Social News 13/12

Vietnam climbs 16 notches in transport infrastructure: WEF The availability and quality of transport infrastructure of Vietnam moved 16 steps to rank 74/138 in 2014, according to the Global Enabling Trade Report 2014 released at the recent World Economic Forum (WEF). In terms of the Enabling Trade Index (ETI), the WEF placed Vietnam at a position that is higher than other … [Read more...]

Social News 12/12

Crackdown on smugglers creates border control turmoil A crackdown on smugglers has created turmoil at Vietnam-China border crossings, notably at Mong Cai Border Gate in Quang Ninh Province, which is being flooded with people going back and forth between the two countries as gangs probe for weak spots in border control. Officials said Mong Cai Border Gate processed 10,000 … [Read more...]

Social News 18/11

Stop preventable deaths: UNICEF UNICEF has launched a campaign called ZEROworkplace that involves companies in its efforts to eradicate preventable child deaths in Viet Nam. ZEROworkplace enables managers to provide critical information to employees in an inexpensive and effective way that can have a lifesaving impact on their children. "In Viet Nam, 100 children die every … [Read more...]

Government News 10/11

TPP Agreement unlikely to be reached by the end of 2014 The 12 ministers negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) failed to identify a clear course of action to conclude talks by the end of this year at a meeting on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Beijing, but agreed to accelerate the negotiation progress as much as … [Read more...]

Social News 31/10

Ventilator donated to City hospital The New Zealand-based Julie Ferne Memorial Trust donated a Newport e360 ventilator to the Children Hospital 2 in HCM City yesterday, making it the first medical equipment donation made by the Trust to the hospital. The Preston family partnered with VinaCapital Foundation (VCF) to procure the ventilator and to ensure that the equipment will … [Read more...]

Celebrity to host concert in memory of composer father

Composed: From right, diva Thanh Lam, her mother Thanh Huong, her daughter Thien Thanh, and her brother - electro music composer Tri Minh, will present in the music show Ban Tinh Ca Cha Viet on November 8. - VNS Photo Giang Huy HA NOI (VNS) - Diva Thanh Lam and her younger brother, electronic musician Tri Minh, will jointly stage a music show in memory of their beloved … [Read more...]

Social News 27/10

VFF signs MoU on cooperation with Singaporean partner The Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee (VFFCC) and the People's Association of Singapore signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation for the 2014-2016 period in Hanoi on October 22. The MoU was signed by VFFCC Vice President and General Secretary Vu Trong Kim and Chief Executive Officer of the … [Read more...]

Social News 2/10

Dong Nai rioters imprisoned for disturbing peace The People's Court of Nhon Trach district in the southern province of Dong Nai sentenced 15 men to 9-14 months in prison on September 29 for "causing social disturbances" in Nhon Trach Industrial Park. The accused include Nguyen Van Tri, 24 from Khanh Hoa province; Tran Ngoc Tha, 17 (Binh Dinh); Le Van Sang, 24 (An Giang); Dinh … [Read more...]

Social News 18/9

Survey to valuate patients' satisfaction over public healthcare services The Institute of Health Strategy and Policy under the Ministry of Health September 15 announced that it has chosen hospitals such as Tu Du Maternity, Nhan Dan Gia Dinh, Children No.2 and the Center for Preventive Medicine in Ho Chi Minh City for the project of valuating patients' level of satisfaction … [Read more...]

Social News 16/9

Drug patients return after fleeing rehab The rehab center. Nearly 30 of the more than 300 voluntary drug patients who fled from a voluntary rehabilitation centre in Hai Phong on Sunday have returned. The northern port city's People's Committee said when the addicts left the centre in Thuy Nguyen District, police took steps to ensure there was no social disorder. They … [Read more...]

Social News 11/9

Drug authority revokes Robinson Pharma's operation license The Drug Administration of Vietnam under the Ministry of Health September 7 fined the US-invested Robinson Pharma, Inc for providing substandard to consumers. The administration has issued a fine of VND80 million (US$3,778) the US pharmaceutical company and revoked the company's operation license. The US-invested … [Read more...]

Social News 29/8

People's Court sentences three men for drug trafficking The Hoa Binh Province People's Court on Wednesday sentenced three men for drug trafficking. Ly A Thenh, 39, from the northern province of Dien Bien, was sentenced to death. Ly A Chu, 34, from the northern province of Son La, was sentenced to life imprisonment, while 25-year-old Boun Miher Khamtong from Laos' Houaphanh … [Read more...]

Social News 28/8

Chinese counterfeiters sentenced to jail The People's Court in northern Hai Phong City yesterday sentenced four Chinese nationals to a total of 57 years for using high-tech devices to counterfeit credit cards. Xiong Jie (35) was sentenced to 17 years, Lin Wei (50) and Lin Li Hua (33) were given 14 years each while Lin Jia Jun (21) received 12 years. They were all convicted … [Read more...]

Social News 22/8

Natural disasters out of control Better forecasts and better emergency action was needed to mitigate the effects of climate change, said Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai. He told a video conference yesterday that an estimated 50 people died each year in flash floods and landslides in Viet Nam. Since 2000, mountainous provinces across Viet Nam had been hit by 250 flash … [Read more...]

List of 127 national projects calling for foreign investment

VGP - PM Nguyen Tan Dung has approved a list of 127 national projects calling for foreign investment from now to 2020. The projects are categorized into five: technical infrastructure, social infrastructure, agriculture, processing and preserving and production-service sectors. No. Project Locality Total Capital (million USD) Investment model … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 21/8

German DJ brings beats to HCM City The Goethe Institute and Heart Beat Saigon will present a performance by German music producer and DJ Schleep Geist at the Cargo Bar on September 5. The 34-year-old musician, real name Sebastian Geist, became interested in house and techno when he was in his early twenties. In 2007 he moved to Berlin and started to focus on production. He … [Read more...]

Social News 21/8

Flash floods, landslides cause over VND3 trillion losses Though Vietnam has extensive experience dealing with natural disasters, climate change their frequency and intensity are on the rise, inflicting great loss of life and property. The Central Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention and Control also disclosed at an online meeting on August 20 that since 2000, over 250 … [Read more...]

“Asian – Europe” New Music Festival 2014 set to get underway

(VOV) -The "Asian - Europe" New Music Festival 2014 featuring symphony orchestra, chamber orchestra, chamber music and solo repertoire programmes will take place from October 8-12 in Hanoi and Ha Long city. ASEAN music festival kicks off in Hanoi First picnic music festival held in HCM City HCM City hosts Bonjour Vietnam music festival Vietnam Composers' Association … [Read more...]

Social News 4/8

Hai Phong to give measles-rubella vaccine to 430,000 children The northern city of Hai Phong has planned to earmark around VND3.6 billion (US$169,000) for a large-scale vaccination campaign against measles and rubella for children aged between 1 and 14. According to a plan issued by the municipal People's Committee on July 31, the campaign aims to bring the rate of local … [Read more...]