Social News 6/3

Old teacher holds free class for border children in An Giang A retired teacher has been offering free classes to poor children of mountainous An Giang Province for 18 years. Nong Na Nuong, 66, lives in a charity house in Vinh Tam Hamlet of Vinh Trung Commune in Tinh Bien District, and gets no pension because she had to quit teaching because of health problems in 1997. She gets support from a relative and her neighbours. But none of that has diminished her passion to teach. "I had worked as a primary teacher for 20 years before opening this free class for local poor children," she said. She teaches Vietnamese language and mathematics, at primary school level, and she attracts 10-15 students -- as many as 20 during summer. "We really admire teacher Nuong for her enthusiasm for education," siad Le Thi Diem, the mother of one of the students. "She refuses any tuition fees even though she has her own economic and health problems." Many of her students are ethnic Kkmer, and sometimes … [Read more...]

Social News 5/3

Fire destroys 300 tons of cotton A fire that broke out yesterday afternoon lasted for 10 hours at a local company that sells cotton in the southern province of Binh Duong, destroying 300 tons of products. The fire broke out at Ninh Son Company in Hoa Loi Commune, Ben Cat Town, about 2pm yesterday, but lasted till midnight. More than 10 firefighting trucks were mobilised, but the firefighters were not able to contain the fire for several hours due to the large amount of cotton -- which burns very fast -- stored in the company. The blaze affected more than 1,000sq.m of the company's storage area. Hundreds of residents, who had rented rooms nearby, were also affected. Nguyen Thi Phuong Trang, a representative of the Ninh Son Company, said that the 300 tons of cotton had been recently imported and prepared for sale in the domestic market. The cause of the fire has not been identified yet. Quang Binh's largest fake fish sauce case discovered The Quang Binh People's Procuracy has … [Read more...]

Spring tours in flower and festival seasons

Spring and festival tours of Saigontourist Travel Service Company attract many tourists - PHOTO: COURTESY OF SAIGONTOURIST

Tien Dat Tourists can visit Huong Pagoda and Yen Tu festivals in the North, ancient sacred pagodas in the central region or make a pilgrimage to the southern area where the temples are a mix of Vietnamese-Chinese-Khmer-Cham cultures and beliefs. Saigontourist will take you to the centers of Vietnamese folklore events from HCMC to Yen Tu-Ha Long-Ninh Binh-Hanoi (VND4.75 million on March 11, 18, 25 and April 1); visiting Bai Dinh Pagoda on Hanoi-Ninh Binh-Ha Long route (VND4.65 million in March); Huong Pagoda Festival-Hanoi-Ha Long (VND4.995 million on March 28 and April 2); Pilgrimage Tour to the Central-Danang-Hoi An-Paradise Cave-Hue (VND4.15 million on March and April); Nguyen Tieu Festival in Hoi An City-Danang (VND3.95 million on March 4); Ba Chua Xu Festival-Mekong Delta (VND3.15 million on March 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28 and April 2); That Son-Sa Dec-Long Xuyen-Chau Doc (VND2.555 million on March 7, 14, 21, 28); Con Dao (from VND5.04 million every day). Those prices do … [Read more...]

Golden age of antique potteries in central region

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Kham Hao Duyen Tourists can visit Huong Pagoda and Yen Tu festivals in the North, ancient sacred pagodas in the central region or make a pilgrimage to the southern area where the temples are a mix of Vietnamese-Chinese-Khmer-Cham cultures and beliefs. Saigontourist will take you to the centers of Vietnamese folklore events from HCMC to Yen Tu-Ha Long-Ninh Binh-Hanoi (VND4.75 million on March 11, 18, 25 and April 1); visiting Bai Dinh Pagoda on Hanoi-Ninh Binh-Ha Long route (VND4.65 million in March); Huong Pagoda Festival-Hanoi-Ha Long (VND4.995 million on March 28 and April 2); Pilgrimage Tour to the Central-Danang-Hoi An-Paradise Cave-Hue (VND4.15 million on March and April); Nguyen Tieu Festival in Hoi An City-Danang (VND3.95 million on March 4); Ba Chua Xu Festival-Mekong Delta (VND3.15 million on March 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28 and April 2); That Son-Sa Dec-Long Xuyen-Chau Doc (VND2.555 million on March 7, 14, 21, 28); Con Dao (from VND5.04 million every day). Those … [Read more...]

Social News 27/2

Hanoi: Waste treatment plants to be operational in 2015 A number of waste treatment plants in Hanoi’s outlying districts of Dan Phuong, Phu Xuyen, My Duc, Ba Vi and Soc Son are expected to be operational this year. Notably, the 73ha Nam Son Waste Treatment Complex (Phase II) in Soc Son district will be put into operation in April. According to Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Vu Hong Khanh, the city will discharge an estimated 8,500 tonnes of solid waste a day by 2020 and 11,300 tonnes by 2030. To treat the waste, the city authorities have zoned off areas for solid waste treatment by 2030. Under the Prime Minister-approved planning, Hanoi will have 17 waste treatment plants by 2030, including eight expanded and nine newly-built ones. There are currently nine enterprises collecting and processing household waste in the city. Most of the waste is treated using several methods such as burying and burning. Around 5,400 tonnes of waste are discharged each … [Read more...]

High numbers of travellers hosted around Vietnam during Tet

Hanoi, February 24 (VNA) – Hundreds of thousands of local and international tourists flocked to renowned tourism sites across the country during the Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday, which fell on February 19. Ho Chi Minh City travel firms served more than 58,000 tourists during Tet, an increase of 39 percent over the previous Tet, bringing total revenue of 540 billion VND (25.32 million USD) or 50-percent surge, according to the city’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism. In the stunning mountain resort town of Sa Pa, northern Lao Cai province, 50,000 visitors enjoyed the cool and refreshing atmosphere and unique Tet celebrations of ethnic minorities. During the occasion, the central province of Thua Thien-Hue received some 75,000 travellers, including 40,000 international visitors, an annual increase of 25 percent. During the first three days of the Lunar New Year, the Hue relic site welcomed more than 30,000 arrivals, a third of which were foreigners, and … [Read more...]

List of chemist’s in Hanoi during Tet announced

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Hanoi city Department of Health has made announced the list of places selling medicines during Tet 2015. Accordingly, a part from the chemist’s system in hospitals chemist’s under the Hanoi Medical Equipment and Pharmaceutical Joint Stock Company will organize places selling medicines during Tet. Specifically, from February 14th to 23rd (the 26th day of the last lunar month to the 5th day of the first lunar month), places selling medicines include at 59 Lan Ong street, 82 Ngo Thi Nham, 97 Hang Bac, 98 Hang Buom, 54 Trang Tien, 2 Hang Bai, 5 Cua Nam, 119 Hang Gai, 156 Ngoc Lam, 162 Pho Hue, 21 Quan Thanh, 378 Kham Thien, 44 Le Dai Hanh, 512 Bach Mai, 228 Lo Duc and 286 Minh Khai. In addition, there are also chemist’s in the outskirts of the city such as Bac Hong chemist’s in Dong Anh district, chemist’s at 97 lane 2 Phu Minh street, Soc Son district. Chemist’s under Ha Tay Pharmaceutical Joint Stock Company will also open during Tet. They are … [Read more...]

Social News 15/2

HCMC lauds good medical workers 113 teams and individuals of medical clinics in Ho Chi Minh City were lauded for their achievements in the patriotic emulation movement for 2010-2014. The municipal Department of Health held a meeting on February 12 to appraise 26 teams and 87 individuals for their good performance in the health sector’s emulation movement. At the meeting, the Department also launched the patriotic emulation movement for the next period from 2015 to 2020. The movement will focus on following Uncle Ho’s teaching that a good doctor must be a good mother to fight negative acts in treatment and examination. The movement also aims to improve curing and treatment quality, strengthen capability for district medical clinics to reduce overloading in big hospitals and implement the Ministry of Health’s programs. Da Nang flyover work to continue during Tet The Trung Nam Group installed the final span to complete the second flyover at the three-level stack … [Read more...]

Social News 12/2

Hanoi to get disabled taxi service A taxi service for people with disabilities, the first of its kind in the country, is scheduled to be launched on March 1 in Hanoi. The Thanh Cong Taxi Company, which will operate the service, said that the taxis will be specially designed for the disabled and would meet their travel needs. Hanoi has about 90,000 people with disabilities.- Hanoi: Prisoners granted clemency on Tet Hanoi granted amnesty to 305 inmates, ahead of the upcoming Lunar New Year (Tet) festival, the largest holiday of the country. A decision to this effect was announced on February 10. Having been chosen for their positive rehabilitation attitudes, the prisoners will receive reduced sentences and be released ahead of schedule. The freed prisoners expressed their gratitude to the Party and State’s clemency policy and thanked prison wardens for assisting them in their personal growth. The clemency not only reflects the Government’s leniency policy, but also … [Read more...]

Van Don casino-resort to be licensed soon

The selection of investors for the Van Don airport and an integrated casino and resort complex in the northern province of Quang Ninh is nearing its conclusion as the local people’s committee will make a final decision shortly to allow the construction of both landmark projects in April. Nguyen Van Doc, Chairman of the Quang Ninh Provincial People’s Committee, confirmed with VIR that he had asked the local authorities to complete site clearance at the Van Don Economic Zone to prepare for the development of those projects. "We haven’t decided who will be the investor in those projects. But whoever is chosen will have to start construction in April," said Doc. This means the permission for the investment certificates to develop the integrated casino and resort complex and the airport would need to be agreed by March. The Van Don airport would play a vital role in bolstering the zone’s investment climate and tourism development as Quang Ninh is also home to … [Read more...]

New attractive tours for Tet

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Public sector employees nationwide will have 9 days off work for the forthcoming Tet Festival, and many travel agencies in Da Nang are taking advantage of the expected increase in demand for travel by launching various new tours. The Da Nang-based Viet Nam Travel Mart Company is offering day tours to some popular tourist sites in Da Nang, Hue and Quang Nam Province during the holiday period. They include the Ba Na Hills Resort, the Marble Mountains, Hoi An City, the My Son Sanctuary, the Cu Lao Cham Island, and the Hue Citadel. Meanwhile, the city’s branch of Viettravel is running a promotional programme until 25 March entitled ‘Beloved Spring 2015’. The company is offering many attractive day tours such as "Ba Na - A Path to Fairyland", "Charming Cu Lao Cham Island", and "Working as Farmers in the Tra Que Vegetable Village". Anyone booking their tours will be entered into a lucky draw to win cell phones, hand-held cameras, tablets and televisions. Da Nang-based … [Read more...]

Social News 11/2

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Quarry collapse kills three in Thanh Hoa Three people reportedly died of suffocation in a quarry collapse on Sunday in Xuan Le Commune, Thuong Xuan District in Thanh Hoa Province. The incident was discovered at about 10am on Sunday, when a quarrier went past the mine pit where the three victims were working, and saw that it had collapsed. He immediately called out to other workers nearby for help. However, all rescue efforts were too late because the pit had possibly collapsed long ago and the victims must have died of suffocation after being buried under the mud. Although the collapse was discovered in the morning, the victims' bodies reached their homes only at 5.30 pm, because the quarry sits deep inside a forest in a remote area that is inaccessible by either car or motorbike. Authorised agencies are working with the victims' families to identify the cause of the incident. Rash truck driver kills 2 Two people have died and two others were seriously injured following an … [Read more...]

Social News 9/2

Labour exports off to rip-roaring start The Department of Overseas Labour (DOLAB) has revealed that Vietnam sent 8,669 guest workers to foreign markets in January, accounting for 9.13% of the target set for the entire year. Taiwan was the nation’s largest export market, receiving 5,136 workers, followed by Japan (1,926), Malaysia (679), Saudi Arabia (437), the Republic of Korea (114), Macao (101) and other markets. In 2015, the DOLAB has set an annual plan to send 100,000 Vietnamese labourers abroad. Supporting disadvantaged children in Tet festival The Vietnam Buddhist Sangha, the Association for the Support of Vietnamese Handicapped and Orphans and some other agencies launched a programme in Hanoi on February 4 to help disadvantaged children enjoy a happy spring. Speaking at the launching ceremony, Nguyen Dinh Lieu, President of the association said the programme aims to assist orphans and people with disabilities to welcome the Lunar New Year (Tet). Responding to the … [Read more...]

Social News 7/2

Vietnamese, Cambodian provinces partner in military cooperation The military headquarters of Vietnam’s southern province of Tay Ninh and the Cambodian province of Tbong-Khmum signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on military cooperation on February 5. The MoU focuses on seven key areas of future cooperation between the two sides, including greater collaboration on maintaining security and public order; combating crime along their shared border; mutual support on border delineation and land marker planting; and enhancing joint efforts to search for and return the remains of Vietnamese volunteers and soldiers who lost their lives during the war in Tbong-Khumum. Both sides agreed to create favourable conditions for cross-border trade and healthcare, enhance experience exchange and organise arts-culture and sports events. Speaking at the signing ceremony, Colonel Vo Van Thi, head of the Tay Ninh Military Headquarters, hailed recent efforts of the two provinces to maintain a … [Read more...]

Many power companies fare well

Son La hydropower dam. Many power companies post strong profit and revenue increases in 2014 - PHOTO: EVN

Van Nam Southern Power Corporation posted revenue of nearly VND65.78 trillion (US$3 billion) last year, up around 14% year-on-year. Six companies under the corporation reported sales rises by 20-30% while 15 other subsidiaries in the southern region recorded revenue increases of below 20%. Figures showed 2014 was a successful year for many hydropower and thermal power plants as their profit doubled and even tripled compared to the previous year, and a number of enterprises rode out of losses. For instance, net profit of Central Hydropower Company nearly doubled to around VND213 billion last year. In 2012, the enterprise incurred losses of nearly VND7 billion. Southern Hydropower Company posted net profit of nearly VND215 billion in 2014, nearly doubling the year earlier. Ba Ria Thermal Power Company saw after-tax profit last year triple to nearly VND150 billion and net profit of Ninh Binh Thermal Power Company rose by VND9 billion to VND45 billion. At a meeting with the … [Read more...]

Social News 6/2

2, 165 students nationwide honored 2015 best students Ministry of Training and Education has just announced a list of students, who won the best student competition in 2015 on February 3. This year’s contest attracted 4, 350 participants , who get outstanding achievements in their study at high schools, universities nationwide. The annual competition is an useful playground, aiming to seek outstanding students for a national academic team to compete at various scholastic events. 2, 165 winners honored this year, including 140 students from Hanoi, 52 students from Ho Chi Minh City, 85 students from Hai Phong, 82 from Nghe An, 81 from Hai Duong and 78 from Nam Dinh and other. Student Nguyen Tuan Hai Dang from Natural Science Gifted High School won the first prize in mathematical category. Hanoi team took the leading one of nationwide about number of good students. Manhunt after bank theft, inside job suspected A nationwide manhunt is underway for a bank employee believed to … [Read more...]

Social News 5/2

HCM City to use loans for kindergartens The HCM City People's Committee has approved the use of bank loans to build 72 public kindergartens worth a total of more than VND 2.7 trillion (US$128 million). The public kindergartens will be built by the end of the year. Of the public kindergarten projects, Cu Chi District accounts for the largest number (14), followed by Binh Tan District (nine) and Binh Chanh and Can Gio districts (seven each). To speed up the progress of building public kindergartens, the HCM City People's Committee has decided to start a bank loan programme to build public kindergartens. The move represents the city's determination to speed up the progress of building kindergartens, according to Nguyen Dinh Thai Chau, the municipal Department of Education and Training's Finance and Planning Division. Phan Thi Thang, deputy director of the municipal Department of Finance, said last year the city had 117 public kindergarten projects that needed capital for … [Read more...]

Social News 4/2

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Phuong Trang runs out of Tet tickets Hundreds of passengers failed to get coach tickets to travel from HCMC to the central province of Quang Ngai for the coming Lunar New Year holiday, or Tet, from local transport firm Phuong Trang as it had sold out tickets on Saturday. At around 10 a.m. on Saturday morning, nearly 500 passengers were queuing at Mien Dong Coach Station to wait for their turns to buy HCMC-Quang Ngai tickets after hundreds of other passengers had bought tickets for the service. However, at 11 a.m., the company announced it had run out of tickets, prompting an uproar among passengers. Tran Hoang, a passenger who had fallen in line since early morning but could not get a queue ticket, said Phuong Trang had just issued around 500 queue tickets. Hoang said the company might still have tickets available for the HCMC-Quang Ngai route but decided to hold them back for certain reasons. Truong Ngoc Thu, deputy director of Phuong Trang, told the Daily on the phone that he … [Read more...]

Social News 30/1

Canadian man arrested for drug Customs officials at the Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City January 28 released that they arrested a Canadian man for drug trafficking. He was found hiding nearly 50,000 tablets of methamphetamine at the bottom of his suitcases when he was checked upon arriving in the country. The drug is estimated to sell for over VND20 billion (US$952,000) in the Vietnamese market. Project launched to support high-quality vocational training in Vietnam The British Council will co-ordinate with the General Directorate of Vocational Training (GDVT) to implement a programme starting this March to improve the quality of vocational training at nine high-quality vocational training colleges across Vietnam. The above goal is part of the content of a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the two sides in Hanoi on January 28, aiming to develop vocational training quality assurance in vocational training facilities in Vietnam that are being … [Read more...]

Investment in casinos: an insidious race

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VietNamNet Bridge – According to the Government’s portal, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has given the nod to a recreational complex, including a casino on the resort island of Phu Quoc in Kien Giang Province. This news has sparked an immediate and insidious race among investors. Related news Local investor likely to develop casino on Phu QuocVietnam’s casino draft will not satisfy international investorsChow Tai Fook Enterprises wants to invest in Vietnam’s casino The Prime Minister has also assigned the Ministry of Planning and Investment to cooperate with Kien Giang Province and relevant agencies to collect comments on the casino project and send proposed policies and incentives to the Government for approval. In fact, the policy of allowing investment in a casino in Phu Quoc was approved by the Politburo and the Government long ago. Kien Giang may be the first location in the country that was permitted to open a casino in the true sense of the word, rather … [Read more...]