Press digest – January 27

National University-HCM City urged to become regional institution President Truong Tan Sang has asked the Viet Nam National University - Ho Chi Minh City (VNU-HCM City) to take a leading role in the country’s university system and become a regional educational institution. State President Truong Tan made the statement when attending a ceremony marking the 20thanniversary of the VNU-HCM City in Ho Chi Minh City. President Sang praised the university’s achievements and urged the VNU-HCM City to continue to enhance fundamental improvements to better the quality of human resources trained. Quang Ninh allowed to mobilize capital for infrastructure development The PM has made a decision on several specified policies to the northern province of Quang Ninh and the Van Don Economic Zone (EZ) to mobilize capital for socio-economic infrastructure development. In addition, the PM agreed to add the Van Don EZ to the list of coastal EZs which will be focused on development from the … [Read more...]

Students, pupils join in “Cycling for the poor”

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The show was held on the morning of January 25 with the participation of more than 300 volunteer students and senior high school pupils. Youngsters jointly arrange the words "Tet Sum Vay" (Gathering Tet) The Volunteer Student Society of Hai Duong Fellow-countrymen (National Economics University in Ha Noi) on the morning of January 25 held the Road Show "Connection of love" with the participation of more than 300 volunteer students and pupils of the senior high schools of Hong Quang, Nguyen Binh Khiem, and Nguyen Du (Hai Duong city). During the show, the pupils and students together participated in the activities of "Cycling for the poor" and encouraging the people to take part in the campaign of "Collecting 10,000 banknotes with a face value of 2,000 for a warm Tet (Lunar New Year) and joyful spring". At the end of the show, the youngsters jointly arranged the words "Tet Sum Vay" (Gathering Tet) and engaged in flashmob dancing. This is a meaningful activity in the program of … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 23/1

Heroic performance wins virtual fireworks competition in Da Nang Tran Anh Tuan from the Da Nang-based Duy Tan University was named the winner of the Virtual Fireworks Competition 2014 yesterday. Tuan's display, titled Phu Dong Thien Vuong (The Heavenly King of Phu Dong Village), beat 30 other entries designed by individuals and teams from HCM City, Can Tho, An Giang, Hao Phong, Hai Duong and Da Nang to win the VND15 million (US$700) cash-prize. "My work demonstrates a fireworks performance on screen that features the power of Vietnamese people through the image of a legendary hero," Tuan said . His friends from Duy Tan University finished second with a prize of VND10 million ($470), while a team from Loc Xoay (Whirlwind) Trading and Information Company came third. Head of the organising committee Pham Kim Son said the competition was a prelude for the Da Nang International Fireworks Competition 2015 to be held on the city's Han River from April 28-29. Son said it would be … [Read more...]

Government News 23/1

Uruguay’s top legislator wraps up Vietnam visit Speaker of the Uruguayan Chamber of Representatives Anibal Pereyra left Hanoi on January 22, successfully concluding his four-day official visit to Vietnam at the invitation of National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung. Speaker Anibal Pereyra and NA Chairman Hung held talks, during which a cooperation agreement between the two countries’ legislative bodies was signed. The Speaker met with Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh, and made a tour of the port city of Hai Phong and had a working session with the municipal People Committee’s leaders. At these meetings, Vietnamese leaders affirmed that Anibal Pereyra’s visit to Vietnam will open prospects for all-around cooperation between the two nations in the near future. Both sides expressed their wish that the two legislatures will further forge links through exchange of visits at all levels, as well as provide mutual support at regional and international … [Read more...]

Dutch working group seeks cooperation with Binh Duong

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Vice Chairman Tran Thanh Liem (R) meets with Hanny Van Geffen (Photo: VNA) A delegation from the Dutch Emmen Region, headed by Stenden University Principal Hanny Van Geffen, worked with key officials of Binh Duong province on January 22 to examine opportunities for cooperation between the two localities. The Emmen Region, which consists of four cities, Emmen, Coevorden, Hoogeeven and Hardenbeg, and Binh Duong could benefit from collaboration in high-tech industries, food processing, agriculture, education and tourism, and logistics, according to Director of the Emmen Economic Department Wouter Couprie. Meanwhile, Principal Hanny Van Geffen expressed her desire to liaise with Binh Duong’s universities. Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Tran Thanh Liem highlighted the province’s potential, stressing that the province is focused on developing its service and tourism sectors. According to the Binh Duong Department of Foreign Affairs, in 2014 the … [Read more...]

Social News 21/1

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Trucks blamed for congestion on Hanoi Highway A nine-hour traffic jam on Hanoi Highway last Friday was due to a long line of container trucks heading for Truong Tho port complex while a road widening project has yet to get off the ground. Container trucks were moving inch by inch to Truong Tho port complex in Thu Duc District, causing serious congestion on other streets including Mai Chi Tho and Dong Van Cong in District 2. The Truong Tho port area comprises Phuoc Long 3, Transimex and Phuc Long inland container depots (ICD), and some steel and cement factories. At present, Hanoi Highway is the only way leading to the Truong Tho port area, so traffic often snarls this time of year as trading activity picks up in the lead up to the Lunar New Year holiday. Le Duy Hiep, general director of Transforwarding Warehousing Joint-Stock Corp. (Transimex-Saigon), told the Daily that Friday’s heavy traffic jam resulted from a narrow road leading to Truong Tho while an increasingly … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 20/1

Cheo Theatre stages traditional opera with a twist A new show combining Cheo (traditional opera) and Water Puppetry is currently being staged daily between 5.30 and 6.30pm at the Ha Noi Cheo Theatre, 15 Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street. Entitled "Long Thanh Dien Xuong" or the Thang Long Citadel Singing Show, the act features folk dances, traditional opera, Xam singing (folk music performed by blind beggars), and Chau Van (chamber singing performed through trance rituals in honour of Mother goddesses), which are either illustrated through or mixed with Water Puppetry. VTV1 to broadcast documentary on Son Doong Cave A latest documentary on the biggest cave known in the world—Son Doong—located in the central province of Quang Binh, will be broadcast on VTV1 on February 14. The documentary will feature magnificent scenes from inside the cave that still carry ancient traces of animal and plant drawings, as well as of the people, who made the great contribution of discovering the … [Read more...]

Tuong actors mix it up for Tet

A big screen reflection forms the backdrop as a tuong actor with Dao Tan Theatre performs. — VNS Photo Ngan Anh

More than 30 tuong (classical drama) actors from Dao Tan Theatre in the central Binh Dinh Province will tour HCM City during Tet to propagate their traditional art form. They will perform dozens of excerpts from famous plays like Ong Gia Cong Vo Di Xem Hoi (The Old Man Carries His Young Wife on His Back to Go to the Festival) and Ly Dao Thanh Xu An Thuong Duong (Ly Dao Thanh Passes Judgment on the Queen). The performances are expected to be an amalgam of traditional and modern in line with the changing times, and will use modern sound and light effects on stage. To attract people in HCM City, the Dao Tan actors will mix cai luong (reformed theatre) – a southern art form – with tuong. "Like many of our peers in other traditional arts, we devote our energies to the stage, finding new ways to attract audiences, particularly youth," Nguyen Gia Thien, director of Dao Tan Theatre, said. His theatre works hard to train younger performers, he said. "Tuong should be passed … [Read more...]

Social News 17/1

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Fishing boat rescued near Truong Sa A fishing boat and its 13 crew members were rescued at sea near Viet Nam's Truong Sa (Spratly) Islands after sending an SOS on Wednesday. The boat's crew belongs to Ly Son Island's An Hai Commune in the central province of Quang Ngai. Nguyen Quoc Chinh, head of the An Hai Commune Fishing Union, confirmed yesterday that the union had received an SOS from fishing boat QNg 96156 TS, which was stranded off the island of Thuyen Chai in the Truong Sa Islands of Khanh Hoa Province. Other fishing boats nearby failed to approach the boat due to big waves and the rough sea. However, ship HQ561 from Navy Zone 4 was able to tow the fishing boat to anchor on Thuyen Chai Island. The sea around the Truong Sa Islands has been choppy over the last few days with 3-4m high waves. Two arrested for trafficking women in Son La Two persons were arrested for cheating andtrafficking Vietnamese women near the Viet Nam-China border onTuesday, said the Son La Border … [Read more...]

Dutch, Vietnamese localities eye fruitful partnership

Officials from the Dutch city of Eindhoven had a working session on January 15 with authorities of Vietnam’s southern province of Binh Duong, seeking a cooperation deal for both localities’ socio-economic development. Eindhoven Vice Mayor Mary-Ann Schreurs said her city will cooperate with Binh Duong in fields of its strengths and share its city-building lessons, expressing the wish for the early signing of a partnership document. In 2014, the Vietnamese province attracted 1.65 billion USD in foreign investment, which came from 151 new and 126 existing projects. The figure exceeded the yearly target by 65 percent, reported the provincial Department for External Relations. It has housed 2,375 valid FDI projects worth 20.38 billion USD so far, becoming one of the five localities receiving over 20 billion USD in foreign investment. The Netherlands currently ranks eighth among 39 countries and territories doing business with Binh Duong, with 20 projects totaling 478.5 … [Read more...]

Social News 13/1

Ministry warns of hand, foot, mouth disease The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has warned northern and central localities about a high risk of foot-and-mouth disease spreading during the cold weather. The ministry said the cold weather created favourable conditions for the disease to spread. Statistics from the ministry's Department of Animal Health on January 12 showed that foot-and-mouth disease had hit the provinces of Son La, Thanh Hoa, Lao Cai and Ha Tinh. Minister Cao Duc Phat has instructed authorities in the four provinces to work with local people to avert the spread of the disease. "Local breeders should be shown how to stop the disease spreading through their animals," he said. Phat also urged the localities to tighten inspections of animal shipments and slaughter houses, as well as spraying chemicals to sterilise affected areas. The ministry previously supplied 5,000 litres of chemicals for Dak Nong Province to stamp out the disease in late … [Read more...]

Social News 8/1

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Health authority tests strange snail to verify cause of fishermen’s deaths The Department of Food Safety in the central province of Ha Tinh sent the snail, that caused the deaths of three fishermen on January 5, to the Ministry of Health’s Food Administration of Vietnam. Dr. Phan Van Hung, head of the Department of Food Safety, yesterday said that his department will test the snails to verify soon the deaths of the three fishermen. As newspaper released yesterday, three fishermen including Tran Xuan Thuc and Tran Van Duong both at 29 year old and Duong Van Tinh, 22 in Tinh Gia District of the northern province of Thanh Hoa died after eating strange snail though they were taken to the province’s General Hospital for emergency treatment by border safeguards. The test result is hoped to be soon publicly released to warn the community of the strange snail. Ministry vows to take drastic measures against unsafe food As public concerns over contaminated food have been … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 8/1

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Local rock music gaining popularity As many as 20,000 rock music lovers took part in RockStorm7 night concert which was held in HCMC on December 27. This was seen as a highlight in the local music industry, manifesting the vigorous sprit of rock music. RockStorm7 undoubtedly created an unforgettable music feast among rock enthusiasts with the participation of six bands playing different styles of rock including Stevans from Switzerland and SPF from Thailand. There are currently more than 10 leading rock bands in Vietnam such as Buc Tuong, Microwave, Ngu Cung and Unlimited. Perhaps due to the fact that this type of music is too strong and overwhelming for a majority of people, rock music is only available at bars, clubs and a few music festivals without much attention from the media. Therefore, the possible way to connect rock music and its lovers is by means of album launch and promotion on digital platforms. However, issuing albums is also seen as a challenge for bands … [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...]

Businesses neglect Internet security to protect reputation

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VietNamNet Bridge – Most Vietnamese companies are negligent when it comes to protecting their information on the Internet, VNCERT director Vu Quoc Khanh told Kinh Te & Do Thi (Economic and Urban Affairs) newspaper. Why do businesses attacked by hackers often hesitate to publicise information about the attacks? Recent attacks, especially the incident involving VC Corp's websites, show that any organisation or business can be a potential target for hackers. However, most businesses prefer not to say anything about such attacks to protect their reputation. They only start asking for help when the situation goes out of control. More often than not, it's already too late. The whole system is brought down and data is lost permanently. Does Vietnam Computer Emergency Response Team (VNCERT) proactively stay in touch with businesses or only respond when they ask for help? When we detect attacks being attempted, we contact the target immediately and provide them with support. … [Read more...]

Social News 1/1

Saigon Railway to add trains for New Year holiday The Saigon Railway Passenger Transport Company is scheduling additional trains to meet the increased travel demands for the four-day New Year holiday from January 1-4, 2015. Accordingly, the Saigon Railway Passenger Transport Company will add more trains to the SN4 Sai Gon–Nha Trang and SQN4 Sai Gon–Quy Nhon on December 31, 2014; SPT4 Sai Gon–Phan Thiet on January 1,2 and 4; SN5 Nha Trang–Sai Gon, and SQN3 Quy Nhon–Sai Gon on January 3, 2015; SPT3 Phan Thiet–Sai Gon on January 1,3 and 4, 2015; SN3 Nha Trang–Sai Gon on January 3 and 4, 2015. The trains along the Saigon-Hanoi route will also have additional carriages. In additional to additional trains, the Vietnam Railways (VR) and the Saigon Railway Passenger Transport Company will offer a 10% discount on rail fares between midnight on January 1, 2015 to 12.59pm on February 1, 2015. Foreign students enjoy New Year gathering in Hanoi The … [Read more...]

Work on Ho Chi Minh City Student Cultural House started

Deputy Secretary of HCMC Party Committee Nguyen Thi Thu Ha attends the groundbreaking ceremony of Ho Chi Minh City Student Cultural House at Vietnam National University - Ho Chi Minh City (VNU-HCM) in Binh Duong Province (Photo: SGGP)

Construction of Ho Chi Minh City Student Cultural House at Vietnam National University - Ho Chi Minh City (VNU-HCM) in Binh Duong Province has been kicked off on December 30. The 7-storey building is built on an area of 3.5 hectares at a total capital of more than VND420 billion. The project includes meeting room, record studio, library, sports area, outdoor stage and more facilities. Deputy Secretary of HCMC Party Committee Nguyen Thi Thu Ha highly appreciated the project that will create a useful and convenient space for students. The construction is expected to finish in the 2nd quarter of 2016. … [Read more...]

Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News – December 31

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Get ready for the New Year’s Eve tonight but don’t forget to read the news items in brief on Tuoi Tre News today, December 31, 2014. - A blaze broke out at 9.20pm and raged in the next two hours on Tuesday at a karaoke parlor facing Le Van Sy Bridge in District 3’s Tran Quoc Thao street. Five houses were engulfed in the blaze, which also killed one man. - The Ministry of Information and Communications on Tuesday imposed a fine of VND15 million (US$706) on Vietnam Television (VTV), which has been previously penalized a few times during this year. The latest fine is applied on the national broadcaster for its inaccurate information regarding the real age of Cong Phuong, an outstanding Vietnamese under-19 striker. - All the three proposals, including collecting road use fees on motorbikes, submitted by the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee were approved by the city’s People’s Council at a Tuesday meeting. - Deputy Health Minister recently … [Read more...]

Vietnam PM calls for friendlier business environment

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Workers sew clothing with sewing machines at the Esquel Group garment factory at the Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park in Thuan An in the southern province of Binh Duong, which neighbors Ho Chi Minh City. Photos: Bloomberg Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has called for further reform of Vietnam’s business climate after acknowledging that red tape has continued to hinder the country's development. The prime minister made his comments on Monday during a year-end teleconference that included cabinet officials and local leaders whom he had convened to streamline the country's business climate. Dung urged provincial and central government agencies to eliminate superfluous formalities in the process of filing taxes, customs, social insurance, electricity access, and business licenses. "In 2015, we have to forge ahead with the administrative reforms to roll out a favorable investment climate for the corporate sector and the people," Dung said. Given that Vietnam is home to 400,000 … [Read more...]