Exhibition commemorates late artist Luu Cong Nhan

World-famous Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh arrived in Da Nang in central Vietnam at around noon on Tuesday on a flight from Bangkok, the first return to his home country in a decade, according to a local media report. The Buddhist monk was stable and waved to followers as he left the airport, said Giac Ngo, the news website of the Buddhist Shangha of Vietnam. Photos of him sitting in a wheelchair at the airport were also published. The Zen Master has been in Thailand since December last year. He is expected to stay in Da Nang for several days before traveling to his hometown in the nearby Hue. Thich Nhat Hanh became a monk at the age of 23. He is considered the second most influential Buddhist leader in the West, after the Dalai Lama. In the 1960s he spearheaded a movement of Buddhists in South Vietnam that called for a negotiated end to the Vietnam War. He left in 1966 and has lived in France for years. Hanh has lived at Plum Village for decades, traveling regularly throughout North America and Europe to offer lectures on mindfulness and peace. His key teaching is that, through mindfulness, we can learn to live happily in the present moment - the only way to truly develop peace, both in one’s self and in the world. Remarkably, Hanh does not ask his Western followers to abandon their religion. He has returned to Vietnam three times - in 2005, 2007 and 2008 -…... [read more]

World-famous Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh arrived in Da Nang in central Vietnam at around noon on Tuesday on a flight from Bangkok, the first return to his home country in a decade, according to a local media report. The Buddhist monk was stable and waved to followers as he left the airport, said Giac Ngo, the news website of the Buddhist Shangha of Vietnam. Photos of him sitting in a wheelchair at the airport were also published. The Zen Master has been in Thailand since December last year. He is expected to stay in Da Nang for several days before traveling to his hometown in the nearby Hue. Thich Nhat Hanh became a monk at the age of 23. He is considered the second most influential Buddhist leader in the West, after the Dalai Lama. In the 1960s he spearheaded a movement of Buddhists in South Vietnam that called for a negotiated end to the Vietnam War. He left in 1966 and has lived in France for years. Hanh has lived at Plum Village for decades, traveling regularly throughout North America and Europe to offer lectures on mindfulness and peace. His key teaching is that, through mindfulness, we can learn to live happily in the present moment - the only way to truly develop peace, both in one’s self and in the world. Remarkably, Hanh does not ask his Western followers to abandon their religion. He has returned to Vietnam three times - in 2005, 2007 and 2008 -…... [read more]

Illustrative photo (Source: Internet) HCM City (VNA) – Ho Chi Minh City is committed to creating best possible conditions for the organisation of the HCM City–Gyeongju World Cultural Festival 2017, said Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Le Thanh Liem. Liem made the remark at a meeting with Joo Joong Chul, Deputy Governor of Gyeongsangbuk-do province in the southern economic hub on August 25. Gyeongju is a city in the Republic of Korea’s Gyeongsangbuk-do. Liem said HCM City always listens to feedback and opinions from the RoK’s side during their joint preparation for the festival. Joo Joong Chul thanked the city authorities and relevant agencies for their assistance and cooperation goodwill, and asked for further support to ensure the success of the festival. Reporting on preparation progress, he requested HCM City leaders to help extend the use duration of land used for materials storage serving construction of facilities for the festival, particularly in key areas like the 23/9 Park and Nguyen Hue Street. He also asked for more intensive promotion of the festival on the local media and across streets. Taking into account his guest’s recommendations, Liem tasked relevant agencies with working with the RoK side to promptly tackle these issues and ensure preparation process to run on schedule. The HCM City- Gyeongju World Cultural Festival 2017 is set to kick off in mid-November and last for 25 days. Featuring a host of cultural-art events, sport and youth…... [read more]

HCM City preparing for world cultural festival with Gyeongju  Liem made the remark at a meeting with Joo Joong Chul, Deputy Governor of Gyeongsangbuk-do province in the southern economic hub on August 25. Gyeongju is a city in the Republic of Korea’s Gyeongsangbuk-do. Liem said HCM City always listens to feedback and opinions from the RoK’s side during their joint preparation for the festival. Joo Joong Chul thanked the city authorities and relevant agencies for their assistance and cooperation goodwill, and asked for further support to ensure the success of the festival. Reporting on preparation progress, he requested HCM City leaders to help extend the use duration of land used for materials storage serving construction of facilities for the festival, particularly in key areas like the 23/9 Park and Nguyen Hue Street. He also asked for more intensive promotion of the festival on the local media and across streets. Taking into account his guest’s recommendations, Liem tasked relevant agencies with working with the RoK side to promptly tackle these issues and ensure preparation process to run on schedule. The HCM City- Gyeongju World Cultural Festival 2017 is set to kick off in mid-November and last for 25 days. Featuring a host of cultural-art events, sport and youth exchanges as well as trade cooperation activities, it will take place across popular public gathering sites such as the Nguyen Hue pedestrian street, 23/9 Park, and Ben Thanh theatre. Source: VNA... [read more]

Senior Lieutenant General Luong Cuong, Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee, Director of the General Department of Politics of the Vietnam People’s Army, made the statement during talks with the Lao officer in Hanoi on August 2. Cuong hailed the two countries’ advisory bodies for proactively implementing activities to celebrate the Vietnam-Laos and Laos-Vietnam Year of Solidarity and Friendship 2017, especially the successful organisation of meetings in Laos for ex-Lao military trainees in Vietnam, a military youth festival in the north-western province of Dien Bien, a culture-art campaign on the Vietnam-Laos-Cambodia fighting solidarity, and a border friendship exchange programme. Such activities are politically significant as they help increase mutual trust and educate young generations on the traditional friendship and special solidarity between the Vietnamese and Lao Parties, States and people, he added. Lakhamphong expressed his belief that sound bilateral military relations will contribute to reinforcing trust and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries’ Parties, States, peoples and armies as well as the maintenance of peace, stability and development in each nation. The two sides agreed to enhance cooperation in Party, political work, and protecting internal politics, while stepping up communications about the long-standing amity, special solidarity and all-around collaboration between Vietnamese and Lao people and armies, and promoting the bilateral coordination in training, regarding this as a long-term strategy. They also concurred to speed up the search for and repatriation of the remains of Vietnamese voluntary…... [read more]

Lao senior military officer visits Vietnam to boost defense partnership (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – The ongoing official visit to Vietnam by Director of the General Department of Politics of the Lao People’s Army Vilay Lakhamphong will contribute to enhancing the special relations between the two countries, particularly the bilateral defense cooperation, for the benefits of their people. Senior Lieutenant General Luong Cuong, Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee, Director of the General Department of Politics of the Vietnam People’s Army, made the statement during talks with the Lao officer in Hanoi on August 2. Cuong hailed the two countries’ advisory bodies for proactively implementing activities to celebrate the Vietnam-Laos and Laos-Vietnam Year of Solidarity and Friendship 2017, especially the successful organisation of meetings in Laos for ex-Lao military trainees in Vietnam, a military youth festival in the north-western province of Dien Bien, a culture-art campaign on the Vietnam-Laos-Cambodia fighting solidarity, and a border friendship exchange programme. Such activities are politically significant as they help increase mutual trust and educate young generations on the traditional friendship and special solidarity between the Vietnamese and Lao Parties, States and people, he added. [Vietnam, Laos strengthen coordination to promote renovation] Lakhamphong expressed his belief that sound bilateral military relations will contribute to reinforcing trust and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries’ Parties, States, peoples and armies as well as the maintenance of peace, stability and development in each nation. The two sides agreed to enhance cooperation in…... [read more]

NDO/ VNA – The on-going official visit to Vietnam by Director of the General Department of Politics of the Lao People’s Army Vilay Lakhamphong will contribute to enhancing the special relations between the two countries, particularly in terms of the bilateral defence cooperation, for the benefits of their people. Senior Lieutenant General Luong Cuong, Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee, Director of the General Department of Politics of the Vietnam People’s Army, made the statement during talks with the Lao officer in Hanoi on August 2. Cuong hailed the two countries’ advisory bodies for proactively implementing the activities to celebrate the Vietnam-Laos and Laos-Vietnam Year of Solidarity and Friendship 2017, especially the successful organisation of the meetings in Laos for ex-Lao military trainees in Vietnam, a military youth festival in the north-western province of Dien Bien, a culture-art campaign on the Vietnam-Laos-Cambodia fighting solidarity and a border friendship exchange programme. Such activities are politically significant as they help to increase mutual trust and educate younger generations on the traditional friendship and special solidarity that exists between the Vietnamese and Lao Parties, States and people, he added. Lakhamphong expressed his belief that the sound bilateral military relations will contribute to reinforcing the trust and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries’ Parties, States, peoples and armies, as well as helping to maintain the peace, stability and development in each nation. The two sides agreed to enhance cooperation in Party, political work, and protecting internal politics, while stepping up communications…... [read more]

Vietnam's central city of Da Nang has been chosen to host the first World Performing Arts Festival in 2018. The decision was made by the International Theatre Institute (ITI) at its 35th World Congress held recently in Spain. The festival will help raise the position of Vietnam’s performing arts. A 'tuong' (traditional opera) performance by artists from Nguyen Hien Dinh Tuong Theatre in Da Nang city  At the congress, Vietnamese director Le Quy Duong was elected to the ITI Executive Council and Vice President of the International Festival Forum’s Executive Board. Vietnam possesses a diverse repertoire of traditional cultural stage performing arts many of which have been recognised as treasured cultural heritages of mankind, including Nha Nhac (Hue royal court music), Ca Tru (ceremonial singing), Xoan (Spring) singing, water puppetry, and Don Ca Tai Tu (Southern amateur folk music). However, the country’s performing arts sector is facing numerous questions in regards to further developing traditional art forms in today’s context, such as how to blend traditional stage features with creativity in order to produce more stage works which can be performed on the world stage? How to enhance the qualification of Vietnam’s stage artists so that they are qualified to attend international stage projects? In this context, the ITI and the International Festival Forum have proposed many practical action plans in the 2017-2020 period which increase the presence of people in stage activities and international stage festivals, and encourage stage artists to become bridges linking countries worldwide. The first World…... [read more]

The August Revolution was the outcome of three revolutionary periods led by our Party. The Soviet Nghe Tinh period showed the staunch revolutionary spirit of workers and peasants but did not correctly define the position of intellectuals. The Democratic Front period took place with diverse and dynamic activities of workers and intellectuals in urban areas and international cooperation. In the Viet Minh Front period, our Party and President Ho Chi Minh inherited the revolutionary strength and learned precious lessons from the previous periods to successfully mobilize and assemble patriotic forces of the entire nation in the August 1945 general insurrection to wrest back power for the country. This period showed the integrated strength of the great national unity bloc based on the worker-peasant-intellectual alliance. The August Revolution changed the destiny of the Vietnamese nation, from slavery to master of the country. It liberated the society and people and generated a great national strength. That strength continued to grow through the two great resistance wars against two big imperialist forces and proved effective in economic, cultural, art, scientific, health and educational fields. The working class was the vanguard in the great revolution with the Communist Party as its leader. The worker-peasant alliance made a large and powerful revolutionary army, which shouldered with intellectuals to build a large political force and a resilient revolutionary armed force into a solid bloc of great national unity. The people’s war flared up in rural, mountainous and urban areas. The young revolutionary government made a brave…... [read more]

Teachers, students and school staff across the country should take good care of their health, each and every day, the ministry said in a statement on August 17. If someone shows signs of illness such as fever, cough, and sore throat, he or she must stay at home, not go to school. They must also report immediately to their school leaders and local health authorities, the statement said. The ministry has announced that 21 members of the Ho Chi Minh City College of Culture, Arts and Tourism’s delegation to Lao Cai province who were infected with the flu, have recovered and been discharged from hospital. On August 17, another 56 people nationwide were confirmed positive with the flu, bringing the total number of cases of the super-flu in Vietnam to 1,510, and resulting in two fatalities.... [read more]




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