As many as 42 beautiful photos of Vietnamese people are being displayed at an exhibition in Hanoi and being sold online to raise funds for Vietnamese children. All profits will be presented to the "For Vietnamese children" Scholarship Fund. The Fund, established by Vietnam Investment Review newspaper, aims to support needy children from all across the country. It has already raised about VND7.7 billion for Vietnamese children and students. A second exhibition is expected to take place in July at a central province in Vietnam . Some featured photos from the exhibition: Hanoi’s Autumn by CAT. Photo: Le Hong Ha – Than Uyen VOV … [Read more...] about 42 beautiful pictures for VN children
Archives for April 2015
VietNamNet Bridge - The plan to develop a Phu Quoc Special Economic Zone (SEZ) has prompted investors to pour money into Phu Quoc Airport. Do Quang Hien, chair of T&T Group, an investor in real estate, banking and owner of a football club, was thought to be the only buyer of Phu Quoc Airport. However, just days ago, another candidate turned up. He is Jonathan Hanh Nguyen from IPP Group, the businessman dubbed as "branded goods king of distributors".Phu Quoc is described on paper as a modern airport which meets 4E standards capable of receiving large-size aircraft like Boeing 747. However, there are other attractive factors. Dr. Bui Quang Binh from Da Nang University pointed out that the major attraction of Phu Quoc Airport is the plan to develop the Phu Quoc island district into an SEZ. Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, at a working session in Kien Giang province on March 18, urged the provincial authorities to finish the compilation of the Phu Quoc SEZ and submit it to … [Read more...] about Why are branded-goods tycoons and real estate developers attracted to Phu Quoc Island?
The search for 45kg of radio-active material missing from an iron mill in southern Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province will be expanded to the neighbouring provinces of Dong Nai, Binh Duong and HCM City. This was announced by the Viet Nam Agency for Radiation and Nuclear Safety (VARANS) at a meeting yesterday with the province's People's Committee and Pomina Iron Mill 3. The search will be mainly focused on salvage depots, industrial waste centres and other steel mills in the region, said Mai Thanh Quang, head of the search task force and director of the province's Department of Science and Technology. A task force also asked iron mill workers to help search waste depots and offer tips on where the missing materials may be. At a press conference on Saturday, two Government official admitted that the control of radio-active materials in Viet Nam had not been given proper attention. The head of the Government Office, Nguyen Van Nen, and Deputy minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh said … [Read more...] about Net cast wider for missing radioactive material
VietNamNet Bridge – The rock named Voi Me (Mother Elephant), located at the foot of Chu Yang Sin Mountains, in the commune of Yang Tao, Lak District, Dak Lak Province, is surprisingly large. Many people believe this is the largest monolith ever known in Vietnam. Voi Me is over 30m high, covering an area of thousands of square meters and it can weigh thousands of tons. The colors and the curving lines of this rock remind viewers of the back of a giant elephant. "Conquering" the rock is not too hard. From the ground, it only takes about 15 minutes to reach the top of by climbing over the gentle slopes. However, in the summer, the surface temperature of the rock can reach 60-70 degrees Celsius. It is risky to climb the rock on a day with strong wind. From the peak of Voi Me, visitors can see many scenic spots, such as the Yang Reh lake in the north or Chu Yang Sin mountains, the roof of the Central Highlands. Voi Me has not received much attention from … [Read more...] about Mother Elephant – the largest monolith in Vietnam
VietNamNet Bridge - Vietnam expects to have a surplus of $5 billion in international payments in 2015, which means there will be enough dollar supply in the domestic market. Ha Huy Tuan, deputy chair of the National Finance Supervision Council, noted that, though the dong has been devalued by one percent, the dong/dollar exchange rate is still under pressure. The US dollar has been appreciating against other currencies, while the US FED reportedly is going to lift the dollar interest rate, possibly in June. Le Dinh An from the Ministry of Planning and Investment believes the US dollar will continue rising, and the stronger dong will affect Vietnamese export competitiveness in the world market. Meanwhile, commercial banks pay very low amounts for US dollar deposits. This prompts people to hoard dollars, which will influence the dollar supply-demand balance. Dr. Tran Dinh Thien, head of the Vietnam Economics Institute, has suggested lifting the limit on the dong devaluation in … [Read more...] about Surplus in international payment balance eases anxiety about dollar supply
VietNamNet Bridge - The Ministry of Finance’s warning about the lack of VND32 trillion for state budget expenditures this year has raised concerns among businesses, as the ministry could try to raise domestic taxes and fees to ease the deficit. Being a member of many free trade agreements, Vietnam will have to gradually cut many tax categories to zero percent, which will lead to a decrease in state budget revenue. Since April 1, 2015, the import tariffs on 3,200 products from Japan have been cut to zero percent within the framework of the Vietnam-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement. The zero percent tax rate will be applied to many more products from the country in the time to come. Since March 30, 2015, Vietnam has begun applying preferential tariffs on South Korean sourced imports within the framework of the ASEAN-South Korea Free Trade Agreement (AKFTA) with a tax rate of zero percent applied to many product items. A survey on the possible impact of the AEC on … [Read more...] about Will taxes and fees be raised to pay for “integration costs”?
HCM City releases half million fingerlings into canal The HCMC Department of Agriculture and Rural Development last week dropped 475,000 fingerlings into the just rehabilitated Tau Hu-Ben Nghe Canal to improve fishery resources. Tran Bui Thi Ngoc Le, an official at the department, said the department usually releases fingerlings into canals in the city on Vietnam Fisheries Day, April 1. This year’s release of breeder fish took place as part of a broader program to celebrate the 40th anniversary of southern Vietnam’s liberation and the country’s reunification on April 30. In the past local people used different types of fishing equipment to catch fish in the canals in the city, which has seriously depleted the fishery resources in those canals. Therefore, releases of fingerlings are expected to raise public awareness of protecting fishery resources, she said. Hotels in Sapa fined for holiday overcharging A number of hotels in the northern mountain province of Lao Cai … [Read more...] about Social News 1/5
VietNamNet Bridge – Whenever social worker Truong Ngoc Nhu hears about the delivery of a baby to a mother infected with HIV, she immediately visits her district's hospital to counsel the mother, explaining that she should never breast-feed the child. Truong Ngoc Nhu (first on right), a social worker with the HCM City AIDS Prevention Committee, speaks with residents in her ward about HIV prevention methods. — VNS Photo Gia Loc A former war veteran, Nhu is head of Ward 21's Phat Tam HIV/AIDS Prevention Division in HCM City's Binh Thanh District. As part of her job, she gives advice to mothers about HIV transmission prevention at the district's Gia Dinh People's Hospital. Babies born to mothers with HIV are tested for HIV one month after delivery. They are then given another test four months later, said Nhu, who works for the city's AIDS Prevention Committee, considered to be the most effective in the country, according to the Viet Nam Administration of HIV/AIDS … [Read more...] about War veteran is angel to HCM City AIDS mothers
Ha Long carnival about to start The 2015 Ha Long Carnival is set to open in the city, in northern Quang Ninh province, on May 8. This year’s carnival, featuring 2,700 amateur and professional artists, will include an opening ceremony, fireworks and art performances on stage, and dynamic live street performances by both locals and foreign performers from Thailand and Taiwan (China). A series of art and sports events will also be organised as part of the festival, such as circus performances, beach volleyball tournaments, bike racing and badminton matches alongside a photo exhibition titled "Quang Ninh – My Beloved Land". Last year’s event cost the province about 12 billion VND (555,840 USD).- Vietnam int’l choir contest launched in Hoi An The 4th Vietnam International Choir Competition was officially opened on April 29 in the city of Hoi An, central Quang Nam province. The competition, co-organised by Hoi An’s authorities and the German Interkultur … [Read more...] about Art & Entertainment News 1/5
VietNamNet Bridge – Residents of Groi Village in the Central Highlands have become forest protectors instead of exploiters after they were given tangible incentives for engaging in afforestation activities. Groundwork: Caring and protecting the forest has become a part of the daily life of Groi villagers. — VNS Photo Van Thong During our spring trip to Groi Village in the K'Bang District of Gia Lai Province in Tay Nguyen (the Central Highlands); we observed many positive changes in the village. But what made us the happiest was locals' increased awareness about protecting forests. We followed village chief Dinh Loc, an ethnic Bahnar man, on a visit to a natural forest located more than five kilometres away from the village. We met dozens of young people, who were cutting down brushwood and liana, to create a spacious environment for the bigger trees to grow. The village also assembles groups for patrolling the forests, which is aimed at timely prevention of any … [Read more...] about A vested interest in preserving forests