Defence ministry transfers land to Da Nang Airport for expansion plan

Finance Ministry points out impediments to e-customsMinh Tam HCMC – Many local companies have switched to using electronic tax and customs procedures but tax and customs authorities have still asked them to provide paper documents, according to the Finance Ministry. The ministry said more than 97% of domestic enterprises which have employed e-transactions in the tax and customs sectors are still told to submit their paper files to go through necessary procedures. That enterprises are frequently asked to print out their digital invoices has brought unnecessary costs for them, thereby reducing the efficiency of the administrative reform. A survey of the ministry shows some agencies which are responsible for verifying financial information have indirect effects on e-transactions. They are the Market Surveillance Agency under the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Vietnam Register under the Transport Ministry, the Traffic Police under Ministry of Public Security, and the Border Guard under the Ministry of Defense. Therefore, the Finance Ministry proposed the Government issue regulations on inspection of online invoices replacing Decree 27/2007/ND-CP on financial e-transactions. The Finance Ministry has proposed relevant ministries inspect their digital invoices electronically rather than by paper. The ministry plans to send the Government a draft decree that would replace Decree 27 next month.... [read more]

Some 1,768 natural disasters hit the country by July 30, down 203 compared to the same period of last year. However, death toll and the number of people missing amounted to 511 and 145 respectively, up 42 and 45, respectively since the same period last year. Chairing a conference on evaluating natural disaster response in the capital city yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung pointed out some shortcomings in the natural disaster rescue process nationwide. “Reviews of landslide-prone locations and resident evacuations were not conducted in an urgent manner,” he said. “Some localities were passive during emergencies.” Some areas did not take natural disaster forecasts and warnings seriously and were not fully prepared for evacuations during storms and floods, he added. The Deputy PM asked local authorities and residents to fully grasp the severity of the current climate situation to stay ready for response. Natural disasters will continue to ravage the country this year and the following years as a result of climate change, creating negative effects on agriculture and industrial production and prompting unexpected accidents in mainland and on the sea, he said. He urged the National Committee on Incident, Disaster Response and Search and Rescue to instruct ministries, agencies and localities to continue revising and supplementing solutions to flash floods, landslides, tsunamis and other disasters. At the same time, they should raise public awareness of disaster response and search and rescue, increasing supervision over the effort, he added. Search and rescue forces should enhance international cooperation…... [read more]

Some 1,768 natural disasters hit the country by July 30, down 203 compared to the same period of last year. However, death toll and the number of people missing amounted to 511 and 145 respectively, up 42 and 45, respectively since the same period last year. Chairing a conference on evaluating natural disaster response in the capital city yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung pointed out some shortcomings in the natural disaster rescue process nationwide. “Reviews of landslide-prone locations and resident evacuations were not conducted in an urgent manner,” he said. “Some localities were passive during emergencies.” Some areas did not take natural disaster forecasts and warnings seriously and were not fully prepared for evacuations during storms and floods, he added. The Deputy PM asked local authorities and residents to fully grasp the severity of the current climate situation to stay ready for response. Natural disasters will continue to ravage the country this year and the following years as a result of climate change, creating negative effects on agriculture and industrial production and prompting unexpected accidents in mainland and on the sea, he said. He urged the National Committee on Incident, Disaster Response and Search and Rescue to instruct ministries, agencies and localities to continue revising and supplementing solutions to flash floods, landslides, tsunamis and other disasters. At the same time, they should raise public awareness of disaster response and search and rescue, increasing supervision over the effort, he added. Search and rescue forces should enhance international cooperation…... [read more]

NDO - Human trafficking is a complicated situation, not only causing harm to ethics, race, lifestyle, habits, customs and laws, but also directly affects the security and order of the country, as well as being of great concern for society as a whole. From the beginning of 2011 until June this year, there have been 2,748 human trafficking cases involving 4,110 traffickers and 5,984 victims, of which 447 cases were for the purpose of marriage accounting for 27% of the total number of human trafficking cases with 1,140 victims. The crimes occurred in all provinces and cities across the country. The victims are not only women and children, but also men and new-borns, and the phenomenon of surrogacy. More than 80% of the victims were trafficked abroad, mainly through the border gates between Vietnam and Cambodia, Laos, and China. Criminals are mainly scapegoats with criminal records and charges against them for trafficking. They work in combination to entice, hook, cheat, and coerce victims in order to traffic them abroad. In addition, there are also foreigners visiting Vietnam in the form of tourism and business activities, but are then linking with the Vietnamese brokers to form transnational human trafficking rings. Notably, in recent times, by taking advantage of favourable policies on immigration procedures, issuance of citizens' passports and cross border travel passes, many traffickers have organised rings for human trafficking abroad, in the form of tourism, visiting relatives, and illegal labour. Victims are usually not provided with residency procedures or the…... [read more]

In the three-day workshop, sponsored by the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), participants are being trained in practices in international and national standards of blood safety by technical experts from the US Pacific Command (PACOM), the US Armed Forces Research Institute of Medicine Sciences (AFRIMS) and leading military hospital in Vietnam. The blood safety programme is being conducted by the US Department of Defense and the Military Medicine Department of the Vietnamese Ministry of Defense at four blood transfusion centres in the military medical system. PEFAR has supported these centres since 2004 with the upgrading of infrastructure, procurement of new equipment, training of personnel on national blood safety regulation, blood screening, HIV testing and counselling, and routine quality assurance and quality control. The four centres provide safe blood not only for treating military personnel but also for civilian emergency needs. The programme overall objective is to collect, screen, and provide safe blood to meet the needs in the region, both military and civilian communities. Since 2004, the US Government has provided more than US$320 million to comprehensive HIV/AIDS prevention, care, treatment and support activities in Vietnam.... [read more]

According to their latest reports, at 07:00 on September 27, the eye of storm was located at 15.6 degrees north latitude and 116.4 degree east longitude, packing winds between 80-102 km per hour near its centre. The storm is forecast to move between west-northwest at a speed of 20-25km per hour. At 07:00 on September 28, the eye of the storm was located at 16.0 degree north latitude and 112.0 degree east longitude, about 80km off the caost of central Quang Tri province and Da Nang city. The strongest gusts of wind have reached gale force 12 and 13 near the storm’s centre. The northern parts of the East Sea are experiencing high winds, heavy rains and very rough seas. The National Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Control and the National Committee for Search and Rescue asked Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Thua Thien-Hue, Da Nang, Quang Nam, and Quang Ngai to implement the Prime Minister’s urgent telegram No 1794 dated September 26 and take measures to cope with the storm. The Prime Minister asked local authorities to evacuate people from storm-prone areas. Da Nang city and Quang Ngai province should instruct fishing vessels operating in the East Sea and Hoang Sa (Spratly) archipelagos to move ashore or return to nearby storm shelters. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Ministry of Defense were asked to send two teams to help the provinces of Ha Tinh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien Hue. *** Meanwhile,…... [read more]

The memorial service will take place at a Vietnam-Lao cemetery in Anh Son District. A special cultural programme highlighting the traditional friendship between the two countries will be broadcast live on VTV1 at 20h on October 24. Speaking at the press conference, Nguyen Thanh Son, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Head of the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese, said that the event reflects the Vietnamese people’s deep gratitude towards the soldiers who fought for the independence of Vietnam and Laos and aims to strengthen ties between the two countries. The press conference was held by the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha, the General Political Department under the Ministry of Defense and the Nghe An Provincial People’s Committee.... [read more]

The signing of the MOI between the Vietnamese Ministry of Defense and the United State Agency for International Development (USAID) marked the two governments’ commitment to start the detoxification by July, 2011 and complete it within two years. Nguyen Huy Hieu, Deputy Minister of Defence said that it is an important task for Vietnam to overcome the consequences of dioxin and Agent Orange. In recent years, the Ministry of Defence has worked with some international agencies, including those from the US, to implement the detoxification in some regions. The Deputy Minister also hoped that the programme would further improve the environment and health of Vietnamese people. According to the US Ambassador to Vietnam, Michael Michalak, since 2001, the US and Vietnam have cooperated to solve potential environmental and medical issues related to dioxin and Agent Orange. In 2010 alone, the US financed US$16.9 million for an US$34 million to clear the dioxin in Da Nang.... [read more]

(VOVworld)- The Vietnamese government has approved a National Action Plan to 2016 and Orientation to 2030 to deal with toxic chemicals used by the US during the war in Vietnam. The Ministry of National Defense, as the lead agency, will cooperate with Ministries, sectors, and localities to identify and treat heavily-contaminated areas. Officials from the Ministry of Defense and US experts monitor the decontamination project at Da Nang airport From 2010 to 2015, reports were made to assess contaminated soil and sediments at 3 hot spots: Da Nang, Bien Hoa city in Dong Nai province, and Phu Cat airport in Binh Dinh province. A number of methods have been devised to treat contamination. At Phu Cat airport, the Ministry of National Defense collected and safely buried more than 7,500 cubic meters of dioxin-contaminated soil removing the airport from the list of heavily-contaminated areas. At Bien Hoa airport, the Ministry is working with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to assess the environment and formulate a master decontamination plan. At Da Nang airport, the Ministry has cleaned up approximately 45,000 cubic meters of soil. Nguyen The Dong, Head of the Office of Government Steering Committee 33, said: “In Da Nang, we applied In-Pile Thermal Desorption (IPTD) technology for the 1st phase of dioxin treatment. The solution has proved effective. Learning from the experience of Da Nang, the Ministry of Defense will improve the technology and apply it in Bien Hoa. We support this solution.” Under the Prime Minister’s decision, by…... [read more]

The Ministry of Defense reported in the first seven months of the year, drug-related crime, and trade fraud in border areas remained complicated, especially illegal trafficking of coal, ores, oil and gas, tobacco, foreign currencies, consumer goods, and precious metals. To best cope with the situation, the Ministry of Defense directed border and coast guards to strictly co-ordinate with all relevant agencies and authorities of neighbouring countries to intensify a crackdown on these crimes. Over the past time, military forces have uncovered 854 cases with over 1,140 drug smugglers, seizing 754 cakes of heroin, nearly 29 kg of synthetic drug. Addressing at working session in Hanoi on August 20, Deputy PM Phuc lauded the Ministry of Defense’s achievements in discovering and dealing with trade fraud and smuggling cases. Combating these crimes is an important task of the entire Party, nation, and army, as well as the whole political system, he said, adding that Party Committees, local authorities and relevant agencies should play a pivotal role in the fight. Phuc asked the Ministry of Defence and relevant agencies to increase inspections along the border and at sea to timely and effectively tackle smuggling and trade fraud. He reminded the designated agencies to enhance communications to raise awareness of the negative ramifications of these illegal activities among border people.... [read more]




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