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...]

HCMC considers small-bus system for downtown

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As part of their efforts to limit personal vehicle use, the Ho Chi Minh City Transport Department and the District 1 People's Committee have drawn up a plan to use small-sized buses for passenger transport in the city downtown. The plan has been submitted to the city People Committee for approval, said Tran Vinh Tuyen, chairman of the district People's Committee. If approved, the plan will be implemented later this month, Tuyen said. According to the plan, a fleet of 5 to 10 buses, about … [Read more...]

HCM City, Hanoi proceed with parking re-arrangement

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Ho Chi Minh City Transport Department said the overhauling of parking lots in the city needs to be done in phases, while concerned agencies in Hanoi have asked the municipal authority to issue a list of streets on which parking services can be operated to meet the parking needs of the locals. Motorbikes randomly park on the roadway of a street in Phu Nhuan District, HCMC. (Photo: Tuoi Tre) Hanoi to set up new parking lots On Wednesday, Feb 22, the Hanoi Transport Department and the … [Read more...]

Hanoi, HCM City proceed with parking re-arrangement

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The re-arrangement of parking lots in Hanoi and HCM city needs to be done step by step, transport officials said. On February 23, the Hanoi Transport and Police Departments urged the city People's Committee a request to issue a list of streets where new parking lots can be set up to replace those on 262 streets which have been banned since February 15. The two agencies made the request after they had reviewed the effectiveness of the parking ban at a meeting held earlier with many … [Read more...]

HCMC, Hanoi proceed with parking re-arrangement

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Ho Chi Minh City Transport Department said the overhauling of parking lots in the city needs to be done in phases, while concerned agencies in Hanoi have asked the municipal authority to issue a list of streets on which parking services can be operated to meet the parking needs of the locals. Yesterday afternoon the Hanoi Transport Department and the Police Department sent the city People's Committee a request, asking it to issue a list of streets where new parking lots can be set up to … [Read more...]

City officials urge for strong action to curb rising street crime

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City officials claimed at a meeting on Monday that street crime including pick pocketing and robberies were seen to be on the rise, and seemingly occurring at all times and locations across Ho Chi Minh City. Many readers have told Sai Gon Giai Phong that with an increasing number of robberies on the city streets, many local people are now feeling very insecure (Photo: Minh Tri) Pham Thanh Kien, vice chairman of the People's Committee of District 1 said that 160 criminal incidents and 140 … [Read more...]

HCM City holds rents to protect poor from inflation

VietNamNet Bridge - District authorities in HCM City have taken many measures to ensure social welfare after the Government passed Resolution 11 last month to curb inflation and stabilise the economy. Thu Duc District authorities have got commitments from owners of 3,500 boarding houses not to raise rents until the end of this year, thus benefiting nearly 100,000 low-income workers. This model has also been followed by other districts. The Tan Phu District Fatherland Front Committee has … [Read more...]

City holds rents to protect poor from inflation

HCM CITY — District authorities in HCM City have taken many measures to ensure social welfare after the Government passed Resolution 11 last month to curb inflation and stabilise the economy. Thu Duc District authorities have got commitments from owners of 3,500 boarding houses not to raise rents until the end of this year, thus benefiting nearly 100,000 low-income workers. This model has also been followed by other districts. The Tan Phu District Fatherland Front Committee has instructed all … [Read more...]

HCM City campaign promotes healthy lifestyles

VietNamNet Bridge - The city's Civilised Urban Lifestyle campaign has over the last three years succeeded in improving civic sense and promoting a healthier lifestyle, participants said at a meeting on Sunday. Families blamed for rise in teen crime Vegetarian eatery promotes healthier spiritual lifestyle Youth volunteers take part in clearing a lamp post on Pham Ngoc Thach Street in HCM City in response to the city's Civilised Urban Lifestyle campaign. (Photo: VNS) Chairwoman of the HCM City … [Read more...]

City authorities discuss Chinese contraband goods threat

Chinese cakes and candy abound in Binh Tay Market, in HCMC's District 6. Smuggled Chinese products and fakes are posing a serious threat to domestic goods (Photo: Thanh Nien)

Ho Chi Minh City's market management authorities have discovered around 6,970 cases of smuggled goods in first five months of the year, 70 percent of them from China. Le Xuan Dai, deputy head of the Market Management Sub-department, reported at a meeting held on June 16 between the market departments and district people's committees that smuggled Chinese products account for 80 percent of chemicals sold in the city. The market management force alone discovered 1,580 cases of smuggled and … [Read more...]

State agencies unable to keep their staff

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Thousands of government employees in Ho Chi Minh City have defected to the private sector, with city officials blaming this brain drain on low salaries. A charity trip of the HCMC's Health Department to an orphanage in Cu Chi District. With 576 people quitting from July 2003 to December last year, the department was the worst hit of the public brain drain. … [Read more...]