The needy receive more houses

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PANO – The Department of Policies under the General Department of Politics of the Vietnam People’s Army (VPA) and Cao Bang Provincial Military Command on December 17th presented a house to Dang Van Thang, whose son, Dang Tuan Quy, was a soldier of the Liberation Army (the VPA’s predecessor). Located in Um hamlet, Tam Kim commune, Nguyen Binh district, the 100sq.m house was constructed at a cost of VND 280 million donated by the Ministry of National Defence, his families, locality and some social organizations and benefactors. On the occasion, the leader of Department of Policies handed over Defence Ministry’s financial assistance to families of former members of the Liberation Army. The same day, the General Department of Politics handed over ten houses to policy beneficiaries in Dinh Hoa district, Thai Nguyen Province and families of needy officers of the district’s Military Command after four months of construction. The construction cost was funded … [Read more...]

Social News 18/12

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Ha Noi told to fight sexual harassment in public transport The National Committee for Traffic Safety asked the Ha Noi People's Committee to combat sexual harassment against women and girls on public transport. Accordingly, relevant agencies must identify locations, public transport routes and road sections where sexual harassment often occurs. The city must also improve lighting in areas where women are vulnerable to sexual assault, broadly announce telephone numbers for police in case of emergency and give instructions and advice on how to avoid and what to do when encountering sexual harassment. Women should be provided training in necessary skills to protect themselves in public places, and authorities should encourage them to report sexual harassment and other physical abuse, the committee said. Additionally, the city must tighten control over areas where sexual abuse is common in order to discover and punish criminals. Deputy chairman of the Ha Noi People's Committee … [Read more...]

Around clock operation to rescue 12 workers in collapsed tunnel

Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien visits a trapped worker’s relative (Photo: SGGP)

Ministers of Construction, Industry & Trade, and Health on Wednesday arrived at the Da Dang-Da Chomo hydropower plant in Central Highlands Lam Dong to instruct around the clock rescue operations to free 12 trapped workers. More rescue workers and machines have been mobilized to the scene at Da Dang-Da Chomo Hydropower in Lac Duong District, where the province’s senior leaders have also been present. Major General Bui Van Son, director of the province Police Department has entered the tunnel to instruct rescue operations. Rescuers reported that the water level had risen to a meter inside the tunnel by Wednesday noon. Mr. Nguyen Xuan Tien, Secretary of Lam Dong province Party Committee and Mr. Doan Van Viet, Chairman of the province People’s Committee, ordered the rescue force to drill a spot in the lower reaches side of the tunnel to ram another pipe to provide more air for the workers and pump water out of collapsed tunnel. On Tuesday night, they had drilled and … [Read more...]

Reasons behind closure of creative hubs in Vietnam

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Research by Vietnamese journalist Truong Uyen Ly has shed light on the reasons behind the closure of many creative hubs in both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. According to the study, there are around 40 creative hubs in the two biggest cities in Vietnam which are different in scale, type of activities, and field of operations. A creative hub could be a co-working and networking space, a training institution, an investment fund, a place where all creative ideas are welcomed, an online information sharing forum, or a talk-discussion base for all creative people and those interested in art. These places, where intellectuals and artistic people can meet, nurture and exchange their ideas, currently face many difficulties due to safety, financial problems, and a lack of management skills. Opening and closing Some of the oldest creative hubs in Vietnam were built within the last two decades, according to Ly’s paper, "The Mapping of Creative Hubs in Vietnam." Salon Natasha might … [Read more...]

Nha Trang fishermen return after harrowing pirate encounter at sea

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A Nha Trang fishing boat anchors in its home port after returning from a pirate attack on December 2, 2014. Photo: Hien Luong Seven fishermen arrived home in central Vietnam Saturday exhausted and empty-handed after a harrowing ordeal with a group of armed pirates. Captain Phan Quoc Hung, 35, pulled into Hon Ro Port in Nha Trang town, Khanh Hoa Province and immediately filed a report about a crew of foreign pirates that rammed and robbed his crew on December 2. Hung said his crew set sail on November 10 to fish for tuna in the water around the Truong Sa Archipelago (Spratly islands) off the coast of Khanh Hoa Province. Hung said his men set out among a flotilla of local boats and didn't catch much. In the end, they decided to hang around the islands to continue fishing instead of heading back with the group. While fishing around the islands their vessel was rammed by an unmarked boat. Armed men brandishing guns quickly rushed aboard and forced Hung and his crew onto their boat … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 17/12

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First private war remnants museum opens in Hanoi The first-ever private war remnants museum just opened in downtown Ha Noi. The museum features thousands of war objects gathered across the country over the past 20 years by Nguyen Manh Hiep, a war veteran. The collection, which includes bomb shells, soldiers' utilities and photos, is being displayed in a 30-sq.m yard in front of Hiep's house, No 9, lane 144/2, An Duong Vuong Road. Young talents gather at HBSO concert Local young music talents will play at a concert hosted by the HCMC Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO) at the City Opera House at 8 p.m. on Friday. Audiences will have a chance to admire beautiful and lively melodies of Wind quintet No. 1 in B-flat Major by Italian composer/violinist Giuseppe Maria Cambini by the performance of young talents of the HBSO Wind Quintet. Previously, the quintet took part in the Asian Orchestra Week in Tokyo, Japan in early September and had a solo concert in Natori City of … [Read more...]

6 drowned as boat capsizes in Vietnam

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A boat that capsized in an accident which killed 6 people in Vietnam Tuesday after being salvaged and brought to shore. Photo: Hoang Long Five women and a man drowned when a boat carrying 13 people capsized off the shore of Thai Binh Province, northern Vietnam, on Tuesday morning. Tran The Long, an official from Tien Hai District’s Party unit, told Tuoi Tre newspaper on the phone that the accident happened at about 5 a.m. when the boat was 700 meters from Giang Long pier in Nam Thinh Commune. Long said the 13 people onboard were coming back from a night catching clams at a farm offshore. Dinh Van Si, the 24-year-old helmsman and the only man on the boat, was among the dead victims. A survivor, Nguyen Thi Ngot, told Thanh Nien that Si had managed to save two women before he became exhausted and was washed away. Ngot, 51, said the women had been hired by the owner of the clam farm to work during low tide between Monday evening and 2 a.m. Tuesday. She said she was sitting in … [Read more...]

6 drown as boat capsizes in Vietnam

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A boat that capsized in an accident which killed 6 people in Vietnam Tuesday after being salvaged and brought to shore. Photo: Hoang Long Five women and a man drowned when a boat carrying 13 people capsized off the shore of Thai Binh Province, northern Vietnam, on Tuesday morning. Tran The Long, an official from Tien Hai District’s Party unit, told Tuoi Tre newspaper on the phone that the accident happened at about 5 a.m. when the boat was 700 meters from Giang Long pier in Nam Thinh Commune. Long said the 13 people onboard were coming back from a night catching clams at a farm offshore. Dinh Van Si, the 24-year-old helmsman and the only man on the boat, was among the dead victims. A survivor, Nguyen Thi Ngot, told Thanh Nien that Si had managed to save two women before he became exhausted and was washed away. Ngot, 51, said the women had been hired by the owner of the clam farm to work during low tide between Monday evening and 2 a.m. Tuesday. She said she was sitting in … [Read more...]

6 drowned as clamboat capsize in Vietnam

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A boat that capsized in an accident which killed 6 people in Vietnam Tuesday after being salvaged and brought to shore. Photo: Hoang Long Five women and a man drowned when a boat carrying 13 people capsized off the shore of Thai Binh Province, northern Vietnam, on Tuesday morning. Tran The Long, an official from Tien Hai District’s Party unit, told Tuoi Tre newspaper on the phone that the accident happened at about 5 a.m. when the boat was 700 meters from Giang Long pier in Nam Thinh Commune. Long said the 13 people onboard were coming back from a night catching clams at a farm offshore. Dinh Van Si, the 24-year-old helmsman and the only man on the boat, was among the dead victims. A survivor, Nguyen Thi Ngot, told Thanh Nien that Si had managed to save two women before he became exhausted and drowned himself. Ngot, 51, said the women had been hired by the owner of the clam farm to work during low tide between Monday evening and 2 a.m. Tuesday. She said she was sitting in … [Read more...]

Vote of confidence’s result announced

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​ The 14th session of Quang Ngai Provincial People's Council (PPC) XI has completed the work of voting of confidence for 12 province's top officials elected by the PPC. ​ PPC's members voted on whether they had "high confidence," ''confidence" or "low confidence" in the province's top officials. Chairman of Provincial People's Committee Mr. Le Viet Chu and Chairman of Provincial People's Council Mr.Tran Ngoc Cang excluded the list because of their new positions in PPC as requisitions. 50 out of 53 PPC XI members implemented the vote of confidence, and the result was announced as follow: Name Position High confidence (ballots and %) Confidence (ballots and %) Low confidence (ballots and %) Mrs. Truong Thi Xuan Hong Vice-Chairman of Provincial People's Council 44 83.01% 04 7.54% 02 3.77% Mr. Vo Phien Head of Department of Economic and Budget of Provincial Council 39 73.58% 10 18.86% 01 1.88% Mr. Nguyen Manh … [Read more...]

Musical about Navy to make debut

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Young actors to perform in the musical Cay Bang Vuong, which will be staged on December 22 in HCM City to mark the 70th anniversary of the Viet Nam People's Army. — VNS Photo Thuy Binh A musical on the work of the Vietnam People's Navy will be staged next week in Ho Chi Minh City as part of the city's cultural activities to mark the 70th anniversary of the Vietnam People's Army (December 22). The 90-minute work, titled Cay Bang Vuong (Malabar Almond Tree), is being directed by Hoa Ha in cooperation with choreographer Le Viet of the HCM City Theatre, one of the region's leading State-owned art troupes, belonging to Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism. The city government spent 200 million VND (9,500 USD) on the production. Based on a script by Tran Kim Khoi, the musical is about the lives and work of young navy soldiers. The musical has attracted nearly 50 young theatre actors and singers, including Linh Son, Minh Quan, Ba Cuong and Tien Nam, Hong Hanh and Quoc … [Read more...]

Social News 15/12

Project targeting low-income earners introduced in Ha Nam A World Bank-funded project targeting low-income earners has been introduced in the northern province of Ha Nam. The 55.6 million USD project, supported by the World Bank is being carried out nationwide from 2013 to 2018. The "Innovation Targeting People on Low Incomes in Vietnam" project aims to create opportunities for Vietnamese businesses to access to loans and capitals so that they can enhance their proficiency in implementing innovations through applying, perfecting and expanding their operations, as well as commercialising technology to improve living standards for low-income people. Developing traditional medicine, information technology and communication, agriculture and aquiculture are at the heart of the project. Addressing at the conference to introduce the project, Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Planning and Development’s Agency for Enterprises Development Nguyen Hoa Cuong, who is also … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 14/12

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Hanoi to host Vietnam’s largest Christmas festival Organizers of this year’s Christmas Festival, set for December 23-24 at the Westlake Water Park in Hanoi, are boasting it will be the largest in Vietnam. They say it will attract more than 40,000 people and feature a snow road, street festival and gift world. The organizing board has also launched a photograph competition to coincide with the event and 30 awards for best image in a number of categories will be presented during the event. The festival is being organized by HeartLink Joint Stock Company in co-ordination with Westlake Water Park. … [Read more...]

Social News 13/12

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Vietnam climbs 16 notches in transport infrastructure: WEF … [Read more...]

Social News 12/12

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Crackdown on smugglers creates border control turmoil A crackdown on smugglers has created turmoil at Vietnam-China border crossings, notably at Mong Cai Border Gate in Quang Ninh Province, which is being flooded with people going back and forth between the two countries as gangs probe for weak spots in border control. Officials said Mong Cai Border Gate processed 10,000 people on December 6. The crowdness has been going on over the past month following the arrest of a smuggling gang on November 2, which prompted an increase of inspections by border gate security along the border. … [Read more...]

Tuna exports – Swimming against the tide

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(VOV) - The domestic tuna industry is finding it difficult to reach its export target for the year on the back of an overall reduction in exports since the beginning of the year, the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) says. Suffering from a long-term decline, tuna exports in November have shown signs of rebounding in the months11 leading to December at around US$450 million, cumulatively. However, the forecast is that the sector is falling far short of this year’s target of US$580 million in gross export revenues. Local tuna processors and exporters are facing a number of difficulties such as shortage of materials, consumption declines and lower prices. … [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...]

Newly crowned Miss Vietnam faces heated controversy over looks

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Miss Vietnam Nguyen Cao Ky Duyen have come under fire for her appearance since she was crowned in the finale last week. … [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...]

National Sports Festival 2014 opens

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(VOVworld) – The 7th National Sports Festival 2014 opened Saturday at Thien Truong Stadium in the northern province of Nam Dinh. Former National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Van An, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, and other Party and State leaders attended the event. The festival was kicked off with a performance featuring Nam Dinh province’s unique cultural identities. It was followed by a parade with the participation of nearly 20,000 staff and athletes of 65 participating sports delegations. The highlight of the opening ceremony was a torch relay from the sacred Tran Temple. Minister of Culture, Sports, and Tourism Hoang Tuan Anh spoke at the event:"Following the success of the 6 previous national sports festivals, this year’s event aims to further improve the public awareness of the importance of gymnastics and sports development in national construction and defense as President Ho Chi Minh once said: Strong people make a prosperous nation. We hope to create a … [Read more...]