Railway breakdowns prompt investigation

NDO – Nguyen Thi Doan, Former Vice President and also Chairwoman of the Vietnam Association for Study Encouragement, visited and provided a financial aid of VND150 million (US$6,600) for schools in Yen Bai province’s Mu Cang Chai district on August 9, aiming to help them overcome the aftermaths of recent flash floods. >>> Joint efforts made to support flood victims In addition, Yen Bai province received billions of Vietnam dong in assistance from many other provinces and organisations, with VND1.2 billion from the Ho Chi Minh City Fatherland Front Committee, VND300 million from Thai Nguyen province, VND500 million from the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam, 100 million from Hoa Binh province and another VND100 million from the Vietnam Farmers’ Association. * On the same day, fund-raising ceremonies to support flood-hit provinces in the Northwestern region were held by the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Communication and Education; the Overseas Party Organisation; the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs; and Nhan Dan Newspaper. Accordingly, public servants and employees of these units will donate at least a day’s salary and all donations will be sent to the recipients as soon as possible. * In the morning of August 9, a delegation of the Central Enterprises Block Party Committee, led by Deputy Secretary Pham Tan Cong, visited, encouraged and presented over VND4.4 billion to Yen Bai, aiming to help the province address the challenges caused by recent floods. * On Wednesday, the Vietnam Red Cross Society (VRCS) issued an…... [read more]

NDO – Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has suggested that national contributors from Dong Nai province should promote their revolutionary tradition to act as good models for locals to follow, contributing to local socio-economic development and building a prosperous country. The government senior official made the suggestion while hosting the delegation of revolutionary contributors from the southern province at the government headquarters yesterday. Reporting to the deputy PM, Deputy Head of Dong Nai Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, Ho Van Loc stated that the province has more than 56,000 people with commendable services to the revolution, of which more than 13,000 beneficiaries receive monthly allowances. Over the past years, Dong Nai has synchronously implemented a range of programmes related to national contributors, such as posthumously conferring the title of Vietnamese Heroic Mother, building gratitude houses for contributors, and resolving uncompleted policies for people involved in national liberation. Every year, the central budget allocates over VND250 billion to Dong Nai for the implementation of preferential policies for those with admirable services, as well as preferential policies on education , housing, health care, and vocational training for members of policy families. The provincial budget also spends over VND20 billion in order to give gifts during national holidays. In the past five years, the gratitude funds have mobilised over VND22 billion and set up 422 savings books worth VND941 million for national contributors. Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam joins Dong Nai delegates in a group photo. (Credit: VGP) …... [read more]

CHENGDU: China on Wednesday (Aug 9) evacuated nearly 60,000 people in its mountainous southwest after a strong earthquake killed at least 19, rattling a region where memories of a 2008 seismic disaster remain fresh. An injured woman arrives at Mianyang Central Hospital in Mianyang, China's southwestern Sichuan province, after an 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck the province. (STR/AFP) The 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck Sichuan province late on Tuesday, tearing cracks in mountain highways, triggering landslides, damaging buildings and sending panicked residents and tourists fleeing into the open. The provincial government said on Wednesday afternoon that most of the tourists - many stranded at a popular national park near the epicentre - have been evacuated after spending a nervous night out in the open as more than 1,000 aftershocks rippled across the region. Locals will also be moved to safer ground, according to the authorities. The area's difficult geography - and travel restrictions quickly imposed by authorities - have so far prevented a clear picture of the scale of the disaster from emerging, but there were no reports of catastrophic damage or large-scale casualties by Wednesday afternoon. The quake killed at least 19 people and injured at least 263, 10 of them seriously, official news agency Xinhua quoted local officials as saying. Two foreigners, a French man and a Canadian woman, were among the injured. The local government of Aba prefecture, where the epicentre…... [read more]

Over 12.7ha of remediated land at the Đà Nẵng International Airport, part of a major Agent Orange clean-up project, will be returned to the Ministry of Transport under an agreement signed on Wednesday. A 12.7ha area of dioxin contaminated land has been returned to the Transport Ministry after cleaning the soil of dioxin. VNS Photo Công Thành The agreement was signed by representatives from the Vietnamese Ministry of National Defence, Air Defence-Air Force Command (ADAFC) and the US Agency of International Development (USAID). This is the second portion of land to be turned over for new development as part of expansion of the Đà Nẵng International Airport, while USAID and the Ministry of National Defence continue their collaboration to clean up dioxin contaminated soil and sediment at the site of the former US Đà Nẵng Air Base.  “The handover of land for the second phase of the project commencing marked close co-operation between Việt Nam’s defence ministry and USAID for several years in cleaning up dioxin contamination at the airport,” said Lt. General Phạm Ngọc Minh, deputy chief of the General Staff under the Việt Nam People’s Army,. “Today’s event also marks significant efforts made by Việt Nam and the US towards addressing the consequences of war. The project, which completed its first phase in May, had handed over a 5.97ha plot for building runways and parking lots at the airport in preparation for…... [read more]

Participants in the launching ceremony of the text-message programme donate money to flood victims (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnam Red Cross Society (VRC) on August 9 launched a text-message programme to raise funds for people in flood-hit areas in northern Vietnam. By texting “UH” to the number 1409, a donor can donate 20,000 VND to the programme, which lasts from August 9 to October 7. Other material aid can be delivered to the VRC headquarters at No 82 Nguyen Du street in Hanoi or its southern representative office at No 201 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Money can also be sent to the bank account “Trung uong Hoi Chu thap do Viet Nam”, number 124 02 02 005 348 (for VND), 124 02 02 018198 (for USD), or 124 02 02 006862 (for EUR), at the Hoang Mai branch of the Vietnam Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (No 127 Lo Duc street in Hai Ba Trung district, Hanoi). All of the collected money and materials will be used to support flood-affected people with fundamental goods, housing and livelihoods. On August 8, the VRC also called on its chapters, members and people nationwide to provide assistance for flood victims. The campaign will last until the end of September. Heavy rains and subsequent flash floods occurred across northern mountainous provinces over the last few days, especially in Yen Bai, Son La and Lai Chau…... [read more]

NDO/VNA - The People’s Court of outlying My Duc district of Hanoi, on August 8, announced the sentences at the first instance trial on law violations regarding land management in the district’s Dong Tam commune. Accordingly, 10 individuals faced the charge of abusing their position and power while on duty, in pursuant to Article 281 of the Penal Code. They include three former chairmen of the Dong Tam communal People’s Committee Nguyen Van Son, Le Dinh Thuan and Nguyen Van Bot who received 36, 42 and 18-month suspended sentences, respectively. Others were sentenced to 24 months – 78 months in jail. On the charge of showing “irresponsibility causing serious consequences”, Pham Huu Sach, former head of My Duc district’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, and Tran Trung Tan, an official of the district’s Land Registration Office, were given a 24-month suspended sentence. Dinh Van Dung, former director of My Duc district’s Land Registration Office; and Bach Van Dong, former deputy director of the district’s Land Registration Office, were sentenced to 36 months and 30 months in prison, respectively. According to the indictment, between 2002 and 2013, Bot, Son, Thuan, and other key officials of Dong Tam commune illegally allocated and granted land to a number of local households, or legalised land that certain households occupied illegally. The four indicted district officials did not fulfill their responsibility for verifying the origin of the land, resulting in the unlawful granting of land-use certificates. Dong Tam Commune’s People…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – The National Assembly (NA) of Vietnam will work closely with the NA and the Senate of Cambodia to promote cooperation between the Governments and peoples of the two countries, NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan has said. She made the remarks while receiving First Vice President of the Cambodian Senate Nay Pena in Hanoi on August 9. She welcomed Nay Pena’s official visit to Vietnam as the two countries are celebrating 50 years of diplomatic ties (June 24, 1967). She congratulated Cambodia on the successful communal elections last June, voicing her belief that the results of the elections will be an important prerequisite for the success of the general election in 2018. The NA and the people of Vietnam are very happy with the significant and comprehensive attainments the Cambodian people have obtained over the past few years, she added. Applauding the outcomes of the talks between Senate First Vice President Nay Pena and Vietnam’s NA Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong, Chairwoman Ngan affirmed that the Vietnamese parliament always prioritises the reinforcement of the two countries’ traditional friendship and all-round cooperation. She also asked her guest and the Cambodian Senate to continue assisting Vietnamese expatriates to settle in the country and integrate into local society so that they may serve as a friendship bridge linking the two nations. Nay Pena once again thanked the Vietnamese Party, State and people for helping the Cambodian people free themselves from the Pol Pot genocidal regime. …... [read more]

NDO/VNA – The National Assembly (NA) of Vietnam will work closely with the NA and the Senate of Cambodia to promote cooperation between the Governments and peoples of the two countries, NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan has said. She made the remarks while receiving First Vice President of the Cambodian Senate Nay Pena in Hanoi on August 9. She welcomed Nay Pena’s official visit to Vietnam as the two countries are celebrating 50 years of diplomatic ties (June 24, 1967). She congratulated Cambodia on the successful communal elections last June, voicing her belief that the results of the elections will be an important prerequisite for the success of the general election in 2018. The NA and the people of Vietnam are very happy with the significant and comprehensive attainments the Cambodian people have obtained over the past few years, she added. Applauding the outcomes of the talks between Senate First Vice President Nay Pena and Vietnam’s NA Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong, Chairwoman Ngan affirmed that the Vietnamese parliament always prioritises the reinforcement of the two countries’ traditional friendship and all-round cooperation. She also asked her guest and the Cambodian Senate to continue assisting Vietnamese expatriates to settle in the country and integrate into local society so that they may serve as a friendship bridge linking the two nations. Nay Pena once again thanked the Vietnamese Party, State and people for helping the Cambodian people free themselves from the Pol Pot genocidal regime. …... [read more]

HCM City, August 9 (VNA) – Businesses should cooperate closely with the Government to usher in a second export wave of products with higher added-value and promotion of brands, participants at a seminar in HMC City said on August 8.  According to Nguyen Phu Hoa, deputy head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade’s Import and Export Department, the second wave is crucial given the world has entered the tech-based Fourth Industrial Revolution that is tranforming society, services and trade.  For example, in Japan and the US, humans are working with robots while China is targeting more modern production similar to the Republic of Korea’s and Japan’s.  Vietnam’s first export wave, in which businesses exported raw material, is over.  The seminar pointed out that certain foundations would need to be established to successfully develop the second wave.  The first is setting up a system to share know-how innovated with the support of the Government, according to participants.  This kind of sharing will enable companies to access new technologies, talents and scientists.  Thus, all research outcomes must be shared and published so that they could be applied.  The second requirement is creating trust and confidence since now many consumers doubt the origin and quality of goods.  Thirdly, a competitive infrastructure needs to be developed.  Hoa said one huge thrust would be needed to upgrade roads, bridges, ports, and logistics facilities to serve production and exports.  "But exports cannot…... [read more]

The auction to be held on 21st August is by John Hume, the world’s largest rhino farmer, and the auction website has both a Vietnamese and Chinese language option in addition to English. HSI believes there is a significant risk that horns from this auction, even if purchased legally in South Africa, may end up being trafficked to Asian consumer markets by organized criminal syndicates. The South African government estimates that a rhino is killed for its horn about every eight hours in South Africa, largely to satisfy black market demand in Vietnam and China. The horn to be auctioned is ‘trimmed’ from Hume’s 1,500 farmed rhino, and purportedly aimed at the domestic rhino horn trade which is now legal following a ruling in April by South Africa’s constitutional court, lifting a 2009 ban. However, in light of the suspicious language options on the site, the Vietnamese government has reiterated in an official statement that according to Vietnamese law, rhino horn purchased at this auction could not be legally exported to Vietnam for commercial, medical or personal purposes. Manh Tien Vuong, deputy director of the Vietnam CITES Management Authority, said, “According to Decision 11/2013/QD-TTg dated 24/01/2013, Vietnam prohibits all trade in white and black rhinoceroses and their products with only narrow exceptions for purposes such as law enforcement, political, scientific research, and zoological display.”   This auction comes at a time when rhino poaching is at crisis point,…... [read more]




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