Samsung could double-down on Vietnam by 2017

Workers at Samsung's cell phone factory in Bac Ninh Province, northern Vietnam. Photo: Mai Phuong Samsung has offered to raise its investment in Vietnam to US$20 billion in 2017 if their existing business here goes smoothly, according to a new government report. The South Korean giant has become Vietnam’s biggest foreign investor with over $12.6 billion in registered … [Read more...]

New expresway to Ho Chi Minh City opens ahead of schedule

Vehicles on the Dong Nai portion of an expressway that ends in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Diep Duc Minh The Ho Chi Minh City – Dong Nai expressway will open new connections between the two towns tomorrow, well ahead of schedule. The entire road is expected to open to traffic in February. A statement from the state-owned Vietnam Expressway Corporation (VEC), said they … [Read more...]

Indonesia volcano erupts, injuring 4; 1 missing

A volcano in eastern Indonesia erupted Friday, spewing towering clouds of hot ash into the air and leaving four hikers injured and one missing when they scrambled to safety, an official said. FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2012 file aerial photo taken through a passenger jet glass window, Mount Gamalama spews volcanic ash as it erupts on Ternate Island, eastern Indonesia. Mount … [Read more...]

Street snatchings plague Hoi An

(L-R) Dang Van Trung, 25, and Nguyen Duy Vinh, 26, were arrested in Hoi An on December 3, 2014 for robbing from locals and tourists. Photo: Hoang Son A string of street snatchings stirred concerns about public safety this month in Hoi An, a favorite destination for tourists seeking a little peace. Lieutenant Colonel Nguyen Van Dung, the city's chief investigator for the Quang … [Read more...]

The best cafes to celebrate Christmas Eve in Saigon

VietNamNet Bridge - Enjoying a cup of coffee in a cool night and see a magical Saigon with Christmas lights with friends and relatives will be a wonderful experience. Here are the interesting coffee shops to experience a very different Christmas. 1. Cloud 9 Rooftop Bar This café is located on the top floor of the Hai Nam building, an oasis nestled amid bustling … [Read more...]

Mother arrested for murder after children found dead in Australian home

The 37-year-old mother of most of the eight children found dead in a mass stabbing in Australia's tropical northern city of Cairns was arrested on Saturday for murder. Detective Inspector Bruno Asnicar said the woman is under police guard in hospital, where she was taken on Friday with stab wounds. She has not yet been formally charged. "She's awake and lucid and able to … [Read more...]

Obama mocks absurd plot twist of cyberattack on Sony

Faced with the most destructive cyberattack of a company on U.S. soil, President Barack Obama resorted to humor to explain an absurd plot that even Hollywood did not see coming. In his rebuke of Sony Pictures' decision to shelve "The Interview," about a fictitious plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Obama said the public did not have to look farther than … [Read more...]

Autism link to air pollution raised

A link between autism and air pollution exposure during pregnancy has been suggested by scientists. Nitrogen dioxide is a by-product of diesel engines The Harvard School of Public Health team said high levels of pollution had been linked to a doubling of autism in their study of 1,767 children. They said tiny particulate matter, which can pass from the lungs to the … [Read more...]

10 prominent faces of Vietnam cinema 2014

VietNamNet Bridge - Nguyen Hoang Diep, Thai Hoa, Nguyen Thi Tham and child actress Thanh My were the remarkable faces on movie screens in 2014. 1. Nguyen Hoang Diep The female director of "Dap Canh Giua Khong Trung" (Flapping in The Middle of Nowhere) was the most prominent face in Vietnam’s cinema industry when her movie was shown at many international film festivals … [Read more...]

Farming offers fertile investment soil

VietNamNet Bridge - Vietnam's agriculture is expected to attract more foreign investors thanks to the sector's attempts at reforms. Despite the positives in Vietnam's agriculture sector, overall foreign direct investment in this sector is still very low Director of the Ministry of Planning and Investment's Foreign Investment Agency (FIA), Do Nhat Hoang told the … [Read more...]

Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News – December 20

Tuoi Tre News briefs you on some of the leading stories published today, December 20, in Vietnamese media. Politics -- Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung will deliver a speech at the opening meeting of the 5th Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Summit in Bangkok, Thailand on Saturday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. The PM’s attendance shows … [Read more...]

Social News 20/12

Paid Christmas escorts trending among young Vietnamese In recent years, an increasing number of young Vietnamese who do not want to spend the holidays alone have turned to escort services, many of which charge millions of VND, to avoid a lonely Christmas. T.N, a Vietnamese living aboard, said that he wanted to bring a girlfriend out with his group of friends on his visit to … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 20/12

Twelve sites recognised as national relics Twelve archaeological, historical and architectural relics around the country have been recognised as national relic sites by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. The Ky Anh ancient rock rampart in Ky Lac commune, Ky Anh district, Ha Tinh province. The list consists of three archaeological, seven historical and two … [Read more...]

Trapped worker rescue mission – happy end

A trapped worker is carried out of the tunnel on stretcher (Photo: VNA) Rescue workers and all those present at the site of the accident at Da Dang-Da Chomo hydropower plant burst into tears - for joy, when 12 alive victims were brought out from the collapsed tunnel where they had been trapped for 81 hours. At 4:30 pm on December 19, the victims one by one appeared at the … [Read more...]

Vietnam-Philippines Friendship Association set up Can Tho chapter

The Can Tho City chapter of the Vietnam- Philippines Friendship Association held its founding congress on December 19 in an attempt to boost ties between the Mekong Delta city and the Philippines. Addressing the event, Deputy Chairman of the city’s People’s Committee Truong Quoang Hoai Nam said the association was set up in the context of expanding international … [Read more...]

One more gratitude house presented

PANO - The People Army's Newspaper (PAN) in association with the Ha Nam provincial Military Command on December 18th inaugurated and handed over a gratitude house to Mrs. Pham Thi Them, a retired worker with a fatal disease in Duc Ly commune, Ly Nhan district, Ha Nam province. Mrs. Pham Thi Them receiving gratitude house The 70sq.m construction started in September of this … [Read more...]

More gratitude houses to beneficiaries

PANO - The Military Zone 1 (MZ 1) Command on December 18th inaugurated and handed over a house of gratitude to Nguyen Thi Tam, a policy beneficiary in Khe Mo commune, Dong Hy district, Thai Nguyen province. The house was built at a total cost of over VND 140 million, including VND 70 million from MZ 1 and the remaining from her relatives. On the occasion of the 70th founding … [Read more...]

Preparations for Army’s founding anniversary completed

PANO - On December 18th, the ceremony's organizing panel of the 70th founding anniversary of the Vietnam People’s Army and the 25th anniversary of the All-People’s Defense Festive Day held a working session to check its their preparations for the last time, in the presence and chair of the National Defence Ministry's leaders. The rehearsal of an art performance at … [Read more...]

Photo exhibition highlights Vietnam People’s Army

PANO – A photo exhibition "70 years of construction and development of the Heroic Vietnam People’s Army" opened at the Ho Chi Minh City Youth Cultural House on December 18th. Visitors at the exhibition About 100 displayed works feature the glorious tradition and development of the Vietnam People’s Army over the past 70 years, introduce its 12 five-star … [Read more...]

Party leads army comprehensively, absolutely: Party chief

The Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV)’s leadership over the army is comprehensive and absolute, Party Secretary General Nguyen Phu Trong has affirmed. That leadership covers all aspects, including politics, ideology, organization, and personnel, through a strict, suitable mechanism, emphasized the Party chief, who is also Chairman of the Central Military Commission. He … [Read more...]