‘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...]

Vietnam extends condolences to Singapore over Lee Kuan Yew’s death

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Vietnam extends condolences to Singapore over Lee Kuan Yew’s death Vietnamese leaders extended condolences to their Singaporean counterparts over the death of the former Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew on March 23. General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong sent condolences to Secretary-General of the People’s Action Party Lee Hsien Loong, while State President Truong Tan Sang conveyed his sympathy to President Tony Tan Keng Yam. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung passed his condolences to Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong over the loss. The same day, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh also expressed his sympathies to Singaporean Foreign Minister K Shanmugam. According to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office of Singapore, former Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew passed away early on March 23 at the age of 91. Lee Kuan Yew was the founding Prime Minister of Singapore and father of the … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 23/3

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Entertainment centre opens at My Khe Beach A beach sport and recreation centre, Dana Beach, for tourists was opened at the city's My Khe beach. Nguyen Anh Minh, director of the company Que Viet, said the 10,000sq.m centre offers visitors summer entertainment, water sports, cuisine, a beach bar, the Wynn Lounge and Beach Beer. Tourists can rest on pristine, white sandy beaches and enjoy local seafood and drinks while swimming in the sea. The centre, just 10 minute from the city, can host about 3,000 visitors at the same time for a BBQ party on beach. It is open from 8am to 2am everyday. Dong Nai celebrates 300th anniversary of Tran Bien Temple of Literature A ceremony marking the 300th anniversary of the foundation of the Tran Bien Temple of Literature (photo) was held in Dong Nai Province, 40km far from Ho Chi Minh City, on March 21. The organization board held to offer incense to pay tribute to individuals and organizations that made outstanding contribution in developing … [Read more...]

Nikken Sekkei to design Vietnam’s TV tower

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VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnam’s 636-m tall TV tower is being designed by Nikken Sekkei. The design will be submitted to investors in April. Related news Vietnam to build the world’s highest TV towerVietnam to build 636m TV tower, the world’s highest The design agreement was signed between VTV and Nikken Sekkei in mid-August 2014. The Vietnam Television (VTV), the State Capital Investment Corporation (SCIC), and BRG, a private group operating in the fields of golf courses and finance-banking, have formed a company to invest in this project. According to VTV Online, Shigeru Yoshino, chief architect of Nickel Sekkei, is the person in charge of designing the TV tower for Vietnam. On the company website, he is introduced as the person who was responsible for designing the Sky Tree TV tower in Tokyo, which is considered the highest TV tower in Asia today (634m). Tran Binh Minh, General Director of Vietnam Television, said the tower will be 636m tall, the tallest in … [Read more...]

Minister values UN support for Vietnam’s development

Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang (right) and Acting Chairman of the UN General Assembly Mahmadamin Mahmadaminov. (Photo: cand.com.vn)

Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang has appreciated the United Nations’ support for Vietnam in fields, especially the development and implementation of millennium development goals. Vietnam always attaches importance to fostering ties with the UN, considering this as a priority in the country’s foreign policy, Minister Quang affirmed during his meetings with Mahmadamin Mahmadaminov, Acting Chairman of the UN General Assembly and Toyberg Frandzen, Interim Assistant Secretary General for political affairs, as part of his visit to the US on March 19-20. The minister asserted that Vietnam strongly supports the central role played by the UN in dealing with challenges of global and regional peace and security and in promoting the settlement of disputes by peaceful means in accordance with international law. The two UN officials spoke of Vietnam’s contributions to the UN strategies and action plans, saying the country has well performed its role as a highly … [Read more...]

Nick Vujicic to return Vietnam for the third time

Nick Vujicic in a talk in Ho Chi Minh city. (Photo source: congan.com.vn)

On March 22nd, limbless, motivational speaker Nick Vujicic, will return to Vietnam for the third time to participate in a series of activities for local disabled people and inspire the local disabled communities.This year’s program will be implemented in Ho Chi Minh city, the central province of Nghe An and the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong. Nick Vujicic will directly talk to people of all walks of life and continue to share stories about his life, his perspective, happiness and good values that each person strives for. On March 22nd, Nick is scheduled to participate in a talk with nearly 500 disadvantaged children in Ho Chi Minh city. The program will be broadcast live on Vietnam Television at 1:50 pm. At 6:30 pm on the same day, he will talk to students in NguyenThiMinhKhai high school in the metropolis to help them make good choices for their lives and how to reach their goals. At 2:30 pm on March 23rd, he will move to Da Lat city in LamDong province to deliver a … [Read more...]

Eleven young Vietnamese see new life after facial surgery in South Korea

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Eleven young Vietnamese people with facial defects have begun a new chapter of their life after joining a charitable program for free cosmetic surgery in South Korea. . "The program is completely not for financial purposes," said Nguyen Lam Thanh, vice head of VTV’s department of sciences and education. "We just want to help unlucky young people have employment opportunities and progress in life." Thanh added that the name of the program, ‘Change Life,’ refers not only to a change in appearance but also qualitative change. A good looking appearance helps bring in a better life with more chances, he said. Mai Ngan, editor of the ‘Change Life’ TV program, revealed that the average cost of cosmetic surgery is about US$50,000 but was totally free for the 11 selected people. This marks the first charitable program for cosmetic surgery carried out by South Korean surgeons. The beneficiaries spent three months in the East Asian nation. Tran Vu … [Read more...]

TV department withholds Vietnam Idol permit

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The communications ministry has announced it will not consider issuing permits to the Vietnam Idol reality show and several other programs jointly produced by national broadcaster Vietnam Television (VTV) and its partners following recent gaffes on the shows. The Department of Radio, Television, and Electronic Information under the Ministry of Information and Communications has just notified VTV that it will not consider granting certificates of registry to several programs which the television has co-produced with its partners, who have made repeated slip-ups in recent times. The television station’s violating partners are Binh Hanh Dan Co., also known as BHD, and Cat Tien Sa Co., which are both major show producers and film distributors, the department said. Among the programs the permits of which have been withheld is Vietnam Idol, the local version of the world-famous Idols series. The first auditions of this year’s show kicked off this week. The show, which … [Read more...]

Hanoi fells 500 trees, plans to cut another 6,200 despite protests

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Hanoi has chopped down 500 trees and is planning to lop another 6,200 on streets in a move it said to ensure the safety and beauty of the city, although local residents oppose the cutting of such a large number of trees. Though city authorities said they have the agreement of locals to cut the trees down, residents have protested the mass logging. According to the People’s Committee of Hanoi, the capital now has a total of around 120,000 big trees of 70 species planted along urban streets and highways, many of which were planted before 1945. The 6,700 trees planned to be cut down are on 190 streets in ten urban districts in Hanoi, local authorities said, elaborating that they include 4,500 trees unsuitable for the city, such as coral and kapok trees and 2,208 others with leaning trunks that badly affect the landscape and threaten the safety of people. Some have even displayed decay in their roots, trunks and branches and may fall down anytime, especially in the rainy … [Read more...]

The Central Highlands region to host folk song festival

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PANO – A folk song festival will be organized between April 1st and 4th in Kon Tum City with the participation of hundreds of local artists in different cultural troupes from Kon Tum, Gia Lai, Lam Dong, Dak Lak and Dak Nong provinces, announced at a working session held by the Kon Tum provincial People's Committee and the Vietnam Television Center in Da Nang city on March 18th. This biannual event is to explore and maintain the Central Highlands region’s folk songs, traditional games and cultural values. Outstanding performances will be chosen for a final event at a gala night on May 16th to be broadcast live on the Vietnam Television’s channels. Translated by Pham Huy … [Read more...]

Vietnam accepts first 10 surrogacy requests

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Nearly 100 applications for surrogacy have been sent to three designated hospitals, ten of which have met the required conditions, over the past three days after Vietnam’s new regulation on surrogacy on humanitarian grounds took effect, the Ministry of Health has said. The new regulation is part of the revised Law on Marriage and Family that came into force on Mach 15, allowing people to act or have others act as surrogate mothers for humanitarian purposes on a voluntary basis after satisfying certain requirements, the ministry said. The three major clinics assigned by the ministry to handle surrogacy cases are the National Hospital of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Hanoi, the Hue Central Hospital in the central city of Hue, and Tu Du Obstetrics Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, said Nguyen Viet Tien, Deputy Minister of Health. So far, ten of the surrogacy applications sent to the National Hospital of Obstetrics and Gynecology have met the requirements for surrogacy under the new … [Read more...]

Vietnam aids Laos in television personnel training

The Junior College of Television under the national Vietnam Television (VTV) will assist the Lao National Television (LNTV) in personnel training under a cooperation agreement inked in Vientiane on March 18. Among those attending the signing ceremony were Lao Deputy Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism Savankhon Raznontry and Minister Counsellor of the Vietnamese Embassy Hoang Xuan Hai. Running through 2017, the programme will send 10 LNTV staff members to the Vietnamese junior college each year for training in journalism, filming, television technology, telecommunication, and informatics. LNTV General Director Bounchao Phichit thanked Vietnam’s Party and State as well as the VTV for their assistance, illustrating the special relationship between the two countries. The training programme is part of a cooperation agreement signed between the VTV and the Lao Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism in February 2012. On January 30, the VTV presented … [Read more...]

Vietnam accepts first 10 surrogacy requests under revised law

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Nearly 100 applications for surrogacy have been sent to three designated hospitals, ten of which have met the required conditions, over the past three days after Vietnam’s new regulation on surrogacy on humanitarian grounds took effect, the Ministry of Health has said. The new regulation is part of the revised Law on Marriage and Family that came into force on Mach 15, allowing people to act or have others act as surrogate mothers for humanitarian purposes on a voluntary basis after satisfying certain requirements, the ministry said. The three major clinics assigned by the ministry to handle surrogacy cases are the National Hospital of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Hanoi, the Hue Central Hospital in the central city of Hue, and Tu Du Obstetrics Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, said Nguyen Viet Tien, Deputy Minister of Health. So far, ten of the surrogacy applications sent to the National Hospital of Obstetrics and Gynecology have met the requirements for surrogacy under the new … [Read more...]

Hanoi to start Earth Hour 2015 campaign

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Hanoi city will turn off lighting for an hour on Sunday, March 22nd, 2015 to start the Earth Hour 2015 campaign. The event will be broadcast live on Vietnam Television from the August Revolution square. The city also planned to turn off decorative lighting and neon advertising boards from 20:30 to 21:30 at several public landmarks, such as the Ngoc Son temple, Ly Thai To flower garden, Hanoi Opera House, and TrucBachLake. Offices of agencies, units and offices in the city will also turn off lights for a hour to response to the drive. Dissemination will be promoted in all districts in the city by hanging posters, through mass media and activities to promote the direge at all universities, colleges and schools in the city. The Earth Hour 2015 will be organised by the Ministry of Industry and Trade with the technical support of the World Wildlife Fund (WFF) and the Denmark Embassy in Vietnam. All provinces and cities nationwide have committed to taking energy-saving actions. The … [Read more...]

Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News – March 15

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Enjoy your breakfast while skimming these brief news items on Tuoi Tre News today, March 15: -- Huynh Chi Dung, director of the Children Center in the southernmost province of Ca Mau, on Saturday announced the termination of a roller coaster ride pending quality inspection. Around 8:00 pm on Friday, a car of the roller coaster ride derailed and was tossed into the ground, injuring a 10-year-old kid of Australian nationality and a 14-year-old Ca Mau native. -- The Ministry of National Defense has requested the local governments of eight provinces, Lang Son, Quang Ninh in the north, Nghe An, Quang Nam, Binh Dinh, Phu Yen and Kon Tum in the central region, and Binh Phuoc in the south, as well as competent ministries and agencies to tighten their inspection and surveillance over forest growing projects which are operated by foreign-owned enterprises in Vietnam. -- The People’s Committee of Quang Ninh Province in northern Vietnam has just made public the local Department of … [Read more...]

Vietnam to build 636m TV tower, the world’s highest

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VietNamNet Bridge - "The world’s tallest TV tower is the dream of Vietnam Television," said VTV General Director Tran Binh Minh at the signing ceremony of the TV tower construction investment agreement in Hanoi on Tuesday. The agreement was signed by representatives of VTV, the State Capital Investment Corporation (SCIC) and the BRG Group. Speaking at the signing ceremony, VTV General Director Tran Binh Minh, said: "When I talked to the Prime Minister about the construction of this TV tower, the Prime Minister said the TV tower must be the highest in the region. I asked him is it the highest in Southeast Asia or Asia? The Prime Minister said: ‘The highest in Asia’. I said the highest in Asia means the world's highest because the two tallest towers in the world are in Asia. The first is in Japan and the second in China." The two highest TV towers in Asia today are the Sky - Tree in Tokyo, 634m, completed in 2012 and the Guangzhou TV tower with a height of 600m, … [Read more...]