Official appointment decisions announced

Mr. Nguyen Dinh Kiem (left) holds the post of Director of the Department of Planning and Investment

The appointed officials were asked to continue training and improving their professional qualifications, bring into full play strong points...* Mr. Nguyen Quang Phuc becomes Provincial Fatherland Front Committee Chairman Permanent members of the Hai Duong Provincial Party Committee (PPC) on March 2 morning held a ceremony to announce decisions of the PPC's Standing Board and the Provincial People's Committee on the appointment of leaders of some departments and sectors. Accordingly, as from March 1, Mr. Nguyen Dinh Kiem, PPC Member, Director of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment, became Director of the Department of Planning and Investment; Mr. Vu Doan Quang, PPC Member, Director of the Department of Industry and Trade, became Director of the Department of Labor, Invalids, and Social Affairs; Mr. Vu Ngoc Long, PPC Member, Deputy Chief of the Secretariat of the Provincial People's Committee, became Director of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment; Mr. … [Read more...]

Way for farm produce sale paved

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Quite unlike previous years, the trade of farm produce has been promoted more proactively and methodically this year by Hai Duong provincial authorities. Programs to connect the trade between Hai Duong and many other provinces and cities have helped the sale of farm produce become more convenient. Promotion enhanced A trade promotion conference for Hai Duong's fruits and agricultural products early last June in Ha Noi attracted the attention of many enterprises and consumers. "When visiting the pavilions of Hai Duong's farm produce, I was surprised because I did not think the locality had so many good items. If such trade promotion conferences are not organized, we may only know guavas, thieu litchis, green bean cakes, and glutinous rice of Hai Duong while overlooking many other valuable agricultural products of the province, such as chicken eggs of Tam Loi chicken farm, onions and garlic of Kinh Mon, hill chickens of Chi Linh provincial town, dried green onions and carrots of … [Read more...]

Enterprises raise their voices

Director of Trung Hai - Hai Duong Cement JSC. Le Van Duc said the enterprise's treated waste had met permitted standards, so the province should verify to remove it from the list of establishments seriously polluting the environments

The Hai Duong provincial People's Committee on 13 November had a working session with representatives of facilities polluting the environment. The Hai Duong provincial People's Committee on the morning of 13 November had a working session with representatives of facilities polluting the environment under the chairmanship of Mr. Nguyen Anh Cuong, Member of the provincial Party's Committee's Standing Board, Vice Chairman of the provincial People's Committee. Many polluting enterprises The results of an inspection of 41 facilities reported by the people showed that environmental problems exist at most of the facilities, according to Mr. Vu Dinh Hien, Director of the Environmental Protection Sub-department. This year, the Inspectorate of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment has also checked 34 establishments in the list of environmental polluters. Accordingly, most of the establishments committed environmental violations. Regarding each violation act, 33 among 34 … [Read more...]

Tightening management of industrial zones

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(VEN) - When development is not based on actual needs and not focused on the construction of basic infrastructure, some industrial zones (IZs) in Hai Duong Province have inefficiently operated. Management improvements are being made to help IZs operate more efficiently and prevent land going to waste in the province. At a conference of the Industry and Trade sector, Hai Duong Department of Industry and Trade director Vu Doan Quang said that Hai Duong had 40 IZs approved planning till the end of last year. However, in the process of development to match actual needs, five IZs were converted purpose and function. Therefore, the province currently has 35 IZs covering on a total planning area of nearly 1,544 hectares. Of which, 28 IZs have put into operation, attracting 285 investment projects with total registered capital of over VND6.63 trillion. In addition, the IZs system has brought socioeconomic benefits to Hai Duong, industrial production value generated from businesses in IZs in … [Read more...]

Ministry claims to be still investigating mass fish deaths

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An official from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has claimed the ministry will announce the official cause of the mass fish deaths when the investigation is finally finished, denying that they are burying the news. The statement was made by Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Nguyen Linh Ngoc at a press conference in Hanoi on May 25 on the upcoming National Sea and Islands Week which will be held on June 1-8. At the press conference, reporters raised a question that why it was taking so long to report on the mass fish deaths. Deputy Minister of Nature Resources and Environment Nguyen Linh Ngoc at the press confference The deputy minister replied to the question, saying that "Many Vietnamese agencies as well as both local and foreign scientists are working on the investigation so that we can announce the cause to the public as early as possible. We really need sympathy from reporters and people." "We are assigned by the government … [Read more...]

Japanese company wants to invest in waste treatment in HCMC

A garbage collection spot in Tay Son street, Go Vap district, HCMC (Photo: SGGP)

Chairman of Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong yesterday received Mr. Koji Koji Chiba, representative of Japanese Toyobo Company who wants to broaden investment in the city in fields chemical technology, medicine and unburied solid waste treatment. According to Mr. Phong, HCMC discharges about 6,500-7,000 tons of household waste a day with most being buried. The city has studied application of some advanced technologies from Japan such as waste-to-energy. Presenting the company’s waste treatment process, Mr. Chiba said that it collects all garbage without the need to classify them at discharge sources, handle and separate them into organic waste, metals and plastics. The technology suits Vietnam’s conditions as garbage has not been well classified, he added. The company will use microbial fermentation technology to dry waste and make them organics before turning them into energy. Its waste-to-energy technology has been implemented in … [Read more...]

Quang Binh acts to attract tourists

Bao Uyen The provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism told a press conference on Wednesday that Quang Binh has launched the Week of Beach Vacation at Nhat Le, Bao Ninh and other beaches. The program, which features water motorbikes and paragliding, is expected to attract around 10,000 tourists by May 30 when it concludes. To promote local specialties, the Quang Binh Travel Association will organize a food festival at Nhat Le Beach on May 28-30 for visitors to taste dishes at over 30 booths manned by local restaurants and hotels. The local tourism sector will launch a series of new tours, including adventures to Va and Nuoc Nut caves, Sinh Ton (Survival) Valley and 6,000-meter-long Toi (Dark) Cave and a pilgrimage tour to the ancient pagoda of Hoang Phuc. Admission fees for Phong Nha, Tien Son and Thien Duong caves have been knocked 30% off for visitors until December 31. Fare discounts will also apply to train services between Hanoi and Quang Binh, coaches and taxi … [Read more...]

Suspended public works leave HCM City residents in limbo

HCM City authorities said they have cancelled the licences of hundreds of suspended public projects that have affected the lives of the public, but many people said a number of projects remain "suspended" and continue to affect their living conditions. Lê Minh Liên, who lives near the Gò Dưa intersection being built at the junction of National Highway No 1 A and Provincial Road No 43 in Thủ Đức District, said: "At night, I usually have disturbed sleep because of the traffic noise and fear of accidents. The first stage of the intersection, including roads and a bridge, was completed in February 2012, but the lands required for the second stage of the project have not been acquired yet. Liên's is one of 174 families currently living in the area where the second stage will be built. The owner of the house at 57 Gò Dưa Road abandoned it a year ago, saying it was too close to the roundabout that his family constantly had to inhale smoke and dust and suffer from the traffic noise. … [Read more...]

To check the waste water release system in riversides

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​As many as units: Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Dung Quat Economic Zone Authority, Provincial Industrial Zones Management Board, the provincial police, city and district people's committees and relevant directed units have been directed by PPC to review and check as many as the systems releasing waste water directly and indirectly into rivers in the province. ​The inspection is implemented in accordance with directions of the State Government at Document No 3289/VPCP-KGVX dated May 11, 2016 and directions of provincial people's committee at Document No 2189/UBND-NNTN dated May 9, 2016 about the strict and serious implementation in ensuring environment protection. Any violation found will be given strict punishment in accordance with law on environment protection and submit the result to PPC before dead line June 16, 2016. ​Min​h Chau … [Read more...]

Two agricultural cooperatives’ difficulties to be removed

Mr. Nguyen Anh Cuong, Standing Vice Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee, inspects a safe vegetable, tuber, and fruit production area of Tan Minh Duc Cooperative

Departments, boards, sectors, and local authorities have been asked to create all conditions for the cooperatives to efficiently develop and operate. Mr. Nguyen Anh Cuong, Member of the Hai Duong Provincial Party Committee's Standing Board, Standing Vice Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee, on May 24 morning worked with Xuan Neo High Quality Clean Aquatic Product Cooperative in Hung Dao commune (Tu Ky) and Tan Minh Duc Cooperative in Pham Tran commune (Gia Loc) to discuss remedies for the cooperatives' difficulties in the new operation context. As reported by Xuan Neo High Quality Clean Aquatic Product Cooperative, after 10 years of operation, the cooperative has attracted 45 households to the raising of specialty and high quality fish. Each year, the cooperative provides 500 – 800 tons of clean fish for the markets of Hai Phong, Ha Noi, Quang Ninh, etc. The cooperative has also intensified searching for more product consumer markets towards value chain … [Read more...]

Sai Gon Safari Park project to be inspected due to long delay

The HCM City administration has approval a proposal from the government of Cu Chi District for a comprehensive inspection of the long-delayed US$500-million Sai Gon Safari Park project. — Photo tuoitre.vn

VietNamNet Bridge – The HCM City administration has approval a proposal from the government of Cu Chi District for a comprehensive inspection of the long-delayed US$500-million Sai Gon Safari Park project. The inspection, expected to be carried out today, will be led by HCM City’s Chief Inspector and officials from the municipal departments of Natural Resources and Environment, Finance and Judicial, as well as the Land Compensation Assessment Council. The inspection was decided after a visit of the city’s Party Secretary Dinh La Thang to the district, which asked the government to inspect the zoning plan of industrial parks and other projects, including the Sai Gon Safari Park. Thang and a group of National Assembly-nominated candidates met with Cu Chi District voters to talk about a plan to develop the district. Voters raised a number of significant difficulties related to the delayed project. Construction of the Safari project has been suspended for 12 … [Read more...]

Photos of red-shanked douc go on show in Danang

The Saigon Times Daily Organized by the Danang Department of Natural Resources and Environment, the display features about 150 photos taken by 23 photographers from different parts of the country. Nguyen Truong Sinh, a photographer from HCMC, said it took him two years to capture the life of red-shanked doucs on Son Tra. "Through the exhibition, we would like to present the beauty of red-shanked doucs to the public in a bid to call for the protection of this primate species." The chairman of the Danang artistic photography association, Ong Van Sinh, said the photos show the photographers’ affection for doucs, and raise public awareness of douc protection. Red-shanked douc is a leaf-eating primate living in groups in an area of 20-30 hectares. It is classified as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) Red List. In Vietnam, there are around 1,000 individuals of the species, 300 of them living on Son Tra Peninsula. … [Read more...]

Dozen tons of dead fish on Saigon canal after downpour

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VietNamNet Bridge – Tens of tons of dead fish have been taken out of HCM City’s symbolic Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe canal after the downpour on the afternoon of May 16. At a press conference on May 17, city authorities said the fish had been killed by toxic waste, which flowed into the canal via rainwater. Director of the HCM City Department of Agriculture and Rural Development - Nguyen Phuoc Trung – told reporters at the press conference yesterday that the agency immediately collected dead fish and waste samples for analysis. He said the unexpected downpours on May 16 swept away toxic waste from the streets and sewers to the canal, causing pollution. The high concentrations of harmful substances as NH3, NH4 and the reduction of oxygen were the major causes of massive fish deaths. This phenomenon may continue after the next 1 or 2 heavy rains and it will only end when the aquatic environment becomes stable. Two years ago, after the first rains, fish died but not as many as … [Read more...]

More than 14 tons of dead fish on Saigon canal after downpour

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VietNamNet Bridge – A total of 14 tons of dead fish have been taken out of HCM City’s symbolic Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe canal after the downpour on the afternoon of May 16. At a press conference on May 17, city authorities said the fish had been killed by toxic waste, which flowed into the canal via rainwater. Director of the HCM City Department of Agriculture and Rural Development - Nguyen Phuoc Trung – told reporters at the press conference yesterday that the agency immediately collected dead fish and waste samples for analysis. He said the unexpected downpours on May 16 swept away toxic waste from the streets and sewers to the canal, causing pollution. The high concentrations of harmful substances as NH3, NH4 and the reduction of oxygen were the major causes of massive fish deaths. This phenomenon may continue after the next 1 or 2 heavy rains and it will only end when the aquatic environment becomes stable. Two years ago, after the first rains, fish died but not as … [Read more...]

Mass fish deaths reported again in north central area

Dead fish on the Buoi River were buried with chemicals to prevent environmental pollution. — VNA/VNS Photo Khuou Tu

VietNamNet Bridge – Tonnes of cage-raised fish along the Buoi River in the north central province of Thanh Hoa have continued to die, according to local officials. The mass deaths hit fish farms in Thach Thanh District’s Thach Cam and Thach Dich communes. Most of the dead fish were grass carp that were about to be harvested. The People’s Committee of Thach Thanh District has asked relevant agencies to submit samples of the dead fish and water from the Buoi River for testing and further investigation. Local authorities have been instructed to bury the dead fish with chemicals to prevent environmental pollution. Further investigations were underway to determine the cause of the mass fish deaths along the river. Earlier this month, people from Thach Thanh District’s Thach Lam Commune detected thousands of dead fish floating on the Buoi River. They said the water had turned a muddy colour and had a bad odour. The same situation also occurred in other … [Read more...]

Ho Chi Minh City’s iconic canal filled with dead fish after downpour

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The Nhieu Loc – Thi Nghe canal, one of Ho Chi Minh City’s new icons, has experienced the largest-ever mass fish death following a rain on Monday afternoon. The 8.7-km canal, running through five districts and receiving a facelift in 2012, is now full of floating bodies of the dead fish, while locals stand in crowds along its sides to see the unprecedented incident out of curiosity. The canal part that runs from the Kieu Bridge to the Cong Ly Bridge in District 3 has the biggest number of dead fish. The aquatic animals already started to stink and decompose. Most of the dead fish were cichlids and carp. downpourwas recorded in several areas of Ho Chi Minh City at around 3:50 pm on Monday, ending the heat wave that had scorched the city for months. However, Tran Dinh Vinh, head of the agency in charge of inspecting water quality in Ho Chi Minh City, said another reason is that the canal water has been tainted with pollutants. "We are testing the effect of … [Read more...]

To strengthen control on sand exploitation in Tra River

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​Provincial Chairman has directed Department of Natural Resources and Environment in collaboration with the Department of Construction, the People's Committee of Quang Ngai city to organize a site survey at locations of sand exploitation in Tra Khuc River. ​Quang Ngai City People's Committee is requested to cooperate with the departments concerned to inspect the mining, trading, transporting sand illegally in areas of TraKhucRiverBridge, secti​on from Truong Xuan Bridge to the Tra Khuc Bridge 2. They are directed to give strictly punishments to violation cases, and then summit the results to PPC before June 15. Districts of Tu Nghia, Son Tinh and Quang Ngai city are directed to promote legislation on environmental protection to community. Minh Chau … [Read more...]

HCM City sets to clear pollution hotspot

A group of plants in Dong Hung Thuan Ward, District 12, HCMC (Photo: SGGP)

The People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City has issued a plan to completely handle long lasting environmental pollution in Dong Hung Thuan ward of District 12, home to 42 polluting weaving, dyeing, paper and package plants. These plants have caused environmental pollution since 2008 and so far half of them have stopped operation. The remaining ones have equipped wastewater and factory fume treatment systems but pollution has not abated because of outdated production technologies. A representative of the People’s Committee of District 12 said they had regularly inspected these plants and slammed fines but the situation has not been improved. According to the plan which will be implemented by the Department of Natural Resources and Environment, of the remaining 21 production establishments, 16 will have to relocate in Le Minh Xuan 3 Industrial Park in Binh Chanh district, two change their business suiting District 12’s plan and three seek relocation places … [Read more...]

HCMC sets to clear pollution hotspot

A group of plants in Dong Hung Thuan Ward, District 12, HCMC (Photo: SGGP)

The People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City has issued a plan to completely handle long lasting environmental pollution in Dong Hung Thuan ward of District 12, home to 42 polluting weaving, dyeing, paper and package plants. These plants have caused environmental pollution since 2008 and so far half of them have stopped operation. The remaining ones have equipped wastewater and factory fume treatment systems but pollution has not abated because of outdated production technologies. A representative of the People’s Committee of District 12 said they had regularly inspected these plants and slammed fines but the situation has not been improved. According to the plan which will be implemented by the Department of Natural Resources and Environment, of the remaining 21 production establishments, 16 will have to relocate in Le Minh Xuan 3 Industrial Park in Binh Chanh district, two change their business suiting District 12’s plan and three seek relocation places … [Read more...]

Sugar plant fined for polluting river

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment of the northern province of Hoa Binh has announced a fine of VND480 million (US$21,470) to Hoa Binh sugar plant for releasing untreated wastewater into the Buoi River. The discharge has killed huge volume of fish in the north central province of Thanh Hoa in the lower reaches of the river. Besides, the company has been suspended in six months and required to solve the problem. Before resuming operation, it must build wastewater treatment system which will be attested to meet standards by authorized agencies. The company will face heavier penalty if repeating violation. Previously, the plant has taken responsibility for releasing wastewater into the river damaging fish famers and promised to compensate over VND1.4 billion (US$63,000) for the damage. … [Read more...]