Japan Coast Guard searching for missing Vietnam fishermen


(VOV) - The Japanese Coast Guard is searching for three missing Vietnamese fishermen off the coast of the island of Hokkaido in northern Japan. The Coast Guard is using helicopters and boats to aid in the search for Le Van Thuc, Thieu Dinh Thuong and Nguyen Dinh Nga who fell overboard on October 9 at approximately 9:30 pm (local time). Details of the incident are sketchy but authorities say the three men were on a commercial fishing vessel named the Hsiang Fuh Far with 61 crewmembers on board when the accident happened. Crewmembers dived into the waters in an unsuccessful rescue attempt. The rescue mission is being hampered by strong winds from Typhoon No 23. The Embassy of Vietnam in Japan in working closely with the coast Guard to monitor the situation. … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s TPP ratification to take up to 2 years: lead negotiator


It will take up to two years for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which was reached after five years of talks by 12 countries in Atlanta on Monday, to be ratified in Vietnam, the lead Vietnamese negotiator of the trade deal said on Friday. The trade pact, which would liberalize trade in 40 percent of the world economy, is pending approval from legislative bodies of its members, including Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the U.S. and Vietnam, before it can take effect. In Vietnam, the process can take 18 to 24 months, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Quoc Khanh, who led the Vietnamese delegation at the five-day, around-the-clock talks, told a ministry-held conference in Hanoi. The law-making National Assembly is expected to begin considering the pact in mid-2016, according to The Saigon Times Online. Khanh said the trade ministry will deliver an announcement about the TPP by the end of this month, but did … [Read more...]

6 railway officials to stand trial in bribery scandal linked to Japan-funded project


A railway on Long Bien Bridge that crosses the Red River in Hanoi. Part of the capital city's first urban railway, which has been suspended since last year over a bribery scandal, is designed to run parallel with the bridge. Photo: Ngoc Thang Six officials of Vietnam's railway operator will stand trial this month for allegations that they received 69.9 million yen (US$583,000) in bribes from a Japanese consultant of a major project funded by Japan. Local media reported Friday that the officials from Vietnam Railways' projects management unit RPMU have been charged with "power abuse," a crime punishable by a 15-year jail term. The two-day trial will start in Hanoi on October 26. According to the indictment, the officials started receiving the money from Japan Transportation Consultants Inc. (JTC) in September 2009, after they signed a contract on technical consultancy for Hanoi's first urban railway. Pham Hai Bang, 46, the then manager of the project and deputy chief of RPMU, … [Read more...]

Patient attacks doctor in northern Vietnam after delay

A 31-year-old patient leapt out of a stretcher to attack a doctor at Hai Phong’s Viet Tiep Hospital after accusing the hospital staff of delaying his treatment. The incident occurred at around 9:30 on October 7 when Do Van Binh was admitted to the hospital with a painful condition that his family suspected was caused by kidney stones. He was being wheeled in while at the counter his father, Do Van Bach, was asked to pay the fees. In a CCTV clip, Bach can be seen arguing with a doctor. Suddenly, Binh jumped out of the stretcher, ran toward the counter and punched the doctor. His father quickly stepped along with the hospital security staff, who then reported to the police. Bach said he was angry with the hospital staff because his son had to wait for more than 30 minutes in pain before being examined. But a doctor, who wanted to remain unnamed, said procedures had been followed. "The whole thing has been recorded on CCTV and authorities can review it. We are willing to … [Read more...]

Ho Chi Minh City cracks down on massage parlors providing sex services


Two masseuses at Anh Duong Hotel and Massage Parlor in Tan Phu District. Photo: Ngoc Tho Ho Chi Minh City has started a crackdown campaign on hotels and massage parlors that offer sex services despite a legal ban on prostitution. On October 7, inspectors raided Anh Duong Hotel and Massage Parlor in Tan Phu District and found two masseuses having sex with their clients. The masseuses said that each of the clients paid VND150,000 for sex, not including a tip of at least VND200,000. The women said they worked without a contract or salary and their income came from the tips. Earlier on September 24, inspectors raided another massage parlor, Anh Duong, in District 2 and found similar violations. On October 7, inspectors also found sex workers at Sai Gon Moi Hotel in District 3 and Linh Giang Hotel in District 10. Penalties for these hotels and massage parlors are being considered. Sex work is prohibited in Vietnam. … [Read more...]

El Nino causing unusual dry spell across Vietnam’s Mekong Delta: expert


This farmer in the Mekong Delta’s Long An Province used to catch little fish from the Mekong’s autumnal flood for his fish farm, but there’s no flood this year and he has to buy the feed. Photo: Son Lam/Tuoi Tre The Mekong Delta, Vietnam's rice basket, is facing a historic dry period as intense El Nino conditions have changed rainfall patterns, an expert said. The delta usually saw very high rainfall during every monsoon season. But this year that is not the case, with water levels in many places dropping to record lows. Dang Van Dung, deputy director of the Southern Hydro-meteorology Forecast Center, told Tuoi Tre in an interview published Friday that due to the strong El Nino, there’s little rain both upstream and downstream of the Mekong. The water level recorded in the delta’s An Giang Province has hit the lowest in history, Dung said, adding that even the strong El Nino years of 1997 and 1998 were less dry. The current El Nino, which is expected … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s banks positive about year-end results amid strong credit growth


A bank employee counts Vietnamese dong banknotes in the northern province of Vinh Phuc. Photo: Reuters A survey conducted by the State Bank of Vietnam has found that 77.7 percent of commercial banks in the country are expecting good business results this year, with strong increases in both loans and deposits. Findings of the quarterly survey were posted on the central bank's website on Thursday. The number of respondents was not revealed but the central bank said the survey covered both local and foreign lenders in Vietnam. The banks have forecast a profit growth of 9.73 percent for the whole sector, up from their previous projection, 8.89 percent, in the second quarter. Big commercial banks are more optimistic, expecting an average increase of 16 percent in revenues from lending. Nearly 60 percent of the respondents think external factors related to business environment are quite stable, while about 34 percent say they have been improved. According to the survey, loans in the … [Read more...]

TSN International Airport to receive over 30mln passengers per year

Tan Son Nhat International Airport (Photo:SGGP)

Ministry of Transport has just announced yesterday about an adjustment of detailed master plan for Tan Son Nhat International Airport from now until 2020, with vision towards 2030. Head of Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) Lai Xuan Thanh said that the adjustment includes many phases such as the airport will be expanded its area to eight hectares for 82 parking areas for B747, B777, B787, A350, A321 aircrafts, reaching the level-4E standard by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) with capacity of 25 million passengers per year. In first eight months this year, facing many economic challenges, Tan Son Nhat Airport also received over 17, 5 million passengers and 279, 786 tons of cargo, reaching a growth rate of 18, 5 percents and 7, 8 percents for number of passengers and cargo respectively compared to the same period last year. as if, the airport will receive nearly 25 million passengers in last four months of 2015, added Mr. Lai Xuan Thanh. The adjustment … [Read more...]

Film mui du du xanh one of the best asian movies

"Mui Du Du Xanh" (The Scent of Green Papaya), a movie by Vietnamese-French director Tran Anh Hung, has ranked among the Busan International Film Festival’s top 100 Asian movies. The 20th Busan International Film Festival presented Asian Cinema 100 for the Special Programme in Focus this year to celebrate its history. The programme is a collaboration project between the film festival and the Busan Cinema Centre to shed light on the value of Asian films. Produced in 1993, the movie was about a little girl coming of age as a teenager and finding love with a pianist. The film was set in Saigon in 1950. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and won the Golden Camera Award at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival. The movie ranks 66th on the Asian Cinema 100 list. … [Read more...]

Temperature in northern region may be reducing slightly


Cold weather covered the northern region with the highest temperature at 23- 25 degrees Celsius in Hanoi and Hai Phong, and at 18- 20 degrees Celsius in Ha Giang and Cao Bang yesterday. The National Hydrology Meteorology Forecast Center announced: "At present, a new cold front is going to head towards the northern and central region, causing heavy rains on the large scale". Heavy rains yesterday swept through the central provinces; according to forecast weather, water level on local rivers from Thanh Hoa to Thua Thien Hue will raise high, causing appearance of flash flood and landslide. The northern mountainous region also will experience medium to heavy rains on the large scale. Lai Chau, Dien Bien, Son La, Lao Cai, Yen Bai, Ha Giang and Tuyen Quang provinces are predicted to face flash flood. Deep cloud, sunny weather daytime and heavy rains at night are the weather condition in the area of Ho Chi Minh City and the southern region at the weekend. … [Read more...]

Rice price gradually increases in Mekong Delta provinces

Information that Vietnam won a contract to sell 1 million tons of rice to Indonesia from October to March 2016 has positively affected rice market in the Mekong Delta provinces which had been muted during the past months. At present, farmers in the Mekong Delta provinces have finished harvest of summer-autumn rice crop, thus, the amount of rice held by farmers is not much. In An Giang Province, low-quality rice paddy IR 50404 was trading at above VND6,300 per kilogram, up VND200 per kilogram compared to that in the end of September. The price of 5-percent broken rice was at VND7,150-7,200 per kilogram, and that of 15-percent broken rice was at VND7,100 per kilogram. In Dong Thap and Kien Giang provinces, the prices of paddy and milled rice also climbed. The price of low-quality rice IR 50404 was VND6,250-6,400 per kilogram in Kien Giang Province, up VND200 per kilogram compared to that on September 30. Prices of 25 percent broken, 15 percent broken, and 5 percent broken rice all … [Read more...]

Ha Tinh to kick off Nguyen Du Culture & Tourism Week

The 2015 Nguyen Du Culture and Tourism Week is scheduled to take place at Nghi Xuan district, Ha Tinh province from November 15 to December 5, marking the 250th birthday anniversary of the great Vietnamese poet Nguyen Du, announced the People’s Committee of Ha Tinh yesterday. During the ceremony, many activities will be organized such as displaying the tale of Kieu (Truyen Kieu in Vietnamese), poem recitals and literary masterpieces by Nguyen Du which translated into more than 20 languages; screening documentary films about Nguyen Du’s life, career and family; and organizing the award ceremony of the sixth Nguyen Du Literature and Arts. The great Vietnamese poet Nguyen Du was born in 1765 in Tien Dien village, Nghi Xuan, Ha Tinh who was recognized as one of the world’s cultural celebrities by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for his the tale of Kieu and literary masterpieces. … [Read more...]

Working from the goodness of their hearts

A doctor and a nurse, both retired, have provided free health checks for more than 20 years to patients in Ha Noi.— - VNS Photo Kim Thuy

Some people are just so, so good to others.Examples of such people are a doctor and a nurse who no longer work in their old jobs because they are now old.However, they run a clinic in Ha Noi to help sick people and they treat them for free. by Kim Thuy HA NOI (VNS) — For more than 20 years, Dang Thi Nhan, 67, has been waking up about 30 minutes earlier each day to bake cakes or prepare tea for two retired doctors in a clinic near her house in Ha Noi's Giap Bat Ward. That is all Nhan can offer as thanks to doctors who provide free health checks for herself, her paralysed husband and their 43-year-old disabled son. "If one day they cannot take care of themselves and need some one to look after them, I will do it voluntarily till the day they are gone," Nhan said. The small clinic, situated on Kim Dong Street, has become familiar to many people in Ha Noi. It was established in 1992 by Dr Truong Thi Hoi To, 84, a former principal of Nam Dinh Medical College, Le Thi Soc, 87, a … [Read more...]

Photo exhibition marks anniversary of Hai Au Photo Club


A photo exhibition marking the 25th founding anniversary of the Hai Au Photography Club in Ho Chi Minh City and Vietnamese Women's Day (October 20) opened at the Women’s Cultural House on October 6. The exhibition includes 51 pictures taken by 17 photographers, highlighting the land and people in various regions of the country. The club was established in 1990, and during the last 25 years, it has organized hundreds of trips across the country and has won hundreds of awards at home and abroad. Club members of various age groups all share the same passion for photography and have outstanding contributions to the development of Vietnamese art photography. The club has also organized charity activities to raise fund for disadvanatged people and Agent Orange victims. The event will run until October 12. Here are some pictures on the display … [Read more...]

10 Germany enterprises to visit Vietnam

Folowing the success of previous visits, the Germany Trade & Invest –GTAI in coordination with the Germany Industry & Commerce Vietnam (GIC/AHK Vietnam) has planned to welcome and introduce Germany’s enterprises delegation to Vietnam on October 12. The delegation led by Mr. Peter Alltschekw, Regional Director of GTAI includes 10 German businessmen. They will visit Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh City from October 12 to 16, aiming to seek partners, study to invest in Vietnam and open bilateral cooperation. This is part of activities in framework of enterprise connection program between two countries. As scheduled, GTAI and GIC/AHK Vietnam will organize two forums to bridge German and Vietnamese enterprises in Ho Chi Minh City on October 13 and in Ha Noi on October 15. German-Vietnam bilateral trade 2014 reached Euro 8billion and trade growth rate gained from 15 to 20 percent for past five years. … [Read more...]

Vietnam ministry wants women to obtain ‘rape verification’ for abortion permission


Women have to prove they are rape victims to be allowed to obtain abortions for fetus of above 12 weeks, the Vietnamese Ministry of Health said in a draft Law on population that has ignited a wave of outrage among local residents and experts. The ministry wants to impose a ban on 12-week abortions, except for cases in which the unborn babies are result of rapes or incestuous affairs, or fetuses that can cause seriously impacts on the health of themselves and the pregnant women. A panel in charge of drafting the Law on population is still collecting feedback from the public and experts to complete it, but such a controversial regulation has displeased the public. "So what could be used as evidence for being raped?" Nguyen Thi Van, a Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reader, questioned when asked on the phone. Van came up with many questions, as to "how the victim can prove she was raped," or "what agencies will verify the rape." "What if the fetus will be much older than 12 weeks … [Read more...]

2015 Science Film Festival opens


The Science Film Festival 2015 themed "The World of Light" will be held in 8 cities and provinces nationwide from October 11-December 6. A selection of 13 films from 5 countries, such as "How Does A Rainbow Happen", "House of Little Scientists: Bubbles", "Bright Night – How light pollutes the environment", and "The Light Elephant" and more which was made to encourage scientific awareness in young people in both urban and rural areas will be screened in Hanoi, Vinh Phuc, Thai Nguyen, Thai Binh, Da Nang, Quang Nam-Hoi An, Dak Lak and Ho Chi Minh City. The eleventh edition of the festival is once again an opportunity for children and adolescents to experience science at first hand. This year, it’s all about the topic of light: What exactly are laser beams and how can they be used? Why do rainbows happen? And how can fireflies glow in the dark? The Festival is participating in the "International Year of Light 2015", which was launched by the UN to explore the importance of … [Read more...]

More preschools in HCMC keep toddlers

As per the roadmap of pilot program to keep toddlers from 6 to 18 month old in preschools in Ho Chi Minh City, four more districts will have classrooms to admit toddlers in the academic year 2015-2016. At a meeting yesterday in the city held by the Department of Education and Training to review the pilot program to keep small kids from 6 to 18 month old, Ms. Nguyen Tu Du, deputy head of preschool management bureau under the department, said that in the first year, 13 preschools in urban districts 7, 12, Binh Tan, Tan Phu, Thu Duc and suburban districts Cu Chi, Nha Be and Binh Chanh opened classes to admit kids aged from 6 to 18 month old including 60 kids from 6 to 12 month old and 115 kids aged from 13 to 18 month old. In next year 2015-2016, districts 9, 11, Go Vap and Tan Binh will have special classes for toddlers. Nguyen Thi Thuy Nga, deputy head of the department of education and training in the district, said that education sector is conceiving a plan to keep children of … [Read more...]

Vaccine against dengue proves effective at initial experiment: Ministry

After five years of piloting the vaccine against dengue fever, the vaccine has proved its effective to prevent hospitalization because of the disease and serious infections. As the dengue fever is plaguing in the country, the Department of Preventive Medicine under the Ministry of Health October 8 informed the initial test and experiment of the new vaccine to help prevent dengue. The vaccine proves effective on children older than 9 year old. The vaccine helps prevent 81 percent of hospitalization and 93 percent of serious cases. Yet the percentage is lower in children below 9 year old helping reducing 44 percent of hospitalization and 67 percent of serious cases. Accordingly, it needs to have more research on the group of children under 9 year old. More, the side effects after receiving a vaccine are same or milder than other vaccines. The above-mentioned figures are result of clinical tests to assess effectiveness and safety of the vaccine implemented in the Mekong delta provinces … [Read more...]