Art & Entertainment News 18/12

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Real-life adventurous Escape Room Escape Room, a popular real-life adventurous game in many countries adapted from a computer game of the same name, is now available at Crescent Mall in HCMC’s District 7, attracting a lot of participants, especially youth. There are six categories in the game including jail, slaughterhouse, bubble house, vampire lair, and burglary at the museum and crime scene. Participants will have a chance to join different missions and conquer ordeals in each category. Within 45 minutes in a locked room, players together with their partners have to use elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles, seek clues and escape from the room within a limited time. They must keep a watchful eye and have a sense of critical thinking. The game aims to encourage and strengthen teambuilding among members. Time pressure together with creepy sound and scary images inside the dark room might make gamers nervous and exciting. The more difficult the challenge is, … [Read more...]

Bells ring across VN for holy night

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As chilly gusts of wind overwhelm the north of the country, people are preparing for the festive season. Lights appear on fake pine trees at offices, hotels and restaurants while Christmas melodies fill the air at cafes on every street corner. The largest-ever Christmas festive nights at Hanoi's West Lake Waterpark on December 23 and 24 promise to host up to 40,000 people. The night will contain various "surprising factors", according to the waterpark and Heartlink JSC, which co-organised the event. Images of a white park and snowy road will be displayed and family members can try out Christmas-themed games, in addition to hitting the dance floor with hundreds of male and female Santas. A photo contest titled "Impressive Noel Moments" will select the Top 10 Christmas Beauties, Top 10 Christmas Moments and Top 10 Christmas Faces. In HCM City, cultural houses around the city have prepared a dazzling array of plays, concerts, art exhibitions, fashion shows, circuses and puppet … [Read more...]

Social News 17/12

Six farmers drown as fishing boat overturns Six farmers were drowned when their boat suddenly overturned this morning in Nam Thinh Commune of the northern Thai Binh Province's Tien Hai District. The accident occurred when the farmers were on their way to catch clams. According to the local people, the farmers were in a small boat. The accident was blamed on strong winds and the fact that the small boat was overcrowded. The local rescue team has salvaged the boat after retrieving the victims' bodies. The People's Committee of the district visited the victims' families and gave each VND3 million (US$140) as aid. Court starts hearing former VietinBank execs’ appeals agement department at the Vietnam Bank for Industry and Trade (VietinBank), and other defendants. On January 27, 2014, Nhu was sentenced to life in jail by the HCMC People’s Court for swindling nearly VND4 trillion out of three banks, nine companies, and three individuals. To steal the deposits of customers … [Read more...]

Eighth congress of Fine Arts Association in Hanoi

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(Cinet)- The eighth national congress of the Vietnam Fine Arts Association (VFAA) has taken place in Hanoi from December 15-17 with the participation of over 440 delegates. Addressing the congress, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam praised the VFAA’s efforts and achievements and openly stated the shortage of art works with ideological and artistic values, piracy and the slow development of applied arts, art criticism and aesthetics orientation. In 2014-2019 periods, the congress would devise a plan for the association’s upcoming four-year tenure in the spirit of promoting artists’ creativeness and responsibilities in order to develop the country’s fine arts and create a new driving force for a further effective and inspiring tenure. Numerous important documents of the VFAA are planned to be approved at the gathering while a new central standing committee and an inspection committee of the association will be elected. The VFAA now has 1,780 members of 70 … [Read more...]

National congress of Vietnam Fine Arts Association opens

Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam in his address at the opening ceremony

(VOVworld) - The 8th national congress of the Vietnam Fine Arts Association opened in Hanoi on Monday. More than 8,000 art works have been introduced to the public in 45 exhibitions inside and outside the country over the past 5 years. Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam addressed the opening ceremony: "the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, the Vietnam Union of Literature and Arts Associations, and relevant agencies should work closely with each other to create the best conditions for the Vietnam Fine Arts Association to make the best performance, gather many artists, and turn out high value works. Van Gogh used to say that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people and he hoped artists will use their hearts and love to report the abundant reality in their works so that hundreds of years later, when looking at their works, viewers will know how life was at that moment." During the 3-day event, participants will discuss development orientations for the next term … [Read more...]

Fine Arts Association convenes eighth congress in Hanoi

Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam speaks at the congress. (Credit: VGP)    NDO – The eighth national congress of the Vietnam Fine Arts Association (VFAA) is taking place in Hanoi from December 15-17 with the participation of over 440 delegates.

Addressing the congress, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam praised the VFAA’s efforts and achievements and openly stated the shortage of art works with ideological and artistic values, piracy and the slow development of applied arts, art criticism and aesthetics orientation. The Government official expressed his hope that the congress would devise a plan for the association’s upcoming four-year tenure in the spirit of promoting artists’ creativeness and responsibilities in order to develop the country’s fine arts and create a new driving force for a further effective and inspiring tenure. Deputy PM Dam asked the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST), the Vietnam Confederation of Fine Arts Associations and authorities to work together to create favourable conditions for the VFAA to operate effectively in line with the Party resolution on building and developing Vietnamese culture and people for the country’s sustainable development. Numerous … [Read more...]

Construction of two new branches of Viet Duc, Bach Mai hospitals started

PM Nguyen Tan Dung takes part in the groundbreaking ceremony of Viet Duc & Bach Mai hospital's construction (Photo: SGGP)

A groundbreaking ceremony for construction of second branches of the Vietnam-Germany Friendship Hospital and Hanoi-based Bach Mai Hospital in Phu Ly, Ha Nam province was held on December 13. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam and leaders of the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Construction and Ha Nam Province attended the event. The second branches of the two hospitals will cover an area of 21 hectares with a floor area of nearly 120,000 square meters. The new hospitals will provide 1,000 beds and are invested in a total capital of nearly VND5 trillion (US$235 million). The first phase of construction is expected to be completed in December, 2017. Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony, PM Nguyen Tan Dung said that the two new branches of the Vietnam-Germany Friendship and Bach Mai hospitals will help ease the overload and improve medical care for patients in the region.. … [Read more...]

Vietnam Former Youth Volunteers’ Association holds third congress

Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam (right) presenting First-class Labor Order to Former Youth Volunteer Association.

PANO – Vietnam Youth Volunteers’ Association on the morning of December 11th held its third congress in Hanoi (tenure 2015-2019), celebrating the 10th founding anniversary (2004), and receiving the First-class Labor Order. The congress was attended by leaders of the Party, State and people's armed forces heroes, heroes of labor, heroic Vietnamese mothers, leaders of ministries and socio-political organizations. After 10 years of establishment, the association has admitted around 370 thousand members. It also tried its best to play the role of historical witness and protector of the rights and policies for its members, and promote the "Comradeship" movement in different forms. … [Read more...]

Students in Ha Tinh stay at home, wait for parent/school agreement

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VietNamNet Bridge – Six hundred students in Huong Binh Commune of Huong Khe district in the central province of Ha Tinh have stayed at home for several months, as their parents and local authorities still cannot agree about school restructuring. … [Read more...]

Social News 12/12

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Crackdown on smugglers creates border control turmoil A crackdown on smugglers has created turmoil at Vietnam-China border crossings, notably at Mong Cai Border Gate in Quang Ninh Province, which is being flooded with people going back and forth between the two countries as gangs probe for weak spots in border control. Officials said Mong Cai Border Gate processed 10,000 people on December 6. The crowdness has been going on over the past month following the arrest of a smuggling gang on November 2, which prompted an increase of inspections by border gate security along the border. … [Read more...]

Innovation and Creativity: Key to Going Forward

Vietnam is in the process of strong economic restructuring and perfecting institutions. However, the flip side of this "assimilation" is that some social classes will suffer disadvantages due to being unable to catch up with the trend. The poor and low-income people are the most vulnerable. Cooperation and innovation will be the key to solving that problem. That was the main content of the Inclusive Innovation Forum held by the Ministry of Planning and Investment recently in Hanoi. According to Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, Head of the Project’s Committee, this year's forum was aimed to exchange information and experience on innovation, as well as strengthen the connection of resources to support the community of small and medium enterprises, creating products and services to benefit the poor and low-income people. The products and services would focus on three areas: traditional medicine, agricultural fisheries, and information and communication technology. … [Read more...]

Press digest – December 11

PM Dung affirms resolution to improve investment environment Viet Nam will further improve the investment and business environment in order to welcome more investors, including those from the Republic of Korea in general and from Busan in particular. The PM made the affirmation when attending a dialogue with the RoK business community in Busan, the RoK. He emphasized the traditional friendship and cooperation between the two nations have been deepened since the establishment of the strategic partnership. … [Read more...]

Press digest – December 10

PM Dung affirms resolution to improve investment environment Viet Nam will further improve the investment and business environment in order to welcome more investors, including those from the Republic of Korea in general and from Busan in particular. The PM made the affirmation when attending a dialogue with the RoK business community in Busan, the RoK. He emphasized the traditional friendship and cooperation between the two nations have been deepened since the establishment of the strategic partnership. … [Read more...]

Social News 11/12

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One killed, 17 injured in highway accidents … [Read more...]

Deputy PM requires specific policies for sustainable business development

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Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam speaks at the meeting (photo: VGP) … [Read more...]

Int’l sponsors laud VN’s achievements in AIDS prevention

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VGP – Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam on December 9 hosted an annual meeting with representatives of the United Nations, Embassies, international organizations and sponsors for HIV/AIDS, drugs and prostitution prevention and control works in Viet Nam. The Deputy PM thanked the Embassies, international organizations and sponsors for their coordination and cooperation in the fight against AIDS, drugs and prostitution, and highlighted the commitments of the Vietnamese Government in this work. … [Read more...]

Int’l organisations’ AIDS prevention efforts hailed

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Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has praised the positive assistance and effective coordination of foreign countries and international organisations in the fight against AIDS, drugs and prostitution in Vietnam. In addition to financial support, the organisations have involved in building institutions and polices as well as supervising the implementation of projects, he said at an annual meeting with representatives from embassies and international organisations and donors operating in this field in Hanoi on December 9. … [Read more...]

The world community supports Vietnam’s fight against HIV/AIDS

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(VOVworld) - The Chairman of the National Steering Committee on HIV/AIDS, drug abuse and prostitution, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, has met Ambassadors and heads of international organizations who have sponsored Vietnam’s HIV/AIDS control efforts. At an annual reception in Hanoi on Tuesday, the Deputy Prime Minister said he hoped for even more support for Vietnam: "Compulsory detoxification centers will comply with recommendations by international organizations for protecting patients’ rights. It’s important to help them reintegrate into the community after detoxification. I call for international support in financing and also in conducting constructive and humanitarian dialogues." … [Read more...]

Travel News 9/12

Saigontourist opens Saigon–Ban Gioc Resort Saigontourist and Saigon-Ban Gioc Co., Ltd will introduce the first phase of the project of Saigon-Ban Gioc Resort in Dam Thuy Commune, Trung Khanh District in the northern mountainous province of Cao Bang on December 15. The four-star resort is located at Ban Gioc Waterfall, one of the most imposing waterfalls in Asia and covers an area of 31.15 hectares. Tourists can admire a spectacular valley at Ban Gioc and Nguom Ngao Cave and peaceful view of the border gate, In the first phase, the resort will have 20 rooms, a reception area, a restaurant serving Western and Asian cuisines and a conference hall with a capacity of over 200 guests. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 8/12

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Vietnam Idol kicks off sixth season The 6th season of Vietnamese version of the US television show American Idol has been kicked off on November 28. Viet Nam Idol features contestants between the ages of 16 and 30 who have never taken part in a singing competition. Auditions will be held in the central coastal city of Da Nang, Hue, Nha Trang, Da Lat, Hai Phong, Can Tho, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in January, 2015. The three judges will whittle the top one hundred contestants down to 16, ten, two and finally one. … [Read more...]