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 … [Read more...]

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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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [Read more...]

Da Nang’s Dragon Bridge gets US engineering award

The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) presented the engineering Excellence Award to the Rong (Dragon) Bridge which spans the Han River in the central city.

Dragon Bridge gets US engineering award The award was presented at the Grand Award ceremony in Washington DC, the US, on April 30. … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 3/3

Michael George Charles Franklin, Prince of Kent, the UK, presented helmets to pupils at Hanoi's Van Phuc Primary School on February 28.

UK Prince presents helmets to children It is part of a "helmets for children" project sponsored by the Asia Injury Prevention Foundation (AIP) and the UK Road Safety Fund (FIA). The Prince said he has toured many countries, met world leaders and told them about Vietnam's efforts in enforcing traffic laws and encouraging road users to wear helmets when hitting the road. He attributed the success to efforts by Government agencies, non-government organizations, donors and communication … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 8/2

Unfavorable weather conditions and a high demand for poultry products during spring festivals are putting Vietnam at high risk of bird flu viruses, warns the animal health department.

Coca-Cola colouring causes no harm: VFA The Viet Nam Food Association (VFA) has announced that the levels of caramel colouring 4-methylimidazole (4-MEI) found in Coca-Cola products in Viet Nam meet national and international food safety standards. It was responding to information appearing in media reports since last November that Coca-Cola products in Taiwan contained excessive levels of the colouring agent - estimated at 93 times that found in the US. The VFA said it had immediately … [Read more...]

Social Headlines December 20

Markets in the city are facing a fire risk as a result of products being prepared and collected for the upcoming Tet (Lunar New Year) festival.

Fishing boat with 11 fishermen rescued off Nha Trang Eleven Vietnamese fishermen aboard a ship that was about to sink were rescued at a place some 60 nautical miles to the southeast off Nha Trang City in the central province of Khanh Hoa this morning by ship SAR 27-01 of the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre. Nguyen Xuan Binh, deputy director of the centre in Zone 4 in Nha Trang, said the ship tugged the fishing boat to Phu Quy Island in Binh Thuan Province as rough seas had hindered efforts … [Read more...]

Social Highlights for November 7

The War Veterans' Associations of Vietnam and Laos are expected to work together to further deepen the special relations between the two countries in the future.

Two methane explosion victims die in hospital Two out of five victims suffering serious burns after the methane explosion in northern Hoa Binh province last month, died yesterday afternoon. Bui Van Quynh, 27 and Bui Van Hoai, 20, died after the deadly explosion. The three remaining victims, aged between 26 and 36, remain in a critical condition at Ha Noi-based National Burn Hospital. The October 29 incident occurred at a coal pit of the Kim Boi Mineral Exploitation Company in Kim Boi … [Read more...]