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Health insurance fund problems raise concerns
Tuesday,  Oct 17,2017,19:58 (GMT+7)
HCMC – Many cities and provinces are overspending their health insurance funds while Vietnam Social Security (VSS) is tightening its payouts, said Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien.
When urgency really means it
Monday,  Oct 16,2017,18:26 (GMT+7)
The owner of the Metro Line No. 1 project in HCMC in recent months has repeatedly sent urgent petitions to authorities asking for funds to pay contractors, stressing that the project may come to a dead halt if capital for the project is not ensured. Nevertheless, such urgent proposals have almost fallen on deaf ears.
Party asks to cut steering committees
Thursday,  Oct 12,2017,21:52 (GMT+7)
HANOI – In a bid to streamline the Party and State organizational structures, the 12th Party Central Committee has unanimously agreed to close the steering committees for the northwest, central highlands and southwest regions, and reduce the numbers of steering committees, project management boards and interdisciplinary agencies.
NA to vote for new Govt chief inspector and transport minister
Thursday,  Oct 12,2017,21:51 (GMT+7)
HCMC – The National Assembly (NA) will vote for new Government inspector general and minister of transport at its next meeting set for late this month, said the NA chairwoman, according to the local media.
Party Gen Sec: Restructuring public sector organizations is urgent
Thursday,  Oct 12,2017,21:51 (GMT+7)
HCMC – Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong has underlined the urgent need to restructure public sector organizations in a way that promotes the private sector’s involvement in those public services which can be provided by non-state entities, reports the Government news site.
Deputy PM chairs emergency meeting over flash floods
Thursday,  Oct 12,2017,21:50 (GMT+7)
HCMC – Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung on October 11 chaired an emergency meeting with the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control to find ways to cushion the impact of flash floods triggered by torrential rain in northern and north-central provinces.
Better regulations needed for domestic helpers
Thursday,  Oct 12,2017,18:24 (GMT+7)
HANOI – The number of domestic workers at home and abroad has been on the rise. However, regulations meant to protect their legitimate rights and interests are insufficient.
Truong Quang Nghia picked as new Danang Party chief
Monday,  Oct 9,2017,21:50 (GMT+7)
HCMC - The Politburo named Minister of Transport Truong Quang Nghia as new secretary of the Danang City Party Committee last week replacing Nguyen Xuan Anh who was dismissed from the Party Central Committee over his serious violations, according to the Government news website.
Wrong solution
Monday,  Oct 9,2017,18:32 (GMT+7)
Faced with prolonged protests by drivers who demand that some tollgates must be relocated to the right places, the Ministry of Transport has finally had its say, which will most likely be unheeded. On Saturday, the ministry issued a correspondence approving of a petition by the Vietnam Directorate of Roads to lower the toll fees for all vehicles passing through the tollgate on National Highway 1A in Dong Nai Province’s Trang Bom District by 20%, effective from November 1. The move is apparently meant to soothe the public anger, but does not seemingly cure the root problem.
Deadly danger
Monday,  Oct 2,2017,20:25 (GMT+7)
Three people have been killed over the past fortnight, just after some heavy rains - not quite natural calamities - and such fatalities are referred to as accidents. One young girl in Binh Phuoc Province in the middle of this month, one teenager in Dong Nai Province last Wednesday, and one man just two days ago lost their lives, all swept away either by strong runoff or a spring swelling up. The big question is how many more may fall victim to such highly-regrettable incidents in the future.
Harsh penalties handed down on former Ocean Bank executives
Monday,  Oct 2,2017,18:30 (GMT+7)
HCMC - The People’s Court of Hanoi on September 29 handed down capital punishment and life imprisonment on two former leaders of Ocean Bank for their roles in a massive fraud case resulting in huge losses for the State, Tuoi Tre newspaper reports.
Traffic accidents tend to fall
Thursday,  Sep 28,2017,21:16 (GMT+7)
HANOI – The number of traffic accidents and road deaths has gone down by 19.5% and 7% annually since 2011, heard an international seminar on traffic safety and solutions for motorbike commuting.
Mitigation alone won’t work
Monday,  Sep 25,2017,21:13 (GMT+7)
Many people in HCMC may have had a huge sigh of relief when a pumping station installed by a private firm named Quang Trung Industry Joint Stock Company worked well during trial operation last week, sucking up all floodwater on Nguyen Huu Canh Street in Binh Thanh District within just 15 minutes. For years, flooding at this venue has prompted public outcries, as the road section is often submerged knee- or waist-deep upon downpour or by flood tide, and flooding there normally lasts long hours.
Former Southwest Steering Committee vice chairman disciplined
Friday,  Sep 22,2017,00:39 (GMT+7)
HCMC – The Secretariat of the Party Central Committee has decided to remove Nguyen Phong Quang, former vice chairman of the Southwest Steering Committee, from his past positions, the Government news website quoted a statement issued on September 20 by the Party Central Committee Office.
Two top Danang leaders face discipline
Wednesday,  Sep 20,2017,00:03 (GMT+7)
HCMC – The Party Central Committee’s Inspection Commission has proposed disciplining two top leaders of Danang City for serious violations which have marred the reputation of the Party and sparked grave concerns among Party members and the public, according to local media reports.
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