NA releases outcomes of second confidence vote

VGP - The National Assembly on Saturday conducted the second vote of confidence for 50 positions elected by the Legislature. No.NameHigh confidenceConfidenceLow confidenceVotesVotesVotes1 State President Truong Tan Sang38084202 Vice State President Nguyen Thi Doan302168153 National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung34093524 National Assembly Vice Chairman Uong Chu Luu344124145 National Assembly Vice Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan3908696 National Assembly Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong325127317 National Assembly Vice Chairman Huynh Ngoc Son295159288 Chairman of the NA Science, Technology and Environment Committee Phan Xuan Dung212248239 Chairman of the NA Economic Committee Nguyen Van Giau3171551210 Chairman of the NA External Relations Committee Tran Van Hang2841831311 Chairman of the NA People's Aspiration Committee Nguyen Duc Hien2252283012 Chairman of the NA Finance-Budget Committee Phung Quoc Hien3151482013 Chairman of the NA Justice Committee Nguyen Van Hien2032453614 Chairman of … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 8/8

Vietnamese crowned Miss Asian America Jennifer Chung beat out 20 other Asian beauties and was crowned Miss Asian America on August 3 in San Francisco the US. The 21-year-old is ethnically Vietnamese and resides in San Jose, CA. She is 1m76 tall, weighs 53kg and measures 84-62-94. Miss Chung is currently a student at San Francisco State University majoring in Business Administration. She has extensive hands-on experience in business operations, sales and marketing, having started a family business, Forever Beaumore Cosmetics Inc. … [Read more...]

Guot Weaving

Cleaning products before drying.

Local records say that residents in Luu Thuong Hamlet of Phu Tuc Village have practised the craft of Guot weaving since the 17th century, which later was expanded to the surrounding areas. However, the craft has developed strongly since the 90s with an expanded scale of production. To date, eight hamlets of Phu Tuc Village with about 7,754 laborers are making Guot articles. Luu Thuong Hamlet alone, for example, with 400 households and over 1,400 laborers, has more than 70 percent of its population making items from Guot plants. According to 70-year-old artisan Nguyen Van Thong, in the past the villagers used to make household and farming items, but today they make various products for local consumption and also for export. … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 2/7

Guard dies after falling down elevator shaft The guard of an 11-storey apartment building in Ha Noi's Trung Hoa- Nhan Chinh area died this morning after he fell down into an open elevator shaft. The 50-year-old victim, Tran Anh Tuan, reportedly went to the seventh floor of building N5A with some others to check the elevator which was not working. He entered the shaft without realising that the elevator cabin was not there, but on the first floor, and fell into the shaft. Tuan was declared dead at the scene. … [Read more...]

Has VN entered the middle-income trap?

Compiled by Le Hung Vong Becoming a middle-income country has brought enormous challenges for Viet Nam, including the danger of getting caught in the so-called middle-income trap. The issue of whether the country has already fallen into the trap has sparked much debate in the past few weeks. Japanese expert Kenichi Ohno has said it has but local economist Nguyen Minh Phong said since Viet Nam has been a middle-income country for just three years, it cannot be considered to have fallen into the trap. At a seminar organised by the Party Central Committee's Economic Commission in Ha Noi early last week, Ohno, who has spent over 20 years studying Viet Nam's economic issues, said: "I know experts do not share my viewpoint, but to me the middle-income trap is a tendency rather than an exact point of time." He said policymaking in Viet Nam is different and does not follow international criteria, and urged the Government to change this and be more proactive. Tran Dinh Thien, … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 21/3

Ha Noi blogger Pham Viet Dao has been sentenced to 15 months in prison after pleading guilty to abusing his rights to freedom and democracy.

Ha Noi blogger to spend 15 months in jail for slander The court ruled that his actions had infringed upon State interests, rights and legitimate interests of organisations or citizens under Article 258 of the Penal Code. The jail term will starts from the date he was detained on June 13, 2013, the court ruled. The indictment read that Dao, 62, residing in Buoi ward, Tay Ho district, authored three blogs -Phamvietdao3.blogspot.com, Phamvietdao4.blogspot.com and Chientranhtrungviet.blogspot.com - on which he posted 91 articles slandering the Party and State. At the yesterday's trial in the capital city, Dao admitted his guilt, saying his actions were a result of a lack of awareness of the law. He promised not to repeat his actions. Dao has 15 days to appeal the verdict. 200kg of black coral seized in Quang Binh Police in the central province of Quang Binh seized 239 kilos of black coral transported by car on Tuesday. Tran Anh Tuan, the driver, said that the cargo was … [Read more...]