Social News 10/1

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Facelift for HCM City Post Office stirs criticism Relate news HCM City Post Office gets facelift after 40 years A facelift for HCM City's 130-year-old post office has stirred critics for being too garish, even through the colours used matched those of the original building that is a landmark of the city. The building, at 2 Paris Commune in District 1 was built in 1886 by the French colonial government and, along with the Notre Dame Cathedral and Saigon Tax Centre, is considered a symbol of HCM City, making it a popular destination for foreign tourists and attracting thousands of visitors a day. Local authorities spent nearly VND5b to restore the façade, the project starting in September 2014 and scheduled for completion ahead of next month's Tet. The post office is decorated mainly in orange-yellow with white trim and highlights, which was its original colouring and symbolised the colours of the Vietnam post and telecommunication industry. On January 6, the … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 28/3

Live performances by two young jazz artists from Hungary - Alexandra Ivan and Andras Jasz left a deep impression on jazz enthusiasts in Hanoi on March 25.

Photos mark Liberation Day An exhibition featuring 100 photos to mark the 39th anniversary of Liberation Day (March 29th) in Da Nang and Quang Nam Province's Tam Ky City opened at Da Nang's Heritage Centre today. .The exhibition features photos of people, landscapes and cultural festivals from around the central region, and will run until April 4. The two cities, which used to form Quang Nam-Da Nang Province, separated into Da Nang City and Quang Nam Province in 1997. VN-Cuba strike book deal Viet Nam's Ministry of Information and Communications has agreed to swap the publishing rights for five books every year with Cuba, according to a memorandum of co-operation signed here yesterday. The two sides will also organise joint book talks and workshops, and help their publishing and distribution units to establish direct relationships, technical support and professional exchanges. Both sides will help advertise and distribute the publications in the two countries. Deputy … [Read more...]

Going yum cha in Cho Lon

Two men have dim sum at Hong Kong-style restaurant Tien Phat (18 Ky Hoa Street, District 5) / PHOTO COURTESY OF TUOI TRE

Yum cha literally means "drink tea" in Cantonese but it usually refers to the practice of both drinking tea and eating dim sum (bite-sized dishes) at tea restaurants in the morning or in the afternoon. When Chinese people, or rather Hainanese, first immigrated to southern Vietnam centuries ago, they also brought the practice with them. Thiet, chairman of the Hainanese Society in Ho Chi Minh City, said that after leaving China, where the Hainanese mainly made a living fishing, for Vietnam, his people switched to trading goods and opening tea shops. Thus, Saigon's tea shops - mostly concentrated in Cho Lon ("Big Market," the city's Chinatown crossing districts 5, 6 and part of 11) - were traditionally run by Hainanese people, and were located close to major intersections in busy business districts, he said. Although the shops - which served food and were more like restaurants - were mainly located in Cho Lon, they were also available on Tan That Dam Street, District 1. However, … [Read more...]

The Village of Artists

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The village of artists, called Ham Long, is located near the windy Sai Gon River, 10km from the hub of Ho Chi Minh City. It has this name because most of the owners of houses in the village are artists. Visiting the village, tourists have a chance to behold houses built in the traditional architectural style of the Vietnamese people, such as a Hue Ruong house, a house-on-stilts of the Muong ethnic people and ancient houses of the South. Each house is an artistic architectural complex that is designed beautifully by its owner. A garden in the shade of trees overlooks the Sai Gon River. The most striking feature of the village probably is the houses owned by painters Nguyen Hoai Huong and Ly Khac Nhu. The house of Nguyen Hoai Huong was built in the style of a Hue Ruong house that looks solemn and private while the house of Ly Khac Nhu looks rustic with a simple leave-covered roof. The artists arrange many works of art and unique miniatures in their living spaces, such as … [Read more...]

ART & ENTERTAINMENT IN BRIEF 7/3

Vietnamese war novel published in Iran The Farsi version of "Noi buon chien tranh" (The Sorrow of War), a novel by writer Bao Ninh, has been released in Iran. This is the first Vietnamese novel to be translated into the Farsi language, with 2,000 copies published by Iran's Ofoq private publishing house. Some Vietnamese books published in Farsi are President Ho Chi Minh's "Nhat Ky Trong Tu" (Prison Diary) and General Vo Nguyen Giap's "Hoi Ky ve Dien Bien Phu" (Memoirs of Dien Bien Phu). Nguyen Du's "Truyen Kieu" (Kieu's Story) is being translated by former Iranian Ambassador to Vietnam Seyed Kamal Sajjadi. In 1994, the English version of "The Sorrow of War" translated by Phan Thanh Hao was published. "The Sorrow of War" features an infantry soldier from Hanoi. With his youth and pains of adolescent love during the bloody battles of the war, and then his attempts, as a struggling writer in postwar Hanoi, to come to grips with the savageries he has witnessed, to make sense of … [Read more...]

The significant Suu years (buffalo years) in our history

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+ Tan suu (41) : Accession of the Queen Trung to the throne at Me Linh. She built palaces and fortified walls against the Chinese agressors, taking back the autonomy of the country after 150 years of chinese domination. + Tan suu (41) : Accession of the Queen Trung to the throne at Me Linh. She built palaces and fortified walls against the Chinese agressors, taking back the autonomy of the country after 150 years of chinese domination. + At Suu (905) : The Khuc reconquered independence, opened an era of vietnamese feudality. Profiting from the decadence of the Tang in China, Khuc Thua Du, a powerful landlord of Hong chau (Hai Duong), proclaimed himself chief of the country, independent from the Tang. The Khuc instituted central and local powers, divided the country into provinces, departments, cantons, communes, instituted the familial registers. They abolished the heavy forms of exploitation of the Tang, leaving only one form of taxes, the tax of rice-fields. Since then, our country … [Read more...]

Fauna & Flora Int’l programme helps reduce deforestation in Kon Tum

A programme implemented by Fauna & Flora International with sponsorship from the European Union since January 2012 has yielded positive conservation results in the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum. The 251 million VND programme (11,797 USD), part of the Asia-Pacific Community Carbon Pools Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+ CCP), has helped reduce deforestation and forest degradation, as well as decrease the number of forest fires in Hieu commune of the Kon Plong district. At the same time, it improved the livelihood of locals, who depend on forest resources for their living. All major forest areas have been allocated to locals for management, in return they are paid for their forest care. As a result, forest protection has improved remarkably and illegal timber exploitation cases are detected and handled in a timely manner. Locals were also provided with training on managing forest areas and to use forest resources … [Read more...]

Students’ Day celebrated in Hanoi

Hanoi , January 8 (VNA) – A ceremony was held in Hanoi on January 7 to mark the 65 th anniversary of the Vietnam ’s Students’ Day (January 9), and to present "Sinh vien 5 tot" (Five-Virtue Student) and "Sao Thang Gieng" (January Star) awards to outstanding students nationwide. Over the past 65 years, under the leadership of the Party and President Ho Chi Minh, student movements and the Vietnamese Students Association (VSA) have grown and developed substantially during revolutionary periods, stated Le Hong Anh, Politburo member and standing member of the Party Central Committee’s Secretariat. Hailing the achievements made by generations of students, he urged the VSA to continue promoting tradition and enhancing unity among students. He also urged Party and Government agencies, as well as the Vietnam Fatherland Front and the entire society, to work with the VSA to develop a generation of knowledgeable and virtuous students. According to Le Quoc Phong, … [Read more...]

Conference reviews Hanoi plans for economic development, educational reform

Politburo member and Secretary of Hanoi municipal Party Committee Pham Quang Nghi addressing the conference (Source: CPV)

Nhan Dan - The Hanoi municipal Party Committee held a conference on January 8 to revise the city's 2014 action plans on developing its socio-economic situation and comprehensively reforming its education and training sector. For the 2014-2015 period, Hanoi authorities have set targets of 8.5-9% GDP growth and a 12-13% increase in its development investment. The city has also set out to decrease the number of poor households by 0.5-0.8% and to develop the campaign on building new rural areas. To realise these objectives, municipal authorities have devised solutions to stabilise the capital's macro economy, control inflation and ensure social welfare. Efforts have also been made to remove difficulties for businesses to develop their operations, foster the city's planning and urban construction, and improve its investment environment. Regarding the task of reforming the city's education and training sector, Hanoi is working to complete the project on providing universal pre-school … [Read more...]

Social Highlights for November 22

President Truong Tan Sang has hosted a meeting with a delegation of overseas Vietnamese (OV) women who are attending a conference for Vietnamese women living abroad.

Figure of vaccinated children drops in Da Lat Town The figure shows a sharp fall in vaccinations in children compared to previous times when 90 percent were vaccinated, due to adverse information that worried parents. The vaccine Quinvaxem had been earlier suspended due to post-vaccination reactions in children, but then again re-used after several months. Dr. Vinh said six toddlers who were hospitalized after vaccination from November 14 -16 have been discharged from hospitals. They were taken to Lam Dong General Hospital as they suffered side effects from the vaccine, such as fever and vomiting. One of them even turned blue and developed convulsion fits. In addition, 20 others were also taken to health centers in districts and communes for post vaccination side effects. 10 motorbikes seized from foreign caravan in Saigon At 8:30am on November 20, local traffic policemen found the motorbikes travelling on a banned road in district 9 near Suoi Tien Cultural Park and pulled … [Read more...]

Hanoi-Moscow scheme starts operation

The Hanoi-Moscow cultural, trading and hotel centre was inaugurated in Moscow , Russia , on November 20. The event was attended by Politburo member and secretary of Hanoi municipal Party Committee Pham Quang Nghi and Vice Chairman of Hanoi municipal People's Committee Vu Hong Khanh, who are on a visit to Moscow, as well as the Vietnamese Ambassador to Russia Pham Xuan Son and representatives from Moscow administration. The facility, a result of the cooperation between Hanoi and Moscow , aims to provide overseas Vietnamese people in Russia with permanent trading and housing space as well as facilitate Vietnam 's exports to the country and other SNG members. The centre was built by INCENTRA JSC of Eurowindow Holding at a cost of nearly 240 million USD on a 4.9ha plot of land, housing a modern shopping complex and a 21-storey apartment-hotel building. A pagoda built after the One-Pillar Pagoda, one of Hanoi 's symbols, was also inaugurated at the centre on the same day.-VNA … [Read more...]

Phu Ly city expands administrative boundary

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Nhan Dan - The capital of northern Ha Nam province on October 3 celebrated its fifth anniversary of establishment and city officials announced a Government resolution to expand the city's administrative boundary. The event was attended by Politburo member and Secretary of Hanoi Municipal Party Committee, Pham Quang Nghi; head of the General Department of Politics of the Vietnam People's Army, Lieut. Gen. Ngo Xuan Lich; and Party Central Committee member and Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan. Under the resolution, the city's administrative boundary is doubled from 3,426 ha to 8,787 ha to include 21 commune-level administrative units with 11 wards and ten communes. Its population also increases from 121,350 to 136,654 inhabitants. The expansion is based on adjusting administrative boundaries of Duy Tien, Binh Luc, Thanh Liem and Kim Bang districts and establishing five new wards under the city administrative namely Thanh Chau, Chau Son, Liem Chinh, Lam Ha, and Thanh Tuyen. On the … [Read more...]

US bombing victims commemorated

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A commemorative ceremony for the victims of US bombings in December 1972 during the Vietnam war took place solemnly on December 26 at Kham Thien Memorial Site in Hanoi 's inner Dong Da district. … [Read more...]

Foreign professor awarded Vietnam friendship insignia

NDO – Chairman of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations Vu Xuan Hong presented the insignia "For Peace and Friendship among Nations" to Professor Frederick Brown from the US’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Hanoi on January 9. The insignia was given in recognition of his contributions to reconciliation, healing the wounds of the war, and the normalisation and development of bilateral relations between Vietnam and the US. The professor expressed his honour to receive the award and promised to continue to support for Vietnam in all aspects, and consolidate relations between people of the two countries. Born in 1928, the professor has shared many ideas to promote the Vietnam-US ties as the head of the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs under the US Department of State in the late 1970s. Many years later while working in the education field, the professor supported Vietnamese students to pursue learning at the SAIS. … [Read more...]