Grab riders to get penalised for using phones while ridingVietNamNet Bridge – Viet Nam’s National Traffic Safety Committee (NTSC) has ordered the traffic safety boards of Ha Noi and HCMC and GrabTaxi Viet Nam Co Ltd to regulate and strictly handle Grab riders using mobile phones when riding. Viet Nam’s National Traffic Safety Committee (NTSC) has ordered the traffic safety boards of Ha Noi and HCMC and GrabTaxi Viet Nam Co Ltd to strictly handle Grab riders using mobile phones when riding. Specifically, the NTSC has requested the traffic safety boards of Ha Noi and HCMC to direct competent forces to intensify patrols to enforce the law against riders using phones indiscriminately on the road, especially those using phones to contact passengers. The Grab Company is required to strengthen the propaganda of traffic order and safety for its rider and driver partners. Under the current law, riders using a hand-held phone while riding motorbikes have to pay a fine of VND100,000-200,000.
September 04, 2018 11:37 UTC
The residents of Red RiverVietNamNet Bridge – The Red River that dissects Hanoi takes its name from the colour of the silt that tints the water. A storm, strong winds or impromptu downpours may be inconvenient to most of us, but for the residents of the Red River they potentially spell disaster. But for now, they remain the next generation of the residents of Red River. River facts The source of the Red River is the Hengduan Mountains in Yunnan, China. Log on to vietnamnews.vn to watch a video of the lives of the residents of Red River.
September 04, 2018 11:37 UTC
Party chief’s visit to tighten Vietnam’s strategic connectivity with RussiaDuring a visit to Russia from September 5 to 8, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong and President Vladimir Putin and other Russian leaders will discuss measures to promote the countries’ relations. Reviewing the countries’ ties, General Secretary Trong affirmed that Russia is an important traditional partner of Vietnam. The leader told TASS that Vietnam respects and prioritises reinforcing the comprehensive strategic partnership with Russia. The partnership between Vietnam and Russia is developing in a substantive and sustainable fashion, he said. The leader said an important direction of energy ties is using atomic energy for peaceful purposes.
September 04, 2018 08:48 UTC
Government directs capital hike for State-owned banksThe Government is directing ministries and agencies to raise capital for State-owned commercial banks through the use of dividends or share sales this year, Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue said at a recent meeting. Hue revealed the news after four State-owned banks – Vietcombank, Agribank, BIDV and VietinBank – proposed the capital hike at the meeting on bad debt resolution last week as they are facing difficulties to fulfill the plan. Currently, the banks are under great pressure to hike capital to satisfy the State Bank of Vietnam (SBV)’s regulations to meet Basel II standards in 2020. Under SBV’s Circular, banks must maintain a capital adequacy ratio (CAR) of at least 8 percent as per Basel II norms, starting in 2020. Representatives of State capital at State-owned banks often require to vote for dividend payout to be in cash at the banks’ annual general meetings so that the State receives money from dividends.
September 04, 2018 08:37 UTC
Korean investment flows set to rise further in VietnamSince Vietnam and the Republic of Korea (RoK) set up diplomatic relations in 1992, bilateral ties have seen robust growth in all fields, from politics, economy, security-defence to culture, education and science-technology. Korean FDI came to Vietnam in three waves, according to the Korea Trade Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA). More than 73 percent of Korean FDI firms in the country operate in service of the local market. Vietnam is set to welcome more Korean investment owing to efforts by several Vietnamese cities and provinces to promote their potential and seek links with Korean firms. Experts from KOTRA believe that Korean FDI in these sectors would bring benefits for both sides.
September 04, 2018 08:03 UTC
President Quang calls for education reform towards improved workforceVietNamNet Bridge – President Tran Dai Quang has called for the education sector to continue working on a comprehensive reform for education and training activities to produce high-quality human resources for national development and international integration. To prepare for the new school year, the Ministry of Education and Training has recently asked departments of education and training to ensure supplies of teaching and learning equipment. President Quang highlighted the significance of education and training in mountainous and underprivileged areas that are often home to ethnic minority peoples. He added that education departments and schools would strengthen inspections and strictly deal with cases of physical and mental violence in schools. Connections among pedagogy universities should also be accelerated, he said.
September 04, 2018 06:56 UTC
Construction violations still rampant in HCM CityVietNamNet Bridge – Construction violations ranging from ignoring building permits to illegal construction on farm land remain a hot issue in HCM City. An illegal construction site on farm land in Cu Chi District, HCM City. - VNA/VNS Photo Tran Xuan TinhLocal authorities were to blame for violations, according to a report by Viet Nam News Agency. Construction inspectors recently uncovered 19 violations at a social housing project in Tan Binh District’s Ward 15. According to a report from the city’s Construction Department, from November 2017 to to May 2018, inspectors uncovered 7,360 violations and fined 3,830 cases.
September 04, 2018 05:37 UTC
Tra fish shipments give hope to aquatic product exportsTra fish (pangasius) exports are likely to surpass 2 billion USD for the first time this year, presenting an opportunity for Vietnam’s aquatic product exports to realise or even exceed its yearly goal of 9 billion USD. Processing Tra fish for exportTra fish is one of three key aquatic exports of Vietnam, alongside shrimp and tuna. In January-July, tra fish shipped overseas reeled in nearly 1.2 billion USD, up about 20 percent year-on-year. He added that the August – December period is when Tra fish exports reach full swing. Therefore, prices of both Tra fish materials and exports are high, he said.
September 04, 2018 04:41 UTC
Vietnam’s industrial production expands 11.2 pct in 8 monthsVietnam’s industrial production index (IPI) rose 11.2 percent on-year in the first eight months of 2018, the General Statistics Office (GSO) has announced. Nghi Son Oil Refinery and Petrochemical complex in the central province of Thanh Hoa. However, some products saw slight declines in production due to lower demand, such as mobile phones (down 2.3 percent) and urea fertiliser (down 3 percent). Among localities recording higher growth in industrial production against 2017’s corresponding period, the northern port city of Hai Phong led with growth of 24 percent. Earlier, the GSO predicted the IPI may slow down in the rest of this year, reflecting the increasing importance of sustainable development.
September 04, 2018 04:07 UTC
Spam messages plague phone usersVietNamNet Bridge – Congratulation! Spam messages are flooding people’s smartphones. Spam messages, unfortunately, are not the only nightmare. From May 2017 to March 2018, 260 million spam messages were blocked. The Computer Emergency Response Center (dial 456) is in charge of receiving and recording spam messages, but is unable to stop spam calls.
September 04, 2018 03:22 UTC
UN treaty would protect high seas from over exploitationThe first significant steps towards legally protecting the high seas are to take place at the UN in New York. So what exactly does 'high seas' mean? The high seas are defined as the oceans that lie beyond exclusive economic zones. Researchers believe the high seas may be major source of mineral resources in years to come. "The current high seas governance system is weak, fragmented and unfit to address the threats we now face in the 21st Century from climate change, illegal and over-fishing, plastics pollution and habitat loss," said Peggy Kalas, from the High Seas Alliance,"This is a historic opportunity to protect the biodiversity and functions of the high seas through legally binding commitments."
September 04, 2018 01:07 UTC
Heatwave: 2018 was the joint hottest summer for UK2018 was the joint hottest summer on record for the UK as a whole, and the hottest ever for England, the Met Office has announced. Photo: EPAIt said highs for summer 2018 were tied with those of 1976, 2003 and 2006 for being the highest since records began in 1910. England's average temperatures narrowly beat those seen in 1976, they added. Dry, sweltering conditions for weeks on end gave way to a more average August, said the Met Office. To the nearest 0.1C, all four years - 2018 as well as 1976, 2003 and 2006 - had an average temperature of 15.8C (60.4F).
September 03, 2018 20:03 UTC
ASIAD 2018: Vietnam’s sport delegation honouredA programme was held at the My Dinh national stadium on September 2 evening to honour outstanding athletes of the Vietnamese sports delegation for their successes at the 2018 Asian Games (ASIAD) in Indonesia. Speaking at the event, VOV General Director Nguyen The Ky affirmed that in the atmosphere of the National Day (September 2), millions of hearts were heading to the stadium with the same beats welcoming the delegation, which accomplished its mission at ASIAD 2018. This event was also a chance for sports fans nationwide to meet and exchange with athletes, as well as congratulate the athletes that made excellent achievements in the Asian sport event. Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien said over the past two weeks, Vietnam’s sports fans have always followed up the athletes’ competition at ASIAD 2018, and they all felt emotional and proud as the athletes made many victories at this event. He expressed his gratitude to the Party and State leaders for their interest and attentions to the country’s sports in general and football in particular.
September 03, 2018 17:48 UTC
ASIAD 2018: Korean people want referee of Vietnam-UAE match bannedA large number of Koreans have demanded referee Kim Dae-yong to be banned following his poor performance in the Vietnam- United Arab Emirates (UAE) match at the Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia. The petition pointed to serious mistakes of Kim in the match, which it said could be noticed with basic knowledge on football. Many Korean football fans said in the Vietnam-UAE match at the Asian Games 2018 on September 1, the referee was unfair to the Vietnamese Olympic team by neglecting two times UAE players broke the rules, which could grant Vietnam a penalty kick. Losing to the UAE in the match, Vietnam missed the bronze medal. The game went straight to a penalty shootout after the normal time ended with a 1-1 draw, with Vietnam suffering a 3-4 defeat on the penalty shootout.-VNA
September 03, 2018 11:26 UTC
Floods leave 19 dead, missing in northern, central provincesFloods and landslides in northern mountainous and central provinces have killed 15 people and left four missing, along with heavy losses in property, according to the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control. Three locals in Thanh Hoa and another in Lai Chau were still missing. Floods drown 6,523 hectares of rice and crops, with the largest area of 4,586 being in Thanh Hoa province. In Lai Chau, floods and landslides blocked many sections of national highways 4D, 4H and 12, along with provincial roads 127, 128 and 129, causing traffic congestion. At the same time, the Mekong Delta provinces of Long An, An Giang, Kien Giang and Dong Thap are likely to suffer from floods in the rainy season.-VNA
September 03, 2018 09:22 UTC