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San Art, a non-profit gallery and reading room in HCMC, is organizing an art exhibition at Carré d'Art museum of contemporary arts in Nimes, France from Friday until April 27.

Beauties gear up for Miss Ocean Vietnam The contest seeks Vietnamese contestants aged between 18 and 26 with an average height of 1.65m who are based in Vietnam or overseas. According to fashion designer Vo Viet Chung, who is also head of the organizing committee, the contest will be made an annual event with the goal of raising people's awareness on environment protection of the nation's seas and to promote the local tourism industry. Qualification rounds will take place in Hanoi … [Read more...]

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Viet Nam yesterday signed two new loan agreements worth a total of US$28 million with Saudi Arabia for road construction and rehabilitation of flood-affected areas.

Saudi Arabia loans $28m for VN road projects Vice-president of the Saudi Arabia Fund for Development Muhammad Suliman AlOraify and director of the Vietnamese Ministry of Finance's Debt Management and External Finance Department Nguyen Thanh Do signed the agreements. The first loan, for $12 million, will be used for the construction of roads in Lao Va Chai, Can Ty and Dong Ha communes in the northern mountainous province of Ha Giang. The second loan, worth $16 million, will be used to help … [Read more...]

Wanted woman arrested in Ha Noi

HA NOI (VNS)— Hoang Thi Thuy, who has been wanted by the Hoan Kiem District police for smuggling crystal methamphetamine, was arrested yesterday. Thuy, 37, was apprehended at a house on Hoang Ngan Street, Thanh Xuan District, along with Tran Manh Ninh, 25, and Vuong Xuan Truong, 22. The police raided the house to arrest Thuy and found 20g of crystal methamphetamine, two swords and 80 bullets. These drugs had not yet been sold by Ninh and Truong due to attention from police, Thuy … [Read more...]

Foreign man caught carrying 2.4 kilos of cocaine at Tan Son Nhat Airport

A 27-year-old Laotian man was found carrying 2.4 kilograms of cocaine at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in HCM City, according to the Tan Son Nhat Border Gate Customs Department.

Foreign man caught carrying 2.4 kilos of cocaine The department said it had co-operated with relevant city agencies to detain the man and hand over reports to the HCM City Drug-related Crime Investigation Police Department for prosecution. The department said criminals had gone to great lengths to hide illegal goods, creating challenges for authorities in detecting violations. Canal rupture at hydro plant causes flooding The canal linked to Serepok 4A Hydropower Plant in Dak Lak Province … [Read more...]

Freelance love letters send hearts aflutter

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by Tieu Phuong-Trung Hieu A brief advertisement on the online marketplace vatgia.com recently raised many eyebrows. Alongside postings for vacuum cleaners, cameras and second-hand cars, the note instead offered a service of a different kind that had been presumed consigned to the past: "Do you cherish in your heart a message that you want your other half to know? Do you have a sacred feeling that you want to send someone? Do you want to thank or apologise to someone, but don't have … [Read more...]

New season of Next Top Model to feature male contestants as well

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Mai Thi Giang, who won the title in 2012. -- Photo ngoisao.net HA NOI (VNS)— Male models will be eligible to compete in the upcoming fourth season of Vietnam's Next Top Model alongside the usual female contestants, according to the programme's producer Multimedia JSC. The organisers have started to receive application forms from both male and female models aged between 18 and 25 for the national qualifying round, which will kick off in the middle of this month. The reality TV show will be … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s Next Top Model allows male contestants in

Kieu Giang Former supermodel Tyra Banks, the creator and host of the worldrenowned America's Next Top Model and winner of VNTM 2011 Hoang Thi Thuy in HCMC - Photo: Kieu Giang The model-seeking TV show is ringing the changes this year to create more opportunities and make it fresh for audiences and it will also be in line with America's Next Top Model which also allowed male contestants in its 20th season this year. Le Thi Quynh Trang, general director of Multimedia JSC which produces the … [Read more...]

Hai Phong police bust drug ring

HAI PHONG (VNS)— Police in the northern city of Hai Phong have busted an inter-provincial drug trafficking ring - the biggest in the city dealing in synthetic drugs. On Tuesday, city police and the Ministry of Public Security drug force, caught two drug smugglers from An Duong District: Do Thi Yen, 43, and Hoang Thi Thuy, 45. The police seized 800g of synthetic drug powder. The arrests followed observation of the ring in northern Quang Ninh Province's Mong Cai City and Hai Phong City. — VNS … [Read more...]

The contest of press works and songwriting theme:”Truong Sa and its seas and Khanh Hoa Sea-Island homeland”: 28 authors and groups of authors have won prizes

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The contest organizer of press works and songwriting about: "Truong Sa and Khanh Hoa Sea-Island homeland" has just decided offering awards for 28 authors and groups of authors who had their works winning prizes in this contest. Accordingly, for press category: the first prizes were for "Truong Sa - Vietnamese land" of the press category and the pictorial magazine of authors Minh Chuong and Ngoc Hoa (Khanh Hoa Television); 02 second prizes were for "Frame house DK1" - the press category of … [Read more...]

Skinny in vogue

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Tyra Banks (L) and winner of Vietnam Next Top Model 2011 Hoang Thi Thuy. Photo: Nguyen Truong … [Read more...]