Last update 10/6/2011 1:58:37 PM (GMT+7)

6th int’l photo exhibition ends in Hanoi  

Ha Van Dong of Vietnam and Mikkhail Bondar of Ukraine won gold medals at the 6th international photo exhibition 2011 in Vietnam for their photographs ‘The Trio’ and ‘Raising Planet-10’.

The photo exhibition cum ‘VN-11’ contest began in June, receiving 10,612 entries from 1602 photographers from 54 countries around the world.

Among the various subjects for the contest, the topic “Vietnam- images through international eyes” was meant exclusively for foreigners who visited the country for travel or work purposes and took pictures of the landscape and the Vietnamese people.

The organizers also awarded 40 prizes to artists from Vietnam, the UK, Germany, Hungary, Myanmar, Turkey, Slovenia, France, the US, Australia, Austria, Spain and Finland.

The exhibition and awards ceremony will take place in Hanoi in November.

The event was organized by the Vietnam Association of Photographic Artists, supported by the International Federation of Photographic Art.

Ex-model sued for grabbing $11 mln by husband

The Vietnamese-American ex-husband of former top model Ngoc Thuy has filed a lawsuit against her demanding she return US$11 million worth assets he had bought in Vietnam in her name, Dat Viet reported.

The People’s Court of Ho Chi Minh City’s District 1 told Dat Viet newspaper this week that Nguyen Duc An had claimed that Thuy had appropriated his properties, cars, securities, and cash worth VND228 billion (US$10.9 million).

Since An did not have Vietnam citizenship in 2007 when the couple wedded, he had not been able to buy real estate in his own name, he said, and bought in Thuy’s name.

They include properties in some upscale places such as the Avalon Building, Sailing Tower, Sea Links Golf & Country Club, and others in Ho Chi Minh city and Phan Thiet.

In 2008, when the pair filed for divorce, the Superior Court of California (the US) ruled that Thuy had to return the properties to her husband.

“Though I had asked Thuy to transfer the properties to my company after the divorce, she not only refused to do so but also transferred their ownership to her family members,” he claimed.

He had agreed to her suggestion that the properties should be sold and she could keep the interest, but she later changed her mind about this.

Anh said he would also fight for custody of their daughters Nguyen Angelina Dior and Nguyen Valentina Dior, four and three.

“I am a responsible father, I want to raise them so that they can have a better life.”

Dat Viet said it managed to contact Thuy after much effort, but she only said: “No comment.”

Thuy’s mother Truong Thi Be, in an affidavit to the court, admitted her daughter had transferred some properties to her.

Hanoi student to join K-pop contest in Korea

Hanoi student Tran Thi Quynh Mai from Foreign Trade University will represent Vietnam in the First International K-pop Singing Contest for K-pop fans held in Seoul (Korea) next month.

Mai topped the national selection performing the Korean classic “Bogoshipda” last Sunday after defeating 16 other finalists who were chosen from more than 500 contestants across the country.

The 20-year-old student is given a free round trip and accommodation in Seoul to attend the event, which will also feature Korea’s most popular idol groups like Dong Bang Shin Ki, Big Bang, Super Junior and 2PM besides performances by contestants like Mai.

Sponsored by the country’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, it will be broadcast live to more than 70 countries in the world through the channel KBS World.

Keum Gi Hying, director of the Korean Cultural Center in Vietnam said the talent search was based on criteria such as voice, rhythm, style and the audience’s vote, and he hoped Mai would be successful in the contest.

The First International K-pop Singing Contest will be held on November 27 in Seoul.

“Victory Song” programme to broadcast live in Hanoi and Moscow

A special programme “Victory Song” will be launched in Hanoi and Moscow and broadcast live at 8pm on October 31 on VTV3 and VTV4 to mark the 70th anniversary of the historic parade on Red Square.

Lai Van Sam, head of the Sports, Entertainment and Economic Information Department and general director of the prorgamme said it is not a political commentary nor a flashback of history. The three-hour programme will cover important milestones from 1941 to the victory day on May 9, 1945. It will also provide data relating to the war, the country, cities, events and people through Russian songs and dances.

The programme will start at the same time both at the Hanoi Friendship Palace and the Art Performance Centre of Kosmos Hotel in Moscow.

A VTV delegation led by journalist Lai Van Sam arrived in Russia in August to prepare for the programme.

Musicians perform to fight climate change

More than 30 domestic musicians have taken part in the music video for a song calling people to fight against climate change.  

This clip video was made by Early Risers Media Groups, YANTV music channel and Vietnam’s management board, which is a global campaign against climate change. It will be shown on YANTV in mid-October, then begin airing on other television channels one week later.

The song Mot the gioi (One World)  was composed by rapper Ha Okio, ambassador of the 2011 campaign and performed by singers such as Tung Duong, Ho Ngoc Ha, Thao Trang and musician Duong Cam.

‘Whisper to lotus’ with artist Nguyen Thi Tam

Thi tham voi sen (whisper to lotus), a solo exhibition to mark 55 years of creating silk paintings and the 75th birthday of seasoned artist Nguyen Thi Tam debuts on Wednesday at the City Exhibition House in HCMC’s District 1.

The exhibition displays 50 silk paintings, oil on canvas and sketches created by the artist across the country in the past few years.

Lotus is Tam’s favorite subject. To Tam, apart from its attractive odor, people sometimes find a peaceful moment for their soul whenever admiring the beauty of the lotus. Looking at Tam’s artworks, viewers can recognize her own style from gentle strokes to the use of elegant colors, not too strong but can leave a deep impression on viewers.  

Tam is vice chairwoman of the International Women Artist’s Association (INWAA – Vietnam). She was an instructor of HCMC University of Fine Arts and former head of the Women Artist’s Club under the HCMC Fine Arts Association.

Apart from 20 solo exhibitions in Hue, Hanoi, Hoi An, HCMC, her silk paintings have been displayed in France, the U.S., Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Thailand, Laos, Singapore and China.

Documentaries about her works which preserve the quintessence of silk paintings have been broadcasted on numerous TV channels of VTV1, VTV3, VTV4, HTV7, HTV9 and SCTV.

The exhibition is on display until October 14 at the City Exhibition House at 92 Le Thanh Ton Street, District 1.
CNN introduces 40 Vietnamese dishes
Pho (noodle soup), banh xeo (Vietnamese pancake) and cha ca (fried fish paste) are among Vietnamese foods to be introduced on, reports VnExpress.

“Vietnamese cuisine doesn’t win any points for complexity. Many of the most popular dishes can be made just as well on the side of the road as in a top-end restaurant,” quoted

“But it’s precisely this simplicity, the subtle variations by region and the fresh ingredients that keep us pulling up a plastic stool for more,” the website added.

Listed in first position is pho. “It’s almost impossible to walk a block in Vietnam’s major cities without bumping into a crowd of hungry patrons slurping noodles at a makeshift pho stand.”

The list varies from food from the North, the Central to the South of Vietnam, including cao lau (a soup made with noodles, pork and greens), bun cha (rice noodle served with grilled pork meatballs) and bun bo Nam bo (southern style beef noodle).

Some munchies like nom hoa chuoi (banana salad), hat de nong (hot roasted chestnut) and che (sweet soup) are also on the list. Hotpot served at the lakeside of Truc Bach in Hanoi is also named on the list.

Apart from photos of these delicious foods, CNNgo also posts addresses of some restaurants and locations in Vietnam where diners can savor the above foods.

Stamp set on road safety published

A new set of postage stamps on the theme “A Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011 – 2020” was issued on October 1. by the Ministry of Information and Communication.  

The two 32 x 43mm stamps, ‘Strict Observation of Traffic Laws’ and ‘Traffic Culture for Community Security’, are printed in respective VND 2000 and VND 6500 denominations and will be available in post network until June 30, 2013.

The stamps, designed by painter Nguyen Du from the Vietnam Stamp Company, aim to raise awareness of proper road traffic safety for all people of all social strata, and respond to the United Nations’ “Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011 – 2020” campaign.