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Garbage everywhere in Hanoi as protestors block road to dump



With the road leading to Hanoi’s largest waste treatment plant blocked by protestors demanding compensation and resettlement, garbage is piling up around the city.

On Monday morning Tran Anh Dao, a resident of Kim Nguu Street in downtown Hanoi, woke up with a stink lingering in her house. Outside, on the street, uncollected garbage had piled up. There were used plastic bags and styrofoam boxes with discarded food lying in carts for days.

A pile of trash lies strewn along the pavement beneath a No Garbage sign on Doi Can Street. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Huy.

A pile of trash lies strewn along the pavement beneath a “No Garbage” sign on Doi Can Street. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Huy.

The 34-year-old’s plight is not unique. Full trash carts and piles of garbage can be seen in many parts of the capital, uncollected for two days as people living around Hanoi’s largest waste-treatment plant in Soc Son District have been blocking the road leading to it. Their demand is always the same: larger compensation amounts and relocation from near the complex.

Outside the plant, nearly 700 trucks with 7,000 tons of trash are waiting to enter last weekend.

Meanwhile, garbage has been piling up with the attendant odor and blowflies in districts like Ba Dinh, Dong Da, Hai Ba Trung, Cau Giay, and Thanh Xuan.

A bad situation worsened on Monday morning as more trash was discarded while a lot of people were traveling for work.

Garbage carts near Nga Tu So Intersection on the afternoon of October 25, 2020. Photo by VnExprress/Tat Dinh.

Garbage carts near Nga Tu So Intersection in Hanoi on the afternoon of October 25, 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Tat Dinh.

With garbage lining the streets and sidewalks, traveling has become a nightmare. On Monday morning streets such as Thanh Thai, Kim Nguu, Dao Tan, Thai Thinh, with carts full of trash next to piles of uncollected trash, were gridlocked.

Some of the carts were covered with plastic sheets to reduce the smell and insects, but others continued to see garbage dumped by households.

“Normally I see traffic jams in the morning, now these piles of garbage are making it worse and give off an awful smell while we are stuck in the traffic,” Le Van Quang, an office worker traveling on Tran Thai Tong Street, lamented.

The stoppage of garbage collection has had an impact on people’s lives as they keep trash at home instead of dumping it.

Many residential buildings have advised tenants to reduce their trash. But understandably no one wants garbage to remain inside their house for too long.

Nguyen Thi Nguyen, 58, who brought two bags of trash and dumped them on a sidewalk of Nguyen Trai Street, said: “Those workers have vanished for two days, and so I kept the garbage at home. But it got too stinky and so I had to put it here.”

This is not only causing a public hygiene issue but also hitting businesses and stores since people are staying away from places with garbage.

“We live here and are afraid of this smell; how can customers enjoy their meals in this?” asked the owner of a pho restaurant on Hoang Van Thai Street which had to be closed early on Sunday afternoon, “after a quiet and stinky morning.”

Not a new problem

Three months ago too people living near the Nam Son waste treatment plant in Soc Son had blocked the road leading to it.

They have been living with the odors, flies and other environmental and hygiene problems as the complex has been treating 6,000 tons of trash daily since opening in 1999.

City authorities announced plans to relocate people living within 500 meters of the plant and paying them compensation, but since the process is slow with little compensation, local residents block the road to the complex to voice their opposition.

People block the road to Hanois largest waste-treatment plant in Soc Son District on October 24, 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Tat Dinh.

People block the road to Hanoi’s largest waste-treatment plant in Soc Son District on October 24, 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Tat Dinh.

Many people in Soc Son’s Hong Ky and Nam Son Communes say they know their blockade would cause suffering to others around the city, but add they have no choice since local authorities are too slow in paying compensation.

Nguyen Thanh Hai, deputy chairman of the Hong Ky Commune People’s Committee, admitted the compensation offered is too little.

When the road was blocked three months ago, the city People’s Committee instructed the Department of Natural Resources and Environment to work with the Soc Son People’s Committee to speed up the compensation payment process and complete it in 2020.

Vuong Dinh Hue, the City Party Committee Secretary, held a meeting on Sunday to discuss the problem where he said it remains unresolved because local authorities are not taking responsibility.

Hue also instructed relevant authorities to persuade people not to block the road to the treatment plant and support them by providing medical insurance and clean water and resolving the compensation and resettlement issues.

The road has been blocked 15 times in the last few years.

While authorities are trying to address the issues, the Urban Environment Company, which is in charge of the environment and collecting and treating garbage in the city, has suggested that people should reduce the garbage they generate and keep it at home until a solution is found.

Dao said: “I have three bags of garbage in my kitchen, with no idea how or when to get rid of them.”

She was leaving for work on Monday morning and hoped she would not see the piles of garbage in front of her house when she returns in the afternoon.




19 couples get married together in Thái Nguyên



As weddings are expensive, nineteen couples tied the knot together in the northern province of Thái Nguyên on November 28. They are all low-income factory workers who are unable to pay for their own weddings. All of the expenses were covered by their companies and the local labour union, and each couple was given gold as a gift, and a night’s stay at a local resort.


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Đà Lạt’s first opera house opens




The Đà Lạt Opera House, the first concert theatre in Đà Lạt City in Lâm Đồng Province, will open next week. The theatre has three storeys with a concert hall. A modern outdoor auditorium with 850 seats is also included. (Photo courtesy of the theatre)

HCM CITY— The Đà Lạt Opera House, the first concert theatre in the  resort city of Đà Lạt in Lâm Đồng Province, will open next week.

The theatre, located on 2,080sq.m, has three storeys with a concert hall. A modern outdoor auditorium with 850 seats is also included. 

The concert hall is designed for live music events, including classical and acoustic music performances.

The building, worth more than VNĐ70 billion (US$3 million), has display areas for cultural and arts activities and exhibitions.

“We’re working to create Đà Lạt as one of the country’s most attractive tourist cities. We hope the Đà Lạt Opera House will be the place to organise quality cultural programmes targeting music and theatre that meets the taste of residents, and domestic and foreign tourists,” said Nguyễn Viết Vân, director of the city’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism. 

According to Vân, the theatre will host the year’s biggest international event in Đà Lạt, called The Korean Cultural Day in Đà Lạt, this month.


The Đà Lạt Opera House, worth more than VNĐ70 billion (US$3 million), has display areas for cultural and arts activities and exhibitions. (Photo courtesy of the theatre)

 Đà Lạt, the provincial capital of Lâm Đồng, is located 1,500m above sea level on the Langbian Plateau in the southern part of Central Highlands region. First discovered by the French in the 19th century, the area has since been among the country’s most popular tourist destinations.

As a locality where the economy depends heavily on tourism, the damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has greatly affected the socio-economic development of Đà Lạt.

In the first eight months of the year, the total number of tourists to Đà Lạt was slightly more than 2 million, down by half compared to the figure in the same period last year.

Local authorities have implemented many activities to stimulate tourism demand such as tourism promotions and discounts. Many agencies providing tourism services such as dining, accommodation, and sightseeing have offered discounts of 30 to 50 per cent compared to normal days, while many flights to Đà Lạt have also offered similar discounts. 

Lâm Đồng now is considered a safe destination as there have been no cases of COVID-19 infection in recent months.

Dozens of famous singers, such as pop stars Đàm Vĩnh Hưng and Hà Anh Tuấn, have organised concerts in Đà Lạt this year. 

The Đà Lạt Opera House is located at Lâm Viên Square near Xuân Hương Lake. 

The theatre’s opening ceremony, starring pop idol Uyên Linh, and pianists Phi Phi and Tuấn Mạnh, is expected to begin at 8pm on December 12.— 






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Music festival to raise funds for needy children



Music band Cat Pylon will perform at the HCWA Fundraiser Music Festival to raise funds for the city’s oldest charity organisations for children. File photo from the artist’s Facenbook page

The HCWA Fundraiser Music Festival will be held at Saigon Outcast and Soma on December 12 to raise funds for the city’s oldest charity organisations for children.

The event will feature local DJs from Banana Hustle, Saigon Dub Station and Funk Sessions, together with bands Hem Hem, Vibe Mechanics, Green Means Go, Cat Pylon, and Abby Chambers and Friends Acoustic.

There will be funny acts from JK Hobson Comedy, chilling show from Haus of Gore group, and a fire performance from Saigon Circus Skills.

Dozens of stalls and games will include clothes and handmade cards, a 3D Interactive winter garden, circus skills corner, and bubble station.

All money from the festival will go to the Little Rose Shelter, the Green Bamboo Centre, the Cầu Hàn Project, and the HCM City Child Welfare Association to help poor and abused children in difficult situations.

The festival will take place from 11am-9pm at Saigon Outcast, 188/1 Nguyễn Văn Hưởng Street in District 2, and continue at Soma, 6 Lê Văn Miến Street in District 2 till late.

Entrance fee at each venue is VNĐ100,000. — 


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