Government News 9/2

US veterans visit HCM City A group of US Vietnam War veterans returning to the battlefields of their past recently visited HCM City to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the war and the upcoming lunar New Year Festival (Tet). Marsha Lynn Four, the group’s leader who is Vice President of the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) said their goal was to turn back a page in history and to right a wrong by expressing honour and respect to all Vietnam veterans and their families. "We’re here to learn how to help Vietnam veterans heal and pledge our continued support for Agent Orange victims and help to overcome other consequences of the war," Four said. We are all surprised that many of the battlefields are now tourist sites she stressed, adding that it is a symbol of Vietnam’s rapidly changing culture", she said. The US official also hailed HCM City’s rapid development over the past 40 years and expressed a desire for continued joint cooperation in the search for … [Read more...]

Government News 26/1

US, Vietnam step up transnational crime combat efforts Deputy Minister of Public Security Le Quy Vuong hosted a reception for Matthew H.King, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security, in Hanoi on January 23. At the meeting, the deputy minister stressed that the cooperation between Vietnam and the US in general and between their law enforcement agencies in particular has produced important results. The two sides have coordinated in carrying out specific plans, regularly exchanging information on fighting transnational crimes and those involving human and drug trafficking as well as organising workshops and training courses on crime investigations. Deputy Minister Vuong expressed his hope that the two sides will increase the efficiency of bilateral cooperation in order to contribute to boosting the two countries’ diplomatic ties. Matthew H.King spoke highly of good cooperation results between the two sides, hoping that the cooperation will reap more … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 14/12

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Hanoi to host Vietnam’s largest Christmas festival Organizers of this year’s Christmas Festival, set for December 23-24 at the Westlake Water Park in Hanoi, are boasting it will be the largest in Vietnam. They say it will attract more than 40,000 people and feature a snow road, street festival and gift world. The organizing board has also launched a photograph competition to coincide with the event and 30 awards for best image in a number of categories will be presented during the event. The festival is being organized by HeartLink Joint Stock Company in co-ordination with Westlake Water Park. … [Read more...]

Government News 5/12

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PM Dung to attend ASEAN-RoK Commemorative Summit Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and his spouse will attend the ASEAN-Republic of Korea (RoK) Commemorative Summit in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the ASEAN-RoK Dialogue Relations (1989-2014), and visit the RoK from December 10-12. The Prime Minister’s summit attendance and visit are made at the invitation of Korean President Park Geun-hye. ASEAN and the RoK have ceaselessly promoted their dialogue ties, and the relationship was upgraded to a strategic partnership in 2010. … [Read more...]

Social News 3/11

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Annual run raises funds for kids with cancer, heart disease Thousands of Hanoians are expected to participate in a run that will raise funds for underprivileged children with cancer and heart diseases. The annual Ha Noi Run for Children (HRC) on November 9 will begin at the main gate of the Thong Nhat (Reunification) Park on Tran Nhan Tong Street, and go around Thien Quang Lake. Launched by the Embassy of Canada and other agencies, the HRC fundraising event is now considered a fall tradition in the capital city that draws both expatriates and Vietnamese citizens. The event helps raise about US$500,000 each year. … [Read more...]

Government News 30/10

ASOCIO delegates welcomed in Hanoi Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung expressed his hope the Asian-Oceania Computing Industry Organisation (ASOCIO) will help Vietnam with information technology (IT) application in State agencies in the near future. At an October 29 reception for the ASOCIO delegation and some regional IT business leaders headed by ASOCIO Chairman Abdullah Kafi, PM Dung praised the Vietnam Software and IT Services Association (VINASA) and the ASOCIO for co-hosting the great IT event. "The Government of Vietnam considers IT a new development method to improve labor productivity and competitiveness of the national economy. Therefore, the nation has established a national commission on the application of information technology with the aim of putting forward strategies, mechanisms and policies for IT development and application." Dung said. … [Read more...]

Social News 9/9

Authorities uncover illegal timber trade Police in Thua Thien - Hue Province have uncovered cases of illegal logging of rare trees that are listed in Vietnamese Red Book of Endangered Species. The trees included Burma padauk (Pterocarpus macrocarpus), cho (Dipterocarpus retusus) son huyet (Melanorrhea laccifera), doi and chua. Exploitation, purchasing and transportation of these species are prohibited in Viet Nam. Last Friday night, traffic police stopped a bus in the province's Huong Thuy District and found 1.6 cu.m of Burma padauk. … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 19/6

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Shocking child drowning figures shake the nation A new effort is being made to overcome Viet Nam's record as the country with the highest rate of child deaths from drowning in Southeast Asia. … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 23/5

Chairman of the Hanoi municipal People's Committee Nguyen The Thao has pledged to ensure safety and security for international organisations and enterprises operating in the capital city.

Hanoi commits security to foreigners In a message to foreign firms and agencies, Thao stated that over the past few days Vietnamese people, including those in Hanoi, have shown great national patriotism and strongly opposed China's recent illegal placement of its large oil rig in Vietnam's exclusive economic zone and continental shelf. … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 17/5

Coast guard and fishermen to be honoured at 'Vietnam Glory' programme Coast guards, fisheries surveillance forces and fishermen who have been working day and night to protect the country's sovereignty over its seas and islands will be honoured at the ninth 'Vietnam Glory' programme, scheduled in Hanoi on May 23. The event will praise 19 individuals and nine collectives who have promoted creativity in their work and contributed to national construction and development. Prominent among those are Nguyen Trong Nghia, a worker from the Ha Lam Coal Joint Stock Company, who created initiatives to save energy and improve productivity for his colleagues; and Tran Thi Cuc Hoa, a researcher from the Mekong River Delta Rice Institute, who developed new rice breeds and advanced technical procedures for gene transfer in plants. … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 6/5

Black bean beetles torment Dong Nai Black bean beetles have overtaken households in Xuan Thanh Commune in the southern province of Dong Nai Province and seriously disrupted the lives of hundreds of local people, the Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reports. Residents have been trying a variety of methods to eradicate them, but none of them have proved effective, including insecticides. Vo Thi Tuyet, a resident in Xuan Thanh Commune, said that thousands of beetles were flying into her house each day, forming dark streams … [Read more...]

Vietnam celebrates Dien Bien Phu Victory

Lasting legacy: A girl photographs images at the exhibition Dien Bien Phu - A Golden Epic that opened yesterday at the grave of General Vo Nguyen Giap. — Photo tuoitre.vn

VietNamNet Bridge - A variety of activities are taking place in Viet Nam and around the rest of the world to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Dien Bien Phu Victory, which falls on Wednesday. A photo exhibition was opened on Saturday (May 4) at the grave of General Vo Nguyen Giap on Yen Island in the central province of Quang Binh by the Viet Nam Association of Photographic Artists (VAPA) and the Vietnam News Agency (VNA). … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 1/5

Russia to begin construction on 6th submarine for Vietnam St Petersburg-based Admiralty Verfi shipyard will commence work on its 6th submarine for Vietnam on May 28, according to Russian media sources. This is the final submarine the Russian shipbuilder is providing to Vietnam pursuant to a contract signed in 2009. The first submarine, dubbed HQ-182 Hanoi successfully made its first maiden voyage on January 8, 2014. The second vessel named HQ-183 Ho Chi Minh City docked at Vietnam's Cam Ranh Bay on March 19, 2014. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 28/4

Workshop promotes preservation of southern singing style A workshop discussing how to preserve and develop the musical genre "Don ca tai tu" took place in the southern province of Bac Lieu on April 27, bringing together a crowd of scholars and researchers operating in the field. As part of the ongoing national "Don ca tai tu" festival in the locality, the event focused on analysing the art and reviewing the process of developing it. Known as a musical art that has both scholarly and folk roots," Don ca tai tu" developed in southern Vietnam in the late 19th century. UNESCO recognised it as intangible cultural heritage last December during a session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Baku, Azerbaijan. The art is performed at numerous events, such as festivals, 'death anniversary' rituals and celebratory occasions. The audience can join in by offering feedback to the singers and suggesting new lyrics for songs. It has … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 26/4

Police break up trans-national drug trafficking ring Vietnamese authorities have busted a large drug trafficking ring from Laos to Vietnam and then to China. Receiving information from local people that a large drug racket was operating in Tuong Duong and Do Luong districts in Nghe An province, Nam Dinh's police in coordination with the Marine Police Command and Drug Crime Investigation Department (C47) investigated tip offs. On April 20, they caught Dinh Xuan Lai red-handed, trafficking 10 heroin cakes and 28 ecstasy tablets. Lai, the ring's leader, confessed he lives in Do Luong district, Nghe An province, and he had just finished a 25-year imprisonment term. Lai often contacted Lao people to traffic heroin through Luong Minh Border Gate in Tuong Duong district, Nghe An province, and then transport it to Ninh Binh and Nam Dinh, where the drug is shipped to China. The case is still open to investigation. Minister warns against recurrent measles outbreak Although the … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 29/3

Two Lao drug traffickers arrested in Quang Tri Border guards in the central province of Quang Tri and police from the southern Lao Savannakhet province on March 27 arrested two Lao people trafficking 6,000 pills of synthetic drugs into Quang Tri's Huong Hoa district. The two admitted they bought the drugs in Savannakhet and were smuggling them to Vietnam via the Lao Bao international border gate. They confessed that their ring also included another who escaped from the scene. A car with Lao number plate along with some amounts of Lao Kip, Thai Bath and related documents were seized. Many OVs face property losses in Vientiane market fire Fire swept through Thongkhankham market in Vientiane, Laos, on March 26 resulting in widespread damage and losses for traders including those from Vietnam. The fire broke out at approximately 20:30 destroying a large number of kiosks which were stockpiling a larger volume of goods than usual in the lead up to Bounpimai -a traditional Lao … [Read more...]

Political News Headlines 28/3

President Truong Tan Sang (right) receives Spain's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Co-operation Jose Manuel Garcia Margallo.

Viet Nam looking to tap Spain partnership potential: President Viet Nam treasures its ties with Spain and wishes to boost bilateral co-operation in all fields, President Truong Tan Sang informed Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Co-operation Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo. During his meeting with the diplomat in Ha Noi yesterday (March 27), he lauded Spain's approval to a free trade agreement with Viet Nam, adding that Viet Nam hoped that Spain will work in close coordination during the negotiations for a similar deal with the European Union. As an active and responsible member of ASEAN, Viet Nam was willing to act as a bridge for Spain to strengthen relations with other members of the group, Sang noted. Emphasising that the bilateral cooperation outcomes have yet to match the potential of both sides, he also suggested that Viet Nam and Spain should deploy specific action programmes to further intensify their partnership in the future, especially in trade and … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 14/3

Vietnam praised for plane search efforts Many countries have praised Vietnam for its role in the ongoing search for the Malaysia Airlines plane that went missing on March 8 on the way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. In an article published in China's Global Times on March 11, Xu Liping, an expert from the Institute of Asia-Pacific and Global Strategies under the China Institute of Social Sciences, thanked Vietnam for its efforts and active role in the search. According to the article, the operation has received great support from the Vietnamese military and transport forces. A command office was set up on Phu Quoc Island, which is near the plane's last known location, to coordinate the search. The article also highlighted the fact that Vietnam has been more than willing to join search teams from other countries, and has allowed Chinese vessels to join the operation in Vietnamese waters. Meanwhile, the BBC said that through its search efforts, the Vietnamese Government has … [Read more...]