Man wanted for killing 4-year-old boy, injuring another

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Nguyen Ngoc Chien, 10, is being treated at Nghe An Hospital. Photo: Pham Duc Police in central Vietnam are looking for a man accused of clubbing a 4-year-old boy to death and seriously injuring another 10-year-old boy over conflicts with his mother-in-law. Vo Van Mui, 36, has allegedly killed his nephew-in-law Nguyen Ngoc Trung and injuring Nguyen Ngoc Chien with a bamboo stick on July 31 in Thanh Chuong Dist., Nghe An Province. The children were playing in the house of Mui's mother-in-law, Nguyen Thi Xuan, when he came at about 10.30 a.m. Mui and his wife Nguyen Thi Hien got married in 2011 but has legally separated for more than a year. Each of them lives with a daughter. Xuan's husband, Nguyen Ngoc Tu, said Mui came in an attempt to ask Hien to return to him. Hien was not at home at the time. Xuan, meanwhile, told Mui to make up his mind about his marriage, according to Tu. After that, Tu and Xuan left for their vegetable garden. About half an hour later, they heard some … [Read more...]

HCM City: Nearly 8,000 take to streets in support of dioxin victims

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Nearly 8,000 take to streets in support of dioxin victims NDO/VNA - Nearly 8,000 people participated in a walk for Agent Orange (AO) victims at the Dam Sen Park in Ho Chi Minh City on August 2, as the official date for supporting victims falls on August 10. President Nguyen Van Rinh of the Vietnam Association of Victims of Agent Orange/dioxin (VAVA) said the event reflects a huge communal response to the victims’ ongoing fight for justice, particularly in regards to the recent lawsuit of representative Tran To Nga against US chemical companies involved in the production of AO during the US war. The walk holds a significant social and humanitarian meaning and aims to trigger greater public support, Rinh said. According to Tran Ngoc Tho, Head of VAVA’s chapter in the southern hub, his agency has supported more than 5,000 victims at a cost of approximately VND 14 billion (US$ 645,161) over the last decade. Their charitable programmes have included building houses, … [Read more...]

Biggest social houses construction begun in Mekong Delta

At the ground-breaking ceremony. Photo: VNA

PANO - Hoang Quan Mekong Commercial Service Real Estate Joint Stock Company began a project to build houses for people in need, at the Binh Minh industrial zone, Binh Minh town, Vinh Long province on August 1st. The biggest project of social houses in the Mekong Delta will be carried out at a cost of VND 610 billion for the total area of around 39,138 sq.m with 1.863 apartments. The project has been divided into three phases and the first phase is expected to be completed in June 2016 with 620 new apartments to ease the housing problems of needy households. Translated by Chung Anh … [Read more...]

Concerted effort needed to combat false and distorted information

At the seminar.

PANO – Recently, hostile forces have increased their activities against the Party and State. In response to their domestic security sabotage campaign, the People’s Army Newspaper in association with the Defence Radio and Television Center, on July 30th, held a seminar themed "Improving the efficiency of preventing toxic information and building a firm political stance," aiming to identify and clarify schemes and tricks used by hostile forces in their campaign against the Party and State, as well as propose ideas for approaches to more effectively combat hostile forces’ information operations. Malicious schemes and sophisticated tricks The seminar attracted a number of experts, scientists and officials from military and civilian units. The organizers also received several reports from other high-profile scholars and officials. Major General Pham Van Huan, Editor-in-Chief of the People’s Army Newspaper, and Senior Colonel Nguyen Kim Ton, Deputy Director of the … [Read more...]

Vietnamese war martyrs’ mother honoured with noble title

NA Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong (R) handing over the title to the family's representative.

Politburo Member and National Assembly (NA) Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong posthumously honoured Ms. Ngo Thi Ly, mother of martyrs To Hieu and To Chan from Nghia Tru commune of Van Giang district of Hung Yen province with the State title "Vietnamese heroic mother" on August 1st. Addressing the ceremony, Vice Chairwoman Phong expressed her gratitude to mother Ly for her sons' contributions to the national independence and freedom cause. The mother herself also supported many soldiers, who had joined the national revolution cause prior to the August Revolution in August 1945, significantly contributing to the national independence and defence cause. Source: VNATranslated by Trung Thanh … [Read more...]

Defence mission visits Con Dao Island

An art performance at the exchange with the locals.

PANO - A defence mission, led by Deputy Defence Minister, Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Thanh Cung, visited Hang Duong War Martyrs' Cemetery in Con Dao Island, Ba Ria - Vung Tau province on August 1st. Vice Admiral Pham Ngoc Minh, Deputy Chief of the General Staff, commanders of the army units, and representatives of central and local organisations joined the mission. The cemetery is home to tens of thousands of Vietnamese revolutionary soldiers who died or were killed by the enemy in Con Dao Prison during the war. Their courage promoted the revolutionary movements of the Party, the whole army and the people. Their sacrifices symbolised the strength of Vietnam’s revolutionary heroism in the Ho Chi Minh era. During the visit, delegates offered incense, paying tribute to war martyrs who rest in peace at the cemetery. The People's Army Newspaper would like to give you some images of the visit: Translated by Anh Tien … [Read more...]

Deputy Defence Minister works with naval unit

Sen. Lt. Gen. Le Huu Duc (centre, front row) and delegates visiting the region's ship.

PANO - Senior Lieutenant General Le Huu Duc, Deputy Defence Minister had a working visit to the Naval Region 5 Military Command of the Vietnam People's Navy on August 1st. He was accompanied by Major General Tran Trung Tin, Head of the Department of Economy of the National Defence Ministry and Major General Le Cong, General Director of the Military Commercial Joint-Stock Bank (MB). At the working session, General Duc praised the region's achievements and efforts over the past years and urged them to follow the Party's resolutions and the State's laws and the higher-level commanders' directions to promote their combined strength and fulfill all assigned missions; especially in maintaining combat readiness, promoting defence external relations and taking part in search and rescue missions and natural disaster prevention and recovery. At the visit, the deputy defence minister visited the unit's naval ships and inquired after soldiers on a mission near Phu Quoc Island. Translated by … [Read more...]

Nearly US$1.7 billion of FDI pours into real estate market

The country's property market attracted US$1.69 billion in foreign direct investment (FDI) for 15 projects in the first seven months of 2015, according to the Foreign Investment Agency. This figure accounted for 19.3% of the total FDI capital of US$6.92 billion. Figures from the agency showed that the real estate sector took second place in attracting FDI capital during the period. In HCM City alone, four real estate FDI projects received an investment licence, with total registered capital of US$1.31 million. Experts forecast that FDI pouring into the property sector would see a surge by the year-end month thanks to the amended Law on Housing 2014 and Real Estate Trading, which allows foreign buyers and overseas Vietnamese to own houses in Vietnam for 50 years. … [Read more...]

Planting the seeds of success with ginseng

Due diligence: Farmers harvest ginseng in a garden in Nam Tra My District's Tra Linh Commune.

Up in the mountains of Quang Nam Province the ginseng plant's roots have become a treasured natural remedy. Those who cultivate the plants can earn themselves a hefty living and preserve wild plants at the same time. Hoai Nam reports. Noc Mang Lung Village in Tra Linh Commune, located on a mountain slope and blessed with cool weather all year round, has become prosperous with Ngoc Linh ginseng farming in recent years. Nguyen Van Luong, of the Xo Dang ethnic community, has grown 4,000 ginseng (Panax vietnamensis or Vietnamese ginseng) plants, of which 3,000 have a six-year growth period, and has earned VND800 million (US$38,000) from selling 25kg of the latest ginseng crop. The villages in Tra Nam and Tra Cang communes in Nam Tra My District in the central province of Quang Nam also have three major ginseng farms, spreading over 70ha. "Our lives have changed so much compared with previous decades, when we lived in poverty with shortage of food and poor houses. Rice farming on the … [Read more...]

Students find passion for rhino rights in S Africa

Making friends: Tran Ngoc Anh (Catherine Tran) pets a baby rhino that has been raised in captivity, as its mother was killed for its horn. — Photo Wilderness Foundation

Vietnamese high school students who won a writing contest flew to South Africa to see rhinos in their natural habitat. They returned home with a message: stop buying rhino horn. Phan Thuy Dung reports. A group of high school students visited South Africa as winners of a writing competion to call on wealthy people to stop using rhino horn as a medical remedy. The alarming decline rate of the rhino population has sent an outrage wave across the world as poachers from Viet Nam used to be caught killing the African creatures for their horns. These youths had seen with their own eyes the natural habitat of the rhinos, the young cubs being raised in captivity as their mothers were killed. The trip is supposed to nurture awareness, insight, empathy and understanding among these youths, hopeful to become public opinion trend-setters when they are back in the country. "Don't let the rhino' calves become orphans; don't let the rangers' children become orphans" was the message created by 22 … [Read more...]

Restoring the disappearing Co Tu clan homes

Age-old craft: Ms. Xiec, the master craftswoman of Bho Hoong Hamlet, makes ornate patterns. Her products make their way as far as Hoi An, Ha Noi and HCM City.

The Co Tu ethnic minority's clan homes are seeing the dark side of modernisation: the destruction of tradition. But the district is working to change that. Nguyen Thanh-Trung Hieu reports. In the mountainous Tay Giang District in the central province of Quang Nam, the clan houses of the Co Tu are gradually being restored as part of the efforts to preserve the traditional culture of the mountainous ethnic residents. The Co Tu people have been living along the majestic Truong Son Mountains for many generations, and they preserve their unique culture which is as mysterious as their wild life in the mountains. Since ancient times, their clan houses represent a unique culture and the good tradition of the Co Tu. As the modern society witnessed development, many of the ancient cultural values have been diminishing, and clan houses had also been gradually disappearing. To ensure that the ethnic cultural space comes alive with its original residents, Tay Giang District has over the past … [Read more...]

Salty, sweet ribs and rice will bring you back

Flavour frenzy: When you eat out in the Old Quarter, each stall is usually known for a house specialty.   Restaurant: Com Suon  Address : 47 Dao Duy Tu Street or 55 Bui Thi Xuan, Ha Noi  Opening Hours: 10am-10pm  Price: From VND45,000-70,000  Comment: A cosy restaurant with delicious food combinations and good service at reasonable prices

Located on the Old Quarter's bustling Dao Duy Tu Street, Com Suon (grilled pork ribs served with rice) is constantly crowded because of it's famous ribs and reasonable prices. It's perfect followed by a cold cup of fruity tea. Minh Trang reports. "What should we eat today?" "Com Suon." "Again!" That is the conversation my close friend Tran Ngoc Minh and her Korean friend always have each time they meet for lunch or dinner. They met each other early this year when Minh found him struggling to find a university in which he'd enrolled in Ha Noi. Minh is very interested in Korean people and their culture. She is always ready to show her fluency in their language whenever she meets a Korean, in order to introduce Viet Nam and to improve her language skills. Minh, a Hanoian girl, seems to know each corner and every street and shop in the Old Quarter. When she took her Korean friend to the Old Quarter for the first time, Minh choose Com Suon as it's good food and cheap. Since then, … [Read more...]

Communicating between cultures with cuisine

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Hong Kong-born chef Susur Lee created an international restaurant empire over a four-decade career. He's finally brought his brand to Viet Nam in the form of Tung Lok Heen, a luxurious Chinese eatery. Thuy Hang reports. He first began, more than four decades ago, as a humble apprentice at Hong Kong's famous Peninsula Hotel. Chef Susur Lee turned that experience into a long, celebrated career as a leader in Asian fusion cuisine. He has created an international restaurant empire, including four restaurants in Toronto and the prestigious TungLok Heen in Singapore. In Food&Wine magazine's 2000 year edition, he was listed as one of the "Ten Chefs of the Millennium". Lee recently visited Ha Noi to promote the newly opened TungLok Heen, located at the Almaz entertainment and gastronomy centre. He spoke with Viet Nam News about his life enjoying cuisines and cultures from around the world. What factors helped made you who are today - an internationally recognised star chef? Alongside … [Read more...]

Farmer’s new techniques bring prosperity

Field of gold: Chang A Ky, the village chief, works on his family's corn field. The new crop could help him raise his annual income tenfold. — VNS Photo Nguyen Duy

by Nguyen Duy and Ha Nguyen A Mong ethnic man Chang A Ky has helped his villagers in applying technology to boost production and thus helping them escape hunger and poverty. Ky, 42, has been the head of Chin Chu Chai Hamlet of the northern province of Lai Chau's Nung Nang Village of Tam Duong District, for more than 16 years now. Ky said he has been reading newspapers and books as well as seeking information from the Internet (at his village people's committee office) to collect knowledge and understand others' experiences to enhance production in his hamlet by using technology. He borrowed money from his relatives and friends to buy a ploughing machine because he knew that deep ploughing and careful raking will lead to a bumper crop. He also learned ways to care for the crops by studying the experience of outstanding farmers from the lowland provinces of Hung Yen and Hai Duong who cultivated cardamom, wet rice and maize. As a result, he could earn more than VND100 million per … [Read more...]

Cha Shew

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with chef Nguyen Van Tuan from Fortuna Hotel Hanoi Craving for Char Siew? Char Siew fans who have become accustomed to the fragrant and juicy with good texture of succulent pork belly should not miss the opportunity to savour this caramelised barbecued pork, a recipe by chef Tuan. Ingredients: serves 4-6 people 1 kg pork belly 2 tsp oil 1 glass of water For marinate: 1 tsp salt 1 tsp soy sauce 1 tsp white pepper 1 tsp maltose 2 tsp sugar 2 tsp oyster sauce 1 tsp rice wine 1 tsp sesame oil Method: Wash the pork and set aside. Place pork in a non-metal container. Combine all ingredients to marinade the pork (without salt). Put in the refrigerator overnight. The next day, take the pork out and marinate with salt for 30 minutes. Heat the oil in the pan to medium heat. Fry the marinated pork with water then simmer in 45 minutes. Pre-heat the oven to 250oC in 20 minutes Bake the pork on both side (5-10 minutes for each side). Let the pork cool down and cut into thin slices, served … [Read more...]

2016’s tour to world’s largest cave on sale, only 500 early bookings accepted

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Inside the Son Doong Cave in Quang Binh Province. Photo credit: Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park Management An exclusive adventure tour into Vietnam's Son Doong Cave, the largest in the world, is opening for bookings for 2016 and will accept only 500 tourists. Oxalis Adventure Tours, the sole tour organizer permitted to enter the cave, said that Quang Binh Province authorities allowed it to continue organizing tours to the cave in 2016. The company will have to maintain the same itinerary and number of tours, with a maximum number of 500 tourists in total, the company said. Accordingly, each tour last for five days and four nights with ten people at most. In 2016, the cave will open from January – August as usual to avoid bad weather. Oxalis, headquartered in Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park in Quang Binh Province, has been organizing tours to Son Dong Cave since August 2013. An exclusive tour needs about 25 people, including porters, a cooker, a tour guide, two cave experts … [Read more...]

The jujube trees of love on Ta Sua land

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by Nguyen Hien Luong At 6 o'clock in the morning Lan began getting up. Picking up a small bamboo stick, she moved aside the thick ash layer that had been covered over the burning pieces of charcoal left from the previous night. After that she blew the tiny grey dusts off to brighten them up again. In consequence, the flame appeared after a few seconds and made the 10sq-m. room dazzle and warm up. This small place was used as a studio, a bedroom and a kitchen for three people: Lan, Hanh and her first-grade son Chung. Hanh woke up under her thick cotton blanket. Yet she remained sitting huddled up for hours on the bed against the biting mid-November cold. Outside, the northern wind howled wildly and dewdrops kept patting gently on the corrugated metal roof. When the flame rose higher and higher, Lan placed a big saucepan full of icy water, which had nearly been frozen due to the previous night's terrible weather, for their consumption throughout the day. In the meantime, Chung slept … [Read more...]

Kaleidoscope (Aug 2, 2015)

by Thu Anh Seventh-grader wins top prize for healthcare software Nguyen Le Gia Thinh, 13, spent six months creating his award-winning "Health for Everybody" software, illustrated with colourful and amusing images. A student at Le Quy Don School in Vi Thanh City, Thinh won first prize at a hi-tech creativity contest for young people held recently in An Giang Province. "I created the software to help my family, relatives and friends search for information about drugs and medical treatments," Thinh said. Subjects include healthcare consulting, drug interactions, treatment plans, medical problems, and an ask-your-doctor section. "I selected information from different sources at home and abroad. I also contacted doctors at hospitals," said Thinh, adding that his mother, who is a doctor, offered him support. Le Thanh Tam, deputy director of An Giang Province's Information and Communication Department, was a member of the contest's jury. "Many users, including doctors and patients, … [Read more...]

Teed Off (Aug 2, 2015)

with Robert Bicknell Tiger Woods is at it yet again, this time claiming that his "spin rates" are OK and, having tested his clubs out on Trackman (a Doppler radar used in testing golf equipment, tweaking golf swings and a useful teaching aid in the hands of an expert), found that they were set up properly and do not contribute to his woes. OK, so if it's not his clubs, and it's not his knees or back, then there is only two possible conclusions to be drawn from this... Either his new swing sucks, or his head just isn't there. Personally, I believe it's both. His swing is better than it was, but still unstable under pressure. He removed a lot of unnecessary moving parts, but he still has a tendency from the Sean Foley days to dip down then lunge up and forward. With so much vertical and lateral movement, consistency is almost impossible. If you look at his best swings from the old days, his spine angle remains as solid as a steel rod inserted into the ground. He rotated hard and fast … [Read more...]

10,000 hours of practice: the key to success in life

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Editor’s note:Nguyen Quang Hoa, 34, hopes that a generation of young Vietnamese would be bursting with energy, confidence and expertise and would benefit hugely from a practical education in his submission to the "Ky Vong Viet Nam 20 Nam Toi" ("My Expectations for Vietnam in 20 Years") writing contest. The following story is representative of a young Vietnamese generation with bursting energy, confidence, and expertise in 2035. Hanoi in 2035 sees a switch in labor recruitment among enterprises in accordance with the World Bank’s (WB) recommendation in the 2014 Vietnam Development Report. The report reads that "Apart from determining job-related technical skills, enterprises/labor users need to look for awareness skills such as problem-solving and counter-arguing, as well as behavioral skills like teamwork and communication in candidates." "The 10,000 hours of practice rule" is a relative concept based on Malcolm Gladwell’s bestselling book "Outliers." The … [Read more...]