Photo “Hidden smile” sold for USD 30,000

More than one month before the holiday, Van Hieu from the Northern province of Quang Ninh, a worker at the Tan Thuan Industrial Zone in HCM City, told online newspaper that he struggled to buy a ticket home. Passengers at Tan Son Nhat Airport, waiting to board the plane. Photo for illustration:  According to him, during the previous years, he had to book flight tickets two months in advance to travel to Hanoi at an affordable cost. However, this year, cheap flight tickets are not available. Meanwhile, ticket prices of flights in the days ahead of the Tet holiday,…... [read more]

The US Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation on July 30 handed over 30,000 USD to a project to preserve a collection of wooden artifacts and paintings from northern Nam Dinh province’s museum. The conservation project, to be carried out until March 2009, will work on 57 religious objects, which date back to the 17 th -19 th centuries. Source: VNA... [read more]

Viettel posted a profit of around VND 44 trillion last year, increasing 12 percent from the previous year. Photo from Viettel At its conference to review activities held last weekend, Viettel announced that its total revenue reached VND 250.8 trillion in 2017, up 9.4 percent from 2016. Despite the group spending a big investment for its 4G network and the largest scale telecom network in Myanmar, it still yielded a 12 percent increase in profit in 2017. Its overseas investment rose by 24.4 percent, six times higher than the world average. The local telecom business contributed 65.6 percent of the…... [read more]

His photo “Hidden smile” featuring 70-year-old boat rower Bùi Thị Xong of Hoi An has been published on a number of US newspapers and magazines including the Los Angeles Times, the Daily Mail, and National Geographic, and was voted the world’s most beautiful photo of a woman. The artwork impresses viewers with the positive toothless smile in the old woman’s wrinkled face.   The photo "Hidden Smile" Once the photo is showcased to the world, old lady Xong has become popular. She has followed Réhahn to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city to attend many exhibition as well as activities…... [read more]

Statistics released by the association showed that in the first 11 months of the year, the country’s seafood export turnover was estimated at more than USD 7.6 billion, representing an increase of 18 percent year-on-year. In November alone, export turnover rose by 11 percent from the previous month to reach USD 733 million. Shrimp being processed for export. Photo: baocongthuong  Specifically, the shrimp export turnover was USD 3.5 billion in the January-November period, increasing 22 percent from the corresponding period last year. The tra catfish turnover posted a 5 percent year-on-year rise to USD 1.6 billion. The product’s turnover this…... [read more]

(Cinet)- Vietnam Television (VTV) has signed an agreement with sports marketing agency Dentsu Alpha to hold the broadcasting rights of the 2012 Asian Football Federation (AFF) Cup. According to this newspaper, there was a different information about the contract value. A source said that Dentsu Alpha sold the television rights at 700,000 USD. However, sources from VTV told that the contract value is about 900,000 USD. A representative of the VTV said: "VTV authorities have tried their best to buy the television rights of AFF Cup 2012 with the acceptable price. We utilized all of our advantages to not being…... [read more]

(Cinet)- Mai Thanh Chuong from Hoi An won first prize and US$2,500 for his work “Destruction by Human Beings” at the Talent Prize 2014 photo competition which wrapped up in HCM City on November 21. Chuong's photo showcases a forest being burned down by human beings, leaving bare tree roots whilst the forest itself is covered with a black ash and smoke. The Prize is worth 2,500 USD in which 1500 USD will be granted in cash. The remaining 1,000 USD can be spend to support cost for the winner to participate in a photography workshop/training course/residence programme/exhibition of photography of…... [read more]

A ​Korean cosmetic firm offers advice to Vietnamese consumers. ​Vietnam has the largest trade deficit with the RoK.(Photo: VNA)Hanoi (VNA) - Vietnam maintained a trade surplus of about 2.7billion USD this year, the same figure as 2016, according to the GeneralStatistics Office (GSO).The national trade value in 2017 was estimated at nearly 425 billion USD,representing a bright spot in the economic picture of the year, the officesaid. The value of exports was estimated at 213.77 billion USD, a year-on-yearincrease of 21 percent, higher than the annual growth rate of 9 percent inexport value in 2016.Meanwhile, the value of imports in…... [read more]

Ho Chi Minh City is likely to achieve export value of USD 35.2 billion this year. Photo for illustration: The city accounts for 72 percent ofthe Southern Key Economic Zone’s total imports and exports and 19.4 percent of Vietnam’s. An import-export gateway for thesouthern region, a lot of the city’s imports make their way to neighboringprovinces such as Dong Nai, Binh Duong and Long An, often to serve productionfor exports. The provinces enjoy large tradesurpluses - Binh Duong USD 4 billion; Dong Nai USD 2 billion; Long An USD 500million. Pham Thanh Kien, head of theDepartment of Trade and…... [read more]

The revenue of Vietnam’s retail sales market will reach over 11 quadrillion VND (484.58 billion USD) by 2025 (Photo: (VNA) - The revenue of Vietnam’s retail sales market willreach over 11 quadrillion VND (484.58 billion USD) by 2025 and nearly 44quadrillion VND (1.93 trillion USD) by 2035.This was revealed in the Ministryof Industry and Trade’s draft strategy on domestic trade development, which isbeing publicised for recommendations.According to the draft, the GDPof the domestic trade sector will be more than 419 trillion VND by 2020, 700trillion VND by 2025, and 2.3 quadrillion VND by 2035, contributing roughly15.5-16 percent to Vietnam’s…... [read more]