Needy border people receive breeding cattle

Handing over breeding cows to households

PANO - President Truong Tan Sang on December 15th handed over 50 breeding cattle to poor households in Chi Vien, Dam Thuy and Phong Nam communes, Trung Khanh district, Northern mountainous province of Cao Bang, as part of the program "Breeding cattle help the poor in border areas", initiated by the military-run telecom group Viettel. Each 130kg cattle, worth VND 15 million, will help needy locals develop their household economy. Addressing the ceremony, the State President highly appreciated Viettel’s initiative, as well as its contributions to caring for border people over the past time. He said border areas play an important role, so departments, organs and whole community should make efforts to help the needy in these areas improve their living standards to firmly defend national borders. On the occasion, Viettel donated 20,000 tonnes of cement to northern border localities to help them upgrade their houses and barns. The President asked the recipients to well take care … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 8/12

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Vietnam Idol kicks off sixth season The 6th season of Vietnamese version of the US television show American Idol has been kicked off on November 28. Viet Nam Idol features contestants between the ages of 16 and 30 who have never taken part in a singing competition. Auditions will be held in the central coastal city of Da Nang, Hue, Nha Trang, Da Lat, Hai Phong, Can Tho, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in January, 2015. The three judges will whittle the top one hundred contestants down to 16, ten, two and finally one. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 1/12

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German electronic band arrives in Vietnam … [Read more...]

Social News 23/11

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Japan applies single tourist visas for Vietnamese citizens The Japanese Embassy in Hanoi announced that on November 20, Japan started a simplified application procedure for single tourist visas for Vietnamese nationals as part of efforts to further promote people-to-people exchanges between the two countries. Accordingly, Vietnamese individuals are able to apply for single tourist visas when they take part in package tours (with a stay of less than 15 days) organised by local travel agencies registered with the Japanese embassy and consulate general located in the country. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 21/11

Paris exhibition honours Vietnamese people in World War I Vietnamese people in the First World War (1914-1918) is the highlight of a photo exhibition being held in Paris from November 19 to December 30. On display are more than 100 documentary photos depicting the working and living conditions of the first Vietnamese who were brought to France by the French colonial government in the early 20th century to serve the war. Historian Pierre Brocheux introduced the historical context since nearly 100,000 Vietnamese people, mainly from poor areas of Vietnam, were sent to France together with 240,000 colonial soldiers from Africa and Indochina. … [Read more...]

Social News 19/11

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Bribery scandal targets officials of many enterprises … [Read more...]

Shipwrecks reveal ancient trade routes

Old wares: Ceramic fragments from a 700-year-old ship in Chau Thuan Bien Village, Binh Chau Commune.

Exploration: Archaeologists and workers inspect an old shipwreck found at the bottom of the sea in Binh Chau, Quang Ngai Province. - VNSPhoto Cong Thanh Many centuries-old shipwrecks lie beneath the waves in Quang Ngai, conveying new information about the past. Bui Hoai Nam reports. Two ancient shipwrecks near tiny Chau Thuan Bien Village on the coast in central Quang Ngai Province have attracted hundreds of researchers and archaeologists in recent years. The village, in Binh Chau Commune, is believed to be the resting place for many wrecks dating from the eighth to 18th century. … [Read more...]

Da Nang eatery offers taste of the past

Sampler: Madam Lan, built in a French colonial complex, features dishes from all over the country. - VNS Photos Hoai Nam

Madam Lan brings together historic architecture and traditional dishes in a restored colonial complex on the Han River. Hoai Nam reports. … [Read more...]

Social News 8/11

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Quang Ninh police nab smugglers The Mong Cai City Police in the northern province of Quang Ninh yesterday temporarily detained Dang Thi Mai Lan, 36, for smuggling cigarettes. Lan was caught in the act on Monday in Ka Long Ward, while transporting 2,060 packets of cigarettes of the Zenlong brand that is manufactured abroad. Lan admitted to the police that she had bought the cigarettes in China. On Wednesday, the Mong Cai Police also caught Nguyen Ngoc Anh, 40, who was illegally keeping smuggled goods in a store in Tran Phu Ward. The goods included 400 electric bicycle batteries, 50 speakers and 120 electromagnetic cookers, as well as some electric tools, worth a total of VND252 million (US$12,000). … [Read more...]

Serious soil erosion threatens central region

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VietNamNet Bridge - Though the storm season has not arrived, the residents in the central provinces are already worried about soil erosion has put them in danger. … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s egg coffee makes world top 10 best drink list

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Vietnam's egg coffee makes world top 10 best drink list … [Read more...]

Landslide threatens Hoi An ancient city

Seawater has swallowed Cua Dai Beach in Hoi An (Photo: SGGP)

Landslide has threatened to sweep away a street in Hoi An ancient town, which was recognized as a world cultural heritage by UNESCO in 1999, in the central province of Quang Nam. The city including three main streets is located in the lower reaches of Thu Bon River. Bach Dang Street closed to Hoai River, a tributary of Thu Bon, is regularly inundated during the flood and storm season. … [Read more...]

Exercise to raise troops’ capabilities of coping climate change held in Hung Yen

Motorboats from the Mobile Police Command joining the exercise.

PANO - 1,200 troops, firefighters, rescue forces and locals from Mobile Police Command (K20 in short), Fire Prevention and Fighting, Hung Yen provincial Public Security and Xich Dang hamlet, Lam Son ward, Hung Yen city on October 15th took part in an exercise on coping with climate change, conducting search and rescue and ensuring security and order in 2014 in Hung Yen province. The mock-up was that a storm with strong winds hit Hung Yen province andmobile troops and local forces had to use rescue vehicles to evacuate locals and their property to safer places as fast as possible and give first aid to the injured. However, there were some people who risked their lives to protect their property and the participating forces had to encourage them to move to shelters to protect their lives. … [Read more...]

Ceremony to appoint leaders of sub units under Vietnam Environment Administration

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Vietnam Military History Museum receives new exhibits

Some exhibits received at the museum

PANO - Vietnam Military History Museum, on October 9th, received 47 exhibits from generals, heroes of the People's Armed Forces, war veterans, musicians and sculptors inside and outside the army. The presented items include diaries, photos, medals, notebooks, original music sheets and posters designed since 1968. These items will be carefully preserved in the museum to extend their life-time duration and introduced to the viewers on the occasion of important national events. At the presentation ceremony, the delegates, such as Lieutenant General, Hero of People's Armed Forces Khuat Duy Tien, and Senior Colonel, Hero of People's Armed Forces Dang Duc Song shared their memories of and stories relating to the exhibits which are priceless to them. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 8/10

British dance ensemble to brighten Vietnam stages Two stunning contemporary dance productions "Without Stars" and "There We Have Been" inspired by Haruki Murakami's novel Norwegian Wood are set to light up Vietnam stages this October. James Cousins and his dancers will hit the Youth Theatre in Hanoi for a one-night-only show on October 22 and the IDECAF stage in Ho Chi Minh City on October 25-25. A graduate of the London Contemporary Dance School, James Cousins founded his dance company in 2012 along with creative producer Francesca Moseley. … [Read more...]

Social News 7/10

Vietnam Buddhist Association established in Japan On October 5, Most Venerable Thich Thien Phap, Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Buddhist Shangha (VBS) Executive Council announced a decision on the establishment of the 19-member Vietnam Buddhist Association in Japan for the 2013-2018 term headed by Buddhist nun Thich Tam Tri. Addressing the decision presentation ceremony, Buddhist nun Thich Tam Tri pledged her association's best efforts to reinforce solidarity among the Vietnamese community living in Japan, help teach Vietnamese language for children who were born and grew up in Japan, thus making them remember their roots and get a better understanding about national cultural traditions. … [Read more...]

Social News 3/10

HCM City sunk floodwater An one hour heavy rain shouldered in the area of Ho Chi Minh City, causing serious flooding several streets in the evening of September 30. Floodwater unexpectedly rise up and caused traffic jam and motorcycle engine failure during many hours in main roads like Binh Thanh district's Xo Viet Nghe Tinh, Ung Van Khiem street; district 2's Luong Dinh Cua, Tran Nao street; district 9's Do Xuan Hop and others. Due to influence of heavy rains, most of piped drainage systems were overloaded and the construction projects stopped the flow, making rain water could not go down. … [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 Quoc Ky, 22 (Ca Mau); Nguyen Huu Duc, 21 (Can Tho); Vo Ngoc Ba, 39 (Ho Chi Minh City), Danh Dung, 19 (Kien Giang); Bui Tan Vu, 23 (Dong Thap); Hoang Minh Khai, 19 (Bac Lieu); Ly Huu Trong, 26 (Ca Mau) and Tran Van Khanh, 26 (Thanh Hoa). … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s Got Talent to be on the television waves

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The Hanoitimes - The third season of Vietnam 's Got Talent is scheduled to begin on VTV3 on September 28 night. The first episode, featuring the elimination round, will bring to viewers the first images of the four judges - meritorious artist Thanh Loc, former model Thuy Hanh, musician Huy Tuan, and artist Hoai Linh - and hostess Thanh Van Hugo. Winners will progress to the semifinal. The champion gets to pocket 500 million VND (24,000 USD). The contest is open to contestants of all ages, either as individuals or in groups, who can sing, dance, perform magic or comedy, or anything else they want to. … [Read more...]