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Local craftsmen keep old trade alive

Ma Chau silk craft, mulberry farming and silkworm breeding have roots some five centuries ago in Duy Xuyen District in the central province of Quang Nam. The silk trade was among central Vietnam’s most prosperous industries in the 15th century, as it was among commodities exchanged with merchant European at the busy Hoi An Port. ... Read More »

Losing a leg couldn’t keep him from the sea

VietNamNet Bridge – When he was 11 years old, Nguyen Van Huynh left his home to go fishing—a routine task made dangerous by the raging resistance war. He had been going out to see with his father since he was 10 years old. This time, however, the capricious violence of war would claim an innocent victim. Despite his disability, Huynh ... Read More »

Nun offers home to homeless children

VietNamNet Bridge – Pham Thi Kim Sang lives as a nun in her home in Chau Doc City in the southern province of An Giang. Sang not only provides the children with food and education but also teaches them how to recite Buddhist scriptures. Her small house, located deep inside a narrow lane, may not be properly furnished but has ... Read More »

Ninh Thuan Province seeks support to fight drought

VietNamNet Bridge – Some 11 reservoirs and several seasonal dams in the southern central province of Ninh Thuan have dried out, leaving 1,700 households without clean water. The lack of water kills a large number of cattle. — Photo The information was released on Wednesday at a meeting between the local authorities and the Water Resource Directorate. Tran Van ... Read More »

Da Nang, FPT cooperate to build ‘smart’ city

The central city of Da Nang and FPT, a Vietnamese software giant, inked on April 19 a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on building Da Nang as a ‘smart city’ for the 2018-20 period. Local residents search public procedure online at Da Nang’s Administrative centre. The MoU will help the city develop smart solutions in traffic, agriculture, English language training, health ... Read More »

Over 45 percent of Vietnamese males smoke

More than 45 percent of Vietnamese males smoke tobacco, as heard at an anti-smoking conference held in Ho Chi Minh City on April 19. The Ministry of Information and Communications in collaboration with Health Ministry’s fund for tobacco harm prevention and control co-organised the event. At the conference, Pham Thi Hoang Anh, Country Director for Vietnam at the HealthBridge Foundation ... Read More »

Ca Mau: boats violating foreign waters to be banned from operating

The southernmost province of Ca Mau will revoke permanently licences of captains and fishing boats that operate illegally in foreign waters.  The measure, prescribed in Directive No. 11-CT/TU dated April 12, 2018 of the provincial Party Committee’s Standing Board, aims to put an end to illegal fishing activities of local boats and fishermen in foreign waters.  The board also asked ... Read More »

Body of dead tourist stranded in Phu Quoc

An American tourist who died in the southern province of Kien Giang’s Phu Quoc Island over 20 days ago but his family have been unable to transport his body due to financial difficulties according to local police. The body of the tourist is kept at Phu Quoc General Hospital Head of the Phu Quoc District’s Police Department, Le Van Mot ... Read More »

Doctors take up martial arts after hospital assaults

Hospitals are employing more guards or organising martial arts training for doctors amid rising number of hospital attacks.     Medical staff at Hung Vuong Hospital attend a martial arts class Vietnam-Czech Friendship Hospital has heeded the call of Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kiem Tien to set up hotlines and police posts. Vice head of the hospital Nguyen Cong Binh ... Read More »

‘Draft law on prevention of alcohol abuse impractical’

Representatives of beverage producers and traders said at a workshop in Hanoi on Wednesday the draft law to limit the harmful effects of wine and beer was not feasible. Adult men consume 27.4 litres of alcohol per year. — Photo The draft law on alcohol harm prevention was recently proposed by the Ministry of Health. The ministry is finalising ... Read More »