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...]

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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...]

Is Uber taxi service in Vietnam illegal?

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While Uber, an American taxi app service that offers low fares, expensive vehicles and gives passengers the feeling of riding in their own lavish cars, has recently launched its service in Hanoi, it has met with dubiety and protest from taxi operators, relevant agencies and clients in Ho Chi Minh City regarding its legitimacy, competition and clients' safety. Since June 2014, local and foreign passengers in HCMC have enjoyed the luxury and convenience which Uber's luxury cars have brought. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 11/11

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Best young short-movie makers honored … [Read more...]

Weekly press digest – October 27 – November 2

VGP - The official visit of Tanzanian President to Viet Nam, PM Dung's official tour to India, the Government's regular meeting, and the National Assembly's discussions on socio-economic situation topped last week's headlines. VN, Tanzania sign maritime transport agreement State President Truong Tan Sang and his Tanzanian counterpart Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete witnessed the signing of an agreement on maritime transport between Viet Nam and Tanzania following their talks in Ha Noi on Monday. At the … [Read more...]

Social News 29/10

13 sailors rescued after collision at sea The Da Nang Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre saved 13 sailors off the coast of the central province of Quang Tri on Sunday after an unknown ship hit and sunk their vessel. The ships collided 56 nautical miles off the shore of Da Nang while the sailors were taking a rest around noon. No injuries were reported. HCM City approves change to English curriculum The HCM City People's Committee has asked the Department of Education and Training to pull … [Read more...]

Indie film depicts challenges of love

Love interest: Vietnamese-American actor Tran Bao Son performs in Quyen, a new feature film directed by Golden Kite winner Nguyen Phan Quang Binh. - Photo vnexpress.net

HCM CITY (VNS) - Independent film director Nguyen Phan Quang Binh of HCM City began filming Quyen last week in Da Lat city. … [Read more...]

Lack of swim classes proves dangerous

Shortage: Swimming classes for students remain limited mainly because of a chronic lack of swimming pools.

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Patriotic singer evokes love for country

Heart and soul: Singer Trong Tan performs patriotic songs in a unique style. - File Photo HA NOI (VNS) - For Trong Tan, who has been singing patriotism-themed songs for more than 20 years, it is a calling. Though he has released 11 solo albums featuring compositions in this period, his debut live show on Saturday at Ha Noi's Cultural Friendship Palace attracted more than 1,000 people. Speaking to Dep magazine before the event, he said: "I have improved myself through singing pieces of this … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 27/8

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Disney show makes historic debut in HCMC As a sign that Vietnam is becoming more appealing for international tours of all kinds, local audiences will be able to enjoy a visit from some of the most famous cartoon characters on the planet next month. Master Magician Mickey Mouse and his ever-present sidekick Minnie Mouse join forces with professional illusionist Michael Barron for a magical production on stage. Disney Live! presents Mickey's Magic Show featuring grand illusions and favorite … [Read more...]

List of 127 national projects calling for foreign investment

VGP - PM Nguyen Tan Dung has approved a list of 127 national projects calling for foreign investment from now to 2020. The projects are categorized into five: technical infrastructure, social infrastructure, agriculture, processing and preserving and production-service sectors. No.ProjectLocalityTotal Capital(million USD)Investment modelContactI. TECHNICAL INFRASTRUCTURE 1.1 Traffic infrastructure I.1.1 Roads 1 North-South expressway project, Ninh Binh - Thanh Hoa segment and Thanh … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 21/8

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German DJ brings beats to HCM City The Goethe Institute and Heart Beat Saigon will present a performance by German music producer and DJ Schleep Geist at the Cargo Bar on September 5. … [Read more...]

City orchestra to stage anniversary concert

HCM CITY (VNS) - The HCM City Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO) will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a concert on September 9 at the HCM City Opera House. In the first part, People's Artist Ta Bon will play on the violin a work by Nguyen Van Thuong, Tro Ve Dat Me (Return to the Motherland), followed by songs by others. Phan Thi Hong Chau and Dam Duc Thuan will perform a duet from ballet Ngoc Trai Do (Red Pearl) by Ca Le Thuan, while Nguyen Hong Nhung, will perform concerto Mien Dat … [Read more...]

Dance drama premieres with a bang in Saigon

Smash hit: Con Tao Xoay, a contemporary dance drama on the common phases of life experienced by all, has become a hit after premiering at HCM City's Ben Thanh Theatre last weekend. - VNS Photo

VietNamNet Bridge - A contemporary dance drama deconstructing the phases that everyone goes through in their lives has captured the imagination of HCM City audiences since it premiered at Ben Thanh Theatre last weekend. Con Tao Xoay (The Spinning Top) is written and directed by the country's top choreographer Tuyet Minh, who choreographs the show with colleagues Cao Chi Thanh and Duong Dinh Hai. … [Read more...]

Dance drama premieres with a bang in City

Smash hit: Con Tao Xoay (The Spinning Top), a contemporary dance drama on the common phases of life experienced by all, has become a hit after premiering at HCM City's Ben Thanh Theatre last weekend. - VNS Photo

HCM CITY (VNS)- A contemporary dance drama deconstructing the phases that everyone goes through in their lives has captured the imagination of HCM City audiences since it premiered at Ben Thanh Theatre last weekend. … [Read more...]

Da Nang provides teaching program with documents on Hoang Sa

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The Hanoitimes - This is part of the locality's long-term efforts to help local youngsters have comprehensive understanding of the country's indisputable sovereignty over Hoang Sa archipelago. The central city of Da Nang has stepped up the compilation of documents on its Hoang Sa (Paracel) island district for teaching in all local schools from the 2014-2015 academic year. Earlier, local authorities have conducted an array of activities to collect and introduce to the public documents showing … [Read more...]

Travel News 31/7

Fansipan-Sapa cable car to open in 2015 The world's longest three-rope cable car system, extending from the northern Lao Cai Province's Sapa Town to Fansipan peak, will open to passengers in 2015. The project's investor SunGroup announced this at a recent meeting with the leaders of Lao Cai Province and the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV). The construction of the cable car is being carried out in the first phase of the Fansipan Sapa tourism complex. The construction … [Read more...]

Travel News 19/7

One further five star hotel in Ho Chi Minh CityExploring Mekong Delta with VietJet Air and Saigontourist Budget carrier VietJet Air and Saigontourist will offer new servives, aiming to give more chances to visitors discovering the daily life of Vietnamese people in Mekong Delta. The carrier will open a new route from Da Nang to Can Tho starting July 22. Saigontourist will continue offering Mekong tours including Hanoi- to Can Tho, Chau Doc and Ha Tien: and Da Nang- Can Tho, Chau Doc and Ha … [Read more...]

VNAT proposes visa exemptions

Customs officials check foreign tourists arriving at HCM City's Tan Son Nhat Airport. Visa exemptions for visitors from a number of countries have been proposed by the Viet Nam National Administration for Tourism to boost the number of international visitors. - VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Vu

HA NOI (VNS) - The Viet Nam National Administration for Tourism (VNAT) has asked the Government to approve visa exemptions for visitors from the EU, Australia, Taiwan, Hong Kong and North America. … [Read more...]

Contemporary dance piece to premiere

Moving: The artists attending the "Vietnamese Contemporary Music and Dance" programme next Wednesday include Nguyen Phuc Hai and Nguyen Phuc Hung (in black and white photos). - Photo songnhac.vn

HCM CITY (VNS)- Dance piece Danh Mat va Tim Lai (Lost and Found) will premiere at the HCM City Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera's "Vietnamese Contemporary Music and Dance" programme next Wednesday at the Opera House. … [Read more...]