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 criminal case involving Pham Thi Be, whose sentence was commuted to 2 years in July for running a brothel. Pho had asked Luong Hoang Viet, a motorbike taxi driver, to transfer the money to Thuong's account on June 3, 45 days before Be's appeal trial was held, police said. Thuong told the police that the money was not a bribe but Viet's monetary contribution to Thuong father's funeral, which is a common custom in Vietnam. Meanwhile, the Long An police said Pho, who was seized on September 27, … [Read more...]

2 killed, dozens injured as car hits 12 motorbikes


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 and causing serious damage to 11 others. The hit-and-run driver has been identified as Tran Anh Huy, 42, hailing from district 7. The accident came after Huy, who was a doctor at Nhi Dong 1 hospital in district 10, drove the car towards Ly Thai To roundabout on his way back home. All victims have been rushed to hospital 115 nearby for emergency treatment. Four people, who sustained minor injuries, have been discharged from the hospital while 10 others suffering from moderate to serious … [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 contest for children up to 15 years old, hosted by the UPU, aims to develop children's creative writing skills and help to strengthen friendship amongst nations, whilst giving young people an understanding of the postal sector's role in social development. The contest has been held in Vietnam 22 times since 1987. … [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 policy of developing equal relations with all nations, including Vietnam, for mutual benefits. In response to reporters' questions on Russia-Vietnam relations, Borovik expressed his belief that they will continue to grow and flourish in the future. In this connection, he proposed both countries renovate ways of cooperation, with a focus on economics, trade, energy, banking, high technology, education, culture, tourism and social affairs. Borovik described 2011 as an important year for … [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. Since its establishment, the diplomat said association has contributed to developing the traditional friendship on both sides. He noted that he is ready to assist the organization in order to preserve and develop bilateral friendship. Established in 1995, the association regularly organizes friendship activities on the occasions of important historical events of Russia. It has received many Russian delegations, as well as sending Vietnamese counterparts to participate in cultural … [Read more...]

Local students join SCG internship program in Thailand

Hung Le The nine outstanding 3rd to 4th year students are from top universities in Vietnam such as HCMC University of Technology, HCMC University of Law, RMIT International University, HCMC University of Social Sciences and Humanities, and Hanoi University of Mining and Geology. They went through a tough selection round in early March. Together with around 40 excellent students from Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar and the Philippines, they will join in professional training courses at SCG’s business facilities. The participants will be sponsored for accommodation, transportation, daily allowance and travel cost, and will have the opportunity to learn from sustainable business models of SCG in Thailand. This is the third consecutive year the program has been held in regional countries. Phira Kulkattimas, general director of SCG Vietnam, said the program is the company’s effort to enable excellent students to experience the professional workplace at SCG headquarters, … [Read more...]

Fencing – a noble sport

A fencing match is seen at the HCMC Youth Culture House in District 1, HCMC - PHOTO: MY LOAN

My Loan Fencing was initiated by the French in the 15th century and has become an official sport in the Olympics. However, it is still something quite new in Vietnam. From the martial art of fighting, nowadays fencing is considered a noble sport. "The white protective gear manifests something really elegant about this sport. To be honest, I fell in love with fencing when I was a small girl. Knowing that SaigonFencing Club is located at the HCMC Youth Culture House, I immediately went for it," said Nguyen Ngoc Thuy Trang. With only VND50,000 per hour, a player is equipped from head to toe with a thin sword, protective mask and clothing, gloves, socks and shoes. For several first training sessions, green fencers will learn how to make gentle and swift movements, which are seen as the most important in fencing, with the assistance of instructors. Afterwards, these fencers will continue to learn how to swing a long thin sword and launch attacks against rivals and how to defend … [Read more...]

JBAH grants scholarships to local students

Duc Tam The scholarships worth VND6 million each went to 40 students of HCMC University of Social Sciences and Humanities and HCMC University of Technology. JBAH General Secretary Isao Obayashi hopes the program will be extended to other universities next year. Intel Vietnam gives scholarships to female students *Intel Products Vietnam last Friday awarded the HEEAP Technical Vocational Female Student scholarships worth VND6.5 million each to 109 well-performing female students of 13 technology universities and colleges. Sherry Boger, general manager of Intel Products Vietnam, said the company is committed to supporting local students, especially female ones majoring in technology and engineering, and will extend the scholarship program in the next three years. The HEEAP Technical Vocational Female Student Scholarship was launched in 2012 as part of the Higher Engineering Education Alliance Program (HEEAP) funded by Intel Corporation, the United States Agency for … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 21/11

Paris exhibition honours Vietnamese people in World War I Vietnamese people in the First World War (1914-1918) is the highlight of a photo exhibition being held in Paris from November 19 to December 30. On display are more than 100 documentary photos depicting the working and living conditions of the first Vietnamese who were brought to France by the French colonial government in the early 20th century to serve the war. Historian Pierre Brocheux introduced the historical context since nearly 100,000 Vietnamese people, mainly from poor areas of Vietnam, were sent to France together with 240,000 colonial soldiers from Africa and Indochina. … [Read more...]

Nha Nam gathers scholars in Book Talk series

Kieu Giang The event will take place on the first Saturday each month at 9 a.m. at Nha Nam Book Café in Phu Nhuan District, HCMC. In this open roundtable, readers and speakers can express critical views on books and contemporary literary issues. The first program themed "What are benefits of literature?" is scheduled at Nha Nam Book at 9 a.m. on November 8, featuring poet/journalist Nguyen Huu Hong Minh from Mot the gioi online newspaper, Tran Le Hoa Tranh, deputy head of the literature and language faculty of the HCMC University of Social Sciences and Humanities, and writer/translator Tran Tien Cao Dang from Nha Nam Media and Publishing House. … [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 graduates subsided than the next quarterly report by the ministry painted a stark-contrast picture. The report says Vietnam's jobless rate for the second quarter was the lowest in the past one year. … [Read more...]

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


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 overseas are permitted to go to local casinos. … [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 withstand natural ageing. The majority of these documents were written in French and the rest in other languages such as Vietnamese, Chinese, Khmer, Lao, Japanese, and English, among others. … [Read more...]

Vietnam youths in for parody clips


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...]