What The Papers Say Aug - Sep 2018

(No.4, Vol.8,Aug-Sep Vietnam Heritage Magazine)

Thu Thiem residents stuck in temporary shelters
Viet Nam News, 23 July
Twenty years since the launch of the Thu Thiem urban project in District 2, many people are still living in temporary shelters.
The people have refused to resettle in Binh Khanh Ward. An Phu Area in District 2 is where they have chosen to construct their huts. In 2009, their families had to move, and were compensated with an amount lower than the regulated rate.
According to District 2 People’s Committee, 106 houses were sacrificed for the An Phu Area.
The majority were in Thu Thiem. Local authorities persuaded 44 families to leave, but 22 insisted on staying.

HCM City bans trucks during rush hour in urban areas
Viet Nam News, 26 July
The HCM City People’s Committee has issued regulations to ban trucks during rush hours in urban areas of the city in an effort to ease traffic congestion.
From August 1, light trucks will not be allowed to enter the city’s urban area during peak hours from 6am to 9am and from 4pm to 10pm.
Heavy trucks and container trucks will not be permitted to enter urban areas from 6am to 10pm
The urban area is bounded by the following routes, including National Highway No 1A, Hanoi Highway, Dong Van Cong Street, Mai Chi Tho Street and Nguyen Van Linh Street.
The city’s People Committee, however, is considering granting licenses to allow certain vehicles to operate during these hours.

Eco-friendly bus to start running in in Hanoi
Viet Nam News, 28 July
Hanoi plans to introduce buses that run on compressed natural gas (CNG) on a trial basis along three routes from August 1 as the city marks 10 years of the expansion of its administrative boundary, the city’s Department of Transport has said.
The proposed routes are from My Dinh Bus Station to Son Tay Bus Station, Yen Nghia Bus Station to Dang Xa Urban Area and the National Hospital of Tropical Diseases to Times City.
The three routes will be managed by Bao Yen Tourism, Construction and Services Co. Ltd. Buses will run every 15-20 minutes with fares of VND9,000 (US$0.38) on the first and second routes and VND8,000 ($0.34) on the third one.
According to the Hanoi Public Transport Management and Operation Centre, CNG has many advantages. It does not adversely affect human health or the environment, and compared with other fuels, CNG is cheaper so it can help reduce production costs.

Two men caught with 9 stolen dogs
English VNExpress, 22 July
Authorities in Vietnam's central province of Quang Tri have detained two men for stealing dogs from locals in the province.
Nguyen Van Vinh, 50, and Tran Hoa Tam, 49, were busted selling the dogs they had stolen overnight to a local woman in the early morning on Friday.
Authorities seized nine dogs, including a dead one, with a total weight of 110 kilograms from the duo. Multiple tools for stealing dogs such as metal hoops, bottles of tear gas and flashlights were also found in their possession.
Dog theft is rarely treated as a criminal offense in Vietnam, unless the stolen dogs are valued more than VND2 million.

Vietnam flood death toll rises to 27
English VNExpress, 24 July
The death toll from floods and landslides triggered by tropical storm Son Tinh rose to 27 on Tuesday.
Seven people are still missing. Though tropical storm Son Tinh weakened to a tropical depression by the time it reached Vietnam last week, the torrential rains it brought caused heavy flooding and landslides in many parts of northern Vietnam. Some areas in the outskirts of the capital Hanoi remain submerged.
The remote mountainous province of Yen Bai has suffered the heaviest casualties in the latest floods and landslides, with 13 people reportedly killed, 18 injured and four missing, the disaster management agency said in a statement.
The floods and landslides have also damaged and submerged more than 12,000 houses, more than 90,000 hectares of crops and cut off traffic to several parts of northern Vietnam.

Kindergarten owner jailed for hurting kids
English VNExpress, 26 July
The owner of a kindergarten in Ho Chi Minh City will spend three years in jail for violence meted out to 24 children.
A court in Ho Chi Minh City on Wednesday ruled that Pham Thi My Linh and her two assistants at the Mam Xanh (Green Buds) Daycare Center in District 12 had violated the dignity and health of the children, caused public outrage, as well as dishonored the image of teachers in general and undermined the child protection policy of the country.
The court also made Linh, a trained preschool educator, pay VND800 millions ($34,466) in compensation to the children’s families.
The two untrained assistants, Pham Nhu Huynh, 22, and Nguyen Thi Dao, 24, were given suspended sentences of 1.5 years and two years, respectively.

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