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...]

Social News 8/11

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Quang Ninh police nab smugglers The Mong Cai City Police in the northern province of Quang Ninh yesterday temporarily detained Dang Thi Mai Lan, 36, for smuggling cigarettes. Lan was caught in the act on Monday in Ka Long Ward, while transporting 2,060 packets of cigarettes of the Zenlong brand that is manufactured abroad. Lan admitted to the police that she had bought the cigarettes in China. On Wednesday, the Mong Cai Police also caught Nguyen Ngoc Anh, 40, who was illegally keeping smuggled goods in a store in Tran Phu Ward. The goods included 400 electric bicycle batteries, 50 speakers and 120 electromagnetic cookers, as well as some electric tools, worth a total of VND252 million (US$12,000). … [Read more...]

Social News 6/11

Drug smuggling ring brought to light Ho Chi Minh City police announced they have smashed a gang trafficking drugs from China. The police said they opened their investigation last month after discovering a man named Nguyen The Manh in Tan Binh district selling drugs to small dealers in Ho Chi Minh City. From Manh, the police tracked down more suppliers and finally reached the ring leader, 36-year-old Vu Xuan Nhat from the northern province of Hai Duong. Nhat bought drug in China and transported his goods by land through northern provinces to sell in the southern city. … [Read more...]

Social News 29/10

13 sailors rescued after collision at sea The Da Nang Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre saved 13 sailors off the coast of the central province of Quang Tri on Sunday after an unknown ship hit and sunk their vessel. The ships collided 56 nautical miles off the shore of Da Nang while the sailors were taking a rest around noon. No injuries were reported. HCM City approves change to English curriculum The HCM City People's Committee has asked the Department of Education and Training to pull the plug on its pilot project and replace it with an integrated English teaching curriculum. … [Read more...]

Social News 6/10

A poor family by Nhieu Loc Thi Nghe canal in HCM City. A recent survey by the HCM City University of Social Sciences and Humanities showed that most low-income people were living in makeshift houses with substandard infrastructure.

Diabetes affects more than 5% of Vietnam's population: survey As much as 5.42% of the total population, suffers from diabetes, according to a study conducted with more than 11,000 respondents between the age of 30-69 as part of the 2012 National Diabetes Prevention Project. The non-communicable disease is prevalent in the southwestern and central coastal regions, the National Hospital of Endocrinology reported at a conference taking place in Hanoi on October 2-4. Changing lifestyle habits and poor public awareness are major factors for the rapid and alarming increase in diabetes patients. … [Read more...]

Social News 5/10

North to benefit from urban development The Ministry of Construction and the World Bank (WB) on Wednesday launched a results-based national urban development program in the northern mountainous region. The seven-year (2015-21) program will be funded by a US$250 million loan from the WB's International Development Association. The project seeks to upgrade urban infrastructure, protect the environment, and improve local residents' livelihoods so as to ensure sustainable socio-economic development in the cities and townships of the northern mountainous provinces of Bac Kan, Cao Bang, Dien Bien, Hoa Binh, Thai Nguyen, Tuyen Quang, and Yen Bai. … [Read more...]

Social News 18/9

Survey to valuate patients' satisfaction over public healthcare services The Institute of Health Strategy and Policy under the Ministry of Health September 15 announced that it has chosen hospitals such as Tu Du Maternity, Nhan Dan Gia Dinh, Children No.2 and the Center for Preventive Medicine in Ho Chi Minh City for the project of valuating patients' level of satisfaction over public healthcare services. The project aims to investigate in what way people access healthcare services, transparence of information and administrative formality, facilities, medical workers' behaviors and manners to patients, how far healthcare services can meet patients' demand, and whether patients can afford medical charges. … [Read more...]

Stopovers on the Central Region heritage road

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VietNamNet Bridge - The six world heritage sites recognized by the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in the Central Region creates a "heritage road" worthy to explore. Ho Dynasty Citadel in Thanh Hoa The citadel of the Ho Dynasty is situated in Vinh Loc District, Thanh Hoa Province. It was the capital of Vietnam from 1398 to 1407. … [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 Hoa - Nghi Son segment. Ninh Binh, Thanh Hoa 1,867 PPP Management Board of PPP projects under the Ministry of Transport No. 80 Tran Hung Dao street, Ha Noi Tel: 84-4-39410775 2 Dau Giay - Phan Thiet expressway. Dong Nai, Binh Duong 757 PPP Management board of PPP projects under the Ministry of Transport No. 80 Tran Hung Dao street, Ha Noi Tel: 84-4-39410775 3 Bien Hoa - Vung Tau expressway. Dong Nai, Bà Rịa - Vung Tau 1,175 PPP, ODA … [Read more...]

Social News 5/8

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Part of Hanoi Highway closed for metro work Vehicular traffic will be banned from a parallel road on Hanoi Highway leading to HCMC from August 9 until the end of 2015 to make room for construction of an elevated track and a station of Metro Line No. 1, according to the HCMC Management Authority for Urban Railway (MAUR). Hoang Nhu Cuong, deputy director of MAUR, said traffic redirection is necessary to secure road safety and avoid congestion given heavy traffic on Hanoi Highway and Cat Lai intersection. … [Read more...]

Social News 23/7

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Vaccinations for hepatitis B drop The number of children receiving hepatitis B vaccine within a day of being born has fallen sharply, said professor Nguyen Tran Hien, director of the Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology. … [Read more...]

Travel News 19/7

One further five star hotel in Ho Chi Minh CityExploring Mekong Delta with VietJet Air and Saigontourist Budget carrier VietJet Air and Saigontourist will offer new servives, aiming to give more chances to visitors discovering the daily life of Vietnamese people in Mekong Delta. The carrier will open a new route from Da Nang to Can Tho starting July 22. Saigontourist will continue offering Mekong tours including Hanoi- to Can Tho, Chau Doc and Ha Tien: and Da Nang- Can Tho, Chau Doc and Ha Tien. The new services will be scheduled on Thursday and Saturday every week with a cost of VND3, 370,000 per person. … [Read more...]

Vietnam aims to tap sea tourism potentials

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Art & Entertainment News Headlines 7/7

Vietnamese seafood banquet sets Asian record A seafood banquet - 777m in length- in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau on July 5 for over 700 guests has set a record as Asia's longest ever. The food was awesome, with seven variants of seafood including crab, clams, oysters and snails,artfully arranged on each table. Biswaroop Roy Chowdhury, General Director of Asia Record Organization (ARO), attended the event, announcing his organisation's recognition of the party as the longest of its kind in Asia. … [Read more...]

Infrastructure needed to be upgrade for sea tourism development

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(CPV) - With more than 3,000km of coastline - including dozens of islands and innumerable beautiful beaches - Vietnam should be one of Asia's top sea tourism destinations, but neglect has left many would-be hot-spots undeveloped. Potentials According to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT), the country has over 100 beaches favorable for tourism development such as Sam Son, Lang Co, Da Nang, Nha Trang, Phan Thiet and Vung Tau. Many coastal provinces and cities such as Hai Phong, Quang Ninh, Hue, Da Nang and Quang Nam are endowed with stunning natural landscapes and the country's coastal areas as a whole boast over 1,400 hotels and over 45,000 rooms. But according to Mr. Mai Tien Dung, Deputy Director of the Hanoi municipal Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, sea and island tourism in Vietnam are underdeveloped as the country only exploites a small part of its sea and island resources. For example, in the north, Hai Phong authorities have focused all their … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 4/7

Health ministry tightens epidemic prevention measures The Ministry of Health has tightened epidemic prevention measures amid the threat posed by dangerous diseases such as of the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, dengue fever, hand-foot-mouth and avian influenza. At a meeting of the Steering Committee for Epidemic Prevention and Control on July 2, Deputy Minister Nguyen Thanh Long stressed that this is a top priority of the health sector at present. He required hospitals to review the treatment guidance for diseases and make appropriate update, while calling for the mass media's help in spreading information on disease prevention measures. … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 3/7

Transnational drug trafficking ring busted in Quang Ninh Quang Ninh police officials are expanding their investigation of a transnational drug trafficking ring illegally smuggling drugs from China into Vietnam headed by Ngo Ngoc Phong (42 years old). Earlier on June 25, police caught Phong red-handed hiding 231.02g of synthetic drugs. Searching Phong's house at Hai Yen ward, Mong Cai City, Quang Ninh province, police seized 609.67g of synthetic drugs, K59 gun, 14 bullets, 6 detonators and drug trafficking paraphernalia. … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 17/6

Bac Ninh to get free wi-fi in public areas People will get free wi-fi Internet access at governmental offices, public places and tourism destinations in the northern province of Bac Ninh from December 31. It is part of a project passed by its People's Committee on June 11 to have wi-fi in the province. The Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications (VNPT) will invest nearly VND10 billion (over US$476,000) in building technological infrastructure and installing equipments as well as providing training courses for staff and managing the project in the province. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 16/6

VN art on display in London An exhibition of Vietnamese paintings belonging to US collector Raquelle Azran was displayed at the Affordable Art Fair in London. When Azran arrived in Viet Nam for the first time in 1991, she quickly fell in love with the country's contemporary art and began building her collection. Since then, she has gathered hundreds of paintings by many famous Vietnamese artists, including Nguyen Tu Nghiem, Phung Pham, Phan Cam Thuong, Vu Dinh Tuan, and Dinh Thi Tham Poong, as she became one of the first to bring Vietnamese art to the United States. … [Read more...]