President pays Tet visit to HCM City’s Cu Chi district

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State President Truong Tan Sang paid a visit to Cu Chi district, Ho Chi Minh City on February 16th on the occasion of the quickly-approaching lunar New Year (Tet). While visiting the Thien Phuoc handicapped children support centre in An Nhon Tay commune, the President hailed the efforts of priests, sisters and donors to care for the children. Giving lucky money to the children on the Tet occasion, the leader expressed his hope that the facility will continue helping them surmount all difficulties in life. At his working session with leaders of Nhuan Duc commune, the President spoke highly of the fruits the commune has reaped during its rural area building process, which has seen important contributions of locals. He asked the locality to swiftly design plans to further develop the rural areas, speed up the agricultural economic structure shifting and apply advanced technologies in production in order to stand firm during the international integration process. According to … [Read more...]

List of chemist’s in Hanoi during Tet announced

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Hanoi city Department of Health has made announced the list of places selling medicines during Tet 2015. Accordingly, a part from the chemist’s system in hospitals chemist’s under the Hanoi Medical Equipment and Pharmaceutical Joint Stock Company will organize places selling medicines during Tet. Specifically, from February 14th to 23rd (the 26th day of the last lunar month to the 5th day of the first lunar month), places selling medicines include at 59 Lan Ong street, 82 Ngo Thi Nham, 97 Hang Bac, 98 Hang Buom, 54 Trang Tien, 2 Hang Bai, 5 Cua Nam, 119 Hang Gai, 156 Ngoc Lam, 162 Pho Hue, 21 Quan Thanh, 378 Kham Thien, 44 Le Dai Hanh, 512 Bach Mai, 228 Lo Duc and 286 Minh Khai. In addition, there are also chemist’s in the outskirts of the city such as Bac Hong chemist’s in Dong Anh district, chemist’s at 97 lane 2 Phu Minh street, Soc Son district. Chemist’s under Ha Tay Pharmaceutical Joint Stock Company will also open during Tet. They are … [Read more...]

How Vietnam’s ethnic minorities celebrate Lunar New Year

Women of the San Diu ethnic group in the northern province of Vinh Phuc perform their traditional dance at a spring festival in 2014. Photo:

Apart from holding their own fests, most ethnic minority groups in Vietnam celebrate Tet (Lunar New Year) in their own way. Vietnam is home to 54 ethnic minority groups. Among them, the Kinh people constitute a majority of the population. Though many of the ethnic groups hold their own traditional fests around the year, they find Tet a special occasion to bond with their families and community and enjoy themselves. In recent years, homestay services have been offered so that tourists, particularly foreigners, can enjoy a taste of their unique culture and Tet celebrations. Tet begins on February 19 this year, with festivities lingering for around one week after that. Tuoi Tre News offers readers some typical Tet activities of four popular Vietnamese ethnic minority communities. The H’Mong ethnic group, also known as the Mong, mostly lives in north-east and -west provinces such as Ha Giang, Lao Cai, Lai Chau and Son La, though they are also found in mountainous … [Read more...]

Social News 15/2

HCMC lauds good medical workers 113 teams and individuals of medical clinics in Ho Chi Minh City were lauded for their achievements in the patriotic emulation movement for 2010-2014. The municipal Department of Health held a meeting on February 12 to appraise 26 teams and 87 individuals for their good performance in the health sector’s emulation movement. At the meeting, the Department also launched the patriotic emulation movement for the next period from 2015 to 2020. The movement will focus on following Uncle Ho’s teaching that a good doctor must be a good mother to fight negative acts in treatment and examination. The movement also aims to improve curing and treatment quality, strengthen capability for district medical clinics to reduce overloading in big hospitals and implement the Ministry of Health’s programs. Da Nang flyover work to continue during Tet The Trung Nam Group installed the final span to complete the second flyover at the three-level stack … [Read more...]

Spring colors in the rural areas

A flower-purchasing venue in Xuan Tho 1 commune (Song Cau town)

These days, the atmosphere for welcoming Tet in every corner of the rural areas in Phu Yen is getting bustling. Lots of people go to markets, busy making jam, rice papers…to prepare for a peaceful and cozy Tet. Since the Full-Moon day of December lunar calendar, lots of households in Dong Xuan mountainous district of Dong Xuanhave been busy making Tet jam and confectioneries. Ms. Nguyen Thi Hien in Xuan Phuoc commune (Dong Xuan district) take time to make rice paper for drying in the font yard. "For these recent days, I have been working in the filed, seeing the sunny weather conditions, I stopped going to the field for one day to make rice papers, if not, there won’t be enough time, because I have to make many other kinds of confectioneries, even rice glutinous cakes". Along the road from Son Dinh commune to Son Long commune past Son Xuan (Son Hoa district), the two sides have lots of merry-gold flowers planted in front of the local inhabitants’ houses, the … [Read more...]

Government News 9/2

US veterans visit HCM City A group of US Vietnam War veterans returning to the battlefields of their past recently visited HCM City to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the war and the upcoming lunar New Year Festival (Tet). Marsha Lynn Four, the group’s leader who is Vice President of the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) said their goal was to turn back a page in history and to right a wrong by expressing honour and respect to all Vietnam veterans and their families. "We’re here to learn how to help Vietnam veterans heal and pledge our continued support for Agent Orange victims and help to overcome other consequences of the war," Four said. We are all surprised that many of the battlefields are now tourist sites she stressed, adding that it is a symbol of Vietnam’s rapidly changing culture", she said. The US official also hailed HCM City’s rapid development over the past 40 years and expressed a desire for continued joint cooperation in the search for … [Read more...]

Social News 9/2

Labour exports off to rip-roaring start The Department of Overseas Labour (DOLAB) has revealed that Vietnam sent 8,669 guest workers to foreign markets in January, accounting for 9.13% of the target set for the entire year. Taiwan was the nation’s largest export market, receiving 5,136 workers, followed by Japan (1,926), Malaysia (679), Saudi Arabia (437), the Republic of Korea (114), Macao (101) and other markets. In 2015, the DOLAB has set an annual plan to send 100,000 Vietnamese labourers abroad. Supporting disadvantaged children in Tet festival The Vietnam Buddhist Sangha, the Association for the Support of Vietnamese Handicapped and Orphans and some other agencies launched a programme in Hanoi on February 4 to help disadvantaged children enjoy a happy spring. Speaking at the launching ceremony, Nguyen Dinh Lieu, President of the association said the programme aims to assist orphans and people with disabilities to welcome the Lunar New Year (Tet). Responding to the … [Read more...]

Social News 7/2

Vietnamese, Cambodian provinces partner in military cooperation The military headquarters of Vietnam’s southern province of Tay Ninh and the Cambodian province of Tbong-Khmum signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on military cooperation on February 5. The MoU focuses on seven key areas of future cooperation between the two sides, including greater collaboration on maintaining security and public order; combating crime along their shared border; mutual support on border delineation and land marker planting; and enhancing joint efforts to search for and return the remains of Vietnamese volunteers and soldiers who lost their lives during the war in Tbong-Khumum. Both sides agreed to create favourable conditions for cross-border trade and healthcare, enhance experience exchange and organise arts-culture and sports events. Speaking at the signing ceremony, Colonel Vo Van Thi, head of the Tay Ninh Military Headquarters, hailed recent efforts of the two provinces to maintain a … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 5/2

DJ ranked 42nd in world to hit Chill Sky Bar Portuguese DJ and producer Kura, who ranks No 42 on DJ Mag's Top 100 in 2014, will provide a night of electro house music called "Made For Music" at the Chill Sky Bar today. Kura, whose real name is Ruben de Almeida, received the award for Best Portuguese DJ in Radio Nova Era's annual awards in 2014. The show will begin at 9pm at 76A Le Lai Street in District 1. Mass kissing contest to mark Valentine's Day in Hanoi Some 100 couples will take part in a kissing competition on the Valentine's Day this year at the Water Park in Hanoi, with judges to choose the 10 best pairs of kissers. The event, to be held February 13-14, will also feature a romantic cocktail festival, a "Romeo and Juliet" house, love dancing and a love story. Couples will kiss in the Romeo and Juliet house, surrounded by roses. The organising board will select ten outstanding couples to give them prizes. The winning coupes will throw lucky roses to the audience. Bronze … [Read more...]

Bitter taste of sugarcanes

Farmers destroy sugarcane fields to switch to grow other crops (Photo: SGGP)

Although sugarcanes have been ready for harvest, farmers in Quang Ngai Province are chopping down their sugarcanes to switch to other crops instead of harvesting sugarcanes because of extremely low prices. Farmers in Quang Ngai Province only earned around VND300,000-400,000 per 500 square meters for a year of cultivation of sugarcanes. Meanwhile, in Binh Dinh Province, due to a shortage of money, sugar refinery plants compelled farmers to receive sugar instead of money. Despite the fact that sugarcanes were not completely harvested, Mr. Nguyen Chanh, a farmer in Tho Loc Hamlet, Tinh Ha Commune, has destroyed his remaining sugarcane area of nearly 1,000 square meters without hesitation to switch to grow mung beans, peanuts, and cassava plants. An area of 500 square meters of sugarcanes brought in VND3 million. After deducting other expenses not including land rental, he only had VND400,000, Mr. Chanh explained. Other farmers were also growing peanuts and cassava plants on fields … [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...]

Art & Entertainment News 2/2

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Vietnam Map decorated from 200 Nhat Tan peach trees Da Nang authority said on the occasion of Tet holidays, local people and tourists will have opportunity to enjoy the flower road 2015 which invested over VND 5billion and set up on the west bank of the Han River. Besides, they will be contemplating Vietnam map which is decorated from 200 Nhat Tan Peach trees. This special Vietnam map is carried out and invested by DHC Investment Corporation; it is located on the east bank of the Han River, nearby Dragon Bridge. Danang to host 7th int’l firework competition The 7th Danang International Fireworks Competition (DIFC) 2015 will take place in the central city on April 28-29, the municipal People’s Committee announced on January 30. Themed "Danang – A symphony of Colours", the event is expected to feature spectacular performances by five teams from the US, South Africa, Australia, Poland and the host Vietnam , who won numerous awards at other international … [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...]

Tet coach fares to go up 20-60%

People buy tickets for Tet coach trips at Mien Dong Coach Station last week - PHOTO: TUNG LE

Le Anh and Manh Tung As most passengers buy tickets for the trips from HCMC to their hometowns before Tet, transport enterprises can increase ticket prices to offset losses from their return trips whose seating occupancy is often very low, Pham Dinh Duc, head of the Road Transport Management Division of the department, told a meeting with coach operators in the city last week. But the Tet fares are 7-20% lower than last Tet as a result of sharp decreases in fuel prices this year. Apart from passenger coaches registered for operation at stations in the city, transport firms can rent more vehicles to meet surging pre-Tet travel demand. The department also pledged to arrange sufficient vehicles for all people wishing to return home for family reunion one day before the biggest holiday of the country, which begins on February 19. After sharp fuel prices last Wednesday, with RON92 petrol down by VND1,900 per liter to VND15,670 per liter, many transport firms in HCMC said they … [Read more...]

Social News 26/1

Hospital treats puffer fish patients Nghe An Province's general hospital yesterday said doctors were able to save three people suffering from food poisoning after eating puffer fish. The victims, from Cua Lo Town, were rushed to the hospital on Saturday night. According to family members, they ate puffer fish on their vessel while fishing, and developed nausea and headaches, before slowly losing consciousness. Doctors have warned residents in coastal areas not to eat puffer fish, due to a high risk of food poisoning. Man arrested for drug, weapons smuggling Border police in Moc Chau District and relevant law enforcement agencies detained a person on Saturday carrying weapons and 1.75kg of heroin. The person was identified as Trang A Cho, born in 1984, a resident of Dong Sang Commune in Moc Chau District. Police seized a grenade, seven bullets and a shotgun. The case is still under investigation. Petrol stations cheat customers in Dac Lac An investigation by the Dac Lac … [Read more...]

Giving medical examination, donating hundreds of gifts to the poor on Tet occasion

Leaders of the Provincial Managing Board of key projects donating gifts to people in Xuan Tho 2 commune

As implementing Plan 68 of the Provincial Standing Committee on deploying the model "Agencies, units help difficult communes, villages and cadres, Party members, officers and employees help poor households", the Provincial Youth Union and Center for submarines security and convalesce under the Logistics Department, Navy in collaboration with Xuan Canh CPC (Song Cau town) hve recently implemented medical examination and distributing medicines to 60 people from policy families in the commune; painting, embellishing martyrs’ cemetery. In addition, Provincial Youth Union granted charity house to poor fisherman Nguyen Minh Ty in Hoa My hamlet, Xuan Canh commune. The house had 53m2 width, construction cost at 80 million dongs, which Provincial Youth union mobilized resources to support 50 million dongs, the remaining amount from counterpart funds of the family. * Also as implementing Plan 68 of Provincial Standing Committee of Youth Union, the Provincial Managing Board of key … [Read more...]