HCMC police capture two phone thieves after dangerous chase

>> Two youths get three years each for snatching phone from Thai tourist

Vietnamese police have captured two phone snatchers, including a teenager, after a dangerous chase during which they fired four shots in Ho Chi Minh City’s downtown area on Wednesday. Police in the city’s District 1 on Thursday said they had detained Tran Ngoc Cuong, 38 and Tran Trong Long, 14, for snatching an iPhone 6 from a Vietnamese-American man, Truong Phat Nguyen, 24, on a street in the district on November 26. … [Read more...]

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, Asia All Star team, Europe All Star team, and host Indonesia. … [Read more...]

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" Vietnam Premiere Tickets … [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 first set 21-8, was leading 7-1 in the second when the Vietnamese player retired from injury. … [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 Department of Education and Training. … [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 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 Theatre, located in the heart of the Old Quarter. From time to time, the crowd bursts into applause at the middle-aged couple's skilful vocal rendition when they touch the high notes. It's a normal Sunday gathering of amateur cai luong singers in the theatre, where they perform with the theatre's artists. "My husband and I are just business people, yet we join the club on weekends to nurture our passion for the traditional art," Huong told Viet Nam News. "Life is so short. We are not rich but we … [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, the environment and social infrastructure. According to the ministry, Vietnam's total housing area was 79 million square metres in 2013, of which 36.5 million square metres were in urban areas. The country now has 770 urban centres. New cold spell to hit Northern, Central provinces More new cold spell will enter the northern and central provinces of Viet Nam in the afternoon of January 8, announced by the National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center. According to weather forecast, the … [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 Ministry of Construction has also issued Circular 22/2010/TT-BXD on safety requirements at construction sites, he added. In addition, every year the ministry asks provinces and cities to inspect safety of construction works while localities also issue working safety regulations, according to Nhu. "Overall, legal regulations requiring investors to ensure labor safety during the implementation of construction works are sufficient," said Nhu. However, in reality many crane collapses have … [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 mobilised and the fire was contained at 23h45. The fire caused no human casualties and the reason is being investigated. Bach Long Vi nature reserve taking shape Prime Minister Dung has approved a project establishing a nature reserve with a total area of more than 27,000 ha, on Bach Long Vi beach. The project will focus on protecting the ecological system and marine creatures in the area surrounding Bach Long Vi, especially the rare species of animals and plants with a high economic and … [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 (US$1,880) so that thieves would not see them and try to rob her. "I started doing so because many robberies have been reported in the media. But my precautions weren't enough," the 27-year-old woman explained. Last August, when Nguyen was driving home late on Tan Thuan 2 Bridge connecting districts 4 and 7, four robbers on two motorbikes raced up and sprayed her with tear gas, stealing her scooter before fleeing. The number of robberies involving the use of Tasers and tear gas in HCMC has … [Read more...]