Thanh Hoa preps for tourism year
The north-central province of Thanh Hoa will upgrade transportation infrastructure and accommodations in preparation for hosting next year's national tourism year, heard a conference yesterday in HCM City.
Law to ease real estate restrictions
Most National Assembly members yesterday agreed that the amended Housing Law should allow more foreigners to be eligible to buy or own houses in Viet Nam.
Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan has thanked the joint United Nations programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) for its support of Viet Nam's fight against the pandemic.
Farmers reap benefits from innovations
New agricultural seedlings as well as machinery and technologies developed by institutes, universities, enterprises and farmers over the past years have helped Vietnamese farmers reduce production costs, but more needs to be done, heard a seminar held in HCM City this week.
Retailers in HCM City, including Big C and Saigon Co.op, are offering farmers in Lam Dong Province higher prices for tomatoes, which have plummeted in price to VND500-VND1,000 a kilo.
The Mekong Delta province of Ca Mau plans to expand its large-scale rice fields to cover 15,000 hectares by 2015 and 20,000 hectares by 2020, said a provincial official.
The Government has issued a new decree detailing and guiding the implementation of the Law on Vietnamese Nationality, creating more favourable conditions for Vietnamese people residing abroad to retain their Vietnamese nationality.
Cho Ray Hospital in HCM City has set up the Unit for Co-ordinating Human Organ Transplants to help save lives in the country, as the demand for organ transplants far exceeds the number of donations.
Health experts say lead poisoning has risen to alarming levels in Viet Nam, especially among children.
Police confirmed that Vietnamese oil tanker Sunrise 689 was hijacked and robbed of a third of its oil load by a gang of armed pirates, causing losses of VND30 billion (US$1.4 million).
The Radio the Voice of Viet Nam (VOV) will install modern camera systems at 12 hospitals in Ha Noi and HCM City to supervise check-ups and treatment under a co-operation agreement signed with the health ministry on Thursday.
Australian students to study in Viet Nam

More than 300 Australian students will come to Viet Nam during the next 12 months to earn credit towards their Australian academic qualifications through clinical placements, short-term research projects and semester-based exchanges.

Strange disease identified as hepatitis
Strange disease identified as hepatitis

A strange disease that has affected 45 residents in the Central Highland province of Kon Tum's Ia Chiem and Dak Nang communes since May this year has been identified as hepatitis A, according to the provincial Health Department.

City to speed up canal upgrade
City to speed up canal upgrade

Officials from the HCM City Department of Transport and other agencies on Friday inspected the Tan Hoa-Lo Gom Canal Sanitation and Urban Upgrade Project as part of efforts to speed up work and complete it by the end of August.


Woman steps up in fight to tackle drugs 2    Woman steps up in fight to tackle drugs

Since for Le Thi Nga "to live is to give," she thought nothing about joining the neighbourhood watch in her fourth quarter in District 1's Cau Kho Ward in 2009.

Tan Son Nhat Airport on verge of overloading 1    Tan Son Nhat Airport on verge of overloading

HCM City's Tan Son Nhat Airport will be stretched beyond capacity in the next two years, making construction of the new Long Thanh airport in Dong Nai Province more urgent than ever, experts warn.

BIDV teams up with Japanese banks to facilitate investment BIDV teams up with Japanese banks to facilitate investment

The Bank for Investment and Development of Viet Nam (BIDV) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with two Japanese banks, namely Minato Bank and the Bank of Yokohama (BOY).

My Lai survivor writes book 1    My Lai survivor writes book

Pham Thanh Cong, 57, was one of only a dozen survivors of 1968's infamous My Lai massacre. More than four decades later, he has written a book about the mass murder, in which American soldiers killed 504 unarmed civilians.

Imported brews, grub at Ha Noi's Oktoberfest 1    Imported brews, grub at Ha Noi's Oktoberfest

A celebration of Germany's Oktoberfest will be held in Ha Noi on Thursday and Friday.