Japanese flower arrangements dazzle on display in Hanoi

Wife of ex-president of Honduras arrested on graft charges: officials

Rosa Elena Bonilla was detained at her residence on the outskirts of the capital Tegucigalpa, officials said. Police also arrested her brother-in-law and seized documents pertaining to graft accusations. Ana Maria Calderon, interim head of the Organization of American States’ (OAS) Mission to Support the Fight against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras (MACCIH) said Bonilla and others had embezzled 16 million lempiras ($680,000). “Mrs. Bonilla is accused, along with other former officials, … having created a money laundering network to hide money from the state that was earmarked for social works,” Calderon said. Late last year, Bonilla denied the corruption allegations after voluntarily testifying before prosecutors in the case. Her lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Wednesday. Calderon said Bonilla used part of the money to pay for family members’ educational fees and personal surgeries. Corruption scandals have led to a string of arrests in Central America in recent years, thanks to growing pressure from activists and backing from foreign powers. Bonilla was detained a day after U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley visited Honduras to talk about drug trafficking and corruption. Among the funds suspected of being embezzled were about $255,000 donated by Taiwan in 2013 for medical equipment, building materials for poor families and job programs, officials said. Bonilla is also being investigated by prosecutors for suspected anomalies in $330,000 that was designated for the purchase of shoes and uniforms for poor children, officials said. Earlier this month, the head of… [Read full story]

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Siêu xe thể thao Lexus LC500 kết hợp hoàn hảo với Black Panther

19:02 – 28/02/2018 (GMT+7) Lượt xem: 78 Bình luận: 0 Để thêm phần ấn tượng và đặc sắc hơn, Lexus và hãng phim Marvel Studio cùng hợp tác, kết hợp hình tượng siêu anh hùng với siêu xe coupe thể thao Lexus LC500 trong bộ phim bom tấn Black Panther. Chiến binh Báo Đen xoay quanh vị vua trẻ T’Challa, người vừa quay trở về vùng đất Wakanda giàu có, hiện đại bậc nhất nhưng lại nằm tách biệt hoàn toàn so với thế giới bên ngoài để tiếp quản ngôi báu trị vì đất nước và bảo vệ quê hương khỏi những kẻ thù đang bành trướng thế lực sau khi vua cha qua đời. Lexus và hãng phim Marvel Studio cùng hợp tác, kết hợp hình tượng siêu anh hùng với siêu xe coupe thể thao Lexus LC500 trong bộ phim bom tấn “Black Panther” Đó là những câu chuyện khơi nguồn cảm hứng song hành cùng những trải nghiệm tuyệt vời, hay chính là sự kết hợp hoàn hảo giữa Marvel Studios và Lexus. Hình ảnh siêu anh hùng Black Panther (Chiến Binh Báo Đen) trong bộ phim cùng tên hiện lên nổi bật đầy phong cách song hành với siêu xe thể thao LC500. Với công nghệ tiên phong, thiết kế táo bạo và vận hành hứng khởi, LC500thực sự xứng tầm đói với vị vua Wakanda, người cai trị vương quốc hiện đại nhất thế giới. Được khơi nguồn cảm hứng từ mẫu xe ý… [Read full story]

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Hoi An tightens control over operation of bars, restaurants at night

Bars and restaurants in Hoi An are required to turn down music after 10 pm and close by midnight. The order came from Nguyen Van Son, vice chairman of the Hoi An People’s Committee at a meeting on February 27 with owners of local bars and restaurants. A corner of Hoi An ancient town According to Son, bars and restaurants in Hoi An are allowed to open until midnight every day. However, many bars and restaurants still ignored the regulation, operating after the midnight with music, encroaching pavements, causing noise and traffic problems. Son also mentioned the case in which passengers were overcharged on bus in Hoi An or a male tourist from Australia was attacked by a group of motorbike taxi drivers in Hoi An, causing him to be hospitalised due to injuries. He warned that these have affected the city’s image, emphasising that municipal authorities will strictly deal such violations. He requested local bars and restaurants to lower music after 10 pm, close by midnight and keep signage and tables off sidewalks. There must be an announcement of closing broadcast to patrons at least 15 minutes in advance. Businesses were also ordered to not work with motorbike taxi drivers or touts. Any violation will be strictly punished. Police patrols will be arranged to maintain order in the old town.

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Study helps complete legal framework to combat corruption

At the thematic discussion held in Hanoi on February 28, UNDP Country Director in Vietnam Caitlin Wiesen highlighted that control of corruption must be sped up  for sustainable development of all nations and societies. The UNDP supports the study as part of efforts to share experience with Vietnam in penalising the bribery of foreign public officials, thus helping the country complete its legal framework to combat corruption in the business sector, she said. UNDP Country Director in Vietnam Caitlin Wiesen at the thematic discussion. Photo: baoquocte.vn A member of the research group, PhD Dao Le Thu, director of the comparative legal research centre under the Hanoi Law University, said that global economic integration has increased the risks of local investors giving bribes to officials at foreign governments, agencies and organisations to seek competitive advantages in international trade and investment. The US, the UK, Japan, the Republic of Korea and China, which have criminalized the act of offering bribes to foreign officials, were chosen as case studies in service of this study, she noted. The bribery of foreign cadres should be prescribed in the anti-corruption law to ensure comprehensive legal mechanism, the group suggested. Gerry Macgowan, a representative from the British Embassy in Vietnam, said that Britain’s Bribery Act 2010, an act that covers the criminal law relating to bribery, was issued in 2010 and takes effect from 2011. It is considered as one of the world’s most stringent laws. He pointed to the need to have a strong enforcement strategy… [Read full story]

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Solutions to Da Nang steel plants’ pollution to be given by March 5

Philippine chief justice takes leave, not resign

Vietnam’s world muay champion slams Canadian fighter for ‘promoting his own image’

Senior artist in the Chinese self-defense martial art of Wing Chun, Pierre Francois Flores, is in Vietnam for the second time to once again challenge local fighters on what he says is a journey to promote the authenticity of traditional martial arts, after winning two fights last year. Flores became known across Asia last year after responding to a challenge from Chinese mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Xu Xiao Dong. Xu had issued the challenge to all traditional Chinese martial arts masters following a 10-second victory over a Tai Chi master that went viral. Xu, a 38-year-old self-taught MMA fighter, said that the traditional martial arts have become outdated and are now only good for keeping the body fit, while freestyle fighting and boxing are more effective when it comes to combat. In Flores’ invitation on Facebook, he referred to Xu’s fight as a “necessary awakening in the face of a phenomenon that threatens the credibility of martial arts.” The fight between Xu and Flores never transpired.  In a interview with VnExpress on Wednesday, Nguyen Tran Duy Nhat, who has made history by becoming the first Vietnamese fighter to win the International Federation of Muay Thai Amateur World Championship seven times, spoke differently about Flores’ motivation in Vietnam. Nguyen Tran Duy Nhat said Pierre Francois Flores is not qualified enough to represent Vietnamese martial arts. In his latest statement, Flores said Vietnamese people are angry at him because he does not represent the country’s martial arts. What do you think… [Read full story]

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Global scientists gather in Vietnam to look beyond solar system

By Vi Vu  &nbspFebruary 28, 2018 | 10:49 am GMT+7 Artist’s concept shows seven Earth-sized planets, whose discovery was revealed in February lat year, based on available data about their sizes, masses and orbital distances. Photo by Reuters/NASA/JPL-Caltech The five-day event is discussing the diversity and wide range of the universe to search for life outside our world. More than 70 scientists from around the world are in Vietnam for a series of conferences to explore planets outside our eight-strong solar system. The annual Meeting Vietnam (Rencontres du Vietnam) event opened on Monday at the International Center of Interdisciplinary Science Education in Quy Nhon in the central coastal province of Binh Dinh, with the theme “Exoplanetary Science”. Scientists from 20 countries at the event said that studies outside the Earth’s solar system have become an active part of astrophysics, which looks into the diversity and wide range of the universe for the purpose of finding life away from the blue planet. The five-day event will include 10 presentations and multiple discussions between observers in the field. The first two days were open to students. France-based physicist Tran Thanh Van (R), founder of Meeting Vietnam, talks with scientists at the Exoplanetary Science conference in Quy Nhon on February 26, 2018. Photo by Binh Dinh Online Professor Guillaume Hébrard from the Paris Institute of Astrophysics (Institut d’astrophysique de Paris), who is chairing the 14th Meeting Vietnam, said scientists will share their latest research to provide new knowledge as well as observation methods for extrasolar… [Read full story]

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Hanoi: Dog paintings show celebrates Year of the Dog

VN-Index regains top performing spot in Asia thanks to foreign investors

Just a few short weeks after a global equity selloff caused Vietnam to lose its crown as Asia’s best-performing market so far this year, the country is back on top. These gains may extend, helping the VN-Index surpass its March 2007 peak, as the gauge is forecast to reach 1,210 by the end of 2018, according to a survey of 10 strategists by Bloomberg. RongViet Securities Corporation in Saigon said in a report that the VN-Index will increase by at least 17 percent this year, and even 67 percent in its best scenario, meaning it could end the year somewhere between 1,170 and 1,640. Nguyen The Minh, a senior analyst at Saigon Securities Incorporation, was more reserved. “The VN-Index could reach 1,050 points in the short term, and 1,300 by year-end,” he said. Foreigners have been net buyers of the country’s shares this month, even as they pulled a combined $14 billion from nine Asian markets tracked by Bloomberg. “Earnings growth is expected to be better, at around 20 to 25 percent, and not just with the listed companies but also at newly-listed ones,” Bloomberg quoted Thang Uong, who oversees a $1 billion portfolio at Manulife Asset Management (Vietnam) Co. in Ho Chi Minh City, as saying. “We are very bullish this year.” A swift reversal since Feb. 12 has sent the gauge above levels reached before the selloff, making the nation’s shares more expensive relative to their regional peers. The VN-Index trades at about 20 times 12-month projected earnings,… [Read full story]

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5 categories of registration plates to be auctioned

​Hanoi bans contract-based vehicles, including Grab and Uber, on multiple streets

The Department of Transport in Hanoi has officially made a proposal to the municipal People’s Committee, forbidding contract-based vehicles with less than nine seats from traveling on a number of urban streets. Defined as a means of transport operated on an agreement, in the written form or via a smartphone app, between a licensed passenger transit business and a customer, contract-based vehicles include Uber and Grab cars. Such vehicles will be prohibited on 11 streets within certain time frames. During rush hours, from 6:00 am to 9:00 am and between 4:30 pm and 7:00 pm, their two way movement is not allowed on the streets of Giang Vo, Lang Ha, Le Van Luong, and Truong Chinh. Uber and Grab cars and taxis are also banned the entire day on Phu Doan Street (one direction), Cau Giay Street and Xuan Thuy Street (two directions). They are prohibited from running on Hang Bai Street between 7:00 pm and midnight on Friday and the weekend. The proposal is awaiting consent from the People’s Committee but its legal effect has started, said Vu Van Vien, director of the Hanoi Department of Transport. From January 2018, in a pilot program, the department began planting poles banning contract-based vehicles with less than nine seats between 6:00 am and 9:00 am, and from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm on many streets. Vien said that all Grab and Uber cars are required to stick a contract logo on the windscreen, and those failing to have the symbol while running… [Read full story]

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​Dolphin washes ashore, saved in Vietnam

A dolphin found washing up on a beach of a coastal province in south-central Vietnam has received first-aid and is in care at a wildlife rehabilitation center. Nguyen Trong Chanh, director of the local veterinary department, provided the information on Tuesday. At about 4:30 am on the day, fishermen in Ninh Ich Commune, Ninh Hoa Town, Khanh Hoa Province spotted a dolphin lying on a shore in the Nha Phu Lagoon, a tourist attraction of the region. Many injuries were seen on the body of the mammal, 1.2 meters long and weighing over 70 kilograms, according to Nguyen Cong Toan, chairman of the Ninh Ich People’s Committee. Government officials arriving at the scene persuaded local residents to work with experts in an effort to save the animal’s life, he said. The explanation is necessary since the villagers believe that a washed-up dolphin should be put on a mat; when it dies, a ceremony is performed, and it is worshipped. On receiving a report of the sighting, the Khanh Hoa veterinary department and foreign experts from the Institute of Oceanography in Nha Trang, located in the province, came to the dolphin’s rescue. The mammal was then moved to the provincial center for wildlife rehabilitation for continued care. An injury of the dolphin. Photo: Tuoi Tre Like us on Facebook  or  follow us on Twitter  to get the latest news about Vietnam!

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Military medical workers honored

Prof. Dr. Lieutenant General Mai Hong Bang addressing the ceremony Numerous delegates, including former leaders of the hospital, the central and local ministries and sectors attended the event under the chair of Prof. Dr. Lieutenant General Mai Hong Bang, Party Committee Secretary and Director of the hospital. Speaking at the event, General Bang recalled contributions of generations of the hospital’s doctors and medical workers over the past time. Accordingly, they promoted solidarity, unity and creativeness to overcome difficulties and fulfill all assigned missions, contributing to taking care of soldiers’ and peoples’ health. The hospital’s medical staff has increasingly studied to apply technology and technical advances into medical treatment, he added. In 2017 alone, the hospital provided heath checkups for nearly 920,000 patients, first aid to 37,000 cases and operations for over 28,000 patients. The hospital has determined and planned to focus on improving the quality of health care for troops and people, surmounting shortcomings and promoting medical ethics among its doctors and medical employees in 2018 and beyond. Translated by Trung Thanh

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1,500 people die from traffic accident in first two months

More than 1,500 people have been killed in traffic accidents in the first two months of 2018 in Vietnam, according to the National Committee for Traffic Safety. A car fell into a rice field in the central province of Quang Binh, killing two people on February 14. Photo by Vietnamnet The latest report from the committee shows that over the past two months, there were 3,345 traffic accidents nationwide, killing more than 1,500 people and injuring over 2,500 others. The horrific figures, however, showed an improvement in traffic safety in the country compared to the same period last year when the record was even higher. In February, 726 people were killed and 1,169 others injured in 1,583 traffic accidents, which is a fall of 100, 313 and 180, respectively from the numbers of February 2017. Like last year, the Lunar New Year or Tet Holiday saw a sharp increase in traffic accidents. A report from the Ministry of Public Security showed that as many as 195 people have been killed and 199 others injured in 218 traffic accidents during the seven days of the 2018 Tet holiday. Some provinces saw a high number of traffic accident fatalities including Dak Lak (14), Tien Giang and Ha Tinh (11), and Ba Ria-Vung Tau (10). Most of the accidents occurred on roads and were caused by drunk driving and breaking traffic rules, the committee said.

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Vietnam sees surge in exports over first two months of 2018

President Tran Dai Quang hails political relations with India

Party, Government, NA foreign affairs bodies enhance ties

President works with Central Steering Committee on Judicial Reform’s Standing Office

FIFA pilots women’s football development program in Vietnam

India media: Vietnamese President’s State visit will boost bilateral trade ties

Cambodia offers ethnic Vietnamese short-term residency in migrant crackdown reprieve

Cambodian officials have promised to grant two-year residency cards to some Vietnamese immigrants currently facing deportation to Vietnam where they have no legal status either. Officials said on Monday that they plan to issue the short-term documents to people of Vietnamese origin who can prove they arrived in Cambodia before 2012. There will be an application process but most people are likely to pass, officials said, as cited by the Phnom Penh Post. Around 70,000 people of Vietnamese origin live in Cambodia, and most were born there after their parents and grandparents migrated during the war. A drive to revoke their Cambodian documents, which were deemed “improperly issued”, has rendered many of them stateless, as they have no Vietnamese citizenship either. Nouv Leakhena, deputy head of the Immigration Department at Cambodia’s Interior Ministry, said the government recognized that many ethnic Vietnamese have lived in Cambodia for up to 30 years, some since before the Khmer Rouge regime. “Immigration officials cannot be nationalistic,” he said, as cited in the report. People of Vietnamese origin who are granted residency may apply for citizenship after seven years. Cambodian immigration officials said they arrested and deported more than 1,880 illegal immigrants last year, the vast majority of whom were Vietnamese and Chinese. Cambodia’s move against the Vietnamese community has raised concerns from the Vietnamese government. Vietnam’s foreign ministry last November asked Cambodia to provide favorable conditions and guarantee legal rights for the community. Migrant rights experts also said Cambodia should offer more help. Lyma… [Read full story]

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Vietnamese men arrested for burgling houses to steal motorcycles

A Vietnamese four-man gang suspected of breaking into houses in southwestern Vietnamese provinces to steal motorcycles has been taken into police custody. These gang members damaged home locks at night in Long An and Tien Giang Provinces, two adjacent areas in southern Vietnam, Truong Van Sau, head of the criminal police department of Tien Giang, said on Tuesday. A taskforce investigating the case was formed immediately after the authorities received reports from affected local residents, according to Phan Nguyen Tien Nhat, leader of the department’s Team 2. The police urgently used collected clues to identify four most likely suspects: Nguyen Thanh Tung, 24; Bui Van Ky, 28; Le Than Nhan, 24; and Nguyen Huu Sang, 31. The first three come from Cho Gao District, Tien Giang, while the last from Chau Thanh District, Long An. They were captured on February 23. Authorities have found at their accommodation three motorcycles, and tools utilized in the supposed housebreaking, which consist of three pepper spray aerosols, one telescopic steel baton, and one machete. Preliminary results from the probe reveals that the men succeeded in burglarizing houses, and escaped with nearly ten motorcycles between December 18, 2017 and February 7, 2018. The gross loss is estimated to amount to hundreds of millions of Vietnam dong (from several thousand to 40,000 U.S. dollars). The Tien Giang Province police have been conducting further investigation into the crime. Like us on Facebook  or  follow us on Twitter  to get the latest news about Vietnam!

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Ho Chi Minh City to spend over $100 million raising public sector pay in 2018

​Debate over expansion options for overloaded Ho Chi Minh City airport

As Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City grapples with an overwhelming volume of passengers far beyond its design capacity, experts cannot agree on which expansion option is best for the airport and the city. Most opinions support either of the two options: expanding the airport to the north where a controversial golf course is currently located, or expanding it to the south toward an already congested residential area. With little time left until the most practical options are to be submitted to the Vietnamese prime minister for final approval, two separate meetings were held on Monday and Tuesday in Hanoi to hear arguments from supporters of both sides. Southward expansion At a meeting with the Ministry of Transport on Tuesday, France’s ADP Ingénierie (ADPi), a company specializing in airport architecture and engineering, proposed expanding Tan Son Nhat to the south with a view to raising the airport’s capacity to over 50 million passengers yearly by 2025. The airport served over 32 million passengers in 2016, while its current capacity is only around 25 million. To achieve the goal, ADPi suggests a renovation of current taxiways and aircraft stands with the addition of a new terminal to the south of the current airport. As far as traffic congestion is concerned, the engineering firm said the issue can be resolved by building a new link road reserved only for vehicles entering and exiting the airport, apart from existing mixed-use roads. A map of Tan Son Nhat International Airport…. [Read full story]

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President underlines Vietnam-India cooperation in interview with media

 President Tran Dai Quang (Photo: VNA) He said defense and security have been the effective strategic areas of cooperation. India has actively supported Vietnam in training, capacity building, defense technology transfer, and defense credit. India continued to be among Vietnam’s top ten largest trading partners as the bilateral trade turnover has increased 16% per annum on average in the past decade. A large number of major Indian firms have established and expanded their footprints in Vietnam. Apart from the bilateral frameworks, both countries have also forged close collaboration and effective mutual support at multilateral fora, especially at the United Nations. Vietnam welcomes India’s efforts in and strong commitments to its “Act East” policy as well as to enhancing the connectivity and development cooperation with ASEAN. As the coordinator of ASEAN-India relations for 2015-2018, Vietnam has worked closely with India to drive the India-ASEAN cooperation further forward.

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VFF President calls for communications on people’s aspiration

Ban flower trees planted at National Assembly House

411 new FDI projects licensed in two months

In addition, 133 FDI projects registered for capital adjustment with additional investment of USD700 million, a year-on-year fall of 8 percent, according to the Ministry of Planning and Investment’s Foreign Investment Agency. Disbursements were estimated at USD1.7 billion, up over 9.7 percent year-on-year. In the reviewed period, there were 873 deals made by foreign investors to contribute capital to businesses and to buy shares of Vietnamese businesses with total capital of USD1.25 billion, a year-on-year rise of 102 percent. In total, the country attracted FDI worth USD3.34 billion, or 98.2 percent of the figure of the same period last year. Manufacturing-processing attracted the most FDI in the period with USD1.83 billion, accounting for 54.6 percent of the total. Construction ranked second with USD345 million and estate trading was third with USD312 million, accounting for 10.3 percent and 9.3 percent of the total, respectively. Among 60 nations and territories investing in Vietnam in the first two months, the Republic of Korea (RoK) was the biggest investor with USD851.2 million, making up 25.5 percent of the total. It was followed by British Virgin islands with approximately USD450 million and Singapore with USD418 million. Ho Chi Minh city was the top destination for foreign investors, attracting USD1.05 billion, or 31.27 percent, followed by Binh Duong (USD434 million), Ninh Thuan (USD253 million), or 12.98 percent and 7.6 percent respectively. Large projects licensed in January-February included the USD150 million Hanbaram wind-power project in Ninh Thuan province and the USD80 million garment project funded by Ramatex… [Read full story]

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Bars in Hoi An ancient city face tougher rules

HCM City begins trial on intentional violation of rules at Navibank

​Overseas pilgrimage tours attract travelers in Vietnam

Many Vietnamese travelers are willing to spend big on overseas pilgrimage tours, which offer a variety of cultural and spiritual experiences in such religious places as India, Thailand, and Bhutan. As the Lunar New Year holiday is over, local travel agents are now offering various tours to foreign destinations with deep culture and religions, attracting a large number of clients. The journeys are designed not only to meet tourists’ spiritual demand but also to bring them a unique and comprehensive experience of the local culture. According to a representative of Ho Chi Minh City-based tour operator Vietravel, India, Thailand, Myanmar, and Cambodia are still favorite places when it comes to pilgrimage trips. Bhutan, one of the new destinations, has also captured a lot of attention, he added. Pilgrimage tours to places in Southeast Asia, including Siem Reap – Phnom Penh, Bangkok – Pattaya, and Yangon are offered at between VND3.4 million (US$149) and VND12 million ($527), according to local travel agents. A trip to India may cost up to VND32 million ($1,406). One of the most luxurious journeys currently available is a seven-day stay in Bhutan, which is priced at nearly VND60 million ($2,637). Domestic pilgrimage tours are also a good option for those who cannot afford to travel overseas. Tour operators have organized various excursions to the Yen Tu relic site in northern Vietnam, Bai Dinh Pagoda in the northern province of Ninh Binh, Truoi River and Truc Lam Bach Ma Zen Monastery in the central province of Thua… [Read full story]

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Vietnam ministry seeks approval for license plate number auction

Vietnam’s Ministry of Public Security has submitted to the prime minister a plan on the auction of license plate numbers, which is aimed at contributing to the national budget. Following the ministry’s meetings with local authorities and relevant agencies, the auction scheme has been amended for a total of five times before being submitted to the central government for approval, Colonel Le Xuan Duc, deputy chief of the traffic police division under the Ministry of Public Security, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Tuesday. Once the plan is passed, competent authorities will have to complete relevant laws, build a thorough bidding system, and adjust the management and registration of local vehicles. The project is expected to be piloted in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, the northern city of Hai Phong, Da Nang City in the central region, and Can Tho City in the Mekong Delta, Col. Duc said. Other localities will also be able to carry out the auction based on their requests, the police official added. The numbers that will be eligible for the bidding fall into such categories as having three to five identical digits, having digits in an ascending order, or personalized numbers, namely owners’ dates of birth. A car with a desirable license plate number in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre In accordance with the attached rules, each license plate number can only be used on one vehicle and shall not be resold or transferred to another owner after the auction, Col…. [Read full story]

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Vietnam witnesses progresses in intellectual property index

Mountain ebony trees planted at National Assembly House

Bulgarian Rose Festival to take place in Hanoi

Vietnam welcomes over 2.86 million foreigners in two months

According to the General Statistics Office, Asian visitors made up the lion’s share of the number, at over 2.12 million people, increasing by 35.8% annually. The number of Chinese visitors, which accounted for 30% of the total tourist arrivals in Vietnam during the period, grew by 38.5% annually. The numbers of tourists arriving by air, road, and sea, during the two-month period, recorded respective annual increases of 26.3%, 58.4%, and 3.5%. The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism said that it aims to serve between 15 and 17 million foreigners and 78 million domestic travellers this year, with the total revenue expected to hit VND620 trillion (US$27.28 billion), up 21.35% annually. Vu The Binh, Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Tourism Association, said that Northeast Asia, including China, the Republic of Korea (RoK), Japan, and Taiwan (China), will continue to be the major sources of tourists to Vietnam. Last year, China and the RoK sent 4 and 2.4 million visitors to Vietnam. With a growth of 30% in tourism in 2017, Vietnam was placed on the list of countries with the fastest tourism growth speed in the world, ranked in 6th place.

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