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The 100-year-old incense-making village in Saigon before Tet

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Although the time is ripe for selling incense sticks, people do not see many of them in Le Minh Xuan incense-making village in HCM City.

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At four am, people can hear powder mixer, drying machine… being operated in Le Minh Xuan Commune. Incense-making household businesses here are busy during Tet (Lunar New Year) season 2022.

Racks of red and yellow incenses that stretch along roads in Le Minh Xuan Commune have been a special characteristic of this incense-making village. It is considered one of the oldest traditional craft villages in Ho Chi Minh City.

Ms. Tran Thi Thanh, 47, who has been making incense for 20 years, said that villagers make incense all year round. However, during big occasions such as Tet holiday and full moon days, they must cope with the increased workload.

The process of producing incense sticks in this village has been modernized. Machines can take over works like mixing, drying… 

Mr. Nguyen Huu Luc, 38, owner of an incense-making workshop in Le Minh Xuan village, said that applying machines to producing incense sticks had improved productivity. Their products are also of better quality and much more beautiful than their previous handmade versions.

“As people started using machines to make incense sticks, they do not sun-dry their goods like before,” Luc said.

Even though machines have been taking over all the work, household businesses can still create a unique aroma of their own such as cinnamon, juniper…

Production phase

While Ms. Thanh’s husband fixes incense-making machine, she puts incense on the pavement to dry them by sunlight. Ms. Dang Ngoc Hieu, 38, mainly received orders from big incense-making workshops, so she just sundried her products to save money.

“Every year, people made lots of incense, which not only created a pleasant smell across the street, but also made the street look more lively. This year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, they have not produced as much incense sticks as before,” Ms. Hieu said.

Ms. Thanh was still afraid that the effect of pandemic may affect her business although she had produced less incense. This year, she produced 6000 incenses sticks a day, compared to at least 15000 incense sticks a day in previous years.

Mr. Luc had the same issue. This year, he made only 600 incense sticks a day, compared to 1000 sticks a day in previous years. “Currently, workers in my workshop are mainly family members. I hope that the spread of the pandemic will stop so that people can have a normal life,” Mr. Luc said.

Làng nhang trăm tuổi ở TP.HCM dè dặt vào vụ Tết
 Drying incense dyes the road to Le Minh Xuan village red and yellow.
Làng nhang trăm tuổi ở TP.HCM dè dặt vào vụ Tết
Làng nhang trăm tuổi ở TP.HCM dè dặt vào vụ Tết
Làng nhang trăm tuổi ở TP.HCM dè dặt vào vụ Tết
Làng nhang trăm tuổi ở TP.HCM dè dặt vào vụ Tết
Dying incense sticks.
Làng nhang trăm tuổi ở TP.HCM dè dặt vào vụ Tết

After being dyed, incense sticks are dried by sunlight, machine, or fan.

Làng nhang trăm tuổi ở TP.HCM dè dặt vào vụ Tết
 

Families that produce small amounts usually make use of sunlight to dry their products.

Làng nhang trăm tuổi ở TP.HCM dè dặt vào vụ Tết
Làng nhang trăm tuổi ở TP.HCM dè dặt vào vụ Tết

 Mr. Luc bought a drying machine for his workshop.

Làng nhang trăm tuổi ở TP.HCM dè dặt vào vụ Tết
Làng nhang trăm tuổi ở TP.HCM dè dặt vào vụ Tết
Làng nhang trăm tuổi ở TP.HCM dè dặt vào vụ Tết
Local craftsmen also uses modern machines to producing incenses.
Làng nhang trăm tuổi ở TP.HCM dè dặt vào vụ Tết
Incense powder mainly made of sawdust of aquilaria crassna or naseberry. After mixing the powder, workers use litsea rotundifolia’s resin to glue the powder together prior.
Làng nhang trăm tuổi ở TP.HCM dè dặt vào vụ Tết
Each household business has a unique method of mixing their material powder to create an exclusive aroma.
Làng nhang trăm tuổi ở TP.HCM dè dặt vào vụ Tết
Many families decided to reduce a large number of products because of Covid-19 pandemic.
Làng nhang trăm tuổi ở TP.HCM dè dặt vào vụ Tết
Although the need of incense sticks is high, Ms. Thanh only produces 600 incense sticks a day.

Nguyen Son

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/society/the-100-year-old-incense-making-village-in-saigon-before-tet-810994.html

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Science, technology, innovation pushed for economic development

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Scientific research in universities needed pushing up to create a high-qualified human resource for the industrialised economy. Photo nhandan.vn

HÀ NỘI – Deputy Prime Minister Vũ Đức Đam has signed Decision No. 569/QĐ-TTg dated May 11 issuing a strategy for scientific-technological development and Innovation to 2030.

Accordingly, science, technology and innovation will further contribute to economic growth through scientific research and technological development activities of research institutes and universities.

Innovation activities will also help improve management and organisational capacity in enterprises.

The specific objective of the strategy is that science, technology and innovation play an important role in developing spearhead industries, especially the processing and manufacturing industry, making an important contribution to the restructuring of the economy towards modernisation and industrialisation by 2030 as well as take advantage of opportunities of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

By 2030, the proportion of the value of high-tech industrial products in the processing and manufacturing industries will reach at least 45 per cent of the total economy.

One of the main tasks and solutions for the development of science and technology and innovation is to build a national innovation system.

Specifically, a national innovation ecosystem closely linked with the region and the world is needed.

It is necessary to develop innovation ecosystems in industries, agriculture and services associated with domestic and global value chains, in which large enterprises act as a key role in leading innovation activities. State management agencies need to create a favourable institutional environment and policies so as to promote linkages between enterprises, research institutes, universities and organisations in research, application and innovation activities.

A system of national and regional innovation centres and start-up centres needs to be set up to create innovation hubs linking with high-tech zones, residential areas, financial centres, venture capital funds, universities and research institutes.

It is also essential to vigorously deploy open innovation platforms and networks in order to attract all domestic and foreign investment resources to create new technologies, new products, and new businesses.

Human resources

Other key tasks and solutions of the strategy are to develop human resources for science, technology and innovation with high qualifications and creative capacity.

Therefore, it must strengthen training in science and technology, computer skills, foreign languages, and creative design capacity associated with practical projects in high schools, especially through STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) training forms.

Orientation of science and engineering careers in schools and universities should further promoted along with reforming training programmes for science and technology in universities to meet the requirements of the labour market.

The Government should quickly build up a team of leading scientists, to step by step raise the standards of scientists in line with the standards in developed countries.

Under the strategy, two-way human resource transfer between the public and private sectors is also encouraged.

It also needs proper mechanisms and policies to attract highly qualified human resources from abroad and overseas Vietnamese to participate in domestic science, technology and innovation activities and develop networks to connect the overseas Vietnamese community of scientists to work in Việt Nam.

Honouring outstanding intellectuals

Amid the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the Party has defined that science-technology and innovation is a strategic breakthrough for national development, and the contingent of scientists is the core of this process, stated President Nguyễn Xuân Phúc at a ceremony held in Hà Nội on Saturday to honour 106 outstanding intellectuals in the field of science and technology in 2022.

“The dream of a prosperous Việt Nam can only be realised under the guidance of the light of knowledge,” he said. 

Addressing the event held by the Việt Nam Union of Science and Technology Associations (VUSTA), the State leader highlighted the great attention that the Party and State have given to the development of science, technology and innovation as well as intellectuals in the field.

He hailed the VUSTA’s role in connecting Vietnamese scientists inside and outside the country over the past 40 years, significantly contributing to the country’s socio-economic development, and political and security-defence stability.

He noted that so far, the union has gathered more than 3.7 million experts, including 2.2 million in the field of science and technology, accounting for 32.5 per cent of the total intellectuals of the country.

The contingent of scientists have built up the national innovative capacity, the President said, noting that last year, Việt Nam became one of the top 45 leading countries in the world in terms of innovation, and took the lead in the list of middle-income economies in Global Innovation Index (GII).

He asked the VUSTA, as the representative body for scientists and intellectuals, and an important part of the country’s political system, should play a greater role in giving advice to the Party, State and Government on science-technology and innovation policies as well as financial mechanisms to better unite Vietnamese intellectuals, contributing to successfully realise national development goals in the new period.

At the ceremony, President Phúc, National Assembly Deputy Chairman Nguyễn Đức Hải and VUSTA leaders presented the title of Outstanding Science and Technology Intellectual to the 106 exemplary intellectuals. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/1194119/science-technology-innovation-pushed-for-economic-development.html

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1,319 new COVID-19 transmissions reported on Sunday

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A boy is vaccinated against COVID-19 in Hà Nội. — VNA/ Photo

HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam reported 1,319 new COVID-19 infections on Sunday, bringing the national total to 10,708,887.

Hà Nội again topped the list of new transmissions with 347, followed by the northern province of Bắc Ninh with 138.

The other areas that recorded infections were Vĩnh Phúc (90), Nghệ An (82), Yên Bái (61), Quảng Ninh (58), Tuyên Quang (51), Phú Thọ (50), Hải Dương (40), Thái Nguyên (39), Thái Bình (35), Đà Nẵng (33), Lào Cai (32), Nam Định (21), Hà Tĩnh (19), Quảng Bình (19), Lâm Đồng (19), Bắc Kạn (17), Cao Bằng (17), Hải Phòng (17), Hưng Yên (16), Hà Nam (13), Thanh Hóa (12), HCM City (12), Lạng Sơn (10), Hòa Bình (10), Sơn La (10), Bình Phước (7), Hà Giang (6), Quảng Trị (6), Bình Định (6), Gia Lai (5), Ninh Bình (4), Bến Tre (3), Bình Thuận (3), Bắc Giang (3), Lai Châu (2), Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu (2), Bình Dương (1), Thừa Thiên-Huế (1), Cần Thơ (1) and Hậu Giang (1).

There were no COVID-related deaths on Sunday. The total death toll so far in Việt Nam is 43,075. 

8,945 recoveries were recorded, bringing the total number given the all-clear to 9,402,046 so far. 

There are 211 COVID patients nationwide currently receiving oxygen support, including two on life support.

A total of 36,346 vaccine doses were administered on Sunday. Việt Nam has so far administered more than 219 million doses of COVID vaccines —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/1194107/1319-new-covid-19-transmissions-reported-on-sunday.html

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Việt Nam reports 1,319 new cases on Sunday

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Việt Nam reports 1,319 new cases on Sunday, all local. The cases are in Hà Nội (347), Bắc Ninh (138), Vĩnh Phúc (90), Nghệ An (82), Yên Bái (61), Quảng Ninh (58), Tuyên Quang (51), Phú Thọ (50), Hải Dương (40), Thái Nguyên (39), Thái Bình (35), Đà Nẵng (33), Lào Cai (32), Nam Định (21), Hà Tĩnh (19), Quảng Bình (19), Lâm Đồng (19), Bắc Kạn (17), Cao Bằng (17), Hải Phòng (17), Hưng Yên (16), Hà Nam (13), Thanh Hóa (12), Hồ Chí Minh (12), Lạng Sơn (10), Hòa Bình (10), Sơn La (10), Bình Phước (7), Hà Giang (6), Quảng Trị (6), Bình Định (6), Gia Lai (5), Ninh Bình (4), Bến Tre (3), Bình Thuận (3), Bắc Giang (3), Lai Châu (2), Bà Rịa – Vũng Tàu (2), Bình Dương (1), Thừa Thiên Huế (1), Cần Thơ (1), Hậu Giang (1).

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/1194094/viet-nam-reports-1319-new-cases-on-sunday.html

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