Social News 3/3

Passengers get refunds for long flight delays Airlines will have to refund fares and other charges to passengers of those flights at least five hours later than scheduled if requested, according to a new circular of the Ministry of Transport. Circular 81/2014/TT-BGTVT with effect from on March 1 regulates that airlines are responsible for providing passengers with full and updated information about their long-delayed flights, along with food and accommodation for the affected passengers. For flights postponed for two hours or longer, airlines must arrange appropriate flights for the affected passengers to travel to their destinations. In case of flights delayed for more than five hours, airlines shall refund fares and related fees to passengers. The circular also specifies that if flights are canceled, operators must announce the reasons and provide the affected passengers with accommodation and food. The number of delayed flights soared at this year’s Tet (Lunar New Year) … [Read more...]

US President looks forward to closer ties with Vietnam

US President Barack Obama (L) receives newly-accredited Vietnamese Ambassador Pham Quang Vinh. (Photo: VNA)

(VOVworld) – The relationship between the US and Vietnam has grown closer during the past two decades, said US President Barack Obama, who expressed his hope for closer ties both bilaterally and multilaterally. Obama told newly-accredited Vietnamese Ambassador Pham Quang Vinh on Monday in Washington that the Vietnam-US comprehensive partnership established in July, 2013, has created a framework for reinforcing their affiliation in economics, security, maritime capacity, climate change response, environmental protection, education, and human rights. The two countries are expected to work closely on an early conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement and the promotion of stability and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region. Vinh expressed his honor at becoming the new Vietnamese Ambassador to the US and suggested both sides prepare for upcoming visit to the US by Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong. He promised his concerted effort to promote Vietnam-US ties bilaterally and … [Read more...]

Social News 15/2

HCMC lauds good medical workers 113 teams and individuals of medical clinics in Ho Chi Minh City were lauded for their achievements in the patriotic emulation movement for 2010-2014. The municipal Department of Health held a meeting on February 12 to appraise 26 teams and 87 individuals for their good performance in the health sector’s emulation movement. At the meeting, the Department also launched the patriotic emulation movement for the next period from 2015 to 2020. The movement will focus on following Uncle Ho’s teaching that a good doctor must be a good mother to fight negative acts in treatment and examination. The movement also aims to improve curing and treatment quality, strengthen capability for district medical clinics to reduce overloading in big hospitals and implement the Ministry of Health’s programs. Da Nang flyover work to continue during Tet The Trung Nam Group installed the final span to complete the second flyover at the three-level stack … [Read more...]

Indie film Flapping towards success

In the middle of production: Nguyen Hoang Diep (left) directs an actress in Flapping in the Middle of Nowhere. — Photo

VietNamNet Bridge – The open ending of the Vietnamese feature film Flapping in the Middle of Nowhere, currently showing in Ha Noi and HCM City, proved divisive for audiences. Despite the love-it-or-hate-it ending, though, Flapping in the Middle of Nowhere proved itself abroad by winning awards at several film festivals, including the 2014 Venice International Film Critic's Week and the third Ha Noi International Film Festival. The first full-length film by writer-director Nguyen Hoang Diep is the lyrical, enigmatic story of a young woman standing at a crossroads. The 17-year-old college student must decide whether or not to get an abortion. The film opens with the sound of raindrops and an image of Ha Noi at night. Huyen, the protagonist, lives in a rented house alongside a railway. She has just found out she is pregnant. Her flighty boyfriend Tung, a street lamp repairman and cockfighting enthusiast, is the father. "Huyen is alone whenever she is in trouble," said Pham … [Read more...]

Social News 5/2

HCM City to use loans for kindergartens The HCM City People's Committee has approved the use of bank loans to build 72 public kindergartens worth a total of more than VND 2.7 trillion (US$128 million). The public kindergartens will be built by the end of the year. Of the public kindergarten projects, Cu Chi District accounts for the largest number (14), followed by Binh Tan District (nine) and Binh Chanh and Can Gio districts (seven each). To speed up the progress of building public kindergartens, the HCM City People's Committee has decided to start a bank loan programme to build public kindergartens. The move represents the city's determination to speed up the progress of building kindergartens, according to Nguyen Dinh Thai Chau, the municipal Department of Education and Training's Finance and Planning Division. Phan Thi Thang, deputy director of the municipal Department of Finance, said last year the city had 117 public kindergarten projects that needed capital for … [Read more...]

Social News 4/2


Phuong Trang runs out of Tet tickets Hundreds of passengers failed to get coach tickets to travel from HCMC to the central province of Quang Ngai for the coming Lunar New Year holiday, or Tet, from local transport firm Phuong Trang as it had sold out tickets on Saturday. At around 10 a.m. on Saturday morning, nearly 500 passengers were queuing at Mien Dong Coach Station to wait for their turns to buy HCMC-Quang Ngai tickets after hundreds of other passengers had bought tickets for the service. However, at 11 a.m., the company announced it had run out of tickets, prompting an uproar among passengers. Tran Hoang, a passenger who had fallen in line since early morning but could not get a queue ticket, said Phuong Trang had just issued around 500 queue tickets. Hoang said the company might still have tickets available for the HCMC-Quang Ngai route but decided to hold them back for certain reasons. Truong Ngoc Thu, deputy director of Phuong Trang, told the Daily on the phone that he … [Read more...]

Social News 3/2

String of activities mark 85th anniversary of Vietnam Communist Party A series of activities have been held across the country in the presence of Party and State senior leaders to celebrate the 85th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) (February 3, 1930-2015). On February 1, Politburo member and Vice Chairwoman of the Vietnam National Assembly, Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan led a delegation of Party Central Committee members to visit former President Nguyen Minh Triet; former Prime Minister Phan Van Khai; and Senior lieutenant General and Hero of the People's Armed Forces Phan Trung Kien, who are living in Ho Chi Minh City and Binh Duong province. Politburo member Ngan hoped that the former leaders will continue to make further contributions to the nation. On the same day, authorities of Ho Chi Minh City presented and bestowed the State title of 'Heroic Vietnamese Mother' to 288 women in Ho Chi Minh City. Politburo member and Secretary of Ho Chi Minh City's Party … [Read more...]

Military helicopter crashed in Ho Chi Minh City


Chairman of the People’s Committee of Binh Chanh District in Ho Chi Minh City, Nguyen Van Tuoi affirmed that a military helicopter crashed in Pham Van Hai Commune on January 28. The Bell UH-1 helicopter with 4 people on board lost contact with ground traffic control about 8 minutes after departing Tan Son Nhat International Aiport for a training exercise. All of the city’s search and rescue forces from the Ho Chi Minh City's Fire Prevention and Fighting Police Department, the city High Command and the border guards are joining in a search for the plane. The Bell UH-1 is a multipurpose military helicopter. The 14-seat plane (including 4 crew) with a maximum speed of 217km per hour is 17.4m; 4.39m high and weighed 4,100kg. … [Read more...]

Social News 25/1


Authorities bust traffickers for transporting firecrackers Several individuals were caught transporting forbidden commodities over the past few days, alerting authorities to the worsening problem of trafficking during the days approaching Tet (lunar new year). In Quang Ninh Province's Ha Long City yesterday, a team of economic and traffic police caught container driver Tran Van Dang transporting 17kg of made-in-China firecrackers. The Hai Duong Province resident said he purchased the goods in Mong Cai City for VND800,000 (US$37) and intended to resell them for profit. City police are completing the necessary documents to charge Dang with transport of forbidden goods. On Wednesday, the General Department of Viet Nam Customs's Department of Investigation and Anti-Smuggling and Quang Ninh Province's Mong Cai Border Gate customs officers dispatched forces to watch for firecracker smugglers. Although the smugglers escaped, they left behind four jute bags containing 30 strings of … [Read more...]

Social News 23/1


US Embassy announces student exchange openings The US Department of State has announced that it is now accepting applications for its Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (UGRAD) for emerging student leaders from Vietnam. The programme offers study at a U.S. college or university for eight Vietnamese students in which the participants will engage in one semester of undergraduate, non-degree study at an accredited two- or four-year institution. Participants will engage in local community service projects and take part in cultural enrichment activities. The host institutions will also provide participants with academic skill development classes. In addition, participants who do not meet the host institution language requirements will be eligible for two to four weeks of intensive English language instruction in the United States prior to the start of the academic portion of their programme. The programme is managed and funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs … [Read more...]

Vietnam air traffic controllers fined for violating flight safety rules


Two air traffic controllers at the Ho Chi Minh City Air Control Center at the city’s Tan Son Nhat International Airport have been fined US$351 each for failing to comply with air control processes leading to a case that threatened flight safety. >> Pilot presses wrong button, prompting hijacking scare at Vietnam airport The chief inspector of the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam (CAAV) has issued decisions to fine Pham Ngoc Lam, 46, and Nguyen Hoang Tin, 30, VND7.5 million ($351) each for failing to comply with the air traffic control process and thereby threatening flight safety for two planes. The incident occurred on December 19, 2014, when the minimum safe distance between a Vietnam Airlines plane, HVN 231 and a Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific Cargo aircraft, CPA 705, was violated when they were flying in the Ho Chi Minh City flight information region. After an investigation, the CAAV’s Inspectorate concluded that the dangerous case was caused by … [Read more...]

Vietnam creates favorable conditions for private sector to develop

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PANO – There have recently been rumors saying that the Vietnamese Government is unfair to the private economic sector; as a result, the sector has been contracted and many private firms have gone to bankruptcy. Is this true or not? The People’s Army Newspaper’s reporters have met private businesses and learnt about facts. The following is an insight into the situation. Businesspeople becoming much richer The view considering that the private economy has shrunk and private enterprises have become weaker and weaker and been on the edge of bankruptcy seems one-sided, short-sighted or too pessimistic. According to VnDirect Securities Corporation, an affiliate of a well-known private-owned group, IPA Investments Corporation, as of December 25th, 2014, 80 more US$ millionaires appeared on the Vietnamese securities market. This figure has brought the number of businesspeople with their securities holding valued at over US$ one million up to 395. Among them, President of … [Read more...]

Social News 16/1

Separate jails proposed for transgender, gay prisoners Homosexual and transgender prisoners may be housed in jails separate from the general prison population to protect them from sexual harassment under a plan proposed by the Social, Economic and Environmental Institute to the Ministry of Public Security. The institute has been studying gender-related problems for many years and says many countries provide separate jails for transgender prisoners who are classified as trans-female or trans-male. A 2014 report found that the majority of transgender prisoners wanted separate jails to avoid the risks of sexual harassment. Homosexual and transgender prisoners face the highest risk of sexual harassment. The institute cited statistics from the US state of California, which showed 67 percent of homosexual and transgender prisoners have suffered sexual harassment. The institute said that under current infrastructure in Vietnam, transgender prisoners can only either be held in solitary … [Read more...]

Social News 15/1

S.Korea firm to sue workers for loss-causing strike Striking workers at a South Korean-invested firm in HCM City will be sued for losses caused to the company. Some 800 workers at Carimax Sai Gon Ltd. Co. went on strike January 3 after the company declined to pass on a mandated rise in minimum wages. Company officials said on January 12 that workers who failed to carry out their duties for five consecutive days would be sacked and sued for losses incurred by the company. Carimax said trade union intervention had failed to resolve the strike. The government decreed last year minimum wages would rise by VND250,000-400,000 (USD11.9-USD19) a month, depending on region, from January 1, 2015. But on December 27, the board of directors at Carimax said that because of 2014 losses, the pay rise would be determined according to each worker's attitude, capability and experiences. It also declared the Tet bonus would be 90% of a worker's monthly wage, but if workers went on strike, the … [Read more...]

Social News 8/1


Health authority tests strange snail to verify cause of fishermen’s deaths The Department of Food Safety in the central province of Ha Tinh sent the snail, that caused the deaths of three fishermen on January 5, to the Ministry of Health’s Food Administration of Vietnam. Dr. Phan Van Hung, head of the Department of Food Safety, yesterday said that his department will test the snails to verify soon the deaths of the three fishermen. As newspaper released yesterday, three fishermen including Tran Xuan Thuc and Tran Van Duong both at 29 year old and Duong Van Tinh, 22 in Tinh Gia District of the northern province of Thanh Hoa died after eating strange snail though they were taken to the province’s General Hospital for emergency treatment by border safeguards. The test result is hoped to be soon publicly released to warn the community of the strange snail. Ministry vows to take drastic measures against unsafe food As public concerns over contaminated food have been … [Read more...]

Assets of 50 richest women reach $1 billion

Nguyen Ngoc Nhat Hanh, the daughter of REE’s chair, is the young face in the top 50.

VietNamNet Bridge – The total stock assets of the 50 richest Vietnamese women in 2014 increased by VND5 trillion from the year before. The oldest member of the top 50 women is 64 years old, while the youngest was born in 1991. The total assets of the 50 women hit VND21.45 trillion by the end of 2014, an increase of VND4.9 trillion over 2013. Holding shares of the largest listed real estate firm, Pham Thu Huong, deputy chair of the Vingroup’s board of directors, has for the fifth time been recognized as the richest woman in Vietnam. Her husband, billionaire Pham Nhat Vuong, topped the list of 100 richest stock millionaires in 2014. Vuong is also the first Vietnamese dollar billionaire recognized by Forbes. The second position on the list of top 50 belongs to a member of the Pham family – Pham Thuy Hang, deputy chair of Vingroup, who holds shares worth VND2.3 trillion. Vingroup is believed to be one of the most "powerful" and profitable conglomerates in … [Read more...]

New rural development in Thanh Thang, Can Tho

Paved road leading to Thanh Thang commune, Can Tho City.   Photo:

(VOVworld) – Thanh Thang, whose population is mostly Catholics, has become Can Tho City’s first commune to complete all criteria of the national new rural development program. This success is attributed to the local people’s consensus and determination to contribute to communal development. Thanh Thang is one of two communes in Can Tho selected to pilot the national new rural development program. After 3 years of implementing the program, Thanh Thang has completed all of the program’s criteria, one year ahead of schedule. Priest Pham Hong Nhat of Hai Hung parish, Vinh Thanh diocese, told VOV: "Priests and local authorities have cooperated to launch campaigns to protect the environment. We no longer have to suffer from inundation during rainy seasons thanks to newly paved roads and better irrigation systems." Being aware of the importance of new rural development, local Catholics have contributed both money and labor to upgrade the local infrastructure. Roads … [Read more...]

Social News 17/12

Six farmers drown as fishing boat overturns Six farmers were drowned when their boat suddenly overturned this morning in Nam Thinh Commune of the northern Thai Binh Province's Tien Hai District. The accident occurred when the farmers were on their way to catch clams. According to the local people, the farmers were in a small boat. The accident was blamed on strong winds and the fact that the small boat was overcrowded. The local rescue team has salvaged the boat after retrieving the victims' bodies. The People's Committee of the district visited the victims' families and gave each VND3 million (US$140) as aid. Court starts hearing former VietinBank execs’ appeals agement department at the Vietnam Bank for Industry and Trade (VietinBank), and other defendants. On January 27, 2014, Nhu was sentenced to life in jail by the HCMC People’s Court for swindling nearly VND4 trillion out of three banks, nine companies, and three individuals. To steal the deposits of customers … [Read more...]

Social News 10/12


National award for media coverage of VN launched The Party Central Committee's Commission for Publicity and Education and Steering Committee for External Information Services launched their first-ever award for Viet Nam-related journalism for overseas audiences yesterday in Ha Noi. Print newspapers, radio, television and e-newspapers published in Vietnamese and foreign languages, both domestically and overseas, are eligible for the prize. Pham Van Linh, deputy chairman of the Party Central Committee's Commission for Publicity and Education and the Steering Committee, said that broadcasting Viet Nam's image to the world and spreading the word about the country's achievements were important tasks. … [Read more...]

14 Vietnamese get ASEAN CIO, CSO awards

Duc Tam Vietnamese accounted for 12 out of 17 winners of the 10th ASEAN CIO Awards and two out of three winners of the 10th ASEAN CSO Awards as announced by International Data Group (IDG) and the CEO & CIO Club at an award ceremony at the five-star hotel Sofitel Saigon Plaza in HCMC on Tuesday. The remaining five winners of the 10th ASEAN CIO Awards are from Singapore, the Philippines and Laos while the only recipient of the 10th ASEAN CSO Awards outside Vietnam was Amirudin Bin Abdul Wahab, chief executive officer of CyberSecurity Malaysia. … [Read more...]