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Hue struggles to move residents from citadel walls

An ongoing project to reinforce a section of the citadel wall, which is under threat from illegal housing as well as the ravages of time.

The central province of Thua Thien-Hue is having a headache removing illegal residents from the citadel’s walls located in its municipal city of Hue. The problem stems from a lack of land sources for resettlement as well as budget to compensate relocated residents. A report by local authorities said the …

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Construction work on North-South Expressway to begin

A view of the Cau Gie-Ninh Binh Expressway. The eastern section of the North-South Expressway will start next year creating more good condition for vehicles to travel.

Construction work on eastern section of the North-South Expressway will start next year, and is scheduled to finish by 2021, the Ministry of Transport (MoT) announced yesterday. The expressway will be 654km in length and has total investment of VND118.7 trillion (US$5.1 billion). The expressway will run through 13 provinces …

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Living in small alleys? HCMC buses may still pick you up

A public bus is stuck in traffic in Ho Chi Minh City.

HCMC’s Center for Traffic Management has recommended that the city operate mini buses for last-mile transit into alleys and narrow roads. Ho Chi Minh City and indeed all Vietnamese urban areas are riddled with extremely small streets that regular city buses cannot enter, said the center under the city’s transport …

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Poverty reducing in Vietnam but not ‘steadily’: minister

A homeless person sleeping on a street in Hanoi.

Vietnam’s poverty rate is dropping, but there is a high rate of people falling back into poverty, a government minister has said. Speaking at a meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee Monday, Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Dao Ngoc Dung said there were 1.6 million poor households …

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