Forged degrees becoming more common

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VietNamNet Bridge – More and more forged-degree distribution rings have been discovered recently, reflecting the high demand for such certificates in Vietnam. Related news HCM City police break up large fake-diploma trading ring HCM City Police have discovered a ring which provided all kinds of degrees from bachelor’s to doctorates. They had sold 500-600 forged degrees. In Thanh Hoa province, 20 healthcare officers have been found applying for jobs with forged degrees. In October 2014, the Chair of the Hau Loc District in Thanh Hoa province decided to dismiss the chair of Tien Loc Commune People’s Committee, Hoang Van Dong, who "borrowed" a high school degree from his wife’s brother. The borrowed degree allowed him to enter and finish a politics training course and get job promotions, from head of the commune’s police station to deputy chair and chair of the commune. In August 2014, the Tuy Phuoc district’s education sub-department confirmed … [Read more...]

Vietnam tourist attractions open for free, offer diverse activities during Tet

Lush peach blossoms are in seen in Hanoi's iconic Nhat Tan Garden in this  Tuoi Tre  file photo.   A farmer is pictured watering his citrus plants, a common Tet embellishment, in this  Reuters  file photo.  Hoi An

A number of relics in Hanoi, Hue, and Hoi An Ancient Town will be open to tourists for free during Tet (Lunar New Year), while a myriad of activities are poised to take place in several other localities to celebrate the holiday. Hanoi The Hanoi People’s Committee has decided six of the capital’s relics and scenic spots will be open free to visitors on Lunar New Year’s Eve and the first two days of the new year, or from February 18 to 20. The spots are Ngoc Son and Quan Thanh Temples, Tay Phuong, Thay and Huong Pagodas, and Duong Lam Ancient Village. Pyrotechnic shows are also expected to light up 30 spots in the city on Lunar New Year’s Eve. Five high-range firework shows are set to sparkle over Hoan Kiem (Sword) Lake, Thong Nhat Park, Lac Long Quan Garden, Van Quan Lake, and My Dinh National Stadium. The other 25 low-range firework shows will take place in other areas. Authorities in Hoi An City, located in the central province of Quang Nam, … [Read more...]

Social News 21/1

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Trucks blamed for congestion on Hanoi Highway A nine-hour traffic jam on Hanoi Highway last Friday was due to a long line of container trucks heading for Truong Tho port complex while a road widening project has yet to get off the ground. Container trucks were moving inch by inch to Truong Tho port complex in Thu Duc District, causing serious congestion on other streets including Mai Chi Tho and Dong Van Cong in District 2. The Truong Tho port area comprises Phuoc Long 3, Transimex and Phuc Long inland container depots (ICD), and some steel and cement factories. At present, Hanoi Highway is the only way leading to the Truong Tho port area, so traffic often snarls this time of year as trading activity picks up in the lead up to the Lunar New Year holiday. Le Duy Hiep, general director of Transforwarding Warehousing Joint-Stock Corp. (Transimex-Saigon), told the Daily that Friday’s heavy traffic jam resulted from a narrow road leading to Truong Tho while an increasingly … [Read more...]

EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR JANUARY 1-10 (daily updated)

HCMC - New Year Strauss Concert Sat 10 Jan 2015, 8 pm HCMC Opera House No. 7 Lam Son Square, D.1, HCMC You are invited to the New Year's Strauss Concert to enjoy masterpieces by the most popular waltz composers of all time - Johann Strauss, who was known as "The Waltz King" in his lifetime. PROGRAM Johann Strauss II Der Zigeunerbaron Ouverture Frederic Chopin Nocturne op.9, no.2 (one couple dance) Johann Strauss II Einzugsmarsch Edvard Grieg Solvieg's song Soprano: Phạm Duyên Huyền Johann Strauss II Annen-Polka op.117 (2-3 couple dances) Johann Strauss II Egyptian March Johann Strauss II Voices of Spring Waltz Soprano: Võ Thụy Ngọc Tuyền Johann Strauss II Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka Johann Strauss II Pizzicato polka (2-3 couple dances) Jacques Offenbach Barcarolle , from 'The Tales of Hoffmann' Soprano: Phạm Khánh Ngọc Mezzo-soprano: Nguyễn Thị Thanh Huyền Johann Strauss II The Blue Danube Waltz (2-3 couple dances) Johann Strauss II Radetzky March Conductor: Le Phi … [Read more...]

Experts: Local currency fall of 2% next year realistic

Tran Thu Ngo Dang Khoa, head of trading at HSBC Vietnam, said the target is achievable because of more supporting factors for stabilizing the exchange rate. Khoa said this year Vietnam has posted a balance of payments surplus of US$11-12 billion owing to strong foreign direct and indirect investment inflows, a trade surplus of over US$2.5 billon (as of November) and incoming remittances of around US$10 billion. Next year, the country’s balance of payments is expected to run a surplus of US$8-9 billion next year, so supply and demand for the U.S. dollar is not a major concern. If strong volatility occurs, the State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) will adopt timely and effective measures to stabilize the local market. Sharing Khoa’s view, deputy general director of Hochiminh City Securities Company (HSC) Trinh Hoai Giang said in addition to the balance of payment surplus, inflation next year is estimated to stay low and the local currency stable. Asked whether Vietnam’s … [Read more...]

Social News 25/12

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VN to compete in 24 skills at World Skills Competition With the sponsor for training contestants by businesses from Japan and the Republic of Korea, Viet Nam is going to compete in 24 among 50 skills at the 43th World Skills Competition which is taking place from August 11-16, 2015 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The information was announced at a signing ceremony between the General Department of Vocational Training and the Denso Viet Nam Ltd. Company in Ha Noi on December 24. According to Isao Mizuno, General Director of the Denso Viet Nam Ltd. Company, the company established the Denso Viet Nam Vocational Skills Training Institute to train outstanding staff, with a focus on practicing rather than teaching theories, for the company’s key positions in the future. This year, the company helps train six candidates to compete in skills of Japan’s strengths at the world competition. Two candidates were selected for further training in Japan for a year and in Brazil for two months to … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]