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 … [Read more...]

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Art & Entertainment News 25/11

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Israeli exhibition shows VN's beauty … [Read more...]

Social News 24/11

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Hanoi to host Asia-Pacific Disability Forum Conference The 2014 Asia & Pacific Disability Forum (APDF) General Conference will be held in Hanoi from November 26 to 28 as an appropriate celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (December 3). The Vietnam Federation on Disability (VFD) told a press conference in Hanoi on November 21 that the biennial event is to review the progress made on the realization of the rights of people with disabilities set in a strategy … [Read more...]

Social News 22/11

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Experts: VN should not limit motorbikes … [Read more...]

VN told to boost competitiveness

HA NOI (VNS) - Viet Nam is becoming an attractive investment destination for German companies, but the country needs to enhance its competitiveness and improve its policies. This was said at a dialogue, entitled "Industrial development in Viet Nam, supply of skilled labour and other challenges," held by the ministry of planning and investment to seek further economic co-operation with Germany. German Vice Chancellor and Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Sigmar Gabriel said that … [Read more...]

Vietnam authorities probes aircraft’s near collision in HCMC

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Vietnam Air Force helicopters (L) at Ca Mau airport in southern Vietnam as they prepare to search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on March 10, 2014. Photo: Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP … [Read more...]

Teacher reserves love for disabled students

by Hoai Nam and Duc Hieu HUE (VNS) - After graduating Hue University's Teachers' Training College, Nguyen Duy Quy was assigned to teach at a high-school in Quang Nam Province. But instead, his fate lead him down a 16 year path teaching visually impaired students at the Nguyen Dinh Chieu School - a school for blind students - in Da Nang city. The challenge of adapting teaching methods to meet the needs of disabled students was not a small one, it was a big change in Quy's life. "It felt like … [Read more...]

Culture Vulture (19-11-2014)

Pop singer Tran Thu Ha (Ha Tran) seizes the chance to rock out in her upcoming album Ban Nguyen (Original), scheduled to be released next year. One of Viet Nam's A-list pop stars, Ha Tran settled down in the US after marrying an overseas Vietnamese music producer. She sometimes returns to perform. Most recently, she appeared at the first Monsoon Music Festival last month, singing new songs that will appear on Ban Nguyen. She said about the new project. You performed in the recent Monsoon Music … [Read more...]

Social News 18/11

Stop preventable deaths: UNICEF UNICEF has launched a campaign called ZEROworkplace that involves companies in its efforts to eradicate preventable child deaths in Viet Nam. ZEROworkplace enables managers to provide critical information to employees in an inexpensive and effective way that can have a lifesaving impact on their children. "In Viet Nam, 100 children die every day from preventable causes," Youssouf Abdel-Jelil, UNICEF's representative in Viet Nam, said at the launch ceremony in … [Read more...]

NA wants efficient airport project

HA NOI (VNS) - Many National Assembly deputies yesterday agreed with the need to build a new modern but costly international airport, but said careful study was needed to ensure both economic and social efficiency of the project. Under the Government's proposal, Long Thanh Airport would be built in the southern province of Dong Nai with a total investment of nearly US$8 billion. Funding for the project will come from the State budget, Government bonds, Official Development Assistance and … [Read more...]

Social News 5/11

Vietnam lifts Ebola quarantine on local visitor A local resident is free to move about unrestricted after testing negative for the deadly Ebola virus, say officials from the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology. Ngo Thi Kim Yen, deputy director of the Danang health department said the quarantine order for Chu Van Chung has been removed but he must remain in the hospital and continue daily monitoring. Chung will be discharged from the hospital if he continues to show no symptoms of … [Read more...]

Ministries devise new support-industry plans

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VietNamNet Bridge - The Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI), the Foreign Investment Agency (FIA) and the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) have been working on a plan to develop the support industry in Vietnam. … [Read more...]

Social News 3/11

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Annual run raises funds for kids with cancer, heart disease Thousands of Hanoians are expected to participate in a run that will raise funds for underprivileged children with cancer and heart diseases. The annual Ha Noi Run for Children (HRC) on November 9 will begin at the main gate of the Thong Nhat (Reunification) Park on Tran Nhan Tong Street, and go around Thien Quang Lake. Launched by the Embassy of Canada and other agencies, the HRC fundraising event is now considered a fall tradition … [Read more...]

South Korea becomes top VN investor

compiled Le Hung Vong With investments of US$3.6 billion in the first 10 months of the year, South Korea has become the top foreign investor in Viet Nam this year. A memorandum of understanding for a 1,200MW thermal power plant in the central province of Ha Tinh signed between Samsung C&T, a subsidiary of Samsung Group, and the General Department of Energy a few weeks ago marked a significant jump in Korean investment. The Vung Ang Thermal Power Plant No 3 will be just one of several … [Read more...]

Gov’t pledges to invest wisely

Two thirds of the US$647 million Nhat Tan Bridge in Ha Noi was borrowed from Japan. - VNA/VNS Photo Huy Hung

HA NOI (VNS)- The Government will implement several measures in tandem to ensure that both socio-economic investments and debt repayments are made in such a way that public debt is kept within allowable limits. … [Read more...]

Transfer pricing inflicting heavy losses

HA NOI (VNS) - Appropriate policies and enhanced management capacity are critical in the fight against transfer pricing to ensure a healthy business investment environment in Viet Nam, said experts on Wednesday. They were participating in an online discussion on the Government's e-portal. Transfer pricing is causing losses to the State revenue, distorting the business investment environment and reducing the efficiency of the State management, the experts added. This is a global issue, not of a … [Read more...]

The Fate Of A Woman

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Journalist Tran Mai Hanh and his memory of April

Late VNA General Director Daoo Tung (center), journalist Tran Mai Hanh (right), and Van Bao   in Tay Ninh forest on 29/4/1975.

(VOVworld) - Whenever I think of the historic event at noon on April 30, 1975, at Independence Palace, I always think of events on the last day of the war, April 29. On the mid-day special news bulletin on May 1, 1975, VOV broadcast an article, the first one on Vietnamese media, about the historic victory of the liberation of Sai Gon on April 30. The article, entitled "Ho Chi Minh City - a golden name", was written by Tran Mai Hanh, a Vietnam News Agency journalist in Sai Gon. The report was … [Read more...]

EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 20-31 (daily updated)

Subscription Concert Vol.74 "Rheinische" 30 and 31 Oct 2014, 8 pm Hanoi Opera House 1 Tràng Tiền, Hà Nội You are invited to a subscription concert Vol.74 "Rheinische" with the performance of: Conductor: Olivier Leo Schmidt Piano Soloist: Dao Trong Tuyen And the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra Program Suite for Symphonic Orchestra World Premiere Eight Symphonic pieces from Vietnamese folk song Piano Concerto a-minor Op.54 Vietnam Premiere Symphony No.3 Eb major Op.97 "Rhenish" … [Read more...]

Social News 16/10

Search for Vietnamese sailors called off The Japanese government has officially stopped searching for six missing Vietnamese sailors after a three-day helicopter search. Six of seven Vietnamese sailors working aboard a Taiwanese ship went missing after jumping off the ship on Sunday. When they went overboard, the ship was 18km off the coast of Hokkaido, Japan. The Department of Overseas Labour Management contacted the other sole Vietnamese sailor left working aboard the ship. He said that the … [Read more...]