Localities brace for tropical storm Sonca

NDO - Minister and Chairman of the Government Office Mai Tien Dung conveyed the Prime Minister's criticism of ministers and chairmen from People's Committees of 13 ministries and provinces in relation to the slow disbursement of public investment in 2017. Minister Dung, who led the PM Working Group to meet with heads of 13 ministries, provinces and cities on July 25, named the list of ministries and localities reporting slow disbursement including the Ministry of Planning and Investment, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Health, and the cities of Hanoi, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City, among others. The report showed that over VND357 trillion (US$15.71 billion) was to be allocated for development investment purposes in 2017 including VND307 trillion (US$13.5 billion) sourced from the State budget and VND50 trillion (US$2.2 billion) from Government bonds. However, only VND85 trillion (US$3.74 billion) had been disbursed by June 15, equivalent to 23.9% of the year's plan and 27.6% of the plan set by the National Assembly and the Prime Minister. In particular, 13 ministries, agencies and localities have disbursed less than 20% of the set plan, namely the Ministry of Planning and Investment, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Health, the State Bank of Vietnam, the Committee for Ethnic Minority Affairs, Vietnam News Agency, the Veterans Association of Vietnam, and the cities of Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Binh Duong, Binh Phuoc, and Tay Ninh. The PM Working Group said that…... [read more]

Chairman of the Binh Dinh People’s Committee said that he would personally take responsibility for a number of procedural violations in FLC Group’s project in the central province of Binh Dinh, and requested the Ministry of Construction (MoC) to work with the province to further clarify a number of issues in the inspection report. RELATED CONTENTS: Numerous violations found in FLC’s million-dollar projects Deputy PM gives instructions on hi-end complex construction FLC Group starts construction of Vietnam’s largest hotel FLC Chairman buys 10 million ROS shares FLC chairman to become the richest billionaire in Vietnam’s stock market A recent inspection by MoC revealed numerous procedural violations in FLC Group’s project in the central provinces of Binh Dinh and Thanh Hoa. In the inspection report, MoC recognised that FLC has been implementing a number of projects, contributing to the socioeconomic development of many regions in the country. However, aside from positive contributions, MoC inspectors also listed numerous violations in the implementation of FLC Quy Nhon and FLC Sam Son complexes, including the lack of various planning and inspection records as well as permits. According to VnEconomy, on July 23, Ho Quoc Dung, Chairman of the Binh Dinh People’s Committee, spoke with reporters about the inspection. He stated that the province will request to work with MoC to further clarify some of the…... [read more]

The capital city will issue regulations for the walking area around Hoàn Kiếm Lake in August, chairman of the city’s People’s Committee Nguyễn Đức Chung said on Monday. Pedestrians gather at Đông Kinh Nghĩa Thục Square in the walking area around Hoàn Kiếm Lake in the capital city.-VNA/VNS Photo Trọng Đạt At a meeting with voters of central Hoàn Kiếm District on Monday, chairman Chung said the committee has reviewed pressing issues concerning Hoàn Kiếm Lake’s walking area, such as sanitation, dog walking, toy car rental services and poor-quality cultural events. Hoàn Kiếm People’s Committee has been assigned to develop a set of regulations for the area, which will be released next month, to address these issues, he said. Hà Nội is witnessing an influx of tourists, as major hotels in the city are currently fully booked until the first quarter of next year, for the first time in 15 years, he added. The capital city will continue to call for investment in developing entertainment venues and high-tech tourism attractions and building some 4,000 more hotels to meet demands of international and local tourists and turn tourism into a spearhead economy, he said. Chung disapproved of a proposal by Hoàn Kiếm District to limit timings of the walking area during the summer to only the evenings (from 6pm to 2am of the following day) on weekends because it was very hot during the…... [read more]

Chairman of the Ha Noi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung asked Uber Group to share its database to help the city manage the number of cars and individuals in the network and income tax collection. Chairman of the Ha Noi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung asked Uber Group to share its database to help the city manage the number of cars and individuals in the network and income tax collection. Photo ictnews.vn He also asked the group to provide information with the city to reach mutual agreement on development plans to avoid traffic jams. The chairman met with the company’s representatives during his working trip to the US last week. Chung said that Uber was a pioneering company in using social resources and idle cars for customer transport, helping them improve incomes and build a form of transport in the city. Ha Noi wants to use its technology for traffic management, and asked the group to obey all Ha Noi’s regulations and Viet Nam’s laws, he said. However, the drawback of Uber’s business plan was its adverse impact on the city’s traditional taxi firms, he added. Thuan Pham, Uber chief technology officer, affirmed that he would convey the request to Uber’s management board. He also agreed that Uber drivers should pay tax and committed to working with city authority on the issue. During the visit Chung also held working sessions…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – The Government Inspectorate (GI) has released findings of egregious wrongdoing in the implementation of a number of BT (Build-Transfer) and BOT (Build-Operate-Transfer) infrastructure and environmental projects in Ha Noi City. A view of the extension of Le Van Luong Street in the urban district of Thanh Xuan, southwest of Ha Noi. — Photo: VNA/VNS The GI recommended holding Ha Noi authorities accountable for the faults. The GI said all BT projects were behind schedule and had entailed significant cost overruns. It said contractors were “not sufficiently capable of mobilising capital” and also blamed a “failure to disburse budget in accordance with set schedule.” Seven BT projects caused massive loss – the construction of the Yen So wastewater treatment plant, the Le Van Luong Road extension, the southern main road of Ha Tay, a street connecting Le Duc Tho and the new urban area Xuan Phuong, a road surrounding the Chu Van An memorial site, and the Ha Noi–Hung Yen interprovincial road. Regarding the main southern road of Ha Tay, nearly all parties involved – the People’s Committee, Department of Finance, Department of Transport, and the investor – were found to be at fault and violating the BT contract terms. The GI also reported that the investor has misappropriated large amounts of State budget. The state-owned Civil Engineering Construction Corporation No.5 (CIENCO5) – responsible for the project – was asked to “immediately” pay back VND1.428 trillion ($62.8 million) to the State budget - VND902 billion in interest expenses…... [read more]

Dong Nai, July 24 (VNA) – The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of the southern province of Dong Nai has approved zoning off 31 large-scale fields to cultivate durian, pepper and cocoa in the locality.  Head of the department Nguyen Huu Dinh said the provincial People’s Committee has authorised 12 large-scale fields with a total area of 5,5000 hectares and expects to draw the participation of 5,000 local households. Meanwhile, investors will work with local authorities and farmers to assess the remaining 19 projects.  The province has carried out large-scale projects, a centralised production model bringing together farmers, businesses, scientists and State agencies to apply technology in farming, since 2014.  Thanks to the model, businesses have secured stable material sources, while famers have grown high-yield crops and improved their incomes, Dinh said, adding that large-scale projects make it easier to transfer science and technology to famers and manage the quality of farm produce.  In carrying out the model, the province invested in infrastructure facilities and provided farmers with 30 percent of seedling and water-saving irrigation system costs, he said.  The province has also pushed production linkages to develop stable outputs for local agricultural products. Some 13 linking chains have been set up so far, allowing farmers to sell products to businesses above market prices. In addition, they promote sustainable agriculture, applying water-saving irrigation system and fertilising through pipelines. VNA/VNP ... [read more]

Local authorities agreed on Wednesday on a plan to build four hydropower plants in the mountainous district of Nam Tra My in the central province of Quang Nam. The four plants will have a design capacity of 78.8MW and cover an area of about 144ha. Local residents protest the construction of four more hydropower plants in Quang Nam, saying that it would greatly affect their lives. Plans for the power plants have evoked mixed reactions, given that Nam Tra My District has suffered frequent quakes of 2.5 to 4.5 magnitude on the Richter scale. The biggest recorded tremor of 4.7 magnitude occurred in 2012. Le Thi Thuy, head of the Quang Nam Department of Ethnicity, said “Quang Nam Province has the most hydropower plants in the country. Building four more will result in bad consequences”. Thuy added that most opinions have focussed on the plan’s economic perspective. The loss of forestry land, on the other hand, has not been properly considered. New hydropower plants will have environmental consequences and affect climate change, hurting local residents whose livelihood depends heavily on natural conditions and resources, according to Thuy. Arguing against her, Ho Quang Buu, head of Nam Tra My District People’s Committee, denied the plants would have a negative impact. All four hydropower plants are designed on a small scale and their water will be supplied through a tunnel, with no consequences for the region. “I assure you this plan will not affect the forest or people’s livelihood, only improve the…... [read more]

Several streets in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 8 have become severely degraded, posing a threat to commuter safety during the rainy season. Multiple roads in District 8 are now distorted with countless bumps and potholes posing immense challenges for local residents. According to the observation of Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporters on Ta Quang Buu Street, dozens of potholes of various sizes can be spotted along a 200 meter section of the road. Following a downpour, these holes become filled with water. Aside from muddy water splashing in all directions whenever a motorbike runs over them, commuters can potentially stumble and fall if they do not pay enough attention. Some people have resorted to pushing their motorbikes through the degraded street as an extra precaution. While these ‘ponds’ pose obstacles for travelers, rainwater often flows from the street into homes running alongside it, causing chaos for the occupants. According to Phan Van Tinh, who lives along Ta Quang Buu Street, the situation has persisted for years. During the sunny season, the street is filled with dust, forcing locals to shut their doors the entire day. When it rains, the road turns into a muddy swamp, Tinh said, adding that his children often come home from school with mud-stained clothes. Similarly, several sections of nearby Cao Lo Street is also filled with rocks as a result of sloppy construction. Ongoing repair work is currently blocking one-third of the…... [read more]

As per Ky Son District authority’s report, as many as 35.6 tons of dead fish were found while more than 20 tons of fish in Hoa Binh Town died. Phu Tho province suffered huge losses. According to director of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Ngoc Son, in Thanh Son District, 200 out of 440 farms had reported to have 350 tons of dead fish. Breeders in Hoa Binh Province had no choice and sold off dead fish at cheap price of VND10,000 per kilogram. The water discharge of the Hoa Binh hydroelectric dam was responsible for the mass fish deaths along the Da River, farmers said because the large volume of water had caused the fish to be suffocated. The Department of Aquaculture in Hoa Binh Province has sent staffs to take water samples for test to verify the cause and to assess their situation, said Dang Thi Duyen from the Department. The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in both provinces proposed supports for fish breeders. In related news, the People’s Committee in Tan Lap Commune in the southern province of Binh Phuoc said that in these days, 40 households in Suoi Giai Lake have also suffered great losses as 90 percent of raised fish died without reason.  Breeders sold off at low price of VND20,000 - VND30,000 per kilogram.By staff writers – Translated by UYEN PHUONG... [read more]

As per Ky Son District authority’s report, as many as 35.6 tons of dead fish were found while more than 20 tons of fish in Hoa Binh Town died. Phu Tho province suffered huge losses. According to director of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Ngoc Son, in Thanh Son District, 200 out of 440 farms had reported to have 350 tons of dead fish. Breeders in Hoa Binh Province had no choice and sold off dead fish at cheap price of VND10,000 per kilogram. The water discharge of the Hoa Binh hydroelectric dam was responsible for the mass fish deaths along the Da River, farmers said because the large volume of water had caused the fish to be suffocated. The Department of Aquaculture in Hoa Binh Province has sent staffs to take water samples for test to verify the cause and to assess their situation, said Dang Thi Duyen from the Department. The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in both provinces proposed supports for fish breeders. In related news, the People’s Committee in Tan Lap Commune in the southern province of Binh Phuoc said that in these days, 40 households in Suoi Giai Lake have also suffered great losses as 90 percent of raised fish died without reason.  Breeders sold off at low price of VND20,000 - VND30,000 per kilogram.By staff writers – Translated by UYEN PHUONG... [read more]




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