Vietnamese underwear manufacturers lose home market to foreign goodsVietNamnet Bridge - Vietnamese underwear enterprises are dying slowly because they cannot compete with smuggled cheap Chinese products with false labels of origin. Vietnamese underwear enterprises are dying slowly because they cannot compete with smuggled cheap Chinese products with false labels of origin. Their faulty products alone are enough to provide to the whole SE market and they have been entering the Vietnamese market across border gates,” he said. Vietnamese manufacturers not only have to compete with each other, but also with counterfeit goods manufacturers. She said that many authentic manufacturers are dying because of cheap smuggled products.
Mobile users must submit photoVietNamNet Bridge – Mobile phone users must submit portrait photos when registering for accounts, an official from the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) said. In some cases, identity information of mobile users showed up on mobile accounts that were not theirs. Citizens’ portrait photos, therefore, would be their most credible evidence of identity, which would prevent mobile users from using identity documents of one person to register for different mobile accounts, deputy director Mo said. Authority managementWhen the new requirements took effect last April, telecommunication service providers were given 12 months to review their users’ databases and inform users with inaccurate information to re-register their mobile accounts. Moreover, apart from their fixed service delivery points, telecommunication service providers are allowed by regulations to establish mobile service delivery points, where citizens can easily submit their photos, she added.
Vietnam reports surge in dengue infectionsVietNamNet Bridge – Ten people have died and more than 36,000 have been affected by dengue fever since the beginning of the year, according to the report of the Preventive Medicine Department. A child with dengue fever is treated in Da Nang City Hospital for Women and Children. Since the beginning of the year, dozens of people have visited the hospital for examination and 60 dengue cases have received in-patient treatment, he said. There is no specific vaccine and treatment for dengue, Dr. Doan Thu Tra, deputy head of the Infectious Diseases Department, said. Dengue is endemic in Viet Nam, and though peak transmission occurs during the rainy summer months, the virus can be transmitted all year.
HÀ NỘI — The number of foreigners working in Việt Nam has increased significantly over the last ten years, the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) reported. The increasing number of foreign workers in Việt Nam requires the improvement of the legal system to ensure the rights of migrant workers, especially social security. Social insurance authorities in Việt Nam are developing a compulsory social insurance scheme for foreign workers in the country, citing the need to follow international practices as the country deepens integration. The 2014 Law on Social Insurance requires compulsory enrollment of foreign workers in the social insurance scheme, starting in 2018, to ensure their equality and welfare. The MoLISA’s draft decree proposed requiring foreign workers to take part in all five social insurance programmes – pension and insurance for sickness, maternity, vocational injuries, disease, and death.
June 21, 2017 05:12 UTC
HCM City Book Street attracts 1.2m visitors this yearVietNamNet Bridge – Over 1.2 million people visited HCM City’s Book Street in the first six months of this year, according to figures released by the Vietnamese Publishers Association. The HCM City Book Street on Nguyen Van Binh Street, District 1, has become an attraction for young people. The street, aka Nguyen Van Binh Street in District 1, gets 5,000-6,000 visitors a day, with the number rising to 10,000 during weekends and holidays. They included The Year of the Rooster 2017 Book Street, Vietnamese Book Day – April 21, celebration of Reunification Day on April 30 and May Day, European Literature Day, and a children’s festival. Set up by the city authorities in January 2016, it has stalls selling books by nearly 20 publishers.
Language barrier hinders crime probesVietNamNet Bridge – Language barrier is the biggest obstacle in investigation of crimes involving foreign suspects, said officials of the HCM City People’s Procuracy. Two foreign suspects of a GrabBike motorbike robbery case in Nha Be District of HCM City last March. At a conference yesterday on investigating criminal cases involving foreign suspects, procuracy officials said the language barrier prevents legal agencies from investigating suspects’ background and relatives, and hinders communications between defendants and their attorneys. International collaboration is much needed in the investigation of criminal cases with foreign suspects, said conference participants. The city’s People’s Court sentenced seven defendants to death, four to life imprisonment, and eight to more than 15 years of imprisonment.
Head of Hanoi-based National Children Hospital’s Infectious Disease Ward Nguyen Tien Lam encephalitis is a dangerous disease for kids. They are advised to go to nearby clinics when experiencing illnessHCMC lacks social housesBuilding old high-rise condo and social house are major program of the city. Realizing huge demand of house of people in the city, the city adopted “open” policy to call for social contribution in building social houses. 100/2015 on developing and managing social house, commercial house in urban areas, it is required to have 20 percent of land fund for social housing projects. From 2013 to 2016, the government approved social housing program by launching a home credit package worth VND30 trillion (US$1.3 billion) with preferential interest to support enterprises to build social houses.
HÀ NỘI — The Việt Nam Fatherland Front Central Committee of (VFF) has launched the 13th journalism award for the Cause of Great National Unity. The organisers will receive press works between June 21, 2017 and September 20, 2018. The winners will be announced on the 88th anniversary of the VFF Traditional Day on November 18, 2018. There are three types of prizes, with special prizes worth VNĐ30 million (US$1,320), A prizes of VNĐ15 million ($660), B prizes of VNĐ10 million ($440), C prizes of VNĐ5 million ($220) and consolation prizes worth VNĐ3 million ($132). On the same day, the VFF launched the debut of its Front Electronic Journal in commemoration of the 92nd anniversary of Việt Nam Revolutionary Press Day (June 21, 1925-2017).
June 21, 2017 04:52 UTC
JERUSALEM — Letters written by Albert Einstein about God, Israel and physics fetched nearly US$210,000 at a Jerusalem auction on Tuesday, with the highest bid going to a missive about God’s creation of the world. In it Einstein wrote: "If God has created the world his primary worry was certainly not to make its understanding easy for us". "I must confess that I am not able to guess how such unification could be achieved," Einstein wrote. "Israel is intellectually alive and interesting but has very narrow possibilities and to go there with the intention to leave on the first occasion would be regrettable," wrote Einstein. The auction house said the letters came from the estate of Bohm’s late Widow.
June 21, 2017 04:52 UTC
Cheo Chai He in Bac Ninh falling into oblivionThe ancient region of Kinh Bac (now the northern provinces of Bac Ninh and Bac Giang) is home to not only quan ho singing (love duet) but also cheo (traditional opera) Chai He, a typical musical to express people’s filial love to their parents. Nguyen Nang Dich, the only 65-year-old local man, is making effort to preserve cheo Chai He he has treasured as the unique art form is falling into oblivion. At the age of eight, he began to pick up a few cheo songs on the yard of the temple where local residents always gathered to sing cheo songs and dance. Surprisingly, only a short time, he learned by heart hundreds of cheo songs and plays. Therefore, all lyrics and melodies of cheo songs leave an emotional impact on listeners.
Photos displayed prior to President Tran Dai Quang’s Russia visitOver 130 photos on Vietnam’s landscapes and people are on display in Moscow ahead of the official visit of President Tran Dai Quang to Russia. Assistant to Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Sanh Chau speaks at the exhibitionThe opening of the exhibition on June 20 was attended by Vietnamese and Russian diplomats and students as well as Russian veterans who fought on Vietnam’s side in the past war. The photos depict Vietnam’s path to global integration and the historical milestones of the Vietnam-Russia relations, for example, when the two countries signed a joint declaration on the strategic partnership in 2010 and on the comprehensive strategic partnership in 2012. They also introduce to visitors Vietnam’s economic potentials and beauty of people and landscapes. The event will run through July 2.
CAAV insists on granting air transport license for Bamboo AirwaysViet Bamboo Airlines Co Ltd (Bamboo Airways) has yet to produce a financial confirmation statement as required by the current civil aviation rules, but the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) has proposed the Ministry of Transport ask the Prime Minister for issuing a business license for it. Under the prevailing regulations, civil aviation investors must submit a capital confirmation statement issued by a bank. In case of Bamboo Airways, its total chartered capital must be at least VND700 billion (US$30.8 million). Thus, CAAV has proposed that the Transport Ministry petition the Prime Minister to approve the appraisal procedures for issuing a business license for Bamboo Airways. A civil aviation firm must have chartered capital of at least VND700 billion to establish an airline with 10 planes.
Tourism law may send travel firm bosses back to school againMany tour operators are now fretful over the Tourism Law just passed by the National Assembly, since thousands of them may be forced to attend school again to meet higher requirements. New rules to force travel services managers to have formal degrees and qualifications are feared to make life harder for enterprisesThe law specifies that bosses of travel firms or heads of travel departments at tourism companies must at least obtain a college diploma in travel services or a certificate on travel management. The current Tourism Law only requires people in such positions to have at least three years of experience. Chapter 5 of the law requires that those people in charge of managing travel services must have a certificate on international or domestic travel management, in case they do not have a college diploma in travel management. “In reality, several companies infringing travel regulations often say they do not know of such regulations.
BRUSSELS — Belgian soldiers shot and killed a suspected "terrorist" bomber after an explosion rocked a central Brussels train station on Tuesday in the latest attack to hit Europe. There were no other casualties apart from the suspect, who was confirmed dead by prosecutors hours after the attack. "This is considered as a terrorist attack," federal prosecutor’s office spokesman Eric Van Der Sypt told a news conference outside the station. Van Der Sypt said that at about 1830 GMT there was a "small explosion at Central Station here in Brussels." It appeared that the suspect was shot by soldiers deployed at railway stations and landmark buildings since the aftermath of the Paris terror attacks, when a link to Brussels was first established.
June 21, 2017 04:30 UTC
National Assembly (NA) deputies yesterday passed revised laws on the Guard Force and on the management and use of weapons, explosive materials and support tools. — VNA/VNS Photo Phương HoaHÀ NỘI — National Assembly (NA) deputies yesterday passed revised laws on the Guard Force and on the management and use of weapons, explosive materials and support tools. The revised Guard Force was approved with 455 “yes” votes, accounting for 92.67 per cent. It comprises six chapters with 33 articles, stipulating the subjects, principles, tasks, power and responsibilities of the Guard Force as well as relevant responsibilities of agencies, organisations and individuals. Consisting of eight chapters with 76 articles, the law regulates the management and use of weapons, explosive materials, explosives precursors and support tools.
June 21, 2017 03:33 UTC