Category Archives: Human Rights

Vietnam promotes tourism in US

A tourism promotion event called A soulful Vietnam was held in Washington DC on Wednesday as part of efforts by the Vietnamese tourism sector to diversify its market and lure more foreign visitors.

The event highlighted beautiful destinations like UNESCO-recognised World Natural Heritage site Ha Long Bay and the Phong Nha-Ke Bang cave system, as well as the cuisine and culture of Vietnam. The program will next head to New York.

Source: VOV5

Campaign on building healthy lifestyle reviewed

A meeting was held on Friday to review the implementation of a campaign called All people stay united to build a healthy lifestyle, which has drawn enthusiastic response from people from all walks of life over the past 18 years.

The campaign has contributed significantly to realizing socio-economic development and poverty reduction goals, ensuring national security and defense, according to the campaign’s steering board.

“We wish to realize Party resolutions on building Vietnamese people and culture. There are specific problems that need immediate correction, including criteria and regulations on presenting titles of cultural family, and cultural residential areas. Ideas contributed at this meeting will be collected and forwarded to the Prime Minister who will sign a decree on this matter”, said Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam at the event.

Source: VOV5

Russia, Turkey to discuss Syria

The Kremlin said in a statement Sunday that Russian President Vladimir Putin will discuss Syrian issues with Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Sochi, Russia on Monday.

The meeting takes place as Syrian government forces backed by Russia and Iran, are preparing an offensive against the Syrian rebels’ last major stronghold in Idlib province, although Turkey and the US have repeatedly warned against the operation.

Erdogan’s call for a cease-fire in Idlib, which borders Turkey, was accepted neither by Russia nor Iran at a tripartite summit in Tehran earlier this month.

Last week, four Russian warplanes stationed at Syria’s Hmeymim airbase attacked Idlib and the Russian Foreign Ministry said it was urgent to eradicate the terrorists there.

Turkey and the US reject any offensive against Idlib, citing the risk of massive civilian casualties and another humanitarian disaster.

Source: VOV5

Breeding plants offered to preserve Ngoc Linh ginseng

Kon Tum’s Ngoc Linh Ginseng Company on Sunday gave local farmers more than 46,000 ginseng plants to preserve and expand the product.

Farmer A Hieng of Dak Glei district said controlled breeding is crucial for rebuilding the brand.

This ginseng is valuable, but right now its quality is low due to mass exploitation and poor preservation. Fortunately, the Ngoc Linh ginseng company has preserved the breed of the herb. We will take good care of the plant, A Hieng said.

The Ngoc Linh Ginseng Company currently owns 500 hectares of Ngoc Linh ginseng and has not merchandised their products. Ngoc Linh ginseng contains 52 saponin and is highly effective when it comes to anti-stress and anti-aging treatments. It helps to improve immunity, enhance liver function and lower cholesterol. 1 kilogram of fresh Ngoc Linh ginseng costs nearly 5000 USD.

Source: VOV5

Vietnamese films screened in Canada

The Vietnamese Film Days in Canada has taken place in Ottawa and Montreal with the screening of the movies CA Ba SA�i GA�n (The Tailor) and M? nhAn (The Beautiful Woman).

The Tailor honors the beauty of Ao Dai, Vietnam’s traditional long dress, while The Beautiful Woman tells the love story of a Nguyen Lord and his beautiful concubine in the 17th century. The two-day event was part of the Vietnam Culture Week in Canada from Tuesday to next Monday.

Source: VOV5

Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations kick off in Hanoi’s Old Quarter

A ceremony took place on Friday evening as a curtain raiser for various activities to celebrate the annual Mid-autumn Festival in Hanoi’s Old Quarter.

Visitors at the opening ceremony enjoyed a lion dance, children’s arts performances, and folk games. Local authorities presented gifts for poor children and scholarships for students with outstanding academic results.

An array of activities will be held during the nine-day event, including the 8th lion dance festival, which sees a competition between 18 teams in the city, a contest on arranging a traditional Mid-autumn feast, a lantern procession, folk games, circus acts, and children’s martial arts.

A fair is being held until September 24 along pedestrian streets to introduce traditional Vietnamese moon cakes, the making of folk toys, and the art of flower arrangement and fruit carving.

Source: VOV5

Massive storms devastate US, Philippines

Monster Typhoon Mangkhut slammed into the northeastern tip of the Philippines early Saturday, bringing torrential rains and battering winds.

The coastal town of Baggao in Cagayan was the first place hit by the massive storm. 5 million people are estimated to be affected by the world’s strongest storm this year. Thousands have been evacuated amid warnings of 6m storm surges. Warnings have been issued in provinces on Luzon island, while sea and air travel has been restricted.

Meanwhile, hurricane Florence downgraded to tropical storm when it reached North Carolina on Friday (local time). At least 5 deaths have been reported. Heavy rain flooded the coastal city of New Bern, which is home to approximately 30,000 people. About 2.5 million people have been suffering from power cut.

Source: VOV5