Art & Entertainment News 18/12

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Real-life adventurous Escape Room Escape Room, a popular real-life adventurous game in many countries adapted from a computer game of the same name, is now available at Crescent Mall in HCMC’s District 7, attracting a lot of participants, especially youth. There are six categories in the game including jail, slaughterhouse, bubble house, vampire lair, and burglary at the museum and crime scene. Participants will have a chance to join different missions and conquer ordeals in each category. Within 45 minutes in a locked room, players together with their partners have to use elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles, seek clues and escape from the room within a limited time. They must keep a watchful eye and have a sense of critical thinking. The game aims to encourage and strengthen teambuilding among members. Time pressure together with creepy sound and scary images inside the dark room might make gamers nervous and exciting. The more difficult the challenge is, … [Read more...]

Highway contractors must work faster

A stretch of Ho Chi Minh Highway in Dak Lak Province. The Ministry of Transport has requested that BOT contractors complete the construction of the highway by May 2015. -- VNA/VNS Photo Duong Giang

HA NOI (VNS) - The Ministry of Transport ordered BOT (Build - Operate - Transfer) contractors of the Ho Chi Minh Highway project to speed up their assigned tasks or risk being replaced. … [Read more...]

Famous culture researcher turns 100

Centennial celebration: Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung congratulates Prof Vu Khieu on the occasion of his 100th birthday. - VNS Photo

Professor Vu Khieu, who spent years analysing traditional culture, recently celebrated his 100th birthday. Nguyen Ha reports. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 7/9

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Artist sheds light on urban development An iron sculpture depicting urban development received first prize at the National Young Fine Arts Festival, painter and head of the jury board Le Van Suu announced yesterday at the closing ceremony. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 29/8

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Peter Rabbit books translated into Vietnamese The Kim Dong Publishing House, a publisher of children's books, has released a book collection featuring the world's most famous rabbit, Peter Rabbit. … [Read more...]

Social News 25/8

Vietnamese 'eaten alive' by crocodile in Australian outback Hai Phong City Authorities confirmed that 57-year old Tran Van Hoang was killed on August 22 by a crocodile in Australia. Hoang is a native of Dang Hai village, Hai An district, Haiphong. According to relatives of the victim, Hoang and his wife settled in Australia in late April 2014. While fishing he waded in the river to free a snag in his fishing line and was attacked by the crocodile. Australian authorities euthanized the crocodile to remove the victim's body. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 25/7

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The Aristocrats tour to stop in HCM City As part of their "Culture Clash" Asian tour, US rock band Aristocrats will perform at a live concert in HCM City on August 13. The band, made up of guitarist Guthrie Govan, bassist Bryan Beller, and drummer Narci Minnermann, will play instrumental rock and jazz fusion. The show will begin at 8 pm at the HCM City Music Centre, 57 Cao Thang Street, District 3. Tickets costing VND500,000-1 million are available at the venue. HCM City awaits South Korean girl band Famous South Korean girl group 2NE1 will perform in HCM City on August 10 as part of its "All or Nothing" - 2014 World Tour. The four-member band, consisting of CL, Park Boom, Dara, and Minzy, will perform songs from their latest album Come Back Home, which was released early this year, and latest singles like Missing You and Falling in Love. Two world-renowned directors Travis Payne and Stacy Walker are set to join the girl band's tour. The concert will take place at 6pm at Phu … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 11/7

'Summer Meeting' a rendezvous for Vietnamese and Japanese artists About 30 abstract paintings by four artists Kato Shojiro, Nguyen Duy Linh, Le Thanh Thu and Vo Xuan Huy are being displayed at Tu Do Gallery. On display are landscapes depicted vaporously by color layers. Made in abstract style, paintings let viewers freely sense and imagine whatever they want and then free their soul in those colored worlds. Thu is a poet before holding the brush with many various styles from impressionist and expressionist to abstract and contemporary. So his artworks are the harmony of fine arts and poetry, expressed in a series of landscapes created during the 90's that are as softly elegant as a band of white cloud on the clear sky, or a range of mountain slightly blurred behind waves of water. They are just the imagination of a poet. … [Read more...]

Weekly press digest – June 30-July 6

Gov't regular meeting discusses East Sea issues PM Nguyen Tan Dung on June 30 chaired the government's regular June meeting which is held online with the participation of local authorities across the country. Opening the meeting, the PM said that the event is taking place at a special time when China has still been maintaining the illegal operation of its drilling rig Haiyang Shiyou-981 in Viet Nam's exclusive economic zone and continental shelf since May 2, regardless morality, legal grounds and even the friendship between Vietnamese and Chinese people. … [Read more...]

“Viet Nam Week” in Seine-Saint-Denis, France

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(TITC) - In the framework of Viet Nam Year in France, "Viet Nam Week" opened on June 2, 2014 in Seine-Saint-Denis Department (Ile-de-France region, France). It's the first time an important event of cultural exchange between Viet Nam and France has been held in Seine-Saint-Denis Department from June 2 to 8, 2014. … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s legislators divided over demonstration bill

A rally against China's deployment of an oil rig in the Vietnamese waters in downtown Ho Chi Minh City on May 11 / PHOTO: DIEP DUC MINH

In the wake of last week's riots, Vietnam's legislature remained divided about whether to expedite, shelve or delay a bill that would regulate public demonstrations. … [Read more...]

Vietnam PM orders compensation for foreign firms after riots

Workers at an industrial park in Binh Duong Province. PHOTO: DO TRUONG

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has officially asked cities and provinces to compensate foreign-invested companies damaged in the riots that erupted out of peaceful protests organized against China's positioning of a giant oil rig in Vietnam's exclusive economic zone. … [Read more...]

Chinese border gates still open, Vietnam says

A Vietnamese truck transports farm produce to China through Tan Thanh pass in the northern province of Lang Son on May 20, 2104. PHOTO: MINH ANH

Authorities in the northern province of Lang Son have denied rumors that they'd closed border gates with China due to mounting tensions over the nation's illegally positioned oil rig. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 19/5

Vietnamese photographers listed in "Who's Who Masterpieces" Vietnamese artists Le Hong Linh and Tran Phong have been accorded the prestigious distinction of being cited in the "Who's Who Masterpieces" of modern contemporary photographers. Selections of their finest works are also included in a collection of over 360 photos of 180 photographers from 20 countries worldwide published by the Photographic Society of Hong Kong (PSHK). Publication of the collection is sponsored by the Photographic Society of America (PSA), the International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP) and the UK's Royal Photographic Society. … [Read more...]

PM calls for action against deadly diseases

A doctor informs a pre-school teacher on how to prevent the spread of contagious diseases at a kindergarten in My Phuoc Township in southern Binh Duong Province. - VNA/VNS Photo Duong Ngoc

HA NOI (VNS) — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung on Tuesday urged ministries and localities to strengthen measures to prevent and control the spread of hand, foot and mouth disease and dengue fever. … [Read more...]

Lawyers reject evidence in Vinalines appeal

Duong Chi Dung (in white), the former chairman of Vinalines, during an appeals trial in Hanoi on April 29. PHOTO: THAI SON

Defense attorneys representing two former executives from the state-owned shipping giant Vinalines balked at evidence submitted by a Russian vendor indicating that their clients had paid four times the asking price for a decrepit floating dock during an appeals trial on Tuesday. The documents indicated that Vinalines had purchased bought a dock listed by Nakhodka, a Russian-owned company, for US$2.3 million in 2008. Vinalines allegedly contracted a Singaporean brokerage firm called AP to pay a whopping $9 million for the dock, which required another $10.5 million in repairs, according to prosecutors. Duong Chi Dung, former chairman of Vinalines, Mai Van Phuc, former director general, Tran Huu Chieu, former deputy director general, and Tran Hai Son, former director of Vinalines Shipyard Limited Company, stand accused of making $1.66 million in kickbacks on the deal, prosecutors said. Two Russian witnesses, including Nakhodka's director general, were cross-examined in court, but … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 29/4

Thang Long Royal Citadel archeological site handed over to Hanoi authority The Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences held a ceremony on April 27 to hand over management authority of Zone D at the Thang Long Royal Citadel archeological site to Hanoi Municipal People's Committee. Earlier, the Hanoi Municipal People's Committee received the authority for Zone A, B and C of the vestige. With the handover of Zone D, the Hanoi administration now has control of the whole area of the historic site located at 18 Hoang Dieu Street, Ba Dinh district, Hanoi. The handover is part of the Government's commitment to UNESCO to preserve and promote Thang Long Royal Citadel, which was recognised by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage in 2010. Apart from the site space, the Hanoi Municipal People's Committee also received 1,177 cubic metres of bricks, tiles and stone artifacts, as well as reports on outcomes of excavations at the site. Fine arts exhibition honors General Vo Nguyen Giap A fine arts … [Read more...]

40 years of Vietnam-France relations celebrated through the lense

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(VOV) - A photo exhibition and film week opened in Paris, France on April 26 showcasing hundreds of unique photos, publications and documentaries. The event is part of activities marking the 40th anniversary of Vietnam-France relations and promote Vietnam as global tourist attraction in 2014. Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Bac Son highlighted the event as an overview of political, diplomatic, economic and cultural relations between Vietnam and France, particularly Vietnam in the renewal and integration process. Son added that the event introduced French people to Vietnam's achievements, open-door policies and integration process, contributing to mutual understanding and promoting the strategic partnership signed in September 2013. Vietnamese ambassador to France Duong Chi Dung said that the presence of Information and Communications Minister at the opening ceremony has demonstrated Vietnam's keen interest in developing cooperative relations with … [Read more...]

40 years of Vietnam-France relations through the lense

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(VOV) - A photo exhibition and film week opened in Paris, France on April 26 showcasing hundreds of unique photos, publications and documentaries. The event is part of activities marking the 40th anniversary of Vietnam-France relations and promote Vietnam as global tourist attraction in 2014. Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Bac Son highlighted the event as an overview of political, diplomatic, economic and cultural relations between Vietnam and France, particularly Vietnam in the renewal and integration process. Son added that the event introduced French people to Vietnam's achievements, open-door policies and integration process, contributing to mutual understanding and promoting the strategic partnership signed in September 2013. Vietnamese ambassador to France Duong Chi Dung said that the presence of Information and Communications Minister at the opening ceremony has demonstrated Vietnam's keen interest in developing cooperative relations with … [Read more...]