Government News 24/2

New project launched under Vietnam-Cambodia defence cooperation deal The construction of an office building and a military barrack for Cambodian army non-commissioned officers school commenced on February 23 in Kampong Chhnang, about 100km from Phnom Penh. The facilities are funded by Military Region 7 of the Vietnam People’s Army as part of its cooperation agreement with the Royal Cambodia Army’s Special Region. The project marks another step forward in the defence ties between the two military regions and the two countries’ armies in general, General Prum Din, Deputy Commander of the Royal Cambodia Army and Commander of the Special Region said at the event. Earlier on January 22, the two military regions signed a memorandum of understanding on their cooperation in 2015. They agreed to share information, exchange delegations and hold joint training courses, while collaborating in health, medical military, humanitarian aids, and search for the remains of … [Read more...]

The kind-hearted expatriates

Ms. Huong and Mr. Binh presenting gifts to the disabled children in Tuy Hoa city

Tet festival is etched in the memories of expatriates who send their hearts to their native land place with a constant memoirs. As for Vietnamese overseas, the nostalgia is sharper. From thousands of miles away, their feeling towards the homeland is expressed through the warm shares. Ms. Han Thu Ha, living in the U.S, confided, "From Phu Yen Newspaper online, I’ve read the column ‘Together relieving A/O pain’ about the desperate circumstance of the family of the elderly Tran Thi Guong (aged 90, living in Phong Nien village, Hoa Thang commune, Phu Hoa district), I feels so sorry for her. My relatives and I send VND 20 million to help her". Despite being 90 years of age, everyday, she has to care her two daughters (Miss Nguyen Thi Ngan, Miss Nguyen Thi Nhung) with three meals by putting each spoon of porridge or rice. The two daugthers cannot move, just lying in bed; their faces are bewildered by sequelae of Agent Orange/ dioxin. A few years ago, from dawn every … [Read more...]

Prospects await Vietnam in 2015

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(VOVworld) – As spring is approaching, it’s time to review what has been done in the past year and discuss new prospects for Vietnam in 2015. VOV’s Le Phuong reports…. 2014 saw significant Vietnamese achievements in politics, socio-economics, science and technologies, and global economic integration. Vietnam concluded its negotiations on Free Trade Agreements with the Republic of Korea (RoK) and the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan in late 2014. Vietnam is scheduled to complete several free trade negotiations in 2015, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Vietnam-EU free trade agreement, and the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). 2015 is forecast to be a year with more opportunities for development as Vietnam actively integrates into the global economy. Nguyen Huu Lam, Director of the Arirang Tour Service Company, told VOV: "I think the Vietnamese economy will recover quickly once we sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership. This is what … [Read more...]

Gorgeous Saigon through local photographers’ eyes

Author: Tran Lam Anh Cuong

Thanks to the development of photography technology, people can easily own a camera and produce beautiful photos of things around them. Renowned Vietnamese landscape photographer Hoang The Nhiem once exclaimed, "it seems that everyone now has cameras!" Several websites like vnphoto.net, tinhte.vn and saigonphoto.net have offered playgrounds to exchange for many photographers in Vietnam, from professionals to amateurs. Photo lovers have also gathered in groups to travel across the country and capture beautiful pictures together. On the occasion of Tet, Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper honorably introduces several gorgeous photos of Saigon and the feelings of those who took them. Tet, which is the Vietnamese term for the Lunar New Year festival, falls on February 19. Dragon dance to celebrate the Lunar New Year at the Pagoda of Lady Thien Hau The pagoda, located in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City is one of the oldest in the city. Many religious activities have been organized … [Read more...]

February 2-8: Founding anniversary of Vietnamese Party marked nationwide

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong speaking at the ceremony to mark the 85th anniversary of the CPV on February 2   NDO - Nhan Dan Online selects several outstanding events that made the headlines in the past week.

1. 85th anniversary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) celebrated nationwide A series of activities were held throughout the country in the past days to mark the 85th anniversary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) (February 3) including senior leaders' visits to former Party leaders and national contributors, meetings, seminars, exchanges and art performances at localities nationwide. Vietnamese Embassies abroad also held a range of activities to celebrate the founding of the CPV. Worldwide leaders also sent congratulatory messages to Vietnam on the founding of the CPV including Laos, Cambodia, China, the Republic of Korea (RoK) and others. 2. Party, State leaders pay Tet visits to localities nationwide Party and State leaders visited localities across the country to present Tet gifts to needy and disadvantaged people and to wish them a happy Tet holiday. Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong visited Quang Binh and Quang Tri provinces while President Truong Tan … [Read more...]

Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News – February 9

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Here are the leading news stories in brief for today, February 9, 2015. Society -- A five-year-old was found dead, stuck to the anchor of a fishing ship docking at An Thoi port in the southern province of Kien Giang on Sunday afternoon, after he had been reported missing early the same day. -- Vy Nguon Thanh, aka Ty Duong, the leader of a transnational sugar smuggling ring had been arrested, police announced Sunday. The smugglers were found bringing sugar to Cambodia and illicitly transporting it to Vietnam across the border. -- The 58-km Ho Chi Minh City-Long Thanh-Dau Giay Expressway, connecting National Highway 51 and North-South National Highway, was officially opened to traffic on Sunday. -- State President Truong Tan Sang, his wife and a group of Vietnamese expats participated in a carp releasing ceremony as per Vietnamese customs at the Nhieu Loc – Thi Nghe canal on Sunday. -- Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper handed Sunday 900 gifts to teachers and students in Nan … [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...]

Art & Entertainment News 7/2

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Old Quarter exhibit recalls Hanoi's rich past An exhibition is highlighting daily life of the past in Hanoi's Old Quarter. More than 100 photographs and artefacts will be on show from February 2-15, giving an insight into life in the 36 streets of the Old Quarter during the late 19th-early 20th centuries. Highlights include an exploration of the area's unique architecture and traditional two-wheeled carriages that once plied the narrow streets. Historian Duong Trung Quoc said the exhibition would help visitors better understand the significance of the Old Quarter in Hanoi's history. The precinct is undergoing major redevelopment, succumbing to expansion pressures of modern Hanoi. Chef club debuts in central city The city's tourism association has debuted its Chef Club with the participation of 250 head cooks from hotels and resorts in the city. The club will host regular competitions and cuisine festivals for chefs to show off their skills and promote local food. School … [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...]

HCM City spends over VND26 billion to support neighboring provinces on Tet

The delegation led by Mr. Le Thanh Hai offered flowers at the Uncle Ho Temple in Tra Vinh. (Photo: sggp)

A delegation led by Le Thanh Hai, Secretary of the Party Committee of Ho Chi Minh City, paid a visit and gave financial aid to public works in Ben Tre and Tra Vinh provinces on February 5. The delegation handed over VND10 billion to build three rural roads; and support capital for repairing 10 gratitude houses in Tra Vinh. The delegation also offered VND 9.2 billion to build three rural roads, expand water supply system for 1,300 households and build 3,897 toilets in Ben Tre on the same day. HCM City officials visited and offered gifts to Vietnamese Heroic Mother Le Thi Ba and social policy families. On the occasion, the delegation offered flowers and incense at the Uncle Ho Temple in Tra Vinh and Commemorative Area of female Major General Nguyen Thi Dinh in Ben Tre. Permanent Deputy Secretary of HCMC Party Committee Vo Van Thuong handed over 21 computer sets and a projector system to Nguyen Chanh secondary school in Quang Ngai Porvince’s Son Tinh District on February … [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...]

Young Vietnamese, tourists take up riding tandem bikes

A pair of young racers are seen in this 2013  Tuoi Tr e photo fixing their tandem bike right on the track.

Apart from tourists who pamper themselves with tandem bike rides around scenic spots, young Vietnamese, particularly students, have been keen on the sport in recent years. Tandem bikes are readily available for rent at many tourist spots nationwide, especially coastal towns, such as Vung Tau in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province in the south, and Quy Nhon in Binh Dinh Province and Da Nang in the central region. Da Lat, in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong, and Nha Trang in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa are among the localities with booming tandem bike rental services. Tourists, including foreigners, can easily rent such bikes for VND10,000-20,000 (US$0.47- $0.93) per hour. The sight of foreign couples or parents and kids enjoying themselves on tandem bikes is now quite common at such tourist attractions across Vietnam. Services offering tandem bikes for rent in Ho Chi Minh City have also proliferated in recent times. One such place is the so-called Ho Chi Minh … [Read more...]

Social News 3/2

String of activities mark 85th anniversary of Vietnam Communist Party A series of activities have been held across the country in the presence of Party and State senior leaders to celebrate the 85th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) (February 3, 1930-2015). On February 1, Politburo member and Vice Chairwoman of the Vietnam National Assembly, Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan led a delegation of Party Central Committee members to visit former President Nguyen Minh Triet; former Prime Minister Phan Van Khai; and Senior lieutenant General and Hero of the People's Armed Forces Phan Trung Kien, who are living in Ho Chi Minh City and Binh Duong province. Politburo member Ngan hoped that the former leaders will continue to make further contributions to the nation. On the same day, authorities of Ho Chi Minh City presented and bestowed the State title of 'Heroic Vietnamese Mother' to 288 women in Ho Chi Minh City. Politburo member and Secretary of Ho Chi Minh City's Party … [Read more...]

EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR FEB. 1-10 (daily updated)

Frankenstein Theatre Performances in Vietnam ADGE Europe presents TNT Theatre Britain in: FRANKENSTEIN The Monster and the Myth By Paul Stebbings and Phil Smith inspired by the Mary Shelley novel and the Hollywood movies. Performances in English HANOI OPERA HOUSE Wed 18 Mar 2015, 8 pm - HCMC OPERA HOUSE Fri 20 Mar 2015, 11 am 20 and 21 Mar 2015, 8 pm Tickets information below From ADGE: FRANKENSTEIN is one of the most potent modern myths. TNT revives its internationally acclaimed production in autumn 2014. Too many stage versions and even films ignore that this story is not a novel but a myth that has grown out of Mary Shelley's original; so our production combines Boris Karloff's immense impact with that of the original story to create a fascinating and entertaining new work. This FRANKENSTEIN is a Gothic comedy and a gripping a horror thriller that explores the darker themes within the myth. Should scientific research be held back by irrational prejudice or religious … [Read more...]

Students wait for new enrolment rules

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The Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) still has not released the national examination and enrolment regulations for 2015. Meanwhile, many universities have released their own enrolment plans. Many schools have made public their enrolment plans with information about requirements on students’ learning records and the number of students for every major. Nguyen Trai University has announced that the first enrolment campaign will take place from January 1, 2015 to February 15. Students are required to show their learning records in the 10th, 11th grades and the first semester of the 12th grade. Meanwhile, Thanh Do University in Hanoi began taking registrations for study on January 15 and planned to finish on February 10. It is expected that 1,800 students would begin their study in March. Dong Do University in Hanoi said on its official website that it would receive students on January 1-31, while Thanh Dong University in Hai Duong would take students on January 2 … [Read more...]

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...]