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Japanese travel agencies on FAM trip to experience Hue

The Meridian Gate, the main gate to the Hue Imperial City, at night.

A delegation of 11 Japanese travel agencies made a familiarisation (FAM) trip to the city of Hue, in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue, on September 23-25 to experience the local tourist attractions and culture. The trip, organised by the provincial Department of Tourism and the APEX Vietnam Travel Corporation, …

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Draft law bans online alcohol sales

Delivery men upload crates of beer onto a truck

A draft law on the prevention of and fight against damage caused by excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages, prepared by the Ministry of Health, bans liquor sales over the internet and through vending machines, the local media reported. The Ministry of Health presented it at the 27th meeting of the …

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Landslides threaten Dien Bien residents

A big crack is seen in a house in Tia Dinh C Hamlet, Tia Dinh Commune in the northern province of Dien Bien.

Forty families in Tia Dinh C Hamlet in Tia Dinh Commune, the northern province of Dien Bien, are living in fear of landslides as cracks have appeared and expanded in the ground surrounding their homes. Since September, 2014, the first cracks stretching of hundreds of metres appeared in the hamlet, …

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HIV stigma and discrimination to be sanctioned

Patient monitoring and management at Binh Dinh Province’s HIV/AIDS Prevention Centre.

The Ministry of Health has proposed sanctions against demonstrations of stigma and discrimination towards people living with HIV, according to a draft decree on penalties for administrative offences in the health sector. As proposed by the health ministry, the act of requesting pupils or students for HIV testing or test …

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Cancer patients struggle with new circular

Patients have chemotheraphy at Cho Ray Hospital

New Ministry of Health regulations on cancer treatment for outpatients from other provinces is causing problems to hospitals and thousands of sufferers. In March last year, MoH issued a circular on daytime chemotherapy, radiotherapy and chemoradiotherapy at medical facilities. It said that doctors bear responsibility to administer treatment based on …

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Driving licences in Vietnam might take demerit point system

A police officer fines a traffic violator in HCM City. The Traffic Police Department under the Ministry of Public Security is studying a demerit point system in traffic management.

The Traffic Police Department under the Ministry of Public Security is considering punishing traffic violators with demerit points as part of an effort to enhance compliance with regulations. This was one of the department’s proposals for amendments to the Law on Road Traffic, said Do Thanh Binh, the department’s deputy …

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European Languages Day to open in Hanoi

Vietnamese young people attended a past edition of the European Language Day.

The eighth European Languages Day 2018, which offers a unique opportunity for all budding and passionate linguists to take part in a multi-lingual environment and enjoy a colorful day full of interesting input and exchanges will be held at the Goethe Institute in Hanoi on September 29. The event initiated …

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Experts propose tax increase on cigarettes to cut smoking

Increasing taxes on tobacco is considered the best option to reduce the number of smokers.

It is estimated that Vietnam has more than 40,000 deaths each year from tobacco-related diseases. This number will increase to 70,000 per year by 2030, if effective preventive measures are not implemented immediately to prevent tobacco harm, experts have warned. Scientists, medical experts and policy makers gathered at an international …

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Da Nang’s plan to get ‘smart’

Nguyen Quang Thanh, director of the Da Nang Department of Information and Communication, talks to Nhân dân (People) newspaper on Da Nang’s plan to transform into a smart city. Da Nang set a target to become the nation’s first smart city. What has the city done so far to achieve …

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