EVN: All hydropower dams are safeThe Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) has confirmed that all hydropower dams under its management are absolutely in safe condition. A view of Son La hydropower plantThe affirmation was made following concerns of safety of dams and reservoirs of hydropower plants after the recent crumbling of Laos’ Xe Pian-Xe Nam Noy hydropower dam. Currently, the EVN manages 39 hydropower dams, which have been inspected and listed as safe. According to the EVN, the plans include specific response measures to circumstances in flood season as well as preventative solutions. An EVN representative said that all of its hydropower plants have been evaluated as safe by specialised advisors.
July 27, 2018 03:41 UTC
PM tells authorities to investigate tax evasionPrime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has assigned the Ministry of Finance (MOF) and General Department of Taxation (GDT) to study media reports on transfer pricing of foreign direct investment (FDI) enterprises and tax policy. Media reports have suggested the Government to build a more effective mechanism to tackle the problem that prolonged loss-making FDI enterprises have still enlarged investment and production. However, it can be difficult to know the truth as the tax authority is not empowered to investigate. Tax policyApart from transfer pricing, the Government’s Office also quoted a report on Doanh nhan Viet Nam (Entrepreneur) newspaper saying that tax incentives are biased in favour of region rather than sector. Tax authorities have not issued any documents and notices certifying the tax exemption or reduction to enterprises, it said.— VNS
July 27, 2018 03:22 UTC
Syphilis: How deadly disease has spread in AustraliaLess than a decade ago, doctors in Australia believed they were close to eliminating syphilis from remote indigenous communities - the centre of national efforts to fight the disease. The majority of syphilis sufferers in Australia are young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who live in regional areas in the nation's north and centre, doctors say. Indigenous health experts, including Associate Prof James Ward, issued a call in the Medical Journal of Australia in 2011 to try to end syphilis in communities where it was a problem. "If this had occurred among young, heterosexual people in non-indigenous Australia there would be a national outcry," he told the BBC. 'Plenty to be done'Associate Prof Ward said it remained too early to assess the impact of the most recent response.
July 27, 2018 03:22 UTC
Billion-dollar solar projects power Ninh Thuan provinceVietNamNet Bridge - Ninh Thuan provincial authorities have decided to cancel nuclear power development and reserve land for renewable energy projects such as solar power. Ninh Thuan province, which has the lowest rainfall in the country, is one of the favorite destinations for investors. This is one of the most important power projects in the national power development strategy. Billions of dollars have been poured into solar projects in Vietnam, especially after the government decided to purchase solar power at high prices to encourage investments in the field. Ninh Thuan is programmed to develop renewable energy with 9,000 MW of solar power and 1,400 MW of wind power to be developed by 2020.
July 27, 2018 03:00 UTC
Senior officials of the central province of Quang Tri pay tribute to fallen soldiers at the Ancient Citadel of Quang Tri on July 24. Hundreds of candles are lit for fallen soldiers at the Vinh Long provincial martyrs' cemetery on July 26. Vonlunteer youths hold lit candles to pay tribute to fallen soldiers in the northern province of Lai Chau on July 26. The lit candles then placed on each grave of the fallen soldiers at the provincial martyrs' cemetery in Lai Chau on July 26. Leaders of Lai Chau, local military officials and monks pay homage to fallen soldiers in a memorial service held on July 26.
July 27, 2018 02:48 UTC
HCM City living environment challenged as canals become dumping groundsVietNamNet Bridge - The 2,900 canals and arroyos in HCM City serve transport and help regulate the waste water. The 2,900 canals and arroyos in HCM City serve transport and help regulate the waste water. Reporters found that 54 canals and arroyos in HCM City are occupied by locals. HCM City has spent big money to relocate houses along the canals, but the number of canals being encroached on by locals is still rising. RELATED NEWSThe black canals in HCM CityHCM City spends big money to dredge 15 polluted canalsKim Mai
July 27, 2018 00:00 UTC
More than 560,000 computers in Vietnam infected with BrowserSpyThe Bkav Technology Group said on July 26 its virus monitoring system had discovered malware called BrowserSpy that is able to track users’ actions and steal their personal data, such as bank account information, and Gmail or Facebook passwords. BrowserSpy hides in fake software spread across the Internet by hackers, tricking users into downloading it. At the same time, the virus can quietly steal personal information from users, accessing search content, e-mails, and web history. Bkav Vice President Vu Ngoc Son said there is no particular symptoms in computers infected with BrowserSpy, and as such it is difficult for users to detect themselves. According to the Vietnam Computer Emergency Response Team (VNCERT), in 2017, Vietnam was hit by 13,382 cyber attacks, including 6,400 malware, 4,377 defacing and 2,605 phishing attacks.
July 26, 2018 11:26 UTC
Vietnamese exporters urged to be adaptive to US trade barriersAlthough the US is deemed a promising market for exporters, it also sets very strict import regulations. For this reason, Vietnamese enterprises are urged to improve their capacity and shake hands with others to develop supply chains to make inroads into this market. Vietnamese firms need to expand their scale and use automated production lines to satisfy these requirements, he suggested. Other experts forecast that the US’s stricter rules on imports of seafood and agricultural products will raise costs and reduce the competitive edge of Vietnamese exporters. Experts proposed that the Vietnamese Government should help ease barriers for domestic businesses by cutting public administrative fees and holding trade promotion events for them.
July 26, 2018 10:52 UTC
Short circuit cause of fire at Carina Plaza in MarchInvestigators from HCM City Police have concluded that a short circuit in a motorbike parked inside the buiding caused the fatal fire at Carina Plaza four months ago. The scene of the fire that occurred at Carina Plaza in HCM City on March 23, killing 13 people and injuring 91 others. In March, HCM City Police launched criminal proceedings into the incident that killed 13 people and injured 91 others. According to SACQI, the total area affected by the fire was 1,000sq.m, including 700sq.m in block A and the rest in block B. The upper floors of Block A and B and the entire block C were not affected and the buildings were structurally sound.
July 26, 2018 09:56 UTC
Dizziness when getting up could increase dementia risk, US study saysMiddle-aged people who feel dizzy when standing up from a lying-down position may be at a higher risk of dementia or a stroke in the future, a report says. The light-headed feeling is caused by a sudden drop in blood pressure, which is known as orthostatic hypotension (OH). Participants with the condition in the study of 11,709 people in the USA had a significantly higher risk of developing dementia or having a stroke. Dementia UK's chief executive and chief admiral nurse, Dr Hilda Hayo, told the BBC: "This study adds to our recognition of low blood pressure as a potential risk factor for dementia in some people. He said: "We would like to see more research which could explain the associations observed between OH and stroke and dementia.
July 26, 2018 09:45 UTC
Foreign capital flows into Vietnam’s stock market in takeover dealsVietNamNet Bridge - Financial institutes all report that foreign investors keep pouring capital into the Vietnamese stock market to take over Vietnamese profitable businesses. To implement their takeover plans, on March 26, foreign investors rushed to buy VGT with net purchase of VND555.5 billion. However, the deals are small compared with the huge deal in which foreign investors’ net purchase of VInhomes shares (VHM) reached VND28.548 trillion. The GSO’s report showed that there were 390 capital contribution deals valued at $1.4 billion which led to a charter capital increase, and 2,359 deals, worth $2.7 billion, in which foreign capital contributed capital, but did not lead to the charter capital increase. The figures, once again, prove the view that foreign capital flow aims to take over businesses, rather than cooperate for development.
July 26, 2018 09:11 UTC
Vietnam wants to boost cooperation with EU: PMVietnam always wishes to further promote the friendship and cooperation with the European Union (EU), Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has told Chairman of the European Parliament’s Committee on International Trade (INTA) Bernd Lange. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (fourth, right), Chairman of the European Parliament’s Committee on International Trade (INTA) Bernd Lange (fourth, left) and other officials. Both Vietnam and the EU hope that the pact will bring about pragmatic benefits to their businesses and people, he stressed. For his part, Bernd Lange said his visit aims to reinforce cooperation between Vietnam and the EU. Regarding the EVFTA, Bernd Lange said the agreement will play an active role in investment attraction while helping spur economic growth of both sides.
July 26, 2018 09:11 UTC
Foreign direct investment commitments in Viet Nam soared 5 per cent on-year to $22.94 billion in the first seven months. — Photo kinhtedothi.vnForeign direct investment (FDI) commitments soared 5 per cent on-year to $22.94 billion in the seven-month period. South Korea ranked second with $5.46 billion (24 per cent), while Singapore came next with $2.73 billion (12 per cent). Overseas investmentsDuring the period, Vietnamese businesses invested $280 million into 102 projects aboard, statistics from FIA also revealed. Agro-forestry-fisheries came next with $64 million (23 per cent), following by manufacturing and processing with $46 million (16 per cent).
July 26, 2018 09:00 UTC
Two pilots killed in military aircraft crash in Nghe AnTwo pilots were killed when a military aircraft of the Air Defence-Air Force Service went down in Nghia Dan district of central Nghe An province around noon of July 26. Smoke rises from the scene of the aircraft crash in Dua village of Nghia Yen commune, Nghia Dan district, Nghe An provinceThe Su 22U aircraft, No. 8551, of Air Force Regiment 921 of Division 371 began a training session at 11:16am but lost contact at 11:35am. Later, it was found to have crashed in Dua village of Nghia Yen commune, Nghia Dan district. Shortly after the incident happened, the Ministry of National Defence ordered the Air Defence-Air Force Service to coordinate with relevant units to settle consequences.
July 26, 2018 08:48 UTC
HCM City bans trucks during rush hour in urban areasThe HCM City People’s Committee has issued regulations to ban trucks during rush hours in urban areas of the city in an effort to ease traffic congestion. HCM City has banned trucks from roads during rush hours in many parts of the city. From August 1, light trucks will not be allowed to enter the city’s urban area during peak hours from 6am to 9am and from 4pm to 10pm. These include rescue trucks, dump trucks, some vehicles such as trucks that need to do repair work on electrical equipment, and heavy trucks for key construction projects. Public buses in HCM City carry about 306 million passengers a year.
July 26, 2018 08:26 UTC