“Get the Picture” Contest – Tet 2013

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RULES AND ELIGIBILITY "GET THE PICTURE" QUIZ[Vietnamese version] >> Tet Tet Tet Quiz Eligibility: The quiz is open to all Tuoi Tre Newspaper’s readers, excluding the staff, employees and reporters of Tuoi Tre, and those of the sponsor Eximbank. Quiz duration: Entry is open from now to 11:59pm, March 4, 2013. How to register Contest entrants visit the website http://www.tuoitrenews.vn/cmlink/tuoitrenews/game/, select the Get the Picture quiz, and click Sign up to create an account (free of charge) with correct information as requested in the registration form. Each ID number, passport, and email is eligible for only ONE account.How to play the quiz The quiz consists of 10 photos featuring 10 Vietnamese traditional folk games or ceremonies that are observed all round Vietnam in celebration of Tet, or Lunar New Year.In each question, entrants will see a photo and four suggested answers, only one of which is correct. Entrants will click on what they think is the correct answer and … [Read more...]

“Tet Tet Tet” Contest 2013

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RULES AND ELIGIBILITY "TET TET TET" QUIZ (Vietnamese version) >> Get the Picture quiz Eligibility: The quiz is open to all Tuoi Tre Newspaper's readers, excluding the staff, employees and reporters of Tuoi Tre, and those of the sponsor Eximbank. Quiz duration: Entry is open from now to 11:59pm, March 4, 2013. How to enter Contest entrants visit the website http://www.tuoitrenews.vn/cmlink/tuoitrenews/game/, select the Tet Tet Tet quiz, and click Sign up to create an account (free of charge) with correct information as requested in the registration form. Each ID number, passport, and email is eligible for only ONE account. For any further information, please send your question to ttn@tuoitre.com.vn with the subject title "Queries on Tet Tet Tet 2013." How to play the quiz The quiz consists of 10 questions related to Vietnamese traditional customs that are observed around Vietnam on the occasion of Tet, or Lunar New Year. In each question, entrants will see a photo … [Read more...]

Solve Vietnamese culture crossword to win prizes

RULES AND ELIGIBILITY CULTURAL MOSAIC CROSSWORD ( Vietnamese version) >> Get the Picture quiz >> Tet Tet Tet quiz >> Who's Who writing contest Eligibility: The crossword is open to all Tuoi Tre Newspaper's readers, excluding the staff, employees and reporters of Tuoi Tre, and those of the sponsor. Duration: Entry is open from now to 11:59pm, February 16, 2012. How to enter Contest entrants visit the website http://www.tuoitrenews.vn/cmlink/tuoitrenews/game/ , select the Cultural Mosaic crossword, and click Sign up to create an account (free of charge) with correct information as requested in the registration form. Each ID number, passport, and email is eligible for only ONE account. For any further information, please send your question to ttn@tuoitre.com.vn with the subject title "Queries on Cultural Mosaic Crossword 2012."How the game is played This is an English crossword about Vietnamese culture, with 10 clues to help the entrants think … [Read more...]

Inequality a global trend, but Viet Nam should worry

by Gabriel Demombynes, Senior Economist Should inequality be a concern in Viet Nam? I asked this question of an older farmer I met in Lao Cai last year. After our interpreter struggled to find a word in Mong language that translated as "inequality", I asked him if he viewed the difference in income between the rich and poor as a problem. When he said no, I asked him how much he thought a rich person earned. One million Vietnamese dong (US$47) per month, he said. The gentleman was not concerned about inequality in large part because he was unaware of the large gap that exists between the rich and poor in modern Viet Nam. Having rarely left his village or spoken with someone not of Mong origin, he did not know that VND1 million is far less than that of a typical resident of Ha Noi or HCM City. And the total wealth of the richest individual in Viet Nam, according to Forbes magazine's list of billionaires, is VND30 trillion ($1.4 billion), an amount inconceivable to him. … [Read more...]

Six get death sentence in drug trial

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The Hanoi People's Court concluded a five-day international drug trafficking trial on Dec. 23 with the jury handing out 6 death sentences, 3 life sentences and 7 verdicts of 17-20 years in jail. Judge Tran Van Vy ruled during the trial that the drug smuggling ring operated for a long period of time and was involved in trafficking almost 24 kilograms of heroin from Laos to Vietnam. After deliberations, the Hanoi jurors handed out the death penalty to the six suspects Song A Gia, Giang A Thao, Do Van Lac, Dang Dinh Hung, Nguyen Ngoc Khanh and Trinh Van Hoa , who were also each fined 100 to 400 million VND. … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s Eximbank sells 10,000 shares via online auction

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The Vietnam Export-Import Commercial Joint-stock Bank (Eximbank) conducted an online auction to sell 10,000 shares with a nominal value of one million VND per share yesterday, Dec. 18. The 10,000 shares were sold to 47 investors, including a foreigner and an institutional investor, at 1.13 million to 4 million VND per share. One million Vietnamese dong (VND) is equivalent to about $US 66. A total of 60 investors in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City participated in the HCMC-based bank's auction. … [Read more...]

Gold continues to rebound

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The price of gold in Vietnam continued to rebound after dropping sharply in the last week, following another price rise in the international gold market. On Thursday, a tael of 99.99 percent pure gold closed at VND (Vietnamese dong) 8.54 million in the Central Vietnam city of Da Nang, an increase of VND 90,000 to 100,000 from a day earlier. Prices also leapt up to VND 8.53 million in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho. … [Read more...]

Hanoi People’s Procuracy compensates wrongly convicted citizen

The Hanoi People's Procuracy agreed for the first time to compensate a man wrongly convicted of forging legal papers and documents to help foreigners adopt Vietnamese children, said a court officer on Tuesday. Hoang Huu Phuong, a resident of the northern province of Bac Giang, was awarded 29 million Vietnamese Dong (VND) for the time he spent in jail, the officer said. Mr. Phuong had originally demanded 393 million VND in compensation, he added. One million Vietnamese Dong is equivalent to about $US 66. Mr. Phuong spent 258 days in jail before he was cleared by Hanoi Supreme People's Court in July 1997, the court officer reported. Mr. Phuong was taken into custody in 1996 for his alleged involvement in obtaining children from orphanages for foreigners seeking to adopt Vietnamese children, said the officer. He stood trial on charges of forging government and social organizations' papers and documents, he added. The conviction was overturned by the Hanoi Supreme People's Court a … [Read more...]

Cell phone distributors, agents split on effect of import tax dip

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Mobile phone distributors are hoping that a recent dip in import taxes on cell phones will help stamp out phone smuggling in Vietnam, but sales agents said things will not change much. On Oct. 20, the Finance Ministry reduced the import tariff on mobile phones from ten to five percent. The reduction is aimed at curbing widespread mobile phone smuggling, said a high-ranking trade official. Currently, legally-imported mobile phones cost nearly five percent more than smuggled products, according to distributors. With the new tax, the price of imported mobile phones will drop five percent, said a representative of FPT, the official distributor of mobile phone giant Nokia. … [Read more...]

Kidnapped girl rescued by Mekong Delta police

Policemen in the mekong Delta province of Can Tho took a suspicious woman into custody when she tried to sell a three-year-old girl for one million Vietnamese dong (about $US 66.) At the police station, a woman named Huynh Thi Hue confessed she deceived a couple in An Giang Province and kidnapped their daughter. The kidnapper was born in 1959 in Bac Lieu Province and is now homeless. … [Read more...]

Private tow-truck team helps rescue work in Mekong Delta

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A privately-run professional tow-truck service in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang has facilitated rescue efforts in many serious traffic accidents in the region. The service was set up in September 2001 by Nguyen Thanh Tam, a young man living in Tien Giang's Cai Be District, with only two tow-trucks and a few drivers. Now his team includes six tow-trucks and 30 drivers and workers. After the recovery team officially started operations, Mr. Tam carried out comprehensive research to pinpoint the high-risk areas of the locality and advertised his services to the local people. Anyone who reports an accident to his team will receive a commission of five percent of the total rescue cost. … [Read more...]

Landslide injures 4, destroys 2 houses outside HCMC

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Four people were injured in a landslide Saturday night on the Muong Chuoi River that swept two houses into the river and badly damaged two others in Nha Be District just outside Ho Chi Minh City. Fourteen other households have been evacuated from the landslide prone area, local authorities said. "A swift current might have triggered the landslide," said Mr. Nguyen Danh Thuan, an official of the HCMC Waterway Department. … [Read more...]

Easy-to-remember mobile phone numbers a profitable business

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Cell phone SIM cards with numbers that are very easy to remember have become a profitable business in Vietnam, each card selling for up to tens of millions of Vietnamese dong. "My shop has many SIM cards with 'good' numbers which can't be found anywhere else," boasted the owner of one cell phone shop in Hang Trong Street, which is considered by cell phone users as the center for easy-to-remember mobile numbers in the capital city Hanoi. But shop owners are only sales agents for speculators who decide card prices and they only get commissions on cards sold, they said. … [Read more...]

Smuggled cell phones flood the market

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Authorities are planning to enforce tighter measures to curb the rising number of smuggled mobile phones in the domestic market, said Nguyen Duc Thinh, head of the Bureau of Market Control. The BMC will hold a meeting with domestic mobile phone distributors and their foreign partners to find possible solutions to the problem, according to Mr. Thinh. Several mobile phone distributors have experienced a sharp downturn in mobile phone sales during the past few months despite the fact that Nokia and Samsung have recently unveiled a series of new models, blaming the resurgence of illegal cell phones, reported authorized sales agents. … [Read more...]

Breakfast @ Tuoitrenews – Feb 28

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Below are some of the main stories published in the Vietnamese press: - "Let's consider criticism honest comment," stated Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam at a ceremony to celebrate the 59th anniversary of Vietnamese Physicians' Day on February 27. According to the Deputy Prime Minister, after taking the responsibility of supervising health and education sectors, he has visited many hospitals and had many concerns about doctors' job. - Ba Ria - Vung Tau Province has recently introduced a hotline for people to report cases in which administrative officials have inappropriate behavior when working with local people. The hotline receives calls from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm every day, seven days a week. Society: - Le Manh Hung, general director of the Airport Corporation of Vietnam, has informed that there is a plan to expand Tan Son Nhat International Airport while waiting for the Long Thanh airport to be built in the next 10 years. - Doctors at the Ho Chi Minh City Children's … [Read more...]