Flea markets spread in Ho Chi Minh City

Initially born in rural areas flea markets, or chợ phiên in Vietnamese, have recently become the latest wrinkle in Ho Chi Minh City, offering a broad array of products at reasonable prices and adding diversity to the already vibrant metropolis. Chợ phiên in Vietnam are unique and different from elsewhere because a chợ phiên is open for a couple of hours during the day in a … [Read more...]

Twelve sites recognised as national relics

The Ky Anh ancient rock rampart in Ky Lac commune, Ky Anh district, Ha Tinh province NDO – Twelve archaeological, historical and architectural relics around the country have been recognised as national relic sites by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. The list consists of three archaeological, seven historical and two architectural relics, located in 10 … [Read more...]

National U19 football event to kick off

The National U19 Football Championships' qualifying round is scheduled to take place from January 8 to February 1, the Viet Nam Football Federation has announced. The event will attract the participation of 20 teams nationwide, divided into four groups. Group A includes People's Public Security, Ha Noi T&T, Thanh Hoa, Quang Ninh Coal and Viettel. Group B consists of Binh … [Read more...]

Social News 17/12

Six farmers drown as fishing boat overturns Six farmers were drowned when their boat suddenly overturned this morning in Nam Thinh Commune of the northern Thai Binh Province's Tien Hai District. The accident occurred when the farmers were on their way to catch clams. According to the local people, the farmers were in a small boat. The accident was blamed on strong winds and … [Read more...]

Five fisheries centres to be built nationwide

Kien Giang, December 17 (VNA) – The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development plans to build five fisheries centres across the country between 2015-2020, heard a conference held in Rach Gia city, the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang on December 16. Located in northern Hai Phong city, central Da Nang city, central Khanh Hoa province and Kien Giang, the centres … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 17/12

First private war remnants museum opens in Hanoi The first-ever private war remnants museum just opened in downtown Ha Noi. The museum features thousands of war objects gathered across the country over the past 20 years by Nguyen Manh Hiep, a war veteran. The collection, which includes bomb shells, soldiers' utilities and photos, is being displayed in a 30-sq.m yard in front … [Read more...]

Firms instructed to replant forests

The Cua Dat Hydropower Plant in the northern province of Thanh Hoa. — VNA/VNS Photo Thai Ha HA NOI (Biz Hub) — Businesses that deliberately delayed the replanting of forests would have their operating licences revoked, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat said yesterday. He made the statement yesterday in Ha Noi during an online conference … [Read more...]

Yen Bai defuses 10,000 pieces of UXOs

VGP - Nearly 10,000 pieces of unexploded ordnances (UXOs) in the northern province of Yen Bai were defused safely during a three-month campaign. The campaign conducted in line with the order of the Chairman of the People’s Committee of Yen Bai. The provincial Military Command mobilized nearly 100 officers and soldiers to clear bombs and mines left over from the war on … [Read more...]

Social News 16/12

Experts propose upgrading rehab centers in HCMC Drug addicts at a rehabilitation center. Many experts have suggested the HCMC government upgrade existing rehabilitation centers instead of building a new hospital to treat drug addicts to save money. The proposal was made amidst controversies over a plan of the city to build a hospital for drug addict rehabilitation. Nguyen … [Read more...]

Government News 16/12

Hanoi receives Chilean President’s sculpture gift The Hanoi People’s Committee hosted a ceremony on December 15 to inaugurate an art sculptural work presented by Chilean President Michelle Bachelet. The artwork, which is comprised of five pieces of stone taken from the Andes Mountains and sculptured by famous Chilean painter Vicente Fajardo, features the … [Read more...]

Resort, pagoda overlooking world’s fourth largest border waterfall open in northern Vietnam

A grand pagoda and a luxury resort opened on Monday in a location in northern Vietnam that overlooks the world’s fourth-largest waterfall on a border, as well as Southeast Asia’s biggest. The Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported the same day that the two properties were inaugurated in the northern Vietnamese province of Cao Bang, which lies on the border with … [Read more...]

National U19 Championship to begin soon

The Hanoi T&T team claimed the championship title at the 2014 National U19 Football Tournament NDO – The qualifying round of the 2015 National U19 Football Championships is set to take place from January 8 to February 1, 2015, announced the Vietnam Football Federation. The tournament draws the participation of 20 teams around the country, divided into four … [Read more...]

Experts propose upgrading rehab centers in city

Hoang Nhung The proposal was made amidst controversies over a plan of the city to build a hospital for drug addict rehabilitation. Nguyen Huu Tai, deputy head of the social vices control agency under the HCMC Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, said the city should establish social facilities to take care of drug addicts, especially homeless ones, besides the … [Read more...]

Social News 15/12

Project targeting low-income earners introduced in Ha Nam A World Bank-funded project targeting low-income earners has been introduced in the northern province of Ha Nam. The 55.6 million USD project, supported by the World Bank is being carried out nationwide from 2013 to 2018. The "Innovation Targeting People on Low Incomes in Vietnam" project aims to create opportunities … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 12/12

Ben Tre Coconut Festival – bigger than ever this year The 4th Coconut Festival, set for April 7-13 next year, has been stepped up to a national event and will be bigger and better than ever, Tran Ngoc Tam, head of the organizing board has announced. The festival is an annual celebration of Ben Tre’s uniqueness to the Mekong Delta region, Tam says, adding that this … [Read more...]

Writing & photo contest honoring Vietnamese culture ends

Photographer Tran Thuy Linh won the first prize at a writing and photo contest named ‘Savour Vietnam’ for the writing titled Hon cho Viet (The spirit of Vietnamese market). The two second awards in the essay category went to Johann Farnhammer, head of development cooperation at the Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines and Tran Van Dung from Nghe An … [Read more...]

Weakened storm Hagupit enters Vietnam central coast, bringing heavy rain

Tropical storm Hagupit had weakened to a tropical depression when it arrived at the south central coast of Vietnam on early Friday, bringing torrential rain to the region, the Vietnam National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting reported. >> Storm Hagupit likely to hit Vietnam’s Ninh Thuan-Binh Thuan area tonight The tropical depression entered the coast … [Read more...]

Storm Hagupit weakens but fishing boats stay in port

The Central and Central Highlands Flood and Storm Prevention Centre had warned over 35,000 fishing vessels of the impending Storm Hagupit in the coastal provinces of Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh, Phu Yen, Khanh Hoa and Ninh Thuan as of yesterday. Hagupit will be the fifth tropical storm to hit the East Sea this year, but it weakened to a tropical low pressure front … [Read more...]

Hagupit weakened into tropical low before reaching Vietnam

Tropical storm Hagupit, weakened into a tropical low, was located about 180 km east of the coast of Khanh Hoa and Ninh Thuan Provinces in central Vietnam as of 9 p.m., bringing wind sustained winds between 39 kph and 49 kph. The tropical low is expected to head west-southwestward at 20-25 kph in the next 12 hours and hit this area at 7 a.m. tomorrow, according to the National … [Read more...]