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String of activities mark 85th anniversary of Vietnam Communist Party A series of activities have been held across the country in the presence of Party and State senior leaders to celebrate the 85th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) (February 3, 1930-2015). On February 1, Politburo member and Vice Chairwoman of the Vietnam National Assembly, Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan led a delegation of Party Central Committee members to visit former President Nguyen Minh Triet; former Prime Minister Phan Van Khai; and Senior lieutenant General and Hero of the People's Armed Forces Phan Trung Kien, who are living in Ho Chi Minh City and Binh Duong province. Politburo member Ngan hoped that the former leaders will continue to make further contributions to the nation. On the same day, authorities of Ho Chi Minh City presented and bestowed the State title of 'Heroic Vietnamese Mother' to 288 women in Ho Chi Minh City. Politburo member and Secretary of Ho Chi Minh City's Party … [Read more...]

Cheap Chinese products sell for big money under faux European labels in Vietnam

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Counterfeit kitchenware items being sold by Romal Vietnam at a store in Bac Ninh Province. Photo: Manh Quan Teams of consumer affairs inspectors have launched a nationwide crackdown after discovering that a company in Hanoi had been engaged in passing off counterfeit Chinese appliances as European. The products included gas ranges, electric stovetops, ovens and blow dryers. Romal Vietnam distributed the goods via online portals, local supermarkets and shopping centers in many cities and provinces, according to the National Steering Committee for Combating Smuggling, Commercial Fraud and Counterfeit Goods (aka Committee 389). The Committee has instructed relevant agencies to inspect Romal Vietnam’s branch outlets and its products nationwide. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Public Security has summoned the company's director, Nguyen Thi Ninh, and her husband Nguyen Huy Tho for questioning. On January 22, relevant agencies raided a Romal Vietnam retail shop in Hanoi and seized … [Read more...]

More victims of doctor dumping client’s body hospitalized

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Five more patients of Dr. Nguyen Manh Tuong, who had thrown the body of a woman who died following a cosmetic surgery at his own beauty salon into a river, have been given checkups and hospitalized. http://tuoitrenews.vn/society/14343/doctor-allegedly-throws-dead-customer-into-river According to Dr. Nguyen Huy Tho, former head of Hospital 108's Plastic Surgery Department, two of them had their nose bridge raised and thigh fat taken out at Tuong's Cat Tuong salon and recently showed complications. Tho added that he and his staff are willing to provide checkups and counseling to any of Tuong's patients. Despite the tremendous efforts by professional divers to search for the body of 37-year-old Le Thi Thanh Huyen, which was thrown into the Hong (Red) river by Tuong and his security guard, it remained nowhere to be found. Several who claimed to be psychics also offered help with the search but too failed to locate Huyen's body. The police and the victim's family will expand the … [Read more...]

Inspectors go after wierd Chinese ‘massage’ bras

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Market managers from across Vietnam are on the hunt for Chinese bras. A bra pad advertized as "silicone with balls" with "massage effects" has been found in low-quality Chinese bras sold across Vietnam They are inspecting bras at retailers across the country after several women complained that a popular type of Chinese-made bra -- the advertising of which claims that special massage technology will enhance breast shape and size -- made them itchy and irritated their skin to the point of rash. The bras have been found in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, and many central region provinces. Most cost between VND55,000-90,000 (US$2.64-4.32) but some in Ho Chi Minh City cost VND500,000. They contain small plastic bags of an oily solution advertised as silicone, which has plastic balls told to give a massage effect that boost breast size without plastic surgery. Le Phuoc from Ho Chi Minh City told Tuoi Tre he had checked the solution in the bra he bought for his wife and it felt itchy. A … [Read more...]

BUSINESS IN BRIEF 28/3

Canadian businesses eye Thai Nguyen market More than 100 Canadian and foreign businesses in Canada attended at a seminar in Toronto on March 22 to seek and expand investment cooperation in Vietnam's northern province of Thai Nguyen. At the opening ceremony, Secretary of the Thai Nguyen Provincial Party Committee Pham Xuan Duong emphasized that the event offered an opportunity for Thai Nguyen and Canadian businesses to introduce their policies and potential for investment cooperation. Margaret Vokes, South Asia Area Director at the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation, conveyed best regards from Minister Brad Duguid, stressing that the event provided participants with updated information and opened up opportunities for doing business and boosting relations for mutual benefit. Duong Ngoc Long, chairman of the provincial People's Committee, answered businesses' questions related to the province's policies, formalities and the advantages of investment. … [Read more...]

Real estate brokerages switch to selling … noodles

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After mushrooming during the prime time of the real estate sector in 2007, many property brokerages in Ho Chi Minh City have since collapsed along with the sluggish market, and have ended up switching to selling everything but realty projects. At the entrance of the Ng. Phi Hung real estate trading floor on Nguyen Thi Thap Street, District 7, what is noticeable these days is not the number of parked motorbikes as in mid-2009, when the floor was opened, but a stand to sell pho (rice noodle), and a couples of tables and chairs. … [Read more...]

Real estate brokerages switch to selling … pho

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After mushrooming during the prime time of the real estate sector in 2007, many property brokerages in Ho Chi Minh City have since collapsed along with the sluggish market, and have ended up switching to selling everything but realty projects. At the entrance of the Ng. Phi Hung real estate trading floor on Nguyen Thi Tap Street, District 7, what is noticeable these days is not the number of parked motorbikes as in mid-2009, when the floor was opened, but a stand to sell pho (rice noodle), and a couples of tables and chairs. At around 9am every day, the former property brokers arrive and begin their jobs as food vendors. "There are only five of us left," said Tran Dinh C., a sales executive of the trading floor. "We have to sell pho to earn a little more profit amid this slumping market." In its early days, the Ng. Phi Hung real estate trading floor set an ambitious target of becoming the country's top contractor, housing trader, and brokerage. "But now that we have to wait … [Read more...]

USAID helps Vietnam enhance capacity for disaster response

Deputy Assistant Administrator of USAID Asia Bureau Jason Foley and Vietnamese Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat sign a memorandum of understanding for a training program on the Incident Command System on January 29, 2015.

(VOVworld) – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development signed a memorandum of understanding for a training program on the Incident Command System on Thursday. Under this partnership, USAID will help the Vietnamese government improve its disaster management capacity. At the meeting, Deputy Assistant Administrator of USAID Asia Bureau Jason Foley and Vietnamese Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat discussed ways to enhance co-operation in climate-change adaptation, bird flu prevention and control, natural disaster management, biodiversity, and biotechnology. … [Read more...]

US helps Vietnam enhance capacity for disaster response

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The signing of the MoU between Deputy Assistant Administrator of USAID Asia Bureau Jason Foley and Vietnamese Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat NDO – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will help the Vietnamese Government improve its disaster management capacity with the development of an incident command system. The memorandum of understanding was signed on January 29 between Deputy Assistant Administrator of USAID Asia Bureau Jason Foley and Vietnamese Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat. Minister Phat said Vietnam is particularly vulnerable to climate change and rising sea waters could submerge around 38% of the Mekong River Delta, threatening the lives of 18 million people and one of the world’s largest rice production areas. He added that the USAID’s support not only helps Vietnamese people reduce the impact of climate change but also helps ensure global food security as Vietnam is … [Read more...]

Social News 4/2

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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...]

Vinh Long farmers expect bumper vegetables Tet crop

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Farmers in Vinh Long, one of the main vegetable growing provinces in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta, are busy planting crops ahead of Tet (Lunar New Year) next month and expecting a good harvest. Bui Thi Hong Tham, who has 2,000sq.m of land under vegetables in Tra On District's Thoi Hoa Commune, said she was planting green bean, corn, and various kinds of herbs. "Thanks to favourable weather, my vegetables are developing well and disease-free. "I hope to have a bumper harvest and sell the vegetables at a good price." Tra On farmers are growing of various vegetables like green onion, cabbage, bitter melon, and cucumber on around 250ha, according to local officials. In Long Ho District, farmers have begun growing vegetables for Tet since last December. In Long Ho's Phuoc Hau Commune, farmers are growing 60ha of vegetables, with the Phuoc Hau Safe Vegetable Co-operative accounting for a fourth of that. Nguyen Van Xua, a member of the co-operative, said, "I grow cabbages and expect … [Read more...]

Vietnamese Embassy in Canada celebrates Lunar New Year

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(VOV) - The Vietnamese Embassy in Canada held a gathering with overseas Vietnamese in the country on January 31 to mark the upcoming traditional Lunar New Year (Tet). Ambassador To Anh Dung briefed the participants, including hundreds of Vietnamese expats and Canadian friends, on the country’s current situation and relations between Vietnam and Canada in recent years. He underscored that despites unpredictable development in the world and the region, Vietnam still maintains a sustainable GDP growth rate of 5.6-5.8%, FDI garnering of more than US$20 billion and overseas Vietnamese remittances of around US$12 billion. Vietnam and Canada made significant progress in bilateral relations last year. During a visit of Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh to Canada, the two countries signed a protocol, identifying prioritized cooperation fields in the coming times. Two-way trade turnover is estimated to hit US$3 billion in 2015 against the 2013 figure of US$2.5 … [Read more...]

Tet gifts presented to the poor in Mekong Delta

State officials on January 30 presented gifts to the poor in the Mekong Delta provinces of Ben Tre and Hau Giang as the Lunar New Year holiday (Tet) is just less than one month away. National Assembly Vice Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan and Ben Tre officials gave 4,800 gift packages to low-income people. The presents, worth over 2 billion VND (95,200 USD), were donated by businesses in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. In nearby Hau Giang province, President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Nguyen Thien Nhan presented Tet gifts to poor families and Agent Orane/Dioxin victims in Dai Thanh commune, Nga Bay township. In addition to the State’s supports, the poor and AO/Dioxin victims in Hau Giang also received more than 66,000 gifts contributed by the public. Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh the same day delivered 100 Tet packages to impoverished households and policy beneficiary families in Hoa An commune, Hau Giang’s Phung Hiep district. During their visits, the … [Read more...]

Social News 4/2

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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...]

Vinh Long farmers expect bumper vegetables Tet crop

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Farmers in Vinh Long, one of the main vegetable growing provinces in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta, are busy planting crops ahead of Tet (Lunar New Year) next month and expecting a good harvest. Bui Thi Hong Tham, who has 2,000sq.m of land under vegetables in Tra On District's Thoi Hoa Commune, said she was planting green bean, corn, and various kinds of herbs. "Thanks to favourable weather, my vegetables are developing well and disease-free. "I hope to have a bumper harvest and sell the vegetables at a good price." Tra On farmers are growing of various vegetables like green onion, cabbage, bitter melon, and cucumber on around 250ha, according to local officials. In Long Ho District, farmers have begun growing vegetables for Tet since last December. In Long Ho's Phuoc Hau Commune, farmers are growing 60ha of vegetables, with the Phuoc Hau Safe Vegetable Co-operative accounting for a fourth of that. Nguyen Van Xua, a member of the co-operative, said, "I grow cabbages and expect … [Read more...]

Social News 23/3

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Work begins on major expressway segment Construction of an 18.7-km section of the Ben Luc-Long Thanh Expressway, which will run through HCM City and Long An Province, began on Saturday. The project includes three intersections at Ben Luc-Long Thanh Expressway and HCM City-Trung Luong Expressway, National Highway No 1A, and National Highway No 50, according to the developer Expressway Viet Nam Expressway Corporation (VEC). With a total length of 57.1 km, the Ben Luc-Long Thanh Expressway runs through Long An Province's Ben Luc and Can Giuoc districts; Binh Chanh, Nha Be and Can Gio Districts in HCM City and Nhon Trach and Long Thanh districts in Dong Nai Province. The section is part of the national north-south expressway. The road includes a total of 20km of bridges, including the 3-km long Binh Khanh Bridge that crosses Soai Rap River and the 3.2-km Phuoc Khanh Bridge over the Long Tau River. With four lanes, Ben Luc-Long Thanh Expressway can allow vehicles to run at a … [Read more...]

Youths build flagpole at north-east outpost island

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The flagpole at the Cu Lao Xanh island, central Binh Dinh province (Photo: VNA) The Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Central Committee (HCYUCC) and the Association of Vietnamese Students (CAVS) on March 21 started work on building a flagpole at the Tran outpost island in Co To district, northern Quang Ninh province. The 15-m high pole is being built at the highest point of the island (188 meters high from the sea level). It is one of the seven flagpoles that the youth organisations have been building at the national outpost islands, namely Bach Long Vy (northern port city of Hai Phong), Cu Lao Xanh (central Binh Dinh province), Phu Quy (central Binh Thuan province), Con Son (southern Ba Ria-Vung Tau province), Tho Chu (southern Kien Giang province), and Hon Lao (central Quang Binh province). The programme is jointly carried out by the HCYUCC, the CAVS, and the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV) with an aim to raise sense of responsibility among the youths for … [Read more...]

Twenty youths nominated for Vietnam’s top 10 outstanding young faces

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PANO – The Council for Vietnamese outstanding young face awards in 2014 has announced a list of 20 outstanding youths for the public to choose 10 most outstanding ones. The selection process will last till March 15th and the list of the top ten will be made public the same day. The award, which is considered an honor for the young, will be presented by the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union to outstanding individuals in acknowledgement of their effective contributions in their specific field. Following are the 20 nominees:1, Pham Tuan Huy, born in 1996, is a student of the University of Natural Science under the Vietnam National University - Ho Chi Minh City. He won two golds at the International Math Olympiad in 2013 and 2014 as well as other certificates and prizes during his academic years at schools. In 2013, Huy was named one of the most outstanding young citizens in the city. 2, Nguyen Cong Tuan, born in 1995, is a student in the Hung Yen province’s … [Read more...]

2015 Youth month kicks off

President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee, Nguyen Thien Nhan beat the drum to launch the Youth Month.

(VOVworld) – The Central Committee of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union has launched the 2015 Youth month and the 2015 Tet tree planting festival in Kim Binh commune, Chiem Hoa district, Tuyen Quang province. Speaking at the launching ceremony, President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee, Nguyen Thien Nhan, expressed his hopes that young people will continue to follow the fine tradition of predecessors to contribute to national construction and defense. Youth Union Secretary of Chiem Hoa District’s Youth Union Committee Dang Ngoc Sang said: "I’m very honored to take part in the tree-planting festival launched by the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Central Committee. This is a practical activity to respond to the tree-planting campaign initiated by President Ho Chi Minh. As a youth union secretary, I always try my best to promote the revolutionary tradition of my homeland". A number of activities will be held during the Youth Month which … [Read more...]