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City expands wastewater treatment plant

The Binh Hung sewage treatment factory.

The HCM City Urban Civil Works Construction Investment Management Authority has started work on a package to improve HCM City’s urban and domestic sanitation by expanding the daily capacity of a large-scale Binh Hung sewage treatment facility from 141,000 to 469,000 cubic metres. The expanded capacity would be sufficient to …

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Sample Tet classics at Mangosteen

Fresh flavour: Fried spring rolls with minced pork and local herbs.

This Ha Noi restaurant is offering a special menu of dishes traditionally prepared to welcome the Lunar New Year. Ha Nguyen reports. When holidays roll around, many hotel restaurants in the capital advertise extravagant Western fare. However, chef Chu Hoang Hiep at the Movenpick Hotel’s Mangosteen Restaurant has created a …

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SBV to develop cash-transporting service

There are nearly 79 million bank accounts, 16,000 ATMs and 168,000 point-of-sale (POS) machines by the end of last November in Viet Nam.

The State Bank of Viet Nam will allow domestic commercial banks to start companies responsible for transporting cash to branches and transaction offices in order to reduce related expenses. According to the State Bank of Viet Nam, there were nearly 79 million bank accounts, 16,000 ATMs and 168,000 point-of-sale (POS) …

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Part of mine is Vietnamese, says Australian painter

Australian painter George Burchett.

Australian painter George Burchett loves Viet Nam. After many years working and living in Viet Nam, Burchett even calls himself Vietnamese. Burchett was born in Ha Noi in 1955 and lived here until 1957. Then his family moved to Moscow where his mother, Bulgarian journalist and art historian Vessa Ossikovoska, …

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Banana price rise cuts losses of farmers

Banana branches are used in the worship of ancestors during Tet.

Banana prices in the Central region have suddenly increased ahead of Tet (Lunar New Year), saving farmers and traders from facing heavy losses. Banana is the key fruit used in the worship of ancestors during Tet. A couple of days ago, the banana market in the central Quang Tri Province, …

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Vien welcomes New Year with new hopes

wimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien expects to perform well at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016.

After a successful year, swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien is dreaming of a place in the final at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2016. The year of the horse saw Viet Nam’s swimmers achieve new heights in general, and by Vien in particular. The two Asian …

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Blazing new trails

We made it! Two of the trekkers in "soldier pose" at Border Marker 42, the country's second-highest point, a sacred place where soldiers keep watch over the nation's sovereignty.

Inspired by Mark Twain’s call to “sail away from safe harbour”, a young Vietnamese entrepreneur quit his day job, opened a cafe and began an adventure travel business. Xuan Hiep reports. Early last year, tour guide Ngo Tran Hai An and a group of six men had one goal: reach …

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