Social News 18/1

Hand, foot and mouth disease strikes Hanoi A health official from the Hanoi Health Department says a surging outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease in ten districts in Hanoi has infected 36 people so far this year. According to the official, there have been five separate outbreaks reported and there is an especially high risk of a widespread outbreak in Bac Tu Liem district with six infected cases recently reported. There is no vaccine to prevent the disease, the official said. Vietnam recorded 80,685 cases of hand-foot and mouth disease in 2014 including eight deaths while Hanoi reported 1,170 infected cases in 26 out of 30 districts citywide. The disease is a contagious viral illness that commonly affects infants and young children. Symptoms usually begin with a fever, sore throat, painful sores in the mouth. Complications include viral meningitis, myocarditis, and acute pneumonia, which can be fatal. To reduce the risk of catching the virus, both children and adults should … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 8/1

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Local rock music gaining popularity As many as 20,000 rock music lovers took part in RockStorm7 night concert which was held in HCMC on December 27. This was seen as a highlight in the local music industry, manifesting the vigorous sprit of rock music. RockStorm7 undoubtedly created an unforgettable music feast among rock enthusiasts with the participation of six bands playing different styles of rock including Stevans from Switzerland and SPF from Thailand. There are currently more than 10 leading rock bands in Vietnam such as Buc Tuong, Microwave, Ngu Cung and Unlimited. Perhaps due to the fact that this type of music is too strong and overwhelming for a majority of people, rock music is only available at bars, clubs and a few music festivals without much attention from the media. Therefore, the possible way to connect rock music and its lovers is by means of album launch and promotion on digital platforms. However, issuing albums is also seen as a challenge for bands … [Read more...]

Social News 22/12

Six fishermen rescued from sinking ship Two fishing boats from Quang Tri Province rescued six fishermen from Da Nang off the coast of Thua Thien – Hue Province yesterday, as well as towed their sinking ship. The Da Nang's Coastal Information Radio Station said yesterday that the fishing boat, DNA 90388TS, was half submerged in the waters off Thua Thien Hue Province on Saturday. As soon as receiving an SOS reporting the sinking ship, the fishing trawler QT 90099 TS rescued the six fishermen, before another boat, QT 90255 TS, towed the sinking ship to port. Education Ministry prohibits smoking, alcohol drinking in schools Education Minister on Thursday issued a directive to ban smoking and drinking in educational facilities. The directive said that tobacco-use is prohibited in premises of university, institute, and education management facilities as well as preschools, senior and junior high schools, IT and language teaching centers. The minister also asked colleges to add … [Read more...]

Social News 2/10

Dong Nai rioters imprisoned for disturbing peace The People's Court of Nhon Trach district in the southern province of Dong Nai sentenced 15 men to 9-14 months in prison on September 29 for "causing social disturbances" in Nhon Trach Industrial Park. The accused include Nguyen Van Tri, 24 from Khanh Hoa province; Tran Ngoc Tha, 17 (Binh Dinh); Le Van Sang, 24 (An Giang); Dinh Tuan Vu, 31 (Hau Giang); Vien Van Man, 24 (Bac Giang); Le Van Dung, 19 (Phu Yen); Vu Viet Dinh, 29 (Binh Thuan); Du Quoc Ky, 22 (Ca Mau); Nguyen Huu Duc, 21 (Can Tho); Vo Ngoc Ba, 39 (Ho Chi Minh City), Danh Dung, 19 (Kien Giang); Bui Tan Vu, 23 (Dong Thap); Hoang Minh Khai, 19 (Bac Lieu); Ly Huu Trong, 26 (Ca Mau) and Tran Van Khanh, 26 (Thanh Hoa). … [Read more...]

Social News 25/9

Vietnamese students attend World Youth Rhino Summit Six Vietnamese junior and senior high school students have been participating in the World Youth Rhino Summit in South Africa from September 21-23. The trip is sponsored by the US Embassy in Vietnam and the US Consulate in Durban, South Africa. The students, from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and the Central Highlands province of DakLak, was chosen from a nation-wide art competition sponsored by WildAct Vietnam, the Humane Society, and the Hanoi Department of Education and Training. … [Read more...]

Anh Khoi displays flying start to world youth chess competition

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Nhan Dan Online - Vietnamese chess prodigy, Nguyen Anh Khoi recorded two additional wins on September 21 to solidify his second place in the boys' under-12 weight category of the ongoing 2014 World Youth Chess Championships in Durban, South Africa. >> Vietnamese star conquers World Youth Chess Anh Khoi, seeded fifth for his Elo rating of 2208, promptly beat France's Thomas Chargelegue (Elo 1953) in the second round before easing through Rayan Taghizadeh (Elo 2026) from the US after just 36 moves in the third round of play. … [Read more...]

Social News 29/8

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People's Court sentences three men for drug trafficking The Hoa Binh Province People's Court on Wednesday sentenced three men for drug trafficking. Ly A Thenh, 39, from the northern province of Dien Bien, was sentenced to death. Ly A Chu, 34, from the northern province of Son La, was sentenced to life imprisonment, while 25-year-old Boun Miher Khamtong from Laos' Houaphanh Province has been imprisoned for two years. The Dien Bien Police had been hunting for Thenh since 2006 for trafficking 700 grams of heroin. Thenh fled the province with his family and moved to Laos. Then he made a fake identity card, passport and driving licence and worked with a large drug trafficking ring operating in Laos and Viet Nam. … [Read more...]

Social News 8/8

Smuggled elephant tusks seized in HCM City Suspect goods seized recently by Ho Chi Minh City's customs are segments of African ivory tusks, the Institute of Tropical Biology has confirmed. Listed in the World Red Book, African ivory tusks are banned from importing and exporting. Vietnam has forbidden both the trade of elephant tusks and the hunting of elephants for tusks. Sent from France to Vietnam and declared as sample products, the goods, totally weighing 14.6 kg, worth 3 billion VND (143,000 USD), were captured on August 1 after running through customs check. … [Read more...]

Social News 15/7

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Dozens of boats swept away by heavy flood in Red River As many as 20 boats and ships were inundated by a heavy flood which hit Bat Xat district, north-western Lao Cai province on July 14, causing estimated property losses of VND8 billion. … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 9/7

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China's arrest of six Vietnamese fishermen under fire The Vietnam Fisheries Society (VFS) has released a statement, strongly protesting against China's recent apprehension of six Vietnamese fishermen and their boat. VFS vice president Vo Van Trac said Chinese authorities on July 3 detained the Vietnamese fishermen and seized their boat fishing in their traditional fishing grounds in the Bac Bo (Tonkin) Gulf. In its statement, VFS described China's move as wrongful and unruly and asked the country to immediately stop similar acts of aggression, intimidation, property robbery, and arrest of Vietnamese fishermen illegally. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 7/7

Vietnamese seafood banquet sets Asian record A seafood banquet - 777m in length- in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau on July 5 for over 700 guests has set a record as Asia's longest ever. The food was awesome, with seven variants of seafood including crab, clams, oysters and snails,artfully arranged on each table. Biswaroop Roy Chowdhury, General Director of Asia Record Organization (ARO), attended the event, announcing his organisation's recognition of the party as the longest of its kind in Asia. … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 3/6

Workers hospitalised due to suspected food poisoning About 170 employees of Nienshing garment company in northern Thai Binh province have been admitted to hospital with suspected food poisoning. The victims were sent to Thai Binh provincial hospital and near-by Hoang An and Lam Hoa hospitals on June 2 after showing symptoms of food poisoning, such as stomachache and vomiting. They were reported to have eaten dinner at their work place on June 1 before being hospitalised the next day. Thai Binh provincial Department for Food Hygiene and Safety head Le Van Dien said poisoned workers purchased their meals at Dung Hop business, which was also attributed to a previous large-scale food poisoning case involving 160 workers from Phuc Khanh industrial zone in Thai Binh, in August 2012. … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 16/5

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Ministry ensures security, order at industrial zones The Ministry of Public Security has instructed police in southern Binh Duong province to work with other forces in ensuring security and order at industrial zones and safety for foreign workers there. Deputy Minister Lieut. Gen. To Lam made a fact-finding tour of industrial zones in the province on May 15. He also directed the force to provide necessary support for businesses to resume production activities. At the Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park , Lam assured the enterprises that security is secured and they can quickly return to their normality. … [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...]

Social News Headlines 26/4

Police break up trans-national drug trafficking ring Vietnamese authorities have busted a large drug trafficking ring from Laos to Vietnam and then to China. Receiving information from local people that a large drug racket was operating in Tuong Duong and Do Luong districts in Nghe An province, Nam Dinh's police in coordination with the Marine Police Command and Drug Crime Investigation Department (C47) investigated tip offs. On April 20, they caught Dinh Xuan Lai red-handed, trafficking 10 heroin cakes and 28 ecstasy tablets. Lai, the ring's leader, confessed he lives in Do Luong district, Nghe An province, and he had just finished a 25-year imprisonment term. Lai often contacted Lao people to traffic heroin through Luong Minh Border Gate in Tuong Duong district, Nghe An province, and then transport it to Ninh Binh and Nam Dinh, where the drug is shipped to China. The case is still open to investigation. Minister warns against recurrent measles outbreak Although the … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 9/4

Ministry inspects private health clinics, drugstores in 5 cities The Health Ministry plans to inspect private health clinics and drugstores in five major cities this year after many violations were uncovered during last year's inspections. In 2013, 197 private health clinics and 66 private drugstores were suspended from operations for violating medical regulations, according to the ministry. Many medical workers were found working without work permits, in addition, drugstores were caught operating without business licenses and selling psychotropic drugs and drug precursors without permits. The inspectors will target Can Tho, Danang, Haiphong, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Duong Xuan An, the ministry's deputy chief inspector, said at a recent meeting in Hanoi. The ministry also plans to compile and submit to the Government a project to improve medical inspectors' skills by 2020. Speaking at the meeting, Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien ordered all health departments to inspect the … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 8/4

Acclaimed American music band The Amigos will perform at a free public concert and take part in outreach events for disadvantaged people from April 12 to 14 during the Festival Hue.

American band to perform at Hue Festival Its performance will be part of an eight-day tour of Viet Nam as part of a cultural programme sponsored by the US consulate in HCM City. "With The Amigos band, we are also happy to support the arts and music, which are so important to the history and culture of both Viet Nam and the United States," Alex Titolo, the consulate's public affairs officer s quoted as saying in a release. The Amigos performed more than 40 concerts in New York City schools, hospitals, and community centres as part of the famous Lincoln Center's outreach programme in 2012 - 2013. Before coming to Viet Nam the band was in Cambodia, China, Laos, and Myanmar. Liu Xiao Ling Tong meets with Hanoian fans Chinese movie star Liu Xiao Ling Tong on April 6 met with hundreds of his loyal fans in Hanoi and signed the book The Monkey King Journey to the West. Dedicated fans began assembling in front of FAHASA bookstore on Xa Dan road very early in the morning hoping … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 31/3

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Funeral held for Most Venerable Thich Tri Tinh The Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (VBS) on March 29 held a solemn memorial service at Van Duc pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City's Thu Duc district for the Most Venerable Thich Tri Tinh, who passed away the day before at the age of 98. Born in 1917 in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap, Most Venerable Thich Tri Tinh took positions as First Deputy Patriarch and Chairman of the VBS Executive Council, and Deputy Chairman of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee during his lifetime. He made significant contributions to gathering Buddhist followers in and out of the country to jointly build a strong Vietnam Buddhist Sangha. He was conferred with a number of noble distinctions of the Party and State, including the Ho Chi Minh Order, Independence Order (first class), and Great National Unity Order. The funeral, which will run until April 2, has received a lot of attention from mourners nationwide. Party Secretary General Nguyen … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 20/3

A rare species of turtle was discovered and caught at an eco-tourism park in Hanoi on March 17.

Rare, 50-kg turtle found in Hanoi The turtle, that weighs 30 kilos and measures 75 cm in length, is a southern Vietnamese turtle with its scientific name Amyda Cartilaginea, noted Assistant Professor Ha Dinh Duc who has studied turtle species for years. He added that the species primarily lives in canals, rivers, lakes and rice fields. In Vietnam, they are usually distributed in the provinces of Thua Thien - Hue, Dak Lak, Lam Dong, and Khanh Hoa. The 50-year-old turtle is thought to have drifted to the park during the recent heavy rain, reported Duc. People are flocking to the park to catch a glimpse of the rare creature. One individual even offered to buy the turtle at a price of VND50 million but the management declined, stating that they wish to release it into Hanoi's Hoan Kiem Lake to live with legendary Turtle Lord. 2,000-pound bomb disabled in Thua Thien-Hue A bomb weighing 2,000 pounds (907 kg) was safely deactivated in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue on … [Read more...]