Social News 25/1

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Authorities bust traffickers for transporting firecrackers Several individuals were caught transporting forbidden commodities over the past few days, alerting authorities to the worsening problem of trafficking during the days approaching Tet (lunar new year). In Quang Ninh Province's Ha Long City yesterday, a team of economic and traffic police caught container driver Tran Van Dang transporting 17kg of made-in-China firecrackers. The Hai Duong Province resident said he purchased the goods in Mong Cai City for VND800,000 (US$37) and intended to resell them for profit. City police are completing the necessary documents to charge Dang with transport of forbidden goods. On Wednesday, the General Department of Viet Nam Customs's Department of Investigation and Anti-Smuggling and Quang Ninh Province's Mong Cai Border Gate customs officers dispatched forces to watch for firecracker smugglers. Although the smugglers escaped, they left behind four jute bags containing 30 strings of … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 8/1

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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...]

Social News 24/12

Institutional reform quality is crucial - deputy minister Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung has expressed concerns over the slower-than-expected institutional process in Vietnam and urged the country to focus on the quality of institutional reform to achieve sustainable development. Speaking at a seminar on market economy development in Hanoi City on December 22, Dung said Vietnam has been doing a lot of things to boost institutional reform, including the restructuring of State-owned enterprises and public investments and legal improvements. But these are not enough, so the nation keeps moving on with further institutional reform. "…We have to find out the key to reform quality as the country will lose opportunities if we have to repeat reform processes," he said. Unlike other countries, Vietnam is in transition and is developing from a low base with a lack of resources and manpower. Therefore, it is tough for the nation to access and adopt good … [Read more...]

Fans unsatisfied as Vietnam midfielder rejects suspected AFF Cup rigging

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Vietnamese football supporters have growing doubts over the national team’s performance in their AFF Suzuki Cup semi second leg this week so a long, heartfelt letter from a midfielder to defend the loss is not enough to please the angered fans. probe expected to be launched into the shocking 2-4 defeat of Vietnam against Malaysia in the semifinal in Hanoi on Thursday, midfielder Pham Thanh Luong took to Facebook to reject the match-fixing allegations. … [Read more...]

Social News 10/12

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National award for media coverage of VN launched The Party Central Committee's Commission for Publicity and Education and Steering Committee for External Information Services launched their first-ever award for Viet Nam-related journalism for overseas audiences yesterday in Ha Noi. Print newspapers, radio, television and e-newspapers published in Vietnamese and foreign languages, both domestically and overseas, are eligible for the prize. Pham Van Linh, deputy chairman of the Party Central Committee's Commission for Publicity and Education and the Steering Committee, said that broadcasting Viet Nam's image to the world and spreading the word about the country's achievements were important tasks. … [Read more...]

Social News 2/12

Suspected killer of Vietnamese woman under RoK police interrogation A woman from Ho Chi Minh City, Nguyen Thi Thanh Ngan, was killed on November 30, police in Jeju has reported the news to the Vietnamese Embassy in the Republic of Korea (RoK). The Vietnamese Embassy’s counsellor Duong Chinh Chuc said on December 1 that right after receiving the bad news the embassy immediately contacted the Jeju police and the victim’s family in HCM City to give necessary support. He added that the Korean police has not revealed any further information about the case and is interrogating the suspect. … [Read more...]

EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER 1-10 (daily updated)

Hanoi Urban Flea Market in December 2014 Sun 07 Dec 2014, 9 am HERO Bar 42M Yen Phu, Hanoi Hanoi Urban Flea Market - a quite-young-yet-had-some-popularity flea market in the Westlake district as well as Hanoi's expat community and youngsters. This time, in honor of the immortal holiday spirit, we've come to decide to expand our market in both quality and quantity. Ticket price: 10,000 VND Exhibition "The Cosmos and The Sea" Opening: Thu 04 Dec 2014, 6 pm (at both gallery spaces) Main gallery: 04 Dec 2014 - 10 Jan 2015 … [Read more...]

Social News 24/11

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Hanoi to host Asia-Pacific Disability Forum Conference The 2014 Asia & Pacific Disability Forum (APDF) General Conference will be held in Hanoi from November 26 to 28 as an appropriate celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (December 3). The Vietnam Federation on Disability (VFD) told a press conference in Hanoi on November 21 that the biennial event is to review the progress made on the realization of the rights of people with disabilities set in a strategy reached at the first APDF in Incheon, the Republic of Korea in 2012. … [Read more...]

Indonesia hold hosts Vietnam to 2-2 draw in AFF Suzuki Cup opener

Hosts Vietnam were held to a 2-2 draw against Indonesia on Saturday in their opening Group A match at the 2014 Southeast Asian Football Championship, or AFF Suzuki Cup, in Hanoi. The Vietnamese opened the scoring in the 11th minute following a corner kick. Midfielder Thanh Luong made a curve to hang the ball in front of the Indonesian goal frame and midfielder Serginho van Dijk wrongly sent the ball to Vietnamese defender Ngoc Hai, who did not miss the chance to convert it. In the 33rd minute, Vietnamese defender Tien Thanh missed his header, letting the loose ball come to Zamrun, who made a diving cross to beat keeper Nguyen Manh and level the score. … [Read more...]

Indonesia hold Vietnam to 2-2 draw in AFF opener

Hosts Vietnam were held to a 2-2 draw against Indonesia on Saturday in their opening Group A match at the 2014 Southeast Asian Football Championship, or AFF Suzuki Cup, in Hanoi. The Vietnamese opened the scoring in the 11th minute following a corner kick. Midfielder Thanh Luong made a curve to hang the ball in front of the Indonesian goal frame and midfielder Serginho van Dijk wrongly sent the ball to Vietnamese defender Ngoc Hai, who did not miss the chance to convert it. In the 33rd minute, Vietnamese defender Tien Thanh missed his header, letting the loose ball come to Zamrun, who made a diving cross to beat keeper Nguyen Manh and level the score. … [Read more...]

EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER 20-30 (daily updated)

Piano - Tuồng "Fire" by Pho An My and Dang Tue Nguyen Sat 29 Nov 2014, 8 pm Hanoi Opera House 1 Tràng Tiền, Hà Nội "Fire" is a project conceived 8 years ago by two artists Pho An My and Dang Tue Nguyen. Sharing the desire of creating a new theatre language as combination between piano and Tuồng, My and musician Dang Tue Nguyen has collaborated to generate "Fire" based on Tuồng script by poet Luong Tu Duc. The beauty and philosophical depth of Tuồng (traditional opera) has once again given pianist Phó An My and composer Đặng Tuệ Nguyên inspiration for a new and unique creative collaboration: a "post-contemporary" work of chamber music written for the piano using the musical language and the dramaturgical materials of Tuồng, in which a modern instrument, the piano, and an ancient art, Tuồng, exist in parallel and independently, but at the same time complement and interact with each other. … [Read more...]

Social News 8/11

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Quang Ninh police nab smugglers The Mong Cai City Police in the northern province of Quang Ninh yesterday temporarily detained Dang Thi Mai Lan, 36, for smuggling cigarettes. Lan was caught in the act on Monday in Ka Long Ward, while transporting 2,060 packets of cigarettes of the Zenlong brand that is manufactured abroad. Lan admitted to the police that she had bought the cigarettes in China. On Wednesday, the Mong Cai Police also caught Nguyen Ngoc Anh, 40, who was illegally keeping smuggled goods in a store in Tran Phu Ward. The goods included 400 electric bicycle batteries, 50 speakers and 120 electromagnetic cookers, as well as some electric tools, worth a total of VND252 million (US$12,000). … [Read more...]

Social News 6/11

Drug smuggling ring brought to light Ho Chi Minh City police announced they have smashed a gang trafficking drugs from China. The police said they opened their investigation last month after discovering a man named Nguyen The Manh in Tan Binh district selling drugs to small dealers in Ho Chi Minh City. From Manh, the police tracked down more suppliers and finally reached the ring leader, 36-year-old Vu Xuan Nhat from the northern province of Hai Duong. Nhat bought drug in China and transported his goods by land through northern provinces to sell in the southern city. … [Read more...]

Vietnam police nab thieves who broke into foreigners’ home

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Police in Hanoi have arrested two young men for breaking into and stealing property from the home of two South African women in the city last month. After an investigation, police from the city's Tay Ho District arrested on Tuesday Tran Hai Ha and Le Van Thanh, who work as mason's assistants, on charges of stealing property. … [Read more...]

Social News 7/10

Vietnam Buddhist Association established in Japan On October 5, Most Venerable Thich Thien Phap, Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Buddhist Shangha (VBS) Executive Council announced a decision on the establishment of the 19-member Vietnam Buddhist Association in Japan for the 2013-2018 term headed by Buddhist nun Thich Tam Tri. Addressing the decision presentation ceremony, Buddhist nun Thich Tam Tri pledged her association's best efforts to reinforce solidarity among the Vietnamese community living in Japan, help teach Vietnamese language for children who were born and grew up in Japan, thus making them remember their roots and get a better understanding about national cultural traditions. … [Read more...]