Vietnam teams up for badminton tournament in Indonesia

Two top Vietnamese badminton players Nguyen Tien Minh (left) and Vu Thi Trang (right) team up with nine others to compete at Axiata Cup 2014 in Indonesia next week.

NDO – Vietnam’s badminton team will compete in a badminton team tournament – Axiata Cup 2014 – scheduled from November 25 to December 5 in Indonesia. The team consists of 11 players, including prominent names in Vietnamese badminton including Nguyen Tien Minh, Le Ha Anh, Vu Thi Trang, and Thai Thi Hong Gam, under the direction of Coach Ho Van Loi. The badminton event will draw the participation of eight teams: Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, the Philippines, Vietnam, … [Read more...]

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EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 20-31 (daily updated)

Subscription Concert Vol.74 "Rheinische" 30 and 31 Oct 2014, 8 pm Hanoi Opera House 1 Tràng Tiền, Hà Nội You are invited to a subscription concert Vol.74 "Rheinische" with the performance of: Conductor: Olivier Leo Schmidt Piano Soloist: Dao Trong Tuyen And the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra Program Suite for Symphonic Orchestra World Premiere Eight Symphonic pieces from Vietnamese folk song Piano Concerto a-minor Op.54 Vietnam Premiere Symphony No.3 Eb major Op.97 "Rhenish" … [Read more...]

Sports News 3/10


UFC suspends Cung Le for nine months Middleweight fighter Cung Le has been suspended from the UFC for nine months after testing positive for human growth hormone following his August 23 loss in Macau. … [Read more...]

Vietnamese players crash out in badminton tourney

HA NOI (VNS) - Unseeded Jinn Yee Tan of Malaysia knocked out 11th seed Le Ha Anh of Viet Nam in the men's singles at the Viet Nam International Badminton Series yesterday. Tan, who is ranked 444th in the world, completed a 21-14, 22-20 victory in just 30 minutes to make it through to the second round. Top seed Andre Marteen of Indonesia cruised to victory against local player Tran Trong Hung in the other men's singles match at Da Nang's Tuyen Son Sports Centre. The Indonesian, who won the … [Read more...]

Social News 25/9

Vietnamese students attend World Youth Rhino Summit Six Vietnamese junior and senior high school students have been participating in the World Youth Rhino Summit in South Africa from September 21-23. The trip is sponsored by the US Embassy in Vietnam and the US Consulate in Durban, South Africa. The students, from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and the Central Highlands province of DakLak, was chosen from a nation-wide art competition sponsored by WildAct Vietnam, the Humane Society, and the Hanoi … [Read more...]

High school pole dance brings scrutiny over school events


The HCM City Department of Education and Training asked local schools to tighten control over student events after a pole dance was performed in a high school playground. … [Read more...]

Prisoner shows off life behind bars on Facebook


A few days ago, a prisoner in Tan Lap Prison in the northern province of Phu Tho was found posting photos "showing off" his prison life on Facebook. … [Read more...]

Sole plaintiff against 35 US firms: ‘I sue for millions of my people’


As the only individual in a lawsuit against 35 U.S. chemical companies, Tran To Nga, a French woman of Vietnamese origin, has recently become a target of the media. … [Read more...]

Young City artists hold group show

Looking on: An Onlooker, one of the photos by Le Nguyen Duy Phuong at the exhibition.

HCM CITY (VNS) — A group exhibition, Out of Nowhere, which marks the grand opening of Sao La, a Galerie Quynh initiative, will feature works in a range of media from painting and photography to installation and video by 10 young artists based in HCM City. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 31/5


Painter expresses bold emotion Asako Okiura stepped back and forth, looking attentively at a small oil painting of lotus flowers hanging at the ongoing exhibition of veteran artist Pham Luc. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 30/5


Vietnamese bartender takes part in world bartender competition Le Thanh Tung, a bartender from the Chill Skybar in HCM City, won the title "Best bartender in Viet Nam" during the Southeast Asia round of the Diageo Reserve World Class 2014 competition. … [Read more...]

Exhibition marks the grand opening of Sao La

A work from Nguyen Uyen Minh's Sai Gon Stories, exhibited in the group exhibition Out Of Nowhere at Sao La from May 30 to July 27.

HCM CITY (VNS) — A group exhibition, Out Of Nowhere, which marks the grand opening of Sao La, a Galerie Quynh initiative, will feature works in a range of media from painting and photography to installation and video by 10 young artists based in HCM City. … [Read more...]

Amateur performance club keeps traditional cai luong opera alive

Centre stage: Doan Thi Thu Huong (right) and her husband Nguyen Tai An rehearse on stage. The couple is part of an amateur cai luong club which brings together ordinary people who are passionate about the traditional art form. — Photo courtesy of Doan Thi Thu Huong

by Le Huong After putting the finish-ing touches to her tied-up hair, and buttoning up her glittering, long silk dress, Doan Thi Thu Huong takes a deep breath and walks onto the stage. Her husband, Nguyen Tai An, soon joins her onstage to enact his role. They are performing an excerpt from a classic cai luong (renovated opera) play from feudal times. Hundreds of people watch attentively as they perform on the lit-up stage of Ha Noi Cai Luong Theatre, more commonly known as the Golden Bell … [Read more...]

Social Headlines January 9

More than 8,000 outpatients diagnosed with mental illness in the central province of Nghe An have been left to fend for themselves due to a shortage in State funding forprescription medication.

Urbanisation rate reaches 33.4 percent in 2013 The rate of urbanisation in Vietnam reached 33.4 percent in 2013, up one percent from the previous year, according to the Ministry of Construction. Last year, the number of people living in urban areas increased by 1.3 million, however, the distribution was not balanced with high concentrations in major metropolitan areas. Sixteen large urban centres in Vietnam account for about 50 percent of urbanites, putting pressure on housing, employment, … [Read more...]

Construction accidents occur despite safety regulations

Van Nam and Dinh Dung The clearest and most recent proof is the accident last Saturday when a crane carrying 35 tons of steel at the construction site of Bitexco's The One project in HCMC downtown suddenly fell down and damaged the fence and several artworks of nearby HCMC Fine Arts Museum. Hoang Quang Nhu, deputy head of the Ministry of Construction's Construction Activities Management Agency, told the Daily that safety in construction activities were controlled by the Construction Law. The … [Read more...]

Social Headlines January 6

A fire broke out at the Nam Cau Trang coal selection plant in the northern Ha Long city at 22h30 on January 4. The plant belongs to Hon Gai Coal Preparation Company (HGCP).

Blaze engulfs coal selection plant in Quang Ninh Initial reports show that the fire started at the waste dumping area where hundreds of tonnes of inflammable materials were stored. As soon as the fire was discovered, the fire brigade of HGCP was deployed to the scene but their attempts to extinguish the blaze failed as it continued to burn and threatened the nearby electricity substation and gas warehouse. Later more fire fighters and engines from the Vinacomin Mine Rescue Centre were … [Read more...]

Crane falls down in HCM City

HCM CITY (VNS)— A crane carrying nearly 40 tonnes of steel fell down at 4 am on Saturday at a construction site in District 1. The accident caused minor damages to the nearby art museum on Le Thi Hong Gam Street. No casualties were reported. — VNS … [Read more...]

Vietnam metro thieves using tear gas, Tasers to attack victims


Ho Chi Minh City thieves are taking advantage of the puny penalties for possessing and trading 'support tools' like Tasers and tear gas A man caught smuggling Tasers and tear gas in Ho Chi Minh City. Lax management over 'support tools' has led to rampant use of the illegal products by thieves in the city. Photo by Dam Huy When Nguyen of Ho Chi Minh City's District 7 would leave her office late at night, she carefully stowed her two cell phones and diamond ring worth VND40 million … [Read more...]


VAMC splits banks' positions Banks are coming out of the closet to reveal different Vietnam Asset Management Company feelings. The Vietnam Asset Management Company (VAMC) could radically attack banks' bad debts (NPLs). However, a number of banks are sitting on the fence as when selling bad debts to VAMC to get special bonds in return, each year they need to make provision at least equal to 20 per cent of the bond value. Banks argued that under current regulations they must make provisions … [Read more...]

D1’s The One to connect with metro station

Van Nam This is the second commercial building in the city to obtain a license to build the tunnel. The first tunnel of this kind will link the Vincom Center A with the Opera House station. Bitexco Group broke ground for The One building in April, 2012 with invested capital of nearly US$500 million. The project is expected to be completed in 2015, having two towers of 55 and 48 stories overlooking the landmark Ben Thanh Market and surrounded by Calmette, Le Thi Hong Gam, Pho Duc Chinh and … [Read more...]