Experts call for water storage for Mekong DeltaVietNamNet Bridge – Environmentalists have underscored the importance of finding ways to store and share water resources in the Mekong Delta as climate change is inflicting huge damage on the arable delta. A ﬁsherman in the Mekong Delta prepares a net to catch ﬁsh in the ﬂooding season. Environmentalists have underscored the importance of ﬁnding ways to store and share water resources in the Mekong Delta. Hydropower dams, especially those in the upper reaches of the Mekong River, have exacted a heavy toll on the Mekong Delta and taken away the great benefits of annual flooding, Thien said. It is important to restore underground water resources, which have been overexploited over the years.
Peach flowers decorate Sapa's routeA make-shift market along Highway 4D, from O Quy Ho Mountain Pass to Mong Sen Bridge, can be seen bustling with activities in Sapa, Lao Cai Province. More peach flower trees and branches were put on display this year because of their profitability. Peach flower branches that have many buds and flowers cost from VND2m (USD88) to VND3m each. The market has become a destination in the north-west mountainous are and opens until the 30th of lunar December. Peach flower branches sold along Highway 4DDtinews
Gov't resolve to further cut povertyVietNamNet Bridge – The Central Steering Committee of the National Target Programs has expressed its determination to achieve the poverty reduction target set by the National Assembly for 2016-2020, the Government said on its news website (chinhphu.vn). The Central Steering Committee of the National Target Programs has expressed its determination to achieve the poverty reduction target set by the National Assembly for 2016-2020. The State budget allocated some VND11 trillion to fund health insurance coverage for 16 million poor people. Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue said the country achieved good results in the process of developing new rural areas and reducing poverty last year. Regarding resources, he suggested the agencies concerned should build a legal framework for allocation of resources, especially for the poverty reduction program, and focus on improve institutions and policies to lure investment into agriculture and poverty reduction given the budget constraints the Government is facing.
Vietnam among top beer markets in AsiaVietnam is considered the biggest beer market in South East Asia with nearly 3.8 billion litres of beer consumed in 2016. The beer industry hopes to produce 4.1 billion litres of beer in 2020 and 5.5 billion litres of beer in 2035. However, Vietnam's beer industry growth in the past five years has been high at 5.7%. Vietnam is among the 25 countries with the highest rates of increase in alcohol and beer consumption in the world. In addition, Vietnam also imports 3 million litres and exports over 70 million litres of beer each year.
Struggling pupils take care of siblings in classMany children in the remote mountainous Tra Don Commune of Nam Tra My District in the central province of Quang Nam are struggling at school, after being given responsibility by their parents to look after younger siblings. A teacher at Tra Don Commune Semi-boarding School recently posted on his Facebook account photos showing some of his eight-year-old pupils attending classes with their younger siblings in a humble classroom. "Due to the small number of pupils here, my class includes pupils from grade one to three," Tuan said. "The class at Village 5 is among eight classes with most pupils from poor households," Tuan said. Eight-year-old Ho Thi Nhung carries her eight-month-old sister to class at Tra Don Semi-boarding school in Quang Nam Province.
The approval of the 2012 Labour Law brought great relief and happiness to female workers across the country. If the law had too many preferential policies for female workers, they might become a barrier. These explanations have not assuaged the increasing concerns of female workers. Female workers make up more than 48 per cent of total workers in the country, and 25 million are of the child-bearing age. So I, along with all women and, I hope, most men, would like the preferential policies to continue.
Fire fighting formula: better safe than sorryPandemonium rules. Eight days later, flames engulfed a swimming pool on the fourth floor of a supermarket right next to Xa La apartment building in Ha Noi’s Ha Dong District. Most apartment buildings of 20 years plus were built with little regard to fire protection. Even at new, modern apartment buildings in big cities equipped with fire alarm systems, these may not really work when fires do happen. “We must take into account the irresponsibility of investors and management boards of apartment buildings,” said Lieutenant Colonel Bui Quang Viet.
Traffic congestion in Hanoi worse than in Saigon: SavillsVietNamNet Bridge – Traffic congestion in Hanoi is actually worse than in HCMC, according to a recent survey conducted by property service provider Savills Vietnam. Trafﬁc grinds to a halt on a road in Binh Thanh District, HCMC while an overpass has little trafﬁc. Trafﬁc congestion in Hanoi is actually worse than in HCMCHanoi’s traffic conditions are just behind those in Jakarta of Indonesia, Bangkok of Thailand and Shanghai of China, which are known for severe traffic jams, says the survey which Savills Vietnam announced on Tuesday. Do Thu Hang, deputy head of research at Savills Vietnam in Hanoi, said the survey found that it took an average of 45 minutes to travel through a congested road in Hanoi while the same distance in HCMC required 30 minutes. Parking fees for cars in inner-city areas in HCMC and Hanoi average US$150 a month, the highest in the region.
Hanoi launches contest to solve traffic jams problemHanoi authorities have announced a contest to find the best ideas to solve the city’s traffic problems with prizes amounting to VND6bn (USD266,000). Last year, the prime minister gave approval to Hanoi's Master Transport Plan for 2030, with a vision to 2050. Hanoi’s population is forecast to grow to 7.44 million by 2020, around 9.2 million by 2030, and 10.8 million by 2050. Hanoi has also prepared programmes to implement the master plan. The city also needs new traffic planning that suits the master plan.
Two FPT-owned companies debut shares on Jan 13FPT Telecom JSC and FPT Securities JSC, two companies under the umbrella of information technology company FPT Corp, both debuted shares on the securities market on January 13. FPT Securities JSC will list its entire 90.3 million shares on the HCM Stock Exchange, with reference price of VND18,000 (US$0.80) per share. FPT Securities JSC will list its entire 90.3 million shares under code FTS on the HCM Stock Exchange, with reference price of VND18,000 (US$0.80) per share. FPT TelecomUnlike FPT Securities, FPT Telecom has chosen the Unlisted Public Company Market (UPCoM), which is a subordinate market under the management of Ha Noi Stock Exchange, to debut its 137 million shares. The move to debut shares on the stock market is said to be the first step for SCIC to divest investment.
Experts emphasize elephant conservationVietNamNet Bridge – Only around 100 wild elephants, and an additional 60 in captivity, remain in Viet Nam, with most living in Dak Lak, Dong Nai and Nghe An provinces, a conference on elephant conservation heard on Wednesday. Domesticated elephants, raised to entertain tourists, walk in Yok Don National Park in Dak Lak Province. The country now is home to only 100 wild elephants and 60 domesticated elephants. Deputy Director General of the Viet Nam Administration of Forestry, Cao Chi Cong, said he hoped managers and experts would share their experiences and propose solutions to protect and develop the elephant population in Viet Nam. In the framework of the conference, participants will tour an elephant rescue and breeding facility in Buon Don District, Dak Lak Province.
Hanoi to set up garbage collection stationsVietNamNet Bridge – Urbanisation and a sharp increase in population have presented a number of challenges for Ha Noi, one of which is the collection and treatment of household waste in a way that causes minimal impact to the environment. Last year, four main districts Ba Dinh, Hoan Kiem, Hai Ba Trung and Dong Da used trucks to collect garbage. Nguyen Huu Tien, director of the Ha Noi Urban Environment One Member Co Ltd (URENCO), told the newspaper that main districts of the capital city now lacked garbage collection stations, so garbage is gathered on the street before being taken to garbage treatment zones, causing environmental pollution. The garbage collection stations had not been built because districts could not arrange proper land for them, said Tien. Other districts were requested to conduct surveys and research to find suitable places to set up garbage collection stations and then report back to the municipal People’s Committee.
According to Tech in Asia, there are about 1,500 operational startups in Vietnam. The figure, if compared with the population, is higher than Indonesia with 2,100 startups, China with 2,300 and India with 7,500. According to Tech in Asia, there are about 1,500 operational startups in Vietnam. The figure, if compared with the population, is higher than Indonesia with 2,100 startups, China with 2,300 and India with 7,500.Reuters in April 2016 published an article commenting that most Vietnamese startups are in e-commerce and related fields. Design Bold also targeted foreign markets before the home market.As for the startups which don’t target foreign markets first, they need to aim for certain niche markets where no one else has bigger advantages.
HCM City targets 2,300 new swimming poolsVietNamNet Bridge – At least 2,300 swimming pools must be built to accommodate swimming lessons for public high school students, according to HCM City Department of Culture and Sports. HCM City Party Committee Secretary Dinh La Thang with members of the city’s Department of Culture and Sports on Wednesday. An outdoor swimming pool costs around VND5 billion (US$221,200), and an indoor swimming pool VND150-300 million ($6,630), Thu said at a meeting held on Wednesday. She said the Department of Culture and Sports should work with the Department of Education and Training to build indoor swimming pools instead of waiting for land and funds from the State budget. “The city will propose to the Government to host the SEA Games, using the city’s budget,” he said.
Five workers die at private seafood companyVietNamNet Bridge – Five workers of a private business specialising in aquatic product processing died due to suffocation under suspicious circumstances on Thursday in southern Phu Yen Province. Ten minutes later, another worker went down to cut the power circuit and find the fellow worker but did not return. Three other workers then went down to search for their colleagues and did not return. The five deceased are Huynh Van Ne, 22; Le Thanh, 30; Nguyen Van Vinh, 50; Le Viet Nguyen, 36, all from Phu Yen Province; and SiRi Phong, 47, a Thai national. Hundreds of workers are reportedly working for the Foodtech Joint Stock Company.