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Vietnam's TTC to launch three solar projects in first half 2018
19 December 2017 - Vietnamese conglomerate TTC Corp expects to start construction work on the country's first three solar power projects in the first half of 2018, its chairman said on Tuesday [19 December]. Vietnam has been mostly reliant on coal-fired and hydro power plants to meet demand for electrical energy, which is growing at around 11 percent a year, but wants to boost its renewable energy output. Earlier this year Vietnam's Daklak province granted licences and signed memorandums of understanding for the development of several solar power projects, separate from TTC's, worth a combined $3.3 billion. (more)

Viet Nam: Organic product demands keeps rising
5 June 2017 - Demand for organic farm and other products has increased significantly both in Viet Nam and globally, and this is good news for businesses investing in the field, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Deputy Minister Trần Thanh Nam said many countries had begun to adopt organic agricultural practices, and the area under organic farming is increasing. (more)

Viet Nam: Developing tourism in line with 'green' manufacturing
4 April 2017 - Over the last ten years, Bat Trang has worked to reduce its negative impact on the environment by employing cleaner manufacturing methods. Through these continued efforts, Bat Trang is gradually changing to become a model of a green, clean, and beautiful handicraft village. The cleaner air and improved roads lined with green trees have attracted more tourists to Bat Trang. (more)

Vietnam abandons plan for first nuclear power plants
22 November 2016 - Vietnam's National Assembly voted on Tuesday, 22 November, to abandon plans to build two multi-billion-dollar nuclear power plants with Russia and Japan, after officials cited lower demand forecasts, rising costs, and safety concerns. Countries from Germany to Indonesia have decided to either pull out of nuclear energy or cancel development plans in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan in 2011, the world's worst since Chernobyl in 1986. Environmental campaign group Greenpeace welcomed the decision to drop the nuclear plan, saying it would have been a waste of money when renewable energy alternatives are available. (more)

Viet Nam sees significant advances in sustainable development goals
29 September 2016 - Viet Nam has made significant advances in achieving the United Nation's health-related sustainable development goals (SDG) as its SDG index score increased 59 last year, up from 38 in 2000, according to a baseline analysis from the international Global Burden of Disease Study 2015 published in the The Lancet journal last week. (more)

Google CEO's Vietnam visit gives hope to local startups
22 December 2015 - Google CEO Sundar Pichai's visit to Vietnam gives hope to people in the local startup community that they can succeed globally. Speaking to about 200 people in a cafe in central Hanoi on Tuesday, Pichai said he did not see any reason why Vietnam would not be successful globally, given the size of the local market, high Internet usage, and the strong entrepreneurial culture. (more)

Vietnam and New Zealand aim to double trade
15 November 2015 - Vietnam and New Zealand have signed several cooperation agreements during a visit by Prime Minister John Key to Hanoi as they seek to double bilateral trade in the next five years. Key is on his first visit to the Southeast Asian country since 2010. He said Sunday that the agreements covering education, aviation, and health care will facilitate companies from both countries to do more business. (more)

China President visits Vietnam as 2 sides seek to mend ties
5 November 2015 - Leaders of China and Vietnam agreed Thursday to limit their differences and maintain peace and stability, as the two Communist neighbours attempt to repair ties strained over territorial disputes in the South China Sea. (more)

Viet Nam: Female farmers plot an organic future
29 October 2015 - The road is narrow and obstructed by heaps of drying corn. Past the farm's perimeter, marked by a curtain of elephant grass reaching toward the sky, conical hats bob among rows of greenery. Under the hats are 18 women and a lone man, all residents of Duy Tien District in Viet Nam's northern Ha Nam Province. Together they form the Trac Van Organic Vegetables Collaborative Group, a hectare-sized experiment in self-preservation. (more)

Vietnam sets up its own Facebook page to reach its young
22 October 2015 - Communist Vietnam is turning to Facebook to reach its young people. The government opened a page early this month and said it will give people timely information about the government and the Prime Minister. Most of the comments welcomed the page. Vietnam has a fairly young population with about two-thirds of its 90 million people born after the Vietnam War. (more)


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''Transcendental Meditation was absolutely transformational'' - Vietnam veteran
13 January 2012 - Vietnam veteran Dan Burks shares a compelling account of fighting in Vietnam and his struggles to reintegrate into civilian life. Mr Burks credits the Transcendental Meditation Programme with his recovery from PTS. (more)

Vietnam: Global Mother Divine Organization promotes expansion of Transcendental Meditation Programme
19 January 2011 - The Global Mother Divine Organization (GMDO) in Vietnam has been very active through the past year in promoting the steady growth of the Transcendental Meditation Programme and Consciousness-Based Education in the country, as well as offering GMDO programmes for women. (more)

Bright future for Consciousness-Based Education in Vietnam: Dr Bevan Morris reports on recent tour
3 April 2010 - Dr Bevan Morris, Prime Minister of the Global Country of World Peace, recently visited Vietnam, where he met with university leaders interested in implementing Consciousness-Based Education, as well as with practitioners of the Transcendental Meditation Programme. (more)

Vietnam: Crowd of 350 attends Transcendental Meditation talk in Ho Chi Minh City
1 January 2010 - Three hundred fifty people recently attended an introductory presentation on Transcendental Meditation at a business leaders association in Ho Chi Minh City. (more)

Vietnam: Growing interest in Transcendental Meditation from Maharishi University of Management faculty presentations
31 December 2009 - A Maharishi Invincibility Centre opened in Vietnam in 2008, when 12 university administrators learned the Transcendental Meditation Programme. Recently, many people have been attending introductory lectures about the technique, inspired by television interviews, newspaper articles, and referrals from friends who are already enjoying its benefits. (more)

Vietnam: New Transcendental Meditation teaching activities stir widespread response
29 November 2009 - A native of Vietnam, who had lived in the United States for many years, returned to his homeland earlier this year after completing training as a Teacher of the Transcendental Meditation Programme. He and several international Transcendental Meditation Teachers toured the country for three weeks, meeting with community leaders; addressing 200 doctors at a hospital; and giving a large public lecture in Ho Chi Minh City, coordinated by the UNESCO organization for cultural exchange, for which 500 people requested seats. (more)

Viet Nam: Tremendous interest in Transcendental Meditation
27 August 2009 - Interest in the Transcendental Meditation Technique in Viet Nam is so great that the biggest challenge is keeping up with the demand. To fulfill this rapidly rising wave of interest, Teachers of Transcendental Meditation from other countries are warmly invited to join the two new Teachers who graduated from the recent Transcendental Meditation Teacher Training Course in Bulgaria, and the rotating team of Teachers from Malaysia. (more)

Philippines schools plan to offer Consciousness-Based Education
26 August 2009 - In the past year, interest in Consciousness-Based Education has been growing in the Philippines, and a new Maharishi Invincibility Centre is making the programmes of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi widely available. (more)

Hundreds eager to learn Transcendental Meditation in Vietnam
27 June 2009 - Presented for the first time in Vietnam, the Transcendental Meditation (TM) Programme is being received with tremendous enthusiasm. A recent public lecture on the technique in Ho Chi Minh City, coordinated by UNESCO, was attended by more than 400 people. (more)

Education leaders in Vietnam express great interest in Consciousness-Based Education
22 September 2008 - Speaking 16 September 2008 on Maharishi Global Family Chat, Raja Bob LoPinto, Raja of Invincible Vietnam for the Global Country of World Peace, reported on the success of a recent visit to his domain by Dr John and Dr Christina Revolinski, Teachers of the Transcendental Meditation Technique and administrators at Maharishi University of Management. The Revolinskis met with several university leaders, who expressed enthusiasm at having Consciousness-Based Education introduced into their schools. (more)


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Drastic plastic: Vietnam beach awash with tide of blue waste
4 June 2018 - There's almost more plastic than sand on this long, tree-lined beach: Plastic helmets, plastic furniture, and the plastic leg of a shop mannequin all jut out of an ocean of blue plastic bags. Just south of the capital Hanoi, the once-peaceful and clean beach of Da Loc in Vietnam's Thanh Hoa province, has been slowly suffocating under the weight of plastic waste for decades. (more)

Typhoon tears across Vietnam
15 September 2017 - A typhoon tore a destructive path across central Vietnam on Friday, flooding hundreds of thousands of homes, whipping off roofs, and knocking out power in the country's most powerful storm in years. ... more than 5,000 houses were submerged, 19 collapsed, and nearly 24,000 houses in Ha Tinh, Quang Tri, and Thua Thien-Hue provinces were damaged, the disaster agency said in a report. ... Winds exceeded 130 km (80 miles) per hour and were expected to weaken as the storm heads to Laos. (more)

Vietnam battles dengue outbreaks with 42 percent more cases
18 August 2017 - Vietnam has been battling raging dengue fever outbreaks with more than 10,000 new infections reported over the past week stretching its medical system. The number of admitted patients represents a 42-percent increase over the same period last year . . . The ministry attributed the rise of dengue outbreaks to higher temperature, more rains, and rapid urbanization that promote the breeding of virus-carrying mosquitoes. (more)

China over construction of lighthouses further escalates tensions
14 October 2015 - Vietnam on Wednesday, 14 October slammed China over its construction of two lighthouses in the disputed South China Sea, saying the move violates Vietnam's sovereignty and escalates tensions. China has launched a massive land reclamation project on reefs in the South China Sea over the last 18 months, raising concerns in the region and in the United States. (more)

Over 1,300 workers diagnosed with neurotoxicity in central Viet Nam
17 May 2014 - Some 1,355 footwear workers were hospitalized with symptoms of 'toxicant syndrome' after drinking water at a factory in Thanh Hoa Province on Thursday. Le Huu Uyen, head of Thanh Hoa Department of Health's medical profession division, confirmed the initial diagnosis on the workers at the Taiwanese-owned footwear factory Hong Fu Co, Ltd with VnExpress on Saturday. Uyen's division has yet to identify the precise toxin responsible. According to the International Labour Organization, neurotoxicant syndromes are brought about by substances that can adversely affect nervous tissue, including arsenic, lead, mercury, manganese, tin, and insecticides. (more)

Vietnam mobs set fire to foreign factories in anti-China riots
14 May 2014 - Thousands of Vietnamese set fire to foreign factories and rampaged in industrial zones in the south of the country in an angry reaction to Chinese oil drilling in a part of the South China Sea claimed by Vietnam, officials said on Wednesday. The brunt of Tuesday's violence, one of the worst breakdowns in Sino-Vietnamese relations since the neighbours fought a brief border war in 1979, appears to have been borne by Taiwanese firms in the zones in Binh Duong and Dong Nai provinces that were mistaken for Chinese-owned companies. A police official in Binh Duong province, speaking by telephone, said about 200 people had been arrested. 'We are working on other areas in the province ... We haven't seen any injuries,' the official said. Photographs posted on social media sites and blogs, purportedly of the aftermath of the violence, showed blackened shipping containers, smashed windows, and several burnt out vehicles that had been overturned. (more)

Vietnam, Chinese ships fire water cannons at each other
13 May 2014 - A Vietnamese patrol boat and several Chinese vessels blasted each other with water cannons Monday near an oil rig recently positioned by Beijing in disputed waters, Vietnamese state media reported, in the latest incident in a dangerous standoff between the two nations. The Tuoi Tre newspaper said it was the first time that Vietnamese vessels have responded to aggressive Chinese actions close to the deep sea rig, which was positioned 1 May in an area of the South China Sea claimed by Beijing and Hanoi. Both sides have accused the other of ramming ships. Vietnam has presented a video showing Chinese ships hitting its vessels. Late Sunday, another newspaper quoted the coast guard chief as saying China had widened an exclusion zone around the rig to a radius of 10 miles (16 kilometres) and had deployed fighter jets to fly low over Vietnamese ships. Vietnam has reacted with fury to the Chinese deployment, part of a campaign by Beijing to slowly cement its extensive sovereignty claims in the South China Sea, disregarding the anger of smaller Southeast Asian nations such as Vietnam and the Philippines which have rival claims. (more)

Arsenic contamination found in Vietnam's water
25 October 2013 - A study in Vietnam has revealed that massive over-pumping of groundwater sources to meet surging demand is drawing arsenic into the country's village wells. The research, published in the journal Nature, shows that a clean aquifer can become contaminated when water suppliers accelerate their flows of groundwater which contains naturally high levels of the deadly poison arsenic. And while the decade-long study concentrated on Van Phuc, a small village on the outskirts of Hanoi, it has frightening implications for the entire region. Study co-auther Pham Hung Viet of the Hanoi University of Science says arsenic contamination is elevated because people are using arsenic-laden water for their daily cooking and drinking needs. (more)

Resumption of death penalty 'major setback' for human rights in Viet Nam - UN
9 August 2013 - The United Nations human rights office today said that the resumption of the death penalty in Viet Nam represents a 'major setback' in the country's human rights record. 'We are dismayed by the resumption of the death penalty by Viet Nam,' the spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Cecile Pouilly, told journalists in Geneva. Ms. Pouilly added that the office is also 'deeply concerned' for the lives of some 116 death row prisoners in the country who have exhausted their appeals are now facing imminent execution. Since 2007, the UN General Assembly has adopted four resolutions calling on States to establish a moratorium on the use of the death penalty with a view to abolition. About 150 of the UN's 193 Member States have either abolished the death penalty or no longer practice it. (more)

Viet Nam: Mild disease turns deadly for children
5 April 2012 - A dangerous strain of the typically non-lethal hand-foot-and-mouth disease (HFMD) has affected more than 21,000 persons -- mostly children younger than five -- killing 16 thus far in Viet Nam, according to the Ministry of Health. 'Despite being a benign viral infection in developed countries, the strain EV71 of HFMD is causing multiple deaths of children under five here in Asia. We are especially worried about South Viet Nam, where lots of children are in informal [hygienically unregulated] crèches while their parents work,' Bhupinder Tomar, representative of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in Viet Nam, told IRIN. (more)

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