A bird's eye view of the newly-built Đuống River water plant. — VNA/VNS File Photo HÀ NỘI — Hà Nội’s top leader has criticised the city's finance director for making a “fundamentally wrong” statement about an unusually high tap water price which sparked a protest from residents last month. The city People’s Committee chairman Nguyễn Đức Chung told a hearing of the municipal People’s Council on Wednesday that tap water issue was a matter many Hanoians cared greatly about. “I asked the Hà Nội finance department director at a work meeting of the city government on November 29 to seriously look back at and learn from his fundamentally wrong statement that cause misunderstanding among the citizens,” he said. Chung was referring to an announcement by finance department director Nguyễn Việt Hà claiming that 20 per cent of the price of … [Read more...] about Finance official ‘fundamentally wrong’ about water price: Hà Nội leader
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The activities of Chinese vessels in Vietnam's waters have seriously violated international law and gone against agreements reached between senior leaders of the two countries. President of the Vietnam Society of International Law (VSIL) Dr. Nguyen Ba Son President of the Vietnam Society of International Law (VSIL) Dr. Nguyen Ba Son has sent an open letter to the President of Chinese Society of International Law (CSIL) Prof. Huang Jin. The letter stated that the activities of the HD8 and other Chinese vessels in Vietnam’s waters seriously violated international law, especially the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), and was contrary to agreements between the leaders of the two countries, negatively affecting the traditional friendship between the Vietnamese and Chinese people. Dr. Nguyen Ba Son wrote his open letter to his Chinese counterpart: “I will not talk about the sovereignty issue over Hoang Sa (Paracel Islands) and Truong Sa (Spratly Islands), … [Read more...] about Operations of Chinese vessels are against agreements between Chinese and Vietnamese leaders
Construction company Becamex IDC Corp has been cautious about this year’s business targets. Photo batdongsan.com.vn Compiled by Thiên Lý Construction company Becamex IDC Corp has been cautious about this year’s business targets. Its consolidated turnover target is only VNĐ1.226 trillion (US$53.3 million), or 96 per cent of last year’s figure, and after-tax profit target is VNĐ252 billion, only 8 per cent higher than last year. In a document already sent to the company’s shareholders ahead of the annual general meeting, its general director, Đỗ Quang Ngôn, explained the reasons for setting such moderate growth targets. He said the real estate market is facing an imbalance between supply and demand in certain segments, and credit to the property sector is drying up. Externally, the global economy is expected to see a lot of volatility this year and likely to have a strong impact on the Vietnamese economy, he said … [Read more...] about Companies follow Government lead, set cautious growth targets
The 11th lunar month is when the Hà Nhì minority group celebrate their traditional new year, known as Khụ Sự Chà. This is the time for people to relax, entertain, reunite and send best wishes for the new year. The holiday lasts for five days, after which the group starts planting the new crop. The village of Thu Lũm, in Mường Tè District, Lai Châu Province. — VNA/VNS Photo Quý Trung The group makes traditional food like sticky rice cakes, pork and chicken to offer to the ancestors to pray for favourable weather and bumper crops. People get up early to make food for the holiday. — VNA/VNS Photo Quý Trung There are just 22,000 people in the group scattered across 32 provinces and cities throughout the country. They reside mostly in the northern provinces of Lai Châu, Lào Cai and Điện Biên. Children and grandchildren visit their parents and … [Read more...] about Hà Nhì group celebrates traditional new year
A Vietnamese taxi driver accused an American woman of Vietnamese descendant of sexually harassing him on May 4 but oddly the latter had reported to local police that she was raped by another cabbie just a couple of days earlier. The accuser-turned-accused Pham Thi Thanh Ngoc, 40, is also the one who had lodged complaints to local police against a Vietnamese tabloid for what she called ostensible made-up stories last year that she raped many taxi drivers, one of whom was said to be forced to have sex with her over 30 times in two days. However, all of her accusations have been disproved by Vietnamese authorities eventually. Ngoc: I’m a rape victim The American woman told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on May 1 that she returned to Vietnam to meet a 31-year-old young man named N.Đ.T. living in the southern city of Vung Tau who proclaimed himself as a “poor kept man.” Ngoc said after having a vacation in Hanoi, she and the man in question flew to Ho Chi Minh City … [Read more...] about Vietnamese American’s rape accusation: Raping? Being raped? Or lies?