Society

Hanoi to shut off 50 percent of street lamps

Hanoi will shut off half of the city’s street lamps between April and June to conserve power heading into the summer months of peak consumption, the Hanoi Power Co announced on April 3.
Former Politburo member dies at 72 Politics

Former Politburo member dies at 72

Tran Dinh Hoan, former Politburo and Secretariat member of the Communist Party of Vietnam’s Central Committee and head of its Commission for Organisation and Personnel, passed away on March 25 at the age of 72.
Culture - Sports

Goya prints on show in HCM City

Rare prints composed by world famous Spanish artist Francisco de Goya y Lucientes between 1810 and 1820 are on display for the second time in Vietnam at an exhibition at the HCM City Fine Arts Museum.
Travel

Ha Long festival to take Hanoi theme

This year’s Ha Long Tourism Festival at the World Heritage site of Ha Long Bay will take the theme of Hanoi to celebrate the 1,000 birthday of the capital city.
Politics

Seminar on Vietnam held in Washington

A seminar entitled "Vietnam: Beyond the War" was held in Washington on March 24 by the International Francophonie Organisation, the Vietnamese embassy in the US and the Smithsonian Associates of the US.
Society

Khoai cake enters Vietnam Guinness book

The khoai cake (plain rice flan) which was made on March 20 in the central city of Thua Thien – Hue has been recognised as the largest of its kind by the Vietnam Guinness Records.
Society

Italian writer talks to local readers

Alessandro Baricco will give talks and answer readers questions at the HCM City Book Fair in Le Van Tam Park on March 19 and the Creative Café ( 36 Dien Bien Phu Street ) in Hanoi on March 23.
Society

Vietnamese photographer honoured

Vietnamese photographers have commemorated Dang Huy Tru, the founder of Vietnamese photography, at the Dang family temple in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue.
Society

Ex-transport officials receive longer sentences

The Supreme People’s Court of Ho Chi Minh City in its appeal trial on Mar. 17 ordered Huynh Ngoc Si, former director of the ODA-funded East-West Avenue project, to serve six years in prison instead of the three-year term to which he was sentenced at the first instance trial last September.
Business

Cost of dining out stays high

Prices for meals at restaurants and small eateries have not dropped since Tet (Lunar New Year) festival, despite lower prices for essential items at groceries and wholesale markets.
Environment

Work starts on renovating Hanoi lakes

Work to improve Vuc Lake in the capital’s Long Bien district kicked off on March 14, marking the beginning of a project on inner-city lake protection and preservation proposed by the Hanoi People’s Committee.
Culture - Sports

Photographers capture Hanoi

A new exhibition at The Bui Gallery in downtown Hanoi has gathered four photographers, all with vastly different views and subjects from the capital, to showcase the underlying mysteries of the city.