Vietnam’s total retail sales of goods and services in January is estimated at 544.8 trillion VND (23.22 billion USD), up 5.2% from the previous month and 20% as compared with the same period last year. (Photo: VNA)

Retail sales of goods, services up 20% in January

Vietnam’s total retail sales of goods and services in January was estimated at 544.8 trillion VND (23.22 billion USD), up 5.2% from the previous month and 20% as compared with the same period last year, according to the General Statistics Office (GSO).
Neu pole lowering ceremony (Photo: VNA)

Neu pole lowering, seal opening ceremony celebrates new year

A ceremony was held at the Hue Imperial Relic Site in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue’s Hue City on January 28 (the seventh day of the first lunar month) to take down the Neu pole (a tall bamboo pole with red garment strips used to ward off evil spirits during the lunar New Year) and open the New Year seal.
Phin Ho ‘shan tuyet’ tea – specialty of Ha Giang

Phin Ho ‘shan tuyet’ tea – specialty of Ha Giang

Apart from stilt houses and seemingly endless terraced paddy fields, “shan tuyet” tea, a famous specialty of Phin Ho village, is one of the special things visitors cannot forget once setting foot in Tay Con Linh Mountain in the northernmost province of Ha Giang.
South Sudan, the World Bank, and two UN agencies on Saturday kicked off a COVID-19 vaccine campaign following the arrival of 3.9 million vaccine doses into the country. (Representative Image)

World News in Brief: January 29

The ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) concluded its extraordinary congress on Sunday, voicing its full support for the candidacy of incumbent Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen to run for a new five-year term in the July general election.
Myanmar's total goods imports and exports surged 18.47 percent year on year to over 27.19 billion USD in nearly 10 months of the 2022-23 fiscal year beginning in April last year, official data showed Saturday.

World News in Brief: January 28

The ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) convened its extraordinary congress in Phnom Penh on Saturday to set out a strategic plan to secure victory in the upcoming general election, said the party's Honorary President Samdech Heng Samrin.