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VSA says the steel industry has been under pressure of the U.S.’ high tariffs on steel imports from Vietnam - PHOTO: TL

Steel firms find ways to keep up exports

Tariff on steel imports into the U.S., a market making up over 10% of Vietnam’s steel exports, has been made less damaging as local steel firms have diversified supply sources to avoid dependence on materials imported from China. The U.S. has slapped preventively-high antidumpting tariffs on Chinese steel or those steel products originating in China via a third country.

However, chairman of the Vietnam Steel Association (VSA) Ho Nghia Dung said that the steel industry has been under pressure of the high tariffs stateside on steel imports from Vietnam.

Poor infrastructure leads to more traffic accidents

The increasing number of traffic accidents in HCMC over the past time is attributed to not only drivers’ violations of traffic rules but also incomplete transport infrastructure, which fails to accommodate growing traffic. 

Deputy head of the HCMC Traffic Safety Committee Nguyen Ngoc Tuong was quoted by Lao Dong newspaper as saying that traffic accidents occurred more frequently in January-May, particularly in the city’s gateway areas like the outlying districts of Binh Tan and Binh Chanh. Such areas accounted for 30% of traffic accidents in the period.

Some draft laws expected to still stir up heated debates at NA session

The National Assembly (NA) this week will continue to debate draft amendments and supplements to some laws such as those on special amnesty, education, higher education and anti-corruption, Tien Phong newspaper reports.

As scheduled, deputies will vote to pass the information network security law on June 12 and others like amendments to the competition law before the NA sitting wraps up next week.

Land speculators in Bac Van Phong take flight

People who have speculated on land in Khanh Hoa Province’s Van Ninh District are looking for ways to withdraw their capital after a while cashing in on the land fever there.

Land transactions in Van Ninh have considerably subsided following earlier instructions by local authorities to stop receiving applications for land handover or switching land use rights until the draft law on Special Administrative and Economic Units is passed by the National Assembly (NA). The transactions have almost come to a dead halt after the NA decided to adjourn a vote on the draft law to the next sitting of the law-making body, Phap Luat newspaper reports.

H1N1 virus can be active in swimming pool

H1N1 flu viruses can remain active for four days in water environment at 22 degrees Celsius, and up to a month at zero degree Celsius, according to an expert of the General Department of Preventive Medicine under the Ministry of Health,

Therefore, swimming pools in hotels will be the ideal environment for the virus to develop, especially in the rainy season when the sunlight is not strong enough to kill the virus, Lao Dong Online reports.

New crimes committed via VoIP phones

The HCMC Police Department has warned of modi operandi taken by criminals to extort money via Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phones, Thanh Nien newspaper cited Nguyen Hoang Minh, deputy director of the HCMC branch of the State Bank of Vietnam, as saying.

With VoIP platform, offenders will pose as police to ask victims to open an account and register internet banking service with telephone numbers they provide, explaining that the action is aimed to check, verify and inspect money and accounts of victims.

Given names of accounts and one-time passwords via messages sent from banks, criminals easily transfer money to other accounts via internet banking.

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