Bowls of spicy beef noodle soup warm poor workers

Customers have to pay only 1,000 VND or 23 cents for a bowl of spicy beef soup while in fact such a bowl costs 35,000 VND. (Photo:

(VOVworld) – On the first Friday of each month, a spicy beef soup eatery in Hanoi sells 1,500 bowls of soup to poor workers for less than 23 cents per bowl. The shop’s owner says this is a way of showing his sympathy for disadvantaged people. "It is less than 23 cents for a bowl of spicy beef noodle soup? How can we afford such a bowl of soup when everything else is so expensive? Can it be healthy? I feel suspicious about this." That’s the opinion of several workers about a bowl of noodle soup costing less than 23 cents. That’s barely enough to buy a small amount of noodles, not to mention the meat needed to make the dish. But it’s true! The charity program "Friday for sharing" was started by Chau Ngoc Diep, a researcher at the Vietnam Science and Technology Academy. Inspired by the hard lives of street vendors and construction workers he meets every day, Diep and his family members opened an eatery in O Cho Dua Street in Hanoi. On the first … [Read more...]

Localities struggle to deal with massive amounts of household rubbish


VietNamNet Bridge - Residents in many provinces and cities complain of too much garbage and worsening pollution, while local authorities admit they cannot find good solutions to settle the problem. Locals in Trung Son Ward in Sam Son Town in Thanh Hoa province have had to live near a dump with household garbage for 15 years. Nguyen Huu Hao, a local man, said an open dumping ground was set up there in 2000. Tens of garbage trucks gather in the place every day, producing a bad odor, polluting the air and the water sources. When asked why a dumping ground exists in residential quarters, Vo Van Quang, head of the Management Board of Construction Works in Sam Son Town, admitted that this was a big problem and that dumping grounds must be at least one kilometer from residential quarters. However, the local authorities said they cannot remove the dumping ground because "it has been there for a long time." Only three districts in Thanh Hoa province – Thach Thanh, Hoang Hoa and … [Read more...]

Motorcyclist fined for traffic violations seen in his own video clip


VietNamNet Bridge – Traffic police of Quang Xuong District in Thanh Hoa Province have imposed a heavy fine on a young man based on his own video clip featuring his dangerous driving. Recently two short video clips posted on a social network site under the nickname "Thanh Luan" attracted the special attention of netizens. The video shows a young man without a helmet driving a motorbike with his legs only. The man also "performed" many dangerous acts. The motorcycle licence plate was covered with a black sticking-plaster. Thanh Hoa police investigated and identified the man on the clips as Do Ngoc Luan, 31, residing in the village of Hop En of Quang Hop Commune in Quang Xuong District. Luan admitted he was the man in the video, which was shot on July 26 on a road in Quang Hop Commune. Luan said he shot and uploaded the video to "show off" his driving skills. The police imposed a fine of more than VND6 million ($300). Thu Ly … [Read more...]

Thanh Hoa police seize rotting animal innards

Thanh Hoa police seized 900kg of rancid innards while searching a bus traveling to Ha Noi. - Photo

HA NOI (VNS) - Traffic police in the central Thanh Hoa Province yesterday morning discovered more than 900kg of decomposing animal viscera that were being transported to Ha Noi. The rotten innards were stored in 13 styrofoam boxes in the cargo hold of a coach, which was travelling on National Road 1A in Quang Xuong District. The 39-year-old driver, Ngo Quoc Thuong, is a resident in central Quảng Ngai Province. He said the owner of the cargo, living in the central Quang Nam Province, had hired him to deliver them to restaurants in Ha Noi. The police seized the car and sent the innards to the local market watch bureau to be destroyed. - VNS … [Read more...]

Thanh Hoa: Honouring book in National Cultural Target Program


(Cinet)- Being one of some activities in National Cultural Target Program 2015, the honouring ceremony for some libraries in the mountainous districts took place on the morning of July 01. There are 07 libraries in the mountainous areas including Quan Son, Muong Lat, Hau Loc, Nga Son, Hoang Hoa, Quang Xuong and Tinh Gia. Hundreds of the book with meaningful content with a theme of law, economy, polictics, society; island and national sovereignty; agricultural technique, healthy care… were honoured for some districts with a total book of 2400 and total money of VND 125 million. Honouring book for some libraries contributed to make an various documents, increase more awareness of people to comply with the Party and the State; enhance to study, apply scientific-technical knowledge into production and meet a cultural enjoyment of people. Also, the provincial library proposed that some cadres should quickly make procedures of book arrangement, solve technique and turn book into … [Read more...]

An old pipe-tobacco processing village in central Vietnam


VietNamNet Bridge – People in Thuong Dinh village in Quang Xuong district in Thanh Hoa province harvest tobacco. Tobacco plants are grown in September and harvested in April-May of the next year. Local farmers said they have to take care of the trees very carefully, otherwise they will be attacked by fungus. At this time, villages of Thuong Dinh are busy harvesting tobacco leaves. After plucking the leaves, farmers will keep tobacco leaves in plastic bags for four to five days to have a special aroma and then roll leaves into 2m tobacco rolls. They will then cut these tobacco rolls into small fibers and dry them under the sun. After tobacco fibers are dried, they will be packed for sale. Prices are around VND300,000-VND400,000 per kilo ($13-18). In addition to harvesting the leaves, farmers collect seeds to serve the following season. … [Read more...]

Thanh Hoa sea festival opens


The opening ceremony features many traditional art performances NDO – The 2015 Thanh Hoa Sea Festival opened at Sam Son town, Thanh Hoa province on April 29, as a part of activities to celebrate the 2015 National Tourism Year – Thanh Hoa. During the event, a wide range of traditional art performances were held, featuring the beauty of the local beaches and people, and promoting the potential for economic and tourism development. To the festival, the visitors will have an opportunity to enjoy cultural, sport activities and special food of Thanh Hoa or visit well-known relics with various tours such as Ho Dynasty Citadel World Cultural Heritage, the Special National Site of Lam Kinh, the Cam Luong fish stream tourist site, Ba Trieu Temple. Sam Son beach is one of beautiful beaches in Vietnam with a series of historical sites and relics. Sam Son town has more than 400 accommodations offering 11,000 rooms, among of them is FLC Sam Son Beach & Golf Resort with 600 … [Read more...]

Thanh Hoa – Land to connect world heritages


The Ho Dynasty Citadel in Thanh Hoa was recognised by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage site in 2011. (Photo: VNA) Thanh Hoa, renowned for its Dong Son culture, has province has been selected to host the 2015 National Tourism Year with the theme ‘Connecting World Heritage’, Nhan Dan newspaper reported. The opening week for National Tourism Year-Thanh Hoa 2015 is taking place in Thanh Hoa from April 3-10, and is being marked with 10 events, which include a requiem for war martyrs; the 50th anniversary of the Ham Rong Victory; the announcement of the Ma River tour; and the Festival of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Vietnam recognised by UNESCO. Earlier, Thanh Hoa presented master plans on developing tourism in the province until 2020 with a vision to 2030 to improve the quality of tourism, the paper said. Accordingly, Thanh Hoa has completed 11 general projects and 17 particular projects on upgrading tourism sites and connecting tourism services. The province … [Read more...]

Police fine company for carrying 117 passengers in 37-seat coach


VietNamNet Bridge – Quang Ninh authorities suspended the operations of a coach after it was found carrying 117 people on February 24. They suspended operations and fined the Ka Long Transport Company VND85 million (over $4,000). Ka Long Company has been asked to check and report the case to the Department of Transportation of Quang Ninh Province before March 10. At around 8pm on February 24, a group of traffic police of Tinh Gia District in Thanh Hoa province stopped the coach for traffic rule violations, but the driver fled. The coach was then caught in Quang Xuong District in Thanh Hoa Province. The police found that this coach had up to 117 passengers while it is only allowed to carry 37 people. The driver, Tran Van Phon, 30 years old, said the coach was on the way from Nghe An to Mong Cai (Quang Ninh). Thanh Hoa police seized the vehicle, and is holding the driving license for 30 days. My Hang … [Read more...]

Buses chased, seized for overloading at end of Tet


Police in Thanh Hoa Province chased and seized two passenger buses for overloading in the losing days of the Tet holiday, as thousands struggle to find transport back to work. An overloaded passenger bus Major Le Hong Thai, from the provincial traffic police department, said the overloaded buses were spotted by police on National Highway 1A in Gia Tinh District while moving from central Nghe An Province and northern Quang Ninh Province. The bus drivers failed to obey an order to stop and police gave chase, calling in support from units ahead. The buses were halted 20km down the highway, in Quang Xuong District. One bus was carrying 117 passengers, nearly triple its licensed 37 passenger capacity while the other bus was carrying 74 passengers, compared to permitted 34. Le Anh Tuan, vice chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, ordered the local department of transport to mobilise six buses to get the passengers to their destinations. The cars were fined a combined … [Read more...]

Poor parents in Ho Chi Minh City spend Tet far from home


To save more money for their young children in their homelands, many parents, who left other provinces, mostly in the north, to work in Ho Chi Minh City choose to have a lonely Lunar New Year (Tet) away from home even though they have not gone home for many years. Though it costs around VND2 million (US$96) for a two-way coach ticket between Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, they accept missing their children and relatives during the Tet season, which arrives in a week. Many of them have not gone home to visit their families for seven years. Not only do they save the transport fee, they can also find extra jobs during the Tet holiday to make more money. Holding a photo of her five-year old son, Nguyen Thi Thao tried to hold back her tears. After leaving her hometown in coastal Quang Xuong District of Thanh Hoa Province in the north-central region ten years ago, she has not gone home for two years. Her tears dropped on the photo of her son and the gift she has prepared to ask her … [Read more...]

Solid waste piles up as country industrialises

A waste disposal factory in Quang Tan commune, Thanh Hoa province that helps to handle the solid waste disposed by five communes across Quang Xuong district and the neighbouring Le Mon Industrial Park (Photo: VNA) Solid waste continues to increase rapidly throughout the country, and is expected to reach a high rate of 44 million tonnes annually, starting this year, a report from the Centre for Environmental Monitoring Portal (CEM) has warned. According to the report, which was issued late last week, accelerating industrialisation and urbanisation, along with a population explosion, are the major causes for this surge. The CEM, under the Vietnam Environment Administration, stressed that solid waste from big cities and industrial zones stood at the highest level, some 50.8 tonnes, or 22.1 percent of the country's total. Unless adequate measures and legislation are put in place to control this, solid waste will continue to build at an alarming rate, the report pointed out, … [Read more...]

VTV fined VND40m for false reality show


Vietnam Television (VTV) has been fined VND40m by the Ministry of Information and Communication for broadcasting an episode of the reality programmed "The 7th Wish" about a street singer couple, which contained falsehoods. VTV apologised to its viewers and issued a public correction on January 17. It said production of "The 7th Wish" programme had stopped while a review of production processes was undertaken. The programme's head editor and director were suspended and may face further punishment. Vice inspector Do Thi Tinh signed the order on January 19 to fine VTV for violating regulations about journalistic and publishing activities and causing negative public opinion. But because VTV had quickly corrected the mistakes and collaborated with authorities to deal with the case, the fine was limited to the lightest possible, that is, VND40m, Tinh said. The reality show "The 7th Wish", which is broadcast by VTV3, helps make people's wishes come true. In the most recent episode, … [Read more...]

Vietnam Television investigates untrue reality show


The Vietnam Television (VTV) is investigating 'The 7th Wish' programme after it was found one of the episodes, about a street singer couple, was untrue. The reality show "The 7th Wish", which is broadcast by VTV3, helps make people's wishes come true. The show's director, Lai Bac Hai Dang, admitted on October 8, 2014, that one emotional episode was halted because it was found the story of one of the characters contained falsehoods. But the episode still went to air on January 10. Apparently the idea for the episode came from a VTV contributor. Head secretary of VTV, Truong Ha Nam, said an investigation is underway. The problematic episode featured street singer couple of Nguyen Nhu Dao and Nguyen Nhat Thanh. It attracted considerable sympathy from viewers. In the episode storyline, Thanh is the only son of a good family in Quang Xuong Commune, Thanh Hoa Province, and graduated Vietnam National Academy of Music. Despite family prejudice, he fell in love and married with a poor blind … [Read more...]

Vietnam Television apologises over untrue reality show


Vietnam Television (VTV) has apologised to its viewers about false information in a recent episode of "The 7th Wish" reality programme featuring a street singer couple. Nguyen Nhat Thanh and Nguyen Nhu Dao The reality show "The 7th Wish", which is broadcast by VTV3, helps make people's wishes come true. In the most recent episode, featuring a love story about street singer couple Nguyen Nhu Dao and Nguyen Nhat Thanh, helped the duo compete on the "Sao Mai Diem Hen" music contest programme. After the episode was broadcast, a viewer alleged some of the facts in their story were untrue. Vietnam Television conducted an investigation and came to the same conclusion. "The crew did not follow protocol verifying the facts and carelessly broadcasted the episode," VTV said in a statement. "Vietnam Television will tighten its inspection procedures and take appropriate action over transgressions." "Vietnam Television accepts all responsibility and sincerely apologises to the families of … [Read more...]

List of 127 national projects calling for foreign investment

VGP - PM Nguyen Tan Dung has approved a list of 127 national projects calling for foreign investment from now to 2020. The projects are categorized into five: technical infrastructure, social infrastructure, agriculture, processing and preserving and production-service sectors. No.ProjectLocalityTotal Capital(million USD)Investment modelContactI. TECHNICAL INFRASTRUCTURE 1.1 Traffic infrastructure I.1.1 Roads 1 North-South expressway project, Ninh Binh - Thanh Hoa segment and Thanh Hoa - Nghi Son segment. Ninh Binh, Thanh Hoa 1,867 PPP Management Board of PPP projects under the Ministry of Transport No. 80 Tran Hung Dao street, Ha Noi Tel: 84-4-39410775 2 Dau Giay - Phan Thiet expressway. Dong Nai, Binh Duong 757 PPP Management board of PPP projects under the Ministry of Transport No. 80 Tran Hung Dao street, Ha Noi Tel: 84-4-39410775 3 Bien Hoa - Vung Tau expressway. Dong Nai, Bà Rịa - Vung Tau 1,175 PPP, ODA … [Read more...]

Army units active in gratitude activities


PANO - Hospital 354 under the General Department of Logistics on July 31st teamed with other organs in Thanh Hoa province to provide free health checkups and medicines to 1,200 local war invalids, sick soldiers, relatives of martyrs, Agent Orange/Dioxin victims, veterans, elderly and poor people in Quang Nham and Quang Thach communes, Quang Xuong district. The hospital also presented gifts to 20 policy beneficiaries and medical equipment to Quang Thach communal medical station. … [Read more...]

Chinese-labeled bags with strange matter found on Vietnam central coast

These strange bags were spotted along the beaches in Sam Son Town and two districts of Quang Xuong and Hoang Hoa, according to officials.

Fishermen in some localities in the Vietnamese central province of Thanh Hoa have found about 100 bags containing unidentified substance with foul smell drifted ashore from unknown location over the last few days, local authorities reported Friday. In Sam Son, about 50 bags were collected while around 30 and 15 bags were found in the above districts, respectively. These bags have many Chinese characters on them, but most of them were too blurred to see, except for two big words "Feng Yuan" in blue, according to the People's Committee of Sam Son town. There is also a dim round logo below these two words, the committee said. These sacks contained an unknown type of clotted powder that produced stinking odor, some fishermen who had opened the bags said. Local authorities, in conjunction with police and border guard forces, have gathered all of the sacks in one place and buried them underground. Thanh Hoa police have taken samples of the substance and sent them to a … [Read more...]