VietNamNet Bridge – Local authorities have all promised to “lay a red carpet” to welcome talented persons. However, in fact, a lot of talents remain unemployed. Le Van Hau (left). After one year of studying excellently at the Da Nang University of Technology, Le Van Hau, 24, from Dien Ban district of Quang Nam province, got the Ministry of Education and Training’s scholarship for studying petrochemistry in Romania. Hau said he was so happy about the opportunity of studying overseas, because he believed that a foreign university degree would help him find a good job more easily. However, Hau was wrong. After five years of studying in Romania and finishing school with the excellent-grade degree, he returned to Vietnam. However, he has not been employed by any state agencies or enterprises. Hau was told by the state agencies and enterprises that they don’t need a petrochemistry engineer. He also sent his curriculum vitae to the Binh Dong petrochemical … [Read more...] about Local authorities don’t want talents?
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VietNamNet Bridge – The business community has voiced the complaint about the overly high new land leasing fees which would put a heavy burden on businesses. Meanwhile, local authorities have tried to dodge the laws to save local businesses before the government saves them. Just within one month, the Ministry of Finance released two different decisions: the first one on tax exemption and reductions aims to ease the burden on businesses, while the second one on raising the land leasing fee for production premises is believed to burden businesses. Tax rates down, land leasing fee up On July 21, at the ongoing National Assembly’s session, Minister of Finance Vu Van Ninh officially proposed to reduce the corporate income tax (CIT) by 30 percent applied to small and medium enterprises, reduce 50 percent of VAT, CIT and personal income tax (PIT) applied to some subjects, saying that the tax reductions would help ease the difficulties now burdening … [Read more...] about Land leasing fee escalate, local authorities dodge the laws
VietNamNet Bridge - Environmentalists and the Dong Nai provincial authorities are in dispute about a project to build a new urban area on part of Dong Nai River. The Vietnam River Network (VRN) has officially requested the Dong Nai provincial authorities to stop the project on filling up a part of Dong Nai River to build a new 8.4 hectare urban area in Quyet Thang Ward of Bien Hoa City. The provincial People’s Committee has released a document affirming that the project will “not affect the Dong Nai River’s flow, transport and flood drainage”. The document showed that local authorities in early 2008 told the provincial agriculture department to hire the Southern Water Resources Science Institute to conduct a survey on possible influences to the river current if an embankment is built. The institute affirmed that gentrification to be carried out in the area between Hoa An and Ghenh Bridges, with river encroachment of 50-100 meters, will not lead to major … [Read more...] about Local authorities, experts disagree on new urban area on Dong Nai River
VietNamNet Bridge - Larger forestland areas are being cut down year after year but local authorities either turn a deaf ear to the illegal practice or unable to win their fight against loggers.Larger forestland areas are being cut down year after yearLarger forestland areas are being cut down year after year but local authorities either turn a deaf ear to the illegal practice or unable to win their fight against loggers. Meanwhile, Dung said, since the locals around the protective forest now live in poverty, they try to fell trees to sell for money. related news Alarm grows at illegal loggingViper bites up as forests disappearDeforestation declines but usual suspects uncheckedThanh Mai … [Read more...] about Local authorities remain powerless against illegal loggers
VietNamNet Bridge - A road, which would ‘poke at the heart of Con Dao Island’, which faced strong opposition from the public 10 years ago, is about to be built. The road, connecting the Ben Dam Port and Co Ong Airport, would go through the primitive forest in the Con Dao National Park. With the total length of 14 kilometers, it would affect 40 hectares of special-use forests. To build the road, about 6,500 trees would be felled, including the old and big trees with the height of 20 meters and trunk diameter of 100-150 cm. This means that thousands of cubic meters of wood would be lost. More harm than good According to the Ba Ria-Vung Tau provincial authorities, the project would help improve the transport network in Con Dao, lay the infrastructure foundation for developing tourism and help national defence. However, environmentalists have warned that the project would do more harm than good. They said it is not worth it to exchange the ecosystem … [Read more...] about Local authorities vow to build road that ‘pokes at the heart of Con Dao Island’