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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)

US vets come to Vietnam to confront past, and find a home
27 April 2015 - The presence of American war veterans in today's Vietnam -- and the warm welcome they usually receive -- is yet another sign of how much the U.S.-Vietnamese relationship has evolved since the countries normalized relations in 1995. Several veterans said in interviews they returned to Vietnam to confront wartime demons, and to see more of a country that had affected them so profoundly as young men. (more)

Viet Nam's ancient Hindu culture rediscovered
20 March 2015 - Officially, Viet Nam is an atheist state, but a significant section of the population practises traditional religions; some adhere to Buddhism and there are quite a few Catholics left over from the French occupation. However, tucked away not far from Hoi An, is My Son, a UNESCO World Heritage site, once the location of the ancient Hindu Champa civilisation and its majestic complex of temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. (more)

Viet Nam: Grandmothers perform lion dances for over 30 years article
2 March 2015 - Lion dances are usually performed during Tet (Lunar New Year) and other traditional, cultural, and religious festivals, and important occasions such as business openings or special celebrations. Over a dozen elderly women, including octogenarians, in a Mekong Delta province have been performing lion dances over the past three decades. The dancers, who are just as agile and supple as those in their prime, turned out to be elderly women, including those in their 70s and 80s, who already have grandchildren and even great-grandchildren. (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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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)

Vietnam says China assaulted fishermen
1 March 2012 - Vietnam has accused China of assaulting its fishermen in the South China Sea, in the countries' latest spat over disputed territory. Foreign Ministry spokesman Luong Thanh Nghi said the Chinese action 'seriously infringed' upon Vietnam's sovereignty and 'gravely threatened lives and caused heavy property losses.' The state-controlled newspaper Vietnam News reported Thursday that China used force to threaten 11 Vietnamese fishermen on 22 February, preventing them from entering the Paracel islands to avoid a storm. It said Chinese forces assaulted the fishermen and tried to take their property. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei denied the fishermen were assaulted, saying Chinese authorities simply compelled Vietnamese ships to leave Chinese-claimed waters near the Paracels, which it calls the Xisha Islands. The contested islands lie near vital shipping lanes and are believed to be rich in oil and gas. China claims nearly the entire South China Sea, while Vietnam and other Southeast Asian countries claim some areas. (more)

Viet Nam launches first locally made warship
16 January 2012 - State media say Viet Nam has launched its first domestically made warship equipped with artillery and missile systems. Online newspaper VnExpress says the ship took a military-run company two years to build. It was delivered to the navy on Monday. It did not describe the ship's size, but said it has modern artillery and missile systems and an operation range of 2,500 nautical miles (2,880 miles; 4,600 kilometres). It quoted Rear Admiral Pham Ngoc Minh as saying the ship will be used to patrol the country's territorial waters. Tensions have risen recently between Viet Nam and China over territorial disputes in the South China Sea. (more)

Viet Nam sends activist to drug rehab centre
4 January 2012 - A Vietnamese activist has been sent to a drug rehabilitation centre as an apparent punishment for her participation in anti-China protests, her lawyer said. Ha Huy Son said 47-year-old Bui Thi Minh Hang was detained 27 November after joining a small protest in southern Ho Chi Minh City. The next day, Hang was transferred without trial to Thanh Ha drug rehabilitation centre in northern Vinh Phuc province, near Hanoi. She is to spend two years at the centre. 'There is no justification for the Vietnamese authorities to pack off a peaceful protester to what is effectively a forced labour camp,' Phil Robertson, Human Rights Watch's deputy Asia director, said in a statement Thursday. 'Detaining Bui Thi Minh Hang without trial shows a disturbing disregard for her human rights and guarantees for freedom of expression contained in Vietnam's own constitution.' (more)

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