Social News 28/2

Route connecting Ky Sa Port and Ly Son Island opened The Ministry of Transport announced its plan to open a mixed river-sea route connecting the Ky Sa port and Ly Son Island in central Quang Ngai province on February 26. Vessels operating on the route must be river-sea compatible ships (VR-SB) under the National Technical Regulation on the Rule of Inland-Waterway Ships Classification and Construction. In addition, vessel crew members are required to have professional competence qualifications. Ly Son district lies 18 nautical miles off the Vietnamese coast and covers an area of 10km2. It includes three communes: An Hai, An Vinh and An Binh. The island district has a population of approximately 2,100. The majority of residents earn a living from fishing and farming garlics and spring onions. Ly Son is striving to become a maritime economic centre by 2025, with a focus on tourism and aquaculture. Archaeologists found relics of Sa Huynh culture on the island dating back to 3,000 … [Read more...]

Buddhist weddings gaining popularity

VietNamNet Bridge – An increasing number of young Vietnamese couples are opting for Buddhist wedding ceremonies. Brides and grooms listen to marital messages delivered by monks, who teach them how to build good family values and maintain tranquility. Buddhist wedding ceremonies are a solemn, sacred, traditional affair, accentuated by the golden statue of Shakyamuni Buddha sitting cross-legged under the pipal tree and the exotic perfume of burning incense. Today, the altar is decorated with fresh flowers, and spiritual leaders adorned in orange-coloured robes, chanting prayers, add to the sacred atmosphere. Heeding the peal of the temple bell and associated prayers, bride Hang My and groom Tuan Thang kowtowed to each other and exchanged vows before the Three Precious Ones known as Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha, promising to love and support one another throughout their marriage. "I promise to listen to you, empathise with you, and love you throughout my life," stated the … [Read more...]

Social News 12/2

Hanoi to get disabled taxi service A taxi service for people with disabilities, the first of its kind in the country, is scheduled to be launched on March 1 in Hanoi. The Thanh Cong Taxi Company, which will operate the service, said that the taxis will be specially designed for the disabled and would meet their travel needs. Hanoi has about 90,000 people with disabilities.- Hanoi: Prisoners granted clemency on Tet Hanoi granted amnesty to 305 inmates, ahead of the upcoming Lunar New Year (Tet) festival, the largest holiday of the country. A decision to this effect was announced on February 10. Having been chosen for their positive rehabilitation attitudes, the prisoners will receive reduced sentences and be released ahead of schedule. The freed prisoners expressed their gratitude to the Party and State’s clemency policy and thanked prison wardens for assisting them in their personal growth. The clemency not only reflects the Government’s leniency policy, but also … [Read more...]

Social News 6/2

2, 165 students nationwide honored 2015 best students Ministry of Training and Education has just announced a list of students, who won the best student competition in 2015 on February 3. This year’s contest attracted 4, 350 participants , who get outstanding achievements in their study at high schools, universities nationwide. The annual competition is an useful playground, aiming to seek outstanding students for a national academic team to compete at various scholastic events. 2, 165 winners honored this year, including 140 students from Hanoi, 52 students from Ho Chi Minh City, 85 students from Hai Phong, 82 from Nghe An, 81 from Hai Duong and 78 from Nam Dinh and other. Student Nguyen Tuan Hai Dang from Natural Science Gifted High School won the first prize in mathematical category. Hanoi team took the leading one of nationwide about number of good students. Manhunt after bank theft, inside job suspected A nationwide manhunt is underway for a bank employee believed to … [Read more...]

Social News 31/1

Lord David Puttnam: Teamwork a key to success Lord David Puttnam held a dialogue on January 29 with more than 300 students and teachers from Le Hong Phong high school in Ho Chi Minh City. At the talk, the UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Burmashared his experiencesandknowledge about economics,andthe importance of teamwork as a key to success. Puttnam then stressed that young students should be faithful to their ideasand should not underestimate the importance of creativity in the learning process. Puttnam was chairman and CEO of Columbia Pictures from June 1986 until September 1987.His films have won 10 Oscars, 25 BAFTAs and the Palme d'Or at Cannes. Puttnam was awarded knighthood in 1995 and was appointed to the House of Lords two years later. He has also received more than 40 honorary degrees from universities in the UK and other countries. No Rubella cases recorded in HCMC Ho Chi Minh City has not recorded any outbreaks of rubella though … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 21/12

Ha Tinh to preserve 200-year-old dwelling The Ha Tinh Museum is preparing a plan to preserve a 200-year-old "typical Vietnamese house", officials say. The museum staff said they discovered the house in mountainous Huong Son Commune, Huong Khe District during a recent investigative trip. The house is in good condition with all original structures intact, from the gate to the main building. The gate, built with laterite bricks, has complicated carvings on it. The main building includes three sections of a wooden frame that are similar to the nha ruong (wooden house with many beams and pillars) found in Hue. Traditional carvings of birds and flora were also found on the wooden beams. The house's roof is covered by the yin-yang earthen tiles and its walls are made of unbaked clay. Writer Bui Ngoc Tan passes away after long cancer fight Writer Bui Ngoc Tan, 80, passed away on Thursday after many years fighting cancer. Tan was born in 1934 in the northern city of Hai Phong. He … [Read more...]

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 four ASEAN member countries – Laos (91st), the Philippines (96th), Cambodia (113th), and Myanmar (138th). The ETI is conducted every two years by the WEF, with a focus on the four main modes of transport: road, air, railroad and seaport infrastructures. Air connectivity and sea line connectivity are also taken into consideration by the WEF before it announces the Index. Former banker’s accomplices admit law infringement Some accomplices of Nguyen Duc Kien, former vice chairman of Asia Commercial Bank (ACB), said depositing VND718 billion at VietinBank was illegal but Kien insisted he did not … [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 people on December 6. The crowdness has been going on over the past month following the arrest of a smuggling gang on November 2, which prompted an increase of inspections by border gate security along the border. Mong Cai has been reinforcing security and inspection of the imported goods to identify smugglers, with all adjacent road crossings blocked to force people through the main border gate. Most of people going through Mong Cai Border Gate use "border citizen cards", which grant them them a duty-free allowance of VND2 million worth of goods a day. Any more than that attracts a customs tax of about 30 percent … [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 day from preventable causes," Youssouf Abdel-Jelil, UNICEF's representative in Viet Nam, said at the launch ceremony in HCM City on Monday. "UNICEF believes this number should be zero." This goal cannot be achieved without the support of the entire community, he said, adding that UNICEF calls on all businesses to join the campaign. Taiwanese footwear manufacturer Pouyuen and Mobivi, a company that offers services to factory workers through its iCare programme, are the first in the country to join the campaign. The two can promote positive behaviours that have the potential to reach half a million employees, … [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 possible. Japan's minister in charge of the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks, Akira Amari, informed the press after the 12 TPP trade chiefs met in the Chinese capital on November 8. One of the current challenges in TPP negotiations is to find a compromise between the US and Japan, who disagree on taxes on sensitive agricultural products, such as rice, wheat, beef, pork and sugar, and on the automobile sector. TPP negotiations were launched in 2005 between Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam. Vietnam, Australia foster military ties A … [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 be used and maintained properly. Since 2012, the Julie Ferne Memorial Trust has raised funds from around the world to advance pediatric care in HCM City, with a focus on helping child trauma sufferers. Students test computing skills As many as 400 Vietnamese students from 67 local colleagues and universities are taking part in the 23rd Olympics Computing for Students, which opened yesterday in HCM City. Individual candidates will compete in several categories, including the Olympic Super Cup, computing study and open source. Another contest, an international programmer contest, the Association for Computing … [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 father, composer Thuan Yen. Entitled Ban Tinh Ca Cha Viet (The Song Composed by Father), the show is to dedicated to Yen who passed away in May at the age of 82 after fighting Alzheimer's disease for years. According to Lam, whose career has been influenced strongly by her father, the show will offer the audience an overview of Yen's career as a composer. Although Lam has initiated the show, she was confused when she had to select her father's songs that she will perform. "It's not easy to select just 20 songs from my father's music legacy of more than 120 songs," said the diva, who became famous more than 20 years … [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 Singaporean association Ang Hak Seng. The signing followed talks between VFFCC President Nguyen Thien Nhan and the Singaporean guest, during which the two sides updated each other on socio-economic development in their respective countries during the first nine months of 2014. During their visit to Vietnam from October 21-27, the Singaporean delegation will also hold working sessions with the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) and the VFF chapters in Ho Chi Minh City and the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau. Hanoi sets up advisory board for public opinion An advisory board comprising 11 members was … [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 Tuan Vu, 31 (Hau Giang); Vien Van Man, 24 (Bac Giang); Le Van Dung, 19 (Phu Yen); Vu Viet Dinh, 29 (Binh Thuan); Du Quoc Ky, 22 (Ca Mau); Nguyen Huu Duc, 21 (Can Tho); Vo Ngoc Ba, 39 (Ho Chi Minh City), Danh Dung, 19 (Kien Giang); Bui Tan Vu, 23 (Dong Thap); Hoang Minh Khai, 19 (Bac Lieu); Ly Huu Trong, 26 (Ca Mau) and Tran Van Khanh, 26 (Thanh Hoa). According to the verdict of the local People's Procuracy, on May 13 the defendants took advantage of a protest against China's illegal placement of an oil rig in Vietnam's waters to vandalise the property of businesses operating in the park, where they were … [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 over public healthcare services. The project aims to investigate in what way people access healthcare services, transparence of information and administrative formality, facilities, medical workers' behaviors and manners to patients, how far healthcare services can meet patients' demand, and whether patients can afford medical charges. The project is planned to implement in northern provinces of Yen Bai, Ninh Binh, and southern province of Tay Ninh and Ho Chi Minh City. Legal proceedings against drug trafficker in Quang Ninh Authorised offices have started legal proceedings against a man involved in drug … [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 urged agencies, sectors and families of the patients to encourage them to return. Director of the centre Nguyen Quang Toan said patients were voluntary and were free to come and go. This was why the centre has no fence, he said. He added that the patients disappeared following a recent decision to increase the detoxification period from two to four years. He said the centre had left its doors gate open to welcome the addicts back. Parents of some addicts said they would take the addicts back to the centre in the next few days, Toan said. The centre was established in 1996 and is providing treatment for more than … [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 company will not be allowed to operate in six months. The pharmaceutical company was requested to re-export all substandard medicines or destroy them as per the country's regulation. Body of boy swept into sewer in southern Vietnam found after 3 days After three days of searching, rescuers have found the body of a boy who was swept into a sewer on 22-12 Street in Thuan An Town, in the southern province of Binh Duong last Saturday. The body of the boy, nine-year-old La Van Ty, from southern An Giang province, was found at midnight on in a manhole about 1 km away from the hole he was swept into on September 6, when … [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 Province has been imprisoned for two years. The Dien Bien Police had been hunting for Thenh since 2006 for trafficking 700 grams of heroin. Thenh fled the province with his family and moved to Laos. Then he made a fake identity card, passport and driving licence and worked with a large drug trafficking ring operating in Laos and Viet Nam. In August 2012, the Hoa Binh Province Police and the provincial Border Guards caught Thenh, Chu and Khamtong in the act of transporting more than 20 kilograms of heroin and more than 1 kilogram of methamphetamine, an extremely addictive stimulant. The drugs were hidden inside an … [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 on charges of using the computer and telecommunications networks, the Internet and digital equipment to illegally appropriate assets. According to the indictment, between March 16-26 last year, the four suspects and two others said to have absconded completed 196 transactions using forged cards. They collected more than US$183,300 from Vietcombank and Vietinbank. The court asked police to investigate three Hai Phong-based companies whose directors and staff are suspected of helping the Chinese commit the fraud. Worker suffocates in Quang Ninh mine A worker is reported to have died yesterday from suffocation … [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 floods and landslides, which left 646 dead and missing, and injured about 350 more. The disasters also damaged more than 109,700 houses, submerged 75,000ha of rice and crops and destroyed many traffic and irrigation works, causing a total estimated loss of VND3.3 trillion (US$157 million). An initial survey by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment in 10 mountainous provinces found that up to 35 per cent of the land, particularly in Lao Cai, Lai Chau, Son La, Yen Bai and Nghe An, was vulnerable to landslides during the rainy season. "Although many preventive measures were taken, we still failed to … [Read more...]