Social News 20/11

New campaign fights violence against women Ministries and the UN in Viet Nam launched a national campaign yesterday in Ha Noi asking the public - especially men - to take action to end violence against women. The initiative's timing marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on Nov. 25. The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, the UN in Viet Nam and other development partners organised the campaign, which … [Read more...]

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Social News 29/9

Indonesian handed 4 month sentence for drug trafficking The Hanoi City People's Court on September 27 sentenced Indonesian citizen Triwenning Puji Astuli to four months imprisonment for drug trafficking. On September 12, police officers in the Hoan Kiem District in co-ordination with relevant authorities caught 27-year old Astuli red-handed at the Royal Palace hotel attempting to conceal 4.929 kg of heroin in six comic books. The police investigation found that Astuli was employed by an … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 13/4

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Doctors to examine killer skin disease As many of 300 reports on dermatology and venereology, including 60 reports from Viet Nam, will be presented at the 21st Regional Conference of Dermatology which opened in Da Nang yesterday. Steven Chow, secretary general of Asian Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (AADV) and the League of ASEAN Dermatological Societies (LADS), said the conference would share information and expertise relating to dermatology practices. "This RCD has been held the … [Read more...]

Vietnam rescue teams risk their lives to save others

Despite unpredictable situations, staff of the search and rescue (SAR) teams are determined to always try their best to complete their missions once they begin them.

Each rescue trip by the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centers (MRCC) of Vietnam is a breathtaking tale of survival. There are many stories of risk and danger; once, a search team had to head directly into the eye of a great typhoon to save a boat; another time, a team had to search for a capsized boat without being informed of its coordinates. All four rescue centers in Quang Ninh, Da Nang, Nha Trang, and Vung Tau are on guard 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Members of rescue teams have to … [Read more...]

Social Highlights for November 4

The Ministry of Home Affairs kicked off its public administration reform project yesterday, which aims to provide better administrative services to people in Bac Giang, Ha Tinh, Can Tho and Da Nang in the next three years.

Shop blaze kills four family members The victims are a couple, their 15-year-old son and 74-year-old father. The cause of the blaze remains unknown. Rescue teams failed to save the victims because it took time to break down the family's automatic rolling door, which was tightly closed, when the blaze occurred at 1am. The case is under investigation. Dozens survive passenger bus fire Dozens managed to escape a passenger bus with bunk beds after it was on fire in Ha Tinh province early on … [Read more...]

German journalist makes charity visit to central Vietnam by motorcycle

Journalist Lothar A. Baltrusch has travelled 15,000 km by his motorbike from Germany to Vietnam to see a poor girl in the central province of Quang Tri.

German journalist's charity visit to central Vietnam The German journalist arrived in Vietnam on July 9 after he left Schwerte city, Germany, on May 17 and went through many countries, including Poland, Latvia, Russia, Mongolia, China and Laos. His first destination in Vietnam is Trieu Phong district, Quang Tri province, where he is going to provide financial support for Pham Thi Thao Huyen, a poor girl introduced to him by the World Vision - a non-profit organization. Lothar is prepared to … [Read more...]

German Beer Festival to take place in Hanoi

German Beer Festival to take place in Hanoi The fourth Oktoberfest German Beer Festival which will be held in Hanoi on October 24-25 and participated by more than 3,000 people. At a press conference in Hanoi on September 19, Elmart Dutt, Chairman of the German Business Association in Vietnam boasted that the Oktoberfest festival is a bridge to closer cultural exchange between the two countries. This year's festival will highlight German's cultural values in an open space. Hanoians will … [Read more...]

BUSINESS IN BRIEF 26/8

Chu Lai economic zone looks to future Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has urged central Quang Nam province work harder in its efforts to make Chu Lai a major economic zone and thus attract more national and international investment projects. Deputy PM Phuc made the remarks at a ceremony on August 17 to mark the 10th anniversary of the zone, which is situated in Nui Thanh district, Quang Nam . After a decade of operation, Chu Lai EZ has granted permission for 89 projects with a total … [Read more...]

SOCIETY IN BRIEF 11/7

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Hanoi to use 990 billion VND for road upgrade The capital city of Hanoi will spend nearly 990 billion VND (47 million USD) upgrading and expanding a road from Long Bien Bridge to Vinh Tuy Bridge. The municipal People's Committee approved in principle the project, which will be implemented between now and 2014. The project will construct a 2.5-kilometre section from Long Bien Bridge to Tran Quang Khai road and the other, which is 2.2 kilometres long, stretching from an intersection between … [Read more...]

SOCIAL NEWS IN BRIEF 26/5

New website to protect wild animals launched The organization, 'Education on Nature Vietnam' (ENV), has announced a new website where people can identify many different kinds of species to encourage communities to protect Vietnam's wildlife. The easy-to-access website helps users identify wild animals which are at risk of being abused or stolen and smuggled out of the country. It also provides information on the laws relating to each species as well as an online service where users can … [Read more...]

SOCIAL NEWS IN BRIEF 6/5

Killer disease still baffles scientists Authorities remain baffled by the mysterious skin disease that has killed nearly 20 people and infected many others in Quang Ngai Province though the Ministry of Health has sent two delegations to investigate. Pham Hong Phuong, director of the Quang Ngai Province Department of Health, said the ministry has concluded it is palm dermatitis with liver problems. But he refused to provide further information about the ministry's conclusion or speculate … [Read more...]

BUSINESS IN BRIEF 19/3

VN aims for stable timber supply Viet Nam has drawn up plans to sustainably grow its wood product processing industry by 2020, according to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development. The industry is to give priority to investing in and utilising domestic forests while reducing raw wood exports and better managing supply. Minister Cao Duc Phat said the modernised and market related processing and trade of wood products would be key to economic development. By 2015, small- and … [Read more...]

ART & ENTERTAINMENT IN BRIEF 5/12

Promoting cultural exchange between Vietnam and RoK Famous Korean and Vietnamese artists gathered for a concert in Hanoi on December 3 to promote the image of the Republic of Korea (RoK) in Vietnam. The concert, sponsored by the Korean Cultural Centre in Hanoi, aims to strengthen cultural exchange between the two countries. Korean artists at the concert, including Tenor Park Seong Min, pianist Choo Eun Yeong, Soprano Cho Hye Ryeong and cellist Joo Hye Young, were trained at the world's … [Read more...]

SOCIETY IN BRIEF 25/11

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Ancient wells in Quang Tri attract visitors Visiting former war sites in the central province of Quang Tri tourists can view a system of ancient wells from the New Stone Age, which related to the wet-rice cultivation of Vietnam. Professor Bui Huy Dap, researching a project on rice cultivation in Vietnam, said the system consists of 14 wells in Gio Linh, in Vinh Linh district of Quang Tri, dating back about 4,000 years. The sandstone-lined wells are linked by a canal. The water flows from … [Read more...]

SOCIETY IN BRIEF 4/8

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Big electricity savings in Ha Noi this year Ha Noi saved 60 million kWh of electricity in the first seven months of this year, according to Ha Noi Electricity (EVN Ha Noi). The amount accounted for 1 per cent of the total output and exceeded the target set by Viet Nam Electricity by 0.1 per cent. … [Read more...]

SOCIAL NEWS 30/7

Vietnam Airlines to cancel 6 flights due to storm Due to impacts of tropical storm Nock-Ten, Vietnam Airlines has canceled six domestic flights today, June 30. They are flights VN1711 and VN1713 from Hanoi to Vinh; VN1710 and VN1712 from Vinh to Hanoi; VN1266 from Ho Chi Minh City to Vinh; and VN1267 from Vinh to HCMC. Meanwhile, the duration of a number of flights from the South to Hanoi and Hai Phong are expected to last 15-20 minutes longer than usual, the airliner said. As of 6 pm … [Read more...]

Nguyen Sinh Hung elected as National Assembly Chairman

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Nguyen Sinh Hung has been elected as Chairman of the 13th National Assembly (NA) with 457 votes, accounting for 91.4 percent, at the on-going first session of the 13th NA.NA Chair Nguyen Sinh Hung. At the July 23 session, Tong Thi Phong, Huynh Ngoc Son and Uong Chu Luu were re-elected as Vice Chairpersons with the voting rates being 95.8 percent, 97.6 percent and 98.4 percent, respectively. The other deputy is current Minister of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan with … [Read more...]

Famed village of Vietnam holds on to its heritage

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DTiNews takes readers on a journey to a village which holds on to its traditional beauty while the country quickly develops. Despite economic development and influential modern architecture, Tung Anh, a village of former competition-examinations in Duc Tho district in the central province of Ha Tinh, still holds on to unique cultural characteristics of Vietnam's villages. Tung Anh village lies along La River, ranging from Tam Soa ferry station in Linh Cam village to Duc Tho town. It is … [Read more...]

Controversial drug launched in Vietnam

Vietnam started yesterday selling Pegnano amid massive supports that the generic hepatitis drug is a lifesaver for the poor as well as protests from a Swiss firm that the act violates intellectual rights. The Pegnano 180mcg, produced by Ho Chi Minh City-based Nanogen Biopharmaceutical Ltd Company, has been put on sale at the Cam Ha Drugstore in the city's district 5. Nearly 10 packets were sold for VND1.9 million ($97) each on the first day, said pharmacist Nguyen Thi Cam Ha, head of the … [Read more...]

Roche yet to prove Vietnamese firm’s violations

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VietNamNet Bridge - Roche has not yet proved that Nanogen violated intellectual property laws, said Deputy Minister of Health Cao Minh Quang on an interview with VNExpress on December 22. … [Read more...]