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Two officials investigated for bribery View more pictures The Supreme's People Procuracy requested the prosecutor's office in Long An Province to clarify corruption allegations against two local officials and punish them strictly if they are found guilty. Nguyen Duc Thuong, head of the department for supervision of social disorder in the provincial prosecutor's office, was found taking VND10 million (US$480) from Le Van Pho, a local real estate broker in exchange for Thuong's help in a … [Read more...]

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2 killed, dozens injured as car hits 12 motorbikes

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Two were killed and 14 injured in a fatal traffic accident this afternoon as a four-seat car crashed into 12 motorbikes from behind at a red light in district 10 in Ho Chi Minh City. One motorbike was burnt to skeleton frames from the accident.Photo: Tuoi Tre There were no full reports of the human casualties while the victims still remain unidentified. The accident occurred at the busy intersection between Ly Thai To and Su Van Hanh street at 4:25pm, burning down 1 motorbike … [Read more...]

41st UPU letter writing contest gets underway

With the theme, "Write a letter to an athlete or sports figure you admire to explain what the Olympic Games mean to you", the contest offers an opportunity for Vietnamese students to express their thoughts about not only a global sports event but also other issues of common concerns of the country and the world. A ceremony was held in Hanoi on October 7 to mark the 137th World Post Day and to launch the 41st Universal Postal Union (UPU) International Letter Writing Contest. The annual … [Read more...]

Russia-Vietnam relations highlighted

The friendship and mutual understanding between Vietnam and Russia over the past 62 years have laid a firm foundation for the development of strategic partnership, said Russian Consul General to HCM City Anatoli Borovik. Vietnam-Russia friendship association holds congress He was speaking at a meeting with media agencies in HCM City on February 17 to mark the 62 nd anniversary of Vietnam-Ruassia diplomatic ties (January 30) and Russia's Diplomatic Day (February 10). He reaffirmed Russia's … [Read more...]

City congress fosters Vietnam-Russia friendship

Ho Chi Minh City's Vietnam-Russia Friendship Association organized its congress for the 2011-2016 term on October 7. At the event, a new executive board including 29 members was elected and Hoang Huu Nghia was re-elected to act as President of the association. Speaking at the congress, Russian Consul General to HCM City Anatoli Borovik said solidarity and friendship have great impact on the common development of peoples all over the world, and especially between Vietnam and Russia. … [Read more...]

Vietnamese scholar to give presentation on Ao Dai in the US

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VietNamNet Bridge - A professor from the HCMC University of Social Sciences and Humanities will deliver a presentation on Ao dai - the traditional gown of Vietnam - at the University of Findlay in Ohio in the US next week. … [Read more...]

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Son Nguyen Soon after the announcement by the institute last week, numerous criticisms have surfaced, blaming the labor ministry as out of touch of the grim reality in the labor market. As covered in local media, the number of university graduates failing to land a job as of the end of last year was 72,000, but the figure rose staggeringly to 162,000 one quarter later, according to a report by the labor ministry released in July. No sooner had such a fast growth in the number of jobless … [Read more...]

Pundits warn of financial burden as Vietnam hub plans more toll stations

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Many experts have warned that residents in Ho Chi Minh City will bear a financial burden from road tolls as local authorities have planned to increase the number of toll stations to 20 in the next decade. According to a plan by the municipal Department of Transport, the number of toll stations in the city will rise from the current seven to 13 by 2020 and to 20 by 2025. … [Read more...]

Draft decree allows Vietnamese in casinos

Manh Tung Article 10 of the draft decree says foreigners, overseas Vietnamese and Vietnamese citizens at age 21 or older could be able to play at domestic casinos. This is considered the most notable change to the licensing of casino business in Vietnam after years of intense debate. The Prime Minister would determine the detailed requirements and would decide which casinos could let Vietnamese citizens in. Currently, only foreigners and Vietnamese holding foreign passports and residing … [Read more...]

Local ancient manuscripts to be nominated to UNESCO

Nguyen Vinh The information was unveiled on Monday at the Workshop on Cochinchina Governor's Palace manuscripts, held by Vietnam's State Records Management and Archives Department and HCMC University of Social Sciences and Humanities. The collection is now in good preservation at the State Archives Center II at 17A Le Duan Boulevard in HCMC's District 1. Amounting to 2,435.5 meters of texts, the collection's main items are invaluable documents, maps and pictures that need preserving to … [Read more...]

Vietnam university seminar discusses identification rights for transgender people

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The transgender community of Vietnam has faced difficulties getting official identification cards, an issue that was discussed at a seminar in Ho Chi Minh City on June 3. … [Read more...]

Vietnam youths in for parody clips

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The boom of YouTube and other video clip sharing channels has allowed youths to join a host of online community entertainment activities in Vietnam, including making parody clips, many of which have become must-sees and caused quite a stir among young people in recent years. … [Read more...]

Junior college, university grads struggling to find jobs in Vietnam

Persuading these people to tell their sad stories is hard work but a Tuoi Tre reporter managed to do so.  Some told the reporter that they feel ashamed about their situation while many try to keep it their secret, even from their loved ones.

It is not uncommon these days to see many young junior college and university graduates in Vietnam doing menial or low-skilled jobs such as beer promotional girls, shoe sellers, factory workers, and even security guards. Huynh Thi Thuy Hang, who last year gained a degree in finance and banking from a university based in Ho Chi Minh City, repeatedly applied for jobs that fit her field of study but she was unsuccessful all the time. … [Read more...]

A Japanese dream

In this file photo, Soichiro Wada (L) works with a Vietnamese expert on Southeast Asian history to organize his collection of artifacts / PHOTO COURTESY OF NGUYEN VIET

It is a building located on a 4,000-square-meter plot in Binh Tan District, southwest of Ho Chi Minh City's center. It has no signboards and is often closed. Not many know that it is actually an art museum where thousands of objects, including many from ancient Vietnamese culture, are housed. In fact, no one except for a few local historians and archeologists are aware that the museum was founded by a Japanese man who had a great passion for Asian history and culture, and a deep love for … [Read more...]

A brush with death and a new lease on life

Turkish man escaping from a personal crisis rekindles showbiz dream in Vietnam   Erdem Aslan has released one album and one single in Vietnamese / FILE PHOTO

When Erdem Aslan released his first Vietnamese album last November, a few foreigners had already made a name for themselves with their renditions of songs in a language that they'd never spoken before. But it is a life-changing event, not fame and riches that have inspired his latest venture, the 27-year-old Turkish man said. "I want to sing Vietnamese songs as a person who represents the cultural exchange between Vietnam and Turkey." Aslan also said he is aware how lucky he is to be able … [Read more...]

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Traditional puppetry will be performed in Hanoi to celebrate World Theatre Day, which falls on March 27.  Puppeteers from the Vietnam Puppetry Theatre and the Thang Long Water Puppetry Theatre will showcase Vietnamese water puppetry.

Amazing Race Vietnam starts again The third season of The Amazing Race Vietnam has started. The pre-cast was launched on Wednesday at https://www.facebook.com/cuocduakythuvn The reality television game show, based on the American TV series - The Amazing Race, will also hold mini bus trips starting from April 28, to cities and provinces nationwide including Hai Phong, Thai Nguyen, Hue, Quang Nam, Long An, Vinh Long, Tien Giang, to search for potential candidates. Audition rounds will be … [Read more...]

Meet Vietnamese, 24, who can speak 8 foreign languages

Khanh has just graduated from the English Faculty at the Ho Chi Minh City University of Social Sciences and Humanities.

Struggling with learning a foreign language? Talk to this young Vietnamese man who is proficient in English, Italian, Spanish, and French and can read the news in Chinese, German, Russian, and Portuguese at the tender age of 24. He told Tuoi Tre that he is preparing for exams set for proficient users under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languagesin Italian, Spanish, and French. The young man said that he can read the news as well as watch movies in Chinese, German, … [Read more...]

Cham lecturer Inrasara to talk about Cham culture

My Tran The first lecture delves into the 'Mystery of Cham - An Ancient Journey' with many untold stories. For this lecture, Inrasara will share his research, such as contributions of the Cham to Vietnamese culture from ancient culture during the Champa Kingdom (from the seventh century to 1832). For Inrasara, uncovering myths and the integrity of literature is not a process of destruction but to recognize their value in providing meaning and guidance to contemporary life. In the second … [Read more...]

Experts offer suggestions to reduce bus accidents in Vietnam

>> Japan firm licensed to operate $2 mln Vietnam bus route >> Bus runs over, kills boy in HCMC >> Buses a threat to traffic safety >> City to check construction site fences for traffic safety

Many Vietnamese officials and experts have put forth suggestions, including the separation of vehicle lanes, to offer solutions to the increase of traffic accidents caused by buses. Besides traffic violations committed by drivers and pedestrians, traffic infrastructure and the improper arrangement of vehicle lanes have contributed to bus-related accidents, most of which were deadly, pundits have told Tuoi Tre. In the long term, exclusive lanes for buses should be prioritized, especially … [Read more...]

Three foreign bands embracing Saigon

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Kieu Giang and Ngoc Minh Multinational bands New resident band of Caravelle Hotel, Q'vans from Cuba is led by drummer Dalyor Vazquez and trumpeter, keyboardist and singer Joel Rodriguez with female singing trio Irian Flores, Sonia Hamilton and Lisandra Rondon. The band's Latin music and dance moves make them a big hit with audiences. Rodriguez, who has lived in Vietnam for two years, said: "We used to live and work in Cuba, Venezuela, Singapore and Cambodia but finally the band has … [Read more...]