Two dead, 10 injured in multiple-vehicle crash in Ho Chi Minh City

NDO – It is crucial to implement preferential policies and comprehensive socio-economic policies more effectively, for people who have made meritorious contributions, while providing education and vocational training for national contributors and their relatives. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc made the above requirement during a conference held in the central Quang Nam province, on July 22, to honour contributors to the national revolution on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Wounded and Fallen Soldiers’ Day (July 27). At the event, the leaders of Quang Nam presented a summary of the 20 year implementation of preferential policies for national contributors in the province and honoured its localities for caring for wounded and fallen soldiers since the reestablishment of the province (1997). According to the report, Quang Nam has the largest number of policy beneficiaries across the nation, with the number of revolutionary contributors accounting for more than 23% of its population. The province has more than 65,400 martyrs and over 135,000 of their relatives; over 30,500 wounded soldiers and more than 45,300 people who have made contributions to the revolution. Notably, the province has 14,795 Vietnamese Heroic Mothers (13,881 passed away) and all of them are supported by the relevant agencies, units and enterprises. Speaking at the conference, on behalf of the Party and the State, PM Phuc showed his appreciation for the results achieved by Quang Nam in the work of paying gratitude to national contributors. The province is the first locale to advance the…... [read more]

NDO - Vietnam has won four gold medals, one silver medal and one bronze medal at the 58th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) 2017, the highest ever achievement to be recorded over 43 years of Vietnam's participation in the IMO, according to the Ministry of Education and Training. The four gold medals went to 12th graders, Hoang Huu Quoc Huy, from Le Quy Don High School for the Gifted in Ba Ria-Vung Tau province; Le Quang Dung, from Lam Son High School for the Gifted in Thanh Hoa province; Nguyen Canh Hoang, from Phan Boi Chau High School for the Gifted in Nghe An province; and Phan NhatDuy, from Ha Tinh High School for the Gifted in Ha Tinh province. The silver medal was won by Pham Nam Khanh, an 11th-grade student from Hanoi-Amsterdam High School for the Gifted in Hanoi and the bronze medal was won by Do Van Quyet, a 12th-grade student from VinhPhuc High School for Gifted in VinhPhuc province. In particular, Hoang Huu Quoc Huy was one among three gold medal winners achieving 35 points. With a total of 155 points, Vietnam ranked 3rd among 112 countries attending this year's Olympiad after the Republic of Korea (170 points) and China (159 points). The US and Iran came in fourth and fifth place. The IMO 2017 is taking place in Brazil from July 12-23 with the participation of 615 contestants from 112 countries and territories. ... [read more]

NDO - The Prime Minister has recently issued Directive No.33/CT-TTg on enhancing the management and restoration of road and railway safety corridors. The PM requested the ministries, branches and localities preliminarily review the implementation of Decision No. 994/QD-TTg on the approval of the plan to restore road and railway corridor safety for the 2014-2020 period as well as evaluate the achieved results and limitations; and review the responsibility of collectives and individuals and propose solutions in the coming time. The Ministry of Transport has been asked to direct functional agencies and units to strengthen the implementation of regulations and coordination with localities, enhance the inspection and prevention of violations as well as promptly handle violations related to the use and exploitation of space within the land areas reserved for roads or railways or transferring it to local administrations to be handled on its own accord. The Ministry of Public Security is requested to direct police agencies and localities to intensify the patrol, control, detection and prevention of violations on management and protection of traffic infrastructure; strictly handle those causing public disorder or combat the persons on duty in restoring road safety corridors and sidewalks. The Ministry of Information and Communications shall direct press agencies to step up the dissemination of law provisions on the management and protection of road and railway traffic infrastructure; condemn or criticize illegal acts of using pavements, roads, destroying traffic works or illegally using road and railway safety corridors, etc. The PM…... [read more]

NDO – A variety of photos, artifacts and documents highlighting the care for wounded and fallen soldiers and revolutionary contributors will be showcased at an exhibition from July 25-27 at the Vietnam Exhibition Centre for Culture and Arts (VECCA) in Hanoi. The exhibition, which will be divided into four parts, is a meaningful political and social event to mark the 70th anniversary of Wounded and Fallen Soldiers (July 27, 1947 – 2017). The first part will feature photos, artifacts and documents on the attention paid by Party and State leaders, particularly President Ho Chi Minh, to caring for wounded and fallen soldiers. The Party’s guidelines and State’s policies and decrees on wounded and fallen soldiers and revolutionary contributors will also be displayed at the exhibition. In the second area, photos, figures and quotations will highlight the achievements in care for wounded soldiers, heroic martyrs and revolutionary contributors over the past 70 years, including building and effectively implementing policies and movements, as well as searching for, collecting and repatriating a large number of martyrs' remains, and building and restoring martyr’s cemeteries and memorial monuments around the country. Notably, visitors can learn more about the wide spread of the ‘showing gratitude’ movements among the whole society through the exhibits at the third part, featuring the participation of the Vietnam Military History Museum, the Vietnam People's Public Security Museum, the Hanoi municipal Department of Culture and Sports and Thai Nguyen provincial People’s Committee. On display are also photos, documents…... [read more]

With great efforts, Cyclist Huynh Thanh Tung of Military Region 7 team successfully reached the finishing line first after 1 hour 15 minutes 44 seconds, wining the final stage. He was followed by Nguyen Minh Luan from Premium Cycling Vinh Long team and Loic Desriac from Bike Life Dong Nai team. After the final race, the organizing panel held a ceremony to conclude the over-700km-long race from Hanoi to Quang Tri ancient citadel - the symbol of the indomitable spirit and courage of Quang Tri people in particular and the Vietnamese people in general. The organizing panel presents the first prize to Cyclist Nguyen Cuong Khang, second and third prizes to cyclists Nguyen Tan Hoai and Le Nguyet Minh. Addressing the closing ceremony, Senior Colonel Phung Kim Lan, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the People’s Army Newspaper, stressed that the support and encouragement of the leadership of the Ministry of National Defense, the General Department of Politics, civilian and military units, agencies, and businesses, and local people made the tournament successful. Taking place from July 15 to 20, the tournament is considered a golden chance for cyclists to show their talent, indomitable spirit, and strength as well as for the present generations to pay gratitude to those sacrificing themselves and contributed to the national construction and defense cause. Before presenting prizes to the outstanding cyclists and teams, the organizers offered incense at the Ancient Citadel Monument in commemoration of contributions and sacrifices of fallen…... [read more]

NDO - Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh held a meeting with a delegation from the Enterprise Association of Wounded Soldiers and Disabilities at the Presidential Office in Hanoi on July 21 to mark the 70th anniversary of the Wounded Soldiers and Martyrs' Day. Major General Le Ma Luong, Hero of the People's Armed Forces and Chairman of the association said that the association, along with its 600 members, have organised many practical activities in support of the wounded soldiers, policy beneficiary families, and national contributors, including providing social houses and raising support funds, among others. Luong noted that such activities have contributed to encouraging and helping thousands of wounded and sick soldiers in overcoming difficulties as they integrate into the community. The Enterprise Association of Wounded Soldiers and Disabilities has played a leading role in protecting the legitimate interests of wounded soldier enterprises throughout the country, Luong said. The association chairman added that the association and its member branches are standing firm in the face of economic difficulties as they strive to create jobs for hundreds of thousands of wounded and sick soldiers, AO victims and policy beneficiaries. Vice President Thinh expressed her appreciation for the efforts by the association in creating substantive activities in support of national contributors and disadvantaged citizens. She emphasised that the Party and State have carried out many policies to show their gratitude and preferential treatment towards wounded soldiers, policy beneficiaries and war victims in order to help them stabilise their lives. She told…... [read more]

NDO – In the face of complications caused by the flooding in recent days, Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung chaired an urgent meeting of the Central Steering Committee on Natural Disaster Prevention and Control in Hanoi on July 21, to review water regulations and the management of inter-reservoirs in the Red River basin. According to report from the steering committee, in an attempt to combat the complicated evolution of flooding in recent days, the inter-reservoir operation process in the Red River basin has been commenced, as Son La and Hoa Binh hydropower plants began discharging water. Following the discharge, Hoa Binh reservoir’s water level, as of 6pm July 18, was at 106.19 m and at 5pm on July 20 was at 106.20 m (almost unchanged), 5.20 m above the permitted water level. While in Son La reservoir, the water level at 6pm on July 19 was 201.90 m and at 5pm on July 20 at 201.18 m (down 0.72 m), 3.88 m higher than the permissible level. After more than two days of discharging, the water level in Son La reservoir reduced slowly by 0.5 m/day, while the water level in Hoa Binh reservoir is almost unchanged due to the large volume of water running into the reservoir, equivalent to the total discharge. On the first day as the reservoirs began regulating water, water levels downstream of the Red River and Thai Binh River changed slowly. The implementation of water regulations in recent days is assessed…... [read more]

A series of fatal elevator accidents that occurred recently at apartment buildings have raised concerns over the safety of residents, suggesting that maintenance work had not been completed correctly, the Thời Báo Kinh Doanh (Business Times) reported. Elevators in the G5 apartment building in Đại Kim urban area, Hoàng Mai District, Hà Nội. A series of fatal elevator accidents that occurred recently at apartment buildings have raised concerns over the safety of residents. - Photo Just last week, while a maintenance worker was on his way to repair an elevator stranded at the second floor of an apartment building in HCM City’s District 9, a security officer died after falling five metres down the elevator shaft. On July 9, visitors to Bitexco Financial Tower Building in HCM City had to call for help after the elevator came to a halt while travelling from the ground floor. Less than two months earlier, seven workers of the HCM City-based Hùng Thắng Phát Company were injured due to a broken elevator cable. Elevator incidents are also common at apartment buildings in resettlement areas like Xuân Đỉnh, Đền Lừ and Hoàng Mai in Hà Nội. Đặng Thúy Hằng, 42, living in the Đền Lừ resettlement area recalled a frightening moment when she was trapped in an elevator. “Being trapped in the elevator is an everyday occurrence to residents living in this building,” she said. “Each…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Major General Le Van Cuong speaks to the Hai Quan (Customs) newspaper about the role of social media in Viet Nam. Major General Le Van Cuong. Do you have any comments on why many “hot issues” that have attracted attention from State management agencies often come from the social media? Though we have not got any official statistics, most of major cases which have been handled by government agencies came from social media. In my opinion, this reflects two messages. First, the State management agencies, like those of environment, construction, transport and people’s daily life, are rather bureaucratic in their operation. That’s why up to 70-80 per cent of corruption cases were uncovered by the media. For the case of the 8B Le Truc highrise which is close to the historic Ba Dinh Square with one floor more than what it had been approved. But ironically speaking, the adding floor has a height of 15m (it is equal to the height five floors).   It only came to light when the story appeared in the social media. And finally, the owner of the 8B Le Truc building had to remove the adding floor. The second message that I want to say is the important role played by the social media in informing their readership of what is happening in the society. In addition, the social media is a good channel for the government agencies to consult with. Don’t you think that the social media is a good…... [read more]

NDO – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc will head a steering committee for implementation of measures to prevent traffic jams in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, according to a recently released directive from the Government Office. Accordingly, traffic jams in the capital city of Hanoi and the southern economic hub of HCM City have become considerably worse, requiring comprehensive solutions and specific mechanisms and policies to deal with them. For that reason, PM Phuc requested the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) to follow the Government's guidance in Document No. 6731/VPCP-CN dated June 29, 2017 by the Government Office on the establishment of the Steering Committee for implementation of anti-traffic congestion measures in Hanoi and HCM City. Under the document, the steering committee will be led by the PM. Its deputy heads include a deputy PM, the minister of Planning and Investment and chairpersons of the People's Committees of Hanoi and HCM City. The steering committee’s members are heads of relevant ministries and sectors. Earlier, at the end of June, PM Phuc agreed to set up a steering committee to implement measures to prevent traffic jams in Hanoi and HCM City and assigned the MPI to study and collect suggestions from the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Construction to develop a proposal on the establishment of the steering committee as stipulated, then submit the plan to the PM in July. According to statistics, in 2016, Hanoi had an additional 17 traffic jam…... [read more]

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