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 … [Read more...]

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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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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. … [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 … [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 … [Read more...]

Vietnamese ship rescues distressed man

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PANO - Rescue ship SAR 27-01 of the Vietnam Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Centre (VMRCC) Region 4 on November 12th promptly tooka Vietnamese seaman ashore for treatment of his acute kidney failure. Pham Van Tinh, 36, a mechanical engineer, was working on Panama's Ship Franbo Prospect heading to Hong Kong (China) from Thailand. … [Read more...]

Ill sailor on foreign ship gets timely help

A sailor with appendicitis on board a Panamanian vessel off the coast of central Khanh Hoa province was brought ashore for timely treatment by Vietnamese rescue ship SAR 27-01 on November 12. The Vietnam Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Centre (VMRCC) receive a request for help from the Franbo Prospect which was en route from Thailand to Hong Kong and promptly dispatched the rescue ship to help. The patient, a 36-year-old Vietnamese national named Pham Van Tinh, was rushed to a … [Read more...]

Efforts intensify in search for missing sailors

(VOV) - The search has hastened for eight sailors missing after two cargo ships collided off shore Khanh Hoa province on November 9- three have been rescued so far. The Phuc Xuan 68 with 11 crew members on board collided around 1:30 am on November 11 with the Nam Vy 69 in the waters around 10 nautical miles southeast of Nha Trang At a press conference on November 9, the Vietnam Maritime Administration said it has directed units to conduct an extensive search ofthe coastal areas between Binh … [Read more...]