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Thick haze blanket still covers Chiang Mai city, many hospitalised

Residents in Thailand’s Chiang Mai city are still living with the haze pollution, which has sent almost 20,000 people in the northern city to hospital over the past month. A thick blanket of haze still covers Chiang Mai city, forcing motorcycle riders to wear filtering masks and goggles. With the reduced visibility, motorists have to ... Read More »

Thailand forecasts Japanese traveller rise during Songkran holiday

Thailand is hopeful that more Japanese travellers to land in the country during the upcoming Songkran holiday while more Thais will go on overseas holidays because of the stronger baht. Thailand-Japan Tourism Promotion Association (TJTPA) President Anek Srichiwachart revealed on March 25 that the number of Thai holidaymakers to Japan would increase 20 percent year-on-year in April, with all flights ... Read More »

Congratulations to Bangladesh on National Day

President Truong Tan Sang on March 26 sent a messages of congratulations to Bangladeshi Acting President Abdul Hamid on the occasion of the 42nd National Day of Bangladesh (March 26). Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung extended his greetings to his Bangladeshi counterpart, Sheikh Hasina Wazed, on the same occasion. The same day, Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh cabled a congratulatory ... Read More »

Anti-corruption Steering Committee meets

The Central Anti-corruption Steering Committee convened its second meeting in Hanoi on March 26, with Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, who is also head of the committee, in the chair. Speaking at the event, Party Central Committee member Nguyen Ba Thanh, who is head of its Internal Affairs Commission and permanent deputy head of the steering committee, announced draft ... Read More »

Indian communists welcomed in Hanoi

The Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) and the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI -M) should continue promoting their relations through the exchange of delegations and theories as well as the sharing of experience in party building and economic development, said a senior CPV official. Dinh The Huynh, Politburo member and Secretary of the CPV Central Committee, made the statement ... Read More »

Journalists give opinions to Constitution amendments

Members of the Vietnam Journalists’ Association gathered in Hanoi on March 26 to give opinions to the draft revised 1992 Constitution. Participants at the event agreed with nine basic contents of the amendment of the 1992 Constitution. They also showed their interest in the freedom of speech and journalism. After three months of gathering opinions, the association has received over ... Read More »

Int’l badminton tournament opens in Hanoi

As many as 269 badminton players from 14 countries and territories will compete at the Ciputra Hanoi Vietnam Challenge 2013 which is slated to begin on March 26 in Hanoi. The organising board said among 211 foreign players there are several in the world top 100 such as Li Lian Yang (77th), Wei Nan (85th), Poodchalat Pisit (91st), Wei Sheng ... Read More »

Interest rates down, cash flow gets stuck

VietNamNet Bridge – Commercial banks have quietly reduced the deposit interest rates because of the low demand for loans. Investors have been in a divided mind as to where to pour money to since all the investment channels remain unattractive. Cash flow gets stuck Big changes have been occurring in the monetary market when commercial banks have unexpectedly slashed the ... Read More »

Developing IC industry: better late than never

VietNamNet Bridge – HCM City has kicked off the project to develop the IC industry, planning to make investment in all phases from training, designing to production and commercialization.   High risks, but big opportunities Vice Mayor of HCM City Le Manh Ha admitted that this is a venture project, but it is a must because of the urgent domestic ... Read More »


16 injured in head-on bus/truck crash Sixteen people were injured when a bus and truck collided head-on in the Central Highlands Dak Nong Province’s Dak R’Lap District at 5.30pm yesterday, March 25. The truck driver suffered multiple fractures to both legs and is in a critical condition in Ho Chi Minh City’s Cho Ray Hospital. The others were taken to ... Read More »