Sorrows of war linger in battle-torn region

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Sorrows of war linger in battle-torn region

Sixteen-year-old Nguyen Thi Thuy crawled quickly toward a group of friends gathered on a playground near an alley.

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Sharpening the focus of reform

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Sharpening the focus of reform

When Le Manh Ha took on the role of deputy chairman at the Binh Thanh District People’s Committee three years ago he suddenly had more contact with the general public than when he was deputy director of Ho Chi Minh City’s investment and planning department.

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Local crafts head to the global village

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Local crafts head to the global village

Bat Trang village has been renowned for its fine porcelain and ceramics products for a millennium. From small-scale production, the local pottery industry is entering an exciting era with the launch of its own brand “Bat Trang Vietnam-1,000 years of craftsmanship” to promote its wares internationally. Linh Chi reports.

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Development dialogue

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Development dialogue

September 1995 was an important month for Vietnam: for the first time, the Politburo and Secretariat of the Party’s central committee gathered to hear advice from a foreigner about the country’s development policy.

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Not just a family affair

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Not just a family affair

Vietnam’s 1992-2002 population strategy was squarely aimed at containing the birth rate. Its effectiveness was evident when the country received the United Nations’ Population Award for achievement in population control in 1999. However, increases in population growth in recent years could dent the achievements of the past decade. Experts predict if Vietnam fails to curb this growth it will face many more obstacles to socio-economic development.

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Vietnam looking up

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Vietnam looking up

A former Australian journalist, now retired to the outskirts of Phnom Penh in Cambodia, joked with some visiting Vietnamese reporters that when he worked in Hanoi 20 years ago , he could only find one chicken to buy at a market.

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A load of rubbish

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A load of rubbish

Thousands of Vietnamese are living off money earned from scavenging through rubbish dumps. Many of these waste collectors are children who have dropped out of school to help some extra cash for their families. Bich Ngoc reports on the attempts to bring them out of the rubbish dumps and back into the classroom.

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Growing pains for youth health plan

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Growing pains for youth health plan

In what was hailed as a health care boon for Vietnamese kids, a new law stipulated that children under six were entitled to free services at state-owned health centres and hospitals. One month on, are the new regulations being implemented, and what is the outlook for this ambitious scheme? Bich Ngoc offers a prognosis.

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Out to lend a helping hand

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Out to lend a helping hand

When properly handled, small-scale loans can help change the lives of disadvantaged households and encourage entrepreneurship. As Thu Tra discovers, farmers in some of Vietnam’s poorest regions are benefitting from modest lending programmes designed to help lift them out of poverty.

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Bird flu battle goes global

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Bird flu battle goes global

Although the devastating effects of avian influenza have been limited to Southeast Asia, the disease could become a global pandemic. In light of the serious situation, international experts gathered at a three-day conference in Ho Chi Minh City last week to discuss long-term strategies for dealing with the disease.

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Shopping industry braces itself

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Shopping industry braces itself

Life promises to continue its hectic course in the next few years for go-getting businessman Pham Dinh Doan, despite his group’s solid achievements in the past decade to create one of Vietnam’s most powerful commodity distribution networks.

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Tech reform key to survival

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Tech reform key to survival

Phuoc Thinh textile and dyeing private company has just been selected as one of the top five most competitive enterprises out of 18 typical firms in the garment and textile sector.

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Time to face facts of life

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Time to face facts of life

Times are changing for Vietnam’s young people. Pre-marital sex, once considered taboo, is now practiced widely by the country’s teenagers. But reproductive education has lagged far behind the times, and with stark consequences. Vietnam had one of the highest abortion rates in the world last year, and sexually transmitted diseases are becoming widespread. Bich Ngoc looks at the efforts of health officials to improve the situation, as well as some of the social obstacles that continue to hinder their work.

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Let the good times roll

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Let the good times roll

With the rapid growth of the country’s economy, Vietnamese are finding themselves with more and more disposable income. Increasingly, they’re choosing to spend it on high-end consumer products, a trend that international and domestic retailers hope to ride all the way to the bank.

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Identity crisis for domestic brands

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Identity crisis for domestic brands

Vietnamese producers are gradually starting to embrace marketing campaigns, channeling their talent, and more importantly, their resources into marketing tools such as branding, but it is not as easy as it sounds.

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