More efforts bring kids back to school

Last update 10:55 | 27/08/2017

The new school year is approaching, and schools in the northern province of Phu Tho are preparing for the new school year despite a shortage of facilities, teaching equipment and other necessities.

Prior to the new school year, along with their teachers, the H’mong pupils returned to school to clean up classrooms and review their knowledge.

Over recent years, H’mong people’s way of thinking that literacy cannot fill the belly and warm the body has changed. Tiếp tục đọc “More efforts bring kids back to school”


Hue’s headwear showcases local charm

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Last update 13:40 | 27/08/2017

Conical hats produced in the central Thừa Thiên- Huế Province, which includes the historic Huế City, are similar to those made in other regions in the country. But innovations by local artisans have added charm and made Huế hats famous.

Conical hats are synonymous with Việt Nam, and hat-making artisans in the former capital city of Huế have added a little extra charm to the iconic headwear. Tiếp tục đọc “Hue’s headwear showcases local charm”

“Thành phố đáng sống”: Từ sông ra biển nối nhau ô nhiễm

 | 15/08/2017 | 10:26

Mỗi ngày âu thuyền Thọ Quang đón hơn 700 lượt tàu thuyền, sự quá tải đã khiến nơi này ô nhiễm kéo dài. Ảnh: MỸ LINH
Mỗi ngày âu thuyền Thọ Quang đón hơn 700 lượt tàu thuyền, sự quá tải đã khiến nơi này ô nhiễm kéo dài. Ảnh: MỸ LINH

Bãi biển đẹp Đà Nẵng những ngày này mùi hôi thối từ những cống xả tràn, những dòng kênh đen ngòm chảy ra biển khiến du khách phải dè chừng. Cây cầu Thuận Phước giữa cửa biển, nơi nhiều người chọn làm điểm thưởng lãm sông Hàn, ngắm núi Sơn Trà nhưng cách đó không xa là mùi hôi thối nồng nặc của cảng cá. Từ sông ra biển nối nhau ô nhiễm – thực trạng của thành phố du lịch, thành phố đáng sống – Đà Nẵng…

Tiếp tục đọc ““Thành phố đáng sống”: Từ sông ra biển nối nhau ô nhiễm”

FDI flow into real estate: a cause for concern?

Last update 08:00 | 26/08/2017
VietNamNet Bridge – Real estate ranked fourth among the most attractive business fields for foreign investors, with registered FDI capital of $1.15 billion in the first half of the year.vietnam economy, business news, vn news, vietnamnet bridge, english news, Vietnam news, news Vietnam, vietnamnet news, vn news, Vietnam net news, Vietnam latest news, Vietnam breaking news, FDI, real estate market, HOREA
According to Savills Vietnam, the increase in FDI in the manufacturing sector has prompted investors to pour money into projects to develop industrial infrastructure.

Thai company Hemaraj Land & Development and Vietnamese firm Cienco 4 last May confirmed cooperation to set up a joint venture to develop an IZ on an area of 3,200 hectares in Nghe An province, capitalized at $1 billion.

Many deals were made in the first half of the year. Japanese firm Nishi Nippon and Hankyu joined forces with Vietnamese firm Nam Long to develop Mizuki Park residential quarter on an area of 26 hectares in Binh Chanh district, HCMC, capitalized at $351 million.

Meanwhile, Aeon Mall has teamed up with BIM Group to develop Aeon’s second shopping mall in Hanoi, covering an area of 16.7 hectares in a $200 million project. Son Kim Lan has successfully called for $100 million worth of investment capital from a Japanese investor.

The increase in FDI in the manufacturing sector has prompted investors to pour money into projects to develop industrial infrastructure.

Housing projects continue attracting attention from investors. Chinese firm Fortune Land Development has bought Lotus Dai Phuoc shares from VinaCapital, worth $65.3 million. This is a residential quarter project covering an area of 198.5 hectares in an area of Dong Nai province adjacent to HCMC.

A 65 percent stake in Times Square complex worth $41 million has been transferred by VinaCapital to Elite Capital Resources Limited.

Analysts have predicted that FDI flow into the real estate sector will continue in the time to come thanks to open policies and the great potential in tourism development. However, they warned that the amount of capital into the market needs to be measured by disbursed capital, not registered capital.

Many registered projects have not been implemented. Booyuong Mo Lao project in Ha Dong district, for example, has been left unimplemented for years.

Nguyen Tri Hieu, a respected banking expert, commented on Dau Tu Bat Dong San that  more FDI capital is good news, but that is necessary to reconsider the situation if too much capital flows into the real estate sector. If the capital only goes to high-end real estate and resort projects, it will only heat up the market and lead to oversupply in the market segment, and not propel socio-economic development.

Phan Huu Thang, former head of the Foreign Investment Agency, now chair of the Vietnam Real Estate Association, affirmed that FDI real estate projects would still be welcomed. The problem is that Vietnam needs to supervise project implementation to ensure sustainability in investment and development.


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Vietnam trying to wean itself off preferential ODA loans

Last update 12:00 | 27/08/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnam now has to think of attracting private capital for development projects as preferential ODA loans will now have higher interest rates. 

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From 2018, Vietnam will no longer receive preferential ODA loans from WB, ADB and other financial institutions in developed countries at preferential loans of 2-3 percent. The interest rates will be 5-6 percent, not including the service fee. Tiếp tục đọc “Vietnam trying to wean itself off preferential ODA loans”

Vietnam still fumbling for policy to control rice exports

Last update 12:00 | 26/06/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – Vinafood 1 and Vinafood 2 want to be exclusive bidders for government-to-government (G2G) rice export contracts, but analysts warn of the dangers of a monopoly. 

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The Vietnam Food Association (VFA) chair has told rice exporters that they must not sign export contracts with some G2G markets between June 6, 2017 and the day Vinafood 1 and Vinafood 2 end transactions and complete contracts. Tiếp tục đọc “Vietnam still fumbling for policy to control rice exports”

Saigon’s best restaurants for local food

Last update 09:00 | 26/06/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – The best local restaurants in HCM City are legendary establishments that have stood the test of time, offering authentic and satisfying meals at incredibly attractive prices. 

Nguyen Thi Thanh (Lunch Lady)

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Unlike many local restaurants in this list, Nguyen Thi Tanh (or Lunch Lady) only cooks one dish per day, changing the dish according to the day. Tiếp tục đọc “Saigon’s best restaurants for local food”

CDC issues travel notice for Vietnam due to dengue outbreak

August 27, 2017

Vietnam has reported a large increase in dengue fever cases in 2017. As of last week, more than 90,000 cases have been reported, including two dozen deaths. The case count is up more than 60 percent compared to last year.


The most affected areas include: An Giang, Binh Duong, Danang, Dong Nai, Dong Thap, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Khanh Hoa, Soc Trang, and Tien Giang. Dengue is spread through mosquito bites and can cause symptoms such as fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, rash, and pain in the eyes, joints, and muscles. Tiếp tục đọc “CDC issues travel notice for Vietnam due to dengue outbreak”

Vietnam is worried that Trump’s weakness is making China strong

Citizens of Vietnam have developed an unusual national pastime: Across the country and on social networks, people trade suspicions that their government is secretly giving in to an aggressive China. And lately, there has been plenty of fuel for their rumours.

Some blame a visibly diminished US presence for giving Beijing an opportunity to act behind the scenes. Many blame officials in Hanoi for putting economic cooperation or alleged communist solidarity above questions of national pride. Last month, when a valuable project overseen by the Spanish company Repsol was suspended without explanation, both theories abounded. Tiếp tục đọc “Vietnam is worried that Trump’s weakness is making China strong”

Will Bangkok’s street food ban hold?

The Thai capital is famous for its street food – but now the authorities are seeking to strictly curtail it. Nic Dunlop wonders why

Firepower: a street restaurant in Bangkok’s Chinatown.
Firepower: a street restaurant in Bangkok’s Chinatown. Photograph: Nic Dunlop

Bangkok, one of the world’s foodie capitals, caters to almost every taste, whether fine French cuisine or fresh sushi. But for tourists and locals alike, it is Thai street food that really makes the city such a culinary delight.

Dishes from all over the country are available at every hour of the day. They include som tam, a spicy green papaya salad from the northeast, and muu bing, strips of grilled pork on sticks. There are also the popular lad kao (on rice) varieties, which are stir-fried dishes like krapao moo saap – minced pork fried in garlic, fish sauce, chilli and Thai basil. The food originates from different parts of the country, making the capital’s streets reflect the kingdom as a whole.

Super spicy: som tam papaya salad.
Super spicy: som tam papaya salad. Photograph: Nic Dunlop

In April this year, the authorities announced they would purge the city of street food, in the interests of “cleanliness, safety and order”. The next area to be cleared would be Bangkok’s Chinatown and the backpacker ghetto of Khao San Road. There would be no exceptions said Wanlop Suwandee, chief adviser to the governor. “Every street vendor will have to move out.”

The announcement was met with incredulity. The authorities were quick to back-pedal, claiming they were not banning street food entirely, but regulating it. Special areas would be set up for vendors, they announced, but far from the centre. The tourist areas of Chinatown and Khao San would be spared. Tiếp tục đọc “Will Bangkok’s street food ban hold?”

Indian city under siege after clashes over ‘rape guru’ kill 36


Scorch marks from items set on fire are seen on a road in Panchkula, after Singh’s followers went on a rampage following a court’s decision to convict him of rape. (Photo: AFP/Money Sharma)

SIRSA: Hundreds of troops on Saturday (Aug 26) laid siege to the headquarters of a sect led by a controversial Indian guru whose conviction for rape triggered deadly clashes that have killed at least 36 people.

Soldiers and riot police cordoned off the routes leading to the sprawling premises of guru Ram Rahim Singh spread over 1,000 acres (404 hectares) in Sirsa, a town in northern Haryana state. Tiếp tục đọc “Indian city under siege after clashes over ‘rape guru’ kill 36”

Bangladesh sends back 90 Rohingya despite violence


A woman holds a child in her arms as she arrives at Yathae Taung township in Rakhine state after fleeing violence in their home village. (Photo: AFP/Wai Moe)

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh: Bangladesh has detained and forcibly returned 90 Rohingya migrants to Myanmar, police said Sunday (Aug 27), just hours after Myanmar troops on the other side of the border had opened fire on people fleeing the country.

Police intercepted a group of 70 Rohingya late Saturday after they crossed the “zero line” border zone, where Myanmar soldiers earlier fired mortars and machine guns at villagers making the dangerous dash from the northern state of Rakhine into Bangladesh. Tiếp tục đọc “Bangladesh sends back 90 Rohingya despite violence”

Indonesian travelling shows where dolphins perform in the name of education


More than 90 dolphins are held in captivity in Indonesia and trained to perform tricks in shows as part of the country’s so-called conservation efforts. Their future is uncertain as the government continues experimenting with a captive breeding programme to increase dolphin population in its waters.

Indonesia is believed to be the only country in the world that still uses dolphins in travelling animal shows. Most of them perform more than 30 times a week and travel from city to city in the back of a truck. (Photo: Pichayada Promchertchoo)

JAKARTA: Brama and Kumbara swim side by side in their little home, a murky plastic pool full of chlorinated water. The two bottlenose dolphins seem agitated ahead of the show in which they are a headline act; it involves performing the same maneuvers they have done thousands of times. Tiếp tục đọc “Indonesian travelling shows where dolphins perform in the name of education”

Myanmar troops open fire on civilians fleeing attacks

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Bangladeshi border guards say troops fired mortars and machine guns at Rohingya civilians trying to escape bloodshed.

Myanmar soldiers opened fire on fleeing Rohingya civilians – mostly women and children – as they attempted to cross the border into Bangladesh and escape surging violence.

On Saturday, an AFP news agency reporter at Bangladesh’s Ghumdhum border post counted more than a dozen mortar shells and countless machine-gun rounds fired by Myanmar security forces in nearby hills onto a large group of Rohingya desperately trying to cross.

It was not immediately clear if any were hit, but the civilians scattered to evade the barrage.

“They have fired on civilians, mostly women and children, hiding in the hills near the zero line,” Border Guard Bangladesh’s (BGB) station chief Manzurul Hassan Khan confirmed. Tiếp tục đọc “Myanmar troops open fire on civilians fleeing attacks”