VietNamNet Bridge - The Government Inspectors’ conclusion that $5 billion worth of state’s money is “wrongly spent”’ a year has stirred up the public, reported Dat Viet. Vietnam needs huge capital for infrastructure development “$5 billion means 2-3 percent of Vietnam’s annual GDP ($200 billion). This is an unacceptably high level,” said Nguyen Van Ngai from the HCM City Agriculture & Forestry University. He noted that this is the official figure released by the Government’s Inspector and he is not sure if there are unreported figures. “I am afraid that if taking unreported figures into consideration, the real figure would be even higher,” he said. Dinh The Hien, an economist, said it is necessary to clarify what “wrongly spent” means. “Does ‘wrongly spent’ include expense items which don’t come in line with the laws, ineffective expense items and expenses in embezzlement … [Read more...] about $5 billion ‘wrongly spent’ each year: where has the money gone?
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Seafood sector mired in wrong forecasts By Hong Van in HCMC Outcries are widespread among seafood farmers in the Mekong Delta for a simple reason: forecasts on market demands have proven wrong. Tra catfish and shrimps have for years been the key products in the waterlogged region, and farmers have always relied on forecasts to decide scales of their farming. This year, such forecasts on Tra catfish and shrimps have all gone the wrong way. Frustration over Russian market Tra fish exporters in Vietnam earlier this year pinned high hopes on export when Russia lifted its import embargo for the product several months ago. The nation at that time expected to ship 70,000 to 120,000 tons to the market this year, an optimistic view by the seafood industry while the world was cutting down seafood consumption due to the economic recession. Enterprises, agricultural officials and the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) all believed that Tra fish would be a bright point … [Read more...] about Seafood sector mired in wrong forecasts
A still image from the video clip that shows a Vietnamese teenage girl who tried to set her school on fire but ended up getting burned herself as part of the disturbing internet challenge dubbed “Vietnamese say, Vietnamese do”. The girl had promised to burn a school down if she could get 1,000 'likes' on Facebook. A Vietnamese teenage girl has tried to set her school on fire but ended up getting burned herself as part of the disturbing internet challenge dubbed “Vietnamese say, Vietnamese do”. The girl suffered minor burns to her legs after trying but failing to set a local secondary school on fire. The whole incident was recorded on camera, and showed the girl pouring about half a liter of petrol in front of the medical room at the school. Then, being cheered on by friends who were present to witness the incident and helped with the recording, she lit a match to set it alight. The teenager was later reportedly taken to hospital with minor burns. With the … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s teenage girl sets herself on fire in social media dare gone wrong
On the last Friday of Ramadan, Meer Hayet Kabir was hoping his son Meer Saameh Mubasheer, missing for the past four months, would come home. In Bangladesh, even kidnappers sometimes released hostages on a holy day. The 18-year-old did return to the capital Dhaka that night, but not to his father. Instead police believe he, along with at least four other gunmen, attacked an upscale restaurant in the city and murdered 20 people, mostly foreigners. Now he is dead, killed with his fellow assailants by police. On Tuesday, still in shock, Kabir was trying to make sense of what happened and what made the quiet, soft-spoken teenager give up a privileged life and loving home in one of Dhaka's upscale neighborhoods to take up arms in the name of radical Islamism. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack. "Something has gone wrong. Something has gone wrong," said Kabir, 53, holding back tears as he showed pictures from Mubasheer's 18th birthday in December on his iPad. "I still don't … [Read more...] about What went wrong? Bangladesh militant’s father seeks answers
Landing in the wrong place Son Nguyen For a capital-intensive industry like aviation, any major changes at the expense of air carriers will be costly and thus require thorough calculations and a long-term vision. A random suggestion by the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam (CAAV) that all air carriers should map out plans to park their planes at Can Tho airport overnight to ease the overload at HCMC’s Tan Son Nhat International Airport has therefore backfired, as seen in local media these days. In an announcement posted on its website last Friday, CAAV says it has written to Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet Air, Jetstar Pacific and Vasco asking these local airlines to weigh parking their airplanes overnight at Can Tho airport. “CAAV demands that Vietnamese airlines make studies, build specific plans for parking airplanes overnight at Can Tho International Airport. Such plans must be reported to CAAV prior to January 30, 2017,” Giao duc Viet Nam newspaper reports, … [Read more...] about Landing in the wrong place