Social News 15/10

Family farms key to sustainability Sustainable family farming could help solve hunger and food production problems in Viet Nam, UN food security officials said during a celebration yesterday of the 34th World Food Day in the northern province of Quang Ninh's Hong Phong Commune. The commune, where many households farm together and women play an important role, embodied this year's theme: Family Farming: Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, … [Read more...]

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Social News 20/9

USAID grants US$1.5 mil to HCM City's metro project The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) and the Ho Chi Minh City Management Authority for Urban Railways signed a grant agreement on September 18 for a feasibility study on fully integrated information solutions for the central control of a metro system in HCM City. This is the third time USTDA has provided non-refundable aid to help the city implement an urban railway system. Bui Xuan Cuong, head of the Ho Chi Minh City Management … [Read more...]

Sports News 4/9

Women's football team prepares for ASIAD 17 The national women's football team on September 3 flew to China for a training camping preparation for the upcoming 2014 Asian Games (ASIAD 17) to take place in Incheon, the Republic of Korea later this month. During the training camp, the team plays a friendly match with a Chinese team on September 5. Upon returning to Vietnam, they plan to continue training at the Hanoi National Sport Training Center. Previously, chief coach Mai Duc Chung … [Read more...]

Troops help improve ethnic peoples’ living standards

Troops help a family in Yen Son village, Tri Le commune. Photo:

PANO - The Economy-Defence Unit 4 under Military Zone 4 has been active in supporting H'mong ethnic minority people in Tri Le commune, Que Phong district, Nghe An province to boost socio-economic development. With its two investment projects, the unit has helped the localities access to electricity and fresh water. … [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 … [Read more...]

Rare salamander found at central Vietnam sanctuary


A rare species of salamander, an amphibian which resembles a lizard, has recently been discovered at a wildlife sanctuary in Nghe An Province in central Vietnam. … [Read more...]

Social News 21/7

Three dead, three injured in lightning strikes in Lao Cai Heavy rain mixed with thunder and lightning killed three children and injured three others in the north-western province of Lao Cai on July 19. The six were struck by lightning at around 4:03pm while they were grazing their buffalo and taking shelter under a big tree in Bon hamlet, Bao Yen district. The three dead victims were aged from 11-14, and identified as Truong Thi Cau and her two brothers Truong Van Mong and Truong Van Dau from … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 31/5


Painter expresses bold emotion Asako Okiura stepped back and forth, looking attentively at a small oil painting of lotus flowers hanging at the ongoing exhibition of veteran artist Pham Luc. … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 19/5

Motorcyclists may soon be fined VND100,000-200,000 (US$5-10) if found wearing substandard helmets.The helmets, including some described as "eggshells", would then be destroyed.

President Ho Chi Minh's birthday marked abroad More than 100 photos along with numerous books and newspapers featuring the life and revolutionary activities of late President Ho Chi Minh are on display in Paris, France, on the occasion of his 124th birthday which falls on May 19. As part of activities within the framework of the Vietnam Year in France, the exhibition, jointly held by the Ho Chi Minh Museum and the Vietnam Cultural Centre in France, was opened on May 17. The exhibition aims to … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 15/5

Chinese workers in Vietnam invited to protest illegal oil drill Around 400 workers from the northern province of Thai Binh made a motorbike trip to Haiphong City, in a bid to urge Chinese workers to oppose the illegal oil rig in Vietnamese waters. As the workers' protest progressed on May 14 many others from Chinese-invested factories in Vinh Bao, Tien Lang, Kien Anh and Duong Kinh districts in Haiphong City joined in. The Vietnamese workers hoped to convince Chinese who work and live in … [Read more...]

Political News Headlines 11/2

Education fund head meets Deputy PM Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc yesterday, Feb 10, expressed his hope for Germany's Batschka Fund's continued support of education in Viet Nam while meeting with its President Rudolf Walther. Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc meets Germany Batschka Fund President Rudolf Walther in Ha Noi yesterday.Walther, in response, said he appreciated the warm reception extended to his delegation by the Vietnamese Government. He shared with Phuc the fund's … [Read more...]

Social Headlines January 25

It seems folks in the city are all flocking to well known hotspots to choose the best flower pots to adorn their homes for Tet (Lunar New Year).

HCM City pays $57m in unemployment benefits Last year, 109,600 laid-off workers in HCM City applied for unemployment benefits, according to the city's Job Placement Centre. Also, nearly 108,500 employees were paid unemployment insurance benefits worth VND1.2 trillion (US$57.1 million). Around 5,700 unemployed workers registered for vocational training courses in 2013. The centre posted information about jobs to more than 77,600 laid-off workers, and half of them successfully applied for these … [Read more...]

Nghe An to cut household poverty rate to 10 pct

The central province of Nghe An strives to reduce its household poverty rate to 10 percent by the end of 2014, one year ahead of its schedule. Secretary of the provincial Party Committee Ho Duc Phoc said the province will accelerate the popularisation of this work, drive socio-economic development, create jobs as well as offer more vocational training. It will also raise the capacity of officials in poor communes and encourage businesses and social organisations to give assistance to … [Read more...]

Women trafficking gang caught red-handed in central Vietnam

Phang Thi Chieng (C), 23, the alleged mastermind behind a women trafficking ring, and her two accomplices at a police station in Nghe An Province

Border guards in the north central province of Nghe An Sunday arrested three women for allegedly trying to traffic three ethnic minority women to China, Nguoi Lao Dong (Laborer) newspaper reported. Colonel Nguyen Truong Thi of the Nghe An Border Guards said Monday the police rescued the three women from Phang Thi Chieng, 23, who was taking them in a car by National Highway 1A in Vinh, the provincial capital. Lo Thi Tuan, 47, Lo Thi Nghia, 30, and Vi Thi Thu, 26, of Que Phong District and … [Read more...]

Nghe An gets rid of illegal gold miners

NGHE AN (VNS)— Nearly 1,000 illegal gold exploiters have been expelled from the central province of Nghe An's Que Phong District in a crackdown by local police. It was the biggest crackdown of its kind so far in the province, said the deputy director of the provincial police, Nguyen Huu Cau. During the past year, illegal gold mining has become a hot problem around Huoi May Village, Cam Muon Commune. The work caused public disorder and pollution, and there was also a high risk of fatal … [Read more...]

Hoi An’s Cao Lau named in the “Top Asian cuisine value dishes”

Hoi An's famous Cao Lau noodle

The Asian Record Organization has recognized Hoi An's famous Cao Lau specialty as one of 10 dishes meeting the criteria of "Asian cuisine value". Cao Lau is served with salads of Tra Que 200 -year- old organic vegetable village, thinly-sliced pork slices, fried pork fat and sauce. The noodle is also prepared from water from Ba Le well- one of the most famous ancient wells of the Cham people in the town therefore it has a special taste. Earlier Hanoi's dishes including Pho (noodle), Bun … [Read more...]

Social Headlines December 19

More than VND450 million was raised at a Vietnam-Republic of Korea cultures and arts exchange in the Mekong delta city of Vinh Long City on December 17.

Disabled people benefit from German project More than 2,000 people with disabilities and their families in the central province of Quang Tri have profited from a German-funded rehabilitation project over the past 13 years. The figure was announced at a meeting to review the implementation of the community-based project (from January 2001 to December 2013) on December 16 and 17. Financed by the German Caritas Association, it has taught physical therapy to local medical staff and families of … [Read more...]

Chinese businessmen collect all kinds of waste in Vietnam

The "bloodsucker hunting movement" has damaged the ecosystem and the environment

VietNamNet Bridge - Chinese businessmen have been going to every corner in the Vietnamese land to collect all the things that Vietnamese think are useful and throw away, thus raising doubts about the machinations behind this. Chinese collecting everything Chinese businessmen have kicked off a new campaign of collecting dry buffalo dung at the three-way crossroad market in the border area of Vietnam, China and Laos. Though the sale price is low, just VND60,000 dong for 15 kilos, this is … [Read more...]

Australia doctor awarded for environment works in VN

Doctor Michael Parsons has been awarded the insignia "For the Cause of Environment" in recognition of his great contributions to Vietnam's green sector.

600 logs of rare timber seized Krong Trai forest rangers have seized nearly 600 logs of giang huong (pterocarpus pedatus pierre) timber, illegally stored at a local house in central Phu Yen Province. Nguyen Tien Dat, 41, had been storing the timber and failed to show legal documents to prove the stockpile's origin. It is the largest amount of timber found to be illegally stored at a local house in the province so far. The case is currently under investigation. Giang huong (Pterocarpus … [Read more...]

Hua Na Hydropower Plant, local pride and joy

The inauguration ceremony of the Hua Na Hydropower Plant

(VEN) - The inauguration of the Hua Na Hydropower Plant marked a significant step in the progress of investors and contractors. The Hua Na Hydropower Plant is Nghe An Province's second biggest hydroelectric plant and is a key project of the Vietnam National Oil and Gas Group. On September 20, 2013, in Que Phong District, Nghe An Province, the Hua Na Hydropower Joint Stock Company and the PetroVietnam Power Corporation (PV Power) organized the inauguration ceremony of the Hua Na Hydropower … [Read more...]