UN official praises Vietnam’s socio-economic achievements
 Vietnam should be rightly proud of its record in promoting economic growth and poverty reduction, said United Nations Resident Coordinator in Vietnam Pratibha Mehta.

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 New enterprises increase in August, UK second-highest investor in August, Agriculture exports at $19.31 billion this year, Vinalines offloads 29.68% of Hai Phong Port, Mobile World moves into FMCG and fresh food


 
In photos: Hanoi prepares for 70th anniversary of National Day
 At present, yellow-starred red national flags, banners and colourful flowers adorn the streets in the capital of Hanoi to celebrate 70th anniversary of National Day (September 2, 1945-2015).

Vietnam's pagoda in world’s top 7 most beautiful religious buildings
 The World Architecture Festival 2015 has made a shortlist of top seven most beautiful religious buildings in the world, including Chua Da (Stone Pagoda) in Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa province, Vietnam.


 
Travel News in Brief
 Cameras for HCMC buses to address crime, Luxury buses for Hanoi - Halong route, Nhieu Loc - Thi Nghe canal tours in HCMC, Tourism portal to boost international arrivals, River cruiser heads to Myanmar, Night tours to Cham Island

Bonus-mark scheme for rural/urban students seen as unreasonable
VietNamNet Bridge - The policy on offering bonus marks to certain groups of student examinees has been applied for many years. However, it stirred violent debate after the 2015 national high school finals.


 
Scientists forced to moonlight to make extra money
A professor receives a monthly salary equal to the pay of an electricity bill collector. A scientist with a doctorate receives an average of VND3 million a month from the state, which is just enough for 100 bowls of pho.

Vietnam focuses on coastal eco-system, mangrove forest protection
 The safeguard of coastal eco-system and mangrove forest in the Mekong Delta region will be given a push as phase two of the Integrated Coastal Management Programme recently kicked off in An Giang province.


 
 
 
Photos: Nine households hold on in old Saigon building
 VietNamNet Bridge – Once a symbol of the prosperity of magnificent Saigon, the 727 Tran Hung Dao apartment building in District 1 has seriously degraded, with only a few households living in the dark and deserted space.

Unique VN vehicles through the lens of foreign photographers
 VietNamNet Bridge - Only-in-Vietnam vehicles have become a topic of street photographers around the world.


 
 
10 US movies to be screened in Vietnam this August
 VietNamNet Bridge - "Fantastic Four," "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." and "Inside Out" are Hollywood films awaited by audiences this month.

German film festival offers versatility
 The German Film Festival promises to thrill audiences with a versatile programme in four large cities in the country.