Three schoolgirls drown in central Vietnam

Friends burn incenses at the funeral of their friend who was among three student drown in Quang Ngai Province's Tra Khuc River on May 22. Photo credit: VnExpress

Three secondary students drowned while swimming across a shallow river in the central province of Quang Ngai on Thursday. The victims - Ngo Thanh Hang, Ma Thi Thuy Trang and Phan Thi Bich Hang - were all enrolled in the 9th grade at Tinh Giang Secondary School. After a tutoring session, the victims and three others headed to the Tra Khuc River in Son Tinh District to bathe. Five students waded across the shallow river, while another refused to follow. When they returned, the water had risen, Thanh Hang, Bich Hang and Trang drowned while two others were saved by the student who refused to cross and several nearby residents. … [Read more...]

Fake mediums abound in Vietnam, target war martyrs’ families

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The arrest of two phony mediums has prompted a debate on using mediumship to find the remains of war martyrs in Vietnam Nguyen Thanh Thuy (sitting, C) instructing the employees of Vietnam Bank for Social Policies to excavate what he claimed to be the remains of war martyrs in Quang Tri Province on July 25. Thuy has been arrested for staging such excavations and using the fake remains of war martyrs to cash in on billions of dong paid by grieving families. FILE PHOTO The family of Le Thi Thanh Huyen has been living in distress ever since she allegedly died in a cosmetic surgery accident and the private clinic's doctor confessed to throwing her body into the Red River on October 19. Search efforts have not yielded Huyen's body and the family has been overwhelmed by people claiming to be mediums and offering to help them find the corpse for a fee. RELATED CONTENTFake telepaths arrested for swindling in VietnamBody of cosmetic surgery victim not yet foundVietnam beauty clinic owner … [Read more...]

TV programme raises doubts about telepaths’ talents

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A television programme broadcast by Vietnam Television (VTV) has raised serious doubts about some alleged telepaths' real capacity in finding the remains of revolutionary martyrs, since many of the remains "discovered" by them turned out to be animal bones. According the latest "Out Of The Past" programme, tests by the Military Forensic Institute indicated that many families of revolutionary martyrs received animal bones or shards of ceramics, said by the telepaths to be fit for worship as the genuine remains of deceased martyrs. Senior Lieutenant Colonel Nguyen Le Cat, from the Institute, said almost all of the samples said to be from revolutionary martyrs that were found by telepaths, and then sent to the Institute were false. Despite being defined by the Institute as bogus remains, and reported as such to the bereaved families, a number of them still believe that the remains are genuine. In September 2009, the Ministry of Defense and the family of revolutionary martyr Phung … [Read more...]

Quang Ninh’s ‘Bridge of Suicide”

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VietNamNet Bridge - Beautiful Bai Chay Bridge, the most modern suspension bridge in Southeast Asia, is now called the "demonic bridge" because from the day it opened in 2006, many people have chosen it as the site of their suicide. Bai Chay's 40 guards patrol it 24/7; it is considered a strategic structure. Their duty is protecting and ensuring traffic flows on the bridge and its approaches, nearly 10 kilometers of road. But the guards have had an additional job, preventing suicides. The bridge of suicide … [Read more...]

Pilot project employs psychics in searching for MIAs

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The Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs has said in a statement that it will put a growing number of psychic corpse finders to the test. Soldiers from the Kon Tum Province Military Unit collect the remains of a Vietnamese war martyr found during construction of a house in the eponymous town. The ministry said there has been an "abnormal" increase in the use of psychic mediums in conducting searches for MIAs in the north-central provinces of Nghe An, Ha Tinh and Ha Nam. The seers are following up on leads provided by the bereaved families. However, the success rate has been low. In many cases, the discovered remains have yet to be identified, according to the statement. In some cases, these individuals have come to exploit the grief of bereaved families. For example, they have asked families to cover exorbitant expenses, like the costs of an automobile rental during their "searches." In other cases, they have lobbied for charitable donations from businesses and … [Read more...]

Telepathy in Vietnam

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Telepathy has become very popular in Vietnam, particularly in searching for lost remains. Let's discover this issue with VietNamNet through our series of reportage of telepathy. What do you think about telepathy? "So-called telepathy is absurd!" Seeking remains by telepathy is below ten percent accuracy Tricks of telepaths Believing in telepaths, falling in miserableness Reality and myth about Phan Thi Bich Hang Nguyen Thi Nguyen's "supernatural" ability Portraits of famous Vietnamese telepaths VietNamNet … [Read more...]

What do you think about telepathy?

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VietNamNet Bridge - After publishing a series of articles about telepathy and famous telepaths in Vietnam; particularly after the talk with Dr. Nguyen Van Khai, who says "telepathy is absurd". Many readers emailed VietNamNet about this issue. Believing in telepaths, falling in miserableness Reality and myth about Phan Thi Bich Hang Nguyen Thi Nguyen's "supernatural" ability Portraits of famous Vietnamese telepaths Waiting for seances at a telepathy centre. … [Read more...]

“So-called telepathy is absurd!”

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Doctor of physics Nguyen Van Khai says that there is human energy, but there is not the so-called ‘telepathy’. Believing in telepaths, falling in miserableness Reality and myth about Phan Thi Bich Hang Nguyen Thi Nguyen’s "supernatural" ability Portraits of famous Vietnamese telepaths In the talk with VietNamNet about the boom of telepathy centers that specialize in searching for lost tombs of war martyrs, Dr. Khai said that he was a soldier and he witnessed many of his comrades laid down during the war but he believed that it is very difficult or impossible to find their remains. In a battle in 1972, most of his company sacrificed but he confirmed that it is unable to find their remains because their bodies were destroyed and buried by bombs. Their remains were mixed together and it is unable to identify them. "There is human energy but the so-called telepathy does not exist. Personally, I never believe in it. It is absurd!" Dr. Khai told VietNamNet. He said … [Read more...]

“So-called telepathy is absurd!”

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Dr. Nguyen Van Khai VietNamNet Bridge - Doctor of physics Nguyen Van Khai says that there is human energy, but there is not the so-called 'telepathy'. Believing in telepaths, falling in miserableness Reality and myth about Phan Thi Bich Hang Nguyen Thi Nguyen's "supernatural" ability Portraits of famous Vietnamese telepaths In the talk with VietNamNet about the boom of telepathy centers that specialize in searching for lost tombs of war martyrs, Dr. Khai said that he was a soldier and he witnessed many of his comrades laid down during the war but he believed that it is very difficult or impossible to find their remains. In a battle in 1972, most of his company sacrificed but he confirmed that it is unable to find their remains because their bodies were destroyed and buried by bombs. Their remains were mixed together and it is unable to identify them. "There is human energy but the so-called telepathy does not exist. Personally, I never believe in it. It is absurd!" Dr. Khai told … [Read more...]

Seeking remains by telepathy is below ten percent accuracy

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It is highly possible that the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) will not consider telepathy as a method to search for remains of martyrs, said a senior official from the MoLISA.Tricks of telepaths Believing in telepaths, falling in miserableness Reality and myth about Phan Thi Bich Hang Nguyen Thi Nguyen's "supernatural" abilityPortraits of famous Vietnamese telepaths Le Hong Son, Vice chief of the MoLISA's Department for Accredited People. The MoLISA recently organized a workshop to discuss the project to search for lost remains of martyrs, including the use of telepathy. VietNamNet talks with Le Hong Son, Vice chief of the MoLISA's Department for Accredited People, about this issue. Many families have spent a lot of money and efforts to search for lost remains of their relatives, at the guidance of telepaths. But most of found remains are not verified by scientific methods. Do you think that it is time to control the service to search lost remains … [Read more...]

Tricks of telepaths

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Despite the pain of families that have lost tombs, some 'telepaths' used tricks to treat these families for money. Believing in telepaths, falling in miserableness Reality and myth about Phan Thi Bich Hang Nguyen Thi Nguyen's "supernatural" abilityPortraits of famous Vietnamese telepaths Taking advantage of the hope to find out remains of relatives of many families, 'telepaths' successfully used many tricks to treat these families. Most of the tombs searched by the so-called method of "ap vong" are only unknown remains in cemeteries or symbolic soil dug up from the forest. "Ap vong" is the name for a method in which 'telepaths' call up souls to incatnate into someone in the families that have lost tombs. The soul will instruct the family to find out the lost remains. This is the most popular method used by 'telepaths' to seek lost tombs nowadays. To treat families of martyrs, these fake telepaths arranged sophisticated scenarios. According to doctor Do Thanh Tuan from … [Read more...]

Believing in telepaths, falling in miserableness

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Many families got exhausted, faced lawsuits, etc. because they had blind confidence in telepaths.Reality and myth about Phan Thi Bich HangNguyen Thi Nguyen's "supernatural" ability Portraits of famous Vietnamese telepaths The tomb of Mr. Le Van Thanh disappeared. Wrong remains This is a true story happened for Mr. Le Van Thoi's family in Gio Linh district, the central province of Quang Tri. Normally, people lose valuable assets, but Thoi's family lost a tomb - the tomb of his elder brother. Thoi had to report the case to local police and asked them to find the remains. Thoi related: on June 8, 2011, he discovered that the tomb of his elder brother - Mr. Le Van Thanh who died in 1999 - disappeared. There was a deep hole left at the site. Two days ago, some locals saw a seven-seat car with a banner "Searching for tombs of martyrs" in the cemetery. Local police investigated and found out that the tomb of Mr. Thanh was removed to the cemetery for martyrs in Tan An commune, Tan … [Read more...]

Reality and myth about Phan Thi Bich Hang

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It is said that Phan Thi Bich Hang's special ability appeared after she died and came alive again. She is now the most renowned telepath in Vietnam. Besides successes, there are bad rumors about this special woman. Portraits of famous Vietnamese telepathsTelepath Phan Thi Bich Hang. Most Vietnamese telepaths develop their strange abilities after experiencing great upheavals in their lives. There is one who became a telepath after getting an electric shock, one after a temperature, and another after a serious sickness. The most extraordinary case is the story of telepath Phan Thi Bich Hang, who has been able to talk with the dead since she nearly died because of a mad dog's bite. According to Cong An Nhan Dan newspaper, Hang was born and grew up in a small, needy village in Khanh Hoa commune, Yen Khanh district, the northern province of Ninh Binh. In 1990, at the age of 17, after returning from her university entrance exam, Hang and a female friend were bitten by a dog while they … [Read more...]

Flood relief flood in Ha Tinh from DTiNews and readers

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A delegation of leaders and reporters from Dantri/DTiNews, readers and benefactors on October 14-15 came to assist the flood-ravaged households in central Ha Tinh Province. They brought 1,000 donations which included rice, instant noodles and other necessities. They were delivered to the five communes of Phuc Trach, Huong Trach, Gia Pho, Huong Thuy and Huong Giang under heavy rain. The mission also included 50 doctors from Hanoi Medical University and Hanoi University of Pharmacy who provided medical checkups, treatment as well as free medicine for thousands of locals during the trip. … [Read more...]

DTiNews and readers provide additional VND 2bil. in relief

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A delegation of representatives from Dantri/DTiNews, enterprises, agencies and benefactors on October 13 came to help the two flood-ravaged provinces of Quang Binh and Ha Tinh. They brought these provinces donations worth a total VND2 billion (USD 100,000), including both cash and necessities such as school equipment, food and clothes. The mission includes cadres from Hanoi Medical University and Hanoi University of Pharmacy which have offered preventive medicine and examinations for people in Huong Khe District in Ha Tinh and Quang Trach District in Quang Binh over recent days. Cadres and doctors from Hanoi Medical University and Hanoi Medicine University Hospital had contributed a combined VND100 million to these districts. Tong Duc Hoa, Deputy Director of Hai Tien Paper Joint Stock Company sent Dantri/DTiNews the gift to the flood zone Joining hands with community support, Dantri/DTiNews will actively support the flood victims in the central provinces and … [Read more...]

Vietnam Buddhist Sangha marks Vu Lan festival in Berlin

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A delegation from the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (VBS) and followers arrived in Berlin on September 6 to organise a grand ceremony to mark the Vu Lan religious festival during their tour of four European countries. At the ceremony, Most venerable Thich Thanh Phong emphasised the role Buddhism has played in the process of national construction and development. He also called on monks and followers abroad to make a greater effort to celebrate the 1000 th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi. Addressing the ceremony, Vietnamese ambassador to Germany Do Hoa Binh expressed his hope that the VBS will continue to pay special attention to monks and followers overseas, pay regular visits abroad and help Vietnamese Buddhists abroad learn more about Buddhism in order to make a greater contribution to their homeland. During the ceremony, participants also listened to telepath Phan Thi Bich Hang speak about her efforts to search for the remains of fallen soldiers over the past 19 years. … [Read more...]

Animated living rhythm in early morning

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Let's discover the living rhythm of Vietnamese people in the early morning through the following photos. In the early-morning dew, tens of workers begin their day on the bank of Tra Khuc River in Son Tinh district, the central province of Quang Ngai. They shovel sand from the bank to trucks. A new day of Mr. Cong in Ghe village of Lien Hiep commune, Son Tinh district starts by kicking-start his boat to net fish in the Tra Khuc River. While his family members are taking sand from the river, this man (sitting) eats a bowl of instant noodle as his breakfast. This couple's day started at 3am. At 8am, their sand boat lands. While half-naked men explore sand, this woman collects mussels in dew. From above, the living rhythm of Ghe village is bustling. Two dogs play on the riverbank. After several hours catching fish, this woman returns home at 8.30am. Boats in the Tra Khuc River, taking people to office and children to school. Mist does not melt until 9am. Farmers go to the field … [Read more...]

Gov’t to inspect charity centers

Following a recent scandal of beating HIV-positive kids daily during meals in the Kindergarten Department of the Linh Xuan HIV/AIDS Care and Support Center in Thu Duc District in Ho Chi Minh City, the city People’s Committee asked the director of the Department of Labor, War Invalids, and Social Affairs to inspect state and private children care and support centers. The Linh Xuan HIV/AIDS Care and Support Center belongs to the Department of Labor, War Invalids, and Social Affairs. Accordingly, the department director must confirm responsibility of management board of the center and issue harsh penalties to individuals involving in the case as per the regulation. Moreover, the director should encourage children’s spirit and provide good taking care to children there. Along with inspection at charity children raising centers, the Department of Labor, War Invalids, and Social Affairs’ director must liaise with directors of centers to increase supervision in order to … [Read more...]

Good deed of an officer praised

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PANO – Senior Colonel Dinh Quang Tuong from Nguyen Hue University of the Ministry of National Defence has returned a handbag to its owner. On April 9th, on his way home, he found a handbag containing clothes and personal papers of a man named Le Doan He in Loc Ha district of Ha Tinh province, a gold necklace, a "To Quoc Ghi Cong" (The Fatherland's Acknowledgement of Contribution) certificate, and a letter by the Loc Ha district’s Office of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs to introduce He to visit the tomb of his brother Le Doan Hao, sacrificed on May 10th 1075, at the Trang Bom martyrs’ cemetery in Thong Nhat district, Dong Nai province. Immediately, he told his son to rush to the Trang Bom martyrs’ cemetery but the cemetery’s manager said that He had left for a while. The officer contacted the handbag’s owner under the address on the letter. On April 11th, he met with and handed over the lost property to its owner. Mr. He was very … [Read more...]