Since Covid-19 appeared and turned the world upside down two years ago, much has changed for humanity. Life's usual travails paled into insignificance or compounded it as the novel coronavirus claimed millions of lives and crippled whole nations. Today, in Vietnam, there does not seem to be much room left to think about and prepare for Tet , the Lunar New Year festival that usually sees millions upon millions return to their homes for eagerly awaited family reunions, traditional feasts and other celebrations. This year, many have decided to stay back in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh and other big cities instead of returning to their hometowns, because one's own health and that of the family has become a dominant concern. Even more importantly, Tet has lost some of its unique luster and become not very distinguishable from other holidays. It is no longer that grand festival with full wardrobe changes and scrumptious feasts and endless trips to pagodas and relatives' homes. Covid-19 has … [Read more...] about In the new normal, is Tet losing its uniqueness?
Absenteeism after the New Year is an annual problem, but most factories cannot afford at a time when Covid-19 has already depleted the workforce. Though footwear maker Samho Vietnam in Cu Chi District had to shut down operations for three months last year due to Covid curbs, it is striving to pay its employees a one-month bonus. "To make this happen the company has had to mobilize from many sources, including borrowing from the government," its union labor chairman Nguyen Thanh An said. The company, which has 10,000 workers, failed to fulfill many orders last year and had to export by air since road transport was restricted, which caused its logistics costs to skyrocket to over VND200 billion ($8.8 million). Faced with a resource crunch, it had to withhold salaries and ask the government for a bailout. "Those were the most difficult days in my 26 years at the company," An said. When the city started to reopen in October the company’s payroll had reduced by nearly 1,000 … [Read more...] about Factories labor to ensure workers return after Tet
VinFast exhibited five models of electric vehicles at CES 2022 in the US. Photo courtesy of VinFast Viet Nam's first automobile manufacturer VinFast recently announced it has established a headquarters in the United States and said it would soon open showrooms in California, as well enter this market with two electric crossover models to start a business in March 2022. VinFast also announced a plan to present its electric car models to the domestic market this year, in addition to setting up a network of electric 2-wheeler (E2W) battery swapping/renting stations in many cities, and that it will operate Vinbus services in five large cities with e-buses. This shows that across Viet Nam's automobile industry, there is a deepening awareness of the potential of EVs. With a population of approximately 100 million people, half of whom own motorbikes, the two-wheel electric vehicle market in Viet Nam still has a lot of room for development, not only in the sale of electric vehicles but … [Read more...] about Go green or go home: eMobility is Viet Nam’s future
Themed “Spring bus – Reunion Tet,” the program was jointly organized by the Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee of Ho Chi Minh City, the municipal Youth Union chapter, the city’s Association of Students and Student Support Center. This year, the program arranged buses to take more than 1,000 needy students from Ho Chi Minh City to their hometowns from Thanh Hoa to Binh Thuan provinces to celebrate the lunar New Year 2022. After the lunar New Year, buses will take them back to Ho Chi Minh City. At the event, Ho Chi Minh City’s Association of Students and Student Support Center presented 100 gifts and bus tickets to needy students in the city. Launched in 2002 by Ho Chi Minh City’s Student Support Center, the program has benefited more than 56,900 needy students across the nation. Through the event, the organizers expected to spread the message of sharing to the people. This year, despite the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the program has still received much support from … [Read more...] about Ho Chi Minh City supports needy students to come home for Tet holiday
Vietnamese transport firm Futa Bus Lines JSC put 100 new minibuses into operation on Monday on three routes connecting the tourist city of Da Lat with three other districts in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong. The three bus routes operated by Futa, better known as Phuong Trang, link Da Lat with Bao Loc, Don Duong, and Xuan Truong Districts, which are home to popular destinations that often attract tourists. The minibuses were manufactured in Russia, with 16 seats and eight standing slots. They are equipped with automatic doors, a camera, a GPS-assisted cruise control system, a point of sale (POS) payment device, air conditioners, and free Wi-Fi connection. Futa Bus Lines JSC’s new minibuses march around Xuan Huong Lake in Da Lat City upon their inauguration in Lam Dong Province, Vietnam, January 24, 2022. Photo: M. Vinh / Tuoi Tre Students will enjoy discounted fares at VND5,000 (US$0.22) a ticket. Dao Viet Anh, general director of Futa, said that … [Read more...] about Vietnamese transport firm launches new minibus service in touristic city of Da Lat
The transport department of Lam Dong Province, home to Da Lat, has collaborated with HCMC-based Phuong Trang Bus Line JSC to have 100 minibuses operate on three routes connecting Da Lat's center with the town's Xuan Truong Commune, Don Duong District, and Bao Loc Town. According to the department, the three minibus bus routes will allow tourists and locals to reach most famous Da Lat landmarks, helping reduce traffic jams in the downtown area. The buses, made in Russia, can seat 16 passengers and has standing space for eight more. Ticket prices will depend on the trip, but stay at a flat VND5,000 ($0.22) for students. Da Lat has seen a surge in visitors in recent years, especially during weekends and holidays, resulting in increased traffic congestion in downtown areas. In 2018, the town said it was considering building a seven-storied public parking lot and banning buses of over 45 seats from entering its downtown area, but the plan has not been implemented. The resort town … [Read more...] about Da Lat uses 100 minibuses to ease downtown traffic jam