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Ham Yen Brocade

Over the years, the craft has helped improve the living standards of Ham Yen villagers. Therefore, it is necessary to preserve and develop the craft, which is a typical cultural feature of the ethnic people in the northern mountain area.     The brocade weaving craft of the Tay people in Ham Yen has existed ... Read More »

Experts support higher retirement age

The Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) has proposed raising the retirement age for workers, especially highly skilled employees and those in management, by 5 years (the current retirement age is 55 for women and 60 for men). Two options have been suggested: raising the retirement age by 5 years at once and raising it gradually. The proposal, ... Read More »

SOCIETY IN BRIEF 2/3

Digital signatures to be used in Can Tho The Mekong province of Can Tho will use digital signatures in administrative documents such as reports, work schedules and letters of invitation starting March 1, according to the provincial People’s Committee. Digital signatures were first used for transactions in Viet Nam by the HCM City Department of Post and Telecommunications in 2006. ... Read More »

Central Highlands suffers parching heat

Drought has occurred early this year in the Central Highlands causing water shortage to hit residents and thousands of hectares of rice and coffee plants.     Ethnic minority people extract water from the dry IamaLah Spring in Krong Pa District, Gia Lai Province  Water level on rivers and reservoirs has fallen and is much lower than average level of ... Read More »

Vietnam-Japan Friendship Year opens

Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai has emphasised the importance of Vietnam-Japan Friendship Year 2013 as both nations embark on furthering their strategic partnership. He was speaking at the March 1 event to inaugurate the friendship year at the time to commemorate the 40th anniversary of bilateral relations. The event attracted high-ranking delegates from both countries. Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam ... Read More »

Test shows 70% of helmets sold in Hanoi are substandard

VietNamNet Bridge – Around 70% of helmets being sold in Hanoi do not meet safety standards, said the Market Surveillance Agency under the Ministry of Industry and Trade.   Light blows crack cheap helmets. The agency, in conjunction with the Hanoi Market Surveillance Board carried out an inspection of shops and stores that sell helmets in the city on February ... Read More »

Youth Union debates constitution amendments

The Central Committee of the Vietnam Youth Federation (VYF) held a conference on March 1 to consult the youth on the draft amendments to the 1992 Constitution. The delegates to the conference appreciated the careful work of the drafting committee, saying that the amendments introduced many new ideas. They said the new forewords represented a major progress, more clearly defining ... Read More »

President approves of Quang Binh’s socio-economic policy

President Truong Tan Sang has expressed his approval of the development policy of the central province of Quang Binh, saying that the question now is how to implement it effectively to achieve the middle income status. At a working session with the provincial Party committee’s standing board during his visit to Quang Binh on March 1, Sang said the province ... Read More »

Vietnam, Denmark tighten green growth ties

Denmark is willing to continue cooperating with Vietnam in green growth by sharing experience in dealing with climate change, environmental protection and green energy, said Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs Villy Sovndal. Sovndal made the statement at separate talks with Vietnamese Government leaders and other high-ranking officials during his visit to Vietnam from February 26 to March 1. The visit ... Read More »