Binh Thuan NA deputies delegation pays working visit to Laos

The location of the Cai Lậy Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) toll station on National Highway No 1 was appropriate, according to Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyễn Ngọc Đông. The location of the Cai Lậy Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) toll station on National Highway No 1 was appropriate, according to Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyễn Ngọc Đông.- Photo zing.vn The official made the declaration at a feisty meeting on Thursday, which featured pointed questions from local media on the toll station in Tiền Giang Province. The toll station was temporarily suspended from operation on Tuesday due to strong opposition from drivers on August 13 and 14, only two weeks after it opened on August 1 with fees set at VNĐ35,000 ($1.5) to VNĐ180,000 ($7.8), depending on the vehicle. Drivers complained that the location of the toll station was inappropriate. The station is located on National Highway No 1 but collects fees for a 12-km bypass of the Cai Lậy Town and some drivers only travel on the highway not the bypass. To protest the fees on August 13, drivers used small notes to pay the fees, causing traffic jams for hours at the toll station, reported Giao thông (Transport) online newspaper. Speaking at the meeting, Đông said the toll station’s location belonged to a project with two components. The first component was to improve the quality of a 26.4-km section of National Highway No 1. The second component…... [read more]

The installation of exercising equipment in parks and other public areas has been an unqualified success in the capital city. Residents do morning exercises with outdoor sports equipment at the Thống Nhất Park in Hà Nội. - Photo hanoimoi.com.vn The free outdoor gyms that began springing up three years ago have proved very popular with residents, prompting more people to exercise regularly. Đinh Văn Luyến, Head of Public Sports Division under the city’s Department of Culture and Sports, said that between 2014 and 2016, exercise equipment was installed in the seven districts of Long Biên, Ba Đình, Tây Hồ, Hà Đông, Thanh Xuân, Hai Bà Trưng and Cầu Giấy. “The free outdoor gyms have been welcomed and applauded. Previously, people usually went to the parks to walk, jog or do a few stretching exercise. Now they can do more with the supporting exercise equipment,” Luyến said. The outdoor gyms have not only been funded by the city’s budget, but also with financial assistance from district budgets or private donors. In May, the Tây Hồ District People’s Committee inaugurated two free outdoor gyms worth about VNĐ1 billion in its Thụy Khuê and Bưởi wards. Tây Hồ Vice Chairman Phạm Xuân Tài said that district wanted to provide free exercise equipment to all eight wards in the district to promote sports and improve public health. The district authority has called on private sector…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – The National Assembly’s Standing Committee yesterday held a session with questions for Minister of Construction Tran Hong Ha on several issues, including state management of planning and supervision of the use of urban land in harmony with traffic development. Minister of Construction Pham Hong Ha answers inquiries regarding urban planning posed by National Assembly deputies during a session held yesterday by the National Assembly’s Standing Committee. — Photo: VNA/VNS  The first deputies to grill the minister bemoaned “a lack of vision” in urban planning, leading to inadequate waste treatment and a serious shortage of open space for recreation – issues deputies said could be witnessed in all big cities. Minister Ha admitted the quality of planning has been suffering from a lack of coherence amongst different sectors. The blame, according to the construction minister, can be put on state agencies who “fail to perform their duties,” don’t observe transparency regulations and conduct improper inspections. “Can the minister answer whether official planning is leaked to certain parties so they can benefit from this advance knowledge?” Nguyen Thi Kim Thuy, a Da Nang City deputy, asked the minister. The minister said that “basically it’s a non-issue, but in some specific cases, ‘group interests’ do indeed occur.” Nguyen Thanh Thuy, deputy from the southern province of Hau Giang, grilled the construction minister over illegal construction, encroachment into public-use land, agricultural land, or even land reserved for defence and security purposes. Ha admitted that these phenomena will not go away soon,…... [read more]

The National Assembly’s Standing Committee (NASC) on Thursday rubbished a proposal to abandon a criminal records form, stressing its irreplaceable role in criminal investigations. Minister of Justice Le Thanh Long at the meeting of the National Assembly’s Standing Committee (NASC) on Thursday. The proposal, which suggested eliminating criminal record form No 2, was a part of amendments to the Law on Judicial Records and was the topic of discussion during the second meeting day of the NASC. The law came into effect in July 2010, and parts of it are unsuitable with developments in society and other legal documents like the Constitution 2013, the Penal Code and the Penal Procedure Code both issued in 2015, said Minister of Justice Le Thanh Long at the meeting. He said the ministry planned to amend 15 articles, supplement three more and discard seven articles and one clause. The current judicial records law regulates the issuance of two types of criminal records forms. Both the forms are granted at the municipal Department of Justice or the National Centre for Criminal Records. Form No 2 includes even deleted criminal convictions and is provided only to judicial units to assist investigations and prosecutions, or to a person requesting their own criminal record. The Ministry of Justice, which drafted the proposal, argued that granting form No 2 to individuals wasted time and money. It also contradicted the right to privacy as stated in the Constitution 2013 and diminished the chances of rehabilitation of those with deleted convictions,…... [read more]

The National Steering Committee on Natural Disaster Prevention received 30 tons of aid relief to help flood victims in the northern mountainous provinces at Noi Bai International Airport yesterday.  On behalf of Vietnamese Government, Minister, Chairman of the Office of the Government Mai Tien Dung. Mai Tien Dung sends VND 400 million to the Central Fatherland Front Committee of Vietnam to support the flood victims in the northern mountainous province The donation was contributed by the ASEAN Coordinating Center for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA), an inter-governmental organization established by ten ASEAN countries in November 17, 2011 under its target of facilitate cooperation and coordination among ASEAN Member States and with the United Nations and international organizations for disaster management and emergency. 30 tons of aid relief included 600 household kits, 3,000 personal hygiene products, 600 kitchen kits, one set of movable canvas containing goods, an electric generator with 16 KVA, and 300 home repair kits with total value of US$ 2.3 trillion. As plan, the donation will be sent to flood victims in the provinces of Son La, Yen Bai and Nghe An where suffered serious damages after a week-long siege of flashflood and landslide.  On the occasion, Director of the ASEAN Coordinating Center for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management Ms. Adelina Kamal shared with losses from the recent flood and the difficulties of people in effected-areas. This is the first time that Vietnam called for assistance from the organization, added Ms. Adelina Kamal. On the same day,…... [read more]

The donation was contributed by the ASEAN Coordinating Center for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA), an inter-governmental organization established by ten ASEAN countries in November 17, 2011 under its target of facilitate cooperation and coordination among ASEAN Member States and with the United Nations and international organizations for disaster management and emergency. 30 tons of aid relief included 600 household kits, 3,000 personal hygiene products, 600 kitchen kits, one set of movable canvas containing goods, an electric generator with 16 KVA, and 300 home repair kits with total value of US$ 2.3 trillion. As plan, the donation will be sent to flood victims in the provinces of Son La, Yen Bai and Nghe An where suffered serious damages after a week-long siege of flashflood and landslide.  On the occasion, Director of the ASEAN Coordinating Center for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management Ms. Adelina Kamal shared with losses from the recent flood and the difficulties of people in effected-areas. This is the first time that Vietnam called for assistance from the organization, added Ms. Adelina Kamal. On the same day, the Ministry of Health launched a fund to help flood-affected people in the Northwest provinces after a week long siege of flashfloods and downpours. Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien, all staffs and officials voluntarily contributed their at least one day's salary to assist flood-affected people. In the face of risk of infectious disease outbreaks, the ministry directed and informed about measures as…... [read more]

The donation was contributed by the ASEAN Coordinating Center for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA), an inter-governmental organization established by ten ASEAN countries in November 17, 2011 under its target of facilitate cooperation and coordination among ASEAN Member States and with the United Nations and international organizations for disaster management and emergency. 30 tons of aid relief included 600 household kits, 3,000 personal hygiene products, 600 kitchen kits, one set of movable canvas containing goods, an electric generator with 16 KVA, and 300 home repair kits with total value of US$ 2.3 trillion. As plan, the donation will be sent to flood victims in the provinces of Son La, Yen Bai and Nghe An where suffered serious damages after a week-long siege of flashflood and landslide.  On the occasion, Director of the ASEAN Coordinating Center for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management Ms. Adelina Kamal shared with losses from the recent flood and the difficulties of people in effected-areas. This is the first time that Vietnam called for assistance from the organization, added Ms. Adelina Kamal. On the same day, the Ministry of Health launched a fund to help flood-affected people in the Northwest provinces after a week long siege of flashfloods and downpours. Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien, all staffs and officials voluntarily contributed their at least one day's salary to assist flood-affected people. In the face of risk of infectious disease outbreaks, the ministry directed and informed about measures as…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge - The US NAR (national association of realtors) reports that Vietnamese transferred $3 billion abroad last year to buy houses in the US.  Meanwhile, Vu Quang Viet, a former senior UN official, however, believes the amount of money transferred abroad is no less than $8-9 billion a year. In 2015, Viet said that $33 billion was transferred abroad in the 2008-2013 period The expert said it was easy to transfer money abroad through two channels. First, the managers of enterprises, especially state-owned enterprises, when importing products, can ask foreign companies to open accounts overseas and then put money into the accounts. Why do so many Vietnamese businesspeople want to leave Vietnam? Can they find better business opportunities overseas, or are they increasingly worried about the domestic living and business environment?  The account opening brings benefits to both sides: foreign companies can sell goods and the ‘lubrication fee’ is counted in the selling prices, while the managers of enterprises can keep money in accounts overseas, and no one knows about their money. The same is also applied to consultancy contracts with the Vietnamese. People are paid overseas for the consultancy they provide to foreigners. The second way is transferring money through remittance service rings. With the service, money does not go via banks and thus is not put under control. Dau Anh Tuan, head of the legal department under VCCI, in an article on Tuoi Tre, raised questions about the number of the rich people emigrating abroad. Why do…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – The Supreme People’s Procuracy announced it has indicted Chau Thi Thu Nga, former National Assembly deputy, and nine accomplices for their role in a VND377 billion (US$16.8 million) property scam. Chau Thi Thu Nga, former National Assembly deputy, has been indicted for her role in a massive property scam.  Nga, chairwoman of the Land and Housing Construction and Investment JSC (Housing Group), and nine others will be prosecuted on charges of “fraudulent appropriation of assets” under Article 139 of the Penal Code. According to the indictment, the B5 Cau Dien project (North Tu Liem District, Ha Noi City) was within the land assigned by the state to the Ha Noi Import-Export Investment Construction and Development Single-Member Co., Ltd. (HAIC) for production and business activities. It was a resettlement housing project meant to serve urban traffic development of the capital city, and not for commercial housing. However, Nga signed a partnership contract with Nguyen Van Tuan, HAIC chairman, to co-invest in the B5 project. The two intended to use the B5 land to construct apartment buildings and villas. The investigation found that the new plans for the project had not been granted a construction licence by the Ha Noi People’s Committee, but the group lured unsuspecting buyers for commercial housing through false advertisements. Between 2009 and 2013, by showing unapproved drawings of the apartments, Nga and other accomplices signed some 752 capital contribution contracts, collecting VND377 billion from home buyers, with a promise to transfer usage rights for…... [read more]

By the end of this year, programme 135 will have finished the first phase, which lasted for seven years. Under the first phase, more than 20,000 infrastructure projects have been built, more than 200 commune-cluster centres established, 70 percent of the communes have built basic infrastructural facilities such as roads, schools, irrigation, medial centres and electricity supply networks. Furthermore, about 90 percent of the children living in communes with special difficulties have attended school, 86 percent of communes built primary schools, 96 percent built medical centres, and an additional 500 communes built motor roads. On average between four to five percent of households have escaped poverty. According to Trang A Pao, chairman of the National Assembly’s Ethnicity Council, the educational level of ethnic people in disadvantaged communes remains very low and they mainly rely on self-sufficient economic behaviour. In many areas, ethnic people still practice slash-and-burn farming, while infrastructure facilities do not meet the requirements for development. "Programme 135 has proved very effective, but it has only been implemented for a short period of time with modest investment, therefore the results have been limited," said Mr Pao. "For the time being, many small and scattered projects have been built that do not meet technical specifications. The poverty rate remains high while disparities between regions and ethnic groups are still widening." The Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs reported that under the new criteria, the poverty rate in the north-western and Central Highlands regions currently stands at more than 60…... [read more]




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