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The beautiful flowers of Vietnam

VietNamNet Bridge – Flower production has always been a traditional activity of the Vietnamese and cut flowers are mainly produced by small holders in their garden plots.   An old lady chooses flowers at a street vendor in HCM City – Photo: Ann Wheaton The tropical flowers are grown in the southern part of the ... Read More »

Retirement homes catch on among elderly

VietNamNet Bridge – Social welfare is becoming a more pressing issue in Viet Nam as the years go by, including the establishment of nursing centres for the elderly. According to the General Statistics Office, at the end of last year the number of people aged more than 60 in Viet Nam was 7.6 mil, accounting for 8.74 % of the ... Read More »

Foot surgeon improves lives in Vietnam

VietNamNet Bridge – Dr Naomi Shields tells VNS about a project she volunteers for, which treats disabled children and landmine victims. Dr Naomi Shields loves Viet Nam. She has come to the country every year since 2001 to voluntarily treat patients with damaged feet, including children and landmine victims, as part of a project run by the American Orthopaedic Foot ... Read More »

Draft law tightens rules on abortions

VietNamNet Bridge – Stricter regulations on abortion will be introduced to limit the number of procedures, protect women’s health and maintain a balanced gender ratio at birth. Deputy director of the General Office for Population and Family Planning Nguyen Van Tan said strengthening regulations on abortion was an urgent issue as abortion in the country, particularly among adolescents, had reached ... Read More »

18-year-old girl ‘hides’ herself in the figure of five-year-old kid

VietNamNet Bridge – At first glance, many people will mistakenly believe that Tran Thi Loan is a five-year-old girl. In fact, the 80cm tall “kid” is already 18 years old. Tran Thi Loan, 18. That is the case of Tran Thi Loan, 18, the daughter of Mr. Tran Van Thom, 47 and Hoang Thi Binh, 41, in village 7, Tien ... Read More »

Vietnam, China conduct 15th joint naval patrol

Under permission of the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Defence, two naval ships departed from the central city of Da Nang on June 22 to take part in the 15th joint patrol with Chinese naval forces. During the joint patrol, the HQ 011 and HQ 012 vessels will conduct a joint training with Chinese naval ships in search and ... Read More »

Income not the only measure of poverty

VietNamNet Bridge –Viet Nam’s poverty rate is estimated at around 10 per cent but the number of people who do not achieve social well-being is believed to be much higher. It’s necessary to go beyond income when defining people’s experiences. Many people who have lifted out of poverty can easily fall back into poverty due to natural disasters or accidents. ... Read More »

Teens and the pressure to become … ‘celebrities’

VietNamNet Bridge – The phenomenon of school age teens dreaming of becoming singers, models, actors … is not too strange. However, many of them have to pursue this dream under the impacts of their parents. From early June, when the summer holiday began, every time her parents took her to the Cultural and Sport Center of Go Vap District, Ho ... Read More »

Vietnam, Laos elevate cooperation

Vietnam and Laos should promote economic cooperation, especially in trade and investment in the coming time, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said on June 21 in Hanoi. Phuc made the suggestion while receiving Lao Deputy Prime Minister Somsavat Lengsavad on the occasion of his working visit to Vietnam . Phuc urged Vietnam and Laos to accelerate the construction of ... Read More »

Vietnam, China issue joint statement

Vietnam and China on June 21 issued a joint statement on the occasion of President Truong Tan Sang’s State-level visit to China from June 19-21 at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping. The joint statement says during the visit, President Sang held talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping and met with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Chairman of China’s ... Read More »