Understanding the VN law on cross-border web sharing

To implement this policy, the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) issued Circular No. 38/2016/TT-BTTTT on December 26, 201, detailing the cross-border distribution of public information. Circular 38 requires that foreign entities providing public information to users in Việt Nam (information providers) shall observe the regulations and laws of Việt Nam and shall cooperate with the MIC in addressing violations, if any. In cases where an information provider provides illegal public information to Việt Nam, or refuses to cooperate with the MIC in addressing violations, Việt Nam’s authorised management agencies may take necessary technical measures to block their access from Việt Nam. The information provider will have 24 hours from receipt of the MIC’s notification to verify and process the issue.

March 22, 2017 02:26 UTC

Dredging oversight a failure

Since 2011, there have been 66 dredging projects registered nationwide. Leaders of the Inland Waterways Administration have admitted that none of dredging projects were bid for. Currently, a dredging project combined with sand mining is based on a survey of inland waterway navigation by the Inland Waterways Administration. The cost of monitoring dredging projects is paid by the investors, so the effectiveness of monitoring is limited. In addition, other measures such as surprise inspections should be carried out to control the dredging projects.

March 22, 2017 02:15 UTC

VN called to tackle overfishing as crisis looms

“We used to catch a lot of fish whenever we went out to sea in the old days. But now all the sea – Bạch Long Vỹ, Trường Sa or Phú Quốc - was empty of fish,” Minh said. Since the start of the year, 16 Vietnamese fishing ships detained by neighbouring countries like Australia, Papua New Guinea, Malaysia and Cambodia for illegal fishing, Minh said. The highest-level legal document regulating the rescue work of the firefighter force is a decision issued by former Prime Minister Nguyễn Tấn Dũng in 2012. However, it falls short of clearly stating specific responsibilities of organisations and individuals in rescue work, leading to confusion and lack of co-operation between different forces, according to the NASC.

March 22, 2017 02:03 UTC

Data problems hinder IT application in health insurance

HÀ NỘI – Incomplete data is among the issues hindering the application of information technology in health insurance, according to a report by the Ministry of Health’s Health Insurance Department. As part of a health insurance medical information system rolled out last June and described as the optimal solution to ensure transparency and prevent insurance fraud, the transmission of electronic data in health insurance management and payment is facing challenges due to continuous changes in local health service facilities, said the report. Others issues, according to the report, relate to the difficulties in hiring IT service companies to help health insurance agencies follow the Government’s rules on using information systems in health insurance. A lack of both quantity and quality of IT facilities such as computers and network servers at local health insurance agencies is also hindering the application of IT in their management works. Moreover, most health care workers have not been trained in IT and find it hard to adapt to the medical information system.

March 22, 2017 02:03 UTC

Major haul

Customs officers in the northern port city of Hải Phòng yesterday seized a container suspected of containing Khat leaves. Khat contains Cathinone, an amphetamine-like stimulant said to cause strong euphoria. The initial check showed goods in the container are dried herbal packed in 353 carton boxes that weighs around 2.8 tonnes. – VNA/VNS Photo Lâm Khánh

March 22, 2017 02:03 UTC

A happy nation is no Utopian concept, it’s a matter of survival

It is a sobering thought that Vietnam has been ranked 94th of 155 countries in the UN’s World Happiness Report 2017. Visitors and other observers still see Việt Nam as a happy and optimistic country. Born and raised in Việt Nam, I seem to have things covered: a home I love, a career I like, and some peace of mind. Bhutan has backed its rhetoric with action, prioritising GNH (Gross National Happiness) over GDP. "People always ask how can you possibly have a nation of happy people?

March 22, 2017 02:03 UTC

Dialysis treatment extends patients’ lives

HCM CITY — More than 26,000 people receive regular dialysis treatment in the country, which helps prolong their life. Dr Võ Đức Chiến, head of Nguyễn Tri Phương Hospital in HCM City, said that effective dialysis helps prolong the life of patients with the condition. Chronic kidney failure cannot be cured, he said, adding that patients diagnosed at the end stage of kidney failure must have dialysis for the rest of their life. Nutrition“The most important thing is to provide guidance on nutrition for patients,” Bùi said. During dialysis, patients should take vitamins and eat nutritious diets with meals having enough protein, fat and other nutrients to avoid malnutrition and anaemia, he said.

March 22, 2017 02:03 UTC

Israel to help VN build community centers

HÀ NỘI — Israel and Việt Nam signed an agreement yesterday on establishing a series of community centres based on an Israeli-developed model. The agreement was signed in the presence of Israeli President Reuven Rivlin who is on an official visit to Việt Nam. The first center will be located in Hà Nội. “It’s great that Việt Nam wants to supplement formal education with informal education,” President Rivlin told Việt Nam News. The 700 centres operating in Israel offer after-school activities, lifelong learning courses, social activities for the elderly and disabled, community meeting venues, and much more.

March 22, 2017 02:03 UTC

Tillerson to skip NATO meeting next month

WASHINGTON – US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will skip a NATO meeting in April but travel to Russia the same month, fuelling fears about Washington’s commitment to the alliance. Toner said the decision was not unprecedented, and that secretaries of state had missed the April foreign ministers meeting in 2003 and 1999. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg was in Washington for meetings at the Pentagon ahead of Wednesday’s coalition talks, but he refused to respond to questions on Tillerson’s decision. He also dismissed the State Department’s attempt to build up this week’s anti-IS meeting, saying the April foreign ministers’ meeting is crucial preparation for the full NATO summit that Washington "can’t miss". Another former ambassador to NATO, Harvard professor Nicholas Burns, said: "Of course Secretary Tillerson should be at the NATO meeting.

March 21, 2017 22:18 UTC

Prospects bright for VN packing firms

HCM CITY — Việt Nam’s packaging industry continues to expand, driven by growing demand for food and beverages processed and packaged in a modern way, according to experts. "It is vital that brand owners understand its importance to create the right packaging," he told at a press conference held on the opening day of the 2017 Propak Vietnam exhibition. It has attracted more than 400 exhibitors from 28 countries and territories, including 11 international group pavilions from Germany, China, India, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Italy, BT Tee, general manager of SES Vietnam Exhibition Services, said. Conferences and seminars would be held on the sidelines of the expo, including on water quality and management for food processing and improving the quality of rice and rice-based products. The event at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Centre, jointly organised by SES Vietnam Exhibition Services and VCCI Exhition Service, is expected to attract more than 7,500 trade visitors.

March 21, 2017 15:11 UTC

Petrol prices see sharp decline

HÀ NỘI — The retail price of petrol fell VNĐ708 to reach VNĐ17,314 (US77 cents) per litre at 3pm on Tuesday. The ministries said the decrease was due to lower petrol prices in the world market. Over the past 15 days, the average petrol price was $62 a barrel, $4 lower than the previous fortnight. In the latest price adjustment on March 6, the petrol price was reduced by VNĐ76 per litre to VNĐ18,022 while that of E5 was VNĐ58 lower, reaching VNĐ17,760 per litre. An said the average petroleum price this year in Việt Nam could be higher than that of 2016 but the rise was less than 10 per cent.

March 21, 2017 13:52 UTC

Robot used for first time in cancer surgery

HCM CITY — Doctors at Bình Dân Hospital on Monday used a robot to assist in a surgical operation to remove two-thirds of the stomach of a male patient diagnosed with cancer, the first on a patient with cancer surgery. After surgery, the patient will not eat for two or three days and will be fed intravenously. Stomach cancer at the antral section of the stomach accounts for 70 per cent of the total number of cases of stomach cancer. People at a high risk, including those with a family member with stomach cancer or helicobacter pylori infection, should have a stomach endoscopy periodically, Chúc said. Since last December, the hospital has used robots to assist surgeries on adult patients, with 68 patients benefitting from the technique.

March 21, 2017 10:41 UTC

I3F Vietnam 2017 to open in HCM City

HÀ NỘI — The fourth international festival of natural products and functional foods in Việt Nam (I3F Vietnam 2017) will take place in HCM City’s Phú Thọ Indoor Sports Stadium from July 14 to 16. At the I3F Vietnam festival, customers will have opportunities to find suitable products for their needs, get advice from experts, and receive incentives from businesses. Meanwhile, businesses can promote their brand image, and showcase the quality of their products and services. There will be several activities conducted during the festival such as ’Golden Product for Public Healthcare Award’ and a seminar on functional foods. About 150 booths from hundreds of domestic and foreign businesses will showcase their products at the festival.

March 21, 2017 10:30 UTC

Phu Yen looks to speed up racecourse project

Phu Yen looks to speed up racecourse projectPhu Yen Province’s People’s Committee has asked the Australian Golden Turf Club Pty Ltd to accelerate the construction process of the US$100 million racecourse in the south central coastal province. Jockeys are riding horses at a racecourse in the southern Binh Duong province. The first phase of the project is expected to be completed this year and includes the racecourse and half the tourism zone. Once operational, the racecourse is expected to promote tourism in the province. Several large racecourse projects had been approved in southern provinces of Long An, Binh Duong, Binh Phuoc, and the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong.

March 21, 2017 10:18 UTC

Da Nang to develop e-health

Da Nang to develop e-healthThe Information System (IS), a company of the FPT Group, will supply information technology infrastructure (IT) for 16 hospitals in Da Nang this year. A volunteer with a patient at Da Nang’s Oncology hospital. The central city in co-operation with FPT’s Information System company plans to start an e-heath programme in 2017. The move is part of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the company and the city last week. Last year, the city and the military-owned telecommunications group Viettel signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for developing Da Nang into a ‘smart city’ in 2020.

March 21, 2017 10:18 UTC

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