Deputy Defence Minister receives outgoing Russian attaché

PANO - Speaking highly contributions of Senior Colonel S.N.Zabgaev during his term of office, Sr. Lt. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh, Deputy Minister of National Defence, believed that in any positions, the officer remains a bridge in Vietnam-Russia defence ties. Sr. Lt. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh presenting a gift to Senior Colonel S.N.Zabgaev. Photo: mod.gov.vn Gen. Vinh’s belief was expressed at his reception on March 3rd in Hanoi to the Russian Military, Air Defence, and Naval Attaché in Vietnam. At the meeting, the Russian officer laid stress on achievements in Vietnam-Russia defence cooperation over the past time, including the visits of senior officers of the two ministries of national defence and the inked cooperation agreements. The outgoing attaché affirmed that he, in any positions, would further contribute to the development of the two countries’ defence ties. Translated by Mai Huong … [Read more...]

Defence Minister receives Israeli Defence Ministry delegation

PANO – Minister of National Defence, General Phung Quang Thanh on March 2nd hosted a reception at the Ministry’s headquarters to a delegation of Israeli Defence Ministry, led by its Director General Dan Harel. At the reception, the host warmly welcomed the guests and believed that the visit would contribute to beefing up Vietnam-Israel defence ties. General Thanh laid stress on the fruitful bilateral defence cooperation over the past time, contributing to the maintenance of peace, stability and development of each country as well as in the region and the rest of the world. General Phung Quang Thanh at the reception to Mr. Dan Harel, Director General of Israeli Defence Ministry For his part, the Director General of Israeli Defence Ministry thanked the Vietnamese Ministry of National Defence for the grand reception and showed his pleasure at the active development of Israel-Vietnam relations over the past years, including defence ties. The guest informed the host … [Read more...]

Social News 3/3

Passengers get refunds for long flight delays Airlines will have to refund fares and other charges to passengers of those flights at least five hours later than scheduled if requested, according to a new circular of the Ministry of Transport. Circular 81/2014/TT-BGTVT with effect from on March 1 regulates that airlines are responsible for providing passengers with full and updated information about their long-delayed flights, along with food and accommodation for the affected passengers. For flights postponed for two hours or longer, airlines must arrange appropriate flights for the affected passengers to travel to their destinations. In case of flights delayed for more than five hours, airlines shall refund fares and related fees to passengers. The circular also specifies that if flights are canceled, operators must announce the reasons and provide the affected passengers with accommodation and food. The number of delayed flights soared at this year’s Tet (Lunar New Year) … [Read more...]

Green life fans shouldn’t miss visiting this tourism site in southern Vietnam

An ecological tourism complex outside Ho Chi Minh City has emerged as a perfect choice for tourists who look for outdoor experiences like jungle trekking, homestays, and fruit and vegetable picking. Located in Vinh Cuu District in Dong Nai Province, over 80 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City, the Kingfisher Nest Dong Nai is gaining in appeal among trekkers and enthusiasts of pastoral life. Tours offered on Saturdays and Sundays to this tourism venue are becoming popular with local companies that prefer their employees to partake in green activities. One of the complex’s highlights is jungle biking, which offers terrain biking experiences on densely vegetated trails. The treks are designed in mounting difficulty levels and lengths, from 15 to 45 kilometers and even longer to cater to clients’ diverse demands. Apart from jungle trekking and biking, tourists are also drawn to "role-play" tours, which provide memorable experiences of farming, homestays in basic … [Read more...]

Spring tours in flower and festival seasons

Tien Dat Spring and festival tours of Saigontourist Travel Service Company attract many tourists - PHOTO: COURTESY OF SAIGONTOURIST Tourists can visit Huong Pagoda and Yen Tu festivals in the North, ancient sacred pagodas in the central region or make a pilgrimage to the southern area where the temples are a mix of Vietnamese-Chinese-Khmer-Cham cultures and beliefs. Saigontourist will take you to the centers of Vietnamese folklore events from HCMC to Yen Tu-Ha Long-Ninh Binh-Hanoi (VND4.75 million on March 11, 18, 25 and April 1); visiting Bai Dinh Pagoda on Hanoi-Ninh Binh-Ha Long route (VND4.65 million in March); Huong Pagoda Festival-Hanoi-Ha Long (VND4.995 million on March 28 and April 2); Pilgrimage Tour to the Central-Danang-Hoi An-Paradise Cave-Hue (VND4.15 million on March and April); Nguyen Tieu Festival in Hoi An City-Danang (VND3.95 million on March 4); Ba Chua Xu Festival-Mekong Delta (VND3.15 million on March 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28 and April 2); That Son-Sa … [Read more...]

Golden age of antique potteries in central region

Kham Hao Duyen My Thien pottery items - PHOTO: KHAM HAO DUYEN Tourists can visit Huong Pagoda and Yen Tu festivals in the North, ancient sacred pagodas in the central region or make a pilgrimage to the southern area where the temples are a mix of Vietnamese-Chinese-Khmer-Cham cultures and beliefs. Saigontourist will take you to the centers of Vietnamese folklore events from HCMC to Yen Tu-Ha Long-Ninh Binh-Hanoi (VND4.75 million on March 11, 18, 25 and April 1); visiting Bai Dinh Pagoda on Hanoi-Ninh Binh-Ha Long route (VND4.65 million in March); Huong Pagoda Festival-Hanoi-Ha Long (VND4.995 million on March 28 and April 2); Pilgrimage Tour to the Central-Danang-Hoi An-Paradise Cave-Hue (VND4.15 million on March and April); Nguyen Tieu Festival in Hoi An City-Danang (VND3.95 million on March 4); Ba Chua Xu Festival-Mekong Delta (VND3.15 million on March 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28 and April 2); That Son-Sa Dec-Long Xuyen-Chau Doc (VND2.555 million on March 7, 14, 21, 28); Con … [Read more...]

Minister says more efforts needed to enhance business environment

Authorities must make bigger strides this year in improving the country's business environment, said Minister of Planning and Investment Bui Quang Vinh. Workers check toy products at Duc Thanh Wood Processing Company in HCM City. The Planning and Investment Minister Bui Quang Vinh has urged authorities to take bigger strides this year to improve the country's business environment. The revised investment and enterprise laws passed by the National Assembly last year would stimulate new waves of investment, Vinh said in an interview with Tuoi tre (Youth) Newspaper on the occasion of the lunar new year. The National Assembly aims with the revisions to create advantageous conditions and minimum market penetration costs for companies, in line with the country's integration process. Other newly issued laws, such as the law on tendering, were sufficiently transparent, Vinh said. And new policies on medicine bidding helped reduce drug prices by 30 per cent. Vinh also pointed out that … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 25/2

Vietnamese photographer listed in famous photo book Nick Ut, whose "Napalm girl" picture shocked the whole world, has been listed in a photo book "Behind Photographs" of Tim Mantoani. American photographer Tim Mantoani tracked down the talent behind some of the world's most iconic photographs and got them to sit for portraits. According to a famous website International Business Times, he used a soon-to-be-extinct photographic medium – the 20×24 Polaroid. Over a five-year period, he took large format Polaroids of more than 150 photographers. Nick Ut’s photo has received a number of prestigious awards such as the Pulitzer and World Press Photo and is one of the 100 influential photos in the 20th century. Longest-ever Tet cake made The Yakasa-Saigon-Nha Trang Hotel in Nha Trang city, the central coastal province of Khanh Hoa, has set a new record for its giant-sized traditional Tet cake, which is 40 metres in length, as part of the activities to celebrate the … [Read more...]

Lots of tourists chosing Phu Yen province as a destination during Tet holiday

According to Phu Yen Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, during the Lunar New Year of At Mui 2015 (up to 5th day of Tet), hundreds of thousands of tourists have come to visit the tourism destinations in Phu Yen province. On average, over 1,000 visitors to Dia reef each day during Tet festival In particular, the number of tourists staying at hotels is 7,760, an increase of nearly 500 people in comparison with the same period last year; the number of tourists visiting the five relics and landscapes of An Tho citadel, Dia Reef, Nhan Mountain, Mon beach-Dien cape, Vung Ro-no Number Ship is more than 10,500 visits; with the most crowded destination is Dia reef. The total number visitors to recreation areas is up to hundreds of thousands of visitor turns, a slight increase over the same period in 2014. During this Lunar New Year, many travel agencies of VIETRAVEL, Saigon Tourist, Relax, Focus travel, Viet Fire, Chudu 24, Railways, Crickets, Fiditour, Lighthouse, Gold Sand, … [Read more...]

artists featured on DVD for Lunar New Year

HCM City, February 21 (VNA) - More than 200 singers, dancers, musicians, and theatre performers in Ho Chi Minh City are featured in a performance on a DVD released on February 14 for Lunar New Year. The work, Xuan Dat Viet-Tet Que Huong (Vietnamese Spring- Welcome Lunar New Year in Homeland), features song, and theatre and fashion performances. Around 20 cai luong (reformed theatre) artists, from the HCM City Theatre Association and Tran Huu Trang Theatre, including stars Phuong Hong Thuy, Phuong Loan and Phi Phung, staged popular extracts from historical plays like Thai Hau Duong Van Nga (Queen Duong Van Nga). Pop stars Ho Ngoc Ha and Dam Vinh Hung, and dozens of young singers such as Dong Nhi, Giang Hong Ngoc and Minh Hang performed songs in praise of the country, soldiers, love and Spring. Highlighted performances include a special fashion show attracting top models wearing the traditional dress of ao dai by talented designers./. By VNA/VNP … [Read more...]

200 artists featured on DVD for Lunar New Year

200 artists featured on DVD for Lunar New Year. (Photo: VNA) More than 200 singers, dancers, musicians, and theatre performers in Ho Chi Minh City are featured in a performance on a DVD released on February 14 for Lunar New Year. The work, Xuan Dat Viet-Tet Que Huong (Vietnamese Spring- Welcome Lunar New Year in Homeland), features song, and theatre and fashion performances. Around 20 cai luong (reformed theatre) artists, from the HCM City Theatre Association and Tran Huu Trang Theatre, including stars Phuong Hong Thuy, Phuong Loan and Phi Phung, staged popular extracts from historical plays like Thai Hau Duong Van Nga (Queen Duong Van Nga). Pop stars Ho Ngoc Ha and Dam Vinh Hung, and dozens of young singers such as Dong Nhi, Giang Hong Ngoc and Minh Hang performed songs in praise of the country, soldiers, love and Spring. Highlighted performances include a special fashion show attracting top models wearing the traditional dress of ao dai by talented designers.-VNA … [Read more...]

Special journey of the national flag

PANO - The national flag which used to be hoisted on Truong Sa Lon Island of the central province of Khanh Hoa was handed over to Lieutenant Le Sy Nam, an officer of Border Post 317 A Pa Chai late last year.The event took place on the top of Khoang La San mountain of 1,866 meters high in Sin Thau commune, Muong Nhe district of the northern mountainous province of Dien Bien and also at landmarker No. Zero where Vietnam shares borders with both Laos and China. Swapping national flags at marker No. Zero in A Pa Chai, Dien Bien province in December 2014 From the Westernmost border place.... After six months long journey on both sea and mainland routes by vessel, automobile, motorbike and finally with seven hours climbing to reach the peak of the Khoang La San mountain, we could accomplish our mission of exchanging the sacred national flags between the two places with completely different geographical characteristics. Truong Sa archipelago in Khanh Hoa province is the first place in … [Read more...]

Tunnel village of Vinh Linh in pictures

VietNamNet Bridge – A system of 114 tunnels and the tunnel village of Vinh Linh in Quang Tri province in central Vietnam has been recognized a special national monument. When building up to the Gulf of Tonkin incident in 1964, expanding its attack on North Vietnam by air and naval forces, the US paid special attention to Vinh Linh District, aiming to turn this area into a white belt to prevent the North from assisting the South. More than half a million tons of bombs were dropped onto this land. With iron will, the local people created a system of tunnels deep in the ground. From 1965 to 1968, Vinh Linh people built 114 tunnels in 70 villages of 15 communes and towns. The tunnel system was used until 1972. To date, the Vinh Moc Tunnel in Vinh Thach commune is the most intact. This tunnel consists of three floors, 1,701 m long with 13 gates. To make this system, local people had to dig and remove more than 6,000 m3 of rock and soil. It is called the tunnel village because the … [Read more...]

Discover ancient crafts of Vietnam at the museum

VietNamNet Bridge – The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi has information about the life, customs, habits of Vietnam's 54 ethnic groups, and ancient crafts of the country. Located on Nguyen Van Huyen Road, in Cau Giay District, the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is an interesting destination for local and foreign tourists. The heritage preserved at the museum helps current generations learn more about the crafts of their ancestors. Paint The resin of "cay son" (paint tree) or "moc hoang" tree was put in tanks and was known as fresh paint. The tool to mix paint. According to research, this craft appeared in Vietnam in the fourth century BC and developed strongly in the 17th-19th century. The multi-step painting process consists of smoothing and covering surfaces with a combination of fresh paint, sawdust and clay, and then putting a layer of primer, coloring and finally polishing the objects. The resin of "cay son" (paint tree) or "moc hoang" tree was put in tanks … [Read more...]

Performers featured on New Year DVD

VietNamNet Bridge – More than 200 singers, dancers, musicians, and theatre performers in HCM City are featured in a performance on a DVD released today for Lunar New Year. Singer Giang Hong Ngoc – File photo The work, Xuan Dat Viet-Tet Que Huong (Vietnamese Spring- Welcome Lunar New Year in Homeland), features song, and theatre and fashion performances. Around 20 cai luong (reformed theatre) artists, from the HCM City Theatre Association and Tran Huu Trang Theatre, including stars Phuong Hong Thuy, Phuong Loan and Phi Phung, staged popular extracts from historical plays like Thai Hau Duong Van Nga (Queen Duong Van Nga). Pop stars Ho Ngoc Ha and Dam Vinh Hung, and dozens of young singers such as Dong Nhi, Giang Hong Ngoc and Minh Hang performed songs in praise of the country, soldiers, love and Spring. VNS … [Read more...]

Authorities to monitor festivals

New Year festival at Huong Pagoda. Source: VNA The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has created new regulations to improve the management and organisation of festivals in 2015. Speaking at a press conference in the capital city on February 13, Deputy Minister Huynh Vinh Ai said the ministry would conduct more inspections of festival sites before, during and after festivals. "For 2015, six visits are organised – two before Tet [which have already taken place] and four during and after Tet," Ai said. In addition, the Ministry's Inspectorate, the Agency for Culture Heritage and the Agency for Foundation Culture will jointly conduct surprise inspections of localities at the onset of the festival season following Tet. On February 12, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung sent a public telegram about strengthening the management and organisation of festivals. The Secretariat of the Party also directed agencies nationwide to improve the Party's ability to guide management and … [Read more...]

Social News 14/2

Home ownership extensions rejected The Ministry of Construction has rejected a proposal from the People's Committee of central Da Nang City to allow foreigners buy and own houses for up to 70 years instead of the present 50. It said this was in line with the Land Law of 2013 and the amended Housing Law. In a related movement, the ministry gave the green light to a city plan requiring buyers of social housing to make the payment in one installment. According to the People's Committee, a one-time payment enables investors to quickly recover capital and re-invest. The amended Law on Housing, which takes effect on July 1, is expected to attract more foreigners to come to live and work in the country. Quang Binh police seize firecrackers The Transport Police Department recently cracked down on illegal firecracker smuggling, catching nearly 150 kilograms of firecrackers being smuggled in Quang Binh Province. The Traffic Police patrolling the National Road No 1 discovered the smuggled … [Read more...]

Young artist revives traditional pottery craft

Young artisan Nguyen Hong Quang is hoping to revive the once famous traditional craft of Huong Canh Pottery Village in Vinh Phuc Province, which has fallen on hard times as modern manufacturing methods erode its market. Nguyen Hong Quang hopes to revive Huong Canh Pottery Village The 300-year-old Huong Canh Pottery Village was nationally renounced for the quality of its clay jars, pots, bowls and cups, but the craft skills are being lost in the march of modernity. Quang wants to change that. Born in 1980, he recalls that as a child he would visit the village's pottery workshops with his parents and was fascinated by the skill of the local people. His own family were potters, but when the Huong Canh Pottery Cooperative disbanded, they had to focus their time on making roof titles to earn a living. A visiting artist opened Quang's eyes to the potential of pottery. "At first, I don't know what art pottery is," Quang said. "What he made looked like mostly twisted jars and I didn't … [Read more...]

10,000 beer cases from Sabeco for connecting with friends

"The Elegant Present from Sabeco" is a program launched by the Saigon Beer-Alcohol-Beverage Joint Stock Corporation (Sabeco) from January 6, 2015 to gift 10,000 cases of 333 beer to customers across the country. What's special about the program is that the participants sign up to gift some beer to their friends and Sabeco will help deliver the present. The beginning of the year is the time people want to give each other presents and wishes for a new year full of luck. But many people have been caught in their busy livelihood and visiting each other during Tet, Vietnamese Lunar New Year, is no longer easy. Each of us surely has a friend living far away, whom we have not seen for a while. Sabeco launched the program as a meaningful solution for that. As a wish for the Year of the Goat 2015, Sabeco has been connecting people hundreds of kilometers apart by helping customers give 333 beer cases to their relatives and friends. The program started in January 6, 2015 and would be handling … [Read more...]

Korea provides around USD9.7 million for Quang Tri in poverty reduction

(CPV) - Quang Tri provincial People’s Committee and Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) inaugurated the "Quang Tri happiness program" on February 6th. Targeting to reduce poverty and improve local people’s living conditions in the 2014-2017 period, total capital investment of the program is USD11.6 million, in which the Government of the Republic of Korea provides around USD9.7 million in non-refundable aid. Accordingly, human resources, health care, poverty reduction and green growth are major fields of the program which is built based on the model of Korea's Saemaul Undong (New village movement). Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (third from left) and representatives at the ceremony. (Photo: Tien Nhat) In Quang Tri province, the pilot program will be carried out in seven communes of Vinh Thanh (Vinh Linh district), Hai Thuong (Hai Lang district), Trieu Trach (Trieu Phong district), Cam Thuy (Cam Lo district), Thuan (Huong Hoa district), Mo o … [Read more...]