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​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

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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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