Mountains of coal sludge still threat to lives in Quang Ninh

August, 18 2015 09:17:00

Vietnam News

Residents clean up in Mong Duong Ward, Cam Pha City, in northern Quang Ninh Province. Heavy rains, floods and tonnes of mine sludge claimed 17 lives and caused millions of dollars worth of damage in the coal mining province. — VNS Photos Truong Vi

Not until recent rain and floods claimed 17 lives and caused millions of dollars worth of damage were the landslide and pollution risks taken seriously in the coal producing province of Quang Ninh. Now, authorities are struggling to find ways of providing better protection for residents while maintaining strong economic development. The mines are mainly open-cut, meaning that the topsoil is removed to reach the coal. Other mines in the region, however, are operated using the traditional shaft and tunnel system. Tiếp tục đọc “Mountains of coal sludge still threat to lives in Quang Ninh”

Japanese culture, cuisine and art festival opens

August, 29 2015 09:22:55
DA NANG (VNS)— Hundreds of Vietnamese and Japanese residents in Da Nang and Hoi An participated in the annual Viet Nam-Japan Culture Exchange at the city’s Administrative Centre Park yesterday.

The event, which will run until Sunday, displays pavilions of cuisine, traditional calligraphy, art performances and dances from different parts of Japan.

Visitors can try on a kimono, yukata, and paper folding (kirigami, origami) as well as tasting Japanese cuisines.

The event will also feature performance by Otawara artists along with demonstrations of Aikido, Sumo and Japanese sword play. — VNS

Viet Nam, China keep talking

August, 29 2015 08:40:58
 HA NOI (VNS) — Working groups from Viet Nam and China held the fifth round of negotiations on mutual development at sea in China’s Liaoning Province from Tuesday to Thursday.

The two sides exchanged positions and viewpoints, and discussed possibilities for co-operation in a candid, open atmosphere. They agreed to continue following the common perceptions of their leaders and an agreement on basic principles guiding the settlement of sea-related issues between Viet Nam and China, which was signed in 2011. That agreement aimed to carry out negotiations on co-operation for mutual development at sea in accordance with international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. . — VNS

VN’s world integration lacks the right mindset

August, 28 2015 09:04:00

Vietnam News

HA NOI (VNS) — There were many shortcomings in Viet Nam’s efforts to push for international integration including insufficient awareness about the process and a lack of a proactive mindset at some Government ministries and local authorities.

This was revealed yesterday at an online conference held by the National Steering Committee for International Integration and chaired by three Deputy Prime Ministers. Tiếp tục đọc “VN’s world integration lacks the right mindset”

Vietnam labor productivity still far behind ASEAN countries: ministry

Thanh Nien News
Thursday, August 27, 2015 20:21

Workers at a footwear factory in Vietnam. Photo: Diep Duc Minh

Vietnam’s labor productivity has managed to narrow its gaps with other Southeast Asian countries, but it will be decades long before the country can catch up with them, the Ministry of Planning and Investment said. Tiếp tục đọc “Vietnam labor productivity still far behind ASEAN countries: ministry”

Vietnam debates design of helmets for ethnic women with high buns


Updated : 08/28/2015 17:02 GMT + 7

Wearing helmet is compulsory for all motorcycle drivers in Vietnam, but following such a rule is not quite an easy task for women of some ethnic minority groups, who wear high buns as a centuries-old custom.

The question whether there should be a helmet exclusively designed for such Vietnamese ethnic women has sparked off a heated debate between the National Traffic Safety Committee and the Ministry of Science and Technology, as they met at a conference on the issue in Hanoi on Thursday. Tiếp tục đọc “Vietnam debates design of helmets for ethnic women with high buns”