Shipwrecks reveal ancient trade routes

Old wares: Ceramic fragments from a 700-year-old ship in Chau Thuan Bien Village, Binh Chau Commune.

Exploration: Archaeologists and workers inspect an old shipwreck found at the bottom of the sea in Binh Chau, Quang Ngai Province. - VNSPhoto Cong Thanh Many centuries-old shipwrecks lie beneath the waves in Quang Ngai, conveying new information about the past. Bui Hoai Nam reports. Two ancient shipwrecks near tiny Chau Thuan Bien Village on the coast in central Quang Ngai Province have attracted hundreds of researchers and archaeologists in recent years. The village, in Binh Chau Commune, is … [Read more...]

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Vietnam’s seas, islands on spotlight at cultural and tourism week in Hanoi

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The week is intended to inspire a love for the sea and islands among the public (Photo credit: Pham Kien) … [Read more...]

City plans 25 new schools next year

Hoang Nhung Nam was speaking at a press briefing on a festival featuring "40 years of HCMC education and training development" slated for March next year. This event will review the achievements of the HCMC education and training sector and present ways to integrate the local educational system into regional and global education systems. In addition to building those new schools, the department will inaugurate 14 others that have been constructed recently. The department has launched … [Read more...]

Sacred animals reveal the true Vietnam

Different roar: A stone lion dating back to the Ly Dynasty (10th century).

VietNamNet Bridge - Hoang Hai Yen, a secondary student from Ha Noi, was completely wrapped up in colouring a picture of lion, a sacred object used in pagodas in Viet Nam. She and other students were taking part in an activity held together with an exhibition on su tu (lion) and nghe (mythological lion) at the Viet Nam Museum of Fine Arts on Friday, Nov 7. … [Read more...]

Weekly press digest – November 3-9

State President leaves for 22nd APEC Summit in China State President Truong Tan Sang and his entourage on November 9 left Ha Noi for the 22nd Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders' Meeting in Beijing, China from November 9-11. The tour is made at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping. The State President was accompanied by Deputy PM, FM Pham Binh Minh, Chairman of the Presidential Office Dao Viet Trung, Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang, among … [Read more...]

Researcher looks at Hanoi’s iron ‘eyelids’

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VietNamNet Bridge - More than 15 years of research culminated in this comprehensive book on the capital's iron works, which includes background on window bars, iron fences and balcony designs. Tran Hau Yen The spent more than 15 years to complete his newly released book on Ha Noi entitled "Song xua Pho cu (Old Window Iron Works on Old Streets)". … [Read more...]

Wage hike plan wins backing

Van Ly Speaking at a session on budget revenue and spending last Friday, deputy Dang Ngoc Tung from the southern province of Dong Nai said that the minimum wage should be revised up next year to improve the living standards for workers. Tung said the Government should cut non-essential expenses to have money for the minimum wage increase in accordance with an approved road map. Besides the Government, the NA's Finance and Budget Committee said in its report that the minimum wage should … [Read more...]

Cartoon an anti-corruption tool

Between the lines: A cartoon by Nguyen Van Thuong reflecting corruption among traffic police won second prize in the recent contest for newspaper cartoons about corruption.

HA NOI (VNS) - Newspapers should publish more cartoons in order to educate the public about corruption, cartoonist Ly Truc Dung said at a seminar yesterday in Ha Noi. … [Read more...]

Social News 27/10

VFF signs MoU on cooperation with Singaporean partner The Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee (VFFCC) and the People's Association of Singapore signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation for the 2014-2016 period in Hanoi on October 22. The MoU was signed by VFFCC Vice President and General Secretary Vu Trong Kim and Chief Executive Officer of the Singaporean association Ang Hak Seng. The signing followed talks between VFFCC President Nguyen Thien Nhan and the Singaporean … [Read more...]

Hanoi Today

Large avenues and roads More than ten years ago, Hanoi residents were so familiar with the small streets, lanes and short streets, which were laid out in an order similar to a chessboard, that they knew them like their palms. But now nobody can say he/she knows all the roads and streets in Hanoi because the streets are much different than before. With the exception of the old quarter in the centre of the city, a large transport system has been built. All of the new roads are large and … [Read more...]

Seminar spotlights poverty

HCM CITY (VNS) - At the fifth International Seminar on Regional Network on Poverty Eradication (RENPER 5), which opened yesterday in HCM City, foreign and Vietnamese academics are presenting proposals that could help Viet Nam and other countries reduce its poverty rate. "RENPER fosters co-operative initiatives among universities through international seminars, conferences and forums. It also triggers co-operation among governments, NGOS and private organisations in facilitating existing … [Read more...]

Social News 23/10

More Vietnamese nurses, orderlies recruited to work in Japan The Department for Overseas Labour Management on October 20 announced the recruitment of 180 nurses and orderlies to work in Japan as part of the Vietnam-Japan economic partnership agreements (EPA). Selected candidates will take part in a one-year Japanese-language course, starting in mid-December this year. All expenses for tuition and accommodation are covered, while the cost of health check-ups and passport applications need to be … [Read more...]

Social News 19/10

Local news sites remain blocked Users remain blocked from the websites of Vietnamese newspapers with platforms hosted by the Vietnam Communications Corporation (VCCorp) since October 13. The newspapers include Thoi bao Kinh te Viet Nam (Vietnam Economic Times) at , Nguoi Lao Dong (Labourers) at and Gia Dinh Xa Hoi (Family and Society). Other company websites have the same issues. Nguyen The Tan, deputy general director of VCCorp, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that the breakdown of its Data … [Read more...]

Social News 14/10

New diseases need int'l fightback, experts say More than 100 health, livestock and environment experts from 17 countries are discussing ways to promote collaboration in disease prevention in the face of several newly emerging diseases at a three-day workshop that began in Ha Noi yesterday. They agreed that increased collaboration was needed to prevent and fight the spread of diseases like avian influenza H5N1, H7N9, SARS and Ebola. "We should mobilise society as a whole to participate in … [Read more...]

Construction of bypass set off in Phu Ly city

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The Hanoitimes - Work began on October 12 on the construction of a bypass in Phu Ly city, northern Ha Nam province - a section of National Highway 1A that was set as one of the national key infrastructure projects. Present at the event, Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai highlighted a concerted effort by the transport sector in refining the national transport infrastructure, which will be supported by the Phu Ly bypass as the last of its kind. He hailed the Ministry of Transport for … [Read more...]

Highway jammed by lack of compensation

HA NOI (VNS) - A shortage of compensation for site clearance has been blamed for delays to a project to expand the North-South National Highway 1A running through the two central provinces of Phu Yen and Binh Dinh. Speaking in a televised dialogue held by the Government web portal and Viet Nam Television yesterday, Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyen Van The said that after one year of implementation, 15 out of 17 provinces on the project's path from the central province of Thanh Hoa to the … [Read more...]

EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 10-20 (daily updated)

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Piano Recital with Boris Schönleber from Berlin Sun 19 Oct 2014, 8 pm Goethe Institut 56-58 Nguyễn Thái Học Ba Đình, Hà Nội Program of the piano recital Richard Wagner (1813-1883) | Piano Sonata WWV 85 for Mathilde Wesendonck Richard Strauss (1864-1949) | 5 Piano pieces op. 3 Andante Allegro vivace. Scherzando Largo Allegro molto Allegro marcatissimo ************ Intermission ************ Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) | 24 Préludes op. 28 Agitato C-Dur, Lento a-Moll, Vivace … [Read more...]

French architecture- Hanoi’s heritage

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(VOVworld)- Hanoi is developing rapidly with modern high-rise buildings mushrooming. But there are still many old buildings with French architectural styles dating back hundreds of years making Hanoi more beautiful. The arrival of the French in Vietnam in the 19th century left its mark on the architectural landscape. The old buildings have diverse architectural styles but all are located in harmonious surroundings with pavements, trees and beautiful landscapes. The French architecture in … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 6/10

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Music, light show brightens HCM City A free concert will grace HCM City with visual effects and performances of Viet Nam's leading singers. Cao Hon, Xa Hon ­- Viet Nam Oi! (Move Higher and Farther, Viet Nam!) will take place at the Reunification Palace on October11. The two-hour concert will include three parts, with each part spotlighting Thanh Bui, Hong Nhung or Ho Ngoc Ha. Thanh, owner of the Soul Music Academy, said: "My performance will feature my little students. We will bring … [Read more...]