Flea markets spread in Ho Chi Minh City

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Initially born in rural areas flea markets, or chợ phiên in Vietnamese, have recently become the latest wrinkle in Ho Chi Minh City, offering a broad array of products at reasonable prices and adding diversity to the already vibrant metropolis. hợ phiên in Vietnam are unique and different from elsewhere because a chợ phiên is open for a couple of hours during the day in a certain public place and only takes place periodically. However, most flea markets in Ho Chi Minh City are open from the morning until late at night on weekends. In the countryside, a chợ phiên is also a meeting place for locals to exchange farming products. In Ho Chi Minh City, such a flea market sells all kinds of goods like any market but keeps its periodical characteristics - only gathering once a week or twice a month. More and more flea markets have opened in the city in recent years and visiting them is a favorite hobby of young people. A flea market in the city displays and sells different goods … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 17/12

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First private war remnants museum opens in Hanoi The first-ever private war remnants museum just opened in downtown Ha Noi. The museum features thousands of war objects gathered across the country over the past 20 years by Nguyen Manh Hiep, a war veteran. The collection, which includes bomb shells, soldiers' utilities and photos, is being displayed in a 30-sq.m yard in front of Hiep's house, No 9, lane 144/2, An Duong Vuong Road. Young talents gather at HBSO concert Local young music talents will play at a concert hosted by the HCMC Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO) at the City Opera House at 8 p.m. on Friday. Audiences will have a chance to admire beautiful and lively melodies of Wind quintet No. 1 in B-flat Major by Italian composer/violinist Giuseppe Maria Cambini by the performance of young talents of the HBSO Wind Quintet. Previously, the quintet took part in the Asian Orchestra Week in Tokyo, Japan in early September and had a solo concert in Natori City of … [Read more...]

Binh Duong to meet strong rivals in AFC Group E

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Binh Duong to meet strong rivals in AFC Group E … [Read more...]

Social News 13/12

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Vietnam climbs 16 notches in transport infrastructure: WEF … [Read more...]

Bio-fuel alternative struggles to take off

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The Hanoitimes - ​ At the Petrol Materials Joint-Stock company's branch No 9 petrol station in HCM City's Ly Thuong Kiet Street, the pump dispensing E5 bio-petrol is in the centre with two employees often standing beside it. When customers do not specify what type of petrol, they will be provided E5. If they ask for A92 or A95 petrol, the staff will try to convince them to use the bio-fuel instead. Tran Thanh Hoa, one of the staff, explained: "95 per cent of E5 is normal A92 petrol and only 5 per cent is ethanol. When mixed they protect the environment and engine as well as reduce fuel consumption." … [Read more...]

Quyet is Southeast Asia Player of the Week

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Quyet is Southeast Asia Player of the Week … [Read more...]

25 Vietnamese workers stuck in Saudi Arabia

Twenty-five Vietnamese workers are currently stuck in Saudi Arabia because they lack work permits or the financial means to leave the country, according to Ly Thai Hai, chairman of the Bac Kan People's Committee. Thang Long International Cooperation and Investment JSC (Thang Long OSC) sent 38 workers to the country in 2013 and 2014 as part of a poverty reduction programme funded by the Viet Nam Bank for Social Policies. However, 17 of them lack work permits and cannot obtain exit visas. Eight others have work permits but no jobs, so they cannot afford tickets home. … [Read more...]

Social News 12/12

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Crackdown on smugglers creates border control turmoil A crackdown on smugglers has created turmoil at Vietnam-China border crossings, notably at Mong Cai Border Gate in Quang Ninh Province, which is being flooded with people going back and forth between the two countries as gangs probe for weak spots in border control. Officials said Mong Cai Border Gate processed 10,000 people on December 6. The crowdness has been going on over the past month following the arrest of a smuggling gang on November 2, which prompted an increase of inspections by border gate security along the border. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 8/12

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Vietnam Idol kicks off sixth season The 6th season of Vietnamese version of the US television show American Idol has been kicked off on November 28. Viet Nam Idol features contestants between the ages of 16 and 30 who have never taken part in a singing competition. Auditions will be held in the central coastal city of Da Nang, Hue, Nha Trang, Da Lat, Hai Phong, Can Tho, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in January, 2015. The three judges will whittle the top one hundred contestants down to 16, ten, two and finally one. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 2/12

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Drama spotlights reality of gay life … [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...]

Food producers urged to add value

Workers at Quang Son Ltd Company check cashew nuts for export on a modern processing line (Photo: VNA) Enterprises in the food industry should focus more on improving production technologies to create products with added value, delegates said at a conference in Ho Chi Minh City on November 26. Ta Hoang Linh, Deputy General Director of the Vietnam Trade Promotion Agency, said Vietnam's varied geographic and climatic conditions enabled it to grow a diverse range of agricultural crops. The products not only meet domestic demand but also exports, Linh said, adding that Vietnam is the world's largest exporter of many farm produce such as cashew nuts, coffee, rice, tea and seafood. … [Read more...]

Foreigners permitted to buy houses in Vietnam

Tu Hoang and Manh Tung Under article 159 of the law, three groups of foreigners allowed to own houses in Vietnam are those developing housing projects; foreign-invested companies, branches and representative offices of foreign companies, foreign investment funds, branches of foreign banks operating in Vietnam (foreign organizations for short); and foreign individuals allowed to enter Vietnam. Foreign organizations and individuals can own houses in Vietnam by investing in housing projects in the country; or buying, renting, inheriting apartments or houses and building houses on land lots of residential projects. … [Read more...]

Quang Ngai’s beautiful beaches attract visitors

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The province boasts numerous clean and beautiful beaches, including Khe Hai, Nho Na, An Cuong and Thanh Thuy in Binh Son district, My Khe in Quang Ngai city, etc. … [Read more...]

Social News 25/11

Vietnam leads way in forest protection Countries that border the Mekong River can learn from Viet Nam's excellent management of its Payments for Forest Environmental Services programme, said Luca Tacconi, Associate Dean of the College of the Asia and Pacific at Australia's Crawford School of Public Policy. Tacconi made the statement yesterday in Ha Noi at a seminar on payments for environmental services. Enterprises benefiting from unharmed forests fund the programme in Viet Nam, while in Thailand, for example, the government must provide the funding. … [Read more...]

Social News 23/11

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Japan applies single tourist visas for Vietnamese citizens The Japanese Embassy in Hanoi announced that on November 20, Japan started a simplified application procedure for single tourist visas for Vietnamese nationals as part of efforts to further promote people-to-people exchanges between the two countries. Accordingly, Vietnamese individuals are able to apply for single tourist visas when they take part in package tours (with a stay of less than 15 days) organised by local travel agencies registered with the Japanese embassy and consulate general located in the country. … [Read more...]

Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News – November 21

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Enjoy your breakfast while reading these brief news items on Tuoi Tre News today, November 21. … [Read more...]

Social News 20/11

New campaign fights violence against women Ministries and the UN in Viet Nam launched a national campaign yesterday in Ha Noi asking the public - especially men - to take action to end violence against women. The initiative's timing marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on Nov. 25. The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, the UN in Viet Nam and other development partners organised the campaign, which will host workshops, exhibitions, runs, street dances and other activities between Nov. 18 and Dec. 16 in 12 provinces and cities across the country. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 20/11

HCM City bustling with year-end fashion shows Nguyen Cong Tri - one of 100 well-known contemporary designers will open the Vietnam International Fashion Week 2014 with a performance featuring his latest designs on December 1. The 6-day fashion week will present to fashionista 17 performances of global fashion brands, including Antonio Grimaldi of Italia; On Aura Tout Vu, Defined Moment, andAtelier Chardon Savard of France; ISSUE of Thailand; Frederick Lee from Singapore; Tsolo Munkh from Mongolia;Somarta of Japan and Song Zio of the South Korea; along with local brands by designers Nguyen Cong Tri, Hoang Hai, Adrian Anh Tuan, Le Thanh Hoa, Chung Thanh Phong, Hoang Minh Ha, Ly Giam Tien and Li Lam. … [Read more...]