The programme will be implemented in 41 provinces, including 15 in the northern region, 11 in the north central and south central regions, four in the Central Highlands region and 10 in the southern region. (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) - Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has approved a programme on searching for underground water resources to supply mountainous areas and areas facing shortages of water. The programme will be implemented in 41 provinces, including 15 in the northern region, 11 in the north central and south central regions, four in the Central Highlands region and 10 in the southern region. The programme includes three projects. The first project will search for underground water resources in mountainous areas and areas lacking water. The second project will include research on scientific and technological methods and policies to manage water resources. It also looks for methods to supply water and adapt to conditions in mountainous provinces. The final project is … [Read more...] about Programme to provide clean water for mountainous areas
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The classical ballet “Giselle” is performed at the Hanoi Opera House on June 12 (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – The classical ballet “Giselle” was performed by Russia’s Ekaterinburg Opera and Ballet Theatre at the Hanoi Opera House on June 12 to mark the 29th Russia Day. The ballet, with music played by Vietnam’s Sun Symphony Orchestra, features a peasant girl named Giselle who dies of shock after learning her lover was engaged to another woman and deceived her. She is then summoned from her grave by a group of female spirits who plan to kill her lover, but her enduring love saves him from death. In his speech, Russian Ambassador to Vietnam Konstantin V. Vnukov said the Russia Day (June 12) marked the start of a new era in the millennia-long history of his country. The performance of the “Giselle” ballet was an occasion to help Vietnamese learn more about the diverse culture of Russia, he said, adding that … [Read more...] about Classical ballet staged to celebrate Russia Day
A woman in Vietnam’s Central Highlands has died after catching influenza A (H1N1), also known as swine flu, prompting local authorities to put more than 40 people in quarantine to prevent an outbreak. The patient was identified as Nguyen Thi Thom, 37, a resident in Kon Tum Province, online newspaper VnExpress quoted Nguyen Loc Vuong, director of the provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention, as saying on Monday. Thom had had symptoms including a mild fever, fatigue, and eating disoders for about half a month before she was admitted to the Kon Tum Province General Hospital on November 3. The patient tested positive for influenza A (H1N1). She passed away at the infirmary five days later on November 8. Competent authorities have taken measures to prevent a potential outbreak, including quarantining a total of 44 people who had recently been in contact with the patient and are at risk of being exposed to the flu. They were also given antiviral drugs. One of them has … [Read more...] about Dozens quarantined after woman dies of swine flu in Vietnam
As October ends, the leopard trees get into their act along the Tay Ho (West Lake) and the vast Bau Can tea estate in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai. The tree, said to be native to Brazilian rainforests, is scientifically known as Libidibia ferrea or Caesalpinia ferrea. The freshwater lake and the tea plantation are about 25 km south of the center of Pleiku Town, capital of Gia Lai. The lake covers an area of nearly 100 hectares in Tay Ho Village, Bau Can Commune, Chu Prong District. It irrigates the tea plantation. The Bau Can tea plantation dotted with the leopard trees in bloom. Grown on an area of more than 400 hectares, the plantation has an annual output of 2,000 tons of tea buds each year. A path runs through the tea plantation. A worker said the leopard trees were planted to act as a windshield for the tea plants. When the tree sheds its leaves, they become a natural fertilizer too. Plantation workers pluck tea leaves early in the morning, in … [Read more...] about In the highlands, the leopard tree shows its spots again
She returned to Vietnam in August after Chinese authorities raided and deported undocumented immigrants. More about how she returned later. Cut to the present. In a countryside garment factory in the northern Bac Giang Province, Bien sits beside a bunch of red cloth bags. Around her dozens of other workers are making bags on sewing machines, but not Bien: Her job is to affix the company label on the bags, and she gets less than VND100,000 ($4.32) a day for it. She was given that job after failing to learn sewing despite eight days of training at the factory. "It's too difficult, I can't sew," she says. Bien is one of many Vietnamese trafficking victims rescued from China who returned lost, damaged, with little assurance their life would ever go back to the normal old days. Before being trafficked to China, she had been quite resourceful, working her family's rice field in Dong Lo Commune in Bac Giang while also attending a babysitting class. On October 2, 1991, when she was 23, Bien … [Read more...] about The plight of human trafficking survivors: Back from hell but to what?