Hoa Binh construction company wins bids for big projects

A corner of Noi Bai International Airport in Ha Noi. — VNS Photo Thanh Hai The Ministry of Transport will increase service charges at airports to compensate for investment costs of the airport system and raise service quality. According to a regulation issued last week, the take-off and landing charge will increase by 5 per cent from October 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018, on average. It will fluctuate based on rush hours, normal hours and off-peak hours. Specifically, the charge will be raised by 15 per cent during rush hours and reduced by 15 per cent during off-peak hours. During normal hours, the take-off and landing charges will be VND698,000 (US$30.6) each time for ATR70 aircraft, more than VND1.5 million for A320 and A321, and more than VND5.8 million for A350, B787, B777 and A330. The charge will be up by 10 per cent as of July 1, 2018. Insiders said flight airfares will certainly increase following the transport ministry’s regulation, which was issued last week, because input costs are up. A representative of budget airline Vietjet Air told Vietnam News Agency that the firm had yet to determine a method to raise airfares. However, the fare would go up when charges increased. “We encourage passengers to buy tickets online directly, not through unofficial agents, to avoid buying tickets at higher prices,” representatives said. The Ministry of Transport will increase service charges at airports from October 1,…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Ha Noi People’s Court yesterday opened legal proceedings against a criminal case regarding an illegal virtual gold trading floor. The case involves top managers of the Ha Noi-based Khai Thai Consultant Limited Company (KTIC). Hsu Ming Jung at the court hearing. – Photo: VNA/VNS  KTIC General Director Hsu Ming Jung (also called Saga) from Taiwan and his six Vietnamese accomplices will be tried on charges of swindling VND264 billion (US$11.7 million) from more than 700 investors. Hsu Ming Jung, 42; Doan Thi Luyen, 30, managing director of the company; Nguyen Manh Linh, 30, a director of the company; and Trinh Hoang Binh, 42, the company’s chief accountant, will be charged with fraud pursuant to Article 139 of the Penal Code. Two other Vietnamese people, the managing directors of the company’s branches at the Plaschem Building in Ha Noi, Dinh Thi Hong Vinh, and at the Lotte Building in Ha Noi, Tang Hai Nam, will also be charged with the same offence. They were arrested in October 2014 after they were found setting up an illegal gold trading floor to cheat investors. According to the indictment, Saga established the KTIC in November 2011, with a charter capital of VND20 billion. The company opened three branches with 18 business offices. Investigations showed that between December 2012 and September 2014, the Taiwanese CEO and his accomplices illegally set up a gold trading floor to raise over VND280 billion ($12.4 million) at high interest rates from 717 investors. They then appropriated…... [read more]

Delegates discuss on the reform of the investment climate in APEC member economies at the Investment Experts’ Group (IEG) meeting held in HCM City on Monday. — VNA/VNS Photo Phuong Hoa Promoting trade and investment and reforming the investment climate in APEC member economies were discussed at the Investment Experts’ Group (IEG) meeting held in HCM City on Monday as part of the ongoing third APEC Senior Officials’ Meeting and related meetings. The two-day meeting held under the aegis of the Committee of Trade and Investment saw officials from 21 APEC members and experts from international organizations take part. “One of the big topics is of course the examination of the next generation’s trade investment issues, which is something that APEC members identify as the issue for the future, and we are going to look at them from the investment perspective,” IEG convener Maxim Berdichevsky, said. He told Viet Nam News: “It’s bringing consistency and harmonisation to the investment regime within APEC, and I think it’s part of what we are discussing here. They have to respond to domestic priorities, but we want to make it easy for investors to move their capital within the region to optimise the supply chain and investment.” At the meeting, participants focused on how to improve the investment climate in the Asia-Pacific region and discussed the latest domestic investment policy approaches to improving the investment climate. Australia proposed sharing experiences related to foreign investment with…... [read more]

HCM City, August 22 (VNA) – Vietnam will work harder to raise public awareness of e-filing system in intellectual property (IP) registration, which has been put into place earlier this year by the National Office of Intellectual Property of Vietnam (NOIP), said Le Ngoc Lam, NOIP deputy head.  The system benefits both file submitters and IP agencies, Lam told Vietnam News Agency reporters on the sidelines of the 45th meeting of the Intellectual Property Experts Group (IPEG) in Ho Chi Minh City on August 22.  To intensify the e-filing system, it is necessary to ensure smooth procedures and IP agencies should make thorough preparations in order to deal with piles of dossiers, the official noted.  This is also one of the two initiatives presented by Vietnam at the IPEG meeting, together with the country’s joining of The Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs in the coming time, Lam said.  The agreement could be useful for Vietnamese enterprises which want to register for IP rights in other countries, the official said, noting that Vietnam is making all-out efforts to ensure that the country can engage in the document without having to amend relevant domestic laws.  Since some articles of Vietnam’s Law on Intellectual Property, which has been put into operation for ten years, have not matched The Hague Agreement, Vietnam needs to raise their own voice in this regard.  Developing an e-environment which should be strong enough to accelerate Vietnam’s participation…... [read more]

An overview of the 45th meeting of the Intellectual Property Experts Group (Source: VNA) HCM City (VNA) – Vietnam will work harder to raise public awareness of e-filing system in intellectual property (IP) registration, which has been put into place earlier this year by the National Office of Intellectual Property of Vietnam (NOIP), said Le Ngoc Lam, NOIP deputy head. The system benefits both file submitters and IP agencies, Lam told Vietnam News Agency reporters on the sidelines of the 45th meeting of the Intellectual Property Experts Group (IPEG) in Ho Chi Minh City on August 22. To intensify the e-filing system, it is necessary to ensure smooth procedures and IP agencies should make thorough preparations in order to deal with piles of dossiers, the official noted. This is also one of the two initiatives presented by Vietnam at the IPEG meeting, together with the country’s joining of The Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs in the coming time, Lam said. The agreement could be useful for Vietnamese enterprises which want to register for IP rights in other countries, the official said, noting that Vietnam is making all-out efforts to ensure that the country can engage in the document without having to amend relevant domestic laws. Since some articles of Vietnam’s Law on Intellectual Property, which has been put into operation for ten years, have not matched The Hague Agreement, Vietnam needs to raise their own voice…... [read more]

Four men accused of being members of an Islamist cell behind a van attack that killed 13 people in Barcelona last week appeared in court on Tuesday, a day after the alleged driver was shot dead by police. Spanish Civil Guards escort one of four men accused of involvement in an Islamist cell behind a van attack in Barcelona last week, in Tres Cantos, Spain, August 21, 2017. The four, the only ones still alive among the 12 men thought to constitute the group, were brought from Barcelona to Madrid where they were taken to the High Court under tight security for the hearing. Police on Monday shot dead 22-year-old Younes Abouyaaqoub, who they had identified as the driver of the van that careered along the packed Las Ramblas boulevard in Barcelona on Thursday, leaving a trail of dead and 120 injured from 34 countries. After the attack, Abouyaaqoub escaped on foot, stabbing to death a man who was parking his car and fleeing in the vehicle. Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia said on Tuesday he walked some 40 km (25 miles) from Sant Just Desvern, the town on the outskirts of Barcelona where he ditched the hijacked car, to Subirats, where he was shot dead. Abouyaaqoub, who had changed clothes, walked by night and hid during the day, the paper said citing sources involved in the investigation. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the van attack and a separate deadly assault, hours later, in the coastal resort of Cambrils, south of…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – The biggest and most comprehensive-ever book collection on the history of Viet Nam has just hit bookcases throughout the country. A vast tome: The 15-episode collection Lịich Su Viet Nam is now available at bookstores at the prize of nearly VND5 million (US$222). -- Photo daibieunhandan.vn Titled Lich Su Viet Nam, the 15-episode collection was printed for the first time by the Viet Nam Academy of Social Sciences in 2015 with a limited number of 500 copies. The book was awarded Best Book in 2015 by the IRED Institute of Education and Phan Chau Trinh Foundation. “This very first reprint will help the 10,000-page collection serve a wider audience,” said Vu Duong Thuy Nga, head of the Library Department within the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. “The collection will be sent to public libraries all over the country this time.” According to Dinh Quang Hai, rector of Viet Nam History Institute, the collection covering Vietnamese history from early times to the year 2000 was a ministry-level research project hosted by the institute. “The collection builds on basic knowledge in previous studies on the matter, besides focusing on including the most recent research by experts from history, archaeology, ethnology, religion and culture,” he said. Tran Duc Cuong, chairman of Viet Nam Association of History Science, stressed that the collection includes more details on two border wars between 1975 and 1988. “The southwest border war is very clear. After we gained the reunification in 1975, the Pol Pot-allied…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong’s official visit to Indonesia from August 22-24 will help consolidate friendship and boost co-operation, deepening the two countries’ strategic partnership.  Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong’s official visit to Indonesia from August 22-24 will help consolidate friendship and boost co-operation, deepening the two countries’ strategic partnership. — VNA/VNS Photo Deputy head of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for External Relations Nguyen Huy Tang said this is a historic visit as it is the first visit made by a Party chief to Indonesia since late President Ho Chi Minh’s visit in 1959, and the first visit made by a top Vietnamese leader since the two nations established a strategic partnership in June 2013.  The trip also aims to reaffirm Viet Nam’s foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, peace, co-operation and development, and attaching importance to relations with neighbours and partners in ASEAN, he added.  Viet Nam and Indonesia established diplomatic ties on December 30, 1955. Viet Nam is the only ASEAN country Indonesia has a strategic partnership with.  They have inked numerous co-operation deals, including memoranda of understanding on co-operation in fisheries and sea-related issues, agriculture and finance. Various co-operative mechanisms have also been established, including the bilateral co-operation committee at the foreign ministerial level, and a joint committee on economic co-operation.  In recent years, two-way trade has grown well. Import-export turnover increased from US$4.6 billion in 2012 to US$5.6 billion in 2016 with average growth of five per cent. The two countries…... [read more]

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said there could have been abuses in his government's war on drugs and ordered the police to take custody of officers who were involved in the killing of a high school student last week. In a hastily called news conference at the presidential palace, Duterte said he would not condone abuses and the police officers would have to face the consequences of their actions if that is the recommendation of a formal investigation. "There is a possibility that in some of police incidents there could be abuses. I admit that," Duterte said. Duterte unleashed a crackdown the day he took office on June 30 last year after a convincing win in an election in which he campaigned heavily on a promise to use deadly force to wipe out crime and drugs. The firebrand leader, however, stepped back from defending the police as public anger mounts over the killing of Kian Loyd Delos Santos. Civil society groups and left-wing activists marched in the streets to protest killing. CCTV footage appearing to show Kian Loyd Delos Santos being dragged by plain-clothed police past a basketball court in Caloocan City Barangay, Philippines August 16, 2017 in this still image taken from video. Courtesy of Caloocan City Barangay 160/Handout via Reuters Residents and protesters hold lighted candles at the wake of Kian Loyd delos Santos, a 17-year-old high school student, who was among the people shot dead last week in an escalation of President Rodrigo Duterte's war…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Karate is back in the SEA Games this August, following its absence in Singapore two years ago. Nguyen Thi Hong Anh in a training shift in Ha Noi. She is the national hope for karate gold medal at the SEA Games. — Photo zing.vn Viet Nam’s athletes are hoping to secure four gold medals and stay in the top three after a successful 2016 season. Malaysia, the hosts, would be the biggest challenge. They topped the medal tally at the 27th Games in Myanmar winning seven out of 17 titles, while Viet Nam bagged three to stand second. The young martial artists, it is hoped, will make a bang. “Our team are in the process of rejuvenation. However, the athletes have made remarkable improvement, especially the women. It is the reason we believe we will win gold medals in Kuala Lumpur,” Vu Son Ha, head of Karate Department of the National Sports Administration, said. Athletes have been summoned from the beginning the year. They are aged 18-20 in the kumite (combat) team and 16-20 in the kata (performance) squad. Many of them have bagged medals from continental and world events in the last two years. Nguyen Thi Ngoan is one of the best athletes in the kumite team, trained by Iranian Sayed Hassan Shaterzadeh. She won a bronze at the Karate1-Premier League, the world’s most important league event, in the women’s 61kg in April. Ngoan also pocketed a gold medal from the Asian championship for U21 athletes…... [read more]




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