Social News 22/6

Environment projects to get 3.6% loans The Viet Nam Environment Protection Fund has announced loans at 3.6 per cent interest for environment protection projects, according to a media report. Thoi Bao Kinh Doanh (Business Newspaper) reported that the loans would be for up to 10 years and worth 70 per cent of the project cost. The fund, managed by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, will also give priority to projects to treat waste at industrial parks, factories and workshops, domestic waste, and exhaust emissions. Projects using environment-friendly and energy-efficient technologies and equipment are also eligible for the preferential loans. The VEPF normally lends at 5.4 per cent to environment protection activities. Insiders said that the loans at 3.6 per cent interest are meant to support enterprises and investors involved in environment protection since projects of this nature always require huge investments. Thus, the loans could play a key role in the … [Read more...]

Social News 21/6

HCM City gets high-level People's Procuracy A high-level People's Procuracy in HCM City has been established under a resolution of the Standing Committee of the 13th National Assembly. The NA on May 28 passed Resolution 953, based on the 2014 People's Procuracy Organisation Law. Under the resolution, the Supreme People's Procuracy appointed Nguyen Van Quang as the director of the high-level People's Procuracy. The Procuracy exists on four levels: district, province, high-level (for three centrally governed cities – HCM City, Ha Noi and Da Nang) and supreme. Also appointed were four deputy directors of the high-level People's Procuracy: Vo Van Them, Nguyen Thanh Son, Nguyen The Thanh and Le Xuan Hai. Nguyen Van Quang, director of the high-level People's Procuracy in HCM City, said the high-level People's Procuracy in HCM City had been established on the basis of Appeal Procuracy 3. In addition to exercising the right of prosecution and supervisor of judicial activities for … [Read more...]

New sluice gate helps water rice fields in Ben Tre

An irrigation sluice gate officially began operating in the Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre on June 19, aimed at preventing salinisation and supplying fresh water for local farmers. The Son Doc 2 sluice, located in Hung Le Commune, Giong Trom District, is part of the Northern Ben Tre Irrigation Project. Project director Do Van Nhan said the Son Doc 2 sluice, built with an investment of 150 billion VND (roughly 6.8 million USD), is a very important component of the bigger project, helping supply fresh water for 11,000ha of agricultural land in the districts of Giong Trom and Ba Tri. Overall, the Northern Ben Tre Irrigation Project is expected to prevent saline water intrusion while irrigating 140,000ha of crops and providing 20,000ha of water surface for aquaculture in the districts of Binh Dai, Ba Tri, Giong Trom and Chau Thanh, and Ben Tre City. Cao Van Trong, Chairman of the provincial People's Committee, said at the sluice inauguration ceremony that in recent years, the … [Read more...]

Ben Tre sluice gate to rehydrate local farms

BEN TRE (VNS)— An irrigation sluice gate officially began operating in Ben Tre Province's Giong Trom District yesterday, aimed at preventing salination and supplying fresh water for local farmers. The Son Doc 2 sluice, located in Hung Le Commune, is part of the Northern Ben Tre Irrigation Project. Project director Do Van Nhan said work began on the Son Doc 2 sluice in March 2013 with a capital investment of VND150 billion (roughly US$6.8 million). He said it was a very important component of the bigger project, helping supply fresh water for 11,000ha of agricultural land in the districts of Giong Trom and Ba Tri. Overall, the project is expected to prevent saline water intrusion while irrigating 140,000ha of crops and providing 20,000ha of water surface for aquaculture in the districts of Binh Dai, Ba Tri, Giong Trom and Chau Thanh, and Ben Tre City. It will also help develop road and waterway transportation in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province. Officials said the supply … [Read more...]

Innovation and Creativity: Driving Force for Sustainable Development

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After nearly 10 years doing business in Hoa Binh province, An Thinh Hoa Binh Real Estate Joint Stock Company has left remarkable imprints in urban and industrial infrastructure construction. Its Luong Son Industrial Park is a bright spot in investment attraction in Hoa Binh province. But for more than a year now, An Thinh Hoa Binh decided to invest in a new trend. Vietnam Business Forum interviewed Mr Vu Duy Bong, Chairman of An Thinh Hoa Binh Real Estate Joint Stock Company and Member of VCCI Executive Committee of the sixth term. Nguyet Tham reports.As a business leader, how do you assess VCCI’s positions and roles in business support and development promotion in the past term? VCCI has an important role in the business community, which is convincingly evidenced by its gathering of over 110,000 direct and indirect members. Remarkably, top companies of different economic sectors are VCCI members. The 5th VCCI term (2008-2013) is a testing period of the Vietnamese economy and … [Read more...]

Relic and legendary Vietnamese hero captured in photos

Two stone dragons at the entrance to the Phu Dong Temple. Photo:Tuoi Tre

A recent trip by a Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporter has offered a fascinating glimpse of an age-old relic complex on the outskirts of Hanoi which is home to a legendary young hero and a UNESCO-recognized festival held to pay tribute to him. Located only 20 kilometers from the heart of the Vietnamese capital, Phu Dong Commune in Gia Lam District is legendarily believed to be where Thanh Giong, one of the four immortal heroes in Vietnamese folklore, was born and defeated Chinese invaders. As legend has it, Thanh Giong’s mother conceived him soon after she put her foot into a huge footstep. At three years old, Thanh Giong remained unable to speak or walk. To his mother’s and everyone else’s astonishment, the little boy insisted his mother notify the king’s emissary of his intention to defend his country against the invaders. Within an instant, the little boy grew into a brawny young man. After triumphing over the enemy, Thanh Giong soared from the Soc … [Read more...]

Relic associated with legendary Vietnamese hero captured in photos

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A recent trip by a Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporter has offered a fascinating glimpse of an age-old relic complex on the outskirts of Hanoi which is home to a legendary young hero and a UNESCO-recognized festival held to pay tribute to him. Located only 20 kilometers from the heart of the Vietnamese capital, Phu Dong Commune in Gia Lam District is legendarily believed to be where Thanh Giong, one of the four immortal heroes in Vietnamese folklore, was born and defeated Chinese invaders. As legend has it, Thanh Giong’s mother conceived him soon after she put her foot into a huge footstep. At three years old, Thanh Giong remained unable to speak or walk. To his mother’s and everyone else’s astonishment, the little boy insisted his mother notify the king’s emissary of his intention to defend his country against the invaders. Within an instant, the little boy grew into a brawny young man. After triumphing over the enemy, Thanh Giong soared from the … [Read more...]

“Thanh Giong” folk-hero story in textbook stirs debate

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VietNamNet Bridge - Thanh Giong (Saint Giong), a well-known Vietnamese mythical folk hero, has become the subject of debate among parents and educators. The paragraph was an excerpt from a book of Nguyen Dinh Thi, a famous Vietnamese writer, who wrote about Saint Giong after reading the folk tale. The parents believe that the textbook compilers distorted the history and image of Saint Giong, who is a hero in Vietnamese thoughts. They fear that the false information in the textbook will spoil the image of the national hero and lead to students’ misunderstanding about the nation’s struggle against invaders. Under traditional school of thought, Giong is a giant hero, who rides on an iron horse leading Van Lang (the old name of Vietnam) to victory against invaders. In the folk tale, Giong and his iron horse ascend to Heaven after defeating the An tribe, and he becomes one of The Four Immortals. The Saint Giong Festival has been held since the defeat against the An, … [Read more...]

Recluse artist’s work on display after 31 years

Thirty-five paintings by Nguyen Tu Nghiem never before seen by the public are on display at an exhibition at Ngan Pho Gallery in downtown Hanoi. They belong to a collection owned by artist Mai Anh, who fell in love with Nghiem's paintings a long time ago. The exhibition is only the second of Nghiem's work, following his first show back in 1984. Nghiem secluded himself from society many years ago, leading many to wonder whether he was still alive. The idea for the exhibition came to Mai Anh and her husband, the owners of Ngan Pho Gallery, about one month before the Lunar New Year. They intended to hold the exhibition on the occasion of the New Year and invite artist Nghiem to appear and talk about his paintings, but Nghiem was sick and they had to cancel their plans. "The public has shown interest in the exhibition, and someone asked me why the exhibition was delayed for a few days," said Mai Anh. The paintings on display were created from pastels, chalk and pencil from … [Read more...]

EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR FEB. 1-10 (daily updated)

Frankenstein Theatre Performances in Vietnam ADGE Europe presents TNT Theatre Britain in: FRANKENSTEIN The Monster and the Myth By Paul Stebbings and Phil Smith inspired by the Mary Shelley novel and the Hollywood movies. Performances in English HANOI OPERA HOUSE Wed 18 Mar 2015, 8 pm - HCMC OPERA HOUSE Fri 20 Mar 2015, 11 am 20 and 21 Mar 2015, 8 pm Tickets information below From ADGE: FRANKENSTEIN is one of the most potent modern myths. TNT revives its internationally acclaimed production in autumn 2014. Too many stage versions and even films ignore that this story is not a novel but a myth that has grown out of Mary Shelley's original; so our production combines Boris Karloff's immense impact with that of the original story to create a fascinating and entertaining new work. This FRANKENSTEIN is a Gothic comedy and a gripping a horror thriller that explores the darker themes within the myth. Should scientific research be held back by irrational prejudice or religious … [Read more...]

Vietnamese animation: Hope for the brighter future

Scenes of some favourite Vietnamese animations namely, Tit and Mit, Under the tree, The adventure of Bee

(Cinet)- "Little flowers" screening on the Vietnamese televion used to be the most expected program of children in 1980s,1990s. The period of time "lack of culture" passed over , everything has changed… The golden age In 1960, the first black and white animation named "It serves the Fox right" ( Dang doi thang cao) debuted to public, making the milestone for establishing Vietnamese Animation. In the years 1960-1975, regardless of plentiful difficulties in war, tens of animations were born with some kind of films, namely drawing film, paper cutting film, Doll film… Besides, many qualified films obtained the high prizes in National as well as International Film Festival, including " A kitten" (Meo con) – gained the Siver pelican in Mamaia Film Fest in 1966, certificated in Frankfurt 1967, " the story about Giong" ( Chuyen ong giong) – gained The Golden Dove in Leipzig international film fest certificated in Moscow film Fest in 1971…Along with the … [Read more...]

Vietnamese myths featured in music

Spirited performer: Le Cat Trong Ly rehearses for her Vui transnational tour, held a few years ago.— Photo Courtesy of Le Cat Trong Ly

Vietnamese singer Le Cat Trong Ly along with American artists will depict six legendary Vietnamese myths through singing, live visual arts and an interactive dance tonight in HCM City. The American electronic duo, Space/Panther, will collaborate with Ly to create a digital fictional book about the six myths. Le Cat Trong Ly used one of the legends in composing her first song Chenh Venh when she began her music career. She wrote the song after reading the myths about Tien Dung and Chu Dong Tu. Inspired by the Vietnamese stories, the production will take the audience on an exhilarating ride through a land of fantasy. The legendary story of the fairy Au Co and dragon king Lac Long Quan represents the origin of the Vietnamese people, and the myth about Son Tinh and Thuy Tinh represents the seasonal patterns in Viet Nam. The story about Thanh Giong concerns a young boy who becomes a giant, brought by the gods to fight off invaders in Viet Nam, and another myth revolves around Chu … [Read more...]

2014 outstanding entrepreneurs and lecturers honored

30 outstanding entrepreneurs and lecturers were honored in Hanoi,    on Sunday. (Photo: vov.vn)

(VOVworld) – 30 outstanding entrepreneurs and lecturers were honored in Hanoi, on Sunday. A ceremony was co-hosted by the Vietnam Young Entrepreneurs Association, the Thanh Giong Intellectual Gateway, and TOPICA E-learning Program. At the event, the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union and Vietnam Youth Union awarded 5 entrepreneurs who have helped youths set themselves up in business. 30 entrepreneurs have led projects to assist youths in business and share their experience with youths via E-learning. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 6/10

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Music, light show brightens HCM City A free concert will grace HCM City with visual effects and performances of Viet Nam's leading singers. Cao Hon, Xa Hon ­- Viet Nam Oi! (Move Higher and Farther, Viet Nam!) will take place at the Reunification Palace on October11. The two-hour concert will include three parts, with each part spotlighting Thanh Bui, Hong Nhung or Ho Ngoc Ha. Thanh, owner of the Soul Music Academy, said: "My performance will feature my little students. We will bring audiences songs in both Vietnamese and English. There will be dance and musicals as well." … [Read more...]

Industrial Zones: Concentrating on Creating Clean Land Fund for Industries

Rach Mieu bridge has been opened for traffic, facilitating transportation in Ben Tre, thus luring more investors into Ben Tre, especially into its industrial zones.

By now, Ben Tre has established two industrial zones (An Hiep industrial zone, Giao Long industrial zone), investment certificates have been granted to 38 projects with total registered capital of VND9,597 billion; of which there are 21 FDI projects with registered capital of US$327.6 million. Foreign investors come mainly from Thailand, Japan and Korea. Currently, An Hiep industrial zone has rent 100 percent of its industrial land; Giao Long industrial zone has rent 95 percent in the first phase; and though it is levelling the surface, constructing infrastructure for the second phase, it has rent 69 percent of the industrial land. … [Read more...]

Illegal spyware tracks smartphone users

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The Ha Noi Department of Information and Communication s has recently caught a private IT company spying on 14,140 mobile phone subscribers using the Ptracker software. Initial police investigations showed that the Viet Hong Company's malicious software used on digital devices to collect personal information was being used by wives and husbands to keep track of their partners. Viet Nam News talked to a lawyer, IT expert, psychologist and members of the public about the issue. Dinh Doan Dinh Doan, marriage and family counsellor and director of Psyconsult Co,Ltd … [Read more...]