Traffic accidents drop in seven months of 2017

Nearly 170 youth return home for summer camp 2014 An estimated 170 Overseas Vietnamese (OV) youth are returning to the homeland for Summer Camp 2014, raising the awareness of the country's sea and island sovereignty. This year's summer camp, themed "My Homeland's Sea and Islands", are taking from July 8 to 27 at many locations throughout the nation, packed with a wide range of activities. The information was released by Dang The Hung, Vice Chairman of the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs (COVA) in Hanoi on July 3. Hung said the annual event aims to help young overseas Vietnamese people fully and deeply understanding the national sovereignty over sea and islands, patriotic tradition, culture and solidarity among 54 ethnic groups, raising their pride and attachment to the homeland. During the camp, they will visit President Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and Van Mieu - Vietnam's first Temple of Literature in Hanoi, and historical and cultural relics in Quang Ninh, Hue, Danang, and Da Lat, as well as exchanging with youth in Quang Ninh and Quang Ngai provinces. The opening ceremony will be held in Quang Ninh on July 11. Young returnees will also have a chance to meet with law enforcement forces at sea, fishermen and Danang youth to inquire about their efforts to defend national sovereignty. Hung revealed that OV youth prepared a special gift for law enforcement forces and fishermen. The annual camp has been held since 2003 by the COVA under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. OVs…... [read more]

HA NOI (VNS) - About 44 inland waterway accidents in the first half of this year killed 33 people, injured eight and caused VND2.7 billion (US$126,800) in property losses, according to statistics from the Department of Waterway Traffic Police. The number of death was three lower than that of the same period last year. The department in conjunction with localities issued fines for 91,200 waterway traffic violations, paying the State treasury VND50.9 billion ($239,000). - VNS... [read more]

There have been way too many accidents on boats in Viet Nam. Both inland, on canals and rivers, and out at sea. The government has therefore brought in a new law: No going out in a boat without a life jacket! HA NOI (VNS) — Passengers on boats or ferries who refuse to put on life jackets or life-saving equipment will receive a fine of between VND100,000 (US$4,8) and VND 200,000 ($9,6). The fines follow Government Decree No.93/2013/ND-CP sanctioning administrative violations in the fields of maritime transport and inland waterway transport, which aims to decrease the number of deaths resulting from inland water accidents. Tran Sy Duy from the Viet Nam Inland Waterway Administration who participated in drafting the decree told Tien Phong (Vanguard) Newspaper: "The Ministry of Transport last year released a circular requiring that all passengers on boats and ferries must wear life jackets or have life buoys during journeys, but did not mention sanctions for violating passengers." According to the Director of the Administration, Tran Van Cuu, Government Decree No.60/2011/ND-CP on administrative punishment for inland waterway traffic only stipulates a fine of between VND200,000 - 2 million ($9.6-95) for boats not equipped with rescue facilities or fire fighting equipment. "Some passengers on boats and ferries lack safety awareness. Although some boat owners equipped their boats with life jackets, the passengers did not agree to wear them. So the penalisation of passengers is a method to help save their lives," Cuu said. However, inspections of the inland waterway,…... [read more]

Tourists visit Lan Ha Bay by boat in the northern city of Hai Phong. Passengers on boats and ferries will have to wear life jackets or face a fine. The regulation aims to improve safety on waterway transport. — VNS Photo Doan Tung HA NOI (VNS)— Passengers on boats or ferries who refuse to put on life jackets or life-saving equipment will receive a fine of between VND100,000 (US$4.8) and VND 200,000 ($9.6). The fines follow Government Decree No.93/2013/ND-CP sanctioning administrative violations in the fields of maritime transport and inland waterway transport, which aims to decrease the number of deaths resulting from inland water accidents. Tran Sy Duy from the Viet Nam Inland Waterway Administration who participated in drafting the decree told the Tien Phong (Vanguard) newspaper that the Ministry of Transport last year released a circular regulating that all passengers on boats and ferries must wear life jackets or life buoys during journeys, but did not mention sanctions for violating passengers. According to the Director of the Administration, Tran Van Cuu, Government Decree No.60/2011/ND-CP on administrative punishment methods for inland waterway traffic only stipulates a fine of between VND200,000 - 2 million ($9.5-95) for boats not equipped with rescue facilities or firefighting equipment. "Some passengers on boats and ferries lack safety awareness. Although some boat owners equipped their boats with life jackets, the passengers did not agree to wear them. So the penalisation of passengers is a method to help save their lives," Cuu said. However, inspections of the…... [read more]

Passengers on boats or ferries who refuse to put on life jackets or life-saving equipment will receive a fine of between VND100,000 (US$4,8) and VND 200,000 ($9,6). The fines follow Government Decree No.93/2013/ND-CP sanctioning administrative violations in the fields of maritime transport and inland waterway transport, which aims to decrease the number of deaths resulting from inland water accidents. Tran Sy Duy from the Viet Nam Inland Waterway Administration who participated in drafting the decree told Tien Phong (Vanguard) Newspaper: "The Ministry of Transport last year released a circular regulating that all passengers on boats and ferries must wear life jackets or life buoys during journeys, but did not mention sanctions for violating passengers." According to the Director of the Administration, Tran Van Cuu, Government Decree No.60/2011/ND-CP on administrative punishment methods for inland waterway traffic only stipulates a fine of between VND200,000 - 2 million ($9.5-95) for boats not equipped with rescue facilities or firefighting equipment. "Some passengers on boats and ferries lack safety awareness. Although some boat owners equipped their boats with life jackets, the passengers did not agree to wear them. So the penalisation of passengers is a method to help save their lives," Cuu said. However, inspections of the inland waterway, which aim to ensure the feasibility and boost the implementation of the decree, would meet many difficulties. The country has more than 200,000 kilometers of rivers and canals, of which 42,000 kilometers are involved in the traffic waterway system. Yet, only 20,000 kilometers of the system…... [read more]

HCM CITY — Many passengers and boat owners in HCM City's ferry terminals were found to have ignored putting on lifeboat jackets on the first day the rule came into force in the city on Saturday. This was discovered during an inspection from the municipal Department of Transport. Some crew members gave life jackets to passengers only when inspectors appeared. The rule was introduced on May 10 by the Ministry of Transport in an attempt to reduce the number of deaths from inland waterway accidents. — VNS... [read more]

HA NOI — A circular regulating that all passengers on boats or ferries must wear life jackets or life buoys during journeys has been released by the Ministry of Transport in an attempt to decrease the number of deaths resulting form inland waterway accidents. People don life jackets on a ferry departing from Binh Loi Terminal in HCM City. Passengers on boats or ferries must wear life jackets during journeys under a circular from the Transport Ministry. — VNA/VNS Photo Phuong Vy The latest accident in which a bamboo boat capsized in central Nghe An Province's Hau River on Sunday killed one person and injured two others. The boat was not equipped with life jackets. According to the Waterway Traffic Police Department, in the first five months of the year, over 30 inland waterway accidents killed more than 20 people, and in March alone, 13 people lost their lives. Trinh Minh Hien, head of the ministry's Legislation Department, said the ministry had set out regulations on equipping boats and ferries with life jackets as well as the responsibilities of boat owners to minimise fatalities in inland waterway accidents. She said it was an important issue because waterway traffic face various challenges with unsafe boats and ferries, low-skilled operators and a shortage of rescue equipment. Under the circular, boat skippers will take legal responsibility for equipping their vessels with enough life jackets or life buoys for their passengers and instructing them on how to wear them in the correct manner. Boat…... [read more]

The event was meant to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the signing of Treaty of Amity and Cooperation and the 55th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties. An exchange highlighting the special ties between Vietnam and Laos held in Son La province in July 2017. Photo: baogialai.com.vn Speaking at the event, former Lao Deputy Prime Minister Somsavat Lengsavath reviewed milestones in bilateral ties and support that Vietnam has provided for Laos in the fields of politics, education, economy, transport, national defense and security. He lauded the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation for bringing benefits to Laos, helping the country stay on track of stability and development until now. The former leader asked students and lecturers to bear in mind the tradition of Laos-Vietnam special ties and continue fostering bilateral relationship. Lao Deputy Minister of Education and Sports Kongsy Sengmany said the Laos - Vietnam, Vietnam - Laos special relationship is a decisive factor for the victory of the two countries’ revolutions and a foundation for their strong development at present. In an interview granted to Vietnam News Agency correspondents in Laos, Sengmany said over the past years, the Lao and Vietnamese Party and government have stepped up popularizing the tradition of bilateral special ties among Party members and walks of life, particularly young generations. In the near future, the Lao Ministry of Education and Sports will continue partnering with educational establishments nationwide to hold similar talks and exchanges with students on the occasion of…... [read more]

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]

Le Ha of Hanoi, who has been selling clothes on Facebook, is stressed and worried after receiving a message from tax authorities inviting her to come and declare her income. Ha is one of over 13,400 Facebook account holders in Hanoi who’ve been identified by the Hanoi Taxation Department as online traders. “I have been selling clothes through Facebook for years, getting about 10 orders each day with maximum daily sales of around VND5 million (US$220),” Ha told Vietnam News, admitting that unlike other shop owners, she doesn’t have to declare her business or pay taxes. She was satisfied with her earnings and not having to bother about any intervention from State management agencies. The promise of attractive profits has prompted many people to jump on the bandwagon, catching the attention of authorities trying to reduce tax losses from State budget collection. A tax administration project for e-commerce business has been drawn up, with the two taxation departments of Hanoi and HCM City functioning as pioneers in bringing business owners selling merchandise on social media, especially Facebook, into the tax bracket. Vien Viet Hung, deputy director of Hanoi Taxation Department, told Vietnam News that the department had collected information on the identity and telephone numbers of the 13,422 Facebook traders. Since late June, the department has been sending SMS messages to these traders, encouraging and instructing them to voluntarily register their operations, declare income and pay taxes. However, after sending messages twice, only 1,000 of the 13,422 phone numbers have…... [read more]




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