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...]

Social News 24/1

Bus fare reductions for holiday travellers Following decreases in fuel prices, Ho Chi Minh City’s bus fares during the upcoming Tet (Lunar New Year festival) are expected to drop by 7 to 20 from last year, unveiled the municipal Ministry of Transport on January 22. According to agency statistics, 110 of 130 operators in the Mien Tay bus station and 115 of 214 operators in the Mien Dong station have reduced transport fares thus far. Only five operators have announced their intent to increase their ticket costs for some routes. Currently, the industry is experiencing increased demand on the people’s travel as the holiday season quickly approaches. On January 4, petrol prices were cut by 1,900 VND per litre, the second reduction this month. The price of RON 95 was down to 16,270 VND while the prices of RON 92 and bio-fuel E5 were reduced to 15,670 VND. Diesel prices were cut by 1,460 VND, resulting in a cost between 15,120 and 15,170 VND per litre. Earlier, on January … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 22/1

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Photos of wild birds on show Saturday Wildlife At Risk (WAR) will join hands with the Youth Cultural Center to open a photo exhibition called "Chim rung mua ket ban" (wild birds in mating time) by local artist Tang A Pau from January 24 to 28. It is expected around 130 photos featuring wild birds like red-head crane, white-neck crane and babbler in nature will be on display at the Youth Cultural Center in HCMC’s District 1. Author Tang A Pau has traveled around the country to capture lively moments of birds, especially birds in the mating season. Some photos will be put on sale at the show to raise funds for wildlife protection and a shelter for kids in the Central Highlands. "This is a collection with many rare and precious photos of birds which are in danger of extinction, and hardly found in nature. There are many species that I have never seen or just seen once or twice in my life. I’m calling on people to let wild birds live in the natural environment if we … [Read more...]

Vietnam tourist attractions open for free, offer diverse activities during Tet

Lush peach blossoms are in seen in Hanoi's iconic Nhat Tan Garden in this  Tuoi Tre  file photo.   A farmer is pictured watering his citrus plants, a common Tet embellishment, in this  Reuters  file photo.  Hoi An

A number of relics in Hanoi, Hue, and Hoi An Ancient Town will be open to tourists for free during Tet (Lunar New Year), while a myriad of activities are poised to take place in several other localities to celebrate the holiday. Hanoi The Hanoi People’s Committee has decided six of the capital’s relics and scenic spots will be open free to visitors on Lunar New Year’s Eve and the first two days of the new year, or from February 18 to 20. The spots are Ngoc Son and Quan Thanh Temples, Tay Phuong, Thay and Huong Pagodas, and Duong Lam Ancient Village. Pyrotechnic shows are also expected to light up 30 spots in the city on Lunar New Year’s Eve. Five high-range firework shows are set to sparkle over Hoan Kiem (Sword) Lake, Thong Nhat Park, Lac Long Quan Garden, Van Quan Lake, and My Dinh National Stadium. The other 25 low-range firework shows will take place in other areas. Authorities in Hoi An City, located in the central province of Quang Nam, … [Read more...]

Report for National Action Program about family violence prevention up to 2020

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(Cinet)- Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism had Document No.4781/BVHTTDL-GĐ sending to Provincial People's Committee about result of National Action Program about family violence prevention up to 2020. Complying with Decision No.215/QĐ-TTg on February 06, 2014 of the Prime Minister about approving National Action Program about family violence prevention up to 2020, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism promulgated Guideline No. 2301/HD-BVHTTDL about the National Action Program. On December 29, 2014, the MOCST received Plan to implement National Action Program about family violence prevention in the province and city from 20 provinces including Dak Nong, Soc Trang, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Cao Bang, Yen Bai, Lang Son, Kon Tum, Binh Phuoc, Ha Giang, Tay Ninh, Hung Yen, Binh Dinh, Ninh Thuan, Dong Nai, Da Nang, Thua Thien Hue, Tien Giang, Dong Thap, Ha Giang and Bac Kan. The MOCST proposed that People's Committee send the Plan about National Action Program of family violence prevention … [Read more...]

Social News 19/1

Court jails 27 for gambling The people's court in Cao Bang Province yesterday sent 27 people to prison for organised gambling. According to the court reports, on January 10, 2014, the Cao Bang police raided a guest room in the province and found four people engaging in illegal gambling. They also seized VND742 million (US$34,500) in cash from the site. Further investigations showed that the four persons were part of a larger gambling network that also organised gambling in the province from October 2013 to January 2014. The gambling network comprised 27 people, who received prison terms varying from one to six years. Several other persons were given probation. According to the Criminal Code, gambling is illegal in Viet Nam. Work begins on Ha Noi ring-road link Construction work on the Trung Hoa-Ring Road 3 intersection in the capital city, which will include two tunnels, began on Sunday, the Thang Long Project Management Board has announced. Vu Xuan Hoa, head of the Board, said … [Read more...]

Kien Cuong Civet Coffee

Packing civet coffee. Photo: Tat Son/VNP

A native of Hung Yen Province, Nguyen Manh Cuong went to Dak Lak in the early 70s with a desire to change his life with growing and selling coffee. In 1994, while passing a shop selling ornamental birds in Buon Ma Thuot, he saw two baby civets on sale. He bought them to raise on his coffee farm. He had to learn how to raise the civets because there was no ready information on how to care for these animals. His civets grew up healthy and Cuong had the idea of raising civets to preserve an animal species in danger of extinction in Tay Nguyen (the Central Highlands). After buying two more civets, he asked for permission for civet farming and won the approval from the local forest management agency Recalling that time, Cuong said: "I went to the villages of the E De ethnic people in Ea Sup to learn about the wild civets’ reproduction and applied it to civet raising on my farm." With accumulated knowledge, in 2009 he successfully bred the first pair of … [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...]

More than VND 7.7 billion for resettlement program

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​The provincial Chairman has just decided to allocate over VND 7.7 billion for districts of Ba To, Minh Long, Son Tay, Tay Tra and Tra Bong to implement the resettlement program for ethnic minority groups in 2014 under Decision No.33/2013/QD-TTg dated 04 June 2013 by the Prime Minister. Currently, the province has 4,860 households with 21,870 people living in high risk areas of natural disasters, including 2,050 households living in coastal rivers and streams; 520 households living in coastal erosion areas; 1,100 households living in the landslide and cracked mountain area and 1,040 ones in flooded region and affected by climate change. The allocation will help people at resettlement areas to build house, purchase foodstuffs and water, develop production, etc. Minh Thien … [Read more...]

Pre-1975 monuments in HCM City

Quach Thi Trang Statue in front of Tran Nguyen Han Monument.

VietNamNet Bridge - Many monuments built before the country’s unification in 1975 are located at HCM City’s most important traffic hubs. Emperor Quang Trung, real name Nguyen Hue (1753 - 1792), was the second emperor of the Tay Son Dynasty. He was a talented political leader with many nation-building reforms, a brilliant military leader with great victories in stabilizing the country and fighting foreign invaders. Kien Thuc … [Read more...]

Social News 11/1

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Skyscraper project on Han River bank cancelled In an interview by Sai Gon Giai Phong Newspaper yesterday, Da Nang's Party Secretary Tran Tho said the project to build a skyscraper dubbed a "lighthouse" on the Han River in the central city will be cancelled. Mr. Tran Tho said that Da Nang city People’s Committee has just given approval to implement the project but not yet agree to carry out the project on the river. However, after receiving the objection from the public and architects, the city authority decided to cancel the project, he said. Mr. Tho said that he had requested the city’s government to look for a new place to build the skyscraper. After the city committee approved the project, many architects and municipal development experts raised their voice against the project. They said that project would damage landscape of river that has helped the city become one of the most beautiful cities in Vietnam In addition, the project’s investor- investment … [Read more...]

True and Lively Religious Life

Catholic Priest Nguyen Duc Giang holds a wedding ceremony   for a young couple at Bui Chu Cathedral. Photo: Viet Cuong/VNP

New life in Bui Chu Bui Chu diocese in Xuan Truong District, Nam Dinh Province has existed for a long time and has been associated with many important events relating to the establishment and development of Catholicism in Vietnam. Bui Chu Cathedral in Xuan Ngoc Commune was inaugurated in 1885. It is an old, large church of Western architecture where masses with about 1,800 parishioners in the region are held. Nun Nguyen Thi Lan took us to visit the church. She said that at present the church has more than 100 nuns. After praying, all the nuns do different work, including growing rice and medicinal plants to produce medicine for curing the people in the area, making money and nurturing the orphans and disabled children at the Thanh An Orphanage. A christening ceremony at Trung Linh Church, Bui Chu Diocese. Photo: Viet Cuong/VNP « Bui Chu diocese has the smallest area among the 26 dioceses of the Catholic Church in Vietnam (about 1,350km2). It is situated only in … [Read more...]

Social News 8/1

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Health authority tests strange snail to verify cause of fishermen’s deaths The Department of Food Safety in the central province of Ha Tinh sent the snail, that caused the deaths of three fishermen on January 5, to the Ministry of Health’s Food Administration of Vietnam. Dr. Phan Van Hung, head of the Department of Food Safety, yesterday said that his department will test the snails to verify soon the deaths of the three fishermen. As newspaper released yesterday, three fishermen including Tran Xuan Thuc and Tran Van Duong both at 29 year old and Duong Van Tinh, 22 in Tinh Gia District of the northern province of Thanh Hoa died after eating strange snail though they were taken to the province’s General Hospital for emergency treatment by border safeguards. The test result is hoped to be soon publicly released to warn the community of the strange snail. Ministry vows to take drastic measures against unsafe food As public concerns over contaminated food have been … [Read more...]

Communities not enabled to protect their forests

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VietNamNet Bridge – Forest ranger officials and residents in the Central region said the protection of forests turned over to communities could not be properly managed due to shortcomings in policies. They noted that residents given forests do not have actual rights to protect these forests, while forest rangers often believe it is no longer their responsibility to protect these forests. Following Code 88 under Vietnamese Law of Forest Protection and Development 2004, forest areas that are located near communities in a buffer zone could be handed over to communities, organisations or residents, who are responsible for protection and development of the forest areas. Many forest areas have been given to communities and residents around the country, as officials seek to comply with the law. According to Nguyen Dai Anh Tuan, deputy director of Thua Thien - Hue Province's Department of Forest Rangers, there are many issues that need to be reconsidered in the policy of turning … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 7/1

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Khanh Ly Live Concert in Binh Duong Khanh Ly Live Concert will take place at 8 p.m. on January 23 at Binh Duong Convention and Exhibition Center after two live concerts in Hanoi and Danang City in August last year, reports Tuoi Tre newspaper. According to organizers Anh Sao Duong Joint Stock Company and Dong Dao Entertainment Company, famous singer Khanh Ly will arrive in HCMC this Sunday to make preparations for the concert. Director Pham Hoang Nam will be responsible for directing the whole event with the assistance of music editor Cao Trung Hieu and music director Ly Huynh Long. The concert will also feature composer Nguyen Anh 9 as well as singers Elvis Phuong, Quang Thanh and Ha Anh Tuan. Tickets are priced at VND0.9-2.5 million each. For further information, contact 091 3781 278 or 094 5678 767. Russian lensman to share his love Moscow-based photographer Igor Burba will join an art talk tomorrow to interact with a Vietnamese audience and share his experiences in … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 30/12

Bai choi singing usually takes place outdoors while playing cards. — Photo hoianworldheritage.org.vn

Thai holy animal statues exhibited in Da Lat resort city A pair of dragon and peacock statues made by Thai craftsmen are being put on show at the Love Valley tourist site in Da Lat resort city of Central Highland Lam Dong province. The pair of statues are part of a collection of holy animals statues that 270 Thai artisans worked together throughout 369 days to create as a gift to Thai King Bhumibok Adulyadej on the occasion of his 85th birthday anniversary. The statues are made of silver and bronze, plated with 24K gold and decorated with crystal and precious stones. The dragon statue measures 132cm high, 114cm wide and weighs 88.5kg, while the peacock is 170cm in height, 127cm in width, and weighs125kg. The statues are exhibited together with gemstones originated from Thailand as well as bonsai and stone and wood sculpture works by Vietnamese artisans. Da Lat is one of the most popular resort cities in Vietnam, which is surrounded by pine-covered hills, lakes, mountains. The town … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 27/12

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Young Korean artists display ceramic works and drawings in Hanoi Two young Korean artists, Baek Jin and Pae Sung Hee, who are highly appreciated all over the world by their creativity and innovation in arts, are showcasing their 25 artworks at an exhibition opened on December 24 at Korean Cultural Centre in Hanoi. Entitled ‘Separate but connected’, the exhibition conveys a message that although the two artists ulitise different media and materials including ceramics, photographs, drawings and installations, they share one thing in common: the dominant of presence of white colour in their works. Ceramic artist Baek Jin showed her limitless creativity while working with Korean traditional material of white porcelain. Her works impress visitors not only due to their beautiful appearance but also the meticulous working manner of the artist. Meanwhile, Pae Sung Hee brings new visual experiences to viewers through her sketches and installation works featuring cities, … [Read more...]

Nguyen Hue Campaign changes power balance in Eastern South

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PANO – By August 1971, victories, continuously achieved by the revolutionary forces and people, made the Saigon Army retreat to the defensive position and resist our forces’ offensives. Taking the opportunity, the Politburo decided to open the 1972 strategic defensive in the Southeastern South, Tri-Thien and Central Highlands and shape a general offensive in the entire South Battlefield to decimate a large part of the enemy’s force, and extend the liberated zones. The policy aimed to force the USA to end the war at the negotiation table and our side was ready to prepare force to intensify fighting against the enemy if they kept waging war. Under the policy, the South Central Command and South Military Commission opened a campaign named the national hero of Nguyen Hue in the Southeastern South led by Lieutenant General Tran Van Tra as the commander. The campaign took place from April 1st, 1972 to January 19th, 1973. The Campaign Command chose Road 13 as the main … [Read more...]