Last word not heard yet on Vietnam capital’s plan for all-female buses

Women and girls on a bus in Hanoi. Photo: Ngoc Thang A group of gender-rights and transportation experts have come out in favor of Hanoi’s embattled plan to establish female-only public bus routes to protect women from sexual harassment but a senior official said more public opinion is needed before it materializes. The municipal government ordered the state-owned Hanoi … [Read more...]

Social News 24/12

Institutional reform quality is crucial - deputy minister Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung has expressed concerns over the slower-than-expected institutional process in Vietnam and urged the country to focus on the quality of institutional reform to achieve sustainable development. Speaking at a seminar on market economy development in Hanoi City on … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 21/12

Ha Tinh to preserve 200-year-old dwelling The Ha Tinh Museum is preparing a plan to preserve a 200-year-old "typical Vietnamese house", officials say. The museum staff said they discovered the house in mountainous Huong Son Commune, Huong Khe District during a recent investigative trip. The house is in good condition with all original structures intact, from the gate to … [Read more...]

Lan Song Xanh Music Award 2014 ends

The award ceremony of Lan Song Xanh 2014 was held at Lan Anh music venue in Ho Chi Minh City on December 19. Lan Song Xanh Music Awards aims at honoring singers and musicians who have had outstanding contributions to Vietnamese musical industry during the year. Noo Phuoc Thinh singer Winners of the "Most Favorite Musician" awards included Tien Cookie, Tu Dua, Pham Toan … [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...]

Social News 13/12

Vietnam climbs 16 notches in transport infrastructure: WEF The availability and quality of transport infrastructure of Vietnam moved 16 steps to rank 74/138 in 2014, according to the Global Enabling Trade Report 2014 released at the recent World Economic Forum (WEF). In terms of the Enabling Trade Index (ETI), the WEF placed Vietnam at a position that is higher than other … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 10/12

HCM City hosts 10th CD/DVD fair The 10th fair for audio and video CDs and DVDs will be held at the Labor Cultural Center at District 1's 55B Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street in Ho Chi Minh City on December 10. The event aims to promote consumption of original, copyrighted products at an affordable price. The fair features more than 3,000 disks in various genres of music, movies, … [Read more...]

Results of survey and excavations undertaken at Dong Co temple relic, Tu Liem district, Hanoi

Within an archaeological study project for celebrating the Millennial Anniversary of Thang Long - Hanoi, the VNMH has collaborated with the Hanoi's Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the National Steering Committee to undertake a survey and excavations at Dong Co temple relic (Nguyen Xa village, Minh Khai commune, Tu Liem district, Hanoi). The bronze drum was a … [Read more...]

HCM City plans faster relocation of polluting plants

VietNamNet Bridge – HCM City plans to speed up the task of moving production establishments causing pollution out of residential areas. Dong Hung Thuan Commune in District 12 is one of the hot spots of pollution caused by factories, which include those making wood products and welding, waste paper recycling, and printing units. — Photo vtv9 Dong Hung Thuan … [Read more...]

Social News 3/12

Autism growing in Vietnam Volunteers and caregivers feed children at the Ha Noi Relief Association for Handicapped. There are about 200,000 documented cases of children with autism in Viet Nam and the number is growing, according to the Asia-Pacific Development Centre on Disability (APCD). The news was voiced with concern at a workshop co-organised by the APCD and the … [Read more...]

Hue launches golden tourism week

Hue launches golden tourism week The Hue Monuments Conservation Centre will offer a variety of promotions to visitors during the Golden Tourism Week, which is running from December 24-30, said its Director Phan Thanh Hai. Regarding promotional packages, tourists can use a single ticket they buy to visit the Royal Palace, Ung Lang (known as Khai Dinh Tomb) and Hieu Lang … [Read more...]

Ho Chi Minh City switches to biofuel

A man fills his bike with E5 biofuel at a fillings station on Ly Chinh Thang Street, Ho Chi Minh City on November 28, 2014. Photo: Thuy Vi Filling stations across Ho Chi Minh City will begin selling biofuel this week. Under a government plan that went into effect in December, the city will gradually replace 92-octane gasoline (A92) with E5--five percent of which is ethanol … [Read more...]

State-run cinemas ‘dying’ in Vietnam

Scores of state-run cinemas throughout the country – including those in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City – are decades past their good old days, with most of which now dilapidated, making serious losses, or closed. These cinemas are a stark contrast to the hi-end privately-owned cineplexes located in inviting shopping and entertainment complexes such as CGV, Lotte, … [Read more...]

Opening the special exhibition entitled “Dong Son culture” at the Vietnam National Museum of History

To celebrate the 90 years since the Dong Son culture has been discovered and researched (1924 - 2014), in the morning of November 18, 2014, an opening ceremony to launch the special exhibition called "Dong Son culture" was held at the Vietnam National Museum of History. The exhibition was organized by the VNMH and the collaborations of local museums including Hanoi Museum, Hung … [Read more...]

Social News 18/11

Stop preventable deaths: UNICEF UNICEF has launched a campaign called ZEROworkplace that involves companies in its efforts to eradicate preventable child deaths in Viet Nam. ZEROworkplace enables managers to provide critical information to employees in an inexpensive and effective way that can have a lifesaving impact on their children. "In Viet Nam, 100 children die every … [Read more...]

Urban Infrastructure Development: Highlight of Hanoi

Hanoi has become one of the two economic engines of the country. After it expanded its administrative boundaries, the capital city of Vietnam continued to achieve more outstanding, comprehensive results. The role, position and prestige of the capital and of the nation in the heart of international community and friends all over the globe are constantly improved. In urban … [Read more...]

Rioters at Vung Ang economic zone put on trial

The defendants were sentenced to prison terms between 15 and 39 months and suspensions for causing public disorder during a riot that broke out at the Vung Ang Economic Zone in May. (Image credit: VNE) NDO – The Ha Tinh provincial People's Court on November 12 held the trials for defendant Bui Ngoc Cuong and 13 others accused of provoking a disruptive incident and … [Read more...]

Outlying districts lack running water

Van Nam Vice Chairman Nguyen Huu Tin on a field trip to districts 12 and Hoc Mon to check the use of clean water on Friday - PHOTO: VAN NAM HCMC vice chairman Nguyen Huu Tin, who made a field trip to the areas to check the situation late last week, heard Nguyen Thi Bach Lan, a resident in Hoc Mon District’s Dong Thanh Commune, saying her family has used water … [Read more...]

Social News 11/11

70 percent of cancer patients in country detected late Vietnam has an average of 15,000 new cancer patients every year, while 70 percent of cases are detected late, so they at last have died of cancer, said medical workers. Moreover, the fatal disease is on upward trend and more and more young people get it. Especially most popular cause of the disease is outside … [Read more...]