Viet Nam News By Paul Kennedy The Red River that dissects Hà Nội takes its name from the colour of the silt that tints the water. But maybe there’s another reason for its moniker as this 1,149 kilometre stretch has been the life blood of Việt Nam for hundreds of years. In the 19th century it was a lucrative trade route to China and remained the main commercial route between French Indochina and Yunnan Province. Today cargo ships can be seen carrying goods to and from the many ports dotted along its banks. But unbeknown to many living in the capital city, the Red River is a place many people call home. Living in make-shift shelters constructed from just about any items they can scavenge, find or even recover from the river itself, around 25 families live in this floating community. A man walks across a home-made bridge to get to his floating house.— VNS Photo Nguyễn Hiếu Men, women and children crowd into these … [Read more...] about The residents of Red River
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Carina Plaza has alerted the public to the need to strictly implement fire prevention and fighting regulations at all buildings, especially apartments. Carina Plaza stands empty after the fire In the middle of March, Hanoi’s Firefighting Department reviewed the fire prevention and fighting readiness of every building. The department has discovered three buildings that had been already launched without a full test for fire safety. These three buildings are: The canteen of the software production centre at 5/82 Duy Tan street, Cau Giay district, developed by An Phat Technology and Trade JSC; The first and second floors in N02 block of apartment and office and shopping centre at 87 Linh Nam street, Hoang Mai district, developed by Vietnam Construction and Investment Consulting JSC; Technical floor (K) in SDU Building at 143 Tran Phu street, Hadong district managed by Song Da Urban Investment Construction and Development JSC. Earlier in January, this department uncovered a series … [Read more...] about Hanoi vista dotted with buildings violating the fire code
Red skull-and-crossbones markers dot the horizon in a barren patch of land in Vietnam where missteps could be fatal. The signs warn of landmines and bombs, the legacy of a war with the United States that claims casualties even today, four decades after hostilities ceased in 1975. Unexploded ordnance (UXO) has since killed 42,000 people and wounded 62,000 in Vietnam, according to official data. Three in every 10 casualties were children. Quang Tri province, once the demilitarized zone between the communist North and the Washington-backed democratic South, remains one of the world's most dangerous places. Much of it is wasteland and like five nearby provinces, its vast swathes hide leftover explosives. Ten percent of the 15.4 million tons of ammunition used during the war never detonated. After diplomatic relations with Vietnam were normalized in 1995, the United States has spent $80 million in helping clear war-era bombs that leave survivors blind, deaf or missing limbs. "It's … [Read more...] about Decades after war, Vietnam and the U.S. battle a legacy of bombs
The United States, alarmed by escalating civilian bloodshed in an Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip, took a direct role in efforts to secure a ceasefire on Monday, as the Palestinian death toll jumped to more than 500. Despite growing calls for a halt to two weeks of fighting, violence raged on. Israel pounded the coastal strip, killing 28 members of a family in one strike, 11 people in an attack on a high-rise building and four in the shelling of a hospital, medics said. Israel's losses also mounted. Following the death of 13 soldiers on Sunday, Israel said seven more troops had been killed on Monday, including four whose jeep was fired at by a group of militants who tunnelled across the border from Gaza. Israeli aircraft hit back swiftly, killing 10 of the infiltrators from the Islamist group Hamas, the army said. Violence also spread to the occupied West Bank where Palestinian medics said Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian man, 21, while dispersing protesters … [Read more...] about Gaza death toll tops 500 as U.S. steps up ceasefire efforts
Apples still imported from Australia, U.S. Nguyen Quyen By Nguyen Quyen - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC – Head of the Plant Protection Department Nguyen Xuan Hong ascertained that apples are still being imported from Australia, the U.S. and New Zealand this year, with thousands of tons imported in the past month alone. As of last month, Vietnam had imported nearly 3,475 tons of apples from New Zealand, around 2,000 tons from Australia and 10,229 tons from the U.S., Hong said, rejecting claims that all apple imports in the country come from China. The import volume of this fruit from China amounted to some 22,500 tons. “With such figures, Chinese apples accounted for as much as 58.3% of apple imports,” Hong said. Earlier, there was information that fruits imported into Vietnam in the past time, mainly apples, were not from Australia and New Zealand, which had caused concerns among consumers. An office worker identified as Thuong in HCMC’s District 1 said she … [Read more...] about Apples still imported from Australia, U.S.