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Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News – January 16

Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 09:27 GMT+7
Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News – January 16
A toll station on the Ho Chi Minh City - Trung Luong Expressway in southern Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Politics

-- Chairwoman of Vietnam’s lawmaking National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan on Tuesday met with President of the Cambodian Senate Samdech Say Chhum in Siem Reap, Cambodia on the sidelines of the 27th Annual Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF-27).

Society

-- Traffic police in Ho Chi Minh City on Tuesday launched a month-long campaign to test drivers for use of alcohol and other stimulants, with officers being stationed on streets from 6:00 pm until 2:00 am the next morning.

-- The Management Authority of Urban Railways of Ho Chi Minh City has requested that the municipal administration make an advance payment of VND2,248 billion (US$96.65 million) to contractors involved in the development of the city’s first metro line while waiting for new budget allocation from the central government.

-- Since toll collection was ceased on the Ho Chi Minh City – Trung Luong Expressway, which connects the city with Tien Giang Province in the Mekong Delta region, on January 1, traffic has increased by 18-26 percent, significantly reducing the average vehicle speed on the high-speed road.

-- Vietnamese spend around $2 billion each year on medical costs overseas, said Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien at a conference in Hanoi on Tuesday to review the health ministry’s work in 2018.

-- Fifty hectares of sea located south-west of the Ly Son Island in Quang Ngai Province in central Vietnam is being proposed for a reclamation project to build a commercial urban area.

Business

-- Two circulars issued by Vietnam’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment that request local authorities to inspect 100 percent of scrap imports have caused containers to pile up at the country’s ports due to there being not enough personnel to conduct the inspections.

-- Le The Chu, Editor-in-Chief of Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper, has proposed that June 16 be made Vietnam’s Cashless Day to promote the use of cashless payment methods in daily transactions as 60 percent of Vietnamese citizens from 15 years of age had a bank account as of mid-2018.

-- Most countries that have launched trade defense lawsuits against Vietnamese steel have achieved their purpose of imposing anti-dumping tariffs on the products due to Vietnamese businesses lacking financial capabilities and personnel to follow through with lengthy court procedures.

-- Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has affirmed that the Vietnamese government will continue to always create favorable conditions for foreign firms to do business in Vietnam, including those from Japan, as he received Japanese business leaders in Hanoi on Tuesday.

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Tuan Son / Tuoi Tre News

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