Social News 3/3

Passengers get refunds for long flight delays Airlines will have to refund fares and other charges to passengers of those flights at least five hours later than scheduled if requested, according to a new circular of the Ministry of Transport. Circular 81/2014/TT-BGTVT with effect from on March 1 regulates that airlines are responsible for providing passengers with full and updated information about their long-delayed flights, along with food and accommodation for the affected passengers. For flights postponed for two hours or longer, airlines must arrange appropriate flights for the affected passengers to travel to their destinations. In case of flights delayed for more than five hours, airlines shall refund fares and related fees to passengers. The circular also specifies that if flights are canceled, operators must announce the reasons and provide the affected passengers with accommodation and food. The number of delayed flights soared at this year’s Tet (Lunar New Year) … [Read more...]

Social News 2/3

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Synthetic drugs seized by Quang Binh forces The Quang Binh provincial Border Guard Command yesterday seized synthetic drugs from Laos at the Cha Lo International Port in the province. The 500 ectasy pills were being carried on a passenger bus driven by Dau Xuan Cuong, 24, from Nghe An Province. Cuong alledgely told police the drugs were being sent from Thakhek Town in Laos to Nghe An Province. Call centre to handle driving licence renewals Starting from March 9, HCM City will allow driver to make appointments to renew their licences by calling a new phone centre on 1081. Senior official from the city's transport department, Vo Trong Nhan, told vnexpress.net the service was intended to make the process more convenient and shorten the required time to issue a new licence. "People will be able to call the centre and make appointments that suit their schedule. They will be notified later once a time slot is available, which will eliminate the need for them to book at an office," … [Read more...]

Private firms race to take over State-owned enterprises

A corner of Nha Trang Port in the southern province of Khanh Hoa. After being transferred to the VinGroup Vinpearl JSC, the port will be transformed into a harbour with moorings for pleasure craft and cruise liners.

Major Vietnamese business people have geared up to take over State-owned enterprises, which were recently equitised, in the role of strategic partners. Thousands of billions of dong have been spent to buy stakes in State-owned enterprises in recent times, reports online vietnamnet.vn. Early this year, Chairman of T&T Group Do Quang Hien said that he is ready to pour more than VND490 billion (US$23 million) to buy a 98.02 per cent stake in Vietnam National Shipping Lines (Vinalines) at Quang Ninh Port. If the buying of the stake is successful, the port will be added to the list of Vinalines ports that are selling shares after equitisation. A year ago, Da Nang Port sold 13.2 million of its shares to five private domestic investors for a fairly high price, after several rounds of unsuccessful initial public offerings. In August last year, the VinGroup Vinpearl Tourism and Trading Joint Stock Company bought Nha Trang Port shares worth VND85 billion, or US$4 million. The amount … [Read more...]

Brokers raise property prices on back of new framework

Although the new land price framework in HCM City has only recently taken effect, some brokers have taken advantage of the change to increase property prices, according to Thoi bao kinh te Sai Gon (Sai Gon Economic Times) newspaper. Under the new pricing framework (from January 1 to December 19), the land prices in districts have increased an average 1.5-1.6 times compared to rates in 2014. Some property brokers have increased prices on land lots in suburban districts. Nguyen Van Dong, who lives in Thu Duc District, said last week an employee from TP Real Estate Co in District 9 called him many times to offer land lots on La Xuan Oai Street in Truong Thanh Ward in District 9, with prices of VND490-510 million ($23,300-24,300) each. "The staff urged me to buy before Lunar New Year because the selling price will possibly increase by VND20-50 million ($952-2,380) on each land lot under the newly issued land pricing framework," he said. There were other cases as well. In districts Thu … [Read more...]

Social News 27/2

Hanoi: Waste treatment plants to be operational in 2015 A number of waste treatment plants in Hanoi’s outlying districts of Dan Phuong, Phu Xuyen, My Duc, Ba Vi and Soc Son are expected to be operational this year. Notably, the 73ha Nam Son Waste Treatment Complex (Phase II) in Soc Son district will be put into operation in April. According to Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Vu Hong Khanh, the city will discharge an estimated 8,500 tonnes of solid waste a day by 2020 and 11,300 tonnes by 2030. To treat the waste, the city authorities have zoned off areas for solid waste treatment by 2030. Under the Prime Minister-approved planning, Hanoi will have 17 waste treatment plants by 2030, including eight expanded and nine newly-built ones. There are currently nine enterprises collecting and processing household waste in the city. Most of the waste is treated using several methods such as burying and burning. Around 5,400 tonnes of waste are discharged each … [Read more...]

Provincial People’s Committee leaders check early-spring production

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The Provincial People's Committee Chairman required the enterprises to urgently stabilize production to increasingly contribute to local development. Mr. Nguyen Manh Hien checks production activities at Regent Garment Factory Ltd. Mr. Nguyen Manh Hien, Deputy Secretary of the Hai Duong Provincial Party Committee, Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee (PPC), on February 25 morning visited and checked early-spring production activities at An Phat Plastic and Green Environment JSC., Toyo Denso Vietnam Co., Ltd., and Regent Garment Factory Ltd. As reported by the businesses, their production activities have so far returned to normal after Tet (Lunar New Year) holidays. Security and order in warehouses, workshops, and factories were ensured, and no worker quitted his job after Tet. PPC Chairman Nguyen Manh Hien required the enterprises to urgently stabilize production and continue to well perform their business strategies to increasingly contribute to local … [Read more...]

Coach Miura: My players are mature and brave

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"They are young, new faces. However, I believe in their bravery demonstrated in previous V-League matches," said head coach Miura of the U23 national football squad right after the team’s gathering in Hanoi on February 24th. During this year’s season, Hoang Anh Gia Lai put out the biggest number of young players, performing impressively. The 23-member short list has not been finalized leaving the opportunity open for all. Style for the Olympic national squad is not the same as for Hoang Anh Gia Lai, who have contributed 9 names. The best ones of the 30 students will be selected later for the needed positions. The recently finished AFF Cup 2014 witnessed a lot of good offensive footballers. A strong attacking team should be one of my key tactics. The Vietnam U23 team will face the U23 teams of Japan, Malaysia and Macau in the Group I qualifying round of the 2016 Asian U23 Football Championships. The tournament will see 40 qualifying teams, divided into 10 groups. The … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s second richest man buys new aircraft at $20-27 million: media

Doan Nguyen Duc, 53, is the man who has just bought a Legacy 600 at more than US$20 million, according

In middle-income Vietnam where buying a new motorbike is already a reason for celebration, there is a man well off enough to even purchase a new business jet to replace his old turboprop. to VTC News. But newswire VnExpress said the price could be as high as $27 million. Legacy 600 is a business jet derivative of the Embraer ERJ 145 family of commercial jet aircraft and it has seating for two crew and 13-14 passengers, according to its maker Embraer. Embraer says that the Legacy 600 can carry four passengers for 6,297km and eightpassengers for 6,019km, adding the plane can reach Mach 0.78 for a normal speed cruise and Mach 0.80 at a maximum operating speed. (Mach 1 = the speed of sound) The aircraft has five 8″ x 7″ LCD displays and CCD, charts and maps capability, a data loader 1000 with SD card and USB ports, dual integrated computers, touchscreen PCUs at each seat, and other modern equipment, according to Embraer. Tien Phong (Vanguard) newspaper said that in … [Read more...]

Surveys reveal positive response to improved business climate

Vietnam remains one of Japanese investors’ most important investment destinations

VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnam’s business climate improvements have won plaudits from Japanese investors and the World Bank. According to a Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) survey on 458 Japanese enterprises in Vietnam last week submitted to the Ministry of Planning and Investment, 66.1 per cent of Japanese enterprises plan to expand investments in Vietnam. This rate is lower than Indonesia (67.3 per cent), but higher than Thailand (60.9 per cent), the Philippines (58.7 per cent), China (46.5 per cent) and Malaysia (46.2 per cent). Some 32.4 per cent would maintain their existing investments. Generally, Japanese enterprises continue to view Vietnam as one of their most important investment destinations. Some 84 per cent said the reason behind their plan to expand investments was an increase in their revenues in Vietnam, while 70 per cent said they saw Vietnam’s high growth and big potential. Japanese enterprises also pinned their expectations on … [Read more...]

The kind-hearted expatriates

Ms. Huong and Mr. Binh presenting gifts to the disabled children in Tuy Hoa city

Tet festival is etched in the memories of expatriates who send their hearts to their native land place with a constant memoirs. As for Vietnamese overseas, the nostalgia is sharper. From thousands of miles away, their feeling towards the homeland is expressed through the warm shares. Ms. Han Thu Ha, living in the U.S, confided, "From Phu Yen Newspaper online, I’ve read the column ‘Together relieving A/O pain’ about the desperate circumstance of the family of the elderly Tran Thi Guong (aged 90, living in Phong Nien village, Hoa Thang commune, Phu Hoa district), I feels so sorry for her. My relatives and I send VND 20 million to help her". Despite being 90 years of age, everyday, she has to care her two daughters (Miss Nguyen Thi Ngan, Miss Nguyen Thi Nhung) with three meals by putting each spoon of porridge or rice. The two daugthers cannot move, just lying in bed; their faces are bewildered by sequelae of Agent Orange/ dioxin. A few years ago, from dawn every … [Read more...]

Meet Vietnamese Googler who scored zero on first high school computer test

Pham Tuan Hung (C) poses for a photograph with his colleagues at Google headquarters in California.

Pham Tuan Hung did not have a computer and had little knowledge of informatics when he entered high school 14 years ago, but the Hai Phong resident ended up being part of a company all software engineers would die for: Google Inc. Hung, born in 1986 in the northern city 100km east of Hanoi, studied in the class specialized in informatics at Tran Phu High School for the Gifted, even though the subject was totally new to him. It is thus no surprise when his first-ever zero was earned from his first informatics test in high school. Hung was so obsessed by the pathetic score that he had thought he could not pursue information technology. However, through what his teachers and friends described as "intense but silent preparation and painstaking effort," Hung took everyone from surprise to surprise with a long line of remarkable achievements in the subject on which he used to hardly earn a mark. Pham Tuan Hung was on the school’s informatics team to compete at student-level … [Read more...]

The most prominent under-30 faces in Vietnam

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VietNamNet Bridge - Forbes Vietnam has released its first-ever list of 30 of Vietnam's brightest stars under the age of 30 in different fields, including business, communications, entertainment and sports. The faces on Vietnam’s 30 under 30 list. Photo: Forbes Vietnam "30 Under 30" is a list of rising stars of the future generation in various fields that was issued by Forbes USA magazine for the first time four years ago. This is the first time Forbes Vietnam has published a 30 under 30 list. The candidates for the list were nominated by the public and then selected by the category judges of Forbes Vietnam. On the list, there are faces widely known in Vietnam, especially among young people, such as Nguyen Ha Dong (computer game design – Flappy Bird creator), comedian Tran Thanh, blogger Tran Duc Viet - JVevermind (social media) and chess master Le Quang Liem. There are some people who are unknown to the public, but they are highly respected in their fields for … [Read more...]

Coach Miura reveals U23 squad

Fresh face: Vo Huy Toan (right) has been called up to the national U23 team. — Photo thanhnien.com.vn

VietNamNet Bridge – The Japanese coach of Viet Nam's national team, Toshiya Miura, announced yesterday (Feb 13), the U23 team that will compete in the 2016 AFC U-23 Championship. Among the 30 players included in the list, nine are from the Hoang Anh Gia Lai (HAGL) team: goalie Pham Van Tien, fullbacks Nguyen Phong Hong Duy, Le Van Son, Le Duc Luong, halfbacks Hoang Thanh Tung, Luong Xuan Truong, Nguyen Tuan Anh, and strikers Nguyen Cong Phuong and Nguyen Van Toan. Besides goalkeeper Tien, Miura has selected four others, namely Nguyen Hoai Anh of Quang Ninh, Dang Ngoc Tuan of An Giang, Pham Van Phong of Dong Nai and Phi Minh Long of Ha Noi T&T. Notable among the 10 fullbacks is Bui Tien Dung of the Viettel football centre, who is playing in the national second division event, and was considered a steely shield for the national U19 team during the ASEAN U19 football event and the Asian U19 event last year. The 50-year-old coach has included other halfbacks in his list … [Read more...]

Homestay in Ta Van Giay

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(VOVworld) – Sapa township in Lao Cai province is a popular destination for domestic and foreign tourists alike. In addition to its picturesque landscape, the rich culture of local ethnic minority groups is also an attraction of Sapa. Homestays are a type of tourism that offers tourists a great chance to explore the local culture. Ta Van commune is situated 20 km from Sapa. One of its villages is called Ta Van Giay because it is populated by Giay ethnic minority people. This quiet village is a popular tourist draw. In front of many homes are hand –lettered signs that say "Homestay". In Ta Van Giay village, Hoang Muc was the first person to offer this service to tourists. Muc said about twenty years ago a group of foreign tourists came to visit his village and it was too late for them to leave. The tour guide then asked if they could stay in Muc’s house. Since then, Mr. Muc has been accommodating tourists: "My family has lived here for generations. The first … [Read more...]

Indie film Flapping towards success

In the middle of production: Nguyen Hoang Diep (left) directs an actress in Flapping in the Middle of Nowhere. — Photo baomoi.com

VietNamNet Bridge – The open ending of the Vietnamese feature film Flapping in the Middle of Nowhere, currently showing in Ha Noi and HCM City, proved divisive for audiences. Despite the love-it-or-hate-it ending, though, Flapping in the Middle of Nowhere proved itself abroad by winning awards at several film festivals, including the 2014 Venice International Film Critic's Week and the third Ha Noi International Film Festival. The first full-length film by writer-director Nguyen Hoang Diep is the lyrical, enigmatic story of a young woman standing at a crossroads. The 17-year-old college student must decide whether or not to get an abortion. The film opens with the sound of raindrops and an image of Ha Noi at night. Huyen, the protagonist, lives in a rented house alongside a railway. She has just found out she is pregnant. Her flighty boyfriend Tung, a street lamp repairman and cockfighting enthusiast, is the father. "Huyen is alone whenever she is in trouble," said Pham … [Read more...]

New street plates attached in Hanoi

The Vo Nguyen Giap Street

PANO - The Hanoi City People's Committee on February 7th held a ceremony to attach the street plates for the three new streets of Vo Chi Cong, Vo Van Kiet and Vo Nguyen Giap, in the presence of the city's Party Committee's Secretary Pham Quang Nghi. Accordingly, Vo Nguyen Giap Street, 10.5km long and 70-100m wide, stretches from the northern end of Nhat Tan Bridge to the southern crossroad with Highway 18, through the two districts of Dong Anh and Soc Son. Vo Chi Cong Street, 4.25km long and 57.5-64.5m wide, stretches from the southern end of Nhat Tan Bridge, through the wards of Phu Thuong and Xuan La (Tay Ho district) and Nghia Do (Cau Giay district) to the crossroad with Hoang Quoc Viet Street. Vo Van Kiet Street, 12km long and 23m wide, stretches from the northern end of Thang Long Bridge to the Noi Bai International Airport. Translated by Trung Thanh … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 7/2

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Old Quarter exhibit recalls Hanoi's rich past An exhibition is highlighting daily life of the past in Hanoi's Old Quarter. More than 100 photographs and artefacts will be on show from February 2-15, giving an insight into life in the 36 streets of the Old Quarter during the late 19th-early 20th centuries. Highlights include an exploration of the area's unique architecture and traditional two-wheeled carriages that once plied the narrow streets. Historian Duong Trung Quoc said the exhibition would help visitors better understand the significance of the Old Quarter in Hanoi's history. The precinct is undergoing major redevelopment, succumbing to expansion pressures of modern Hanoi. Chef club debuts in central city The city's tourism association has debuted its Chef Club with the participation of 250 head cooks from hotels and resorts in the city. The club will host regular competitions and cuisine festivals for chefs to show off their skills and promote local food. School … [Read more...]

Social News 7/2

Vietnamese, Cambodian provinces partner in military cooperation The military headquarters of Vietnam’s southern province of Tay Ninh and the Cambodian province of Tbong-Khmum signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on military cooperation on February 5. The MoU focuses on seven key areas of future cooperation between the two sides, including greater collaboration on maintaining security and public order; combating crime along their shared border; mutual support on border delineation and land marker planting; and enhancing joint efforts to search for and return the remains of Vietnamese volunteers and soldiers who lost their lives during the war in Tbong-Khumum. Both sides agreed to create favourable conditions for cross-border trade and healthcare, enhance experience exchange and organise arts-culture and sports events. Speaking at the signing ceremony, Colonel Vo Van Thi, head of the Tay Ninh Military Headquarters, hailed recent efforts of the two provinces to maintain a … [Read more...]

Social News 6/2

2, 165 students nationwide honored 2015 best students Ministry of Training and Education has just announced a list of students, who won the best student competition in 2015 on February 3. This year’s contest attracted 4, 350 participants , who get outstanding achievements in their study at high schools, universities nationwide. The annual competition is an useful playground, aiming to seek outstanding students for a national academic team to compete at various scholastic events. 2, 165 winners honored this year, including 140 students from Hanoi, 52 students from Ho Chi Minh City, 85 students from Hai Phong, 82 from Nghe An, 81 from Hai Duong and 78 from Nam Dinh and other. Student Nguyen Tuan Hai Dang from Natural Science Gifted High School won the first prize in mathematical category. Hanoi team took the leading one of nationwide about number of good students. Manhunt after bank theft, inside job suspected A nationwide manhunt is underway for a bank employee believed to … [Read more...]

Social News 4/2

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Phuong Trang runs out of Tet tickets Hundreds of passengers failed to get coach tickets to travel from HCMC to the central province of Quang Ngai for the coming Lunar New Year holiday, or Tet, from local transport firm Phuong Trang as it had sold out tickets on Saturday. At around 10 a.m. on Saturday morning, nearly 500 passengers were queuing at Mien Dong Coach Station to wait for their turns to buy HCMC-Quang Ngai tickets after hundreds of other passengers had bought tickets for the service. However, at 11 a.m., the company announced it had run out of tickets, prompting an uproar among passengers. Tran Hoang, a passenger who had fallen in line since early morning but could not get a queue ticket, said Phuong Trang had just issued around 500 queue tickets. Hoang said the company might still have tickets available for the HCMC-Quang Ngai route but decided to hold them back for certain reasons. Truong Ngoc Thu, deputy director of Phuong Trang, told the Daily on the phone that he … [Read more...]