La Ngoc Khue, former Deputy Minister of Transport, said that a slower train is a far better option for the country at present, instead of the superfast train that comes with a very heavy budget burden. Khue said that a train speed of 350 kilometers per hour (kph) as proposed by the Ministry of Transport (MoT) is redundant. "As the TEDI-TRICC-TEDISOUTH consultancy consortium has estimated, actual demand in 2050 would only meet 40 percent of its capacity of 364,000 people a day. This means 60 percent of seats will not be occupied, while no cargo will be transported, a huge waste of capacity," he told VnExpress. Railways should have the capacity to transport cargo. The World Bank has noted that Vietnam’s logistics cost accounts for 21 percent of its GDP, twice that of Thailand. The main reason is that Vietnam is far too dependent on roads while existing railway routes carry a small fraction of the total volume, Khue noted. "Both China and Japan own the world’s … [Read more...] about A 350 kph train is fast, but where will it get Vietnam?
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Hanoi (VNA) – A 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck near Davao city on the Philippines’ Mindanao island on December 15, killing a 6-year-old girl and injuring 14 others, according to latest reports. The quake was centred 61 km south-west of Davao, at a depth of 28.2km, the US Geological Survey said, revising down the magnitude from an earlier 6.9. Roads and buildings, including the local government office, were damaged and power was out in the Magsaysay Town in Davao del Sur province, near the epicenter. No tsunami warning has been issued. The area was struck by four strong earthquakes in the past two months, causing the death of at least 20 people. According to presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo, President Rodrigo Duterte was in Davao city when the quake struck, but he and his family members were unhurt./. VNA … [Read more...] about Strong earthquake shakes southern Philippines
Originally called Khanh Hai, the Nai seafood market acquires its name from its location in the Nai lagoon, between the Ninh Chu and Tri Thuy bridges, in Ninh Hai District. This is the most famous seafood market in Ninh Thuan Province and is at its busiest in the afternoon, when boats with baskets of fresh seafood return from the sea. The market sells a variety of seafood, from mackerel scad and red snapper to shrimp and crab. Seafood sold here are both farm raised and caught at sea. Most sellers in the market are families of fishermen and traders in the area. When shopping at the Nai market, customers do not have to bargain because merchants are invariably friendly and honest. Depending on the variety, people can purchase lobster for a price of VND200,000-900,000 ($8.6-39) per kilo. Wild caught lobster costs the most, with a starting price of VND700,000 ($30) per kilo. Ninh Thuan is known for its lobsters, especially near Vinh Hy Island. The market also … [Read more...] about Central Vietnam market presents seafood treasures
The National Committee for Incident, Natural Disaster Response and Search and Rescue said that a fishing vessel from the central city of Da Nang had sunk near the Passu Keah Reef on Wednesday. Nine fishermen on board were rescued by a Vietnamese ship, and the Da Nang People’s Committee requested China to help the owner recover the sunken vessel. The owner later hired two ships from the central province of Quang Ngai Province to salvage the ship. However, instead of helping, a Chinese speedboat deliberately thwarted efforts to recover the sunken Vietnamese vessel Thursday. The rescue committee requested intervention from the Vietnam Foreign Ministry, Vietnam Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Center and the Coast Guard Command right after the Chinese speedboat showed up at 2:20 p.m. But after waiting and seeing no help coming, the fishermen who’d come to salvage the sunken vessel left at 4 p.m. Thursday. In another incident last Sunday, China declined a request from … [Read more...] about China prevents Vietnamese fishermen from recovering sunken vessel
At the meeting between NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan and Belarusian Prime Minister Sergey Nikolayevich Rumas. National Assembly (NA) Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan met with Belarusian Prime Minister Sergey Nikolayevich Rumas on December 13 as part of her ongoing official visit to the European country. During the meeting, the top Vietnamese legislator extended the best regards and invitation from Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc to the Belarusian PM to make an official visit to Vietnam in the near future. She told her host that Vietnam always places great importance to time-honoured friendship and all-around cooperation with Belarus. She thanked Belarusian people for their valuable support for Vietnam in the past national liberation and reunification, as well as the current construction and development. The two nations should further cooperate in such potential fields as farm produce processing, agricultural machines, and automobile assembly and production, assuring … [Read more...] about Vietnam regarded as strategic partner of Belarus in Southeast Asia