Ninh Thuan farmers battle severe annual droughtVietNamNet Bridge – Every year around this time, people in the south-central province of Ninh Thuan have the same worry: water. A resident of Thuan Bac District in the central province of Ninh Thuan digs a well to find water in response to the drought. — VNA/VNS Photo Cong ThuThousands of households have been facing a shortage of fresh water due to severe drought conditions, mostly in Ninh Hai, Ninh Son, Thuan Bac and Bac Ai districts. Ninh Thuan suffered from a historic drought in 2015. However, the dry season in Ninh Thuan would last until September so the drought situation would become even more severe and complicated, DARD added.
April 24, 2018 04:41 UTC
Hanoi Buffaloes win first VFL trophyHanoi Buffaloes were crowned champions of the first Viet Nam Futsal League (VFL) after beating HCM City Wings in a penalty shootout on Sunday. Hanoi Buffaloes celebrate with their VFL trophy. — Photo hanoimoi.com.vnBy the end of official time, the Buffaloes were tied with the title favourites, who played on their home ground, 5-5. The Buffaloes managed to net three goals while the Wings could only score twice. The VFL is the country’s first professional futsal league.
April 24, 2018 04:07 UTC
Retirement age proposed at 60 for women and 65 for menVietNamNet Bridge – The Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs has come up with two scenarios for increasing retirement age to 60 for women and 62 for men; or 60 for women and 65 for men. Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, Dao Ngoc Dung speaks at a meeting of the National Assembly’s Committee on Social Affairs yesterday in Hanoi. The second layer includes those who have to buy compulsory social security, and the third layer includes those who pay for voluntary social security. While there were more than 600,000 enterprises operating in Vietnam, only 230,000 buy social security for their workers. He also mentioned voluntary social security, adding that currently 66 per cent of labourers are from non-official sectors, which makes the goal of having 50 per cent of labourers buying compulsory social security difficult.
April 24, 2018 04:07 UTC
Over 2.5 million go on pilgrimage to ancestral landSome 2.5 million people flocked to the northern midland province of Phu Tho to celebrate the annual Hung Kings Temple Festival as of April 23 (the eight day of the third lunar month), said the organising board. The Hung Kings Temple festival has become a standout festival that attracts a throng of domestic visitors and Vietnamese expatriates every year. The worshipping rituals of the Hung Kings are related to ancestral worshipping traditions of most Vietnamese families, which forms an important part of people’s spiritual lives. The Commemoration of Lac Long Quan, Au Co and the Hung Kings is held annually at the Hung Kings Temple. Millions of people flock to the site to attend the Hung Kings Temple Festival every year.-VNA
Kazakhstan crowned champion at AVC Women’s Beach Volleyball tournamentKazakhstan triumphed at the Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) Women’s Beach Volleyball Tournament which wrapped up in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho on April 23. A match of Kazakhstan at the Women’s Beach Volleyball Tournament's qualifierThe Central Asian team won the championship title after a seismic 2-0 victory over Indonesia in the final match. Earlier, in the third-place playoff match, Japan crushed Thailand 2-0 to take the third place with 1,600 USD in award. The four-day tournament attracted the participation of 36 players from 18 teams of ten countries and territories. This is the third time the AVC Women’s Beach Volleyball Tournament has been held in Can Tho city.
Under Decision 437/QD-TTg, the PM approved the plan of borrowing 384 trillion VND (16.89 billion USD), with 275.97 trillion VND in domestic loans and 108.03 trillion VND in foreign loans. Of the total, 341.77 trillion VND (15.03 billion USD) will be used to balance the State budget, 195 trillion VND (8.58 billion USD) for offsetting budget overspending, 146.77 trillion VND (6.45 billion USD) for repaying principal, and 42.23 trillion VND (1.85 billion USD) for relending. Meanwhile, the Government will pay 256.769 trillion VND (11.29 billion USD) worth of debts, along with 18.56 trillion VND paid for re-borrowing projects. The PM also approved limits of loans guaranteed by the Government in 2018. Under the programme, public debt (including Government debt, Government guaranteed debt and local Government debt) should not exceed 65 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP).
China’s fishing ban in Vietnamese waters valueless: MARDThe Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) has said that China’s temporary ban of fishing activities in Vietnam’s territorial waters is worthless. In a document issued on April 23, the ministry asked competent agencies to inform fishermen about China’s fishing ban. Earlier, the Vietnam Fisheries Society (VINAFIS) has voiced its protest against China’s unilateral decision to ban fishing in the East Sea, saying that it has no validity. The ban hampers fishing activities of Vietnamese fishermen and violates Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago and territorial waters in the Tonkin Gulf as well as its legitimate rights and interests. The VINAFIS urged Vietnamese authorities to take effective measures to stop China’s action and increase patrols in the sea to protect fishermen and facilitate their fishing activities in Vietnam’s territorial waters.-VNA
April 24, 2018 03:22 UTC
Resident finds Vishnu statue while cutting grassA resident in the southern province of Dong Thap found a statue of Vishnu dating to the seventh century. The statue of Vishnu has been found recently in Dong Thap Province. Chien discovered the grey stone statue while cutting grass near Gò Tháp relic site, a special national monument. He holds a lotus flower (symbolising glorious existence and fertility) in his lower left hand, a mace (mental and physical strength) in his lower right hand, a conch (knowledge and power) in his upper left hand and a discus (intelligence and sun) in his upper right hand. The Vishnu statue is currently being preserved at Dong Thap Provincial Museum.
April 24, 2018 03:11 UTC
Vietnamese coaches able to coach int’l clubsFive Vietnamese coaches could take charge of world-leading clubs after they finished a course by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) recently. Coach Nguyen Duc Thang has received an AFC Pro Diploma to coach any international club. — Photo montthegioi.vnThe AFC Professional Football Coaching Diploma, which is also known as the AFC Pro Diploma, is the highest level of coaching accreditation issued by the AFC. After the two-year course, five Vietnamese coaches Phan Thanh Hung, Nguyen Duc Thang, Nguyen Huu Thang, Nguyen Minh Phuong and Le Huynh Duc graduated and received their diplomas. AFC rules that from January 1, 2020, only coaches who have an AFC Pro Diploma can take charge of national teams.
April 24, 2018 01:52 UTC
Online food delivery market heats upVietNamNet Bridge - After a quiet period, the online food market has become more active with the appearance of many new service providers. The online food market has become more activeDang Hoang Minh, the founder of Foody.vn, recently complained that rivals were trying to poach his deliverymen. Meanwhile, the demand for ordering food online and getting deliveries at given addresses in large cities has increased rapidly. The source said both Uber and Grab plan to jump on the bandwagon as they have realized the great potential of the food delivery service market. Luong Duy Hoai, CEO of Scommerce, thinks the value of the Vietnamese food delivery market, like the Chinese market, amounts to 6-8 percent of total revenue of the e-commerce market, saying that there are similarities in both Vietnamese and Chinese markets.
April 24, 2018 01:18 UTC
Craft villages gear up for Hue festivalCraft villages in the central province of Thua Thien – Hue are in a rush to show their best products at festivals scheduled for later this month. Ho Thi Giang, owner of the Ba Giang fish sauce workshop, is at her last stage of production in preparation for Tam Giang Waves festival and Hue festival. She will make available more than 11,000 litres of fish sauce and 5 tonnes of shrimp paste and sauce for sale at the Hue festival. This year, the craft village plans to showcase over 300 models of home appliance and souvenirs during the festivals. Tam Giang Waves Festival and Hue Festival 2018 will offer chances for the craft villages in the province to promote their unique products, while generating jobs and improving income for local labourers.
April 24, 2018 00:33 UTC
Vietnamese blockchain group explores business opportunitiesVietNamNet Bridge - The members of the Vietnamese blockchain community say they have confidence in the strong rise of technology in the future. The international Blockchain Week was held in March 2018During the international Blockchain Week event in early March 2018 in Vietnam, a special session was held with Vietnamese blockchain-based developers. The members of the Vietnamese blockchain community say they have confidence in the strong rise of technology in the future. According to Loi the new-generation trading floors mitigate the problems that traditional trading floors have. RELATED NEWSBlockchain becoming more popular in VietnamVietnamese PhD in blockchain technology predicts big year for cryptocurrencyThanh Lich
April 24, 2018 00:33 UTC
Xoan singing guilds preserve intangible heritagebrowser not support iframe. At the Mieu Lai Temple in Kim Duc commune, there are three of four Xoan singing guilds of Viet Tri town practicing. Sharing his joy as Xoan singing is performed to serve tourists, Le Xuan Ngu, Leader of Phu Duc Xoan Singing Guild in Kim Duc commune, Viet Tri town, Phu Tho province said: "We have practiced regularly to serve visitors to the festival. The new tour is not only vital for Phu Tho to attract more visitors but also helps the province preserve its cultural heritage, Xoan singing, which was put on UNESCO’s list of intangible cultural heritage of humanity in December last year. It has established several Xoan singing clubs and taught it at schools across the province while training on Xoan singing performance has been also provided for promising singers.-VNA
April 24, 2018 00:22 UTC
Shan Tuyet Tea harvesting season in Ha GiangThe Dao ethnic minority group in the northern mountainous province of Ha Giang are busy harvesting their first Shan Tuyet tea crop of the year. A farmer harvests Shan Tuyet tea in Ha Giang ProvinceAccording to the chairman of Vi Xuyen District's Cao Bo Commune, Ly Quoc Hung, there are three tea harvesting seasons in a year with the first beginning now. The ‘snow mountain’ Shan Tuyet tea variety is named due to being cultivated at high altitude, while the buds are covered by thick white coats. Shan Tuyet tea trees can be found in forests and mountains over 1,000 metres above sea level in Ha Giang. An old Shan Tuyet tea tree in Cao BoIt is said that Shan Tuyet Tea is always pure and has a good fragrance thanks to the trees growing on mountains covered by cloud all year.
April 24, 2018 00:22 UTC
Illegal shrimp hatcheries cause environmental damageVietNamNet Bridge - In many shrimp cultivation areas, farmers are not treating waste water from shrimp ponds, but are allowing untreated waste water to go directly into the environment. However, illegal shrimp farming in Chan May – Lang Co remains a ‘hot business’. The unprogrammed shrimp farming on sand in Kim Giao Thien hamlet of Hoai Hai commune has also caused serious consequences. As there is no standard waste water treatment system, the saltwater and waste water have been absorbed into the underground water. One hectare of shrimp farming area produces 8 tons of solid waste and tens of cubic meters of waste water.
April 24, 2018 00:11 UTC