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Mini-PCNL is a high technique, less invasive to the patient, that possibly replaces open surgery to remove large stones in the kidney and in one third of the upper urethra. Doctors applying kidney stone treatment  According to Senior Colonel Doctor Tran Van Ha, Deputy Director of Military Hospital 105, the technique has advantages that open surgery does not have, such as short recovery time, high rate of success and short hospitalization duration (3-4 days). Normally, patient can recover and return to work in 7-10 days’ time. The technique also avoids large surgical scars for patients, which means less possibility of complications that may be caused by a large incision in an open operation; fewer chances of stones remaining after operation; and lower possibility of infection. These are major advantages of the technique due to the capabilities to control the kidney and the upper urethra, he said. To achieve the success, Military Hospital 105 had actively trained medical staff and invested in equipment, and asked for support from the Vietnam-Germany Hospital. The successful implementation of the technique is of great significance to the hospital’s treatment for patients, especially for troops, as it reduces the duration of treatment and rehabilitation and patients can quickly return to work. Translated by Thuy Duong... [read more]

Textiles and garment is Vietnam’s third largest export sector, with turnover reaching USD 28 billion last year. However, the country has not been proactive in obtaining raw materials. As a result, to reach its export turnover, the textiles and garment sector consumed 8.9 billion sq.m. of cloth, of which domestic factories were able to produce only 2.8 billion sq.m., while six billion sq.m. of cloth was imported, worth USD 17 billion.  A worker at the Hue Textile and Garment Joint Stock Company  According to Nguyen Van Tuan, Chairman of the Vietnam Cotton and Spinning Association (VCOSA), apart from financial potential, foreign textile corporations also have a lot of experience in developing a synchronous production chain of textiles, fiber, weaving, dyeing and design.  This would be an opportunity for Vietnamese garment enterprises to access and learn technologies and strategies for long-term development, he said.  Pham Xuan Hong, Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City Association of Garment Textile Embroidery-Knitting (Agtek), said the country’s participation in free trade agreements (FTAs) had contributed to the development of both the commercial value and internal strength of the Vietnamese textile and garment industry.  In terms of foreign investors, Sunny Huang, executive director of New Wide Group, said Vietnam has a lot of potential to attract textile and garment investment. Besides an abundant labor force and low cost of living, Vietnam also has infrastructure and transport network advantages, and the electricity and water supplies are better than in some other countries in the region, he added.  However, many…... [read more]

The event was attended by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, ASEAN Secretary General Le Luong Minh, and Foreign Ministers from 10 member states and the bloc’s partner and dialogue countries. The Vietnamese delegation was led by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh. Photo for illustration:  With the theme “Under one light, we are one ASEAN”, the ceremony included a series of performances praising the friendship and solidarity of the 10 member states. Participants also paid tribute to the founders of ASEAN and honored ASEAN citizens who have made great contributions to its socio-economic development. Speaking at the ceremony, Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alan Peter Cayetano emphasized that after 50 years, ASEAN has risen to be a prestigious regional association and a trusted partner of many countries. It has led its member states to overcome a lot of challenges, in which solidarity and consensus are the key factors to help the bloc maintain peace and stability and develop a prosperous and people-centered community, he added. In his message delivered at the ceremony, Duterte reaffirmed the importance of ASEAN over the past five decades, hoping the community will continue growing sustainably. In the period, the role and position of ASEAN have been asserted firmly, which is reflected through the strength of the ASEAN Community, the close connectivity in politics, economics and culture among the members, and development in relations between ASEAN and its partners as well as…... [read more]

In July alone, the figure exceeded VND 327.6 trillion (USD 11.4 billion), up 1.19 percent compared with the previous month.  Customers shop for fresh fruit and vegetables at Aeon Mall in Hanoi’s Long Bien district.  Revenue of the group of food and foodstuff, accommodation and catering services saw noted increases from 10.7 percent to 11.6 percent while that of cultural and educational services experienced the lowest rise of 4.84 percent, reflecting that the demand for such services remained stagnant due to their online prevalence.  The remaining groups expanded from 7.75 percent to 9.6 percent. Disregarding price hikes, the total retail sales and services revenue stood at 8.7 percent, higher than the rate recorded in the first half of this year.  Experts forecast that in August and the remaining months of this year, the goods market will continue to be affected by rains and floods, which will push up prices of products and services.  However, thanks to the good supply sources and close coordination in controlling prices of products managed by the State, there will be no sharp increases in prices, they said.  To continue effectively implementing solutions stimulating production, ensuring supply sources, curbing inflation and stabilizing the macro economy, they suggested the People’s Committees of provinces instruct local households to have suitable breeding plans.  Specifically, sugar firms should reduce the price and improve their competitiveness in the context that the import tax will be cut to almost zero percent in 2018, they said.  The…... [read more]

Remember our story from last week about how a high school graduate needs a perfect score to enroll in military or police schools in Vietnam? Now it turns out to be much easier if you want to become an educator. Teaching colleges have announced their minimum entrance scores, and prospective teachers need just a shockingly low nine out of 30 in some parts of the country. Vietnamese 12th graders took the national exam in June with separate tests in math, literature, English and sciences. Their total scores in three of these tests are used to determine what school, if any, they will be accepted by. While the average results from students rose from last year and most schools are demanding higher scores, which experts attribute to easier tests, teachers' training institutions are asking for the same as last year or less. There are basically two levels of teacher training in Vietnam: colleges and universities. While someone who graduates from a university is eligible to teach at a university, those with a college degree are only qualified to teach students up to ninth grade. Leading teaching universities in Vietnam such as those in Da Nang, Hanoi and Saigon have maintained their entrance scores at between 16 and 26. But Hue's University of Education has lowered the bar for future math teachers by 5.5 points to 16. The entrance score for chemistry majors has also been cut by three points to less than 13. Its counterparts in Nghe An, Thai Nguyen and…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – It may be her career’s first Southeast Asian Games (SEA), but all eyes are on 20-year-old Le Tu Chinh, who is expected to bring back the 100m and 200m titles to the country later this month. Le Tu Chinh (centre) competes at the 2016 National Athletics Championship. Chinh will compete at this year SEA Games for the first time in career. — Photo Viet Nam’s Vu Thi Huong dominated the event for many years, winning seven gold medals in both the 100m and 200m events from 2005 until 2013. The "ASEAN sprint queen" was defeated just once in the games in 2011, when she came third in both the categories. Huong, 31, retired several months ahead of the 28th Games in 2015, although she was still strong enough to beat any regional rival. Huong’s absence caused the loss of two golds for Viet Nam in the medals tally, as the country were yet to produce an athlete then who could follow in her footsteps. Kayla Anise Richardson of the Philippines took the 100m gold that year with a timing of 11.76sec. Singapore’s Veronica Shanti Pereira triumphed in the 200m, timing 23.60sec. Two years on, people are now seeing glimpses of "queen" Huong in Chinh. Remarkable progress After nearly 10 years of practising with coach Nguyen Thi Thanh Huong, Chinh has taken her first big step in the short distance track events. At the national championship 2016 in November, Chinh became the champion in the 100m with…... [read more]

Born into a family with a four-generation tradition of martial arts in Lam Dong, seven-time world champion Nguyen Tran Duy Nhat has been called “The loner who seeks defeat” in Muay Thai. Nhat shares with Bui Quynh Hoa his passion for the sport and his strong desire to secure a victory for the country at the upcoming SEA Games 29 in Malaysia. The champ: Seven-time world champion Nguyen Tran Duy Nhat.  Photo Tell us about your journey in Muay Thai? Born into a family with a great tradition of martial arts, I befriended the sport at a very young age, when I was about six. My parents, who were famous Vietnamese fighters in the 80s, inspired and awoke my passion for martial arts. I moved from the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong to HCM City to study at the HCM City University of Sport in 2007 and started getting into Muay Thai in 2008. I became part of the national Muay Thai team one year later. Your parents supported you to take part in Muay Thai, didn’t they? Although I chose Muay Thai, which is a martial art from Thailand, and not from Viet Nam, I received great support from my parents. They allowed me to freely decide which discipline I wanted to follow, at the same time reminding me martial arts is not about fighting, but a lesson in manners and behaviour. What is your medal collection like? Since 2010 I’ve won seven times at the Amateur…... [read more]

Listed coal producers recorded profits during the second quarter and first half of 2017, but the the second half of the year may not be so promising due to large stockpiles, adverse weather and technological and geological barriers. Vinacomin-Cao Son Coal JSC (TCS) recorded the highest annual growth rate of 52 per cent, bringing the company’s second-quarter revenue to VND1.19 trillion (US$52.9 million).  According to the economics and business news hub, seven of the eight listed firms posted higher revenues for the second quarter compared to the same period of 2016. Vinacomin-Cao Son Coal JSC (TCS) recorded the highest annual growth rate of 52 per cent, bringing the company’s second-quarter revenue to VND1.19 trillion (US$52.9 million). Among the eight listed companies, only Vinacomin-Coc Sau Coal JSC (TC6) saw its revenue fall from one year ago. TCS was among the six mining companies that saw their combined revenue increase during the first six months compared to the same period last year. Among other mining companies that recorded higher first-half combined revenue are Vinacomin-Ha Tu Coal JSC (THT), Vinacomin-Deo Nai Coal JSC (TDN) and Vinacomin-Ha Lam Coal JSC (HLC). Meanwhile, TC6 reported that its first-half combined revenue was down 18 per cent year on year. The other miner that also recorded lower combined revenue is Vinacomin-Mong Duong Coal JSC (MDC), whose figure decreased slightly after one year. In the second quarter, firms that also reported higher post-tax profits are MDC, TC6, Vinacomin-Vang Danh Coal JSC (TVD), HLC, THT and TDN. Of…... [read more]

Vietnamese Ambassador to France Nguyen Ngoc Son (Photo: VNA) Paris (VNA) – Vietnam successfully fulfilled its role as rotational Chairman of the ASEAN Committee in Paris (ACP) from April to July, according to Vietnamese Ambassador to France Nguyen Ngoc Son. The diplomat, who chaired the group of the ASEAN ambassadors to France over the last four months, told Vietnam News Agency that the Vietnamese Embassy in France was proactive in reinforcing ASEAN’s relations with France. The embassy stepped up the ACP’s links with France through meetings with local Government members, parliamentarians, scholars and businesses, including French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian, Chairman of the French Senate’s Committee on Foreign Relations, Defence and Armed Forces Jean Pierre Raffarin, Executive Chairman of the French Institute of International Relations Thierry de Montbrial and executives of the EDF electricity group and Airbus. The Vietnamese Embassy also chaired and participated in events like the ASEAN Family Day so as to boost mutual understanding and solidarity among the staff of the ASEAN countries’ embassies in Paris, Son said. He noted his embassy chaired the ACP amid France’s presidential and legislative elections, along with preparations for marking the 50th founding anniversary of ASEAN such as the anniversary celebration, a workshop on ASEAN’s economy and an ASEAN film week in Paris. With those positive outcomes, ASEAN diplomats lauded Vietnam’s chairmanship of the ACP, Ambassador Son added. He said the Vietnamese Embassy will continue coordinating with the…... [read more]

The Viet Nam Steel Association (VSA) is calling on the Government to maintain a series of quality and management controls in the steel industry since trade fraud in steel imports is still high. The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) had planned to eliminate administrative procedures in 17 fields this year, including the steel sector, in order to ease conditions for enterprises. In December 2015, the Government issued a circular (No 58) defining regulations on the management of domestically produced and imported steel quality. The circular also aimed to prevent steel exporters taking advantage of some zero tariff levels thereby affecting local producers. Instances of trade fraud included importing rolled steel containing 0.0008 per cent boron (Bo) element labelled as a metal that enjoys preferential zero per cent tax. The association said the management on imported steel quality under the circular has helped stabilise the domestic market. VSA also said Circular 58 contributed to tightening imports of steel products which Viet Nam could produce and loosening import restrictions on those which the country needs. Ho Nghia Dung, VSA’s chairman told the Vietnam News Agency that the Government should maintain Circular 58 to support the local steel sector. Dung said the country’s total steel imports last year reached 23 million tonnes, ranking it fifth in terms of Viet Nam’s import turnover. The big steel import amount and value have also had a negative effect on the import-export balance, Dung noted. In addition, construction steel is often imported from China as alloy…... [read more]

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