Steel output reaches highest in a decade

A worker checks steel production at Toan Thang Steel JSC in Song Cong IZ in Thai Nguyen province. — VNA/VNS Photo Danh Lam HA NOI (VNS) — Building steel output in July reached 613,000 tonnes, posting 51.5 per cent increase over the same period last year and marking the record high in the past 10 years, said the Viet Nam Steel Association. VSA said steel output in the first seven months of the year rose 28 per cent from last year level to 3.6 million tonnes, while consumption was 3.5 million tonnes. However, domestic steel producers continue to face the pressures of falling consumption and increased use of imported steel despite improvements in the economy. Accordingly, consumption of building steel last month reached 522,099 tonnes, 1.5 per cent less than the previous month's figure, but represented a year-on-year surge of 23 per cent. It added that in June, 1.64 million tonnes of steel was imported, posting 26 per cent rise in comparison with the previous month and … [Read more...]

First 3D art performance to splash in Hanoi

The first 3D entertainment programme combing various art forms such as dance, theatre and circus entertainment will take place in Hanoi in September. Famous names in the field such as director Pham Hoang Nam, music director Quoc Trung, choreographer Tran Ly Ly, designer Nguyen Cong Tri and circus director Tong Toan Thang are expected to participate in the programme, titled "Ionah". Ionah tells the story of a girl who falls into a surrealist world created by herself. There she meets strange people and struggles with a range of emotions. Eventually, she finds love and returns to the real world. Director Pham Hoang Nam said the name Ionah came from Hanoi spelled backwards, created by the art team to illustrate their affection for the capital. Scores of pictures capturing Hanoi with specific traits such as Long Bien Bridge, railway stations, pavement shops, ceramic roads, the Old Quarter as well as the daily lives of Hanoians will be on display at the programme. Producer Ha … [Read more...]

Handling of obstacles in Ha Noi – Hai Phong expressway construction in focus

The Provincial People's Committee Chairman has required handling of problems and obstacles to ensure the work progress. The Provincial People's Committee Chairman (L) requires relevant parties to promptly solve obstacles in constructing Ha Noi – Hai Phong expressway Mr. Nguyen Manh Hien, Deputy Secretary of the Hai Duong Provincial Party Committee and Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee, on the morning of July 21 inspected the site clearance and construction of auxiliary works for a section passing the province under Ha Noi – Hai Phong expressway project. According to the Transport Department, there remain some obstacles in the project site clearance. In Toan Thang commune (Gia Loc), nine households located in the expansion scope of a byroad from national highway 38B to the expressway have not handed over their grounds. Several households in Thai Hoa and Co Bi communes (Binh Giang) have claimed compensations for their subsiding and cracking houses due to the … [Read more...]

Police to install cameras on expressways

HA NOI (VNS) — Cameras and speed monitoring devices will be installed along the Phap Van-Cau Gie-Ninh Binh and Noi Bai-Lao Cai expressways this year. Officials hope the new monitoring equipment will improve vehicle owners' awareness and provide monitoring of traffic for government agencies, said Nguyen Van Huyen, director of the Directorate for Roads of Viet Nam. The National Committee for Traffic Safety will co-ordinate with the FPT Telecom joint stock company and Hanel one member company to begin the installation of 74 surveillance cameras and 22 speed monitoring devices at a cost of VND193 billion (US$8.8 million). Surveillance cameras and speed monitoring devices will record violations and data will be sent to Traffic Police Department's Information Centre and then transmitted to laptop computers of traffic police who are on duty along the route. Penalties will be imposed in accordance with the violations caught on camera. Tran Long, a Hanoian, who owns an 8-seat Captiva … [Read more...]

Around-the-clock cafés offer glimpses of Saigon by night

More young Vietnamese now seek solace or peace of mind in cafés which remain open throughout the night in Ho Chi Minh City. The majority of cafés offering around-the-clock services boast cozy, tasteful interior décor, with ‘makeshift’ chairs dotting the sidewalk in front of the shops. While those sitting inside mostly work on their laptops, play games or unwind to music, the sidewalk chairs are ideal for couples who crave some privacy, or groups clustering over songs or team games. Most of these coffee shops are frequented by young artists or youngsters who lead artistic or simply nocturnal lifestyles. "As designers, we need space and a source of inspiration to work at night. It’s quite dispiriting and unproductive to idle around our stuffy rented rooms. So we just come here for some fresh air and do brainstorming and share our ideas with one another," Minh Anh, 25, explained how he has grown into a patron at some around-the-clock … [Read more...]

Accumulating water for reservoir of Lai Chau hydropower plant

(VOVworld) – Lai Chau hydropower plant has closed the sluice gate to accumulate water in the reservoir. Its construction began in May, 2011 and is planned to be completed in 2017. The ceremony to close the sluice-gate to accumulate water in the reservoir of Lai Chau hydropower plant (photo: VGP/ Toan Thang) The hydropower plant is located on the upper part of the Da river in Nam Nhun district, Lai Chau province with the total capacity of 1,200 MW. It will generate more than 4.7 billion kWhevery year to the national grid. Lai Chau hydropower plant Pham Hong Phuong, Head of the Son La – Lai Chau hydropower plant’s management board, said reservoir water accumulation is an important step to prepare for the operation of the 1st turbine later this year. "The water accumulation plan has been well prepared. People, who live below the reservoir level, have been evacuated to safe places. The reservoir bed and legacy have been collected and restored by the Ministry … [Read more...]

Eurasian trade will open new page

Steel is produced at Toan Thang Steel Trading Co., Ltd at Song Cong I Industrial Zone in the northern province of Thai Nguyen. — VNA/VNS Photo Danh Lam HA NOI (Biz Hub)— The free trade agreement (FTA) between Viet Nam and the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) will create more export opportunities for some of Viet Nam's agricultural, industrial and processed products. Viet Nam will also have to open its market for steel products from EEU countries, which will influence the country's steel sector. According to Tran Thanh Hai, deputy head of the Import-Export Department under the Ministry of Industry and Trade, domestic steel producers would face difficulties competing with a large steel maker like Russia. We have to adapt to the rules of a market economy in the current context of globalisation, Tran Tuan Anh, deputy minister of trade and industry, told Hai Quan (Customs) newspaper. Measures taken by the Government and management agencies could assist enterprises, but they … [Read more...]

Development trends of banking services on the technology platforms

On August May 19, in Hanoi, Vietnam State Bank coordinated with International Data Group (IDG) to hold an annual event of Vietnam banking technology with the topic of "breakthrough solution of Vietnam bank development on modern technology platforms." Deputy Governor of Vietnam State Bank Nguyen Toan Thang opened the conference. In 2015, Vietnam Bank will continue to maintain and elevate the achievement exhibition of banking technologies; improve the scientific quality of the discussion about technologies, mechanisms and policies to create a favorable environment for developing products and services based on modern technologies. At the conference, speakers, experts from Vietnam State Bank, representatives of Air Bank New Generation Bank (Czech Republic), technology corporations such as Oracle, Samsung, InfrasoftTech and etc reported, commented on the development of banking services in Vietnam. In particular, the trend and the impact of IT to operation of the system, quality of … [Read more...]

Banking Vietnam 2015

(VOVworld) – The Banking Vietnam 2015 conference under the theme "Leveraging modern technology to transform innovative Vietnam banking services" opened on Tuesday in Hanoi. Nguyen Toan Thang, Deputy Governor of the State Bank of Vietnam addresses the conference. Photo: VNA Nguyen Toan Thang, deputy governor of the State Bank of Viet Nam (SBV) said: "Viet Nam's banking activities are mostly performed in cities, and are largely unavailable in the countryside, where 70 per cent of the population lives. Banks have not taken advantage of cross-border banking services based on growth in trade, education, training, and tourism. The conference will address banking change drivers, the latest developments in banking and banking technology, and propose some new solutions." … [Read more...]

Hanoi hosts Banking Vietnam 2015

(CPV) - Following the success of previous 17 times, Banking Vietnam 2015 is being held from May 19th-20th in Hanoi with the theme "Leveraging modern technology to transform innovative banking services". This biggest and the most prestigious annual banking event in Vietnam is co-organized by the State Bank of Vietnam and International Data Group (IDG). The event aims to exhibit the achievements of information technology applications in the banking sector to develop products and modern banking services; modernize and apply technology for sales channels to deliver more products and value-added products to customers. Besides, it will also consist of sessions to discuss and choose the optimal solutions for technology development in banking sector. Deputy Governor of the State Bank of Vietnam Nguyen Toan Thang delivered his speech at the event. (Photo: ATP) The event will not only be a forum to discuss the application of information technology, the development of products and … [Read more...]

Devotion Music award winners announced

Young rising star Nguyen Tran Trung Quan won the New Artist and Album of the Year at the Cong Hien (Devotion) Music Awards. In a glittering ceremony held at the Ho Chi Minh City Opera House on late April 6, Quan, a third-year student of vocal department at the Vietnam National Academy of Music, fulfilled the promise he showed in finishing among the top four contestants in a television singing contest in 2012. In 2014, he released his debut album titled Khoi Hanh (Departure) featuring electronic music. Produced by composer Khac Hung, it included ten songs composed based on the time of the day, including Quan's own Ao Anh Trua (Delusion at Noon), dedicated to his grandmother. "I wrote the song for myself. I wanted to go back to my childhood, which was the most precious time in my life," Quan said. Other songs in the album were composed by Hung, Huyen Sambi and Sa Huynh. Composer Pham Toan Thang won the Musician of the Year award. The 27-year-old musician was a pop phenomenon in … [Read more...]

My Tam honored at Music Devotion Awards for the third time

Pop star My Tam won the 10th Music Devotion Awards 2015 that was held in Ho Chi Minh City Opera House on April 6. Musician Vo Thien Thanh (R) receives the title of Singer of the year on behalf of My Tam. It's the third time she has won the award. Tam was honored at the Music Devotion Awards in 2009 and 2011. Singer Nguyen Tran Trung Quan won the "New artist of the year" title. The "Monsoon Music Festival 2014" was honored in the category of series of the program of the year after the program beat against attractive programs such as My Tam’s Heart Beat, Ho Ngoc Ha Live Concert 2014, and Saxophonist Tran Manh Tuan and the orchestra". "Best series of music program" belonged to VTV-Motion Media for the monthly concert Giai Dieu Tu Hao (Melody of Pride). Musician Pham Toan Thang bagged the "Best musician" for the song Bon chu lam (The four a lot). Moreover, the song performed by Truc Nhan and Thao Nhi also was named the "Song of the year". The annual award was organized by … [Read more...]

Rising star Quan wins two Devotion Music awards

Young rising star Nguyen Tran Trung Quan won the New Artist and Album of the Year at the Cong Hien (Devotion) Music Awards. In a glittering ceremony held at the HCM City Opera House last night, Quan, a third-year student of vocal department at the Viet Nam National Academy of Music, fulfilled the promise he showed in finishing among the top four contestants in a television singing contest in 2012. In 2014, he released his debut album titled Khoi Hanh (Departure) featuring electronic music. Produced by composer Khac Hung, it included ten songs composed based on the time of the day, including Quan's own Ao Anh Trua (Delusion at Noon), dedicated to his grandmother. "I wrote the song for myself. I wanted to go back to my childhood, which was the most precious time in my life," Quan said. Other songs in the album were composed by Hung, Huyen Sambi and Sa Huynh. Composer Pham Toan Thang won the Musician of the Year award. The 27-year-old musician was a pop phenomenon in 2014 after … [Read more...]

Millions lost in hi-tech shenanigans

The Government Inspectorate says it has detected irregularities involving millions of dollars at the Hoa Lac Hi-tech Park in Ha Noi. A model of Hoa Lac Hi-tech Park. — File Photo The wrongdoings covering investment, land use rights, site clearance and compensation took place between 2004 and 2012, it said in a report (No 446/Tb-TTCP) released on Tuesday. The inspectors found that too much time was taken to make changes to construction plans and expenses listed were not actual. Areas that no construction will take place were not clearly delineated, the report said. The project's estimated cost did not match actual expenses with the gap going up to VND40.1 billion (US$1.9 million). Besides, there were construction violations of VND10.2 billion ($485,000). In 600ha landmine-detecting project, there was a difference of VND7.1 billion ($338,000) between actual expenses and payment vouchers made for salaries and equipment purchases, accounting for 35 per cent of the balance … [Read more...]

Patriotic songs lead Devotion Music nominees

VietNamNet Bridge – Nominations for the Devotion Music Awards have been announced by the Vietnam News Agency's Culture&Sport newspaper in Ha Noi. The annual award will be handed out for categories including best song, best album, best singer, best composer, new artist, best live music show and best television music show. Two songs, Noi Dao Xa (Far Away Islands) and To Quoc Goi Ten Minh (The Motherland Calls My Name), that are sung by singers, along with young people and naval soldiers on the islands displaying their patriotism, will compete for the title of best song of the year. The song Noi Dao Xa was composed by The Song in 1979 and To Quoc Goi Ten Minh is a poem by Nguyen Phan Que Mai which was set to music by Dinh Trung Can in 2011. "We decided to nominate the two songs because of their popularity last year," said reporter Huu Trinh, one of the organisers, at a press conference on Friday. The two songs will compete for the best song of the year award with two … [Read more...]

Cong hien Music Award 2015: My Tam and Tung Duong to vie for the “Best singer”

The Hanoitimes - The Organizing Board of the Cong hien (Devotion) Music Awards 2015 announced Nominees for seven categories this year at the press conference held on March 6. My Tam and Tung Duong will vie for the "Best singer". The seven award categories include Best song of the year, Best new artist, Best new album, Best series of music programmes, Best show of the year, Best musician, and Best singer of the year. This year’s nominee list is concentrated on young faces including Thao Trang, Nguyen Tran Trung Quan, Nguyen Dinh Thanh Tam, Pham Anh Khoa and Ta Quang Thang. Some nominees of Cong hien Music Award 2015 Nominees for "Best song of the year" include "Bon chu lam" by composer Pham Toan Thang, together with two songs on Vietnam’s sea and islands, "Noi dao xa" by The Song and "To quoc goi ten minh" by Dinh Trung Can. Five nominees for "Best series of music programmes are The "Giai dieu tu hao" (Melodies of Pride) TV series, Vietnamese Song, In the … [Read more...]

Cong hien Music Award 2015 features young nominees

Nominees for seven categories of the Cong hien (Devotion) Music Awards 2015 were announced on March 6 by the Vietnam News Agency’s daily The Thao and Van Hoa (Sport and Culture). The annual award, the 10 th of its kind, is voted on by 100 culture and art journalists from different media agencies nationwide and based on various criteria, including creativity and the contributions of the singers and musicians to the diversity and development of the country’s music. The seven award categories include best song of the year, best new artist, best new album, best series of music programmes, best show of the year, best musician, and best singer of the year. This year’s nominee list is dominated by young faces including Thao Trang, Nguyen Tran Trung Quan, Nguyen Dinh Thanh Tam, Pham Anh Khoa and Ta Quang Thang. Up for "Best song of the year" is "Bon chu lam" by composer Pham Toan Thang and "Trot yeu" by Ai Phuong, together with two songs on Vietnam’s sea and … [Read more...]

Young composers aim for awards in new year

Young talented composers like Do Hieu and Pham Toan Thang are introducing quality songs that are expected to win them new achievements in the new year. Composer and music producer Do Hieu (R) has been nominated as Favourite Composer in the HTV Awards competition. It took only one year for composer and music producer Do Hieu to become popular among local music fans. His compositions have become hits of pop stars like Ho Ngoc Ha, and young singers like Noo Phuoc Thinh and Dong Nhi, who are finding ways to renew their music styles. "Working with pop star Ho Ngoc Ha allows me to professionally experiment and improve," said Hieu, who wrote two songs for Ha's latest album Moi Tinh Xua (Old Love Affair) released last May. The ballad Minh Em Voi Em (Only Me) and Nguoi Tinh Oi (My Darling) with a gentle melody and moving words about the loneliness of a woman after an affair has attracted millions of listeners on local online music channels like Zingmp3.vn and nhaccuatui.com. The … [Read more...]

The most prominent under-30 faces in Vietnam

VietNamNet Bridge - Forbes Vietnam has released its first-ever list of 30 of Vietnam's brightest stars under the age of 30 in different fields, including business, communications, entertainment and sports. The faces on Vietnam’s 30 under 30 list. Photo: Forbes Vietnam "30 Under 30" is a list of rising stars of the future generation in various fields that was issued by Forbes USA magazine for the first time four years ago. This is the first time Forbes Vietnam has published a 30 under 30 list. The candidates for the list were nominated by the public and then selected by the category judges of Forbes Vietnam. Luong Duy Hoai, an outstanding name in the field of electronic commerce. Photo: Forbes Vietnam Pianist Trang Trinh. On the list, there are faces widely known in Vietnam, especially among young people, such as Nguyen Ha Dong (computer game design – Flappy Bird creator), comedian Tran Thanh, blogger Tran Duc Viet - JVevermind (social media) and chess master Le … [Read more...]

Vietnamese traditional Tet celebration draws interest of Lao people

Lao guests try to make ‘banh chung’, an essential Vietnamese dish on Tet holiday (Photo: Toan Thang) NDO – The Vietnamese traditional celebration of Tet (traditional lunar New Year) festival was introduced to the people of Laos at an event held in Vientiane on February 5 by the Vietnamese Embassy and the Vietnamese Cultural Centre in Laos (VCCL). The event drew much interest from Lao guests as they had the chance to enjoy short films featuring Vietnam’s cultural practices on Tet holiday and directly observe Vietnamese artisans making ‘banh chung’ (square glutinous rice cake), an essential dish of the Vietnamese people on Tet. They were also invited to make 'banh chung' by themselves and learn how to unwrap the cake in the right way. "Banh chung was my favourite dish during the time I studied in Vietnam. At that time I knew it was a dish had by Vietnamese people on their lunar New Year. But I did not know until today that there is a legend … [Read more...]