The shape of a dynamic city

Vo Van Kiet Street in Ho Chi Minh City

Nhan Dan Online - As the last day of the 2013 Lunar Year draws near, Deputy Secretary Ba Dua of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee took my hands and said, "Sorry, I'm so busy. There are so many reviews at the end of the year. Let's start. Your questions match up well with what we have summarised here. Now, we will look back at the city's strengths and weaknesses during the last year". He sat down and without any documents in front of him, just a blank page on which Ba Dua drew two straight … [Read more...]

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Shape of a dynamic city

Vo Van Kiet Street in Ho Chi Minh City

Nhan Dan Online - As the last day of the 2013 Lunar Year draws near, Deputy Secretary Ba Dua of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee took my hands and said, "Sorry, I'm so busy. There are so many reviews at the end of the year. Let's start. Your questions match up well with what we have summarised here. Now, we will look back at the city's strengths and weaknesses during the last year". He sat down and without any documents in front of him, just a blank page on which Ba Dua drew two straight … [Read more...]

Volunteer students aid city tourists

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The Volunteer Tourist Guide Team, recently launched by the Communist Youth Union of Ho Chi Minh City's District 1 and comprising of 78 sociable local youths armed with excellent foreign language command, is set on creating a hospitable, helpful image of local tourism among foreigners. The volunteers have been doing this job for three months now. Working in two shifts, from 8am to 11am and 2pm to 5pm on weekdays, they are readily available to provide tourism information and help prevent … [Read more...]

Highwaymen on the prowl in HCMC

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Municipal authorities, police scramble to tackle a spurt in robberies and thefts targeting tourists and residents Ho Chi Minh City police will step up patrols and coordinate with their district level counterparts in a fresh crackdown on robber gangs as reports indicate a significant increase in robberies over the last few months, targeting both locals and foreigners. … [Read more...]

Five parking lots penalized in City Center

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Tran Vinh Tuyen, chairman of the People's Committee of District 1, Ho Chi Minh City on Wednesday said that the inspectorate had uncovered and penalized five parking lots in District 1, for violating regulations on parking fees. The parking lots are located at Kumho Asian Plaza on Le Duan Street, on the pavement along Nguyen Du Street, at 125 Le Loi Street, 135 Nguyen Hue Street and 11B Nguyen Binh Khiem Street. … [Read more...]

City parking lots caught over-charging to be penalized

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Parking lots caught over-charging in future will face stiff penalties, heavy fines and may also have their licenses revoked, announced Ho Chi Minh City authorities. Tran Van Thao, deputy director of Children Hospital No.2 said that the hospital has invited bids for contract of their parking lot. … [Read more...]

SOCIETY IN BRIEF 7/8

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HCM City to build taxi barriers The People's Committee of HCM City's District 1 is seeking local approval to set up four taxi barriers in the city centre in Ben Thanh Ward. The barriers would stop taxis from unlawfully picking up passengers off the streets. Taxi barriers have worked well in many countries, said committee chairman Tran Vinh Tuyen. 250,000 disabled people to get jobs by 2015 The Government has approved a project to support people with disabilities in the 2012-2020 … [Read more...]

HCM City to build taxi barriers

HCM CITY ' The People's Committee of HCM City's District 1 is seeking local approval to set up four taxi barriers in the city centre in Ben Thanh Ward. The barriers would stop taxis from unlawfully picking up passengers off the streets. Taxi barriers have worked well in many countries, said committee chairman Tran Vinh Tuyen. ' VNS … [Read more...]

HCMC to open mini bus routes

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In response to the Traffic Safety Year and people's demand for public transportation, HCMC will open more routes in late March for 25-seat modern-equipped buses with air conditioners, televisions and bus stops in administrative offices, universities, commercial centres to serve staffs, students and local people. It is expected that there will be about 5-7 buses, with ticket price of VND 2,000. Chairman of District 1 People's Committee, Tran Vinh Tuyen said that the operation of these mini … [Read more...]

SOCIETY IN BRIEF 4/3

Computer failure causes chaos in Hanoi airport Failure in computer system caused a great chaos at Hanoi's Noi Bai International Airport at 7.30am this morning. As all flights were delayed, numerous passengers could not proceed on board and were stuck in Terminal T1. At 9.10am, the computer system resumed and passengers started to jostle to check in, causing disorder in the airport. As no one queued up, some passengers were unable to get on board. At 9.25am, many passengers going to Da … [Read more...]