Social News 22/1

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Students stable after anaphylactic shock The 35 students who experienced anaphylactic shock after being vaccinated in a secondary school in southern Hau Giang Province are now in stable condition, according to the provincial Preventive Health Centre. On Monday, 35 students at Vinh Vien A Secondary School experienced difficulty breathing, headache, vomiting and fever after getting the measles-rubella vaccination. Ten were in serious condition and taken to the provincial general hospital. Doctors said these students were possibly in anaphylactic shock. The rest of the vaccines were revoked for testing. Head of the centre Nguyen Van Muoi said all the students would be discharged from the hospital and resume their studies soon. Under the measles and rubella vaccination campaign launched by the provincial health sector, children between 1 and 14 years old are being vaccinated from October to the end of this month. Hanoi increases treatment for mental health patients Ha Noi treated … [Read more...]

HCMC Youth Union honors six outstanding young citizens 2014

Six outstanding young citizens in 2014. (Photo: Viet Dung)

Ho Chi Minh City Youth Union held a ceremony at Youth Cultural House in HCMC yesterday in order to praise six among 91 outstanding young citizens, who are working and studying in the various fields in Ho Chi Minh City. Accordingly, the six outstanding citizens, who are workers, students and armed forces, with their great achievements in fields of education, technology, culture and arts, armed forces and social work. In addition to select the best profiles, the organizational board also held voting round through social networking sites, Tuoi Tre news website, website of HCMC Youth Union and messages via directory assistance 8783. The ceremony was attended by Secretary of HCMC Party Committee Le Thanh Hai, Deputy Standing Secretary of HCMC Party Committee Vo Van Thuong, Chairwoman of the Ho Chi Minh City People's Council Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam, Deputy Chairman of HCMC People's CommitteeTat Thanh Cang, Secretary of the HCMC Youth Union Le Quoc Phong, Head of the Department of … [Read more...]

HCM City begins collecting road fee from bikes Thursday

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The HCMC People’s Council at an extraordinary meeting on December 30 approved collecting the road maintenance fee from motorbikes from Thursday as proposed by the city government. Local residents can choose to pay the fee at the offices of communes, wards and towns or at their homes. Late payers may be fined up to three times the amount they are required to pay. The owners of motorcycles with the capacity of 100 cubic centimeters or smaller will have to pay VND50,000 a year while the respective charges for bikes of 100-175 cubic centimeters and 175 cubic centimeters or above are VND100,000 and VND150,000 a year. With nearly six million bikes and the lowest fee level of VND50,000 per bike imposed, HCMC will be able to collect VND300 billion to repair roads. The owners of motorbikes registered in other localities can pay the fee in HCMC if they live and work in this city, and HCMC residents are allowed to pay the fee for their bikes in other localities. The fee is not … [Read more...]

City begins collecting road fee from bikes Thursday

Motorcycle riders are seen caught in a traffic jam in rush hour in HCMC. With nearly six million motorbikes and the lowest fee of VND50,000 per bike imposed, HCMC can collect at least VND300 billion to maintain roads - PHOTO: LE ANH

Van Nam Local residents can choose to pay the fee at the offices of communes, wards and towns or at their homes. Late payers may be fined up to three times the amount they are required to pay. The owners of motorcycles with the capacity of 100 cubic centimeters or smaller will have to pay VND50,000 a year while the respective charges for bikes of 100-175 cubic centimeters and 175 cubic centimeters or above are VND100,000 and VND150,000 a year. With nearly six million bikes and the lowest fee level of VND50,000 per bike imposed, HCMC will be able to collect VND300 billion to repair roads. The owners of motorbikes registered in other localities can pay the fee in HCMC if they live and work in this city, and HCMC residents are allowed to pay the fee for their bikes in other localities. The fee is not imposed on battery-powered bikes. The road fee exemptions are also applied to motorcycles registered by police and defense forces, poor people, students and those with great … [Read more...]

Government News 13/12

Vietnam forges parliamentary cooperation with Peru, Argentina A National Assembly (NA) Committee for Finance and Budget delegation headed by its Vice Chairman Tran Van conducted working visits to Peru and Argentina from December 11-12 to exchange experience in public investment management, public debt settlement and issues related to the state budget law and tax policy. During the visits, the delegation worked with some Peruvian and Argentinean agencies and visited major economic groups. At the meetings, Tran Van highlighted Vietnam’s tremendous achievements in national industrialization and while introducing trade and investment policies as well as the nation’s efforts in improving the legal system to create a favorable business environment for investors. … [Read more...]

Just half city officials use email

Van Nam HCMC vice chairman Le Manh Ha raised the issue at a session held yesterday for Le Thai Hy, director of the Department of Information and Communications, to field questions from deputies of the HCMC People’s Council. Some deputies of the council said the city has deployed an IT development program for years but reports of the HCMC People’s Committee show that IT applications at local departments and agencies remain poor. Earlier, Ha said less than 40% of high-ranking officials in the city used email for communication. The figure has increased to 50% now but is far lower than expected as the city has spent huge investments on its email system. … [Read more...]

City deputies want road fee on motorcycles delayed

Van Nam The HCMC People’s Committee wants to start collecting the fee on January 1 next year, which ranges from VND50,000 to VND150,000 per year depending on the capacity of motorbikes. However, the council’s chairwoman Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam said motorcycles are an important means of transport and livelihood of many poor citizens. "It’s difficult for the council to issue a resolution on the road maintenance fee… I’m concerned over the authorization of communes and wards to collect the fee as their collection methods may be different." … [Read more...]

Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News – December 11

Politics:

Tuoi Tre News briefs you on some of the leading stories published today, December 11, in Vietnamese media. - The People’s Council of Ho Chi Minh City have announced the results of the vote of confidence for officials holding 18 positions elected by the council on Wednesday. The results showed the council’s chairman Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam receiving the highest number of confidence votes (73/94 votes). … [Read more...]

HCM City announces results of confidence vote

The People’s Council of Ho Chi Minh City announced the results of vote of confidence for officials holding 18 positions elected by the council, at the end of the council’s 16th session on December 10. Ninety out of the total 94 members of the council were present to cast their votes. Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam, Chairwoman of the municipal council received the highest number of "high confidence" votes (73), followed by Truong Thi Anh, Vice Chairwoman of the council, and Nguyen Thi Hong, Vice Chairwoman of the municipal People’s Committee, both with 70 votes. … [Read more...]

Goverment News 10/12

Prime Minister leaves for ASEAN-RoK summit Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung left Hanoi on December 10 for Seoul for a commemorative summit marking the 25th anniversary of ASEAN-Republic of Korea Dialogue Relations and a working visit from December 10-12. The events are being made at the invitation of RoK President Park Geun-Hye. The commemorative summit, which takes the theme of "Building Trust, Bringing Happiness", is expected to focus on reviewing and drawing out development orientations for ASEAN-RoK dialogue relations. … [Read more...]

HCM City People’s Council meets

The 16th session of the eight People’s Council of Ho Chi Minh City convened on December 9 with an agenda full of outstanding socio-economic matters besides a vote of confidence for officials holding 18 positions elected by the council. In 2014, HCM City’s gross domestic product (GDP) is estimated at over 878.9 trillion VND (41.8 billion USD) while GDP per capita stood at 5,131 USD, Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Hua Ngoc Thuan reported, adding that the city created jobs for 284,000 people and reduced the household poverty rate under the city’s own criteria to 1.35 percent. … [Read more...]

HCM City People’s Council session opens

Ms Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam – Chairwoman of Ho Chi Minh City’s People’s Council delivers opening speech on Dec. 9th. (Photo: Quang Dinh)

(VOVworld) - The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Council opened its 16th working session on Tuesday with a focus on reviewing this year’s socio-economic development and outlining measures to reach the goals of next year’s plan. Participants are scheduled to discuss the outcomes of handling voters’ complaints and recommendations and supervisory activities in 2014. Vote of confidence will also be held for 18 positions elected by the council and a chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Le Hoang Quan and two departments’ directors will be questioned at a Q&A session. … [Read more...]

Deputies discuss local government

Deputies at the ongoing eighth session of the 13th National Assembly yesterday debated the supervision of power during discussions on a draft Law on Local Government Organisation. Most agreed that people's councils should be set up alongside people's committees in every locality to ensure residents' retained close supervision over power. Referring to Article 111 of the Constitution, Danh Ut and Trieu La Pham, representatives from Kien Giang and Ha Giang provinces, said the 2013 Constitution provided detailed regulations on local government that should be considered fundamental principles for the development of the law. … [Read more...]

Social News 18/11

Stop preventable deaths: UNICEF UNICEF has launched a campaign called ZEROworkplace that involves companies in its efforts to eradicate preventable child deaths in Viet Nam. ZEROworkplace enables managers to provide critical information to employees in an inexpensive and effective way that can have a lifesaving impact on their children. "In Viet Nam, 100 children die every day from preventable causes," Youssouf Abdel-Jelil, UNICEF's representative in Viet Nam, said at the launch ceremony in HCM City on Monday. … [Read more...]

National Assembly ponders role of government in trials

Lawmakers asked the authorities in charge of developing the draft law to review four draft amendments to be submitted to the NA this session. National Assembly (NA) deputies yesterday expressed concern that a draft regulation allowing the Government to get involved in trial processes infringed on the independence of the Supreme People's Court (SPC) and Supreme People's Procuracy (SPP). The regulation states that the Government has the right to ask the court and the procuracy to reconsider sentences after a trial is completed. … [Read more...]