Fishing with long rackets on Hanoi’s Tich River

Last update 15:37 | 15/11/2017

When the water level lowers in Tich River, the residents in Hanoi’s outlying district of Thach That will come out and submerge in the river with long rackets to catch the fish.

Catching fish with long rackets is considered a traditional culture of the people living by the river.

The locals often gather to catch fish in September or October in the lunar calendar.

During this time, the water level of the Tich River lowers greatly while fish in other lakes and rivers must go this way to reach the sea.

The fishermen often go in groups, cheering and attracting viewers to the river banks. The racket is made from bamboo. The handle is four metres long and the net can be 80cm wide. Continue reading “Fishing with long rackets on Hanoi’s Tich River”


Go to Cam Ranh to explore the beautiful ‘Tam Binh’

Last update 09:00 | 16/09/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – With pristine beauty and blue sea and fine white sand, in recent years “Tam Binh” has become an attractive destination, especially in hot summer days.

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If you love the pristine beauty of the blue sea, without much human impact, “Tam Binh” is the right destination for you.

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Market women depict their lives through photos

Last update 07:00 | 18/11/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – An installation of photos taken by women who sell goods at Bai Da Market on the outskirts of Ha Noi is now on display at the Vietnamese Women’s Museum.

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Artful: The exhibition displayed photos taken by the women arranged in a space created by photographer Binh Dang and artist Duy Ly.

The exhibition is the result of a project carried out by the Centre for Studies and Applied Sciences in Gender, Family, Women and Adolescents (CSAGA) during the last two years.

Photos, videos and stories told by the women and things they use everyday, such as baskets and conical hats, are placed together to look like a market and depict the women’s lives with both happiness and sorrow. Continue reading “Market women depict their lives through photos”

Mobile broadband driving internet growth

Last update 07:10 | 18/11/2017

Vietnam’s fixed line market has seen a significant decline after peaking in 2009, according to Reportbuyer, a leading industry intelligence solution that provides all market research reports from top publishers. Market penetration fell from 20.1 per cent in 2009 to 10.5 per cent in 2012 and 5.7 per cent in 2016.

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Having come late to the internet, meanwhile, Vietnam is finally embracing the higher access speeds offered by various broadband platforms.

Although there has been a surge in subscriber numbers, fixed broadband remains a relatively small but expanding market segment. Continue reading “Mobile broadband driving internet growth”

Tertiary crisis: are more students’ copping out?

Last update 08:09 | 18/11/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – In Viet Nam, getting into a university has been described as a national obsession and getting admission seen as a cut-throat competition.

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Students of the Thai Nguyen Medical School in the northern province of the same name attend a class under the “Smart school” initiative aimed at reforming medical education in the country. — VNA/VNS Photo Thu Hang

However, despite getting through such a tough initiation, more students are failing to stay in college until graduation, and the steady increase in their numbers is worrying educators.

Several factors, including expulsion, dropping out, transferring and repeating courses are said to be the prime causes behind this phenomenon. Continue reading “Tertiary crisis: are more students’ copping out?”

Vietnam warns against threat of cryptocurrency mining malware CoinHive

CoinHive, lurking unseen on websites, taps the processing power of visitors’ computers to mine the cryptocurrency Monero
By Tuoi Tre News

November 17, 2017, 16:05 GMT+7

​Vietnam warns against threat of cryptocurrency mining malware CoinHive
A cryptocurrency ‘mining farm’ in Vietnam.

Internet users in Vietnam are being warned of a malicious software program hiding on websites to ‘steal’ the computing resources on visitors’ devices to mine the cryptocurrency Monero for hackers.

The Vietnam Computer Emergency Response Team (VNCERT) announced on Thursday that it has received numerous complaints over the past week of cybersecurity threats caused by the CoinHive malware program. Continue reading “Vietnam warns against threat of cryptocurrency mining malware CoinHive”

Vietnam pulls off first hematopoietic stem cells transplantation for unrelated donors

A historic breakthrough was made in Vietnam’s medical history

Q.D.A. (L) attends a press conference announcing his successful stem cells transplantation in Ho Chi Minh City, November 16, 2017. Photo: Tuoi Tre

For the first time in Vietnam’s medical history, a patient has successfully undergone hematopoietic transplantation of stem cells derived from the peripheral blood of an unrelated donor.

Stem cells from a Taiwanese donor were transported to Ho Chi Minh City for the medial operation, marking an important milestone in Vietnam’s medical advances.

Hematopoietic stem cells transplantation (HSCT) is the transplantation of multipotent hematopoietic stem cells – those that give rise to all the other blood cells – most often performed on patients with certain cancers of the blood or bone marrow. Continue reading “Vietnam pulls off first hematopoietic stem cells transplantation for unrelated donors”

Bribery rampant at bus stations in HCM City

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A bus attendant is seen giving money to officials at Miền Đông Bus Station on November 4. — Photo:
HCM City — Nine officials from a public transport operation centre in HCM City were suspended for 15 days after a report published on Thanh Niên (Young people) newspaper on Wednesday claimed they were corrupt.In an urgent meeting the same day, Bùi Xuân Cường, director of the city’s Department of Transport, decided to open an investigation into the allegations. The result must be reported to leaders of the department by the end of the month. Continue reading “Bribery rampant at bus stations in HCM City”

Climate talks close with Trump administration on one track, world on another

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The world climate conference ended Friday much the way it began two weeks ago — with the Trump administration bolstering legacy fuels like coal and gas, separating itself from much of the world.

The lone panel sponsored by the U.S. government was interrupted by singing and chanting protesters, who said support for coal power went against the thrust of talks centered on promoting renewable energy and 21st century technology.

The result was a fundamental disconnect at the gathering in Bonn, Germany. Continue reading “Climate talks close with Trump administration on one track, world on another”

World Bank – New research on development issues in Vietnam – Volume 9, number 22 (2017 November 17)

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Agriculture and Rural development

• Farmers’ Perceptions of and Adaptations to Climate Change in Southeast Asia: The Case Study from Thailand and Vietnam.
• Flex crops or flex livelihoods? The story of a volatile commodity chain in upland northern Vietnam.
• The Impact of Climate Change on Agriculture: Findings from Households in Vietnam.
• Determinants of farmers’ adaptation to climate change in agricultural production in the central region of Vietnam. Continue reading “World Bank – New research on development issues in Vietnam – Volume 9, number 22 (2017 November 17)”

‘War crimes’ in fight over Philippines’ Marawi: Amnesty

Al Jazeera


Fighting in Marawi killed more than 1,000 people and forced thousands of residents to flee [File: Romeo Ranoco/Reuters]
Fighting in Marawi killed more than 1,000 people and forced thousands of residents to flee [File: Romeo Ranoco/Reuters]

Manila, Philippines – Diego swam across the chilly waters of Lake Lanao in pitch darkness to make it to the opposite shore before first light.

It was August 4, and the young father was fleeing the main battle zone in Marawi, a city on the southern island of Mindanao in the Philippines, where, for three months, he was held hostage by Maute fighters linked to ISIL. Continue reading “‘War crimes’ in fight over Philippines’ Marawi: Amnesty”

Cambodia top court dissolves main opposition CNRP party

16 November 2017 BBC
Image caption Prime Minister Hun Sen – who has ruled for 32 years – now has no rivals

Cambodia’s Supreme Court has dissolved the country’s main opposition party, leaving the government with no significant competitor ahead of elections next year.

The Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) is accused of plotting to topple the government – charges it denies, and describes as politically motivated.

More than 100 party members are now banned from politics for five years.

Cambodia’s Prime Minister, Hun Sen, has ruled for 32 years.

The one-time commander in Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge has long been accused of using the courts and security forces to intimidate opponents and crush dissent, but has for years allowed some measure of political opposition to his Cambodian People’s Party. Continue reading “Cambodia top court dissolves main opposition CNRP party”

Mekong River Facts


Upstream Mekong River changes through dam building and water usage could have serious consequences on downstream environments, in particular the Mekong Delta of Vietnam. Considered the rice basket of Vietnam, the Mekong Delta is already at grave risk through climate change sea level rise and intense local development. Mekong Delta citizens are concerned about these risks but and are determined to adapt and survive.

The Mekong has many names.


In China, it is known as the Lancang Jiang, meaning ‘turbulent river’. The Thai and the Lao refer to it as Mae Kong or Mae Nam Kong, meaning ‘mother water’. In the delta, where the river splits into multiple branches, the Vietnamese refer to it as Cuu Long, meaning ‘nine dragons’. Continue reading “Mekong River Facts”