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...]

National volleyball championships to select 23 teams

NDO – The PV Gas 2015 National Volleyball Championships will be held in Phu Tho and Thai Binh provinces from April 12 – November 28, according to an announcement by the Volleyball Federation of Vietnam (VFV) at a press conference in Hanoi. The annual event will bring together the top 23 men’s and women’s teams from across the country. They will be divided into groups A and B and compete for a total cash prize of VND420 million (US$20,000) in a two-leg round robin tournament. In men’s category, the group A includes Maseco Ho Chi Minh City, Border Guards, Duc Long Gia Lai, Army Corps IV, Long An and Ben Tre. Group B includes Sanest Khanh Hoa, The Cong Army Corp 15, Vinh Long Lottery Company, Trang An Ninh Binh and Military District V. In women’s category, the group A includes Bai Bang Paper, Tan Binh Ho Chi Minh City, Lienvietpost Bank, Tien Nong Thanh Hoa, Rudico Hai Duong and Vinh Phuc. Group B includes PVD Thai Binh, Cao su Binh Phuoc, VTV … [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...]

German filmmaker shares Son Doong cave discovery

German photographer and filmmaker, Carsten Peter of the National Geographic Channel, whose dramatic images have garnered both World Press Photo and Emmy Awards will share his stories and images from his exploration of the worlds largest cave passage in Vietnam, Son Doong cave. An image of Son Doong cave was taken by Carsten Peter National Geographic released that a plenary session entitled "Extreme Planet", would take place at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts of New York University on March 4th. At the session, Mr. Carsten Peter will share his experience and introduce images and videos discovering the world’s largest cave, Son Doong, depicted through low light photographic techniques. Carsten said Son Doong cave where "skylights" and a jungle were silhouetted against the underground river flowing through the cave could hold a forty story building. Son Doong is the name of the largest cave in the world. It is not only huge, but a very beautiful place filled with … [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...]

Green guards of Son Tra Nature Reserve

VietNamNet Bridge – Son Tra Nature Reserve in Da Nang, known for its rich biodiversity, is home to 200 Red-Shanked Doucs - a kind of langur that was declared endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature in 2013. Efforts have been made by biologists to protect the primate, which only lives in east-central Laos and Viet Nam, from extinction as well as from the rapid urbanisation of Da Nang. Hoai Nam reports. Mountain view: An bird's-eye view of Son Tra Mountain. Photos Courtesy of Bui Van Tuan Le Thi Trang, deputy director of the Biodiversity Conservation Centre (GreenViet), and her colleagues were working hard as they climbed uphill during a trek at the nature reserve. They host these for students, along with two-hour educational seminars, on Sunday afternoons. The regular Sunday programme is part of a long-term communication campaign GreenViet started in 2009, "I Love Son Tra". The field trips, designed for students, give them a chance to learn more … [Read more...]

Private firms race to take over State-owned enterprises

Major Vietnamese business people have geared up to take over State-owned enterprises, which were recently equitised, in the role of strategic partners. A corner of Nha Trang Port in the southern province of Khanh Hoa. After being transferred to the VinGroup Vinpearl JSC, the port will be transformed into a harbour with moorings for pleasure craft and cruise liners. Thousands of billions of dong have been spent to buy stakes in State-owned enterprises in recent times, reports online vietnamnet.vn. Early this year, Chairman of T&T Group Do Quang Hien said that he is ready to pour more than VND490 billion (US$23 million) to buy a 98.02 per cent stake in Vietnam National Shipping Lines (Vinalines) at Quang Ninh Port. If the buying of the stake is successful, the port will be added to the list of Vinalines ports that are selling shares after equitisation. A year ago, Da Nang Port sold 13.2 million of its shares to five private domestic investors for a fairly high price, after … [Read more...]

Free, low-charging clinics provide poor Vietnamese with good care, treatment

A number of healthcare facilities in Vietnam have been committed to offering quality, caring treatment to the have-nots for free or at nominal fees for the past few years. These free or low-charging clinics supply equally quality treatment and devoted care to underprivileged patients who cannot afford to go to overcrowded public hospitals or private infirmaries which demand higher fees. Among them is the Can Tho City charity clinic, founded in 2003 and located in Ninh Kieu District in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho. Built on a 200m² plot, the clinic treats illnesses related to cardiology, pediatrics, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, and dermatology. In March 2003, Dr. Tran Van Tot set up a charity medical team and seven friends who are all retired doctors joined him soon later. The team operated mostly on the members’ limited pension and philanthropists’ donation. Staff members of the Can Tho City charity clinic. Photo: Tuoi Tre That year, the team … [Read more...]

Thai rider claims Binh Duong int’l cycling race first stage

Thailand’s cyclist Supuksorn Nuntana finished in first place in the first stage of the fifth Binh Duong international women’s cycling tournament, which kicked off on February 28. A total of 63 riders from 13 local and international teams started the 52-kilometre stage that ran through streets in the new Binh Duong city in the southern province of Binh Duong. Nuntana crossed the finishing line in 1:21:24 ahead of Phan Thi Lieu of An Giang’s Gao Hat Ngoc Troi team. The third place went to Malaysian Grace Phang, who races for Binh Duong’s Biwase Con Voi Fertiliser. The second stage covering 90km running from Dinh Quan district in southern Dong Nai province to Bao Loc city in Central Highlands Lam Dong province will start on March 1. The annual cycling competition will cover a length of 741km running through seven provinces: Binh Duong, Dong Nai, Lam Dong, Khanh Hoa, Ninh Thuan, Binh Thuan, and Ba Ria-Vung Tau. Thailand and Kazakhstan are foreign teams … [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...]

Binh Duong hosts fifth int’l women’s cycling tourney

The fifth International Women’s Cycling Tournament (Biwase Cup 2015) will take place from February 28th to March 8th in the southern province of Binh Duong. About 70 cyclists from 11 local teams and three foreign teams from Thailand, Malaysia, and Kazakhstan are expected to participate in the event, management board representative and General Director of the Binh Duong Water Supply and Environment Co.Ltd (BIWASE) Nguyen Van Thien announced during a press conference on February 26th. According to Thien, the tournament will be expanded to span 750 kilometres with nine routes through seven provinces including Binh Duong, Dong Nai, Lam Dong, Khanh Hoa, Ninh Thuan, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, finishing at Thu Dau Mot city, Binh Duong province. Besides the three foreign guest competitors, the event will attract Binh Duong’s Biwase team, An Giang botanical team, VTV Can Tho, Ho Chi Minh city’s Vinamit, and other teams from Hanoi and Dong Thap. The annual tournament aims to provide … [Read more...]

Senior Vietnamese official demoted 6 months after assaulting colleague with beer mug

Bui Quoc Khanh (R) and Pham Thanh Chung meet and apologize to each other on August 20. Photo credit: Phap Luat TPHCM Two senior officials in the southern province of Binh Phuoc have been held to harsher punishments after a disciplinary review of their drunken karaoke brawl that sent one of them to hospital last August. Bui Quoc Khanh, 41, was demoted by the Communist Party unit in the province from his original position as a deputy director of the Department of External Affairs. Pham Thanh Chung, 53, deputy director of the Department of Interior, was given a warning. In Vietnam, there are four levels of punishment for misconduct by Party members: reprimand, warning, demotion and expulsion. Earlier in November, the Party unit had given Khanh a warning and Chung a reprimand. It has not been explained why the punishments are now changed more than six months after the incident. According to police, the two men headed to a restaurant in Dong Xoai Town with a group of fellow … [Read more...]

Workers cash in over Tet holiday

HA NOI (VNS) — Workers at about a dozen companies in the southern province of Binh Duong did not get a holiday break for Tet. Most workers in industrial zones in southern Viet Nam are already back at work after the Lunar New Year, but things are slower in central and northern areas. — Photo baomoi Tran Van Nam, chairman of the Binh Duong People's Committee, said that the workers were paid up to four times their normal wages to fill urgent orders for Europe. The companies involved also gave their workers higher bonuses, so everyone was happy, he said. Most workers in industrial zones in southern Viet Nam are already back at work after the Lunar New Year, but things are slower in central and northern areas. About 95 per cent of workers in industrial zones in the southern province of Dong Nai are back at work, said the provincial labour federation. At the Phong Thai Group, which produces sports shoes for export, 23,000 out of 26,000 workers have returned. The Pousing … [Read more...]

Exploring the hidden charm of Vietnam in Son Doong Cave

A team from National Geographic Magazine began their journey to record 360-degree images of Son Doong Cave at Ho Khanh’s Homestay as part of its Son Doong 360 project one day in January. Ho Khanh is the name of a local carpenter who found the entrance of the world’s largest cave, Son Doong, in UNESCO-recognized Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in the central province of Quang Binh. Now, Ho Khanh’s Homestay is where most explorers from around the world arrive at before entering Son Doong. They come not only to stay for a time but also to be told stories about the ‘work of nature’. The Son Doong 360 project is expected to show exclusive 360-degree images of Son Doong on the online edition of NatGeo. Son Doong 360 was initiated by Swedish journalist Martin Edström, 27, who graduated from Stockholm Unviersity in 2010 and is now working as a photographer for UNDP and the Kontinent Agency of Sweden. The cave – formed two to five million … [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...]

Binh Duong to host fifth int’l women’s cycling tourney

The fifth International Women’s Cycling Tournament (Biwase Cup 2015) will take place from February 28th to March 8th in the southern province of Binh Duong. About 70 cyclists from 11 local teams and three foreign teams from Thailand, Malaysia, and Kazakhstan are expected to participate in the event, management board representative and General Director of the Binh Duong Water Supply and Environment Co.Ltd (BIWASE) Nguyen Van Thien announced during a press conference on February 26th. Binh Duong team actively practicing for the tourney. Photo: tinthethao.com.vn According to Thien, the tournament will be expanded to span 750 kilometres with nine routes through seven provinces including Binh Duong, Dong Nai, Lam Dong, Khanh Hoa, Ninh Thuan, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, finishing at Thu Dau Mot city, Binh Duong province. Besides the three foreign guest competitors, the event will attract Binh Duong’s Biwase team, An Giang botanical team, VTV Can Tho, Ho Chi Minh City’s Vinamit, … [Read more...]

Coach Miura: My players are mature and brave

(CPV) - "They are young, new faces. However, I believe in their bravery demonstrated in previous V-League matches," said head coach Miura of the U23 national football squad right after the team’s gathering in Hanoi on February 24th. During this year’s season, Hoang Anh Gia Lai put out the biggest number of young players, performing impressively. The 23-member short list has not been finalized leaving the opportunity open for all. Style for the Olympic national squad is not the same as for Hoang Anh Gia Lai, who have contributed 9 names. The best ones of the 30 students will be selected later for the needed positions. The recently finished AFF Cup 2014 witnessed a lot of good offensive footballers. A strong attacking team should be one of my key tactics. The Vietnam U23 team will face the U23 teams of Japan, Malaysia and Macau in the Group I qualifying round of the 2016 Asian U23 Football Championships. The tournament will see 40 qualifying teams, divided into 10 … [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...]