Ethnic minority parents lose children to adoption scam

Investigators find no evidence of crime, but community insists they were duped An adoption scam has allegedly taken 13 children away from their biological parents without their knowledge and consent in the central province of Quang Binh. Several families of the Ruc ethnic minority said they had been approached by officials of the "Trung Tam Nuoi Duong Nguoi Co Cong va Doi Tuong Xa Hoi" [Rough translation: Center for Taking Care of People Who Have Made Contributions to Society and Disadvantaged People] in 2006, offering to take care of their children. … [Read more...]

Reviving the Dead Areas

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The war ended nearly 40 years ago but Quang Binh and Quang Tri Provinces and many other areas in Vietnam are still affected by the heavy consequences caused by bombs and mines left over from the war. As a result, many domestic and international organizations have carried out campaigns on detecting and clearing bombs and mines to revive the "dead areas". Co-existing with disasters Few people know that there are disasters hidden under green trees and newly-built tiled houses in Quang Binh and Quang Tri Provinces. These disasters lurk from the bombs and mines left from the war. We met Ngo Xuan Hien, a cadre of the Project "Restoring the Environment and Neutralizing the Effects of the War" (RENEW), a co-operation project between Quang Tri Province People's Committee and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF). He said: "I am still frightened. Recently a 105mm shell exploded in the yard of the Nguyen Hue Secondary School in Dong Ha City while over 500 students were having classes. … [Read more...]

Mass media urged to encourage gender equality

According to the results of a study by the Centre for Studies and Applied Sciences in Gender, Family, Women and Adolescent (CSAGA), around 80 programmes conducted by Vietnam Television (VTV) reflect prejudices about gender. Mr Pham Ngoc Tien - head of the department of Gender Equality under the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) said that even two programmes scheduled back to back on VTV offer starkly different messages. Gender equality is a new concept in Vietnam, even for experts. Therefore, it is normal that the press makes mistakes in this area. However, in an era of raising public awareness of gender equality, the press should be the most progressive force, said director of CSAGA Nguyen Van Anh. According to experts in gender, gender discrimination is always in Vietnamese people's minds. However, it is important that assigning tasks and responsibilities should depend on capability and talent regardless of gender. Ms Bui Thi Kim, director the Centre … [Read more...]

Vietnam drug traffickers sentenced to death

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Three notorious drug bosses were sentenced to death Monday in northern Vietnam with their police benefactor getting a life term. A court in Ha Giang province in the northern mountains also sentenced five other members of the gang to life in jail after 50 people were tried for trafficking heroin and weapons and bribery. The ring smuggled around 840kgs of heroin and 70 handguns to provinces bordering China to sell to Chinese customers. … [Read more...]

Thai Binh Province: Advancing from Pains

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At the museum in Thai Binh Province there are five photographs by well-known veteran artist Vo An Ninh depicting the famine in the Spring of 1945, which killed more than 250,000 people or one third of the province's population then. This sad event always reminds the local people of the value of life. At Km3 of present-day Thai Binh City. At the museum in Thai Binh Province there are five photographs by well-known veteran artist Vo An Ninh depicting the famine in the Spring of 1945, which killed more than 250,000 people or one third of the province's population then. This sad event always reminds the local people of the value of life. Sad memory in present-day happiness Tien Hai District, about 30 km away from Thai Binh City, had the greatest number of people who died of hunger in 1945. Today, lying along the sides of the road leading to the District are yellow rice fields and newly built houses. It is harvest time and the whole Tay Luong Commune seems to be submerged in the yellow … [Read more...]

High-ranking policeman arrested for role in drug trafficking

A high-ranking border policeman of in the northern province of Vietnam was arrested yesterday for his involvement in a drug trafficking ring, reported provincial authorities. Lieutenant-colonel Lam Quoc Ngu of Phu Tho Northern Province, chief of the Pho Bang border post in Dong Van district of Ha Giang province, was arrested for his involvement in the drug ring, which has been operating since 1992. Through Quoc Ngu's confession, police decided to arrest Nguyen Tien Nuoi, a former vice chief of the Pho Bang border post who had retired 10 years ago. … [Read more...]

Festival honours the blind in HN

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VGP - Nearly 1,000 visually-impaired people, students and Hanoians attended the Festival themed 'Belief and Light' organized by the Ha Noi Youth Union and the Ha Noi Blind Association in Ha Noi on April 17. The festival, the second of its kind, aims to celebrate the 45th founding anniversary of the VBA and respond to Viet Nam Disabled People's Day. President of the Ha Noi Blind Association Le Trung Quyet expressed his hope that the event will help raise public awareness, especially of young people, of the capacity of people with disabilities, including the blind. He encouraged the visually-impaired and those with disabilities to try to overcome difficulties and excel in their lives, with support from society. Ha Noi now has 8,746 visually-impaired people, many of who are role models in efforts to overcome difficulties and contribute to social development. On the occation, the Ha Noi Youth Union and the Ha Noi Blind Association signed a cooperative programme, aimed at … [Read more...]

Hanoi festival honours the blind

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(VOV) - Nearly 1,000 visually-impaired people, students and Hanoians attended the second Festival of Belief and Light at the Hanoi Children's Palace on April 17. Two million suffer blindness, visual impairment Blind Japanese pianist stage Vietnam concerts Improving living standards for the blind The first festival of its kind was held in 2011. This year' festival included a wide range of humanitarian activities, demonstrating the community's care and responsibility for the blind and disadvantaged in society, helping them to have courage and belief to overcome hardship and re-integrate into society. Organizers honoured ten outstanding blind individuals, hosted cultural and sports exchange between Hanoian students and the blind, introduced jobs, and presented insignia for those who have supported the blind. President of the Hanoi Blind Association Le Trung Quyet expressed his hope that the event will help raise public awareness, especially for young people, of the capacity … [Read more...]

Building begin on regional nursing centre

The Department for People with Special Contribution to the Country under the Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs has begun the construction of a nursing centre in the central region. The 11-storey building will be built on 9,000sq.m of land in Ngu Hanh Son district in Da Nang City at a cost of 236 billion VND (11.2 million USD). The 248-bed centre is scheduled to begin operation in 2018. It will serve the needs of war invalids, Heroic Mothers and other people who have made contributions to the country's revolutionary cause. According to the ministry, 30 nursing centres reserved for those who have rendered service to the nation have been built throughout the country, but the number of facilities only meet 10 percent of demand.-VNA … [Read more...]

Canadian Governor General meets Hanoi students

Canada's Governor General David Johnston introduced to the Temple of Literature. Source: Vnexpress

Canada's Governor General David Johnston talked with students of the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Hanoi on Nov. 17 during his current State-level visit to the country. Canada is pursuing a policy of enhancing culture and knowledge through exchange and cooperation to boost the fine relations between the countries. Canada's close relationship with Vietnam is developing in various fields, the Governor General said. Johnston said Canada is home to 250,000 Vietnamese people who have made contributions to economics, socio-culture and education. Canada has a diversified culture with no discrimination against immigrants, he said. He told the students that he and his entourage, that includes two Canadian-Vietnamese, had visited the Temple of Literature, Vietnam's famous historical site and a traditional base for learning. Rector of the university Nguyen Van Khanh expressed hope that the university will receive Canada's assistance and cooperation in human resource … [Read more...]