“Xuan Truong Sa” 2015 – deep feelings toward islands

An art performance at the program (Photo: HN)

(CPV) – On February 28th, the 3rd cultural exchange program entitled "Xuan Truong Sa" (Spring on Spratly Islands), took place at the Viet Xo Friendship Cultural Palace in Hanoi. The event, jointly held by the Communist Party of Vietnam Online Newspaper and the Vietnam People’s Navy, was broadcast live on VTV2, HTV1 and ANTV. "Xuan Truong Sa" program was to welcome the New Year 2015 and enhance the spirit, awareness and responsibility of domestic and overseas fellow-citizens, commanders and soldiers in protecting the sovereignty of the sea and islands of the nation. The program was attended by comrades: Nguyen Hanh Phuc, member of the Party Central Committee, director of the National Assembly Office; Bui The Duc, Deputy Head of the Party Central Committee Commission of Popularization and Education; Vuong Duy Bien, Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism; Nguyen Van Cong, Deputy Minister of Transport, Nguyen Viet Thao, Deputy Head of the Ho Chi Minh National … [Read more...]

Debit balance slightly rises in first 2 months of 2015

The debit balance of credit institutions in Hai Duong province has been estimated to reach about VND39,106 billion near the end of February 2015. The debit balance of credit institutions in Hai Duong province has been estimated to reach about VND39,106 billion near the end of February 2015, up 0.3% over January and 0.5% over the end of 2014. Though the fields of agriculture and rural development, small- and medium-sized enterprises, and export saw a decline in outstanding loans, those in the support industry increased by nearly 2%, resulting in a slight rise in total debit balance in February. Thus, the debit balance in the first two months of a year has grown positively for the first time after many years, which is a sign of economic recovery. In the time to come, the credit institutions will concentrate on capital raising and reasonable and efficient credit expansion; balance capital; and focus on giving priority to financing agricultural and rural development, export, small- and … [Read more...]

Green dreams of VN sports

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An exciting and successful year was had by Vietnam’s national sports, with athletes making unceasing efforts to achieve excellent results in 2014. In 2015, a new generation of athletes are expected to bear the responsibility of bringing in more success to Vietnam.An uneducated weightlifter and a university dream Young weightlifter Thach Kim Tuan was among Vietnam’s most outstanding athletes in the past year. The 20-year-old made his mark on the weightlifting world by winning three gold medals and setting two records in the 56kg weight category at the World Youth Weightlifting Championships in Russia last June, which also earned him the ‘best lifter of the tournament’ title. Tuan went on to excel with another silver medal and two new Asian records at the 17th Asian Games (Asiad) held in the Republic of Korea three months later, before adding one more gold (snatch) and two silvers (clean & jerk, total lift) to his sparkling medal collection at the 2014 … [Read more...]

Apparel, footwear firms worry about late worker return after Tet

Van Nam Pham Xuan Hong, vice chairman of the Vietnam Textile and Apparel Association, said a number of textile-garment companies re-started production yesterday while others will re-operate from next Monday, or the twelfth day of the Lunar New Year. Truong Thi Thuy Lien, director of Lien Phat Shoe Company in the southern province of Binh Duong, said nearly 2,000 workers of the company were told to work again yesterday in preparation for delivery after the holiday. Lien said that the company had readied sufficient production before Tet but the concern is that its workers will not come back as soon as announced because most of them returned to their hometowns in northern and central regions for the holiday. Lien told the Daily yesterday that the company expected 70% of the workers would show up on the first day the company resumed production after Tet but the actual percentage was some 50% yesterday. Lien hoped that more would come back next week. Le Quang Hung, chairman of … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 27/2

Party features finest reggae music Once a month, The Skank The Tank – the Reggae Sound System based in Ha Noi, provides the finest reggae selections from the early 60's to the future dub sounds at CAMA ATK. Tomorrow, the music party which has been running for the past two years will return to the venue. DJ Mr Gonjaman will be playing a selection of LPs and teaming up with some live performances. Put on your skanking shoes and come to dance. The party will take place from 8-12pm at 73A Mai Hac De Street. Free entry. French films screen next month The Institute of Cultural Exchange with France (IDECAF) will host a series of French films in March. They include Et maintenant, on va ou (Where Do We Go Now?) which won the People's Choice Award at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival, 2 Automnes 3 Hivers (2 Autumns, 3 Winters), Vandal and Les Beaux Jours (Bright Days Ahead). The films, which will be shown with Vietnamese subtitles, will be scheduled at 3pm every Saturday. … [Read more...]

Fiery rage: 2 Vietnamese husbands try to burn their wives, in-laws after Tet holiday

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Tran Van Diep, 38, is receiving treatment at a local hospital in Ho Chi Minh City after his suicide attempt on Wednesday. Photo provided by the police. Police in southern Vietnam on Thursday arrested two men who allegedly tried to set their wives and in-laws on fire in two separate murder attempts after the Lunar New Year. The men, Tran Van Diep and Ngo Cong Son, are both at the age of 36. Diep told Ho Chi Minh City police that he visited his estranged wife Phan Thi Thuy Ngan on Tuesday trying to rekindle their marriage and ask her not to divorce him. Things however turned sour and he was asked to leave. The man allegedly returned to Ngan's rented room around 1 a.m. on Wednesday and used a string to tie the door from outside. Then he set the room on fire with diesel. According to police, Ngan was the first to recognize the arson attack. She immediately took her two children to hide in the bathroom, together with her mother and a younger brother, who were sharing the same … [Read more...]

Ore mining rights in four areas to be auctioned

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment officially approved a plan on putting up for auction the ore mining rights at four sites, the first bidding event of its kind in 2015. Bidders will be invited to vie for the right to mine iron ore at Khe Bang in Tan Son district, northern Phu Tho province; metacacbonat (stone for construction and decoration) at Suoi Giang commune in Van Chan district, northern Yen Bai province; gold in Xa Khia in Le Thuy district, central Quang Binh province; and fluorit in Binh Duong in Nguyen Binh district, northern mountainous Cao Bang province. The auction is held in line with the policy to reform the management of mining activities under the 2010 Law on Minerals.-VNA … [Read more...]

Social News 26/2

MoH plans to develop sea, islands medicine Most of medical clinics in islands will enable to carry out anti-epidemic activities and expanded immunization and 90 percent of islands hospitals have doctors who can treat emergency cases and some other diseases. In the project to develop medicine in the country's sea, islands to 2020 and with the vision to 2030 aiming to improve local inhabitants’ healthcare, Vietnamese Ministry of Health (MoH) is working on the plan that clinics in the country's sea, islands will be able to conduct immunization mission and medical workers there can treat local people in critical condition. Currently the population in 28 coastal cities and provinces is around 43.9 million; in communes adjacent to seacoasts is approximately 16.8 million and in island districts of 242,000. According to MoH, medical workers’ competence in clinics in sea, islands is limited and residents there do not fully enjoy all medical services. In addition, islands medical … [Read more...]

Businessmen enter the new year with riches

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VietNamNet Bridge – The Year of the Horse (2014) was a grand time for many Vietnamese businessmen. Ocean Bank and Ha Van Tham, the former chair of the bank, for example, were the most searched names in 2014, especially after the arrest of Tham in October on the charge of "violation of provisions for loan operations of financial institutions". Ha Van Tham, the founder of Ocean Group, was ranked eighth among Vietnam’s richest stock millionaires in 2010 with stock assets of VND1.8 billion, or nearly $1 million. However, sources said his actual total assets were worth over $2 billion. Pham Cong Danh, former chair of the Vietnam Construction Bank (VNCB), Mai Huu Khuong, former member of the bank and Phan Thanh Mai, former CEO, were also arrested on the same charge. A sensational event took place in early 2015 involving Chau Thi Thu Nga, a National Assembly’s Deputy, chair of the Housing Group, who was arrested on the charge of swindling to appropriate assets of … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 25/2

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Vietnamese photographer listed in famous photo book Nick Ut, whose "Napalm girl" picture shocked the whole world, has been listed in a photo book "Behind Photographs" of Tim Mantoani. American photographer Tim Mantoani tracked down the talent behind some of the world's most iconic photographs and got them to sit for portraits. According to a famous website International Business Times, he used a soon-to-be-extinct photographic medium – the 20×24 Polaroid. Over a five-year period, he took large format Polaroids of more than 150 photographers. Nick Ut’s photo has received a number of prestigious awards such as the Pulitzer and World Press Photo and is one of the 100 influential photos in the 20th century. Longest-ever Tet cake made The Yakasa-Saigon-Nha Trang Hotel in Nha Trang city, the central coastal province of Khanh Hoa, has set a new record for its giant-sized traditional Tet cake, which is 40 metres in length, as part of the activities to celebrate the … [Read more...]

Green dreams

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NDO – An exciting and successful year was had by Vietnam’s national sports, with athletes making unceasing efforts to achieve excellent results in 2014. In 2015, a new generation of athletes are expected to bear the responsibility of bringing in more success to Vietnam.An uneducated weightlifter and a university dream Young weightlifter Thach Kim Tuan was among Vietnam’s most outstanding athletes in the past year. The 20-year-old made his mark on the weightlifting world by winning three gold medals and setting two records in the 56kg weight category at the World Youth Weightlifting Championships in Russia last June, which also earned him the ‘best lifter of the tournament’ title. Tuan went on to excel with another silver medal and two new Asian records at the 17th Asian Games (Asiad) held in the Republic of Korea three months later, before adding one more gold (snatch) and two silvers (clean & jerk, total lift) to his sparkling medal collection at the … [Read more...]

Young artist shares thoughts through paintings

Some of the works that will be on display in Dương's exhibition, entitled Nhin qua cua so

Nineteen of the latest oil paintings by Vietnamese artist Dương Thùy Dương will be displayed at the French Institute in Ha Noi from February 27. The exhibition, entitled Nhin qua cửa sổ (Looking through the window), will give the public a chance to understand better the profound thoughts of a young artist and a young mother. "I love the mornings, after my children go school, when I stay at home alone. With a hot coffee in my hand, I listen to the magical and melancholic melodies of Rachmaninov, and look through the window. It has a large frame and through it, I can see the endless green space full of summer sunshine, the falling leaves of autumn, the grey and sad days of winter, and the fragile beauty of spring," Dương confided. "I love sitting down like this, thinking and thinking. Nothing is important, just simple thoughts of a normal person, a normal woman and a normal mother." "When the coffee becomes cold, the music stops and the four seasons pass…I begin to paint," she … [Read more...]

artists featured on DVD for Lunar New Year

HCM City, February 21 (VNA) - More than 200 singers, dancers, musicians, and theatre performers in Ho Chi Minh City are featured in a performance on a DVD released on February 14 for Lunar New Year. The work, Xuan Dat Viet-Tet Que Huong (Vietnamese Spring- Welcome Lunar New Year in Homeland), features song, and theatre and fashion performances. Around 20 cai luong (reformed theatre) artists, from the HCM City Theatre Association and Tran Huu Trang Theatre, including stars Phuong Hong Thuy, Phuong Loan and Phi Phung, staged popular extracts from historical plays like Thai Hau Duong Van Nga (Queen Duong Van Nga). Pop stars Ho Ngoc Ha and Dam Vinh Hung, and dozens of young singers such as Dong Nhi, Giang Hong Ngoc and Minh Hang performed songs in praise of the country, soldiers, love and Spring. Highlighted performances include a special fashion show attracting top models wearing the traditional dress of ao dai by talented designers./. By VNA/VNP … [Read more...]

The kind-hearted expatriates

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Tet festival is etched in the memories of expatriates who send their hearts to their native land place with a constant memoirs. As for Vietnamese overseas, the nostalgia is sharper. From thousands of miles away, their feeling towards the homeland is expressed through the warm shares. Ms. Han Thu Ha, living in the U.S, confided, "From Phu Yen Newspaper online, I’ve read the column ‘Together relieving A/O pain’ about the desperate circumstance of the family of the elderly Tran Thi Guong (aged 90, living in Phong Nien village, Hoa Thang commune, Phu Hoa district), I feels so sorry for her. My relatives and I send VND 20 million to help her". Despite being 90 years of age, everyday, she has to care her two daughters (Miss Nguyen Thi Ngan, Miss Nguyen Thi Nhung) with three meals by putting each spoon of porridge or rice. The two daugthers cannot move, just lying in bed; their faces are bewildered by sequelae of Agent Orange/ dioxin. A few years ago, from dawn every … [Read more...]

Romantic novels can kill real-life romance

VietNamNet Bridge – Nguyen Ngoc Truc, a freelancer, can be seen sitting in front of her home television screen, rapt in attention as she watches Ben Nhau Tron Doi (Being Together the Whole Life), which is currently on air. Ben Nhau Tron Doi, a show adapted from a popular Chinese romantic novel with the same name, has recently gained widespread popularity among domestic viewers, especially females. Truc is among a group of Vietnamese readers, who mostly devote their reading time to this genre. "You can call me a true admirer of this genre. I have read more than 30 novels in this genre, and I never get sick of it. I bet many other ladies will be sitting like me at this time, watching the drama, as it is one of nine novels in the genre that have been adapted as a TV drama," Truc said. The novel tells the story of a romantic and long-lasting relationship between an extremely attractive boy and a plain looking girl, whom he befriends in high school. Eight years later, when the girl … [Read more...]

Strength from national consciousness

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Professor Ngo Duc Thinh NDO - The national consciousness has played a crucial role in generating national strength and moving the country forward. Nhan Dan journalist Minh Nhat held talks with Professor Ngo Duc Thinh, former Director of the Vietnam Institute of Cultural Studies and member of the National Council for Cultural Heritage, to further explore this idea. Professor, from your studies, can you say something about when a national consciousness first appeared?Professor Ngo Duc Thinh: All researchers in the field of Vietnamese studies hold that the time of the Hung Kings and An Duong Vuong (about the middle of millennium II and millennium I B.C.), the foundation of which was the Dong Son civilisation, marks the formation of the ancient ethnic Viet people, the foundations of traditional culture, and the formation of the first nation of Van Lang-Au Lac. The community in this pre-historic time required a consciousness of the natural and social world and of themselves. This is when … [Read more...]

200 artists featured on DVD for Lunar New Year

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200 artists featured on DVD for Lunar New Year. (Photo: VNA) More than 200 singers, dancers, musicians, and theatre performers in Ho Chi Minh City are featured in a performance on a DVD released on February 14 for Lunar New Year. The work, Xuan Dat Viet-Tet Que Huong (Vietnamese Spring- Welcome Lunar New Year in Homeland), features song, and theatre and fashion performances. Around 20 cai luong (reformed theatre) artists, from the HCM City Theatre Association and Tran Huu Trang Theatre, including stars Phuong Hong Thuy, Phuong Loan and Phi Phung, staged popular extracts from historical plays like Thai Hau Duong Van Nga (Queen Duong Van Nga). Pop stars Ho Ngoc Ha and Dam Vinh Hung, and dozens of young singers such as Dong Nhi, Giang Hong Ngoc and Minh Hang performed songs in praise of the country, soldiers, love and Spring. Highlighted performances include a special fashion show attracting top models wearing the traditional dress of ao dai by talented designers.-VNA … [Read more...]

A New Year’s interview with Duong Thuy Vi

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(VOV) -At the age of eight, Thuy Vi began to study martial arts under the instruction of master Nguyen Tung Lam in Gia Lam District, Hanoi, who immediately recognized her innate talent. She won her first medal, a silver at the Asian Youth Wushu Championship in Singapore in 2005, and since then has won many medals and has come to be nationally known as the – golden girl – of Vietnam Wushu. Last year was a highly successful year for Vi, which culminated with her being crowned champion at the 17th Asian Games, held in Incheon, the Republic of Korea. On the occasion of the Lunar New Year Vi sat down with a VOV reporter to talk about her past success and plans for the upcoming year. Following are key excerpts from the interview. VOV: Could you share with us how the success of earning consecutive gold medals at the SEA and ASIAD Games has changed your life?Vi: I think my life has changed for the positive since winning the gold medals. Many people now recognize me and I get … [Read more...]

Five destinations worth to visit on Tet

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The Lunar New Year of the Goat (Tet) is a nine-day holiday, which is an opportunity for people to choose destinations to visit after a hard year at-work. The following are some suggestions of places to experience during the Tet holiday.1. Ha Giang province Located in the far north of the country, Ha Giang province is home to beautiful landscapes, attracting a lot of tourists. The province is also the source of the Lo River flowing into Vietnam, contiguous to China to the north with Thanh Thuy international border gate. South of Ha Giang is the province of Tuyen Quang; to the east is Cao Bang and the west Lao Cai. Ha Giang is about 320km to the north of Hanoi, following Highway no. 2. Like the other Northern highlands provinces of Vietnam, the climate is cool in the summer and extremely cold in the winter with, on some occasions, the white of frost and snow. The temperature in Ha Giang ranges from 5 - 28 degrees Celcius, somewhat ideal for tourism. Visitors can see the twin … [Read more...]