Art & Entertainment News 25/2

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Vietnamese photographer listed in famous photo book Nick Ut, whose "Napalm girl" picture shocked the whole world, has been listed in a photo book "Behind Photographs" of Tim Mantoani. American photographer Tim Mantoani tracked down the talent behind some of the world's most iconic photographs and got them to sit for portraits. According to a famous website International Business Times, he used a soon-to-be-extinct photographic medium – the 20×24 Polaroid. Over a five-year period, he took large format Polaroids of more than 150 photographers. Nick Ut’s photo has received a number of prestigious awards such as the Pulitzer and World Press Photo and is one of the 100 influential photos in the 20th century. Longest-ever Tet cake made The Yakasa-Saigon-Nha Trang Hotel in Nha Trang city, the central coastal province of Khanh Hoa, has set a new record for its giant-sized traditional Tet cake, which is 40 metres in length, as part of the activities to celebrate the … [Read more...]

Social News 15/2

HCMC lauds good medical workers 113 teams and individuals of medical clinics in Ho Chi Minh City were lauded for their achievements in the patriotic emulation movement for 2010-2014. The municipal Department of Health held a meeting on February 12 to appraise 26 teams and 87 individuals for their good performance in the health sector’s emulation movement. At the meeting, the Department also launched the patriotic emulation movement for the next period from 2015 to 2020. The movement will focus on following Uncle Ho’s teaching that a good doctor must be a good mother to fight negative acts in treatment and examination. The movement also aims to improve curing and treatment quality, strengthen capability for district medical clinics to reduce overloading in big hospitals and implement the Ministry of Health’s programs. Da Nang flyover work to continue during Tet The Trung Nam Group installed the final span to complete the second flyover at the three-level stack … [Read more...]

Social News 5/2

HCM City to use loans for kindergartens The HCM City People's Committee has approved the use of bank loans to build 72 public kindergartens worth a total of more than VND 2.7 trillion (US$128 million). The public kindergartens will be built by the end of the year. Of the public kindergarten projects, Cu Chi District accounts for the largest number (14), followed by Binh Tan District (nine) and Binh Chanh and Can Gio districts (seven each). To speed up the progress of building public kindergartens, the HCM City People's Committee has decided to start a bank loan programme to build public kindergartens. The move represents the city's determination to speed up the progress of building kindergartens, according to Nguyen Dinh Thai Chau, the municipal Department of Education and Training's Finance and Planning Division. Phan Thi Thang, deputy director of the municipal Department of Finance, said last year the city had 117 public kindergarten projects that needed capital for … [Read more...]

Social News 3/2

String of activities mark 85th anniversary of Vietnam Communist Party A series of activities have been held across the country in the presence of Party and State senior leaders to celebrate the 85th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) (February 3, 1930-2015). On February 1, Politburo member and Vice Chairwoman of the Vietnam National Assembly, Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan led a delegation of Party Central Committee members to visit former President Nguyen Minh Triet; former Prime Minister Phan Van Khai; and Senior lieutenant General and Hero of the People's Armed Forces Phan Trung Kien, who are living in Ho Chi Minh City and Binh Duong province. Politburo member Ngan hoped that the former leaders will continue to make further contributions to the nation. On the same day, authorities of Ho Chi Minh City presented and bestowed the State title of 'Heroic Vietnamese Mother' to 288 women in Ho Chi Minh City. Politburo member and Secretary of Ho Chi Minh City's Party … [Read more...]

Social News 27/1

Students respond to blood donation campaign Thousands of students from various universities in Hanoi participated in a voluntary blood donation campaign at the Hanoi University of Technology on January 25 as part of the ongoing ‘Red Sunday’ festival nationwide. Speaking at the event , Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said more efforts need to be made to further promote voluntary blood donation movements, including raising public awareness and keeping blood transfusion safe . Phuc joined volunteers in signing to show determination in promoting voluntary blood donation , making the Red Sunday develop further in the coming time. Meanwhile, Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien, who is also head of the National Steering Committee for Voluntary Blood Donation, quoted the World Health Organsisation’s statistics saying that Vietnam needs minimum 1.8 million blood units to save patients. However, the country has yet to meet the demand, she noted, adding that the … [Read more...]

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

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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: baocaobang.vn

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

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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

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"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...]