A bird's eye view of the newly-built Đuống River water plant. — VNA/VNS File Photo HÀ NỘI — Hà Nội’s top leader has criticised the city's finance director for making a “fundamentally wrong” statement about an unusually high tap water price which sparked a protest from residents last month. The city People’s Committee chairman Nguyễn Đức Chung told a hearing of the municipal People’s Council on Wednesday that tap water issue was a matter many Hanoians cared greatly about. “I asked the Hà Nội finance department director at a work meeting of the city government on November 29 to seriously look back at and learn from his fundamentally wrong statement that cause misunderstanding among the citizens,” he said. Chung was referring to an announcement by finance department director Nguyễn Việt Hà claiming that 20 per cent of the price of … [Read more...] about Finance official ‘fundamentally wrong’ about water price: Hà Nội leader
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Despite such problems, the efforts of the government and relevant ministries in recent times have yielded positive results and Vietnam’s business climate has improved remarkably so far. There has been a rapid increase in the number of enterprises and the quantity of registered capital, while the proportion of businesses ceasing operations or dissolving has also seen a sharp decline. Notably, a number of sub-licenses have been removed while administrative reforms and customs procedures have also been reduced. Showing the success of reforms, 99% of enterprises have paid their taxes online. A report on the implementation of resolution 19 on tasks and solutions to improve the business environment and the global competitiveness report 2017 by the World Economic Forum has shown that Vietnam’s competiveness moved up five places in 2017 compared to 2016 when it was placed in55th position out of 137 economies. The business environment index also climbed up 14 spots while the … [Read more...] about Radical reform needed to improve business climate
The participating forces were also requested to closely follow developments of the storm and work with local authorities and agencies to double-check dams and important dyke sections in order to respond quickly to possible incidents and ensure safety for local people. Meanwhile, military units in storm-hit areas were urged to treat wounded people, inquire after families who lost their relatives during the storm, mobilize local forces and people to repair damaged roads, houses, telecommunications and irrigation systems, clean up the environment, and prevent possible epidemics. a trawler fished out in Ha Tinh * The Vung Ang - Son Duong Port Border Guard Station under the Ha Tinh provincial Border Guard Command on July 18 successfully fished out three trawlers earlier sunk by strong waves and winds while docking in Son Duong port. After receiving the information about the sunk trawlers, the unit’s troops immediately contacted and inquired after the owners, namely Dao … [Read more...] about Efforts made to overcome disaster consequences
Multi Glass was the winner of Techfest's start-up contest this year. — VNA/VNS Photo Minh Quyết QUẢNG NINH — Around US$14 million in investment was pledged during the national innovative start-up day, Techfest 2019, in Hạ Long City, Quảng Ninh Province. A series of seminars were organised by 12 technology villages during the three-day event, attracting 250 foreign investors and experts, and nearly 300 start-ups. The first prize in the National Innovation Talent Contest for Start-ups was awarded to MultiGlass, a start-up providing smart technology to help people with disabilities use computers. The smart communication device combines iris recognition technology and Artificial Intelligence. MultiGlass will represent Việt Nam at the Start-up World Cup 2020 in San Francisco, US. At the Techfest closing ceremony on Friday, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Trần Văn Tùng said the … [Read more...] about $14 million invested in start-ups at Techfest
A Vietnamese taxi driver accused an American woman of Vietnamese descendant of sexually harassing him on May 4 but oddly the latter had reported to local police that she was raped by another cabbie just a couple of days earlier. The accuser-turned-accused Pham Thi Thanh Ngoc, 40, is also the one who had lodged complaints to local police against a Vietnamese tabloid for what she called ostensible made-up stories last year that she raped many taxi drivers, one of whom was said to be forced to have sex with her over 30 times in two days. However, all of her accusations have been disproved by Vietnamese authorities eventually. Ngoc: I’m a rape victim The American woman told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on May 1 that she returned to Vietnam to meet a 31-year-old young man named N.Đ.T. living in the southern city of Vung Tau who proclaimed himself as a “poor kept man.” Ngoc said after having a vacation in Hanoi, she and the man in question flew to Ho Chi Minh City … [Read more...] about Vietnamese American’s rape accusation: Raping? Being raped? Or lies?