Miracle in Ea Tul Ea Tul commune, Cu M’gar district, Dak Lak province, is harvesting coffee. The even tarmac road to the center of the commune makes everyone feel that the distance is shorter. New houses, schools, and medical stations are interconnected by a system of concrete roads. The infrastructure and living standards of local people have been improved significantly thanks to investment from higher levels via assistance programs and policies, facilitated by the Party’s resolutions and the Governments’ socio-economic development programs, said Le Cong Bat, Deputy Secretary of the commune's Party Committee. Last year, the commune met the demands of new-style rural areas and the average per capita income was VND 35 million. A communal hall in Cu M’gar district, Dak Lak province In the past, it was hard to travel due to lack of good roads. Meanwhile, the schools were too far for the children to go to and patients could not go … [Read more...] about Vietnam attaches importance to life of ethnic minorities
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Challenges of fast urbanization By Thoa Nguyen in Hanoi The fast pace of urbanization in Vietnam for a long time has gone far beyond the control of local authorities, with the nation facing the consequences of uncontrollable migration, spontaneous urbanization and population convergence. The horrendous problems of traffic congestion and flooding have been triggered by unequal development in expanding urban space and urban quality of life. Vietnam has seen its urban areas developing since 1990, when there were only 500 urban areas with an urbanization rate from 17-18%. The figure jumped to 649 in 2000 and 656 in 2003. Now, the nation has 775 urban areas, including two special areas in Hanoi and HCMC, and 10 first-grade, 12 second-grade, 47 third-grade, 50 fourth-grade and 634 fifth-grade cities. The urbanization rate also increased to around 30.5%, the equivalent to a 3.4% average rise annually. Urbanization has grown fast within the past decade, especially in large cities like Hanoi, … [Read more...] about Challenges of fast urbanization
VietNamNet Bridge - One can see raised chicken, hanged clothes, cooking by beehive stove, and etc. in shared corridor of many urban buildings. This is a common picture in villages but currently happens in the cities. For every 1st and 15th day of lunar months, many ladies in a building in Tu Liem district (Hanoi) burn currency notes for the dead on the corridor or balcony. The ash from burning stuff flies everywhere, even into other households' apartments. Many other ladies make the most of corridor space for cooking by beehive stove. The smell from the honeycomb charcoal has made other residents, especially children, unbearable. One day in another building in My Dinh (Hanoi), the public garbage bin suddenly caught fire because a lady on the fifth floor threw burning honeycomb charcoal into it. Many households also have to suffer waste and sewage water from other households on higher floors. Dog poop is another problem in some buildings. Many residents daily take dogs out … [Read more...] about Life in new urban buildings or in country side?
Hai Duong city's urban space has been increasingly expanded to help the city gradually become a nucleus in the urban system of the Northern focal economic region. Since its liberation on October 30, 1954, Hai Duong city's urban space has been increasingly expanded, especially after 1997, to help the city gradually become a nucleus in the urban system of the Northern focal point economic region. … [Read more...] about Urban space expansion
When the body of former CIA director William Colby was found underwater near his vacation home in Rockpoint, Maryland 15 years ago, no one suspected murder, but his son Carl Colby has never ruled it out. William Colby (R) and President Gerald Ford and his Cabinet and Colby Family are pictured in the Oval Office at the White House as Colby receives the National Security Medal in this 1976 handout photograph. REUTERS. … [Read more...] about Film looks at life of ex-spymaster William Colby