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...]