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New rules on car use for representative offices issued

In policies on March 23, 2010 at 4:19 pm

New rules on car use for representative offices issued

QĐND – Tuesday, March 23, 2010, 20:55 (GMT+7)

Vietnamese ambassadors, charge d’affaires, and heads of missions to international organisations are allowed to use a car valued at less than 65,000 USD for business purposes, according to a new decision by the Prime Minister.

Those who hold the position of consulate general can use a car valued at no more than 60,000 USD.

A representative office of the country abroad can buy up to 10 cars, depending on specific circumstances and the nature of their work. Each office can buy one car valued at less than 45,000 USD, the remainder costing less than 35,000 USD.

With other Vietnamese offices abroad, those with less than four staff can buy a car, while those with more than four staff can buy two.

Cars for ambassadors, charge d’ affaires, and head of missions can be sold after at least five years of use.

Source: VNA

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Environmental taxes about to come into being

In policies on March 15, 2010 at 6:22 pm

Environmental taxes about to come into being

QĐND – Monday, March 15, 2010, 20:55 (GMT+7)

Environmental taxes will be imposed on five lines of goods, if the Draft on environmental tax law is passed by the National Assembly in October this year.

According to the Draft that was introduced at a recent seminar held by the Tax Policy Agency under the Finance Ministry in coordination with USAID, the five lines will include oil products such as fuels, hydro-chloro-fluoro-carbon liquids, coal, plastic bags and pesticides.

The Chief of the agency, Vu Van Truong said that the law aims to improve individuals’ and organisations’ awareness of environmental protection in life and production, reduce environmental pollution, support economic development and generate sources for environmental problems solutions.

Source: baocongthuong

Translated by Thu Nguyen

Source: QDND

New birth control regulations issued

In policies on March 13, 2010 at 4:39 am

New birth control regulations issued

QĐND – Friday, March 12, 2010, 20:27 (GMT+7)

New regulations on birth control amending the Population Ordinance issued by the Government on March 8 will permit seven cases of family circumstance to have three children as opposed to the previous quota of two.

Couples who give birth to triplets, that have a child and give birth to two or more babies during the second birth and those who give birth to a third child after a previous child died or was put up for adoption, will be exempt from birth control penalties.

Those whose one or two children are confirmed by local or central medical examination councils to be disabled or suffer from nonhereditary fatal illnesses will also be permitted to a third baby. The Ministry of Health has issued a list of fatal cases that will be affected by the new decree.

Ethnic groups with a population of less than 10,000 or with a birth rate lower or equal to their death rate will be allowed to have three children. The Government has asked the Ministry of Planning and Investment to publicise the name of those ethnic groups.

Source: VOV

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Tertiary education management reform launched

In policies on March 9, 2010 at 8:49 am

Tertiary education management reform launched

QĐND – Monday, March 08, 2010, 10:31 (GMT+7)

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education and Training Nguyen Thien Nhan has launched a campaign to reform tertiary education management for the 2010-2012 period, paving the way for improving the quality of training in higher education.

Deputy PM Nhan also called upon all students, lecturers, education managers and authorities to set actively involved in the campaign at a launching ceremony in Hanoi on March 6 to implement the Prime Minister’s instructions on the reform of tertiary education management in the 2010-2012 period..

Under the campaign, the ministry will hold monthly reviews on the implementation process with each of its deputy ministers monitoring specific areas.

The video meeting drew nearly 1,400 representatives from relevant ministries and branches and senior officials from universities, colleges, and education management agencies.

Vietnam now has 375 universities and colleges nationwide.

Source: VOVNews/VNA

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Hanoi issues bigger fines for solid waste violations

In policies on March 8, 2010 at 2:37 am

Hanoi issues bigger fines for solid waste violations

QĐND – Thursday, March 04, 2010, 20:13 (GMT+7)

The Hanoi People’s Committee has introduced fines of up to 15 million VND (789 USD) for people caught illegally discharging solid and domestic waste.

It is the first time the city has issued administrative punishments for activities that pollute the environment.

Under the new rules, people who illegally transport solid waste could face fines of up to 10-15 million VND (526-789 USD), those caught littering city streets with solid waste could be fined 5-10 million VND (263-526 USD), and those caught discharging domestic waste could be fined between 100,000-300,000 VND (5.2-15.7 USD).

In addition to fines, violators would also be required to rectify the effects that their waste disposal caused on the environment. Activities that obstruct waste management would also be liable to punishment in accordance with environment protection laws.

The new rules are only the first step to classify and control waste to ensure the development of an effective recycling system that minimises the amount of waste buried in landfills, said Nguyen Van Khoi from the Hanoi People’s Committee.

Nguyen Thi Thanh, a worker of the city’s Urban Environmental Hygiene Company, said that the fines are strict enough to discourage people from discharging waste in the public places.

However Thanh said she wondered whether the city’s Transport and Public Works Department would allocate enough officers to enforce the regulations.

Statistics released by the ministry show the average amount of garbage discharged daily by each household amounts to between 0.6kg in rural areas and about 1kg in urban areas in Hanoi – rates that are steadily increasing.

Each day, more than 3,500 tonnes of rubbish are discharged in Hanoi.

Source: VNA

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Strong measures required for detoxification

In policies on March 3, 2010 at 3:37 am

Strong measures required for detoxification

QĐND – Monday, March 01, 2010, 22:8 (GMT+7)

Despite achieving positive results in drug control, functional ministries and sectors should come up with stronger measures to ensure effective detoxification and treatment, said Deputy Prime Minister Truong Vinh Trong.

At a meeting on March 1 with leaders from functional agencies and sectors involved in drug detoxification, Mr Trong emphasised that drug is always a social scourge, threatening social security and socio-economic development of all countries.

“It is imperative to consider producing detoxification medicines not only vital objective but a deed of profound humanitarian significance,” he said. “All relevant agencies and sectors should encourage and expand the production of the medication to minise and repulse drug use from social life,”

Currently, some kinds of drug addiction detox medication are used in Vietnam, such as Bong Sen (Lotus), Cedemex and Danapha. In addition, methadone has been used for detoxification treatment in a pilot study in HCM City and Hai Phong and will be applied in Hanoi and other provinces in the near future.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Ha Noi drafts regulations to preserve prized French villas

In policies on March 1, 2010 at 2:10 pm

Ha Noi drafts regulations to preserve prized French villas

QĐND – Sunday, February 28, 2010, 20:57 (GMT+7)

The Ha Noi Construction Department is preparing draft regulations for the management and use of the city’s prized State-owned French-style villas for the People’s Committee’s eventual approval.

People’s Committee chairman Nguyen The Thao has asked the department to gather expert opinion for the writing of the proposed regulations.

The regulations would define the responsibilities and tasks of villa management agencies, owners and occupiers; list prohibited activities and the rules for co-operation with French preservation experts, he said.

The chairman stipulated that the Planning and Architecture and Culture as well as the Sports and Tourism departments must urgently provide a profile and specific classification of villas built before 1991.

The villas – a symbol of Ha Noi with important cultural and architectural values – were seriously degraded and it was time to ensure they were properly managed and preserved, he said.

Construction Department deputy director Nguyen Quoc Tuan said the regulations would prohibit the misuse of State-owned villas, including their demolition.

Changes to their design, structure and height would be banned and the extension and misuse of the space on which they stood would not be allowed.

Livestock and poultry breeding, commerce and noise and air pollution would also be stopped.

The regulations would divide the villas into three categories: Historical and cultural structures; special architectural value and the remainder.

The regulations would nominate the category of the villas and the owners and occupiers of degraded structures would have to report the status of the buildings to the Construction Department to obtain consultancy and construction permits.

Ha Noi Construction Planning Institute deputy director Bui Xuan Tung said that because the villas had been illegally altered and extended, the proposed regulations would need to clearly define who was allowed to make any alterations and how these changes were to be made. It was also necessary to list all the original profile of all the State-owned villas, including their original design and structure, and their current status.

The information could then be used to protect the villas.

Ha Noi People’s Committee deputy chairman Hoang Manh Hien said the new regulations would even include the specifications for construction materials.

Construction department figures show that Ha Noi has 970 State-owned French-style with 804 misused.

Some accommodate more than 50 households.

Source: VietNamNet/Viet Nam News


Source: QDND

Non-state schools banned from providing law study branches

In policies on February 26, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Non-state schools banned from providing law study branches

QĐND – Thursday, February 25, 2010, 22:11 (GMT+7)

Tentative regulations that non-state schools are not allowed to teach law, journalism and education have been facing strong opposition from privately founded universities.

The Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) on February 23 released the draft document on the required conditions for providing training branches at universities and junior colleges. The draft document said that non-state schools are not allowed to have law, journalism and education study branches. 

“Why not allow non-state schools to provide law, journalism and education study branches? Is this because non-state schools are just stepchildren of the State?” said Tran Hong Quan, chairman of the association of Non-State Universities and Junior Colleges. 

Quan stressed in talks with VietNamNet that he cannot see any legal foundation for prohibiting non-state schools providing these training branches. 

“I believe that there is no legal regulation that says that non-state schools cannot provide these study branches,” he said. 

He went on to say that the regulations, if approved, will generate discriminatory treatment between state and non-state schools. 

The only difference between state and non-state schools, Quan said, is the ownership. State owned schools are schools run by the state and funded by the state, while non-state schools do not get financial support from the State. Meanwhile, all schools licensed to operate in Vietnam have the common purpose of giving training to people and producing a labor force for society. 

Quan stressed that the State should take action to narrow discriminatory treatment between state and non-state schools. 

“Some say that law and journalism are sensitive study branches which should be undertaken by state schools only. Does it mean that non-state schools are not reliable? Or does it mean that these schools are not put under the management of the State?” he questioned. 

In fact, both non-state and state owned schools are put under the management of the State. Non-state schools are a part of the national education system. 

“MOET should say these or that schools cannot provide these or that study branches because they cannot meet the requirements, not because they are non-state schools,” Quan said. 

Quan said that five years ago, a non-state school in Hanoi sought permission to open an economic study branch. MOET at that time said no’ to the application, because it was a non-state school. However, deputy prime Minister Pham Gia Khiem instructed MOET to give permission if the school could meet the requirements. Finally, the school, after a period of training, has gathered a lot of prestigious economics professors. 

President of Hoa Binh University Dang Ung Van has also protested the tentative regulations on not allowing non-state schools to provide law, journalism and education study branches. 

Van said that the regulations will come contrary to the current laws which say that there must not be any discriminatory treatment to state and non-state schools.

Meanwhile, Tran Thi Ha, Director of the University Education Department under MOET told VietNamNet that in fact, the regulations do not aim to ban schools to provide these study branches. 

“To date, no non-state schools have provided these three study branches,” Ha explained.

Source: VietnamNet

Source: QDND

Car fees curb traffic in HCM City center

In policies on October 26, 2009 at 4:02 pm

Car fees curb traffic in HCM City center

QĐND – Monday, October 26, 2009, 20:44 (GMT+7)

City authorities have allowed the Tien Phong Technology JS company to research and install an automatic car fee collection system in the city center to curb traffic jams.

With over 400,000 cars at present and around 100 new cars daily, HCM City hopes to limit the number of cars by charging fees. 

In late July 2009, the city proposed a car fee collection system based on the principle that the more traffic jams, the more fees car owners have to pay. 

In October 2008, the city suggested a fee of 10 million dong a year per car, but the Finance Ministry rejected this idea as unfeasible. 

Traffic jams are now a big problem in HCM City. In the January-September period, the city recorded 61 big traffic jams of over 30 minutes long. There were up to 12 traffic jams of 4-9 hours long. 

HCM City’s chairman Le Hoang Quan said that the traffic jams affect the city’s development negatively.  

“The city has nearly 4.2 million vehicles, not mentioning vehicles coming from other provinces,” Quan noted.” “The growth of new vehicles is 10 percent in the first nine months of 2009. While HCM City accounts for 5 percent of the country’s road area, its vehicles account for one third of the country’s total.” 

Collecting fees from cars that enter the city’s hub is considered a measure to reduce the number of cars. This plan will be implemented on a six month trial basis. 

Besides fees, HCM City has worked out a short-term plan of seven other measures, which are not new, to deal with traffic problems. 

Source: VietNamNet/VNE 

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One certificate for land-use rights and home ownership

In policies on October 24, 2009 at 3:00 am

One certificate for land-use rights and home ownership

QĐND – Friday, October 23, 2009, 21:15 (GMT+7)

The Government has streamlined the granting of certificates for land-use rights and ownership of houses and other assets related to land.

As of December 10, one certificate will cover land-use rights and ownership of houses, instead of several certificates as before.

Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Nguyen Manh Hien confirmed the move in a conference to introduce the Government’s newly-issued Decree 88, dated October 19, and the ministry’s Circular 17, dated October 21, on granting certificates for land-use rights and ownership of houses and other assets related to land.

The new regulations mean that one procedure will replace several procedures, and people will only have to pay one tax for both land-use right and house ownership.

Head of the ministry’s Land Management Department Phung Van Nghe said regulations stated in Decree 88 and Circular 17 would help prevent harassment of land survey staff, which was a regular occurrence during the certificate granting procedure.
People who apply for the certificate will receive information from authorities on what they have to do to ensure a successful application within three days of making it.

They will also be required to grant certificates to successful applicant no later than 50 days after the submission of all relevant documents for the procedure. Authorities will also publicise which documents are needed for the application.

Nghe said the Ministry of Finance was considering cutting land registration tax from 0.5 percent to 0.2 percent. Certificates related to land-use right and ownership of assets related to land before December 10 will still be valid.

Source: VNA

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