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...]

Travel News in Brief 26/1

Quang Nam to open new tourism site Quang Nam Province will debut a community-based tourism site in Dien Ban District's Triem Tay Commune this July. The district's culture and information centre told Viet Nam News that the site is included in the new 2015-20 tourism development project that will receive assistance and support from UNESCO and the International Labour Organisation. The rural commune will offer tourists a chance to see and participate in farming and fishing production activities as well as learn about local cuisine and lifestyles while lodging with locals in organised home-stays. The central province is home to two UNESCO-recognised world heritage sites – Hoi An ancient town and My Son Sanctuary – and the world biosphere reserve of the Cham Islands. Quang Nam drew 3.7 million tourists last year, of which 1.7 million were foreign visitors. Vietnamese hotels among world’s top 25 best hotels for service TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel … [Read more...]

India, VN target faster, better quality growth

Indian enterprises introduce their textiles products to a Vietnamese customer at an exhibition in HCM City. Viet Nam and India have organised several trade fairs and exhibitions to boost bilateral trade in textiles. — VNA/VNS Photo Kim Phuong

HCM CITY (Biz Hub) — India and Viet Nam have huge potential for co-operation in many sectors including textiles, drugs, and information technology, India's top commerce official told a bilateral business forum in HCM City yesterday. Commerce Secretary Rajeev Kher, who is leading a delegation of 50 business executives to Viet Nam to explore business opportunities from January 18 to 22, said while bilateral trade had grown successfully there was always scope for faster and better quality of growth. The two countries planned to double the current figure of US$8 billion in the next five years. India had strengths in many areas like textile and garment, pharmaceuticals, leather and footwear, agricultural products, engineering products, information technology and related services and professional services like architecture. Viet Nam was among the world's leading garment exporters but imported a lot of raw materials for production, while India had strengths in raw cotton, cotton … [Read more...]

Billiards and snooker players prepare for SEA Games

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Billiards and snooker players prepare for SEA Games The national billiards and snooker team have convened in Ha Noi and HCM City to prepare for the upcoming Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Singapore in June. The 20-member team includes veterans Do Hoang Quan, Nguyen Anh Tuan, Ma Minh Cam and Tran Phi Hung, as well as Nguyen Thanh Binh, Nguyen Ngoc Thanh and Pham Thanh Thuy. The players aim to win gold medals in the one-cushion carom and men's nine-ball pool doubles and singles events. After the SEA Games, the players will compete in the three-cushion Carom World Cup to be held in HCM City in August. VN aerobic athletes off to Japan Viet Nam will partake in the Japan junior aerobics tournament on January 23-27. The team includes Ha Vy, Minh Hien, Minh Phuong, Quang Anh, Ngoc Anh and Duc Huy, who will compete in all categories. While this is a Japanese national event, Viet Nam's team were still invited because of their impressive performances in recent international events. … [Read more...]

Social News 18/1

Hand, foot and mouth disease strikes Hanoi A health official from the Hanoi Health Department says a surging outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease in ten districts in Hanoi has infected 36 people so far this year. According to the official, there have been five separate outbreaks reported and there is an especially high risk of a widespread outbreak in Bac Tu Liem district with six infected cases recently reported. There is no vaccine to prevent the disease, the official said. Vietnam recorded 80,685 cases of hand-foot and mouth disease in 2014 including eight deaths while Hanoi reported 1,170 infected cases in 26 out of 30 districts citywide. The disease is a contagious viral illness that commonly affects infants and young children. Symptoms usually begin with a fever, sore throat, painful sores in the mouth. Complications include viral meningitis, myocarditis, and acute pneumonia, which can be fatal. To reduce the risk of catching the virus, both children and adults should … [Read more...]

Authorities crackdown on tobacco smuggling

Smuggled tobacco products seized in An Giang Province. Top priority should be given to controlling the trade and transportation of smuggled tobacco products in the local market. — VNS File Photo

HA NOI (Biz Hub) — Controlling the trading and transportation of smuggled tobacco products in the local tobacco market has to be given top priority, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT). Nguyen Trong Tin, the deputy director of the Market Management Department under MOIT, said on Wednesday at an online meeting on market management that the trading and transportation of smuggled tobacco products in the country is a complicated process. He added that such practices are common mainly in the border provinces located in southern and central Viet Nam, including Quang Tri, Long An, An Giang, as well as Dong Thap, Kien Giang and Tay Ninh. It is from these provinces that smuggled tobacco products are transported to markets in HCM City and other large cities nationwide, he pointed out. The hotbed for tobacco product smuggling is in the border areas of the Long An Province, while Ha Noi and HCM City are the largest markets for trading smuggled tobacco products, Tin … [Read more...]

Social News 13/1

Ministry warns of hand, foot, mouth disease The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has warned northern and central localities about a high risk of foot-and-mouth disease spreading during the cold weather. The ministry said the cold weather created favourable conditions for the disease to spread. Statistics from the ministry's Department of Animal Health on January 12 showed that foot-and-mouth disease had hit the provinces of Son La, Thanh Hoa, Lao Cai and Ha Tinh. Minister Cao Duc Phat has instructed authorities in the four provinces to work with local people to avert the spread of the disease. "Local breeders should be shown how to stop the disease spreading through their animals," he said. Phat also urged the localities to tighten inspections of animal shipments and slaughter houses, as well as spraying chemicals to sterilise affected areas. The ministry previously supplied 5,000 litres of chemicals for Dak Nong Province to stamp out the disease in late … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s anti-corruption leader Nguyen Ba Thanh returns home after treatment in US

>> Nguyen Ba Thanh suffers myelodysplastic syndrome, was not poisoned: official

The chief of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Internal Affairs, Nguyen Ba Thanh, arrived in the central city of Da Nang on Friday on an ambulance airplane after over four months of treatment for myelodysplastic syndrome in the U.S. Amid a warm welcome from thousands of local residents, Thanh, 62, returned to his native city on board the ambulance aircraft 00N183P that landed at Da Nang International Airport at 8:45 pm local time. He was accompanied by his relatives and a team of American doctors and health workers. Thanh was then carried on a stretcher to an ambulance that picked him up at the aircraft stairs and then left the airport for the Da Nang Hospital. As the ambulance reached Nguyen Tri Phuong Street outside the airport, numerous local residents stood on the roadside waving at the car and shouting his name, "Ba Thanh! Ba Thanh!," while hundreds of people on motorbikes followed the ambulance. Crowds cheered Thanh all the way to the hospital, where … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 10/1

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Vietnamese publisher releases ‘Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang’ Kim Dong Publishing House has released a Vietnamese version of the delightful children’s novel ‘Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang: The Magical Car’translated by Hoang Anh. The novel, which was first published in 1964 by Ian Fleming two months after his death, tells the story about a racing car Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a story that Fleming created for his son Caspar at bedtime. It is a tale about a magical car that flies, floats and even thinks. This enjoyable story follows Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the Pott family as they embark upon adventures that take them to the sky, the sea and beyond! Familiar to many through the original book, the 1968 classic film starring Dick Van Dyke also helped mark the story an enduring classic for children and adults throughout the world. Vietnam-Japan Festive Day to blast off at Royal City Thousands of youth and students from universities, … [Read more...]

Social News 8/1

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Health authority tests strange snail to verify cause of fishermen’s deaths The Department of Food Safety in the central province of Ha Tinh sent the snail, that caused the deaths of three fishermen on January 5, to the Ministry of Health’s Food Administration of Vietnam. Dr. Phan Van Hung, head of the Department of Food Safety, yesterday said that his department will test the snails to verify soon the deaths of the three fishermen. As newspaper released yesterday, three fishermen including Tran Xuan Thuc and Tran Van Duong both at 29 year old and Duong Van Tinh, 22 in Tinh Gia District of the northern province of Thanh Hoa died after eating strange snail though they were taken to the province’s General Hospital for emergency treatment by border safeguards. The test result is hoped to be soon publicly released to warn the community of the strange snail. Ministry vows to take drastic measures against unsafe food As public concerns over contaminated food have been … [Read more...]

Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News – January 8

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Politics: -- On January 7, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung met with new U.S. Ambassador Theodore Osius in Hanoi. At the meeting, the premier suggested both sides work hard to carry out cooperation in the two countries’ bilateral strategic partnership framework. U.S. Ambassador Theodore Osius also expressed his country’s ambition to be Vietnam’s No.1 investor as well as biggest trading partner in economy, trade, and investment. Society: -- A center to recover dioxin victims was put into operation on Wednesday in the central province of Quang Ngai by the Duc Pho District is run by the Duc Pho District Association for Victims of Agent Orange. -- Da Nang's Party Secretary Tran Tho has said the project to build a skyscraper dubbed a "lighthouse" on the Han River in the central city will be cancelled. Tho told Tuoi Tre that he had requested the city’s government to reconsider the position to build the light house, adding the project will be move to another … [Read more...]

Social News 1/1

Saigon Railway to add trains for New Year holiday The Saigon Railway Passenger Transport Company is scheduling additional trains to meet the increased travel demands for the four-day New Year holiday from January 1-4, 2015. Accordingly, the Saigon Railway Passenger Transport Company will add more trains to the SN4 Sai Gon–Nha Trang and SQN4 Sai Gon–Quy Nhon on December 31, 2014; SPT4 Sai Gon–Phan Thiet on January 1,2 and 4; SN5 Nha Trang–Sai Gon, and SQN3 Quy Nhon–Sai Gon on January 3, 2015; SPT3 Phan Thiet–Sai Gon on January 1,3 and 4, 2015; SN3 Nha Trang–Sai Gon on January 3 and 4, 2015. The trains along the Saigon-Hanoi route will also have additional carriages. In additional to additional trains, the Vietnam Railways (VR) and the Saigon Railway Passenger Transport Company will offer a 10% discount on rail fares between midnight on January 1, 2015 to 12.59pm on February 1, 2015. Foreign students enjoy New Year gathering in Hanoi The … [Read more...]

RockStorm 7 lures 20,000 city fans

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Huy Nguyen HCMC was the fifth destination of the concert after Haiphong, Hue, Danang and Bien Hoa. In addition to local veteran bands like Buc Tuong (The Wall) and Microwave, and two new bands Parasite and Hac San, the concert featured Stevans band from Switzerland and SPF from Thailand. Although they were singing in English and Thai, SPF band captivated the audiences by their youthful and friendly styles and the way they threw away 30 discs of their latest albums to the spectators. Frontman/guitarist Yvan Franel of Stevans band from Switzerland amazed audiences by his strong voice and ability to play multiple musical instruments. Local popular band Microwave told audiences that they had no new piece. However, audiences still applauded the band’s performances. The stadium exploded when all the audiences sang along the song Tim lai by vocalist Tuan Khanh. The Wall and its frontman Tran Lap contributed new songs in their latest album Dat Viet (Vietnam’s land). … [Read more...]

State changes state-owned banks’ leadership

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VietNamNet Bridge – New faces have appeared holding the key positions at state-owned banks and at banks in which the State holds a controlling stake. The recent big changes in state-owned banks’ key personnel occurred concurrently. On December 5, 2014, Governor of the State Bank of Vietnam released the decision that Nghiem Xuan Thanh, chair of Vietcombank’s Board of Directors, will represent 40 percent of the state’s capital in Vietcombank, while Pham Quang Dung, member of the board, CEO of Vietcombank, will represent 30 percent of the state’s capital. The decision was the final step in the central bank’s program on renovating the leadership of the bank. Under the program, Thanh in early November was appointed as the chair of the board of directors in 2013-2018 to replace Nguyen Hoa Binh, who retired, and Dung was put in the position of CEO, which was formerly Thanh’s. VietinBank also released many decisions related to the changes in … [Read more...]

Ho Chi Minh City may collect annual road fees from motorcyclists early 2015

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Ho Chi Minh City authorities expect to begin collecting an annual road maintenance fee of up to VND150,000 (US$7)from motorcyclistsearly next year. >> Ho Chi Minh City bikers may have to pay road fees next year The city is now the only locality in Vietnam to have yet to levy the fee on motorbike riders. The city People’s Committee has sent a proposal to the local People’s Council asking the latter to consider and approve the collection of such a fee from motorcyclists as of January 1, 2015. The proposal is expected to be discussed at the 17th session of the People’s Council that is slated for December 30. According to that plan, the fee will be collected pursuant to Government Decree 18/2012 dated March 13, 2012 on the establishment, management, and use of the Road Maintenance Fund. Under the decree, users of motorized vehicles were supposed to pay a road maintenance fee, which was intended to feed the fund, from June 1, 2012, but the government … [Read more...]

Social News 25/12

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VN to compete in 24 skills at World Skills Competition With the sponsor for training contestants by businesses from Japan and the Republic of Korea, Viet Nam is going to compete in 24 among 50 skills at the 43th World Skills Competition which is taking place from August 11-16, 2015 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The information was announced at a signing ceremony between the General Department of Vocational Training and the Denso Viet Nam Ltd. Company in Ha Noi on December 24. According to Isao Mizuno, General Director of the Denso Viet Nam Ltd. Company, the company established the Denso Viet Nam Vocational Skills Training Institute to train outstanding staff, with a focus on practicing rather than teaching theories, for the company’s key positions in the future. This year, the company helps train six candidates to compete in skills of Japan’s strengths at the world competition. Two candidates were selected for further training in Japan for a year and in Brazil for two months to … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 23/12

A scene from the film Khoc Nguoc (Crying Inside Out), which won first prize in the short-film competition of the Breaking Down Barriers filmmaking contest.

236 antiques donated to Binh Thuan Museum Binh Thuan Museum held a function last week to receive 236 antiques from collector Nguyen Ngoc An who lives in the coastal city of Phan Thiet, Thanh Nien Newspaper reports. These ancient items made of different types of materials belong to old civilizations and dynasties such as Sa Huynh, Champa, Oc Eo, Ly, Tran and Le, among others. Previously, the collector donated 300 antiques to Can Tho Museum. An has in the past decades traversed to different parts of the country to collect more than 10,000 items of great historical and cultural values. He is now working on a project to open a private museum to show what he has collected to the public. Movie about wheelchair access wins short film contest The film Khoc Nguoc (Crying Inside Out) from the 17 Production team won first prize in the short-film competition of the Breaking Down Barriers event held on Sunday by HCM City's Disability Research and Capacity Development Centre (DRD). The film … [Read more...]

EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER 20-31 (daily updated)

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Documentary Film Screening "The Last Journey of Madame Phung" in Hanoi and HCMC Hanoi: 29 - 31 Dec 2014 and 02 - 03 Jan 2015 L'Espace 24 Trang Tien HCMC: 22 - 28 Dec2014 IDECAF 28 Le Thanh Ton, Dist 1, HCMC You are invited to the documentary film screening "The Last Journey of Madame Phung" in Hanoi and HCMC. Read more about the film on Hanoi Grapevine: Documentary on Vietnamese LGBT Singers Screened at French Film Festival Screening Schedule: HCMC: - Mon: 22 Dec: 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm (tickets sold out) - Tue: 23 Dec: 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm - Thu: 25 Dec: 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm - Fri: 26 Dec: 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm - Sat: 27 Dec: 8.30 am - 10.30 am - Sun: 28 Dec: 8.30 am - 10.30 am Hanoi: - Mon (29 Dec): 5 pm, 6.45 pm, 8.30 pm - Tue (30 Dec): 5 pm, 6.45 pm, 8.30 pm - Wed (31 Dec): 5 pm, 6.45 pm, 8.30 pm - Fri (2 Jan 2015): 5 pm, 6.45 pm, 8.30 pm - Sat (3 Jan 2015) : 9 am, 10.30 am, 1.30 pm, 3.30 pm, 5.30 pm, 7.30 pm Ticket Ticket price: 40,000 VND Booking hotline: 090.605.1256 - … [Read more...]

EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER 20-30 (daily updated)

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Exhibition "The Chorus of the City" Opening: Tue 23 Dec 2014, 5 pm Exhibition: 23 Dec 2014 - 03 Jan 2015 New Space Arts Foundation, Hue 2nd Floor, 15 Le Loi Street, Hue City Christmas Music Night "Winter Wonderland" Mon 22 Dec 2014, 8 - 11.30 pm Barbetta - The Center No 2 Ngo Huyen, Hoan Kiem Dist, Hanoi Enjoy your Christmas music night "Winter Wonderland" with many activities: Magician Alex Nguyen, Freedom Dance crew, WTFunk band, DJ Blip Blop… Free entrance. Be under the Tent of Thanks Sun 21 Dec 2014, 3 pm Tadioto 24B Tong Dan, Hanoi Tadioto appreciates your support in the last 7 years, and invites you to a concert by Bao Long and Jump for Jazz, along with singers from Ha Noi and Saigon…. enjoy the fabulous atmosphere of a tent we're putting up outside our location on Tong Dan. Free entry. Christmas Choir at Sofitel Plaza Hanoi Wed 24 Dec 2014, 6.30 - 7.30 pm Sofitel Plaza Hanoi 1 Thanh Nien Road, Ba Dinh, Hanoi Feel the yuletide spirit brought to life at … [Read more...]