Social News 30/9

Ministry brings attention to cracks in Vietnam's longest highway The Ministry of Construction has requested that the Ministry of Transport and the investor of the newly-opened 245-km Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway investigate the causes for cracks on the route, the longest of its kind in Vietnam. According to the Ministry of Construction, the State Agency for Construction Quality Investigation has visited the site for investigation. The ministry has also asked that the Ministry of Transport instruct … [Read more...]

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Social News 29/9

Indonesian handed 4 month sentence for drug trafficking The Hanoi City People's Court on September 27 sentenced Indonesian citizen Triwenning Puji Astuli to four months imprisonment for drug trafficking. On September 12, police officers in the Hoan Kiem District in co-ordination with relevant authorities caught 27-year old Astuli red-handed at the Royal Palace hotel attempting to conceal 4.929 kg of heroin in six comic books. The police investigation found that Astuli was employed by an … [Read more...]

Festival celebrates 61-year-old film of nonagenarian Vietnamese-French director


A Vietnamese-French director, now 95, whose 61-year-old historical film on Vietnam was warmly embraced at France's largest-ever Vietnamese film program, held in late June, is elated over the unexpected success of his film. … [Read more...]

Four local designers show fabric creations in Italy

The Saigon Times Daily Especially, in the framework of the program, the Embassy of Vietnam in Italy will announce a sustainable development project in the fashion industry between the two countries through the Italy-Vietnam Fashion Council. The council will consist of Stefano Dominella, CEO of Italy's fashion group Gattinoni, and Vietnam's veteran designer Minh Hanh. Hanh will unveil her ao dai (Vietnam's traditional long dress) collection made from denim and brocade. Lan Huong from Hanoi … [Read more...]

Top Vietnamese designers ready for spotlight in Italy

Strike a pose: A design by Cong Khanh, one of four Vietnamese designers who will showcase their collections in Italy. - VNS Photo

HA NOI (VNS) - Four leading Vietnamese designers will show off their latest collections - highlighting traditional Vietnamese textiles - at a fashion show in Italy, on September 17. … [Read more...]

Vietnamese designers off to Italy


(VOV) -Vietnamese designers Minh Hanh, Lan Huong, Cong Khanh and Quang Nhat have been chosen to present their latest silk and brocade designs at a fashion show in Italy on September 17. Miss Vietnam 2010 Ngoc Han, Miss Sea 2010 Nguyen Thi Loan, Miss Photogenic 2002 Phuong Lien, and Roman will also be attending the event to model the designs. The information was released by designer Minh Hanh at a press conference in Hanoi on September 9. At the Italy event, the Vietnamese ambassador is … [Read more...]

Social News 10/9

Gang sentenced to prison The HCM City People's Court yesterday sentenced the owner of a massage parlor to 12 years in prison for illegally detaining a total of 73 women at a local chain of unlicensed massage parlors after a two-day trial. Phan Cao Tri, 41, the owner of Tan Hoang Phat massage parlors, was sentenced to 12 years for "illegally detaining people" and "extorting people's properties." His accomplices were also given prison sentences for "illegally detaining people". Phan Viet Hau, … [Read more...]

Social News 29/8


People's Court sentences three men for drug trafficking The Hoa Binh Province People's Court on Wednesday sentenced three men for drug trafficking. Ly A Thenh, 39, from the northern province of Dien Bien, was sentenced to death. Ly A Chu, 34, from the northern province of Son La, was sentenced to life imprisonment, while 25-year-old Boun Miher Khamtong from Laos' Houaphanh Province has been imprisoned for two years. The Dien Bien Police had been hunting for Thenh since 2006 for trafficking … [Read more...]

List of 127 national projects calling for foreign investment

VGP - PM Nguyen Tan Dung has approved a list of 127 national projects calling for foreign investment from now to 2020. The projects are categorized into five: technical infrastructure, social infrastructure, agriculture, processing and preserving and production-service sectors. No.ProjectLocalityTotal Capital(million USD)Investment modelContactI. TECHNICAL INFRASTRUCTURE 1.1 Traffic infrastructure I.1.1 Roads 1 North-South expressway project, Ninh Binh - Thanh Hoa segment and Thanh … [Read more...]

Social News 18/8

Vietnamese drowning victims in Japan identified The Vietnamese man who drowned in waters off Hamamatsu city in Japan's Shizuoka prefecture on Friday has been identified as 23-year-old Nguyen Ba Tuong, an intern at a local corporation. Two other Vietnamese who remain missing were named as Do Thi Viet Trinh, 21, and Bui Ngoc Diep, 23. The Vietnamese victims were among a group of seven who had traveled to Tajimacho to swim. However, the waters in that area are considered dangerous and swimming … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 1/8


Vietnam wins four Green Good Design Awards in USA The Chicago Athenaeum and The European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies have presented renowned architect Vo Trong Nghia four Green Good Design Awards for preeminent works. … [Read more...]

Social News 25/7

Korean firm fined for mistreating workers A South Korean company specialising in assembling electronic components in the northern province of Hai Duong has been fined more than VND490 million (US$23,300) for 14 administrative violations. The JK Electronics Co Ltd, located in Lai Cach Town, Cam Giang District, was prosecuted for not paying enough social insurance and unemployment insurance to more than 100 workers involved in work with poisons, for not providing periodic health examinations, … [Read more...]

Social News 13/7

Transport Minister agrees to speed up airport expanding in Thanh Hoa Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang has approved a proposal to speed up a project to broaden Tho Xuan Airport in central province of Thanh Hoa. Minister Thang instructed Airport Corporation of Vietnam to complete the airport design before July 15 to start construction by October. It is expected to complete by the end of the next year. Tho Xuan Airport opened in February last year has seen rapid growth rate, reaching 40 … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 12/5

The 2014 UN Day of Vesak successfully wrapped up on Saturday in the northern province of Ninh Binh, with the adoption of a statement highlighting three sustainable development pillars.

UN Day of Vesak commemorations wrap up The four-day event brought together nearly 1,500 delegates from 95 countries and territories worldwide, and more than 20,000 domestic and foreign Buddhist monks, nuns and followers. … [Read more...]

800 designs to be showcased at Vietnam Fall-Winter Fashion Week

A design by Tang Thanh Cong.

VietNamNet Bridge -Vietnam Fall-Winter Fashion Week 2014 will take place in Hanoi from May 11 to 14, with the participation of 17 designers who will introduce 800 designs. Outstanding faces at the event will include the top three designers of the Vietnam Design Star contest - Tang Thanh Cong, Ha Duy and Quang Nhat - and familiar designers such as Cong Khanh, Minh Hanh, Ngoc Han, Quang Huy, Chu La and Chaming Lys. The program will also feature such new designers as An Nhien, Minh Hoa and Xuan … [Read more...]

Nationwide Book Day kicks off

Children enjoy reading books at a book fair at Van Mieu (Temple of Literature) in Ha Noi as part of the first Viet Nam Book Day. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Tung

HA NOI (VNS)— A ceremony to announce the Prime Minister's decision establishing Viet Nam Book Day was held on Saturday night at the Ly Thai To Square in Ha Noi. Authorised by PM Nguyen Tan Dung, deputy minister of Communications and Information Truong Minh Tuan announced the decision, stating that April 21 every year will be marked as Viet Nam Book Day. The decision also states that the annual event seeks to encourage and promote reading habits in the community and to raise public awareness … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 17/4

A 300-year-old banyan in Nghia Hanh district of central Quang Ngai province has been recognised as a Vietnam Heritage Tree, the second granted with the title in the locality. A ceremony was held on April 15 to mark the event.

New heritage tree in central Quang Ngai The tree, which is 25 meters in height and 20 meters in diameter was planted at the Lam Son communal house before King Le Hien Tong's reign (1740-1786). According to village elderly, surviving wars and natural calamities through decades, especially the fierce storms in 1910 and 1944, the banyan has developed well thanks to the villagers' care. The Vietnam Association for Conservation of Nature and Environment (VACNE) launched a programme to … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 13/3

Forest fire in Ca Mau at alarming level There is an imminent risk that the entire U Minh Ha indigo forest may erupt in flames, said southernmost Ca Mau province's Agriculture and Rural Development Department Director Le Van Su. About 12,000 ha of the indigo forest are facing severe drought, raising the level of alert to 4 for forest fires. Nearly 3,000ha of nearby national forests are also suffering from a similar situation, Su reported. More than 500ha forest in Hon Khoai Island in Ca … [Read more...]

Social Headlines January 10

Ho Chi Minh City, the country's largest economic hub, plans to build more steel flyovers in 2014 to ease traffic congestion in the city.

Australia funds 11 small projects in Vietnam The Australian Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City on January 8 signed a Direct Aid Program (DAP) for 11 projects to be carried out in southern Vietnam. DAP is a small scale aid program for individuals, communities, non-governmental organizations and others to promote development in Vietnam. The 11 projects will be implemented in HCM City, Danang city, Can Tho City, and Quang Nam, Kien Giang, Soc Trang and Ben Tre provinces, spanning various … [Read more...]