First-graders study math before learning how to read


VietNamNet Bridge - First graders are being asked to solve math questions before they have even learned to read, parents say. … [Read more...]

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Saving power on occasion of Earth Hour event

The Hai Duong provincial People's Committee has directed the propaganda and implementation of the 2014 Earth Hour event. The provincial People's Committee required the Department of Industry and Trade, press agencies, Hai Duong Power One Member Co., Ltd., and Hai Duong Urban Work Management JSC. to focus on propaganda, dissemination, and mobilization of organizations and people to respond to the 2014 Earth Hour campaign with specific actions: turning off unnecessary lights and electrical … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 15/3

450 bridges to be built in rural areas nationwide As many as 450 bridges will be built in rural areas of 32 northern, central and Central Highland provinces from now to 2020 under a project approved by the Prime Minister on March 12. The bridges, to be built at a total cost of nearly VND324.9 billion (US$15.5 million) sourced from the State budget, will contribute to the socio-economic development of disadvantaged localities and the new-style rural area building programme. Priority will be … [Read more...]

Germany helps Thua Thien – Hue clear landmines

In Thua Thien-Hue, Mr.TeKimiti Gilbert - Landmine Program Director of APOPO humanitarian organization and Mr. Nguyen Van Cao - Thua Thien-Hue provincial Chairman of People's Committee has signed the memorandum on the implementation of the program "demining mines and unexploded ordnance in ALuoi district of Thua Thien-Hue province." The project funded by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs with a total value of 257, 911 euros, consists of two main components that enhance demining capacity … [Read more...]

Germany funds UXO clearance in Thua Thien-Hue

The German Ministry of Foreign Affairs will support the central province of Thua Thien-Hue with 257,911 EUR (359,940 USD) to implement a project to clear unexploded ordnance (UXOs) in A Luoi district. A cooperation document on the project has recently been signed by Tekimiti Gilbert, head of the APOPO's Mine Action Department and Chairman of the provincial People's Committee Nguyen Van Cao. In 2014, apart from clearing bombs and mines left over from wars in the district, the project will … [Read more...]

‘Cai luong’ wins back audiences in the north


Unlike in southern Vietnam, where "cai luong" (traditional southern music and performance) originated but is currently on the wane, the art has been drawing back its audiences in Hanoi over the past two years. Hanoi audiences thronged at Hong Ha Theater in Hanoi during the three nights the Vietnam Cai luong Theater staged its new 'cai luong' play, "Vua Thanh trieu Le" (The insightful King of the Le dynasty) early this month. People from other neighboring provinces also made it to the theater … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment Highlights for December 2

A photo exhibition on Vietnamese women, past and present, opened in Paris on November 30 to mark the exchange year (2013-2014) between the two countries.

Photo exhibition on Vietnamese women opens in Paris The photo collections were taken by two French friends named Philippe Chaplain, President of France's National Heritage Federation and photographer Daniel Frydman, who spent many years and have great sentiments twowards Vietnam. Around 50 photos and postcards were taken in the early 20th century recording evocative images of Vietnamese women in two distinct historical eras. In separate speeches two French authors spoke of their travels … [Read more...]

Meritorious artist Doan Ba to stage ‘Specter of Man’s Family’

A drama titled 'Specter of Man's Family'(Photo:SGGP)

Meritorious artist Doan Ba will introduce to audiences a drama titled 'Specter of Man's Family' at 179 Binh Thoi Street in District 11 in Ho Chi Minh City at 8.30pm on December 1. The drama will have participation of many famous artists such as meritorious artists Thanh Dien, Ha Tri Quang, Thuy Duong, Huu Thach, Trieu An, Cam Ha and singer Khang Le. 'Specter of Man's Family' tells the story of a leading heroine called Duyen, who was cheated into marrying a 90-year old man in China, called … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment Highlights for November 1

The work of Finnish artist Maritta Nurmi, a Ha Noi resident for over 20 years, will be presented at Manzi Art Space from tomorrow.

Vietnam Heritage Photo Exhibition opens They are focused on the daily life of ethnic groups, enjoying the marvelous and magic moment of festivities in the wide open space. The event is part of the second Vietnam Heritage Photo Contest with the aim of encouraging the social community to discover, preserve and promote natural and cultural heritage values. The exhibition will run until November 11. The Vietnam Heritage Photo Awards 2013 ceremony is scheduled to take place in Ho Chi Minh City … [Read more...]

Twee Hue howling for Halloween

Fright night: Decorative carved pumpkins light up Thuna House coffee shop in Hue. — Photo courtesy of Thuna House

THUA THIEN HUE (VNS) — Despite its reputation as a city hesitant to adopt foreign traditions, the city of Hue is buzzing with halloween excitement. The city is festooned with Halloween decorations; dead bodies, ghosts, pumpkins and monsters - a reminder of the city's younger generation. Shops display various decorations and Halloween costumes for sale while fake dead bodies are found hanging on trees throughout the city. "I found many interesting things from Halloween and have been feeling … [Read more...]

Seriously implementing power saving solutions

The provincial People's Committee has required State agencies, organizations, and individuals to seriously implement power saving solutions. The Hai Duong provincial People's Committee has issued a directive requiring State agencies, organizations, and individuals to seriously implement power saving (PS) solutions in production and daily life. State agencies' offices and headquarters should work out and execute the agencies and units' PS plans for the last months of 2013; strive to save at … [Read more...]

Hanoi’s water puppetry theatre makes Asian Book of Records


Hanoi's water puppetry theatre makes Asian Book of Records The Thang Long Water Puppetry Theatre in Hanoi has made the Asian Book of Records as the only Asian theatre performing water puppet shows all 365 days of the year. Established in 1969, the theatre initially started performing monthly water puppet shows for audiences in 1990, which subsequently changed to weekly and then to daily performances. Since almost all guided tours around Hanoi included a show at the Thang Long Water Puppetry … [Read more...]

Difficulties in solving environmental pollution in craft villages


After 9 years of implementation of thorough handling environmental pollution, only 2 villages out of 15 trade villages complete the process of anti-pollution. They are Dong Hung (Dong Son district, Thanh Hoa province) and Thuy Duong village (Thua Thien - Hue province). The other two villages which no longer caused serious environmental are Cam Giang district (Hai Duong province) and Lien Xa (Hung Yen province). Some craft villages have stopped their operations or planned to change to new … [Read more...]

Ladies, cross this habit out

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Women have this habit of crossing their legs when sitting on chairs in what is said to be a feminine posture, but don't overdo it, doctors advised. They said too much of this leg crossing business will compress nerves on the upper side of the thigh and cause cartilage around the hip to wear out, leading to hip paralysis, or inflammation of the knee ligaments. Specialists at the Nguyen Tri Phuong Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City are treating a young woman, Thuy Duong, with hip problem that doctors … [Read more...]

Efforts for Higher PCI


It is only 18 months before Thua Thien - Hue province becomes a centrally governed city. The decline in provincial competitiveness index (PCI) requires more efforts from the government and the people. Vietnam Business Forum interviews Mr Nguyen Van Cao, Chairman of Provincial People's Committee, on this issue. Phan Quang reports. The year 2012 witnessed the province's endeavour to build infrastructure to create the foundation for being a centrally run city. After a year, what are the clearest … [Read more...]

One click for pho, food ordering goes online in VN


It's 4 in the afternoon, and in a recently begun tradition, Linh Giang looks around and asks her colleagues which kind of food they want to have today. Giang and her 11 co-workers all share the same eating habits, and ordering food online is the best choice when they are 'blocked' in the office for eight hours a day. With more and more food services reaching their potential customers via Facebook, ordering food online has become trendy for local white-collar workers, who love to enjoy … [Read more...]

Japanese restaurants mushroom in HCMC


The number of new Japanese restaurants has been expanding rapidly in Ho Chi Minh City thanks to the enthusiastic embrace of local residents over Japanese cuisine. While Japanese restaurants used to be located at several streets in District 1 such as Le Thanh Ton, Thi Sach, or Ngo Van Nam to serve the need of Japanese expats, they have now made their way to almost every corner of the city. These facilities offer a wide range of Japanese food to local consumers, from the popular sushi to other … [Read more...]

HN hosted 2013 Vietnam Fashion Week Fall Winter


The Hanoitimes - The 2013 Viet Nam Fashion Week Fall Winter showcasing unique collections of 18 domestic and foreign designers was held at Ha Noi Deawoo Hotel from April 18-20. Fashion Week provided an opportunity for young designers to display their creations and exchange experiences. The designs reflected young, elegant, luxurious styles cut with the latest laser cutting techniques and made from familiar materials such as felt, denim, lace, and cotton dyed in the bright colors that are the … [Read more...]

Proactive prevention and control of A/H7N9 flu epidemic

The provincial People's Committee (PC) requires the province's departments, sectors and the PCs to promptly deploy the prevention and control of the A/H7N9 flu epidemic in humans. The Hai Duong provincial People's Committee (PC) on 12 April issued a document requiring the province's departments, sectors and the People's Committees of districts, provincial town, and city to promptly deploy the prevention and control of the A/H7N9 flu epidemic in humans. The Health Department is responsible … [Read more...]

Chung cake – a specialty offered to Kings

The Hanoitimes - Despite being made of the same ingredients, Chung cakes (a traditional and indispensable dish of the Vietnamese Lunar New Year (Tet) festival) appear and taste different from region to region, which is due to the distinctions in each locality's making and cooking processes. Although not widely known as other famous trademarks such as Tranh Khuc (Hanoi) and Thuy Duong (Hai Phong), Chung cake made at Dang Xa (Dang) village in Van An commune, Yen Phong district, Bac Ninh … [Read more...]