Social News 17/11

Newspaper fined for inaccuracy The Ministry of Information and Communications' Deputy Chief Inspector, Do Thi Tinh, has decided to fine the Dan Viet online newspaper VND 15 million (US$714) for publishing inaccurate information. The story in question, "The world's most magnificent presidential palaces," was carried on November 2. The paper could appeal or contest the decision, the ministry said. The Information and Communication Ministry this year has issued fines on a large number of online … [Read more...]

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November 10 -16: International Guitar Festival in HCMC

A Nhan Dan selection of noteworthy arts and culture events in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City    HANOI PERFORMANCE Concert and Classical Ballet "Firebird"

8 pm, November 11 and 12 Hanoi Opera House 1 Trang Tien street, Hoan Kiem district Ticket prices: VND 200000 - VND 350000 - VND 500000 Subscription Concert Vol.75 "Wagner - Bartok - Brahms" 8 pm, November 13 and 14 Hanoi Opera House 1 Trang Tien street, Hoan Kiem district You are invited to Subscription Concert Vol.75 "Wagner - Bartok - Brahms" with: Conductor: Honna Tetsuji Viola Soloist: Imai Nobuko Special Guest Oboe: Furube Ken-Ichi and the Vietnam National Symphony … [Read more...]

Social News 2/10

Dong Nai rioters imprisoned for disturbing peace The People's Court of Nhon Trach district in the southern province of Dong Nai sentenced 15 men to 9-14 months in prison on September 29 for "causing social disturbances" in Nhon Trach Industrial Park. The accused include Nguyen Van Tri, 24 from Khanh Hoa province; Tran Ngoc Tha, 17 (Binh Dinh); Le Van Sang, 24 (An Giang); Dinh Tuan Vu, 31 (Hau Giang); Vien Van Man, 24 (Bac Giang); Le Van Dung, 19 (Phu Yen); Vu Viet Dinh, 29 (Binh Thuan); Du … [Read more...]

Dong Nai rioters imprisoned for disturbing peace

The People's Court of Nhon Trach district in the southern province of Dong Nai sentenced 15 men to 9-14 months in prison on September 29 for "causing social disturbances" in Nhon Trach Industrial Park. The accused include Nguyen Van Tri, 24 from Khanh Hoa province; Tran Ngoc Tha, 17 (Binh Dinh); Le Van Sang, 24 (An Giang); Dinh Tuan Vu, 31 (Hau Giang); Vien Van Man, 24 (Bac Giang); Le Van Dung, 19 (Phu Yen); Vu Viet Dinh, 29 (Binh Thuan); Du Quoc Ky, 22 (Ca Mau); Nguyen Huu Duc, 21 (Can Tho); … [Read more...]

Social News 20/9

USAID grants US$1.5 mil to HCM City's metro project The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) and the Ho Chi Minh City Management Authority for Urban Railways signed a grant agreement on September 18 for a feasibility study on fully integrated information solutions for the central control of a metro system in HCM City. This is the third time USTDA has provided non-refundable aid to help the city implement an urban railway system. Bui Xuan Cuong, head of the Ho Chi Minh City Management … [Read more...]

Help members and farmers develop family economy

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Thanks to enhancing the movement of farmers producing and trading well (PTW), so far, lots of peasant households in Dong Xuan district have not only got rid of poverty but also enjoyed favorable conditions to strive for being well-off. Some households even earn an annual income of millions of hundreds of dongs. Dong Xuan farmers' association now has 63 member branched, 187 groups with 7,244 members. Annually, the district's association organizes the movement of farmers emulating to PTW to all … [Read more...]

Social News 12/9

Two Chinese citizens cross the border with $900,000 in cash According to the Hai Quan (Customs) Newspaper, in late August the customs body of the Xa Mat border gate in the southern province of Tay Ninh detected two Chinese citizens illegally transporting three suitcases and a cardboard box containing VND18.2 billion ($900,000). The cash was scheduled to be brought from Vietnam to Cambodia. In a dispatch issued on September 5, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc assigned the Ministry of … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 21/8

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German DJ brings beats to HCM City The Goethe Institute and Heart Beat Saigon will present a performance by German music producer and DJ Schleep Geist at the Cargo Bar on September 5. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 5/8

Obon Festival to kick off in Hanoi this week Obon Festival, one of Japan's most well-known traditional festivals, will take place at Hanoi's Times City urban area on August 9 and 10, Vietnamplus reports. The festival will highlight Bon Odori and Yosakoi performances together with other traditional Japanese dances, Japanese martial arts like Kendo, Aikido and Judo among others. Many animated activities will be staged during the festival including lantern, fashion shows, film screenings on … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 5/7

Gukak Chungnam performs in Vietnam The Gukak Chungnam Orchestra from Cheonan City , the Republic of Korea, is due to stage a concert at HCM City's Ben Thanh Theatre on July 3. The ensemble will play traditional Korean music with common instruments such as Daegeum flute and Janggo drum. Korean artists will perform "Vietnam is my homeland" - a song composed by Do Nhuan, to deliver a message of Vietnamese people and beautiful landscape to international friends. On July 6, the orchestra will … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 4/6

Big cities host Vietnam-EU Documentary Film Fest For the sixth time, European cultural institutes and embassies in the capital together with the Viet Nam National Documentary and Scientific Film Studio will present European and Southeast Asian documentary films tonight. During the festival, which starts tonight, each film from Viet Nam will be followed by one from Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Germany, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and Britain. Opening the festival will be Vietnamese film Khi … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 23/5

Chairman of the Hanoi municipal People's Committee Nguyen The Thao has pledged to ensure safety and security for international organisations and enterprises operating in the capital city.

Hanoi commits security to foreigners In a message to foreign firms and agencies, Thao stated that over the past few days Vietnamese people, including those in Hanoi, have shown great national patriotism and strongly opposed China's recent illegal placement of its large oil rig in Vietnam's exclusive economic zone and continental shelf. … [Read more...]

EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR MAY 20-31 (daily updated)

Sun 25 May 2014, 7 pm Hanoi Cinematheque 22A Hai Bà Trưng, Hà Nội At the end of the alley leading to Artist's Hotel Come to the screening of a classic version of Carmen by the composer Georges Bizet.

Rock Concert with Dissonant Nation Sat 31 May 2014, 8 pm L'Espace 24 Tràng Tiền, Hà Nội You are invited to the Rock concert with Dissonant Nation. With the resonating album titled WE play We are in their credit, the trio from Aubagne started a dynamic style of rock performed in 3 languages: French, English and Marseilles. Their energy guarantees to burn the night away! Expect a vigorous yet refreshing performance that will certainly bring in a good mood. Tickets: Ticket price: 120 000 … [Read more...]

Farms turn to cities

No one home: A new urban area was being developed on the outskirts of Ha Noi but has now been abandoned due to the economic and financial difficulties of project owners. - VNA/VNS Photo Tuan Anh

The face of Viet Nam is changing in some areas. Farmland is changing into urban land. It is good news for some people and bad news for others. Elderly people who never thought they would live comfortably now have nice homes. However, farmers who worked the fields and provided food now often do not have jobs. by Ha Nguyen After more than three decades living in a degraded 36-sq.m tenement house, elderly Nguyen Thi Hoa and her family are delighted to have moved to a newly built flat … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 4/4

Vietnamese American Christine Ha, the U.S. MasterChef winner, has been named as goodwill ambassador of KOTO (Know One, Teach One) organization to join in KOTO's mission of empowering at-risk and disadvantaged youth in Vietnam.

Motivational speaker Vujicic to visit Viet Nam again Launched in November 2013 with an aim to honour energetic disadvantaged people, and to raise the awareness of young people about having a responsible and righteous lifestyle, the contest received nearly 2,000 entries from across the country. Vujicic will visit Viet Nam next month to participate as a special guest in a gala event which will be held in HCM City's Phu Tho Gymnasium on May 21 and in Ha Noi's My Dinh Stadium on May 24. The … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 18/3

Localities throughout the nation are taking action to prevent forest fires due to this year's prolonged dry season.

Gas pipeline incident affects Ca Mau power plants The PM3-CM gas pipeline system, which feeds t wo gas-fired power plants in the southernmost province of Ca Mau, has stopped working due to a valve gas leakage. According to the Ca Mau Gas Company of the Vietnam National Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam), the incident occurred at 3:25 pm on March 15, resulting in a supply interruption for the two power plants which have a combined capacity of 1,500 MW. The company said it would take about … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 15/3

450 bridges to be built in rural areas nationwide As many as 450 bridges will be built in rural areas of 32 northern, central and Central Highland provinces from now to 2020 under a project approved by the Prime Minister on March 12. The bridges, to be built at a total cost of nearly VND324.9 billion (US$15.5 million) sourced from the State budget, will contribute to the socio-economic development of disadvantaged localities and the new-style rural area building programme. Priority will be … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 6/2

Tet festivals take place across Vietnam Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc beat the drum to officially open the Bai Dinh pagoda festival on February 5 in the northern Ninh Binh province, praying for peace, happiness and prosperity. In the 1,000-year-old pagoda, King Dinh Tien Hoang who reigned in the 10th century built an altar to pray for favorable weather. In the 18th century, King Quang Trung chose this place for a ceremony to encourage soldiers ahead of a historic battle against the … [Read more...]

Social Headlines January 25

It seems folks in the city are all flocking to well known hotspots to choose the best flower pots to adorn their homes for Tet (Lunar New Year).

HCM City pays $57m in unemployment benefits Last year, 109,600 laid-off workers in HCM City applied for unemployment benefits, according to the city's Job Placement Centre. Also, nearly 108,500 employees were paid unemployment insurance benefits worth VND1.2 trillion (US$57.1 million). Around 5,700 unemployed workers registered for vocational training courses in 2013. The centre posted information about jobs to more than 77,600 laid-off workers, and half of them successfully applied for these … [Read more...]