Ancient stone stele found in central Vietnam

The ancient stele.

VietNamNet Bridge – A stone stele dated back to the Nguyen Dynasty in the 19th century was discovered at a temple in Duc Dong commune in Duc Tho district of Ha Tinh province. Le Ba Hanh, deputy director of the Ha Tinh Museum, said the stele was unearthed by the museum staff in mid-January, during a survey of tangible cultural heritage in the province at the ruins of Hung Long temple. The rectangular stele is made of black stone, 1.5 m high, with four sides measuring 50 cm wide each. The front, back and all sides are engraved with Chinese scripts, surrounded by stylized, symmetrical vine patterns. "This is a unique and rare object, contributing to the conservation of cultural heritage of Buddhism in the development process of the nation's history," said Hanh. Former staff of the Ha Tinh Museum in the past discovered a piece of stone wall of a citadel built during the Le Dynasty in Huong Son district. T. Van … [Read more...]

Ho Chi Minh City picks fight with SMS spammers

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Mobile network operators and relevant agencies must enact measures to prevent SMS spam and scam messages from annoying subscribers as this ‘rubbish’ is ruining social order and threatening national security, the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Information and Communications ruled Tuesday. The mobile network operators should develop technical systems that can block spam messages based on the number of texts sent, the senders, and the message content, the department said at a meeting with mobile service providers. The firms must also develop and regularly update a database of key words usually seen in unwanted text messages so that the anti-spam systems can work more effectively, the department added. The mobile network operators were also tasked with a number of duties, including detecting subscribers that bombard SMS spam and invalidating their accounts, as well as overseeing the content of mobile-based services. "Mobile service providers should terminate contracts … [Read more...]

SBV to boost Vietinbank, Vietcombank

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The State Bank of Viet Nam (SBV) wants Vietinbank and Vietcombank to become the leading banks of Viet Nam, and boost their scale at the regional level. SBV Governor Nguyen Van Binh made the announcement at a Vietinbank meeting on January 23, adding that this is part of a restructuring scheme for the domestic banking system. "This is a difficult task," he told the local press. Binh said the central bank needs Vietinbank to actively take part in the general process of handling weak lenders, by providing assistance related to human resources, management experience and prestige. He specified that the industry and trade bank can combine efforts by merging with a smaller bank, and any merger will not financially hurt it, but will promptly help it expand its network. The governor had expressed a similar viewpoint during a Vietcombank meeting a week earlier, when he confirmed that the foreign trade lender was set to merge with Saigonbank as part of a systematic reform … [Read more...]

Five highlights of Toyota V-League 1-2015 Round 5

SHB Da Nang (in orange) is being immersed deeper in crisis in this year’s V-League season.

NDO – The fifth round of the Toyota V-League 1-2015 concluded on January 25 with extremely surprising results. Let’s review the five most notable events from this round of play. >> Binh Duong’s winning streak snapped1. Hai Phong rally to top Despite failing to maintain their clean record, LG Hai Phong won three straight points following their 4-2 victory over XSKT Can Tho and climbed to top spot of the 2015 V-League for the first time since the beginning of the season. Hai Phong is also the only team to maintain an unbeaten run after five rounds of play. 2. Binh Duong’s winning streak snapped Becamex Binh Duong saw their impressive four-game winning streak end as they conceded a bitter 1-2 loss to Quang Ninh Coal in their fifth-round match at Go Dau Stadium on Sunday. 3. Round of the hosts Round 5 proved to be a successful one for host teams as five victories and one draw were recorded in their favour. Becamex Binh Duong was the only team to miss … [Read more...]

Hai Phong climb to top of V-League

On the rise: Andre Diego Fagan of Hai Phong (left) vies for the ball against Can Tho's Phan Thanh Phuc during their V-League match.

VietNamNet Bridge – The rich Quang Ninh Coal let defending champions Becamex Binh Duong taste their first defeat of the Toyota V.League 1 season yesterday, Jan 25. The team were beaten 1-2 on their home turf at Go Dau Stadium. The loss resulted in the hosts losing their top position to Hai Phong, who secured their fourth win in a row yesterday. On-song visitors created a miracle, with top performances from all players, giving the hosts – who won all four matches ahead of their clash – no chance. A multi-layer defence worked so hard and effectively that none of Binh Duong's goal hunters could access anywhere near their penalty area during the first half, although the hosts dominated ball possession. Quang Ninh nearly opened the score with rapid counter-attack tactics in the middle of the first half, when overseas Vietnamese striker Mac Hong Quan's kick found the cross bar. Former national player Nguyen Quang Hai made a double for Quang Ninh in the first five … [Read more...]

HAGL seek home win vs Da Nang

Scuffle: Binh Duong and Dong Thap players in a recent V.League match. Binh Duong will play Quang Ninh Coal today. — Photo binhduongffc.vn

VietNamNet Bridge – National favourites Hoang Anh Gia Lai (HAGL) will meet the bottom placed Da Nang in the Toyota V.League 1's fifth round in Pleiku Stadium in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai today, Jan 25. Both teams seek a win, while the hosts, HAGL, have suffered three losses in a row and now rank 10th out of 14 teams, while Da Nang stand at the bottom of the ranking table with three losses and one draw. However, it is part of their overall plan to expect HAGL to lose one more match, said officials. "I know many people worry and are in doubt about HAGL's ability in the league. I think there's nothing to this matter," said the head of HAGL club, Doan Nguyen Duc. "Everyone has his or her plan. I have my plan, but I haven't revealed it, so everyone shouldn't comment, especially in V.League's first rounds," Duc added. "HAGL will be invested in the long term. They need time to have good results. HAGL needs seven or eight matches to play better," added … [Read more...]

Social News 25/1

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Authorities bust traffickers for transporting firecrackers Several individuals were caught transporting forbidden commodities over the past few days, alerting authorities to the worsening problem of trafficking during the days approaching Tet (lunar new year). In Quang Ninh Province's Ha Long City yesterday, a team of economic and traffic police caught container driver Tran Van Dang transporting 17kg of made-in-China firecrackers. The Hai Duong Province resident said he purchased the goods in Mong Cai City for VND800,000 (US$37) and intended to resell them for profit. City police are completing the necessary documents to charge Dang with transport of forbidden goods. On Wednesday, the General Department of Viet Nam Customs's Department of Investigation and Anti-Smuggling and Quang Ninh Province's Mong Cai Border Gate customs officers dispatched forces to watch for firecracker smugglers. Although the smugglers escaped, they left behind four jute bags containing 30 strings of … [Read more...]

Social News 23/1

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US Embassy announces student exchange openings The US Department of State has announced that it is now accepting applications for its Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (UGRAD) for emerging student leaders from Vietnam. The programme offers study at a U.S. college or university for eight Vietnamese students in which the participants will engage in one semester of undergraduate, non-degree study at an accredited two- or four-year institution. Participants will engage in local community service projects and take part in cultural enrichment activities. The host institutions will also provide participants with academic skill development classes. In addition, participants who do not meet the host institution language requirements will be eligible for two to four weeks of intensive English language instruction in the United States prior to the start of the academic portion of their programme. The programme is managed and funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs … [Read more...]

Binh Duong strong on top of V-League with 4th win

Winning effort: Errol Anthony Stephens of Hai Phong (left) and Hoang Anh Gia Lai's Le Duc Luong in action during a V League match yesterday. Hai Phong won 1-0 with Stephens scoring in the second half.

VietNamNet Bridge – Becamex Binh Duong maintained their top spot in the Toyota V. League after their four win in a row yesterday, Jan 21. The defending champions defeated Song Lam Nghe An 1-0 away from home at the Vinh Stadium. Cheikh Abass Dieng secured the only goal of the match from the penalty spot in the final minute to leave the hosts ruing a string of wasted chances. Song Lam Nghe An had rarely looked in danger until Tran Dinh Hoang handled the ball in the box to allow Dieng to slot home the winner. Binh Duong now have a maximum 12 points and are two points clear of second-place Hai Phong, who also won at home yesterday. Ten-man Hai Phong maintained their unbeaten start with a 1-0 win over Hoang Anh Gia Lai. Errol Anthony Stevens' goal proved decisive just after the break, his header leaving goalie Nguyen Minh Nhut with no chance. The hosts nearly made it two when Andre Diego Fagan had the goal at his mercy in the 71st minute, but his shot found Nhut in the right … [Read more...]

Social News 22/1

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Students stable after anaphylactic shock The 35 students who experienced anaphylactic shock after being vaccinated in a secondary school in southern Hau Giang Province are now in stable condition, according to the provincial Preventive Health Centre. On Monday, 35 students at Vinh Vien A Secondary School experienced difficulty breathing, headache, vomiting and fever after getting the measles-rubella vaccination. Ten were in serious condition and taken to the provincial general hospital. Doctors said these students were possibly in anaphylactic shock. The rest of the vaccines were revoked for testing. Head of the centre Nguyen Van Muoi said all the students would be discharged from the hospital and resume their studies soon. Under the measles and rubella vaccination campaign launched by the provincial health sector, children between 1 and 14 years old are being vaccinated from October to the end of this month. Hanoi increases treatment for mental health patients Ha Noi treated … [Read more...]

Social News 21/1

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Trucks blamed for congestion on Hanoi Highway A nine-hour traffic jam on Hanoi Highway last Friday was due to a long line of container trucks heading for Truong Tho port complex while a road widening project has yet to get off the ground. Container trucks were moving inch by inch to Truong Tho port complex in Thu Duc District, causing serious congestion on other streets including Mai Chi Tho and Dong Van Cong in District 2. The Truong Tho port area comprises Phuoc Long 3, Transimex and Phuc Long inland container depots (ICD), and some steel and cement factories. At present, Hanoi Highway is the only way leading to the Truong Tho port area, so traffic often snarls this time of year as trading activity picks up in the lead up to the Lunar New Year holiday. Le Duy Hiep, general director of Transforwarding Warehousing Joint-Stock Corp. (Transimex-Saigon), told the Daily that Friday’s heavy traffic jam resulted from a narrow road leading to Truong Tho while an increasingly … [Read more...]

Prostheses bring hope to poor Vietnamese (photos)

A volunteer technician helpfully instructs Phan Thi The (right) to take her first painful steps on her new leg. Photo:  Tuoi Tre    The philanthropists

Over 260 poor people with missing legs in central and southern Vietnam are brimming with hope and can now walk, though unsteadily, on their own limbs after receiving free prostheses in the middle of last year and earlier this month. A total of 264 needy, disabled people are overjoyed with their new prosthetic legs, which were presented during a program called "Buoc Chan Hanh Phuc" (Happy Steps). The program was initiated by a volunteer group called "Vi An Va Nhung Nguoi Ban" (Vi An and Friends) in coordination with STO Phuong Dong Hospital, a private infirmary located in District 10, Ho Chi Minh City. The group successfully installed 114 free artificial legs and another 150 for poor people in two batches, which were organized in mid-July last year and from January 8 to 11 this year in the city. Tuoi Tre "Vi An Va Nhung Nguoi Ban" was formed around 2007, after the collapse of the Can Tho Bridge in the Mekong Delta City of Can Tho. The accident killed dozens and injured … [Read more...]

“Signing quickly”- that’s how reporter Mai Thuc Long worked

Reporter Mai Thuc Long, former Deputy General Director of VOV

(VOVworld)- Respecting the truth and expressing your true sentiments is the way reporter Mai Thuc Long, whose nickname is Hoang Phuong, wrote his stories. In late July 1987, after graduating from the Nguyen Ai Quoc School of Politics, I returned to work at the radio station. I wanted to come back to the Industry Section but Pham Mai Luan, Deputy Editor in Chief and Head of the Domestic Service said: "No, no. We sent you to study at the Senior Party School in order to assign you a new task. You can choose to work in one of the three Departments: Organization, Office or the Listeners' Department". I insisted that I wanted to be a reporter. Luan then said: "OK, then why don't you come talk to Mr. Long "Fire" after the regular meeting tomorrow" I knew Mr. Mai Thuc Long by name and by face but this was the first time I had heard his nickname "Long Fire". Mr. Long "fire" worked in a tiny room at the end of the second floor which could accommodate a few people and was piled high with … [Read more...]

Social News 18/1

Hand, foot and mouth disease strikes Hanoi A health official from the Hanoi Health Department says a surging outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease in ten districts in Hanoi has infected 36 people so far this year. According to the official, there have been five separate outbreaks reported and there is an especially high risk of a widespread outbreak in Bac Tu Liem district with six infected cases recently reported. There is no vaccine to prevent the disease, the official said. Vietnam recorded 80,685 cases of hand-foot and mouth disease in 2014 including eight deaths while Hanoi reported 1,170 infected cases in 26 out of 30 districts citywide. The disease is a contagious viral illness that commonly affects infants and young children. Symptoms usually begin with a fever, sore throat, painful sores in the mouth. Complications include viral meningitis, myocarditis, and acute pneumonia, which can be fatal. To reduce the risk of catching the virus, both children and adults should … [Read more...]

VietinBank gets nod to form bank in Laos

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Kim Ngan According to SBV’s Document No. 216/NHNN-TTGSNH, VietinBank will have to inaugurate VietinBank Lao Limited within 24 months after the date of approval. This incorporation is based on VietinBank’s current branch in the neighboring country. The branch has been faring well since its establishment in 2013. The branch now provides money transfer, lending, loan guarantee and card services, among others. Its assets grew 43.29% last year compared to the year earlier and profit doubled. Le Duc Tho, general director of VietinBank, said in addition to supporting businesses, the branch has contributed much to enhancing economic cooperation between the two countries. Establishing a subsidiary in Laos is part of VietinBank’s strategy to branch out to potential growth markets. The local bank has two branches in Germany as well. … [Read more...]

Vietinbank to list SBV shares on HCM City stock exchange

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The Viet Nam Bank for Industry and Trade (VietinBank) will list all shares owned by the State Bank of Viet Nam (SBV) on the HCM City Stock Exchange soon. VietinBank General Director Le Duc Tho announced the plan in an online statement on Tuesday. He notified the State Securities Commission and the exchange in dispatches sent on the same day, after the SBV gave its nod for the listing last December. According to the local press, VietinBank has a charter capital of about VND37.23 trillion (US$1.77 billion), the combined value of the 3.72 billion shares that are in circulation. The SBV holds 64.46 per cent of the equity, or 2.4 billion shares, while the remainder is owned by other shareholders and already listed on the HCM City exchange. Market observers said that with the additional listing, VietinBank shares will be the sixth most influential shares on Viet Nam's benchmark VN-Index, after the shares of PVGas, Vinamilk, Vietcombank and Vingroup, as well as Masan Group. With … [Read more...]

Social News 15/1

S.Korea firm to sue workers for loss-causing strike Striking workers at a South Korean-invested firm in HCM City will be sued for losses caused to the company. Some 800 workers at Carimax Sai Gon Ltd. Co. went on strike January 3 after the company declined to pass on a mandated rise in minimum wages. Company officials said on January 12 that workers who failed to carry out their duties for five consecutive days would be sacked and sued for losses incurred by the company. Carimax said trade union intervention had failed to resolve the strike. The government decreed last year minimum wages would rise by VND250,000-400,000 (USD11.9-USD19) a month, depending on region, from January 1, 2015. But on December 27, the board of directors at Carimax said that because of 2014 losses, the pay rise would be determined according to each worker's attitude, capability and experiences. It also declared the Tet bonus would be 90% of a worker's monthly wage, but if workers went on strike, the … [Read more...]

Healthcare costs to be standardised

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Examination and treatment at a hospital (Photo:VNA) Examination and treatment costs at hospitals ranked the same in terms of facility quality and services provided will be standardised, under a joint circular soon to be released by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Finance. Speaking at an event on January 13 where attendees could state their opinions on the plan, Deputy Health Minister Pham Le Tuan said costs of medical services differed between hospitals with the same rankings in the country because localities regulated their own prices. Rankings are determined by professional skill levels, medical facilities and techniques used. The ministry found that, for example, some hospitals ranked Level 1 in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City had different costs from Level 1 hospitals in Hai Phong, Da Nang and Can Tho, Tuan said. Tuan said the shortcomings arose when city and provincial People's Councils individually implemented a law that regulated medical service costs. However, a … [Read more...]

Social News 14/1

Three big cities launch English Champion 2015 The Vietnam Central Study Encouragement Association, EQuest Academy in collaboration with the Vietnamese American English Centre (VATC) has launched an English contest for primary and junior high school students (English Champion 2015). The contest will kick off on April 1, 2015, for students from the 4th to 8th grades in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Danang. Contestants will compete in three rounds to show their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Competition will follow the knockout format, examining the competitors’ communication and presentation skills. Last year, English Championship 2014 drew the participation of thousands students from more than 20 primary and secondary schools in the three big cities. Awards include scholarships and cash (VND6.2 million or US$294 for the winner of the English Championship 2014). Pilot issuance of Criminal Record Cards by post approved The Prime Minister has approved a project … [Read more...]