Vietnamese major general’s illegally-built villa must be demolished: authorities

The government and Party committee of Lien Chieu District in the central city of Da Nang have agreed to force the owners of two illegally-built villas in the district to demolish their premises. >> Retired police general defies law to build villa on forest land In talking with Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on January 28, a deputy chairperson of the district People’s Committee said the local Party Committee and government have met and reached a consensus that the two villas built illegally in the district must be demolished. One of the structures is owned by the family of Major General Phan Nhu Thach, former director of the Quang Nam Province Police Department, while the other belongs to Ngo Van Quang, a businessman engaged in gold mining. Duong Thanh Thi, chairman of the district People’s Committee, said the local authorities have reported to the city government a plan to handle the two villas. Accordingly, a fine of VND40-50 million (US$1,880-2,345) will be … [Read more...]

Famous ginger jam village in central Vietnam

VietNamNet Bridge – Several weeks before the lunar New Year, the ginger jam-producing village in Hai Chanh commune in Quang Tri province has entered its busiest time of the year. The village has been making ginger jam for many decades to provide for the central region. With 35-40 households (about 200 people) producing ginger jam, the village supplies the market with 70-80 tons per year. Locals have their own secret to create the special taste. According to villagers, ginger must be high quality, boiled with lemon juice and rinsed to have a nice color. Cutting the ginger requires skilled workers, to ensure that the slices are long and beautiful. Meanwhile, the stage of drying ginger with sugar needs high concentration. Ginger pots are moved constantly over cookers with different temperatures. Although villagers have done this craft for only a month, the income is enough for a good Tet. "For every ton of finished jam, workers earn VND5-7 million of … [Read more...]

Boating along O Lau River

Nguyen Dang Ky The boat then arrived at the junction of O Lau and Thac Ma rivers. These two rivers flow from the west of Phong Dien District to the east, crossing National Highway 1A at Cau Nhi Bridge on the O Lau River and My Chanh Bridge on the My Chanh River and meeting in Hai Lang in Quang Tri Province. From there, the river receives O Giang and Vinh Dinh tributaries before pouring into Tam Giang Lagoon, which is renowned nationwide. We sailed down the O Lau River. Along the banks are peaceful wharves shaded by bamboo clusters, here and there dotted with lotus ponds. The more we traveled down, the narrower the river became. Our boat arrived in Van Trinh where the O Lau River meets the Vinh Dinh River before flowing into Tam Giang Lagoon. At the section the river became wider, tourists could hear bustling sound from fishing boats of the residents of Tam Giang Lagoon from afar. Our boar sailed to Dai Loc where a big market used to be formed in the old days by traders along … [Read more...]

Social News 26/1

Hospital treats puffer fish patients Nghe An Province's general hospital yesterday said doctors were able to save three people suffering from food poisoning after eating puffer fish. The victims, from Cua Lo Town, were rushed to the hospital on Saturday night. According to family members, they ate puffer fish on their vessel while fishing, and developed nausea and headaches, before slowly losing consciousness. Doctors have warned residents in coastal areas not to eat puffer fish, due to a high risk of food poisoning. Man arrested for drug, weapons smuggling Border police in Moc Chau District and relevant law enforcement agencies detained a person on Saturday carrying weapons and 1.75kg of heroin. The person was identified as Trang A Cho, born in 1984, a resident of Dong Sang Commune in Moc Chau District. Police seized a grenade, seven bullets and a shotgun. The case is still under investigation. Petrol stations cheat customers in Dac Lac An investigation by the Dac Lac … [Read more...]

Vietnam tourist attractions open for free, offer diverse activities during Tet

A number of relics in Hanoi, Hue, and Hoi An Ancient Town will be open to tourists for free during Tet (Lunar New Year), while a myriad of activities are poised to take place in several other localities to celebrate the holiday. Many cities and tourist attractions across the country will brim with life thanks to a slew of exciting activities during the upcoming Tet – the country’s largest holiday. This year’s Tet kicks off on February 19. Hanoi The Hanoi People’s Committee has decided six of the capital’s relics and scenic spots will be open free to visitors on Lunar New Year’s Eve and the first two days of the new year, or from February 18 to 20. The spots are Ngoc Son and Quan Thanh Temples, Tay Phuong, Thay and Huong Pagodas, and Duong Lam Ancient Village. Pyrotechnic shows are also expected to light up 30 spots in the city on Lunar New Year’s Eve. Five high-range firework shows are set to sparkle over Hoan Kiem (Sword) … [Read more...]

Social News 22/1

Students stable after anaphylactic shock The 35 students who experienced anaphylactic shock after being vaccinated in a secondary school in southern Hau Giang Province are now in stable condition, according to the provincial Preventive Health Centre. On Monday, 35 students at Vinh Vien A Secondary School experienced difficulty breathing, headache, vomiting and fever after getting the measles-rubella vaccination. Ten were in serious condition and taken to the provincial general hospital. Doctors said these students were possibly in anaphylactic shock. The rest of the vaccines were revoked for testing. Head of the centre Nguyen Van Muoi said all the students would be discharged from the hospital and resume their studies soon. Under the measles and rubella vaccination campaign launched by the provincial health sector, children between 1 and 14 years old are being vaccinated from October to the end of this month. Hanoi increases treatment for mental health patients Ha Noi treated … [Read more...]

Five highlights of Toyota V-League 1-2015 Round 4

Hoang Anh Gia Lai (in blue) is no longer the phenomenon of this year’s V-League season. NDO – The 2015 V-League fourth round took place on January 21 witnessing four V-League powerhouses — Song Lam Nghe An, Becamex Binh Duong, Hanoi T&T and SHB Da Nang — setting up exciting encounters. Let’s review the five most notable events from this round of play. 1. Binh Duong win four games with one lineup Becamex Binh Duong have been exhibiting their awesome strength as reigning V-League champions, winning four consecutive games since the 2015 season beginning. Notably, the same starting line was used by manager Le Thuy Hai to secure these victories, which indicated Binh Duong’s absolute stability, while Vietnam’s most valuable player Le Cong Vinh was kept on the substitute list. 2. Hai Phong set record with four-game clean sheet LG Hai Phong became the first team to keep a clean sheet in the first four matches of the V-League season owing … [Read more...]

Binh Duong fortify lead with fourth win

Becamex Binh Duong (in red) continue to top the standings with four wins in a row. (Image credit: bongdaplus.vn) NDO – Defending champions Becamex Binh Duong extended their winning streak after beating Song Lam Nghe An 1-0 in their clash under the Toyota V-League 1-2015 fourth round, which took place at Vinh Stadium on January 21. >>> Five highlights of Toyota V-League 1-2015 Round 3 >>> Third win for reigning champions Playing guest to Nghe An, Binh Duong pursued a defensive tactic while waiting for counter-attacks. The strategy prevented the host players from finding ways to the guests’ net, though Nghe An dominated the game right from the first whistle. The second half was the same for Nghe An but their attacks seemed not to be dangerous as they wasted a string of chances. A draw was expected until the 90th minute when Nghe An’s Dinh Hoang handled the ball in the penalty area to give Binh Ocean a penalty shot. Abass made no mistake … [Read more...]

Blood drive to take place in 18 provinces, cities

Organisers plan to collect 15,000 blood units each day throughout the campaign. NDO – A campaign named ‘Red Sunday’ will be organised in 18 provinces and cities to communicate to and encourage the youth to join blood donation drives and ease blood scarcity during the upcoming Lunar New Year. The information was announced at a press conference held in Hanoi on January 20 by the Tien Phong (Vanguard) newspaper, the Committee of National Traffic Safety, the Administration of Medical Examination and Treatment under the Ministry of Health and the National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion. Taking part in the campaign are cities of Hanoi, Hai Phong, Da Nang, Can Tho and Ho Chi Minh, together with the provinces of Nam Dinh, Thai Binh, Thai Nguyen, Phu Tho, Vinh Phuc, Bac Giang, Bac Ninh, Thanh Hoa, Lang Son, Nghe An, Dak Lak, Khanh Hoa and Quang Ninh. The campaign is expected to receive 15,000 blood units each day during the campaign. Many universities … [Read more...]

EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR JANUARY 20-31 (daily updated)

Symphony Concert with Spanish Conductor David Gómez Ramírez Fri 30 Jan 2015, 8 pm Vietnam National Academy of Music 77 Hao Nam, Hanoi You are invited to a symphony concert with: Conductor: David Gómez Ramírez Piano Soloist: Vu Ngoc Linh and the Hanoi Philharmonic Orchestra Program L.V. Beethoven Overture Egmont P.I. Tchaikovsky Concerto No 1 for piano and orchestra Interval F. Mendelssohn Syphony No.3 About Conductor David Gómez Ramírez David Gómez Ramírez is one of the most promising young conductor and composer in Spain. He has been director of the Lira Saguntina Symphony Orchestra in Valencia, as well as director of the Conservatory of Music "Joaquin Rodrigo" in Sagunto, Valencia since 2007. He has been the resident conductor in Seville and Coutances (France) Orchestre. During the past seven years, he has conducted all the major Spanish orchestras and he appears as a guest conductor in Europe (Italy, France, Portugal, The Netherlands, in Asia and in South … [Read more...]

Forest inventory, supervision project added more capital

VGP – The PM has agreed to supplement VND319.699 billion to launch a forest inventory and supervision project in 25 provinces in the 2014-2015 phase. Illustration photo Of which, VND200 billion will be allocated from the State budget in 2014 for the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) (VND30.778 billion), the Ministry of Public Security (VND1.784 billion) and 21 provinces of Lai Chau, Dien Bien, Son La, Hoa Binh, Lao Cai, Yen Bai, Ha Giang, Tuyen Quang, Phu Tho, Cao Bang, Thai Nguyen, Lang Son, Bac Giang, Hai Duong, Ha Nam, Nam Dinh, Thai Binh, Ninh Binh, Thanh Hoa, Nghe An and Binh Thuan (VND167.438 billion). VND119.699 billion will be arranged from the State budget in 2015 for the MARD. The PM also decided to allocate VND495.5 billion for the Ministry of Health and other localities from the expenditure of the EU Health Sector Policy Support Program to help mountainous and disadvantaged areas to improve criteria in the five-year-plan of the health … [Read more...]

Social News 19/1

Court jails 27 for gambling The people's court in Cao Bang Province yesterday sent 27 people to prison for organised gambling. According to the court reports, on January 10, 2014, the Cao Bang police raided a guest room in the province and found four people engaging in illegal gambling. They also seized VND742 million (US$34,500) in cash from the site. Further investigations showed that the four persons were part of a larger gambling network that also organised gambling in the province from October 2013 to January 2014. The gambling network comprised 27 people, who received prison terms varying from one to six years. Several other persons were given probation. According to the Criminal Code, gambling is illegal in Viet Nam. Work begins on Ha Noi ring-road link Construction work on the Trung Hoa-Ring Road 3 intersection in the capital city, which will include two tunnels, began on Sunday, the Thang Long Project Management Board has announced. Vu Xuan Hoa, head of the Board, said … [Read more...]

Close-up of seven newly recognized national treasures

VietNamNet Bridge - Seven of 12 newly recognized national treasures exhibited or preserved in Hanoi. The MIG-21 jet fighter No 4324, responsible for shooting down 14 US aircraft during the American air war of destruction against North Vietnam. The historic airplane is on display at the Viet Nam Military History Museum in Ha Noi. In the war against the US, this aircraft made 69 flights, faced the enemy 22 times, and fired 16 times. The 14 red stars on the plane symbolize the 14 victories of this Mig21 - 4324. In 1967 alone, nine pilots of the Vietnam People's Air Force sat in the cockpit, and shot down 14 US aircraft. Eight of the nine pilots were given the honor Hero of the People's Armed Forces. The military strategic map entitled "Ho Chi Minh Campaign's Determination" was completed on April 21, 1975. The campaign led to the liberation of southern Vietnam and the country's unification on April 30, 1975. The map can also be found at the Vietnam Military History … [Read more...]

Social News 17/1

Fishing boat rescued near Truong Sa A fishing boat and its 13 crew members were rescued at sea near Viet Nam's Truong Sa (Spratly) Islands after sending an SOS on Wednesday. The boat's crew belongs to Ly Son Island's An Hai Commune in the central province of Quang Ngai. Nguyen Quoc Chinh, head of the An Hai Commune Fishing Union, confirmed yesterday that the union had received an SOS from fishing boat QNg 96156 TS, which was stranded off the island of Thuyen Chai in the Truong Sa Islands of Khanh Hoa Province. Other fishing boats nearby failed to approach the boat due to big waves and the rough sea. However, ship HQ561 from Navy Zone 4 was able to tow the fishing boat to anchor on Thuyen Chai Island. The sea around the Truong Sa Islands has been choppy over the last few days with 3-4m high waves. Two arrested for trafficking women in Son La Two persons were arrested for cheating andtrafficking Vietnamese women near the Viet Nam-China border onTuesday, said the Son La Border … [Read more...]

Construction of Hanoi’s Belt Road 3 intersection soon begins

Hanoi, January 16 (VNA) – The construction work of the Trung Hoa – Belt Road 3 intersection, including two tunnels, will begin on January 18, according to the Thang Long Project Management Board. Vu Xuan Hoa, head of the Board, said the Board under the Ministry of Transport on January 15 signed a contract package deal No 4 with the contractor-builder group Hanshin-Cienco 4 to build the intersection where Thang Long Avenue, Belt Road 3 and Tran Duy Hung road meet. The intersection, which currently does not allow continuous traffic through it, is also the last work of the phase II of the Belt Road 3 project from Mai Dich to Linh Dam Lake that uses the Japanese Government’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) loans. The cost is estimated at 1,087 billion VND or around 51 million USD and comes from the remainder of the capital from the phase II of the Belt Road 3 project. The building works include two 691.8m-long tunnels of three lanes each for two-way traffic … [Read more...]

Social News 16/1

Separate jails proposed for transgender, gay prisoners Homosexual and transgender prisoners may be housed in jails separate from the general prison population to protect them from sexual harassment under a plan proposed by the Social, Economic and Environmental Institute to the Ministry of Public Security. The institute has been studying gender-related problems for many years and says many countries provide separate jails for transgender prisoners who are classified as trans-female or trans-male. A 2014 report found that the majority of transgender prisoners wanted separate jails to avoid the risks of sexual harassment. Homosexual and transgender prisoners face the highest risk of sexual harassment. The institute cited statistics from the US state of California, which showed 67 percent of homosexual and transgender prisoners have suffered sexual harassment. The institute said that under current infrastructure in Vietnam, transgender prisoners can only either be held in solitary … [Read more...]

12 artefacts awarded the title “National Treasure”

The Hanoitimes - Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has just decided to recognize for 12 objects, artifacts as the National Treasure. 82 doctorate stelae at Ha Noi's Temple of Literature are among the newly recognised national treasures. Accordingly, 12 newly National Treasures include: 1. The Huu Chung bronze drum of the Dong Son Civilisation, currently on display at the Hai Duong Provincial Museum. 2. The Thanh Mai Bell which dates back to AD798. It is exhibited at the Hanoi Museum. 3. A collection of 82 stone stelae commemorating royal court doctors from the 15th to 18th century, currently kept at the Ha Noi's Temple of Literature. 4. The "Khon Nguyen Chi Duc Chi Bi" stele from the 15th century still is preserved in the Lam Kinh historic site in Thanh Hoa province. 5. A Thuy Mon Temple stele from 1670, currently exhibited at the Lang Son Provincial Museum. 6. The Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva (Thousand-Hand-Thousand-Eye) statue, dating back to the 16th century, is … [Read more...]

12 objects recognized as national treasures

PANO – The Prime Minister has signed a decision to recognize 12 individual objects and groups of objects as national treasures. Mig 21 fighter – One of the newly-recognised exhibits. (Photo: VnExpress.net) The recognized include Dong Son Culture’s Huu Chung Bronze Drum preserved at the Hai Duong provincial Museum; Thanh Mai Bell (dating back to 798) kept at Hanoi Museum; 82 stone steles at the Temple of Literature (dating back to 1484); the "Khon Nguyen Chi Duc Chi Bi" stele from the 15th century at Lam Kinh historical relic site in Thanh Hoa province; Thuy Mon Temple stele from 1670 at the Lang Son Provincial Museum; the Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva (Thousand-Hand-Thousand-Eye) statue (dating back to the 16th century) at the Da Xuyen Pagoda in Hanoi; a set of three Buddhist statues (dating back to the 17th century) at Thay Pagoda in Hanoi; Buddhist statues of the Tay Son reign (dating back to 1788-1802) at the Tay Phuong Pagoda in Ha Noi; Linga with the Face of … [Read more...]

Nearly VND 322 bln for rice farming development

VGP - The PM has decided to spend additional VND321.6 billion ($15.1 million) from the State budget on rice field development and protection. The money will be allocated to 18 localities across the country, including Ha Giang VND7.4 billion, Lang Son VND11,778 billion, Bac Kan VND 5.394 billion, Hai Phong VND16.4 billion, Hai Duong VND32,026 billion, Nam Dinh VND38.6 billion, Ninh Binh VND 16,976 billion, Ha Tinh VND 29.456 billion, Quang Tri VND 12.067, Quang Nam VND 21.713 billion, Binh Dinh VND24.937 billion, Phu Yen 13.436 billion, Khanh Hoa VND7.186 billion, Ninh Thuan VND7.549, Binh Thuan VND 21.575 billion, Dac Lak 19.797 billion, Ben Tre 10.969 billion and Ca Mau VND24.094 billion. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said Viet Nam’s 2014 rice production was estimated at 28 million tonnes, equivalent to 45 million tonnes of paddy, up almost 800,000 tonnes over 2013. By Ngoc Van … [Read more...]

Additional 12 national treasures recognized

The Prime Minister has decided to recognize 12 objects of unique heritage as national treasures. They include: First is Huu Chung bronze drum of the Dong Son civilisation, which is on display at the northern Hai Duong provincial museum. Second is Thanh Mai bell, dating back to AD798, which is exhibited at the Hanoi museum. Third is a collection of 82 doctoral steles at the Temple of Literature in Hanoi, from 1484 – 1780. Doctoral steles at the Temple of Literature in Hanoi (Source: qdnd.vn) Forth is Khon Nguyen Chi Duc Chi Bi stele from the 15th century, which still sits amidst Lam Kinh historical and architectural site in the central province of Thanh Hoa. Fifth is Thuy Mon temple stele from 1670, which is being kept at the northern Lang Son provincial museum. Sixth is Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva (Thousand-Hand-Thousand-Eye) statue, from the 16th century, which is being preserved at Dao Xuyen pagoda, Da Ton commune, Gia Lam district, Hanoi. Seventh is a set of … [Read more...]