Urbanist Hanoi

Ancient Kinh Vietnamese Might Hail From Africa Instead of China, Genome Project Shows

Results from the project present new evidence supporting past hypotheses that seek to explain the origin of present-day Southeast Asians and Kinh Vietnamese.

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Fahasa to Drop Plastic Bags, Use Paper Wrappings Next Month

The most popular Vietnamese bookstore chain recently announced their latest effort to move away from single-use plastic.

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After Heatwaves and Wildfires, Central Vietnam Faces Historic Saltwater Intrusion

Heatwaves and droughts have resulted in worrisome salt levels in freshwater supplies that is seriously impacting agriculture and tourism sectors.

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From 2020, Vietnam to Increase Regional Minimum Wage by 5.5%

The new minimum wage will go into effect from January 1, 2020.

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Vietnam's Economic Growth Predicted to Reach 7% in 2019

Growth could reach 7% for 2019, according to economic experts from the Vietnam Institute for Economic and Policy Research.

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At 96.2m Citizens, Vietnam Is the World's 15th-Most Populated Country

Over the last decade, Vietnam witnessed its population grow by 10.4 million.

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New Proposal Wants to Reduce Speed of High-Speed Train to Save $33bn

As a new proposal suggests, by switching the route and reducing speed by 150km/h, the high-speed railway connecting Hanoi and Saigon is estimated to cost just US$26 billion, instead of the initial US$58.7 billion.

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Vietnam Among Top 10 Best Countries for Expats: HSBC Report

Switzerland, Singapore and Canada took the top spots in HSBC's Expat 2019 Global Report, which was released last Thursday.

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US Imposes Heavy Tariffs on Steel From Vietnam of South Korea, Taiwan Origins

The main targets of the United States' newest tariffs are corrosion-resistant steel products and cold-rolled steel.

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Yok Don National Park Welcomes 2 Elephants Freed From Tourist Rides

Good news for Vietnam’s animal lovers!

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Vietnam, EU Ink Historic Trade Deal That Reduces 99% of Bilateral Tariffs

The deal, which slashes 99% of tariffs between the two sides, represents the first such agreement between the European Union (EU) and a developing nation in Southeast Asia.

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