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​Man with 86-cm nails unable to get fingerprints scanned for new ID



A man in northern Nam Dinh Province has been told to come back later for a new ID card after his long nails prevented officials from scanning his fingerprints.

A photo of Luu Cong Huyen, 63, has been shared widely on social media showing a police officer trying to get his fingerprints. While the scanning normally takes two minutes or less, Huyen was unable to get it done after nearly half an hour of rolling his fingers back and forth.

He has not cut his fingernails for 40 years, and they have now grown to a gargantuan 20-86 centimeters.

Huyen went to the People’s Committee office in Giao Yen Commune in Giao Thuy District last Sunday to get a new ID card made.

He said: “The police officers failed to get my fingerprints scanned since my nails are long and arched. If I am not careful, they would break.”

A policeman in Nam Dinh Province assists Luu Cong Huyen in getting fingerprints scanned. Photo acquired by VnExpress.

A policeman in Nam Dinh Province assists Luu Cong Huyen in getting fingerprints scanned. Photo courtesy of Giao Thuy District police.

“Many people tell me to cut them saying they look disgusting, but I’ll fall sick immediately if I do it. Recently I felt unwell after a bit broke off a nail.”

While some people think such long and tangled nails mean Huyen cannot do any work, he is in fact a mason.

“My hands are covered with cement and so it looks dirty. I do not dare clean them since if I wet the nails they will crumple like instant noodles and peel off.

“I don’t even dare to go to a crowded place or outside when it rains. Every time I take a bath, I have to ask my wife for help.”

The Giao Thuy District police said: “Since the government requires every citizen to make a new ID card with an embedded chip, we will consider how to help him at a later time.”



Vietnam calls for more support to victims of sexual violence in conflict



Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the United Nations (UN), has called on the international community to further support victims of sexual violence in conflict.

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Women and children are seen in the al-Hol camp in Syria’s Hasakeh province on January 28, 2021.

The victims should be assisted to access psychological, medical, training and legal services, integrate into the community and seek livelihood sources, Quy said while chairing an open debate of the UN Security Council (UNSC) on women, peace and security on April 14.

The virtual debate is one of the initiatives raised by Vietnam in its capacity as President of the UNSC in April.

Quy expressed his concern over sexual violence in conflict as well as its impact on victims, particularly women and children, emphasising the need to take a comprehensive approach to the problem.

Such an approach should not only include timely assistance for victims, but also measures to address the root causes of sexual violence in conflict, he said.

Preventing such violence also requires the full and equal participation of women in decision-making and peace processes, Quy went on.

While states bear primary responsibility to address sexual violence, the international community, and the UN system in particular, can provide much-needed development assistance, capacity-building, technical support and training, he said.

In that regard, he called for sexual violence prevention and response to be incorporated in peacekeeping mandates and for more women to be deployed in peacekeeping missions to work closely among communities on the ground.

Addressing the meeting, Pramila Patten, Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, said there were over 2,500 UN-verified cases of conflict-related sexual violence in 18 countries last year alone.

The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to new gender-based protection concerns, the Special Representative said.

She affirmed that now was the time to “take stock of both the persistent and entrenched, as well as new and emerging, challenges…to eradicate the scourge”.

“Prevention is the best and only cure” to stem the multiple, devastating and enduring consequences faced by survivors of sexual violence in conflict, especially as a brutal tactic of war.

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Denis Mukwege said humanity should feel a collective sense of shame, for doing so little to draw a “red line” against those who commit “odious” crimes of sexual violence.

And while some progress has been made in international law surrounding sexual violence in war, abuses remain far too frequent and responses dramatically under-funded.

Meanwhile, Caroline Atim, Director of South Sudan Women with Disabilities Network, highlighted the prevalence of sexual violence as a tool of subjugation and control, including for victims who are forced to marry their abusers.

She also spoke of the specific needs and vulnerabilities of women with disabilities and the importance of “non-discriminatory” services for victims, including psychological services.

Other UNSC member countries thanked Vietnam for promoting dialogues on the humanitarian and urgent issue, and affirmed their commitments to preventing and putting an end to sexual violence in conflict./. VNA


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New shows, young singers are attracting big audiences




The “Veston” music project was held at the Pedagogical College of Đà Lạt. It sold out all of its 5,000 tickets. Photo An Phương

HCM CITY —  Although affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Vietnamese music market has been able to make changes in recent months, adding major music shows, quality products and many new faces with bold musical personalities.

After more than a month of delay, the concert of famous pop singer Mỹ Tâm is expected to take place on April 25 at Military Zone 7 Stadium in HCM City and May 1 at Mỹ Đình Stadium in Hà Nội.

Most of the songs to be performed in the show are hits from her latest album Tâm 9.

The show will also feature special guests like Hà Anh Tuấn, Phan Mạnh Quỳnh and rapper Wowy.

Recently, Tuấn held a music concert in Đà Lạt City to launch his music project “Veston” to audiences. The concert sold all of its more than 5,000 tickets.

On May 15, a concert of love songs over 30 years of Quốc Bảo will be held at Hòa Bình Theater in District 1 in HCM City.

The show will be divided into three parts to represent the career of the musician. It will include performances by celebrated singers like Trần Thu Hà and Bằng Kiều.

In addition, musician Nguyễn Minh Cường and singer Nguyễn Hà will perform a mini concert “Chạy trời sao khỏi nắng” (No flying from fate) at the Youth Culture House on the evening of April 17.

Singer Dương Triệu Vũ will also hold a concert to help stimulate tourism demand in Hội An. It will feature Quang Dũng, Đàm Vĩnh Hưng and Hồ Ngọc Hà.

Online tunes go viral 

Due to COVID, many singers and musicians have taken the initiative and made changes. 

Many of them are still actively launching music products. In addition, a variety of content, forms and trends are still being produced.

This year, online music is still the the most prominent trend in Vietnamese music.

Recently, episodes of “Xuân Hạ Thu Đông Rồi Lại Xuân” (Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, and Spring again), a TV reality show showcasing street performances of favourite Vietnamese singers, went viral on social media in Việt Nam.

The show is produced by HCM City Television (HTV) and Forest Studio. It has attracted 42,777 followers on its Facebook page and more than 265,000 subscribers on its YouTube channel.

Its videos, which screen live performances on HCM City streets, have earned tens of millions of views on YouTube.

Young singers like Hòa Minzy, Hứa Kim Tuyền and Anh Tú have permanent spots on the show.

The trio has collaborated with special guest performers in each episode such as pop stars Uyên Linh and Văn Mai Hương, winner and first runner-up of the TV reality music show Vietnam Idol 2010.


Singers Anh Tú, Hòa Minzy and Hứa Kim Tuyền (left to right) perform in a Xuân Hạ Thu Đông Rồi Lại Xuân show. Photo courtesy of the producer

During the show, the singers have covered Vietnamese and foreign songs featuring different topics like love, film soundtracks, and favourite Vietnamese songs from the 2000s.

In addition, young singers such as Hoàng Dũng, Dương Hoàng Yến, Phùng Khánh Linh, Hoàng Ly, Bùi Công Nam, Sofia, EmceeL and Huy R are also attracting the attention of audiences with their unique voices and young energy.

Experts say the music market this year will see big changes, with more opportunities for young artists and impressive, creative and meaningful music shows that are expected to attract many viewers. 



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Vietnam stresses importance of protecting civilians amidst conflicts in Sudan



Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, head of Vietnam’s permanent mission to the UN, showed his hope that the Sudanese Government would intensify efforts to ensure its leading role in protecting civilians and handling the root cause of violence 

among communities in Darfur while addressing an online informal interactive dialogue on the Darfur situation on April 14.

Quy appreciated positive progresses in Sudan in the recent past and said he hopes the transitional government and relevant parties there will keep fully carrying out the peace deal on October 3, 2020.

He stressed the importance of stepping up dialogue and mediation efforts between communities, while calling on parties involved to ensure close cooperation between the Sudanese government and the UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in the country (UNITAMS), regional organisations and other countries in the transition process so as to maintain gained achievements and contribute to promoting peace and development in the African nation.

UN Special Representative for Sudan and head of the UNITAMS Volker Perthes and Sudanese Chargé d’affaires a.i. in the UN Mohamed Ibrahim Mohamed Elbahi briefed participants on recent developments in West Darfur, in the context that conflicts between the Arab Rizeigat and Masalit communities have killed many civilians, including women and children.

Volker Perthes acknowledged the Sudanese government’s efforts to stabilise the situation in West Darfur, stressing that UNITAMS and relevant UN offices will actively support the transition process in Sudan in accordance with the October 3, 2020 peace agreement, including assistance in increasing the capacity of protecting civilians of the African country’s security forces.

Amid certain security improvement in Darfur, the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 2559 on December 22, 2020, that decided to end UNAMID’s operations on December 31 the same year and requested this mission to complete the withdrawal between January 1 and June 30, 2021.

The council set up UNITAMS in June 2020 under Resolution 2524.

From April 3-8, conflicts between the Arab Rizeigat and Masalit communities killed over 100 people and injured hundreds of others./.VNA


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