Social News 30/1

Canadian man arrested for drug Customs officials at the Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City January 28 released that they arrested a Canadian man for drug trafficking. He was found hiding nearly 50,000 tablets of methamphetamine at the bottom of his suitcases when he was checked upon arriving in the country. The drug is estimated to sell for over VND20 billion (US$952,000) in the Vietnamese market. Project launched to support high-quality vocational training in Vietnam The British Council will co-ordinate with the General Directorate of Vocational Training (GDVT) to implement a programme starting this March to improve the quality of vocational training at nine high-quality vocational training colleges across Vietnam. The above goal is part of the content of a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the two sides in Hanoi on January 28, aiming to develop vocational training quality assurance in vocational training facilities in Vietnam that are being … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 27/1

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HCMC opens photo exhibition on wild birds Wildlife at Risk (WAR) and the Youth Cultural House of Ho Chi Minh City opened a photo exhibition under title "Wild birds in mating season" at HCMC Youth Cultural House on January 24. Over 130 photos sized of 40X60cm, which were made by photographer Tang A Pau. Through images, the author wants not only to show the beauties and unique characteristics of each kind of birds in Vietnam’s forests but also call everyone to take action in protecting wild birds and nature in Vietnam. The highlight of the exhibition is a collection of Sarus Crane photos. According to the IUCN Red List of threatened species, Sarus Crane is a kind of endangered bird whose life is threatened. The exhibition has been opened at HCMC Youth Cultural House from 8am to 8pm every day in January 24- 28. Researcher to speak on late writer Son Nam French researcher Pascal Bourdeaux from the Academy of the Far East in HCM City will speak about the late ethnologist Son … [Read more...]

Social News 27/1

Students respond to blood donation campaign Thousands of students from various universities in Hanoi participated in a voluntary blood donation campaign at the Hanoi University of Technology on January 25 as part of the ongoing ‘Red Sunday’ festival nationwide. Speaking at the event , Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said more efforts need to be made to further promote voluntary blood donation movements, including raising public awareness and keeping blood transfusion safe . Phuc joined volunteers in signing to show determination in promoting voluntary blood donation , making the Red Sunday develop further in the coming time. Meanwhile, Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien, who is also head of the National Steering Committee for Voluntary Blood Donation, quoted the World Health Organsisation’s statistics saying that Vietnam needs minimum 1.8 million blood units to save patients. However, the country has yet to meet the demand, she noted, adding that the … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 26/1

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"Impressions on Mongolia" art exhibition opens in HCMC Ho Chi Minh City Union of Literature & Arts Association and HCMC Fine Arts Association will organize art exhibition named "Impressions on Mongolia" from January 27 to February 7 at 81 Tran Quoc Thao, District 3, HCMC. 30 oil & lacquer paintings, over 100 art photos and sketch of 14 female artists in HCMC featuring Mongolia’s culture and life will be on display during the event. The organization board plans to bring this exhibition to Ha Noi in July 2015 on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Mongolia’s independence (11.7.1921-11.7.2015) TNT Theatre tours across Viet Nam The British TNT Theatre will perform Frankenstein – The Monster and the Myth from March 17 to 21 in Ha Noi and HCM City. The play is directed by Paul Stebbings, with music and sound effects by composer Paul Flush. Too many stage and film adaptations of Frankenstein ignore that the story is not just a novel, but a myth that has … [Read more...]

Supermarkets sell dubious veggies

Customers shop for vegetables at a supermarket in Ha Noi. Leading supermarket chains have suspended purchases from the Ba Chu Safe Vegetables Company after its duplicitous practices were exposed.

VietNamNet Bridge – Vegetables delivered by Ba Chu Safe Vegetables Co., Ltd. have been removed from display racks at BigC, Metro and Lotte Mart, the three biggest supermarket chains in Ha Noi, following a scandal over their origin. Nong Nghiep Viet Nam (Viet Nam Agriculture) newspaper revealed on Tuesday that a truck owned by the Dong Anh District-based company frequently arrived at Minh Khai Market in Bac Tu Liem District in the early morning to buy vegetables, which it then delivered to a number of supermarkets in the city. The vegetables picked up at the wholesale market reportedly included Chinese cabbage and herbs with unclear origin. The truck was caught transporting the vegetables to Metro Thang Long on Pham Van Dong Street, BigC Thang Long on Tran Duy Hung Street and Lotte Mart on Tay Son Street as well as supermarkets on Nguyen Trai, Ha Dong, Truong Dinh and Hoang Mai streets. Wrong reporting? BigC's Public Relations Director Ho Quoc Nguyen announced that the … [Read more...]

Social News 24/1

Bus fare reductions for holiday travellers Following decreases in fuel prices, Ho Chi Minh City’s bus fares during the upcoming Tet (Lunar New Year festival) are expected to drop by 7 to 20 from last year, unveiled the municipal Ministry of Transport on January 22. According to agency statistics, 110 of 130 operators in the Mien Tay bus station and 115 of 214 operators in the Mien Dong station have reduced transport fares thus far. Only five operators have announced their intent to increase their ticket costs for some routes. Currently, the industry is experiencing increased demand on the people’s travel as the holiday season quickly approaches. On January 4, petrol prices were cut by 1,900 VND per litre, the second reduction this month. The price of RON 95 was down to 16,270 VND while the prices of RON 92 and bio-fuel E5 were reduced to 15,670 VND. Diesel prices were cut by 1,460 VND, resulting in a cost between 15,120 and 15,170 VND per litre. Earlier, on January … [Read more...]

Members of int’l integration committee appointed

VGP – Deputy PM, FM Pham Binh Minh has signed a Decision approving the list of members of the National Steering Committee for International Integration (NSCII). Accordingly, eight members include Deputy Minister of National Defense Nguyen Chi Vinh, Deputy Minister of Public Security Dang Van Hieu, Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung, Deputy Minister of Finance Truong Chi Trung, Deputy Minister of Justice Dinh Trung Tung, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Tran Viet Thanh, Deputy Minister of Education and Training Bui Van Ga and Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Ho Anh Tuan. The NSSCII is in charge of helping the Government and the PM devise directions, strategies and major solutions related to international integration, and suggesting key tasks of international integration in different periods. It also supports the Government and the PM in directing ministries, ministry-level agencies, Government agencies and People’s Committees … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 22/1

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Photos of wild birds on show Saturday Wildlife At Risk (WAR) will join hands with the Youth Cultural Center to open a photo exhibition called "Chim rung mua ket ban" (wild birds in mating time) by local artist Tang A Pau from January 24 to 28. It is expected around 130 photos featuring wild birds like red-head crane, white-neck crane and babbler in nature will be on display at the Youth Cultural Center in HCMC’s District 1. Author Tang A Pau has traveled around the country to capture lively moments of birds, especially birds in the mating season. Some photos will be put on sale at the show to raise funds for wildlife protection and a shelter for kids in the Central Highlands. "This is a collection with many rare and precious photos of birds which are in danger of extinction, and hardly found in nature. There are many species that I have never seen or just seen once or twice in my life. I’m calling on people to let wild birds live in the natural environment if we … [Read more...]

Vietnam tourist attractions open for free, offer diverse activities during Tet

Lush peach blossoms are in seen in Hanoi's iconic Nhat Tan Garden in this  Tuoi Tre  file photo.   A farmer is pictured watering his citrus plants, a common Tet embellishment, in this  Reuters  file photo.  Hoi An

A number of relics in Hanoi, Hue, and Hoi An Ancient Town will be open to tourists for free during Tet (Lunar New Year), while a myriad of activities are poised to take place in several other localities to celebrate the holiday. Hanoi The Hanoi People’s Committee has decided six of the capital’s relics and scenic spots will be open free to visitors on Lunar New Year’s Eve and the first two days of the new year, or from February 18 to 20. The spots are Ngoc Son and Quan Thanh Temples, Tay Phuong, Thay and Huong Pagodas, and Duong Lam Ancient Village. Pyrotechnic shows are also expected to light up 30 spots in the city on Lunar New Year’s Eve. Five high-range firework shows are set to sparkle over Hoan Kiem (Sword) Lake, Thong Nhat Park, Lac Long Quan Garden, Van Quan Lake, and My Dinh National Stadium. The other 25 low-range firework shows will take place in other areas. Authorities in Hoi An City, located in the central province of Quang Nam, … [Read more...]

Social News 22/1

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Students stable after anaphylactic shock The 35 students who experienced anaphylactic shock after being vaccinated in a secondary school in southern Hau Giang Province are now in stable condition, according to the provincial Preventive Health Centre. On Monday, 35 students at Vinh Vien A Secondary School experienced difficulty breathing, headache, vomiting and fever after getting the measles-rubella vaccination. Ten were in serious condition and taken to the provincial general hospital. Doctors said these students were possibly in anaphylactic shock. The rest of the vaccines were revoked for testing. Head of the centre Nguyen Van Muoi said all the students would be discharged from the hospital and resume their studies soon. Under the measles and rubella vaccination campaign launched by the provincial health sector, children between 1 and 14 years old are being vaccinated from October to the end of this month. Hanoi increases treatment for mental health patients Ha Noi treated … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 21/1

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My Tam to perform at ‘Dreaming together in Osaka' Singer My Tam will be the sole Vietnam representative to perform with guitarist Oshio Kotaro at ‘Dreaming together in Osaka’ this upcoming April. ‘Dreaming together in Osaka’ is an exchange between Vietnam and Japan artists to mark the 20th anniversary of Vietnam-Japan Friendship Association in Kansai. The performance will be divided into three parts. My Tam will sing Vietnam and Japan songs with Osaka music band in the first part. The second part will be Oshio Kotaro’s guitar performance and the last part will be a combination between My Tam and guitarist Oshio Kotaro. The programme is set for April 5 at the NHK hall in the centre of Osaka City. India to aid renovation of My Son towers India will send experts and give a five-year subsidy of about US$2.5 million for renovation of the towers in the My Son sanctuary in the central Quang Nam province. According to Dinh Hai, director of the Quang … [Read more...]

Social News 21/1

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Trucks blamed for congestion on Hanoi Highway A nine-hour traffic jam on Hanoi Highway last Friday was due to a long line of container trucks heading for Truong Tho port complex while a road widening project has yet to get off the ground. Container trucks were moving inch by inch to Truong Tho port complex in Thu Duc District, causing serious congestion on other streets including Mai Chi Tho and Dong Van Cong in District 2. The Truong Tho port area comprises Phuoc Long 3, Transimex and Phuc Long inland container depots (ICD), and some steel and cement factories. At present, Hanoi Highway is the only way leading to the Truong Tho port area, so traffic often snarls this time of year as trading activity picks up in the lead up to the Lunar New Year holiday. Le Duy Hiep, general director of Transforwarding Warehousing Joint-Stock Corp. (Transimex-Saigon), told the Daily that Friday’s heavy traffic jam resulted from a narrow road leading to Truong Tho while an increasingly … [Read more...]

EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR JANUARY 20-31 (daily updated)

Symphony Concert with Spanish Conductor David Gómez Ramírez Fri 30 Jan 2015, 8 pm Vietnam National Academy of Music 77 Hao Nam, Hanoi You are invited to a symphony concert with: Conductor: David Gómez Ramírez Piano Soloist: Vu Ngoc Linh and the Hanoi Philharmonic Orchestra Program L.V. Beethoven Overture Egmont P.I. Tchaikovsky Concerto No 1 for piano and orchestra Interval F. Mendelssohn Syphony No.3 About Conductor David Gómez Ramírez David Gómez Ramírez is one of the most promising young conductor and composer in Spain. He has been director of the Lira Saguntina Symphony Orchestra in Valencia, as well as director of the Conservatory of Music "Joaquin Rodrigo" in Sagunto, Valencia since 2007. He has been the resident conductor in Seville and Coutances (France) Orchestre. During the past seven years, he has conducted all the major Spanish orchestras and he appears as a guest conductor in Europe (Italy, France, Portugal, The Netherlands, in Asia and in South … [Read more...]

Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News – January 20

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Briefs of some of the leading news stories published on Tuesday (January 20) in Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper: anniversary of the Rach Gam – Xoai Mut Victory. It was the military win of Vietnam over Siam (now Thailand) invaders. -- State President Truong Tan Sang took part in a meeting with the judicial system yesterday in Hanoi and instructed officials not to make unfair judgments. -- The People’s Committee of Hoang Sa (Paracel) District in the central city of Da Nang held a meeting yesterday to commemorate the loss of Vietnam’s Hoang Sa archipelago to China 41 years ago. Delegates and witnesses confirmed that the archipelago belongs to Vietnam forever. -- Deputies attending a meeting of the law-making National Assembly yesterday called for a suspension of military service for college students. Society -- Vietnam has merged the Department of Road and Railways Traffic Police and the Department of Waterway Traffic Police into the Department of Traffic … [Read more...]

Social News 19/1

Court jails 27 for gambling The people's court in Cao Bang Province yesterday sent 27 people to prison for organised gambling. According to the court reports, on January 10, 2014, the Cao Bang police raided a guest room in the province and found four people engaging in illegal gambling. They also seized VND742 million (US$34,500) in cash from the site. Further investigations showed that the four persons were part of a larger gambling network that also organised gambling in the province from October 2013 to January 2014. The gambling network comprised 27 people, who received prison terms varying from one to six years. Several other persons were given probation. According to the Criminal Code, gambling is illegal in Viet Nam. Work begins on Ha Noi ring-road link Construction work on the Trung Hoa-Ring Road 3 intersection in the capital city, which will include two tunnels, began on Sunday, the Thang Long Project Management Board has announced. Vu Xuan Hoa, head of the Board, said … [Read more...]

Social News 17/1

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Fishing boat rescued near Truong Sa A fishing boat and its 13 crew members were rescued at sea near Viet Nam's Truong Sa (Spratly) Islands after sending an SOS on Wednesday. The boat's crew belongs to Ly Son Island's An Hai Commune in the central province of Quang Ngai. Nguyen Quoc Chinh, head of the An Hai Commune Fishing Union, confirmed yesterday that the union had received an SOS from fishing boat QNg 96156 TS, which was stranded off the island of Thuyen Chai in the Truong Sa Islands of Khanh Hoa Province. Other fishing boats nearby failed to approach the boat due to big waves and the rough sea. However, ship HQ561 from Navy Zone 4 was able to tow the fishing boat to anchor on Thuyen Chai Island. The sea around the Truong Sa Islands has been choppy over the last few days with 3-4m high waves. Two arrested for trafficking women in Son La Two persons were arrested for cheating andtrafficking Vietnamese women near the Viet Nam-China border onTuesday, said the Son La Border … [Read more...]

Thanh Hoa recruit Brazilian striker

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Thanh Hoa recruit Brazilian striker The Thanh Hoa team has signed a contract with Patrick Roberto Daniel Da Silva to strengthen its chances of winning ahead of the Toyota V.League 1's third round. The Brazilian striker is expected to make his debut this weekend when Thanh Hoa faces Hoang Anh Gia Lai at the Pleiku Stadium in Gia Lai Province. His contract will be valid for a year. Before coming to Viet Nam, Da Silva had played in Thailand. At his peak, the 30-year-old joined Australia's Sydner FC, where he scored 15 goals during seven matches in 2008. Apart from Da Silva, Thanh Hoa also has Dutch midfielder Danny van Bakel in their line-up. The Thanh Hoa team travelled to Pleiku today to prepare for their match, which will be held at 5pm on Saturday and will be aired live on the VTV6 channel. Hung to make return for Hai Phong Nguyen Anh Hung has found a berth in the V.League 1 again after a one-year rest following a severe injury. An Giang's Hung had broken his leg during a … [Read more...]

Social News 16/1

Separate jails proposed for transgender, gay prisoners Homosexual and transgender prisoners may be housed in jails separate from the general prison population to protect them from sexual harassment under a plan proposed by the Social, Economic and Environmental Institute to the Ministry of Public Security. The institute has been studying gender-related problems for many years and says many countries provide separate jails for transgender prisoners who are classified as trans-female or trans-male. A 2014 report found that the majority of transgender prisoners wanted separate jails to avoid the risks of sexual harassment. Homosexual and transgender prisoners face the highest risk of sexual harassment. The institute cited statistics from the US state of California, which showed 67 percent of homosexual and transgender prisoners have suffered sexual harassment. The institute said that under current infrastructure in Vietnam, transgender prisoners can only either be held in solitary … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 15/1

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Local film to debut at Berlin International Film Festival The much-talked about film – Big Father, Small Father and Other Stories – directed by Phan Dang Di will make its international debut at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival. This is the first ever Vietnamese film to screen at the festival, which is to run February 5-15, and it will be shown as part of the Golden Bear and Silver Bear awards competition. Other prominent Vietnamese cinematographers that will participate at the event include director Phan Dang Di, actress Do Thi Hai Yen, female documentary film director Nguyen Thi Tham and writer Nguyen My Trang. Vietnam joins Singapore’s Chingay parade The Vietnam National Music, Dance and Vocal Theatre will represent Vietnam at the Chingay Parade to be held in Singapore on February 27-28. Chingay 2015 will be the biggest and grandest festival in the Chingay history from 1973 with the number of tourists to enjoy the coming Chingay to be doubled to … [Read more...]

Social News 14/1

Three big cities launch English Champion 2015 The Vietnam Central Study Encouragement Association, EQuest Academy in collaboration with the Vietnamese American English Centre (VATC) has launched an English contest for primary and junior high school students (English Champion 2015). The contest will kick off on April 1, 2015, for students from the 4th to 8th grades in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Danang. Contestants will compete in three rounds to show their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Competition will follow the knockout format, examining the competitors’ communication and presentation skills. Last year, English Championship 2014 drew the participation of thousands students from more than 20 primary and secondary schools in the three big cities. Awards include scholarships and cash (VND6.2 million or US$294 for the winner of the English Championship 2014). Pilot issuance of Criminal Record Cards by post approved The Prime Minister has approved a project … [Read more...]