Bustling atmosphere in traditional fish sauce villages

Bottled fish sauce in Long Thuy craft village

Every December, Phu Yen traditional fish-sauce villages begin to prepare for Tet, the traditional New Year. During the past two years, the fish sauce processing facilities have always made efforts to improve quality products, actively promoting the brand to maintain and expand the market. End of the year is the busiest purchasing time for the traditional fish sauce villages. In Phu Yen province, a number of areas, such as Do reef (Song Cau town), An Chan commune (Tuy An district), Long Thuy village (Tuy Hoa city), Hoa Hiep Trung commune (Dong Hoa district), are specialized in processing fish sauce. The local inhabitants are rushing to export the most delicious fresh fish sauce to serve the demand of making fish sauce as Tet gifts. Therefore, the traditional fish sauce is always attracting consumers, the price ranges from 12,000 dongs to 80,000 dongs/ liter. From now to Tet festival, some facilities sell special kinds of fish sauce at the price from 100,000 dongs to 130,000 … [Read more...]

Social News 13/12

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Nearly 100% of enterprises declare taxes via internet

5,612 enterprises in Hai Duong province have declared taxes via the internet, equivalent to 99.9% of businesses currently operating in the province. By the end of 10th December, 5,612 enterprises in Hai Duong province had declared taxes via the internet, equivalent to 99.9% of businesses currently operating in the province, ranking 7th out of 63 provinces and cities nationwide. The Provincial Tax Department has coordinated with five banks, namely BIDV, Vietinbank, Agribank, MB, and Vietcombank, to implement the e-tax collection guideline. There have been 212 registering enterprises, 183 of which have paid over VND41 billion. … [Read more...]

Woman runs club to teach street English for free in central Vietnam

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A free English club has been set up in the central city of Da Nang with a view to popularizing English for free for people, especially xe om (motorbike taxi) drivers, taxi drivers, and market traders. The "Tieng Anh Duong Pho" (Street English) Club has been run by Doan Thi Ngoc Lan for around three months, attracting more than 7,000 followers on Facebook in the process. … [Read more...]

Annoying habits commonplace among Vietnamese students, office workers

Tuoi Tre  (Youth) newspaper created an online forum which has received articles and comments from readers since last week.   The undesirable habits among these groups of educated people tend to be more sophisticated, several readers said.

Many Vietnamese students and office workers who are supposed to behave properly to suit their education level find nice habits a luxury. Getting mean in office life … [Read more...]

Social News 11/12

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One killed, 17 injured in highway accidents … [Read more...]

Social News 10/12

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National award for media coverage of VN launched The Party Central Committee's Commission for Publicity and Education and Steering Committee for External Information Services launched their first-ever award for Viet Nam-related journalism for overseas audiences yesterday in Ha Noi. Print newspapers, radio, television and e-newspapers published in Vietnamese and foreign languages, both domestically and overseas, are eligible for the prize. Pham Van Linh, deputy chairman of the Party Central Committee's Commission for Publicity and Education and the Steering Committee, said that broadcasting Viet Nam's image to the world and spreading the word about the country's achievements were important tasks. … [Read more...]

Travel News 9/12

Saigontourist opens Saigon–Ban Gioc Resort Saigontourist and Saigon-Ban Gioc Co., Ltd will introduce the first phase of the project of Saigon-Ban Gioc Resort in Dam Thuy Commune, Trung Khanh District in the northern mountainous province of Cao Bang on December 15. The four-star resort is located at Ban Gioc Waterfall, one of the most imposing waterfalls in Asia and covers an area of 31.15 hectares. Tourists can admire a spectacular valley at Ban Gioc and Nguom Ngao Cave and peaceful view of the border gate, In the first phase, the resort will have 20 rooms, a reception area, a restaurant serving Western and Asian cuisines and a conference hall with a capacity of over 200 guests. … [Read more...]

Hai Duong delegation currently in 7th place

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The 7th Nationwide Sports Festival officially opened at Thien Truong stadium (Nam Dinh) on December 6 evening. Hai Duong has sent a large and powerful force of nearly 200 athletes and 42 coaches to the festival to compete in 20 events and set forth to seize 22 – 24 golds, 16 silvers, and 27 bronzes and successfully defend its position among the festival's top 10 provinces, cities, and sectors with the most outstanding achievements. Up to the opening ceremony, Hai Duong delegation had finished competing in the events of traditional boat racing, table tennis, shooting, canoeing, and tennis and snatched six golds, 10 silvers, and 18 bronzes. With the addition of the achievements earned at the 17th ASIAD and SEA Games arenas converted into medals, Hai Duong is now having 14 golds, 10 silvers, and 18 bronzes, temporarily ranking 7th. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 8/12

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Vietnam Idol kicks off sixth season The 6th season of Vietnamese version of the US television show American Idol has been kicked off on November 28. Viet Nam Idol features contestants between the ages of 16 and 30 who have never taken part in a singing competition. Auditions will be held in the central coastal city of Da Nang, Hue, Nha Trang, Da Lat, Hai Phong, Can Tho, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in January, 2015. The three judges will whittle the top one hundred contestants down to 16, ten, two and finally one. … [Read more...]

Nam Dinh raises curtain on 7th National Games

A dazzling fireworks display at the opening ceremony (Credit: baonamdinh.com.vn)

NDO – A dazzling fireworks display lit up the sky of the Thien Truong Stadium in Nam Dinh city, Nam Dinh province on the night of December 6, marking the official beginning of the 11-day 7th National Games, to which Nam Dinh is the major host. >> International standard sports facility debuts in Nam Dinh province Attending the event were Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Hoang Tuan Anh, Secretary of the provincial Party Committee Pham Hong Ha, and representatives from central and local agencies. … [Read more...]

Mom, boyfriend jailed for torturing toddler daughter in Vietnam

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Do Trong Minh (left) and Nguyen Thi Thuy Trang seen at the trial in Binh Duong Province on December 5, 2014. Photo: Do Truong … [Read more...]

Locals, expats encouraged to compete in UN-backed forest photo competition in Vietnam

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Locals and expats living in Vietnam are all welcome to make submissions to a photo competition jointly organized by the Vietnamese agriculture ministry and a United Nations forest protection program. The "Forest and Life" photo competition was launched on November 28 by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in cooperation with the UN-REDD Vietnam program. … [Read more...]

Art exchange “Marching songs forever” to be held

At the press conference. Photo: baodientu.chinhphu.vn

PANO – The Army Broadcasting Centre, Vietnam Television (VTV), and the Center for Research and Application of Tourism Culture held a press conference in Ho Chi Minh City to introduce the art exchange program "Marching songs forever" in celebration of the 70th founding anniversary of the Vietnam People's Army. The program to take place at 20:00, December 11th at the Southern Army Theater, 140 Cong Hoa Street, Tan Binh district, Ho Chi Minh City, will be broadcast live on the five TV channels of VTV2, HTV1, QPVN, BTV and Dong Nai 2. The exchange will see the participation of more than 100 troupers from Military Zones 7 and 9, the Southern Army Theatre and Sasco Company, including popular artists such as People's Artist Quang Tho, Meritorious Artist Quang Huy, Meritorious Artist Duong Minh Duc, Meritorious Artist Thanh Thuy, Meritorious Artist Hong Vy,and so on. … [Read more...]

Social News 4/12

Vietnam to host regional environment ministers’ meetings Vietnam will host the 13th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on the Environment (AMME 13), the 14 th ASEAN+3 Environment Ministers’ Meeting and the 5 th East Asia Summit Environment Ministers’ Meeting and related events in 2015. The Prime Minister has asked Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) to coordinate with relevant agencies and localities to prepare for the organisation of these meetings. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has been also urged to work closely with the MONRE to organise meetings on transboundary haze pollution within the framework of AMME 13. … [Read more...]

Hue launches golden tourism week

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Hue launches golden tourism week … [Read more...]

Tay Ninh sends human traffickers to jail

The People’s Court of the southwestern province of Tay Ninh sentenced Pham Thi Ngoc Tuyet to eight years in prison for masterminding a ring to traffic women to China. At a trial held on December 2, Tuyet’s accomplices, including Truong Thi Minh Hien, Ka’ Thuy Linh, Dai Chang Sheng (a Chinese national), Tran Dinh Nhan, Tran Van Thanh, Nguyen Thi Kim Mo, Huynh Thi Le, Duong Van Chanh, Duong Quoc Nghia, and Nguyen Thi Lan, got from 2 to 7 years in prison. According to an indictment by the Tay Ninh People’s Procuracy, Ka’ Thuy Linh and her husband, Dai Chang Seng, and Yang Yue Kun were caught at Tan Son Nhat international airport on June 4, 2014, while processing exit procedures for three Vietnamese girls to China, where they were sold to local men for a purpose of marriage. … [Read more...]

“Lifebuoy” of many enterprises

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Impacted by the economic crisis, enterprises have faced many difficulties in their production and trading (PT) activities. Banks' debt restructuring has become a "lifebuoy" for many of them. "In between life and death" … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 1/12

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German electronic band arrives in Vietnam … [Read more...]