The Van Don Economic Zone Authority has asked the People’s Committee of Van Don district and investors to stop establishing new projects, adjusting project plans and applying for investment pending the approval of master plans for the future special administrative-economic zone. A view of Cai Bau Island, part of Van Don district Projects subject to the proposed suspension exclude new projects relating to social security of Van Don district along with “Con duong di san” (Heritage Road) project, Sonasea Dragon Bay rerort complex, Ngoc Vung Island project and Sun Group project, which are major investments. The Van Don Economic Zone Authority proposed that other projects only be permitted to continue by the People’s Committee of Quang Ninh province after a master socio-economic plan and general construction plan of the Van Don special administrative-economic zone are approved. For the projects that have received investment approval or investment registration … [Read more...] about Van Don asks for suspension of projects pending special master plan
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Urban waste is collected in Hanoi. (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) - The Hanoi People’s Committee has asked all of its organisations and agencies to refrain from using plastic bags and single-use plastics starting from this month. Luu Thi Thanh Chi, deputy head of the Hanoi Environment Protection Division, told reporters at a recent press conference that the municipal People’s Committee has approved a plan to reduce plastic waste in the capital. It was the latest effort by authorities to combat "white pollution" in the city that sees about 80 tonnes of plastic and nylon bags discarded every day, not all of which can be properly collected or treated. According to Chi, the Hanoi People’s Committee demanded that 100 percent of the city organisations stop using polyethylene (PE) plastic bags – the most common type but takes the longest time to decompose – and single-use plastics products from November. The committee also set the goal of reducing … [Read more...] about Hanoi’s agencies requested to stop using single-use plastics
Speaking at the event, Vietnamese Ambassador to Bangladesh Tran Van Khoa said local people’s respect and admiration for the late leader inspired the embassy’s collaboration with the Turongomi repertory dance theater in Dhaka to arrange the show. At the concert He said the joint project is an effective way to popularize Ho Chi Minh’s thoughts among Bangladeshi people and helps strengthen the two nations’ friendship. Pooja Sengupta, director and choreographer of the 40-minute art performance, said her parents told her about Ho Chi Minh when she was a child. Her admiration for the man, her visit to Vietnam in 2017 and Khoa’s encouragement led to the start of the project, she added. Najmul Sheikh, a university lecturer in Dhaka, said he was moved by the show, while Vu Thi Khanh Ly, a Vietnamese expatriate in the country, said the event taught her that Ho Chi Minh is a source of pride for not only Vietnam but also international friends. Ho … [Read more...] about Bangladeshi artists bring Ho Chi Minh’s life to stage
A woman in Vietnam’s Central Highlands has died after catching influenza A (H1N1), also known as swine flu, prompting local authorities to put more than 40 people in quarantine to prevent an outbreak. The patient was identified as Nguyen Thi Thom, 37, a resident in Kon Tum Province, online newspaper VnExpress quoted Nguyen Loc Vuong, director of the provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention, as saying on Monday. Thom had had symptoms including a mild fever, fatigue, and eating disoders for about half a month before she was admitted to the Kon Tum Province General Hospital on November 3. The patient tested positive for influenza A (H1N1). She passed away at the infirmary five days later on November 8. Competent authorities have taken measures to prevent a potential outbreak, including quarantining a total of 44 people who had recently been in contact with the patient and are at risk of being exposed to the flu. They were also given antiviral drugs. One of them has … [Read more...] about Dozens quarantined after woman dies of swine flu in Vietnam
She returned to Vietnam in August after Chinese authorities raided and deported undocumented immigrants. More about how she returned later. Cut to the present. In a countryside garment factory in the northern Bac Giang Province, Bien sits beside a bunch of red cloth bags. Around her dozens of other workers are making bags on sewing machines, but not Bien: Her job is to affix the company label on the bags, and she gets less than VND100,000 ($4.32) a day for it. She was given that job after failing to learn sewing despite eight days of training at the factory. "It's too difficult, I can't sew," she says. Bien is one of many Vietnamese trafficking victims rescued from China who returned lost, damaged, with little assurance their life would ever go back to the normal old days. Before being trafficked to China, she had been quite resourceful, working her family's rice field in Dong Lo Commune in Bac Giang while also attending a babysitting class. On October 2, 1991, when she was 23, Bien … [Read more...] about The plight of human trafficking survivors: Back from hell but to what?