The Hanoitimes - Senior government officials said that electricity and gasoline are items leaving impacts on the economy and catching public attention. PM orders checking of power price hike following social outcry Vietnamese media has questioned the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) about labeling “secret” the plans for raising electricity and gasoline prices. Government April meeting with the chairmanship of Chairman Mai Tien Dung. Photo: VGP VnExpress asked the MOIT at the government’s regular meeting last weekend why it tagged the adjustment of power and gasoline prices as “state secret” and basing on what ground. In response, Deputy Minister of MOIT Do Thang Hai said that the ministry keeps the plans unrevealed before the official announcement with an aim to avoid any unexpected impacts on the society due to the crucial role of electricity and petroleum in the economy. Hai attributed the Law on Protecting State … [Read more...] about Why does Vietnam label plans on energy price hike “secret”?
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The Hanoitimes - One of the reasons making Vietnam a key partner of the US is its well-equipped army with the import of advanced weapons over the past years. Washington looks to send second aircraft carrier to Vietnam this year How Vietnam, US heal wounds of war to build up comprehensive partnership? Vietnam, US look to advance maritime security ties Vietnam, US share views on regional peace maintenance Vietnam, US discuss settlement of disputes in East Sea US Assistant Defense Secretary for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs Randall G. Schriver once affirmed that Vietnam has appeared to be a valued partner for Washington in the Indo-Pacific region. Vietnamese Defense Minister Ngo Xuan Lich and US Defense Secretary James Mattis on the sidelines of Shangri-La Dialogue 2018 in Singapore in June 2018. Photo: AP The senior official discussed the US-Vietnam strategic cooperation during a panel at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in … [Read more...] about Why does the US consider Vietnam an important Indo-Pacific partner?
Australian-Hongkongese Howard X and Russel White of hitherto unconfirmed nationality attracted the attention they expected as they took a walk in Hanoi Friday. They walked from the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel to the Hanoi Opera House for their summit and were mobbed by both passersby, local and international reporters. Vietnam is beautiful and safe, they remarked, adding they would stay in the capital city until February 28, when the summit ends. The duo announced plans to go to town on two of famed Vietnamese specialties, the pho rice noodle soup and nem cuon, Vietnamese spring rolls. Howard said these are his favorite dishes. They also plan to visit museums in the city to learn more about Vietnamese history, the said. As befits leaders of their stature, the duo were accompanied by four bodyguards, and a private car was on hand to take them around Hanoi. The Trump-Kim impersonator duo is accompanied by bodyguards. Photo by VnExpress "I have only seen [the duo] on photos … [Read more...] about Trump, Kim lookalikes turn heads on Hanoi streets – VnExpress International
Back to English Comments Travel & Life - December 2, 2018 | 08:40 am GMT+7 Ly Quoc Su street which connects an iconic cathedral with Hang Bong Street offers many variations of a Hanoi dining theme. "How about going to the Cathedral area?" This is my stock response when asked to suggest a "very Hanoian dining place." I might well be wrong, but the options around the iconic St. Joseph's Cathedral in Hanoi, on main streets and alleys off them are my automatic choice for some authentic Vietnamese food that have never failed me, so far. This is true despite how touristy the area has become in the last few years, which is not a bad thing. Just makes my special places "hidden treasures". Amidst all the visitors taking endless selfies in front of the cathedral which is considered one of the city's iconic landscapes, the Hanoian in me thrills to the sight of "Hanoi" written in green on a second floor balcony on the street. That is Hanoi to me. As a millennial, I am happy to … [Read more...] about A culinary experience turns soulful on a Hanoi downtown street – VnExpress International
Viet Nam News Trần Ngọc Hùng, chairman of the Việt Nam Construction Association, speaks to Việt Nam News Agency about key reasons for the delays in the renovation of old living quarters in Hà Nội. How do you evaluate the national programme to renovate old living quarters? The national programme to renovate old living quarters was launched more than 10 years ago, but its implementation has been very slow. As a consequence, its results have been limited. According to the latest report, some 25 percent of the old living quarters have been described as “very dangerous.” They could collapse at any time and the lives of people living in these building are at risk. What are the main factors preventing the programme from following its approved plan? The Government’s policy is totally right, yet specific guidelines and solutions to implement the policy have not been translated into real life. I should say the implementation of the … [Read more...] about Why does renovation of old living quarters proceed so slowly?