HCM City localities collect bike toll ahead of schedule

HCM CITY (VNS) — Some localities in HCM City have begun to collect road maintenance fees from motorbike owners before the designated start date of July 1. Based on the local situation, some places have collected the fee [early] but it was not a big issue, Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper quoted Dao Thi Huong Lan, director of the city Department of Finance, as saying. Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam, chairwoman of the city People's Council, said that on June 22 the Council had asked the People's Committee to report about the fee collection and its disadvantages and suggested that the People's Committee should delay collection until it provided all the information. "If the collection proves difficult, we will ask the Government to stop. "However, the People's Council can only request, and collecting or not collecting is the Government's prerogative." Nguyen Thanh Chung, director of the Department of Transport and chairman of the HCM City Road Maintenance Fund, said he has not been instructed … [Read more...]

Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News – June 28

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Let us begin your Sunday with brief news items on Tuoi Tre News today. -- Vietnam's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Saturday expressed great concerns and censure against the terrorist attacks which broke out in France, Tunisia and Kuwait on Friday. The attacks claimed dozens of lives and injured some hundred people. Society -- Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam, chair of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Council and a National Assembly delegate, said during her two meetings with electors on Saturday that the council may request that local competent agencies not collect road fees from motorbike riders next month. -- Leaders of the People's Supreme Court in Hanoi on Saturday told the press that they will pay the entire sum of VND7.2 billion (US$333,100) in damages to Nguyen Thanh Chan, who suffered miscarriage of justice, by the end of this year. Chan, a 54-year-old man from the northern province of Bac Giang, was released in 2013 after serving 10 years in jail on murder charges under a … [Read more...]

Debates outside parliamentary sessions should be promoted

An "open environment" should be created for lawmakers to debate important issues, Le Nhu Tien, Vice Chairman of the Committee on Culture, Education, Youth and Children, tells Tien Phong (Vanguard) A debate took place recently between Transport Minister Dinh La Thang and HCM City People's Council Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam on collecting road tolls from motorbikes. It happened during a break at a National Assembly meeting. Can you comment on this? I appreciated it very much. Both Thang and Tam stressed that they had the best interests of voters at heart. The issue of imposing road toll on motorbikes has sparked a heated debate these days. Open debate and discussions are measures to help us find the truth, I feel. So I hope discussions and debates among lawmakers during breaks will become a normal practice in the future. Such interaction will help both the deputies and the voters to have an objective, comprehensive look at issues that they are interested in. How would you respond … [Read more...]

Social News 24/6

Students enjoy wildlife summer camp Nearly 40 university students from HCM City, Ha Noi, Can Tho and Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province attended the Wildlife Summer Camp 2015 which ended yesterday (June 22) at Wildlife At Risk's (WAR) Hon Me Wildlife Rescue Station. The camp is an annual programme, launched by WAR in June 2013 that calls on youth to conserve and protect wildlife. It raises awareness and skills about conservation, and creates opportunities for students to contribute to wildlife conservation. The students worked with WAR staff to prepare food for rescued wildlife, including the yellow-cheeked crested gibbon, loris, moon bear and Siamese crocodile. They also painted enclosures, cleared grass and grew over 100 wildlife food plants including banana and papaya. They also learned skills related to wildlife conservation jobs, such as surveying in the forest, setting up a camera trap, taking photos and creating a video clip about wildlife protection. Typhoon brings rain, saving … [Read more...]

Social News 23/6

Dong Nai farmers battle pepper seedling thieves Thieves are stealing pepper seedlings of several pepper growers in the southern Dong Nai Province, Dan Tri reported. A major reason for the situation is the record rate of increase in the prices of pepper, which is leading to high prices of the seedlings. Pepper farmers in Xuan Truong Commune of Xuan Loc District said hundreds of pepper trees had been cut down by thieves in the last few days. The provincial authority has been investigating the cases. The leader of district farmers' association said the cost of a pepper seedling was about VND20,000 to VND30,000 (US$10-15). So, pepper garden owners are on guard day and night to protect their property. Growing a pepper plant takes a few years and hundreds of work hours, a pepper grower said. Storm cools down central Vietnam while moving to southern China Tropical Storm Kujira has passed Vietnam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel)archipelago in the East Vietnam Sea and cooled down the … [Read more...]

Funds sought to provide fresh water for HCM City residents

HCM City (VNS) — City authorities aim to provide access to hygienic water for all HCM City households by the end of the year, according to a resolution passed by the city People's Council on Saturday. Around 360,000 of 1.9 million households of the city do not have access to fresh water. They are located mostly in the outskirts and must use rain water, drilled-well water, or water pumped from canals, the city's Transport Department has said. To reach the goal, the city needs total capital of VND5 trillion (US$240 million). The city has sought funds from the private sector to provide fresh water to rural areas. The Sai Gon Water Infrastructure Joint Stock Company, for example, will manage water supply and distribution in Cu Chi District. Several other investors plan to provide 300,000 cubic metres of fresh water every day. It is expected that during 2016-2019, more investors from the private sector will be sought. "Related departments like the Health Dept should educate … [Read more...]

Social News 22/6

Environment projects to get 3.6% loans The Viet Nam Environment Protection Fund has announced loans at 3.6 per cent interest for environment protection projects, according to a media report. Thoi Bao Kinh Doanh (Business Newspaper) reported that the loans would be for up to 10 years and worth 70 per cent of the project cost. The fund, managed by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, will also give priority to projects to treat waste at industrial parks, factories and workshops, domestic waste, and exhaust emissions. Projects using environment-friendly and energy-efficient technologies and equipment are also eligible for the preferential loans. The VEPF normally lends at 5.4 per cent to environment protection activities. Insiders said that the loans at 3.6 per cent interest are meant to support enterprises and investors involved in environment protection since projects of this nature always require huge investments. Thus, the loans could play a key role in the … [Read more...]

Social News 21/6

HCM City gets high-level People's Procuracy A high-level People's Procuracy in HCM City has been established under a resolution of the Standing Committee of the 13th National Assembly. The NA on May 28 passed Resolution 953, based on the 2014 People's Procuracy Organisation Law. Under the resolution, the Supreme People's Procuracy appointed Nguyen Van Quang as the director of the high-level People's Procuracy. The Procuracy exists on four levels: district, province, high-level (for three centrally governed cities – HCM City, Ha Noi and Da Nang) and supreme. Also appointed were four deputy directors of the high-level People's Procuracy: Vo Van Them, Nguyen Thanh Son, Nguyen The Thanh and Le Xuan Hai. Nguyen Van Quang, director of the high-level People's Procuracy in HCM City, said the high-level People's Procuracy in HCM City had been established on the basis of Appeal Procuracy 3. In addition to exercising the right of prosecution and supervisor of judicial activities for … [Read more...]

HCMC to supply all households with clean water this yearend

Officials inspect water quality at Thu Duc water supply plant (Photo: SGGP)

Ho Chi Minh City promises providing clean water to 100 percent of households by the end this year, said the city People’s Council chairwoman Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam on Saturday. Vo Van Ho from Binh Hung Hoa ward, Binh Tan district said that many households in the ward including his family were using drilled wells because there was no tap water pipe. Most of the drilled wells have been polluted and smelly for the last three years but local people have no choice besides using them for daily activities, he said. Some have to ask for tap water from their neighbors while some buy bottled water to do the cooking, he added. The issue is prevalent in suburb areas, where people have to use polluted drilled water or canal water. According to the Department of Transport, over 1.5 million out of 1.87 million households in the city are accessible to clean water. About 358,351 others have to take water from drilled wells, rains and canals in outskirt districts. Water quality has been … [Read more...]

Minister grilled over agricultural woes

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat fields queries posed by NA deputies at the legislative body’s ask-and-answer session in Hanoi Thursday - PHOTO: NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

Thuy Dung Deputy Nguyen Van Tuyet of Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province stressed the importance of combining efforts of Government agencies, scientists, farmers and businesses to ensure sustainable development of the sector. However, this goal has not has not been realized and farmers are still grappling with many challenges in selling their products though the Prime Minister issued a relevant decision more than 10 years ago. Deputy Nguyen Thi Kim Be of Kien Giang Province shared Tuyet’s view, saying that farmers in the Mekong Delta have suffered losses from sweet potato, shrimp ad tra fish farming. She attributed these losses partly to the inefficient implementation of Decision 80/2002/QD-TTg. Minister Phat admitted the reality, saying the ministry last year deployed a program to cement cooperation among Government agencies, scientists, farmers and businesses for rice production and more than 100 enterprises pledged to help farmers with farming support and consumption of rice … [Read more...]

Vietnam ministry urged to review road fee rule for possible removal

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The Ministry of Finance’s regulation on collecting the annual road maintenance fee from motorbikes should be reviewed, and even scrapped if found unreasonable, Vietnamese legislators urged Friday. The lawmakers voiced their request at the meeting of the ongoing 9th session of the National Assembly (NA) when discussing the draft Law on Fees and Charges. "Many people told me that it is extremely unreasonable for them to pay the road maintenance fee when they ride their motorbikes on the roads that have been built on the land donated by them and with the money contributed by them," Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam, a NA deputy and the chairwoman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Council, told the meeting. Therefore, local governments nationwide should be authorized to decide on whether any fees and charges should be collected and at which rates, because only grassroot authorities can clearly know about actual conditions of each locality, Tam said. Such a move is necessary to … [Read more...]

Bill on charges and fees debated

NA deputy Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam of the Ho Chi Minh City delegation: since the Ordinance on charges and fees took effect 13 years ago, it has proven no longer suitable to Vietnam’s current socio-economic development. (Photo: Duc Duy/Vietnam+)

(VOVworld) – On Friday, National Assembly (NA) deputies discussed the draft law on charges and fees. Lawmakers said the list of charges and fees is no longer appropriate for Vietnam’s socio-economic development. Some charges and fees will be removed to reduce administrative overhead and conform with the tax reform strategy. Deputies called for detailed regulations on lists of charges to improve management of monetary resources. … [Read more...]

NA deputies debate merits of lump-sum insurance law

Minister of Public Security Tran Dai Quang. Photos: VNA/VNS/An Dang

National Assembly deputies spent most of their time on May 27 debating Article 60 of the 2014 Law on Social Insurance during the 9th session of the 13th National Assembly. It involves regulations on a one-off lump-sum social insurance payment. It was the first discussion since a Government report on the Article was presented to the NA last Thursday and later discussed in small groups of deputies. According to the article, employees eligible to receive a lump-sum social insurance allowance when they resign from work are limited. This means only a limited number of people are entitled to payments, while other employees must wait until they reach retirement age to receive a lump sum. In Viet Nam, the retirement age is 60 for men and 55 for women. The majority of deputies agreed with the content of the law, which revised the 2006 Law on Social Insurance and will take effect on January 1, 2016. However, deputies believe the National Assembly should take into consideration, amend or … [Read more...]

Nearly 11 percent of households in Hoc Mon district use clean water

Many families in Hoc Mon district in Ho Chi Minh City have not had a supply of clean tap water and used unqualified water from wells instead, reported chairwoman of the People’s Council Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam after an investigation of the rate of households accessing to clean water source on May 14. Ms. Tam said that the rate of households accessing to clean water source is low. Moreover, she discovered that locals in Xuan Thoi Dong Commune have used smelly water from wells. As per Hoc Mon District People's Committee, by April, 2015, just around 9,270 over 85,309 households in the district are supplied clean water or just 10.87 percent can access to clean water. The rates of these wards including Thoi Tam Thon, Tan Hiep and Tan Xuan accessing to fresh water are 2.13 percent; 3.05 percent and 5,09 percent respectively. A statistic report shows that the district has over 85,000 wells and only 2 out of 229 water samples tested in 2014 are qualified for bathing and … [Read more...]

Social News 14/5

PM approves assessment council for national programmes Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has approved the establishment of an Assessment Council to assess all national target programmes on rural development and sustainable poverty reduction for the period of 2016-20. The council will be responsible for organising the assessment of investment plans for various programmes and submitting them to the Prime Minister for consideration and to the National Assembly for approval. Its tasks will also include organising the feasibility studies of various programmes and submitting their reports to the Prime Minister for consideration. The council will have the authority to ask organisations or units preparing investment plans to provide relevant documents and information on various programmes to serve the assessment process. If necessary, the council can also ask organisations or units to complete their documents to meet assessment demands and consider and make decisions on assessment plans and … [Read more...]

Tens of thousands of Ho Chi Minh City families have no clean water supply

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Tens of thousands of families in three districts in Ho Chi Minh City have not had a supply of clean tap water and used unqualified water from wells instead, according to a field survey made by the city’s lawmakers on Tuesday. The municipal People’s Council, the law-making body of the city, yesterday organized three delegations to conduct field surveys in District 6, Thu Duc District and Binh Tan District and came to the conclusion. City officials said that the situation has lingered for decades. Hundreds of samples of water collected from wells failed to meet standards of safety and hygiene. The delegation in Thu Duc, led by Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam, chairwoman of the People’s Council, discovered that locals have used smelly water from wells even though they are close to tap water processing plants. Thu Duc has 4,564 households without tap water supply, according to the district’s authorities. Of the 104 samples of water collected from wells in Thu Duc … [Read more...]

HCM City plans more kinders for migrant workers’ children

The chairwoman of the HCM City's People's Council said the city would build more kindergartens for children of workers at industrial parks and export processing zones. Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam, National Assembly deputy and chairwoman of the city's People's Council, said the need was urgent to meet the workers' increased demand. She spoke at a meeting with workers at Tan Thuan Export Processing Zone in District 7 on May 10. Kinder for 400 Bui Thi Ngoc Hieu, vice chairwoman of the People's Committee in District 7, said the district in March began building a kindergarten in Tan Thuan Industrial Park. It is expected to open by the end of the year and will accommodate 400 to 500 children. Hieu said that one or two more preschools should also be built to meet demand. Student openings at public kindergartens in large cities like HCM City and Hanoi are often restricted. Priority is given to children of local residents, not to migrant workers from other provinces without permanent residential … [Read more...]

HCMC plans to build more kindergartens in industrial, export processing zones

National Assembly deputy Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam, chairwoman of the city’s People’s Council May 10 had a meeting with workers in Tan Thuan Export Processing Zone in district 7, aiming to listen to workers' expectations in industrial parks and export processing zones in Ho Chi Minh City. Before the meeting, Ms. Tam had asked workers about their employment, salary and entertainment. Most of workers said that after working hours, they almost stay in their house to clean the house and take care of their children. No one go out for cinema or other entertainment activities. At the meeting, most of workers said what they concern is the rent. Huynh Huu Phuoc from Nidec Tosok Company said that though the city leaders encouraged landlords not to increase their rents and provide electricity, water support; however, just a few landlords obeyed. Workers proposed city administration to build dormitories in industrial parks and export processing zones following the southern province of … [Read more...]

Nationwide celebrates Hung Kings anniversary ceremony

State President Truong Tan Sang offeres incense at the Thuong, Hung Temple in Phu Tho province. (Photo:SGGP)

Crowded Vietnamese people gathered at Phu Tho province’s Kinh Thien Temple on April 28 (the 10th day of the third lunar month) to offer incenses and pay tribute to the Hung Kings – the founders of Vietnam. Attending at the event were State President Truong Tan Sang, leaders of Party, State, representatives of ministries, departments and central agencies, leaders of Phu Tho province, Vietnamese ethnic groups of people and Vietnamese overseas. By 7:30 am at Kinh Thien Temple, State President Truong Tan Sang and guest delegates offered incenses, flowers and fruits to express their deep gratitude to ancestors. The guest delegations after that offered incense and laid down a wreath of flowers at the Hung Kings imperial tomb and Uncle Ho’s Statue. And then, the delegation led by President Truong Tan Sang offered incense and commemorated contributions of Duc Quoc To Lac Long Quan at Sim Mountain. On the same day, the Party Committee, People’s Council, … [Read more...]

HCMC builds Nguyen Huu Canh Temple

Politburo member, Secretary of HCMC Party Committee Le Thanh Hai and city leaders at the groundbreaking ceremony. (Photo:SGGP)

The Party Committee, People’s Council, People’s Committee and Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee of Ho Chi Minh City yesterday held a solemn groundbreaking ceremony inside the Park of Ethnic Culture and History in district 9, HCMC to build Nguyen Huu Canh Temple. Attending at the ceremony were Politburo member, Secretary of HCMC Party Committee Le Thanh Hai, Chairman of HCMC People’s Committee Le Hoang Quan, Chairwoman of HCMC People’s Council Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam, Chairwoman of Vietnam Fatherland Front of Ho Chi Minh City Vo Thi Dung and city leaders. At the groundbreaking ceremony, Chairman Quan stressed that the construction of Nguyen Huu Canh temple aims to pay tribute to Nguyen Huu Canh, who established Vietnamese people's territorial sovereignty in Saigon and the Gia Dinh region in 1698. The event also is to mark the 40th anniversary of the Southern liberation and national reunification. This construction is to express a humanity deep mean and … [Read more...]