As of 4pm of October 16, floods had killed 24 people, injured 12 others and left 10 missing in Hoa Binh. Up to 19 dead and missing people were in Tan Lac district while 11 others were reported in Da Bac district. Mai Chau and Kim Boi districts recorded two deaths each. While more than 1,000 houses were inundated and damaged, all rice and other crop areas in the province were affected by heavy rains and floods with over 10,000ha completely flooded. … [Read more...] about Flood-caused damage amounts to USD 35 million in Hoa Binh
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Bonsai trees are gracing sidewalks of major streets in Ho Chi Minh City, attracting admiring looks from passersby. Most of the trees are not for sale, only for rent. "I’ve brought around 100 ochna trees here," says Ngo Minh Phong says as he waters a large tree on Thanh Thai Street in District 10. The tree is five meters high, has a canopy of over one meter and is now in its 80s. … [Read more...] about Spectacular bonsai creations fetch handsome sums as Tet symbols
Land is an invaluable but limited resource and at the same time, a production material that can generate huge benefits. Therefore, the presence of "interest groups" in land management and use is easily seen. It is widespread. Without timely measures to redeem this situation, it will have very negative impacts on the nation’s socio-economic development. … [Read more...] about On fertile agricultural land, Vietnam’s shooting itself in the foot
Jakarta (VNA) – Indonesia plans to buy bigger vessels to allow its coast guards to travel across the ocean, notably the Natuna Sea off Riau Islands, and expand their patrol reach, local media reported. The plan was announced after Indonesian Defence Minister Prabowo Subianto had reportedly bought frigates for the Indonesian Navy from Denmark. Maritime Affairs and Investment Coordinating Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said that the Maritime Security Agency (Bakamla), which soon becomes the country’s coast guard, will need ships with the size of those Danish vessels. The Ministry of Defence has bought ocean-going vessels for the Navy from Denmark, Luhut said, adding that they are between 138 and 150 meters in length and those frigates can sail across the ocean. The appointment of Bakamla as coast guard is mentioned in a bill being deliberated by the Indonesian House of Representatives. The bill seeks to settle overlapping roles in domestic maritime securities. There … [Read more...] about Indonesia plans to buy bigger ships for coast guard
A reader nicknamed Ly Thong commented: "The price is same but the quality gap is too big. You don’t need to be a genius to know what movie ticket you should buy." … [Read more...] about Should Vietnam’s film industry be protected?