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 … [Read more...]

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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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [Read more...]

Vegetarian restaurants in Vu Lan season

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The Hanoitimes - Many Vietnamese visit vegetarian restaurants to escape urban pollution and noise during the Vu Lan season. Previously, vegetarian food shops and restaurants opened near pagodas in HCM City and most of the main cooks were Buddhist nuns. Today, they now exist throughout the city and attract investment from businesspeople and individuals. At Huu Loi Vegetarian Restaurant in Thi Nghe Market in Binh Thanh District, more than a half of its customers are young people. … [Read more...]

Social News 21/7

Three dead, three injured in lightning strikes in Lao Cai Heavy rain mixed with thunder and lightning killed three children and injured three others in the north-western province of Lao Cai on July 19. The six were struck by lightning at around 4:03pm while they were grazing their buffalo and taking shelter under a big tree in Bon hamlet, Bao Yen district. The three dead victims were aged from 11-14, and identified as Truong Thi Cau and her two brothers Truong Van Mong and Truong Van Dau from … [Read more...]

Social News 12/7

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New labour safety law sets workplace rules The new Law on Labour Safety aims to offer better protection for workers, setting out new workplace safety regulations and providing support for victims of workplace accidents and occupational diseases to switch jobs. At a conference held on Monday by the National Assembly's Committee of Social Affairs, Director of the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs' Labour Safety Department Ha Tat Thang said that as the number of enterprises … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 10/7

Vietnam among top five nations with highest abortion rate A July 8 meeting in HCM City marking World Population Day announced that on a per capita basis, Vietnam has one of the five highest abortion rates in the world. Delegates at the event reported that Vietnam has the highest abortion rate in the Southeast Asian region, and its birth rate among adolescents aged 15-19 years is rather high (46/1,000). They pointed out that Ho Chi Minh City has the highest abortion rate in Vietnam, … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 4/6

Japan praises Vietnam's JTC scandal settlement Japan is appreciative of Vietnam's rapid response and strict settlement of those involved in the alleged graft scandal of the Japan Transportation Consultants, Inc. (JTC). Vietnam launched investigations and detained several transport officials after learning that these officials had engaged in a JTC graft scandal. On March 20, JTC President Tamio Kakinuma admitted that the Tokyo-based railway consultant firm had paid "kickbacks" to foreign civil … [Read more...]

French artist Patricia Kaas to perform in HCMC

Renowned French singer Patricia Kaas will give a solo performance for charity at Ho Chi Minh City's Ben Thanh Theatre on May 19.

French artist to perform in HCMC "Kaas Chante Piaf" concert, organised by Poussieres de Vie - a non-governmental organisation (NGO), will provide an opportunity for audiences to listen to a series of famous singer Édith Piaf's songs covered by Kaas. … [Read more...]

Sports News Headlines 5/4

Hanoi ready to cope with abnormal weather phenomena Hanoi is taking a lot of measures to actively deal with abnormal weather phenomena in order to minimise the loss of human life and property. Chairman of the municipal People's Committee Nguyen The Thao said that due to predictions of increasing numbers of storms and low pressure systems and the early appearance of heat waves and floods, the city has prepared for expenditure, forces and means of transportation to ensure the implementation of … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 20/3

A rare species of turtle was discovered and caught at an eco-tourism park in Hanoi on March 17.

Rare, 50-kg turtle found in Hanoi The turtle, that weighs 30 kilos and measures 75 cm in length, is a southern Vietnamese turtle with its scientific name Amyda Cartilaginea, noted Assistant Professor Ha Dinh Duc who has studied turtle species for years. He added that the species primarily lives in canals, rivers, lakes and rice fields. In Vietnam, they are usually distributed in the provinces of Thua Thien - Hue, Dak Lak, Lam Dong, and Khanh Hoa. The 50-year-old turtle is thought to have … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 18/3

Localities throughout the nation are taking action to prevent forest fires due to this year's prolonged dry season.

Gas pipeline incident affects Ca Mau power plants The PM3-CM gas pipeline system, which feeds t wo gas-fired power plants in the southernmost province of Ca Mau, has stopped working due to a valve gas leakage. According to the Ca Mau Gas Company of the Vietnam National Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam), the incident occurred at 3:25 pm on March 15, resulting in a supply interruption for the two power plants which have a combined capacity of 1,500 MW. The company said it would take about … [Read more...]