Social News 28/2

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Route connecting Ky Sa Port and Ly Son Island opened The Ministry of Transport announced its plan to open a mixed river-sea route connecting the Ky Sa port and Ly Son Island in central Quang Ngai province on February 26. Vessels operating on the route must be river-sea compatible ships (VR-SB) under the National Technical Regulation on the Rule of Inland-Waterway Ships Classification and Construction. In addition, vessel crew members are required to have professional competence qualifications. Ly Son district lies 18 nautical miles off the Vietnamese coast and covers an area of 10km2. It includes three communes: An Hai, An Vinh and An Binh. The island district has a population of approximately 2,100. The majority of residents earn a living from fishing and farming garlics and spring onions. Ly Son is striving to become a maritime economic centre by 2025, with a focus on tourism and aquaculture. Archaeologists found relics of Sa Huynh culture on the island dating back to 3,000 … [Read more...]

Social News 5/2

HCM City to use loans for kindergartens The HCM City People's Committee has approved the use of bank loans to build 72 public kindergartens worth a total of more than VND 2.7 trillion (US$128 million). The public kindergartens will be built by the end of the year. Of the public kindergarten projects, Cu Chi District accounts for the largest number (14), followed by Binh Tan District (nine) and Binh Chanh and Can Gio districts (seven each). To speed up the progress of building public kindergartens, the HCM City People's Committee has decided to start a bank loan programme to build public kindergartens. The move represents the city's determination to speed up the progress of building kindergartens, according to Nguyen Dinh Thai Chau, the municipal Department of Education and Training's Finance and Planning Division. Phan Thi Thang, deputy director of the municipal Department of Finance, said last year the city had 117 public kindergarten projects that needed capital for … [Read more...]

Social News 4/2

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Phuong Trang runs out of Tet tickets Hundreds of passengers failed to get coach tickets to travel from HCMC to the central province of Quang Ngai for the coming Lunar New Year holiday, or Tet, from local transport firm Phuong Trang as it had sold out tickets on Saturday. At around 10 a.m. on Saturday morning, nearly 500 passengers were queuing at Mien Dong Coach Station to wait for their turns to buy HCMC-Quang Ngai tickets after hundreds of other passengers had bought tickets for the service. However, at 11 a.m., the company announced it had run out of tickets, prompting an uproar among passengers. Tran Hoang, a passenger who had fallen in line since early morning but could not get a queue ticket, said Phuong Trang had just issued around 500 queue tickets. Hoang said the company might still have tickets available for the HCMC-Quang Ngai route but decided to hold them back for certain reasons. Truong Ngoc Thu, deputy director of Phuong Trang, told the Daily on the phone that he … [Read more...]

Ministry wants to publicize transport firms slow in fee cuts

Coaches are seen at Mien Dong Coach Station. Over half of the transport firms at the station have registered to lower charges by 2-14% - PHOTO: LE ANH

Le Anh and Minh Tam The department’s head Nguyen Anh Tuan was quoted by Tuoi Tre newspaper as saying that publicizing the firms slow in transport charge reductions is an effective measure to protect the interests of consumers. Tuan said inspectors of the ministries and finance and transport have fanned out to provinces to check transport firms and fine those not complying. Inspections of the two ministries have brought some results, as the ministry said transport enterprises in 43 out of 63 provinces and cities have adjusted down charges by 1-25%. The ministry said 57 out of 60 transport firms in Haiphong City had cut prices by 1.3-18% as of last week. In Nghe An Province, almost all transport companies had revised down charges by 2-25% as of last week, and many of them had made the second round of cuts. As for airfares, reductions have been applied to the air routes only operated by Vietnam Airlines or its subsidiary Vietnam Air Services Company (VASCO). For … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 27/1

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HCMC opens photo exhibition on wild birds Wildlife at Risk (WAR) and the Youth Cultural House of Ho Chi Minh City opened a photo exhibition under title "Wild birds in mating season" at HCMC Youth Cultural House on January 24. Over 130 photos sized of 40X60cm, which were made by photographer Tang A Pau. Through images, the author wants not only to show the beauties and unique characteristics of each kind of birds in Vietnam’s forests but also call everyone to take action in protecting wild birds and nature in Vietnam. The highlight of the exhibition is a collection of Sarus Crane photos. According to the IUCN Red List of threatened species, Sarus Crane is a kind of endangered bird whose life is threatened. The exhibition has been opened at HCMC Youth Cultural House from 8am to 8pm every day in January 24- 28. Researcher to speak on late writer Son Nam French researcher Pascal Bourdeaux from the Academy of the Far East in HCM City will speak about the late ethnologist Son … [Read more...]

Social News 16/1

Separate jails proposed for transgender, gay prisoners Homosexual and transgender prisoners may be housed in jails separate from the general prison population to protect them from sexual harassment under a plan proposed by the Social, Economic and Environmental Institute to the Ministry of Public Security. The institute has been studying gender-related problems for many years and says many countries provide separate jails for transgender prisoners who are classified as trans-female or trans-male. A 2014 report found that the majority of transgender prisoners wanted separate jails to avoid the risks of sexual harassment. Homosexual and transgender prisoners face the highest risk of sexual harassment. The institute cited statistics from the US state of California, which showed 67 percent of homosexual and transgender prisoners have suffered sexual harassment. The institute said that under current infrastructure in Vietnam, transgender prisoners can only either be held in solitary … [Read more...]

Social News 28/11

Conference seeks to boost Vietnam-Hungary educational links A conference of Vietnamese and Hungarian universities’ rectors was held in Hanoi on November 27, focusing on measures to foster links between the two countries in education and training. Addressing the event, Minister of Education and Training Pham Vu Luan stressed the important role of the education sector for sustainable development in each country, saying that Vietnam has built numerous policies to promote the sector’s development. He spoke highly of assistance from countries and international communities to Vietnam, including Hungary. He described the two countries’ traditional friendship as a firm foundation for them to further expand all-around cooperation. … [Read more...]

Social News 3/11

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Annual run raises funds for kids with cancer, heart disease Thousands of Hanoians are expected to participate in a run that will raise funds for underprivileged children with cancer and heart diseases. The annual Ha Noi Run for Children (HRC) on November 9 will begin at the main gate of the Thong Nhat (Reunification) Park on Tran Nhan Tong Street, and go around Thien Quang Lake. Launched by the Embassy of Canada and other agencies, the HRC fundraising event is now considered a fall tradition in the capital city that draws both expatriates and Vietnamese citizens. The event helps raise about US$500,000 each year. … [Read more...]

Social News 28/10

President Obama thanks Vietnamese American nurse Nurse Nina Pham - the first person to catch Ebola on US soil has been declared free of the deadly disease 13 days after testing positive, clearing the way for President Obama to give her a big hug in the oval office. "I feel fortunate and blessed to be standing here today. Throughout this ordeal, I have put my faith in God and my medical team." Pham said on October 24 at a press conference. "The Ebola experience was a very stressful and challenging time," she said adding "I am on my way back to recovery even as I reflect on how many others have not been so fortunate." … [Read more...]

Top attractions in Vietnam worth every visit

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The Hanoitimes - The top 45 most attractive destinations in Vietnam were choosen by by travel companies, Vietnam Record Association and domestic and foreign tourists with the view of seeking and promoting the country's fastinating tourism site. The Top 45 list include Top 5 ancient temples with the oldest education in Vietnam, Top 10 islands with natural beauty, Top 10 destinations for spritual tourism, Top 10 sea tourism landscapes, Top 5 ancient villages and Top 5 markets with specific characteristics of three regions … [Read more...]

Top 45 attractive destinations in Vietnam announced

Tourists visiting the Temple of Literature (Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam), one of the ancient temples with the oldest education in Vietnam.

(CPV) - Guinness Vietnam has announced the top 45 most attractive destinations in Vietnam, selected during the itinerary of seeking and promoting the country's fastinating hotspots by travel companies, Vietnam Record Association and domestic and foreign tourists. The Top 45 list include Top 5 ancient temples with the oldest education in Vietnam, Top 10 islands with natural beauty, Top 10 destinations for spritual tourism, Top 10 sea tourism landscapes, Top 5 ancient villages and Top 5 markets with specific characteristics of three regions Specifically, Top 5 ancient temples with the oldest education in Vietnam are the Temple of Literature or Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam (Hanoi), Xich Dang (Hung Yen), Mao Dien (Hai Duong), Van Thanh (Thua Thien - Hue) and Tran Bien (Bien Hoa - Dong Nai). Top 10 islands with natural beauty include Hoang Sa (Da Nang), Truong Sa (Khanh Hoa), Cat Ba (Hai Phong), Bach Long Vi (Hai Phong), Cu Lao Cham (Quang Nam), Ly Son (Quang Ngai), Phu Quy (Binh thuan), Con … [Read more...]

Social News 10/9

Gang sentenced to prison The HCM City People's Court yesterday sentenced the owner of a massage parlor to 12 years in prison for illegally detaining a total of 73 women at a local chain of unlicensed massage parlors after a two-day trial. Phan Cao Tri, 41, the owner of Tan Hoang Phat massage parlors, was sentenced to 12 years for "illegally detaining people" and "extorting people's properties." His accomplices were also given prison sentences for "illegally detaining people". Phan Viet Hau, 29, was sentenced to 10 years in jail; and Phan Quoc Cuong, 37, to nine years. Nguyen Minh Phuong received a three-year sentence, and Nguyen Hoai Nhanh, a one-year sentence. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 14/8

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Short film series to be presented in HCM City Ten short films in the series Berlinale Shorts Go Abroad of the International Film Festival of Berlin will be screened at Cafe Thu Bay coffee shop this weekend. … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 10/7

Vietnam among top five nations with highest abortion rate A July 8 meeting in HCM City marking World Population Day announced that on a per capita basis, Vietnam has one of the five highest abortion rates in the world. Delegates at the event reported that Vietnam has the highest abortion rate in the Southeast Asian region, and its birth rate among adolescents aged 15-19 years is rather high (46/1,000). They pointed out that Ho Chi Minh City has the highest abortion rate in Vietnam, particularly among adolescents whose rate increases year by year, from 2% in 2010 to 4% in 2013. … [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 Vietnam to ask that their government discontinue the illegal drilling in the East Sea. … [Read more...]

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Russia to begin construction on 6th submarine for Vietnam St Petersburg-based Admiralty Verfi shipyard will commence work on its 6th submarine for Vietnam on May 28, according to Russian media sources. This is the final submarine the Russian shipbuilder is providing to Vietnam pursuant to a contract signed in 2009. The first submarine, dubbed HQ-182 Hanoi successfully made its first maiden voyage on January 8, 2014. The second vessel named HQ-183 Ho Chi Minh City docked at Vietnam's Cam Ranh Bay on March 19, 2014. … [Read more...]

Exploiting Tourism Potential of Vinh Phuc Province

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Located 50 kilometres northwest of Hanoi, Vinh Phuc province is blessed with breathtaking landscapes such as Tam Dao, Tay Thien, Dai Lai and Dam Vac. Especially, Tam Dao resort is rated as one of the most scenic tourism spots in the North of Vietnam. Vinh Phuc also has nearly 500 historical and cultural spots, an human resource important in attracting tourists. Typically, Binh Son Tower in Tam Son commune, Lap Thach district is a unique architecture work built in the Ly dynasty. In addition, there are other monuments such as Hai Ba Trung temple in Me Linh, Tran Nguyen Han temple in Lap Thach District, 79 Spring Hill in memory of Uncle Ho, Tay Thien Quoc Mau Temple, Sang Son Mountain, De Tham Cave, Bay Waterfall and Van Truc Lake, which all create an attractive landscape complex. Vinh Phuc has a dense river and lake system, which not only brings economic value but also creates a good environment for tourism development. Vinh Phuc province is also known as a land of spiritual … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 21/3

Ha Noi blogger Pham Viet Dao has been sentenced to 15 months in prison after pleading guilty to abusing his rights to freedom and democracy.

Ha Noi blogger to spend 15 months in jail for slander The court ruled that his actions had infringed upon State interests, rights and legitimate interests of organisations or citizens under Article 258 of the Penal Code. The jail term will starts from the date he was detained on June 13, 2013, the court ruled. The indictment read that Dao, 62, residing in Buoi ward, Tay Ho district, authored three blogs -Phamvietdao3.blogspot.com, Phamvietdao4.blogspot.com and Chientranhtrungviet.blogspot.com - on which he posted 91 articles slandering the Party and State. At the yesterday's trial in the capital city, Dao admitted his guilt, saying his actions were a result of a lack of awareness of the law. He promised not to repeat his actions. Dao has 15 days to appeal the verdict. 200kg of black coral seized in Quang Binh Police in the central province of Quang Binh seized 239 kilos of black coral transported by car on Tuesday. Tran Anh Tuan, the driver, said that the cargo was … [Read more...]