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Buddhism contributes to Vietnam’s socio-economic development

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Promoting patriotic traditions and positive human values, Vietnam Buddhism has made many contributions to society in different fields, said Nguyen Phuc Nguyen, head of the Department of Buddhist Affairs – Government Committee for Religious Affairs.

Buddhism contributes to Vietnam's socio-economic development
The “Buddhism in Southern Region of Vietnam: Establishment and Development” Conference was organised on Sunday by the Vietnam Buddhist University in co-operation with HCM City University of Social Sciences and Humanities. VNS Photo Gia Loc

Buddhism had encouraged solidarity among the people and developed ethical and humane values, Nguyen said.

“Buddhism is exemplary and has been a pioneer in campaigns to encourage people to build a new life and carry out patriotic emulation movements and poverty reduction programmes to contribute to economic and social stability and ensure social order and safety, thereby helping the Southern region to become more modern and civilized, and Vietnam to be a rich and beautiful country,” he added.

Dr Tran Duc Cuong, chairman of Vietnam Association of Historical Sciences, said: “Buddhism entered Vietnam more than 2,000 years ago. Buddhism has become an indispensable part of Vietnamese culture. The profound human values together with the cultural values of Buddhism have continued to affect the ideology and lifestyle of the people. It encourages people to build and protect the good traditions of the Vietnamese. It promotes people, guides goodness, and builds a peaceful society.”

“It maintains and promotes traditions, national solidarity and community harmony,” Cuong said, adding that through social activities, along with many other religions, Vietnamese Buddhism has strengthened solidarity between religion and life among all classes of people, contributing to educating and promoting the community spirit and collective strength.

In modern society, when ethnic and religious conflicts take place in many countries in the world, the philosophy and practice of the model of a harmonious and solidarity community of Vietnam Buddhism is a positive example because it wants to direct people to a good life filled with love, peace and friendship, and cooperation for mutual development, he said.

The Most Venerable Thich Tri Quang, first deputy supreme patriarch of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha, rector of Vietnam Buddhist University, said: “Right from the establishment of the Southern land, Buddhism was present in the spiritual life of residents there, co-working closely in reclaiming, building, and creating hamlets, and contributing an important part in the development of a beautiful and rich land with the high potential and a diverse spiritual life.”

Buddhism in the Southern region contributed to the fight against invading enemies, protecting the independence and freedom of the Vietnamese nation, Quang said. “Buddhism in the South not only became a factor constituting the cultural foundation and people, but also contributed to the creation of the cultural identity and value system of the land and people of the South.”

Currently, the Southern region is undergoing a renovation process in the context of globalisation with the explosive development of science – technology and economic institutions, according to Quang.

These trends present the Southern region with many opportunities for breakthrough development, but also pose many serious challenges.

“It is the risk of breaking and losing cultural identity in international integration and pushing a large part of people to be hurt by their own loneliness. The duality of the globalisation process is inevitable and requires that we pay more attention to happiness, culture and people as the foundation of all perspectives, the socio-economic development strategy and plan of the Southern region,” he added.

Buddhism contributes to Vietnam's socio-economic development
Vietnam Buddhist University signs an agreement with the HCM City University of Social Sciences and Humanities to co-operate in training, researching and publishing reference books in Buddhism. VNS Photo Gia Loc

Ambassador from Sri Lanka to Vietnam Prasanna Gamage said: “Vietnam was, and still is, a profoundly Buddhist country. The Sangha are very involved in the community, and temples often run schools, orphanages, medical clinics, and homes for the disabled. Lay people play an important role in religious life.”

“The Buddha’s message of equality, for today’s divided world, is more important than ever. This world is replete with poverty, discontent and suffering. The loving kindness, non-violence and peaceful existence that the Buddha taught are fundamentally relevant. Let us take it upon ourselves to bring such practices back to life.”

The “Buddhism in Southern Region of Vietnam: Establishment and Development” Conference was held by the Vietnam Buddhist University in co-operation with the HCM City University of Social Sciences and Humanities.

At the conference, the two universities signed an agreement to co-operate in training, researching and publishing reference books in Buddhism. VNS 

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/society/buddhism-contributes-to-vietnam-s-socio-economic-development-704944.html

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Upgrade work speeds up on HCMC flood-prone street

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Upgrade work speeds up on HCMC flood-prone street

Upgrade of the 3.2 kilometer (2 mile) long street, which connects downtown District 1 with District 2 through Binh Thanh District, was launched in October 2019 at a cost of VND470 billion ($20.39 million).

Work on the section from Ton Duc Thang Street to Thu Thiem Bridge has been completed, with the remaining section from Thu Thiem Bridge to Saigon Bridge still under repair.

Phan Duc, head of the project management board, said it is 70 percent complete and that work would commence through the upcoming Lunar New Year, or Tet, to complete before April 30.

The construction site currently hosts 70 types of machinery, equipment, transport vehicles and about 150 workers, including more than 50 for night shifts.

Upgrade work speeds up on HCMC flood-prone street

Near the foot of Saigon Bridge, drill operator Nguyen Truong Phuc works to reduce subsidence, one of the first stages in upgrading the flood-prone street.

“I have been working here for two months, mainly at night. It’s quite stressful, operating the machine all night and concentrating for long hours,” the 32-year-old said.

Upgrade work speeds up on HCMC flood-prone street

A few meters away, Ngoc Nam repairs drills chipped during construction.

Upgrade work speeds up on HCMC flood-prone street

Near an overpass, a group of workers use excavators and dump trucks to relocate the old drainage system to replace with a new version.

Upgrade work speeds up on HCMC flood-prone street

Workers from Gia Dinh Water Supply Company install a new water supply pipe. Affected families are usually informed before work commences at night to avoid disturbances.

The upgrade will see the road surface rise from 0.5 to 1.2 meters. Low-lying houses on both sides will benefit from new, wide sidewalks accessible via three-step staircases.

Upgrade work speeds up on HCMC flood-prone street

Bulldozers operate at the intersection of Dien Bien Phu and Nguyen Huu Canh streets.

Upgrade work speeds up on HCMC flood-prone street

Built in 1997 and opened to traffic in 2002, the VND420 billion ($18.1 million) Nguyen Huu Canh Street was expected to improve traffic flow in HCMC.

But not long after its opening, the street subsided and began flooding each time it rained.

Upgrade work speeds up on HCMC flood-prone street

Tran Van Cuong guides a pump into a manhole on a newly-surfaced road section.

Upgrade work speeds up on HCMC flood-prone street

As temperature drops to 19 degrees Celsius at night, Dao Van Xuyen, 40, often wraps himself in a scarf, two layers of T-shirts, and a pair of gloves.

Xuyen only moved to HCMC two months ago. His main work involves leveling crushed stones, watering and pouring concrete. He often chooses to work the night shift because the salary is higher than the day shift, at about VND500,000 ($21.64) per night.

“For me, this job is quite suitable since it doesn’t require high expertise but pays well. I’ll try earn some money to return home to celebrate Tet,” the worker from Thai Binh Province in northern Vietnam said.

Upgrade work speeds up on HCMC flood-prone street

At about 2 a.m., Dang Minh Tri eats a cup of instant noodles. He works about four nights a week drilling and mixing mortar.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/photo/news/upgrade-work-speeds-up-on-hcmc-flood-prone-street-4222024.html

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Japan suspends visas for Vietnamese citizens

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Japan has suspended granting visas to Vietnamese citizens amid the country’s Covid-19 problems.

According to the Department of Overseas Labour Management under the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, that the suspension started from January 14 after the Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared a state of emergency in Tokyo and three nearby areas on Thursday as Covid-19 cases continue to surge.

Japan has decided to temporarily halt the granting of new visas for foreigners, including those from Vietnam.

People gathered at the Japanese Embassy in Hanoi for visa application


People who had been provided with a visa to Japan earlier are allowed to enter Japan as of midnight of January 21 at the latest. However, they have to be tested negative for Covid-19 and the test certificate needs to be submitted to Japanese authorities no more than three days before their flight to Japan.

Anyone who enters Japan will have to undergo a 14-day quarantine. People are not permitted to use public transport from airports to quarantine sites.

People who violate Covid-19 prevention regulations will be strictly punished.

The measures will be applied until further notice from the Japanese government.

Japan was among six countries from June that offered looser visa policies. Dtinews/Tienphong

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/society/japan-suspends-visas-for-vietnamese-citizens-706066.html

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COVID-19 update in Việt Nam on Saturday evening

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