The more Viet Nam's roads get better, the less people want to travel by train. Plans are therefore being made to get more trains and make the railway system more modern. There is also talk of the railways allowing train passengers travelling between China and Viet Nam to have their passports stamped on the train. Another is to offer special deals for people who want to send large amounts of cargo by rail. HCM CITY (VNS) — The modernisation of Viet Nam's railway system is projected to cost about US$5.1 billion, experts said during an event on detailed plans to upgrade the 1,726 km stretch of the North-South railway from Ha Noi to HCM City. The plan, introduced to the public on September 18 by the Viet Nam Railway Authority (VNRA), outlined major projects to be carried out until 2030. The plan aims to eliminate bottlenecks, such as the tunnels of Khe Net and Hai Van, and move the Da Nang Train Station out of the city, as well as more than 90 other infrastructure upgrades to the … [Read more...] about Plan to get people back on to the rails – English Through the News – Vietnam News Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports
Viet Nam News A famous person who was born in the Year of the Rooster is Professor Nguyễn Văn Huy. He has studied a lot about the people of Việt Nam. He also once started a museum. The professor's personality shows all the signs of someone born in the Year of the Rooster. By Bạch Liên January 27 marks the start of the Year of Rooster, the tenth ranked of the Chinese zodiac animals, another Lunar New Year. In Chinese and Vietnamese culture, the rooster represents fidelity and punctuality, as it wakes people up. People born in this year are believed to be kind-hearted, hard-working, courageous, independent, humorous, optimistic, honest and have pride in their inner self. Born in August 1945 in Hà Nội, Professor Nguyễn Văn Huy, one of most famous researchers of ethnology of Việt Nam, is among a few renowned Vietnamese researchers born in the Year of the Rooster. Those who know about his life and career can see that he has several characteristics of people born in the year of … [Read more...] about Professor shows qualities of people born in the Year of the Rooster – English Through the News – Vietnam News Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports
Life has become different, and easier, for people who live high up in the mountains. That is because electricity has come to places in Lai Chau Province where there had not been electricity in the past. Sometimes people there would make electricity from an oil generator but the smells from the machine would end up making people sick. By the end of the year nearly all villages in the province will have power. LAI CHAU (VNS) — Many poor remote mountainous villages of the northern province of Lai Chau have access to the national electricity grid making their lives more convenient. Ca Van Ngoan, head of the Nam Cay Village in Nam Hang Commune, Nam Nhun District, said that the village had more than 200 households with more than 900 people. Most of them were Thai ethnic minorities. Earlier, without electricity, the lives of local residents was hard and it was difficult for them to access information. To receive electricity the residents needed to install mini electric generators by … [Read more...] about Power reaches villages high up in the mountains – English Through the News – Vietnam News Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports
Being an athlete can be a hard life. Not only must athletes train a lot and never give up. They also sometimes must give up nice things, like returning home to their families for Tet. Some Vietnamese athletes are out of the country on training programmes and have missed their families very much. HA NOI (VNS) — Many people are heading home to unite with their families after a hard working year. Others are making final preparations to decorate their homes to celebrate the Lunar New Year. Many athletes, however, have no such planned celebrations. Indeed, these athletes do not enjoy Tet, as they continue their intensive training before upcoming tournaments. For instance, this is the sixth year in a row that swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien must celebrate the new year far from her home. Vien is with her coach, Dang Anh Tuan, in the US as she trains for this summer's Olympic Games in Brazil. She recalled that in earlier years she felt homesick, but now it is easier to be far from home. The … [Read more...] about No Tet at home for dedicated athletes – English Through the News – Vietnam News Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports
If approved at a meeting on July 21, the VND1 trillion (US$46 million) proceeds will be used to raise the Ho Chi Minh City-based bank's registered capital by 20% to VND6 trillion, Chief Executive Officer Tran Phuong Binh said in a report released to shareholders. A file photo taken at a Dong An Bank branch in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Diep Duc Minh "Kinh Do Corp is an investor who can meet all legal requirements to become Dong A Bank's strategic investor and the company is committed to buying all the shares" in the issue, Binh said in the report posted on the bank's web site. (dongabank.com.vn) Officials at Kinh Do Corp, based in Ho Chi Minh City, were not immediately available for comment. Kinh Do shares ended up 3.85% at VND45,800 on July 10. Dong A Bank is the 16th largest among Vietnam's 33 partly private lenders by assets. The bank said its net profit last year plunged 92% from 2013 to VND26.98 billion (US$1.24 million) following lower revenues. Vietnam's Dong A … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s Dong A Bank may sell 100 mln shares to Kinh Do RELATED NEWS Vietnam says Thai Siam Commercial Bank clear to take over bank venture Vietnam central bank ups credit growth targets at some banks Citibank seeks go-ahead to boost Vietnam presence RELATED NEWS Vietnam says Thai Siam Commercial Bank clear to take over bank venture Vietnam central bank ups credit growth targets at some banks Citibank seeks go-ahead to boost Vietnam presence RELATED NEWS Vietnam says Thai Siam Commercial Bank clear to take over bank venture Vietnam central bank ups credit growth targets at some banks Citibank seeks go-ahead to boost Vietnam presence
(VOVworld) – "Bloomberg News" reported on Wednesday that Vietnam’s 12th National Party Congress is a chance to select new leaders. Vietnamese leaders share one common goal of quickly making the best of opportunities and advantages to develop Vietnam. This is of significance for the Vietnamese economy which has developed unsustainably and easily been affected by many factors, especially investors. According to "Bloomberg News", with such a promising market Vietnam is one of ideal choices of foreign entrepreneurs. Besides Vietnam, a country of 90 million people 60% of them at less than 35 years old, is considered a dynamic market with low costs for labor and land lease. The online paper reported the key to realizing these advantages are to increase support for industries through tax system simplification, investment in education, and fight against corruption. 2016 will mark 30 years of Vietnam’s renewal process which has lifted it to middle income countries. … [Read more...] about Bloomberg News: Vietnam needs to take full use of opportunities for national development
VietNamNet Bridge - Despite many regulations favoring energy-saving construction, Vietnam still has few green buildings. Tomaso Andreatta, chair of EuroCham's Green Growth Sector Committee, said designing buildings to restrict the volume of power to be consumed in the next 25 years is the preferred solution. Thoi bao Kinh te Sai Gon quoted a source as saying that only 40 construction works in Vietnam have been certified as green, most of which are in the industrial sector. The electricity price is still low and enterprises still do not find it necessary to cut power consumption to reduce costs. The government has applied measures to heighten business and people’s awareness of the importance of green works and reduce energy consumption and emissions. Decision No 567 stipulates that 30-40 percent of unburned bricks will be used in construction works by 2020. Decision No 567 stipulates that 30-40 percent of unburned bricks will be used in construction works by 2020. … [Read more...] about Vietnam lacks green works despite legal framework
VietNamNet Bridge – Regarding the latest move by China, Le Viet Truong, Vice Chair of the National Assembly Committee for Defense and Security, said the analysis of the local and international media of China’s calculations in the East Sea is credible. The evidence shows that China is not only renovating Gac Ma (Johnson) Reef but also the Vanh Khan (Mischief) Reef. Related news Vietnam protests China’s reef expansion in Truong Sa In terms of strategy, Truong said that if both reefs are built up to become military bases, they will work as two outposts, like a pair of pincers to control all activities in the East Sea. Thus, all the rights of nations in the world that are related to this maritime route will be affected. "China is increasingly unruly and openly expresses the plan of renovating reefs for military purposes. Thus, Vietnam must speak out more strongly," he said. Commenting on Vietnam's reaction against China’s acts in the East Sea, Truong said: … [Read more...] about China publicly renovates reefs as world supports Vietnam
VietNamNet Bridge - Mild sanctions, greedy traders and buyers who lack knowledge of safe food are among the reasons that have facilitated the rampant use of unsafe and even toxic food in Vietnam. Greedy traders At midnight on a day in January 2016, a specialized vehicle of inspectors of the HCM City Veterinary Department suddenly approached Nam Phong slaughterhouse in Binh Thanh District. This facility slaughters more than 1,000 pigs each night from pig farms in southern provinces like Dong Nai and Binh Thuan to serve markets in HCM City. The inspectors detected 124 pigs positive for the banned substance salbutamol, which is used to create lean meat. The substance is very toxic to human health since it can cause cancer. However, in this "raid," the authorities could only make a record and impose administrative fine on the owner of the slaughterhouse. They could not seize the pigs with the banned substance. The owners of the pigs made a commitment to not slaughter the pigs … [Read more...] about Why is unsafe food rampant in Vietnam?
VietNamNet Bridge – Whatever the merits or demerits of the recent brouhaha over a PhD dissertation, the time is opportune to take a seriously critical look at some post-graduate academic practices and “traditions” in the country. While this topic merits a PhD thesis (and more) on its own, it is pertinent to highlight some problematic salient features, given that a failure to address them urgently will have far-reaching negative consequences. It would qualitatively weaken Viet Nam’s efforts to further its international integration process, not to mention deepen a crisis of confidence in the nation’s higher education system. The doctoral dissertation that attracted the latest controversy was titled “Letter Art in Book Cover Designs in Viet Nam in the 2005-15 period (literal translation).” It was authored by a post-graduate … [Read more...] about PhDs in Vietnam: Just what does the doctor order?