Art & Entertainment News 30/1

Hoi An to host fourth Vietnam International Choir Competition Hoi An has again been chosen by Interkultur (Germany) to host the 4th Viet Nam International Choir Competition. The competition will take place over five days from April 29 with 1,500 artists from 15 countries and territories — Australia, Finland, Germany, India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Taiwan, South Korea, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand , and Viet Nam – taking part. Besides the contest at the Hoi An Beach Resort, there will be a street music performance in the ancient town on April 30 and May 1. There will also be an event on May 2 in which Hoi An will be decked up in early 20th century style and Quang Nam food will be served. Photo show fetes VN-Hungary ties Night in Budapest, a photograph by Janos Devcsics. A photo exhibition showcasing scenes from Viet Nam and Hungary took place yesterday in Ha Noi. Entitled Friendship Erases Distance, the exhibition displayed 24 colour … [Read more...]

Vietnam attends the 39th international book fair in India

(Cinet)- The 39th International Book Fair opened on January 28 in Kolkata city, West Bengal (India), with the participation of more than 700 publishers and writers from more than 30 countries around the world. Vietnam’s participation at the event was organised by the Vietnamese Embassy in India in conjunction with the India-Vietnam Solidarity Committee (IVSC) in West Bengal. Nearly 150 Vietnamese books in both English and Hindi are on display at the event. Among the books are English versions of "Ho Chi Minh: Vi cuu tinh cua hoa binh, doc lap va hanh phuc" (Ho Chi Minh: Saviour of peace, independence and happiness), "Dai tuong Vo Nguyen Giap" (General Vo Nguyen Giap), "Duong mon Ho Chi Minh" (Ho Chi Minh Trail) and "Nhung dau an van hoa An Do tai Viet Nam" (India’s cultural hallmarks in Vietnam) along with Hindi editions of "Nhat ky trong tu" (Prison Diary) and "Ho Chi Minh’s Biography". Notably, IVSC President Geetesh Sharma debuted his book on the comparable … [Read more...]

Vietnam featured at international book fair in India

IVSC President Geetesh Sharma (third from left) debuts his book on the comparable liberation wars in Vietnam and Kolkata city (Photo: VNA) Nearly 150 Vietnamese books in both English and Hindi are on display at the 39th International Kolkata Book Fair in Kolkata, the capital city of West Bengal, India. Vietnam’s participation at the event was organised by the Vietnamese Embassy in India in conjunction with the India-Vietnam Solidarity Committee (IVSC) in West Bengal. Among the books are English versions of "Ho Chi Minh: Vi cuu tinh cua hoa binh, doc lap va hanh phuc" (Ho Chi Minh: Saviour of peace, independence and happiness), "Dai tuong Vo Nguyen Giap" (General Vo Nguyen Giap), "Duong mon Ho Chi Minh" (Ho Chi Minh Trail) and "Nhung dau an van hoa An Do tai Viet Nam" (India’s cultural hallmarks in Vietnam) along with Hindi editions of "Nhat ky trong tu" (Prison Diary) and "Ho Chi Minh’s Biography". Notably, IVSC President Geetesh Sharma debuted his book on the … [Read more...]

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, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in January, 2015. The three judges will whittle the top one hundred contestants down to 16, ten, two and finally one. Viewers will be able to vote by text at the website www.vietnamidol.vtv.vn or a phone call to 7170 to decide who goes on to the next level. The contest is scheduled to be screened on VTV3 channel in April, 2015. Japanese classic orchestra comes back to Vietnam The famous group, AUN J Classic Orchestra, will return Vietnam for a unique music concert entitled ‘One Asia Joint Concert’ at Hanoi Opera House on December 8. This is the third time the group is … [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 Trong Lich Su Dan Toc (Renowned Generals in National History) singled out 60 generals. They include Ngo Quyen (898-944), the first king of Vietnam's Ngo Dynasty. In the year 938 King Ngo Quyen successfully defeated the Southern Han in the well-known Bach Dang battle field. Another general mentioned in the book is Ton That Thuyet (1839-1913), the leading mandarin of Emperor Tu Duc of the Nguyen Dynasty. Thuyet fought strongly against the French colonialists and helped launched the revolutionary Can Vuong movement. Others generals described include Hoang Van Thai, who had great influence on the formation of the … [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 Hospital of Endocrinology reported at a conference taking place in Hanoi on October 2-4. Changing lifestyle habits and poor public awareness are major factors for the rapid and alarming increase in diabetes patients. Experts warned that individuals who are overweight or have high blood pressure face a higher risk of developing diabetes. If not treated early, the disease can cause long-term complications, such as blindness and kidney failure, they said. During the conference, participants discussed scientific research and treatment options for diabetes in Vietnam. Cuban journalists tour southern provinces A … [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 Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs' Labour Safety Department Ha Tat Thang said that as the number of enterprises increased and more companies applied modern technology, policy improvements were needed to ensure labour safety. Because the issue of labour safety was not only covered in the Labour Code but also many other legal documents, it was difficult for law enforcement to take action, especially at local levels, he said. Moreover, labour safety and hygiene standards needed to be revisited in the context of production expansion and the application of new technologies and production materials. The Labour Safety … [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 horror of it. He wears no make up amidst a sea of colorful costumes that seek to outdo each other in the bizarre stakes. Mr. Dam, as the pop singer is popularly known, is just wearing a pink T-shirt with a white doctor's coat over it. Any thought that he did not have time to prepare for the evening is quickly dismissed with a closer look at his name tag, which reads: "Dr. Cat Tuong." That might not sound scary or ghoulish or anything at first glance, but Dr. Cat Tuong is the alias of Nguyen Minh Tuong, who was arrested in Hanoi last month. He admitted to dumping the body of a young woman into the Red River on … [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 Kiem Lake.The department also plans to diversify tourism products in the area through organising traditional art performance programmes at the Tran Ba Temple and festivals reproducing historical legends related to the lake.The Temple of Literature will be developed into a cultural centre, where more artistic events will take place for visitors.Meanwhile, the department will apply several measures to preserve and restore Hoa Lo Prison in order preserve the site's historic nature. In addition, talks between former political prisoners and visitors, will be held to attract more tourists to the site.Hoa Lo prison was … [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 Total Victory) - feature General Vo Nguyen Giap's memories on the national wars against the French colonialists and the US imperialists. The books offer clear insight into the fighting skills and spirit of Vietnamese soldiers during important historical moments. Dien Bien Phu gathers General Vo Nguyen Giap's articles on the Battle of Dien Bien Phu. Vo Nguyen Giap - Mot Cuoc Doi (Vo Nguyen Giap - A Life), is translated from 'Vo Nguyen Giap - Une Vie', which was written by French professor of history Alain Ruscio and published by the Les Indes Savantes Pari publishing house of France. The professor, an authority … [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 against France and the US, and his life during peacetime. It features some of the General's quotes during his illustrious military career. Vu Trong Dai, the book's chief author, said it depicts a simple but complete portrait of Giap and would help readers understand easily about his military career and life. Published by the The Gioi (World) Publishers, it costs VND139,000. The HCM City Tong Hop (General) Publishing House has published another book on him titled Dai Tuong Tong Tu Lenh Vo Nguyen Giap: Dai Tuong Cua Nhan Dan, Cua Hoa Binh (Commander-in-Chief Vo Nguyen Giap: the General of the People and Peace). It … [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 whenever he practised. "Despite being extremely busy, he never missed any of my lectures. He was very smart and absorbed knowledge quickly," recalled the teacher, who now is 78 years old. Hanh also said that the General was a modest and warm-hearted person. "I called him Van [Literature, the name was given by President Ho Chi Minh] instead of the formal name General Giap. For me, he was a beloved brother. He was also one of my best students," she said. >> Condolences from El Salvador's party over General Vo Nguyen Giap's passing >> More condolences over General Giap's passing >> Foreign … [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 to learn playing piano for leisure, he was always serious whenever he practised. "Despite being extremely busy, he never missed any of my lectures. He was very smart and absorbed knowledge quickly," recalled the teacher, who now is 78 years old. Hanh also said that General Giap was a modest and warm-hearted person. "I called him Van [Literature, the name was given by President Ho Chi Minh] instead of the formal name General Giap. For me, he was a beloved brother. He was also one of my best piano students," she said. The General also enjoyed listening to Vietnamese folk music quan ho (love-duet singing). He even … [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 freight will be 22,000 tons per day and the demand by 2040 and 2050 will be 80,000 tons and 105,000 tons per day respectively.He further said that rail passenger demand in 2020 will also increase to 27,000 passengers per day. The demand by 2040 and 2050 will be 79,000 and 100,000 passengers per day respectively.According to the head of the Vietnam Railway Authority, the competitiveness of the railway industry is poor because it has low productivity while the cost is as high as air freight. In addition, most of the infrastructure, including overpasses and underground railroads, have deteriorated. Not only are the … [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 of 18. Three years later, he became the secretary of Ha Dong Provincial Party Committee. At present, this 90-year-old man could still recall clearly the unforgettable moments in 1945. He said immediately after hearing the news that on September 2nd, 1945, President Ho Chi Minh announced the Independence Declaration to found the Democratic Republic of Vietnam over the island's radio, POW Quang (Dang Quang Minh in full name) had passed the news on all POWs on the island. The provisional government, led by President Ho Chi Minh, had 15 members, including 3 teachers who used to teach at his school, namely Vo Nguyen … [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 individuals. All the photographs also appear in a 212-page book of the same title. The book, released by the Foreign Information Services Department of the Ministry of Information and Communications, features 300 photographs about the general's youth and revolutionary activities, and his life in peacetime. VNA/VOV … [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 of the Viet Nam People's Army) showcases 200 photographs selected from 500 provided by the General's family, military units and individuals. All the photographs also appear in a 212-page book of the same title. The book, released by the Foreign Information Services Department of the Ministry of Information and Communications, features 300 photographs about the general's youth and revolutionary activities, and his life in peacetime. The book, priced at VND390,000 (US$18.6), is available at bookstores across the country. The exhibition, at the HCM City Youth Culture House at 4 Pham Ngoc Thach Street in District 1, … [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 bring readers insight into life and career of the great general. The 216-page book focuses on his youth and his revolutionary activities to the founding of the Democratic Republic of Viet Nam, the national resistance movement, the victory at Dien Bien Phu, the American War (including images of the general inspecting the Ho Chi Minh Trail), and the Liberation Day in 1975, as well as his enthusiasm for science and technology. Readers will be able to view images of documents, such as Decree No 110-SL of January 20, 1948, by which President Ho Chi Minh conferred the title of General and Commander-in-Chief on Giap. … [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 100 writings about Giap by heads of state, politicians, scholars and writers from within the country and abroad. Readers will be given a panoramic objective and deep insight into the nation's well-known general, particularly related to his comprehensive military, political, scientific and cultural talents./. … [Read more...]