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  • Beautiful Easter lilies in Hanoi

White Liliumlongiflorum, known as Easter lilies are in full bloom blanketing every corner of Hanoi’s streets in white colours. Here’s some beautiful photos of Easter lilies. Liliumlongiflorum, or Easter lilies, often bloom in early April, lasting for one month. This year, Easter lilies have blossomed early. Easter lilies are priced ranging between VND40,000 and VND60,000 for a dozen. Easter lilies are sold by street vendors along Thanh Nien, Thuy Khe, Giang Vo and Nguyen Chi Thanh roads. This type of flower is mostly grown in September and October at Tay Tuu and Quang Ba flower villages in Hanoi and is…... [read more]

  • Vietnam protests Taiwan’s live-fire drill in Vietnam’s waters

Vietnam resolutely protests against Taiwan (China)’s live-fire drill in waters around Ba Binh in Vietnam’s Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago and demands that Taiwan not to repeat such activity, stated Foreign Ministry’s Spokesperson Le Hai Binh on March 30. Foreign Ministry’s Spokesperson Le Hai Binh Responding to reporters’ queries on Vietnam’s reaction to Taiwan’s live-fire exercise in Ba Binh waters, Binh declared that the move “seriously violates Vietnam’s sovereignty over Truong Sa archipelago.” “It also threatens peace, stability and maritime safety and security in the East Sea, while elevating tension and complicating the situation in the waters,” he said. The spokesperson…... [read more]

  • Big M&A deals in the property market in early 2017

VietNamNet Bridge - The real estate market saw a boom in M&A deals in the second half of 2016 and the trend continues in the first months of 2017. As many products didn't sell, investors could not take back the investment capital. This forced them to sell projects to pay bank debts and stop losses. Novaland, after buying the 30 hectare Nam Rach Chiec project from VinaCapital, has taken over another project – the 180 hectare Da Phuoc urban area from Daewon Group. Hung Thinh Corp has wrapped up the procedures to take over two projects in Binh Tan projects…... [read more]

  • One-third of IT employees unhappy with salary

Thirty-two per cent of employees in Vietnam’s IT sector are unhappy with their current salary, according to the IT Skills, Benefits and Recruitment Trend in 2017 report released recently by VietnamWorks and the Navigos Group. “Professionals who are not satisfied with their salaries might be disengaged and may consider other opportunities,” the report noted. Forty-four per cent of surveyed employees said they would consider changing jobs if better salary and benefits were offered. According to the survey, salaries will be increased by between 6 and 20 per cent for the majority of IT professionals. Vietnam’s IT sector employs around 190,000…... [read more]

  • Plastic bottle house promotes environment protection in Hanoi

A woman in Long Bien District, Hanoi has used thousands of recycled plastic bottles to build a small house and raise people's awareness about environmental protection. The house was constructed in June 2015 with 8,800 bottles at Tue Vien Organic Farm. Nguyen Thanh Phuong, who has the idea of using bottles to build a house, said, "It only takes three to five minutes to drink a bottle of water but it takes thousands of years for a bottle to decompose. We have to change our perception and think that each bottle is a resource that we can use." After a…... [read more]

  • Family of Vietnamese dead girl in Japan seeking legal support

The family of the Vietnamese nine-year-old girl who was recently found dead in Japan said that they are facing language and legal difficulties with Japanese agencies. Speaking with Vietnamese newspapers, Le Anh Hao, the father of the victim Le Thi Nhat Linh, said there was no new information related to the investigation. His family was co-operating with Japanese and Vietnamese agencies. On March 28, the Vietnamese embassy in Japan called on the Japanese to quickly find out the apparently murdered girl. Yesterday, Linh’s mother Nguyen Thi Nguyen and her three-year old brother returned to Japan after returning to Vietnam just…... [read more]

  • Workers with degrees make up 21.39 percent of VN labour force

The number of Vietnamese workers holding college and university degrees or higher accounted for 21.39 percent of the labour force in the last quarter of 2016, up 0.41 percentage point from a quarter earlier and 1.19 percentage points year on year. The Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs and the General Statistics Office announced the information in Hanoi on March 29 as part of their latest labour market bulletin. According to the report, the labour market in the fourth quarter of 2016 saw positive changes with decreasing employment rate in the agro-forestry-fisheries sector, increasing average salaries of paid workers…... [read more]

  • Smart helmet wins Kawai Business Startup

VietNamNet Bridge - Savy Helmet’s Assistant, a smart helmet which allows users to make and receive calls and read messages hands-free, can alert relatives in case of emergency. Kawai Business Startup, organized annually since 2006 under the sponsorship of Kawai Foundation from Japan by TEC (Tomorrow Entrepreneurs Club) of the Hanoi Foreign Trade University, and under the sponsorship of the Japanese Embassy since 2014, is the incubator which supports young people’s business ideas. The competition serves as the launch pad for well known brands such as Rio Creative, Blue Angel, Ybox.vn, Tay May To Mo and My Thuat Bui. The…... [read more]

  • Vietnamese universities absent from international rankings

VietNamNet Bridge - Vietnamese universities in the past have not been listed in prestigious international rankings, and this year is no exception. Vietnamese universities did not appear in the Time Higher Education’s list of Asian leading universities in 2017. While this year’s list has 100 more schools than the last year’s list, and while the neighboring countries of Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia saw their schools jump into higher positions, no Vietnamese school was found in the list. The Times Higher Education's ranking is based on 13 criteria in four categories: teaching (25 percent), scientific research (30 percent), research influence (30…... [read more]

  • Vietnamese prefer to shop on e-Bay, Amazon, Alibaba

VietNamNet Bridge - Cross-border e-commerce (CBE) is deleting traditional trade boundaries, and creating equal opportunities for distributors and retailers. A survey by the Vietnam E-commerce and Information Technology Agency (VECITA) in 2016 found that 32 percent of Vietnam’s import/export companies established business relations with foreign partners through online channels, 11 percent participate in international e-marketplaces and 49 percent have websites. Of the import/export companies which have websites, 46 percent use ‘.vn’ domain name, 54 percent international domain names and 63 percent of websites have versions in foreign languages. CBE now makes up 21 percent of total e-commerce turnover in the…... [read more]