Vietnam’s dietary supplement market out of control

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Fake dietary supplements found at a store in Bac Ninh Province on January 25. File photo Nguyen Duc Khan survived a recent stroke after a month of taking dietary supplements he received as a gift from his son – a salesman for a multi-level marketing chain. When the tablets his son gave him began making him feel bad, Khan stopped taking them. A few weeks later, when his son came home and spotted the unused bottles, he urged his dad to continue taking them. "He visited me a month [before my stroke] and reminded me to take the tablets to preserve my health," said the 70-year-old poet in Dak Lak Province. When Khan arrived at the hospital, doctors told him he would have died had he come in a minute later. "I don’t blame my son because he wanted me to have good health," he said. "But it was the dietary supplements that worsened my health leading up to this stroke." Elsewhere in Vietnam, more and more people are taking dietary supplements despite warnings from experts about … [Read more...]

Memorial service for fallen officers in helicopter crash

Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Thanh Cung, Deputy Defence Minister, offers condolences to families of fallen officers at the solemn memorial service

PANO - A solemn memorial service for four officers who died in a crash of the UH-1 helicopter of Regiment 917 of Air Force Division 370, during training mission in Ho Chi Minh City on January 28th was held on January 30th at the Funeral Parlour of the Ministry of National Defence in the South in Ho Chi Minh City. Before the funeral service, the Central Military Commission and the Ministry of National Defence had decided to promote all the four fallen officers. Accordingly, Colonel Tran Van Duc, the captain was promoted to Senior Colonel; Major Le Hong Quan, the pilot and navigator, to Lieutenant Colonel; Lieutenant Nguyen Viet Cuong, the pilot, to Senior Lieutenant. Colonel Do Van Chinh, a non-commissioned officer and an engineer was suggested to get salary raised. At the service, attended by senior officers of the army and representatives of military departments, local organizations and locals, the deceased’s contributions and brave sacrifice were recalled. Earlier, on … [Read more...]

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...]

Crash site of military helicopter UH-1 (photos)

Another part of the crashed military helicopter UH-1 at the scene. Photo:  Vietnamplus     A part of the military helicopter UH-1 at the scene of the accident. Photo:  Vietnamplus     Police and rescuers are seen on duty at the scene. Photo:

A series of photos taken by newswire Vietnamplus show the crash site of military helicopter UH-1 in an outlying district of Ho Chi Minh City. Four in-flight soldiers were killed in the accident on January 28. The four victims are Lieutenant Colonel Tran Van Duc, flight head of the Air Force Regiment 917; Colonel Do Van Chinh, of the aircraft engine section; Le Hong Quan, co-pilot in charge of flight navigation; and Nguyen Viet Cuong, pilot. The plane took off at 07:15 am and lost contact with air traffic controllers 8 minutes later over the sky of the city’s Cu Chi District. Police and militia members are seen examining the site. The UH-1 helicopter hit the soil in Pham Van Hai Commune of Binh Chanh District after it departed from Tan Son Nhat International Airport on Wednesday morning. Photo: Vietnamplus Vietnamplus Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get the latest news about Vietnam! … [Read more...]

Four killed in military helicopter accident

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Four military officers were killed in a helicopter crash in the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City early on January 28, confirmed Lt. Gen. Vo Van Tuan, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army. They are Sen. Lt. Col. Tran Van Duc, senior pilot; Sen. Lt. Col. Do Van Chinh, engineer; Major Le Hong Quan, pilot and navigator; and Lt. Nguyen Viet Cuong, pilot. Mr. Vo Van Thuong, permanent Deputy Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City PartyCommittee; Vice Chairmen of the City People's Committee Tat Thanh Cang and Le Thanh Liem; Major General Truong Van Hai, of the City High Command presented at the scene of the accident. City's leaders delegated search and rescue forces from the Fire Prevention and Fighting Police Department, the city High Command and the border guards to look for and extricate victims from debris. Bodies of victims were brought to the funeral house of the Ministry of Defense at 5 Pham Ngu Lao in Go Vap District. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has … [Read more...]

HCMC helicopter crash: all UH-1 helicopters to be inspected

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A screen capture from Quoc Phong Viet Nam television channel shows the damaged tail boom of a Vietnam's Air Force helicopter after it crashed in Ho Chi Minh City on January 28, 2015. The Vietnamese military said it will inspect the entire fleet of vintage UH-1 helicopters after one crashed yesterday in Ho Chi Minh City, killing all four crew members. Lieutenant General Vo Van Tuan, Deputy Chief of Staff of the People’s Army, ruled out sabotage as a possible reason behind the crash. "As of this moment, I can confirm that it went down due to serious breakdowns" that the crew could not fix, general Tuan said. The Vietnam War era helicopter went down in a mangrove forest in Binh Chanh District at 7.17 a.m., eight minutes after it took off from Tan Son Nhat Airport on a training flight. Local residents said they heard an explosion after the plane hit the ground, about 700 meters away from a residential area. At the crash site, the US-made chopper was largely destroyed, except … [Read more...]

Helicopter crashes in HCMC, killing 4 soldiers

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(VOV) - A Vietnam Air Force helicopter crashed during a training mission in Ho Chi Minh City in the morning of January 28, killing all four servicemen on board. The US-made UH-1 helicopter crashed in Binh Chanh district eight minutes after it took off from an airport in the city on a training mission, said Lt. Gen. Vo Van Tuan, the deputy chief of staff of the Vietnamese People’s Army. He added that no one on the ground was hurt as the Huey crashed into the woods. Colonel Le Van Hanh, political commissar of Division 370 under Vietnam’s Air Defence-Air Force Service, said that the pilots reported engine failure and had tried to fly to a farm on the city's outskirts where it crashed. According to initial estimates, the helicopter might be seriously broken down. VOV correspondent reported from the scene that the chopper wreckage and corpses were found at the Pham Van Hai plantation in Binh Chanh District. The four killed in the crash are senior lieutenant colonel … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s helicopter crashed after technical error: colonel

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An air crash that killed four Vietnamese soldiers on Wednesday morning happened after the crew failed to fix a technical error, a colonel said. Colonel Le Van Hanh, the head of the division's Communist Party Unit in the Air Force, said there was a "significant breakdown." "They tried to fix it but they did not succeed." Hanh said he could not disclose the details of the problem since the investigation remains underway. The Vietnam War era UH-1 Iroquois went down minutes after taking off at Tan Son Nhat Airport at roughly 7AM during a training flight bound for neighboring Tay Ninh Province. The wreckage has remained at the crash site, a mangrove forest in suburban Binh Chanh District. An eyewitness said he was rowing a boat in the forest and a strong gust blew off his hat. "Just when I bent to pick it up, I heard a loud bang. I checked my watch and it was 7:17AM." Hanh said it took them around two and a half hours to find the aircraft in the "complicated" terrain. Officials … [Read more...]

Vietnamese films for Tet liven up local market

A sex scene from "Dap Canh Giua Khong Trung," a Vietnamese film which won a prize at the 2014 Venice International Film Festival and some other international prizes

The movie market in Vietnam has picked up heat as several films intended for Tet (the traditional Lunar New Year) are ready to hit local screens. Tet falls on February 19 this year, with festive preparations beginning around one week before the date and the celebratory atmosphere lingering another week after that. The Lunar New Year is very special in Vietnamese culture as it is an occasion when people get together with their family after spending a lunar year studying or working away from one another. During these days, family members, couples and groups of friends generally go to local cinemas and unwind during locally-made comedies and other light-hearted films, apart from Hollywood blockbusters and Korean and Chinese flicks. The Tet holiday is typically an occasion when Vietnamese movies are teeming with life as an upbeat ending to an entire year of lukewarm audience reception. Christmas, Valentine’s Day and summer also see new local films coming out, but Tet … [Read more...]

Tour retraces a classic novel

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When I visited Nhan Hau Village, I felt I was walking into the pages of Chi Pheo, the Vietnamese literature classic about northern farmers in colonial-feudal society. Just as author Nam Cao (1915-51) found inspiration in the lives of villagers to write the story, the writer inspired contemporary tour operators to launch a tour for people to discover the local life and understand the story more deeply. Chi Pheo takes place in Vu Dai Village, which is modeled after Nhan Hau Village, previously known as Dai Hoang Village. The village is located in Hoa Hau Commune in the northern province of Ha Nam, 40km from Ha Noi. The village appeared in front of our eyes with tiled roofs hiding among green bamboo leaves. Tour operator Hoang Thi Thu Dieu from Khat Vong Viet Company led us to old houses that belonged to writer Nam Cao and Ba Kien, a character in Chi Pheo. There we had a chance to learn about the story's context thanks to Tran Huu Vinh, the keeper of writer Nam Cao's memorial … [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 26/1

Hospital treats puffer fish patients Nghe An Province's general hospital yesterday said doctors were able to save three people suffering from food poisoning after eating puffer fish. The victims, from Cua Lo Town, were rushed to the hospital on Saturday night. According to family members, they ate puffer fish on their vessel while fishing, and developed nausea and headaches, before slowly losing consciousness. Doctors have warned residents in coastal areas not to eat puffer fish, due to a high risk of food poisoning. Man arrested for drug, weapons smuggling Border police in Moc Chau District and relevant law enforcement agencies detained a person on Saturday carrying weapons and 1.75kg of heroin. The person was identified as Trang A Cho, born in 1984, a resident of Dong Sang Commune in Moc Chau District. Police seized a grenade, seven bullets and a shotgun. The case is still under investigation. Petrol stations cheat customers in Dac Lac An investigation by the Dac Lac … [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...]

New web tool to help VN tackle emissions

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A new web tool that calculates Viet Nam's energy supply and demand and how they interact with the country's greenhouse gas emissions until 2050 officially debuted yesterday in Ha Noi. Modeled on the UK's 2050 Calculator, the Viet Nam 2050 Pathways Calculator was built in nine months by a group of Vietnamese experts working with the UK's Department of Energy and Climate Change. Nguyen Duc Cuong, head of the group and director of the ministry's Renewable Energy and Clean Development Mechanism Centre, said that the tool would help authorised agencies formulate policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It would also answer questions related to efficiency and usage of low-carbon energy in the transport sector, such as how much renewable energy should be exploited, he said, adding that the tool would assist the country in integrating data from related sectors to plan energy development. Ambassador of the British Embassy in Ha Noi Giles Lever expressed hope that the tool would … [Read more...]

Hai Phong climb to top of V-League

On the rise: Andre Diego Fagan of Hai Phong (left) vies for the ball against Can Tho's Phan Thanh Phuc during their V-League match.

VietNamNet Bridge – The rich Quang Ninh Coal let defending champions Becamex Binh Duong taste their first defeat of the Toyota V.League 1 season yesterday, Jan 25. The team were beaten 1-2 on their home turf at Go Dau Stadium. The loss resulted in the hosts losing their top position to Hai Phong, who secured their fourth win in a row yesterday. On-song visitors created a miracle, with top performances from all players, giving the hosts – who won all four matches ahead of their clash – no chance. A multi-layer defence worked so hard and effectively that none of Binh Duong's goal hunters could access anywhere near their penalty area during the first half, although the hosts dominated ball possession. Quang Ninh nearly opened the score with rapid counter-attack tactics in the middle of the first half, when overseas Vietnamese striker Mac Hong Quan's kick found the cross bar. Former national player Nguyen Quang Hai made a double for Quang Ninh in the first five … [Read more...]

Artists awarded for musical achievements

Local favourites: Singer Thao Nhi, sound mixer Nguyen Duy Anh, composer Pham Toan Thang and singer Truc Nhan receive their awards on stage in a ceremony held in HCM City's Hoa Binh theatre on Friday. — Photo dantri.com

VietNamNet Bridge – Composer Vu Cat Tuong scored a hat-trick for his song at Bai Hat Viet 2014 (Vietnamese Song 2014), a television show that runs throughout the year to showcase new songs by Vietnamese writers. Yeu Xa (Faraway Love) won the Favourite Song Award as voted for by the public, and also shared the Journalists Council Award with Bon Chu Lam (Four Important Words) by Pham Toan Thang. Tuong, whose song has been watched by nearly 750,000 viewers on YouTube, also won the Passion and Creativeness Award. Bon Chu Lam won the coveted Song of the Year Award, having been watched by 16 million viewers on YouTube over the past four months. Composer Huy Tuan, one of the programme's judges, said that Yeu Xa was a contemporary pop song that revealed international influences while retaining its Vietnamese identity. In its 10th season, Bai Hat Viet has introduced new music to the Vietnamese audience. According to judge Quoc Trung, young composers that featured on this year's … [Read more...]

Vietnam cops charged with plotting murder to silence bribery witness

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Three suspended police officers in the northern province of Thai Nguyen have been indicted for allegedly planning to kidnap the girlfriend of a murder accused for blowing the whistle on their bribery. Nguyen Viet Hoa, Nguyen Duc Chinh, and Ha Huy Hoang of the warrant enforcement department have been charged with abusing their authority, bribery, harboring criminals, and slander. The Supreme People's Procuracy filed the same charges against two Hanoi thugs Hoa had allegedly enlisted to--among other things-- bomb the person investigating their kidnap plot. Prosecutors said that in December 2012 Hoa and Chinh tracked Tran Van Hung, wanted for murder with an illegal weapon, to the home of his girlfriend Dinh Thi Thanh Loan in a neighboring province and apprehended him. Tran Van Hung, a murder suspect, allegedly paid police officers in the northern province of Thai Nguyen US$92,000 to be allowed to escape. Photo credit: Thai Nguyen Police He offered the two officers VND2.5 billion … [Read more...]

Social News 25/1

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Authorities bust traffickers for transporting firecrackers Several individuals were caught transporting forbidden commodities over the past few days, alerting authorities to the worsening problem of trafficking during the days approaching Tet (lunar new year). In Quang Ninh Province's Ha Long City yesterday, a team of economic and traffic police caught container driver Tran Van Dang transporting 17kg of made-in-China firecrackers. The Hai Duong Province resident said he purchased the goods in Mong Cai City for VND800,000 (US$37) and intended to resell them for profit. City police are completing the necessary documents to charge Dang with transport of forbidden goods. On Wednesday, the General Department of Viet Nam Customs's Department of Investigation and Anti-Smuggling and Quang Ninh Province's Mong Cai Border Gate customs officers dispatched forces to watch for firecracker smugglers. Although the smugglers escaped, they left behind four jute bags containing 30 strings of … [Read more...]

Hue Central Hospital

Hue Central Hospital is the first medical institution in Vietnam to be named on the world heart-transplant list. Photo: Quoc Viet  Prof. Bui Duc Phu exchanges information with other doctors about the plan on examining patients. Photo: Cong Dat/VNP

The hospital is a leading medical institution in heart-transplant in Vietnam and the region. Photo: Quoc Viet Prof. Bui Duc Phu, doctors and nurses of the Cardiovascular Department of Hue Central Hospital th The 120th anniversary of Hue Central Hospital. Photo: Quoc Viet Vice State President Nguyen Thi Doan presents the Labour Oder, 1st class,(the second time) Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Xuyen presents the certificate "For People’s Health" Story: Quoc Viet - Photos: Quoc Viet & Cong Dat … [Read more...]