(VOVworld) - After the end of the resistance war against French colonialists, Voice of Vietnam Radio (VOV) had 10 years (1955-1964) to make preparations for the war against US imperialists. VOV was trying to reinforce its broadcasts overseas at that time when half of the nation was liberated. VOV leaders decided to establish the Overseas Service with its first headquarters at 20 Trang Tien street, which was then moved to Gami House just behind VOV's main building at 58 Quan Su street, and finally to 45 Ba Trieu street, Hanoi. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 9/10

Thuy Linh shines at Miss International The strikingly beautiful Vietnamese model Cao Thuy Linh was chosen Best National Costume at the 2014 Miss Grand International (MGI) beauty pageant on October 7. Eighty-five international contestants coming from different countries and territories around the globe participated in the gala affair held in Bangkok, Thailand. Daryanne Lees from Cuba was sashed winner of the MGI 2014. The two runner-up title went to Hiwot Mamo from Ethiopia and Kathryn Kohut from Canada. … [Read more...]

Sports News 29/9


U23 players join national team training in Japan Coach Toshiya Miura has included eight U23 players who have just finished their Asian Games stint in the national team now training in Japan for the ASEAN Football Federation Cup. … [Read more...]

Social News 12/9

Two Chinese citizens cross the border with $900,000 in cash According to the Hai Quan (Customs) Newspaper, in late August the customs body of the Xa Mat border gate in the southern province of Tay Ninh detected two Chinese citizens illegally transporting three suitcases and a cardboard box containing VND18.2 billion ($900,000). The cash was scheduled to be brought from Vietnam to Cambodia. In a dispatch issued on September 5, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc assigned the Ministry of Public Security to investigate the illegal transport of money through the border and report the results to the government in October. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 12/8


'Turbulence: A Survival Story' author arrives in Vietnam Annette Herfkens, the author of the memoirs "Turbulence: A Survival Story" and the sole survivor of a plane crash in Vietnam's central coast province of Khanh Hoa 22 years ago, has started her week-long trip to the country. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 6/8

Looking for Asian beauties Much of the world's advertising is pitched at pretty women, or uses them to draw in viewers and get higher ratings. Realising this, Asian advertising agencies has organised another Miss AdAsia 2014 contest "to honour beautiful young women from Asian countries". Candidates aged 18-28 will be selected from photos they send to the organising board. Already, contestants from Laos, Thailand, South Korea, Japan, and India have registered to join. The organisers will accept applications until the end of this month. … [Read more...]

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...]

Athletes look forward to the new year

Bright future: The national under-19 football team will compete at the upcoming Asian championships in Myanmar later this year.

VietNamNet Bridge - Viet Nam's athletes spent 365 days working hard in 2013 and had many successful achievements to show for their efforts. Now, a new season has arrived as they seek even more records and victories. The Year of the Snake ended when the biennial Southeast Asian Games wrapped up in Myanmar in late December. With 73 golds, 86 silvers and 86 bronzes, as well as winning the third position in the final ranking, the Viet Nam team successfully completed their difficult task. The success was not only due to the number of medals received, but also because of the greater results in Olympic sports, such as track-and-field, swimming, shooting and weightlifting. During their time in Nay Pyi Taw, the capital city of Myanmar, Vietnamese swimmers grabbed five golds, the highest number in the country's history. Teenager Nguyen Thi Anh Vien was the most successful swimmer at the 27th Games. Taking part in eight finals, she won three medals and set two records. She was also the … [Read more...]

Social Headlines January 28

Former Deputy Minister Receives JICA Award Former Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Cao Viet Sinh was granted the Japan International Agency (JICA) Contribution Award on January 23. This award honors his contributions to Vietnam-Japan relations. JICA Vietnam Chief Representative Mori Mutsuya and fellow sponsors highly appreciated Mr. Sinh's strong negotiation skills and coordination. JICA's Contribution Award is offered to local and foreign individuals and organizations to recognize outstanding contribution to JICA activities. This year's award was granted to 10 representatives of 6 countries. Japan is currently the largest bilateral Official Development Assistance (ODA) donor in Vietnam. Japanese companies have invested about US$37 billion for over 2,000 projects in Vietnam. Hungary offers 50 scholarships to Vietnamese students Hungary has announced it will grant 50 full scholarships to Vietnamese students in the 2014-2015 academic year. The scholarships include 40 … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment Headlines January 22

Vietnamese director joins int'l theatre festival Popular theatre director Le Quy Duong is the only Vietnamese representative at the 6th Fujairah International Monodrama Festival being held in Fujairah, the United Arab Emirates from January 20-28. Organised by the Fujairah Culture and Media Authority (FCMA), the festival will host more than 300 celebrities, theatre actors and performers from 43 countries and territories all over the world. The biennial event, which made its debut in Fujairah in 2003, welcomed guests at the opening ceremony with an operetta titled Pearl of the East, performed by the Sigma Dance Group at the Al Aqah beach on January 21. Nightly one-act performances started on January 21, and participants will join round-table discussions on different topics on theatre, such as one on What's Left of Theatre: New Realities, New Trends on January 25. Young local talents will also benefit from a workshop to be held by Polish artist Jolanta Juszkiewicz on Poor Theatre … [Read more...]

Performer raises voice to keep cheo alive

Traditional songs: Artist Thanh Ngoan (third from left) and other artists during a performance of hat xam (blind busker's singing). — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Tung

Thanh Ngoan has been passionate about cheo operas since she was a child. Today, she impresses audiences with her dramatic singing voice and devotion to the ancient art. Phong Xuan and Ha Nguyen report. Cheo actress Thanh Ngoan (her real name is Nguyen Thi Bich Ngoan) has won the hearts of thousands of fans in the country for her cheo (traditional opera) singing. One fan, Ho Thi Nguyet, in Quynh Doi Village in the central province of Nghe An's Quynh Luu District, says she and almost all the villagers there are fans of Ngoan. "When we hear about her troupe's arrival in the district, we tell each other to eat dinner early so that we can go and enjoy Ngoan's singing. "We love Ngoan not only for her strong singing that attracts us, but also for her beautiful face and nice behaviour. I particularly like her eyes which always look at us in a friendly way," Nguyet says. Born in the Hong (Red) River Delta province of Thai Binh's Thai Thuy District, Ngoan has been interested in cheo since … [Read more...]

Sport Highlights for November 11

Former Italian soccer star Fabio Cannavaro will arrive in HCM City ahead of attending the 2013 Tiger Street Football tournament as an honourable ambassador.

Minh seeded No 1 at Vietnam Open Hsu Jen Hao of Chinese Taipei, world No 31, is the second seed while Yunus Alamsyah of Indonesia (No 32) and Avihingsanon Suppanyu of Thailand (No 42) are third and fourth, respectively. In the women's event, Porntip Buranaprasersuk of Thailand (No 13) is the top title contender. Vietnamese representatives Vu Thi Trang (No 118) and Le Thu Huyen (No 147) will also compete at the event. The tournament has a prize purse of US$50,000. Viet Nam face hard time in Malaysia Viet Nam will send a team of 13 athletes to the Maybank Malaysia International Challenge badminton tournament in Kuching City for five days from Tuesday. According to the draw, the Vietnamese will meet difficulties in both qualification and main rounds. In the men's singles, national No 2, Nguyen Hoang Nam, who is the only one receiving a bye to the main round, will play the tournament's No 6 seed, Wang Tzu Wei, fromTaipei in his first match. Three other men have to start from … [Read more...]

Five golden hopes of Vietnam to be absent from 27th SEA Games


VietNamNet Bridge - Many excellent athletes of Vietnam will not attend the biggest sports event in Southeast Asia for many different reasons. Truong Thanh Hang (track and field) Queen of the South East Asia medium-range running track - Truong Thanh Hang - will be absent at the 2013 SEA Games because of the injuries caused by a traffic accident while training. The heavy foot injury forces Hang to break up with the SEA Games despite her practicing efforts. According to experts, Hang's absence means that Vietnam will lose two gold medals for the women's 1,500 m and 800 m running. Phan Thi Ha Thanh (gymnastics) The reason for Ha Thanh's absence at the 27th SEA Games just because Vietnam gymnasts played excellently in the previous SEA Games, winning up to 11 out of 14 gold medals. With no chance to win medal in this sports, the host country Myanmar rejected gymnastics from the competition program. If this sport is organized, Ha Thanh will surely win at least two gold medals, experts … [Read more...]

Fake mediums abound in Vietnam, target war martyrs’ families


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

Vu Thi Hoa with alleged remains of a revolutionary martyr

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...]

Nearly 20 art troupes register to attend Hue Festival 2014

Nearly 20 art troupes register to attend Hue Festival 2014As many as 19 art troupes from 14 countries and international organisations have registered to perform at the Hue Festival 2014, according to the festival's organisers.Themed "Cultural heritage with integration and development", the festival will be held from April 12-20, 2014 with a series of national- and provincial-level historical, cultural and art events.According to Nguyen Van Thanh, an official in charge of managing the Hue Festival Centre, said the province is making efforts to improve the quality of the Hue Festivals, especially the 2014 event.Besides regular activities such as the opening and closing ceremonies, an Ao dai (Vietnamese traditional dress) fashion show, street performances and folk games, a number of new programmes will be held as a distinctive feature of next year's festival.Especially, the Ao Dai show will be combined with installation and fire art performances and contemporary dances to mark the 115 … [Read more...]