Out of love

by Nguyen Ngoc Tu Going through the door, Sau Tam always grumbled. That was because he found Diep bending over doing the cooking or something on the other side. "Why don't you stay in bed and rest? Leave these odds and ends to me!" But today she grumbled at him upon seeing blood smeared all over his knee. "Did you fall down? You should be more careful!" "No, nothing of the sort. I've got to teach San to crawl," he said. "Which play are you going to stage?" "Phan Le Hue." She forced him to sit down on the bed. Then she gently rolled up his trouser leg and bandaged his knee, adjusting the artificial joint carefully. Sau Tam saw a tear fall right on the injured knee and he felt a burning sensation there. … [Read more...]

Social News 19/10

Local news sites remain blocked Users remain blocked from the websites of Vietnamese newspapers with platforms hosted by the Vietnam Communications Corporation (VCCorp) since October 13. The newspapers include Thoi bao Kinh te Viet Nam (Vietnam Economic Times) at , Nguoi Lao Dong (Labourers) at and Gia Dinh Xa Hoi (Family and Society). Other company websites have the same issues. Nguyen The Tan, deputy general director of VCCorp, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that the breakdown of its Data Center system has resulted in the websites' inaccessibility. … [Read more...]

Social News 7/9

Formosa IP to recruit nearly 3,000 foreign workers The People's Committee of central Ha Tinh province has authorisednine investors in the Formosa Industrial Park (IP) to employ 2,976 foreign workers. With the Committee's approval, a Chinese chemical company in the Formosa IP will recruit 276 foreigners, including 198 technicians. Another Chinese firm, MCC 20 Group, will employ 120 foreign workers. Provincial authorities asked Chinese employers to strictly abide by Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs regulations regarding foreign worker employment and management in Vietnam. … [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 Hoa - Nghi Son segment. Ninh Binh, Thanh Hoa 1,867 PPP Management Board of PPP projects under the Ministry of Transport No. 80 Tran Hung Dao street, Ha Noi Tel: 84-4-39410775 2 Dau Giay - Phan Thiet expressway. Dong Nai, Binh Duong 757 PPP Management board of PPP projects under the Ministry of Transport No. 80 Tran Hung Dao street, Ha Noi Tel: 84-4-39410775 3 Bien Hoa - Vung Tau expressway. Dong Nai, Bà Rịa - Vung Tau 1,175 PPP, ODA … [Read more...]

Vietnam metro recognizes three new historical relics

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The Lam family tomb in Tao Dan Park was built in 1895 and is considered an artistic relic, according to the city Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism. Archeologists said it is the burial place of Lam Tam Lang, a Guangdong immigrant who died in 1795 and his wife Mai Thi Xa. Tao Dan Park is located at 55C Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street in HCMC's District 1, a ten minute walk from Independence Palace. Mieu Noi (Floating Temple), or Phu Chau Temple, is located on an islet in the Vam Thuat River in Go Vap District's Ward 5, and is considered one of Vietnam's most special spiritual structures. People come to the temple to pray for safe travels and good luck. The islet is only be visited by boat. The other new relic, Long Hoa Pagoda, is located at 1250/41 Huynh Tan Phat Street in District 7. It was built in 1902 and underwent a major refurbishment from 2000-2003. HCMC authorities have banned any construction or repair work on these relics without express written permission … [Read more...]

Ca Mau Brilliance in Southernmost Viet Nam

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VGP - Ca Mau is the southernmost province in the country. It is endowed by nature with an abundant source of seafood, vast green forests of cajeputs and mangrove trees, large rivers and pristine beautiful natural scenery. These are the resources that benefit the economic and tourist development of the province. Exploring Ca Mau province From Ca Mau City, we started our journey to discover the southernmost land of the country. Situated in the centre of the city is the imposing Victory Monument which demonstrates the typical strength of the land and people of Ca Mau. We went through calm streets with simple and peaceful houses lying through calm streets with simple and peaceful houses lying near the banks of the river and visited boat-building workshops and busy markets where many typical specialties of the sea and orchard gardens were sold. Talking about Ca Mau is to refer to a pristine natural land with immense forests of mangrove and cajuput trees, vast rivers and canals … [Read more...]

Tien Giang pledges investment incentives

HCM CITY (VNS)— The Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta Province of Tien Giang last Saturday unveiled a list of 13 projects that require investment. Four of them, all of which are key projects, include the drainage and waste water treatment system in My Tho City, Tien Giang central square, Tan Phuoc Industrial zone, and the provincial administrative area. The projects require a total investment of US$360.7 million. The list also includes a project to build apartments for specialists and workers at the Tan Huong resettlement area and Tan Huong Trade Centre project. These two projects need combined investment capital of $21.5 million. Investment is also required to develop Vam Lang fishing port, the Trung An residential area and projects in tourism and infrastructure at industrial zones. Speaking at the conference held in HCM City, Nguyen Dinh Thong, deputy director of the provincial Department of Planning and Investment, said the province would provide incentives for investors, including land … [Read more...]

Tra Vinh Water Resources Exploitation and Management Co., Ltd: Joining Hands for New Countryside Construction

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By focusing on preventing drought, accelerating seasonal crop restructuring and increasing crop productivity, Tra Vinh Water Resources Exploitation and Management Co., Ltd always excellently completes assigned tasks and confirms its role as a leading irrigation unit in the province. Director Do Trung said the company's main tasks are managing and operating irrigation systems to supply water for agricultural production, industrial production and livelihood of the people in Tra Vinh province. Currently, the company is managing and operating infield irrigation systems, including My Van - Rum Soc area, Cai Hop culvert, Lang The culvert, Tam Phuong culvert, Cha Va, Thau Rau, Ham Giang, Tra Cu, Vam Buon, Bac Trang - Trem, Can Chong and Nha Tho areas. It is controlling salinity for the area outside Nam Mang Thit project (from National Road 53 to sea dikes in Duyen Hai, Tra Cu and Cau Ngang districts). Since its inception, the company always tries its best to perform its functions and fulfil … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment Headlines December 19

Six tombs of primitive people dating back over 6,000 years have been discovered in Na Mo cave, Huong Ne commune, Ngan Son district, the northern mountainous province of Bac Kan.

Vietnam, Japan cooperate in protecting Thang Long Citadel Over the past four years, Vietnamese and Japanese experts have joined efforts to preserve the UNESCO-recognised Thang Long-Hanoi Citadel while promoting its image to the world under a project financed by the Japanese Fund-in-Trust. The US$1.1 million project aims to build a suitable management system for the benefit of long-term citadel preservation and sustainable development in the locality, said Nguyen Van Son, Director of the Thang Long-Hanoi Heritage Conservation Centre, at a seminar in Hanoi on December 18 to review the four-year project. In 2010, with the support of Japanese partners, the Vietnam Institute of Vietnamese Studies and Development Sciences discovered new facts about the citadel. Based on its name and architecture, scientists have proven the similarity in planning shared by the Thang Long Citadel and other citadels in Southeastern and Northeastern Asian countries. The project has also helped young … [Read more...]

President inspects measures to cope with sea level rise

President Truong Tan Sang talks with dragonfruit growers in Tien Giang Province's Cho Gao District about the impacts of the sea level on their activities. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang

HA NOI (VNS0— President Truong Tan Sang is currently paying a working visit to the Mekong Delta, inspecting efforts being made to cope with rising sea levels. Sang visited the Go Cong sea dyke in Tien Giang province yesterday. The 21km sea dyke plays an important role in protecting the 54,400ha Go Cong fresh water zone that houses a 40,000ha production area on which thousands of locals earn their living. The Go Cong protective forest is widely-considered an effective shield to protect the 21km dyke from saline water intrusion. However, roughly 3km of the section from Vam Lang to Tan Thanh have been damaged by salinity. The President asked relevant agencies to speed up projects to prevent salt-water intrusion and reinforce the sea dyke and irrigation systems to serve production and the local population. He also toured the 28.6km Cho Gao canal which connects Tien Giang, Ho Chi Minh City and other Mekong Delta provinces. On Saturday, the President visited the Ba Tri sea dyke … [Read more...]

Social Headlines December 8

Hanoi tax evader jailed for 28 months Director of the Vietnam Information and Credit Rating Company Le Dinh Quan was sentenced to 28 months in prison at a trial in Hanoi on December 6 for tax fraud pursuant to the Article 161, clause 3 of the Criminal Code. From 2008 until 2011, Quan, asked his chief accountant Pham Thi Phuong to make 291 fake contracts on hiring experts worth over 5 billion VND (230,000 USD) to raise the company's operational costs, meaning that he had to pay less in corporate income tax. During the period, he also instructed cashier Nguyen Thi Oanh, 26, to legalise declarations for tax deduction. In addition, in transactions to sell apartments at Sky City Tower located at 88 Lang Ha street, Quan only declared 3.5 billion VND (166,000 USD) in payment that home buyers transferred to him through the bank. The remaining payment totalling 948 million VND (45,000 USD) was made in cash directly to Quan with the purpose of evading tax. The verdict made it clear that he … [Read more...]

Road Traffic Network Development: Platform for Economic Growth

In recent years, thanks to the attention of the Central and local governments and efforts of local traffic authority, the traffic network of Ca Mau province has improved, contributing greatly to social and economic development of the province.

The province has 119.33 kilometres of national road, 307.8 kilometres of provincial road; over 65 out of 82 communes are accessible by car, over 3,600 kilometres of rural traffic have been built. Focal urban road networks in Ca Mau city and other towns have been continuously constructed and upgraded to facilitate transportation from Ca Mau city to the provincial coastal areas. According to the general traffic development scheme of Ca Mau province, till 2020 and toward to 2030, the province will mainly focus to complete the large traffic road infrastructure projects with high connectivity and motivation to economic development like: Upgrading National Road number 1, 63; constructing new road to avoid the passage through Ca Mau city of National Road 1; constructing Ho Chi Minh highway to Dat Mui and the Southern coastal corridor road linking Vietnam - Cambodia and Thailand; upgrading Quan Lo Phung Hiep road with expressway standard. Provincial road network will also be constructed and … [Read more...]

Social Highlights for October 26

The Ministry of Health has ordered people's committees across the country to tighten inspections on all cosmetic surgery centers.

All cosmetic surgery centers in country under inspection Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Xuyen in coordination with related agencies sent a document to municipal and provincial administrators in the country to conduct thorough inspections on all plastic surgery centers. Inspections should focus on skills, treatment methodologies, surgery procedures, rights and responsibilities of client and cosmetic surgeons, and operation license as per the country's law. Inspectors must issue proper penalties on centers which offer illegal cosmetic surgery services to earn profits. The Department of Health in Hanoi has publicized list of 33 beauty parlors and three hospitals that are licensed legally to offer cosmetic surgery services. However, the department noticed that beauty parlors can only provide simple cosmetic surgery services such as 'double eyelid' surgery or eyebrow tattoo, while complicated surgeries such as abdominal liposuction and breast lift surgery must be performed in … [Read more...]

2 directors arrested for motorboat sinking that killed 9

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Police in Ho Chi Minh City reported that they have arrested two directors of two different companies for wrongdoings that contributed to the death of nine people in an overloaded motorboat that sank off the city's Can Gio District in August. >> Nine missing as motorboat sinks off HCMC The detainees are Vu Van Dao, 45, director of the Viet-Sec Technology JSC (Viet-Sec) and Chairman of the Vung Tau Marina JSC, and Dinh Van Quyet, 43, director of Vung Tau Marina. They were arrested on Thursday morning. The two have been charged with "putting into operation unsafe waterway means of transport" in pursuant to Article 214 of the Penal Code. Before their arrest, a high-ranking official of the Vietnam Maritime Administration said that the the investigation by a special team of the Transport Ministry showed that the two men must be held responsible for allowing the H29 speedboat to carry passengers from Tien Giang to Vung Tau by sea, while the vessel is designed only to … [Read more...]

Vietnam likely to face extreme weather

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Vietnam to build satellite hospitals to cut overload Vietnam would invest more than VND1.7 trillion in a project in 2013-2020 to develop satellite hospitals in major cities to cope with the increasingly severe overload at the current leading hospitals. According to the Ministry of Health, the State budget will cover VND712 billion of the total cost of the project, with the balance sourced from cities and provinces. At a meeting on the satellite hospital project from 2013 to 2015 in Hanoi on Wednesday, Luong Ngoc Khue, director of the Department of Medical Service Administration, said the ministry by 2015 would set up a network of 48 satellite hospitals for 14 major hospitals specializing in tumor, external trauma, cardiology, obstetrics and gynecology and pediatrics. These key hospitals are located in big cities that can establish and develop satellite facilities to help improve the quality of their health services. The 2013-2015 satellite hospital scheme is expected to reduce … [Read more...]

Long An Strengthening Tourism Development Linkage

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In Vietnam Tourism Development Planning, Long An province holds an important position as an ecological tourism destination in the southern region. Not only being naturally endowed with Vam Co Tay and Vam Co Dong Rivers supplying fertile soil for its fruit orchards, Long An also has lush rice fields and diverse plant and animal ecosystems, creating favourable conditions for eco-tourism development. Well-known places of interest in the province include Phuoc Loc Tho tourist site (Duc Hoa district), Dong Thap Muoi eco-tourism zone (Tan An City) and Thanh Tam bonsai garden. Long An also attracts tourists for its rich humanity values of Oc Eo culture, a culture formed and developed in the Mekong Delta from the first century to the sixth century AD. Nearly 20 prehistoric relics and 100 Oc Eo cultural relics have been discovered. The province also has many historical sites like Binh Ta and An Son ancient architectural relics (Duc Hoa district), Hundred-pillar Pagoda and Go O Chua (Vinh Hung … [Read more...]

Flotilla 2 saves five troubled fishermen

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Flotilla 2 under the Tra Vinh Provincial Border Guard Command successfully saved 5 fishermen in distress at sea on July 19th. At 1pm on July 19th, the Truong Long Hoa Border Post received an SOS signal from troubled trawler TV 2322 TS, with Pham Van Thuat at the helm, a native in Nha Mat village, Truong Long Hoa commune, Duyen Hai district. While fishing around 7 nautical miles from east of the Vam Lang Nuoc water, the trawler sank after its engine failure caused by strong winds and high waves. Promptly, Flotilla 2 located the distressed trawler and then sent 15 cadres and troops and ship ST 1442B to the scene. After more than an hour searching, the rescue force found 5 adrift fishermen and took them ashore safely. Source: VNA Translated by Ha Thanh … [Read more...]

ART & ENTERTAINMENT IN BRIEF 24/5

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Duc Tuan to perform at Da Nang theatre Pop singer Duc Tuan will perform at the central city's Trung Vuong Theatre tonight, according to event organiser Le Kha Luc. The live show will include 20 songs composed by late musician Pham Duy, and extracts from the Phantom of the Opera, Le temps de cathedrales (Notre-Dame de Paris), and Vietnamese love songs. Tonight will be his first live show in Da Nang. Tuan has put on successful shows in the past including Music of the Night in HCM City in 2009, and Paradiso in Ha Noi and HCM City in 2011. Harsh penalty for fashion show host, models The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism will apply the harshest penalty and ultimate sanctions on the Venus Company, who hosted a fashion show called 'Dem Hoi Chan Dai 7' (the Long-Legged Festival), said Vo Trong Nam, deputy head of the department. The fashion show sparked criticism from the public at the very start after the invitation was released on the Internet with pictures of … [Read more...]

ART & ENTERTAINMENT NEWS IN BRIEF

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Duc Tuan to perform at Da Nang theatre Pop singer Duc Tuan will perform at the central city's Trung Vuong Theatre tonight, according to event organiser Le Kha Luc. The live show will include 20 songs composed by late musician Pham Duy, and extracts from the Phantom of the Opera, Le temps de cathedrales (Notre-Dame de Paris), and Vietnamese love songs. Tonight will be his first live show in Da Nang. Tuan has put on successful shows in the past including Music of the Night in HCM City in 2009, and Paradiso in Ha Noi and HCM City in 2011. Singing competition open to overseas Vietnamese Viet Nam Television's Sao Mai (Morning Star) Singing Contest will widen to include Vietnamese living in eight European countries. Contestants will be classed in three music genres: folk, chamber music and pop. The first round will be carried out in northern, central and southern regions plus Europe to select 12 contestants for the final round in August. Three prizes will be granted for each genre … [Read more...]

Child-centred climate resilience programme launched

The Child-Centred Climate Change Resilience Programme in southern Tien Giang province, funded by the Australia Agency for International Development, was launched on April 16. The project, worth 8.1 billion VND (more than 387,000 USD), will be implemented from now to 2014 in seven communes where suffer impacts of climate change and sea water level rising. They include Gia Thuan, Kieng Phuoc, Phuoc Trung, Tan Dien communes and Vam Lang town of Go Cong Dong district, Binh Xuan and Binh Dong communes of Go Cong township. It aims at enhancing the adaptation of vulnerable children and communities in targeted communes and improving their understanding on climate change's impacts, while reducing effects of climate change. Besides, the project builds a community-level climate change resilience model and organise communication activities in order to change behaviour on climate change in the communities.-VNA … [Read more...]