Social News 15/1

S.Korea firm to sue workers for loss-causing strike Striking workers at a South Korean-invested firm in HCM City will be sued for losses caused to the company. Some 800 workers at Carimax Sai Gon Ltd. Co. went on strike January 3 after the company declined to pass on a mandated rise in minimum wages. Company officials said on January 12 that workers who failed to carry out their duties for five consecutive days would be sacked and sued for losses incurred by the company. Carimax said trade union intervention had failed to resolve the strike. The government decreed last year minimum wages would rise by VND250,000-400,000 (USD11.9-USD19) a month, depending on region, from January 1, 2015. But on December 27, the board of directors at Carimax said that because of 2014 losses, the pay rise would be determined according to each worker's attitude, capability and experiences. It also declared the Tet bonus would be 90% of a worker's monthly wage, but if workers went on strike, the … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 8/12

Vietnam Idol kicks off sixth season The 6th season of Vietnamese version of the US television show American Idol has been kicked off on November 28. Viet Nam Idol features contestants between the ages of 16 and 30 who have never taken part in a singing competition. Auditions will be held in the central coastal city of Da Nang, Hue, Nha Trang, Da Lat, Hai Phong, Can Tho, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in January, 2015. The three judges will whittle the top one hundred contestants down to 16, ten, two and finally one. Viewers will be able to vote by text at the website www.vietnamidol.vtv.vn or a phone call to 7170 to decide who goes on to the next level. The contest is scheduled to be screened on VTV3 channel in April, 2015. Japanese classic orchestra comes back to Vietnam The famous group, AUN J Classic Orchestra, will return Vietnam for a unique music concert entitled ‘One Asia Joint Concert’ at Hanoi Opera House on December 8. This is the third time the group is … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 20/10

Model fined, banned from performances in HCM City Model Ha Anh. Vietnamese supermodel Ha Anh has been fined VND10 million (USD476) and banned from performances for three months in HCM City for wearing skimpy costumes. Chau Quoc Dung, chief inspector of the HCM City Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said that Ha Anh was penalised for the inappropriate clothing she wore at a fashion show on June 26. She did not wear the outfit that had been previously approved by the organising board, but changed them herself, Dung added. Ha Anh was fined due wearing provocative clothing. Ha Anh admitted her fault in the incident. This is the second time she has been fined for a costume mishap. Ha Anh is one of Vietnam's best-known models, and has often appeared at events wearing provocative clothing. She has faced much public criticism for her style of dress. Buddhist Kathina grand ceremony held in Ha Noi A grand Buddhist ceremony will be held for the first time at the Culture Tourism … [Read more...]

Social News 24/9

Pink-eye spreads throughout northern region Kindergarten and primary schools in northern provinces have been hit by an outbreak of pink-eye disease (conjunctivitis). Dien Bien Phu City Health Centre in Dien Bien Province reported more than 350 infections last week. Le Trong Canh, director of the Dien Bien Preventive Medicine Centre, said that the disease spread quickly in kindergartens and primary schools because students share face-clothes and wash-basins. One student could spread the ailment to an entire class. Le added that conjunctivitis was also an airborne disease, complicating containment efforts. Yen Bai Province reported an outbreak on September 3. Since then, more than 3,300 people have been affected in the province. Significant outbreaks have also been reported in other northern provinces. In Tuyen Quang Province, 1,500 patients sought treatment last week. In Ninh Binh Province, there was a 30 per cent increase in the disease. And in Bac Ninh Province, about 2,500 … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 1/8

Vietnam wins four Green Good Design Awards in USA The Chicago Athenaeum and The European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies have presented renowned architect Vo Trong Nghia four Green Good Design Awards for preeminent works. The four masterpieces - Kon Tum Indochine Café, Binh Thanh House, Stone House, and Dailai Conference Hall - have been selected for the prestigious accolades from hundreds of entries from around the world. "Binh Thanh house" is composed of two different spaces positioned alternately and features pattern blocks, which used to be a popular shading device in Vietnam to get natural ventilation. Made of pre-cast concrete, the blocks not only keep out harsh sunlight and heavy rain but also enhance the house owners' sense of privacy and safety. "Kontum Indochine Café," is designed as part of a hotel complex along the Dakbla River in Kon Tum City in the Central Highlands. The edifice boasts a main building with a large horizontal roof in bamboo … [Read more...]

Da Nang’s Dragon Bridge gets US engineering award

Dragon Bridge gets US engineering award Photo exhibition features Dien Bien Phu victory A collection of 60 photos featuring General Vo Nguyen Giap leading the charge in the Battle of Dien Bien Phu opened in Vung Chua, Quang Dong commune in central Quang Binh province on May 4. The photos aim to provide visitors an insightful glimpse into the historical significance of the battle and instill a sense of pride and patriotism encouraging them to continue the glorious tradition of their ancestors, contributing to the cause of national construction and defence. At the conclusion of the exhibition, the photos will be donated to Quang Binh province where they will go on permanent display at the grave site of General Vo Nguyen Giap in eternal remembrance of the great leader. The event, co-orgaised by Vietnam Photography Magazine, VNA Photo Department, and the Vietnam War Veterans Association, will last through May 14. Art exhibition to commemorate the country's … [Read more...]

VN film week celebrates Dien Bien Phu victory in Laos

HA NOI (VNS)— Eight famous Vietnamese movies will be screened in Laos during the Week of Vietnamese Films in Laos, from May 5 to 11. The movies, all of which are about the Dien Bien Phu victory, will be screened in the capital city Vientiane and the Savannakhet province. During the one-week event, movie goers will have a chance to enjoy five feature films, namely Vo Chong A Phu (A Phu Couple), La Co Chuan (Signal Flag), Hai Nguoi Me (Two Mothers), Dien Bien Phu and Hoa Ban Do (Red Ban Flowers). Three documentaries, Dien Bien Phu, Chien Thang Dien Bien Phu (Dien Bien Phu Victory) and Cot Moc Vang Dien Bien Phu (The Golden Milestone of Dien Bien Phu), will also be screened. A cultural event to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Dien Bien Phu Victory which happened on May 7,1954, the film week is also an opportunity for the Vietnamese people living in Laos and the Lao people to learn about the historical value of the victory as well as recall the … [Read more...]

Film week in Laos celebrates Dien Bien Phu victory

Vo Chong A Phu (A Phu Couple) will be screened during the Week of Vietnamese Film in Laos. — Photo yume.vn HA NOI (VNS) - Eight famous Vietnamese movies will be screened in Laos during the Week of Vietnamese Film in Laos, from May 5 to 11. The movies, all of which are about the Dien Bien Phu victory, will be screened in the capital city Vientiane and the Savannakhet province. During the one-week event, movie goers will have a chance to enjoy five feature films, namely Vo Chong A Phu (A Phu Couple), La Co Chuan (Signal Flag), Hai Nguoi Me (Two Mothers), Dien Bien Phu and Hoa Ban Do (Red Ban Flower). Three documentaries, Dien Bien Phu, Chien Thang Dien Bien Phu (Dien Bien Phu Victory) and Cot Moc Vang Dien Bien Phu (The Golden Milestone of Dien Bien Phu), will also be screened. A cultural event to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Dien Bien Phu Victory which happened on May 7,1954, the film week is also an opportunity for the Vietnamese people living in Laos … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News Headlines 15/3

Vietnam's museums to display artifacts in New York Five museums in Vietnam will lend a total of 15 artifacts to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the US, for an exhibition on Hindu- Buddhist sculpture of early Southeast Asia. At the permit of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Ho Chi Minh City History Museum and the Cham Sculpture Museum in the central city of Danang will lend five objects each, while the museum of southern An Giang province is to send three artifacts. The two remaining exhibits will come from the HCM City Museum of Fine Arts and the museum of southern Dong Thap province. The Metropolitan museum will also hold the exhibition "Lost Kingdoms: Hindu-Buddhist Sculpture of Early Southeast Asia, 5th to 8th Century" from April 14 to July 27. MPK opens photo exhibition in Hue Da Lat photographer MPK opened an exhibition of his works in Hue yesterday, luring crowds in the former capital city with his creativity. The theme of … [Read more...]

Book series celebrates Dien Bien Phu Victory

HCM CITY (VNS) — The Army Publishing House has released a collection of five books to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the battle of Dien Bien Phu (May 7) and 70th anniversary of the Viet Nam People's Army (December 22). Among them are Ky Niem 60 Nam Chien Thang Dien Bien Phu (60th Anniversary of Dien Bien Phu Victory), Hoc Tap va Lam Theo Tam Guong Dao Duc Ho Chi Minh (Learning and Following Ho Chi Minh's Morals), Chu Quyen Bien Dao Viet Nam (Viet Nam's Sea and Island Sovereignty), and Tuong Linh Quan Doi Nhan Dan Viet Nam (Generals of the Viet Nam People's Army). They feature documentaries and reports by generals and soldiers who played a role in the country's revolution. Tuong Linh Quan Doi Nhan Dan Viet Nam is a collection of six books featuring military giants such as Vo Nguyen Giap, Nguyen Chi Thanh, Van Tien Dung, Le Trong Tan, Hoang Van Thai and Dong Si Nguyen. The generals and their military careers are closely intertwined with the historical victories of … [Read more...]

Social Headlines January 28

Former Deputy Minister Receives JICA AwardFormer Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Cao Viet Sinh was granted the Japan International Agency (JICA) Contribution Award on January 23.This award honors his contributions to Vietnam-Japan relations.JICA Vietnam Chief Representative Mori Mutsuya and fellow sponsors highly appreciated Mr. Sinh's strong negotiation skills and coordination.JICA's Contribution Award is offered to local and foreign individuals and organizations to recognize outstanding contribution to JICA activities. This year's award was granted to 10 representatives of 6 countries.Japan is currently the largest bilateral Official Development Assistance (ODA) donor in Vietnam.  Japanese companies have invested about US$37 billion for over 2,000 projects in Vietnam.Hungary offers 50 scholarships to Vietnamese studentsHungary has announced it will grant 50 full scholarships to Vietnamese students in the 2014-2015 academic year. The scholarships include 40 for tertiary … [Read more...]

EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY (daily updated)

Exhibition "Space Minimization"Opening: Tue 19 Feb, 6 pm Exhibition: 19 Feb - 18 Mar 2013 L'Espace 24 Trang Tien, HanoiYou are invited to the exhibition "Space Minimization" of Vu Kim Thu who uses both Vietnamese paper - the "xuyen chi" paper and washi paper (a traditional Japanese paper) to create 3D maps.These small sculptures are the contrast of the peaceful scenery of the mountains, rivers in the countryside where she has recently participated in the camp with the dynamic of Hanoi with automobiles and unrest movement.Free entrance.New Year Gala Concert   21 and 22 Feb 2013, 8 pm Hanoi Opera House 1 Tràng Tiền, Hà NộiCome to the  New Year Gala Concert with conductor Tetsuji Honna, guitar soloist MURAJI Kaori and Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra. For more information, see below:PROGRAMG.Rossini Overture "La Gazza Ladra" G.Bizet L'arlesienne suite No.2 Joaquin Rodrigo "Concierto de aranjuez" for Guitar and Orchestra Interval M. Ravel Bolero TicketsTicket prices: 200000, 350000, … [Read more...]

Social Highlights for November 27

Truck overturns in SE Asia's largest underwater tunnelA truck moving at high speed lost control and overturned in Saigon river tunnel, Ho Chi Minh City, at 1.40 pm on November 25.The upturned truck was removed from the site at 2.30 pm, allowing traffic to continue. No casualties were reported.This is the second similar incident to occur in Southeast Asia's largest underwater tunnel since it was opened in November 2011.The 1.49km tunnel is 33m wide and 9m high. It has six lanes and two emergency exit lanes on either side.-Expressway work lags behind scheduleDeputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai has called for drastic measures to accelerate the construction of the Ha Noi - Hai Phong Expressway to ensure its completion by mid-2014.The construction of the 105-km expressway was kicked off in 2008 under a build-operate-transfer contract and should have been completed last year. It was expected to help reduce pressure on National Highway No 5.However, to date, only half the work has been … [Read more...]

Social Highlights for October 26

All cosmetic surgery centers in country under inspectionThe Ministry of Health has ordered people's committees across the country to tighten inspections on all cosmetic surgery centers.Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Xuyen in coordination with related agencies sent a document to municipal and provincial administrators in the country to conduct thorough inspections on all plastic surgery centers.Inspections should focus on skills, treatment methodologies, surgery procedures, rights and responsibilities of client and cosmetic surgeons, and operation license as per the country's law.Inspectors must issue proper penalties on centers which offer illegal cosmetic surgery services to earn profits.The Department of Health in Hanoi has publicized list of 33 beauty parlors and three hospitals that are licensed legally to offer cosmetic surgery services.However, the department noticed that beauty parlors can only provide simple cosmetic surgery services such as 'double eyelid' surgery or … [Read more...]

Vietnam Marine Police receives advanced patrol boat

All cosmetic surgery centers in country under inspectionThe Ministry of Health has ordered people's committees across the country to tighten inspections on all cosmetic surgery centers.Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Xuyen in coordination with related agencies sent a document to municipal and provincial administrators in the country to conduct thorough inspections on all plastic surgery centers.Inspections should focus on skills, treatment methodologies, surgery procedures, rights and responsibilities of client and cosmetic surgeons, and operation license as per the country's law.Inspectors must issue proper penalties on centers which offer illegal cosmetic surgery services to earn profits.The Department of Health in Hanoi has publicized list of 33 beauty parlors and three hospitals that are licensed legally to offer cosmetic surgery services.However, the department noticed that beauty parlors can only provide simple cosmetic surgery services such as 'double eyelid' surgery or … [Read more...]

Chinese swindlers arrested in HCM City

Chinese swindlers arrested in Ho Chi Minh City Ho Chi Minh City Police have arrested 16 Chinese fraudsters who used technology to swindle fellow countrymen living in China. Investigators uncovered a scam in which telecom devices were installed in rented house in Binh Tan district. These were used to make the wealthy Chinese residents believe that their bank accounts had been hacked. The residents then unintentionally handed over their account information to the fraudsters when trying to ensure their accounts were secure. The fraudsters capitalised by transferring money into other accounts. Central Highlands preserve ethnic languages Localities in the Central Highlands region have taken many measures to preserve and uphold the languages of ethnic minority groups, such as Ede, M'nong, K'ho, Ma, Churu, Bana and J'rai. According to the Steering Committee for the Central Highlands, the localities have worked closely with relevant agencies to compile five different Vietnamese-ethnic … [Read more...]

American volunteer waits tables at charity restaurant

by Phuong Mai Charity canteen Nu Cuoi 1 in HCM City's District 3. A white man goes from table to table with a placard that says "Ban co muon com them khong?" (Do you want more rice?). He then heads in and returns with bowls of rice for those who ask for it. Meet American John William Kelly, who works as a volunteer at the canteen. After hearing about Nu Cuoi 1 which offers lunch for a mere VND2,000, or 10 US cents, for poor people, the Californian flew to Viet Nam and asked to work at the canteen for free. Besides serving he also prepares food. Phan Ai Binh, the head cook, says Kelly is hardworking, coming in at 8am and working until the last diner finishes. Kelly says he learnt about the Viet Nam War during a visit to HCM City's War Remnants Museum in 2004 and has since wanted to do something to help locals. After retiring in 2011, the 61-year-old got in touch with Helping Hand, a HCM City-based charity, came to Viet Nam and took part in its charity activities, helping the poor, … [Read more...]

BUSINESS IN BRIEF 19/4

Japan to fortify supporting industriesJapan will provide concessional loans for Vietnamese supporting industry firms in a bid to strengthen its industrial investments in Vietnam.The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the State Bank last week introduced a credit programme for Vietnamese small- and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) operating in supporting industries.Under the plan, an SME, which in Vietnam is defined to have total maximum assets of VND20 billion ($961,358) and employees of no more than 300, would be granted consessional loans worth $1.2 million for each supporting industry project, within ten years and with a grace period of maximum two years. Credit will be provided by 23 local banks.The programme would be expanded to turn local SMEs into big ones and might become large and powerful international suppliers in the future, said Kyoshiro Ichikawa, a Vietnam-Japan Joint Initiative Working Team 4-1 leader."Finance remains the biggest challenge for local … [Read more...]