Australia doctor awarded for environment works in VN

Doctor Michael Parsons has been awarded the insignia "For the Cause of Environment" in recognition of his great contributions to Vietnam's green sector.

600 logs of rare timber seized Krong Trai forest rangers have seized nearly 600 logs of giang huong (pterocarpus pedatus pierre) timber, illegally stored at a local house in central Phu Yen Province. Nguyen Tien Dat, 41, had been storing the timber and failed to show legal documents to prove the stockpile's origin. It is the largest amount of timber found to be illegally stored at a local house in the province so far. The case is currently under investigation. Giang huong (Pterocarpus pedatus Pierre) is precious 2A timber. Special permission is required from authorised agencies to transport or trade the material. VN Railway Station offers 20% discount on ticket price of SE19, SE20 Vietnam Railway Station is offering a discount of 20 percent on ticket prices for passengers who travel to Quang Binh to attend in General Vo Nguyen Giap's funeral from 11 to 14 October. The program is applicable for SE19 and SE20 trains from Hanoi to Dong Hoi Station in Quang Binh Province and return … [Read more...]

Top singers to perform in VietNamNet Concert

From left to right: Singer Tung Duong, young pianist Do Hoang Linh Chi, musician Duong Thu, VietNamNet Editor Bui Sy Hoa and singer My Linh at the press conference on 28/8 in Hanoi.

VietNamNet Bridge - "Things Everlasting" - the annual concert held by VietNamNet Newspaper on the National Day September 2 - will have the participation of many famous senior singers such as Trung Kien, Trong Tan, Duyen Huyen, My Linh, etc. On the morning of August 28, the concert organizers announced the list of artists who will perform in the show, which will take place at 2-m on September 2 at Hanoi Opera House. The concert will have the participation of famous singers such as Trung Kien, Trong Tan, Duyen Huyen, My Linh, Tung Duong, Duc Tuan, besides cellist Ngo Hoang Quan, young piano talent Do Hoang Linh Chi and young violin talent Do Phuong Nhi. The works selected for the concert are composed by senior musicians of Vietnam, such as Van Ky, Hoang Duong, Ho Bac, Ca Le Thuan, Le Thuong, Nguyen Dinh Phuc and the famous contemporary musicians such as Trong Dai, Tran Tien and Quoc Trung. With not many changes in program structure, the Things Everlasting Concert will have two … [Read more...]

The Week of May 3-10

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VNREDSat-1 captures first images of Vietnam, Budget revenue reaches VND76 trillion in April, Vietnam among top ten in reducing infant mortality. 1. ASEAN defence chiefs work closely on security issues ASEAN defence chiefs reaffirmed their commitment to work closely to address emerging security challenges, such as cyber security, potential communicable diseases and climate change. A press statement, issued on May 7 following the 7th ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting (ADMM) in Brunei 's capital city of Bandar Seri Begawan , said ASEAN fully supports the inaugural ADMM+ Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief and Military Medicine Exercise to be held in Brunei as a landmark co-operation among defence forces of the ADMM+ member states. They adopted four concept papers, namely establishing ASEAN defence interaction programmes, the establishment of logistics support framework and ADMM+ experts' working group on humanitarian mine action, the transition of the ADMM+ experts' working … [Read more...]

Police rescue woman trafficked to China

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Ho Chi Minh City police have rescued a woman who was allegedly trafficked into China, forced to marry an abusive husband and ransomed back to her family in the Mekong Delta. V.T.A. (R), an alleged victim of trafficking, at a police station in Ho Chi Minh City after being rescue by police Preventing human trafficking in Mekong Delta Human trafficking ring busted Police said they stopped three Chinese nationals as they escorted the 34-year-old woman, whose initials are V.T.A, through Tan Son Nhat International Airport on June 14. Peng Zhang Mei, 54, was arrested at the scene; the two other suspects fled. Police arrested Mei after T.A.'s elder sister contacted them claiming that T.A. had been trafficked into China in March. In subsequent interviews with the police, A. said she had been lured to China by a Ho Chi Minh City woman known as Ut. She claimed to have met Ut in February of this year, after moving to HCMC from the Mekong Delta Province of Bac Lieu in search for work. … [Read more...]

Vietnamese police rescue woman trafficked to China 

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Ho Chi Minh City police have rescued a woman who was allegedly trafficked into China, forced to marry an abusive husband and ransomed back to her family in the Mekong Delta. Peng Zhang Mei, 54, was arrested at the scene; the two other suspects fled. Police arrested Mei after A's elder sister contacted them claiming that A been trafficked into China in March. In subsequent interviews with the police A. said she had been lured to China by a Ho Chi Minh City woman known as Ut. She claimed to have met Ut in February of this year, after moving to HCMC from the Mekong Delta Province of Bac Lieu in search of work. Ut promised A. a high-paying job in China and took her to apply for a passport. About one month later, Ut took her to a hotel to meet with several Chinese men, she said. Later that day, A. was flown to Hanoi and driven into China across the border in Lang Son Province. After she arriving in China, the woman said, she was forced to marry Chuong Tuyen Minh, who … [Read more...]

Photonics forum held in central city

DA NANG (VNS) - As many as 260 international professors, scientists and researchers gathered at the 8th International Conference on Photonics and Applications and the National Spectroscopy conference at the central city of Da Nang's Duy Tan University yesterday. Scientists from France, Germany, the US, Japan, South Korea, Belarus and Viet Nam will present 150 reports on photonics and spectroscopic studies at the four-day event. The conference is also a rendezvous for scientists exchanging experience in studies of quantum photonics, optics, lasers and nano-physics and applications. … [Read more...]

Damaged roads under repair

HA NOI (VNS) - Four out of seven road work projects have completed repairs of subsided highways that required fixing shortly after being opened. The remaining work would be completed by next Wednesday, head of the Department for Management of Traffic Work Construction and Quality Tran Xuan Sanh said. At a meeting on Monday, Sanh said that repairs to four roads; the section of National Highway No1A from Ben Thuy Bridge to Ha Tinh Province, the section of National Highway No2 from Ha Noi to Thai Nguyen Province, the National Highway No5 and the 35-km long route avoiding Thua Thien Hue Province, had finished. … [Read more...]

Hydro-plants leave Phu Yen residents without resources

PHU YEN (VNS) - Construction works on the Ba Ha River and Hinh River hydro-electricity plants have changed the Ba River's flow and had negative impacts on the lives of local residents, local authorities have said. Pham Dinh Phung, deputy chairman of the Son Hoa District People's Committee, said that the district had lost more than 1,500ha of cultivated land to make way for the Ba Ha River Hydroelectricity Plant. Meanwhile, the Song Hinh District had lost more than 1,600ha of land to the Hinh River Hydroelectricity Plant. … [Read more...]

Warnings of flashfloods in northern region

Van Nam The warnings came out when flash floods triggered by downpours killed six people and injured four in Tam Duong District, Lai Chau Province on August 12. Flash floods also damaged houses and infrastructure in the northern province. The national weather center has forecast that these northern provinces would face torrential rains and thunderstorms between Tuesday and Thursday this week. The forecaster also issued flood warnings for localities in the Red and Thai Binh rivers from Wednesday to Friday. The flood can cause the rivers to surge by two to three meters in the upstream and one to two meters in the downstream. … [Read more...]

Damaged roads under repair

HA NOI (VNS) - Four out of seven road work projects have completed repairs of subsided highways that required fixing shortly after being opened. The remaining work would be completed by next Wednesday, head of the Department for Management of Traffic Work Construction and Quality Tran Xuan Sanh said. At a meeting on Monday, Sanh said that repairs to four roads; the section of National Highway No1A from Ben Thuy Bridge to Ha Tinh Province, the section of National Highway No2 from Ha Noi to Thai Nguyen Province, the National Highway No5 and the 35-km long route avoiding Thua Thien Hue Province, had finished. … [Read more...]

Vietnam to train Cambodian commercial pilots

(VOV) - The Viet Flight Training Joint Stock Company (VFT) on July 12 signed a deal in Phnom Penh to start training commercial pilots for Cambodian national flag carrier Cambodia Angkor Air (CAA). At the signing ceremony, CAA's President Tek Rethsamrach said the deal would greatly contribute to developing qualified pilots for Cambodia's civil aviation. The flight training programme has received US$3 million of funding from the Vietnamese Government. Established in 2008, VFT comprises stakeholders from Vietnam Airlines, Vietnam Helicopter of the Vietnam Ministry of National Defence, Vietnam Aircraft ISC, ESMA Aviation Academy of France and HIPT Group. … [Read more...]

Australian Government aids small-scale humanitarian projects

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VGP - The Australian Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City on August 13 formally launched the Australian Government's Direct Aid Program (DAP) for development projects in the central and southern provinces of Viet Nam from Da Nang southwards. DAP provides grants for small-scale development projects, about $10,000 each with a view to addressing humanitarian hardship and advancing developmental outcomes for disadvantaged communities. … [Read more...]

Australia aids small-scale humanitarian projects

(VOV) -The Australian Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City on August 13 formally launched a Direct Aid Programme (DAP) for projects in the central and southern provinces of Vietnam. Australian-funded vision project benefits southerners Australia funds Ben Tre water supply project Australia increases aid for Mekong Delta region DAP provides funds for small-scale development projects with a view to addressing humanitarian hardship and advancing developmental outcomes for disadvantaged communities. The average grant to each project will approximate US$10,000. … [Read more...]

Australian Government’s direct aid programme launched

The Australian Consulate General in Ho Chi MInh City on August 13 formally launched the Australian Government's Direct Aid Program (DAP) for projects in southern Vietnam (from Da Nang southwards). DAP provides grants for small-scale development projects, about 10,000 USD each, with the aim of addressing humanitarian hardship and advancing developmental outcomes for disadvantaged communities. The deadline for applications is October 10 and DAP guidelines and application form are available at www.hcmc.vietnam.embassy.gov.au. … [Read more...]

Women charged for selling baby

HA NOI (VNS) - The investigation into allegations that a baby was sold from a pagoda in Ha Noi has moved forward today after police announced they had submitted evidence to authorities for consideration. Two women were arrested last Sunday for allegedly selling a nine-month-old baby from Bo De Pagoda, a home for orphaned and abandoned children in Long Bien District. One of the defendants is Nguyen Thi Thanh Trang, 37, who was in charge of caring for the children, while the other is Pham Thi Nguyet, 35, from Ninh Binh Province. … [Read more...]

Police investigate Hanoi pagoda for allegedly selling children

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VietNamNet Bridge - An investigation at the Bo De Pagoda in Long Bien District in Hanoi will be expanded after a caretaker of orphans at the pagoda was arrested on Monday on allegations of selling children. The authorities of Long Bien district have also formed two inspection teams to check Bo De Pagoda, located at the foot of the Long Bien Bridge. It is known as a place where orphans, abandoned children or homeless seniors can reside for free. The one-week inspections started on Tuesday. After the inspections, the local government will make decisions on the fate of the orphans at the pagoda. … [Read more...]

Infant traded at pagoda in Vietnam capital dead: police

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After detaining the seller and the buyer of a little boy at Bo De Pagoda in Hanoi, police on Monday confirmed that the infant had died in the Central Pediatrics Hospital in the capital city in late June. The boy, Cu Nguyen Cong, also called Pham Gia Bao, died on June 27, 2014, when he was only eight months old, after contracting measles, police said. … [Read more...]

Women arrested for selling baby

HA NOI (VNS) - Ha Noi police arrested two women on Sunday for allegedly selling a nine-month-old baby from Bo De Pagoda, a home for orphaned and abandoned children in Long Bien District, according to Phu Nu (Women) Newspaper. One of the detainees is Nguyen Thi Thanh Trang, 37, the caretaker of the children supported by the pagoda, and the other is Pham Thi Nguyet, 35, a woman from northern Ninh Binh Province. The women have been charged with "trading in, fraudulently exchanging or appropriating children", the newspaper said. … [Read more...]