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Synthetic drugs seized by Quang Binh forces The Quang Binh provincial Border Guard Command yesterday seized synthetic drugs from Laos at the Cha Lo International Port in the province. The 500 ectasy pills were being carried on a passenger bus driven by Dau Xuan Cuong, 24, from Nghe An Province. Cuong alledgely told police the drugs were being sent from Thakhek Town in Laos to Nghe An Province. Call centre to handle driving licence renewals Starting from March 9, HCM City will allow driver to make appointments to renew their licences by calling a new phone centre on 1081. Senior official from the city's transport department, Vo Trong Nhan, told vnexpress.net the service was intended to make the process more convenient and shorten the required time to issue a new licence. "People will be able to call the centre and make appointments that suit their schedule. They will be notified later once a time slot is available, which will eliminate the need for them to book at an office," … [Read more...]

Social News 28/2

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Route connecting Ky Sa Port and Ly Son Island opened The Ministry of Transport announced its plan to open a mixed river-sea route connecting the Ky Sa port and Ly Son Island in central Quang Ngai province on February 26. Vessels operating on the route must be river-sea compatible ships (VR-SB) under the National Technical Regulation on the Rule of Inland-Waterway Ships Classification and Construction. In addition, vessel crew members are required to have professional competence qualifications. Ly Son district lies 18 nautical miles off the Vietnamese coast and covers an area of 10km2. It includes three communes: An Hai, An Vinh and An Binh. The island district has a population of approximately 2,100. The majority of residents earn a living from fishing and farming garlics and spring onions. Ly Son is striving to become a maritime economic centre by 2025, with a focus on tourism and aquaculture. Archaeologists found relics of Sa Huynh culture on the island dating back to 3,000 … [Read more...]

Over 1,000 antiques displayed and auctioned at Nam Dinh provincial museum

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The northern Nam Dinh provincial Museum has displayed and auctioned over 1,000 antiques as part of the activities to celebrate the Lunar New Year 2015. This annual event was held on the seventh day of the first lunar month by the Thien Truong Antiques Association and the UNESCO Club for Vietnam antique research and collection. It drew the participation of many antique clubs from provinces and cities nationwide such as Hanoi, the northern city of Hai Phong, the northern provinces of Nam Dinh, Hai Duong, Ninh Binh, Thai Binh and Vinh Phuc, the central province of Thanh Hoa and Ho Chi Minh city and thousands of visitors. Objects on display were mainly ceramic, porcelain, crockery, woodwork and ironwork dating from AD to the dynasties of Ly, Tran and Le. The exhibition and auction aimed to raise money for charity and create an opportunity for antique collectors to gather and exchange private collections as well as share experience on antique assessment and conservation./. … [Read more...]

Thousand antiques put up for auction in Nam Dinh

The Saigon Times Daily The event was co-organized by the Thien Truong Antiques Association and the UNESCO Club for Vietnam antique research and collection. The objects were mostly ceramics, porcelain, crockery, woodwork and ironwork dating from AD to the dynasties of Ly, Tran and Le. Held annually on the seventh day of the first lunar month in Nam Dinh, this year’s event attracted the participation of many antique clubs from cities and provinces across the country such as Hanoi, Hai Phong, Hai Duong, Ninh Binh, Thai Binh, Vinh Phuc, Thanh Hoa and HCMC along with thousands of visitors. The auction aimed to raise funds for charity and create an opportunity for antique collectors to look for what they are interested in and share experience in antique assessment and conservation. … [Read more...]

Vietnamese on global lists of super-rich

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VietNamNet Bridge – Official statistics show that Vietnam has two dollar billionaires and hundreds of super-rich, but the actual figure is believed to be higher if it includes the hidden billionaires. The number of super-rich Vietnamese people has been increasing rapidly despite the economic recession. The latest "Billionaire Census 2014" by Wealth-X and UBS showed that Vietnam was among 14 Asian countries with dollar billionaires. In 2014, the number of dollar billionaires increased to two with total assets of $3 billion. The report did not show the names of the two billionaires. However, one of them is assumed to be Pham Nhat Vuong, chair of Vingroup, who was named in Forbes’ list of billionaires. Vuong is reported to have assets worth $1.6 billion, ranking 1,149th on the list of the world’s billionaires. The other billionaire remains unknown. However, names have been mentioned, including Nguyen Thi Nga from BRG Group and SeABank, Vu Van Tien from Geleximco, Dao … [Read more...]

Workers cash in over Tet holiday

Most workers in industrial zones in southern Viet Nam are already back at work after the Lunar New Year, but things are slower in central and northern areas. — Photo baomoi

HA NOI (VNS) — Workers at about a dozen companies in the southern province of Binh Duong did not get a holiday break for Tet. Tran Van Nam, chairman of the Binh Duong People's Committee, said that the workers were paid up to four times their normal wages to fill urgent orders for Europe. The companies involved also gave their workers higher bonuses, so everyone was happy, he said. Most workers in industrial zones in southern Viet Nam are already back at work after the Lunar New Year, but things are slower in central and northern areas. About 95 per cent of workers in industrial zones in the southern province of Dong Nai are back at work, said the provincial labour federation. At the Phong Thai Group, which produces sports shoes for export, 23,000 out of 26,000 workers have returned. The Pousing Viet Nam Company already has about 21,100 out of its 24,000 workers. Dinh Sy Phuc, chairman of the trade union of the Tae Wang Vina Company told Lao Dong (Labour) newspaper that … [Read more...]

Social News 27/2

Hanoi: Waste treatment plants to be operational in 2015 A number of waste treatment plants in Hanoi’s outlying districts of Dan Phuong, Phu Xuyen, My Duc, Ba Vi and Soc Son are expected to be operational this year. Notably, the 73ha Nam Son Waste Treatment Complex (Phase II) in Soc Son district will be put into operation in April. According to Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Vu Hong Khanh, the city will discharge an estimated 8,500 tonnes of solid waste a day by 2020 and 11,300 tonnes by 2030. To treat the waste, the city authorities have zoned off areas for solid waste treatment by 2030. Under the Prime Minister-approved planning, Hanoi will have 17 waste treatment plants by 2030, including eight expanded and nine newly-built ones. There are currently nine enterprises collecting and processing household waste in the city. Most of the waste is treated using several methods such as burying and burning. Around 5,400 tonnes of waste are discharged each … [Read more...]

Displaying thousands of antiques at Nam Dinh museum

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(Cinet)- Nam Dinh Museum has displayed and auctioned over 1,000 antiques as part of activities to celebrate the Lunar New Year on February 25. This event attracted many antique clubs from provinces and cities across the country such as Hanoi, Hai Phong, Nam Dinh, Hai Duong, Ninh Binh, Thai Binh, Vinh Phuc, Thanh Hoa and Ho Chi Minh City along with thousands of visitors. The event is held annually on the seventh day of the first lunar month by the Thien Truong Antiques Association and the UNESCO Club for Vietnam antique research and collection. Objects on display are mainly ceramic, porcelain, crockery, woodwork and ironwork dating from AD to the dynasties of Ly, Tran and Le. The exhibition and auction aim to raise money for charity and create an opportunity for antique collectors to gather and exchange private collections as well as share experience on antique assessment and conservation. … [Read more...]

HCMC leaders visit senior medical staff on Doctor’s Day

Mr. Quan presents flower to Ms. Tran Thi Trung Chien on the occasion of Doctor's Day (Photo: SGGP)

Leaders from Ho Chi Minh City on February 25 paid visits and greeted senior medical staff and doctors on the 60th anniversary of Vietnamese Doctor’s Day on February 27. Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Secretary Le Thanh Hai, led a delegation to visit families of late Professor-Doctor Nguyen Thien Thanh, who was a former director of Thong Nhat Hospital, and of passed-away Doctor Duong Quang Trung who was a former director of the city’s Department of Health on February 25. At the house of Professor Nguyen Thien Thanh, Mr. Hai burnt incense, expressing his gratitude to the professor’s contribution to the health sector including scientific researches and training next generation. On the occasion of the Lunar New Year, Mr. Hai wished the professor’s family good health and happy new year. At the house of Professor Duong Quang Trung, Mr. Hai stressed that when Dr. Trung was alive, he was devoted to the health career and recorded his impression in the … [Read more...]

Thousands of antiques displayed, auctioned in Nam Dinh

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Image for illustration NDO - More than 1,000 antiques are being showcased and auctioned at the Nam Dinh Museum on February 25 as part of activities to celebrate the Lunar New Year. The event is held annually on the seventh day of the first lunar month by the Thien Truong Antiques Association and the UNESCO Club for Vietnam antique research and collection. Objects on display are mainly ceramic, porcelain, crockery, woodwork and ironwork dating from AD to the dynasties of Ly, Tran and Le. This year's event attracted the participation of many antique clubs from provinces and cities across the country such as Hanoi, Hai Phong, Nam Dinh, Hai Duong, Ninh Binh, Thai Binh, Vinh Phuc, Thanh Hoa and Ho Chi Minh City along with thousands of visitors. The exhibition and auction aim to raise money for charity and create an opportunity for antique collectors to gather and exchange private collections as well as share experience on antique assessment and conservation. … [Read more...]

Vietnam urged to improve policy to attract more overseas resources

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President Truong Tan Sang (R) greeted overseas Vietnamese during a meeting in February. Photo: Diep Duc Minh Remittances from overseas Vietnamese, often known as Viet kieu, have been a staple of the local economy over the past few decades. But experts now say the country could have attracted much more financial help from abroad if its policies were more open and transparent. Nguyen Tri Hien, a financial expert from the US, said contribution of overseas Vietnamese to the country’s economy, and particular to science and technology, has been quite small. Last year remittances hit the record high of US$12 billion, but that amount was still insignificant, given that more than 4.5 million Viet kieu are living around the world, he said. Hien said the combined income of Viet kieu could be equal to half of Vietnam's gross domestic product, based on his assumption that an overseas family earns an average of $50,000 per year, excluding unofficial sources of income. "This has showed … [Read more...]

Fishermen labouring over Tet haul in a good catch

Fishermen in the central region who worked during the Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday returned to shore over the weekend with a bountiful catch due to good weather and fewer fishing boats out at sea during the festive period. In central Quang Ngai province, many fishing boats, which had been out to sea up to a month or more, returned on February 23 to the Sa Ky Port in Binh Son district's Binh Chau commune. Nguyen Huu Phuc of Binh Chau commune said his boat with 10 fishermen docked at Sa Ky Port with more than 10 tonnes of various kinds of fish after nearly one month at sea. Each fishermen earned between 10-20 million VND (470-950 USD). The Fishing Trade Union for Binh Chau Commune said that more than 10 fishing boats in the Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago will return within the next five days, according to Nguyen Thanh Hung, Deputy Chairman of the Binh Chau commune People's Committee. Trader Nguyen Thi Lan said fish caught after Tet sold easily at good prices. Fish from the … [Read more...]

Photos: Fishermen labouring over Tet haul in a good catch

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Fishermen in the central region who worked during the Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday returned to shore over the weekend with a bountiful catch due to good weather and fewer fishing boats out at sea during the festive period. In Quang Ngai Province, many fishing boats, which had been out to sea up to a month or more, returned on Monday to the Sa Ky Port in Binh Son District's Binh Chau Commune. Nguyen Huu Phuc of Binh Chau Commune said his boat with 10 fishermen docked at Sa Ky Port with more than 10 tonnes of various kinds of fish after nearly one month at sea. Each fishermen earned between VND10-20 million (US$470-950). The Fishing Trade Union for Binh Chau Commune said that more than 10 fishing boats in the Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago will return within the next five days, according to Nguyen Thanh Hung, deputy chairman of the Binh Chau Commune People's Committee. Trader Nguyen Thi Lan said fish caught after Tet sold easily at good prices. Fish from the archipelago are big and … [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...]

How to live to 100: Centenarians in Vietnam’s poorest area prove money doesn’t matter

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Truong Triem of Quang Tri Province is still healthy at 104. Photo credit: Truong Triem's family 104-year-old Truong Triem always saves the best food in a meal for his wife, 106-year-old Tran Thi Chau. He often receives money from his children and grandchildren, but he doesn't really care much about it. "If he has a big bank note, he will give it to her," said their third child, 60-year-old Truong Ngoc Hiep. "Maybe loving each other is their only secret for a long life," Hiep said. Last year, the couple of Quang Tri Province was recognized by the Vietnam Book of Records as the country's oldest married couple. They have seven children, 21 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. More surprisingly, Quang Tri is home to 166 people who are more than 100 years old, despite the fact that the central province is one of Vietnam’s poorest, with very harsh conditions for living and production. Many families here are living well below the poverty line and the province's per capita … [Read more...]

A French journalist wishes to be a Viet Cong

French Journalist Michèle Ray on the cover of the book "The two shores of hell" . Photo provided journalist Le Thu

PANO - In the anti-American resistance war for national salvation, many foreign journalists had come to Vietnam to cover news and write reports on developments in the battlefields. Attentively, many of their press works had greatly impacted on world opinions, contributing to the anti-Vietnam War movement all over the world and to supporting the Vietnamese people’s justice. Among them is the French woman journalist Michèle Ray of the Le Nouvel Observateur Newspaper (New Observer). Michèle Ray arrived in Vietnam in early 1966, some months after US troops massively landed in Vietnam. Michèle Ray used to say that apart from her mission as a journalist, she wanted to seek her father who was also a journalist and had gone missing in the Central Highlands of Vietnam during France’s invasion in Vietnam. Returning to her motherland, Michèle Ray wrote the book, titled "Des deux rives de l’enfer" (The two shores of hell), and a report titled "If … [Read more...]

Experts discussing on raising seafood value

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The Central Coast Region has many advantages for aquaculture development. In the Fisheries Development Strategy of Vietnam by 2020, the Government identifies the region to become the center of the country's major fishery, associated with the key fishing grounds, which requires the judicious orientations and solutions to promote investment attraction to take inherent advantages of each locality, based on the overall regional balance of interests in order to enhance the value of fishery sector. HUGE POTENTIALS, POSITIVE CONTRIBUTION According to Dr. Nguyen Huy Dien, from the General Fisheries (MARD), the Central coastal water has many straits, estuaries, bays, islands with abundant marine resources and high economic value. The offshore Hoang Sa and Truong Sa islands have brought about the strategic significance to the national defense-security and advantages for seafood exploitation and aquaculture. This feature implies the potentially provision of large amounts of high quality … [Read more...]

Sweet potatoes, hard work: keys to a long life

Dinh Thi Xa (L) and Dinh Thi Long have been recognized as Vietnam's oldest living sisters. -- Photo credit: Vietkings

VietNamNet Bridge – Two Vietnamese sisters, Dinh Thi Xa, 102, and Dinh Thi Long, 94, have been recognised as Viet Nam's oldest sisters by the Viet Nam Book of Records (Vietkings). The certificate was presented to them at their homes in Dong Nai Province's Bien Hoa City. The women have seven other siblings; three others are all over 90 years old. Their two sisters, Dinh Thi Ti (104) and Dinh Thi Nhu (100), and brother Dinh Van Trong (92), live in the US. The two women attribute their longevity to their children's and grandchildren's loving care, along with a healthy and moderate lifestyle and reasonable diet. "I have lived a hard life, and I also ate sweet potatoes to allay my hunger," Long says. In fact, the two sisters often jokingly refer to sweet potato as "Vietnamese ginseng", saying it helps them maintain their physical and mental fitness as well as ginseng. Long still helps her daughter sell banh chung (square glutinous rice cakes) to earn money. She and Xa grew up … [Read more...]

Overseas Vietnamese wish to contribute to fatherland’s development

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These days many overseas Vietnamese (OV) have returned home to celebrate Tet (Lunar New Year) and almost all of them want to do something for the homeland, from boosting the country’s development to protecting national sovereignty. >> President Sang, overseas Vietnamese pay tribute to Hung Kings Many of these returnees have told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper about their feelings and ambitions. ‘Where you are’ less important than ‘what you do’ Vietnam has achieved much since reunification in 1975, but the country still has much to do in comparison to other countries, said Nguyen Tri Dung, who is Vietnamese-Japanese. He emphasized that the future of Vietnam will be determined by the efforts of each Vietnamese person. Abroad, many OVs, including students, often wonder, "Should we return home to contribute to the country’s development?" At home, the Vietnamese government has rolled out the red carpet for OV investors. But in fact, … [Read more...]

The most prominent under-30 faces in Vietnam

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VietNamNet Bridge - Forbes Vietnam has released its first-ever list of 30 of Vietnam's brightest stars under the age of 30 in different fields, including business, communications, entertainment and sports. The faces on Vietnam’s 30 under 30 list. Photo: Forbes Vietnam "30 Under 30" is a list of rising stars of the future generation in various fields that was issued by Forbes USA magazine for the first time four years ago. This is the first time Forbes Vietnam has published a 30 under 30 list. The candidates for the list were nominated by the public and then selected by the category judges of Forbes Vietnam. On the list, there are faces widely known in Vietnam, especially among young people, such as Nguyen Ha Dong (computer game design – Flappy Bird creator), comedian Tran Thanh, blogger Tran Duc Viet - JVevermind (social media) and chess master Le Quang Liem. There are some people who are unknown to the public, but they are highly respected in their fields for … [Read more...]