An Australian “fairy lady”

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That's the common name Ms. Trish Franklin (aged 62), an Australian citizen is often called. With nearly 18 years in Vietnam, she is really a "fairy" for the children with especially difficult circumstances, students in hard areas where she has always looked for all possible way to support with life, community integration, and reach out to the real spring ...   Saving the images of the beautiful Vietnam country and friendly-nice Vietnamese people is Ms. Trish Franklin's great joy   PRACTICAL … [Read more...]

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Vietnam grants subversive lawyer early release from prison

Former lawyer Le Cong Dinh, who was sentenced to five years in jail for his subversive activities was released on February 6, nearly two years ahead of the schedule. VnExpress quoted an anonymous source from the criminal verdict enforcement agency as saying that Dinh, 45, had followed prison regulations and was therefore released early. Earlier, Dinh's jail term had been reduced twice, down to a total of one year, he said, adding that Dinh will remain under surveillance for three … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s leading violinist Bui Cong Duy

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VietNamNet Bridge -  Among young artists who play stringed instruments in Vietnam, Bui Cong Duy is known as a musical phenomenon, particularly after he won first prize at the International Tchaikovsky Music Competition for Young Violinists in Saint Petersburg, Russia in 1997. Violinist Bui Cong Duy was born into a family that has a tradition of music. At the age of four, he was taught violin by his father, violinist Bui Cong Thanh. Inheriting the sensitivity and love of music from his … [Read more...]

Ho Chi Minh City: 221 hectares of land to be auctioned

Ho Chi Minh City Department of Natural Resources and Environment says that in 2013, urban solid waste sorting at source will be promoted. At least one solid waste treatment project which uses composting technology to reduce garbage at the landfill will be operated. Moreover, the department will continue to promote the grant of land use right and house ownership certificates. Especially, it will submit to the Ho Chi Minh city People's Committee for approval the list of 12 land lots with total … [Read more...]

Towards a clean and green tourism

The launching ceremony of the campaign dubbed "Towards a clean and green tourism ", which took place on the morning of 02/02/1013 at HCMC Opera House, marked the first highlight of the Tourism industry of Ho Chi Minh City, opening up a new year 2013 with a strategy to improve the management capabilities and build a civilized, green and clean city. This initiative was proposed and coordinated by Vietravel Tourism Company - an enterprise in the Tourism industry. The immediate objective of the … [Read more...]

President Ho Chi Minh’s relic complex – A symbol for Vietnam-China fine relations

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PANO – "President Ho Chi Minh, the great leader of Vietnamese people, is the close friend of the Chinese people. He has devoted all his life to the struggle for national independence of the Vietnamese people, and made valuable contributions to world peace and the friendship between the two peoples. He is a bright example for us and his image will be forever in people’s hearts." This was affirmed by Wen Qizhou, Director of the Historical Relic Complex, "Former accommodation of President Ho Chi … [Read more...]

State President asks scientists for more contributions

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PANO – State President Truong Tan Sang paid New Year visits on the first day of the Lunar New Year (February 10th) to the three professors and doctors of Chu Pham Ngoc Son, Phan Thi Tuoi and Tran Thanh Dam, living and working in Ho Chi Minh (HCM) City. At the meetings with the scientists, the State President extended the best wishes to them and listened to the ideas on the solutions for national technological and scientific development. The State President and scientists also exchanged … [Read more...]

Sai Gon Port welcomes two international cruises

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(VOV) - The Seabourn Pride with 200 passengers on board and Aegea Pdyssey with 300 passengers mostly from the Europe and the US docked at Sai Gon port on Monday. During their two-day stay, passengers visit the War Remnants Museum, Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral, the City's Post Office, Cu Chi tunnel, and Nguyen Hue Flower Street. Betty Welner, from Florida, the US, says: "I'm very happy to visit Vietnam on the first day of the New Year. I wish all of you a happy and meaningful New Year. Vietnamese … [Read more...]

Take the plunge at Lang Sen Wetland Reserve

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Ensconced in Dong Thap Province, Lang Sen Wetland Reserve is already a destination for people who love nature and could soon become a hot-spot for couples as well. Tran Trong Trung reports. When dusk fell, the wind glided across each twig and blade of grass. In the sunset, the birds came back to their nests, their chirp echoing melodiously in the mystical landscape. Water rippled, each cajeput leaf rustled, their flowers radiated a fragrance. All these elements create a peaceful natural … [Read more...]

Vietnamese people celebrate Lunar New Year

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(VOV) - Various activities are underway nationwide to mark Lunar new year or Tet. In Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city, thousands of people were packed on the streets for fireworks watching and pagoda visiting. Meanwhile, the Han river bridge in the central city of Da Nang was crowded with people watching fireworks and going to spring flowers market. The ancient town of Hoi An offered visitors art performances and various traditional cultural activities including a lantern festival in Hoai … [Read more...]

President Truong Tan Sang pays New Year visit to scientists

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(VOVworld) - On Sunday, the first day of Lunar New Year, President Truong Tan Sang visited some prominent scientists in Ho Chi Minh city. The President wished the scientists and their families a new year of happiness and success. He listened to their recommendations on socio-economic development, social welfare and party building. President Sang expressed his hope that the scientists and intellectuals will devote more their energy to national development and international integration. The … [Read more...]

New Year’s resolutions by citizens

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(VOVworld) - On the first day of the Lunar New Year of the Snake, Vietnamese people wish for a happy and peaceful year. Farmers yearn for a year with favorable weather and bumper crops, so that they can make a fortune on their native land. Nguyen Van Tac from Chau Thanh district, Dong Nai province said: "Farmers have changed their thinking, applying technological innovations to achieve high economic efficiency. Our lives have changed for better." Residents in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh cities … [Read more...]

Overseas remittance to Vietnam hits record high

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(VOVworld) - Overseas remittances to Vietnam totaled 10 billion USD last year, the record high so far. According to the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs, the money that Overseas Vietnamese sent to Ho Chi Minh city reached 4 billion USD, accounting for more than 40% of the country's total. The total remittance sent home by more than 4 million Vietnamese over the past 3 years increased by 10% annually. Most of the transactions were made through banks with improved services. … [Read more...]

2013 Spring newspaper review

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(VOVworld) - 2013 spring newspapers highlight the Party and government's Lunar New Year's messages, the Party's founding anniversary, review the country's socio-economic progress, make forecasts for the New Year, and promote festivals. - In a New Year message delivered to the public in the newspapers, Party leader Nguyen Phu Trong expressed his wish for the entire Party, army, and people to be united to overcome all challenges and continue steady development. Mr. Trong wished every … [Read more...]

Enriching and deepening Vietnamese traditional culture

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Nhan Dan- The Vietnamese culture is returning to its roots, which is recognised by our international friends as a new achievement in Vietnam's cultural renovation. The idea of establishing an East Asia culture is also being formed, of which cultural exchange activities are an important bond. The Korean culture has been viewed as a huge wave affecting other Asian cultures over the past two decades, especially the East Asian and South East Asian cultures. In its various elements, such as film, … [Read more...]

Youth: power of nation and spring of the country

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Nhan Dan - Born in 1916 and turning 97, Professor and Labour Hero Vu Khieu still maintains a working spirit deeply connected with his inner creativity. Last year, in 2012, he completed two works entitled 'Truong Son - Blood, Fire and Eternal Heroism' and 'Ho Chi Minh, A Star Forever Bright in the Vietnamese Sky'. For him, life is a never-ending spring inspired by the happiness of creativity. Born into an intellectual family, deeply rooted with the rich tradition of study and patriotism, in … [Read more...]

Person who bridges Vietnam – Korea cultures

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Nhan Dan- In a recent meeting with Professor Ahn Kyong-hwan in Hanoi, he informed us of his intention of translating another work of Vietnamese literature into Korean. Carrying in his heart a great love for Vietnam, Prof Ahn Kyong-hwan continues to work hard to bring Vietnamese literature to Korean readers. Professor Ahn is best known to many Vietnamese for his translation of the late President Ho Chi Minh's 'Prisoner's Diary' to Korean (in 2003) and 'Dang Thuy Tram's Diary' (in 2008). In … [Read more...]

Vietnamese diplomacy in integration process

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Nhan Dan - When spring comes, we often think about international developments during the past year and review the behaviour of both our friends and ourselves to evaluate the necessity of making suitable adjustments for the nation's best interest. Although the international situation in 2012 was as unpredictable and changeable as it had been forecast to be; Vietnamese diplomacy, following the resolution of the Party's 11th Congress, fulfilled outstandingly its tasks, manifesting itself in new … [Read more...]

France gives 75 million Euros to power transmission project

The aid will help Vietnam improve power generation capacity (Photo: dztimes)

(VOV) - The French Government has given 75 million Euros to a Vietnamese power transmission project linking the Central Highlands to Ho Chi Minh city. The agreement was signed in Hanoi on Thursday by Minister Delegate for Francophony Yamina Benguigui and Vietnamese Deputy Finance Minister Truong Chi Trung. The signing ceremony was attended by French Ambassador Jean-Noel Poirier, and French Development Agency (AFD) Director Jean-Marc Gravellini. The power transmission project, which is also … [Read more...]

GOVERNMENT IN BRIEF 7/2

Leaders pay tribute to President Ho Chi Minh On February 6, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung offered incense at House 67 in the President Ho Chi Minh relic site in Hanoi on the occasion of the forthcoming Lunar New Year. During their separate visits, the two leaders paid tribute to President Ho Chi Minh, who made great contributions in the fight for national independence and construction. They asked the relic site staff to preserve … [Read more...]