Art & Entertainment News 8/12

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, … [Read more...]

Books tell tales of Vietnamese war generals

Three books providing in-depth insight into Vietnamese history have been published to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the People's Army on December 22. (Photo: VNS) A set of three books providing in-depth insight into Vietnamese history has been published to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the People's Army (December 22, 1944-2014). The series, Nhung Vi Tuong Lung Danh … [Read more...]

Social News 6/10

Diabetes affects more than 5% of Vietnam's population: survey As much as 5.42% of the total population, suffers from diabetes, according to a study conducted with more than 11,000 respondents between the age of 30-69 as part of the 2012 National Diabetes Prevention Project. The non-communicable disease is prevalent in the southwestern and central coastal regions, the National … [Read more...]

Social News 12/7

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 … [Read more...]

Dressed to kill

Singer Dam Vinh Hung, wearing a white doctor's coat with a name tag that reads 'Dr. Cat Tuong', poses for a photograph at a Halloween party in Ho Chi Minh City last month It is Halloween night at a Ho Chi Minh City bar and Dam Vinh Hung, as is his wont, makes a mark with his outlandishness. However, it is the sheer understated way in which he does it that magnifies the … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment Highlights for November 14

Hanoi to embellish three historical sites Hanoi's Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism plans to upgrade the historical relic sites of Hoan Kiem Lake, The Temple of Literature and Hoa Lo Prison.Accordingly, the department will focus on repairing damaged areas, while replacing seriously downgraded areas in the Hoa Phong Tower, the Ngoc Son Temple and other areas around Hoan … [Read more...]

Books published on General Vo Nguyen Giap

The cover of 'Vo Nguyen Giap - Mot Cuoc Doi' Nhan Dan Online - The National Political Publishing House - Truth has published five books, which assemble Vo Nguyen Giap's articles and works on the General. Two of the books - Nhung Chang Duong Lich Su (Stages on the Historical Road) and Tong Hanh Dinh Trong Mua Xuan Toan Thang (The General Headquarters During the Spring of … [Read more...]

New books reflect on General Giap’s life

Cover story: The book General Vo Nguyen Giap: the Greatest Commander and Political Commissar.

HCM CITY (VNS)— A book of photographs capturing 100 seminal events in the life and career of General Vo Nguyen Giap has been released to commemorate his passing. Dai tuong Vo Nguyen Giap: Tu Lenh Cua Cac Tu Lenh, Chinh Uy Cua Cac Chinh Uy (General Vo Nguyen Giap: the Greatest Commander and Political Commissar) is a biography that covers his childhood, military victories … [Read more...]

Artists remember General Giap

General Vo Nguyen Giap has died, but he will forever live in the hearts of millions of Vietnamese people and friends around the world. Not only a military genius, he was also a skilful pianist who began learning in 1963 when he was 52 years old. According to his piano instructor Nguyen Thi Hong Hanh, although the General just wanted to learn for leisure, he was always serious … [Read more...]

Music was the key to General’s success

Man of many talents: Not only a military genius, General Giap was also a skillful pianist. — Photo sggp.org.vn

HA NOI (VNS)— The legendary General Vo Nguyen Giap may have died, but he will forever live in the hearts of millions of Vietnamese people and friends around the world. Not only a military genius, General Giap was also a skilful pianist, who began learning in 1963 when he was 52 years old. According to his piano teacher, Nguyen Thi Hong Hanh, although the General just wanted … [Read more...]

Vietnam to update railway system

Vietnam set to update its railway systemTransport officials and experts agree that Vietnam must build new north-south express railways, while upgrading the old ones, in order to meet  market demands.At the conference about north-south railway development, director of Transport Investment and Construction Consultant Company, Do Van Hat, forecast that by 2020, the demand for rail … [Read more...]

Celebrating independence on Con Dao Island

PANO - For elderly revolutionary Nguyen Tho Chan, the moment when prisoners of war (POW) on Con Dao Island heard of the victory of the August Revolution in 1945 is an unforgettable memory. Nguyen Tho Chan, a native of Dong My commune, Thanh Tri district, outskirts of Hanoi, joined the revolution at a very young age and was admitted to the Communist Party of Vietnam at the age … [Read more...]

Photo exhibition illustrates General Giap’s life

Photographs of General Vo Nguyen Giap's life and career are on display in Ho Chi Minh City from December 15-23, celebrating the 100th birthday of the legendary general. Dai Tuong Tong Tu Lenh Vo Nguyen Giap (General Vo Nguyen Giap, Commander-in-Chief of the Vietnam People's Army) showcases 200 photographs selected from 500 provided by the General's family, military units and … [Read more...]

Exhibition reflects on General Giap

Eye on history: Visitors view photographs of General Vo Nguyen Giap at the exhibition at the HCM City Youth Culture House. — VNS Photo HCM CITY — Photographs of General Vo Nguyen Giap's life and career are on display in HCM City, celebrating the 100th birthday of the legendary general this year. Dai Tuong Tong Tu Lenh Vo Nguyen Giap (General Vo Nguyen Giap, Commander-in-Chief … [Read more...]

Photo book salutes General Giap

A book of photographs entitled Dai Tuong Tong Tu Lenh Vo Nguyen Giap (General and Commander-in-Chief Vo Nguyen Giap), compiled by photographer Tran Manh Thuong, has been published by the Culture and Information Publishing House. A newly-published photograph book on General Vo Nguyen Giap features nearly 500 photos on the life and career of the great general Nearly 500 photos … [Read more...]

Book published to mark general’s 100th birthday

A book about General Vo Nguyen Giap will be published in March by the Quan Doi Nhan Dan (People's Army) Publishing House to celebrate his 100 th birthday, which will fall on August 25. Dai Tuong Tong Tu Lenh Vo Nguyen Giap - Nguoi Anh Ca Cua Quan Doi Nhan Dan Vietnam (Commander-in-chief General Vo Nguyen Giap - The Eldest of the Vietnamese People's Army), is a compilation of … [Read more...]

New anthology marks General Giap’s birthday

Academics from the HCM City University of Social Sciences and Humunities have compiled a giant anthology to mark the 99 th birthday of General Vo Nguyen Giap (August 25) and National Day (September 2). Dai Tuong, Tong Tu Lenh Vo Nguyen Giap - Vi Tuong Cua Hoa Binh (General Vo Nguyen Giap, Commander in Chief, A Man of Peace) is the fruit of three years of hard work by Bui Loan … [Read more...]

Author’s cheo opera script wows critics

  HA NOI — Veteran writer Nguyen Huy Thiep launched his new book in Ha Noi on Thursday at an event that saw the highly regarded author discuss his life and work with some of his readers. In search of the light: Writer Nguyen Huy Thiep authographs copies of his latest book Vong Buom (Butterfly Spirits). — File Photo Thiep's new book, Vong Buom (Butterfly Spirits), marks a … [Read more...]

Ho Chi Minh City prepares for holidays

Fireworks displays will take place from Ho Chi Minh City's tallest building, Bitexco (on Hai Trieu street, District 1), and Dam Sen Cultural Park in District 11 on New Year's Eve. The displays will last 15 minutes starting at midnight on December 31st. Firework display. Photo: vtc.vn To celebrate the festive season, many streets downtown and in nearby areas, like Ham Nghi, … [Read more...]