Deputy PM congratulates health sector on Doctors’ Day

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has recognised Doctors' Day (February 27) by visiting health workers in the northern province of Vinh Phuc. He told people at the Herbalist Society in the province's Tam Dao district on February 26 to be innovative in using herbal remedies passed down generation to generation. He stressed that herbalists societies in Tam Dao and the greater Vinh Phuc province, an area featuring an abundance of precious medicinal herbs, are well positioned to make good use of these resources. He also made stops at the Thai Hoa Commune clinic and the healthcare centre of Lap Thach district, urging local health staff to keep up their good work in preventive health services, especially vaccinations and educational campaigns about homegrown ways to promote health. Dam called upon the Health Ministry and provincial authorities to use investment resources to equip health institutions at local levels with modern equipment and to improve health workers' skills. Ahead … [Read more...]

Villa open only to Russian guests in Vietnam’s resort city inspected

Police in the south-central province of Binh Thuan inspected a villa that is hundreds of square meters in area in the province’s resort city on Wednesday, following a tip-off from locals that it only accepts Russian guests and refuses Vietnamese visitors. The villa sits in a secluded area in Thien Nghiep Commune of Phan Thiet City, surrounded by fence lines with several aggressive dogs inside. There is a one-story guest house and a big showroom displaying several Vietnamese objects. Many locals told Binh Thuan police that they had been hired to build the villa years ago. The showroom is newly constructed and has only been open to Russian guests over the last few months. While visitors come during the day, many Russians often hold parties at night, according to local residents. A local who used to mow the villa’s lawn said there are many Vietnamese objects on view in the showroom. On Wednesday afternoon, a passenger coach operated by travel agency Pegas … [Read more...]

Social News 26/2

MoH plans to develop sea, islands medicine Most of medical clinics in islands will enable to carry out anti-epidemic activities and expanded immunization and 90 percent of islands hospitals have doctors who can treat emergency cases and some other diseases. In the project to develop medicine in the country's sea, islands to 2020 and with the vision to 2030 aiming to improve local inhabitants’ healthcare, Vietnamese Ministry of Health (MoH) is working on the plan that clinics in the country's sea, islands will be able to conduct immunization mission and medical workers there can treat local people in critical condition. Currently the population in 28 coastal cities and provinces is around 43.9 million; in communes adjacent to seacoasts is approximately 16.8 million and in island districts of 242,000. According to MoH, medical workers’ competence in clinics in sea, islands is limited and residents there do not fully enjoy all medical services. In addition, islands medical … [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...]

Tet tourism rakes in higher earnings

Tens of thousands of local and international visitors headed to Vietnamese destinations during Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday, which fell on February 19 this year. HCM City travel firms served more than 58,000 tourists in the city during Tet, an increase of 39 per cent over the previous Tet, bringing total revenue of VND540 billion (US$25.32 million), a surge of 50 per cent over the previous Tet, according to the city's Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism. More than 30,000 tourists visited the mountainous town of Sapa in the northern province of Lao Cai during Tet, with more than 5,000 hotel rooms in the town booked. Tourism improved after the opening of the Ha Noi – Lao Cai Highway last year, which facilitated travel from Ha Noi and other provinces in the northern delta to Lao Cai Province. In the central province of Thua Thien – Hue, there were more than 75,000 tourists during Tet, a rise of 15 per cent over the same period last year. The figure includes 40,000 … [Read more...]

A French journalist wishes to be a Viet Cong

PANO - In the anti-American resistance war for national salvation, many foreign journalists had come to Vietnam to cover news and write reports on developments in the battlefields. Attentively, many of their press works had greatly impacted on world opinions, contributing to the anti-Vietnam War movement all over the world and to supporting the Vietnamese people’s justice. Among them is the French woman journalist Michèle Ray of the Le Nouvel Observateur Newspaper (New Observer). French journalist Michèle Ray Michèle Ray arrived in Vietnam in early 1966, some months after US troops massively landed in Vietnam. Michèle Ray used to say that apart from her mission as a journalist, she wanted to seek her father who was also a journalist and had gone missing in the Central Highlands of Vietnam during France’s invasion in Vietnam. Returning to her motherland, Michèle Ray wrote the book, titled "Des deux rives de l’enfer" (The two … [Read more...]

Exhibitions on Hoang Sa, Truong Sa to be held abroad

VGP – Viet Nam plans to show historical evidence proving its sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagoes abroad in 2015, according to Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Truong Minh Tuan. An exhibition on historical and legal evidence strongly proving Viet Nam's sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagoes in Binh Thuan province in 2014 - Photo: VNA The first exhibition is expected to open in the Czech Republic which recognized the Vietnamese community as a minority group in 2013, followed by other exhibitions in the US, France and other European countries, he added. Last year, the Ministry received the world atlas, published in Brussels in 1827, affirming Viet Nam’s sovereignty over the two archipelagoes. Also in 2014, exhibits asserting Viet Nam’s possession of Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagoes were displayed throughout the country, including Ly Son and Phu Quoc islands. The past exhibitions drew the great … [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...]

New rural development in Phu Quy island

Phu Quy Island. Photo: (VOVworld) – Public consensus has significantly contributed to Phu Quy Island’s success in rural development since the island started implementing a national new rural development program 3 years ago. VOV’s Viet Quoc reports…. Visitors to Binh Thuan province’s Phu Quy Island today are amazed by its cleanliness thanks to the islanders’ determination to protect the environment under the new rural development program. Pham Thi Hoa lives in My Khe hamlet, Tam Thanh commune, Phu Quy island district: "It has become part of our daily routine to keep our residential areas clean and tidy. We sweep our streets and alleys at dawn and dusk or whenever they are dirty or covered with falling leaves." Since Binh Thuan province launched a new rural development campaign 3 years ago, Phu Quy islanders have planted trees and worked to keep the environment clean. They have also contributed money and labor to upgrading the … [Read more...]

69 dead in three days

The Phap Luat Online (PLO) (Law Online) newspaper quoted sources from the National Traffic Safety Committee as saying that in a mere three days from February 7 to 9, 115 traffic accidents were reported nationwide that left 69 dead and 64 injured. Of the total, 113 were road accidents that claimed 68 lives and left 63 injured, while two were rail accidents that killed one person and injured another. Three of the accidents were deemed the most serious. They included an untripped rollover of a vehicle in Thanh Hoa Province on February 7 on Highway 15C, which left three dead and four injured; a collision between a sleeper bus and a coach on February 9 in Binh Thuan Province, in which 10 died and nine were injured; and a motorbike's head-on crash in Tra Vinh Province on February 2 that killed three persons. During the three-day period, traffic police across the nation detained 41 cars and 2,403 motorbikes, and revoked 677 driving licences. Lorry collision near Hue City leaves two … [Read more...]

Bring Tet to the highlands

At the end of the Lunar year, the market sessions in remote areas, co-organized by the Center of industry extension and trade promotion (Department of Industry and Trade) and some enterprises have attracted thousands of customers. This Year Viet product market session is organized on the adjacent days to Tet; commodities are brought to the commune, meeting the shopping demand among the inhabitants. Inhabitants of Song Hinh district selecting commodities to buy at the market session of bringing Vietnam products to rural areas In Ea Lam commune (Song Hinh district), it’s only 7am but hundreds of people have gathered at the mobile-selling points to take time to shop before going to the milpas. Mi Huong in Bai village, Ea Lam commune, said, "This is the first time that the Viet product marker session has come to the commune, so, the people here are very excited, we do not need to go far to shop for Tet. The commodities here are full of ranges, from confectioneries, soft … [Read more...]

Coach accident claims at least 10 lives

10 people were killed and nine others injured in a coach collision Binh Thuan on February 9. (Photo: VNA) At least 10 people were killed and nine others injured in a coach collision in the central province of Binh Thuan on February 9. The accident occurred at around 1:30 am in Ham Minh commune, Ham Thuan Nam district, when a 30-seat bus, on its way from Phan Thiet city to southern Ho Chi Minh City , collided with another coach carrying about 45 passengers. The victims were rushed to hospital right after the accident. Seven out of the 10 dead victims have been identified so far, including the drivers of the two vehicles. Deputy head of the provincial committee for traffic safety Pham Van Nam, deputy head of the provincial health department Nguyen Quoc Viet, and local police were present at the accident site to regulate the traffic flow and protect the site and properties of the victims. Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Le Tien Phuong extended his … [Read more...]

New expressway makes for easier travel in southern region

The HCM City–Long Thanh–Dau Giay expressway opened to traffic yesterday and aims to ease traffic congestion and improve connectivity between HCM City and the southeastern and Central Highlands provinces. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung cuts the ribbon to open the HCM City-Long Thanh-Dau Giay expressway yesterday (Photo: VNA/VNS) The 55-km four-lane expressway from An Phu Intersection on Mai Chi Tho Highway in HCM City to Dau Giay Intersection in Dong Nai Province has a speed limit of 80-120km/hr, depending on the section. It was built at a cost of VND20.63 trillion (US$945.68 million) using JPY60.136 billion ($640.3 million) in Japanese ODA, $276.8 million in ADB loans and Vietnamese reciprocal capital. The road features an Intelligent Transportation System for traffic management and toll collection using advanced Japanese technology. It also cuts the distance from HCM City to neighbouring provinces, reducing the 45km drive to Long Thanh District to a mere 22km and the … [Read more...]

Social News 9/2

Labour exports off to rip-roaring start The Department of Overseas Labour (DOLAB) has revealed that Vietnam sent 8,669 guest workers to foreign markets in January, accounting for 9.13% of the target set for the entire year. Taiwan was the nation’s largest export market, receiving 5,136 workers, followed by Japan (1,926), Malaysia (679), Saudi Arabia (437), the Republic of Korea (114), Macao (101) and other markets. In 2015, the DOLAB has set an annual plan to send 100,000 Vietnamese labourers abroad. Supporting disadvantaged children in Tet festival The Vietnam Buddhist Sangha, the Association for the Support of Vietnamese Handicapped and Orphans and some other agencies launched a programme in Hanoi on February 4 to help disadvantaged children enjoy a happy spring. Speaking at the launching ceremony, Nguyen Dinh Lieu, President of the association said the programme aims to assist orphans and people with disabilities to welcome the Lunar New Year (Tet). Responding to the … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 7/2

Old Quarter exhibit recalls Hanoi's rich past An exhibition is highlighting daily life of the past in Hanoi's Old Quarter. More than 100 photographs and artefacts will be on show from February 2-15, giving an insight into life in the 36 streets of the Old Quarter during the late 19th-early 20th centuries. Highlights include an exploration of the area's unique architecture and traditional two-wheeled carriages that once plied the narrow streets. Historian Duong Trung Quoc said the exhibition would help visitors better understand the significance of the Old Quarter in Hanoi's history. The precinct is undergoing major redevelopment, succumbing to expansion pressures of modern Hanoi. Chef club debuts in central city The city's tourism association has debuted its Chef Club with the participation of 250 head cooks from hotels and resorts in the city. The club will host regular competitions and cuisine festivals for chefs to show off their skills and promote local food. School … [Read more...]

Social News 7/2

Vietnamese, Cambodian provinces partner in military cooperation The military headquarters of Vietnam’s southern province of Tay Ninh and the Cambodian province of Tbong-Khmum signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on military cooperation on February 5. The MoU focuses on seven key areas of future cooperation between the two sides, including greater collaboration on maintaining security and public order; combating crime along their shared border; mutual support on border delineation and land marker planting; and enhancing joint efforts to search for and return the remains of Vietnamese volunteers and soldiers who lost their lives during the war in Tbong-Khumum. Both sides agreed to create favourable conditions for cross-border trade and healthcare, enhance experience exchange and organise arts-culture and sports events. Speaking at the signing ceremony, Colonel Vo Van Thi, head of the Tay Ninh Military Headquarters, hailed recent efforts of the two provinces to maintain a … [Read more...]

Social News 6/2

2, 165 students nationwide honored 2015 best students Ministry of Training and Education has just announced a list of students, who won the best student competition in 2015 on February 3. This year’s contest attracted 4, 350 participants , who get outstanding achievements in their study at high schools, universities nationwide. The annual competition is an useful playground, aiming to seek outstanding students for a national academic team to compete at various scholastic events. 2, 165 winners honored this year, including 140 students from Hanoi, 52 students from Ho Chi Minh City, 85 students from Hai Phong, 82 from Nghe An, 81 from Hai Duong and 78 from Nam Dinh and other. Student Nguyen Tuan Hai Dang from Natural Science Gifted High School won the first prize in mathematical category. Hanoi team took the leading one of nationwide about number of good students. Manhunt after bank theft, inside job suspected A nationwide manhunt is underway for a bank employee believed to … [Read more...]

Temple to the Whale God is a museum of gigantic skeletons

The southern central province of Binh Thuan is home to famous landscapes, such as the ancient tower Po Sha Inu, the Ong Hoang (Prince) Palace, the Ta Cu Mountain and the famous Mui Ne and Hon Rom beaches, which offer tourists fascinating travel options. But another destination that you cannot miss is Van Thuy Tu – one of the oldest fishing villages in Southern Central Viet Nam. Van means "village" and Thuy Tu means "beautiful water". The Van Thuy Tu temple is located on the Ngu Ong Street of Phan Thiet City. It is considered the largest museum for whale skeletons in Viet Nam and Southeast Asia. The Van Thuy Tu temple was built by Thuy Tu villagers in 1762 to worship the Whale God. The temple's architectural style follows the traditional style used in the fishing villages of Central and South Central Viet Nam, facing towards the East. Its roof is covered by Yin-yang tiles, depicting the images of dragons and unicorns. The entrance ticket to the temple includes a tour … [Read more...]