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...]

Art & Entertainment News 20/1

Cheo Theatre stages traditional opera with a twist A new show combining Cheo (traditional opera) and Water Puppetry is currently being staged daily between 5.30 and 6.30pm at the Ha Noi Cheo Theatre, 15 Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street. Entitled "Long Thanh Dien Xuong" or the Thang Long Citadel Singing Show, the act features folk dances, traditional opera, Xam singing (folk music performed by blind beggars), and Chau Van (chamber singing performed through trance rituals in honour of Mother goddesses), which are either illustrated through or mixed with Water Puppetry. VTV1 to broadcast documentary on Son Doong Cave A latest documentary on the biggest cave known in the world—Son Doong—located in the central province of Quang Binh, will be broadcast on VTV1 on February 14. The documentary will feature magnificent scenes from inside the cave that still carry ancient traces of animal and plant drawings, as well as of the people, who made the great contribution of discovering the … [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...]

Social News 10/1


Facelift for HCM City Post Office stirs criticism Relate news HCM City Post Office gets facelift after 40 years A facelift for HCM City's 130-year-old post office has stirred critics for being too garish, even through the colours used matched those of the original building that is a landmark of the city. The building, at 2 Paris Commune in District 1 was built in 1886 by the French colonial government and, along with the Notre Dame Cathedral and Saigon Tax Centre, is considered a symbol of HCM City, making it a popular destination for foreign tourists and attracting thousands of visitors a day. Local authorities spent nearly VND5b to restore the façade, the project starting in September 2014 and scheduled for completion ahead of next month's Tet. The post office is decorated mainly in orange-yellow with white trim and highlights, which was its original colouring and symbolised the colours of the Vietnam post and telecommunication industry. On January 6, the … [Read more...]

Top 10 high-profile entertainment, culture events in Vietnam in 2014


Tuoi Tre News offers readers a review of the 10 most attention-grabbing entertainment, culture and lifestyle events during the year 2014, which is drawing to an end. Trang An named Vietnam’s first UNESCO-recognized mixed heritage The Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex in Ninh Binh Province in northern Vietnam was inscribed on the World Heritage List of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) during its June 25, 2014 session in Doha, Qatar. The complex became the country’s first site to be globally acknowledged as a mixed natural and cultural property. 2. "Vi," "Giam" folk songs in central Vietnam listed as UNESCO Cultural Heritage of Humanity "Vi" and "Giam" folk songs typical of the north-central Vietnamese provinces of Nghe An and Ha Tinh were acknowledged by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage on November 27. "Vi" and "Giam" folk songs are typically sung while people cultivate rice in the fields, row … [Read more...]

Administrative Reform Is Development Motivation


On its progression from an agriculture-based province to an industrial one, Thai Binh province experienced enormous difficulties in investment attraction in the early stage. But, with infrastructure development, strong international economic integration process and lessons drawn in recent years, Thai Binh has sped up public administration reform and built more opening and friendlier investment environment to attract more domestic and foreign investors. In a meeting with Vietnam Business Forum Magazine's reporter, Chairman of Thai Binh Provincial People's Committee Pham Van Sinh said, "Thai Binh province is producing new advantages and we are always ready to cooperate with and invite investors." Ngo Khuyen reports.The government of Thai Binh province said it still has a lot of untapped potential and more emerging advantages when it attended investment promotion activities. What are the new advantages? … [Read more...]

Bac Giang City: New Look, New Stature


In recent years, Bac Giang has made strong and continuous transformation that helps the province achieve new outcomes, contributing to its overall development. These achievements across all areas in the reform process have created momentum and are an important prerequisite for Bac Giang to continue to achieve better performance. This helps Bac Giang become a big city with strong potential for the future.New look … [Read more...]

Vietnam footballer gets 30 months for betting on own Asian game


A Vietnam court sentenced a local footballer to 30 months in prison and gave suspended sentences to eight of his teammates on Monday for betting on their own game at an Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup in March. Nine players from the country's top-flight V-League club The Vissai Ninh Binh were convicted of illegal gambling during a trial in northern Ninh Binh Province, where the club is headquartered. … [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...]

Girl missing as Vietnam dam suspected to flood river


One student is still missing in northern Vietnam after she and six others were swept away Sunday in a flood allegedly caused by a local hydropower plant. Lo Van Xuong, chairman of Ta Gia Commune of Lai Chau Province's Than Uyen District, said nearly 200 people have been searching along the banks of Nam Mu River but they are yet to find Sung Thi Do, 10. Do and her schoolmates, all of H'Mong ethnic group, were on their way back to their boarding school after spending the weekend at their home village, about eight kilometers from school. They decided to walk across the river at around 10:30 a.m. when they saw water was just knee-deep. However, the river rose suddenly when they were midstream and swept them away. Two nearby locals managed to save six of them, including five boys and one girls, after they heard the children's screams for help. Chairman Xuong suspected that the Ban Chat hydropower plant in the district may have caused the flood when it opened the floodgates. The … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 3/4

Australia's DeepBlue to perform in Hanoi Australia's DeepBlue orchestra will entertain audiences with their unique rich mix of classical, pop and film music at Radio the Voice of Vietnam Theatre in Hanoi on April 8. The group will then continue their trans-Vietnam tour which includes three headline concerts at this year's Hue Festival 2014. Free tickets to the performance themed "Who Are You" will be available at the Australian Embassy in Hanoi from April 3. One of the finalists on Australia's Got Talent in 2011, DeepBlue is part band, part orchestra and part theatre delivered with magnificent sound, lighting, images and stories. "It's such our honour to be invited to perform at the opening ceremony of Hue Festival 2014," said Greta Kelly, DeepBlue violinist. "We also feel lucky to have three shows at Thai Hoa Eastern Stage and An Dinh Palace during the festival and are looking forward to an international cultural exchange in the city," she concluded. Hanoi exhibition … [Read more...]

Folk tunes nominated for albums of the year

Making her mark: Ha Noi-based singer Tan Nhan's Yem Dao Xuong Pho (Village Damsel Walking down the Street) has been nominated for the Devotion Prize for Best Album presented annually by The Thao & Van Hoa newspaper. — VNS File Photo

HCM CITY— Ha Noi-based folk singers Tan Nhan and Ngo Hong Quang are making their mark on the local music scene, with their first CD nominated for the 2013 Devotion Prize for Best Album by the Vietnam News Agency's The Thao & Van Hoa (Sports & Culture) newspaper. After beating albums recorded by pop stars like Dam Vinh Hung and Hoang Thuy Linh, Nhan and Quang were nominated for their success in singing jazz and modern folk music. The prize will be voted by nearly 100 music critics and reporters from prestigious newspapers and magazines across the country. Nhan's Yem Dao Xuong Pho (Village Damsel Walking down the Street) includes seven folk songs combining cheo (traditional opera) and jazz. She was accompanied by several instruments, including cymbals. Nhan, 32, worked with musician Tran Manh Hung, who is experienced in jazz, to challenge her vocal range. "Hung helped me combine traditional cheo and jazz, making a new style luring young audiences," she said. Surprisingly, … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 31/3

Most Venerable Thich Tri Tinh.

Funeral held for Most Venerable Thich Tri Tinh The Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (VBS) on March 29 held a solemn memorial service at Van Duc pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City's Thu Duc district for the Most Venerable Thich Tri Tinh, who passed away the day before at the age of 98. Born in 1917 in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap, Most Venerable Thich Tri Tinh took positions as First Deputy Patriarch and Chairman of the VBS Executive Council, and Deputy Chairman of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee during his lifetime. He made significant contributions to gathering Buddhist followers in and out of the country to jointly build a strong Vietnam Buddhist Sangha. He was conferred with a number of noble distinctions of the Party and State, including the Ho Chi Minh Order, Independence Order (first class), and Great National Unity Order. The funeral, which will run until April 2, has received a lot of attention from mourners nationwide. Party Secretary General Nguyen … [Read more...]