President speaks on defending national interest
President Truong Tan Sang, also a Politburo member, spoke to Tap chi Cong san (Communist Review) about the sacred task of protecting national independence, sovereignty, unification and territorial integrity amid the onslaught of globalisation. The following are excerpts:
Viet Nam farm to produce Kobe beef
Named after Kobe, the capital city of Hyogo Prefecture, the beef will be processed from cattle now being raised in Viet Nam's first ever Kobe beef farm in Tan Lac Commune, Lam Dong Province.
‘Spice of kings' at risk of disappearing
Cinnamon, which once enriched people in Thanh Hoa, is now difficult to find. Duc Loi and Trung Hieu meet the local "kings of cinnamon".
Hue renews efforts to boost tourism
While Hue is offering discount tour packages in an attempt to lure visitors during the low season, more should be invested in the programme to ensure its success, Phuoc Buu reports.
Vietnamese painter earns fame with nudes
Overseas customers have been won over by Do Son's work, which primarily features nude women. Ha Nguyen and Hong Dieu report.
Vietnamese youth vie to turn tricks
Anew sport called ‘tricking', which combines techniques from martial arts to acrobatics, is drawing legions of fans. Thanh Nga reports.
Tuna industry tackles quality issues
Exports of tuna, one of Viet Nam's major seafood products, grew by 51.2 per cent over the past five years. However, many Vietnamese fishermen still lack the catching and processing skills that would improve product quality and therefore value. The central coastal province of Binh Dinh is changing these habits by training fishermen in modern techniques. Cong Thanh reports.
Library brings books to poor rural area
Determined to help others despite her disability, Tran Thuy Nga opened a library for poor students. Le Quyet reports.
Village teacher sculpts stories of the sea
Sculptor Ku Kao Khai creates pieces that offer a glimpse into the lives of Viet Nam's hardworking fishermen. Tran Hoa reports.
School brings learning to mentally disabled
Suffering from brittle bone disease, a genetic disorder characterised by fragile bones, Tung finds it difficult to cope with the demands of personal independence. Simple acts of personal care such as washing one's face, dressing, bathing and going to the toilet rank in difficulty with learning the alphabet and basic counting skills.
Pagoda hosts summer of love for learning
Free classes at a pagoda in the surburbs of Ha Noi give children a chance to learn and enjoy the arts. Duc Hanh reports.

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President leads tribute to war hero who stood up to colonialism 1    President leads tribute to war hero who stood up to colonialism

President Truong Tan Sang yesterday attended a ceremony marking the 150th anniversary of the death of Truong Dinh, a national hero in the war against the French, in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang.

Viet Nam topple Japan in int'l Robocon finals Viet Nam topple Japan in int'l Robocon finals

The Lac Hong University Robocon team yesterday triumphed over their Japanese rival to take out this year's International Robocon contest in Pune, India.

How to eat to beat the heat: lessons from Asian tradition 2    How to eat to beat the heat: lessons from Asian tradition

At a recent English conversation get-together, I chose the topic - How to beat the heat? I also chose a second topic - Ways to calm down when one gets hot-headed.

Government refuses to give preferential policies to Vinalines in debt restructuring Government refuses to give preferential policies to Vinalines in debt restructuring

The Vietnamese Government will not make any preferential policies to support the Vietnam National Shipping Lines (Vinalines) during its restructuring plan.

Vietnamese lions to roar again Vietnamese lions to roar again

In the near future, foreign-style stone lions with fierce looks, large paws and sharp teeth are expected to be removed from relics, pagodas and temples throughout the country.