EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER 20-30 (daily updated)

Piano - Tuồng "Fire" by Pho An My and Dang Tue Nguyen Sat 29 Nov 2014, 8 pm Hanoi Opera House 1 Tràng Tiền, Hà Nội "Fire" is a project conceived 8 years ago by two artists Pho An My and Dang Tue Nguyen. Sharing the desire of creating a new theatre language as combination between piano and Tuồng, My and musician Dang Tue Nguyen has collaborated to generate "Fire" based on Tuồng script by poet Luong Tu Duc. The beauty and philosophical depth of Tuồng (traditional opera) has once again given … [Read more...]

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Art & Entertainment News 21/11

Paris exhibition honours Vietnamese people in World War I Vietnamese people in the First World War (1914-1918) is the highlight of a photo exhibition being held in Paris from November 19 to December 30. On display are more than 100 documentary photos depicting the working and living conditions of the first Vietnamese who were brought to France by the French colonial government in the early 20th century to serve the war. Historian Pierre Brocheux introduced the historical context since nearly … [Read more...]

Applied art show opens in Ha Noi

Visitors contemplate an artwork displayed at the national applied arts exhibition, which showcases about 200 art pieces made from everyday objects by Vietnamese artists. - VNA/VNS Photo Minh Duc

HA NOI (VNS) - The Museum of Fine Arts is displaying art pieces made from everyday objects across the nation at an exhibition in Ha Noi. … [Read more...]

Shares recover from early losses

Investors watch trading at Vietcombank Securities Co's transaction floor in Ha Noi. - VNS Photo Truong Vi HA NOI (VNS) - Vietnamese stock markets halted two days of sharp decline and ended in the green yesterday, with gainers outnumbering losers three to one. At the HCM City Stock Exchange, the VN-Index rose by 0.84 per cent to 593.32 points. Trading value reached VND2.45 trillion (US$115.5 million), a 15.5-per cent decline, as trading volume reached 152.6 million shares. The VN30 Index, … [Read more...]

Social News 20/11

New campaign fights violence against women Ministries and the UN in Viet Nam launched a national campaign yesterday in Ha Noi asking the public - especially men - to take action to end violence against women. The initiative's timing marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on Nov. 25. The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, the UN in Viet Nam and other development partners organised the campaign, which … [Read more...]

Social News 20/1

New campaign fights violence against women Ministries and the UN in Viet Nam launched a national campaign yesterday in Ha Noi asking the public - especially men - to take action to end violence against women. The initiative's timing marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on Nov. 25. The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, the UN in Viet Nam and other development partners organised the campaign, which … [Read more...]

Social News 19/11

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Bribery scandal targets officials of many enterprises … [Read more...]

Coastal landslides put Hue families in danger

Local residents reinforce a stone embankment in Hai Duong Commune in Thua Thien Hue Province. - VNA/VNS Photo Quoc Viet

THUA THIEN HUE (VNS) - Landslides are threatening coastal residents in Hue, but not enough is being done by district and provincial authorities to tackle the problem. … [Read more...]

Shares fall on selling pressure

HA NOI (VNS) - Vietnamese stock markets witnessed a great slump in share prices as selling pressure continued to surge yesterday. At the HCM City Stock Exchange, the VN-Index closed at 594.25 points, losing by 1.11 per cent. The VN30 Index, which tracks the 30 leading stocks in capitalisation and liquidity, also fell by 1.47 per cent to 627.84 points. Among the 30 shares, only rubber company Casumina and steelmaker Hoa Sen managed to rise while many lost ground rapidly such as software … [Read more...]

Gov’t: support industry needs support

Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang starts the three-day question-and-answer session yesterday. - VNA/VNS Photo Nhan Sang

HA NOI (VNS) - Ministry of Trade and Industry Vu Huy Hoang yesterday conceded that the Government has not provided sufficient support to the domestic supporting industry, but added that there were several factors inhibiting its growth. … [Read more...]

Social News 18/11

Stop preventable deaths: UNICEF UNICEF has launched a campaign called ZEROworkplace that involves companies in its efforts to eradicate preventable child deaths in Viet Nam. ZEROworkplace enables managers to provide critical information to employees in an inexpensive and effective way that can have a lifesaving impact on their children. "In Viet Nam, 100 children die every day from preventable causes," Youssouf Abdel-Jelil, UNICEF's representative in Viet Nam, said at the launch ceremony in … [Read more...]

Travel News 17/11

Conde Nast Traveler lists Long Bien Market a world's best Conde Nast Traveler named the Long Bien wholesale market in Hanoi located under the famous Long Bien Bridge that was repeatedly bombed and repaired during the war with America on its list of the world top 7 street markets. Heralded by the Communist party as a symbol of Vietnam's resilience, today the bridge watches over a buzzing hive of vendors selling live frogs and sweet mangosteens. Since this is a daily market, it's best to make … [Read more...]

Social News 17/11

Newspaper fined for inaccuracy The Ministry of Information and Communications' Deputy Chief Inspector, Do Thi Tinh, has decided to fine the Dan Viet online newspaper VND 15 million (US$714) for publishing inaccurate information. The story in question, "The world's most magnificent presidential palaces," was carried on November 2. The paper could appeal or contest the decision, the ministry said. The Information and Communication Ministry this year has issued fines on a large number of online … [Read more...]

Shrimp exports hit $3.25b with more growth expected

by Le Hung Vong The Vietnamese equivalent of the English phrase 'selling like hot cakes' is 'selling like fresh shrimp' (Dat nhu tom tuoi). It is also an apt description of Vietnamese shrimp exports in the first 10 months of this year. As of October, exports were worth US$3.25 billion, a year-on-year increase of 42.3 per cent. The figure for the whole of last year was $3 billion. According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, 2014 will be a big year for Viet Nam's shrimp … [Read more...]

Duo combine a mixture of styles

On stage: Pho An My performs at her show in 2011. - Photo vietnamnet.vn

HA NOI (VNS) - The duo of pianist Pho An My and composer Dang Tue Nguyen will present a new stage production that combines the traditional art of tuong and chamber music. … [Read more...]

NA releases outcomes of second confidence vote

VGP - The National Assembly on Saturday conducted the second vote of confidence for 50 positions elected by the Legislature. No.NameHigh confidenceConfidenceLow confidenceVotesVotesVotes1 State President Truong Tan Sang38084202 Vice State President Nguyen Thi Doan302168153 National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung34093524 National Assembly Vice Chairman Uong Chu Luu344124145 National Assembly Vice Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan3908696 National Assembly Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong325127317 … [Read more...]

VNPT submits plan to split up businesses

An engineer monitors a server at VNPT's internet data centre in Thanh Hoa City. - VNA/VNS Photo Minh Quyet HA NOI (VNS) - In keeping with Viet Nam Post and Telecom Group (VNPT)' June-approved grandscale restructuring plan, a recent proposal to establish three new firms was submitted to the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) and the Prime Minister. The three firms, VNPT- Net, specialising in network infrastructure; VNPT- Vinaphone, operating in telecommunications; and VNPT- … [Read more...]

City hospital issues organ donor cards

HCM CITY (VNS) - Cho Ray Hospital in HCM City has helped narrow the gap between organ supply and demand, issuing nearly 200 donor cards to the public since the first one was granted to Ass. Prof. Nguyen Truong Son, director of the hospital, on October 28. The issuance of cards follows regulations set out by the Law on Organ Donations, which became effective in 2007, said Professor Dr. Tran Ngoc Sinh, head of HCM City University of Medicine and Pharmacy's urology department. Cho Ray is the … [Read more...]

Social News 12/11

llegal sand mining boats seized As many as 51 boats involved in illegal sand mining have been seized by police in the capital city's Phuc Tho District. The operation, carried out by 200 policemen from the Ministry of Public Security netted records of illegal sales dating back many years, as well as weapons, indicating the possibility that gangs were protecting the illegal business. Police said the boats are believed to have been directly mining sand from the river bed or filling their hulls … [Read more...]