HCM City to light up for National DayVietNamNet Bridge – A series of cultural activities will be organised across HCM City to entertain residents and visitors during the National Day holiday on September 1-3. A scene from Vietnamese romantic comedy musical Mua Viet Tinh Ca (Season of Love Songs) which will be released during the National Day holiday. The show will feature songs in praise of President Ho Chi Minh, and the beauty of HCM City and the country. The couples will visit the statue of President Ho Chi Minh in front of the headquarters of the People’s Committee, before moving around downtown by cyclos. They will also present two huge kites made from 73 Vietnam flags to mark 73rd anniversary of National Day.
August 31, 2018 11:26 UTC
Binh Thuan attempts to combat desertificationVietNamNet Bridge – Investing in irrigation works has proven effective task in the fight against rapid desertification in the southern province of Binh Thuan. Farmers in the southern province of Binh Thuan collect peanuts. Nguyen Ngoc Hai, chairman of Binh Thuan Province People’s Committee, said "Desertification has had a negative impact on water, soil and ecosystems.”“The quality of water, especially groundwater, has been deteriorating dramatically over the past 30 years. Binh Thuan has been trying to implement solutions to expand production land. Water irrigation has helped fight desertification and aided agricultural and rural development in the province, according to the provincial People’s Committee.
August 31, 2018 11:26 UTC
ASIAD 2018: Foreign news outlets hail Vietnamese squad’s brave runThough the Olympic Vietnam squad lost 1 – 3 to the Republic of Korea in the ASIAD 2018 men’s football semifinals on August 29 but they have left great impression on international media with their fighting spirit until the last minute. The Olympic Vietnam squad lost 1 – 3 to the Republic of Korea in the ASIAD 2018 men’s football semifinals on August 29 but their run has been lauded by international media. On its Twitter account, the Asian Football Federation (@theafcdotcom) described Vietnam’s journey in the Asian Games 2018 in Indonesia as “excellent”. The Fox Sport Asia ran a story on August 29 entitled “Vietnam’s brave run ended by Korea Republic,” saying “Vietnam’s inspirational run at Asian Games 2018 finally came to an end” as the RoK advanced to the final. Against a team like the RoK, “the Vietnamese refused to give in and actually created a number of good openings, but were just lacking that extra bit of quality,” it said.
August 31, 2018 09:33 UTC
HCMC Police take measures to increase helmet-wearing rate among childrenThe police force in Ho Chi Minh City has devised numerous measures to increase the helmet-wearing rate among local children. Police said their move aims to increase helmet-wearing rate among children. The rate of adult drivers wearing helmets in Vietnam ranges between 80-85 percent. On many streets of downtown Ho Chi Minh City, most children do not wear helmets as they ride around on motorbikes with their parents. “Wearing helmets would help reduce the risk of serious head injuries, even preventing the potential deaths of their children during motorbike accidents,” he said.
August 31, 2018 09:22 UTC
HCM City seeks ways to curb CO2 emissions from vehiclesVietNamNet Bridge – Air pollution in HCM City caused by vehicles has become even more serious than the level of pollution emitted by industrial zones, environmental experts say. In 2010, the city had 4.5 million motorbikes and 420,000 cars, but last year, the figure was 7.5 million motorbikes and 790,000 cars. Experts have said that limiting the use of personal vehicles in the city is another way to protect the environment. In 2013, the city had 6.4 million personal vehicles, of which 5.87 million were motorbikes, accounting for 91.7 per cent of the total number of vehicles. Most families in HCM City own at least one motorbike.
August 31, 2018 07:52 UTC
Vietnam, China to open new border gate pairThe official opening of bilateral border gates Chi Ma (Vietnam) – Ai Dian (China) is scheduled to be held on September 10. Chi Ma Border Gate in Lang Son provinceChairman of the People’s Committee of Lang Son province Pham Ngoc Thuong on August 30 made a fact-finding tour of the Chi Ma border gate and worked with relevant agencies on the preparation for the launching event in Loc Binh district. He requested the provincial Department of External Affairs and the management board of Dong Dang – Lang Son border gate economic zone as well as local police, border guard and customs forces to continue coordinating with Chinese counterparts to gear up for the opening and urge contractors to complete the installation of equipment while ensuring order and security. Head of the management board of the Dong Dang – Lang Son border gate economic zone Phan Hong Tien said the construction of the No.1 inter-sectoral monitoring house at the Chi Ma border gate has been completed, covering 4,294 square metres. Thuong said the opening of the border gate pair is significant to promote socio-economic development in Vietnam-China border areas and contribute to building a border line of peace, friendship, stability, cooperation and development.-VNA
August 31, 2018 05:37 UTC
The art show reflect the spirit and ambience of a typical northern Vietnamese villageThe show, Tam Hon Lang Viet or “the Soul of the Vietnamese Countryside”, is organised every Sunday at the Ho Chi Minh Museum in Hanoi. It vividly depicts the everyday activities of countryside people in the north, from early morning flute sounds to the noisiness of a rural evening marketplace. The weekend show draws crowds of foreigners and locals who love to be immersed in the countryside space. “The show helps me imagine the daily life of Vietnamese people. It helps introduce Vietnamese traditional musical instruments, including the monochord to a wider audience.”Tam Hon Lang Viet has become a favourite rendezvous place for music lovers.
August 31, 2018 05:03 UTC
Traffic accidents reduce in first two quartersDrops were recorded in the numbers of road traffic accidents, traffic deaths and injuries nationwide in the first two quarters of 2018, according to the National Traffic Safety Committee. From January to the end of August, the country saw 11,782 road accidents, a decrease of 7.77 percent from the same period last year. The National Traffic Safety Committee has urged ministries, state agencies and cities and provinces to strictly enforce measures adopted by the government to ensure traffic safety and reduce traffic accidents and congestion in September, particularly during the National Day holiday and the first days of the 2018 – 2019 academic year. However, the number of children wearing helmets remains low, which is the leading reason for the increasing rate of child deaths and injuries during traffic accidents. About 2,000 Vietnamese children are killed in traffic accidents every year, mainly due to a lack of public awareness of the importance of helmets.
August 31, 2018 04:41 UTC
Vietnam Business Summit 2018 to take place in HanoiThe Vietnam Business Summit (VBS) 2018 will take place in Hanoi on September 13, drawing the participation of representatives from about 1,200 domestic and foreign businesses. Press conference on the Vietnam Business SummitThe event is held within the framework of the World Economic Forum on ASEAN (WEF ASEAN 2018) from September 11-13. The Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) held a press conference on the VBS 2018 in Hanoi on August 30. Delegates are able to exchange experiences in various spheres and be updated on new business trends in the region. Vietnam is considered a key connectivity point between ASEAN and the global economy, he said, adding that the country is also the heart of the Indo-Pacific region.
August 31, 2018 04:18 UTC
Credit growth expected to be 17 percent this year: officialCredit growth had stood at about 8.18 percent as of August 15, 2018 and is expected to be curbed at around 17 percent this year, said Minister-Chairman of the Government Office Mai Tien Dung. The official released the figures at a press conference in Hanoi on August 30 following the Cabinet’s regular meeting which took place earlier the same day.Despite controlled credit growth, loans for production and businesses with stable interest rates have still been ensured, Dung said, noting that in the first eight months of this year, the Government focused on economic restructuring and did not rely on oil exploitation and credit growth for growth.In this regard, Deputy Governor of the State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) Dao Minh Tu further explained that the credit growth target of about 8.5 percent in the remaining months of this year matches the requirements for economic growth and inflation control.He highlighted the rosy economic growth with inflation tamed at below 4 percent over the past eight months.Tu, however, said although the inflation rate is below the target set by the Government, caution is still needed to control the rate in the remaining months of the year.For the goal of economic stabilisation and ensuring capital for priority areas, credit institutions have set forth their own plans, the official said.Minster-Chairman Dung emphasised that to ensure macro-economic stability, apart from controlling credit growth, the Government is resolute not to raise electricity price and think twice before increasing prices of other commodities.
August 31, 2018 03:22 UTC
Vietnamese Prime Minister hosts banquet on National DayPrime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his spouse hosted a banquet for ambassadors, charge d’affaires and heads of international organisations in Hanoi on August 30 on the occasion of the 73rd anniversary of Vietnam’s National Day (September 2). Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his spouse (R) host a banquet on National Day (September 2)On behalf of the Vietnamese Party, State, Government and people, the Prime Minister warmly welcomed the foreign diplomats and international friends to the celebration. “We always try our best to be a good friend and reliable partner of the international community for equal and win-win cooperation”, he said. The PM believed that the foreign diplomats and friends will make more contributions to the enhancement of friendship and cooperation between Vietnam and countries around the world. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his spouse (R) warmly welcome foreign diplomats and international friends to the celebrationPrime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his spouse (R) welcome foreign delegatesPrime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc addresses the eventPrime Minister Nguyen Xuan PhucDomestic and foreign delegates at the celebrationDomestic and foreign delegates at the celebrationVenezuelan Ambassador to Vietnam Jorge Rondon Uzcategui addresses the celebrationVNA
August 31, 2018 02:48 UTC
Hanoi to auction unused resettlement apartmentsThe Department of Construction of Hanoi has proposed to recall and auction resettlement apartments if they are not used in two years to recoup investment. Sai Dong urban areaIn the past years, Hanoi authorities started receiving orders to build commercial resettlement apartment buildings. There are 44 apartments on Le Duc Tho Street and 110 apartments in the Nam Trung Yen urban area. Nguyen Dac Thao, deputy head of the Urban Management Office under the Department of Construction, said only 76 apartments didn't have usage plan. In most cases, the residents didn't want to move in because of the construction quality or they wanted to resell the apartments at higher prices.
August 30, 2018 23:48 UTC
Pests to eat more crops in warmer worldInsects will be at the heart of worldwide crop losses as the climate warms up, predicts a US study. This is bound to put pressure on the world's leading cereal crops, says study co-author Curtis Deutsch. "Insect pests currently consume the equivalent of one out of every 12 loaves of bread (before they ever get made). "In many European countries we're predicting 50-100 % increases in the impact of pests on crops." Other adaptive solutions might include shifting planting dates, rotating crops more and planting crops that are more resilient to pests.
August 30, 2018 20:15 UTC
Long An Province insists on LPG-fired power plants to fight pollutionThe shift from coal to LPG is meant to protect the environment, but by insisting on such a move, the provincial government may risk losing the projects. In the latest petition to the ministry, Long An once again pleaded to authorities to maintain the scheme on developing the Can Duoc Power Complex and to develop LPG power plants there. Coal-fired power not cheapPECC2 has asserted to Long An authorities that coal-fired power generation is suitable for Long An since the cost will be lower while high-tech application will minimize impacts on the environment. In the past, in the wake of public protests against coal-fired power plants, Long An Province wanted to move such plants farther afield from residential areas, but in close proximity to HCMC. “That shows most people see coal-fired power plants as dumpsites, and no one want them to be built near their homes,” Tuan gave a comparison.
August 30, 2018 16:07 UTC
Paragliding festival to return to Yen Bai next monthThe annual paragliding festival themed “Flying in the yellow season” will return to the northern mountainous province of Yen Bai from September 21 to 23. The paragliding festival themed “Flying in the yellow season” will be held in Yen Bai from September 21 to 23Hoang Mong Long, head of the Vietwings Hanoi Paragliding Club, said the festival is held in Mu Cang Chai district during the ripe rice season every year. The “Flying in the yellow season” festival is part of a series of activities taking place in the Mu Cang Chai terraced rice fields. It was first held in Mu Cang Chai district in 2013 with the participation of over 30 paragliders. During the harvest in October, the golden rice fields stand out amidst green forests.–VNA
August 30, 2018 12:11 UTC