Quang Ngai prepares for the 2016 high school graduation examination


​On March 31, at the Ho Chi Minh City Industry University - Quang Ngai branch, the provincial department of Education and Training organized conference to deploy the high school graduation examination work 2016 in the province area. ​Reported by the DoET, in academic year 2014-2015, Quang Ngai has 14,506 candidates participating into the national high school graduation examination and 12,882 students passed the exam. In 2015, 6,313 Quang Ngai students were enrolled into 150 universities, colleges across the country. At the ceremony, participants were provided the regulations of the 2016 National high school graduation examination as well as related information about the exam. This year, the exam venues in Quang Ngai province are organized by the coordination among the provincial department of education and training, University of Finance and Accounting, Pham Van Dong University and Da Nang University. The provincial DoET also organize trial exam for students in April. The 2016 … [Read more...]

PV Gas receives noble award


PANO - The PetroVietnam Gas (PV Gas) of the Vietnam Oil and Gas Group (Petrovietnam) held a ceremony on April 3rd at Thong Nhat (Unification) Hall in Ho Chi Minh City to receive the Labor Hero title. Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Dinh La Thang, and representatives from central agencies and local authorities attended the event. During the event, delegates recalled the company's construction and development over the past 25 years. The company has always exceeded its goals, and it is now valued at nearly US$ 3 billion. PV Gas is among Vietnam's top ten corporate taxpayers. The company is now operating four gas systems with over 1,200km of transmission pipeline, two factories, and many gas filling stations. The company also donated over VND 700 billion to social welfare activities across the country. They sponsored VND 81 billion to build over 5,000 houses for policy beneficiaries, VND 83 billion for the medical sector, VND … [Read more...]

HCMC holds Olympic contest for high school students


PANO – The Education and Training Department of Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) kicked off the 2nd Olympic contest on April 2nd. The competition celebrates the success of the 12th Party Congress and the 41st anniversary of the liberation of the Southern region and National Reunification Day (April 30th, 1975). This year’s contest drew the participation of over 4.300 high school students participating in 138 teams from 12 provinces and cities in the southern region. During the two-day contest, students competed in ten subjects: Literature, History, Geography, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, English, French and Informatics. Contest participants also completed a 3-hour writing test. According to the department, the contest is designed not only to discover talent but also to create a chance for students in the southern region to share their knowledge. Source: SGGPTranslated by Hong Thanh … [Read more...]

GrabCar officially launched in Ho Chi Minh City


Southeast Asian taxi hailing app Grab officially launched its GrabCar service in Ho Chi Minh (HCM) City last week after receiving approval from the Government. Grab last January successfully sought the Government's approval to trial GrabCar as well as the creation of a legal framework for the new service. It began the trial in Hanoi, HCM City, Da Nang, Khanh Hoa, and Quang Ninh. Nguyen Xuan Thuy, deputy director of the transport ministry's Department of Transport, said so far only GrabTaxi and transport companies and cooperatives using vehicles under nine seats are selected to participate in the programme. Le Hoang Minh, deputy director of the HCM City Department of transport, said the department would work to ensure proper implementation. Nguyen Tuan Anh, general manager of Grab Vietnam, said with more than 30 million mobile phones users with 3G services, Vietnam is a promising market. Source: VNA … [Read more...]

Family, juvenile tribunal makes debut in HCM City


The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Court debuted a family and juvenile tribunal on April 4. The launching ceremony was attended by local officials and representatives of the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Public Security, the Supreme People’s Procuracy and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Speaking at the event, Chief Justice of the Supreme People’s Court Truong Hoa Binh said the formation of a family and juvenile tribunal as part of a People’s Court, can be counted as a success of judicial reforms. It is a step to concretise the Party’s viewpoints and the State’s laws on protecting and developing Vietnamese families, while protecting, caring for and educating children. It also demonstrates Vietnam’s strong commitment to ensuring children’s rights, especially in judicial activities. He added that the Family and Juvenile Tribunal will professionalise and improve the quality of the settlement of family and … [Read more...]

Three alleged acid attackers arrested in Saigon, one hired for $45


Three suspects of a brutal acid attack that hospitalized two women last week were arrested on Friday, including one who was unacquainted with the victims and paid to commit the assault, police said. On March 30, two young women H. and D. had acid thrown on their faces and bodies by two male attackers as they were driving in Go Vap District, Ho Chi Minh City. One of the victims suffered fourth-degree burns on 75 percent of her face and lost her left eye, while the other received minor burns on her arms, according to doctors at Cho Ray Hospital, where the two are being treated. Investigations into the attack were immediately carried out by Go Vap police, who later identified and apprehended three suspects, 21-year-old Truong Thi Kieu Quyen, 20-year-old Nguyen Dinh Thanh Tam, and 19-year-old Pham Hoang Long. Initial interrogations found that Quyen and D. were previously engaged in a lesbian relationship, while H. was a friend who hung out in the group. Following a conflict … [Read more...]

Vietnam pins hope on new president to defend sovereignty


Vietnamese lawmakers and members of the public have put their trust in newly-elected State President Tran Dai Quang to work tirelessly to protect the country’s national sovereignty, as he vowed in the oath of office last week. officially took office on Saturday. "I swear to resolutely and persistently fight to protect Vietnam’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as its national interests and security," President Quang said in the oath. Many lawmakers believe that the new state leader, a general who heads the Ministry of Public Security, can fulfill his duties, as he is also the chairman of the Council for National Defense and Security, and the commander of the People’s Armed Forces. "The new president has been engaged in the professional security sector, so I believe he can perform his duties well," Truong Trong Nghia, a National Assembly deputy from Ho Chi Minh City, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Sunday. Nghia said he is … [Read more...]

TV series launched to promote tourism in Vietnam


A television series entitled ‘Tour de Vietnam’ was launched recently with the aim of promoting Vietnam’s tourism to viewers around the world. Co-organised by the Saigon Tourist Cable Television Limited Company (SCTV) and the Vietnam Television Corporation's NetViet television channel, the series is broadcast daily (excluding Sundays) from April 1 at 19:50 on SCTV and 12:00 on NetViet. Each episode lasts 12 minutes and has three main parts, including Vietnam’s tourist attractions, tangible and intangible cultural heritages, superb cuisine, as well as the country’s long-standing traditions. ‘Tour de Vietnam’ also provides viewers with useful tips as well as tourism promotion programmes for visiting Vietnam. As SCTV is one of the major cable television providers in Vietnam with extensive nationwide coverage while NetViet boasts satellite coverage across Asia, Europe, Australia and North America, ‘Tour de Vietnam’ is expected to … [Read more...]

Vietnamese comedian’s theater keeps going, ten days after his arrest in US

Instead, artists and comedians at the Ho Chi Minh City-based Sao Minh Beo are still working to keep the lights on at the theater, although it is not clear if the facility’s owner will ever return following

In his U.S. jail cell, Minh Beo can feel reassured that his problems with the law has not made artists in his namesake theater back home turn their back on him. his arrest on March 25. Minh Beo is being held in an Orange County jail, pending an April 15 court appearance on charges of sexually abusing a minor. Contrary to concerns that Sao Minh Beo, the theater the Vietnamese entertainer founded in 2013, would be affected by his arrest, no adjustments have been made to the shows scheduled there. A children’s play, ‘Mermaid,’ even had its debut show on Sunday morning as planned, with the playhouse in District 11 filled with young audiences. "I am trying my hardest to support my family and to keep Sao Minh Beo going," said Hong Phuoc Kien, Minh Beo’s older brother. Kien acts as manager for both the entertainer himself and the Sao Minh Beo theater. "Since the incident, no artist has parted company with [Sao Minh Beo], which helps ease my sadness," … [Read more...]

Dong Van Stone Plateau’s charm

Located over 1,000 meters above sea level, Dong Van Stone Plateau is formed by narrow valleys alternating with rocky mountain ranges in the north of Vietnam. The plateau is a must-see destination for tourists in the northeastern province of Ha Giang. The plateau was recognized by UNESCO in October 2010 as one of just 77 geological parks in the world and second in Southeast Asia after the Langkawi Geological Park in Malaysia. Over 80% of the surface is covered with limestone and it has a high concentration of rocky peaks sitting over 2,000m above sea level. The rock of Dong Van is said to contain fossils from 400 million-600 million years ago. The park spreads over the districts of Meo Vac, Dong Van, Yen Minh and Quan Ba, on a total area of 2,300 square kilometers. At the center of the Rock Plateau is Dong Van Town, located 150 kilometers from the center of Ha Giang Province. The Vietnam Institute of Archaeology has collaborated with Ha Giang Provincial Museum to carry out an … [Read more...]

Immunotherapy represents a new hope for cancer patients


Immunotherapy, which strengthens the immune system, enabling it to detect cancerous cells more effectively, promises new hope for cancer patients, health experts said. Immunotherapy, the latest cancer treatment approved by the US Food and Drug Administration, has been hailed as a breakthrough in oncology. At a counseling workshop on targeted therapy and immunotherapy for cancers held in Ho Chi Minh City by Singapore’s Parkway Cancer Centre on April 2, Dr. Lim Hong Liang, the centre’s oncologists, said cancer cells have the ability to "camouflage" themselves in such a way that the body’s immune system is unable to detect and destroy them. "The therapy, a protocol that uses drugs, can aid in stopping or slowing the growth of cancer cells, and prevent cancer from spreading to other parts of the body." People with cancer experience a breakdown of the immune system, which inhibits the body’s natural defences and ability to recognise cancerous cells. However, … [Read more...]

Several works to be carried out to reduce traffic jam at TSN Airport


The Ministry of Transport has established a group who will work on an overall project to reduce traffic jam at Tan Son Nhat International Airport (TSN) and surrounding areas. Deputy Director of national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines Do Tat Binh will be leader of the group responsible for reviewing the traffic infrastructure plan at TSN airport, estimate the status quo and study an overall project to organize and rationalize traffic in the area. The group will propose construction of necessary works for the above mentioned purpose and report to the ministry and the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee to implement them. According to the ministry, traffic jam has regularly occurred at Tan Son Nhat Airport and surrounding streets such as Phan Dinh Giot, Phan Thuc Duyen, Truong Son, Hong Ha and Bach Dang because of increasing vehicle volume getting to and from the airport. … [Read more...]

Vietnamese teacher, students develop water desalination machine to battle historic drought


A physics teacher and his students at a high school in the Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre have developed a solar-powered water desalination machine to provide precious drinking water for the drought-stricken area. Physics teacher Truong Huu Dung and his students at Nguyen Dinh Chieu High School in Ben Tre City, the provincial capital, are in the final stage of creating a water desalination machine that costs around VND2 million (US$90) and could produce six liters of fresh water a day. "Salt water is stored in an insulated bottle made up of two layers of plastic separated by an insulating layer, and then heated by a vacuum tube taken from a water heater machine. The vapor will follow a tube into the distillation pot to be condensed into fresh water," Dung explained. Simple as it sounds, the machine is the fruit of a long and arduous process of trial and error by the team, which even included a small explosion caused by high pressure inside the insulated bottle. The idea for … [Read more...]

Vietnam offers sweet wood and bamboo tent glamping


If you’re looking for a unique experience spending a night on a beach nestled amongst tropical vegetation in an environmentally friendly wooden tent all at an economical price, then here are some options that may be right for you. Source VOV … [Read more...]

Germany help Vietnam develop wind power investment guidelines


The Hanoitimes - The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in Vietnam and General Directorate of Energy (GDE)- Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) co-host the Validation Workshop on "Wind Power Investment Guidelines" in Ho Chi Minh City on April 1. The workshop is facilitated by the MOIT/GIZ Energy Support Programme under the German Technical Development Cooperation project "Support to the Up-Scaling of Wind Power" (DKTI Wind Project) in order to assist the Vietnamese Government to develop and utilise wind energy for socio-economic development. The project with a total budget of EUR6.900.000 is commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ) under the German Climate Technology Initiative (DKTI). The Validation Workshop on "Wind Power Investment Guidelines" targets senior officials from relevant Ministries such as Ministry of Industry and Trade, Ministry of Planning and Investment and relevant provincial … [Read more...]

Motorbike stunt riding popular amongst Vietnamese youths


Motorbike stunt riding has increased in popularity among young Vietnamese over recent years. The sport, often referred to as stunting, is characterized by tricks involving acrobatic maneuvering of the motorcycle, most commonly sport bikes, and sometimes the riders themselves. Vietnamese youths, particularly those in large cities including Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, became aware of stunting around five years ago by watching video clips on YouTube. The sport has quickly increased in appeal thanks to the excitement it offers. Nguyen Duc Phong, a member of Hanoi Stunt Riders Club, said that among the different street sports he has practiced, none has given him as much of a thrill as stunting. "Stunting is so addictive; once you’ve taken it up, you cannot stop pushing yourself to get better," Phong said. The sport requires a high-capacity hand-clutch motorbike, good health and loads of enthusiasm. These fancy bikes fetch exorbitant prices however, which may deter … [Read more...]

Launch of “One month campaign commemorating World Intellectual Property Day towards integration”


The Ministry of Science and Technology, with the support of BSA | The Software Alliance launched the "One month campaign commemorating World Intellectual Property Day towards integration" on March 31, 2016. The launch ceremony welcomes the member participants ofthe government inter-ministerial IPR Task Forces (Program 168) converging nine ministries, line agencies, international organizations, business associations and the media. As chairman to the launch for the "One month campaign commemorating World Intellectual Property Day towards integration", Deputy Minister of Science and Technology ( MOST) Tran Viet Thanh accentuated the purpose and meaning of the initiative – "to heighten awareness on the role and importance of IP rights in social development; press ahead the establishment, application, development and enforcement of IP rights; ensure that IP rights become a useful tool to promote science and technology development, and socioeconomic development as a whole; and create … [Read more...]

Argentinean newspaper hails Viet Nam’s tourist attractions


Argentinean newspaper, Clarin, on April 2 comments upon Viet Nam’s rapid tourist development over recent years. The newspaper introduced Viet Nam’s cultural values and scenic spots across the country including the Red River Delta, the Hoang Lien Son range, Ha Long Bay, Cat Ba national park and the Mekong Delta attractions. Each place has its own distinctive features. Ha Noi is a combination of traditional and French architecture, while Ho Chi Minh City reflects a French colonial architecture. Hue imperial city has preserved old constructions of the Nguyen royal family. Besides historical places, Viet Nam has many beautiful beaches, modern tourist hubs, and good accommodations. The newspaper said in the recent 15 years, the Southeast Asian nation's tourism has developed rapidly. Last year, the country welcomed 7 million tourists, while the figure stood at just 2 million in 2000. … [Read more...]

PepsiCo in tax limbo


The long-running tax dispute between Suntory PepsiCo Vietnam Limited and Vietnam's tax authorities over preferential treatment for its expanded investment project in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho is continuing with no end in sight. The crux of this issue lies in the differences that existed in terms of investment incentives between new and expanded investment projects around the time that the foreign invested firm was granted the investment certificate for its Can Tho plant in 2008. At that time, expanded projects were only entitled to a three-year corporate income tax (CIT) exemption, and a 50 per cent CIT reduction in the five (not seven) following years. Meanwhile, new investment projects could enjoy incentives as stated in the investment certificates. In 2008, Suntory PepsiCo Vietnam received an investment certificate from the Can Tho Export Processing and Industrial Zones Management Authority (CEPIZA), which specified investment incentives applicable to the new plant. As … [Read more...]