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NA Chair to attend IPU-137, visit Kazakhstan

National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan will attend the 137th Inter-Parliamentary Conference (IPU-137) in Russia and visit the Republic of Kazakhstan from October 14 to 18, Phap Luat Online newspaper reports.

After IPU-137 and related meetings in Saint Petersburg, Russia from October 14 to 15, she will come to Kazakhstan from October 16 to 18 at the invitation of Chairman of the Senate of the Parliament of Kazakhstan Kassym Zhomart Tokayev and Chairman of the Mazhilis of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nurlan Nigmatulin.

Vietnam-Ukraine Intergovernmental Commission meets

The Vietnam-Ukraine Intergovernmental Commission for Trade-Economic and Scientific-Technical Cooperation held its 14th meeting in Kiev, Ukraine on Tuesday, Vietnamplus news website reports.

The Vietnam delegation was led by Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Hoang Quoc Vuong, while the Ukrainian delegation was headed by First Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade Nefyodov Maksym.

They agreed to enhance coordination via the Intergovernmental Commission’s mechanisms, focusing on politics, diplomacy, trade, mining, industry, agriculture, science, technology, policy, healthcare and environmental protection.

Two million liters of substandard fuel discovered

Police of Nghe An Province on Tuesday caught two local enterprises, Thanh Ngu and Kien Luc, producing and selling two million liters of fuel of poor quality.

According to Nguoi Lao Dong newspaper, the two businesses mixed RON92 petrol with solvent and coloring powder to make illegal gains. Each liter of solvent costs VND10,600 (47 U.S. cents) while RON92 is sold at VND18,000 (79 U.S. cents) per liter.

Hublot to launch pop-up store in Vietnam

Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Swiss luxury watch maker Hublot, announced on Monday that the company would open a pop-up store at Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi this month.

On this occasion, Hublot will launch the limited versions of its Hublot Classic Fusion Fuente watches with prices ranging from VND352 million to VND700 million (US$15,500-30,810) each. 

Guadalupe said Hublot plans to open its first boutique in Hanoi next year and another in HCMC in 2019.

Fees at Bien Hoa tollgate down 20%

The Ministry of Transport has agreed on a 20% toll reduction from November 1, 2017 at Bien Hoa tollgate which was built to recover funds for construction of a National Highway 1 bypass under the build-operate-transfer (BOT) format in Bien Hoa City, Dong Nai Province.

The current tolls range from VND35,000 to VND180,000 (US$1.54-7.92) per vehicle.

Many drivers have recently used banknotes of small denomination to pay fees at Bien Hoa tollgate to protest against the unreasonable location of the tollgate. It is located on the highway rather than the bypass.

HCMC to launch mobile app on traffic reports

HCMC will this month launch a smartphone app for residents to report on traffic jams, fallen trees and water pipeline breaches, said the HCMC Department of Information and Communications.

Le Quoc Cuong, deputy director of the department, said the app would be officially introduced at a press conference next week. But the app can now be downloaded on App Store and Google Play.

To give reports on these incidents, residents should the hotline 1022, email or mobile app 1022. Users can choose to send images of incidents or text messages and the app will then show the processing status.

According to the department, 62 government agencies are involved in the 1022 system, including the departments of transport, information-communications, and industry-trade, and other agencies responsible for power supply, water supply and drainage, tree management, and lighting.

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