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Illegal logger becomes dedicated forest ranger

Điểu Long used to be one of the most notorious illegal loggers in the southern province of Bình Phước. He joined a gang of illegal loggers at the age of 15 to hunt wild animals or chop down trees in Bù Gia Mập National Park. But now, ironically, Long ...

Xekong on track to have first international border crossing with Vietnam

The Prime Minister’s Office plans to upgrade the Daktaok local border crossing in Dakcheung district, Xekong province, to an international level crossing on the Vietnamese border. Lao and Vietnamese officials are currently discussing the date when this change will take place. If the status is elevated ...

Vietnam calls for fair, sustainable use of Mekong River resources

Vietnam has asked all riparian countries of the Mekong River to act together in using its water and other resources in a fair and sustainable manner. “We believe that along with the legitimate interests in utilizing the water resources of the Mekong River for development, countries ...

Viet Anh

World Bank aids Vietnam’s transition to a solar auction program

The Global Infrastructure Facility’s (GIF) Governing Council has approved $1.5m in funding to support the World Bank’s work with the government of Vietnam on a Solar Pilot Auction Program. The GIF, working with the World Bank’s Energy Global Practice, will help the government to design and ...

Former Vietnamese Government Minister Draws Life Term in Corruption Case

A former Vietnamese government minister and his deputy were sentenced on Saturday to a life term and 14 years in prison respectively in a case of corruption that is said to have cost the state budget almost U.S. $3 million, media sources said. Son Bac Nguyen, ...

Vietnam focuses on cybersecurity to protect national interests

Rapid technological development has given people more ways to access and share information on the internet. It has also created conditions for more sophisticated cyber-attacks. Like other countries, Vietnam has a cybersecurity law to safeguard information and protect national security. According to a recent press release, the country ...

Samaya Dharmaraj

Vietnam in deals to buy Laos electricity from 2021

Vietnam’s electricity firm EVN has signed five new deals to buy electricity from Laos starting from next year, the state-run company said. The southeast Asian nation faces severe power shortages from 2021, as demand outpaces construction of new plants, with demand expected to exceed supply by ...

Khanh Vu

Ministry develops database on Vietnamese land, people

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has unveiled a database on Vietnamese land and people, which is set to serve research and studies. The database at  was built for two years as a joint effort of the ministry’s Library Department, public and private libraries, publishing houses, relevant agencies, and leading ...

New Laos-Vietnam shared border crossings soon

Laos and Vietnam are preparing to upgrade two more local crossing points to official border crossings to facilitate international visits between them. The facilities to be upgraded are the Pa Hang-Long Sap crossing point between Laos’ Huaphan province and Vietnam’s Thanh Hoa province, and the Dak ...

Leading NGOs urge Vietnam to scrap new coal-fired power projects

12 organizations specializing in health and environment together have called on Vietnam to scrap 14 new coal plants. Concerned by the environmental and health toll that coal-fired power plants exact, leaders of 12 networks and non-government organizations collectively urged Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc to stop ...

Sen

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