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NA amends death penalty

Deputy Nguyen Ba Thuyen from the southern province of Lam Dong.

Lawmakers yesterday agreed to abolish the death penalty for several crime categories, but many insisted the death sentence for corruption remain, saying that if the crime was not punished properly, it would cause disorder in society. Discussing the revised Penal Code at the on-going ninth National Assembly (NA) session, deputies …

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Where a special rice wine gets your goat

Spacious ambience: An overview of the Lang Chuon Hoi Quan.Spacious ambience: An overview of the Lang Chuon Hoi Quan.

Born in Chuon, an ancient village in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue, Dang Van Thanh and his partners opened a restaurant named after the village, Lang Chuon Hoi Quan (Chuon village restaurant) in downtown Da Nang City. It is a goat meat restaurant and a rendezvous for gastronomes of …

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Ha Noi calls for input on renewal of landmark lake

The old paving tiles on some parts of the promenade around Hoan Kiem have been replaced with blue-stone tiles.

City authorities in Ha Noi have, in principle, allowed the Hoan Kiem district people’s committee to restart controversial work replacing brick tiles on the promenade around its famous Guom Lake (Sword Lake) with blue-stone tiles. However, Chairman of Ha Noi People’s Committee Nguyen The Thao, at a Saturday meeting agreed …

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Experts predict positive week ahead

Ha Noi Stock Exchange staff members do transactions on its secondary trading market. Analysists say the VN Index and HNX Index will continue to rise this week.

The VN Index and HNX Index will continue to rise this week and investors should wait for high prices to sell their shares for profit, according to analysts. Investors should pay more attention to real estate and securities shares this week as these had amazing performances last week. However, these …

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Splendid gateways mark site of ancient West Lake village

Village hall: Voi Phuc (Kneeling Elephants) Communal House (Dinh) in Thuy Khue Street.

Located in Tay Ho District and running along the West Lake’s southern bank, Thuy Khue Street has preserved its typical rural Vietnamese features of ancient pagodas and village gates. Previously, the villages around Thuy Khue Street were collectively referred to as Ke Buoi. Rapid urbanisation in recent times has brought …

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CAAV plan seeks to tighten baggage security

Customs check security at the Noi Bai International Airport. The Civil Aviation Administration of Viet Nam has issued a plan to ensure aviation security

The Civil Aviation Administration of Viet Nam (CAAV) has issued a plan for better management and prevention of theft of passengers’ baggage and cargo, and to ensure aviation security. The plan has been issued following an incident in which the personal belongings of a group of passengers going from Bangkok, …

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Sizzling hot teppanyaki a food-court favourite

Popular: Pepper Lunch Express, a teppanyaki restaurant at the food court at Diamond Plaza shopping mall in HCM City.

Fast-food chain Pepper Lunch specialises in a style of Japanese cuisine that uses a teppan pan (iron plate) to cook food at your table, Phuong Mai reports from a HCM City mall. HCM City, one of the more popular destinations is Southeast Asia, attracts four million tourists each year, many …

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It pays to love thy neighbours

Last Wednesday, Oanh, a security guard, on day shift saw a young couple trying to catch a cab in Xuan Dieu Street in Ha Noi.

Last Wednesday, Oanh, a security guard, on day shift saw a young couple trying to catch a cab in Xuan Dieu Street in Ha Noi. The young woman suddenly cried out in pain and the man started to panic. The couple told Oanh the woman was pregnant and her “water” …

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The wheel of fortune keeps turning in ancient Hoi An

Local herbs: Tourists learn how to make salad during a cooking class at Water Wheel Restaurant in Tra Que herb village in Hoi An town.

Tra Que village, 2km from Hoi An town, was a wonderful stopover for Bill Zou and Alexandra Pabon from New York. They had time to travel around the UNESCO-recog-nised heritage port city and taste its food. But they found the most fun was learning to cook Vietnamese food – and …

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Ha Noi banh my has its own following

Star-struck sandwich: After winning Master Chef Viet Nam 2014, Nhat used her new reputation to open up the banh my shop this April. Even though her prices are high, compared to other shops with equal bread quality, her sandwiches sell well every day.

While HCM City and Hoi An seem to hog all the banh my attention, Ha Noi does not lag behind. It hosts several establishments that regular clients swear by, Ha Nguyen reports. I will never forget Hoan Boulangeria’s specialty banh my chuot (mouse baguette), which I first tried some years …

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