The 6th “Vietnam-Country-People” Photo Contest Honouring Vietnam’s Beauty

A collection of photos by Hanoi photojournalist Trinh Thong Thien won the first prize. The images depict a Dao ethnic minority "maturity ceremony" in the northern province of Lai Chau. He was also awarded a prize from Dep Magazine, a supplement of VNP, for his photo, "Mong Ethnic Children Play Tu Lu". In addition to the first prize, the jury awarded two second prizes, three third prizes and seven encouragement prizes. The other award for Dep Magazine was given to photographer Tran Trong Do, Hanoi for his photo, "Each Family Has Only One Child". … [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...]

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 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...]

Art & Entertainment News 9/10

Thuy Linh shines at Miss International The strikingly beautiful Vietnamese model Cao Thuy Linh was chosen Best National Costume at the 2014 Miss Grand International (MGI) beauty pageant on October 7. Eighty-five international contestants coming from different countries and territories around the globe participated in the gala affair held in Bangkok, Thailand. Daryanne Lees from Cuba was sashed winner of the MGI 2014. The two runner-up title went to Hiwot Mamo from Ethiopia and Kathryn Kohut from Canada. … [Read more...]

Social News 2/10

Dong Nai rioters imprisoned for disturbing peace The People's Court of Nhon Trach district in the southern province of Dong Nai sentenced 15 men to 9-14 months in prison on September 29 for "causing social disturbances" in Nhon Trach Industrial Park. The accused include Nguyen Van Tri, 24 from Khanh Hoa province; Tran Ngoc Tha, 17 (Binh Dinh); Le Van Sang, 24 (An Giang); Dinh Tuan Vu, 31 (Hau Giang); Vien Van Man, 24 (Bac Giang); Le Van Dung, 19 (Phu Yen); Vu Viet Dinh, 29 (Binh Thuan); Du Quoc Ky, 22 (Ca Mau); Nguyen Huu Duc, 21 (Can Tho); Vo Ngoc Ba, 39 (Ho Chi Minh City), Danh Dung, 19 (Kien Giang); Bui Tan Vu, 23 (Dong Thap); Hoang Minh Khai, 19 (Bac Lieu); Ly Huu Trong, 26 (Ca Mau) and Tran Van Khanh, 26 (Thanh Hoa). … [Read more...]

Social News 21/9

Vocational training highlighted in new rural development As many as 660,000 rural workers received vocational training in the period 2010-2013, mainly in husbandry and fishery, as part of the national new rural development program. Vietnam now has approximately 25 million rural workers, of whom just 5 million have received vocational training. As farm land shrinks due to rapid urbanisation and modernisation, vocational training plays an increasingly important role because it boosts farm incomes. Nguyen Minh Nhan, head of the personnel department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, said the ministry has devised rural programmes that provide both agricultural promotion and vocational training for rural labourers. They also helped farmers sell their products and services. … [Read more...]

Social News 26/8

American ordained nun at Vietnamese pagoda A 17-year old American girl Kayala Jaramillo has cut her hair, taken vows of chastity and been ordained a nun at Thien Vien Chan Nguyen (Buddhist Meditation Centre) in California, the US. Her parents, Keray Jaramillo and Armida Jaramillo, both 62, have also been recognized as Buddhist followers at the Buddhist Meditation Centre in the presence of Venerable Thich Dang Phap, monks, nuns and nearly 100 Buddhist believers. Mr Keray Jaramillo has taken the Dharma name Nguyen dat, and his wife, Chan thanh. Their daughter Kayala Jaramillo is now nun Thich nu chan giac. … [Read more...]

Social News 23/8

Fourth Russian-made submarine begins sea trials The fourth Russian built Kilo-class submarine began its factory-level sea trials on the Baltic Sea on August 21, according to Russian media sources. This is the fourth Project 636 submarine Russia has designed and constructed for Vietnam under a contract signed in 2009 during a Moscow visit by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung. Pursuant to the contract, Russia has agreed to build six submarines, dubbed as Black Holes in the Ocean by NATO. The first two vessels, HQ-182 Hanoi and HQ-183 Ho Chi Minh City, have previously been handed over to Vietnam. … [Read more...]