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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 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 … [Read more...]

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 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

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. 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. 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. VNA/VOV … [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 … [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 exchanges in … [Read more...]

Vietnamese edition of reality television modeling competition series kicked off

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The qualifying round of the Vietnamese version of American reality television modeling competition series, The Face has been kicked off in main cities: Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang and Can Tho. Miss Universe Vietnam 2015 Pham Huong. Three supermodel coaches of the competition will be pop star Ho Ngoc Ha; Miss Ao Dai Vietnam 2015 Tran Ngoc Lan Khue and Miss Universe Vietnam 2015, Pham Huong. Ho Ngoc Ha who is popularly known as "Queen of entertainment" became a judge on the Vietnamese adaption of "The Voice" in 2012 and went on to judge in the Vietnamese X-Factor in 2014. Lan Khue, 23, which is a German-major student of HCMC University of Social Sciences and Humanities, has been voted as one of the 2015 world's top 50 beautiful women by the Global Beauties website. Model Lan Khue is one of the country’s most outstanding models. She had also won the third prize in the Asian Supermodel contest in 2012 in China and the Golden Award for Vietnam Model in 2013. Lan Khue … [Read more...]

Vnese edition of reality television modeling competition series kicked off

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The qualifying round of the Vietnamese version of American reality television modeling competition series, The Face has been kicked off in main cities: Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang and Can Tho. Three supermodel coaches of the competition will be pop star Ho Ngoc Ha; Miss Ao Dai Vietnam 2015 Tran Ngoc Lan Khue and Miss Universe Vietnam 2015, Pham Huong. Ho Ngoc Ha who is popularly known as "Queen of entertainment" became a judge on the Vietnamese adaption of "The Voice" in 2012 and went on to judge in the Vietnamese X-Factor in 2014. Lan Khue, 23, which is a German-major student of HCMC University of Social Sciences and Humanities, has been voted as one of the 2015 world's top 50 beautiful women by the Global Beauties website. Model Lan Khue is one of the country’s most outstanding models. She had also won the third prize in the Asian Supermodel contest in 2012 in China and the Golden Award for Vietnam Model in 2013. Lan Khue was represent the country at Miss World … [Read more...]

DRD presents project to support disabled college students

Bao Uyen The HCMC University of Social Sciences and Humanities and the HCMC University of Pedagogy are major partners of the project. Called "Disability Access Route to Education" (DARE), the project aims at strengthening the abilities of disabled students so that they can have better access to education and development, and improving the knowledge and capacity of teaching staff on issues related to disabled students to develop appropriate strategies for supporting them. The DARE project will also help those students find places for internship and employment after graduation. Luu Thi Anh Loan, acting director of DRD, said college students with disabilities in Vietnam still face challenges at school due to unfriendly infrastructure, and complicated procedures for offering low tuition fees for disabled students. "By participating in this project, they can share those issues with friends and teachers and come up with solutions to deal with their difficulties," she told the event … [Read more...]

Indonesian expert warns of low productivity in apparel sector

Duc Tam Putra said at a conference in HCMC last week that many developing countries have competed with one another for the low value part of the global value chain for the textile-garment sector. As a result, laborers in the sector are offered low wages that are enough for their basic needs only, and cannot save money for career development. He told the conference on the impact of Vietnam’s international integration process on the apparel industry held by the Center of Business Studies and Assistance (BSA), the HCMC University of Social Sciences and Humanities and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Institute that apparel is a key sector of Indonesia but it is now caught in a low productivity trap. Poor technology is also to blame as it causes productivity to stay low in Indonesia while enterprises in the sector lack supporting policies to invest in modern technology. Therefore, he said enterprises in the apparel sector should be offered favorable policies and financially aided to … [Read more...]

Experts: Bold institutional reform needed to avert middle-income trap

Chinh Phong The warning was made at a two-day seminar held by the HCMC University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Germany’s FES and the Business Studies and Assistance Center (BSA) in HCMC last week for experts to share international experiences and lessons for Vietnam. Income per capita, growth model and a lack of quality industrial policies are among the criteria used to identify the middle-income trap, heard the seminar. Vietnam became a lower-middle-income economy in 2008 while data of the World Bank showed Vietnam’s GNI in 2014 was US$1,890. As classified by the WB, low-income countries are those with gross national income (GNI) per capita of US$1,025 or less, lower-middle-income countries with US$1,025-4,035, upper-middle-income countries with US$4,035-12,475 and high-income countries with US$12,475 or more. The Vietnamese economy has relied mainly on natural resources, labor-intensive industries, foreign direct investment (FDI), low labor productivity and … [Read more...]

Lan Khue named among world’s top 50 beautiful women

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Tran Ngoc Lan Khue, Miss Ao Dai Vietnam 2015, has been voted as one of the 2015 world's top 50 beautiful women by the Global Beauties website. The ranking is based on results at the world’s biggest beauty pageants, Miss Supranational, Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss International and others. The Global Beauties will then whittle the top 50 beautiful women down to 5 for the Miss Grand Slam title. Lan Khue, 23, which is a German-major student of HCMC University of Social Sciences and Humanities, is 1.76m tall and 52 kg. Model Lan Khue is one of the country’s most outstanding models. She had also won the third prize in the Asian Supermodel contest in 2012 in China and the Golden Award for Vietnam Model in 2013. Lan Khue was represent the country at Miss World 2015. … [Read more...]

Hue kicks off Int’l storytelling festival

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The Hue Pedagogical University in collaboration with HCMC University of Social Sciences and Humanities and universities of Thailand held an opening ceremony of the fourth International Storytelling Festival 2016 for the first time at Hue city on March 2. More than 20 storytellers from ASEAN countries and thousands of lecturers, students from 30 countries all over the world participated in the event. According to the organization board, the festival is regarded as a forum for educators and storytellers to share tales featuring deep human cultural & traditional value and educational contents. The festival consisted of themes of culture, entertainment, education and love of peace and people. … [Read more...]

City kicks off ASEAN cultural exchange program with folktales

The Center for Vietnamese and Southeast Asian Studies under Vietnam National University in Ho Chi Minh City in collaboration with artists from ASEAN countries held a storytelling festival under theme of "ASEAN Cultural Exchange through folktales" at HCMC University of Social Sciences and Humanities on March 1. The event is considered as a useful playground for students, researchers, story-lovers and those students who paid attention to Southeast Asian Studies major, folk & culture, folk & literature and the art of storytelling that will bring together famous international storytellers. Attractive exchange programs aiming to introduce Vietnam and southern region’s cultures, ASEAN folktale performance under theme of "Peace and rice", storytelling skill workshop to share folktales from ASEAN countries, the UK, Germany, the US, Romania, Denmark and others took place during the cultural festival. … [Read more...]

STF gives scholarships to 33 poor students

Representatives of STF and Me Tan Ltd. Co. pose for photos with students at the University of Economics and Law (UEL) under Vietnam National University HCMC

Ban Cao and Thanh Hai Twenty-three of the scholarship recipients are from the University of Economics and Law (UEL) under Vietnam National University HCMC and the remaining 10 from Dong A University in Danang City. The scholarships were given under the STF-Voyager scholarship program, a joint effort of STF and Me Tan Ltd. Co., which represents Diego Vietnam. Tran Ngoc Chau, STF public relations manager, said these scholarships would help the beneficiaries ride out their difficulties to continue schooling and contribute to society in the future. Luong Minh Sam, senior advisor to Dong A University, said what STF has done for poor students has left a good impression on enterprises and businesspeople that want to support poor students. Dong A University president Le Van Hoang said VND50 million (US$2,223) worth of scholarships for 10 students at the university could support the recipients continue study. Meanwhile, Nguyen Tien Dung, president of UEL, said the scholarships are a … [Read more...]

“Study in France” forum kicks off nationwide on Saturday

Kieu Giang The event aims to help local students have better preparation for their study in France. It is organized by Vietnamese students in France who currently have a summer break in Vietnam. They will share experience and knowledge with future students. The forum is where participants can find information on paper works, accommodations, job opportunities and students’ life. There are consulting desks to help solve concerns and questions of students. The events will respectively take place at University of Civil Engineering in Hanoi on August 1 from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.; the HCMC University of Social Sciences and Humanities in HCMC’s District 1 on August 2 from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.; at the Danang College of Technology on August 3 from 1:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; and at Hue University on August 3 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Further information can be found at www.facebook.com/DiendanDuhocPhap. … [Read more...]

Foreigners teach languages at Vietnam pagoda

The small La Pagoda is situated in an alley in Ho Chi Minh City's Go Vap District. Photo: Minh Hung

Le Thanh Tao was too afraid in the past to talk with foreigners though he has been learning English at school for years. "I could not pronounce correctly," the student of the Ho Chi Minh City Technology College says. But a few months after joining the free English classes at the La (Leaf) Pagoda in Go Vap District, Tao is more confident after speaking with foreign teachers. Tao is among some 50,000 students who have benefited from the pagoda’s free foreign language center. It opened in 2009, attracting both local and foreign teachers and international volunteers, most of them teaching for free as a contribution to the charitable heart of the pagoda’s head monk Thich Nhuan Tam. Now more than 3,000 students study six languages -- English, French, German, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean – from around 100 teachers. Helpful monk Monk Tam has always thought about helping other people. He tells Thanh Nien News how he got the idea of starting free classes: "I used to … [Read more...]

Foreign Samaritans teach languages at Vietnam pagoda

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Le Thanh Tao was too afraid in the past to talk with foreigners though he has been learning English at school for years. "I could not pronounce correctly," the student of the Ho Chi Minh City Technology College says. But a few months after joining the free English classes at the La (Leaf) Pagoda in Go Vap District, Tao is more confident after speaking with foreign teachers. Tao is among some 50,000 students who have benefited from the pagoda’s free foreign language center. It opened in 2009, attracting both local and foreign teachers and international volunteers, most of them teaching for free as a contribution to the charitable heart of the pagoda’s head monk Thich Nhuan Tam. Now more than 3,000 students study six languages -- English, French, German, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean – from around 100 teachers. Helpful monk Monk Tam has always thought about helping other people. He tells Thanh Nien News how he got the idea of starting free classes: "I used to … [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

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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...]