researching and Applying Stem Cells, has said that there is high potential for applying DC therapy, a new achievement in world medicine, in Vietnam. DCs are unique antigen-producing cells capable of sensitizing T cells to both new and recall antigens. In fact, these cells are the most potent antigen-producing cells. The goal of DC based cancer immunotherapy is to use the cells to prime specific antitumor immunity through the generation of effector cells that attack and lyse tumors. T-cells are a type of lymphocyte which plays a central role in cell-mediated immunity. DCs have very high mobility and can go to many places in the body to catch and take away antigens to the T system, where DCs … [Read more...]

Chile sommelier to visit HCM City

Marcelo Pino, Chile's most-talked about young sommelier, will take part in a Chile Wine Tour to introduce that country's wines in HCM City on March 31. As part of the event organised by the Chile Chamber of Commerce in HCM City, there will be a conference titled "The Diversity of Chile Wines from North to South, and East to West" at the Caravelle Hotel that he will chair. Pino made a name for himself in the industry after winning the 2011 Best Sommelier in Chile prize and represented his country at the 2013 Association de la Sommellerie Internationale Contest for the Best Sommelier of the World held in Tokyo. He is now rated one of the 10 best sommeliers in Latin-America and is trade name ambassador for Casa Silva's wineries. Chile Wine Tour will feature 18 producers from that country. According to the chamber, Vietnam ranks 24th in the list of countries importing Chilean wines while the Latin American nation is the second largest supplier for Vietnam. Last year it exported 2.7 … [Read more...]

Emma Watson, Cinderella and the future of feminism in Vietnam


Actress Emma Watson (L) and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon are shown the way to the exit following a photo opportunity promoting the HeForShe campaign in New York September 20, 2014. Photo: Reuters Like many other young women Nguyen Phuong Linh grew up watching Disney fairy tales. Now at the age of 22, almost ready to finish her senior year at one of Ho Chi Minh City's top colleges, Linh says she has yet to outgrow her childhood love for princesses and their happy-ever-after stories. Waiting with a group of chicly dressed friends to see the new Cinderella movie at a theater downtown, she is unmistakably excited. "I already saw the trailer and the cast looks great." Asked if she is aware of the outrage among many feminists across the world at the remake of the 1950 rags to riches classic, Linh shakes her head and smiles, perching a pair of thick-framed glasses on her nose. "To be honest I don’t see any reason why we have to make a big deal out of a movie." Some … [Read more...]

Women parliamentarians discuss realising gender equality frameworks


National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung has re-affirmed Viet Nam's long-time policy in promoting gender equality and empowering women. Addressing the 21st Meeting of the Women Parliamentarians at the 132nd Inter-parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly in Ha Noi on March 28, Hung stressed that the Constitution and the Law on Gender Equality of Viet Nam recognised the rights of equality for both male and female citizens in all areas of society. Further, the number of women serving in the Vietnamese National Assembly (NA) during the last four terms remained at 25 per cent, he said, adding that the NA had actively contributed to the gender equality targets in Viet Nam, as well as the IPU. He added that the Vietnamese NA highly appreciated the selection of the meeting's theme, being a review of the 20 years of the implementation of the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, aimed at achieving greater equality and opportunity for women. The declaration and platform cover 12 … [Read more...]

Investors bid for concessions to exploit highways


VietNamNet Bridge - Investors, both foreign and Vietnamese, have expressed their willingness to obtain concessions to exploit highways, the Vietnam Expressway Corporation (VEC) has confirmed. VEC’s general director Mai Tuan Anh said the investors have asked for concessions for highway exploitation rights after the Ministry of Transport (MOT) said it would ‘sell some highways to get money to build new highways’. Bitexco and Sovico are the two Vietnamese names Anh mentioned in an interview to a local newspaper. Established in 1985 as a textile firm, Bitexco is better known in Vietnam as a big real estate development group. Since 2000, Bitexco has developed various high-profile projects in Hanoi and HCM City. Its best known project is Bitexco Financial Tower, a skyscraper in HCM City. With 68 floors and three basements, the building has a height of 262.5 meters (861 ft), making it the 124th tallest building in the world. Meanwhile, Sovico is a private … [Read more...]

Artists keep faith with old-fashioned art


Hat boi (classical Vietnamese opera) is now an old-fashioned art which only marks its presence in some parts of southern Vietnam. The artists, with a strong, profound passion, still keep their faith with this kind of art despite many difficulties. Phuong Anh classical opera club in southern Can Tho’s Binh Thuy District uses the grounds of a village communal house as a stage to display their performances. Phuong Anh, the leader of the club, was born to a family in which three generations have performed classical Vietnamese opera art. She followed her parents to the stage at a young age, and now has 40 years of experience in this profession. From 1980 to 1990, when classical opera became less attractive among the public, Anh was an impresario who organized many tours across provinces in the Mekong Delta region. In 2004, Anh came back to Can Tho and formed the Phuong Anh classical opera club, which has only performed during worship ceremonies at village communal houses. … [Read more...]

Sharing lanes with trucks imperils motorcyclists in Ho Chi Minh City


Many bikers hold their breath whenever they travel on a road section spanning three districts in Ho Chi Minh City, where they have no choice but to share lanes with cars, trucks, and buses due to a serious overload in their lanes. In recent times, many bikers have complained of the worrying overloading of motorbike lanes on a section of Truong Chinh Street which stretches from the An Suong Flyover to Cong Hoa T-junction in District 12, Tan Binh District, and Tan Phu District. The street has among the highest traffic volume in the city. Some hundreds of motorcyclists resort to encroaching on the car and truck lanes and risking their own lives on a daily basis. As Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporters observed at 7:00 am on Tuesday, two motorbike lanes on Truong Chinh Street in the direction from An Suong Intersection to Tham Luong Bridge were seriously jammed. Bikers had no option but to trespass on the street’s three lanes which are meant for automobiles. Similarly, … [Read more...]

VN beat Malaysia in AFC qualifier


Viet Nam beat Malaysia 2-1 in the first match of Group I in the Asian Football Confederation's (AFC) U23 Championship Qualifier March 27 in Kuala Lumpur. The win has strengthened the Vietnamese squad's chances of entering the final round, which will see 10 group winners and five second-placed teams from all groups, who will join hosts Qatar at the AFC U23 Championship 2016. The January 16, 2016 team competition would also serve as Asia's qualifying tournament for the Summer Olympics to be held in Rio de Janeiro next year. Malaysia's Captain Nazirul Naimche Hashim opened the scorecard in the 35th minute of the match, which saw the visiting side play on the offensive from the beginning. His free kick from a distance of 35m touched the crossbar and entered the net, where Vietnamese goalie Hoai Anh was too startled to do his job. This was the second time that the ball hit the crossbar. During the 20th minute, Vietnamese midfielder Pham Manh Hung nearly scored the first goal of … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s only vertical race scheduled in mid-April in Hanoi


VietNamNet Bridge - Hanoi’s tallest building, Landmark 72, will host Vietnam’s only vertical race - the Hanoi Vertical Run Vertical Run on April 18. Runners will start at the tower’s ground-floor lobby and ascend 72 floors to the skydeck, totaling 350 meters, where they will see stunning views of Hanoi’s skyline. For the first time, the Hanoi Vertical Run will introduce the "Fun Climb" category to allow family and friends to experience a vertical run atmosphere in a more relaxed way. Runners will be climbing 38 floors, about half the distance of the "Challenge" category. "We believe that sport should be for everyone. Whatever your ability, the Fun Climb will allow more runners to participate with their friends and family members. We are looking forward enthusiastically to seeing these runners on Race Day and playing their part in spreading positive energy," said David Shin, from Sporting Republic, the race organizer. To reassure the participants, the … [Read more...]

Hue cuisine “conquers” travelers


VietNamNet Bridge - Coming to the ancient capital city, visitors can admire the beauty of the system of royal tombs of the Nguyen Dynasty, and also enjoy the unique culinary and cultural history of this land.Where the sky and earth are in harmony According to researchers, Vietnam has about 3,000 different kinds of dishes, of which Hue accounts for over 1,700. Hue - the center of Dang Trong region under the Nguyen Lords – was the capital city in the 19th century. That required Hue people to not only be good at cooking rustic foods but also know how to prepare exquisite cuisine for the royal government. Today, though it is no longer an economic-political center of the country, Hue still maintains the shadow of an ancient dynasty with a golden age. And among the characteristics of Hue’s ancient culture, food has helped shape the culture and style of Hue. Hue cuisine is increasingly enriched by topography. For example, the Hen islet amid the Huong River is usually flooded … [Read more...]

Healthcare urged for female workers


Huynh Cao Hai, deputy head of the Dong Nai Province's Health Department, said he planned to encourage all factories in the province to offer reproductive healthcare services for female workers, especially those with a large number of female workers. "This is very vital to ensure their health," he said. Speaking at a workshop held yesterday on empowering female migrant workers, Hai said a project initiated in 2013 by the NGO, Marie Stopes International Viet Nam, had benefited women working in five footwear factories in the province. The main objective of the three-year project to "advance the social and economic empowerment of female migrant workers" through gender-sensitive initiatives in Binh Duong and Dong Nai provinces, where many factories are located. The pilot programme also emphasises corporate social responsibility of Vietnamese factories. The women have been offered check-ups, healthcare for pregnant women, information about reproductive system diseases and … [Read more...]

Helping many children turn the page

Stacking them up: Young members of the Bookshelves for Entertainment and Education Project arrange donated books in their store. — Photos courtesy of Nguyen Thi Kim Thoa

VietNamNet Bridge – Disadvantaged children in remote mountainous areas are seeing new worlds open thanks to more than 160,000 books donated to a project called Bookshelves for Entertainment and Education. Luong Thu Huong has the story. Children from the remote mountainous provinces across Viet Nam are now able to access a new world of knowledge. This is thanks to the more than 160,000 books donated to a project entitled Tu sach Giai Tri va Giao duc (Bookshelves and Libraries for Entertainment and Education). Carrying the motto 'Our small contribution today will significantly change the lives of children tomorrow!', the project has established more than 800 libraries, including one in Ethiopia, for disadvantaged children in the past 15 years of its existence. 'Entertainment and Education Bookshelves' was initiated by Dr Ho Dac Duy and his friends, who were students of the Hue High School for the Gifted from 1961 to 1964. Duy recalls that he came up with the idea of the … [Read more...]

Inter-Parliamentary Union’s 132nd Assembly opens in Ha Noi


Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung rang the gong this evening kicking off the 132nd Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU-132) at the National Convention Centre in Ha Noi. The IPU-132 has great historical and diplomatic significance for Viet Nam, reflecting the Vietnamese National Assembly's willingness to integrate intensively and extensively with the international community as a responsible member of the global parliamentary union. President Truong Tan Sang says over the past 36 years, Viet Nam has stood shoulder to shoulder with other IPU members in efforts to strive for common goals in different domains. In his welcome remarks, State President Truong Tan Sang said over the past 36 years, Viet Nam had stood shoulder to shoulder with other IPU members in efforts to strive for common goals in domains such as sustainable development, promotion of democracy, protection of human rights, gender equality, children's rights and other fundamental rights. Thanks to its … [Read more...]

No to heavy workloads, yes to hard work

VietNamNet Bridge – After a double weekend Lunar New Year break, the mother of a first grader in a well-known primary school in Ha Noi, was aghast when the teacher told her that the kids had already forgotten what she'd taught them in the first semester. Poor mid-term test results proved her right. Half of the class, which has 40 pupils, failed it. "Please, can you send out a note in the class chat group, telling the parents to supervise the kids more closely at home?" the teacher requested. It was also my kid's class, so I began receiving text messages everyday, reminding me to make sure that my daughter learnt to recite a poem, wrote a few lines in her notebook or memorised a passage. Since the Ministry of Education and Training decided to ban primary school teachers from assigning homework, there has been an upsurge in complaints from the teachers who are concerned about the progress of their pupils. "Please help us steer your children in the right direction," I remember … [Read more...]

Building Long Thanh Airport is the best of all available options


VietNamNet Bridge – Transport Minister Dinh La Thang explained to Lao Dong (Labour) why building a new airport instead of expanding the existing Tan Son Nhat Airport in HCM City makes more sense. Many people have argued that the construction of the Long Thanh Airport in Dong Nai Province is a very expensive proposition when Viet Nam's public debt has already reached $80 billion. They say upgrading the existing six airports in the south will solve the problem of overloading at the Tan Son Nhat Airport. How would you respond? It is projected that from 2017 onwards, the Tan Son Nhat Airport will be overloaded because it is only designed to handle 25 million passengers a year. There was a plan to increase the airport's capacity to cater to 40-50 million passengers a year during the 2025-2030 period. I don't think this plan is feasible. The proposal to upgrade the Bien Hoa military airport and turn it into a civilian airport is not feasible either, mainly because it does not … [Read more...]