Vietnamese abroad welcome lunar New Year


The Vietnamese embassies in France and Japan held ceremonies on February 10 to welcome the lunar New Year (the Year of the Tiger). In France, a gathering took place at the Vietnamese Embassy where Vietnamese expatriates recalled sweet memories of that homeland and enjoyed a warm atmosphere of family reunion. Phuong Lan, a Vietnamese residing in France, confided: "Every year, I attend the ceremony to celebrate the lunar New Year at the Vietnamese Embassy in France. Here I can feel a joyful … [Read more...]

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HCM City’s CPI rises 0.58 percent in May

The consumer priceindex (CPI) of Ho Chi Minh City rose by 0.58 percent in May from the previous month and by 2.47 percent compared with early this year, reported the municipal statistics office. The increase has been found in a wide range of commodities. Those with the highest rises include transport and postal and telecommunications services (2.08 percent), housing, water and electricity supplies and construction material (1.37 percent), and household appliances (1.17 percent). Other groups … [Read more...]

State Vice President receives Chinese war veterans

State Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan on May 5 met with a Chinese delegation of former military consultants and war veterans visiting Vietnam during celebrations of the 55th anniversary of the Dien Bien Phu Victory and the 34th anniversary of Southern Liberation Day. These Chinese delegates helped Vietnam during the past wars of resistance against French colonialists and US imperialists. Many of them joined the Vietnamese army and people to defend Hanoi, build and repair railways, roads and … [Read more...]

Nghe An helps build school in Lao province

A delegation from the central Vietnamese province of Nghe An has handed over a two-storey school with classrooms and laboratories to the northeastern Lao province of Xieng Khouang, said Thai Van Hang, Vice Chairman of the Nghe An provincial People's Committee. The school, located in the Lao province's capital town, Phonsavan, is in a Laotian architectural style and cost more than VND3.5 billion. The school is a gift from Nghe An province on the occasion of Laos' Bunpimay festival and … [Read more...]

Bahamas cruise ship brings visitors to Nha Trang

The Bahamas flagship Legend of the Seas anchored at Nha Trang port on May 1, bringing nearly 1,600 visitors and crewmen to the central coastal tourist city. Of the total, more than 1,000 were foreigners. They made a tour of major hot spots in Nha Trang such as Dam Tron market, Ponaga tower complex, Long Son pagoda, and the Cai River. They also visited craft villages on the outskirts of Nha Trang City, enjoyed Vietnam's traditional art performances and tasted local specialties. According … [Read more...]

Khanh Hoa reduces jail terms for 299 prisoners

The People's Court of the central province of Khanh Hoa on April 29 announced a decision to reduce the sentences of 299 prisoners who have behaved well during their service on the occasion of Southern Liberation Day (April 30) and May Day (May 1). Of the total, some have been freed while others have had their terms commuted by between 3-6 months. Earlier on April 28, the provincial People's Court also announced a decision to reduce jail terms for 20 prisoners who have performed well at the … [Read more...]

Hoi An’s Old Quarter Night to be launched

Hoi An City's People's Committee, Quang Nam province, will launch an event, "Night in the Old Quarter", on April 30 th 2009 to mark the Southern Liberation Day and International Labour Day. During the "Night in the Old Quarter", power will be turned off along two banks of the Hoai River from 7pm to 9pm, and the whole quarter will become pedestrian area. From April 30 th, the Hoi An Old Quarter will be used for walking and riding on primitive means of transport every Monday, Wednesday, Friday … [Read more...]

Blossom Beauty Contest to return

Duong Thi Mong Hoai - first prize winner of the 2008 "Cherry Blossom Beauty" Pageant

The "Cherry Blossom Beauty" pageant is coming back for its third time in late May. It aims to honor not only the beauty of young Vietnamese women but also praise their cleverness, the Phan Gia Group announced recently. The pageant will also commemorate the 34th anniversary of Vietnam's Southern Liberation Day. The contestants must have beauty both outside and inside, understand and truly want to live for social welfare, have made contributions to the society and know how to combine … [Read more...]

National cycling tournament to begin on April 22

A national cycling tournament will be held from April 22-30 to mark the 34th anniversary of Southern Liberation Day (April 30). Starting from Ho Chi Minh City, cyclists will ride their bikes through Phan Thiet, Phan Rang, Nha Trang, Da Lat, Bao Loc and back to HCM City, a total of 950km. Event organisers have extended invitations to the Republic of Korea, Mongolia, the Netherlands, Thailand, China, Laos and Malaysia. So far, cyclists from the Republic of Korea and Mongolia have accepted … [Read more...]

Vietnam Airlines increases flights from April 29 to May 3


The nation's flagship carrier, Vietnam Airlines, plans to increase flights from Hanoi and HCM City to other cities and provinces throughout the country to meet the demand for traveling for celebrations of Southern Liberation Day (April 30) and May Day (May 1). According to plan, from April 29 to May 3, Vietnam Airlines will add a total of 38 flights to eight air routes from Hanoi to Da Nang, Nha Trang, Hue, and Da Lat and from HCM City to Da Nang, Nha Trang, Da Lat, and Phu Quoc. To … [Read more...]

Vietnamese in Russia holds table-tennis tourney

A table-tennis tournament was held at the Pokrovka club in Moscow on March 29, drawing nearly 50 Vietnamese diplomats, businesspeople and students living in Russia. At the opening ceremony, Bui Dinh Dinh, the Vietnamese ambassador to Russia, said the tournament is just one of the many activities organised by Vietnamese overseas in Russia to celebrate the 78 th anniversary of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union (March 26), the 34 th anniversary of Southern Liberation Day (April 30) and May … [Read more...]

Cai luong male artiste to perform with all female cast


The 'Meritorious Artist' Vu Linh is in a hurry to complete final preparations for his show 'Nhat long - luc phung' ('One dragon-Six phoenixes') at Hung Dao Theatre, district 5, February 20. He is performing together with six female colleagues. The 'Meritorious Artist' Vu Linh (Photo: Tuoi Tre Newspaper) The idea came to Vu Linh when he thought of a show in which he can meet and perform together with all his female colleagues. The idea became came into fruition after he received word from … [Read more...]

More tours offered on holidays

According to travel agents, during this year's Southern Liberation Day and May Day, the price of tours has increased by 20-25 percent due to the rise in transport costs and food even though the number of tourists has risen by 30 percent compared to last year. Domestic tours During the holiday, a number of travel agents offer many new tours. Saigontourist is now running a tour to the Ha Long Bay festival which will be held from April 26 to May 1 and other special tours such as "returning to the … [Read more...]

Ensuring the safety of the Olympic Torch procession in HCM City

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has called for a safe and respectful welcome to the Beijing Olympic Torch procession to show the sporting and peace-loving spirit of the Vietnamese people and the special friendship between Vietnam and China. The PM chaired a meeting of ministry leaders, central agencies and the HCM City People's Committee in Hanoi on April 20 to discuss measures to ensure order and safety for the celebrations of Southern Liberation Day (April 30 and May Day, as well as the … [Read more...]

Ensuring safety for the Olympic Torch relay in HCM City

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has called for a safe and respectful welcome to the Beijing Olympic Torch relay to show the sporting and peace-loving spirit of the Vietnamese people and the special friendship between Vietnam and China. The PM chaired a meeting of ministry leaders, central agencies and the HCM City People's Committee in Hanoi on April 20 to discuss measures to ensure order and safety for the celebrations of Southern Liberation Day (April 30) and May Day, as well as the Olympic … [Read more...]

ADS performs in Central Highlands

PANO - To mark the 33rd Southern Liberation Day, the Army's Dance and Song troupe (ADS) performed 24 shows called "National Melody" for units of Military Zones 4, 5, 7 and 9 in the Central Highlands. Performances left a good impression on soldiers and ethnic minorities in localities. Especially, the troupe's performances for Corps 15, Corps 16 attracted from 1,000-3,000 audience members. Translated by Hong Phong … [Read more...]

Can Tho to host 2008 National Tourism Year

The Mekong Delta province of Can Tho will hold 30 events and festivals throughout the year as part of National Tourism Year 2008. The tourism festival, titled the Mekong Delta's Waterways and Countryside, will include a Mekong Delta food festival in February, a lantern festival to celebrate Southern Liberation Day on April 30, a traditional boat race in late April, and a fruit festival. During a press conference in Ho Chi Minh City on August 7, Deputy Chairman of the Can Tho provincial … [Read more...]

Giving a boost to shipping industry development

The shipping and sea-born equipment industry is one of the five areas to develop the marine-based economy. Shipping industry development has the potential to play a major role in moving the country towards industrialisation and modernisation, said Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung. The Vietnam Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (Vinashin) on April 30 broke the ground on the Hau Giang shipbuilding yard, one of the four shipyards in the Hau Giang industry cluster in the Mekong River Delta. Speaking … [Read more...]

Nationwide celebrations mark Liberation Day and May Day

Diverse celebrations are underway from across the country to celebrate Southern Liberation Day (April 30) and International Labour Day (May 1). *** A get-together of war veterans from "David Camp" Joint Military Committee was held in Hanoi on April 30. At the meeting, they recalled the glorious feat of arms during 823 days and nights at David Camp. With patriotic spirit, courage and ingenuity, members from the joint military committee joined hands with the Party, people and soldiers and … [Read more...]

Diverse activities for young overseas Vietnamese in summer 2007

A Vietnam summer camp, a gathering in Europe, Vietnamese language classes are just some of the activities available this summer for young overseas Vietnamese. From this year on, the activities will be held both at home and abroad instead of solely domestic activities like in previous years. Nguyen Quang Tinh, an official on the Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs (COVA)'s Department of Culture and Information, under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, talked to reporter Hoang Huong of Radio … [Read more...]