Ministry greenlights cashew project
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has approved a programme to sustainably grow the cashew industry, which targets output rising to 400,000 tonnes by the end of this decade from 286,000 tonnes now.
AirAsia flight QZ8501:  Plane believed to be downed in Belitung waters, says report
AirAsia flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore is believed to have crashed in waters around 145kms from Belitung, a National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) official has said.
Bus collision
About six passengers were injured when their sleeper bus collided with a container truck early yesterday on the My Phuoc–Tan Van Expressway in southern Binh Duong Province's Hiep Thanh Ward.
Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan presented the Independent Order, Second class, to the Domestic News section of the Vietnam News Agency yesterday in recognition of its achievements during the 2009-2013 period.
Hundreds of breast cancer patients shared their experiences and difficulties with the disease during a forum yesterday in Ha Noi.
The development of quality varieties remains key to restructuring the nation's rice sector, officials said yesterday.
The construction of Da Dang Hydropower Plant in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong has been temporarily halted after a tunnel collapsed last Tuesday, trapping 12 workers inside for 81 hours.
Ha Noi's Traffic Police Department fined more than 200 motorbike and car drivers a total ofVND324 million (US$15,400) for drinking and driving between December 15 and 25.
The Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta will not expand its agricultural area but will instead focus on improving yield and quality, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Tran Thanh Nam has said.
Japanese envoy Hiroshi Fukada yesterday signed a document will provide non-refundable aid worth nearly US$500,000 for five social welfare projects in northern Viet Nam.
Border guards in the northern mountainous province of Son La have arrested three people, including a Lao woman, suspected of trafficking nearly 800 ecstasy pills via the border between Viet Nam and Laos.
Weak taser shocks ‘daring' thief
Weak taser shocks ‘daring' thief

As dares go, it was somewhat strange, and would take unusual daring to carry it out.When Pham Quang Vinh of Nha Trang City posted an online advertisement selling his 600cc motorbike, a hitherto unidentified friend of Nguyen Tan Hieu, a 26-year-old big bike enthusiast in HCM City, dared him to steal it.

Work a massage into your holiday agenda
Work a massage into your holiday agenda

Winter in Ha Noi and the northern part of the country is getting to its height as 2014 approaches its end. As everyone struggles to meet tight year-end deadlines or sales targets, you are stretched to the limit and beyond as you hustle to get work done ahead of a long-awaited holiday.

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Russia economic gloom hurts tourism Russia economic gloom hurts tourism

The number of Russian tourists arriving in Viet Nam is expected to decline at the beginning of 2015, due to the devaluation of the ruble in Russia.

PM calls for police to remain vigilant 1    PM calls for police to remain vigilant

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung yesterday urged police nationwide to step up vigilance next year against the nefarious designs of hostile and criminal forces.

New detox policy sees theft decline 1    New detox policy sees theft decline

HCM City has seen a slight decrease in the number of thefts, robberies and drug sales two weeks after deciding to send drug addicts without a stable residence to two local centres, according to local police.

New sitcom draws teen viewers New sitcom draws teen viewers

5S Online, a popular new sitcom aimed at teenagers, demonstrates that the sitcom genre is catching on in Viet Nam.

Viet Nam faces forestry restructuring hurdles Viet Nam faces forestry restructuring hurdles

Viet Nam needs to tackle several major challenges in order to restructure its forestry sector, said Nguyen Xuan Quat, a professor at the Research Institute for Sustainable Forest Management and Forest Certification.