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Vietnamese badminton star at ninth in rankings

Top Vietnamese badminton player Nguyen Tien Minh was ninth in the latest men’s rankings, the World Badminton Federation announced on March 28. Olympian Minh won 53,870 points, 900 more than Japan ‘s Kenichi Tago who lies in 10th position. Minh will compete in the Australia Open from April 2-7, where the No 2 seed of ... Read More »

Phan Chau Trinh Awards 2012 presented

The Phan Chu Trinh Awards 2012 have been presented to six individuals with special cultural research works. Former Vice President Nguyen Thi Binh granted the awards to the winners at a ceremony in Ho Chi Minh City on March 29. Accordingly, a culture and education award was given to educator Bui Tran Phuong and artist Vu Duc Hieu, a translation ... Read More »

Plans to build trade centre near Ha Noi’s Hoan Kiem Lake

VietNamNet Bridge – The Ha Noi People’s Committee on March 27, announced that it would build an eight-storey trade centre near Hoan Kiem (Sword Return) Lake amid concerns about limiting development in the historical centre of the city.   The building will be located at No 10 Tran Nguyen Han Street and 27-29 Ly Thai To Street and feature a ... Read More »

Cyprus crisis: limits on bank withdrawals to last ‘about a month’

The Cypriot government has warned that banking curbs to prevent money from leaving the country will apply for longer than expected, in a blow to the island’s attempts to revive its paralysed economy.     The country’s foreign minister, Ioannis Kasoulides, said the regime, including a limit on cash withdrawals at €300 (£253) per day, would last for “about a ... Read More »

Samsung’s $2 billion project goes “incredibly quickly”

VietNamNet Bridge – Samsung has accelerated the implementation of its $2 billion project in Thai Nguyen province amid the genuine enthusiasm of the local authorities, which have offered the South Korean the highest possible investment incentives.   Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (middle) at the ground breaking ceremony of Samsung hi-tech complex in Thai Nguyen President of Samsung Group Lee ... Read More »

MPI, local authorities disagree on decentralization mechanism

VietNamNet Bridge – While the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) believes that it’s not the right time to apply the decentralization mechanism in licensing foreign direct investment (FDI) projects, local authorities believe that it is the mechanism which has helped Vietnam attract more FDI.   MPI, in its report presented at the national conference reviewing the 25-year Foreign Investment ... Read More »

Lower ownership registration tax makes used-car market “choppy”

VietNamNet Bridge – The sharp decrease in the car ownership registration tax is believed to help stimulate the demand for used cars. Under a new government decree, from April 1, the ownership registration tax on the cars with less than 10 seats, registered at the competent agencies for the second and subsequent times, would be 2 percent instead of the ... Read More »

Central coastal areas turn topsy-turvy with mineral exploitation (part 1)

VietNamNet Bridge – The whole land strip in the central region, which is believed to possess big tourism potentials with beautiful beaches, has been damaged by the mineral exploitation activities.   For the last many years, central region’s people have been nourishing the dream of getting rich from titanium exploitation. Titanium is a very important material in the aviation and ... Read More »

Bai Tu Long bay dying amid local authorities’ indifference

VietNamNet Bridge – Bai Tu Long, a wonderful beautiful landscape in Ha Long Bay – a world natural heritage area, has been seriously polluted. Meanwhile, the local authorities still turn a deaf ear to the problem.   Dan Viet reporters have found out that the polluted area covers three wards in Cam Pha City of Quang Ninh province. In the ... Read More »

Universities of excellence cannot attract students

VietNamNet Bridge – Though enjoying special preferences, the international universities of excellence still find it difficult to enroll students.   Wanted 5,000, enrolled 500 In 2008, the Vietnam-Germany International University was established. The school, operating as a research university, strives to be listed among the top 200 universities in the world by 2020. In order to help the school reach ... Read More »