Government News 21/1

Military officer meets with Lockheed Martin executive Deputy Defence Minister Sen. Lt. Gen. Truong Quang Khanh had a meeting with Executive Vice President of the US-based security and aerospace corporation Lockheed Martin Patrick M. Dewar in Hanoi on January 20. The Deputy Minister welcomed Patrick M. Dewar and spoke highly of Lockheed Martin’s cooperation with Vietnamese companies, particularly in information technology. Dewar thanked the officer, saying his corporation looks forward to further opportunities to collaborate with the Vietnamese Defence Ministry. Vietnam prioritises all-round cooperation with Japan Vietnam hopes to further deepen the friendship and multi-dimensional cooperation with Japan, considering this one of the top priorities of the country’s foreign affairs policy. Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai made the statement while receiving Chairwoman of the Japanese Committee for Foreign Affairs and Defence Katayama Satsuki in Hanoi on January … [Read more...]

Social News 15/1

S.Korea firm to sue workers for loss-causing strike Striking workers at a South Korean-invested firm in HCM City will be sued for losses caused to the company. Some 800 workers at Carimax Sai Gon Ltd. Co. went on strike January 3 after the company declined to pass on a mandated rise in minimum wages. Company officials said on January 12 that workers who failed to carry out their duties for five consecutive days would be sacked and sued for losses incurred by the company. Carimax said trade union intervention had failed to resolve the strike. The government decreed last year minimum wages would rise by VND250,000-400,000 (USD11.9-USD19) a month, depending on region, from January 1, 2015. But on December 27, the board of directors at Carimax said that because of 2014 losses, the pay rise would be determined according to each worker's attitude, capability and experiences. It also declared the Tet bonus would be 90% of a worker's monthly wage, but if workers went on strike, the … [Read more...]

Social News 10/1


Facelift for HCM City Post Office stirs criticism Relate news HCM City Post Office gets facelift after 40 years A facelift for HCM City's 130-year-old post office has stirred critics for being too garish, even through the colours used matched those of the original building that is a landmark of the city. The building, at 2 Paris Commune in District 1 was built in 1886 by the French colonial government and, along with the Notre Dame Cathedral and Saigon Tax Centre, is considered a symbol of HCM City, making it a popular destination for foreign tourists and attracting thousands of visitors a day. Local authorities spent nearly VND5b to restore the façade, the project starting in September 2014 and scheduled for completion ahead of next month's Tet. The post office is decorated mainly in orange-yellow with white trim and highlights, which was its original colouring and symbolised the colours of the Vietnam post and telecommunication industry. On January 6, the … [Read more...]

70 years of development of the heroic Vietnam People’s Army – Major Events (Part 2)

The stele pavilion at the Tran Hung Dao Forest Special National Relic Site in Tam Kim commune, Nguyen Binh district, Cao Bang province, where the Vietnam Armed Unit for National Liberation was founded. Photo:

PANO - After prompt preparations, on December 22nd, 1944, at Tran Hung Dao forest in Hoang Hoa Tham commune, Nguyen Binh district, Cao Bang province (present Tam Kim commune, Nguyen Binh district, Cao Bang province), the Vietnam Armed Unit for National Liberation was officially founded. The unit had three sections, composed of 34 members selected from Cao-Bac-Lang guerrillas and commanded directly by Comrade Vo Nguyen Giap. Part 2: First members of the Vietnam Armed Unit for National Liberation Among 34 members of the Vietnam Armed Unit for National Liberation, 29 were of ethnic minority groups, including 19 Tay, 8 Nung, 1 H’mong and 1 Dao and the remainders were of the Viet. Here is the list of the first 34 members of the Vietnam Armed Propaganda Unit for National Liberation: 1. Tran Van Ky; alias: Hoang Sam, Tran Son Hung; ethnic group: Kinh (Viet); hometown: Le Son village, Tuyen Hoa district, Quang Binh province. 2. Duong Mac Thach; alias: Xich Thang; ethnic group: … [Read more...]

Social News 8/12

Traffic police officer faces investigation Police in Ba Ria-Vung Tau yesterday started an investigation into a traffic police officer who allegedly crashed his BMW into a group of militiamen while on patrol on Saturday morning, killing two and seriously injuring at least five others. The policeman was identified as Lieutenant Pham Hong Tuan of Chau Duc District's Traffic Division. According to initial reports, a group of militiamen from Lang Lon Commune and Ngai Giao Town in Chau Duc District were on patrol and had stopped by the roadside in Ngai Giao for a break. The BMW was apparently speeding and crashed directly into the group. … [Read more...]

Ranee Premium Fish Oil: New Choice for Consumers


Fish oil has long been known for its high nutrient content and its benefits to human health, but very few people have the opportunity to access it because it is usually extracted in the form of soft capsules and it is quite expensive. The advent of Ranee high-grade fish oil gives consumers a new choice of supplemental nutrients for their daily diet.From the preoccupation with tra fish … [Read more...]

Social News 2/12

Suspected killer of Vietnamese woman under RoK police interrogation A woman from Ho Chi Minh City, Nguyen Thi Thanh Ngan, was killed on November 30, police in Jeju has reported the news to the Vietnamese Embassy in the Republic of Korea (RoK). The Vietnamese Embassy’s counsellor Duong Chinh Chuc said on December 1 that right after receiving the bad news the embassy immediately contacted the Jeju police and the victim’s family in HCM City to give necessary support. He added that the Korean police has not revealed any further information about the case and is interrogating the suspect. … [Read more...]

Vietnam Economy: Ailing Private Sector and Fragile Recovery


"The economy has bottomed out of crisis and has shown signs of recovery. However, the recovery is still fragile and coupled with enormous risks," said economic experts at the seminar "World and Vietnam Economy: Economic 2014 Review and 2015 Prospects" organised by Vietnam Prosperity Bank (VPBank).Escaping crisis … [Read more...]

Travel News 3/11

Air route launched between Phu Quoc and Singapore An air route linking Vietnam's Phu Quoc island in the southern province of Kien Giang and Singapore was launched at Phu Quoc International Airport on November 2. To start, Vietnam Airlines will operate flights twice a week using A321 airplanes. It will later adjust the number of flights to market demand and operational effectiveness. This is the second international air route to Phu Quoc after a route between the island and Russia was launched in February 2014. … [Read more...]

Social News 30/10

USAID Assistant Administrator for Global Health to visit Vietnam Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez, Assistant Administrator for Global Health at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will pay a working visit to Vietnam from October 30 to November 1. During his time in Ho Chi Minh City, Dr. Pablos-Mendez will attend the launch of new USAID health initiative that encourages local private sector investment and an enhanced commercial market important to Vietnam's HIV response. He will then meet with leaders of Vietnam's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and Ministry of Health in Hanoi to promote the partnership between USAID and the key ministries responsible for issues such as Avian Influenza, HIV and Global Health Security. He will also visit related project sites. … [Read more...]

EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 20-31 (daily updated)

Subscription Concert Vol.74 "Rheinische" 30 and 31 Oct 2014, 8 pm Hanoi Opera House 1 Tràng Tiền, Hà Nội You are invited to a subscription concert Vol.74 "Rheinische" with the performance of: Conductor: Olivier Leo Schmidt Piano Soloist: Dao Trong Tuyen And the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra Program Suite for Symphonic Orchestra World Premiere Eight Symphonic pieces from Vietnamese folk song Piano Concerto a-minor Op.54 Vietnam Premiere Symphony No.3 Eb major Op.97 "Rhenish" Vietnam Premiere Tickets … [Read more...]

Social News 16/10

Search for Vietnamese sailors called off The Japanese government has officially stopped searching for six missing Vietnamese sailors after a three-day helicopter search. Six of seven Vietnamese sailors working aboard a Taiwanese ship went missing after jumping off the ship on Sunday. When they went overboard, the ship was 18km off the coast of Hokkaido, Japan. The Department of Overseas Labour Management contacted the other sole Vietnamese sailor left working aboard the ship. He said that the working and living conditions on the ship were good and refused to jump off when his shipmates attempted to persuade him. … [Read more...]

Contaminated soil a major, but ignored, problem in Vietnam

Soil contamination, which is almost undetectable without special equipment, is believed to be a leading cause behind many health problems in Vietnam, including cancer, headaches, inflammation, and coughing. It is said that a young person dies of cancer caused by pollution every month in Vinh Loc B Ward of Ho Chi Minh City's Binh Chanh District, according to a local resident. Most land in Vinh Loc A and B is used for farming or garment factories which release pesticides, chemical fertilizers, cleaning chemicals, smoke, and foul odors into the environment. … [Read more...]

Social News 14/10

New diseases need int'l fightback, experts say More than 100 health, livestock and environment experts from 17 countries are discussing ways to promote collaboration in disease prevention in the face of several newly emerging diseases at a three-day workshop that began in Ha Noi yesterday. They agreed that increased collaboration was needed to prevent and fight the spread of diseases like avian influenza H5N1, H7N9, SARS and Ebola. "We should mobilise society as a whole to participate in activities that manage and minimise disease-causing risks," said Tran Dac Phu, director of the Health Ministry's Preventive Medicine Department. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 9/10

Thuy Linh shines at Miss International The strikingly beautiful Vietnamese model Cao Thuy Linh was chosen Best National Costume at the 2014 Miss Grand International (MGI) beauty pageant on October 7. Eighty-five international contestants coming from different countries and territories around the globe participated in the gala affair held in Bangkok, Thailand. Daryanne Lees from Cuba was sashed winner of the MGI 2014. The two runner-up title went to Hiwot Mamo from Ethiopia and Kathryn Kohut from Canada. … [Read more...]

Social News 6/10

A poor family by Nhieu Loc Thi Nghe canal in HCM City. A recent survey by the HCM City University of Social Sciences and Humanities showed that most low-income people were living in makeshift houses with substandard infrastructure.

Diabetes affects more than 5% of Vietnam's population: survey As much as 5.42% of the total population, suffers from diabetes, according to a study conducted with more than 11,000 respondents between the age of 30-69 as part of the 2012 National Diabetes Prevention Project. The non-communicable disease is prevalent in the southwestern and central coastal regions, the National Hospital of Endocrinology reported at a conference taking place in Hanoi on October 2-4. Changing lifestyle habits and poor public awareness are major factors for the rapid and alarming increase in diabetes patients. … [Read more...]