Flower and Book Street opens in HCMC

HCMC Party's Committee Secretary Le Thanh Hai sees handicraft products at the Flower Street (Photo: SGGP)

The Flower and Book Street themed 'Vietnamese Spirit and Identity' was opened in Ham Nghi Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City last night--the 28th day of the 12th lunar month--with the attendance of State President Truong Tan Sang, Deputy Chairwoman of the National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, and the city senior leaders. HCMC leaders include the city Party's Committee Secretary Le Thanh Hai, People's Committee Chairman Le Hoang Quan, People's Council Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam, and Chairwoman of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee Vo Thi Dung. Flower Street this year has been organized in Ham Nghi Street to replace the annually held Nguyen Hue Street. It stretches along 500 meters with about 120,000 pots of fresh flowers of varied species displayed in three sections namely Hao khi Vietnam, Ban Sac Vietnam and Vinh Quang Vietnam (Vietnamese Spirit, Vietnamese Identity and Vietnam Glory). The number of visitors to the Flower Street is expected to top one million this … [Read more...]

HCMC leaders celebrate Tet with away-from-home workers

HCMC Party’s Committee Secretary Le Thanh Hai gives a worker's boy a red envelope on February 14 (Photo: SGGP)

Ho Chi Minh City Party’s Committee Secretary Le Thanh Hai, People’s Committee Chairman Le Hoang Quan and People’s Council Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam yesterday attended a festive day to celebrate Tet (Lunar New Year) Festival with 600 workers from industrial and export processing zones at Suoi Tien Tourist and Cultural Park, District 9. The leaders visited and wished workers and their children a happy new year and gave them presents. That was the eighth year the program was hosted by HCMC Export Processing and Industrial Zone Authority (Hepza) for workers who have been unable to return hometowns for the lunar New Year. On the same day, Hepza and HCMC Labor Union presented 1,215 workers with bus tickets to their hometown in northern and central provinces for Tet holidays. Head of the Party Committee’s Propaganda and Education Department Than Thi Thu said farewell to the workers at bus stations and wished them a safe journey, and a warm and happy Tet … [Read more...]

Local authorities offered Tet gifts to social policy families in city, neighboring provinces

Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam, Chairwoman of the municipal council presented Tet gifts to social policy families in Long An Province. (Photo: Sggp)

A delegation led by Chairman of HCMC People’s Committee Le Hoang Quan visited and offered Tet greetings to leaders of the HCM City Committee for Catholic Solidarity, the Vietnam Protestant Church Association (southern region) and Ho Chi Minh City Archbishop's Palace on February 10. Mr. Le Hoang Quan highlighted the outstanding contributions and solidarity of the people of the city, the clerics and followers in solving problems of society and for maintaining and developing growth in the city. On the same day, permanent Deputy Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Vo Van Thuong and officials paid a visit and offered Tet gifts to social policy families in Dong Thap and Tien Giang provinces. The delegation supported the provinces more than VND13 billion to build gratitude houses, bridges, kindergartens and rural roads. The delegation also offered flowers and incense at the tomb of late President Ho Chi Minh's father, Nguyen Sinh Sac, in Dong Thap. Meanwhile Deputy … [Read more...]

Social News 11/2

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Quarry collapse kills three in Thanh Hoa Three people reportedly died of suffocation in a quarry collapse on Sunday in Xuan Le Commune, Thuong Xuan District in Thanh Hoa Province. The incident was discovered at about 10am on Sunday, when a quarrier went past the mine pit where the three victims were working, and saw that it had collapsed. He immediately called out to other workers nearby for help. However, all rescue efforts were too late because the pit had possibly collapsed long ago and the victims must have died of suffocation after being buried under the mud. Although the collapse was discovered in the morning, the victims' bodies reached their homes only at 5.30 pm, because the quarry sits deep inside a forest in a remote area that is inaccessible by either car or motorbike. Authorised agencies are working with the victims' families to identify the cause of the incident. Rash truck driver kills 2 Two people have died and two others were seriously injured following an … [Read more...]

City’s leaders praise contributions of overseas Vietnamese

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh offers certificates to groups and individuals, who had outstanding contributions in last year. (Photo:SGGP)

More than 800 overseas Vietnamese attended in a program to welcome New Year 2015 at Ho Chi Minh City Square last night, which was organized by the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs and Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee. Attending in the event was Politburo member, Secretary of HCMC Party Committee Le Thanh Hai, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, Chairman of HCMC People’s Committee Le Hoang Quan, Permanent Deputy Secretary of HCMC Party Committee Vo Van Thuong, Deputy Foreign Minister and Chairman of the State Committee on Overseas Vietnamese Affairs (COVA) Vu Hong Nam, Chairwoman of the city People's Council Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam, the chairwoman of Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee of HCMC Vo Thi Dung and other leaders. Chairman Le Hoang Quan said that last year, Ho Chi Minh City’s GDP growth rate still remained high at over 9, 6 percent despite the city faced many economic difficulties and challenges. The total of trade - … [Read more...]

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

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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...]