Social News 3/3

Passengers get refunds for long flight delays Airlines will have to refund fares and other charges to passengers of those flights at least five hours later than scheduled if requested, according to a new circular of the Ministry of Transport. Circular 81/2014/TT-BGTVT with effect from on March 1 regulates that airlines are responsible for providing passengers with full and updated information about their long-delayed flights, along with food and accommodation for the affected passengers. For flights postponed for two hours or longer, airlines must arrange appropriate flights for the affected passengers to travel to their destinations. In case of flights delayed for more than five hours, airlines shall refund fares and related fees to passengers. The circular also specifies that if flights are canceled, operators must announce the reasons and provide the affected passengers with accommodation and food. The number of delayed flights soared at this year’s Tet (Lunar New Year) … [Read more...]

Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News – March 3

Politics

A synopsis of some of leading news stories published on Tuesday (March 3) in Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper: -- Life in rural areas of Ho Chi Minh City has improved in the past years and the average income of the people there has increased from 55 percent of that of urbanites in 2008 to 80 percent in 2014, according to Ho Chi Minh City Party Secretary Le Thanh Hai. -- The U.S. will spend US$8 million in 2015 sponsoring activities to remedy war ravages in the central Vietnamese province of Quang Tri. Society -- Dozens of tons of spilled oil has floated along the coast of the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau in the past few days. -- Ho Chi Minh City is offering investment opportunities for the construction of seven large-scale projects including the construction of the second road on the outskirts of the city, Binh Tien Bridge, the underground trench at the An Suong crossroads, and a road to connect Vo Van Kiet Street with Ho Chi Minh City-Trung Luong Expressway. -- The … [Read more...]

Social News 2/3

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Synthetic drugs seized by Quang Binh forces The Quang Binh provincial Border Guard Command yesterday seized synthetic drugs from Laos at the Cha Lo International Port in the province. The 500 ectasy pills were being carried on a passenger bus driven by Dau Xuan Cuong, 24, from Nghe An Province. Cuong alledgely told police the drugs were being sent from Thakhek Town in Laos to Nghe An Province. Call centre to handle driving licence renewals Starting from March 9, HCM City will allow driver to make appointments to renew their licences by calling a new phone centre on 1081. Senior official from the city's transport department, Vo Trong Nhan, told vnexpress.net the service was intended to make the process more convenient and shorten the required time to issue a new licence. "People will be able to call the centre and make appointments that suit their schedule. They will be notified later once a time slot is available, which will eliminate the need for them to book at an office," … [Read more...]

“Xuan Truong Sa” 2015 – deep feelings toward islands

An art performance at the program (Photo: HN)

(CPV) – On February 28th, the 3rd cultural exchange program entitled "Xuan Truong Sa" (Spring on Spratly Islands), took place at the Viet Xo Friendship Cultural Palace in Hanoi. The event, jointly held by the Communist Party of Vietnam Online Newspaper and the Vietnam People’s Navy, was broadcast live on VTV2, HTV1 and ANTV. "Xuan Truong Sa" program was to welcome the New Year 2015 and enhance the spirit, awareness and responsibility of domestic and overseas fellow-citizens, commanders and soldiers in protecting the sovereignty of the sea and islands of the nation. The program was attended by comrades: Nguyen Hanh Phuc, member of the Party Central Committee, director of the National Assembly Office; Bui The Duc, Deputy Head of the Party Central Committee Commission of Popularization and Education; Vuong Duy Bien, Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism; Nguyen Van Cong, Deputy Minister of Transport, Nguyen Viet Thao, Deputy Head of the Ho Chi Minh National … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 28/2

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Children’s best selling author releases new book Nguyen Nhat Anh, children’s best selling author, will present his latest book "Bay buoc toi mua he" (Seven Steps to summer) for his little readers in early 2015. 50,000 copies of the book and 5,000 hardcover copies will be released nationwide by the Youth Publishing House. The writer will travel to Hanoi for book signing at Lam bookstore on March 1. He will sign books for readers in Ho Chi Minh City at Kinh Van Hoa (kaleidoscope) bookstore in District 1 on March 8 and at the Youth Publishing House in District 3 on March 22. The book's launch will kick off a series of events held by the publishing company in March. Nguyen Nhat Anh is a favourite author of children, teenagers and adults. His well-known novels recently published include Toi la Beto (I am Beto); Cho Toi Xin Mot Ve Di Tuoi Tho (Give me a ticket to childhood); Dao Mong Mo (Dream Island); and Toi Thay Hoa Vang Tren Co Xanh (I see yellow flowers on green … [Read more...]

Housing law means affordable homes, real estate growth

Minister of Construction Trinh Dinh Dung. — Photo cafeland

The construction sector found success in legal institutions, saved the State money, boosted the real estate market and planned to create more housing for low-income families, said Minister of Construction Trinh Dinh Dung. The Ministry of Construction (MOC) focused on amending three major laws in 2014: the Construction Law, the Housing Law and the Law on Real Estate Business. Mr. Dung said he was confident the three revised laws would offer a comprehensive legal corridor for promoting effective management of construction loss, waste and quality, as well as ineffective use of investments. The sector also saved the State trillions of dong with proper inspections and surveillance. Thirdly, the MOC was successful in breathing new life into to the real estate market while developing more affordable housing for low-income residents. Finally, a programme aimed to create more housing for rural, disadvantaged families; flood-prone areas; and low-income people living in urban areas, … [Read more...]

HCMC leaders visit senior medical staff on Doctor’s Day

Mr. Quan presents flower to Ms. Tran Thi Trung Chien on the occasion of Doctor's Day (Photo: SGGP)

Leaders from Ho Chi Minh City on February 25 paid visits and greeted senior medical staff and doctors on the 60th anniversary of Vietnamese Doctor’s Day on February 27. Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Secretary Le Thanh Hai, led a delegation to visit families of late Professor-Doctor Nguyen Thien Thanh, who was a former director of Thong Nhat Hospital, and of passed-away Doctor Duong Quang Trung who was a former director of the city’s Department of Health on February 25. At the house of Professor Nguyen Thien Thanh, Mr. Hai burnt incense, expressing his gratitude to the professor’s contribution to the health sector including scientific researches and training next generation. On the occasion of the Lunar New Year, Mr. Hai wished the professor’s family good health and happy new year. At the house of Professor Duong Quang Trung, Mr. Hai stressed that when Dr. Trung was alive, he was devoted to the health career and recorded his impression in the … [Read more...]

Housing law means affordable homes, estate growth

The construction sector excelled in 2014, said Minister of Construction Trinh Dinh Dung. It found success in legal institutions, saved the State money, boosted the real estate market and planned to create more housing for low-income families, he said. The Ministry of Construction (MOC) focused on amending three major laws in 2014: the Construction Law, the Housing Law and the Law on Real Estate Business. Dung said he was confident the three revised laws would offer a comprehensive legal corridor for promoting effective management of construction loss, waste and quality, as well as ineffective use of investments. The sector also saved the State trillions of dong with proper inspections and surveillance. Thirdly, the MOC was successful in breathing new life into to the real estate market while developing more affordable housing for low-income residents. Finally, a programme aimed to create more housing for rural, disadvantaged families; flood-prone areas; and low-income … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 25/2

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Vietnamese photographer listed in famous photo book Nick Ut, whose "Napalm girl" picture shocked the whole world, has been listed in a photo book "Behind Photographs" of Tim Mantoani. American photographer Tim Mantoani tracked down the talent behind some of the world's most iconic photographs and got them to sit for portraits. According to a famous website International Business Times, he used a soon-to-be-extinct photographic medium – the 20×24 Polaroid. Over a five-year period, he took large format Polaroids of more than 150 photographers. Nick Ut’s photo has received a number of prestigious awards such as the Pulitzer and World Press Photo and is one of the 100 influential photos in the 20th century. Longest-ever Tet cake made The Yakasa-Saigon-Nha Trang Hotel in Nha Trang city, the central coastal province of Khanh Hoa, has set a new record for its giant-sized traditional Tet cake, which is 40 metres in length, as part of the activities to celebrate the … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s largest theme park opens for free again

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Tourists visiting a temple in Dai Nam Tourism Complex in Binh Duong Province. Photo: Do Truongq Dai Nam, a theme park within an hour's drive from Ho Chi Minh City, has announced that free admission is available to all visitors from February 21 to March 19 to celebrate the new lunar year. "We decided to open for free during the first lunar month this year for all visitors," said its director Nguyen Van Sang. It was the second time Dai Nam, the largest amusement park in Vietnam, offers free entry. Located in Binh Duong Province, the 45-hectare (1,111 acre) park is about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from downtown HCMC. Last November, tens of thousands of people have thronged here after its owner Huynh Uy Dung announced it would close on November 20. Dung said the shutdown plan was the result of a long and complicated dispute between him and the provincial government. After the announcement, which in retrospect looks like a marketing trick, Dung began offering free entry and 50 percent … [Read more...]

Impressive cultural, arts young faces

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Singer My Tam continuously gained remarkable achievements in the international music arena in 2014. NDO – In the field of arts in Vietnam last year, music and cinema took first place in winning the hearts of the Vietnamese public, with many young faces who strived for achievement and continually created works leaving a deep impression on Vietnamese art lovers. Versatility of singer Tung Duong The year of 2014 marked the ten-year anniversary of Tung Duong’s singing career, after rising to fame in the 2004 Sao Mai – Diem Hen (Morning Star – Rendezvous) national singing competition . In April, he was named ‘Singer of the Year’ and his project ‘Doc Dao’ (Single Path) was honoured as the Music Programme of the Year at the prestigious Music Dedication Awards. Immediately after receiving both awards, Tung Duong organised his own liveshow entitled ‘Tung Duong sings love-songs’, leaving a deep imprint in the heart of music … [Read more...]

Colorful activities nationwide to welcome the Year of Goat

(VOVworld) – Various activities are taking place nationwide to welcome the traditional lunar New Year. At Yen Bai’s biggest market, Muong Lo, local ethnic people are busy shopping for Tet. 70-year-old Lo Thi Em is a Thai ethnic woman:

"I try not to forget anything needed for Tet celebrations. I’ll buy fruits, flowers, confectionaries, and incenses as offerings to our ancestors to win their support for health and luck in the New Year." Mong families in Mu Cang Chai or Tram Tau are ready to welcome Tet. Meanwhile, Thai families are decorating their houses and preparing their ancestors’ altars with offerings as part of preparations for Tet. Lo Van Xuan lives in Chao hamlet, Nghia Loi commune: "On New Year’s Eve, after a ceremony to present offerings to our ancestors and the deceased, we gather around a fire and wishes all the best to each other. After that we’ll play gongs to signal the first moments of the New Year." An art performance took place on Wednesday at Ho Chi Minh Square in Vinh City, Nghe An province to welcome the New Year. Pham Tien Dung is Deputy Director of Nghe An provincial Department of Culture, Sports, and Tourism: "This New Year’s Eve, in addition to celebrations to … [Read more...]

Social News 15/2

HCMC lauds good medical workers 113 teams and individuals of medical clinics in Ho Chi Minh City were lauded for their achievements in the patriotic emulation movement for 2010-2014. The municipal Department of Health held a meeting on February 12 to appraise 26 teams and 87 individuals for their good performance in the health sector’s emulation movement. At the meeting, the Department also launched the patriotic emulation movement for the next period from 2015 to 2020. The movement will focus on following Uncle Ho’s teaching that a good doctor must be a good mother to fight negative acts in treatment and examination. The movement also aims to improve curing and treatment quality, strengthen capability for district medical clinics to reduce overloading in big hospitals and implement the Ministry of Health’s programs. Da Nang flyover work to continue during Tet The Trung Nam Group installed the final span to complete the second flyover at the three-level stack … [Read more...]

Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News – February 14

Politics

Briefs of some leading news stories published on Saturday (February 14) in Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper. Happy Valentine's Day, dear readers! - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Tan Dung had a talk over phone on February 13. Both sides expressed delight at the strong development of the Bilateral relationship, as evidenced by the upgrade of the extensive ties to the Strategic partnership for peace and prosperity in Asia in 2014. Society: - On February 13, the Ho Chi Minh City Federation of Labor held an event gathering more than 1,600 people from 500 disadvantaged labor families around the city. Six apricot blossom trees were sold at nearly VND800 million (US$37,282) at an auction at the event. The money has been donated to help labors who were in labor accidents. - Dr. Pham Thi Thanh Ta, head of the resuscitator department of the HCMC’s Pediatrics Hospital 1, said the hospital has done successfully a cardiac surgery for a neonatal … [Read more...]

Social News 14/2

Home ownership extensions rejected The Ministry of Construction has rejected a proposal from the People's Committee of central Da Nang City to allow foreigners buy and own houses for up to 70 years instead of the present 50. It said this was in line with the Land Law of 2013 and the amended Housing Law. In a related movement, the ministry gave the green light to a city plan requiring buyers of social housing to make the payment in one installment. According to the People's Committee, a one-time payment enables investors to quickly recover capital and re-invest. The amended Law on Housing, which takes effect on July 1, is expected to attract more foreigners to come to live and work in the country. Quang Binh police seize firecrackers The Transport Police Department recently cracked down on illegal firecracker smuggling, catching nearly 150 kilograms of firecrackers being smuggled in Quang Binh Province. The Traffic Police patrolling the National Road No 1 discovered the smuggled … [Read more...]

Tet gifts may mask bribery, corruption

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Gifts at Tet and other special occasions are being used to mask bribes, and authorities need to take earnest steps to curb corruption, experts say. Tet gifts on display Associate Professor Dang Ngoc Dinh, of the Centre for Community Support Development Studies, said excessive gifts on special occasions, such as Tet, and at weddings and funerals, are becoming symptomatic of the complicated corruption situation in Vietnam. The government inspectorate recently launched a hotline for reporting cases of bribery and corruption during Tet. Dinh said that while such a measure was welcome, it would not necessarily be effective because a bribe could easily be passed off as a legitimate gift. "Only the givers and receivers would know," he said. "But we can generally understand that normal gifts are more symbolic while bribes would be more expensive. When corruption can't be curbed, people will continue giving bribes during special occasions." Dinh said that while a gift might not be cash, … [Read more...]

Social News 12/2

Hanoi to get disabled taxi service A taxi service for people with disabilities, the first of its kind in the country, is scheduled to be launched on March 1 in Hanoi. The Thanh Cong Taxi Company, which will operate the service, said that the taxis will be specially designed for the disabled and would meet their travel needs. Hanoi has about 90,000 people with disabilities.- Hanoi: Prisoners granted clemency on Tet Hanoi granted amnesty to 305 inmates, ahead of the upcoming Lunar New Year (Tet) festival, the largest holiday of the country. A decision to this effect was announced on February 10. Having been chosen for their positive rehabilitation attitudes, the prisoners will receive reduced sentences and be released ahead of schedule. The freed prisoners expressed their gratitude to the Party and State’s clemency policy and thanked prison wardens for assisting them in their personal growth. The clemency not only reflects the Government’s leniency policy, but also … [Read more...]

February 2-8: Founding anniversary of Vietnamese Party marked nationwide

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong speaking at the ceremony to mark the 85th anniversary of the CPV on February 2   NDO - Nhan Dan Online selects several outstanding events that made the headlines in the past week.

1. 85th anniversary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) celebrated nationwide A series of activities were held throughout the country in the past days to mark the 85th anniversary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) (February 3) including senior leaders' visits to former Party leaders and national contributors, meetings, seminars, exchanges and art performances at localities nationwide. Vietnamese Embassies abroad also held a range of activities to celebrate the founding of the CPV. Worldwide leaders also sent congratulatory messages to Vietnam on the founding of the CPV including Laos, Cambodia, China, the Republic of Korea (RoK) and others. 2. Party, State leaders pay Tet visits to localities nationwide Party and State leaders visited localities across the country to present Tet gifts to needy and disadvantaged people and to wish them a happy Tet holiday. Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong visited Quang Binh and Quang Tri provinces while President Truong Tan … [Read more...]

New expressway makes for easier travel in southern region

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung cuts the ribbon to open the HCM City-Long Thanh-Dau Giay expressway yesterday (Photo: VNA/VNS)

The HCM City–Long Thanh–Dau Giay expressway opened to traffic yesterday and aims to ease traffic congestion and improve connectivity between HCM City and the southeastern and Central Highlands provinces. The 55-km four-lane expressway from An Phu Intersection on Mai Chi Tho Highway in HCM City to Dau Giay Intersection in Dong Nai Province has a speed limit of 80-120km/hr, depending on the section. It was built at a cost of VND20.63 trillion (US$945.68 million) using JPY60.136 billion ($640.3 million) in Japanese ODA, $276.8 million in ADB loans and Vietnamese reciprocal capital. The road features an Intelligent Transportation System for traffic management and toll collection using advanced Japanese technology. It also cuts the distance from HCM City to neighbouring provinces, reducing the 45km drive to Long Thanh District to a mere 22km and the distance to Vung Tau from 120km to 95km. This will reduce transport costs by 20-30 per cent, according to the Ministry of … [Read more...]

Government News 9/2

US veterans visit HCM City A group of US Vietnam War veterans returning to the battlefields of their past recently visited HCM City to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the war and the upcoming lunar New Year Festival (Tet). Marsha Lynn Four, the group’s leader who is Vice President of the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) said their goal was to turn back a page in history and to right a wrong by expressing honour and respect to all Vietnam veterans and their families. "We’re here to learn how to help Vietnam veterans heal and pledge our continued support for Agent Orange victims and help to overcome other consequences of the war," Four said. We are all surprised that many of the battlefields are now tourist sites she stressed, adding that it is a symbol of Vietnam’s rapidly changing culture", she said. The US official also hailed HCM City’s rapid development over the past 40 years and expressed a desire for continued joint cooperation in the search for … [Read more...]