First VN coach transport company hires foreign CEO

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VietNamNet Bridge - Many passengers of the private coach firm Phuong Trang were very surprised when a tall foreign man, who could not speak Vietnamese but was always smiling and friendly, was dedicated to helping them. Tony Williamson talks with passengers. Tony Williamson – the new CEO of Phuong Trang Transportation Company - wears a black suit and has crew-cut gray hair. He is the first foreign manager in the transportation industry of Vietnam. "We will occupy the first position in Vietnam on transport by bus. In that position, we can lead, force other transporting firms to compete and improve services. Finally, your people and your country will benefit," he said. Williamson took the position before the Lunar New Year 2015, at a time when Phuong Trang was overloaded. These days, at the Western Bus Station (HCM City), people can see a foreign man running around the orange-color coaches to guide and carry luggage for passengers. Those who do not know that he is the CEO … [Read more...]

Homemade explosives easy to buy, but take heavy toll in Vietnam

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A young Ho Chi Minh City man has not attempted to create explosives since losing his left hand when an unintended explosion took place on February 3. Photo courtesy of Tuoi Tre Explosives are as easy to buy in Vietnam as meat, and playing with them as if they were toys has become a trend among the youths, some of whom were victims of accidents last month. The price for playing with explosives often comes in blood and bone. Vietnamese laws only allow fully state-owned companies to become licensed to use, trade or produce industrial explosives, but Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper uncovered that online forums have been up and operating for several years, which now have many members who gather online to discuss producing explosives and related activities. The members said there are hundreds of combinations of chemicals that produce different explosive sounds and colors. They mentioned more than ten destinations where such chemicals can be obtained in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, including … [Read more...]

Serious traffic accident kills three, injures many

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In a serious traffic accident at 7.45am this morning, August 22, three people were killed and several others injured when a truck rammed into a 50-seater passenger bus on the Da Lat-Nha Trang Route in Sar Commune of Lac Duong District in Lam Dong Province. According to initial information, a 50-seater bus belonging to the Phuong Trang Transport Company traveling from Dalat to Nha Trang was hit by a sand truck, which was coming from the opposite direction. Among the three killed was one truck staff, 40-year-old Nguyen Van Hoi, a resident of Da Lat; an unidentified passenger; and one assistant bus driver, 25-year-old Cao Minh Son, from Quang Binh Province. … [Read more...]

Activities launched to support students during entrance exams

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The Student Support Center in Ho Chi Minh City has announced that the program Tiep Suc Mua Thi (Support Students in University Entrance Exam) which was launched by the Vietnam Students' Association will resume from June 3 till the end of the exams. Under the program, students' associations, students support centers and youth unions of 40 universities and colleges in the city will offer free meals, bus tickets, maps and free or inexpensive lodgings to candidates and their relatives. Quach Hai Dat, director of the HCMC Students Support Center, said the center had prepared 60,000 free meals and 40,000 lodging houses, including more than 8,500 gratis ones, for candidates from low income families. Dat added that the center along with Phuong Trang Transport Company will pick up 100 poor students from the southern provinces of Tay Ninh, Dong Thap, Tien Giang, Ben Tre and the central province of Binh Thuan to bring to exam venues in the city for free. In addition, the organizers will … [Read more...]

Transport firms on road to higher fares

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Scores of Ho Chi Minh City-based transport firms are weighing up hiking fares on the back of escalating fuel costs. illustration photo The recent fuel price surge on March 29 made a number of transport firms mull plans to hike fares. Accordingly, a litre of petrol jumped 10 per cent to VND21,300 ($1.02) from VND19,300, while a litre of diesel rose from VND18,300 to VND21,000. The increase followed an 18 per cent hike on February 24. Ho Chi Minh City Union of Transport Cooperatives director Phung Dang Hai suggested a 10 per cent hike to current fare levels. "Otherwise, transport firms can not offset operating costs," Hai said. The 10 per cent hike was also the ceiling level members of the Ho Chi Minh City Taxis Association will shortly apply, said its chairman Ta Long Hy. Sixteen out of 32 taxis firms are reportedly operating in the southern growth engine and they will soon add VND600 to VND1,000 per square kilometre to current fares. Ho Chi Minh City Goods Transport … [Read more...]

National Day brings sudden boom to travel industry

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A four-day weekend means travel will be popular and keep the transportation sources busy during Vietnam's National Day. During the National Day holiday, Hanoi's My Dinh Bus Station expects to see an increase in the number of passengers traveling on shorter routes to Viet Tri City, Thai Nguyen City, Cam Pha Town, Cao Bang and Thanh Hoa provinces as well as longer routes such as Vinh City, Son La, Ha Giang and Dien Bien provinces. Nguyen Manh Tien, Manager of the My Dinh Bus Station said, "We will coordinate with transportation companies to mobilise 60 additional buses [for the holiday]. We are determined to strictly adhere to safety regulations and keeping our passengers in the best of care while using our services." Tien added, "This year's National Day holiday is close to the great celebration of Hanoi's 1,000 year anniversary so there will be a massive number of tourists visiting the city." Nguyen Nhu Truc, Manager of Gia Lam Bus Station shared, "The number of passengers … [Read more...]

Nation sets off for national holidays

With all public and private offices closed for four days on national holidays, tens of thousands of residents in big cities are preparing to come back hometown or flock to tourist hotpots, causing a dearth of bus, airplane and train tickets. Nguyen Thi Huyen Trang of HCM City 's district 4 had to stand two hours in the queue this week to buy a bus ticket for April 29 to Bao Loc Town in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong. She said she is going to her hometown to visit her parents during the long holiday starting on April 30, the Liberation Day. She was afraid bus tickets will not be available and so buy well in advance. Phuong Trang Transport Company, one of the major operators on this route, has no tickets left for April 30. It has also run out of seats on the HCM City-Gia Lai province, HCM City-Buon Ma Thuot routes. Thuong Thanh Hai, deputy head of HCM City 's Eastern Bus Terminal, said the number of passengers travelling during the holiday is likely to be 100 … [Read more...]

Nation hits the road for national holidays

Nguyen Thi Huyen Trang of HCM City 's district 4 had to stand two hours in the queue this week to buy a bus ticket for April 29 to Bao Loc Town in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong. She said she is going to her hometown to visit her parents during the long holiday starting on April 30, the Liberation Day. With all public and private offices closed for four days, she was afraid bus tickets will not be available and so búy well in advance. Phuong Trang Transport Company, one of the major operators on this route, has no tickets left for April 30. … [Read more...]

Quality coaches for Tet deficient

HCMC - Most transport companies in HCMC and other provinces announced on Monday that deluxe coach service for the Lunar New Year holidays, or Tet, has been sold out. As observed by the Daily on Monday at Mien Dong Coach Station in Binh Thanh District in eastern HCMC, most ticket agents shook their heads when passengers asked for tickets to their central and northern provinces. The hustle to buy deluxe class tickets at the Mien Dong Coach Station - Photo: Quoc Hung Tet falls on January 26 and the height of this season's transport demand will be from January 15 to January 24. According to Mien Dong Coach Station, demand for coach service is up 10% over last year. Vu Ngoc Duc of Phuong Trang Transport Company told clients on Monday that there were no more tickets to Qui Nhon, Danang, Nha Trang, Dalat and other provinces over these nine days. "We only have 20 coaches through Mien Dong Coach Station, not enough for the higher demand," Duc told the Daily. He said the company on Monday … [Read more...]

Photos: Overseas Vietnamese around the world welcome Lunar New Year

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VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnamese embassies have held many activities for local communities of overseas Vietnamese to welcome the Lunar New Year 2016. Vietnamese all over Turkey gathered in the capital of Ankara on January 23 to attend a meeting and a spring welcome program held by the Vietnamese Embassy in Turkey. The meeting took place in a warm atmosphere, characterized with Vietnamese culture with traditional dishes such as banh chung, spring rolls, pork pies... and traditional songs and dances. On the evening of January 29, in Vientiane, the Embassy of Vietnam in Laos hosted a banquet to welcome the Lunar New Year 2016. Ambassador Nguyen Manh Hung conveyed Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong’s best New Year wishes to Lao leaders and guests attending the banquet. Lao Deputy Prime Minister Phankham Viphavan, confidently stated that the special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two Parties, States and peoples are an invaluable asset … [Read more...]

Banks offer money transfer promos

Dollar transactions at Vietcombank headquarters in Ha Noi. Several commercial banks offer many promotional programmes for customers when using money transfer services during the Tet holiday. — VNA/VNS Photo Tran Viet

HA NOI (VNS) — Commercial banks have put on many promotional programmes for their money transfer services leading up to Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday. According to online newspaper VnExpress, incoming remittances normally grow prior to the traditional Tet holiday, so many banks including DongA Bank, Vietcombank, Vietinbank, SeABank and HDBank have adopted new measures to benefit from this market movement. DongA Money Transfer Company under the DongA Bank offers a VND300 million (US$13,700) lucky programme for recipients of remittances at the bank. Recipients of remittances at Vietinbank also have the chance to win many presents such as motorcycles and television sets. A representative from DongA Money Transfer Company said that remittances at Tet often increase sharply, and this year would be better since the holiday fell near the end of January when overseas Vietnamese and Vietnamese workers abroad often get their salaries and send it to their relatives at home. Therefore, … [Read more...]

OVs worldwide welcome traditional Tet

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Overseas Vietnamese throughout the world are celebrating the lunar New Year festival (Tet) with a broad array of cultural activities. The Vietnam Embassy in Laos has hold a ceremony in Vientiane for overseas Vietnamese to welcome the lunar New Year. Participants enjoyed traditional Vietnamese cuisine and art performances. Nguyen Thi Nuong, a Vietnamese Laotian said, "We are happy and grateful to the Embassy for organizing such a meaningful event for us to turn our hearts and souls to the fatherland as Tet approaches and teach our younger generations about their origins". 300 overseas Vietnamese, businesses, students, and international friends attended a ceremony held by the Vietnamese Embassy in the UK on January 31 to celebrate lunar New Year 2016. Ambassador Nguyen Van Thao briefed participants on Vietnam’s major achievements in 2015. He asked overseas Vietnamese and Vietnamese students studying in the UK to stay united and do their best in their life and work to … [Read more...]

Overseas Vietnamese worldwide welcome lunar New Year festival

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(VOVworld) – The Vietnamese Embassy in Laos held a ceremony on Sunday in Vientiane for overseas Vietnamese to welcome the lunar New Year. Participants enjoyed traditional Vietnamese cuisine and art performances. Nguyen Thi Nuong is a Vietnamese Laotian: "We are happy and grateful to the Embassy for organizing such a meaningful event for us to turn our hearts and souls to the fatherland as Tet approaches and teach our younger generations about their origins." 300 overseas Vietnamese, businesses, students, and international friends attended a ceremony held by the Vietnamese Embassy in the UK on Sunday to celebrate lunar New Year 2016. Ambassador Nguyen Van Thao briefed participants on Vietnam’s major achievements in 2015. He asked overseas Vietnamese and Vietnamese students studying in the UK to stay united and do their best in their life and work to contribute to Vietnam-UK relations and promote Vietnam’s image abroad. A get-together was held for overseas … [Read more...]

Chung cakes for the needy

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PANO - A chung cake (traditional Vietnamese rice cake) wrapping program for the needy in 2016 will take place on January 30th and 31st at the Culture-Tourism Village of Vietnamese Ethnic Minority Groups in Ba Vi District on the outskirts of Hanoi. The event is expected to attract the participation of 500 people, including Buddhists from Phap Van and Khai Nguyen pagodas, youths from Son Tay town, Co Dong, Yen Binh and Yen Bai communes and troops of Army Officers Training School 1 to wrap 1,200 chung cakes for wounded and sick soldiers, orphans, ethnic minority people, and needy people in Son La, Ha Giang, and Cao Bang provinces, as well as victims of agent orange. Launched for the first time last year, the program aims to introduce special cultural features of Vietnamese traditional Tet (Lunar New Year) festival to both domestic and international friends, making contributions to preserving and promoting invaluable traditional cultural values of the country. It is also an … [Read more...]

Meeting, military parade and march in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the August Revolution and National Day (02 September)

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The 70th anniversary of the August Revolution (19 August, 1945-19 August, 2015) and National Day of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam (02 September, 1945-02 September, 2015) was marked by a grand meeting, military parade and march organized at the historic Ba Dinh Square on 2 September by the Central Committee of the Party, National Assembly, the State President, the Government, the Central Committee of the Viet Nam Fatherland Front and Hanoi City. Attending the event were Party Central Committee General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, former Party General Secretaries Le Kha Phieu, and Nong Duc Manh, Party Politburo member and State President Truong Tan Sang, former Politburo members and Presidents Le Duc Anh, Tran Duc Luong, and Nguyen Minh Triet, member of the Party Politburo and Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, former Politburo member and Prime Minister Phan Van Khai, former Politburo member and Chairman of the National Assembly Nguyen Van An, member of the Party Politburo and Chairman … [Read more...]

Vietnamese in Australia raise fund for homeland islanders

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VGP - More than AUD25,000 (US$17,750) have been raised by overseas Vietnamese and Vietnamese representative offices in Sydney, Australia to support the "For beloved Hoang Sa and Truong Sa" club. At a event, Ms. Truong My Hoa, former Vice State President and Head of the club, talked about the operation of the " For beloved Hoang Sa and Truong Sa" club established by the Vu A Dinh scholarship fund in August 2014. She also highlighted that the Club and fund have received support from hundreds of individuals and organisations. She said in addition to 60,000 scholarships presented to needy excellent ethnic students, the Vu A Dinh scholarship fund has carried out a line-up of education projects as well as built schools, sanitation and fresh water facilities and bridges in mountainous and island areas. On this occasion, Hoa presented the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union’s certificates of merit to the Vietnamese Consulate General in Sydney, the Vietnamese Business Association of … [Read more...]

Vietnamese lychees sell well in Australia despite uncompetitive price

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The Vietnamese lychees exported to Australia, the first of its kind licensed to be shipped to the foreign market starting in May, has already sold out, far better than expectations, government website chinhphu.vn reported. About 30 metric tons of the Vietnamese fruits have already been consumed by Australian shoppers since being put on sale on Monday last week in Melbourne, in the state of Victoria, following a program called "Vietnamese Lychee Day." The program, co-run by the Vietnam Trade Office under the Vietnamese Embassy and the Vietnam Business Association in Australia, was welcomed by overseas Vietnamese and Vietnamese students, as well as Australian and international travelers in Melbourne, Tran Ba Phuc, chairman of the association, told chinhphu.vn. The Vietnamese fruits can compete with Chinese lychees given their quality and nice-looking skin, Phuc added. Nguyen Thi Hoang Thuy, a commercial counselor at the Vietnamese Embassy in Australia, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) … [Read more...]

Vietnamese-Hungarian and Hungarian-Vietnamese dictionaries introduced

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For the first time, two versions of a dictionary of Vietnamese-Hungarian, Hungarian-Vietnamese language have been compiled and introduced in Budapest, Hungary by author Tran Dinh Kiem, a former overseas Vietnamese student, a diplomat and a journalist in Hungary. Among a series of activities celebrating 65 years of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Hungary, the event was held at the Thang Long Center in Budapest on June 19th, with the participation of many Vietnamese and Hungarian visitors, including many former Hungarian diplomatic leaders. Speaking at the launching ceremony, Counselor of the Vietnamese Embassy in Hungary Nguyen Viet Khue appreciated the efforts of the author, who compiled and self-printed the two versions of the dictionary. Not only is the dictionary very useful for the Vietnamese community in Hungary, but as the statement of Vietnamese Ambassador to Hungary Nguyen Thanh Tuan, the two versions of the dictionary are more meaningful when Hungary is … [Read more...]

Vietnam cbank stocking foreign currencies after intervening in forex market

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The State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) is buying foreign currencies from the local market to increase the national foreign exchange reserves, a move it stopped for five months already, Nguyen Van Binh, Governor of the central bank, said at a conference in Hanoi on Saturday. The exchange rate between the Vietnamese dong and the U.S. dollar has been stabilized after the SBV devalued the dong by one percent earlier this month to stop market expectation of further depreciation of the local currency against the greenback, Binh said. The rate adjustment, taking effect on January 7, has limited the speculation of the greenback and bolstered the SBV’s foreign exchange policy, Binh said at the conference. Regarding the future exchange rate, Binh reiterated the SBV’s orientation announced earlier this year that the dong will not be devalued by over two percent against the greenback. With national foreign exchange reserves at over US$35 billion, this helps the central bank to make … [Read more...]

Vietnamese citizens in Australia raise fund to support the homeland’s sea and islands

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More than AUD3,600 has been raised by overseas Vietnamese and Vietnamese representative offices in Sydney, Australia to support the "For beloved Hoang Sa and Truong Sa" club on November 11. At a event, Ms. Truong My Hoa, former Vice State President and Head of the club, talked about the operation of the " For beloved Hoang Sa and Truong Sa" club established by the Vu A Dinh scholarship fund. She also expressed her hope that patriotism and national unity would continue to be promoted in future. She also informed that the Vu A Dinh scholarship fund has built two primary schools on Truong Sa island district with money raised by the "For beloved Hoang Sa and Truong Sa" club. Participants at the event suggested to organizing more fundraising activities such as cultural exchanges or art performances./. … [Read more...]