Author: Kevin Le

  A scene from Lật Mặt:48 Giờ (Face Off: 48 Hours), an action comedy about love and family by producer Lý Hải of HCM City. Cinemas in HCM City have closed due to new COVID-19 cases. Photo courtesy of the producer By Thu Anh   HCM CITY — Cinemas in Hà Nội and HCM City, the two biggest markets in the country, closed on May 3 until further notice after new COVID-19 community cases were confirmed. Vietnamese filmmakers are expected to face losses after the national holiday four-day weekend which began on April 30.  Three Vietnamese films, Thiên Thần Hộ Mệnh (The Guardian), Trạng Tí (Child Master) and Lật Mặt:48 Giờ (Face Off: 48…

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  The Lenger Việt Nam Seafood Company processes clams for sale in both export and domestic markets. — VNA/VNS Photo Vũ Sinh HCM CITY — Việt Nam saw strong import-export recovery in the first quarter, estimated at US$152.65 billion, up 24.1 per cent year-on-year, said an industry and trade official. Trần Thanh Hải, deputy director of the Agency of Foreign Trade under the Ministry of Industry and Trade, said: “Việt Nam has been making good use of the new-generation FTAs that have taken effect, such as the EU-Việt Nam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), the UK-Việt Nam Free Trade Agreement (UKVFTA) and the Comprehensive and…

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  Lưu Thị Phương, in Quế Thuận Commune, Quảng Nam Province (left) and UNDP Resident Representative in Việt Nam Caitlin Wiesen stand inside the house she received last week. Photo courtesy of UNDP  QUẢNG NAM – The skinny woman trembled, seemingly unable to stand still because of her happiness to receive a house thanks to the work of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Việt Nam and local people’s generosity.   Lưu Thị Phương, 56, in Quế Thuận Commune, Quế Sơn District, Quảng Nam Province, saw her house destroyed by a storm in October 2020. She was one of the thousands of people who lost…

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  A view of HCM City. The city will focus on major transport projects, among other initiatives, to become a smart city by 2025. VNA/VNS Photo Hằng Trần HCM CITY — HCM City authorities will continue to resolve flooding and traffic congestion, build major transport works, and streamline administrative procedures to reach “smart city” status by 2030, a city official has said. Speaking at a recent city People’s Council meeting, Nguyễn Thanh Phong, chairman of the city People’s Committee, said that two transport projects worth more than VNĐ12 trillion (US$521.8 million) have been approved. These include An Phú Intersection in Thủ Đức new city and the renovation of…

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  A resident affected by COVID-19 receives cash support from the People’s Committee of Vĩnh Tuy Ward, Hai Bà Trưng District, Hà Nội. The capital city will start piloting the urban governance administrative model from July 1. VNA/VNS Photo Trần Việt HÀ NỘI – A plan to pilot the urban governance administrative model in Hà Nội has been issued by the city’s People’s Committee. It aims to clarify and give instructions on implementing a Government’s decree on piloting the model in the capital from July 1.   Under the decree, there will no longer be any ward-level People’s Councils in Hà…

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  Residents in A3 Apartment Building in Cầu Giấy District’s Nghĩa Tân Ward in Hà Nội jointly donate and operate a library on the building’s first floor. Photo hanoimoi.com.vn   HÀ NỘI – For more than 20 years, the space under the stairs of the first floor in the A3 apartment building in Nghĩa Tân Ward of Hà Nội has been home to bookshelves. Newcomers or those who first visit the building may be surprised as the bookshelves and reading materials there belong to no one. They are shared and look after by the residents of the…

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Thanh Hà We decided to travel by motorbike to Hà Nội’s Phú Xuyên District (about 40km south of the city centre) to enjoy bún hến (fresh rice vermicelli soup with mussels) during the Liberation Day (April 30) and May Day holidays. When we arrived in Phú Xuyên, which is famous nationwide for its traditional occupations such as tailoring and making tò he (toy figurines), we saw a wooden board directing us to the bún hến shop of Nguyễn Thị Bảo, 70. A tasty bowl of bún hến (rice vermicelli soup topped with fried mussels) that could make your mouth water. Photo bunhen.com A…

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  SHB Đà Nẵng take on Viettel in the V.League 1 on Sunday. VNS Photo Peter Cowan Peter Cowan With apologies to all the hardcore track and field nuts out there (and there must be some), it’s long since time running tracks were given the boot from Vietnamese football stadiums. I haven’t had many opportunities to visit football grounds in Việt Nam outside of Hà Nội but was lucky enough to stop off at Hòa Xuân Stadium in Đà Nẵng on Sunday on the way home from Hội An, and the experience was a revelation.…

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  Coach Lê Huỳnh Đức said good bye to Đà Nẵng after 13 years of training. Photo zingnews.vn Football ĐÀ NẴNG   After a 2-1 defeat to defending champions Viettel on Sunday at home, coach Lê Huỳnh Đức of SHB Đà Nẵng yesterday requested for resignation, which was accepted by club officials. The loss was Đà Nẵng’s fourth in six matches and put a serious dent in their chances of finishing in the top six teams after the mid-season split, with 16 points in 12 matches only good enough for ninth in the V.League 1 table. The…

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Workers check products at Lào Cai Copper Company in the northern province of Lào Cai. Việt Nam’s April industrial production increased by 24.1 per cent. VNA/VNS Photo HÀ NỘI – Việt Nam’s index of industrial production (IIP) in April rose by 24.1 per cent year-on-year, driven by the positive impact of free trade agreements (FTA), according to the General Statistics Office. The IIP in the first four months of 2021 enjoyed a year-on-year increase of 10 per cent, boosted by the growth of manufacturing and processing (12.7 per cent), electricity production and supply (6.6 per cent), and water supply and waste and wastewater treatment (7.5 per cent).…

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