Social News 26/1

Hospital treats puffer fish patients Nghe An Province's general hospital yesterday said doctors were able to save three people suffering from food poisoning after eating puffer fish. The victims, from Cua Lo Town, were rushed to the hospital on Saturday night. According to family members, they ate puffer fish on their vessel while fishing, and developed nausea and headaches, before slowly losing consciousness. Doctors have warned residents in coastal areas not to eat puffer fish, due to a high risk of food poisoning. Man arrested for drug, weapons smuggling Border police in Moc Chau District and relevant law enforcement agencies detained a person on Saturday carrying weapons and 1.75kg of heroin. The person was identified as Trang A Cho, born in 1984, a resident of Dong Sang Commune in Moc Chau District. Police seized a grenade, seven bullets and a shotgun. The case is still under investigation. Petrol stations cheat customers in Dac Lac An investigation by the Dac Lac … [Read more...]

Social News 7/1

Fire burns down 12 houses in Ca Mau A gold shop in Thoi Binh District in the southern province of Ca Mau caught fire yesterday evening (January 6). The fire quickly spread to and burnt down eleven more houses nearby. At around 6:45 p.m, the fire started from Tan Phat gold shop and then quickly spread to nearby houses at Thoi Binh Market area due to strong wind. Local police sent three fire engines and many firefighters to the site. The incident caused power loss for Thoi Binh town for a short time. By 8:00 p.m, the fire was controlled. According to initial statistics, at least two gold shops and 10 houses were destroyed, causing big loss. Luckily, no human loss was reported. The investigation is being conducted. Three fishermen die of strange snails Though border safeguards in the central province of Ha Tinh yesterday rushed to save three fishermen but their efforts have been unrewarded. As being informed that three fishermen in serious condition after they ate snails, border … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 12/5

The 2014 UN Day of Vesak successfully wrapped up on Saturday in the northern province of Ninh Binh, with the adoption of a statement highlighting three sustainable development pillars.

UN Day of Vesak commemorations wrap up The four-day event brought together nearly 1,500 delegates from 95 countries and territories worldwide, and more than 20,000 domestic and foreign Buddhist monks, nuns and followers. … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 23/4

Thirteen students of My Tan primary school in the northern province of Nam Dinh were hospitalised yesterday for alleged food poisoning after consuming Dutch Lady-brand fresh milk products.

Family of Vietnamese in ferry tragedy arrives in RoK Family members of 29-year-old Vietnamese Phan Ngoc Thanh, who was on board the capsized vessel off the Republic of Korea's southwestern coast on April 16, have arrived in the RoK to wait for new information about her fate. Born in the southernmost province of Ca Mau, Thanh got married and naturalised in the RoK last July under the name "Han Yun Ji", with two children. She and her husband and son onboard the vessel are still unaccounted for while her five-year-old girl Kwon Ji-yeon was saved as the youngest passenger from the disaster. Thanh's father Phan Van Chay and her sister Phan Ngoc Hanh flew to the RoK on April 19 evening, with the assistance from the Vietnamese Embassy and the RoK's Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Family and Gender Equality. They relatives met with Kwon Ji-yeon and were taken to Chindo district where the center overseeing the rescue operation of the capsized Seawol ferry is located. Chay said his … [Read more...]

Social Headlines January 14

A voluntary pension fund will be set up soon, the Ministry of Planning and Investment has said.

Gov't makes plans for pension fund The Government has ordered the Ministry of Finance (MoF), State Bank of Viet Nam, and other related agencies to take measures to develop the capital market, with priority given to establishing a Voluntary Retirement Pension Fund. According to MoF, it has drawn up a blueprint for the fund and submitted to the Cabinet for consideration. If it is approved, it would not only help improve the social security system but also the financial market and, especially, help increase the number as well as quality of giant investors, also known as elephants. Several key principles to ensure the fund's effectiveness as well as safety have to be drawn up - like the contribution ratios by employers and employees, investment options and oversight of the fund, and benefits that contributors can enjoy. Phan Thi Thu Hien, deputy director of MoF's Banking and Financial Institution Department, said the ministry is already working on a decree to guide the working of … [Read more...]

Social Highlights for November 29

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will provide US$33 million in preferential loans under the sustainable rural development project for the poor in Ha Tinh and Quang Binh provinces.

Dong Nai fines two mining firms Two mining enterprises in the southern province of Dong Nai have been fined VND10 million (US$476) for not fulfilling their commitments to redress environmental damage caused by their activities. According to the provincial Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, the violating companies are the Bien Hoa Building Materials Production and Construction Co., Ltd and Hoa An Company. Hoang Van Thong, Chief Inspector from the department, said the companies, which have been licensed to exploit stone at the Hoa An Quarry in the province's Bien Hoa City, had not planted trees as required, and failed to repair the local road after exploiting minerals at the area. The companies have been asked to restore the area's environment and transport all the stones they exploited. Local authorities have said they will close the quarry late December. Former CEOs jailed for deforestation Eight former officials were sentenced to between ten months' probation … [Read more...]

Nearly VND 3 billion for installing language-teaching equipments

Director of Phu Yen Department Education and Training, Mr. Nguyen Van Ta let known, in the 2013-2014 school year, to implement the Scheme of Teaching and learning foreign languages ​​in the national education system, the Department invested, installed language-teaching equipment at 7 primary schools, secondary schools, high schools with a total cost of nearly VND 3 billion. This is the capital for the Project of strengthening teaching and learning foreign languages ​​in the national education system by the National target programs of Education and Training in 2013. The units having the equipments installed languages are the schools of Hoa Vinh Primary School No. 1 (Dong Hoa district), Primary School of townlet Hai Rieng 1 (Song Hinh district), Xuan Loc 1 Primary School (Song Cau town), An Cu 1 Primary School (Tuy An district), Nguyen The Bao Junior Secondary School (Phu Hoa district), Tran Phu Junior Secondary School (Song Hinh district), and Le Trung Kien High School (Dong Hoa … [Read more...]

Vietnam likely to face extreme weather

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Vietnam to build satellite hospitals to cut overload Vietnam would invest more than VND1.7 trillion in a project in 2013-2020 to develop satellite hospitals in major cities to cope with the increasingly severe overload at the current leading hospitals. According to the Ministry of Health, the State budget will cover VND712 billion of the total cost of the project, with the balance sourced from cities and provinces. At a meeting on the satellite hospital project from 2013 to 2015 in Hanoi on Wednesday, Luong Ngoc Khue, director of the Department of Medical Service Administration, said the ministry by 2015 would set up a network of 48 satellite hospitals for 14 major hospitals specializing in tumor, external trauma, cardiology, obstetrics and gynecology and pediatrics. These key hospitals are located in big cities that can establish and develop satellite facilities to help improve the quality of their health services. The 2013-2015 satellite hospital scheme is expected to reduce … [Read more...]

History discriminated against in favor for other subjects at high schools

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VietNamNet Bridge ' History teachers at high schools complain that their students sit nodding in history lessons. Meanwhile, culturists and historians have warned that Vietnamese people may become '"history illiterate.'" A teacher of the Bao Loc High School in Lam Dong province contacted the editorial board of Tien phong newspaper, talking about the discontent she and other colleagues have to bear as the history teachers. … [Read more...]

14 finalists of Vietnam’s Got Talent

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VietNamNet Bridge reviews the 14 finalists of the first Vietnam's Got Talent. Duong Manh Hoa. Vo Trong Phuc is among outstanding candidates in the final round because he has had a large number of fans. Phuc is an English teacher, who has performed at night clubs in HCM City for a long time. He is good looking and has a sweet voice, which is suitable for country-music songs. He was praised by judge, song-writer Huy Tuan, in the qualifier round, with "Home", a song by Michael Bulble. In the semi-final round, Phuc won the compliment of Judge Thuy Hanh, for the song "You're beautiful" by James Blunt. He received the highest number of votes to go to the finale. Vu Dinh Tri Giao was born in Singapore. She has lived in Vietnam for two years. She is a fourth grade student at the South Saigon International School. The song "You raise me up" has made Giao an outstanding child talent of Vietnam's Got Talent in the qualifier round. In the next round, she chose "When you believe". Despite … [Read more...]

Breakfast @ Tuoitrenews – January 15

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Tuoitrenews briefs some of salient news published today, January 15, on Vietnamese media: Politics -- Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan met with donors for the National Fund for Vietnamese Children (NFVC) in Hanoi on January 14. Speaking at the meeting, Doan praised businesses, organizations and individuals for their contributions to the care, protection and education of children. She said she hoped that more businesses and compassionate people would join hands to support the fund in the future. Since 1992, the NFVC has raised over VND3.2 trillion (US$152 million) in donations for millions of children in difficult circumstances and supporting tens of thousands of disabled kids. Society -- 32-year-old Phan Duc Hoa, a taxi driver of Vinasun, who got severe burns in the fire of his cab on January 11, died in the Hospital 175 yesterday. Doctors said he had burned 80 percent over his body, leading to reparatory failure, liver failure, kidney failure, and cardiovascular collapse. His … [Read more...]

Hai Phong girl wins national quiz

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VietNamNet Bridge - Pham Thi Ngoc Oanh of Hai Phong beat three male contestants to win the Road to the Peak of Olympia, the national quiz show for high-school students. In a show that was broadcast live on Viet Nam Television on Sunday, the Tien Lang High School student raced into an early lead and never relinquished it. … [Read more...]

Hai Phong student wins Olympia quiz show

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Pham Thi Ngoc Oanh of Tien Lang High School in Hai Phong won the championship at the eleventh season ofthe television show titled "Duong len dinh Olympia" (The Road to Olympia Peak) in Hanoi on June 19. Oanh received a scholarship of USD 35,000 in the final competition. Thai Ngoc Huy of the Quoc Hoc Hue High School in Thua Thien -Hue Province, Le Bao Loc from Le Quy Don High School in Binh Thuan Province and Vu Bach Nhat of Dong Thanh High School in Quang Ninh Province were the three other outstanding competitors who gave stiff competition to Oanh. "The Road to Olympia Peak" began in 1999 as a knowledge contest on TV for high-school students by VTV3 and sponsored by LG Electronics. … [Read more...]

9th grader wins Prudential essay contest in Mekong Delta

Sai Gon Giai Phong deputy editor-in-chief Le Thanh Dai presents an award to Tran Thao Uyen on Dec. 9 (Photo: SGGP)

Tran Thao Uyen, a 9th grade student from Tien Giang Province, has won the first prize in the "Prudential - Good Essay, Good Writing" competition for high-school students in the Mekong Delta. The girl from Le Ngoc Han Secondary School convinced the jury with her arguments about the "importance of rice in Vietnamese people's lives," the topic of the contest organized by Sai Gon Giai Phong newspaper and sponsored by British insurance company Prudential. "To do well, the students had to combine vivid imagination with logic," Mr.Le Thanh Dai, deputy editor-in-chief of SGGP, said at the awards ceremony held in Hau Giang Province on December 9. The jury said most entries met two basic requirements -- good essay and good handwriting - with many combining deep and subtle arguments. "The contest encouraged students to write lucidly and foster a love for literature and the country among them" said deputy chairman of the Hau Giang People's Committee, Trinh Quang Hung. Le Anh Tuan of … [Read more...]

A world of hybrids in a valley of peach blossoms

The Thung Lung Dao Hoa (valley of peach blossoms) nursery draws local visitors and even foreigners into its shaded enclosures and belongs to master grafter and hybridist Bui Van Loi. Located in a bowl formed by two sloping hillsides and hidden behind an alley off Le Hong Phong Street in the Central Highlands city of Da Lat, Mr Loi's nursery is home to some strikingly original and strange varieties of plants. The distinguished horticulturist, whom the locals like to call their "Barefoot Scientist", is only too happy to talk about his profession, his calling, and likes to point out the distinguishing characteristics of this or that plant as he escorts visitors around his garden. The man, also known as Muoi Loi, rose to prominence seven years ago when he produced some magnificent combinations of well-known cherries from Da Lat (Lam Dong) and Nhat Tan (Hanoi). It's not just cherries alone, Mr Loi will graft anything that shows promise or about which he has a gut feeling, and his … [Read more...]

Vietnam pledges to apply nuclear energy for peaceful purposes

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National Atomic Energy Agency under Ministry of Science and Technologyand the United Kingdom Trade and Investment Agency co- organized the third Asian Nuclear Power conference in Hanoi on January 22. At the conference, international experts shared recent news about nuclear power projects in Vietnam, and exchanged the experiences for successful implementation of nuclear projects. Speaking at the conference, Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Tran Viet Thanh affirmed that Vietnam pledges to apply nuclear energy to its socio-economic development for peaceful purposes, saying that the conference will help the new comers like Vietnam to carry out the programs safely and effectively, ensuring energy security and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Up to now, Vietnam has also signed nine cooperative agreements on the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes with Russia, China, the Republic of Korea, Japan, the United States, France, India, Argentina and Canada. … [Read more...]

Hanoi hosts 3rd Asian Nuclear Power Briefing

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Showroom on Nuclear Power in Hanoi (Photo:VNA) The third Asian Nuclear Power Briefing was held by the Vietnam Atomic Energy Agency and the UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) in Hanoi on January 22. The event drew the participation of numerous delegates and experts from nations with developed nuclear industries, interested parties planning to expand nuclear power projects, and large international technology corporations. Participants focused discussions on challenges to developing nuclear power in Asia, investment opportunities, and technological advances in the field. They also exchanged opinions on acquiring public approvals for a new project. Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Tran Viet Thanh spoke highly of the briefing’s agenda, saying that it will help newcomers in the nuclear power industry, like Vietnam, carry out their programmes safely and effectively, ensuring energy security and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. UK Ambassador to Vietnam Giles … [Read more...]

Japan firm to transfer CAS technique to VN

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Japanese company ABI wants to transfer an agro-aquatic product preservation technique, named Cells Alive System (CAS), to Vietnam. The Saitama prefecture-based company's director Norio Owada voiced his wish at a meeting with the visiting Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Science and Technology, Tran Viet Thanh, on August 29. Owada said that CAS is an advanced technique, which can preserve the taste, colour and nutrition of agricultural and aquatic products in a longer time than traditional freezing method. Experts said CAS is able to help improve international competitiveness of agricultural and aquatic product exports, ensure food security and open up new applications in medical research. Thanh said Vietnam is interest in Japan's agro-aquatic product processing and preserving techniques, adding that he will instruct relevant agencies to work out plans on cooperation with ABI. Source: VNA … [Read more...]