Le Quoc Phong re-elected 11th HCYU Central Committee first secretaryLe Quoc Phong, First Secretary of the 10th Central Committee of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union (HCYU) for 2012-2017 was re-elected as First Secretary of the 11th HCYU Central Committee for 2017-2022 on December 12. Nguyen Anh Tuan, Nguyen Ngoc Luong and Bui Quang Huy were also re-elected as Secretaries of the 11th HCYU Central Committee. Delegates elected the 31-member Standing Committee, the four-member Secretariat and the 19-member Inspection Commission of the 11th HCYU Central Committee. The chapters also contributed to preventing corruption and social misbehaviour and defeating “peace evolution” schemes to ensure political stability and social order. During the session, Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam and First Secretary of the 11th HCYU Central Committee Le Quoc Phong signed a Joint Resolution on cooperation mechanism between the Government and the HCYU Central Committee during 2017-2022.
December 13, 2017 12:33 UTC
HCMC attempts to efficiently implement specific mechanismsChairman of HCMC People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong yesterday afternoon presided over a meeting on implementing the NA resolution of the specific mechanism for city development. Tax, fee increaseDr. Tran Du Lich congratulated HCMC for having specific mechanisms after many years of pursuing but noted that the city will undergo heavy pressure with the responsibility of efficiently implementing the mechanisms during only five pilot years. It is not sure that tax hike will increase or tax cut will reduce budget revenue, he analyzed. If that situation occurred, budget revenue would reduce although the city increased taxes, he said. Mr. Phong assigned deputy chairman of HCMC People’s Committee Tran Vinh Tuyen to undertake the group of works relating to finance and budget.
Region-based minimum wage levels rises from January 1, 2018The region-based monthly minimum wages shall be increased by between VND 180,000-230,000 from January 1, 2018, according to the Government's Decree No. 141/2017/ND-CP. The region-based minimum wage levels will be applied to enterprises, cooperatives, household businesses, foreign companies and international organizations operating in Vietnam.. Under this Decree, from January 1, 2018, the region – based minimum wage levels applicable to laborers working under labor contracts shall be increased as follows: Region I: VND3,9800,000 per month, Region II: VND3,530,000 per month, Region III: VND3,090,000 per month and Region IV: 2,760,000 per month. The region-based minimum wage levels are higher than the current levels from VND180,000-230,000 per month.
Repatriation ceremony held for US servicemen’s remainsA ceremony was held at Noi Bai International Airport in the capital city of Hanoi on December 13 to repatriate remains of US servicemen who died during the war in Vietnam. At the ceremony (Source: dantri.com.vn)Representatives from the Board of Directors of Vietnam Office for Seeking Missing Personnel (VNOSMP) were present at the ceremony. The search for remains of US servicemen missing during the war in Vietnam is humanitarian cooperation between the Governments of Vietnam and the US. This is the 142nd hand-over of missing American servicemen’s remains since 1973. This year Vietnam and the US have conducted four joint field activities, resulting in the discovery and repatriation of nine sets of remains, three of which were found by the Vietnamese side.
With the zipline, visitors have the chance to enjoy stunning natural landscapes while flying through the air at high speed. With an average price of VND500,000-600,000 for 15 minutes, paragliding has become popular with Vietnamese travelers at beaches in Vung Tau, NhaTrang,and Ha Long. Kayaking is a popular experience for visitors to Cat Ba, Ha Long Bay, Lan Ha Bay, NhaTrang, Da Lat, and Da Nang. It is a thrilling experience for adrenaline junkies who enjoy being propelled into the air at high speed with water pressure. Surfing had become popular on the beaches in Da Nang, Phan Thiet, and Vung Tau.
December 13, 2017 11:03 UTC
French conductor to perform at Hanoi Opera HouseA concert performance by French conductor Nathalie Marin and the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra will take place at the Hanoi Opera House on December 15. They will perform classical pieces written by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius and French pianist Georges Bizet. French conductor Nathalie Marin and the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra will also introduce a new piano composition titled “Une journée à Ciboure” which was written by French composer Eric Dartel earlier this year. Nathalie Marin worked as artistic director of the Ecuador National Symphony Orchestra from 1991-2010, and for the Pestacles Festival in Paris during 2006-2008. She is currently a music director of the Mersin State Opera and Ballet in Turkey.
December 13, 2017 10:52 UTC
Tropical low pressure likely to strengthen into storm near East SeaThe National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting issued an advisory on December 13 regarding a tropical depression which has formed in the south-eastern waters of the central Philippines. The Centre said the tropical low pressure system was approximately 500km south-east of coastal areas of the central Philippines. Strongest wind speeds near the centre of the system are estimated to be 40-60km per hour. Over the next 24 hours, the low pressure system will move west-northwest at a speed of 10-15km per hour and is likely to strengthen into a tropical cyclone. Due to the effects of the storm interacting with a cold air mass, strong winds are forecast for the north-eastern waters of the East Sea.
December 13, 2017 10:30 UTC
EuroCham queries controversial motorbike banThe European Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam (EuroCham) has expressed concerns that the plan to ban motorbikes in Hanoi, Danang and HCM City would badly affect socio-economic development. Congestion on a street in VietnamAccording to the EuroCham, motorbikes play an important role in the daily lives of people and business. EuroCham suggested that Vietnamese government should learn from Taiwan to improve infrastructure and public transport instead of banning motorbikes. A representative of EuroCham said, "The government should only manage or ban out-dated motorbikes that cause environmental pollution. HCM City authorities also discussed the proposal to ban motorbikes.
December 13, 2017 10:18 UTC
Transport ministry urges PM to reduce National Highway 5 tollsVietNamNet Bridge – The Ministry of Transport has sent an urgent proposal to Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc to reduce tolls on National Highway 5, following a protest by drivers, the online newspaper Vietnamplus reported. A driver pays toll in small notes at the tollbooth No 1 on the National Highway 5 on Monday. In response to the drivers’ protest, the transport ministry proposed two scenarios to reduce the tolls. The transport ministry said that in the second scenario, the government will have to pay VIDIFI the expected loss of VND5 trillion from 2018 to 2025, which is hardly possible due to the already very strained State budget. The ministry asked PM Phuc to approve the fee reduction at the NH5 BOT tollbooths using the first scenario.
Probe into online weapons trading orderedVietNamNet Bridge – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has asked the Ministry of Public Security to examine and prevent the online trading of weapons, which is threatening national security and social security. — Photo nld.com.vnThe Prime Minister’s request follows an article published in Nguoi Lao Dong (The Labourer) newspaper on November 21, 2017, stating that the trade of weapons online was reaching an alarming rate. Statistics from the General Police Department under the Ministry of Public Security showed that over 9,200 cases involving weapons and explosive materials were reported across the country from 2012 to June 2017, the newspaper said. The sale of weapons had become more explicit and complex, especially on social websites. Colonel Vu Thanh Chuong, deputy director of the Hai Phong City Police Department, blamed the punishment, which he said was not severe enough, to the prevalence and complex nature of online weapons trading.
Vietnam promotes tourism in IndiaThe Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) and the Embassy of Vietnam in India launched a programme in New Delhi on December 12 to promote Vietnam’s tourism. During the visit to Vietnam by Indian President Narendra Modi in September 2016, the two sides mentioned the bilateral cooperation in tourism. Chung said Vietnam defines India as a priority tourism market. India’s travel companies showed their interest in Vietnam’s tourism market, which holds a lot of untapped potentials. According to India’s Ministry of Tourism, the number of Indian tourists to Vietnam increased to 85,000 in 2016 from 33,000 in 2010.
Cold spell hits northern VietnamA cold spell continued strengthening in the northern region on December 12, according to the National Hydrology Meteorology Forecast Centre. The cold spell also brought rain to some north; north-central and central provinces and caused light fog in north–central provinces in the early morning. During the cold spell, rough seas and strong winds were reported in the area of Hoang Sa Island district and coastal areas from southern Binh Thuan province to Ca Mau province. The cold weather and rain was forecast to prevail in the northern region until the end of this week as a new cold spell is predicted to hit the northern region and north-central region on Saturday, causing temperatures to drop sharply. The weather will be extremely cold at night and early in the morning while it is dry with low humidity during daytime, creating a huge difference in temperature.
December 13, 2017 09:11 UTC
‘Zero dong’ tours break out again in Quang NinhVietNamNet Bridge - After a period of inactivity, zero-dong tours are bouncing back in Quang Ninh province and affecting the local tourism industry. According to Nguyen Vinh Linh, director of a travel firm in Quang Ninh province, this is the first activity of zero-dong tours. the money Chinese travelers pay here will flow back to China, uncontrolled by Vietnamese agencies,” D said. Tran Nhuan Vinh, chair of the Quang Ninh Tour Guides Association, noted that zero-dong tours bring profit to the locality from Ha Long Bay excursion fees and other kinds of services. RELATED NEWS’Zero VND tours’ a blight on Vietnam"VND0 tours" for Chinese travelers: how to stop themKim Chi
December 13, 2017 09:00 UTC
Hanoi attracts 20 tourism projects in 2016-17The capital city has attracted 20 projects in the tourism sector in the 2016-17 period, a report from the municipal People’s Committee revealed. Among the city’s prioritised projects for investment attraction from now to 2020, four are part of the hospitality sector with total investment capital of VND11.56 trillion ($508 million). It will also supervise the implementation progress of ongoing projects in the city and will consider withdrawing investment licences of slow-moving projects. The number includes nearly five million foreign tourists from key markets such as China, South Korea, Japan and France, as well as the US, Germany, Australia, Malaysia, Thailand and Canada. The city also hopes to pocket some VND72.5 trillion from nearly 25.5 million visitors in 2018 and achieve growth of eight per cent this year, including 4.58 million foreigners and 20.91 million domestic travellers.
December 13, 2017 08:48 UTC
HCM City households face mountains of wasteThousands of households along Xuyen Tam Stream in HCM City are facing the serious pollution every day as the stream has been turned into a dumping ground. Up to nearly 2 kilometres of the 6.2-kilometre Xuyen Tam Stream is full of garbage, affecting thousands of surrounding households. During the rainy season, rubbish flows into their houses, bringing a terrible smell. "I pick up the rubbish around my house every three days, if not we wouldn’t be able to bear the bad smell,” she added. HCM City authorities have ever approved an USD227.2 million project to dredge and upgrade Xuyen Tam Stream during the 2015-2020 period.
December 13, 2017 08:15 UTC