Merchants and buyers pack the Tanah Abang Skybridge that connects the railway station to the famous Tanah Abang textile market in Central Jakarta. (Source: The Jakarta Post) Jakarta (VNA) - The Indonesian government is mulling a plan to impose temporary additional duties on imports of textiles and textile products (TPT) as a safeguard measure to protect the domestic upstream industry from a recent surge in imports. The Finance Ministry’s fiscal policy head Suahasil Nazara said the government had identified 121 products, including yarn and curtain fabric, that would be subject to the safeguard measure. Lately, Indonesia has seen a jump in imports of TPT. In line with the existing rules, the Finance Ministry is considering the impose of a safeguard measure, he said, adding that safeguard measures were expected to be discussed on October 17 to determine the rates, among other things, following a quick assessment by the Trade Ministry. The move was taken only more than one month … [Read more...] about Indonesia plans to impose temporary duties on imported textile products
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Those who ignore or collude with each other to shatter urban development planning not only make the lives of urban people increasingly confined and suffocated, but also jam development space for the future. Hanoi and HCM City residents feel this most clearly. In the morning, when leaving home to go to the office and school, and in the afternoon, when returning home, they have to struggle on the road with the flow of people and exhaust from cars and motorbikes. In the summer sun, people are subjected to the scorching heat because of the asphalt effect, concrete houses, and the heat from air conditioners and engines. When it rains, people have to struggle because the roads turn into rivers and streams. Most of the elderly do not have places for relaxation, while children have no place to play. When people feel tired, they need cool spaces to walk and rest in, but it is just a far-away dream. The problem is difficult to settle, so people as well as the next generations will suffer. What … [Read more...] about Who spoils Hanoi’s planning?
Poor urban development planning and the intentional adjustment of development plans to serve certain interest groups will affect development of physical spaces for many generations. A report from the National Assembly shows that 1,400 development plans have been adjusted one to six times, and the adjustments are made to increase benefits for investors, reduce spaces for public interest, and ignore people’s interests. This is very worrying. HCM City The continuous adjustments of hundreds and thousands of urban development programs cause social damage and loss of trillions of dong to the State. But most importantly, the status of planning projects, or adjustment of planning by "speculation", "going to night" or "collusion", creates negative public opinion. Hanoi is jampacked Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has asked to urgently address the issues related to urban area programming in the capital city. A report from the National Assembly shows that 1,400 development … [Read more...] about Hanoi, HCM City pay heavy price for poor planning
Hanoi (VNA) – The ratio of rural communes with their own planning has risen from 23.1 percent in 2010 to 83.1 percent in 2013 and 99.7 percent today, according to Deputy Minister of Construction Nguyen Van Sinh. At a conference in Hanoi on October 3 to review the implementation of the criteria on planning as part of the National Target Programme on New-Style Rural Area Building, Sinh said the Ministry of Construction has coordinated with localities to deal with any difficulties they face in designing new-style rural areas. He said that from 2010-2015, planning had focused on developing new residential areas and improving existing areas in each commune. For the 2016-2020 period, the Ministry of Construction was assigned to help localities develop regional plans, ensuring the harmony between rural and urban development, he noted. Planning is the first among the 19 criteria in the National Target Programme on New-Style Rural Area Building, in which construction planning must be … [Read more...] about Nearly 100 percent of rural communes have planning: ministry
Hanoi and HCM City are piloting programmes to reduce smoking. People smoking at a hospital in Hà Nội. Hà Nội and HCM City plan to pilot smoke-free areas in hospitals, hotels, restaurants and bus stations. Phan Thu Hương, deputy head of Respiratory Centre under Bạch Mai Hospital, said at a workshop held yesterday the hospital had not only printed posters and leaflets but also improved the capacity for doctors and medical staff so that they could consult smokers about harmful effects of tobacco and give them smoking cessation methods. The meeting was held in Hà Nội by the Ministry of Information and Communication, aiming to provide data for local media about projects implementing smoke-free environments in Hà Nội and HCM City. Hương also said the hospital conducted a survey among 300 smokers. Results showed 81.8 per cent of smokers intended to quit smoking, 89.3 per cent of smokers wanted to be advised to quit … [Read more...] about Hanoi, HCM City build smoke-free environments in public areas