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...]

Lung Van- the Roof of the Muong Area

Lung Van, known as the cloud valley, fascinates any visitor. Photo: Viet Cuong/VNP

Located at an altitude of 1,200m above sea level, Lung Van in Tan Lac District looks like a fairyland amidst white clouds so it has another name, the Cloud Valley. Lung Van is considered "The Roof of Muong Bi," one of the four major and the most ancient cultural cradles of the Muong ethnics in Hoa Binh Province, including Muong Bi, Muong Vang, Muong Thang and Muong Dong. From May to July, Lung Van has hundreds of streams and waterfalls pouring from the peak of mountains, forming imposing scenery in Lung Van. Photo: Viet Cuong/VNP … [Read more...]

Social News 20/11

New campaign fights violence against women Ministries and the UN in Viet Nam launched a national campaign yesterday in Ha Noi asking the public - especially men - to take action to end violence against women. The initiative's timing marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on Nov. 25. The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, the UN in Viet Nam and other development partners organised the campaign, which will host workshops, exhibitions, runs, street dances and other activities between Nov. 18 and Dec. 16 in 12 provinces and cities across the country. … [Read more...]

Social News 20/1

New campaign fights violence against women Ministries and the UN in Viet Nam launched a national campaign yesterday in Ha Noi asking the public - especially men - to take action to end violence against women. The initiative's timing marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on Nov. 25. The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, the UN in Viet Nam and other development partners organised the campaign, which will host workshops, exhibitions, runs, street dances and other activities between Nov. 18 and Dec. 16 in 12 provinces and cities across the country. … [Read more...]

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 and print newspapers for a variety of offences dealing with incorrect information. … [Read more...]

Social News 23/9

HCM City to rebuild traditional market HCM City has decided to clear the traditional, 22,000-square-metre Tan Binh Market and replace it with a modern six-storey structure and 17-floor trade centre. It is estimated to cost VND4 trillion (US$190 million), which will come from the Tan Binh Phu Trading, Service and Real Estate Company, a joint-venture between the Tan Binh District Public Service Company and Tan Quang Limited Company. The trade centre will be built on 7,000 square metres while the traditional market with 5,000 kiosks will occupy the rest of the space. … [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...]

Art & Entertainment News 12/8

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'Turbulence: A Survival Story' author arrives in Vietnam Annette Herfkens, the author of the memoirs "Turbulence: A Survival Story" and the sole survivor of a plane crash in Vietnam's central coast province of Khanh Hoa 22 years ago, has started her week-long trip to the country. … [Read more...]

Vietnam designers to show up at Asian Fashion Week

The Saigon Times Daily Five participating Vietnamese designers are Van Thanh Cong, Le Thanh Phuong, Tuan Cuong Le, Hoai Sang and Quynh Nhi (Nhi DQ Clarke). International catwalk models will present these designers' fashion collections on the evening of August 18. One remarkable collection called Dau An Vang Son (The Goden Imprint) and designed by Van Thanh Cong features images of Vietnam. Dau An Vang Son collection was inspired by the image of Hai Ba Trung, phoenix and patterns on the traditional Dong Son and Ngoc Lu bronze drums. … [Read more...]

Social News 15/7

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Dozens of boats swept away by heavy flood in Red River As many as 20 boats and ships were inundated by a heavy flood which hit Bat Xat district, north-western Lao Cai province on July 14, causing estimated property losses of VND8 billion. … [Read more...]

Top 50 Vietnamese gift specialties (Part 2)

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The Vietnam Record Organization recently published the list of 50 gift specialties which were nominated by localities, tourism agencies, domestic and foreign tourists. 11. Thai Nguyen tea: Northern Thai Nguyen province is a cradle of Vietnamese tea. The most famous tea from Thai Nguyen is Tan Cuong Tea, whose incredibly delicious taste can bewitch any tea drinkers. A bitter taste comes to you when making the first sip of a cup of hot Tan Cuong tea and then it turns out to be a lasting sweet when you finish it. … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 5/6

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SBIC urged to build ironclad fishing vessels in response to fishermen's needs Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung asked the Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (SBIC) to work with relevant agencies and fishermen to build fishing vessels with iron hulls in order to enhance the development of the fishing industry. PM Dung made the request at a meeting with the corporation's leaders in the northern coastal province of Quang Ninh on June 4. He stressed the necessity of providing fishermen with bigger, safer and more modern vessels while ensuring effectiveness and sustainability. … [Read more...]

The necessity for enhancing management

One class period at Ong Vang pre-school (Tuy Hoa city).

In the past time, the network of private pre-schools in the province has been rapidly developing, which contributes to reducing the burdens and overloading for public pre-schools. Nevertheless, to improve the operating quality of these pre-schools, it requires the joint efforts of the whole society. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 22/5

One hundred and twenty-five photographs capturing sea, landscapes, cultural activities and people in central region provinces are on display for the public in Quang Binh Province.

Stunning photographs show off central region The photographs were selected from among 1,240 entries submitted by 200 photographers, who are based in the provinces of Thua Thien-Hue, Quang Tri, Quang Binh, Ha Tinh, Nghe An and Thanh Hoa. … [Read more...]

Horse racing of Mong people

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(VOVOworld) - The horse is an important animal in the daily life of the Mong people and horse racing is a popular sport among the Mong men. During the national unity festival at the Culture-Tourism village of Vietnamese ethnic groups in Hanoi, tourists had an opportunity to watch the fantastic horse racing of the Mong people from Bac Ha district, Lao Cai province. At the starting signal, the jockeys crouch low on horseback and spur their horses to pass their competitors. Mong jockeys wear their traditional clothing, plus plastic helmets and canvas shoes. They ride with a bridle but no saddle. 16 horses race in pairs. Sometimes, a nervous horse gallops off the race track as the jockey tries in vain to control it. Some jockeys fall on a sharp turn, making viewers' hearts miss a beat. Vang Van Quyet and Vang Van Cuong of Na Ang B hamlet, Na Hoi commune, just finished their race. "I've been around horses since I was small. I sit firmly on the horseback and try to keep my balance. I … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 22/4

Vietnam seeks ways for overseas nationals to maintain nationality Vietnamese authorities are looking for ways to help millions of overseas Vietnamese maintain their nationality as the deadline for the regulation approaches, said a spokesman for the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In accordance with the Nationality Law 2008, overseas Vietnamese who do not have valid Vietnamese passports, or who had Vietnamese nationality before the law took effect on July 1, 2009, must re-register with Vietnamese agencies in the country where they reside in order to maintain their citizenship. The deadline for re-regislation was set for July 1 of this year. However, only around 6,000 out of the total 4.5 million overseas Vietnamese have completed so far. The figure is much lower than was expected. "Relevant authorities are checking into the issues related to the procedures before working out the best solution to ensure the legal rights and benefits for overseas Vietnamese communities," … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 31/3

Vietnamese guitarist defeats 200 to win Yale scholarship Vietnamese guitarist Tran Tuan An has defeated some 200 international students to win a seat at the world's prestigious Yale School of Music. An's father, Tran Quang Tuan, said he had applied for admission to a master's programme at 20 universities in the USA and was accepted by all of them. An enrolls in the Master of Music programme in guitar this fall because it offers the best choice. As a student at North Park University's School of Music, Chicago, US, An became the 39th student to be honoured as a Student Laureate of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois in November 2013. He also earned first prize in the 2013 Society of American Musicians Guitar Competition, as well as the Evanston Music Club 2013 Scholarship, along with other prizes in Viet Nam. Now in its second century of service, the Yale School of Music enjoys a tradition of excellence that reflects its distinguished faculty and alumni. Each year, the school offers … [Read more...]

Kaleidoscope (23-02-2014)

by Thu Anh Capturing cai luong glory Theatre photographer-reporter Huynh Cong Minh loves to captures the spirit of traditional arts with his shooting skills. He owns more than 30,000 photographs and negative films featuring cai luong (reformed theatre) performers on the stage in different periods. He began his career in 1950, and spent nearly 15 years capturing the beauty of cai luong artists, their work and their lives behind the curtains. His camera lens captured stars such as Phung Ha, Nam Chau, Thanh Nga, Thanh Duoc and Ut Bach Lan, who were the recognised kings and queens of cai luong theatre in the 1950s and 60s. Most of Minh's photos have captions to explain the detail, helping viewers to learn more about the characters featured. Minh says that he was not a collector, but that "I store my photos because I want to preserve the original and pure beauty of cai luong, the south's traditional music, and introduce it to the world". Minh's collection highlight is the … [Read more...]