Construction minister grilled over urban planningVietNamNet Bridge – The National Assembly’s Standing Committee yesterday held a session with questions for Minister of Construction Tran Hong Ha on several issues, including state management of planning and supervision of the use of urban land in harmony with traffic development. Minister of Construction Pham Hong Ha answers inquiries regarding urban planning posed by National Assembly deputies during a session held yesterday by the National Assembly’s Standing Committee. Minister Ha admitted the quality of planning has been suffering from a lack of coherence amongst different sectors. The blame, according to the construction minister, can be put on state agencies who “fail to perform their duties,” don’t observe transparency regulations and conduct improper inspections. In the future, the government will focus on revising and consolidating laws on urban planning and urban development management.
August 17, 2017 08:48 UTC
HÀ NỘI — Vietnamese customers will get access to many of Thailand’s internationally recognised brands at the Top Thai Brands 2017, which began in Hà Nội on Thursday. The exhibition, formerly known as the Thailand Week trade fair, will continue till August 20. Speaking at the opening ceremony, Wanthanee Viputwongsaku, deputy ambassador of the Royal Thai Embassy in Hà Nội, said the 40th anniversary of the establishment of Thailand-Việt Nam diplomatic relations was in 2016. Viputwongsaku said Thailand and Việt Nam have been important economic partners of each other for a long time. The event is being held at the Hà Nội International Exhibition Centre (I.C.E), Friendship Cultural Palace, on Trần Hưng Đạo Street, Hoàn Kiếm District.
August 17, 2017 08:15 UTC
Belgium to seek damages over contaminated egg scandalBelgium will seek damages over a contamination scandal that saw millions of chicken eggs pulled from supermarket shelves there and in other countries, authorities said on Wednesday. Freshly laid eggs are seen on a production line at a poultry farm in Wortel near Antwerp, Belgium August 8, 2017. The Netherlands, Germany, France, Austria and Poland have also been affected by the scare resulting from the illegal use of fipronil, a potentially harmful insecticide, in the poultry industry. It said Belgium was also entitled to seek compensation for "general economic losses, costs incurred and any other damage." Dutch police on Thursday arrested two suspects in the case, both directors at Dutch firm Chickfriend, which is at the center of the scandal.
August 17, 2017 07:30 UTC
Tom Cruise breaks ankle in stunt, halts production on 'Mission' filmTom Cruise broke his ankle while performing a stunt on the set of the upcoming "Mission: Impossible 6," causing production on the film to go on hiatus while the actor recovers, Paramount Pictures said in a statement on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: U.S. actor Tom Cruise arrives for the world premiere of "Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation" in front of the State Opera House in Vienna, Austria, July 23, 2015. "During production on the latest 'Mission: Impossible' film, Tom Cruise broke his ankle while performing a stunt. Production will go on hiatus while Tom makes a full recovery," Paramount said. "Tom wants to thank you all for your concern and support and can't wait to share the film with everyone next summer."
August 17, 2017 07:30 UTC
The Purchaser: Vietnam Airlines JSC Address: 200 Nguyen Son Street, Long Bien District, Hanoi, Vietnam. The Procurement’s title: Procurement of crew management application and usage, maintenance service in 5 years. + Renting usage, maintenance service for crew management application in 5 years. - Contract duration: + Buying, implementation and training crew management application: 12 months + Renting usage, maintenance service for crew management application in 5 years: minimum 60 months 2. Sources of Funds: - Crew management application fees: 30% from Vietnam Airlines JSC’s Owner’s equity, 70% from bank loan.
August 17, 2017 06:00 UTC
HÀ NỘI — Vietnamese marksman Hoàng Xuân Vinh is listed as one of the eight athletes to watch out for at the 29th Southeast Asian Games which will officially kick off on Saturday. The newspaper reported that the 42-year-old Vinh can be considered Việt Nam’s version of Joseph Schooling. Vinh clinched Việt Nam’s first Olympic gold medal in Rio 2016 and set an Olympic record in the process with a score of 202.5. Vinh is also Việt Nam’s only double Olympic medallist, winning a silver in the men’s 50m pistol in Brazil. Phượng has netted one goal in this Games in Việt Nam’s 4-0 win over East Timor on Tuesday.
August 17, 2017 05:48 UTC
Banks’ messy cross-ownership resembles ‘bamboo shavings’VietNamNet Bridge - The State Bank of Vietnam is determined to get rid of cross-ownership status at banks, but the achievements remain modest. Duong Cong Minh, former chair of LienVietPost Bank, before running for the post of chair of Sacombank, sold all the shares he was holding in LienVietPost Bank. The State Bank of Vietnam is determined to get rid of cross-ownership status at banks, but the achievements remain modest. SBV recently took strong actions to reduce the cross-ownership at banksHowever, the cross-ownership still exists. Circular 36 clearly sets the deadline for banks to complete the cross-ownership settlement, but banks fail to meet deadlines.
August 17, 2017 05:26 UTC
VN egotism comedy on tour in EuropeVietNamNet Bridge – The Viet Nam Drama Theatre is touring Europe to present a comedy criticising egotism. Big ego: A scene in Benh Si (Egotism). — Photo courtesy Viet Nam Drama TheatreThe troupe, led by theatre director Nguyen The Vinh, said they are happy to perform for the Vietnamese expatriate communities in Europe. Directed by People’s Artist Tuan Hai, the comedy Benh Si (Egotism) is one of the most famous plays written by late playwright Luu Quang Vu. The play Benh Si was Vu’s last production before he died aged 40 in a traffic accident in 1988.
August 17, 2017 05:26 UTC
SARAJEVO — Monty Python star John Cleese said Wednesday that the need for comedy was greater than ever, as he accepted the "Honorary Heart of Sarajevo" award at the Bosnian capital’s film festival. Cleese created and starred in the hit television series Fawlty Towers and his most prominent work in the movies includes the four Monty Python films and A Fish Called Wanda. The latter film was projected at an open-air screening to the 3,000 festival-goers in Sarajevo after Cleese accepted his award. Created as an "act of resistance" during the city’s 1992-5 siege, the Sarajevo Film Festival is now in its 23rd edition. Cleese praised festival director Mirsad Purivatra for setting up the event in a small cinema in that "terrible time" during Bosnia’s civil war.
August 17, 2017 05:03 UTC
Foreign investors register $1.2 billion for piece in VPBankThe capital volume registered by foreign investors to acquire Vietnam Prosperity Joint Stock Commercial Bank (VPBank)’s shares reached a record $1.2 billion, marking the largest transaction on the stock exchange to date. However, the consultancy unit VCSC and VPBank still decided to sell shares to foreign investors at the initial price of VND39,000 ($1.7) apiece so that investors will benefit from the purchase.Accordingly, VPBank general director Nguyen Duc Vinh said that the bank was surprised by foreign investors voracity for VPBank’s shares. The registered share volume is four times higher than what was put on sale. Accordingly, more than 1.3 million VPBank stocks will be listed at the price of VND39,000 ($1.7) per share. Its deposits sharply increased from VND172 trillion ($7.6 billion) at the end of 2016 to VND195 trillion ($8.6 billion) as of June 30, 2017, up 13 per cent.In 2017, VPBank targets to take in more than VND217.7 trillion ($9.6 billion) in deposits and to hold nearly VND200.6 trillion ($8.8 billion) in outstanding loans and bonds.VIR
August 17, 2017 04:52 UTC
The programme, starting from September 1, 2017, will apply strict supervision on all stages of fish farming, processing and exporting. The department will also halt the facility’s Siluriformes fish export to the US, while handling its violations. However, tra fish export revenue in the US reached only US$176.4 million, a drop of 5.7 per cent compared to the same period last year. Due to high anti-dumping tax rate, only three Vietnamese firms managed to export tra fish to the market with considerable volume and value. VASEP predicted that in the rest of the year, tra fish export to the US will continue falling.
August 17, 2017 04:41 UTC
Oanh wins first medal for Viet Nam at SEA GamesVietNamNet Bridge – Archer Chau Kieu Oanh won a silver medal at the 29th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Malaysia yesterday, Viet Nam’s first medal the this year’s Games. On target: Chau Kieu Oanh (left) poses with her silver medal at the 29th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Malaysia yesterday. Oanh said if she won gold it would be a special gift for her on the occasion of her birthday. I still have two more events so I will make every effort to gain the best result,” Oanh added. Concentration: Chau Kieu Oanh competed in the women’s three-string bow event at the SEA Games in Malaysia yesterday.
August 17, 2017 03:56 UTC
BOGOTA — Colombia has announced plans to protect demobilised members of the FARC rebel force, whose leaders say some of their ex-fighters have been murdered. The 7,000 members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia have disarmed under a peace deal and are preparing to enter civilian and political life. FARC leader Rodrigo Londono said on Twitter that 22 FARC members had been killed this year despite the peace deal. FARC leaders and officials allege ongoing violence by gangs formed from remnants of former right-wing paramilitary groups. Many Colombians said the peace deal was too lenient on the FARC, some of whose members will get amnesties for crimes committed in the conflict.
August 17, 2017 03:45 UTC
E-logistics: foreign rivals crowd busy marketVietNamNet Bridge - The forwarding market has been witnessing a boom since 2012 with the presence of many businesses, from post-based companies to young startups. The forwarding market has been witnessing a boom since 2012 with the presence of many businesses, from post-based companies to young startups. In Vietnam, there are two models of e-commerce delivery service. With the service, goods will be delivered within 1-3 hours. In mid-July, German Deutsche Post DHL announced the launch of logistics service for e-commerce – DHL eCommerce.
August 17, 2017 03:33 UTC
Thach Khe project: too many risks to environmentVietNamNet Bridge - Experts believe that Ha Tinh province can develop its economy without having to rely on Thach Khe iron ore mining. Mai agrees that Ha Tinh has many beautiful landscapes and beaches which could be developed for tourism, including spiritual tourism. Ha Tinh has already suffered from the Formosa environmental scandal, which affected thousands of fishermen and farmers. According to Duong Dinh Tien, chair of Thach Khe commune, about 900 households in the commune have been affected by the project, and 850 out of 1,047 hectares have been cleared for the project’s site. RELATED NEWSLocals live next to SE Asia’s largest iron mineThach Khe iron mine: ministry urges go ahead, local authorities demurThanh Lich
August 17, 2017 03:00 UTC