Third generation AO victims in need of proper support

The exhibits include a variety of traditional and contemporary works created by 123 young and veteran artists from Mekong Delta cities and provinces. The works are the result of a latest collection selected by a jury of the Vietnam Fine Arts Association and HCM City Fine Arts Association, the event’s organisers.    Most paintings are in acrylic, silk and lacquer while sculptures are in composite, wood and mixed media.  "The exhibition features different tastes of contemporary southern Vietnam through the artists’ new vigour and passion,” said Tran Khanh Chuong, Chairman of the Vietnam Fine Arts Association. “Through our showcase, we hope to encourage young artists to develop their career and help young people learn more about the art as well,” he added.  According to Khanh, the government plan to provide some financial support to literature and fine arts associations. “We will give priority to young artists from remote and ethnic minority areas in new art trends.”    The organisers have presented 2017 Fine Arts Awards to 11 works. No first prize was awarded this year. Hoang Tuong Minh took home the Fine Arts Award’s s second prize for his steel sculpture Khong Gioi Han (Unlimited). His work shared the prize with Doi Thoai (Dialog), an oil painting by Nguyen Huu Duc, and Ruong Bap O Moc Bai (Corn fields in Moc Bai), a canvas by Lam Tri Trung.   All of the prize-winning works feature southern people’s everyday life and work. The show also includes…... [read more]

The Forest Ranger Sub-department of southern Dong Nai province has completed a project to protect the black-shanked douc langurs found recently on Chua Chan mountain, in Xuan Loc district. A family of black shanked douc langurs lives in Nui Chua National Park The project, which will be submitted to the People’s Committee for approval, aims to create a favourable habitat and feeding area for the langurs, scientifically known as Pygathrix nigripes, an endangered species to help them grow in number. Functional agencies will minimize human presence in the langur-inhabited area of around 24 hectares and take measures to prevent illegal hunting as well as communicate to help the community understanding the mission of protecting wild animals. In June, tens of black-shanked douc langurs have been spotted in Chua Chan mountain in Suoi Cat commune of Xuan Loc district, by the forest protection division of Xuan Loc district and Long Khanh township. Ton Ha Quoc Dung, deputy head of the division, said there are two herds with nearly 20 langurs living at about 300 metres up Chua Chan mountain. Another herd of langurs was spotted at about 600 metres up the mountain. Notably, there are pregnant and baby langurs in all the three herds, he said, adding that this is the first time his forest protection division has discovered such a large number of langurs in Chua Chan mountain. Black-shanked douc langurs are listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN). They are found…... [read more]

A Vietnamese American man was arrested on Wednesday on charges of car theft in the southern province of Binh Duong. The man was captured by CCTV stealing a white Honda Civic outside a shopping mall on Sunday. On Wednesday morning, a group of vigilantes who have taken it upon themselves to patrol their neighborhoods spotted the car in Binh Duong's Thu Dau Mot Town. When the man realized he'd been identified, he tried to drive off, but the gang chased him down and forced him to stop. He has been identified as Kevin Long Nguyen, 29, a Vietnamese American. At the police station, Long said he was a crystal meth addict and had returned to Vietnam for eight months after losing his job in the U.S. He also claimed he had been applying for a job at the shopping mall on Sunday, which he failed to get. As he was leaving the mall, Long noticed the car with the key in the ignition, so he jumped in and drove off. Long said he'd been trying to sell the car for VND470 million ($20,600) but was unable to find a buyer because he didn't have the registration papers. The owner of the car has been identified as Pham Viet Anh, a local in Binh Duong. But the car was being driven by a 23-year-old woman who had stopped to withdraw money from an ATM at the time it was stolen. Binh Duong police are investigating the case further.... [read more]

A Vietnamese American man was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly stealing a car in the southern province of Binh Duong, which neighbors Saigon, several days ago. The man was captured by CCTV spiriting away a white Honda Civic outside a shopping mall on Sunday.  The owner of the car has been identified as Pham Viet Anh, a local in Binh Duong. But at the time of the theft, it was being driven by a 23-year-old woman who had stopped to withdraw cash from an ATM.  On Wednesday morning, a group of vigilantes who have taken it upon themselves to patrol their neighborhoods spotted the car in Binh Duong's Thu Dau Mot Town. When the man realized he'd been identified, he tried to drive off, but the gang chased him down and forced him to stop. He has been identified as Kevin Long Nguyen, 29, a Vietnamese American. At the police station, Long said he was a crystal meth addict and had returned to Vietnam for eight months after losing his job in the U.S. He also claimed he had been applying for a job at the shopping mall on Sunday, which he failed to get. As he was leaving the mall, Long noticed the car with the key in the ignition, so he jumped in and drove off. Long said he'd been trying to sell the car for VND470 million ($20,600) but was unable to find a buyer because he didn't have the registration papers. Binh Duong police are investigating the…... [read more]

A Vietnamese American man was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of a car theft in the southern province of Binh Duong. The man was captured by CCTV stealing a white Honda Civic outside a shopping mall on Sunday. On Wednesday morning, a group of vigilantes who have taken it upon themselves to patrol their neighborhoods spotted the car in Binh Duong's Thu Dau Mot Town. When the man realized he'd been identified, he tried to drive off, but the gang chased him down and forced him to stop. He has been identified as Kevin Long Nguyen, 29, a Vietnamese American. At the police station, Long said he was a crystal meth addict and had returned to Vietnam for eight months after losing his job in the U.S. He also claimed he had been applying for a job at the shopping mall on Sunday, which he failed to get. As he was leaving the mall, Long noticed the car with the key in the ignition, so he jumped in and drove off. Long said he'd been trying to sell the car for VND470 million ($20,600) but was unable to find a buyer because he didn't have the registration papers. The owner of the car has been identified as Pham Viet Anh, a local in Binh Duong. But at the time of the theft, it was being driven by a 23-year-old woman who had stopped to withdraw cash from an ATM. Binh Duong police are investigating the case further.... [read more]

A family of black shanked douc langurs lives in Nui Chua National Park (Photo infornet.vn)     Dong Nai (VNA) – The Forest Ranger Sub-department of southern Dong Nai province has completed a project to protect the black-shanked douc langurs found recently on Chua Chan mountain, in Xuan Loc district. The project, which will be submitted to the People’s Committee for approval, aims to create a favourable habitat and feeding area for the langurs, scientifically known as Pygathrix nigripes, an endangered species to help them grow in number. Functional agencies will minimize human presence in the langur-inhabited area of around 24 hectares and take measures to prevent illegal hunting as well as communicate to help the community understanding the mission of protecting wild animals. In June, tens of black-shanked douc langurs have been spotted in Chua Chan mountain in Suoi Cat commune of Xuan Loc district, by the forest protection division of Xuan Loc district and Long Khanh township. Ton Ha Quoc Dung, deputy head of the division, said there are two herds with nearly 20 langurs living at about 300 metres up Chua Chan mountain. Another herd of langurs was spotted at about 600 metres up the mountain. Notably, there are pregnant and baby langurs in all the three herds, he said, adding that this is the first time his forest protection division has discovered such a large number of langurs in Chua Chan mountain. Black-shanked douc langurs are listed as endangered…... [read more]

Lack of coordination affects industrial development plans in southern VietnamHung Le HCMC – A lack of coordination, plus limited finances and low feasibility, has rendered industrial development plans ineffective in southern Vietnam, heard a conference in HCMC last week. The conference on industrial development in southern cities and provinces was organized by the Agency for Regional Industry Development under the Ministry of Industry and Trade, and the HCMC Department of Industry and Trade. Deputy head of the agency Do Thi Minh Tram said a slew of industrial promotion programs focus on conventional activities. She said certain industrial growth stimulus schemes are not realistic in rural areas, so some have been adjusted or even halted. Shortages of facilities, equipment, manpower and finances are major setbacks for industrial  promotion activities in southern localities. As a result, representatives of industrial promotion centers expressed concern that their plans cannot be accomplished this year. Disbursement of State capital in the first six months of this year met a mere 18.9% of the full-year target, she noted. Ba Ria-Vung Tau and Soc Trang provinces have yet to start their disbursement process while others like Tay Ninh, Tien Giang and Hau Giang have achieved 1-6% of their all-year goals. Although industrial promotion activities were first carried out more than 10 years ago, there is no complete legal framework. Tran Quoc Tuan, director of Tra Vinh Province’s Department of Industry and Trade, said trade promotion plans should pay special attention to facilitation of agricultural and aquatic product consumption…... [read more]

Businesses in southern Vietnam slow in innovationVan Nam HCMC vice chairman Le Thanh Liem (L) greets a delegate at the fourth Southern Industry and Trade Conference in HCMC last Friday - PHOTO: VAN NAM HCMC – Enterprises in 20 cities and provinces in southern Vietnam have remained slow in technology innovation though the Index of Industrial Production (IIP) is higher  than the average of the country. At the fourth Southern Industry and Trade Conference held in HCMC last Friday by the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the HCMC Department of Industry and Trade, enterprises in the south have medium or low production technologies and low competitiveness. The southern region encompasses HCMC, Can Tho, An Giang, Bac Lieu, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Ben Tre, Binh Duong, Binh Phuoc, Binh Thuan, Ca Mau, Dong Nai, Dong Thap, Hau Giang, Kien Giang, Long An, Soc Trang, Tay Ninh, Tien Giang, Tra Vinh and Vinh Long. Many small and medium enterprises in the region which make up a majority have been closed down due to limited finances and outdated technologies, among others. HCMC vice chairman Le Thanh Liem said that if the southern cities and provinces make full use of their strengths, promote investment activity and expand markets, they could gain stronger growth, contribute to the economic development of the country and improve their competitiveness on domestic and international markets. According to a report delivered at the conference, the 2016 IIP of the region surged 9.28% versus 2015, well above 7.5% nationwide. In particular, Tay Ninh, Ben…... [read more]

The relic site certificate was presented to the liaison board of the Party committees’ resistance tradition club on August 5. Nguyen Van Khoi, a representative of the liaison board, said during the war against the US, the Central Bureau for South Vietnam, led by the Party Central Committee to steer revolutionary activities in the south, assigned the Party committees at its civil, political and Party agencies to be in charge of Party building work. In the spring of 1968, the Party committees called on all Party members and locals to join people and soldiers across the south to wage the General Offensive and Uprising to attack the US puppet government’s headquarters in Saigon, forcing the US to join the Paris conference for peace in Vietnam and then withdraw from southern Vietnam in 1973. Under the leadership of the Central Bureau for South Vietnam, the Party committees at its civil, political and Party agencies directed preparations for the Ho Chi Minh Campaign, helping liberate the south and reunify the nation on April 30, 1975. In April 1977, the Party Committees were dissolved as they had fulfilled their tasks, Khoi noted. In 2014, the resistance tradition club’s liaison board built a centre in commemoration of the Party Committees. The centre is dedicated to more than 10,000 Party members and soldiers of 24 boards and sectors of the central bureau, along with more than 2,000 soldiers who died in the area.... [read more]

ay Ninh, August 7 (VNA) – The headquarters of the former Party Committees at civil, political and Party agencies of the Central Bureau for South Vietnam in Chang Riec forest of Tan Bien district, Tay Ninh province, have been recognised as a national historical relic site.  The relic site certificate was presented to the liaison board of the Party committees’ resistance tradition club on August 5.  Nguyen Van Khoi, a representative of the liaison board, said during the war against the US, the Central Bureau for South Vietnam, led by the Party Central Committee to steer revolutionary activities in the south, assigned the Party committees at its civil, political and Party agencies to be in charge of Party building work.  In the spring of 1968, the Party committees called on all Party members and locals to join people and soldiers across the south to wage the General Offensive and Uprising to attack the US puppet government’s headquarters in Saigon, forcing the US to join the Paris conference for peace in Vietnam and then withdraw from southern Vietnam in 1973.  Under the leadership of the Central Bureau for South Vietnam, the Party committees at its civil, political and Party agencies directed preparations for the Ho Chi Minh Campaign, helping liberate the south and reunify the nation on April 30, 1975.  In April 1977, the Party Committees were dissolved as they had fulfilled their tasks, Khoi noted.  In 2014, the resistance tradition club’s liaison…... [read more]




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