Social News 10/12

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National award for media coverage of VN launched The Party Central Committee's Commission for Publicity and Education and Steering Committee for External Information Services launched their first-ever award for Viet Nam-related journalism for overseas audiences yesterday in Ha Noi. Print newspapers, radio, television and e-newspapers published in Vietnamese and foreign languages, both domestically and overseas, are eligible for the prize. Pham Van Linh, deputy chairman of the Party Central Committee's Commission for Publicity and Education and the Steering Committee, said that broadcasting Viet Nam's image to the world and spreading the word about the country's achievements were important tasks. … [Read more...]

Social News 17/11

Newspaper fined for inaccuracy The Ministry of Information and Communications' Deputy Chief Inspector, Do Thi Tinh, has decided to fine the Dan Viet online newspaper VND 15 million (US$714) for publishing inaccurate information. The story in question, "The world's most magnificent presidential palaces," was carried on November 2. The paper could appeal or contest the decision, the ministry said. The Information and Communication Ministry this year has issued fines on a large number of online and print newspapers for a variety of offences dealing with incorrect information. … [Read more...]

Commencing the construction of Xuan Phuoc-Phu Hai inter-district road

Provincial leaders at the project's groundbreaking ceremony

The Department of Transportation recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of Xuan Phuoc-Phu Hai inter-district road connecting Dong Xuan and Son Hoa. Xuan Phuoc-Phu Hai road is over 63.6 km long, passing 5 mountainous communes of the 2 districts of Dong Xuan and Son Hoa. This route consists of two branches; the is 58.26 km long, the beginning point crossed at the intersection with DT647 Km9 +700 1 of Xuan Quang commune (Dong Xuan), the end is at km60 +100-Highway 25 of Ea Cha Rang (Son Hoa); the second branch is nearly 5.4 km long, the beginning point is at Km21 +346.1 ofPhuoc Tan commune (Son Hoa), the end is at km5 +386,2 of Ma Giai village, Dat Bang commune, Krong Pa district (Gia Lai). The road is designed according to grade-IV standard applied for moutainous region, has a 7.5m base, 5.5 m surface with concreted cement and 2m-wide sidewalk on each; bridges on the road are built with reinforced concrete, 9m wide. The project has a total investment of … [Read more...]

The doctor who spends his life for seeking new fish

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VietNamNet Bridge - Starting with mice, fish became his passion. Dr. Nguyen Thai Tu has devoted his life to the search for new species of fish for Vietnam and the world. In his house in Hung Phuc Ward, Vinh city, Nghe An province, Dr. Nguyen Thai Tu, 76, tells about his life which is associated with freshwater fish. Born in Yen Son commune, Do Luong district, Nghe An, Nguyen Thai Tu studied very well when he was a boy. He then studied at the Huynh Thuc Khang High Schoolin Vinh City. After entering the Hanoi University, Tu selected the zoology faculty. He was determined to research mice and other rodents in Vietnam. Every day he went to rice warehouses to collect mice for research. One day, Tu caught a brown rat to measure its size. However, the nightfall came so he put the mouse in a metal cage. The next day, he discovered that the mouse escaped through a hole that is many times smaller than the mouse size. From this, Tu discovered the ability of mice in shrinking their bodies to … [Read more...]

The Week of June 17-23

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HANOI * Click here for events in HCMC PERFORMANCE Hanoi Opera House 1 Trang Tien Street Concert with Francesco Tristano A concert showcasing Francesco Tristano's passion for classic and contemporary music, with the Hanoi Symphony Orchestra under the baton of acclaimed Vietnamese conductor Le Phi Phi Youth Theater 11 Ngo Thi Nham Street 8 pm on June 19 Live performance with Sun Glitters and special guests Tran Xuan Hoa and Sylvia Camarda. The circus show 'Here, Now and There' a part of the 40 year celebration of diplomatic relation of France - Vietnam. Entrance: VND 120,000 VND - VND100,000 (50% discount for students) 8 pm on June 20 Dance performance Warrior of Beauty II a solo dance performance by Sylvia Camarda Vietnam National Academy of Music 77 Hao Nam Street, Dong Da District The concert of Polish pianist Krystian Tkaczewski, one of today's most popular Polish musicians Tickets: VND 200.000 - VND 150.000 Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi 15 Ngo … [Read more...]

What’s on June 2013 (Daily updated)

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MUSIC AND PERFORMANCES Boston Children's Chorus June 26, 8pm, HCMC Opera House, 7 Lam Son Square, D.1, HCMC June 29, 8pm, Hanoi Opera House, 1 Trang Tien, Hanoi The Boston Children's Chorus (BCC), known as "Ambassadors of Harmony" will visit Vietnam to perform live for the first time. Free entry. Registration via email: boston@newmedia.edu.vn HCMC- Young Melody Programme - Chamber music June 29, 8pm, HCMC Opera House, 7 Lam Son Square, D.1, HCMC HCMC Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera chamber music night with talented conductor Tran Nhat Minh featuring work by Mozart, Grieg and Rachmaninov. Hanoi- Tiger Translate Battle of the Bands 2013 June 29, 7pm, Independence Park, Tran Nhan Tong Street Six Vietnamese rock bands including 18+, Dong Do, Bui Gio, Hemelians, Hac San, Parasite will take part in the final round of Tiger Translate - Battle of the Bands event. The winner has chance to perform in the night music show Tiger International Event on 20 July in Ho Chi … [Read more...]

BUSINESS IN BRIEF 9/5

Steel imports top US$2 billion Viet Nam's steel industry saw imports of more than US$2 billion in the first four months of this year. An imbalance in the steel industry's development strategy led to an increase in the import of high-value steel, while the domestic supply mostly included popular products, according to the Viet Nam Steel Association (VSA). Steel export earnings in the past four months were estimated at $500 million. Second commodity exchange opens The Ministry of Industry and Trade on Friday issued a licence to the INFO Commodity Exchange owned by Ocean Group. The INFO exchange, the second of its kind in the country, will trade in steel, rubber, coffee and agricultural goods. It will provide a direct channel between manufacturers and the market to end speculation in the prices of goods. It will regulate commodity standards, link the domestic and international markets, and integrate the Vietnamese goods market globally. It will help Vietnamese businesses, in … [Read more...]

Hoang Thach Cup International Table-Tennis tournament 2013 ends

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The 4th International Table-Tennis Tournament for Hoang Thach Cup 2013 wrapped up on the evening of 29 March after the finals of men's singles and women's singles. DANH TRUNG … [Read more...]

What’s on April 2013 (Daily updated)

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MUSIC AND PERFORMANCES Hanoi-Jump for Jazz: "Bird Lives" Concert Jump for Jazz aims to promote and support jazz and jazz musicians in Vietnam. A series of concerts, entitled a Chronology of Jazz, will be held on every last Thursday of the month, starting Apr 25 2013, at the Dong Kinh Hall. The first concert in this series, Bird Lives a tribute to Charles Parker will take place in April in Hanoi. Performers: - Nguyen Bao Long, bandleader; saxophone - Nguyen Tien Manh; piano - Le Viet Hung; drum - Dao Minh Pha; doublebass Tickets At door: VND 250,000 - 350,000 Online booking: VND200,000 - 300,000 Tickets for student: VND 50,000 Contact: Bao Long 090 321 7273 Hanoi- Vu Nhat Tan and Nguyen Thuy Dung's Intimate Concert Apr 25, 8 - 10.30 pm, Manzi Art Space, 14 Phan Huy Ich Street Blending the traditional Vietnamese instrument đàn tranh with contemporary electronic music, Nguyen Thuy Dung & Vu Nhat Tan's intimate concert promises to be a magical night. Ticket at … [Read more...]

ART & ENTERTAINMENT IN BRIEF 13/10

Green Vietnam Journey comes to Da Nang An exhibition featuring photos by Dang Duc Tue, Do Doan Hoang and Na Son about the environment opened Tuesday at the Trung Vuong Exhibition House in the central city of Da Nang. The exhibition showcasing 30 photos depicting how the environment has been destroyed by humans is part of the "Green Vietnam Journey" around the country organized by the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism and Film No.1 Joint-Stock Company to raise public awareness on environmental issues. The opening ceremony has seen the participation of Vietnamese celebrities like singers My Tam, Khanh Linh, Cam Tu and emcee Phan Anh who will come to the Han Market to instruct local residents in making and using paper bags instead of nylon ones. The "Green Vietnam Journey" that gathers Vietnamese artists, journalists and educators aims at different regions suffering from serious environmental problems. At each location, the delegation will hold talk shows, screen movies, … [Read more...]

Bucking common sense

Unsurprisingly the Ministry of Education and Training has been under fire since its big-ticket draft scheme to overhaul general education curricula and textbooks made headlines in local media last week. A public debate is still ongoing as to why the ministry has drafted a scheme costing a staggering VND70 trillion (VND3.44 billion) without due diligence. Experts say the ministry has taken an upside-down approach and that it cannot proceed with the scheme due to the lack of an overall education system reform strategy that should deal with the current impediments to educational development and determine an educational philosophy that will then guide how to change curricula and textbooks appropriately. … [Read more...]

70 trillion dong education development project unwelcomed

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VietNamNet Bridge - The Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) plans to renovate the education curriculums and textbooks for grammar schools with a project worth 70 trillion dong. However, educators have raised doubts about the project. The project focuses on renovating the education curriculums and compiling textbooks for grammar schools, which is expected to cost 962 billion dong, upgrading the material facilities (35 trillion dong), investing in teaching aids (30,050 billion dong) and implementing the pilot textbook program (3,591 billion dong). … [Read more...]

Experts dismiss new USD3.39 billion education project

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>> Textbook prices on the rise A VND70 trillion (USD3.39 billion) project on reforming high-school education being complied by the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) is facing strong opposition from many experts. The project aims to comprehensively reform current high school curriculum and textbook content to bring them in line with international standards to meet the demands of national socio-economic development. Investment for the project is expected to be sourced from the state budget, loans, and non-refundable aid. According to Vu Dinh Chuan, Head of the High School Education Department, of the total investment, VND35 trillion (USD1.69 billion) would be used for school construction, VND30 trillion (USD1.45 billion) for the purchasing of teaching and learning equipment, VND960 billion (USD46.6 million) will be spent on textbooks, with VND390 billion earmarked for teacher training and improved skills for educational managers. He added that MoET was … [Read more...]

SOCIETY IN BRIEF 3/6

Cities need to set up food safety committees Major cities, including HCM City, should set up a food safety committee that would be responsible for managing product quality, an expert has recommended. The establishment of a committee to coordinate these activities would prevent waste of money as well as human resources, and the dodging of responsibility that occurs under the current management, which is spread across several agencies, according to Prof. Chu Pham Ngoc Son, deputy chairman of the Viet Nam Union of Science and Technology Association. … [Read more...]

The “read and write down” education

Vietnam's education has been described as the "read and write down" education (lecturers read lectures, students write down on their notebooks), which is believed to stifle the creative capacity of learners. … [Read more...]

An Area of Waves and Sands

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Stretching 192km along the coast, Binh Thuan Province borders south-Central and Southeast Vietnam, having the geographical, economic and cultural characteristics of both areas, which makes its tourism potential, especially sea tourism the most unique in the country. "Paradise" of health resorts On October 24, 1995 a total solar eclipse occurred in Phan Thiet Town (now Phan Thiet City) of Binh Thuan Province, attracting hundreds of thousands of domestic and international scientists and visitors. Since that day, the name of Binh Thuan has become an impressive spot on the tourist map of Vietnam and the world as well, and the 24th of October has become the Province's Tourism Day. Regarding Binh Thuan's tourism sector it is impossible not to mention the geographical name of Mui Ne - Phan Thiet which is considered a paradise of health resorts. Since long ago, the image of Mui Ne with white sand dunes stretching out in the bright sunshine of a tropical region, waves of sea crashing into the … [Read more...]

City health inspectors close bottled-water plants on safety grounds

HCMC inspectors check Tam Dang Company's water bottling plant in District 1 on March 3

Several bottled-water plants have been shut down in Ho Chi Minh City after failing to meet hygiene and safety standards, a city health official said on March 12. Dr. Nguyen Minh Hung, chief of the Department of Health's inspection team, said among them were Hai Cuong Company Ltd. in Go Vap District which made the Havina brand of water and Nhu Hao at 130F Ong Ich Khiem Street in District 11 which made Rivera for poor hygiene at the plants. Inspectors found Nice water made by Luong Truyen in District 11 contaminated with bacteria. Tam Dang in District 1 was shut down after inspectors found its Aquaphar bottled water containing coliform (the bacillus' presence in drinking water indicates the possible presence of harmful pathogens) and pseudomonas aeruginosa (a bacterium that causes disease in susceptible individuals). Ke Ba Company which makes E-Ba in Binh Tan District was also shut down because its hygiene, safety, and quality certificates expired in 2007. Lien Phu Phat … [Read more...]

Binh Thuan Economy: Investment Focused for a Breakthrough

Fisheries: Quick and Sustainable Development

The fishery economy has developed at a quick, sustainable and effective pace, and it is expanding. Binh Thuan Province made significant progress in fisheries in both the number of ships and ship fleet capacity. The fishery output was 150,600 tonnes in 2006. With the aim of raising aquaculture output to 40 per cent of the fisheries sector value, Binh Thuan Province focuses investment on infrastructure for commercial shrimp rearing and industrial farming surfaces. In addition, the province also pays attention to building trademarks and developing breeding shrimp. At present, the province is home to 180 aquaculture units with 568 farms, which turned out 4.94 billion shrimp in 2006. Some of the big shrimp breeding companies, even at national scale, are Vietnam-Australia, CP and Anh Viet. The development of aquatic processing for export is the focal task of fisheries, designed to add momentum to the development and restructuring of this sector. The province encourages and facilitates … [Read more...]

Poor doctor care, lax security, blamed for hospital staff attacks

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Medical staff are being attacked in increasing numbers by patients and family members because of perceived neglect by doctors and lax security in hospitals, Vietnamese officials say. … [Read more...]

First Vietnamese Buddhist temple shaping in India

(VOV) - Sivali Vietnamese Theravada Trust- the first Theravada temple of the Vietnam Buddhist Shangha (VBS) was inaugurated on December 6 in Varanasi, India’s Andhra Pradesh state. Representatives from the VBS, the Government Committee for Religious Affairs, the Vietnam Embassy in India, Varanasi city authorities along with about 10,000 Buddhist monks and nuns and domestic and foreign guests were in attendance. Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Vietnam Ambassador Ton Sinh Thanh praised Most Venerable Dr. Thich Tuong Quang’s great efforts in mobilizing resources for the building of the pagoda, saying this will be an ideal destination for Vietnamese pilgrims, meeting the spiritual needs of Buddhists and tightening the traditional friendship between the two peoples. … [Read more...]