Distinguished Leaders and Former Leaders of the Party, the State and the Viet Nam Fatherland Front Central Committee Vietnamese Heroic Mothers and Revolutionary Veterans Dear foreign guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,Today, we gather here to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Geneva Agreement on Cessation of Hostilities in Viet Nam. This marks an important milestone in the long and difficult struggle of our people for national independence, unification, sovereignty and territorial integrity in the 20th century. On behalf of the Party and State’s leaders, I warmly welcome and extend my best wishes to all Leaders, former Leaders of the Party, State and Viet Nam Fatherland Front Central Committee, representatives from Central Agencies, international friends, former officials and soldiers participated in the 1954 Geneva Conference and you all to this very special ceremony. On this special occasion, we sincerely pay our tribute and express our profound … [Read more...] about Leader’s remarks at 60th anniversary of Geneva Agreement
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by Le Van VongWhen a couple gets a divorce, they show up at court, where they blame each other and detest each other bitterly. But it was different for us. I still loved him and he still loved me - as much as in the first days we lived together. However, we had to say good-bye to each other and go our different ways. It seems unbelievable, but it was the truth. It was a stark truth and I myself found it so strange because our divorce was not like any other divorce in the world.Yes, our divorce was quite peculiar, quite special. Peculiar because we still loved each other, but we were compelled to take leave of each other. Naturally, we had to undergo a lot of mishaps and sufferings before we came to this miserable ending. He had his own misery and I had mine. But it happened anyway….I was 23 that year, a new teacher at a junior secondary school. The school was not big, with only 11 classrooms. It was over one kilometer from my home. My students' learning capacity was almost the … [Read more...] about The Last Battle Of The Soldier
Wrestling win: Nguyen Thi Lua of Viet Nam seen during the 27th SEAGames tournament when competing against Heka Maya of Indonesia in the women's 51kg category free style. Lua wins her first ever title after three times missed. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Ha by Thanh HaIt took Nguyen Thi Lua only 30 seconds to win her dream gold medal at the Southeast Asian (SEA) games, after waiting six long years.The Southeast Asian title was the most emotional milestone in her life. The gold medal is also a strong push for the wrestler, who will represent Viet Nam at the 17th Asian Games later this year in South Korea.Lua came to the wresting ring and waited for the judge's signal to start the game before she rushed at her rival from Myanmar. The electronic board ran from zero to seven points in a flash, and the Vietnamese athlete was announced the winner of the women's 51kg category free style in Myanmar, last December.All the coaches and teammates came forward to hug Lua and celebrate … [Read more...] about For female wrestler Nguyen Thi Lua, a dream finally comes true
Illustration by Doã Dung by Son PhamShe told me she was a prostitute. I used to think about her that way, all the time we had chatted on the Internet."I work as a prostitute. And you know what a prostitute's job is like. I am surfing on the Internet to look for customers and I met you. But you are not a customer. You're someone I've chosen just for a chat, you know. My job is so hazardous. Apart from 'receiving my customers', I have nothing to do. During my spare time, I feel so dull and fed up with life, while my friends are sitting in a coffee house, talking, playing cards and smoking…. But I don't like that! I like surfing the net to talk with other people to relieve my sadness, and I also try to look for customers…."She led me step by step into her story. So naturally. So sweetly. And I wondered why I placed my confidence in her.She and I got to know each other through Yahoo! Messenger"Hi, are you having a good time?"She found me one day on the net. Her … [Read more...] about How Can You Tell She Is A Prostitute?
Finding the right formula: Consumers have difficulty meeting the rising cost of quality milk powder or formula for their children. — VNA/VNS Photo Huy Hung The increase in price of imported milk powder and formula is a cause of concern for parents of babies who don't trust local products. It's also hurting Vietnamese producers who face stiff competition. Ha Nguyeăn reports.Nguyeăn Tḥ Nguyet, a farmer in the central province of Nghe An, had to sell hundreds of eggs to buy one can of milk formula for her one-year-old child after milk prices surged in the local market."My child is always pale and sickly. Someone told me that she should drink milk to improve her health. But we are very poor, so we can't afford to buy it for her very often," said Nguyet.The price increase also forced many of her neighbours to sell more poultry to buy milk powder for their children. While rural farmers struggle, parents in big cities like Ha Noi and HCM City are frequently … [Read more...] about Baby formula price rise hits poor families
by Thien Thach-Trung HieuTwo-thirds of candidates in the latest round of Vietnamese Voice, a televised singing competition, chose to sing English songs.Does this indicate that Vietnamese people feel compelled to sing in English and listen to English songs?"Candidates this time gave us many surprises. But ultimately we wanted to choose those we thought could be successful on a global level," said judge Ho Ngoc Ha, a popular singer. Even though most Vietnamese don't understand English, they enjoy the music for the same reason that it is popular around the world – because it sounds good.Singer Ha Tran, who lives in the US, asked on Facebook: "Most of the songs on Vietnamese Voice are in English. Is Vietnamese music boring, or do people just want to be more internationally integrated?"This question resulted in a lot of interesting responses.For example: "Now that Vietnamese music is not Vietnamese anymore, we have started listening to Western music. I … [Read more...] about Why is English top of the pops in VN?
Heavenly: One of the largest irrigation reservoirs in Viet Nam, Phu Ninh Lake is becoming a popular tourist destination. — VNA/VNSPhotos Hong Ky Guess what's for dinner: A tourist poses with a large fish he has just caught. Phu Ninh is home to numerous freshwater fish species. Usually small creatures found in the sea, in the lake, the wonderfully tasting fish can reach enormous sizes. — VNA/VNS Photo Xuan Quang Breeding grounds:Visitors can rent … [Read more...] about Phu Ninh Lake, a picture of perfection
Next week: Two cases of pregnancy terminations in the Central Highland provinces of Gia Lai and Kon Tum have raised a controversial debate on abortion because of pre-natal screening. The babies, who were in their 23rd week of gestation, were tested positive for Down syndrome and other abnormalities, but after the still-born were later tested, the results were found to have been incorrect. Yes, it was a real tragedy. Pre-natal testing and screenings have become common and regularly advised in Viet Nam, and some end with abortions. The debate continues. Some people say abortion is always wrong, no matter what. For instance, in Japan, many children with Down syndrome still have an opportunity to live since their parents do not choose to terminate their infants. They believe the lives of children and adults with Down syndrome are steadily improving in the country with advances in medical care, better understanding of the … [Read more...] about Children must be taught basics of swimming
All assembled: The Ha Noi contingent meets every Sunday in a cafe on Le Thanh Nghi Street to talk all things LEGO. — VNSPhotos Ho Quang Trung by Ho Quang TrungThere are some types of hobby that are truly international. Collecting is certainly one of them, with people around the world finding, buying, cataloguing, displaying, storing and maintaining a whole host of items. One of the most famous brands to gain a huge following of collectors is LEGO, which has found its way into almost every country in the world. Viet Nam is no exception. The country has many collectors, with the biggest groups unsurprisingly being based in Ha Noi and HCM City, where disposable income is higher and the expensive nature of the hobby less prohibitive."The cost involved is the biggest obstacle stopping newcomers from choosing to collect LEGO as a hobby. Imagine, only one small set costs more than VND100,000 (US$5)," says Dang Quang Dung, a third-year student and one of many LEGO lovers … [Read more...] about Hobby blocs build on mutual love of LEGO
Illustration by Dao Quoc Huy by Nguyen Le BaChi N. with a small stick in her hand, wearily inched her way through the garden full long thick grass following the squawks of the sao cock bird, with its grey feathers dotted with small white spots down its neck and wings. Sometimes, she heard a few weak cries from the female bird here and there. However, she could not see them amidst the long grass. "For some reason, these loud birds are so foolish, they can never find a way back to their coop!" she whispered to herself. "If I followed my husband's advice, I would not be searching for them so often," she thought.***She had just left the provincial Cancer&Throat Hospital the month before and was so weak and pale that she had to sit down on the grass and take a rest after walking only a short distance of a few metres. It was in these circumstances that she recognised her humble destiny. "Why has disaster befallen me, why have my family had to endure such hard times?" she asked … [Read more...] about A Pair Of Young Chickens