Indian Food Festival at Saigon CaféVietNamNet Bridge – Indian food lovers should head to Saigon Café on level 1 of the Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers to join an Indian Food Festival featuring two Indian guest chefs from August 22 to 27. The Indian Food Festival takes place at Saigon Café on level 1 of the Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers from August 22 to 27, featuring two Indian guest chefs – Photo: Courtesy of Sheraton SaigonDemi Chef de Partie Suresh Chandra and Sous Chef Gaurav Malhotra from the Ashok Hotel in New Delhi will create special menus during the promotion time. Guests will have the opportunity to try authentic Indian cuisine including Gosht Roganjosh, Matar Paneer, Kadai Prawn, Dal Makhani, Yellow Dal Tadka, Veg Biryani, and Matar Pulao. Diners should not miss a chance to savor the mouth-watering desserts with Indian-style like Coconut Payasam, Gulab Jamun, Pineapple Halwa, Seviyan Kheer, Double Ka Meetha, and Kala Jamun. The Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers is located at 88 Dong Khoi Street, District 1, HCMC, tel: 08 3827 2828.
August 22, 2017 09:45 UTC
During the reviewed period, export turnover saw a year-on-year rise of 19 per cent to $124 billion, while import value hit $126.4 billion, up 23 per cent year on year. However, in the first half of August alone, the country registered outbound sales of $8.63 billion, an 8.4 per cent drop over a half month earlier. This has raised the sector’s trade value from January to mid-August up to $163.1 billion, marking a year-on-year rise of 23 per cent, or accounting for 65.2 per cent of the country’s total turnover. The country’s trade deficit has been estimated at $5 billion, or 2.5 per cent of the export turnover, lower than the National Assembly’s goal. Various measures will be taken to help domestic enterprises meet the quality standards of importers and to increase the value of export products, especially agro-forestry-fishery goods.
August 22, 2017 09:22 UTC
Shipping firms engulfed in difficulties, report lossesVietNamNet Bridge - More shipping firms have reported losses for 2016 and the first months of 2017 as the freight rate and the demand for goods transport have dropped to a 10-year low. More shipping firms have reported losses for 2016 and the first months of 2017 as the freight rate and the demand for goods transport have dropped to a 10-year low. Many other shipping firms have also been given warnings, including VSP and SSG of Viet Hai and Hai Au. The shares of shipping firms attracted investors 10 years ago. However, since 2008 shipping firms have had to struggle to survive.
August 22, 2017 09:11 UTC
HÀ NỘI — The Ministry of Transport will increase service charges at airports to compensate for investment costs of the airport system and raise service quality. It will fluctuate based on rush hours, normal hours and off-peak hours. The Ministry of Transport will increase service charges at airports from October 1, 2017. “The adjustment of airport service charges will affect the firm’s airfares, but not much. Chairman of the Airports Corporation of Vietnam Lại Xuân Thanh said the State had raised airport service charges, but the ceiling ticket price would not be increased.
August 22, 2017 09:00 UTC
HN starts virtual gold trading trialVietNamNet Bridge – Ha Noi People’s Court yesterday opened legal proceedings against a criminal case regarding an illegal virtual gold trading floor. Hsu Ming Jung at the court hearing. Two other Vietnamese people, the managing directors of the company’s branches at the Plaschem Building in Ha Noi, Dinh Thi Hong Vinh, and at the Lotte Building in Ha Noi, Tang Hai Nam, will also be charged with the same offence. They were arrested in October 2014 after they were found setting up an illegal gold trading floor to cheat investors. Investigations showed that between December 2012 and September 2014, the Taiwanese CEO and his accomplices illegally set up a gold trading floor to raise over VND280 billion ($12.4 million) at high interest rates from 717 investors.
August 22, 2017 08:15 UTC
Biggest-ever book collection on Vietnamese history launchedVietNamNet Bridge – The biggest and most comprehensive-ever book collection on the history of Viet Nam has just hit bookcases throughout the country. -- Photo daibieunhandan.vnTitled Lich Su Viet Nam, the 15-episode collection was printed for the first time by the Viet Nam Academy of Social Sciences in 2015 with a limited number of 500 copies. “The collection will be sent to public libraries all over the country this time.”According to Dinh Quang Hai, rector of Viet Nam History Institute, the collection covering Vietnamese history from early times to the year 2000 was a ministry-level research project hosted by the institute. After we gained the reunification in 1975, the Pol Pot-allied Khieu Samphan and Ieng Sary attacked Viet Nam,” he said. “Before, scholars had just discussed the history of Au Lac Kingdom as the history of the whole Viet Nam,” he said.
August 22, 2017 07:07 UTC
Four suspected Barcelona attack plotters appear in courtFour men accused of being members of an Islamist cell behind a van attack that killed 13 people in Barcelona last week appeared in court on Tuesday, a day after the alleged driver was shot dead by police. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the van attack and a separate deadly assault, hours later, in the coastal resort of Cambrils, south of Barcelona. The five assailants were shot dead by police, while a Spanish woman died in the attack. One of those who appeared before investigating magistrate Fernando Andreu was Driss Oukabir, whose passport was found in the abandoned van after the Barcelona attack. Also in court was Mohammed Aalla, owner of the Audi car used in the Cambrils attack.
August 22, 2017 06:11 UTC
Museums to use 3D technologyVietNamNet Bridge – Museums in HCM City will use 3D technology as part of a project launched by the Youth Union’s Youth Centre of Science and Technology Development. Wonders of technology: Museums in HCM City will use 3D technology for the Online Museum project to introduce Viet Nam’s history and culture to the world. VNS PhotoYoung artists and software designers at the centre have completed an Online Museum that produces 3D images featuring objects, paintings, photos and documents stored by museums. The Online Museum not only helps people around the world learn more about Viet Nam but also assists local museums in recording information about their holdings. “Online Museum will help us organise online showcases and exhibitions with different themes to provide visitors more choices,” she added.
August 22, 2017 06:00 UTC
Foreign workers can apply work permits online from OctoberVietNamNet Bridge – Foreign workers in Vietnam can apply for work permits online from October 2, according to a circular recently issued by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA). Foreign workers in Vietnam can apply for work permits online from October 2. (Photo: VNA)The ministry issued Circular No.23/2017/TT-BLDTBXH on granting work permits to foreign workers via the Internet on August 15. Accordingly, an application for work permit of a foreign worker in Vietnam must be lodged at least 20 days before the day the worker started working. Employers of the foreign worker must provide all required information of the worker to the competent authority and explain why the worker is needed.
August 22, 2017 05:37 UTC
Dang Van Thanh thrives as former rival Tram Be is sent to prisonVietNamNet Bridge - Dang Van Thanh lost in the battle for control over Sacombank five years ago, but he has returned to business and is prospering. However, the former winner in the bank battle – Tram Be – has been sentenced to prison. While his wife focused on doing business and running sugar refineries, Thanh grew tea, raised cows and taught students. While his wife focused on doing business and running sugar refineries, Thanh grew tea, raised cows and taught students. He has also made heavy investments in Thanh Thanh Cong’s (TTC) sugar production.
August 22, 2017 05:03 UTC
Exports to UK see slight riseVietnam exports to the UK hit US$2.8 billion in the first seven months of this year, up 1.61% against the same period last year, according to the General Department of Vietnam Customs. Telephones and components were key products, accounting for 35.2% of the total export revenue, however, its growth in the period fell 7.09%. Garment came second with US$405.1 million (up 0.56%) and footwear ranked third with US$394.4 million, up 7.04%.Particularly, steel exports to the European market enjoyed a sharp increase of 1421.6% although its value just reached US$26.2 million.Around 64.2% of export products to the UK obtained a growth, especially machines, equipment and tools (up 106.22%), base metal (up 66.95%) and rubber products (up 49.22%).Seafood was also a key export product to the UK with a value of US$136.2 million, up 30.13%.According to the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP), the UK is the biggest importer of Vietnam shrimp among EU countries, making up 4.8% of the country’s total shrimp export value. Its demand for shrimp remains high despite political instability.VASEP forecasts that shrimp exports to the market will continue to go up this year.VOV
August 22, 2017 04:41 UTC
SUBIRATS — Spanish police shot dead on Monday Barcelona terror suspect Younes Abouyaaqoub, in a dramatic end to a massive manhunt for the Moroccan national who was wearing a fake suicide belt when he was killed. "We confirm the death of Younes Abouyaaqoub shot in Subirats," police in Catalonia tweeted. Among those killed in the explosion was a Moroccan imam at the heart of the cell, Abdelbaki Es Satty, Catalan police chief Josep Lluis Trapero confirmed on Monday. That’s when (police) used their weapons and shot dead the suspect," said the police chief, who added that Abouyaaqoub shouted"Allahu Akbar" (God is Greatest) and was armed with knives. Police shot dead the five attackers, some of whom were wearing fake explosive belts and carrying knives.
August 22, 2017 04:30 UTC
TennisNEW YORK — Two-time US Open runner-up Victoria Azarenka confirmed her withdrawal from the tournament on Monday amid a custody battle concerning her eight-month-old son. Azarenka, who signalled last week she may miss the tournament rather than travel to New York without her son Leo, confirmed her withdrawal in a statement. "I am sadly unable to compete in this year’s US Open due to my ongoing family situation that I am working through," the Belarus star said. The Belarusian reached the final in 2012 and 2013 where she was beaten by Serena Williams on both occasions. The 28-year-old said last week she would skip Flushing Meadows rather than be separated from her baby.
August 22, 2017 04:30 UTC
Karate athletes seek gold medals at SEA GamesVietNamNet Bridge – Karate is back in the SEA Games this August, following its absence in Singapore two years ago. She is the national hope for karate gold medal at the SEA Games. — Photo zing.vnViet Nam’s athletes are hoping to secure four gold medals and stay in the top three after a successful 2016 season. While the Vietnamese women won gold in all SEA Games they participated in, for the men, the last title was won at the 2009 Games in Laos. They are training under former world champion Nguyen Hoang Ngan, who won her last SEA Games gold medal in 2013 before retirement.
August 22, 2017 04:30 UTC
Thailand hands 9 fishermen over to VietnamVietNamNet Bridge – Nine Vietnamese fishermen who were arrested by Thai coast guards for fishing illegally in Thai waters were handed back to the Vietnam Embassy on August 21 after being held for a year. Those fishermen were arrested together with their helmsman last August by Thai coast guards. The nine fishermen were classified as victims of forced labour. Representing the Vietnamese Embassy in Thailand, Mr. Nguyen Hai Ngoc said since early this year Thailand has handed hundreds of fishermen over to Vietnam. The nine fishermen are in contact with their families now.
August 22, 2017 04:30 UTC