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Fortunetelling big business after Tet

In recent years, the time immediately following Tet has been very lucrative for fortunetellers. A fortuneteller at work After Tet, fortunetellers have been working all day and even late into the night in order to serve the increased numbers of customers, usually young women who are single or are having trouble conceiving children. Many customers are willing to wait for ... Read More »

Traditional sandals making a dying craft

The famous wooden sandals of Yen Xa Village in Hanoi’s Thanh Tri District is being threatened in the face of tough competition. Plastic and foam replace wooden sandals Yen Xa Village is famous for textile production, weaving and especially wooden sandal making, which are well-known for their design and quality. Between 1980 and 1985 most families in the village made ... Read More »

Vietnam on alert as bird flu claims lives in neighbor countries

VietNamNet Bridge – As bird flu claims lives in China, Cambodia, Vietnamese health authorities asked its sub-divisions to urgently implement counter-measures against transmission of the virus to human.   Especially, districts in border crossings were ordered to enhance medical check-up to tourists and rush holidaymakers who suffer high fever and breathing problem to hospitals for quarantine as well as disinfect ... Read More »

Juvenile crime may be tried in a separate court

VietNamNet Bridge – To deal with cases relating to minors that are increasingly, the Supreme People’s Court is drafting a project on the establishment of the Family and Minor Court. Lt. Gen. Tran Van Do, Deputy Chief Justice of the Supreme People’s Court, Chief Justice of the Central Military Court, said the main objective of the establishment of the Family ... Read More »

Former Soviet expert awarded Friendship Order

President Truong Tan Sang has conferred the Friendship Order on Nikolay Kolesnik , chairman of the interregional public organisation representing former Soviet Union and Russian experts in Vietnam , in recognition of his contribution to the Vietnam-Russia friendship. At a ceremony in Moscow on February 16 to present the order, Vietnamese Ambassador to Russia Pham Xuan Son said the award ... Read More »

President launches tree-planting festival

President Truong Tan Sang launched a national tree-planting festival at a ceremony on Feb. 18 at Ho Chuoi Military Post relic, the former base of Yen The Uprising, in northern Bac Giang province. President Truong Tan Sang stressed the importance and practical benefits that tree plantation brings to the country, families and everyone, especially in the context of climate change ... Read More »

Prime Minister visits naval troops

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung on February 18 visited and extended New Year wishes to officers and soldiers of naval unit 681 based in Phan Thiet city, the central province of Binh Thuan. Dung expressed his delight at the unit’s rapid development and praised the officers and soldiers’ efforts in protecting the country’s sovereignty over seas and islands. He said ... Read More »

Deputy PM pays Tet visit to Vietnam News Agency

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has lauded the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) for becoming a leader in the information front and serving as a reliable strategic information provider for the Party and the State. Phuc made a Lunar New Year visit to the VNA in Hanoi on February 18, during which he affirmed the Party and State’s constant support ... Read More »

Binh Thuan asked to focus on agriculture

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has asked the central province of Binh Thuan to pay more attention to the development of agriculture along with the building of the new model for the rural area and improve income and living conditions for people living there. At a working session with key leaders of Binh Thuan on February 18, Dung spoke highly ... Read More »

US attaches importance to ties with Vietnam

The policy of President Barack Obama’s administration in his second term is to continue attaching importance to boosting relations with Vietnam. US Secretary of State John Kerry made the remarks at his talks with Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh over the phone on February 16. He also extended his wishes to Vietnamese people on the occasion of the Lunar ... Read More »