Vietnam scraps plan to ban sidewalk beer sales

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Sidewalk eateries (most of which sell beer) have become a cultural fixture of life in urban Vietnam. Photo: Tran Viet Duc … [Read more...]

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Vietnam scraps ban on sidewalk beer sales

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Sidewalk eateries (most of which sell beer) have become a cultural fixture of life in urban Vietnam. Photo: Tran Viet Duc … [Read more...]

SOCIETY IN BRIEF 20/7

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Khmer homes linked to grid More than 6,000 households, most of them ethnic Khmer, in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Tra Vinh have been linked to the power grid under an ongoing project that seeks to achieve universal electrification. At the end of the VND228 billion (US$10.94 million) two-phase project, nearly 19,000 households would have been connected. An additional 418 transformer stations would have been built to supply power to the families living in 83 remote villages in seven … [Read more...]

Official held for revealing State secrets

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Police in Ho Chi Minh City have arrested a state official for providing secret State materials to overseas reactionary organizations. The official, Pham Chi Dung, who had been working for a State agency in HCMC, was arrested on July 17 for further investigation, police said. Police also searched his home and office for materials related to the case. A source said that after four reactionaries, Le Cong Dinh, Tran Huynh Duy Thuc, Le Thang Long and Nguyen Tien Trung were tried in January 2011 … [Read more...]

Reducing import surplus

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The import surplus in May was valued at US$750 million, accounting for 12.3 percent of the total export turnover, the lowest import surplus so far this year. Speaking at an online conference between Hanoi and HCMCity on June 8, the Minister of Industry and Trade, Vu Huy Hoang, emphasised that although exports show some signs of picking up, more effective measures need to be put in place to deal with the import surplus. Exporters still in a fix According to the Ministry of Industry and Trade … [Read more...]

Fraudulent forest officials suspended

Part of Dam Doi protective forest destroyed for illegal shrimp farms (Photo: Tien Phong Online)

Two high raking forest management officials, charged with illegally granting land in the Dam Doi Protective Forest in Ca Mau Province to family members to build shrimp farms, have been suspended, the chairman of Dam Doi Ward People's Committee, Doan Quoc Khoi, announced yesterday. Khoi said that Duong Thanh Thanh, head of Dam Doi Ward Forrest Management, Mai Thanh Truc, head of the Dam Doi Protective Forest Management and 60 staff members connected to the case were suspended from the their … [Read more...]

Mind maps help city teacher popularize literature studies

A teacher in a continuing school has used the concept of mind maps pioneered by Tony Buzan to get his students enthusiastic - and proactive - about literature. "Last year, I found various books in related to a new concept, mind maps, by Tony Buzan. The more books I bought to read, the more interested I became. It got me thinking that this concept can probably be applied to my subject", said Hoang Duc Huy, who currently teaches Literature in District 4's Continuing School in HCMC. Extra class … [Read more...]

Caterpillars devastate pine forest in central Vietnam

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Caterpillars have ravaged 500 hectares of a state-owned pine plantation at the resin collection period in central Vietnam's Thanh Hoa province. Pham Chi Dung, director of the Tinh Gia Forest Park, said the pests were swarming onto the trees at an extremely high rate of 2,000 per tree. Another 500 ha is now in danger of being devoured by the pests. … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s corn imports soar in nine months

Vietnam imported over 3.15 million tonnes of corn worth 820.3 million USD in the first nine months of this year, presenting increases of 138.48 percent in volume and 91.48 percent in value over the same period last year. According to the Ministry of Industry and Trade's Vietnam Industry and Trade Information Centre (VITIC), Brazil is Vietnam's biggest corn supplier in the reviewed period, with a total shipment of around 1.58 million tonnes worth nearly 400 million USD, or 18-fold and 15-fold … [Read more...]

Chinese enterprises broaden garment, textile investment in Vietnam

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Chinese, Hong Kong and Taiwanese investors have recently broadened investment in garment and textile industry in Vietnam ahead of Vietnam-EU Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which will be signed next year. After building two fibre plants in Dong Nai which have put into operation since 2007, the Chinese Texhong Group has recently functioned the first phase of another US$300 million plant in Mong Cai City, Quang Ninh Province. … [Read more...]

Canadian market offers opportunities

HA NOI (VNS) - Vietnamese companies have yet to exploit the full potential of the Canadian market, which was described as lucrative because of its significant import volume. At a conference held in the capital city yesterday, Hoang Van Dung, vice chairman of the Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said that ever since the two countries signed a bilateral trade agreement in 1995, trade relations between Viet Nam and Canada experienced a 20-fold increase, reaching US$2.2 billion in … [Read more...]

VINACAS urges processors to ensure export cashew quality

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VINACAS told processors to pay special attention to the steps of drying, removing testa, and packaging (Photo: VNA) … [Read more...]

Vietnam sees increased exports to new markets

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Computers are among main goods exported to Africa … [Read more...]

Exports to emerging markets rocket

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VGP - Exports to emerging markets such as Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean escalated over the past nine months of 2014, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade. Viet Nam's exports to African nations rose more than 50% compared to the same period last year. The nation earned US$466 million from North Africa, a year-on-year increase of 50%. … [Read more...]

Vietnam to lift ban on French beef after 16 years

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Beef on sale at a supermarket in Vietnam. File photo … [Read more...]

Local businesses seek way to win on home turf

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(VOV) -Participants at an October 3 seminar on retails and investment policies raised their concern over the domination of foreign retailers who, thanks to their advantages in capital and technology, may defeat local ones. Dr. Dinh Thi My Loan, Chairwoman of the Vietnam Retailers Association, said the modern retail sector is experiencing fierce competition between local businesses and foreign rivals. At present, no foreign retailers care about rural areas and traditional markets as these … [Read more...]

Political News 3/10

President Sang welcomes Japanese guest President Truong Tan Sang hosted a reception for Former Japanese Minister of State for Science and Technology Policy Iwao Matsuda in Hanoi on October 2. Iwao Matsuda who is also Head of the Vietnam Festival Organising Board in Japan introduced an innovative project to fully utilize the expertise of Japanese senior human resources to promote technological transfer and industrialisation in Vietnam. The project had received great support from the Japanese … [Read more...]

Austrian President praises Vietnam’s development

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(VOVworld)- Austrian President Heinz Fischer has praised Vietnam's achievements in poverty reduction and socio economic development. At a reception for outgoing Vietnamese Ambassador to Austria Nguyen Thiep, the Austrian President expressed his belief that Vietnam would continue to gain further success and contribute more to peace and stability in the region and the world. President Fisher said he was delighted with the rapid development of Vietnamese-Austrian relations, especially increasing … [Read more...]

Austrian President highly values Vietnam’s achievements

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Austrian President Heinz Fischer. (Photo: AFP) … [Read more...]

Austrian President applauded Vietnam’s accomplishments

(VOV) - Austrian President Heinz Fischer hailed Vietnam's achievements in poverty reduction and socio-economic development while meeting with outgoing Vietnamese Ambassador to Austria Nguyen Thiep on October 1. Heinz Fischer said he hopes Vietnam will reap even greater successes in its path of development as a contribution to maintaining peace and stability in the region and the world as a whole. He expressed his pleasure at the positive development of the friendship and cooperation, … [Read more...]