80,000 activists attend Green Summer Campaign 2015

The campaign is attended by activists from Malaysia (Photo: SGGP)

The Ho Chi Minh Communist Union Committee in Ho Chi Minh City this morning hosted a launching ceremony of the 22nd Green Summer Campaign 2015 attended by 80,000 young activists from July 19-August 16. The campaign will take place in five suburban districts of HCMC, Phu Quy island district in Binh Thuan province, 12 southern provinces and Laos with key activities covering environmental protection, new rural development, traffic safety and programs for children. Activist will repair and build 40 kilometers of roads and 10 concrete bridges in rural areas, clean up eight canals in HCMC and repair electricity system for 1,000 poor households in the city. They will also implement work to advertise tourism in Phu Quy Island and organize amusement activities with historic themes for local children. In Laos, the activists will provide agricultural expansion consultancy, transfer agricultural sciences and technologies, and teach Vietnamese. HCMC authorities always create the best … [Read more...]

57-year-old banana seller receives Bachelor of Law degree

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VietNamNet Bridge – A 57-year-old woman who sells duck eggs and bananas at a rural market in Tien Giang province received a bachelor's degree in law on May 10. Pham Thi Kim Hoa, a resident of Thanh Lac hamlet in Thanh Nhut Commune in Go Cong Tay district, has four children. Her eldest son is now a first-year student at the College of Cao Thang in HCM City, and the three others are students at general schools. She was a former teacher at Thanh Nhut commune kindergarten. In 1999, due to family circumstances, she quit teaching to care for her husband and children. She has pursued many manual jobs, and began work as a duck egg and banana seller in Vinh Binh market. "In 2007, my younger brother (a mental patient) was beaten to death. Three times at the court, I did not understand the law to properly present my family’s case. After many nights of thinking, I went to the Continuing Education Center to enroll in a distance-learning class on law held by the University of Can … [Read more...]

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VietNam needs more apartments for low-income individuals Urban areas across the nation will need 700,000 apartments for low-income people by 2015, a calculation by the construction ministry said. The ministry said even if the demand for low-income apartments was met as scheduled, another 200,000 apartments would be needed by the year 2020. The larger cities will see greater demand for such apartments, the ministry said. HCM City leads the list with a need for 134,000 apartments, followed by Ha Noi with 111,200, and the southern provinces of Binh Duong and Dong Nai, and Da Nang City with 104,000, 95,000, and 16,000 apartments, respectively. The demand for low-income apartments for public service servants in Ha Noi is 30,000. Sixteen provinces and cities have approved the low-income housing development programme for 2015 so far. The other localities are setting up projects that will be approved this year. Several provinces and cities are speeding up the review and classification … [Read more...]

$114,000-plus bridge collapses merely 2 weeks after opening

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A bridge invested with $114,400 collapsed in the southern province of Long An on May 27, only two weeks after its opening. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre Authorities in the southern province of Long An are looking into reasons why a local bridge which was invested with a total of nearly VND2.5 billion (US$114,400) fell down only two weeks after it was opened to traffic. Pham Van Canh, director of Long An's transport department, said on Thursday that Vinh Hung District's authorities will have to investigate the case of Vinh Binh Bridge, and that a design consultant in Ho Chi Minh City will also be invited to inspect it. The cable-stayed bridge, which crossed a canal in Vinh Binh Commune, was put into operation on May 13 and started showing cracks on May 26. Local authorities then shut it down to fix the problem, but half of it tumbled down the next day. They said one of supporting substructures apparently slipped from its position. Initial information is that while Vinh Binh's People's … [Read more...]

A bridge in Vietnam Mekong Delta collapses 14 days after inauguration

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A reinforced concrete bridge spanning over the 28th canal in Long An Province in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam collapsed yesterday after it was put in use for 14 days. The VND2.5 billion (US$115,000) bridge, which is for motorbikes and pedestrians only, is on provincial road 831 in Vinh Binh Commune of Vinh Hung District. Nguyen Van Chinh, vice director of the Long An Transport Department, said the bridge with the loading capacity of one ton was invested by the People’s Committee of Vinh Binh with the financial contribution from locals of VND500 million ($23,000). It was inaugurated and put in use on May 13 to replace a ferry. On May 26, some cracks began appearing at the foundation of a pillar of the bridge. It collapsed in the following day, soon after local authorities blocked it for attempts of repair. The collapse was due to the slide of a foundation of one of the pillars of the bridge, said Chinh. Investigation into the collapse is underway. … [Read more...]

Large turtles found in Thua Thien-Hue waters

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Illustrative image (Photo: VNA) An unusually large number of sea turtles have recently been found in lagoons and coastal areas of central Thua Thien-Hue province. On March 12, fisherman Nguyen Hung from Quang Loi commune of Quang Dien district found a 12kg turtle, which is 50cm long and 40cm wide, in Tam Giang lagoon. It was identified as a green turtle, scientifically named Chelonia mydas, an endangered species in Vietnam. Local authorities and Hung’s family are working to release the turtle back into the wild. On December 19, 2014, fisherman Ho Duc Lam from Loc Vinh commune of Phu Loc district caught a rare turtle about 90cm in length and weighing 50-55kg near Chan May port. The animal was also freed into the sea. Nguyen Quang Vinh Binh, Head of the province’s Sub-department of Aquatic Resources Exploitation and Protection, said 10 sea turtles have been caught in local lagoons and coastal areas recently, and nine of which have been rescued and released. It … [Read more...]

Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News – March 12

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Here are the most important news stories about Vietnam in brief for you to read along with your breakfast today, March 12. -- A monument to commemorate the 64 officers and soldiers of the Vietnam People’s Navy who were killed in a battle against Chinese forces to protect Gac Ma Island, part of Vietnam’s Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago, in 1988, is slated to break ground on March 13 in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa. -- Police in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 2 imposed Wednesday a civil fine on a Binh Thanh District resident for making a false report that she had VND1 billion ($46,603) stolen. -- The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport has asked relevant agencies to develop a plan to offer an electric bus service to serve tourists in the downtown area. -- The State Inspectorate of Vietnam has found a number of wrongdoings at the Hanoi-based Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park. Business -- Vietnamese petrol prices went up by more than 10 percent on … [Read more...]

Will Japanese high-tech save Vietnamese agriculture?

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(VOV) - Japanese entrepreneurs have been progressively moving into agriculture ventures with Vietnamese farmers in the high-profit niche markets, capitalizing on the trend in consumer demand for organic and technologically altered foods. Japan once notorious for its high tech electronics industry has been transforming agriculture with that same ingenuity and drive, providing Vietnamese farmers a ground floor opportunity to jump on the bandwagon. Not only have food prices in Japan and around the globe been steadily increasing, but consumers now closely examine how and where their vegetables have been produced and only choose organically certified. Other consumers have become more inclined to purchase technologically altered fruits and vegetables, such as low potassium lettuce that is edible even if you have kidney failure or square watermelons, which save space— but to emerge victorious in these markets require strict quality control standards. As a case on point, Tran Nguyen … [Read more...]

Giant bananas available in Saigon

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VietNamNet Bridge - As the largest banana variety in Vietnam, with a length of more than 30 cm, and weight of 0.5 kg, a specialty fruit shop in HCM City can sell one banana for VND20,000 ($1). A specialty fruit shop on Ngo Tat To Street, Binh Thanh District, has just offered this species, which has an odd name "ta qua". The shop manager said that this variety comes from Cau Ke district of the southern province of Tra Vinh. This is one of the specialties in the province, and is very rare. This store was able to buy only 20-30 bananas/batch. "Ta qua" bananas are usually boiled and then put into the fridge to have good taste. Previously, this kind of banana was grown by farmers in Tra Vinh for themselves only, but now, due to increased market demand, many farmers have been commercializing this species. According to farmers, it is hard to find enough seedlings to develop a big garden of giant bananas because each mature tree only yields 1-2 shoots that can grow into seedlings. Mr. … [Read more...]

Symposium highlights qualities of Uncle Ho’s soldiers

Major General Prof. Bui Phan Ky (standing) strongly saying that not all armies in the world are the nation-founding ones

PANO - The People's Army Newspaper on December 9th held a symposium themed "Deserving to be Uncle Ho's soldiers: 70 years of development." More than 20 reports were sent to the workshop, highlighting the qualities and beauty of Uncle Ho's soldiers in wartime and the national construction and defence in peacetime. Opening the seminar, Major General Prof. Bui Phan Ky, aged 88, strongly expressed his opinion that not all armies in the world are the nation-founding ones as the Vietnam People's Army and "Uncle Ho’s soldiers" is the title granted by the people to show the humane and good deeds of the revolutionary soldiers. Therefore, the title Uncle Ho's soldiers will forever live in the heart of Vietnamese people. … [Read more...]

A tunnel of many stories

Inside look:Visitors peer into the entrance of Ky Anh tunnel. First restored in 1997, the 32km tunnel complex is now being made into a tourist destination by the central province of Quang Nam. - VNS Photos Cong Thanh

Back in the days of the war against the United States, people built a long underground tunnel for soldiers to use.They dug it by hand and it went on for 32 kilometres, from village to village.Today it is a very interesting place for tourists to visit.What makes it even more interesting is that people who remember it back in the war days are around to tell tourists about it. By Cong Thanh … [Read more...]

Investing in Driving Ecological, Marine Tourism

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Blessed with abundant potential and advantages, the ecological and marine tourism of Ben Tre province has gradually become an important drive of tourism economic development. Mr Tran Duy Phuong, Deputy Director of the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Ben Tre province, said, "Seizing this advantage, Ben Tre is stepping up tourism potential exploration, especially ecological and marine tourism, to boost its role in local socioeconomic development". Minh Tuan and Kim Bang report. By tapping existing potential and advantages, the tourism sector of Ben Tre province has achieved positive results. Could you demonstrate this success with specific data? … [Read more...]

Establishing modern rubber plant in Binh Phuoc

The Hanoitimes - Minister of Planning and Investment Bui Quang Vinh met with leaders of southern Binh Phuoc province on July 14, discussing plans for the construction of a state-of-the-art Spanish invested rubber latex processing plant. At the meeting, provincial leaders pointed out that Binh Phuoc is the largest natural rubber producing area in the country. They also announced that the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) has negotiated a deal with Spanish investors to erect a modern rubber processing facility in the province aimed at producing quality products in compliance with strict requirements of the European market. … [Read more...]

Spain to set up modern rubber plant in Binh Phuoc

(VOV) - Minister of Planning and Investment Bui Quang Vinh met with leaders of southern Binh Phuoc province on July 14, discussing plans for the construction of a state-of-the-art Spanish invested rubber latex processing plant. At the meeting, provincial leaders pointed out that Binh Phuoc is the largest natural rubber producing area in the country. They also announced that the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) has negotiated a deal with Spanish investors to erect a modern rubber processing facility in the province aimed at producing quality products in compliance with strict requirements of the European market. … [Read more...]

Comedy informs HCM City kids about dengue fever

Biting humour: A scene from The Tiny Enemies comic play performed at the Institute of Cultural Exchange with France in HCM City on April 29 for teachers and staff of 21 primary schools where the play will be staged to educate children about dengue fever.

Knowledge of how dengue fever spreads and key behaviours to prevent it will be disseminated in an appealing manner through a play to be staged at 21 primary schools in two HCM City districts this month. Districts 8 and Binh Chanh, where the plays will be performed from May 15 to 29, suffer from a high incidence of dengue. … [Read more...]