• Vietnam advances 20 grades for innovation level

    Vietnam advances 20 grades for innovation level

    05/07/2011 05:00

    The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has released the Global Innovation Index 2011 (GII), in which Vietnam claims 20 grades to rank 51st. This year’s rankings show that innovation has become a global phenomenon...

  • Young girl sits with crossed legs to drive motorbike

    Young girl sits with crossed legs to drive motorbike

    05/07/2011 05:00

    Many people were giddy when they saw a young girl who did not wear a helmet to drive a motorbike, while sitting with crossed legs on Nguyen Van Linh Road in Long Bien district, Hanoi on the afternoon of July 2....

  • 3,000 year-old artifacts found in central region

    3,000 year-old artifacts found in central region

    05/07/2011 05:00

    Antiques from the pre-Sa Huynh culture have been unearthed at a mountainous site in the central province of Quang Ngai. Various antiques of pre-Sa Huynh culture have been unearthed in a mountainous site in central province of...

  • Vietnamese manufacturers contrive to compete with Chinese goods

    Vietnamese manufacturers contrive to compete with Chinese goods

    05/07/2011 05:00

    Competing with Chinese goods in terms of prices is really unthinkable for Vietnamese small and medium enterprises. They have to use their own advantages to expand the distribution network and dominate the domestic market. Having both feet on...

  • Expensive retail premises push merchants against the wall

    Expensive retail premises push merchants against the wall

    05/07/2011 05:00

    The owners of the fashion shops on Nguyen Trai, Hai Ba Trung and Nguyen Dinh Chieu streets in HCM City complain that the retail premises rentals now amount to 40-50 percent, or even 60 percent of the retail prices, the highest ever rentals so far....

  • Tuan’s strange but familiar sound is intoxicating

    Tuan’s strange but familiar sound is intoxicating

    05/07/2011 05:00

    After seeing saxophonist Tran Manh Tuan performing Beo dat may troi (Drifting blossoms, floating clouds) on YouTube, I was hooked on the sweet but powerful melodies which sounded familiar to me. It was like a Northern folk song mixed with the western style...

  • Chinese traders buy unseasoned coconuts heavily

    Chinese traders buy unseasoned coconuts heavily

    05/07/2011 05:00

    Many Chinese traders have flocked to the Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre to buy large amount of coconuts from Vietnamese dealers although it is not season now. There are around nine ships of Chinese traders gathering at the Ham Luong River – the...

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