Sci-Tech

Telecoms companies to join Asia undersea cable project

Vietnam has agreed in principle to allow its three telecom giants VNPT, Viettel and CMC TI, to participate in a 450 million USD international project to lay a 10,000-km undersea internet cable, according to the Government Office.
Society

The truth about Nguyen Phuong Uyen case

Over the past days, some foreign websites and newspapers have run distorted stories about the case of Nguyen Phuong Uyen, a third-year student at HCM City’s Food Industry University, who was arrested by the security force. To help the public have the correct insight into the nature of the case, the Vietnam News Agency provides the following information.
World

Thailand fights back against corruption

The Thai Government has launched a project to combat corruption in the country by introducing a range of ways that members of the public can inform the authorities of corrupt activities.
Society

Soldier dismissed for torturing monkeys.

A soldier has been dismissed from military service in the Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands) province of Gia Lai while two other soldiers are given a warning following public anger over photos posted on Facebook showing the soldiers torturing two monkeys.
Travel

Volunteer tour guides a hit with foreigners

After booking tickets, hotels and other services for their trip to the capital of Vietnam , Dorothy Colton and her husband from England visited the website www.tripadvisor.com to read recommendations from tourists all over the world. They accidentally found Hanoi Free Tour Guides, a non-profit organisation founded and run by youth. They tried booking a free tour via email and received a reply just few minutes later.
Facebook CEO in Vietnam Society

Facebook CEO in Vietnam

The representative of Facebook in Vietnam has affirmed Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of the world largest social network, is on a Christmas vacation in Vietnam.
New voting campaign for Ha Long Bay launched Travel

New voting campaign for Ha Long Bay launched

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MoCST) on Oct. 11 launched a new campaign in Hanoi, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City to vote for Ha Long Bay as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World.
Society

Thai painter exhibits love for Vietnam

More than 50 paintings on Vietnam created and posted on Facebook by Thai painter Direk Kingnok have received many comments from both Vietnamese and international friends.
Business

Mobile internet usage set to skyrocket

While mobile internet usage has been slow to catch on in Vietnam, the popularity of digital media is set to surge in the year ahead, according to a report issued on July 12 by Nielsen, a global insights and measurement company.

According to the report, a pre-release of data from Nielsen's inaugural Southeast Asia Digital Consumer Report, to be available on September 30, 41 percent of Vietnamese internet users have accessed the internet from a mobile phone, the lowest level of take-up in Southeast Asia .
Business

Vinamilk buys cushion VN-Index

A positive performance by blue chips helped the VN-Index stave off further declines and close essentially unchanged on April 6 at 457.20 points. However, the volume of trades on the HCM Stock Exchange continued to be meagre at 23.3 million shares, worth a total of nearly 632 billion VND (30 million USD).
Society

RSF: Why is the same play restaged all the time?

France-based Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on March 12 released a so-called survey on the right to freedom of expression on social networks.

RSF’s Secretary General Jean-Francois Julliard said in a communique that around 60 nations have censored the Internet to some extent, and at the same time have disturbed network citizens (netizens).
Society

Domestic social networks to challenge Facebook

Long before the Oscar-nominated film The Social Network, Facebook and other internet networks had already become as much an addiction as a habit for many younger Vietnamese, triggering a battle for market share between the global giant and would-be domestic competitors.