The industrial production in February this year is estimated to decrease compared to the previous month and the same period last year because the number of working days of February this year is up to eight days less, and the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic at some localities. However, as industrial production posted good growth of 22.5 percent in January this year compared to January last year, the IIP in the first two months of this year still increased by 7.4 percent compared to the same period last year. Specifically, the IIP in February is estimated to decline by 21.1 percent compared to the previous month and 7.2 percent year-on-year. Of which, the mining industry dropped by 18.5 percent and decrease 23 percent; the processing and manufacturing industry sank 23.1 percent and 5.8 percent; the electricity generation and distribution retreated 9.8 percent and 2.3 percent; the water supply, waste and wastewater management, and treatment decreased 8.7 percent and increased 0.1 … [Read more...] about Industrial production still increases 7.4 percent in first two months
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The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee has unveiled its plan to incorporate 12- to 17-seater minibuses into its public transport system in a proposal submitted to Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. It is expected to help turn more motorbike drivers to public commuting, which would in turn alleviates the pressure on Ho Chi Minh City’s overloaded urban transport. In the proposal, the People’s Committee stated that bus route coverage in urban Ho Chi Minh City only fared 1km/sqkm, which is much lower than the standard of 2.5 km/sqkm. The city’s bus fleet consists of 2,322 vehicles on 137 routes, the majority of which are 41-60 seaters designed to operate on streets at least 10 meters wide. However, among the city’s nearly 5,000 streets, 3,450 are less than seven meters wide, which makes it impossible for the majority of public buses to reach. This is also considered the underpinning of the sub-par bus coverage in Ho Chi Minh, which put off many potential customers as they have to … [Read more...] about Ho Chi Minh City files another proposal for public minibus system after 2020 blunder
The latest wave of COVID-19 infections in Vietnam is likely to come to an end in late March, according to Professor and Head of the Ho Chi Minh City Delegation of National Assembly Deputies, Nguyen Thien Nhan. Professor Nhan has written an article giving his assessment on the third wave of coronavirus in Vietnam. Nhan Dan Online introduces the full-text of the article as follows. On January 27, the third wave of COVID-19 infections in Vietnam began, when two cases of community infection were found in the two northern neighbouring provinces of Hai Duong and Quang Ninh. On January 28, there were 91 more cases of community infection, and a day later, 61 more were found. Subsequently, local infections spread to 11 other provinces and cities and on February 17, the total number of COVID-19 infections being treated in hospitals was 710. After February 17, the number of infected cases began to decrease gradually, although it saw some fluctuation. Because the level of … [Read more...] about Third wave of coronavirus in Vietnam likely to end by late March
First Ao Dai Museum in Saigon in a green setting By Thanh Hoa The ao dai museum is one of the two private museums in Saigon - PHOTOS: THANH HOA Founded by famous Vietnamese fashion designer Sy Hoang, Ao Dai Museum in HCMC’s District 9 is the first of its kind honoring the beauty and history of the traditional Vietnamese dress. The designer has spent 10 years completing the project of ao dai museum. The museum, which was put into operation in 2014, displays ao dai designs developed in different historical periods. Each ao dai showcased there has an interesting story. The museum complex also features a green space which gives visitors an impression that they are very close to nature. Inside the museum Some ao dai designs on display Tu than (four-part dress), commonly regarded as the predecessor of the ao dai, was popular in northern Vietnam Several ao dai designs for royal members in Vietnam Visitors can … [Read more...] about First Ao Dai Museum in Saigon in a green setting
Leaving big cities: A transitory fad or a consistent trend? By Nguyen Minh Hoa Living closer to nature or in the countryside is now a way of life - PHOTO: THANH HOA Titles such as “Farewell to Moscow,” “Departing Seoul,” or “Goodbye Kuala Lumpur” have made the headlines in the international press these days, suggesting a phenomenon in which many people left metropolises for the countryside. In Vietnam, a similar fact has also happened when residents departed HCMC and Hanoi to live in rural areas. Most of them did so because of the Covid-19 pandemic. However, will they return to their cities after the pandemic is over? The industrial revolution which broke out in Europe and North America at the beginning of the 17th century also triggered the mass exodus from villages to cities which were huge industrial hubs. Ever since, such a move, be it fast or slow, has never halted. The world is now home to truly “megacities” that may house up to 40% of the national population … [Read more...] about Leaving big cities: A transitory fad or a consistent trend?