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What The Papers Say May-Jun 2014

(No.3, Vol.5,May-Jun 2014 Vietnam Heritage Magazine)



Fare regulations
vietnamnews.vn, 21 April
All taxis will be required to install black boxes and printers connected to their metres to improve monitoring of the fares charged to passengers, according to a new regulation.
The transport ministry also asked local authorities to regulate the number of taxis for each enterprise, which could range between 10 and 100 cars.
The draft decree has been sent for public comments.

Water everywhere, but none to drink
vietnamnews.vn, 22 April
Falling water levels in several rivers and increasing salinity intrusion have authorities in the central region scrambling for solutions.
In the lower sections of the rivers in the region, sea water penetration was stronger and happened earlier than usual, depriving millions of local residents of clean water for daily use and cultivation.

Abandon ships
www.thanhniennews.com, 24 April
The Ministry of Transport has called on the government to continue its suspension of hydrofoil service between Ho Chi Minh City and the beach town of Vung Tau indefinitely.
Services came to a halt early this year following a fire.
In his proposed extension of the ban, Minister Dinh La Thang described the hydrofoils as old, worn out and poorly maintained.
At one point, Thang noted, 22 boats ran between HCMC and Vung Tau, but at the time of the suspension, only 10 were operational due to irreparable wear and tear.
Most of the operational hydrofoils, he noted, had already had their engines replaced. Eight are 20 years old, and two others are 18 and 19 year old, respectively.

They can do that?
www.thanhniennews.com, 24 April
The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) said in April that it understands Vietnam’s financial difficulties and will not impose any penalties on the country for declining to host the 2019 Asian Games (Asiad).
In 2012, the capital city of Hanoi won the vote over Surabaya of Indonesia in a two-city race.
In April Vietnam estimated the Asian Games would cost $300 million to host, double the initial estimate.

What do you bet?
www.thanhniennews.com, 18 April
A contingent of lawmakers have proposed including provisions that would open casinos to Vietnamese gamblers in a draft decree presented in April.
Others recommended addressing the issue at a later date.
Nguyen Van Hien, chairman of the legal committee under the National Assembly – Vietnam’s parliament – said that many Vietnamese presently gamble at casinos in Cambodia, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Only foreigners and Vietnamese nationals who hold a foreign passport (dual-nationality) are currently allowed to enter casinos in Vietnam.
In August 2013, Vietnamese meeting certain criteria were to gamble at a casino to be built in the Van Don Economic Zone in Quang Ninh Province bordering China.

Sea battle
thanhniennews.com, 7 May
Vietnamese Marine Police ships patrolling Vietnamese waters were rammed by Chinese marine police, Ngo Ngoc Thu, vice commander of the High Command of Vietnam Marine Police said early May.
Thu was speaking at an international press conference held in Hanoi after China deployed a mobile drilling rig to search for oil and gas inside Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone in the East Sea, also known as the South China Sea.
Videos showed at the press conference showed Chinese ships, backed by helicopters, aggressively obstructing Vietnamese ships.
The Chinese ships also sprayed water cannons, damaging Vietnamese vessels and injuring their crew members.

Vietnamese seeing spots
vietnamnews.vn, 21 April
Hanoi reported in April 1,222 cases of measles since the beginning of this year, accounting for 30 per cent of all cases nationwide.
Throughout the country, at least 116 deaths have been recorded due to measles or its complications.

Don’t relax just yet
vietnamnews.vn, 19 April
National Assembly deputies in April agreed that the retirement insurance policy needed be adjusted.
They said this could be mainly done by raising the retirement age of workers from 55 for women and 60 for men.
They also discussed the possibility that Social Insurance may not be able to make full payments to all retired citizens by 2034.
The deputies also debated if the Social Insurance Agency should be given the power to inspect companies that violated payment rules.

The ‘middle-income trap’
www.thanhniennews.com, 16 April
Vietnam must develop its markets to foster greater labour productivity and avoid the middle-income trap, economists advised at a recent conference.
Economic growth has slowed down over the past few years, increasing the income gap between Vietnam and other Asian countries. It is because of the country’s low labour productivity, which is equal to just 13 percent of Japan's, 35 percent of Thailand's and 50 percent of Indonesia's.
GDP growth has hovered around 7.5 percent for just a decade. Meanwhile, many other countries have sustained a higher level of economic growth for 30 consecutive years.
Economists said the country has not yet paid enough attention to industrial modernization.
In 2008 Vietnam's per capita income reached $1,070, making it a ‘lower middle-income’ country.
According to the bank, a typical middle-income trap occurs when a country's GDP per capita cannot exceed $4,000-6,000 for 42 years after entering the middle-income bracket.

Keep on truckin’
vietnamnews.vn, 19 April
Transport Minister Dinh La Thang has reiterated the need for strict checks to prevent overloading of trucks and threatened severe punishment for any ministry staff found receiving bribes.
Do Xuan Hoa, General Secretary of Vietnam Automobiles Transport Association, said that there are many trucks that transport up to 100 tonnes of construction material, although they are only allowed to carry 22 tonnes.

Fare regulations
vietnamnews.vn, 21 April
All taxis will be required to install black boxes and printers connected to their metres to improve monitoring of the fares charged to passengers, according to a new regulation.
The transport ministry also asked local authorities to regulate the number of taxis for each enterprise, which could range between 10 and 100 cars.
The draft decree has been sent for public comments.

Don’t relax just yet
vietnamnews.vn, 19 April
National Assembly deputies in April agreed that the retirement insurance policy needed be adjusted.
They said this could be mainly done by raising the retirement age of workers from 55 for women and 60 for men.
They also discussed the possibility that Social Insurance may not be able to make full payments to all retired citizens by 2034.
The deputies also debated if the Social Insurance Agency should be given the power to inspect companies that violated payment rules.

 

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