Most modern cemetery in Vietnam, new threat to Dong Nai river

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VietNamNet Bridge - It remains questionable why the cemetery project near the Dong Nai River which threatens the life of the river, has been approved. In early July 2011, Dona Coop announced the project on building a cemetery which is expected to be the most modern one in Vietnam, to be located on the advantageous position in accordance with oriental geomancy. However, worries and doubts have been raised about the feasibility of the project. The position which the investors calls "advantageous position" is, in fact, is just 100 meters far from the Dong Nai river. Therefore, they have every reason to worry that the cemetery would pollute the river and threaten the means of subsistence of thousands of local people. The paradise for the dead… The An Vien Vinh Hang cemetery covers an area of 116 hectares in the first phase, capitalized at 500 billion dong and it is expected to become operational from the end of 2011. After that, 200 hectares more would be expanded in the second phase of … [Read more...]

Traditional ao dai remains a timeless trend

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VietNamNet Bridge - Though Viet Nam's famous traditional dress has taken many forms over the centuries, its allure and appeal has never died. People all over Viet Nam are familiar with poems featuring the beauty of the country's national dress, the ao dai, its slim-fitting tunic with long side splits from the waist, worn over palazzo-style trousers. The traditional woman's dress has been mentioned in many poems, stories and songs for centuries. Poet Dinh Vu Ngoc likened it to the country's S-shape in her poem Chiec Ao Dai Viet Nam, which was roughly translated as: "The fatherland's dress, slender shape "The national beauty split into two flaps "The flap on the side of the East Sea with sparkling waves "The flap on the side of the Truong Son Mountains is brilliant with flowers "The wide flap in the South flying in the wind "The waspy waist of the Central region "The heartbeat of Ha Noi on the chest "The fragrance of three regions, the fragrance of flesh. The ao dai is … [Read more...]

UNESCO Vietnam faces complaints over USD1,000 a head awards ceremony

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Many people have complained about the Vietnam Federation of UNESCO Associations (VFUA) who been accused of harassing people into spending VND22 million (USD1,000) for tickets to an awards ceremony. People are asked to pay nearly USD1,000 to attend the event In the past few days, several academics have been invited to a ceremony to honour managers on global ethical standards, people that make achievements in Vietnam and to honour individuals and organisations in business sectors that meet UNESCO's criteria. The event is expected to be held on April 23 in Hanoi. On the invitation, they were asked to pay VND22m to cover the cost of venue rental, light, equipment and the trophies that will be given to them. By participating, they are promised to a global ethic conference held by UNESCO Vietnam and meeting with experts in education, culture, health sectors and country's top leaders. Associated Professor Nguyen Thi Phuong Hoa from University of Social Sciences and Humanities - Vietnam … [Read more...]

HCM City to issue electronic bus ticket cards

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The HCM City Department of Transport plans to issue electronic ticket cards on all bus routes next year in an aim to improve passenger convenience and management of the bus system. The build-own-operate project for the smart ticket system for public transport has a total investment of 321.1 billion VND (14.3 million USD), approved by the municipal People’s Committee. The three-year project, which began last year, will allow passengers to pay ticket fares online each month or for the entire year. Khuat Viet Hung, Deputy Chairman of the National Traffic Safety Committee, said that the implementation of electronic ticket systems in public passenger transport would create conveniences for passengers. An information technology revamp will prevent misuse of subsidy policies, Hung said at a conference held recently. Although subsidies for bus operators have remained stable, the number of bus passengers has fallen sharply, according to the city’s Public Transport … [Read more...]

HCM City to issue electronic bus ticket cards for all routes

A bus of the Saigonbus Co Ltd heads towards the Ben Thanh Market-Cho Lon Terminal. The HCM City Department of Transport plans to issue electronic ticket cards for all bus routes next year. – VNA/VNS Photo Hoang Hai

VietNamNet Bridge – The HCM City Department of Transport plans to issue electronic ticket cards on all bus routes next year in an aim to improve passenger convenience and management of the bus system. The build-own-operate project for the smart ticket system for public transport has a total investment of VND321.1 billion (US$14.3 million), approved by the municipal People’s Committee. The three-year project, which began last year, will allow passengers to pay ticket fares online each month or for the entire year. Khuat Viet Hung, deputy chairman of the National Traffic Safety Committee, said that the implementation of electronic ticket systems in public passenger transport would create conveniences for passengers. An information technology revamp will prevent misuse of subsidy policies, Hung said at a conference held last Friday. Although subsidies for bus operators have remained stable, the number of bus passengers has fallen sharply, according to the city’s … [Read more...]

Artists’ photo campaign a warning about devastating effects of pollution

A photo collection featuring eight Vietnamese artists wearing gas masks is circulating on social media websites YouTube, Facebook and Instagram. The photos depict the effects of pollution on daily life, especially from exhaust emitted by power stations that use fossil fuel. - Photo daidoanket.vn

VietNamNet Bridge - A photo collection featuring eight Vietnamese artists wearing gas masks is circulating on social media websites YouTube, Facebook and Instagram. The photos depict the effects of pollution on daily life, especially from exhaust emitted by power stations that use fossil fuel. "I'm shocked. I can't imagine how my life will be in the future if pollution becomes more severe," said Nguyen The Hung, a student at the HCM City University of Economies. The photo collection, created by art director Lai Nguyen and photographer Milor Tran, is part of the "I Can't" campaign launched by CHANGE (Centre of Hands-on Action and Networking for Growth and Environment) and 350.org Viet Nam. With the topic of "Don't Let Pollution Destroy Your Life", the campaign has attracted eight artists, including composer/singers Thanh Bui and Tien Tien, singers Trong Hieu, Bich Ngoc and Hoang Quyen, actress Diem My, choreographer Alexander Tu and dancer Hai Anh. Composer/singer Thanh Bui, who … [Read more...]

CAAV’s plan to build airports in northwest raises controversy

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VietNamNet Bridge - Aviation experts believe that it would be a waste to spend VND10 trillion to build three airports in the northwest. The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) has submitted to the Ministry of Transport a plan to build three airports in the northwestern provinces with total investment capital of VND9.813 trillion. Economists disagree with the plan, describing it as ‘unnecessary’ and ‘wasteful’. Tran Dinh Ba from the Vietnam Economics Association said Vietnam is not a large country, but it has up to 100 airports, many of which are located near each other and and left idle. "The Phu Quoc Airport, built at a high cost, has been put up for sale. The Can Tho International Airport nearby has been deserted. I am afraid that the three airports in the northwest will be in the same situation," he said. The expert said that National Assembly’s deputies have many times expressed their worries about the ‘airport inflation’ in … [Read more...]

Teen tales hit shelves amid growing demand

Life and love: The cover of Chao (Fermented Tofu), a 70-page book of eight short stories by writer Doan Thach Bien, includes tales about girls and boys at high school. -- VNS Photo

VietNamNet Bridge - After a hiatus of several years, talented writer Doan Thach Bien has written two books, both of which were released in HCM City this week. While the 70-page book Chao (Fermented Tofu) includes eight short stories, the 107-page Mua He Khac Nghiet (Hard Summer) is a novella. Both tell stories about girls and boys at high school who discover life and love. The book features teen loves, hopes and dreams, written with the author's typical imagination and flair. Bien told his fans at the book-signing ceremony in HCM City that he was involved in writing books aimed at teenagers because he "wanted to create a dreamlike world for youngsters, who believe in the best things about life and people". More than 11,000 copies of the two books have been printed and distributed by the HCM City Culture and Arts Publishing House and Phương Nam Book. According to the Phương Nam Book, the company signed an exclusive contract to publish several books of Bien, some of them released … [Read more...]

Students’ research on iris biometrics technology recognized in journal

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VietNamNet Bridge - A research work by two Vietnamese university students on iris biometrics has been recognized by the Journal of KIIT, a prestigious scientific publication, which is heartening news for the Vietnamese community of young scientists. In Vietnam, iris biometrics technology remains unfamiliar to people. However, Nguyen Hai Duong and Ung Quang Huy, the two young scientists, believe that the technology is a growing trend for security solutions in modern times. They have devoted themselves to research on the matter. Citibank has utilized iris biometric technology for its ATM cards, while Fujitsu and Microsoft have used the technology for smartphones instead of PIN codes. The bad news is that password, PIN codes and fingerprint biometrics cannot ensure absolute security. Most recently, a research team from University of Michigan and Vkansee announced they could forge fingerprints to unlock iPhones. A research work by two Vietnamese university students on iris … [Read more...]

Southern provinces shifts to compressed natural gas

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Officials from the transport sectors of southern provinces urged the Government to issue special policies to encourage the use of compressed natural gas (CNG) in public transportation. A compressed natural gas (CNG) bus is put into operation on the Ben Thanh - Cho Lon route in HCM City. Tran Van Quan, deputy director of Dong Nai Province's Department of Transport, said the scheme of purchasing 550 CNG buses for the province had been submitted to the provincial government twice. However, the central government has not issued a policy to help enterprises develop the CNG transport industry. The Government had said that CNG was not a new technology that was to be given top priority, he said. The province has been working with Binh Duong Province and HCM City to present its views to the Government. The Government does not see the long-term environmental benefits of reducing import taxes to develop a CNG automobile industry, Quan said, adding that the Government should offer … [Read more...]

US, Russia compete for investment opportunities in Vietnam

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VietNamNet Bridge - The US economic presence in Vietnam has been increasing steadily since the normalization of Vietnam-US relations since the 1990s. Russia, which was once the largest trade partner of Vietnam, has also returned. Russia Beyond The HeadLines, in an article published some days ago, quoted economists as saying that there are plenty of niches that Russia can find in the Vietnamese market, even though the US’s increased presence seems to make it more difficult for Russia and other countries to compete. Hoang Khu, a former technical specialist at Vietsovpetro, an oil and gas joint venture between Vietnam and Russia, said on the website that Russia remains Vietnam’s favorite partner in the fields of high technology, national defence and nuclear power. Moscow and Hanoi both wish to boost cooperation between the two countries in economic fields. The export of Russian Renault cars to Vietnam and the establishment of a Vietnam industrial complex in Moscow are … [Read more...]

HCM City still looking for flood-prevention solutions

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VietNamNet Bridge - The HCM City Anti-flood Program’s Management Board plans to buy 63 specific vehicles to pump water in floods, but scientists say the solution is ‘anti-scientific’ and not feasible. The management board on March 17 confirmed that it has asked the city’s authorities to approve the budget of VND1.4 trillion to buy 63 anti-flood vehicles. The price of one such vehicle is high enough to buy one super car Rolls Royce Phantom, nearly VND20 billion. Commenting about the solution, Pham Xuan Mai from the HCM City University of Technology said: "I must say that it is not feasible to fight against flood with mobile pump machines in HCM City." He said water pump vehicles will not be useful, while in order to protect against flooding, it is necessary to have good water drainage systems and fixed pump stations with high capacity. HCM City has been flooded because the pipelines for water drainage have a small diameter. "This is the mistake made by … [Read more...]

Middle income trap a risk: experts

Per capita income of Viet Nam surpassed US$1,000 in 2008 (currently about $2,000) so the country is now classified as a low middle-income country, according to the criteria of the World Bank. — Photo cafef.vn

HCM CITY (Biz Hub) — Viet Nam needs to shift from a low middle-income to higher-income nation and avoid the middle-income trap by reforming policy content, structure and organisation, heard an international seminar that ended Friday in HCM City. Pham Thi Minh Uyen, from the Trade University, said based on the theory of the middle-income trap of Japanese economist Kenichi Ohno Viet Nam was now stuck in a low middle-income trap. Per capita income of Viet Nam surpassed US$1,000 in 2008 (currently about $2,000) so the country is now classified as a low middle-income country, according to the criteria of the World Bank. Experts have said that Viet Nam relies too heavily on extracted resources, monoculture exports, subsistence agriculture and foreign aid. Traditional industries such as mining and agriculture, which have the most potential, remain small. Without strong reform, especially if Viet Nam does not resolve the issue of corruption, it will be difficult for the country to … [Read more...]

Vigilant over China’s new plots in the East Sea

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VietNamNet Bridge - China understands that the United States, Japan and other major powers know about its plots in the East Sea, internationally known as the South China Sea. The term "sovereignty" could be understood in two main ways [1]: (1) being recognized by the international community and in conformity with international conventions on sovereignty and (2) based on the state's ability to protect national sovereignty, particularly ensuring defense and security; protection of people's rights to exploit natural resources and live on the place where their ancestors lived, whether it is land, sea or islands. When the two demands are incompatible, ie the ability to ensure national security disproportionate to the rights recognized by international conventions, then sovereignty disputes can break out. Thus, national sovereignty is not an absolute, eternal concept. With the inherent imbalance of economic and military power among countries, the economic, political and military … [Read more...]

Software park alliance approved

HCM CITY (VNS)— Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has approved a pilot programme to expand the country's software parks by setting up Quang Trung Software City (QTSC) alliance. Under the pilot programme, HCM City together with other localities or provinces will upgrade infrastructure for IT development. The first QTSC was built in HCM City's District 12 more than 13 years ago. Other software parks include QTSC 2, which is now waiting for land allocation, as well as an IT park at Viet Nam National University in HCM City's Thu Duc District, a VNPT complex in District 10, and an IT park at HCM City University of Technology. The PM said that other Quang Trung Software City parks had been approved for Da Lat in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong and the northern province of Nam Dinh. The Quang Trung Software City alliance will at first include two members, the QTSC in District 12 and the National University of HCM City IT Park in Thu Duc District. The alliance can receive … [Read more...]

Ho Chi Minh City develops street food into tourist attraction

Ho Chi Minh City is developing street food as a unique culture to draw more domestic and foreign visitors. The southern metropolis is known for various specialties from various regions such as Soc Trang fish noodle soup, southern crispy pancakes, Hue beef noodle soup, Quy Nhon rice noodles with fish paste, and Sa Dec noodle with seasoned and sautéed beef. The global Food and Wine Magazine selected Ho Chi Minh City as one of the 10 best street food destinations in the world. "Sai Gon’s street foods range from the savory soup known as pho and the French colonial-influenced banh mi (pâté sandwiches on French bread) to regional southern specialties like banh xeo (stuffed pancakes) and canh chua (fish soup). A trip to the megasize Ben Thanh Market could yield spring rolls, spices and a knockoff handbag," the magazine said on its website. To fully tap the potential of street food, the tourism sector must improve price management, the attitude of street food … [Read more...]

HCM City develops street food into tourist attraction

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Ho Chi Minh City is developing street food as a unique culture to draw more domestic and foreign visitors. The southern metropolis is known for various specialties from various regions such as Soc Trang fish noodle soup, southern crispy pancakes, Hue beef noodle soup, Quy Nhon rice noodles with fish paste, and Sa Dec noodle with seasoned and sautéed beef. The global Food and Wine Magazine selected Ho Chi Minh City as one of the 10 best street food destinations in the world. "Saigon’s street foods range from the savory soup known as pho and the French colonial-influenced banh mi (pâté sandwiches on French bread) to regional southern specialties like banh xeo (stuffed pancakes) and canh chua (fish soup). A trip to the megasize Ben Thanh Market could yield spring rolls, spices and a knockoff handbag," the magazine said on its website. To fully tap the potential of street food, the tourism sector must improve price management, the attitude of street food … [Read more...]

Doctors share thoughts on their jobs

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Viet Nam News talks with doctors about their hopes for healthcare and job concerns on the 61st anniversary of Vietnamese Doctors' Day today. Over the years, the quality of the country's health sector has much improved. The contributions of hospital doctors and medical workers to improving people's health are considerable. Are there any concerns about the job or the health sector that you want to share with our readers? Professor Nguyen Ba Duc, deputy chairman of the Viet Nam Cancer Association and former director of the National Cancer Hospital I'm concerned about health sector operational policy in Viet Nam. The sector has not found a happy medium between the necessary operating expenses and the need for developed, modern healthcare for everyone. On the one hand, we ask for the best medical services. But on the other hand, financial investment in the sector remains insufficient. Action regarding the prevention and cure of cancer in Viet Nam is still weak, while the number of … [Read more...]

Doctors share thoughts about their jobs

On the occasion of the 61st founding anniversary of Vietnamese Doctors' Day on February 27, Viet Nam News talks to doctors about their thoughts and concerns about the job. Over the past years, the quality of the country's heath sector has much improved, and contributions by the hospital's doctors and medical workers to improving people's health are considerable. Are there any concerns about the job, or the sector that you want to share with our readers?Le Hong Nhan, head of the Department of Neurosurgery, Viet-Duc Hospital, Ha Noi Over the past years, we have seen great progress in the health sector in general and in the neurosurgery field alone. The government and the health ministry had invested considerably in the heath sector and such investment is greatly welcomed. However, the lack of proper facilities and advanced medical equipment is still one challenge we face, especially in the neurosurgery area. For instance, at Viet Duc Hospital, the number of patients waiting for … [Read more...]

Vietnamese students to attend international fuel contest

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The Hanoitimes - Eleven teams from Vietnam's top engineering and industrial universities and junior colleges will compete at the 2016 Shell Eco-marathon Asia (SEM). The event, a competition that challenges teams to build energy efficient vehicles, will be hosted by the Philippines from March 3 to 6. Over 100 students teams will gather to showcase, test and drive their self-built fuel-efficient vehicles on the streets of Manila. ​Shell Eco-marathon began in 1939 at a Shell research laboratory in the US as a friendly wager between scientists to see who could get the most miles per gallon from their vehicle. The first Shell Eco-marathon was launched in 1985 in France , and in 2007 in the US . The inaugural Shell Eco-marathon Asia was held in Malaysia in 2010. Malaysia will continue to host Shell Eco-Marathon Asia until 2013, following which, the event will move to Manila , the Philippines from 2014 to 2016. Prizes will be awarded for the cars that run the farthest on a single … [Read more...]