Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — The Directorate for Roads of Vietnam (DRVN) had asked the Vietnam Infrastructure Development and Finance Investment Joint Stock Company (VIDIFI) to conduct repairs to prevent traffic accidents on National Highway 5 ahead of the busy Tết (Lunar New Year) holiday, Vietnam Plus reported. The VIDIFI was instructed to upgrade road markings to delineate lanes and traffic signals before Tết, which falls on February 5 this year. The DRVN also asked the Department of Transport Safety, the Road Administration Department I and the VIDIFI to co-ordinate with transport departments and local authorities in reviewing all pedestrian bridges and report to the Ministry of Transport in February. The Road Administration Department I was asked to work with relevant agencies to settle violations related to road safety on National Highway 5. Earlier, Minister of Transport Nguyễn Văn Thể ordered the DRVN to review all pedestrian bridges … [Read more...] about Upgrade of National Highway 5 ordered after deadly accident
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Vu Van Dao, 48, and Dinh Van Quyet, 36, former directors of Viet Sec Technology JSC. and Vung Tau Marina JSC. respectively, were given three-year suspended sentences for "allowing the use of unsafe waterborne vehicles." Despite the serious consequence of the defendants' crime, they were given suspended sentences because of multiple mitigating factors, including good background, active cooperation with authorities and proactive compensation provided to the victims' families, the court said. According to the indictment, Dao's company produced boats made of polypropylene carbonate (PPC) despite Vietnam not having any standard for the design and registration of such vehicles. In March 2013, his company signed contracts to sell two boats to the coast guard of the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau, including boat BP 12-04-02. The boats were anchored at the company's dock, however. In late July that year, a steel pipe factory under oil giant PetroVietnam's subsidiary PV PIPE in the … [Read more...] about Company execs get suspended sentences for fatal boat accident in HCMC
Friday's Tale Wasteful or not? Phuong Thao Friday, Dec 23, 2016,20:28 (GMT+7) Wasteful or not?Phuong Thao As the central city of Danang is famous for its beautiful landscapes, clean environment and peaceful life, any infrastructure development projects should be taken into careful consideration so that merits of the city are not spoiled, and such projects should deserve the funds spent. For mammoth projects with strong impact on local residents like the controversial tunnel beneath the Han River, caution once again must be the first rule, as any decisions made in haste will lead to a huge waste and bad impact on society. The plan to build a tunnel under the iconic river was first unveiled in late 2015. Since then, the municipal administration has been making steps to realize the ambitious project. However, conflicting claims to the necessity of a tunnel have surfaced these days as the project nears the stage of investment. Le … [Read more...] about Wasteful or not?
Viet Nam News BANGKOK — Hundreds of people are missing and an unknown number believed dead after the collapse of a hydropower dam under construction in southeast Laos, state media reported on Tuesday. Laos is traversed by a vast network of rivers and there are several dams being built or are planned in the impoverished and landlocked country, which exports most of its hydropower energy to neighbouring countries like Thailand. Laos News Agency said the accident happened at a hydropower dam in southeastern Attapeu province’s Sanamxay district late on Monday, releasing five billion cubic metres of water -- more than two million Olympic swimming pools. The report added that there were "several human lives claimed, and several hundreds of people missing". Several houses in the southern part of the district were also swept away, the report said, and officials in the province put out a call for relief aid for flood victims. The US$1.2 billion dam is part of a project by … [Read more...] about Hundreds missing in Laos after hydropower dam collapse
Twenty-seven more communes and wards this year join family medical practice A health staff member takes blood for testing at An Hòa ward health station in Cần Thơ City’s Ninh Kiều District. Source http://soytecantho.vn The Department of Health in the Mekong Delta city of Cần Thơ this year plans to expand a model of family medical practice clinics to 27 more communes and wards. Family medical practice clinics aim to provide comprehensive and continuous health care services to each local individual and family in order to reduce overcrowding of patients at city or central-level hospitals. These clinics are located at health stations in communes and wards. Each commune or ward has one health station. Cần Thơ aims to equip more than 80 per cent of its 85 health stations with these clinics by 2020. According to Dr Bùi Thị Lệ Phi, the department’s head, the city now has 18 commune-based health stations with family … [Read more...] about Social News 5/4 (Hourly Updated)