Government News 7/11

PM Nguyen Tan Dung to attend 25th ASEAN Summit Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung will lead a Vietnamese delegation to the 25th Summit and related meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) at the invitation of Myanmar's President Thein Sein. The event is due to take place in Myanmar's capital city of Nay Pyi Taw on November 12 - 13. The 24th ASEAN Summit was also held in the city on May 10 - 11, 2014, focusing on the solidarity and leading role of the bloc in issues related to peace, security, stability and cooperation in the region. … [Read more...]

EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR JULY 10-20 (daily updated)

Concert in HCM CityScreening of "Radio Star" Fri 18 Jul 2014, 8 pm L'Espace 24 Tràng Tiền, Hà Nội You are invited to the film screening "Radio Stars" (French, 2012, 100 mins) directed by Romain Levy. It won 3 prizes at Alpe d'Huez International Comedy Film Festival 2012. "An unprecedented radio trip in history. An original and punchy comedy." For more information about synopsis, please see L'Espace website (in French) or refer to the Vietnamese version of this post. Language: French with Vietnamese subtitle. … [Read more...]

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung successfully ends his visits abroad

The Prime Minister meets French President Francois Hollande. Photo: VNAThe Prime Minister meets his German counterpart Angela Merkel. Photo: Duc Tam - VNA

Vietnam's Imprints in La Haye The 3rd Nuclear Security Summit in La Haye drew special attention from the world media because of not only the participation of leaders of many powerful countries but also the issue of nuclear security and safety always being a major concern of human beings. The Vietnamese delegation led by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung attended all seven plenary sessions and proposed eight among 15 initiatives given at the summit that are related to nuclear information security and the establishment of centres for training and supporting nuclear security. Speaking at the plenary session of the summit, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung emphasized the need to promote the role of multi-mechanisms, especially IAEA and the United Nations, when facing challenges for common goals of humanity: nuclear security and safety. The Prime Minister also called upon the international community to have concrete and suitable programmes and solutions to support developing countries in … [Read more...]

From The Hague to Havana and Port-au-Prince

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VGP - PM Nguyen Tan Dung completed a tour to attend the 3rd Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, the Netherlands and pay official visits to Cuba and Haiti from March 23-28. In the Netherlands, Prime Minister Dung joined world leaders in discussions to make this world better shield from the nuclear spectre and took advantage of every movement for bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the 3rd nuclear security summit in the Netherlands just within two days. PM Dung fully participated in the agenda and delivered speeches in which he affirmed Viet Nam's consistent policy of and strong commitments to ensuring nuclear security, accelerating disarmament and non-proliferation of nuclear weapons and peaceful use of nuclear energy, emphasizing the importance of international cooperation to assist developing countries in this sphere, supporting multilateral mechanisms, especially IAEA and the United Nations. The Government chief proposed measures that Viet Nam has deployed to ensure … [Read more...]

Social Headlines January 28

Former Deputy Minister Receives JICA Award Former Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Cao Viet Sinh was granted the Japan International Agency (JICA) Contribution Award on January 23. This award honors his contributions to Vietnam-Japan relations. JICA Vietnam Chief Representative Mori Mutsuya and fellow sponsors highly appreciated Mr. Sinh's strong negotiation skills and coordination. JICA's Contribution Award is offered to local and foreign individuals and organizations to recognize outstanding contribution to JICA activities. This year's award was granted to 10 representatives of 6 countries. Japan is currently the largest bilateral Official Development Assistance (ODA) donor in Vietnam. Japanese companies have invested about US$37 billion for over 2,000 projects in Vietnam. Hungary offers 50 scholarships to Vietnamese students Hungary has announced it will grant 50 full scholarships to Vietnamese students in the 2014-2015 academic year. The scholarships include 40 … [Read more...]

List of weekend entertainment events

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Have you got a plan for this weekend? Tuoitrenews recommends some entertainment events you might want to take a look at for you days off. ">" class="attachment-medium aligncenter" rel="lightbox" />Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in V" /> In Hanoi, the remake of last year's famous art project "Goc Pho Danh Vong" (The Corner of Fame) is being brought on stage on July 5, 6 and 7 at the Worker Theatre. This year's show will remake last year's musical featuring excerpts from world renowned classic musicals, with the lyrics rewritten in Vietnamese as well as recent hits from global music charts by famous singers like Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry and Beyonce. Besides, the show's director Phi Anh and his team will add a new detective musical project titled "Dem He Sau Cuoi" (The last summer night) inspired from Agatha Christie's classic detective novels and modern comic books like Japanese well-known series Conan. The combination of a musical … [Read more...]

GM Thanh An tops Chess World Cup qualifiers

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Female chess grandmaster Nguyen Thi Thanh An is leading the 2013 Chess World Cup qualifying round after finishing her first five matches undefeated in the Philippines on January 25. Female chess grandmaster Nguyen Thi Thanh An is leading the 2013 Chess World Cup qualifying round after finishing her first five matches undefeated in the Philippines on January 25. An is now one point ahead of Mongolian top seed Munggultuul Balkhuyat,who was held to a draw by Indonesia’s Aulia Warda Medina. Two matches between four Vietnamese players—Thanh An against Thao Nguyen and Bao Tram vs Mai Hung—also finished in draws, while another female Vietnamese player Nhu Y shared the points with Indonesian rival Monica Chelsie Sihite. In the sixth round of the tournament, An will face Medina and Hung will play Balkhuyat. Tram’s opponent will be Nhu Y, and Nguyen challenges the host nation’s Bernadette Galas. In the men’s category, GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son could not overcome the Philippines’ Laylo Darwin … [Read more...]

VN masters dominate continental championships

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HA NOI (VNS)- Vietnamese masters dominated the Asian Zone 3.3 Chess Championships' Women's Division in the Philippines, with five athletes in the top eight after the fifth round yesterday. Women's Grandmaster (WGM) Nguyen Thi Thanh An led the rankings with 4.5 points after four wins and one draw. An, seeded No 6, defeated teammate WGM Pham Le Thao Nguyen - who is now ranked fourth - yesterday. Her next rival will be Women's International Master (WIM) Aulia Medina Warda of Indonesia. Earlier in the day, An drew the No 1 International Master (IM) Munguntuul Batkhuyag of Mongolia, who has now dropped to second, in the fourth round. In another all-Vietnamese match, WGM Hoang Thi Bao Tram drew WIM Nguyen Thi Mai Hung, the former world U14 champion. Tram is now fifth in the rankings, followed by Hung. Meanwhile, WIM Hoang Thi Nhu Y is ranked eighth after two wins, one draw and one loss. In the Open Division, Vietnamese chess GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son failed to defend … [Read more...]

Breakfast @ Tuoitrenews – January 5

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Tuoitrenews briefs you on some of the main stories published today, January 5, on Vietnamese media. -- The Hai Phong City People’s Procuracy has charged Doan Van Vuon, 49, and his three relatives, with murder for their violent resistance against law enforcers who executed a decision to withdraw over 40 hectares of land from Vuon in the city's Tien Lang District in January 2012. Their resistance caused injury to 6 police officers and soldiers. -- The Binh Thuan Province People's Court yesterday sentenced Mark Joseph Nguyen, a Vietnamese-American, and Nguyen Phuoc Hai, 34, to life imprisonment for leading a gang robbing a jewelry shop in the province's Cho Lau Town on October 14, 2012.The other four members of the gang received their sentences ranging between 3 and 19 years in prison. -- Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien and Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat will jointly conduct a food safety inspection at a food factory and a large wholesales … [Read more...]

Vietnamese-American gets life sentence for robbery

The Binh Thuan Province People's Court yesterday sentenced 37-year-old Vietnamese-American Nguyen Mark Joseph and one of his accomplices, Nguyen Van Hai, 34, to life imprisonment for robbery. Vietnamese-American Nguyen Mark Joseph, 37, has been given a life sentence for robberyPhoto: Tuoi Tre >> US gang leader faces life sentence in Vietnam >> Overseas Vietnamese confesses to robbery Joseph, also known as Khanh, and Hai were the masterminds of the robberies at two gold shops in Binh Thuan Province in 2011, the court said. Three other defendants in the case, Huynh Quoc Thai, Nguyen Bao Quoc, Bui Trung Kien, received 19, 18, and 9 years in prison respectively The last defendant, Truong Minh Toan, was given a 3-year sentence for selling property obtained in a criminal way. The court ordered Khanh, Hai and Kien to compensate their victims a total amount of more than VND350 million (US$16,800). According to the indictment, on May 29, 2011, Khanh and Hai stole a Nissan … [Read more...]

US gang leader faces life sentence in Vietnam

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Prosecutors requested a court in Binh Thuan southern province on January 3 to impose a life sentence on Mark Joseph Nguyen, an alleged leader of a gang robbing a jewelry shop in October. The Vietnamese-American had been charged with robbery and stealing property. According to the indictments, Joseph had rented a hotel room in Ho Chi Minh City to operate a wine business. On October 14, he drove his Vietnamese accomplices including Nguyen Phuoc Hai, 34, Nguyen Bao Quoc, 33, and Huynh Quoc Thai, 23, in a car to rob Thu Thanh gold shop on Nguyen Tat Thanh Street, Cho Lau town in Binh Thuan province. The gang stole about 1.2 kg of gold and injured the shop owner before fleeing. Nguyen Mark Joseph was arrested soon after, Hai and Thai were seized later the same day, and Quoc handed himself in three days later. The four had pleaded guilty to the robbery. At the trial today, the prosecutors also proposed a jail term of 22 to 24 years on Hai for robbery and stealing property … [Read more...]

Upcoming Events (Dec. 27, 2012)

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HA NOI Cultural events to celebrate New Year A range of cultural activities to promote traditional craft villages and celebrate the New Year and Tet (Lunar New Year) will be held in Ha Noi's Old Quarter from today until February 27. Visitors can enjoy paintings by artist Sy Tot and his family members from Co Do Village at Kim Ngan Temple, 42 Hang Bac, learn about traditional photography from the Lai Xa Village at Dong Lac Temple and experience Dong Ho and Hang Trong folk paintings at 87 Ma May Street. Meanwhile, information about plans to upgrade the Old Quarter will be available at the Old Quarter's Information Centre, 28 Hang Buom Street. American jazz artist begins Metropole residency American jazz singer Tabitha King will perform jazz regularly at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Ha Noi from January 1 to April 30. King, who achieved worldwide fame with her self-titled CD Tabitha - Mind Games, will sing every night except for Mondays at 8.45pm. Bicycle … [Read more...]

Viet Kieu led $65,000 gold heist: police

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Police in south central Vietnam Saturday said an overseas Vietnamese had organized a major gold shop robbery in Binh Thuan Province. The car used by gold shop robbers in Binh Thuan Friday night was burned by angry locals after it fatally hit a resident while being pursued by the police. … [Read more...]

Vietnamese American-led gang caught after jewelry heist

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Police in the central province of Binh Thuan have pressed charges against four men who robbed a local gold shop of around 1,200 grams of the precious last Friday. The remains of the car used in gold heist that was later burnt by locals furious over the death of man who was fatally hit when the thieves tried to escape … [Read more...]

Police still searching for gold in Vietnamese American-led heist

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4 of gang led by Vietnamese-American face charges for armed gold robbery

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Vietnamese police said Monday they have recommended criminal charges against four people, including a Vietnamese-American, for armed robbery of 30 taels of gold from two jewelry shops last year. In their recommendation to the People's Procuracy in the central province of Binh Thuan, the local police also said the accused, led by 36-year-old Mark Joseph Nguyen, need to pay VND340 million (US$16,300) to their victims, including a local man whom they hit and killed with their car when fleeing. … [Read more...]

SOCIETY IN BRIEF 24/10

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Conjoined twins die of respiratory disease The conjoined twins born in the Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang on October 12 died on Sunday afternoon due to breathing problems, said Dr. Cam Ngoc Phuong, head of the neonatal intensive care unit at Ho Chi Minh City's Pediatrics Hospital 1. "We supported the twins in breathing but they had serious problems in respiration due to several defects such as a single atrium and attached hearts," she said. The baby on the left has difficulty breathing and has an undeveloped lung, and has been placed on a ventilator. (Photo: Tuoi Tre) According to Phuong, since the twins turned pale since last Saturday morning, the neonatal intensive care unit couldn't do anything but observe them and put them on intravenous nutrition and a ventilator. Previously in an interview with Tuoi Tre , Dr. Tran Thanh Trai, former head of the pediatrics department at the hospital said that from the results of ultrasound scan and CT scan, if they carried out … [Read more...]

SOCIETY IN BRIEF 20/10

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Denmark to give $135 million ODA for green growth The Government of Denmark will provide US$135 million in official development assistance (ODA) to Viet Nam during the 2011-12 period, with the funds earmarked for projects that foster green growth. Work funded by the ODA will include projects on clean water, energy efficiency, and research on climate change adaptation. Funding will be provided for improving quality and access to drinking water for poor households while also reducing water loss in the country's water supply network. John Nielsen, Danish Ambassador to Viet Nam, said climate change was an area of particular concern. "Two years ago, Denmark was one of the first sponsors of Viet Nam in the field of climate change, as we know that the country is forecast to suffer great losses caused by climate change," said Nielsen. The ODA funding will be combined with transferring high quality, cost-effective and environmentally-friendly technologies from Danish … [Read more...]

SOCIETY IN BRIEF 17/10

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Industrial workers to get better facilities Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan has asked HCM City's leaders to find land in industrial parks and export processing zones (EPZs) to build boarding houses, cultural houses for workers, and kindergartens for their children. The city should set aside a land fund for building such facilities when zoning an industrial park and export processing zone, she said. Last Friday, Doan visited the Tan Thuan IP to survey the working conditions and incomes of workers in the city's IPs and EPZs. Vu Van Hoa, head of the city's Industrial Parks and Export Processing Zones Authority (HEPZA), said most workers had to live in boarding houses built by local households as the city has only had seven boarding-house complexes for 7,000 workers. Another nine boarding house projects, with a total capacity of accommodating 14,000 workers, are under construction. The city's 14 IPs and EPZs have attracted 998 companies with a total of 260,000 workers. … [Read more...]