Documentary on Amerasian children of war in Vietnam to be shown

A special documentary on Amerasian children of the war in Vietnam will be aired on national broadcaster Vietnam Television’s VTV1 channel next weekend. The 60-minute film, "Nhung dua con cua cuoc chien" (The Children of War), is scheduled to be on air at 8:10 pm on April 25. It narrates the sad stories of Amerasian children who were born during wartime in Vietnam. Most of the children have had to live a hard, poor life. They were abandoned by their birth parents but always desire to find them. "It looks like Amerasian children are being punished by God, although we are all guiltless," said Son, who lives in Maine, a state in the New England region of the northeastern US. As a homeless man, Son earns his living by collecting scrap metal and receiving his monthly grant from the U.S. government. His only dream is to come back to Vietnam as living in the US is "cold and lonely." Bach Tuyet, another Amerasian child who is now a medical research assistant at a university in … [Read more...]

HCM City to raise US$1.6 mln for sea, island activities

The Vietnam Fatherland Front’s Ho Chi Minh City chapter strives to raise VND35 billion (US$1.6 million) from the public to fund the "Vi bien dao que huong- Vi tuyen dau To Quoc" (for the homeland’s sea and islands – for the nation’s front) in 2015. The fund will be used to organise communication activities, exchange programmes and aid soldiers and officials working in the Truong Sa archipelago and the DK 1 rig. In 2014, over VND86 billion (US$4.1 million) was raised through the fund. HCM city presented five lifeboats to Truong Sa soldiers built a school in Song Tu Tay Island commune and granted vocational training scholarships for Truong Sa soldiers worth over VND40 billion (US$1.9 million) in 2014. Through its programmes, the city aims to increase the public awareness, particularly among the younger generations, of safeguarding the country’s seas and islands. … [Read more...]

President attends second national congress of lawyers

The Party and State are willing to offer all possible support for the VBF to fulfill its tasks, he told the second National Congress of Lawyers for the 2014-2019 tenure in Hanoi on April 18, with government officials and 390 delegates representing over 9,000 lawyers nationwide taking part. President Truong Tan Sang has urged the Vietnam Bar Federation (VBF), a socio-professional organisation representing the will and legitimate interests of lawyers nationwide, to continue playing its role as a bridge between the Party, State and its members. Specifically, he called for ideas about modifying any flaw in legal regulations or mechanisms, making it easier for lawyers to better do their job. At his request, the VBF must work closely with State management agencies and consolidate its apparatus from the grassroots to central level. On professional training, the leader asked each lawyer to hone skills to be capable of dealing with international lawsuits. Aside from the past … [Read more...]

Indonesia plans to takeover cement company in Vietnam

(VOV) - State-owned cement producer Semen Indonesia (SMGR) would further strengthen its foothold in Vietnam’s market by acquiring another local cement company in the country, the company’s executive said. SMGR’s finance director Ahyanizzaman said in Jakarta on April 17 it had budgeted a total capital expenditure of between US$545.8 million and US$857 million this year to expand its operations, which includes the acquisition of the Vietnamese company. He said the company’s accountants were currently conducting a due diligence audit of the Vietnamese company’s books and records, which should be completed by the end of June. "The Vietnamese company is a private business, which has a local market share of about 4%," Ahyanizzaman said on April 17 after the company’s general shareholders meeting. If SMGR goes ahead with the acquisition, it would be Semen Indonesia’s second acquisition in Vietnam. Through its current Vietnamese subsidiary, Thang … [Read more...]

General Motors launches 2015 Chevrolet Orlando

General Motors Vietnam on April 17 introduced the 2015 Chevrolet Orlando, its latest generation of the seven-seat family MPV. Priced at VND759 million ($35,600) (VAT included), the new Orlando can meet from daily needs to longer excursions, and from friendly visits to family adventures according to GM Vietnam managing director Gaurav Gupta. "It offers fun, entertainment and relaxation for April 17's modern families that do not follow the crowd," he said. In Vietnam, the Orlando model is going to be directly competing with the quite similar Toyota Innova. However, given its interior amenities, the Orlando’s price is considered a competitive advantage as the Innova is priced at between VND767 million ($36,000) and VND833 million ($39,100). GM Vietnam, a member of GM Southeast Asia Operations, has headquarters and a manufacturing facility in Hanoi. It has an annual assembly capacity of 30,000 vehicles and operates a nationwide sales network of 15 dealer facilities in major … [Read more...]

Microsoft Office World Championship kicks off

(VOV) - More than 1,500 competitors from 260 teams nationwide participated on April 18 in the national qualifying round for the 2015 Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) World Championship in central Danang City. The popular Microsoft Office competition is the only one endorsed by Microsoft, providing a platform for students to showcase their expert skills using Microsoft Office tools and gain the upper hand in today’s competitive academic and professional marketplace. To participate, students ages 13 to 22 were required to submit a passing score on the MOS Word 2010, Excel 2010 or PowerPoint 2010 exams and attend an approved, accredited learning institution. The best 50 contestants will enter the national final round on May 24. They will take part in MOS Expert and Scenario tests. The top three winners will then compete in the World Final Round in Dallas, Texas, the US on August 9-12 this year. … [Read more...]

Russian forum honours Vietnamese teacher

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(VOV) - The International Alliance for Women organization in Moscow, Russia last week paid tribute to Ms Pham Thanh Xuan as a shining example of what can be accomplished through hard work and perseverance. At a reception in her honour, speakers said Ms Xuan has excelled as a teacher and overcome challenges to become a beacon of hope and inspiration for all generations. She has continued the long tradition of outstanding and unswerving commitment of so many members of the women’s organization who settled in Russia and her efforts have contributed significantly to Russia’s overall development. They said it is our pleasure to be able to host this special reception to honour Ms Xuan. We thought that it would be only fitting to commemorate the forum by recognising someone among us who has and continues to blaze a trail for so many others – both men and women – to follow. Speaking at the event, Ms Xuan said "I am very excited. This is not a prestigious award for … [Read more...]

Hanoi Old Quarter exhibition opens

(VOV) - An exhibition recapturing images of Hanoi’s old quarter – past and present – opened on April 17 at the Hanoi Old Quarter Culture Exchange Centre at 50 Dao Duy Tu Street in the Hoan Kiem District. The exhibition, spanning 200 square metres features 100 photographs, documents and short films, has been organized by the Hanoi Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism. It creates a vivid and lively space divided into five time frames: 11th-16th century, 17th-19th century, 1884-1954, 1954-1986 and 1986-2014. In each time period, the event showcases different architecture, changing economy, and people’s daily lives. Although not large in area, the old quarter has always epitomized the convergence many characteristics of urban culture in Vietnam. Even during the rapid growth of Hanoi, today, the old quarter is still the economic-cultural centre, and one of the most appealing tourist sites of the city. Many residents of the city along with domestic and … [Read more...]

Danang’s journey to sustainability

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(VOV) - Danang leads the pack as one of the world’s fastest-growing family and vacation destinations as its marble mountains, tranquil beaches and authentic Vietnamese dishes continue to bring international praise. It has also been cited as one of the world’s leading atractors of foreign direct investment (FDI), having experienced a remarkable spike of more than US$2.1 billion during the five-year period leading up to 2010. However, since 2009 foreign investment has declined and in the three months leading up to April of this year the city has reported investment of US$3.39 million, much lower than many leading economists had expected. Recently, Director of the Da Nang Department of Planning and Investment Tran Van Son, sat down with a reporter from the Vietnam Business Forum to explain the figures. Most of the decline in reported FDI can be attributed to the fact that the city is highly selective in the types of investment it approves, as city leaders place special … [Read more...]

Nam wins gold in India

Ly Hoang Nam of Viet Nam won a gold medal at the ITF Asian Closed Junior Championships on April 17 in India. Nam, in a pair with Alberto Lim of the Philippines, defeated Japanese duo Sora Fukuda and Renta Tokuda 6-3, 6-2. It is the second time the duo claimed a title at a junior tournament. The first was at the Sarawak Chief Minister"s Cup in Malaysia last month. Earlier, the Vietnamese, who is seeded No 1 in both singles and doubles event, entered the final of the boys' singles. He trounced Yosuke Watanuki of Japan 6-2, 6-2 to set up a trophy match against Renta Tokuda, another Japanese. … [Read more...]

Vietnam attends cyberspace conference

An information and communications ministry delegation, led by Deputy Minister Nguyen Minh Hong, attended the Global Conference on Cyberspace, held from April 14 to 17 in the Netherlands. The fourth such conference was attended by representatives from more than 120 countries, territories and international organisations. Operationalising the Seoul Framework, the conference aimed at exchanging knowledge and ideas on strategic cyberspace issues and developing concrete solutions to urgent problems. Participants joined international discussions on human rights and privacy issues on the Internet. In the framework of the conference, the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise (GFCE) proposed by the host country will be established. It is expected to be a driving force for building policies on information safety, and will boost initiatives and provide knowledge and experience to member countries, and create a foundation to organise high-level discussions on policy-making. Vietnam is one of the 42 … [Read more...]

2 companies get import ban, fines for selling unqualified drugs

The Drug Administration of Vietnam said on April 16 it has imposed a two-year ban on medicine imports of two foreign companies that were found to sell unqualified medicines and pharmaceutical materials with unclear origins. Hong Kong-based Austin Pharma Specialties and China-based CSPC Innovation Pharmaceutical were ordered to submit US$30,625 and US$29,750, respectively, that they had earned from the illegal sales. They also had to pay VND160 million (US$7,300) each in fines, according to the agency under the Ministry of Health. The materials in question were used to produce omeprazole and pantoprazole, both "proton pump inhibitors" (PPIs), which are commonly used to treat acid reflux and ulcers of stomach. … [Read more...]

Iran submits four-point Yemen peace plan to UN

Iran's foreign minister on April 17 submitted a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon outlining a four-point peace plan for Yemen, where Iranian-backed Houthi rebels have been targeted for three weeks by Saudi-led air strikes. The plan, which Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif announced earlier this month, calls for an immediate ceasefire and end of all foreign military attacks, humanitarian assistance, a resumption of broad national dialogue and "establishment of an inclusive national unity government." "It is imperative for the international community to get more effectively involved in ending the senseless aerial attacks and establishing a ceasefire, ensuring delivery of humanitarian and medical assistance to the people of Yemen and restoring peace and stability to this country through dialogue and national reconciliation without pre-conditions," said Zarif's letter, which was obtained by Reuters. Western and Arab diplomats in New York have shown little interest in the … [Read more...]

Car bomb kills three outside US consulate in Iraq

A car bomb killed three people on April 17 outside the US consulate in Erbil, the capital of Iraq's Kurdistan region, a ally of Washington in the war against Islamic State, which claimed the attack. No US personnel were hurt in the blast, according to the US State Department, which said a "vehicle-borne improvised explosive device" exploded right outside the entrance to the heavily fortified compound. Kurdistan is an important partner for the US-led coalition in its campaign to "degrade and destroy" the Islamic State group, which overran large parts of Iraq last summer and threatened to reach Erbil. A Reuters witness heard the blast, which was followed by gunfire and a column of black smoke high above the Ankawa district, a predominantly Christian neighborhood packed with cafes popular with foreigners. "It seems the consulate was the target," Nihad Qoja, the mayor of Erbil's city center, told Reuters. The head of security for Ankawa said three people were killed and 14 … [Read more...]

Singapore, Vietnam forge stronger economic links

Minister of Planning and Investment Bui Quang Vinh and Singaporean Minister of Trade and Industry Lim Hng Kiang co-chaired the 11th Ministerial Meeting on Vietnam-Singapore Economic Connectivity in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue on April 17. The annual event focused on reviewing the outcomes of bilateral cooperation in six prioritised fields since the previous meeting held in Singapore in April of last year, while also seeking measures to further foster economic links between the two countries. The Vietnamese side proposed Singapore continue encouraging its businesses to invest in Vietnam in new cooperation areas, expanding the bilateral partnership for mutual benefit. The meeting is part of the Vietnam-Singapore Economic Connectivity Agreement signed by the two governments in 2005. The deal focuses on the six main areas of finance, education and training, transport, information technology and communications, investment, and trade and services. During the event, the … [Read more...]

Senior leaders greets

(VOV) -President Truong Tan Sang and National Assembly (NA) Nguyen Sinh Hung on April 17 received visiting Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg in Hanoi. At the reception, President Sang described her visit as a contribution to deepening the friendship and cooperation between the two nations while praising Norway's support for Vietnam in the national construction, socio-economic development and international integration. The two governments should facilitate linkages between the business communities and accelerate early conclusion of negotiation and signing of the free trade agreement between Vietnam and the European Union. The two Governments should continue to make full use of dialogue and political-diplomatic consultative mechanisms, while maintaining close coordination at multi-lateral forums, the President told his guest. He also stressed the need to strengthen economic links and cooperation in culture and education to reinforce the friendship and mutual understanding … [Read more...]

Senior leaders greets Norwegian PM

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(VOV) -President Truong Tan Sang and National Assembly (NA) Nguyen Sinh Hung on April 17 received visiting Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg in Hanoi. At the reception, President Sang described her visit as a contribution to deepening the friendship and cooperation between the two nations while praising Norway's support for Vietnam in the national construction, socio-economic development and international integration. The two governments should facilitate linkages between the business communities and accelerate early conclusion of negotiation and signing of the free trade agreement between Vietnam and the European Union. The two governments should continue to make the best of dialogue and political-diplomatic consultative mechanisms and maintain close coordination at multi-lateral forums, the President told his guest. He also stressed the need to strengthen economic links and cooperation in culture and education to reinforce the friendship and mutual understanding between … [Read more...]

Senior leaders greet Norwegian PM

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(VOV) -President Truong Tan Sang and National Assembly (NA) Nguyen Sinh Hung on April 17 received visiting Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg in Hanoi. At the reception, President Sang described her visit as a contribution to deepening the friendship and cooperation between the two nations while praising Norway's support for Vietnam in the national construction, socio-economic development and international integration. The two governments should facilitate linkages between the business communities and accelerate early conclusion of negotiation and signing of the free trade agreement between Vietnam and the European Union. The two governments should continue to make the best of dialogue and political-diplomatic consultative mechanisms and maintain close coordination at multi-lateral forums, the President told his guest. He also stressed the need to strengthen economic links and cooperation in culture and education to reinforce the friendship and mutual understanding between … [Read more...]

Norwegian, Vietnamese PMs hold high-level talks

(VOV) -Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung affirmed Vietnam’s recognition of great importance to propelling the friendship and cooperation with traditional friends, including Norway at talks with his Norwegian counterpart Erna Solberg on April 17 in Hanoi. PM Dung expressed his hope that the visit would contribute to elevating the bilateral ties to new heights. Both PMs agreed that the two countries boast great potential and advantages in expanding cooperation for mutual benefit and underlined the need to intensify all-level delegation exchange, continue to carry out existing political dialogue mechanisms, and create the best possible conditions for businesses and investors of both countries to augment cooperation. They agreed to increase cooperation in training activities between universities and research centers, principally in science and technology, oil and gas, energy, aquaculture, agricultural and environmental management, as well as promoting cultural, sports, and tourism … [Read more...]

The secret identity of Vietnam’s new breakout author

Publishing is an industry full of mysteries. Authors conceal themselves behind what they write, with the exception of memoirs and other personal narratives. Books are usually perfect hideaways for untold secrets. Still it's rare to have a writer, in this era of questioning and this growing culture of fame seeking, who is so diligent about keeping his or her identity a mystery. And very good at it. When Tony Buổi Sáng, or Tony Morning, launched his Facebook page in 2013, it was almost impossible to foresee his rise to prominence. He posts regularly in unpolished Vietnamese about his life, study and work, in a voice that is amusingly egotistical, sometimes mildly sarcastic. It's a style that has been overworked by countless writers. But somehow Tony has managed to hit the right chord with thousands of young readers in Vietnam. There is no clear through-line in what he writes. One day he may post about his experience with unfriendly Vietnam Airlines flight attendants, and the next he … [Read more...]