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Monthly Archives: March 2014

Japan to bid farewell to 747 ‘jumbo’

Japanese plane buffs will say a fond farewell to the “jumbo jet” this month as the Boeing 747 makes its final scheduled flight in the country.   A woman walks past a picture showing a Japan's All Nippon Airways (ANA) Boeing 747 . The two-deck carrier, loved for its broad-shouldered look, will ferry holiday-makers and

Tien Minh defeats strong Indonesian rival at Yonex Sunrise

Top Vietnamese badminton player Nguyen Tien Minh on March 28 handily defeated Indonesian Jonatan Christieat 2-0 in the quarter-finals of the 5th Ciputra Hanoi Yonex Sunrise Vietnam Challenge 2014. The rivalry between Tien Minh and the 17-year-old prodigy from Indonesia was one of the most highly anticipated match-ups of the ongoing tourney in the Vietnam capital city of

IFAD’s US$34 mil for Vietnam’s climate change response

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) on March 28 signed a funding agreement in its headquarter in Rome,to provide US$ 34 million to help Vietnam cope with climate change. The signatories to the agreement were Vietnamese ambassador to Italy Nguyen Hoang Long and IFAD President, Kanayo F.Nwanze. The aid will be funded under the

Thailand to build more garbage-fueled power plants

The Thai Energy Regulatory Committee (ERC) has suggested that the government build more garbage-fueled electricity plants as an alternative approach to trash disposal. According to Kawin Tangsupanitch, Secretary General of the ERC, his office has proposed the approach as part of the government’s policy on alternative energy; however, the idea currently does not attract enough

Russia launches fourth submarine for Vietnam

This is the fourth Project 636 submarine Russia has designed and built for Vietnam under a contract signed in 2009 during a Moscow visit by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung. Under the contract, Russia will build six submarines, dubbed as Black Holes in the Ocean by NATO, and the first two vessels, HQ-182 Hanoi and

X Factor hunk to perform at first picnic music festival

Centre stage: English singer Shayne Ward will perform at the first picnic music festival in Viet Nam, Yan Beatfest, on April 12. Eighty local singers, together with English singer Shayne Ward and international DJ Scott Kirby will perform in the first picnic music festival in Vietnam, called YAN Beatfest, to be held at Phu Tho

Land reclaimed for afforestation

Nearly 4,00ha of forest land illegally encroached on by farmers has been taken back for afforestation, the People’s Committee of southern Tay Ninh Province has said. Lo Go-Xa Mat National Park. In 2009, due to poor management, many hectares of protected forest in Lo Go-Xa Mat National Park were taken over for agriculture. The losses

Vietnam, Cuba deepen wide-ranging ties

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and President of the Council of Ministers of Cuba Raul Castro Ruz have reached consensus on orientations to deepen bilateral ties in the future. During their talks on March 28 following the official welcome ceremony accorded for PM Dung, the two sides agreed to focus on boosting affiliation in trade,

HCM City Tourism Festival kicks off

“The festival provides the city and business community an excellent opportunity to tout its tourism appeal.” said municipal People’s Committee Vice President Nguyen Thi Hong at the opening ceremony. Roughly 46 participants, including travel agents, hotels and universities, are showcasing their tourism services and products, tours and promotional programs in more than 160 pavilions. Another

Vietnam-Indonesia trade predicted to reach US$10 bil

Vietnam and Indonesia aim to earn a two-way trade of US$ 10 billion by 2018, creating favourable conditions for Vietnamese businesses to fully tap the Indonesian market.  The prediction was made by experts at a March 27 seminar in HCM City on Indonesia’s advantages and potential. Investment and Trade Promotion Centre (ITPC) Director Pho Nam