Photo exhibition pays tribute to women’s strength in wartime

An exhibition about the lives and strength of women in Vietnam when it was divided between north and south is being held in Hanoi, "Two Sisters - Two Front Lines" portraying how women fought and coped with difficulties in wartime. Vietnam was divided into two zones by the Geneva Peace Accords of 1954 after the colonial forces of France were defeated by the nationalist forces under Ho Chi Minh, based in Hanoi. National elections were supposed to be held within two years, but these never took place and a government was declared in the south, with the financial backing of the United States, which also provided military assistance in what became a long war for unification. In 1961, the Women's Union Liberation of South Vietnam organized women of all classes to work in politics, in armed units, and propaganda. One element, formed in 1960, became known as the "Long-Haired Army", and they shot down military aircraft and engaged in guerilla warfare. Women in the north followed the "Three … [Read more...]

Social News 5/3

Fire destroys 300 tons of cotton A fire that broke out yesterday afternoon lasted for 10 hours at a local company that sells cotton in the southern province of Binh Duong, destroying 300 tons of products. The fire broke out at Ninh Son Company in Hoa Loi Commune, Ben Cat Town, about 2pm yesterday, but lasted till midnight. More than 10 firefighting trucks were mobilised, but the firefighters were not able to contain the fire for several hours due to the large amount of cotton -- which burns very fast -- stored in the company. The blaze affected more than 1,000sq.m of the company's storage area. Hundreds of residents, who had rented rooms nearby, were also affected. Nguyen Thi Phuong Trang, a representative of the Ninh Son Company, said that the 300 tons of cotton had been recently imported and prepared for sale in the domestic market. The cause of the fire has not been identified yet. Quang Binh's largest fake fish sauce case discovered The Quang Binh People's Procuracy has … [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...]

Area codes for fixed lines changed

The Ministry of Information and Communications issued Circular 22/2014/TT-BTTTT dated December 22, 2014 on telecommunication number storages, which covers changes to provincial area codes for fixed lines, applicable since March 1. No. Provinces/cities Old area code New area code 1 Quang Ninh 33 203 2 Bac Giang 240 204 3 Lang Son 25 205 4 Cao Bang 26 206 5 Tuyen Quang 27 207 6 Thai Nguyen 280 208 7 Bac Kan 281 209 8 Phu Tho 210 210 9 Vinh Phuc 211 211 10 Son La 22 212 11 Lai Chau 231 213 12 Lao Cai 20 214 13 Dien Bien 230 215 14 Yen Bai 29 216 15 Hoa Binh 218 218 16 Ha Giang 219 219 17 Hai Duong 320 220 18 Hung Yen 321 221 19 Bac Ninh 241 222 20 Hai Phong 31 225 21 Ha Nam 351 226 22 Thai Binh 36 227 23 Nam … [Read more...]

Area codes for fixed line changed

VGP – The Ministry of Information and Communications issued Circular 22/2014/TT-BTTTT dated December 22, 2014 on telecommunication number storages, which covers changes to provincial area codes for fixed lines, applicable since March 1. No. Provinces/cities Old area code New area code 1 Quang Ninh 33 203 2 Bac Giang 240 204 3 Lang Son 25 205 4 Cao Bang 26 206 5 Tuyen Quang 27 207 6 Thai Nguyen 280 208 7 Bac Kan 281 209 8 Phu Tho 210 210 9 Vinh Phuc 211 211 10 Son La 22 212 11 Lai Chau 231 213 12 Lao Cai 20 214 13 Dien Bien 230 215 14 Yen Bai 29 216 15 Hoa Binh 218 218 16 Ha Giang 219 219 17 Hai Duong 320 220 18 Hung … [Read more...]

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...]

Social News 27/2

Hanoi: Waste treatment plants to be operational in 2015 A number of waste treatment plants in Hanoi’s outlying districts of Dan Phuong, Phu Xuyen, My Duc, Ba Vi and Soc Son are expected to be operational this year. Notably, the 73ha Nam Son Waste Treatment Complex (Phase II) in Soc Son district will be put into operation in April. According to Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Vu Hong Khanh, the city will discharge an estimated 8,500 tonnes of solid waste a day by 2020 and 11,300 tonnes by 2030. To treat the waste, the city authorities have zoned off areas for solid waste treatment by 2030. Under the Prime Minister-approved planning, Hanoi will have 17 waste treatment plants by 2030, including eight expanded and nine newly-built ones. There are currently nine enterprises collecting and processing household waste in the city. Most of the waste is treated using several methods such as burying and burning. Around 5,400 tonnes of waste are discharged each … [Read more...]

Fishermen labouring over Tet haul in a good catch

Fishermen in the central region who worked during the Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday returned to shore over the weekend with a bountiful catch due to good weather and fewer fishing boats out at sea during the festive period. In central Quang Ngai province, many fishing boats, which had been out to sea up to a month or more, returned on February 23 to the Sa Ky Port in Binh Son district's Binh Chau commune. Nguyen Huu Phuc of Binh Chau commune said his boat with 10 fishermen docked at Sa Ky Port with more than 10 tonnes of various kinds of fish after nearly one month at sea. Each fishermen earned between 10-20 million VND (470-950 USD). The Fishing Trade Union for Binh Chau Commune said that more than 10 fishing boats in the Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago will return within the next five days, according to Nguyen Thanh Hung, Deputy Chairman of the Binh Chau commune People's Committee. Trader Nguyen Thi Lan said fish caught after Tet sold easily at good prices. Fish from the … [Read more...]

Photos: Fishermen labouring over Tet haul in a good catch

Fishermen in the central region who worked during the Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday returned to shore over the weekend with a bountiful catch due to good weather and fewer fishing boats out at sea during the festive period. In Quang Ngai Province, many fishing boats, which had been out to sea up to a month or more, returned on Monday to the Sa Ky Port in Binh Son District's Binh Chau Commune. Nguyen Huu Phuc of Binh Chau Commune said his boat with 10 fishermen docked at Sa Ky Port with more than 10 tonnes of various kinds of fish after nearly one month at sea. Each fishermen earned between VND10-20 million (US$470-950). The Fishing Trade Union for Binh Chau Commune said that more than 10 fishing boats in the Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago will return within the next five days, according to Nguyen Thanh Hung, deputy chairman of the Binh Chau Commune People's Committee. Trader Nguyen Thi Lan said fish caught after Tet sold easily at good prices. Fish from the archipelago are big and … [Read more...]

Spring Festivals during Tet

(VOV) - January and February are the most exciting months of the year in Vietnam with a variety of festivals organized throughout the nation on the occasion paying homage to Buddha, ancestors and praying for good fortune. The Lunar New Year is the most important spring festival. It has become so much a part of spring and cultural life that Vietnamese, wherever they may be, become nostalgic for the homeland each year when it arrives. Here are a few other spring festivals we though you and your family might enjoy this season: 1. Huong Pagoda Festival Together with the Bai Dinh and Yen Tu Pagoda Festivals, the Huong Pagoda Festival is among the greatest Buddhist festivals in northern Vietnam. It plays an important role in the spiritual life of Vietnamese people in general and Buddhists in particular. The pagoda is located in the My Duc District 70 kilometres south of Hanoi. The festival lasts for three months from the first through the third month of the Lunar Calendar. The … [Read more...]

Mining explosions endanger lives in and around mines

VietNamNet Bridge – The use of explosives at mines and construction projects has created major problems for people living nearby. A vehicle designed for mining explosions in Hon Cha Mountain in central Binh Dinh Province's Quy Nhon City. Unscheduled explosions at mines and construction projects have seriously affected residents nearby. Those living near Tan Cang Quarry in Dong Nai Province's Bien Hoa City report that unscheduled explosions have created safety, health and environmental issues. Tam Phuoc Commune resident Nguyen Thi Ngoc Mai said the explosions shook houses and created dangerous "rock rain". Another local resident, Pham Van Bong, said that the explosions shot a 2.5kg rock into his chest, smashed his lungs and broke his ribs. While the company paid him VND30 million (US$1,430) in compensation, it was not sufficient to compensate for his lost wages, as he was now unable to work. Most of his neighbours had sold their land to rock mining enterprises and moved … [Read more...]

Social News 15/2

HCMC lauds good medical workers 113 teams and individuals of medical clinics in Ho Chi Minh City were lauded for their achievements in the patriotic emulation movement for 2010-2014. The municipal Department of Health held a meeting on February 12 to appraise 26 teams and 87 individuals for their good performance in the health sector’s emulation movement. At the meeting, the Department also launched the patriotic emulation movement for the next period from 2015 to 2020. The movement will focus on following Uncle Ho’s teaching that a good doctor must be a good mother to fight negative acts in treatment and examination. The movement also aims to improve curing and treatment quality, strengthen capability for district medical clinics to reduce overloading in big hospitals and implement the Ministry of Health’s programs. Da Nang flyover work to continue during Tet The Trung Nam Group installed the final span to complete the second flyover at the three-level stack … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 12/2

Late musician Trinh Cong Son tops copyright fee earner in 2014 Late musician Trinh Cong Son topped the nation's musicians in copyright fees in 2014, earning more than VND100m for his music, the Vietnam Centre for Protection of Music Copyright (VCPMC) said. VCPMC deputy director Nguyen Thi Luu said that, as of January, 3,116 musicians had signed with the centre, which collected a total of VND67bn on their behalf in 2014. "We found it hard to collect music copyright fees in 2014 because many organisations did not want to pay," said musician Pho Duc Phuong, who is the centre’s director. The centre attracted considerable coverage for its repeated attempts to have organisers of the Khanh Ly live show pay copyright fees. There was also a row when the song "Because I Miss You", by South Korean singer Jung Yong Hwa, of Rock CNBLUE, was covered by a Vietnamese singer without permission or payment. The centre is upgrading application software to better manage copyright protection in … [Read more...]

Changes since the introduction of the Party Resolution

From being a neglected land, after more than 30 years of construction and development (1985-2015), Song Hinh district has covered on itself an absolutely new appearance. The change is considered one miraculous dream of the local inhabitants. Lots of farmers in Song Hinh district have great income from planting sugarcane On May 30th, 1983, the Standing Board of Phu Khanh provincial Party Committee (former) issued the Resolution numbered 03 on constructing Song Hinh economic zone; on February 27th, 1984, the Minister’s Council issued Decision numbered 179 on separating Tay Son district into the two districts of Song Hinh and Son Hoa. On February 25th, 1985, cadres and peoples of Song Hinh district were joyful and excited about the ceremony of announcing the establishment of the district, opening up a new page in the development of the land rich in revolutionary traditions. Mr. Tran Thanh Dinh, the district’s people’s committee’s vice chairman, one person … [Read more...]

Wood product exports continue to grow

Workers make furniture at the Ha Noi-based Ha Lam Import Export Co. Export of wooden products is expected to continue growing by at least 15 per cent this year. — VNA/VNS Photo Danh Lam HCM CITY (Biz Hub) — The country's wood products exports are expected to again grow by at least 15 per cent this year, according to the Handicrafts and Wood Industry Association of HCM City (Hawa). Despite the bleak economic situation, the industry managed to achieve average export growth of 15 per cent in the past seven years, Huynh Van Hanh, Hawa's deputy chairman, told an industry function in HCM City on Wednesday. Many furniture companies in the EU closed due to the crisis, and wood exporters in some countries faced dumping duties, giving Viet Nam a window of opportunity to increase its exports to the continent, he said. Besides focus on traditional markets like the US, Asia, and the EU, "we are suggesting that the industry should organise trade promotion programmes in the eastern … [Read more...]

Social News 5/2

HCM City to use loans for kindergartens The HCM City People's Committee has approved the use of bank loans to build 72 public kindergartens worth a total of more than VND 2.7 trillion (US$128 million). The public kindergartens will be built by the end of the year. Of the public kindergarten projects, Cu Chi District accounts for the largest number (14), followed by Binh Tan District (nine) and Binh Chanh and Can Gio districts (seven each). To speed up the progress of building public kindergartens, the HCM City People's Committee has decided to start a bank loan programme to build public kindergartens. The move represents the city's determination to speed up the progress of building kindergartens, according to Nguyen Dinh Thai Chau, the municipal Department of Education and Training's Finance and Planning Division. Phan Thi Thang, deputy director of the municipal Department of Finance, said last year the city had 117 public kindergarten projects that needed capital for … [Read more...]

Vietnam releases ‘cancer village’ list on conclusion of project’s first phase

Vietnamese environmental protection authorities have just released a list of pollution-linked "cancer villages" upon the conclusion of a project’s initial phase. The first phase of a project which focuses on identifying the causes behind disease and locating safe water resources in 37 "cancer villages" across Vietnam has been completed. "Cancer villages" are where there is an alarmingly high concentration of water pollution and people suffer from numerous infectious diseases and cancer. The project was launched by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. Its second phase is awaiting permission to proceed. The water sources in the villages, found in 22 different cities and provinces across the country, are seriously polluted. Those with the most tainted water sources are located in Hanoi’s Ung Hoa and Chuong My districts; Bac Ninh’s Yen Phong District; and Thanh Hoa’s Nong Cong in the north; Nghe An’s Dien Chau District; Ha … [Read more...]

EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR FEB. 1-10 (daily updated)

Frankenstein Theatre Performances in Vietnam ADGE Europe presents TNT Theatre Britain in: FRANKENSTEIN The Monster and the Myth By Paul Stebbings and Phil Smith inspired by the Mary Shelley novel and the Hollywood movies. Performances in English HANOI OPERA HOUSE Wed 18 Mar 2015, 8 pm - HCMC OPERA HOUSE Fri 20 Mar 2015, 11 am 20 and 21 Mar 2015, 8 pm Tickets information below From ADGE: FRANKENSTEIN is one of the most potent modern myths. TNT revives its internationally acclaimed production in autumn 2014. Too many stage versions and even films ignore that this story is not a novel but a myth that has grown out of Mary Shelley's original; so our production combines Boris Karloff's immense impact with that of the original story to create a fascinating and entertaining new work. This FRANKENSTEIN is a Gothic comedy and a gripping a horror thriller that explores the darker themes within the myth. Should scientific research be held back by irrational prejudice or religious … [Read more...]

City singers to organize music show to raise funds for ‘border kids’

Iconic singers including Dam Vinh Hung and Quang Dung will take part in a charity music show at Dong Dao Bar on February 3 to raise funds for gifts to be given to children in the border areas of Vietnam to celebrate the lunar New Year (Tet), which arrives in two weeks. It is part of the campaign entitled ‘Tet for border school children’ which was launched by Tuoi Tre Newspaper and has attracted donations from a large amount of individuals and enterprises. On behalf of Tuoi Tre, singer Dam Vinh Hung has invited many others to join the event, including Duong Trieu Vu, Giang Hong Ngoc, Trong Khuong, Khanh Binh, Ngoc Tram and Han Thai Tu. Dong Dao Bar -- located at 164 Pasteur, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City – is contributing to the event by not charging for the organization of the show and making banners and designing the background of the stage. Nguyen Thanh Lam, the manager of Dong Dao, said he will donate all proceeds from the show to the … [Read more...]

Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News – January 27

Briefs of some of the leading news stories published on Tuesday (January 27) in Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper: Politics -- Efforts have been made to organize a trip for U.S. President Barack Obama to visit Vietnam in the near future, Dr. Murray Hiebert, vice director of the unit for Southeast Asian studies under the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told Tuoi Tre on Monday. -- Vietnam and the U.S. have made long strides to improve their mutual relations since the two countries normalized relations in 1995, according to diplomats attending the international conference entitled "Vietnam – Untied States Relationship: For 20 More Successful Years" held in Hanoi on Monday. Society -- The urban traffic management unit No.1 in Ho Chi Minh City has approved a VND100 billion (US$4.8 million) project to renovate road sections leading to Tan Son Nhat International Airport. The roads are Truong Son, Tran Quoc Hoan, and Phan Thuc Duyen with a total length of two … [Read more...]