Tet is a holiday that people from all classes of society reunite with their families, extend New Year's greetings to each other and welcome the spring. This year, the Party Central Committee's Secretariat has banned its members from presenting Tet gifts to senior officers following a newly-issued official directive signed by Le Hong Anh, Politburo member and standing member of the secretariat. The ban aims to call upon people to practice thrift, fight waste and stop people from giving Tet gifts to senior officers in an attempt to curry favour. The ban was actually issued several years ago, but no-one has been reported or disciplined for violating the regulations. Nguyen Thi Hai, 32, a Government worker, said the ban would not be seriously obeyed because it lacked supervision. "Who will stop people from presenting Tet gifts to senior officials, and who is going to report them if they do?" she said. A State-run agency official who wished to remain anonymous said that he was always … [Read more...] about Ban on Tet gifts aims to tackle corruption
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VietNamNet Bridge – Spam messages, a problem that once caused headaches for mobile phone users, have returned. However, state management agencies still do not know how to deal with the problem. Hoang Cong Thang, a business officer of Lan Anh Phone Company headquartered on Nguyen Trai street, said that everyday, he receives 3-5 spam messages. Even worse, these days, as the new lunar year approaches, the number of spam messages sent to his mobile phone has sharply increased. “You have a music gift from a lover. In order to get the gift and know who sent the gift, please send a message to 6782”, a message reads. “Congratulations! You have luckily won a prize, an iPhone 4, in our Quaythuongngaunhien lucky draw program. In order to know more details about the prize and the program, please send a message to 6782”. According to Thang, spam messages have been booming for the last two months. Most of the spam messages aim to deceive mobile phone users. The … [Read more...] about Spam messages booming – who to blame?
Second mosquito-killing campaign launched The Health Ministry launched a mosquito-killing drive across the country on October 21 in the context of dengue fever spreading in central and southern regions and the discovery of the 7th infection of Zika virus. The campaign, the second of its kind, will be conducted through October and November with the goal of getting local authorities, all agencies and every resident involved in disease prevention measures. The Health Ministry asks provincial health departments to guide locals in how to stop mosquito from breeding by keeping their water containers clean and advise local authorities on imposing administrative fines on individuals and organisations who refuse to take preventive measures against the diseases. Communication work needs to be promoted via mass media and in all daily public activities to raise public awareness about their role in disease prevention. The health sector will strengthen their monitoring and supervision of … [Read more...] about Social News 22/10
US Ambassador Ted Osius shared his thoughts on the links between students and teachers on Vietnam Teachers' Day November 20. US Ambassador Ted Osius visited the Temple of Literature He visited the Temple of Literature in Hanoi with his husband and children to pay respect to all teachers. He cited one of Ho Chi Minh's quotes, "For the sake of 10 years, we must plant trees; for the sake of 100 years, we should cultivate people," and said that was one of the reasons why he had made a point of visiting the temple on that day. Could you please share with us your feelings when you visit the Temple of Literature on Vietnamese Teachers' Day? This huge respect in Vietnamese culture for teachers and I feel that respect too. And I hope one day my children will also respect teachers. They already love books so my hope is that they will also respect teachers and benefit from a good education. Ted Osius and his family Are there any differences between the Teachers' Day in your country and in … [Read more...] about Teacher-student links transcend cultures says US ambassador
by Nguyen My Ha It's getting closer to Chrismas and everyday you can see more stories, photos and Facebook posts relating to season's preparations. When I read about a Jewish friend trying to get gifts packed in time for her family or a Vietnamese baker trying to get her ginger bread house done, you understand that yule-tide has evolved beyond a religious celebration. This Christian tradition has become popular not only because of the rising number of practising Christians, but, for better or worse, shopping campaigns and sales promotions. Just last week, we saw on the internet a Christmas tree covered up to half of its height with gifts. On one side, people who supported the woman who posted the photo said the gifts may go to a larger extended family instead of her immediate family. People who felt ostracized by the blunt exposure of gifts said it was mere showcase of wealth and arrogance. But above all, Christmas is when people spread their love far and wide. In the past decade, … [Read more...] about Touching tales of a precious Christmas gift