Social News 12/12

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Crackdown on smugglers creates border control turmoil A crackdown on smugglers has created turmoil at Vietnam-China border crossings, notably at Mong Cai Border Gate in Quang Ninh Province, which is being flooded with people going back and forth between the two countries as gangs probe for weak spots in border control. Officials said Mong Cai Border Gate processed 10,000 people on December 6. The crowdness has been going on over the past month following the arrest of a smuggling gang on November 2, which prompted an increase of inspections by border gate security along the border. … [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...]

Social News 8/12

Traffic police officer faces investigation Police in Ba Ria-Vung Tau yesterday started an investigation into a traffic police officer who allegedly crashed his BMW into a group of militiamen while on patrol on Saturday morning, killing two and seriously injuring at least five others. The policeman was identified as Lieutenant Pham Hong Tuan of Chau Duc District's Traffic Division. According to initial reports, a group of militiamen from Lang Lon Commune and Ngai Giao Town in Chau Duc District were on patrol and had stopped by the roadside in Ngai Giao for a break. The BMW was apparently speeding and crashed directly into the group. … [Read more...]

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 will host workshops, exhibitions, runs, street dances and other activities between Nov. 18 and Dec. 16 in 12 provinces and cities across the country. … [Read more...]

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 African citizen named Staenly to transport the comic books containing the drugs from Malaysia to Hanoi for delivery to a third party. … [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 first time by Viet Nam in celebration of the entry of the Vietnamese Society of Dermatology and venereology into the League of ASEAN Dermatological Societies. This important event follows the inauguration of the Asian Academy of Dermatology and Venereology in Ha Noi in 2009," Steven said at the opening ceremony. "Trainees and dermatologists will take advantage of this special opportunity to attend various teaching courses and workshops at the conference," he said. Chairman of Viet Nam Society … [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 build or rent houses near the centers and must be on-call and ready to go within 15 minutes of notice at any time, including their days off. To arrive at the centers on time, several rescuers have to leave their bikes with traffic policemen after being fined for speeding, said Tran Van Long, MRCC Da Nang director. SAR teams have become experienced with missions over the last eight years, ever since the first state-of-the-art rescue ship was imported into Vietnam from the Netherlands in 2005. … [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 November 4. The North-South express bus caught fire when it was travelling past Phu Viet commune, Thach Ha district, at 04.00am. The blaze was said to break out at the rear-end of the bus and quickly spread across the vehicle. Passengers managed to get out of the bus before local fire fighters put out the roaring fire within 30 minutes. Investigation into the cause of the incident is under way. Students win American Academy scholarships As many as 28 students in the central city were … [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 see a 13-year-old girl named Huyen and her family whom he has financially supported since September 2009. To him, money is not enough and he likes to meet the girl personally. During his journey, Lothar will also visit and present gifts to underprivileged children and a number of families involved in a World Vision project in Quang Tri. Lothar says he has raised more than 16,000 Euro and received an additional sum of 4,000 Euro donated by Wolfgang Thierse, Vice-President of the German … [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 enjoy Germany's traditional premium beer, a variety of foods and interesting folk music of Bavarian region performed by German band Gaudiblosn. The organizing board said that around 65% out of 2,500 tickets have been sold out. The event is co-organized by the German Business Association, Movenpick Hotel Hanoi and KBT - the exclusive distributor for Bitburger beer in Vietnam. UK Film Festival scheduled for late September The British Council in Vietnam will screen five British comedies in Hanoi, … [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 registered investment of over 1.5 billion USD, including 21 bankrolled by foreign investors. So far, 62 of these have become operational, worth a total investment of 783 million USD. Developments in the zone have created jobs for nearly 50,000 direct and indirect workers in the locality. Comprising 24 communes and five industrial parks spread over 3,500 hectares, Chu Lai been chosen as one of five key economic zones to be prioritised in the 2013-2015 period. During the ceremony, the zone … [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 Tran Quang Khai and Tran Hung Dao roads to Vinh Tuy Bridge. The Committee assigned relevant departments to work closely together to ensure the progress of the project. HCM City considers road naming standards HCM City People's Committee has proposed to name new roads after islands and specialties of the Southern areas. They also proposed eight common rules to name roads and public constructions during the 10th meeting about criteria for naming roads. Names of famous beauty spots, historic … [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 report breaches of the law on wild animals. The website currently provides updated information on 19 wild animals with others being added at a later date. According to ENV's Deputy Director Tran Viet Hung, thousands of wild animals are being hunted everyday, pushing many species to the verge of extinction. The online data will help ENV volunteers nationwide to report and record violations, especially in the country's larger cities. Ly Tong jailed after being convicted 4 counts … [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 about it. But Dr Tran Hau Khang, director of the Ha Noi-based Central Dermatology Hospital, who led both delegations, rejected the conclusion. He told the People's Army newspaper that it was based merely on symptoms and the cause remains unknown. Blood tests found the presence of the rickettsia bacterium in 14 out of 26 patients in Ba To District. It is known to cause typhus among other diseases. Viet Nam News called the office of the US's Center for Diseases Control in Ha Noi only to be … [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 medium-sized factories would be reviewed and upgraded accordingly before attention shifts to large-scale establishments, Phat added. Nguyen Ton Quyen, general secretary of the Viet Nam Wood Product Processing Association, said that quality and growth in the industry had been low and unsustainable. Viet Nam needs an annual average 3-3.5 million cubic metres of raw wood materials while domestic supply is currently only capable of meeting 20 per cent and foreign imports 80 per cent. By 2020, the … [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 leading music academies and have had long performing careers in the RoK and European countries. . For the Vietnamese side, Dao Nhat Quang and Duong Minh Chinh participated in the event. Dao Nhat Quang studied at Tchaikovsky National Academy of Music where he met Cho Hye Ryeong and got married with her. Now they live and work in HCM City. They presented the Korean song Mountain and the Vietnamese song Hanoi - niem tin va hy vong (Hanoi belief and hope). Pianist Duong Minh Chinh also studied at … [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 the high wells to the lower ones, maintaining an even temperature in summer and winter. These wells are also connected to vegetable fields by canals which are also lined with sandstone. Professor Dap said that new technology in the New Stone Age helped the Vietnamese people irrigate the fields and develop rice cultivation. The ancient well system, an important historical relic among dozens of war sites in Gio Linh, including the Truong Son cemetery and Doc Mieu firebase in the … [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 yesterday evening, all the airliner's flights had proceeded normally and safely, the firm added. … [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 483 votes, representing 96.6 percent. The NA Standing Committee comprises 17 members, including one Chairman, four Vice Chairpersons and 12 members. The list of members of the 13th NA Standing Committee: NA Chair: Nguyen Sinh Hung NA Vice Chairs: Uong Chu Luu, Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, Tong Thi Phong, Huynh Ngoc Son Ksor Phuoc - Chairman of the NA Council of Ethnic Affairs Phan Trung Ly - Chairman of the NA Law Committee Nguyen Van Hien - Chairman of the NA Justice Committee … [Read more...]