Society

HCM City to measure citizen satisfaction with services

The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee has asked the Department of Home Affairs and local authorities in all the 24 districts citywide to launch surveys on the citizen satisfaction indices over six categories of public administration services, according to local reports.
Business

Biggest airport adds new section to domestic terminal

The operator of Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City has put into operation an expansion of the domestic terminal that can handle 5 million passengers a year, the Airports Corporation of Vietnam announced said on April 21.
Business

Giant apparel firm earmarks 190 mln USD for projects in 2014

The Vietnam National Textile and Garment Group (Vinatex) will pour over 4 trillion VND (190 million USD) into numerous projects including yarn, textile, garment, and cotton farms this year, CEO Tran Quang Nghi told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper in a recent interview.
Business

High-yield crops to replace rice: official

Vietnam will shift 100,000 hectares of rice-growing areas to the cultivation of other crops, Pham Van Du, Deputy Director of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development's Crop Production Department, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper.
Culture - Sports

HCM City festival praises island soldiers

Almost 300 people, including poets, writers, musician, singers and artists joined students and representatives from the armed forces in Ho Chi Minh City on January 10 to celebrate the soldiers protecting the country’s seas and islands.
Society

National University enjoys greater autonomy

From January 1, the Ho Chi Minh City National University will get more freedom, Phan Thanh Binh, Director of the Board of the Ho Chi Minh City National University told the Tuoi tre (Youth) newspaper.
Airport fences to reinforce runway security Society

Airport fences to reinforce runway security

All 21 airports across Vietnam are expected to install security fencing in the next few years in an effort to set up a safety corridor for both the airports and surrounding residential areas.
Society

Free portraits given to people in need

Nearly 5,000 free photographs were taken of and presented to disadvantaged people in 11 provinces and cities during the Help-Portrait Vietnam 2013 charitable event on December 7.
Business

Trans-Pacific trade deal poses ongoing questions

The local market will be opened after Vietnam is officially admitted into the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Tran Quoc Khanh, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade, told Tuoi tre (Youth) newspaper.
Business

Lack of access keeps Phu Quoc seaport idle

Authorities in Kien Giang province are reluctant to take over Phu Quoc island's An Thoi International Seaport even though the Vietnam Maritime Administration is planning to hand it over.
Society

Vietnamese skilled workers can "make it" in Germany

Vietnamese professionals, especially skilled workers in the sectors of science, technology and engineering who wish to work in Germany, will be helped to seek job opportunities in the country under a new programme titled "Make it in Germany".
Health

Vietnamese coming up short against regional peers

A recent survey conducted by the National Institute for Nutrition shows that the average height of Vietnamese men aged between 22-26 is 1.642m (a survey by the Ministry of Health is 1.644m), and 1.534m for women in the same age group.
Society

Sea, island protectors honoured

Individuals and collectives who have significantly contributed to protecting the country’s sea and islands were honoured at a ceremony in Hanoi on August 1.
Society

German journalist rides 15,000 kms for charity in Vietnam

Lothar A. Baltrusch, a German journalist, has travelled 15,000 kilometres by motorbike from Schwerte, Germany to Vietnam to draw public attention to the plight of poor children in Trieu Phong district of the central province of Quang Tri, who are benefiting from World Vision’s projects there.