‘Do Re Mi’ children singing contest to air final round

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The final round of Do Re Mi, an annual singing contest for children, will be broadcast live on Vietnam Television's VTV3 channel on July7. Ten of the selected contestants join the final round (Photo: SGGP) Ten of the selected contestants including Nguyen Khanh Ngoc, Trinh Nhat Minh, Le An Nam, Luu Thi Huong Thao, Ju Uyen Nhi, Do Khanh Nhi, Le Mai Quynh, Rmah Thanh Xuan, Tran Quoc Thai and Pham Mai Ngoc Nhat of ages 6-8 triumphed over thousands of candidates to join the final round. This year, the 7th singing contest had drawn a large number of children from across the nation, included remote areas such as Ha Giang, Nghe An, Gia Lai and Ca Mau. Le Tran Nhat Tien, a nine-year-old boy from the northern province of Ha Tinh had won a special cash prize of VND15 million and a trip to Hello Music Land in Melbourne, Australia, with his parents in the last contest. … [Read more...]

Central region boy, 9, wins Do Re Mi singing competition

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HA NOI — The Do Re Mi singing contest for children awarded a Special Prize to Le Tran Nhat Tien on Sunday. Tien, a nine-year-old boy from the central province of Ha Tinh, received a cash prize of VND15 million (US$700) and a trip to Hello Music Land in Melbourne, Australia, with his father or mother. First and second prizes were given to Bao Tran, 8; Gia Linh, 9; and Bich Hang, 8. Do Re Mi has been broadcast by Viet Nam Television, with sponsorship by Vinamilk, annually since 2006.-VNS … [Read more...]

8-year-old boy crowned at children singing contest

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Le Tran Nhat Tien from the northern province of Ha Tinh has been crowned winner at Doremi, the singing contest for children held annually by the national Vietnam Television Station. At the final night of the competition which is in its 6th year on August 12, the 8-year-old boy impressed the jury as well as viewers with his confident performances of two songs "Trong Com" (Cylindrical Drum) and "Bay Cao Tieng Hat Uoc Mo" (The Voice of Dreams Flying High), then won the highest prize worth VND20 million (US$1,000). … [Read more...]

Judge and audiences cry when 9-year-old boy sings

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VietNamNet Bridge – Both judges and the audience were touched by the performance of Le Tran Nhat Tien, a 9-year-old boy from the central province of Ha Tinh, in a show of the Do Re Mi television singing contest for kids on July 22. Judges Tran Thanh and Chau Anh and many viewers could not hold on their tears when Tien sang “Seeing Mum in Dream.” … [Read more...]

Minister: Airports subject to price controls if transferred

The Saigon Times Daily Thang told the "Citizens ask, ministers answer" program of Vietnam Television (VTV) on Sunday that State agencies would continue to manage flights, security and service prices at the airports after their operation rights are sold to private firms. The Government’s portal chinhphu.vn cited Thang as saying that investors would have to comply with pricing regulations for the aviation and non-aviation services they provide. "Investors will not be allowed to decide prices of services at the airports they operate," Thang noted. Thang clarified that the ministry has sought approval from the Government to implement a pilot plan to transfer the operation rights to infrastructure facilities at a number of airports. No infrastructure facilities and land use rights at these airports would be sold to the private sector to ensure national security and defense, he said. The ministry has proposed plans to sell the operation rights to certain airports to raise … [Read more...]

Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News – June 30

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What you need to know in Vietnam today: Politics -- Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung yesterday chaired a tele-conference with provincial authorities and urged them to focus on increasing the effectiveness of the tourist industry. Society -- Ho Chi Minh City will invest VND3.4 trillion (US$156.3 million) in building infrastructure on Thu Thiem Peninsula in District 2. -- Investigative police of the Central Highlands province Dak Nong yesterday summoned five men suspected of throwing stones at buses plying on a local highway and injuring a driver. Business -- Honda Vietnam has paid VND297 billion ($13.7 million) in tax arrears for the second half of 2012, according to the tax department of the northern province of Vinh Phuc where the motorbike manufacturer places its factories. -- Eight antenna towers of national broadcaster Vietnam Television and other provincial TV stations, each over 100m in height, have been found failing to meet construction standards, according to the … [Read more...]

Vinamilk proposes to reduce State ownership at enterprises

A dairy farm of Vinamilk in Nghe An province. The company has proposed to reduce the rate of State ownership at joint stock companies to increase their self-management and competitiveness. — Photo www.vinamilk.com.vn

HA NOI (Biz Hub) — Vietnam Dairy Joint Stock Company (Vinamilk) has proposed to reduce the State ownership at enterprises after equitisation to create conditions to increase their self-management and competitiveness for further development. This was one of the measures proposed by Vinamilk during a working session between the company and a National Assembly delegation led by Vice Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan on June 29. Vinamilk CEO and Director General Mai Kieu Lien said it is necessary to clarify the role of State ownership representatives and the board of directors at joint stock companies to help tackle existing obstacles. Some 45.06 per cent of Vinamilk's shares are currently held by the State through State Capital Investment Corporation (SCIC). It has been pointed out that the SCIC's rights of operation of the company have reduced the command of the board of directors over the management of the operations of the company, she said. She cited the commercial transaction … [Read more...]

Vietnam removes foreign ownership caps on most equities: state TV

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HANOI - Vietnam's government approved the removal of foreign ownership caps on most listed firms on Friday, state TV said, scrapping the current 49 percent limit in one of its most liberal economic reforms yet, although some sectors will be excluded. The government is stepping up reforms to the $184 billion economy after years of delay that have frustrated foreign investors keen to tap the potential of its private sector, with future Pacific and European Union free trade pacts adding to the allure. In a news bulletin, Vietnam Television said the government had signed a directive to amend the rules but did not say when the change would come into effect. It gave few details, but said the new rules would not apply to certain firms or sectors in which the state needed to retain controls, without elaborating. Brokers and fund managers contacted by Reuters said they had not seen the directive and it was not released to the media. Long criticised for protectionism, Vietnam has … [Read more...]

Social News 24/6

Students enjoy wildlife summer camp Nearly 40 university students from HCM City, Ha Noi, Can Tho and Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province attended the Wildlife Summer Camp 2015 which ended yesterday (June 22) at Wildlife At Risk's (WAR) Hon Me Wildlife Rescue Station. The camp is an annual programme, launched by WAR in June 2013 that calls on youth to conserve and protect wildlife. It raises awareness and skills about conservation, and creates opportunities for students to contribute to wildlife conservation. The students worked with WAR staff to prepare food for rescued wildlife, including the yellow-cheeked crested gibbon, loris, moon bear and Siamese crocodile. They also painted enclosures, cleared grass and grew over 100 wildlife food plants including banana and papaya. They also learned skills related to wildlife conservation jobs, such as surveying in the forest, setting up a camera trap, taking photos and creating a video clip about wildlife protection. Typhoon brings rain, saving … [Read more...]

General practitioners to be trained for family-doctor system

General practitioners will be trained to become family doctors like in many Western countries. The highly popular overseas service is being introduced to try and reduce overloading at central hospitals - and to offer patients far better care for the same price. Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien spoke on June 21 with Vietnam Television's People ask – Ministers answer programme. She said the family-doctor system meant that doctors would be given comprehensive training to treat all patients. People who needed specialist treatment would be referred to experts in different medical fields. Tien said the family doctor system meant that patients would only need to go to central hospitals when they had a serious disease or needed complicated surgery. Although the family-doctor model was popular in many countries, it was still a new concept in Vietnam, she said. Family doctors not only treated diseases, but taught patients about disease prevention as well as help them … [Read more...]

Vietnamese doctors train for family-doctor system

General practitioners will be trained to become family doctors like in many Western countries. The highly popular overseas service is being introduced to try and reduce overloading at central hospitals - and to offer patients far better care for the same price. The Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien spoke on June 21 with Vietnam Television's People ask – Ministers answer programme. She said the family-doctor system meant that doctors would be given comprehensive training to treat all patients. People who needed specialist treatment would be referred to experts in different medical fields. Tien said the family doctor system meant that patients would only need to go to central hospitals when they had a serious disease or needed complicated surgery. Although the family-doctor model was popular in many countries, it was still a new concept in Vietnam, she said. Family doctors not only treated diseases, but taught patients about disease prevention as well as help them control … [Read more...]

Rice exports fall sharply in H1

The Saigon Times Daily According to the Vietnam Food Association (VFA), its member enterprises exported nearly 42,000 tons of rice with free-on-board value of more than US$18 million in the first 11 days of June. In the year to June 11, they had shipped abroad over 2.12 million tons of rice worth over US$893 million, down 400,000 tons and some US$250 million compared to the same period last year. The average rice export price in the period was some US$421 a ton, dropping 2.3% compared to the same period last year, Vietnam Television (VTV) reports, citing figures of VFA. Some rice exporters said the current price of commercial rice contracts is as low as US$365 a ton. Therefore, they have decided not to sell rice to foreign buyers to wait for price increases in the coming months. Vo Quoc Hung, director of Phuoc Dat Ltd. Co. in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang, said local rice exporters are facing more challenges this year than last year and prices of commercial contracts … [Read more...]

Social News 22/6

Environment projects to get 3.6% loans The Viet Nam Environment Protection Fund has announced loans at 3.6 per cent interest for environment protection projects, according to a media report. Thoi Bao Kinh Doanh (Business Newspaper) reported that the loans would be for up to 10 years and worth 70 per cent of the project cost. The fund, managed by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, will also give priority to projects to treat waste at industrial parks, factories and workshops, domestic waste, and exhaust emissions. Projects using environment-friendly and energy-efficient technologies and equipment are also eligible for the preferential loans. The VEPF normally lends at 5.4 per cent to environment protection activities. Insiders said that the loans at 3.6 per cent interest are meant to support enterprises and investors involved in environment protection since projects of this nature always require huge investments. Thus, the loans could play a key role in the … [Read more...]

Media agencies honoured to mark Vietnam Revolutionary Press Day

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Party Central Committee Secretary To Huy Rua visited VNA on the occasion of the 90th Vietnam Revolutionary Press Day (June 21). (Photo:VNA) Journalists are the major force guiding public opinion, contributing significantly to the fruitful outcomes of the national construction process, said Politburo member and Party Central Committee Secretary To Huy Rua. Rua, who is also Head of the Party Central Committee’s Organisation, made the statement while visiting the headquarters of the Nhan Dan newspaper, the Vietnam News Agency, the Vietnam Television and the Academy of Journalism and Communication in Hanoi on the occasion of the 90th Vietnam Revolutionary Press Day (June 21). He said he hoped the establishments would continue their meaningful coverage of domestic and international news to serve information demand in Vietnam and abroad. He noted press agencies nationwide ought to prioritise manpower training and technology application in their future development. When … [Read more...]

2014 National Press Awards be presented

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anniversary of Vietnam’s Revolutionary Press Day. The contest received 1,468 journalistic works from press associations throughout the country. Among the 177 finalists, there are 9 A, 26 B, 54 C and 29 consolation prizes. According to the organizing board, the quality of the entries is not much different and many of them have strong social impact. The ceremony will be broadcast live on Radio the Voice of Vietnam and Vietnam Television. … [Read more...]

Press should contribute to strengthening national unity

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President Nhan congratulates Nhan Dan journalists and reporters at the Nhan Dan Headquarters NDO - The press should develop further to help shape public opinion, reinforce the national unity and contribute to the cause of national construction and development. Politburo member and President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Nguyen Thien Nhan made the remarks during at his visits to several media agencies on June 20 on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of Vietnam Revolutionary Press Day. He paid visits to Vietnam Journalists' Association, Vietnam News Agency, Vietnam Television, Nhan Dan (People) Newspaper, Saigon Giai Phong (Liberated Saigon) Newspaper and Cuu chien binh (War Veterans) Newspaper. President Nhan congratulated journalists and reporters on the anniversary of the Vietnam Revolutionary Press Day, praising media agencies for actively disseminating information on Party and State policies and accurately reflecting the opinions of the people, being a bridge between the … [Read more...]

Vietnam Revolutionary Journalism Day marked in Russia

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The Overseas Party Committee and the Vietnamese Embassy in Russia on June 16th organized a meeting for Vietnamese correspondents and representatives of information pages of the overseas Vietnamese community in the country to mark the 90th anniversary of the Vietnam Revolutionary Journalism Day. Speaking at the meeting, Vietnamese Ambassador to Russia Nguyen Thanh Son emphasized the role, pervasiveness and increasing influence of media in the era of information explosion and technical science development today. The Ambassador highly appreciated the activities of reporters of correspondents of Vietnam News Agency, Voice of Vietnam (VOV) and Vietnam Television (VTV) in Russia. He affirmed the Russian Federation was a key area with many important political, economic, social, military developments, which draw attentions of the international community, therefore, correspondents had to closely follow the locality and to be responsive, timely reflect all aspects of life in Russia and the … [Read more...]

Activities to mark 100th anniversary of late Party General Secretary Nguyen Van Linh’s birth

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The national-level organizing board has held a press briefing on activities to mark the 100th anniversary of late Party General Secretary Nguyen Van Linh’s birth. The event aims to glorify the great contribution made by the late Party General Secretary to the revolutionary cause of the Party and State. It will take place at Hung Yen provincial conference center on June 30th, 2015 and will broadcast live on Vietnam Television and the Voice of Vietnam. On this occasion, a seminar on the late Party General Secretary and Hung Yen province, a special art performance will be held in Hung Yen province. In addition, diverse cultural activities will be held localities, including a seminar on his contribution to southern revolution and a photo exhibition on his life and career in Ho Chi Minh city, a documentary exhibition on him and his national renovation in Hanoi./. … [Read more...]

Nam Dinh operates new broadcast tower

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The inauguration ceremony for the 160-metre broadcast tower was held on June 15. (Photo: VNA) A 160-metre broadcast tower was inaugurated in northern Nam Dinh province on June 15. Beginning in July 2014 and worth 21.6 billion VND (995,392 USD), the construction features 32 force-resistant cement stakes and a body made of more than 245 tonnes of steel to bear heavy loads and cope with storms, as it was built where a tower collapsed during a 2012 storm. The newly inaugurated tower caters to over 8 million television viewers across the southern part of the Red River Delta and the northern part of Thanh Hoa. Tran Dung Trinh, Deputy Head of the Vietnam Television, said the operations contribute to completing the digitisation of television in the Red River Delta region 18 months ahead of schedule.-VNA … [Read more...]