E-tickets a must for a modern public transportation system

Smartcards and e-tickets are set to become the norm, Nguyen Hoang Hai, Director of the Ha Noi Urban Transport Management and Operation Centre (TRAMOC) tells the Ha Noi Moi (New Ha Noi) Newspaper. The pilot project on using e-tickets in buses began on October 6. What is the significance of this project? The increase in commuter numbers and bus routes in the capital city indicates a clear need to improve service quality for passengers. It can also be seen that the number of people using monthly … [Read more...]

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Five-star luxury cruise ships bring 4,500 passengers to Vietnam

The Voyager of the Seas cruise ship is seen at the Tan Cang - Cai Mep seaport in Ba Ria - Vung Tau Province, located in southern Vietnam, on October 12, 2014.

Two luxury cruise ships stopped briefly in Vietnam on Sunday, allowing more than 4,500 wealthy international passengers to tour the country's iconic Ha Long Bay, attractions in Ho Chi Minh City and a coastal province. Voyager of the Seas, carrying more than 3,000 international passengers, docked at the Tan Cang - Cai Mep seaport in the southern province of Ba Ria - Vung Tau early yesterday, after two days of cruising from Kaohsiung, Taiwan. In the provincial capital city of Vung Tau, the … [Read more...]

Insurance buyers get protection

Ha Noi Moi (New Hanoi) newspaper spoke with Association of Vietnamese Insurers' secretary Phung Dac Loc about a new fund that protects insurance buyers in the event that insurers go bankrupt. Could you explain the privileges insurance buyers will receive from the Insurance Buyer Protection Fund? The IBPF was set up to pay insurance buyers money that is agreed upon in insurance contracts, in case the insurers go bankrupt or cannot pay them. The funding will come from 0.1 per cent of each … [Read more...]

Progress, production in rural areas need new mindset

Viet Nam's new rural development programme, scheduled for implementation from 2010 to 2020, aims to improve the economy and living standards of the country's rural areas. A developed rural infrastructure is expected to ensure long-term and sustainable growth to meets the requirements of industrialisation and modernisation in line with the national master plan. Under the programme, the environment should be kept clean while the awareness levels of local residents should be improved and the … [Read more...]

‘We need a new mindset’


VietNamNet Bridge - Chairman of the Viet Nam Association of FDI Enterprises Nguyen Mai talked to Ha Noi Moi (New Ha Noi) newspaper about the past and future of foreign direct investment in Viet Nam. Can you identify any major achievements in attracting foreign direct investments in the past 30 years? … [Read more...]

New mindset for FDI projects


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Gov’t approves use of IT outsourcing by enterprises, organisations


VietNamNet Bridge - The government has given approval to enterprises and organizations to use information technology (IT) outsourcing, but many businesses remain hesitant to use such services. FPT, the Vietnamese largest IT group, has signed a cooperation agreement with the Vietnam Railway Corporation on the development of a new ticket distribution system, according to Ha Noi Moi newspaper. … [Read more...]

Project teaches students to swim

Head of the sports division of the Ha Noi Culture, Sports and Tourism Department, Dinh Van Luyen, explained to Ha Noi Moi (New Ha Noi) details of a programme to teach children how to swim. The swimming teaching programme has only achieved modest results despite the fact that it has been running in the city for many years. What changes have been made for 2014? Teaching children to swim is urgent due to the increased number of drownings in the city. The programme is a key activity and we believe … [Read more...]

Ha Noi needs development plan to achieve annual growth target

Economic expert Nguyen Minh Phong spoke to Ha Noi Moi (New Ha Noi) newspaper about what the capital should do to achieve its GDP target of 8.5-9 per cent in 2014 What's your assessment of Ha Noi's economic situation in the first half of 2014? Generally speaking, Ha Noi's economy in the first six months was a miniature of the nation's economic picture. With external support and its own efforts, Ha Noi recorded many economic achievements, particularly in exports and tourism. The completion of … [Read more...]

Ministry inspects medical equipment

HA NOI (VNS) - The Ministry of Science and Technology will begin a three-month inspection on the use of X-ray machines and measuring equipment in medical stations this month. The inspection aims to ensure residents' safety in the wake of reports by provincial and city departments of science and technology that indicated many violations in manufacturing, importing, trading and using measuring equipment, Tran Minh Dung, deputy chief inspector of the ministry told the Ha Noi Moi (New Ha Noi) … [Read more...]

Millions of USD “incinerated” at HCM’s state-of-the-art waste treatment site


VietNamNet Bridge - The HCM City authorities have decided to close Dumping Ground No 3 at the Hiep Phuoc waste treatment complex, after determining thatit is seriously polluting the environment.Hundreds of billions of dong of high technology Landfill No 3 was introduced last year as one of the most modern dumping grounds in Vietnam, with a total price tag of VND976 billion and capacity of 2,000 tons of waste per day. Covering an area of 22.68 hectares, the landfill had beenexpected to … [Read more...]

Capital sets sights on becoming modern metropolis by 2030

Ha Noi will become a modern city by 2030, President of the Viet Nam Urban Planning and Development Association, Tran Ngoc Chinh told the Ha Noi Moi (New Ha Noi) newspaper. What do you think about the architectural changes Ha Noi has undergone since 2008? The National Assembly's decision to enlarge Ha Noi's administrative border was a step in the process to turn the capital city into the nation's center for politics, economics, culture and international co-operation. Currently, the city's … [Read more...]

Are Ha Noi dykes rainproof?

Ha Noi's dykes must be strengthened as the monsoon season nears, Do Duc Thinh, director of Ha Noi Dike Management and Flood Control Department tells Ha Noi Moi (New Ha Noi). Many serious cases of dyke violations have been dealt with. However, the situation has not improved. Why? Under the Dyke Law, the local authorities are empowered to handle small cases of dyke violations in their localities. However, the attitude of showing consideration to the violators still influences the local … [Read more...]

Party chief meets with Ha Noi voters ahead of Legislature’ session

Party leader Nguyen Phu Trong talks with voters: Photo: Ha Noi Moi

VGP - Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong on May 3 met with voters of Ba Dinh and Hoan Kiem districts in Ha Noi to listen to their proposals in preparation for the upcoming National Assembly's 7th session. The voters raised their concerns over anti-corruption and anti-wastefulness and hailed the recent adoption of the Resolution on basic and comprehensive renovation of education and training by the Party Central Committee. … [Read more...]

Central provinces grapple with increasing droughts

Electrical engineers check the power safety of a pump in central Quang Tri Province's My Thuy Commune. Central provinces are pumping more water and building dams to cope with drought and prevent sea water from penetrating further inland, a report says. — VNA/VNS Photo Ngoc Ha

HA NOI — Falling water levels in several rivers and increasing salinity intrusion have authorities in the central region scrambling for solutions, local reports say. A report in the Ha Noi Moi newspaper yesterday said that the central city of Da Nang and its neighbouring Quang Nam Province were pumping more water and building dams to cope with drought and prevent sea water from penetrating further inland. It cited the Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting Centre for Central Region as saying water … [Read more...]

Social News Headlines 29/3

Two Lao drug traffickers arrested in Quang Tri Border guards in the central province of Quang Tri and police from the southern Lao Savannakhet province on March 27 arrested two Lao people trafficking 6,000 pills of synthetic drugs into Quang Tri's Huong Hoa district. The two admitted they bought the drugs in Savannakhet and were smuggling them to Vietnam via the Lao Bao international border gate. They confessed that their ring also included another who escaped from the scene. A car with … [Read more...]

Illegal storage sites uncovered

Sand exploitation on the Hong (Red) River. More than 80ha of land across Ha Noi is being illegally used to store construction materials. — VNA/VNS Photo

HA NOI (VNS) — Inspectors in Ha Noi have found over 83ha of land across the city that is being illegally used to store construction materials. Hoang Mai District has the highest volume with over 381,300 sq.m, followed by Phu Xuyen Gia Lam, Dong Anh and Dan Phuong. According to Ha Noi's Department for Flood, Storm Control and Dyke Management, there were over 200 areas being used to store building materials along major rivers in the city, but only 31 had been granted licences. In river … [Read more...]

Farmers in urban areas find few job opportunities

Prof. Nguyen Huu Thu from the Social Sciences and Humanities Faculty at Ha Noi National University spoke with Ha Noi Moi (New Ha Noi) about the challenges faced by farmers in urban areas, including the lack of employment opportunities. There was an opinion that people living in urban areas of Ha Noi haven't had many opportunities to find suitable jobs. What do you say about that? As a matter of discussion, they seem to have a lot of job opportunities due to urbanization, which created new … [Read more...]

Ha Noi needs more funds for irrigation overhaul

There are many loopholes in the operation of irrigation and drainage throughout Ha Noi, Nguyen Vinh Lien, director of the Ha Noi Irrigation Department, told Ha Noi Moi (New Ha Noi) newspaper. What is the current status of the city's water pumping stations? Ha Noi has a very complicated geography - a mix of mountainous and midland regions and the delta. The city has about 216,000ha of land for rice cultivation, 5,500ha for aquaculture and about 90,000ha for subsidiary crops. To serve … [Read more...]