Government News 18/1
 NA Chairwoman welcomes Fijian counterpart, Vietnam prioritises strengthening partnership with Russia: NA Chairwoman, Doosan Vina urged to expand operation in Vietnam, Prime Minister receives new Austrian Ambassador

VN plans 500 hi-tech agricultural cooperatives by 2020
Viet Nam has planned to have 500 hi-tech agricultural cooperatives and to increase the high-tech farming production value by five times by 2020.

Apatite plant’s sewer breaks, flooding Lao Cai
 A sewer line of an apatite factory in northern Lao Cai Province broke on Wednesday, flooding some local households and their crops.

Upcoming Events in Hanoi & HCMC
French Centre to host show of traditional music, Inner Mongolia artists perform in Hanoi and Nam Dinh, Chicago DJ for Lighthouse, RMIT hosts Australia Day, Saigon Outcast to host Tet market

Xo Dang-Xo Teng ethnic people celebrate water piping festival
Xo Dang-Xo Teng ethnic people in Tu Mrong district, the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum, celebrate many traditional festivals throughout a year, including water pipe building festival.

Colourful Sapa children earn a living on the street
Children travel with their parents to Sapa City centre from various surrounding hamlets as they try to earn a living selling products or offering tourism services.

Year of Dog paintings on display
 An art exhibition titled Colour of the New Year – Year of the Earth Dog, is due to open in the central city’s Fine Arts Museum on January 18. 

Music night to highlight folk melodies of ancient cities
 A music night will be held at the French Culture Centre in Hanoi (L’Espace) on January 20, with a highlight on the music repertoires of Hanoi and Hue cities.