Vietnam featured at international book fair in India

IVSC President Geetesh Sharma (third from left) debuts his book on the comparable liberation wars in Vietnam and Kolkata city (Photo: VNA) Nearly 150 Vietnamese books in both English and Hindi are on display at the 39th International Kolkata Book Fair in Kolkata, the capital city of West Bengal, India. Vietnam’s participation at the event was organised by the Vietnamese Embassy in India in conjunction with the India-Vietnam Solidarity Committee (IVSC) in West Bengal. Among the books are English versions of "Ho Chi Minh: Vi cuu tinh cua hoa binh, doc lap va hanh phuc" (Ho Chi Minh: Saviour of peace, independence and happiness), "Dai tuong Vo Nguyen Giap" (General Vo Nguyen Giap), "Duong mon Ho Chi Minh" (Ho Chi Minh Trail) and "Nhung dau an van hoa An Do tai Viet Nam" (India’s cultural hallmarks in Vietnam) along with Hindi editions of "Nhat ky trong tu" (Prison Diary) and "Ho Chi Minh’s Biography". Notably, IVSC President Geetesh Sharma debuted his book on the … [Read more...]

HCMC helicopter crash: all UH-1 helicopters to be inspected

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A screen capture from Quoc Phong Viet Nam television channel shows the damaged tail boom of a Vietnam's Air Force helicopter after it crashed in Ho Chi Minh City on January 28, 2015. The Vietnamese military said it will inspect the entire fleet of vintage UH-1 helicopters after one crashed yesterday in Ho Chi Minh City, killing all four crew members. Lieutenant General Vo Van Tuan, Deputy Chief of Staff of the People’s Army, ruled out sabotage as a possible reason behind the crash. "As of this moment, I can confirm that it went down due to serious breakdowns" that the crew could not fix, general Tuan said. The Vietnam War era helicopter went down in a mangrove forest in Binh Chanh District at 7.17 a.m., eight minutes after it took off from Tan Son Nhat Airport on a training flight. Local residents said they heard an explosion after the plane hit the ground, about 700 meters away from a residential area. At the crash site, the US-made chopper was largely destroyed, except … [Read more...]

Social News 23/1

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US Embassy announces student exchange openings The US Department of State has announced that it is now accepting applications for its Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (UGRAD) for emerging student leaders from Vietnam. The programme offers study at a U.S. college or university for eight Vietnamese students in which the participants will engage in one semester of undergraduate, non-degree study at an accredited two- or four-year institution. Participants will engage in local community service projects and take part in cultural enrichment activities. The host institutions will also provide participants with academic skill development classes. In addition, participants who do not meet the host institution language requirements will be eligible for two to four weeks of intensive English language instruction in the United States prior to the start of the academic portion of their programme. The programme is managed and funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs … [Read more...]

EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR JANUARY 20-31 (daily updated)

Symphony Concert with Spanish Conductor David Gómez Ramírez Fri 30 Jan 2015, 8 pm Vietnam National Academy of Music 77 Hao Nam, Hanoi You are invited to a symphony concert with: Conductor: David Gómez Ramírez Piano Soloist: Vu Ngoc Linh and the Hanoi Philharmonic Orchestra Program L.V. Beethoven Overture Egmont P.I. Tchaikovsky Concerto No 1 for piano and orchestra Interval F. Mendelssohn Syphony No.3 About Conductor David Gómez Ramírez David Gómez Ramírez is one of the most promising young conductor and composer in Spain. He has been director of the Lira Saguntina Symphony Orchestra in Valencia, as well as director of the Conservatory of Music "Joaquin Rodrigo" in Sagunto, Valencia since 2007. He has been the resident conductor in Seville and Coutances (France) Orchestre. During the past seven years, he has conducted all the major Spanish orchestras and he appears as a guest conductor in Europe (Italy, France, Portugal, The Netherlands, in Asia and in South … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 15/1

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Local film to debut at Berlin International Film Festival The much-talked about film – Big Father, Small Father and Other Stories – directed by Phan Dang Di will make its international debut at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival. This is the first ever Vietnamese film to screen at the festival, which is to run February 5-15, and it will be shown as part of the Golden Bear and Silver Bear awards competition. Other prominent Vietnamese cinematographers that will participate at the event include director Phan Dang Di, actress Do Thi Hai Yen, female documentary film director Nguyen Thi Tham and writer Nguyen My Trang. Vietnam joins Singapore’s Chingay parade The Vietnam National Music, Dance and Vocal Theatre will represent Vietnam at the Chingay Parade to be held in Singapore on February 27-28. Chingay 2015 will be the biggest and grandest festival in the Chingay history from 1973 with the number of tourists to enjoy the coming Chingay to be doubled to … [Read more...]

Social News 15/1

S.Korea firm to sue workers for loss-causing strike Striking workers at a South Korean-invested firm in HCM City will be sued for losses caused to the company. Some 800 workers at Carimax Sai Gon Ltd. Co. went on strike January 3 after the company declined to pass on a mandated rise in minimum wages. Company officials said on January 12 that workers who failed to carry out their duties for five consecutive days would be sacked and sued for losses incurred by the company. Carimax said trade union intervention had failed to resolve the strike. The government decreed last year minimum wages would rise by VND250,000-400,000 (USD11.9-USD19) a month, depending on region, from January 1, 2015. But on December 27, the board of directors at Carimax said that because of 2014 losses, the pay rise would be determined according to each worker's attitude, capability and experiences. It also declared the Tet bonus would be 90% of a worker's monthly wage, but if workers went on strike, the … [Read more...]

Tet peach tree signals Vietnam spending rebound

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Shoppers look at lunar new year decorations in the days leading up to Tet Lunar New Year in Hanoi, Vietnam. For the past three years, Nguyen Thi Oanh could only afford a small kumquat tree for the Lunar New Year festival. With business picking up and smaller fuel bills, she plans to buy a more expensive peach tree for Tet in February. "People are spending more than last year," said Oanh, 46, who sells pork in a market in suburban Hanoi. "Dao trees are twice as expensive as quat trees, but I’m doing better so I can afford to spend a bit more this Tet." The country’s inflation eased to the slowest in at least nine years last month on falling oil prices, providing a boost to household incomes, a trend that’s emerging across Asia’s energy-importing nations. A rebound in consumption would help bolster Vietnam’s economy beyond foreign direct investment and exports, with growth forecast by analysts to reach 6 percent this year for the first time since … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 10/1

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Vietnamese publisher releases ‘Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang’ Kim Dong Publishing House has released a Vietnamese version of the delightful children’s novel ‘Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang: The Magical Car’translated by Hoang Anh. The novel, which was first published in 1964 by Ian Fleming two months after his death, tells the story about a racing car Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a story that Fleming created for his son Caspar at bedtime. It is a tale about a magical car that flies, floats and even thinks. This enjoyable story follows Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the Pott family as they embark upon adventures that take them to the sky, the sea and beyond! Familiar to many through the original book, the 1968 classic film starring Dick Van Dyke also helped mark the story an enduring classic for children and adults throughout the world. Vietnam-Japan Festive Day to blast off at Royal City Thousands of youth and students from universities, … [Read more...]

Social News 29/12

Transport Ministry asks for airfare reduction on short-haul routes Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang has recently issued a directive on reducing airfares on short-haul domestic routes, aiming to promote socio-economic development in disadvantage areas. Thang asked the airlines operating in Vietnam to promptly study and offer fare incentive policies for short-haul flights under 500 kilometres, and conduct price registration and listing in accordance with regulations. The airfare cuts will enable the people living in the remote, isolated, border and island areas to use air traffic and make contributions to boosting local socio-economic development. Earlier, Minister Thang signed a directive adding national revolutionary contributors to the list of passengers enjoying preferential services at the airports. Nearly VND100 billion raised for Hoang Sa, Truong Sa More than VND100 billion has been raised so far from the programmes organised by the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour … [Read more...]

Businesses awarded national brand of Viet Nam Value Awards

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The Hanoitimes - Sixty three businesses received the Viet Nam Value Awards for national strong brand names at a ceremony in Ha Noi on December 23. The award winners, selected from more than 1,500 applicants, are operating in various fields such as engineering, machinery and equipment; garment-textile and footwear; electronics, information technology and telecommunication; agriculture, forestry and seafood; finance and banking; food and beverages; trade services; construction and real estate. It is noteworthy that there are 23 businesses having won the award for four consecutive times, including the Vietnam Post and Telecommunications Group (VNPT), the Vietnam Electric Wire and Cable Corp (CADIVI) and the Tien Giang Food Company. The biennial program is the only one implemented by the Vietnamese Government with a view to promoting the national image and trade names via goods and services brands. Businesses are encouraged to improve the quality of products, increase innovation and … [Read more...]

Social News 22/12

Six fishermen rescued from sinking ship Two fishing boats from Quang Tri Province rescued six fishermen from Da Nang off the coast of Thua Thien – Hue Province yesterday, as well as towed their sinking ship. The Da Nang's Coastal Information Radio Station said yesterday that the fishing boat, DNA 90388TS, was half submerged in the waters off Thua Thien Hue Province on Saturday. As soon as receiving an SOS reporting the sinking ship, the fishing trawler QT 90099 TS rescued the six fishermen, before another boat, QT 90255 TS, towed the sinking ship to port. Education Ministry prohibits smoking, alcohol drinking in schools Education Minister on Thursday issued a directive to ban smoking and drinking in educational facilities. The directive said that tobacco-use is prohibited in premises of university, institute, and education management facilities as well as preschools, senior and junior high schools, IT and language teaching centers. The minister also asked colleges to add … [Read more...]

Russia economic gloom hurts VN tourism

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The number of Russian tourists arriving in Viet Nam is expected to decline at the beginning of 2015, due to the devaluation of the ruble in Russia. On December 16, the Russian central bank raised its key interest rate to 17 per cent from 10.5 per cent and the ruble fell beyond 60 to the dollar. These economic difficulties have affected the spending plans of the Russian people, and it is expected that their travel budgets will be the first to be cut. Nguyen Van Thanh, steering deputy chairman of the Khanh Hoa Tourism Association, told Biz Hub that Russia's economic downturn has not affected the province's tourism industry yet, but he predicted next year would be a difficult time for travel firms. "The annual period between November and April is the peak season for Russian visitors coming to Viet Nam. This year's season may not be much affected, but we have to prepare for the following season," said Thanh. Meanwhile, during his annual press conference on December 18 in Moscow, … [Read more...]

Russia’s economic gloom worries Nha Trang’s tourism

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KHANH HOA (Biz Hub) - The number of Russian tourists arriving in Viet Nam is expected to decline at the beginning of 2015, due to the devaluation of the ruble in Russia. On December 16, the Russian central bank raised its key interest rate to 17 per cent from 10.5 per cent and the ruble fell beyond 60 to the dollar. These economic difficulties have affected the spending plans of the Russian people, and it is expected that their travel budgets will be the first to be cut. Nguyen Van Thanh, steering deputy chairman of the Khanh Hoa Tourism Association, told Biz Hub that Russia's economic downturn has not affected the province's tourism industry yet, but he predicted next year would be a difficult time for travel firms. "The annual period between November and April is the peak season for Russian visitors coming to Viet Nam. This year's season may not be much affected, but we have to prepare for the following season," said Thanh. Meanwhile, during his annual press conference on … [Read more...]

Social News 17/12

Six farmers drown as fishing boat overturns Six farmers were drowned when their boat suddenly overturned this morning in Nam Thinh Commune of the northern Thai Binh Province's Tien Hai District. The accident occurred when the farmers were on their way to catch clams. According to the local people, the farmers were in a small boat. The accident was blamed on strong winds and the fact that the small boat was overcrowded. The local rescue team has salvaged the boat after retrieving the victims' bodies. The People's Committee of the district visited the victims' families and gave each VND3 million (US$140) as aid. Court starts hearing former VietinBank execs’ appeals agement department at the Vietnam Bank for Industry and Trade (VietinBank), and other defendants. On January 27, 2014, Nhu was sentenced to life in jail by the HCMC People’s Court for swindling nearly VND4 trillion out of three banks, nine companies, and three individuals. To steal the deposits of customers … [Read more...]

Swimmer Anh Vien wins all gold medals at National Sports Games

VietNamNet Bridge – Nguyen Thi Anh Vien from the Mekong Delta City of Can Tho took 18 individual gold medals in the women's swimming category at the National Sports Games 2014, which was held in Nam Dinh City on December 11-15. Vien took part in 20 categories for individual and team events at the Games. The 18-year-old soldier won 18 of them, setting three national records and 11 Games records. She finished second in the other two races. Vien’s achievement was anticipated by experts and fans. She won 12 individual gold medals for women’s 50m breaststroke, 200m backstroke, 200m mixed, 50m butterfly, 100m freestyle, 100m breaststroke, 400m freestyle, 100m backstroke, 100m butterfly, 1,500m freestyle, 50m backstroke, 200m butterfly, 50m freestyle and 200m freestyle. Under the guidance of American expert Anthony Teeters, Vien proved to be too strong compared to the other swimmers. The Olympic champion also broke two national records and seventh record of the National … [Read more...]

Social News 10/12

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National award for media coverage of VN launched The Party Central Committee's Commission for Publicity and Education and Steering Committee for External Information Services launched their first-ever award for Viet Nam-related journalism for overseas audiences yesterday in Ha Noi. Print newspapers, radio, television and e-newspapers published in Vietnamese and foreign languages, both domestically and overseas, are eligible for the prize. Pham Van Linh, deputy chairman of the Party Central Committee's Commission for Publicity and Education and the Steering Committee, said that broadcasting Viet Nam's image to the world and spreading the word about the country's achievements were important tasks. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 4/12

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Concert features bands from the US, UK Saigon Outcast will host an International Live Music concert featuring the US band Tonstartssbandht and the UK's The Magic Pinions on December 13. Tonstartssbandht, consisting of two brothers Andy and Edwin White, will play boogie, 60s psychedelic rock and choral pop with a guitar and drum, while The Magic Pinions will present instrumental, chill out and ambient music. The performance will begin at 7pm at 188/1 Nguyen Van Huong Street in District 2. Tickets are VND200,000, and are available at www.ticketbox.vn. … [Read more...]

EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER 1-10 (daily updated)

Hanoi Urban Flea Market in December 2014 Sun 07 Dec 2014, 9 am HERO Bar 42M Yen Phu, Hanoi Hanoi Urban Flea Market - a quite-young-yet-had-some-popularity flea market in the Westlake district as well as Hanoi's expat community and youngsters. This time, in honor of the immortal holiday spirit, we've come to decide to expand our market in both quality and quantity. Ticket price: 10,000 VND Exhibition "The Cosmos and The Sea" Opening: Thu 04 Dec 2014, 6 pm (at both gallery spaces) Main gallery: 04 Dec 2014 - 10 Jan 2015 … [Read more...]

Social News 25/11

Vietnam leads way in forest protection Countries that border the Mekong River can learn from Viet Nam's excellent management of its Payments for Forest Environmental Services programme, said Luca Tacconi, Associate Dean of the College of the Asia and Pacific at Australia's Crawford School of Public Policy. Tacconi made the statement yesterday in Ha Noi at a seminar on payments for environmental services. Enterprises benefiting from unharmed forests fund the programme in Viet Nam, while in Thailand, for example, the government must provide the funding. … [Read more...]