Da Nang, FPT cooperate to build ‘smart’ cityThe central city of Da Nang and FPT, a Vietnamese software giant, inked on April 19 a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on building Da Nang as a ‘smart city’ for the 2018-20 period. Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee, Ho Ky Minh, said the MoU would help Da Nang improve administrative reform and transparency for local people, businesses and tourists, and build Da Nang as a ‘liveable’ city in the near future. FPT, who started investment in the city from 2004, has so far employed 2,000 IT engineers from Da Nang to work for the company’s software export department. In 2016, FPT debuted its IT Service Centre, the FPT Complex in Da Nang. Da Nang plans to become a ‘smart city’ by 2020 and a ‘green city’ by 2025.

April 20, 2018 07:41 UTC

Plastic waste – serious threat to environmentUS Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City Mary Tarnowka has called for actions to improve public awareness of plastic waste as well as measures to reduce and recycle plastic waste. Mary Tarnowka described plastic waste as a serious threat, noting that piles of plastic waste in oceans have destroyed the natural environment, adversely affected the marine life and threatened the living environment. Given this, she urged agencies and units to regularly launch campaigns to clean up rubbish, especially plastic waste, in localities, thus raising public awareness of this issue. Besides, competent agencies need financial support to carry out communications programmes as well as projects on recycling plastic waste and producing environmentally friendly products, she said. A survey conducted by the HCM City Department of Natural Resources and Environment found that the volume of plastic trash in the city is just behind food waste, with an estimated 250,000 tonnes of plastic waste discarded each year.

April 20, 2018 07:41 UTC

Time 100: Millie Bobby Brown is youngest person ever on listMillie Bobby Brown has been named as one of the world's 100 most influential people by Time magazine. She is the youngest person to be included in Time's top 100, which is published every year. Brown rose to fame with her role as the character Eleven in the hugely popular science fiction TV show. Other famous figures who made the Time magazine list include singers Rihanna, Kesha and Shawn Mendes as well as US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Who else made the 2018 Time magazine list?

April 20, 2018 06:45 UTC

Hanoi likely to face water shortage in summerEven though the city's pumping system has been upgraded, it still can't keep up with rapid urbanisation and water shortages are looming over many districts in Hanoi. People in Hanoi take water brought by a truck in 2017The issue was discussed during a meeting on April 19 held by Hanoi Chairman Nguyen Duc Chung. However, the capital’s population had also increased so there may be water shortages in districts on higher ground. "Water availability will be rotated or water trucks will be sent to some wards," Duc said. A representative of the Department of Health warned about the water quality and suggested shutting down substandard facilities.

April 20, 2018 06:00 UTC

Economy lacks capital, even as treasury deposits remain highVietNamNet Bridge - While the state treasury has plenty of money, the national economy still thirsts for capital. According to Anh, commercial banks are seeking medium- and long-term capital in the market at the interest rate of 6-7 percent per annum. They receive 3-4 percent per annum in interest rate when lending to the government. If counting the CDS (credit default swaps), the Vietnamese government bond interest rate is even lower than the US. This can be seen in the large amounts of treasury deposits at commercial banks, up to hundreds of trillions of dong.

April 20, 2018 05:26 UTC

Body of dead tourist stranded in Phu QuocAn American tourist who died in the southern province of Kien Giang's Phu Quoc Island over 20 days ago but his family have been unable to transport his body due to financial difficulties according to local police. The body of the tourist is kept at Phu Quoc General HospitalHead of the Phu Quoc District's Police Department, Le Van Mot told Dtinews.vn on April 18 that they had sent a report about the death of the American tourist, Mitchel King, 58, to the province's Investigation Police Agency. "Initial investigations showed that the tourist died of poor health at a local guesthouse where he had been staying for several months," Mot said. "His body is now being kept at Phu Quoc General Hospital." According to director of Phu Quoc General Hospital, Truong Van Huu, they have kept the body for over 20 days for police investigations.

April 20, 2018 04:30 UTC

For months before this holiday travel agencies in Hanoi have prepared relevant tours to serve tourists. The company’s tours for this occasion have lured thousands of people. Many tours to the US, Dubai and Japan have been fully booked. The number of guests booking the tours of the company has surpassed 90 per cent of the company’s available spots. The holiday is also the beginning of summer holiday, so many localities have prepared to open summer tourism services to mark the occasion.

April 20, 2018 04:18 UTC

Railway ticket prices for long trips cut 20-50%VietNamNet Bridge – Passengers buying train tickets 20 days in advance of their journey will have the price reduced, ranging from 20 per cent to 50 per cent, the Sai Gon Railway Transport JSC has announced. — VNS Photo Ngoc DiepThe promotion applies to trips of more than 1,000km on the Thong Nhat (North - South) route and TPHCM–Hue route at Sai Gon Train Station. Groups of over 10 passengers will see their ticket prices cut by 3-12 per cent. Accordingly, SE1 will depart at Ha Noi Railway Station at 10.20pm daily; SE2 will leave Sai Gon Railway Station at 9.55pm daily; SE3 will depart at Ha Noi Station at 7.30pm daily; and SE4 will leave Sai Gon Railway Station at 7.45pm every day. A 30 per cent discount will be given for those who are war invalids, policy beneficiaries, Agent Orange victims and people with disabilities.

April 20, 2018 04:18 UTC

Deputy PM Hue said that the Vietnamese Government will make restructuring to develop the insurance market in Vietnam. He also lauded Talanx’s investment in Vietnam, which is suitable to the country’s policy of restructuring the financial-credit system, including the insurance market. Deputy Defence Minister Mukhtarov briefed the host on outcomes of the talks between his delegation and the Vietnamese counterpart led by Deputy Defence Minister Sen. Lieut. Politburo member Truong Thi Mai lauded Bac Lieu for its positive results of the past years particularly in poverty reduction, rural development, investment attraction, and the wind power plant which is under construction. The Vietnamese Ambassador, along with Vietnamese officials at the Vietnamese Embassy, wished Ambassador Mai Sayavongs, his spouse, and all Lao diplomats a new year full of health, happiness, and success.

April 20, 2018 03:45 UTC

Mobile phone users yet to complete registration processVietNamNet Bridge – Some 34 million users out of 38 million pre-paid mobile phone numbers nationwide have not yet provided their personal information, including portrait photo. The number of customers who need to complete the process is very high, especially those who activated their numbers before Decree 49 took effect, the authority said. As the deadline of updating the personal portrait photo is coming to a close, mobile phone providers have been sending messages to customers to remind them. At a recent meeting with mobile phone providers, Minister of Information and Communications Truong Minh Tuan said that providers can use the photo from a subscriber’s valid ID card for the required information instead of asking him/her to submit photo. There are currently nearly 120 million mobile phone users across the country.

April 20, 2018 03:45 UTC

Dong Nai: 1,600 tonnes of hazardous waste illegally buriedChin Well Fasteners Viet Nam Company in Hiep Phuoc Commune, Nhon Trach District, was fined VNĐ3.5 billion (US$154,000) for releasing untreated wastewater and directly burying 1,600 tonnes of contaminated waste. — Photo tienphong.vnOn Wednesday, the Department of Environmental Crime Prevention, also known as PC49, under Dong Nai Province’s Police, in collaboration with the provincial Department of National Resources and Environment’s Inspection Force, found sludge, contaminated waste and chemicals buried under the soil at the company’s site. According to Tien Phong (Vanguard) newspaper, in July 2016, PC49 detected that the company was discharging untreated wastewater into the environment. It also found 1,600 tonnes of hazardous waste buried at four locations of the company. Dong Nai province’s People’s Committee, therefore, asked the company to adopt chemical clearance measures to restore the land.

April 20, 2018 03:33 UTC

Japanese artists to perform Yosakoi dance at Hanoi’s walking areaJapanese artists will perform Yosakoi - a unique style of dance in Japan - at the walking area around Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi on April 21, as part of activities to mark the 45th anniversary of Vietnam-Japan diplomatic ties. A Yosakoi dance. Iwata Jinichi said that performing in Hanoi is a great honour for the Japanese troupe. He expressed his hope that through this performance, the friendship between Tokyo and Hanoi and between Japan and Vietnam at large will be tightened. He showed his hope that the Yosakoi performance will bring joy for and attract the participation of visitors to the walking area, thus helping consolidate the bilateral relationship.-VNA

April 20, 2018 03:33 UTC

Lance Armstrong settles $100m US government lawsuit for $5mLance Armstrong has agreed to pay $5m (£3.5m) to the US government to settle a long-running lawsuit that could have cost him $100m (£71m) in damages. He was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned from cycling for life in 2012 before admitting to using performance-enhancing drugs. Armstrong failed to block the lawsuit last year and a trial was set for 7 May in Washington. He sued Armstrong under the federal False Claims Act, alleging Armstrong and his team defrauded the government by using banned substances while riding under the Postal Service banner. The US Postal Service team ran from 1996 to 2004, with Armstrong winning seven Tour titles between 1999 and 2005.

April 20, 2018 03:11 UTC

The meeting is co-organised by VCCI, the National Office of Intellectual Property of Viet Nam, Intellectual Property Association and the Software Alliance (BSA). The event is one of the key activities of the action month surrounding “World Intellectual Property Day”. Computer software copyright highlightedComputer software ownership is one of the areas in which infringements are the most common in Viet Nam. Minh also unveiled the software copyright audit outcomes for last year, particularly the directives issued for audits of regulatory compliance relating to computer software ownership. Early this year, the Ministry Inspectorate further scrutinised compliance with existing laws on computer software copyright at 26 companies and issued administrative fines worth of VND750 million.

April 20, 2018 03:00 UTC

Fruit exports chief concern for four northern provincesThe northern provinces of Bac Giang, Hung Yen, Hai Duong and Son La have proposed boosting exports of litchi and longan to foreign markets, including China. The proposal was the key topic of discussion at on Wednesday’s annual conference in Ha Noi on the production and distribution of these two main fruit products in northern areas. Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong expressed determination to help the provinces sell their products at home and abroad. The PPD has also been negotiating for higher fruit exports quota to Japan and South Korea, as many Japanese and Korean companies are keen on importing these fruits. To meet the requirements of traditional export markets and to expand to new markets for fruit and nuts, Viẹt Nam needs to improve its activities in terms of quality, design and food safety.

April 20, 2018 02:48 UTC