Social News Headlines 29/3

Two Lao drug traffickers arrested in Quang Tri Border guards in the central province of Quang Tri and police from the southern Lao Savannakhet province on March 27 arrested two Lao people trafficking 6,000 pills of synthetic drugs into Quang Tri's Huong Hoa district. The two admitted they bought the drugs in Savannakhet and were smuggling them to Vietnam via the Lao Bao international border gate. They confessed that their ring also included another who escaped from the scene. A car with … [Read more...]

Illegal storage sites uncovered

Sand exploitation on the Hong (Red) River. More than 80ha of land across Ha Noi is being illegally used to store construction materials. — VNA/VNS Photo

HA NOI (VNS) — Inspectors in Ha Noi have found over 83ha of land across the city that is being illegally used to store construction materials. Hoang Mai District has the highest volume with over 381,300 sq.m, followed by Phu Xuyen Gia Lam, Dong Anh and Dan Phuong. According to Ha Noi's Department for Flood, Storm Control and Dyke Management, there were over 200 areas being used to store building materials along major rivers in the city, but only 31 had been granted licences. In river … [Read more...]

Farmers in urban areas find few job opportunities

Prof. Nguyen Huu Thu from the Social Sciences and Humanities Faculty at Ha Noi National University spoke with Ha Noi Moi (New Ha Noi) about the challenges faced by farmers in urban areas, including the lack of employment opportunities. There was an opinion that people living in urban areas of Ha Noi haven't had many opportunities to find suitable jobs. What do you say about that? As a matter of discussion, they seem to have a lot of job opportunities due to urbanization, which created new … [Read more...]

Ha Noi needs more funds for irrigation overhaul

There are many loopholes in the operation of irrigation and drainage throughout Ha Noi, Nguyen Vinh Lien, director of the Ha Noi Irrigation Department, told Ha Noi Moi (New Ha Noi) newspaper. What is the current status of the city's water pumping stations? Ha Noi has a very complicated geography - a mix of mountainous and midland regions and the delta. The city has about 216,000ha of land for rice cultivation, 5,500ha for aquaculture and about 90,000ha for subsidiary crops. To serve … [Read more...]

Nationwide Spring festivals help to revive folk games

The crowd quickly shaped into a circle in the front yard of the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology as drumbeats resounded and amateur artisans put down heaps of clay. Children enjoy a traditional game which was once popular years ago at the two-day festival at the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology (Photo: VNA) Adults were like little kids, unable to take their eyes off the crackers that were being moulded in different sizes and shapes. The sizes, shapes and thickness decide the sound of explosion, a young … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 7/2

Lang Son confirms no H7N9 infection The National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (NIHE) has recently quashed rumours about a possible outbreak of avian flu H7N9 in the northern border province of Lang Son. It received 13 suspected samples for testing from Lang Son and all proved negative for the deadly A/H7N9 avian flu virus strain, the NIHE said. All the patients have high temperatures and they are suspected of catching measles. Doctor Doan The My, Director of the Lang Son Provincial … [Read more...]

Ha Noi suburbs face shortage of clean water

Workers examine the spraying system at Water Supply and Drainage Facility 1 in Ha Noi's Me Linh District. The lack of funding leaves many water supply works unused in suburban districts of Ha Noi, leading to clean water shortages for local residents. — VNA/VNS Photo Anh Tuan

HA NOI (VNS)— Nearly 65 per cent of Ha Noi's suburban residents were not getting enough clean water at the end of 2013, due to funds shortage and poor management by the local authorities. The residents of Ba Vi District's Phu Son Commune are suffering due to lack of safe water supply and many have to use the water from wells, stagnant ponds and streams. "For decades, we have been using such water sources for daily activities such as bathing and cleaning and have to reserve rainwater for … [Read more...]

Skilled, cheaper labour attract FDI to Viet Nam

Workers at Samsung's factory in the northern province of Bac Ninh. The South Korean company accounted of 98 per cent of Viet Nam's export of mobile phones and accessories last year, according to Le Thi Minh Thuy, head of General Statistics Office of Vietnam's Trade and Service Statistics Department. — Photo

by Lan Dung HA NOI (Biz Hub) — Viet Nam's total export turnover of mobile phones and accessories in 2013 reached US$21.5 billion, taking the lead in the country's export items. Figures from the General Statistics Office of Vietnam (GS) also showed that it experienced a 69.2 per cent year-on-year rise. As stated by Le Thi Minh Thuy, head of GSO's Trade and Service Statistics Department on, the sharp increase in the exports of phones and accessories was attributed to the … [Read more...]

Corruption cases blight SOEs

Policy loopholes are the cause of the most dangerous types of corruption, according to National Assembly Deputy Nguyen Minh Thuyet while talking with Ha Noi Moi (New Ha Noi) newspaper. Loopholes in policies have provided opportunities for some people to commit corrupt actions. More recently, a few serious cases of corruption have been brought to light. What are your comments about such serious crimes? The two most serious cases are the Financial Leasing Company No 1, an affiliate of the Bank … [Read more...]

Tax office shifts to e-invoices

Viet Nam's General Department of Taxation's Information and Technology Department deputy director Pham Quang Toan spoke with the Ha Noi Moi (New Ha Noi) newspaper about e-invoicing nationwide. What are the advantages of e-invoices, compared to traditional paper invoices? Survey results in many countries showed many advantages in using e-invoice. First, enterprises save time, printing, transport, preservation, storing expenses, as well as minimise risks of lost invoices during commercial … [Read more...]