Ba Son christens largest freighter

Photo for illustration. Source: samco.com.vn PANO - Ba Son Company, under the Ministry of Defence's Department for Industry, successfully shipped out the Princess freighter with the capacity of 6.800 DWT. The ship was built within a ten month time spanand is the biggest ship that Ba Son has built. It was also recorded as the biggest ship launched in the South of Vietnam. The Princess is 103.067 metres long and 17 metres wide. The total value of the contract to make the ship was at USD 11.150 … [Read more...]

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Dioxin cleaned up at Phu Cat airbase

BINH DINH ' Work to remove soil contaminated by dioxin has been completed at Phu Cat airbase in central Binh Dinh Province under a project organised by the Office of the National Steering Committee on Overcoming the Consequences of Toxic Chemicals used by the US during the war in Viet Nam, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The landfill is part of a US$5 million UNDP and Global Environment Facility project named "Environmental Remediation of Dioxin Contaminated Hotspots in … [Read more...]

Golden West pledges to work for the benefits of Vietnamese people

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PANO - Two people, used to be soldiers fighting against each other in the Vietnam War, now become friends and work for the same organization, Golden West Humanitarian Foundation (GWHF), which is supporting its Vietnamese partner to remove the legacy of the war: unexploded ordnance. Allan Vosburgh, Director of Plans and Operations of GWHF and former Vietnamese Colonel Nguyen Quang Bieu, GWHF's country representative in Vietnam, were happy welcoming guests to the ceremony in Hanoi on May 8 th, … [Read more...]

Director of Military Medicine receives bilaterally delegations to the ACMMC-1

Receiving the delegation from Indonesia.

(ADMM-2010) - Within the framework of the first ASEAN Chiefs of Military Medicine Conference (ACMMC-1), Senior Colonel, Dr. Vu Quoc Binh, Director of Vietnamese Military Medicine Department, Deputy Head of the ACMMC-1 Organising Board, received bilaterally heads of ASEAN delegations to the ACMMC-1 in Hanoi on May 26th, 2011. At the receptions, Senior Colonel Vu Quoc Binh thanked the military medicine industry for supporting Vietnam to host the ACMMC-1 and expected that they would come up with … [Read more...]

Viet Nam, US strengthen dioxin clean up programme

VietNamNet Bridge - Viet Nam and the US have signed a memorandum of intent (MOI) which will pave the way for the cleanup of dioxin in Da Nang. The MOI was signed in Ha Noi on December 30 by Director of the US Agency for International Development in Viet Nam Francis Donovan and Head of the MinistryTechnology and Environment Cao Tien Hinh of National Defence's Department of Science. Deputy Minister of Defence Nguyen Huy Hieu said his ministry had worked successfully with international … [Read more...]

VN, US strengthen cooperation in dioxin cleanup

Vietnam and the US have signed a memorandum of intent (MOI) which will pave the way for the cleanup of dioxin at the Da Nang Airport. The MOI was signed in Hanoi on Dec. 30 by Director of the U.S. Agency for International Development in Vietnam Francis Donovan and Head of the Ministry of National Defence's Department of Science, Technology and Environment Cao Tien Hinh. Deputy Minister of Defence Nguyen Huy Hieu said his ministry has over the past years worked with international … [Read more...]

ASEAN 2010 website debuts

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(ADMM-2010) - Vietnamese Ministry of Defence, on December 21st, launched a website to serve the ASEAN Defence - Military Meetings 2010 (ADMM-2010). Lt. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh, Vice Minister of Defence pressed the button to launch the site at a ceremony attended by Mr. Pham Van Linh, Deputy Head of the Central Commission for Propaganda and Education, Lt. Gen. Nguyen Tuan Dung, Deputy Director of the Vietnam People's Army's General Department for Politics and military attaches of other countries … [Read more...]

Study defines problems remaining from the Vietnam War

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PANO - More than one third of the land mass of six provinces in central Vietnam today remains contaminated with unexploded bombs, artillery shells, rockets and landmines from the Vietnam War, a study released today showed. The Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation (VVAF) and the Vietnam Ministry of Defence's Technology Centre for Bomb and Mine Disposal (BOMICEN) today released findings of a detailed survey that focused on the six most contaminated provinces of Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, … [Read more...]

Ba Son shipbuilding hands over 6,000-tonne vessel

PANO - The Ba Son shipbuilder and Phuong Nam company working under the Defence Ministry held a ceremony on June 21 to hand over and put a 6,000 tonne vessel into operation. The event drew the participation of Senior Lieutenant General Phan Trung Kien, Deputy Minister and Lieutenant General Pham Tuan, Chief of theGeneral Department ofMilitary Industry. The freighter was constructed by Ba Son company, measuring 102.89m in length, 17m in width, with 6,554 DWT and a load of 6,000 tonnes. The … [Read more...]

Pagoda becomes a hive of holiday activity

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There are many things one can learn at a pagoda.At a pagoda in Ha Noi called Hung Phuc, children have been learning all sorts of things from cooking traditional food to painting; martial arts to music.It has kept them busy during their school holidays.The story goes that this pagoda was started long ago by two princesses. By Duc Hanh … [Read more...]

Pagoda hosts summer of love for learning

First sketches: A young girl draws a Buddha statue. - VNS Photo Tu Quyen

Free classes at a pagoda in the surburbs of Ha Noi give children a chance to learn and enjoy the arts. Duc Hanh reports. … [Read more...]

Travel tips for Da Lat

Than Tho Lake. Weather   Located in the Central Highlands, Dalat has a cool climate all year round. But the most appropriate time to come here is July-August.   How to get there

VietNamNet Bridge - Some 300 km from HCM City, Dalat is always a great destination for those who love old buildings and cool weather. By air: There are many flights from Hanoi, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City to Lien Khuong Airport in Dalat. From here, you catch a bus to the city center for VND80,000 ($4) or a cab for VND250,000-VND300,000/person. High-quality coach service: There are many luxury coach services provided by Phuong Trang or Thanh Buoi companies. You can buy tickets at De Tham and … [Read more...]

Angelina Jolie takes the vile out of villain in ‘Maleficent’

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Angelina Jolie, in taking her first major acting role in years, wanted something "crazy and silly" to counter the more serious parts of her life and her idea of fun was to play a baddie who looks pretty darn scary to children. Maleficent is a villain, and one of Disney's most popular since she appeared as the wicked fairy in the 1959 animated feature "Sleeping Beauty," in which she casts an evil spell on the princess. … [Read more...]

Stars pour onto Cannes red carpet for festival opening

Movie stars herald the start of the world's biggest film festival during the opening ceremony of the 67th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. (AFP/ALBERTO PIZZOLI)

Movie stars poured onto the Cannes red carpet on Wednesday for a glittering ceremony heralding the start of the world's biggest film festival after critics savaged opening movie "Grace of Monaco." CANNES, France: Movie stars poured onto the Cannes red carpet on Wednesday for a glittering ceremony heralding the start of the world's biggest film festival after critics savaged opening movie "Grace of Monaco." … [Read more...]

Theatres line up several summer shows for children

The play Hoang Tu Gau Va Hat Dau Than (Bear Prince and Magic Beans) will be performed for children during the summer vacation at the Youth Theatre. - VNS photo

HA NOI (VNS) — Theatres in Ha Noi are ready to welcome children with entertainment shows during the summer vacation and on Children's Day, June 1. … [Read more...]

$100 for a royal meal at Hue Festival

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VietNamNet Bridge - Leading Vietnamese chefs displayed their refined cooking techniques and the use of unique ingredients featuring royal delicacies, bringing alive the traditions and flavors of the Nguyen Dynasty at the Hue Royal Palace on Tuesday. Mr. Phan Thanh Hai, director of the Hue Monuments Conservation Centre, said the meal was truly a medieval feast fit for a king, one of the major highlights of the ongoing Hue Festival 2014. Despite the pricy cost of the meal (at VND2 million, or … [Read more...]

Gastronomy from the Royal Palace of Hue

The Royal Palace Night began with a incense offering ceremony

(VOV) - Leading Vietnamese chefs displayed their refined cooking techniques and use of unique ingredients featuring royal delicacies, bringing alive the traditions and flavors of the Nguyen Dynasty at Hue Royal Palace on April 15. 2014 Hue Festival attracts numerous tourists Beauty of Ao Dai shines at Hue Festival Hue Festival 2014 opens with style Phan Thanh Hai, director of the Hue Monuments Conservation Centre said the meal was truly a medieval feast fit for a king, one of the major … [Read more...]

Royal treasures on display in Hue

Pottery items for smoking by royal members are on display at the Ta Vu building inside the Imperial City. -- VNS Photo Phuoc Buu

By Phuoc Buu THUA THIEN, HUE (VNS) — Royal treasures of the feudal Nguyen Dynasty (1802 - 1945) of Viet Nam are on display in the former capital Hue City, in line with the biennial cultural Hue Festival 2014. A handmade gown embroidered with phoenix patterns is on display at the private museum of Nguyen Dynastys Custom-made Porcelains. The gown was the formal royal costume worn by the kings wife and mother. The royal costume collection includes a formal gown and a semi-formal gown for … [Read more...]

Hanoi Citadel

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The Hanoitimes - In the past, Hanoi Citadel located in a quite large area, the West side near Hoang Dieu street, East side near Nguyen Tri Phuong, South side near Tran Phu street, North side near Phan Dinh Phung street. In 1010, under Ly dynasty, Thang Long became the capital city which was built and expanded after next dynasties. The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long was constructed with three round nesting. The Forbidden citadel under Ly - Tran dynasty in last round where is the palace area. … [Read more...]

Some good ones at the end of the season

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Two new Vietnamese films are vast improvements on similar predecessors in terms of settings and plots, but they fail to avoid trite stereotypes A scene of Cuoc chien voi chan tinh (Thach Sanh Legend) directed by Do Quang Hai Au, who suddenly died of a stroke in March last year while still editing his movie. Despite the imperfect visual effects such as this 3D computer-generated ogre which looks a little bit fake, Hai Au's first and last movie is solid work. Photos taken from The movie's … [Read more...]