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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...]

President salutes nation’s doctors

President Truong Tan Sang meets outstanding physicians and health officials to mark the 60th anniversary of Viet Nam Doctors' Day in Ha Noi yesterday. —

President Truong Tan Sang hosted a reception for outstanding physicians and health officials to mark the 60th anniversary of Viet Nam Doctors' Day in Ha Noi yesterday. The State leader congratulated the officials and extolled the significant achievements of the heath sector over the past six decades, including fulfilling many of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. The remarkable achievement was attributed to tireless efforts of health workers, including those who had sacrificed their lives to guard national interests and those who had devoted their careers to working in remote areas, he said. Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien reported that in the Doi Moi (reform) process, the health industry had used modern technology to improve the health index of Viet Nam, letting it stand above countries with similar incomes and development stages. She said the average life expectancy in Viet Nam was double that of 1945, and dangerous diseases had largely been brought under … [Read more...]

Social News 28/2

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Route connecting Ky Sa Port and Ly Son Island opened The Ministry of Transport announced its plan to open a mixed river-sea route connecting the Ky Sa port and Ly Son Island in central Quang Ngai province on February 26. Vessels operating on the route must be river-sea compatible ships (VR-SB) under the National Technical Regulation on the Rule of Inland-Waterway Ships Classification and Construction. In addition, vessel crew members are required to have professional competence qualifications. Ly Son district lies 18 nautical miles off the Vietnamese coast and covers an area of 10km2. It includes three communes: An Hai, An Vinh and An Binh. The island district has a population of approximately 2,100. The majority of residents earn a living from fishing and farming garlics and spring onions. Ly Son is striving to become a maritime economic centre by 2025, with a focus on tourism and aquaculture. Archaeologists found relics of Sa Huynh culture on the island dating back to 3,000 … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 27/2

Party features finest reggae music Once a month, The Skank The Tank – the Reggae Sound System based in Ha Noi, provides the finest reggae selections from the early 60's to the future dub sounds at CAMA ATK. Tomorrow, the music party which has been running for the past two years will return to the venue. DJ Mr Gonjaman will be playing a selection of LPs and teaming up with some live performances. Put on your skanking shoes and come to dance. The party will take place from 8-12pm at 73A Mai Hac De Street. Free entry. French films screen next month The Institute of Cultural Exchange with France (IDECAF) will host a series of French films in March. They include Et maintenant, on va ou (Where Do We Go Now?) which won the People's Choice Award at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival, 2 Automnes 3 Hivers (2 Autumns, 3 Winters), Vandal and Les Beaux Jours (Bright Days Ahead). The films, which will be shown with Vietnamese subtitles, will be scheduled at 3pm every Saturday. … [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...]

Hai Duong Newspaper awarded A prize at National Spring Press Festival

"The cover of the Hai Duong Newspaper's At Mui Spring edition is very beautiful and meaningful," assessed Standing Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Journalists Association Ha Minh Hue.

The Festival Organizing Board has awarded an A prize to the beautiful cover of the Hai Duong Newspaper's Spring edition. The Organizing Board of the 2015 At Mui Spring Press Festival on February 10 awarded an A prize, the highest one, to the beautiful cover of the Hai Duong Newspaper's Spring edition. "The cover of the Hai Duong Newspaper's At Mui Spring edition is very beautiful and meaningful," assessed Standing Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Journalists Association Ha Minh Hue. Also receiving A prizes were nine other newspapers of Nhan Dan (People), Quan Doi Nhan Dan (People's Army), Dai Doan Ket (Great Unity), Cong Thuong (Industry and Trade), Nong Thon Ngay Nay (Countryside Today), Ha Noi Moi (New Ha Noi), Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon), Ho Chi Minh City Youth, and Ca Mau. The Organizing Board also awarded 28 B prizes and 37 C prizes to other beautiful Spring edition covers. Regarding beautiful display booths, two special prizes were awarded to the Vietnam Press … [Read more...]

Press digest – February 5

PM chairs teleconference on sustainable poverty reduction PM Nguyen Tan Dung chaired a national teleconference on sustainable poverty reductionto review the work in 2014 and devise a plan for 2015 for the Central Steering Committee on Sustainable Poverty Reduction (CSCR) in the 2011-2020 period. In 2015, the CSCR will strive to reduce the rate of poor households nationwide below 5% and 30% in disadvantaged districts. The targeted rate of poor households in the 2016-2020 period is 1-1.5% per year nationwide and 3-4% per year in disadvantaged districts and communes. Disadvantaged people will have better access to social services and incomes of poor households in the 2016-2020 period are expected to be doubled compared to 2015. Businesses can become strategic investors in Viet Nam: DPM Deputy PM Vu Van Ninh has stressed that such businesses as the AIA Group can become strategic or finance investors in Viet Nam when the country has great demand for infrastructure development through … [Read more...]

Funds not wasted: Hanoi authorities

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A Ha Noi Transport Department official denied a report in Ha Noi Moi (New Ha Noi) newspaper that the department wasted VND24 billion (US$120,000) on removing concrete dividers from streets. Nguyen Xuan Tan, the department's vice director, affirmed that all the median strips would be used again on other streets. "The removed median strips will be prioritised for use on streets that are crowded and are wide enough to install them," Tan said, adding that the use of median strips was one of the city's seven solutions to traffic congestion and that its positive impact had been recognised by the Government and the National Traffic Safety Committee. Tan also said that median strips played a role in shaping the public's driving habits. Before 2010 when median strips were built on Hue, Hang Bai and Ba Trieu streets, traffic congestion and fatal traffic accidents were reported annually, but none were seen after that, he said. Tan went further to say on the online newspaper Vnexpress: … [Read more...]

Government News 2/2

Public Security Minister welcomes US, UN officials Public Security Minister General Tran Dai Quang on January 30 received new US Ambassador Theodore G.Osius and Security Advisor at the UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) Micheal Center. At the meeting, Minister Quang welcomed Ambassador Theodore G.Osius upon assuming his tasks in Vietnam at a time when the two countries are launching celebratory activities marking 20 years of the Vietnam-US diplomatic relations towards the more substantial comprehensive partnership in the time ahead. Quang wished the US diplomat will successfully perform his working term in Vietnam as a contribution to strengthening and developing relations between the two countries in a multitude of fields, especially the cooperation between the Vietnam Ministry of Public Security and the US law enforcement agencies. For his part, Ambassador Theodore G.Osius pledged to use his utmost efforts to consolidate and deepen the comprehensive partnership between … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 30/1

Night in Budapest, a photograph by Janos Devcsics.

Hoi An to host fourth Vietnam International Choir Competition Hoi An has again been chosen by Interkultur (Germany) to host the 4th Viet Nam International Choir Competition. The competition will take place over five days from April 29 with 1,500 artists from 15 countries and territories — Australia, Finland, Germany, India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Taiwan, South Korea, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand , and Viet Nam – taking part. Besides the contest at the Hoi An Beach Resort, there will be a street music performance in the ancient town on April 30 and May 1. There will also be an event on May 2 in which Hoi An will be decked up in early 20th century style and Quang Nam food will be served. Photo show fetes VN-Hungary ties A photo exhibition showcasing scenes from Viet Nam and Hungary took place yesterday in Ha Noi. Entitled Friendship Erases Distance, the exhibition displayed 24 colour and black-and-white photos by Le Luong and Janos … [Read more...]

Social News 30/1

Canadian man arrested for drug Customs officials at the Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City January 28 released that they arrested a Canadian man for drug trafficking. He was found hiding nearly 50,000 tablets of methamphetamine at the bottom of his suitcases when he was checked upon arriving in the country. The drug is estimated to sell for over VND20 billion (US$952,000) in the Vietnamese market. Project launched to support high-quality vocational training in Vietnam The British Council will co-ordinate with the General Directorate of Vocational Training (GDVT) to implement a programme starting this March to improve the quality of vocational training at nine high-quality vocational training colleges across Vietnam. The above goal is part of the content of a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the two sides in Hanoi on January 28, aiming to develop vocational training quality assurance in vocational training facilities in Vietnam that are being … [Read more...]

VN lags behind in R&D growth

VietNamNet Bridge – R&D firms need sound business strategies and more skilled researchers to overcome current challenges, Pham Hong Quat, an official with the Ministry of Science and Technology, tells Ha Noi Moi (New Ha Noi).As of November, 132 R&D enterprises were licenced in Viet Nam. How have these companies been developing? For R&D enterprises, researching and developing science and technology is a must. To do this, most of them focus on investing in infrastructure and human resource training. They must also create a special unit for R&D and applying new technologies in production. There are many successful models in this field with high turnover and profits, such as Viet Nam National Seed Joint Stock Company, Southern Seed Company, ACH Construction Consulting Company and Thien Duoc Company. According to reports from 63 science and technology departments nationwide, no R&D enterprises have been dissolved since the beginning of the year. They have … [Read more...]

Gov’t car buying should be curbed

Public debt and waste in public spending have become a hot topic in Viet Nam these days. Do you think it is time for stricter controls on public spending?

Viet Nam must practice thrift and fight waste, Le Hong Son, director general of the Bureau of Legal Nominative Documents Post Review under the Ministry of Justice, told Ha Noi Moi (New Ha Noi). Our budgetary and financial situation is already in the red. So public spending, particularly public procurement, has to be looked at. And when we talk about public procurement, we cannot fail to mention the buying of luxurious cars by many government offices. I feel it is high time Viet Nam put a cap on buying cars by government offices. If this is doe, we can save a huge sum of money for other important activities. So you are suggesting a policy specifically targeting the purchase and use of cars by public officials? There are more than 37,000 public cars nation-wide, excluding those belonging to the armed forces or State-owned enterprises. In 2013 alone, nearly 1,500 cars were bought for VND1,400 billion ($66.6 million). The number of new cars bought is important, but it is perhaps more … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 30/12

Bai choi singing usually takes place outdoors while playing cards. — Photo hoianworldheritage.org.vn

Thai holy animal statues exhibited in Da Lat resort city A pair of dragon and peacock statues made by Thai craftsmen are being put on show at the Love Valley tourist site in Da Lat resort city of Central Highland Lam Dong province. The pair of statues are part of a collection of holy animals statues that 270 Thai artisans worked together throughout 369 days to create as a gift to Thai King Bhumibok Adulyadej on the occasion of his 85th birthday anniversary. The statues are made of silver and bronze, plated with 24K gold and decorated with crystal and precious stones. The dragon statue measures 132cm high, 114cm wide and weighs 88.5kg, while the peacock is 170cm in height, 127cm in width, and weighs125kg. The statues are exhibited together with gemstones originated from Thailand as well as bonsai and stone and wood sculpture works by Vietnamese artisans. Da Lat is one of the most popular resort cities in Vietnam, which is surrounded by pine-covered hills, lakes, mountains. The town … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 21/12

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Ha Tinh to preserve 200-year-old dwelling The Ha Tinh Museum is preparing a plan to preserve a 200-year-old "typical Vietnamese house", officials say. The museum staff said they discovered the house in mountainous Huong Son Commune, Huong Khe District during a recent investigative trip. The house is in good condition with all original structures intact, from the gate to the main building. The gate, built with laterite bricks, has complicated carvings on it. The main building includes three sections of a wooden frame that are similar to the nha ruong (wooden house with many beams and pillars) found in Hue. Traditional carvings of birds and flora were also found on the wooden beams. The house's roof is covered by the yin-yang earthen tiles and its walls are made of unbaked clay. Writer Bui Ngoc Tan passes away after long cancer fight Writer Bui Ngoc Tan, 80, passed away on Thursday after many years fighting cancer. Tan was born in 1934 in the northern city of Hai Phong. He … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 20/12

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Twelve sites recognised as national relics Twelve archaeological, historical and architectural relics around the country have been recognised as national relic sites by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. The Ky Anh ancient rock rampart in Ky Lac commune, Ky Anh district, Ha Tinh province. The list consists of three archaeological, seven historical and two architectural relics, located in 10 provinces: Son La, Thai Nguyen, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Thua Thien–Hue, Quang Nam, An Giang, Binh Phuoc, Long An and Khanh Hoa. Three archaeological relics named are the Loi Citadel in Thuy Xuan and Thuy Bieu wards, Hue City, Thua Thien–Hue province; Hoa Diem relic in Cam Thinh Dong commune, Cam Ranh city, Khanh Hoa province; and Khe Ho ancient rock ground in Hang Chu commune, Bac Yen district, Son La province. The seven historical sites comprise three in Thai Nguyen, including the complex of Muc Temple and Huong Ap pagoda in Pho Yen district; the relic where the Brigade 308 … [Read more...]

Social News 8/12

Traffic police officer faces investigation Police in Ba Ria-Vung Tau yesterday started an investigation into a traffic police officer who allegedly crashed his BMW into a group of militiamen while on patrol on Saturday morning, killing two and seriously injuring at least five others. The policeman was identified as Lieutenant Pham Hong Tuan of Chau Duc District's Traffic Division. According to initial reports, a group of militiamen from Lang Lon Commune and Ngai Giao Town in Chau Duc District were on patrol and had stopped by the roadside in Ngai Giao for a break. The BMW was apparently speeding and crashed directly into the group. … [Read more...]

Ha Noi: Installing 38 cluster of aquatic rafts to improve To Lich river’s water quality

Installing process are implementing on section from Hoang Quoc Viet street to Cau Moi bridge (

To Lich river has total length of 13, 3 km and 20 km2 of drainage flow; it located in Hoan Kiem district, Ba Dinh, Dong Da, Thanh Xuan, Thanh Tri. Water flow can reach to 150.000 m3/ day. Most of urban waste water is untreated so water of river becomes more and more polluted. In an attempt to improve water quality, Ha Noi Drainage One Member limited Company set up 38 cluster of aquatic crafts in To Lich river. So Crossroads in Ha Noi), with total length over 6 km. The frame crafts are made from floating materials, each cluster is separated 30 cm away. Aquatic plants play role as factors helping clean due to its root and body that has filter functions, converts polluted compounds into biomass, and releases oxygen to the water. Aquatic rafts are low cost tools which have life span up to 4 years. Therefore, this project seems an appropriate and friendly solution. … [Read more...]