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Passengers get refunds for long flight delays Airlines will have to refund fares and other charges to passengers of those flights at least five hours later than scheduled if requested, according to a new circular of the Ministry of Transport. Circular 81/2014/TT-BGTVT with effect from on March 1 regulates that airlines are responsible for providing passengers with full and updated information about their long-delayed flights, along with food and accommodation for the affected passengers. For flights postponed for two hours or longer, airlines must arrange appropriate flights for the affected passengers to travel to their destinations. In case of flights delayed for more than five hours, airlines shall refund fares and related fees to passengers. The circular also specifies that if flights are canceled, operators must announce the reasons and provide the affected passengers with accommodation and food. The number of delayed flights soared at this year’s Tet (Lunar New Year) … [Read more...]

Social News 28/2

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Route connecting Ky Sa Port and Ly Son Island opened The Ministry of Transport announced its plan to open a mixed river-sea route connecting the Ky Sa port and Ly Son Island in central Quang Ngai province on February 26. Vessels operating on the route must be river-sea compatible ships (VR-SB) under the National Technical Regulation on the Rule of Inland-Waterway Ships Classification and Construction. In addition, vessel crew members are required to have professional competence qualifications. Ly Son district lies 18 nautical miles off the Vietnamese coast and covers an area of 10km2. It includes three communes: An Hai, An Vinh and An Binh. The island district has a population of approximately 2,100. The majority of residents earn a living from fishing and farming garlics and spring onions. Ly Son is striving to become a maritime economic centre by 2025, with a focus on tourism and aquaculture. Archaeologists found relics of Sa Huynh culture on the island dating back to 3,000 … [Read more...]

Social News 27/2

Hanoi: Waste treatment plants to be operational in 2015 A number of waste treatment plants in Hanoi’s outlying districts of Dan Phuong, Phu Xuyen, My Duc, Ba Vi and Soc Son are expected to be operational this year. Notably, the 73ha Nam Son Waste Treatment Complex (Phase II) in Soc Son district will be put into operation in April. According to Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Vu Hong Khanh, the city will discharge an estimated 8,500 tonnes of solid waste a day by 2020 and 11,300 tonnes by 2030. To treat the waste, the city authorities have zoned off areas for solid waste treatment by 2030. Under the Prime Minister-approved planning, Hanoi will have 17 waste treatment plants by 2030, including eight expanded and nine newly-built ones. There are currently nine enterprises collecting and processing household waste in the city. Most of the waste is treated using several methods such as burying and burning. Around 5,400 tonnes of waste are discharged each … [Read more...]

Activities honor health sector

VFFCC President Nguyen Thien Nhan visiting Central Military Hospital 108

PANO - Many activities in honor of those involving in medicine took place on February 25th nationwide ahead of the 60th anniversary of the Vietnam Doctors’ Day (February 27th). On his visit to the Ministry of Health, the Department of Military Medicine under the Ministry of National Defence, the Central Military Hospital 108, and Viet Duc (Vietnam-Germany) Hospital, Nguyen Thien Nhan, Politburo Member and President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front’s Central Committee (VFFCC), extended his best wishes to those agencies’ medical staff. Nhan expressed token of gratitude of people from all walks of life and armed forces to the health sector’s contributions to ensuring good health for the whole people. Nhan confirmed that the Party and the State always attach special importance to the development of the sector. He hoped the sector’s staff would bring into full play the tradition, strengthen their expertise and political behavior to deserve their noble … [Read more...]

Coach Miura: My players are mature and brave

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"They are young, new faces. However, I believe in their bravery demonstrated in previous V-League matches," said head coach Miura of the U23 national football squad right after the team’s gathering in Hanoi on February 24th. During this year’s season, Hoang Anh Gia Lai put out the biggest number of young players, performing impressively. The 23-member short list has not been finalized leaving the opportunity open for all. Style for the Olympic national squad is not the same as for Hoang Anh Gia Lai, who have contributed 9 names. The best ones of the 30 students will be selected later for the needed positions. The recently finished AFF Cup 2014 witnessed a lot of good offensive footballers. A strong attacking team should be one of my key tactics. The Vietnam U23 team will face the U23 teams of Japan, Malaysia and Macau in the Group I qualifying round of the 2016 Asian U23 Football Championships. The tournament will see 40 qualifying teams, divided into 10 groups. The … [Read more...]

Banks consider taking part in proposed credit program to save property market

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VietNamNet Bridge – Some big banks said they would take part in a VND50 trillion credit program initiated by the State Bank to warm up the property market, which has not improved over the last few years despite government bailouts. Deputy Minister of Construction Nguyen Tran Nam said the State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) is considering launching a credit program to help stimulate the real estate market. At least VND50 trillion would be disbursed over 10 years at an interest rate of 7 percent in the first year to help develop the commercial housing market. Some analysts, however, said they doubt that commercial banks could arrange a huge amount of capital to provide for such a long period. Banks currently provide preferential loans under specific credit programs at preferential interest rates of 7-9 percent, but the fixed interest rates are applied for the first two years only. The interest rates for the following years are later determined based on market demand. An analyst … [Read more...]

HCM City a magnet for medical tourists

Top notch: With state-of-the-start equipment for health exams and treatment, District 2 Hospital in HCM City has won the trust of residents. It has also helped reduce patient overload at central and state hospitals.

VietNamNet Bridge – The growing reputation of Vietnamese doctors has led to a boom in foreigners seeking treatment here, and locals who once went abroad are also opting for healthcare at home. Last year, a Filipino couple who found it difficult to conceive after two failed fertility treatments decided to seek medical help in Viet Nam, having heard about the reputation of local physicians. The woman and her husband, who works in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho, visited a HCM City hospital where doctors recommended them to choose in vitro fertilization (IVF). "We discussed it and thought we would try it in Viet Nam," the woman said, adding that they had usually sought medical treatment in their home country. After the initial doctor's visit, the woman, who declined to be named, discovered that Vietnamese obstetrician Vuong Thi Ngoc Lan was internationally known, and that costs were lower than in many other countries. She then visited Dr Lan, who was working at HCM City's My … [Read more...]

Discover ancient crafts of Vietnam at the museum

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VietNamNet Bridge – The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi has information about the life, customs, habits of Vietnam's 54 ethnic groups, and ancient crafts of the country. Located on Nguyen Van Huyen Road, in Cau Giay District, the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is an interesting destination for local and foreign tourists. The heritage preserved at the museum helps current generations learn more about the crafts of their ancestors. Paint According to research, this craft appeared in Vietnam in the fourth century BC and developed strongly in the 17th-19th century. The multi-step painting process consists of smoothing and covering surfaces with a combination of fresh paint, sawdust and clay, and then putting a layer of primer, coloring and finally polishing the objects. The resin of "cay son" (paint tree) or "moc hoang" tree was put in tanks and was known as fresh paint. The resin, after depositing, creates many layers with different qualities and uses. A professional … [Read more...]

V.League’s 8th round: Hoang Anh Gia Lai draws 2-2 with Dong Thap

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Hoang Anh Gia Lai's Cong Phuong (L) vies for the ball with a Dong Thap;s player during a V.League match on February 15, 2015. Photo: Minh Tran Young striker Cong Phuong’s double secured host Hoang Anh Gia Lai a 2-2 draw with Dong Thap at their V.League’s eight round match at Pleiku Stadium Sunday. Dong Thap took an early lead in the 11th minute with an easy goal by Duy Khanh following a mistake by Hoang Anh Gia Lai’s defender in clearing the ball out of the box. Felix Ayala scored the second goal for Dong Thap in the 19th minute, after Samson’s shot hit the pole. Hoang Anh Gia Lai, with nine players recently selected for the national U-23 team, returned strongly with sharp attacks that ended in a goal by newly-emerging striker Cong Phuong in the 32nd minute. In the 73rd minute, Hoang Anh Gia Lai’s Hoang Thien was brought down by Kim Long and referee Duc Vu granted the home team a penalty, which was successfully taken by Cong Phuong. In the other two … [Read more...]

List of chemist’s in Hanoi during Tet announced

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Hanoi city Department of Health has made announced the list of places selling medicines during Tet 2015. Accordingly, a part from the chemist’s system in hospitals chemist’s under the Hanoi Medical Equipment and Pharmaceutical Joint Stock Company will organize places selling medicines during Tet. Specifically, from February 14th to 23rd (the 26th day of the last lunar month to the 5th day of the first lunar month), places selling medicines include at 59 Lan Ong street, 82 Ngo Thi Nham, 97 Hang Bac, 98 Hang Buom, 54 Trang Tien, 2 Hang Bai, 5 Cua Nam, 119 Hang Gai, 156 Ngoc Lam, 162 Pho Hue, 21 Quan Thanh, 378 Kham Thien, 44 Le Dai Hanh, 512 Bach Mai, 228 Lo Duc and 286 Minh Khai. In addition, there are also chemist’s in the outskirts of the city such as Bac Hong chemist’s in Dong Anh district, chemist’s at 97 lane 2 Phu Minh street, Soc Son district. Chemist’s under Ha Tay Pharmaceutical Joint Stock Company will also open during Tet. They are … [Read more...]

Social News 15/2

HCMC lauds good medical workers 113 teams and individuals of medical clinics in Ho Chi Minh City were lauded for their achievements in the patriotic emulation movement for 2010-2014. The municipal Department of Health held a meeting on February 12 to appraise 26 teams and 87 individuals for their good performance in the health sector’s emulation movement. At the meeting, the Department also launched the patriotic emulation movement for the next period from 2015 to 2020. The movement will focus on following Uncle Ho’s teaching that a good doctor must be a good mother to fight negative acts in treatment and examination. The movement also aims to improve curing and treatment quality, strengthen capability for district medical clinics to reduce overloading in big hospitals and implement the Ministry of Health’s programs. Da Nang flyover work to continue during Tet The Trung Nam Group installed the final span to complete the second flyover at the three-level stack … [Read more...]

Social News 12/2

Hanoi to get disabled taxi service A taxi service for people with disabilities, the first of its kind in the country, is scheduled to be launched on March 1 in Hanoi. The Thanh Cong Taxi Company, which will operate the service, said that the taxis will be specially designed for the disabled and would meet their travel needs. Hanoi has about 90,000 people with disabilities.- Hanoi: Prisoners granted clemency on Tet Hanoi granted amnesty to 305 inmates, ahead of the upcoming Lunar New Year (Tet) festival, the largest holiday of the country. A decision to this effect was announced on February 10. Having been chosen for their positive rehabilitation attitudes, the prisoners will receive reduced sentences and be released ahead of schedule. The freed prisoners expressed their gratitude to the Party and State’s clemency policy and thanked prison wardens for assisting them in their personal growth. The clemency not only reflects the Government’s leniency policy, but also … [Read more...]

Ha Tinh province to step up agricultural restructuring

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President Truong Tan Sang presents gifts to policy beneficiaries in Cam Xuyen district (Source: VNA) The central province of Ha Tinh should forge ahead with its economic restructuring, especially in agriculture, while creating a favourable investment environment in order to maximise integration opportunities, President Truong Tan Sang said in his visit to the locality’s Duc Tho district on February 10. Once a predominantly agricultural district, Duc Tho has rapidly changed its economic structure to agriculture holding only 36 percent and the service industry comprising over 51 percent. Per capita income is estimated at 30.7 million VND (1,442 USD), and the rate of poverty-stricken households is 4.96 percent. The district has satisfied up to 60 percent of the criteria of the national programme on building new-style rural areas over the last four years, with many farming and centralised-production models implemented to help improve local living standards. These are just the … [Read more...]

Social News 11/2

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Quarry collapse kills three in Thanh Hoa Three people reportedly died of suffocation in a quarry collapse on Sunday in Xuan Le Commune, Thuong Xuan District in Thanh Hoa Province. The incident was discovered at about 10am on Sunday, when a quarrier went past the mine pit where the three victims were working, and saw that it had collapsed. He immediately called out to other workers nearby for help. However, all rescue efforts were too late because the pit had possibly collapsed long ago and the victims must have died of suffocation after being buried under the mud. Although the collapse was discovered in the morning, the victims' bodies reached their homes only at 5.30 pm, because the quarry sits deep inside a forest in a remote area that is inaccessible by either car or motorbike. Authorised agencies are working with the victims' families to identify the cause of the incident. Rash truck driver kills 2 Two people have died and two others were seriously injured following an … [Read more...]

Northern Vietnamese city to pilot electric car tourism service during Tet

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An electric car tourism service will be launched on a pilot basis in the northern city of Hai Phong during the upcoming Tet (Lunar New Year) festival. Vietnam News Agency quoted Bui Ba Son, deputy office chief of the Hai Phong People’s Committee, as saying that late last week the city permitted Hai Phong Telecoms Co., a local company, to offer the service during the Tet holiday. Tet begins on February 19 this year, with festivities lingering for around one week after that. The service is expected to be inaugurated on February 16, Son added. He noted 30 four-wheel electric cars will be deployed for the service in its initial stage. The cars will carry visitors to the city’s major tourist attractions, including the downtown area, Do Son and Cat Ba tourism complexes, beaches, pagodas, and temples. The first of the four specific routes in the city’s center is as follows: the Exhibition Center – Quang Trung – Tran Hung Dao – Kim Dong … [Read more...]

Vietnam to participate in Asian cycling event

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Vietnam to participate in Asian cycling event Vietnam's cycling team will participate at the Asian Cycling Championship 2015 which kicks off today in Thailand. The 14-strong team includes male veterans Le Van Duan, Trinh Duc Tam and Nguyen Thanh Tam, and female veterans Nguyen Thi That, Nguyen Thuy Dung and Phan Thi Lieu. Among them, That won a silver medal at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea last year. More than 400 racers from 41 different countries will compete from 10pm until midnight in the four-day event which will finish on Saturday. This year's tournament will provide a chance for Viet Nam and other Southeast Asian nations to prepare for the in the 28th SEA Games in Singapore in June. Viet Nam to train 11 athletes for Paralympics The National Sports Administration will invest VND3.8 billion (US$180,000) to train 11 Vietnamese disabled athletes to help them earn cards for competing in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in Brazil. At present, these athletes have … [Read more...]

V-League: Long An trounce defending champs

Reversing expectations: Souleymane Diabate (middle) of Dong Tam Long An vies for a ball against Binh Duong's defender Pham Minh Duc during their V.League 1 match yesterday. Dong Tam Long An win 3-1. — Photo: VNE

VietNamNet Bridge – Defending champions Becamex Binh Duong lost a humiliating game to Dong Tam Long An, which won 3-1 in a seventh round match of the Toyota V. League 1 yesterday, Feb. 8. The hosts were expected to be Binh Duong's next victim, as they won five of their six matches so far. This belief was strengthened after they scored the first goal just 16 minutes into the game. Nguyen Tang Tuan opened the score, converting a perfect pass from Cheikh Abass Dieng from the left wing. Binh Duong continued to dominate the first half of the game, even though their goal hunters missed all numerous threatening chances. Yet Dong Tam Long An was back on track after the break, with former national team member Phan Van Tai Em getting the ball in the box and quickly netting it in the 53rd minute. Three minutes later, the score was 2-1 for the hosts of Tan An Stadium, which saw thousands of home fans yesterday. Coach Le Thuy Hai made several changes in his line-up to try to turn the … [Read more...]

Social News 9/2

Labour exports off to rip-roaring start The Department of Overseas Labour (DOLAB) has revealed that Vietnam sent 8,669 guest workers to foreign markets in January, accounting for 9.13% of the target set for the entire year. Taiwan was the nation’s largest export market, receiving 5,136 workers, followed by Japan (1,926), Malaysia (679), Saudi Arabia (437), the Republic of Korea (114), Macao (101) and other markets. In 2015, the DOLAB has set an annual plan to send 100,000 Vietnamese labourers abroad. Supporting disadvantaged children in Tet festival The Vietnam Buddhist Sangha, the Association for the Support of Vietnamese Handicapped and Orphans and some other agencies launched a programme in Hanoi on February 4 to help disadvantaged children enjoy a happy spring. Speaking at the launching ceremony, Nguyen Dinh Lieu, President of the association said the programme aims to assist orphans and people with disabilities to welcome the Lunar New Year (Tet). Responding to the … [Read more...]

Social News 8/2

Bach Mai Hospital to remain open during Tet The Ha Noi-based Bach Mai Hospital, one of the central hospitals in the country, will for the first time operate as usual during Tet (Lunar New Year) Festival. PhD Duong Duc Hung, head of the hospital's general affairs and planning department, has said that the hospital will operate four consulting rooms to receive patients during the nine-day Tet holiday. In the renal department, all health staff will work as usual to ensure that none of terminally-ill patients suffer body swelling due to a long wait for treatment or shortage of drugs. The hospital will also open one more emergency room, mobilise four health staff teams and arrange ten more beds. Doctors and nurses will be on duty round-the-clock on these days, Hung said. Patients who wish to be discharged from the hospital will be served as usual. The hospital's board of managers will have a hotline number 096 985 1616 to receive and resolve any complaints about the service quality and … [Read more...]

Poor people, workers taken care of on occasion of Lunar New Year

Nguyen Thi Thu Ha, Deputy Secretary Party Committee in Ho Chi Minh City gives gifts to employees in a rehabilitation center in Cu Chi District where raises homeless beggars and drug addicts t on Tet holiday (Photo: SGGP)

Vietnam Fatherland Front Chairman and Ho Chi Minh City leaders yesterday visited and gave gifts to poor residents and workers on occasion of Lunar New Year (Tet holiday). Chairman of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Nguyen Thien Nhan February 6 graciously asked residents in Thuan Ha Commune of the highlands province of Dak Nong about crop production and living condition. He and the Vietnam Red Cross presented 100 gifts each worth VND1 million (US$45.8) to disadvantaged minority ethnic people in bordering area to celebrate the Lunar New Year. In addition, Mr. Nhan gave a charity house worth VND50 million ( US$2,292) to three orphan children in Dac Thot village in Thuan Ha Commune. Thuan Ha bordering commune has 360 households of ethnic minority and 30 percent of them are under poverty line. On the same day, Mr. Nhan also gave further 100 gifts each worth VND1 million(US$45.8) to poor families and families serving the cause of the nation's revolution in Dak Lak province. Meantime, … [Read more...]