Union of Literature and Arts launches literary contest

The Union of Literature and Arts in Ho Chi Minh City held a press conference on May 28 to launch a writing contest to celebrate the 40th anniversary of National Reunification Day and the 125th birth anniversary of President Ho Chi Minh. The literary works entries in the writing contest will be new compositions composed from 2010 until now including works in literature, theater, art, music, cinema, photography, architecture and dance. Accordingly, participants will be both professional artists and amateurs from across the country. The contents of the compositions must reflect the outstanding achievements of the National Army, the general public and Ho Chi Minh in particular, with emphasis on the construction and development of the City in the past 40 years. The contents of the compositions must pay homage to late President Ho Chi Minh. On this occasion, the Union of Literature and Arts also launched the second literary writing contest under the theme 'New Countryside'. In the … [Read more...]

Vietnam Airlines adds over 3,600 flights during summer

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Aiming to provide service for passengers during the 2013 summer holiday, from June 1 to August 31 the national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines (VNA) will add 3,641 flights with more than 700,000 seats on 12 domestic and international routes. The additional flights will bring the total capacity of the carrier during the period to more than 5.53 million seats, a year-on-year rise of 22 percent. During the peak time from June 15 to August 15, VNA will operate an average of 333 flights a day. Under the plan, on domestic routes with high demand, VNA will increase flights on the Hanoi - Phu Quoc route, Ho Chi Minh city (HCMC) - Nha Trang - Danang route, and from HCMC to Nha Trang, Da Nang, Thanh Hoa and Hai Phong, with additional capacity of 19 percent to 64 percent on year. Of which, flights with the highest additional capacity will be HCMC - Danang at 64 percent, Hanoi - Da Nang at 39 percent and Hanoi - Nha Trang at 29 percent. On international routes, VNA will add flights on Hanoi - … [Read more...]

Party General Secretary receives delegation of the Indian Communist Party

(VOVworld) - Party leader Nguyen Phu Trong on Tuesday received a delegation of India's Communist Party, led by General Secretary Sudhakar Reddy, which is currently on a working visit to Vietnam. Trong said the visit is vivid evidence of the fine relations and friendship between the two parties and peoples. He thanked the Communist Party of India for supporting the Vietnamese people in wartime and current development process. He briefed the delegation on the important documents of the 11th Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam, Vietnam's socio-economic development and plans in the years to come. He said he hoped that the Communist Party of India will continue to boost the multifaceted and strategic partnership between Vietnam and India. Earlier, the delegation of the Communist Party of Vietnam headed by Hoang Binh Quan Head of the Party Central Committee's Commission for External Relations held talks with the delegation. During their stay in Vietnam, the delegation visited … [Read more...]

Magician Eriz Logan performs and presents gifts for Vietnamese patients

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Photo: vov.vn Italian magician Erix Logan, a world-famous magician, along with his wife, has visited, performed for and presented gifts to children at the National Hospital of Pediatrics on May 27. Logan, whose real name is Enrico Del Buono, has had a passion for magic since he was very young and has developed special skills over the years, earning an international reputation for his performances. At the hospital's meeting-hall, magician Erix Logan and his wife brought warmth from the distant country Italy, with the young audience here treated to a magic repertoire with hilarious and mesmerizing appeal. In particular, singer Sara Maya, Erix Logan's wife, presented 350 gifts and performed the Italian popular song "My sun" for the staff, physicians, and child patients. With help from Alberto Sitta, the leader of a magic club in Italy, Erix Logan refined his talent and went on to conquer audiences in Italy and around the world. Erix Logan and the artists in his performances promise … [Read more...]

Workshop on intellectual property in the global trade environment

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(VOV) - A workshop on intellectual property in the global trade environment, a solution to deal with problems for Vietnamese enterprises, took place on Tuesday in Ho Chi Minh city. The event was co-organized by the Department of Intellectual Property under the Ministry of Science and Technology and Vietnamese High-quality Products Enterprises Association. Participants discussed the protection of intellectual property rights and creative space, and Vietnamese enterprises who owned intellectual property in the globalized environment. Minister of Science and Technology, Nguyen Quan, stressed the importance of Vietnam's registration of intellectual property: "Intellectual property is at the top of our list of concerns as Vietnam integrated into the world economy. Besides meeting the basic requirements of the World Trade Organization, Vietnam is taking part in negotiations on other treaties related to intellectual property. This poses both challenges and opportunities for Vietnamese … [Read more...]

Vietnam, Egypt enhance tourism cooperation

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(VOVworld) - Vietnam and Egypt will promote activities to strengthen bilateral tourism cooperation as set in a Memorandum of Understanding on Tourism Cooperation signed in 2006. The two tourism leaders meet in Egypt. (Photo: VNA) The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism's General Director Nguyen Van Tuan met with Chairman of The Egyptian Tourist Authority Naser Hamdy in Egypt on Monday to discuss ways to help tourism companies in both countries. Tuan invited the national airline Egypt Air to open direct routes to Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh city after opening a representative office in Vietnam. … [Read more...]

Binh Duong to host Lai Thieu Fruit Festival

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Illustrative image Nhan Dan Online - The first-ever Lai Thieu Fruit Festival is going to take place on June 8 -12 in Thuan An town in the southern province of Binh Duong. Around 100 booths will showcase handicraft products, traditional foods and assorted fresh fruits of the southeast and southwest region, such as mangosteen, durian, rambutan, pomelo and jackfruit at the festival. The event will also include a fruit arrangement contest, a don ca tai tu (Southern amateur music performance) and a workshop on how to attract visitors to Binh Duong province. The event aims to provide orchard owners and businesses with an opportunity to exchange their experiences in creating ecological tours to Lai Thieu orchard and develop the agricultural economy in Binh Duong province. Around 20 kilometres northeast far from Ho Chi Minh city, Lai Thieu orchard is a famous tourist site for its diversified fruit trees and is considered the lung of Binh Duong province. (Source: VNA/ Translated by … [Read more...]

Be vigilant against the current idea of non-politicized army

The allegation on non-politicized army is by nature the attempt to separate army from the ideology of Marxism-Leninism, to remove the leadership of the Communist Party of Viet Nam over the army, and to make the army loosen its ideology and gradually become ambiguous about its ideology and fighting goals and no longer be able to act as a power tool to protect the Party, State and people. Building the revolutionary nature of the army is the core of building the army in terms of politics. The nature of our army is the new-type army with the nature of the working class. Thus, it is necessary to implement the followings: First, our army should persistently follow Marxism-Leninism We should persistently follow Marxism-Leninism and Marxist-Leninist philosophy. This does not mean to stereotype and apply rigidly but scientifically and creatively its ideology, and rules in new historic conditions and in new situation of the country. Second, to firmly maintain and strengthen the Party's … [Read more...]

“The nature of the socialist-oriented market economy in the Draft amendments to the 1992 Constitution of Viet Nam”

Article 54 of the Draft amendments to the 1992 Constitution of Viet Nam once again confirmed that our economy is the socialist-oriented market economy with several forms of ownership and economic sectors. Perception on the socialist-oriented market economy has been gradually supplemented and improved through Party Congresses. The Party's orientations and guidelines on building and developing the socialist-oriented market economy in the 1992 Constitution is "The State develops the socialist-oriented multi-sector consumer economy with market mechanism under the State management. Economic structure consists of different sectors with diversified forms of production and businesses based on people's ownership, collective ownership and private ownership of which the people's ownership and collective ownership are the cornerstone." The draft amendments to the 1992 Constitution continues to confirm the essential path to build Viet Nam's socialist-oriented market economy is "economic sectors … [Read more...]

PM pushes sustainable socio-economic growth

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Farmers can access preferential loans to buy agriculture machines. Viet Nam's Government has made efforts to control inflation, stabilise prices and stimulate production to approach sustainable growth. — VNA/VNS Photo Tran Viet HA NOI (VNS)— The Government is making efforts to control inflation while still spurring production and stabilising the macro-economy, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung told the monthly cabinet meeting in Ha Noi yesterday. The PM underscored the need to achieve sustainable growth to avoid generating inflation hikes on the country's economic restructuring process. Reviewing the socio-economic progress in the first five months, cabinet members said that all levels and branches have implemented solutions issued by the Party Central Committee, the National Assembly and the Government. This contributed to controlling inflation, stabilising prices, lowering interest rates and stimulating production. The CPI in May fell by 0.06 per cent from the previous month. … [Read more...]

Government’s monthly meeting for May opens

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(VOVworld)- The Government's monthly meeting for May chaired by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung opened in Hanoi on Sunday. Cabinet members reviewed the socio-economic situation this month and so far this year and discussed the government's resolutions on major solutions to implement the socio-economic development plan and assist enterprises to expand their production and market and deal with bad debts. The macro-economy has witnessed major positive results so far this year. Inflation was reined in, the Consumer Price Index dropped by 0.06% against last month and export increased to 50 billion USD, up 15% against the same period last year while imports of production materials increased.In his address, Prime Minister NGuyen Tan Dung pointed out challenges facing the economy. Dung says: "We need to maintain the macro-economy, control inflation and at the same time, assist enterprises to develop production in order to achieve the target growth. To ensure a sustainable growth, we must … [Read more...]

Spratly Archipelago – season of love

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April and May are two months when soldiers on the Spratly Archipelago enjoy the most happiness, as people from the mainland visit them and show affection with them. During a recent visit to the archipelago, apart from practical presents for soldiers, a delegation from Ho Chi Minh City brought with them a special love for soldiers. The pictures recorded moments of close affection between soldiers and people. Burning incense to commemorate martyrs who sacrificed their lives for Spratly Archipelago. Nguyen Van Dua, Ho Chi Minh city Party Committee standing deputy secretary and commander-in-chief Dinh Gia That, naval political commissar, with soldiers and people on Song Tu Tay Island. Under a tree typical of Song Tu Tay Island. Artists teach children how to sing. Singers perform for soldiers on Nam Yet Island. Soldiers enjoy the art performance. Artists are moved to tears when saying goodbye to soldiers on DK1 framehouse. Children are loath to say goodbye. Soldiers and people … [Read more...]

“Dancing with Central Highlands” special promotion

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(CPV) - VietJetAir (Vietnam's leading low-cost carrier) is offering a special promotion titled "Dancing with Central Highlands" for its newly-launched Ho Chi Minh city - Buon Me Thuot flight from now until May 26. In the first period, the route is being operated with 7 flights per week, just starting VND390,000 for one-way ticket. Airplane departs from Tan Son Nhat airport at 18.20 and arrives in Buon Me Thuot at 19.15. The returning flight will leave Buon Me Thuot airport for Ho Chi Minh city at 19.50 on the same day, estimated travel time is 55 minutes. Special promotion "Dancing with Central Highlands" offers passengers unique voice of Kasim Hoang Vu singer, delicious coffee of Ban Me trademark, exciting "Xoang" dance or The traditional craft of weaving brocade from Tay Nguyen region. "In order to increase the flight frequency in the coming time, VietJetAir will expand its fleet and improve utility services. Each year, Buon Ma Thuot city welcomes hundreds of thousands of … [Read more...]

“Don’t lose aspiration”

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PANO - After an impressive speech in Ho Chi Minh City on May 22nd, Australian miracle man, Nick Vujicic continued inspiring Vietnamese youths with his sincere stories at an exchange, "Don't lose aspiration", on May 23rd at My Dinh National Stadium. Vice State President Nguyen Thi Doan, leaders of ministries, central and local industries and around 25,000 people came to listen to Nick's stories of his childhood and efforts to overcome his disadvantages. Nick said youngsters should not complain about their ill-fated life and have to prove their values by their good deeds for society. He affirmed that happiness appears when people show their love to each other, firstly to their families. Nick said the most important thing is that people dare to realize their dream with hope, and never give up hope. He also took president Ho Chi Minh of Vietnam as a typical example who had realized his great dream to bring about freedom and happiness to his compatriots. Vietnamese should … [Read more...]

Vietnam – Australia slogan making contest launched

(CPV) - A slogan-making contest to mark the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Australia was launched by the Union of Friendship Organizations, the Ho Chi Minh city Vietnam - Australia Friendship Association, the Ho Chi Minh city Youth Union's Centre of Science and Technology Development and the Vietnam - Australia Society English Centre on May 22 in Ho Chi Minh city. The contest aims to encourage Vietnamese young people to study the Australian culture; to raise solidarity and exchange between the two countries; and to offer an interesting English playground for Vietnamese students. Vietnamese youth from age 16 to 25 in HCM City and southern provinces have the chance to join the contest. Each contestant will write a slogan in English on the friendship between Vietnam and Australia with a maximum of 10 words and an exposition of no more than 200 words. Entries should be sent to http://www.hoivietuc.edu.vn or www.facebook.com/HoiVietUc, until June 25. The … [Read more...]

ART & ENTERTAINMENT IN BRIEF 24/5

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Duc Tuan to perform at Da Nang theatre Pop singer Duc Tuan will perform at the central city's Trung Vuong Theatre tonight, according to event organiser Le Kha Luc. The live show will include 20 songs composed by late musician Pham Duy, and extracts from the Phantom of the Opera, Le temps de cathedrales (Notre-Dame de Paris), and Vietnamese love songs. Tonight will be his first live show in Da Nang. Tuan has put on successful shows in the past including Music of the Night in HCM City in 2009, and Paradiso in Ha Noi and HCM City in 2011. Harsh penalty for fashion show host, models The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism will apply the harshest penalty and ultimate sanctions on the Venus Company, who hosted a fashion show called 'Dem Hoi Chan Dai 7' (the Long-Legged Festival), said Vo Trong Nam, deputy head of the department. The fashion show sparked criticism from the public at the very start after the invitation was released on the Internet with pictures of … [Read more...]

Children Action with the disabled children in Quang Ngai

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The Quang Ngai PPC has just allowed the Children Action organization to provide a free operation program for the disabled children in the province. As planned, the doctor mission of Children Action will implement a screening examination on disease of articular muscle, burn sequela and naevus for under 17 year- old people in the province on two days of 6 and 7, June 2013. Those who need surgeries and other medical procedures will be free operated at the Centre for orthopedic and physical rehabilitation of Quy Nhon province by doctors of Children Action. Established in February of 1994, Children Action is a Swiss charitable foundation that provides practical aid to children in fields such as medical and surgical care, psychological support, teenage suicide preventative care and many more. In Quang Ngai, in the two years of 2011 and 2012, Children Action implemented a screening exam for over 350 children and operated for 65 selected children at the Centre for orthopedic and … [Read more...]

ART & ENTERTAINMENT NEWS IN BRIEF

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Duc Tuan to perform at Da Nang theatre Pop singer Duc Tuan will perform at the central city's Trung Vuong Theatre tonight, according to event organiser Le Kha Luc. The live show will include 20 songs composed by late musician Pham Duy, and extracts from the Phantom of the Opera, Le temps de cathedrales (Notre-Dame de Paris), and Vietnamese love songs. Tonight will be his first live show in Da Nang. Tuan has put on successful shows in the past including Music of the Night in HCM City in 2009, and Paradiso in Ha Noi and HCM City in 2011. Singing competition open to overseas Vietnamese Viet Nam Television's Sao Mai (Morning Star) Singing Contest will widen to include Vietnamese living in eight European countries. Contestants will be classed in three music genres: folk, chamber music and pop. The first round will be carried out in northern, central and southern regions plus Europe to select 12 contestants for the final round in August. Three prizes will be granted for each genre … [Read more...]

Vietnam: You’re so good-lookin’

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One white expat's odd May 19 ode to Ho Chi Minh and Malcolm X on the occasion of their respective 123rd and 88th birthdays According to this week's 'My Two Cents' contributor, American geniuses Malcolm X (L) and Jerry Seinfeld (R) agree: the Vietnamese people should stop whitening their skin and otherwise desist from further Europeanizing their appearance in any way. File photos I had a strange vision this past Sunday. It was Ho Chi Minh's birthday and things in my District 3 neighborhood were less festive than I'd expected. One of my most cherished American heroes, Malcolm X, shares a birthday with old Uncle Ho and my vision was of the emergence of a young Vietnamese version of the late great Brother Malcolm… A Vietnamese Stokley Carmichael, if you will. Better yet, a Vietnamese James "Say it Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud" Brown. Or better still, a Vietnamese Psy (the Gangnam Style guy) - that dude's bizarre appeal infused with the black consciousness of Steven Biko, who did more … [Read more...]

Limbless Nick Vujicic warmly welcomed in Ho Chi Minh city

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(VOV) -Nick Vujicic enjoyed meeting his Vietnamese fans at the White Palace Convention Centre in Ho Chi Minh City on Wednesday, urging other handicapped people to love themselves and others. Source: VOV Nick, born on December 4, 1982, is a Serbian Australian with tetra-amelia syndrome, a rare disorder characterized by the absence of arms and legs. He has traveled to 24 countries on five continents to give talks and inspire young people to overcome the challenges in their lives. The organizing board presented 24 cups and savings books worth 20 million VND each to 24 strong-willed people and 10 insignias and gifts to 10 philanthropists. … [Read more...]