Forestry sector climbs sharply in first half
The country's forestry sector grew by 8.3 per cent in the first six months of this year, its highest-ever growth rate for a half-year period.
Monkey business
Quang Ngai Province's forest management department began legal procedures yesterday to shift a grey-shanked douc langur to Ninh Binh Province's Cuc Phuong Endangered Primate Rescue Centre.
Agriculture companies seek tax breaks for R&D
Private enterprises say they need further policy incentives and simpler legal documentation in order to invest in research and transfer of agricultural technologies.
Transport ministry affirms wavy railway meets safety standards
The Ministry of Transport (MoT) issued a press release yesterday saying that the controversial wavy line of an under-construction urban railway project observes technical standards.
VN Customs to tighten supervision of airport staff

Viet Nam Customs (VC) has directed its departments across 10 cities and provinces to tighten the supervision of its staff entering airports' restricted areas to curb smuggling through airways.

The Diem Ho harbour was completed at the end of last year in the northern province of Thai Binh, but few ships are using the facility.
More than 30 volunteers and celebrities will travel to Ly Son Island in the central province of Quang Ngai for the Red Journey, a campaign to sensitise people to the need for donating blood in an emergency.
Shrimps die en masse in Soc Trang
Shrimps in nearly 5,500ha of area have died off until the end of June at Soc Trang Province in the Mekong Delta.
Lao Cai approves Sapa link road project
The People's Committee of the mountainous Lao Cai Province has approved a plan to build a link road from Noi Bai-Lao Cai Highway to Sapa district, officials said yesterday.
Heavy rains to cool northern region tomorrow
Heavy rains and lightning are expected to hit the northern region tomorrow afternoon, giving local residents a respite from the extremely hot weather that lasted nearly a week.
300 candidates disciplined for violating exam regulations
More than 300 candidates of the national high school exam were disciplined for violating examination regulations after the second part of the exam ended yesterday.
DNA testing displays its power
DNA testing displays its power

The People's Court of Muong Lat District in Thanh Hoa recently received a request for DNA testing to settle a case. The DNA test, however, was for a cow.

Rough language may be banned from offices
Rough language may be banned from offices

Ha Noi is preparing to issue a code of conduct for people working in offices, agencies and communities. However, many wonder about a provision banning people from using derogatory language.

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Ha Noi hospital-goers beat heat with free water Ha Noi hospital-goers beat heat with free water

By the time Nguyen Thi Thung, grey-haired and sporting traditional ba ba brown clothes, stops her motorbike near the gates of Ha Noi Cancer Hospital, patients, relatives and street vendors holding empty bottles are already queued up.

Vietnam Airlines launches new-generation Airbus plane Vietnam Airlines launches new-generation Airbus plane

The national flagship carrier Vietnam Airlines held a ceremony on July 2 to receive its first Airbus 350-900 aircraft and announce its upgrade service quality programme and new brand identifying system, marking a major step in bringing the airline into the international arena.

CAAV plan seeks to tighten baggage security 2    CAAV plan seeks to tighten baggage security

The Civil Aviation Administration of Viet Nam (CAAV) has issued a plan for better management and prevention of theft of passengers' baggage and cargo, and to ensure aviation security.

Son makes Dad prize wheelchair 1    Son makes Dad prize wheelchair

Le Van Hoa works through his lunchtime at a workshop at the Hue College of Industry every day, despite the extreme heat. He is finalising an electric wheelchair designed for his father who was paralysed in a motorbike accident 12 years ago.

Prime Minister awards merit certificate to swimmer Vien 1    Prime Minister awards merit certificate to swimmer Vien

Nguyen Thi Anh Vien received a Labour Order third class, and a merit certificate from Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung on Monday.