Viet Nam News The collapse of an old house at 43 Cửa Bắc Street, central Hà Nội, that claimed two lives and injured three others early this month, has added to the dilemma of old houses and the management of buildings in cities like Hà Nội and HCM City. The accident also raises concerns over the safety of local people living in degraded areas. A city authority official, citizens and experts share their opinions on the issue with Việt Nam News. Đặng Ngọc Tiến, Deputy Director of the Management Board of Hà Nội's Old Quarter The recent collapse of an old house at Cửa Bắc Street, which killed two people and injured three others, has raised anxiety amongst residents living in the Old Quarter area as it is home to a large number of old houses and buildings. The Management Board of Hà Nội's Old Quarter, in collaboration with the people's committees of 10 wards in the Old Quarter, have revised all downgraded construction works in the area and found 180 deteriorated buildings, which might … [Read more...] about How to get rid off the dilemma?
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Prime Minister Phan Van Khai Saturday called for keeping up efforts to prevent bird flu to ensure Vietnam became free from the disease in 2006. Though prevention work was making progress, ministries, agencies and localities must maintain preventive measures because the risk of bird flu remained high, he told a meeting held to discuss the fight against bird flu in Ho Chi Minh City Saturday. … [Read more...] about PM Khai calls for sustaining efforts to get rid of bird flu
VietNamNet Bridge - As only six percent of wastewater in HCM City is now collected and treated, HCM City will need to build more than 10 wastewater treatment plants to help clean several canals. The Nhieu Loc – Thi Nghe, Tau Hu – Ben Nghe and Tan Hoa – Lo Gom canals have been upgraded, but other canals in HCM City, including Hang Bang in district 6, Tham Luong – ben Cat – Rach Nuoc Len and Xuyen Tam in Binh Thanh and Go Vap districts are still polluted. Garbage and sludge, black water and bad odor are affecting residents along the 19-5 canal which runs across Tan Binh and Tan Phu districts. This is one of the most polluted canals in the western part of HCM City. "Sunny days are the most miserable days for us," said Trinh Van, a local woman. "The bad odor from the canal suffocates up. "Flies and mosquitos have been living with us. We sit inside mosquito net to have meals." According to the HCM City Western Anti-flood Center, the HCM City … [Read more...] about HCM City to spend trillions of dong on wastewater treatment plants
Talk Around Town (23-07-2008) State firms struggle to get rid of the dregs by Khanh Van As the number of qualified employees leaving State-owned agencies has been increasing, un qualified co-workers continue to stick around. According to Decree 132/2007, an employee on the company payroll can be fired if he or she does not meet work requirements or has violated regulations. However, determining what that assessment criteria actually entails remains a serious problem. Director of the HCM City Home Affairs Department Chau Minh Ty says that the majority of workers and officers do hold degrees, but it's difficult to define how good those degrees really are. Ty notes that the present assessment and classification system for officers does not reflect the reality of the poor education system. One problem is that managers in charge of assessing employee qualifications do not work directly with them, while the managers who work with them and know their capabilities do not have the authority to … [Read more...] about State firms struggle to get rid of the dregs
An Austrian applauded for capturing a 2.3-metre (7.5-foot) boa constrictor he said he discovered on a riverbank has admitted he made up the story to get rid of a pet snake he found too big to handle, an animal rescue group said on Thursday. … [Read more...] about Austrian admits making up story to get rid of snake