Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam posted another 63 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases in the past six hours to 6pm on June 11, pushing the national count to 9,980, according to the Ministry of Health. death toll stood at 57. The two latest deaths confirmed on June 11 were females, aged 65 and 59, with serious underlying health conditions, including cancers. new cases . They are Yen Bai, Quang Ngai, Dong Nai, Nghe An, Quang Ninh, Quang Nam, Quang Tri, Thua Thien-Hue, Dak Lak, Nam Dinh, Hoa Binh, Tuyen Quang, Phu Tho, Son La, Ninh Binh, Thanh Hoa and Hung Yen./.
According to the statistics, the total area of more than 5.1 million sq.m of built social housing accounted for only 41.4 percent of the target of 12.5 million sq.m of proposed housing in the National Housing Development Strategy by 2020.
According to realty insiders, the supply of low-priced apartments was still very scarce. The affordable segment, which was more expensive than the low-income segment, was also not easy to find while the need to improve the accommodation for people with limited income was growing.
The MoC said since 2016 there have been about 1,040 projects to build social housing for low-income people in urban areas and industrial park workers, including 507 independent housing projects and 533 social housing projects built on 20 percent of the land fund of commercial housing and urban development projects.
Up to now, only 248 projects have been completed with a construction scale of more than 103,500 apartments in a total area of more than 5.1 million sq.m. Another 264 projects with a construction scale of about 216,500 apartments and total area of about 10.8 million sq.m were being built.
While the segment of low-priced apartments dominated in terms of total number of transactions on the market, the supply will not be further improved until the end of 2022.
A representative of the MoC said: “The tightening of administrative procedures in project construction and development limited the new supply of real estate projects.”
The MoC’s latest report on the real estate market showed that affordable apartments are priced below 25 million VND per sq.m in big cities while prices for each sq.m of a low-income house far from the centre was below 25 million VND.
The report also said as there was little supply of low-income houses, the prices increased from less than 20 million VND to less than 25 million VND per sq.m.
Professor Dang Hung Vo told local media: “The State’s affordable housing developers can only meet 15 percent of the housing supply for immigrants and the rest of them have to take care of themselves.”
Vo added: “These people are in need of cheap commercial housing, ranging from 700 million VND to 1 billion VND each.”
He calculated the supply of cheap houses was nowhere near the demand.
Due to the lack of supply, according to most insiders, social housing has never experienced a crisis in transactions and the liquidity was always the most stable in the market.
The latest data and reports from realty research firm Savills Vietnam said household size in HCM City has tended to decrease over the past ten years. The household size was 3.5 people per household in 2019, much lower than the rate of 3.9 people per household in 2009.
The firm also said 66 percent of households have from two to four members, and there is a trend of separating households, which led to an increase in housing demand.
According to Savills Vietnam, the number of apartments offered for sale on the market with a value of 2 billion VND each or less accounted for about 10 percent of the total number.
Many investors and developers are following the trend of reducing the area to fit the needs of small families and make the value suitable for buyers. However, the number of apartments of less than 2 billion VND, from 50 to 60sq.m, was not many.
Vo Thi Khanh Trang, deputy director of Savills Research Department in Ho Chi Minh City, said as the land fund was limited and the price of construction materials was increasing, the prices of houses would increase.
Trang said in order to increase the supply for the low-price and affordable housing segment, “it is necessary to have co-operation from local authorities with policies to support businesses to quickly solve administrative procedures and businesses which build such projects.”
On April 15, the MoC representatives met with Korean housing experts in HCM City to share experience in social housing development of the Republic of Korea (RoK) as part of a project on the building of a master policy on Vietnam’s social housing development for the 2021-30 period, carried out using non-refundable official development assistance (ODA) from the RoK government via the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).
Director of Korea Housing and Land Research Institute (LHI) Moon Hyogon said in the current economic growth context, relying on government support alone cannot provide enough housing to meet people’s needs, especially in the low-income segments.
Moon Hyogon said using money from the private sector in housing provision should be a solution, saying: “As more Vietnamese businesses can earn profits from low-income household building, they should put a certain amount of the revenues to increase development funds for developing low-income housing.”
The Korean expert said the formation of such a fund was expected to carry out the unified, systematic management of many aspects including financial resources, thereby achieving successful results for Vietnam./.
The hard-fought win helps the team consolidate their top spot in Group G with 17 points after seven matches, while maintaining their impressive unbeaten streak with five wins and two draws in the Asian qualifiers. Vietnam are still two points ahead of the second-placed United Arab Emirates (UAE), who won 5-0 over Indonesia in the other match the same day.
In their match report, world football governing body FIFA emphasised: “Vietnam remain unbeaten in the group thanks to Que Ngoc Hai’s late penalty that saw them edge Malaysia 2-1 in Dubai.”
In the last match, Vietnam will have a decisive game to decide the top spot in the group against the UAE, and FIFA said that this will be one of the most exciting and eagerly awaited encounters on the final match day of the 2nd qualifying round.
Meanwhile, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), in its post-match commentary, affirmed the Vietnamese team continued to consolidate their pole position in Group G after the victory over Malaysia. “The two teams came into this game on the back of entirely opposing fortunes: Malaysia had lost their last match 4-0 against the United Arab Emirates, while Vietnam had beaten Indonesia 4-0 and cemented their strong position with a win, also having avoided any losses since the Qualifiers began,” the AFC said.
Witnessing their home team once again beaten by Vietnam, the Malaysian media could not help but be disappointed. In its article published early this morning, the Malaysian national news agency (Bernama) admitted their World Cup dreams had been dashed: “One dream is over… Malaysia’s fourth defeat in five outings against Vietnam since Park Hang-seo took over as coach in 2017 means the Harimau Malaya can forget about finishing in the top two positions in Group G of the 2022 World Cup/2023 Asian Cup second-round qualifiers.” Malaysia still have the goal of winning tickets to the 2023 Asian Cup finals, but according to Bernama, this journey will also be very difficult for them.
Sharing the same opinion, the New Straits Times acknowledged that Malaysia’s World Cup campaign had ended early this morning after the country’s football team suffered a 2-1 defeat to Vietnam. This is their fourth defeat in the last five encounters between both.
“The sad story for Malaysia is that the Vietnamese, who must be the best in Southeast Asia, always do just enough to beat us,” the New Straits Times wrote, adding that although Malaysia have several naturalised players from Brazil, Kosovar or Gambia, it is still not enough for them to beat Vietnam. “The Golden Dragons again did just enough. One goal extra for three points,” the long-standing newspaper in Malaysia wrote.
In Thailand, the country’s press also praised Park Hang Seo’s side. SiamSport wrote: “The Golden Stars continue their unbeaten record as they won 2-1 against Malaysia. Currently, Vietnam have 17 points, firmly at the top of the table with a ticket to play in the 3rd qualifying round almost certainly in their hands.”
Indonesia’s IndoSport also praised the Vietnamese team after their dramatic victory over Malaysia: “The UAE won 5-0 against Indonesia, aiming to take the top spot from Vietnam. Unfortunately, that victory was still not enough to bring Bert van Marwijk’s team to the top, because at the same time, Vietnam excelled against Malaysia in a fierce and dramatic match.”
The Korean press also congratulated Park Hang Seo’s side on their latest victory, expressing their belief that the Vietnamese team will make history if they reach the final qualifying round for the first time ever. In the Korean version of Goal, Park Byeong-gyu wrote: “The Vietnam national football team, led by coach Park Hang-seo, are about to advance to the World Cup Asian final qualifiers. It will be their first time in history if Vietnam, who lead Group G, can advance to the final qualifying round.”
On Yonhap, reporter Ahn Hong-seok also believed in the ability of the Vietnamese team to continue: “If Vietnam win or draw in their final match with the UAE on the June 15, they will advance to the final qualifiers, topping the group. Even if Vietnam lose to the UAE, there is a possibility they will advance to the final qualifier as the group’s runners-up.”
In an article published on OSEN on early June 12, the author said Park’s talent was once again confirmed, helping Vietnamese football prepare to turn a new page in its history.
To hold in their own hands the keys to an historic berth in the final stages, Park’s side need at least one point in the last match against hosts UAE. However, according to Park, Vietnam will continue to confidently aim for victory, although that goal will be more difficult against an in-form UAE.
The final match of the Vietnamese team in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers in Asia against the UAE will take place at 23:45 (Hanoi time) on June 15 at the Zabeel Stadium in Dubai.
Many people wondered what illness had caused Binh Duong Province’s Party Secretary Tran Van Nam to resign from the National Assembly, while many others questioned “whether he failed in the National Assembly election”.
In the past few days, the public has heard about the health problems of the Secretary of the Party Committee of Binh Duong Province – Mr. Tran Van Nam – after the local media reported that Nam had resigned from the membership of the 15th National Assembly due to “poor health conditions”.
Many people wondered what illness had caused him to resign from the National Assembly, while many others questioned “whether he failed in the National Assembly election”.
The election results released by the National Election Council on June 10 showed that Nam won the election with 425,941 votes, reaching 80.88%.
The “poor health conditions” reason that he cited for his resignation was apparently correct. However, only Nam and his doctor really know.
Secretary of the Party Committee of Binh Duong Province – Mr. Tran Van Nam. Photo: Zing
It turned out the National Election Council issued a resolution with 100% consensus to not recognize the election results and did not confirm the status of the 15th National Assembly deputy of the Party Secretary of the southern province of Binh Duong.
So whether he is healthy or not has nothing to do with Nam’s resignation of National Assembly membership.
According to Head of the National Assembly Deputies Affairs Commission Nguyen Thi Thanh, the National Election Council did not receive the application for “not being a member of the 15th National Assembly” because of poor health of the Party Secretary of Binh Duong Province.
Thanh said that even if the council had received Nam’s application, it would not be the reason for the Council’s resolution.
The Council issued a separate resolution not to recognize the election results and not to confirm the status of a member of the 15th National Assembly of Nam, as he did not meet the criteria, Thanh said.
But Nam is a member of the Party Central Committee, a Provincial Party Secretary, and the matter of standards and conditions must have been “checked” very carefully before.
According to Thanh, the Central Inspection Committee’s recent inspection detected signs of violations of the Binh Duong Provincial Standing Party Committee and a number of violations and shortcomings of the committee’s Party Secretary.
Specifically, Nam violated regulations on what party members are not allowed to do. In addition, while he was Vice Chairman of Binh Duong Province, he made a number of decisions related to state management, especially land issues, that caused serious consequences.
So everything is clear, except for the “poor health” reason given by Binh Duong Province’s Party Secretary himself.
At the press conference on the afternoon of May 21 about the preparation for election day, there were two candidates for the 15th National Assembly election who entered the official list after three rounds of consultation who also withdrew from the election, citing “poor health”.
A few years ago, several National Assembly deputies resigned from the National Assembly membership for “health reasons”.
In 2017, after the conclusion of the Secretariat of the Central Party Committee on violations related to the Formosa case, former Party Chief and Chairman of the central province of Ha Tinh Vo Kim Cu submitted an application to resign from the 14th National Assembly membership for “health reasons”.
In 2019, the Head of the Internal Affairs Department of the Dong Nai Provincial Party Committee, and Head of the National Assembly Delegation of Dong Nai province Ho Van Nam also submitted an application to resign from the National Assembly membership for “health reasons”. And it was coincidental that at that time the Central Inspection Committee asked the Secretariat to take disciplinary action against Nam.
This story was once explained by former Secretary of the National Assembly Nguyen Hanh Phuc. After being disciplined, these officials’ health may have been affected and they resigned “for health reasons”.
No matter how it is explained, the “health reason” in these cases is still hard to be believe.
As the election of deputies to the National Assembly and People’s Councils is approaching, people in Tu Van Village in Thuong Tin District on the outskirts of Hanoi are busy making national flags to meet orders from across the country.
A workshop in Tu Van Village is seen busy at making the national flags and banners in preparation for the upcoming general election. (Photo: VNA)
Located 30km south of Hanoi, the trade village is famed for its embroidery and weaving and has made millions of national flags over the last 75 years.
According to local elderly people, embroidery and weaving first prospered in the village in the 16th century. Many of the villagers even opened shops on Hang Bong and Hang Gai streets in Hanoi’s Old Quarter.
The tailors need to be meticulous in their work to make sure each flag complies with regulatory requirements. (Photo: VNA)
Ahead of the General Uprising on August 19, 1945, local craftsmen were asked to make national flags, with this historic moment marking the establishment of the national flag-making craft in Tu Van Village.
With the development of the market economy, many households in Tu Van Village have switched from traditional embroidery to specialising in making flags, panels and banners.
Orders were sent to the village earlier this year in preparation for the upcoming national election, with nearly double the number of the previous year.
Therefore, all stages of making national flags from choosing fabrics, operating machines, printing, embroidering and sewing have been implemented urgently to meet high demand.
The five-pointed yellow star is embroidered manually.
“We all feel happy and proud when our products, the national flags, are hung solemnly in many institutes across the country, even though the work is hard and the income is not high,” said Nguyen Thu Phuong while rapidly but accurately embroidering the five-pointed yellow star on a national flag.
A complete national flag involves dozens of steps that do not require much skill, but the tailors need to be meticulous in their work to ensure each flag complies with regulatory requirements.
According to experienced tailors, the steps of printing, placing and embroidering the five-pointed star on the cloth are the most important. For them, the national flag represents the soul of the nation so the step is performed with high concentration by skilled tailors.
Whether the flag is tens of square metres large or as small as a palm hand, the five-pointed yellow star must be placed in a solemn position with the most harmonious proportion.
“We have to work with enthusiasm, maximum ability and technique to make the most beautiful flags,” said Nguyen Van Phuc whose family has been in the trade for three generations./. VNA
30,000 workers from virus-hit Bac Giang to return home
The Saigon Times
|An industrial zone worker in Bac Giang Province gets a shot of a Covid-19 vaccine. Around 30,000 workers who are temporary residents in Bac Giang will return to their hometowns nationwide between June 12 and 15 – PHOTO: VNA|
HCMC – Around 30,000 workers who are temporary residents of Bac Giang Province, which is the biggest Covid-19 hotspot in the latest coronavirus wave in Vietnam, will return to their hometowns nationwide between June 12 and 15.
The returnees include workers who are pregnant or are raising children younger than six months of age; the elderly with underlying conditions; recovered Covid-19 patients; people who have had close contact with coronavirus cases, completed quarantine requirements, tested negative for the virus and are eligible for home quarantine, reported Tuoi Tre newspaper.
Besides this, workers in lockdown areas who have undergone Covid-19 RT-PCR tests with negative results many times and want to come back home are entitled to return.
According to a local official, when the pandemic broke out in this northern province, the authorities had adopted measures to retain over 60,000 workers in the province to prevent the disease from spreading to other localities. The authorities then offered support to the workers to help them weather the pandemic.
However, the 22,000 people in concentrated quarantine centers, especially at the major coronavirus hotspot of Viet Yen, due to their exposure to Covid-19 patients, have made it difficult for the authorities to offer adequate medical care to them. Accordingly, the local authorities are working with their counterparts in various localities in the country to take the workers back to their hometowns.
Nguyen Tien Coi, director of the provincial Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, said that local industrial zones are maintaining their operations, while ensuring compliance with Covid-19 preventive measures, but their demand for employees remains low. Around 10,000 employees are eligible to return to work, but in reality, only a half have tasks to do.
Coi added that returnees can go back to Bac Giang for work when their employers resume full operations.
He revealed that Hanoi, Bac Ninh and Ha Tinh cannot say no to returnees at the time as the pandemic is raging in these areas, while other provinces and cities are planning to receive the returnees.
In case Bac Giang fails to reduce the number of workers by half as planned, it will prioritize carrying workers to their hometowns which accounts for a large number of workers coming to Bac Giang such as Cao Bang and Thai Nguyen at over 3,000 workers and Nghe An, Thanh Hoa, Son La, Ha Giang, at 2,000-3,000 workers each.
The relevant localities will need to support Bac Giang to arrange vehicles to transport the returnees and have to take measures to minimize transmission.