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Hospitals gear up for rush of Tet traffic traumas

Vietnam Hospitals

Hospitals in HCM City have boosted emergency room staff numbers for the Tet, expecting a dramatic increase in the number of traffic accident trauma cases over the holiday period, with the number of fatalities likely to be higher than last year. Many hospitals in HCM City gear up for rush of Tet traffic traumas Already, the emergency room at Cho Ray Hospital is busy treating traffic accident victims,...


Vietnam’s first quarter 2015 growth quickens

Vietnam economy

Vietnam’s economic growth for the three months leading up to April 2015 will quicken to an annual rate of 5.4%, the National Financial Supervisory Commission (NFSC) forecast in a recently released report. GDP to reach 6.2% This trend will continue in the following three quarters of the year the report forecast, concluding that the Vietnam government’s growth target of 6.2 percent for the...


Art show to honour quan họ singing

quan ho singing

An original art performance entitled, “Về Miền Quan Họ” (Coming Back to Quan họ land) will be staged at the Kinh Bắc cultural centre in northern Bắc Ninh city on March 7. Artists singing quan họ melodies at the Về Miền Quan Họ show in 2013. – Photo Held every two years, the event aims to honour the original artistic values of...


Calligraphy writing street attracts Hanoians

Calligraphy writing street

Diverse activities including a calligraphy writing festival have been held in Hanoi to introduce cultural characteristics of Hanoi ancient streets and celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year Festival (Tet). Calligrapher Le Quoc Viet from Hanoi Young Calligraphers Club said calligraphy writing activities at the Temple of Literature will be prepared carefully as from this year in order to preserve Vietnam’s...


Vinh is Viet Nam’s highest-paid sportsperson

Le Cong Vinh

Le Cong Vinh has been recognised as the highest-paid sportsman of Viet Nam, based on what he has earned in the last eight years. Le Cong Vinh is the highest-paid player in Viet Nam It is estimated that the striker, who has been voted the ‘best player of the year’ thrice, pocketed about VND30 billion (US$1.4 million) after being transferred three times in the V-League, the nation’s...


Tet customs of Vietnam’s ethnic minorities

Hair washing ceremony Vietnam

Some ethnic minority groups across Vietnam maintain customs and habits passed down over the centuries to mark the Lunar New Year festivities of Tet, from stealing for good luck to slapping women on the bottom. Washing hair by sour rice water Hair washing ceremony The Thai Trang, or White Thai, in northern Son La Province have a custom of washing their hair in sour rice water on the afternoon of...


Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa, as reported in early 20th century newspapers

The Advertiser newspaper dated June 29, 1909 reported that China sent warships to the Paracel Islands.

From the early 20th century, when China began eyeing the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa Archipelagos (Paracel and Spratly Islands), the Vietnamese government as well as local and international media were interested in Hoang Sa – Truong Sa. The Advertiser newspaper dated June 29, 1909 reported that China sent warships to the Paracel Islands. When the Qing Dynasty began paid attention to Hoang Sa in...


Malaysia Airlines website targeted by hacker group “Cyber Caliphate”

Cyber Caliphate

A group calling itself “Official Cyber Caliphate” said it hacked on Monday the official website of national carrier Malaysia Airlines (MAS), but the airline said its data servers remained intact and passenger bookings were not affected. The website,, showed a photograph of a lizard in a top hat, monocle and tuxedo, surrounded by the messages ‘404 –...