Audit asks party to punish former anti-corruption head, strip him of real estate holdings

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The villa of former chief government inspector Tran Van Truyen in Ben Tre Province. Photo: Nguyen Khoa Chien … [Read more...]

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Government members join question-and-answer session

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VGP - PM Nguyen Tan Dung and the Ministers of Industry and Trade, Home Affairs, Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs and Transport will answer questions about issues concerned by the National Assembly delegates from November 17-19. Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang will clarify the development of the auxiliary industry, domestic manufacturing industry, market management solutions, prevention of fake and smuggling as well as the domestic retail distribution. … [Read more...]

Vietnam preserves and promotes Ha Long Bay

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(VOVworld) - Vietnam's Ha Long Bay was recognized by UNESCO as a world natural heritage for its geological and morphological values 20 years ago. It was Vietnam's second world heritage recognized by UNESCO after the imperial city of Hue in 1993. Hoang Trinh and Pham Phong report on Vietnam's efforts to preserve and promote Ha Long Bay: Preservation plans were immediately put in place after UNESCO's recognition 20 years ago. They have helped to boost local tourism and economic growth. However, … [Read more...]

Trang An eco-tourism site in Ninh Binh province

Trang An complex is referred to as a "Halong Bay on land" or an "outdoor geological museum"

(VOVworld) - Nature has endowed Ninh Binh with magnificent green mountains and blue water. The Trang An eco-tourism site is part of the Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex, an "outdoor geological museum". Every year, the site receives tens of thousands of visitors who come to explore its unique cave and grotto system. 7km west of the center of Ninh Binh province and 96 km south of Hanoi, Trang An covers an area of nearly 2,200 ha surrounded by limestone, hills, and river valleys. The only way … [Read more...]

National Water Resources Council members named

VGP - Deputy PM Hoang Trung Hai, Chairman of the National Water Resources Council, has approved the list of the council's members. Accordingly, seven permanent members include Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Nguyen Thai Lai, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Hoang Van Thang, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Cao Quoc Hung, Deputy Minister of Construction Cao Lai Quang, Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyen Ngoc Dong, Deputy Minister of Science and … [Read more...]

Savings disappear without a trace after 31 years

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The savings of a local woman worth 7.5 grams of gold in 1983, or around VND7 million at the current price, has vanished after a national money-changing campaign which reduced the value of her savings. The new value of the savings became so small that it could not even cover the fee to maintain the bank account, and was automatically deleted without the depositor noticing. … [Read more...]

Press digest – November 06

VN demands China stop illegal building on Chu Thap reef Viet Nam demands China stop upgrading and building projects on Chu Thap reef (Stone Cross) in Viet Nam's Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago and avoid similar wrongdoings, said Foreign Ministry Spokesman Le Hai Binh. Viet Nam has full legal and historical documents to assert its sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes, the Spokesman confirmed. On November 6, 2014, representatives of the Vietnamese Ministry … [Read more...]

NA wants efficient airport project

HA NOI (VNS) - Many National Assembly deputies yesterday agreed with the need to build a new modern but costly international airport, but said careful study was needed to ensure both economic and social efficiency of the project. Under the Government's proposal, Long Thanh Airport would be built in the southern province of Dong Nai with a total investment of nearly US$8 billion. Funding for the project will come from the State budget, Government bonds, Official Development Assistance and … [Read more...]

Bac Lieu hosts Miss Vietnam 2014 finals in south

Kieu Giang Bac Lieu is also the hometown of Miss Vietnam 2012 Dang Thu Thao, the first beauty queen from a Mekong Delta Province in the 26-year history of the national beauty pageant. Forty finalists who were chosen from a qualification in HCMC last Sunday will take part in events to honor the traditional culture of Bac Lieu, including visits to a Ho Chi Minh temple, a revolutionary martyrs' monument and a heritage site to commemorate late composer Cao Van Lau who created Da co hoai lang, … [Read more...]

Poor communities told to brace for dam breaches in Vietnam

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A man looks out on a ruptured irrigation reservoir in Thanh Hoa Province after downpours in October 2013. Photo: Ngoc Minh … [Read more...]

Securities firms search for experienced brokers

Thai Ngoc A staff of HCMC Securities Corporation serves investors. Many brokerage firms have posted up demand for experienced staff - PHOTO: TL Jonah Levey, chairman of VietnamWorks, said recruitment demand of the investment and financial sectors has surged by around 70% from the same period of last year. The number of successful jobseekers has also been much higher. However, most employers have high demand for experienced jobseekers only. Aside from certificates, applicants should have … [Read more...]

“Explore Canada from A to Z” competition 2014 winners announced

(CPV) - The Consulate General of Canada in Ho Chi Minh city on October 27 announced the results of the "Explore Canada from A to Z" competition 2014 following the two exciting essay writing and video clip production rounds.First prize: The winner in Vietnam, Ms. Mai Dieu Quynh, Viet Duc high school (Hanoi), will be awarded a three-week Canada study tour in English or French (includes tuition fee, transportation, accommodation, and meals.) While Ms. Pham Phuong Thuy Linh, R.A. McMath school … [Read more...]

Athletes honoured for outstanding performance at ASIAD 17

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(VOV) -A ceremony was held in Hanoi on October 24 to honour athletes in the capital city who have clinched medals at the 17thAsian Games (ASIAD 17) in the Republic of Korea. Vietnam sent a 298-member delegation to compete at 21 out of 36 events of the continent's largest sporting competition. Vice Chairman of the Hanoi municipal People's Committee Le Hong Son said Hanoi athletes contributed 16 medals to Vietnam's medal tally (36 medals). Son spoke highly of constant efforts by local athletes … [Read more...]

Social News 21/10

Authorities crack down on street ads Restrictions against placing brand logos or pictures of products on advertisements for shops have just been put in place for store in HCM City. Under the new regulation issued on September 16, which is still under review, the citywide ban on advertisements for shop signboards designates that any ad featuring such images must be taken down by March, 2015. Currently, a wide range of shops include brand logos and pictures of products on their advertisements. … [Read more...]

EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 20-31 (daily updated)

Subscription Concert Vol.74 "Rheinische" 30 and 31 Oct 2014, 8 pm Hanoi Opera House 1 Tràng Tiền, Hà Nội You are invited to a subscription concert Vol.74 "Rheinische" with the performance of: Conductor: Olivier Leo Schmidt Piano Soloist: Dao Trong Tuyen And the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra Program Suite for Symphonic Orchestra World Premiere Eight Symphonic pieces from Vietnamese folk song Piano Concerto a-minor Op.54 Vietnam Premiere Symphony No.3 Eb major Op.97 "Rhenish" … [Read more...]

The female shark carriers in central Vietnam

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Over the past 20 years, a group of women in central Vietnam's Khanh Hoa Province, including elderly and pregnant ones, have carried sharks from fishing boats onto freezing trucks to earn additional incomes. Under the scorching sun, a group of some 30 women at Ninh Hai fishing port in Ninh Hoa town are lifting up a 400kg shark with poles. According to 61-year-old Ngo Thi Thuong, the group's oldest member, whenever shark-fishing boats come back from Hoang Sa, women from the town's Thuy Dam … [Read more...]

Social News 14/10

New diseases need int'l fightback, experts say More than 100 health, livestock and environment experts from 17 countries are discussing ways to promote collaboration in disease prevention in the face of several newly emerging diseases at a three-day workshop that began in Ha Noi yesterday. They agreed that increased collaboration was needed to prevent and fight the spread of diseases like avian influenza H5N1, H7N9, SARS and Ebola. "We should mobilise society as a whole to participate in … [Read more...]

Oversupply hits rubber prices

Workers are seen in a latex processing plant of Hoang Anh Gia Lai Group in Laos - PHOTO: NGUYEN THAO

Ngoc Hung Vietnam and other countries with large rubber outputs such as Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia have expanded areas under ​​rubber cultivation to cash in on a price surge in previous years, according to the Vietnam Rubber Association (VRA). … [Read more...]

Mobile Banking – A new trend

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Along with the strong development of smartphones, banks have launched various banking services via mobile phones (Mobile Banking), bringing about much more utilities to customers. Sitting with me in a cafeteria on Hoang Van Thu street, Nguyen Van Thang, Director of Hera Vietnam JSC. in Tan Binh ward (Hai Duong city), from time to time used an iPhone 5 to transfer money to his partner in as far as Ho Chi Minh city. "Please sympathize. Sitting with you here but I still have to take care of my … [Read more...]