Society

Fisherman hauls in suspect shark in hope of reward

A fisherman in central coastal Phu Yen province on Feb. 4 found a shark suspected of biting people on a beach in another province, but authorities said the fish was not the one that had bitten many tourists recently.
Culture - Sports

Musical sweeps into Hanoi

Junior audiences in Hanoi will be given a rare opportunity to enjoy the musical performance The Little Sweep , by British composer Benjamin Britten on Feb 3-4.
Business

Hong Kong, a potential market for exporters

Businesses in the central city of Da Nang are encouraged to explore the market for fine arts and handicraft products in Hong Kong as the global demands is increasing in the sector.
Business

HCM City fair promotes non-pirated discs

The country’s first fair for audio and video CDs and DVDs has opened in Ho Chi Minh City with organisers hoping it will promote consumption of original, copyrighted products.
Business

PM approves eastern highway

An eastern north-south freeway that travels a distance of more than 1,811 kilometres from Hanoi to the Mekong Delta capital of Can Tho received approval from Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung last week.
Society

Music copyright centre rakes in royalties

The Vietnam Music Copyright Protection Centre collected 23.3 billion VND (1.1 million USD) in royalties last year for the composers and songwriters who have registered with it, up from 15 billion VND in 2008.
Business

Craft exports lack promotion

The handicraft sector should participate in more international trade promotions if they want to increase exports, an industry expert said at a conference on Jan. 12 in HCM City.
Business

Vietnam looks to invest more abroad

Investment outflow of Vietnamese businesses into foreign countries and territories is expected to increase with a yearly average of 500 million USD, according to the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI)’s Foreign Investment Agency.

Last year saw a wave of Vietnamese foreign investment. Deputy head of the department, Bui Quoc Trung, said Vietnam invested in 457 projects with 7.2 billion USD in over 50 countries and territories. The figures reached 143 percent of set targets and over twice as much as the total investment between 1989 and 2008.
Sci-Tech

Nanotechnology experts gather

More than 250 academic researchers and industrial experts from 20 countries are attending the second International Workshop on Nanotechnology Application 2009 in Vung Tau, which began on Nov. 12.
Business

Open door for PPP investment model

About 10 infrastructure projects in areas of expressway, hi-speed railway and seaport request funding under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) form, said the Ministry of Transport (MoT).