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Transport inspectors under pressure

VietNamNet Bridge – Chief Inspector of Hanoi’s Transport Department Tran Nhat Quang speaks to Kinh te & Do thi (Economic and Urban Affairs) newspaper about difficulties in curbing transport violations in the city. Chief Inspector Tran Nhat Quang — Photo What are the main tasks of transport inspectors in Hanoi? Among transport inspectors’ assignments, ... Read More »

Life on the line: The railway people of Hanoi

VietNamNet Bridge – Their homes next to the tracks are noisy, dangerous, and technically illegal, but the capital’s rail-side residents have built a close-knit community. Paul Kennedy & Bao Hoa report. Camera-ready: A tourist takes photos of the railway line. — VNS Photos Truong Vi Vu Thi Khoa washes her dishes in a plastic basin outside her home using water ... Read More »

Dong Thap youngster works to promote Vietnamese lotuses to the world

After finishing his bio-chemistry master’s program in France, Ngo Chi Cong decided to start his own business with lotus, the iconic flower of his hometown in Dong Thap province. Ngo Chi Cong and his products made from preserved lotus flowers and leaves During the trips he made throughout his seven-years of studies in France, Cong was greatly interested in exploring ... Read More »

Sustainable development faces difficulties

Ousmane Dione, director of the World Bank for Vietnam said the country’s sustainable development was being challenged by slower trade development, a poorly-skilled workforce, climate change and ageing population. Ousmane Dione discussed the problems at the National Conference on Sustainable Development held on July 5 with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. Dione said new trends would bring about both positive ... Read More »

Capital city works to develop culture industry

Hanoi hopes to create a new driving force for the local culture industry, a sector with untapped potential. A house in Duong Lam ancient village The capital is home to 5,900 relic sites and more than 1,700 intangible cultural heritage assets that can serve as cultural tourism attractions. The Imperial Citadel, the Temple of Literature, the President Ho Chi Minh ... Read More »

Where bombs once fell, Khe Sanh grows

Over 50 years after the war, the devastated battlefield of Khe Sanh has become an economic hub of the poor central province of Quang Tri, with average annual income per capita of US$1,400. A farmer harvests coffee at a plantation in Khe Sanh. Greenery has returned to the former battlefield thanks to the efforts of local veteran soldiers. According to ... Read More »

Hanoi's icy coffee shop proves popular during heat wave

An ice cafe in Hanoi has become an ideal place for Hanoians, especially young people, to escape from the summer heat. While the temperature outside sometimes goes up to 40 degrees Celsius, it is minus 10 degrees inside the Ice Coffee cafe, the first of its kind in Hanoi. The coffee shop opened in late June. It has attracted a ... Read More »

US photographer documents Hanoi through the years

US photographer William E. Crawford photographed the daily lives of Hanoians after the nation was reunified in 1975. William E Crawford was one of the first western photographers to visit northern Vietnam after the war ended in 1975. He arrived in Hanoi in 1985 with four former US veterans. He regularly documented Hanoi, its people and the surrounding countryside from ... Read More »

Floods remain major concern in HCMC

Many parts of HCMC continue to suffer from floods caused by heavy rains and high tides, although the city launched a flood control program nearly 10 years ago with huge investments. Floods remain a major concern for residents of HCMC  At a “Listen and Discuss” dialogue held by the HCMC People’s Council this week, delegates mentioned flood-prone sites in the ... Read More »

Health insurance covers nearly 87 percent of population

More than 81.5 million Vietnamese people, or nearly 87 percent of the population, were covered by health insurance by the end of June, according to the Vietnam Social Security (VSS). Health insurance covers nearly 87 percent of population – Illustrative image Twenty-three out of 63 provinces and cities reported the coverage rate of over 90 percent. All the provinces and ... Read More »