State-run cinemas ‘dying’ in Vietnam


Scores of state-run cinemas throughout the country – including those in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City – are decades past their good old days, with most of which now dilapidated, making serious losses, or closed. … [Read more...]

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Social News 26/11

VN trade, labor to get legal lookover Changes and updates to the current Labour Code and Trade Union Law and their impact on business operations will be discussed at a conference in HCM City next week. Ho Xuan Lam, deputy director of the Investment and Trade Promotion Centre of HCM City (ITPC), said: "FDI firms usually have a large number of employees, therefore it is very important for them to understand the Viet Nam's labour law to help build harmonious and stable labour relations, befitting … [Read more...]

Vietjet Air and CFM International ink $300 million deal


VietNamNet Bridge – The budget airline Vietjet Air and CFM International on November 24 signed a 12-year engine maintenance agreement in France, at the witness of Deputy Minister of Transport Pham Quy Tieu and Vietnam Ambassador in France Duong Chi Dung. … [Read more...]

Social News 25/11

Vietnam leads way in forest protection Countries that border the Mekong River can learn from Viet Nam's excellent management of its Payments for Forest Environmental Services programme, said Luca Tacconi, Associate Dean of the College of the Asia and Pacific at Australia's Crawford School of Public Policy. Tacconi made the statement yesterday in Ha Noi at a seminar on payments for environmental services. Enterprises benefiting from unharmed forests fund the programme in Viet Nam, while in … [Read more...]

Senior officials of Air Traffic Company suspended for technical incident

Many flights were delayed because of the incident on Nov. 20.

VietNamNet Bridge – Three officials of the Southern Air Traffic Management Company have been suspended from work for 15 days pending an investigation into the technical incident occurring at the Tan Son Nhat Airport on November 20, which caused heavy losses for air carriers. relate news Technical failure at Tan Son Nhat Airport "very serious": officials On Sunday, November 23, the General Director of the Vietnam Air Traffic Management Corporation – Mr. Dinh Viet Thang – … [Read more...]

Tan Son Nhat technician let broken backup device black out control system


The Ho Chi Minh City Area Control Center at Tan Son Nhat Airport suffered a 90 minute loss of power on November 20, 2014 due to a malfunction in one of three backup devices. Photo: Doc Lap … [Read more...]

Three officials suspended in HCMC airport power outage


Three officials who are considered responsible for the unprecedented power outage that hit Vietnam’s largest airport last Thursday, affecting 92 flights, have been suspended for investigation, according to the Vietnam Flight Management Corporation (VFMC). >> UPS failure behind blackout at Vietnam's biggest airport: official … [Read more...]

Vietnam suspends three aviation officials for air traffic control blackout


A flight information board at Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City during an air traffic control tower blackout on November 20, 2014. Photo: Mai Vong … [Read more...]

Social News 24/11


Hanoi to host Asia-Pacific Disability Forum Conference The 2014 Asia & Pacific Disability Forum (APDF) General Conference will be held in Hanoi from November 26 to 28 as an appropriate celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (December 3). The Vietnam Federation on Disability (VFD) told a press conference in Hanoi on November 21 that the biennial event is to review the progress made on the realization of the rights of people with disabilities set in a strategy … [Read more...]

Weekly press digest – November 17-23

VGP – The question-and-answer sessions held for the Government members; the Party chief's official visits to Russia, Belarus; the organization of the 14th Asia-Pacific Conference of German Business (APK14) in Ho Chi Minh City; and the voting of new bills topped last week’s headlines. Party chief starts official visits to Russia, Belarus Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong on November 22 left Ha Noi for official visits to Russia and Belarus from November 23-28. The visits, … [Read more...]

Japan’s recession does not affect trade with Vietnam: insiders

Japan's gross domestic product fell at an annualized 1.6 percent pace in the July-September period, after it plunged 7.3 percent in the second quarter following a rise in the national sales tax, according to

Japan slipped back into recession in the third quarter but Vietnamese businesses assert that their exports to the East Asian market have remained unfazed to date, even though a tough situation is anticipated. Reuters. … [Read more...]

‘Non-confidence’ should be added to confidence vote in Vietnam: lawmakers

>> Vietnam confidence vote reflects level of satisfaction

Many Vietnamese National Assembly (NA) deputies have pressed for an NA confidence vote in which voters can say they do not trust a particular top official, instead of an all-confidence ballot as at present. The NA deputies voiced their proposition at a session on Thursday organized to discuss proposed amendments to the law-making body's resolution on confidence votes. … [Read more...]

Committee urged to enhance Party building

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh addresses the ceremony. (Credit: VNA)

NDO – Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh has asked the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs (SCOVA) to effectively implement Party resolutions on several urgent issues in current Party building, and promote unity and creativeness in realising entrusted tasks. Deputy PM Minh made the statement at a ceremony marking the 55th anniversary of the SCOVA’s establishment (November 23, 1959-2014) held in Hanoi on November 21. The Government official … [Read more...]

Social News 19/11


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Social News 18/11

Stop preventable deaths: UNICEF UNICEF has launched a campaign called ZEROworkplace that involves companies in its efforts to eradicate preventable child deaths in Viet Nam. ZEROworkplace enables managers to provide critical information to employees in an inexpensive and effective way that can have a lifesaving impact on their children. "In Viet Nam, 100 children die every day from preventable causes," Youssouf Abdel-Jelil, UNICEF's representative in Viet Nam, said at the launch ceremony in … [Read more...]

Court delivers verdict on floating dock embezzlement case


The defendants are found guilty of embezzlement. … [Read more...]

Trial of Vinalines officials accused of embezzlement begins


The defendants stand trial on charges of embezzlement. … [Read more...]

Social News 12/11

llegal sand mining boats seized As many as 51 boats involved in illegal sand mining have been seized by police in the capital city's Phuc Tho District. The operation, carried out by 200 policemen from the Ministry of Public Security netted records of illegal sales dating back many years, as well as weapons, indicating the possibility that gangs were protecting the illegal business. Police said the boats are believed to have been directly mining sand from the river bed or filling their hulls … [Read more...]

City ready to send drug addicts to compulsory detoxification centers

>> Vietnam legislature committee OK's plan for compulsory drug detoxification center establishment  >> Government wants to pilot compulsory drug detoxification centers, delay law's articles

Ten compulsory drug detoxification centers in Ho Chi Minh City are ready to receive and handle addicts, as the National Assembly (NA) has adopted a resolution to allow drug addicts to be sent to the facilities pending court judgments. >> Tuoi Tre seminar offers solutions to drug detoxification problems in Vietnam megacity>> 7,000 added to list of drug addicts annually in Vietnam: ministry … [Read more...]