What The Papers Say Apr-May 2014

(No.3, Vol.4, Apr-May 2014 Vietnam Heritage Magazine)

Russia to help with new
www.thanhniennews.com, 31 March
Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh has asked central authorities to consider Lam Dong Province’s proposal to relocate the site of a future nuclear reactor outside the resort town of Dalat, following years of protest by local agencies.
The National Atomic Energy Institute currently plans to build the new reactor – 30 times larger than Dalat’s current reactor – and a new ‘nuclear centre’ near the Dalat Nuclear Research Centre, which is home to the old reactor inside the city limits of Dalat.
Since the central government announced the plan in 2012, the province has repeatedly asked that the location of the newer, larger reactor be moved to a different location 27 kilometers from Dalat.
Russia will provide $500 million in aid to build the new centre in Dalat and a theory research establishment in Hanoi. The new centre in Dalat is scheduled to break ground in 2015 and complete in 2020.

Corruption in railway project
vietnamnews.vn, 27 March
The Ministry of Transport has decided to launch inspections into railway projects contracted to Japan Transportation Consultants, Inc (JTC) following alleged misuse of Japanese government aid.
Bidding for the projects was organised by the Vietnam Railway Corporation and the Vietnam Railway Authority.
The move follows a report in Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun , which said that JTC had admitted to paying about $780,000 to win a $41 million railway project in Vietnam funded by Japanese official development assistance (ODA).
The accused firm was involved in the ongoing Hanoi City Urban Railway Construction Project (Line 1).

Stricter controls on media
www.thanhniennews.com, 11 March
The government has ordered the Ministry of Information and Communications to stop issuing new media licenses and revoke the licenses of those found flouting media regulations.
Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Bac Son said that his ministry is working on a media master plan for the period until 2020, which would be submitted to the Politburo for approval next month.
There are 838 media agencies, including 199 printed newspapers and 67 TV and radio agencies in the country.

Do no harm
vietnamnews.vn, 15 March
A project approved by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung will see upgrades to more than 70 traditional medicine hospitals across the country, from now until 2020.
The project aims to deliver a nationwide upgrade in hospital infrastructure and ensure the use of modern medical equipment. The project would also see oriental and western methodologies combined to enhance treatments and reduce overcrowding.

A child’s garden of English
vietnamnews.vn, 20 March
The Ministry of Education and Training has allowed standard kindergartens to teach foreign languages, based on demands from parents.
The move was made following public concern with the ministry's decision last month to ban nursery schools nationwide from teaching foreign languages.

Small workers
vietnamnews.vn, 15 March
Vietnam had 1.75 million child labourers aged between five and 17, equal to 9.6 per cent of that age group in the country, according to the first National Child Labour Survey.
The survey said that two out of every five of them were under 15 and worked in bars, construction sites, workshops and quarries.
Findings from the survey showed that about one-third of child labourers had to work an average of more than 42 hours per week. This meant most of them did not attend school.

US-VN casino project
www.thanhniennews.com, 19 March
Vietnam’s leading asset management group, VinaCapital, said it has made the Iowa-based Pacific Peninsula Group its new partner for a $4-billion casino project near the historic town of Hoi An.
Work at the South Hoi An casino had been delayed after Malaysia’s hospitality investor Genting backed out in September 2012.

Bad news for business
www.thanhniennews.com, 31 March
As many as 16,745 businesses have closed down or suspended operations in the first quarter of this year, a 9.6 percent increase over lasr year, according to the Ministry of Planning and Investment.

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