Social News 15/1

S.Korea firm to sue workers for loss-causing strike Striking workers at a South Korean-invested firm in HCM City will be sued for losses caused to the company. Some 800 workers at Carimax Sai Gon Ltd. Co. went on strike January 3 after the company declined to pass on a mandated rise in minimum wages. Company officials said on January 12 that workers who failed to carry out their duties for five consecutive days would be sacked and sued for losses incurred by the company. Carimax said trade union intervention had failed to resolve the strike. The government decreed last year minimum wages would rise by VND250,000-400,000 (USD11.9-USD19) a month, depending on region, from January 1, 2015. But on December 27, the board of directors at Carimax said that because of 2014 losses, the pay rise would be determined according to each worker's attitude, capability and experiences. It also declared the Tet bonus would be 90% of a worker's monthly wage, but if workers went on strike, the … [Read more...]

Social News 11/1

Skyscraper project on Han River bank cancelled In an interview by Sai Gon Giai Phong Newspaper yesterday, Da Nang's Party Secretary Tran Tho said the project to build a skyscraper dubbed a "lighthouse" on the Han River in the central city will be cancelled. Mr. Tran Tho said that Da Nang city People’s Committee has just given approval to implement the project but not yet agree to carry out the project on the river. However, after receiving the objection from the public and architects, the city authority decided to cancel the project, he said. Mr. Tho said that he had requested the city’s government to look for a new place to build the skyscraper. After the city committee approved the project, many architects and municipal development experts raised their voice against the project. They said that project would damage landscape of river that has helped the city become one of the most beautiful cities in Vietnam In addition, the project’s investor- investment … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 7/1

Khanh Ly Live Concert in Binh Duong Khanh Ly Live Concert will take place at 8 p.m. on January 23 at Binh Duong Convention and Exhibition Center after two live concerts in Hanoi and Danang City in August last year, reports Tuoi Tre newspaper. According to organizers Anh Sao Duong Joint Stock Company and Dong Dao Entertainment Company, famous singer Khanh Ly will arrive in HCMC this Sunday to make preparations for the concert. Director Pham Hoang Nam will be responsible for directing the whole event with the assistance of music editor Cao Trung Hieu and music director Ly Huynh Long. The concert will also feature composer Nguyen Anh 9 as well as singers Elvis Phuong, Quang Thanh and Ha Anh Tuan. Tickets are priced at VND0.9-2.5 million each. For further information, contact 091 3781 278 or 094 5678 767. Russian lensman to share his love Moscow-based photographer Igor Burba will join an art talk tomorrow to interact with a Vietnamese audience and share his experiences in creative … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 25/12

HCM City hotels host New Year countdown parties DJ Faith from Kuala Lumpur. A number of HCM City-based hotels are holding countdown parties to welcome the New Year. Female DJ Faith from Kuala Lumpur will present a special performance on New Year's Eve at Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers' Level 23 Nightspot, while Filipino band Sound On Fire will perform at the countdown party at the hotel's The Lounge. Sofitel Saigon Plaza will host a countdown party at a rooftop pool with a live music performance by local DJs. All the events are scheduled for New Year's Eve. Guns N' Roses tribute night Fans of the American hard rock band Guns N' Roses shouldn't miss a tribute concert to the legendary band hosted by Hanoi Rock City tonight. Local band Nevermind will relive the early 1990s with a repertoire featuring more than 20 songs by the American hard rock band such as Civil War and Welcome to the Jungle. The show will start at 8pm at Hanoi Rock City (27/52 To Ngoc Van Street, Tay Ho … [Read more...]

VinaCapital and Daiwa pour US$45 million in IDP

Representatives of VinaCapital Vietnam Opportunity Fund, Japan's Daiwa PI Partners and IDP announce their investment co-operation at a ceremony held in HCM City on December 18. — Photos vietstock.vn HA NOI (Biz Hub) — VinaCapital Vietnam Opportunity Fund and Japan's Daiwa PI Partners will invest approximately US$45 million in Viet Nam's International Dairy Joint Stock Company (IDP). The investment deal was revealed at a ceremony held in HCM City on December 18. This capital will propel the two businesses to become IDP's biggest shareholders, with ownership of 70 per cent of the company's capital, reported online portal vietstock.vn. IDP has the main trademark Ba Vi for its milk products, which include fresh milk and yoghurt. It also has other products such as z'Dozi and Purina fresh milk. The company was set up in 2004. It has a processing factory in Chuong My town, some 25km away from the capital city and Ba Vi factory in Ba Vi District. Andy Ho, representative of … [Read more...]

Restoring a dismantled ancient pagoda in Chuong My District

(Cinet)- 1,000-year-old Tram Gian Pagoda in Ha Noi's outlying Chuong My District has been restored to its near-original state. The two-year renovation project focused some efforts on the pagoda's most prominent features like a shrine for the abbots, and a building housing a musical stone and drum.The renovations adhered with national regulations covering relic repair. During the process, the culture department organised various seminars to gather scientists, local authorities, pagoda managers, designers and contractors in order to guide and advise the project.The project cost more than VND14.6 billion (US$695,000) and was implemented by the Institute of Relics Conservation. … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 20/11

HCM City bustling with year-end fashion shows Nguyen Cong Tri - one of 100 well-known contemporary designers will open the Vietnam International Fashion Week 2014 with a performance featuring his latest designs on December 1. The 6-day fashion week will present to fashionista 17 performances of global fashion brands, including Antonio Grimaldi of Italia; On Aura Tout Vu, Defined Moment, andAtelier Chardon Savard of France; ISSUE of Thailand; Frederick Lee from Singapore; Tsolo Munkh from Mongolia;Somarta of Japan and Song Zio of the South Korea; along with local brands by designers Nguyen Cong Tri, Hoang Hai, Adrian Anh Tuan, Le Thanh Hoa, Chung Thanh Phong, Hoang Minh Ha, Ly Giam Tien and Li Lam. The show will also be taken place at the Gem Convention Centre in District 1 from December 1 to 6. Co-hosted by FIDe Fashion Weeks and Multimedia Joint Stock Company, it is supported by the ACF and French fashion school Atelier Chardon Savard. The closing ceremony of the event will be … [Read more...]

Ha Noi restores dismantled ancient pagoda in Chuong My District

HA NOI (VNS) - The 1,000-year-old Tram Gian Pagoda in Ha Noi's outlying Chuong My District has been restored to its near-original state, said local authorities. In late 2012, much of the pagoda was dismantled by the pagoda managers for renovation but without permission from relevant authorities. The shock of the actions urged the city's Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism to call for an immediate cease of the activities in order to properly address the damage. The two-year renovation project focused efforts on the pagoda's most prominent features like a shrine for the abbots, and a building housing a musical stone and drum. The renovations adhered with national regulations covering relic repair. During the process, the culture department organised various seminars to gather scientists, local authorities, pagoda managers, designers and contractors in order to guide and advise the project. The project cost more than VND14.6 billion (US$695,000) and was implemented by the … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 19/11

Exhibit features ancient photos of Viet Nam Adventure of Baphuon, a documentary film of director Didier Fascio, will be screened at 7:30 pm on December 3. - Photo hanoigrapevine.com Pictures from the photo collection of the French School of Extreme Orient on ancient Viet Nam will be displayed here on December 3. The exhibit, entitled Viet Nam's Diversity: Photos of the French School of Extreme Orient, was earlier displayed at the Cernuschi Museum from March 13 to June 29. The exhibit will take place at L'Espace at 24 Trang Tien Street and at the Viet Nam Museum of National History at 1 Pham Ngu Street from December 3 to 31. Adventure of Baphuon, a documentary film of director Didier Fascio, will be screened at 7.30pm on December 3. The film features the history of the renovation process at one of the biggest temples of Angkor complex. Heritage photo exhibition kicks off An exhibition in Can Tho city running from November 19-25 showcases the best 100 photographs of 73 … [Read more...]

Social News 11/11

70 percent of cancer patients in country detected late Vietnam has an average of 15,000 new cancer patients every year, while 70 percent of cases are detected late, so they at last have died of cancer, said medical workers. Moreover, the fatal disease is on upward trend and more and more young people get it. Especially most popular cause of the disease is outside environment and patients' wrong lifestyles. The K Hospital (the national cancer institute) in Hanoi, has always crowded with patients so that no chair in the treatment ward has left. Outside, there are so many people who have to sit and stand with anxiety to wait for their relatives every day. Medical workers said the overcrowding has seen for many years despite two additional treatment satellites had been operated. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tran Van Thuan, deputy director of the Hanoi-based K Hospital and head of the Research Institute for Cancer Prevention and Control, said that the country currently has around 250,000 people … [Read more...]

Social News 9/11

HCMC to spend VND4 trillion removing households on canals Ho Chi Minh City plans to spend VND 4 trillion (US$188,421,853) evacuating dilapidated houses which located along the canals to make city more beautiful. The Department of Construction in Ho Chi Minh City said that it has removed over 10,000 households which located along canals in districts 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, Binh Tan, Tan Binh, Tan Phu, Go Vap, Binh Thanh, Thu Duc and Binh Chanh. As of plan to evacuate 15,000 households living in the areas along canals in districts from now to 2015, the department carried out nearly 70 percent of its target. From now on, the city will continue removing more than 4,000 households to other places. It is estimated that removal and resettlement of these households will cost nearly VND4 trillion. Training project proves a failure After sponsoring vocational training for rural labourers in the north and central regions for four years, the Government has admitted the programme's employment … [Read more...]

Social News 3/10

HCM City sunk floodwater An one hour heavy rain shouldered in the area of Ho Chi Minh City, causing serious flooding several streets in the evening of September 30. Floodwater unexpectedly rise up and caused traffic jam and motorcycle engine failure during many hours in main roads like Binh Thanh district's Xo Viet Nghe Tinh, Ung Van Khiem street; district 2's Luong Dinh Cua, Tran Nao street; district 9's Do Xuan Hop and others. Due to influence of heavy rains, most of piped drainage systems were overloaded and the construction projects stopped the flow, making rain water could not go down. To cope with such bad situation, city need to build nine drainage systems to prevent flood tide pursuant to city's flooding control project. Hand-foot-mouth disease kills one infant in HCMC Hand-foot-mouth outbreak in Ho Chi Minh City's Tan Phu District has killed one eight month infant while earlier medical experts warned of the threat of the disease and high risk of mortality. The Children … [Read more...]

Social News 20/9

USAID grants US$1.5 mil to HCM City's metro project The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) and the Ho Chi Minh City Management Authority for Urban Railways signed a grant agreement on September 18 for a feasibility study on fully integrated information solutions for the central control of a metro system in HCM City. This is the third time USTDA has provided non-refundable aid to help the city implement an urban railway system. Bui Xuan Cuong, head of the Ho Chi Minh City Management Authority for Urban Railways said the project has a total projected cost of US$1.5 million, of which US$900,000 is sourced from USTDA, US$600, 000 from Cisco Systems and the remaining from the city's budget. When the study is completed, it should help the management board outline a long-term vision, connect information system in the urban railway system and improve the efficiency of business and management capacity. Addressing the ceremony, US embassy Chargé d'Affaire Claire Pierangelo said the US … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 19/9

VTV3 to broadcast Miss Ao Dai Vietnam live The winner of the Miss Ao Dai (traditional long dress) Vietnam pageant will represent the nation at world pageants in 2015, including the Miss World, Miss International and Miss Supranational pageants. VTV3 channel is broadcasting the contest, in form of a reality television show, starting September 29. A representative of the organizing board said eight experts in fashion, catwalk, photograph and behaviour are working with contestants as trainers of the contest. The qualifying round is set for September 20 in Hanoi and in Ho Chi Minh City one day later. Documentary narrates story of Khanh Hoa plane crash The recent visit by the sole survivor of a plane crash that happened 22 years ago has inspired Vietnamese filmmakers to produce a documentary based on the incident. The plane had crashed in the central coastal province of Khanh Hoa, killing 30 passengers and crew members. The film's scriptwriter Tran Thanh Hung came up with the idea … [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...]

Art & Entertainment News 22/8

My Son Sanctuary to be in 3D simulation Danang-based 3D services supplier, 3DSCAN VN, has unveiled a project to provide a 3D scanning project for the World Heritage site My Son Sanctuary, Thanh Nien reports. The project is in progress with the measuring, calculating and data collecting done by specialized and aerial cameras, said Nguyen Cong Huong, head of the management board of My Son Sanctuary. People use aerial cameras to monitor and measure vestiges because it is easier to enter and check the actual state of Champa towers from above. This is far more effective than using the old method to observe those towers from the ground by placing iron frames around them. Obtained technical parameters of the towers will be used for promoting the relics in the future, and especially for restoring them. According to Huong, the project is being executed in combination with UNESCO's photo exhibition of the intangible heritage in My Son, which is funded VND200 million by UNESCO and will be … [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 Contact I. TECHNICAL INFRASTRUCTURE 1.1 Traffic infrastructure I.1.1 Roads 1 North-South expressway project, Ninh Binh - Thanh Hoa segment and Thanh Hoa - Nghi Son segment. Ninh Binh, Thanh Hoa 1,867 PPP Management Board of PPP projects under the Ministry of Transport No. 80 Tran Hung Dao street, Ha Noi Tel: 84-4-39410775 2 Dau Giay - Phan Thiet expressway. Dong Nai, Binh Duong 757 PPP Management board of PPP projects under the Ministry of Transport No. 80 Tran Hung Dao street, Ha Noi Tel: 84-4-39410775 3 Bien Hoa - Vung Tau … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 15/8

An Giang preserves Oc Eo cultural relic values Southern An Giang authorities have paid attention to preserving and promoting values of the Oc Eo special national cultural relic. The province has hastened to complete infrastructure facilities for the relic, including electricity, clean water and drainage systems while building a showroom for antiques unearthed in the relic, facilitating local people and tourists to learn. An official ceremony to announce the Prime Minister's decision to recognise the special national status of the Oc Eo cultural relic will be held on September 26. The 450ha Oc Eo relic is located in the area of Sap-Ba The Mountain, Thoai Son district, 40km from Long Xuyen city. This is a well-known relic, first excavated by French archaeologist Louis Malleret in 1944, which is believed to have been a prosperous commercial port of the once-powerful Phu Nam kingdom 2,000 years ago. Artifacts found in this area are clear evidence of an advanced civilisation with … [Read more...]

Social News 6/8

VND2.3 trillion to be invested in upgrading Tan Son Nhat airport A VND2.3 trillion (US$108 million) project is set to begin in November to expand T2 International Terminal of Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City. Minister of Transportation Dinh La Thang has approved the project of the Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV), which is scheduled to be completed in three years. Accordingly, three areas of the terminal will be expanded, raising the current 22,000 square metres in use to 115,834 square metres. The improved terminal, which will include 120 check-in desks, 10 jet bridges and 19 gates, will be able to serve about 13 million passengers per year, increasing current capacity by three million. According to ACV Deputy General Director, Ho Minh Tien the expanded areas will enhance the current architecture, especially the curved roof in the shape of a flying bird wing. The current terminal was put into operation in September 2007, aiming to serve 8-10 million … [Read more...]