Spooky: The ruined Hải Lý Church, a tourist hub in the locality. VNS Photo Trần Mai Hưởng Viet Nam News by Trần Mai Hưởng Our first glimpse of Hải Hậu District in the northern province of Nam Định was roadsides full of flowers. In recent years, the land along the inter-village roads in the coastal district has been planted with flowers—indicating that people have not only focused on surviving by building, fishing and raising rice, but also on beautifying their community. The total length of flower-filled roadsides in the district has reached more than 200km linking the communes of Hải Quang, Hải lộc, Hải Đông, Hải Bắc and Hải Vân. The idea was first launched by the Hải Hậu Women’s Union. “We have planted flowers along 19km of roads in our commune,” said Trần Thị Hoa, a local in Hải Quang Commune. … [Read more...] about Hải Hậu’s flowery roads show the way to local pride
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The government has just approved a USD 1 billion measure to stimulate investment and consumption to cope with the slow growth of the economy, and difficulties of low-income people. How will that huge sum of money be used effectively? The Vietnamese Association of Financial Investors (VAFI) recently proposed several measures how best to use the USD 1 billion package effectively in order to boost the development of the economy. The VAFI says that it should be used to guarantee credit and support interest for transportation, electricity and water, real estate and infrastructure construction projects. Through these projects, enough investment can be attracted in order to help create jobs and a stable income for employees. "Many countries now use two levels to boost investment and consumption in their own struggles against the recessions in their economies. For example, China and the US have increased the level of government spending on infrastructure development, in which the … [Read more...] about How will the USD 1 Billion Stimulus Package Be Used?
VietNamNet Bridge - Houses of hundreds of years old in the ancient village of Cu Da in Thanh Oai district, Hanoi, are being destroyed by villagers. Why? The village is located on the bank of the Nhue River, about 35 km southeast of Hanoi. The river was once busy with ships and boats carrying goods, including rice, salt, cotton and fabric to surrounding towns and business centers, such as Pho Hien (now Hung Yen province) and Ha Dong. … [Read more...] about Cu Da’s ancient houses are disappearing
Mr Hai Nhut's little house was located in an isolated area at the end of Cay Dua (Pineapple) Hamlet, next to the Y-Shaped Bridge and Cho Doi Junction. He lived alone, without wife or children. It was safe from flooding during the rainy season because it was built high on stilts. … [Read more...] about Love for wild pineapples
July CPI increases 0.13 percent month on month The July consumer price index (CPI) CPI rose 0.13 percent against June, 2.39 percent year on year and 2.48 percent compared to December 2015, the General Statistics Office (GSO) reported on July 24. The average CPI for the first seven months of this year increased 1.82 percent from the same period last year. An upward trend was seen in five out of 11 goods and service groups, of which transport recording the highest rise at 1.19 percent, followed by goods and other services at 0.17 percent, housing and construction materials at 0.14 percent, beverage and cigarette 0.09 percent, and home appliances 0.06 percent. The restaurant and food catering group saw prices dropping 0.05 percent while the post and telecommunications group posted a 0.1 percent decrease. Deputy head of the Price Statistics Department Do Thi Ngoc said the growth of July’s CPI was due to increases in fuel prices and train tickets. Meanwhile, hot weather also drove up … [Read more...] about BUSINESS IN BRIEF 25/7