VN airports serve over 55m passengers in seven months

A Vietjet aircraft takes off from Tan Son Nhat International Airport in HCM City. — VNS Photo Vietjet on Monday introduced a five-day promotion on August 9-13, offering 200,000 super-promotional air tickets priced only from zero dollars. The offer is aimed at welcoming the most exciting travel season of the year. The promotion, which will be available during the golden hours from noon to 2pm, is applicable on all Vietjet’s international routes from HCM City, Ha Noi, Da Nang and Hai Phong to Seoul, Busan (South Korea); Hong Kong; Kaohsiung, Taipei, Tainan, Taichung (Taiwan); Singapore; and Bangkok (Thailand); as well as Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia); Yangon (Myanmar) and Siem Reap (Cambodia), for travel from September 1 to May 31, 2018. “This transitioning weather is always favoured by tourists for travel. This is also the best time for everyone to show their beloved ones they care by traveling to international destinations thanks to the cool weather,” Vietjet said in its statement. In another move, Vietjet is continuing to increase its flight frequency for several international routes, including the HCM City-Seoul route that will have 14 return flights per week from October 29, increasing from the previous seven return flights per week. Meanwhile, the Da Nang-Seoul route will be also increased from seven to 14 return flights per week from November 6. — VNS ... [read more]

HCMC to restrict light trucks in daytime to ease congestionLe Anh The heavy presence of light trucks on Truong Son Street near the Tan Son Nhat International Airport is partly to blame for traffic congestion in the airport area - PHOTO: LE ANH HCMC – The HCMC Department of Transport will restrict light trucks travelling on inner-city roads in the daytime in an effort to ease worsening traffic congestion. At a first-half review conference on traffic safety in HCMC last Friday, the HCMC Traffic Safety Board said congestion had worsened on many streets at rush hours, especially those leading to the city, passing through the city center and leading to key ports. Congestion is a usual sight on Dong Van Cong Street in District 2 due to a huge number of trucks traveling to and out from Cat Lai Port. Huynh Trung Phong, head of the HCMC Police Department’s Road and Railway Traffic Police Division, said large numbers of light trucks and increasingly huge armies of Uber and Grab taxis are to blame for severe congestion on many roads at peak hours. Congestion is also caused by less-than-five-ton trucks at noon when they are allowed to transport goods to restaurants, hotels and small manufacturing enterprises, said Bui Xuan Cuong, director of the city’s Department of Transport. In 37 areas highly prone to traffic congestion last year, 25 have seen some positive improvement, and 10 have still faced traffic congestion. Phong said a huge number of newly registered vehicles is another reason for rising traffic congestion in…... [read more]

Thailand’s Siam City Cement Group wants to expand investment in construction materials and waste treatment in Dong Nai province. — VNA/VNS Photo Thailand’s Siam City Cement Group wants to expand investment in the production and supply of construction materials and waste treatment in Viet Nam’s southern province of Dong Nai. Chief executive officer of the group Philippe Richart made the remark at a working session with the provincial People’s Committee in Dong Nai on Monday. Currently, Siam City Cement has invested in the Holcim factory in Nhon Trach district. In the future, the firm is consider extending the Holcim plant and building an industrial dry mortar factory and a construction material transfer station in Dong Nai province, Richart added. Richart also said that Siam City Cement was focusing on the ​​waste treatment sector. At present, the company owns advanced waste treatment technology, especially for fly ash processing. Vice chairman of Dong Nai People’s Committee, Nguyen Quoc Hung, said that the province has been implementing a series of key projects, including the Ben Luc - Long Thanh expressway which is under construction, the Dau Giay - Phan Thiet and Dau Giay – Da Lat express routes which are in the investment stage and the Long Thanh Airport which is slated for 2019. Therefore, demand for building materials is growing rapidly. In addition, with more than 26,000 domestic businesses and over 1,000 foreign invested projects operating in the province, a significant amount of waste…... [read more]

Thailand’s Siam City Cement Group wants to expand investment in construction materials and waste treatment in Dong Nai province (Illustrative image. Source: VNA) Dong Nai (VNA) – Thailand’s Siam City Cement Group wants to expand investment in the production and supply of construction materials and waste treatment in Vietnam’s southern province of Dong Nai. Chief executive officer of the group Philippe Richart made the remark at a working session with the provincial People’s Committee in Dong Nai on August 8. He noted that the group has invested in the Holcim cement plant in Nhon Trach district, and moves to expand the operation of this factory in the coming time. Siam City Cement will invest in building an industrial dry mortar plant and a transit station for construction material in Dong Nai, he said. It is also focusing on waste treatment, he said, adding that the group is using the latest technologies in this field. Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Quoc Hung cited a number of key projects being carried out in the locality such as the Ben Duc-Long Thanh, Dau Giay-Phan Thiet, Dau Giay-Da Lat expressways. The construction of Long Thanh airport will be launched in 2019. Therefore, the local demand for construction materials is extremely huge.  Additionally, with over 26,000 active domestic businesses and 1,000 foreign investment projects, the province also needs investment in waste treatment, he said. Local authorities will accompany businesses and support them to…... [read more]

A taxi driver in the central city of Da Nang has been suspended and is facing dismissal for overcharging a South Korean tourist. The driver allegedly drove a South Korean woman from Da Nang International Airport to a hotel on An Thuong 26 Street, less than 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) away, on Friday evening. He then charged her VND700,000 ($30.8) for the journey, despite the meter only showing VND50,000. The hotel informed Le Van Trung, director of the city's Department of Transport, of the incident via text message. The department and the Da Nang Taxi Association identified the driver as Nguyen Truong Giang from the Hai Van taxi company using camera footage from the area and company records, according to Phap Luat Plus. Giang and a representative from Hai Van met the tourist on Sunday to apologize and return her money, following instructions from the department. The taxi company has also assigned a Korean-speaking driver to drive her for free for the entire duration of her stay in Da Nang, in addition to paying for her hotel fees, the newspaper reported. A representative from the company said Giang has been suspended and will be fined and fired for his actions. The unfortunate incident has tainted Da Nang's image, Phap Luat Plus quoted Bui Thanh Thuan, deputy director of the city's Department of Transport, as saying. This is the first time transport officials have stepped in to deal with taxi drivers who overcharge, he added.... [read more]

An overturned light truck on the approach to Binh Trieu Bridge in HCM City’s Thu Duc District. — VNA/VNS Photo Manh Linh The chairman of HCM City People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong instructed the municipal Department of Transport and relevant authorities to conduct studies on banning all light trucks during the day time in an effort to ease traffic congestion. “This is a necessary solution because traffic congestion is happening throughout the day, not only during peak hours, especially at the city’s enterences, major roads, Tan Son Nhat Airport and Cat Lai Port,” Phong said at a Friday meeting to review traffic and safety for the first six months of this year.a “Relevant authorities must continue to properly guide traffic routes, install more traffic lights, and arrange traffic police to ease traffic congestion,” he added. Phong also asked authorities to speed up projects to collect car parking fees, to set up walking streets in downtown and waterway taxis on the Sai Gon river, to build underground car parking areas at Le Van Tam Park and Trong Dong Stage, to rearrange bus stations and to review activities of Uber and Grab in the city. The chairman also requested departments and industries to accelerate automatic fee collection for new roads. “The Department of Planning and Industry must carefully consider parking places when granting new business licences and the Department of Construction must not grant licences for high-rise buildings and apartments in areas that haven…... [read more]

An overturned light truck on the approach to Binh Trieu Bridge in HCM City’s Thu Duc District. — VNA/VNS Photo Manh Linh The chairman of HCM City People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong instructed the municipal Department of Transport and relevant authorities to conduct studies on banning all light trucks during the day time in an effort to ease traffic congestion. “This is a necessary solution because traffic congestion is happening throughout the day, not only during peak hours, especially at the city’s enterences, major roads, Tan Son Nhat Airport and Cat Lai Port,” Phong said at a Friday meeting to review traffic and safety for the first six months of this year.a “Relevant authorities must continue to properly guide traffic routes, install more traffic lights, and arrange traffic police to ease traffic congestion,” he added. Phong also asked authorities to speed up projects to collect car parking fees, to set up walking streets in downtown and waterway taxis on the Sai Gon river, to build underground car parking areas at Le Van Tam Park and Trong Dong Stage, to rearrange bus stations and to review activities of Uber and Grab in the city. The chairman also requested departments and industries to accelerate automatic fee collection for new roads. “The Department of Planning and Industry must carefully consider parking places when granting new business licences and the Department of Construction must not grant licences for high-rise buildings and apartments in areas that haven…... [read more]

NDO – The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Tourism has put two tourist information stations into operation at Bach Dang Park and the September 23 Park to provide tourists with an easy way to get travel information. The stations are fully equipped with two computers that have smart screens and internet connection which can help tourists search for information in regards to roads, restaurants, shopping places nearby and means of transport to tourist attractions. Covering an area of 55 square metres, the stations will operate from 8 am to 9 pm every day. Staff will still be available at the stations to provide tourists with information and support. In addition, a tourism handbook, map and a Code of Conduct are printed and translated into English, Japanese, Russian and Chinese to assist tourists from all over the globe. The department is planning to coordinate with students and pensioners with foreign language skills to work at the stations. According to Le Truong Hien Hoa, director of Ho Chi Minh City's Tourism Promotion Centre, after one year of testing, the two stations, the centre will review the existing format and propose expanding the model in Tan Son Nhat International Airport and at the city’s key attractions such as Reunification Palace and the War Remnants Museum.... [read more]

Last weekend, a Facebook rant by the mother of a 15-year-old boy against the way he was treated by the police aroused a lot of sympathy and condemnation. Photo: Facebook She said her son was playing his violin on the pedestrian street around Hoan Kiem Lake, when the police rudely stopped him, because he had no permission to play music for money. She said she could not accept the way the police shouted at him made him panic and cry. Her post was quickly and widely shared on Facebook and other social networks, and several online newspapers published her allegations as well as the reactions of netizens, sympathising with the son’s plight and criticising the police. However, two days later, the mother posted again, retracting her previous post and apologizing to the police for making unsubstantiated allegations. Following this, many people deleted their responses and some of the online publications deleted their stories as well. It is not surprising that stories about the bad behaviour of public officials and celebrities gain greater traction and get strong responses from the public, mostly of stringent criticism. But this latest episode, which is only one among many, highlights the ways in which social networks are being mined for information, superseding actual news publications. It is sad, but true that many reporters, particularly with online publications, use Facebook and other social sites as a major source of information. Why is this sad? Given the preeminence of online social networks in the digital age, using…... [read more]

An area under dioxin detoxification at Da Nang airport (Illustrative photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – The trial dioxin detoxification using microbial technology at A Sho airfield of A Luoi district, the central province of Thua Thien-Hue, has generated optimistic outcomes. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment held a workshop in Hanoi on August 4 to report on the outcomes of the test detoxification, which was carried out by the Republic of Korea (RoK)’s biology company BJC and the Vietnam Association for Conservation of Nature and Environment. By using the RoK’s microbial species, the land area considered to be most contaminated with dioxin at A Sho airfield received anaerobic treatment for three months and then aerobic treatment. The dioxin concentration in the contaminated land declined from 161.65pg-TEQ per gram to 104.93pg-TEQ per gram, according to scientists from the BJC, the Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology, and the Korea Institute of Toxicology. Basing on the test’ results, participants at the workshop highly valued the capacity and efforts of Korean experts. They asked authorised agencies of Vietnam and the RoK to complete necessary procedures to publicise official research findings and facilitate social organisations’ international cooperation in environmental protection and socio-economic development. The US army sprayed some 80 million litres of toxic chemicals from 1961 to 1971, 61 percent of which was Agent Orange containing 366 kilograms of dioxin, over nearly one quarter of the total area of South Vietnam.  Preliminary statistics showed…... [read more]




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