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...]

List of Elected Candidates into Dong Nai 8th Tenure People’s Council in 2011-2016 Period

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On the morning of May 30, Dong Nai Election Committee officially announced the list of elected candidates into Dong Nai 8th Tenure People's Council in 2011-2016 Period. 99.73 percent of voters went to polls … [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...]

UN head sends Vesak Day wishes

HCM CITY (VNS) — At a time of increased tensions in parts of Asia and elsewhere, Buddha's message of peace, compassion, and love can help guide governments and the international community, UN General Secretary Ban Ki Moon has said in a message to the Vietnamese Government on Vesak Day. Delivered on his behalf by Pratibha Mehta, UN Resident Coordinator in Viet Nam, on the occasion of Lord Buddha's 2558th birthday, it said: "It is a great pleasure to greet all those who have come together to celebrate Vesak Day, which marks the birth, enlightenment and passing of the Buddha. … [Read more...]

Celebrating Buddha’s birthday

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Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (second left) releases pigeons to pray for peace and prosperity on the occasion of the 2,557th birthday of Lord Buddha in Hoan Kiem District's Quan Su Pagoda yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Dan HA NOI (VNS)— The Viet Nam Buddhist Sangha (VBS) held a grand ceremony at the Ha Noi-based Quan Su Pagoda yesterday to celebrate Lord Buddha's 2557th birthday. Prominent guests included Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, leaders of the Viet Nam Fatherland Front, the Government Committee for Religious Affairs, ministry representatives, the diplomatic corps and international organisations in Viet Nam. President Truong Tan Sang and other Party and State leaders sent bouquets to the event. This is one of the most important celebrations in the Buddhist calendar, not only in Viet Nam but around the world, through which people commemorate and honour Buddha and the living philosophy of Buddhism. Following religious rituals, Most Venerable Thich … [Read more...]

Buddha’s 2,555th birthday celebrated

Monks gather at the Cultural Friendship Palace in Ha Noi for Buddha's 2,555th birthday ceremony. - VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Dan

HA NOI — Deputy Prime Minister Pham Gia Khiem and other senior officials joined Buddhist monks yesterday to celebrate the 2,555th birthday of the Buddha. The celebrations took place at the Ha Noi Cultural Friendship Palace. It was preceded by a convoy of colourfully adorned cars. The celebrations included the sprinkling of scented water on a statue of the Buddha. Addressing thousands of Buddhists, Most Venerable Thich Bao Nghiem, deputy chairman of the Viet Nam Buddhist Sangha's executive board, said that respect for life was one of the Buddha's teachings. "Buddhist practitioners learn that human beings will not live healthy lives unless they respect all forms of life," he said. Buddhism came to Viet Nam about 2,000 years ago. The country has more than 12 million Buddhists, about 40,000 monks and nuns, 15,000 Buddhist monasteries and 40 training centres. Also yesterday HCM City Buddhist Sangha held a ceremony at the Vinh Nghiem Pagoda to celebrate the 2,555th birthday of Lord … [Read more...]

Thanh Hoa fishermen receive latest sea, island information

A briefing held in Sam Son township, the central coastal province of Thanh Hoa, on May 13 updated local fishermen with the latest information about their sea and islands, in order to ensure their safety when they work at sea. Organised by the Thanh Hoa Border Guard High Command and the Central Coastal Radio Station, the function updated fishermen from Quang Tien ward on the recent East Sea situation, including the violation of Vietnam's waters by foreign ships. The attendees also received an overview on the Tonkin Gulf Demarcation Agreement between Vietnam and China. … [Read more...]

SOCIETY IN BRIEF 12/7

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Tighter consumer protection sought Consumer protection activities in recent years have progressed well, but more time is needed to ensure full coverage, a ministry official has said. Nguyen Phuong Nam, deputy director of the Ministry of Industry and Trade's Competition Management Department, said that Viet Nam had been in a recession, and that only the most developed countries could offer the best protection for consumers during this period. Nam was speaking at a conference held yesterday, July 11, in HCM City to review the Consumer Production Law, which became effective two years ago. He said that consumer protection activities had been carried out well in the provinces of Tien Giang, Kien Giang, Binh Duong and Vung Tau. However, northern provinces lagged behind in such activities, he added. For the last two years, the local departments of industry and trade have received 550 consumer-protection cases annually, and more than 90 per cent of them have been solved. These … [Read more...]