HÀ NỘI — The fifth International Trade Fair for Laboratory Technology, Analysis, Biotechnology and Diagnostics (Analytica Việt Nam 2017) will return to the capital city on Wednesday. The Ministry of Science and Technology’s National Agency for Science and Technology Information made the announcement at a press conference in Hà Nội on Monday. The forthcoming event will introduce equipment and services relating to quality analysis, measurement, examination and management technologies, and lab and bio-technology from 100 domestic and foreign exhibitors, he said. A conference discussing opportunities and challenges in testing activities as well as B2B events will be held on the sidelines of the trade fair, which will take place at the International Centre for Exhibition until Friday. The previous event attracted 95 exhibitors from 15 countries and over 3,500 visitors.
HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam exported an estimated 1.28 million tonnes of rice in the first three months of the year, earning US$570 million. But the exports were 18 per cent lower in volume and 17.3 per cent lower in value compared to the same period last year. China remains Việt Nam’s largest rice importer, with a market share of 36 per cent, followed by the Philippines with nearly 25 per cent market share. Currently, the price of Việt Nam’s 5-per-cent broken rice ranges from $350 to $355 per tonne, down $5 against last week (according to FOB prices at Sài Gòn Port). The ministry expects to create a healthy market for enterprises investing in rice production and trade, and to ease farmers’ difficulties by boosting high-quality rice exports.
HCM City to open separate lanes for busesVietNamNet Bridge – HCM City plans to open private lanes for buses on two major streets to speed up operating time and attract bus riders, among other plans to ease traffic congestion, according to the city’s Department of Transport. HCM City plans to open private lanes for buses on two major streets to speed up operating time and attract bus riders, among other plans to ease traffic congestion, according to the city’s Department of Transport. In the first plan, the buses would share lanes with motorbikes rather than lanes for cars. Streets in urban areas during peak hours face traffic congestion, making it difficult to open private lanes for buses, he said. The centre said that poor infrastructure and lack of private lanes had caused buses to run late, leading to a drop in the number of passengers.
More toy chain stores open in promising marketVietNamNet Bridge - Simple toys in thin plastic bags were commonly seen in shops near traditional markets years ago. Mykingdom leads the market with the large network of 125 shops, followed by FunnyLand with 28 shops. Ten years ago, genuine toy products can be found at some high-end department stores, such as Fahasa book store chain or PNC. Though analysts agree that the toy market has become very promising, the value of the market remains unknown. “It is difficult to measure the scale of the market,” the director of a toy chain in HCMC said.
Sai Gon - HCM City to build cultural and tourism villageVietNamNet Bridge – To make HCM City more attractive to local and foreign travellers, city authorities have decided to build the Sai Gon Cultural and Tourism Village. Built by the French in the late 1800s, Notre Dame Cathedral is a well-known tourist site in HCM City’s downtown area. The project includes areas showing the 300 years of history of Sai Gon – HCM City, with waterway landscapes featuring river ports docking large numbers of vessels and boats in the Mekong Delta. The municipal authority has also asked the People’s Committee of Tan Phu District to coordinate with relevant agencies on construction of Bo Bao Tan Thang and Le Trong Tan streets. Tan Phu District People’s Committee was told to map out plans for compensation for site clearance and support for families affected by construction of a new intersection on Le Trong Tan and Tan Quy streets.
HCM City to connect with 7 localitiesVietNamNet Bridge – The Transport Engineering Design Incorporated (TEDI) has proposed a transport connection project between HCM City and seven other provinces and cities. The Transport Engineering Design Incorporated (TEDI) has proposed a transport connection project between HCM City and seven other provinces and cities. The TEDI said that HCM City was the focus of the southern major economic zone, so it should be connected to different provinces and cities to ensure convenient transport. Also under the proposal, the HCM City-Moc Bai Highway will be adjusted in the direction of HCM City to Tay Ninh southern province and will extend to the Xa Mat Border Gate in Tay Ninh Province. Leaders of the HCM City Department of Transport said that the department would collaborate with departments of transport in different provinces and cities to build connection roads.
HÀ NỘI — Anyone found to be hanging advertising boards on trees, electric poles or traffic lights will be fined up to VNĐ10 million (US$439), five times higher than the previous regulation. Decree 28/2017, issued by the Government this month, is the amended version of decrees 131 and 158 promulgated in 2013. The latest decree stipulates that those who hang, stick or paint advertisements on electric poles, traffic lights and trees in public areas will face fines of between VNĐ5 million ($214) and VNĐ10 million ($429). Those who advertise their products or services on leaflets that can impact traffic law or social security will face similar penalties. Distributors of those leaflets will also be fined VNĐ200,000-500,000 ($9.3-23) for their actions.
HÀ NỘI — Japanese police have confirmed the death of a Vietnamese girl in Akibo, Chiba Prefecture, who was reported missing last Friday, according to Japanese media. The nine-year-old girl was found dead in a grass field near a drainage ditch in Akio on Sunday, the local police said. Earlier, Japanese media reported that Linh, a third grade elementary school student in Chiba Prefecture, went missing last Friday morning. The news was confirmed after Linh’s teacher called her family to inform them the girl did not show up at school on Friday morning. Linh walked to school alone each day since it was located near her house.
Bank share market expects changes in 2017VietNamNet Bridge - The reported satisfactory business results in 2016, plus positive media comments about banks’ operations, have caused investors to feel optimistic about the prospects of the sector in 2017. However, analysts believe that banks would have to overcome more difficulties to retain the high growth rate in 2016, for many reasons. This would push up the deposit interest rates up, thus making banks’ capital mobilization cost higher. Since January 1, 2017, the maximum proportion of short-term capital banks can use for long-term lending has been cut from 60 percent to 50 percent. High credit growth rate in 2016 has led to decreased CAR (capital adequacy ratio) at banks, especially state-owned banks.
Heat in south makes children sickVietNamNet Bridge – Temperatures in HCM City shot up to 33 degrees Celsius last week, triggering respiratory and digestive disease and hand, foot, and mouth disease among children, according to the city’s Paediatrics Hospital 1. A doctor at HCM City’s Paediatrics Hospital 1 examines a child. — Photo: VNA/VNSDr Pham Van Hoang of the city Paediatrics Hospital 1 said April and May are the peak heat periods in the city, with temperatures reaching as high as of 39 degrees Celsius, resulting in a growing number of sick children. Nearly 7,000 children visited the city’s Paediatrics Hospital 2 for disease examination and treatment every day last week. So Doan brought her to the city’s Paediatrics Hospital 1.
Poultry sale, slaughter raise avian flu fearsVietNamNet Bridge – Tonnes of poultry are illegally traded and slaughtered daily in Ha Noi’s markets raising public concern over the spread of avian influenza in the capital. Tonnes of poultry are illegally traded and slaughtered daily in Ha Noi’s markets raising public concern over the spread of avian influenza in the capital. Hanh, a poultry seller, said she does not wear gloves when slaughtering poultry. Currently, there are more than 400 markets in the city, including two major markets for poultry - Ha Vy in Thuong Tin District and Bac Thang Long in Dong Anh. Trading in live cattle and poultry, and slaughtering activities in the markets, would be banned completely under the new regulations.
CAIRNS, Australia — Thousands of people including tourists were being evacuated on Monday as northern Australia braced for a powerful cyclone packing destructive winds with warnings of major structural damage and surging tides. Residents are being warned to prepare for the worst storm to pummel the state since cyclone Yasi in 2011, which ripped homes from their foundations and devastated crops. "This is going to be a nasty cyclone," Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said, adding that structural damage and power outages were likely. "You may not think that this cyclone is going to be rough. But the winds that we are expecting in the Townsville region are going to be more severe than those that were experienced through cyclone Yasi," she said.
SOFIA — Bulgaria ’s veteran political bruiser Boyko Borisov is due on Monday to begin tough talks to form a lasting government and become prime minister for the third time. "I hope we can ensure the rapid formation of a government that responds to the wishes of the people and to the grave international situation," Borisov said late on Sunday. Borisov has long dominated national politics, serving as premier from 2009 to 2013 and again from 2014 to 2017. In the campaign, Borisov ruled out a tie-up with the centrist Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MDL) party representing Bulgaria ’s Turkish minority which came third or fourth with around 9.5 per cent. It is unclear however whether Mareshki’s party, Volya ("Will") cleared the 4-per cent hurdle needed to gain seats in parliament.
The two main parties in Northern Ireland have declared talks to reach a power-sharing agreement are over, but London is doggedly trying to push for a deal. The political crisis was sparked in January when the deputy first minister, Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness, resigned over First Minister Arlene Foster’s handling of a green energy scheme introduced while she was economy minister. But May’s aim to show a united front to Brussels risks being weakened by the two provinces which voted to remain in the EU -- Northern Ireland and Scotland. Key to the negotiations will be the status of Britain’s land border with the bloc -- between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, which remains an EU member. In Scotland, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is battling for the province to hold a referendum on independence from Britain in light of the division over Brexit.
Foreign motorbike thieves arrestedVietNamNet Bridge – Two foreigners, Ravi Barkash, 27, an Indian national, and Moon Atfri, 31, from America, were recently arrested and charged with stealing a motorbike, said the HCM City’s police on Saturday. Ravi Barkash (left) and Moon Atfri were arrested for stealing a motorbike from a taxi driver. — Photo anninhthudo.vnPolice report that at about midnight on March 21, Grabbike motorbike taxi driver L.Đ.T, 31, a resident of Nha Be District, received a service request on his smartphone. T drove to the Vuon Thu Gian restaurant in the district’s Nguyen Huu Tho Street, where he saw two foreign men standing beside a Nouvo motorbike in front of the restaurant. Police said Ravi Barkash had stolen the motorbike.