Vietnam’s GDP per capita to hit $2,200 by end of 2015: official

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Vietnam’s GDP per capita to hit $2,200 by end of 2015: official

Vietnam’s gross domestic product (GDP) per capita will likely top US$2,200 soon, given the acceleration of the national economy in 2015, a senior state official said at a meeting last week.

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Vietnamese working people will all own houses in 2035

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Vietnamese working people will all own houses in 2035

Editor’s note: Thu Phan, 34, from Dong Nai Province, which neighbors Ho Chi Minh City, hopes that all Vietnamese people, including low-income earners, will have gained access to decent housing by 2035, as she wrote to the “Ky Vong Viet Nam 20 Nam Toi” (“My Expectations for Vietnam in 20 Years”) writing contest.

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Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News – July 20

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Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News – July 20

A summary of what you need to know in Vietnam today:

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Vietnam to borrow additional $250mn from China for urban railway project

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Vietnam to borrow additional $250mn from China for urban railway project

Vietnam will borrow US$250.62 million more from China to partly offset the additional capital needed for the completion of the Cat Linh-Ha Dong urban railway project in Hanoi by next year following the prime minister’s recent approval.

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Around-the-clock cafés offer glimpses of Saigon by night

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Around-the-clock cafes offer glimpses of Saigon by night

More young Vietnamese now seek solace or peace of mind in cafés which remain open throughout the night in Ho Chi Minh City.

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Work starts on $1.75bn Chinese-owned thermal power plant in Vietnam

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Work starts on $1.75bn Chinese-owned thermal power plant in Vietnam

A consortium of Vietnamese and Chinese enterprises on Saturday began the construction of a mega thermal power plant financed mostly by Chinese banks in the south-central province of Binh Thuan.

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In 2035, Vietnam’s hospitals will be ‘houses of love’

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In 2035, Vietnam’s hospitals will be ‘houses of love’

Editor’s note: Nguyen Vu Thu Trang, 39, wishes that in the next two decades, hospitals in Vietnam will be “houses of love” in her submission to the “Ky Vong Viet Nam 20 Nam Toi” (“My Expectations for Vietnam in 20 Years”) writing contest.

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Russian troupe to perform Swan Lake ballet in 3D format in Vietnam

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Russian troupe to perform Swan Lake ballet in 3D format in Vietnam

Swan Lake, one of the world’s well-known ballets, will be staged live and in a 3D format in Hanoi early next month.

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Wearing bikinis on Da Nang beaches: It should be choice, not regulation

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Wearing bikinis on Da Nang beaches: It should be choice, not regulation

Many people in Vietnam have remarked that wearing bikinis to the beach should be a choice, not a regulation as the thing is what makes beachgoers feel most comfortable, given an official’s suggestion that vacationers should be required to wear the two-piece swimsuits at the seaside.

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Hunting poisonous snakes for a living in Ho Chi Minh City

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Hunting poisonous snakes for a living in Ho Chi Minh City

Hunting wild cobras and other species of poisonous snakes is a job generating lavish income in big cities in Vietnam.

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Sand exploitation ravages river banks in Vietnam’s Central Highlands

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Sand exploitation ravages river banks in Vietnam’s Central Highlands

The over-exploitation of sand from the bottom of the Da Nhim River in Vietnam’s Central Highlands has led to severe erosion for years but local authorities have not discovered any rule violation following many checks.

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Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News – July 19

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A quick scan of these news pieces will keep you informed of current affairs in Vietnam:

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The poor will not be put aside for Vietnam's economic growth

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The poor will not be put aside for Vietnam's economic growth

Editor's note: Le Cong Si, an architect, dreams that in 2035 the poor in Vietnam would receive more social attention in his entry submitted to the “Ky Vong Viet Nam 20 Nam Toi” (“My Expectations for Vietnam in 20 Years”) writing contest.

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Vietnam, Lao keen to beef up comprehensive cooperation

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Vietnam, Lao keen to beef up comprehensive cooperation

Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and his visiting Lao counterpart Thongsing Thammavong agreed on measures to boost comprehensive cooperation between the two nations as they met in Hanoi on Friday.

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Railway safety threatened by streets crossing in Vietnamese cities

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Railway safety threatened by streets crossing in Vietnamese cities

The number of traffic accidents between trains with cars and motorbikes in Vietnam has increased due to the crossing of railways and streets.

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