Allowing foreigners to buy houses likely to revive local market

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(VOV) -A Construction Ministry recent proposal on creating more favourable conditions for foreigners to buy property is considered a step in the right direction to attract stronger foreign investment inflows. Thousands of foreigners are living and working in Ho Chi Minh City, and most of them are forced to rent a house because they fail to meet the strict regulations to own a house. In Vietnam those regulations require a foreigner to have a 6-12 month visa, be married to a Vietnamese citizen, have a university degree, and make significant contribution to the national development. The Construction Ministry, in its recommendation for the draft law on housing submitted to the National Assembly's ongoing 8th session, has removed a number of hurdles, allowing foreigners who immigrate into Vietnam to buy houses. Living in Vietnam for more than four years, Troy Griffiths from Australia, who is a deputy executive director of Savills Vietnam, has to rent a house in Thao Dien ward, HCM … [Read more...]

Why couldn’t Lee Nguyen have high-flying career in Vietnam as in MLS?

Lee Nguyen during a Becamex Binh Duong FC match in V-League in 2011. Photo:  Tuoi Tre    Mot The Gioi

Lee Nguyen is now grabbing the attention of the media in Vietnam, where his short-lived journey had an unhappy ending, following his hogging the limelight in Major League Soccer (MLS) with his Player of the Month award. The New England Revolution midfielder took home the Etihad Airways MLS Player of the Month award for October - the final month of the season - after having a league-high nine game-winning goals this year, according to the MLS website. … [Read more...]

U19 Vietnam to compete at AFC Women’s Champs

(VOV) -Vietnam has placed in Group C of the 2015 AFC U-19 Women's Championship qualifiers to run from November 5 to 9 at the VFF Youth Football Training Centre in Hanoi. In Group C, Vietnam will compete against Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore. Coach Nguyen Duy Hung has fielded a squad of 20 footballers selected from local teams throughout the country. At the tournament, each team will play in a round-robin format to select a winner in each group to go on to the final of the Championship, set for China next year. … [Read more...]

Ly Son strives to attract more visitors

Ly Son island district.

Ly Son island district in the central province Quang Ngai, one of Vietnam's ten most attractive islands, is focusing on improving its infrastructure and services to take full advantage of its natural beauty. During the first eight months of 2014, the island welcomed nearly 18,000 domestic and international tourists. The figure is forecast to reach 25,000 by the end of the year. In early October, the district was officially connected to the national electricity grid, which is expected to help it develop a number of industries, including tourism. Many large-scale hotels and restaurants are currently being built. … [Read more...]

David Beckham to visit Vietnam

The information was revealed on a promotional video on his social network with a tweet saying 'See you, Vietnam'. (VOV) -Former Manchester United (MU) midfielder David Beckham will visit Vietnam to promote his new whiskey brand - Haig Club - on November 10 or 11. The footballing heart-throb plans to visit a number of countries throughout Asia to launch the new single malt Scotch whiskey. There is no word at present, whether he will come to Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City. … [Read more...]

Ho Chi Minh City volunteer youth conducts search and rescue exercise

The large-capacity vessel ST-115 (right) provides fire fighting for Binh Khanh ferryboat at the exercise.

PANO - The Ho Chi Minh City's volunteer youth on October 31st held an exercise on search and rescue to deal with the danger of fire and explosion. The exercise based on a mock-up that a blaze caused by a motorbike was spreading to other vehicles and cargo on Binh Khanh ferryboat with 99 passengers on board. The ferry then went adrift due to its engine failure and many passengers had jumped into the river. … [Read more...]

General Department of Politics honours outstanding initiatives

Lt. Gen. Nguyen Trong Nghia (left) presents certificates to outstanding initiatives.

PANO - Five first prizes have been awarded to five outstanding initiatives, selected from over 140 researches in the whole army. The prizes were presented at a ceremony held by the General Department of Politics under the Vietnam People's Army on October 31st. In addition, the department also presented ten second, 20 third and 65 consolation prizes to other outstanding works. … [Read more...]

Five-star ship brings tourists to Hai Phong

Five-star cruise ship L'Austral. (Photo: marine-marchande.net)

Five-star cruise ship L'Austral with 207 passengers aboard anchored at Chua Ve port in the northern city of Hai Phong on November 1. The passengers, mainly from France, the UK and Greece, are scheduled to visit several beauty spots in the city and Hanoi. Director of the Hai Phong Tourism JSC Nguyen Thi Thanh Hoa said her company expects to welcome two more five-star cruise ships this month. … [Read more...]

Exhibition highlights world heritages in Vietnam

Delegates cut the ribbon to open the exhibition. Photo: qtv.vn

PANO - A photo and souvenir exhibition opened at the Quang Ninh Museum in Ha Long City on October 31st as part of activities to celebrate 20 years of Ha Long Bay being recognised as the world natural heritage by UNESCO (December 17, 1994). The exibition displayed a photo collection on eight Vietnam's world heritage sites, 90 best photos selected from a fine art photo contest and eight best souvenirs chosen from a souvenir production contest on Ha Long Bay. … [Read more...]

Ethnic minority students commended for academic results

Ethnic minority students were honoured at the ceremony. Photo: ptqnews.com

More than 110 ethnic minority students were honoured at a ceremony in Hanoi on November 1 for the outstanding achievements they recorded at national academic contests and the university entrance exams in 2014. The ceremony was co-organised by the Government's Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs and the Vietnam News Agency in coordination with the Ministry of Education and Training, Vietnam Television and the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union's Central Committee. Addressing the event, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc praised the great efforts of the students themselves as well as the dedication of their teachers so that the students from disadvantaged areas could have made the accomplishments. … [Read more...]

An exhibition highlights handicrafts from Japan’s Tohoku region

Some art works displaying at the exhibition. Photo: laodong.com.vn

PANO - An exhibition, entitled "Beautiful Handicrafts of Tohoku, Japan" was opened by the Japan Foundation Centre for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam in association with the Consulate-General of Japan on October 31st in Ho Chi Minh City. The exhibition displayed 70 art works in commemoration of the Earthquake and Tsunami that happened on March 11th, 2011 in Tohoku. … [Read more...]

AEON Mall inaugurated in Binh Duong

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(VOV) - An AEON Mall, constructed at a cost of US$95 million on 6ha near the Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park (VSIP) in Binh Duong, was officially inaugurated on November 1. With hundreds of specialty stores, boutiques, entertainment sites, restaurants and retail outlets anchoring the complex, the marvel is expected to attract 30,000 visitors daily increasing to 70,000 at weekends. The large-scale shopping centre, which has a Japanese style, should help stimulate the provincial trade, services and retail sectors as well as domestic purchasing in the coming time. … [Read more...]

Park Hyatt Saigon to close for upgrades next March

The five-star Park Hyatt Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City will close down for three months next year for upgrades, Thoi Bao Kinh Te Saigon reported. The hotel will close and work will begin on March 3, 2015. The upgrades are expected to finish in June, its management board announced on Friday. Work may continue, on certain rooms, through November. The management board said the hotel will retain French architectural elements while adding Indochina-style decor features to the hotel, such as crystal chandeliers, white walls and a green garden. … [Read more...]

Moscow-Cam Ranh direct flight launches

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(VOV) - The inaugural flight of the newly established direct air route between Moscow and Nha Trang landed at Cam Ranh International Airport on November 1 with 220 passengers on board. Le Van Nghia, a representative of Transaero Airlines in Vietnam, said the airline will conduct direct flights between Moscow Domodedovo and Nha Trang Cam Ranh airports every ten days using Boeing 767 aircraft. The increased flights aim to meet the increasing demand of Russian tourists to holiday in NhaTrang, Nghia added. … [Read more...]

Expy toll right finds int’l buyers

A view of HCMC-Long Thanh-Dau Giay Expressway

VietNamNet Bridge - An international consortium led by an Indian company will on October 28 initial a contract to buy a 70% interest in the Hanoi-Hai Phong Expressway project that is underway, the first time the toll right to an expressway is sold to a foreign firm. Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang told the Daily on October 27 that VIDIFI as the expressway project owner will clinch the deal in India on October 28 with Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung currently visiting India and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi witnessing. … [Read more...]

Vietnamese beauty reflected in traditional long dress

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(VOVworld)- Created in the 17th century, the long dress has become Vietnam's traditional costume. The dress reflects the Vietnamese culture and embraces Vietnamese women's beauty and personality. Mrs. Huynh Thi Kim Tuyen still remembers female students in traditional white long dresses mobilizing other students to join the revolutionary movements of the 1970s. Tuyen, who was the first Secretary of the Youth Union of Ho Chi Minh City's University of Literature, now called the University of Social Sciences and Humanity, recalls that as a student in a white long dress, she went to several police stations to distribute leaflets and President Ho Chi Minh's New Year poems. Tuyen recalls: "I joined the revolution when I was studying at the Gia Long school. In 1970, when I was at the University of Literature, I launched a movement of wearing traditional long dresses. The movement immediately became popular because the long dress captures the beauty and strength of Vietnamese women. At … [Read more...]

Tuoi Tre to organize annual charity festival for children with cancer tomorrow

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Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper's seventh "Sunflower Festival" for children with cancer will be organized in Ho Chi Minh City tomorrow. The event will feature a wide range of activities including paper sunflower making, hand-made sunflower sales, an exhibition displaying paintings drawn by children with cancer, and the awarding of 145 scholarships worth VND725 million (US$34,124) to children with cancer. … [Read more...]