Ho Chi Minh City has established a cooperative relationship with the Japanese prefecture of Nagano, as part of an ongoing visit to Japan by high-ranking city officials. Vice-chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Le Thanh Liem signed a deal with the Governor of Nagano Shuichi Abe to mark the two parties’ cooperation at a ceremony held in Nagano on Monday. The agreement was made within the framework of an ongoing business trip to Japan by a city delegation led by Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Dinh La Thang, from April 6 to 16. The cooperation will focus on the fields of high-tech agriculture, manufacturing, engineering and supporting industry, among others. With Nagano’s advantages in technology and Ho Chi Minh City’s active economy, the collaboration is expected to be very productive, according to Governor Abe. Regarding their existing ties in tourism, the Japanese official praised Ho Chi Minh City’s potential, evidenced by … [Read more...] about Ho Chi Minh City inks cooperation deal with Japan’s Nagano
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The fact that leaders and officers of the HCM City Education and Training Department receive remuneration for compiling textbooks has caused a stir among the public. In a document from the Ministry of Education and Trianing (MOET) to the local press, the ministry affirmed that in order to ensure fairness, publicity and transparency in choosing textbooks, the ministry has drafted a circular (which has been published on its website for public opinions) which stipulates that those who compile and inspect textbooks will not be allowed to become members of councils which have the right to choose textbooks for use. The fact that the Vietnam Education Publishing House and the HCM City Education and Training Department are joining hands to compile textbooks is the responsibility of involved parties and they need to explain this to MOET. Meanwhile, at the workshop on renovating the general education program held by the Vietnam Education Publishing House recently, director of the HCM … [Read more...] about Is Education Ministry allowing HCM City to compile textbooks?
Prior to Britain’s Got Talent, the Ho Chi Minh City natives had already broken a Guinness World Record for their an unbelievable, gravity-defying stunt in 2016 Earning a spot amongst Britain’s Got Talent 2018 finalists is just the latest addition to the daredevil gymnasts Giang Brothers’ impressive resume. Days after the show’s June 3 finale, Vietnamese across the country are still celebrating Giang Quoc Co and Giang Quoc Nghiep’s historic road to the finals of the British talent competition, despite the brothers’ falling short of a top three finish. Their appearance in the finale marked the first time representatives from the Southeast Asian country have made it so far in the show, earning international recognition along the way for their extraordinary feats of strength and concentration. According to Hanoi-based An Ninh Thu Do newspaper, the show’s organizers covered all expenses for the Giang Brothers to participate in the contest. … [Read more...] about Get to know about Vietnam’s Giang Brothers
The first word I learnt in Vietnam was ‘khong.’ You say it nearly the same as the huge gorilla’s last name, ‘King Kong.’ As any well-experienced traveler knows, knowing how to say ‘no’ is often much more important than ‘yes’! Later you get to learn more, like ‘ok’ instead of yes. ‘Khong mua,’ (moo-a) I don’t want to buy, came in particularly useful as I strolled around Hanoi in the early weeks of my first visit. It seems to me that local people only say yes when they don’t know what to say. “Wow! You look great today!” “Yes…” As I settled in Hoi An five years ago, I started to realize that ‘no’ or asking about possibilities takes on very surreal aspects. Somehow, the idea of suggesting something different to what a menu offered became a comedy routine. “Can I have the baguette with butter and jam instead of a baguette with marmalade?” … [Read more...] about Saying ‘yes’, ‘no’ the Vietnamese way
The High-Level People’s Court in Ho Chi Minh City on March 18 upheld imprisonment penalties given to five defendants for “attempting to overthrow the people’s administration”. The defendants at the court on March 18 (Photo: VNA) The defendants include Luu Van Vinh (born in 1967, residing in Binh Tan district of HCM City), Nguyen Quoc Hoan (born in 1977, residing in district 10 of HCM City), Nguyen Van Duc Do (born in 1975, residing in Tan Phu district of HCM City), Phan Trung (born in 1976, residing in Duc Trong district of Lam Dong province), and Tu Cong Nghia (born in 1993, residing in Ninh Thuan province). According to the verdict of the first-instance trial on October 5, 2018, they established a reactionary organisation named “Lien minh dan toc Viet Nam” (Vietnam National Self-Determination Coalition) with Vinh as its President. They defamed and distorted guidelines and policies of the Party and the State, aiming to abolish the … [Read more...] about Sentences upheld for five members of anti-State organisation