Poets highlight Vietnamese literature landmarks

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A Slovakian poet reads poems written by Ho Xuan Huong, a Vietnamese renowned female poet. Source: VNA Vietnamese poetry over the course of history and its role in the spiritual life of Vietnamese nationals were highlighted in a workshop entitled "Vietnamese poetry retains the Vietnamese spirit", held in Hanoi on March 3. The workshop was organised on the sidelines of the third international conference on promoting Vietnamese literature in Hanoi with the participation of many local and international poets. According to veteran poet Vu Quan Phuong, the origin of Vietnamese poetry can be traced back to the 10th century with written documents found in the pre-Le dynasty (980-1009), which then flourished in the Ly and Tran dynasties (1009-1225) – (1225-1400). The majority of authors during this period were Buddhist priests, leading the poetry to reflect Buddhism’s succinct style and popular thoughts. Poetry reached its peak under King Le Thanh Tong with an imperial … [Read more...]

Buses chased, seized for overloading at end of Tet

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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

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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...]

Five craft villages to visit before Lunar New Year

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VietNamNet Bridge – Paying a visit to traditional craft villages such as banh chung, peach and pomelo villages, you will feel the atmosphere of the lunar New Year (Tet holiday) in Vietnam.Tranh Khuc banh-chung making village Tranh Khuc banh chung village busy before Tet Tranh Khuc Village in Duyen Ha Commune of Thanh Tri District, Hanoi is known throughout the country for its traditional craft of making Banh chung (square glutinous rice cake). At present nearly 200 households in the village are involved in making Banh chung to supply markets on the occasion of Tet. In many homes all members of the family are involved in making Banh chung at their residence. Quantity varies from one household to another, averaging hundreds of cakes a day, but up to 1,500 cakes at Tet. In recent years, Banh chung made by Tranh Khuc villagers have been exported to many countries, including Russia, Australia and Thailand, mainly to meet the needs of overseas Vietnamese. The Banh chung produced … [Read more...]

VTV fined VND40m for false reality show

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...]