Hanoi deluged after heavy rain

Gridlock on Pham Hung Street, Hanoi on May 25, 2016. Photo:  Tuoi Tre     Flooding paralyzes the traffic on a street in Hanoi on May 25, 2016. Photo:  Tuoi Tre     People are pictured walking in a flooded area in Hanoi. Photo:  Tuoi Tre

A series of downpours have swept through Hanoi, severely flooding many of its districts and rendering the capital’s traffic congested. Vietnam News Agency reported. Local water pumping stations were activated and drainage workers were sent to control the inundation, according to the news agency. Due to the floods, traffic in Hanoi was heavily congested, as Duong Dinh Nghe, Xuan Thuy, Pham Hung, Ho Tung Mau Streets were badly affected. Many people had to walk their bikes, which broke down thanks to the torrential rains. Lines of people and vehicles along a sidewalk in Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre Many streets in Hanoi are severely inundated on May 25, 2016. Photo: Tuoi Tre Tuoi Tre Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get the latest news about Vietnam! … [Read more...]

More Vietnamese documentary heritage items recognized

The "Royal Literature on Hue Royal Architecture" was recognized as documentary heritage by UNESCO. Source: thethaovanhoa.vn

PANO – Two Vietnamese documentary heritage items were recognized by UNESCO during the 7th general meeting of the Memory of the World Committee for Asia and the Pacific (MOWCAP). Two Vietnamese dossiers – the "Royal Literature on Hue Royal Architecture" and "Wood block of Phuc Giang school" (Ha Tinh province) – were nominated for the MOWCAP List of Documentary Heritage in 2016. 16 dossiers were submitted by 10 countries. The event drew the participation of international representatives from 16 countries of Asia and the Pacific, including Vietnamese agencies. The meeting was jointly organized by the Thua Thien-Hue provincial People’s Committee, the Vietnam National Commission for UNESCO, and MOWCAP. It took place from May 18th to 21st in Hue city. Source: PAN/VNA Translated by Thuy Duong … [Read more...]

Southern music festival held

The organizers presenting certificates of merit to participating units. Source: toquoc.gov.vn

PANO – The "Don ca tai tu" (southern Vietnamese traditional folk music) festival was hosted by the Department of Local Culture of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Binh Duong provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism. This year’s "Fragrance and Beauty of the Southern Region" event drew the participation of 11 artistic units from 11 provinces and cities in the region. Each unit performed a show praising the Party, Uncle Ho, the Fatherland, and the achievements of the country's innovation period. The organizers awarded five gold medals to An Giang, Binh Duong, Long An, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, and Vinh Long provinces. Translated by Thuy Duong … [Read more...]

Funds raised to support drought-hit areas

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PANO – The Central Committee of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union launched a funding campaign on May 20th in Hanoi to provide support for people in provinces suffering from drought and saltwater intrusion. At the fund-raising event, nearly VND 200 million was collected from officials and workers of the unit for the campaign. The unit will continue to collect donations until June 10th and will directly support needy people before the end of July. According to union leaders, the campaign will offer water purifiers and water tanks to people in drought-hit areas. The campaign will also present school supplies to students and cash gifts to underprivileged households affected by the mass fish deaths in the central provinces. Earlier, the unit presented 12 water purifiers, worth VND 2.2 billion in total, to Ben Tre, Tien Giang, Long An, Tra Vinh, Ca Mau, and An Giang provinces. Due to the mass fish deaths in the central provinces, 6,000 gifts – worth over VND 2 billion … [Read more...]

Citizens’ trust, responsibility shown in each ballot

Citizens’ trust, responsibility shown in each ballot. Photo: Thuy Duong

More than 69 million eligible Vietnamese voters are to choose deputies to the 14th National Assembly (NA) and all-level People’s Councils for 2016-2021 on May 22, a way to demonstrate their trust and responsibility towards the nation. Voting is the best way for citizens to practice their right and obligation to build a socialist rule-of-law State of the people, by the people and for the people. The first general election in Vietnam took place in January 1946, five months after the country gained independence. Bracing rabid sabotage of invasion and hostile forces, Vietnamese citizens from the age of 18, regardless of gender, ethnicity, religion and political viewpoints, participated in the first election by democratic, direct and secret ballot. The first NA from 1946 to 1960 greatly contributed to consolidating independence, building a democratic republic state, and successfully waging the resistance war against foreign colonialists. It shored up the domestic economy, formed a … [Read more...]

Hundreds of initiatives honored in Military Creative Youth Awards

At the honoring ceremony

PANO – The 16th anniversary of the military creative youth movement was observed at the Vietnam Military Medical University on May 18th. Present at the event were Lieutenant General Phan Van Giang, Deputy Defense Minister, Lieutenant General Nguyen Trong Nghia, the Deputy Director of the General Department of Politics, and the Chairman of the Award Board. Nearly 200 of the 379 projects and initiatives submitted were selected for this year’s award. Addressing the event, Lieut. Gen. Nghia hailed the Army Youth Board, the Department of Military Science of the Ministry of National Defence, and the jury for their achievements in the military creative youth movement since 2010. He also commended the active participation of military individuals and organizations in the movement. The general urged units to continue to discover and cultivate those keen on scientific research, as well as to encourage and create favorable conditions for young officers to show their talents and … [Read more...]

Outstanding scientists receive Ta Quang Buu awards

Prof. Nguyen Van Hieu and Prof. Nguyen Ngoc Minh receiving the awards

PANO – The Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) presented the 2016 Ta Quang Buu awards to three scientists for their outstanding achievements in physics, earth science, and environmental science on May 18th in Hanoi. Present at the event were Chu Ngoc Anh, Minister of MOST, Phung Xuan Nha, Minister of Education and Training, and representatives from relevant agencies. Established in 2014, the annual event honors scientists for outstanding research work in natural science and engineering. This promotes scientific research and science and technology at the international level, paving the way for the country's science and technology integration and development. The three award-winners were Prof. Nguyen Van Hieu from the International Training Institute of Materials Science (ITIMS), Prof. Nguyen Ngoc Minh from the University of Science under the Vietnam National University Hanoi, and young PhD. Phung Van Dong from the Institute of Physics under the Vietnam Academy of … [Read more...]

Lang Sen Festival kicked off

An art performance at the event

PANO – The Nghe An provincial People’s Committee kicked off the 2016 Lang Sen (Lotus Village) Festival on May 17th at Lang Sen Stadium to celebrate the 126th birth anniversary of President Ho Chi Minh (May 19th). This celebration, themed "Honoring Late President Ho Chi Minh, praising the hometown of Nghe An: Integration and Development", pays respect to Uncle Ho, the nation’s preeminent hero and national man of culture. The four-day event includes a number of traditional games, film screenings, exhibitions on Uncle Ho’s life and revolutionary career, volleyball matches, and the Lang Sen Beauty Contest. The festival will close on May 19th at Ho Chi Minh Square in Vinh city. Translated by Thuy Duong … [Read more...]

Symbol of Uncle Ho’s soldiers highlighted in play

A scene in the play

PANO – After rehearsal on May 16th, the drama "Biet Doi Bao Den" (Black Jaguar Special Team) will be staged at the Vietnam National Drama Theatre, to celebrate a number of national holidays. The drama recalls stories about the heroic struggle of the soldiers in wartime and peacetime. During the war, they sacrificed their lives to defend the Fatherland. And in peacetime, they fought for the same reason. The drama by author Chu Lai and stage-manager People’s Artist Anh Tu drew the participation of meritorious artists Viet Thang and Xuan Bac, actor Dung Nam, and actress Quynh Hoa. The theatre is also arranging a drama called "Teacher and student" – written by author Nguyen Dang Chuong, and stage managed by Tran Ngoc Giau – for the National Professional Arts Theatre Contest in June. Translated by Thuy Duong … [Read more...]

Parkson Paragon shopping mall closed

Parkson Paragon shopping mall in District 7 is closed on Monday - PHOTO: QUOC HUNG

Quoc Hung A representative of Thuy Duong said vendors at Parkson Paragon had agreed with the company’s plan to close the shopping mall on Nguyen Luong Bang Street in Phu My Hung town to move to another place after they were informed two months ago. The company said the closure would not affect the operations of other shopping centers in the Parkson system in Vietnam, and rights and benefits of Parkson Vietnam’s members at all Parkson shopping malls in the country. Thuy Duong said new Parkson shopping centers would go up in line with a business expansion plan for the Parkson system in Vietnam. Malaysia’s leading retailer Parkson has not given the reason behind the closure of the shopping mall in District 7 and where vendors at Parkson Paragon would move. When replacing Kim Cuong Corporation to manage Parkson Paragon, which was then called Saigon Paragon shopping center, in 2011, Parkson said it would operate as the management company of the shopping center … [Read more...]

ADB launches transportation contest

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PANO – On May 16th the Asian Development Bank kicked off a video contest for youth to find new transportation ideas for Asia. Called "Are we there yet? Our journey to a sustainable transport future", the contest aims to find good ways to deal with current transportation issues. Contestants will submit their own short videos depicting how people can make a difference in driving for safe, environmentally friendly, accessible, and affordable transportation for all. The topic explores what is needed for drivers to arrive at their destinations using safe, efficient, greener transportation. Any ADB member country citizen, aged 18-25, can take part in the contest. Each contestant can submit more than one entry. Two awards - the Judges’ Choice Award and the People’s Choice Award – will be presented to the winners. The prize is a paid trip to Manila (Philippines) to participate in the Transport Forum on September 12th to 16th. Translated by Thuy Duong … [Read more...]

English contest wraps up

Le Hoang Thanh Phong won first prize for the speaking theme "Smile"

PANO - The ERC International Organization, in association with the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Education and Training, held the final round of the "You Are A Brand 2016" contest on May 15th. After two months of competition, 25 finalists took part in the final round for English speaking. Le Hoang Thanh Phong – a student of 11A5 class at Bui Thi Xuan High School, Ho Chi Minh City – won first prize for the speaking theme "Smile", with a score of 88.8 points. The award includes a three-year full scholarship for a UK Bachelor’s program at ERC International, worth nearly VND 600 million, and VND 10 million in cash. Translated by Thuy Duong … [Read more...]

Malaysia’s Parkson closes shopping mall in Ho Chi Minh City

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A file photo shows Parkson Paragon in Ho Chi Minh City's District 7. Photo credit: Parkson In a move that may have some investors think twice about the prospects of the Vietnamese market, Malaysian department store operator Parkson on Monday closed a shopping mall in Ho Chi Minh City after five years of operation. Thuy Duong Company, which manages the center, located in District 7’s Phu My Hung urban area, told local media that it had notified tenants of the shutdown earlier. The company did not give any reason for the closure, just saying this decision will not affect other Parkson shopping centers in Vietnam. Industry insiders, meanwhile, say Parkson Paragon’s shutdown is not a surprise given that it has failed to attract customers for years. Parkson Paragon was launched in April 2011 after Parkson took over the 19,000-square meter shopping mall from Kim Cuong Company and invested US$5 million renovating it. While it is at the heart of a fast growing residential … [Read more...]

Parkson shutters outlet in expat-populated area of Ho Chi Minh City

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An outlet of Malaysian department store operator Parkson, situated in a luxurious urban area of Ho Chi Minh City, closed due to poor performance on Monday, five years after it opened. Thuy Duong Co. Ltd., the operator of Parkson Paragon in District 7, said the store had been shut down and relocated, adding that all of its partners had been notified of the move two months in advance. The company said the closing and relocation will not affect the business of other Parkson outlets in Vietnam. Membership cards signed up at Parkson Paragon remain valid within the store chain, it added. Situated on Nguyen Luong Bang Street in the Phu My Hung urban area, the Parkson Paragon building was previously named Saigon Paragon, a trade center managed by Paragon Corporation, and owned by two Vietnamese moguls. In April 2011, Malaysia’s Parkson took over the management of the facility under a 19-year contract, and renamed it Parkson Paragon, hoping to attract wealthy shoppers in the … [Read more...]

Parkson shutdown unit in HCM City

A view of Parkson Paragon building in Phu My Hung New Urban Area. — Photo cafef.vn

HCM CITY (Biz Hub) – A HCM City-based unit of Parkson, Malaysia's largest department store chain, was officially shut down on May 16 after five years of operation in the Phu My Hung New Urban Area. According to the Thuy Duong Company, which operates Parkson Paragon building, the relocation plan was announced to traders two months ago and had received their agreement. The relocation does not affect other department stores under the management of Parkson in Viet Nam. The benefits to Parkson membership card holders remain unchanged, according to the company. In 2011, Parkson began managing the Sai Gon Paragon with an investment of US$5 million. It changed the name of the trade centre to Parkson Paragon. The management contract was reported to be for 19 years. However, the investor decided to shutdown the building after just five years. The Sai Gon Paragon was inaugurated in 2009 on a 6,000sq.m. plot of land at the corner of Nguyen Luong Bang and Hoang Van Thai in District 7. … [Read more...]

Nearly 100 chess players join national tournament

Competitors on the opening day. Photo: vietnamchess.vn

PANO – The National First Class Chess Championship kicked off on May 15th in Can Tho city, with the participation of nearly 100 chess players from Binh Duong, Binh Phuoc, Can Tho, Ba Ria- Vung Tau, Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and the Ministry of Public Security. In both men’s and women’s categories, players will compete in three categories, including standard, speed, and blitz chess. The event drew a number of grandmasters, including Trenh A Sang, Nguyen Hoang Yen, Bui Chau Y Nhi (Ho Chi Minh City), Tran Quyet Thang (Binh Phuoc province), Ton That Nhat Tan (Da Nang province), and Kieu Bich Thuy (Hanoi). The tournament was organized by the Vietnam Chess Federation and by the Can Tho municipal Department of Culture, Sport and Tourism. The event will run until May 26th. Translated by Thuy Duong … [Read more...]

Ho Chi Minh City jubilantly welcomes National Assembly election

A performance disseminates information for the upcoming general election of deputies to the 14th National Assembly and People’s councils at all levels.

PANO – The streets of Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) have been decorated with Party flags, banderoles and banners to welcome the upcoming general election of deputies to the 14th National Assembly and People’s councils at all levels. Local authorities also held various activities to disseminate information about the election and to help voters understand the rights and duties of citizens. The People’s Army Newspaper Online would like to present a number of photos reflecting the jubilant atmosphere in HCMC: Translated by Thuy Duong … [Read more...]

Ministry of Defense offers VND 300 million for Dioxin victims

The Department of Policy presenting VND 300 million to VAVA

PANO – The Department of Policy presented VND 300 million to the Vietnam Association of Victims of AO/dioxin (VAVA) on May 13th in Hanoi. The activity was held by the Ministry of Defense (MoD) and the General Department of Politics’ authorities. Addressing the event the Chairman of the VAVA, Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Van Rinh, briefed the participants on the VAVA’s operation and results in the past. He thanked authorities for the deep concern of MoD and the General Department of Politics for Dioxin victims, as well as for VAVA’s activities. He also urged further concern and care for dioxin victims and their family members. Translated by Thuy Duong … [Read more...]

Medical station inaugurated in mountainous area

Minister of Heath Nguyen Thi Kim Tien (4th from R) at the inauguration ceremony

PANO – The medical station in Ban Hon commune, Tam Duong district, Lai Chau province was inaugurated on May 13th in the presence of Minister of Heath Nguyen Thi Kim Tien. Addressing the inauguration ceremony, the minister stressed that grassroots medical staff and facilities play an important role in health care and the implementation of the national target program on health. The local medical workers need to ensure health care for people at their places of residence, especially in rural and mountainous areas. The 220.7 m2 construction, built at a cost of VND 3.2 billion financed by the Ministry of Health (MoH), includes a two-story building with 11 rooms meeting national standards set by the MoH. On this occasion, Minister Tien presented an ultrasound scanner and a number of medicines to the Ban Hon medical station, with the hope that the medical station will be a reliable address for people’s health care. The same day, the minister visited and presented gifts to … [Read more...]

Young Thai officials visit Vietnamese Air Force Officers School

The Vietnamese Air Force Officers’ Training School welcoming young official delegation of Thai Air Force

PANO – A young official delegation of Thai Air Force - led by Wing Commander Patsapol Jantako, Head of Policy and Plan Committee, under Thai Air Force’s Department of Human Resources - visited the Vietnamese Air Force Officers’ Training School on May 13th. At the reception, the Principal of the school, Major General Nguyen Duy Cuong, briefed the guests on the traditional and functional tasks, the training and teaching process of the school, and a number of its achievements in recent years. After that, the general chaired discussions between young officers of Thai Air Force and trainees of the school. The two sides discussed the work of flight training and pilot training. The Thai officials expressed their pleasure at the visit to the school and the warm welcome by the school board. The guests also showed their desire to continue strengthening bilateral solidarity and relationship, as well as to create further exchange on issues of the young officers’ common … [Read more...]