Social News Headlines 25/5

Dong Nai: Another 41 people to be tried following disorders Law enforcement agencies of the southern province of Dong Nai have started legal proceedings against 41 people for their role i n recent disturbances in the locality, according to the provincial People's Procuracy. They will be charged with causing public disorder and appropriating assets during demonstrations by workers and local people to protest China's illegal action of placing its oil rig in Vietnam's waters. So far, as many as 416 suspects have been detained with criminal proceedings started against cases. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 22/2

The structure of floating houses in Vietnam will inspire Western architecture and the sector in general, a Danish architect has said.

US Embassy funds documentary film project in Vietnam The Vietnam Cinema Association and the Center for assistance and development of movie talents (TPD) plan to launch a project under the sponsorship of the US Embassy in Hanoi. The project, entitled "10 months, 10 documentary films", is set to run from February to December 2014, and aims to nurture the development of Vietnam cinema by providing guidance and other assistance for movie talents. It is considered a pioneer project in effectively assisting young filmmakers to make their own films that do not require massive expenditure or huge investment in technologies. Those involved in the project will learn about the process of short film making from script-writing to production, and have a chance to exchange and learn experience from famous local and foreign filmmakers. The project deals with issues on gender equality, homosexual, women's rights, and environment protection. The jury includes renowned directors Bui Thac … [Read more...]

Vietnam sees 20.7 percent drop in poverty levels

Impoverished households were mainly in northwest and northeast mountainous regions. (Photo: SGGP)

Vietnam sees 20.7 percent drop in poverty levels According to the World Bank Poverty Assessment 2012 report based on new standards, the poverty rate in Vietnam has fallen from 58 percent to 20.7 percent in the past twenty years. Impoverished households were mainly in northwest and northeast mountainous regions and some highland provinces, while middle and rich households were in Hong River Delta, southeast region, and coastal cities. As for urban areas, although poverty rate is low, residents have to face rising costs of living and many citizens work in unofficial sectors or are unemployed and do not have social welfare. Under the new standards, the poverty line is VND653,000 per person per month(US$2.25). Projects take stink out of waste issue Farmers in Hoai Duc District's Tien Yen Commune are learning how to recycle organic waste by re-using it as fertiliser. In the nearby communes of Cat Que, Duong Lieu and Minh Khai, infrastructure to treat garbage and waste water will soon … [Read more...]

Buffalo fighting festival recognised as intangible cultural heritage

Buffalo fighting festival recognised as intangible cultural heritage The Do Son buffalo fighting festival in the northern port city of Hai Phong will be recognised as a national intangible cultural heritage on Thursday when the festival takes place. The announcement will be made at the festival's opening ceremony. Hundreds of artists will perform to celebrate the event and re-enact the buffalo fighting on stage. The traditional festival, which is held annually on the ninth day of the eighth lunar month, not only expresses the martial spirit of the local people, but also helps promote the locality's image and tourism potential. Festival highlights Mekong Sub-region A festival opened in Germany's capital, Berlin, on September 8 to popularise the images of countries and people in the Greater Mekong sub-region (GMS). The biannual event, co-organised by Albert-Einstein University and the German friendship association with GMS countries, also aims to enhance mutual understanding and … [Read more...]

Like water 

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A painter finds inspiration and a unique medium to work with in the most persistent and fluid element When Lao Tzu said "be like water" because one needed to be soft and yielding to overcome life's hardest and most rigid obstacles - like a stream flowing over the rocks - he might as well have been talking about artist Vo Trinh Bien. For Bien, 46, water is not only a central theme in his work, but in fact the medium on which he paints. He got the idea while thinking about how oil slicks are collected off the surface by water after spills: Bien puts a sheet of jute under water and uses a syringe to create a painting on the water's surface. Then, he either lifts the jute or drains the container to watch his colors settle gently onto the sheet. Bien's favorite painting, and perhaps the most emblematic of his work, is called Thôi ta về với biển (We might as well return to the sea). "The sea is where the soul and body can become one… An artist is just like a drop of water in … [Read more...]

ART & ENTERTAINMENT IN BRIEF 14/3

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Quyen Thien Dac to play with Trio PO Nilsson Swedish outfit Trio PO Nilsson and Vietnamese jazz saxophonist Quyen Thien Dac will grace the capital stage on 8 p.m. this Sunday. With Dac on the sax, Oscar Nilsson on guitar, Johnny Aman (bass) and drummer Olle Dernevik promise a rare treat at the Hanoi Opera House. Tunes include Another Northwind, Mother's Lullaby, Market-Day, To Request The Queen, Trong Com (Song of Rice Drum), Southern Moments, Beo Dat May Troi (Floating Weed Drifting Cloud), Dieu mua Thang Long (Thang Long's dance) and Drums and Horn. As son of famous saxophonist Quyen Van Minh, Dac has just graduated with the highest score and scholarship at Berklee College of Music in Boston, in the U.S. He has also finished an MA at Malmo Academy of Music in Sweden. Trio PO Nilsson have performed in jazz festivals in Sweden, Poland and Denmark and they have recorded an album with U.S. sax star Tony Malaby. Tickets are available at the Opera House, 1 Trang Tien Street in … [Read more...]

ART & ENTERTAINMENT IN BRIEF 3/1

Vietnam enters top five Asian beauty contest list Vietnam has just been ranked No.5 in the top Asian countries which were most successful in beauty pageants in 2011 by Global Beauties Magazine. The Philippines also topped the Asian countries' list, followed by Thailand, China, India and Vietnam. According to Global Beauties' official website, rankings are based on the results of the world's 6 biggest beauty pageants: Miss Supranational, Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss International, Miss Earth and Miss Tourism Queen International. In 2011, Vietnam sent contestants to the pageants and achieved remarkable results such as Thu May's 3rd runner-up title at Miss Supranational in Poland, Truc Diem's Top 15 at Miss International and Thuy Ngan's Top 20 at Miss Tourism Queen International both in China. Russian TV channel spotlights Vietnam TV channel Russia-2 broadcast a one-hour program on January 2 introducing Vietnam's country and people. The program "Top Gear", described a … [Read more...]

ART & ENTERTAINMENT IN BRIEF 14/11

“Breaking dawn” premier delayed in VietnamLoyal fans of the “Twilight” saga in Vietnam will have to wait for another two weeks to see the latest sequel “Breaking Dawn”, local distributor Megastar announced Friday afternoon. “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1” will premier in Vietnam on December 2, instead of the originally scheduled November 18, which has been announced to be the film’s international release date. While tickets for the special premier screening at 23pm45 in Vietnam on November 17 was sold out long ago, Megastar said the delay was only informed by Summit Entertainment on Friday. Vietnam is not the only country who has to re-schedule its premier later than North American markets, Megastar said, however it did not know why Summit Entertainment had such a decision. Audience who had bought tickets to the first screening on November 17 would be contacted and able to change their tickets to the new schedule, a … [Read more...]

A mosaic of Tet festivals

HANOI - Spring Exhibition 2009 ( Vietnam Exhibition Center, through Friday) Tran Van Tan, director of the Vietnam Exhibition Center, says this year's Spring Exhibition will be the largest in its 17-year history, with 500 businesses showcasing products from around the national at some 800 stalls. Visitors to the Hanoi event can try various specialty products from several provinces, including ruou can Hoa Binh (local rice wine from Hoa Binh Province in the north), Nam Roi grapefruits from the Mekong Delta province of Vinh Long, as well as products from craft villages in Hanoi and Ha Tay Province. A new section displaying flowers and ornamental plants has been added to this year's festival, which will also feature both traditional and modern theater performances as well as rock and hip hop dance and music shows. HANOI - Hanoi-Thang Long Spring Festival 2009 ( from January 29 to February 1) Hanoi will open its Hanoi-Thang Long Spring Festival in Ly Thai To Park and the Hoan Kiem Lake … [Read more...]

Public awareness of malnutrition still low

HCM CITY (VNS)- Malnutrition is widespread in both developed and emerging nations, with up to 78 per cent of hospital inpatients in Viet Nam suffering from poor nutrition or malnutrition, the former head of Cho Ray hospital's nutrition department has said. Speaking at a meeting with local and foreign experts held in HCM City on Wednesday, Dr. Nguyen Huu Toan said that malnutrition could affect anyone at anytime. "When talking about malnutrition, people think it just happens to children. For some, it comes from not eating enough or not eating the right nutrients," he said, adding that it could also be caused by digestive problems. … [Read more...]

Capital to install traffic cameras

HA NOI (VNS)- Vice chairman of the capital city People's Committee Nguyen Quoc Hung ordered Ha Noi's Transport Department to install traffic cameras along Ring Road 3 at a meeting on Tuesday. The elevated road links Cau Giay District and Hoang Mai District, in addition to connecting Ha Noi with nearby provinces via national highways 1A, 5 and 18 and Thang Long-Noi Bai Expressway. At the meeting, Hung also asked the department to install cameras at train stations, bus stations and major hospitals to stop taxi drivers from breaking traffic rules. Taxi companies might have their business licences revoked if many drivers violated traffic rules, he said. … [Read more...]

Members of int’l integration committee appointed

VGP – Deputy PM, FM Pham Binh Minh has signed a Decision approving the list of members of the National Steering Committee for International Integration (NSCII). Accordingly, eight members include Deputy Minister of National Defense Nguyen Chi Vinh, Deputy Minister of Public Security Dang Van Hieu, Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung, Deputy Minister of Finance Truong Chi Trung, Deputy Minister of Justice Dinh Trung Tung, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Tran Viet Thanh, Deputy Minister of Education and Training Bui Van Ga and Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Ho Anh Tuan. The NSSCII is in charge of helping the Government and the PM devise directions, strategies and major solutions related to international integration, and suggesting key tasks of international integration in different periods. It also supports the Government and the PM in directing ministries, ministry-level agencies, Government agencies and People’s Committees … [Read more...]

Government News 21/1

Military officer meets with Lockheed Martin executive Deputy Defence Minister Sen. Lt. Gen. Truong Quang Khanh had a meeting with Executive Vice President of the US-based security and aerospace corporation Lockheed Martin Patrick M. Dewar in Hanoi on January 20. The Deputy Minister welcomed Patrick M. Dewar and spoke highly of Lockheed Martin’s cooperation with Vietnamese companies, particularly in information technology. Dewar thanked the officer, saying his corporation looks forward to further opportunities to collaborate with the Vietnamese Defence Ministry. Vietnam prioritises all-round cooperation with Japan Vietnam hopes to further deepen the friendship and multi-dimensional cooperation with Japan, considering this one of the top priorities of the country’s foreign affairs policy. Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai made the statement while receiving Chairwoman of the Japanese Committee for Foreign Affairs and Defence Katayama Satsuki in Hanoi on January … [Read more...]

Vietnam boosts administrative management and development

The Ministry of Planning and Investment and the World Bank (WB) co-hosted a conference on enhancing administrative management and development in Vietnam in Hanoi on January 20. The conference focused on improving the country’s legislative system, policies, and investment climate in order to respond to Vietnam’s international integration process. According to the WB Country Director for Vietnam, Victoria Kwakwa, the bank has allocated over 4 billion USD to Vietnam in the last three years, significantly contributing to the country’s economic development. She noted that Vietnam should improve the efficiency of fund usage while creating favorable conditions and equity for businesses. The country should also raise its cooperative initiatives and learn from the experience of other countries in preventing and eliminating corruption, she added. Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung said the government will continue to reform and improve the … [Read more...]

Social News 24/12

Institutional reform quality is crucial - deputy minister Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung has expressed concerns over the slower-than-expected institutional process in Vietnam and urged the country to focus on the quality of institutional reform to achieve sustainable development. Speaking at a seminar on market economy development in Hanoi City on December 22, Dung said Vietnam has been doing a lot of things to boost institutional reform, including the restructuring of State-owned enterprises and public investments and legal improvements. But these are not enough, so the nation keeps moving on with further institutional reform. "…We have to find out the key to reform quality as the country will lose opportunities if we have to repeat reform processes," he said. Unlike other countries, Vietnam is in transition and is developing from a low base with a lack of resources and manpower. Therefore, it is tough for the nation to access and adopt good … [Read more...]

PM attends commemorative summit marking 25th anniversary of ASEAN-RoK Dialogue Relations

PM Nguyen Tan Dung (Image credit: VGP)

NDO – Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung left Hanoi for the Republic of Korea (RoK) on December 10 to attend the commemorative summit marking the 25th anniversary of ASEAN-RoK Dialogue Relations, at the invitation of RoK President Park Geun-Hye. PM Dung led a high-ranking delegation including Head of the Government Office Nguyen Van Nen; Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang; Deputy Defence Minister Nguyen Chi Vinh; Deputy Minister of Public Security To Lam; Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung; Deputy Foreign Minister Dang Minh Khoi; Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Tran Anh Tuan; Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development in Ha Cong Tuan; leaders of the People's Committees of Ho Chi Minh City and Ninh Binh province; and Vietnam's Ambassador to the RoK Pham Huu Chi. … [Read more...]

Government News 17/11

RoK, Vietnamese experts discuss solutions to territorial disputes A workshop on peaceful solutions of territorial disputes in the East Sea was organised by the Youngsan University in the Republic of Korea's city Busan on November 14. The fourth workshop on the East Sea issue organised by the university was attended by researchers from the university's Institute of Vietnam and the Institute of Maritime Law, the RoK's Institute of Ocean Science and Technology, and Vietnam's Hanoi University of Law. The event focussed on the international legal issues regarding China's so-called "cow tongue line" (or "nine-dash line") in the East Sea; Vietnam's stance and viewpoints on China's claim in the waters; and legal matters in the implementation of the law of the sea in the East Sea. … [Read more...]