Vietnamese films improve cinematography, storylines


Recently, more directors of Vietnamese dramas and movies have paid greater attention and resources to improving their films' images and storylines to attract viewers. … [Read more...]

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Social News 19/11


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

Social News 5/10

North to benefit from urban development The Ministry of Construction and the World Bank (WB) on Wednesday launched a results-based national urban development program in the northern mountainous region. The seven-year (2015-21) program will be funded by a US$250 million loan from the WB's International Development Association. The project seeks to upgrade urban infrastructure, protect the environment, and improve local residents' livelihoods so as to ensure sustainable socio-economic … [Read more...]

Social News 3/10

HCM City sunk floodwater An one hour heavy rain shouldered in the area of Ho Chi Minh City, causing serious flooding several streets in the evening of September 30. Floodwater unexpectedly rise up and caused traffic jam and motorcycle engine failure during many hours in main roads like Binh Thanh district's Xo Viet Nghe Tinh, Ung Van Khiem street; district 2's Luong Dinh Cua, Tran Nao street; district 9's Do Xuan Hop and others. Due to influence of heavy rains, most of piped drainage systems … [Read more...]

Social News 30/9

Ministry brings attention to cracks in Vietnam's longest highway The Ministry of Construction has requested that the Ministry of Transport and the investor of the newly-opened 245-km Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway investigate the causes for cracks on the route, the longest of its kind in Vietnam. According to the Ministry of Construction, the State Agency for Construction Quality Investigation has visited the site for investigation. The ministry has also asked that the Ministry of Transport instruct … [Read more...]

Social News 24/9


Pink-eye spreads throughout northern region Kindergarten and primary schools in northern provinces have been hit by an outbreak of pink-eye disease (conjunctivitis). … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 18/9

Ho Ngoc Ha to represent Vietnam at MTV EMA 2014 Singer Ho Ngoc Ha will represent Vietnam in the Best Worldwide Act category at this year's MTV Europe Music Awards. She has triumphed over competitors, including Son Tung MTP; Noo Phuoc Thinh; Trung Quan Idol; Dong Nhi and Bich Phuong, with a number of 246.289 votes. Accordingly, the selected singer will go on to compete at the Southeast Asia round before joining in the Best Worldwide Act nominee list. Last year, singer My Tam won the title of … [Read more...]

Social News 18/9

Survey to valuate patients' satisfaction over public healthcare services The Institute of Health Strategy and Policy under the Ministry of Health September 15 announced that it has chosen hospitals such as Tu Du Maternity, Nhan Dan Gia Dinh, Children No.2 and the Center for Preventive Medicine in Ho Chi Minh City for the project of valuating patients' level of satisfaction over public healthcare services. The project aims to investigate in what way people access healthcare services, … [Read more...]

Social News 17/9


Vietnam joins global efforts to control containers The Prime Minister on September 15 approved Vietnam's participation in the Global Container Control Programme (CCP) which is sponsored by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) through a non-refundable aid. Launched in 2004, the CCP has a global reach and aims to fortify the structures and processes that allow for the application of sustainable laws for States and selected ports to minimize the exploitation of maritime containers … [Read more...]

Laos’ and Vietnam’s localities promote cooperation


PANO - The Central Committee of the Vietnam Red Cross Society on September 11th concluded a 20-day training course in Hanoi for 20 cadres from Laos' Red Cross Society. Apart from studying both Laos' and Vietnam's guidelines and policies on humanitarian work, and the organization of the red cross societies of the two countries, the trainees took part in fact-finding tours to Vinh Phuc, Tuyen Quang, Thanh Hoa and Quang Ninh provinces to learn experiences in carrying out humanitarian activities. … [Read more...]