Saigon underground market

Last update 10:53 | 22/05/2017

In District 1, away from all the upscale restaurants and swanky bars of the financial and entertainment districts is the first underground market of Saigon, where authentic Vietnamese food is crafted and enjoyed daily.

in photos: saigon underground market hinh 1Sense Market is located at the centre of District 1, B Park 23/9 and below Sen Hong Stage. The market opened January 7.

in photos: saigon underground market hinh 2

The entry road to the Sense Market is lush with green vegetation bordering it.  It is just a short 10-minute walk to the popular Ben Thanh Market. Tiếp tục đọc “Saigon underground market”

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Bai Tu Long National Park becomes ASEAN’s 38th heritage park

Last update 17:40 | 19/05/2017

Bai Tu Long National Park in the northern province of Quang Ninh has been named the 38th ASEAN Heritage Park.

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The title awarding ceremony was held by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the local People’s Committee in Ha Long city on May 19, coinciding with a ceremony to mark International Day for Biological Diversity (May 22) and International Migratory Bird Day (May 10). Tiếp tục đọc “Bai Tu Long National Park becomes ASEAN’s 38th heritage park”

Giant projects transform the face of Phu Quoc

Last update 17:16 | 22/05/2017
VietNamNet Bridge – To date, Phu Quoc – Vietnam’s largest island – has attracted US$16.7 billion of investment into a range of international-scale projects, which not only give the island a new face, but also attract other projects as well as tourists. Among them, Sun Group’s projects in the south of the island are one of the engines of change.

Billion-dollar projects taking shape

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Phu Quoc used to be an almost unknown island, but in recent years, the southern beaches of the island have turned into a worldwide vacation paradise thanks to the investment of many domestic and foreign companies. One of the biggest investor is Sun Group, with up to VND20 trillion ($881 million) of investment capital. Tiếp tục đọc “Giant projects transform the face of Phu Quoc”

Ho Chi Minh City estate official ‘rescues’ buildings violating construction permits

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Updated : 05/22/2017 15:01 GMT + 7

[Le Van Tan, an official at the Land Registration Office of District 7, looks through T.’s papers at his company, April 27, 2017.
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Updated : 05/22/2017 15:01 GMT + 7
An estate official in Ho Chi Minh City has been receiving money to turn a blind eye to buildings in violation of their construction permits, Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper has discovered.

With the help of around VND100 million (US$4,400) and a good connection, a hotel built in violation of its permit can be ‘legitimized’ in Ho Chi Minh City.

Last month, T., an estate developer in Ho Chi Minh City, had planned on taking over a small hotel on Nguyen Thi Thap Street in District 7.

According to the building’s construction permit, the hotel is licensed to include one ground floor, one mezzanine, three floors and a partial roof. Tiếp tục đọc “Ho Chi Minh City estate official ‘rescues’ buildings violating construction permits”

Hà Nội reports first death from dengue fever

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Update: May, 22/2017 – 11:30

Health officials spray chemicals to kill mosquitoes. One person has been confirmed dead from dengue fever in Hà Nội. — VNA/VNS Photo Dương Ngọc

HÀ NỘI — The Hà Nội Health Department has announced the first death from dengue fever since the beginning of this year.The Central Tropical Diseases Hospital on Sunday confirmed that a 19-year-old student who rented a house in Đống Đa District’s Trung Liệt Ward died of dengue.

In Hà Nội, the number of patients with dengue fever has shown a tendency of increasing since early this month, with 27 cases recorded in the last two weeks. Tiếp tục đọc “Hà Nội reports first death from dengue fever”

Eight prosecuted for illegal sand mining

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Update: May, 22/2017 – 16:00

Nguyễn Thị Hương (right), director of Dương Dũng Co., Ltd, and her husband Lương Văn Bình, deputy director of the company, were prosecuted for violating regulations related to natural resource exploitation. – VNA/VNS Photo Nguyễn Hoàng

QUẢNG NINH — Police in northern Quảng Ninh Province have prosecuted eight people for illegal sand mining in the province.Nguyễn Thị Hương, director of Dương Dũng Co., Ltd, and her husband Lương Văn Bình, deputy director of the company, were prosecuted for violating regulations in connection with natural resources exploitation.

The six other people are Vũ Văn Lật, Vũ Đức Loan, Nguyễn Văn Tuấn and Lương Văn Ty, as well as Nguyễn Văn Đức, and Trần Thị Nhường. Tiếp tục đọc “Eight prosecuted for illegal sand mining”

Company fined for illegal sand mining on Đăk Bla River

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Update: May, 22/2017 – 10:55

Xuan Tai Company in the Highland province of Kon Tum was fined VND40 million ($1,769) for illegal sand exploitation. — Photo thiennhien.net

KON TUM — Xuan Tai Company in the Highland province of Kon Tum was fined VND40 million ($1,769) for illegal sand exploitation, said Chief Inspector of the Department of Environment and Natural Resource Tran Cong Hau yesterday.

According to the department, the company was fined VND8 million for encroaching the Dak Bla River and VND32 million for illegally mining 3,507m3 of sand over an eight-month period.

A report from the Kon Tum Department of Mineral Resources and Environment said the Xuân Tài Co Ltd had used mechanised facilities to dig holes and build embankments to stop the flow of the Đăk Bla River in order to illegally exploit minerals, Tiếp tục đọc “Company fined for illegal sand mining on Đăk Bla River”

PM tells committee to strengthen int’l climate change co-operation

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Update: May, 19/2017 – 09:00

Erosion encroaches houses in coastal area of Vĩnh Nguyên Ward, central Nha Trang City. Climate change has influenced Việt Nam more quickly and strongly than was previously expected. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyên Lý
Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — The National Committee for Climate Change needs to enhance its international co-operation and learn from other countries’ experience to promote climate change response in Việt Nam, Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc said on Thursday.

At the committee’s eighth meeting in Hà Nội, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development reported that climate change has appeared sooner than previously forecasted. The Mekong Delta, the country’s key agricultural hub, has suffered most severely. Up to 10 of the 13 Mekong Delta provinces declared a state of disaster in the dry season last year. Tiếp tục đọc “PM tells committee to strengthen int’l climate change co-operation”

HCM City keen to develop dental tourism

Vietnam News Update: May, 22/2017 – 09:00

A doctor at HCM City’s Hospital of Odonto-Stomatology treats a patient. Photo Sơn Hà

By Sơn Hà

HCM CITY— With a pool of highly-skilled practitioners, state-of-the-art facilities and affordable costs, HCM City is rapidly emerging as a dental care tourism destination.

A full range of dental services is available, including cleaning, teeth whitening, dental implants, bone reconstruction orthodontics, ceramic veneers, crowns and bridges.

Dương Quốc Chí, 58, an overseas Vietnamese from Italy, combines a quick vacation in HCM City with a visit to a dentist.

“Dental care in Việt Nam costs about a third of the price compared to Italy,” he said. Tiếp tục đọc “HCM City keen to develop dental tourism”

Taiwan’s same-sex marriage ruling could cement its place as Asia’s liberal beacon

Landmark court case this week is likely to determine the success or failure of draft laws currently before parliament
Chi Chia-wei holds a rainbow flag during an anti-homophobia exhibition in Taipei.
Chi Chia-wei holds a rainbow flag during an anti-homophobia exhibition in Taipei. Photograph: David Chang/EPA

Chi Chia-wei will find out on Wednesday if his decades long fight to make Taiwan the first country in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage has been a success.

Chi, 59, a pioneering Taiwanese gay rights activist, is the celebrated face behind one of the most controversial legal cases the island democracy has seen in recent years, where 14 judges must rule if the civil code, which states that marriage is between a man and a woman, is unconstitutional. Tiếp tục đọc “Taiwan’s same-sex marriage ruling could cement its place as Asia’s liberal beacon”

Indonesian police arrest more than 140 men at alleged gay sauna party

LGBT groups say the gay community in Jakarta has been subject to an unprecedented wave of discrimination and attacks

Two men on trial for being in a same-sex relationship are escorted to the courtroom at the Sharia court in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. Police in Jakarta have now arrested 141 men for a party at an alleged gay sauna.
Two men on trial for being in a same-sex relationship are escorted to the courtroom at the Sharia court in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. Police in Jakarta have now arrested 141 men for a party at an alleged gay sauna. Photograph: Hotli Simanjuntak/EPA

Indonesian police have arrested more than 100 men in a weekend raid on a gay sauna in the capital Jakarta, a day before two men are to be publicly flogged for having same sex relations.

Authorities raided what they said was a sex party promoted as ‘The Wild One,’ held at a sauna and gym venue in Jakarta’s north on Sunday evening. Tiếp tục đọc “Indonesian police arrest more than 140 men at alleged gay sauna party”

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Sơn Trà ký sự – Kỳ 5: ‘Lợi ích nhóm’ lũng đoạn quy hoạch?

Đăng bởi: MTG Đăng lúc: 11.05.2017 00:13

 Việc cấp đất giao rừng xé nát Sơn Trà và ý định hợp pháp hóa việc xé nát đó của lãnh đạo chính quyền Đà Nẵng thời kỳ trước đây đang để lại rất nhiều vấn đề vô cùng nan giải.

Sơn Trà ký sự-Kỳ 1: Chuyện về ông ‘thần rừng’

Sơn Trà ký sự – Kỳ 2: Y cẩm dạ hành

Sơn Trà ký sự – Kỳ 3: Mấu chốt của những vấn đề ‘nóng’ trên bán đảo Sơn Trà

Sơn Trà ký sự – Kỳ 4: Luận về Chà vá chân nâu và chùa Linh Ứng

Việc vi phạm pháp luật về đất đai ở bán đảo Sơn Trà diễn ra từ lâu. Thời chưa tách tỉnh, việc phá rừng diễn ra lén lút, trách nhiệm của chính quyền là không tổ chức quản lý chặt chẽ và không xử lý nghiêm minh các đối tượng vi phạm. Từ sau khi Đà Nẵng trở thành thành phố trực thuộc Trung ương, tình trạng vi phạm trở nên nghiêm trọng với sự can dự của chính quyền thành phố. Từ năm 2000 đến cách đây khoảng 4-5 năm, lãnh đạo chính quyền thành phố Đà Nẵng đã tùy tiện giao đất giao rừng trái pháp luật, rồi tìm cách hợp pháp hóa tình trạng phi pháp đó, khiến cho ban lãnh đạo chính quyền hiện tại cực kỳ lúng túng trong việc xử lý những vấn đề ở Sơn Trà, thực chất là phải giải quyết hậu quả của những nhiệm kỳ trước. Tiếp tục đọc “Sơn Trà ký sự – Kỳ 5: ‘Lợi ích nhóm’ lũng đoạn quy hoạch?”

Sunny Nha Trang a new hotspot for art

Last update 00:02 | 22/05/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – For many, Nha Trang evokes images of the sea, or memories of holidays spent on the beach. Nha Trang has always been a popular destination for vacationing Vietnamese, but with air travel becoming ever cheaper and easier, international tourists are getting in on the action.

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Northern-nostalgia: Le Hiep’s Teacher’s Pagoda in Ha Tay has a magical light. 

Visitors to Nha Trang expect a relaxing time, however, a group of local artists is looking to change that. The plan is to provide a more cultural experience to sun-and-sand-seeking holidaymakers. Tiếp tục đọc “Sunny Nha Trang a new hotspot for art”

Black gold and a bleak future

Last update 00:00 | 22/05/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – Viet Nam has 20 thermal power plants now and plans to have more than double that by 2050.

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Off the cuff, this makes sense. The nation is growing and needs more energy than ever.

However, if we look beyond mere numbers and visualise the social and environmental impacts of 51 coal-powered plants in the country, the rosy picture is blackened considerably, literally and otherwise.

A study published earlier this year by a group of researchers from Havard University and Greenpeace, an international non-governmental environmental organisation based in Amsterdam, cautions that by 2030, Viet Nam and Indonesia will be among the nations worst affected by coal pollution. Tiếp tục đọc “Black gold and a bleak future”