Ban on asbestos use in Vietnam is urgent: workshop The Non-governmental Organisations-Information Centre (NGO-IC) held a workshop in Hanoi on November 27 to call for joining hands with Vietnamese agencies in a bid to draw a roadmap for the ban of white asbestos use in the country. Nguyen Manh Hung from the Vietnam Standards and Consumer Protection Association said asbestos is a generic name given to a group of fibrous silicate materials which are now present in more than 3,000 products. In Vietnam, white asbestos is mostly used in producing asbestos-cement (AC) roofing sheets. Forty-one roofing sheet facilities nationwide are able to turn out over 100 million sq.m. of AC roofing sheets a year, meeting 60 percent of the demand, primarily in rural and mountainous areas due to their low prices and high level of durability, he added. Tran Anh Thanh from the Ministry of Health’s Health Environment Management Agency said asbestos is proved harmful to human health, and people are … [Read more...] about Ban on asbestos use in Vietnam is urgent
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Hanoi police unable to stop trade in fake plates While police admit that Tran Nhat Duat Street in Hoan Kiem District has dozens of shops making illegal car and motorbike registration plates, they also claim there is little they can do about it. Local authorities also say they have not found effective ways of controlling production and trade in fake plates. The 800-metre street, running along the Hong (Red) River dyke from Long Bien Bridge to Tran Quang Khai Street, has shops capable of producing any type of number plate. Chu An Thanh, deputy director of the Hoan Kiem District Police, said his men could not resolve the problem because the shops' activities were sophisticated. "Whenever they see the police, they immediately hide the objects they are working on," said Thanh. "Catching the makers is very difficult and needs professional skills and careful investigations into the existence of criminal rings," he said. Thanh added that the punishment given to those caught was only a fine and … [Read more...] about Hanoi police unable to stop trade in fake plates
To bring about a proactive shift in information dissemination and the movement of studying Ho Chi Minh Minh thought among Party members, the people, and soldiers. The speech of Mr. Nguyen Khoa Diem(1) at the opening ceremony of the Contest for Excellent Reporters and Disseminators of Ho Chi Minh Thought held in Cong Vi Ward, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi. Today, 19 May 2003, is the 113th anniversary of our beloved Uncle Ho's birthday. We are all here to carry out a work of great significance and practicality—to open the Contest for Excellent Reporters and Disseminators of Ho Chi Minh Thought. More importantly, the contest is held in a Party establishment where Uncle Ho lived and worked, and now rests in peace. It helps pave the way for the nationwide Contest of Disseminating Ho Chi Minh Thought. The contest has attracted a vast number of cadres, veteran revolutionaries, students, and youths in the ward. This shows the President's great influence and his close touch with the population; … [Read more...] about The speech of Mr. Nguyen Khoa Diem(1) at the opening ceremony of the Contest for Excellent Reporters and Disseminators of Ho Chi Minh Thought held in Cong Vi Ward, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi.
HANOI - A few months after we arrived in Vietnam in late 2010, the Vietnamese Communist Party gathered for a big confab. Just about every day for a week I witnessed police leading motorcades of VIP busses to and fro. But I'd never seen one as polished as the one I saw from my taxi the other day, coming from the opposite direction. It was led by a phalanx of motorcyle officers in sparkling white uniforms riding in tandem, two abreast ahead of a row of Mercedes sedans carrying VIPs. I had no idea who they were or where they were going. But the officious pageantry and show of authority made a striking impression on Au Co, the dike road. My appointment on the far side of town -too far to trust myself on my motorbike. By pure serendipity, I happened to catch this motorcade on the way back some two hours later, riding in a different cab. But now it wasn't such a neat spectacle, but raggedy, with sirens helping it bullthrough rush hour traffic. The impression, again, was striking - … [Read more...] about A wild taxi ride in Vietnam’s capital
Crazy truck hits local houses in HCMC A truck was running high speed when it suddenly staggered, hit a separator and crashed into a local grocer’s by the National Road 22 in Tan Phu Trung commune, Cu Chi District, Ho Chi Minh City at 2.45pm on Thursday. According to witnesses, the truck was running from An Suong to Tay Ninh on high speed. After colliding the street separator, it crashed into an electricity pole, dragged it for a few meters before hitting the Cat Tien grocer’s. According to Nguyen Thi Kim Mai, owner at the grocer’s, she was selling goods to many customers when the truck approached. Since people quickly noticed and ran away, there were no casualties. At the scene, the truck’s front was seriously damaged, the electric pole and the house’s eaves were collapsed. According to initial information, the truck is owned by Hoa Xuan transportation service trading Co. Ltd. Authorities showed up at the scene to handle the case. Rescue car towed … [Read more...] about SOCIETY IN BRIEF 30/3