Apparel, footwear firms worry about late worker return after Tet

Van Nam Pham Xuan Hong, vice chairman of the Vietnam Textile and Apparel Association, said a number of textile-garment companies re-started production yesterday while others will re-operate from next Monday, or the twelfth day of the Lunar New Year. Truong Thi Thuy Lien, director of Lien Phat Shoe Company in the southern province of Binh Duong, said nearly 2,000 workers of the company were told to work again yesterday in preparation for delivery after the holiday. Lien said that the company had readied sufficient production before Tet but the concern is that its workers will not come back as soon as announced because most of them returned to their hometowns in northern and central regions for the holiday. Lien told the Daily yesterday that the company expected 70% of the workers would show up on the first day the company resumed production after Tet but the actual percentage was some 50% yesterday. Lien hoped that more would come back next week. Le Quang Hung, chairman of … [Read more...]

Establishing Vietnam Encyclopedia compilation Steering Council

The Steering Council for the compilation of a Vietnam encyclopedia will be chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam

The Hanoitimes - The Prime Minister has approved the founding of a Council Steering for the compilation of a Vietnam encyclopedia. Accordingly, the Steering Council will be chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam President of the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences Nguyen Xuan Thang and President of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology Chau Van Minh is the Standing Vice Chairman and the Vice Chairman, respectively. The Steering Council will group 13 members, including: Deputy minister of the Ministry of Science and Technology Pham Cong Tac; Deputy minister of the Ministry of Planning and Investment Nguyen The Phuong; Deputy minister of the Ministry of Finance Truong Chi Trung; Deputy minister of the Ministry of National Defence Do Ba Ty; Deputy minister of the Ministry of Public Security Bui Van Nam; Deputy minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Le Hoai Trung; Deputy minister of the Ministry of Education and Training Pham Manh Hung; and Deputy minister of the … [Read more...]

Awarding the recognition of Soc temple relics as National Special Site

A ceremony to award the recognition of Soc temple relics as National Special Site

The Hanoitimes - A ceremony for the Soc temple relics to receive award recognized as the special National Site and opening of Soc Temple Festival 2015 was held on February 24 (the 6th day of the first lunar month) at the Soc historic temple area, Soc Son district, Hanoi city. Attending the ceremony were Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Dang Thi Bich Lien, Vice Chairman of Hanoi People's Committee Nguyen Van Suu, Vice Chairman of Hanoi People's Council Le Van Hoat, Representative of UNESCO in Vietnam Katherine Muller Marin. On December 31, 2014, Soc Temple relics has been recognized by the Prime Minister as a special national site. Speaking at the ceremony, Vice Chairman Nguyen Van Suu stressed that, Hanoi will organize the protection of the Soc Temple relics, implementing effectively overall planning and promoting value of the monuments associated with tourism development approved by the Prime Minister. Thu Minh … [Read more...]

Students put their knowledge to use

Students work at the HCM City International University. The 2014 Young Science Talent awards were presented to lecturers and students for innovation.

VietNamNet Bridge – Making glass from beach sand? Forget it! Students from Hue University of Science are using a new technique to make liquid glass from rice husks and ash. Ho Phuoc Diep, Nguyen Thi Le Giang and Tran Thi Lien came up with the idea after reading an article that husks and ash contain a high volume of silicon dioxide (SiO2), a key compound for the creation of the liquid, or natri silicat (Na2O.nSiO2). The glass can be used for making waterproof paint, soap, cloth shoes and ceramics. The demand for liquid glass in Viet Nam is thousands of tonnes each year, but current manufacturing processes involve complicated technology for baking white sand in a kiln heated to 1,300 degrees Celsius. "The SiO2 in husk and ash can easily be turned into liquid glass at much lower temperatures, which means the price can be dramatically reduced. And as Viet Nam is still an agricultural country, we have a lot of husks and ash," Diep said. Diep said the team came across many … [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...]

Folk, calligraphy paintings brighten Vietnam’s Tet

A gorgeous signature Tet painting which depicts the rustic landscape in four seasons in a year. Photo:

Buying and hanging folk paintings and calligraphical works have long been an indispensable Vietnamese tradition in Tet (Lunar New Year,) which is believed to bring purchasers good luck and prosperity. Apart from shopping for food, clothing items and floral embellishments for the upcoming Tet, many also choose to buy calligraphical works and Tet paintings. Calligraphical works are those featuring stylized words in Vietnamese, Chinese and even English or any other language that one’s heart desires. The words, which are mostly with educational and literary meanings, are written in a special kind of ink and with a brush. Tuoi Tre. Those trained to write the words are called "ong do" (calligrapher,) who are usually senior in age and dressed in male "ao dai" (traditional long gown) and headdress. A number of "ong do" are in their 20s or 30s, however. People typically come to see "ong do" before, during and after Tet and have them write the calligraphized words on … [Read more...]

A Journey to Vi-Giam Folk Singing Region

« Vi-Giam folk singing is two ways of singing without accompaniment which have been created and handed down by people in Nghe An and Ha Tinh provinces during their production and daily activities. People sing Vi-Giam songs while they lull their child to sleep, work in the fields, row a boat, weave cloth or husk rice. So the singing is often named after Jobs or activities such as Vi Phuong Vai (fabric guild), Vi Phuong Non (conical hat guild), Vi Phuong Cui (wood guild), Vi Treo Non (climbing the mountain), Vi Do Dua (rowing the boat), Giam Ru (lulling), Giam Ke (reciting) and Giam Khuyen (advising). These two ways of singing are usually performed alternately, hence they have the name Vi-Giam.» Vi-Giam folk singing has an extremely strong vitality. It not only existed in the past but has constantly developed in the hearts of people in Nghe An and Ha Tinh provinces (Nghe Tinh). That’s why people in these provinces have a famous saying, "only when people here no … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 5/2

DJ ranked 42nd in world to hit Chill Sky Bar Portuguese DJ and producer Kura, who ranks No 42 on DJ Mag's Top 100 in 2014, will provide a night of electro house music called "Made For Music" at the Chill Sky Bar today. Kura, whose real name is Ruben de Almeida, received the award for Best Portuguese DJ in Radio Nova Era's annual awards in 2014. The show will begin at 9pm at 76A Le Lai Street in District 1. Mass kissing contest to mark Valentine's Day in Hanoi Some 100 couples will take part in a kissing competition on the Valentine's Day this year at the Water Park in Hanoi, with judges to choose the 10 best pairs of kissers. The event, to be held February 13-14, will also feature a romantic cocktail festival, a "Romeo and Juliet" house, love dancing and a love story. Couples will kiss in the Romeo and Juliet house, surrounded by roses. The organising board will select ten outstanding couples to give them prizes. The winning coupes will throw lucky roses to the audience. Bronze … [Read more...]

Social News 4/2


Phuong Trang runs out of Tet tickets Hundreds of passengers failed to get coach tickets to travel from HCMC to the central province of Quang Ngai for the coming Lunar New Year holiday, or Tet, from local transport firm Phuong Trang as it had sold out tickets on Saturday. At around 10 a.m. on Saturday morning, nearly 500 passengers were queuing at Mien Dong Coach Station to wait for their turns to buy HCMC-Quang Ngai tickets after hundreds of other passengers had bought tickets for the service. However, at 11 a.m., the company announced it had run out of tickets, prompting an uproar among passengers. Tran Hoang, a passenger who had fallen in line since early morning but could not get a queue ticket, said Phuong Trang had just issued around 500 queue tickets. Hoang said the company might still have tickets available for the HCMC-Quang Ngai route but decided to hold them back for certain reasons. Truong Ngoc Thu, deputy director of Phuong Trang, told the Daily on the phone that he … [Read more...]

EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR FEB. 1-10 (daily updated)

Frankenstein Theatre Performances in Vietnam ADGE Europe presents TNT Theatre Britain in: FRANKENSTEIN The Monster and the Myth By Paul Stebbings and Phil Smith inspired by the Mary Shelley novel and the Hollywood movies. Performances in English HANOI OPERA HOUSE Wed 18 Mar 2015, 8 pm - HCMC OPERA HOUSE Fri 20 Mar 2015, 11 am 20 and 21 Mar 2015, 8 pm Tickets information below From ADGE: FRANKENSTEIN is one of the most potent modern myths. TNT revives its internationally acclaimed production in autumn 2014. Too many stage versions and even films ignore that this story is not a novel but a myth that has grown out of Mary Shelley's original; so our production combines Boris Karloff's immense impact with that of the original story to create a fascinating and entertaining new work. This FRANKENSTEIN is a Gothic comedy and a gripping a horror thriller that explores the darker themes within the myth. Should scientific research be held back by irrational prejudice or religious … [Read more...]

Can Tho – Innovation for Development


After six years of implementing Decision 366/QD-TTg of the Prime Minister on the issue of plans for continued execution of Resolution No. 45-NQ/TW dated February 17, 2005 of the Politburo on Can Tho City construction and development in the 2009 - 2015 stage, the growth quality and competitiveness of Can Tho City has been significantly improved. The city is playing a clear role as a leading economic, cultural, education - training and health centre and a development driver of the Mekong Delta region. The following is the interview with Mr Le Hung Dung, Chairman of Can Tho City People’s Committee. Hoang Lam reports. Could you please tell us more about the city’s successes after six years of enforcing the Prime Minister’s Decision 366/QD-TTg? After six years of enforcing the Prime Minister’s Decision 366/QD-TTg, major objectives and tasks of the city have been performed well. Specifically, in urban development, Can Tho City was recognised by the Prime Minister as … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 27/1


HCMC opens photo exhibition on wild birds Wildlife at Risk (WAR) and the Youth Cultural House of Ho Chi Minh City opened a photo exhibition under title "Wild birds in mating season" at HCMC Youth Cultural House on January 24. Over 130 photos sized of 40X60cm, which were made by photographer Tang A Pau. Through images, the author wants not only to show the beauties and unique characteristics of each kind of birds in Vietnam’s forests but also call everyone to take action in protecting wild birds and nature in Vietnam. The highlight of the exhibition is a collection of Sarus Crane photos. According to the IUCN Red List of threatened species, Sarus Crane is a kind of endangered bird whose life is threatened. The exhibition has been opened at HCMC Youth Cultural House from 8am to 8pm every day in January 24- 28. Researcher to speak on late writer Son Nam French researcher Pascal Bourdeaux from the Academy of the Far East in HCM City will speak about the late ethnologist Son … [Read more...]

Trash collectors face uncertain future after dump closes

Fifty-year-old Pham Thi Vui collects garbage at Khanh Son dump in Da Nang. The city has no plan to help waste collectors find stable and less toxic ways to make ends meet after the dump is closed in 2022.

VietNamNet Bridge – Pham Thi Vui has had a "steady job" for the last 20 years, collecting garbage from the Khanh Son dump in Da Nang. Vui, 50, a resident of Hoa Khanh Nam Ward in Lien Chieu District, earns VND100,000 (US$5) each day after collecting and selling scrap iron, plastic bags, cans, paper, and even food. She knows that the job is hazardous to her health, but says she has no other choice. "I don't have much education and I am too old to find another job," she said. Her "job" had enabled her to raise two daughters, with the elder one following in her footsteps. The daughter dropped out of school and began collecting garbage when she was just 10 years old, and ended up marrying a man she met at the same dump, doing the same job. "My daughter went to the dump everyday even when she was pregnant. And the baby was a hundred percent healthy!" Vui said, thankfully. But neither Vui nor any one of the 150 or so other people who are self-employed at the dump are health … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 22/1


Photos of wild birds on show Saturday Wildlife At Risk (WAR) will join hands with the Youth Cultural Center to open a photo exhibition called "Chim rung mua ket ban" (wild birds in mating time) by local artist Tang A Pau from January 24 to 28. It is expected around 130 photos featuring wild birds like red-head crane, white-neck crane and babbler in nature will be on display at the Youth Cultural Center in HCMC’s District 1. Author Tang A Pau has traveled around the country to capture lively moments of birds, especially birds in the mating season. Some photos will be put on sale at the show to raise funds for wildlife protection and a shelter for kids in the Central Highlands. "This is a collection with many rare and precious photos of birds which are in danger of extinction, and hardly found in nature. There are many species that I have never seen or just seen once or twice in my life. I’m calling on people to let wild birds live in the natural environment if we … [Read more...]

Vietnam tourist attractions open for free, offer diverse activities during Tet

Lush peach blossoms are in seen in Hanoi's iconic Nhat Tan Garden in this  Tuoi Tre  file photo.   A farmer is pictured watering his citrus plants, a common Tet embellishment, in this  Reuters  file photo.  Hoi An

A number of relics in Hanoi, Hue, and Hoi An Ancient Town will be open to tourists for free during Tet (Lunar New Year), while a myriad of activities are poised to take place in several other localities to celebrate the holiday. Hanoi The Hanoi People’s Committee has decided six of the capital’s relics and scenic spots will be open free to visitors on Lunar New Year’s Eve and the first two days of the new year, or from February 18 to 20. The spots are Ngoc Son and Quan Thanh Temples, Tay Phuong, Thay and Huong Pagodas, and Duong Lam Ancient Village. Pyrotechnic shows are also expected to light up 30 spots in the city on Lunar New Year’s Eve. Five high-range firework shows are set to sparkle over Hoan Kiem (Sword) Lake, Thong Nhat Park, Lac Long Quan Garden, Van Quan Lake, and My Dinh National Stadium. The other 25 low-range firework shows will take place in other areas. Authorities in Hoi An City, located in the central province of Quang Nam, … [Read more...]

“Signing quickly”- that’s how reporter Mai Thuc Long worked

Reporter Mai Thuc Long, former Deputy General Director of VOV

(VOVworld)- Respecting the truth and expressing your true sentiments is the way reporter Mai Thuc Long, whose nickname is Hoang Phuong, wrote his stories. In late July 1987, after graduating from the Nguyen Ai Quoc School of Politics, I returned to work at the radio station. I wanted to come back to the Industry Section but Pham Mai Luan, Deputy Editor in Chief and Head of the Domestic Service said: "No, no. We sent you to study at the Senior Party School in order to assign you a new task. You can choose to work in one of the three Departments: Organization, Office or the Listeners' Department". I insisted that I wanted to be a reporter. Luan then said: "OK, then why don't you come talk to Mr. Long "Fire" after the regular meeting tomorrow" I knew Mr. Mai Thuc Long by name and by face but this was the first time I had heard his nickname "Long Fire". Mr. Long "fire" worked in a tiny room at the end of the second floor which could accommodate a few people and was piled high with … [Read more...]

Social News 8/1


Health authority tests strange snail to verify cause of fishermen’s deaths The Department of Food Safety in the central province of Ha Tinh sent the snail, that caused the deaths of three fishermen on January 5, to the Ministry of Health’s Food Administration of Vietnam. Dr. Phan Van Hung, head of the Department of Food Safety, yesterday said that his department will test the snails to verify soon the deaths of the three fishermen. As newspaper released yesterday, three fishermen including Tran Xuan Thuc and Tran Van Duong both at 29 year old and Duong Van Tinh, 22 in Tinh Gia District of the northern province of Thanh Hoa died after eating strange snail though they were taken to the province’s General Hospital for emergency treatment by border safeguards. The test result is hoped to be soon publicly released to warn the community of the strange snail. Ministry vows to take drastic measures against unsafe food As public concerns over contaminated food have been … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 8/1


Local rock music gaining popularity As many as 20,000 rock music lovers took part in RockStorm7 night concert which was held in HCMC on December 27. This was seen as a highlight in the local music industry, manifesting the vigorous sprit of rock music. RockStorm7 undoubtedly created an unforgettable music feast among rock enthusiasts with the participation of six bands playing different styles of rock including Stevans from Switzerland and SPF from Thailand. There are currently more than 10 leading rock bands in Vietnam such as Buc Tuong, Microwave, Ngu Cung and Unlimited. Perhaps due to the fact that this type of music is too strong and overwhelming for a majority of people, rock music is only available at bars, clubs and a few music festivals without much attention from the media. Therefore, the possible way to connect rock music and its lovers is by means of album launch and promotion on digital platforms. However, issuing albums is also seen as a challenge for bands … [Read more...]

Actively preventing and combating natural disasters with reliance on the community


After 5 years of implementing the project "Minimizing risks from disasters", sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway, via Vietnam Red Cross, the awareness of governments’ levels and Phu Yen inhabitants in coping, reducing natural disaster risks has proved positive changes. Phu Yen Newspaper acknowledged some ideas as related to this issue. * DEPUTY GENERAL SECRETARY OF VIETNAM RED CROSS, MR. DANG MINH CHAU: Attach with the locality’s plan for socio-eco development Through Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norwegian Red Cross supports Phu Yen province in particular and provinces, cities in high risks of natural disaster in Vietnam in general, "stimulating" the awareness, orientations in the task of preventing and combating natural disasters. For me, in the coming time, the Party levels, local governments need to care more about the tasks of directing, managing the prevention and coping with natural disasters in connection with the plan of developing … [Read more...]